Hello there!  After taking a little break last week, my creativity is back in the saddle again for this week’s challenge at CAS Colours & Sketches.  We have a sketch to follow this week.

I originally planned to make another Easter card that I could donate to Send a Smile 4 Kids, but none of my Easter stamps seemed to fit the sketch very well.  As I was browsing through my stamps I rediscovered a set of fruit and vegetable stamps I hadn’t used in a long time.  The beet seemed like it would work with the sketch, if I flipped the sketch mirror-image.  So I decided to roll with that idea.  For the circular element, I thought about using a different color, or even a patterned paper, but in the end I went a much more CAS route by piercing the circular shape on the card panel.  Then I stamped the beet and the sentiment, and I colored the sentiment with colored pencils blended with odorless mineral spirits.  I attached the panel to a card base that matches the colored pencil better in real life than the photo makes it look.

I’m going to enter this into the current AAA Cards challenge.  I concede that the corner idea might be a bit of a stretch, but since the last time I used this stamp set was 2015 I think I’ve gotten the twist of using older supplies.

 

What will you do with this sketch?  There are so many possibilities!  Be sure to go see what the rest of the Design Team has made.  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, March 2.  Thank you for stopping by today!  Comments are always welcome and appreciated!

Supplies:
Stamps: Punny Fruits & Veggies (Sweet ‘n Sassy Stamps)
Cardstock: Berry Burst (Stampin’ Up); Solar White (Neenah)
Ink: Onyx Black (VersaFine)
Other: Premier colored pencils (Prismacolor); odorless mineral spirits (Gamsol); Paper Piercing Pack Essentials (SU); piercing tool

Hello there!  It’s time for the first CAS Colours & Sketches sketch challenge for the month of February.  Any shapes can be used in place of the hearts on the sketch.

I don’t need to make any more valentines this year, so I decided to make a birthday card that I can donate to Send a Smile 4 Kids.  I kept the colors fairly neutral so the card could be used for either a boy or a girl.  The card base has a very subtle linen texture, which shows up much better in person than in photos and gives the card a little extra visual interest.  I used Copics to color the birdie, the bear, his hat, and his present; all those elements were fussy cut and glued into place on the card.  I flipped the sketch mirror image because the bear looked better facing toward the inside of the card front rather than looking off the edge.

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, February 17.  Be sure to check out what the other design team members have made, too!  Thanks for stopping by today!

Supplies:
Stamps: Party Animals, Happy Happy Happy (Lawn Fawn)
Cardstock: Barely Banana textured, Certainly Celery (Stampin’ Up); Solar White (Neenah)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Other: markers (Copic)

Hello there!  It’s time for a new month of challenges at CAS Colours & Sketches.  Our host this time is Samantha and she has some fun ideas in store for us!  As always, we start off the month with a color challenge.

I opted to get into February’s Valentine season for my card, using a die I bought a few weeks ago.  I started by using the die along the edge of a card front cut from shimmery cardstock.  I was careful to keep all the hearts that were cut so that I could use markers to color them in the pink and red of the challenge combo.  I added more layers of color to some of them to give some depth to them.  I stamped the sentiment on the card front, opting not to heat emboss it so it would better match the metallic silver cardstock I attached to the edge of a pink card base.  I added a shim of the pink cardstock to the other side of the card to make up the difference in layers before carefully attaching the white card front into place.  Then I glued the colored hearts back into place.

The card layout is more or less based on last week’s CC&S sketch challenge.  I didn’t put a ruler to it to measure it for exactness, but I think it’s close enough to count for the current challenge at AAA Cards.  It definitely includes their optional twist!

I just realized my card also fits the current CASology challenge so I’m going to enter it there, 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 10.  We’d love to have you join us!  Thanks for stopping by today.

Supplies:
Stamps: Happy Everything (Lawn Fawn)
Cardstock: Flirty Flamingo, Metallic Silver (Stampin’ Up); Cryogen White (Curious Metallic)
Ink: Silver (ColorBox)
Other: Cascading Hearts Border die (Technique Tuesday); markers (Copic)

We have an interesting sketch for you to try this week at CAS Colours & Sketches!  I’m looking forward to seeing what our challenge participants make with it.

The card I’m sharing today is actually my second attempt at this sketch.  I wasn’t pleased with the way my first card turned out, so I went back to the proverbial drawing board.  The shapes coming off of the lower portion made me think of this die.  In the past I’ve used it with a blue sky background, but I wanted something different this time.  I decided to go with a sunrise type of background.  I made the background by scribbling orange and yellow gel sticks on my card base and blending them with a damp paper towel.  I cut the panel with the trees from another piece of cardstock, stamped the sentiment at the bottom, and assembled the panel to the card base.  I like using shimmery white cardstock for this type of card because the gel sticks blend on it nicely and because the shimmer adds kind of a glistening snow effect to the card, but it’s hard to capture the shimmer in photographs.  And yes, I know the snowy effect doesn’t seem to fit in with summertime Father’s Day, but oh well.

