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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.

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.


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!

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!

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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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!

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

Hello there!  Since January has five Tuesdays, that means it’s time for a double challenge at CAS Colours & Sketches!  This week we’re asking our challenge participants to combine the given colors with the given sketch.  We’ve reached back into the archives for some retired Stampin’ Up colors and a previous CC&S sketch.  Sounds like fun, right?  Be sure to check out what the rest of the CC&S design team has done with it!

I’ll admit I had a difficult time figuring out what to do for this challenge.  I wanted to make a valentine, but unlike some of the other design team members, I had a hard time wrapping my head around that with the challenge colors.  Finally I decided to think ahead on the calendar and start on the next season: Easter.   Even though I don’t really consider Easter to be a card-giving holiday, I know that some people do, so over the years I’ve made some Easter cards for the charities I support.  I substituted a squarish shape for the heart on the sketch, which gave me a little more room to create a little springtime scene using the challenge colors.  Because of the direction the rabbit is facing, I’ve flipped the sketch mirror-image.  I popped up the rabbit with dimensional adhesive for a little more visual interest.


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Now it’s time for you to get your craft on and link your own card to our challenge post!  You have until 7:00 p.m. Eastern time Monday, February 5 to share your card with us.  We’d love to see what you can do with our double challenge!

Stamps: Happy Easter (Lawn Fawn)
Cardstock: Solar White (Neenah); Apricot Appeal (Stampin’ Up)
Ink: Coastal Cabana, Certainly Celery (SU)
Other: markers (Copic); Labels Twelve die (Spellbinders); cloud dies (Sweet ‘n Sassy Stamps); dimensionals (SU)

Hello there!  It’s sketch week at CAS Colours & Sketches and Bev, our January hostess, has come up with a nice one for us this week.

I tossed a few ideas around in my head but none of them were really appealing to me.  I decided to check out the card needs at Send a Smile 4 Kids and noticed that the shipper I frequently send to is still in need of Valentines.  So I looked through my Valentine stamps and thought I could make this cute cupid work with the sketch, with a few changes.  I’ve substituted a heart for the circle, and basically used the mirror image of the sketch so that the one arrow takes the place of the small rectangular element.

I started out by cutting a heart from an index card and using the card as a mask on my white cardstock panel.  I stamped the cupid into the center of the heart, covered it with a mask, and then blended pink ink into the heart shape.  Then I removed both masks so I could color the cupid and stamp the flying arrow and the sentiment.  I added some clear Wink of Stella pen to the cupid’s wing and to the heart-shaped points of the arrows for a little touch of magic.  If you look closely, you should be able to see it in the photo.  After I mounted the main panel onto a pink cardstock base, my card was finished.


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Since this clean and simple card fits into the “Love Notes” theme at The Paper Players, I’m entering it into that challenge.

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, January 29.  Thanks for stopping by today!

Edited on January 28, 2018 to add:  Thank you to Claire at The Paper Players for selecting my card as “A Cut Above”!  It’s an honor!


Stamps: Love from Above (Mama Elephant)
Cardstock: Pink Pirouette (Stampin’ Up); Solar White (Neenah)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento); Pink Pirouette (SU)
Other: markers (Copic); mini ink blending tool (Tim Holtz); clear Wink of Stella pen (Zig)

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

I decided to use these cute birdies, and I colored them in the two shades of purple using colored pencils blended with odorless mineral spirits.  To get the sky background around the birds, I put a mask over the birds, and framed them with a circular mask.  Then I blended some sky blue ink into the circle.  I’d used the circular mask with red ink several years ago so I was a little surprised that the red ink reactivated and blended with the sky blue to form a purple edge to the circle – however, since it worked with the challenge colors, it’s a happy accident!


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Be sure to check out what the rest of the CC&S Design Team has done with these colors!  Then share your own card with us by linking it to the challenge post.  We’d love to have you join us!

Stamps: Feathered Friends [for Simon Says Stamp]; So Much to Say (Lawn Fawn)
Cardstock: Soft Sky (Stampin’ Up); Solar White (Neenah)
Ink: Onyx Black (VersaFine); Soft Sky (SU)
Other: Premier colored pencils (Prismacolor); odorless mineral spirits (Gamsol); sponge

Hello!  The design team from CAS Colours & Sketches is back from holiday break and ready to begin another year of fun clean and simple challenges!  Since today is the second Tuesday of the month, we’re starting back up again with a sketch.  You’re welcome to manipulate the sketch from a rectangle to a square, or to turn the sketch on its side, so long as we can still easily recognize the main elements of the sketch.

