It’s time for the last CAS Colours & Sketches challenge of 2017, and we’re closing the year out with another seasonal challenge.  This week we’d like for our participants to choose one of our sketch challenges from 2017 and make a festive card with it.

I’ve decided to revisit challenge #233.  With its fairly big rectangular focal panel, this one is easy to adapt to a variety of ideas.  One of my newer stamp sets was practically begging to be used, so I’ve inked up these stamps from it for the first time and stamped them onto some scraps of white cardstock.  Then I colored the otter and the Santa hat and fussy cut them to attach to a rectangle cut from a watercolor wash I’d made.  The sentiment panel was also fussy cut to follow the curves of the words.   I attached the sentiment panel with dimensional adhesive and the card was done.

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We’d love to have you join in our challenge at CC&S!  Check out the Past Sketch Challenges tab, pick one of the sketches from 2017, and make a holiday card.  You have until 6:00 p.m. Eastern time Monday, December 18 to link your card at the challenge site.  Thanks for visiting today!

Supplies:
Stamps: Christmas Like No Otter [for Simon Says Stamp] (Lawn Fawn)
Cardstock: Crumb Cake (Stampin’ Up); Solar White (Neenah); Artistico Extra White watercolor paper (Fabriano)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Other: Marina Mist and Soft Sky reinkers, dimensionals (SU); markers (Copic); Stitched Rectangle die (Lawn Fawn)

Hello!  It’s time for a new challenge at CAS Colours & Sketches.  The first challenge of the month is always a color challenge, but during the month of December, we’re doing something a little different.  This week, we’d like for our challenge participants to choose any of our color challenge combinations from 2017 and use it to make a Christmas or holiday card.

I was away for much of September tending to some family business, so I missed out on Challenge #241 when it was introduced.  So I decided to use that color combo for my card this week.  The layout for my card is based on the current CAS(E) this Sketch! challenge.  I added clear craft lacquer to the light bulbs to make them shine and to give them a bit of a 3-D effect.  The focal panel is raised up from the card base with shims of scrap cardstock for a little extra dimension.

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I’m also going to join in the holiday challenges at AAA Cards and Uniko.

 

Which of our approximately 25 color combinations from 2017 will you use?  You can check all of them out on the CAS Colours & Sketches blog using the Past Colour Challenges tab.  Be sure to see what the rest of the design team has made, too!  Then link your card to the challenge site by 6:00 p.m. Eastern time Monday, December 11.  We’d love to see what you come up with!  Thanks for stopping by today.

Supplies:
Stamps: Holiday Baubles (Sweet ‘n Sassy Stamps)
Cardstock: Solar White (Neenah)
Ink: Onyx Black (VersaFine); Tranquil Tide, Dapper Denim, Perfect Plum (Stampin’ Up)
Other: Crystal Effects (SU)

Hello there!  It’s time for another challenge at CAS Colours & Sketches and this time we have a very simple sketch for you to try.

After some mental debate over whether to make a birthday card or a holiday card, I finally decided on holiday.  I used one of my newest dies to cut the word “merry” from shiny gold cardstock.  Using the die to help with placement, I stamped “& bright” with gold ink and heat embossed it.  It didn’t turn out quite as shiny as I’d hoped; I think the embossing powder is going old and stale.  Anyway, I knew I wanted to use some festive red and green for the background.  I played around with a couple different ideas before settling on this partial starburst pattern.  I opted not to continue the starburst around the entire card base in order to keep the card more clean and simple in style.  The sentiment panel is attached with dimensional adhesive to give it more actual and visual separation from the card base.

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I’m entering my card into two additional challenges:  Less is More, and AAA Cards.

I had a furry “helper” supervise me while I was photographing the card.  LOL

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What will you create with this sketch?  Share your work with us at the CAS Colours & Sketches site by 7:00 p.m. Eastern time Monday, December 4.  Be sure to check out what the other design team members have made, too!  Thanks for stopping by today!

Supplies:
Stamps: All Occasion Sentiments #4 (Uniko)
Cardstock: Solar White (Neenah); Real Red, Gumball Green (Stampin’ Up)
Ink: gold pigment (ColorBox)
Other: Merry Script die (Mama Elephant); gold detail embossing powder, dimensionals (SU)

Hello!  It’s an especially exciting time at CAS Colours & Sketches this week!  Our challenge blog is five years old, and we’re celebrating with challenge #250!  To thank our challenge participants for helping us reach this amazing milestone, five lucky players in this week’s challenge will be chosen to win an in-stock clear stamp set of their choice from Uniko!   In addition, five of our design team members are giving away prizes – but you’ll need to leave a comment on their blogs to be eligible to win.   That’s ten prizes in all, in addition to our usual Weekly Winners honorees!  You won’t want to miss out on this event!  All the details are at the challenge site.

