Hello there!  It’s the fourth Tuesday of the month, which means it’s sketch challenge time again at CAS Colours & Sketches.

I’m still working on a few more Mother’s Day and Father’s Day cards for Send a Smile 4 Kids, so that’s how I arrived at the theme for today’s card.  I put some older designer paper to use for the background of the card.  In retrospect the pattern might be a little too busy for a clean and simple card, but I think it still works since it’s monochromatic.  After debating whether to use ivory or dark green cardstock for the main panel, I decided to go light.  I cut the circle from the panel so that the patterned paper would show through.  Then I cut the letters from both ivory and dark green cardstock, stacking them together for dimension, with the dark green on top.  Because of the way the letter “d” is shaped, the sentiment seems a little off centered on the panel, but it isn’t.

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sketch 269

I’m really looking forward to seeing what our challenge participants at CC&S create this week!  Be sure to link your card at the challenge post by 6:00 p.m. Eastern time Monday, April 30.  Thanks for stopping by today!

Supplies:
Stamps: none
Cardstock: Pure Luxury Ivory (Gina K. Designs); Mossy Meadow (Stampin’ Up); designer paper from Boxer 6″ x 6″ pad (Basic Grey)
Ink: none
Other: standard circle Nestabilities die (Spellbinders); Sunset letter dies (Sizzix)

Hello!  We’re back to another color challenge week at CAS Colours & Sketches, with some bright, fresh springtime colors.

I was inspired by the current Less is More challenge to use some of my older stamps once again.  The butterflies seemed to go well with the color scheme, and the cursive font of the sentiment ties in with the swirls on the butterflies and the background blocks.  I stamped off the blocks once on scrap paper before stamping them onto the card.  The butterflies were stamped on a scrap of white cardstock and fussy cut.  I bent the wings up a bit and glued only the middles of the butterflies to the card, so there’s a little dimension there, but the wings will fold back down easily when the card is mailed to its recipient.

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I’m also entering this card into the Birthday Party Time! challenge at Cards in Envy.

Thanks for stopping by today!  I hope you’ll check out what the rest of the CC&S design team members have made, and then share your own creation with us at the CAS Colours & Sketches site!  You have until 6:00 p.m. Eastern time Monday, April 23 to link your card.

Supplies:
Stamps: Priceless (Stampin’ Up); Everyday Messages (Stampendous)
Cardstock: Whisper White, Thick Whisper White (SU)
Ink: Daffodil Delight, Pool Party, Flirty Flamingo (SU)
Other: corner rounder punch (EK Success)

Hello there!  It’s time for another sketch challenge at CAS Colours & Sketches.  This week’s offering is a rather clean and simple design that I think is really versatile for lots of different occasions.

As a subconscious play into my last sentence, I opted not to put a sentiment on the card I made using this sketch.  I’ve turned the sketch on its side.  I cut a fancy rectangular shape from an index card and used that as a mask, brushing some lavender and some purple ink into it.  Then I stamped the flower using the same two colors of ink for the blossoms.  After playing around with the cardstock, I finally chose to use the darker purple for a mat and the green for the card base.  The color scheme is taken from the current challenge at The Paper Players.  It doesn’t show in the photo, but the white cardstock has a subtle shimmer to it.

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sketch 267

 

Why don’t you check out what the rest of the design team has done with this sketch?  I’m sure they’d enjoy it if you stop by their blogs.  Then create a card of your own and share it with us at the CC&S site.  You have until 6:00 p.m. Eastern time Monday, April 16 to link your card.  We’d love to have you join in the fun and creativity!

Edited on April 16, 2018 to add:  Thank you to Elizabeth from The Paper Players for choosing this card as A Cut Above!  It’s an honor!

All supplies for today’s card are from Stampin’ Up.
Stamps: Spring Garden
Cardstock: Tranquil Tide, Elegant Eggplant, Shimmery White
Ink: Tranquil Tide, Wisteria Wonder, Elegant Eggplant

Well hi there!  It’s Tuesday, which means it’s time for a new challenge at CAS Colours & Sketches.  This time we have some bold, bright colors for you.

