Hello!  It’s definitely September here in Virginia – we’re having high temperatures in the 90s one day, and in the 70s the next.  Gotta love the weather when it’s trying to be Autumn!

If you’ve been following along here on my blog since the beginning of 2013, you know that it’s always Christmas time at 52 {Christmas} Card Throwdown!  I’ve been enjoying their weekly challenges this year and building up a supply of Christmas cards for Operation Write Home, so that our military men and women stationed overseas can have cards to send home to their loved ones.  Today’s card bears a sentiment that I think is especially suitable for this purpose.

Our challenge this week is to use the colors red, white and kraft.  I decided to use the current card layout from Seize the Sketch, change the hexagon shapes to hearts, and make a Christmasy love card.  It doesn’t show well in the photo, but the hearts are cut from textured cardstock.  In the end, it turned out to be a pretty clean and simple card.

The rest of the 52{C}CT design team has come up with some really super cards this week, so be sure to check them out at the website!  We hope you’ll make a card with this color combo and share it with us at the site.  You have until 1:00 pm eastern time Friday, September 20 to link your card.

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Supplies:
Stamps: Christmas Tags (Sweet ‘n Sassy Stamps)
Cardstock: Pure Luxury White (Gina K. Designs); Real Red, Kraft, Real Red Core’dinations, Whisper White textured (Stampin’ Up)
Ink: Real Red (SU)
Other: Hearts die (SNSS); Cherry twine (Really Reasonable Ribbon)

I’ve combined this week’s Dynamic Duos color challenge, Pool Party and Basic Black, with the current Seize the Sketch layout for today’s card.  I let some designer paper and seam binding help me out with the Pool Party part of the color combo.  I like this sketch because it can be kept clean and simple, layered a bit like I’ve done it, or really dressed up with embellishments.  Gotta love versatility!

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All supplies for this card are from Stampin’ Up.
Stamps: One of a Kind, Short & Sweet
Cardstock: Basic Black, Very Vanilla, Spice Cake designer series paper
Ink: Pool Party, Basic Black
Other: Large Scallop Edgelits die, Pool Party seam binding, black brad, Boho Blossoms punch

Hello!  Holy cow, this week has gone by quickly!  It’s Thursday again, which means it’s time for a new challenge at CAS – Colours and Sketches.

Since it’s the third Thursday of the month, we have a color challenge this time.  Kylie has chosen the colors Real Red, Bashful Blue, and Crumb Cake.  After a couple of false starts, I finally settled down on a Christmas theme, even though this isn’t a typical color combination for the holidays.  I guess I’m still pretty firmly entrenched in Christmas mode for Operation Write Home.  I decided to give the layout from Seize the Sketch another try.  I had to use the mirror image of the sketch so the little teddy bear wouldn’t seem to be looking off the edge of the card.   I stamped the bear and his bow on scraps of cardstock, fussy cut them, and then glued the bow onto the bear.  I wanted to give him just a little bit of “lift” from the card, so he’s raised up from the card front with a cardstock shim.  Even though this isn’t one of my favorite cards ever, I do like it a lot better than last week’s attempt at this sketch.

I’m also entering this card into this week’s ‘ABC’ Challenge.  Their theme this week is “SIP – Stamps, Ink, Paper”.

Now it’s your turn to go see what the rest of the design team has created, and show us what you can do with these colors.  Although Stampin’ Up color names are listed for reference, you may use any other company’s products that are similar in color.  Share your work via the linky tool on the CAS – Colours and Sketches blog by noon eastern time on August 21.  Thanks for stopping by today!

Supplies:
Stamps: Pa-Rum-Pa-Pum-Pum, Belinda’s Borders (Lawn Fawn)
Cardstock: Kraft, Real Red, Bashful Blue (Stampin’ Up)
Ink: Real Red (SU); Tuxedo Black (Memento)

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