Tropical Mother’s Day

Tropical Mother's Day | by karen @ carefree creations

My final Mother’s Day card.

This one is for my mom. Since she’s a Stampin’Up demo, I wanted to use SU products. Unfortunately I don’t have many current flower sets. I do have the wonderful Botanical Builder die set! I love these dies!

One of the cards I picked out as inspiration for my mother cards had die cutting where the negative space was card base. I added the vein stamping to the card base to add a bit of detail.

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Wonderful Mother
Stamps: Botanical Blooms, Delightful Dozen (Stampin’Up – SU);
Ink: Basic Gray (SU);
Paper: White (Papertrey Ink); Emerald Envy, Rich Razzleberry, Pale Plum (SU);
Other: Botanical Builder die, Rhinestone (SU);

Mother’s Day Motif

Mother's Day Motif | by karen @ carefree creations

My second Mother’s Day card. I love this Persian Motifs stamp set.

I clear embossed the flowers onto watercolor paper and used distress inks to color the images. I really love how the colors blended.

I wanted the focus on the flowers, so my frame is a pale grey.

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Happy Mother’s Day
Stamps: Persian Motifs (Altenew); Happy Day (Papertrey Ink – PTI);
Ink: Versamark (Tsukineko); Carved Pumpkin, Festive Berries, Peacock Feathers, Evergreen Bough Distress (Ranger); Truffle (Momento);
Paper: White (PTI); Grout Gray (My Favorite Things – MFT); Watercolor (Ranger);
Other: Persian Motifs dies (Altenew); Rectangle Frames die (MFT);

Mother’s Day Anemones

Mother's Day Anemones | by karen @ carefree creations

This is the first of three Mother’s Day cards I’ll be posting. I bought this anemone set ages ago, but hadn’t used it yet. I had fun playing with color combos (I’m keeping the play paper with the stamp set to save time in the future).

As usual, I’m not sure I stamped the flower layers correctly, but I like how it turned out none the less. I used all the individual pieces, but used the large bouquet as my guide for layout of the flowers. Originally I was going to have flowers above and below the sentiment, but I started too far down.

I did add some yellow to the center of the flowers and that lead me to use it for the frame. It is a color I wasn’t sure I would like (Papertrey’s Saffron Spice), but it is a wonderful color and I can see myself using it a lot in the future.

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Happy Mother’s Day
Stamps: Watercolor Anemones (W plus 9); Boutique Borders: Mother (Papertrey Ink – PTI);
Ink: Mint Macaron, Mellow Moss (Stampin’Up); Cranberry Cocktail (My Favorite Things); Autumn Rose, Winter Wisteria, Plum Pudding, Saffron Spice (PTI); Truffle (Momento);
Paper: White (PTI);
Other: Boutique Borders: Mother die (PTI);

Make a Wish

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Make a Wish | by karen @ carefree creations

I am hosting this week over at CCS. I made this card based on a previous card.

I decided to interpret the sketch a bit differently this time. The right-hand layer is implied rather than actual.

Originally I made this card with a color card base and the candles on a yellow panel and all of it bordered by white scallops. It just felt to busy for a clean and simple card, so I pulled it apart (salvaging the sentiment block) and tried for this much cleaner final version. {Honestly though, if I hadn’t adhered it all on the card upside down (this happens more frequently than I’d like to admit), I might have just said “done is done” as I often do…but since I had to pull it apart anyway…}

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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).

Make a Wish
Stamps: Wishes Come True (Papertrey Ink – PTI);
Ink: Melon Mambo (StampinUp – SU); Harvest Gold (PTI);
Paper: White card stock (PTI); Island Indigo card stock, Sweet Taffy DSP (SU);
Other: Birthday Cheer die, Wishes Come True die (PTI); Classic Squares die (Spellbinders);

Berry Much

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Berry Much | by karen @ carefree creations

This is a lovely, and versatile, color scheme. I wanted to do something other than flowers, so I went through my index and found these raspberries. I did a google search to see what raspberry leaves look like. I didn’t have anything in my stash that looked right, but these were close and I liked the dotted veins.

