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

The quickly approaching Christmas season was in the back of my mind last month, I think, when I chose the two shades of green with the rich, deep red for this challenge.   Oddly enough, LOL, as the challenge date grew nearer, I was more and more inclined to not make a Christmas or seasonal card with them.  I guess after using green and red for last week’s card, I wanted to show that today’s colors have enough versatility for something different.  The green and red together made me recall a card I’d made about six years ago, so I decided to try to rework it to use this week’s challenge colors.

There are a number of similarities between today’s card and the older one, but there are a lot of differences, too.  I’ve used the same stamps, plus a speech balloon stamp.  I created a slightly larger scene with the little toad, using a grass die to “ground” him on a faux stitched circle, but I used the same hexagon die as a mat for the circle.  I stamped the frog and the heart on cardstock and fussy cut them to make sure their coloring would match the background cardstock pieces.  Today’s card uses the current CAS(E) this Sketch! challenge for the layout.  I opted to give the long border elements of the sketch a faux stitched scalloped edge for a little extra visual interest against the plain white card base.

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Now it’s your turn to create a clean and simple styled card using these colors, and share it with us at the CC&S site!  If you don’t have these exact colors, just use whatever you have that closely resembles them. You have until 6:00 p.m. Eastern time Monday, November 26 to link your card.  We hope you’ll join us!

Supplies:
Stamps: Critters Ever After, A Birdie Told Me (Lawn Fawn); Unfrogetable (Stampin’ Up)
Cardstock: Tranquil Tide, Mint Macaron, Cherry Cobbler (SU); Solar White (Neenah)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Other: hexagon Nestabilities die (Spellbinders); grassy border, stitched circle, and stitched scalloped border dies (Lawn Fawn)

Hi!  It’s sketch challenge time at CAS Colours & Sketches and this week we have one that gives lots of creative opportunity.

The “non-geometric shape” element of the sketch made me think for a while, pondering what I could use for that.  Finally I narrowed it down to a few of my animal stamps that I hadn’t used for a long time.  I have loads of designer papers and I wanted to use some for the rectangular element.  I found this scrap that had a greyish color that would work for kangaroos, and so I decided to use that stamp and I built the color scheme of my card from there.  I stamped the mama and baby kangaroo image on a scrap piece of white cardstock so I could color it and then fussy cut it.  I stocked up on Soft Sky cardstock before it was retired (it’s one of my all-time favorite colors) so I used that for the card base and matted the scrap of designer paper with green.  I used dimensional adhesive to attach the kangaroos to the card.

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If I’d thought about it before I put the card all together, I would have also stamped a few balloons for the mama kangaroo to hold, to give the card more of a birthday vibe.  Oh well.  It’s still a good card for Send a Smile 4 Kids.

Check out what the rest of the CC&S Design Team and our October guest designer have done with this sketch.  We’d love to see your take on it!  We hope you’ll make a card of your own and share it with us at the CC&S site by 6:00 p.m. Monday, October 15, 2018.  Thanks for stopping by today!

Supplies:
Stamps: Critters Down Under (Lawn Fawn)
Cardstock: Soft Sky, Old Olive, Fall Flowers designer paper (Stampin’ Up); Solar White (Neenah)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Other: dimensionals (SU); markers (Copic)

Hi there!  It’s time for another challenge at CAS Colours & Sketches.  For the month of October, several of the design team members are taking turns as host each week.  Since it’s the first Tuesday, we have a color challenge for you to consider.

I will admit that the colors had me stumped when I first saw them a few weeks ago.  I decided to browse around online to see if any of the current sketch challenges would provide a springboard for ideas.  The one at CAS(E) this Sketch! looked interesting, and after a little more thought I figured I could make clouds for the circular elements of the sketch and add some cute birdies.   I die cut the clouds and a tree branch so the birds could perch upon something.  I sponged a little bit of grey ink on the clouds to give them some definition.  The birdies were stamped on the remnants of the white cardstock from which I’d cut the clouds; after I colored them, I fussy cut them.  I drew the birds’ legs where I wanted them positioned and then glued the branch and the birds in place.  I added a cardstock shim behind both the birds for a little dimension.  Because of the way the birds and the branch are situated, it looked better to flip the sketch and use it in mirror image.  Since the birds fit in where the sketch notes a place for a sentiment, I’ve moved the wording for my card a bit further down.

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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, October 8, 2018.  Thanks for stopping by today!

Supplies:
Stamps: Winter Sparrows (Lawn Fawn)
Cardstock: Coastal Cabana, Early Espresso (Stampin’ Up); Solar White (Neenah)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento); Smoky Slate (SU)
Other: markers (Copic); cloud dies (Sweet ‘n Sassy Stamps); sponge

Hello there!  It’s the last Tuesday of the month and that means it’s sketch challenge time at CAS Colours & Sketches.  This week’s sketch features a trio of elements.

