Happy Winter, again

I had fun with the latest challenge (taking a previous color challenge and making a holiday card). This time, I chose to use:

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And here is my take:

Happy Winter | by karen @ carefree creations

When I was thinking of this season, I really loved this color scheme as it felt very winterish to me.

I don’t have the Thoughtful Branches / Beautiful Branches bundle from Stampin’Up (kicking myself now for not getting it!!). Thankfully, my mom was willing to bring hers when she came to visit for Thanksgiving. Unfortunately, she’s took it home with her.

I did a bit of partial die-cutting to create the scene. I cut the tree so that the bottom was still attached to the card stock. I placed the hill die where I wanted it and marked the tree trunk with tape; then I cut from the left up to the tape and again from the right to the tape. I like the look of it all as one piece. I did die-cut a second tree (just the tree) and glued it to the back of the scene for added dimension.

When I glued the scene down to the blue panel, I didn’t glue the branches so that they would feel free to blow in the breeze, as is right.

The sentiment is silver embossed.

To finish it off, I added a bunch of silver balls to the tree.

I hope you join us at CAS Colours & Sketches!

Thanks for stopping by!

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

happy winter
Stamps: Vintage Picnic Sentiments (Papertrey Ink – PTI);
Ink: Versamark (Tsukineko);
Paper: White (PTI); Lost Lagoon, Blackberry Bliss (Stampin’Up – SU);
Other: Beautiful Branches die (SU); In the Meadow die (PTI); Stitched Rectangle die (Lil Inkers); silver ball embellishments (stash); silver embossing powder (Hero Arts);

Christmas Wishes

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

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I chose to use:

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And here is my take:

Christmas Wishes | by karen @ carefree creations

I love these pastel colors; they make a great Christmas scheme!

Thanks for stopping by!

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

Christmas Wishes
Stamps: All Yule Need (Paper Smooches – PS);
Ink: Truffle Espresso (Momento);
Paper: White (PTI); Calypso Coral card stock, Pool Party pattern paper, Pear Pizzazz pattern paper (Stamin’Up);
Other: Bows die (PS);

Champagne Toast

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Here is my card:

Champagne Toast | by karen @ carefree creations

I didn’t have a specific need for a congrats card, so I kept it theme neutral and used a champagne glass to toast the word Congrats. The sparkle is stamped with gold ink and there is a tiny rhinestone in the center to accentuate the clinking.

It is hard to see in the photo, but I added a shadow to the word by stamping it again, slightly lower, using the light grey ink (the same I used on the glass).

Addicted to CAS is also having a Design Team call. I’m putting my name in.

Thanks for taking a peek!

Congrats
Stamps: Congrats All Ways, Propose a Toast, Hello Sunshine (Papertrey Ink – PTI);
Ink: Smokey Shadow (PTI); Fog (Simon Says Stamp); Lemon Chiffon (My Favorite Things); Gold Delicata (Tsukineko);
Paper: White (PTI);
Other: rhinestone (K&Co);

Happy Winter

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

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And here is my take:

Abstract Snowman | by karen @ carefree creations

Lately I have been inspired by abstract-type art, where the subject is implied by color and small accents. [Like this one and this one.]

I decided this sketch lended itself to that style quite well. I had lots of ideas, but settled on a snowman. I had to add the branch arm though, because without it I kept seeing sweater (which honestly I still sorta do, and now you do too ;).

The buttons make this too bulky to mail, but I liked ’em too much not to use ’em.

I hope you join us at CAS Colours & Sketches!

Thanks for stopping by!

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

happy winter
Stamps: Winter Snow Globe (Papertrey Ink – PTI);
Ink: Smokey Shadow (PTI);
Paper: White, Spring Rain (PTI); Baked Brown Sugar (Stampin’Up);
Other: Smokey Shadow buttons (PTI); Twigs & Berries die (Memory Box);

Thoughtful Blues

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

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And here is my take:

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This is our 200th Challenge! And we’re celebrating – complete with prizes!! Make sure you play :) One of prize sponsors is Lawn Fawn. I pulled out an oldie but goodie of theirs to make my card with: Blissful Botanicals. I love the whimsy feel of the images.

I needed a thinking of you card, and the blues of the challenge fit right in.

The sentiment is die cut 3 times and layered to get the dimension.

I hope you join us at CAS Colours & Sketches!

Thanks for stopping by!

