Inspired to Make 4

A long time ago I pinned this beautiful image from Design Seeds (link goes to home page as I can’t find the original post any more):

Inspiration from Design Seeds

I pulled up the inspiration today and sat down to make a card…and ended up making 4!

I basically pulled out a die cut that reminded me of the lace flower in the inspiration piece, picked a sentiment that worked (with no reason to make cards, I went with a generic saying) – and then got started.

This one is my favorite:

You Make Me Smile - by karen @ carefree creations

I used distress ink to sponge a background (with a splash of water for interest). Very simple, and in my definition, a one-layer card. I love how the flower pops!

Next up is a watercolor background:

You Make Me Smile - by karen @ carefree creations

Again, I used distress ink – but a couple colors to go for a subtle ombre. I love the soft wispy feel.

A bit of cardstock color blocking:

You Make Me Smile - by karen @ carefree creations

I really wanted the flower to pop, so I started with the darker color at the top – bonus that that meant I could stamp (instead of emboss) my sentiment.

My least favorite of the four:

You Make Me Smile - by karen @ carefree creations

I like the idea behind it, but wish I had used a different stamp to make the background.

Also, I kinda got stuck on the blue color theme (which I *love* for the first two cards), but with the other two cards, I wish I had picked brighter (not necessarily blue) colors.

Thanks for taking a peek!

Smile 1
Stamps: Signature Greetings (PTI);
Ink/Cardstock: White (PTI); Broken China distress ink (Ranger);
Other: white emboss powder (Hero Arts); Versamark; Chloe die (Memory Box);
Technique: sponging; embossing;
Smile 2
Stamps: Signature Greetings (PTI);
Ink/Cardstock: White (PTI); Tumbled Glass, Broken Chine, Faded Jeans distress inks (Ranger); Watercolor paper (Ranger);
Other: white emboss powder (Hero Arts); Versamark; Chloe die (Memory Box); Stitched Rectangle die (Lil Inker);
Technique: embossing; watercoloring;
Smile 3
Stamps: Signature Greetings (PTI);
Ink/Cardstock: White, Enchanted Evening, Blueberry Sky, Spring Rain (PTI);
Other: Chloe die (Memory Box);
Technique: colorblocking;
Smile 4
Stamps: Wonderful Watercolor, Signature Greetings (PTI);
Ink/Cardstock: White, Enchanted Evening, Blueberry Sky, Spring Rain (PTI);
Other: white emboss powder (Hero Arts); Versamark; Chloe die (Memory Box);
Technique: embossing;

Poinsettia Holiday

Card 6 of 7:

Poinsettia Holiday - by karen @ carefree creations

OK, so I got a little artsy with this one…I love it!!

I really wanted to do a poinsettia card and, no idea why, but doing a color wash behind the flower came to my mind. Instead of a color wash though, I decided to break out my distress inks (still getting used to having/using them).

After inking the background I flicked water to add that final artsy touch.

The sentiment is gold embossed and the flower is popped up.

This shade of distress ink (pine needles) went really well with the old Forest Foliage cardstock from SU – thankfully I had a handful of sheets. Not sure what I’m going to do when I run out…that was a fabulous color!

Thanks for taking a peek!

Sending Holiday Wises
Stamps: Year of Flowers: Poinsettia (PTI);
Ink/Cardstock: old Forest Foliage (SU); White, Pure Poppy, Scarlet Jewel (PTI); Pine Needles Distress Ink (Ranger);
Other: gold pen (too lazy to look up brand); Versmark ink (Tsukineko); gold embossing powder (Filigree); Stitched Rectangle dies (Lil Inker);

Cozy Holiday Season

Card 4 of 7:

Cozy Holiday - by karen @ carefree creations

Very simple and quick card. I started with the sentiment – love that it called for front & center treatment. Framed it with a bow and poinsettia.

Oh and I think this is the first time I used the Delicata ink – but it definitely won’t be the last…such a luxurious ink!

Thanks for taking a peek!

Cozy Holiday
Stamps: Happiest of Holidays, Bells & Boughs, Holly Jolly (PTI); Gold (Delicata);
Ink/Cardstock: White, Simply Chartreuse, Pure Poppy, Black (PTI);
Other: Stitched Rectangle dies (Lil Inkers); Bells & Boughs dies (PTI);

Country Pine

Card 3 of 7:

Country Pine - by karen @ carefree creations

Another stamp set I fell in love with: Ornamental Pine! Most of my pine bough images are small, so I easily justified the purchase of this set.

My design called for pine cones that would be the focal point. The pine cones in the stamp set were too small, so I pulled out Peaceful Wishes.

