Wednesday, July 29, 2015

July 29

Happy Wednesday!

Are you ready for some Butterbows goodness??
Girl Friday Angie 
created this super pretty card using our Butterbows stamp set 
and 4 Petals Fri-Dies

It's dramatic and pretty and so encouraging!  
I just love how she created a butterfly from the 
4 Petals Fri-Die set.

She created a photo collage of her step by step creation 
and also included written instructions to go with.

Stamps: CAS-ual Fridays Butterbows
Cardstock: White, Kraft, patterned paper
Ink: Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Purple, Black
Accessories: CAS-ual Fridays Stamps 4 Petal Set Fri-Dies, Big Shot, corner rounder, black thread/twine, black marker, kraft silky ribbon, foam dimensional.

1. Cut white yardstick piece 5 1/2” x 4” and stamp butterfly rainbow in red ink at far left edge.
2. Stamp butterfly rainbow again in orange ink, a little bit to the right of the first stamped image. Repeat again with yellow ink, then green ink, then blue ink, and finally purple ink, making sure to move image a little bit to the right with each new color.
3. Make a Kraft cardstock base of 5 1/2” x 4”, and use corner rounder on top right corner of it and the white stamped piece, then adhere white piece to card front.
4. Use the larger 4-Petal Set Fri-Die with patterned paper to make your “butterfly”.
5. Stamp the sentiment in black ink at bottom right of card. Decide where to place your “butterfly”, and use black marker to draw black center line and antennae. (Use butterfly stamp as a guide to copy.) Attach your “butterfly” with foam dimensional, and add black thread/twine to center.
6. Tie kraft silky ribbon along left edge of card. (I did this because I had to cover up an ink boo-boo!)
7. Finished!

I know you'll have fun with this one!

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

July 28

Happy Tuesday!

Girl Friday Zoey has a fantastically sunny card for you today. 
She's blended her mixed media art style 
with our Out Loud and Casual Elegance sets to create this...

I really like how she stamped the Out Loud poem that I wrote in such a way 
that only portions of it appear. 

And I think the pretty Casual Elegance vines add a touch of sophistication and elegance.

That lovely sentiment is such a powerful focal point.
The black thread looped lazily around it adds such a soft and easy happiness to it.

Zoey has a video to go with this beauty. 
Please visit her blog to see it

Monday, July 27, 2015

July 27

Happy Monday!

Last month, Girl Friday Kelly 
shared beautifully scrapbooked recipes. 
Today she is back with more!!

As a gift for family members getting married, 
Kelly creates these loving family recipe pages complete with 
family memories. 
I can't tell you how much I love this idea! 
It's a real treat for me to see CAS-ual Fridays on these fabulous pages. 

Here she's used our Bubble Labels Fri-Dies and 
filled them with sentiments from our Mwah and 3 In a Row sets.  
She embossed them in white on vellum to keep the cloud look 
and added the outline with white gel pen.

I really love how she stamped the heart over and over to get that stamped off look 
to create the sun that she then added gold pipe cleaner to. 

Here she used our Stalk Up Fri-Dies to add fun borders to the photos.
I really love how she used the long leaf from Mon Ami to stamp and color
the banner looking border for her Lovely Greetings sentiment panel.

A great tip from Kelly to get long lasting dimension 
is to cut the same die cut from chipboard and back your pretty image with that.
It give you lift that will last!

Saturday, July 25, 2015

July 25

Happy Saturday!

Deepti has done it again. 
She has created not only a stunning card that will make your jaw drop, 
but she also has an easy to follow tutorial for you!
Yay Deepti!

Supplies used - Mon Ami Stamp set, Mon Ami Fleur and Shuffle Fri dies

Gorgeous, right?!
Here's how she did it...

Step 1 - Stamp, color and die cut the flower stamp

Step 2 - Cut out a window from the panel using shuffle Fri die

Step 3 - Make a pencil guide line through this window on the card base

Step 4 - Mask the edges with post it notes and ink creating a gradient from dark to light.

Step 5 - Stamp the stems of the flowers

Step 6 - Adhere the top panel on the card base adding some foam dots. Then add the flowers and some sequins to finish the card.

I love how she tucked one flower under the panel and popped one on the outside. 
Super pretty!!

Did you hear that Deepti has a brand new class that just opened at Craftsy??
If you love water color techniques, or wish you could be better at them, 
this one is for you! 
You can click on our Craftsy link on the sidebar 
to get more details :)

Friday, July 24, 2015

July 24

Happy Friday!

Today Girl Friday Marcie 
has a great card 
and a fun tutorial to go with it.

I think the big glittery star and embossed sentiment from our Twinkle set
look fabulous against her hand inked background. 
She used a really fun and easy technique for her stars 
by creating her own stencil.

Here's how she did it:

Easy peasy!

Have fun playing with this technique. 
Just think of all the fun backgrounds you can create.

Thursday, July 23, 2015

July 23

Happy Thursday!

Are you looking for inspiration?
Have you embossed in a while?
It's one of my favorite techniques and looks so great on a card.

Check out this Clean And Simple charmer that uses
Funky Square Tags Fri-Dies and Bold Wishes stamps
 from Girl Friday Claire 


If you are more of a Utterly Adorable Layers lover, 
then you'll love this beauty from Girl Friday Elena of our 

She used Casual Comfort and Loving Thoughts stamps 
and Casual Trees and Loving Blooms Fri-Dies

We'd love to see your embossed creations at one of our challenges!
You still have a few days left to play :)

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

July 22

Happy Wednesday!

