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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sketch 220

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!  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!  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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sketch 207

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)

I’m just writing a quick post today to show a card I’ve made for the Freshly Made Sketches challenge that will be closing soon, as well as the current AAA Cards challenge.  The two challenges worked together so well that I couldn’t resist joining in them.

I thought it would be cute to have animals peeking through round windows.  I created the front panel of the card first by adding a strip of light green cardstock to the bottom of a 4.25″ x 5.5″ piece of white cardstock and adding a sentiment.  Why green?  Because it was a scrap that was lying on my desk, and because it seemed like it would work as a “ground” or “grass”.  And because I used a scrap, I’m going to enter this into the Shopping Our Stash challenge, too.  Then I used my circle dies to cut the circles from the panel.  I laid the die cut panel over a white card base and traced the outlines of the circles so I’d know where to position the animals.  After I stamped them, I colored them with colored pencils blended with odorless mineral spirits.  The colored pencils tend to give a softer look than my Copic markers do, plus the pencils don’t bleed through the cardstock like Copics often do.  Once I was done coloring, I attached the die cut panel to the card base.  I think it turned out pretty well, considering I was running out of the odorless mineral spirits!

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And there’s another any occasion card for the stockpile I’m creating for Send a Smile 4 Kids.  Thanks for stopping by today!  Comments are always welcome and appreciated.

Supplies:
Stamps: Skater Kids (Mama Elephant)
Cardstock: Solar White (Neenah); Certainly Celery (Stampin’ Up)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Other: Premier colored pencils (Prismacolor); odorless mineral spirits (Houston Arts); standard circle Nestabilities dies (Spellbinders)

Hello there!  It’s the second Thursday of the month, which means it’s time for another sketch challenge at CAS Colours & Sketches.

I’ve used the mirror image of the sketch because it just seemed to work better with placing the sentiment I chose.  I decided to combine the sketch challenge with the color challenge at Less is More and the theme challenge at Addicted to CAS.  I stamped the birdies, the notes, and the sentiment with very dark brown ink.  I colored the birds to coordinate with the dusty blue of the card base and the sandy brown of the background banner.  It’s really a quite simple little card so without further chitchat, here it is:

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sketch 186

Since the birdies do have wings, I’ve decided to enter into the theme challenge at Cards in Envy, too.  I recently stepped down from the design team there due to time constraints in my personal life, but I still love the concept of their challenges (making cards that are flat enough to easily fit “in envy” – in an envelope – to be mailed) so I don’t think I’ll be able to completely stay away from there!  😉

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 Wednesday, August 17 to participate.  We hope you’ll join us!

Supplies:
Stamps: Love Quotes (Mama Elephant); Pa-Rum-Pa-Pum-Pum (Lawn Fawn)
Cardstock: Baja Breeze, Kraft (Stampin’ Up); Pure Luxury Ivory (Gina K. Designs)
Ink: Early Espresso (SU)
Other: markers (Copic)

Hello!  Saturday means it’s time for a new challenge at 52 Christmas Card Throwdown, where we celebrate Christmas all year round. Each week we offer a cardmaking challenge to help you create Christmas or wintry cards so you’ll have a bunch of cards ready to send when the holiday season rolls around.  We’re kicking the month off with a sketch challenge.

This month’s sketch was drawn as a portrait-oriented rectangle, but I’ve squashed it down into a landscape-oriented rectangle for my card.  I created a little scene on the left panel and used patterned paper for the right panel.  The penguins were stamped onto a scrap of white cardstock, colored, fussy cut, and then assembled to the snowy background.  I don’t think my camera captured it in the photo, but the cardstock I used for the snowy ground has a hint of shimmer to it.

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I’m entering my card into the current Lawnscaping challenge.

Now it’s time for you to check out all the challenge details at the 52CCT site, and visit the rest of the design team members’ blogs for more inspiration.  Then create your own card and link it at the 52CCT site by 7:00 pm Eastern time Friday, August 12.    Thanks for stopping by my blog today!

Supplies:
Stamps: Critters in the Snow, Hats Off to You, Pa-Rum-Pa-Pum-Pum (Lawn Fawn)
Cardstock: Riding Hood Red, Basic Black, Shimmery White (Stampin’ Up); Pure Luxury White (Gina K. Designs); patterned papers from Fa La La 6″ x 6″ paper pack (Lawn Fawn)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Other: markers (Copic); Landscape Trio die (Mama Elephant)

Greetings!  We’re starting a new month of challenges at CAS Colours & Sketches today, and with it, the design team is doing something a little bit different.  Instead of having one team member being the hostess for the entire month, we have four team members each hosting one challenge this month, and the other four members will each host a challenge in August.  We’re still keeping our usual rotation of color and sketch challenges, and we have an awesome guest designer this month, so be sure to check out the challenge site!

