June 18, 2017

CAS02 June Challenge Post

We had so much fun with our first Calling All Sistahs Encouragement Challenge.  If you missed the winners post Clicky to go there now and see if your card was chosen.

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 new blog.

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 this month's inspiration?

photo credit: http://callingallsistahs.blogspot.com/2017/06/cas01-winner.html

Are you inspired?  The encouragement squad can hardly wait to see what you create!  Link up  your encouragement card below.





June 17, 2017

Calling All Sistahs Reminder Post


It's the 17th of the month and I'm here with my Encouragement Squad to remind you to do your self breast exams and make your mammogram appointment if you've forgotten. 
I'm still here because of early detection. This past weekend I was in Seattle visiting friends, one of whom is also still here because of early detection. While at lunch this weekend, my other friend received a phone call giving her an update on one of her friends who was undergoing surgery that day. Lymph nodes clear! She too will be around thanks to early detection. 

There is always talk about finding a cure. 
I'm not a doctor. I have no medical background. But I did crush this disease. And I'm here to tell you that this disease is curable especially if you can catch it early. The cures are there, they aren't easy or pleasant but this is a curable disease. 
My hope is that one day they will discover a prevention for it. Now wouldn't that be something?!

Do your checks. Tell your friends, your family, anyone who matters to you... your sistahs to do their checks too. 
Finding out you have it sucks. Not gonna lie. 
But crushing it because you caught it early...that's priceless.

My sistahs are here with me today to delight you with their creations. 
Be sure to check out my Calling All Sistahs collection of stamps and dies designed shortly after I was diagnosed in 2015 with the purpose donating 50% of its profits to breast cancer awareness programs and to provide you all with awesome stamps to remind and encourage your friends. 

Enjoy the parade of hopeful cards and then please join us tomorrow to check out the new theme for our monthly Encouragement Challenge! We'd love to have you play along :)
-Michele














June 15, 2017

CAS01 Winner!!

Are you excited to see who the winner is for our first Calling All Sistahs Encouragement Challenge?  Everyone's cards were so beautiful.  Thank you so much for participating. It was a tough choice for our Encouragement Squad.

And the winner of the $25 gift certificate to CAS-ual Fridays Stamps is:

Dawn's World


Congratulations Dawn!!!
Please contact Michele at info@cas-ualfridaysstamps.com to claim your $25 prize.

Second runner up is:

Seashell Creations

Congratulations, Michelle! You've got some bragging rights.  We are working on getting winner's badges you can put on your blogs.

Come back on the 18th for our second challenge, and keep an eye out for the Calling All Sistahs reminder post here on this blog on the 17th.


May 18, 2017

CAS01 May Challenge Post

Welcome to our first encouragement challenge!  We all need a little cheering up from time to time.  There have been times where we were facing health issues, a loss, hard choices to make or life changes.  What better way to show your love, care, concern and support than with a handmade card?  

Each month, on the 18th we will have an inspiration photo and challenge to spark your creativity.  You can use the photo or the colors or both to create your card to encourage, bless or lift the spirits of the recipient.  Then link up here by June 13th for your chance to win a $25 gift code from CAS-ual Fridays Stamps to use in their online store!  You can use any product you wish, but if you are chosen and your card has a stamp or die from CAS-ual Fridays Stamps, your prize will be doubled!!!!!! 

Drum roll please for our first scrumptious inspiration photo and color palette.

photo credit: https://www.dreamstime.com/

Let's see how the Encouragement Squad was inspired.

Ceal

Full On Floral, Pretty Posies

Gwendolyn

Be, Floating, Flower Power

Heather

Be, Full On Floral, Loving Thoughts
Bubble Box Fri-Dies

Larissa
Pretty Posies
Posies Fri-Dies

Lori

Mary

Pretty Posies
Posies Fri-Dies

Melissa
Scallop Tags Fri-Dies

Penny
Bold Wishes, Loving Thoughts, Sassy Smiles
Loving Blooms Fri-Dies, Posies Fri-Dies

Rahmat

Pretty Posies, Truth Is

Susan
Floating

Pretty inspiring collection of cards, isn't it?  Now it's your turn.

Rules:
1. Make an encouragement card using the inspiration photo or color collection or both.
2. Link up by 12am EST on the 13th to be eligible to win.
3. Any products welcomed.  You are not required to use CAS-ual Fridays Stamps on your card, but if you do and your card is chosen, Michele will double your prize.


May 17, 2017

CAS Reminder Post

Calling All Sistahs!
It's the 17th of the month and I'm here to remind you to do your self breast exams.
It's a small thing you can do for yourself that will take just a couple of minutes, but could very well save your life. It saved mine.
If you are due or past due for your mammogram, please stop what you're doing, grab your phone and make that appointment. 
You matter! Take the time to take care of yourself.

