Hello!  It’s a little hard to believe June is drawing to a close already.  Time sure seems to be flying!  As today is the fourth Tuesday of the month, we have a new sketch challenge for you to try over at CAS Colours & Sketches.

If you’ve an avid follower or participant at CC&S, you might recognize this sketch as being one used before by our team member Jane.  The fun wonky angle makes it pretty distinctive!  I’ve used shimmery cardstock for the front of my card, which looks lovely in person, but is hard to capture the subtle sparkliness in photographs.  I wanted some color to the angular portion, so I scribbled some metallic Gelatos on a scrap of shimmery cardstock and blended them with a damp paper towel.  I used the same method to color another scrap of shimmery cardstock, from which I die cut the hearts.  I also die cut the angular portion from the card front.  I’ve popped the card front up from the striped portion by using some shims of scrap cardstock; I think the shims give more substance underneath that layer than my dimensional adhesive spots would.   I chose not to heat emboss the sentiment.  When looking at the card from an angle, it kind of disappears into the cardstock, but looking at the card head on it’s nice and bold.

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sketch 229

I’m really looking forward to seeing what our challenge participants at CC&S create this week!  Be sure to link your card at the challenge post by 6:00 p.m. Eastern time Monday, July 3.  Thanks for stopping by today!

 
Supplies:
Stamp: Hugs & Wishes (Stampin’ Up)
Cardstock: Shimmery White, Thick Whisper White (SU)
Ink: Champagne (Encore)
Other: metallic Gelatos (Faber Castell); hearts die, stitched rectangles die (Lawn Fawn); custom panels die (Avery Elle)

Hello there!  It’s color challenge week again at CAS Colours & Sketches.  I have the honor of being challenge host this week, and I’ve put together a combo using a couple of Stampin’ Up’s limited edition In Colors paired with a metallic.  Although we use Stampin’ Up color names for reference, you’re always welcome to use any companies’ products – we simply ask that you match the stated colors as closely as possible.

I admit that when I came up with this challenge idea a couple months ago, I did have some idea of what I wanted to create with them… and now that idea has completely left my memory.  On my computer, I keep a folder of cards I really like that I’ve found online, so I browsed through that for inspiration for today’s card.  I noticed this one made by Karren Johnson and decided to CASE it… “CASE” being an acronym for “Copy and Selectively Edit” (at least that’s my favorite definition of what “CASE” stands for).  The similar colors are a pure coincidence.  I started by die cutting the front panel of the card.  I stamped the sentiment and floral image with copper pigment ink and heat embossed them.  Then I watercolored the flower with ink, and die cut the curved line of the sentiment panel.  As I was holding the pieces of the card together I felt it looked a bit stark, so I added some splatters of color.  Using peach cardstock for the base of the card adds another punch of color.  It was hard getting a photo to show the shine of the heat embossing, so you’ll have to take my word that it looks better in real life.

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CC&S color228-001And there you have it.  What will you create with these colors?  Be sure to share your card at the CC&S site by 6:00 p.m. Eastern time Monday, June 26.  We’d love to have you join in the fun and creativity!

Supplies:
Stamps: Jolies Fleurs (Lizzie Anne Designs); Sophie’s Sentiments (Lawn Fawn)
Cardstock: Pure Ivory (Gina K. Designs); Dapper Denim, Peekaboo Peach (Stampin’ Up)
Ink: Copper (ColorBox)
Other: copper embossing powder (Ranger); stitched rectangles die (Lawn Fawn); Custom Panels die (Avery Elle)

Hello there!  In my family, we are wrapping up “birthday season”.  In the last month, my husband’s brother, my father-in-law, both of my parents, one of my aunts, and one of my uncles have all celebrated their birthdays.  Today’s post shows off the last card I made, using this week’s sketch from CAS Colours & Sketches for inspiration.

