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

Considering the colors for this week and the current time of year, it was hard not to think of Christmas foliage.  So I’ve pulled out one of my favorite Christmas tree stamps for the occasion.  I inked it first with the lighter shade of green, then went around the edges of the stamp with the darker ink pad, to give the image a little two-tone effect.  I stamped it on a scrap piece of cardstock and fussy cut it before attaching it to the focal panel.  I added silver brads in two different sizes plus a star to decorate the tree.  I used the darker green ink to add a few festive stars and confetti to the strip of lighter green cardstock that grounds the focal panel.  Even though it might not look quite as clean and simple as some of my other cards, it was pretty easy.

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Be sure to check out what the rest of the CC&S Design Team has made!  Then create your own clean and simple styled card with these colors and link it to the CC&S site by 6:00 p.m. Monday, November 13.  We’d love to see what you make!  Thanks for stopping by today!

Supplies:
Stamps: Season of Joy (Stampin’ Up); Most Wonderful (Uniko)
Cardstock: Confetti Cream, Emerald Envy (SU)
Ink: Emerald Envy, Tranquil Tide (SU)
Other: silver brads (Making Memories, Recollections, and Spare Parts); stitched square die (Lawn Fawn); dimensionals (SU)

Hello!  Happy Halloween to my readers who observe it!

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!  That sounds like fun, doesn’t it?

I wanted to make a few more birthday cards for Send a Smile 4 Kids before sending off my stockpile to them, so that’s how I decided the theme for today’s card.  I stretched the sketch out from a square to a landscape-oriented rectangle.  I’ll admit I took a little liberty with the sketch by not putting my row of sentiment and party hats in an actual strip as shown on the sketch.  I knew I had ribbons in the challenge colors, and I wanted to use some of them on the card.  I decided to layer the narrow Baja Blue ribbon on top of the wider River Rock ribbon.  I used just the Baja Blue ribbon for a simple little knot bow.  The red mat was a last-minute idea to add an extra pop of red to the card.  Even though it gives it more layers than I tend to like on a clean and simple card, it does make the card look better.

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double 247Although 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.

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, November 6.  We’d love to see what you make!

Supplies:
Stamps: Hats Off to You (Lawn Fawn)
Cardstock: River Rock, Riding Hood Red (Stampin’ Up); Solar White (Neenah)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Other: Premier colored pencils (Prismacolor); Gamsol (Gamblin); River Rock ribbon, Baja Breeze ribbon (SU)

Hello there!  It’s the fourth Tuesday of the month, which means we have a new sketch challenge to present to you today at CAS Colours & Sketches.

It took me a little while to figure out what to use for the trio of mostly-vertical shapes on the sketch.  I finally settled on this pencil stamp from one of my older stamp sets.  Because the pencil image is not very big, I decided to crop down the focal panel to a 4.25″ square, and then mount that to a standard 4.25″ x 5.5″ card base.  I’ve also lengthened the pencils by cutting them just above the metal part and adding some space between the two parts when I glued them to the focal panel.  The sentiment panel hides the gaps.  I’ve used dimensional adhesive to attach it, so it “floats” over the thickness of the layered pencils.  It’s hard to tell in the photo, but the white panel is textured cardstock, which adds a little bit more visual interest to the card.

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Shopping Our Stash is looking for cards based on sketches, so I’m going to enter my card there and invite their design team and participants to consider joining us at CC&S! :)

What will you do with this sketch?  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, October 30.  Thanks for stopping by today!

Supplies:
Stamps: School Days (Lizzie Anne Designs)
Cardstock: Kraft, Basic Black, textured Whisper White (Stampin’ Up); Pure Luxury White (Gina K. Designs)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Other: Premier colored pencils (Prismacolor); Gamsol odorless mineral spirits (Gamblin); dimensionals (SU)

Wow – it’s October already!  The start of the month means we have a new hostess at CAS Colours & SketchesEmily has come up with some great challenge ideas for us, and we hope you’ll join us for the fun and creativity!

