Hello!  It’s a little hard to believe June is drawing to a close already.  Time sure seems to be flying!  As today is the fourth Tuesday of the month, we have a new sketch challenge for you to try over at CAS Colours & Sketches.

If you’ve an avid follower or participant at CC&S, you might recognize this sketch as being one used before by our team member Jane.  The fun wonky angle makes it pretty distinctive!  I’ve used shimmery cardstock for the front of my card, which looks lovely in person, but is hard to capture the subtle sparkliness in photographs.  I wanted some color to the angular portion, so I scribbled some metallic Gelatos on a scrap of shimmery cardstock and blended them with a damp paper towel.  I used the same method to color another scrap of shimmery cardstock, from which I die cut the hearts.  I also die cut the angular portion from the card front.  I’ve popped the card front up from the striped portion by using some shims of scrap cardstock; I think the shims give more substance underneath that layer than my dimensional adhesive spots would.   I chose not to heat emboss the sentiment.  When looking at the card from an angle, it kind of disappears into the cardstock, but looking at the card head on it’s nice and bold.

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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, July 3.  Thanks for stopping by today!

 
Supplies:
Stamp: Hugs & Wishes (Stampin’ Up)
Cardstock: Shimmery White, Thick Whisper White (SU)
Ink: Champagne (Encore)
Other: metallic Gelatos (Faber Castell); hearts die, stitched rectangles die (Lawn Fawn); custom panels die (Avery Elle)

Hello there!  It’s color challenge week again at CAS Colours & Sketches.  I have the honor of being challenge host this week, and I’ve put together a combo using a couple of Stampin’ Up’s limited edition In Colors paired with a metallic.  Although we use Stampin’ Up color names for reference, you’re always welcome to use any companies’ products – we simply ask that you match the stated colors as closely as possible.

I admit that when I came up with this challenge idea a couple months ago, I did have some idea of what I wanted to create with them… and now that idea has completely left my memory.  On my computer, I keep a folder of cards I really like that I’ve found online, so I browsed through that for inspiration for today’s card.  I noticed this one made by Karren Johnson and decided to CASE it… “CASE” being an acronym for “Copy and Selectively Edit” (at least that’s my favorite definition of what “CASE” stands for).  The similar colors are a pure coincidence.  I started by die cutting the front panel of the card.  I stamped the sentiment and floral image with copper pigment ink and heat embossed them.  Then I watercolored the flower with ink, and die cut the curved line of the sentiment panel.  As I was holding the pieces of the card together I felt it looked a bit stark, so I added some splatters of color.  Using peach cardstock for the base of the card adds another punch of color.  It was hard getting a photo to show the shine of the heat embossing, so you’ll have to take my word that it looks better in real life.

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CC&S color228-001And there you have it.  What will you create with these colors?  Be sure to share your card at the CC&S site by 6:00 p.m. Eastern time Monday, June 26.  We’d love to have you join in the fun and creativity!

Supplies:
Stamps: Jolies Fleurs (Lizzie Anne Designs); Sophie’s Sentiments (Lawn Fawn)
Cardstock: Pure Ivory (Gina K. Designs); Dapper Denim, Peekaboo Peach (Stampin’ Up)
Ink: Copper (ColorBox)
Other: copper embossing powder (Ranger); stitched rectangles die (Lawn Fawn); Custom Panels die (Avery Elle)

Hello there!  In my family, we are wrapping up “birthday season”.  In the last month, my husband’s brother, my father-in-law, both of my parents, one of my aunts, and one of my uncles have all celebrated their birthdays.  Today’s post shows off the last card I made, using this week’s sketch from CAS Colours & Sketches for inspiration.

I’ve taken a bit of liberty with the sketch by using balloons in place of the two largest circular elements.  I die cut the balloons from some watercolor-y designer paper. I like the way the watercolored appearance gives the balloons a more realistic, translucent look than regular cardstock would.  A narrow strip of a different pattern of designer paper in the same package provided the color scheme for the balloons, the balloon strings, and the enamel dot embellishments.

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Be sure to visit the CAS Colours & Sketches challenge blog to see the fantastic cards made by my fellow design team members!  Then show us what you can do with this sketch by linking your own card to the challenge blog.  You have until 6:00 p.m. Eastern time on June 19 to share your work.  Thanks for stopping by today!

