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

It’s been quite a while since I’ve used my floppy-eared bunny stamps, so I decided to pull them out and use one on today’s card.  Being summertime, I felt that ice cream was an appropriate thing to include.  I stamped the bunny on a piece of plain white cardstock, colored him, and then fussy cut him so I could adhere him to a piece of textured cardstock.  The texture is subtle, but it does add a bit of extra visual interest.  Having the bunny’s ears extend past the borders of his background panel was an intentional design choice to balance with the sentiment banner.  I wanted to do a little something different to the ends of the banner, so I used an old corner punch.  The narrowness of the sentiment banner combined with the punch gives the curvy, pointy result.

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I chose the pink card base to coordinate with the strawberry ice cream on the bunny’s cone.  Hopefully, this is enough pink to qualify the card for the “Baby Blue or Pretty Pink” challenge at Cards in Envy.

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: Pretty in Pink (Stampin’ Up); Solar White and Solar White textured (Neenah)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Other: markers (Copic); ticket corner punch, dimensionals (SU)

Hello!  We’re back to another color challenge this week at CAS Colours & Sketches.  This time we have two pastels and a deep blue.

The pale pink and blue made me think of traditional “baby colors”, so I decided to make a baby-themed card.  I pulled out an old, long-retired Stampin’ Up stamp set to create a stack of blocks in the light colors.  Then I used the dark blue from the color scheme with some additional older stamps to add the image of the baby and a sentiment.  A dark blue mat frames the offset image panel.  I like how the baby image and the curvy sentiment contrast with all the square and rectangular shapes. Tiny rhinestones accent the stars to further carry out the “twinkle” idea of the sentiment.

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Thanks for stopping by today!  I hope you’ll check out what the rest of the 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, July 24 to link your card.

All supplies except the rhinestones are from Stampin’ Up:
Stamps: All Occasions, Little Shapes, Small Sayings
Cardstock: Whisper White, Night of Navy, Whisper White Thick
Ink: Powder Pink, Soft Sky, Night of Navy
Other: rhinestones (Recollections)

Hello!  It’s time for July’s color challenge at Christmas Card Throwdown.  This time we’re pulling out all the stops and instead of limiting our participants to using only a certain few colors, we’d like to see you use a rainbow of colors!  You should use a minimum of five colors on your card.

I knew I had some very colorful Christmas-themed designer papers, so I pulled them out and looked through them to see what I could use.  I had some scraps that fit perfectly into this week’s sketch from CAS(E) this Sketch!, so I decided to join in that challenge.  I turned the sketch 90 degrees on its side.  My sweet little Lawn Fawn birdies fit right in with the colors and the music.  I stamped them onto a scrap of white cardstock, colored them, fussy cut them, and finally glued them to the sky blue panel.  And there’s another card for the stockpile I’m creating for Send A Smile 4 Kids.  Their current challenge is “Christmas in July 4 Kids”, so I’ll add this card to their linkup.

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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.  You have until 7:00 pm Eastern time Friday, August 4 to link your card at the CCT site. Thanks for stopping by today!

Supplies:
Stamps: Winter Sparrows (Lawn Fawn)
Cardstock: Early Espresso, Soft Sky (Stampin’ Up); designer papers from Holly Jolly Christmas 6″ x 6″ paper pad (Echo Park)
Ink: Early Espresso (SU)
Other: markers (Copic)

Hello there!  It’s sketch week at CAS Colours & Sketches and we have a nice little one for you with some simple shapes.

As I was looking through my stamps, trying to figure out how to use the oval shape in the sketch, I came to a set that has several speech balloons.  I decided it would be fun to use one of them for the oval, but realized then I’d need something to be speaking.  So I added a couple of cute little birdies to dress up the sketch a bit.  I picked out designer paper for the stripes of the sketch.  I had coordinating scraps that were just the right size for the speech balloon and the birds, so I stamped them and fussy cut them to add to the card.  The bird on the left is attached with a pop dot to give a little dimension to the card.  As I was getting ready to take the photo of the card, I thought it needed a little something extra, so I made a literal last-minute decision to round the bottom right corner of the card to echo the shape of the speech balloon.  It’s a tiny detail but I think it does perk up the card.

