My younger son graduates from high school tonight.  From a mom’s perspective, it’s bittersweet.  It’s so easy to remember him as a playful, smiling little boy, but now he has grown up to be a witty, handsome young man.

So today’s card is the one I made for my husband and I to give to our son.  I’ve used the ending-soon Freshly Made Sketches challenge for layout inspiration and used the school’s colors of blue, white, and black for the color palette.  (I purposefully stocked up on this blue cardstock when it retired because it’s perfect for the school color!)  My son has been active in both band and choir, so using a musical score background seemed like a no-brainer.   Coloring the digital image of the graduate was a little daunting.  Trying to get the shadows/shading to look realistic isn’t my forte, especially when working with colors that are dark to begin with.  This is actually my second attempt because I didn’t like the way the first one turned out.  If you look closely, you can see that I’ve included a golden yellow to represent my son’s honor graduate stole, and a bit of pink around the collar to take the place of the pink music honors cords he’ll wear.  After the time I spent coloring the image, I didn’t dare attempt to fussy cut to the exact edges of the image.  The white border blended in with the background, so I decided to back the image with a black rectangle.

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Doggone it.  I have Pandora on and right now they’re playing a song that my son played with the marching band as part of the pre-game shows before football games last season.  Cue sentimental feelings.

Thanks for stopping by today!  I’d best get off the computer and go iron the fold creases from my son’s gown…

Supplies:
Digital Image: The Boy and The Dog 007 (Heather Ellis)
Stamps: Happy Everything (Lawn Fawn); musical score (JudiKins)
Cardstock: Brilliant Blue, Basic Black (Stampin’ Up); Solar White (Neenah)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento); printer ink
Other: stitched rectangle die (Lawn Fawn); markers (Copic)

Hello!  It’s time for another color challenge at Christmas Card Throwdown.  We have a rather unusual color combo for you this time:  yellow, kraft, and gold.

After a whole lot of thought about how to make these colors work together, I ended up getting inspiration from a card I made several years ago.  This time, I decided to use a text stamp for the background, and set a couple of stars on the edges of the text.  The text is stamped in kraft-colored ink.  I die cut the stars from a soft shade of yellow, rather than a bright one, because I felt it would provide more contrast with the gold.  I rubbed my Versamark ink pad against the corners of the stars and heat embossed them with gold embossing powder.  The stars are attached with dimensional adhesive for a little more dramatic effect.  I also decided to snip opposing corners for some additional interest.

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Now it’s your turn to show us what you can make with these colors!  If you need more inspiration first, go visit the CCT site and see what the rest of the design team has created.  Be sure to link your card at the CCT site by 7:00 p.m. Eastern time on Friday, June 2.  We look forward to having you join us!

Supplies:
Stamp: Lexicon of Love (Stampin’ Up)
Cardstock: Kraft, Gold foil, Whisper White (SU)
Ink: Crumb Cake (SU); VersaMark
Other: Stars die (Sweet ‘n Sassy Stamps); dimensionals and tag corner punch (SU); gold embossing powder (Ranger)

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

After some mental debate about how I wanted to use the challenge colors, I decided to go retro with one of my favorite retired Stampin’ Up stamp sets.  The neutral color has a bit of a greenish tint to it, which made it seem like it would work well with a floral image.  I used my trusty Stamp-a-ma-jig positioner to help place the different stamps that combine to make the tulip image.  Stamping it onto shimmery white cardstock gives a little extra elegance.  I decided to round two opposing corners of the card for a little something different.  Confession time:  when I was getting ready to adhere the image panel to the mat, I noticed there was a slight smudge of ink at the bottom edge of the panel.  So I decided to lightly sponge the entire edge of the panel with the lighter purple ink.  I think that tones down the contrast between the white panel and the raspberry mat and gives the card a little softer feel.

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Go see what the rest of the CC&S Design Team has done with these pretty colors!  Then use the colors to make a card of your own, and share it with us at the CC&S challenge post.  You have until 6:00 p.m. Eastern time Monday, May 22 to link your card.  We hope you’ll join us!  Thanks for stopping by today.

