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)

Well hello there!  We’re starting a new month of challenges at CAS Colours & Sketches today, and with it, the design team is doing something a little bit different.  Instead of having one team member being the hostess for the entire month, we have five team members each hosting one challenge this month, and the other four members will each host a challenge in July.

As always, the challenge for the first week of the month is a color challenge.  I’ll admit it took me a little while to settle on what kind of design to use with these week’s colors.  In the end I figured one can pretty much never go wrong with florals.  The green in the challenge combo worked perfectly for the stems and leaves, and the light aqua made some pretty blossoms.  The kraft cardstock is a nice neutral to ground the elements together.  In retrospect I probably should have had the stems extend off the base of the card so they’re not “floating” so much, but it’s too late now – the card is in the mail to its recipient already!

This card works into the top row of the current Tic-Tac-Toe challenge at The Paper Players.  OK, maybe it’s not THE most girly card, but it’s definitely more feminine than masculine!  I’m also going to use this card to join in the celebration at AAA Cards.  Happy 6th birthday to their challenge!

 

 

Thanks so much for stopping by today!  I hope you’ll make a card with these challenge colors and share it with us at CC&S.  You have until 6:00 p.m. Eastern U.S. time Monday, June 8 to link your card at the challenge site.

Supplies:
Stamps: Painted Petals (Stampin’ Up); Birthday Greetings (Gina K. Designs)
Cardstock: Pool Party, Crumb Cake, Very Vanilla (SU)
Ink: Pool Party, Pear Pizzazz, Crumb Cake (SU)

As usual for me in January, I start out the year thinking that I’m going to join in more cardmaking challenges throughout the year like I used to, and then something happens that takes the proverbial wind out of my sails.  Oh well.  Anyway, here’s this year’s first attempt at this endeavor.

I’ve combined the sketch from Freshly Made Sketches with the color scheme provided by The Paper Players.  I felt like the tulip followed the lines of the mirror image of the sketch pretty well, and I stamped it using the colors from the color challenge.  Unfortunately, my Poppy Parade ink pad wasn’t as inky as I thought, and that’s the darkest I could get that color ink to work with just one impression from the stamp.  (I needed to get the card in the mail so I didn’t take the time to re-ink the ink pad or do multiple impressions with the stamp.)  It’s not one of my best cards but I really do like the sketch.

 

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

Edited on January 24, 2020 to add:  Thank you to Claire at The Paper Players for choosing my card as “A Cut Above”!  What an awesome surprise!

 

Supplies:
Stamps: Terrific Tulips (Stampin’ Up); Everyday Messages (Stampendous)
Cardstock: Pure Luxury Ivory (Gina K. Designs); Rich Razzleberry (SU)
Ink: Old Olive, Poppy Parade, Rich Razzleberry (SU)
Other: Custom Panels die (Avery Elle)

I feel like I’ve been in a creative slump for quite a while, not creating as many cards as I used to.  I’m not one for making New Year’s resolutions per se, but I do want to get back into a cardmaking groove again in 2019.  I miss playing along in some of the various challenges I’ve participated in in the past.  So today’s post is an effort to get back into the swing of things.

The Paper Players challenge that is closing shortly is to use any sort of animal on a card.  I’ve combined that with a recent sketch challenge from Splitcoaststampers.   I had the butterfly already colored and mounted to the red scalloped circle, left over from a long-ago cardmaking session, and I thought pairing it with the sketch would make a quick and easy start onto using up some of my “UFOs” (UnFinished Objects).  Because of the way the butterfly is oriented, I thought it looked better to flip the sketch mirror-image.  The narrow strips were cut from a scrap of cardstock.  It’s definitely not one of the most amazing cards I’ve ever made, but it’s cute and perfectly suitable for Send a Smile 4 Kids.

 

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

Supplies:
Stamps: Somebuggy Loves You (Sweet ‘n Sassy Stamps)
Cardstock: Cool Caribbean, Crumb Cake, Real Red (Stampin’ Up); Solar White (Neenah)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Other: markers (Copic); big scalloped circle Nestabilities die (Spellbinders); dimensionals (SU)

Hello there!  We are getting into the holiday spirit at CAS Colours & Sketches this month!  Our color challenge this week is to take one of our CC&S color combinations from 2018 and make a seasonal card with it.

I decided to revisit challenge #258 since it had a green and a red that seemed Christmassy to me.  I had a brief thought of using the colors for a poinsettia but my plans for a coloring session got interrupted.  So I went back to the proverbial drawing board and figured I could rework a card I made in 2015 with the different color scheme.  The card came together pretty quickly once I got started with this layout.  A couple of small changes that I made for today’s card are that I cut the squares from a scrap of green cardstock, rather than die-cutting them, and I used dimensional adhesive to pop up the ornament over top the squares.

