50th Birthday

50th Birthday - by karen @ carefree creations

My sister-in-law is turning 50 tomorrow. This is the card I created for her. I used the Cardabilities #131 sketch. As usual, I stayed close to the sketch.

I really wanted a soft, feminine card…so I chose my colors accordingly. I ended up not stamping a thing!

Thanks for taking a peek!

Stamps: none!
Ink: none
Cardstock: Sweet Blush, Bery Sorbet, Spring Moss (PTI); Sea Glass (SSS);
Other: Sweet Blush ribbon, By the Numbers die, Parisian Lace die, Limitless Layers Circle die (PTI); Leafy Branch die (Taylored Expressions); handmade paper (stash);

Celebrating 75

Celebrating 75 - by karen @ carefree creations

My father-in-law turns 75 tomorrow! This is the card I created for him.

I used a CAS(e) This Sketch. I’m such a rule follower – my sketch cards are generally right on target, but this card even uses diamonds like in the sketch! I did add a couple more diamonds, but I felt it was necessary.

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Celebrating 75
Stamps: Birthday Wishes, Happy Harlequin (PTI);
Ink: Island Indigo, Pear Pizzazz, Baked Brown Sugar (SU);
Cardstock: White (PTI); Island Indigo (SU);
Other: By the Numbers die (PTI);

Chalkboard Blessing


Today is PTI’s blog Hop. And this is the inspiration:

I started my card as soon as the inspiration was posted (a first for me, I think!). I knew right away what I wanted to do – and I needed lots of time!

Chalkboard Blessing - by karen @ carefree creations

This card is for my wonderful husband. I started by white embossing the main sentiment. Then I used white pigment ink to stamp the other words as well as the leaves. I set it aside to dry. After it was dry, I sponged white ink around the main sentiment. More drying time. I used colored pencils to color the leaves.

I finished off the card with some felt acorns and various fibers.

Thanks for taking a peek!

You Are My Blessing
Stamps: Leaf Prints, Basket of Blessings, Hello Sunshine, Top Ten, Top Ten Additions (PTI); Woodgrain background (SU);
Ink: White, Kraft, Smokey Shadow (PTI);
Cardstock: Kraft, Smokey Shadow (PTI);
Other: Autumn Acorns die, Harvest Gold & Dark Chocolate felt (PTI); orange raffia (stash); grey bakers twine (SU); white embossing (Hero Arts); colored pencils (Prismacolor);
Technique: chalkboard;

We Miss You

Miss You - by karen @ carefree creations

I made this one for the RetroSketches #182 challenge.

To make the heart frame, I just used two heart dies. I die cut the larger heart first, then centered the smaller heart die over the large heart die cut and ran it through the Big Shot.

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Missing You
Stamps: Label Love (Altenew); From Us (Simon Says Stamp); Peaceful Garden (PTI);
Ink: Graphite (Brilliance);
Cardstock: White, New Leaf, Pure Poppy (PTI);
Other: USA Map die (Frantic Stamper); Large Holiday Shapes (Simon Says Stamp);

Dancing Fools

Dancing Fools - by karen @ carefree creations

I feel like I’m finally getting into a groove with my schedule. And I’m enjoying stamping again (which is a good thing considering….)!!

I started this card last night for the CASual Fridays #143 theme challenge of Music. I tried to work in a sketch but it just wasn’t taking, so I slept on it – and came up with a fun idea.

I’m so stoked with how this turned out! I’ve loved seeing cards that use outline images just as they are – no coloring (like the ones … man, I thought it was Susan Raihala that did the post, but now I can’t find it and I’m so far behind in my blog reading that it could have been posted weeks ago….does any one remember the post I’m talking about???).

Anyway, I have loads of non-colored image cards in my inspiration file and I finally found a way to do it without copying someone else! Seriously, this makes me happy!

I did decide that I need to get a few different sizes of googly eyes for my stash – these images are drawn with different sized eyeballs and I would have loved to carry that through with the googly eyes.

OK, I gotta get or I’ll be late for work.

Thanks for taking a peek!

