Hello!  Today starts sketch challenge week at CAS Colours & Sketches and YoonYoung has drawn up a very nice clean and simple one for us!

When I first saw the sketch, I thought it would make a good opportunity to use some designer paper.  I have a huge variety of papers to choose from, so to narrow it down, I took a look at some of my other favorite challenge blogs and saw that The Paper Players is having a theme challenge to create masculine birthday cards.  I picked an argyle print from, I must admit, one of my very oldest packs of designer paper.  I knew this pattern would allow for a sentiment to still be easily read.  The difficult thing about using this pattern is making sure to line it up so that it’s centered on the card front, but after some careful measuring, I think I’ve accomplished that.  I also took the liberty of turning the sketch 180° so that the wider rectangular portion is at the top of the card, and I let the sentiment straddle the line dividing the two parts of the sketch.

 

 

So, there you have it!  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 14. 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: Barely Banana, Spring Flowers designer paper (Stampin’ Up)
Ink: Chocolate Chip (SU)

Hello there!  We have a sketch challenge opening up today at CAS Colours & Sketches.

I took a bit of liberty with the sketch by flipping it mirror image and by changing the shapes from octagons to hexagons and enlarging one of them.  I originally planned to use die-cut hexagons but for some reason that didn’t seem CAS enough to me.  So I used the cardstock from which I’d cut them as stencils and brushed ink into place on the main card panel.  I glued the die-cut snowflakes over the stenciled hexagons.  The larger snowflake was die-cut twice and stacked for a little more dimension.  I wasn’t sure what sentiment I wanted to use so I decided to just leave one off.  I might add one later, but really there’s no reason the card *needs* one.  The card still seemed a little plain, so I went digging through my embellishments and found a half-pearl in just the right color and size to adorn the largest snowflake.

I hope you’ll go see what the rest of the CC&S design team and our August guest designer have done with this sketch. Then make a card of your own and share it with us by 6:00 p.m. Eastern time Monday, August 17. Thanks for stopping by today!

Supplies:
Stamps: none
Cardstock: Soft Sky (Stampin’ Up); Curious White (Cryogen)
Ink: Soft Sky (SU)
Other: Stitched Snowflakes dies (Lawn Fawn); hexagon Nestabilities dies (Spellbinders); half pearl (Basic Grey)

Hello there!  It’s time for the last CAS Colours & Sketches sketch challenge for the month of July.  If you go to the challenge site and check out the design teams’ sample cards, you’ll see that we’ve represented the circular element of the sketch in a lot of different ways!

I had “Christmas in July” in the back of my mind, I think, because I’ve chosen to make a Christmas card.  I used one of my favorite snowflake dies to cut a snowflake from shimmery cardstock for the circular element.  I paired a snowflake print patterned paper with a scrap of very subtly patterned paper in a coordinating color for the horizontal striped part of the sketch.  I decided to stamp the sentiment with grey ink because black seemed like it would contrast too harshly with the soft minty colors.  I’ve used linen textured cardstock for the card base so it wouldn’t look quite so plain, but I’m not sure how well that shows in the photo.  I toyed with the idea of adding a rhinestone to the center of the snowflake but in the end decided to leave it as it was.

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, August 3.  Thanks for stopping by today!

Supplies:
Stamp: Merry Messages (Lawn Fawn)
Cardstock: Solar White Classic Linen (Neenah); Cryogen White (Curious Metallic); patterned papers from Aspen Frost 6″ x 6″ paper pad (Basic Grey)
Ink: Going Gray (Stampin’ Up)
Other: Stitched Snowflake die (Lawn Fawn)

Hello there!  We have a sketch challenge for you this week at CAS Colours & Sketches, and I think it’s a good one for letting our participants’ creativity shine.  The main element of the sketch is a circle, but the other elements can be any shape.

I’ve squashed the sketch into a landscape-oriented rectangle and taken the liberty of using a big, bold sentiment for the main image, with coordinating elements for the smaller shapes.  I stamped the sentiment on designer paper before using a die to cut the circle.  The hats were stamped on scraps of the same paper that were more yellow, so I colored the stripes and the polka dots orange.  The colors match better in real life than in the photo.  I used dimensional adhesive to attach the hats to the card.  I don’t often use black for card bases but this time it worked to let the colors pop.

