Wow!  November is flying by and it’s already time for our second color challenge of the month at CAS Colours & Sketches.

It was hard NOT to think of flowers for this week’s color combination.  I toyed with a slightly different idea but wasn’t sure I could pull it off, so I ended up choosing a floral stamp set I hadn’t used in a while.  The layered parts of the flower made it easy to incorporate all the challenge colors.  To get the two shades of green on the stem, I stamped off the solid image once, and used the full-strength ink for the details.  I couldn’t decide on a sentiment so I opted to just not use one.  The card front still seemed a little plain, so I pulled out some ribbon to embellish the card.  I don’t often use ribbon on my cards, but I think I’ve still kept this one simple enough to qualify it as CAS in style.  Even though the ribbon has a different color name than the ink, I thought the two matched well enough to use them together. Having the panel offset to one corner gives the card a little additional visual interest.

I’m going to go ahead and enter this card into the current challenge at AAA Cards, where they are asking for CAS cards with just one image.

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, November 25.

All supplies for this card are from Stampin’ Up:
Stamps: Lotus Blossom
Cardstock: Blushing Bride, Rich Razzleberry, Whisper White
Ink: Blushing Bride, Rich Razzleberry, Pear Pizzazz
Other: Certainly Celery satin ribbon

Hello!  It’s time for a new month of challenges at CAS Colours & SketchesKaren and I are sharing hosting duties during November.  I hope you’ll enjoy the cards the design team and I make, and I hope you’ll join in and make some cards, too.

A new month always gets started off with a color challenge, and I’ve chosen the colors for this week.  I don’t remember exactly what I had in mind when I picked them, but I ended up pulling out a butterfly die to use with them.  The die cuts the curvy line and the butterflies all together, so I put it through my die cutting machine three times, once for each color.  Then I fussy cut the red and yellow butterflies so I could glue them into place over top the lavender one.  The die doesn’t cut wide enough to stretch across an A2 card base, so I also die cut a panel the width of the die.  I wanted to give the focal panel more definition from the card base, so I put a scrap piece of cardstock behind it to act as a shim and raise it up just a bit.  (OK, I’ll admit that by “scrap piece of cardstock” I mean my first attempt at the focal panel, where the sentiment stamp wiggled on me and made the letters look really shaky and yucky.  Ooops.)  After I stamped the sentiment, I added a few tiny pearl embellishments for the butterflies’ bodies, and called the card done.  Very clean and simple!

As always with our color challenges, you may substitute any companies’ products for the Stampin’ Up colors, so long as you match the colors as closely as possible.  I’ve done that myself this week, substituting retired colors of SU cardstock and ink for the heather and mango colors.

I’m going to enter this card into challenge #152 at AAA Cards.  I don’t think the butterflies will qualify for the geometric twist, but I do think the white space on this card is pretty well maximized.

 

Thanks so much for stopping by today! I hope you’ll make a card with these colors and share it with us at CC&S. You have until 6:00 p.m. Eastern time Monday, November 11 to link your card at the challenge site.

Supplies:
Stamp: So Much to Say (Lawn Fawn)
Cardstock: Thick Whisper White, Lavender Lace, Poppy Parade, Marigold Morning (Stampin’ Up)
Ink: Lavender Lace (SU)
Other: pearls (SU); Happy Butterfly Sash die (Poppystamps); Stitched Rectangle die (Lawn Fawn)

Hello there!  It’s time for a new color challenge at CAS Colours & Sketches.

I decided to create a little scene on my card.  For each color, I pressed the ink pad onto an acrylic block and spritzed the ink with water; then I painted a wash of color onto the cardstock (the red, bright blue, and grey were done on scraps; the pale blue was done on a card front).  I stamped the balloons and the elephant onto their respective colors after the washes dried.  When the pale blue was dry, I masked off a small area at the bottom of it and dabbed red and blue ink into the area to create a ground for the elephant.  Then I fussy cut the elephant and balloons, positioned them into place so I knew where to draw in the balloon strings, and then glued everything to the card front.  Finally I attached the card front to a pale blue card base.  I opted not to put a sentiment on the card.  I’ll be donating it to Send a Smile 4 Kids, and I figured without a sentiment, it could be used for a wider variety of occasions.

I kept the current AAA Cards challenge in the back of my head while I was figuring out the layout for my scene.

Thanks for stopping by today!  I hope you’ll join us over at CAS Colours & Sketches with your own take on these colors!  You have until 6:00 p.m. Eastern time Monday, October 21 to link your card at the challenge website.  Also, we’re looking to add some new members to our design team, so if this is something you’re interested in, be sure to add the letters “DT” to your name when you link your card, and play along in next week’s sketch challenge, too!

