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).

Thanks for taking a peek!

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).

Thanks for taking a peek!

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.

Thanks for taking a peek!

{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.

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.

Thanks for taking a peek!

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