Hello there!  It’s time for the first sketch challenge of the month at CAS Colours & Sketches.  I think a lot of different variations can be done with the tag-like shape, and I’m looking forward to seeing what our challenge participants do with it!

I needed to make a birthday card for my brother-in-law, and the sketch fit the bill perfectly.  I knew I wanted to use this image of a gift.  Even though it comes from a Christmas-themed stamp set, it works fine for birthday presents, too.  I stamped it onto two different designer papers, fussy cut it, and pieced it together.  It’s pretty fiddly to fussy cut around the bow and each time I do it I mentally ask myself why I continue to do it, LOL, but I do like the way it turns out.  I had a tall, narrow strip left over from some digital designer paper I had printed years ago.  Just a little bit of trimming made it the right size for the sketch.  Because it’s a repetitive text print, I didn’t think I needed to include a sentiment.  It also qualifies this card for the current challenge at Inkspirational

I had a furry, four-legged shadow while I was working on the card and photographing it.  I warned him that if he didn’t back off, he’d get his picture taken, too.  He didn’t seem to care.  Silly kitty.

What will you do with this sketch?  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, September 19.  Thanks for stopping by today!

Supplies:
Stamp: Bows and Holly (Lawn Fawn)
Cardstock: Crumb Cake (Stampin’ Up); scraps from Pyrus 6″ x 6″ paper pad (Basic Grey); Vintage Birthday digital designer paper (Lizzie Anne Designs)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento); printer ink

Hello there!  It’s the first Tuesday in September, which means that it’s time for a new month of challenges at CAS Colours & Sketches.  As always, we begin the month with a color challenge, and we have some bright, cheery colors for you to work with.

My card went through a few different ideas in my head before I finally got it down with cardstock and ink.  I had this card from a few years ago in the back of my mind, but I wanted to put a different spin on it.  When I was going through my white cardstock file I found a piece of cardstock already cut to the size of a card front, with the “happy birthday” sentiment already stamped on it, so I decided to go ahead and use it.  I cut a circle from a scrap piece of paper to use as a mat and stamped the three dots stamp around it in a sunburst design, alternating the challenge colors.  I just eyeballed my stamping and didn’t worry about getting the dots aligned perfectly.  Then I removed the mask and stamped the cake into place (aiming a bit lower than I should have to get the cake centered in the circle… oops).  Then I colored the cake with Copic markers.  In trying to keep with the “minimal layers” aspect of “clean and simple”, I decided to use mats only in the corners. 

I didn’t have the exact colors of ink and cardstock stated in the challenge graphic, so I used the ones I had that matched most closely.  It’s not my most favorite card I’ve ever made, but I still think it’s pretty cute.

Now it’s your turn! Check out the CC&S site for all the challenge details and to see what the rest of the design team has made. Then share your creation(s) with us by 6:00 p.m. Eastern time Monday, September 12. We’d love to have you play along with us!

Supplies:
Stamps: Year Three, Happy Happy Happy (Lawn Fawn)
Cardstock: Lovely Lilac, Marigold Morning (Stampin’ Up); Solar White (Neenah)
Ink: Lovely Lilac, Marigold Morning, Pink Passion (SU); Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Other: markers (Copic)

Hello there!  It’s sketch challenge week again at CAS Colours & Sketches

I didn’t have much time to create this week, so my card was very quick and easy.  I took a piece of white cardstock and masked off a triangular area.  I had freeform cut the papers I used as a mask, to give the triangle a more organic shape.  I took color cues from The Color Hues challenge, and blended some peach colored inks into the triangular area.  Then I stamped the sentiment in grey ink, and mounted the panel on a card base in matching grey cardstock.

In retrospect, I wish I’d taken the time to highlight the word “awesome” with some Wink of Stella or something.  But I suppose the card is OK as it is.

The CC&S sketch challenge is open until 6:00 p.m. Eastern U.S. time Monday, August 1, and we’d love to have you join in! Thanks for stopping by today.

Supplies:
Stamps: Incredible (Technique Tuesday)
Cardstock: Going Gray (Stampin’ Up); Solar White (Neenah)
Ink: Groovy Guava, Crisp Cantaloupe, Going Gray (SU)
Other: blending brushes

CAS Colours & Sketches #479

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Jul 192022

Hello!  It’s color challenge week at CAS Colours & Sketches and this time we have a trio of pastel colors.

As challenge host, I chose these colors with the idea that I would make a baby-themed card with them, for a family member who’s expecting her first daughter in the fall.  I ended up using last week’s CC&S sketch for the layout of my card because it seemed to work well with the onesie image.  I stamped the onesie onto designer paper with a subtle pinstripe pattern, and fussy cut it.  I also stamped and fussy cut the flower, using pink cardstock for it.  I die cut the panel, assembled the card’s components, stamped the sentiment, and added a tiny half pearl to the center of the flower for a finishing touch.

