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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sketch 205

 

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!

Supplies:
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)

It’s time for the last CAS Colours & Sketches challenge of 2016, 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 2016 and make a festive card with it.

I missed out on challenge #173 back in May because at the time, I had to go out of town unexpectedly.  So I decided to use it for my card this week.  It’s great for a quick card!  I used a couple of scraps of designer paper for the diagonal strips, stamped a sentiment in a coordinating ink color, and the card was done!  I spent more time deciding which designer papers to use than I did assembling the card.

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sketch 173

We’d love to have you join in our challenge at CC&S!  Check out the Sketch Challenges Archives tab, pick one of the sketches from 2016, and make a holiday card.  You have until 6:00 p.m. Eastern time Wednesday, December 14 to link your card at the challenge site.  Thanks for visiting today!

Supplies:
Stamps: So Happy (Avery Elle)
Cardstock: Pure Luxury Ivory (Gina K. Designs); scraps from Nordic Holiday 6″ x 6″ paper pad (Basic Grey)
Ink: Cherry Cobbler (Stampin’ Up)

Hello again!  This week is sketch week at CAS Colours & Sketches.  I hope you’ll consider joining in the fun and creativity there by creating a card of your own with this sketch!

In the spirit of full disclosure, I first drew up this sketch several years ago for a different challenge blog.  And there are probably very similar sketches to it out there in challenge blog land.  But I figured since I drew this one, I could use it again for CC&S.

I had the sweet little elephant image left over as a “reject” from a card I made a few months ago.  Since the stamp set name is “Ellie”, I’m going to assume it’s a girl elephant.  She’s been sitting on my desk since July (good thing she’s just a little cardstock elephant and not a real one…  heh heh, bad sense of humor, sorry).  I decided it was time to put her to use on a card.  This time I was able to match her pretty well to one of my brown cardstocks, so I’ve used that for the angled panel.  I figured some green grass would be a nice way to give the elephant some “ground” so she’s not seemingly floating on the focal panel, so I die cut some grass from a scrap of cardstock and put Ellie between some shorter and some taller grass.  I used the same shade of green cardstock for the card base.  The sentiment was stamped in the same shade of green, too.  Using a stitched die for the focal panel gives it a little extra interest than if I’d used just a plain piece of cardstock. And now there’s a cute any occasion card for the box I’ll be sending soon to Send a Smile 4 Kids!

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sketch 199

Addicted to Stamps and More is having a CAS challenge this week so I’m going to enter this card there.

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 Wednesday, November 16.  Thanks for stopping by today!

Supplies:
Stamps: Ellie, Simply Said Hello (Avery Elle)
Cardstock: Wild Wasabi, Baked Brown Sugar (Stampin’ Up); Pure Luxury Ivory (Gina K. Designs)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Other: markers (Copic); Grassy Border and Stitched Rectangle dies (Lawn Fawn)

Hello!  This week is sketch week at CAS Colours & Sketches, and I think this week’s sketch is a pretty neat one.  It has a big curve that I think adds a fun touch to it.

The sketch actually reminded me a lot of some of the flap cards I’ve made in the past, and this one provided inspiration for today’s card.  I didn’t make this one with a flap, but I used the same color palette and the tree idea.  With autumn right around the corner, this seemed to fit with the change in season.  I cut a piece of white cardstock, used a die to form the curved shape, and then stamped the tree trunk image.  I sponged a sky and some grass around it before stamping the leaves.  I attached the panel to a card base in the color I used more dominantly in the leaves.  It’s hard to tell in the photo, but the card base is textured cardstock.  I added a simple sentiment and the card was done.

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sketch 190

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 Wednesday, September 14.   Thanks for stopping by today!

Except for the die, all supplies for today’s card are from Stampin’ Up; many of them are retired products.
Stamps: Branch Out, Trendy Trees
Cardstock: Whisper White, Summer Sun textured
Ink: Soft Sky, Certainly Celery, Close to Cocoa, Summer Sun, Pumpkin Pie
Other: Custom Panels die (Avery Elle)

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)

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)

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!  It’s the first Saturday of the month, which means it’s sketch challenge time at 52 Christmas Card Throwdown.  Our sketch this week has some fun layers and shapes to play with.

