My Sunshine

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

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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);

Too Much Happy

It is time for another CAS Colours & Sketches challenge. Check out the latest challenge: #84 – sketch.

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And here is my take:

Too Much Happy - by karen @ carefree creations

I chose to do a small square card (4 1/4″). I knew I wanted to have my sentiment in the circle so I started by finding a sentiment that would fit.

I built the card from there – since the sentiment was “happy”, I chose happy colors and a butterfly motif.

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).

too much happy
All supplies StampinUp unless otherwise noted.
Stamps: Yippee-Skippee!, Papillon Potpourri, Handcarved;
Ink/Cardstock: Marina Mist, Pear Pizzazz, White, Pink Pirouette, Melon Mambo, Black; Versamark;
Other: Elegant Butterfly punch, Bitty Butterfly punch, Circles Collection framelits;

Big Thanks

It is time for another CAS Colours & Sketches challenge. Check out the latest challenge: #83 – colors.

CAS Colours & Sketches Challenge #83

And here is my take:

Big Thanks - by karen @ carefree creations

Of course these colors make me think flowers so I pulled a new-to-me set: Painted Flowers (these are so gorgeous).

I made this card a couple weeks ago because I had company coming and wanted to make sure I got my challenge card done. That same day I tried the layered die-cut idea on a card – but used all the same color. When I designed this card I figured I’d try again, but with different color cardstock – this one is white, perfect plum, and the bottom layer is elegant eggplant.

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).

Thanks
Stamps: Painted Flowers (Altenew);
Ink/Cardstock: White (PTI); Elegant Eggplant, Perfect Plum, Mossy Meadow (SU);
Other: Big Thanks die (SimonSaysStamps);
Technique: layered die-cuts;

Mr & Mrs

It is time for another CAS Colours & Sketches challenge. Check out the latest challenge: #82 – sketch.

CAS Colours & Sketches Challenge #82

And here is my take:

Mr & Mrs - by karen @ carefree creations

Oh boy! I thought this was going to be a challenging sketch, but I had a couple ideas within a few minutes of looking through my stamp index. I am quite happy with how this turned out – and I kept it clean & simple!

One way I kept it CAS was to keep the colors down. Since it was lots of white on white, I embossed the background so that flat-white layers would stand out. I also used lots of dimensional adhesive! For the banner/flags I only adhered the ends (under the &) with tape, leaving the fish-tail ends to be free to pop-up some.

I normally don’t like to mess around with the layout of sentiments because I don’t want it to be hard to read. But I think by keeping the two sentiments (Mr & Mrs and forever & always) in two different colors, I managed to separate them. I do wish I had swapped the colors so the “focus” of the sentiment would be “forever & always”…that way I could do this as an anniversary card or wedding card – to me, this card is really best for a wedding since the “mr & mrs” is what is boldest.

Yes, very happy with how this turned out!

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

I hope you join us at CAS Colours & Sketches!

I’m also going to submit this for the PaperSmooches Anything Goes Challenge :)

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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).

Mr & Mrs
Stamps: We Connect (Paper Smooches);
Ink/Cardstock: White, Pure Poppy, Soft Stone (PTI); Black (Brilliance);
Other: Decorative Dots embossing (SU); Ampersands die (Paper Smooches); Heart Prints die (PTI);

Celebrate with a Beer

Congrats - by karen @ carefree creations

A friend of mine is retiring soon. I made this card for him.

The beer image was stamped on Hello Honey paper and then sponged with Wild Honey distress ink.

For the foam on the beer, I used Liquid Applique and heat set it right away – you get more “bubbles” that way!

I won’t be posting much the next couple of weeks. I’m doing a lot of clean-up work in the galleries at SplitCoast and I have company.

Thankfully I’ve already created my CAS Colours & Sketches cards and posts for the next couple of weeks – so those will happen!

Thanks for taking a peek!

congrats
Stamps: Cheers to You (SU); Congrats All Ways (PTI);
Ink/Cardstock: Naturals Cream, Lost Lagoon, Hello Honey, White (SU); Black (PTI);
Other: Limitless Layers Circle die, Double-Ended Banner die (PTI); Peekaboo Frames die (SU); Liquid Applique;

Butterflies Float in the Sky

Miss You - by karen @ carefree creations

I had such a good time stamping this past weekend! And this is one of the last ones I stamped. And woooboy! I got 5 challenges into this card! Each of the images below links directly to the challenge.

PaperSmoochesSparksBadge  CrazyForCASBadge  CASologyBadge  AddictedToCASBadge  CASOnSundayBadge

Whew!

