January 18, 2018

CAS 09

Are you ready for a new year of encouraging challenges?  Before we get to our first one of 2018 and introduce our new Girl Friday on the Encouragement Squad, we must say farewell to a few of our talented teammates that are leaving us.  Gwendolyn Goh, Melissa Miller and Rahmat Nisa we thank you for serving on our 2017 team and we hope you will come back and play in the challenge often!  Mary Moisan is still a Girl Friday, she has just switched teams.  You can now find her over the CAS-ual Fridays Challenge blog.  :)  We hope she will come play with us too when she can!

Those of you with a keen eye may have noticed our new member that joined us in yesterday's reminder post.  If not you can see it here.  It is my pleasure to introduce to you our brand new Encouragement Squad talented, beautiful and inspiring member, Sandie Munro.  You may have seen her fabulous creations her in our challenges.  She is a frequent flyer to the Calling All Sistahs encouragement challenge and we are thrilled that she said yes to joining our monthly challenges and reminder posts!  You can check out more of Sandie's creations on  her blog London Days.

And, returning for a new term is our incredibly talented and devoted design team Ceal, Larissa, Lori, Marci, Penny, Susan and me, Heather.  Feel free to check out our blogs below and leave these creative women some love. 

Now on to the challenge you came here for....

Everyone could use a little encouragement from time to time.  Wouldn't it be nice to have a stash of cards you could send to a friend or loved one who could use a bright spot in their day?  Our challenge is here to help you with that.  On the 18th of each month we will start a new challenge with a new inspiration photo.

The rules are simple:
1. Make an encouragement card inspired by the photo or colors or both.
2. Link up here by 12am EST on the 13th
3. Share with your friends and followers so we can get the word out about our challenge.

One person will win a $25 gift code to use on anything in the CAS-ual Fridays Stamps store.  All products are welcome, but if you use CAS-ual Fridays stamps or dies on your card, Michele will DOUBLE your prize!!!

Are you ready to see where this month's inspiration will take you?

January 17, 2018

Calling All Sistahs January Reminder Post

Hey Sistahs!!  It's the 17th of the month and we are here with your reminder...
Girls...you better check yourself!!

A new year invites new resolutions and for some, new words of the year. 
If I had to choose a word it would be PERSPECTIVE.
For me perspective means being able to see the whole picture from different views to have a clear understanding. I mean, let's face it, things are not always as they seem.
For instance, the thought of a cancer diagnosis is for lots of peeps, the worst thing they can imagine. 
It does suck! Not going to sugar coat it for you, it sucks big time!!
But I have to tell you a little story:

When I was first diagnosed and waiting for the results of my BRCA gene test, I had a lot of time on my hands. It takes weeks to get the results and the those results can greatly reduce your treatment choices. I reallllly wanted those choices so waiting was hard and the time passed too slowly for my liking! For anyone currently going through it, I feel you!! Just buckle down and breathe, this too shall pass.
To pass some of my down time (cuz I do have this little business to run *wink*) I watched movies. 
I'm a huge fan of chick flicks and I searched out all the movies I'd wanted to see but never had the time to sit down and watch. One of those movies was Still Alice
That movie rocked my world and changed my perspective!!
I don't want to spoil it for any of you who haven't seen it yet, but it's about a brilliant, intelligent, successful, happy woman who finds out she has early onset Alzheimer's.
It's heartbreaking! It completely wrecked me!! I was so moved by the movie that I went out and got the book which was even better and broke me even more.
This movie put me in fight mode. It gave me the perspective I needed to "minimize" my situation. 
Now, I'm hesitant to say minimize a cancer diagnosis, but what I mean by that is I realized there are worse things than what I was going through! I was in a situation that I could fight and win!
You can't beat Alzheimer's. You can try to be strong, you can think you're going to fight it, but there is no cure. You can't win. At least not yet.
My heart breaks for anyone who has this in their life. I can only humbly say I'm so sorry.
Besides something happening to my children, it is the scariest thing to me...forgetting all your memories and everyone you hold dear, losing yourself, and still existing until you don't. 
So, PERSPECTIVE: breast cancer...curable. Alzheimer's...not.
Doesn't even begin to compare.
Was it going to suck? yes.
Was it going to be hard? probably.
Did I want to do it? no.
Did I have at least a chance of winning? YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
A little dose of perspective can be a game changer. It can totally change how you view a situation, and how you feel about it. 
Cancer sucks. It just does.
It's a vicious, ugly, terrorist.
But it's beatable!
You. Can. Beat. It!!
Early detection is a huuuuuuge advantage. GIVE that to yourself. 
Do your checks each month. We'll remind you!
Be diligent about your doctors appointments and mammograms. Yes, they are a pain in the butt but it's a really little thing to do for yourself. 
And if you have to go through it, KNOW in your heart you can beat it!!
Hold onto that.

I have an amazing posse of Sistahs who join me here each month to create inspirational reminder projects to inspire you! Our hope is to get you to act!
Check yourself. Remind your Sistahs. And then get your craft on!

Come back tomorrow to join us for a new Encouragement Challenge and a special announcement!

January 15, 2018

CAS08 Winners

It's time to announce our newest batch of winners for the Calling All Sistahs Encouragement Challenge.  aka CAS06 

Drumroll please.....

The winner of a $25 gift certificate to CAS-ual Fridays Stamps is: 


e sure to email Michele at info@cas-ualfridaysstamps.com for your code and let her know you used CAS-ual Fridays Stamps products so she can DOUBLE it for you!!!  Don't forget to grab your winner's badge below.

And the Runner Up is:

Be sure to grab your Runner Up badge below!

Congratulations to the winners of our Calling All Sistahs Encouragement Challenge CAS08!!!