Hi there!  It’s Thursday again, which means it’s time for a new challenge at CAS Colours & Sketches.  This week we have a sketch for you to follow.  I think it’s a pretty fun one that could be interpreted in several different ways.

I’ve stayed pretty true to the sketch the way it was drawn, except that I’ve stretched it out into a portrait-oriented rectangle.  I also opted to put my sentiment on the oval element of the sketch rather than just below it.  I used pennant stamps to create my banner, and hand-drew the string connecting them.  After I cut the oval panel for the sentiment, I cut a slightly larger oval from the focal panel to “frame” the sentiment, rather than cutting a mat for it.  The sentiment panel is adhered with dimensional adhesive so it pops up a bit from the rest of the card front.  Although there isn’t much chocolate brown here, the color scheme was taken from CC&S challenge #60.

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So long as we can see the basic elements of the sketch in your card, it’s all good!  What kind of card will you create with it?  We’d love to see!  Share it with us via the linky tool on the challenge post by 6:00 p.m. Eastern time Wednesday, June 3.  Happy crafting!

All supplies for this card are from Stampin’ Up except as noted:
Stamps: Big Day, Banner Blast
Cardstock: Marina Mist, Pear Pizzazz, Naturals White
Ink: Marina Mist, Pear Pizzazz
Other: Chocolate Chip marker, dimensionals; petite oval plain Nestabilities dies (Spellbinders)

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Hello, and welcome to my stop on the Operation Write Home Memorial Day Weekend Blog Hop.  We’re remembering the brave men and women who have given their all for our country and its freedom by sharing cards made for the purpose of sending to our military members stationed overseas so that they may write home to their loved ones. Operation Write Home, a/k/a OWH, is a fantastic charity that has been supporting our military men and women since 2007.  However, because so many of our troops are coming home, OWH will be closing later this year.  All cards to be donated to them need to be sent in by August 1, 2015, so I’m helping to get the word out!

For my card, I knew I wanted to use my little superhero image.  I looked through the OWH Stars & Stamps sketches and found one that I hadn’t yet used – sketch #144.  I ended up flipping it mirror-image because that suited my card design better.  I had a piece of “smashed” cardstock in sky blue tones left over from a cardmaking session last fall (click here to find out how I did it), so I deviated a little from the typical patriotic red, white, and blue for my card.  To make it look more like a sky, I stamped some buildings along the bottom of it, so it would look like the superhero was flying above them.  I stamped the little superhero image on a scrap piece of white cardstock, colored him, and carefully fussy cut him.  Then I glued him onto the sky.  I added a sentiment that makes this card appropriate to give to pretty much anyone, although the image is kind of geared toward kids.  The white panel is dry embossed with clouds, making this card eligible for the current OWH ODBD challenge.

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What’s a blog hop without some “blog candy”?  :)  I have a Priority Mail Flat Rate padded envelope ready and waiting to pack with some crafty goodies.  I’ll send it to one lucky person who comments on this post.  The more comments I receive, the more items will be in the envelope!  I will be reading every comment to ensure that spammers will not qualify for the prize drawing.  Since this is a pretty big blog hop, I’ll give everyone until 12:00 noon Eastern time Friday, May 29, 2015 to leave their comment. The winner will be posted later that day.  Be sure to include your email address when you leave your comment, so I’ll have a way to contact you.

This is my fifth Memorial Day Weekend Blog Hop with OWH, and I’m a little sad that it’s going to be the last one.  However, it’s a good feeling to know that our men and women in service are going to be back home with their loved ones.  I’m glad that I’ve been able to help military families keep in touch, one card at a time, since 2010.

To see the rest of the blog hop participants’ creations, click on the OWH banner at the top of this post.  Thanks for stopping by!  All comments are read and appreciated.  Enjoy the rest of your weekend, and be sure to take some time to remember our heroes who have died in service in order to make our country and world a better place.

Supplies:
Stamps: Super Duo (Mama Elephant for Simon Says Stamp)
Cardstock: Real Red, Soft Sky, Glossy White (Stampin’ Up); Pure Luxury White (Gina K. Designs)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Other: markers (Copic); Soft Sky and Baja Breeze reinkers, Cloudy Day embossing folder (SU); silver paint pen (Zig)

Hello there!  This week is stash challenge week at 52 {Christmas} Card Throwdown.  That means we’re inviting our challenge participants to use particular items from their crafting stash to create a Christmas or wintry card.  I’m the challenge hostess for the month of May, and I’ve chosen ribbon as the stash item.  Most everyone has ribbon, and there are so many different ways to use it, so we’re hoping to see a lot of great cards this week!

