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.

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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!

Supplies:
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.

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)

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!  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!

Supplies:
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!

Supplies:
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!”

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Thanks for stopping by today!  Have a terrific weekend!

Supplies:
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)

It’s time for another theme challenge at 52 Christmas Card Throwdown, and we have a fun one that I think should be pretty easy to work with:  gifts!  The Design Team and I have all created cards showing different sorts of Christmas presents.  Be sure to visit the challenge blog to see what everyone else has made!

For my card, I used the layout from this week’s CAS(E) this Sketch! challenge.  I used a gift image in the place of the triangles on the sketch.  I stamped it three times onto a scrap of white cardstock and colored the gifts with Copic markers to coordinate with the designer paper I wanted to use for the bottom portion of the card front.  After I put the designer paper and the presents on the card, I added a cheery sentiment.  Quick and easy, and one more for the Send a Smile 4 Kids stockpile!

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I’m also going to enter this into the current challenge at Addicted to Stamps and More.

Now it’s time for you to craft your own card showing off a Christmas gift (or a few!) and link it to our challenge post.  You have until 7:00 p.m. Eastern time Friday, August 26 to share your card.  We’re looking forward to seeing what you create!  Thanks for visiting my blog today.

Supplies:
Stamps: Pa-Rum-Pa-Pum-Pum (Lawn Fawn); Wondrous Wreath (Stampin’ Up)
Cardstock: Kraft, Season of Style designer series paper (SU); Pure Luxury White (Gina K. Designs)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Other: markers (Copic)

Well hi there!  It’s Thursday, which means it’s time for a new challenge at CAS Colours & Sketches.  This time we have some summery nature-inspired colors for you.

I gave in to the instinct to do something floral with the colors.  It just seemed right.  I’ve used the CAS(E) this Sketch! challenge which closes in a little while for the layout of my card.  I also wanted to join in the current Less is More challenge to use splatters on a one-layer card.  So for my card, I started off by cutting a rectangle into an index card to use as a mask on my card front.  I attached the mask with temporary adhesive and then sponged around the edges of it to define a rectangular area on the card.  Then I dipped a paintbrush in a few drops of reinker, held the brush over the card front, and tapped the brush so the ink would splatter pretty randomly over the card.  I set that aside to dry thoroughly and went to work stamping the rose and a couple of leaves onto a scrap of white cardstock.  Then I fussy cut the rose and leaves and assembled them together.  I had a scrap of Pool Party cardstock just the right size for the sentiment banner.  Once I decided on the sentiment I wanted to use, I stamped it with Pear Pizzazz ink and notched the end of the banner into a fishtail shape.  The ink splatters on the card front were dry by this time, so I removed the mask, attached the banner to the card and then added the rose on top of it.  Lots of small steps, but it was all pretty easy.

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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 Wednesday, June 22 to link your card at the challenge website.

Supplies:
Stamps: Picture Perfect (Stampin’ Up)
Cardstock: Pool Party, Whisper White (SU); watercolor paper (Artist’s Loft)
Ink: Pool Party, Calypso Coral, Pear Pizzazz (SU)
Other: Pool Party reinker (SU); sponge

Hello hello!  This week is color challenge week at 52 Christmas Card Throwdown.  Our hostess, Jacqueline, has given us the challenge of creating Christmas or wintry cards using the colors black, grey, white, and silver.  Those four colors are the only colors we can use on our cards this week.

The inspiration for the layout of my card comes from the current challenge at CAS(E) this Sketch!  I’ve taken a bit of liberty with the sketch by “squashing” it into a landscape-oriented rectangle.  I’ve matted a light shade of grey cardstock with a narrow black mat and layered it onto a dark grey card base.  I added a banner of textured white cardstock.  The sentiment is cut from textured black cardstock.  Unfortunately, the texture doesn’t show up in my photo.  :(  For the silver part of the color challenge, I’ve die cut a snowflake from silver glitter paper.  A few clear rhinestones give a little more silvery sparkle to the card.

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Thanks for stopping by today!  Now it’s your turn to show us what you can make with these colors.  If you need more inspiration first, go visit the 52CCT site and see what the rest of the design team has created.  Be sure to link your card at the 52CCT site by 7:00 p.m. Eastern time on Friday, June 17.  We look forward to having you join us!

