Ok, I admit it, I’m late with today’s post for the CAS Colours & Sketches challenge that started today.  It’s been a very busy week and I’ve been trying to overcome a cold and I just wasn’t able to pull my crafty side together in time to get the card posted right when the challenge went live.  But better late than never, yes?  So here it is…

We have a sketch challenge this week, and I knew it would lend itself nicely for a congratulatory card I wanted to make.  I had planned to dress the card up by heat embossing the flourishes and the sentiment, but I wasn’t pleased with the outcome of the different colors of embossing powders I tried.  In the end, I used colors that I knew would be meaningful for the situation, and used a mat and a base layer to give the card a little extra pizazz.

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As always, we’d love to have you join in our challenge!  Just remember to keep your card clean and simple in style.  Link it to the CC&S challenge post by 6:00 p.m. Eastern time Wednesday, September 28.  Thanks for stopping by today!

Supplies:
Stamps: Priceless, Delightful Dozen (Stampin’ Up)
Cardstock: Night of Navy (SU); Pure Luxury Ivory (Gina K. Designs)
Ink: Night of Navy (SU)
Other: dimensionals (SU); Labels Four Nestabilities die (Spellbinders)

Hello! I hope you’re having a great weekend so far.

This week at 52 Christmas Card Throwdown we are celebrating Christmas with a snow people themed challenge!  The design team has made some great cards with various snowman and snowwoman images. You can go to the 52CCT site to see what they’ve created, and if you love what you see, feel welcome to comment on their work – I know they’d really appreciate it!

I don’t have any stamps showing multiple snow people, but I remembered I’d bought a brass embossing stencil many years ago that featured several snowmen.  I dug it out and put it to use for today’s card.  I used some washi tape to hold the stencil in place on a piece of white cardstock, and then held it up to a window to trace the stencil with an embossing stylus.  (I don’t have a lightbox.)  I looked through the archived sketches at Operation Write Home and found one that my embossed panel fit into.  I used some snowman print paper to further tie in with the theme of the challenge.  The vertical strip of paper was originally intended to be a Christmas tree design, but I thought that turned on its side, the trees looked like pennant banners.  I debated whether or not to try to color the embossing, but decided it would be difficult to match colors with my designer papers.  Unfortunately, it wasn’t easy capturing the all the details of the embossed image when I was photographing the card.

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I’m going to throw this into the ring at Shopping Our Stash, where they are looking for projects that don’t use stamping.

And now it’s your turn to show us what you can create!  We’d love it if you joined our challenge this week.  You have until 7:00 pm Eastern time Friday, September 23 to link your card at the 52CCT site.  Thanks for stopping by today!  I hope you’ll come back again soon.

Supplies:
Cardstock: Cherry Cobbler, Whisper White (Stampin’ Up); designer paper from Winter Wonderland paper pack (Lizzie Anne Designs)
Other: snowmen brass embossing stencil (Lasting Impressions)

Hello!  It’s the third Thursday of the month, which means it’s color challenge time again at CAS Colours & Sketches.

The colors made me think of nature.  For the focal panel of my card, I made a watercolor wash with Bermuda Bay ink.  When it was dry, I stamped a wildflower image on it with a light color of ink.  Then I used watercolors to paint over the image.  I added in a touch of shimmery paint on a few of the flowers.  Then I die cut the circle and the sentiment.  The two vertical strips were stamped with subtle prints to give them a little extra visual texture.  The focal panel is popped up over them with dimensional adhesive.  The layout for this card comes from this week’s challenge at Freshly Made Sketches.  I know that Send a Smile 4 Kids often needs cards for the teenagers they aim to serve, and I think this card will be suitable for that purpose.

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Our curious furball wanted to know what was going on when I was photographing the card…

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Now it’s your turn!  Go see what the rest of the design team has done with these colors.  Then show us what you can create with them!  You have until 6:00 p.m. Eastern time Wednesday, September 21 to link your card at the CC&S challenge site.  Thanks for stopping by today!