I’ve taken a bit of liberty with the sketch by using balloons in place of the two largest circular elements.  I die cut the balloons from some watercolor-y designer paper. I like the way the watercolored appearance gives the balloons a more realistic, translucent look than regular cardstock would.  A narrow strip of a different pattern of designer paper in the same package provided the color scheme for the balloons, the balloon strings, and the enamel dot embellishments.

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Be sure to visit the CAS Colours & Sketches challenge blog to see the fantastic cards made by my fellow design team members!  Then show us what you can do with this sketch by linking your own card to the challenge blog.  You have until 6:00 p.m. Eastern time on June 19 to share your work.  Thanks for stopping by today!

Supplies:
Stamp: Birthday Whimsy (Stampin’ Up)
Cardstock: Solar White (Neenah); Smoky Slate, Watercolor Wonder designer series papers (SU)
Ink: Going Gray (SU)
Other: Party Balloons dies (Lawn Fawn); Subtles candy dots (SU)

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!

Supplies:
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!  It’s time for a Timeless Tuesday double challenge at CAS Colours & Sketches!  We’ve gone through our sketch archives and pulled out one of our previous sketches, and we’re pairing it with some retired Stampin’ Up colors.  To meet the challenge this week, the sketch must be used with the colors.  If you don’t have the exact colors it’s OK –  just use whatever you own that comes close to them.

I’ve been away from my craft room for much of the past week, and I have to confess that last night when I was working on this card, I had a hard time getting into a crafting frame of mind.  This is definitely not one of my better cards but it meets the challenge so I’m going with it.  I used the lighter shade of blue for the card base and used the darker for the sentiment.  I rotated the sketch 180° so that I had a wider space at the top of the card for the sentiment.  Instead of using a piece of cardstock for the wide horizontal strip, I scored five lines.  It was hard to capture them in the photo, but they do extend across the entire front of the card.  It’s been a long time since I’ve used ribbon on a card, but I had the exact color of blue to work with the challenge.  I debated adding a bow, but I thought that would take away from the clean and simple style of the card.  The “present” is raised up from the card base with dimensional adhesive.

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double 225 finalBe sure to stop by the challenge blog and see what our Design Team members have done with this challenge!  Then create your own card using these colors and the sketch, and link it to the challenge site by 6:00 p.m. Eastern time Monday, June 5.  We’d love to have you join us!  Thanks for stopping by today.

Supplies:
Stamp: Cake & Candles (Avery Elle)
Cardstock: Baja Breeze, Purely Pomegranate (Stampin’ Up)
Ink: Blue Bayou (SU)
Other: Blue Bayou ribbon, dimensionals (SU)

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

After some mental debate about how I wanted to use the challenge colors, I decided to go retro with one of my favorite retired Stampin’ Up stamp sets.  The neutral color has a bit of a greenish tint to it, which made it seem like it would work well with a floral image.  I used my trusty Stamp-a-ma-jig positioner to help place the different stamps that combine to make the tulip image.  Stamping it onto shimmery white cardstock gives a little extra elegance.  I decided to round two opposing corners of the card for a little something different.  Confession time:  when I was getting ready to adhere the image panel to the mat, I noticed there was a slight smudge of ink at the bottom edge of the panel.  So I decided to lightly sponge the entire edge of the panel with the lighter purple ink.  I think that tones down the contrast between the white panel and the raspberry mat and gives the card a little softer feel.

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Go see what the rest of the CC&S Design Team has done with these pretty colors!  Then use the colors to make a card of your own, and share it with us at the CC&S challenge post.  You have until 6:00 p.m. Eastern time Monday, May 22 to link your card.  We hope you’ll join us!  Thanks for stopping by today.

