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!

Supplies:
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.

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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!

Supplies:
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.

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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.

Supplies:
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.

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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!

Supplies:
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!

Supplies:
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.

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

Supplies:
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.

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(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!

Supplies:
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)

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 be A2 sized (4.25″ x 5.5″) and 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 Birthday Party.  It promises to bring a load of fun party cards!

I’m not sure yet who the eventual recipient of my card will be, so I kept it gender-neutral and suitable for a person of any age.  The layout is taken from the Freshly Made Sketches challenge that closes later today.  The coordinating designer papers in the package made it easy to match the balloons to the colors in the banner element.  To give some dimension to the balloons, I’ve used a shim of scrap cardstock behind the yellow balloon and dimensional adhesive behind the blue one.

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We hope you’ll have fun with this challenge and join in our Birthday Party at Cards in Envy!  Link your card to our challenge post by 7:00 p.m. Eastern time Sunday, August 16.  Happy crafting!

Supplies:
Stamps: Hats Off to You (Lawn Fawn)
Cardstock: Island Indigo, Whisper White, Watercolor Wonder designer series paper (Stampin’ Up)
Ink: Island Indigo (SU)
Other: Party Balloons and stitched square dies (Lawn Fawn); linen thread, dimensionals (SU)

The weekend is here once again, and today is another challenge introduction day at 52 Christmas Card Throwdown!  This week we have a technique challenge for our participants:  Mixed Media.  Use a variety of techniques, textures, and materials on your festive card.  There’s really no “wrong” way to do it!

I have to admit that the term “mixed media” makes me balk.  I can’t explain why, but it always sounds pretty daunting to me.  But really, it’s not that difficult.  I haven’t gone all out for my card, but I did incorporate several things that I don’t often use.  The focal point of my card is a glittered felt snowflake.  I’ve dressed it up with a metal embellishment held in place with a clear crystal brad.  The main panel is white cardstock that I’ve spritzed liberally with both pearl and pewter colored mist sprays.  Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to capture the sparkle of the glitter, the shine of the crystal, and the shimmer of the mist sprays all in one photograph.  The sentiment was put together with alphabet stamps.  The layout for this card follows the current Freshly Made Sketches challenge, and the mist sprays and clean and simple design qualify it for the current Happy Little Stampers CAS challenge.

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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 this week.  You have until 7:00 pm Eastern time Friday, July 3 to link your card at the 52CCT site. Thanks for stopping by today!

Supplies:
Stamps: Jessie’s ABCs (Lawn Fawn)
Cardstock: Soft Sky, Smoky Slate (Stampin’ Up); Pure Luxury White (Gina K. Designs)
Ink: Smoky Slate (SU)
Other: glittered felt snowflake (Creatology); Filigree embellishment (SU); crystal brad (Recollections); pewter and pearl Perfect Pearls Mists (Ranger)

Hello!  Once again, it’s time for a new challenge at 52 Christmas Card Throwdown.  This time we have a theme for you to follow:  Christmas Elves.  Feel free to check out the 52CCT site to see what the rest of the design team has made.

I don’t own any elf stamps, so I looked online for some digital images.  I found this darling little girl elf at a site called Whimsie Doodles – and best of all, she was free!  I did have to draw in the shelf on which she’s sitting – kind of like those “Elf on a Shelf” dolls that have become popular during the holiday season.  Since I think the idea of having the elf watching you all.the.time. is kinda creepy, I opted for a more friendly sentiment that makes this a more generic “any occasion during the season” card for Operation Write Home.  I figured there’s enough Christmas vibe going on with the color scheme of the card.  The layout for this card is the current Freshly Made Sketches challenge turned 90° on its side.  (I have no idea why the FMS graphic is showing a black background.  I copied and pasted it from the FMS site as usual.  ???)

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How will you interpret the Christmas Elves theme?  Share your card with us via the linky tool on the 52CCT challenge post by 7:00 p.m. Eastern time Friday, June 26.  We’d love to have you join in the fun and creativity!

Supplies:
Digital Image: Elves Watching Girl (Whimsie Doodles)
Sentiment Stamp: Sophie’s Sentiments (Lawn Fawn)
Cardstock: Gumball Green, Real Red Core’dinations (Stampin’ Up); Pure Luxury White (Gina K. Designs)
Ink: printer ink; Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Other: markers (Copic)

Our older son’s girlfriend graduated from high school on Saturday.  I used the current sketch at Freshly Made Sketches to create our card for her.  The school’s official colors are blue and white, but the marching band and the athletic teams also have a lot of black on their uniforms, so black is considered an “unofficial” school color.  I tried to color the image to look like our graduate looked in her cap and gown, with a gold tassel and stole, and with a hint of pink to represent the pink cords she wore as a music honors student.  I also added bangs and some length to the hair on the image.  I think she was pleased when we gave her the card yesterday!

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Thanks for stopping by today!

Supplies:
Digital Image: Pure Innocence 028 (Heather Ellis)
Stamp: Everyday Sayings (Lizzie Anne Designs)
Cardstock: Brilliant Blue, Basic Black, Glimmer Silver (Stampin’ Up); Pure Luxury White (Gina K. Designs)
Ink: printer ink; Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Other: markers (Copic); Nesting Starburst dies (QuicKutz)

Hello!  I hope all the moms out there had a wonderful Mother’s Day yesterday.

Here’s the card I gave to my mom.  I didn’t want to share it before now so it would be a surprise when she opened the envelope.  :)  I’ve used the current Freshly Made Sketches layout, but stretched it to a portrait-oriented rectangle.  The three flowers symbolize my mom’s three daughters.

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

Supplies:
Stamps: Painted Petals (Stampin’ Up); Happy Everything (Lawn Fawn)
Cardstock: Rose Red (SU); Pure Luxury Ivory (Gina K. Designs)
Ink: Rose Red, Pear Pizzazz, and Pretty in Pink markers (SU)
Other: Candy Stripes embossing folder (Tim Holtz)

Hello!  Today’s card combines the layout from Freshly Made Sketches challenge #182 and the “Up, up and away” theme from Less is More challenge #220.  I took a few liberties with the sketch, turning it 180° upside-down and substituting the owl for the rectangular shape. That forced me to move the sentiment onto the main focal panel.  I’ve used dimensional adhesive to attach the owl to better give it the effect of being in flight.

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Edited on April 21, 2015:  At Sarah’s invitation in the comments, I’m also entering this into the Uniko Studio “Things with Wings” challenge.

Thanks for visiting my blog today!  All comments are read and appreciated.

Supplies:
Stamps: Critters in Costume (Lawn Fawn)
Cardstock: Kraft, Real Red Core’dinations, Soft Sky (Stampin’ Up); Pure Luxury White (Gina K. Designs)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Other: markers (Copic); cloud dies (Sweet ‘n Sassy Stamps); dimensionals (SU)

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