Hello there!  It’s time for a new color challenge at CAS Colours & Sketches.  This week we’re giving a nod to Breast Cancer Awareness Month by using two shades of the pink that’s associated with that cause and pairing them with a neutral brown.

I tossed several different ideas for my card around in my head, but I kept going back to doing something floral.  Finally I settled on this floral vine image.  The vine and the blossoms are two different stamps, which made it easy for me to ink up the three challenge colors.  I thought the script of the sentiment stamp coordinated well with the flowy vine.  Tiny adhesive-backed pearls added to the centers of the flowers give a little extra finesse to the card.

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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, October 22 to link your card at the challenge website.  Also, we’re looking to add some new members to our design team, so if this is something you’re interested in, be sure to add the letters “DT” to your name when you link your card, and play along in next week’s sketch challenge, too!

All supplies for this card are from Stampin’ Up.
Stamps: Just Vine, Short & Sweet
Cardstock: Soft Suede, Blushing Bride, Berry Burst, Very Vanilla
Ink: Soft Suede, Blushing Bride, Berry Burst
Other: pearls

Hi!  It’s sketch challenge time at CAS Colours & Sketches and this week we have one that gives lots of creative opportunity.

The “non-geometric shape” element of the sketch made me think for a while, pondering what I could use for that.  Finally I narrowed it down to a few of my animal stamps that I hadn’t used for a long time.  I have loads of designer papers and I wanted to use some for the rectangular element.  I found this scrap that had a greyish color that would work for kangaroos, and so I decided to use that stamp and I built the color scheme of my card from there.  I stamped the mama and baby kangaroo image on a scrap piece of white cardstock so I could color it and then fussy cut it.  I stocked up on Soft Sky cardstock before it was retired (it’s one of my all-time favorite colors) so I used that for the card base and matted the scrap of designer paper with green.  I used dimensional adhesive to attach the kangaroos to the card.

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If I’d thought about it before I put the card all together, I would have also stamped a few balloons for the mama kangaroo to hold, to give the card more of a birthday vibe.  Oh well.  It’s still a good card for Send a Smile 4 Kids.

Check out what the rest of the CC&S Design Team and our October guest designer have done with this sketch.  We’d love to see your take on it!  We hope you’ll make a card of your own and share it with us at the CC&S site by 6:00 p.m. Monday, October 15, 2018.  Thanks for stopping by today!

Supplies:
Stamps: Critters Down Under (Lawn Fawn)
Cardstock: Soft Sky, Old Olive, Fall Flowers designer paper (Stampin’ Up); Solar White (Neenah)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Other: dimensionals (SU); markers (Copic)

Hi there!  It’s time for another challenge at CAS Colours & Sketches.  For the month of October, several of the design team members are taking turns as host each week.  Since it’s the first Tuesday, we have a color challenge for you to consider.

I will admit that the colors had me stumped when I first saw them a few weeks ago.  I decided to browse around online to see if any of the current sketch challenges would provide a springboard for ideas.  The one at CAS(E) this Sketch! looked interesting, and after a little more thought I figured I could make clouds for the circular elements of the sketch and add some cute birdies.   I die cut the clouds and a tree branch so the birds could perch upon something.  I sponged a little bit of grey ink on the clouds to give them some definition.  The birdies were stamped on the remnants of the white cardstock from which I’d cut the clouds; after I colored them, I fussy cut them.  I drew the birds’ legs where I wanted them positioned and then glued the branch and the birds in place.  I added a cardstock shim behind both the birds for a little dimension.  Because of the way the birds and the branch are situated, it looked better to flip the sketch and use it in mirror image.  Since the birds fit in where the sketch notes a place for a sentiment, I’ve moved the wording for my card a bit further down.

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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, October 8, 2018.  Thanks for stopping by today!