Supplies:
Stamp: Birthday Whimsy (Stampin’ Up)
Cardstock: Solar White (Neenah); Smoky Slate, Watercolor Wonder designer series papers (SU)
Ink: Going Gray (SU)
Other: Party Balloons dies (Lawn Fawn); Subtles candy dots (SU)

I have a quick post today to share a card made for an important man in my life – my dad.  He’ll be celebrating his birthday this weekend, and I’ll be lucky enough to visit with him on his special day.  He’s not one to turn down ice cream when it’s offered to him, LOL, so that’s why I thought he’d like the cute little ice cream cone.

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I’m combining several challenges here:  Less Is More, Freshly Made Sketches, AAA Cards, and The Paper Players.

 

Thanks for stopping by today!

Supplies:
Stamps: Here’s the Scoop (Lawn Fawn); Cake & Candles (Avery Elle)
Cardstock: Pure Luxury White, Pure Luxury Ivory (Gina K. Designs); Close to Cocoa (Stampin’ Up); scraps from Blush 6″ x 6″ paper pad (Basic Grey)
Ink: Close to Cocoa (SU)
Other: birthday embossing folder (ProvoCraft)

My younger son graduates from high school tonight.  From a mom’s perspective, it’s bittersweet.  It’s so easy to remember him as a playful, smiling little boy, but now he has grown up to be a witty, handsome young man.

So today’s card is the one I made for my husband and I to give to our son.  I’ve used the ending-soon Freshly Made Sketches challenge for layout inspiration and used the school’s colors of blue, white, and black for the color palette.  (I purposefully stocked up on this blue cardstock when it retired because it’s perfect for the school color!)  My son has been active in both band and choir, so using a musical score background seemed like a no-brainer.   Coloring the digital image of the graduate was a little daunting.  Trying to get the shadows/shading to look realistic isn’t my forte, especially when working with colors that are dark to begin with.  This is actually my second attempt because I didn’t like the way the first one turned out.  If you look closely, you can see that I’ve included a golden yellow to represent my son’s honor graduate stole, and a bit of pink around the collar to take the place of the pink music honors cords he’ll wear.  After the time I spent coloring the image, I didn’t dare attempt to fussy cut to the exact edges of the image.  The white border blended in with the background, so I decided to back the image with a black rectangle.

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Doggone it.  I have Pandora on and right now they’re playing a song that my son played with the marching band as part of the pre-game shows before football games last season.  Cue sentimental feelings.

Thanks for stopping by today!  I’d best get off the computer and go iron the fold creases from my son’s gown…

Supplies:
Digital Image: The Boy and The Dog 007 (Heather Ellis)
Stamps: Happy Everything (Lawn Fawn); musical score (JudiKins)
Cardstock: Brilliant Blue, Basic Black (Stampin’ Up); Solar White (Neenah)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento); printer ink
Other: stitched rectangle die (Lawn Fawn); markers (Copic)

Hello!  We’re back to a sketch week at CAS Colours & Sketches.

I admit that the sketch looked a little complicated to me at first.  Then Beverley, our April challenge hostess, explained that the scalloped area at the top doesn’t necessarily have to be scallops, and that the rectangular element doesn’t necessarily need to be a rectangle, so long as we keep the two trios of elements.  Then I started seeing more ideas for the sketch.  I thought it would be fun to use a speech balloon for the scalloped area and have an animal of some sort as the “speaker”.  After all the recent talk about the Starbucks Unicorn Frappucino (which no, I did not try, I’m just not into the whole Starbucks thing) I guess I had unicorns in the back of my mind, so I chose to make a unicorn birthday card that I can include in my next shipment to Send a Smile 4 Kids.  I stamped the unicorn on shimmery cardstock, colored the horn, mane, hooves, and tail, and fussy cut it to add to the card.  Luckily I had a stamp that’s a trio of tiny stars; it worked perfectly to easily add in that detail of the sketch directly onto the card base.  I did add a bit of color to the stars to help set them off from the card base.  The speech balloon reminds me of a big fluffy cloud.  I think the shades of pink and the unicorn would delight most any little girl.

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And there it is. Be sure to check out what the rest of the CC&S design team did with this sketch. Then show us what you can make with it! You can link your creation to the challenge blog until 6:00 p.m. Eastern time Monday, May 1. Thanks for stopping by today!