I went through the OWH Stars & Stamps sketch challenges to find one that would work well with ribbon, and chose sketch #92, which I hadn’t used yet.  I modified it a bit by using the snowman image in place of the small block shape.  One nice thing about clear photopolymer stamps is that it’s pretty easy to line them up, like I did with the sentiment – the stamp has both words side by side, but I needed to use them one on top of the other to fit the available space.  After I attached my ribbon across the length of the card front, I cut another piece and looped it for a little extra interest.  The snowman is adhered with dimensional adhesive to accommodate the thickness of the ribbon.  It’s still a pretty flat card overall, and the ribbon loop will smush down for mailing.

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What will you do with your ribbon?  We’d love to see!  Link your card at the 52CCT site by 7:00 p.m. Eastern time Friday, May 29.  Be sure to check out the rest of the design team members’ cards for more inspiration.  Thanks for stopping by today!

Supplies:
Stamps: Be Jolly (Avery Elle)
Cardstock: Bordering Blue, Naturals White, Cherry Cobbler (Stampin’ Up); designer paper from Winter Wonderland paper pack (Lizzie Anne Designs)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Other: Be Jolly die (Avery Elle); ribbon (Offray); dimensionals (SU)

Hello!  It’s time for another color challenge at CAS Colours & Sketches!  Our hostess, Stef, has chosen some bright springtimey colors for us this time.

I ended up making two cards for this challenge.  The first one uses the sketch from the CAS(E) this Sketch! challenge that closes later this morning.  I’ve used watercolor washes of the three CC&S colors for the stripes of the sketch.  I die cut the word “hello” a couple times from Crushed Curry cardstock and once from black cardstock and stacked them together for the star-shaped element of the sketch.  I was going for the idea of the stripes making a landscape with the “hello” working as a sun, but I’m not sure I quite achieved it because I didn’t want to blend the color washes together too much and end up with a yucky color where the purple and yellow met.  But anyway, I think it will still fit into this week’s Less is More challenge theme of “hello sunshine”.

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My second card is more CAS than the first one.  Since I still had my reinkers out from the first card, I started off with a watercolor wash for the background.  Then I added in some simple flowers and a sentiment, rounded two corners of the image panel, and adhered it to the card base.  Seriously, the most time consuming part of making this card was waiting for the background to dry.  This card uses the sketch from The Crooked Stamper Sketch Challenge and the “May Flowers” theme from Retro Rubber.

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Go see what the rest of the CC&S Design Team has done with these pretty colors!  Then use the colors to make a card of your own, and share it with us at the CC&S challenge post.  You have until 6:00 p.m. Eastern time Wednesday, May 27 to link your card.  We hope you’ll join us!  Thanks for stopping by today.

Supplies for the “hello sunshine” card:
Stamps: Simply Said Hello (Avery Elle)
Cardstock: Crushed Curry, Basic Black (Stampin’ Up); watercolor paper (Artist’s Loft)
Ink: Garden Green (SU)
Other: Elegant Eggplant, Crushed Curry, and Garden Green reinkers (SU); Simply Said Hello die (Avery Elle)

Supplies for the floral card:
Stamps: Spring Garden, Three Little Words (Stampin’ Up)
Cardstock: watercolor paper (Artist’s Loft)
Ink: Elegant Eggplant, Garden Green (SU)
Other: Crushed Curry reinker (SU); corner rounder punch (EK Success)

Hello!  It’s the third Monday of the month, which means it’s time for a new challenge at Cards in Envy.  For the next two weeks, we’re focusing on creating cards for the guys in our lives.  Your card can be for a young boy, a young adult, or an older gentleman – so long as it’s A2 sized, doesn’t have lumpy, bumpy embellishments, and can be mailed at the regular first class postage rate.

I have to confess that I wasn’t feeling very creative when I was trying to make my sample card for this challenge, so I decided to browse through the sketch library on the OWH Stars & Stamps blog.  I found an older one that looked like it would work well with designer papers.  So I chose it and let the designer papers do most of the creative work for me.  Once I chose the papers, it was pretty simple to put it all together.  The dew drop embellishments are a little thicker than what I normally use on cards, but because they are less than 1/4″ thick they still fit the CIE challenge requirements.

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We hope you’ll have fun with this challenge and share your masculine card with us at Cards in Envy!  Link your card to our challenge post by 7:00 p.m. Eastern time Sunday, May 31.  Happy crafting!

