I have just a very simple little card to share this time, created for the December Crooked Stamper Sketch Challenge.  I’ve been so busy with Christmas preparations that I almost let this challenge slip by me!  Leslie, the CSSC creator, participates from time to time at CAS Colours & Sketches so I like to reciprocate the favor and play along in her challenges, too.

This card was created mainly with retired Stampin’ Up products. The focal panel shows off one of my oldest Stampin’ Up stamp sets.  I added an extra bit of color by sponging the top and bottom edges of the panel before matting it with coordinating solid color cardstock.  The sentiment is also a retired stamp, but it’s not quite as old as the floral border stamps.  I wasn’t sure if the white border on the challenge graphic was part of the card, so I left it off, keeping my card very clean and simple in design.  It was a quick and easy card to make!

CSSC Dec 2015

I have to admit that it was nice doing something that wasn’t wintry for a change.  Don’t get me wrong, I love the Christmas season, but by this time of year I tend to grow a little tired of crafting for it.

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

All supplies are from Stampin’ Up.
Stamps: Border Builders, Birthday Whimsy
Cardstock: Bashful Blue, Certainly Celery, So Saffron
Ink: Bashful Blue, Certainly Celery, So Saffron
Other: sponge

Hello!  It’s time for another color challenge at CAS Colours & Sketches!  Louise, our challenge hostess, is getting into a Christmas mood, and she has picked a color combo that’s a step off from the traditional red and green and mixed it with a great metallic.

I”ll be honest, I had a hard time figuring out what to do with this color combo, but finally I got it together and came up with this card.  I’ve used the current sketch from The Crooked Stamper Sketch Challenge for my layout.  I used some scrap paper to mask off the middle vertical strip area and blasted it with a pewter-colored pearl mist.  In real life, it’s very shimmery!  I’ve added a second photo below to help show off the shimmer.  Although our CC&S color challenges use the names of Stampin’ Up colors, any company’s products can be used so long as the colors match closely.  So I’ve played into the shimmer concept and used Brilliance ink in colors similar to the other two challenge colors to stamp a few Christmas ornaments.  The ornament panel is attached to the card with dimensional adhesive.  Even though the colors were a bit out of my comfort zone at first, I’m pleased with how the card turned out.

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CASCAS151 shimmer

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Thanks for stopping by today!  I hope you’ll join us over at CAS Colours & Sketches with your own take on these colors!  You have until 6:00 p.m. Eastern time Wednesday, November 25 to link your card at the challenge website.  Also, we’re looking to add some new members to our design team in 2016, so if this is something you’re interested in, be sure to add the letters “DT” to your name when you link your card, and play along in next week’s sketch challenge, too!

Stamps: Holiday Baubles (Sweet ‘n Sassy Stamps)
Cardstock: Pure Luxury White (Gina K. Designs)
Ink: Peacock and Aurora Brilliance three-color ink pads (Tsukineko); Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Other: pewter Perfect Pearls Mist (Ranger); dimensionals (SU)

Tonight I’m sharing a a really quick and easy card that I made for the Crooked Stamper Sketch Challenge that will be ending in a little while.  The present was cut from one of my oldest Sizzix dies.  I matched the colors to the strip of designer paper.  There really isn’t much else to say about it, so here it is:

CSSC Oct 2015

Thanks for stopping by today!

Stamp: Year Three (Lawn Fawn)
Cardstock: Tangerine Tango, Island Indigo, Whisper White, Sycamore Street designer series paper (Stampin’ Up)
Ink: Island Indigo (SU)
Other: Gifts die (Sizzix)

Hi there!  Today marks the start of another fun challenge at Cards in Envy:  Colors of Fall.  For the next few weeks, we want to see your cards using fall colors.  Just remember to keep your card A2 size (4.25″ x 5.5″) and flat enough to mail in an envelope at the standard first class postage rate.

I’ve used several different designer papers to convey the fall color scheme.  The orange leaves and sentiment were die cut from a very subtle polka dot print.  I cut the same shapes in chocolate brown and offset them a bit to add a shadow effect.  The layout for my card is from The Crooked Stamper Sketch Challenge.

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If you need additional inspiration, please go check out the Cards in Envy site and see what the rest of the design team has made.  Then create a card following our challenge guidelines and share it with us using the linky tool on the Cards in Envy site.  The challenge will close at 7:00 p.m. Eastern time Sunday, October 4. We’d love to have you play along with us!

Stamps: none
Cardstock: More Mustard, Chocolate Chip, Autumn Vine designer series papers (Stampin’ Up)
Ink: none
Other: Simply Said Hello die (Avery Elle); Stitched Leaves dies (Lawn Fawn)

Hello!  Today’s card combines a couple of challenges.  I’ve taken the layout from the current Crooked Stamper Sketch Challenge and layered it up to make it eligible for the current Shopping Our Stash challenge.  I pulled out some old stuff for this one. The balloon dies are relatively new; I’ve had them about 6 months. But the designer papers and the birthday stamp and the cardstock have been around here for several years.