Supplies:
Stamps: Critters Ever After, Sophie’s Sentiments (Lawn Fawn)
Cardstock: Pink Pirouette, Whisper White, Shimmery White (Stampin’ Up)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Other: Speech Trio die (Mama Elephant); markers (Copic)

Hello there, and happy Saturday to you!  It’s time for another theme challenge at Christmas Card Throwdown.  This time we’re looking for Christmasy or wintry cards that depict musical notation in one way or another.

It didn’t take me long to figure out what to do for this challenge.  I knew I had this designer paper with holiday songs, and I thought it would go well with my little tweeting wintry birdies.  I turned the sketch from CAS Colours & Sketches on its side, enlarged the side borders so more of the designer paper would show, and rotated the sentiment banner.  I stamped the birds on a scrap of white cardstock, colored them, fussy cut them, and glued them in place on the image panel.

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How will you show musical notation on your card?  Be sure to share it at the CCT site before the challenge ends at 7:00 p.m. Eastern time on Friday, April 14.  Check out what the rest of the design team has made, too!  Thanks for stopping by today.

Supplies:
Stamps: Winter Sparrows (Lawn Fawn)
Cardstock: Soft Sky, Chocolate Chip (Stampin’ Up); designer paper from Holly Jolly Christmas 6″ x 6″ paper pad (Echo Park)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Other: markers (Copic)

Hello!  It’s hard for me to believe that March is more than halfway over.  Time sure is flying!  However, since it is in fact the third Tuesday of the month, that means it’s time for another color challenge at CAS Colours & Sketches.

The colors this time are pretty bold and bright.  When I chose them, I was going for some that hadn’t been featured in our challenges for a while, so that’s how the olive green and the bright blue were picked.  The raspberry purple seemed to coordinate in intensity, so it came along for the ride, too.  I decided to use one of my newest stamp sets to incorporate the three colors.  Don’t look too closely at the blossoms, or you’ll see that my eyeballing the placement of them didn’t work so well this time.  Oops.  The sentiment comes from a different stamp set.

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When I was working on my card, I had Beverley’s lovely card up on my computer monitor for inspiration.  My husband came over to my desk, saw that I had the same stamp set that was featured on Bev’s card, and read the sentiment of her card out loud.  Then he asked, “Oh, is that for me?”  I chuckled and told him that yes, he is my favorite husband.  Ha ha ha.  Of course, he’s my only husband!  But I figured I ought to make my card for him.  Although it’s flowery, I think the colors keep it from being super-duper feminine.  Now I just need to think of something sweet to write inside of it, and surprise him with it.

Now it’s time for you to show us what you’re inspired to create using these colors.  If you don’t have the exact Stampin’ Up colors, that’s all right; simply use whatever you have that matches them closely. You have until 6:00 p.m. Eastern time Monday, March 27 to link your card at the challenge post.  Happy crafting!

Supplies:
Stamps: Originally Organic Additions (Uniko); In My Heart (Mama Elephant)
Cardstock: Pacific Point, Rich Razzleberry, Naturals White (Stampin’ Up)
Ink: Pacific Point, Rich Razzleberry, Old Olive (SU)
Other: stitched rectangle die (Lawn Fawn)

Hello!  I’m excited to be the challenge hostess at CAS Colours and Sketches during the month of March!  I hope you’ll join in the fun and creativity of our color and sketch challenges.

The first Thursday of the month means it’s color challenge time.  There’s a story behind the colors I’ve chosen.  I enjoy watching college football (American football, not soccer 😉 ) and I’m proud to say that my alma mater’s team, the James Madison University Dukes, won the national title in their division for the 2016 season.  In honor of them, I’ve chosen purple and a golden yellow for the school colors, plus grey to represent their bulldog mascot.

For my card, I went back to a previous CC&S sketch.  I didn’t really want to use an elephant again since I used it with the sketch that time.  I tossed around a few different animal ideas but none of them were giving me a “yeah!” moment, so I decided to go ahead with the sweet little Ellie again.  I originally planned to make a birthday card and  have her holding a few balloons with her trunk, but there didn’t seem to be enough room on the card panel, turned horizontally or vertically, to situate the balloons well.  So she’s joined by a couple of friendly butterflies. I turned the tilted panel in the opposite direction from how the sketch is drawn, just for a little variety on the sketch idea.

