Bright & Merry

Paper Smooches has a monthly challenge and this month is an anything goes challenge – and they’re looking for design team members for next year.

This is my third card for the call – just trying to show that my style is fairly eclectic šŸ™‚

Let's Be Merry | by karen h @ carefree creations

I tend to do clean & simple cards; this card shows that style. I also thought a bright color scheme would be another way to show off a different styling.

This Paper Smooches set has some fun jewel-streamer images that I shaped into circles.

Thanks for taking a peek!

Let’s Be Merry
Stamps: Holly Jolly, Christmas Sampler (Paper Smooches – PS);
Ink: Cool Caribbean (Stampin’Up); Orange Cream, Parrot (Altenew); Hibiscus Burst (Papertrey Ink – PTI); Grape Jelly (My Favorite Things);
Paper: Hibiscus Burst (PTI);
Other: Bows die (PS);

Grateful for You

Paper Smooches has a monthly challenge and this month is an anything goes challenge – and they’re looking for design team members for next year.

Here is another card for that call:

Grateful for You | by karen h @ carefree creations

Here in Colorado it is already snowing. I miss Virginia falls! This card is in homage to those autumn feelings.

The leaves were inked with two colors of Distress inks then lightly spritzed with water before stamping. After they dried, I spritzed the leaves and card base with an old brown glitter spray.

I did some fussy cutting for the leaves and the sentiment.

Thanks for taking a peek!

Grateful for you
Stamps: Leafy Greens, Debonair, Fall Sampler (Paper Smooches);
Ink: Distress Barn Door, Fired Brick, Fossilized Amber, Spiced Marmalade (Ranger); Dark Chocolate (Papertrey Ink); Bayou Blue (Stampin’Up);
Paper: Baja Breeze, White Naturals (Stampin’Up);
Other: glitter spray (stash);

Believe in Magic

Paper Smooches has a monthly challenge and this month is an anything goes challenge – and they’re looking for design team members for next year.

Here is my card:

Believe in the Magic | by karen h @ carefree creations

Update: Retook the photo to get the colors more accurate.

To make this card, I started with a feel – a winter sunset. I’m sure that had nothing to do with the fact that it was 25 degrees yesterday when I was stamping this.

The card base is a pale purple. I added Distress ink sponged on the background. The trees are paper pieced with green plaid that really pops on the background. The heart is the same pink as the background. I added a bit of snow with some puff paint along the ground and acrylic paint in the sky.

Thanks for taking a peek!

Believe in the Magic
Stamps: Warm Hearts, Joyful Greetings (Paper Smooches);
Ink: Distress Inks: Worn Lipstick, Dusty Concord, Chipped Sapphire (Ranger); Versamark (Tsukineko); Black (Palette);
Paper: Grapesicle (My Favorite Things); Berry Sorbet (Papertrey Ink); Crumb Cake (Stampin’Up); Perfectly Plaid Christmas (Lawn Fawn);
Other: puff paint (Stampin’Up); white acrylic paint; white embossing powder (Hero Arts);

CC&S #347 – Hugs

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

And here is my take:

Forget Me Not Hugs | by karen h @ carefree creations

This is actually my second card. The sketch flustered me that my first card was not CAS (I’ll post it in a few days). But after a few days of thinking on it, I came up with this one.

Now, I could have done this very easily by using pattern paper in the back, but nope, this is stamped/colored.

To get started, I first used a ruler on the back of the front panel to draw the shape I wanted. Then I cut the panel. The result is that the front panel is in 2 pieces – top & bottom. I added some detail with a cross-stitch impression along the opening.

The card base is where I did my stamping. I laid my front panel on the card base and made little marks so I knew where I needed to stamp. After my stamping was done, I went back in with a light-blue Copic marker so there was no white left.

The sentiment die is 3 layers and the front panel is popped up on foam tape.

I hope you join us at CAS Colours & Sketches!

Thanks for stopping by!

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).

Hugs
Stamps: Forget Me Nots (Papertrey Ink – PTI);
Ink: Amethyst Allure, New Leaf, Blueberry Sky (PTI); Gorgeous Grape (Stampin’Up); marker (Copic);
Paper: White (PTI);
Other: Big Hugs die (PTI); Stitched Borders die (Lawn Fawn);

CASology – Appreciate

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

Here is my take:

Appreciation Foliage | by karen h @ carefree creations

A very simple card. I did add a little bow with some floss.