All supplies are from Stampin’ Up unless otherwise noted.
Stamps: In the Meadow, Sanded, Linen
Cardstock: Delightful Dijon, Cucumber Crush, Naturals Ivory; The Langton Prestige Extra Smooth Hot Press watercolor paper (Daler-Rowney)
Ink: Crumb Cake
Other: Gansai Tambi watercolor paints (Kuretake); standard circle Nestabilities die (Spellbinders); Olivia alphabet die (ProvoCraft); Bermuda Bay reinker, dimensionals

Hello! This week is color challenge week at 52 Christmas Card Throwdown.  It’s a very classic combo this time:  white with a splash of red.

I decided to go quite clean and simple in design with my card.  Although it doesn’t show in the photo, I’ve used textured cardstock.  I cut the word from white cardstock three times.  I also cut the word from the red cardstock and pieced it together with one of the white words for the inlaid effect.  I stacked the other two white words, gave the top a healthy dose of Wink of Stella for some sparkle, and then glued them into place.  The card still looked a little plain, so I added a few rhinestones for more sparkle.

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And now it’s your turn to show us what you can create!  We’d love it if you joined our challenge this week.  You have until 7:00 pm Eastern time Friday, September 16 to link your card at the 52CCT site. Thanks for stopping by today!

Supplies:
Cardstock: Whisper White textured, Real Red Core’dinations (Stampin’ Up)
Other: Wonderful Wreath framelits die, rhinestones (SU); Wink of Stella pen (Zig)

Hello!  This week is sketch week at CAS Colours & Sketches, and I think this week’s sketch is a pretty neat one.  It has a big curve that I think adds a fun touch to it.

The sketch actually reminded me a lot of some of the flap cards I’ve made in the past, and this one provided inspiration for today’s card.  I didn’t make this one with a flap, but I used the same color palette and the tree idea.  With autumn right around the corner, this seemed to fit with the change in season.  I cut a piece of white cardstock, used a die to form the curved shape, and then stamped the tree trunk image.  I sponged a sky and some grass around it before stamping the leaves.  I attached the panel to a card base in the color I used more dominantly in the leaves.  It’s hard to tell in the photo, but the card base is textured cardstock.  I added a simple sentiment and the card was done.

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What will you do with this sketch?  There are so many possibilities!  I hope you’ll try out something and share what you create with us!  Link your work to the CAS Colours & Sketches blog by 6:00 p.m. Eastern time Wednesday, September 14.   Thanks for stopping by today!

Except for the die, all supplies for today’s card are from Stampin’ Up; many of them are retired products.
Stamps: Branch Out, Trendy Trees
Cardstock: Whisper White, Summer Sun textured
Ink: Soft Sky, Certainly Celery, Close to Cocoa, Summer Sun, Pumpkin Pie
Other: Custom Panels die (Avery Elle)

Hello!  Can you believe it’s September already?  The year seems to be flying by.  But yes, it’s September 1, and the start of a new month means we have a different hostess for our challenges at CAS Colours & SketchesKaren has come up with some fun ideas for the month, and she’s starting us off with a color challenge.

I tossed a few different ideas around in my head before settling on one.  I ended up going pretty darn simple, stamping a line of each of the three colors and then over stamping it with a sentiment in black.  A black mat and a card base in the lightest of the challenge colors later, and ta-da!  My card was done.  I considered adding a few rhinestones but decided against it.  Since this card will be going into my stash for Send a Smile 4 Kids I thought the card is more gender-neutral without the sparkle.  When I was taking the picture of the card I realized that I could have made the sentiment stand out a bit more if I had heat embossed it, but it was too late to do that with this card.  Maybe if I do another one I’ll try that.

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Thanks so much for stopping by today!  I hope you’ll make a card with these challenge colors and share it with us at CC&S.  You have until 6:00 p.m. Eastern time Wednesday, September 7 to link your card at the challenge site.

Supplies:
Stamps: Work of Art (Stampin’ Up); Incredible (Technique Tuesday)
Cardstock: Daffodil Delight, Basic Black, Whisper White (SU)
Ink: Real Red, Daffodil Delight, Island Indigo (SU); Tuxedo Black (Memento)

Hello!  Can you believe that Christmas will be here in less than 4 months?  Yikes!  If you’ve been playing along all year with 52 Christmas Card Throwdown, you probably have a good supply of Christmas cards all ready to go for the holiday season.  I prefer that the cards my family sends out to be all the same design, but I’ve been letting my 52CCT cards accumulate to donate to Send a Smile 4 Kids.

