Hello!  Please accept my apologies for being a little late with my card for this week’s challenge at CAS Colours & Sketches.  I was having a hard time getting in a crafting frame of mind after being out of town last weekend.  But my brain finally kicked back into gear this morning.  So without any further ado…

We have a color challenge this week.  I bought this stamp set a while ago but hadn’t worked up the nerve to use it yet – I’ve seen so many adorable cards using it, that I worried I wouldn’t make one up to par!  But I felt the taupe in the color challenge was a good color for this cutie pie elephant and I decided it was time for me to give it a go.  I don’t have ink in the actual Tip Top Taupe color, so I colored the elephant with my markers the best I could to match the cardstock.  Trying to blend grey with a brownish color to make taupe wasn’t the easiest thing, but I think it worked out okay in the end.  (This card shows my second attempt; my first elephant didn’t match as well.)  I attached the striped piece of designer paper to the card base and stamped the balloon to get a sense of where to place the elephant.  I also stamped the balloon onto some curry-colored designer paper to fussy cut and adhere into place along with the elephant.  The card seemed a little flat once I had it all together.  So I stamped the balloon again onto the same designer paper and onto a scrap of cardstock.  I fussy cut them and glued them on top of the first designer paper balloon, sandwiching the cardstock between the two designer paper layers.  This gives the balloon a little more dimension, which makes me happier with the finished card.

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I’m going to enter this card into a couple of challenges.  The code word for the current challenge at Addicted to CAS is “stripes”, and the repeating stripes are my repetitive element for the current challenge at Less is More.

Be sure to check out what the rest of the CAS Colours & 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, July 27.  Thanks for stopping by today!

Supplies:
Stamps: Ellie (Avery Elle)
Cardstock: Tip Top Taupe, Watercolor Wonder designer series papers (Stampin’ Up); Pure Luxury White (Gina K. Designs)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Other: markers (Copic)

It’s time for another challenge at Cards in Envy, and this time we’re taking on the theme of “It’s a Heat Wave”.  This can be illustrated by using summery images or bright colors – anything that reminds you of summertime heat!

For my design team sample, I’ve done a remix of a card I shared late last week, using bright summery colors.  I masked off a square area and stamped around it to create a frame for the cake image.  Then I removed the mask, stamped the cake, and colored it to coordinate with the colors of the ink I’d used.  I added a coordinating mat and ribbon and rounded the bottom corner of the card before attaching the main card panel to the card base.

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Now it’s your turn! Check out the Cards in Envy site for all the challenge details and to see what the rest of the design team has made. Then share your creation(s) with us by 7:00 p.m. Eastern time Sunday, July 31. We’d love to have you play along with us!

 

Supplies:
Stamps: Year Three (Lawn Fawn); Itty Bitty Backgrounds, Party Pants (Stampin’ Up)
Cardstock: Pure Luxury Ivory (Gina K. Designs); Melon Mambo, Daffodil Delight (SU)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento); Melon Mambo, Daffodil Delight, Only Orange (SU)
Other: markers (Copic); orange grosgrain ribbon (Offray); corner rounder punch (EK Success)

Hello!  It’s theme challenge week at 52 Christmas Card Throwdown, and this time we’re inviting our participants to create cards using the theme of “The Twelve Days of Christmas”.

I puzzled over this for a while, and finally decided to go with the idea of “four calling birds”.  I thought it would be cute to have the birds perched on a set of Christmas lights rather than simply on a tree branch or on an overhead wire.  I stamped the birds and the light bulbs onto scrap white cardstock so that the colors would be more true than if I’d stamped and colored on the sky blue background.  Fussy cutting them took a little while but I think it was worth the effort.  The birds are colored with markers to coordinate with the colors of the lights.  I splattered some shimmery white paint on the focal panel to look like falling snow.  The layout for this card is an old sketch from Operation Write Home, although I changed the focal panel from a rectangle to an oval.

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I’m going to link this card to this week’s “Make Your Mark” challenge at Addicted to Stamps and More and to the “Christmas in July 4 Kids” challenge at Send a Smile 4 Kids.

Thanks for stopping by today!  Be sure to see what the rest of the 52CCT design team has done for this challenge, and then link your own card at the challenge site.  You have until 7:00 p.m. Eastern time Friday, July 22 to enter.

