CASology – Ring

It is time for a new CASology challenge. Check out the latest challenge – RING!

Here is my take:

Count Your Rings | by karen h @ carefree creations

I wasn’t sure where to go with this cue at first. Eventually I set on a birthday card with tree rings.

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You’re How Old?
Stamps: Rooted in Nature (Stampin’Up- SU); Offbeat Birthday (Papertrey Ink – PTI);
Ink: Crumb Cake, Soft Suede, Garden Green (SU);
Paper: Rustic Cream (PTI);
Other: Nature’s Roots die (SU); Framed Out 1 die (PTI);

CC&S #326 – Birthday Bouquet

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

And here is my take:

Birthday Bouquet | by karen h @ carefree creations

A perfect color combo for flowers — and I love stamping flowers. The qualifier there is because I can’t keep any plant thing alive, sadly. At least stamping flowers lets me bring a little floral brightness to my surroundings!

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A Little About the Challenge: This weekly challenge is posted on Tuesday, and alternates between color and sketch (if there is a 5th week in the month you get the double dose of color & sketch).

Happy Birthday
Stamps: Bitty Bouquets, Ombre Sentiments (Papertrey Ink – PTI);
Ink: Gravel Grey (My Favorite Things); Calypso Coral, Gorgeous Grape, Mossy Meadow (Stampin’Up);
Paper: White (PTI);
Other: Bitty Bouquet die, Mix & Mat Pinked die (PTI);

CC&S #325 – Winter Wishes

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And here is my take:

Winter Snowglobe | by karen h @ carefree creations

I just recently bought a set of arch dies from MFT – just in time for this challenge! I wasn’t sure what to do with ’em, but after fiddling around, I came up with this card.

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A Little About the Challenge: This weekly challenge is posted on Tuesday, and alternates between color and sketch (if there is a 5th week in the month you get the double dose of color & sketch).

Winter Wishes
Stamps: Winter Snowglobe, Winter Penguin sentiment (Papertrey Ink – PTI);
Ink: Cocoa (Memento); markers (Copic);
Paper: White, Kraft, Monthly Moments January pattern (PTI); Tranquil Tide (Stampin’Up);
Other: Stitched Arch die (My Favorite Things); Small Flower Box die (Memory Box); Stitched Circle die (Simon Says); bling (stash); white embossing powder (Hero Arts);

CASology – Calm

It is time for a new CASology challenge. Check out the latest challenge – CALM!

Here is my take:

Eat a Cupcake | by karen h @ carefree creations

Eat a Cupcake | by karen h @ carefree creations

So usually I stamp my cards early (like a week before the month even starts all my cards are done). This month…well, it is just a few days before this challenge goes live and I’ve stamped exactly this card. sigh. At least the card is super simple (ish). [The ish is due to this not being a photopolymer stamp set, so getting things straight took forever…and we’ll just ignore that it isn’t really straight or even.]

I only have a couple stamps that say “calm” and I really wasn’t in the mood for a get well type card. Nope, instead I went with a yummy sweet and encouraging card!

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Keep Calm
Stamps: Carry On (Stampin’Up – SU);
Ink: Raspberry Fizz (Papertrey Ink – PTI); Crisp Cantaloupe (SU); Grape Jelly, Gravel Gray (My Favorite Things);
Paper: White (PTI);

CC&S #324 – Hello

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And here is my take:

Flying Piggy | by karen h @ carefree creations

I have come to the conclusion that any color scheme with pale pink will require me to use the Little Piggy stamp set! I actually did look through my stash to see what I could use but Little Piggy is just so dern cute!

The layout for this card came from this card by Michele at I Card Everyone

It is hard to see, but I did a light wash around the pig & balloon with pool ink.