Supplies:
Stamps: none
Cardstock: Basic Gray, Basic Black, Smoky Slate, Whisper White textured, Basic Black textured, silver glimmer paper (Stampin’ Up)
Ink: none
Other: Wonderful Wreath sentiment die, rhinestones (SU); Stitched Snowflakes die (Lawn Fawn)

Hello!  It’s time for a new challenge at Cards in Envy – where we make cards that fit in envelopes!  Cards for our challenges should have no lumpy, bumpy embellishments more than 1/4″ thick, so that the cards can be mailed at the standard first-class postage rate.

For the next two weeks, we’re focusing on the theme of “Another Year Older.”  Birthday cards are always fun ones to send!  I’ve used some older digital designer papers for my card.  I stamped a party hat onto a scrap of white cardstock and colored it to coordinate with the designer papers. Then I fussy cut it out and attached it to the card with dimensional adhesive.  I’ve used the current CAS(E) this Sketch! challenge for the layout of my card, but turned it upside-down so the triangular element would work better with the party hat.

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What kind of birthday card will you create?  Will it be masculine or feminine?  For a child or an adult?  Or will it be neutral enough to be given to any person of any age?  No matter what you make, we’d love to have you share it with us at Cards in Envy!  You have until 7:00 p.m. Eastern time Sunday, May 1 to link your card at our challenge post.   Thanks for visiting my blog today!  :)  Comments are always welcome.

Supplies:
Stamps: Hats Off to You (Lawn Fawn)
Cardstock: Wild Wasabi (Stampin’ Up); Pure Luxury White (Gina K. Designs); Vintage Birthday digital designer paper (Lizzie Anne Designs)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento); printer ink
Other: markers (Copic); dimensionals (SU)

Hi there!  It’s the second Saturday of the month, which means it’s time for another color challenge at 52 Christmas Card Throwdown!  Since I’m hosting the challenges there this month, I got to choose the colors for this week’s challenge.  I’ve kept it very simple and festive with just two colors to work with.  Which two colors?  Keep on and you’ll find out…

I’ve used the current CAS(E) this Sketch! challenge for inspiring the layout of my card.  Hopefully my rows of die-cut jingle bells and the sentiment will work for the “banner” elements of sketch!  Since it’s “holiday” week at Addicted to Stamps and More, I’m going to enter my card in their challenge, too.

This is actually a one-layer card; I stamped the sentiment directly on the card base and glued the jingle bells in place above it.  To help define the edges of the card, I heat embossed them with gold ink and gold embossing powder.  The hardest part of making this card was lining up the alphabet stamps on an acrylic block to form the sentiment.

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Now it’s your turn to show us what you can make with these colors!  If you need more inspiration first, go visit the 52CCT site and see what the rest of the design team has created.  Be sure to link your card at the 52CCT site by 7:00 p.m. Eastern time on Friday, April 15.  We look forward to having you join us!  Thanks for visiting my blog today!

Supplies:
Stamps: Jesse’s ABCs (Lawn Fawn)
Cardstock: Pure Luxury White (Gina K. Designs); gold foil (Stampin’ Up)
Ink: Gold (ColorBox)
Other: Jolly Jingle Bells die (Memory Box); gold embossing powder (Ranger)

Hello there!  The first Monday of the month brings a new challenge at Cards in Envy.  For the next two weeks, we’d like to see cards based on the theme of “Flowers or Fantasy”.  So long as your card shows some sort of flowers or fantasy creature, or a combination of them, it’ll be just fine for the challenge.  Be sure that your card has no lumpy, bumpy embellishments more than 1/4″ thick, so that it could be mailed at the standard first-class postage rate.

I wasn’t feeling a floral mood when I needed to make my card for this challenge.  I have a stamp set with several fantasy creatures and decided to use the dragon image.  I colored the dragon with metallic Gelatos, blending the colors with a damp paintbrush.  I hope you can see the shimmer in the photograph.  The rainbow-like background was made by rubbing yellow, orange, and red gel sticks on watercolor paper and blending them with a damp paper towel.  (Some of my products are plain ol’ gel sticks, and some are the brand name Gelatos.)  I fussy cut the dragon, fit him to the card with temporary adhesive to figure out where his fiery breath should be, and then stamped and colored the flames by touching the damp paintbrush to the gel sticks to pick up the color.  I also stamped the sentiment before I glued the dragon into place, and then I attached the card panel to a coordinating colored base.  I’ve used the current CAS(E) this Sketch! challenge for the layout of my card.

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Thanks for stopping by today!  Now go check out what the rest of the Cards in Envy design team has made.  I’m sure they’d love it if you visit their blogs and leave a comment.  Then share your own fantasy or floral card with us at the CIE site by 7:00 p.m. Eastern time Sunday, April 17.  We’d love to have you play along with us!

