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

The colors made me think of nature.  For the focal panel of my card, I made a watercolor wash with Bermuda Bay ink.  When it was dry, I stamped a wildflower image on it with a light color of ink.  Then I used watercolors to paint over the image.  I added in a touch of shimmery paint on a few of the flowers.  Then I die cut the circle and the sentiment.  The two vertical strips were stamped with subtle prints to give them a little extra visual texture.  The focal panel is popped up over them with dimensional adhesive.  The layout for this card comes from this week’s challenge at Freshly Made Sketches.  I know that Send a Smile 4 Kids often needs cards for the teenagers they aim to serve, and I think this card will be suitable for that purpose.


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Our curious furball wanted to know what was going on when I was photographing the card…

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Now it’s your turn!  Go see what the rest of the design team has done with these colors.  Then show us what you can create with them!  You have until 6:00 p.m. Eastern time Wednesday, September 21 to link your card at the CC&S challenge site.  Thanks for stopping by today!

All supplies are from Stampin’ Up unless otherwise noted.
Stamps: In the Meadow, Sanded, Linen
Cardstock: Delightful Dijon, Cucumber Crush, Naturals Ivory; The Langton Prestige Extra Smooth Hot Press watercolor paper (Daler-Rowney)
Ink: Crumb Cake
Other: Gansai Tambi watercolor paints (Kuretake); standard circle Nestabilities die (Spellbinders); Olivia alphabet die (ProvoCraft); Bermuda Bay reinker, dimensionals

Greetings!  It’s time for another color challenge at CAS Colours & Sketches.  I’ve combined the colors with the most recent Freshly Made Sketches layout.  I dug out one of my older Stampin’ Up stamp sets and stamped the floral vine image in a kraft-colored ink.  I colored in the leaves using a Fantastix tool that I’d tapped to the ink pad.  I brushed a little extra of the kraft ink around the image with a loose brush, aiming for a light splattery effect, but unfortunately in the photo it just makes the card look dirty.  Sigh.  I don’t have any Dapper Denim cardstock or ink yet, so I added some ready-made flowers in colors close to the three challenge colors to embellish the image, topping the flowers off with some tiny self-adhesive pearls.  The sentiment banner is raised up from the card base with dimensional adhesive.


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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 Wednesday, August 10.  We’d love to have you join us!  Thanks for stopping by today.

Stamps: Artfully Asian (Stampin’ Up); Everyday Messages (Stampendous)
Cardstock: Night of Navy (SU); Pure Luxury Ivory (Gina K. Designs)
Ink: Night of Navy, Crumb Cake (SU)
Other: dimensionals (SU); paper flowers, pearls (Recollections)

Hello!  Here in the United States, it’s Independence Day, and at Cards in Envy we’re tieing into the patriotic mood with a theme of Stripes.  For this challenge, create a card featuring stripes of some sort.  It doesn’t have to be a patriotic card; it can be for any occasion.  The stripes can be stamped, die-cut, stenciled, or designer paper – whatever you can imagine, so long as it’s striped, it’ll work for the challenge.  Remember too that your card needs to be flat enough to fit into an envelope and be mailed at the regular first class postage rate.

I’ve gone with a birthday card for my card for the challenge.  After all, Independence Day is regarded as America’s birthday.  I gave my card a more neutral color scheme, though.  I’ll be donating this card to Send a Smile 4 Kids, so I thought it was best to make it suitable to give to any person of any age.  I used the current Freshly Made Sketches challenge for layout inspiration, but rotated the sketch 180 degrees.

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We hope you’ll have fun with this challenge and join in the fun and creativity!  Link your card at the Cards in Envy site by 7:00 p.m. Eastern time Sunday, July 17.  Thanks for stopping by today!

Stamps: Hats Off to You (Lawn Fawn)
Cardstock: Smoky Slate, Basic Gray, Watercolor Wonder designer series papers (Stampin’ Up)
Ink: Basic Gray (SU)
Other: Party Balloons dies (LF)

It’s time for a new challenge at Cards in Envy!  I have to admit that the full title of the challenge, “It’s a Great Day for a White Wedding”, has had me hearing Billy Idol in my head for the last several days.  (I know the actual lyrics say “nice day”, but close enough.)  Although the challenge title references “wedding”, we’re also accepting anniversary cards as part of the challenge.  Just make sure that your celebratory card is flat enough to fit in an envelope so that it could be mailed at the standard first-class postage rate.

