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Hello there!  It’s color challenge week again at CAS Colours & Sketches.  I’m looking forward to seeing what our challenge participants create with it!

I have to confess that it took me a while to figure out how I wanted to use these colors.  That’s partly because I don’t own two of them and knew I’d have to make substitutes for them.  Then when it finally got to crunch time, I had about 3 ideas pop up in my head all about the same time.  I decided to go with the one that seemed quickest to make.

My initial thought with the tree was to cut the trunk and branches from the brownish color in the challenge trio, but when I was gathering my cardstock together, I thought it would look too orange-y for tree bark.  I opted to go with a true brown for that instead, and use the challenge color for leaves.  That’s where I ran into another small problem.  When I bought this set of dies, I wasn’t thinking about it being a winter themed set, which meant there were no leaf dies included in it.  However, there are several bird dies in it.  I decided I’d just cut a number of birds in the orangey and yellow challenge colors and trim off the heads and tails and that would look like leaves.  It was kinda fiddly work, but I think it turned out all right, if you overlook the fact that my leaves are nearly the same size as the one bird I cut from the blueish color.  I did have the silly thought that my dreams may now become haunted by decapitated birds…  Let’s just hope not.   Even with the blue bird and the blue sentiment, I felt like there wasn’t quite enough of that color represented on my card, so before I adhered everything down, I splattered a bit of the blueish ink near the top of the card.  I haven’t decided if the splatters are supposed to be raindrops, or just specks of color.

Be sure to check out what the rest of the design team has made.  Then link your own card at the challenge site by 6:00 p.m. Eastern time Monday, September 23.  Thanks for stopping by today!

Supplies:
Stamps: none
Cardstock: Pure Luxury Ivory (Gina K. Designs); Chocolate Chip, Dusty Durango, Island Indigo, So Saffron (Stampin’ Up)
Ink: Island Indigo (SU)
Other: Winter Trees dies (Penny Black)

Hello there!  It’s the second Tuesday of the month, which means it’s sketch challenge time again at CAS Colours & Sketches.

One of my newest stamp sets has images and sentiments that I thought worked really well with the sketch, and I had fun getting them inky for the first time.  I wasn’t in a coloring mood, so I stamped the images onto scraps of designer paper and fussy cut them.  I actually stamped the kitty’s head three times so I could stack them and give her some dimension.  The two different sentiment stamps fit in for the narrow rectangular elements of the sketch.

I chose the color for the kitty in honor of one of the cats in our neighborhood who occasionally visits our yard.  We haven’t seen her in a while so I hope she’s safe somewhere.  She’s all white and our cat is all black, so seeing the two of them is like a study in contrast, LOL.  (Photo credit goes to my younger son.)

Thanks so much for stopping by today! I hope you’ll make a card with this sketch and share it with us at CC&S. You have until 6:00 p.m. Eastern time Monday, September 16 to link your card at the challenge site.

Supplies:
Stamps: Meow You Doin’? (Lawn Fawn)
Cardstock: Tangerine Tango, Naturals Ivory (Stampin’ Up); scraps of designer papers from Ambrosia 6″ x 6″ paper pad (Basic Grey)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Other: Stitched Rectangle die (Lawn Fawn)

Hi there!  It’s time for another challenge at CAS Colours & Sketches.  For the month of September, several of the design team members are taking turns as host each week.  Since it’s the first Tuesday, we have a color challenge for you to consider and I think it will put most everyone in the mood for autumn.

When I saw the colors I knew I would want to do something with a tree, so I chose this tried-and-true stamp set. (LOL, my first attempt at typing that I put “tried-and-tree”.)  I did some second-generation stamping to get the color variation in the leaves.  I didn’t think the green grass showed up very well, so I chose green ink for the sentiment and put a green mat behind the focal panel to try to boost that color of the challenge trio.

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, September 9, 2019.  Thanks for stopping by today!

