Friday, April 13


Welcome back to CAS-ual Fridays, The Clean And Simple Challenge!

What a week!  If you followed the announcements on our facebook page, then you know I had a terrible time narrowing down the huge list of awesome designers, and I decided to send out 7 invitations instead of 5.  
Then there was that special Monday announcement where another 5 invitations went out!
If you haven't 'liked' us on facebook yet, please do.  It's about to get super exciting over there!
Would you like to know who made the team??? I'll tell ya right after we talk challenge :)

CFC48: Opposites attract- choose 2 opposite colors from the color wheel to design your Clean And Simple creation.  Opposite colors are determined by where the points meet.  Examples: green and red, or orange and aqua, or purple and yellow, etc.  

Please say hello to our fantastic sponsor!

My name is Lisa Hjulberg and I'm the owner of The Craft's Meow. Opening this store is a dream come true for me... I'm following Henry David Thoreau's advice to Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined. I've imagined this for a very long time! We offer an array of stamps and paper crafting kits with coordinating bits and bobs that will make your paper crafting easier and more fun! We will also offer from time to time limited edition grab bags where everything old becomes new again!  And this is just the beginning... I hope you'll stay with me for more delectable things to come! 
This week's winner will get to choose the in-stock stamp set of their choice!

I'm so excited I can hardly stand it!!  I've got to introduce you to the team!
It's quite the international crew hailing from 6 countries!
This team has loads of serious talent and all kinds of experience levels, including 3 designers who have never been on a team before!
Creator & Blog Coordinator

I'm sure you'll be delighted to know that some of the original Girl Fridays will continue to inspire you on a weekly basis.  These amazing ladies have been with me since the beginning, and I'm so jazzed that they are staying!
Dana Seymour- US
Julie Day- Canada
Karolyn Loncon-US
Laurie Willison-US
Virginia Lu-Canada

Joining us in May is a super inspiring new group of designers. Not only are they uber talented, but they are also some of the sweetest and nicest people I've had the pleasure of 'meeting.'  I just know you will love them!
Debby Hughes-UK
Christina MacLaren-US
Lorena Canto-Spain
Jenny Mullens-UK
Gayatri Murali-Australia
Lynn Mangan-US
and making her design team debut:
Kimberly Lane-US

But wait! There's more!
Determined to keep at least a few more fabulous designers from my list, I came up with a concept that will bring you even more CAS-ual inspiration on a daily basis.
Allow me to introduce a brand new style of Girl Friday-the facebook team!
These Girl Fridays will be posting additional inspiration throughout the week that will be featured on our CAS-ual Fridays facebook page.
We're making every day of the week a CAS-ual Friday! Be sure to 'like' our facebook page so you can get your daily dose of new inspiration!
Uh-oh, not on facebook and don't want to miss out? Not to worry, they'll be posting on their blogs too.
They will knock your socks off with their mad design skills, and delight you with their wonderful personalities.
Please welcome
Angie Tieman-US
Stephanie Washburn-US
Suzanne Dahlberg-US
and also making their design team debuts:
Lisa Addesa-US
Deb Wabbe-US

Wow! What a team!! 
They are all crazy excited about getting to spill their beans tonight and
 I know they'd love to hear from you, so please visit their blogs and share in their excitement.
Their first post won't be until May 4th, but they are already working on their creations and you will be dazzled!
There are still more surprises to come as we approach CAS-ual Fridays' first birthday.
Should I hint about it on facebook??  *grin*

And now its time for our inspiration parade featuring stamps from our fabulous sponsor The Crafts Meow!



you warm my heart

Laurie W.

Laura Davis

Jaclyn Miller

The Girl Fridays love hearing from you!  Please leave them some love for their inspiring examples.
We're looking forward to seeing your creations too!

Now its your turn!
*Create a new Clean And Simple project using this week's challenge theme*
*Gotta have a link to CAS-ual Fridays in your post*
***No more than 4 total combined challenges***
**Deadline: 11:59 pm EST on Wednesday!**

And now...*insert drumroll*... for our winners!

The V.I.Ps
Well done!
You all will be featured on our VIP blog roll
and you may proudly display this badge on your blog!
*html code available on the VIP Club tab above*

The T.G.I.F Club Winner!
Lawnscaping Spring Bloghop
Nina Yang

Not only will you be our guest designer in May, but you've also just won the CAS-tacular prize from

You may proudly display this badge announcing that your card is in our perpetual 
T.G.I.F. Club gallery!!

Please email Michele at
with your contact info to receive your prize!


Julie Ranae said...

Let me be the first to officially congratulate this fabulous team! Michele has done an amazing job with this challenge and with an equally terrific and creative team, the sky is THE limit! So happy for you all!

Kimberly said...

YAY!!! It's here! It's here! It's FINALLY here! So excited to join this fantastic group of designers in my "debut" design team. SQUEAL!!! Thanks again, Michele!

P.S. Congrats to the other new Girl Fridays and the challenge 47 winners!

Deb said...

Woot, woot!!! A huge congrats to all my new teamies!! I am so excited to be working with you all!!!

Congrats to the VIPS and Nina! Beautiful Easter creations!