Supplies:
Stamps: Ellie, Storybook (Avery Elle)
Cardstock: Pool Party (SU); watercolor paper (Artist’s Loft)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento); Pacific Point, Pool Party, Real Red, Smoky Slate (Stampin’ Up)
Other: multiliner pen (Copic)

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 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

Well hi there!  It’s Tuesday, which means it’s time for a new challenge at CAS Colours & Sketches.  This time we have some bold, bright colors for you.

After seeing that some of the other CC&S design team members had used a floral theme for their cards, I decided to do something different.  As I looked through my stamp sets, I realized this hot-air balloon would work well with the challenge colors.  I stamped the balloon on some white cardstock, colored it, and fussy cut around it.  The current sketch at CAS(E) this Sketch! also seemed like a good fit for the balloon image, but I ended up having to scoot the balloon over a bit so that the sentiment would fit the way I wanted it.  I embossed a scrap of cardstock with a cloud pattern for the horizontal strip portion of the sketch, and used dimensional adhesive to attach the balloon over it.  The card all came together quite quickly, so it’s eligible for the current AAA Cards challenge, too.

 

Thanks for stopping by today!  I hope you’ll join us over at CAS Colours & Sketches with your own take on these colors!  You have until 6:00 p.m. Eastern time Monday, April 8 to link your card at the challenge website.

Supplies:
Stamps: Vintage Birthday (Lizzie Anne Designs)
Cardstock: Pure Luxury White (Gina K. Designs)
Ink: Onyx Black (VersaFine)
Other: markers (Copic); clouds embossing folder, dimensionals (Stampin’ Up)

Well hello there!  It’s time for a new month of challenges at CAS Colours & Sketches and we have a color challenge for you this week.

Today also happens to be my husband’s birthday.  Although this week’s color combination is rather valentine-ish, I decided to use it for his birthday card.  The only one of the challenge colors that I own in either ink or cardstock is Powder Pink, so I used close matches for the Gray Granite and Lovely Lipstick.  I opted to use Naturals White cardstock for the card base because the tiny flecks in it give more visual interest than plain white or ivory does.  I used Smoky Slate ink for the tree trunk, and I sponged some more of the ink along the bottom edge of the card to give more of a “ground” beneath the tree.  Instead of leaves, I stamped a tiny heart in Powder Pink and in Rose Red.  I prefer to use sentiment stamps that have the entire sentiment on one block, but this time I used a set that has different words that can be put together to make phrases.  So this sentiment actually came from four separate wood-mounted stamps and I used my trusty Stamp-a-ma-jig to line them up.  I still managed to get it a little wonky looking.  Oh well.

I’m entering this card into the current challenges at AAA Cards, The Paper Players, and The Male Room, too.

                               

Of course, just because we had Valentine’s Day in mind at CC&S, it doesn’t mean that you need to create a valentine card in order to participate in our challenge! Let your creativity take you wherever it wants to go. Just be sure to share your card with us at the challenge site before the linky tool closes at 6:00 p.m. Eastern time Monday, February 11. We’d love to have you join us! Thanks for stopping by today.

All supplies for this card are from Stampin’ Up.
Stamps: Branch Out, Small Sayings, Fundamental Phrases
Cardstock: Naturals White
Ink: Smoky Slate, Rose Red, Powder Pink
Other: sponge

Hello!  I’ve been away for much of the last few weeks and while I’ve enjoyed seeing different places, it’s nice to be back home for a little while before my next adventure.  Now it’s time for me to get back in creative mode for some more card making challenges.  Today a new color challenge starts at CAS Colours & Sketches.

I have to admit this color combo threw me for a bit of a loop at first, and I finally decided that something with geometric shapes might be my best choice for using the three colors.  But the Christmas in July challenge at AAA Cards held my interest and I wondered if I could combine the two challenges.  Even though these colors are a bit unusual for Christmas, I thought they would work for ornaments.  After I inked up the stamp with the three balls, I stamped it off once on scrap paper to lighten the colors before stamping it onto my cardstock.  Then I inked it up again only partially and stamped it over the original, to add a shadow effect.  I wasn’t going for a perfect, truly realistic look and I like the sort of sketchy effect I achieved.  I finished my stamping by adding the ornament hangers and the sentiment in silver ink.  I chose a card base in one of the challenge colors and rounded the one corner of the card to mimic the shape of the ornaments.

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I considered adding a clear lacquer over the ornaments to give them some shine, but I was pressed for time in making the card and didn’t think it would dry quickly enough.  (I’m actually writing this post a few days in advance because I’ll be out of town again when it’s due to go live.)

