Pattern Play

Mother's Day - by karen @ carefree creations

My last mother’s day card – this one for my mom (she reads my blog, so I had to wait til last minute to post).

I wanted to create a card that she would like – so I chose to work in patterns and layers. Patterns are not easy for me, so I used a paper pack so I knew the pieces would work together.

To add a bit of texture, I did a bookbinding stitch on the sentiment panel – using a Japanese Side Stitch. I like this stitch because even the inside looks nice.

Since I was mailing a package and not just a card, I could get a little lumpy with the accents. I added a bunch of rhinestones which I colored with an alcohol marker in a color very similar to Hello Honey which is used in the pattern papers.

Thanks for taking a peek!

Happy Mother’s Day
All supplies StampinUp unless otherwise noted.
Stamps: Flower Shop, All Holidays (retired);
Ink/Cardstock: Crisp Canteloupe, Baked Brown Sugar;
Other: Lullaby DSP, Basic Jewels: Rhinestones, Banners Framelits die; Y26 marker (Copic);
Technique: Japanese Side Stitch; RetroSketch #163

Watercolor & Gold

Mother's Day - by karen @ carefree creations

I cased from a sample card in the Altenew store (for Persian Motifs). I used the same technique – white embossing and watercoloring. I’m still not good at stopping, lol. My flower is darker and the color goes out to the edges. But I’m still very happy with how it turned out; just need to practice!

Since I didn’t want to completely copy the card, I trimmed one side and added a gold striped panel.

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Just For You
Stamps: Persian Motifs, Label Love (Altenew); Super Stripes (PTI);
Ink: Victorian Velvet & Iced Spruce (Distress Ink – Ranger); Gold (Delicata – Tsukineko); Graphite Black (Brilliance – Tsukineko);
Cardstock: Watercolor Paper (Tim Holtz/Ranger); White (PTI);
Other: White embossing powder (Hero Arts);
Technique: watercoloring;

Paper Lanterns

Mother's Day - by karen @ carefree creations

Posting the Mother’s Day card I created and sent to my mother-in-law.

The lanterns are paper pieced using handmade paper that I’ve had in my stash for ages – it has flecks of grass and fibers in it.

I pierced holes in the card base for the thread. Normally I don’t like stuff showing on the inside, but since there are now stray ends (or tape) on the inside, I’m ok with this.

Thanks for taking a peek!

Happy Mother’s Day
Stamps: Lunar Lights (Lawn Fawn); Mini Blooms (PTI); Trendy Greetings (The Angel Company);
Ink/Cardstock: Black, Berry Sorbet (PTI); Surf Blue (Simon Says Stamp); Sour Apple (MFT);
Other: Linen Thread (SU); Natural Paper (ages old stash);
Technique: paper piecing;

Watercolor Easter Eggs

Watercolor Eggs - by karen @ carefree creeations

Squeezing in another challenge card. This time for CAS(e) This Sketch #116.

I decided to play with my distress inks. I really don’t know what I’m doing, lol. I smooshed the ink onto my craft sheet and spritzed it with water. Then used that to ink my stamp. I do like how they turned out, but not all of the eggs got a good coverage of ink…but I suppose that is the nature of the medium.

I kept the rest of the card simple. A frame made from Stitched Square dies. The grass is done the same way as the eggs, except instead of a stamp, I just dragged the paper through the inky mess on the craft sheet. A final touch is a bit of Wink of Stella clear on the white parts of the egg (can’t see it well in the photo).

Thanks for taking a peek!

Happy Spring
Stamps: Scrambled Eggs, Egg Hunt (PTI);
Ink: Dark Chocolate (PTI); Worn Lipstick, Dried Marigold, Fresh Squeezed Lemonade, Shabby Shutters, Broken China, Dusty Concord Distress Inks (Ranger);
Cardstock: White, Kraft (PTI);
Other: Fresh Cut Grass die (MFT); Stitched Squares die (Lil Inkers); Egg die (PTI); Wink of Stella (Zig);

Thinking of You

Thinking of You - by karen @ carefree creations

On a stamping roll this morning :)

This time I took on the latest CAS Colours & Sketches challenge (#117) – a sketch…and a great one at that (very versatile/classic).

Part of the reason I have trouble stamping is that I don’t know what to do with my cards. I’ve joined groups where you send them to other folks in the group, but that gets old quick (not sure why). Now that I work, I’m thinking I might start taking my cards in (not for sale, but maybe some commissions will come of it). I like that idea because then I can do whatever sort of cards I want…and if I get artsy and no one wants it, no big deal.

Anyway. This was a very quick & easy card. I don’t know why I went in this direction (masculine and sympathy/thinking of you) – though I think the lack of restriction in my own stamping agenda left the theme open and I haven’t done masculine in a long time. Honestly, though, this doesn’t have to be a masculine card, it really can be for anyone.

Since Papertrey has basically stopped putting out new colors, I’ve been on a mission to find some more colors to fill in what I have. I’ve been trying My Favorite Things and Simon Says Stamp (because they do paper as well as ink…and that is important to me). This card uses an MFT color – Sour Apple…and I *love* the color! I will say, the paper for MFT Sour Apple and SSS Green Apple are almost identical, so I might try the SSS ink to see how they compare.

Thanks for taking a peek!