When I was done with this card, another idea spawned – but I don’t have the supplies, so I dearly hope someone makes an office chart type card with the financial definition of appreciate šŸ™‚

I hope you join us at CASology – and, for more inspiration, check out the other design team members:

Thanks for stopping by!

you are appreciated
Stamps: Botanicals 2, Word Salad (Paper Smooches – PS);
Ink: Forest Glades (Altenew); Cocoa (Memento);
Paper: White (Papertrey Ink);
Other: Flag Tag dies (PS); floss | thread (DNC stash);

CC&S #346 – Missing You

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

And here is my take:

Forest Sunset | by karen h @ carefree creations

Started out thinking I’d do a galaxy, but I suck at that technique. I was able to pull off a sunset.

To start, I made faint pencil dots on my watercolor paper to help me know the boundaries of the opening of the die. Then I painted on the colors, let it dry, and added another layer of color. Once that was all dry, I watered down some white acrylic paint and did some splatters.

I hope you join us at CAS Colours & Sketches!

Thanks for stopping by!

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).

missing you
Stamps: Keep it Simple: Missing You (Papertrey Ink – PTI);
Ink: Black (Palette);
Paper: white (PTI); watercolor (Canson);
Other: Forest Sunset die (Hero Arts); watercolors; white acrylic paint;

CC&S #345 – Wish You Were Here

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

It’s a double challenge – so you have to use both the color scheme AND the sketch. Here is my take:

Wish You Were Here | by karen h @ carefree creations

We had our first snow the day I was making this card, so of course I went in a frosty direction with this color combo.

The chunky glitter snowflake is a bit more than I normally do, but I like it.

I hope you join us at CAS Colours & Sketches!

Thanks for stopping by!

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).

Wish You Were Here
Stamps: Polar Bear Pals (My Favorite Things – MFT);
Ink: Black (Memento); markers (Copic); Dapper Denim (Stampin’Up – SU);
Paper: Dapper Denim, Bashful Blue (SU); White (Papertrey Ink);
Other: Snowflake Trio die (MFT); chunky glitter (SU);

CASology – Fog part 2

There is still time to play along with the CASology challenge ā€“ FOG; it is an extended deadline!

I thought Iā€™d post some more inspiration for you:

Fog My Spectacles | by karen h @ carefree creations

While I had out my white ink from last week’s card, I wanted to also do these glasses! I wasn’t sure exactly how I would use the glasses (since the ink is white, I couldn’t just plop these glasses on a white card base), but after a few attempts, I came up with this cluster of hearts – and I love this card!

I adhered a layer of glasses to some window sheet and cut it out (just inside the frame border). Once I got the ink on the window sheet, I added a couple layers behind and one on top – so lots of dimension to these specs!

I hope you join us at CASology – and, for more inspiration, check out the other design team members:

Thanks for stopping by!

You fog my spectacles
Stamps: Incognito (Paper Smooches – PS); Perfect Match hearts (Papertrey Ink – PTI);
Ink: Pale Peony, White (PTI); Black (Palette);
Paper: White (PTI);
Other: window sheets (PTI); Glasses die (PS)

CC&S #344 – Every Day is a Gift

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

And here is my take:

I know it may not seem like it based on my posts here, but I love flowers. I have a TON of flower stamp sets. I think because I know I am biased and see a flower in every challenge, I try to not stamp flowers…but then I hardly ever stamp them. I just had to for this one.

I am loving this autumnal color scheme too.

I hope you join us at CAS Colours & Sketches!

Thanks for stopping by!

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).

every day
Stamps: Grans Garden, Out on a Limb Sentiments (Papertrey Ink – PTI);
Ink: Sweet Sugarplum, Rich Razzleberry, Lucky Limeade, Hello Honey, Lost Lagoon, Pretty Peacock (Stampin’Up – SU); Cocoa (Hero Arts);
Paper: White (PTI); Lucky Limeade (SU);
Other: Grans Garden die (PTI); Stitched Scallop Basic Edge die (My Favorite Things);

CASology – Fog

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

Here is my take:

Rocky Mountain Hello | by karen h @ carefree creations

When I first saw the clue, my mind immediately went to the mountains. I love seeing the mountains around my town – I get a calm feeling looking at them. I really wanted to capture their layers – and the fog works into that picture perfectly!

I stamped the lightest mountain image, let it dry, then applied white pigment ink. Once that was dry I did it again and again. I am a little disappointed in the white on the darkest purple – I just could not get it to stay white.

I also had another idea for “fog” and that card will go live next week.

I hope you join us at CASology – and, for more inspiration, check out the other design team members:

Thanks for stopping by!

greetings from colorado
Stamps: Mountain Majesty (Papertrey Ink – PTI);
Ink: Grapesicle (My Favorite Things); Winter Wisteria, Plum Pudding, White (PTI);
Paper: Purple Posy (Stampin’Up); Fog (Simon Says Stamp);
Other: Geometric 212 Book BT computer font;