Saturday, December 3, 2016

Advent Calendar Extraganza with Taheerah Atchia

Happy Saturday!

Today is really special!
We are part of Taheerah's Advent Calendar Extravaganza!!

Advent Calendar Extravaganza is -the- festive event of the season!
This ‘hop with a twist’ was dreamed up by Taheerah Atchia 
and features surprise destinations each day!
Joining in the fun with Taheerah are ONE HUNDRED special guests - each serving up some fantastic Christmas inspiration!
Just like an Advent Calendar, you’ll never know where you’re going to be visiting next until you ‘open the door’!
And that’s not all!
With 25 *amazing* sponsors taking part as guests as well, your crafty wish list is bound to get a boost with a chance to win a prize EVERY SINGLE DAY!!
Join in the fun every day at to see what special surprises await behind the door!

We are so excited to participate in this super fun event!
We are featuring creations using the following sets:
and Starlequin stamps.
All of these amazing sets are available at a special savings in our shop!
Take a look at what the Girl Fridays created for you today!

from Kimberly

from Vicki

From Nora

From Shona

From Lisa

From Kelly

It’s not a party without a prize -
and with prizes every day there are several chances to win!
Today’s prize is from us! So you’ll definitely want to win!
Simply leave a comment on this post -
then head back to and leave a comment there too!
You must leave a comment on Taheerah’s blog as well as mine in order to be eligible to win!
Don’t forget to grab the other surprise destinations from Taheerah’s blog and head over to them to leave comments there as well to improve your odds even more!
You have until 23:59 EST on 31st December 2016 to enter.

Don’t forget Advent Calendar Extravaganza runs from 1st-25th December inclusive so make sure you visit every day for fabulous inspiration and amazing prizes every single time!
Merry Christmas!

Thursday, December 1, 2016

December 1

Happy Thursday!

Can you believe it's December already?
My oh my the time certainly does fly!

Our temperatures have dipped to the 30's here in Colorado
and with all the wonderful holiday lights on everyone's houses,
it's definitely starting to feel a lot like Christmas!

Girl Friday Lisa
was inspired by a retro ornament.
She used our Ornament Tag Fri-Dies with Funky Flakes Fri-Dies
to create this dynamite card...

Ok, let's all just take a moment to ooh and aah...

Here's what Lisa said about her design process:
To create this card I started by die cutting my ornament using foil cardstock, Ornament Tag Fri-die set, and the Funky Flakes Fri-die set. I wanted to create a retro-ornament feel so I die cut the smaller circle slightly to the lower right side of the larger circle and inlaid the two together. I then added my snowflake on top and finished it off with the ornament topper and hanger. The sentiment is from the Snowy Sayings Stamp Set.

Isn't it stunning?!
I love the look of the foil.
I think it would be amazeballs done up in glitter paper too!

Have a wonderful day!!

Monday, November 28, 2016

November 28

Happy Monday!

I hope you've all been enjoying the extra fun happening in the crafty world
for Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and now Cyber Monday.
At CAS-ual Fridays,
we've had lots of wonderful sets on sale at special prices during this time,
we've got a special code floating around our challenge site, facebook and Instagram to save even more
but that will all end soon!

Girl Friday Julia
created a beautiful card using
Mon Ami with Mon Ami Fleur Fri-Dies

I love the way she stacked the 2 pretty sentiments together,
and I really like the little doodle dots she drew around the die cut.

Be sure to check out our sale category and use that extra coupon code while supplies last or before November 30!

Friday, November 25, 2016

November 25

Happy Friday!
Today is Black Friday.
We're not doing anything special for today because quite frankly I'm not a big fan of Black Friday
We do have lots of awesome stamp sets on sale right now
and if you use code bethankful at checkout
you can save an additional 15%.
This deal lasts until November 30th or while supplies last.

Girl Friday Lydia
created a really background pattern
using Mon Ami.

I really like the way she arranged the flowers around the sentiment and left that space white.
Gorgeous 1 layer card!!

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

November 22

Happy Tuesday!

Today I start cooking!!
Thanksgiving is just 2 days away here in the US
and in Colorado, I'll be cooking for the next 3 days
cuz that's just how I roll.

Girl Friday Kelly
is here today with an awesome card
awesome tutorial!
Check this out...

 Hi folks! I'd like to share a tip for turning a straight sentiment into a rounded sentiment that wraps around a circle, like the "you deserve a round of" sentiment above.

