Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Just Breathe CAS06 October Inspiration Challenge

They let me come back!

Welcome back to my place.  Today I'm back on CAS-ual Fridays Stamps for their monthly Encouragement Challenge. This challenge is based on making a card to lift someone's spirits, whether it's due to illness, loss, hardship or just to send a hug or put a smile on someone's face.

Each month a new inspiration board is posted on the 18th.  You can use the colors that are shown or draw your inspiration from the photo.  Both if you'd like!  Here's October's Inspiration board:


Each Encouragement Squad member posts their card they made and then everyone is welcome to enter the challenge.  The criteria to enter is here.

This is the card I came up with.

Stamp sets & floral dies:  CAS-ual Fridays, Inks:  Gina K, Adhesive: Brutus Monroe

I used both the color scheme and the picture from which to draw inspiration.  The three white circles, die cut, represent the candles.  I used the Casual Comfort stamp set and matching Casual Trees Fri-Dies to bring out the floral feel in the picture and also used the Breathe Stamp set for the sentiment.  I used a dark brown background to anchor my design and then put a brown metallic washi tape along the bottom for just a pop of shine.  The last touch I added to represent the water are dew drops adhered with Brutus Monroe All purpose craft glue. Gina K's Innocent Pink and Dusty Rose inks were used for the two shades of pink.     

I hope you join in with us and create an encouragement card to enter the challenge!

One person will win a $25 gift code to use on anything in the CAS-ual Fridays Stamps store.  All products are welcome, but if you use CAS-ual Fridays stamps or dies on your card, Michele will DOUBLE your prize!!!

To enter go to the Calling All Sistahs blog and follow directions to upload your card.  Winners are announced next month on the 15th.

To read more about Calling All Sistahs and what the mission of owner, Michele, is, click here.   

Thanks for playing along and good luck entering the challenge!  Don't forget the send your beautiful card(s) to someone who could use a smile.

Much Junkie love!  Craft on!


Tuesday, October 17, 2017

You've Got This! CAS-ual Fridays BCA Challenge

     I'm so excited to have been added to CAS-ual Fridays Encouragement Squad last month!  This is my first blog post for their Calling All Sistahs reminder to do your self-examinations this month.  We do this on the 17th of every month.  It takes 5 minutes and could very well save your life!  Also, if you are due, please go get your mammograms.  If you are not sure if you should have your first one yet, or if you need a repeated test, please ask your physician.

     You can also help find a cure by purchasing products from the Calling All Sistahs line where 50% of the profits go towards breast cancer research.

     Now, on to my reminder card.  I just love the whole Calling All Sistahs line of stamps and Fri-Dies.  What a pleasure it will be to create a monthly card with these supplies.  Today my card uses the Word Ribbon Stamp Set, the Dream Then Do stamp set and the Ruffled Ribbon Fri-Die

Highlighting emboss-resist technique

     I created the card base out of white paper and used the same to cut out the ribbon die and background.  Once I had the ribbon cut out, I embossed the coordinating stamps from Word Ribbon using VersaMark embossing ink and detail white embossing powder.  My MISTI helped me stamp perfectly on my ribbon by using the negative of die cut left over to hold my ribbon in place while I stamped.

     Once heated, I used two shades of pink to create an ombre effect on the ribbon.  I used a lighter pink blending from the top of the ribbon to 3/4 down, becoming very light at the bottom.  I then two the darker shade of pink and went over the top and 1/4 of the way down. I then went over the ribbon with a soft cloth to take the pink ink off the words.  I love the resist technique and it went perfectly and I got the look I wanted to achieve.

     On my background panel, I did the same.  Blending the lighter color 3/4 of the way up and then the darker color over it about 1/3 up.
     I embossed the sentiment from the Dream Then Do stamp set in the same detail white powder.  I used my MISTI to stamp the sentiment twice as my VersaMark pad is getting on the dry side.  

     I wanted the darker pinks on opposite ends of the ribbon and background so as to better highlight the ribbon and sentiment.  I popped the ribbon up on the background to add depth and interest. I think it looks really pretty.

    Continuing with really pretty, I added sequins and a glittery silver card stock lining to the background for more pop.  A girl's gotta have bling.

     Thank you so much for taking the time to look at my blog.  This may be one of the most important things I do each month.  Reminding lovely women to do their self-exams.  I will mail my card to a friend and let her know she should do hers as well.  

     See you next month, craft on!   Love, Marci