I suppose my card really could go either way – wedding or anniversary.  I haven’t put any sort of sentiment inside of it yet.  It was really quick and easy to make.  I started by coloring a scrap of white cardstock with a metallic pink Gelato and blending the color with a paintbrush dipped in a mix of water and bright pink reinker.  When it was dry, I die cut a heart from it.  I embossed a panel of white cardstock, stamped my “congratulations” sentiment on a scrap of pink cardstock, and attached the pink to the bottom of the embossed white panel.  I attached the panel to a white card base, using scrap cardstock shims behind the panel for a little bit of dimension, and adhered the die cut heart in place.   The layout comes from the current challenge at Freshly Made Sketches.  I’m also entering this card into this week’s challenge at The Paper Players.  It’s their 300th challenge – WOW!  Congrats to them for such a successful challenge blog!

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The Cards in Envy team has come up with some other great ideas, so be sure to check them out!  We hope you’ll share your own wedding or anniversary card with us before the challenge closes.  You have until 7:00 p.m. Eastern time Sunday, July 3, 2016 to link your card at the challenge post.  Thanks for stopping by today!

Stamp: Oh Happy Day (Avery Elle)
Cardstock: Pink Pirouette (Stampin’ Up); Pure Luxury White (Gina K. Designs)
Ink: Melon Mambo (SU)
Other: Gelato (Faber Castell); Melon Mambo reinker, Elegant Bouquet embossing folder (SU); heart die (Lawn Fawn)

Hello!  It’s theme week at 52 Christmas Card Throwdown, and this time we’re looking for cards with little Christmas critters.  So long as your card features at least one small creature, it’ll meet the challenge theme.

I decided to use one of my Lawn Fawn stamps that doesn’t get a whole lot of inky love.  I do think it’s cute, but it’s a bit of a pain to paper piece and I wasn’t in a mood for coloring.  But I went ahead and pieced my scene from various designer papers and cardstock.  For the bunny, I worked with a scrap of caramel brown cardstock to loosen the fibers in it, and then gently pulled the front and back apart into two pieces, to achieve a bit of a fuzzy texture.  The card base is textured cardstock, although I’m not sure the texture shows in the photo.  The layout for this card is this week’s Freshly Made Sketches challenge, squashed into a landscape-oriented rectangle.

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What kind of Christmas critter will you use on your card – animal, elf, child?  There are so many possibilities!  Check out the design team’s makes if you need further inspiration.  Once you’ve created your own card, link it to the 52CCT website by 7:00 p.m. Eastern time Friday, May 27.  We’d love to have you join us!

Stamps: Winter Bunny, Critters in the Snow (Lawn Fawn)
Cardstock: Creamy Caramel textured, Whisper White, Creamy Caramel, Soft Sky Prints designer paper (Stampin’ Up); scraps from Pyrus and Gypsy 6″ x 6″ paper pads (Basic Grey)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento)

Hello there!  It’s the fifth Saturday of the month, which means that at 52 Christmas Card Throwdown, we get into the creative spirit by giving some of our previous challenges another go.  As challenge hostess for April, I’ve chosen to revisit our previous theme challenges.

I decided to go with the theme from June 2014, Rudolph or reindeer.  I stamped the reindeer onto scraps of cardstock, fussy cut him out, and reassembled him onto the designer paper I chose for the background of my scene.  I added a red rhinestone to the reindeer’s nose to turn him into Rudolph.  It’s a pretty simple and straightforward card, so without further chitter chatter, here it is:

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I’ve used the current Freshly Made Sketches challenge for the design of my card.  I’m also entering this into the current Send a Smile 4 Kids challenge, to create a card with an animal on it for a child.

Which previous 52CCT theme will you choose for your card?  Check them all out at the Themes tab on the challenge site.  Then share your card with us on the challenge post.  You have until 7:00 p.m. Eastern time Friday, May 6 to link your card.  We’d love to have you join us!  Thanks for stopping by today.

