Hello!  This week’s challenge at CAS – Colours and Sketches is to use one of our previous double challenges to create a clean and simple styled Christmas card.  I’ve gone back to the very first CC&S challenge I participated in, back in early 2013.  This time I’ve taken a few small liberties with the sketch.  I’ve stretched it into a rectangle and turned it 90° on its side.  I also turned the small narrow rectangular element, using a stamp directly on the main panel of the card instead of making a little panel for the element.  Other than that, the card is pretty straight forward, so without further ado…


Be sure to see the lovely cards the rest of the design team has created!  Then make your own double challenge Christmas card.  You can see all of our past double challenges by clicking the archives tab on the site.  You have until 1:00 p.m. Eastern time Wednesday, December 24 to link your card.  We hope you’ll play along with us!

All supplies for today’s card are from Stampin’ Up.
Stamps: Mosaic Madness, More Merry Messages
Cardstock: Tempting Turquoise, Whisper White
Ink: Tempting Turquoise, Island Indigo, Not Quite Navy
Other: mosaic punch, Not Quite Navy marker

Hello!  Since it’s the third Monday of the month, it’s time for another challenge at Cards in Envy.  Our theme for the next few weeks is “Christmas Carols”.  Let a familiar Christmas carol or a winter/Christmas song inspire your creativity, and make a card using that song as your theme.  Remember that for our challenges, all cards must be A2 sized and cannot have lumpy, bumpy embellishments more than 1/4″ thick.

I wanted to go with something a little more wintry than strictly Christmasy, because I’m planning to send another shipment of cards to Operation Write Home before the end of the month and they will accept winter cards through December 31.  So I thought of the song “Winter Wonderland” and created a snowy scene – which, I suppose, could also work for “White Christmas”.  After I stamped the trees and bird for my scene, I masked off the ground and sponged ink for the sky. Then I flicked shimmer paint over the scene to create the look of falling snowflakes and added more of the paint along the ground lines.  I actually started on the card without a particular layout in mind.  It looked rather plain and boring with just the scene, so I searched through the OWH Stars & Stamps sketches until I found sketch #195, a fairly simple one with a nice large focal panel.  I changed it up a bit by deciding to make the focal panel oval.  I turned the sketch 90° on its side and mirror-reversed it so that the small round element would be at the bottom right corner of the card.  I decided to use that element for the sentiment.  So I looked through my sentiment stamps, and one of the smallest ones I had that fit the space nicely read “Let it snow”.  Well, that worked well for the scene, too – although then it made more sense to say that I’d used the song “Let it Snow” for my inspiration.  So I guess you could say that all three songs worked together to help me create this card!  :)

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One last note (pun intended? maybe ;) ) regarding this card.  I had all three songs making a little medley bouncing in my head as I was assembling the card… and then from out of nowhere, the music in my brain started playing the chorus from “Let it Go”, changing the words to “Let it snow”.  Ha ha ha!  I hope that little story makes you laugh, too.

So – which Christmas or wintry song will get your creative juices flowing?  Share your work with us at the Cards in Envy site by 6:00 p.m. Central Time on Sunday, January 4, 2015.  (Because of the holiday season, there’s an extra week to participate!) Be sure to check out what the rest of the design team has made and give them some blog love, too! Thanks for stopping by today!

Stamps: Scenic Season (Stampin’ Up); Holiday Script (Lizzie Anne Designs)
Cardstock: Marina Mist, Soft Sky, Real Red, Whisper White (SU)
Ink: Garden Green, Marina Mist, Soft Sky, Real Red (SU)
Other: Frost White shimmer paint (SU); petite oval and standard circle Nestabilities dies (Spellbinders); Snowflake Background embossing folder (Darice); sponge

Hello there!  It’s time for another Christmas-inspired challenge at CAS – Colours and Sketches.  This week we’re asking our challenge participants to take one of our previous sketches and make a Christmas or wintry card with it.

I went back about 13 months and used sketch #51.  It’s such a versatile one!  Once again, I’ve stretched the sketch out to a rectangle.  I opted to use a snowflake for the large circular element.  It’s raised up with dimensional adhesive to give it a little separation from the background.  I also added a single rhinestone to give the card a little holiday sparkle.


We have a lot of sketches from which to choose.  Go check them out at the Sketch Challenges Archive tab on the CAS – Colours & Sketches site – and while you’re there, also see what the rest of the design team has made!  Be sure to link your own card at the site by 1:00 p.m. Eastern time Wednesday, December 17.  Thanks for stopping by today!