Supplies:
Stamps: Winter Sparrows (Lawn Fawn)
Cardstock: Coastal Cabana, Early Espresso (Stampin’ Up); Solar White (Neenah)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento); Smoky Slate (SU)
Other: markers (Copic); cloud dies (Sweet ‘n Sassy Stamps); sponge

Hello there!  It’s the last Tuesday of the month and that means it’s sketch challenge time at CAS Colours & Sketches.  This week’s sketch features a trio of elements.

I’m still working on some Christmas cards to donate to Send a Smile 4 Kids, so that determined my theme for today’s card.  Snowflakes seemed like a perfect thing to use in place of the diamond shapes on the sketch.  I die cut them from silver glittery cardstock.  I spritzed the focal panel of the card with silvery shimmer mist to give it some subtle interest, and added a sentiment in grey to match the card base.  It’s another very simple, quick-to-make card but I think it’ll be just right for SAS4K.

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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 sketch, and link it to the challenge blog by 6:00 p.m. Eastern time Monday, October 1.  We’d love to see what you can do!  Thanks for stopping by today.

Supplies:
Stamp: Most Wonderful (Uniko)
Cardstock: Smoky Slate, Silver Shimmer, Whisper White (Stampin’ Up)
Ink: Smoky Slate (SU)
Other: Stitched Snowflakes dies (Lawn Fawn); Pewter Perfect Pearls Mist (Ranger)

Hello!  It’s the third Tuesday of the month, which means it’s color challenge time again at CAS Colours & Sketches.

Although the colors this week strongly suggest autumn, I felt a more compelling urge to do something different.  One set of stamps that I’ve had for a while has a lot of adjectives, so I decided to put together a sentiment using some of them, highlighting the descriptive words with the challenge colors.  I stamped the sentiment on a piece of white cardstock, trimmed a black panel to mat it, and adhered everything to a card base of linen textured white cardstock.  Easy peasy and rather quick!  My Fresh Fig ink is quite dark in color, but rest assured, that’s what I used for the word “fantastic” even though it almost looks black.  I don’t have the Granny Apple Green ink or cardstock yet, so I’ve substituted an older In Color ink that I thought seemed close based on photos I’ve seen online.

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Now it’s your turn to create a clean and simple styled card using these colors, and share it with us at the CC&S site!  You have until 6:00 p.m. Eastern time Monday, September 24 to link your card.  We hope you’ll join us!

Supplies:
Stamps: Incredible (Technique Tuesday); Simply Said You (Avery Elle)
Cardstock: Solar White, Solar White Classic Linen (Neenah); Basic Black (Stampin’ Up)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento); Pumpkin Pie, Kiwi Kiss, Fresh Fig (SU)

Hello there!  We have a great little sketch for you this week at CAS Colours & Sketches and I’m looking forward to seeing what our challenge participants make with it.

I decided to combine my sketch with the color challenge currently going at Less is More and I’ve made another card to add to the stockpile that I’ll be sending to Send a Smile 4 Kids in a few weeks.  For the circle element of the sketch, I made a stencil by cutting a circle from an index card.  I attached the stencil to my card front with temporary adhesive and brushed blue ink into it.  After I removed the stencil, I stamped the sentiment.  I die cut several snowflakes from white cardstock.  The largest one is layered for more dimension.  I coated all three snowflakes with a generous dose of Wink of Stella to give them some shimmer.  To bring out the black for the color challenge, I trimmed the edges of card panel a bit and attached the panel to a black card base.  The card still looked a little plain to me after I put the snowflakes in place, so I added rhinestones for more sparkle.

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There you have it!  What will you make with this sketch?  If you need extra inspiration, check out what the rest of the CC&S design team and our guest designer have made.  Be sure to share your card with us at the CC&S site by 6:00 p.m. Eastern time Monday, September 17.  We’d love to have you join in the fun and creativity!

