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)

Hello!  After taking off for a couple of weeks, I’m trying to get back in the crafting groove again by combining this week’s CAS Colours & Sketches sketch challenge with last week’s CC&S color challenge.  I’ve turned the sketch on its side.  Otherwise the card is pretty straightforward, so I’ll just skip the chitchat and share the card:

I hope you’ll check out what the rest of the design team and our October guest designer have made with this sketch, and then make a card of your own with it.  You have until 6:00 p.m. Eastern U.S. time Monday, October 14 to share your card on the challenge site.  Thanks for stopping by today!

Supplies:
Stamps: Party Koala, Party Animal (Lawn Fawn)
Cardstock: Mint Macaron (Stampin’ Up); Pure Luxury White (Gina K. Designs)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Other: markers (Copic)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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!  It’s the second Tuesday of the month, which means it’s sketch challenge time at CAS Colours & Sketches.  Other shapes can be substituted for the sunshine element drawn on the sketch, but we would like for you to keep the triangular areas as triangles.

I’ve flipped the sketch mirror image for my card because I wanted to use this cute bunny stamp and he looked better facing the opposite direction from the way the sketch was drawn.  I chose some designer paper that had some neutral colors in it that would be easy to match to the base cardstock and to color for the bunny.  I stamped the bunny on a scrap of white cardstock, colored him, cut him out, and attached him to the card with dimensional adhesive so the card wouldn’t feel quite so flat.

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, May 20 to link your card at the challenge site.

Supplies:
Stamps: My Silly Valentine (Lawn Fawn)
Cardstock: Sahara Sand (Stampin’ Up); Solar White (Neenah); designer paper from Papyrus 6″ x 6″ paper pad (Basic Grey)
Ink: Onyx Black (VersaFine)
Other: Premier colored pencil (Prismacolor); odorless mineral spirits (Gamsol); dimensionals (Stampin’ Up)

Hello hello!  It’s Timeless Tuesday at CAS Colours and Sketches, where we have a double challenge for you!  This week we’d like you to create a card using the provided color palette and sketch.

I decided to use the sky blue in the color combination as a sky, but I didn’t want to use plain cardstock, so I turned to my patterned papers and chose a bitty polka-dot design.  For the other two colors, I stamped two birds onto a scrap of white cardstock and colored each bird a different color.  I stamped a line for the birds to “perch” upon and drew in their legs, because fussy cutting around the legs is too fussy for me, LOL.  I also stamped the sentiment balloon on a scrap of cardstock and fussy cut that to add to the sketch.  Because of the way I positioned the speech balloon, I’ve actually used a “flipped upside down” version of the sketch.  I gave the birds a little dimension by adding a couple of scrap cardstock shims beneath them before gluing them into place on the card.

Be sure to go see what the rest of the CC&S Design Team has made for this challenge!  Then create a card of your own and share it with us via the linky tool on the CC&S site.  You have until 6:00 p.m. Eastern time Monday, May 6 to link your card.  We hope you’ll join in the fun and creativity!  Thanks for stopping by today.

Supplies:
Stamps: Feathered Friends [for Simon Says Stamp], Chit Chat (Lawn Fawn)
Cardstock: Solar White (Neenah); Soft Sky Prints designer series paper (Stampin’ Up)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Other: markers (Copic); petite oval Nestabilities die (Spellbinders)

Another Tuesday, another CAS Colours & Sketches challenge!  🙂  This week we have a take on some bright primary colors.

I tossed a few ideas around in my head, looked through my computer files at cards I made in the past, and checked out a few other current challenges before deciding what to do for my card this week.  It ended up being a mashup of this week’s CAS(E) this Sketch! challenge, squashed into a landscape-oriented rectangle, and a card I’d made in 2012.  I used the same stamps I’d used on my previous card and fit them into the CTS sketch, using the CC&S colors.  Once I got it all figured out, the card came together pretty easily.  It’s hard to tell in the photo, but the red block of cardstock at the top of the card has a slight linen texture.

 

Be sure to check out what the rest of the CC&S Design Team and our Guest Designer have made with these colors!  Then create a card of your own and link it to the CC&S site by 6:00 p.m. Eastern time Monday, April 22, 2019.  We’d love to have you join us!  Thanks for stopping by today!

Supplies:
Stamps: You’ve Got Mail, Bows and Holly, My Silly Valentine, Love ‘n Breakfast (Lawn Fawn)
Cardstock: Crushed Curry, Real Red Core’dinations (Stampin’ Up); Pure Luxury White (Gina K. Designs)
Ink: Onyx Black (VersaFine); Brilliant Blue (SU)
Other: markers (Copic)

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

I’ll admit my card didn’t turn out exactly the way I’d envisioned it in my mind, but I suppose it’s okay and that the sketch can be seen easily enough in it.  I deviated a bit from the simple curved lines, turning the bottom one into ground for my two animal friends, and turning the top one into a cloud-shaped speech balloon.  I moved the sentiment up into the speech balloon, but I think the animals help to fill in the middle area where the sentiment is indicated on the sketch.  I did get to use up some scraps for this card – in fact, even the card base was the leftover piece remaining in my cardstock folder from an earlier card.

And there ya have it.  We’d love to have you join in our challenge at CC&S!  You have until 6:00 p.m. Eastern time Monday, March 4 to link your card at the challenge site.  Thanks for visiting today!

Supplies:
Stamps: Furry Friends (Avery Elle); So Much to Say (Lawn Fawn)
Cardstock: Soft Sky (Stampin’ Up); Cryogen White (Curious Metallic); scraps from Ambrosia and Green at Heart 6″ x 6″ paper pads (Basic Grey)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Other: Speech Trio die, Landscape Trio die (Mama Elephant)

Hello!  It’s the second Tuesday of the month, which means it’s sketch challenge time at CAS Colours & Sketches.  Although the sketch is drawn up with hearts that seem perfect for Valentine’s Day, any shapes can be used.

I’ve decided to break from the Valentine theme and create a birthday card.  I also used the mirror-image of the sketch, for no particular reason other than to be a little different.  The butterflies are stamped on shimmery cardstock, which doesn’t show too much in the photo but adds a sparkly touch in real life.  The sentiment is die cut from a scrap of cardstock in the same color as the card base.

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, February 18 to link your card at the challenge site.

Supplies:
Stamps: Watercolor Wings, Spring Garden, Small Sayings (Stampin’ Up)
Cardstock: Orchid Opulence (SU); Cryogen White (Curious Metallic)
Ink: Pale Plum, Orchid Opulence, Soft Suede (SU)
Other: Happy Birthday Border die (Lawn Fawn)

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