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!

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!

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!

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!

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!

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.

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!

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)

Well hello there! It feels like forever since I’ve posted. I figured I’d better get back into the proverbial saddle since I’m hosting the December challenges at CAS Colours & Sketches!

It’s the first Tuesday of the month, so that means it’s time for a color challenge. I’ve chosen some colors that I think will work well for Christmas cards, or for most any other occasion. I used some of my newest dies to create a poinsettia using the challenge colors. I felt that ivory gave a “softer”, less harsh and bright look than a white background. The sentiment and the card base are both in the green of the challenge colors.

What will you create with these colors?  We’d love to have you join in our challenge!  You have until 6:00 p.m. Eastern U.S. time Monday, December 13 to link your card to the challenge site.  Thanks for stopping by today!

Stamp: Say What? Holiday Critters (Lawn Fawn)
Cardstock: Mint Macaron, Very Vanilla, Cherry Cobbler, So Saffron (Stampin’ Up)
Ink: Mint Macaron (SU)
Other: Stitched Poinsettia and Stitched Rectangle dies (Lawn Fawn)

Hello there!  Yes, it’s been a while since I’ve shared anything here on my blog.  Hopefully I will start feeling more creative again now that the winter doldrums are well over.

We have a new color challenge starting today at CAS Colours & Sketches.  As the blog manager there, I normally don’t let the challenge hosts pick two neutral colors for a color challenge combination (since we allow neutral colors to accent the challenge colors).  But this month’s hostess, Samantha, backed up her choices with the fact that they tie into the Pantone Colors of the Year for 2021, so I figured why not roll with it?

The colors immediately made me think of sunshine contrasted against a dark sky, and the lyrics to the song “You Are My Sunshine” popped into my head.  So I went along with that theme for my card.  I printed the sentiment onto the lighter grey cardstock and trimmed it down to fit my card front.  Then I die cut the clouds and sunshine and glued them into place.  I added a mat, offsetting it with the card front, and attached it to a card base matching the sunshine yellow.  Easy-peasy!

We’d love to see what you can create with these colors!  Share your card at the CC&S site by 6:00 p.m. Eastern U.S. time Monday, May 10.  Thanks for stopping by today!

Stamps: None
Cardstock: Daffodil Delight, Basic Gray, Smoky Slate (Stampin’ Up)
Ink: printer ink
Font: Care Bear Family
Other: Rainbow Builder dies (SU)

Hello again!  It’s sketch week at CAS Colours & Sketches, and we have a good one for you!  We’d like to see some sort of curved element as the focal point of your card.

I turned the sketch 90 degrees on its side for my card, and used a rainbow to represent the curve.  I die cut the rainbow’s stripes and the clouds from shimmery white cardstock, and then used markers to color the stripes.  It wasn’t easy to capture the shimmer in the photograph, but it’s there.  I used shims from the cardstock scraps behind the clouds and the rainbow to give it a little dimension off the card base.  A simple sentiment finished off the card.

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, March 15 to link your card at the challenge site.  Thanks for stopping by today!

Stamps: Simply Said: You (Avery Elle)
Cardstock: Soft Sky (Stampin’ Up); Curious White (Cryogen)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Other: Rainbow Builder Framelits dies (SU); markers (Copic)

Hello there!  It’s time for the first sketch challenge of the year at CAS Colours & Sketches.  It’s a fun one that will provide a lot of opportunity for creativity!

For the “non-geometric shape” element, I looked through my animal stamps and settled on this little fox.  I had used other stamps from this set before, but this was a first for him.  I decided to make him a grey fox rather than a red fox, and colored him with my Copics.  I’m not quite sure yet who this card might be going to, so I went with a gender-neutral purple for the present and the birthday hat.  I set off the horizontal strip part of the sketch by piercing two rows across the focal panel.  I couldn’t very well pierce on a one-layer card, so I attached the focal panel to a card base in a coordinating grey, offsetting the panel for a little extra visual interest.  Because of the way the fox is made, I thought it looked better for him to be on the left side of the card than the right, so I’ve flipped the sketch.

