Hello there!  It’s the last Tuesday of the month, which means that it’s sketch week at CAS Colours & Sketches.  I really like the angled panel in this sketch because it provides a lot of fun creative opportunities.

I checked out a few other challenges before creating my card and combined them with the sketch challenge.  Less is More is challenging their participants to use up bits and pieces leftover from other projects, and AAA Cards wants to see frames on cards.  I chose a scrap piece of floral patterned paper which (I think) coordinates well with this stamp that combines a floral image with a sentiment.  Because of the way the flower image is oriented, I thought it would look better to use the mirror image of the sketch.  I cut a frame for the vertical rectangle from a scrap of cardstock in a coordinating color.  Instead of coloring the image, I decided to cover the petals with a Prima flower, held in place with a tiny brad.  I’ve used shims of scrap cardstock to add dimension behind the vertical panel.

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If you need further inspiration for the CAS Colours & Sketches challenge, go see what the rest of the design team has made!  Then create your own clean and simple card using this week’s sketch, and link it to the challenge blog by 6:00 p.m. Eastern time Monday, July 2.  We’d love to see what you can do!  Thanks for stopping by today.

Supplies:
Stamps: For a Friend (Stampin’ Up)
Cardstock: Pure Luxury Ivory (Gina K. Designs); Perfect Plum (SU); scrap from Kioshi 6″ x 6″ paper pad (Basic Grey)
Ink: Early Espresso (SU)
Other: stitched rectangle dies (Lawn Fawn); flower (Prima); brad (Recollections)

Since it’s the fifth Tuesday of the month, this week at CAS Colours & Sketches we have a Timeless Tuesday double challenge – which means certain retired Stampin’ Up colors need to be used with an older CC&S sketch!  Cathy, our challenge hostess, has put some In Colors from a few years ago with a classic neutral and a sketch from five years ago.

To contrast with the retired colors and older sketch, I decided to use one of my newest stamp sets.  The butterfly’s wings were stamped in three different steps – first with the yellow color stamped off once, then with the orange stamped off once, and finally with the orange full-strength.  The dotted border stamp is from the same set as the butterfly.  I’ve stretched the sketch into a landscape-oriented rectangle.

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Although the colors listed are Stampin’ Up color names, you do not need to use Stampin’ Up products to create your card.  Simply use whatever you have that is closest to those colors.

AAA Cards is celebrating their 4th birthday with a birthday challenge, so I’m entering this card there.  Here’s wishing them many more years of fun challenges!

Be sure to see what the rest of the design team has made!  Then we’d love it if you join in our challenge by making a clean and simple styled card of your own using this sketch and these colors.  Share your work with us at the CAS Colours & Sketches site by 6:00 p.m. Eastern time Monday, June 4.  We’d love to see what you make!

Supplies:
Stamps: Watercolor Wings (Stampin’ Up); Birthday Greetings (Gina K. Designs)
Cardstock: Thick Whisper White, Hello Honey, Whisper White (SU)
Ink: Hello Honey, Tangelo Twist, Going Gray (SU)
Other: stitched scalloped border die (Lawn Fawn)

Hello there!  It’s colors week again at CAS Colours & Sketches.

Over the last few months I was focusing on holiday-specific cards for Send a Smile 4 Kids, but now it’s time for me to work on more non-holiday cards for them.  Today’s card is meant to give a little encouragement but I suppose it could also be used for a birthday card if the sender writes a birthday message inside of it.  Despite my efforts to make it gender neutral, I think it ended up looking a little more boyish than girly.  But that’s OK.  I used a CC&S sketch from a few months ago for the layout.  We actually had a power outage following a massive thunderstorm yesterday evening while I was making this card, so my first go-through coloring it was literally done by fading sunlight just before sunset.  When the electricity came back on a few hours later, I was able to see that I actually hadn’t done too badly with it, so after touching up a few spots I went ahead and assembled the card.

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I’m going to enter this into the “For the Kids” challenge at Shopping Our Stash.

If you need further inspiration for the CAS Colours & Sketches challenge, go see what the rest of the design team has made!  Then create your own clean and simple card using this week’s colors, and link it to the challenge blog by 6:00 p.m. Eastern time Monday, May 21.  We’d love to see what you can do!

