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)

Hello!  Today’s post is to serve as a reminder that we have a fun technique challenge going on at Christmas Card Throwdown.  We’re hoping you’ll join us in creating Christmas or wintry cards using the starburst (a/k/a sunburst) technique.

I’ve created a second card for the challenge, and I’m sharing that today.  I used four different designs from a Basic Grey collection of holiday patterned papers.  I cut them into long, narrow rectangles and then cut the rectangles diagonally to form triangles.  I sponged the edges of the triangles with cherry red ink.  I fanned the triangles out over a piece of white linen textured cardstock, letting a little of the white show between the triangles.  When I was satisfied with the arrangement, I used double-sided tape to adhered the triangles to the white base.  After trimming the excess off the panel, I attached my starburst panel to a piece of cherry cardstock, which I then attached to the pale green card base.  The ornament image covers where the points of the triangles meet; I’ve attached it with dimensional adhesive to keep the card from feeling too flat.

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Thanks for stopping by today!  Remember, you have until 7:00 p.m. Eastern time Friday, March 3 to share your own starburst card at the CCT site.

Supplies:
Stamp: Delightful Decorations (Stampin’ Up)
Cardstock: Pistachio Pudding, Cherry Cobbler (SU); Solar White and Solar White Linen textured cardstock (Neenah); designer papers from “Fruitcake” collection (Basic Grey)
Ink: Cherry Cobbler (SU)
Other: ornament punch, dimensionals (SU); sponge

Hello!  We have some bright, cheery colors for our challenge this week at CAS Colours & Sketches.  I’ve chosen to use them with a swooshy graphic die.  I cut the die from all three challenge colors, plus black.  I laid the black lines part of the die down on the white card front and filled in the spaces with the colors.  I added a sentiment on a matted panel to coordinate with the matted card front.  Pretty easy, really!

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Be sure to check out what the rest of the CC&S design team and our guest designer have made.  Then give these colors a go and share your own CAS card with us!  You have until 6:00 p.m. Eastern time Monday, February 27 to link your card at the challenge site.  Thanks for stopping by today!

Supplies:
Stamp: Birthday Greetings (Gina K. Designs)
Cardstock: Basic Black, Cucumber Crush, Peekaboo Peach, Watermelon Wonder (Stampin’ Up); Pure Luxury White (Gina K. Designs)
Ink: Onyx Black (VersaFine)
Other: Swirly Scribbles die (SU)

Hello!  It’s technique challenge time at Christmas Card Throwdown.  For the next two weeks, we’re hoping you’ll give the sunburst technique a try.  Some people call it the starburst technique.  Either way, it’s a super way to use up some of your designer papers!  Here’s the link to the tutorial I used when I first learned how to do it:  Starburst Technique

I decided to go with a snowman theme for my card.  It ended up using the not-so-snowy, traditional Christmassy colors of red and green.  Usually I sponge the edges of the triangles when I do this technique, but I opted not to take the time to do that this time.

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Be sure to check out the cards the Design Team has made.  Then create your own card using this technique, and share it with us at the CCT site by 7:00 p.m. Eastern time Friday, March 3.  We’d love to see your take on the technique!

Supplies:
Stamps: Snowmen & Snowflakes (Hero Arts); Critters in the Snow (Lawn Fawn)
Cardstock: Poppy Parade, Gumball Green, Whisper White (Stampin’ Up); designer papers from Nordic Holiday 6″ x 6″ paper pad (Basic Grey)
Ink: Poppy Parade (SU)
Other: standard circle Nestabilities dies (Spellbinders)

Hello, and Happy Valentine’s Day!  It’s time for a new sketch challenge at CAS Colours & Sketches.

I’ve turned the sketch on its side and used the color palette from this week’s Paper Players challenge.  The blush color isn’t really a stereotypical “girly” pink, so I thought the colors would work well for a more masculine love-themed card.  I embossed the blush panel with an argyle embossing folder.  I don’t have copper foil cardstock, but I do have a stash of the brushed copper cardstock that Stampin’ Up used to sell, so I die cut the hearts from that.  I’ve layered different sizes of hearts for a little extra interest.  The copper cording and the sentiment stamp are also retired SU products.

