Papertrey July 2016 Blog Hop Challenge


It is time for the Papertrey Ink’s Blog Hop. The inspiration piece was, indeed, very inspiring! Here is a snippet of the photo:


I love the colors, and the mix of florals and geometrics. Those are what I took to make my card:

Hey There | by karen @ carefree creations

The card base is Soft Stone. I embossed the moroccan tile background onto the edge of the card base. The tile image isn’t long enough to just do one impression. Knowing I would never link the two impressions perfectly, I made sure to stamp one end under where I wanted the large flower to overhang. It isn’t visible in the photo since the card is turned away, but I did pretty good; there is a little goof, but even in real life you have to really be looking for it.

Thanks for taking a peek!

Hey there
Stamps: Floral Sketches, Background Basics: Retro (Papertrey Ink – PTI);
Ink: Melon Berry, Scarlet Jewel, Aqua Mist, Tropical Teal, Soft Stone, Smokey Shadow (PTI); Gravel Gray (My Favorite Things – MFT);
Paper: White, Soft Stone (PTI); Gravel Gray (MFT);
Other: white embossing powder (Hero Arts);
Challenge: Papertrey Ink’s July 2016 Blog Hop

It’s Your Day

The next PTI challenge I worked on was Watercoloring with Kay.

It's Your Day | by karen @ carefree creations

I chose my colors based on how they stamp…but apparently Ocean Tides watercolors green :) Still, I’m happy with this. My card is much more subdued than Kay’s sample card, but the technique is fun.

Thanks for taking a peek!

It’s Your Day
Stamps: Ikat, Think Big Favorites #2 (Papertrey Ink – PTI);
Ink: Autumn Rose, Winter Wisteria, Ocean Tides (PTI); Basic Gray (Stampin’Up);
Paper: watercolor (Ranger); Autumn Rose card stock, Autumn Rose patterns, Smokey Shadow (PTI);
Challenge: PTI Stamp-a-Faire: Watercoloring

Pointillism Poinsettia

Heather brought us a Pointillism Technique!

Pointillism Poinsettia | by karen @ carefree creations

I really love Heather’s sample card – the dots are obvious, but it works. I think I may have over done my dots and blended too much.

I embossed both the front and back of the card base because the cream panel wraps around to the back and allows the twine to be tied at the spine. Just something different for me.

Thanks for taking a peek!

Merry Christmas
Stamps: Year of Flowers: Poinsettia, Holiday Cheer (dots) (Papertrey Ink – PTI);
Ink: Pale Peony, Pure Poppy, Scarlet Jewel, Lemon Tart, Bright Buttercup, Limeade Ice, Simply Chartreuse, Ripe Avocado old (PTI); Crushed Curry (Stampin’Up); Versamark (Tsukineko);
Paper: Classic Kraft, Rustic White (PTI);
Other: clear embossing (Filigree); Woodgrain impression plate, twine (PTI);
Challenge: Pointillism Technique

Hang in There

Got messy (but had fun!) while making my card for Lizzie’s Drips & Splatters challenge

Hang in There | by karen @ carefree creations

This was fun and frustrating all at once! I loved Lizzie’s video – I learned how to do a bunch of different splatters – in the past I just winged it. Unfortunately I didn’t have any yarn (well, I know it is somewhere, but I could NOT find it!). I used some string and it didn’t want to hold the color. I was using watered down reinker and I’m thinking the color medium wasn’t thick enough like watered down paint might have been.

I wish the medium splatters in dark blue showed up better in the photo – they are done with Twinkling H2Os and they sparkle so prettily!

I wasn’t sure what I was going to do with this background other than an ocean theme. When I started looking through my stamps I decided the life preserver would be a great way to add a pop of contrast color…from there choosing the sentiment was easy!

Thanks for taking a peek!

Hang in There
Stamps: Out to Sea, A Little Inspiration (Papertrey Ink – PTI);
Ink: Mystic Blue Twinkling H2Os (LuminArt); Peacock Feathers, Tumbled Glass distress ink (Ranger); watercolors (stash); Pure Poppy old (PTI); Tropical Teal (My Favorite Things – MFT);
Paper: watercolor (Ranger); White (PTI); Taken with Teal (Stampin’Up);
Other: Ahoy dies (PTI); circle punches/dies (stash); Wonky Rectangle dies (MFT);
Technique: splatters & splotches;
Challenge: Drips & Splatters challenge

Autumn Wreath

I am running out of steam; this is my fifth card today! The PTI team has brought us an inspiration challenge. There were so many wonderful artworks to chose from, but I settled on a ballet by Degas.

Autumn Wreath | by karen @ carefree creations

I love the colors from the artwork. I chose a wreath as it calls back to the ballet tutus.

Thanks for taking a peek!

Stamps: Twig Wreath, Graceful Greetings (Papertrey Ink – PTI);
Ink: Canyon Clay, Terracotta Tile, Aqua Mist, Classic Kraft, Dark Chocolate (PTI);
Paper: Rustic White, Kraft, Aqua pattern paper (PTI);
Other: Twig Wreath die, Graceful Greetings die (PTI);
Challenge: PTI Stamp-a-Faire Inspiration Challenge

You’re Sweet

Melissa brought us a video on how to do Floral Impressionism

You're Sweet | by karen @ carefree creations

I used watercolor paper and did one layer of white embossing, then watercoloring, then another layer of embossing, and a bit of darker details with a marker.

In keeping with the impressionism theme, I created a watercolor frame. I die cut the frame from Rustic Cream and then added layers of color with water and finally embossed it with the woodgrain impression plate.

