Thursday, April 26, 2012

Farewell, Farewell







Sometimes you've got to step back and re-access. At the time the decision came around to stay or not stay on the CAS-ual Fridays team I was really, really torn... Because I loved being on the team and because I am really, really busy. I knew my life was going to get busier with the summer approaching and two active little boys itching to go outside and play. I knew I wanted some extra time to design stamps that my crafty friends would love and be able to use over and over. I knew I wanted to give one other person the chance to shine by being on one of the best teams in blog land. I knew, in the end, it was time to step down from the CAS-ual Fridays team. Today marks my last challenge as a design team member, for now, and I'm truly saddened. I'll miss being on this fascinating team with oodles of camaraderie and inspiration. Thank you ladies, and a special shout out to Michele, for the fun ride. You'll be seeing my name pop up as a participant in the future!


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42 comments:

Anita Recksiedler said...

Lovely card! Sad to see you go from Cas-Fridays but understandable! :>

Laurel said...

Such a pretty flower and card!

Michele Gross said...

You are the quintessential CAS designer. I can't believe it's been a year and I really can't believe this is your last challenge with us!! I will miss you so much but I know you won't be too far way :) You always have a home at CAS-ual Fridays :)

Piali said...

Very pretty card!! Love that gorgeous flower.

Barb said...

It sure sounds like it was a tough decision, Karen and that you've given it careful thought. I'll miss you as a CAS-ual Friday's designer, but will continue to enjoy seeing your beautiful work here! This card is gorgeous - stunning flower!

Jay Gee said...

That flower is so beautiful Karen - gorgeous CAS card. They are going to miss you at CAS-ual Fridays :)

Lalo said...

I loved your CAS-ual Fridays card and will miss them (that's how I found your blog) BUT I know what it's like having a house full of boys during summer> YEAH for me thou I'm a follower of your blog so you'll always inspire me :)

Cassandra said...

My goodness this is just beautiful, you do the most wonderful CAS cards

kasia c. said...

Gorgeous card Karen!! It is sad to see you leave CAS-ual Fridays, you totally rock CAS. But, i am so excited for the many things you are planning to work on!!

Hugs,
Kasia

Lynnda Hosni said...

You rocked CAS style... loving the flower!!! Hugs...xoxo

artfuldelight said...

Oh my goodness I love your CAS-ual Fridays cards, it is so inspiring to see such beauty come from a CAS card. This card is no exception, I LOVE that flower on the Kraft card base. Simply delightful!!! :-)

Suzanne Russell said...

Thanks for all of the beauty and creative inspiration you have brought to me through CFC. I know I will see more of your artistry so I'm really happy for you and your new endeavors. Enjoy your summer with your boys!

Jen W. said...

We'll miss you and your beautiful creations at CAS-ual Fridays, Karen! Can't wait to see more stamp sets from you though. :)

Love how this soft white flower pops off the kraft and pink button is gorgeous!

Kara Lynne said...

Beautiful card! I especially love the button. Those boys won't be young for long, you'll look back without regret.

Jackie Rockwell said...

BEAUTIFUL card Karen! You will surely be missed at CAS-ual Fridays! Good Luck with your future plans!!!

Kelly said...

well done, Karen! Love the embossed background!

Sherry Eckblad said...

love that subtle embossed background and then that ginormous flower.

Annette said...

wow your card is amazing...i love the score lines and that big flower is a perfect add...love this card..

Chunyuan said...

Love the white flower on kraft background. Enjoy your time with the boys and designing new stamps. So excited for your design. Good luck with you new endeavor.

~Tammy~ said...

This is simple but elegant! I really love the beautiful flower against the craft!

Enjoy that summer time! It's time we can't get back!

Emily Leiphart said...

Aw, sad to see you leave the team but I totally understand with your other priorities! This card is beautiful and the flower really pops against the embossed background.

Alice Wertz said...

love the subtle textured background and that flower is so pretty! beautiful card, Karen! hope you have a wonderful weekend! =)

BabyBokChoy said...

I love how you used that jenni bowlin button for the flower center!!!

jengd said...

Sorry to see you leave CAS but it definitely makes sense. Looking forward to seeing more of your work here on your blog and more of your new designs!

Christina said...

I'm sad to see you step down from the team, but I know just where to find you! I can't wait to see what the future holds for you (wonderful things, I'm sure!). This flower is amazingly beautiful, and that scored background is fantastic!

Melissa Shea said...

Beautiful card! Love that flower. You'll be missed at CAS-ual Fridays!

Maria@Crafty Cre8tions said...

With every ending is a new beginning, right? I'm sure the team will miss you, but as you said, it will allow someone else to shine as you did!

Beautiful card. Love that gorgeous button in the center and the scored background!! I will have to try that!

Jenny said...

It's ironic that I found your beautiful blog through CASual Fridays and now you are stepping down as I step up to the Girl Friday team!! Would have been great to work alongside you on the team but as Christina said I know where to find you and look forward to your ventures into stamp designing too :0)
Your card is just so pretty, I love the burst of white on the embossed lattice bkgd :0)
Jenny x

Julie E said...

What a bloom!

Marlena M. said...

I'm in denial and I know next week, I'll be scratching my head wondering where you "went".
This card is beautiful...I love the center of the flower! I'll be back next week. ;)

Barb said...

gorgeous!!! i can't wait to follow your new endeavors...so much talent in one person! :)

MackieMade Paper Creations said...

This card is fabulous! i just LOVE that flower! I am going to miss you at CAS-ual Fridays, but I will continue to follow you and your blog! Best of luck!!!

donna mikasa said...

Gorgeous flower and card. Looking forward to your new stamp design venture! I know it will be awesome!

veronica said...

this is beautiful! love it.

Cheryl said...

Aww, they're going to miss you. Your card is beautiful! Enjoy your extra time with your boys!

Lisa Arana said...

I will miss your inspiration for this challenge. You are brilliant every week. Hugs.

Sara Grafton said...

Gorgeous card! I love it! I will miss your cards on CAS-ual Friday, but I will keep an eye on your blog.

Aimes said...

No doubt you'll be missed by the CAS-ual Fridays team, Karen but I just know that you have such an exciting crafty adventure ahead of ya! ;D
Hugs!
x

Heather Innusa said...

This is just great! I bet they'll miss you at CAS-ual Fridays - but I can TOTALLY understand needing to step back and change things up :).

jen said...

You're going out with a bang- this is lovely!!

Lisa said...

You will be greatly missed at CAS-ual Fridays Karen. Your farewell card is a fine example of your marvelous inspirational work!

lexi said...

this card is cas perfection! i love the lattice, the sentiment and especially that fluffy flower!!