Wednesday, 15 February 2017

CAS Mix Up February Reminder

Hard to believe, but we are halfway through February already!  So it's time to remind you that you only have until February 24th to enter your cards for the CAS Mix Up "Corrugated Cardboard" challenge.


As it's the first challenge I've ever hosted, I'm thrilled to see all the fabulous entries so far, and I'm looking forward to seeing the rest.   

Please follow challenge rules:
  1. Must be CAS design (including open space)
  2. Must include at least three components listed on challenge badge
  3. Include link to challenge in your entry post
  4. When linking to challenge, link to your entry post
Thank you!!

Here's some more inspiration from our wonderful Design Team and Guest Designer.

Julie Beech
(Guest Designer)


Susan
(Host)
Using stamping, corrugated cardboard, gesso, gold paint, heat embossing (regular, Frantage, and UTEE), and vellum


Bonnie
Using stamping, corrugated cardboard, gesso, embossing paste, and die cuts


Loll
Using corrugated cardboard, stamping, heated copper, die-cutting, and heat embossing


Nancy
Using Stamping + Corrugated Cardboard Sleeve + EB paste and Tracing Stenciling.


Julia
Using ripped corrugated cardboard, acrylic paint water wash, stamping, embossing and die cuts.


Joanna
Corrugated card stock, Tearing, Brushos, Die-Cuts, Stamp & heat embossing


Challenge is open until the 24th.




Wednesday, 1 February 2017

CAS Mix Up February Challenge

Welcome to the February CAS Mix Up challenge!
We had lots of fabulous entries for the January "liquid colours" challenge. Congratulations to Marcia, who was our Pick of the Month for January! Click HERE to see Marcia's card along with some of the Outstanding Designs using Liquid Colours.

To see a close-up of all the beautiful card entries for January, check out CAS Mix Up's January Challenge Pinterest Board by clicking HERE.

Now for the February challenge ...

I've become quite a fan of using corrugated cardboard on a mixed media card.  So  I chose that as my challenge - the first challenge I've ever hosted (after being on the Design Team for CAS Mix Up since last May, and a little bit longer on another blog's Design Team).  Thanks to Loll and Bonnie for inviting me to host this month!!


As well as using some corrugated cardboard on your card, make sure to include some stamping (a little or a lot), and then pick something from the "Your Choice" list in the right sidebar to add in.

For your corrugated cardboard, you can use any kind of corrugated cardboard you like.  It can be recycled from a box (but you must tear off all or part of one of the paper layers to expose the corrugation), a recycled coffee cup sleeve (as I used in my card), corrugated cardboard sold in craft shops, or even cardstock you run through your good old paper crimper.

Corrugated cardboard can add texture and dimension.  It can be coloured or die cut.  It can be part of the background or the focal image.  But here's the trick:

Please enter only Clean and Simple Mixed Media cards.
Thank you!!

We are so excited to have Julie Beech as our Guest Designer this month.  She made this gorgeous card that was the winner of December's Sponging Challenge.


Julie Beech
(Guest Designer)
Using Stamping, Heat Embossing, Rubbed Inka Gold Wax, Watercolour, Die Dut and Inka Gold Wax Splatter!

Susan
(Host)
Using corrugated cardboard, stamping, die cutting, gesso, and gold paint.


Bonnie
Using stamping, corrugated cardboard, die cutting, acetate smash, and smooshing


Loll
Using corrugated cardboard, stamping, heat embossing, smooshing with watercolour concentrate, gold acrylic paint, and heat embossing


Nancy
Using Stamping, Covered Corrugated Cardboard, Die Cuts, Splattering, Sequins


Julia
Using ripped corrugated cardboard, Brushos with water, stamping and die cuts.


Joanna
Corrugated cardstock, Die cuts, Stamping & Heat Embossing and Glitter Drops


The challenge is open until February  24th.  Come join us!

Saturday, 28 January 2017

CAS Mix Up January's Monthly Picks

It's been another successful month at CAS Mix Up with lots of amazing entries!  We appreciate you taking the time to share your creativeness with us.  Thank you!

Below are just a few of the outstanding entries from this month, along with our "Pick of the Month".  We hope you enjoyed playing along and that you'll come join us again for a new challenge in February.


Our Top Pick for January
Marcia
We loved the gorgeous alcohol ink pinks against the stark white of the fuchsia die cut.
And those stacked hearts make the perfect background!
What a wonderful mix of media using liquid color, while still keeping true to the CAS style!

Congratulations, Marcia
Make sure to grab the "Top Pick" badge below.




And more Outstanding Designs


Congratulations to Linda, Maura, Viv, Jenny, Rahmat, Nance, Sue, Maria F., and Bobby!
Make sure to grab your badge below.



February's challenge starts in a few days.  See you on February 1st!






Sunday, 15 January 2017

CAS Mix Up January Reminder

We're already half way through January!!  We hope you are having a great month!  Just a reminder that our challenge runs until January 24th.  If you haven't had a chance to play yet, there's still time and we'd love to see you in our gallery.  And we want to thank those of you have already played.  Lots of amazing cards have been entered!


We are defining liquid colors as any color medium that comes in liquid form.  It can be Alcohol inks, Re-inkers, Stains, Paints, Sprays etc.  Use an old favorite liquid medium or try something new. 
Mainly, have fun with it!


