Artistic Inspiration

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

And here is my take:

Art Inspired Birthday | by karen @ carefree creations

Stay tuned for the details of some giveaways later in this post!

A little about my card first. I always have a hard time with primary colors. And I wanted to make a birthday card (since this is the CC&S 5th birthday), so I was limiting myself even more. I went surfing through my inspiration file and found an amazing card by Hannelie.

While that card *is* amazing, I didn’t want to copy it, so I did some google searching of Piet Mondrian. After a while, I came up with the idea of doing a little vignette in his style. I sketched out my pattern on some scrap paper and then used a sharpie and t-ruler to draw it on my card.

Since I knew I wanted a one-layer card, I used some heavy card stock meant to keep markers from bleeding through. That way I knew I could color in the areas using my Copic markers.

The red in this color scheme is darker than what Mondrian typically uses. To achieve it, I laid down a layer of R29 first then a layer of R59 and blended it with another R29 layer. For the blue I used B18 (it is a bit darker IRL); and for the yellow, Y15.

I did consider adding a few more lines and even more color swatches, but, in the end, I liked the minimalist look to this style.

So, how about that giveaway?!?!!

So, as I said – CAS Colours & Sketches challenge blog is celebrating its 5th birthday with challenge #250! To thank our challenge participants for helping us to reach this amazing milestone, five lucky players in this week’s challenge will be chosen to win an in-stock clear stamp set of their choice from Uniko! In addition, five of the design team members are giving away prizes – but you’ll need to leave a comment on their blogs to be eligible to win. You won’t want to miss out on this event! All the details are at the challenge site.

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).

Happy Birthday
Stamps: Essential Sentiments (My Favorite Things);
Ink: pen (Sharpie); markers (Copic); Graphite Black Brilliance (Tsukineko);
Paper: White (Gina K);

Your Love Turns Me to Jelly

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

And here is my take:

Turns Me to Jelly | by karen @ carefree creations

Hi folks! My brain isn’t working, so this will be quite quick. This is such a versatile sketch! I went with ocean waves and a pink jellyfish. The pink really pops against the blue – and it works well with the sentiment!

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).

your love turns me to jelly
Stamps: July 2016 Monthly Kit stamps (Hero Arts);
Ink: Island Indigo (Stampin’Up-SU); Autumn Rose (Papertrey Ink); Cranberry Cocktail (My Favorite Things-MFT);
Paper: Summer Splash, Tropical Teal (MFT); Bermuda Bay, Pink Pirouette (SU);
Other: July 2016 Monthly Kit dies (Hero Arts); Swirly Scribbles die (SU);

Fine Vine Flashback

Sending Good Thoughts | by karen @ carefree creations

If you were here yesterday, you know I stamped a card for a challenge without following the challenge. I used the wrong colors in a color challenge :)

I really like this card! I love ivy and I’ve had this stamp for ages (we won’t mention that I’ve only used it a couple times). Every time I purge, I won’t get rid of this set. This card turned out so well for using an old set.

Thanks for taking a peek!

Sending Good Thoughts
Stamps: Fine Vine, Perfect Pennants (Stampin’ Up – SU)
Ink: Cucumber Crush (SU); Elf Green (My Favorite Things – MFT);
Paper: White (Papertrey Ink – PTI); Elf Green (MFT);
Other: silver embossing powder (Hero Arts); Fillable Frames 1 die (PTI);

Mistletoe Kisses

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

And here is my take:

Mistletoe Kisses | by karen @ carefree creations

It’s funny. When the color challenges come up, I always want two shades of a color so I can do layered stamping. I finally get that kind of color challenge and I mess up my card (by using the wrong colors – you’ll see that one tomorrow). I’m not one for making the same card again, so I had to come up with another idea. This mistletoe image was one I was thinking about using already.

To get the two colors of green on one image, I used selective inking. The sentiment on a panel helps to cover where the colors merge.

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).

Mistletoe Kisses
Stamps: Mistletoe & Holly (Papertrey Ink – PTI);
Ink: Emerald Envy, Tranquil Tide (Stampin’ Up – SU);
Paper: White (PTI); Tranquil Tide (SU);
Other: silver dots (stash); silver embossing powder (Hero Arts); Limitless Layers Oval die (PTI);

Merci

Merci | by karen @ carefree creations

Another card from my Splitcoast Dirty Dozen time. Each DD month has a theme. If you are a member of the Fan Club, you can view more details about this card and its relation to the challenge here.

This is pretty much a one-layer card – only the Eiffel Tower is popped-up. I love how the tower makes the “A” in “Paris”!

Thanks for taking a peek!

