You’re the Best (Snowflake)

It is time for another CAS Colours & Sketches challenge. Check out the latest challenge:

And here is my take:

You're the Best | by karen @ carefree creations

I figured I really should do some sort of seasonal card, so I went with snowflakes. Since I wanted a CAS card, I kept the pattern paper to a minimum. I love plaid – and chose a pattern that was dense without a lot of white showing. I also wanted darker colors so the white snowflake would stand out.

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A Little About the Challenge: This weekly challenge is posted on Thursday, and alternates between color and sketch (if there is a 5th week in the month you get the double dose of color & sketch).

you’re the best
Stamps: Because You (My Favorite Things – MFT);
Ink: Versamark (Tsukineko);
Paper: White (Papertrey Ink – PTI); Blueberry (MFT); Polar Pals pattern paper (Doodlebug);
Other: Fancy Flakes die, Sentiment Splits Curve Vertical die (PTI);
Technique: heat embossing;

Make a Wish(bone)

I squeezed in one more card this weekend. This time for Addicted to CAS challenge, whose code word is Wish.

Here is what I came up with:

Make a Wish(bone) | by karen @ carefree creations

My mind first went to making a wish on a star, but as I was reviewing my stamp index, I saw this wishbone and knew it would be perfect. I chose purple because it has a mystic feeling to it.

Originally, I stamped just the wishbones, but it wasn’t enough, so I added some stars to add a bit more interest and color. I colored everything with Copics and tried to do subtle variations in the coloring to add depth too.

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make a wish
Stamps: My Lucky Charm (Lawn Fawn); Chit Chat (Paper Smooches – PS);
Ink: Rich Cocoa (Momento); markes (Copic);
Paper: heavy White (GinaK); Grape Jelly (My Favorite Things);
Other: Bookplates die (PS);
Challenge: Addicted to CAS

Welcome Spring

This card is for the Less is More challenge where the theme is New Beginnings.

Welcome Spring | by karen @ carefree creations

The challenge theme, New Beginnings, makes me think baby – and I don’t need a baby card. I got to thinking and decided that spring brings new beginnings and I thought a flower bud was a perfect symbol of that.

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Welcome Spring
Stamps: Year of Flowers: Rose, Wreath for All Seasons (Papertrey Ink – PTI);
Ink: Noir Black (Palette); Spun Sugar, Worn Lipstick, Pickled Raspberries, Peeled Paint, Shabby Shutters Distress Ink (Ranger);
Paper: White, Spring Moss (PTI);
Other: Doily Details die, Angled Labels die, Sweet Blush ribbon (PTI);
Technique: watercoloring;
Challenge: Less is More

Be Careful

Today’s card is for the CASology challenge where the cue card is: Cut.

Be Careful | by karen @ carefree creations

When I first saw the cue card, Cut, I immediately thought about an injury (probably because I’m accident prone, lol). I’ve done a card similar to this before, so I tried to change it up a bit – angle the cut, use distressing, no white.

The sentiment is stamped with alphabet set.

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Be Careful
Stamps: Healthy Vibes, Alphadot (Paper Smooches);
Ink: Dapper Denim (StampinUp – SU); Dark Chocolate (Papertrey Ink – PTI);
Paper: Dapper Denim (SU); Sea Glass (Simon Says Stamp); Kraft, Pure Poppy (PTI);
Technique: distressing
Challenge: CASology challenge

Bold Flower Thank You

It is time for another CAS Colours & Sketches challenge. Check out the latest challenge:

And here is my take:

Bold Flower Thank You | by karen @ carefree creations

When I came up with this color scheme, I knew I would do a two-toned flower. Of course, I thought it would be layered, but I really love the leaf image in this set – and since I couldn’t do two-toned leaves, this style leaf was a good alternative to give it interest.

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A Little About the Challenge: This weekly challenge is posted on Tuesday, and alternates between color and sketch (if there is a 5th week in the month you get the double dose of color & sketch).

Thank You
Stamps: Ruby Rose, Keep it Simple Thank You (Papertrey Ink – PTI);
Ink: Watermelon Wonder, Flirty Flamingo, Island Indigo (Stampin Up); Smokey Shadow (PTI);
Paper: White (PTI);
Other: Ruby Rose die (PTI);

You’re So Sweet

Today I finished my card for Less is More.