Awareness is super important to me which is why I designed my Calling All Sistahs Collection in 2015. I designed it specifically to be able to donate 50% of its profits to breast cancer awareness programs. 

Today I am joined by the Encouragement Squad. They have created wonderful inspiration cards using sets from my Calling All Sistahs Collection. Each of these amazing designers has their own reasons for why my reminder posts are important to them, and why it matters to them to be part of spreading the word about breast cancer awareness. Please enjoy :)

Fri-Dies: Ruffled Ribbon

Fri-Dies: Ruffled Ribbon

Stamps: Hope Ribbon
Fri-Dies: Ruffled Ribbon


Stamps: Be

Fri-Dies: Posies


Stamps: Hope Ribbon
Fri Dies: Hope

Stamps: Hope Ribbon

Fri-Dies: Ruffled Ribbon


Come back tomorrow for our first Encouragement Challenge!

May 16, 2017

Susan White

Tomorrow we get to see all this new talent in their first Calling All Sistahs reminder post.  Then we will come back on the 18th for our new challenge and we want ALL of you to join us!  But first, we have one more introduction to make.  I've known Susan White in the stamping world for several years, and I love her style.  When Michele told me she would be joining our team I was jumping up and down for joy.  She has earned her spot on this design team by participating in our blog hops, commenting on posts, and creating beautiful works of heart.  Enjoy reading more about Susan and then be sure to head to her blog to leave her some love.

Susan White
www.susansstampingblog.blogspot.com


Hi, my name is Susan White and I live in Nova Scotia, Canada. I have been crafting for as long as I can remember but my first craft was sewing, at the age of 13. I then went on to knitting, cross stitch, tole painting and quilting. I was introduced to Creative Memories scrapbooking by a friend in my late 20's and being a single mom of three and a registered  nurse, I was hooked big time for years until I was introduced to stamping via a Stampin'Up class.  I have been stamping away happily for almost 20 years now. I love trying new techniques and supplies and now happily share these crafty endeavors with my soon to be 5 grand kids.



Stamps: Be, Full On Floral


May 15, 2017

Rahmat Gouse

It's been a pleasure getting to know our next newest Girl Friday, Rahmat Gouse.  She lives overseas and that means shipping can often be delayed, but she is so faithful to get her cards in on time whenever possible.  She has wowed me time and time again with her cards for the Calling All Sistahs blog hop and I am so happy she said yes to being on the Encouragement Squad.  Tomorrow is our last introduction. Enjoy reading more about Rahmat below and then head on over to her blog to leave her some love.
Rahmat Gouse


Hello everyone, this is Rahmat from http://cardsandcookingcorner.blogspot.com/
I am delighted to be part of the encouragement squad, along with many other talented and encouraging sistahs. 

I am originally from India. I have been globe trotting for almost a decade and half, mostly moving around many different countries in Asia. I am wife to a hotelier, mother to 2 teens. A teacher by profession, but currently not teaching. I do substitute and volunteer teaching from time to time.
I started serious card making only in 2014, and also started my current blog back then. I love CAS mostly, but I love trying out different techniques. I love exploring many possibilities with stamps. I love embroidery, so adding embroidery on my projects as and when excites me. 
I make all occasion cards, but mostly it is birthday and encouragement cards. I feel that when a person is going through hardships, any type of comfort or encouragement offered is very helpful. If you have heard of the saying,’ A book is a gift which can be opened again and again’ In my opinion a card is very much similar to the book, when we send a comforting or encouraging card, it can be opened and read again and again. Just to let someone know that you care is a very important gesture as a fellow human being.

Other than card making, I love cooking, reading, traveling and photography.




Stamps: Floating, Pretty Posies
Fri-Dies: Posies

May 14, 2017

Penny Ward

We are almost to the end of our list of new Girl Fridays for the Encouragement, and we've saved some of the best for last.  (Actually all the sistahs are wonderful and we are going in alphabetical order)  Every month Penny Ward has blown me away with her beautiful creations for the Calling All Sistahs blog hop.  She has a unique way of combining elements on a card that just makes me heart happy.  Enjoy reading more about her and then head to her blog to leave her some love.
Penny Ward



About me:
These are the things that matter to me…..I am a Daughter, Sister, Wife, Mother, Nana, Breast Cancer Survivor and Card Designer….. Life is Good!

I began making encouragement cards after my diagnosis as I met so many women along the way who just needed to know that someone else had walked in their shoes. A little kindness
helps everyone!


Stamps: Hope Ribbon