This week we have a technique challenge for our participants to try:  watercoloring.  There are lots of ways you can go about this.  You may use a watercolor wash for a background, you can color images; basically you can do whatever strikes your fancy so long as watercoloring is involved.

I actually have two nice sets of watercolor paints but I haven’t made the time to do much with them.  This challenge was the push I needed to go for it.  I decided to be brave and try using them to color images.  I was heavily inspired by Maaike U.’s card and tutorial from last year.  I used her technique of making a template using circular dies and tracing it with a stylus to create the ornament shapes on the watercolor paper.  Then I painted the ornaments.  I actually made two card fronts so I could work with both sets of watercolors.  The card I’m sharing here is the one I liked better.  I used Kuretake Gansai Tambi watercolors on this one.  I have the set of 36 paints, and one of them is a gorgeous pale silvery-white shimmer that mixed well with the colored paints.  I freehand painted the white “glare marks” and the ornament hangers.  Once everything was good and dry, I drew in the ornament strings and stamped the sentiment.  A simple mat and a card base later, and my card was done.  Considering it was the first time I’d used this set of paints, I’m quite pleased with the way it turned out, but I do realize that I need to work on my shading and light areas when I color.

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Here’s a second photo that does a better job of showing the shimmer of the watercolor paint and the copper cardstock mat, although the colors of the ornaments look paler than true to life:

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It’s holiday challenge week at Addicted to Stamps and More, so I’m going to share this card there.

Now it’s your turn to visit the 52CCT blog and see what the rest of the design team has created this week!  Then pull out your watercolors and show us what you can do with this technique.  Link your card to the challenge site by 7:00 p.m. Eastern time Friday, September 2.  We’d love to have you join us!  Thanks for stopping by today!

Supplies:
Stamp: Holiday Script (Lizzie Anne Designs for Gourmet Rubber Stamps)
Cardstock: Raspberry Ripple, Brushed Copper (Stampin’ Up); The Langton Prestige Extra Smooth Hot Press watercolor paper (Daler-Rowney)
Ink: Copper (ColorBox)
Other: Gansai Tambi watercolor paints (Kuretake); multiliner pen (Copic)

Hello there!  It’s time for the last challenge of the month at CAS Colours & Sketches.  This week we have a sketch challenge for you to try.

I’ve turned the sketch 90° on its side, which made it necessary for me to change up the indicated placement of the sentiment, but otherwise I’ve stayed true to how the sketch was drawn.  I used a background stamp on the dark green card base, in the same color as the cardstock, to give a little extra visual interest there.

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sketch 188

Thanks for stopping by today!  I hope you’ll check out what the rest of the design team has made, and then join us over at CAS Colours & Sketches with your own take on this sketch!  You have until 6:00 p.m. Eastern time Wednesday, August 31 to link your card at the challenge website.

All supplies are from Stampin’ Up, except for the oval die.
Stamps: Lovely As a Tree, It’s Your Birthday, Sanded
Cardstock: Forest Foliage, River Rock, Confetti Cream
Ink: Forest Foliage
Other: petite oval Nestabilities die (Spellbinders)

It’s time for another theme challenge at 52 Christmas Card Throwdown, and we have a fun one that I think should be pretty easy to work with:  gifts!  The Design Team and I have all created cards showing different sorts of Christmas presents.  Be sure to visit the challenge blog to see what everyone else has made!

For my card, I used the layout from this week’s CAS(E) this Sketch! challenge.  I used a gift image in the place of the triangles on the sketch.  I stamped it three times onto a scrap of white cardstock and colored the gifts with Copic markers to coordinate with the designer paper I wanted to use for the bottom portion of the card front.  After I put the designer paper and the presents on the card, I added a cheery sentiment.  Quick and easy, and one more for the Send a Smile 4 Kids stockpile!

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I’m also going to enter this into the current challenge at Addicted to Stamps and More.

Now it’s time for you to craft your own card showing off a Christmas gift (or a few!) and link it to our challenge post.  You have until 7:00 p.m. Eastern time Friday, August 26 to share your card.  We’re looking forward to seeing what you create!  Thanks for visiting my blog today.

Supplies:
Stamps: Pa-Rum-Pa-Pum-Pum (Lawn Fawn); Wondrous Wreath (Stampin’ Up)
Cardstock: Kraft, Season of Style designer series paper (SU); Pure Luxury White (Gina K. Designs)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Other: markers (Copic)

Hello!  We’re back to another color challenge week at CAS Colours & Sketches.

