Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Exciting News!!

Hello!  I have some very exciting news to share with you today!


That's right, I was invited to be on the design team for CAS-ual Friday Stamps, and I couldn't be happier!  Michele has put together an amazingly talented team and I'm so honored to be working with them.  Be sure to visit the CAS-ual Friday blog, Michele is having a very generous giveaway while she's introducing all of the new design team members!

I made a couple of cards using some of the wonderful stamps and dies from CAS-ual Friday Stamps that I want to share with you today.

I usually start my cards with some kind of "spark", and my spark for this card was die cutting a flower from stamped, watercolored paper.




I started by stamping the small blossom branch from Casual Comfort randomly all over a piece of Tim Holtz watercolor paper using Versamark ink, then embossing with white embossing powder.  Next I did some watercolor on the piece using distress inks (Spun Sugar, Worn Lipstick and Picked Raspberry).  Next I used the largest flower die from Loving Blooms Fri-Dies and cut a flower from the paper.  I added several die cut pieces from Friendly Flowers Fri-Dies to the center of the flower (the circles and stamen).  Next I cut a few branches from white card stock using one of the dies from Casual Tree Fri-Dies, and mounted everything on a white circle.  The card base is Soft Stone card stock.  I didn't start out with the intention of making a sympathy card, but I thought that the softness of this design would make a really beautiful sympathy card (something I always have a difficult time making!)  The sentiment is from Casual Comfort and I embossed it in white on black card stock.  To finish the card I added a few small black sequins.

After making this card I was left with a card size piece of watercolor paper (with one large flower cut out from it), so I decided to see if I could make another card from it and came up with this.





Again I used the dies from Loving Blooms Fri-Dies to cut more flower shapes from my watercolor piece, and popped everything up using foam tape on a white card base after rounding 2 of the corners with my Corner Chomper.  I stamped the word "hope", from Hope Ribbon, several times at the bottom using Spun Sugar distress ink, I wanted it to be very subtle.  Next I stamped the sentiment from Hope Ribbon with black ink.  I added some pink sequin trim, clipped to a tiny white clothespin, to add a bit of bling to my card, hopefully this design will brighten someone's day!

I hope you're inspired by my cards, and that you'll break out some stamps and dies and CREATE!

I want to thank Michele from the bottom of my heart for giving me this opportunity, I'm so excited to design for CAS-ual Friday Stamps!






 

45 comments:

  1. I love how you made two different cards from one die cut! That pink and white is so pretty!

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  2. Love these soft and pretty pink cards, congrats!

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  3. Lovely cards designs using both the positive and negative cuts.

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  4. Congrats! Also, congrats on the RC gig~

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  5. Congratulations on joining the CAS-ual Fridays team, with two cards that are incredibly pretty and wonderfully creative! Looking forward to seeing your creativity over at Michele's place!
    ~carol

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  6. Congratulations! very pretty card.

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  7. Congrats:-) Gorgeous cards.

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  8. Congrats on joining the Casual Friday's design team Diane! What lovely cards, soft and creative.

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  9. Beautiful cards! Congrats on the CAS-ual Fridays team. Can't wait to see more!!

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  10. Congratulations! Great ideas! Love the use of negative space and punches.

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  11. Congratulations! I love your wonderful cards!

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  12. Congratulations are in order again! So happy for you! Beautiful card.

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  13. This is one of my favorite stamp shops...so glad your a new DT member. They're so lucky to get you.

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  14. This is one of my favorite stamp shops...so glad your a new DT member. They're so lucky to get you.

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  15. This is one of my favorite stamp shops...so glad your a new DT member. They're so lucky to get you.

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  16. Just checking out your Reverse Confetti work confirms what I thought...No wonder you were chosen as a "girl Friday". Love your style. Looking forward to seeing a lot more! Congratulations!

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  17. Congratulations! Your cards are pure loveliness! xxx

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  18. Congratulations. Gorgeous cards. I like how you used both pieces.

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  19. Whooo Hooo!! Congrats! So happy to be on this team with you! You know I adore your style!

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  20. Great cards love the colors. So much fun!

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  21. Huge congratulations Diane, can't wait to see what you do!

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  22. Congrats to you, Diane! Looking forward to seeing lots more creations from you! Love today's beautiful cards!

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  23. Congrats on becoming a "Girl Friday". Your cards are lovely. I love using the negatives of my dies, too.

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  24. Congrats! Can't wait to see your creations. These 2 cards are beautiful with awesome designs ♥

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  25. your cards are gorgeous.. congrats to you.. yay

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  26. Congrats to you for making the DT and thank you for sharing these sweet little cards with us! Love the positive and negative die cuts!

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  27. Congrats, Diane. Love both cards, great way to use all the pieces of that beautiful paper you created.

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  28. Congrats, Diane! So well deserved!

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  29. Welcoming you to
    the design team
    and enjoying your
    lovely cards!
    Carla from Utah

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  30. Congrats on the new gig. I love your cards and the colors!

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  31. Congratulations, Diane! These cards are so soft and lovely with heartfelt sentiments! They will certainly let someone know your thoughts are with them! Thanks so much for sharing!

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  32. Such fabulous news!!! Your cards are beautiful and you are so kind and supportive. Keep shining =)

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  33. Congratulations, Diane!! Your cards and creations are always amazing so I can't wait to see more of them!

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  34. Congrats on joining the Cas-ual Friday team!! Your card is beautiful! Love that flower.

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  35. How exciting, Diane! Congratulations on being a Girl Friday. Love how you used your die cut and negative to create two gorgeous cards. WTG!

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  36. Great card. Love the colors so soft and pretty.

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  37. Wow! This is stunning!!! Love the use of the positive and negative cuts!

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  38. Congrats, Diane!!! So pretty and so many cool techniques on these.

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  39. Love these cards...great designs.

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  40. Diane, congratulations!! What amazing cards -- so beautiful!

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  41. Congratulations, my friend!!! Your cards are soooo beautiful & sweet! Love the designs for sure :)

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  42. Congrats, Diane aka..Girl Friday!!! I love your cards, they are just terrific! Thanks for sharing!

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  43. Congratulations. So happy for you. Your cards are amazing.

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