I gave in to the instinct to do something floral with these colors.  It just seemed right, and I hadn’t used this flower stamp for a long time so it felt nice to ink it up again.  I still have a few more weeks to work on Mother’s Day and Father’s Day cards for Send a Smile 4 Kids, so that’s how I chose the theme for my card.  I used a die to cut the asymmetrical angle of the focal panel.

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Thanks for stopping by today!  I hope you’ll join us over at CAS Colours & Sketches with your own take on these colors!  You have until 6:00 p.m. Eastern time Monday, April 9 to link your card at the challenge website.

Supplies:
Stamps: A Real Wild Poppy (Hero Arts); It’s Good to Be Queen (Lizzie Anne Designs)
Cardstock: Old Olive, Very Vanilla (Stampin’ Up)
Ink: Old Olive, Calypso Coral, Rich Razzleberry (SU)
Other: Custom Panels die (Avery Elle)

Hello!  It’s a little hard to believe March is drawing to a close already and it’s almost Easter.  Time sure seems to be flying!  As today is the fourth Tuesday of the month, we have a new sketch challenge for you to try over at CAS Colours & Sketches.  This week we have a nice little one for you with some simple shapes.

Since I’m thinking ahead to making Mother’s Day and Father’s Day cards for Send a Smile 4 Kids, and I had a Father’s Day stamp that fit the sketch nicely, that’s how I decided the theme for today’s card.  The cardstock for the large ivory rectangle has a bit of a linen texture to it that is really hard to capture in photos.  I used a scrap of designer paper for the banner element and took the green from it for the card base and ink.  The sentiment panel has shims of scrap cardstock raising it up from the card front for a little dimensional interest.  Even though the card has a few layers, it’s still quite clean and simple in style.

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sketch 265

What will you do with this sketch?  There are so many possibilities!  I hope you’ll try out something and share what you create with us!  Link your work to the CAS Colours & Sketches blog by 6:00 p.m. Eastern time Monday, April 2.  Thanks for stopping by today!

All supplies for this card are from Stampin’ Up.
Stamp: All Year Cheer II
Cardstock: Pear Pizzazz, Very Vanilla Textured, Spice Cake designer series paper, Very Vanilla
Ink: Pear Pizzazz

Hello!  It’s color challenge week at CAS Colours & Sketches and we have a bright and cheery color combo to work with.

This color combination seemed pretty gender neutral to me so I decided to use it for a birthday card that I can donate to Send a Smile 4 Kids.  The current challenges at AAA Cards and Less is More seemed interesting, so I’ve combined them with the CC&S challenge.  I started off by working with scrap paper to create a mask that divided my card into thirds on a diagonal.  I put the mask in place on my card front and centered a stencil in it.  Then I masked off portions of the stencil with washi tape so I could brush ink in the three challenge colors, keeping the colors separated from each other.  Once I got the colors all done, I removed the masks and stamped the sentiment with black ink.  The card still looked like something was missing, so I scored a trio of lines both above and below the inked portion of the card.

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We’d love to see what you can create with this week’s colors!  Share your card at the CC&S website by 6:00 p.m. Eastern time Monday, March 26, 2018.  Thanks for stopping by today!

Supplies:
Stamp: So Much to Say (Lawn Fawn)
Cardstock: Pure Luxury Pure Ivory (Gina K. Designs)
Ink: Bermuda Bay, Rose Red, Pumpkin Pie (Stampin’ Up); Onyx Black (VersaFine)
Other: Fresh Dots Small stencil (Dylusions); stencil brushes (Claritystamp)

Hello there!  It’s sketch challenge week at CAS Colours & Sketches.

I’ve turned the sketch on its side for my card.  I’m still working on a few more Mother’s Day cards to send to Send a Smile 4 Kids, and I hadn’t used this simple but sweet stamp for a long time.  I found a scrap of designer paper that had flowers similar to the ones on the stamp and used that for the triangular elements of the sketch, adding a die cut scalloped edge to them.  I used colored pencils to color the flowers in the sentiment, but I chickened out on coloring the letters.  I felt like none of my purple pencils really matched the purple card base very well to use them in an area as large as the letters.

