Enjoy the Adventure

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

And here is my take:

Enjoy the Adventure | by karen h @ carefree creations

Another almost-one-layer card (the boat is popped-up). I used a stencil to blend some blue distress inks. Then I used one of the spaces as my strip to stamp my sentiment.

It took me a few tries before I settled on the color scheme for the boat. For some reason I started with a brown bottom boat and that was ok, but felt off. I tried a grey bottom boat but that wasn’t good either. Finally I used the same blue that I used for the sentiment and that was much better!

Side note: I did some googling to see what order I should put my sentiment (because it is made up of 3 different ones). In my searching I found out that “anchors away” is wrong :( The correct spelling is “anchors aweigh”. I decided that the correct order of the sentiments would probably start with ahoy, but that didn’t line up well and as the “away” was wrong already, I just went with it. I do love this card, so it makes me a bit sad that it isn’t correct.

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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).

Enjoy the Adventure
Stamps: Ahoy (Papertrey Ink – PTI);
Ink: Distress Inks: Peacock Feathers, Mermaid Lagoon (Ranger); Navy (Hero Arts); Pure Poppy (PTI);
Paper: White (PTI);
Other: Ahoy die (PTI); Wave stencil (Memory Box);

Birthdays are for Celebrating!

It is time for another CAS Colours & Sketches challenge. And – I’m your host for this month! My first challenge is a color challenge where I picked some bold bright colors that put me in a good mood. Check it out:

And here is my take:

Birthdays are for Celebrating | by karen h @ carefree creations

A very simple card – and practically a one-layer one as well! I did pop up the larger flower. The other flower was masked so that I could stamp the leaves.

I recently picked up the Narwhal grey ink from Lawn Fawn – and I’m so glad I did as it complements this color scheme perfectly!

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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).

Birthdays are for Celebrating
Stamps: Gran’s Garden, Ombre Sentiments: Birthday (Papertrey Ink – PTI);
Ink: Calypso Coral, Rich Razzleberry, Old Olive (Stampin’Up); Narwhal (Lawn Fawn);
Paper: White (PTI);
Other: Gran’s Garden die (PTI); dimensional adhesive;

Way to Go

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And here is my take:

Way to Go! | by karen @ carefree creations

My card is pretty literal with the sketch (minus the layering). I know I could have stamped a little scene and still had the sentiment on the panel, but I decided to make my sentiment the focus. This also let me pull out some pattern paper and go non-white for the card base.

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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).

Way to Go
Stamps: Perfect Pennants (Stampin’Up-SU);
Ink: Black (Palette);
Paper: Sunshine & Sprinkles DSP, Melon Mambo (SU); White (Papertrey Ink);
Other: Flag Tag dies (Paper Smooches);

Hey, Chick

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

And here is my take:

Hey, Chick | by karen @ carefree creations

These bold colors had me all over the place – tons of ideas! I settled on this chicken set (from, um, last year, that I hadn’t inked up yet). I love the fun images and the size of the images is also quite good for a cas stamper! I hadn’t inked them because they are not photopolymer and I can’t ever tell where I’m stamping. Instead of masking and crossing my fingers, I chose to fussy cut the images. I adhered them, as I like to do, with just a bit of glue to their bellies so the rest can leave nice little shadows. I did add a bit of shadow under their feet with a Copic – just to reinforce their grounding.

Because the images are so bright, and the biggest thing on the card, their design weight was making the card feel very lopsided. I added a strip of Bermuda cardstock on the left to help balance it out. It still isn’t perfectly balanced, but at least it feels a bit more anchored. If I was to do it again, I’d probably not stamp the sentiment on the panel, and, instead, put the Bermuda strip over the white panel and stamp the sentiment up that.

I did toy with the idea of stamping a chicken wire background on the card base, but I felt that was a step too far for cas (for me – everyone has their own definitions and it certainly wouldn’t have looked bad, I’m just trying to honor the challenge).