I think I had the sketch from last week’s double challenge lurking in the back of my mind when I created today’s card; although it’s not exactly like the sketch, the curve reminds me of it.  I spent some time trying to figure out how to use this week’s colors and finally settled on using them for a cute little puppy.  He comes from a fun set of stamps where you can interchange different animals’ heads and torsos with different shorts and legs.  The skateboard is another option with the set and I decided to use it here, to make it look like the puppy was riding down a hill.  I stamped the skateboard first, then the legs, and then the top half of the puppy, onto a scrap piece of cardstock.  I wasn’t able to line it up to get the shirt to sit right on top of the shorts (what you see here is attempt #3, LOL) so finally I decided this was close enough, figured the puppy was showing off his abs, and drew in lines for his sides.  Then I colored the puppy with Prismacolor pencils blended with odorless mineral spirits. I carefully fussy cut him out and attached him to the card front, after first adhering the die-cut hill.  The sentiment and word bubble are from the same stamp set.  I chose a saying that goes for any person of any age, any time of the year.  I colored in the word “awesome” to tie in a little more of the purple in the challenge colors.  Hmmm… as I’m typing this I see that in the photo, the shorts don’t look as vibrant green as they do on the actual card.  Oh well.

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I think it’ll be a cute card to donate to Send a Smile 4 Kids.  I’m entering it into their current “CAS 4 Kids” challengeShopping Our Stash is asking for speech bubbles on cards so I’m going to join in that challenge, too.

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 Wednesday, July 13 to link your card at the challenge site.

Supplies:
Stamps: Skater Kids (Mama Elephant for Simon Says Stamp)
Cardstock: Cucumber Crush, Elegant Eggplant, Soft Suede (Stampin’ Up); Pure Luxury White (Gina K. Designs)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Other: Premier colored pencils (Prismacolor); odorless mineral spirits (Hampton Arts); Landscape Trio die (Mama Elephant)

Greetings!  It’s Saturday, which means it’s time for another challenge at 52 Christmas Card Throwdown.  This week we’re asking our participants to create a card with the theme of Christmas baking.  Cookies, cakes, pies… if you can bake it, it’ll be suitable for our challenge!

Ever since my sons were little, we’ve baked cookies to leave for Santa with a glass of milk.  So it seemed only natural for me to tap into that idea for my card.  I knew I had a designer paper with gingerbread men and candies on it, so I chose that for the background of my card.  It also has some characters that look like Santa.  Or maybe they are elves.  I’m not sure.  Anyway…  I stamped the cookies, plate, and glass onto scraps of white cardstock, colored them, and fussy cut them out.  I used a die to cut the “table” from a scrap of brown designer paper.  It’s actually a very large speech balloon die, but I liked the shallowness of the oval it made, so I used it anyway, trimmed off the tail, and positioned the glass of milk over where the tail was.   I wanted the word “Santa” to stand out in my sentiment, so I die cut the letters from a scrap of deep red designer paper.  The focal panel didn’t look quite right just put down on top of the busy designer paper, so I chose a more subtle pattern on a red background for a mat, which also helps tie in the die cut letters in the sentiment.  Bonus:  the mat also contains the word “Santa”.

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The Happy Little Stampers Christmas challenge for February is to make a card using elements from their tic-tac-toe grid.  I’m entering my card there in the hopes that it has enough “Santa” to count for the white/Santa/red line in the grid.

And now it’s your turn to show us what you can create!  We’d love it if you joined our challenge this week.  You have until 7:00 pm Eastern time Friday, February 26 to link your card at the 52CCT site. Thanks for stopping by today!

Supplies:
Stamps: Milk and Cookies, Jesse’s ABCs (Lawn Fawn)
Cardstock: Pure Luxury White (Gina K. Designs); designer papers from Nordic Holiday and Blush 6″ x 6″ paper pads (Basic Grey)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Other: markers (Copic); Bounce alphabet dies (Sizzix); Speech Trio dies (Mama Elephant)

Hello!  It’s challenge introduction day at Cards in Envy!  We are starting to get into a Valentine mood with the theme of “From the Heart”.  Cards for this challenge should feature anything pertaining to hearts or love.  Be sure to make your card A2 sized (4.25″ x 5.5″) and thin enough to be mailed at the standard first class postage rate.

