CAS - Colours and Sketches #105

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Dec 182014

Hello!  This week’s challenge at CAS – Colours and Sketches is to use one of our previous double challenges to create a clean and simple styled Christmas card.  I’ve gone back to the very first CC&S challenge I participated in, back in early 2013.  This time I’ve taken a few small liberties with the sketch.  I’ve stretched it into a rectangle and turned it 90° on its side.  I also turned the small narrow rectangular element, using a stamp directly on the main panel of the card instead of making a little panel for the element.  Other than that, the card is pretty straight forward, so without further ado…


Be sure to see the lovely cards the rest of the design team has created!  Then make your own double challenge Christmas card.  You can see all of our past double challenges by clicking the archives tab on the site.  You have until 1:00 p.m. Eastern time Wednesday, December 24 to link your card.  We hope you’ll play along with us!

All supplies for today’s card are from Stampin’ Up.
Stamps: Mosaic Madness, More Merry Messages
Cardstock: Tempting Turquoise, Whisper White
Ink: Tempting Turquoise, Island Indigo, Not Quite Navy
Other: mosaic punch, Not Quite Navy marker

Hello!  Since it’s the third Monday of the month, it’s time for another challenge at Cards in Envy.  Our theme for the next few weeks is “Christmas Carols”.  Let a familiar Christmas carol or a winter/Christmas song inspire your creativity, and make a card using that song as your theme.  Remember that for our challenges, all cards must be A2 sized and cannot have lumpy, bumpy embellishments more than 1/4″ thick.

I wanted to go with something a little more wintry than strictly Christmasy, because I’m planning to send another shipment of cards to Operation Write Home before the end of the month and they will accept winter cards through December 31.  So I thought of the song “Winter Wonderland” and created a snowy scene – which, I suppose, could also work for “White Christmas”.  After I stamped the trees and bird for my scene, I masked off the ground and sponged ink for the sky. Then I flicked shimmer paint over the scene to create the look of falling snowflakes and added more of the paint along the ground lines.  I actually started on the card without a particular layout in mind.  It looked rather plain and boring with just the scene, so I searched through the OWH Stars & Stamps sketches until I found sketch #195, a fairly simple one with a nice large focal panel.  I changed it up a bit by deciding to make the focal panel oval.  I turned the sketch 90° on its side and mirror-reversed it so that the small round element would be at the bottom right corner of the card.  I decided to use that element for the sentiment.  So I looked through my sentiment stamps, and one of the smallest ones I had that fit the space nicely read “Let it snow”.  Well, that worked well for the scene, too – although then it made more sense to say that I’d used the song “Let it Snow” for my inspiration.  So I guess you could say that all three songs worked together to help me create this card!  🙂

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One last note (pun intended? maybe 😉 ) regarding this card.  I had all three songs making a little medley bouncing in my head as I was assembling the card… and then from out of nowhere, the music in my brain started playing the chorus from “Let it Go”, changing the words to “Let it snow”.  Ha ha ha!  I hope that little story makes you laugh, too.

So – which Christmas or wintry song will get your creative juices flowing?  Share your work with us at the Cards in Envy site by 6:00 p.m. Central Time on Sunday, January 4, 2015.  (Because of the holiday season, there’s an extra week to participate!) Be sure to check out what the rest of the design team has made and give them some blog love, too! Thanks for stopping by today!

Stamps: Scenic Season (Stampin’ Up); Holiday Script (Lizzie Anne Designs)
Cardstock: Marina Mist, Soft Sky, Real Red, Whisper White (SU)
Ink: Garden Green, Marina Mist, Soft Sky, Real Red (SU)
Other: Frost White shimmer paint (SU); petite oval and standard circle Nestabilities dies (Spellbinders); Snowflake Background embossing folder (Darice); sponge

Hello there!  It’s time for another Christmas-inspired challenge at CAS – Colours and Sketches.  This week we’re asking our challenge participants to take one of our previous sketches and make a Christmas or wintry card with it.

I went back about 13 months and used sketch #51.  It’s such a versatile one!  Once again, I’ve stretched the sketch out to a rectangle.  I opted to use a snowflake for the large circular element.  It’s raised up with dimensional adhesive to give it a little separation from the background.  I also added a single rhinestone to give the card a little holiday sparkle.


We have a lot of sketches from which to choose.  Go check them out at the Sketch Challenges Archive tab on the CAS – Colours & Sketches site – and while you’re there, also see what the rest of the design team has made!  Be sure to link your own card at the site by 1:00 p.m. Eastern time Wednesday, December 17.  Thanks for stopping by today!