Thanks for taking a peek!

You’re Sweet
Stamps: Year of Flowers: Sweet Pea, Scrolling Script (Papertrey Ink – PTI);
Ink: Pale Peony, Berry Sorbet, Green Parakeet, New Leaf, Fine Linen, Crumb Cake, Cocoa Bean, Dark Chocolate (PTI); Old Olive marker, Strawberry Slush marker (Stampin’Up); Versamark (Tsukineko);
Paper: Aqua Mist, White, Rustic Cream (PTI); watercolor (Ranger);
Other: Woodgrain impression plate, YOF Sweet Pea die (PTI); Rectangle Frame die (My Favorite Things); white embossing powder (Filigree);
Technique: watercoloring
Challenge: Floral Impressionism

To Bee or Not to Bee

Danielle brought us a gold leafing challenge! She showed us lots of ways to use it. I chose to do some stenciling:

Painted Collage | by karen @ carefree creations

My idea started with a hexagon stencil I had in my stash (cut with a Cover Plate from acetate). I thought I would do something with bees.

After I did the painting – and realized that it bled gold under the stencil, and also bled a pink color around the gold – I decided to add die-cut flower to what was becoming a collage. I used Autumn Rose as it went well with the pink color that bled out from the leafing. I added some stamped stems and small flowers.

When it came to adding a sentiment, I liked the One-Liner “happy” die. I was going to add a sub-sentiment, but found I liked the card without.

As my post title infers – my original thought was to have one or more bees on the card, but it just didn’t work.

You may notice that I mentioned the gold leafing bled pink around the gold. Well that pink was also very much on the inside of the card. I will have to figure something out to cover it up..but I will worry about that later. Definitely a learning opportunity!

Thanks for taking a peek!

Stamps: Painted Petals (Papertrey Ink – PTI);
Ink: Autumn Rose, Scarlet Jewel, Lavender Moon, the old Ripe Avocado (PTI); Crushed Curry, Delightful Dijon (Stampin’Up);
Paper: Smokey Shadow, White (PTI);
Other: gold leafing (Plaid); Painted Petals die, One-Liners: Happy die, Cover Plate: Hexagons die (PTI);
Challenge: gold leafing

You Are My Everything

The next challenge during PTI Stamp-a-Faire is creating a starry night.

You Are My Everything | by karen @ carefree creations

When I started, I had my doubts – it was not pretty! But I dried the panel and added more ink and more water and eventually I loved what happened!

The video that Amy did for the challenge showed how to create a silhouette scene with black paint, but I thought I could do the same thing with dies. The deer is done in smokey shadow just to give it a bit of contrast from the landscape.

The sentiment is silver embossed.

To finish off the sky, I added some Soft Stone teeny tiny stars (from the Notched Star Banner die) and some sequins (in silver and iridescent), and a little white moon.

Oh my gosh this card makes me happy!!

Thanks for taking a peek!

Stamps: Simply You (Papertrey Ink – PTI);
Ink: Versmark (Tsukineko); Lemon Tart, Hawaiian Shores, Vintage Jadite, Black, Enchanted Evening, White, Soft Stone (PTI);
Paper: Enchanted Evening, Black, Smokey Shadow (PTI); watercolor (Ranger);
Other: white acrylic paint (stash); silver embossing powder (Filigree); sequins (stash); Scripted die, In the Meadow Silhouettes die, In the Meadow die, Notched Star Banner die, City Scene die (PTI);
Challenge: creating a starry night

Enjoy This Moment

Today is Papertrey Ink’s Stamp-A-Faire 2016! It started 7am eastern time – so I’m a bit behind already, but we have until Tuesday to post projects. This year’s theme is The Masters – each challenge will be inspired by a famous artist.

The first challenge was a color challenge, and I, of course, picked the one based off Van Gogh:

Here is what I made:

Enjoy This Moment | by karen @ carefree creations

I love Van Gogh’s landscape paintings because they have so many layers and the colors are so beautiful. I wanted to imitate the layers. The background is sponged with Aqua Mist. The abstract half-circle images are from the Ahoy set.

Though my inspiration came from the Van Gogh painting, this sure does make me think about Monet’s lily pads.

Thanks for taking a peek!

Enjoy This Moment
Stamps: Wet Paint, Ahoy, Mini Blooms, Don’t Forget to Write (Papertrey Ink – PTI);
Ink: Aqua Mist, Green Parakeet, Vintage Jadeite, New Leaf, Bright Buttercup (PTI);
Paper: New Leaf, White, Pinefeather (PTI);
Other: sponge blender tool; Stitched Rectangle die (Lil Inkers); Wet Paint die, Don’t Forget to Write die (PTI); white embossing powder (Hero Arts);
Technique: heat embossing; sponging;
Challenge: PTI Color Recipe

Medallion Hello

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


And here is my take:

Hello | by karen @ carefree creations

Crushed Curry and Island Indigo are some of my favorite colors – and together, oh my, they are awesome! I knew right away I wanted a middle east flair to the card.

For the sentiment, doing just a die-cut wasn’t bold enough – it didn’t stand out, so instead I used the negative and backed it with vellum (and lots of dimensional adhesive).

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).

Stamps: Background Basics: Medallion (Papertrey Ink – PTI);
Ink: Crushed Curry, Island Indigo (Stampin’Up – SU);
Paper: White, Vellum (PTI); Tip Top Taupe (SU);
Other: Happy Hellos die (My Favorite Things);