Summer Flips

Last night I made a card for the Less is More challenge.

The LIM challenge this week is a sketch. The fun swoosh made me think of a river and that is how I came up with my card:

Summer Flip Flops | by karen @ carefree creations

I hand cut my river from pattern paper. The rest is pretty straight forward: die cut & stamp the flip flops; die cut & stamp the sentiment; assemble.

Thanks for taking a peek!

happy summer
Stamps: Flipping Out (Papertrey Ink – PTI);
Ink: Real Red, Daffodil Delight (Stampin Up – SU);
Paper: Maritime DSP, Coastal Cabana (SU); Kraft, White, Black (PTI);
Other: Flipping Out die, Sketched Shapes die (PTI); rhinestones;
Challenge: Less is More Challenge

Flag Inspired Fourth

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

And here is my take:

Flag Inspired Fourth | by karen @ carefree creations

Though this sketch seemed hard at first, I did come up with a few ideas. Some I just didn’t have the stamps for. When thinking about how to use stars, I realized that July 4th would be soon after the post and, using the flag for inspiration, the card came together quickly.

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 4th of July
Stamps: Keep it Simple: God Bless (Papertrey Ink – PTI);
Ink: Enchanted Evening (PTI);
Paper: White, Enchanted Evening, Pure Poppy (PTI);
Other: Seeing Stars die (PTI); Large Holiday Shapes – Hearts & Stars die (Simon Says Stamp) ; Basic Edges die (My Favorite Things);

Never Dull Your Sparkle

I’m on summer break from work, so I have a couple weeks to stamp! I’m hoping to engage in those challenges that I love, but never seem to have the energy to put ink to paper the rest of the year. Or course, I also downloaded some books from the library – here’s to finding balance, lol.

Today I am posting a card for CAS(e) This Sketch. I love sketches and find them the best for my creative process. Here is what I came up with:

Never Dull Your Sparkle | by karen @ carefree creations

Keeping the card clean & simple, I just did a watercolor wash directly on the card base. I added a glitter paper die cut. Originally I was going to back the die cut with a colored layer, but nothing was working and I realized that I liked the background showing through. The die is layered up to give it dimension. Since the sparkle isn’t clear in the main photo, here is a close up:

Thanks for taking a peek!

Never Dull Your Sparkle
Stamps: Sparkle & Shine (Wplus9);
Ink: Worn Lipstick, Picked Raspberry, Dusty Concord Distress (Ranger); Truffle (Momento);
Paper: white (Bristol); glitter (Stampin’Up);
Other: Diamonds die (My Favorite Things);
Challenge: CAS(e) This Sketch

PTI Blog Hop – June 2017

Today is Papertrey Ink’s June Blog Hop! Here is the inspiration they provided:

I was very drawn to the blue/green gradient on the bottle and that is where I started with my card:

Roses & Gradient | by karen @ carefree creations

I also liked how there was lots of space in the photo – the flowers actually took up very little space – so I kept my flowers on the small size too. To add a touch of interest, I added a few sequins.

Thanks for taking a peek!

very happy birthday
Stamps: Bitty Bouquets, Skinny (Papertrey Ink – PTI);
Ink: Island Indigo (Stampin’Up); Limeade Ice, Sweet Blush, Pale Peony, Lovely Lady, Harvest Gold, Melon Berry, Smokey Shadow (PTI);
Paper: White, Limeade Ice (PTI);
Other: Bitty Bouquets die (PTI); Stitched Rectangle die (Lil Inkers); Sequins (stash);

Southwest Hello

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

And here is my take:

Southwest Hello | by karen @ carefree creations

I really loved this color combo when I saw it. I wasn’t sure what I would do with it, but once I started looking, I knew this southwest feel would be perfect.

The inside of the motif is done with a copper Wink of Stella pen. It isn’t as sparkly as I would like, but that just means the small sentiment stands out more – which to me is what should happen.

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).

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Stamps: Bohemian Borders (Stampin’Up – SU);
Ink: Dapper Denim, Peekaboo Peach (SU);
Paper: White (Papertrey Ink); Dapper Denim, Copper (SU);
Other: Seize the Sketch #3; Copper Wink of Stella; Happy Hellos die (My Favorite Things);

Celebrate the Fourth

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

And here is my take:

Fireworks & Sparkles | by karen @ carefree creations

I love fireworks so it was a no brainer that I also love this sparkler stamp set. I thought the set was perfect for this sketch.

