Beyond the Clouds

My last one to catch up – yesterday’s PTI challenge was to feature a blue ombre.

Beyond the Clouds - by karen @ carefree creations

My original plan for this card was just to have a monochromatic card. When I went looking for a good sentiment, this one caught my eye and then triggered an awesome change to the plan.

For the sentiment panel, I sort of used the inlaid-die technique with clouds, but only to form a flat surface on which to stamp. So it is just the clouds that are creatively cut to form one panel – which is then popped up on the card base.

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Beyond the Clouds
All supplies Papertrey Ink unless otherwise noted.
Stamps: Movers & Shakers Sentiments;
Ink/Cardstock: White, Black, Spring Rain, Blueberry Sky, Enchanted Evening, Berry Sorbet, Summer Sunrise, Harvest Gold, Limeade Ice, Winter Wisteria;
Other: Rainbow Stripes die, Cloud dies;
Technique: sort of inlaid die cutting

Foiled Sophistication

The next PTI challenge was a little harder: use metallics and neutrals only. That automatically makes me think elegant and sophisticated.

Foiled Sophistication - by karen @ carefree creations

I decided to tackle a technique I’ve been wanting to try (I’ve had the supplies for years, but never did it): gold foil flakes.

First thing I did was to watch a video. I did use the tip to use talcum on my fingers….actually what I used was my embossing buddy – on EVERYTHING – and it worked (I made less of a mess than I normally do with glitter!).

For my adhesive, I used Tsukineko’s glue pad – though I did coat my image with Versamark first (don’t think it is necessary, but I didn’t want to take a chance since it won’t be easy to replace Damask Designs once it goes to the vault next month).

You can’t see it in the photo, but I do like the extra, subtle, texture the flakes give – due to the overlapping of different flake pieces. I’ll see if I can get a better photo tomorrow.

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Happy Birthday
All supplies Papertrey Ink unless otherwise noted.
Stamps: Damask Designs;
Ink/Cardstock: Black, white;
Other: gold foil flakes (stash); glue ink pad (Tsukineko); black rhinestone (Kaiser); Black pattern paper (PTI);

Dare to be Fabulous

Working in the school system definitely has its perks – this is a four day weekend! I made sure my chores got done and then I caught up on the Papertrey challenges that I hadn’t done yet. Yay!! (Man, have I missed stamping on a regular basis!)

The next PTI challenge I tackled was to finally use those uninked stamp sets. I actually made a purchase last month (so that I could grab the reward set before it went away) – one of the sets that I picked up was Ikat….it has been on my list, moving up and down, ever since it came out.

Be Fabulous - by karen @ carefree creations

A one layer card! Usually I feel my one-layer cards lack something, but I think the overlapping of the sentiment and images help make it feel like it has dimension.

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Hey There
All supplies Papertrey Ink unless otherwise noted.
Stamps: Ikat, Big Bold Wishes;
Ink/Cardstock: Cantaloupe (SU); Berry Sorbet, Harvest Gold, Spring Moss, Smokey Shadow, White;
Technique: one-layer card

Papertrey Bouquet

Another Papertrey challenge – this time, create a bouquet using more than 1 flower set. I love flower sets, so I knew I could do this challenge. My biggest problem was finding flowers that looked like they went together.

Here’s my card:

Multi Bouquet - by karen @ carefree creations

I decided to use flowers from Mini Blooms & Day Dreamer. I also pulled a sweet little leaf sprig from Natural Beauties. For colors I chose those that made me think spring (soft, almost pastels).

The little pointy border on the side is the Heart Border die, but the pointy end instead of the petite scallop of the top.

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Dream
Stamps: Mega Gracious Vases, Mini Blooms, Natural Beauties, Day Dreamer (PTI);
Ink/Cardstock: vase-Charcoal (Palette); sentiment-Espresso Truffle (Memento); bouquet – Spring Moss, Winter Wisteria, Summer Sunrise, Harvest Gold (PTI) & Blushing Bride (SU);
Other: Heart Border die (PTI); twine (stash);
Sketch: retro sketch 145

Birthday Balloons

Another Papertrey challenge. This time, be inspired by Maile Bells. I love Maile’s work – perfect CAS cards! One thing that stands out to me as a Maile technique – cutting a panel to make room for a sentiment. I tried my hand:

Birthday Balloons - by karen @ carefree creations

I ended up goofing on the sentiment placement so I had to leave a larger opening that I had originally intended. Still, I love the way it turned out.

