Hello!  It’s time for another sketch challenge at CAS – Colours and Sketches!   As always, the sketch can be rotated or flipped or stretched – so long as we can see the basic elements of the original sketch, it’s all good!

I’ve stretched the sketch out into a rectangle and, well, you’ll see soon enough the other modifications I made to it while still keeping my card clean and simple in design.  I decided to give the current Lawnscaping challenge of watercoloring a try, too.  The quote bubble panel features a watercolor wash, and I colored the cow with watercolor pencils softened with a blender pen.  I chose the cow simply because of all my animal images, it seemed to fit best with the sketch.

 

 

 

Our curious kitten wanted in on the photo taking action, too:

Thanks for stopping by today!  Be sure to check out the CAS – Colours and 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 1:00 p.m. Eastern time Wednesday, July 30 to participate.  We hope you’ll join us!

Supplies:
Stamps: Critters on the Farm, Year Three, Hats Off to You (Lawn Fawn)
Cardstock: Daffodil Delight, Basic Black (Stampin’ Up); Pure Luxury White (Gina K. Designs)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Other: Pool Party and Soft Sky reinkers, watercolor crayons (SU); black multiliner pen (Copic); Speech Trio Creative Cuts die (Mama Elephant)

Hello again!  It’s time for another challenge at Cards in Envy.  For the next two weeks, we have a super easy theme for you to follow:  Happy Birthday to You.  That’s right – all you need to do for this challenge is to make an A2 sized birthday card (4.25″ x 5.5″) with no lumpy, bumpy embellishments so that it could be mailed at the standard postage rate.

I’ve gone with a fairly simply design that could be used for pretty much anyone of any age, although the color scheme does lean a bit toward the masculine side.  This platypus image always makes me smile.  The birthday hat was stamped on a scrap piece of cardstock.  I colored in the polka dots, cut out the hat and glued it into place, and drew in the frills on top.

If you need additional inspiration, please go check out the Cards in Envy site and see what the rest of the design team has made.  Then create a birthday card following our challenge guidelines and share it with us on the Cards in Envy site.  We’d love to have you play along with us!  Thanks for stopping by today.

Supplies:
Stamps: Critters Down Under, Hats Off to You (Lawn Fawn)
Cardstock: Garden Green, Elegant Eggplant, Very Vanilla (Stampin’ Up); designer papers from Fusion collection (Basic Grey)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Other: markers (Copic); Labels Five Nestabilities die (Spellbinders)

Hello!  It’s been a pretty quiet week around here, but today it’s time for a new challenge at CAS – Colours and Sketches.  This week Jacqueline, our challenge hostess, has come up with a color scheme using some deep, rich colors.

I decided to go floral with the colors, using the two shades of purple for flowers and the green for leaves.  Yes, that very dark color is actually purple, although it tends to show up a lot like black.  It’s really hard to tell in the photograph, but the background is textured cardstock.  I stamped the flowers and leaves on smooth cardstock, fussy cut them, and then adhered them to the background.  The sentiment panel is also smooth cardstock, and it’s attached with dimensional adhesive so it sort of “floats” over the flowers.  Opposing rounded corners add a little extra interest to the card.  The layout is from the CAS(E) this Sketch! challenge that ends today, and the inspiration for the sentiment comes from the current AEIHeartU challenge.

Challenge 11

Be sure to check out what the rest of the CC&S Design Team has done with these colors!  Then share your own card with us by linking it to the challenge post by 1:00 p.m. Eastern time Wednesday, July 23.  We’d love to have you join us!  Thanks for stopping by today.

Supplies:
Stamps: Oh Happy Day (Avery Elle)
Cardstock: Mossy Meadow, Elegant Eggplant, Very Vanilla, Very Vanilla textured (Stampin’ Up)
Ink: Mossy Meadow, Elegant Eggplant, Perfect Plum (SU)
Other: dimensionals (SU); corner rounder punch (EK Success)

Hello!  It’s time for another sketch challenge at CAS – Colours and Sketches.  This one has some interesting small shapes that can be interpreted in a variety of ways.

I just received my first Mama Elephant stamps and wanted to put them to use right away.  Some of the images were sized perfectly for the sketch elements!  I’ve decided to keep pretty true to the sketch, other than stretching it out to a rectangle and using the mirror reverse of it.  The way the little girls were situated, I felt they looked better placed on the right side of the card than on the left.  And I ended up with another card for Operation Write Home.

Our family recently took in a kitten.  He’s about 12 weeks old now and very curious, as you might imagine.  Lyric was quite interested in the process of photographing this card:

Silly kitty.  :)

Thanks for stopping by today!  I hope you’ll join us over at CAS – Colours and Sketches with your own take on this sketch!  You have until 1:00 p.m. eastern time Wednesday, July 16 to link your card at the challenge website.

