Hi there!  It’s the fifth Thursday of March, and that means it’s time for a double challenge at CAS Colours & Sketches!  “Double challenge” means that we provide the sketch and the colors for you to use for your clean and simple styled card.  It’s not as difficult as it might sound!

Jane has given us a nice, bright color scheme and a simple, straightforward sketch to work with.  I’ve used a cute little butterfly for the image and paired it with a happy sentiment.  The butterfly was colored with my Copic markers.  To give a little extra visual interest to the blue strip, I stamped it with a background stamp.  I chose to mat the butterfly and sentiment panels just to make the chocolate brown color more prominent.  I think it’ll be a cute card to add to the ones I’m stockpiling to donate to Send a Smile 4 Kids.  This week is “Make Your Mark” challenge week at Addicted to Stamps and More, so I’m going to enter this card into that challenge.


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

Stamps: Somebuggy Loves You, Thoughtful Rhubarb (Sweet ‘n Sassy Stamps); Sanded (Stampin’ Up)
Cardstock: Daffodil Delight, Pacific Point, Chocolate Chip (SU); Pure Luxury White (Gina K. Designs)
Ink: Pacific Point, Chocolate Chip (SU)
Other: markers (Copic)

Hello friends!  It’s time for a technique challenge at 52 Christmas Card Throwdown, and it’s a fun and fairly popular one – paper piecing.  It’s a great one for using up scraps of designer paper!

It took me a while to get everything planned out in my head for this card, but once it all took shape, the card came together pretty easily.  I debated using one of my digital images, but I opted to use traditional stamps instead because I felt that would be simpler to work with all the different parts I wanted to piece.  I used two different mostly solid papers for the owl’s body and a striped paper for his scarf.  For the beak, I just colored the one I’d stamped on the off-white piece of paper.  The sky blue background was splattered with white shimmer paint to look like falling snow.  I wasn’t sure if the blue background would alter the color of the tree branch if I stamped directly on the blue, so I stamped the branch on a piece of white paper and (verrrrry carefully) cut it out and glued it to the background.  Then I added the sentiment and put the owl into place.  The layout for this card is from the current challenge at CAS(E) this Sketch!

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The rest of the 52CCT design team and I are looking forward to seeing what paper pieced Christmas or wintry cards you’ll share with us this week!  You have until 7:00 p.m. Eastern time Friday, April 1 to link your card to our challenge post.  Thanks for stopping by today!

Stamps: Winter Owl (Lawn Fawn); Season of Friendship (Stampin’ Up)
Cardstock: Chocolate Chip, Soft Sky (SU); scraps from Blush and Blitzen collections (Basic Grey)
Ink: Chocolate Chip
Other: Frost White shimmer paint (SU); marker (Copic)

Hello there!  It’s the fourth Thursday of the month, which means it’s time for another sketch challenge at CAS Colours & Sketches.

I’ve turned the sketch on its side for my card.  Although our hostess, Jane, has said that other shapes can be used in place of the five rectangles, I was having a hard time figuring what else I might use.  So I just stayed true to the sketch there and used the rectangles to ground part of the sentiment on my card.  For the word “happy”, I die cut the letters, stamped the outlines on them, and then colored them.  I die cut an extra set of the letters so that I could stack them for extra dimension.  The “birthday” part of the sentiment is stamped.  I like the contrast of the colorful, rounded lower case letters with the narrow black upper case letters.


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Thanks for stopping by today!  Be sure to see what the rest of the CC&S Design Team has done with the sketch.  Then show us your own take on it by linking your card at the CC&S site by 6:00 p.m. Eastern time Wednesday, March 30.  We’d love to have you join us!

Stamps: Quinn’s ABCs, So Much to Say (Lawn Fawn)
Cardstock: Basic Black (Stampin’ Up); Pure Luxury White (Gina K. Designs)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Other: Quinn’s ABCs dies (Lawn Fawn); markers (Copic)

Well hello!  It’s time for another fun challenge at Cards in Envy.  For the next two weeks, we have a spring-inspired color scheme of “Just Purple”.  Cards made for this challenge should use purple as the dominant color, and have no lumpy, bumpy embellishments.

I’ve used a number of retired Stampin’ Up products for my card.  The purple colors I chose have been out of the regular product line for several years, but I prefer their lighter shades to the current darker purples offered.  The floral stamp set is also an “oldie but goodie”.  The layout for my card is the current sketch challenge at Freshly Made Sketches.  I’ve moved the sentiment, but otherwise kept the sketch as it’s drawn.

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We hope you’ll have fun with this challenge and share your purple card with us at Cards in Envy!  Link your card to our challenge post by 7:00 p.m. Eastern time Sunday, April 3.  Happy crafting!