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Thank You Berry Much
Stamps: Fruitful, Meadow Greens, Label Basics, Strawberry Patch Sentiments (Papertrey Ink – PTI);
Ink: Wild Wasabi, Melon Mambo, Pool Party (Stampin’Up); Charcoal (Palette);
Paper: White (PTI);

You Are My Sunshine

You Are My Sunshine | by karen @ carefree creations

I made this card a couple weekends ago, but it sat on my desk waiting for that something extra it needed. I wanted some enamel dots in varying sizes, but I don’t have any. I finally made do with some pearls that I colored with Copics (gotta use those markers for something, lol).

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you are my sunshine
Stamps: Simple Sunflower, Fillable Frames 3 (Papertrey Ink – PTI);
Ink: Mustard Seed, Wild Honey, Rusty Hinge, Peeled Paint, Forest Moss, Gathered Twigs, Tumbled Glass Distress Inks (Ranger);
Paper: White, Kraft (PTI);
Other: Picket Fence die, Simple Sunflower die (PTI);
Technique: blending;

You Make Life Sweet

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You Make Life Sweet | by karen @ carefree creations

The first thing I saw in this sketch was an awning! I went in many directions just with that, but settled on a sweet theme.

The image is stamped with distress antique linen then colored with Copics.

The sprinkles are an outline image…I wanted solid. So I got out some really old glitter and made them solid. And the sparkles give just a touch of pizzazz.

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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 make life sweet
Stamps: Sugar Rush (Paper Smooches);
Ink: Antique Linen Distress (Ranger); Cocoa Brown (Papertrey Ink – PTI); markers (Copic);
Paper: Rustic Cream, Cocoa Brown (PTI); Baked Brown Sugar (Stampin’Up);
Other: Large Scallop border die (PTI);

Sweet Pea

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Sweet Pea | by karen @ carefree creations

I love this color combo! I admit I wasn’t sure what I was going to stamp with it…but still, it is awesome.

Eventually I decided to create some plaid and that led me to a baby card (I know that may be a bit non sequitur to some…but it my brain tends to move in weird directions, lol).

The stamp set is made to showcase buttons. I don’t use buttons much any more as they are too bulky. I thought the set had some circles that could be used, but nope. Thankfully I had a button die. The stamp is supposed to have 2 tiny circles and 1 medium. The smallest button die only fit two. I guess this would be a good card for twins. I don’t need a baby card, so this will probably go in my give away box.

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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).

little sweet pea
Stamps: Baby Button Bits, Background Basics: Super Stripes (Papertrey Ink – PTI);
Ink: Mint Macaroon, Old Olive, Tip Top Taupe (Stampin Up – SU);
Paper: White (PTI);
Other: Buttoned Up 1 die, Sentiment Splits: Curved Vertical die (PTI); Linen Thread (SU);

Howdy

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Howdy | by karen @ carefree creations

I pulled out another old stamp set for this card. I thought these pieces filled the sketch well.

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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).

howdy
Stamps: On the Farm (StampinUp); Howdy Cactus (Lawn Fawn); Background Basics: Farm & Barn (Papertrey Ink – PTI);
Ink: Barn Door, Spun Sugar, Mowed Lawn Distress Inks (Ranger); Cocoa Bean (PTI); Black (Palette);
Paper: Kraft, White (PTI);
Technique: watercoloring;

Spring Tulips

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Painted Tulips | by karen @ carefree creations

I’m breaking out an oldie from Stampin’Up. I am pretty much dedicated to photopolymer stamps, but I do have some old rubber ones that I just can’t let go of. Spring Garden is one of them; I just love the painted look of the images.

The color scheme was just so very springy to me that I had to go with flowers. The day I made this card it actually snowed (just a dusting on the grass) so stamping with spring colors was helpful!

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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).

Welcome Spring
Stamps: Spring Garden (StampinUp – SU); Wreath for All Seasons (Papertrey Ink – PTI);
Ink: So Saffron, Winter Wisteria, Pear Pizzazz (SU); Truffle (Momento);
Paper: White (PTI);
Other: Stitched Rectangle die (Lil Inkers):