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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, July 17.  Thanks for stopping by today!

Supplies:
Stamps: A Birdie Told Me, Sophie’s Sentiments (Lawn Fawn)
Cardstock: Soft Sky (Stampin’ Up); designer papers from Kioshi 6″ x 6″ paper pad (Basic Grey)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Other: dimensionals (SU); corner rounder (EK Success)

Hello there!  It’s time for another month of challenges at CAS Colours & Sketches!  We have some bold, bright colors for our challenge this week.  One of them has been a part of Stampin’ Up’s color lineup for a few years, but the other two are In Colors that were introduced last month.  As always with our color challenges, if you don’t have the exact colors shown in our challenge graphic, you may use whatever you own by any company so long as you match the colors as closely as possible.

It’s been a while since I’ve made a card specifically for Send a Smile 4 Kids, so I decided to focus on that organization when I was working on my card for this challenge.  The bright chartreuse had me a little stumped at first because to me it seems too yellow to work well as foliage.  Since it’s Independence Day here in the U.S. I kept feeling like I should do something with stars and/or stripes, even though the colors are far from our patriotic red, white and blue.  :)  I ended up going graphic with a design I found on Ardyth’s blog.  I decided to embrace that bold greenish yellow by using it for the card base and to stamp the sentiment.

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Thanks so much for stopping by today!  I hope you’ll make a card with these challenge colors and share it with us at CC&S.  You have until 6:00 p.m. Eastern time Monday, July 10 to link your card at the challenge site.

Supplies:
Stamps: Simply Said: You (Avery Elle)
Cardstock: Lemon Lime Twist, Island Indigo, Berry Burst (Stampin’ Up); Solar White (Neenah)
Ink: Lemon Lime Twist (SU)
Other: Puffy Stars die (Lawn Fawn)

Hello!  It’s a little hard to believe June is drawing to a close already.  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.

If you’ve an avid follower or participant at CC&S, you might recognize this sketch as being one used before by our team member Jane.  The fun wonky angle makes it pretty distinctive!  I’ve used shimmery cardstock for the front of my card, which looks lovely in person, but is hard to capture the subtle sparkliness in photographs.  I wanted some color to the angular portion, so I scribbled some metallic Gelatos on a scrap of shimmery cardstock and blended them with a damp paper towel.  I used the same method to color another scrap of shimmery cardstock, from which I die cut the hearts.  I also die cut the angular portion from the card front.  I’ve popped the card front up from the striped portion by using some shims of scrap cardstock; I think the shims give more substance underneath that layer than my dimensional adhesive spots would.   I chose not to heat emboss the sentiment.  When looking at the card from an angle, it kind of disappears into the cardstock, but looking at the card head on it’s nice and bold.

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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 3.  Thanks for stopping by today!

 
Supplies:
Stamp: Hugs & Wishes (Stampin’ Up)
Cardstock: Shimmery White, Thick Whisper White (SU)
Ink: Champagne (Encore)
Other: metallic Gelatos (Faber Castell); hearts die, stitched rectangles die (Lawn Fawn); custom panels die (Avery Elle)

Hello there!  It’s color challenge week again at CAS Colours & Sketches.  I have the honor of being challenge host this week, and I’ve put together a combo using a couple of Stampin’ Up’s limited edition In Colors paired with a metallic.  Although we use Stampin’ Up color names for reference, you’re always welcome to use any companies’ products – we simply ask that you match the stated colors as closely as possible.

I admit that when I came up with this challenge idea a couple months ago, I did have some idea of what I wanted to create with them… and now that idea has completely left my memory.  On my computer, I keep a folder of cards I really like that I’ve found online, so I browsed through that for inspiration for today’s card.  I noticed this one made by Karren Johnson and decided to CASE it… “CASE” being an acronym for “Copy and Selectively Edit” (at least that’s my favorite definition of what “CASE” stands for).  The similar colors are a pure coincidence.  I started by die cutting the front panel of the card.  I stamped the sentiment and floral image with copper pigment ink and heat embossed them.  Then I watercolored the flower with ink, and die cut the curved line of the sentiment panel.  As I was holding the pieces of the card together I felt it looked a bit stark, so I added some splatters of color.  Using peach cardstock for the base of the card adds another punch of color.  It was hard getting a photo to show the shine of the heat embossing, so you’ll have to take my word that it looks better in real life.