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sketch 263

I have to confess that it isn’t one of my favorite cards I’ve ever made, but I think it’ll be all right for SAS4K.  Plus, since it doesn’t specifically say “Mother’s Day”, it could also be used as a birthday card that a child could give to his or her mom.  Yay for versatility!

What will you do with this sketch?  I hope you’ll try out something and share what you create with us!  If you need more inspiration, check out what the rest of the CC&S Design Team has made.  Then link your work to the CC&S blog by 6:00 p.m. Eastern time Monday, March 19.  Thanks for stopping by today!

Supplies:
Stamp: It’s Good to be Queen (Lizzie Anne Designs)
Cardstock: Perfect Plum (Stampin’ Up); Solar White (Neenah); scrap from Kioshi 6″ x 6″ paper pad (Basic Grey)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Other: Premier colored pencils (Prismacolor); Stitched Scalloped Borders die (Lawn Fawn)

Hello!  I have a few more days to work on Easter cards before I need to send them off to one of the Send A Smile 4 Kids volunteers, and today’s card is the most recent one I’ve made.  I’ve used the current sketch from Freshly Made Sketches but squashed it into a landscape-oriented rectangle.  After I colored and fussy cut the image, I used dimensional adhesive to attach it to the card.  I’m not sure if you can tell in the photo, but the card base is linen-textured cardstock.

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That’s it for today.  Thanks for stopping by!

Supplies:
Stamps: Egg-cited Cocoa (Sweet ‘n Sassy Stamps)
Cardstock: Barely Banana textured, Spring Flowers designer series paper (Stampin’ Up); Solar White (Neenah)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Other: Premier colored pencils (Prismacolor); odorless mineral spirits (Gamsol); dimensionals (SU)

Hello hello!  I hope the month of March has gotten off to a good start for you.  As usual at CAS Colours & Sketches, we start off the month with a color challenge.

I’m working on some Mother’s Day cards to include in my next shipment for Send a Smile 4 Kids, so that’s how I chose the theme for today’s card.  I have to confess that I struggled with this color combo for a while before finally deciding to go floral with it.  I inked up the background stamp with the yellow ink and then went around the edges of the stamp with my green ink pad to get a two-tone effect.  The white cardstock has some subtle linen texture, but it doesn’t show well in the photo.

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Be sure to stop by the CAS Colours & Sketches blog to see what the rest of the Design Team has created, and to give a warm welcome to our Guest Designer for the month of March!  Then make your own card using the challenge colors and share it via the linky tool by 6:00 p.m. Eastern time Monday, March 12.  We’d love to have you join us!

Supplies:
Stamps: The Art of Life (Stampin’ Up); It’s Good to be Queen (Lizzie Anne Designs)
Cardstock: Fresh Fig, Lemon Lime Twist (SU); Solar White Classic Linen (Neenah)
Ink: Crushed Curry, Fresh Fig, Lemon Lime Twist (SU)

Good morning!  At CAS Colours & Sketches, I’m hosting one last challenge for the month of February, and for it, I’ve drawn up a very clean and simple sketch.

I’ve actually created two cards with this sketch.  I couldn’t decide which one to share, so I’ll include them both in this post.  The first one, I wasn’t happy with the way the ribbon embellishment turned out, which is why I thought I ought to make the second card.

For the first card, I did some basic masking to create the scene with the bunny and the Easter eggs.  After I sponged the sky and grass, I removed the masks and colored the bunny and eggs with Copics.  The ribbon matches the blue for the eggs better in real life than it does in the photo.  I took the basic color scheme for this card from last week’s CC&S color challenge, but with the blue for the sky and the green for the grass added in, it wouldn’t have counted for that challenge.

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I didn’t have a lot of time to work on the second card.  When I was making my card for CC&S challenge #258 a few weeks ago, I stamped several card fronts before I was happy with the one I used on my card for that challenge.  For today’s card I took one of the leftover fronts and die cut some of the flowers from it to get my focal panel for this card.  Then I added a ribbon embellishment in the same style I used for the bunny card.  I used dimensional adhesive to pop up the floral panel from the card base.

