You’re Awesome, just sayin’

It is time for another CAS Colours & Sketches challenge. Check out the latest challenge: #160 – sketch.

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And here is my take:

You're Awesome | by karen @ carefree creations

I started this card by picking what I wanted as the circles. Once I chose stars I looked for a sentiment. My stamp index is digital – and so not to scale…which is why my sentiment is a bit smaller than I would have preferred, but really it is a perfect sentiment, so I kept with it. To add a bit to it, I added a gold mat.

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A Little About the Challenge: This weekly challenge is posted on Thursday, 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 Awesome
Stamps: We Go Together (PIT);
Ink: Black (PTI);
Paper: White (PTI); texture Black (SU); Gold Foil card stock (We R Memory Keepers);
Other: Sketched Stars Small die (PTI);

PTI Anniversary – Fashion Inspired

Day two (Feb 6) of PTI’s Anniversary festivities was about their new Dress Up Doll products. The challenge was to find a piece of fashion and be inspired. I’ve had this bitty dress in my pin folder for awhile now:

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And here is my card:

Green Roses | by karen @ carefree creations

I basically recreated the dress.

Thanks for taking a peek!

Happy Birthday
Stamps: Rosie Posie, Rosie Posie 2, Wonderful Words (PTI);
Ink: Vintage Jadite, New Leaf (PTI); Versamark (Tsukineko);
Paper: White, Harvest Gold, Aqua Mist (PTI);
Other: One-Liners: Happy (PTI); White embossing powder (Hero Arts);

PTI Anniversary – Team Inspired

February, to me, means PTI Anniversary celebration! This year is their 9th!

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The first day of the festivities was about the team. Each member presented their favorite project from the past year along with the color scheme and a new project using those colors. The challenge for us was to use one of the color schemes.

I chose:

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And here is my card:

Birthday Bouquet | by karen @ carefree creations

I really love Scarlet Jewel & Melon Berry together! Of course, with the watercolored background, those colors aren’t quite true. I’m still quite happy with the earthy feeling.

Thanks for taking a peek!

Happy Birthday
Stamps: Bold Bouquet, Graceful Greetings (PTI);
Ink: Scarlet Jewel, Melon Berry, Dark Chocolate, Kraft (PTI); Fossilized Amber distress ink (Range);
Paper: Dark Chocolate, Rustic White (PTI); Watercolor (Ranger);
Other: Graceful Greetings die (PTI); Wonky Stitched Rectangles (MFT);

Be Mine, Valentine

It is time for another CAS Colours & Sketches challenge. Check out the latest challenge: #159 – colours.

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And here is my take:

Valentine | by karen @ carefree creations

When I first saw these colors, I thought about the conversation hearts that are appearing everywhere this time of year.

I added a few clear embossed hearts to link the hearts together, and then some sequins to add some dimension and sparkle. I ended up covering most of it, but I like how the embossing powder darkens the color hearts a tad.

The die cut sentiment is two layers.

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A Little About the Challenge: This weekly challenge is posted on Thursday, and alternates between color and sketch (if there is a 5th week in the month you get the double dose of color & sketch).

Be Mine
Stamps: XOXO (Papertrey Ink);
Ink: Pumpkin Pie, Melon Mambo (SU); Cotton Candy (My Favorite Things); Black (PTI); Versamark (Tsukineko);
Paper: White (PTI);
Other: Sequins (Pretty Pink Posh); Clear embossing powder (Filigree);

Sunshine in Water

It is time for another CAS Colours & Sketches challenge. Check out the latest challenge: #158 – sketch.

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And here is my take:

Sunshine in Water | by karen @ carefree creations

The front rectangle in the sketch was such an expanse, it was begging me to do a little watercoloring. I honestly don’t know why it took me so long to jump on the Distress Ink bandwagon, but I am loving these things…it really makes this sorta technique way easy!

I did not adhere the word die-cut fully. And I like how it feels a bit fun and carefree.

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A Little About the Challenge: This weekly challenge is posted on Thursday, and alternates between color and sketch (if there is a 5th week in the month you get the double dose of color & sketch).

