Thanks for the Appreciation

Wednesday this week was Admin Professionals day. In my office, we were treated to flowers, lunch, and sweet treats. It was quite nice! Last night I made thank you cards and took them in to my bosses today. I chose the 4-bar size and kept them very simple.

Thanks | by karen @ carefree creations

Thanks | by karen @ carefree creations

Thanks | by karen @ carefree creations

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Thanks
Stamps: Square Prints (Papertrey Ink – PTI);
Ink: Spring Rain (PTI);
Paper: White, Enchanted Evening (PTI);
Other: Wet Paint die (PTI);
Thanks
Stamps: Graceful Greetings (PTI);
Ink: Espresso Truffle (Momento); Ripe Raspberry (My Favorite Things – MFT); Lucky Limeade (Stampin’Up);
Paper: White (PTI);
Thanks So Much
Stamps: Think Big Favorites 1 (PTI);
Ink: Versamark (Tsukineko);
Paper: White, Simply Chartreuse patterns (PTI); Pure Plum (MFT);
Other: Bloomin’Cute Sentiments die (PTI); white embossing powder (Hero Arts);

More than Bacon

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

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And here is my take:

More Than Bacon | by karen @ carefree creations

Whew, this was a challenge! Despite that, I did come up with a few options, but bacon really worked for me :)

I did flip the sketch so that the sentiment/image combo were in the correct order.

I hope you join us at CAS Colours & Sketches!

Thanks for stopping by!

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).

More Than Bacon
Stamps: Calorie Free (Paper Smooches – PS);
Ink: Black (Papertrey Ink – PTI); Poppy Parade (Stampin’Up – SU);
Paper: Blush Blossom (SU); White (PTI);
Other: Calorie Free die (PS); Stitched Rectangle die (Lil Inkers);

Every Day is a Gift

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

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And here is my take:

Every Day | by karen @ carefree creations

For my card, I stamped the branch and flowers with color and then went back over them with Versamark and clear embossing powder, finishing with a quick zap with my heat gun. The blue is lightly sponged on over the embossing.

The sentiment is a straight image, so I cut mine up so I could stamp in this configuration.

It snowed like crazy over the weekend, and I woke up to more today. Stamping some cherry blossoms was just the thing I needed!

I hope you join us at CAS Colours & Sketches!

Thanks for stopping by!

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).

Every Day is a Gift
Stamps: Out on a Limb, Everyday Button Bits (Papertrey Ink-PTI);
Ink: Dark Chocolate (PTI); Blushing Bride (Stampin’Up); Mermaid Lagoon Distress (Range); Versamark (Tsukineko);
Paper: White (PTI);
Other: clear embossing powder (Filigree); MISTI tool;
Technique: sponging; emboss resist technique;

hello

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

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And here is my take:

hello | by karen @ carefree creations

Sorry….I’m up late trying to get this card posted and my brain is dead tired. I’m not going to write much as I’m pretty sure it won’t be coherent.

The sun and house are paper pieced. Otherwise, this is a very simple 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 Thursday, and alternates between color and sketch (if there is a 5th week in the month you get the double dose of color & sketch).

hello
Stamps: Bitty Bungalows, Sunny Side, Forest Whimsy, Chit Chat (Paper Smooches);
Ink: Black (Papertrey Ink-PTI);
Paper: Lemon Chiffon, Sour Apple, Sno Cone (My Favorite Things); White (PTI); Country Drive pattern paper (Echo Park); Domestic Goddess pattern paper (Stampin’Up);
Technique: fussy cutting

Level Up

Level Up | by karen @ carefree creations

Playing along with the Freshly Made Sketches challenge.
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My daughter is a gamer. I recently bought this game controller die and decided to use it with this sketch to make a birthday card.

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Level Up
Stamps: Level Up (My Favorite Things-MFT);
Ink: Black (Papertrey-PTI);
Paper: Bermuda Bay, Old Olive, Crushed Curry, Calypso Coral cardstock, Birthday Bash pattern paper (Stampin’Up); White, Soft Stone, Black (PTI); Gravel Gray (MFT);
Other: Game Controller die (MFT); black cord (stash);

Have a Lovely Day

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Today I’m playing along with the CASology: Sprout challenge.