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Since it’s the time of year for holiday themed cards, I’m submitting this card for the current challenges at The Paper Players and Cards in Envy.

Which of our CC&S color combinations from 2018 will you use?  You can check all of them out on the CAS Colours & Sketches blog using the Past Colour Challenges tab.  Be sure to see what the rest of the design team has made, too!  Then link your card to the challenge site by 6:00 p.m. Eastern time Monday, December 10.  We’d love to see what you come up with!  Thanks for stopping by today.

All supplies for today’s card are from Stampin’ Up unless otherwise noted.
Stamps: Delightful Decorations, Christmas Greetings
Cardstock: Berry Burst, Wild Wasabi, Powder Pink
Ink: Berry Burst
Other: rhinestone (Recollections)

Hello!  It’s time for a new month of challenges at CAS Colours & Sketches, and for November, I get to be your challenge hostess!  I hope you’ll enjoy the cards the design team and I make this month, and I hope you’ll join in and make some cards, too.

A new month always gets started off with a color challenge.  I chose a trio that I often see in our autumn days of November here in Virginia – a sky blue and the yellow and purplish-red of fallen leaves.  That’s the idea I tried to convey in my card for this challenge.  I stamped the leaves onto a scrap of watercolor paper.  Then I used a damp paintbrush to activate the ink inside the leaves, softening the lines of the veining and giving the leaves a watercolored look.  When it was fully dry, I trimmed the watercolor paper down to the length of the card and the width that I wanted.  After I cut the cardstock base to size, I lay the watercolor panel on it to determine where I wanted to place it, and then scored a line on each side of it just to give a little extra definition to it.  I added the sentiment and attached the panel to the card.  Really, it was a quite easy card to make.

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I’m going to enter this into the “Give Thanks” theme challenge at The Paper Players.

Go check out the other design team members’ cards at the CAS Colours & Sketches blog.  They’ve done an amazing job this week!  Then show us what you’re inspired to create using these colors.  If you don’t have the exact Stampin’ Up colors, that’s all right; simply use whatever you have that matches them closely. You have until 6:00 p.m. Eastern time Monday, November 12 to link your card at the challenge post.  Happy crafting!

Supplies:
Stamps: unnamed leaf stamps (StampCraft); Short & Sweet (Stampin’ Up)
Cardstock: Bashful Blue (SU); The Langton Prestige Extra Smooth Hot Press watercolor paper (Daler-Rowney)
Ink: Rich Razzleberry, So Saffron (SU)
Other: paintbrush and water

I managed to squeeze in some time today to get a card made for a couple of challenges.  I’ve combined the sketch from The Paper Players with the technique from Shopping Our Stash.

I started by die cutting a heart from white cardstock.  I dripped some pink and red inks onto a piece of acetate and pushed the heart into the puddles for the smooshing technique.  While the ink was drying, I cut a few more hearts so I could stack them all for dimension.  I decided to keep the card base very clean and simple by not embellishing the red cardstock for the top of the sketch, but I used shimmery white cardstock for the card base to give a subtle hint of something special.

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Sweet and simple and pretty quick to make!  Don’t tell my husband, but he’ll be getting this card on our anniversary next week.

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

Supplies are from Stampin’ Up unless otherwise noted.
Stamp: Three Little Words
Cardstock: Real Red, Thick Whisper White, Shimmery White
Ink: Real Red
Other: Pink Pirouette, Real Red, Cherry Cobbler reinkers; heart die (Sizzix)

Hello!  It’s the third Tuesday of the month, which means it’s color challenge time again at CAS Colours & Sketches.

Despite the cheeriness of the colors, I seem to have a hard time working with both Bermuda Bay and Calypso Coral whenever they come up separately in our challenges – so having them together had me puzzled for a while.  I noticed that the current Paper Players challenge is to use birds on a clean and simple card, so I finally decided that the Bermuda Bay and Pool Party could work together to color this bird image I haven’t used yet.  After I stamped the bird on the focal panel, I covered it with a mask and then stenciled blocks in the coral color for a background.  The stamps and the stencil were purchased together as a set.  The blocks should fit the geometric challenge currently going on at AAA Cards.  After I peeled off the mask, I colored the bird with Copics and added in a speech balloon for the sentiment.  I trimmed the bottom corner to mimic the shape of the bird’s body, and mounted the focal panel to a Bermuda Bay card base.

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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 Monday, June 25 to link your card.  We hope you’ll join us!

