Bright Snowflakes

Bright Snowflakes - by karen @ carefree creations

This is a card that mom will use in her upcoming stamp camp.

My assignment was to make a non-traditional color holiday card. Since Endless Wishes is coming back (it is in the Holiday Mini catalog), I knew I had to use that!

I paired up some bright colors with sparkly silver (because according to mom, everything is better with glitter ;).

Believe it or not, that snowflake panel took about 3 tries before I got all the pieces where I wanted them…random is never really random, lol!

The card base is Bermuda. I added a tiny strip of silver glimmer paper to the edge of the white panel. The sentiment is silver embossed (I had snipped the banner end, but you could use a die here too).

Thanks for taking a peek!

celebrate the Season
All supplies Stampin Up unless otherwise noted.
Stamps: Endless Wishes, Handcarved background;
Ink/Cardstock: Bermuda Bay, Whisper White, Calypso Coral, Winter Wisteria; Versmark ink;
Other: Silver Glimmer paper, Silver embossing powder;
Technique: heat embossing;

Best Wishes

It is time for another CAS Colours & Sketches challenge. Check out the latest challenge: #89 – sketch.

CAS Colours & Sketches Challenge #89

And here is my take:

Best Wishes - by karen @ carefree creations

I had many ideas for this sketch – another versatile one. But when I found out my niece just got engaged, I had to go with this idea!

I used some old paper flowers for the border – but you could easily stamp and cut them, or use die-cuts or punches. These flowers I got in the bridal section of a place like Michaels (it has been so long ago it very well could have been that store, but I just don’t remember). They have the most wonderful pearl shine to them! I thought about adding tiny gems to the centers when I was done, but I really prefer this soft, understated look.

For the sentiment, I didn’t have much in the way of ‘Congratulations’ that would fit in an oval (especially that orientation), so I chose to go with ‘Best Wishes’. The image has lots of flourishes around the actual words. I originally stamped it full-on in a dark grey ink, but it was just too much. Instead, I inked the stamp with a soft grey ink and then went back with a medium grey marker and colored the words. I’m really happy with how that turned out!

Hmmm….I guess now I can use this engagement as a reason to look into wedding sets (and maybe even baby) – I haven’t had a need for them until now!

Oh, and the curve is just hand-drawn on the back-side of the pattern paper and then cut-out by hand — which should explain why my curve goes the opposite way than the sketch; I drew it correctly on the back forgetting it would be flipped when I turned the paper right-side up (sadly, I did think about it before I drew it, and I still got it wrong!).

Make sure you check out the other design team members:
Jacqueline
Lizy
Louise
Patricia

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A Little About the Challenge: Posted every Thursday, the challenges alternate between color and sketch (if there is a 5th week in the month you get the double dose of color & sketch).

Best Wishes
Stamps: Scrolling Script (PTI);
Ink/Cardstock: Soft Stone, Vintage Cream, Blushing Bride (PTI); Smoky Slate marker (SU);
Other: Limitless Layers Oval die (PTI); paper flowers (stash);

Pastel Botanicals

It is time for another CAS Colours & Sketches challenge. Check out the latest challenge: #88 – colours.

CAS Colours & Sketches Challenge #88

And here is my take:

Pastel Botanicals - by karen @ carefree creations

Such sweet colors for this challenge. I admit, the first thing I thought of was a baby card…but I don’t need one of those. Instead I went with a birthday theme.

With the yellow and green colors being pastel, I knew the brown would be the focal, so I kept that reserved for the sentiment. I chose to use the colors to create a background.

Make sure you check out the other design team members:
Jacqueline
Lizy
Louise
Patricia

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A Little About the Challenge: Posted every Thursday, the challenges alternate between color and sketch (if there is a 5th week in the month you get the double dose of color & sketch).

Happy Birthday
Stamps: Botanicals 1 & 2 (Paper Smooches);
Ink/Cardstock: Cream (PTI); So Saffron, Pistachio Pudding, Baked Brown Sugar (SU);
Other: Birthday Words die (Paper Smooches);

Silver & Poppies

It is time for another CAS Colours & Sketches challenge. Check out the latest challenge: #87 – sketch.

CAS Colours & Sketches Challenge #87

And here is my take:

Plum Poppies - by karen @ carefree creations

This is such a classic sketch, I decided to make my card fairly classic too.

I started by wrapping my card base with silver satin ribbon – it is secured with regular tape under the poppy panel. The poppy panel is outlined with a silver pen and the sentiment is silver embossed.

I watercolored the poppies; they are a bit darker in person.

Make sure you check out the other design team members:
Jacqueline
Lizy
Louise
Patricia

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A Little About the Challenge: Posted every Thursday, the challenges alternate between color and sketch (if there is a 5th week in the month you get the double dose of color & sketch).

Birthday Wishes
All supplies StampinUp unless otherwise noted.
Stamps: Pleasant Poppies, Four You;
Ink/Cardstock Colors: Island Indigo, Perfect Plum, Very Vanilla, Black; Versamark ink;
Other: silver pen, silver embossing, silver ribbon;
Technique: watercoloring;

Don’t Panic

So today is my hubby’s birthday – and he turns 42. One of his favorite books is Hitchhiker’s Guide and he works in quotes from it as often as he can. Of course, that meant I wanted/needed to make a themed card for him this year. Check it out:

Don't Panic - by karen @ carefree creations

I was so happy how this turned out (despite how hard it was to cut those hands out, even as poorly done as they are)!

I tried my hand at the galaxy technique. I used Kristina W’s distress ink video as a guide. I didn’t have distress paint, so I used watercolor crayons and layered the colors. Not sure if I’ll do it this way again…may have to figure out another medium (or learn to be patient and let layers dry ;).

Oh, since the front says “don’t panic”, on the inside I wrote “it’s just another birthday”.