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A Little About the Challenge: This weekly challenge is posted on Tuesday, and alternates between color and sketch (if there is a 5th week in the month you get the double dose of color & sketch).

hello
Stamps: This Little Piggy, Bird Banter (Stampin’Up – SU);
Ink: Powder Pink, Pool Party, So Saffron (SU); Hickory Smoke distress (Ranger);
Paper: White (Papertrey Ink); watercolor (Ranger); Sycamore Street pattern (SU);
Other: Script Hello die (Simon Says);

CC&S #323 – Sunshine

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And here is my take:

Sunshine | by karen h @ carefree creations

Lots of yellow for this one! The sentiment & die are in a darker (oranger) color than the rays.

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A Little About the Challenge: This weekly challenge is posted on Tuesday, and alternates between color and sketch (if there is a 5th week in the month you get the double dose of color & sketch).

Sunshine for My Soul
Stamps: Full of Sunshine (My Favorite Things – MFT); Corner Adorner – November (Papertrey Ink – PTI);
Ink: Pineapple Punch (Stampin’Up), Pineapple (MFT);
Paper: White (PTI); Pineapple (MFT);
Other: Sunshine die (MFT);

CASology – Summer

It is time for a new CASology challenge. Check out the latest challenge – SUMMER!

Here is my take:

Sweet Strawberries | by karen h @ carefree creations

Oh how I love strawberries in the summer!

So while I was stamping this, using a positioner tool, my card moved just a smidge, so my strawberry tops were not stamped in the correct place. Thankfully, once I positioned it correctly, it just looked like a bit of shadow.

I did use different greens for the leaves than the strawberry tops.

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Sweet Birthday Wishes
Stamps: Strawberry Patch, Strawberry Patch Sentiments (Papertrey Ink – PTI);
Ink: Strawberry Slush, Garden Green, Crushed Curry (Stampin’Up); Field Day (My Favorite Things);
Paper: White (PTI);

CC&S #322 – Hello, Sweet Friend

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And here is my take:

Hello, Sweet Friend | by karen h @ carefree creations

I probably did this the hard way, but this is in about 3 layers! I have my card base. Then a rectangle of watercolor paper, then a card front with a circle die cut from it, and finally, the circle frame. After I had it all together, I realized I could have cut the watercolor into a circle and then laid the frame on that….but, oh well. I don’t always see where things are going with a card.

To stamp the sentiment, I just took a few hours to curve the stamp on the lid of my MISTI. Ok, maybe not quite a few hours.

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A Little About the Challenge: This weekly challenge is posted on Tuesday, and alternates between color and sketch (if there is a 5th week in the month you get the double dose of color & sketch).

Hello, Sweet Friend
Stamps: Color Layering Goldfish (Hero Arts – HA); Keep it Simple Friend (Papertrey Ink – PTI);
Ink: Daffodil Delight, Pumpkin Pie (Stampin’Up); Peacock Feathers Distress (Ranger); Gravel Gray (My Favorite Things);
Paper: White (PTI);
Other: CL Goldfish die (HA);

CASology – Color

It is time for a new CASology challenge. Check out the latest challenge – COLOR!

Here is my take:

Read Relax Repeat | by karen h @ carefree creations

With this cue, I came up with either coloring an image or using lots of color. I couldn’t really decide which, so I did both. Anything to make a rainbow 🙂

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Read Relax Repeat
Stamps: Book Club (Newtons Nook);
Ink: Black (Memento); markers (Copic);
Paper: White (Papertrey Ink);
Other: Stitched Rectangle die (Lil Inkers);

CC&S #321 – Dream

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And here is my take:

Dream | by karen h @ carefree creations

When I saw the sketch, ribbon gathered in the middle was the first thing I thought of.

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A Little About the Challenge: This weekly challenge is posted on Tuesday, and alternates between color and sketch (if there is a 5th week in the month you get the double dose of color & sketch).

Dream
Paper: Pure Plum (My Favorite Things); Black (Papertrey Ink – PTI); Glitter (Die Cuts with a View);
Other: Dream Fly Soar die (PTI); Subtle embossing (Stampin’Up); ribbon, charm (stash);