What will you create with these colors?  Share your work with us at the CAS Colours & Sketches site by 7:00 p.m. Eastern time Monday, July 23.  Be sure to check out what the other design team members have made, too!  Thanks for stopping by today!

Supplies:
Stamps: Fun With Shapes, All Year Cheer I (Stampin’ Up)
Cardstock: Coastal Cabana (SU); Solar White (Neenah)
Ink: Coastal Cabana, Powder Pink, Lemon Lime Twist (SU); silver (ColorBox)
Other: corner rounder (EK Success)

Hello there!  It’s the last Tuesday of the month, which means that it’s sketch week at CAS Colours & Sketches.  I really like the angled panel in this sketch because it provides a lot of fun creative opportunities.

I checked out a few other challenges before creating my card and combined them with the sketch challenge.  Less is More is challenging their participants to use up bits and pieces leftover from other projects, and AAA Cards wants to see frames on cards.  I chose a scrap piece of floral patterned paper which (I think) coordinates well with this stamp that combines a floral image with a sentiment.  Because of the way the flower image is oriented, I thought it would look better to use the mirror image of the sketch.  I cut a frame for the vertical rectangle from a scrap of cardstock in a coordinating color.  Instead of coloring the image, I decided to cover the petals with a Prima flower, held in place with a tiny brad.  I’ve used shims of scrap cardstock to add dimension behind the vertical panel.

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If you need further inspiration for the CAS Colours & Sketches challenge, go see what the rest of the design team has made!  Then create your own clean and simple card using this week’s sketch, and link it to the challenge blog by 6:00 p.m. Eastern time Monday, July 2.  We’d love to see what you can do!  Thanks for stopping by today.

Supplies:
Stamps: For a Friend (Stampin’ Up)
Cardstock: Pure Luxury Ivory (Gina K. Designs); Perfect Plum (SU); scrap from Kioshi 6″ x 6″ paper pad (Basic Grey)
Ink: Early Espresso (SU)
Other: stitched rectangle dies (Lawn Fawn); flower (Prima); brad (Recollections)

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

Despite the cheeriness of the colors, I seem to have a hard time working with both Bermuda Bay and Calypso Coral whenever they come up separately in our challenges – so having them together had me puzzled for a while.  I noticed that the current Paper Players challenge is to use birds on a clean and simple card, so I finally decided that the Bermuda Bay and Pool Party could work together to color this bird image I haven’t used yet.  After I stamped the bird on the focal panel, I covered it with a mask and then stenciled blocks in the coral color for a background.  The stamps and the stencil were purchased together as a set.  The blocks should fit the geometric challenge currently going on at AAA Cards.  After I peeled off the mask, I colored the bird with Copics and added in a speech balloon for the sentiment.  I trimmed the bottom corner to mimic the shape of the bird’s body, and mounted the focal panel to a Bermuda Bay card base.

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Now it’s your turn to create a clean and simple styled card using these colors, and share it with us at the CC&S site!  You have until 6:00 p.m. Eastern time Monday, June 25 to link your card.  We hope you’ll join us!

Supplies:
Stamps: THMM108 (Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous); A Birdie Told Me (Lawn Fawn)
Cardstock: Bermuda Bay (Stampin’ Up); Pure Luxury Ivory (Gina K. Designs)
Ink: Calypso Coral (SU); Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Other: markers (Copic); corner rounder (EK Success); THMM108 stencil (Tim Holtz); sponge dauber

Hello hello!  I hope the month of June has gotten off to a good start for you.  As usual at CAS Colours & Sketches, we start off the month with a color challenge.  Our challenge hostess, Wei, has chosen some bright and cheery colors for us.

It’s been a while since I’ve played along at CAS(E) this Sketch! but I liked the simplicity of this week’s sketch.  I decided to use dies rather than stamps to create my focal point.  After I cut the “lines” of the rose from pumpkin colored cardstock, I attached the die cut to a scrap of bright pink cardstock and then fussy cut around it to get my rose blossom.  I originally planned to attach the small scalloped rectangle directly to the card base, and stacked it with an extra rectangle underneath to give it more dimension and definition.  But the card still seemed too plain, so I decided to add a pop of pink underneath it.  The sentiment comes from one of my oldest stamp sets and is stamped in green ink to match the leaves.  That makes this another birthday card for the challenge at AAA Cards.

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Be sure to stop by the CAS Colours & Sketches blog to see what the rest of the Design Team has created!  Then make your own card using the challenge colors and share it via the linky tool by 6:00 p.m. Eastern time Monday, June 11.  We’d love to have you join us!

