Sweet Strawberry Wishes

It is time for another CAS Colours & Sketches challenge. Check out the latest challenge: #69 – sketch.

CAS Colours & Sketches Challenge #69

And here is my take:

by karen @ carefree creations - Sweet Birthday

I decided to make my card a window card. And, score, this is a one layer card!

To make the windows, I used a square die from the Make a Wish die set.

Here is the inside:

by karen @ carefree creations - inside

I like this because I have a hard time writing on such a wide canvas, now it feels more comfy.

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

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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).

Have a Sweet Birthday
All supplies Papertrey Ink unless otherwise noted.
Stamps: Strawberry Patch, Strawberry Patch Sentiments;
Ink/Cardstock: White, Pure Poppy, Black (PTI); Gumball Green (SU);
Other: Make a Wish die;
Technique: window

Filled with Smiles

It is time for another CAS Colours & Sketches challenge. Check out the latest challenge: #68 – colors.

CAS Colours & Sketches Challenge #68
And here is my take:

by karen @ carefree creations -  Filled with Smiles

With pink and green, I knew I was going to stamp flowers! Since the pink is a pale pink and the brown a dark brown, I knew the brown would take the focus, so I decided to use a large sentiment as the focal point.

I used two sizes of flowers. The larger ones are stamped twice to get a darker color pink.

This is a one-layer card – yay me! I love it when a challenge-for-me-style comes easy!

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).

Filled with Smiles
Stamps: Stylish Sentiments: Birthday, Turning a New Leaf, Green Thumb (PTI);
Ink/Cardstock: White (PTI); Pink Pirouette, Pear Pizzazz, Early Espresso (SU);
Other: nothing!

Party Words

It is time for another CAS Colours & Sketches challenge. Check out the latest challenge: #67 – sketch.

CAS Colours & Skethes Challenge #67

I’m on spring break – which means I have no idea what day it is! Apparently it is Thursday and I forgot to create a card for the latest CAS Colours & Sketch challenge – eek! Thankfully this is a great basic sketch and I was able to get a card done in no time!

And here is my take:

by karen @ carefree creations - Party Words

I have a bunch of male birthdays coming up in April, so I designed a card to use for one of them.

I’ve been wanting to buy the Hardwood background stamp from StampinUp (have you seen the awesome creations out there??). But I already have 2 border stamps that are similar, so I made myself use one of them to make sure that the results would make me happy so I could skip another purchase. I am quite happy with the result (I know I wouldn’t use the Hardwood on every card, so using a border stamp a few times to create a background is no hardship).

Of course, I didn’t line it up all that well and came up with an oops. But I just used a marker to fill in the gap and you can’t even tell! Check it:

oops - mind the gap

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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).

Celebrate
Stamps: Sugar Rush, Word Salad, Group Hugs (Paper Smooches); Background Basics: Farm & Barn (PTI);
Ink/Cardstock: Soft Stone (PTI); Sahara Sand, Daffodil Delight, Pear Pizzazz, Marina Mist (SU); Black (Hero Arts);
Other: Word Bubbles dies (Paper Smooches);

Calypso Flower

It is time for another CAS Colours & Sketches challenge. Check out the latest challenge: #66 – colors.

CAS Colours & Sketches Challenge #66

And here is my take:

by karen @ carefree creations - Calypso Flower

These colors are quite pretty together! The two blues together allow for variation, but the pop of coral is great contrast.

When stamping the wheel (I unmount my wheels), I off-stamped to get a lighter color – mostly because I wasn’t sure if I was going to stamp my sentiment on or under the gingham.

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

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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).

Happy Birthday
All supplies StampinUp unless otherwise noted.
Stamps: Mixed Bunch, Bring on the Cake, Gingham wheel;
Ink/Cardstock: Pool Party, Island Indigo, Whisper White, Calypso Coral;
Other: dimensional adhesive;

Thank You Bouquet

It is time for another CAS Colours & Sketches challenge. Check out the latest challenge: #65 – sketch.

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And here is my take:

by karen @ carefree creations - Thank You Bouquet

As soon as I saw the sketch, I knew I wanted to use vellum. I decided to finally ink up a new-to-me set: So Very Grateful.

Since I wanted to keep this card SU only, I chose to watercolor the bouquet images.

Once I got everything done I realized that the sentiment just didn’t show up enough, so I decided to add another layer of vellum. I only needed to change the opacity right above the floral layer so I wrapped the additional vellum around that panel:

by karen @ carefree creations - detail

This way I achieved the desired opacity for the sentiment to be visible, but the blue of the card base still peeks through.

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).

Thank You
All supplies StampinUp unless otherwise noted.
Stamps: So Very Grateful, Another Thank You photopolymer;
Ink/Cardstock: Soft Sky, White, Rich Razzleberry, So Saffron, Pear Pizzazz;
Other: silver embossing powder, vellum;
Technique: watercoloring;

Cheerful Chick

It is time for another CAS Colours & Sketches challenge. Check out the latest challenge: #64 – colors.

