You’re Sassy, Classy & Pretty Bad Assy!

Hello Cas-ual Fridays stamp fans!  I was pretty giddy creating this card I’m sharing with today showcasing a LOT of products from CAS-ual Fridays Stamps.  I used one of my all-time favorite stamp set called Frankly’isms with the Cup of Coffee stamp set and Coffee Cup Fri-Dies and the Scallop Tags Fri-Dies.

Here’s what I used:


I started out by stamping the Coffee Cup image on a gingham patterned paper and die cut the same with the Cup of Coffee Fri-Die.   I die-cut the tags using the Scallop Tags Fri-Dies with vellum and patterned paper. I ran the vellum tag on a hearts embossing folder to give it more dimension. I adhered both tags using mini glue dots.

On a piece of Bristol smooth white card stock, I used a stencil from my stash to add some color to the background with distress oxide inks.  I sprayed it with water to get the oxidize effect.

I adhered the tags onto my colored background.  I stamped the sentiment onto the “coffee cup” and adhered this piece on top of the tags.


To finish the design, I added the bow on top of the tag and also added some brown jewels to make them look like coffee bubbles.

Here’s a closer look:


Don’t you just LOVE the sentiment?  If you love coffee as much as I do, I think that sentiment is perfect!  I also added some white highlights using my Sakura gel pen.  I LOVE those brown jewels! They just added a little bit more “oomph” to the whole card design, don’t you think?!  Here’s another look:


I hope you like my card today.  Don’t forget that you can use my coupon code below to get 15% off your order.  Check out the $5 or less stamps and dies available now before they get sold out.  Happy crafting!


25 Days of Christmas Tags with CAS-ual Fridays



Today the CAS-ual Fridays Ink Squad is joining Tracey McNeely of for the 25 Days of Christmas Tags.  


For my tag below, I am showcasing the Somebunny stamp set, the Naughty-isms stamp set and the Scallop Tags Fri-Dies.   


somebunny stamp set


Naughtyisms stamp set


I stamped my image on Neenah solar white card stock and colored him in with my Copic marker.  I fussy-cut the image and adhered it on my tag.  




To finish my design I stamped the sentiment from the Naughtyisms stamp set and added the pine boughs with the red jewel.  Here’s a little close-up:




I hope you like my Christmas tag!  Before I end this post, I just wanted to let you all know that CAS-ual Friday is having a Black Friday sale.   We are also launching this mini-stamp set called “Most wonderful”.  If you placed an order of $50, you will get this stamp set for FREE.  In addition, all of the Retiring sets are marked 40% off and all of the Christmas and Hanukkah sets will be marked 15% off from today, November 20 to November 26th.  




Thanks so much for joining me.  Don’t forget to use my coupon code below when you place an order at the shop.  Happy Thanksgiving!




Naughty’isms with CAS-ual Fridays

Hello everyone! Maria here with you today!  Are you guys ready to see more inspiration from me after the release week?  I didn’t get a chance to join the hop last week because I didn’t receive the products on time.  Somehow the post office thought my package should go around the United States twice, haha! Anyhoo, I received them today and I immediately made some projects to show off how wonderful they are!

I am showcasing the Naughty’isms Stamp SetNaughty Fri-DiesSnow Fri-Dies and the Bushy Tailed stamp set.

Here’s what they look like:

For my first card, I stamped the images on some Neenah Solar White 110 lb. card stock and colored them in with my Copic markers.  I die-cut the sentiment using the Naughty Fri-Dies.  Here’s my first card:

The Naughty Fri-Dies cuts like butter!  I also added some black dots to fill in the space between the stamped images and finished my design by stamping the snow flakes in light blue ink. Here’s a little close-up:

These Naughty’isms stamp set and Naughty Fri-Dies are must-haves for sure!

For my second card, I inked up my Bristol smooth white card stock with Blueprint Sketch and Shaded Lilac distress oxide inks.  I stamped, colored and die-cut my little Racoon from the Bushy Tailed stamp set.  I also die-cut the sentiment “Snow” on some glittered card stock.

To finish my design, I added some snowflakes and crystal clear jewels.

Here’s a little close-up:

The little present is from the Naughty’isms stamp set.

I hope you like my projects today.  Don’t forget to use my coupon code below to order the products.  Have a great day and happy crafting!

