You’re a Gem

This is actually the first card I made for the latest CC&S challenge.

You're a Gem | by karen @ carefree creations

When I was done, I just felt it was a little too busy for a CAS card (for my level of comfort). Still, a pretty card and worth sharing.

Thanks for taking a peek!

You’re a Gem
Stamps: You’re a Gem (Papertrey Ink – PTI);
Ink: Tranquil Tide, Perfect Plum, Dapper Denim (Stampin’Up);
Paper: White (PTI);
Other: Stitched Rectangle die (Lil Inkers);

Framed in Regals

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

And here is my take:

Framed in Regals | by karen @ carefree creations

This was a challenging one for me. While I love regal colors in my wardrobe, I usually create with brights or earth tones. Since these colors were so close in value, I picked stamps that included details to help provide the interest/texture.

I hope you join us at CAS Colours & Sketches!

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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).

A very happy birthday 2 you
Stamps: Ruby Rose, Framed Out 1 (Papertrey Ink);
Ink: Perfect Plum, Tranquil Tide, Dapper Denim (Stampin’Up);
Paper: White (PTI);
Other: Heart Squared die (PTI);

Perfect in My Book

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

And here is my take:

Perfect in My Book | by karen @ carefree creations

I love books. My house is filled with books. When this set was released I bought it immediately, but this is the first time I’ve used the set. It fit perfectly with the sketch!

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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).

You’re perfect in my book.
Stamps: To Thine Own Shelf (Simon Says Stamp – SSS);
Ink: Cocoa Bean, Terracotta Tile, Ocean Tides, Autumn Rose, Melon Berry, Ripe Avocado, Prairie Grass, Plum PUdding (Papertrey Ink – PTI); Delightful Dijon, Summer Starfruit, Crisp Cranberry, Blue Bayou (Stampin’Up); Soft Navy (SSS);
Paper: White (PTI);

Autumn Vine

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

And here is my take:

Autumn Vine | by karen @ carefree creations

This color scheme made me think of Autumn. I wasn’t ready to break out the pumpkins yet, so I went with a vine and gingham combination. The Vine & Berry set is one of my favorites from way back.

My layout was somewhat decided by the imperfect stamping of the wheel. I used the vine to cover up the worst of the overlap. The vine is fussy cut and the sentiment is popped-up but nestled in the vine.

I hope you join us at CAS Colours & Sketches!

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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).

Happy Birthday
Stamps: Vine & Berry, Gingham wheel, Label Love (Stampin’Up)
Ink: Fresh Fig, Always Artichoke, Tangerine Tango (SU);
Paper: Rustic Cream (Papertrey Ink);

A Rose for Your Day

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

And here is my take:

Enjoy This Day | by karen @ carefree creations

This week’s colors are so soft – and perfect for florals! I feel like this is a bit modern with the grey outline so it gives these retired colors some new life.

The rose has two patterns of pink – the inner petals have a darker polka dot and the outer petals have a white polka dot. I thought it was a cool way to add a touch of dimension.

I hope you join us at CAS Colours & Sketches!

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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).

Enjoy This Day
Stamps: Flap Happy (Paper Smooches);
Ink: Espresso Truffle (Momento);
Paper: Stone Gray, Gravel Gray (My Favorite Things); Pretty in Pink, Certainly Celery, Bashbul Blue patterns (StampinUp);
Other: Roses die (Paper Smooches);
Technique: paper piecing;

Bitty Bird Friends

Hi all! I am honored to be a guest designer at Addicted to CAS. The challenge is FRIENDS.

And here is my take:

Bitty Bird Friends | by karen @ carefree creations

I love word challenges – they are so open to interpretation! I was able to find lots of images in my index that I could use for a friend card, but I settled on these little birds as I haven’t used them in ages.

I did alter the sentiment. Instead of “friend” it ended with “happy ending”. I just trimmed those two words off and stamped the sentiment then went back and stamped the “friend”. I like how it is a bit bigger than the rest as it brings the focus.