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I used the mirror image of the sketch for the bunny card so the bunny would be “looking” into the center of the card, rather than off the edge.  That’s just more pleasing to my eye.  I wasn’t really thinking when I was assembling the flower card and just did it the same as the first.  LOL

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Now it’s your turn!  What will you create with this sketch?  We’d love to have you share your card with us at CC&S!  You have until 6:00 p.m. Eastern time Monday, March 5 to link your card to the challenge post.  Thanks for stopping by today!

Supplies for the bunny card:
Stamps: Happy Easter (Lawn Fawn)
Cardstock: Peekaboo Peach (Stampin’ Up); Solar White (Neenah)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento); Soft Sky, Baja Breeze, Certainly Celery (SU)
Other: stitched square die (Lawn Fawn); markers (Copic); grosgrain ribbon (Really Reasonable Ribbon); brad (Making Memories); sponges

All supplies for the floral card are from Stampin’ Up except the square die:
Stamps: Spring Garden
Cardstock: Sweet Sugarplum
Ink: Wild Wasabi, Powder Pink, Berry Burst
Other: Wild Wasabi double stitched ribbon, candy dot, dimensionals; stitched square die (Lawn Fawn)

Hello there!  This week at CAS Colours & Sketches we have a color palette for you to work with.  Hopefully the colors will help us all get into a springtime mood!

I will confess that when I was coming up with this challenge idea back in January, one of my main objectives was to choose colors that we hadn’t used at CC&S in a while.  I didn’t really think much at the time about what I was going to create with them.  So when I settled down to create my sample card for this challenge and looked at the colors… I drew a blank.  I eventually came up with a few disjointed ideas.  The plum and peach colors reminded me of sherbet, but then I wasn’t sure what to do with the blue.  The colors also vaguely suggested a beachy sunset theme but I doubted my ability to pull that off successfully.  Finally I remembered that I should add a few more Easter cards to the stash I’m accumulating for Send a Smile 4 Kids, and that I had this Easter egg image that would be suitable with the colors.  The layout for this card somewhat follows the current challenge at CAS(E) this Sketch!, turned on its side.  I used colored pencils blended with odorless mineral spirits to color the image.  The peach color matches the peach sentiment strip better in real life than in the photo.  I’ve used an extra layer of scrap cardstock behind the focal panel to give it a little more dimension off the card base.

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Be sure to check out what the rest of the CC&S design team and our guest designer have made with these colors!  Then create your own card and share it with us using the linky tool on the CC&S site.  We’d love to have you join in the fun and creativity!  Thanks for stopping by today.

Supplies:
Stamps: Egg-cited Cocoa (Sweet ‘n Sassy Stamps)
Cardstock: Sahara Sand, Marina Mist, Peekaboo Peach (Stampin’ Up); Solar White (Neenah)
Ink: Onyx Black (VersaFine)
Other: Premier colored pencils (Prismacolor); odorless mineral spirits (Gamsol); standard circle and petite scalloped circle Nestabilities dies (Spellbinder)

Hello!  This is just a quick post to share one last valentine for this season.  I made this one for my husband, using the colors from the current challenge at The Paper Players.

The bunny was stamped, colored, and fussy cut.  I cut a circle from white textured cardstock and backed it with a piece of red cardstock.   When I inserted the bunny in the hole, I used dimensional adhesive behind his ears to really pop them out from the circle.  A cute little sentiment finished the card.

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I’m also going to enter this at Addicted to Stamps and More, where the theme this week is Clean and Simple.

Thanks for stopping by and checking out my card!

Supplies:
Stamps: Flopsey Bunch of Hearts (My Favorite Things); My Silly Valentine (Lawn Fawn)
Cardstock: Kraft, Real Red, Whisper White textured (Stampin’ Up); Solar White (Neenah)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Other: markers (Copic); dimensionals (SU)

The challenge blog Less is More is celebrating their 7th birthday!  What an awesome milestone!  I’ve created today’s card for the occasion, based somewhat on the current sketch challenge at CAS Colours & Sketches.  I die cut the note several times and glued them together in a stack, and then coated the top layer with a more liberal dose of Wink of Stella than what shows in the photo.  The white cardstock has a slight linen texture that also is hard to photograph.