Supplies:
Stamp: Bows and Holly (Lawn Fawn)
Cardstock: Basic Black, Whisper White (Stampin’ Up)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento); Marina Mist (SU)
Other: Stitched Snowflakes dies (LF); stencil brush (Claritystamp); Wink of Stella pen (Zig); rhinestones (SU)

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 decided to create a little scene for my card, which isn’t always easy to do while keeping it clean and simple.  I wanted a nighttime scene, so I started off by making a wash of navy blue on watercolor paper.  When it was dry, I sponged some more navy ink on it to give it a little shading and depth.  I stamped some buildings in black, adding a few shadowy ones for more depth.  I ran this panel through my Big Kick with a scenic die that was supposed to cut stars around the top – but even though I ran it through twice, the stars didn’t cut all the way through.  I guess the watercolor paper was a bit too thick for it.  So I decided to go old school with a handheld star punch and cut some stars with that.  To add more of a starry effect, I also splattered some shimmery white paint onto the top half of the panel.  After I stamped, colored, and fussy cut my little super hero, I positioned him where I wanted him and then stamped the sentiment.  Finally, I attached the panel to a golden yellow card base.

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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, September 10 to link your card at the challenge website.

Supplies:
Stamps: Super Duo (Mama Elephant for Simon Says Stamp)
Cardstock: Crushed Curry (Stampin’ Up); watercolor paper (Artist’s Loft)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Other: markers (Copic); Night of Navy reinker (SU); Starburst cover die (Mama Elephant); Frost White shimmer paint (Tsukineko); star punch (Fiskars)

Hello there!  It’s time for the last challenge of the month at CAS Colours & Sketches.  This week we have a sketch challenge for you to try.

I decided to go with a cute kitty cat theme for my card.  I’ll confess that I took the easy way out of coloring the images by stamping them onto designer paper and fussy cutting them.  I did use a dark brown marker to fill in the trim on the cat’s bed.  I chose two shades of blue cardstock for the card base and background, and the card came together pretty easily.  To avoid cutting around the cat’s whiskers, I stamped the cat onto the background and glued the fussy-cut image over it.

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Thanks for stopping by today!  I hope you’ll check out what the rest of the design team has made, and then join us over at CAS Colours & Sketches with your own take on this sketch!  You have until 6:00 p.m. Eastern time Monday, September 3 to link your card at the challenge website.

Supplies:
Stamps: Furry Friends (Avery Elle)
Cardstock: Soft Sky, Baja Breeze, Whisper White (Stampin’ Up); scraps from Ambrosia 6″ x 6″ paper pad (Basic Grey)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Other: marker (Copic)

Hello there!  Once again it’s color week at CAS Colours & Sketches, and this week we have some of the newer Stampin’ Up colors to work with.  It’s a bright, rich trio that I think you’ll like!

I haven’t yet bought the new ink or cardstock, so I’ve made substitutions for the Merry Merlot and Mango Melody using some of the first In Colors that SU introduced.  I did have Poppy Parade ink and cardstock left over from when it was an In Color so I was good there.  The sketch at CAS(E) this Sketch! looked like a good one for incorporating the three colors, so I tossed a few ideas for how to use it around in my head before deciding on a butterfly stamp and a sentiment from the same set.  My folder of Shimmery White cardstock was still on my desk, so I stamped the butterfly on a scrap of it to add a little subtle something extra to the wings.  When I attached the butterfly to the card, I glued the body and antennae directly to the red panel, but I gently bent up the wings and used dimensional adhesive to stick them to the card.

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How will you choose to use this week’s CC&S colors?  Be sure to check out the terrific cards the the rest of the Design Team and our August Guest Designer have made with them.  Then link your own card to the challenge site.  You have until 6:00 p.m. Eastern time Monday, August 27 to share your card.  Thanks for stopping by today, and happy crafting!

All supplies for this card are from Stampin’ Up.
Stamps: Watercolor Wings
Cardstock: Naturals White, Cranberry Crisp, Marigold Morning, Poppy Parade
Ink: Cranberry Crisp, Marigold Morning, Poppy Parade, Smoky Slate
Other: dimensionals

Hi there!  We have a fun sketch for you this week at CAS Colours & Sketches and I’m looking forward to seeing what our challenge participants create with it!

