Winter Hope

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Winter Hope | by karen @ carefree creations

Whoa boy, did this card take some time! I knew right away that, with these colors, I wanted to do a winter snowflake card. I spent hours selecting and arranging images to use. There were so many ways to lay it out and they all gave a different feel. I wanted my card to provide a feeling of movement and hope. To that end, I decided not to do anything too geometric/lined-up. I tried to do a watercolor thing, but that didn’t work and the colors weren’t quite right.

I finally decided to do a bit of sponging with the blue and stamp the snowflakes in a triangle with the sentiment as little strips over the flakes.

Originally I didn’t have any border on the main white panel, so I added a bit of wonky stitching with a die, but it didn’t look quite right (the paper was already cut down and I didn’t want to make smaller and not all the wonk fit), so I die cut again but with a straight stitch die.

The card needed one more touch – sparkle. I embossed the snowflakes with a glitter powder. I think my photo shows that the snowflakes are purple with a sparkly layer.

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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).

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Stamps: Fresh Snow, Flap Happy, Scripty Sayings, Mini Monograms (Paper Smooches);
Ink: Soft Sky (Stampin’Up); Winter Wisteria, Plum Pudding (Papertrey Ink – PTI);
Paper: White, Plum Pudding (PTI);
Other: Iridescent Sparkle embossing powder (Judikins);

Just Keep Swimming

Welcome to a new year of CAS Colours & Sketches challenges! I hope you enjoyed your holiday and are refreshed and ready for our the latest challenge:

And here is my take:

Just Keep Swimming | by karen @ carefree creations

I had so many ideas for this wonderfully versatile sketch! I narrowed it down to something fun and encouraging – I love this goldfish!

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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).

Just Keep Swimming
Stamps: Color Layering Goldfish (Hero Arts – HA);
Ink: Summer Sunrise, Orange Zest (Papertrey Ink – PTI);
Paper: White (PTI);
Other: Color Layering Goldfish die (HA); Caribbean bakers twine (The Twinery);

Jingle Bells

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I decided to use Sketch #210

And here is my take:

Jingle Bells | by karen @ carefree creations

It’s funny…every week I thought about how to use the colors or sketch as a holiday card (because I knew these challenges were coming). Of course, now when I need them, I don’t remember. Thankfully, I was able to come up with quite a few ideas. This sketch is so versatile. I thought these jingle bell dies worked perfectly.

The bells are cut from shiny silver paper and then backed with dark grey (so the bell openings don’t show the background). I chose colors that I thought would work well with silver.

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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).

Jingle Bells
Stamps: Pinebough wheel (Stampin’Up – SU); Ombre Sentiments (Papertrey Ink – PTI);
Ink: Forest Foliage (SU);
Paper: Silver Foil (SU); Slate Gray (Simon Says Stamp); Sno Cone (My Favorite Things); White (PTI);
Other: Jingle Bells die (Lil Inkers);

Love and Joy

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I went all the way back to the first color challenge of the year – #204:

And here is my take:

Love & Joy | by karen @ carefree creations

I love the Holiday Trimmings set from Wplus9 – it is a great style that can go retro or new/modern! I loved Kara’s card with the soft colors. When I was looking for a color scheme for this challenge, the first one made me remember Kara’s card and I knew I just had to use it!

The strings are hand-drawn and I was a little crooked, but it works.

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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).

love & joy
Stamps: Holiday Trimmings (W+9);
Ink: Pink Pirouette, Soft Sky, Sweet Sugarplum (Stampin’Up – SU); Espresso Truffle ink and marker (Momento);
Paper: White (Papertrey Ink); Pink Pirouette (SU);

Big Joy

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Christmas Joy | by karen @ carefree creations

Since the focus is supposed to be the sentiment, I decided to keep the images to a minimum and add layers for dimension/interest. I took my inspiration from Susan Raihala’s style; she’s wonderful at doing layers in a clean & simple way.

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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).

Joy
Stamps: Berry Merry, Custom Tee (Stampin’Up – SU);
Ink: Graphite Brilliance (Tsukineko); Crushed Curry, Raspberry Ripple, Tranquil Tide, Mossy Meadow, Soft Suede (SU);
Paper: White (SU);

Artistic Inspiration

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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.

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

Your Love Turns Me to Jelly

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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!

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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).

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);

Mistletoe Kisses

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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.

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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).

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);

Western Strips

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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.

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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: 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);

New Year’s Toast

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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!

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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 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);