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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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)

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

Despite the cheeriness of the colors, I seem to have a hard time working with both Bermuda Bay and Calypso Coral whenever they come up separately in our challenges – so having them together had me puzzled for a while.  I noticed that the current Paper Players challenge is to use birds on a clean and simple card, so I finally decided that the Bermuda Bay and Pool Party could work together to color this bird image I haven’t used yet.  After I stamped the bird on the focal panel, I covered it with a mask and then stenciled blocks in the coral color for a background.  The stamps and the stencil were purchased together as a set.  The blocks should fit the geometric challenge currently going on at AAA Cards.  After I peeled off the mask, I colored the bird with Copics and added in a speech balloon for the sentiment.  I trimmed the bottom corner to mimic the shape of the bird’s body, and mounted the focal panel to a Bermuda Bay card base.

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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, June 25 to link your card.  We hope you’ll join us!

Supplies:
Stamps: THMM108 (Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous); A Birdie Told Me (Lawn Fawn)
Cardstock: Bermuda Bay (Stampin’ Up); Pure Luxury Ivory (Gina K. Designs)
Ink: Calypso Coral (SU); Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Other: markers (Copic); corner rounder (EK Success); THMM108 stencil (Tim Holtz); sponge dauber

Hello again!  This week at CAS Colours & Sketches we have a simple little sketch challenge up for the offering.  There is a myriad of things that can be done with the block on the sketch – and of course, the sketch can be rotated or flipped mirror image.

I noticed that the current challenge at Addicted to CAS is “rainbow”, and I wanted to incorporate that into my card.  I thought that a card suitable for a child, that I could donate to Send A Smile 4 Kids, would be a good way to put a rainbow into play.  I looked through my stamps and supplies and decided to turn the sketch 90 degrees on its side.  I used water-based markers to color a stamp of zigzag stripes using the rainbow colors and stamped that as the rectangular block element of the sketch.  I stamped a panda with a party hat on a scrap of cardstock, colored his hat, and fussy cut him out.  Then I stamped the sentiment onto the card.  Finally, I used dimensional adhesive to attach the panda on top of the stripes.  Ta-da! – clean and simple, following the sketch, with a rainbow, and appropriate for a child.

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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, June 18.  Thanks for stopping by today!

All supplies for this card are from Stampin’ Up! except where noted.
Stamps: Party Pandas, Work of Art
Cardstock: Whisper White, Thick Whisper White
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Other: Real Red, Only Orange, Yoyo Yellow, Glorious Green, Brilliant Blue, and Lovely Lilac Stampin’ Write markers, dimensionals

Hello hello!  I hope the month of June has gotten off to a good start for you.  As usual at CAS Colours & Sketches, we start off the month with a color challenge.  Our challenge hostess, Wei, has chosen some bright and cheery colors for us.

It’s been a while since I’ve played along at CAS(E) this Sketch! but I liked the simplicity of this week’s sketch.  I decided to use dies rather than stamps to create my focal point.  After I cut the “lines” of the rose from pumpkin colored cardstock, I attached the die cut to a scrap of bright pink cardstock and then fussy cut around it to get my rose blossom.  I originally planned to attach the small scalloped rectangle directly to the card base, and stacked it with an extra rectangle underneath to give it more dimension and definition.  But the card still seemed too plain, so I decided to add a pop of pink underneath it.  The sentiment comes from one of my oldest stamp sets and is stamped in green ink to match the leaves.  That makes this another birthday card for the challenge at AAA Cards.

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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!  Then make your own card using the challenge colors and share it via the linky tool by 6:00 p.m. Eastern time Monday, June 11.  We’d love to have you join us!

Supplies:
Stamp: All Occasions (Stampin’ Up)
Cardstock: Melon Mambo, Pumpkin Pie, Garden Green (SU); Solar White and Solar White textured (Neenah)
Ink: Garden Green (SU)
Other: Swirly Scribbles dies (SU); Classic Rectangles Scalloped Nestabilities die (Spellbinders)

Since it’s the fifth Tuesday of the month, this week at CAS Colours & Sketches we have a Timeless Tuesday double challenge – which means certain retired Stampin’ Up colors need to be used with an older CC&S sketch!  Cathy, our challenge hostess, has put some In Colors from a few years ago with a classic neutral and a sketch from five years ago.

To contrast with the retired colors and older sketch, I decided to use one of my newest stamp sets.  The butterfly’s wings were stamped in three different steps – first with the yellow color stamped off once, then with the orange stamped off once, and finally with the orange full-strength.  The dotted border stamp is from the same set as the butterfly.  I’ve stretched the sketch into a landscape-oriented rectangle.

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Although the colors listed are Stampin’ Up color names, you do not need to use Stampin’ Up products to create your card.  Simply use whatever you have that is closest to those colors.

AAA Cards is celebrating their 4th birthday with a birthday challenge, so I’m entering this card there.  Here’s wishing them many more years of fun challenges!

Be sure to see what the rest of the design team has made!  Then we’d love it if you join in our challenge by making a clean and simple styled card of your own using this sketch and these colors.  Share your work with us at the CAS Colours & Sketches site by 6:00 p.m. Eastern time Monday, June 4.  We’d love to see what you make!

Supplies:
Stamps: Watercolor Wings (Stampin’ Up); Birthday Greetings (Gina K. Designs)
Cardstock: Thick Whisper White, Hello Honey, Whisper White (SU)
Ink: Hello Honey, Tangelo Twist, Going Gray (SU)
Other: stitched scalloped border die (Lawn Fawn)

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