CC&S #302 – Christmas Bubbles

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

This week we look back to our sketch challenges from this year, pick one, and make a holiday card. I chose this fun sketch (click the image to go to that past challenge):

And here is my take:

Christmas Bubbles | by karen h @ carefree creations

I’m breaking out an oldie for this one!

Boy this card took some effort! I knew this end result is what I wanted, but getting there didn’t work the way I wanted. I started by using some circle dies to cut my openings. I had started with 2 sizes (the little and the medium), but I added a larger one to have some variation. I changed the original configuration of icons so that the sentiment would be in the large bubble.

I made marks on my card base so that I could sponge the color where it should go. That actually went ok. But then I needed to stamp the icons. Here is where my problems began (and why I love photopolymer so much). These are wood mounted stamps and I could not easily place my images. I suppose I could have broken out my old Stamp-a-ma-jig, but I didn’t. Most of them could fit through the windows, but some couldn’t so I had to hold my hand “in place” while I removed the window layer. Of course I didn’t get the icons stamped properly and it bugged me mightily! I ended up die cutting the circles from my sponged layer.

I still wanted the window layer popped up, so I laid it on my card base, adhered the colored circles and then popped the window layer above.

It needed something and the few things I tried were just too much. I was going to do enamel dots, but I didn’t have what I wanted, so I switched to sequins. I’m normally a silver gal, but for this the gold was calling me.

When I got done I was “eh, done is done”, but I like it more and more every time I see it. Yay!

If you are interested, my previous card for this challenge can be found here.

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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).

Merry Christmas
Stamps: Holiday Sampler (Stampin’Up);
Ink: Barn Door, Pine Needles Distress (Ranger); Versamark (Tsukineko);
Paper: White (Papertrey Ink);
Other: circle die (Spellbinders); sequins (Neat & Tangled); white embossing powder (Filigree)

CASology – North

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Here is my take:

Waving Hi | by karen h @ carefree creations

I let my kiddo pick the stamp set for this card – and the image. Of course they picked the smallest bear! Since the image is small, I figured I’d place it up the card like it was far away (which is appropriate since it is waving). I decided to have him standing at the edge of water. I like sentiment collages, so I thought I’d add one for this card – and put it in the water so it didn’t detract from the scene.

The bear is colored with Copics with the no-line technique.

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Waving Hi
Stamps: Polar Bear Pals (My Favorite Things);
Ink: Tumbled Glass, Antique Linen Distress (Ranger); markers (Copic); Versamark (Tsukineko);
Paper: White (Papertrey Ink);
Other: white embossing powder (Hero Arts);

CC&S #301 – Deck the Halls

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This week we look back to our color challenges from this year, pick one, and make a holiday card. I chose to do this lovely color combo (click the image to go to that past challenge):

And here is my take:

Deck the Halls | by karen h @ carefree creations

I really love this elegant color scheme – and it works so nicely for the holidays too!

I decided to break out some older Christmas sets. I didn’t use any dies – I fussy cut the bow and stocking.

If you are interested, my previous card for this challenge can be found here.

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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).

Deck the Halls
Stamps: Stocking Prints, Bells & Boughs, Wreath for All Seasons (Papertrey Ink – PTI);
Ink: Berry Burst, Soft Sky, Sahara Sand (Stampin’Up);
Paper: White (PTI);

CC&S Celebrates 300!

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And here is my take:

Celebrate You | by karen h @ carefree creations

This is an anniversary challenge for CC&S! This challenge is in its 6th year! To celebrate – I wanted to thank our players – because without you, we wouldn’t be here! Thank you to all those who join us – You. Are. Amazing!

I chose fireworks to help the celebration. The firework stamps are 2-step images, so I used two shades of color when stamping. I didn’t want the sentiment to overwhelm the delicate fireworks, so I used very pale grey colors.

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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).

WOW
Stamps: Fireworks, You Wow Me (My Favorite Things – MFT);
Ink: Fog (Simon Says Stamp); Gravel Gray, Lush Lagoon (MFT); Highland Heather (Stampin’Up); Soft Sky (Hero Arts); Raspberry Fizz, Lovely Lady, Summer Sunrise, Harvest Gold, Bright Buttercup, New Leaf, Green Parakeet, Lilac Grace (Papertrey Ink – PTI);
Paper: White (PTI);

CASology – Girl

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

Here is my take:

Hope Santa Spoils You | by karen h @ carefree creations

I like candy color christmas colors. For this card, I started with the green card base. When coloring the child image, I wanted to bring the green into the image, but didn’t want it to be the only color. On the coat I did a plaid pattern to work in the green.

When stamping the sentiment, I did start with the softest of the two curve dies. I cut little slits between the two lines and also between the bottom words. Those snips let me bend the photopolymer. I used a MISTI to help me position and work on the curve before stamping.

