Hello there!  It’s the last Tuesday of the month, which means that it’s sketch week at CAS Colours & Sketches.  I really like the angled panel in this sketch because it provides a lot of fun creative opportunities.

I checked out a few other challenges before creating my card and combined them with the sketch challenge.  Less is More is challenging their participants to use up bits and pieces leftover from other projects, and AAA Cards wants to see frames on cards.  I chose a scrap piece of floral patterned paper which (I think) coordinates well with this stamp that combines a floral image with a sentiment.  Because of the way the flower image is oriented, I thought it would look better to use the mirror image of the sketch.  I cut a frame for the vertical rectangle from a scrap of cardstock in a coordinating color.  Instead of coloring the image, I decided to cover the petals with a Prima flower, held in place with a tiny brad.  I’ve used shims of scrap cardstock to add dimension behind the vertical panel.

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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 sketch, and link it to the challenge blog by 6:00 p.m. Eastern time Monday, July 2.  We’d love to see what you can do!  Thanks for stopping by today.

Supplies:
Stamps: For a Friend (Stampin’ Up)
Cardstock: Pure Luxury Ivory (Gina K. Designs); Perfect Plum (SU); scrap from Kioshi 6″ x 6″ paper pad (Basic Grey)
Ink: Early Espresso (SU)
Other: stitched rectangle dies (Lawn Fawn); flower (Prima); brad (Recollections)

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

Despite the cheeriness of the colors, I seem to have a hard time working with both Bermuda Bay and Calypso Coral whenever they come up separately in our challenges – so having them together had me puzzled for a while.  I noticed that the current Paper Players challenge is to use birds on a clean and simple card, so I finally decided that the Bermuda Bay and Pool Party could work together to color this bird image I haven’t used yet.  After I stamped the bird on the focal panel, I covered it with a mask and then stenciled blocks in the coral color for a background.  The stamps and the stencil were purchased together as a set.  The blocks should fit the geometric challenge currently going on at AAA Cards.  After I peeled off the mask, I colored the bird with Copics and added in a speech balloon for the sentiment.  I trimmed the bottom corner to mimic the shape of the bird’s body, and mounted the focal panel to a Bermuda Bay card base.

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Now it’s your turn to create a clean and simple styled card using these colors, and share it with us at the CC&S site!  You have until 6:00 p.m. Eastern time Monday, June 25 to link your card.  We hope you’ll join us!

Supplies:
Stamps: THMM108 (Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous); A Birdie Told Me (Lawn Fawn)
Cardstock: Bermuda Bay (Stampin’ Up); Pure Luxury Ivory (Gina K. Designs)
Ink: Calypso Coral (SU); Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Other: markers (Copic); corner rounder (EK Success); THMM108 stencil (Tim Holtz); sponge dauber

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

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

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What will you do with this sketch?  There are so many possibilities!  I hope you’ll try out something and share what you create with us!  Link your work to the CAS Colours & Sketches blog by 6:00 p.m. Eastern time Monday, June 18.  Thanks for stopping by today!

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

Hello hello!  I hope the month of June has gotten off to a good start for you.  As usual at CAS Colours & Sketches, we start off the month with a color challenge.  Our challenge hostess, Wei, has chosen some bright and cheery colors for us.

It’s been a while since I’ve played along at CAS(E) this Sketch! but I liked the simplicity of this week’s sketch.  I decided to use dies rather than stamps to create my focal point.  After I cut the “lines” of the rose from pumpkin colored cardstock, I attached the die cut to a scrap of bright pink cardstock and then fussy cut around it to get my rose blossom.  I originally planned to attach the small scalloped rectangle directly to the card base, and stacked it with an extra rectangle underneath to give it more dimension and definition.  But the card still seemed too plain, so I decided to add a pop of pink underneath it.  The sentiment comes from one of my oldest stamp sets and is stamped in green ink to match the leaves.  That makes this another birthday card for the challenge at AAA Cards.

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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!  Then make your own card using the challenge colors and share it via the linky tool by 6:00 p.m. Eastern time Monday, June 11.  We’d love to have you join us!

Supplies:
Stamp: All Occasions (Stampin’ Up)
Cardstock: Melon Mambo, Pumpkin Pie, Garden Green (SU); Solar White and Solar White textured (Neenah)
Ink: Garden Green (SU)
Other: Swirly Scribbles dies (SU); Classic Rectangles Scalloped Nestabilities die (Spellbinders)

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!  Cathy, our challenge hostess, has put some In Colors from a few years ago with a classic neutral and a sketch from five years ago.

