Wednesday, October 18, 2017

CAS06 Encouragement Challenge

Welcome back to the 6th Calling All Sistahs Encouragement Challenge!!  
Here is this month's inspiration graphic is filled with beautiful pinks white and black.

I took my inspiration from the color in the graphic!
and made this cute card.

I hope you will join us over at the Calling All Sistahs Blog and create a card of your own to for this challenge!!  Winner gets a gift code to the CAS-ual Fridays store And I know there are some new stamps hitting the shop soon!!

Thanks for coming by and leave me a comment to let me know you were here, Susan!!

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Calling All Sistahs

Hi! It is October, which is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The CAS-ual Fridays Blog has been turned pink this month and there have been so many projects shown to help spread awareness. 
Today is the 17th and it is time for your monthly reminder to do your self-breast examination and also to schedule your yearly mammogram if you are due for it.
This month has flown by so quickly and my brain has been on overdrive, so I went back to basics for this month's reminder card. I used some of my rarely used patterned paper from my stash.  I chose papers with the same pattern but different colors for my card. I cut the Ruffled Ribbon out of the darker of the two papers and layered 4 layers of white cardstock and one of patterned paper to make the ribbon dimensional. The lighter of the papers I used as a base layer on a black A2 top fold card. I kept the card clean and simple by matching the patterns and using a single black on white sentiment on a base of black and a few sequins from the Sistahood Sparkle sequin mix.

I hope you come on over to the Calling All Sistahs Blog and see what the rest of the team have created this month.
See you tomorrow for this month's Encouragement Challenge.

Saturday, September 30, 2017

CC Challenge #16 - BOUGHS

Happy Saturday!!  This weeks Christmas Card Challenge is up over at StampNation and this week the challenge is to use Boughs on your project.
Here is a peek of my card.

I Hope you come on over and create a card for this Challenge!!

Reminder!!  Next Weekend is World Card Maker Day!!  Over at StampNation, and there is a whole weekend of Challenges!!

Have a great weekend!!

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Rainbow Challenge

Hello!!  Today there is a new challenge over at StampNation!!  This week were challenged to create using a rainbow of color.  Here is a peek of what the Challenge Team created.

Come on over and play along!

Monday, September 18, 2017


Welcome to this months Encouragement Challenge!!  
Please join us over on the Calling All Sistahs Blog and add a card to the challenge for the chance to win a gift code to the CAS-ual Fridays Shop.  This months inspiration board is filled with autumn colors and clouds.

For my card I chose to use the color scheme.And did some repeat stamping, using the Sassy Smiles stamp set and some ink blending for my side panel

I look forward to seeing what you make for this challenge!! Susan

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Calling All Sistah - September

Welcome to this months Calling All Sistahs monthly reminder post.  This is your monthly reminder to do you breast self exam and to schedule your yearly mammogram of it is due, As we know cancer, if found early gives you the very best chance of beating it. Just take our Michelle, she found her lump during a breast self exam and is a survivor!!

Please check out the Calling all Sistah Blog to see what the rest of the ladies have created as a reminder for you this month.

Here is my card for this months reminder.

Ok now do do your self breast exam!!

Tomorrow the Encouragement Squad will be back with a new challenge for you All!

See you tomorrow, Susan

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Christmas Card Challenge #15

Happy Saturday!! StampNation has a new Christmas Card Challenge today and this one is super fun!!  We are to get our inspiration from a Holiday song!!
Here is a peek at my card.

Can you guess which Christmas song inspired my card???  Come on over to StampNation and check out all the gorgeous cards made this week.

See you for the next CAS reminder post tomorrow!!

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Sketch with CAS-ual Fridays Stamps!

That's right this weeks Challenge on Stamp Nation is a Sketch Challenge!!  Here is a peek at what the rest of the Design Team created and we all used stamps from CAS-ual Fridays Stamps.

 Here is a Peek of the card I made.

I hope you will join us at StampNation and make a card for this Challenge.

Saturday, August 19, 2017

SN Christmas Chellenge #13

Today's Christmas Card Challenge over at StampNation is SNOW!!!
Here is a sneak peek of what the Design Team has created 

and a peek of my card.

Are you a member?? Yes, well come on over and join the challenge. No??  You can join Here!!

See you soon!

Friday, August 18, 2017


Welcome!!  Today the Encouragement Squad has a new challenge for you over on the Calling All Sistah's Blog  This month's graphic is in shades of blue and browns.  When i saw it I envisioned looking out onto an ocean scene.  Here is the graphic inspiration.

I used a lot of different products on this one lol.
Here is my card!!

