Hello there!  This week at CAS – Colours and Sketches we have a soft color palette for you to work with.  The pastel green color is called Pistachio Pudding, but it reminded me of mint chocolate chip ice cream (without the chocolate chips).  So I decided to go with an ice cream themed card.  I figured it makes a cute card for Operation Write Home.

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The Stampin’ Up color names are only for reference; you do NOT need to use Stampin’ Up products to make your card for this challenge.  Simply use whatever you have in your craft supplies that is closest to these colors.  We’ll also allow white, cream, or black for your card base and black ink for outlines and sentiments. 

Now it’s your turn! You have until 6:00 p.m. GMT/1:00 p.m. EST Wednesday, August 27 to share your artwork with us. We’d love to see what you create!

Supplies:
Stamps: Here’s the Scoop (Lawn Fawn)
Cardstock: So Saffron, Baked Brown Sugar, Pistachio Pudding, Very Vanilla (Stampin’ Up)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Other: Plaid embossing folder (Sizzix); Classic Rectangles Plain and Classic Rectangles Scalloped Nestabilities dies (Spellbinders)

Hello, and welcome to another Monday!  Since it’s the third Monday of the month, it’s time for a new challenge at Cards in Envy.  For the next couple of weeks we’re focusing on a theme of “Best Friends”.

I went through my stamps trying to figure out just what I would make for my design team sample card for this challenge, and I wasn’t coming up with anything I liked.  Finally I browsed through my digital images and landed upon this cute digi set that had several different images of foods that always seem to go together – salt & pepper, milk & cookies, you get the idea.  I decided to go with coffee & doughnuts.  (OK, so the actual image says “donuts”, but I prefer the longer spelling.)  I remembered I had this designer paper with lots of circles against the brown background, and thought that might work well with the image.  I borrowed the layout idea from the current Freshly Made Sketches challenge, added a few mats and embossed the horizontal strips, and colored the image to coordinate with the designer paper.  Once I had all my pieces completed, it didn’t take long to assemble.

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FMS Final 149I just realized as I’m typing this that the designer paper I used is from the very first 6″ x 6″ paper pad I bought… back in 2007!  Eeep!  I guess it’s about time I used it, LOL!

So, how will you interpret our Best of Friends theme?  Create an A2 sized card, being 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, August 31.  We’d love to see what you create!

Supplies:
Digital Images: You & Me (Sweet ‘n Sassy Stamps)
Cardstock: Blushing Bride, Cool Caribbean (Stampin’ Up); Pure Luxury Ivory (Gina K. Designs); designer paper from Blush 6″ x 6″ paper pad (Basic Grey)
Ink: printer ink
Other: markers (Copic); Swiss Dots embossing folder (ProvoCraft)

This is just a quick post to share a card for the current AEIHeartU challenge to use kraft cardstock.  Really, the card is pretty self-explanatory.  I die cut the red and blue cardstock and the “hello” sentiment, added a stamped sentiment, and assembled the whole thing together.  I figure it’s a good any-time-of-year, gender-neutral and age-neutral card for Operation Write Home.  I have to admit that I was pretty heavily inspired by this card and I’ve been wanting to do something similar to it for a while now.

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Thanks for stopping by today!  :)

Supplies:
Stamps: Handwritten Notes (Avery Elle)
Cardstock: Kraft, Very Vanilla, Pacific Point, Real Red (Stampin’ Up)
Ink: Crumb Cake (SU)
Other: Simply Said Hello die and Custom Panels die (Avery Elle)

Hello, and happy Saturday to you!  I hope your weekend has gotten off to a good start.

This week is theme week at 52 {Christmas} Card ThrowdownGill, our hostess, has chosen an interesting one: mistletoe and wine.  I knew I had a couple of mistletoe images, but I had to think about the wine… and I finally settled on using burgundy cardstock for it.  (Get it?  Burgundy?  Wine?  OK, maybe that’s a stretch, but going by Gill’s rules it works!)  The mistletoe berries have been covered with crystal lacquer so they have a bit of shine to them in real life.  I used a subtle background stamp on the burgundy strip of cardstock to give it a little more visual interest.  The narrow green strip has a scored line above and below the piercing – I’m not sure how well that shows in the photo.

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If you need more ideas, go check out the 52{C}CT blog and see what the rest of the design team has made.  Then link your card at the challenge site by 1:00 p.m. Eastern time Friday, August 22.  We’d love to see how you interpret this challenge!

Supplies:
Stamps: Kissmas & Mistletoe (Unity Stamp Company); Sanded (Stampin’ Up)
Cardstock: Wild Wasabi, Bravo Burgundy, Naturals White (SU)
Ink: Wild Wasabi, Bravo Burgundy (SU)
Other: petite scalloped circle Nestabilities die (Spellbinders); Crystal Lacquer (Sakura); piercing tool; score board

Hello again!  This week is sketch week at CAS Colours and Sketches.  I hope you’ll consider joining in the fun and creativity there by creating a card of your own with this sketch!

