Monday, June 29, 2015

Happy Tuesday!

We are wrapping up our June Special Guest Designer series. 
It's been a lot of fun and I hope you've found some great new designers to follow. 

We're thrilled that Julia got inky with us 
and even more thrilled that she's back today with another card...and another video! 
woot woot!!

Today she has created a gorgeous card using our Mon Ami set. 
I love that she added a few gems to the flower, 
and used the sentiment for the stem. 
It's what I envisioned when I designed the set, 
and I love how she added some additional ornamentation to the flower.
Check out her gorgeous card...

and now you get to see how she did it in her video!

Thank you Julia!
Your projects are just wonderful!
Please leave her some love :)

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Special Guest Designer: Julia Altermann Day 1

Happy Sunday!

I'm thrilled to introduce you to our next Special Guest Designer. 
She's joining us all the way from Germany...isn't blogland awesome?!
She makes cool cards, cool video's and is super cool herself. 

Please give a warm welcome to the sweet and talented 

Hi, my name is Julia Altermann and I am a cardmaker from Germany!
Originally, I hail from the beautiful town of Dresden in former East
Germany, but due to work I am currently living in Stuttgart. I am a
Support Analyst for a small company of 11 people - we make a successful
app for iPhone, iPad, and Mac. I live surrounded by vineyards with my cat
Sissy (named by my friend’s kids!) who likes nothing better than to sprawl
across my craft desk.

How did you get introduced to stamping?
For my dad’s 80 birthday, two years ago, I wanted to give him a trip to
Paris. Knowing that he and my mom are notoriously forgetful about
taking photos, I made cards for every major sight in Paris and asked them
to take pics of themselves with the cards in front of each sight :) Through
that project I discovered the huge world of card making and crafting and

have been exploring it happily ever since.

Do you scream on roller coasters?

Heck, no. I try to get off mid-ride! I am terribly afraid of roller coasters
and my best friends, who have had the misfortune of riding alongside me
in the past, refuse to do so again. I got so scared I figured getting off was
better than remaining on, and for most of the time, my friends were

hanging on to me ;)

Favorite crafting tool of all time?

It’s a tie between my Guillotine trimmer from SU and my Big Shot. I feel
that the investment into a good paper trimmer is well worth it because
nothing beats straight lines and being able to create your own straight
card bases :) And the Big Shot is a pure miracle. I mean, die cutting and
embossing in my own home? I always thought you’d need an industrial

machine for that!

What is on your perfect pizza?

It has to have artichokes and black olives. The rest we can negotiate, but

no pizza can earn the “perfect” label without those two toppings.

How many hours do you spend each week on Pinterest?

I am afraid to count! Well, realistically, I probably spend about half an
hour per day on average. If I am looking for something specific, doing
research, it might be longer, but I usually get inspired quickly and then

run off to my craft table.

If you could go back to any time in history, who would you like to meet?

Caesar. Galileo. Charles Darwin. Marie Curie. Bismarck. Neil Armstrong.

My favorite crafty trend or technique right now is...

Rainbow color schemes in every variation and one-layer cards. I find

these two to be quite difficult at times and I loooooove challenges.

My favorite occasion to make a card for is...

To cheer someone up. Birthday cards are often expected, sympathy cards
make me cry, but to make a card for a specific person in mind to cheer
them up makes me feel great while I create it, and to hear from that
person after they received the card, knowing I made them smile, is just so

She made a great card for you today 
and a video too! Yay!!!

It's all about the negative die cut. 
She used stamps from our Casual Comfort set, 
and one of the Casual Tree Fri-Dies to create this beautiful card...

And now you can see just how she did it by watching this video...

I hope you enjoyed it!!  
Julia will be back again on Tuesday with another great card!
Please leave her some love!!

Friday, June 26, 2015

Special Guest Designer: Jamie Greene Day 3

Happy Friday!!

We have really enjoyed having Jamie spend some time with us this week. 
She's brought you some really great project idea, and today she's back with one more!

 A little gold embossing anyone?

Isn't it pretty? 
She embossed the Mon Ami flower in gold, then colored it. 
Gorgeous look!
I think the cool sentiment also embossed in gold really give is a lot of punch. 

I hope you've enjoyed getting to know Jamie through her work. 
I hope you'll continue to follow her blog.

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Special Guest Designer- Jamie Greene Day 2

Happy Thursday!

Today the fun continues! 
She's back with more awesome projects!!

She has a couple of really fun projects for you today
that I think you're gonna want to CASE :)

I just love this fun treat bag using our Bubble Box Fri-Dies as a bag topper.

This would be a delightful gift for teachers, co-workers, even your mailman or UPS driver!
The sassy sentiment from Sassy Smiles is the perfect fit for this!

Her next project is kind of a big deal...

I love how simple yet stunning this card is!
She used our Shuffle Fri-Dies and a sentiment from In The Cards. 
That's it. That's all she needed! 
Simple, easy and Awesome.

Please join us again tomorrow when Jamie joins us one more time!

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Special Guest Designer: Jamie Greene Day 1

Happy Wednesday!!

