Hello!  It’s time for the first sketch challenge of the month over at CAS Colours and Sketches!  We have a very easy peasy one that allows for a lot of creativity from our participants.  It allows for a non-rectangular element to extend off the edge of the card.  (That will make more sense when you see my sample card and the sketch graphic.)

I’ve reached back into my digital images for this week’s card and used one that I’ve always thought was pretty cute.  I couldn’t bear to cut off the mouse’s tail, though.  In retrospect I wish I’d rotated the image a little differently so that I could cut off more of the heart shape, in keeping with the sketch, while still keeping the tail intact.  I originally planned to make this a one-layer card, but my thicker cardstock doesn’t like to feed through my printer.  So I had to use a lighter weight cardstock to print the panel and then mount it on a card base.  I colored the mouse with my Copics, and chose a card base to coordinate with the grey mouse.  I offset the panel, lining it up even with the card base along the top and right of the card, and letting the base add a pop of color along the left and bottom of the card.  Oh yeah, the sentiment was generated on the computer, too, printed along with the mouse image.

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sketch 235

And there’s another card for the stash I’m building for Send a Smile 4 Kids. Be sure to visit the CAS Colours and Sketches blog to see the terrific cards the rest of the design team has made.  I’m sure they’d love it if you left them comments, too.  Then show us what you can do with this sketch!  Link your card to the CC&S site by 6:00 p.m. Eastern time Monday, August 14.  I hope you’ll join in the fun there!

Supplies:
Digital Image: Cocoa’s Heart (Sweet ‘n Sassy Stamps)
Cardstock: Solar White (Neenah); Smoky Slate (Stampin’ Up)
Ink: printer ink
Other: markers (Copic)

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

Karen and I are sharing hosting duties this month, and I’ve kicked things off with a color challenge.  When I planned it, I wanted to utilize colors that haven’t come up in our challenges for a while.  When I sat down to make a card, however, it turned out to be a little more difficult than I’d bargained for!  I finally settled on this cute little bunny image.  I wanted to color him with my Prismacolor pencils blended with odorless mineral spirits, but I’m out of the OMS.  I’ve heard of other people using Goo Gone adhesive remover or baby oil in place of the OMS.  We don’t have any baby oil in the house, but we do have a liquid adhesive remover.  It’s Elmer’s brand Sticky Out.  I decided to try that.  Well, it did blend the colored pencil some… but it also started to dissolve the ink of the bunny’s whiskers and roughed up the cardstock there, and it made a real mess out of my blending stump.  In retrospect it doesn’t look quite as bad as I thought it did while I was working on the card.  But I did go back to the proverbial drawing board and started over.  My second time around, I decided to go old school and used my Stampin’ Pastels chalks to color the image panel.   That worked a lot better, even with these pastels being a good 13 years old!  I originally planned to mat the image onto a couple of circles, but I had a scrap square of Blushing Bride cardstock that the image circle fit onto perfectly.  So I thought “why not?” and squared it up.

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CC&S color234-001 Be sure to check out what the rest of the CC&S Design Team and our August 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, August 7.  We’d love to have you join us!  Thanks for stopping by today.

Supplies:
Stamps: Cute Critters (Sweet & Sassy Stamps)
Cardstock: Tempting Turquoise, Cajun Craze, Blushing Bride (Stampin’ Up); Solar White (Neenah)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Other: Stampin’ Pastels (SU); standard circle Nestabilities die (Spellbinders)

Hello!  It’s time for November’s color challenge at 52 Christmas Card Throwdown.  We have an updated twist on a classic color combination for you – bright red and lime green.

I’ve used this week’s sketch from CAS Colours & Sketches for my layout… which, truth be told, is a sketch I’d originally drawn for 52CCT back in 2013!   A strand of Christmas lights seemed to be a good way to show off the 52CCT challenge colors, so I pulled out my Christmas lights stamps.  I like that the bulb image is separate from the wire image, so that the bulbs can easily be stamped individually in whatever colors one chooses.  I think the sentiment stamp echoes the idea of twinkling lights.  I’ve added a couple of rhinestones to dot the letter “i” where it occurs in the sentiment.  I’m not sure how well the texture of the red cardstock shows in the photo, but in real life it helps give a little extra visual interest to the card.