All supplies for this card are from Stampin’ Up.
Stamps: Branch Out, Three Little Words
Cardstock: Pumpkin Pie, Garden Green, Very Vanilla
Ink: Pumpkin Pie, Garden Green, Soft Suede

Hello!  We have one last challenge for you this month at CAS Colours & Sketches and this time it’s a sketch challenge.

After browsing through my craft supplies and looking for images and dies that would work with the sketch, I decided to use my snowflake dies for the star elements of the sketch.  I originally planned to cut them from shimmery white cardstock and add a bit of blue ink to them to give them some definition.  But in my folder of shimmery cardstock, I found some leftovers from when I made my family’s Christmas cards a few years ago.  So I saved myself some time by cutting the snowflakes from the blue section of the cards that didn’t get finished then.  I added a couple of rhinestones to the snowflakes to give them a little extra sparkle.  I used shimmery white cardstock for the card base because it reminds me of the sun sparkling on fresh white snow – although it’s hard to capture that in my photo of the card.  I wanted to create the mood of falling snow, so I used a portrait-oriented card base.  A set of alphabet stamps made it easy for me to make the sentiment with the words oriented vertically.  And there you have it – a very CAS card!

 

What will you create with this sketch?  Share your work with us at the CAS Colours & Sketches site by 6:00 p.m. Eastern time Monday, September 2. Be sure to check out what the other design team members have made, too!  Thanks for stopping by today!

Supplies:
Stamps: Jessie’s ABCs (Lawn Fawn)
Cardstock: Cryogen White (Curious Metallic)
Ink: Pacific Point (Stampin’ Up)
Other: gel sticks (Faber Castell); Stitched Snowflakes dies (Lawn Fawn); rhinestones (SU)

Well hi there!  It’s color challenge week at CAS Colours & Sketches.

I decided to go floral with the colors. I used just part of one of my newest stamps because the stamp itself is a whopping seven inches long.  The yellow leaves are a little different, but I thought about how the leaves on my balloon flowers turn yellow after we get frosty fall weather so I went with it even though the stamped blossoms aren’t balloon flower blossoms.

I kept the current AAA Cards challenge in my mind as I was working on the layout for this card.  I couldn’t think of a song to tie into it, though.

 

There ya have it!  I hope you’ll try this color challenge and share your card with us at CC&S!  You have until 6:00 p.m. Eastern time Monday, August 26 to link your card at the challenge site.  Thanks for stopping by today!

Supplies:
Stamps: Delightful (Penny Black); Everyday Greetings Collection (Wordsworth)
Cardstock: Solar White (Neenah); Crushed Curry (Stampin’ Up)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Other: markers (Copic)

Hello there!  It’s sketch challenge week at CAS Colours & Sketches and I think we have a good one for you this time.

The one rectangular area of the sketch looked to me like an image panel.  It took me a little while to choose what to put in it.  I finally decided on this cute otter image and started pulling out supplies for the rest of the card – and was happily surprised to find this same otter, already stamped and colored (except for the bow), in my file folder with the blue cardstock and watery designer paper!  So I colored the bow to match and carefully fussy cut the otter.  I added some stamped waves to the designer paper.  Although the otter image is actually from a Christmas themed stamp set, it works perfectly well with the birthday sentiment too!

Now it’s your turn to create a card with this sketch!  If you need more inspiration first, you can check out what the rest of the CC&S Design Team has made.  Then link your card at the challenge site by 6:00 p.m. Eastern time Monday, August 19.  We’d love to have you join us!

Supplies:
Stamps: Christmas Like No Otter [for Simon Says Stamp]; Year Five (Lawn Fawn)
Cardstock: Marina Mist, Crumb Cake, Whisper White (Stampin’ Up); designer paper (source unknown)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Other: markers (Copic)

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

This week’s colors suggested doing something from nature, so after browsing through my materials, I decided to try combining stenciling with fussy cutting.  In order to keep my card very clean and simple in style, I stenciled the flowers stems and leaves directly onto the card base.  (I figured if I messed it up too badly, I could still cut it down to a card front size and mat it onto a different card base.)  I’ve had this designer paper for years and thought the colors matched well to the challenge colors, so I used the stencil to trace the blossoms onto the paper and then fussy cut them out.  To keep my tracing lines from showing on the card, I flipped the stencil and the paper over and traced the outlines on the back of the paper.  I also traced the two larger blossoms again on a scrap of cardstock so I could use those as shims behind the designer paper to give the blossoms a little bit of dimension.  I stamped the sentiment before I glued the blossoms to the card front.  I didn’t want to risk assembling the whole card and then smudging the sentiment!

