Tuesday, 28 March 2017

CAS Mix Up March's Monthly & 1st Birthday Celebration Picks

We had a lot of amazing entries into this month's Smooshing Challenge.
Thanks to everyone that helped us celebate our 1st Birthday here at CAS Mix Up!


Our Top Pick for March
Elaine
(Craft-E-Place)
Elaine created a gorgeous CAS mixed media card!  Lots of wonderful texture from her coloured embossing paste leaf background.  And Elaine's layered, smooshed flower with the die-cut splat is so creative and fun. :)

Congratulations, Elaine!
Make sure to grab the "Top Pick" badge below.
We will contact you shortly with your $25 gift certificate for Simon Says Stamp!


And more Outstanding Designs



Congratulations to Maura, Sarah, Susanne, Debbie, Colleen,
Maria, Tenia, Krisi, and Trina!
Make sure to grab your badge below.


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As part of our 1st Birthday celebration, we did a random draw for a
$25 gift certificate from Simon Says Stamp.

The winner of the random draw is #28 Debbie Nutt!
Congrats Debbie!

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We will contact you shortly with your $25 gift certificate for Simon Says Stamp!


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


Wednesday, 15 March 2017

CAS Mix Up March Reminder


There's still time to play along and help celebrate!


Prizes
$25 Gift Certificate to Simon Says Stamp for this month's Top Pick
&
$25 Gift Certificate to Simon Says Stamp for one random draw of all entries
 (must follow rules to be eligible for prizes)


Come join us and play along with this month's challenge!



Video Tutorials:
Smooshing with Acetate by Lauren Bassen (5:59)
Smooshing with Alcohol Inks by Eclectic Paperie's (2:42)
Smooshing with Inka Gold by Loll Thompson (4:01)
Smooshing with Inks by Loll Thompson (3:42)


We have had several entries this month that do not follow the rules.  In order to be eligible for the prizes, the rules below must be followed.
  1. Must be a card with a CAS (clean and simple) 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!!

Marcia
(Guest Designer)
Using smooshing, stamping, embossing, die cutting


Loll
(Host)
Using smooshing with Inka Gold, Stamping, Embossing Paste, Stencil, Die-cuts, and Watercolouring


Bonnie
Using alcohol ink smooshing, stamping, heat embossing and die cuts


Nancy
Using Stamping, Smooshing with DI's, Die Cuts and Fussy Cutting


Susan
Stamping, smooshing with Inka Gold, die cutting, and heat embossing.


Smooshing with Ranger Distress Spray Stains, white heat embossed stampings,  a die cut and dew drops.


Smooshing, Die Cutting, Stamping, Heat Embossing, Vellum, Thread & Beads




Challenge is open until the 24th.









Wednesday, 1 March 2017

CAS Mix Up March Challenge & 1st Birthday Celebration!


Welcome to a new challenge for CAS Mix Up ... and our
1st Birthday Celebration!


We are so excited to be celebrating our 1st birthday at CAS Mix Up!
The past year has just flown by!

Bonnie and I are thankful all of our followers for supporting us and playing along with our challenges over the past year.  THANK YOU!!

And we are thankful to our wonderfully creative Design Team.  We started out with just the two of us on March 1st, 2016.  By May, we were excited to include Nancy and Susan on our design team.  And we expanded our team again in November by adding Joanna and Julia.  A HUGE THANK YOU to Nancy, Susan, Joanna and Julia for all their hard work and amazingly inspirational cards!


To celebrate our birthday, we are including a few prizes this month.

Prizes
$25 Gift Certificate to Simon Says Stamp for this month's Top Pick
&
$25 Gift Certificate to Simon Says Stamp for one random draw of all entries
 (must follow rules to be eligible for prizes)


Come play along for a chance to win!



Smooshing is a fun and easy technique.  Add some colour to your work surface (distress inks, dye inks, acrylic paints, gelatos, distress crayons, inka gold, etc. etc.).  Spritz with water to activate the colour and then smoosh a piece of watercolour paper or mixed media paper into the wet colour.  Pull up and repeat until you're happy with the results.

Video Tutorials:
Smooshing with Acetate by Lauren Bassen (4:25)
Smooshing with Alcohol Inks by Eclectic Paperie's (2:42)
Smooshing with Inka Gold by Loll Thompson (4:01)
Smooshing with Inks by Loll Thompson (3:42)


Please follow challenge rules:
  1. Must be a card with a CAS (clean and simple) 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!!


Welcome to our wonderful Guest Designer, Marcia.
She won the January Liquid Colours challenge with this beautiful card.


Marcia
(Guest Designer)
Using smooshing, heat embossing, die cuts, stenciling, and stamped sentiment.


Loll
(Host)
Using stamping, smooshing with Liquid Watercolour Concentrate, stencils,
embossing paste, and stippling with white acrylic paint


Bonnie
Using stamping, smooshing (Inka Gold, alcohol ink), and die cuts


Nancy
Using Stamping, Smooshing with Zigs, and Die Cuts and Gelli Plate acrylics scrap


Susan
Smooshing with Distress inks, stamping, heat embossing, and die cutting.


Smooshing with Ranger Distress Spray Stains, stamping, die cut and rhinestones.
Smooshing, Splatters, Heat embossing, Stamping & Die-Cuts


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









Tuesday, 28 February 2017

CAS Mix Up February's Monthly Picks

Before showing my top pick and outstanding entries, I'd like to thank everyone for participating in the first challenge I've ever hosted.  It was great to see all the entries and the innovative ways people used corrugated cardboard.  I had a very hard time deciding on the top pick!!

Top Pick for February
Maria
I love the way Maria used the corrugated cardboard - such a great look with only part of the top layer peeled off and the white text stamping over top of it.  The two little birds are so sweet with the red heart providing a tiny pop of colour in the neutral colour scheme.  There's a wonderful feeling of lightness to the card that really appeals to me.

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



And more Outstanding Designs


Congratulations to Chrissie, Cathy, Sue, Evelyn,
Elaine, Pat, Susanne, and Marcia!
Make sure to grab your badge below.



March's challenge starts in a few days and there's something special in store.
See you on March 1st!








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!