Supplies:
Stamps: Pa-Rum-Pa-Pum-Pum (Lawn Fawn)
Cardstock: So Saffron (Stampin’ Up); Solar White (Neenah)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Other: markers (Copic); stitched square die (Lawn Fawn)

This is a quick and easy card I put together for a few challenges:  The sketch at Freshly Made Sketches (which I’ve turned on its side), the colors at Less is More, and the theme at Shopping Our Stash.  The butterfly was colored with Copics.  It’s such a simple and straightforward card I don’t have much else to say about it!

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

Supplies:
Stamps: Somebuggy Loves You (Sweet ‘n Sassy Stamps)
Cardstock: Solar White (Neenah); Brilliant Blue, Daffodil Delight (Stampin’ Up)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Other: markers (Copic); stitched rectangle die (Lawn Fawn)

Hello!  It’s time for a new color challenge at CAS Colours & Sketches.  This week we have a pretty trio of colors for you to work with.

When I started thinking of what to do for today’s card, I just couldn’t get the idea of a branch of flowers against a sky out of my mind.  I found a new-to-me challenge blog, Just Add Ink, that had a neat sketch I wanted to try.  So I pulled the two challenges together and came up with this.  I painted a swash of sky blue on a piece of watercolor paper.  When it was dry, I stamped one of my favorite flowery branch images on it, after stamping it off once on a piece of scrap paper to soften the ink color a bit.  Then I used my watercolor paints to fill in the outline images.  I also went back over the branch itself with the paint, to make it more in line with the soft neutral in the color challenge graphic.  I used one of my new shimmery gemtone paints for the blossoms, darkened it a bit for the buds, and added a few white highlights for the centers of the flowers.  I think the camera angle shown below captures the shimmer pretty well.  I fully admit I need a LOT more practice at watercolor painting, but I’m satisfied with the end result.

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My furbaby wanted in on the photography action, too.

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What will you create with these colors?  Share your work with us at the CAS Colours & Sketches site by 7:00 p.m. Eastern time Monday, May 7.  Be sure to check out what the other design team members have made, too!  Thanks for stopping by today!

Supplies:
Stamps: Artfully Asian, Always in my Thoughts (Stampin’ Up)
Cardstock: Sahara Sand (SU); The Langton Prestige Extra Smooth Hot Press watercolor paper (Daler-Rowney)
Ink: Sahara Sand (SU)
Other: Soft Sky reinker, dimensionals (SU); Gansai Tambi watercolor paints (Kuretake); stitched circle and stitched rectangle dies (Lawn Fawn)

Hello!  It’s color challenge week at CAS Colours & Sketches and we have a bright and cheery color combo to work with.

This color combination seemed pretty gender neutral to me so I decided to use it for a birthday card that I can donate to Send a Smile 4 Kids.  The current challenges at AAA Cards and Less is More seemed interesting, so I’ve combined them with the CC&S challenge.  I started off by working with scrap paper to create a mask that divided my card into thirds on a diagonal.  I put the mask in place on my card front and centered a stencil in it.  Then I masked off portions of the stencil with washi tape so I could brush ink in the three challenge colors, keeping the colors separated from each other.  Once I got the colors all done, I removed the masks and stamped the sentiment with black ink.  The card still looked like something was missing, so I scored a trio of lines both above and below the inked portion of the card.

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We’d love to see what you can create with this week’s colors!  Share your card at the CC&S website by 6:00 p.m. Eastern time Monday, March 26, 2018.  Thanks for stopping by today!

Supplies:
Stamp: So Much to Say (Lawn Fawn)
Cardstock: Pure Luxury Pure Ivory (Gina K. Designs)
Ink: Bermuda Bay, Rose Red, Pumpkin Pie (Stampin’ Up); Onyx Black (VersaFine)
Other: Fresh Dots Small stencil (Dylusions); stencil brushes (Claritystamp)

Hello there!  It’s sketch challenge week at CAS Colours & Sketches.

I’ve turned the sketch on its side for my card.  I’m still working on a few more Mother’s Day cards to send to Send a Smile 4 Kids, and I hadn’t used this simple but sweet stamp for a long time.  I found a scrap of designer paper that had flowers similar to the ones on the stamp and used that for the triangular elements of the sketch, adding a die cut scalloped edge to them.  I used colored pencils to color the flowers in the sentiment, but I chickened out on coloring the letters.  I felt like none of my purple pencils really matched the purple card base very well to use them in an area as large as the letters.