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, July 20. Thanks for stopping by today!

Supplies:
Stamps: Cake & Candles (Avery Elle); Hats Off to You (Lawn Fawn)
Cardstock: Basic Black, Watercolor Wonder designer series paper (Stampin’ Up)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Other: Stitched Circle die (Lawn Fawn)

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’m the challenge host this week.  I have to confess that one reason I chose these colors was because they are based on an old pack of designer paper that I do like, but haven’t managed to completely use yet.  Another reason is that I thought that even though these are retired Stampin’ Up colors, there are current colors that are quite similar to these and can be substituted easily.

I actually started out thinking I’d use a floral patterned paper for my card, but I ended up changing my mind at the last minute.  I turned the sketch on its side for my card.  The sentiment is made of three stamps put together – “happy”, “birthday”, and “to you”.  I used markers to color in the stripes on the “happy”.  The sentiment is popped up from the background with dimensional adhesive.  I decided on the green for the card base to help keep the card more gender neutral, since I don’t know yet who its recipient is going to be.

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, July 6 to link your card. We hope you’ll join in the fun and creativity! Thanks for stopping by today.

All supplies except the stamps are from Stampin’ Up.
Stamps: Happy Happy Happy (Lawn Fawn)
Cardstock: Very Vanilla, Certainly Celery, striped paper from Petal Patch designer series paper
Ink: Close to Cocoa
Other: Certainly Celery, Blush Blossom, and Bashful Blue markers, dimensionals

Hi!  It’s Tuesday, which means it’s time for a new challenge at CAS Colours & Sketches.  This week we have a sketch challenge for you.

I’ve turned the sketch on its side and used die-cut balloons for the circular shapes.  The balloon on the right has a couple of scrap cardstock shims behind it to give it a little dimension.  The sentiment panel is attached with dimensional adhesive to give it some definition from the card base.  It’s hard to tell in the photo, but the card base is linen textured.

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, June 15. Be sure to check out what the other design team members have made, too! Thanks for stopping by today!

Supplies:
Stamps: Happy Everything (Stampin’ Up); Happy Happy Happy (Lawn Fawn)
Cardstock: Solar White Linen, Solar White (Neenah); Basic Black, scraps from Watercolor Wonder designer series paper (SU)
Ink: Crushed Curry (SU)
Other: Party Balloons dies (Lawn Fawn)

Hello!  This week’s color challenge at CAS Colours & Sketches is a little different, but I hope you’ll give it a try!

I’ll admit the colors had me stumped for a good while.  That was probably at least partly because I don’t own any of these actual colors, so I knew I’d have to figure out which colors I do own that are closest to the challenge colors.  Finally I thought I’d try to use them as a background for a large sentiment.  I found an old background block stamp and inked it up, using the lavender color toward the middle of the block, with the reddish-brown color surrounding it, and then the dark teal just on the edges of the stamp.  Then I held the stamp under the mist from a water bottle before stamping it onto white cardstock.  When I picked the stamp up off the cardstock, I learned that over the years, the edges of the stamp have curved in just enough that they barely made an impression on the cardstock.  Ooops.  But I decided to go along with it anyway.  I die cut the word “happy” from the coordinating teal cardstock, attached it to the card front, and stamped the word “birthday” below it.  It still seemed a little too blah so I used a stitched rectangle die to trim the excess cardstock from around the image, and then matted that with the teal cardstock before attaching it to a white card base.

It’s not one of my favorite cards.  It doesn’t have as much white space as I think a clean and simple card should have.  But it isn’t really a “bad” card.  I may try going back to the proverbial drawing board and give these colors another go with some different idea.

How will you use these colors?  Be sure to check out the CC&S blog to see what the rest of the design team and our May guest designer have made.  Once you’ve made your own card, be sure to link it at the challenge post by 6:00 p.m. Eastern time Monday, May 11.  We’d love to have you join us!  Thanks for stopping by today.