When I was taking the photo, our furry boy wanted to know what was going on, as well as remind me he was getting hungry for his lunch.


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

Edited on August 31, 2015:  Thank you to Leslie for choosing my card as an Honorable Mention at The Crooked Stamper Sketch Challenge!

Stamp: Everyday Sayings (Lizzie Anne Designs)
Cardstock: Raspberry Ripple, Basic Black (Stampin’ Up); designer papers from Hello Luscious 6″ x 6″ paper pad (Basic Grey)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Other: Party Balloons dies (Lawn Fawn)

I’m squeezing in a late, last-minute entry for the Crooked Stamper Sketch Challenge that is ending shortly.  I made this card for our older son’s girlfriend because she recently housesat for us and took care of our cat while we went to visit my husband’s family out of state.  Her favorite color is purple.  I would have liked to have colored the cat to look more like our cat, but he’s solid black, which would be really hard for me to recreate with my markers! The “thanks” stamp was a freebie that was included in one of my orders from Lawn Fawn, and isn’t part of a set. The long yarn strings show off my drawing skills.


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

Stamps: Furry Friends (Avery Elle); A Birdie Told Me, thanks freebie stamp (Lawn Fawn)
Cardstock: Lovely Lilac (Stampin’ Up); Pure Luxury White (Gina K. Designs)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Other: markers, multiliner pen (Copic); Stitched Circle die (Lawn Fawn); standard circle Nestabilities die (Spellbinders); dimensionals (SU)

Hello!  It’s the third Thursday of the month, which means it’s color challenge time again at CAS Colours & Sketches.  Once again, Lizy has selected a color combo using some of Stampin’ Up’s newest In Colors.  If you don’t have the new colors, it’s OK – just use whatever colors you have that closely match.

Since Father’s Day is coming up this Sunday, that decided the theme of my card this week.  The layout of my card is very similar to our CC&S sketch challenge last week, but it’s actually taken from The Crooked Stamper Sketch Challenge.  I colored a scrap of watercolor paper with some mustard yellow and rich green ink, let it dry, and die cut the leaves from it.  The word “Father’s” on the stamp is an outline image, and I’ve colored it in with a marker to use more of the green in our color challenge.  The leaves count as foliage for the current Shopping Our Stash challenge.  Since it’s a clean and simple styled card, it also works for the current challenge at Addicted to Stamps and More.


Now it’s your turn to create a clean and simple styled card using these colors, and share it with us at the CC&S site!  You have until 6:00 p.m. Eastern time Wednesday, June 24 to link your card.  We hope you’ll join us!

Stamp: Delightful Dozen (Stampin’ Up)
Cardstock: More Mustard, Naturals White, Basic Gray (SU); watercolor paper (Artist’s Loft)
Ink: Basic Gray (SU)
Other: More Mustard and Garden Green reinkers, Garden Green marker (SU); Stitched Leaves die (Lawn Fawn)

Hello!  It’s time for another color challenge at CAS Colours & Sketches!  Our hostess, Stef, has chosen some bright springtimey colors for us this time.

I ended up making two cards for this challenge.  The first one uses the sketch from the CAS(E) this Sketch! challenge that closes later this morning.  I’ve used watercolor washes of the three CC&S colors for the stripes of the sketch.  I die cut the word “hello” a couple times from Crushed Curry cardstock and once from black cardstock and stacked them together for the star-shaped element of the sketch.  I was going for the idea of the stripes making a landscape with the “hello” working as a sun, but I’m not sure I quite achieved it because I didn’t want to blend the color washes together too much and end up with a yucky color where the purple and yellow met.  But anyway, I think it will still fit into this week’s Less is More challenge theme of “hello sunshine”.

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My second card is more CAS than the first one.  Since I still had my reinkers out from the first card, I started off with a watercolor wash for the background.  Then I added in some simple flowers and a sentiment, rounded two corners of the image panel, and adhered it to the card base.  Seriously, the most time consuming part of making this card was waiting for the background to dry.  This card uses the sketch from The Crooked Stamper Sketch Challenge and the “May Flowers” theme from Retro Rubber.

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Go see what the rest of the CC&S Design Team has done with these pretty colors!  Then use the colors to make a card of your own, and share it with us at the CC&S challenge post.  You have until 6:00 p.m. Eastern time Wednesday, May 27 to link your card.  We hope you’ll join us!  Thanks for stopping by today.