Stamps: Festive Flurry (Stampin’ Up); Critters in the Snow, Happy Everything (Lawn Fawn)
Cardstock: Naturals White (SU); “Glisten” designer paper from Fruitcake collection (Basic Grey)
Ink: Blue Bayou (SU)
Other: Festive Flurry Framelits die, rhinestone, dimensionals (SU)

Hello!  It’s December, which means that Christmas is just a few short weeks away!  If you’ve been playing along with us at 52 {Christmas} Card Throwdown throughout the year, you should have a nice stash of holiday cards ready to send to your loved ones.  To close out the year, we’re having just one challenge in December, but it starts today and lasts until December 19.  We’re inviting our challenge participants to create a card using any one of our challenges from 2014.

I’ve chosen the August color challenge for my card and paired it with the current Freshly Made Sketches layout.  The snowflake is die cut from brushed silver cardstock.  For the background behind it, I first made a mask by cutting a circle into an index card.  I attached the mask to the ivory panel and sprayed gold shimmer mist over the opening.  The sentiment banner was cut from white cardstock and then I centered the sentiment on it, using gold ink.  The ivory panel was attached to a white card base.  All the lovely shimmer doesn’t show in the photo.  Oh well.

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There have been nearly 50 challenges at 52{C}CT this year – which one will you choose?  Be sure to link your card at the 52{C}CT site by 1:00 p.m. Eastern time Friday, December 19.  We enjoy seeing what our challenge participants create!  Many thanks to everyone who plays along with us.

Supplies for today’s card:
Stamp: More Merry Messages (Stampin’ Up)
Cardstock: Pure Luxury White, Pure Luxury Ivory (Gina K. Designs); Brushed Silver (SU)
Ink: Gold (ColorBox)
Other: Heirloom Gold Perfect Pearls Mist (Ranger); Bianca Snowflake die (Memory Box); Dimensional Banners die (My Favorite Things)

Hello!  It’s time for a new challenge at CAS – Colours and 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 previous color challenge combinations and use it to make a Christmas card.

I’ve gone back to Challenge #45 for my color combo – Cherry Cobbler, Basic Gray, and Soft Sky.  I have to admit that I wasn’t really thrilled with the card I made when the challenge was introduced, so I was hoping to kind of redeem myself this time.  LOL  I’ve used all three colors with two different stamp sets to create a scene.  I embossed a panel of gray cardstock and used cherry cardstock to mat it and the scenic panel.  Both panels were mounted to a sky card base, and the sentiment was stamped with cherry ink.


Which of our approximately 50 color combinations will you use?  You can check all of them out on the CAS – Colours and Sketches blog using the Color Challenges Archive tab.  Be sure to see what the rest of the design team has made, too!  Then link your card to the challenge site by 1:00 p.m. Eastern time Wednesday, December 10.  We’d love to see what you come up with!  :)  Thanks for stopping by today.

Stamps: Lovely As A Tree, Scenic Season (Stampin’ Up); sentiment stamp from Purple Onion Designs
Cardstock: Soft Sky, Cherry Cobbler, Basic Gray, Whisper White (SU)
Ink: Basic Gray, Cherry Cobbler, Soft Sky (SU)
Other: Snowflakes embossing folder (Darice); sponge

Hello!  Can you believe it’s December already?  It will be Christmas soon, and Cards in Envy is getting in the spirit.  Our challenge theme for the next two weeks is “Santa is Coming to Town”.  Create an A2 sized card (4.25″ x 5.5″) that depicts Santa Claus in some way.  Remember to keep your card flat enough to fit in an envelope to mail at the first class postage rate.

For my design team sample, I wanted to make a card using the cute Santa stamp I used on an earlier card.  So I looked for the stamp set… and searched for the stamp set… and looked through just about every possible place in my craft room I could think of looking in.  And I still haven’t found the set.  Major bummer!  So I had to resort to a much different stamp.  This one does have a Santa… a very, very subtle one.  Can you find him?  :)  I added some white shimmer paint to parts of the image to make it look like sunlight glistening on snow. The layout for this card is OWH Stars and Stamps sketch #236.