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I have to confess that it isn’t one of my favorite cards I’ve ever made, but I think it’ll be all right for SAS4K.  Plus, since it doesn’t specifically say “Mother’s Day”, it could also be used as a birthday card that a child could give to his or her mom.  Yay for versatility!

What will you do with this sketch?  I hope you’ll try out something and share what you create with us!  If you need more inspiration, check out what the rest of the CC&S Design Team has made.  Then link your work to the CC&S blog by 6:00 p.m. Eastern time Monday, March 19.  Thanks for stopping by today!

Supplies:
Stamp: It’s Good to be Queen (Lizzie Anne Designs)
Cardstock: Perfect Plum (Stampin’ Up); Solar White (Neenah); scrap from Kioshi 6″ x 6″ paper pad (Basic Grey)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Other: Premier colored pencils (Prismacolor); Stitched Scalloped Borders die (Lawn Fawn)

Good morning!  At CAS Colours & Sketches, I’m hosting one last challenge for the month of February, and for it, I’ve drawn up a very clean and simple sketch.

I’ve actually created two cards with this sketch.  I couldn’t decide which one to share, so I’ll include them both in this post.  The first one, I wasn’t happy with the way the ribbon embellishment turned out, which is why I thought I ought to make the second card.

For the first card, I did some basic masking to create the scene with the bunny and the Easter eggs.  After I sponged the sky and grass, I removed the masks and colored the bunny and eggs with Copics.  The ribbon matches the blue for the eggs better in real life than it does in the photo.  I took the basic color scheme for this card from last week’s CC&S color challenge, but with the blue for the sky and the green for the grass added in, it wouldn’t have counted for that challenge.

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I didn’t have a lot of time to work on the second card.  When I was making my card for CC&S challenge #258 a few weeks ago, I stamped several card fronts before I was happy with the one I used on my card for that challenge.  For today’s card I took one of the leftover fronts and die cut some of the flowers from it to get my focal panel for this card.  Then I added a ribbon embellishment in the same style I used for the bunny card.  I used dimensional adhesive to pop up the floral panel from the card base.

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I used the mirror image of the sketch for the bunny card so the bunny would be “looking” into the center of the card, rather than off the edge.  That’s just more pleasing to my eye.  I wasn’t really thinking when I was assembling the flower card and just did it the same as the first.  LOL

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Now it’s your turn!  What will you create with this sketch?  We’d love to have you share your card with us at CC&S!  You have until 6:00 p.m. Eastern time Monday, March 5 to link your card to the challenge post.  Thanks for stopping by today!

Supplies for the bunny card:
Stamps: Happy Easter (Lawn Fawn)
Cardstock: Peekaboo Peach (Stampin’ Up); Solar White (Neenah)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento); Soft Sky, Baja Breeze, Certainly Celery (SU)
Other: stitched square die (Lawn Fawn); markers (Copic); grosgrain ribbon (Really Reasonable Ribbon); brad (Making Memories); sponges

All supplies for the floral card are from Stampin’ Up except the square die:
Stamps: Spring Garden
Cardstock: Sweet Sugarplum
Ink: Wild Wasabi, Powder Pink, Berry Burst
Other: Wild Wasabi double stitched ribbon, candy dot, dimensionals; stitched square die (Lawn Fawn)

Hello!  This is just a quick post to share one last valentine for this season.  I made this one for my husband, using the colors from the current challenge at The Paper Players.

The bunny was stamped, colored, and fussy cut.  I cut a circle from white textured cardstock and backed it with a piece of red cardstock.   When I inserted the bunny in the hole, I used dimensional adhesive behind his ears to really pop them out from the circle.  A cute little sentiment finished the card.

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I’m also going to enter this at Addicted to Stamps and More, where the theme this week is Clean and Simple.

Thanks for stopping by and checking out my card!

Supplies:
Stamps: Flopsey Bunch of Hearts (My Favorite Things); My Silly Valentine (Lawn Fawn)
Cardstock: Kraft, Real Red, Whisper White textured (Stampin’ Up); Solar White (Neenah)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Other: markers (Copic); dimensionals (SU)

Hello!  It’s the second Tuesday of the month, which means it’s time for a sketch challenge at CAS Colours & Sketches.  Yours truly is hosting the challenges there this month, and once again I’ve reached back into my personal archives for inspiration for the challenge.  I’ve turned this card from 2011 into the sketch for this week’s challenge.

