Autumn Anniversary

Addicted to CAS is having an anniversary – and a design team call. This challenge’s code word is: Dimension.

Here is my card:

Celebration Mums | karen @ carefree creations

My dimension is from the flowers that are popped-up.

Since November is their anniversary month, I wanted a celebration card that was fall colored. I started by finding my pattern paper – which was a lot harder than expected considering my stash! I knew I wanted an organic pattern (i.e., not geometric) and lots of color (no large white spaces) – so that the letters would pop against it.


Thanks for taking a peek!

Stamps: Mum’s the Word (PTI);
Ink: Terracotta Tile (PTI); Old Olive (SU);
Paper: White (PTI); Fall Flowers DSP (SU);
Other: Accent It: Celebrate die (MFT); Mum’s the Word die (PTI);

Just Because

Just Because | karen @ carefree creations

I’m playing along with CAS Colours & Sketches #152 (this week is a sketch challenge).

I admit, I was stumped at first! Thankfully, while perusing my digital index, I saw these half-flowers and knew they would be perfect! It is snowing here, so I wanted something bright and pretty – hence my color selection.


Thanks for taking a peek!

Just Because
Stamps: Floral Frenzy, Mums the Word – stem (PTI);
Ink: Daffodil, Soft Suede (SU); New Leaf (PTI);
Paper: Daffodil (SU); White (PTI);
Other: Stitched Rectangle die (Lil Inkers); Linen & Canvas impression plate (PTI);

Age is Just a Number

Age is Just a Number | karen @ carefree creations

This card is for two challenges. The PTI Make-it-Monday: Stamp on Kraft challenge as well as the Less is More: Number theme challenge.

I used my MISTI to stamp the candles in white and then the colors. I added some stickles as flame, I think it adds a nice detail to an otherwise simple card.


Thanks for taking a peek!

Age is Just a Number
Stamps: Wishes Come True, Signature Greetings II (PTI);
Ink: Fresh Snow, Hibiscus Burst, Dark Chocolate, Summer Sunrise, Hawaiian Shores (PTI);
Paper: Kraft, Dark Chocolate (PTI);
Other: twine (stash); Stitched Rectangle die (Lil Inkers); Yellow Stickles (Ranger);
Technique: layered stamping

Life Needs Background Music

I’m playing along again at Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers. This week’s challenge is music.

It took me a long time to find something, but the internet helped!

Life Needs Background Music | karen @ carefree creations

When I couldn’t come up with my own idea, I searched the internet and found a quote similar to this and knew it would be perfect (I have a two teenage daughters, and while we’ve never said these words, the sentiment is there!).

I’ve said before I prefer to make cards that I can use – even when I’m playing a snarky challenge (thankfully my family is fully aware, and mostly appreciative, of my sarcastic/snarky personality).

The tape frame was inspired by this awesome card by Jenny.

Thanks for taking a peek!

Background Music
Stamps: BeBoppin (Paper Smooches);
Ink: Black (Momento);
Paper: White (PTI); Brioche pattern paper (Memory Box);
Other: A Little Pot font (; Stitched Rectangle dies (Lil Inkers); Coral markers (Copic); black markers (Zig);

Happy Thanksgiving!

Thanksgiving Blessing | karen @ carefree creations

Yesterday I sat down to make thanksgiving cards for my girls. I decided to use this adorable turkey image. And since the latest Paper Smooches Challenge is Gold, I foiled the tail feathers (as well as the band around the hat).

In addition, the layout is from the Fresh Made Sketches #214 challenge.

My final card is 4″ wide.

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Thanks for taking a peek!

Stamps: My Peeps, Word Salad, Alphadot (Paper Smooches);
Ink: Black (Momento);
Paper: White (PTI); Marina Mist (SU);
Other: markers (Copic); Flag Tag dies (Paper Smooches); gold sequins (Neat & Tangled);

Sending Holiday Cheer

I’m squeezing in a card for the CAS Colours & Sketches challenge which is also a design team call! This week is a color challenge:


Here is the card I came up with:

Warm Holiday Cheer | karen @ carefree creations

I had fun with this one! I used the smoosh technique for my watercolor background. The hat and gloves use generational stamping. The sentiment is silver embossed. I used grey as my neutral color (to evoke the silver color).