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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 week.  You have until 7:00 pm Eastern time Friday, November 18 to link your card at the 52CCT site. Thanks for stopping by today!

Supplies:
Stamps: Holiday Baubles (Sweet ‘n Sassy Stamps); Magic of Christmas (Technique Tuesday)
Cardstock: Real Red Core’dinations, Green Galore, Whisper White (Stampin’ Up)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento); Real Red, Green Galore (SU)
Other: rhinestones (Recollections)

Hello!  It’s the fifth Saturday of the month, and that means at 52 Christmas Card Throwdown, it’s “Pick a Previous” week!  This time we’re asking our participants to choose a previous 52CCT sketch and create a card based on it.

I chose to work with the sketch from January 2015.  I’ve had this little penguin colored and matted, left over from our family’s Christmas cards from a few years ago, and I decided it was time to finally make a card for him.  The penguin panel seemed like it would fit well in place of the star-shaped element of the sketch.  The polka-dotted designer paper worked well with the green leaves and the cherry red hat and scarf, but I felt something else was needed.  So I added some brown coloring to the frame around the penguin to tie in with the kraft-colored dots and used kraft cardstock for the other triangular panel of the sketch.  I added a black mat to tie in with the penguin, and attached the whole card front to a cherry colored card base.  Looking at it now, I realize that I inadvertently flip-flopped the triangular panels, so my card is actually the mirror image of the way the sketch was drawn.  But I think the inspiration is obvious!

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Once you’ve been inspired by the design team’s work, make a Christmas or wintry card of your own using one of our previous sketches.  Share it with us by linking it at the 52CCT site by midnight GMT Friday, November 4.  We’d love to have you join us!  Thanks for stopping by today.

Supplies:
Stamps: Cozy Friends (Sweet ‘n Sassy Stamps); Warm Penguin (Lizzie Anne Designs for Gourmet Rubber Stamps)
Cardstock: Cherry Cobbler, Basic Black, Kraft, Season of Style designer series paper (Stampin’ Up); Solar White (Neenah)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Other: markers (Copic)

Hello there!  It’s the second Saturday of the month, and that means it’s color challenge time at 52 Christmas Card Throwdown.  This time we’re asking our challenge participants to be inspired by the classic color combo of red, black, and kraft.

It’s been a while since I’ve used any of my digital images on a card, but this one particular bear image seemed to be the perfect thing to use for the color challenge.  I’ve colored him with Copic markers and added some hand stitching along the edges of the image panel.  I’ve used the current Freshly Made Sketches challenge for the layout of my card.  I’ll admit that this card might be more accurately described as “clean and layered” rather than “clean and simple” but I’m going to go ahead and enter it into the current challenge at AAA Cards.

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Be sure to check out what the rest of the design team has made.  Then show us what you can create with these colors!  We’d love it if you joined our challenge this week.  You have until 7:00 pm Eastern time Friday, August 19 to link your card at the 52CCT site. Thanks for stopping by today!

Supplies:
Digital Image: Rhubarb Santa (Sweet ‘n Sassy Stamps)
Stamps: Happy Everything (Lawn Fawn)
Cardstock: Kraft, Basic Black, Real Red textured (Stampin’ Up); Pure Luxury Ivory (Gina K. Designs)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento); printer ink
Other: markers (Copic); embroidery floss (DMC); dimensionals (SU)

Hello!  It’s theme challenge week at 52 Christmas Card Throwdown, and this time we’re inviting our participants to create cards using the theme of “The Twelve Days of Christmas”.

I puzzled over this for a while, and finally decided to go with the idea of “four calling birds”.  I thought it would be cute to have the birds perched on a set of Christmas lights rather than simply on a tree branch or on an overhead wire.  I stamped the birds and the light bulbs onto scrap white cardstock so that the colors would be more true than if I’d stamped and colored on the sky blue background.  Fussy cutting them took a little while but I think it was worth the effort.  The birds are colored with markers to coordinate with the colors of the lights.  I splattered some shimmery white paint on the focal panel to look like falling snow.  The layout for this card is an old sketch from Operation Write Home, although I changed the focal panel from a rectangle to an oval.