Supplies:
Stamps: Critters Ever After, So Much to Say (Lawn Fawn)
Cardstock: Daffodil Delight (Stampin’ Up); The Langton Prestige Extra Smooth Hot Press watercolor paper (Daler-Rowney)
Ink: Onyx Black (VersaFine)
Other: metallic Gelatos, gel sticks (Faber Castell)

Hello!  It’s challenge introduction day at Cards in Envy!  We are starting to get into a Valentine mood with the theme of “From the Heart”.  Cards for this challenge should feature anything pertaining to hearts or love.  Be sure to make your card A2 sized (4.25″ x 5.5″) and thin enough to be mailed at the standard first class postage rate.

I’ve used the layout from the current CAS(E) this Sketch! challenge for my card.  I kept pretty true to the cloud idea of the sketch graphic, and used die-cut clouds as a backdrop for this cute little angel image.  I stamped the angel on a piece of scrap cardstock, colored him, fussy cut him, added some shimmer to his wings, and adhered him in place on a cloud of his very own. As soon as the sentiment was stamped, I was done.  Pretty easy!

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If you need additional inspiration, please go check out the Cards in Envy site and see what the rest of the design team has made.  Then share your work with us on the Cards in Envy site by 7:00 p.m. Eastern time Sunday, February 14.  We’d love to have you play along with us!

Supplies:
Stamps: Love From Above (Mama Elephant)
Cardstock: Bashful Blue (Stampin’ Up); Pure Luxury White (Gina K. Designs)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Other: Clouds dies (Sweet ‘n Sassy Stamps); markers (Copic); Wink of Stella pen (Zig)

Hello!  It’s time for another color challenge at CAS Colours & Sketches, and we have some yummy colors for you to use this time.

Unfortunately, my creative energy still hasn’t returned from its Christmas break, and I was having a lot of trouble coming up with ideas for using these colors.  Finally I looked around the internet for inspiration and found the current CAS(E) this Sketch! challenge.  I decided to give it a try with the CC&S challenge colors.  I broke out a never-before-used stamp set and managed to make the challenges work together in a one-layer card (which is a pretty unusual thing for me to do!).  I doodled a couple of lines around the edge of the card.  The crayons were stamped onto scraps of cardstock in each of the three challenge colors, fussy cut, and adhered to the card.  I used two of the challenge colors to stamp the sentiment, which seemed to fit better once I turned the sketch on its side.  I have to admit that I don’t love the card, but it’s all right.  I think it’ll be a cute one to donate to Send a Smile 4 Kids.

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Be sure to check out what the rest of the CC&S design team has made with these colors.  Then create your own card using them, and share it with us at the challenge site by 6:00 p.m. Eastern time Wednesday, January 27.  We’d love to see what you make!  Thanks for stopping by today.

Supplies:
Stamps: Color My World (Lawn Fawn)
Cardstock: Pure Luxury White (Gina K. Designs); Rose Red, So Saffron, Soft Suede (Stampin’ Up)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento); Rose Red, Soft Suede (SU)
Other: So Saffron marker (SU)

Hello!  Happy 2016!  I will admit that I enjoyed a nice break from crafting over the holidays, but now I’m ready to get back into it again.

Unfortunately, I feel like my card for the first CAS Colours & Sketches challenge of the year shows that my card making skills got a little rusty over the break.  I had a few other ideas, but the more I thought about them, I felt they either weren’t CAS enough or were just a second take on some of the previous cards I’ve made.  Finally I decided to try the CAS(E) this Sketch! challenge that ends later this morning.  I stamped the “H PPY” part of the sentiment twice so I could use die-cut balloons in both of the blue challenge colors to fill in for the letter “a”.  The lower, lighter color balloon is attached with dimensional adhesive for a little bit of visual interest (and to accommodate the string of the other balloon beneath it).

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Come meet our new Design Team members at CAS Colours & Sketches, as well as our January Guest Designer!  Then show us what you can create with our challenge colors.  You have until 6:00 p.m. Eastern time Wednesday, January 13 to share your card at the challenge post.  We’d love to see what you can make!  Thanks for stopping by today.

Supplies:
Stamps: Fill in the Blank (Avery Elle)
Cardstock: Pool Party, Marina Mist, Whisper White (Stampin’ Up)
Ink: Smoky Slate (SU)
Other: Icon Fill in the Blank die (AE); Oyster twine (Really Reasonable Ribbon)

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