Parenting is Hard!

It is time for another CASology challenge. Check out the latest challenge – PARENT!

Here is my take:

You can do it! | by karen h @ carefree creations

There are quite a few ways I could have gone with this challenge cue. I ended up doing parent(ing). While this is a card for my daughter – it could easily be for me! I have a daughter with severe anxiety and I really have no idea if I’m helping or hurting the situation. If anyone has experience with anxiety – I’d love to hear from you!! (carefree dot creations at gmail dot com)

I used a lunchbox notes stamp set which has some really encouraging sentiments in it. Knowing I wanted to use a few of them and stack them up, I thought an ombre/gradient color scheme would work best. Each line is a different color. I listed them in order in the supply list below.

To add a focal point to the card, I selected one sentiment to white emboss on a color card stock.

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You can do it!
Stamps: Background Basics: Diagonals Additions, Lunchbox Love, Keep it Simple: Love (Papertrey Ink – PTI);
Colors: old Lemon Tart, Limeade Ice (PTI); Lemon Lime Twist (Stampin’Up-SU); New Leaf (PTI); Mint Macaron (SU); Aqua Mist (PTI); Baja Breeze (SU); Pool (Hero Arts); Blueberry Sky (PTI); Lavender Fields (My Favorite Things); Lovely Lilac (SU); Soft Purple (Hero Arts); old Plum Pudding (PTI);
Other: Versamark ink (Tsukineko); white embossing powder (Hero Arts);

You’re Spec-tacular

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

And here is my take:

You're Spec-tacular | by karen h @ carefree creations

Super fast card! Seriously, done in under 5 minutes!

I picked two of the glasses images from the set and assigned them a color. I knew I wanted the cats-eyes to be pink and to be stamped more frequently then the other pair. I stamped the top, the bottom, and then then middle with the cats-eye pair, then went back and layered the other pair in between.

While the sentiment strip isn’t quite in the sweet spot, I wanted it to be in between the pairs of glasses. So it looks good to me, even if not perfect.

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).

You’re Spec-tacular
Stamps: Incognito (Paper Smooches);
Ink: Flirty Flamingo, Daffodil Delight (Stampin’Up-SU); Espresso Truffle (Momento);
Paper: White (Papertrey Ink – PTI); Pool Party (SU);
Other: Double-Ended Banner die (PTI);

She Believed She Could….

It is time for another CASology challenge. Check out the latest challenge – BELIEVE!

Here is my take:

She Believed She Could | by karen h @ carefree creations

I just had to break out this piggy set when I saw the challenge cue! It is so adorable!

I did no-line watercoloring on the image – started with a light grey ink. This is actually my second attempt with this image because the first time I did it I colored the wings first. If you haven’t tried the no-line technique before, the lines that you color near first “gather” the ink you color you use and the lines are a bit darker than the open space around it. Since I started with the wings, the “shared” lines (like the piggy’s back & ear) ended up being the grey color that I used to shade the wings which made the wings look more prominent than the pig did and I did not like it. I stamped the image again and this time started coloring the piggy first (I also did a much lighter shading of the wings).

My original layout for this card was landscaped with the sentiment on banners. It started to be too much for a clean & simple challenge. I set that idea aside and decided to use a go-to layout for CAS cards. I did add an embossed frame to add a touch of interest.

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She believed she could…
Stamps: This Little Piggy (Stampin’Up-SU);
Ink: Fog (Simon Says Stamp); Distress inks: Tattered Rose, Pumice Stone (Ranger); Espresso Truffle (Momento);
Paper: Sno Cone (My Favorite Things – MFT); Watercolor (Ranger); White (Papertrey Ink);
Other: Cloud Trio dies (MFT); Dotted Details frame die (Mama Elephant);

Enjoy the Adventure

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

And here is my take:

Enjoy the Adventure | by karen h @ carefree creations

Another almost-one-layer card (the boat is popped-up). I used a stencil to blend some blue distress inks. Then I used one of the spaces as my strip to stamp my sentiment.