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I’m going to link this card to this week’s “Make Your Mark” challenge at Addicted to Stamps and More and to the “Christmas in July 4 Kids” challenge at Send a Smile 4 Kids.

Thanks for stopping by today!  Be sure to see what the rest of the 52CCT design team has done for this challenge, and then link your own card at the challenge site.  You have until 7:00 p.m. Eastern time Friday, July 22 to enter.

Supplies:
Stamps: Winter Sparrows (Lawn Fawn); Holiday Baubles (Sweet ‘n Sassy Stamps)
Cardstock: Sahara Sand, Soft Sky, Real Red (Stampin’ Up); designer papers from Holly Jolly Christmas 6″ x 6″ paper pad (Echo Park)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento); Real Red, Daffodil Delight, Gumball Green (SU)
Other: markers (Copic); Frost White shimmer paint (SU); petite oval Nestabilities die (Spellbinders)

It’s color challenge week at 52 Christmas Card Throwdown, and this week we have some cool wintry colors for you.  We’d like to see what kind of wintry or Christmasy card you can make with shades of blue, plus white and silver.

As I was deciding what to do for this challenge, my mind first went to snow and snowflakes.  I figured that was a pretty obvious choice.  And then, since I don’t always like doing the obvious, I decided to go a different route and use ornaments instead.  I’ve stamped them on a white background using three shades of blue that are kind of on the teal end of the blue spectrum, and matted the images with the same three shades.  The ornament garland and the sentiment are stamped in silver; in the photo you can see some of the shimmer of the silver ink in the word “cheer”.  I’ve used this week’s sketch from Freshly Made Sketches for the layout of my card.

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Cutting the mats was the trickiest part of making this card.  Rather than cutting the ovals, layering them, and adhering them to the card front, I decided to layer the rectangular pieces of cardstock from which I cut the ovals.  So the white layer is adhered directly to the card base, and the other layers are stacked on top of it.

Now it’s your turn to show us what you can make with these colors!  If you need more inspiration first, go visit the 52CCT site and see what the rest of the design team has created.  Be sure to link your card at the 52CCT site by 7:00 p.m. Eastern time on Friday, July 15.  We look forward to having you join us!

Supplies:
Stamps: Holiday Baubles (Sweet ‘n Sassy Stamps)
Cardstock: Baja Breeze, Blue Bayou, Soft Sky, Whisper White (Stampin’ Up)
Ink: Baja Breeze, Blue Bayou, Soft Sky (SU); silver (ColorBox)
Other: Petite Oval and Petite Scalloped Oval Nestabilities dies (Spellbinders)

Hello!  It’s time for the last challenge of the month at CAS Colours & Sketches.  This week we have a sketch challenge.  It’s a bit unusual with some interesting curvy elements.

The curved lines of the sketch made me think of one of my oldest Stampin’ Up stamp sets.  This set has four small border stamps, and three of the stamps have the images arranged in a curve.  I decided to go with the little bug design and paired it with an appropriate sentiment from a different stamp set.  I turned the sketch on its side.  For each pair of curved lines in the sketch, I used the bugs for the “upper” line, and drew in some grass for the “lower” line.  To add a little extra visual interest, I offset the mat behind the focal panel.  Although this isn’t the type of card I personally would send someone, I think it’ll be a cute one to donate to Send a Smile 4 Kids.

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sketch 171

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 Wednesday, May 4 to link your card at the challenge website.

Supplies:
Stamps: Itty Bitty Borders (Stampin’ Up); Somebuggy Loves You (Sweet ‘n Sassy Stamps)
Cardstock: Real Red, Green Galore, Whisper White (SU)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Other: markers (Copic)

Well hello there!  It’s the first Thursday of the month, which means we have a new hostess of the month over at CAS Colours & SketchesLouise has come up with some neat challenges for us, and we hope you’ll join in to show us what you can do with them.