Thinking of You
Stamps: Leave it Be, Fillable Frames Additions 1, Background Basics: Woodgrain (PTI);
Ink/Cardstock: Kraft, Dark Chocolate, New Leaf, Rustic White (PTI); Sour Apple (MFT);
Other: Fillable Frames 1 die (PTI);

Christmas in the Forest

Christmas in the Forest - by karen @ carefree creations

I decided to stamp today. Since I’m not stamping as much as I used to, I thought taking on a Christmas card challenge would be a good way to get my personal cards done (I don’t need many, but I don’t like to mass produce).

The latest Merry Monday challenge (#151) is to use a tree on the card.

I wanted to make a card that was almost white on white and the sentiment really popped. I stamped the tree image with a soft grey ink and the snowman and banner with darker grey ink. I colored the banner with Copics. To help give the card some texture, I embossed the panel with a falling snow folder.

The snowman was stamped with the mirror technique.

Thanks for taking a peek!

Merry Christmas
Stamps: White Christmas (SU);
Ink/Cardstock: White, Soft Stone (PTI); Truffle (Momento);
Other: R24 & YG17 Copics; Stitched Rectangles die (Lil Inkers); Snowfall embossing folder (Taylored Expressions);
Technique: mirror technique

PTI Blog Hop – Country Birthday


I was on a roll last night so I tackled the PTI Blog Hop too :)

This month was a photo inspiration:


I was really drawn to the country feel and the mix of patterns. While I know Nichole mentioned the blue as aqua, that is too subdued for me, so I went with spring rain:

Country Daisy - by karen @ carefree creations

The card base is stamped with a flower from Tag-Its – that is my large pattern. The gingham is my medium pattern. And you can’t see it at all, but the center of the flower is stamped with a tiny polka dot pattern from Bits & Buttons.

As one final touch I added little white dots to the flowers that are stamped on the card base.

Thanks for taking a peek!

Happy Birthday
All supplies Papertrey Ink unless otherwise noted.
Stamps: Tag-Its #5, Fabulous Frames, Birthday Basics, Bits & Buttons;
Ink/Cardstock: Spring Rain, Blueberry Sky, White, Lemon Tart, Kraft, Dark Chocolate;
Other: Gingham pattern paper, Bloom Builders 3 die;
Technique: retrosketch 156

Confetti Popper

Confetti Popper - by karen  @ carefree creations

I created this card for the latest CAS(e) This Sketch challenge (squeaking it in before the deadline).

While this card is not quite as CAS as my normal cards, I think it is enough to still qualify for the challenge.

For the confetti I stamped the group image in blue, green, and yellow. Then I went back with the individual pieces to add other colors to the group bits. That wasn’t quite enough integration, so I added marker-drawn confetti in orange and pink. I wish I hadn’t gone completely neon for the confetti, but still happy with the festive feel.

Months ago I bought a sampler pack of cardstock from MFT. Since there is only 1 piece per color I haven’t really used it, but the Cotton Candy was the perfect pink for the card base (bright but not overwhelming). Guess I’ll need to buy an actual pack of that!

So any of you who have been to my blog before knows that I am *not* a pink person. I guess I need to stop saying that! I do seem to create quite a few cards with pink – and I like them. I think I’ve decided that I have personal color favorites (found in my wardrobe and home decor) and then there is a separate category of colors for crafting. Does anyone else find they enjoy creating using colors that aren’t their “norm”?

Thanks for taking a peek!

Stamps: Party Poppers (PTI);
Ink: Orange Zest (PTI); Yoyo Yello, Green Galore, Tempting Turquoise (SU); Only Orange, Pixie Pink Markers (SU);
Cardstock: Cotton Candy, Razzleberry (MFT); White (PTI);
Other: Party Poppers dies (PTI); Birthday Wishes die (Paper Smooches);

Conversations with a Teen

Llamas - by karen @ carefree creations

I created this card for the Paper Smooches Designer Drafts sketch challenge. In case anyone is wondering – those crabs are hand-cut. To get the “insides”, I trimmed along the claws. Once you glue the images down you can’t tell at all.

I’m lucky to have a good relationship with my teen. And no one but her will understand this card. Have you ever had a weird conversation that meanders through just about every topic and it gets so ridiculous that you only need to say the first topic to remember how funny it was? Yep, that is what this card represents.


Thanks for taking a peek!

Stamps: Surf & Turf, Graffiti (Paper Smooches);
Ink/Cardstock: Soft Sky, Island Indigo (SU); White, Smoky Shadow, Kraft, Pure Poppy (PTI);
Other: Indigo ribbon (SU); Pennant die, Word Bubble die (Paper Smooches);

Only Words

Thank You - by karen @ carefree creations

It is spring break week at school; I finally got my cleaning chores done (well, for this week) and I’m inbetween books. The perfect time to stamp!

I was very inspired by the current challenge One-Layer Simplicity Challenge – which is to use only words…no images of any kind!! There are some really creative takes on this challenge – you should check ’em out!

I’m not much of a pink person, but I really wanted the main sentiment to pop and be cheerful…so pink it is!

Thanks for taking a peek!

Thank You
All supplies Papertrey Ink unless otherwise noted.
Stamps: Wonderful Words: Thank You, Sentiment Signs (PTI);
Ink/Cardstock: White, Raspberry Fizz (PTI); Smokey Slate (SU);
Other: nada!
Technique: one-layer card