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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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)

Hello!  It’s time for another color challenge at CAS Colours & Sketches!  I think this week’s color combination is rather unique, so I’m looking forward to seeing what our challenge participants do with it.

It took me a while to figure out what to make.  Finally I settled on flowers.  One can never go wrong with flowers, right?  I stamped the stems in the lime green color.  Then I used a punch to create the blossoms and sponged a bit of the same color ink on them so they wouldn’t look so “flat”.  I used glue dots to adhere the blossoms to the background.  The glue dots give them a tiny bit of lift off the background so they have a little dimension.  Candy dots in the third color from the challenge combo worked perfectly for the centers of the flowers.  The “thanks” stamp is a freebie I received in an order from Lawn Fawn about five years ago.  I decided to offset the focal panel and have the mats go around just two edges of the card for a little extra visual interest as opposed to having the mats go around all four edges.

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Thanks for stopping by today!  I hope you’ll join us over at CAS Colours & Sketches with your own take on these colors!  You have until 6:00 p.m. Eastern time Monday, October 23 to link your card at the challenge website.  Also, we’re looking to add some new members to our design team, so if this is something you’re interested in, be sure to add the letters “DT” to your name when you link your card, and play along in next week’s sketch challenge, too!

Supplies:
Stamps: Feathered Friends [for Simon Says Stamp], “thanks” (Lawn Fawn)
Cardstock: Night of Navy, Lemon Lime Twist, Flirty Flamingo (Stampin’ Up); Pure Luxury Ivory (Gina K. Designs)
Ink: Night of Navy, Lemon Lime Twist, Flirty Flamingo (SU)
Other: Spring Bouquet Flower punch, Rich Regals candy dots (SU)

Hello!  I have a quick post today to share the card I’ve made for the current challenges at CAS(E) this Sketch! and Less is More.  I made a watercolor wash with distress ink and cut it with dies to simulate a river.  The otters were stamped on a scrap of white cardstock, colored, fussy cut, and adhered into place.  I think my husband liked this card when I gave it to him last night for our anniversary.  Since this is my newest favorite stamp, I’m going to enter this into the current Addicted to CAS challenge, too.

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Thanks for stopping by today!

Supplies:
Stamps: Christmas Like No Otter [for Simon Says Stamp] (Lawn Fawn)
Cardstock: Naturals Ivory (Stampin’ Up); Solar White (Neenah); Artistico Extra White watercolor paper (Fabriano)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento); Faded Jeans Distress Ink (Tim Holtz)
Other: Landscape Trio dies (Mama Elephant); dimensionals (SU)

Wow – it’s October already!  The start of the month means we have a new hostess at CAS Colours & SketchesEmily has come up with some great challenge ideas for us, and we hope you’ll join us for the fun and creativity!

The first challenge of the month is a color challenge, and Emily has picked some great colors for the fall season.  I was able to combine them with the sketch from Freshly Made Sketches.  I die cut a wreath from kraft cardstock and used that as the base for the other two colors.  I stamped the flowers and leaves and used re-inker with water to color them.  I added some Wink of Stella to the small flowers to give them a little sparkle before I fussy cut all the flowers and leaves.  I used a piece of green seam binding for the wider horizontal element of the sketch.  Since The Paper Players has a theme of “Autumn Florals” this week, my card fits into their challenge, too.

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How will you choose to use this week’s CC&S colors?  Be sure to check out what the rest of the Design Team and our October Guest Designer have done with them.  Then link your own card to the challenge site.  You have until 6:00 p.m. Eastern time Monday, October 9 to share your card.  Thanks for stopping by today, and happy crafting!

Supplies:
Stamps: Flutter By (Lawn Fawn); Trendy Trees (Stampin’ Up)
Cardstock: Very Vanilla textured, Kraft (SU); Artistico Extra White watercolor paper (Fabriano)
Ink: Crumb Cake (SU); Onyx Black (VersaFine)
Other: Pear Pizzazz and Pumpkin Pie reinkers, Pear Pizzazz seam binding (SU); Grapevine Wreath die (Memory Box); Wink of Stella pen (Zig)

Hello!  I’m back to crafting again after helping take care of some family matters, and I’m trying to get back in the swing of things with a sketch challenge for CAS Colours & Sketches.