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Happy Birthday
All supplies Papertrey Ink unless otherwise noted.
Stamps: Birthday Style, Boutique Border: Birthday;
Ink/Cardstock: White, Hawaiian Shores, Hibiscus Burst, New Leaf, Soft Stone, Smokey Shadow;
Other: dimensional adhesive;

Hello

My stamps have been gathering dust, but Papertrey’s 8th anniversary party got me inspired.

The first challenge was a color/sketch combo. I chose to use the first color combo with the seventh sketch to come up with this card:

Hello - by karen @ carefree creations

I am really happy with how this turned out!

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hello
All supplies Papertrey Ink unless otherwise noted.
Stamps: Ruby Rose, Wet Paint, Ombre Builders;
Ink/Cardstock: White, Aqua Mist, New Leaf, Pure Poppy, Hibiscus Burst, True Black;
Other: Stitched Rectangle die (Lil Inkers); Ruby Rose dies (PTI);

Inspired to Make 4

A long time ago I pinned this beautiful image from Design Seeds (link goes to home page as I can’t find the original post any more):

Inspiration from Design Seeds

I pulled up the inspiration today and sat down to make a card…and ended up making 4!

I basically pulled out a die cut that reminded me of the lace flower in the inspiration piece, picked a sentiment that worked (with no reason to make cards, I went with a generic saying) – and then got started.

This one is my favorite:

You Make Me Smile - by karen @ carefree creations

I used distress ink to sponge a background (with a splash of water for interest). Very simple, and in my definition, a one-layer card. I love how the flower pops!

Next up is a watercolor background:

You Make Me Smile - by karen @ carefree creations

Again, I used distress ink – but a couple colors to go for a subtle ombre. I love the soft wispy feel.

A bit of cardstock color blocking:

You Make Me Smile - by karen @ carefree creations

I really wanted the flower to pop, so I started with the darker color at the top – bonus that that meant I could stamp (instead of emboss) my sentiment.

My least favorite of the four:

You Make Me Smile - by karen @ carefree creations

I like the idea behind it, but wish I had used a different stamp to make the background.

Also, I kinda got stuck on the blue color theme (which I *love* for the first two cards), but with the other two cards, I wish I had picked brighter (not necessarily blue) colors.

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Smile 1
Stamps: Signature Greetings (PTI);
Ink/Cardstock: White (PTI); Broken China distress ink (Ranger);
Other: white emboss powder (Hero Arts); Versamark; Chloe die (Memory Box);
Technique: sponging; embossing;
Smile 2
Stamps: Signature Greetings (PTI);
Ink/Cardstock: White (PTI); Tumbled Glass, Broken Chine, Faded Jeans distress inks (Ranger); Watercolor paper (Ranger);
Other: white emboss powder (Hero Arts); Versamark; Chloe die (Memory Box); Stitched Rectangle die (Lil Inker);
Technique: embossing; watercoloring;
Smile 3
Stamps: Signature Greetings (PTI);
Ink/Cardstock: White, Enchanted Evening, Blueberry Sky, Spring Rain (PTI);
Other: Chloe die (Memory Box);
Technique: colorblocking;
Smile 4
Stamps: Wonderful Watercolor, Signature Greetings (PTI);
Ink/Cardstock: White, Enchanted Evening, Blueberry Sky, Spring Rain (PTI);
Other: white emboss powder (Hero Arts); Versamark; Chloe die (Memory Box);
Technique: embossing;

Poinsettia Holiday

Card 6 of 7:

Poinsettia Holiday - by karen @ carefree creations

OK, so I got a little artsy with this one…I love it!!

I really wanted to do a poinsettia card and, no idea why, but doing a color wash behind the flower came to my mind. Instead of a color wash though, I decided to break out my distress inks (still getting used to having/using them).

After inking the background I flicked water to add that final artsy touch.

The sentiment is gold embossed and the flower is popped up.

This shade of distress ink (pine needles) went really well with the old Forest Foliage cardstock from SU – thankfully I had a handful of sheets. Not sure what I’m going to do when I run out…that was a fabulous color!

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Sending Holiday Wises
Stamps: Year of Flowers: Poinsettia (PTI);
Ink/Cardstock: old Forest Foliage (SU); White, Pure Poppy, Scarlet Jewel (PTI); Pine Needles Distress Ink (Ranger);
Other: gold pen (too lazy to look up brand); Versmark ink (Tsukineko); gold embossing powder (Filigree); Stitched Rectangle dies (Lil Inker);