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

The quickly approaching Christmas season was in the back of my mind last month, I think, when I chose the two shades of green with the rich, deep red for this challenge.   Oddly enough, LOL, as the challenge date grew nearer, I was more and more inclined to not make a Christmas or seasonal card with them.  I guess after using green and red for last week’s card, I wanted to show that today’s colors have enough versatility for something different.  The green and red together made me recall a card I’d made about six years ago, so I decided to try to rework it to use this week’s challenge colors.

There are a number of similarities between today’s card and the older one, but there are a lot of differences, too.  I’ve used the same stamps, plus a speech balloon stamp.  I created a slightly larger scene with the little toad, using a grass die to “ground” him on a faux stitched circle, but I used the same hexagon die as a mat for the circle.  I stamped the frog and the heart on cardstock and fussy cut them to make sure their coloring would match the background cardstock pieces.  Today’s card uses the current CAS(E) this Sketch! challenge for the layout.  I opted to give the long border elements of the sketch a faux stitched scalloped edge for a little extra visual interest against the plain white 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!  If you don’t have these exact colors, just use whatever you have that closely resembles them. You have until 6:00 p.m. Eastern time Monday, November 26 to link your card.  We hope you’ll join us!

Stamps: Critters Ever After, A Birdie Told Me (Lawn Fawn); Unfrogetable (Stampin’ Up)
Cardstock: Tranquil Tide, Mint Macaron, Cherry Cobbler (SU); Solar White (Neenah)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Other: hexagon Nestabilities die (Spellbinders); grassy border, stitched circle, and stitched scalloped border dies (Lawn Fawn)

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!

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!  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

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!

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 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!

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)

Hello there!  This week at CAS Colours & Sketches we have a color palette for you to work with.  Hopefully the colors will help us all get into a springtime mood!

I will confess that when I was coming up with this challenge idea back in January, one of my main objectives was to choose colors that we hadn’t used at CC&S in a while.  I didn’t really think much at the time about what I was going to create with them.  So when I settled down to create my sample card for this challenge and looked at the colors… I drew a blank.  I eventually came up with a few disjointed ideas.  The plum and peach colors reminded me of sherbet, but then I wasn’t sure what to do with the blue.  The colors also vaguely suggested a beachy sunset theme but I doubted my ability to pull that off successfully.  Finally I remembered that I should add a few more Easter cards to the stash I’m accumulating for Send a Smile 4 Kids, and that I had this Easter egg image that would be suitable with the colors.  The layout for this card somewhat follows the current challenge at CAS(E) this Sketch!, turned on its side.  I used colored pencils blended with odorless mineral spirits to color the image.  The peach color matches the peach sentiment strip better in real life than in the photo.  I’ve used an extra layer of scrap cardstock behind the focal panel to give it a little more dimension off the card base.


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Be sure to check out what the rest of the CC&S design team and our guest designer have made with these colors!  Then create your own card and share it with us using the linky tool on the CC&S site.  We’d love to have you join in the fun and creativity!  Thanks for stopping by today.

Stamps: Egg-cited Cocoa (Sweet ‘n Sassy Stamps)
Cardstock: Sahara Sand, Marina Mist, Peekaboo Peach (Stampin’ Up); Solar White (Neenah)
Ink: Onyx Black (VersaFine)
Other: Premier colored pencils (Prismacolor); odorless mineral spirits (Gamsol); standard circle and petite scalloped circle Nestabilities dies (Spellbinder)

Hello there!  This month it’s my turn to create the color combinations and sketches for the challenges at CAS Colours & Sketches! I’m excited about it, and I hope you’ll join in and share your artwork with us!

For this week’s color challenge, I decided to put an updated spin on a card I made back in 2007, before I had a blog.  (It’s a little embarrassing to admit that the link is for a scan of the card, because this also was before I started using a camera to take photos of my cards!)  I’ve swapped out the colors used on that card for colors that are currently offered by Stampin’ Up.  Of course, as with all of our CC&S challenges, you don’t need to use Stampin’ Up products – we just use their color names as a point of reference.