I want to make a few more birthday cards to include in my next shipment to Send a Smile 4 Kids, so that’s how I decided upon the theme for my card.  I turned the sketch on its side so that I could use balloons for the round shapes and have strings hanging from them.  I die cut the balloons from a leftover piece of a watercolor wash I’d made some time ago.  I think the watercolor gives the balloons a more translucent look than if I’d cut them from a piece of solid colored cardstock.  The balloons are raised up from the card front with some shims of scrap cardstock.  The sentiment is also a die cut, which I’ve shortened a bit – the full die reads “happy birthday to you” but I didn’t have room for all of that.  I’ve mounted the card front to a card base in the same color as the sentiment.

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Be sure to check out what the rest of the CC&S design team and our September guest designer have made with this sketch!  Then create a card of your own and link it to our challenge site by 6:00 p.m. Eastern time Monday, October 2.  We’d love to have you join in the fun and creativity!

Supplies:
Stamps: none
Cardstock: Pure Luxury Ivory (Gina K. Designs); Marina Mist (Stampin’ Up); watercolor paper (Artist’s Loft)
Ink: none
Other: Party Balloons, Happy Birthday Border, and Stitched Rectangle dies (Lawn Fawn); Marina Mist reinker, linen thread (SU)

Hello there!  August has five Tuesdays, so that means it’s Timeless Tuesday double challenge week at CAS Colours & SketchesKaren and I combined forces for creating this week’s challenge – she chose a previous CC&S sketch to use, and I picked some of Stampin’ Up’s retired colors to use with it.  Although we use Stampin’ Up color names for reference, you may use any companies’ products to make your card, so long as you match the colors closely.  You’re also welcome to stretch the square format of the sketch into a rectangular card, and/or turn the sketch on its side.

At first the colors suggested two things to me:  flowers and babies.  I ended up going with a different nature-related thing:  birds.  I stamped the birds and their branch on scraps of cardstock and fussy cut them to add to the blue background circle.  I didn’t fussy cut around their legs, though, because that’s tooooo fussy.  So I drew the legs back into place as I was assembling the focal point.  For the vertical strip, I stamped dots in each of the challenge colors onto a scrap of white cardstock, and matted it with pink and green.  I chose a sentiment to tie into the “friends” theme going on at Addicted to CAS.

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Be sure to check out what the rest of the CC&S Design Team has made.  Then get your craft on and link your own card to our challenge post!  You have until 7:00 p.m. Eastern time Monday, September 4 to share your card with us.  We’d love to see what you can do with our double challenge!  Thanks for stopping by today.

Supplies:
Stamps: Feathered Friends [for Simon Says Stamp], Sophie’s Sentiments (Lawn Fawn); Itty Bitty Backgrounds (Stampin’ Up)
Cardstock: Bashful Blue, Chocolate Chip, Whisper White, Pretty in Pink, Certainly Celery, thick Whisper White (SU)
Ink: Chocolate Chip, Bashful Blue, Certainly Celery, Pretty in Pink (SU)
Other: stitched circle die (Lawn Fawn)

Hi there!  Today’s post is just a really quick one before the current challenge at The Paper Players ends.  They wanted to see clean and simple styled cards that incorporated coloring.  I also wanted to make something for the current Cards in Envy challenge to use a thought or speech balloon on a card.

I’ve put together a card from bits and pieces left over from other projects.  The penguin was already stamped; all I did with him for this card was color him and cut him out.  I found a scrap on my desk that was just the right size for the speech bubble.  I painted some shimmery white paint on another scrap of cardstock that I’d cut for the snowbank/ice for the penguin to stand on.  And the card base was a half sheet of cardstock left over from another card.  So yay for using up stuff!