What will these colors inspire you to create? We’d love to have you join in our challenge! You have until 6:00 p.m. Eastern U.S. time Monday, July 25 to link your card to our challenge post. Thanks for stopping by today!

All supplies are from Stampin’ Up unless otherwise noted.
Stamps: By Ones & By Twos
Cardstock: Soft Sea Foam, Blushing Bride, So Saffron Prints designer paper
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Other: Speech Trio die (Mama Elephant); half pearl (Recollections)

Hello!  It’s sketch challenge time this week at CAS Colours & Sketches and we have a good one for you!

When I first decided on using this image of the little girl, I thought of some of my designer papers that look like flowers on a grassy background.  But as I browsed through them, they all seemed too “busy” for a card that’s supposed to be clean and simple in style.  So I ended up going big time simple with plain green cardstock for the hill, set against a plain sky blue background.  I stamped the girl on a scrap of white cardstock and colored her with Copics before very, very carefully fussy cutting her and gluing her into place.  Her outstretched arms look to me like she’s reaching out for a hug, so that’s how I decided on the sentiment I used.

What will you create with this sketch? We would love to see your clean and simple card submitted for our challenge! You have until 6:00 p.m. Eastern U.S. time Monday, July 18 to link your card at the challenge site. Thanks for stopping by today!

Supplies:
Stamps: In My Heart (Mama Elephant)
Cardstock: Soft Sky, Wild Wasabi (Stampin’ Up); Solar White (Neenah)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Other: markers (Copic); Speech Trio die (Mama Elephant)

Hello there!  July is my month to host at CAS Colours & Sketches, and I hope you’ll join in the fun and creativity there! 

As usual, we’re starting off the month with a color challenge. I’ve chosen a little different spin on the traditional red, white, and blue seen here in the United States on our July 4th Independence Day. I die cut stars from burgundy and navy cardstock and heat embossed the points of the stars in gold. The sentiment stamp was inked with markers so I could include both the navy and burgundy colors. I thought through a few different ideas for the main panel and the mats and card base before deciding on an offset panel with a thin mat.

Now it’s your turn to show us what you can make with these colors!  If you need more inspiration first, go visit the CC&S site and see what the rest of the design team has created.  Be sure to link your card at the CC&S site by 6:00 p.m. Eastern time on Monday, July 11.  We look forward to having you join us!

All supplies are from Stampin’ Up except where noted:
Stamp: Lexicon of Love
Cardstock: Bravo Burgundy, Night of Navy, Whisper White
Ink: Gold (ColorBox)
Other: Night of Navy and Bravo Burgundy markers; Star dies (Sweet ‘n Sassy Stamps); gold embossing powder (Ranger)

CAS Colours & Sketches #476

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Jun 282022

Hello!  I’m trying to get back into card making again and decided to start back with this week’s challenge at CAS Colours & Sketches. 

This week’s sketch is for a slimline card.  Since I’m weird about wanting my cards to fit the envelopes I already have, I’ve made my card a 5.5″ x 3″ rectangle.  I’ve turned the sketch on its side for my card.  I’ve gone way back into the stamp stash and chosen a very old, long-retired stamp set for the flower border.  The sentiment is also from a retired set, but it’s not as old.  Come to think of it, the green ink that I used is retired, too.  Let’s hear it for some oldies but goodies, ok?  🙂

What will you create with this sketch?  We’d love to have you share your card with us at CC&S!  You have until 6:00 p.m. Monday, July 4 to link your card to the challenge post.  Thanks for stopping by today!

All supplies are from Stampin’ Up:
Stamps: Border Builders, On Your Birthday
Cardstock: So Saffron, Whisper White
Ink: So Saffron, Wild Wasabi

Hello!  I decided to join in the color challenge this week at CAS Colours & Sketches.

I thought the pretty colors worked well for Easter since that’s coming up pretty soon.  I’ve also been eyeing the current AAA Cards challenge and decided to combine that with the color scheme.  I stamped the bunny and some Easter eggs on a scrap of white cardstock, colored them with Copics (trying to match the challenge colors), and fussy cut them.  I opted for a landscape-oriented card using the challenge green for the card base.  To create the little scene, I used a die to cut out a rectangle that was 1/9 the size of the white card front, arranged the bunny and the eggs around it, and attached the white panel to the card base with shims of scrap cardstock underneath it to give it a little dimension.

 

Thanks for stopping by today!  Remember, the CC&S challenge will remain open until 6:00 p.m. Eastern U.S. time Monday, March 7.  We hope you’ll join in the fun and creativity!