For my card, I decided to use some of the wintry designer paper I’ve been hoarding.  I’m not sure why I’ve been so reluctant to use it.  Maybe it’s because the snowmen are so super cute, I didn’t want to use them up.  I’ve paired that designer paper with a coordinating print and a banner made from a coordinating solid-ish paper.  I sponged the edges of the banner with the same color ink I used to stamp the sentiment.  The snowflake embellishments were die cut from another coordinating solid and brushed with shimmery paint.  In real life, they show up from the print papers better than they do in the photo.  I added a pearl to the center of each snowflake for the finishing touch.

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Be sure to check out what the rest of the 52CCT design team has made!  Then make your own wintry or Christmasy card using the sketch, and share it with us using the linky tool at the challenge post.  You have until 7:00 p.m. Eastern time Friday, June 10 to link your card.  Thanks for stopping by today!

Supplies:
Stamp: Be Jolly (Avery Elle)
Cardstock: Cherry Cobbler (Stampin’ Up); Frosty, Yuletide, Wintermint, and Sugar Cookie designer papers from Fruitcake collection (Basic Grey)
Ink: Cherry Cobbler (SU)
Other: Stitched Snowflakes dies (Lawn Fawn); Frost White shimmer paint, dimensionals (SU); pearls (KaiserCraft); sponge

Hello! It’s time for another color challenge at CAS Colours & Sketches. This one features two blues and a reddish color. As always, if you don’t have the exact colors listed in the challenge graphic, it’s OK to substitute something else that is close. I had to do that this week with the red color.

I opted to go for a bold curvy graphic design for my card. I’ve used this layout in the past and well, to be perfectly honest, it just seems like a good one to fall back on when I don’t know what else to do. Since there’s not much else I can say about it, I’ll just go ahead and share the card:

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We were thrilled to see so many entries into our sketch challenge last week, and we’re hoping that all our participants come back again for this week’s color challenge! You have until 6:00 p.m. Eastern US time Wednesday, March 23 to link your card to the challenge post. Thanks for stopping by today!

Supplies:
Stamps: none
Cardstock: Night of Navy, Calypso Coral, Marina Mist, Very Vanilla textured (Stampin’ Up)
Ink: none
Other: Simply Said Hello die (Avery Elle)

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

My husband celebrated his birthday last week, so my sample card for the challenge is the card I made for him.  I stretched the square sketch into a rectangle, and I used stars in place of the circles on the sketch.  The stamp I used for them actually has three stars together, but to add more interest to the card, I’ve used silver star-shaped brads to cover up the smallest stamped stars.  I also added a couple of clear rhinestones for a little more shine.  Punching the opposing corners at an angle also gives a little extra visual interest, tying in with the angles in the stars and the overall masculine feel of the card.

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sketch 160

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 Wednesday, February 17.

Supplies:
Stamps: Starring You (Stampin’ Up); Cake & Candles (Avery Elle)
Cardstock: Blue Bayou, Sahara Sand (SU)
Ink: Baja Breeze (SU)
Other: rhinestones, tag corner punch (SU); star brads (The Paper Studio)

Hello!  It’s the first Saturday in February, and that means it’s time for a new sketch challenge at 52 Christmas Card Throwdown.  April, our challenge hostess, has come up with a rather simple one that should be easy for most people.  Although she’s used a tree on the sketch, any festive shape can be used.

I’ve decided to go wintry rather than specifically Christmassy, so I’ve used one of my favorite snowman images in place of the tree element.  Some cute snowman patterned paper fills in the vertical strip element.  Although I adore this snowman print, I don’t use it too often because it’s difficult matching colors to it.  But I think I came pretty close, and I guess a little contrast isn’t necessarily a bad thing.  I’ve used some shims of scrap cardstock behind the snowman to give him a little bit of dimension off the background of the card.

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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, February 12 to link your card.  Thanks for stopping by today!

Supplies:
Stamps: Be Jolly (Avery Elle)
Cardstock: Bordering Blue, Cherry Cobbler (Stampin’ Up); Pure Luxury Ivory (Gina K. Designs); designer paper from Winter Wonderland paper pack (Lizzie Anne Designs)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Other: Be Jolly die (Avery Elle); markers (Copic)

Hello!  I’ve been enjoying hosting the challenges throughout January at CAS Colours & Sketches, but today marks the last challenge of the month.  This time we have a sketch that I think leaves a lot of possibilities for fun.  It has one big tilted panel that can be dressed up in whatever clean and simple design you desire.