The first challenge of the month is a color challenge, and Emily has picked some great colors for the fall season.  I was able to combine them with the sketch from Freshly Made Sketches.  I die cut a wreath from kraft cardstock and used that as the base for the other two colors.  I stamped the flowers and leaves and used re-inker with water to color them.  I added some Wink of Stella to the small flowers to give them a little sparkle before I fussy cut all the flowers and leaves.  I used a piece of green seam binding for the wider horizontal element of the sketch.  Since The Paper Players has a theme of “Autumn Florals” this week, my card fits into their challenge, too.

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How will you choose to use this week’s CC&S colors?  Be sure to check out what the rest of the Design Team and our October Guest Designer have done with them.  Then link your own card to the challenge site.  You have until 6:00 p.m. Eastern time Monday, October 9 to share your card.  Thanks for stopping by today, and happy crafting!

Supplies:
Stamps: Flutter By (Lawn Fawn); Trendy Trees (Stampin’ Up)
Cardstock: Very Vanilla textured, Kraft (SU); Artistico Extra White watercolor paper (Fabriano)
Ink: Crumb Cake (SU); Onyx Black (VersaFine)
Other: Pear Pizzazz and Pumpkin Pie reinkers, Pear Pizzazz seam binding (SU); Grapevine Wreath die (Memory Box); Wink of Stella pen (Zig)

Hello!  I’m back to crafting again after helping take care of some family matters, and I’m trying to get back in the swing of things with a sketch challenge for CAS Colours & Sketches.

I want to make a few more birthday cards to include in my next shipment to Send a Smile 4 Kids, so that’s how I decided upon the theme for my card.  I turned the sketch on its side so that I could use balloons for the round shapes and have strings hanging from them.  I die cut the balloons from a leftover piece of a watercolor wash I’d made some time ago.  I think the watercolor gives the balloons a more translucent look than if I’d cut them from a piece of solid colored cardstock.  The balloons are raised up from the card front with some shims of scrap cardstock.  The sentiment is also a die cut, which I’ve shortened a bit – the full die reads “happy birthday to you” but I didn’t have room for all of that.  I’ve mounted the card front to a card base in the same color as the sentiment.

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Be sure to check out what the rest of the CC&S design team and our September guest designer have made with this sketch!  Then create a card of your own and link it to our challenge site by 6:00 p.m. Eastern time Monday, October 2.  We’d love to have you join in the fun and creativity!

Supplies:
Stamps: none
Cardstock: Pure Luxury Ivory (Gina K. Designs); Marina Mist (Stampin’ Up); watercolor paper (Artist’s Loft)
Ink: none
Other: Party Balloons, Happy Birthday Border, and Stitched Rectangle dies (Lawn Fawn); Marina Mist reinker, linen thread (SU)

Wow – can you believe it’s September already?  A new month means a new hostess at CAS Colours & Sketches, and this time it’s Fiona.  She’s given us some lovely rich colors to work with for this week’s challenge.

I reached for a couple of my older stamp sets for my card this week.  The outline and fill stamps worked well to fit in the three colors.  I stamped the “fill” part of the flower first, and then misted it with some water so that the colors would spread a bit and give sort of an aura around the flower.  Once the cardstock was dry, I inked the outline using a different color for the blossom.  I put pieces of cardstock in all three colors together for a colorblocked mat underneath my focal piece.

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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, September 11 to link your card at the challenge site.

All supplies for this card are from Stampin’ Up:
Stamps: Petal Prints, Trendy Trees
Cardstock: Naturals Ivory, Always Artichoke, Tangerine Tango, Fresh Fig
Ink: Always Artichoke, Tangerine Tango, Fresh Fig

Hello there!  August has five Tuesdays, so that means it’s Timeless Tuesday double challenge week at CAS Colours & SketchesKaren and I combined forces for creating this week’s challenge – she chose a previous CC&S sketch to use, and I picked some of Stampin’ Up’s retired colors to use with it.  Although we use Stampin’ Up color names for reference, you may use any companies’ products to make your card, so long as you match the colors closely.  You’re also welcome to stretch the square format of the sketch into a rectangular card, and/or turn the sketch on its side.

