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Friday, August 29, 2014

August 29

Happy Friday!!

I'm really excited to share Girl Friday Jingle's projects with you today!
She dusted off an oldie but goodie...Stop


Oh wow! I just adore how she stamped the border all around.  
The soft gray tones look amazing opposite the bold red stop sign!
It's awesome!!

Next, she used the same stamp set Stop, and paired it with Lotsa Links and Linked Fri-Dies
to create another wonderful encouragement card...

Fantastic color combo, and I love the embossed gold chain and sentiments.
Just dreamy!

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!!


Tuesday, August 26, 2014

August 26

Happy Tuesday! 

Today is going to be RAD. 
Totally RAD!! 

Girl Friday Angie has created a fun set of cards using Rad
and I think you are going to LOVE it!!


Here's Angie to tell you how easy it is to make a fun set like this one...

Make your own pre-made "sentiment strips" using washi tape and CAS-ual Fridays stamps!  CFS has so many sentiments that fit perfectly into these little strips, you won't ever need to go buy any! Make a bunch and have them ready when you need one for a quick card! 

I made a chipboard template 1/2" x 3" and punched one end with my Crop-a-dile, that way both ends match. Then cut your 1/2" x 3" cardstock "sentiment strips" and wrap the ends with washi tape. Punch a partial hole in the end using your chipboard template, and that's it! If you want, use a nail file to sand the punched opening lightly for a softer, more "scooped out" (the technical term) look.
Another tip: make a 3" x 3" gift enclosure card that fits into a 3 1/8" square envelope. These are perfect for tucking into a gift bag or box. You know there are times when giving a card you think, "Are they just going to throw this card away?" If you think they will, you don't want to part with a really "good" one! Don't deny it! haha! 
These small cards are perfect for those occasions, and with a versatile stamp set like Rad, you can have them ready to go and customize the inside with whatever you need at the time. I designed these cards to work for happy birthday, congratulations, thank you, and new baby. 

I love the fun look of these, don't you?!
I hope you have fun making some of these for your card stash.


Monday, August 25, 2014

August 25

Happy Monday! 

Wow! Oh Wow! 
Thank you to everyone who applied to the Ink Squad Team!! 
I have over 80 blogs to visit from 21 countries
and I am EXCITED!!

I will be traveling the world via blogland over the next couple of days,
and when I return the fun begins.
There are only a couple of spots on the Ink Squad team, 
and those invitations will go out by August 28th.  
Guest invitations will go out after that.
The Challenge Team call is still on for a few more days. 
It closes out on September 1st.

Ok...here I go!


Tuesday, August 19, 2014

August 19

Happy Tuesday!! 

We've had lots of fun and excitement this week.
Have you seen our Open DT Call??
Click the Graphic for info :)

I hope you are prepared to have your jaw drop. 
Girl Friday Virginia has been getting inky and it's AWesoME!!! 

There is a re-occuring theme...

Oh gosh! Vellum and sequins and pretty colors...oh my!!
Note to self...use more pattern paper and dies!!

In this piece of loveliness, she used Out Loud and Casual Trees Fri-Dies-just newly restocked!!
Yum! How pretty are those pretty pattern paper trees???

Last but not least, Out Loud meets Loving Blooms Fri-Dies.
I love the texty background on the flower dies, and the lovely way she used the large sentiment as a stem!

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Monday, August 11, 2014

Design Team Call!!

I'm excited to announce the First Ever DT Call for 


I'm looking for a few talented designers to join the 
CAS-ual Fridays Stamps Ink Squad!!
If you think you'd like to be a Girl (or Guy) Friday on the Ink Squad, 
and regularly play with CAS-ual Fridays Stamps and Fri-Dies 
please check out the details below.

Here's what I'm looking for:
  • Fun-loving creatives with positive, professional attitudes
  • Mad design skills with a distinctive design style: You do not have to be a Clean And Simple designer to be on the company team...Utterly Adorable Layers totally welcome! Just knock my socks off!
  • A fun blog that shows your personality, and a range of techniques
  • Good photography and/or good editing skills that result in crisp, clear, bright photos
  • Designers who are active in social media such as Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, etc.
  • This call is open to ALL designers world-wide, including past and present Girl Fridays.
  • Previous design team experience is NOT required
Design Team Requirements:
  • Release months: Create one project for each new set during Sneak Peek Week, plus 1 additional project (there will be approximately 6 releases during the term)
  • Non-release months: Create 2-3 projects as assigned
  • Occasional projects which involve collaborations with other companies including product exchanges and/or blog hops.
  • Post your projects on your blog and other social media accounts
  • Term commitment: September 1, 2014 - August 31, 2015

And the perks are:
  • Generous package of CAS-ual Fridays Stamps and Fri-Dies to get you started
  • New release product- you'll get the full release to work with
  • Exposure on the company blog, facebook page, Pinterest boards, etc.

If this all sounds fun and exciting to you, I'd love to hear from you!

