Dance is a Sport

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

Here is my take:

Dance | by karen h @ carefree creations

My daughter took ballet for years. Dance is most definitely a sport! Also – So You Think You Can Dance is currently on television – one of our favorite shows!!

I was very inspired by Janet’s card a few months ago. I loved the elegant color scheme with the gold looking like it was painted on.

To make my card, I die cut the ballet dancer from white card stock, then used a dimensional paint to cover the bits I wanted to glue the foil to. [Side note: I meant to use a Heidi Swapp paint, but grabbed the wrong tube – but this paint stuff worked wonderfully.] After it dried, I placed my foil on it and ran it through a laminator.

The sentiment and dancer are both double layered, with the back layer being from black card stock – which helps both stand out from the background.

I still wanted a bit of something to help the dancer stand out, with my daughter’s help, I chose a stencil and a light pink ink to add some design.

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

Thanks for stopping by!

dance
Stamps: none
Ink: Tattered Rose Distress (Ranger);
Paper: White, Black (Papertrey Ink); Foiled (Die Cuts with a View);
Other: Emma alpha die (Echo Park); Lady Dancing die (Memory Box); Scribbles stencil (Ranger); Foil (iCraft); dimensional paint (Delta);

Cascading Triangles

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

And here is my take:

Hello | by karen h @ carefree creations

I love me a rainbow. When I saw this cascading sketch, I knew I would do a rainbow. I figured a geometric shape would work well with that.

Fairly straight forward card. I took a piece of card stock, blended the inks on and then die cut the shapes out.

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).

hello
Stamps: none
Ink: Distress Inks: Candied Apple, Carved Pumpkin, Mustard See, Mowed Lawn, Salty Ocean, Wilted Violet (Ranger);
Paper: White (Papertrey Ink); Black (Stampin’Up);
Other: Triangle Stax die, Hello There die (My Favorite Things);

Thank You Tree

Thank You Tree | by karen h @ carefree creations

I needed a thank you note.

The tree leaves are done with thumping.

Thanks for taking a peek!

thank you
Stamps: Through the Trees, Keep it Simple – Thank You 2 (Papertrey Ink – PTI);
Ink: Crumb Cake, Gumball Green (Stampin’Up – SU); Sour Apple (My Favorite Things – MFT); Dark Chocolate (PTI);
Paper: Crumb Cake (SU); White, Dark Chocolate (PTI);
Other: Rectangle Frame die (MFT); Woodgrain embossing (SU);

Bridal Shower

Bridal Shower | by karen h @ carefree creations

My niece announced her engagement and invited us to her bridal shower. I couldn’t go, but I sent this card as a congratulations.

Thanks for taking a peek!

Congratulations
Stamps: Scattered Showers (Papertrey Ink-PTI);
Ink: Hibiscus Burst (PTI); Soft Granite (Hero Arts); Black Tuxedo (Memento);
Paper: White (PTI);

Orchid Thanks

Orchid & Bamboo | by karen h @ carefree creations

I recently purchased the orchid stamp set and was inspired to play with it.

The orchid is stamped on the die cut. Then I trimmed off one of the bottom flowers and the end of the stem – this helps the visual of the plant wrapping around the circle.

Thanks for taking a peek!

Thank You
Stamps: Orchid Expressions (Papertrey Ink-PTI);
Ink: Fine Linen, Classic Kraft, Hibiscus Burst, Lovely Lady, Dark Chocolate (PTI); Berry Burst, Gumball Green (Stampin’Up);
Paper: White (PTI);
Other: Orchid Expressions die (PTI); Stitched Circles die (Simon Says Stamp);

Sending a Little Sunshine

There is still time to play along with the CASology challenge – SUNBEAM; it is an extended deadline!

I thought I’d post some more inspiration for you:

Sending a Little Sunshine | by karen h @ carefree creations

For this card, I started with the stencil on the background. Then I found a die that would fit the sentiment. To finish it off, I added some tiny rhinestones.

I hope you join us at CASology!

Thanks for stopping by!

Sending You a Little bit of Sunshine
Stamps: Hello Sunshine (Papertrey Ink – PTI);
Ink: Espresso Truffle (Memento); Squeezed Lemonade Distress Oxide (Ranger);
Paper: White (PTI); Banana Split (My Favorite Things);
Other: Sand & Surf stencil (PTI); Chalk Talk dies (Stampin’Up); rhinestones (stash);

What the Fox?

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

And here is my take:

What the Fox | by karen h @ carefree creations

I saw a graphic online where it used fox as a pun and I saved the idea to use later – which is now! These colors really lent themselves to a nature setting and a fox.

This is really pushing my definition of CAS, but I tried the scene with a blue card stock base as well as a white base and neither worked for me. I love plaid so it might just be that once I stamped the plaid I was a bit biased against anything else.

The sub-sentiment is printed from my computer.

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).

WTF
Stamps: Foxy Friends (Stampin’Up-SU); Plaid Background Builder (Papertrey Ink – PTI); Alphabet Soup (Alley Way);
Ink: Cajun Craze, Mossy Meadow, Blueberry Bushel (SU); Black (PTI);
Paper: White (PTI); Mossy Meadow (SU);
Other: Stitched Rectangle die (Lil Inkers); Grassy Hills die, Basic Edgers die (My Favorite Things); CK Jessica font (Creating Keepsakes);

You Are a Ray of Sunshine

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

Here is my take:

You Are a Ray of Sunshine | by karen h @ carefree creations

I love sunshine! I have lots of supplies celebrating the sun. This card was inspired by a wood sign.

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

Thanks for stopping by!

You Are a Ray of Sunshine
Stamps: Full of Sunshine (My Favorite Things – MFT);
Ink: Black (Papertrey Ink – PTI);
Paper: White, Black (PTI); Lemon Chiffon, Lemon Drop, Pineapple (MFT);
Other: Summer Sun & Buttercream sequins (Neat & Tangled); Blue Skies die (PTI); Sunshine die (MFT);

Work Hard Dream Big

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

And here is my take:

Work Hard Dream Big | by karen h @ carefree creations

Hoooboy! Double challenges are doubly challenging! When I finally came up with this idea, I was so happy that it turned out well.

Unfortunately the gears don’t really work. I’m not sure if the paper is just not strong enough or if I attached them too tightly.

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).

Work Hard
Stamps: Words to Live By – Work (Papertrey Ink – PTI);
Ink: Pistachio Pudding (Stampin’Up – SU);
Paper: White (PTI); Strawberry Slush, Baked Brown Sugar, Pistachio Pudding (SU);
Other: Gears die (Spellbinders); Words to Live By – Work die, Limitless Layers – Oval die, Polka Dot impression plate (PTI); brads, 1/2 inch circle punch (stash);

May All Your Wildest Dreams Come True

There is still time to play along with the CASology challenge – CLOUD; it is an extended deadline!

I thought I’d post some more inspiration for you:

Dreams Come True | by karen h @ carefree creations

My other card was dark, so I thought I’d go light and fluffy for this one.

I had the HARDEST time coloring this unicorn (I think I need more pale color markers?) – this is my third iteration and I’m still not satisfied, but, ya know, done is done.

I wanted to add a final touch, but couldn’t think of anything to do and have the card stay CAS.

I hope you join us at CASology!

Thanks for stopping by!

May all your wildest dreams come true
Stamps: Magical Unicorn (My Favorite Things – MFT);
Ink: Rich Cocoa (Memento); markers (Copic);
Paper: Blue Breeze (MFT); White (Papertrey Ink);
Other: Stitched Cloud Edges die (MFT);