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Thanks for stopping by today!  Be sure to check out the CAS Colours & Sketches blog to see what the rest of the design team has done with this sketch.  Then make your own card and link it to the challenge post.  You have until 6:00 p.m. Eastern time Monday, February 20 to participate.  We hope you’ll join us!

Supplies:
Stamp: Short & Sweet (Stampin’ Up)
Cardstock: Smoky Slate, Blushing Bride, Brushed Copper (SU)
Ink: Copper (ColorBox)
Other: copper cording (SU); hearts dies (Lawn Fawn); argyle embossing folder (Darice)

Well hello there!  It’s time for a new month of challenges at CAS Colours & Sketches!  Jane is our hostess this month and she has some fun challenge ideas in store for us!

Jane admitted that she had Valentine’s Day in mind when she chose the colour scheme for this week’s challenge.  It’s in perfect timing for those of us (like me) who need to mail Valentine cards to our family members who live far away from us.  I decided to focus on the “happy” part of the sentiment “Happy Valentine’s Day”.  I’ve die cut the word “happy” from cardstock in all three challenge colors and layered them, offsetting them slightly for a shadow effect.  (Yes, all three colors are there, even if they are hard to see in the photo.)  I stamped the “Valentine’s Day” part of the sentiment in the darkest challenge color.  The heart was left over from the die cutting I did for a card I made a few weeks ago.  I sponged it with this week’s challenge colors, using the lightest toward the inside of the heart and edging it with the darkest color, but keeping the sponging light enough so the texture of the cardstock still shows.  It’s attached with dimensional adhesive to go along with the dimension achieved by layering the “happy”.  The white cardstock for the card front has a slight linen texture, which shows in person more so than on the photo.  Rounding the bottom corner of the card was the final touch.

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Of course, just because we had Valentine’s Day in mind at CC&S, it doesn’t mean that you need to create a Valentine card in order to participate in our challenge!  Let your creativity take you wherever it wants to go.  Just be sure to share your card with us at the challenge site before the linky tool closes at 6:00 p.m. Eastern time Monday, February 13.  We’d love to have you join us!  Thanks for stopping by today.

Supplies:
Stamp: My Silly Valentine (Lawn Fawn)
Cardstock: Sweet Sugarplum, Rose Red, Cherry Cobbler, Whisper White textured (Stampin’ Up); Solar White Classic Linen (Neenah)
Ink: Sweet Sugarplum, Rose Red, Cherry Cobbler (SU)
Other: Happy Sash die (Poppystamps); heart die (Lawn Fawn); dimensionals (SU); sponge

Hello!  It’s time for the first challenge of February at Christmas Card Throwdown.  For the next couple of weeks, we’re asking our participants to make cards using the theme of Christmas and/or wintry drinks.

When I’m cold, I enjoy curling up with a mug of hot cocoa.  I like adding lots of mini marshmallows to it and letting them get all soft and partially melted before I swallow them.  :)  So that’s the drink I opted to feature on my card.  I had the perfect stamp for this, and I decided to pair it with the sketch from a recent (but now closed) CAS(E) this Sketch! challenge.  I looked through my designer papers and chose one with peppermints, because sometimes it’s nice to add some peppermint flavoring to the cocoa.  I took the colors for the mug and the straw from the designer paper.  Fussy cutting around the handle of the mug was kind of tedious, but I think the card ended up cheerily enough:

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Since I used markers to color the mug image, I’ll submit this card for the current challenge at Addicted to Stamps and More.

Be sure to check out what the rest of the CCT design team has made.  Then show us your favorite drink!  We’d love it if you joined our challenge.  You have until 7:00 pm Eastern time Friday, February 17 to link your card at the CCT site. Thanks for stopping by today!

Supplies:
Stamps: Warmest Wishes (Lizzie Anne Designs)
Cardstock: Confetti White (Stampin’ Up); Solar White (Neenah); designer paper from Aspen Frost 6″ x 6″ paper pad (Basic Grey)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento); Chocolate Chip (SU)
Other: markers (Copic)

Just a quick post this afternoon to share a card I’ve made for the Less is More challenge that will be ending soon, as well as the current Freshly Made Sketches challenge.  There are several birthdays coming up soon in my family, so I thought I ought to get started on cards for them. For the blue and the yellow, I added ink to white cardstock using a blending tool.