Our challenge this week features some bright, cheery colors.  I was in such a party mood that I made two cards!  I used a die to cut stars from cardstock in the three challenge colors plus black.  The die I chose created lots of little parts, which made it easy to make multiple cards using the frames from the black stars and the little pieces to fill in the design.  Some of the pieces were pretty tiny so I opted not to fill those back in.  I think the white left there provides some nice contrast.  The “merry & bright” sentiment for the Christmas card comes from our challenge sponsor, Uniko.

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The “thank you” card is dedicated to all of our challenge participants and to our fantastic design team.  Without all you awesome people, the blog wouldn’t have achieved the success it has.  A big hug of appreciation goes out to all of these people for making our blog such a wonderful gathering place for fun and creativity!

We’d love to see what you can create with this week’s colors, and to have you join in celebrating with us!  Share your card at the CC&S website by 6:00 p.m. Eastern time Monday, November 27.  We hope you’ll continue to join in our challenges.  Thank you to our fantastic sponsor for this week, Uniko!

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Supplies:
Stamps: Most Wonderful (Uniko); Incredible (Technique Tuesday)
Cardstock: Daffodil Delight, Whisper White, Basic Black, Cherry Cobbler, Pacific Point (Stampin’ Up)
Ink: Onyx Black (VersaFine)
Other: Wrapped Star die (Poppystamps)

Hello!  It’s sketch week at CAS Colours & Sketches and we have, in my opinion, a really fun one for you with some curvy lines.

My card is a very simple one that stays true to the sketch.  I cut swooshes from green and red cardstock and attached them to a card base of linen textured cardstock.  The linen texture is hard to capture in photographs, but in real life, it’s definitely has a little something extra than plain cardstock.   The sentiment was cut from shiny gold cardstock and glued into place.  Quick and easy!

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Be sure to check out the terrific cards the rest of the CC&S Design Team have made.  Then make your own card following the sketch and share it with us at the CC&S site.  You have until 6:00 p.m. Monday, August 28 to link your card.  We’d love to have you join in the fun and creativity!  Thanks for stopping by today.

Supplies:
Stamps: none
Cardstock: Real Red, Emerald Envy, gold foil (Stampin’ Up); Solar White Classic Linen (Neenah)
Other: Word Set 3 – Holiday dies (Karen Burniston); Landscape Trio die (Mama Elephant)

Greetings!  It’s time for another color challenge at CAS Colours & Sketches.

Considering the colors for this week and the current time of year, it was hard not to think of Christmas foliage.  So I’ve pulled out one of my favorite Christmas tree stamps for the occasion.  I inked it first with the lighter shade of green, then went around the edges of the stamp with the darker ink pad, to give the image a little two-tone effect.  I stamped it on a scrap piece of cardstock and fussy cut it before attaching it to the focal panel.  I added silver brads in two different sizes plus a star to decorate the tree.  I used the darker green ink to add a few festive stars and confetti to the strip of lighter green cardstock that grounds the focal panel.  Even though it might not look quite as clean and simple as some of my other cards, it was pretty easy.

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Be sure to check out what the rest of the CC&S Design Team has made!  Then create your own clean and simple styled card with these colors and link it to the CC&S site by 6:00 p.m. Monday, November 13.  We’d love to see what you make!  Thanks for stopping by today!

Supplies:
Stamps: Season of Joy (Stampin’ Up); Most Wonderful (Uniko)
Cardstock: Confetti Cream, Emerald Envy (SU)
Ink: Emerald Envy, Tranquil Tide (SU)
Other: silver brads (Making Memories, Recollections, and Spare Parts); stitched square die (Lawn Fawn); dimensionals (SU)

Hello!  Happy Halloween to my readers who observe it!

Since it’s the fifth Tuesday of the month, this week at CAS Colours & Sketches we have a Timeless Tuesday double challenge – which means certain retired Stampin’ Up colors need to be used with an older CC&S sketch!  That sounds like fun, doesn’t it?

I wanted to make a few more birthday cards for Send a Smile 4 Kids before sending off my stockpile to them, so that’s how I decided the theme for today’s card.  I stretched the sketch out from a square to a landscape-oriented rectangle.  I’ll admit I took a little liberty with the sketch by not putting my row of sentiment and party hats in an actual strip as shown on the sketch.  I knew I had ribbons in the challenge colors, and I wanted to use some of them on the card.  I decided to layer the narrow Baja Blue ribbon on top of the wider River Rock ribbon.  I used just the Baja Blue ribbon for a simple little knot bow.  The red mat was a last-minute idea to add an extra pop of red to the card.  Even though it gives it more layers than I tend to like on a clean and simple card, it does make the card look better.