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

Supplies:
Stamps: Critters in the Snow, Sophie’s Sentiments, A Birdie Told Me (Lawn Fawn)
Cardstock: Cool Caribbean (Stampin’ Up); Pure Luxury White (Gina K. Designs)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Other: markers (Copic); Frost White shimmer paint (SU)

Hello!  It’s time for July’s color challenge at Christmas Card Throwdown.  This time we’re pulling out all the stops and instead of limiting our participants to using only a certain few colors, we’d like to see you use a rainbow of colors!  You should use a minimum of five colors on your card.

I knew I had some very colorful Christmas-themed designer papers, so I pulled them out and looked through them to see what I could use.  I had some scraps that fit perfectly into this week’s sketch from CAS(E) this Sketch!, so I decided to join in that challenge.  I turned the sketch 90 degrees on its side.  My sweet little Lawn Fawn birdies fit right in with the colors and the music.  I stamped them onto a scrap of white cardstock, colored them, fussy cut them, and finally glued them to the sky blue panel.  And there’s another card for the stockpile I’m creating for Send A Smile 4 Kids.  Their current challenge is “Christmas in July 4 Kids”, so I’ll add this card to their linkup.

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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.  You have until 7:00 pm Eastern time Friday, August 4 to link your card at the CCT site. Thanks for stopping by today!

Supplies:
Stamps: Winter Sparrows (Lawn Fawn)
Cardstock: Early Espresso, Soft Sky (Stampin’ Up); designer papers from Holly Jolly Christmas 6″ x 6″ paper pad (Echo Park)
Ink: Early Espresso (SU)
Other: markers (Copic)

Hello there!  It’s sketch week at CAS Colours & Sketches and we have a nice little one for you with some simple shapes.

As I was looking through my stamps, trying to figure out how to use the oval shape in the sketch, I came to a set that has several speech balloons.  I decided it would be fun to use one of them for the oval, but realized then I’d need something to be speaking.  So I added a couple of cute little birdies to dress up the sketch a bit.  I picked out designer paper for the stripes of the sketch.  I had coordinating scraps that were just the right size for the speech balloon and the birds, so I stamped them and fussy cut them to add to the card.  The bird on the left is attached with a pop dot to give a little dimension to the card.  As I was getting ready to take the photo of the card, I thought it needed a little something extra, so I made a literal last-minute decision to round the bottom right corner of the card to echo the shape of the speech balloon.  It’s a tiny detail but I think it does perk up 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, July 17.  Thanks for stopping by today!

Supplies:
Stamps: A Birdie Told Me, Sophie’s Sentiments (Lawn Fawn)
Cardstock: Soft Sky (Stampin’ Up); designer papers from Kioshi 6″ x 6″ paper pad (Basic Grey)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Other: dimensionals (SU); corner rounder (EK Success)

Hello there!  It’s time for another month of challenges at CAS Colours & Sketches!  We have some bold, bright colors for our challenge this week.  One of them has been a part of Stampin’ Up’s color lineup for a few years, but the other two are In Colors that were introduced last month.  As always with our color challenges, if you don’t have the exact colors shown in our challenge graphic, you may use whatever you own by any company so long as you match the colors as closely as possible.

It’s been a while since I’ve made a card specifically for Send a Smile 4 Kids, so I decided to focus on that organization when I was working on my card for this challenge.  The bright chartreuse had me a little stumped at first because to me it seems too yellow to work well as foliage.  Since it’s Independence Day here in the U.S. I kept feeling like I should do something with stars and/or stripes, even though the colors are far from our patriotic red, white and blue.  :)  I ended up going graphic with a design I found on Ardyth’s blog.  I decided to embrace that bold greenish yellow by using it for the card base and to stamp the sentiment.

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Thanks so much for stopping by today!  I hope you’ll make a card with these challenge colors and share it with us at CC&S.  You have until 6:00 p.m. Eastern time Monday, July 10 to link your card at the challenge site.

Supplies:
Stamps: Simply Said: You (Avery Elle)
Cardstock: Lemon Lime Twist, Island Indigo, Berry Burst (Stampin’ Up); Solar White (Neenah)
Ink: Lemon Lime Twist (SU)
Other: Puffy Stars die (Lawn Fawn)

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