I have to admit that I had a hard time figuring out what to do with these colors, mainly because the chocolate brown was the only one I’ve seen in person.  So I browsed online and eventually found a few blogs where the new Stampin’ Up In Colors were compared to other SU colors.  I think I’ve picked fairly close approximates of the challenge colors for the watercolor wash on my card.  I decided to try to use the colors as a background, rather than for the main image of the card.  Blending the colors fits the current challenge at AAA Cards.  When I was browsing my stamps for silhouette images to use with the background, I came across this Eiffel Tower stamp I’d forgotten I had.  So I decided to use it and join in the current challenge at Less is More.  Once the watercolor wash was dry, I added the sentiment and the silhouette image of the Eiffel Tower in chocolate brown.  I rounded the top corner of the card and decided to call it done.  Very CAS, n’est-ce pas?

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Edited on September 15, 2016 to add:  Thank you to the team of AAA Cards for choosing my card as one of your Top Three for the Blending challenge!

Thanks for stopping by today!  I hope you’ll check out what the rest of the design team members have made, and then share your own creation with us at the CAS Colours & Sketches site!  You have until 6:00 p.m. Eastern time Wednesday, August 24 to link your card.

Supplies:
Stamps: Simply Sweet, Everyday Sayings (Lizzie Anne Designs)
Cardstock: watercolor paper (Artist’s Loft)
Ink: Chocolate Chip (Stampin’ Up)
Other: Regal Rose and Pale Plum reinkers (SU); corner rounder punch (EK Success)

Hello there!  It’s the second Saturday of the month, and that means it’s color challenge time at 52 Christmas Card Throwdown.  This time we’re asking our challenge participants to be inspired by the classic color combo of red, black, and kraft.

It’s been a while since I’ve used any of my digital images on a card, but this one particular bear image seemed to be the perfect thing to use for the color challenge.  I’ve colored him with Copic markers and added some hand stitching along the edges of the image panel.  I’ve used the current Freshly Made Sketches challenge for the layout of my card.  I’ll admit that this card might be more accurately described as “clean and layered” rather than “clean and simple” but I’m going to go ahead and enter it into the current challenge at AAA Cards.

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Be sure to check out what the rest of the design team has made.  Then show us what you can create with these colors!  We’d love it if you joined our challenge this week.  You have until 7:00 pm Eastern time Friday, August 19 to link your card at the 52CCT site. Thanks for stopping by today!

Supplies:
Digital Image: Rhubarb Santa (Sweet ‘n Sassy Stamps)
Stamps: Happy Everything (Lawn Fawn)
Cardstock: Kraft, Basic Black, Real Red textured (Stampin’ Up); Pure Luxury Ivory (Gina K. Designs)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento); printer ink
Other: markers (Copic); embroidery floss (DMC); dimensionals (SU)

Hello there!  It’s the second Thursday of the month, which means it’s time for another sketch challenge at CAS Colours & Sketches.

I’ve used the mirror image of the sketch because it just seemed to work better with placing the sentiment I chose.  I decided to combine the sketch challenge with the color challenge at Less is More and the theme challenge at Addicted to CAS.  I stamped the birdies, the notes, and the sentiment with very dark brown ink.  I colored the birds to coordinate with the dusty blue of the card base and the sandy brown of the background banner.  It’s really a quite simple little card so without further chitchat, here it is:

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Since the birdies do have wings, I’ve decided to enter into the theme challenge at Cards in Envy, too.  I recently stepped down from the design team there due to time constraints in my personal life, but I still love the concept of their challenges (making cards that are flat enough to easily fit “in envy” – in an envelope – to be mailed) so I don’t think I’ll be able to completely stay away from there!  😉

Thanks for stopping by today!  Be sure to check out the CAS Colours & Sketches blog to see what the rest of the design team has done with this sketch.  Then make your own card and link it to the challenge post.  You have until 6:00 p.m. Eastern time Wednesday, August 17 to participate.  We hope you’ll join us!