I decided to use the current sketch from CAS(E) this Sketch! for the layout of my card.  Instead of putting the sentiment on its own strip, I split the focal panel and stamped the sentiment in the gap, directly on the card base.  I used a few pieces of scrap cardstock as shims to give a little dimension to the white panels.  To get the two-tone effect on the blossoms, I inked the stamp with the lighter pink first, and then sponged some of the darker pink ink onto the stamp, before pressing the stamp on the cardstock.


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Valentines and love are popular challenge themes going on right now, so I’m entering this card at AAA Cards, The Paper Players, and Cards in Envy, too.

So – 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 colors, and link it to the challenge blog by 6:00 p.m. Eastern time Monday, February 12.  We’d love to see what you can do!

Edited on February 11, 2017 to add:  Thank you to the team at CAS(E) this Sketch! for naming my card as an honorable mention!  What an awesome way to start my week!

All supplies for this card, except the white cardstock, are from Stampin’ Up.
Stamps: Spring Garden, Short & Sweet
Cardstock: Solar White (Neenah); Powder Pink
Ink: Powder Pink, Berry Burst, Wild Wasabi

Hello!  It’s time for a new challenge at CAS Colours & Sketches.  The first challenge of the month is always a color challenge, but during the month of December, we’re doing something a little different.  This week, we’d like for our challenge participants to choose any of our color challenge combinations from 2017 and use it to make a Christmas or holiday card.

I was away for much of September tending to some family business, so I missed out on Challenge #241 when it was introduced.  So I decided to use that color combo for my card this week.  The layout for my card is based on the current CAS(E) this Sketch! challenge.  I added clear craft lacquer to the light bulbs to make them shine and to give them a bit of a 3-D effect.  The focal panel is raised up from the card base with shims of scrap cardstock for a little extra dimension.


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I’m also going to join in the holiday challenges at AAA Cards and Uniko.


Which of our approximately 25 color combinations from 2017 will you use?  You can check all of them out on the CAS Colours & Sketches blog using the Past Colour Challenges tab.  Be sure to see what the rest of the design team has made, too!  Then link your card to the challenge site by 6:00 p.m. Eastern time Monday, December 11.  We’d love to see what you come up with!  Thanks for stopping by today.

Stamps: Holiday Baubles (Sweet ‘n Sassy Stamps)
Cardstock: Solar White (Neenah)
Ink: Onyx Black (VersaFine); Tranquil Tide, Dapper Denim, Perfect Plum (Stampin’ Up)
Other: Crystal Effects (SU)

Hello!  I have a quick post today to share the card I’ve made for the current challenges at CAS(E) this Sketch! and Less is More.  I made a watercolor wash with distress ink and cut it with dies to simulate a river.  The otters were stamped on a scrap of white cardstock, colored, fussy cut, and adhered into place.  I think my husband liked this card when I gave it to him last night for our anniversary.  Since this is my newest favorite stamp, I’m going to enter this into the current Addicted to CAS challenge, too.


Thanks for stopping by today!

Stamps: Christmas Like No Otter [for Simon Says Stamp] (Lawn Fawn)
Cardstock: Naturals Ivory (Stampin’ Up); Solar White (Neenah); Artistico Extra White watercolor paper (Fabriano)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento); Faded Jeans Distress Ink (Tim Holtz)
Other: Landscape Trio dies (Mama Elephant); dimensionals (SU)

Hello!  It’s time for July’s color challenge at Christmas Card Throwdown.  This time we’re pulling out all the stops and instead of limiting our participants to using only a certain few colors, we’d like to see you use a rainbow of colors!  You should use a minimum of five colors on your card.

