80s Prep

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

And here is my take:

Thanks | by karen @ carefree creations

I was a bit stumped at first with these colors, but I knew I could use some fun & funky flowers and make it work. I found an old Freshly Made Sketch and everything started to come together.

The circle frame is popped up. The inner circle is flat on the card base and has a bit of navy spritzed on it.

After I stamped and die cut the flowers, I decided they needed a bit more interest so I added some navy accents. The top flower felt too solid so I added a rhinestone (which led me to add more rhinestones on the card), and the bottom flower needed even more interest so I white embossed a dot to the center.

The sentiment was white embossed on navy cardstock and then fussy cut.

When I was done, the card reminded me of my teenage years with all the 80s neon and preppy argyle.

This turned out to be one of my favorite cards – which is why I love 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).

thanks
Stamps: Botanicals 3, Debonair, Sentiment Sampler (Paper Smooches – PS);
Ink: Night of Navy, Lemon Lime Twist, Flirty Flamingos (Stampin’Up – SU); Versamark (Tsukineko);
Paper: White (Papertrey Ink); Night of Navy (SU);
Other: Botanicals 3 die (PS); Stitched Circle dies (Simon Says Stamp); white embossing powder, rhinestones (Hero Arts); Mini Dimensionals, Spritzer tool (SU);
Challenge: Freshly Made Sketch #295

Boss is a Big Deal

Happy Boss’s Day! My final card:

Big Deal | by karen @ carefree creations

The sentiment is printed.

To stamp the cup (which is a solid stamp, unlike the other images which are outline), I used tape to mask the bottom off and stamped the lid/straw with black ink; then reverse masked and stamped the solid cup with blue. I did use some markers to add some shading to the cup.

Thanks for taking a peek!

You’re a Big Deal
Stamps: Think Fast (Paper Smooches – PS);
Ink: Black (Memento); markers (Copic); Blueberry Sky (Papertrey Ink – PTI)
Paper: Kraft, White (PTI);
Other: BinnerD font (FFonts); Think Fast die (PS); Stitched Rectangle die (Lil Inkers);

Let’s Taco About Boss’s Day

Here is my second, punny, boss’s day card:

Taco About Awesome | by karen @ carefree creations

I colored the taco first and used those colors to determine what cardstock I chose.

The sentiment is printed. I used an oooooold font from Creative Keepsakes (I can’t remember if it was free or on one of the many disks I purchased back then).

The card base is done with a piece from a “sampler” pack of paper. I really like it – will probably need to buy some!

Thanks for taking a peek!

Let’s Taco
Stamps: Calorie Free (Paper Smooches – PS); Southwest Style (Papertrey Ink – PTI);
Ink: Black (Momento); markers (Copic): Crushed Curry (Stampin’Up – SU);
Paper: Sunshine (Simon Says Stamp); White (PTI); Cherry Cobbler (SU);
Other: CK Road Trip font (Creative Keepsakes); Calorie Free die (PS);

Boss’s Day – Donut Pun!

National Boss’s Day is Monday, October 16 this year. My coworkers decided that the cards should be funny (last year I did nice/pretty cards). My sense of humor is a bit demented, dark, and sarcastic, so this was a hard task. Thankfully the internet did not fail me and I found some really good puns to go off of. Here is the first of 3 cards:

Donut Without You | by karen @ carefree creations

The colored splattered background is supposed to be reminiscent of sprinkles and is done with Distress ink.

The donuts are colored with Copics and the icing bit covered with Stickles.

I printed the sentiment – except “DONUT” which is a stamp.

Thanks for taking a peek!

Donut … Without You
Stamps: I Love Donuts (Simon Says Stamp);
Ink: Black (Momento); markers (Copic); Honey Nut (Papertrey Ink – PTI); Distress Seedless Preserves, Distress Worn Lipstick, Distress Squeezed Lemonade (Ranger);
Paper: White (PTI); Regal Rose (Stampin’Up);
Other: FrnkGothitc Demi font (DaFont); Rock Candy Stickles (Ranger); Stitched Rectangles (Lil Inkers);

Happy Anniversary

My brother was married on Friday, October 13 (mostly because Halloween is his wife’s *favorite* holiday). This is the first time October 13 has been on a Friday since their wedding.

