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.


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

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!

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.


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!

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!

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!


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.

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)

Hello there!  It’s time for another challenge at CAS Colours & Sketches and this time we have a very simple sketch for you to try.

After some mental debate over whether to make a birthday card or a holiday card, I finally decided on holiday.  I used one of my newest dies to cut the word “merry” from shiny gold cardstock.  Using the die to help with placement, I stamped “& bright” with gold ink and heat embossed it.  It didn’t turn out quite as shiny as I’d hoped; I think the embossing powder is going old and stale.  Anyway, I knew I wanted to use some festive red and green for the background.  I played around with a couple different ideas before settling on this partial starburst pattern.  I opted not to continue the starburst around the entire card base in order to keep the card more clean and simple in style.  The sentiment panel is attached with dimensional adhesive to give it more actual and visual separation from the card base.


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I’m entering my card into two additional challenges:  Less is More, and AAA Cards.

I had a furry “helper” supervise me while I was photographing the card.  LOL

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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, December 4.  Be sure to check out what the other design team members have made, too!  Thanks for stopping by today!

Stamps: All Occasion Sentiments #4 (Uniko)
Cardstock: Solar White (Neenah); Real Red, Gumball Green (Stampin’ Up)
Ink: gold pigment (ColorBox)
Other: Merry Script die (Mama Elephant); gold detail embossing powder, dimensionals (SU)

Hello!  It’s an especially exciting time at CAS Colours & Sketches this week!  Our challenge blog is five years old, and we’re celebrating with challenge #250!  To thank our challenge participants for helping us reach this amazing milestone, five lucky players in this week’s challenge will be chosen to win an in-stock clear stamp set of their choice from Uniko!   In addition, five of our design team members are giving away prizes – but you’ll need to leave a comment on their blogs to be eligible to win.   That’s ten prizes in all, in addition to our usual Weekly Winners honorees!  You won’t want to miss out on this event!  All the details are at the challenge site.

Our challenge this week features some bright, cheery colors.  I was in such a party mood that I made two cards!  I used a die to cut stars from cardstock in the three challenge colors plus black.  The die I chose created lots of little parts, which made it easy to make multiple cards using the frames from the black stars and the little pieces to fill in the design.  Some of the pieces were pretty tiny so I opted not to fill those back in.  I think the white left there provides some nice contrast.  The “merry & bright” sentiment for the Christmas card comes from our challenge sponsor, Uniko.

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The “thank you” card is dedicated to all of our challenge participants and to our fantastic design team.  Without all you awesome people, the blog wouldn’t have achieved the success it has.  A big hug of appreciation goes out to all of these people for making our blog such a wonderful gathering place for fun and creativity!

We’d love to see what you can create with this week’s colors, and to have you join in celebrating with us!  Share your card at the CC&S website by 6:00 p.m. Eastern time Monday, November 27.  We hope you’ll continue to join in our challenges.  Thank you to our fantastic sponsor for this week, Uniko!


Stamps: Most Wonderful (Uniko); Incredible (Technique Tuesday)
Cardstock: Daffodil Delight, Whisper White, Basic Black, Cherry Cobbler, Pacific Point (Stampin’ Up)
Ink: Onyx Black (VersaFine)
Other: Wrapped Star die (Poppystamps)

Hello!  It’s sketch week at CAS Colours & Sketches and we have, in my opinion, a really fun one for you with some curvy lines.

My card is a very simple one that stays true to the sketch.  I cut swooshes from green and red cardstock and attached them to a card base of linen textured cardstock.  The linen texture is hard to capture in photographs, but in real life, it’s definitely has a little something extra than plain cardstock.   The sentiment was cut from shiny gold cardstock and glued into place.  Quick and easy!


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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, August 28 to link your card.  We’d love to have you join in the fun and creativity!  Thanks for stopping by today.

Stamps: none
Cardstock: Real Red, Emerald Envy, gold foil (Stampin’ Up); Solar White Classic Linen (Neenah)
Other: Word Set 3 – Holiday dies (Karen Burniston); Landscape Trio die (Mama Elephant)

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

Considering the colors for this week and the current time of year, it was hard not to think of Christmas foliage.  So I’ve pulled out one of my favorite Christmas tree stamps for the occasion.  I inked it first with the lighter shade of green, then went around the edges of the stamp with the darker ink pad, to give the image a little two-tone effect.  I stamped it on a scrap piece of cardstock and fussy cut it before attaching it to the focal panel.  I added silver brads in two different sizes plus a star to decorate the tree.  I used the darker green ink to add a few festive stars and confetti to the strip of lighter green cardstock that grounds the focal panel.  Even though it might not look quite as clean and simple as some of my other cards, it was pretty easy.


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Be sure to check out what the rest of the CC&S Design Team has made!  Then create your own clean and simple styled card with these colors and link it to the CC&S site by 6:00 p.m. Monday, November 13.  We’d love to see what you make!  Thanks for stopping by today!

Stamps: Season of Joy (Stampin’ Up); Most Wonderful (Uniko)
Cardstock: Confetti Cream, Emerald Envy (SU)
Ink: Emerald Envy, Tranquil Tide (SU)
Other: silver brads (Making Memories, Recollections, and Spare Parts); stitched square die (Lawn Fawn); dimensionals (SU)

Hello!  Happy Halloween to my readers who observe it!

Since it’s the fifth Tuesday of the month, this week at CAS Colours & Sketches we have a Timeless Tuesday double challenge – which means certain retired Stampin’ Up colors need to be used with an older CC&S sketch!  That sounds like fun, doesn’t it?

I wanted to make a few more birthday cards for Send a Smile 4 Kids before sending off my stockpile to them, so that’s how I decided the theme for today’s card.  I stretched the sketch out from a square to a landscape-oriented rectangle.  I’ll admit I took a little liberty with the sketch by not putting my row of sentiment and party hats in an actual strip as shown on the sketch.  I knew I had ribbons in the challenge colors, and I wanted to use some of them on the card.  I decided to layer the narrow Baja Blue ribbon on top of the wider River Rock ribbon.  I used just the Baja Blue ribbon for a simple little knot bow.  The red mat was a last-minute idea to add an extra pop of red to the card.  Even though it gives it more layers than I tend to like on a clean and simple card, it does make the card look better.


double 247Although the colors listed are Stampin’ Up color names, you do not need to use Stampin’ Up products to create your card.  Simply use whatever you have that is closest to those colors.

Be sure to see what the rest of the design team has made!  Then we’d love it if you join in our challenge by making a clean and simple styled card of your own using this sketch and these colors.  Share your work with us at the CAS Colours & Sketches site by 6:00 p.m. Eastern time Monday, November 6.  We’d love to see what you make!

Stamps: Hats Off to You (Lawn Fawn)
Cardstock: River Rock, Riding Hood Red (Stampin’ Up); Solar White (Neenah)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Other: Premier colored pencils (Prismacolor); Gamsol (Gamblin); River Rock ribbon, Baja Breeze ribbon (SU)

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

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


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

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

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

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


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

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

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