Supplies:
Stamp: All Occasions (Stampin’ Up)
Cardstock: Melon Mambo, Pumpkin Pie, Garden Green (SU); Solar White and Solar White textured (Neenah)
Ink: Garden Green (SU)
Other: Swirly Scribbles dies (SU); Classic Rectangles Scalloped Nestabilities die (Spellbinders)

Hello!  It’s color challenge week at CAS Colours & Sketches and we have a bright and cheery color combo to work with.

This color combination seemed pretty gender neutral to me so I decided to use it for a birthday card that I can donate to Send a Smile 4 Kids.  The current challenges at AAA Cards and Less is More seemed interesting, so I’ve combined them with the CC&S challenge.  I started off by working with scrap paper to create a mask that divided my card into thirds on a diagonal.  I put the mask in place on my card front and centered a stencil in it.  Then I masked off portions of the stencil with washi tape so I could brush ink in the three challenge colors, keeping the colors separated from each other.  Once I got the colors all done, I removed the masks and stamped the sentiment with black ink.  The card still looked like something was missing, so I scored a trio of lines both above and below the inked portion of the card.

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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, March 26, 2018.  Thanks for stopping by today!

Supplies:
Stamp: So Much to Say (Lawn Fawn)
Cardstock: Pure Luxury Pure Ivory (Gina K. Designs)
Ink: Bermuda Bay, Rose Red, Pumpkin Pie (Stampin’ Up); Onyx Black (VersaFine)
Other: Fresh Dots Small stencil (Dylusions); stencil brushes (Claritystamp)

Hello there!  This month it’s my turn to create the color combinations and sketches for the challenges at CAS Colours & Sketches! I’m excited about it, and I hope you’ll join in and share your artwork with us!

For this week’s color challenge, I decided to put an updated spin on a card I made back in 2007, before I had a blog.  (It’s a little embarrassing to admit that the link is for a scan of the card, because this also was before I started using a camera to take photos of my cards!)  I’ve swapped out the colors used on that card for colors that are currently offered by Stampin’ Up.  Of course, as with all of our CC&S challenges, you don’t need to use Stampin’ Up products – we just use their color names as a point of reference.

I decided to use the current sketch from CAS(E) this Sketch! for the layout of my card.  Instead of putting the sentiment on its own strip, I split the focal panel and stamped the sentiment in the gap, directly on the card base.  I used a few pieces of scrap cardstock as shims to give a little dimension to the white panels.  To get the two-tone effect on the blossoms, I inked the stamp with the lighter pink first, and then sponged some of the darker pink ink onto the stamp, before pressing the stamp on the cardstock.

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Valentines and love are popular challenge themes going on right now, so I’m entering this card at AAA Cards, The Paper Players, and Cards in Envy, too.

So – if you need further inspiration for the CAS Colours & Sketches challenge, go see what the rest of the design team has made!  Then create your own clean and simple card using this week’s colors, and link it to the challenge blog by 6:00 p.m. Eastern time Monday, February 12.  We’d love to see what you can do!

Edited on February 11, 2017 to add:  Thank you to the team at CAS(E) this Sketch! for naming my card as an honorable mention!  What an awesome way to start my week!

All supplies for this card, except the white cardstock, are from Stampin’ Up.
Stamps: Spring Garden, Short & Sweet
Cardstock: Solar White (Neenah); Powder Pink
Ink: Powder Pink, Berry Burst, Wild Wasabi

Hello there!  It’s time for another challenge at CAS Colours & Sketches and this time we have a very simple sketch for you to try.

After some mental debate over whether to make a birthday card or a holiday card, I finally decided on holiday.  I used one of my newest dies to cut the word “merry” from shiny gold cardstock.  Using the die to help with placement, I stamped “& bright” with gold ink and heat embossed it.  It didn’t turn out quite as shiny as I’d hoped; I think the embossing powder is going old and stale.  Anyway, I knew I wanted to use some festive red and green for the background.  I played around with a couple different ideas before settling on this partial starburst pattern.  I opted not to continue the starburst around the entire card base in order to keep the card more clean and simple in style.  The sentiment panel is attached with dimensional adhesive to give it more actual and visual separation from the card base.

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sketch 251

I’m entering my card into two additional challenges:  Less is More, and AAA Cards.

I had a furry “helper” supervise me while I was photographing the card.  LOL

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What will you create with this sketch?  Share your work with us at the CAS Colours & Sketches site by 7:00 p.m. Eastern time Monday, December 4.  Be sure to check out what the other design team members have made, too!  Thanks for stopping by today!

Supplies:
Stamps: All Occasion Sentiments #4 (Uniko)
Cardstock: Solar White (Neenah); Real Red, Gumball Green (Stampin’ Up)
Ink: gold pigment (ColorBox)
Other: Merry Script die (Mama Elephant); gold detail embossing powder, dimensionals (SU)

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