My area of Virginia got hit with about 19 inches of snow from the “Snowzilla” storm last weekend.  Although the roads are all pretty clear now and students are back at school, the ground is still white in most places.  While I do enjoy a good snowstorm, my cardmaking thoughts have been leaning toward something more spring-like.  I don’t know if that’s left over from my years of making cards for Operation Write Home, where we used to plan for seasons in advance, or exactly what.  But anyway, I decided to use a flowery designer paper and chose my color scheme around it.  I originally planned to do the tilted panel similar to the card shown here and pair the flowery paper with a polka dot paper in the same colors.  Then I felt that would be too busy.  So I ended up using only the flowery paper.  I used one of the dominant colors in it for the card base, and another for die-cutting the sentiment.  Oh, I’ve also turned the sketch 90° on its side, so that the sentiment is mostly right side up.

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sketch 158

Don’t let that tilted panel stump you when you try the sketch.  Simply cut a panel the size of your card front, add whatever CAS design you like to it, then angle it when you attach it to the base of your card.  Trim off the excess and there you have it!

Be sure to check out what the rest of the CC&S Design Team and our January guest designer have made.  Then make your own card following the sketch and link it to the challenge site by 6:00 p.m. Eastern time Wednesday, February 3.  We’d love to have you join in the fun and creativity with us!  Thanks for stopping by today!

All products used for this card, except the sentiment die, are from Stampin’ Up.
Stamps: none
Cardstock: Daffodil Delight, Crisp Cantaloupe, Whisper White, Watercolor Wonder designer series paper
Ink: none
Other: Simply Said Hello die (Avery Elle)

Hello!  Happy 2016!  I will admit that I enjoyed a nice break from crafting over the holidays, but now I’m ready to get back into it again.

Unfortunately, I feel like my card for the first CAS Colours & Sketches challenge of the year shows that my card making skills got a little rusty over the break.  I had a few other ideas, but the more I thought about them, I felt they either weren’t CAS enough or were just a second take on some of the previous cards I’ve made.  Finally I decided to try the CAS(E) this Sketch! challenge that ends later this morning.  I stamped the “H PPY” part of the sentiment twice so I could use die-cut balloons in both of the blue challenge colors to fill in for the letter “a”.  The lower, lighter color balloon is attached with dimensional adhesive for a little bit of visual interest (and to accommodate the string of the other balloon beneath it).

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Come meet our new Design Team members at CAS Colours & Sketches, as well as our January Guest Designer!  Then show us what you can create with our challenge colors.  You have until 6:00 p.m. Eastern time Wednesday, January 13 to share your card at the challenge post.  We’d love to see what you can make!  Thanks for stopping by today.

Supplies:
Stamps: Fill in the Blank (Avery Elle)
Cardstock: Pool Party, Marina Mist, Whisper White (Stampin’ Up)
Ink: Smoky Slate (SU)
Other: Icon Fill in the Blank die (AE); Oyster twine (Really Reasonable Ribbon)

We’re getting into the holiday spirit again this week at CAS Colours & Sketches.  This time we’re asking our challenge participants to choose one of our sketch challenges from 2015 and turn it into a holiday card.

I’ve gone back to Challenge #111 for my card.  I love the interesting angles in this sketch.  I’ve used some designer paper and paired it with two coordinating solid colors and a white main panel.  As much as I like the scripty font of this stamp set, I don’t remember to use it very often.  But the holiday sentiment fit perfectly in the space here.  Once again, I’ve turned the sketch on its side and manipulated the triangles a little differently, but you can still see how the card was inspired by the sketch.

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I’m going to enter this card into the current challenge at Addicted to Stamps and More.

We’d love to have you join in our challenge at CC&S!  Check out the Sketch Challenges Archives tab, pick one of the sketches from 2015, and make a holiday card.  You have until 6:00 p.m. Eastern time Wednesday, December 16 to link your card at the challenge site.  Thanks for visiting today!

Supplies:
Stamps: So Happy (Avery Elle)
Cardstock: Old Olive, Whisper White, Cherry Cobbler (Stampin’ Up); designer paper from Fruitcake collection (Basic Grey)
Ink: Cherry Cobbler (SU)

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