Hello again!  This week at CAS – Colours and Sketches we have a simple little sketch challenge up for the offering.

I’ve stretched the sketch out into a 4.25″ x 5.5″ rectangular card.  I resisted the urge to use cute birdies for a third week in a row, LOL – but I did stick with a cute image.  I’ve combined the sketch challenge with the “Spoonful of Sugar” Hope You Can Cling To challenge at Splitcoaststampers.com, using this ice cream cone for my something sweet.  The ice cream cone is paper pieced.  Although it’s not the most imaginative use of designer paper, it does fit the theme of the current Lawnscaping challenge.  It felt good to use up some scraps!

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I hope you’ll join us at CAS – Colours & Sketches for the sketch challenge, which closes at 1:00 p.m. Eastern time Wednesday, October 15.  I also hope you’ll consider playing along in Hope You Can Cling To – there will be one challenge presented each day of October, and the deadline for participating is noon Central time Friday, November 7.

Supplies:
Stamps: Here’s the Scoop (Lawn Fawn)
Cardstock: Blushing Bride, Very Vanilla textured (Stampin’ Up); designer papers from Blush 6″ x 6″ paper pad (Basic Grey)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Other: corner rounder, dimensionals (SU)

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Hello! Welcome to my stop on the Operation Write Home World Card Making Day Blog Hop! Today we’re celebrating the fun and joy of making cards by sharing cards made for the purpose of sending to our military members stationed overseas, so that they may write to their family and friends back at home. Be sure to check this page of the Operation Write Home website to find out more about exactly what types/themes of cards are needed.

For today’s blog hop, we’ve been asked to create cards with a love theme.  That’s a theme that can be used in so many ways – as a card from a husband to his wife back home, or from a woman to her parents, or from a mom or dad to their child(ren).  Really, pretty much any family situation is perfect for a love-themed card!

I’ve opted to create a card that can be sent home to a child.  I think that at some point, every child wishes she or he could be a super hero.  It seems only natural that a super hero would give and receive super hugs!  I’ve also tied this card into today’s Splitcoaststampers.com Hope You Can Cling To challenge.

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Thanks for stopping by today!  I hope you enjoy the hop and come back to visit my blog again, and that you’ll join me in creating cards for both of these wonderful causes!  Click on the OWH badge at the top of this post to find out where you should hop next.

Supplies used for this card:
Stamps: Super Duo (Mama Elephant for Simon Says Stamp)
Cardstock: Daffodil Delight, Real Red, Soft Sky (Stampin’ Up); Pure Luxury White (Gina K. Designs)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Other: markers (Copic); Crusader Kids die (Mama Elephant for Simon Says Stamp); Clouds & Raindrops Dies (Sweet ‘n Sassy Stamps); embroidery floss (DMC); mini star brad (The Paper Studio)

Hello there, and happy Saturday to you!  Can you believe it’s October already?  There’s less than 3 months until Christmas – but if you’ve been playing along at 52 {Christmas} Card Throwdown, you should have built a nice stash of holiday cards ready to use during the swiftly approaching season.

This week we have a sketch challenge for you.  I have to be honest and admit that I wasn’t terribly thrilled with the sketch in its graphic form.  Something about the double blocks wasn’t sitting right with me.  However, now that I’ve worked with it, it wasn’t so bad.  And I’m pretty pleased with how my card ended up. Then again – it’s hard not to like a card with these super cute birdies.  I stamped the birds twice – once on the “snowy” polka dotted paper, and once on a scrap of white cardstock.  I colored the ones on the white cardstock, fussy cut them (except for their legs – that’s tooooo fussy for me!), and then glued them over the ones on the print paper.

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Because the card base is such a dark chocolatey brown, I’ve lined it with lighter cardstock coordinating with the front of the card.  That got me to thinking about decorating the inside.  Here are a couple of photos showing a peek at the inside, and then the full view.

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October is Hope You Can Cling To month at Splitcoaststampers.com, and because I’m hosting one of the HYCCT challenges later during the month, I have advance notice of all the challenges.  I was able to use the 52{C}CT sketch for an upcoming HYCCT challenge.  However – I can’t tell you any more about how this card fits for the HYCCT challenge!  You’ll have to tune in over there periodically and check it out for yourself.

Go see what the rest of the 52{C}CT design team has done with this sketch, and then show us your own take on it!  We’d love to have you link your card at the 52{C}CT site.  The challenge deadline is 1:00 p.m. Eastern time Friday, October 10.  Please join in the fun and creativity!

