It's time to CELEBRATE! Today is the final day of sneak peeks for the new CAS-ual Fridays Stamps release! This is a SUPER fun die set that coordinates beautifully with the 8 Happy Nights stamp set, but you can TOTALLY use it on it's own or with other fun stamp sets. Which is what I did. Because I like to be contrary and such.


Yup. I totes grabbed that 8 and made it into a birthday card! SO.MUCH.FUN. you guys! For reals, though. I will also be using this Fri-die set for some awesome Hanukkah cards, but when this idea came to mind, I simply HAD to play with it!


Be sure to head on over to the CAS-ual Fridays Stamps blog to check out what the Ink Squad has come up with! So many fabulous card ideas! AND.. you can comment for your chance to WIN!!! YAY!

Be sure to be ready, as these stamps will all be available in the CAS-ual Fridays Stamps store tomorrow... but probably earlier, because, let's face it, Michele LOVES to release new stamps for you guys!!! YAY!



Okay, so the set is ACTUALLY called Sleigh Bells, but we all know that JINGLE bells is what I'm going with here, right? Right. K. Glad we got that cleared up. However, this IS the newest fabulous set from CAS-ual Fridays Stamps and I am loving it!!!

Soon it Will Be

Okay, so first of all, Silver Bells is my favorite classic Christmas carol of all time. I just love that song! When I saw this sentiment I was so excited! I absolutely LOVE IT! And the bells... yup... stamps WITH coordinating dies! And I love that! LOVE! I created the card base by die cutting a circle with the Spellbinders Pierced Circle dies and then I adhered a sheet of acetate for a clear window.

Soon It Will Be (detail)

I watercolored the bells and then went over them with my Wink of Stella Clear brush to add a BUNCH of happy sparkle! I love it! They just SHIMMER!!!

Be sure to head on over to the CAS-ual Fridays Stamps Blog to check out what the rest of the Ink Squad has created and to comment to WIN this awesome stamp set!!! You will love it. I promise. For reals, though.

Because: Word Dies

I LOVE word dies. Love. Like, lots. And that is why I am SUPER excited to share a card set with you over on the Spellbinders Blog today! For, REALS, you guys! These dies are awesome!


Head on over to the Spellbinders blog to check out the whole card set complete with instructions and supplies! YAY!

Have a Happy!


TAG! You're It!

***This is my second post of the day! Please check out my Pinecone card showcasing the new stamps from CAS-ual Fridays Stamps! I kind of love it and want you all to see it. K? K. Thanks. Luvs!***

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge Blog

Hello, FRIENDS! Today began with sunshine, a pair of Toms on my feet, and an absolutely ridiculously good hair day, so you know what? I am pretty darn sure it is going to be a FANTASTIC day! Let's make it happen! And to add to that fantastic day, we have a fun new challenge for you over on the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge Blog! This week we are playing TAG! Yup! We want to see tags as your creation, in your creation, on your creation, whatever! Just show us a tag! The design team is playing with Tim Holtz products this week. If you have them we'd love to see you rock them, but if not, that's cool, you don't have to use them to play along!

Create Imperfection Tag

Yup. So you know that happy little CAS box I live in from time to time. Well, I BUSTED that sucker wide open for this challenge! Jumped right on out of the box and went full on mixed media style. I should write a song about it. Psy can sing it. It's gonna be a hit, folks, so get ready for Mixed Media Style: The Song to hit your local radio stations!


So, you can find the products I used in the links below (or just by browsing the fabulous Simon Says Stamp Store), but I want to talk technique for a minute. I used multiple colors of distress inks, applied with the cute little round applicator thingy (yup...totally the technical term) on a standard shipping tag. I then splashed a bit of water on that, which has this neat little reaction and causes those light spots you see. I added some stamped and embossed flowers, then some stamped (and rather messy, mind you) rows of dots before attaching the metal pieces. I also used inks to dye the ribbon and I love that piece so much I think I could hug it. Seriously, though... if you haven't tried to do some of this stuff, it really isn't hard to do... even I managed. HA!