Supplies:
Stamps: Winter Sparrows (Lawn Fawn); Holiday Baubles (Sweet ‘n Sassy Stamps)
Cardstock: Sahara Sand, Soft Sky, Real Red (Stampin’ Up); designer papers from Holly Jolly Christmas 6″ x 6″ paper pad (Echo Park)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento); Real Red, Daffodil Delight, Gumball Green (SU)
Other: markers (Copic); Frost White shimmer paint (SU); petite oval Nestabilities die (Spellbinders)

Here’s another card I created using this week’s sketch at CAS Colours & Sketches.  I wanted to incorporate the “time” theme of this week’s challenge at Less is More.  My first attempt with a clock stencil didn’t turn out well, so I decided to try a different tactic on the “time” theme.  My second go, I used a sentiment that includes the word “time”, which allowed me to pair it with an image of something that pretty much everyone loves… cake!  I masked off a square area and stamped around it to create a frame for the cake image.  I used the mirror image of the sketch because it worked better with the orientation of the smiley face on the cake.

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Thanks for stopping by today!  Comments are always welcome.

Supplies:
Stamps: Year Three (Lawn Fawn); Itty Bitty Backgrounds, Party Pants (Stampin’ Up)
Cardstock: Pure Luxury Ivory (Gina K. Designs)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento); Melon Mambo, Daffodil Delight, Only Orange (SU)
Other: markers (Copic)

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

I’ve kept the sketch stripped down pretty simply, using just one layer for my card front.  I stretched it out into a portrait-oriented rectangle.  For the “any shape” element, first I made a watercolor wash on watercolor paper.  When it was dry, I used a die to cut it to card size, and I stamped the hummingbird onto it.  I added a sentiment, adhered the card front to a coordinating card base, and called it done.  To be honest, I spent more time waiting for the watercolor wash to dry and practicing stamping the hummingbird on scrap paper than I spent on actual work on the card!

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Which reminds me, I need to refill my hummingbird feeders today.  While I do that, 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 Wednesday, July 20 to link your card.  We’d love to have you join in the fun and creativity!

Supplies:
Stamps: Picture Perfect, Hugs & Wishes (Stampin’ Up)
Cardstock: Wild Wasabi (SU); The Langton Prestige Extra Smooth Hot Press watercolor paper (Daler-Rowney)
Ink: Certainly Celery, Wild Wasabi, Garden Green, Cherry Cobbler (SU)
Other: Marina Mist reinker (SU); Large Stitched Rectangle Stackables die (Lawn Fawn)

It’s color challenge week at 52 Christmas Card Throwdown, and this week we have some cool wintry colors for you.  We’d like to see what kind of wintry or Christmasy card you can make with shades of blue, plus white and silver.

As I was deciding what to do for this challenge, my mind first went to snow and snowflakes.  I figured that was a pretty obvious choice.  And then, since I don’t always like doing the obvious, I decided to go a different route and use ornaments instead.  I’ve stamped them on a white background using three shades of blue that are kind of on the teal end of the blue spectrum, and matted the images with the same three shades.  The ornament garland and the sentiment are stamped in silver; in the photo you can see some of the shimmer of the silver ink in the word “cheer”.  I’ve used this week’s sketch from Freshly Made Sketches for the layout of my card.

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Cutting the mats was the trickiest part of making this card.  Rather than cutting the ovals, layering them, and adhering them to the card front, I decided to layer the rectangular pieces of cardstock from which I cut the ovals.  So the white layer is adhered directly to the card base, and the other layers are stacked on top of it.

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, July 15.  We look forward to having you join us!

Supplies:
Stamps: Holiday Baubles (Sweet ‘n Sassy Stamps)
Cardstock: Baja Breeze, Blue Bayou, Soft Sky, Whisper White (Stampin’ Up)
Ink: Baja Breeze, Blue Bayou, Soft Sky (SU); silver (ColorBox)
Other: Petite Oval and Petite Scalloped Oval Nestabilities dies (Spellbinders)

Greetings!  We’re starting a new month of challenges at CAS Colours & Sketches today, and with it, the design team is doing something a little bit different.  Instead of having one team member being the hostess for the entire month, we have four team members each hosting one challenge this month, and the other four members will each host a challenge in August.  We’re still keeping our usual rotation of color and sketch challenges, and we have an awesome guest designer this month, so be sure to check out the challenge site!