We’re starting off the month with a color challenge, and Louise has chosen some bright colors for it.  I used them to create a watercolored background, so the colors are toned down a bit on my card.  The way the colors blended kind of created a fourth color, but trust me, I used only the three challenge colors for the background.  When it was dry, I stamped some silhouetted flowers to make it look like the flowers are set against a sunset sky.  Or maybe it’s a sunrise.  Use your imagination!  :)  I added a simple thin black mat to the image to make it stand out from the card base, stamped a sentiment, and called it done. It felt good to use some of my older stamps for this card.

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I’m going to submit this to the current Less is More challenge, where the theme is “white space that isn’t white”.

Go see what the rest of the CC&S Design Team has done with these vibrant colors!  Then make your own card with these colors and share it with us at the CC&S challenge post.  You have until 6:00 p.m. Eastern time Wednesday, April 13 to link your card.  We hope you’ll join us!  Thanks for stopping by today.

Supplies:
Stamps: Serene Silhouettes (Sweet ‘n Sassy Stamps); Everyday Sayings (Lizzie Anne Designs)
Cardstock: Kraft, Basic Black (Stampin’ Up); The Langton Prestige Extra Smooth Hot Press watercolor paper (Daler-Rowney)
Ink: Onyx Black (VersaFine)
Other: Daffodil Delight, Melon Mambo, and Tangerine Tango reinkers (SU)

Hi there!  It’s the fifth Thursday of March, and that means it’s time for a double challenge at CAS Colours & Sketches!  “Double challenge” means that we provide the sketch and the colors for you to use for your clean and simple styled card.  It’s not as difficult as it might sound!

Jane has given us a nice, bright color scheme and a simple, straightforward sketch to work with.  I’ve used a cute little butterfly for the image and paired it with a happy sentiment.  The butterfly was colored with my Copic markers.  To give a little extra visual interest to the blue strip, I stamped it with a background stamp.  I chose to mat the butterfly and sentiment panels just to make the chocolate brown color more prominent.  I think it’ll be a cute card to add to the ones I’m stockpiling to donate to Send a Smile 4 Kids.  This week is “Make Your Mark” challenge week at Addicted to Stamps and More, so I’m going to enter this card into that challenge.

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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 card to our challenge post!  You have until 7:00 p.m. Eastern time Wednesday, April 6 to share your card with us.  We’d love to see what you can do with our challenge!

Supplies:
Stamps: Somebuggy Loves You, Thoughtful Rhubarb (Sweet ‘n Sassy Stamps); Sanded (Stampin’ Up)
Cardstock: Daffodil Delight, Pacific Point, Chocolate Chip (SU); Pure Luxury White (Gina K. Designs)
Ink: Pacific Point, Chocolate Chip (SU)
Other: markers (Copic)

Hello there!  It’s time for the March theme challenge at 52 Christmas Card Throwdown.  This time we’re asking our challenge participants to use funny sentiments on Christmas or wintry cards.

As soon as I saw the theme for this week, I knew which stamps I’d be using.  This bear and sentiment never fail to make me giggle!  I used a very simple layout for my card, letting the bear and his question take center stage, so to speak.  It felt good to use some of this designer paper that I’ve had for a while.

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Be sure to check out what the rest of the 52CCT design team has made.  We can’t wait to see your sense of humor come through in your crafting!   You have until 7:00 p.m. Eastern time Friday, March 25 to link your funny cards to our challenge post.  Thanks for stopping by today!

Supplies:
Stamps: Beary Christmas (Sweet ‘n Sassy Stamps); A Birdie Told Me (Lawn Fawn)
Cardstock: Pure Luxury White (Gina K. Designs); designer papers from Holly Jolly Christmas 6″ x 6″ paper pad (Echo Park)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Other: markers (Copic); stitched square die (Lawn Fawn)

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

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

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

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

Hello there!  It’s theme week at 52 Christmas Card Throwdown.  This week, we’d like to see your Christmas cards featuring candles or lanterns.