Supplies:
Stamps: THMM108 (Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous); A Birdie Told Me (Lawn Fawn)
Cardstock: Bermuda Bay (Stampin’ Up); Pure Luxury Ivory (Gina K. Designs)
Ink: Calypso Coral (SU); Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Other: markers (Copic); corner rounder (EK Success); THMM108 stencil (Tim Holtz); sponge dauber

Hello there!  It’s time for another sketch challenge at CAS Colours & Sketches.  This week’s offering is a rather clean and simple design that I think is really versatile for lots of different occasions.

As a subconscious play into my last sentence, I opted not to put a sentiment on the card I made using this sketch.  I’ve turned the sketch on its side.  I cut a fancy rectangular shape from an index card and used that as a mask, brushing some lavender and some purple ink into it.  Then I stamped the flower using the same two colors of ink for the blossoms.  After playing around with the cardstock, I finally chose to use the darker purple for a mat and the green for the card base.  The color scheme is taken from the current challenge at The Paper Players.  It doesn’t show in the photo, but the white cardstock has a subtle shimmer to it.

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Why don’t you check out what the rest of the design team has done with this sketch?  I’m sure they’d enjoy it if you stop by their blogs.  Then create a card of your own and share it with us at the CC&S site.  You have until 6:00 p.m. Eastern time Monday, April 16 to link your card.  We’d love to have you join in the fun and creativity!

Edited on April 16, 2018 to add:  Thank you to Elizabeth from The Paper Players for choosing this card as A Cut Above!  It’s an honor!

All supplies for today’s card are from Stampin’ Up.
Stamps: Spring Garden
Cardstock: Tranquil Tide, Elegant Eggplant, Shimmery White
Ink: Tranquil Tide, Wisteria Wonder, Elegant Eggplant

Hello!  This is just a quick post to share one last valentine for this season.  I made this one for my husband, using the colors from the current challenge at The Paper Players.

The bunny was stamped, colored, and fussy cut.  I cut a circle from white textured cardstock and backed it with a piece of red cardstock.   When I inserted the bunny in the hole, I used dimensional adhesive behind his ears to really pop them out from the circle.  A cute little sentiment finished the card.

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I’m also going to enter this at Addicted to Stamps and More, where the theme this week is Clean and Simple.

Thanks for stopping by and checking out my card!

Supplies:
Stamps: Flopsey Bunch of Hearts (My Favorite Things); My Silly Valentine (Lawn Fawn)
Cardstock: Kraft, Real Red, Whisper White textured (Stampin’ Up); Solar White (Neenah)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Other: markers (Copic); dimensionals (SU)

Hello there!  This month it’s my turn to create the color combinations and sketches for the challenges at CAS Colours & Sketches! I’m excited about it, and I hope you’ll join in and share your artwork with us!

For this week’s color challenge, I decided to put an updated spin on a card I made back in 2007, before I had a blog.  (It’s a little embarrassing to admit that the link is for a scan of the card, because this also was before I started using a camera to take photos of my cards!)  I’ve swapped out the colors used on that card for colors that are currently offered by Stampin’ Up.  Of course, as with all of our CC&S challenges, you don’t need to use Stampin’ Up products – we just use their color names as a point of reference.

I decided to use the current sketch from CAS(E) this Sketch! for the layout of my card.  Instead of putting the sentiment on its own strip, I split the focal panel and stamped the sentiment in the gap, directly on the card base.  I used a few pieces of scrap cardstock as shims to give a little dimension to the white panels.  To get the two-tone effect on the blossoms, I inked the stamp with the lighter pink first, and then sponged some of the darker pink ink onto the stamp, before pressing the stamp on the cardstock.

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Valentines and love are popular challenge themes going on right now, so I’m entering this card at AAA Cards, The Paper Players, and Cards in Envy, too.

So – if you need further inspiration for the CAS Colours & Sketches challenge, go see what the rest of the design team has made!  Then create your own clean and simple card using this week’s colors, and link it to the challenge blog by 6:00 p.m. Eastern time Monday, February 12.  We’d love to see what you can do!

Edited on February 11, 2017 to add:  Thank you to the team at CAS(E) this Sketch! for naming my card as an honorable mention!  What an awesome way to start my week!

All supplies for this card, except the white cardstock, are from Stampin’ Up.
Stamps: Spring Garden, Short & Sweet
Cardstock: Solar White (Neenah); Powder Pink
Ink: Powder Pink, Berry Burst, Wild Wasabi

Hello there!  It’s sketch week at CAS Colours & Sketches and Bev, our January hostess, has come up with a nice one for us this week.

I tossed a few ideas around in my head but none of them were really appealing to me.  I decided to check out the card needs at Send a Smile 4 Kids and noticed that the shipper I frequently send to is still in need of Valentines.  So I looked through my Valentine stamps and thought I could make this cute cupid work with the sketch, with a few changes.  I’ve substituted a heart for the circle, and basically used the mirror image of the sketch so that the one arrow takes the place of the small rectangular element.

