Touch of Purple

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

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And here is my take:

Touch of Purple | by karen @ carefree creations

I wasn’t sure what I was going to do with these colors, but when I browsed my index and saw the succulents, I was immediately reminded of photos I’d seen of green/blue flowers with touches of purple around the leaf edges.

The vines are silver embossed and sentiment shadow is silver paper. The main sentiment is Blackberry paper – a bit dark in the photo.

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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).

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Stamps: Super Succulents (Papertrey Ink – PTI);
Ink: Lost Lagoon pad, Rich Razzleberry marker (Stampin’Up – SU); Versamark (Tsukineko);
Paper: White, Silver (PTI); Blackberry Bliss (SU);
Other: Silver embossing (Filigree); Noted, Super Succulent dies (PTI);

Cake Frosting

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

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And here is my take:

Cake Frosting | by karen @ carefree creations

I had these frosted border dies cut for another project that didn’t work out. When I saw this sketch, I knew they would be perfect!

Simple, simple card – it took all of 5 minutes to put together!

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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).

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Paper: Lavender (Simon Says Stamp); White (Papertrey Ink – PTI);
Other: Femme Frames die (Mama Elephant); Frosted Borders die (PTI); Handwritten die (Little B);

Purple Peony

Mother's Day | by karen @ carefree creations

This is the mother’s day card I sent to my mom. She loves flowers, and purple, and Stampin’Up – I got ’em all in this card!

I used the Freshly Made Sketch #234 for the layout.

I stamped my image onto watercolor paper using a grey dye ink. I used Distress inks to watercolor the image. I did find that the die ink sorta pulled the watercolor to it, so while I was going for no line, some of the stamped lines still show up. Next time I’ll try using the palest distress ink I have.

I am so happy this card turned out so well. I really love the watercolor look.

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Happy Mother’s Day
Stamps: Birthday Blooms, Teeny Tiny Wishes (Stampin’Up – SU);
Ink: Fog (Simon Says Stamp); Expresso Truffle (Momento); Mustard See, Milled Lavender, Wilted Violet, Dusty Concord, Peeled Paint distress ink (Ranger);
Paper: Watercolor (Ranger); Pear Pizzazz (SU); Simply Chartreuse pattern (Papertrey Ink);
Technique: no line watercolor technique;

Mother’s Day Art

Artful Flowers | by karen @ carefree creations

All my Mother’s Day cards this year are some form of watercoloring. This one uses one my favorite techniques – wet paper stamping. I wet the watercolor paper, stamp with ink – let it run, then, once dry, over stamp with either an outline or the original (but since it is dry it doesn’t run/bleed).

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Happy Mother’s Day
Stamps: Artful Flowers (Simon Says Stamp); Fillable Frames #4 (Papertrey Ink); Gingham & Co (Waltzing Mouse Stamps);
Ink: Abandoned Coral, Dried Marigold, Broken China, Spiced Maramalade Distress Inks (Ranger);
Paper: Watercolor (Ranger); Watermelon Wonder (Stampin’Up);
Other: Stitched Rectangle die (Lil Inkers); Bookplates die (Paper Smooches); gingham ribbon (stash);
Technique: wet paper watercoloring;

Happy Mother’s Day

Scribble Flowers | by karen @ carefree creations

When I sat down to make my Mother’s Day cards, I checked out the current challenges. I loved the CAS Mix Up challenge to use heat embossing.

I embossed my flowers with white powder, then watercolored the images and background.

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Happy Mother’s Day
Stamps: Circle Scribble Flowers (My Favorite Things – MFT); One Big Happy (Papertrey Ink – PTI);
Ink: Versamark (Tsukineko); Worn Lipstick, Shabby Shutters, Peeled Paint, Tumbled Glass, Broken China Distress Inks (Ranger); Gravel Grey (MFT);
Paper: Watercolor (Ranger); Tempting Turquoise (Stampin’Up); Gravel Grey (MFT);
Other: One Big Happy die (PTI); white embossing powder (Hero Arts);
Technique: watercoloring; emboss resist;

hello, goodbye

It is a new month, which means a new hostess over at CAS Colours & Sketches challenge – Caro. Check out the latest challenge:

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And here is my take:

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My post title is in reference to the sentiment I used, and that the challenge colors are being retired this month by Stampin’Up.