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

Thinking of You
Stamps: Blissful Botanicals (Lawn Fawn); Graceful Greetings (Papertrey Ink – PTI);
Ink: Spring Rain, Blueberry Sky, Enchanted Evening (PTI);
Paper: Watercolor (Ranger); White (PTI);
Other: Graceful Greetings die (PTI); white embossing powder (Hero Arts); Stitched Rectangle dies (Lil Inkers);
Technique: watercolor wash;

Happy Boss’s Day, part 3

Boss's Day | by karen @ carefree creations

My last boss card. This is probably my favorite of the 3 cards.

Thanks for taking a peek!

Happy Boss’s Day
Stamps: Floral Sketches, Watercooler Talk (Papertrey Ink – PTI);
Ink: Aqua Mist, Autumn Rose (PTI); Lavender (Simon Says Stamp – SSS);
Paper: White (PTI); Gold foil (Die Cuts with a View);
Other: One-Liner Happy die (PTI); Gold embossing (SSS);
Technique: heat embossing;

Happy Boss’s Day, part 2

Masculine Geometrics | by karen @ carefree creations

I’m pretty happy with how this turned out. As I said yesterday, I wanted to keep a theme to the cards and I wasn’t sure, at first, how to add gold embossed details to this card. The set includes the solid and line images, but originally I had only pulled out the straight lines and I couldn’t find a configuration/placement that I liked. Eventually I spied the diagonals in the set and it instantly became easier. I intentionally did one vertical and one horizontal of each stripe type. And to keep a triangle arrangement, I put two of the stripes close together to form 1 point of the triangle.

Oh, and a process hint: Since I can’t picture anything in my head, I used scraps from the gold paper to mark the blocks I would add details to; that allowed me to move them around before putting ink & embossing to the paper.

The “happy” die has more straight line after the “y”, but I trimmed it off. I thought about trimming the left side too, but I liked having the line to anchor it to the card edge (and, ya know, I wasn’t sure I could trim it into a serif that I’d be happy with).

Thanks for taking a peek!

Happy Boss’s Day
Stamps: What’s Your Type (Stampin’Up); Watercooler Talk (PTI);
Ink: Soft Sky (Hero Arts);
Paper: White (PTI); After Midnight (My Favorite Things); Gold Foil paper (Die Cuts with a View);
Other: One-Liners Happy die (PTI); Gold embossing (Simon Says Stamp)
Technique: heat embossing;

Happy Boss’s Day

At work, we are a month late, but we’ll be celebrating our bosses this week.

Boss's Day | by karen @ carefree creations

I kept a theme in the cards this year and they all have gold embossed details and gold sentiment. I’ll post the other two cards over the next couple of days.

The sub-sentiment was from a set that only had “boss”. I used a period (from part of the elipse included in the set) as an apostrophe.

Thanks for taking a peek!

Happy Boss’s Day
Stamps: Flashy Florals (My Favorite Things – MFT); Thanks All Ways (Papertrey Ink – PTI);
Ink: Crisp Cantaloupe, Baja Breeze (Stampin Up); Sour Apple (MFT);
Paper: White (PTI); Gold Foil paper (Die Cuts with a View);
Other: One Big Happy die (PTI); Gold embossing powder (Simon Says Stamp);
Technique: heat embossing;

Holiday Elf Cheer

Holiday Elf Cheer | by karen @ carefree creations

This is the card I originally created for the CAS Sketches & Color challenge, but I felt it was too busy for CAS style challenge.

Using Copic markers, I added blush to the elf’s cheeks and colored the hair yellow.

Thanks for taking a peek!

Holiday Cheer
Stamps: Jolly Friends (Stampin’Up – SU); Christmas Sampler (Paper Smooches); Background Basics: Super Stripes (Papertrey Ink – PTI);
Ink: Black (Momento); Green Leaf (Simon Says Stamp): Real Red (SU); markers (Copic);
Paper: White, New Leaf (PTI);
Other: Jolly Hat Builder punch (SU);

Thankful for All You Do

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

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And here is my take:

Thankful | by karen @ carefree creations

I actually started with another idea altogether (I’ll post that card another day), but it didn’t feel CAS enough. This one is still pushing it for me – I think it is all the colors and intricate font of the sentiment.

I do like the happy colors and fall plaid pattern.

I hope you join us at CAS Colours & Sketches!

Thanks for stopping by!

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

Thankful
Stamps: Phrase Play 7 (Papertrey Ink – PTI);
Ink: Dark Chocolate (PTI);
Paper: White, Harvest Gold, Dark Chocolate (PTI); Calypso Coral (Stampin’Up); Fall Perfectly Plaid pattern paper (Lawn Fawn);
Other: Phrase Play 7 die (PTI);