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!  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)

I have a quick post today to share a card made for an important man in my life – my dad.  He’ll be celebrating his birthday this weekend, and I’ll be lucky enough to visit with him on his special day.  He’s not one to turn down ice cream when it’s offered to him, LOL, so that’s why I thought he’d like the cute little ice cream cone.


I’m combining several challenges here:  Less Is More, Freshly Made Sketches, AAA Cards, and The Paper Players.


Thanks for stopping by today!

Stamps: Here’s the Scoop (Lawn Fawn); Cake & Candles (Avery Elle)
Cardstock: Pure Luxury White, Pure Luxury Ivory (Gina K. Designs); Close to Cocoa (Stampin’ Up); scraps from Blush 6″ x 6″ paper pad (Basic Grey)
Ink: Close to Cocoa (SU)
Other: birthday embossing folder (ProvoCraft)

Hello there!  It’s color challenge week again at CAS Colours & Sketches.  I’ve combined the color challenge with one of our recent sketch challenges, #224, taking the liberty of using the mirror-reverse of the sketch.

The card is pretty straightforward so there’s not a lot I can say about it.  I used Versamark ink to stamp a bit of texture on the kraft-colored strip.  The flower is raised up from the card base with some scrap cardstock shims to add a bit of dimension.


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Since the theme at The Paper Players and at AAA Cards is “birthday”, I’m going to enter this card in those challenges.

Be sure to check out what the rest of the CC&S design team did with this sketch. Then show us what you can make with it! You can link your creation to the challenge blog until 6:00 p.m. Eastern time Monday, June 12.  Thanks for stopping by today!

Stamps: Delight in Life, Canvas (Stampin’ Up); Cake & Candles (Avery Elle)
Cardstock: Soft Sky, Kraft, Very Vanilla (SU)
Ink: Calypso Coral, Soft Sky (SU); VersaMark (Tsukineko)

Hello!  Today’s post is just a quick one to show off a rather clean and simple card using the current sketch at Freshly Made Sketches.  Well, actually, if you look carefully at the curved area, I’ve used the mirror image of the sketch.  I had an embossed, curved piece of cardstock left over from another card I’d made some time ago, so all I needed to do with it was attach it to the card base and trim it down (it was originally about 5″ wide).  The sentiment fit nicely in the “dip” of the curve.  In an attempt to use some products I’ve had stashed around here for a long time, I’ve added some Prima flowers and glued Dew Drops in place for the centers of the flowers.  I’m not sure why the color is coming off of the Dew Drops but I like the variegated look it gives.  The soft color scheme and the flowers make me feel that the card also fits into the theme for the current challenge at AAA Cards so I’ll enter it there, too.


Thanks for stopping by today, and enjoy your weekend!

Stamps: Sincere Salutations (Stampin’ Up)
Cardstock: Pure Luxury Ivory (Gina K. Designs); Pink Pirouette (SU)
Ink: Pink Pirouette (SU)
Other: flowers (Prima); Dew Drops (Robin’s Nest); Victoria embossing folder (ProvoCraft)

Yikes!  I’m a little late today with my post for this week’s challenge at CAS Colours & Sketches.  I made a card yesterday but I wasn’t very happy with it.  As I was trying to fall asleep last night, another idea popped up in my mind.  So I got up this morning and gave it a try… and as luck would have it, it didn’t go quite as easily as I’d hoped.  But anyway…

I wanted to combine this week’s sketch challenge with the ombre challenge at Less is More and the “hello” challenge at AAA Cards.  My first card had a large flourish that I inked in three shades of blue, but I just wasn’t pleased with the overall look of it.  For my second attempt, I thought of using the sentiment “hello, sunshine” with my sunburst stencil.  I used two different shades of yellow to ink the stencil design, layering the darker shade to make it bolder toward the center of the design and fading out the lighter shade toward the edges.  Then I went to my stamps, looking for what I thought was a “hello, sunshine” stamp… and was disappointed to discover that the stamp only says “sunshine”, and it’s made to be used with a “hello” die.  At that point I thought, “My ‘hello’ die is going to look too big.  I have alphabet stamps, so I can spell out the sentiment with them.”  That didn’t go too badly, other than trying to position an apostrophe stamp for the comma… until I stamped the sentiment.  The first two times, the sentiment came out splotchy and messy looking.  So I cleaned the stamps and tried again.  That was slightly better but the letters still looked fuzzy.  So I figured I’d try my “hello” die anyway.  It turned out that the die filled up some of the tiny areas of the stencil that didn’t ink up well.  So I went with it, using textured cardstock for the die cut.  And finally the card came together.


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Despite all the troubles I had putting this card together, it’s still a lot better than my first card!

I hope you’ll have better luck creating a card with this sketch, and that you’ll share it with us at CC&S!  You have until 6:00 p.m. Eastern time Monday, January 16 to link your card there.  Thanks for stopping by today!

Stamps: none
Cardstock: Solar White (Neenah); Summer Sun textured (Stampin’ Up)
Ink: Summer Sun, Daffodil Delight (SU)
Other: Simply Said Hello die (Avery Elle); Rays stencil (Tim Holtz)

I’m just writing a quick post today to show a card I’ve made for the Freshly Made Sketches challenge that will be closing soon, as well as the current AAA Cards challenge.  The two challenges worked together so well that I couldn’t resist joining in them.