Thanks
Ink: Mustard Seed, Fossilized Amber, Carved Pumpkin Distress Inks (Ranger);
Paper: Watercolor (Ranger); White card stock, Harvest Gold pattern paper (PTI);
Other: Big Thanks die (Simon Says Stamp); Wonky Stitched Rectangles (My Favorite Things);
Technique: watercoloring;

Cheers With a Cherry On Top

It is time for another CAS Colours & Sketches challenge. Check out the latest challenge: #157 – colours.

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And here is my take:

Cheers with a Cherry on Top | by karen @ carefree creations

When I saw those colors the first things I saw was ice cream (but then I can see ice cream in just about anything). Even knowing what I was going to stamp, it took me some time to figure out how. When I was playing around with composition, I had two cones bumping each other and that reminded me of two glasses doing “cheers”; I liked that concept. The clincher was pairing “cheers” with the rest of the sentiment…I loved that!

The “cheers” sentiment is a die-cut. I layered 3 cut-outs together…that really is so much easier than trying to cut and place tiny bits of dimensional adhesive.

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A Little About the Challenge: This weekly challenge is posted on Thursday, and alternates between color and sketch (if there is a 5th week in the month you get the double dose of color & sketch).

Cheers
Stamps: You’re the Sweetest (My Favorite Things);
Ink: So Saffron, Rose Red, Soft Suede (SU);
Paper: White (PTI); Rose Red (SU);
Other: You’re the Sweetest die (MFT); Birthday Words die (Paper Smooches);

Bitty Tulips

It is time for another CAS Colours & Sketches challenge. Check out the latest challenge: #156 – sketch.

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And here is my take:

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I don’t know what happened, but my mojo went on vacation a couple weeks ago and hasn’t been seen since. This card took a few iterations, and I finished it just in time!

I die cut an oval aperture from the purple cardstock. That, and the strips of pattern paper are attached to a white card base. The sentiment is stamped directly on the card base.

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A Little About the Challenge: This weekly challenge is posted on Thursday, 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: Bitty Bouquets, Graceful Greetings (PTI);
Ink: Royal Velvet, New Leaf (PTI); Daffodil Delight (SU);
Paper: Winter Wisteria cardstock & pattern, White (PTI);
Other: Oval die (Spellbinders); Bitty Bouquets die (PTI); Rhinestones (Kaiser);

CC&S #155

Last month the CAS Colours & Sketches challenge held a design team call. I applied and was selected as a member of the team! Here is this week’s challenge challenge: #155 – colours.

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And here is my take:

Blue Birthday Flower | by karen @ carefree creations

I thought these colors would be good for a flower. The outer layer of the flower is blended with Marina Mist and Pool Party. That layer is also cut out and popped-up for a little dimension.

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A Little About the Challenge: This weekly challenge is posted on Thursday, and alternates between color and sketch (if there is a 5th week in the month you get the double dose of color & sketch).

Birthday Wishes
Stamps: Finding Beauty (CTMH); Happy Birthday (Paper Smooches);
Ink: Marina Mist, Pool Party, Smoky Slate (SU); Espresso Truffle (Memento);
Paper: White (PTI); Marina Mist (SU);
Other: Weathered embossing folder (Taylored Expressions); Stitched Rectangle die (Lil Inkers);

Plaid & Snowflakes

Plaid & Snowflakes | by karen @ carefree creations

This card is for the Retrosketches sketch challenge.

Apparently my brain is not working…I have no idea what to talk about.

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Thanks for taking a peek!

happy birthday
Stamps: Keep it Simple: Birthday (PTI);
Ink: Grape Jelly (MFT);
Paper: White (PTI); Surf Blue (SSS); Lavender (SU); Plaid Patterns paper (MFT);
Other: Kate snowflake die, Maryann snowflake die (SSS);

Coffee & Girl Talk

Coffee & Girl Talk | by karen @ carefree creations

Man yesterday’s stamping session did NOT go well. I think I ruined 3 cards and spent all day doing it. (And we won’t talk about my dinner hitting the floor before I even got a taste.)

I had a whole other card planned for this challenge, but my masking fluid (the new pen everyone is talking about) stained my watercolor paper – has anyone had that problem??

Anyway, this card is for the Less is More: Neutral challenge.

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Lt’s Get Together
Stamps: Heart to Heart #1 (PTI);
Ink: Dark Chocolate (PTI);
Paper: White, Dark Chocolate, Chocolate Patterns (PTI);