I knew I had some very colorful Christmas-themed designer papers, so I pulled them out and looked through them to see what I could use.  I had some scraps that fit perfectly into this week’s sketch from CAS(E) this Sketch!, so I decided to join in that challenge.  I turned the sketch 90 degrees on its side.  My sweet little Lawn Fawn birdies fit right in with the colors and the music.  I stamped them onto a scrap of white cardstock, colored them, fussy cut them, and finally glued them to the sky blue panel.  And there’s another card for the stockpile I’m creating for Send A Smile 4 Kids.  Their current challenge is “Christmas in July 4 Kids”, so I’ll add this card to their linkup.

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And now it’s your turn to show us what you can create!  We’d love it if you joined our challenge.  You have until 7:00 pm Eastern time Friday, August 4 to link your card at the CCT site. Thanks for stopping by today!

Stamps: Winter Sparrows (Lawn Fawn)
Cardstock: Early Espresso, Soft Sky (Stampin’ Up); designer papers from Holly Jolly Christmas 6″ x 6″ paper pad (Echo Park)
Ink: Early Espresso (SU)
Other: markers (Copic)

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.

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)

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.

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!  I’m afraid I’m late again today with my post for this week’s challenge at CAS Colours & Sketches.  I was away for several days helping my parents, and am still trying to get back into the swing of things at home.

This week we have a color challenge for you.  Even though the one color in the trio is a rather bluish green, the colors still spoke “flowers” to me.  I decided to use a long-retired stamp set for my focal image.  The blossoms combine two stamps designed to work together, so that was the perfect way to get in both of the pink colors of the challenge.  The layout for the focal panel is based on the current sketch at CAS(E) this Sketch!; I hope they don’t mind that I’ve added a couple layers beneath it.


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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, January 23.  Thanks for stopping by today!

Stamps: Watercolor Garden II (Stampin’ Up); Everyday Messages (Stampendous)
Cardstock: Flirty Flamingo, Island Indigo (SU); Pure Luxury Ivory (Gina K. Designs)
Ink: Flirty Flamingo, Island Indigo, Watermelon Wonder (SU)

Here’s one last card using the colors from this past week’s challenge at CAS Colours & Sketches, combined with the sketch from CAS(E) this Sketch!  I had made several watercolored backgrounds like this last week when I was working on my card for 52 Christmas Card Throwdown, but I couldn’t get the embossing part of the challenge there to look right with them, so I set them aside.  I came across them again this morning and decided to do something with them before the CC&S and CTS challenges ended.

I took my favorite of the three backgrounds and trimmed it down a little with a stitched edge die.  Since the colors are rather Christmassy, I die cut a seasonal sentiment from copper cardstock and glued it to the watercolored panel.  I added a copper mat and attached it to a cherry card base.  Of all the cards I’ve made with this color combo, I like this one best.

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If you’d like to join in the CC&S challenge, there are still a few hours left to make a card and link it at the challenge site!  Thanks for stopping by today!

Cardstock: Cherry Cobbler, Brushed Copper (Stampin’ Up); watercolor paper (Artist’s Loft)
Other: Cherry Cobbler and Garden Green reinkers, Wonderful Wreath die (SU); stitched rectangle die (Lawn Fawn)

Hello!  Today I took a crafting break simply to create.  I wanted to join in the color challenge at The Paper Players before it expired, and I decided to combine that with the current sketch at CAS(E) this Sketch!  I’m trying to get a few more cards done before I send a shipment off to Send a Smile 4 Kids, so I decided on a cute love-themed card that would work well for a kid of any age.  Even though the sentiment and the image came from two different stamp sets, I thought they worked well together.  I snipped the edges of the two green designer papers really closely to resemble grass.  It’s been so long since I’ve used my grass-shaped dies that I’d forgotten I had them until I was taking the picture of the card.  As Homer Simpson would say, “D’oh!”


Thanks for stopping by today!  Have a terrific weekend!

Stamps: Critters in Costume, Love ‘n Breakfast (Lawn Fawn)
Cardstock: Basic Black, Naturals White (Stampin’ Up); Solar White (Neenah); scraps from Bright Side petite paper pack (Lawn Fawn)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Other: markers (Copic); Stitched Rectangle die (Lawn Fawn)

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