CASology 5th Anniversary Blog Hop!

Hello there! Can you believe that CASology has been around now for 5 years?! That flew by fast. But, in those 5 years, CASology has become one of the most popular clean and simple challenge sites out there. Melissa keeps you on your toes weekly with fun Cue Cards in that all participants are focusing on the same theme. It’s really cool to see how everybody interprets one word.

This week, I’m really honored to be a part of the CASology special 5th Anniversary Blog Hop with some amazing talent, manufacturers and online stores offering you inspiration and prizes along the way.


  1. START: Tuesday, July 25 at 8 am CST.
  2. END: Monday, July 31 at 12 pm CST.
  3. WINNER ANNOUNCEMENTS: Tuesday, August 1, 2017.
  4. Leave a comment on blog hop participants blogs.
  5. Have fun!

Ready? Here is this week’s Cue Card!

And here is my card.

This is not my signature clean and simple style. I played hard and fast with this one. This card also has a sordid story. First, I blew the clean and simple aspect of it. Second, as I’m ready to hit PUBLISH, I notice that the Cue Card said BALLOON, not S, as in plural, and I have 3 on my card!

This means I thought of a new card idea in 2 seconds, for real, and will have to make another one and add it to this blog post. Fair enough?

Berry Burst, Lemon Lime Twist and Soft Sky seem to be the “IT’ colors right now. I never jump on those clique bandwagons, but this is a very unique color combination that just works. Of course, I have a million+ ideas of embossing the Soft Sky panel, Wink of Stella on die, stacking die, something to make the foil declare itself a bit more…BUT…I stamped my balloon strings straight with no smudging and got them lined up perfectly. That is success! I owned the cardstock. This will also probably be the only time in the history of forever where I was the Queen of my Craftroom. It was exhilarating!

I used Happy Birthday Gorgeous for the balloons and large die-cut; and Eastern Palace for the corner detail. I’ve noticed that a lot of the stamp sets and designer series paper details have those 3 little whale water spouts, at least that’s what I call them, that really helps you pull everything together. I can’t believed how much I’ve missed over the years not paying attention to the details that really made the difference.

I’m the end of the line of this fabulous blog hop. Just in case you missed somebody along the way – and can you get over all of the manufacturers involved ?! – wow! I have a list below for you.


Thank you so very much for stopping by to visit me today and for hopping along with us at CASology. I’d like to wish them a very Happy 5th Anniversary for all that you do for the crafting industry!

Don’t forget to leave a comment to qualify for prizes from the above contributors and good luck!





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  1. Such a festive card! TFS!

  2. Beautiful card! I love the little “whale spouts” as you called them, it does tie everything together nicely.

  3. so very cute!!

  4. I love the dotted balloons and the very nice colors. Great card

  5. Fun card. Love the die sentiment.

  6. Very elegant card. Love the bright colors.

  7. Great card! Love the colors!

  8. Such a cute and fun card!!

  9. Love the colors on this great card!

  10. Sweet card:0

  11. Great layering!

  12. Just stunning with every little details!

  13. Cute card, love the Birthday die and balloons.

  14. Try as I might, I can never get clean and simple… it’s too easy to keep on going. And Balloon(s) look great. The more the merrier.

  15. Such a pretty card! Creative color combo!

  16. Beautiful card love the large sentiment!

  17. I love your card and the HB die words are beautiful.

  18. Kathleen Bingham

    Love the sentiment!

  19. What a lovely card!Thank you for sharing.

  20. Love the color combo. I just got my Lemon/Lime Twist ink and am eager to use it. Love your card!

  21. This is really fun! I love that big Happy Birthday script!
    Take Care!

  22. Cute card.

  23. Congratulations on your beautiful card!

  24. I love all of your commentary. I’m guessing that is just what you would say if you were talking to me! Your color choices are vibrant and make for a very happy card.

  25. Hard and fast and GORGEOUS, you mean. What an amazing card.

  26. What a bright and bold card! Gorgeous!

  27. I am so with you when you do a card, then realise that something is not quite right about it – the theme, or the colours I misread……but if the cue card is balloon, and it makes you think of balloons – then that’s good inspiration, right?

  28. Margaret McGarry

    Love the rich colour combo!

  29. Ilove the texture on the balloons, very pretty!

  30. Love this card! The colors and the design just make me smile.

  31. Fabulous card ! So many details…… really a awesome card.

  32. Love the water sprouts!!

  33. I like the clean lines of your die cuts!

  34. lovely!!

  35. I like the big bold Happy Birthday.

  36. A beautiful card with a-mazing colors and lovely detail!

  37. you may be at the end of the line Cindy but your CAS card is just as awesome as all the rest! I love it and 3 balloons just means a bigger PARTY! LOL A great job and a fun hop! TFS!
    Congratulations again CASOLOGY!

  38. Great card! Love the colorful balloons!

  39. wonderful card, love the details. 🙂

  40. Super awesome card!

  41. What a fun post – I really got a giggle and I love that.
    Your card may not be CAS per definition, but it’s quite
    lovely just the same.