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Thanks for stopping by today!

Supplies:
Stamps: Hats Off to You (Lawn Fawn)
Cardstock: Confetti White (Stampin’ Up); Pure Luxury White (Gina K. Designs)
Ink: Baja Breeze, Summer Sun (SU)
Other: linen thread, dimensionals (SU); Party Balloons die (Lawn Fawn)

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.  Sounds like fun, right?  We’ve decided to put a little twist into it this year.  We’ve dubbed our double challenges “Timeless Tuesday”, which means we’re reaching back into the archives for some retired colors and a previous CC&S sketch.

One of my sweet design team members at CC&S sent me a stamp set for Christmas, and I’ve been remiss about thanking her properly for it, so I figured what better way to do that than to make a card with it.  :)  It seemed to play pretty well both into this week’s sketch and colors.  I stamped the coffee cup twice, once onto ivory cardstock and once onto a scrap of sage green designer paper.  I fussy cut them both to give the cup a green design.  The label/sleeve was created in the same manner and attached to the green cup.  I decided to use the lighter of the other two challenge colors for my card base.  I originally planned to stamp the sentiment on a narrow strip of the darker color.  I didn’t want that narrow strip to look too plain, so I stamped it with a subtle linen-look stamp, but it doesn’t really show in the photo.  Then I decided if I stamped the sentiment on the strip, the strip would seem too wide in proportion to the other elements of the card.  So I cut the strip to make it narrowere, and stamped the sentiment below it.  The coffee cup is raised up from the background with some shims of scrap cardstock, so there’s a bit of dimension to the card.

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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 Monday, February 6 to share your card with us.  We’d love to see what you can do with our double challenge!

Supplies:
Stamps: I LOVE Coffee (Uniko); Linen (SU)
Cardstock: Peach Parfait, Dusty Durango, Naturals Ivory, Very Vanilla, Autumn Vine designer paper (Stampin’ Up)
Ink: Peach Parfait, Early Espresso (SU)

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.

I’m trying to get some more love-themed cards made to donate to Send A Smile 4 Kids before Valentine’s Day, so that helped determine what I was going to do with the sketch.  I originally planned to do something with different shades of pink cardstock, using a light pink for most of the card and using a darker pink for the curved part of the sketch.  When I was looking through my folder of light pink cardstock, I found a scrap of of some coordinating background paper I’d made a few years ago.  For that project, I’d splattered pink ink over some textured white cardstock and then sprayed it with gold pearl mist.  I decided to cut hearts from this and use them to decorate the curved part of the sketch.  To give the hearts better definition from the pink card base, I backed them with a scrap of brushed gold cardstock.  A simple sentiment in gold ink finished off the card.  The pink panels are raised up with shims of scrap cardstock so they are a little higher than the hearts.

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I’m going to enter this into the current challenge at Shopping Our Stash, where they’re asking their participants to use gold on their cards, and the current Uniko Studio challenge, “Anything Goes, with an optional twist of love”.

 

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, January 30.  Thanks for stopping by today!

Supplies:
Stamp: Short & Sweet (Stampin’ Up)
Cardstock: Pink Pirouette, Brushed Gold, Whisper White textured (SU)
Ink: Gold (ColorBox)
Other: Stitched Rectangle die, heart die (Lawn Fawn); Landscape Trio die (Mama Elephant); Pink Pirouette ink refill (SU); Heirloom Gold Perfect Pearls Mist (Ranger)

Hello!  It’s time for a new challenge at Christmas Card Throwdown.  Although we’ve changed from a weekly challenge to a bi-monthly one, we’re keeping the same rotation of the different types of challenges… which means this time we have a color challenge for you.  It’s an interesting one that departs from the typical red and green frequently seen at holiday time.