It took me a few tries before I settled on the color scheme for the boat. For some reason I started with a brown bottom boat and that was ok, but felt off. I tried a grey bottom boat but that wasn’t good either. Finally I used the same blue that I used for the sentiment and that was much better!

Side note: I did some googling to see what order I should put my sentiment (because it is made up of 3 different ones). In my searching I found out that “anchors away” is wrong :( The correct spelling is “anchors aweigh”. I decided that the correct order of the sentiments would probably start with ahoy, but that didn’t line up well and as the “away” was wrong already, I just went with it. I do love this card, so it makes me a bit sad that it isn’t correct.

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).

Enjoy the Adventure
Stamps: Ahoy (Papertrey Ink – PTI);
Ink: Distress Inks: Peacock Feathers, Mermaid Lagoon (Ranger); Navy (Hero Arts); Pure Poppy (PTI);
Paper: White (PTI);
Other: Ahoy die (PTI); Wave stencil (Memory Box);

Start Each Day

It is time for another CASology challenge. Check out the latest challenge – START!

Here is my take:

Start Each Day | by karen h @ carefree creations

So, I only have a few stamps that have the word “start” in them. While I know I could do other things, this is how I start my brainstorming. When I saw this stamp set, I stopped brainstorming! Love this set! I did pull my colors from sunrise photos.

My layout is a little tight, but I liked the idea of using just a portion of the card.

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Thanks for stopping by!

Start each day
Stamps: Lovely Layers (Papertrey Ink – PTI);
Ink: Wet Cement (Hero Arts); Melon Berry, Hibiscus Burst, Plum Pudding (PTI);
Paper: Peach Bellini, Tickled Pink (My Favorite Things); Lilac Grace, Soft Stone card stock, Soft Stone Bitty Big pattern paper (PTI);
Other: Lovely Layers die (PTI);

Birthdays are for Celebrating!

It is time for another CAS Colours & Sketches challenge. And – I’m your host for this month! My first challenge is a color challenge where I picked some bold bright colors that put me in a good mood. Check it out:

And here is my take:

Birthdays are for Celebrating | by karen h @ carefree creations

A very simple card – and practically a one-layer one as well! I did pop up the larger flower. The other flower was masked so that I could stamp the leaves.

I recently picked up the Narwhal grey ink from Lawn Fawn – and I’m so glad I did as it complements this color scheme perfectly!

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).

Birthdays are for Celebrating
Stamps: Gran’s Garden, Ombre Sentiments: Birthday (Papertrey Ink – PTI);
Ink: Calypso Coral, Rich Razzleberry, Old Olive (Stampin’Up); Narwhal (Lawn Fawn);
Paper: White (PTI);
Other: Gran’s Garden die (PTI); dimensional adhesive;

Awesome Dad Crossing

It is time for another CASology challenge. Check out the latest challenge – Cross!

Here is my take:

Awesome Dad | by karen @ carefree creations

My first thought was cross-stitch, but I didn’t really have time to stitch something nor do I have stamps for that. As I was going through my index, I saw the Road Signed set and decided I definitely wanted to use that.

I bounced around the idea of not being literal and doing bright colors, but I just couldn’t…for some reason I wanted realistic.

Originally, I was going to use pattern paper, but the blacks didn’t match and that irritated me. As I was reviewing my options for creating the crosswalk, I thought stencil paste would provide the right look – around me, road stripes always look well worn (though I wish my paste was shiny as that would have been even more realistic).

To make the stencil stripes, I used a stencil that had lots of different width stripes. I picked one stripe and taped off the others. I stenciled the stripe once, pull off the stencil, cleaned it, and let the stripe dry and repeated that process to create all 4 stripes. For someone who doesn’t like techniques because they are messy or time intense, I was surprised I went this route – but I’m so happy I did.

Once I had the crossing stripes done and the sign embossed, I decided the card needed one more touch – the twine.

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Thanks for stopping by!