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double 247Although the colors listed are Stampin’ Up color names, you do not need to use Stampin’ Up products to create your card.  Simply use whatever you have that is closest to those colors.

Be sure to see what the rest of the design team has made!  Then we’d love it if you join in our challenge by making a clean and simple styled card of your own using this sketch and these colors.  Share your work with us at the CAS Colours & Sketches site by 6:00 p.m. Eastern time Monday, November 6.  We’d love to see what you make!

Supplies:
Stamps: Hats Off to You (Lawn Fawn)
Cardstock: River Rock, Riding Hood Red (Stampin’ Up); Solar White (Neenah)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Other: Premier colored pencils (Prismacolor); Gamsol (Gamblin); River Rock ribbon, Baja Breeze ribbon (SU)

Hello there!  It’s the fourth Tuesday of the month, which means we have a new sketch challenge to present to you today at CAS Colours & Sketches.

It took me a little while to figure out what to use for the trio of mostly-vertical shapes on the sketch.  I finally settled on this pencil stamp from one of my older stamp sets.  Because the pencil image is not very big, I decided to crop down the focal panel to a 4.25″ square, and then mount that to a standard 4.25″ x 5.5″ card base.  I’ve also lengthened the pencils by cutting them just above the metal part and adding some space between the two parts when I glued them to the focal panel.  The sentiment panel hides the gaps.  I’ve used dimensional adhesive to attach it, so it “floats” over the thickness of the layered pencils.  It’s hard to tell in the photo, but the white panel is textured cardstock, which adds a little bit more visual interest to the card.

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Shopping Our Stash is looking for cards based on sketches, so I’m going to enter my card there and invite their design team and participants to consider joining us at CC&S! :)

What will you do with this sketch?  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 Monday, October 30.  Thanks for stopping by today!

Supplies:
Stamps: School Days (Lizzie Anne Designs)
Cardstock: Kraft, Basic Black, textured Whisper White (Stampin’ Up); Pure Luxury White (Gina K. Designs)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Other: Premier colored pencils (Prismacolor); Gamsol odorless mineral spirits (Gamblin); dimensionals (SU)

Hello!  It’s time for another color challenge at CAS Colours & Sketches!  I think this week’s color combination is rather unique, so I’m looking forward to seeing what our challenge participants do with it.

It took me a while to figure out what to make.  Finally I settled on flowers.  One can never go wrong with flowers, right?  I stamped the stems in the lime green color.  Then I used a punch to create the blossoms and sponged a bit of the same color ink on them so they wouldn’t look so “flat”.  I used glue dots to adhere the blossoms to the background.  The glue dots give them a tiny bit of lift off the background so they have a little dimension.  Candy dots in the third color from the challenge combo worked perfectly for the centers of the flowers.  The “thanks” stamp is a freebie I received in an order from Lawn Fawn about five years ago.  I decided to offset the focal panel and have the mats go around just two edges of the card for a little extra visual interest as opposed to having the mats go around all four edges.

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Thanks for stopping by today!  I hope you’ll join us over at CAS Colours & Sketches with your own take on these colors!  You have until 6:00 p.m. Eastern time Monday, October 23 to link your card at the challenge website.  Also, we’re looking to add some new members to our design team, so if this is something you’re interested in, be sure to add the letters “DT” to your name when you link your card, and play along in next week’s sketch challenge, too!

Supplies:
Stamps: Feathered Friends [for Simon Says Stamp], “thanks” (Lawn Fawn)
Cardstock: Night of Navy, Lemon Lime Twist, Flirty Flamingo (Stampin’ Up); Pure Luxury Ivory (Gina K. Designs)
Ink: Night of Navy, Lemon Lime Twist, Flirty Flamingo (SU)
Other: Spring Bouquet Flower punch, Rich Regals candy dots (SU)

Hello!  I have a quick post today to share the card I’ve made for the current challenges at CAS(E) this Sketch! and Less is More.  I made a watercolor wash with distress ink and cut it with dies to simulate a river.  The otters were stamped on a scrap of white cardstock, colored, fussy cut, and adhered into place.  I think my husband liked this card when I gave it to him last night for our anniversary.  Since this is my newest favorite stamp, I’m going to enter this into the current Addicted to CAS challenge, too.

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Thanks for stopping by today!

