At CAS Colours & Sketches we have one last sketch challenge for the month of May.  It’s one that leaves some openness for interpretation, so it’ll be fun to see what our challenge participants make with it!

This monster was intended for a card a few weeks ago for a different challenge, but I didn’t like the way that card was shaping up so I stopped before gluing him to a card.  I stamped him on a piece of designer paper, fussy cut him, and then colored his spiny spikes and his teeth with markers.  I had coordinating scraps of designer paper that fit the background elements of this week’s sketch, so I decided to go ahead and use the monster now.  I took the liberty of squashing the sketch into a landscape-oriented card so that I had enough room for the sentiment.  I know it’s the same sentiment I used on last week’s card, but it still makes me smile.

I hope you’ll go see what the rest of the CC&S design team and our May guest designer have done with this sketch. Then make a card of your own and share it with us by 6:00 p.m. Eastern time Monday, June 1. Thanks for stopping by today!

Stamps: Little Monsters (Lizzie Anne Designs)
Cardstock: Soft Sky (Stampin’ Up); scraps from Phoebe 6″ x 6″ paper pad (Basic Grey)
Ink: Early Espresso (SU)
Other: markers (Copic)

Hello!  It’s another Tuesday, which means it’s new challenge day at CAS Colours & Sketches!  This week we have a cheery trio of colors for you to work with.

I hadn’t used this monster themed stamp set for a long time and it kept kind of beckoning to me, so I decided to go ahead and put it to use this week.  I stamped the image and sentiment on the card panel and then used Copics to color in the monster and add a bit of ground.  I chose to offset the panel when I attached it to the card base because I liked the look of a wider band of color (compared to centering the panel on the card base).

We’d 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, May 25. Thanks for stopping by today!

Stamps: Little Monsters (Lizzie Anne Designs)
Cardstock: Coastal Cabana (Stampin’ Up); Solar White (Neenah)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Other: markers (Copic)

Hello!  This week’s color challenge at CAS Colours & Sketches is a little different, but I hope you’ll give it a try!

I’ll admit the colors had me stumped for a good while.  That was probably at least partly because I don’t own any of these actual colors, so I knew I’d have to figure out which colors I do own that are closest to the challenge colors.  Finally I thought I’d try to use them as a background for a large sentiment.  I found an old background block stamp and inked it up, using the lavender color toward the middle of the block, with the reddish-brown color surrounding it, and then the dark teal just on the edges of the stamp.  Then I held the stamp under the mist from a water bottle before stamping it onto white cardstock.  When I picked the stamp up off the cardstock, I learned that over the years, the edges of the stamp have curved in just enough that they barely made an impression on the cardstock.  Ooops.  But I decided to go along with it anyway.  I die cut the word “happy” from the coordinating teal cardstock, attached it to the card front, and stamped the word “birthday” below it.  It still seemed a little too blah so I used a stitched rectangle die to trim the excess cardstock from around the image, and then matted that with the teal cardstock before attaching it to a white card base.

It’s not one of my favorite cards.  It doesn’t have as much white space as I think a clean and simple card should have.  But it isn’t really a “bad” card.  I may try going back to the proverbial drawing board and give these colors another go with some different idea.

How will you use these colors?  Be sure to check out the CC&S blog to see what the rest of the design team and our May guest designer have made.  Once you’ve made your own card, be sure to link it at the challenge post by 6:00 p.m. Eastern time Monday, May 11.  We’d love to have you join us!  Thanks for stopping by today.

Stamps: So Much to Say (Lawn Fawn); Large Straight-Edge Rectangle (Hero Arts)
Cardstock: Solar White (Neenah); Not Quite Navy (Stampin’ Up)
Ink: Not Quite Navy, Dusty Durango, Almost Amethyst (SU)
Other: Simply Said Happy die (Avery Elle); Stitched Rectangle die (Lawn Fawn)

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