  42. Your “sordid story” balloon card turned out quite nice! I really like the design of it and the colors used. Good job! 🙂

  43. Your birthday balloon card is so cute!

  44. Nice card! Thanks for sharing.

  45. Awesome cards! I love it!

  46. The colors on this card are so bright and pretty!

  47. Simply fabulous card…love those wonderful colors.

  48. Very nice. I like the pattern on the balloons and the curly strings.

  49. So lovely! Love that big and bold sentiment!

  50. I love the sentiment on this card and the colours look great together! I also love the design of the balloons. Great card!

  51. Pretty card

  52. such fun colors – love the dotty balloons!

  53. What a beautiful card. Thank you for sharing!

  54. Ha! Wish I could make cards ‘hard and fast’ too! This is brilliant all the same!

  55. You’ve created lots of texture and definition on this superb card, Cindy! Love all the fab details!! Hugs, Darnell

  56. Fun card! Love the speckled balloons.

  57. CUTE card! Great Hop, Great Prizes, Great inspiration!

  58. That large sentiment is awesome and the way you have used it on your card it perfect! Love your creation and thanks for such a totally fun hop!

  59. Love love your fun card. Great job!

  60. Love the layout and the glittery balloons.

  61. Great end to a great blog hop!

  62. Love the balloons, such a fun card!

  63. Such a beautiful card! So thank you for sharing!

  64. Great card!!

  65. Very nice.

  66. So wonderful…love all the Lemon Lime twist!

  67. What a beautiful card. Thank you for sharing!

  68. Love that die cut sentiment.

  69. Nicely done “Queen of my Craftroom” !

  70. What a pretty color combo! TFS!

  71. Sordid story or not your card is still fabulous! And I’ve done the same as you – more than one balloon on my card too, ooops! Perhaps as it’s a birthday celebration Melissa will be lenient

  72. Christine Miller

    Love this card and your narrative brought a smile! Can’t tell you how many times I have smudged or “miscut” the single scrap of card stock needed to finish a card. (Is “miscut” a word?….should be.) Anyway, your card is worthy of the big celebration!

  73. All the little details make this a real art card. Lovely.

  74. Lovely card idea. Thanks for sharing.

  75. Love all of the layers! Beautiful card.

  76. Great design. I really dig the spotted balloons.

  77. Such fun balloons! I love the bold sentiment!

  78. Very, very pretty.

  79. Cindy, it looks as if I’ve blown it, too! Balloon times five on my card!!! =] =] well, it IS a party, right? congratulations, and thanks for sharing your card!

  80. Love the colours you chose and this style is good for you even if its not your norm and a great way to end the hop.

  81. Great card–love all the special details.

  82. Cute card. Great colors!

  83. Love that sentiment die! Gorgeous card!

  84. Neat color combination!

  85. Nice card!! Great colors and textures.

  86. While it might not be quite as CAS as you’d like it to be, this card is still gorgeous. LOVE those balloons, and that sentiment is fantastic. I think this is a really special card. Love it!

  87. What an awesome card, Cindy! I have that stamp set & love your design. This will be a case for me for sure! Thanks for the great inspiration>

  88. Fun, happy card. Love the colors.

  89. love the Balloons on happy color
    and lovely Sketch too
    great color combo
    beautifully made

  90. Beautiful colors!

  91. This is so fun!! I LOVE the balloon patterns!!

  92. Like the raised sentiment

  93. Very cute card!! I love the balloons!! And the colors-so pretty!

  94. Mary Holshouser

    I don’t think they really meant one balloon.
    You can’t have a party with only one balloon.
    Love your card.
    thanks for sharing.

  95. Colorado Crafter

    Wonderful card!!!

  96. Beautiful card! Love it.

  97. Meh…one balloon, three balloons. I’d have added a bunch more balloons – they’re wonderful!!

  98. Love this bright and beautiful card! So beautifully done!

  99. Love the balloons, but the sentiment is awesome. So bold.

  100. Loving the color combination; loving the super festive feel to your card.

  101. Fabulous birthday day for this special celebration!! Thanks for sharing!

  102. I think this turned out really great! I love that bold sentiment! This is a really fun card! TFS!

  103. Very festive card!

  104. OMG!!. I LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE Your balloon card!!!. So amazing!!. I must get all that was used to create as its awesome!!!. Be great to use for any age. Love the Happy Birthday used.

  105. Wonderful “all diecuts” card!

  106. Very elegant and classy!

  107. Oh, girl… Balloon is a CUE… YOU DID JUST FINE!

  108. this is so pretty!

  109. I have 4 balloons on the card I submit for the blog hop haha, a bunch of balloons just puts a smile on your face! Thanks for the fun inspiration, this isn’t a color combo I would have thought of, but it all came together very well on your card!

  110. Fabulous layers, colors and details!

  111. Cute card. Love the color combo.

  112. Very cute card… i like the texture on the balloons

  113. susan r wareham

    Great Card love it all esp. the speckles on the balloons

  114. Isn’t it funny that we can read the challenge points and then end up going off in a different direction? Glad to know that others get side-tracked with their creations. Anyway, I like your “mistakes”

  115. Love that happy green color! Great layout!
    Have a happy day, Nicole

  116. Jennifer Jane Mills

    Love the card. Love stamping up.