Be sure to check out what the rest of the CC&S Design Team has done with these colors!  Then share your own card with us by linking it to the challenge post by 6:00 p.m. Eastern time Monday, August 12.  We’d love to have you join us!  Thanks for stopping by today.

Supplies:
Stamp: So Happy for You (Stampin’ Up)
Cardstock: Pure Luxury Ivory (Gina K. Designs); Fall Flowers designer paper (SU)
Ink: Old Olive (SU)
Other: Verdant stencil (Penny Black); stencil brushes

Hello!   July has five Tuesdays, and 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.

The colors made me think of flowers and Christmas, and in my opinion the best way to combine those two thoughts is with a poinsettia.  I’ve used a digital image and colored it with Copic markers before carefully cutting it out.  I decided to make the green colors the focus of the card, using the lighter green for the focal panel and the darker green to ink the swirls and the sentiment.  I briefly considered using a rose pink card base but the card looked more clean and simple in style with an ivory base to match the ivory sentiment panel.  I squashed the shape of the card into a landscape oriented rectangle so I’d have more room for the sentiment, and flipped the sketch mirror-image.

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 6:00 p.m. Eastern time Monday, August 5 to share your card with us.  We’d love to see what you can do with our double challenge!

Supplies:
Digital Image: Poinsettia (Sweet ‘n Sassy Stamps)
Stamps: Season of Joy, Sincere Salutations (Stampin’ Up)
Cardstock: Pistachio Pudding (SU); Pure Luxury Ivory (Gina K. Designs)
Ink: Emerald Envy (SU); printer ink
Other: markers (Copic)

Hello!  It’s time for another color challenge at CAS Colours & Sketches.

There’s a saying that goes “the third time’s the charm” and that proved true for me in making this week’s card.  I opted to go with a graphic design.  On my first attempt I didn’t mask my stencil well enough and got ink where it wasn’t supposed to be.  I opted for something completely different on my second try and didn’t like the way that ended up.  The third time, I used a different stencil.  Some time ago I made a stencil by cutting a few circles of various sizes from a piece of acetate.  I brushed the two lighter colors from the color combination into the circles.  Then I stamped a sentiment in the darkest color and attached the card front to a card base in the same navy blue.  I added a couple of enamel dots to finish the card.

We hope you’ll enjoy working with these bright colors and share your own card with us at CC&S!  You have until 6:00 p.m. Eastern time Monday, July 22 to link your card at the challenge post.  Thanks for stopping by today!

Supplies:
Stamp: So Much to Say (Lawn Fawn)
Cardstock: Night of Navy (Stampin’ Up); Solar White (Neenah)
Ink: Marigold Morning, Bermuda Bay, Night of Navy (SU)
Other: stencil brushes (Claritystamp); enamel dots (SU)

Hello there!  It’s time for a new challenge at CAS Colours & Sketches and this week we have some pretty pastel colors to play with. The colors practically shouted “Do a floral card!” so that’s the direction I took with them.  I pulled out an oldie-but-goodie stamp set that has stamps to create the different layers and shading effects.  To get the two shades of green for the foliage, I stamped the image off on scrap paper once before applying the stamp to the image panel.  Then I selectively inked the rubber again and stamped it over top the first impression.  I originally planned to just adhere the image panel directly to the card base, but that seemed a little too plain, so I decided to add a very narrow mat of green.  It’s really difficult to tell in the photo, but I used shimmery cardstock for the image panel, so in real life the card has a hint of sparkle to it.  The only color in the challenge trio that I actually own is the darker pink, so I substituted the closest colors I have to the lighter pink and the green.

