Bohemian Thanks

Southwest Thanks - by karen @ carefree creations

I needed a thank you card to give to my mom. Since she’s a StampinUp demo, I used all SU supplies.

A very simple, and one-layer, card.

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Thank You
All supplies StampinUp unless otherwise noted.
Stamps: Bohemian Borders, Work of Art, Back to Basics Alphabet;
Ink: Hello Honey, Lost Lagoon, Tangelo Twist, Crumb Cake, Old Olive, Basic Black;
Cardstock: Thick White;

Doodled Flowers

Doodled Flowers - by karen @ carefree creations

This is the last DTGD challenge card I made today.

The talented folks on the internet sure do know how to make doodling and “messy watercoloring” look easy…because it is not!

I did my doodling in pencil first and went back with a pen. I think if I hadn’t gone for the “messy watercolor” look, I may have liked this card, but the messy is just messy.

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Happy Birthday
Stamps: Label Love (Altenew);
Ink: Abandoned Coral, Mowed Lawn Distress Ink (Ranger); Graphite Black (Brilliance); Pigma Micron pen;
Cardstock: White (PTI);
Technique: Cas(e) This Sketch #131

Sweet Strawberry Wishes

Sweet Strawberry Birthday - by karen @ carefree creations

This was another Dare to Get Dirty challenge – and probably my favorite card of the day. I love this strawberry stamp set…it was so good to get it inky again.

This is a pretty straight forward card. The stamp set is 2-step and very easy to line up the solid images over the lined artwork. Wish I could say the same for the frame on the sentiment panel! I have a Misti, but haven’t used it yet (eek!) – and these types of mistakes are why I bought it. I need to just put it on my desk and use it! I’ve watched tons of videos, but I’m still nervous.

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Sweet Birthday Wishes
Stamps: Strawberry Patch, Strawberry Patch Sentiments (PaperTrey Ink); Framed Greetings (My Favorite Things);
Ink: Pure Poppy, New Leaf, Black (PTI); Daffodil Delight (SU);
Cardstock: White (PTI); Daffodil Delight (SU);
Other: Framed Greetings die (MFT);

Stuffed with Happiness

Thanksgiving by karen @ carefree creations

It is Dare to Get Dirty week at Splitcoast! I haven’t stamped in a while, so I thought I’d use these challenges to get back in the groove. I actually made 4 cards today (almost 5, but an unfortunate ink pad droppage sucked away all my motivation)!!

To create the background, I inked a white panel with distress inks, then stamped a wheel using water to give a resist or ghost image effect. I’m still learning how much pressure to use with the distress inks – this was definitely too heavy handed. I also wish I had chosen a different sentiment, but done is done.

A few weeks ago I re-arranged and purged my craft supplies. I moved stuff that I hardly ever use into a cabinet not in my space and made sure that what I do use frequently is easily accessible. One thing that moved out were my eyelets. This is probably the first time in years that I’ve used an eyelet! I’m trying to use-up my stash.

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Stuffed Thanksgiving
Stamps: Bright Blessings Wheel, Mingle All the Way (SU);
Ink: Fossilized Amber, Rusty Hinge, Forest Moss, Seedless Preserves Distress Ink (Ranger); Dark Chocolate (PTI);
Cardstock: Dark Chocolate (PTI); Natural Ivory (SU); White watercolor paper (Wild Horse Artistry);
Other: Chalk Talk dies, Linen Thread (SU); eyelets (stash);
Technique: Water Stamping

Father’s Day Pint


When I saw the new Craft Brew set by Papertrey, I knew it would get a lot of use!

My husband likes porter and stout which are dark beers, so I stamped with a deep brown instead of the golden amber I usually think of for beer.

When I searched for images of porter and stout, I noticed that the images all showed the foam as a bit at the top within the glass (and it was creamy colored, not white). I tried to imitate those images when stamping this pint. The die set does come with an awesome fluffy foam die, but, as much as I wanted to, I didn’t use it.

Super simple layout – just a few strips of paper. I found a pattern paper that had the same blue in it and then pulled the green from that (the green looked much better than a white strip which was my original plan).

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Happy Father’s Day
Stamps: Craft Brew, Keep it Simple: Father’s Day (Papertrey Ink);
Ink: Early Espresso, Pacific Point (StampinUp); Vintage Cream (PTI);
Cardstock: Pacific Point, Kiwi Kiss (StampinUp); White (PTI);
Other: Muirfield DSP (SU); Craft Brew dies, Pub Glass die (PTI);

Repurposing Old Supplies

Happy Rainbows - by karen @ carefree creations

A while back I purchased cardstock swatches from Simon Says Stamp. At the time I thought that would be good enough. But I decided I wanted to incorporate those colors into my own swatch books – and mine were considerably larger pieces. After purchasing a sample pack of paper and making swatches to fit my own, I was left with the original tiny rectangles swatches.

I couldn’t just toss them, so they sat on my desk for a long time…until now!

It took me forever to find paper to fill out the gradient rainbow (only 10 of those colors are from the SSS swatch). At first I thought I would just pull out my retired-colors scrap bucket and use up old supplies, but that wasn’t working for me. Instead I pulled out all my swatch books (old, new, different manufacturers) and found colors that worked.

I am quite happy with how this finished card turned out! I love a good rainbow – and this has a trendy ombre look too (just not monochromatic).

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Stamps: None;
Ink/Cardstock: Lots and lots of cardstock;
Other: One-liners Happy dies (PTI);
Technique: color-blocking;

Teen Birthday

13 Candles - by karen @ carefree creations

My youngest turned 13 today!

This card was much inspired by a card I pinned ages ago. I didn’t have an appropriate sized candle to do a CASE, so I improvised.

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{happy birthday}
Stamps: Birthday Bash Sentiments (PTI);
Ink: Hibiscus Burst (PTI); Melon Mambo (SU); Calypso Coral (SU); Spiced Marmalade Distress (Ranger); Lemon Tart (PTI); Squeezed Lemonade Distress (Range); Sour Apple (MFT); New Leaf (PTI); Coastal Cabana (SU); Taken with Teal (SU); Blueberry Sky (PTI); Winter Wisteria (PTI); Grape Jelly (MFT);
Cardstock: White (PTI);
Other: Stitched Rectangle dies (Lil Inkers);

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.

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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.

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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;