Crazy for CAS’s keyword is Butterflies.
CASology’s keyword is Float.
Addicted to CAS’s keyword is Sky
(seriously – how could I not put all those together??)
The Paper Smooches challenge is an Anything Goes.
CAS on Sunday is all about one-layer cards.

The butterflies were stamped onto the white card base and masked with masking paper. Then I sponged the light blue ink to form the sky (need to practice that, lol). Finally the sentiment was stamped with a darker blue.

Thanks for taking a peek!

Miss You
Stamps: Flap Happy, Scripty Sayings (Paper Smooches):
Ink/Cardstock: Berry Sorbet, White (PTI); Tumbled Glass (Distress Ink); Marina Mist (SU);
Other: masking paper;
Technique: masking, sponging;

Piano City

Months ago I pinned a really awesome poster (click to see the whole beautiful image…this one is cropped):

I finally got around to making the card today:

Piano City - by karen @ carefree creations

Of course my hubby did not see a piano until I told him (even in the original poster), so I’m not sure if my niece will get it or not, but as she plays the piano, is going to college for said playing, and I generally send her music-related cards, my fingers are crossed that she’ll get it :)

I also used a current challenge on SplitCoast: SCS CAS challenge #279 – sunsets.

My sunset starts just above the sentiment in pink and then transitions to purple with blue at the top (all in distress ink). I added “stars” with some water drops. I recently splurged on all the Distress Inks and honestly, I am loving them. I’ve heard the hype for years, but never really believed it….but dang the inks are awesome!

Oh and something else I tried for the first time – multi-layered sentiment. One day I’ll get bold and try the different colored version too, but for this, all three layers of sentiment are the same color. I really love the added dimension, without having to trim tiny tiny pieces of foam adhesive.

Thanks for taking a peek!

hello
Stamps: none! can you believe it??
Ink: Worn Lipstick, Dusty Concord, Faded Jeans (Distress Inks);
Cardstock: White, Black, Berry Sorbet (PTI);
Other: Cityscape Nightlight die (Memory Box); Skyline Border die (My Favorite Things); Wonderful Words Hello die (PTI);
Technique: sponging;

Blooming Birthday

Blooming Birthday - by karen @ carefree creations

This is another card I made for my mom’s stamp camp. Lots of different colors, but since the card base is blue the white sentiment panel still pops as the focal point.

I did mask the large flowers when stamping the leafy stem, but all the other flowers are just stamped so they don’t overlap.

Thanks for taking a peek!

Blooming Birthday
All supplies StampinUp unless otherwise noted.
Stamps: Flower Patch;
Ink/Cardstock: Soft Sky, Whisper White, Strawberry Slush, Wild Wasabi, Daffodil Delight, Pool Party, Calypso Coral;
Other: Apothecary Accents Framelit die;
Technique: masking;

Awesome

It is time for another CAS Colours & Sketches challenge. Check out the latest challenge: #81 – colors.

CAS Colours & Sketches #81

And here is my take:

Awesome Thanks - by karen @ carefree creations

I decided to do a StampinUp only card for this challenge. I haven’t used Mosaic Madness in a very long time and I thought it would work well for these colors.

Originally, the tiles were going to be in a random “falling” array, but I don’t do random well, so these ended up lining up and making a pattern – I like it nonetheless :) especially as I see space invaders in it, lol.

Now that I’m done I wish I had used a different sentiment (I’m not overly fond of the “grunge” look); this card should have had a bit more elegant font…oh well – next time.

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).

Awesome
All supplies StampinUp unless otherwise noted.
Stamps: Yippee Skippee, Mosaic Madness;
Ink/Cardstock: Crumb Cake, White, Basic Grey, Strawberry Slush;
Other: Elegant Lines embossing folder, Mosaic punch;

A Reprise

Thinking of You - by karen @ carefree creations

It is time for me to make the cards mom will use at July’s stamp camp. I really loved the card I made last week using Summer Silhouettes, so I decided to reprise it.

This time around mom wanted me to use Meadow Moss and Blackberry Bliss. I fiddled with an accessory color, and settled with gold. StampinUp has a divine new ribbon in gold (and silver); I couldn’t help but use it!

I even added a trio of gold dots to the flower centers.

Thanks for taking a peek!

Thinking of You
All supplies StampinUp unless otherwise noted.
Stamps: Summer Silhouettes, For You;
Ink/Cardstock: Naturals Ivory, Blackberry Bliss, Meadow Moss, Versamark;
Other: gold Emboss Powder, gold Satin Ribbon, gold Dazzle Marker;