I’m going to enter this into the current challenge at AAA Cards, too.

 

Thanks for stopping by today!   I hope you’ll try this color challenge and share your card with us at CC&S!  You have until 6:00 p.m. Eastern time Monday, July 8 to link your card at the challenge site.

All supplies for this card are from Stampin’ Up.
Stamps: Terrific Tulips, Lotus Blossom
Cardstock: Blushing Bride, Pistachio Pudding, Shimmery White
Ink: Blushing Bridge, Pistachio Pudding, Flirty Flamingo

Hello there!  It’s the fourth Tuesday of the month, which means it’s sketch challenge time again at CAS Colours & Sketches.  This one is pretty unique and I hope our challenge participants will have fun with it.

I was looking through some of my wood-mounted stamps and rediscovered this one.  The three daffodils made me think of the three oval elements of the sketch.  I colored them with colored pencils blended with odorless mineral spirits.  The daffodil image lent itself pretty well to one of our previous CC&S color challenges, too.  The two yellows are really not that different when put next to each other, but I tried to make each of them stand out on the different parts of the blossoms.  When it came to matching cardstock for the card base, Certainly Celery ended up being a better match to my coloring job than Pear Pizzazz.  I didn’t have an octagonal die that matched exactly to the sketch and I didn’t feel like doing the measuring to make sure I cut all the corners the same, so I took the easy way out by using a punch to nip off the corners of the focal panel to give me the octagonal shape.

Thanks so much for stopping by today! I hope you’ll make a card with this sketch and share it with us at CC&S. You have until 6:00 p.m. Eastern time Monday, July 1 to link your card at the challenge site.

Supplies:
Stamps: Three Daffodils (Hero Arts); Everyday Sayings (Lizzie Anne Designs)
Cardstock: Certainly Celery, Very Vanilla (Stampin’ Up)
Ink: Onyx Black (VersaFine)
Other: Premier colored pencils (Prismacolor); odorless mineral spirits (Gamsol); corner punch (SU)

CAS Colours & Sketches #325

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Jun 112019

Hello!  I hope your week has gotten off to a good start.  After a rainy weekend, it’s nice to finally see some sunshine this morning.

It’s Tuesday, which means it’s time for a new challenge at CAS Colours & Sketches.  This week is a sketch challenge and I’ll admit I was kind of stumped by it at first.  I don’t have any dies that match well to the rounded shape in the sketch, so I browsed through my stamps.  I’m not exactly sure why this stamp set beckoned to me because the shapes don’t quite match up proportionally to the sketch elements, but it’s such a cute set of stamps that I decided to give it a go anyway.  I stamped the toast slices and the muffin on white cardstock, colored them, and fussy cut them.  My cat thought he could help me cut by jumping up on my desk and head bumping my hand, which made me accidentally cut off an arm on one of the pieces of toast, so I decided to just go ahead and cut off all the arms and legs that are part of the toast images.  They were much easier to cut that way, anyway.  I stamped the toaster on some silver brushed metallic cardstock to make it look like stainless steel and fussy cut it, too.  I searched through my designer papers and found a very old one that had a sort of marble-y kitchen countertop vibe to it, and I chose that for the rectangular part of the sketch.  I held up the various pieces of the card to white cardstock but that seemed a little too bland for the card base, so I looked through my colored cardstocks and picked a light yellow with a subtle linen texture.  The yellow adds some cheer and seemed to coordinate better with the sketch elements than other colors of cardstock.

What will you do with this sketch?  There are so many possibilities!  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, June 17.  Thanks for stopping by today!

Supplies:
Stamps: Love ‘n Breakfast (Lawn Fawn)
Cardstock: Barely Banana textured, Brushed Silver (Stampin’ Up); Solar White (Neenah); patterned paper (source unknown)
Ink: Onyx Black (VersaFine)
Other: markers (Copic); dimensionals (SU)

CAS Colours & Sketches #324

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Jun 042019

Well hello there!  It’s the first Tuesday of the month, which means we have a new hostess of the month over at CAS Colours & SketchesYoonYoung has planned some fun things for us this time, and she’s starting us off with a really nice pastel color challenge.

