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 turn the sketch on its side or flip it mirror-image.

By the time I got started working on my card, some of the other CC&S design team members had already added theirs to this week’s challenge post.  I noticed they were trending toward a Christmas-y theme so I felt a pull to do something different.  My first instinct was to create a birthday card with balloons in the challenge colors.  While I was looking through my stamp sets, I rediscovered this cute elephant and thought I could have it holding the balloons.  When I started working with the stamps I thought that the size of the images would make the long vertical panel of the card too long, so I decided the elephant would hold pennant banners instead.  I wasn’t in a mood to color, so I stamped the images on cardstock and fussy cut them.  To give the elephant a little texture, I put a piece of gray cardstock through my crimper several times in different directions so that it loosened the fibers, and then carefully pulled it apart to reveal the fuzziness inside.  I stamped the elephant on each of the fuzzy sides of the cardstock so that I could have an “extra” head, which I layered with another piece of cardstock so that I could give the elephant some dimension.  I used the grass for the ribbon and bow element of the sketch.

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In the end, I think it’s a cute card that I can include in my next shipment to Send a Smile 4 Kids.

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 clean and simple styled card to our challenge post!  You have until 7:00 p.m. Eastern time Monday, November 5 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: Ellie (Avery Elle)
Cardstock: Midnight Muse, Raspberry Ripple, Gumball Green, Basic Gray (Stampin’ Up); Solar White (Neenah)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Other: grass die (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)

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

Although the colors this week strongly suggest autumn, I felt a more compelling urge to do something different.  One set of stamps that I’ve had for a while has a lot of adjectives, so I decided to put together a sentiment using some of them, highlighting the descriptive words with the challenge colors.  I stamped the sentiment on a piece of white cardstock, trimmed a black panel to mat it, and adhered everything to a card base of linen textured white cardstock.  Easy peasy and rather quick!  My Fresh Fig ink is quite dark in color, but rest assured, that’s what I used for the word “fantastic” even though it almost looks black.  I don’t have the Granny Apple Green ink or cardstock yet, so I’ve substituted an older In Color ink that I thought seemed close based on photos I’ve seen online.

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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!  You have until 6:00 p.m. Eastern time Monday, September 24 to link your card.  We hope you’ll join us!

Supplies:
Stamps: Incredible (Technique Tuesday); Simply Said You (Avery Elle)
Cardstock: Solar White, Solar White Classic Linen (Neenah); Basic Black (Stampin’ Up)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento); Pumpkin Pie, Kiwi Kiss, Fresh Fig (SU)

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)

Well hi there!  It’s Tuesday, which means it’s time for a new challenge at CAS Colours & Sketches.  This time we have some bold, bright colors for you.

I decided to create a little scene for my card, which isn’t always easy to do while keeping it clean and simple.  I wanted a nighttime scene, so I started off by making a wash of navy blue on watercolor paper.  When it was dry, I sponged some more navy ink on it to give it a little shading and depth.  I stamped some buildings in black, adding a few shadowy ones for more depth.  I ran this panel through my Big Kick with a scenic die that was supposed to cut stars around the top – but even though I ran it through twice, the stars didn’t cut all the way through.  I guess the watercolor paper was a bit too thick for it.  So I decided to go old school with a handheld star punch and cut some stars with that.  To add more of a starry effect, I also splattered some shimmery white paint onto the top half of the panel.  After I stamped, colored, and fussy cut my little super hero, I positioned him where I wanted him and then stamped the sentiment.  Finally, I attached the panel to a golden yellow card base.

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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, September 10 to link your card at the challenge website.

Supplies:
Stamps: Super Duo (Mama Elephant for Simon Says Stamp)
Cardstock: Crushed Curry (Stampin’ Up); watercolor paper (Artist’s Loft)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Other: markers (Copic); Night of Navy reinker (SU); Starburst cover die (Mama Elephant); Frost White shimmer paint (Tsukineko); star punch (Fiskars)

Hello there!  It’s time for the last challenge of the month at CAS Colours & Sketches.  This week we have a sketch challenge for you to try.

I decided to go with a cute kitty cat theme for my card.  I’ll confess that I took the easy way out of coloring the images by stamping them onto designer paper and fussy cutting them.  I did use a dark brown marker to fill in the trim on the cat’s bed.  I chose two shades of blue cardstock for the card base and background, and the card came together pretty easily.  To avoid cutting around the cat’s whiskers, I stamped the cat onto the background and glued the fussy-cut image over it.

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Thanks for stopping by today!  I hope you’ll check out what the rest of the design team has made, and then join us over at CAS Colours & Sketches with your own take on this sketch!  You have until 6:00 p.m. Eastern time Monday, September 3 to link your card at the challenge website.

Supplies:
Stamps: Furry Friends (Avery Elle)
Cardstock: Soft Sky, Baja Breeze, Whisper White (Stampin’ Up); scraps from Ambrosia 6″ x 6″ paper pad (Basic Grey)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Other: marker (Copic)

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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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 sketch week at CAS Colours & Sketches and Jeanne, our July hostess, has come up with an interesting one for us this week.

I guess I still had winter lingering on my mind after making a Christmas card for last week’s CC&S challenge, because I decided to make a wintry any occasion card that I can donate to Send a Smile 4 Kids.  I turned the sketch 90 degrees and made a portrait-oriented card.  On my desk I found a scrap of white cardstock onto which I’d painted shimmery white paint some time ago.  It was the perfect width to fit the angled panel of the sketch to use as snowy ground, but I trimmed the top so the snow line wouldn’t be straight and boring.  I stamped the penguin on white cardstock, colored his scarf, beak, and feet and added a little shadowing to his stomach, and then fussy cut him.  I assembled all the pieces of the card together and stamped the sentiment.  Ta-da!  Very CAS.