Stamps - Pretty Posies (CFS), Calling All Sistahs (CFS)
Ink - Versamark, Broken China and Vintage Photo Distress Oxide Ink (Ranger)
Paper - Canson XL watercolor paper, White cardstock (SSS) Kraft cardstock (GKD), Fog cardstock SSS)
Accessories - WOW opaque white embossing powder, Pretty Posies Fri-dies (CFS), Wonky stitched rectangle die (SSS), Lattice Frame Die (CP Designs) Sparkling clear confetti (PPP) Prismacolor Premier colored pencils.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Calling All Sistah's - August Reminder

Hello there Ladies and possibly some Gents as well!!  This is you Calling All Sistahs monthly reminder to do your monthly self-breast examinations and to book your mammogram when it is due. As you know Michelle the owner of CAS-ual Friday stamps had a close call with breast cancer and as a result created a line of stamps called The Calling All Sistahs. She also donates 50% of the proceeds to Breast cancer research. Please come over to the Calling All Sistah's Blog and check out all the gorgeous creations the Design Team have made for you this month. 
So with out further adieu there is my card for your reminder this month.

Stamps - Full On Floral, Calling All Sistahs (CFS)
Ink - Worn Lipstick Distress Oxide Ink, Picked Raspberry Distress Ink (Ranger) Versamark Ink
Paper - Canson XL watercolor paper, Doll Pink and white cardstock (SSS)
Accessories - Sparking Clear Confetti (PPP), WOW opaque white embossing powder, Ruffles Ribbon Fri-die (CFS) Stitched rectangle die (SSS)

Sunday, August 13, 2017

OCC Rainbowmaker Day 4

Welcome back I am a bit behind but here we have my day 4 of the Online Card Class Rainbowmaker homework for day 4. Today we learned about Rainbow Watercoloring. For my card I made a watercolor background using Ken Oliver's Liquid Metals. Once that was dry I added the Abstract stencil from MFT over my background and applied Faber Castell's Glass Bead Glitter Gel on tip using a palette knife. Once dry I cut it down into a card panel and added my die cut Congrats sentiment on to a vellum doily cut with the Spiro Doily Die from CP Designs.

Thanks for stopping by

OCC Rainbowmaker Day 5

Hello today is Day 5  of the OCC Rainbowmaker class and I am close to getting finished with my homework. Today is all about Rainbow Stenciling Mediums!! For my homework I chose to use embossing paste colored with Ken Oliver's Liquid Metals. Using my Dreamweaver embossing paste I colored up small bits of embossing paste with each color one at a time and spread them over the Circular Lace stencil from Simon Says Stamp. I have to say I am in love with soft colors I got with this technique.

For the sentiment, I layered 3 of the "best" sentiment from CP Designs over a cut out circle "wishes" from the Spot On stamp set from CP Designs. I added s few sparkling clear confetti pieces from PPP, some Spectrum Noir Glitter pen ti the sentiment.

Have a great Sunday !!

Thursday, August 10, 2017

OCC Rainbowmaker Day 3

This class was all about die cutting our colorful rainbows. My card was made by gluing rainbow colored paper strips to form a large piece of rainbow paper and then die cutting it. I chose to use the Perfect Vine die from CP Designs and used it on this card.

Thanks for stopping by and I| hope you return tomorrow.

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Rainbow Maker Day 2

Today we learned about Rainbow stamping. There were three videos today WOW!!  For my card I chose another cute ballerina image fro the Tutu stamp set by CAS-ual Fridays and inked it up several times using my MISTI and using the same Rainbow of inks from Catherine Pooler Designs stamped out across my card panel.  I love it!!

That's all for today but the Class is not over yet, so please come back again for the next class creation.

Rainbow Maker - Day 1

I am a day late posting my creation for the Online Card Class - Rainbow Maker.  Day 1 was all about ink blending. For my card I ink blending my rainbow colors around the outside of my panel and over the Swoop stencil by CP Designs using Party Dress, Orange Twist, Tiara, Grass Skirt, Fiesta Blue and Flirty Fuchsia inks from CP Designs . The focal image is from the new Tutu stamp set by CAS-ual Fridays

I am in love with these cute ballerina's!!

Now on to Day 2!

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

SN Color Challenge

Welcome!!  This week at StampNation we have a color challenge!!
Here is a peek of my card.

and a peek of what the team has created this week!!

I hope you come on over to StampNation and see the great cards the Design Team and our members have made this week!!

Don't for get the Masterclasses by Concord & 9th are continuing this week!!

Saturday, July 22, 2017

SN Christmas Card Challenge # 11

Welcome to StampNation Christmas Card Challenge #11!!  From the minute I saw the inspiration board for this challenge I knew what I was going to make!!  Here is a peek of my card!!

I hope you come on over and join the fun!!