All supplies except the scalloped die are from Stampin’ Up.
Stamps: Wild Rose, Delightful Dozen
Cardstock: Almost Amethyst, Lavender Lace, Whisper White
Ink: Almost Amethyst, Lavender Lace, Mellow Moss
Other: Stitched Scalloped Borders die (Lawn Fawn)

Hello there!  It’s time for the March theme challenge at 52 Christmas Card Throwdown.  This time we’re asking our challenge participants to use funny sentiments on Christmas or wintry cards.

As soon as I saw the theme for this week, I knew which stamps I’d be using.  This bear and sentiment never fail to make me giggle!  I used a very simple layout for my card, letting the bear and his question take center stage, so to speak.  It felt good to use some of this designer paper that I’ve had for a while.

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Be sure to check out what the rest of the 52CCT design team has made.  We can’t wait to see your sense of humor come through in your crafting!   You have until 7:00 p.m. Eastern time Friday, March 25 to link your funny cards to our challenge post.  Thanks for stopping by today!

Stamps: Beary Christmas (Sweet ‘n Sassy Stamps); A Birdie Told Me (Lawn Fawn)
Cardstock: Pure Luxury White (Gina K. Designs); designer papers from Holly Jolly Christmas 6″ x 6″ paper pad (Echo Park)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Other: markers (Copic); stitched square die (Lawn Fawn)

Hello! It’s time for another color challenge at CAS Colours & Sketches. This one features two blues and a reddish color. As always, if you don’t have the exact colors listed in the challenge graphic, it’s OK to substitute something else that is close. I had to do that this week with the red color.

I opted to go for a bold curvy graphic design for my card. I’ve used this layout in the past and well, to be perfectly honest, it just seems like a good one to fall back on when I don’t know what else to do. Since there’s not much else I can say about it, I’ll just go ahead and share the card:


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We were thrilled to see so many entries into our sketch challenge last week, and we’re hoping that all our participants come back again for this week’s color challenge! You have until 6:00 p.m. Eastern US time Wednesday, March 23 to link your card to the challenge post. Thanks for stopping by today!

Stamps: none
Cardstock: Night of Navy, Calypso Coral, Marina Mist, Very Vanilla textured (Stampin’ Up)
Ink: none
Other: Simply Said Hello die (Avery Elle)

Hello there!  It’s time for another color challenge at 52 Christmas Card Throwdown.  Since St. Patrick’s Day is coming up soon, our challenge colors are green and white.

A few days ago I discovered a challenge site called CAS on Sunday.  They have a sketch challenge going on now, and I liked the sketch, so I decided to use it with the 52CCT challenge colors.  I cut a strip of green and white designer paper at an angle to fit the sketch and attached it to a white card panel, layered onto a green card base.  For the “any shape” element, I used an ornament image, stamped in green to coordinate with the designer paper.  It’s attached to the card with dimensional adhesive for a little extra visual interest.  It makes for an easy and quick card!

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What will you create with these colors?  Other neutrals can be used, but white and green should be the dominant colors of your card.  Link it up to our 52CCT challenge post by 7:00 p.m. Eastern time Friday, March 18.  We’d love to have you join us!

All supplies for this card are from Stampin’ Up.
Stamp: Delightful Decorations
Cardstock: Certainly Celery, Whisper White, Certainly Celery Patterns designer paper
Ink: Certainly Celery
Other: dimensionals

Hello!  I took a little time off from crafting last week to visit my parents for a few days.  But now I’m back at it and ready for a new challenge at CAS Colours & Sketches.  Our hostess for the month of March is Jane, and she’s come up with a very nice, simple sketch for us.

The one thing Jane is being particular about regarding the sketch is that the element in the middle remains a square.  That was easy to accomplish with one of my stitched square dies.  Deciding what kind of images and card theme to use was more difficult.  Finally I decided to use a Lawn Fawn stamp set that I hadn’t really used for a while.  (I used a different sentiment from it not long ago, but I hadn’t used any of the images.)  I thought it would make a cute card suitable for Send a Smile 4 Kids.  I stamped the toaster on a scrap of brushed metallic cardstock and the toast on a scrap of white cardstock.  After coloring the toast and the lever on the toaster, I very carefully fussy cut the images, which made for some breath-holding moments while cutting around the legs and arms on the toast!  When I assembled the card, I used dimensional adhesive for the toast, so the slices of bread really are “popping up”.  I realize my toast may look pretty light to some people, but at least it’s not burnt!  🙂


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If you need more inspiration, check out what the rest of the CC&S design team has made.  Then create your own card using the sketch, and share it with us at the challenge site by 6:00 p.m. Eastern time Wednesday, March 16.  We’d love to see what you make!  Thanks for stopping by today.

Stamps: Love ‘n Breakfast (Lawn Fawn)
Cardstock: Cool Caribbean, Brushed Silver (Stampin’ Up); Pure Luxury White (Gina K. Designs)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Other: markers (Copic); stitched square die (Lawn Fawn); dimensionals (SU)

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