Friday, May 18, 2018

Calling All Sistahs May Encouragement Challenge

Hello Blogging Friends!!

Today is the 18th of the month and that means it is the
 start of a new Encouragement Squad Challenge!

Why do we have the Encouragement Challenge??  There are a bazillion reasons someone might need a pick me up from going through an illness, relationship woes, working through a big life decision or just feeling a little lonely or unappreciated!  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?  This 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.

Here is the Inspiration Photo for May:

Here is my card for this challenge:


White card stock
Tim Holtz distress watercolor paper
Neenah Solar White paper
Versa mark
Black embossing poweder
Black ink
Salty Ocean distress oxide
Broken China distress oxide
Peacock Feathers distress oxide
Faded Jeans distress ink

For this A2 card I started by making the base of the card with white card stock.   I took a piece of Tim Holtz distress watercolor paper, my blending tool and Salty Ocean, Broken China and Peacock Feathers distress oxides and rubbed then onto the paper, I spritzed it with water and then dried it with my heat gun.  I took the Heart to Heart stamp and versamark and stamped that onto the watercolor paper and heat embossed it with black embossing powder.  I inked the edges with Faded Jeans distress ink and then added it to the card base.  I stamped the sentiment from the Mon Ami stamp set with black ink onto some white paper and then I inked it with the distress oxides, cut it down and inked the edges with Faded Jeans distress ink and then mounted it on some white paper.  I put some pop dots on the back and added it to the middle of the card.

Be sure to stop by the CAS-ual Fridays store to see all the wonderful stamp sets there are to make cards of encouragement with!!  If you decide that there are one or two stamp sets that you just have to have then use this code cas-comfort to get 15% off stamps and dies!!  Thank you Michele, for letting me pass this on to my followers.

Don't forget to stop by the Encouragement Squad post to see all the lovely creations that the Design Team have made.

Now it is your turn to create something for this challenge!!  There will be a prize of a $25 Gift Card to use at CAS-ual Fridays Stamps, that will be doubled if your use CAS-ual Fridays products for your card!!

Thanks for stopping by!



  1. WOW, Lori, what a fabulous take on that gorgeous inspiration piece! Love the background hearts and that sentiment is perfect.

  2. Hi Lori this is a stunning card and the sentiment is so inspiring. Have a great weekend. Take care. Hugs Jackie

  3. This is so gorgeous, Lori!! What a perfect take on the inspiration photo!! I love the colors and sentiment!! Have a great weekend!! Big hugs :)

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  4. Beautiful background, lovely ombré look, totally inspiring x

  5. I love how you interpreted the inspiration. The black embossing against the inked background is beautiful.


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