Hello there!  It’s time for the first sketch challenge of the month at CAS Colours & Sketches.  I think a lot of different variations can be done with the tag-like shape, and I’m looking forward to seeing what our challenge participants do with it!

I needed to make a birthday card for my brother-in-law, and the sketch fit the bill perfectly.  I knew I wanted to use this image of a gift.  Even though it comes from a Christmas-themed stamp set, it works fine for birthday presents, too.  I stamped it onto two different designer papers, fussy cut it, and pieced it together.  It’s pretty fiddly to fussy cut around the bow and each time I do it I mentally ask myself why I continue to do it, LOL, but I do like the way it turns out.  I had a tall, narrow strip left over from some digital designer paper I had printed years ago.  Just a little bit of trimming made it the right size for the sketch.  Because it’s a repetitive text print, I didn’t think I needed to include a sentiment.  It also qualifies this card for the current challenge at Inkspirational

I had a furry, four-legged shadow while I was working on the card and photographing it.  I warned him that if he didn’t back off, he’d get his picture taken, too.  He didn’t seem to care.  Silly kitty.

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, September 19.  Thanks for stopping by today!

Stamp: Bows and Holly (Lawn Fawn)
Cardstock: Crumb Cake (Stampin’ Up); scraps from Pyrus 6″ x 6″ paper pad (Basic Grey); Vintage Birthday digital designer paper (Lizzie Anne Designs)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento); printer ink

Hello there!  It’s the first Tuesday in September, which means that it’s time for a new month of challenges at CAS Colours & Sketches.  As always, we begin the month with a color challenge, and we have some bright, cheery colors for you to work with.

My card went through a few different ideas in my head before I finally got it down with cardstock and ink.  I had this card from a few years ago in the back of my mind, but I wanted to put a different spin on it.  When I was going through my white cardstock file I found a piece of cardstock already cut to the size of a card front, with the “happy birthday” sentiment already stamped on it, so I decided to go ahead and use it.  I cut a circle from a scrap piece of paper to use as a mat and stamped the three dots stamp around it in a sunburst design, alternating the challenge colors.  I just eyeballed my stamping and didn’t worry about getting the dots aligned perfectly.  Then I removed the mask and stamped the cake into place (aiming a bit lower than I should have to get the cake centered in the circle… oops).  Then I colored the cake with Copic markers.  In trying to keep with the “minimal layers” aspect of “clean and simple”, I decided to use mats only in the corners. 

I didn’t have the exact colors of ink and cardstock stated in the challenge graphic, so I used the ones I had that matched most closely.  It’s not my most favorite card I’ve ever made, but I still think it’s pretty cute.

Now it’s your turn! Check out the CC&S site for all the challenge details and to see what the rest of the design team has made. Then share your creation(s) with us by 6:00 p.m. Eastern time Monday, September 12. We’d love to have you play along with us!

Stamps: Year Three, Happy Happy Happy (Lawn Fawn)
Cardstock: Lovely Lilac, Marigold Morning (Stampin’ Up); Solar White (Neenah)
Ink: Lovely Lilac, Marigold Morning, Pink Passion (SU); Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Other: markers (Copic)
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