January - Liquid Colours videos:  

Alcohol Inks with Yupo Paper by Loll Thompson (5:49)
Tim Holtz Distress Stains by Joggles (8:35)
Watercolor with Re-inkers by Kristina Werner (8:01)
Distress Paints by Kristina Werner (6:36)
Baby Wipe Technique by Beate/Splitcoast Stampers (2:23)
Baby Wipe Stripe Technique by Beate/Splitcoast Stampers (2:34)

Please only enter Clean and Simple Mixed Media cards 
and please follow the challenge carefully.
Thank you.

More samples from DT


Bonnie
(Host)

Using Stamping, Alcohol Ink and Acrylic Paint (as my liquid color), Stenciling, Die Cutting, Splattering and Heat Embossing

Loll

Using stamps, Shaving Cream Marbling with Re-inkers (Liquid Colours), Die-cuts, and Shaping

Nancy

Stamping, Distress Ink Refills Liquid Colours, Die Cuts


Using Stamping, Sprays, Heat Embossing, and Die Cutting
Using re-inkers and rubbing alcohol on Ranger Specialty Stamping paper, stamping, paper piecing and rhinestones.

Joanna

Using Alcohol Inks (Adirondack), 90% rubbing alcohol Splatters, Stamping, Heat embossing


Challenge is open until the 24th.







Sunday, 1 January 2017

CAS Mix Up January Challenge

Happy New Year!  Thanks to all of you who participated in our challenge last year.  We hope to see more of your wonderful creations in 2017!

Thanks to all that entered last month's sponging challenge.  Julie B. was our top pick for the December Challenge.  She designed this amazing card!

You can see all the gorgeous cards from last month's challenge on our December Pinterest Page.


On to this month's challenge ...this month I'm the hostess.


We are defining liquid colors as any color medium that comes in liquid form.  It can be Alcohol inks, Re-inkers, Stains, Paints, Sprays etc.  

Use an old favorite liquid medium or try something new. Mainly, have fun with it!

Please enter only Clean and Simple Mixed Media cards.
Thank you!!

Welcome Trina (My Crafting Closet) as this month's Guest Designer.  She won our November masking challenge  with this beautiful card.

Our sample cards for this month...
(Guest Designer)
Using Stamping, Re-inker Spread, Heat Embossing, Fussy Cutting, Die Cutting and Splatters

(Host)
Using Stamping, Distress Stains, Acrylic Paint, Die Cutting, and Embossing Paste with Stencil.

Loll

Using Liquid Colours (Ranger Alcohol Inks), Floating Alcohol Ink Technique,
Inlaid Die-cutting, stamping

Nancy

Using Stamping, Alcohol Inks on Yupo Paper, Die Cuts and sequins

Susan

Using Alcohol Inks on Yupo, Stamping, and Die Cut

Using Stamps, Alcohol Inks on Yupo, die cut and sequins.

Liquid colours (Winsor Inks), stamping, die cut, vellum & heat embossing

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We are also providing a few YouTube videos for you to watch if you'd like.

January - Liquid Colours videos:  

Alcohol Inks with Yupo Paper by Loll Thompson (5:49)
Tim Holtz Distress Stains by Joggles (8:35)
Watercolor with Re-inkers by Kristina Werner (8:01)
Distress Paints by Kristina Werner (6:36)
Baby Wipe Technique by Beate/Splitcoast Stampers (2:23)


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- Challenge open until 24th.







Wednesday, 28 December 2016

CAS Mix Up December's Monthly Picks

Thanks so much for taking time to play along during this very busy time of year!
We had many beautiful entries.


Our Top Pick for December
Julie
Your beautiful mix of stamped and embossed snowflakes really pop against the beautiful sponged background Julie.  Love the variations of blues to create lots of depth in a one layer card.  Amazing design!

Congratulations, Julie!
Make sure to grab the "Top Pick" badge below.




And some more Outstanding Designs



Congratulations to Viv, Pat, Trina, Bozena, Karen, Marcia,
Ceal, Katrina, and Bobby
Make sure to grab your badge below.



January's challenge starts in a few days.  See you on January 1st!



Thursday, 15 December 2016

CAS Mix Up December Reminder



We're over half way through December, so just a reminder of our challenge this month is Sponging. We are so happy with all the fantastic entries so far --- thanks to all that have played along, especially during this busy time of year!


Here's links to some sponging videos if you're interested.

Basic Sponging Techniques by Dawn (3:04).
Bokeh by Brenda Keenan (6:32)
Color Layering for Galaxy background by Ilina Crouse (7:40)
Emboss Resist Ink Blending by Laura Bassen (5:48)
Faux Mother of Pearl by Loll Thompson (6:09)
Layered Sponging by Susan Campfield (6:05)
Masking and Sponging by Brenda Keenan (7:42)


Please enter only Clean and Simple Mixed Media cards.
Thank you!!


More samples from our Design Team.

Loll

Using Stamping, Faux Mother-of-Pearl through a Stencil,
Sponging through a Stencil, Die-cut


Bonnie

Using Stamping, Sponging, Heat Embossing, and Vellum

Nancy

Using Stamping, Sponging, Heat Embossing, Die Cut, Dry Embossing

Susan

Using stamping, sponging (both regular and faux mother of pearl), liquid paint, ribbon, and die-cutting. 

Julia

Using Stamping, Sponging through layered Stencils, Clear Wink of Stella Glitter Brush, Layered Die Cuts.

Joanna

Using Sponging, homemade Stencil, Heat Embossing, Die-cutting, Stamping, Gilding Flakes & Vellum


The challenge is open until the 24th.  Come play along!