Supplies:
Stamps: In My Heart (Mama Elephant)
Cardstock: Blushing Bride (Stampin’ Up); Pure Luxury White (Gina K. Designs)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Other: markers (Copic); Soft Sky ribbon, dimensionals (SU)

Hello, and welcome!  Today marks the beginning of a new challenge at Cards in Envy.  For the next two weeks, we’re going to be seeing stars and stripes.  Cards for this challenge should be A2 sized (4.25″ x 5.5″) and be thin enough to be mailed at the standard postage rate – and have both stars and stripes on them.

I decided to combine my stripes with my stars by die-cutting stars from striped designer paper.  I wanted to add another birthday card with a masculine feel to the box I’m filling for Operation Write Home, so that determined my color scheme and the sentiment I chose.  I used the sketch from the current CAS(E) This Sketch! challenge for the design of the card.

 

 

So now it’s your turn! Check out the Cards in Envy site for all the challenge details and to see what the rest of the design team has made. Then share your starry, stripey creation(s) with us by 7:00 p.m. Eastern time Sunday, July 20. We’d love to have you play along with us!

Supplies:
Stamps: Bannerific, Hats Off to You (Lawn Fawn)
Cardstock: Tangerine Tango, Basic Gray, Very Vanilla, Whisper White (Stampin’ Up); designer paper from Ambrosia 6″ x 6″ paper pad (Basic Grey)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Other: star die (Sweet ‘n Sassy Stamps); dimensionals (SU)

Hello!  For the month of July, we’re doing something a little different at 52 {Christmas} Card Throwdown!  Welcome to the 52 {Christmas} Card Christmas in July Blog Hop!  If you’ve arrived here from Louise’s blog, you are on the right track!  If you haven’t and want to participate for a chance to win honors and/or prizes, please go back to the original hop post, follow along with us, and be sure to leave a comment on each blog in the hop!  Our four challenge prompts are shown on the original hop post, and you can choose any of them (or combine them!) for your own creation.  Be sure to link your work at the blog hop post by noon GMT/7:00 a.m. Eastern time July 31, 2014.  Several of the design team members will be giving away blog candy to our July challenge participants who have left comments!  :)

Here’s what I made using our prompts for the month.  I’ve combined the sketch challenge with the stash challenge.  I just happened to have tree and snowflake stickers that fit perfectly into the sketch layout!  Serendipity, I suppose.  I added a hand-stitched border around the edges of the focal panel.  Like nearly all of my 52{C}CT cards, this one is going to be donated to Operation Write Home, for one of our military men or women stationed overseas to use to write home to their loved ones.

Thank you for coming by and leaving a comment!  (Those of you outside of the United States – I apologize for my blog’s tendency to flag “foreign” comments as spam.  Please rest assured that your comment will be held in my spam folder until I approve it manually!)  Remember to hop along with us starting at the original 52CCT post for multiple chances to win honors and prizes!  Your next stop will be the fabulous Ruth – she always has some awesome stuff you won’t want to miss!  Merry hopping!

Supplies:
Stamps: none
Cardstock: Naturals White, Wild Wasabi (Stampin’ Up)
Ink: none
Other: Dazzles Frosty Woodland stickers (Hot off the Press); embroidery floss (DMC); dimensionals (SU)

Hello!  We’re starting off a new month of challenges at CAS – Colours and Sketches, and this week we have a color challenge of two neutrals and a pretty pink for you to try.

I puzzled about how I was going to use the gray and tan colors together and finally decided I could make it work if I kept them minimal.  LOL  This week’s Freshly Made Sketches challenge provided the layout for my card.  I wanted to add another thank you card to my stash for Operation Write Home, so that was the inspiration behind this sentiment, which is stamped on a scrap of vellum that I’ve had for years.  Hopefully the little star brads will be enough for this card to qualify for the current AEIHeartU challenge to use gold.

 

Challenge 10

 

Be sure to check out what the rest of the CC&S Design Team has done with these colors!  Then share your own card with us by linking it to the challenge post by 1:00 p.m. Eastern time Wednesday, July 9.  We’d love to have you join us!

Supplies:
Stamps: Oh Happy Day (Avery Elle)
Cardstock: Pure Luxury White (Gina K. Designs); Basic Gray, Kraft, Strawberry Slush (Stampin’ Up); vellum (source unknown)
Ink: Strawberry Slush (SU)
Other: gold star brads (The Paper Studio); For the Record 2, Documented die (Sizzix)

Hello!  It’s stash challenge week at 52 {Christmas} Card Throwdown, where we invite our challenge participants to use particular items from their crafting stash to create a Christmas or wintry card.  This time Louise, our June hostess, has chosen charms as the feature stash item.