Awesome Dad Crossing
Stamps: Road Signed (Papertrey Ink-PTI);
Ink: Versamark (Tsukineko);
Paper: Black (PTI);
Other: Black embossing powder (Filigree); Gradated Blocks stencil (Simon Says Stamp); embossing paste (Vecchi); Twine (stash);

Way to Go

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

And here is my take:

Way to Go! | by karen @ carefree creations

My card is pretty literal with the sketch (minus the layering). I know I could have stamped a little scene and still had the sentiment on the panel, but I decided to make my sentiment the focus. This also let me pull out some pattern paper and go non-white for the card base.

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).

Way to Go
Stamps: Perfect Pennants (Stampin’Up-SU);
Ink: Black (Palette);
Paper: Sunshine & Sprinkles DSP, Melon Mambo (SU); White (Papertrey Ink);
Other: Flag Tag dies (Paper Smooches);

Wishing You All the Best

Today is Papertrey Ink’s Monthly Blog Hop!

Papertrey Ink Blog Hop

Here is the inspiration:

And here is my card:

Friend | by karen @ carefree creations

The inspiration photo is so lovely! I pulled my inspiration from the beautiful spring colors and the rustic twigs the flowers are nestled into.

I stamped the Twig Wreath image a few times in different brown inks. The floral images are inked with multiple shades, though it is quite subtle.

The sentiment is two sets working together. I fussy-cut the word “friend” and layered it over a small strip with the secondary sentiment.

My final touch was some pale yellow sequins.

Thanks for taking a peek!

Friend
Stamps: Twig Wreath, Bitty Bouquets, Skinny (Papertrey Ink – PTI);
Ink: Kraft, Cocoa Bean, Pale Peony, Lovely Lady, Hibiscus Burst, Lemon Tart – the old formula, Harvest Gold, Green Parakeet, New Leaf, Blueberry Sky (PTI);
Paper: White (PTI);
Other: Bitty Bouquets die (PTI); Buttercream sequins (Neat & Tangled);

A Bloomin’ Transformation

A couple day’s ago Lizzie posted a Transformation Tuesday post on the Papertrey blog. I’m really loving this new feature!

I went through the photos of my old cards and found one that has been annoying me for way to loong!

This Beautiful Blooms 2 card was given away before I noticed that I hadn’t stamped any center image in the purple flower at the bottom. It just felt incomplete!

In addition to that, I was not happy with the blotchy images (I stamped without a positioning tool) and the leaves feel like they are floating.

Here is my first attempt at fixing the problems:

Hello | by karen @ carefree creations

While I did get the leaves closer to the flowers and the flowers feel fuller, I still wasn’t happy. The yellow is way to bright and feels out of place; also, since I used yellow for centers, I took yellow out of the flower lineup…and that had me doing other changes that resulted in a teeny tiny blue flower at the top – ugh!

I tried one more time:

Hello | by karen @ carefree creations

This time I feel like I got it right (mostly). I went back to the rainbow flow of flowers but made the accent colors in the same color family. It just feels more cohesive. The only thing I would change would be to pay more attention to the orientation of openings of the flowers for leaves. I didn’t know where to stamp my leaves, so I stamped my sentiment first and once I added the leaves, I wish the sentiment was just a bit lower. As I say though, done is done (and it is tons better than the original).

The orange flower is from the flower cluster in Back Pocket Basics. I needed another flower so I didn’t repeat, but I also wanted one that fit the style.

Thanks for taking a peek!

Hello
Stamps: Beautiful Blooms 2, Fillable Frames 2, Back Pocket Basics (Papertrey Ink – PTI);
Ink: Espresso Truffle (Momento); Hello Honey (Stampin’Up); Boysenberry (My Favorite Things); Hibiscus Burst, Raspberry Fizz, Summer Sunrise, Orange Zest, Bright Buttercup, New Leaf, Hawaiian Shores, Tropical Teal, Amethyst Allure (PTI);
Paper: White (PTI);