Oops.  Now that I’ve put the card right next to the sketch, I see that I left out the border around the panel.  But I think the other sketch elements are pretty obvious in my card.  After how badly my first card turned out, I’m willing to overlook that!

Be sure to check out what the rest of the design team and our guest designer have made.  Then give the sketch a try and share your card at the challenge site.  You have until 6:00 p.m. Eastern U.S. time Monday, February 3 to link your card.  Thanks for stopping by today!

Supplies:
Stamps: Happy Happy Happy (Lawn Fawn)
Cardstock: Cryogen White (Curious Metallic)
Ink: Only Orange (Stampin’ Up)
Other: gel sticks (Faber Castell); Wide Open Spaces die (Memory Box)

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

The colors initially spoke nature and flowers to me, and when I was starting to work on my card yesterday, I noticed that several of my CC&S design teammates had used floral images for their cards.  Then I felt like I wanted to go with something different to add some variety to the mix.  I saw that the AAA Challenge was to create a one layer card with an optional twist of including a polar animal.  Even though one layer cards are not my favorite (because there’s nowhere to hide any mistakes!) I decided I’d try combining the challenges.  Since I don’t own any ink or cardstock in the challenge colors, I knew I’d have to do some coloring with either markers or colored pencils in similar colors.  I hadn’t used this polar bear image for a while, but it’s a great image to color and it fit into the AAA challenge twist.  My original thought was to use all three colors on the scarf, but then I realized the blue would make a nice sky color for the background.  Using colored pencils blended with odorless mineral spirits means no color bleed through to the inside of the card (another reason why I shy away from one layer cards).  The sentiment comes from a different stamp set that I haven’t used in years.  I chose it because it filled out the space on the card better than any of the sentiments in the set with the image.  I rounded the bottom corner for two reasons – to give a little extra visual interest following the curve of the image, and to trim off a corner of the cardstock that had gotten slightly bent.

 

After browsing around some more challenge blogs, I believe this card also works for the current challenges at Less is More and Addicted to CAS.

                                                         

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, January 27.  Thanks for stopping by today!

Supplies:
Stamps: Cozy Friends (Sweet ‘n Sassy Stamps); Year Round Sentiments (Hero Arts)
Cardstock: Solar White (Neenah)
Ink: Onyx Black (VersaFine)
Other: Premier colored pencils (Prismacolor); odorless mineral spirits (Gamsol); corner rounder punch (EK Success)

As usual for me in January, I start out the year thinking that I’m going to join in more cardmaking challenges throughout the year like I used to, and then something happens that takes the proverbial wind out of my sails.  Oh well.  Anyway, here’s this year’s first attempt at this endeavor.

I’ve combined the sketch from Freshly Made Sketches with the color scheme provided by The Paper Players.  I felt like the tulip followed the lines of the mirror image of the sketch pretty well, and I stamped it using the colors from the color challenge.  Unfortunately, my Poppy Parade ink pad wasn’t as inky as I thought, and that’s the darkest I could get that color ink to work with just one impression from the stamp.  (I needed to get the card in the mail so I didn’t take the time to re-ink the ink pad or do multiple impressions with the stamp.)  It’s not one of my best cards but I really do like the sketch.

 

Thanks for stopping by today! Comments are always welcome and appreciated!

Edited on January 24, 2020 to add:  Thank you to Claire at The Paper Players for choosing my card as “A Cut Above”!  What an awesome surprise!

 

Supplies:
Stamps: Terrific Tulips (Stampin’ Up); Everyday Messages (Stampendous)
Cardstock: Pure Luxury Ivory (Gina K. Designs); Rich Razzleberry (SU)
Ink: Old Olive, Poppy Parade, Rich Razzleberry (SU)
Other: Custom Panels die (Avery Elle)

Hello there!  January seems to be flying by; it’s hard to believe the month is nearly half over!

It’s sketch challenge week at CAS Colours & Sketches, and we have a nice little one for you this time.  The scrap of designer paper I used for one of the rectangular elements determined the color scheme for my card.  This little koala makes me smile every time I use this stamp set!  The hat and present come from a different stamp set.  I stamped them onto a scrap of white cardstock, colored them, fussy cut them, and glued them into place.

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, January 20.  Thanks for stopping by today!