The rhinestones in the centers are colored with Sharpie markers. I think this is the first time I’ve used Sharpies instead of Copics. I think the Sharpies actually ended up being brighter and less opaque. I may have to use them in the future!

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 4th of Julyl
Stamps: It’s a Celebration (Stampin’Up – SU); Keep it Simple: Bless the US (Papertrey Ink – PTI);
Ink: Real Red, Pacific Point, Smokey Slate (SU); Embossing (Ranger);
Paper: White (PTI); Black, Silver Glitter (SU);
Other: white embossing powder (Hero Arts); Rhinestones (Kaiser) – colored with Sharpies;

Fox Says Hi

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

Here’s my take:

Fox Says Hi | by karen @ carefree creations

When I saw these colors, I immediately wanted to use the coral to stamp a fox! The rest of the card just came together after that.

All the stamped images are fussy cut and then popped up with craft foam.

Normally I don’t have much to say in my posts, but today…

Trying to come up with post titles after years of blogging is HARD! Of course the internet sensation “what does the fox say” popped into my head and wouldn’t leave, so I went with it. Did you know that thing is about 4 years old? I’m used to internet memes going stale quick and it feeling like it was ages ago but finding out it was only weeks or months…but this one is really years! Of course I feel like 2000 was just a couple years ago (and yet, the last 6 months have felt like years). Time is messed up!! Is it cuz I’m old or because I spend way to much time on the internet?

Moving on. I hope by the time this post goes live (in 3 weeks – I’m working way ahead) that this problem will be remedied, but right now I am missing craft supplies. I’m a fairly organized person – things have a place and I clean up when I’m done. So how am I missing things?? And I don’t mean like a tiny clear stamp either. One of the items I’m missing is my Sentiment Splits Curve Vertical cover plate die from Papertrey. The last time I used it was months and months ago (I used what I die cut with it just a month ago, but the actual cutting was back in December). Anyway…it is not where it belongs. I thought the curved bit at the bottom would have been perfect as the landscape for my card today…instead I had to find a different solution. I ended up using a large piece from the Waves cover plate. I feel like I’m loosing my mind!

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: Foxy Friends (StampinUp – SU); Say What (My Favorite Things);
Ink: Calypso Coral, Crumb Cake, Chocolate Chip (SU);
Paper: Soft Sky (SU); White (Papertrey Ink – PTI);
Other: Waves cover plate die (PTI);

Timeless Tuesday

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

Here’s my take:

Plaid & Blues | by karen @ carefree creations

These are some of my favorite blues from StampinUp’s past! And pairing it with a classic layout, made this card pretty easy!

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).

Hello
Paper: Baja Breeze, Blue Bayou, Purely Pomegranate (Stampin Up); Perfectly Plaid (Lawn Fawn);
Other: Winter Floral die, Noted die (Papertrey Ink); Stitched Borders die (Lawn Fawn);

Lost Without You

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Here’s my take:

Lost Without You | by karen @ carefree creations

I’ve been wanting this big dipper image for ages. I got lucky when my demo decided to purge it from her stash (thanks mom!).

I did a galaxy technique for the strip. The dipper is embossed and cut out; the surrounding stars are embossed on the card base.

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).

I’m Lost Without You
Stamps: Going Global (StampinUp);
Ink: Soft Navy (Simon Says Stamp – SSS); Versamark (Tsukineko);
Paper: Soft Navy (SSS); White (Papertrey Ink);
Other: white embossing powder (Filigree); watercolors (Loew Cornell)
Technique: galaxy with watercolor;

Nature’s Patience

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

Here is my take:

Nature's Patience | by karen @ carefree creations

I started my card by painting the mountains with the challenge colors. Using the dye ink and drying between the layers meant no ink blending – which, in this case, is what I wanted (no blending).

The One with Nature set had a perfect sentiment for 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).

Adopt the Pace of Nature
Stamps: One with Nature (Simon Says Stamp);
Ink: Sahara Sand, Sweet Sugarplum, Rich Razzleberry (Stampin’Up – SU); Brilliance Black (Tsukineko);
Paper: Sweet Sugarplum (SU); Watercolor (Ranger); Vellum (Papertrey Ink);
Other: Stitched Rectangle die (Lil Inkers):