Merci
Stamps: City Scene, Sweet Life, Think Big Favorites #3 (Papertrey Ink – PTI); Sophisticated Serifs (Stampin’UP – SU);
Ink: Lemon Tart, Fine Linen, Spring Moss, Smokey Shadow (PTI); Daffodil Delight, Lucky Limeade (SU); Wet Cement (Hero Arts); Sour Apple (My Favorite Things);
Paper: White (PTI);
Other: City Scene dies (PTI);

Western Strips

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

And here is my take:

Western Strips | by karen @ carefree creations

A double challenge – you have to use the colors and the sketch! I like all these colors, but had never thought to put them together!

When I considered the blue and red I came up with these textures and the rest of the card just came together.

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).

Howdy
Stamps: YeeHaw, Paisley Background (Stampin’Up-SU); Western Backgrounds (My Favorite Things);
Ink: Baja Breeze, Riding Hood Red, Soft Suede (SU);
Paper: White (Papertrey Ink); River Rock (SU);
Other: Stitched Rectangle die (Lil Inkers);

Oh Hai

Here is another of my Splitcoast Dirty Dozen cards. Each DD month has a theme. If you are a member of the Fan Club, you can view more details about this card and its relation to the challenge here.

Oh Hai | by karen @ carefree creations

Selective inking and masking is what makes this card possible! First I inked up all the body except the head and stamped that; then I inked up the head and all the neck and stamped that.

Thanks for taking a peek!

Oh Hai
Stamps: Zoo Crew, Alphadot (Paper Smooches);
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Momento); markers (Copic);
Paper: New Leaf, Kraft, White (PTI); Daffodil Delight (SU);
Other: Leafy Branch dies (CC Designs); Stitched Rectangles (Lil Inkers); Flag Tag dies (Paper Smooches); Twine (PTI);

Ridin’ Around in My Automobile

My daughter and I watched Stranger Things Season 2 last night, so I have nothing new to share today. Instead, I thought I would post another of my Splitcoast Dirty Dozen cards. Each DD month has a theme. If you are a member of the Fan Club, you can view more details about this card and its relation to the challenge here.

Congrats | by karen @ carefree creations

This card was for my daughter who at the time was getting her learner’s permit. My hope was that she and I would alternative driving during our summer trip. Wasn’t to be though. She’s only been driving 3 times since she got her permit a year ago – and all of those in the parking lot. Driving scares her and she has no desire to learn. Thankfully we have a pretty good bus system here and honestly, a year pass doesn’t cost that much (especially when you put it against car payment, insurance, and gas!!). I think she’s a city girl at heart!

Thanks for taking a peek!

Congrats
Stamps: Enjoy the Ride (PTI); Antique Map (Hero Arts);
Ink: Winter Wisteria, Black (PTI);
Paper: Vintage Cream, Rustic Cream, Black, Plum Pudding (PTI); Baja Breeze Patterns DSP, Kiwi Kiss Patterns DSP (SU);
Other: Wonderful Words: Congrats die, Enjoy the Ride die, Rainbow Stripes die, In the Meadow die (PTI);

Friends Like You are Rare

I’m squeezing a card in for the Less is More – Monsters challenge.

Rare Friend | by karen @ carefree creations

I just love how cute the yeti stamp set is! The sentiment made me think of the yeti hiding so I created the scene with the yeti between the mountains.

To help anchor the scene, I sponged a bit of blue.

The mountains and trees are fussy cut; I did use the die for the yeti.

Thanks for taking a peek!

Friends like you are Rare
Stamps: Beast Friends, Prehistoric (My Favorite Things – MFT);
Ink: Sno Cone (MFT); Tuxedo Black (Momento); markers (Copic);
Paper: Sno Cone (MFT); White (Papertrey Ink);
Other: Beast Friends die (MFT); Stitched Rectangle die (Lil Inkers);

Autumn Days

This card is for the Addicted to CAS challenge – Pumpkins!

Autumn Days | by karen @ carefree creations

I really wasn’t sure where to start so I did some scrolling through my Pinterest files. I noticed a trend in my recent pins – cards with watercolor “squish” backgrounds and frames that went off the edge. I used both of those techniques on my card.

While I do have a few pumpkin stamp sets, these elegantly flourished ones fit in the frame I chose to work with.

This is actually my second background as the first one I made was too big! Since this is a CAS challenge I wanted my elements to be contained (well, I did want a bit of bleed like I do have, but the original background took up about 70% of the card!).

Once I got the background right, the rest just fell together. I chopped up a wreath die to make the vines.

Thanks for taking a peek!

Autumn Days
Stamps: Fall Elegance, Monthly Moments: September (Papertrey Ink – PTI);
Ink: Oranze Zest, Cocoa Bean (PTI); Mustard Seed, Fossilized Amber, Scattered Straw, Dried Marigold Distress (Ranger);
Paper: Oranze Zest, Cocoa Bean, Simply Chartreuse, White (PTI); Watercolor (Ranger);
Other: Rustic Wreath die (PTI); Stitched Rounded Rectangle Frame die (My Favorite Things);