Tuesday, December 12, 2017

CAS Colours & Sketches - Challenge #253

Our CC&S Challenge this week is to choose a sketch from 2017 and create a seasonal card.   I used sketch #214 and brought out the wreath embossing folder I used for my "Joy" card again.  Last year I was lucky enough to win a card challenge sponsored by DRS Designs and picked up this cute pinecone stamp.  I used Copics and colored pencils for coloring (including the pinecone tips with E41) along with some Stickles for a little extra sparkle and then fussy cut the pinecone.  It's the first time I've inked it up and am so pleased with how it turned out!!





















This will be our last challenge for 2017; you have two weeks to enter.   We'll be back on January 9th with a sketch challenge featuring our new DT members.  Hope you will join us in the new year!


Challenges Entered:
Colouring in Scrapland/December - Christmas
Crafty Cardmakers #202 -  Christmas
Simon Monday Challenge - Christmas
Use Your Stuff #292 - Christmas is Coming
Penny Black & More - December/CAS
Christmas Card Throwdown - Pick a previous challenge from 2012 or 2013  (Challenge #9/Sept. 2012 red, brown, white)




















Tuesday, December 5, 2017

CAS Colours & Sketches - Challenge #252

CAS Colours and Sketches will have two challenges this month.  The first is a colour challenge.  We'd like you to choose one of our colour challenges from 2017 and use it in a seasonal card.

My card uses Challenge #233 from May 16th, using Rich Razzleberry, Sahara Sand, and Sweet Sugarplum, which are the colors in this Christmas card.   The stamp is called Believe in Magic from Mama Elephant.  The globe is die cut out of the white card back, stamped on panel of Sahara Sand and mounted behind the white card back. I used white embossing powder for the globe outline, stars, moon and bubbles at the top if the globe and then added extra dots with a white paint pen.










The base of the globe is stamped in Rich Razzleberry on the card back and the sentiment is stamped in Rich Razzleberry and white embossing powder, then mounted on Sweet Sugarplum.  A few sequins finished off the card, while maintaining lots of white space.
The rest of the DT's cards can be seen here.  Take a look and then play along with us!

Challenges Entered:
Dream Valley #169 - Christmas
Make My Monday Nov. 27 - Christmas
Path of Positivity #54 - Festivities
AAA Cards #104 - Christmas
Come and Get It December - Christmas
Penny Black and More December - CAS
Pile it on #137 - Non-Traditional Christmas Colors

Saturday, December 2, 2017

My Time to Craft #360 - Sketch Challenge

Meena created the sketch for  My Time to Craft Blog's Challenge #360.   My newest stamp purchase from PTI came to mind right away for my card- which uses masking and lots of layers.

The birch background is stamped using Fine Linen on white paper to create a background behind the the red vase from PTI's Flower Power Stamp Set.  I used the daisy-like flower as a poinsettias to make a seasonal design. The darker greenery and the vase are stamped directly on the same paper layer as the birch background.   I stamped the red poinsettias, white ball flower stems, and the round green leaves on separate paper, fussy cut them, and glued them onto the image panel.  The white poinsettia was stamped on kraft, treated with white heat embossing and popped out along with the center to add extra dimension.   An older PTI set was used for the sentiment as well.

I have a feeling I will get lots of use out of both of these new PTI stamp purchases!!

I hope you will find inspiration from the other MTTC DT members and play along with our challenge.  You have until December 15th to enter!

Challenges Entered:
PTI Make It Monday #305 - Lots of Layers
Aud Sentiments #194 - Christmas + a Sentiment
Through the Purple Haze #139- Layers (more than 3)
The Merry Christmas Challenge #45 - AG

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

CAS Colours & Sketches #251 - Sketch Challenge

Hope you had fun with our 5th Birthday Celebration Challenge last week.   The prize winners will be announced on the CC&S Blog on November 30th.

Samantha has a fun design for Challenge #251.  True to the sketch, I kept the sentiment the focal point and used some of my stash of patterned paper for the background.  Looking through my collection of sentiments, I found this one from MFT.  A die cut word "you" replaced the one in the sentiment.  I sampled around with lots of colors of stamps and embossing powders to find the right combination with the tangerine tango and ended up creating an aqua color by blending some Wild Wasabi with Tempting Turquoise.


This close up shows what you might expect from mixing the two colors, but the eye takes it in as one color - a little along the lines of Pool Party.


I am looking forward to seeing your creations in the CAS Colours & Sketches gallery this week.  Take a peek at the DT's inspiration cards here!

Challenges Entered:
Always Fun Challenges #34/ - AG
Cards in Envy/ - Only Paper (Nov. 20)
Use Your Stuff #290/ - Heat Embossing
Pile It On #136 - Large Sentiment






Tuesday, November 21, 2017

CAS Colours and Sketches - 5th Birthday Celebration!! & Challenge #250

Hello!  It’s an exciting time at CAS Colours & Sketches this week!  We’re celebrating our challenge blog’s 5th birthday with challenge #250!

To thank our challenge participants for helping us to reach this amazing milestone, five lucky players in this week's challenge will be chosen to win an in-stock clear stamp set of their choice from Uniko!   In addition, five of our design team members are giving away prizes - but you'll need to leave a comment on the DT members' blog to be eligible to win.   You won’t want to miss out on this event!  All of the details are on the CC&S Blog, so pop by the blog and play along.  Don't forget to leave a comment here and on the CC&S Blog (with a way for us to contact you).  You just might be one of the winners of the Uniko stamp set or one of the DT's prizes!

Monday, November 20, 2017

Stick It Down - November Card Sketch

This month's sketch for Stick It Down was fun to play with.  When I was making my "Let It Snow" card for last week's CC&S challenge, I decided to use the negative space from the glittery paper from one of the sentiment die cuts for this challenge.   Embossing the top portion of the card back, adding the ribbon with a bow, and putting a border on the bottom of the card finished it off.












Hope you will add your card to the Stick It Down gallery!  I can't wait to see how you interpret the sketch!

Challenges Entered:
Paper Players #371/ - Warm & Cozy
Addicted to CAS #124/ - Bows
Crafty Catz #393/ - AG
Simply Create Too November/ - CAS

Saturday, November 18, 2017

My Time to Craft #359 - Winter Birthday

Amy is the creative mind behind the Winter Birthday theme of the newest challenge on the My Time to Craft Challenge Blog.  I am featuring a digi from the talents of artist Sandra Caldwell for my card.  You can find the image (and hundreds more!) in her Babycakes Design and Digis Etsy Shop; it's called 1018 Reindeer Child.  I love Sandra's quirky eye and her unique illustrative style.

MTTC challenges run for a fortnight, so you have plenty of time to check out the DT creations and then enter a card in the gallery!  We'd love to visit you blog and leave you some love!

Challenges Entered:
Crafty Catz #393 - AG
Pattie's Creations #140 - Birthdays