To contrast with the retired colors and older sketch, I decided to use one of my newest stamp sets.  The butterfly’s wings were stamped in three different steps – first with the yellow color stamped off once, then with the orange stamped off once, and finally with the orange full-strength.  The dotted border stamp is from the same set as the butterfly.  I’ve stretched the sketch into a landscape-oriented rectangle.

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Although 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.

AAA Cards is celebrating their 4th birthday with a birthday challenge, so I’m entering this card there.  Here’s wishing them many more years of fun challenges!

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, June 4.  We’d love to see what you make!

Supplies:
Stamps: Watercolor Wings (Stampin’ Up); Birthday Greetings (Gina K. Designs)
Cardstock: Thick Whisper White, Hello Honey, Whisper White (SU)
Ink: Hello Honey, Tangelo Twist, Going Gray (SU)
Other: stitched scalloped border die (Lawn Fawn)

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

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

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

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

Hello there!  It’s colors week again at CAS Colours & Sketches.

Over the last few months I was focusing on holiday-specific cards for Send a Smile 4 Kids, but now it’s time for me to work on more non-holiday cards for them.  Today’s card is meant to give a little encouragement but I suppose it could also be used for a birthday card if the sender writes a birthday message inside of it.  Despite my efforts to make it gender neutral, I think it ended up looking a little more boyish than girly.  But that’s OK.  I used a CC&S sketch from a few months ago for the layout.  We actually had a power outage following a massive thunderstorm yesterday evening while I was making this card, so my first go-through coloring it was literally done by fading sunlight just before sunset.  When the electricity came back on a few hours later, I was able to see that I actually hadn’t done too badly with it, so after touching up a few spots I went ahead and assembled the card.

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I’m going to enter this into the “For the Kids” challenge at Shopping Our Stash.

If you need further inspiration for the CAS Colours & Sketches challenge, go see what the rest of the design team has made!  Then create your own clean and simple card using this week’s colors, and link it to the challenge blog by 6:00 p.m. Eastern time Monday, May 21.  We’d love to see what you can do!

Supplies:
Stamps: Pa-Rum-Pa-Pum-Pum (Lawn Fawn)
Cardstock: So Saffron (Stampin’ Up); Solar White (Neenah)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Other: markers (Copic); stitched square die (Lawn Fawn)

This is a quick and easy card I put together for a few challenges:  The sketch at Freshly Made Sketches (which I’ve turned on its side), the colors at Less is More, and the theme at Shopping Our Stash.  The butterfly was colored with Copics.  It’s such a simple and straightforward card I don’t have much else to say about it!

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

Supplies:
Stamps: Somebuggy Loves You (Sweet ‘n Sassy Stamps)
Cardstock: Solar White (Neenah); Brilliant Blue, Daffodil Delight (Stampin’ Up)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Other: markers (Copic); stitched rectangle die (Lawn Fawn)

Hello!  We have a fun sketch challenge for you this week at CAS Colours & Sketches and I hope our participants like it as much as I do!  I think it’s a pretty versatile one, especially since our challenge hostess, Cathy, says that other shapes can be used in place of the squares shown on the sketch.

As soon as I saw the sketch, I knew I wanted to use my triptych tree die for it.  Because the tree is bare, I decided to make a wintry card.  I started by cutting a piece of shimmery white cardstock for the card base and making a wash of blue with gel sticks blended with a damp paper towel.  I used frosty white ink to add some snowy ground and falling snow.  It’s a thick, mostly opaque ink, really more like paint. While the inky paint was drying, I cut the card front from another piece of shimmery cardstock.  The triptych die fits nicely inside my largest stitched rectangle die, which makes it easy to cut that all in one pass.  I cut the triptych die again from brown cardstock and used ink in the same shade of brown to stamp the sentiment.  Once the white paint was dry, I attached the card front to the base, and inlaid the brown die cuts into the square apertures.

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The challenge this week at Just Add Ink is to use items beginning with the letter “o”.  The different blue gel sticks I used give an ombre effect, and the white paint I used can be described as opalescent.  And as far as I can tell, that’s an oak tree, which would be found outdoors.

Be sure to visit the CAS Colours & 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, May 14.  Thanks for stopping by today!

Supplies:
Stamp: Holiday Script (Lizzie Anne Designs for Gourmet Rubber Stamps)
Cardstock: Cryogen White (Curious Metallic); Soft Suede (Stampin’ Up)
Ink: Soft Suede (SU)
Other: Narrow Tree Triptych die (Poppystamps); stitched rectangle die (Lawn Fawn); Frost White shimmer ink (Tsukineko); gel sticks (Faber Castell)

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

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

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

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

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

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