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Be sure to check out what the rest of the Cards in Envy design team has made!  What kind of Santa will you use on your card – whimsical, vintage, or something in between?  We’d love to see your creativity!  Share your card using the linky tool at the Cards in Envy site by 7:00 p.m. Eastern time Sunday, December 14.  Thanks for stopping by today!

Stamps: Holiday Lane (Lizzie Anne Designs)
Cardstock: Naturals Ivory, Basic Black (Stampin’ Up); designer papers from Winter Wonderland paper pack (Lizzie Anne Designs)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Other: standard circle Nestabilities dies (Spellbinders); markers (Copic); Frost White shimmer paint (SU)

Hello!  I hope your weekend has gotten off to a good start!  If you’re in the United States, I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving.

Because it’s a fifth Saturday of the month, this week at 52 {Christmas} Card Throwdown we have a “Pick a Previous” challenge for you.  Jacqueline, our challenge hostess, is asking us to choose a previous 52{C}CT sketch for our inspiration this time.  You can find the previous sketches in the “sketches archive” tab at the 52{C}CT website.

I decided to revisit the May 2013 sketch.  Back then I used an embossing folder on the background with a deep, rich color scheme and made a card without a sentiment on the front.  Today’s card is kind of the opposite.  I’ve used designer paper with a pastel color scheme, and the sentiment is the main focus of the card.  Without any further ado, here it is…

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Sketch 17

Which sketch will you pick?  There are over 30 from which to choose, so have fun deciding!  Then be sure to share your card with us at the 52{C}CT site by 1:00 p.m. Eastern time Friday, December 5.  Thanks for stopping by today!

All supplies, except for the dies, are from Stampin’ Up.
Stamp: Christmas Messages
Cardstock: Pool Party, Smoky Slate, Whisper White, Winter Frost designer paper stack
Ink: Pool Party, Smoky Slate
Other: Pool Party seam binding, dimensionals, silver Hodgepodge Hardware, sponge; Labels Four and Labels Eleven Nestabilities dies (Spellbinders)

Hello everyone!  It’s a little hard to believe that Christmas is just over a month away!  This week at 52 {Christmas} Card Throwdown we have a technique challenge for you.  Get out your poking tools because we’re doing some paper piercing!

I did a Google search for paper piercing patterns and found an image for this nice swirly star pattern.  Unfortunately, the website it was originally blogged on appears to be defunct now, but I was able to copy and paste from the Google Images and use it that way.  I decided to keep the card white on white, with silver accents, pairing the design with a heat embossed sentiment from one of my oldest stamp sets.  The main focal panel is raised with dimensional adhesive so the piercing doesn’t flatten.  I attached a piece of silver foil cardstock to the card base, behind the pierced area, so the silver shines through the holes.  It was hard capturing that in the photo, but I did it at the risk of making the sentiment hard to read.  It says, “May your holidays shine with happiness!”

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Now it’s your turn to visit the 52{C}CT blog and see what the rest of the design team has created this week!  Then pull out your piercing tool and show us what you can do with this technique.  Link your card to the challenge site by 1:00 p.m. Eastern time Friday, November 28.  We’d love to have you join us!  Thanks for visiting here today.

Stamp: Make a Wish (Stampin’ Up)
Cardstock: Pure Luxury White (Gina K. Designs)
Ink: silver (ColorBox)
Other: piercing tool (Making Memories); silver embossing powder (Ranger); dimensionals (SU)

Hello!  This week at CAS – Colours and Sketches we have another color challenge for you.  Once again, it’s using a metallic along with two other colors.

I’ve combined the color challenge with the CAS(E) this Sketch! challenge that will be closing later this morning.  Well, it’s a kind of loose interpretation, but the card layout was definitely inspired by the sketch.  And it’s their 100th sketch – what a milestone!  I had these heat embossed die cut stars left over from a different project, and it was nice to put them to use here.  It doesn’t show well in the photo, but the words “make a wish” are also heat embossed.


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, November 26.  We’d love to have you join us!