I’ve loved this stamp set / die combo since it came out, but I haven’t used it yet (fairly typical for me – I think I get intimidated by the wealth of awesome cards that are made with sets that I love). I figured this was a perfect opportunity to pull the products out!

The card base is rustic cream cardstock. I used the border die to cut off a bit from the card base front. Then I embossed a kraft panel (card front size) and adhered it to the inside of the card. I did a full front size because I didn’t want a seam to show inside.

I thought about adding a rhinestone to the flower center, and if I send this card myself, I will before I mail it…but usually my cards end up in the box I take to work and I want those cards as mailing-friendly as possible (though, I admit, it doesn’t seem to matter if I label some cards as extra postage / hand carry – they still get taken…and that makes me happy!).

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).

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Stamps: Botanical Blooms, Endless Birthday Wishes (Stampin’Up – SU);
Ink: Mossy Meadow (SU);
Paper: Rustic Cream, Kraft (Papertrey Ink); Mossy Meadow, Tangelo Twist, Hello Honey (SU);
Other: Botanical Builder die, Woodgrain embossing (SU);

Celebration Cupcake

Celebration Cupcake | by karen @ carefree creations

I need to send a birthday card out this week. It was fun to make a bright cheery card (it has been snowing here for 3 days – no accumulation, but cold and dreary).

I used a few challenges to help me decide what to do. The layout is from the CAS(e) This Sketch. I used pattern paper for the Less is More challenge. And finally, I added a few sprinkles to my cupcake to play along with the CASology challenge.

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I decided to use the sketch to make my card look like a gift. To keep the twine in place I figured out how I wanted it to run, and cut tiny notches into the layer.

All the challenges are CAS style challenges, so I kept it very clean by just using white for my base and main layer.

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Celebrate Today
Stamps: Cupcake Collection (Papertrey Ink – PTI);
Ink: Raspberry Fizz, Summer Sunrise (PTI);
Paper: White (PTI); Baked Brown Sugar (Stampin’Up); Country Drive pattern (Echo Park);
Other: pink baker’s twine (stash);

Owl Birthday

My daughter is off to a birthday party for a friend. She asked me to make a card – with owls and yellow. This is what we came up with.

Birthday Owls | by karen @ carefree creations

I love this owl set by Gina K (it is an old one) – the owls are just adorable! I colored with Copic markers. I could not get the browns to blend – I think I need one more marker…or possibly a refill on what I have.

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Happy Birthday
Stamps: Owl Always Love You (Gina K); Keep it Simple: Birthday (Papertrey Ink – PTI);
Ink: Black (Momento); Black (PTI);
Paper: White, Bright Buttercup (PTI);
Other: markers (Copic); Woodgrain embossing folder (Stampin’Up); Stitched Rectangle die (Lil Inkers); Banner die (PTI);

Thanks for the Appreciation

Wednesday this week was Admin Professionals day. In my office, we were treated to flowers, lunch, and sweet treats. It was quite nice! Last night I made thank you cards and took them in to my bosses today. I chose the 4-bar size and kept them very simple.

Thanks | by karen @ carefree creations

Thanks | by karen @ carefree creations

Thanks | by karen @ carefree creations

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Thanks
Stamps: Square Prints (Papertrey Ink – PTI);
Ink: Spring Rain (PTI);
Paper: White, Enchanted Evening (PTI);
Other: Wet Paint die (PTI);
Thanks
Stamps: Graceful Greetings (PTI);
Ink: Espresso Truffle (Momento); Ripe Raspberry (My Favorite Things – MFT); Lucky Limeade (Stampin’Up);
Paper: White (PTI);
Thanks So Much
Stamps: Think Big Favorites 1 (PTI);
Ink: Versamark (Tsukineko);
Paper: White, Simply Chartreuse patterns (PTI); Pure Plum (MFT);
Other: Bloomin’Cute Sentiments die (PTI); white embossing powder (Hero Arts);

More than Bacon

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

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And here is my take:

More Than Bacon | by karen @ carefree creations

Whew, this was a challenge! Despite that, I did come up with a few options, but bacon really worked for me :)

I did flip the sketch so that the sentiment/image combo were in the correct order.

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).

More Than Bacon
Stamps: Calorie Free (Paper Smooches – PS);
Ink: Black (Papertrey Ink – PTI); Poppy Parade (Stampin’Up – SU);
Paper: Blush Blossom (SU); White (PTI);
Other: Calorie Free die (PS); Stitched Rectangle die (Lil Inkers);