Supplies for this card are from Stampin’ Up unless otherwise noted.
Stamps: Terrific Tulips, Delightful Dozen
Cardstock: Sahara Sand, Rich Razzleberry, Shimmery White
Ink: Sahara Sand, Rich Razzleberry, Sweet Sugarplum
Other: corner rounder (EK Success); sponge

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 within the blocks on the sketch – and of course, the sketch can be rotated if one pleases.  I decided to keep true to the way the sketch was drawn and create a little scene in the square, and add the sentiment in the rectangle to the right of it.  I used watercolor pencils softened with blender pens to color the image.  This is not one of my best coloring jobs, but I wanted to keep it sort of sketchy looking to go with the look of the stamp.  Not adding color at all would have made the card look a little too “bare”.  Even though the sentiment says “thank you”, when it’s paired with the scene, I think it could work as a Father’s Day card, too.  The card base is textured cardstock to keep the card from looking too plain.

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sketch 222

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, May 15.  Thanks for stopping by today!

Supplies:
Stamps: Seaside Sketches (Stampin’ Up); Thank You Note (Hero Arts)
Cardstock: Sahara Sand textured, Soft Suede (SU); The Langton Prestige Extra Smooth Hot Press watercolor paper (Daler-Rowney)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Other: stitched square die (Lawn Fawn); watercolor pencils, blender pens (SU)

Greetings!  We’re starting a new month of challenges at CAS Colours & Sketches today, and with it, the design team is doing something a little bit different.  Instead of having one team member being the hostess for the entire month, the team members are taking turns and each hosting one challenge either in May or June.  We’re still keeping our usual rotation of color and sketch challenges, and we have an awesome Timeless Tuesday double challenge later this month, so be sure to check out the challenge site!

As usual, we start the month with a color challenge.  This week’s colors made me think of flowers.  I turned to CAS(E) this Sketch! for inspiration for the layout of my card.  After I stamped the blossom on a piece of scrap cardstock, I softened the lines with a blender pen, and then fussy cut the flower.  It’s raised up from the card with dimensional adhesive, which is how I’ve incorporated a shadow into my card for the current Less is More challenge.  I don’t know how much it shows in the photo, but the card front is textured cardstock, for a little extra visual interest.

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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, May 8 to link your card at the challenge site.

Supplies:
Stamps: Delight in Life (Stampin’ Up)
Cardstock: Pool Party; Classic Linen and Solar White (Neenah)
Ink: Wild Wasabi, Melon Mambo (SU)
Other: candy dots, dimensionals, blender pen (SU)

Hello!  We’re back to a sketch week at CAS Colours & Sketches.

I admit that the sketch looked a little complicated to me at first.  Then Beverley, our April challenge hostess, explained that the scalloped area at the top doesn’t necessarily have to be scallops, and that the rectangular element doesn’t necessarily need to be a rectangle, so long as we keep the two trios of elements.  Then I started seeing more ideas for the sketch.  I thought it would be fun to use a speech balloon for the scalloped area and have an animal of some sort as the “speaker”.  After all the recent talk about the Starbucks Unicorn Frappucino (which no, I did not try, I’m just not into the whole Starbucks thing) I guess I had unicorns in the back of my mind, so I chose to make a unicorn birthday card that I can include in my next shipment to Send a Smile 4 Kids.  I stamped the unicorn on shimmery cardstock, colored the horn, mane, hooves, and tail, and fussy cut it to add to the card.  Luckily I had a stamp that’s a trio of tiny stars; it worked perfectly to easily add in that detail of the sketch directly onto the card base.  I did add a bit of color to the stars to help set them off from the card base.  The speech balloon reminds me of a big fluffy cloud.  I think the shades of pink and the unicorn would delight most any little girl.

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And there it is. 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, May 1. Thanks for stopping by today!

Supplies:
Stamps: Critters Ever After, Sophie’s Sentiments (Lawn Fawn)
Cardstock: Pink Pirouette, Whisper White, Shimmery White (Stampin’ Up)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Other: Speech Trio die (Mama Elephant); markers (Copic)

Hello!  This week is sketch week at CAS Colours & Sketches, and I think this week’s sketch is a very sweet and simple one.

