Hello!  Since January has five Tuesdays, that means it’s time for a double challenge at CAS Colours & Sketches!  This week we’re asking our challenge participants to combine the given colors with the given sketch.

I knew I wanted to create a wreath of some sort for the circular element of the sketch.  I have a couple of wreath dies and stamps but I felt they were too large to work proportionately with the sketch.  So after some thought, I decided to use some of my circular dies to create a die-cut wreath shape.  I opted for my dies with large scallops to give the wreath a little fancier look than just plain circles.  I punched flowers in the two purple colors to decorate the wreath and used enamel dots for their centers.  I inked up a tag stamp in the lighter purple and added the darker purple ink around the edges of it before stamping it on ivory cardstock.  I used my tag punch to cut it out and I also punched a tag from the darker purple cardstock.  I used some linen thread to tie the two tags together and attached them to the card with dimensional adhesive.

I’m still not quite liking the wreath.  I’m not sure what my hangup with it is.  Anyway, it’s a decent enough card.

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 Monday, February 4 to share your card with us.  We’d love to see what you can do with our double challenge!

Stamp: Too Terrific Tags (Stampin’ Up)
Cardstock: Pure Luxury Pure Ivory (Gina K. Designs); Wild Wasabi, Elegant Eggplant, Sweet Sugarplum (SU)
Ink: Elegant Eggplant, Sweet Sugarplum (SU)
Other: Big Scalloped Circles Nestabilities dies (Spellbinders); small tag punch, Spring Bouquet flower punch, Regals candy dots, linen thread, dimensionals (SU); eyelet (source unknown)

Hello there!  It’s time for the first color challenge of the year at CAS Colours & Sketches.  Our January hostess, Jeanne, has picked a really nice color combination and I’m looking forward to seeing what our challenge participants create with it!

Much of my state of Virginia received snow over the weekend, and several people in a Facebook group I’m in have been sharing their photos of cardinals in the wintry weather.  Those photos, along with the color challenge, sparked my idea of what I wanted to create for the challenge.

I cut a card base from blue cardstock (I don’t have Balmy Blue, so I used the closest retired Stampin’ Up color to it that I have).  The triptych tree die fits into the stitched rectangle die I used for the card front, so I was able to simultaneously cut them from a piece of lightly speckled cardstock.  Then I cut the triptych die again from Crumb Cake cardstock for my tree.  I stamped the bird on a scrap of cardstock and used a red marker to draw a crest on its head to make it look like a cardinal.  I decided to use red for the sentiment to bring some more of that color to the card.  I cut a scrap of shimmery white cardstock into a hill shape and attached it to the wrong side of the front panel so that it would show through the bottom triptych square.  Then I adhered the front panel into place on the card and carefully laid the triptych die pieces into place.  I had run the Crumb Cake cardstock through my Xyron machine before I die cut it so I didn’t have to try to fiddle with adding adhesive to the intricate tree branches.  Once that was done, I fussy cut the cardinal and glued him into place.

Be sure to check out the terrific cards the rest of the CC&S Design Team have made. Then make your own card with this color combination and share it with us at the CC&S site. You have until 6:00 p.m. Monday, January 21 to link your card. We’d love to have you join in the fun and creativity! Thanks for stopping by today.

Supplies for this card are from Stampin’ Up unless otherwise noted:
Stamps: Branch Out, Three Little Words
Cardstock: Bashful Blue, Crumb Cake, Naturals White; Cryogen White (Curious Metallic)
Ink: Real Red
Other: Narrow Tree Triptych die (Poppystamps); Stitched Rectangle die (Lawn Fawn)

Hi there!  It’s been a long time since I’ve played along with a couple of challenge blogs that I like, Freshly Made Sketches and Shopping Our Stash.  Both of their current challenges are ending today, so I decided I’d better get going on something if I wanted to join in them.

It took me a little white to decide what type of “three of something” I could use for the sketch.  Finally I settled on stars because I figured I could make them blue to go along with the Shopping Our Stash theme.  I die cut the stars from scraps of shimmery white cardstock and used a blending tool to add some blue ink to them.  I used plain white cardstock for the focal panel and for the card base.  The focal panel and the largest star have shims of cardstock beneath them to give them just a little bit of dimension.

My furry helper decided he needed to check on things while I was photographing the card:

It’s not one of my better cards, but when I send it to Send a Smile 4 Kids I think it will bring cheer to someone.  Thanks for stopping by today!

Stamp: So Much to Say (Lawn Fawn)
Cardstock: Cryogen White (Curious Metallic); Solar White (Neenah)
Ink: Brilliant Blue (Stampin’ Up)
Other: Puffy Star dies, Stitched Rectangle die (Lawn Fawn); blending tool (Tim Holtz)

I feel like I’ve been in a creative slump for quite a while, not creating as many cards as I used to.  I’m not one for making New Year’s resolutions per se, but I do want to get back into a cardmaking groove again in 2019.  I miss playing along in some of the various challenges I’ve participated in in the past.  So today’s post is an effort to get back into the swing of things.

The Paper Players challenge that is closing shortly is to use any sort of animal on a card.  I’ve combined that with a recent sketch challenge from Splitcoaststampers.   I had the butterfly already colored and mounted to the red scalloped circle, left over from a long-ago cardmaking session, and I thought pairing it with the sketch would make a quick and easy start onto using up some of my “UFOs” (UnFinished Objects).  Because of the way the butterfly is oriented, I thought it looked better to flip the sketch mirror-image.  The narrow strips were cut from a scrap of cardstock.  It’s definitely not one of the most amazing cards I’ve ever made, but it’s cute and perfectly suitable for Send a Smile 4 Kids.


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

Stamps: Somebuggy Loves You (Sweet ‘n Sassy Stamps)
Cardstock: Cool Caribbean, Crumb Cake, Real Red (Stampin’ Up); Solar White (Neenah)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Other: markers (Copic); big scalloped circle Nestabilities die (Spellbinders); dimensionals (SU)

Hello!  Welcome to the start of a new year of challenges at CAS Colours & Sketches!  We’re back from our holiday break and ready to begin another year of fun clean and simple challenges! Since today is the second Tuesday of the month, we’re starting back up again with a sketch.

Even though the snow we had in December has melted and become just a memory, I couldn’t resist pulling out one of my favorite snowman stamps and using it for today’s card.  Except for the card base, I used only scraps of cardstock for this card!  Yay!  I used shimmery white for all of the white cardstock.  I colored the snowman with Copics and fussy cut him – and cutting around his arms and scarf reminded me why I usually use his matching die when I want to cut him out.  Oh well.  I used a swirly die to cut the swooping horizontal line element of the sketch twice and stacked them for extra dimension.  I debated using kraft cardstock for the base, but felt the white-on-white gave the card a more wintry feel. The sentiment comes from a different stamp set than the snowman.

Be sure to stop by the challenge blog and welcome our newest Design Team members, Holly and YoonYoung!  Then create your own card using this sketch, and link it to the challenge site by 6:00 p.m. Eastern time Monday, January 14.  We’d love to have you join us!  Thanks for stopping by today.

Stamps: Be Jolly (Avery Elle); Warm Penguin (Lizzie Anne Designs for Gourmet Rubber Stamps)
Cardstock: Cryogen White (Curious Metallic); Soft Sky (Stampin’ Up)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Other: markers (Copic); Swirly Scribbles die, dimensionals (SU)

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