I’ve used the layout from the current CAS(E) this Sketch! challenge for my card.  I kept pretty true to the cloud idea of the sketch graphic, and used die-cut clouds as a backdrop for this cute little angel image.  I stamped the angel on a piece of scrap cardstock, colored him, fussy cut him, added some shimmer to his wings, and adhered him in place on a cloud of his very own. As soon as the sentiment was stamped, I was done.  Pretty easy!

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If you need additional inspiration, please go check out the Cards in Envy site and see what the rest of the design team has made.  Then share your work with us on the Cards in Envy site by 7:00 p.m. Eastern time Sunday, February 14.  We’d love to have you play along with us!

Supplies:
Stamps: Love From Above (Mama Elephant)
Cardstock: Bashful Blue (Stampin’ Up); Pure Luxury White (Gina K. Designs)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Other: Clouds dies (Sweet ‘n Sassy Stamps); markers (Copic); Wink of Stella pen (Zig)

Hello!  Today’s post is just a quick one to share a card made for the Freshly Made Sketches challenge that will be closing this afternoon.  I’m trying to get a few more cards made for the box I want to mail to Send a Smile 4 Kids this week, and this will be included in it.  I felt like most of the cards I’ve made so far have been either feminine or gender-neutral looking, so I purposely chose colors that looked especially suitable for a little boy.  The large star was die cut from shiny silver cardstock.  The star-shaped sequins echo the silver, blue, and green used on the card.  The puppy was stamped, colored, fussy cut, and attached to the star with a couple scraps of cardstock behind him to give him a little more visual separation from the background.

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Here’s a second photo that really shows off the shine of the silver cardstock:

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And here is the challenge graphic:

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

Supplies:
Stamps: Skater Kids (Mama Elephant for Simon Says Stamp)
Cardstock: Gable Green, Brilliant Blue, Whisper White textured, Silver Foil (Stampin’ Up); Pure Luxury White (Gina K. Designs)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Other: Nesting Starburst die (QuicKutz); markers (Copic); sequins (Darice)

Hello there!  It’s the first Monday of the month, which means it’s time for a new challenge at Cards in Envy.  Our challenge theme for the next two weeks is Gratitude.  There are so many things in our lives for which we can be thankful – so make a card showing your thankfulness, and share it with us!  Keep in mind that cards for our challenges must be A2 sized (4.25″ x 5.5″) and must not have any thick embellishments that would prevent the card from being mailed at the standard first-class postage rate.

It’s been a long time since I made a starburst card, so I picked out some designer papers in colors that I felt represented the autumn season and went to work with them.  Since the papers had a lot of blue in them, I chose to stamp a bird in the circle element so I could color it to coordinate with the papers.  The sentiment is from a long-retired stamp set.

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The Paper Players also has a thankfulness theme going on, so I’ve decided to enter my card in their challenge.

Be sure to check out what the rest of the Cards in Envy design team has made!  Then we’d love to see your creativity!  Share your card using the linky tool at the Cards in Envy site by 7:00 p.m. Eastern time Sunday, November 15.  Thanks for stopping by today!

Supplies:
Stamps: Love Quotes (Mama Elephant); Simple Sayings II (Stampin’ Up)
Cardstock: Early Espresso, Naturals Ivory, Blue Bayou (SU); designer papers from Pyrus 6″ x 6″ paper pad (Basic Grey)
Ink: Early Espresso (SU)
Other: markers (Copic); standard circle and petite scalloped circle Nestabilities dies (Spellbinders); sponge

Well hi there!  It’s Thursday, which means it’s time for a new challenge at CAS Colours & Sketches.  This week we have a sketch challenge to use to show off your CAS skills.

I’ve stretched the sketch out from a square to a landscape-oriented rectangle.  The designer paper for the background tag gave me the color scheme for my card.  I’ve used one of my newest stamp sets for the focal point tag.  It took me a little while to figure out what I was going to do for the sketchy circular element.  Finally I traced around one of my circle dies lightly with a pencil to get the basic shape and size, added a bit of glue around that, and stuck some coordinating twine into the glue.  Then I used dimensional adhesive to attach the tags to the card over top the twine.