Coffee Loving Cardmakers Blog Hop with CAS-ual Fridays


Hello coffee lovers and CAS-ual Fridays fans!  I am so excited because today, the CFS Ink Squad is collaborating with the Coffee Loving Cardmakers group.  There will be tons of inspiration during this hop and if you leave comments, you will have the chance to win 1 of 3 $25 Gift Certificates.

For my project, I am showcasing the Coffee Cup Fri-Dies, Coffee Talk Stamp Set and the Hot Coffee stamp set.

I started by stamping my image on some smooth white card stock.  I die-cut the image using the Coffee Cup Fri-Dies.  I colored the image with my Copic markers.

I die-cut a piece of some Bristol Smooth white card stock and used a stencil from my stash to color my background.  I used Carved Pumpkin and Wild Honey distress oxide inks.  I smooshed my Vintage Photo distress oxide onto an acrylic block and added water, then used my watercolor brush to splatter some colors on my background.  I adhered the coffee cup onto my card.


The stamp sets that I used for this card are definitely must-haves for any coffee lovers!  I think the sentiments are so funny!  Here’s a little close-up:


I finished my card design by adding some Sparkling Clear Jewels.  Don’t you think the little color splotches look like coffee?  I love how this card turned out.



Please don’t forget to use my coupon code below if you’d like to order the stamps and dies I used today.  Hop along with us by clicking on the link below to see more inspiration from the Coffee Loving Cardmakers DT and CAS-ual Fridays Ink Squad.  Don’t forget to leave a comment for a chance to win 1 of 3 $25 Gift Certificates.   I hope you like my card and got inspired.  Happy crafting!




Put On A Tutu & Twirl with CAS-ual Fridays

Hello CAS-ual Fridays fans! I’m back today with a simple inspirational card, showcasing the Tutu stamp set.

Tutu Stamp Set

I started out with some Bristol smooth white card stock and inked in up with Squeezed Lemonade and Wild Honey distress oxide inks.  I blended the colors together and sprayed it with water using my distress spray bottle.  I dabbed it dry with paper towel.

I used a snowflake stencil from my stash and applied my Nuvo Glimmer paste using my palette knife.  I let it dry for about half an hour.

I stamped my little ballerina with my Jet Black ink and colored the image with my Copic markers.  I fussy-cut the image with my scissors and adhered this piece with some foam adhesive.

I just LOVE the sparkly effect of the glimmer paste taking on the color underneath.  I finished my design my stamping my sentiment with Versafine Onyx black ink.  Here’s a little close-up:

I added some sparkling clear jewels on my little ballerina too.  I am giving this card to a friend of mine.  Her granddaughter is now taking ballet lessons and I think she’s going to love this card.

I hope you like my card today.  Don’t forget to use my coupon code below for 15% off your order.  Also check out the retiring stamps sale because once they are gone, it will not be restocked anymore.

Thank you for stopping by and happy crafting!

Missing You Sooo Much

Hello CAS-ual Fridays fans!  Are you getting excited for the fall season to start?  I just can’t wait for the cooler weather, pumpkin spice lattes, and fall scented candles!

For my card today, I’m showcasing the Bushy Tailed stamp set.

I started out by stamping my image on some Neenah solar white card stock and colored it in with my Copic markers.  I cut an A2 size piece of some Bristol smooth white card stock and inked up my background using some hills stencil from my stash, with some distress oxide inks.  I also used a clouds border stencil to create the sky.

To create my fall scene for my cute critter, I stepped out of my comfort zone and drew some tress and leaves in the background, using my Copic markers.  This is the first time I’ve ever drawn a scene from scratch.  I got so nervous I thought I was going to hurl, haha! (just kidding)  I think it turned out okay, I just need more practice.  After all this is “handmade” not Hallmark, right?

I added more depth by using different colors of Copic markers to create the leaves.

I used my cool gray Copic markers to add shadows and make it look more realistic.  I adhered my little critter and finished the design by stamping the sentiment.

Even though my drawing wasn’t perfect, I still love how this card turned out.

I think using different distress inks for my background added more depth and dimension to my card.

I hope you like my project today and got inspired.  Please don’t forget to use my coupon code (below) for 15% off your order at the shop.  Happy crafting!

Best Day Ever! You Got Rescued!

Hello my crafty peeps!  I hope you are all having a great week so far!  Maria here on the blog today, sharing with you a simple card, showcasing the Nate & Friday stamp set, with the Best Day Ever Fri-dies.