I guess I’m subconsciously wishing for winter weather because I decided to use snowflakes in place of the circles on the sketch. Besides, it’s time to start getting into holiday gear for Send a Smile 4 Kids.  My snowflake dies are larger than the sketch elements, but I think the idea of the sketch is still conveyed.  I cut the snowflakes from shimmery white cardstock, which is very pretty in person and very difficult to capture with the camera.  Some iridescent rhinestones add some extra sparkle for a more festive touch.  I turned the sketch on its side so the sentiment would better fit on the card.  The card still looked a little plain, so I pulled out a corner rounder and punched the bottom corners of the card.

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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, August 20.  Thanks for stopping by today!

Supplies:
Stamp: Merry Messages (Lawn Fawn)
Cardstock: Soft Sky, Shimmery White (Stampin’ Up)
Ink: Smoky Slate (SU)
Other: Stitched Snowflake dies (LF); rhinestones (Recollections); corner rounder punch (SU)

Well hi there!  It’s finally the first Tuesday of August, and this month at CAS Colours & Sketches some of the design team members are taking turns hosting a week.  I get to kick things off with this week’s color challenge.

I picked some deep rich colors inspired by nature.  Even though I chose them, it still took me a while to decide what I wanted to make for this challenge.  I browsed through my stamps and settled on this sweet little fawn, thinking that I could make a little scene with him.  Then I needed to figure out a layout for my card.  This week’s sketch from CAS(E) this Sketch! seemed like it would work, but I made a few modifications to it.  I used the mirror image of the sketch, so that the fawn would be “looking” into the center of the card rather than off the edge of the card.  The fawn takes the place of the light square element, and I’ve dropped the one horizontal panel so that it could work as the grass for my fawn to stand on.  I created the nighttime sky by blending my darkest blue gel crayon on shimmery white cardstock and then splattering it with some white shimmery paint for stars.  A few splatters smeared a bit but that’s OK; I think it seems to add to the nighttime feel.

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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 Monday, August 13 to link your card at the challenge site.  Be sure to check out what the rest of the design team has made, too!

Supplies:
Stamps: Storybook (Avery Elle); Three Little Words (Stampin’ Up)
Cardstock: Solar White (Neenah); Cryogen White (Curious Metallic); Mossy Meadow (SU)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Other: Premier colored pencils (Prismacolor); Gamsol (Gamblin); Frost White shimmer paint (Tsukineko); Landscape Trio die (Mama Elephant)

Hello!  It’s the last day of the month, and we’re squeezing in one more July challenge at CAS Colours & Sketches.  Since it’s the fifth Tuesday in July, we have a “Timeless Tuesday” double challenge – combining retired Stampin’ Up colors with one of our previous CC&S sketches.

I have to confess that because this was not one of my favorite sketches during its first go, I wasn’t exactly looking forward to using it again.  After a lot of thought about how I could also incorporate the colors, I finally decided to use ice cream cones for the pennant shapes.  Stamping the images and sentiment directly onto the main focal panel of the card helps keep it clean and simple in design.  It seems like it’s been a long time since I used my Copics to color an image and I felt a little out of practice; I’m not so proud of this coloring job but I guess it’s not too awful.

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double 283Now 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, August 6 to share your card with us.  We’d love to see what you can do with our double challenge!

Supplies:
Stamps: Here’s the Scoop, Chit Chat (Lawn Fawn)
Cardstock: Baked Brown Sugar (Stampin’ Up); Solar White (Neenah)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Other: markers (Copic)

Hello there!  It’s sketch week at CAS Colours & Sketches and Jeanne, our July hostess, has come up with an interesting one for us this week.