The kraft/crumb cake looking strip at the top is really the old gold paper SU carried (maybe still does??…too lazy to get my catalog from across the room).

This is the only card with ribbon, but, since the knot is small and fits between the popped up pinecones, I think it will mail fine.

Oh and the plaid is handmade (I was inspired by a Papertrey Ink Make it Monday video).

Thanks for taking a peek!

Christmas Wishes
Stamps: Ornamental Pine, Peaceful Wishes (SU); Super Stripes (PTI);
Ink/Cardstock: Autumn Rose, Simply Chartreuse, Dark Chocolate (PTI); old Gold paper (SU); Gold ink (Versacolor);
Other: Dark Chocolate baker’s twine (PTI);

Partridge in a Pear Tree

Card 2 of 7:

Partridge - by karen @ carefree creations

I really love this image from the SU Holiday catalog….probably because I actually like the song :)

For the coloring of this image, I copied Tanja Kolar’s beautiful card. If I had that embossing frame I would have just completely CASEd the card.

I used what I had, and I really liked the idea of framing the image, so I made a frame using my favorite Stitched Rectangle dies. The tree is cut out and popped up – the white panel behind the tree is woodgrain embossed.

I loved this card so much I made an extra for my own stash!

Thanks for taking a peek!

Thinking of You at Christmas
Stamps: Partridge & Pears (SU);
Ink/Cardstock: So Saffron, Pear Pizzaz (SU); Black (Memento); White (PTI);
Other: Copic markers; Woodgrain embossing folder (SU); Stitched Rectangle dies (Lil Inkers);

Victorian Santa

Each year I make a bunch of cards for a friend of my mom’s (she’s in a care facility). I really don’t like mass producing, so I make 4 each of 7 designs. And since these cards are for folks who aren’t involved with handmade cards, I try to keep them very simple and not to artsy. In addition, the mailing of the cards has to be kept simple – so nothing bulky.

Over the next week I’ll share the designs for this year’s cards. After that I’ll probably disappear for a while again (not another break from work until Christmas).

Here is card 1 of 7:

Victorian Santa - by karen @ carefree creations

This first card was CASE’d from Dawn Olchefske. I fell in love with her card when I saw it last year. I didn’t have the same stamps, but I recreated with what I had. I wish my santa image was denser to help with the balance, but I’m ok with how this turned out.

The belt buckle was created with a square of silver foil paper and just a couple slits with an exacto knife. The ribbon is satin.

Thanks for taking a peek!

A Merry Christmas To You
Stamps: Inspired by Christmas (My Favorite Things); Compliments of the Season (Waltzing Mouse Stamps);
Ink/Cardstock: Black, Cream (PTI); Real Red (SU);
Other: old DSP (SU); Black Satin ribbon (PTI); Silver Foil paper (SU); Square die (Spellbinders);

Noel Wreath

It has been so long since I stamped! I got lots of time this week – and I’ll share the results of my efforts over the next week.

This card was created for my mom’s December stamp camp.

Noel Wreath - created by karen @ carefree creations

My requirements were to use Wondrous Wreath. Mom had already used this set a month or so ago, so I wanted to make a card that didn’t look like that one.

Thanks for taking a peek!

All supplies StampinUp unless otherwise noted.
Stamps: Wondrous Wreath;
Ink/Cardstock: Cherry Cobbler, Vanilla, Mossy Meadow, Old Olive, Gold Foil;
Other: Wondrous Wreath Framelits;

Yuletide Blessings

It is time for another CAS Colours & Sketches challenge. Check out the latest challenge: #93 – sketch.

CAS Colours & Sketches Challenge #93

And here is my take:

Yuletide Blessings - by karen @ carefree creations

If you can’t see it, then let me first say that I rotated the sketch 180° (or flipped it upside down).

I guess I have Christmas on the brain…when trying to decide what to use as the two arrow-things in the sketch I saw pine branches and couldn’t move away from that.

I really wanted a plaid pattern at the top, but I’m using what I have! The paper has “cranberry crisp” listed as a color. I have the stitched ribbon that came out with that color, but oh boy it does not match very well. Instead I dug into my red ribbon box and found some dark red twine. I thought the twine added to the rustic feel of the card (or um makes the card feel rustic….something like that anyway).

Make sure you check out the other design team members:

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).

Yuletide Blessings
Stamps: Festive Foliage, Compliments of the Season (Waltzing Mouse Stamps);
Ink/Cardstock: Rustic Cream (PTI); Thyme, Soft Suede, Old Olive (SU);
Other: Holiday Thyme [really old] DSP (SU); red thread (stash);