I have to confess that my post for today is late because this is my second take for my card.  I had my first idea all figured out in my head last night, using a sentiment stamp to fill in the focal panel.  The stamp I had in mind was from a set I’d never used before.  I tried it with two different types of ink and cleaned the stamp well but I just couldn’t get a good, clear, crisp image with it.  Lesson learned – just because a stamp set is inexpensive, it doesn’t mean it’s a good buy.  :(  After about an hour of trying to figure out a work-around and browsing online for challenge ideas that I could combine with the sketch, I decided I should give up for the night and go to sleep.

So, this morning I went back to the proverbial drawing board.  I looked through some of my older stamp sets and settled on this sweet little one that combines a sentiment with an image.  I had a small background stamp that coordinated with it, and I felt that the colors from this week’s Paper Players challenge would work well with this new idea.  I hadn’t planned to mat the long narrow rectangular strip, but when I held the green to the card base, there wasn’t much contrast and it didn’t look so great.  The plum mat was definitely an improvement.  And I got to use a few more of the tiny brads and Prima flowers I’ve collected over the years.  I don’t know if it shows well in the photo, but the card base is textured cardstock.

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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, April 17.   Thanks for stopping by today!

All supplies except the accessories are from Stampin’ Up.
Stamps: For a Friend, Background Basics
Cardstock: Sahara Sand textured, Perfect Plum, Mint Macaron, Whisper White
Ink: Mint Macaron
Other: dimensionals; flowers (Prima); mini brads (Recollections)

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

I hadn’t used this floral image for a while, and I thought it would work well with the challenge colors.  I stamped off the different layers of the bloom to get the various shades of purple.  The sentiment is stamped with the full strength color.  For the subtle background shown in the sketch, I decided to splatter some yellow ink.  Putting the panel on a yellow card base helps to highlight that color.  I’ve combined the color challenge with the most recent layout from CAS(E) this Sketch!  However, because of the orientation of the flower, it looked better to use the mirror image of the sketch.

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Be sure to check out what the rest of the CC&S Design Team and our April guest designer have done with these colors!  Then share your own card with us by linking it to the challenge post by 6:00 p.m. Eastern time Monday, April 10.  We’d love to have you join us!  Thanks for stopping by today.

Supplies:
Stamps: Lotus Blossom (Stampin’ Up); Everyday Messages (Stampendous)
Cardstock: So Saffron (SU); Pure Luxury White (Gina K. Designs)
Ink: So Saffron, Wisteria Wonder, Pear Pizzazz (SU)
Other: So Saffron reinker (SU)

Hello there, and happy Saturday to you!  It’s time for another theme challenge at Christmas Card Throwdown.  This time we’re looking for Christmasy or wintry cards that depict musical notation in one way or another.

It didn’t take me long to figure out what to do for this challenge.  I knew I had this designer paper with holiday songs, and I thought it would go well with my little tweeting wintry birdies.  I turned the sketch from CAS Colours & Sketches on its side, enlarged the side borders so more of the designer paper would show, and rotated the sentiment banner.  I stamped the birds on a scrap of white cardstock, colored them, fussy cut them, and glued them in place on the image panel.

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How will you show musical notation on your card?  Be sure to share it at the CCT site before the challenge ends at 7:00 p.m. Eastern time on Friday, April 14.  Check out what the rest of the design team has made, too!  Thanks for stopping by today.

Supplies:
Stamps: Winter Sparrows (Lawn Fawn)
Cardstock: Soft Sky, Chocolate Chip (Stampin’ Up); designer paper from Holly Jolly Christmas 6″ x 6″ paper pad (Echo Park)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Other: markers (Copic)

Hello again!  It’s the fourth Tuesday of the month, which means it’s sketch challenge time again at CAS Colours & Sketches.  This one is based off a card I made a couple of months ago.