Stamps: Cake & Candles (Avery Elle)
Cardstock: Lost Lagoon, Smoky Slate, Whisper White, Whisper White textured (Stampin’ Up)
Ink: Lost Lagoon (SU); silver (ColorBox)
Other: Bracket Edge die (My Favorite Things); star die (Sweet ‘n Sassy Stamps); silver embossing powder (Ranger)

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:  Thankful for You.  That’s right – all you need to do for this challenge is to make an A2 sized thank you card (4.25″ x 5.5″) with no lumpy, bumpy embellishments so that it could be mailed at the standard postage rate.  See – I told you it was easy!  :)

For my card, I’ve used the current layout from CAS(E) this Sketch!.  For the triangles, I cut a square of designer paper and coordinating mats from colored cardstock.  Then I cut the squares across the diagonal to get the triangles.  This allowed me the supplies to make two “twin” cards at once.  Yay!  After I adhered the triangles to the card bases, I trimmed off the excess from the vertical edges of the cards.  The cards are super simple in style, but I think they will be all right for Operation Write Home since the colors aren’t specific to any particular season.

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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 thank you card following our challenge guidelines and share it with us on the Cards in Envy site by 7:00 p.m. Eastern time Sunday, November 30.  We’d love to have you play along with us!  Thanks for stopping by today.

All supplies for today’s card are from Stampin’ Up.
Stamp: Trendy Trees
Cardstock: Sahara Sand, Tangerine Tango, Island Indigo, Sycamore Street designer paper
Ink: Tangerine Tango

Hello there, and happy Saturday to you!  It’s time for another theme challenge at 52 {Christmas} Card Throwdown:  Christmas windows.  The perspective can be either looking into the window or looking out from the window.  So long as the window is the main focus of the card, it’s good.

I’ve owned this cute rubber stamp of a boy and his dog looking out a window for… um… let’s just say a pretty long time.  Even though I think it’s adorable, I’ve always been rather intimidated by it because I worry that my coloring skills won’t do it justice.  Well, this challenge provided me with the opportunity to push myself past that fear.  I guess I did OK.  One of the reasons the stamp has bothered me is that there is no background to the window – so that way, the user can choose to put it on whatever type of building he or she pleases.  I decided the easiest thing to do would be to add it to cardstock embossed with the brick embossing folder.  I highlighted the bricks with a few swipes of my white ink pad.  I was trying to follow the current Freshly Made Sketches challenge for the layout, so I tried making the one rectangular element into a snowdrift up against the side of the building, under the window.  I put a few scrap cardstock shims behind the window to give it some dimension, but in hindsight I’m not entirely sure that was the best idea.  Then there was the horizontal twine-like element of the sketch.  The realist in me couldn’t figure out a logical reason for that in my scene.  So I opted to just add a simple little bow to the snowflake, which takes the place of the button-like sketch element. The sentiment is made up from two different stamps. Since it seems to me like the boy is looking out of the window, perhaps missing somebody who is far away, it made me think of kids whose parents are stationed overseas with the military. Even though it’s too late to send this card to Operation Write Home to be used this holiday season, it’ll keep for next year.

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Go check out the other design team members’ windows – this is one time where it’s okay to be a “peeping Tom”, LOL!  :)  Then create your own card featuring a Christmas window and share it with us at the 52{C}CT site.  We’d love to have you join in the fun and creativity!  Thanks for stopping by today.

Edited on November 19, 2014:  I’m so honored to have been named one of the “Perfect Princesses” at Freshly Made Sketches!  Thank you to Linda for choosing my card!

Stamps: Billy and Sparky at Window (eat cake graphics); Trendy Trees (Stampin’ Up); Christmas Tags (Sweet ‘n Sassy Stamps)
Cardstock: Soft Sky, Soft Suede (SU); Pure Luxury White (Gina K. Designs)
Ink: Craft White (SU); Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Other: Brick embossing folder (Tim Holtz); Premier colored pencils (Prismacolor); odorless mineral spirits (Hampton Arts); snowflake punch (EK Success); Cherry twine (Really Reasonable Ribbon)

Wow!  Today marks the beginning of the 100th challenge at CAS – Colours and Sketches!  What a milestone!  Lizy, our challenge hostess for November, has drawn up a nice little sketch for us to work with this week.  You’re welcome to change up the shapes a bit or turn the sketch on its side, just so long as we can recognize the general idea of the sketch.  I’ve stretched it into a rectangle for my card.

I’ve been on a bit of a kick lately to use up some older supplies, and that carried through on today’s card.  I had one remaining red poinsettia from a package of paper flowers, so I decided to use that as the focal point of the card.  The red cardstock is a color that’s been retired for a while, and I already had this card base cut to size, waiting to be used.  The green and vanilla cardstocks used here were scraps left over from other projects.  I just dressed them up by cutting the vanilla into the banner shapes and by stamping some small starbursts on the green.  The only “new” things here are the stamp sets I used and the package of pearls I opened to get the sizes I wanted for the center of the poinsettia.