Supplies:
Stamps: Birthday Greetings (Gina K. Designs)
Cardstock: Soft Sky, Blue Bayou (Stampin’ Up); designer papers from Marjolaine 6″ x 6″ paper pad (Basic Grey)
Ink: Early Espresso (SU)
Other: corner rounder punch (EK Success); dew drops (Robin’s Nest)

Hello there, and happy Saturday to you!  It’s time for another theme challenge at 52 Christmas Card Throwdown:  “O Little Town”.  Although the theme was derived from the Christmas carol “O Little Town of Bethlehem”, cards for this challenge don’t necessarily need to depict the holy city.  Any town or village scene showing several buildings will be just fine.

I readily admit that my card for this challenge is heavily inspired by a card made by my friend Taylor way back in 2008.  I’ve added a couple of layers to the card, arranged the buildings differently, and used different ovals for the sentiment panel.  My stamp-a-ma-jig made it easy to neatly line up the buildings, which are all individual stamps.  I thought the sentiment is appropriate for a card that will be donated to Operation Write Home.

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If you’d like more inspiration, be sure to see what the rest of the 52CCT Design Team has made.  Then link your own card to the challenge post by 7:00 p.m. Eastern time Friday, May 22.  We’d love to have you join in the fun and creativity!  Thanks for stopping by today.

Supplies:
Stamps: Holiday Lane (Lizzie Anne Designs)
Cardstock: Naturals Ivory, Close to Cocoa, Kraft (Stampin’ Up)
Ink: Close to Cocoa (SU)
Other: petite oval and petite scalloped oval Nestabilities dies (Spellbinders)

Once again, it’s sketch week at CAS Colours & Sketches!  We have a pretty interesting and versatile one for you this time.

I’ve stretched the sketch out into a rectangle since I prefer to make A2 sized cards, and I flipped it mirror image because I felt it worked better with the image of the snuggling birdies.  I also took the liberty of substituting hearts for the squares in the sketch, but it’s still easy to see that my card is modeled after the sketch.  There’s a slight woven texture to the red cardstock I used for the hearts, but it doesn’t show in the photo.  The birds are raised up from the card base with dimensional adhesive.  The largest heart (below the word “hugs”) is raised with a few scraps of cardstock as shims, so it has some dimension but not as much as the birds.

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I’m also entering this card into the challenges at Addicted to CAS, where the challenge code word is “birds”, and to Addicted to Stamps and More who are having a CAS style challenge.

What will you create with this sketch?  Check out what the rest of the design team has made for further inspiration.  Share your artwork with us at the CAS – Colours and Sketches site by 6:00 p.m. Eastern time Wednesday, May 20.  We’d love to have you join us!  Thanks for stopping by my blog today!

Supplies:
Stamps: Feathered Friends [for Simon Says Stamp], So Much to Say (Lawn Fawn)
Cardstock: Soft Sky, Sahara Sand, Real Red Core’dinations (Stampin’ Up)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Other: dimensionals (SU); marker (Copic); corner rounder punch (EK Success)

Hello!  I hope all the moms out there had a wonderful Mother’s Day yesterday.

Here’s the card I gave to my mom.  I didn’t want to share it before now so it would be a surprise when she opened the envelope.  :)  I’ve used the current Freshly Made Sketches layout, but stretched it to a portrait-oriented rectangle.  The three flowers symbolize my mom’s three daughters.

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Thanks for stopping by today!  Your comments are always read and appreciated.

Supplies:
Stamps: Painted Petals (Stampin’ Up); Happy Everything (Lawn Fawn)
Cardstock: Rose Red (SU); Pure Luxury Ivory (Gina K. Designs)
Ink: Rose Red, Pear Pizzazz, and Pretty in Pink markers (SU)
Other: Candy Stripes embossing folder (Tim Holtz)

Hello!  It’s color challenge week at 52 Christmas Card Throwdown!  Since I’m the challenge hostess this month, I picked the color scheme this time, and it’s a bit nontraditional:  the pastel colors of soft pink, pale yellow, and light green.  I’ve based it off of a card I made for 52CCT a few years ago – click here to see it.

Once again, I used a sketch from the OWH Stars & Stamps blog for the layout of my card.  I’ve kept the tree idea from my earlier card and used the same colors of cardstock.  I used my glitter pen to add a tiny bit of sparkle to the star, but it doesn’t show well in the photo.  The ornaments on the tree are three different colors of self-adhesive pearls – pink, yellow, and ivory.  This card is being added to the stockpile I’m creating to send to Operation Write Home in the fall.