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, January 18. Thanks for stopping by today!

Stamps: Party Animal, Happy Happy Happy (Lawn Fawn)
Cardstock: Solar White (Neenah); Basic Gray (Stampin’ Up)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Other: markers (Copic); piercing tool

Hello!  Welcome to the start of a new year of challenges at CAS Colours & Sketches!  We’re back from our holiday break and ready for some more fun and creativity!

We’re kicking off the year with a color challenge.  I’ve used the colors to make a wintry scene.  I made a mask to create a snowy hill, and blended the two shades of aqua to create a sky above it.  After I removed the mask, I die cut the tree and the cardinals from cardstock and glued them into place.  The focal panel is the same size as the card front, and I attached it to a base of the lighter shade of aqua.  I couldn’t decide on a sentiment for the card, so I chose to let it go without.  Sometimes a card doesn’t necessarily need a sentiment on the front, don’t you think?

Be sure to stop by the challenge blog and welcome our newest Design Team members and our Guest Designer!  Then create your own card using these colors, and link it to the challenge site by 6:00 p.m. Eastern time Monday, January 11.  We’d love to have you join us!  Thanks for stopping by today.

Stamps: none
Cardstock: Solar White (Neenah); Pool Party, Cherry Cobbler (Stampin’ Up)
Ink: Bermuda Bay, Pool Party (SU)
Other: Winter Trees dies (Penny Black); stencil brushes

Hello hello!  At CAS Colours & Sketches, we’re celebrating our challenge blog’s 400th challenge this week!  To thank our challenge participants for helping us to reach this milestone, we’re offering up a prize from Uniko to one lucky player in this week’s challenge.  You won’t want to miss out on this event!  All the details are at the challenge site.

We’re also getting into the holiday spirit by asking our challenge participants to choose any CC&S challenge from 2020 and turn it into a seasonal card.  I ended up using the mirror image of sketch challenge #381.  To get the variegated lighter shade of green for the leaves on the wreath, I inked up the stamp and then pressed a paper towel against the ink, to lift some of the ink off the stamp.  Then I stamped onto the cardstock.

We’d love to see what you can create with this week’s colors, and to have you join in celebrating with us!  Share your card at the CC&S website by 6:00 p.m. Eastern time Monday, December 14, 2020.  We hope you’ll continue to join in our challenges.  Thank you to our fantastic sponsor for this week, Uniko!


I’m joining in the challenges at AAA Cards and The Paper Players with today’s card, too!

All supplies for this card are from Stampin’ Up:
Stamps: Wondrous Wreath, Short & Sweet
Cardstock: Cherry Cobbler, Thick Whisper White
Ink: Wild Wasabi, Cherry Cobbler
Other: Wonderful Wreath Framelits dies

Wow!  It’s the first day of December!  It’s also Tuesday, which means it’s challenge introduction day at CAS Colours & Sketches.  We’re starting off the month with a color challenge that’s a lighter nod to the traditional Christmas colors of red and green, with a dash of metallic silver.

I knew I wanted to use my favorite Christmas tree image, so then I had to figure out a layout for my card.  The current challenge at CAS(E) this Sketch! looked like it would work.  I did stretch the height of the focal panel and background panel a little to accommodate my tree image and the sentiment.  I used a combination of silver brads and pink enamel dots to decorate the tree.  The subtle houndstooth patterned paper was a great match to the challenge pink.  I realize it doesn’t show in the photo, but the card base is linen textured cardstock.  The shiny silver strip made getting a good picture more challenging than I expected, but in the end, I think it all turned out all right.

The CC&S team would love to see what you can create with this week’s colors!  Share your card at the CC&S website by 6:00 p.m. Eastern time Monday, December 7.  Thanks for stopping by today!

Stamps: Season of Joy (Stampin’ Up)
Cardstock: Solar White, Solar White Classic Linen (Neenah); silver foil (SU); patterned paper from Holly Jolly Christmas 6″ x 6″ paper pad (Echo Park)
Ink: Mint Macaron (SU)
Other: enamel dots (SU); star brad (The Paper Studio); mini brads (Recollections)

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