I think I had the sketch from last week’s double challenge lurking in the back of my mind when I created today’s card; although it’s not exactly like the sketch, the curve reminds me of it.  I spent some time trying to figure out how to use this week’s colors and finally settled on using them for a cute little puppy.  He comes from a fun set of stamps where you can interchange different animals’ heads and torsos with different shorts and legs.  The skateboard is another option with the set and I decided to use it here, to make it look like the puppy was riding down a hill.  I stamped the skateboard first, then the legs, and then the top half of the puppy, onto a scrap piece of cardstock.  I wasn’t able to line it up to get the shirt to sit right on top of the shorts (what you see here is attempt #3, LOL) so finally I decided this was close enough, figured the puppy was showing off his abs, and drew in lines for his sides.  Then I colored the puppy with Prismacolor pencils blended with odorless mineral spirits. I carefully fussy cut him out and attached him to the card front, after first adhering the die-cut hill.  The sentiment and word bubble are from the same stamp set.  I chose a saying that goes for any person of any age, any time of the year.  I colored in the word “awesome” to tie in a little more of the purple in the challenge colors.  Hmmm… as I’m typing this I see that in the photo, the shorts don’t look as vibrant green as they do on the actual card.  Oh well.

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I think it’ll be a cute card to donate to Send a Smile 4 Kids.  I’m entering it into their current “CAS 4 Kids” challengeShopping Our Stash is asking for speech bubbles on cards so I’m going to join in that challenge, too.

Thanks so much for stopping by today!  I hope you’ll make a card with these challenge colors and share it with us at CC&S.  You have until 6:00 p.m. Eastern time Wednesday, July 13 to link your card at the challenge site.

Supplies:
Stamps: Skater Kids (Mama Elephant for Simon Says Stamp)
Cardstock: Cucumber Crush, Elegant Eggplant, Soft Suede (Stampin’ Up); Pure Luxury White (Gina K. Designs)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Other: Premier colored pencils (Prismacolor); odorless mineral spirits (Hampton Arts); Landscape Trio die (Mama Elephant)

Hello!  Here in the United States, it’s Independence Day, and at Cards in Envy we’re tieing into the patriotic mood with a theme of Stripes.  For this challenge, create a card featuring stripes of some sort.  It doesn’t have to be a patriotic card; it can be for any occasion.  The stripes can be stamped, die-cut, stenciled, or designer paper – whatever you can imagine, so long as it’s striped, it’ll work for the challenge.  Remember too that your card needs to be flat enough to fit into an envelope and be mailed at the regular first class postage rate.

I’ve gone with a birthday card for my card for the challenge.  After all, Independence Day is regarded as America’s birthday.  I gave my card a more neutral color scheme, though.  I’ll be donating this card to Send a Smile 4 Kids, so I thought it was best to make it suitable to give to any person of any age.  I used the current Freshly Made Sketches challenge for layout inspiration, but rotated the sketch 180 degrees.

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We hope you’ll have fun with this challenge and join in the fun and creativity!  Link your card at the Cards in Envy site by 7:00 p.m. Eastern time Sunday, July 17.  Thanks for stopping by today!

Supplies:
Stamps: Hats Off to You (Lawn Fawn)
Cardstock: Smoky Slate, Basic Gray, Watercolor Wonder designer series papers (Stampin’ Up)
Ink: Basic Gray (SU)
Other: Party Balloons dies (LF)

Hello there!  Even though here in the United States people are getting ready this weekend for Independence Day, it’s always the Christmas season at 52 Christmas Card Throwdown.  The first Saturday of the month means it’s sketch challenge time.

I’ve kept my card very clean and simple in style.  The sketch is drawn up as a square card, but I’ve stretched it out into a landscape-oriented rectangle.  I’ve substituted a snowman for the triangle in the sketch. He’s kind of triangular!  I had the yellow cardstocks out on my desk after working on another card, and decided to go against the usual Christmas and wintry colors and use them for today’s card.  The “warm wishes” sentiment made me think of using orange for the circular element, making the circle appear somewhat like the sun.  Anyway, I think the card turned out pretty cute – and it was a good way for me to think outside of the box and use some colors that I tend to shy away from.

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Check out what the rest of the 52CCT team has created this week.  Then have fun with the sketch and share your own card with us at the challenge site!  You have until 7:00 p.m. Eastern time Friday, July 8 to link your card.  Thanks for stopping by today!

