Monday, 28 March 2016

CAS Mix Up March's Monthly Picks

We are so excited to see so many awesome entries for our March challenge.

Thank you for sharing your amazing designs with us.

Choosing a winner was a most difficult task!

Our Pick for March

We loved the mix of watercolors on this gorgeous flower with the added dimension of the popped up blossoms.  The bit of subtle texture behind the flower and a few sequins make this card extra special.  All this and Betty's card is still very CAS!

Congratulations, Betty!
Make sure to grab the winner's badge below.

Some more Outstanding Designs

Congratulations to Hazel, Ingrid, Nandini, Mac, Ksenija, Heather,
Kylie, Barbara and Barb!
Make sure to grab your badge below.

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

Tuesday, 15 March 2016

CAS Mix Up March Reminder

Just a reminder that we've reached the mid-point of the month.  The challenge is open until March 24th, so there's still lots of time to play along with CAS Mix Up's March Challenge - Watercolouring.  We are thrilled with the response to our first challenge so far --- thanks to all that have joined in.  :)

We are providing some more sample cards to show you how easy it is to add a bit of mixed media techniques or products to your CAS cards.

Featured Designer - Susan
Using Brushos (watercolouring), Stamping, Sponging with Distress Inks and Heat Embossing

Using Splash Watercolour Background technique (see link to video below), Die-cut, Watercolouring and Splattering


Using Splash Watercolor Background Technique, Die Cuts with Sponging and Shaping


Here's another YouTube video for you to watch if you'd like.

- Splash Watercolour Backgrounds by Loll Thompson (2:25) --- Easy technique!  Both Loll's and Bonnie's sample cards use Loll's Splash Watercolour background technique.


We hope our cards inspire you to play along.

Tuesday, 1 March 2016

CAS Mix Up March Challenge

Welcome to the first challenge at CAS Mix Up.  We are so excited to be hosting this challenge!

This challenge is about using mixed media on our cards yet keeping them CAS (Clean and Simple).

We'll give you a challenge each month using stamping and one mixed media technique or product. You choose one more mixed media element (or more if you'd like).  Just remember to keep your cards CAS.

Here's our first challenge.

This month we want to see some watercoloring on your cards.  Make sure to include some stamping (a little or a lot), watercoloring, and then pick something from the "Your Choice" list in the right sidebar to add in.  

Along with our sample cards, we are happy to welcome Susan Bridgman (Cardmaker's Garret) as our Featured Designer. Susan is an amazing artist and loves to use mixed media.  We hope you'll visit her blog and see how she created her beautiful card.

And here's our sample cards.

Featured Designer - Susan

Using Stamping, Watercolouring, Die Cut and Burlap.


Using Stamping, (Negative) Watercoloring, Die Cutting and Splatter.


Using Stamping, Acetate Smooshing (Watercolouring), and Die-Cuts with Shaping.


We are also providing a few YouTube videos for you to watch if you'd like.  Included are three videos that cover the three techniques used in our sample cards:

Watercolour Wash by Bob Davies (5:14) --- Lots of great tips in this video!  See Susan's sample card of her watercolour wash.

Negative Painting by Mark Mitchell (5:50) --- More great tips!  Outline stamp may be used instead of freehand drawing.  See Bonnie's sample card of her negative painting.

Acetate Smooshing by Laura Bassen (5:59) Easy and fun technique! --- See Loll's sample card of her acetate smooshing.


The challenge is open until March 24th, so there's lots of time to play along.  Come join in the fun!  Grab your watercolors and let's play.