I’m also entering this card into the current challenge at AEIHeartU.  It’s been a while since I’ve played along there.

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I hope you’ll join us at CAS – Colours and Sketches!  Go check out what the rest of the design team has made.  Then link your own card at the site by 1:00 p.m. Eastern time Wednesday, November 19.  Thanks for stopping by today!

Stamps: Storybook, So Happy (Avery Elle)
Cardstock: Riding Hood Red, Gumball Green, Very Vanilla (Stampin’ Up)
Ink: Gumball Green (SU)
Other: poinsettia (Making Memories); half pearls (SU)

Hello!  Last week I was so busy finishing up cards for the Hope You Can Cling To challenges at Splitcoaststampers.com that I didn’t take time to blog many of them.  Today’s card is the one I made for a challenge asking participants to create their own background without using designer papers.  It ended up being an example of what one can put together using supplies that have been ignored for a long time.

When I’d had my glossy cardstock folder out from working on this card, I noticed that I had this piece with a brayered background and a peaceful covered bridge image.  I figured this particular HYCCT challenge would be the perfect time to finally create a card with it.  The current Freshly Made Sketches challenge sketch showed a panel that looked to be about the size of my bridge scene, but in a vertical rather than horizontal format.  So I turned the sketch on its side and used it that way.  For the snowflake element shown in the sketch, I decided to go old school with a metal edged vellum tag, and I stamped the sentiment on that.  Some copper cording finished the card.


Thanks for stopping by today!  All comments are read and greatly appreciated.  :)  Hope your week is off to a great start!

Except for the inks, all supplies for this card are from Stampin’ Up.
Stamps: Changing Seasons, Always in My Thoughts
Cardstock: Naturals Ivory, Basic Black, Glossy White
Ink: Stained Glass rainbow pad (Adirondack); Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Other: copper cording, copper metal edge tag

Hello again!  It’s color challenge week at 52 {Christmas} Card Throwdown, and we have a very traditional combination for you to work with: red, green, and your choice of either metallic silver or metallic gold.

My card ended up as a rather traditional styled card.  I opted for a classic poinsettia image for my red and green.  I used the paper tole technique on the poinsettia to give it some dimension.  Unfortunately, it also gave the poinsettia a bit of glare that I couldn’t avoid when I was photographing the card.  The large red panel is textured cardstock, which gives the card some subtle visual interest.  I did go a little out of the ordinary with the sentiment panel, attaching it diagonally across the card.  The sentiment panel is edged with a bit of gold embossing to coordinate with the gold embossed sentiment and flourishes.  A couple of gold brads finish off the card.

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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, November 14.  We look forward to having you join us!

Stamps: Season of Joy, Scenic Season (Stampin’ Up)
Digital Image: Poinsettia (Sweet ‘n Sassy Stamps)
Cardstock: Gumball Green, Real Red textured (SU); Pure Luxury Ivory (Gina K. Designs)
Ink: gold (ColorBox); printer ink
Other: gold embossing powder (Ranger); gold brads (Making Memories)

Greetings!  It’s time for another color challenge at CAS – Colours and SketchesLizy is our challenge hostess this month, and she’s chosen a very classic color combo.

When I saw metallic gold on the challenge rubric, I got a little excited.  I knew I wanted to combine a few things I’ve tried over the last few months.  After I stamped the border of red polka dots, the vanilla panel got spritzed with some gold pearl mist spray.  Unfortunately, the shimmer from it doesn’t show very well in the photo.  I used textured cardstock to die cut the heart.  I gave it some swipes with my VersaMark ink pad and heat embossed it with gold powder to give the edges some shiny definition.  Using dimensional adhesive to attach the heart gives it even more separation from the background.


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 1:00 p.m. Wednesday, November 12.  We’d love to see what you make!

Stamps: Grunge Borders (Sweet ‘n Sassy Stamps); Masculine Messages (Gina K. Designs)
Cardstock: Real Red, Very Vanilla, Very Vanilla Textured (Stampin’ Up)
Ink: Real Red (SU); VersaMark (Tsukineko)
Other: Heirloom Gold Perfect Pearls Mist, gold embossing powder (Ranger); Heart #2 Sizzlits die (Sizzix); dimensionals (SU)

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