I wasn’t loving the first few ideas I had for my card for this challenge.  I knew I needed to make a birthday card for my son, so I was looking for ways to use the sketch for that.  I browsed through my stamps and rediscovered a cute otter set, and the proverbial light bulb went off in my head.  However, in order to use the otter image, I was going to need to manipulate the sketch.  So I’ve turned it on its side and flipped it mirror-image.  (I’ll include the inverted version of the sketch below the photo of the card.)  I had a piece of watercolor paper on which I’d made a blue wash, intending it for a different project a while ago, but decided against using at that time.  It came in handy now for die cutting the waves.  I opted to use a scallop die to make waves with peaks, rather than gently rolling waves.  Because the scallops add some width to the strips element of the sketch, I chose to use only three strips, rather than the five shown in the sketch.  The otter and his birthday gift were stamped on a scrap of white cardstock, colored with Copics, and fussy cut before I adhered them to the card.  The colors for the present are the colors for my son’s college.

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sketch 259                     sketch 259 inverted

Be sure to visit the CAS Colours & Sketches blog to see what the rest of the design team has done with this sketch.  Then create your own card using the sketch as inspiration.  Share it via the linky tool on the CC&S site by 6:00 p.m. Eastern time Monday, February 19.  We’d love to see what you make!

Supplies:
Stamps: Year Five (Lawn Fawn)
Cardstock: Soft Sky (Stampin’ Up); watercolor paper (Artist’s Loft); Solar White (Neenah)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Other: markers (Copic); blue reinker (SU); Landscape Trio die (Mama Elephant)

Hello there!  Since January has five Tuesdays, that means it’s time for a double challenge at CAS Colours & Sketches!  This week we’re asking our challenge participants to combine the given colors with the given sketch.  We’ve reached back into the archives for some retired Stampin’ Up colors and a previous CC&S sketch.  Sounds like fun, right?  Be sure to check out what the rest of the CC&S design team has done with it!

I’ll admit I had a difficult time figuring out what to do for this challenge.  I wanted to make a valentine, but unlike some of the other design team members, I had a hard time wrapping my head around that with the challenge colors.  Finally I decided to think ahead on the calendar and start on the next season: Easter.   Even though I don’t really consider Easter to be a card-giving holiday, I know that some people do, so over the years I’ve made some Easter cards for the charities I support.  I substituted a squarish shape for the heart on the sketch, which gave me a little more room to create a little springtime scene using the challenge colors.  Because of the direction the rabbit is facing, I’ve flipped the sketch mirror-image.  I popped up the rabbit with dimensional adhesive for a little more visual interest.

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Now it’s time for you to get your craft on and link your own card to our challenge post!  You have until 7:00 p.m. Eastern time Monday, February 5 to share your card with us.  We’d love to see what you can do with our double challenge!

Supplies:
Stamps: Happy Easter (Lawn Fawn)
Cardstock: Solar White (Neenah); Apricot Appeal (Stampin’ Up)
Ink: Coastal Cabana, Certainly Celery (SU)
Other: markers (Copic); Labels Twelve die (Spellbinders); cloud dies (Sweet ‘n Sassy Stamps); dimensionals (SU)

Hello!  It’s time for a new color challenge at CAS Colours & Sketches.  This week we have a nice winter-inspired trio of colors for you to work with.

I decided to use these cute birdies, and I colored them in the two shades of purple using colored pencils blended with odorless mineral spirits.  To get the sky background around the birds, I put a mask over the birds, and framed them with a circular mask.  Then I blended some sky blue ink into the circle.  I’d used the circular mask with red ink several years ago so I was a little surprised that the red ink reactivated and blended with the sky blue to form a purple edge to the circle – however, since it worked with the challenge colors, it’s a happy accident!

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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.  We’d love to have you join us!

Supplies:
Stamps: Feathered Friends [for Simon Says Stamp]; So Much to Say (Lawn Fawn)
Cardstock: Soft Sky (Stampin’ Up); Solar White (Neenah)
Ink: Onyx Black (VersaFine); Soft Sky (SU)
Other: Premier colored pencils (Prismacolor); odorless mineral spirits (Gamsol); sponge

It’s time for the last CAS Colours & Sketches challenge of 2017, and we’re closing the year out with another seasonal challenge.  This week we’d like for our participants to choose one of our sketch challenges from 2017 and make a festive card with it.

