Friday, 1 April 2016

CAS Mix Up April Challenge

Welcome to April's Challenge at CAS Mix Up!  We are THRILLED with the number of entries for our first challenge last month.  So many creative and unique cards using watercolouring.  Thanks to everyone who played along.

We really enjoyed looking at all the entries!  Click HERE to see the Winning and Outstanding entries for March.  And click HERE to see our Pinterest Board with all the CAS Mix Up entries for March --- we know you'll be inspired! :)

Just a reminder that we are a CAS (clean and simple) mixed media challenge.  It's important to include some "open space" on your cards.  Thank you!

On to April's challenge ...

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

Stenciling is fun!  There are so many different ways to stencil and many techniques that use stenciling --- sponging, embossing pastes and gels, versamark and heat embossing, monoprinting ... just to name a few!

We are so excited to have Lee-Anne Cross (Creatively LA) as our Featured Designer this month.  Lee-Anne is a mixed media artist.  She loves to make CAS cards and frequently combines CAS and mixed media in her amazing designs.  Please visit her blog to see how she created her beautiful card below.

Our sample cards ...

Using Stencil, Sprays, and Embossing Paste

Using Stencil Monoprint technique, Brushos, Embossing Paste, and Heat Embossing

Using a Stencil with Embossing Paste, Watercoloring and Die Cutting


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:

- Embossing Paste and Stencils by Laura Bassen (6:15) --- Laura shows the look of lots of different embossing pastes.  See Bonnie's sample card of her embossing paste stenciled background.

- Stamping through a Stencil by Justine Hovey (3:35) --- Easy and fun technique.  See Lee-Anne's sample card with stamping through a stencil.

- Stenciling Monoprint by Lee-Anne Cross (6:50) --- great way to use the negative side of a stencil.  See Loll's sample card with her stencil monoprint background using the negative of the stencil, along with her embossing paste through the positive of the same stencil.

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


  1. Ladies, it's such a honor...thank you both! And congrats on an amazing response to your first challenge!

    1. Thank you Lee-Anne!! We are so thrilled to have you joining us this month! xx

  2. We are so happy to have your join our team this month, Lee-Anne! Thanks so much!

  3. Lee-Anne's card is CAS and mixed media heaven. What a great technique on Loll's card, love the muted colours. Bonnie's card is so very pretty and that gorgeous tag is set off beautifully with the background embossing. Many congratulations on the huge success of your first challenge x.

  4. OMG Loll, Bonnie and Lee Anne, your stencil mixed media samples are so creative and inspiring. I can't wait to play when we get home next week :-) Hugs, Nancy

  5. All three cards are amazing! Lee-Anne, that is one spectacular card! You always did WOW me with what you create! Loll, I know I can't live without that stencil after seeing this wonderful creation! And Bonnie, I have that stencil and would have never thought to use paste with it creating that wonderful, textured background for your beautiful tag! Thank you ladies for sharing your talent!

  6. Thank you for sharing the You Tube links. I enjoyed the one by Justine.

  7. Congrats on your wonderful response to your first challenge! Gorgeous inspiration cards, and I'm happy to jump in to play along again!

  8. Another fabulous challenge ladies with stunning inspiration pieces. Thanks for the nudge Loll ..... xx

  9. Great samples here!!! I never stencil; well I haven't in a long while! Must give it another shot soon!

  10. Hi ladies,
    I want to say a big THANK YOU for the wonderful inspiration and the great videos you show! Today I have learnt something new. :)
    Hugs, Liv

  11. Such wonderful CAS Mix Up's linked up! And I'm sure many more to come. I too, have linked up once again this month. Yay for me! lol But if my card isn't CAS, please feel free to delete it Loll or Bonnie. Hugs, Brenda

  12. Thank you for your videos and for amazing challenge...Love it...Zeljka XX

  13. Beautiful designs, ladies (I am so lucky to possess that steaming coffee cup card and IRL the colors and sparkle are mesmerizing!!!) and the gallery is amazing too.

  14. Check me out, ladies, I stenciled!! I love your inspiration cards and I'm so tickled to see the fantastic response you are getting to your fun challenge!! Hugs, Darnell