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Girl Power

Welcome!!  Today's Challenge over at StampNation is all about making a card for someone who inspires you. My card will go to a secret someone who inspires me. I cannot say who as she may see this before she gets this card.  We also have a new Masterclass starting this week by the fabulous Concord & 9th!!  I love their stamps!! and have used some of them on my card. Here is a peek.

Lets not forget about the rest of the DT. Here is a peek at what they made.

Come on over to StampNation and see all the cards the Design Team and member have created!!

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Encouragement Challenge - July 2017

Welcome back!!  This month for the encouragement challenge the Squad worked off of this inspiration board.

I loved the rainbow of colors and used them all!!  Plus who can resist an air balloon!!

I used the new Floating Stamp set from CAS-ual Fridays and Stamped the large balloon image and sentiment on top of my Distress Oxide blended background with Versafine Onyx Black ink and embossed it with Wanderlust embossing powder by WOW. I added a bit of bling, layered it on a panel of black cardstock and popped it on a top fold white card base.

I hope you come on over to the Calling All Sistah`s blog and enter the challenge. You can enter your card to win a gift code to the CAS-ual Fridays shop!!

Monday, July 17, 2017

CAS Reminder - July 2017

Hello Everyone,  I hope you have been having a great summer so far!!!  This is your monthly reminder to do you self-breast examination and schedule your mammogram if due. 

Here is my card for you this month.

Ready to see what the rest of the Encouragement Squad has come up with to remind us??   Check out all their great creations Here.

Stamps - Word Ribbon (CFS), Hope Ribbon (CFS)
Paper - Canson XL watercolor paper, Premium White cardstock (CP Designs), Vellum (SSS)
Ink - Gansi Tambi watercolor paints, Versamark Ink, Mistletoe Magic embossing powder (WOW), Wanderlust embossing powder (WOW for CP Designs) Clear sparking confetti (PPP), Wonky stitched rectangle dies (SSS)

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

StampNation Challenge - Inside and Out

Hello everyone! This week has flown by and it is Challenge time over at StampNation. This week we were challenged to not only finish the outside of our cards, but also the inside.
Here is a peek of my card.

 Here is a peek at some of the other cards in the challenge thread over at StampNation.

I hope to see what you have created for this challenge!!
Happy Crafting!!

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

StampNation Challenge - Summer

Welcome to this weeks StampNation challenge!!
This weeks theme is Summer and we worked from an incredible inspiration board with all thing summer on it.  
Here is sneak peeks of what the team has made.

Here is the peek of my card.

Who doesn't love an ice cold popsicle on a hot summer day??

Come and join us on StampNation!!
Not a member? You can join Here!!

Saturday, July 1, 2017

Power Poppy - Hues to use.

Happy Sunday everyone!!  Today I am participating in the Power Poppy Hues to Use Challenge. The color challenge this week is based on this picture.

For my card I used a digital image from the Rose and Chamomile digital stamp set.

I printed out the image onto a piece of Catherine Pooler Premium White card stock and colored the it using Copic markers E08, YR15, YR17, YR18, C1, C3, C5, C7 AND B000. The sentiment is from Birds of a Feather stamp set by Catherine Pooler Designs. The panel was die cut using the Wonky stitched rectangle die from Simon Says Stamp.

I hope you liked my project today and see you soon.

Friday, June 30, 2017

BIG News!!

Hi everyone, I have been keeping a big secret!!  
I am so excited to announce that I am one of the new StampNation Design Team member for the next six months!!! That's right ME!!!

I love StampNation!!  We have weekly challenges, special events and this year we have Masterclasses from some of the top experts in the crafting industry. 

We learned so much with over the past two weeks during the Creative Mediums for  Card Making by Faber-Castell.

Be sure to stop by again and see what I have created!!

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Night Flowers

The challenge over at StampNation this week is Colorful Night Sky. The night sky/galaxy trend is holding strong and this week over at StampNation our challenge is to make a colorful night sky.  I love making these and I was also coloring some flowers and combined the two of them into a card I have named Night Flowers.

This card came together by accident as I decided to color some flowers with not so ordinary colors, but I really like the effect.

Thanks for coming by and I hope you have a great day!! 

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Encouragement Challenge #2

Hello everyone!!  Welcome to the second Calling All Sistahs Encouragement Challenge.  
This month's inspiration board was so fun to work with, with all those beautiful colors!!

For my card based on inspiration from this photo was to get out my Gansai Tambai water color paints and  painted stripes of paint. Next. I took plain old plastic Cling Wrap from the kitchen and place it on the wet paint crinkling it as i went. I let it sit that way for a while, them removed the wrap once it was fairly dry. This leaves you with an amazing abstract background.