I started out by inking up my image using a Sunburst stencil from my stash with some Squeezed Lemonade and Fossilized Amber Distress Oxide inks (this piece will be my foreground).  I also dry-embossed this piece with a heart-shaped die and adhered this onto my card base.

I stamped my image on some Neenah solar white card stock using a hybrid intense black ink and just colored him a little with my Tombow markers.  I blended the colors with my watercolor brush to give him a little dimension.  I fuzzy-cut the image with my precision cut scissors and adhered this piece to my card.

I die-cut the Best Day Ever Fri-dies on some white card stock and also adhered these pieces on my card with some Nuvo liquid adhesive.   To finish my design, I added the enamel heart and stamped my sentiment with Versa-fine Onyx Black ink.  I also highlighted his nose with some black glazed pen and let it dry, then topped it with some white gel pen.


Rescuing/adopting a dog is one of the greatest decisions one could ever make and needs to be celebrated!  The sentiment that I chose for this card is just perfect!  Here’s a little close-up:


Adding the pink enamel heart just made it pop!  This card is super simple but I love the way it turned out.  Here’s one last look:


I hope you like my project today.  Don’t forget to check out the new August release and use my coupon code below for 15% off your order.  This stamp set is a must-have for sure!

Simple Cards with Patterned Paper & Bold Sentiments Featuring “Be” stamp set

Hello CAS-ual Fridays fans!  I hope you are having a great week so far.  Maria here with you today sharing some very simple cards with pretty patterned papers and bold sentiments, showcasing my favorite stamp set called “Be”.  Here’s what I used for my projects today:

As paper crafters, I’m sure you can relate that we all have a bajillion collection of patterned papers!    Sometimes when I am not feeling all crafty especially when experiencing jet lag, I want to create some very simple but beautiful cards.  I always look at my collection of patterned papers and bold sentiments stamp set.  The “Be” stamp set is just what I needed today to create some encouraging cards.  This stamp set is a must-have!

Some of my non-crafty friends used to tell me that they just didn’t have any patience to make hand-made cards.  If you are a beginner and you don’t have a lot of supplies (or have no patience to color and die-cut), you can still make pretty cards by collecting some amazing stamp sets like the one that I used here and some beautiful patterned papers.

For my first card, I cut a patterned paper that I purchase from the craft store and adhered this piece to my card base.  I think the sentiment I used for my card below went perfectly well with the images on the paper.

To finish my card I simply added some white dot details to the images with my Sakura Gelli-Roll pen.

This card only took less than 2 minutes to make but I think it will definitely make someone’s day.  The bold sentiment complimented the busy background.  Here’s a close-up:

For my second card, I used a rainbow patterned paper and a die from my stash to die-cut the middle piece.  I adhered this piece onto my A2 size card base with some foam adhesive.  I stamped the sentiment in the middle.

To finish the design, I added the white die-cuts using the Jumping Jacks Fri-dies.  I also added some sparkling clear jewels.

Don’t you just love the simplicity of these two cards?  I hope you got inspired today.  Please visit CAS-ual Fridays stamps to purchase the supplies I used.  Don’t forget to use my coupon code below, for 15% off your order.  Have a wonderful day and happy crafting!

CAS-ual Fridays Stamps – Nate & Friday

Time has flown by so fast!  It is the last day of the August release by CAS-ual Fridays Stamps and the design team is showcasing Nate & Friday stamp set.   This stamp set is so special because my daughter and I LOVE Frenchies.  Isn’t this stamp set so adorable?!  It is a must-have for any dog lovers!  The sentiment I used for my card is my favorite!




I die-cut some Bristol smooth white card stock which is my “go-to” card stock for distress oxide inks.  I used a stencil from my stash to add some details on my background.  This card is super simple but I LOVE how it turned out.




I added some black and white wash tape on my card base and adhered my colored background.  Don’t you just love this cute little Frenchie with a small heart on his chest?




This sentiment is so true!  Wishing you all warm snuggles, slobbery kisses and a tail that wags so hard its butt wiggles!




I hope you got inspired this week!   The August release stamps are available for purchase from August 17th.  Please don’t forget to use my coupon code below when you place an order at the shop.  Have a nice day and happy crafting!

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Check out the amazing design team’s projects today:

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