CAS Colours & Sketches Challenge #64

And here is my take:

by karen @ carefree creations - Cheerful Chick

Whew, this was a challenge! The color challenges at CCS do not allow any other colors (besides black and white) so a two color challenge is definitely stretching my muse! I must admit though, when I sat down and went through my stamp index, I came up with quite a few ideas – so I know it is possible (heck another idea is still stuck in my head, if I can grab some stamping time I will work on it)!

My sentiment was supposed to say “have a cheerful easter” but I ran out of room :D

I watercolored the chick and egg – and I’m really happy with how the egg turned out! I chose to watercolor because that meant I could get lots of shades with just those two colors (I used the the third color, Eggplant, for my sentiment).

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).

have a cheerful day
Stamps: Spring Fling, Mini Monograms, Wake Up (for “day”);
Ink/Cardstock: White (PTI); Crushed Curry, Pale Plum, Elegant Eggplant (SU); Noir Black (Palette);
Other: Divine Swirls embossing folder (Cuttlebug);
Technique: watercoloring;

Birthday Splatters

by karen @ carefree creations - Birthday Wishes

This card uses an oops card base. The grey (really pale purple) splatters all over the background are from an exploded re-inker. Since that was the base for my card, I had to use a grunge set!

Thanks for taking a peek!

Birthday Wishes
All supplies StampinUp unless otherwise noted.
Stamps: Mixed Bunch, Gorgeous Grunge, Four You (seriously, what would I do without this set??);
Ink/Cardstock: White, Calypso Coral, Island Indigo, Crushed Curry, Basic Grey;
Other: Blossom punch, circle punch;

From Oops to Celebration

A couple days ago I posted a card that started with an oops (I had dropped a stamp). I tend to drop stamps, a lot. Here is another drop:

oops card before

I was making a card for a sketch and that drop did not fall in a good place so I set the card aside. Last weekend I pulled it out and let the drop lead me to a new design:

by karen @ carefree creations - Celebrate

My drop was from a scallop border stamp. When I decided to try make something of the oops card, I figured I should start with the same stamp. I just inked up the same stamp in the same color and stamped it right over the drop – which happened to be on a diagonal.

I built up the card from there, not having any plan whatsoever!

And dang if I don’t like this card!

Thanks for taking a peek!

celebrate
Stamps: Space Cadet, Pretty Phrases, Borderlicious, Fascinators (Paper Smooches);
Ink/Cardstock: White (PTI); Crushed Curry, Bermuda Bay, Lucky Limeade (SU);
Other: Cardbooking dies (Paper Smooches); twine (stash);
Technique: paper piecing;

With Sympathy

It is time for another CAS Colours & Sketches challenge. Check out the latest challenge: #63 – sketch.

CAS Colours & Sketches Challenge #63

And here is my take:

by karen @ carefree creations - Sympathy

I had a hard time with this sketch – but only because I couldn’t chose which stamp set to use…this is such a versatile sketch that just about anything will work!

Unfortunately I just found out a friend’s father passed away and I needed a sympathy card. I chose a floral stamp set and soft colors.

To make the crumb strip, I used one of the Apothecary Accents dies and only die cut the end. Then I used a trimmer to cut the edges straight.

I needed a bit of texture on the Crumb strip, so I embossed it. Of course the folder I chose left an un-embossed area at the top. I didn’t want to try embossing just that bit, so I used the space to add some (stamped) stitch lines.

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).

With Sympathy
Stamps: Best of Greetings, Stippled Blossom (SU); Off Beat Backgrounds (Waltzing Mouse Stamps);
Ink/Cardstock: Soft Sky, Crumb Cake, Daffodil Delight, Crushed Curry, River Rock, Blue Bayou, Naturals White (SU); Spring Moss (PTI);
Other: Apothecary Accents dies, Elegant Lines embossing folder (SU);

Season’s Greetings in February

I spent this past Saturday working through my stack of ‘oops’ card bases – mostly ones where I had the dropsies. I hang on to these goofs because I know with a little ingenuity I can make them work.

Here is my oops card:

I stamped my sentiment exactly where I wanted it, but then dropped the stamp and it bounced around. Since the original card was to be a one-layer card, this was not going to work. The way the oops was oriented I figured I could cover it up. And I did:

by karen @ carefree creations - Christmas Ornament

The ornament was positioned to cover the lower part of the oops, but a few at the top were still visible. It was easy to cover them though as they were right up next to the ornament lid and I placed a few little tendril stamps to cover the rest of the oops.

This is a pretty simple card, but I like it! Glad I didn’t toss the oops!

Thanks for taking a peek!

Season’s Greetings
Stamps: More Merry Messages, Ornament Keepsakes (SU); tendril from Strawberry Patch (PTI);
Ink/Cardstock: White (PTI); Real Red, Gumball Green, Crushed Curry, Chocolate Chip (SU);
Other: gold cord (SU); Ornament Keepsake die (SU);