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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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 this sketch?  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!  We’re back to another color challenge week at CAS Colours & Sketches, with some bright, fresh springtime colors.

I was inspired by the current Less is More challenge to use some of my older stamps once again.  The butterflies seemed to go well with the color scheme, and the cursive font of the sentiment ties in with the swirls on the butterflies and the background blocks.  I stamped off the blocks once on scrap paper before stamping them onto the card.  The butterflies were stamped on a scrap of white cardstock and fussy cut.  I bent the wings up a bit and glued only the middles of the butterflies to the card, so there’s a little dimension there, but the wings will fold back down easily when the card is mailed to its recipient.

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I’m also entering this card into the Birthday Party Time! challenge at Cards in Envy.

Thanks for stopping by today!  I hope you’ll check out what the rest of the CC&S design team members have made, and then share your own creation with us at the CAS Colours & Sketches site!  You have until 6:00 p.m. Eastern time Monday, April 23 to link your card.

Supplies:
Stamps: Priceless (Stampin’ Up); Everyday Messages (Stampendous)
Cardstock: Whisper White, Thick Whisper White (SU)
Ink: Daffodil Delight, Pool Party, Flirty Flamingo (SU)
Other: corner rounder punch (EK Success)

Hello there!  It’s time for another sketch challenge at CAS Colours & Sketches.  This week’s offering is a rather clean and simple design that I think is really versatile for lots of different occasions.

As a subconscious play into my last sentence, I opted not to put a sentiment on the card I made using this sketch.  I’ve turned the sketch on its side.  I cut a fancy rectangular shape from an index card and used that as a mask, brushing some lavender and some purple ink into it.  Then I stamped the flower using the same two colors of ink for the blossoms.  After playing around with the cardstock, I finally chose to use the darker purple for a mat and the green for the card base.  The color scheme is taken from the current challenge at The Paper Players.  It doesn’t show in the photo, but the white cardstock has a subtle shimmer to it.

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Why don’t you check out what the rest of the design team has done with this sketch?  I’m sure they’d enjoy it if you stop by their blogs.  Then create a card of your own and share it with us at the CC&S site.  You have until 6:00 p.m. Eastern time Monday, April 16 to link your card.  We’d love to have you join in the fun and creativity!

Edited on April 16, 2018 to add:  Thank you to Elizabeth from The Paper Players for choosing this card as A Cut Above!  It’s an honor!

All supplies for today’s card are from Stampin’ Up.
Stamps: Spring Garden
Cardstock: Tranquil Tide, Elegant Eggplant, Shimmery White
Ink: Tranquil Tide, Wisteria Wonder, Elegant Eggplant

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)

Hello!  It’s a little hard to believe March is drawing to a close already and it’s almost Easter.  Time sure seems to be flying!  As today is the fourth Tuesday of the month, we have a new sketch challenge for you to try over at CAS Colours & Sketches.  This week we have a nice little one for you with some simple shapes.

Since I’m thinking ahead to making Mother’s Day and Father’s Day cards for Send a Smile 4 Kids, and I had a Father’s Day stamp that fit the sketch nicely, that’s how I decided the theme for today’s card.  The cardstock for the large ivory rectangle has a bit of a linen texture to it that is really hard to capture in photos.  I used a scrap of designer paper for the banner element and took the green from it for the card base and ink.  The sentiment panel has shims of scrap cardstock raising it up from the card front for a little dimensional interest.  Even though the card has a few layers, it’s still quite clean and simple in style.

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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, April 2.  Thanks for stopping by today!

All supplies for this card are from Stampin’ Up.
Stamp: All Year Cheer II
Cardstock: Pear Pizzazz, Very Vanilla Textured, Spice Cake designer series paper, Very Vanilla
Ink: Pear Pizzazz

Hello!  I have a few more days to work on Easter cards before I need to send them off to one of the Send A Smile 4 Kids volunteers, and today’s card is the most recent one I’ve made.  I’ve used the current sketch from Freshly Made Sketches but squashed it into a landscape-oriented rectangle.  After I colored and fussy cut the image, I used dimensional adhesive to attach it to the card.  I’m not sure if you can tell in the photo, but the card base is linen-textured cardstock.

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That’s it for today.  Thanks for stopping by!

Supplies:
Stamps: Egg-cited Cocoa (Sweet ‘n Sassy Stamps)
Cardstock: Barely Banana textured, Spring Flowers designer series paper (Stampin’ Up); Solar White (Neenah)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Other: Premier colored pencils (Prismacolor); odorless mineral spirits (Gamsol); dimensionals (SU)

Hello hello!  I hope the month of March has gotten off to a good start for you.  As usual at CAS Colours & Sketches, we start off the month with a color challenge.

I’m working on some Mother’s Day cards to include in my next shipment for Send a Smile 4 Kids, so that’s how I chose the theme for today’s card.  I have to confess that I struggled with this color combo for a while before finally deciding to go floral with it.  I inked up the background stamp with the yellow ink and then went around the edges of the stamp with my green ink pad to get a two-tone effect.  The white cardstock has some subtle linen texture, but it doesn’t show well in the photo.

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Be sure to stop by the CAS Colours & Sketches blog to see what the rest of the Design Team has created, and to give a warm welcome to our Guest Designer for the month of March!  Then make your own card using the challenge colors and share it via the linky tool by 6:00 p.m. Eastern time Monday, March 12.  We’d love to have you join us!