I’m still working on some Christmas cards to donate to Send a Smile 4 Kids, so that determined my theme for today’s card.  Snowflakes seemed like a perfect thing to use in place of the diamond shapes on the sketch.  I die cut them from silver glittery cardstock.  I spritzed the focal panel of the card with silvery shimmer mist to give it some subtle interest, and added a sentiment in grey to match the card base.  It’s another very simple, quick-to-make card but I think it’ll be just right for SAS4K.

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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, October 1.  We’d love to see what you can do!  Thanks for stopping by today.

Supplies:
Stamp: Most Wonderful (Uniko)
Cardstock: Smoky Slate, Silver Shimmer, Whisper White (Stampin’ Up)
Ink: Smoky Slate (SU)
Other: Stitched Snowflakes dies (Lawn Fawn); Pewter Perfect Pearls Mist (Ranger)

Hello there!  We have a great little sketch for you this week at CAS Colours & Sketches and I’m looking forward to seeing what our challenge participants make with it.

I decided to combine my sketch with the color challenge currently going at Less is More and I’ve made another card to add to the stockpile that I’ll be sending to Send a Smile 4 Kids in a few weeks.  For the circle element of the sketch, I made a stencil by cutting a circle from an index card.  I attached the stencil to my card front with temporary adhesive and brushed blue ink into it.  After I removed the stencil, I stamped the sentiment.  I die cut several snowflakes from white cardstock.  The largest one is layered for more dimension.  I coated all three snowflakes with a generous dose of Wink of Stella to give them some shimmer.  To bring out the black for the color challenge, I trimmed the edges of card panel a bit and attached the panel to a black card base.  The card still looked a little plain to me after I put the snowflakes in place, so I added rhinestones for more sparkle.

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There you have it!  What will you make with this sketch?  If you need extra inspiration, check out what the rest of the CC&S design team and our guest designer have made.  Be sure to share your card with us at the CC&S site by 6:00 p.m. Eastern time Monday, September 17.  We’d love to have you join in the fun and creativity!

Supplies:
Stamp: Bows and Holly (Lawn Fawn)
Cardstock: Basic Black, Whisper White (Stampin’ Up)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento); Marina Mist (SU)
Other: Stitched Snowflakes dies (LF); stencil brush (Claritystamp); Wink of Stella pen (Zig); rhinestones (SU)

Hi there!  We have a fun sketch for you this week at CAS Colours & Sketches and I’m looking forward to seeing what our challenge participants create with it!

I guess I’m subconsciously wishing for winter weather because I decided to use snowflakes in place of the circles on the sketch. Besides, it’s time to start getting into holiday gear for Send a Smile 4 Kids.  My snowflake dies are larger than the sketch elements, but I think the idea of the sketch is still conveyed.  I cut the snowflakes from shimmery white cardstock, which is very pretty in person and very difficult to capture with the camera.  Some iridescent rhinestones add some extra sparkle for a more festive touch.  I turned the sketch on its side so the sentiment would better fit on the card.  The card still looked a little plain, so I pulled out a corner rounder and punched the bottom corners of the card.

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What will you do with this sketch?  There are so many possibilities!  I hope you’ll try out something and share what you create with us!  Link your work to the CAS Colours & Sketches blog by 6:00 p.m. Eastern time Monday, August 20.  Thanks for stopping by today!

Supplies:
Stamp: Merry Messages (Lawn Fawn)
Cardstock: Soft Sky, Shimmery White (Stampin’ Up)
Ink: Smoky Slate (SU)
Other: Stitched Snowflake dies (LF); rhinestones (Recollections); corner rounder punch (SU)

Hello!  It’s the last day of the month, and we’re squeezing in one more July challenge at CAS Colours & Sketches.  Since it’s the fifth Tuesday in July, we have a “Timeless Tuesday” double challenge – combining retired Stampin’ Up colors with one of our previous CC&S sketches.

I have to confess that because this was not one of my favorite sketches during its first go, I wasn’t exactly looking forward to using it again.  After a lot of thought about how I could also incorporate the colors, I finally decided to use ice cream cones for the pennant shapes.  Stamping the images and sentiment directly onto the main focal panel of the card helps keep it clean and simple in design.  It seems like it’s been a long time since I used my Copics to color an image and I felt a little out of practice; I’m not so proud of this coloring job but I guess it’s not too awful.

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double 283Now 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, August 6 to share your card with us.  We’d love to see what you can do with our double challenge!

Supplies:
Stamps: Here’s the Scoop, Chit Chat (Lawn Fawn)
Cardstock: Baked Brown Sugar (Stampin’ Up); Solar White (Neenah)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Other: markers (Copic)

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)

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