Supplies for this card are from Stampin’ Up unless otherwise noted.
Stamps: Terrific Tulips, Delightful Dozen
Cardstock: Sahara Sand, Rich Razzleberry, Shimmery White
Ink: Sahara Sand, Rich Razzleberry, Sweet Sugarplum
Other: corner rounder (EK Success); sponge

Hello!  Just a quick post today to show the card I made combining the current Freshly Made Sketches challenge with the Less is More challenge that is expiring shortly.  I needed to make another Mother’s Day card for this year, so I decided to go with a floral theme because that seemed to work with the color challenge.  I’ve slightly amended the size of the panels on the sketch and lowered the placement of the sentiment strip, but I think it’s pretty obvious that my card was inspired by the sketch.  I used textured cardstock in a retired Stampin’ Up color for the base of the card.

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

All supplies are from Stampin’ Up.
Stamps: Painted Petals, Messages for Mom
Cardstock: Barely Banana textured, Smoky Slate, Whisper White
Ink: Smoky Slate, Barely Banana

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 within the blocks on the sketch – and of course, the sketch can be rotated if one pleases.  I decided to keep true to the way the sketch was drawn and create a little scene in the square, and add the sentiment in the rectangle to the right of it.  I used watercolor pencils softened with blender pens to color the image.  This is not one of my best coloring jobs, but I wanted to keep it sort of sketchy looking to go with the look of the stamp.  Not adding color at all would have made the card look a little too “bare”.  Even though the sentiment says “thank you”, when it’s paired with the scene, I think it could work as a Father’s Day card, too.  The card base is textured cardstock to keep the card from looking too plain.

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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, May 15.  Thanks for stopping by today!

Supplies:
Stamps: Seaside Sketches (Stampin’ Up); Thank You Note (Hero Arts)
Cardstock: Sahara Sand textured, Soft Suede (SU); The Langton Prestige Extra Smooth Hot Press watercolor paper (Daler-Rowney)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Other: stitched square die (Lawn Fawn); watercolor pencils, blender pens (SU)

Hello hello!  It’s time for another sketch challenge at Christmas Card Throwdown.

I stayed pretty true to how the sketch was drawn, although it allows for flexibility in the shapes used.  I layered several different circles for my focal point, topping them with a penguin that I’d fussy cut.  I attached the circles to an embossed background that replicates falling snow.  A simple sentiment finished the card.

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How will you interpret the sketch?  Be sure to share your card at the CCT site by 7:00 p.m. Eastern time Friday, May 19.  We’d love to have you join in the fun and creativity!

Supplies:
Stamps: Warm Penguin (Lizzie Anne Designs for Gourmet Rubber Stamps); Most Wonderful (Uniko)
Cardstock: Baja Breeze, Basic Black (Stampin’ Up); Solar White (Neenah); scrap from Fa La La 6″ x 6″ paper pad (Lawn Fawn)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Other: markers (Copic); standard circle and lacy circle Nestabilities dies (Spellbinders); Softly Falling embossing folder (SU)

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, the team members are taking turns and each hosting one challenge either in May or June.  We’re still keeping our usual rotation of color and sketch challenges, and we have an awesome Timeless Tuesday double challenge later this month, so be sure to check out the challenge site!

As usual, we start the month with a color challenge.  This week’s colors made me think of flowers.  I turned to CAS(E) this Sketch! for inspiration for the layout of my card.  After I stamped the blossom on a piece of scrap cardstock, I softened the lines with a blender pen, and then fussy cut the flower.  It’s raised up from the card with dimensional adhesive, which is how I’ve incorporated a shadow into my card for the current Less is More challenge.  I don’t know how much it shows in the photo, but the card front is textured cardstock, for a little extra visual interest.

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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, May 8 to link your card at the challenge site.