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CC&S color228-001And there you have it.  What will you create with these colors?  Be sure to share your card at the CC&S site by 6:00 p.m. Eastern time Monday, June 26.  We’d love to have you join in the fun and creativity!

Supplies:
Stamps: Jolies Fleurs (Lizzie Anne Designs); Sophie’s Sentiments (Lawn Fawn)
Cardstock: Pure Ivory (Gina K. Designs); Dapper Denim, Peekaboo Peach (Stampin’ Up)
Ink: Copper (ColorBox)
Other: copper embossing powder (Ranger); stitched rectangles die (Lawn Fawn); Custom Panels die (Avery Elle)

Hello!  Once again, it’s time for a new challenge at Christmas Card Throwdown.  For the next two weeks, we have a theme that we hope you’ll enjoy:  Nutcrackers or Toy Soldiers.  Since many depictions of nutcrackers around Christmastime feature them as soldiers, we thought we’d combine the two ideas into one theme challenge.

I have two versions of a toy soldier stamp.  It’s the same design, but two different sizes.  The smaller one seemed too diminutive, although I guess if I’d looked hard enough I could have found a good sketch to use it with.  However, I opted to use the larger stamp.  I went way back into the Operation Write Home sketch archives and decided to use sketch #38 since it had a large focal panel.  I had some strippy scraps of designer paper that worked perfectly for the background part of the sketch.  I pulled the colors from the designer paper to color the toy soldier image.  (The green matches better in real life.)  I’ve used some cardstock shims to raise the focal panel up from the background a bit.

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What will you do with our theme?  Please show us by linking your own Christmas or wintry card at the CCT site by 7:00 p.m. Eastern time Friday, June 30.  We’d love to see your artwork!  Thanks for stopping by today.

Supplies:
Stamp: Christmas Blueprint (Tim Holtz)
Cardstock: Cherry Cobbler, Kraft, Season of Style designer series paper (Stampin’ Up)
Ink: Early Espresso (SU)
Other: Premier colored pencils (Prismacolor)

Hello there!  In my family, we are wrapping up “birthday season”.  In the last month, my husband’s brother, my father-in-law, both of my parents, one of my aunts, and one of my uncles have all celebrated their birthdays.  Today’s post shows off the last card I made, using this week’s sketch from CAS Colours & Sketches for inspiration.

I’ve taken a bit of liberty with the sketch by using balloons in place of the two largest circular elements.  I die cut the balloons from some watercolor-y designer paper. I like the way the watercolored appearance gives the balloons a more realistic, translucent look than regular cardstock would.  A narrow strip of a different pattern of designer paper in the same package provided the color scheme for the balloons, the balloon strings, and the enamel dot embellishments.

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Be sure to visit the CAS Colours & Sketches challenge blog to see the fantastic cards made by my fellow design team members!  Then show us what you can do with this sketch by linking your own card to the challenge blog.  You have until 6:00 p.m. Eastern time on June 19 to share your work.  Thanks for stopping by today!

Supplies:
Stamp: Birthday Whimsy (Stampin’ Up)
Cardstock: Solar White (Neenah); Smoky Slate, Watercolor Wonder designer series papers (SU)
Ink: Going Gray (SU)
Other: Party Balloons dies (Lawn Fawn); Subtles candy dots (SU)

I have a quick post today to share a card made for an important man in my life – my dad.  He’ll be celebrating his birthday this weekend, and I’ll be lucky enough to visit with him on his special day.  He’s not one to turn down ice cream when it’s offered to him, LOL, so that’s why I thought he’d like the cute little ice cream cone.

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I’m combining several challenges here:  Less Is More, Freshly Made Sketches, AAA Cards, and The Paper Players.

 

Thanks for stopping by today!

Supplies:
Stamps: Here’s the Scoop (Lawn Fawn); Cake & Candles (Avery Elle)
Cardstock: Pure Luxury White, Pure Luxury Ivory (Gina K. Designs); Close to Cocoa (Stampin’ Up); scraps from Blush 6″ x 6″ paper pad (Basic Grey)
Ink: Close to Cocoa (SU)
Other: birthday embossing folder (ProvoCraft)

Hello there!  It’s color challenge week again at CAS Colours & Sketches.  I’ve combined the color challenge with one of our recent sketch challenges, #224, taking the liberty of using the mirror-reverse of the sketch.