Dana said...

How awesome is this new team?! SO excited and giddy with happiness! Welcome new ladies and congrats to the top picks from last week!

Lee said...

WooHoo!!!! Congrats to all the fabulous designers!!! I can't wait to see what they all have in store!!!!

Karen M said...

Wow! Lots of congrats in order this week - Well done to the new team members, so thrilled & excited for you all! And also congrats to the winners, fantastic projects:)Hugs x x

Gayatri said...

Congratulations to all the New Girl Fridays. So happy to be working with you all. Thanks Michelle!
Congratulations to all the winners :)

Karen B. said...

Fabulous team you've compiled Michele!

Anita Rex said...

Congrats to your new team! Love the idea of a facebook group! :>

Harriet Skelly said...

Wow!! What a super team - great job picking the new designers!! Can't wait to see the creations on facebook everyday too! Congrats!

Nina Yang said...

Congrats to all the girls who made the team! Yay! And thank the team for choosing me as the Club Winner:) Hugs!

Kate said...

Very well done Ladies but especially the lovely Jenny cant wait to see everyone's work.
Kate xx

Jenny said...

Wool hoo I just had to jump out of bed with excitement this morning :0)
So looking forward to working on such an amazing DT...congrats to all the new Girl Fridays :0)

Congrats to Nina.... Love that cute carrot shaped treat box :0)
Jenny x

Debby said...

Delighted to be joining this AMAZING team! Hurry up May!!

Anonymous said...

Woohoo!! Can't wait for May to arrive! It's such a joy to be joining this amazing crew!
A huge congrats to the rest of the team and to this week's winners Nina, Elena , Rochelle, Wendy and Ruza. Great projects!

Isha Gupta said...

Huge Congrats to the new Girl Fridays...looking forward to see your creations.

Congrats to the winners too. Lovely creations.

Mary Jo said...

Wow! You've added some more amazing talent to your DT! This site has always been fun to play at and now it will be even more so. Congrats to all the new DT members and to all the challenge winners. A great week all around!

Tenia Nelson said...

Wow!!! Congrats to the new awesome team....WOW.....what! Also congrats to the winners of last weeks challenge...yay!!! And what awesome DT creations this week!!! Have a great day everyone!!!

Deborah Frings said...

Congratulations to the new Design Team. Such talented ladies - looking forward to your debut designs!

Love this week's challenge, great inspiration cards and so many entries all ready!! Off to have a think :)

Kari said...

Congrats to all the new members of the DT both on the blog and FB. I know it wasn't an easy decision since receiving so many applicants. I had so much anticipation all day on Monday - maybe next time. I'm excited for all of you - especially the members that are first timers :o)
Can't wait to see all of your projects!!

Marlena M. said...

WOW, you've got an awesome group of designers here. Congratulations ladies! ;)

Suzanne said...

This is so amazing! Michele, thank you for all of your hard work putting such a great team together and for the lovely introduction! I am in awe of everyone on this team and cannot wait to get started. Thank you so much - such a bright and happy day for me!

maria f. said...

Congrats to the new team members. Love the work all of you ladies do.
Relatively new to the scene, I was amazed to read CFC's FIRST birthday is approaching. You're very mature for your age :)

maria f. said...

Sure hope my card doesn't show up five times... the linky tool (or my PC?) is not liking me today. Will try again later but here is my card for CFC 48

Wendy said...

Wow! what a team. Thanks for picking my project as one of the V.I.P. Have a great weekend.

Lisa Petrella said...

WOOOHOOO!!! What a ROCK STAR team!! CONGRATULATIONS, ladies!!!! Can't wait to see all of your FABULOUS creations!

Melissa Shea said...

Congrats to the new DT! I'm excited to learn more about all the fabulous crafty ladies! Great challenge for this week too!

Christina said...

Congrats to this week's winners and to all the new Girl Fridays! I'm so delighted to be working with all of you. Thanks to everyone for the warm welcome!

Rose said...

congrats to all the new super talented DT members!!!

awesome inspiration from the DT :)

Katy said...

Congratulations to the new Design Team! This is so exciting! Looking forward to seeing your projects and I'm going over to facebook to Like you! :)

Lynn said...

Michele, Thank you so much! I'm still smiling from ear to ear. Thrilled to be part of this fabulous team and challenge that you have creating! Amazing!

glowegal said...

Congrats new girl Fridays, you're all awesome and make beautiful works of art! Looking forward to be inspired by each of you every week!! <3

Angie Tieman said...

Whooo! Hoooo! Such exciting news! So thrilled to be a little part of it! Love this week's opposites attract cards! And congrats to the spring challenge winners, fabulous cards!!

Jennie said...

Congrats to the new DT and what wonderful inspiration!! Thanks for the challenge.

Lisa Elton said...

So happy for all of you and looking forward to seeing your work!! Congrats to the winners of last weeks challenge!!

Cathy A said...

Congrats to all the new DT members, looking forward to seeing all your creations

Jenn Borjeson said...

What a fun challenge, loved the color wheel! :)

Lesley said...

Just missed the is my card if you have a chance to see it...I think I did CAS much better this week! LOL!