You're so Sweet | by karen @ carefree creations

The Less is More challenge is one-layer with the theme favorite drink. My favorite drink is ice tea. I do NOT like sweet tea, but the sentiment worked.

I tried to do liquid masking on the ice cubes, but the edges were not tight. Once the liquid was stamped, I peeled off the liquid mask and watercolored the ice cubes.

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You’re so Sweet
Stamps: Mixed Drinks (Stampin Up – SU);
Ink: Surf Blue (Simon Says Stamp); Dusty Durango (SU); Aqua Mist, Melon Berry (Papertrey Ink – PTI);
Paper: White (PTI);
Technique: one-layer card;
Challenge: Less is More

Nutty for You

Playing along with CASology.

Nutty for You | by karen @ carefree creations

The challenge cue is Forest. I had another plan, but it didn’t work for me. I ended up here instead. I broke out my Copics, which I haven’t used in ages. I stamped the acorn three times so that I could layer the finished product up (it also made it so much easier to color).

The wood grain image is inked with a sponge to have it fade on the side.

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nutty for you
Stamps: Falling for You, Kissables (Paper Smooches);
Ink: Black (Momento);
Paper: White (Papertrey Ink);
Other: markers (Copic);
Challenge: CASology

Big Smooch

This is my busy time at work, but I am definitely going to carve time on the weekend for stamping. Today I made a card for the CAS(e) This Sketch challenge.

Big Smooch | by karen @ carefree creations

I had this kiss set out on my desk for another card and I thought the large image would be perfect for this sketch. When I added the bling where the sketch had an accent, it looks likes a beauty mark.

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love you
Stamps: Smooches (Lil Inkers);
Ink: Primrose Petals (Stampin Up); Versamark (Tsukineko);
Paper: White, Black (PTI);
Other: white embossing powder (Hero Arts); rhinestone (Kaiser)
Challenge: CAS(e) This Sketch

Quilled Congratulations

It is time for another CAS Colours & Sketches challenge. Check out the latest challenge:

And here is my take:

Quilled Congratulations | by karen @ carefree creations

When I designed this sketch, I wanted a dripping/draped feel to the image. While I didn’t use a conventional floral image, my card is pretty much what I envisioned.

I love this quilled image set. To stamp this, I first used a light grey ink, then stamped with solid images – not everywhere, but most. Then I re-stamped with Versamark and gold embossed the outlines.

I hope you join us at CAS Colours & Sketches!

Thanks for stopping by!

A Little About the Challenge: This weekly challenge is posted on Tuesday, and alternates between color and sketch (if there is a 5th week in the month you get the double dose of color & sketch).

Congratulations
Stamps: Quilled Elegance (Papertrey Ink – PTI); Bravo (StmapinUp – SU);
Ink: Crisp Cantaloupe, Poppy Parade, Island Indigo (SU); Tropical Teal (My Favorite Things – MFT);
Paper: White (PTI); Tropical Teal (MFT);
Other: gold emboss powder (Filigree);
Technique: heat embossing;

You Made My Day

Today’s card is for Freshly Made Sketches challenge

Here is my card:

You Made my Day | by karen @ carefree creations

This week’s sketch is very versatile. I decided to break out an old wheel – this is one that I love but I don’t think I’ve ever used it! I love the quirky flowers and leaves. (Though, I am thinking about cutting the dots out of the rubber to make it a bit more modern feeling.)

My preferred card making style is CAS. I tend to go in spurts with white or colored card bases. I seem to be on a color base trend now. I love yellow, it is a happy color, but I struggle to use it as a card base. I like how this card finished up.

Once I decided how to do the sentiment, I added a scallop peeking out from the yellow border strip to help tie together with the sentiment panel.

Thanks for taking a peek!

You Made my Day
Stamps: Tweet Time wheel, Best of Greetings (Stampin Up);
Ink: New Leaf, Melon Berry (Papertrey Ink – PTI);
Paper: Bright Buttercup, White (PTI); Lemon Chiffon (My Favorite Things);
Other: Limitless Layers Circle die, Heart Border die (PTI);
Challenge: Freshly Made Sketches