The card is pretty straightforward so there’s not a lot I can say about it.  I used Versamark ink to stamp a bit of texture on the kraft-colored strip.  The flower is raised up from the card base with some scrap cardstock shims to add a bit of dimension.

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Since the theme at The Paper Players and at AAA Cards is “birthday”, I’m going to enter this card in those challenges.

Be sure to check out what the rest of the CC&S design team did with this sketch. Then show us what you can make with it! You can link your creation to the challenge blog until 6:00 p.m. Eastern time Monday, June 12.  Thanks for stopping by today!

Supplies:
Stamps: Delight in Life, Canvas (Stampin’ Up); Cake & Candles (Avery Elle)
Cardstock: Soft Sky, Kraft, Very Vanilla (SU)
Ink: Calypso Coral, Soft Sky (SU); VersaMark (Tsukineko)

Hello!  At Christmas Card Throwdown we’re starting the month with stash challenge week, where we invite our challenge participants to use particular items from their crafting stash to create a Christmas or wintry card.  This time it’s a triple item find – gems, pearls, and/or sequins.  You can use any combination of those types of embellishments.

I’ve combined our stash challenge with the current Freshly Made Sketches challenge, rotating the sketch 180° to turn it upside-down.  It’s hard to tell in the photo, but the red half-oval is cut from textured cardstock.  The tree takes the place of the banner element of the sketch.  I stamped it on a scrap piece of cardstock and fussy cut it, adhering it to the card with dimensionals.  I used some pearls to decorate the tree and added a star-shaped, pearl-embellished sequin to top it off.

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Now it’s your turn to show us how you can make your card sparkle and shimmer!  If you’d like some more inspiration, be sure to see what the rest of the CCT design team has made.  Then share your card with us, linking it at the CCT site by 7:00 p.m. Eastern time Friday, June 16.  We’d love to have you join us!

All supplies are from Stampin’ Up unless otherwise noted.
Stamps: Season of Joy, Short & Sweet
Cardstock: Mellow Moss, Naturals Ivory, Real Red Core’dinations
Ink: Mellow Moss, Close to Cocoa
Other: white pearls, dimensionals; plain petite ovals Nestabilities die (Spellbinders); red pearls (Queen & Co.); star sequin (source unknown)

Hello!  It’s time for a Timeless Tuesday double challenge at CAS Colours & Sketches!  We’ve gone through our sketch archives and pulled out one of our previous sketches, and we’re pairing it with some retired Stampin’ Up colors.  To meet the challenge this week, the sketch must be used with the colors.  If you don’t have the exact colors it’s OK –  just use whatever you own that comes close to them.

I’ve been away from my craft room for much of the past week, and I have to confess that last night when I was working on this card, I had a hard time getting into a crafting frame of mind.  This is definitely not one of my better cards but it meets the challenge so I’m going with it.  I used the lighter shade of blue for the card base and used the darker for the sentiment.  I rotated the sketch 180° so that I had a wider space at the top of the card for the sentiment.  Instead of using a piece of cardstock for the wide horizontal strip, I scored five lines.  It was hard to capture them in the photo, but they do extend across the entire front of the card.  It’s been a long time since I’ve used ribbon on a card, but I had the exact color of blue to work with the challenge.  I debated adding a bow, but I thought that would take away from the clean and simple style of the card.  The “present” is raised up from the card base with dimensional adhesive.

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double 225 finalBe sure to stop by the challenge blog and see what our Design Team members have done with this challenge!  Then create your own card using these colors and the sketch, and link it to the challenge site by 6:00 p.m. Eastern time Monday, June 5.  We’d love to have you join us!  Thanks for stopping by today.

Supplies:
Stamp: Cake & Candles (Avery Elle)
Cardstock: Baja Breeze, Purely Pomegranate (Stampin’ Up)
Ink: Blue Bayou (SU)
Other: Blue Bayou ribbon, dimensionals (SU)

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