Supplies:
Stamps: Winter Sparrows (Lawn Fawn)
Cardstock: Chocolate Chip, Sahara Sand, Soft Sky Prints designer series paper (Stampin’ Up); Solar White (Neenah)
Ink: Chocolate Chip (SU)
Other: markers (Copic)

Happy Thursday!  It’s the beginning of a new month, and Jacqueline is our October challenge hostess at CAS – Colours and Sketches.  This week she’s come up with a color challenge for us.

I hesitated to use cute birdies on my design team sample card for this challenge because I’d used birds last week.  But in the end, I figured since this is a completely different stamp set, it really didn’t matter.  One of the challenge colors is a perfect sky color, and the other two colors worked pretty well for the birds. I’ve used a black pen to draw in the “wire” upon which the birds are perching.

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Now that October has started, so have the Hope You Can Cling To challenges at Splitcoaststampers.com!  The cards created for this month long event will be donated to cancer patients for their use.  I’m excited to be hosting one of the challenges later this month!  Because I’m a hostess, I have insider info about all of the month’s challenges… and today’s card just *might* be a sneak peek of one challenge.  😉  Go check out the Hope You Can Cling To forum if you’d like to learn more.

Now it’s your turn to join in the fun and creativity!  Link your card at the CAS – Colours & Sketches site by 1:00 p.m. Eastern time Wednesday, October 8.  We would love to see what you make!

Supplies for today’s card:
Stamps: Love Quotes (Mama Elephant)
Cardstock: Kraft, Lost Lagoon, Soft Sky (Stampin’ Up); Solar White (Neenah)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Other: Love Quotes dies (Mama Elephant); markers (Copic); multiliner pen (Copic)

Hello!  At 52 {Christmas} Card Throwdown we’re closing out the month with stash challenge week, where we invite our challenge participants to use particular items from their crafting stash to create a Christmas or wintry card.  This time it’s a double item find – diamonds and pearls.  OK, so we honestly don’t expect anyone to actually use real diamonds, but rhinestones make a perfect substitute for them.

I’ve decided to use one of my favorite Christmas themed digital images, of Rhubarb the teddy bear decorating his Christmas tree.  I’ve used rhinestones and pearls to cover up the ornament shapes in the image.  I also added a star-shaped brad to the top of the tree.  The sentiment is a Lawn Fawn stamp.

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The layout for this card is Splitcoaststampers.com sketch challenge #507.  However, I can’t share the card on the site there yet because it just might be giving you a sneak peek of one of the SCS Hope You Can Cling To challenges coming up in the month of October!  😉

Now it’s your turn to show us how you can make your card sparkle and shimmer!  If you’d like some more inspiration, be sure to see what the rest of the 52{C}CT design team has made.  Then share your card with us, linking it at the 52{C}CT site by 1:00 p.m. Eastern time Friday, October 3.  We’d love to have you join us!

Supplies:
Digital Image: Rhubarb Trims the Tree (Sweet ‘n Sassy Stamps)
Sentiment Stamp: Pa-Rum-Pa-Pum-Pum (Lawn Fawn)
Cardstock: Blushing Bride, Basic Black (Stampin’ Up); Pure Luxury White (Gina K. Designs); designer papers from Nordic Holiday 6″ x 6″ paper pad (Basic Grey)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento); printer ink
Other: markers (Copic); rhinestones (SU); Pearl and Blush half pearls (KaiserCraft); star brad (The Paper Studio)

Hello!  This week is sketch week at CAS – Colours and Sketches, and we have something different for you!  This time we’re challenging our participants to create a clean and simple card in any non-rectangular shape.

I decided to go with a hexagon, since that’s still pretty trendy.  I’ve had some new-to-me stamps here for a few weeks and hadn’t had the change to play with them yet, and they fit the hexagon theme, so this seemed like the perfect time to get them inky.  I added a few splatters of color using the theme from this week’s color challenge at Splitcoaststampers.com.

What fun shape will you use?  Be sure to check out what the rest of the design team has made.  Then share your creation with us at the CC&S site by 1:00 p.m. Eastern time Wednesday, July 2.

Supplies:
Stamps: All Squared Up (Avery Elle); Itty Bitty Backgrounds (Stampin’ Up)
Cardstock: Pure Luxury White (Gina K. Designs)
Ink: Cherry Cobbler, Daffodil Delight, Pumpkin Pie (SU); Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Other: hexagon Nestabilities die (Spellbinders)

Today’s card is just a relatively quick and easy one I made to combine the Splitcoaststampers.com Clean and Simple challenge from last Monday with the current OWH Midweek Throwdown challenge.  These two challenges meshed together easily – the CAS challenge was to use the colors red and white, and the OWH MWT challenge was to create a valentine.  I’ve used this card layout before, but I changed the colors and sentiment this time.