My old ornament charms fit this challenge perfectly.  I first used them for a Christmas card swap back in 2003!  Yes, really!  It seemed like perfect nature to pair them with the same pine bough stamp that I used for the swap.  The layout for this card is from the current Freshly Made Sketches challenge.

 

What kind of charms will you use?  We’d love to see!  Link your card at the 52{C}CT site by 1:00 p.m. Eastern time Friday, July 4.  Be sure to check out the rest of the design team members’ cards for more inspiration.  Thanks for stopping by today!

Supplies:
Stamps: Pine Bough wheel, More Merry Messages (Stampin’ Up)
Cardstock: Garden Green, Cherry Cobbler (SU); Pure Luxury Ivory (Gina K. Designs)
Ink: Garden Green, Cherry Cobbler (SU)
Other: ornament charms (Making Memories); embroidery floss (DMC); corner rounder (EK Success); square punch (Creative Memories)

Hello!  This week is sketch week at CAS – Colours and Sketches, and we have something different for you!  This time we’re challenging our participants to create a clean and simple card in any non-rectangular shape.

I decided to go with a hexagon, since that’s still pretty trendy.  I’ve had some new-to-me stamps here for a few weeks and hadn’t had the change to play with them yet, and they fit the hexagon theme, so this seemed like the perfect time to get them inky.  I added a few splatters of color using the theme from this week’s color challenge at Splitcoaststampers.com.

What fun shape will you use?  Be sure to check out what the rest of the design team has made.  Then share your creation with us at the CC&S site by 1:00 p.m. Eastern time Wednesday, July 2.

Supplies:
Stamps: All Squared Up (Avery Elle); Itty Bitty Backgrounds (Stampin’ Up)
Cardstock: Pure Luxury White (Gina K. Designs)
Ink: Cherry Cobbler, Daffodil Delight, Pumpkin Pie (SU); Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Other: hexagon Nestabilities die (Spellbinders)

Hello there, and happy Saturday to you!  It’s time for another theme challenge at 52 {Christmas} Card Throwdown, and our hostess, Louise, has chosen a fun one – reindeer and/or Rudolph.

I was excited about this challenge because it gave me the opportunity to use this cute Lawn Fawn image again!  To be completely honest, I’m not sure if it’s supposed to be just a “regular” deer (such as the white-tailed deer common in most of the United States) or a reindeer, but for the sake of the challenge I’m calling it a reindeer.  I stamped it onto two different colors of brown designer paper, fussy cut the parts, and glued the antlers onto the reindeer’s head.  I colored in the nose and created hooves.  The background for my little reindeer is pieced together from blue designer paper and white cardstock that was painted with white shimmer paint.  I originally planned to use OWH Stars & Stamps sketch #43 for the layout of this card, but in mirror image so the reindeer wouldn’t be frolicking off the edge of the card.  Since I couldn’t decide on a sentiment to pair with the image that also balanced out the size of the image panel, I opted to go sentiment-less and move the panel toward the center of the card.  The panel is attached with dimensional adhesive to give it a little more visual separation from the card base.

Although my card doesn’t have stars, it does have stripes that qualify it for the current Lawnscaping challenge.

Go see what a-deer-able creations the rest of the 52{C}CT design team has made!  Then create your own wintery or Christmasy card showcasing Rudolph or any of his other reindeer friends, and share it with us at the 52{C}CT site by 1:00 p.m. Eastern time Friday, June 27.  We’d love to have you join us!

Supplies:
Stamps: Critters in the Snow (Lawn Fawn)
Cardstock: Pure Luxury White (Gina K. Designs); designer papers from Blush collection (Basic Grey)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Other: Frost White shimmer paint, dimensionals (Stampin’ Up)

Hello!  It’s Thursday, which means it’s time for a new challenge at CAS – Colours and Sketches!  This week we have a pretty pastel color combination to work with.

As I was trying to decide what to make for my sample card for this challenge, I realized it’s my one-year anniversary on the CC&S design team.  Yay!  So I decided I’d repeat the same layout that I used for my first card as a CC&S design team member.  Since I need a few more birthday cards for my next shipment to Operation Write Home, I went with a birthday theme.  I didn’t want to use colored cardstock to die cut the balloons because I wanted the balloons to look more translucent like latex balloons.  So I watercolored a few scraps of cardstock with the reinkers for the challenge colors.  Once the scraps were dry, I cut the balloons from them.

 

The colors also tie in with this week’s OWH Midweek Throwdown challenge.  Nice coincidence!  :)

Now it’s your turn to show us what you can make with these colors!  If you need more inspiration first, go visit the CAS – Colours and Sketches site and see what the rest of the design team has created.  Be sure to link your card at the CC&S site by 1:00 p.m. Eastern time on Wednesday, June 25.  We look forward to having you join us!