Supplies:
Stamps: Love Quotes (Mama Elephant); Pa-Rum-Pa-Pum-Pum (Lawn Fawn)
Cardstock: Baja Breeze, Kraft (Stampin’ Up); Pure Luxury Ivory (Gina K. Designs)
Ink: Early Espresso (SU)
Other: markers (Copic)

Hello!  Saturday means it’s time for a new challenge at 52 Christmas Card Throwdown, where we celebrate Christmas all year round. Each week we offer a cardmaking challenge to help you create Christmas or wintry cards so you’ll have a bunch of cards ready to send when the holiday season rolls around.  We’re kicking the month off with a sketch challenge.

This month’s sketch was drawn as a portrait-oriented rectangle, but I’ve squashed it down into a landscape-oriented rectangle for my card.  I created a little scene on the left panel and used patterned paper for the right panel.  The penguins were stamped onto a scrap of white cardstock, colored, fussy cut, and then assembled to the snowy background.  I don’t think my camera captured it in the photo, but the cardstock I used for the snowy ground has a hint of shimmer to it.

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I’m entering my card into the current Lawnscaping challenge.

Now it’s time for you to check out all the challenge details at the 52CCT site, and visit the rest of the design team members’ blogs for more inspiration.  Then create your own card and link it at the 52CCT site by 7:00 pm Eastern time Friday, August 12.    Thanks for stopping by my blog today!

Supplies:
Stamps: Critters in the Snow, Hats Off to You, Pa-Rum-Pa-Pum-Pum (Lawn Fawn)
Cardstock: Riding Hood Red, Basic Black, Shimmery White (Stampin’ Up); Pure Luxury White (Gina K. Designs); patterned papers from Fa La La 6″ x 6″ paper pack (Lawn Fawn)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Other: markers (Copic); Landscape Trio die (Mama Elephant)

Greetings!  It’s time for another color challenge at CAS Colours & Sketches.  I’ve combined the colors with the most recent Freshly Made Sketches layout.  I dug out one of my older Stampin’ Up stamp sets and stamped the floral vine image in a kraft-colored ink.  I colored in the leaves using a Fantastix tool that I’d tapped to the ink pad.  I brushed a little extra of the kraft ink around the image with a loose brush, aiming for a light splattery effect, but unfortunately in the photo it just makes the card look dirty.  Sigh.  I don’t have any Dapper Denim cardstock or ink yet, so I added some ready-made flowers in colors close to the three challenge colors to embellish the image, topping the flowers off with some tiny self-adhesive pearls.  The sentiment banner is raised up from the card base with dimensional adhesive.

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Be sure to check out what the rest of the CC&S Design Team and our August guest designer have done with these colors!  Then share your own card with us by linking it to the challenge post by 6:00 p.m. Eastern time Wednesday, August 10.  We’d love to have you join us!  Thanks for stopping by today.

Supplies:
Stamps: Artfully Asian (Stampin’ Up); Everyday Messages (Stampendous)
Cardstock: Night of Navy (SU); Pure Luxury Ivory (Gina K. Designs)
Ink: Night of Navy, Crumb Cake (SU)
Other: dimensionals (SU); paper flowers, pearls (Recollections)

Hello!  It’s the fifth Saturday of the month of July, and that means at 52 Christmas Card Throwdown, it’s “Pick a Previous” week!  This time we’re asking our participants to choose a 52CCT sketch from 2016 and create a card based on it.

I picked the sketch from February.  I gave the vertical strip an extra mat compared to the way the sketch is drawn, just to help highlight more of the colors in the designer paper. I layered glittery felt snowflake stickers for the large embellishment element of the sketch and added a rhinestone in the center for a little extra sparkle.  It was a quick and easy card, and it’ll go into the stockpile I’m creating for Send a Smile 4 Kids.

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I’m also planning to submit this into the “something tactile” challenge at Less is More.

The rest of the design team and I are looking forward to seeing which of our sketches from 2016 you’ll select for your own card.  Be sure to link it to the challenge post by 7:00 p.m. Eastern time Friday, August 5.  We’d love to have you join in the fun and creativity!  Thanks for stopping by today.

Supplies:
Stamps: Critters in the Snow (Lawn Fawn)
Cardstock: Mint Macaron, Early Espresso, Melon Mambo (Stampin’ Up); designer paper from Holly Jolly Christmas 6″ x 6″ paper pad (Echo Park)
Ink: Early Espresso (SU)
Other: felt glitter stickers (Creatology); rhinestone (SU)

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