Supplies:
Stamps: The Art of Life (Stampin’ Up); It’s Good to be Queen (Lizzie Anne Designs)
Cardstock: Fresh Fig, Lemon Lime Twist (SU); Solar White Classic Linen (Neenah)
Ink: Crushed Curry, Fresh Fig, Lemon Lime Twist (SU)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thanks for stopping by and checking out my card!

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

Hello there!  This month it’s my turn to create the color combinations and sketches for the challenges at CAS Colours & Sketches! I’m excited about it, and I hope you’ll join in and share your artwork with us!

For this week’s color challenge, I decided to put an updated spin on a card I made back in 2007, before I had a blog.  (It’s a little embarrassing to admit that the link is for a scan of the card, because this also was before I started using a camera to take photos of my cards!)  I’ve swapped out the colors used on that card for colors that are currently offered by Stampin’ Up.  Of course, as with all of our CC&S challenges, you don’t need to use Stampin’ Up products – we just use their color names as a point of reference.

I decided to use the current sketch from CAS(E) this Sketch! for the layout of my card.  Instead of putting the sentiment on its own strip, I split the focal panel and stamped the sentiment in the gap, directly on the card base.  I used a few pieces of scrap cardstock as shims to give a little dimension to the white panels.  To get the two-tone effect on the blossoms, I inked the stamp with the lighter pink first, and then sponged some of the darker pink ink onto the stamp, before pressing the stamp on the cardstock.

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Valentines and love are popular challenge themes going on right now, so I’m entering this card at AAA Cards, The Paper Players, and Cards in Envy, too.

So – 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, February 12.  We’d love to see what you can do!

Edited on February 11, 2017 to add:  Thank you to the team at CAS(E) this Sketch! for naming my card as an honorable mention!  What an awesome way to start my week!

All supplies for this card, except the white cardstock, are from Stampin’ Up.
Stamps: Spring Garden, Short & Sweet
Cardstock: Solar White (Neenah); Powder Pink
Ink: Powder Pink, Berry Burst, Wild Wasabi

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 there!  It’s sketch week at CAS Colours & Sketches and Bev, our January hostess, has come up with a nice one for us this week.

I tossed a few ideas around in my head but none of them were really appealing to me.  I decided to check out the card needs at Send a Smile 4 Kids and noticed that the shipper I frequently send to is still in need of Valentines.  So I looked through my Valentine stamps and thought I could make this cute cupid work with the sketch, with a few changes.  I’ve substituted a heart for the circle, and basically used the mirror image of the sketch so that the one arrow takes the place of the small rectangular element.

I started out by cutting a heart from an index card and using the card as a mask on my white cardstock panel.  I stamped the cupid into the center of the heart, covered it with a mask, and then blended pink ink into the heart shape.  Then I removed both masks so I could color the cupid and stamp the flying arrow and the sentiment.  I added some clear Wink of Stella pen to the cupid’s wing and to the heart-shaped points of the arrows for a little touch of magic.  If you look closely, you should be able to see it in the photo.  After I mounted the main panel onto a pink cardstock base, my card was finished.

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Since this clean and simple card fits into the “Love Notes” theme at The Paper Players, I’m entering it into that challenge.

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, January 29.  Thanks for stopping by today!

Edited on January 28, 2018 to add:  Thank you to Claire at The Paper Players for selecting my card as “A Cut Above”!  It’s an honor!

 

Supplies:
Stamps: Love from Above (Mama Elephant)
Cardstock: Pink Pirouette (Stampin’ Up); Solar White (Neenah)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento); Pink Pirouette (SU)
Other: markers (Copic); mini ink blending tool (Tim Holtz); clear Wink of Stella pen (Zig)

Hello!  The design team from CAS Colours & Sketches is back from holiday break and ready to begin another year of fun clean and simple challenges!  Since today is the second Tuesday of the month, we’re starting back up again with a sketch.  You’re welcome to manipulate the sketch from a rectangle to a square, or to turn the sketch on its side, so long as we can still easily recognize the main elements of the sketch.

Over the holidays, our family went out of town for a few days to visit relatives, so we had a neighbor friend come over to check on our cat a couple of times each day.  I used this week’s sketch to create a card to thank our friend for his help.  Our cat is solid black, so that’s why I chose the simple black and white color scheme for the card.  The tiny paw prints were stamped on a scrap of plain white cardstock cut to fit the small metal frame, and the card base is plain black cardstock, but the rest of the cardstock I used is textured.  Unfortunately, the texture doesn’t show in the photo.  The texture of the grosgrain ribbon behind the metal frame doesn’t show well either.  Since we gave the card to our friend in person, I didn’t have to worry about sending the somewhat bulky frame element through the mail.

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Be sure to stop by the challenge blog and welcome our newest Design Team members, Jeanne, Marsha, and Wei!  Then create your own card using this sketch, and link it to the challenge site by 6:00 p.m. Eastern time Monday, January 15.  We’d love to have you join us!  Thanks for stopping by today.

Supplies:
Stamp: Furry Friends (Avery Elle)
Cardstock: Basic Black, Whisper White textured, Basic Black textured, Whisper White (Stampin’ Up)
Ink: Onyx Black (VersaFine)
Other:  metal frame, brads, Basic Black grosgrain ribbon (SU); Olivia alphabet die (ProvoCraft)

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