Wednesday, March 1, 2017

March CAS Mix Up Challenge - Smooshing

We are so excited to announce that March marks one full year of challenges at CAS Mix Up.  In celebration, we will be offering two prizes. 
Prizes
$25 Gift Certificate to Simon Says Stamp for Challenge Winner
&
$25 Gift Certificate to Simon Says Stamp for random draw of all entries
 (must follow rules)

The March CAS Mix up Challenge is up today!   Loll is our host this month and here is her challenge for us.

In celebration of CAS Mix Up one year 'birthday', I made a birthday card!
 I used sentiment stamps, smooshing using Ranger Distress Stains on watercolor , a block die cut, foam dots and tiny rhinestones!
I sprayed Ranger Distress stains - Picked Raspberry, Fossilized Amber and Peacock Feathers onto my craft mat and then spritzed with water.  Then I pressed a panel of Arches Watercolor paper into the colors twisting the paper a bit.
 The stains leave such wonderful vibrant color even when mixed with a little water.  I added Tiny Twinkles to the base of 4 of the balloons for a little sparkle, matching the background colors!
I cut the panel to be just a bit larger than my Text Block Party Time die and layered the die cut over the panel using slightly thicker foam dots to hold it up off the panel.
I used two sentiments -  the It's Your is from Birthday Cheer by PTI and the birthday is from Simply Said Happy by Avery Elle.
So please join us this month and show us YOUR smooshing creation!
You'll find lots of inspiration from the Design Team as well as videos of smooshing with different products over at the March CAS Mix Up Challenge blog!
and remember there are One Year Birthday prizes to be won this month!

Stamps:  Birthday Cheer - PTI, Simply Said - Avery Elle
Paper:  White - PTI, Arches Water Color Paper
Ink:  True Black - PTI
Accessories:  Ranger Distress Spray Stains Picked Raspberry, Fossilized Amber and Peacock Feather, Die - Text Block Party Time - PTI, Tiny Twinkles - Taylored Expressions, foam tape.

18 comments:

Loll said...

What a fantastic birthday card to celebrate!! :) LOVE the mix of saturated colours in your smooshed panel. And the dimension from popping up your block die on top is awesome. Thanks for all your hard work at CAS Mix Up!! xx

Susan said...

I've never tried smooshing with Distress spray stains - great idea that I'll have to try. Wonderful deep colours! And I love the fact that you made a birthday card since it's CAS Mix Up's birthday.

Jo Manna said...

What a pop of colour. It truly amazes me on how you got all those colours together without any mud. This is a stunning card, brilliant of you to add the rhinestones too. Really a fabulous design. So happy to be on board with you and the rest of this creative team. Big HUGS xx

Bonnie said...

What a wonderful way to wish Happy Birthday, Julia! I love the colors and that wonderful dimension! You are such a wonderful creative asset to our team!

nancy littrell said...

Wow...Love your vibrant DI Stain colors for your smooshed background, Julia. Your die cut birthday plate is so trendy over your smooshed background. TFS your beauty. It has been so fun being on the same DT with you my friend. Hugs...

Redanne said...

Wow Julia, what a fantastic birthday card! I love your gorgeous smooshed background and the topper really does 'pop' - love this!! Hugs, Anne xx

Vicki Dutcher said...

Awesome background with the stark white covering

Marcia HIll said...

What a fun AND beautiful card Julia!! LOVE that colorful background and how your white die cut just pops off of it! Fabulous card!! :0)

Annie said...

What a fabulous design Julia xx Love the layout/die cut and amazing colour combo. Apologies for my lack of visits lately Just been rather busy. Sending you my best wishes
Annie xx

Tracey McNeely said...

Julia what a gorgeous design!

butterfly said...

Love this - the white balloons look so sharp against the colourful background - great design.
Alison x

Deb Riddell ~ Paxton Valley Folk Art said...

Fab background and love how you popped the die cut up off of the BG, great card Julia! Deb xo

Kim Heggins said...

Fun and festive....just love your card and your use of that amazing die!

Mac Mable said...

Fabulous and colourful background smooshing. Love the white balloon die in the front and set off with the tiny gem stones...fabulous creation x

Brenda in IN said...

This is a great card. I love the colors and that cool balloon die cover. The little sparkle on the balloon strings is very clever. I never thought to smoosh with sprays. I learned something new, thank you.

Debbie Nutt said...

Love the fab colours of your smooshed panel, the tiny jewels and great die! I'll have to keep my eye open to get that die. Thanks for sharing your talent with all of us.

Cathy said...

Gorgeous card, love the vibrant colours and that diecut is awesome! Cathy x

Claire Grantham said...

This is gorgeous, the beautiful die-cut really pops against your rich background. Clairex