When I was trying to decide what to make for this challenge, the idea of using kraft with the challenge colors stuck in my head.  But none of my image stamps really seemed “right” to use with that combination.  I finally decided to use the colors for a sentiment and make that the focal point of the card.  I die cut the word “hello” from a panel slightly smaller than a card front.  I adhered scraps of cardstock in the challenge colors to the card base so that they would show through the die cut word.  I originally planned to use dimensional adhesive to pop up the front panel from the card base, but quickly realized that would be a pain to use with the insides of the “e” and the “o”, so I attached the panel directly to the card base and then glued the insides of the letters in place.  I opted not to include the inner loops of the “h” and the “l”s – that was too fiddly even for me, LOL!

Thanks for stopping by today!  I hope you’ll share your own card with the CC&S challenge colors by linking it to the CC&S site by 6:00 p.m. Eastern time Monday, June 10.

Supplies:
Stamps: none
Cardstock: Crumb Cake, Powder Pink, So Saffron, Pool Party (Stampin’ Up)
Ink: none
Other: Simply Said Hello die (Avery Elle); stitched rectangle die (Lawn Fawn)

Hello!  It’s time for one last challenge for the month of May at CAS Colours & Sketches.  This time it’s a very simple sketch that puts focus on the sentiment.

After looking through my stamps and dies, I chose to go out of season and make a Christmas card, splitting up the “Merry Christmas” sentiment with a die and a stamp.  I cut the “merry” twice from red cardstock so that I could stack the two diecuts for dimension.  After I placed them on the card front, I stamped the word “Christmas”.  It’s actually from a stamp that says “Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year” but I was able to ink up just the one word. I like the contrast of the curly, scripty “merry” and the simple, clean lines of “Christmas”.  I chose linen textured cardstock for the card front to give some subtle visual interest (which unfortunately is probably too subtle to see in the photo).  For the embellishments, I chose some shiny star-shaped brads that I’ve had for years; I didn’t have enough gold or silver ones so I used copper.   I used dimensional adhesive to attach the card front to the card base, partly for a little extra interest and partly to accommodate the prongs of the brads.  I considered using a green card base to bring out more of that color, but the card didn’t look as CAS as with a white base.

Be sure to check out what the rest of the CC&S Design Team has done with this sketch – they’ve made some awesome cards!  Then give it a try yourself.  You have until 6:00 p.m. Eastern time Monday, June 3 to link your card at the challenge site.  Thanks for stopping by today!

Supplies:
Stamp: Merry Messages (Lawn Fawn)
Cardstock: Solar White, Solar White Classic Linen (Neenah); Real Red (Stampin’ Up)
Ink: Emerald Envy (SU)
Other: Merry Script die (Mama Elephant); star brads (The Paper Studio)

Hello there!  It’s time for another color challenge at CAS Colours & Sketches.  We have some bright, cheery colors to work with this week.

I kind of dove into the “cheer” aspect of the colors and made a birthday card.  I started by cutting the white panel to size.  Then I stamped the sentiment at the bottom, which I thought paired well with the image stamps I chose.  Next I stamped the “wax” part of the candles.  For the flames, I inked the stamp first with yellow, and then touched my orange ink pad to the stamp just enough to grab a little of the orange color before pressing it onto the cardstock.  I decided to offset the panel when I mounted it to the card base.

I don’t think it’s one of my better cards, but it is definitely clean and simple in style, with minimal layers and lots of open space!

Thanks for stopping by today!  Be sure to check out what the rest of the CC&S Design Team has made with these colors.  We hope you’ll join in our challenge, too!  You have until 6:00 p.m. Eastern time Monday, May 27 to link your card to the challenge post.

All supplies are from Stampin’ Up unless otherwise noted:
Stamps: Cake & Candles (Avery Elle); Fun With Shapes
Cardstock: Pumpkin Pie, Whisper White
Ink: Pumpkin Pie, Coastal Cabana, Daffodil Delight

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