We are continuing with our series of Special Guest Designers, hooray!!
Today we have someone joining us who many of you know from our Clean And Simple challenge.
She's CAS, she's fresh, and she's a lot of fun. 

Please welcome the talented 

I am a thirty something mom of 3 that has been married 19 years to my best friend.  I Love getting crafty!  Card Making, documenting my family, home decor I love it all:)  In my spare time you will find me curled up with a good book or watching a movie if I am not in my craft room:) 

I asked Jamie our Fun Questions and this is what she had to say...

How did you get introduced to stamping?
I was introduced to stamping by You Tube videos. I had recently bought a cricut machine and was trying to teach myself how to use it and the video I was watching had stamping also!!  I instantly fell in love with it.

Do you scream on roller coasters?

YES, I do scream on roller coaster rides!

Favorite crafting tool of all time?

My favorite crafting tool of all time would have to be my MISTI.  Absolutely LOVE that tool.

What is on your perfect pizza?

My perfect pizza is a "Sweep the Kitchen" with pepperoni, sausage, ham, hamburger, onions, peppers, olives, mushrooms and jalapeno.

How many hours do you spend each week on Pinterest?

 I spend a lot of time on Pinterest!  A really lot...I love getting my inspiration there.  My family also loves most of the dinner ideas that come from Pinterest.

If you could go back to any time in history, who would you like to meet?

I would like to meet my Great Grandmother.

My favorite crafty trend or technique right now is...

My favorite current trend is hands down Foiling.  I rushed out and purchased the Minc Machine and haven't stopped using it.  I LOVE making foiled prints currently.

My favorite occasion to make a card for is...

I LOVE making Birthday Cards.  I am kind of a practical crafter and I use Birthday Cards a lot.

Let's see what Jamie created for your oohing and aahing delight!

I love that she made a shaker card using our Star Fri-Dies, 
and filled it with little stars from our Fun-Fetti Fri-Dies!
The sentiment from our Frankly works perfectly!

I love the fun sassy sentiment from Sassy Smiles. 
All the gold behind it really makes it shine!

That's it for today, but Jamie will be back again tomorrow with more great projects!
Leave her some love, and be sure to visit her blog to see more of her fabulous work

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Special Guest Designer: Jessica Frost-Ballas Day 3

Happy Tuesday!

We've had a lot of fun our special guest designer

Today is her last day with us *heavy sigh*
I hope you've had a lot of fun getting to know her. 
She is so talented, and I have loved seeing her creations each day. 

Today, she has gotten inky with our Calm and Gentle set 
that has me singing a James Taylor song...
"winter, spring, summer, or fall, all you have to do is call, and I'll be there"

Look at her Calm and Gentle 4 seasons collection...

I'm totally swooning over these. 
They are simply stunning. 
I love that snowy card with the silver trees, and I love her torn cardstock hills. 
Each one is awesome and I can't wait to CASE this :)

Please leave Jessica some love. 
It has been an absolute pleasure having her join us these past few days 
and I hope you'll continue to follow her blog.

Monday, June 22, 2015

Special Guest Designer: Jessica Frost-Ballas Day 2

Happy Monday!

I'm glad you're back for Day 2 of our Special Guest Designer 

Yesterday she wow'd us with her gorgeous musical creations, 
and today she's back to do it again!

Oh don't even get me started on how much I love this card!
I told you she had a stylish way about her color use and this card proves it. 
I adore the sequins hanging out in the pretty Double Notes
Such an awesome project!

Oh my goodness, I love how she combined these sets!
Do you see those cute stems she stamped for the Wallflowers and 4 Petals Fri-Dies
Those are the tree trunks from our Calm and Gentle set! 
This is sooo fun!!!

Be sure to leave some love for Jess, 
and please come back again tomorrow for her last day with us!

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Special Guest Designer: Jessica Frost-Ballas Day 1

Happy Sunday!

We have a special treat for you! 
We are beginning a series of Special Guest Designers 
and today you get to meet the first one!

I had a lot of fun one day strolling through blogland, 
and discovered a few blogs that just blew me away.

Our first guest designer knocked my socks off with her cool design style and stylish use of color. 
I found her creations to be so inspiring and I just knew I had to see what she could do with 
CAS-ual Fridays Stamps.

Please give a warm welcome to the sweet and talented

who will be getting inky with us for a few days!

Hi, Jessica here from All the Sparkle.  I am SO excited to be guest-designing for CASual Friday stamps and sharing my creations with you this weekend!  First off, a little bit about me...I live in the beautiful Shenandoah Valley with my husband, two dogs, a cat, and a rabbit.  I've been crafting in one form or another since I was a child but have recently been able to devote more time (and space!) to card-making and I LOVE it!  I am a freelance harpist and I spend most days teaching piano and harp to students of all ages.  I love the ever-changing creative nature of my day job; however, I really enjoy my crafting time as it allows me to access and unleash a very different side of my creativity!  With my cards I love experimenting with new techniques and I can't resist adding a little extra sparkle to my creations!!  