  117. I love the big and bold sentiment!

  118. Gorgeous card and LOVE your balloons!!

  119. Fantastic card, love the balloons and sentiment!

  120. Such a great card!

  121. Gorgeous card, great colour combination. xx

  122. Beautiful card. Love all your details!

  123. Such a pretty card Cindy and a really lovely background. The large sentiment with the balloons attached to the end is a great idea. There have been many cards with more than one balloon so I think you are in good company. x

  124. You are one of many with multiple balloons on your card! And yours is great!

  125. Miriam Prantner

    Really love that sentiment die, great card!

  126. Gilda (McStamper)

    What a wonderful card. Love the layers and beautiful balloons.

  127. Marjorie Dumontier

    I would not call it a clean and simple card, but still a very nice card. I love the “dotted” balloons, they’re very unique.

  128. Love the color combo and textures!!

  129. Gorgeous dotted balloons and love the die-cut sentiment.

  130. such a pretty card 🙂

  131. How wonderful to see your creativity highlighted in this marvelous hop! Your trio of balloons has certainly added sparkle to my day! Your post makes me smile; I’m still waiting to be ‘queen’ in my craft room *grin*

  132. Your BIG and BOLD card is terrific. The colors are stunning. Thanks

  133. The more balloons the merrier!

  134. Great card…love all the details!

  135. LOVE this! FAB colour combo and I don’t think you can never have too many balloon/s on a card! I am sure that you won’t be disqualified for having more than one 😉 especially when it’s such a beautiful design. Thank you so much for the wonderful inspiration. Hugs Bev x

  136. Love the sentiment! and lovely colors on the balloons! 🙂

  137. Great card, love your large sentiment!

  138. Nice card! Love the interesting details 🙂

  139. I love the colours of your card.

  140. Your attention to detail makes this card special–the the “whale spouts” 🙂 Balloons (plural) and birthdays–they just go together. Thanks for sharing this delightful card.

  141. How many different cards with balls!!! Each is unique ))

  142. ?? that happy birthday die and I think the more balloons the merrier ?… oh those happy moments when we conquer our CR’s are priceless, aren´t they? ?thanks for the backstage coments and the inspiration, have a wonderful day!

  143. Kimberly Ostgard

    Cute card thanks for sharing

  144. Wonderful card, love the bold sentiment and the colours you’ve used, Cathy x

  145. I love all the texture on your balloons, Cindy! Fabulous die cut sentiment, too,! Really fun card and I’m so glad you were part of the hop!

  146. Those colours look fantastic – I’d never have thought of using them together…so bright and cheery!

  147. Love your colors and details. Great CAS card!

  148. Beautiful CAS card!!!

  149. I wouldn’t’ve made a distinction of one balloon vs balloons… There’s A balloon and another balloon and another one. ha! Love the spots on them and your ‘water spout’ corners! : ) Happy 5th anniversary, CASology!

  150. Loves the balloonssss!

  151. Bring on the balloons…love your card and the layout is so eye catching x Great colour combination too…Thank you for the inspiration x

  152. Love those colours on the spotty balloons… thanks!

  153. Haha.. I have seven! Gorgeous card there loved your layout!

  154. I love your card and the colour combo you chose! I’m sure balloonS is absolutely fine – I’ve seen lots of other cards on the hop with several balloons! And I have a lot more on the card I did for the challenge!

  155. Wow, they saved the best for last, didn’t they! I like how you went outside the box and made a card that wasn’t your typical CAS. Each piece on this card makes sense and works well with all the others.

  156. Fab fun card, love all your happy colours!

  157. Crystal O. Minkler

    Gorgeous card! I totally missed the fact that there was no ‘S’… so funny!

  158. Gorgeous card, love
    the balloons and
    the layers.
    Carla from Utah

  159. This is a wonderful card. And I love that you thought of more balloons….remember it is your interpretation of the cue word. Thanks so much for all of your support over the years and for helping us celebrate our 5th anniversary.

  160. Very elegant card.

  161. this card is just fabulous, Cindy! Love the colors you used and the bold sentiment.

  162. This is so great! Love everything about it!

  163. WOW, love your design and those beautiful balloons!!

  164. Beautiful card, love the layers!

  165. Fun and creative card.

  166. Love the stamped texture on the balloons and the unique color combo! Fun and artsy

  167. Beautiful card! Love spotty balloons. Look so cool. :o)

  168. Great card Cindy! Thanks for your support of CASology!

  169. Such a fun card, even if you did blow the CAS aspect of it lol. I don’t think there’s a limit as to the number of balloons on our cards. Come to think of it, I’m completely covered, since I created 2 cards for the challenge: one with only 1 balloon and another with 4 balloons. Grin.

  170. Beautiful card. Love your spotty balloons. Happy 5th Anniversary CASology. Hugz

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