Supplies:
Stamps: Party Koala, Party Animal (Lawn Fawn)
Cardstock: Crumb Cake, Cherry Cobbler, Season of Style designer series paper (Stampin’ Up); Solar White (Neenah)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Other: markers (Copic)

Hello!  The design team from CAS Colours & Sketches is back from holiday break and ready to begin another year of fun clean and simple challenges!

We’re starting off 2020 with a color scheme for you to consider when designing your card.  I’ve decided to fast-forward to Easter and used that for the theme of my card.  Even though I don’t typically send Easter cards, I know some people do, and I like to send a few to Send a Smile 4 Kids.  I’ve stamped a little scene following the current sketch challenge going on at AAA Cards.  The tulips are stamped directly on the card base.  I stamped the eggs and bunny on scrap pieces of cardstock and fussy cut them.  The eggs are glued directly onto the card base, but the bunny is popped up with dimensional adhesive.  The images were colored with colored pencils blended with Gamsol.  I like that this coloring method doesn’t bleed into the cardstock, so it’s good for coloring directly onto the card base.  I rounded the bottom corners of the card to give the card a little extra interest that ties in with the shape of the eggs.

Be sure to stop by the challenge blog and welcome our newest Design Team members, Julie and Shannon!  Then create your own card using these colors, and link it to the challenge site by 6:00 p.m. Eastern time Monday, January 13.  We’d love to have you join us!  Thanks for stopping by today.

Supplies:
Stamps: Happy Easter (Lawn Fawn); Lucky You (Lizzie Anne Designs)
Cardstock: Solar White (Neenah)
Ink: Onyx Black (VersaFine)
Other: Premier colored pencils (Prismacolor); odorless mineral spirits (Gamsol); corner rounder punch (Stampin’ Up)

Hello there!  We’re getting into the holiday spirit at CAS Colours & Sketches this week and closing out the year with a festive challenge.  This week we’d like for you to choose one of our challenges from 2019 and make a seasonal card with it.  You can pick from our color challenges, our sketch challenges, or our double challenges.  Or, if you want to kick things up a notch, you could combine one of our sketch challenges with one of our color challenges and come up with your own double challenge!

The card I’ve made combines two of our recent challenges.  I actually had this idea in mind for sketch challenge #347, but wasn’t able to pull it all together before that challenge went live.  I’ve turned the sketch on its side and used the colors from challenge #350 to create a holiday card.  The glittery gold star didn’t seem like enough gold at first and I was very tempted to add some brads as ornaments on the tree.  But I decided to keep things simple and leave them off.

Which of our CC&S challenges from 2019 will you use?  You can check all of them out on the CAS Colours & Sketches blog using the tabs below our blog header.  Be sure to see what the rest of the design team has made, too!  Then link your card to the challenge site by 6:00 p.m. Eastern time Monday, December 16.  We’d love to see what you come up with!  Thanks for stopping by today.

Supplies:
Stamps: Season of Joy, More Merry Messages (Stampin’ Up)
Cardstock: Solar White (Neenah); Cherry Cobbler (SU)
Ink: Cherry Cobbler, Emerald Envy, Chocolate Chip (SU)
Other: diamond nesting die (Dies Direct); gold star brad (Recollections)

Hello hello!  At CAS Colours & Sketches, we’re celebrating our challenge blog’s 7th birthday this week with challenge #350!  To thank our challenge participants for helping us to reach this milestone, some of our CC&S Design Team members are offering up prizes from stamp companies Concord & 9th, My Favorite Things, Picket Fence Studios, Unity Stamp Company, and Waffle Flower to five lucky players in this week’s challenge.  You won’t want to miss out on this event!  All the details are at the challenge site.

Our challenge this week features some festive colors.  To be honest, I chose them with the thought that it would be easy for the team and our participants to use them for holiday cards.  If you check out the design team’s cards, you’ll see that’s exactly what happened!  🙂  For my card, I used a die to cut star-shaped ornaments from cardstock in the three challenge colors.  The die I chose created lots of little parts, which made it easy to make multiple cards using the frames from the gold stars and the little pieces of deep red and green to fill in the design.  Some of the pieces were pretty tiny so I opted not to fill those back in.  I think the white left there provides some nice contrast and adds to the clean and simple look.  It doesn’t really show in the photo, but I used shimmery white cardstock for the focal panel and the card base, which gives the card a nice hint of sparkle in real life.  A gold die-cut sentiment finishes off the card.

A big hug of appreciation goes out to all of my CC&S Design Team members and our challenge participants for making our blog such a wonderful gathering place for fun and creativity!  The rest of the team and I would love to see what you can create with this week’s colors, and to have you join in celebrating with us!  Share your card at the CC&S website by 6:00 p.m. Eastern time Monday, December 9.  We hope you’ll continue to join in our challenges!  Thanks for stopping by here today.

