Friday, March 9, 2012

A Sentimental Goodbye

Hello everyone...welcome back to The Open Window.

This post is a bittersweet one for me....

Nearly a year ago, I got the itch to start a new challenge.
You know me, always adding something to my plate.
I approached one of my dearest friends about the idea and
within a week, Michele Gross & I began a wonderful journey
as CAS-ual Fridays was born.  Our design team call began
March 11th of last year...and what a wonderful year it's been.

To read the story on how it all began, click HERE

Michele has really been the creative mind behind everything
having to do with CAS-ual Fridays....and now it's time to turn
it completely over to her.  I am excited to see her totally run with it!
The challenge is nearing 1000 followers and averages 150+ players
each week.  The sponsors & prizes are absolutely amazing and that is
a huge accomplishment for a challenge that is only a year old.
I will miss being a part of the challenge on a weekly basis
and I will continue to help promote the challenge and will play
when the opportunities are there.

Of course, a challenge is only as inspiring as it's designers and the
team that has been assembled for the past 2 terms has been
so phenomenal.  I know that they will continue to be inspiring to
those who come to play each week and I wish them success in
each creative step they take.

I could go on and on....but let's get to this week's challenge....

See what I mean about the 'creative' mind of Michele
Of all week's to be 'sentimental'...

This week's challenge is to create something that is Clean & Simple
with a sentiment as part of the project.
We are sponsored by SRM Stickers and they provided a beautiful
package of stickers to work with.
Since we are a CAS challenge, I couldn't go overboard using a lot
of images...and I truly kept it CAS.
I used the beautiful set 'We've Got Your Border-Baby Boy' set
for this card.  With 4 grandsons, I tend to lean towards boy cards.
The only thing I added was the tiny pearls for a little dimension.

I know the designers of CAS-ual Fridays have aMAZing creations
to entice you to play, so I hope you will make your way over, 
check out the ideas and play along.

I want to thank YOU for your support of our challenge.
It has been pure joy to get to know all the talented CAS designers
out there.  Keep up the CAS look!

Project Recipe: 
Cardstock:  American Crafts 
Embellishments:  We've Got Your Border-Baby Boy 
from SRM Stickers
pearls from Recollections


Michele Gross said...

What can I say? I love you!

Karen B. said...

What a beautiful post. You will be missed over there at CAS-ual Fridays, but I wish you much success and am looking forward to working with you in other crafty avenues.

Virginia L. said...

You so rock with the CAS-ual Fridays, Julie!You have contribute so much to the team and we are thankful for all you did! Today's card is perfect example of that CAS idea behind it! All the best to you and I know we will be following your footsteps in whatever you do! HUGS!

maria f. said...

Will miss you at CFC, Julie. I assume we will be seeing more of you elsewhere. Will stay tuned...
Best of luck.

Jenny said...

Good luck with all your ventures Julie and thanks for having the idea for CASual Fridays a year ago :0)
Love your CAS card... The star borders are just so sweet for a baby card :0)
Jenny x

~amy~ said...

Such a fab post Julie....your card is wonderful. Happy Friday!

Marlena M. said...

Adorable card Julie. Will miss seeing you here.

Ruza's Craft Corner said...

Lovely post!
Sweet card! ;o)

Corinna McGregor Barth said...

You're leaving it in good hands! Good luck to you in your coming ventures. :D

Katy said...

Love your card! Congratulations on your newest endeavors and you'll be missed at CAS-ual Fridays!

Annette Witherspoon ♥ said...

Awe. Your card is super sweet. Best of luck in all your future endeavors!! Your creations are fantastic. Thanks for blessing us with your talent!

Connie Mercer said...

came from LinkedIn!!! new follower. Love your blog and Congrats on LYB !!!! Beautiful work~ enjoyed my visit!!

Rose said...

i will miss your CAS cards each friday. but so excited to see what the future holds for you :)

Queen Mary said...

too cute Julie, and best wishes!

febe said...

Great post and a sweet card.


Colleen Dietrich said...

Julie, I know Michele will miss you as part of CAS-Fridays. You and she really created such an amazing challenge together.

This baby boy card (with sweet pearls!) is adorable. :)

Dolly Daydreams said...

Although I am a relatively new player with Cas-ual Fridays I have always enjoyed your themes and great inspirational work. Wishing you every success in all of your future ventures. Love this gorgeous card great layout and superb colours.


Darnell J Knauss said...

Thank you for your origination and inspiration this past year with these CAS challenges. I'm fairly new to all this (boy, what I've been missing!), but so happy to have found CAS-ual Fridays. You will be missed and I wish you all the best!

Julie Hoffman said...

I just started playing along with CAS-ual Fridays at the beginning of the year and I look forward to every Friday to see what the next challenge will be! Thank you for creating that :) I love your style and just signed up to follow your blog so I can continue to be inspired by your work! I know the future will hold beautiful things for you.

Julie Hoffman said...

I forgot to mention that your card for this week's challenge totally rocks! I LOVE it!!!

Cathy A said...

Sad to know that we won't be seeing your creations on the DT , but wish you well and thanks for all your inspiration since Casual Friday started.

Debbie said...

Best wishes on your new ventures!! What a great challenge blog you co-created!! I just found it and am really enjoying playing there!
Such a cute baby card!!

Jeanne said...

Love all that you do - this card is no exception. I'll be looking for what else you will be doing! Best wishes.

Lisa said...

I dedicated my card for the challenge to you sweet lady. You will be missed at CF but I know you have MANY other goodies up your sleeve. Love this sweet card with all of the stars. Blessings Julie 😊

Mynnette said...

I think this is amazing--LOVE the blue and yellow! :) So sad to see you go, but I get really inspired when people do what is right for THEM. Thanks for being a wonderful example of this! :)

Meadie said...

Love your sweet card Julie:) Good luck for your new adventures and I will miss seeing your lovely creations over at casual fridays, hugs x x