Supplies:
Stamps: Christmas Like No Otter [for Simon Says Stamp] (Lawn Fawn)
Cardstock: Naturals Ivory (Stampin’ Up); Solar White (Neenah); Artistico Extra White watercolor paper (Fabriano)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento); Faded Jeans Distress Ink (Tim Holtz)
Other: Landscape Trio dies (Mama Elephant); dimensionals (SU)

Wow – it’s October already!  The start of the month means we have a new hostess at CAS Colours & SketchesEmily has come up with some great challenge ideas for us, and we hope you’ll join us for the fun and creativity!

The first challenge of the month is a color challenge, and Emily has picked some great colors for the fall season.  I was able to combine them with the sketch from Freshly Made Sketches.  I die cut a wreath from kraft cardstock and used that as the base for the other two colors.  I stamped the flowers and leaves and used re-inker with water to color them.  I added some Wink of Stella to the small flowers to give them a little sparkle before I fussy cut all the flowers and leaves.  I used a piece of green seam binding for the wider horizontal element of the sketch.  Since The Paper Players has a theme of “Autumn Florals” this week, my card fits into their challenge, too.

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How will you choose to use this week’s CC&S colors?  Be sure to check out what the rest of the Design Team and our October Guest Designer have done with them.  Then link your own card to the challenge site.  You have until 6:00 p.m. Eastern time Monday, October 9 to share your card.  Thanks for stopping by today, and happy crafting!

Supplies:
Stamps: Flutter By (Lawn Fawn); Trendy Trees (Stampin’ Up)
Cardstock: Very Vanilla textured, Kraft (SU); Artistico Extra White watercolor paper (Fabriano)
Ink: Crumb Cake (SU); Onyx Black (VersaFine)
Other: Pear Pizzazz and Pumpkin Pie reinkers, Pear Pizzazz seam binding (SU); Grapevine Wreath die (Memory Box); Wink of Stella pen (Zig)

Hello!  I’m back to crafting again after helping take care of some family matters, and I’m trying to get back in the swing of things with a sketch challenge for CAS Colours & Sketches.

I want to make a few more birthday cards to include in my next shipment to Send a Smile 4 Kids, so that’s how I decided upon the theme for my card.  I turned the sketch on its side so that I could use balloons for the round shapes and have strings hanging from them.  I die cut the balloons from a leftover piece of a watercolor wash I’d made some time ago.  I think the watercolor gives the balloons a more translucent look than if I’d cut them from a piece of solid colored cardstock.  The balloons are raised up from the card front with some shims of scrap cardstock.  The sentiment is also a die cut, which I’ve shortened a bit – the full die reads “happy birthday to you” but I didn’t have room for all of that.  I’ve mounted the card front to a card base in the same color as the sentiment.

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Be sure to check out what the rest of the CC&S design team and our September guest designer have made with this sketch!  Then create a card of your own and link it to our challenge site by 6:00 p.m. Eastern time Monday, October 2.  We’d love to have you join in the fun and creativity!

Supplies:
Stamps: none
Cardstock: Pure Luxury Ivory (Gina K. Designs); Marina Mist (Stampin’ Up); watercolor paper (Artist’s Loft)
Ink: none
Other: Party Balloons, Happy Birthday Border, and Stitched Rectangle dies (Lawn Fawn); Marina Mist reinker, linen thread (SU)

Wow – can you believe it’s September already?  A new month means a new hostess at CAS Colours & Sketches, and this time it’s Fiona.  She’s given us some lovely rich colors to work with for this week’s challenge.

I reached for a couple of my older stamp sets for my card this week.  The outline and fill stamps worked well to fit in the three colors.  I stamped the “fill” part of the flower first, and then misted it with some water so that the colors would spread a bit and give sort of an aura around the flower.  Once the cardstock was dry, I inked the outline using a different color for the blossom.  I put pieces of cardstock in all three colors together for a colorblocked mat underneath my focal piece.

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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 Monday, September 11 to link your card at the challenge site.

All supplies for this card are from Stampin’ Up:
Stamps: Petal Prints, Trendy Trees
Cardstock: Naturals Ivory, Always Artichoke, Tangerine Tango, Fresh Fig
Ink: Always Artichoke, Tangerine Tango, Fresh Fig

Hello there!  August has five Tuesdays, so that means it’s Timeless Tuesday double challenge week at CAS Colours & SketchesKaren and I combined forces for creating this week’s challenge – she chose a previous CC&S sketch to use, and I picked some of Stampin’ Up’s retired colors to use with it.  Although we use Stampin’ Up color names for reference, you may use any companies’ products to make your card, so long as you match the colors closely.  You’re also welcome to stretch the square format of the sketch into a rectangular card, and/or turn the sketch on its side.