At first the colors suggested two things to me:  flowers and babies.  I ended up going with a different nature-related thing:  birds.  I stamped the birds and their branch on scraps of cardstock and fussy cut them to add to the blue background circle.  I didn’t fussy cut around their legs, though, because that’s tooooo fussy.  So I drew the legs back into place as I was assembling the focal point.  For the vertical strip, I stamped dots in each of the challenge colors onto a scrap of white cardstock, and matted it with pink and green.  I chose a sentiment to tie into the “friends” theme going on at Addicted to CAS.

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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 Monday, September 4 to share your card with us.  We’d love to see what you can do with our double challenge!  Thanks for stopping by today.

Supplies:
Stamps: Feathered Friends [for Simon Says Stamp], Sophie’s Sentiments (Lawn Fawn); Itty Bitty Backgrounds (Stampin’ Up)
Cardstock: Bashful Blue, Chocolate Chip, Whisper White, Pretty in Pink, Certainly Celery, thick Whisper White (SU)
Ink: Chocolate Chip, Bashful Blue, Certainly Celery, Pretty in Pink (SU)
Other: stitched circle die (Lawn Fawn)

Hello!  Today starts sketch challenge week at CAS Colours & Sketches and Karen has drawn up a very nice clean and simple one for us!

Karen says she was inspired by triptych paintings when she created the sketch, and that was also my first thought when I saw it.  There are several ways one could make the three vertical panels.  Instead of following my normal instinct to attach three panels to a card base, I went a different route.  I printed the sketch at full size (4.25″ x 5.5″) onto regular copy paper, cut it out, and cut the three panels out from it, making sure the panels were long enough to accommodate the image I wanted to use.  Then I used the paper as a mask, attaching it with repositional adhesive to my card base.  I brushed some blue and green ink into the panels to create a background.  I need more practice with that technique.  When I was satisfied with the coloring of the background, I stamped the tree image, with the mask still in place.  I made sure the ink was dry before I carefully removed the mask and cleaned up the adhesive dots with an adhesive eraser.  Lastly, I added the sentiment.  I toyed with the idea of using a coordinating marker to draw lines around the three panels, but decided against it… ok, more like chickened out because I didn’t want to risk messing up the card.  But there you have it… a one layer card!

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The current AAA Cards challenge calls for using masking, so I’m going to enter this card there.

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, August 28 to link your card.  We’d love to have you join in the fun and creativity!  Thanks for stopping by today.

Supplies:
Stamps: Thoughts & Prayers, It’s Your Birthday (Stampin’ Up)
Cardstock: Pure Luxury Ivory (Gina K. Designs)
Ink: Marina Mist, Bashful Blue, Pear Pizzazz (SU)
Other: stencil brushes (Claritystamp)

Hello!  It’s the third Tuesday of the month, which means it’s color challenge time again at CAS Colours & Sketches.  Karen has chosen some bright, playful colors for us to work with this week.

Despite the cheeriness of the colors, I seem to have a hard time working with them whenever they come up separately in our challenges – so putting them all together had me wondering what to make for a while!  Oh, but that’s what makes it a challenge, right?  :)  Finally I settled on using a musical stamp that I’ve had for years but I don’t think I’ve ever actually used.  I thought that combined with a sentiment, it would make a pretty decent birthday card.  I’ve trimmed down the focal panel so that I could use a colored card base to mat it, for an extra pop of color. I used a stitched border die for the bottom edge, but because I didn’t have any stitched detailing on the rest of the card, I turned the die so the stitching would be on the cut off portion.

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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, August 21 to link your card.  We hope you’ll join us!