I have to love on my MISTI again. This color challenge is one where you can only use the colors asked for (equivalents accepted, but no additional colors – like I could not add a yellow to this, even in a small amount). So to get some contrast, I like to employ the generational stamping technique. Sometimes you don’t get a good impression in the generations. This is where MISTI came in. I placed my stamps on the MISTI, stamped onto scrap, then stamped on my good paper. And yes, not the best impression….so I just did it all again – ink, stamp on scrap, stamp on good paper! So happy! Both the hat and the gloves are just 2 layers of generational, but the hat ended up a bit darker. I’m ok with it :)


Thanks for taking a peek!

Sending Holiday Cheer
Stamps: Holiday Cheer (Wplus9);
Ink: Watermelon Wonder (SU); Evergreen Bough distress ink (Ranger); Versamark (Tsukineko);
Paper: White (PTI); Watercolor (Ranger); Smokey Slate (SU);
Other: Silver embossing powder (Hero Arts); silver cord (SU); circle die;

Peace, Love & Joy


Today is PTI’s November Blog Hop. This was the inspiration:


What I love about the inspiration is the clean style and the pops of color and silver.

And this is my card:

Peace Love Joy | karen @ carefree creations

Parts of the sentiment are silver embossed. The card base is dry embossed with stripes. I added a silver paint between the stripes.

Thanks for taking a peek!

Peace Love Joy
Stamps: Peace Love & Joy (PTI);
Ink: Simply Chartreuse, Hawaiian Shores (PTI); Island Indigo (SU);
Paper: White, Soft Stone (PTI);
Other: Stylish Stripes embossing (SU); Wink of Luna – Silver (Zig); Stitched Rectangle die (Lil Inkers);

Sweet Candy Motif

Candy Motif | by karen @ carefree creations

Today I played along with Papertrey’s Make it Monday – Motif Building challenge.

I had fun piecing the bits together! I know it may be hard to see my motif at first, since it takes up the entire panel, but there is a pattern there.

Thanks for taking a peek!

Sweetest Christmas
Stamps: Candy Cane Christmas, Background Basics: Christmas (PTI); Candy Cane Christmas (SSS);
Ink: Raspberry Fizz, Summer Sunrise, New Leaf, Hawaiian Shores (PTI); Daffodil Delight (SU); Grape Jelly (MFT);
Paper: Raspberry Fizz, White (PTI);
Other: Limitless Layers: 1 3/4″ Circle die (PTI);

Playful Whirlygigs

Whirlygigs | by karen @ carefree creations

This card is for the CAS(e) This Sketch #149 challenge.


I used the same technique on this card as the one I posted earlier. I stamped the images and clear embossed them. Next was sponging with distress inks. Last, use an iron to remove the embossing.

This card came together in an interesting way. I created the focal panel using bright inks…but somewhere along the way a few dark dots appeared (I assume I just wasn’t careful while making the previously posted card). So I decided to add a few more splatter bits in a blue/green/grey color. I also knew that I wanted to extend the line of the sentiment, so I had to pick a color for which I had a marker. Although the splatter I added is a bit brighter than the mistake dots, I think you can’t tell unless you can get close and really look at it. And looking at the image online you can barely see the splatter anyway!

For the sentiment, I selectively inked the word and right swoop, but not the left swoop. Then I used a marker to continue the left swoop all the way to the edge of the panel.

I chose the linear pattern for the background because I’ve read that curves love lines (I think it is Susan Rahaila that says it).

The final size for this card is 5 1/2 x 3 3/4.

Thanks for taking a peek!

Stamps: Whirlygigs, Scripty Sayings (Paper Smooches);
Ink: Worn Lipstick, Spiced Marmalade, Fresh Squeezed Lemonade distress inks (Ranger); Bermuda Bay (SU);
Paper: White (PTI); Bermuda Bay pattern (SU);
Other: Stitched Rectangles die (Lil Inkers);
Technique: emboss resist;

Fern Resist

Fern | by karen @ carefree creations

This card is for the CAS(e) This Sketch #149 challenge.


I wanted to keep close to the sketch by using a resist technique for the image. I clear embossed the image, watercolored the background, and then used an iron to remove the embossing.

I seem to be a bit heavy-handed with the inking – I didn’t intend to color so much of the background.

Thanks for taking a peek!

Thinking of You
Stamps: Ferns (SU); Keep it Simple: Thinking of You (PTI);
Ink: Iced Spruce distress ink (Ranger); Truffle (Momento); Versamark (Tsukineko);
Paper: Ocean Tides (PTI); Watercolor paper (Ranger);
Other: clear embossing powder; Stitched Rectangle die (Lil Inkers);
Technique: emboss resist;