At first the colors suggested two things to me:  flowers and babies.  I ended up going with a different nature-related thing:  birds.  I stamped the birds and their branch on scraps of cardstock and fussy cut them to add to the blue background circle.  I didn’t fussy cut around their legs, though, because that’s tooooo fussy.  So I drew the legs back into place as I was assembling the focal point.  For the vertical strip, I stamped dots in each of the challenge colors onto a scrap of white cardstock, and matted it with pink and green.  I chose a sentiment to tie into the “friends” theme going on at Addicted to CAS.

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Be sure to check out what the rest of the CC&S Design Team has made.  Then get your craft on and link your own card to our challenge post!  You have until 7:00 p.m. Eastern time Monday, September 4 to share your card with us.  We’d love to see what you can do with our double challenge!  Thanks for stopping by today.

Supplies:
Stamps: Feathered Friends [for Simon Says Stamp], Sophie’s Sentiments (Lawn Fawn); Itty Bitty Backgrounds (Stampin’ Up)
Cardstock: Bashful Blue, Chocolate Chip, Whisper White, Pretty in Pink, Certainly Celery, thick Whisper White (SU)
Ink: Chocolate Chip, Bashful Blue, Certainly Celery, Pretty in Pink (SU)
Other: stitched circle die (Lawn Fawn)

Christmas Card Throwdown - August technique challenge

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Aug 262017

Hello there!  Today’s post is a reminder for the technique challenge that’s currently running at Christmas Card Throwdown.  It’s one that was new to me – Embossed Impressions.  Although the original challenge writeup at CCT says entries can have either heat or dry embossed techniques, “embossed impressions” is a technique all to itself.  Since I hadn’t tried it before, I Googled it and found a few different videos on YouTube to guide me along.  The idea is to use VersaMark ink to ink up a die, then run it through your die cutting/embossing machine with an embossing mat so that the die leaves an inked impression in the cardstock.  Then you sprinkle the impression with embossing powder and heat emboss the design.

I have to say that this did not turn out as well for me as I had hoped.   It seemed easy enough based on the videos, so I tried it with a snowflake die.  My results were pretty disastrous.  My first attempt, I had the wrong “sandwich” of materials and they were too thick to go through my Big Kick, so I had to abort that try.  My second go at it, I was interrupted mid-process by a telephone call and the ink dried before I could add the embossing powder.  I hoped that the third time would be the proverbial charm, but no.  I thought I had tapped the ink on the die very gently, but the embossing powder stuck all around the edges of the die and on some of the solid areas.  Even though I was able to clean off some of the excess powder before I heated it, it still looked like a huge mess.  So I thought about what other dies I could use.  I decided to try it with my “happy” die, thinking I’d add in the word “holidays” with a stamp.  This worked somewhat better.  Still messy, but not as bad.  I added the “holidays” with gold ink and heat embossed it… but then the “holidays” showed up much brighter than the “happy” because of the gold ink.  That prompted a lightbulb moment.  I tried it once again, but used gold ink on the die instead of VersaMark.  That gave me a brighter, bolder result with the embossing of the impression.  I do think it’s downright near impossible to get a good clean image with this technique, though.

Anyway… now that my fifth attempt resulted in a somewhat decent looking embossed impressed sentiment, the gold on the red background seemed a little too simple.  I figured since I already had the embossing powder out, I’d add some embossing to the edge of the red panel.  In retrospect I probably got a little too heavy handed with that.  But as they say, the show must go on, so I went ahead and put the panel on a white card base.  It’s definitely not the best card I’ve made. And sadly, it’s one of the worst ones I’ve made as a CCT Design Team member. But at least it’s an honest attempt at the technique.

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Goodbyes are rarely easy.  It’s with a bittersweet note that this is the last card I’m making as a Design Team member for Christmas Card Throwdown.  I’ve been a part of the team there since March 2013, and while I’ve enjoyed my time there, four and a half years is long enough and it’s time for me to step down from the team.  I hate that this card that I really don’t like is my last one for the team.  I guess I’ll just have to play along as a participant in a future challenge and see if I can come up with something better.

Thanks for stopping by today!  If you’d like to give our challenge a try, you have until 7:00 p.m. Eastern time Friday, September 1 to submit your card at the CCT site.

Supplies:
Stamp: So Happy (Avery Elle)
Cardstock: Real Red (Stampin’ Up); Solar White (Neenah)
Ink: gold (ClearSnap)
Other: Simply Said Happy die (Avery Elle); gold embossing powder (Ranger); corner rounder punch (EK Success)

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