Supplies:
Stamps: Delight in Life (Stampin’ Up)
Cardstock: Pool Party; Classic Linen and Solar White (Neenah)
Ink: Wild Wasabi, Melon Mambo (SU)
Other: candy dots, dimensionals, blender pen (SU)

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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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!  Today’s post is just a quick one to show off a rather clean and simple card using the current sketch at Freshly Made Sketches.  Well, actually, if you look carefully at the curved area, I’ve used the mirror image of the sketch.  I had an embossed, curved piece of cardstock left over from another card I’d made some time ago, so all I needed to do with it was attach it to the card base and trim it down (it was originally about 5″ wide).  The sentiment fit nicely in the “dip” of the curve.  In an attempt to use some products I’ve had stashed around here for a long time, I’ve added some Prima flowers and glued Dew Drops in place for the centers of the flowers.  I’m not sure why the color is coming off of the Dew Drops but I like the variegated look it gives.  The soft color scheme and the flowers make me feel that the card also fits into the theme for the current challenge at AAA Cards so I’ll enter it there, too.

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Thanks for stopping by today, and enjoy your weekend!

Supplies:
Stamps: Sincere Salutations (Stampin’ Up)
Cardstock: Pure Luxury Ivory (Gina K. Designs); Pink Pirouette (SU)
Ink: Pink Pirouette (SU)
Other: flowers (Prima); Dew Drops (Robin’s Nest); Victoria embossing folder (ProvoCraft)

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

I hadn’t used this floral image for a while, and I thought it would work well with the challenge colors.  I stamped off the different layers of the bloom to get the various shades of purple.  The sentiment is stamped with the full strength color.  For the subtle background shown in the sketch, I decided to splatter some yellow ink.  Putting the panel on a yellow card base helps to highlight that color.  I’ve combined the color challenge with the most recent layout from CAS(E) this Sketch!  However, because of the orientation of the flower, it looked better to use the mirror image of the sketch.

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Be sure to check out what the rest of the CC&S Design Team and our April guest designer have done with these colors!  Then share your own card with us by linking it to the challenge post by 6:00 p.m. Eastern time Monday, April 10.  We’d love to have you join us!  Thanks for stopping by today.

Supplies:
Stamps: Lotus Blossom (Stampin’ Up); Everyday Messages (Stampendous)
Cardstock: So Saffron (SU); Pure Luxury White (Gina K. Designs)
Ink: So Saffron, Wisteria Wonder, Pear Pizzazz (SU)
Other: So Saffron reinker (SU)

Hello again!  It’s the fourth Tuesday of the month, which means it’s sketch challenge time again at CAS Colours & Sketches.  This one is based off a card I made a couple of months ago.

I’ve been trying to get some cards made for Send a Smile 4 Kids.  With Mother’s Day and Father’s Day coming up pretty soon, I need to make some cards for those occasions.  I thought I’d be able to tie that in with the current challenge at Addicted to CAS, where the challenge code word is “seaside”.  My first thought was to use my seashell stamps that I haven’t used for a long time.  Then I remembered this starfish image.  It fit perfectly in this rectangular scrap of watery-print designer paper.  So I built the card around that.  A strip of blue cardstock that I trimmed off from the mat for the image panel was just the right size to mat the sentiment panel.

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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 3.  Thanks for stopping by today!

Supplies:
Stamps: Picture Perfect (Stampin’ Up); sentiment from Purple Onion Designs
Cardstock: Naturals Ivory, Marina Mist (SU); designer paper (source unknown)
Ink: Soft Suede (SU)

Hello there!  It’s color challenge time at Christmas Card Throwdown.  This time we have a sort of modern twist on the traditional red and green and white, with burgundy, lime green, and cream.

I had this wreath stamp set out the other day for my card for the current challenge at CAS Colours & Sketches, so I decided to use it again for my card for CCT.  I pulled out two retired Stampin’ Up greens for the lime part of the color combo and went with more of a dark cherry red rather than a true burgundy.  The vanilla card base and image panel were the easy way to work in the cream part of the challenge.  Although it doesn’t show well in the photo, the card base is textured cardstock, while the image panel is smooth.  The bow was stamped and cut from a scrap of vanilla, and it’s raised from the image panel with shims of scrap cardstock for just a bit of dimension.  The layout comes from the current Freshly Made Sketches challenge, but I’ve turned the sketch 90° on its side.  Since it’s holiday challenge time at Addicted to Stamps and More, I’ll enter this card there, too.

