Good Thoughts

It is time for another CAS Colours & Sketches challenge. Check out the latest challenge: #92 – colours.

CAS Colours & Sketches Challenge #92

And here is my take:

Good Thoughts - by karen @ carefree creations

I always see bees when yellow and black are together, but I really didn’t want that this time. So I thought, “OK, if black is just a sentiment color that leaves yellow – lots of it….what can I use.” And of course sunshine came to mind.

I got to use some new to me stamps and dies and it was fun to put this together!

I really had no idea that the sun image from Kinda Eclectic was so huge – but I love that it is!

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).

Sending Good Thoughts
All supplies StampinUp unless otherwise noted.
Stamps: Perfect Pennants, Kinda Eclectic;
Ink/Cardstock: White, Black, Hello Honey;
Other: Banner dies;

Sketchy Halloween

I’m just a bit late for my DT post at CAS Colours & Sketches challenge. The good thing is that YOU still have a few days to play along! Check out the latest challenge: #91 – sketch.

CAS Colours & Sketches Challenge #91

And here is my take:

Sketchy Halloween by karen @ carefree creations

I had this idea in my head for a week before the challenge but I just couldn’t carve out the time until this weekend.

The card base is 3 3/4 wide and the black panel is 4 1/4 – so it will fit perfectly in an envelope.

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).

Happy Halloween
Stamps: Trick or Treat (PTI); Halloween Backcgrounds spider (SU);
Cardstock: Black (PTI); Sahara Sand, Vintage Violet (SU); Vellum (stash);
Other: white embossing powder (Hero Arts); Versamark (Tsukineko); Spider Web die (PTI); Halloween Night DSP (really old SU);

Autumn Birthday Leaves

It is time for another CAS Colours & Sketches challenge. Check out the latest challenge: #90 – colours.

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And here is my take:

Autumn Birthday Leaves - by karen @ carefree creations

Love these colors together! Honestly, I wasn’t sure at first, but I did my research and came up with an idea. Once I started stamping and putting it together, I really fell in love with the colors!

The colors are pretty intense. To keep the card cheery and fun, I used a light color base. Also, the leaves are kissed with patterns which gives texture but also removes some of the color so it isn’t as intense.

The sentiment is stamped directly on the card base; the frame is popped-up. I did mask the sentiment are off just in case the leaves wanted to peek through.

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).

Happy Birthday
Stamps: Leafy Greens, Kissables 1, Kissables 2, Happy Birthday (Paper Smooches):
Ink/Cardstock: Dark Chocolate, Rustic White (PTI); Lost Lagoon, Blackberry Bliss, Tangelo Twist (SU);
Other: Scallop Frames die (Paper Smooches);

Birthday Embossing

Birthday Embossing - by karen @ carefree creations

This is my other Inkup Stamp Camp card. My assignment for this card was to use two embossing folders on the same layer (but not the selective embossing technique).

This one was definitely harder for me. Since the embossings would both be on the same panel, I knew the card would be mostly one color. I decided I wanted a bright cheery card – so a birthday theme it is!

I wanted a pop of color so I picked Coastal Cabana and worked it in by die-cutting a flower to accent the sentiment. Pops of white help add contrast as well.

My order of steps was to first stamp my greeting where I wanted it. Then I embossed the two ends. Lastly, I used a stylus and scoring board to add horizontal lines between the embossing and the sentiment.

If you are wondering how I picked the embossing folders, it essentially went like this: I wanted something fun since this was a birthday card, so my first choice was decorative dots. Going with the old adage “curves love corners”, I looked for a linear folder…and just a touch of woodgrain looked more like wavy lines, a la streamers. I thought those two would make a fun pairing for a party card.

Thanks for taking a peek!

Happy Birthday
All supplies StampinUp unless otherwise noted.
Stamps: Countless Sayings 2;
Ink/Cardstock: Basic Black, Whisper White, Strawberry Slush, Coastal Cabana;
Other: Woodgrain embossing folder, Decorative Dots embossing folder, White bakers thread, Flower Fair framelit die;
Technique: pressure embossing;

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

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).

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

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).

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

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).

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;