Next I cut down my panel with a stitched rectangle die and then I used three other stitched circle dies and cut out holes in my panel and and the same size circles from white cardstock. I popped up the front Layer and inset the cut out pieces of the background in the openings. I stamped the sentiment from The stamp set BE by CAS-ual Fridays Stamps and popped them up on two layers of foam tape, so they set raised up from the front panel.  As my final addition I added a few glitter enamel dots.

I hope you enjoyed this card , the inspiration board and will created a card to enter into the 
Calling All Sistahs Encouragement Challenge. And, remember Michelle is offering up a gift certificate to the CAS-ual Fridays Shop to the winner.
Please hop on over to the Calling All Sistahs Bog and see all the fabulous card the team has made!

Have and amazing Day and see you soon!!
Susan 😁

Saturday, June 17, 2017

June 2017 Calling All Sistahs Reminder

Hi and welcome to this months Calling All Sistahs monthly reminder to do your self-breast examination and to book your mammogram is due.

This month I used the Be stamp set from the Calling All Sistahs  stamp line by CAS-ual Friday Stamps.

 I stamped the sentiments on a piece of watercolor paper I had water-colored with It's a Girl ink from Catherine Pooler Designs with white pigment ink and used WOW clear embossing powder to make my top panel. The bottom layer is inked using the same ink using the Tin Roof stamp set by CAS-ual Fridays Stamps on a white top fold card base. I cut the to player using Stitched Basic Edges Die-namics from My Favorite Things.  For my sentiment I used the "kick cancer's butt" sentiment from the Calling All Sistahs stamp set and stamped it on to a sentiment strip made with the Stitched Fishtail Flag Stax Die-namics from MFT using Versafine Black Onyx Ink. Once my card was assembled I added Three vellum die cut butterflies.

I hope you enjoyed this month's reminder card and please visit the Calling All Sistahs Blog to see more of this months reminder cards.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Modern Damask

I just received a package from Catherine Pooler Designs.  I got the Modern Damask background stamp, Spot On sentiment dies and Sand Dunes embossing power by WOW. I have to say I am a bit obsessed with the Modern Damask stamp right now!!

Here are the cards I made so far lol

Stamps - Modern Damask, Spot On
Paper White carstock (Michaels), Ocean Mist (GKD), Vellum (MFT)
Ink - Mint to Be, Aquatini, Fiesta Blue, Midnight, Sweet Sixteen, Pixie Dust, and Flirty Fuchia (CPD) also Versamark Ink
Dies - Spot On sentiments (CPD), Stitched Rectangles (SSS), Sew Fancy Creative Cuts (ME), Birthday Journal Card Die (SPD)
Accessories - Sand Dunes embossing powder (WOW), Clear Rhinestones (HA), Glitter Gumdrops (YNS)

Monday, May 22, 2017

Ellen Hutson PIN-Sights Challenge

Good morning,  
Today I am playing along with the Ellen Hutson Pin-Sights Challenge. The Pin-Sights Challenge is an inspirational based challenge held on the 3rd Thursday of each month in the Ellen Hutson CLASSroom. The challenge is based on a Pinterest inspired piece hand chosen by Laurel Beard specifically for this challenge to spark your imagination and creativity! Here is the inspiration photo.

The colors are so pretty. My first idea was to make a bouquet of flowers.  That did not happen lol. This is what I eventually came up with...

I had not even thought to make a shaker card, but these things happen lol..

Dies: Wild Garden (EH), stitched rectangles and stitched ovals (SSS) and Painted Hello(SSS)
Ink: Something Borrowed, Sweet Sixteen, It's a Boy, It's a Girl (CPD)
Paper: Black and White cardstock (Michaels)
Accessories: Acetate, Rose Gold sequin mix (The Ton)

If you would like to participate in this challenge here is the link.

See you soon  Susan

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Encouragement Challenge

Welcome to the first Calling All Sistah's Encouragement Challenge. Learn more about this challenge and how you can participate on the Calling All Sistah's Blog.  
We can all use a bit of encouragement when things get rough, whether it be a major illness, or a difficult day/week/month we all need some encouragement to go on. 
Why not send them a piece of Happy Mail, a card of encouragement to let them know you are here for them.

This month we have our first inspiration photo.

I just love the colors in this photo!!  Here is my card for this challenge.

For this card I used the Floating stamp set. I created the sky with a piece of paper I cut a curve in and used the edge to sponge the sky with tumbled glass distress ink.

There will be a $25 gift certificate given to the CAS-ual Fridays Stamps store to one lucky challenge participant. If your card has CFS products used on it, Michele Saugstad Gross will double that prize!

Remember you can save 15% on stamps and dies when you used the code below

Thanks for coming by and please join us over on the Calling All Sistahs Blog and play along with us.