I'm very excited!
There are 2 brand new awesome online card classes available on Craftsy!

This one from Girl Friday Deepti
that features lots and lots of CAS-ual Fridays goodness 

and this one from my friend Catherine Pooler

What I love about the classes at Craftsy is that you can view them at your leisure, 
over and over if needed, 
and your access never expires.

You can view these awesome new classes 
and others 
by clicking the link below 
as well as on our sidebar.

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Special Guest Designer: Marzena Ziuziakowska Day 3

Happy Tuesday!

We've got Marzena with us for one more fabulous day!
Her project today is outstanding!  

Hi there  
This is my Day 3 and the last one as a Guest Designer at CAS-ual Fridays. 

Today I am coming up with a kraft card made with fabulous Casual Trees Fri-Dies. 

I started with die cutting the trees and then underlayed two shades of green paper. 

All the composition was glued by foam dots to give the dimension to the trees. 
After that I put a stripe of the same kraft cardstock by 3D dots and stamped the main sentiment taken from Breathe stamp set.  

Finally I divided one tree into parts and add some twigs to the sides of sentiment. 

I just love this! 
There is something about kraft cardstock that I find so comforting.
I think this would be a wonderful card for someone who is celebrating an accomplishment. 
I also could see this as a great encouragement card for someone going through a rough time. 

Thank you so much to Marzena for 3 amazing days of super projects. 
I hope you'll continue to follow her blog as she always has lovely things to share. 
You can also visit her at our CAS-ual Chic Challenge blog :)

Monday, July 20, 2015

Special Guest Designer: Marzena Ziuziakowska Day 2

Happy Monday!

Marzena is back with more awesomeness to share with you!

 Hi there! It's me again! 
This is my Day 2 as a Guest Designer at CAS-ual Fridays.
Today I am sharing a lovely musical card made with beautiful Treble Clef Fri-Dies.
First I made the the stave with black twine, then I put the Treble Clef.
The notes were replaced by hearts taken from Lovely Links Fri-Dies 
and the micro hearts at the background were taken from the same dies set.

Wow!  I love this to pieces!!
I think it's so creative that she strung black twine across the panel to create the music staff.
(you could also draw them on with black marker and a ruler if you don't have black thread or twine) 
I think the little hearts popped up on the lines look like they're dancing :)
I especially love that one of them fit perfectly at the bottom of the Treble Clef.

Here's a close up to see those little hearts ...

Love this!
She'll be back again tomorrow with another terrific project :)

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Special Guest Designer: Marzena Ziuziakowska Day 1

Happy Sunday!

I'm really excited to have our next special guest designer joining us this week. 
I fell in love with her gorgeous design style that can range from CAS to UAL. 
It's difficult to do both well, but this sweet lady can!
You may have already met her at our brand new CAS-ual Chic Challenge
please welcome 

aka Macarena

My name is Marzena Ziuziakowska and I live in Poland.
I am full time working export manager trying to sell... rolling stock vehicles (yeah, it's so girly) and mother of 16 years old boy. I love cats, we have a big british shorthair one and he's the cutest thing ever!
I love dark chocolate, red dry wine, white tea, sea, spring, tulips, purple and grey, Kizomba dance, smooth jazz, candle light, silence, bird's singing and smell of the rain...
I use to spend my free time on crafting and dancing Kizomba.
I craft from almost 4 years now and love it every time more and more.
I am totally in love with vintage and shabby chic style of crafting.I make CAS projects as well especially when I feel I need some freshness and space in my cards. 
Hope my projects will inspire you!
Hugs, Marzena
How did you get introduced to stamping? I was seduced by a variety of amazing stamps!
Do you scream on roller coasters? No, I don't just because it's impossible to make me sit there!
Favorite crafting tool of all time? Scissors, dies, embossing tool for flowers making. 
What is on your perfect pizza? Broccoli, salami, arugula, smoked dry ham, blue cheese, oregano.
How many hours do you spend each week on Pinterest? Not much of which I am sorry but have no time.
If you could go back to any time in history, who would you like to meet? ELVIS
My favorite crafty trend or technique right now is... Watercoloring, distressing, fussy cutting
My favorite occasion to make a card for is... I prefer cards for any occasion without limiting them.

Now let's see that gorgeous style of hers I was telling you about...

Dear All, 
This is so emotional for me since I was asked to join the CAS-ual Fridays as a Guest Designer.
It's a great feeling when people invite you to work with them only because they love your art.
Thank you Michele, you have made me feel so appreciated.
Ok, let's see what I have done with fabulous Fri-Dies and stamps.
This is my DAY 1 
and I am coming up with this lacy Wedding card made with Lovely Links Fri-Dies.
I've made the delicate white background on glue dots with only some small red hearts.
The chipboard sentiment says "For the Happy Couple"

This is so gorgeous!!
I love how she cut the Lovely Links Fri-Dies from white and layered them over white. 
Popping them up a bit is made even more stunning by layering in a few well placed red hearts under them. Such dimension, such WOW!

Please join us again tomorrow to see more of Marzena's loveliness.