CAS with CASology + Blog Candy!

I hope you had a wonderful Memorial Day weekend!  It feels like Monday today for me, but it’s actually Tuesday!

Week 200 - CAS

A new cue word is up over at CASology and, with it, some fun & excitement!  Today is the beginning of CASology’s 200th challenge!  How time has flown!!!  In celebration, several of the design team members are offering blog candy on their personal blogs, selecting random winners via a drawing!  In order to be eligible to win, you need to do TWO things:

  1.   Enter a card in this week’s challenge by linking up on the CASology blog by Monday at NOON (CDT).
  2.   Leave a comment on the DT members’ blogs on which you want to be eligible to win the blog candy.

Winners will be announced next Tuesday, June 7, on both the CASology blog as well as each of the DT members’ personal blogs.

Here is my blog candy offering!

2016 May31 BlogCandy

  • Penny Black clear stamp set
  • planner clear stamp set from The Ton
  • yellow chalk marker
  • $10 Starbucks gift card (because everything is better with coffee…)

Since the cue word is “CAS”, there were lots of different ideas that went through my head, but I finally settled on the cute Carried Away stamp set & coordinating dies from Mama Elephant that I’ve been wanting to use for quite some time now!  I paired them with the You stamp set and coordinating die from Simon Says Stamp.

2016 May31 CAS WM

The big red balloon was die cut from red glitter cardstock & popped up with foam dots.  The “you” was die cut from black cardstock & glued directly to the main panel as the string to the balloon.  I die cut the little girl and colored her with Copic markers before popping her up with foam dots.  I arranged all three of these diagonally on the die cut main panel (Mama Elephant’s Femme Frames), popping it up with foam dots.  I positioned the little girl and balloon slightly off the edge to create a little interest on the design.

Remember to join in the 200th celebration this week by linking up your own CAS creation on the CASology blog AND commenting on the DT members’ blogs!  Here’s a list for easy reference:

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  • Hazel Hodgkins Posted Tuesday, 05/31/2016 8:54 am

    Oh Melissa! This is simply GORGEOUS!! I absolutely love this card! Your blog candy looks pretty enticing too! As for coffee? Yes, as Shelly said last week, ‘coffee works with everything’! LOL! Couldn’t agree more!!;-) Looking forward to this week of fun!

    • Posted Tuesday, 05/31/2016 4:56 pm

      Thanks so much, Hazel! 🙂 Such a fun week ahead!!!

  • Ardyth Posted Tuesday, 05/31/2016 9:10 am

    Congratulations on 200 challenges! Who knew what a success CASology would turn out to be! Thanks so much for asking me to join you way, way back – it’s been educational (!!) and oh, so fun! Here’s to the next 200!

    • Posted Tuesday, 05/31/2016 5:01 pm

      Thanks, Ardyth! Where has time gone?! It has been so much fun…and a lot of it is because of you and the team!!! I couldn’t have asked for a better support system! So excited to see where the next 200 take us! 🙂

  • Janet Swanlady21 Posted Tuesday, 05/31/2016 9:55 am

    What a clever idea to use the word die as the balloon string.
    CONGRATULATIONSONon your 200th challenge. Quite some milestone.

    • Posted Wednesday, 06/01/2016 12:57 am

      Thank you, Janet! I can’t believe it’s already #200!

  • Jacquie Posted Tuesday, 05/31/2016 10:33 am

    Congratulations on 200 Weeks, Melissa!! I adore the clever way you used the “you” die on this card!

    • Posted Wednesday, 06/01/2016 12:58 am

      Thanks, Jacquie! 🙂 This challenge will be so fun!!!

  • Gloira Lee Posted Tuesday, 05/31/2016 10:36 am

    Hello Melisa!
    Congratulation on 200th CASology challenge!!!
    CASology is my favorite challenge.
    Your card is so cute!!!
    The girl is adorable!
    I love your balloon idea! It is awesome!!!

    • Posted Wednesday, 06/01/2016 12:58 am

      Thank you! I had a lot of fun making it! 🙂

  • Anna Izotova Posted Tuesday, 05/31/2016 10:39 am

    LOVE your card, Melissa!
    Congrats on 200 weeks!

    • Posted Wednesday, 06/01/2016 12:59 am

      Thank you, Anna! 🙂

  • Gillian R Posted Tuesday, 05/31/2016 1:52 pm

    Congratulations on the 200th challenge Melissa. It’s an honour to be a small part of it. I love the big red balloon on your card. Very stylish. Also love your new blog design. First time I have seen it. Hope you are well

    • Posted Wednesday, 06/01/2016 12:59 am

      Thanks, Gillian! Miss you, you know! 😉 I hope you are well also!!!

  • Lynne in NI Posted Tuesday, 05/31/2016 4:22 pm

    Awwww your card is so sweet! I LOVE how you added your sentiment 🙂

    • Posted Wednesday, 06/01/2016 1:00 am

      Thank you, Lynne!