Supplies:
Stamps: Happy Easter (Lawn Fawn)
Cardstock: Soft Sea Foam (Stampin’ Up); Solar White (Neenah)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Other: markers (Copic); rectangle die (Spellbinders)

Hello!  There are so many awesome card making challenges out there, and not enough time in a day, so I’ve combined four challenges into one card for today’s post.  I do have to say that as I was creating it, I had a mental picture in my head of how the finished card would look… and then when I finished the actual card, I looked at it and thought, “meh”, because it didn’t quite turn out as nicely as my mental picture card.  Oh well. 

Anyway… I’ve used this week’s sketch from CAS Colours & Sketches with the color scheme from Color Hues.  The themes from The Paper Players and Addicted to CAS are similar enough to work together.  I stamped a filigree design on a scrap of textured red cardstock and die cut the hearts from it.  I stamped the sentiment on a scrap strip of cardstock and trimmed the ends into a banner shape.  The small heart and the banner are attached with dimensional adhesive in an attempt to keep them from blending into the large hearts and white background.  I added a narrow mat to the focal panel to give an extra pop of black for the color scheme.

The CC&S sketch challenge is open until 6:00 p.m. Eastern U.S. time Monday, February 14, and we’d love to have you join in!  Thanks for stopping by today.

All supplies are from Stampin’ Up unless otherwise noted:
Stamps: Filigree, Short & Sweet
Cardstock: Real Red, Basic Black, Whisper White, Real Red textured
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Other: dimensionals; heart dies (Sweet ‘n Sassy Stamps)

Hello there!  Tonight I have a card for a couple of online challenges:  Addicted to CAS and AAA Challenges.  It came together really quickly and easily, once I got the idea for it straight in my head.  I masked off a triangular area on the front of a card, used brushes to blend a few colors of ink into it, took away the masks, and stamped the sentiment.   

Thanks for stopping by! Comments are always appreciated!

Supplies:
Stamps: Cake & Candles (Avery Elle)
Cardstock: Solar White (Neenah)
Ink: So Saffron, Cherry Cobbler, Cranberry Crisp (Stampin’ Up)
Other: blending brushes

Hello there!  It’s time for the last challenge of the month at CAS Colours & Sketches, and this time it’s a sketch challenge.

Our challenge host, Joanne, has said that any shape can be used in place of the hexagon on the sketch, and CC&S rules allow the sketch to be flipped or rotated.  So I’ve flipped the sketch mirror-image and used a different six-sided shape on my card.  Well, maybe six-“sided” isn’t exactly the right word…  more like six-pointed.  🙂  We haven’t had any new precipitation here in over a week, but it’s been so cold that the ground is still white from the last sleet-covered snowfall.  A snowflake seemed like an easy choice for my card, and the current challenge from Color Hues worked well for that theme.  I masked off the top area of the card and sprayed the bottom with some silver shimmer mist.  While that dried, I cut the snowflake from some shiny silver cardstock and looked through some of my stamps to choose a sentiment.  After I stamped the sentiment using silver ink and glued the snowflake into place, the card still seemed to be missing something, so I added a pearl to the center of the snowflake. 

Here’s a closeup photo that does a little better job of showing off the difference between the top “plain” part of the card and the bottom shimmer-misted portion:

And here are the graphics for the two challenges:

The rest of the CC&S team and I hope you’ll join in our sketch challenge! You have until 6:00 p.m. Eastern U.S. time Monday, January 31 to enter your card at the challenge site. Thanks for stopping by today!

Supplies:
Stamp: Holiday Script (Lizzie Anne Designs for Gourmet Rubber Stamps)
Cardstock: Solar White (Neenah); silver foil (Stampin’ Up)
Ink: Silver (ColorBox)
Other: Stitched Snowflake die (Lawn Fawn); pewter Perfect Pearls Mist (Ranger); pearl (KaiserCraft)

Hello there!  This week at CAS Colours & Sketches we have a springtime-inspired trio of colors for you to work with. 

I have to admit that here in my corner of Virginia, where we received about 8 inches of snow topped off with some sleet two days ago, and with 20-degree (Fahrenheit) temperatures as I type this, it doesn’t look or feel much like spring yet!   But one of the things I enjoy about spring is the variety of flowers that start to bloom.  The challenge colors spoke “flowers” to me, and I reached for one of my oldie but goodie floral stamp sets.  The sentiment comes from a different oldie but goodie stamp set.  I still don’t have the newest Stampin’ Up ink colors, so I substituted the closest matches I have for the green and the mango colors. 

“Flowers” is the theme of the current challenge at Perfectly CAS, so I’m going to join in the creativity there.

What will these colors inspire you to create?  We’d love to have you join in our challenge!  You have until 6:00 p.m. Eastern U.S. time Monday, January 24 to link your card to our challenge post.  Thanks for stopping by today!