Anniversary Bouquet | by karen @ carefree creations

I bought this awesome digital image just for making cards for his wife – so I had to break it out for this card! I colored the image with Copics.

The layout and splatters were inspired by an awesome card by Chantal.

Thanks for taking a peek!

Happy Anniversary
Stamps: Halloween Bouquet digi (Wax Fruit Company); Bannerific (Lawn Fawn); Damask Designs (Papertrey Ink – PTI);
Ink: markers (Copic); Spring Rain, Enchanted Evening (PTI);
Paper: White, Spring Rain (PTI);
Other: Femme Frames die (Mama Elephant); Herringbone impression (PTI); rhinestones (Kaiser);
Inspired from: Nailed It card by Chantal

Trio of Spiders

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

And here is my take:

Trio of Spiders | by karen @ carefree creations

Most of the stamps are from the retired Bite Me photopolymer set from Stampin’Up. I needed 3 spiders though, so I also grabbed my Spooky Sweets 2 set from Papertrey. All 3 spiders are fussy cut (that was a bit intense!) because with this being so simple and hardly any color, I needed something for depth/interest. The webs are embossed. I dragged my Versamark pad along the edge and embossed that as well. The sentiment is stamped in grey.

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 Halloween
Stamps: Bite Me (Stampin’Up); Spooky Sweets 2 (Papertrey Ink – PTI);
Ink: Graphite Black Brilliance, Versamark (Tsukineko); Charcoal (Palette);
Paper: Winter Wisteria (PTI);
Other: Silver Pearl embossing (Wow);

Sympathy Botanicals

Sadly I needed a couple sympathy cards this past month. I only had one in my stash, so I needed to create one. As with most folks, I find it hard to stamp these cards when I need them. You’ll probably see more over the next few months so I can build up my stash again.

Sympathy Botanicals | by karen @ carefree creations

I picked three colors that were muted and, to me, peaceful. I used the botanical images to lead to the sentiment.

The frame is three layers. I used a Japanese screw punch to create the holes.

Thanks for taking a peek!

Deepest Sympathies
Stamps: Botanicals 2, Salutations (Paper Smooches – PS);
Ink: Winter Wisteria, Simply Chartreuse, Ocean Tides, Dark Chocolate (Papertey Ink – PTI);
Paper: Rustic Cream, Kraft (PTI);
Other: Bookplates die (PS); twine (Stampin’Up);

Elegant Thanksgiving

You know how you get an idea in your head and it won’t go away until you embrace it? I made this card for the latest CC&S challenge, but felt it was a little too much for a clean and simple challenge. Still, I really like this card!

Elegant Thanksgiving | by karen @ carefree creations

Except for the sentiment, all the images are from one set! I used the flourishes to make a nest for the pumpkins and the medallion to create the background.

The pumpkins are fussy cut, but that was easy enough.

Thanks for taking a peek!

Happy Thanksgiving
Stamps: Fall Elegance, Keep it Simple – Thanksgiving (Papertrey Ink – PTI);
Ink: Pumpkin Pie, Pear Pizzazz (Stampin’Up – SU); Kraft, Dark Chocolate (PTI);
Paper: Kraft, Rustic Cream (PTI); Pumpkin Pie (SU);

Thankful for You

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

And here is my take:

Thankful for You | by karen @ carefree creations

Yay – a one-layer card! I think I went the direct opposite from the card I originally made for this challenge (I’ll post it later this week). To give this card some interest, I stamped the tree leaves in two colors.

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).

thankful for you
Stamps: Sheltering Tree (StampinUp – SU);
Ink: Pumpkin Pie, Pear Pizzazz, Crumb Cake (SU);
Paper: White (Papertrey Ink);

Happy Fall

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

And here is my take:

Happy Fall | by karen @ carefree creations

I’m so ready for autumn!

I almost always reach for a white card base, but I wanted something different this time. Once I knew what I was stamping – and that I could die cut them all out, my base could be any color. I like this pale blue – and it adds just enough crisp feeling to the autumn colors.

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 Fall
Stamps: Autumn Acorns, Mums the Word (Papertrey Ink – PTI);
Ink: Crushed Curry, Early Espresso (Stampin’Up – SU); Terracotta Tile, Saffron Spice, Canyon Clay (PTI); Espresso (Altenew);
Paper: Soft Sky (SU); Rustic Cream (PTI);
Other: Autumn Acorns die (PTI);