The sentiment comes from the Bravo set, where as you can see, the sentiment is straight.

I used a circle template (this one I just grabbed off my desk from a prior project!) With the MISTI closed, tape the circle where you want the sentiment to be in relation to your card showing through. I'm going to be lining the stamp along the inside circle here.

Open the MISTI and start shaping your sentiment along the inside circle.

Stamp, and then repeat as needed. In this case, 3 sentiments happened to fit pretty well around the circle. I tested this quickly on scratch paper first to see if it was close enough. If the sentiment was way off, I'd try changing the size of the circle.

I could have stopped here, but I wanted to ink the inside of the circle. The nice thing is that since you just lined up the sentiment around the circle, you know it's the perfect size to be a template for ink sponging! To make sure it's aligned right, since you can't see through the paper, I made a light pencil mark inside the circle. Looks good!
Then I blended ink, and cut some stars of gold lame fabric with the Stars Fri-Dies. The rest of the sentiment is embossed on a strip of black cardstock. I cut two strips off at the end and spaced them out to make it a little more interesting on that side of the card.

Thanks so much for looking!

How awesome is Kelly?
I love her and her cool, so very cool, style.
I have tons of amazing stamp and dies set on sale right now in my shop.
If you're into black Friday, small Saturday cyber Monday and all that jazz,
then this sale is for you.
No waiting and no codes needed
if you happen to find a special code on Kelly's or any of the Girl Friday blogs
or on my challenge blog,
you can use it and its good on the sale prices too!!
I ask one thing...share it with everyone you know!
I'm thankful for all of you and I love to share the love.

Saturday, November 19, 2016

November 19

Happy Saturday!

used Mistletoe & Holly in a really cute way!

I love how she stamped the mistletoe off the edges
to create a pretty pattern.
LOVE the way she inked the sentiment in multiple colors
to tie in with the colors on the card.

LOTS and lots of wonderful stamp sets are on SALE!
Come on over and check it out!

Thursday, November 17, 2016

November Calling All Sistahs

Calling All Sistahs!
It's the 17th of the month!

I'm so happy you're here!!

Each month I am joined by
the Girl Fridays
awesome bloggy friends
from around the world.

My message is simple.
Early. Detection. Works.
Please do your monthly self breast examinations today!
And make your mammogram appointment if you are due.
Believe me, I do not want any of you to ever have cancer.
if it's there, I want you to find it early
so you will have choices about your treatment,
and so you can crush it like I did.

for the specific purpose of
creating awareness and
helping others by donating 50% of its profits.
Its a little thing to do,
but I believe it's far worse to do nothing because you thought you could only do a little.
So, I do my little.

Please enjoy the hop.
There are awesome stories and inspiration waiting for you.
I'd love to have you be a stop on our next hop!
If you have a blog, and at least one of my stamp or die sets,
please consider joining.

for sistahood and more info on how to be part of our monthly hop :)

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

November 16

Happy Wednesday!

We are a week away from Thanksgiving here in the US.
I'm starting to put my menu together
and I've got quite a shopping list for it.
I'm excited to have my family come in from Minnesota!

has created a gorgeous card that is perfect for Thanksgiving
and a simple change of the sentiment would make it work for any occasion!

She used Casual Comfort and a few lovely colors to
create a stunning hand stamped designer paper.
The sentiment is from Autumn Blessings.

I just added a LOT of wonderful stamps and dies
to our SALE section!

Be sure to check out the shop :)

Sunday, November 13, 2016

November 12

Happy Sunday!

created a really cool Hanukkah card for you today!

She used Star of David
and a cool masking technique
to create the neat stripes.
I really like this!!
of course the randomly placed sequins add just the perfect amount of glitz!

Thursday, November 10, 2016

September 10

Happy Thursday!

Sassy Smiles.
Completely awesome stamp set with witty sentiments.
It's a must have for sending fun cards.

Girl Friday Laurel used it to create this...

I love the white embossed sentiment and elements.
That big happy smile looks amazing in the color fade of sparkle.

I think the fun addition of the Wonderful Words flower adds a great design touch
and I like how she colored a few petals in coordinating markers.

This great stamp set also has a coordinating die called Smiling Fri-Dies
that comes with 3 awesome word dies for even more creative fun!

Have a wonderful day,
and remember that no matter what is happening in your life
or in the world,