Since it’s the fifth Tuesday of the month, this week at CAS Colours & Sketches we have a Timeless Tuesday double challenge – which means certain retired Stampin’ Up colors need to be used with an older CC&S sketch!  Cathy, our challenge hostess, has put some In Colors from a few years ago with a classic neutral and a sketch from five years ago.

To contrast with the retired colors and older sketch, I decided to use one of my newest stamp sets.  The butterfly’s wings were stamped in three different steps – first with the yellow color stamped off once, then with the orange stamped off once, and finally with the orange full-strength.  The dotted border stamp is from the same set as the butterfly.  I’ve stretched the sketch into a landscape-oriented rectangle.


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Although the colors listed are Stampin’ Up color names, you do not need to use Stampin’ Up products to create your card.  Simply use whatever you have that is closest to those colors.

AAA Cards is celebrating their 4th birthday with a birthday challenge, so I’m entering this card there.  Here’s wishing them many more years of fun challenges!

Be sure to see what the rest of the design team has made!  Then we’d love it if you join in our challenge by making a clean and simple styled card of your own using this sketch and these colors.  Share your work with us at the CAS Colours & Sketches site by 6:00 p.m. Eastern time Monday, June 4.  We’d love to see what you make!

Stamps: Watercolor Wings (Stampin’ Up); Birthday Greetings (Gina K. Designs)
Cardstock: Thick Whisper White, Hello Honey, Whisper White (SU)
Ink: Hello Honey, Tangelo Twist, Going Gray (SU)
Other: stitched scalloped border die (Lawn Fawn)

Greetings!  It’s time for another sketch challenge at CAS Colours & Sketches.

I tossed a few ideas around in my head before choosing to make an any-occasion card that can be donated to Send a Smile 4 Kids.  I pulled out one of my Flopsey bunny stamp sets that I haven’t used for a while and looked through my patterned papers for one that had colors that could work with the bunny and his ice cream cone.  Luckily for me, I had a scrap of plaid paper that had the perfect colors and that needed just a tiny bit of trimming to make it the size I needed for the sketch.  I stamped Flopsey on a piece of scrap white cardstock, colored him, and fussy cut him before adhering him to a panel of linen textured cardstock.  I felt that the mirror image of the sketch worked better for my card than the way the sketch was drawn, so I’ve flipped the sketch.


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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 31.  Thanks for stopping by today!

Stamps: Two Scoops for Flopsey (My Favorite Things)
Cardstock: Pink Pirouette (Stampin’ Up); Solar White and Solar White textured (Neenah); scrap from Two Scoops 6″ x 6″ paper pad (Basic Grey)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Other: Premier colored pencils (Prismacolor); odorless mineral spirits (Gamblin)

Hello there!  It’s colors week again at CAS Colours & Sketches.

Over the last few months I was focusing on holiday-specific cards for Send a Smile 4 Kids, but now it’s time for me to work on more non-holiday cards for them.  Today’s card is meant to give a little encouragement but I suppose it could also be used for a birthday card if the sender writes a birthday message inside of it.  Despite my efforts to make it gender neutral, I think it ended up looking a little more boyish than girly.  But that’s OK.  I used a CC&S sketch from a few months ago for the layout.  We actually had a power outage following a massive thunderstorm yesterday evening while I was making this card, so my first go-through coloring it was literally done by fading sunlight just before sunset.  When the electricity came back on a few hours later, I was able to see that I actually hadn’t done too badly with it, so after touching up a few spots I went ahead and assembled the card.


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I’m going to enter this into the “For the Kids” challenge at Shopping Our Stash.

If you need further inspiration for the CAS Colours & Sketches challenge, go see what the rest of the design team has made!  Then create your own clean and simple card using this week’s colors, and link it to the challenge blog by 6:00 p.m. Eastern time Monday, May 21.  We’d love to see what you can do!