Happy Halloween
Stamps: Booglie Eyes, Grateful Greetings (SU); Keep it Simple: Halloween (PTI); Spooky Music (October Afternoon);
Ink: Lavender Moon, Black (PTI);
Cardstock: Lavender Moon, White (PTI);
Other: googlie eyes (SU);
Technique: fussy cutting

Thanksgiving Basket

I had time to stamp this evening and I used the time to do a challenge (I miss stamping for challenges!!). This one is for Freshly Made Sketches #204.

Thanksgiving Basket - by karen @ carefree creations

I’m still stamping my Thanksgiving cards and I recently purchased this stamp set (mostly for the sentiments, which I actually didn’t use on this card, but I have fallen in love with the image too!) and wanted to use it. Lots of detail stamping, but it was actually pretty easy to do! I loved picking all the inks, that was the fun part!

This is a very simple card which follows the sketch fairly closely (only the sizing of layers varies from the sketch).

Thanks for taking a peek!

Happy Thanksgiving
Stamps: Basket of Blessings, Keep it Simple: Thanksgiving (PTI);
Ink: Kraft, Dark Chocolate, Orange Zest, Ripe Avocado, Summer Sunrise (PTI); Crisp Cantaloupe, Soft Sky, Daffodil Delight, Riding Hood Red (SU);
Cardstock: Rustic Cream, Orange Zest, Dark Chocolate (PTI); Riding Hood Red (SU);
Other: Stitched Rectangles die (Lil Inkers); FMS204 sketch

Thankful Wreath

Thanksgiving Wreath - by karen @ carefree creations

Another Thanksgiving card. This one is very simple – practically a one-layer card (depending on your definition).

I started by stamping the banner onto the card base. Using that as a guide, I stamped the leaves and flowers. The actual banner is stamped on white, fussy-cut, and popped-up on the card base.

I chose to go with Sarah Sand as the card base because I wanted the white banner to pop, but still have the colors of the leaves to show true.

Autumn cards that have a touch of blue have been catching my eye for awhile now and I just had to try it for myself.

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Thankful for you
All supplies StampinUp unless otherwise noted.
Stamps: Endless Thanks;
Ink: Sarah Sand, Soft Suede, Old Olive, Pumpkin Pie, Hello Honey, Lost Lagoon, Rich Razzleberry;
Cardstock: Sarah Sand, White;

Thanksgiving Quilt

Now that I’ve completed my Halloween cards, I’m on to Thanksgiving cards.

Thanksgiving Quilt - by karen @ carefree creations

I knew I wanted to do a “quilt” card using this die, and when I looked for inspirtion, I found a card that I just had to CASE – this one by Jen Carter.

I’m still in love with these girly autumn colors.

Thanks for taking a peek!

Happy Thanksgiving
Stamps: Circles & Diamonds (Lil Inkers); Keep it Simple: Thanksgiving (PTI);
Ink: So Saffron, Crisp Cantaloupe (SU); Autumn Rose, Scarlet Jewel, Soft Stone (PTI);
Cardstock: Autumn Rose, White (PTI);
Other: Circles & Diamonds die (Lil Inkers); white embossing powder (Hero Arts); white twine (SU);

Trick or Treat

Candy Corn - by karen @ carefree creations

This is my final Halloween card (at least of ones I’m sending out this year…no telling if I’m inspired over the next month to make another one). I do think this might be my favorite of the bunch (though, honestly, I’m quite happy with most of the cards – what a novel idea!).

I used a recent RetroSketch (though not in time for their deadline).

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Trick or Treat
Stamps: Halloween Backgrounds (SU);
Ink: Orange Zest (PTI);
Cardstock: Black, White (PTI); Lemon Drop (MFT);
Other: Tricky Trio die (PTI);

Halloween Home

Halloween Home - by karen @ carefree creations

I sketched this out a week or so ago. I like the concept of it, but I wish I had made the main panel a bit longer and the striped panel a little shorter, but done is done.

Not much to say about this card.

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Happy Halloween
Stamps: Holiday Home (SU); Keep it Simple: Halloween (PTI):
Ink: Cajun Craze (SU);
Cardstock: More Mustard, Old Olive, White (SU):
Other: Creepy Crawly DSP (SU); thread (stash);