I thought it would be fun to ask Jessica some fun questions to get to know her a little better :)
How did you get introduced to stamping?
My mom introduced me to stamping in the mid 90s.  She had just started cardmaking and, at the time, Virginia Beach had three independent stamp stores (I miss those days!) and she bought me a wood-mounted unicorn stamp that I would spend hours coloring with markers and stamping.  Ha, I still have that stamp! ;)

Do you scream on rollerccoasters?
I LOVE roller coasters and thankfully for the ears of nearby riders I've outgrown screaming throughout the ride.

What is your favorite crafting tool of all time?
My favorite crafting tool is my M.I.S.T.I. (Most Incredible Stamp Tool Invented) as it has saved me many times from sloppy misstamping.  It also just makes lining up sentiments and images SO easy!  If my craft room was on fire I'd grab that first! ;)

What is on your perfect pizza? perfect slice of pizza has lots of chunks of sweet pineapple and sausage! Yum!

How many hours do you spend each week on Pinterest
I'm a bit of a night owl so I usually cruise Pinterest before going to bed...and depending on what I find I either spend about 10-15 minutes a night or an hour...or two...ha ha.

If you could go back to any time in history, who would you like to meet?
Hmm, good question!  As a classical musician I'd have to go back and meet some of my most favorite musicians.  I think my number one pick would be dinner with Hector Berlioz! ;)

My favorite crafty trend or technique right now is...
Ooh...I have a lot of favorite crafty trends but my most favorite right now is watercoloring.  A close second is shakers and anything with sequins...and you'll see both in my cards this weekend!

My favorite occasion to make a card for is...
My favorite occasion to make a card is just because!  I love surprising a friend or family member with a card for no special reason. :)

Ok, are you ready to see her creations??
Check out these totally amazeballs cards she made for today using sets from our music collection...

Aren't they spectacular?!
I just love how the colors explode on her cards, and I think the white embossed sentiments and images really look awesome. 
Have fun looking at them for a while, I know I could stare at these all day! 
Jessica will be back again tomorrow with more stunning creations that you won't want to miss. 
In the meantime, please leave her some love, 
and be sure to check out her blog to get more details about her cards, 
and to see more of her amazing work!

Saturday, June 20, 2015

June 20

Happy Saturday!

Today we have a great tutorial from Deepti that 
shows a great way to use our Tic Tac Toe Fri-Die 
in a unique way.

Look at this beautiful card she created using that die 
and our Mon Ami stamp set...

Step 1 - Mark along the die, to cut the water color cardstock to the size

Step 2 - Heat emboss the flowers, and leaves with gold embossing powder

Step 3 - watercolor this piece with a watercolor wash technique using distress inks. In the wash technique water is added first to enable a free flowing effect of pigments.

Step - 4 Die cut the piece with the Tic-tac-toe Fri-die

Step 5 - Use the scissor to separate the connected pieces. This step can be avoided if the watercolor panel is cut slightly smaller than the diecut.

Step 6 - Lay the positive of the die cut on card stock as a guide to arrange and adhered the pieces on card base.

Step 7 - After adhereing all the pieces on card base, remove the positive of the die to reveal the canvas collage look.

I love that she finished it off with a pretty sentiment from our Calm and Loving.

Awesome card, awesome tutorial, let's leave her some love!

Thursday, June 18, 2015

June 18

Happy Thursday!

Angie has created a fabulous tutorial for you today! 
I'm really excited about it, because it's a technique I totally want to learn how to do.

Check it out!

Here is a quick tutorial to explain how I achieved the “messy embossing aka happy accident” technique on my card from May 30:

Gather your materials, including some embossing powder and ink (I used Champagne Mist All Purpose Ink by Tsukineko). FYI, some of my pictures show gray cardstock and some show khaki cardstock, so you’re not losing your mind, it was me.

I painted the ink onto my cardstock base, starting in the middle and moving the brush outward, to give the feel of rays shooting outward from the star. (That sounds corny!)  

Next, I heated it with an embossing gun, originally because I was too impatient to wait for it to dry. That’s where the “happy accident” comes in. I didn’t heat it long enough (impatient, remember?), so the embossing powder stuck to it in some places, creating the “messy embossing” look. So, remember, don’t overheat! J

Next, the embossing, yay! After I die cut the Stars Fri-Dies piece out of my top layer, I laid it over the painted cardstock and stamped the star in the opening. Love how the stamps and dies work together so perfectly! I shook on the embossing powder, then used a dry paint brush to kind of feather it out and remove some to get the look I wanted. Now you’re ready to emboss it with the heat gun.

I did the same process with the smaller star in the center of the card as well as the
“banner streak”” on the front of the card.

Again, I used a dry paint brush to remove some of the embossing powder and create some streaks before I used the heat gun on it.

And that’s “messy embossing”…or maybe you can think of a better name for it! I hope you try it and link up here so I can check out your creations! J

I'm thinking this is pretty super cool!
I'm loving Angie's messy embossing technique 
and I don't know about you, but I'm running to my studio now to try this out! 

Let's leave Angie some love for this!