The deadline is midnight eastern on August 24th
Please send an email to: cas-ualfridays@hotmail.com 
with Ink Squad DT Call/*Your Name* in the subject line, 
and include the following information:
  • I want to see your work!  Please include a link to your blog, and links to 2-3 specific projects that you feel especially proud of.
  • I want to get to know YOU! What's your name? Where are you from? Which social platforms do you participate actively? Are you currently on any design teams? Then, please tell me a little about you, and why you'd like to be a Girl (or Guy) Friday.
  • Are you open to other opportunities? In the event you don't make the Ink Squad this time, would you like to be considered for guest designer, or for a spot on the CAS-ual Fridays Challenge team? Please let me know.
Feel free to ask any questions not covered in the call description

***All applications will receive a receipt notification within 24 hours***
(if you don't receive an email from me, that means I didn't receive one from you- please send it again)

Ink Squad acceptance emails will go out by August 28th


***I'm also looking for a few Girl Fridays to join the Challenge Team for 2015!***
If you'd like to use your Clean And Simple design skills to create 1 inspiration project per month using CFS product to inspire our challenge readers, comment on submissions in our player's gallery, and participate in choosing the winnners, I'd like to hear from you!
Challenge Team deadline is September 1st.
Challenge team acceptance emails will go out by September 6th.




August 11

Happy Monday!! 

How's a little blast from the past? 
Joining us for your viewing pleasure is one of the original Girl Fridays...

Lynn recently won the CAS-ual Fridays Challenge earning her a guest spot here!
I have always loved her style, and her way with CAS-ual Fridays Stamps. 
I miss her super lots around here, 
so I am thrilled to have her join us today with these 2 cool cards...

I love the cool pattern she's stamped using our In The Cards set.
The sentiment inked in the same color as the contrasting hearts is a real winner in my book.

But wait, there's more!
She used the same set, and added it's companion Fri-Dies set Shuffle 
to create this one...


Eeek!  Don't you just love the full house she created?
This stamp set is full of mix and match sentiments so you can get creative 
in what you choose to say.
I love that she combined 4 of them to create this winner.


Please join us right here 
tomorrow 
to see our Big and Fun announcement!
It's Daring, Tempting, Compelling, Appealing, Limited & Legendary!


Saturday, August 9, 2014

August 9th

Happy Saturday! 

I'm really excited to share today's project from Girl Friday Kelly.
 *WARNING- This is a Jaw-Dropper!* 


You can't say I didn't warn you!!
How awesome is that big delicious 3-D Loving Thoughts flower medallion?
And how about the way she curved the sentiment?
I'm completely smitten with this project!

Kelly is the sweetest person ever, and guess what...
she's got step by step instructions so you can make one too!



Loving Thoughts and Loving Blooms Fri-Dies are available right now in the store,
and you can also find them at your favorite retailer! 
Please check the tabs at the top of the page to see the lists.

Have fun creating!!



Friday, August 1, 2014

August 1

Happy Friday!!
Oh my gosh...can you believe it's August already???
Wowzers this summer is flying by!!

Girl Friday Jingle has 2 beautiful cards to share with you today.
I love the soft romantic feel of this one with the muted tones and loopy ribbons.
That big bold flower and pretty sentiment are from Mums the Word.

Holy smokes I love the way she die cut that cute pattern paper using our Heart Board Fri-Dies
 to give a fun puzzle look to it.
The sentiment from Heart Beats is the perfect fit!

Thanks so much for stopping by!



Tuesday, July 29, 2014

July 29

Happy Tuesday!!
Girl Friday Angie has a card for you today that will have you swooning.



I love the way she cut the Casual Trees Fri-Dies from kraft, and layered them.
But even more, I love how she let them float on the cardfront.
The simple sentiment from Casual Comfort is warm and soothing 
with that pretty ruffle and twine tied on.
Just a gorgeous card!!

I hope you are enjoying your summer,
ours is almost over!
My boys head back to school on August 11th so we're escaping to Vail for a few days.


The store is open, it will just be a slight delay in getting to the post office until I get back.

Have a great week!!


Saturday, July 26, 2014

July 26

Happy Saturday!!

I hope you are ready for some serious eye candy today!!
We have a special guest joining us.
won the CAS-ual Fridays challenge last month with an uber adorable ribbon card, 
and now she is here sharing her mad design skills with CAS-ual Fridays Stamps!

We do a lot of CAS here since Clean And Simple is part of our name,
 but did you know that CAS is followed by a *dash* of Utterly Adorable Layers?
Oh yes! And Angi is here today to show you how much fun you can have with our stamps and all the amazing goodies you might have in your crafty stash!

Check out this first one using our Sands of Time...


Doilies and vellum and die cuts, oh my!
  I never tire of sequins or stitching, and I think she used them effortlessly.
Did you notice how she inked up the big pretty sentiment in a special way so it's 2 in 1?
By inking up miss and you in a different color, she was able to make that little message stand out.
AWESOME!

Oh but wait, there's more! 
Shenanigans has never looked so lovely!!
One of my favorite things about this fun sentiment set is its versatility.
You can be funky, sassy or in this case, just plain pretty with it.
I love the multiple Loving Blooms layers cut from text.
You can use old books, old phone books, newspapers etc, OR 
you could use a texty sentiment set like our Out Loud to create a pretty layered flower like this on your next project.

I hope you've had fun with Angi's visit.
Be sure to check out her blog for more amazing project inspiration.