Stamps: Festive Flurry (Stampin’ Up); Critters in the Snow, Happy Everything (Lawn Fawn)
Cardstock: Naturals White (SU); “Glisten” designer paper from Fruitcake collection (Basic Grey)
Ink: Blue Bayou (SU)
Other: Festive Flurry Framelits die, rhinestone, dimensionals (SU)

Hello!  It’s December, which means that Christmas is just a few short weeks away!  If you’ve been playing along with us at 52 {Christmas} Card Throwdown throughout the year, you should have a nice stash of holiday cards ready to send to your loved ones.  To close out the year, we’re having just one challenge in December, but it starts today and lasts until December 19.  We’re inviting our challenge participants to create a card using any one of our challenges from 2014.

I’ve chosen the August color challenge for my card and paired it with the current Freshly Made Sketches layout.  The snowflake is die cut from brushed silver cardstock.  For the background behind it, I first made a mask by cutting a circle into an index card.  I attached the mask to the ivory panel and sprayed gold shimmer mist over the opening.  The sentiment banner was cut from white cardstock and then I centered the sentiment on it, using gold ink.  The ivory panel was attached to a white card base.  All the lovely shimmer doesn’t show in the photo.  Oh well.

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There have been nearly 50 challenges at 52{C}CT this year – which one will you choose?  Be sure to link your card at the 52{C}CT site by 1:00 p.m. Eastern time Friday, December 19.  We enjoy seeing what our challenge participants create!  Many thanks to everyone who plays along with us.

Supplies for today’s card:
Stamp: More Merry Messages (Stampin’ Up)
Cardstock: Pure Luxury White, Pure Luxury Ivory (Gina K. Designs); Brushed Silver (SU)
Ink: Gold (ColorBox)
Other: Heirloom Gold Perfect Pearls Mist (Ranger); Bianca Snowflake die (Memory Box); Dimensional Banners die (My Favorite Things)

Hello!  It’s time for a new challenge at CAS – Colours and Sketches.  The first challenge of the month is always a color challenge, but during the month of December, we’re doing something a little different.  This week, we’d like for our challenge participants to choose any of our previous color challenge combinations and use it to make a Christmas card.

I’ve gone back to Challenge #45 for my color combo – Cherry Cobbler, Basic Gray, and Soft Sky.  I have to admit that I wasn’t really thrilled with the card I made when the challenge was introduced, so I was hoping to kind of redeem myself this time.  LOL  I’ve used all three colors with two different stamp sets to create a scene.  I embossed a panel of gray cardstock and used cherry cardstock to mat it and the scenic panel.  Both panels were mounted to a sky card base, and the sentiment was stamped with cherry ink.


Which of our approximately 50 color combinations will you use?  You can check all of them out on the CAS – Colours and Sketches blog using the Color Challenges Archive tab.  Be sure to see what the rest of the design team has made, too!  Then link your card to the challenge site by 1:00 p.m. Eastern time Wednesday, December 10.  We’d love to see what you come up with!  🙂  Thanks for stopping by today.

Stamps: Lovely As A Tree, Scenic Season (Stampin’ Up); sentiment stamp from Purple Onion Designs
Cardstock: Soft Sky, Cherry Cobbler, Basic Gray, Whisper White (SU)
Ink: Basic Gray, Cherry Cobbler, Soft Sky (SU)
Other: Snowflakes embossing folder (Darice); sponge

Cards in Envy - Santa is Coming to Town!

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Dec 012014

Hello!  Can you believe it’s December already?  It will be Christmas soon, and Cards in Envy is getting in the spirit.  Our challenge theme for the next two weeks is “Santa is Coming to Town”.  Create an A2 sized card (4.25″ x 5.5″) that depicts Santa Claus in some way.  Remember to keep your card flat enough to fit in an envelope to mail at the first class postage rate.

For my design team sample, I wanted to make a card using the cute Santa stamp I used on an earlier card.  So I looked for the stamp set… and searched for the stamp set… and looked through just about every possible place in my craft room I could think of looking in.  And I still haven’t found the set.  Major bummer!  So I had to resort to a much different stamp.  This one does have a Santa… a very, very subtle one.  Can you find him?  🙂  I added some white shimmer paint to parts of the image to make it look like sunlight glistening on snow. The layout for this card is OWH Stars and Stamps sketch #236.

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Be sure to check out what the rest of the Cards in Envy design team has made!  What kind of Santa will you use on your card – whimsical, vintage, or something in between?  We’d love to see your creativity!  Share your card using the linky tool at the Cards in Envy site by 7:00 p.m. Eastern time Sunday, December 14.  Thanks for stopping by today!

Stamps: Holiday Lane (Lizzie Anne Designs)
Cardstock: Naturals Ivory, Basic Black (Stampin’ Up); designer papers from Winter Wonderland paper pack (Lizzie Anne Designs)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Other: standard circle Nestabilities dies (Spellbinders); markers (Copic); Frost White shimmer paint (SU)

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