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.

$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.

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

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

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

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

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!


  1. Wow, one year already! How time flies.
    Happy Birthday! Hope I can participate more this year.

  2. Forgot to say thanks for the inspiration. Wonderful samples by the DT!

  3. Happy birthday! Has it been a year already. Thank you for a lovely, fun challenge and all your gorgeous DT inspiration x

  4. Happy Birthday ... doesn't time fly when you are having fun! Great inspiration for this month's challenge! Must go now and get smooshing!

  5. What??? The first birthday already??? Hard to believe but time flies when you are having fun, they say... Well then, Happy Birthday and many more! Great challenge and inspiring cards!

  6. Happy Birthday everyone, I can't believe is's been a whole year :) ♥

  7. Happy Birthday ladies ..... doesn't time fly when you're having fun! Stunning inspiration as always xx

  8. Happy Birthday to a wonderful challenge and fabulous and very creative team members x I have learnt such a lot in the past year and found it interesting that we are now smooshing and then adding to it with stencils etc. Thank you for all the inspiring inspiration and all your hard work x Very much appreciated x

  9. Happy Birthday! Amazing inspirational pieces as usual! Thanks for taking the time to make the videos too, they are really so useful.

  10. I took Nancy's's advice and added a stamped sentiment and re-entered the card! Lol!

  11. How fast this first year went. Wishing you the happiest Birthday wishes and so happy for you. I love all the things you try and keep learning new techniques. Great job ladies and thank you for all the inspiration.

  12. I posted the wrong picture on the challenge site and can't get it off. That picture was before I added the sequins! When you go to my blog you will see the addition of the sequins. I'm sorry I didn't realize it until I went back and checked the card.

  13. Happy birthday CAS Mix Up, I hope the whole inspiring DT is celebrating with a bang! :)

  14. That year certainly went by fast!! Congratulations and cheers to many more years! Thank you for all the hard work and such incredible DT works of art, like these, to keep us inspired!! Hugs, Darnell

  15. These are all gorgeous creations and wonderful inspiration for the challenge Loll. I can't believe it is a year since this started so Happy Birthday and thank you for the fabuous prizes on offer this month and all your hard work in making this a great challenge. x

  16. Beautiful cards by the design team!

  17. I've had so much fun with my first ever make it so easy to enter and find inspiring ideas. Happy First Birthday and here's to many more years of fun challenges.

  18. Congratulations Loll and Bonnie! Happy first birthda! I can't believe this challenge only started a month before I started my blog. Love this challenge and so happy I got to play this month.