Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Challenge #253 - Seasonal Sketch

Hello, crafting friends!  We have another festive challenge for you this week. This time we're giving a seasonal spin to our sketch challenges from the past year:


You can view the graphics from all of our sketch challenges by clicking on the Past Sketch Challenges tab at the top of the page.  The ones from 2017 start at Challenge #205.  Feel free to flip or rotate the sketch when creating your card.  You may also change the shape of your card; if the sketch is drawn as a square, you may manipulate it into a rectangle; if the sketch is drawn as a rectangle, you're allowed to make it into a square.  So long as we can clearly see how the sketch inspired your card, it's all good!

You may make your card for any specific December holiday, or just simply reflect a wintry scene.  If you're from the southern hemisphere, a summery card would be appropriate, too!

In your blog post, please be sure to note which sketch you've used for your card.  Make sure you've chosen one from 2017!  Here are the seasonal takes from our Design Team:

Beverley
(Challenge #205)

Cathy
(Challenge #214)

Emily
(Challenge #237)

Fiona
(Challenge #227)

Karen
(Challenge #210)


Patricia
(Challenge #233)

Samantha
(Challenge #251)


Today we're continuing the introductions of our newest Design Team members.  Please join me in welcoming the following:

(Challenge #205)

Wei
(Challenge #235)


We would like to extend many, many thanks to everyone who has joined in our challenges throughout the year.  We enjoy creating with you and we love seeing your artwork each week!  

We're going to be taking a holiday break after this week's challenge so that our challenge participants and our design team can spend time celebrating with those they love.  The winners of this week's challenge will be announced on December 22, 2017.  We'll be returning with new challenges on January 9, 2018.

Our challenge requirements are listed in the Challenge Rules tab. Please read them carefully before linking your card. Happy crafting!


Challenge End Time: 6:00 p.m. Eastern U.S. time/11:00 p.m. London U.K. time Monday, December 18, 2017

Friday, December 08, 2017

Weekly Winners Sketch Challenge #251

Thank you to everyone who participated in last week's challenge!  We loved seeing what everyone created! The Design Team has chosen the following cards as our Weekly Winners.  In order of entry into the challenge, we congratulate:

Watercolor Wash tutorial by Jenny Hall at www.jennystampsup.com for cardmaking, scrapbooking, video tutorials and more!

Awesome job, everyone! Please feel welcome to copy our winners' badge and display it on your blog:



If you haven't played along with us yet this week, there is still time to join in our current challenge: #252. You have until 6:00 p.m. Eastern U.S. time/11:00 p.m. London U.K. time Monday, December 11 to link your card to the challenge post. We'd love to have you join us!


Tuesday, December 05, 2017

Challenge #252 - Seasonal Colours

Hello! Here at CAS Colours & Sketches we're getting ready for the upcoming holiday season by revisiting our challenges from the past 11 months and turning them into seasonal creations.  As usual, we're starting off the month with a colour challenge:


You can view the graphics from all of our colour challenges by clicking on the Past Colour Challenges tab at the top of the page.  The challenges for 2017 start with Challenge #204.

We've used Stampin' Up colour names for reference, but you may use any companies' products for your cards as long as you match our colours as closely as possible. You may also use neutral colours (white, cream, kraft, brown, grey, or black) for card layers, sentiments, and image outlines. However, in order to be considered for our Weekly Winners, you must not use any other colours.

Your seasonal card can be for Christmas, Hanukkah, or any other December holiday.  If you live south of the equator and are enjoying summer, feel welcome to make a card appropriate for that!  

We've noted the challenges that our Design Team members have chosen, and we ask that you do the same in your post when you share your card.  