I stamped all my images with Antique Linen distress and then used other distress inks to watercolor. Not only did that make coloring so much easier, but I was also able to extend the branch to the length I needed. After doing the branch, leaves, and birds, I let it dry. Then I went back and added the blue circle (can you believe that is done just by eyeing it?!!). After that was dry, I masked off the birds and did a bit of splattering with the darker blue for some texture.

I hope you’ll join in at Addicted to CAS!

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Every day…
Stamps: Little Bitty Bird (Papertrey Ink);
Ink: Noir (Palette); Antique Linen, Gathered Twigs, Pine Needles, Mustard Seed, Tumbled Glass, Salty Ocean Distress Inks (Ranger);
Paper: watercolor;

Butterfly Thoughts

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

And here is my take:

Butterfly Thoughts | by karen @ carefree creations

I’ll be honest, I have no idea what I was thinking when I came up with this color scheme (besides summer – it was hot). I know I *had* an idea of what to stamp, but um…

Thankfully, I’m very happy with how this turned out!

The background is stamped just on the top portion of the card base, then a small strip of Bermuda was added to strengthen the edge. The butterflies are hand cut.

And some how I stamped the sentiment straight! Woohooo!

I hope you join us at CAS Colours & Sketches!

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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).

Good Thoughts
Stamps: Flutter (Close to My Heart); Perfect Pennants (Stampin’Up – SU); Etched Tribal Background (My Favorite Things);
Ink: Bermuda Bay, Crushed Curry, Calypso Coral (SU);
Paper: White (SU); Bermuda Bay (SU);

Sweet Strawberries

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

And here is my take:

Sweet Strawberries | by karen @ carefree creations

I’m also playing along with the Summer Fun challenge at AAA Cards

I love strawberries in the summer! So sweet and refreshing.

This strawberry image paired so nicely with the sketch, I just had to combine the challenges.

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).

sweet summertime
Stamps: Strawberry Patch (Papertrey Ink – PTI);
Ink: Pure Poppy, New Leaf, Bright Buttercup (PTI); Noir (Palette);
Paper: White (PTI);
Other: Stitched Rectangle dies (Lil Inkers);

Pineapple Greetings

Pineapple Greetings | by karen @ carefree creations

I carved out a bit of stamping today. This card worked out so well, I got 3 challenges together! I combined Less is More’s Tropical Fruit challenge with CAS(e) This Sketch and kept it all One-Layer for Addicted to CAS.

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I think my thought process is pretty obvious once you see all the challenges. I did choose the swoosh and sentiment because their style seemed to compliment the artsy rendering of the pineapple.

I am quite surprised at how quickly this one came together and I’m so happy with it.

Thanks for taking a peek!

hello
Stamps: Some Like it Hot, Wet Paint (Papertrey Ink – PTI); Sheltering Tree (StammpinUp – SU);
Ink: Lemon Lime Twist (SU); New Leaf, Bright Buttercup, Summer Sunrise, Dark Chocolate (PTI);
Paper: White (PTI);

Bugging You

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

And here is my take:

Bugging You | by karen @ carefree creations

So, I fell in love with this set when Stampin’Up brought it out last year. Of course I waited until it was on the retired list before I decided to buy it. I love the set, but never knew what to do with it.

The colors for this challenge stumped me until I saw the bugs and I knew just how to use the colors. I didn’t have a good sentiment in my stash, so I printed one out using a fun font from the internet.

My layout is inspired by this card by Susan Raihala.

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).

Hope I’m not bugging you!
Stamps: Beetles & Bugs, Gorgeous Grunge (Stampin’Up – SU);
Ink: Noir (Palette); Cajun Craze, Blushing Bride, Tempting Turquoise (SU);
Paper: Rustic White (Papertrey Ink);
Other: Barrio font (1001 Fonts);
Technique: masking;