Supplies:
Stamps: unnamed musical notes stamp (Inkadinkadoo); Handwritten Notes (Avery Elle)
Cardstock: Crushed Curry, Whisper White (Stampin’ Up)
Ink: Crushed Curry, Bermuda Bay, Calypso Coral (SU)
Other: Landscape Trio die (Mama Elephant)

Hello!  It’s time for the first sketch challenge of the month over at CAS Colours and Sketches!  We have a very easy peasy one that allows for a lot of creativity from our participants.  It allows for a non-rectangular element to extend off the edge of the card.  (That will make more sense when you see my sample card and the sketch graphic.)

I’ve reached back into my digital images for this week’s card and used one that I’ve always thought was pretty cute.  I couldn’t bear to cut off the mouse’s tail, though.  In retrospect I wish I’d rotated the image a little differently so that I could cut off more of the heart shape, in keeping with the sketch, while still keeping the tail intact.  I originally planned to make this a one-layer card, but my thicker cardstock doesn’t like to feed through my printer.  So I had to use a lighter weight cardstock to print the panel and then mount it on a card base.  I colored the mouse with my Copics, and chose a card base to coordinate with the grey mouse.  I offset the panel, lining it up even with the card base along the top and right of the card, and letting the base add a pop of color along the left and bottom of the card.  Oh yeah, the sentiment was generated on the computer, too, printed along with the mouse image.

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And there’s another card for the stash I’m building for Send a Smile 4 Kids. Be sure to visit the CAS Colours and 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 Monday, August 14.  I hope you’ll join in the fun there!

Supplies:
Digital Image: Cocoa’s Heart (Sweet ‘n Sassy Stamps)
Cardstock: Solar White (Neenah); Smoky Slate (Stampin’ Up)
Ink: printer ink
Other: markers (Copic)

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

Karen and I are sharing hosting duties this month, and I’ve kicked things off with a color challenge.  When I planned it, I wanted to utilize colors that haven’t come up in our challenges for a while.  When I sat down to make a card, however, it turned out to be a little more difficult than I’d bargained for!  I finally settled on this cute little bunny image.  I wanted to color him with my Prismacolor pencils blended with odorless mineral spirits, but I’m out of the OMS.  I’ve heard of other people using Goo Gone adhesive remover or baby oil in place of the OMS.  We don’t have any baby oil in the house, but we do have a liquid adhesive remover.  It’s Elmer’s brand Sticky Out.  I decided to try that.  Well, it did blend the colored pencil some… but it also started to dissolve the ink of the bunny’s whiskers and roughed up the cardstock there, and it made a real mess out of my blending stump.  In retrospect it doesn’t look quite as bad as I thought it did while I was working on the card.  But I did go back to the proverbial drawing board and started over.  My second time around, I decided to go old school and used my Stampin’ Pastels chalks to color the image panel.   That worked a lot better, even with these pastels being a good 13 years old!  I originally planned to mat the image onto a couple of circles, but I had a scrap square of Blushing Bride cardstock that the image circle fit onto perfectly.  So I thought “why not?” and squared it up.

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CC&S color234-001 Be sure to check out what the rest of the CC&S Design Team and our August 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, August 7.  We’d love to have you join us!  Thanks for stopping by today.

Supplies:
Stamps: Cute Critters (Sweet & Sassy Stamps)
Cardstock: Tempting Turquoise, Cajun Craze, Blushing Bride (Stampin’ Up); Solar White (Neenah)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Other: Stampin’ Pastels (SU); standard circle Nestabilities die (Spellbinders)

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

It’s been quite a while since I’ve used my floppy-eared bunny stamps, so I decided to pull them out and use one on today’s card.  Being summertime, I felt that ice cream was an appropriate thing to include.  I stamped the bunny on a piece of plain white cardstock, colored him, and then fussy cut him so I could adhere him to a piece of textured cardstock.  The texture is subtle, but it does add a bit of extra visual interest.  Having the bunny’s ears extend past the borders of his background panel was an intentional design choice to balance with the sentiment banner.  I wanted to do a little something different to the ends of the banner, so I used an old corner punch.  The narrowness of the sentiment banner combined with the punch gives the curvy, pointy result.

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I chose the pink card base to coordinate with the strawberry ice cream on the bunny’s cone.  Hopefully, this is enough pink to qualify the card for the “Baby Blue or Pretty Pink” challenge at Cards in Envy.