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Now it’s your turn to show us what you can make with these colors!  If you need more inspiration first, go visit the 52CCT site and see what the rest of the design team has created.  Be sure to link your card at the 52CCT site by 7:00 p.m. Eastern time on Friday, May 15.  We look forward to having you join us!

Supplies are from Stampin’ Up unless otherwise noted:
Stamps: Season of Joy, Endless Wishes
Cardstock: Barely Banana, Blushing Bride, Very Vanilla, Certainly Celery Prints designer paper
Ink: Certainly Celery, Barely Banana
Other: petite oval and petite scalloped oval Nestabilities dies (Spellbinders); Stitched Scalloped Border die (Lawn Fawn); pearls (KaiserCraft); Wink of Stella pen (Zig)

Hello there!  I hope May has gotten off to a good start for you.  A new month means a new hostess for our challenges at CAS – Colours and SketchesStef has some fun ideas planned for us, so I hope you’ll consider playing along in our challenges.

The first Thursday of the month means its color challenge time.  Stef has chosen a couple of nice neutrals with a punch of color.  The neutrals led me to thinking about animals.  No matter which of my animal stamps I considered, my mind kept coming back to Rhubarb bear, and this particular image of Rhubarb and his little birdie friend seemed to be the best fit with the colors.  I’ve colored Rhubarb with the neutral colors, and I’ve attempted to color the bird to look like the robin that’s preening its feathers just outside my computer room as I’m typing up this blog post.  The layout for my card is from the CAS(E) this Sketch! challenge that’s closing later this morning.  I’ve flipped the sketch mirror-image because the Rhubarb image feels better oriented this way.

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Be sure to check out what the rest of the CAS – Colours and Sketches design team did with these colors.   Then show us what you can make with them!  You can link your creation to the challenge blog until 6:00 p.m. Eastern time Wednesday, May 13.  Thanks for stopping by today!

Supplies:
Stamps: Thoughtful Rhubarb, Somebuggy Loves You (Sweet ‘n Sassy Stamps)
Cardstock: Sahara Sand, Soft Suede, Tangerine Tango (Stampin’ Up); Pure Luxury Ivory (Gina K. Designs)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Other: markers (Copic)

Hello, and happy Monday!  It’s time for a new challenge at Cards in Envy.  For the next couple of weeks, we have a challenge theme of “When Nature Calls”.  Your card should feature something found in nature.  Remember to make it A2 size (4.25″ x 5.5″) and thin enough to fit in an envelope.

I pulled out a lot of retired supplies for my card – the stamps, the multicolored ink pad, and the red and mustard cardstocks.  I made the focal panel by liberally spritzing water onto a piece of natural cardstock, inking up the leaf stamps with the multicolored ink pad, and stamping onto the wet cardstock, which caused the dye ink to run and blur.  After the cardstock dried, I stamped the leaves again, providing the detailed veining in them.  The layout of my card is OWH Stars & Stamps sketch #253.  I’m also going to enter this card into the current Retro Rubber “Anything Goes” challenge.

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Now it’s your turn!  Show us your own card depicting something found in nature by linking it to the Cards in Envy challenge post by 7:00 p.m. Eastern time Sunday, May 17.  We’d love to see what you create!  Thanks for stopping by today.

All supplies for this card are from Stampin’ Up unless otherwise noted:
Stamps: Autumn, Always On My Mind
Cardstock: Ruby Red, More Mustard, Naturals Ivory
Ink: Pumpkin Patch Spectrum pad
Other: standard circle Nestabilities dies (Spellbinders)

Hello!  Saturday means it’s time for a new challenge at 52 Christmas Card Throwdown, and I’m excited to be the challenge hostess for the month of May!  We’re kicking the month off with a sketch challenge that I’ve designed.  You’re welcome to rotate the sketch onto its side, flip it mirror-image, or manipulate it into a square if you like.  The star-shaped element of the sketch can be replaced with any shape.  So long as we can see the basic elements of the sketch in your card, it’s all good!

I’ve chosen to go with a snowy theme for my card, using a snowflake patterned paper for the “bars” along the sides of the sketch and using a die-cut snowflake for the star element.  I stamped the snowflake twice, once in grey and once in aqua.  I trimmed out the center of the aqua one, added a cardstock shim to the back to give it a little dimension, and then adhered it to the center of the grey snowflake.  The grey snowflake also has a cardstock shim behind it to raise it up a bit from the card base.  A tiny rhinestone in the center of the snowflake adds a bit of sparkle.

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I’m also going to include this card in the current challenge at Retro Rubber Challenge Blog since all the stamps I’ve used are more than a year old.

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So 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, May 8.  I’d love to see what you do with my sketch!