AND... now it's YOUR turn! Create a tag or a project with a tag and link it up to the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge blog for your chance to win a $50 Gift Certificate to the Simon Says Stamp Store! Woot! Woot!

And dude, Have a Happy.

Because Pinecones are Awesome

Seriously. They are. And stamping pinecones on wood veneer, cutting them strategically to add dimension, and adding a shimmering tree bough, well, I may even venture to say THAT is awesome, too. BUT, you don't have to take my word for it! (Insert Reading Rainbow music here.)

CFS Season's Greetings

Okay, so seriously, I love this one. I would say it is my favorite of the new release from CAS-ual Fridays Stamps, but I kind of really super love tomorrow's card, too, so ... yeah, there's that. HA! But seriously... the ENTIRE Ink Squad was totally inspired by this set and it SHOWS when you see their stuff!

Season's Greetings Pinecones (detail)

So, here's the deal... head over, do a lot of OOOing and AHHHing at the cards and comment on the CAS-ual Fridays Stamps blog for your chance to WIN this gorgeous set! WHAT?! Yup. Totes, you guys. Totes.

Have a Happy!


Must Love Snowflakes

We have another brand new stamp set from CAS-ual Fridays Stamps to share with you! It's called Must Love Snowflakes and it is a beauty! You are going to LOVE what the Ink Squad has created with this one, you guys! For reals!

Dashing Through the Snow

For this one I used some super pretty Simon Says Stamp inks along with a great polka dot patterned paper from the Basic Grey Fresh Cut collection. A few little Hero Arts gem stones add just a bit of sparkle to the design.

Dashing Through the Snow (detail)

Be sure to head on over to the CAS-ual Fridays Stamps blog for your chance to WIN this gorgeous set of stamps! You will also want to check out what the rest of the team has created! Gorgeous stuff, today, folks!

Have a Happy!


Creative Blog Hop: Just Jingle Style

You may have seen some of these fun Creative Blog Hop posts around blog land. I was tagged for it by the absolutely amazingly fabulous Joscie! I will share with you a few things about myself and then tag a couple of more friends to share with you! Here goes...

1. What am I working on now?

Well, that's a rotating question, really. LOL! This week I have some projects planned for an upcoming guest designer spot (shhh! Secrets!!!), along with some submission cards I am working on if I can get my act together. HA! I also have found that I have TOO many uninked stamps currently in my studio, so I am trying to make 'just for fun' cards here and there with those because, well... it's FUN! Here is one I created this weekend using the Super Due STAMPtember® exclusive from Simon Says Stamp!


2. How does my work differ from others in my genre?

Ummm... well... Okay, so first, I should probably define my genre, which, I would PROBABLY say is CAS, although, let's be honest, I kinda go all over the place. So, I think that's probably how I differ. I can't sit still in my genre. HA! I just sort of do what feels like a fun thing to do at the time. Sometimes it works. Sometimes it SOOOO doesn't. But it is always fun and it often teaches me new things.

3. Why do I create what I do?

Well, I'm going to cheat and answer the first four words of that question. The 'what' is less important then the 'why' for me. I create because it is in my blood. It keeps me happy. It helps me through things that are hard and allows me to express myself. It is also super fun when things are totally NOT hard. It's just a part of me. I will always create in some way or another.

4. How does my creative process work?

Again, I'm brought to the Ummm.... state, here. Process, huh? I honestly do not have a consistent process. Sometimes I'm super inspired by a new product and I just want to play, so I make something. I don't really plan my projects, I just work as I go and see what comes out. That has down sides. Usually involving questions like, "Well, now how am I going to get that under there when I already stamped and glued that down?" Hmm.... BUT, it is how I work. I just do.

So, alas, there you have it!

I am nominating two super fabulous crafters:

Teri Anderson, because, seriously, you guys... she's amazing AND a giant ray of sunshine in a smile!


Heather Campbell. Because I love her. And she is fabulous. (Actually, she is so awesome she DESIGNED the amazing patterned paper I used on the card above. Yup. For reals.)

Watch for their posts next Monday!

Ka-POW! Go Knock 'em Out, girls!

Have a Happy!