Michele's 50th Birthday Blog Hop

Birthday's are always cause for celebration, but when you hit 50 it's time for a FABULOUS BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION.  My friend and founder of CAS-ual Fridays Stamps, Michele Gross, is turning 50 in just a few days and a few of her crafty friends are joining in on the party with a fun blog hop!  

Michele, I wish you the happiest of happy birthday's, my friend!  You are a bright light in this world and I am honored to be on your creative team.  May this year be your best year yet!!!

My card was created by scribbling Zig markers at the top of a piece of bristol, then spritzing it with water and letting the excess drip and splatter.  Once that was dry I splattered it with watered down black Nuvo drops.    Next I embossed the super fun sentiment and added a bit of sparkly bling, because I know Michele loves glittery touches.

While making this card I played around with a couple of other sentiments from CAS-ual Fridays.  There are so many to choose from.  

Michele wants to celebrate by giving to YOU!  
Simply leave comments on all of the blogs on this hop for your chance to win (1 of  5) $50 gift certificates from CAS-ual Fridays Stamps!!!!  You should have come from the creatively talented Kimberly Rendino's blog.  If you get lost along the way or just want to start at the top of the hop, you can head HERE to visit CAS-ual Fridays Stamps blog. 

Next stop is the creative superstar:
Alana Moses

Stamps: Young at Heart, Franklyisms (CAS-ual Fridays Stamps)
Ink: 003, 025, 027, 031, 082 (Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers)  Versamark
Paper: Bristol Vellum Cardstock (Strathmore) Basic Black, Whisper White (Stampin' Up)
Accessories: Black Hemp Cord (Lawn Fawn) Enamel Dots (My Minds Eye) White Embossing Powder (WOW)


Young at Heart


CAS12 Encouragement Challenge

You know that feeling when you open your mailbox and there is a handmade card of encouragement inside?  That is the feeling we want to help you give your friends and family.  Join the Calling All Sistahs encouragement challenge and make a card to bring a smile to the mailbox of the person you send it to.  In the process you can build up your stash of encouragement cards and have a chance to win a cool prize from CAS-ual Fridays Stamps.


For today's card I had some fun playing with ink and water to make a floral explosion. 

Head on over to the Calling All Sistahs blog to see the beautiful springtime creations from the rest of the talented encouragement squad and then get started on your own masterpiece to link up with the challenge.

Stamps: Breathe (CAS-ual Fridays Stamps)
Ink: 031, 034, 036, 092 (Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers) Be Mine, Midnight, Party Dress, Tiki Torch (Catherine Pooler Designs) Emerald Envy (Stampin' UP)
Paper: Bristol Vellum Cardstock (Strathmore) Distress Watercolor (Tim Holtz) Whisper White (SU)
Accessories: 4 Petals Fri-Dies, Bubble Box Fri-Dies (CAS-ual Fridays Stamps) 


Calling All Sistahs

It's the 17th of the month, have you checked yourself lately?  Is it time to get that mammogram scheduled?  The Encouragement Squad and I along with Michele Gross are all her to remind you.   The earlier cancer is found, the better the prognosis.   You matter!

My card today was brought to you by my paper stash.  :)   There is a treasure trove of pretty paper in my hobby room and I'm trying to use some of it up before I buy any more.  The little butterfly was plain so I added antennae and a dotted trail to make it look as though it was fluttering. 

I'll be back tomorrow with a new encouragement challenge.  In the meantime, head on over to the Calling All Sistahs blog to read Michele's encouraging message and new outlook on aging.  You'll also get a chance to see the lovely reminder cards from the rest of the encouragement squad.

Dies: Hope Fri-Die, Ruffled Ribbon Fri-Die (CAS-ual Fridays Stamps)
Paper: Blushing Bride, Rose Red (Stampin' Up)  Yours Truly (Pebbles)