Supplies:
Stamps: Say It – Hugs (Technique Tuesday)
Cardstock: Coastal Cabana, Wisteria Wonder, Crisp Cantaloupe, scraps of Whisper White [for balloons] (Stampin’ Up); Pure Luxury Ivory (Gina K. Designs)
Ink: Coastal Cabana, Wisteria Wonder, Crisp Cantaloupe (SU)
Other: linen thread, Coastal Cabana, Wisteria Wonder, and Crisp Cantaloupe reinkers (SU); Icon Fill in the Blank die (Avery Elle)

Hello!  I’m back from a short crafting hiatus taken while finishing renovating a bathroom, celebrating my older son’s high school graduation, and having my husband’s family visit for several days.  And it’s just in time for a new challenge at Cards in Envy!  For the next few weeks, we’re using the theme of Fun in the Sun.

I went pretty clean and simple with my card.  I printed off a digital image, colored it, and used a funky shaped die to cut it out.  I repeated the colors of the image in the card base and added a ribbon to join the two colors together.  The image panel is adhered with thin dimensional adhesive.

 

Go check out with the rest of the Cards in Envy Design Team has made, and then make your own A2 sized card depicting your idea of fun in the sun.  Be sure not to use any lumpy, bumpy embellishments that would prevent your card from fitting into an envelope and being mailed at the standard postage rate.  Share it with us at the Cards in Envy site by 7:00 p.m. Eastern time Sunday, July 6.  We’d love to see what you create!

Supplies:
Digital Image: Cocoa’s Beach Ball (Sweet ‘n Sassy Stamps)
Stamp: So Happy For You (Stampin’ Up)
Cardstock: Pure Luxury White (Gina K. Designs); Soft Sky, Creamy Caramel (SU)
Ink: printer ink
Other: markers (Copic); Real Red grosgrain ribbon (SU); Wonky Rectangle Nestabilities die (Spellbinders); foam squares (Scotch)

Jun 022014

Hi there!  It’s time for a new challenge at Cards in Envy.  Our theme this time is “Feeling Buggy” – which means the cards for this challenge should all show some sort of insect.

I still had the materials for last Thursday’s card out when I started on my card for this challenge.  I decided I’d go ahead and use the same color scheme, and to make things easy, I figured I’d keep the general layout too.  So this card follows the current CAS – Colours and Sketches challenge, too.  To fit the Cards in Envy theme, I used this little ladybug image.  The bug’s antennae don’t lend themselves well to fussy cutting, so I felt it was best to keep the bug on a panel, but mat it to add an extra splash of color.  I ended up with this easy-peasy quick card, which will be another addition to the box I’m filling for Operation Write Home:

So how will you be “feeling buggy”?  Create your A2 sized card, remembering to keep it less than 1/4″ thick, and share it with us at Cards in Envy by 7:00 p.m. Eastern time Sunday, June 15.  We’d love to see your artwork!

Supplies:
Stamps: Somebuggy Loves You (Sweet ‘n Sassy Stamps)
Cardstock: Coastal Cabana, Baked Brown Sugar, Real Red (Stampin’ Up); Pure Luxury White (Gina K. Designs)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Other: markers (Copic); standard circle and big scalloped circle Nestabilities dies (Spellbinders); Woodgrain embossing folder (SU)

Congratulations to Stampnk, who left the following comment on my OWH Memorial Day Weekend Blog Hop post:

stampnk says:

So cute and what great coloring! This little bunny with his arms full of love is perfection!

You’ve won the blog candy I offered during the blog hop!  Your prize will consist of two stamp sets from My Favorite Things – “Flopsey Goes Camping” and “Flopsey Flies a Kite”, as well as some Jolee’s Boutique patriotic stickers.

Thank you to everyone who stopped by during the blog hop, whether or not you left a comment!

Hello there! It’s time for a new challenge at CAS – Colours and Sketches! Since it’s the fifth Thursday of the month, this week we have a double challenge for you.  You’ll need to use the provided colors with the provided sketch!  It’s double the fun!

The other day I took an inventory of the cards I have stashed away for Operation Write Home, and I noticed I didn’t have a whole lot of cards suitable for our military stationed overseas to send home to their children.  Today’s card is one step toward fixing that problem.  I felt that a child would like to receive this cute “Super Owl” bearing an encouraging message from a parent who might be thousands of miles from home.

Thanks for stopping by today!  Be sure to see what the other CAS – Colours and Sketches design team members have made.  Then show us what you can create with the colors and the sketch! You have until 1:00 p.m. eastern time Wednesday, June 4 to link your work to the challenge post.

Supplies:
Stamps: Critters in Costume (Lawn Fawn)
Cardstock: Coastal Cabana (Stampin’ Up); Pure Luxury White (Gina K. Designs)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Other: markers (Copic); D’Vine Swirls embossing folder (Provo Craft)

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