I started out by cutting a heart from an index card and using the card as a mask on my white cardstock panel.  I stamped the cupid into the center of the heart, covered it with a mask, and then blended pink ink into the heart shape.  Then I removed both masks so I could color the cupid and stamp the flying arrow and the sentiment.  I added some clear Wink of Stella pen to the cupid’s wing and to the heart-shaped points of the arrows for a little touch of magic.  If you look closely, you should be able to see it in the photo.  After I mounted the main panel onto a pink cardstock base, my card was finished.

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Since this clean and simple card fits into the “Love Notes” theme at The Paper Players, I’m entering it into that challenge.

What will you do with this sketch?  I hope you’ll try out something and share what you create with us!  If you need more inspiration, check out what the rest of the CC&S Design Team has made.  Then link your work to the CC&S blog by 6:00 p.m. Eastern time Monday, January 29.  Thanks for stopping by today!

Edited on January 28, 2018 to add:  Thank you to Claire at The Paper Players for selecting my card as “A Cut Above”!  It’s an honor!

 

Supplies:
Stamps: Love from Above (Mama Elephant)
Cardstock: Pink Pirouette (Stampin’ Up); Solar White (Neenah)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento); Pink Pirouette (SU)
Other: markers (Copic); mini ink blending tool (Tim Holtz); clear Wink of Stella pen (Zig)

Wow – it’s October already!  The start of the month means we have a new hostess at CAS Colours & SketchesEmily has come up with some great challenge ideas for us, and we hope you’ll join us for the fun and creativity!

The first challenge of the month is a color challenge, and Emily has picked some great colors for the fall season.  I was able to combine them with the sketch from Freshly Made Sketches.  I die cut a wreath from kraft cardstock and used that as the base for the other two colors.  I stamped the flowers and leaves and used re-inker with water to color them.  I added some Wink of Stella to the small flowers to give them a little sparkle before I fussy cut all the flowers and leaves.  I used a piece of green seam binding for the wider horizontal element of the sketch.  Since The Paper Players has a theme of “Autumn Florals” this week, my card fits into their challenge, too.

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How will you choose to use this week’s CC&S colors?  Be sure to check out what the rest of the Design Team and our October Guest Designer have done with them.  Then link your own card to the challenge site.  You have until 6:00 p.m. Eastern time Monday, October 9 to share your card.  Thanks for stopping by today, and happy crafting!

Supplies:
Stamps: Flutter By (Lawn Fawn); Trendy Trees (Stampin’ Up)
Cardstock: Very Vanilla textured, Kraft (SU); Artistico Extra White watercolor paper (Fabriano)
Ink: Crumb Cake (SU); Onyx Black (VersaFine)
Other: Pear Pizzazz and Pumpkin Pie reinkers, Pear Pizzazz seam binding (SU); Grapevine Wreath die (Memory Box); Wink of Stella pen (Zig)

Hi there!  Today’s post is just a really quick one before the current challenge at The Paper Players ends.  They wanted to see clean and simple styled cards that incorporated coloring.  I also wanted to make something for the current Cards in Envy challenge to use a thought or speech balloon on a card.

I’ve put together a card from bits and pieces left over from other projects.  The penguin was already stamped; all I did with him for this card was color him and cut him out.  I found a scrap on my desk that was just the right size for the speech bubble.  I painted some shimmery white paint on another scrap of cardstock that I’d cut for the snowbank/ice for the penguin to stand on.  And the card base was a half sheet of cardstock left over from another card.  So yay for using up stuff!

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

Supplies:
Stamps: Critters in the Snow, Sophie’s Sentiments, A Birdie Told Me (Lawn Fawn)
Cardstock: Cool Caribbean (Stampin’ Up); Pure Luxury White (Gina K. Designs)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Other: markers (Copic); Frost White shimmer paint (SU)

I have a quick post today to share a card made for an important man in my life – my dad.  He’ll be celebrating his birthday this weekend, and I’ll be lucky enough to visit with him on his special day.  He’s not one to turn down ice cream when it’s offered to him, LOL, so that’s why I thought he’d like the cute little ice cream cone.

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I’m combining several challenges here:  Less Is More, Freshly Made Sketches, AAA Cards, and The Paper Players.

 

Thanks for stopping by today!

Supplies:
Stamps: Here’s the Scoop (Lawn Fawn); Cake & Candles (Avery Elle)
Cardstock: Pure Luxury White, Pure Luxury Ivory (Gina K. Designs); Close to Cocoa (Stampin’ Up); scraps from Blush 6″ x 6″ paper pad (Basic Grey)
Ink: Close to Cocoa (SU)
Other: birthday embossing folder (ProvoCraft)

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