Supplies for the “hello sunshine” card:
Stamps: Simply Said Hello (Avery Elle)
Cardstock: Crushed Curry, Basic Black (Stampin’ Up); watercolor paper (Artist’s Loft)
Ink: Garden Green (SU)
Other: Elegant Eggplant, Crushed Curry, and Garden Green reinkers (SU); Simply Said Hello die (Avery Elle)

Supplies for the floral card:
Stamps: Spring Garden, Three Little Words (Stampin’ Up)
Cardstock: watercolor paper (Artist’s Loft)
Ink: Elegant Eggplant, Garden Green (SU)
Other: Crushed Curry reinker (SU); corner rounder punch (EK Success)

Hello!  The third Saturday of the month means it’s theme challenge time at 52 {Christmas} Card Throwdown.  This time our hostess, Louise, was inspired by her love of cats and has chosen the theme of “Christmas cats”.  So long as a cat is the focus of your Christmas or wintry card, it’ll be just right for our challenge.

Luckily for me, I had chosen a digital stamp set featuring a cat when Deedee’s Digis sponsored our 52CCT challenges last September.  I’ve used it again for today’s card.  This time I printed out the pre-colored version of the image and a designer paper that comes in the set, along with one of the sentiments.  I rarely use pre-colored images but I wasn’t feeling particularly creative when I was making this card, so it was nice to have an easy way out.  Then I chose some solid cardstock that coordinated with the red and the grey in the image and designer paper.  The layout for my card comes from the current Crooked Stamper Sketch Challenge, but I’ve flipped it mirror-image so the cat wouldn’t be “looking off the edge” of the card. I used a square punch to cut the tail of the banner.

52CCT 04-18-2015

All right – now it’s your turn to get creating!  We’d love it if you share your Christmas kitty cards on our challenge blog.  You can link your card until 7:00 p.m. Eastern time Friday, April 24.  Thanks for stopping by today!

Digital Images: Meowy Christmas (Deedee’s Digis)
Cardstock: Smoky Slate, Rose Red, Whisper White (Stampin’ Up); Meowy Christmas designer paper (Deedee’s Digis)
Ink: printer ink
Other: square punch (Creative Memories); standard circle and big scalloped circle Nestabilities dies (Spellbinders)

Hello!  Once again, it’s time for a new challenge at 52 {Christmas} Card Throwdown.  This week’s theme is “Silent Night”.  There are lots of ways to interpret that, so feel free to check out the 52{C}CT site to see what the rest of the design team has made.

I decided to go with what I think is a peaceful winter scene.  I stamped the trees onto glossy cardstock with white pigment ink and then heat embossed them with clear embossing powder.  Then I masked off the ground, to keep it white and looking like it’s snow-covered, so I could sponge some deep blue inks above it to create a nighttime sky.  After I removed the mask, I added in a tiny bit of light grey ink to the ground to create a few shadows.  The current challenge at Retro Rubber is to use embossing powder, and I’ve used the sketch from The Crooked Stamper Sketch Challenge (but turned it on its side) so yay – that’s three challenges in one card.

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What will you do with our theme?  Please show us by linking your own Christmas or wintry card at the 52{C}CT site by 1:00 p.m. Eastern time Friday, March 27.  We’d love to see your artwork!  Thanks for stopping by today.

Stamps: Lovely As A Tree (Stampin’ Up); Holiday Script (Lizzie Anne Designs)
Cardstock: Not Quite Navy, Smoky Slate, Whisper White, Glossy White (Stampin’ Up)
Ink: Not Quite Navy, Midnight Muse, Smoky Slate, Whisper White (SU)
Other: clear detail embossing powder (SU); Snowflakes embossing folder (Darice); oval Nestabilities dies (Spellbinders); corner rounder punch (EK Success); sponge

Well hi there!  It’s Thursday, which means it’s time for a new challenge at CAS – Colours and Sketches.  This time we have some bright colors for you.

I recently noticed that one of our frequent CC&S participants, Leslie, has created a new challenge called The Crooked Stamper Sketch Challenge.  I wanted to support her in her initial challenge, so I’m combining her sketch with this week’s CC&S colors.  I took the liberty of turning the sketch on its side so the panel of birthday balloons would fit correctly.  I decided to go all out with the colors rather than have a lot of “white space” that is literally white or ivory.  In retrospect, I think the card would look better if I’d added strips of blue between the yellow panel and the card base.  But it’s ok the way it is.  It’ll be just fine for Operation Write Home.


What will you create with these colors?  Check out the CC&S blog for more inspiration from the rest of the design team.  Then link your own card there by 1:00 p.m. Eastern time Wednesday, February 25.  We’d love to have you join in the fun and creativity there!

Stamps: So Much to Say (Lawn Fawn)
Cardstock: Tangelo Twist, Pacific Point, Very Vanilla, Watercolor Wonder designer series paper (Stampin’ Up)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Other: markers (Copic)

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