Over the holidays, our family went out of town for a few days to visit relatives, so we had a neighbor friend come over to check on our cat a couple of times each day.  I used this week’s sketch to create a card to thank our friend for his help.  Our cat is solid black, so that’s why I chose the simple black and white color scheme for the card.  The tiny paw prints were stamped on a scrap of plain white cardstock cut to fit the small metal frame, and the card base is plain black cardstock, but the rest of the cardstock I used is textured.  Unfortunately, the texture doesn’t show in the photo.  The texture of the grosgrain ribbon behind the metal frame doesn’t show well either.  Since we gave the card to our friend in person, I didn’t have to worry about sending the somewhat bulky frame element through the mail.


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Be sure to stop by the challenge blog and welcome our newest Design Team members, Jeanne, Marsha, and Wei!  Then create your own card using this sketch, and link it to the challenge site by 6:00 p.m. Eastern time Monday, January 15.  We’d love to have you join us!  Thanks for stopping by today.

Stamp: Furry Friends (Avery Elle)
Cardstock: Basic Black, Whisper White textured, Basic Black textured, Whisper White (Stampin’ Up)
Ink: Onyx Black (VersaFine)
Other:  metal frame, brads, Basic Black grosgrain ribbon (SU); Olivia alphabet die (ProvoCraft)

It’s time for the last CAS Colours & Sketches challenge of 2017, and we’re closing the year out with another seasonal challenge.  This week we’d like for our participants to choose one of our sketch challenges from 2017 and make a festive card with it.

I’ve decided to revisit challenge #233.  With its fairly big rectangular focal panel, this one is easy to adapt to a variety of ideas.  One of my newer stamp sets was practically begging to be used, so I’ve inked up these stamps from it for the first time and stamped them onto some scraps of white cardstock.  Then I colored the otter and the Santa hat and fussy cut them to attach to a rectangle cut from a watercolor wash I’d made.  The sentiment panel was also fussy cut to follow the curves of the words.   I attached the sentiment panel with dimensional adhesive and the card was done.


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We’d love to have you join in our challenge at CC&S!  Check out the Past Sketch Challenges tab, pick one of the sketches from 2017, and make a holiday card.  You have until 6:00 p.m. Eastern time Monday, December 18 to link your card at the challenge site.  Thanks for visiting today!

Stamps: Christmas Like No Otter [for Simon Says Stamp] (Lawn Fawn)
Cardstock: Crumb Cake (Stampin’ Up); Solar White (Neenah); Artistico Extra White watercolor paper (Fabriano)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Other: Marina Mist and Soft Sky reinkers, dimensionals (SU); markers (Copic); Stitched Rectangle die (Lawn Fawn)

Hello!  It’s time for a new challenge at CAS Colours & 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 color challenge combinations from 2017 and use it to make a Christmas or holiday card.

I was away for much of September tending to some family business, so I missed out on Challenge #241 when it was introduced.  So I decided to use that color combo for my card this week.  The layout for my card is based on the current CAS(E) this Sketch! challenge.  I added clear craft lacquer to the light bulbs to make them shine and to give them a bit of a 3-D effect.  The focal panel is raised up from the card base with shims of scrap cardstock for a little extra dimension.


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I’m also going to join in the holiday challenges at AAA Cards and Uniko.


Which of our approximately 25 color combinations from 2017 will you use?  You can check all of them out on the CAS Colours & Sketches blog using the Past Colour Challenges tab.  Be sure to see what the rest of the design team has made, too!  Then link your card to the challenge site by 6:00 p.m. Eastern time Monday, December 11.  We’d love to see what you come up with!  Thanks for stopping by today.

Stamps: Holiday Baubles (Sweet ‘n Sassy Stamps)
Cardstock: Solar White (Neenah)
Ink: Onyx Black (VersaFine); Tranquil Tide, Dapper Denim, Perfect Plum (Stampin’ Up)
Other: Crystal Effects (SU)

Hello there!  It’s time for another challenge at CAS Colours & Sketches and this time we have a very simple sketch for you to try.

After some mental debate over whether to make a birthday card or a holiday card, I finally decided on holiday.  I used one of my newest dies to cut the word “merry” from shiny gold cardstock.  Using the die to help with placement, I stamped “& bright” with gold ink and heat embossed it.  It didn’t turn out quite as shiny as I’d hoped; I think the embossing powder is going old and stale.  Anyway, I knew I wanted to use some festive red and green for the background.  I played around with a couple different ideas before settling on this partial starburst pattern.  I opted not to continue the starburst around the entire card base in order to keep the card more clean and simple in style.  The sentiment panel is attached with dimensional adhesive to give it more actual and visual separation from the card base.