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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 this fortnight.  You have until 7:00 pm Eastern time Friday, March 31 to link your card at the CCT site.  Thanks for stopping by today!  I hope you’ll come back again soon.

All supplies are from Stampin’ Up.
Stamps: Wondrous Wreath
Cardstock: Very Vanilla textured, Gable Green, Green Galore, Cherry Cobbler, Very Vanilla
Ink: Gable Green, Green Galore, Cherry Cobbler
Other: Wonderful Wreath die

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.

It’s getting to be the time of year to start making Mother’s Day and Father’s Day cards to be donated to Send a Smile 4 Kids, so that was how I chose the theme of today’s card.  I decided to use a wreath for the circular element.  Even though the wreath I used is from a Christmas themed stamp set, who says it can only be used for Christmas  cards?  Not me.  The light green leaves and the softly colored flowers make it a springtime wreath.  I stamped off the wreath once on scrap paper to get the lighter color leaves; the darker leaves are the ink at full strength. Along with the flowers, the sentiment banner gives the card a little dimension.

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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, March 20 to link your card.  We’d love to have you join in the fun and creativity!

Supplies:
Stamps: Wondrous Wreath, Messages for Mom (Stampin’ Up)
Cardstock: Pear Pizzazz (SU); Pure Luxury Ivory (Gina K. Designs)
Ink: Pear Pizzazz (SU)
Other: flowers (Prima); tiny brads (Recollections); Dimensional Banners die (My Favorite Things)

Hello!  I’m excited to be the challenge hostess at CAS Colours and Sketches during the month of March!  I hope you’ll join in the fun and creativity of our color and sketch challenges.

The first Thursday of the month means it’s color challenge time.  There’s a story behind the colors I’ve chosen.  I enjoy watching college football (American football, not soccer 😉 ) and I’m proud to say that my alma mater’s team, the James Madison University Dukes, won the national title in their division for the 2016 season.  In honor of them, I’ve chosen purple and a golden yellow for the school colors, plus grey to represent their bulldog mascot.

For my card, I went back to a previous CC&S sketch.  I didn’t really want to use an elephant again since I used it with the sketch that time.  I tossed around a few different animal ideas but none of them were giving me a “yeah!” moment, so I decided to go ahead with the sweet little Ellie again.  I originally planned to make a birthday card and  have her holding a few balloons with her trunk, but there didn’t seem to be enough room on the card panel, turned horizontally or vertically, to situate the balloons well.  So she’s joined by a couple of friendly butterflies. I turned the tilted panel in the opposite direction from how the sketch is drawn, just for a little variety on the sketch idea.

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It’s been a while since I’ve done this much coloring on a card.  I feel like I’m out of practice.  :(

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. Eastern time Monday, March 13.  We’d love to see what you make!

Supplies:
Stamps: Ellie, Storybook, Simply Said Hello (Avery Elle)
Cardstock: Crushed Curry, Elegant Eggplant (Stampin’ Up); Solar White (Neenah)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Other: markers (Copic); stitched rectangle die (Lawn Fawn)

Hello!  It’s time for another sketch challenge at Christmas Card Throwdown.  It’s a nice, simple one that can be dressed up with stamps or designer papers or ribbons.

I chose three coordinating designer papers for the vertical elements of the sketch.  In order to accommodate the patterns on the papers, I had to cut the strips wider than the way they are depicted in the challenge graphic.  So I decided to change the format of my card to a landscape-oriented rectangle.  The sentiment panel and its mat were simply cut with dies.  Easy peasy!

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If you need additional inspiration, go on over to the CCT blog and see what the rest of the design team has made.  Then show us your own interpretation of the sketch by linking a card of your own to our challenge post.  You have until 7:00 p.m. Eastern time Friday, March 17 to enter the challenge.  Thanks for stopping by today!

All supplies except the dies are from Stampin’ Up:
Stamp: Wondrous Wreath
Cardstock: Old Olive, Cherry Cobbler, Whisper White, Season of Style designer series papers
Ink: Cherry Cobbler
Other: petite oval and petite scalloped oval Nestabilities dies (Spellbinders)

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