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Hope Santa Spoils You
Stamps: Jingle All the Way, Santa’s Elves (My Favorite Things – MFT);
Ink: Black (Momento); Black Brilliance (Tsukineko); markers (Copic);
Paper: White (Papertrey Ink); Sour Apple (MFT);
Other: Stitched Scallops Basic Edgers die (MFT);

CCS #299 – Season’s Greetings

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And here is my take:

Solstice Foliage | by karen h @ carefree creations

With these colors my mind went immediately to winter greenery.

I have such a hard time with dies! Some dies are meant to be lined up after you stamp; others are meant to be cut first – either way I mess it up! For the the large pinecone, I fussy cut it because it wasn’t as intricate as the flowers or pine bough.

The fern just above the ribbon bow was added after the card was all put together. My artistic-eye seems to work better through the camera lens. I was gonna just leave it, but this time it felt too lopsided without. The flower die is popped-up with dimensional adhesive so it was easy to peel that off. I pulled the ribbon down as much as I could and used a piece of paper to mask everything else (I also only inked the tip of the fern). Honestly, I’m surprised it worked, lol!

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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).

Season’s Greeting
Stamps: Holiday Greens, Keep it Simple Seasons’ Greetings (Papertrey Ink – PTI);
Ink: Mint Macaron, Tranquil Tide (Stampin’Up-SU); Cocoa Bean, Scarlet Jewel (PTI);
Paper: Rustic Cream (PTI);
Other: satin ribbon (PTI); Stitched Rectangle die (Lil Inkers);

CASology – Glass

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

Here is my take:

Rainbow Chemistry | by karen h @ carefree creations

This week’s challenge is glass. Lots of ideas, but the chemistry stamp set is what held my eye. The sentiment lead to the stamping composition.

The heart is done with chalk to give it the soft foggy look of steam.

I originally was going to make this a one layer card with the stamping smack dab in the middle, but for some reason the paper I chose (which is heavier than my normal fare) bled the outline ink and it didn’t look right. So instead I pulled out my trusty Papertrey white and figured I’d have to die cut it somehow (because PTI paper can’t handle Copics without bleeding). Once I had the image colored, I had to decide the layout of the card. I don’t normally do circles because I find them hard to work with. I wanted to challenge myself, so that is what I used to die cut the scene. I did die cut it a little off center so I could have it off the card edge. I used a pink cardstock panel to help draw the eye to the image (the edge of the pink panel is centered behind the heart/images/sentiment).

Happy with this card, but: (1) wish I could have blended the right-hand beaker contents better (the left one seems so seemless); (2) I think I should have embossed the pink panel with texture (things you see behind the camera after you’re done, sigh).

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We have chemistry
Stamps: Great Chemistry (Paper Smooches):
Ink: Black (Momento); markers (Copic);
Paper: White (Papertrey Ink); Pink Pirouette (Stampin’Up-SU);
Other: Stitched Circle die (Simon Says Stamp); Pastels chalk (SU);

CCS #298 – Elegant Cake

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And here is my take:

Elegant Cake | by karen h @ carefree creations

I started this design by looking at my edger and border dies. I decided a very simple card with a frosting edge and cardstock colors to mimic a cake.

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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).

happy birthday
Stamps: Keep it Simple Birthday (Papertrey Ink – PTI);
Ink: Versamark (Tsukineko);
Paper: Dark Chocolate, Vintage Cream, Lovely Lady (PTI);
Other: Frosted Borders die (PTI); Vanilla embossing powder (Stampin’Up);

CASology – Compliment

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

Here is my take:

Exceed Expectations | by karen h @ carefree creations

I had the idea for this card last month when I was thinking about boss day cards. I ended up not making them this year, but I liked this idea too much, so when the Compliment idea came by, I knew this card would be the perfect fit.

I drew the graph line and scribble colored the heart.

Don’t get intimidated to draw your own things….it might just take lots of practice (and this is just a partial set of the practice):

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You meet or exceed
Stamps: Incognito (Paper Smooches);
Ink: Dark Indigo (Papertrey Ink – PTI); sharpie markers;
Paper: Notebook pattern (Stampin’Up); Dark Indigo (PTI);

CC&S #297 – You are the Best

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And here is my take:

You are the Best | by karen h @ carefree creations

My inspiration for this comes from two places. The layout is the 3rd sketch in Papertrey’s October inspiration. The way I stamped the butterflies & their outlines was inspired by some old Stampin’Up paper – Cutie Pie (which has very similar colors to this challenge).

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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).

you are the best
Stamps: Butterfly Dreams, All About You (Papertrey Ink – PTI);
Ink: Versamark (Tsuniko); Balmy Blue, So Saffron (Stampin’Up-SU); Soft Granite (Hero Arts);
Paper: White (PTI); Rich Razzleberry (SU);
Other: white embossing (Hero Arts); Thank You die (My Favorite Things);