I couldn’t decide between making the tilted rectangular portion of the sketch into a window of sorts or more like a Polaroid photograph.  It ended up kind of a combination of both ideas.  This stamp set has been wanting to be inked, so I figured I’d make it look like the little angel is leaning on a windowsill. First I die cut the window and added designer paper to create the sky background. I stamped the angel on a scrap of cardstock, colored him, fussy cut him, and glued him to the sky so his arm slightly overlaps the die cut. The wing and the heart have a bit of glitter on them from a new-to-me product called a Wink of Stella pen.  It was super easy to use, but I’m disappointed in how easily the glitter rubs off.

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Be sure to visit the CAS – Colours and Sketches blog to see the terrific cards the rest of the design team has made.  I’m sure they’d love it if you left them comments, too.  Then show us what you can do with this sketch!  Link your card to the CAS – Colours and Sketches site by 1:00 p.m. Eastern time Wednesday, August 20.

Supplies:
Stamps: Love From Above (Mama Elephant)
Cardstock: Naturals White (Stampin’ Up); Pure Luxury White (Gina K Designs); designer papers from Blitzen collection (Basic Grey)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Other: markers (Copic); Say Cheese and Critters in Costume dies (Lawn Fawn); Wink of Stella pen (Zig)

Hello there!  It’s time for another color challenge this week at 52 {Christmas} Card ThrowdownGill, our hostess for the month of August, is asking us to create our Christmas or wintry cards using only four colors – white, cream, silver and gold – and all four of those colors must be used.

I tossed a few different ideas around in my head for this week’s card.  I finally settled on a rather clean and simple design using the current sketch from Seize the Sketch.  For the star, I die cut cream textured cardstock, dabbed it onto my Versamark ink pad, sprinkled gold embossing powder on it, and heated up the embossing powder.  I repeated the inking and embossing several times until I achieved the grungy effect I wanted.  I used a stamp from one of my newest stamp sets for the background behind the star, and heat embossed that with silver embossing powder.  The sentiment is also heat embossed in silver.  I used dimensionals to adhere the star, attached the panel to a mat of gold foil cardstock, and then put it on a cream colored base.  The grunge look is something I haven’t really tried, but I’m pleased with the final result.

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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 52{C}CT site and see what the rest of the design team has created.  Be sure to link your card at the 52{C}CT site by 1:00 p.m. Eastern time on Friday, August 15.  We look forward to having you join us!

Supplies:
Stamps: Work of Art, More Merry Messages (Stampin’ Up)
Cardstock: Pure Luxury Ivory, Pure Luxury White (Gina K. Designs); gold foil, Very Vanilla textured (SU)
Ink: silver (Colorbox); VersaMark
Other: Stars die (Sweet ‘n Sassy Stamps); dimensionals (SU)

Well hi there!  Thursdays this month will be especially fun for me because I’m the August challenge hostess at CAS – Colours and Sketches!  I hope our challenge participants will enjoy the color and sketch ideas I’ve come up with.

We’re starting the month off with a color challenge.  When I was thinking up challenge ideas several weeks ago, I must have had the summer patriotic holidays in the back of my mind because this challenge is a slightly different take on the traditional red, white and blue.  Instead, we’re using a deep cherry red, ivory (or cream), and navy blue.  I went browsing online for layout ideas and decided to try out the current CAS(E) this Sketch! challenge.  The ladies there are combining their challenge with a new-to-me challenge blog, Tag You’re It!  So today’s card works for three challenges.  Woo-hoo!

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The navy star print designer paper and the navy star eyelet are both some pretty old stuff that I’ve had for years. The image is stamped in deep red ink, and I used a navy blue marker to color in the stars and the letters.  The tag ended up being a little bigger than I would have liked, but I couldn’t really do much else to accommodate this fun sentiment stamp.  This card is a little less “simple” than most of my CAS cards, but I think it still can be considered CAS.

(Sorry that graphic is SO HUGE!  I just got upgraded to a new version of WordPress and haven’t yet figured out how to resize images like I used to in the old version. :( )

So – if you need further inspiration for the CAS – Colours and Sketches challenge, go see what the rest of the design team has made!  Then create your own clean and simple card using this week’s colors, and link it to the challenge blog by 1:00 p.m. Eastern time Wednesday, August 13.  We’d love to see what you can do!

Supplies:
Stamps: Cake & Candles (Avery Elle)
Cardstock: Cherry Cobbler (Stampin’ Up); Pure Luxury Ivory (Gina K. Designs); Circles ‘n Stars Pretty Paper Pack (Creative Memories)
Ink: Cherry Cobbler (SU)
Other: marker (Copic); Cherry Cobbler seam binding, Navy grosgrain ribbon (SU); Airmail twine (Really Reasonable Ribbon); star eyelet (source unknown)

Hello!  It’s the first Monday of the month, which means it’s time for a new challenge at Cards in Envy!  For the next two weeks we have a nice summery theme for our challenge – “Toes in the Sand”.  The design team has come up with some great cards showing off a beach theme – go check them all out at the challenge site!

