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Hello there!  It’s colors week again at CAS Colours & Sketches.

Over the last few months I was focusing on holiday-specific cards for Send a Smile 4 Kids, but now it’s time for me to work on more non-holiday cards for them.  Today’s card is meant to give a little encouragement but I suppose it could also be used for a birthday card if the sender writes a birthday message inside of it.  Despite my efforts to make it gender neutral, I think it ended up looking a little more boyish than girly.  But that’s OK.  I used a CC&S sketch from a few months ago for the layout.  We actually had a power outage following a massive thunderstorm yesterday evening while I was making this card, so my first go-through coloring it was literally done by fading sunlight just before sunset.  When the electricity came back on a few hours later, I was able to see that I actually hadn’t done too badly with it, so after touching up a few spots I went ahead and assembled the card.

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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, May 21.  We’d love to see what you can do!

Supplies:
Stamps: Pa-Rum-Pa-Pum-Pum (Lawn Fawn)
Cardstock: So Saffron (Stampin’ Up); Solar White (Neenah)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Other: markers (Copic); stitched square die (Lawn Fawn)

This is a quick and easy card I put together for a few challenges:  The sketch at Freshly Made Sketches (which I’ve turned on its side), the colors at Less is More, and the theme at Shopping Our Stash.  The butterfly was colored with Copics.  It’s such a simple and straightforward card I don’t have much else to say about it!

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Thanks for stopping by today!  Comments are always welcome and appreciated.

Supplies:
Stamps: Somebuggy Loves You (Sweet ‘n Sassy Stamps)
Cardstock: Solar White (Neenah); Brilliant Blue, Daffodil Delight (Stampin’ Up)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Other: markers (Copic); stitched rectangle die (Lawn Fawn)

Hello!  We have a fun sketch challenge for you this week at CAS Colours & Sketches and I hope our participants like it as much as I do!  I think it’s a pretty versatile one, especially since our challenge hostess, Cathy, says that other shapes can be used in place of the squares shown on the sketch.

As soon as I saw the sketch, I knew I wanted to use my triptych tree die for it.  Because the tree is bare, I decided to make a wintry card.  I started by cutting a piece of shimmery white cardstock for the card base and making a wash of blue with gel sticks blended with a damp paper towel.  I used frosty white ink to add some snowy ground and falling snow.  It’s a thick, mostly opaque ink, really more like paint. While the inky paint was drying, I cut the card front from another piece of shimmery cardstock.  The triptych die fits nicely inside my largest stitched rectangle die, which makes it easy to cut that all in one pass.  I cut the triptych die again from brown cardstock and used ink in the same shade of brown to stamp the sentiment.  Once the white paint was dry, I attached the card front to the base, and inlaid the brown die cuts into the square apertures.

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The challenge this week at Just Add Ink is to use items beginning with the letter “o”.  The different blue gel sticks I used give an ombre effect, and the white paint I used can be described as opalescent.  And as far as I can tell, that’s an oak tree, which would be found outdoors.

Be sure to visit the CAS Colours & 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 CC&S site by 6:00 p.m. Eastern time Monday, May 14.  Thanks for stopping by today!

Supplies:
Stamp: Holiday Script (Lizzie Anne Designs for Gourmet Rubber Stamps)
Cardstock: Cryogen White (Curious Metallic); Soft Suede (Stampin’ Up)
Ink: Soft Suede (SU)
Other: Narrow Tree Triptych die (Poppystamps); stitched rectangle die (Lawn Fawn); Frost White shimmer ink (Tsukineko); gel sticks (Faber Castell)

Hello!  It’s time for a new color challenge at CAS Colours & Sketches.  This week we have a pretty trio of colors for you to work with.

When I started thinking of what to do for today’s card, I just couldn’t get the idea of a branch of flowers against a sky out of my mind.  I found a new-to-me challenge blog, Just Add Ink, that had a neat sketch I wanted to try.  So I pulled the two challenges together and came up with this.  I painted a swash of sky blue on a piece of watercolor paper.  When it was dry, I stamped one of my favorite flowery branch images on it, after stamping it off once on a piece of scrap paper to soften the ink color a bit.  Then I used my watercolor paints to fill in the outline images.  I also went back over the branch itself with the paint, to make it more in line with the soft neutral in the color challenge graphic.  I used one of my new shimmery gemtone paints for the blossoms, darkened it a bit for the buds, and added a few white highlights for the centers of the flowers.  I think the camera angle shown below captures the shimmer pretty well.  I fully admit I need a LOT more practice at watercolor painting, but I’m satisfied with the end result.

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My furbaby wanted in on the photography action, too.

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What will you create with this sketch?  Share your work with us at the CAS Colours & Sketches site by 7:00 p.m. Eastern time Monday, May 7.  Be sure to check out what the other design team members have made, too!  Thanks for stopping by today!

Supplies:
Stamps: Artfully Asian, Always in my Thoughts (Stampin’ Up)
Cardstock: Sahara Sand (SU); The Langton Prestige Extra Smooth Hot Press watercolor paper (Daler-Rowney)
Ink: Sahara Sand (SU)
Other: Soft Sky reinker, dimensionals (SU); Gansai Tambi watercolor paints (Kuretake); stitched circle and stitched rectangle dies (Lawn Fawn)

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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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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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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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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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)

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