I like the neutrality of this card.  It could be sent to a man, woman, or child of any age, which makes it seem especially suitable for Operation Write Home!

Supplies:
Stamps: Belinda’s Borders, My Silly Valentine, Winter Owl (Lawn Fawn)
Cardstock: Pure Luxury White (Gina K. Designs); Real Red (Stampin’ Up)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento); Real Red (SU)
Other: markers (Copic)

Today’s card is a quick one I made last night when I was finishing up cards for the annual Splitcoaststampers.com Hope You Can Cling To challenges.  One of the HYCCT challenges was to use washi tape.  I combined that with the current Freshly Made Sketches challenge and came up with this:

It was hard getting a good, clear photo showing off the washi tape without having it glare.  Oh well.  Anyway, the colors tie in with the HYCCT cause of supporting breast cancer patients – and even without that bit of background, I think they make a good any-time-of-year card, too.

Thanks for stopping by today!  Comments are always read and appreciated.

Supplies:
Stamps: Trendy Trees (Stampin’ Up)
Cardstock: Pretty in Pink, Rose Red, Whisper White (SU)
Ink: Rose Red (SU)
Other: 5-Petal Flower punch, Spring Bouquet punch, silver mini brad (SU); washi tape (Recollections)

Today I’m combining the current Dynamic Duos challenge with Jeanne’s Hope You Can Cling To challenge to put a smile on someone’s face.  In my opinion, there’s no way this darling little penguin can fail in making someone smile, especially with the bright, cheery colors.  The layout is a really old OWH Stars & Stamps sketch that I dug up from the archives because I hadn’t used it before.  However, I did take the liberty of turning the sketch on its side.

That’s it for today!  Thanks for stopping by.  I hope you’ll come back again soon!

Supplies:
Stamps: Sweet Christmas Wishes (Unity)
Cardstock: Real Red, Bermuda Bay (Stampin’ Up); Pure Luxury White (Gina K. Designs)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento); Bermuda Bay (SU)
Other: Snowflake Background embossing folder (Darice); markers (Copic)

The cooler weather lately and the bright red leaves on our maple tree have me realizing that autumn is definitely here, and today’s card reflects the season.  I’ve combined several challenges.  I squashed the current Seize the Sketch layout into landscape orientation, the focus on the sentiment was inspired by the current Lawnscaping challenge, and the die cut leaves make it eligible for Lori’s Hope You Can Cling To challenge.

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

Supplies:
Digital sentiment: A True Friend (Sweet ‘n Sassy Stamps)
Cardstock: More Mustard, Really Rust, Autumn Vine designer paper (Stampin’ Up)
Ink: printer ink
Other: twill tape, dimensionals (SU); Stitched Leaves dies (Lawn Fawn)

Hello everyone!  Can you believe it’s November already?  The change of month means it’s time for a different design team member to take on hosting duties at 52 {Christmas} Card Throwdown.  It’s Louise‘s turn this time, and she’s created a really neat sketch to get us started.

I’ve stretched the sketch from a square to a rectangle and made it a panel attached to a card base.  Even though I had the layout predetermined for me, it took me a while to figure out what images and colors to use with it.  I finally settled on this bear in a circle image because it lent itself easily to the sketch.  I decided to check out this week’s Color Challenge at Splitcoastampers.com and felt those colors would work with the image.  Although I usually leave the bear white and add just a bit of grey shading to make him a polar bear, this time I decided to challenge myself a bit and color him brown to fit in with the color challenge.  The bear also ties into Stacey’s “Warm & Furry Fuzzies” Hope You Can Cling To challenge.

Thanks for stopping by today!  Be sure to see what the rest of the design team has created.  Then show us what you can do with this sketch.  Link your card to the 52 {Christmas} Card Throwdown site by 1:00 pm Eastern time Friday, November 8.  We’d love to see what you make!

Supplies:
Stamp: Cozy Friends (Sweet ‘n Sassy Stamps)
Digital Sentiment: Winter Wishes (SNSS)
Cardstock: Baked Brown Sugar, Wild Wasabi, Melon Mambo (Stampin’ Up); Pure Luxury White (Gina K. Designs)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento); printer ink
Other: markers (Copic); Snowflake Background embossing folder (Darice); Swiss Dots embossing folder (ProvoCraft); standard circle and big scalloped circle Nestabilities dies (Spellbinders); dimensionals (SU)

Hello!  Happy Halloween to my readers who observe it!  🙂

Since it’s the fifth Thursday of the month, this week at CAS – Colours and Sketches we have a double challenge – which means certain colors need to be used with a particular sketch!  That sounds like fun, doesn’t it?