I’ve been trying to get some cards made for Send a Smile 4 Kids.  With Mother’s Day and Father’s Day coming up pretty soon, I need to make some cards for those occasions.  I thought I’d be able to tie that in with the current challenge at Addicted to CAS, where the challenge code word is “seaside”.  My first thought was to use my seashell stamps that I haven’t used for a long time.  Then I remembered this starfish image.  It fit perfectly in this rectangular scrap of watery-print designer paper.  So I built the card around that.  A strip of blue cardstock that I trimmed off from the mat for the image panel was just the right size to mat the sentiment panel.

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I’m really looking forward to seeing what our challenge participants at CC&S create this week!  Be sure to link your card at the challenge post by 6:00 p.m. Eastern time Monday, April 3.  Thanks for stopping by today!

Supplies:
Stamps: Picture Perfect (Stampin’ Up); sentiment from Purple Onion Designs
Cardstock: Naturals Ivory, Marina Mist (SU); designer paper (source unknown)
Ink: Soft Suede (SU)

Hello!  It’s hard for me to believe that March is more than halfway over.  Time sure is flying!  However, since it is in fact the third Tuesday of the month, that means it’s time for another color challenge at CAS Colours & Sketches.

The colors this time are pretty bold and bright.  When I chose them, I was going for some that hadn’t been featured in our challenges for a while, so that’s how the olive green and the bright blue were picked.  The raspberry purple seemed to coordinate in intensity, so it came along for the ride, too.  I decided to use one of my newest stamp sets to incorporate the three colors.  Don’t look too closely at the blossoms, or you’ll see that my eyeballing the placement of them didn’t work so well this time.  Oops.  The sentiment comes from a different stamp set.

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When I was working on my card, I had Beverley’s lovely card up on my computer monitor for inspiration.  My husband came over to my desk, saw that I had the same stamp set that was featured on Bev’s card, and read the sentiment of her card out loud.  Then he asked, “Oh, is that for me?”  I chuckled and told him that yes, he is my favorite husband.  Ha ha ha.  Of course, he’s my only husband!  But I figured I ought to make my card for him.  Although it’s flowery, I think the colors keep it from being super-duper feminine.  Now I just need to think of something sweet to write inside of it, and surprise him with it.

Now it’s time for you to 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 Monday, March 27 to link your card at the challenge post.  Happy crafting!

Supplies:
Stamps: Originally Organic Additions (Uniko); In My Heart (Mama Elephant)
Cardstock: Pacific Point, Rich Razzleberry, Naturals White (Stampin’ Up)
Ink: Pacific Point, Rich Razzleberry, Old Olive (SU)
Other: stitched rectangle die (Lawn Fawn)

Hello there!  It’s time for another sketch challenge at CAS Colours & Sketches.  This week’s offering is a rather clean and simple design that I think is really versatile for lots of different occasions.

It’s getting to be the time of year to start making Mother’s Day and Father’s Day cards to be donated to Send a Smile 4 Kids, so that was how I chose the theme of today’s card.  I decided to use a wreath for the circular element.  Even though the wreath I used is from a Christmas themed stamp set, who says it can only be used for Christmas  cards?  Not me.  The light green leaves and the softly colored flowers make it a springtime wreath.  I stamped off the wreath once on scrap paper to get the lighter color leaves; the darker leaves are the ink at full strength. Along with the flowers, the sentiment banner gives the card a little dimension.

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Why don’t you check out what the rest of the design team has done with this sketch?  I’m sure they’d enjoy it if you stop by their blogs.  Then create a card of your own and share it with us at the CC&S site.  You have until 6:00 p.m. Eastern time Monday, March 20 to link your card.  We’d love to have you join in the fun and creativity!

Supplies:
Stamps: Wondrous Wreath, Messages for Mom (Stampin’ Up)
Cardstock: Pear Pizzazz (SU); Pure Luxury Ivory (Gina K. Designs)
Ink: Pear Pizzazz (SU)
Other: flowers (Prima); tiny brads (Recollections); Dimensional Banners die (My Favorite Things)

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