Supplies:
Stamps: So Much to Say (Lawn Fawn); Large Straight-Edge Rectangle (Hero Arts)
Cardstock: Solar White (Neenah); Night of Navy (Stampin’ Up)
Ink: Night of Navy, Dusty Durango, Almost Amethyst (SU)
Other: Simply Said Happy die (Avery Elle); Stitched Rectangle die (Lawn Fawn)

Hello there!  I hope you and your family are staying safe and healthy during these uncertain times.   Despite our being under stay-at-home orders, April seems to be flying by.  It’s hard for me 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.  It’s been a while since I made a birthday card so I went with that for my theme.  My panda stamp fit well stamped three times in the rectangular focal panel area.   I wanted to use a stitched rectangle die for that portion of the sketch and it’s a bit smaller than as shown on the sketch, but the idea of the sketch is still very evident.  I chose the colors for the party elements from the scrap of designer paper I used for the background area of the card.  In retrospect I think the card would have felt more balanced (or something like that) if I’d used the designer paper at the bottom of the card, but it’s too late to change that now.  Oh well.

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, April 20.  Thanks for stopping by today!

Supplies:
Stamps:  Party Panda, Party Animal (Lawn Fawn)
Cardstock:  Solar White (Neenah); Cool Caribbean (Stampin’ Up);  scrap from Blush 6″ x 6″ paper pad (Basic Grey)
Ink:  Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Other:  markers (Copic)

Hello!   March 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.

I have to admit that I usually find orange-y colors hard to work with, unless I’m doing something autumnal.  After tossing a few ideas around in my head I finally decided on these cute birdies with a variety of speech balloon sentiments.  At first I was going to arrange the card vertically, like the sketch is drawn, but something about that seemed weird with these stamps so I ended up turning the sketch on its side.

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, April 6 to share your card with us.  We’d love to see what you can do with our double challenge!

Supplies:
Stamps: Chit Chat, A Birdie Told Me, So Much to Say (Lawn Fawn)
Cardstock: Peekaboo Peach, Wild Wasabi, Very Vanilla (Stampin’ Up)
Ink: Wild Wasabi, Pumpkin Pie (SU); Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Other: markers (Copic)

Hello there!  It’s time for another color challenge at CAS Colours & Sketches, and we have some pretty springtime colors for you to work with.

I decided to combine the color challenge with the current sketch at CAS(E) this Sketch! to create an Easter card.  Even though I don’t usually think of Easter as a card-sending holiday, I do like to send a few Easter cards to Send a Smile 4 Kids.  With the current COVID-19 crisis, SAS4K has asked that cardmakers hold off on sending in cards, so this one will have to wait for next year.  Anyway… I chose a subtle floral print for the strip along the right side of the card.  I stamped the eggs on a scrap piece of cardstock, colored them with Copics, and fussy cut them.  After I stamped the sentiment, I glued the eggs into place.  Easy peasy and quick!

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 23. Thanks for stopping by today!

Supplies:
Stamps: Happy Easter (Lawn Fawn); Egg-Cited Cocoa (Sweet ‘n Sassy Stamps)
Cardstock: Solar White (Neenah); Prints Sampler designer series paper (Stampin’ Up)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Other: markers (Copic)

Hello there!  It’s sketch challenge week at CAS Colours & Sketches.

I went the easy route (for me) and did some paper piecing for the images on my card, rather than stamping and coloring.  It was a fun way to use some scraps of designer paper!  After I stamped the kitty, I stamped her head a couple more times, so that I could stack them and give her a little dimension.  After I had everything stamped I realized that the cat bed was actually shorter than the sentiment strip, which is opposite of the way the rectangular elements of the sketch are drawn, but I do think the sketch remains recognizable in my 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, March 16.  Be sure to check out what the other design team members have made, too!  Thanks for stopping by today!

Supplies:
Stamps: Furry Friends (Avery Elle); Meow You Doin’? (Lawn Fawn)
Cardstock: Solar White Classic Linen (Neenah); scraps from Blush 6″ x 6″ paper pad (Basic Grey)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Other: stitched circle die (Lawn Fawn)

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 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)

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