Supplies:
Cardstock: Shimmery White, Gold Foil, Cherry Cobbler, Garden Green (Stampin’ Up)
Dies: Crystal Ornaments (Poppystamps); Word Set 3 – Holiday (Karen Burniston)

Hello, and Happy Thanksgiving to all my American visitors!  As usual on Tuesdays, there’s a new challenge being presented at CAS Colours & Sketches.  This week it’s a sketch challenge.

In my head, I tossed around a few different ideas for the shapes behind the rectangular area, but I kept being drawn to leaves.  I guess I was feeling that I hadn’t made many cards for the fall season.  I picked out three different colors of cardstock that I thought were suitable for fall leaves and die cut three differently shaped leaves from them.  I arranged them onto the card base and glued them into place.  I stamped a simple sentiment on a scrap of the same cardstock I used for the card base and attached that over the leaves with dimensional adhesive.  Even though the card came together pretty quickly and easily, I don’t feel it’s one of my better ones.  I probably should’ve sponged some ink, or made watercolor washes and cut the leaves from them, to give a little more character and depth to the leaves.  Oh well.  It’s definitely not the worst of my cards!

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, December 2.  Be sure to check out what the other design team members have made, too!  Thanks for stopping by today!

Supplies:
Stamps: Happy Happy Happy (Lawn Fawn)
Cardstock: Naturals Ivory, Dusty Durango, Marigold Morning, Riding Hood Red (Stampin’ Up)
Ink: Dusty Durango (SU)
Other: Stitched Leaves dies (LF); dimensionals (SU)

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

CAS Colours & Sketches #347

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Nov 122019

Hello there!  It’s sketch challenge week at CAS Colours & Sketches.  Normally we don’t mind when our participants take a few liberties with our sketches, so long as the sketch elements can still be easily identified; however, this week we hope that the angular shape is retained in the challenge submissions.

I felt like I wanted to make some sort of little scene in the diamond shape.  I had a few extra backgrounds from when I made my family’s Christmas cards a few years ago, so I decided to use one of them.  I die cut it into the diamond shape and added some shimmery paint “snowflakes”.  (Or maybe they are stars in the sky.  I haven’t decided.)  I die cut a little scene of trees and snowy ground from another piece of cardstock and glued it into place once the shimmery paint had dried.  The card base is made of the same shimmery white cardstock used for all the other card elements.  After stamping a simple sentiment and attaching the diamond panel to the card front, the card was done.

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, November 18. Be sure to check out what the other design team members have made, too! Thanks for stopping by today!

Supplies:
Stamp: Holiday Baubles (Sweet ‘n Sassy Stamps)
Cardstock: Cryogen White (Curious Metallic)
Ink: Pacific Point (Stampin’ Up)
Other: gel sticks (Faber Castell); diamond nesting die (Dies Direct); Wide Open Spaces die (Memory Box); Frost White shimmer ink (Tsukineko)

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!  October has five Tuesdays, so that means it’s Timeless Tuesday double challenge week at CAS Colours & SketchesKaren and I worked together to come up with this week’s challenge – she chose some of Stampin’ Up’s retired colors, and I picked a previous CC&S sketch to use with them.  Although we use Stampin’ Up color names for reference, you may use any companies’ products to make your card, so long as you match the colors closely.  You’re also welcome to turn the sketch on its side or flip it mirror-image.

The colors seemed to suggest “winter” to me, so I pulled out my favorite snowman stamp and colored his hat and scarf using two of the colors.  I added some snowflakes around him in the third color.  I used the matching color cardstocks for the card base and the sketch elements.  I die cut a snowflake from the darker blue cardstock for the circular element and covered it with some Wink of Stella pen to give it sparkle.  When I attached it to the banner element, something about it just didn’t look right to me, so I die cut a smaller snowflake from shimmery white cardstock and attached it on top of the blue one.  That looked better, but I felt it was still missing something, so I topped it off with a rhinestone in the center.  That did the trick!

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 clean and simple styled card to our challenge post!  You have until 6:00 p.m. Eastern time Monday, November 4 to share your card with us.  We’d love to see what you can do with our double challenge!  Thanks for stopping by today.

Supplies:
Stamps: Be Jolly (Avery Elle); Merry Messages (Lawn Fawn)
Cardstock: Sweet Sugarplum, Bashful Blue, Dapper Denim, Shimmery White (Stampin’ Up); Solar White (Neenah)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento); Bashful Blue (SU)
Other: markers (Copic); Wink of Stella pen (Zig); Stitched Snowflakes dies (Lawn Fawn); rhinestone (SU)

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