I thought it would be cute to have animals peeking through round windows.  I created the front panel of the card first by adding a strip of light green cardstock to the bottom of a 4.25″ x 5.5″ piece of white cardstock and adding a sentiment.  Why green?  Because it was a scrap that was lying on my desk, and because it seemed like it would work as a “ground” or “grass”.  And because I used a scrap, I’m going to enter this into the Shopping Our Stash challenge, too.  Then I used my circle dies to cut the circles from the panel.  I laid the die cut panel over a white card base and traced the outlines of the circles so I’d know where to position the animals.  After I stamped them, I colored them with colored pencils blended with odorless mineral spirits.  The colored pencils tend to give a softer look than my Copic markers do, plus the pencils don’t bleed through the cardstock like Copics often do.  Once I was done coloring, I attached the die cut panel to the card base.  I think it turned out pretty well, considering I was running out of the odorless mineral spirits!



And there’s another any occasion card for the stockpile I’m creating for Send a Smile 4 Kids.  Thanks for stopping by today!  Comments are always welcome and appreciated.

Stamps: Skater Kids (Mama Elephant)
Cardstock: Solar White (Neenah); Certainly Celery (Stampin’ Up)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Other: Premier colored pencils (Prismacolor); odorless mineral spirits (Houston Arts); standard circle Nestabilities dies (Spellbinders)

Hello!  It’s time for a new month of challenges at CAS Colours & Sketches, and for November, I get to be your challenge hostess!  I hope you’ll enjoy the cards the design team and I make this month, and I hope you’ll join in and make some cards, too.

A new month always gets started off with a color challenge.   I’ve chosen a trio of colors that haven’t been used much on our blog.  I felt they worked in nicely with the autumn season.  Because of that, I was compelled to use tree images on my card.  I’ve pulled out one of my “oldie but goodie” sets that was retired several years ago.  Rather than layering colored cardstock to mat the image panel, I’ve made a mat out of the three challenge colors – which was a great way to use some scraps of cardstock!  The ribbon was a last minute addition.  The card looked too plain without it, but now it almost seems like the ribbon was a bit too much.  What do you think?


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Our friends at the Less is More challenge blog are celebrating their 300th challenge this week!  What an amazing milestone for them!  I’m helping them celebrate by playing along in their challenge this week.  I’m also joining in the challenge for masculine cards at AAA Cards.

Go check out the other design team members’ cards at the CAS Colours & Sketches blog.  They’ve done an amazing job this week!  Then show us what you’re inspired to create using these colors.  If you don’t have the exact Stampin’ Up colors, that’s all right; simply use whatever you have that matches them closely. You have until 6:00 p.m. Eastern time Wednesday, November 9 to link your card at the challenge post.  Happy crafting!

All supplies except the ivory cardstock are from Stampin’ Up.
Stamps: Trendy Trees, Birthday Whimsy
Cardstock: Early Espresso, Pumpkin Pie, Always Artichoke; Pure Luxury Ivory (Gina K. Designs)
Ink: Early Espresso, Pumpkin Pie, Always Artichoke
Other: Always Artichoke grosgrain ribbon

Hello, and happy Thursday!  It’s time for a new challenge at CAS Colours & Sketches, and this week we have a sketch for you to try.

I’ve stretched out the sketch into a landscape-oriented rectangle, and I’ve combined this challenge with the photo inspiration challenge at AAA Cards.  I used my color spritzer tool and red, yellow, and blue markers to make the splatter design on the white panel.  I stamped the flower onto a scrap of cardstock and used a rainbow of colored pencils to color it.  After I fussy cut it out, I added a brad for the flower center and used dimensional adhesive to attach the flower to the card.


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So long as we can see the basic elements of the sketch in your card, it’s all good!  What kind of card will you create with it?  We’d love to see!  Share it with us via the linky tool on the challenge post by 6:00 p.m. Eastern time Wednesday, October 19.  Happy crafting!

Stamps: Le Jardin, Everyday Sayings (Lizzie Anne Designs)
Cardstock: Crumb Cake (Stampin’ Up); Solar White (Neenah)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Other: Real Red, YoYo Yellow, and Brilliant Blue markers, dimensionals (SU); color spritz tool (InkWorkz); Premier colored pencils (Prismacolor); odorless mineral spirits (Hampton Arts); mini brad (Making Memories)

Hello!  We’re back to another color challenge week at CAS Colours & Sketches.

I have to admit that I had a hard time figuring out what to do with these colors, mainly because the chocolate brown was the only one I’ve seen in person.  So I browsed online and eventually found a few blogs where the new Stampin’ Up In Colors were compared to other SU colors.  I think I’ve picked fairly close approximates of the challenge colors for the watercolor wash on my card.  I decided to try to use the colors as a background, rather than for the main image of the card.  Blending the colors fits the current challenge at AAA Cards.  When I was browsing my stamps for silhouette images to use with the background, I came across this Eiffel Tower stamp I’d forgotten I had.  So I decided to use it and join in the current challenge at Less is More.  Once the watercolor wash was dry, I added the sentiment and the silhouette image of the Eiffel Tower in chocolate brown.  I rounded the top corner of the card and decided to call it done.  Very CAS, n’est-ce pas?


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Edited on September 15, 2016 to add:  Thank you to the team of AAA Cards for choosing my card as one of your Top Three for the Blending challenge!

Thanks for stopping by today!  I hope you’ll check out what the rest of the 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 Wednesday, August 24 to link your card.

Stamps: Simply Sweet, Everyday Sayings (Lizzie Anne Designs)
Cardstock: watercolor paper (Artist’s Loft)
Ink: Chocolate Chip (Stampin’ Up)
Other: Regal Rose and Pale Plum reinkers (SU); corner rounder punch (EK Success)

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