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 31.  Thanks for stopping by today!

Supplies:
Stamps: Two Scoops for Flopsey (My Favorite Things)
Cardstock: Pretty in Pink (Stampin’ Up); Solar White and Solar White textured (Neenah)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Other: markers (Copic); ticket corner punch, dimensionals (SU)

Hello!  We’re back to another color challenge this week at CAS Colours & Sketches.  This time we have two pastels and a deep blue.

The pale pink and blue made me think of traditional “baby colors”, so I decided to make a baby-themed card.  I pulled out an old, long-retired Stampin’ Up stamp set to create a stack of blocks in the light colors.  Then I used the dark blue from the color scheme with some additional older stamps to add the image of the baby and a sentiment.  A dark blue mat frames the offset image panel.  I like how the baby image and the curvy sentiment contrast with all the square and rectangular shapes. Tiny rhinestones accent the stars to further carry out the “twinkle” idea of the sentiment.

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Thanks for stopping by today!  I hope you’ll check out what the rest of the design team members have made, and then share your own creation with us at the CAS Colours &  Sketches site!  You have until 6:00 p.m. Eastern time Monday, July 24 to link your card.

All supplies except the rhinestones are from Stampin’ Up:
Stamps: All Occasions, Little Shapes, Small Sayings
Cardstock: Whisper White, Night of Navy, Whisper White Thick
Ink: Powder Pink, Soft Sky, Night of Navy
Other: rhinestones (Recollections)

Hello there!  It’s sketch week at CAS Colours & Sketches and we have a nice little one for you with some simple shapes.

As I was looking through my stamps, trying to figure out how to use the oval shape in the sketch, I came to a set that has several speech balloons.  I decided it would be fun to use one of them for the oval, but realized then I’d need something to be speaking.  So I added a couple of cute little birdies to dress up the sketch a bit.  I picked out designer paper for the stripes of the sketch.  I had coordinating scraps that were just the right size for the speech balloon and the birds, so I stamped them and fussy cut them to add to the card.  The bird on the left is attached with a pop dot to give a little dimension to the card.  As I was getting ready to take the photo of the card, I thought it needed a little something extra, so I made a literal last-minute decision to round the bottom right corner of the card to echo the shape of the speech balloon.  It’s a tiny detail but I think it does perk up 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, July 17.  Thanks for stopping by today!

Supplies:
Stamps: A Birdie Told Me, Sophie’s Sentiments (Lawn Fawn)
Cardstock: Soft Sky (Stampin’ Up); designer papers from Kioshi 6″ x 6″ paper pad (Basic Grey)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Other: dimensionals (SU); corner rounder (EK Success)

Hello there!  It’s time for another month of challenges at CAS Colours & Sketches!  We have some bold, bright colors for our challenge this week.  One of them has been a part of Stampin’ Up’s color lineup for a few years, but the other two are In Colors that were introduced last month.  As always with our color challenges, if you don’t have the exact colors shown in our challenge graphic, you may use whatever you own by any company so long as you match the colors as closely as possible.

It’s been a while since I’ve made a card specifically for Send a Smile 4 Kids, so I decided to focus on that organization when I was working on my card for this challenge.  The bright chartreuse had me a little stumped at first because to me it seems too yellow to work well as foliage.  Since it’s Independence Day here in the U.S. I kept feeling like I should do something with stars and/or stripes, even though the colors are far from our patriotic red, white and blue.  :)  I ended up going graphic with a design I found on Ardyth’s blog.  I decided to embrace that bold greenish yellow by using it for the card base and to stamp the sentiment.

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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, July 10 to link your card at the challenge site.

Supplies:
Stamps: Simply Said: You (Avery Elle)
Cardstock: Lemon Lime Twist, Island Indigo, Berry Burst (Stampin’ Up); Solar White (Neenah)
Ink: Lemon Lime Twist (SU)
Other: Puffy Stars die (Lawn Fawn)

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