I don’t own many beach related stamps, but I have had this digital image for a while now.  I’ve always felt somewhat intimidated by coloring it.  I don’t mind coloring things, but scenes are a different ball game.  But I decided it was time to give it a go with a sunset look.  Because it’s a digital image, I was able to flip it and use the mirror image of it.  I felt the mirror image worked better so the sentiment banner wouldn’t cover up the umbrella.  The layout for this card is from OWH Stars & Stamps sketch challenge #227. The strip of designer paper is a scrap of some I bought at a craft store many years ago, and I’m no longer sure of the manufacturer.

Now it’s time for you to create your own beach themed card and share it with us at the Cards in Envy site!  Remember that cards for our challenges must be A2 sized (4.25″ x 5.5″) with no lumpy, bumpy embellishments that would prevent them from being mailed with a regular first-class postage stamp.  We can’t wait to see what you make!

Supplies:
Digital Images: Ocean Paradise, Masculine Birthday Greetings (Sweet ‘n Sassy Stamps)
Cardstock: Naturals Ivory, Basic Black (Stampin’ Up); Pure Luxury White (Gina K. Designs); designer paper (source unknown, but possibly from ProvoCraft)
Ink: printer ink
Other: markers (Copic)

Just a quick post to share the card I’ve made for the current AEIHeartU challenge.  This time they’re asking challenge participants to use dies.  I had fun with this one. I figure it makes a good any occasion card for Operation Write Home.  In retrospect, I wish I’d thought to die cut the stars from the blue cardstock so that the yellow showed through, rather than cutting the stars from the yellow and adhering them to the blue.  Oh well.  The card just looked too plain without the stars.

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Thanks for stopping by today!

Supplies:
Stamps: Simply Said Hello (Avery Elle)
Cardstock: Sahara Sand, Crushed Curry, Island Indigo (Stampin’ Up)
Ink: Island Indigo (Stampin’ Up)
Other: Simply Said Hello die, Storybook dies, Custom Panels Dies (Avery Elle)

Hello!  It’s time for a new month of challenges at 52 {Christmas} Card Throwdown!  Our Christmas in July blog hop was loads of fun, and the prize winners will be announced on the 52{C}CT blog on Wednesday, August 6.  But now we’re getting back into our normal challenge routine with a sketch challenge.

This is a pretty fun sketch showcasing banners that are so the thing right now.  I had done some online shopping while the 52{C}CT design team had its break, and some of my new stamps were begging to be used.  The set I used for today’s card is from Technique Tuesday, and it’s actually been retired, so I guess I was pretty lucky finding it when I did.  I thought if I rotated the sketch and stretched it out to a rectangle, the long sentiments would work well on the banners.  These sentiments are done in an outline font, and I decided to color in the letters with a black marker to make them more legible since the banners are fairly dark colors.  (I also added in an apostrophe at the beginning of the word “’tis” – yes, I am *that* grammar fanatic, LOL.)   I chose words that I felt worked best with one of the scripty sentiments in the set.  The two snowflake stamps were perfect for the little embellishment parts of the sketch.  I added rhinestones to the centers of the snowflakes and a line of hand stitching down the left side of the card.

What will you do with our sketch?  Please show us by linking your own Christmas or wintry card at the 52{C}CT site by 1:00 p.m. Eastern time Friday, August 8.  Be sure to see what the rest of the design team has made, too.  Thanks for stopping by today!

Supplies:
Stamps: Magic of Christmas (Technique Tuesday)
Cardstock: Smoky Slate (Stampin’ Up); designer papers from Blitzen collection and Aspen Frost 6″ x 6″ paper pad (Basic Grey)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Other: rhinestones (SU); Multiliner brush pen (Copic); embroidery floss (DMC)

Hello!  July has given us a fifth Thursday, which means it’s Double Challenge time at CAS – Colours and Sketches!  This week we have a sketch and a color combination for you to use together in creating a clean and simple styled card.

I decided to pull out some retired Stampin’ Up stamps for my sample card for this challenge.  Two of the challenge colors combined easily for a floral theme.  To get the lighter tint of the yellow and green, I stamped off the images once on scrap paper.  I stamped the flower on a smaller piece of cardstock and cut it out, to give it a little bit of dimension over the leaves.  The focal panel of the card is also raised up thanks to some shims of scrap cardstock.   I rotated the sketch counterclockwise to better accommodate the flower and leaves, and I stretched it out to a rectangle.

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, August 6 to link your work to the challenge post.

All supplies are from Stampin’ Up unless otherwise noted.
Stamps: Wild Rose, Three Little Words
Cardstock: Pure Luxury White (Gina K. Designs)
Ink: Lost Lagoon, Crushed Curry, Smoky Slate
Other: Bitty Banners Framelits die, sponge

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.

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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)

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