  • Estelle TBT Posted Tuesday, 05/31/2016 4:57 pm

    Oh so perfectly CAS! Such a cute card! Love the design.
    Thanks for the chance to win and congrats on your 200th Challenge!

    • Posted Wednesday, 06/01/2016 1:00 am

      Thank you so much! 🙂

  • Laurie U Posted Tuesday, 05/31/2016 6:48 pm

    Clever CAS designed card. Winner!!!

    • Posted Wednesday, 06/01/2016 1:01 am

      Thanks, Laurie! CAS is my favorite! 😉

  • Michelle Lupton Posted Tuesday, 05/31/2016 8:06 pm

    Your card made me smile fromm eear to ear! That glittery balloon is fabulous!

    • Posted Wednesday, 06/01/2016 1:01 am

      Thanks, Michelle! After I made it, I found myself wondering if I could possibly find such a glittery balloon in real life?! 🙂

  • Kim S Posted Tuesday, 05/31/2016 9:44 pm

    This is so cute! Definitely made me smile.

    • Posted Wednesday, 06/01/2016 1:02 am

      Thank you, Kim! 🙂

  • julye Bott Posted Wednesday, 06/01/2016 2:37 am

    fun card and great and different way to use a word die thanks for sharing.

    • Posted Monday, 06/06/2016 7:18 am

      Thank you, Julye! 🙂

  • WENDY RUDD Posted Wednesday, 06/01/2016 3:53 am

    Awhhhhh cute! cute! cute!

  • Jane Willis Posted Wednesday, 06/01/2016 4:06 am

    That sparkly balloon is the perfect way to mark a celebration – well done on 200 challenges

  • Karen Dunbrook Posted Wednesday, 06/01/2016 6:14 am

    super cute…very clever use of the die cute…well done

  • Gerrina Posted Wednesday, 06/01/2016 7:35 am

    Swinging by to get a closer look at your balloon; think it looks great! 200 times; that are a lot of cards and even more comments! Thanks for your inspiration!

  • Michele K. Henderson Posted Wednesday, 06/01/2016 9:46 am

    I love the sweet little girl with the balloon! This card is really gorgeous and I love your coloring technique!
    Take care!

  • Jen W> Posted Wednesday, 06/01/2016 11:09 am

    Now THAT is a fabulous balloon!! Love the “you” string too. so awesome!

  • Marlena M Posted Wednesday, 06/01/2016 11:39 am

    Lovely pairing of the sets~this is darling! Happy 200th Challenge~what an accomplishment!

  • Cindy C. Posted Wednesday, 06/01/2016 7:19 pm

    Super cute design, the glittery balloon looks great!!

  • Lisa Elton Posted Wednesday, 06/01/2016 9:21 pm

    YIPPEE for 200 challenges Melissa!! Your card is adorable, love the big sparkly balloon!!

  • aileen Posted Thursday, 06/02/2016 1:54 am

    I love this card, the way you have used the die cut ‘you’ as the balloon string so clever. It looks brilliant.

  • Maria Rodriguez Posted Thursday, 06/02/2016 6:18 am

    Hello Melissa: What a sweet and adorable card, love the string of this awesome and glittery balloon, this little girl hanging on to it just makes me smile.
    Maria Rodriguez.

  • Daria Z. Posted Thursday, 06/02/2016 12:48 pm

    Love that big, glittery balloon! This card just makes me happy.

  • Jane Posted Thursday, 06/02/2016 2:46 pm

    Loving that sparkly balloon – I’m a bit of a balloon fan – and that cute little lady hanging by the string made me smile!

  • Shelly Posted Thursday, 06/02/2016 3:33 pm

    Oh, this is sooo cute!! Love that big balloon and little girl!
    Yay for 200!! Congrats! 🙂

  • Stef Adams Posted Thursday, 06/02/2016 4:59 pm

    That little girl image is so cute and I love how you’ve used the first word as part of the balloon string. Congratulations on your 200th challenge and many thanks for all the inspiration that you and the rest of the DT have given us. Here’s to many more challenges at CASology! BTW: I love the Charles Mingus quote on your homepage. That was the first time I had come across it and it fits your challenge ethos perfectly. Stef x

  • Lilian Posted Thursday, 06/02/2016 9:53 pm

    This card made me smile with that huge ballon and the “you” string! So smart!
    The Leaf Studio

  • Leslie Turner Posted Friday, 06/03/2016 5:36 am

    Absolutely gorgeous! Love all aspects of this – from the image down to the design!

  • carol Posted Friday, 06/03/2016 10:35 am

    Your big ol’ glittery balloon and little girl makes ME smile! Ultra sweet; wonderfully CAS! Happy 200th Challenge; so impressive that you’ve been there since the launch! Thank you for the blog candy and, especially, the amazing inspiration!