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It’s been a while since I’ve done this much coloring on a card.  I feel like I’m out of practice.  :(

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

Supplies:
Stamps: Ellie, Storybook, Simply Said Hello (Avery Elle)
Cardstock: Crushed Curry, Elegant Eggplant (Stampin’ Up); Solar White (Neenah)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Other: markers (Copic); stitched rectangle die (Lawn Fawn)

Hello!  It’s technique challenge time at Christmas Card Throwdown.  For the next two weeks, we’re hoping you’ll give the sunburst technique a try.  Some people call it the starburst technique.  Either way, it’s a super way to use up some of your designer papers!  Here’s the link to the tutorial I used when I first learned how to do it:  Starburst Technique

I decided to go with a snowman theme for my card.  It ended up using the not-so-snowy, traditional Christmassy colors of red and green.  Usually I sponge the edges of the triangles when I do this technique, but I opted not to take the time to do that this time.

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Be sure to check out the cards the Design Team has made.  Then create your own card using this technique, and share it with us at the CCT site by 7:00 p.m. Eastern time Friday, March 3.  We’d love to see your take on the technique!

Supplies:
Stamps: Snowmen & Snowflakes (Hero Arts); Critters in the Snow (Lawn Fawn)
Cardstock: Poppy Parade, Gumball Green, Whisper White (Stampin’ Up); designer papers from Nordic Holiday 6″ x 6″ paper pad (Basic Grey)
Ink: Poppy Parade (SU)
Other: standard circle Nestabilities dies (Spellbinders)

Hello, and Happy Valentine’s Day!  It’s time for a new sketch challenge at CAS Colours & Sketches.

I’ve turned the sketch on its side and used the color palette from this week’s Paper Players challenge.  The blush color isn’t really a stereotypical “girly” pink, so I thought the colors would work well for a more masculine love-themed card.  I embossed the blush panel with an argyle embossing folder.  I don’t have copper foil cardstock, but I do have a stash of the brushed copper cardstock that Stampin’ Up used to sell, so I die cut the hearts from that.  I’ve layered different sizes of hearts for a little extra interest.  The copper cording and the sentiment stamp are also retired SU products.

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Thanks for stopping by today!  Be sure to check out the CAS Colours & Sketches blog to see what the rest of the design team has done with this sketch.  Then make your own card and link it to the challenge post.  You have until 6:00 p.m. Eastern time Monday, February 20 to participate.  We hope you’ll join us!

Supplies:
Stamp: Short & Sweet (Stampin’ Up)
Cardstock: Smoky Slate, Blushing Bride, Brushed Copper (SU)
Ink: Copper (ColorBox)
Other: copper cording (SU); hearts dies (Lawn Fawn); argyle embossing folder (Darice)

Well hello there!  It’s time for a new month of challenges at CAS Colours & Sketches!  Jane is our hostess this month and she has some fun challenge ideas in store for us!

Jane admitted that she had Valentine’s Day in mind when she chose the colour scheme for this week’s challenge.  It’s in perfect timing for those of us (like me) who need to mail Valentine cards to our family members who live far away from us.  I decided to focus on the “happy” part of the sentiment “Happy Valentine’s Day”.  I’ve die cut the word “happy” from cardstock in all three challenge colors and layered them, offsetting them slightly for a shadow effect.  (Yes, all three colors are there, even if they are hard to see in the photo.)  I stamped the “Valentine’s Day” part of the sentiment in the darkest challenge color.  The heart was left over from the die cutting I did for a card I made a few weeks ago.  I sponged it with this week’s challenge colors, using the lightest toward the inside of the heart and edging it with the darkest color, but keeping the sponging light enough so the texture of the cardstock still shows.  It’s attached with dimensional adhesive to go along with the dimension achieved by layering the “happy”.  The white cardstock for the card front has a slight linen texture, which shows in person more so than on the photo.  Rounding the bottom corner of the card was the final touch.

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Of course, just because we had Valentine’s Day in mind at CC&S, it doesn’t mean that you need to create a Valentine card in order to participate in our challenge!  Let your creativity take you wherever it wants to go.  Just be sure to share your card with us at the challenge site before the linky tool closes at 6:00 p.m. Eastern time Monday, February 13.  We’d love to have you join us!  Thanks for stopping by today.