Stamps: Critters in the Snow (Lawn Fawn)
Cardstock: Sahara Sand, Soft Suede, Cherry Cobbler (Stampin’ Up); designer paper from Fa La La petite paper pack (Lawn Fawn)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento); Real Red (SU)
Other: red rhinestone (KaiserCraft)

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

I’ve decided to combine the color challenge with a few other challenges.  The Paper Players challenge is to use at least one butterfly on a clean and simple card.  At Less is More, the challenge is to use three stamps; my three are the butterfly, the wordy sentiment, and the “happy birthday”.  Since I didn’t want the ends of the chocolate brown ribbon to show, I’ve attached the turquoise card front to a blush pink card base.  The butterfly was stamped onto a scrap of white cardstock, colored, and fussy cut.  The left side is attached directly to the card front, but the right side is adhered with dimensional adhesive to add a little visual interest to the card.


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Be sure to see what the rest of the CC&S design team has done with these colors!  Then create your own card and share it with us at the CC&S blog.  You have until 1:00 p.m. Eastern time Wednesday, April 27 to enter the challenge.  Thanks for stopping by today!

Stamps: Flutter By (Lawn Fawn); Birthday Greetings (Gina K. Designs)
Cardstock: Blushing Bride, Tempting Turquoise (Stampin’ Up); Pure Luxury White (GKD)
Ink: Chocolate Chip (SU)
Other: Chocolate Chip satin ribbon, dimensionals (SU); markers (Copic)

Well hello!  It’s time for another fun challenge at Cards in Envy.  For the next two weeks, we have a spring-inspired color scheme of “Just Purple”.  Cards made for this challenge should use purple as the dominant color, and have no lumpy, bumpy embellishments.

I’ve used a number of retired Stampin’ Up products for my card.  The purple colors I chose have been out of the regular product line for several years, but I prefer their lighter shades to the current darker purples offered.  The floral stamp set is also an “oldie but goodie”.  The layout for my card is the current sketch challenge at Freshly Made Sketches.  I’ve moved the sentiment, but otherwise kept the sketch as it’s drawn.

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We hope you’ll have fun with this challenge and share your purple card with us at Cards in Envy!  Link your card to our challenge post by 7:00 p.m. Eastern time Sunday, April 3.  Happy crafting!

All supplies except the scalloped die are from Stampin’ Up.
Stamps: Wild Rose, Delightful Dozen
Cardstock: Almost Amethyst, Lavender Lace, Whisper White
Ink: Almost Amethyst, Lavender Lace, Mellow Moss
Other: Stitched Scalloped Borders die (Lawn Fawn)

Hello there!  I hope February has gotten off to a good start for you.  A new month means a new hostess for our challenges at CAS Colours & SketchesStef has some fun ideas planned for us, so I hope you’ll consider playing along with us and showing us your CAS skills.

The first Thursday of the month means its color challenge time.  I have to confess that I struggled for a while with this one.  The pinks didn’t bother me, but the orange combined with them threw me for a bit of a loop.  After a few unsuccessful attempts playing with the inks in these colors, I decided to keep it simpler and just go with good old fashioned stamping.  I’m going to need to make several birthday cards this month, so that’s how I chose the theme of my card.  I stamped the presents in each of the challenge colors.  Actually, it’s just one present stamp, but I “shortened” it by not inking it all the way to the bottom for the orange and the darker pink present.  The sentiment is stamped with the darker pink ink, the additional banner is made from a scrap of orange cardstock, and the card base is the lighter pink color.  The layout for my card is from the current Freshly Made Sketches challenge, but I’ve squashed it into a landscape-oriented rectangle.


CC&S color159-001All in all, I think the card came together all right.  It’s not my most favorite card I’ve ever made, but it’s certainly not the worst, either.

Be sure to check out what the rest of the CAS Colours & Sketches design team did with these colors.   Then show us what you can make with them!  You can link your creation to the challenge blog until 6:00 p.m. Eastern time Wednesday, February 10.  Thanks for stopping by today!

Stamps: Birthday Whimsy (Stampin’ Up)
Cardstock: Pink Pirouette, Pumpkin Pie, Whisper White (SU)
Ink: Pink Pirouette, Pumpkin Pie, Melon Mambo (SU)
Other: Dimensional Banner die (My Favorite Things)

Hello!  Today’s post is just a quick one to share a card made for the Freshly Made Sketches challenge that will be closing this afternoon.  I’m trying to get a few more cards made for the box I want to mail to Send a Smile 4 Kids this week, and this will be included in it.  I felt like most of the cards I’ve made so far have been either feminine or gender-neutral looking, so I purposely chose colors that looked especially suitable for a little boy.  The large star was die cut from shiny silver cardstock.  The star-shaped sequins echo the silver, blue, and green used on the card.  The puppy was stamped, colored, fussy cut, and attached to the star with a couple scraps of cardstock behind him to give him a little more visual separation from the background.