Stamps: Pa-Rum-Pa-Pum-Pum (Lawn Fawn)
Cardstock: So Saffron (Stampin’ Up); Solar White (Neenah)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Other: markers (Copic); stitched square die (Lawn Fawn)

This is a quick and easy card I put together for a few challenges:  The sketch at Freshly Made Sketches (which I’ve turned on its side), the colors at Less is More, and the theme at Shopping Our Stash.  The butterfly was colored with Copics.  It’s such a simple and straightforward card I don’t have much else to say about it!



Thanks for stopping by today!  Comments are always welcome and appreciated.

Stamps: Somebuggy Loves You (Sweet ‘n Sassy Stamps)
Cardstock: Solar White (Neenah); Brilliant Blue, Daffodil Delight (Stampin’ Up)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Other: markers (Copic); stitched rectangle die (Lawn Fawn)

Hello!  We have a fun sketch challenge for you this week at CAS Colours & Sketches and I hope our participants like it as much as I do!  I think it’s a pretty versatile one, especially since our challenge hostess, Cathy, says that other shapes can be used in place of the squares shown on the sketch.

As soon as I saw the sketch, I knew I wanted to use my triptych tree die for it.  Because the tree is bare, I decided to make a wintry card.  I started by cutting a piece of shimmery white cardstock for the card base and making a wash of blue with gel sticks blended with a damp paper towel.  I used frosty white ink to add some snowy ground and falling snow.  It’s a thick, mostly opaque ink, really more like paint. While the inky paint was drying, I cut the card front from another piece of shimmery cardstock.  The triptych die fits nicely inside my largest stitched rectangle die, which makes it easy to cut that all in one pass.  I cut the triptych die again from brown cardstock and used ink in the same shade of brown to stamp the sentiment.  Once the white paint was dry, I attached the card front to the base, and inlaid the brown die cuts into the square apertures.


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The challenge this week at Just Add Ink is to use items beginning with the letter “o”.  The different blue gel sticks I used give an ombre effect, and the white paint I used can be described as opalescent.  And as far as I can tell, that’s an oak tree, which would be found outdoors.

Be sure to visit the CAS Colours & 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, May 14.  Thanks for stopping by today!

Stamp: Holiday Script (Lizzie Anne Designs for Gourmet Rubber Stamps)
Cardstock: Cryogen White (Curious Metallic); Soft Suede (Stampin’ Up)
Ink: Soft Suede (SU)
Other: Narrow Tree Triptych die (Poppystamps); stitched rectangle die (Lawn Fawn); Frost White shimmer ink (Tsukineko); gel sticks (Faber Castell)

Hello!  It’s time for a new color challenge at CAS Colours & Sketches.  This week we have a pretty trio of colors for you to work with.

When I started thinking of what to do for today’s card, I just couldn’t get the idea of a branch of flowers against a sky out of my mind.  I found a new-to-me challenge blog, Just Add Ink, that had a neat sketch I wanted to try.  So I pulled the two challenges together and came up with this.  I painted a swash of sky blue on a piece of watercolor paper.  When it was dry, I stamped one of my favorite flowery branch images on it, after stamping it off once on a piece of scrap paper to soften the ink color a bit.  Then I used my watercolor paints to fill in the outline images.  I also went back over the branch itself with the paint, to make it more in line with the soft neutral in the color challenge graphic.  I used one of my new shimmery gemtone paints for the blossoms, darkened it a bit for the buds, and added a few white highlights for the centers of the flowers.  I think the camera angle shown below captures the shimmer pretty well.  I fully admit I need a LOT more practice at watercolor painting, but I’m satisfied with the end result.

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My furbaby wanted in on the photography action, too.

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What will you create with these colors?  Share your work with us at the CAS Colours & Sketches site by 7:00 p.m. Eastern time Monday, May 7.  Be sure to check out what the other design team members have made, too!  Thanks for stopping by today!

Stamps: Artfully Asian, Always in my Thoughts (Stampin’ Up)
Cardstock: Sahara Sand (SU); The Langton Prestige Extra Smooth Hot Press watercolor paper (Daler-Rowney)
Ink: Sahara Sand (SU)
Other: Soft Sky reinker, dimensionals (SU); Gansai Tambi watercolor paints (Kuretake); stitched circle and stitched rectangle dies (Lawn Fawn)

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