Thanks for taking a peek!

don’t panic
Stamps: Hot Concoctions – mug, Mini Monograms – numbers, Great Chemistry – mouse, Sunny Side Up – mouth (Paper Smooches);
Paper: watercolor paper; Soft Stone, Pure Poppy, White, Black (PTI); Crushed Curry, Green Galore (SU);
Other: watercolor crayons (SU); black watercolor paint (kid’s craft stash); white distress paint (Ranger); Alpha Whimsy dies (Paper Smooches);
Technique: layered watercolor galaxy

New Digs

New Digs - by karen @ carefree creations

I started this card for my sister-in-law’s family, but it seems like a better fit for my niece, so I may hold on to it until she gets settled in. Of course that means I need another “new home” card.

For this card I used an old sketch from Dahlhouse – Wanna Sketch #5. I used the paper piecing technique on the lamp shade and chair.

I hand wrote “congrats” before the “new digs”. I know grammatically I need “on your” but it was a stylistic choice.

Thanks for taking a peek!

Congrats New Digs
Stamps: Vogue Abode (Paper Smooches);
Ink/Cardstock: Dark Chocolate, Cream (PTI); Pool Party, Crisp Canteloupe (SU);
Other: Lime Twist pattern paper (My Mind’s Eye); Flag Tag dies (Paper Smooches); Woodgrain embossing folder (SU); Stitched Squares die (Lil Inkers);
Technique: paper piecing;

Patriotic Hello

It is time for another CAS Colours & Sketches challenge. Check out the latest challenge: #86 – colors.

CAS Colours & Sketches Challenge #86

And here is my take:

Patriotic Hello - by karen @ carefree creations

My nephew is at West Point for college. He has been there since the first week of July and isn’t allowed online or any outside interaction except mailed notes/cards. So this one is for him!

I was going to try to do some negative/positive die-cutting wizardry, but that didn’t work out so well, lol. Instead, I die cut the ‘hello’ from the circle, then I die cut ‘hello’ from both blue and cream. I layered the cream onto the blue and fit it into the circle. I did the layering because I wanted the tiny bit of shadow to help the letters outside of the circle stand out.

Make sure you check out the other design team members:
Jacqueline
Lizy
Louise
Patricia

I hope you join us at CAS Colours & Sketches!

Thanks for stopping by!

A Little About the Challenge: Posted every Thursday, the challenges alternate between color and sketch (if there is a 5th week in the month you get the double dose of color & sketch).

Hello
Stamps: Star Prints, Let Freedom Ring, Super Stars (PTI);
Ink/Cardstock: Scarlet Jewel, Cream (PTI); Night of Navy (SU);
Other: circle die (Spellbinders); hello die (My Favorite Things);

Summer Simplicity

Summer Simplicity - by karen @ carefree creations

OneLayerSimplicityChallenge

There is a new challenge at One Layer Simplicity – summer color inspiration. I used the #5 scheme:

SimplicityOLC#8-shadesofsummer5

I also used an old sketch from Case This Sketch (#79).

The “birthday” that comes with the Wet Paint set just does NOT work with the “happy” (the spacing is all wrong to fit the way I would want). I was able to find a suitable replacement in another set…and this makes me happy!

I wanted the sentiment to stand out by being the one furthest to the left. Of course, happy is only 5 letters…so I needed a bit of filler on the right – hence the bit of sketched pennant.

To get the right side straight, I just masked off a 1/4 inch of the card base.

Thanks for taking a peek!

Happy Birthday
Stamps: Sketched Shapes, Wet Paint, All About You (PTI);
Ink/Cardstock: White, Lavender Moon, Melon Berry (PTI); Blushing Bride, Pumpkin Pie, Daffodil Delight, Pistachio Pudding (SU);
Technique: one-layer card (olc)

Boo!

Boo! - by karen @ carefree creations

I made this card for my mom to use in her August stamp camp. She wanted a Halloween card, and I had the photopolymer set Bite Me, so that worked out :)

The card base is orange. To make the top layer, I made a cut from the center-point on the edge to almost center-point of the card. Then I rolled the flaps back exposing the stamping on card base. The sentiment banner is a long strip which is rolled/folded and tucked behind the flaps.

FYI – I got a job! After 14 years I am heading back into an office. I’m looking forward to it, but at the same time, I’ve gotten quite spoiled by being at home and it will take some adjusting! Anyway, my point is I probably won’t be posting as much (though the past few weeks haven’t been much either – so maybe about the same, lol).

Thanks for taking a peek!

Boo!
All supplies StampinUp unless otherwise noted.
Stamps: Bite Me;
Ink/Cardstock: Pumpkin Pie, Smoky Slate, Perfect Plum, Basic Black;

My Sunshine

It is time for another CAS Colours & Sketches challenge. Check out the latest challenge: #85 – double.

CCS_2014-07-31_#85

And here is my take:

My Sunshine - by karen @ carefree creations

I started a card for this challenge and it morphed into this because I loved the concept enough I had to figure out how to make it work.

It may not be too obvious at first glace, the Smoky Slate color is the “silver lining” to the clouds. I die-cut the clouds from both white and gray and adhered them together a just a slight off-set.

Make sure you check out the other design team members:
Jacqueline
Lizy
Louise
Patricia

I hope you join us at CAS Colours & Sketches!

Thanks for stopping by!

A Little About the Challenge: Posted every Thursday, the challenges alternate between color and sketch (if there is a 5th week in the month you get the double dose of color & sketch).

My Sunshine
Stamps: Textile Rectangle (My Favorite Stamps); Hello Sunshine (PTI);
Ink/Cardstock: White (PTI); Crushed Curry, Lost Lagoon, Smoky Slate (SU);
Other: Cloud dies (MFT);