Here’s a second photo that really shows off the shine of the silver cardstock:

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And here is the challenge graphic:

Thanks for stopping by today!  Comments are always read and appreciated.

Stamps: Skater Kids (Mama Elephant for Simon Says Stamp)
Cardstock: Gable Green, Brilliant Blue, Whisper White textured, Silver Foil (Stampin’ Up); Pure Luxury White (Gina K. Designs)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Other: Nesting Starburst die (QuicKutz); markers (Copic); sequins (Darice)

Happy Thursday!  It’s time for a new month of challenges at CAS Colours & Sketches and we’re getting it started off with a color challenge.  Our November hostess, Louise, has chosen some autumnal colors for us.

I have to admit it took me a while to figure out what I was going to do with these colors.  I looked around online to see if any of the many sketch challenges would help inspire me.  The one at Freshly Made Sketches looked like it could easily be kept clean and simple in style, so I decided to give it a try.  Then I had a couple different ideas for what stamps to use.  In the end, this puppy image won out.  I figured since one of the challenge colors is called “Chocolate Chip”, that this could be a chocolate labrador.  Heh heh.  Rather than trying to color him, I stamped him onto some chocolaty brown designer paper and fussy cut him from that.  I stamped his head a second time so I could cut that out and pop it up over the whole dog image with a shim of scrap cardstock, to give him some dimension.  I pieced his dog bed together from cardstock in the remaining two challenge colors.  I’m hoping this is enough paper piecing to make my card count for the current Less is More challenge.  I played with my photo editing stuff the best I could to try to show the deep purple blackberry color correctly.  I’m not sure how well the photo shows that the main panel of the card is textured cardstock, either.  At any rate, I think the card will serve well for Send a Smile 4 Kids.


CC&S color149-001 Be sure to check out what the rest of the CC&S Design Team has 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 Wednesday, November 11.  We’d love to have you join us!

Stamps: Furry Friends (Avery Elle); A Birdie Told Me (Lawn Fawn)
Cardstock: Pure Luxury Ivory (Gina K. Designs); Blackberry Bliss, More Mustard, Autumn Vine designer series paper (Stampin’ Up); scrap from Pyrus 6″ x 6″ paper pad (Basic Grey)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Other: petite scalloped circle Nestabilities die (Spellbinders)

Hello!  Happy Halloween to all of my readers who celebrate it!

It may seem odd to be sharing a Christmas card on Halloween, but at 52 Christmas Card Throwdown, we celebrate Christmas all year ’round!  Because it’s a fifth Saturday of the month, this week we have a “Pick a Previous” challenge for you.  April, our challenge hostess, is asking us to choose a previous 52CCT theme challenge for inspiration this time.  You can find the previous themes in the “themes archive” tab at the 52CCT website.

I went back just a couple of months to the August 2015 theme, “For a Child.”  I’m trying to build up a stash of cards for Send a Smile 4 Kids and will be sending my 52CCT cards to them.  Today’s card with its punny sentiment is probably more suited for a tween or a teenager than a younger child.   The layout is taken from this week’s Freshly Made Sketches challenge, but I’ve turned the sketch on its side because I didn’t want any of the little birdies to appear to be looking off the edge of the card.  I stamped the tree branches on the polka dot designer paper.  The birds were stamped on white cardstock, colored, and fussy cut before adhering them to the designer paper.  I also stamped the bird with the earmuffs on the designer paper so I wouldn’t have to try to fussy cut around the earmuffs.  (Considering the hat and the scarf on the other two birds, I do think the bird on the right is wearing earmuffs, not headphones.)  I drew in the legs for the other two birds instead of cutting around them.  I realize the grey isn’t the most cheery color for a child’s card, but at least it’s gender neutral.  That color choice ended up as a happy accident from using dark brown ink to stamp the branches on the designer paper and progressed from there.

52CCT 10-31-2015Addicted to Stamps and More is running their Holiday theme week, so I’m entering my card into their challenge, too.