For my card, I printed off a digital image of a candle with holly, and colored it with markers.  I used the current CAS(E) this Sketch! challenge for the layout of my card.  The main panel of the card is attached to the card base with dimensional adhesive to help accommodate the thickness of the ribbon and the backs of the brads holding the sentiment frame.  I also wanted to play along in the current “3-2-1” challenge at Shopping Our Stash, so I’ve used 3 metal embellishments (the frame and two brads), 2 words in the sentiment, and 1 ribbon.  Because I colored the image with markers, I can submit this card to the “Make Your Mark” challenge at Addicted to Stamps and More, too.

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Be sure to check out what the rest of the 52CCT design team has made.  Then share your own card with us at the challenge site.  You have until 7:00 p.m. Eastern time Friday, January 29 to link your card.  Thanks for stopping by today!

Supplies:
Digital Image: Christmas Candle (Sweet ‘n Sassy Stamps)
Sentiment Stamp: Christmas Tags (SNSS)
Cardstock: Wild Wasabi (Stampin’ Up); Pure Luxury White (Gina K. Designs)
Ink: printer ink; Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Other: Wild Wasabi ribbon, Hodgepodge Hardware, dimensionals (SU); markers (Copic)

Hello!  It’s time for another color challenge at CAS Colours & Sketches!  Louise, our challenge hostess, is getting into a Christmas mood, and she has picked a color combo that’s a step off from the traditional red and green and mixed it with a great metallic.

I”ll be honest, I had a hard time figuring out what to do with this color combo, but finally I got it together and came up with this card.  I’ve used the current sketch from The Crooked Stamper Sketch Challenge for my layout.  I used some scrap paper to mask off the middle vertical strip area and blasted it with a pewter-colored pearl mist.  In real life, it’s very shimmery!  I’ve added a second photo below to help show off the shimmer.  Although our CC&S color challenges use the names of Stampin’ Up colors, any company’s products can be used so long as the colors match closely.  So I’ve played into the shimmer concept and used Brilliance ink in colors similar to the other two challenge colors to stamp a few Christmas ornaments.  The ornament panel is attached to the card with dimensional adhesive.  Even though the colors were a bit out of my comfort zone at first, I’m pleased with how the card turned out.

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CASCAS151 shimmer

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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 Wednesday, November 25 to link your card at the challenge website.  Also, we’re looking to add some new members to our design team in 2016, 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!

Supplies:
Stamps: Holiday Baubles (Sweet ‘n Sassy Stamps)
Cardstock: Pure Luxury White (Gina K. Designs)
Ink: Peacock and Aurora Brilliance three-color ink pads (Tsukineko); Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Other: pewter Perfect Pearls Mist (Ranger); dimensionals (SU)

Hello!  It’s the first of the month, and that means we have a new challenge host at 52 Christmas Card Throwdown and a new sketch challenge for you.  Julie is our hostess this month, and she’s come up with a sketch that can be kept pretty simple or dressed up with matted layers.

I decided to go the matted layers route with the sketch, and I stretched it out into a rectangle.  The current challenge at Shopping Our Stash is to use bling, so that helped me choose this image that can easily be blinged up with sparkly ornaments.  I made one goof and didn’t measure correctly when I cut the image panel to size, so it’s not centered vertically as well as I’d like, but since I’d already colored the image I went with it anyway.  Oh well.  At least it was nice to use some of this designer paper that I’ve had for several years, as well as some of the larger red rhinestones that I own.  I’m also including this card in the “Christmas in July 4 Kids” challenge at Send a Smile 4 Kids.

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Go see what the rest of the 52CCT design team has done with this sketch, and then show us your own take on it!  We’d love to have you link your card at the 52CCT site.  The challenge deadline is 7:00 p.m. Eastern time Friday, August 7.  Please join in the fun and creativity!

Supplies:
Digital Image: Rhubarb Trims the Tree (Sweet ‘n Sassy Stamps)
Sentiment Stamp: Bows and Holly (Lawn Fawn)
Cardstock: Chocolate Chip (Stampin’ Up); Pure Luxury White (Gina K. Designs); designer papers from Very Merry Christmas 6″ x 6″ paper pad (Echo Park)
Ink: printer ink; Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Other: markers (Copic); red rhinestones (KaiserCraft); clear rhinestones, dimensionals (SU)

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