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.

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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);

Rainbows & Sunshine

I have another Splitcoastsampers Dirty Dozen card for you:

Rainbows & Sunshine | by karen @ carefree creations

This is another attempt at no-line coloring.

I die cut clouds out of the blue panel to let the white card base show through.

The yellow along the top is to represent the sunshine above the clouds.

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.

Thanks for taking a peek!

Wishing you rainbows & sunshine
Stamps: Up Up & Away, Up Up Away Sentiments (Papertrey Ink – PTI);
Ink: Black (PTI); Fog (SSS);
Paper: White, Spring Rain (PTI); Blending Cardstock (X-press It);
Other: markers (Copic); Clouds die (PTI); Stitched Rectangle dies (Lil Inkers);

Birthday in Blues

I usually only stamp on the weekends, but last night I was inspired to play along with the latest CAS(e) This Sketch #244! Here’s what I came up with:

Birthday in Blues | by karen @ carefree creations

I don’t have anything in the shape that is used in the sketch. When I was looking through my dies, I thought this Mat Stack was similar in the point at the top and the side cut off (OK, in the sketch it is just the one side, but still).

I did create a few different sentiment panels – with different grey inks for the frame because the inks all stamped a bit different on the Stone cardstock and dried differently too. I actually left my card overnight before I made a decision as to which grey looked best with the pattern paper.

Thanks for taking a peek!

Birthday Wishes
Stamps: Mat Stack 7 Basics (Papertrey Ink – PTI);
Ink: Enchanted Evening, Dark Indigo (PTI); Gravel Gray (My Favorite Things);
Paper: Three Piece Suit pattern, Soft Stone cardstock (PTI);
Other: Mat Stack 7 die (PTI);

New Year’s Toast

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

And here is my take:

New Year's Toast | by karen @ carefree creations

I had so many ideas for this sketch! I went through my stamp index and found lots of images that would work, but this idea stuck with me the most!

The glasses are die cut from vellum. I used some clear dimensional adhesive under the “liquid” to adhere the glasses to the card.

I sorta wish I had stamped the sparkler higher on the card a bit, but since it still turned out well, I’m good with it!

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 New Year
Stamps: Propose a Toast, Keep it Simple: New Years (Papertrey Ink – PTI); It’s a Celebration (Stampin’Up);
Ink: Brillance Graphite, Delicata Golden Glitz, Versamark (Tsukineko); Espresso Truffle (Momento);
Paper: White (PTI); Vellum (stash);
Other: Double-Ended Banner die (PTI); Filigree Gold embossing powder (Stewart);

Hope Your Day is Magical

A couple years ago I was invited to the Splitcoast Dirty Dozen. Part of the requirements is that you don’t post your DD creations on your blog (at least until 6 months after your 6-month term). When that time came around I wasn’t feeling like I should post them (my own hang-ups about the quality). Now another year later some of the cards are still my favorites and I want to post them (though I’m sure they will all get posted).

Here is the first one:

Magical Day | by karen @ carefree creations

While I’m not overly in love with the coloring of the wizard, the background and sentiment still make me very happy!

Here are the notes I kept from when I first posted the card on Splitcoast:

This was my first attempt at no-line coloring. I made that task harder by choosing an image that was both outline and solid! I have always loved the cards I’ve seen with this technique, but my coloring skills are fairly basic (for instance, if there is a light source for this wizard, I haven’t a clue where it is!). Still, the wizard turned out better than I could have hoped! It took 4 attempts to get a background I loved as much, but boy am I giddy with happiness over this card!

To do the sentiment, I used a paint brush and some masking fluid (I don’t have one of those nifty masking pens – yet). I printed out my sentiment, placed it and my watercolor paper on a light table, lightly traced the letters in pencil, then traced with the masking fluid. After applying the distress inks and allowing them to dry, I rubbed off the masking and erased the pencil.

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 challenere here.

Thanks for taking a peek!

Hope Your Day is Magical
Stamps: Fairytale (Starving Artistamps);
Ink: Dusty Concord and Faded Jeans Distress Inks (Ranger);
Paper: Watercolor paper (Ranger); White (GinaK);
Other: markers (Copic); Mister Giggles font (2Peas); masking fluid (Grumbacher); Shine color mist (Mister Huey’s);

80s Prep

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

And here is my take:

Thanks | by karen @ carefree creations

I was a bit stumped at first with these colors, but I knew I could use some fun & funky flowers and make it work. I found an old Freshly Made Sketch and everything started to come together.

The circle frame is popped up. The inner circle is flat on the card base and has a bit of navy spritzed on it.

After I stamped and die cut the flowers, I decided they needed a bit more interest so I added some navy accents. The top flower felt too solid so I added a rhinestone (which led me to add more rhinestones on the card), and the bottom flower needed even more interest so I white embossed a dot to the center.

The sentiment was white embossed on navy cardstock and then fussy cut.

When I was done, the card reminded me of my teenage years with all the 80s neon and preppy argyle.

This turned out to be one of my favorite cards – which is why I love challenges!!

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).

thanks
Stamps: Botanicals 3, Debonair, Sentiment Sampler (Paper Smooches – PS);
Ink: Night of Navy, Lemon Lime Twist, Flirty Flamingos (Stampin’Up – SU); Versamark (Tsukineko);
Paper: White (Papertrey Ink); Night of Navy (SU);
Other: Botanicals 3 die (PS); Stitched Circle dies (Simon Says Stamp); white embossing powder, rhinestones (Hero Arts); Mini Dimensionals, Spritzer tool (SU);
Challenge: Freshly Made Sketch #295

Boss is a Big Deal

Happy Boss’s Day! My final card:

Big Deal | by karen @ carefree creations

The sentiment is printed.

To stamp the cup (which is a solid stamp, unlike the other images which are outline), I used tape to mask the bottom off and stamped the lid/straw with black ink; then reverse masked and stamped the solid cup with blue. I did use some markers to add some shading to the cup.

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You’re a Big Deal
Stamps: Think Fast (Paper Smooches – PS);
Ink: Black (Memento); markers (Copic); Blueberry Sky (Papertrey Ink – PTI)
Paper: Kraft, White (PTI);
Other: BinnerD font (FFonts); Think Fast die (PS); Stitched Rectangle die (Lil Inkers);

Let’s Taco About Boss’s Day

Here is my second, punny, boss’s day card:

Taco About Awesome | by karen @ carefree creations

I colored the taco first and used those colors to determine what cardstock I chose.

The sentiment is printed. I used an oooooold font from Creative Keepsakes (I can’t remember if it was free or on one of the many disks I purchased back then).

The card base is done with a piece from a “sampler” pack of paper. I really like it – will probably need to buy some!

Thanks for taking a peek!

Let’s Taco
Stamps: Calorie Free (Paper Smooches – PS); Southwest Style (Papertrey Ink – PTI);
Ink: Black (Momento); markers (Copic): Crushed Curry (Stampin’Up – SU);
Paper: Sunshine (Simon Says Stamp); White (PTI); Cherry Cobbler (SU);
Other: CK Road Trip font (Creative Keepsakes); Calorie Free die (PS);