Which theme will you pick?  There are over 30 from which to choose, so have fun deciding!  Then be sure to share your card with us at the 52CCT site by 7:00 p.m. Eastern time Friday, November 6.  Thanks for stopping by today!

Stamps: Winter Sparrows (Lawn Fawn)
Cardstock: Basic Gray, Smoky Slate, Soft Sky Prints designer series paper (Stampin’ Up); Pure Luxury White (Gina K. Designs)
Ink: Early Espresso (SU)
Other: Chocolate Chip marker (SU); markers (Copic)

Hello, and happy Saturday!  It’s time for another challenge at 52 Christmas Card Throwdown.  This week is theme week, and we’re asking our challenge participants to create a card suitable to give a man.

I’ve used the current sketch from Freshly Made Sketches for my card, and kept it pretty clean and simple in design.  I did turn the sketch 90° on its side.  I used the rock ‘n roll technique to get the two-tone effect on the stamped tree.  I stamped it on a scrap piece of cardstock and then fussy cut it to give it a little more definition and separation from the focal panel.  The star is a small brad in an antique gold color.  In real life, the green ribbon matches the card base and ink better than it shows in this photo.

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What kind of masculine Christmas or winter card will you make?  We’d love to have you share it with us at 52CCT.  You have until 7:00 p.m. Eastern time Friday, September 25, 2015 to link it at the challenge post.  Thanks for stopping by today!

All supplies are from Stampin’ Up unless otherwise noted.
Stamp:  Season of Joy
Cardstock:  Wild Wasabi, Confetti Cream; designer paper from Nordic Holiday 6” x 6” paper pad (Basic Grey)
Ink:  Wild Wasabi, Always Artichoke
Other:  Wild Wasabi ribbon; star brad (The Paper Studio)

Hi!  Today’s card is a quick one I created for the big celebration bash in honor of Freshly Made Sketches’ 200th sketch challenge.  I’ve enjoyed playing along in their sketch challenges for the last several years, even though I don’t get to it every single week.  But I did want to be part of this special challenge.

Even though I’ve taken a few small liberties with the sketch, I think it’s still pretty obvious that I drew inspiration from it.  I’ve kept the sketch to a mostly one-layer card, and I’ve flipped it so the larger rectangular area is above the horizontal line, rather than below.  I used a fun quote balloon die to cut the line, so it’s actually slightly curved.  I had stamped the bunny a long time ago for a different project, but didn’t use it for that, so he’s been sitting with the scraps from one of my Basic Grey paper pads all this time.  He’s finally found a purpose here, sitting among the flowers and giving a big cheery greeting to everyone who sees this card.


Thank you to the Freshly Made Sketches crew for so many awesome card sketches!  Here’s to the next 200!  :)

Stamp: Critters in the ‘Burbs (Lawn Fawn)
Cardstock: Naturals White (Stampin’ Up); scraps from Ambrosia and Green at Heart 6″ x 6″ paper pads (Basic Grey)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Other: Simply Said Hello die (Avery Elle); Speech Trio die (Mama Elephant); dimensionals (SU)

Hello!  Here’s a reasonably quick card I made this morning combining a few challenges.  The Retro Rubber challenge has a numbers theme, so that gave me the perfect reason to use this designer paper that I’ve had for a while.  I’ve had the stamp set with this sentiment for about 18 months now.  I like reading this sentiment with emphasis on the word “how”, as in, “You’re HOW old?” said with a lot of snarky disbelief – so that ties in with the Shopping Our Stash and Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers challenges.  The layout for this card is from Freshly Made Sketches.  It’s hard to see in the photo, but the yellow panel behind the sentiment is dry embossed for a little bit of texture and visual interest.



(I don’t know why the background on the FMS graphic turned black.  Their graphics have been doing for me that the last few weeks.  They used to be white.  Call me confuzzled.)

Thanks for stopping by today!  All comments are read and appreciated – well, the spam ones aren’t so appreciated, but I actually do read them too.

Edited on August 17, 2015 to add:  Thank you to the Retro Rubber Design Team for choosing my card as one of their Fab Five!

Stamp: Just Sayin’ (Stampin’ Up)
Cardstock: Gumball Green, Marigold Morning, Naturals White (Stampin’ Up); Brigham and Zachary papers from Oh Baby! Boy collection (Basic Grey)
Ink: Gumball Green (SU)
Other: Plaid embossing folder (Sizzix); dimensionals (SU)

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