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Black & White CAS17

One of the most striking color combinations can be black and white with shades of gray.  These types of card tend to turn out either elegant or masculine when I am creating them.  I also enjoy adding just a splash of color, but for today's card I stuck to the challenge colors.


For my card I started by "painting" the background with gray ink and white shimmer paint.  I then dried it before stamping the full on floral on the background.  First I inked the sentiment in Basic Grey ink, but it wasn't dark enough so I switched to black.  This is where the MISTI comes in super handy!

The finishing touches were to cut my panel down 1/8", add a 1/4" sliver of dark silvery glitter cardstock and mount it on a gray card base.  Simple, yet impactful.   You probably can't see the shimmer in the picture, but when you turn the card in the light it picks up the sparkle from the little bit of paint I used.

Now, please head on over to the Calling All Sistahs blog to check out what the incredibly talented Encouragement Squad has created to inspire you.  Then be sure to add your card to linky party for a chance to win a $25 gift code to the CAS-ual Fridays Stamps store!

Don't forget to use the code above when shopping the CAS-ual Fridays Stamps store.  You'll also want to check out the retiring stamps section.  Some of them have already sold out!

Stamps: Full On Floral, Supercalifragilistic (CAS-ual Fridays Stamps)
Ink: Basic Black, Basic Gray (Stampin' Up)
Paper: Basic Gray (Stampin' Up)  (DCWD) Distress Watercolor (Tim Holtz)
Accessories: Silver Watercolor pan (Gansai Tambi)


Calling All Sistahs Reminder

It's the 17th of the month and that means it is time for the Encouragement Squad to remind you to check yourself and get those mammograms scheduled.  We did this by creating pretty cards to share with you.  Here is mine for September.

The interlocking stamp I used is retiring and at a VERY special discounted price right now.  It's perfect for adding a little (or a lot) of detail to your project.  For the ribbon, I first sponged in pinks and the stamped in black before die cutting.  To help it stand out from the background I layered it, slightly offset, with black cardstock die cuts.

Take the time today to take care of your breast health and then see what the rest of the Encouragement Squad has created at Calling All Sistahs.  BONUS: today I am sharing my "why" on the Calling All Sistahs blog.  You can read more about what motivates me to be a part of this important movement to remind and encourage our sistahs.

Before I go, I want to share a special fundraising event going on next weekend to raise money for breast cancer awareness, treatment and RESEARCH.  Our goal is find a cure for breast cancer!  My friend, Dr. Thomas Duncan, decided one day to offer rides around the track in his race car in exchange for a donation to the American Cancer Society.  In 2 weeks time he raised $1700.  He wondered what he could do with more time, so he put together a 2 day event, and set to work to raise even more funds and gather sponsors.  In 5 months we have already raised over $14,000 and the main event hasn't even taken place yet!

The event takes place next weekend, September 21st and 22nd, at the Ridge Motorsports complex in Shelton, WA, but you don't have to be local to donate.  Every dollar we collect goes directly to American Cancer Society.  You can make a donation in memory of someone else or to honor someone you know with cancer, or you can even make an anonymous donation. 

To learn more about this special event go to corvettesracingforthecure.com
To make a donation on my team page: clicky

Together we can make a difference.  Together we can help those fighting.  Together we can find a cure!

Stamps: Hope Ribbon, Starlequin, Word Ribbon (CAS-ual Fridays Stamps)
Ink: Midnight (Catherine Pooler Designs) Picked Raspberry, Spun Sugar (Distress) Smoky Slate (SU)
Paper: Rouge Glitter Paper (American Crafts) Whisper White (SU)
Accessories: Ruffled Ribbon Fri-Die (CAS-ual Fridays Stamps)


Enjoy Daffodils

After spending over a year with my creative "mojo" on vacation, this card brought it back.  It's not the best card I ever made, but I felt like watercoloring and picked a line art stamp to just "play" with.  It was so relaxing and brought back the wonder of taking a white piece of paper and turning it into a tiny work of art. Once this card was finished I went on a creative run and made a dozen cards in a row.  I still have 3 background pieces waiting to be finished on my craft table!  

Sometimes you just need to let go and see where your creativity takes you.   Some of the products I used are retired, so I linked up to others you can use to create a similar look.  My advice today is to take some time to play. 

Stamps: You Are Wonderful (Clearly Besotted)
Paper: Watercolor (Tim Holtz Distress) Whatever the Weather (SugarPea Designs)
Ink: Versamark, 021, 050, 052, 070, 092, 036, 041 (Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers)
Accessories: Champagne Mist (Tsukineko) Cross Stitch Square (My Favorite Things) Enjoy Die (???)