I guess I still had winter lingering on my mind after making a Christmas card for last week’s CC&S challenge, because I decided to make a wintry any occasion card that I can donate to Send a Smile 4 Kids.  I turned the sketch 90 degrees and made a portrait-oriented card.  On my desk I found a scrap of white cardstock onto which I’d painted shimmery white paint some time ago.  It was the perfect width to fit the angled panel of the sketch to use as snowy ground, but I trimmed the top so the snow line wouldn’t be straight and boring.  I stamped the penguin on white cardstock, colored his scarf, beak, and feet and added a little shadowing to his stomach, and then fussy cut him.  I assembled all the pieces of the card together and stamped the sentiment.  Ta-da!  Very CAS.

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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, July 30 to link your card.  We’d love to have you join in the fun and creativity!  Thanks for stopping by today.

Supplies:
Stamps: Warm Penguin (Lizzie Anne Designs for Gourmet Rubber Stamps)
Cardstock: Solar White (Neenah); Baja Breeze, Soft Sky (Stampin’ Up)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Other: markers (Copic); Frost White shimmer ink (Tsukineko)

Hello!  I’ve been away for much of the last few weeks and while I’ve enjoyed seeing different places, it’s nice to be back home for a little while before my next adventure.  Now it’s time for me to get back in creative mode for some more card making challenges.  Today a new color challenge starts at CAS Colours & Sketches.

I have to admit this color combo threw me for a bit of a loop at first, and I finally decided that something with geometric shapes might be my best choice for using the three colors.  But the Christmas in July challenge at AAA Cards held my interest and I wondered if I could combine the two challenges.  Even though these colors are a bit unusual for Christmas, I thought they would work for ornaments.  After I inked up the stamp with the three balls, I stamped it off once on scrap paper to lighten the colors before stamping it onto my cardstock.  Then I inked it up again only partially and stamped it over the original, to add a shadow effect.  I wasn’t going for a perfect, truly realistic look and I like the sort of sketchy effect I achieved.  I finished my stamping by adding the ornament hangers and the sentiment in silver ink.  I chose a card base in one of the challenge colors and rounded the one corner of the card to mimic the shape of the ornaments.

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I considered adding a clear lacquer over the ornaments to give them some shine, but I was pressed for time in making the card and didn’t think it would dry quickly enough.  (I’m actually writing this post a few days in advance because I’ll be out of town again when it’s due to go live.)

What will you create with these colors?  Share your work with us at the CAS Colours & Sketches site by 7:00 p.m. Eastern time Monday, July 23.  Be sure to check out what the other design team members have made, too!  Thanks for stopping by today!

Supplies:
Stamps: Fun With Shapes, All Year Cheer I (Stampin’ Up)
Cardstock: Coastal Cabana (SU); Solar White (Neenah)
Ink: Coastal Cabana, Powder Pink, Lemon Lime Twist (SU); silver (ColorBox)
Other: corner rounder (EK Success)

Hello there!  It’s the last Tuesday of the month, which means that it’s sketch week at CAS Colours & Sketches.  I really like the angled panel in this sketch because it provides a lot of fun creative opportunities.

I checked out a few other challenges before creating my card and combined them with the sketch challenge.  Less is More is challenging their participants to use up bits and pieces leftover from other projects, and AAA Cards wants to see frames on cards.  I chose a scrap piece of floral patterned paper which (I think) coordinates well with this stamp that combines a floral image with a sentiment.  Because of the way the flower image is oriented, I thought it would look better to use the mirror image of the sketch.  I cut a frame for the vertical rectangle from a scrap of cardstock in a coordinating color.  Instead of coloring the image, I decided to cover the petals with a Prima flower, held in place with a tiny brad.  I’ve used shims of scrap cardstock to add dimension behind the vertical panel.

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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 sketch, and link it to the challenge blog by 6:00 p.m. Eastern time Monday, July 2.  We’d love to see what you can do!  Thanks for stopping by today.

Supplies:
Stamps: For a Friend (Stampin’ Up)
Cardstock: Pure Luxury Ivory (Gina K. Designs); Perfect Plum (SU); scrap from Kioshi 6″ x 6″ paper pad (Basic Grey)
Ink: Early Espresso (SU)
Other: stitched rectangle dies (Lawn Fawn); flower (Prima); brad (Recollections)

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