Beverley
(Challenge #230)

Cathy
(Challenge #223)

Emily
(Challenge #239)

Fiona
(Challenge #245)

Karen
(Challenge #204)


Patricia
(Challenge #241)

Samantha
(Challenge #248)


We had an amazing turnout for our recent Design Team call!  We have selected three people to join our team full-time starting in January 2018, and we'll be introducing them this week and next.  Today we have one of our new members playing along with us.  Please help us give a warm welcome to Jeanne, who has used Challenge #211 for this week's challenge:



Since we know this is a busy time for most people, we've decided to have only two challenges this month.  We don't want to short change any of our guest designers from a normal term of four challenges, so we're putting our guest designer program on hold until January.  Next week we'll be turning a sketch challenge from 2017 into a holiday card.  Beginning December 19, we'll take a break and return with new challenges in January 2018.

Our challenge requirements are listed in the Challenge Rules tab. Please read them carefully before linking your card. Happy crafting!


Challenge End Time: 6:00 p.m. Eastern U.S. time/11:00 p.m. London U.K. time Monday, December 11, 2017


Friday, December 01, 2017

Weekly Winners Color Challenge #250

Thank you to everyone who participated in last week's challenge!  We loved seeing what everyone created!  To find out if you won a prize in our birthday celebration, be sure to check out yesterday's post

The Design Team has chosen the following cards as our Weekly Winners. There was a tie in our voting, so we have an extra Winner this time!  In order of entry into the challenge, we congratulate:
Stampin Up Party Pandas

Awesome job, everyone! Please feel welcome to copy our winners' badge and display it on your blog:



If you haven't played along with us yet this week, there is still time to join in our current sketch challenge: #251. You have until 6:00 p.m. Eastern U.S. time/11:00 p.m. London U.K. time Monday, December 4, 2017 to link your card to the challenge post. We'd love to have you join us!


Thursday, November 30, 2017

Birthday Celebration Prize Winners!

Thank you to everyone who joined in our celebration of our blog's 5th birthday!  We hope that all of you had as much fun as our Design Team did!

As we mentioned in our Challenge #250 post, five of our Design Team members were offering giveaways on their blogs.  We've drawn names from the people who commented on our blogs during the challenge period, and here are the lucky winners:

From Cathy's blogKatheD
From Fiona's blogLynne in NI
From Karen's blogJen Mitchell
From Patricia's blogFiona Whitehead
From Samantha's blogAngelstamps

You five ladies should be on the lookout for an email from the Design Team member who chose your name!

We are thrilled to be awarding five prizes from our awesome and generous sponsor, Uniko!  Each of the following participants in Challenge #250 will receive their choice of an in-stock stamp set from Uniko.  Bev from Uniko will be emailing you with the details on claiming your prize.  Drum roll please...

#2 - Sundaystamper
#3 - Wei
#5 - !neke
#9 - Joyce M.
#15 - Sidan

Congratulations to all of our winners!  

Our blog would not have reached this milestone without our challenge supporters and participants, and we are truly grateful for all of you.  Here's to the next five years! 

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Challenge #251 - Sketch

Hello! It's Samantha here, with my final sketch for the month. It's been great to see everyone's creativity each week. I chose a nice easy sketch for this challenge. Looking forward to seeing what you all can come up with.


Feel free to flip or rotate the sketch when creating your card.

Here is some inspiration from the design team to jump start your creativity:

Beverley

Cathy

Emily

Fiona


Karen


Patricia

Guest Designer - Colien


Our challenge requirements are listed in the Challenge Rules tab. Please read them carefully before linking your card. Happy crafting!


Challenge End Time: 6:00 p.m. Eastern U.S. time/11:00 p.m. London U.K. time Monday, December 4, 2017


Friday, November 24, 2017

Weekly Winners Sketch challenge #249

Thank you to everyone who participated in last week's challenge!  We loved seeing what everyone created! The Design Team has chosen the following cards as our Weekly Winners.  In order of entry into the challenge, we congratulate:

 



Awesome job, everyone! Please feel welcome to copy our winners' badge and display it on your blog:



If you haven't played along with us yet this week, there is still time to join in our current challenge: #250 - Colours. You have until 6:00 p.m. Eastern U.S. time/11:00 p.m. London U.K. time Monday, November 27 to link your card to the challenge post. We'd love to have you join us!