Supplies:
Stamp: My Silly Valentine (Lawn Fawn)
Cardstock: Sweet Sugarplum, Rose Red, Cherry Cobbler, Whisper White textured (Stampin’ Up); Solar White Classic Linen (Neenah)
Ink: Sweet Sugarplum, Rose Red, Cherry Cobbler (SU)
Other: Happy Sash die (Poppystamps); heart die (Lawn Fawn); dimensionals (SU); sponge

Just a quick post this afternoon to share a card I’ve made for the Less is More challenge that will be ending soon, as well as the current Freshly Made Sketches challenge.  There are several birthdays coming up soon in my family, so I thought I ought to get started on cards for them. For the blue and the yellow, I added ink to white cardstock using a blending tool.

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Thanks for stopping by today!

Supplies:
Stamps: Hats Off to You (Lawn Fawn)
Cardstock: Confetti White (Stampin’ Up); Pure Luxury White (Gina K. Designs)
Ink: Baja Breeze, Summer Sun (SU)
Other: linen thread, dimensionals (SU); Party Balloons die (Lawn Fawn)

Hello!  We have a fun sketch challenge for you this week at CAS Colours & Sketches and I hope our participants like it as much as I do!  I think it’s a pretty versatile one.

I’m trying to get some more love-themed cards made to donate to Send A Smile 4 Kids before Valentine’s Day, so that helped determine what I was going to do with the sketch.  I originally planned to do something with different shades of pink cardstock, using a light pink for most of the card and using a darker pink for the curved part of the sketch.  When I was looking through my folder of light pink cardstock, I found a scrap of of some coordinating background paper I’d made a few years ago.  For that project, I’d splattered pink ink over some textured white cardstock and then sprayed it with gold pearl mist.  I decided to cut hearts from this and use them to decorate the curved part of the sketch.  To give the hearts better definition from the pink card base, I backed them with a scrap of brushed gold cardstock.  A simple sentiment in gold ink finished off the card.  The pink panels are raised up with shims of scrap cardstock so they are a little higher than the hearts.

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I’m going to enter this into the current challenge at Shopping Our Stash, where they’re asking their participants to use gold on their cards, and the current Uniko Studio challenge, “Anything Goes, with an optional twist of love”.

 

Be sure to visit the CAS Colours & Sketches blog to see the terrific cards the rest of the design team has made.  I’m sure they’d love it if you left them comments, too.  Then show us what you can do with this sketch!  Link your card to the CC&S site by 6:00 p.m. Eastern time Monday, January 30.  Thanks for stopping by today!

Supplies:
Stamp: Short & Sweet (Stampin’ Up)
Cardstock: Pink Pirouette, Brushed Gold, Whisper White textured (SU)
Ink: Gold (ColorBox)
Other: Stitched Rectangle die, heart die (Lawn Fawn); Landscape Trio die (Mama Elephant); Pink Pirouette ink refill (SU); Heirloom Gold Perfect Pearls Mist (Ranger)

Hello!  It’s time for a new challenge at Christmas Card Throwdown.  Although we’ve changed from a weekly challenge to a bi-monthly one, we’re keeping the same rotation of the different types of challenges… which means this time we have a color challenge for you.  It’s an interesting one that departs from the typical red and green frequently seen at holiday time.

I decided to create a little scene on my card.  To keep it from getting too bulky with layers, I started out by cutting a card base from watercolor paper and painting a wash of aqua on it.  While that dried, I worked on the front panel.  The triptych die fit into the stitched rectangle die I used for the card front, so I was able to simultaneously cut them from a piece of ivory cardstock.  Then I cut the triptych die again from brown cardstock for my tree.  I used white shimmer paint to create “snow” at the base of the watercolor wash, and I stamped a sentiment on the card front.  When the paint was dry, I glued the ivory panel to the front of the card.  Then I carefully inlaid the brown pieces into the ivory panel.  I had run the brown cardstock through my Xyron machine before I die cut it so I didn’t have to try to fiddle with adding adhesive to the intricate tree branches.

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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 CCT site and see what the rest of the design team has created.  Be sure to link your card at the CCT site by 7:00 p.m. Eastern time on Friday, February 3.  We look forward to having you join us!

Supplies:
Stamp: Holiday Script (Lizzie Anne Designs for Gourmet Rubber Stamps)
Cardstock: Pure Luxury Ivory (Gina K. Designs); Soft Suede (Stampin’ Up); watercolor paper (Artist’s Loft)
Ink: Soft Suede (SU)
Other: Narrow Tree Triptych die (Poppystamps); stitched rectangle die (Lawn Fawn); Coastal Cabana reinker (SU); Frost White shimmer ink (Tsukineko)

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