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Be sure to check out the terrific cards the rest of the CC&S Design Team have made.  Then make your own card following the sketch and share it with us at the CC&S site.  You have until 6:00 p.m. Monday, July 30 to link your card.  We’d love to have you join in the fun and creativity!  Thanks for stopping by today.

Supplies:
Stamps: Warm Penguin (Lizzie Anne Designs for Gourmet Rubber Stamps)
Cardstock: Solar White (Neenah); Baja Breeze, Soft Sky (Stampin’ Up)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Other: markers (Copic); Frost White shimmer ink (Tsukineko)

Hello again!  This week at CAS Colours & Sketches we have a simple little sketch challenge up for the offering.  There is a myriad of things that can be done with the block on the sketch – and of course, the sketch can be rotated or flipped mirror image.

I noticed that the current challenge at Addicted to CAS is “rainbow”, and I wanted to incorporate that into my card.  I thought that a card suitable for a child, that I could donate to Send A Smile 4 Kids, would be a good way to put a rainbow into play.  I looked through my stamps and supplies and decided to turn the sketch 90 degrees on its side.  I used water-based markers to color a stamp of zigzag stripes using the rainbow colors and stamped that as the rectangular block element of the sketch.  I stamped a panda with a party hat on a scrap of cardstock, colored his hat, and fussy cut him out.  Then I stamped the sentiment onto the card.  Finally, I used dimensional adhesive to attach the panda on top of the stripes.  Ta-da! – clean and simple, following the sketch, with a rainbow, and appropriate for a child.

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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, June 18.  Thanks for stopping by today!

All supplies for this card are from Stampin’ Up! except where noted.
Stamps: Party Pandas, Work of Art
Cardstock: Whisper White, Thick Whisper White
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Other: Real Red, Only Orange, Yoyo Yellow, Glorious Green, Brilliant Blue, and Lovely Lilac Stampin’ Write markers, dimensionals

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

I tossed a few ideas around in my head before choosing to make an any-occasion card that can be donated to Send a Smile 4 Kids.  I pulled out one of my Flopsey bunny stamp sets that I haven’t used for a while and looked through my patterned papers for one that had colors that could work with the bunny and his ice cream cone.  Luckily for me, I had a scrap of plaid paper that had the perfect colors and that needed just a tiny bit of trimming to make it the size I needed for the sketch.  I stamped Flopsey on a piece of scrap white cardstock, colored him, and fussy cut him before adhering him to a panel of linen textured cardstock.  I felt that the mirror image of the sketch worked better for my card than the way the sketch was drawn, so I’ve flipped the sketch.

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I’m really looking forward to seeing what our challenge participants at CC&S create this week!  Be sure to link your card at the challenge post by 6:00 p.m. Eastern time Monday, July 31.  Thanks for stopping by today!

Supplies:
Stamps: Two Scoops for Flopsey (My Favorite Things)
Cardstock: Pink Pirouette (Stampin’ Up); Solar White and Solar White textured (Neenah); scrap from Two Scoops 6″ x 6″ paper pad (Basic Grey)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Other: Premier colored pencils (Prismacolor); odorless mineral spirits (Gamblin)

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 there!  It’s the fourth Tuesday of the month, which means it’s sketch challenge time again at CAS Colours & Sketches.

I’m still working on a few more Mother’s Day and Father’s Day cards for Send a Smile 4 Kids, so that’s how I arrived at the theme for today’s card.  I put some older designer paper to use for the background of the card.  In retrospect the pattern might be a little too busy for a clean and simple card, but I think it still works since it’s monochromatic.  After debating whether to use ivory or dark green cardstock for the main panel, I decided to go light.  I cut the circle from the panel so that the patterned paper would show through.  Then I cut the letters from both ivory and dark green cardstock, stacking them together for dimension, with the dark green on top.  Because of the way the letter “d” is shaped, the sentiment seems a little off centered on the panel, but it isn’t.

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I’m really looking forward to seeing what our challenge participants at CC&S create this week!  Be sure to link your card at the challenge post by 6:00 p.m. Eastern time Monday, April 30.  Thanks for stopping by today!

Supplies:
Stamps: none
Cardstock: Pure Luxury Ivory (Gina K. Designs); Mossy Meadow (Stampin’ Up); designer paper from Boxer 6″ x 6″ pad (Basic Grey)
Ink: none
Other: standard circle Nestabilities die (Spellbinders); Sunset letter dies (Sizzix)

Well hi there!  It’s Tuesday, which means it’s time for a new challenge at CAS Colours & Sketches.  This time we have some bold, bright colors for you.

I gave in to the instinct to do something floral with these colors.  It just seemed right, and I hadn’t used this flower stamp for a long time so it felt nice to ink it up again.  I still have a few more weeks to work on Mother’s Day and Father’s Day cards for Send a Smile 4 Kids, so that’s how I chose the theme for my card.  I used a die to cut the asymmetrical angle of the focal panel.

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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, April 9 to link your card at the challenge website.

Supplies:
Stamps: A Real Wild Poppy (Hero Arts); It’s Good to Be Queen (Lizzie Anne Designs)
Cardstock: Old Olive, Very Vanilla (Stampin’ Up)
Ink: Old Olive, Calypso Coral, Rich Razzleberry (SU)
Other: Custom Panels die (Avery Elle)

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