Supplies:
Stamps: Be Jolly (Avery Elle)
Cardstock: Crushed Curry, Pumpkin Pie, Daffodil Delight (Stampin’ Up)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Other: markers (Copic); Stitched Circle die (Lawn Fawn)

June 2016 has five Thursdays, which means at CAS Colours & Sketches, it’s time for a double challenge!  This week we’re asking our challenge participants to combine the given colors with the given sketch.  Sounds like fun, right?

I have to admit that this card is my second attempt at the challenge.  I wasn’t really pleased with the first card I came up with.  I’ve always found Bermuda Bay to be a difficult color to work with, and this time around was no exception.  In my first card I tried using it as little as possible, but the whole idea just came out kind of blah.  So I went back to the proverbial drawing board and decided to try something even more clean and simple.  Using the Bermuda Bay as the card base seemed to do the trick.  That allowed me to play more with the other two colors.  The flower was stamped on a piece of scrap cardstock, fussy cut, and attached to the card with dimensional adhesive.  Although the two stamps I combined for the flower are from the same stamp set, this is the first time I can remember using them together in this way.

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I’m going to submit my card to the “How Does Your Garden Grow?” challenge at Shopping Our Stash.

Be sure to check out what the rest of the CC&S Design Team has made.  Then get your craft on and link your own card to our challenge post!  You have until 7:00 p.m. Eastern time Wednesday, July 6 to share your card with us.  We’d love to see what you can do with our double challenge!

Supplies:
Stamps: Delight in Life (Stampin’ Up); Sophie’s Sentiments (Lawn Fawn)
Cardstock: Bermuda Bay, Whisper White (SU)
Ink: Melon Mambo, Daffodil Delight (SU)
Other: dimensionals (SU); Custom Panels die (Avery Elle)

Hello!  This week at 52 Christmas Card Throwdown we’re combining two types of challenges.  We’re taking the technique challenge of triple time stamping and adding in the stash challenge of adding a few brads.

I’ve gone with a snowflake design, using the brads to embellish the centers of the flakes.  I slightly offset the panels to add a little extra visual interest to the card.  There isn’t a lot more I can say about it so I’ll just share the card now:

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Check out what the rest of the 52CCT design team has made!  Then create a card of your own and share it with us at the 52CCT site.  You have until 7:00 pm Eastern time Friday, July 1 to link your card.

Supplies are from Stampin’ Up unless otherwise stated:
Stamps: Festive Flurry; Kissmas & Mistletoe (Unity)
Cardstock: Perfect Plum, Whisper White
Ink: Perfect Plum, Pale Plum
Other: Ice Circles brads

 

Hello again!  This week at CAS Colours & Sketches we have a simple little sketch challenge up for the offering.

Since Father’s Day was last Sunday here in the United States, I used the sketch to create a card for my husband.  I pulled out my pastel chalks to color the deer image because I wanted a soft look to the coloring.  I hadn’t used those in a very long time!  A couple pieces of ribbon that coordinated with the deer worked for the two small elements of the sketch.  It’s hard to tell in the photo, but I used textured cardstock for the card base, to give it a little extra visual interest.  I attached the focal panel to the card base with dimensional adhesive to accommodate the thickness of the ribbon.  I had chosen the deer image thinking that it looked like a parent and child.  It wasn’t until I was pressing down on the focal panel, making sure it was securely adhered, that I realized that the larger deer is likely a doe rather than a buck… making it not quite the right image for Father’s Day… but oh well.

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What will you do with this sketch?  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 Wednesday, June 29.

Supplies are from Stampin’ Up unless otherwise noted:
Stamps: In the Meadow; Dream Big (Lizzie Anne Designs)
Cardstock: Whisper White, Wild Wasabi textured
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Other: Stampin’ Pastels, taupe grosgrain ribbon

It’s time for a new challenge at Cards in Envy!  I have to admit that the full title of the challenge, “It’s a Great Day for a White Wedding”, has had me hearing Billy Idol in my head for the last several days.  (I know the actual lyrics say “nice day”, but close enough.)  Although the challenge title references “wedding”, we’re also accepting anniversary cards as part of the challenge.  Just make sure that your celebratory card is flat enough to fit in an envelope so that it could be mailed at the standard first-class postage rate.

