Sunday, 1 May 2016

CAS Mix Up May Challenge

Hi everyone.  Welcome to May's Challenge at CAS Mix Up!  What AWESOME entries in our Stenciling challenge last month.  We hope you'll have as much fun this month!

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

We are so excited to introduce two new team members.  Both are wonderful CAS Mix Media artists and we know you will be inspired by their creations.

First up is Nancy Littrell.  Although Nancy is a new blogger (Scandinancy Creates), she is definitely not new to CAS style cards and Mixed Media.

And rounding out the team is Susan Bridgman.  Susan (Cardmaker's Garret) also loves to experiment with and use mixed media on her CAS cards.

We know you will be doubly inspired with the addition to our team!

On to May's challenge ...

This month we want to see some heat embossing on your cards.  Make sure to include some stamping (a little or a lot), heat embossing, and then pick something from the "Your Choice" list in the right sidebar to add in.  And please remember to keep your card CAS (clean and simple)

Heat Embossing is adding texture to a project by creating a raised image. It is usually done by using a slow drying ink on a stamp then adding embossing powder to the stamped image and heating with a special heat tool.  We found that you can heat other products to add texture too. Check out our technique videos below.

We are thrilled to have Karen Dunbrook (Snippets) as our Featured Designer this month.  Karen is  an amazing CAS artist and uses mixed media quite often. We know she'll inspire you.

And we are excited to have Betty Keefe (Created by bjk) as our Guest Designer this month.  Betty made the most amazing card for March's challenge.  Click HERE to see her beautiful card from the watercolouring challenge.

Our samples cards ...

Using Stamping, Heat Embossing Masking, Splattering, and Watercoloring


Using Stamping, Heat Embossing, Watercoloring, and Masking


Using Layered Embossing Technique (Heat Embossing), Stamping, Sponging, Die-cuts


Using Emboss Resist Technique (Heat Embossing), Sponging, Shaped Die-cuts and Punches


Using Emboss Resist Technique (Heat Embossing), Stamping, Sponging and Fussy Cutting


Using Stamping, Heat Embossing (with Kaleidoscope embossing powder), Stenciling with Embossing Paste, Fussy Cutting, and Die Cutting


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

Emboss Resist by Sage Kimble (2:14) - Easy technique with huge impact.  See Loll's card using Emboss Resist for the background, and Nancy's card using Emboss Resist for the main image and border.

Layered Embossing Resist by Altenew (4:34) - Take Emboss Resist a step further.  See Bonnie's sample card using this technique.

Faux Metallic by Jennifer McGuire (9:50) - Heat Emboss with Perfect Pearls.

Heat Embossing and Stencils by Technique Tuesday (2:14)

Heat Embossing and Sprays by Studio SN (5:36)

Heat Embossing Over Dry Embossing by Bev Gerard (7:08)

Hot Glue Embossing by Splitcoast Stampers (14:44)


The challenge is open until May 24th, so there's lots of time to play along.  Come join in the fun!


  1. Thanks so very much Bonnie and Loll, for inviting me to be the GD this month. All your cards are wonderful and so inspiring.

  2. Congrats to Nancy and Susan - both great assets to your DT!

  3. Thank you again Loll and Bonnie for inviting me to be on your DT for your amazing new CAS Mix Up Challenge :-) I am having so much creative fun! Hugs, Nancy

  4. Congratulations to the new team members and wow what fantastic inspiration from the team, Karen and Betty x

  5. Congrats to Nancy and Susan on being new members of the DT! Such beautiful examples and fabulous videos for our viewing pleasure...Thanks :) I'm looking forward to playing along again, as CAS Mix Up has already become one of my favorite challenges!

  6. Great to have 2 more team members. The sample cards for this month's challenge are so inspiring. And thanks for the videos. I love that this challenge encourages us to focus on one media element each month.

  7. What an amazing group of talented crafters you've brought us this month, Loll and Bonnie ... thanks for the amazing inspiration from everyone! Anita :)

  8. I made it!! I wasn't sure if I was supposed to list all the +s I used for my card from your list (in addition to the heat embossing). I have to say these particular DT cards have left me gobsmacked! I'm glad you have a Pinterest Board to save me pinning each and every one! Congratulations to Karen for being featured and for the two of you for nearing 100 followers already!! Hugs, Darnell