Artistic Inspiration

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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.

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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);

80s Prep

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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!!

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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).

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

Trio of Spiders

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Trio of Spiders | by karen @ carefree creations

Most of the stamps are from the retired Bite Me photopolymer set from Stampin’Up. I needed 3 spiders though, so I also grabbed my Spooky Sweets 2 set from Papertrey. All 3 spiders are fussy cut (that was a bit intense!) because with this being so simple and hardly any color, I needed something for depth/interest. The webs are embossed. I dragged my Versamark pad along the edge and embossed that as well. The sentiment is stamped in grey.

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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 Halloween
Stamps: Bite Me (Stampin’Up); Spooky Sweets 2 (Papertrey Ink – PTI);
Ink: Graphite Black Brilliance, Versamark (Tsukineko); Charcoal (Palette);
Paper: Winter Wisteria (PTI);
Other: Silver Pearl embossing (Wow);

Thankful for You

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Thankful for You | by karen @ carefree creations

Yay – a one-layer card! I think I went the direct opposite from the card I originally made for this challenge (I’ll post it later this week). To give this card some interest, I stamped the tree leaves in two colors.

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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).

thankful for you
Stamps: Sheltering Tree (StampinUp – SU);
Ink: Pumpkin Pie, Pear Pizzazz, Crumb Cake (SU);
Paper: White (Papertrey Ink);

Happy Fall

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Happy Fall | by karen @ carefree creations

I’m so ready for autumn!

I almost always reach for a white card base, but I wanted something different this time. Once I knew what I was stamping – and that I could die cut them all out, my base could be any color. I like this pale blue – and it adds just enough crisp feeling to the autumn colors.

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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 Fall
Stamps: Autumn Acorns, Mums the Word (Papertrey Ink – PTI);
Ink: Crushed Curry, Early Espresso (Stampin’Up – SU); Terracotta Tile, Saffron Spice, Canyon Clay (PTI); Espresso (Altenew);
Paper: Soft Sky (SU); Rustic Cream (PTI);
Other: Autumn Acorns die (PTI);

Framed in Regals

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Framed in Regals | by karen @ carefree creations

This was a challenging one for me. While I love regal colors in my wardrobe, I usually create with brights or earth tones. Since these colors were so close in value, I picked stamps that included details to help provide the interest/texture.

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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).

A very happy birthday 2 you
Stamps: Ruby Rose, Framed Out 1 (Papertrey Ink);
Ink: Perfect Plum, Tranquil Tide, Dapper Denim (Stampin’Up);
Paper: White (PTI);
Other: Heart Squared die (PTI);

Perfect in My Book

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Perfect in My Book | by karen @ carefree creations

I love books. My house is filled with books. When this set was released I bought it immediately, but this is the first time I’ve used the set. It fit perfectly with the sketch!

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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’re perfect in my book.
Stamps: To Thine Own Shelf (Simon Says Stamp – SSS);
Ink: Cocoa Bean, Terracotta Tile, Ocean Tides, Autumn Rose, Melon Berry, Ripe Avocado, Prairie Grass, Plum PUdding (Papertrey Ink – PTI); Delightful Dijon, Summer Starfruit, Crisp Cranberry, Blue Bayou (Stampin’Up); Soft Navy (SSS);
Paper: White (PTI);

Autumn Vine

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Autumn Vine | by karen @ carefree creations

This color scheme made me think of Autumn. I wasn’t ready to break out the pumpkins yet, so I went with a vine and gingham combination. The Vine & Berry set is one of my favorites from way back.

My layout was somewhat decided by the imperfect stamping of the wheel. I used the vine to cover up the worst of the overlap. The vine is fussy cut and the sentiment is popped-up but nestled in the vine.

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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: Vine & Berry, Gingham wheel, Label Love (Stampin’Up)
Ink: Fresh Fig, Always Artichoke, Tangerine Tango (SU);
Paper: Rustic Cream (Papertrey Ink);