Supplies:
Stamps: Festive Flurry, Season of Joy (Stampin’ Up); Winter Wishes (Unity)
Cardstock: Pure Luxury White (Gina K. Designs); Winter Frost designer series paper (SU)
Ink: Smoky Slate, Pool Party (SU)
Other: rhinestone (Recollections); Festive Flurry die (SU)

Hello there!  It’s the fifth Thursday of the month, so that means at CAS Colours & Sketches we have a double challenge for you!  This week we have a sketch and a color combination for you to use together in creating a clean and simple styled card.

I’ve taken a few liberties with the sketch element – I’ve turned it 45° on its side and attached it to an A2 sized card base.  The challenge colors reminded me of a beach at sunset, so I made a watercolor wash using inks in the three colors for the background of my sketch element.  (I actually made two, but I didn’t like how the wisteria color turned out on the first one, so I tried again and came up with the one you see here.)  I stamped the otter and his gift box on a scrap of white cardstock, colored them, fussy cut them, and attached them to the square.  Then I freehand cut a wave from the first watercolor wash I’d made and attached that to the square so the otter wouldn’t look like he was randomly floating.  The first wash was a lot darker than the second, so there’s some color variation there, but trust me, they’re from the same color ink!  Anyway, then I attached my sketch element to the card base and added the sentiment.

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I’m including this in the “Make Your Mark” challenge at Addicted to Stamps and More, too.

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 6:00 p.m. eastern time Wednesday, May 6 to link your work to the challenge post.

Supplies:
Stamps: Year Five (Lawn Fawn)
Cardstock: Kraft, Basic Black (Stampin’ Up); Solar White (Neenah); watercolor paper (Artist’s Loft)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Other: Wisteria Wonder, Calypso Coral, and Island Indigo reinkers (SU); markers (Copic)

Hello!  It’s 8 months to Christmas!  Are you going to be ready for it?  At 52 {Christmas} Card Throwdown, our goal is to help you avoid some of the last-minute rush by creating a Christmas card each week.  This time our challenge for you is to use the Triple Time Stamping technique to create your card.

I’ve opted to keep my card clean and layered in style.  I arranged the layers slightly off center, with a wider margin on the right and bottom than on the left and top, to give the card a little more visual interest.  The snowflakes are stamped using the Rock ‘n Roll technique, inked first with a very pale blue and then edged with a shade darker.  A tiny rhinestone in the center of each snowflake adds a bit of sparkle to the card.

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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, May 1 to link your card at the 52{C}CT site. Thanks for stopping by today!

All supplies except the rhinestones are from Stampin’ Up.
Stamps: Festive Flurry, Madonna and Child
Cardstock: Baja Breeze, Whisper White
Ink: Baja Breeze, Soft Sky
Other: rhinestones (Recollections)

Hello!  The current challenge at The Paper Players has been intriguing me all week.  It’s to create a clean and simple styled card and incorporate watercoloring into it.  Since the challenge closes this afternoon, I figured this morning it was now or never if I wanted to join in.  The current CAS(E) this Sketch! layout seemed to lend itself well to including a watercolored background so I’ve combined the two challenges in today’s card.  I started off with a wash of green ink on watercolor paper, which turned out pretty light, but that was OK because I didn’t want it to obscure the image.  Once it was dry, I stamped the holly image.  Then I used a damp paintbrush to trace over the lines, blending in all the little shading lines and softening the edges of the image.  I stamped a cherry colored ink pad on acetate and used the ink from there to color in the berries.  I accidentally tapped the brush over the cardstock as I was finishing up the berries, splattering a bit of the watered-down red ink near the bottom edge of the watercolor paper.  So I made a last-minute decision to add some more splatters randomly over and around the image.  I chose a green cardstock for the base and here’s the final result:

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I realize it probably seems a little weird to have a Christmasy design in April, but none of the previous ideas I had came together very well for me.  It still makes a good card for me to stockpile for Operation Write Home.  Since there’s no sentiment on it, the person who chooses to send it can use it for any occasion during the holiday season.  And Christmas Eve is just 8 months away from today!

Thanks for stopping by my blog today.  All comments are read and appreciated!  (Well, not the spam comments.  They are read, but they are not appreciated unless the content or grammar strikes my funny bone – like the poorly worded one that talked about testing traffic lights.  LOL!)

Supplies:
Stamp: Christmas Blueprint 4 (Tim Holtz)
Cardstock: Garden Green (Stampin’ Up); watercolor paper (Artist’s Loft)
Ink: Garden Green, Cherry Cobbler (SU)
Other: paintbrush

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