  • foleysfriend Posted Friday, 06/03/2016 12:16 pm

    Love the super creative way you used the “you” diecut; So cute

  • Monika Reeck Posted Friday, 06/03/2016 3:45 pm

    Dear Melissa
    this is to to cuuutee
    remember your little cutie pie
    and the big balloon with that glitter paper is perfecto!!
    and the YOU is clever as the rope of the balloon
    I adore your cute and CAS card your card always inspiring me
    thanks for having me last time as GUEST and I never have the TON stamp its not sell in Germany
    wish I win your prize…
    Biig hugs

  • Lucy E. Posted Friday, 06/03/2016 4:43 pm

    I love how you created on the diagonal!
    It’s hard for me to think outside the box
    like that. Super cute card!

  • Judy1223 Posted Friday, 06/03/2016 9:48 pm

    Melissa, what fun card! I especially love the “you” balloon string and that sweet little girl image! (Actually, the big glitter balloon is pretty fun, too!) Ok, I just love it all! Thanks for having me as part of the CASology family…it is an honor and so much fun!

  • Claire A Posted Saturday, 06/04/2016 4:15 am

    Congrats on 200 fantastic challenges Melissa! Always love a CASology challenge. Your card is super sweet – I adore that stamp set…another one for my wishlist…

  • Ceal Posted Saturday, 06/04/2016 10:41 am

    Adorable card, love that glittery balloon! tanks for a chance to winsome gabby candy!

  • Joanne James Posted Saturday, 06/04/2016 4:49 pm

    Oh my goodness Melissa- your sweet little girl floating away with her red balloon is utterly adorable! Congratulations on making it to 200 – I’m fairly new to this challenge but I love it and am constantly inspired by the CAS cards from you and the DT. Bravo!

  • Marilyn Cotter Posted Saturday, 06/04/2016 7:14 pm

    Hi Melissa, your card makes me smile! Love it. A big congrats to you and the design team for reaching the CASology 200th episode … this is a fantastic challenge each week. Hugs!

  • Karen K Posted Saturday, 06/04/2016 9:27 pm

    Great card, I love your technique! Diagonal is so cool! Congrats on the 200!

  • Lisascreativeniche Posted Saturday, 06/04/2016 10:16 pm

    I just love the string you are flying away on.

  • Donna Rinckel Posted Sunday, 06/05/2016 5:36 am

    Melissa, this is adorable. I love the design. And your big sparkly balloon certainly brings attention to the card. Happy 200th.

  • Tami French Posted Sunday, 06/05/2016 8:41 am

    Oh I love how the balloon string is a word. So clever!! Happy 200th

  • Melissa Posted Sunday, 06/05/2016 2:37 pm

    Super sweet card, Melissa. Lovely coloring and I LOVE the big RED balloon! Congrats on reaching your 200th challenge and thanks for all of the great challenges. I thoroughly enjoy CASology. Your candy looks yummy and sweet! 😉

  • Željka Grižić Posted Sunday, 06/05/2016 4:56 pm

    Stunning card,and those glitter balloon is perfect touch to the card…love your design…hugs…Željka

  • Sarah Posted Sunday, 06/05/2016 5:46 pm

    Your card made me smile Melissa with the oversized balloon carrying the little child away!
    Great CAS design and can’t resist the sparkle.

  • Jessica Lin Posted Sunday, 06/05/2016 5:53 pm

    So adorable! And such a clever way of using word die cuts! Thanks for sharing 🙂

  • Shona Chambers Posted Sunday, 06/05/2016 6:06 pm

    Loving that glittery balloon and this of course is a perfect CAS design! I’m so happy for you and your team and can’t believe its come round to 200 challenges already. Here’s to many more!!

  • Taunya Butler Posted Sunday, 06/05/2016 10:15 pm

    Melissa – your card is filled with so much sparkly goodness, happy cuteness and total amazing-ness!! Love how you made that balloon so shiny and shimmery!! This card really made me smile!! Incredible job!!

  • Kavita Posted Monday, 06/06/2016 3:21 am

    Total fun card. The girl is so adorable with that glitter ballon

  • Zajawka Posted Monday, 06/06/2016 4:37 am

    Super cute :)) and what a yummy stamps! 😀

  • Grá O’Neill Posted Monday, 06/06/2016 8:38 am

    Fabulous card, love the glittery balloon flying off 🙂

  • Valerija Posted Monday, 06/06/2016 9:52 am

    Gorgeous card. It’s really make me smile. Love this super cute image.
    Valerija xx

  • Milka Gubo Posted Monday, 06/06/2016 11:16 am

    Oh WOW!!! Melissa, your card is super cute. Love it! :o)

  • Lisa Posted Monday, 06/06/2016 8:30 pm

    Your card made me smile. 🙂 So cute!!

  • Kymona Tracey Posted Monday, 06/06/2016 11:09 pm

    Hey Melissa!! Your balloon is super cute and big. I want to hold onto that string and fly away too. Nicely done.

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