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I went for new baby leaves as my sprout. Green is my favorite color, so I used a few different shades to make a fresh-feeling monochromatic card.

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Have a Lovely Day
Stamps: Turning a New Leaf, Scrolling Script (Papertrey Ink – PTI);
Ink: Pinefeather (PTI); Sour Apple (My Favorite Things);
Paper: Green Parakeet, White (PTI); Gumball Green (Stampin’Up-SU);
Other: Stitched Circles die (Simon Says Stamp); Linen Thread(SU);

Make a Wish

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

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And here is my take:

Make a Wish | by karen @ carefree creations

Man, I have been on a roll with one-layer cards this week. Normally I find them daunting, but these past few ones have just kinda created themselves.

I know you may be wondering where the orange and yellow from the color combo are – they are the flame. The candle is stamped in two parts – the outline and the pattern fill. When I stamped the the outline, I inked the wick & flame piece with orange. Then, when stamping the flame, I first stamped in yellow and then went back and did a partial inking of the flame image with orange. Of course then I added a tiny bit of stickles, so it is pretty hard to see…but those colors are there!

After stamping the images and the “make a wish” sentiment, I was going to call it done, but it didn’t feel completed – I think because I had offset it, but probably a little too much so it just felt off center. I decided a line or something from the image to the card edge would solve the problem, but I didn’t like the feel of such a solid thing as a line. I did think about bling or a line of dots, but I thought a secondary sentiment would be perfect.

The secondary sentiment had to be pieced together. There is no “on” in the set, so I had to make it with selective inking of an “o” and “n”. The “your” and “day” are part of the same sentiment, but there was an extra word in the middle that I didn’t have room for; so that required selective inking too. It isn’t very straight, but it works.

I hope you join us at CAS Colours & Sketches!

Thanks for stopping by!

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).

Make a Wish
Stamps: Wishes Come True, Birthday Cheer (Papertrey Ink – PTI);
Ink: Black (PTI); Melon Mambo, Tangerine Tango, Daffodil Delight (Stampin’Up);
Paper: White (PTI);
Other: stickles (Ranger);

As You Wish

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This card is for the One Layer Simplicity Challenge and the Less is More Challenge

I knew when I saw the theme for the Simplicity challenge that I would use “as you wish” and make a heart card. How can you not? When figuring out the colors, I thought the Less is More – white space but not white – would be a perfect fit.

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As You Wish
Stamps: Wishes (Impression Obsession); Lovey Words (Reverse Confetti); Framed Out #11 (Papertrey Ink – PTI);
Ink: Brilliance Graphite, Versamark (Tsukineko); Raspberry Fizz (PTI);
Paper: Pink Pirouette (Stampin’Up);
Other: Glitter embossing powder (stash);

Rest Relax Recover

Rest Relax Recover | by karen @ carefree creations

I was inspired to stamp last night. I used the CAS(e) This Sketch challenge as my starting point. I did flip it to work with my image better.
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This stamp set has been on my wish list for a while and since I don’t have anything else like it, I thought I pick it up before it was retired.

I wish I had picked a different sentiment – between the bold colors and the speed waves behind the van, it seems opposite to rest.

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Rest Relax Recover
Stamps: Special Delivery, Brushed Off, Keep it Simple: Healing Wishes (Papertrey Ink – PTI);
Ink: Spring Rain, Enchanted Evening (PTI); Crushed Curry, Poppy Parade (Stampin’Up);
Paper: White (PTI);

Birthday Banner

Birthday Banner | by karen @ carefree creations

I created this card for the Freshly Made Sketches challenge.

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To stamp the giraffe, I had to bend the image and stamp it in two sections. It actually turned out very well, even though I ended up covering up where the two sections meet.

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Happy Birthday
Stamps: Zoo Crew, Streamers, Sentiment Sampler (Paper Smooches – PS);
Ink: Dark Chocolate (Papertrey Ink – PTI);
Paper: Spring Rain, Kraft, White, Harvest Gold (PTI);
Other: Flag Tag die, Streamers die (PS); Square Lattice embossing (Stampin’Up);