I decided to create a little scene on my card.  To keep it from getting too bulky with layers, I started out by cutting a card base from watercolor paper and painting a wash of aqua on it.  While that dried, I worked on the front panel.  The triptych die fit into the stitched rectangle die I used for the card front, so I was able to simultaneously cut them from a piece of ivory cardstock.  Then I cut the triptych die again from brown cardstock for my tree.  I used white shimmer paint to create “snow” at the base of the watercolor wash, and I stamped a sentiment on the card front.  When the paint was dry, I glued the ivory panel to the front of the card.  Then I carefully inlaid the brown pieces into the ivory panel.  I had run the brown cardstock through my Xyron machine before I die cut it so I didn’t have to try to fiddle with adding adhesive to the intricate tree branches.

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Thanks for stopping by today!  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, February 3.  We look forward to having you join us!

Supplies:
Stamp: Holiday Script (Lizzie Anne Designs for Gourmet Rubber Stamps)
Cardstock: Pure Luxury Ivory (Gina K. Designs); Soft Suede (Stampin’ Up); watercolor paper (Artist’s Loft)
Ink: Soft Suede (SU)
Other: Narrow Tree Triptych die (Poppystamps); stitched rectangle die (Lawn Fawn); Coastal Cabana reinker (SU); Frost White shimmer ink (Tsukineko)

Hello!  I’m afraid I’m late again today with my post for this week’s challenge at CAS Colours & Sketches.  I was away for several days helping my parents, and am still trying to get back into the swing of things at home.

This week we have a color challenge for you.  Even though the one color in the trio is a rather bluish green, the colors still spoke “flowers” to me.  I decided to use a long-retired stamp set for my focal image.  The blossoms combine two stamps designed to work together, so that was the perfect way to get in both of the pink colors of the challenge.  The layout for the focal panel is based on the current sketch at CAS(E) this Sketch!; I hope they don’t mind that I’ve added a couple layers beneath it.

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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, January 23.  Thanks for stopping by today!

Supplies:
Stamps: Watercolor Garden II (Stampin’ Up); Everyday Messages (Stampendous)
Cardstock: Flirty Flamingo, Island Indigo (SU); Pure Luxury Ivory (Gina K. Designs)
Ink: Flirty Flamingo, Island Indigo, Watermelon Wonder (SU)

Yikes!  I’m a little late today with my post for this week’s challenge at CAS Colours & Sketches.  I made a card yesterday but I wasn’t very happy with it.  As I was trying to fall asleep last night, another idea popped up in my mind.  So I got up this morning and gave it a try… and as luck would have it, it didn’t go quite as easily as I’d hoped.  But anyway…

I wanted to combine this week’s sketch challenge with the ombre challenge at Less is More and the “hello” challenge at AAA Cards.  My first card had a large flourish that I inked in three shades of blue, but I just wasn’t pleased with the overall look of it.  For my second attempt, I thought of using the sentiment “hello, sunshine” with my sunburst stencil.  I used two different shades of yellow to ink the stencil design, layering the darker shade to make it bolder toward the center of the design and fading out the lighter shade toward the edges.  Then I went to my stamps, looking for what I thought was a “hello, sunshine” stamp… and was disappointed to discover that the stamp only says “sunshine”, and it’s made to be used with a “hello” die.  At that point I thought, “My ‘hello’ die is going to look too big.  I have alphabet stamps, so I can spell out the sentiment with them.”  That didn’t go too badly, other than trying to position an apostrophe stamp for the comma… until I stamped the sentiment.  The first two times, the sentiment came out splotchy and messy looking.  So I cleaned the stamps and tried again.  That was slightly better but the letters still looked fuzzy.  So I figured I’d try my “hello” die anyway.  It turned out that the die filled up some of the tiny areas of the stencil that didn’t ink up well.  So I went with it, using textured cardstock for the die cut.  And finally the card came together.

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Despite all the troubles I had putting this card together, it’s still a lot better than my first card!

I hope you’ll have better luck creating a card with this sketch, and that you’ll share it with us at CC&S!  You have until 6:00 p.m. Eastern time Monday, January 16 to link your card there.  Thanks for stopping by today!

Supplies:
Stamps: none
Cardstock: Solar White (Neenah); Summer Sun textured (Stampin’ Up)
Ink: Summer Sun, Daffodil Delight (SU)
Other: Simply Said Hello die (Avery Elle); Rays stencil (Tim Holtz)

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