I suppose my card really could go either way – wedding or anniversary.  I haven’t put any sort of sentiment inside of it yet.  It was really quick and easy to make.  I started by coloring a scrap of white cardstock with a metallic pink Gelato and blending the color with a paintbrush dipped in a mix of water and bright pink reinker.  When it was dry, I die cut a heart from it.  I embossed a panel of white cardstock, stamped my “congratulations” sentiment on a scrap of pink cardstock, and attached the pink to the bottom of the embossed white panel.  I attached the panel to a white card base, using scrap cardstock shims behind the panel for a little bit of dimension, and adhered the die cut heart in place.   The layout comes from the current challenge at Freshly Made Sketches.  I’m also entering this card into this week’s challenge at The Paper Players.  It’s their 300th challenge – WOW!  Congrats to them for such a successful challenge blog!

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The Cards in Envy team has come up with some other great ideas, so be sure to check them out!  We hope you’ll share your own wedding or anniversary card with us before the challenge closes.  You have until 7:00 p.m. Eastern time Sunday, July 3, 2016 to link your card at the challenge post.  Thanks for stopping by today!

Supplies:
Stamp: Oh Happy Day (Avery Elle)
Cardstock: Pink Pirouette (Stampin’ Up); Pure Luxury White (Gina K. Designs)
Ink: Melon Mambo (SU)
Other: Gelato (Faber Castell); Melon Mambo reinker, Elegant Bouquet embossing folder (SU); heart die (Lawn Fawn)

Hello there!  It’s time for this month’s theme challenge at 52 Christmas Card Throwdown.  This week we’re asking our challenge participants to create Christmas or wintry cards featuring landscape scenes.

I’ve used the timeless classic row of trees image from one of my oldest Stampin’ Up stamp sets.  I stamped the image with Versamark ink and heat embossed it onto shimmery white cardstock.  I made a mask to separate the ground from the sky, and I also punched a circle to use as a mask to make a moon in the sky.  I scribbled Gelatos in two shades of blue for the sky, and blended them with a wet paintbrush.  I used a Gelato color called Fig to add a little shading to the ground.  I matted the image onto some black cardstock and chose a purple that coordinated with the fig color for my card base.

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Be sure to check out all the gorgeous cards the rest of the design team has made!  Then share your own Christmas/winter landscape card with us at the 52CCT site.  You have until 7:00 p.m. Eastern time Friday, June 24 to link your card.  Thanks for stopping by today!

Supplies:
Stamps: Lovely As a Tree (Stampin’ Up)
Cardstock: Perfect Plum, Basic Black, Shimmery White (SU)
Ink: VersaMark
Other: white embossing powder (Stampendous); Gelatos (Faber Castell)

Well hi there!  It’s Thursday, which means it’s time for a new challenge at CAS Colours & Sketches.  This time we have some summery nature-inspired colors for you.

I gave in to the instinct to do something floral with the colors.  It just seemed right.  I’ve used the CAS(E) this Sketch! challenge which closes in a little while for the layout of my card.  I also wanted to join in the current Less is More challenge to use splatters on a one-layer card.  So for my card, I started off by cutting a rectangle into an index card to use as a mask on my card front.  I attached the mask with temporary adhesive and then sponged around the edges of it to define a rectangular area on the card.  Then I dipped a paintbrush in a few drops of reinker, held the brush over the card front, and tapped the brush so the ink would splatter pretty randomly over the card.  I set that aside to dry thoroughly and went to work stamping the rose and a couple of leaves onto a scrap of white cardstock.  Then I fussy cut the rose and leaves and assembled them together.  I had a scrap of Pool Party cardstock just the right size for the sentiment banner.  Once I decided on the sentiment I wanted to use, I stamped it with Pear Pizzazz ink and notched the end of the banner into a fishtail shape.  The ink splatters on the card front were dry by this time, so I removed the mask, attached the banner to the card and then added the rose on top of it.  Lots of small steps, but it was all pretty easy.

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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 Wednesday, June 22 to link your card at the challenge website.

Supplies:
Stamps: Picture Perfect (Stampin’ Up)
Cardstock: Pool Party, Whisper White (SU); watercolor paper (Artist’s Loft)
Ink: Pool Party, Calypso Coral, Pear Pizzazz (SU)
Other: Pool Party reinker (SU); sponge

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