I haven’t yet decided if the card I created will go in my stash for Operation Write Home or for Hope You Can Cling To.  I did have one of the HYCCT challenges in the back of my mind while I was working on this.  Either way, the card will be appropriate for either cause.  The tulip seems a little out of season now at the end of October, but I have no way of knowing when this card will actually be sent to someone, and besides, who wouldn’t like to be surprised with a pretty flower any time of year?  I used some older stamps and designer paper, but I have a feeling the recipient won’t mind that.

Although the colors listed are Stampin’ Up color names, you do not need to use Stampin’ Up products to create your card.  Simply use whatever you have that is closest to those colors.

Be sure to see what the rest of the design team has made!  Then we’d love it if you join in our challenge by making a clean and simple styled card of your own using this sketch and these colors.  Share your work with us at the CAS – Colours and Sketches site by 1:00 p.m. Eastern time Wednesday, November 6.  We’d love to see what you make!

All supplies for this card are from Stampin’ Up.
Stamps: Terrific Tulips, Warmest Regards
Cardstock: Pacific Point, Wild Wasabi, Whisper White, Baja Breeze designer paper
Ink: Pumpkin Pie, Wild Wasabi, Pacific Point

It’s taken me most of the week to decide what to create for the current Dynamic Duos challenge, but I finally figured out that I can combine it with one of the last Hope You Can Cling To challenges.  (Since I was a HYCCT hostess, I had advance notice of what all the challenges are – but I don’t think I’m allowed to give any hints about them if I share a card here for an upcoming challenge.)

So, here it is… pretty simple and straightforward.  I masked off an area of the card and sponged Wisteria Wonder ink for the colored panel, and then sponged around the edges of the masked area with Perfect Plum ink.

Thanks for stopping by today!

Supplies:
Stamps: Butterfly Flourish, You (Sweet ‘n Sassy Stamps)
Cardstock: Pure Luxury White (Gina K. Designs)
Ink: Wisteria Wonder, Perfect Plum (Stampin’ Up); Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Other: sponge

Hello!  It’s time for another challenge at CAS – Colours and Sketches.  I’ve been enjoying my turn as hostess this month!

Today marks the start of another sketch challenge week.  The sketch I’ve prepared has a lot of fun curves in it.  (Well, I think they’re fun.)  I’ve decided to turn my card into a flap card that’s held closed by a very thin set of magnets.  I had the Hope You Can Cling To “Sending Flowers” challenge from earlier this week on my mind as I was creating this card. I enjoyed using some of my retired cardstock and designer paper, along with a stamp set I haven’t used in quite a while.

Here’s what it looks like when the flap is opened.  The designer paper hides one of the magnets.

 

What will you do with this sketch?  Will you layer designer papers or solid cardstock?  Will you create a standard fold card or try a flap card?  Maybe you’ll turn the sketch on its side, or squash it into a square rather than use it as a rectangle.  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 and Sketches blog by 1:00 p.m. eastern time Wednesday, October 30.

Thank you for stopping by today!  Comments are always welcome and appreciated!

Supplies are from Stampin’ Up unless otherwise indicated:
Stamps: Close as a Memory
Cardstock: River Rock, Pretty in Pink, Very Vanilla, Porcelain Prints designer series paper
Ink: Pretty in Pink, Regal Rose, Wild Wasabi markers
Other: standard circle and petite scalloped circle Nestabilities dies (Spellbinders); magnets (Basic Grey)

Today’s card combines the Dynamic Duos color challenge of Tangerine Tango and Basic Black with the Hope You Can Cling To “Let’s Punch Out Breast Cancer” challenge of using punches or die cuts.  I just received the “hello” die a few days ago and this HYCCT challenge was a super opportunity to use it right away!  I’ve used dies to cut three oval shapes, sponged them with tangerine ink, and assembled them to form a pumpkin.  The pumpkin stem is the leftover punched from the letter “o” in the sentiment, with a bit of black and tangerine ink sponged on it.  I used a woodgrain border stamp to create a shelf or a board or something like that for the pumpkin to sit upon, so it wouldn’t just seem to be floating on the card.

Thanks for stopping by today!  Your comments are always read and appreciated.

Supplies:
Stamps: Grunge Borders (Sweet ‘n Sassy Stamps)
Cardstock: Tangerine Tango, Basic Black, Kraft (Stampin’ Up)
Ink: Tangerine Tango (SU); Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Other: Hello Script die (Memory Box); oval die (Sizzix); sponge

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