Hello there!  It’s time for the last CAS Colours & Sketches sketch challenge for the month of July.  If you go to the challenge site and check out the design teams’ sample cards, you’ll see that we’ve represented the circular element of the sketch in a lot of different ways!

I had “Christmas in July” in the back of my mind, I think, because I’ve chosen to make a Christmas card.  I used one of my favorite snowflake dies to cut a snowflake from shimmery cardstock for the circular element.  I paired a snowflake print patterned paper with a scrap of very subtly patterned paper in a coordinating color for the horizontal striped part of the sketch.  I decided to stamp the sentiment with grey ink because black seemed like it would contrast too harshly with the soft minty colors.  I’ve used linen textured cardstock for the card base so it wouldn’t look quite so plain, but I’m not sure how well that shows in the photo.  I toyed with the idea of adding a rhinestone to the center of the snowflake but in the end decided to leave it as it was.

What will you do with this sketch?  I hope you’ll try out something and share what you create with us! Link your work to the CAS Colours & Sketches blog by 6:00 p.m. Eastern time Monday, August 3.  Thanks for stopping by today!

Stamp: Merry Messages (Lawn Fawn)
Cardstock: Solar White Classic Linen (Neenah); Cryogen White (Curious Metallic); patterned papers from Aspen Frost 6″ x 6″ paper pad (Basic Grey)
Ink: Going Gray (Stampin’ Up)
Other: Stitched Snowflake die (Lawn Fawn)

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

The colors made me think of flowers, so I pulled out a stamp set that has several images of flowers in vases.  Even after considering several possibilities with it, I still wasn’t quite feeling a full-out floral vibe, so I ended up doing something a little less obviously floral with other stamps from the set.  I used a wavy rectangle outline as a frame for a vertical sentiment, stamping them onto watercolor paper.  After the ink was good and dry, I colored in the outline with a watercolor wash of the three challenge colors.  I also colored washes of the blue and coral colors onto a scrap of watercolor paper, and punched flowers out of them.  I attached the flowers to the card front with coordinating green mini brads and then adhered the front to the card base.  Very CAS!

The Paper Players are celebrating their 500th challenge this week!  WOW, what a tremendous milestone!  Way to go, ladies!

I’m adding this card to the challenge at AAA Cards, too.


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, July 27. Thanks for stopping by today!

Stamps: Everyday Greetings Collection (Wordsworth)
Cardstock: watercolor paper (Artist’s Loft)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento); Bashful Blue, Sage Shadow, Calypso Coral (Stampin’ Up)
Other: Spring Flower Bouquet punch (SU); mini brads (Making Memories)

Hello there!  We have a sketch challenge for you this week at CAS Colours & Sketches, and I think it’s a good one for letting our participants’ creativity shine.  The main element of the sketch is a circle, but the other elements can be any shape.

I’ve squashed the sketch into a landscape-oriented rectangle and taken the liberty of using a big, bold sentiment for the main image, with coordinating elements for the smaller shapes.  I stamped the sentiment on designer paper before using a die to cut the circle.  The hats were stamped on scraps of the same paper that were more yellow, so I colored the stripes and the polka dots orange.  The colors match better in real life than in the photo.  I used dimensional adhesive to attach the hats to the card.  I don’t often use black for card bases but this time it worked to let the colors pop.

What will you do with this sketch? I hope you’ll try out something and share what you create with us! Link your work to the CAS Colours & Sketches blog by 6:00 p.m. Eastern time Monday, July 20. Thanks for stopping by today!

Stamps: Cake & Candles (Avery Elle); Hats Off to You (Lawn Fawn)
Cardstock: Basic Black, Watercolor Wonder designer series paper (Stampin’ Up)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Other: Stitched Circle die (Lawn Fawn)

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