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I’m entering my card into two additional challenges:  Less is More, and AAA Cards.

I had a furry “helper” supervise me while I was photographing the card.  LOL

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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, December 4.  Be sure to check out what the other design team members have made, too!  Thanks for stopping by today!

Stamps: All Occasion Sentiments #4 (Uniko)
Cardstock: Solar White (Neenah); Real Red, Gumball Green (Stampin’ Up)
Ink: gold pigment (ColorBox)
Other: Merry Script die (Mama Elephant); gold detail embossing powder, dimensionals (SU)

Hello!  It’s an especially exciting time at CAS Colours & Sketches this week!  Our challenge blog is five years old, and we’re celebrating with challenge #250!  To thank our challenge participants for helping us reach this amazing milestone, five lucky players in this week’s challenge will be chosen to win an in-stock clear stamp set of their choice from Uniko!   In addition, five of our design team members are giving away prizes – but you’ll need to leave a comment on their blogs to be eligible to win.   That’s ten prizes in all, in addition to our usual Weekly Winners honorees!  You won’t want to miss out on this event!  All the details are at the challenge site.

Our challenge this week features some bright, cheery colors.  I was in such a party mood that I made two cards!  I used a die to cut stars from cardstock in the three challenge colors plus black.  The die I chose created lots of little parts, which made it easy to make multiple cards using the frames from the black stars and the little pieces to fill in the design.  Some of the pieces were pretty tiny so I opted not to fill those back in.  I think the white left there provides some nice contrast.  The “merry & bright” sentiment for the Christmas card comes from our challenge sponsor, Uniko.

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The “thank you” card is dedicated to all of our challenge participants and to our fantastic design team.  Without all you awesome people, the blog wouldn’t have achieved the success it has.  A big hug of appreciation goes out to all of these people for making our blog such a wonderful gathering place for fun and creativity!

We’d love to see what you can create with this week’s colors, and to have you join in celebrating with us!  Share your card at the CC&S website by 6:00 p.m. Eastern time Monday, November 27.  We hope you’ll continue to join in our challenges.  Thank you to our fantastic sponsor for this week, Uniko!

Stamps: Most Wonderful (Uniko); Incredible (Technique Tuesday)
Cardstock: Daffodil Delight, Whisper White, Basic Black, Cherry Cobbler, Pacific Point (Stampin’ Up)
Ink: Onyx Black (VersaFine)
Other: Wrapped Star die (Poppystamps)

Hello!  It’s sketch week at CAS Colours & Sketches and we have, in my opinion, a really fun one for you with some curvy lines.

My card is a very simple one that stays true to the sketch.  I cut swooshes from green and red cardstock and attached them to a card base of linen textured cardstock.  The linen texture is hard to capture in photographs, but in real life, it’s definitely has a little something extra than plain cardstock.   The sentiment was cut from shiny gold cardstock and glued into place.  Quick and easy!


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Be sure to check out the terrific cards the rest of the CC&S Design Team have made.  Then make your own card following the sketch and share it with us at the CC&S site.  You have until 6:00 p.m. Monday, August 28 to link your card.  We’d love to have you join in the fun and creativity!  Thanks for stopping by today.

Stamps: none
Cardstock: Real Red, Emerald Envy, gold foil (Stampin’ Up); Solar White Classic Linen (Neenah)
Other: Word Set 3 – Holiday dies (Karen Burniston); Landscape Trio die (Mama Elephant)

Greetings!  It’s time for another color challenge at CAS Colours & Sketches.

Considering the colors for this week and the current time of year, it was hard not to think of Christmas foliage.  So I’ve pulled out one of my favorite Christmas tree stamps for the occasion.  I inked it first with the lighter shade of green, then went around the edges of the stamp with the darker ink pad, to give the image a little two-tone effect.  I stamped it on a scrap piece of cardstock and fussy cut it before attaching it to the focal panel.  I added silver brads in two different sizes plus a star to decorate the tree.  I used the darker green ink to add a few festive stars and confetti to the strip of lighter green cardstock that grounds the focal panel.  Even though it might not look quite as clean and simple as some of my other cards, it was pretty easy.


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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 6:00 p.m. Monday, November 13.  We’d love to see what you make!  Thanks for stopping by today!

Stamps: Season of Joy (Stampin’ Up); Most Wonderful (Uniko)
Cardstock: Confetti Cream, Emerald Envy (SU)
Ink: Emerald Envy, Tranquil Tide (SU)
Other: silver brads (Making Memories, Recollections, and Spare Parts); stitched square die (Lawn Fawn); dimensionals (SU)

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