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Congratulations on 7 years, Less is More!

Supplies:
Stamps: Hats Off to You (Lawn Fawn)
Cardstock: Basic Black (Stampin’ Up); Solar White Classic Linen (Neenah)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Other: note die (ProvoCraft); corner punch (SU); Wink of Stella pen (Zig)

Hello!  It’s the second Tuesday of the month, which means it’s time for a sketch challenge at CAS Colours & Sketches.  Yours truly is hosting the challenges there this month, and once again I’ve reached back into my personal archives for inspiration for the challenge.  I’ve turned this card from 2011 into the sketch for this week’s challenge.

I wasn’t loving the first few ideas I had for my card for this challenge.  I knew I needed to make a birthday card for my son, so I was looking for ways to use the sketch for that.  I browsed through my stamps and rediscovered a cute otter set, and the proverbial light bulb went off in my head.  However, in order to use the otter image, I was going to need to manipulate the sketch.  So I’ve turned it on its side and flipped it mirror-image.  (I’ll include the inverted version of the sketch below the photo of the card.)  I had a piece of watercolor paper on which I’d made a blue wash, intending it for a different project a while ago, but decided against using at that time.  It came in handy now for die cutting the waves.  I opted to use a scallop die to make waves with peaks, rather than gently rolling waves.  Because the scallops add some width to the strips element of the sketch, I chose to use only three strips, rather than the five shown in the sketch.  The otter and his birthday gift were stamped on a scrap of white cardstock, colored with Copics, and fussy cut before I adhered them to the card.  The colors for the present are the colors for my son’s college.

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sketch 259                     sketch 259 inverted

Be sure to visit the CAS Colours & Sketches blog to see what the rest of the design team has done with this sketch.  Then create your own card using the sketch as inspiration.  Share it via the linky tool on the CC&S site by 6:00 p.m. Eastern time Monday, February 19.  We’d love to see what you make!

Supplies:
Stamps: Year Five (Lawn Fawn)
Cardstock: Soft Sky (Stampin’ Up); watercolor paper (Artist’s Loft); Solar White (Neenah)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Other: markers (Copic); blue reinker (SU); Landscape Trio die (Mama Elephant)

Hello there!  This month it’s my turn to create the color combinations and sketches for the challenges at CAS Colours & Sketches! I’m excited about it, and I hope you’ll join in and share your artwork with us!

For this week’s color challenge, I decided to put an updated spin on a card I made back in 2007, before I had a blog.  (It’s a little embarrassing to admit that the link is for a scan of the card, because this also was before I started using a camera to take photos of my cards!)  I’ve swapped out the colors used on that card for colors that are currently offered by Stampin’ Up.  Of course, as with all of our CC&S challenges, you don’t need to use Stampin’ Up products – we just use their color names as a point of reference.

I decided to use the current sketch from CAS(E) this Sketch! for the layout of my card.  Instead of putting the sentiment on its own strip, I split the focal panel and stamped the sentiment in the gap, directly on the card base.  I used a few pieces of scrap cardstock as shims to give a little dimension to the white panels.  To get the two-tone effect on the blossoms, I inked the stamp with the lighter pink first, and then sponged some of the darker pink ink onto the stamp, before pressing the stamp on the cardstock.

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Valentines and love are popular challenge themes going on right now, so I’m entering this card at AAA Cards, The Paper Players, and Cards in Envy, too.

So – if you need further inspiration for the CAS Colours & 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 6:00 p.m. Eastern time Monday, February 12.  We’d love to see what you can do!

Edited on February 11, 2017 to add:  Thank you to the team at CAS(E) this Sketch! for naming my card as an honorable mention!  What an awesome way to start my week!

All supplies for this card, except the white cardstock, are from Stampin’ Up.
Stamps: Spring Garden, Short & Sweet
Cardstock: Solar White (Neenah); Powder Pink
Ink: Powder Pink, Berry Burst, Wild Wasabi

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