I’ve decided to revisit challenge #233.  With its fairly big rectangular focal panel, this one is easy to adapt to a variety of ideas.  One of my newer stamp sets was practically begging to be used, so I’ve inked up these stamps from it for the first time and stamped them onto some scraps of white cardstock.  Then I colored the otter and the Santa hat and fussy cut them to attach to a rectangle cut from a watercolor wash I’d made.  The sentiment panel was also fussy cut to follow the curves of the words.   I attached the sentiment panel with dimensional adhesive and the card was done.

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We’d love to have you join in our challenge at CC&S!  Check out the Past Sketch Challenges tab, pick one of the sketches from 2017, and make a holiday card.  You have until 6:00 p.m. Eastern time Monday, December 18 to link your card at the challenge site.  Thanks for visiting today!

Supplies:
Stamps: Christmas Like No Otter [for Simon Says Stamp] (Lawn Fawn)
Cardstock: Crumb Cake (Stampin’ Up); Solar White (Neenah); Artistico Extra White watercolor paper (Fabriano)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Other: Marina Mist and Soft Sky reinkers, dimensionals (SU); markers (Copic); Stitched Rectangle die (Lawn Fawn)

Greetings!  It’s time for another color challenge at CAS Colours & Sketches.

Considering the colors for this week and the current time of year, it was hard not to think of Christmas foliage.  So I’ve pulled out one of my favorite Christmas tree stamps for the occasion.  I inked it first with the lighter shade of green, then went around the edges of the stamp with the darker ink pad, to give the image a little two-tone effect.  I stamped it on a scrap piece of cardstock and fussy cut it before attaching it to the focal panel.  I added silver brads in two different sizes plus a star to decorate the tree.  I used the darker green ink to add a few festive stars and confetti to the strip of lighter green cardstock that grounds the focal panel.  Even though it might not look quite as clean and simple as some of my other cards, it was pretty easy.

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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. Monday, November 13.  We’d love to see what you make!  Thanks for stopping by today!

Supplies:
Stamps: Season of Joy (Stampin’ Up); Most Wonderful (Uniko)
Cardstock: Confetti Cream, Emerald Envy (SU)
Ink: Emerald Envy, Tranquil Tide (SU)
Other: silver brads (Making Memories, Recollections, and Spare Parts); stitched square die (Lawn Fawn); dimensionals (SU)

Hello!  Happy Halloween to my readers who observe it!

Since it’s the fifth Tuesday of the month, this week at CAS Colours & Sketches we have a Timeless Tuesday double challenge – which means certain retired Stampin’ Up colors need to be used with an older CC&S sketch!  That sounds like fun, doesn’t it?

I wanted to make a few more birthday cards for Send a Smile 4 Kids before sending off my stockpile to them, so that’s how I decided the theme for today’s card.  I stretched the sketch out from a square to a landscape-oriented rectangle.  I’ll admit I took a little liberty with the sketch by not putting my row of sentiment and party hats in an actual strip as shown on the sketch.  I knew I had ribbons in the challenge colors, and I wanted to use some of them on the card.  I decided to layer the narrow Baja Blue ribbon on top of the wider River Rock ribbon.  I used just the Baja Blue ribbon for a simple little knot bow.  The red mat was a last-minute idea to add an extra pop of red to the card.  Even though it gives it more layers than I tend to like on a clean and simple card, it does make the card look better.

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double 247Although the colors listed are Stampin’ Up color names, you do not need to use Stampin’ Up products to create your card.  Simply use whatever you have that is closest to those colors.

Be sure to see what the rest of the design team has made!  Then we’d love it if you join in our challenge by making a clean and simple styled card of your own using this sketch and these colors.  Share your work with us at the CAS Colours & Sketches site by 6:00 p.m. Eastern time Monday, November 6.  We’d love to see what you make!

Supplies:
Stamps: Hats Off to You (Lawn Fawn)
Cardstock: River Rock, Riding Hood Red (Stampin’ Up); Solar White (Neenah)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Other: Premier colored pencils (Prismacolor); Gamsol (Gamblin); River Rock ribbon, Baja Breeze ribbon (SU)

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