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sketch 145

Thanks for stopping by today!  I hope you’ll join us over at CAS Colours & Sketches with your own take on this sketch!  You have until 6:00 p.m. Eastern time Wednesday, October 14 to link your card at the challenge website.

Supplies:
Stamps: Skater Kids (Mama Elephant for Simon Says Stamp)
Cardstock: Old Olive, Season of Style designer series paper (Stampin’ Up); Pure Luxury White (Gina K. Designs)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Other: markers (Copic); Cherry twine (Really Reasonable Ribbon); red eyelet (source unknown)

Hello there!  It’s time for a new challenge at Cards in Envy – where we make cards that fit in envelopes!  Cards for our challenges should be A2 sized (4.25″ x 5.5″) and have no lumpy, bumpy embellishments more than 1/4″ thick, so that the cards can be mailed at the standard first-class postage rate.  For the next two weeks, we’d like you to be inspired by a song.  Choose any song and make a card based upon it.

When my husband and I first started dating and commuting to work together, we used to listen to the oldies station on the radio.  One song that became a favorite of ours was “My Special Angel” by Bobby Helms.  I decided to choose that song for my inspiration for this challenge since this cute little angel stamp was almost begging to be used.  I die cut some fluffy-looking clouds for the angel to stand among.  I stamped the angel on a scrap piece of cardstock, colored him, fussy cut him out, and then attached him to the card.  There’s a bit of Wink of Stella glitter pen on his wings, which was hard to capture with the camera, so that’s why I have two photos of the card here.

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CIE 09-06-2015 sparkle

Be sure to check out what the rest of the Cards in Envy design team has made!  Then we’d love to see your creativity!  Share your card using the linky tool at the Cards in Envy site by 7:00 p.m. Eastern time Sunday, September 20.  In your blog post, please be sure to let us know which song inspired you.  Thanks for stopping by today!

Supplies:
Stamps: Love from Above (Mama Elephant)
Cardstock: Real Red, Soft Sky (Stampin’ Up); Pure Luxury White (Gina K. Designs)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Other: markers (Copic); Landscape Trio dies (Mama Elephant); Wink of Stella pen (Zig)

Hi!  Today’s card is a quick one I created for the big celebration bash in honor of Freshly Made Sketches’ 200th sketch challenge.  I’ve enjoyed playing along in their sketch challenges for the last several years, even though I don’t get to it every single week.  But I did want to be part of this special challenge.

Even though I’ve taken a few small liberties with the sketch, I think it’s still pretty obvious that I drew inspiration from it.  I’ve kept the sketch to a mostly one-layer card, and I’ve flipped it so the larger rectangular area is above the horizontal line, rather than below.  I used a fun quote balloon die to cut the line, so it’s actually slightly curved.  I had stamped the bunny a long time ago for a different project, but didn’t use it for that, so he’s been sitting with the scraps from one of my Basic Grey paper pads all this time.  He’s finally found a purpose here, sitting among the flowers and giving a big cheery greeting to everyone who sees this card.

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

Supplies:
Stamp: Critters in the ‘Burbs (Lawn Fawn)
Cardstock: Naturals White (Stampin’ Up); scraps from Ambrosia and Green at Heart 6″ x 6″ paper pads (Basic Grey)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Other: Simply Said Hello die (Avery Elle); Speech Trio die (Mama Elephant); dimensionals (SU)

Hello!  I just have a quick post today to share a card made for the current challenge at the Paper Players and for the Mid-Month Throwdown at the OWH Stars & Stamps blog.  It also fits into the current challenge at Addicted to Stamps and More.  The stitched square dies fit together easily and perfectly to cut the frame for the focal panel.  I discovered the clouds on my desk, leftovers from a previous project that had gotten hidden under an ink pad, so I added them to the scene.

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

Edited on July 25, 2015:  I’m thrilled and honored that this card was selected as “A Cut Above” at The Paper Players!

Edited on August 4, 2015:  What a nice surprise – this card was chosen as an “Honourable Addict” at Addicted to Stamps and More!  Thank you!

Supplies:
Stamps: Love Quotes (Mama Elephant)
Cardstock: Sahara Sand textured, Soft Sky (Stampin’ Up); Pure Luxury White and Ivory (Gina K. Designs)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Other: markers and multiliner pen (Copic); Love Quotes dies (Mama Elephant); stitched square dies (Lawn Fawn); cloud dies (Sweet ‘n Sassy Stamps)

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