Supplies:
Stamps: Spring Garden (Stampin’ Up); Everyday Messages (Stampendous)
Cardstock: Marigold Morning, Green Galore, Whisper White (SU)
Ink: Marigold Morning, Green Galore, Daffodil Delight (SU)

Hello!  This week at CAS Colours & Sketches, we have a very simple sketch for you to try!

I have to confess that for how simple the sketch appears, I struggled with it.  I fully admit that I’m my own worst critic, but my first attempt ended up looking to me like something a four-year-old might make, so I went back to the proverbial drawing board.  I wanted to include the color scheme from the current Color Hues challenge.  After a bunch of playing around with how to layer the die cut sentiment, and whether to use a colored card base, I finally got this put together:

I still don’t love my card, but it’s a lot better than the first one! At least it uses up a little of some very old purple cardstock that I had in my stash. I may try some other ideas with different sentiments and see how that goes. Stay tuned…

In the meantime, I hope you’ll give the sketch a chance and share your card with us at CC&S! You have until 6:00 p.m. Eastern U.S. time Monday, January 17 to link your card at the challenge site. Thanks for stopping by today!

Supplies:
Cardstock: Eggplant Envy, Real Red (Stampin’ Up); Pure Luxury Ivory (Gina K. Designs)
Other: Simply Said Hello Die (Avery Elle)

Hello there!  I hope 2022 is off to a good start for you.  We’ve had some crazy weather here in Virginia.  On January 1, the afternoon temperatures were around 70 degrees Fahrenheit, warm and a little humid.  On January 3, the afternoon temperatures were around 30 degrees and we had almost 8 inches of snow on the ground! 

Now that the holidays are over, it’s time to try to get back into the usual routine with the weekly challenges at CAS Colours & Sketches.  I have decided to take a step back from creating and stay in a more behind-the-scenes administrative role there.  However, in the midst of all the pre-Christmas hustle and bustle, it totally slipped my mind to invite someone to be the January Guest Designer at CC&S.  So I’m going to be joining in the challenges in that capacity this month. 

This week we have a color challenge.  I decided to focus the colors on the sentiment, using a die to cut the word “happy” from cardstock in each color.  I offset the die cuts when I glued them together so that each color would show.  I used the bottom color of the stacked dies for my card base and for the stamped portion of the sentiment.  The focal panel is at an intentional angle to the card base.  I thought it would make it look quirky and fun.  Now I’m wondering if it just looks… crooked.  Oh well.

I hope you’ll stop by the CC&S blog to meet the newest members of our design team and to see what the team has created!  Or, if you’d rather, you can “like” our Facebook page or follow us on Instagram!  We’d love to have you join in the fun and creativity with us.  You have until 6:00 p.m. Eastern U.S. time Monday, January 10 to link your card at our challenge post.

Supplies:
Stamp: Happy Happy Happy (Lawn Fawn)
Cardstock: Poppy Parade, Highland Heather, Petal Pink (Stampin’ Up); Solar White Linen (Neenah)
Ink: Poppy Parade (SU)
Other: Happy Sash die (Poppystamps)

Hello there! It’s time for another challenge at CAS Colours & Sketches! We’re in full-out holiday spirit this week, with the challenge to create a holiday card using any of our CC&S challenges from 2021. We’re also celebrating our 450th challenge by offering up a couple of prizes to two of our challenge participants! Be sure to check out the challenge blog for all the details!

I’ve chosen to combine a color challenge and a sketch challenge for my card. I went back to the beginning of 2021 for the sketch, which I like because of the curvy line. I’ve made a similar card to this one using an image of Christmas lights, so I decided this time I’d use ornaments instead. I picked this color combo because the red and green are typical Christmas colors, and the blue played well with them. As I looked at the colors, they reminded me of some of my own Christmas ornaments. When I was growing up, my parents had a set of metal bell ornaments that jingled. I have them now… and one bell is red, one is blue, and one is green. So it seemed right to represent them on my card. I added some glaze over the ink to give the bells some shine.

(Please accept my apologies to the weird formatting – I’m still trying to get used to this newer version of WordPress and haven’t learned all the features yet – like how to resize images.)

As I mentioned earlier, CC&S has a couple of prizes this week to thank our challenge participants for their support of our blog! Two participants in this challenge will be chosen to receive one of two prizes. Thank you to Stamplorations and Altenew for their generosity in donating the prizes!

Because this is a special event, the challenge will remain open until 6:00 p.m. Eastern time Friday, December 31, 2021. We hope you’ll join in the fun and creativity! Thanks for stopping by today!

Supplies:
Stamps: Holiday Baubles (Sweet ‘n Sassy Stamps)
Cardstock: Cryogen White (Curious Metallic)
Ink: Garden Green, Pacific Point, Poppy Parade (Stampin’ Up); Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Other: Crystal Effects (SU)

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