Copper Butterfly

It is time for another CASology challenge. Check out the latest challenge – COPPER!

Here is my take:

Copper Butterfly | by karen h @ carefree creations

I have some old copper embossing powder and decided I would use that for this challenge. (Since I couldn’t come up with a useable police pun….)

This butterfly set is old, but I still love it. I knew there wouldn’t be much to the card if I only embossed the image & sentiment. As I was looking through my index, I realized I could cut/impress the clouds and give some white-on-white texture. I added a touch of blue sponging just to highlight the butterfly even more.

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Birthday Wishes
Stamps: Butterfly Kisses (Papertrey Ink – PTI);
Ink: Versamark (Tsukineko); Tumbled Glass Distress (Ranger);
Paper: White (PTI);
Other: Copper embossing powder (Stampin’Up); Blue Skies impression plate (PTI);

Hello, Mr. Blue Jay

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

And here is my take:

Hello Mr Bluejay | by karen h @ carefree creations

When I first saw that blue, I thought Blue Jay! I think I miss those annoying birds! I grew up in Virginia and we always had those noisy pests…but now I’ve been in Colorado for awhile and I have not seen (or heard) them. I’ll have to pay more attention when I visit home next time.

Once I decided on Blue Jay, the green was a no brainer (leaves). I wasn’t sure how I’d incorporate the yellow, but I thought I might sponge it in the background. When it came time to actually do that, I didn’t like the idea. Instead I pulled out some old pattern paper and added a little border – which can also function as the tree trunk.

I love how the sentiment snugs right into the branches.

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).

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Stamps: Winter Woods (Papertrey Ink – PTI);
Ink: Pacific Point, Pear Pizzaz, Crumb (Stampin’Up-SU); black (PTI);
Paper: White (PTI); Prints DSP – Saffron (SU);
Other: Winter Woods die (PTI);

Mother’s Day at the Waterfront

Mother's Day at the Waterfront | by karen h @ carefree creations

This is the card I made for my mother – Happy Mother’s Day, Mom!

With her love of the beach, I thought this set would be perfect. I used the distress inks to make the sky & water and then heat set it. I stamped the images without wetting it more. The mountain is done in Mossy Meadow, but looks really brown in the photo.

I finished off the card with a bit of DSP and a tag. I didn’t have a “mother’s day” sentiment that would fit the tag so I just went with the underlying sentiment of sending my love.

Thanks for taking a peek!

love you much
Stamps: Waterfront, Well Scripted (Stampin’Up – SU);
Ink: Distress: Tumbled Glass, Broken China, Salty Ocean, Chipped Sapphire (Ranger); Night of Navy, Mossy Meadow, Tranquil Tide (SU); Kraft (Papertrey Ink-PTI);
Paper: Watercolor (Ranger); So Saffron, Night of Navy, Maritime DSP (SU);
Other: Painting Medium in Opaque White (Copic); twine (SU); Tremendous Tags die (PTI);

Just a Thought Away

Just a Thought Away | by karen h @ carefree creations

I loved the card I made earlier that I did another. I softened the colors and positioned the bouquet just a bit more north-east.

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You’re never more than a thought away
Stamps: Fall Florals, Flashy Florals (My Favorite Things – MFT); Whimsical Words (Stampin’Up-SU);
Ink: Pale Plum, Crisp Canteloupe, River Rock, Mellow Moss, Always Artichoke, Soft Sky (SU); Pure Plum Persimmon (MFT); Prairie Grass, Ocean Tides (Papertrey Ink-PTI); Espresso Truffle (Memento);
Paper: White (PTI);
Other: Stitched Circles die (Simon Says Stamp);

Mother’s Day Bouquet

Mother's Day Circle Bouquet | by karen h @ carefree creations

I made this card, but ended up not using it this year. It will either go in my free box (which I didn’t bring to work this year, hmmm) or I’ll save it for next year.

Thanks for taking a peek!

Wonderful Mother
Stamps: Fall Florals, Flashy Florals (My Favorite Things – MFT); Well Scripted (Stampin’Up);
Ink: Lovely Lady, Raspberry Fizz, Spring Moss, Prairie Grass, New Leaf, Hawaiian Shores, Tropical Teal (Papertrey Ink – PTI); Dill Pickle (MFT); Purely Pomegranate (Stampin’Up); Espresso Truffle (Memento);
Paper: White (PTI);
Other: Stitched Circles die (Simon Says Stamp);

Mother’s Day Cascade

Mother's Day Cascade | by karen h @ carefree creations

Since I had this flower set out, I made another Mother’s Day card.

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Happy Mother’s Day
Stamps: Round Roses (Clearly Besotted); Keep it Simple: Mothers Day (Papertrey Ink-PTI);
Ink: Pure Plum (My Favorite Things); Pale Plum, Mellow Moss, Always Artichoke (Stampin’UP);
Paper: White (PTI); Slate (Simon Says Stamp);
Other: White embossing powder (Hero Arts); Keep it Simple Frames die (PTI);

Make Waves

It is time for another CASology challenge. Check out the latest challenge – Marine!

Here is my take:

Make Waves | by karen h @ carefree creations

This challenge has made me realize I have lots of marine stamps! I haven’t used this whale set yet so this was the perfect time!

I really like Heather’s card so I CASEd it.

I hope you join us at CASology – and, for more inspiration, check out the other design team members:

Thanks for stopping by!

make waves
Stamps: Keep Swimming (Papertrey Ink – PTI);
Ink: After Midnight (My Favorite Things); Tumbled Glass, Salty Ocean, Mermaid Lagoon, Broken China distress inks (Ranger);
Paper: White (PTI); Tempting Turquoise (Stampin’Up); Watercolor (Ranger);
Other: Stitched Rectangle die (Lil Inkers);

Mother’s Day Flowers

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

And here is my take:

Mother's Day Flowers | by karen h @ carefree creations

Since I need to make a few mother’s day cards, I thought I should take advantage of such a versatile sketch and fill one of those slots.

I know the position of the leaves is a bit odd on the top flower, but I like the symmetry of having the top & bottom leaves in the corners.

I didn’t want to go black or brown for the sentiment – felt it was too stark. I found a dark purple that went well with the images and I’m really happy with that result. I positioned the sentiment die so it overlapped a couple flowers and the swoosh of the “y” goes to the edge of the card.

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).

Happy Mother’s Day
Stamps: Round Roses (Clearly Besotted); One Big Happy (Papertrey Ink-PTI);
Ink: Pure Plum (My Favorite Things); Pale Plum, Mellow Moss, Always Artichoke, Blackberry Bliss (Stampin’Up-SU);
Paper: White (PTI); Blackberry Bliss (SU);
Other: One Big Happy die (PTI);

Fiercely Awesome

It is time for another CASology challenge. Check out the latest challenge – Jungle!

Here is my take:

Fiercely Awesome | by karen h @ carefree creations

This set is still new enough to me that I wanted to play with it again. I used a cloud stencil to create the sky behind the tiger.

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You are Fiercely Awesome
Stamps: Fierce Friends (My Favorite Things – MFT); Palm Prints (Papertrey Ink – PTI);
Ink: Black (Memento); Versamark (Tsukineko); markers (Copic); New Leaf (PTI); Dill Pickle (MFT); Tumbled Glass distress ink (Ranger);
Paper: White, New Leaf (PTI);
Other: Mini Cloud stencil, Fierce Friends die (MFT); Palm Prints die (PTI); White embossing powder (Hero Arts);

Oceans of Joy

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

And here is my take:

Oceans of Joy | by karen h @ carefree creations

A seahorse is not an animal I would normally think of for pink. I was looking up ocean animals for another project and saw a pink seahorse and knew I would use that for this challenge!

To stamp the seahorse, I stamped the base layer with a second-generation inking. The second layer is a full-strength inking. The third layer (hard to see as it isn’t much) I used the same grey as the sentiment.

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).

Wishing you Oceans of Joy
Stamps: Color Layering: Seahorse, Color Layering: Octopus (Hero Arts);
Ink: Soft Sky, Berry Burst, Sahara Sand (Stampin’Up); Smokey Shadow (Papertrey Ink-PTI);
Paper: White (PTI);
Other: Seahorse die (Hero Arts);