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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).

hey, chick!
Stamps: Hey, Chick (Stampin’Up-SU);
Ink: markers (Copic);
Paper: Soft Stone, White (Papertrey Ink) Bermuda Bay (SU);
Other: Stitched Rectangle die (Lil Inkers);

Amazing Butterfly

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And here is my take:

Amazing Butterfly | by karen @ carefree creations

I admit it, this *was* a challenge! Finding something where all 3 colors looked good to me was difficult! The way I got to this (which I love) was to remember techniques for combining pattern paper that I learned while scrapbooking. One technique was to ink the edges of pieces you were placing together so that the inked edges helped unify them. Once I started thinking in that direction, I went to stained glass (which I don’t have any stamps/dies for) but that led me to this beautiful butterfly die!

I actually have the other die that looks just like the leafy branch I used but is an outline. I thought about using it and doing the same piecing technique, but it was too much black. Instead, I chose a label sentiment over the green leafy branch to continue the “unifying” effect of black. This way the focus is on the butterfly and 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).

Amazing
Stamps: Label Love (Altenew);
Ink: Graphite Brilliance (Tsukineko);
Paper: White (Papertrey Ink); Fresh Fig, Crushed Curry, Lemon Lime Twist (Stampin’Up);
Other: Vivienne Butterfly die, Lorelai Leaf die (Memory Box);

Tiny All Around

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And here is my take:

Thanks | by karen @ carefree creations

The first thing I thought of when I saw this sketch was a polaroid frame. I have two – one that is quite large and one that is quite small, lol. I decided to use the quite small one and make the card into a 4-bar size (3 1/2 x 4 7/8) so that the tiny frame wasn’t completely lost.

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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).

thank you so much
Stamps: Framed Out #1 sentiment, Tag-Its #5 flowers (Papertrey Ink – PTI);
Ink: Crisp Cantaloupe, Pistachio Pudding (Stampin’Up); Truffle (Momento);
Paper: White, Aqua Mist Pattern Pack (PTI);
Other: Framed Out #12 die (PTI);

You Are Magical

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And here is my take:

You Are Magical | by karen @ carefree creations

I will say I tried quite a few stamp images before I even got to unicorns and when I started this card I wasn’t really sure where I was going, but I am so happy with the final result. The sparkles add just the perfect touch.

Here is a better glimpse of those sparkles:

You Are Magical  - the sparkle | by karen @ carefree creations

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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 Are Magical
Stamps: Magical Day (Stampin’Up – SU);
Ink: markers (Copic); Black (Momento); Marina Mist, Sweet Sugarplum (SU);
Paper: White (Papertrey Ink – PTI); Sunshine & Sprinkles DSP (SU);
Other: Magic Mates die (SU); Stitched Circles (Simon Says Stamp);

You’re Brilliant

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And here is my take:

You're Brilliant | by karen @ carefree creations

This was a fun sketch. I immediately thought about lightning bugs. I loved spending summer nights catching and releasing these amazing critters.

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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 brilliant
Stamps: Crystal Clear, Flap Happy Snowflakes (Paper Smooches – PS); Bright Idea (Technique Tuesday);
Ink: Versamark (Tsukineko); White (Papertrey Ink – PTI); Yoyo Yellow (Stampin’Up);
Paper: Dark Indigo (PTI);
Other: Crystal Clear die (PS); white embossing powder (Hero Arts);

You Make Me Happy

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And here is my take:

You Make Me Happy | by karen @ carefree creations

As soon as I saw these colors, I knew I had to break out the piggy set (so adorable!). I used a blender pen to color the image (and now I remember why I don’t like that technique, lol). Still, I quite like this card…it does make me happy!

The notebook paper die is adhered with just a little bit of tape in the center so that I could curl the edges up. Just a touch to help the card have interest.

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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 Me Happy
Stamps: This Little Piggy (Stampin’Up-SU); Because You (My Favorite Things);
Ink: Powder Pink, Berry Burst, Wild Wasabi (SU); Black (Palette); Versamark (Tsukineko);
Paper: Powder Pink, Berry Burst (SU); White (Papertrey Ink – PTI);
Other: white embossing powder (Hero Arts); Spiral Notebook, Wet Paint dies (PTI);

You Are My Happy

It is time for Timeless Tuesday challenge at CAS Colours & Sketches. Check out the latest challenge:

This special challenge involves some retired colors AND a past sketch (you have to use both). Here is my take:

You Are My Happy | by karen @ carefree creations

Double challenges are so challenging for me! I usually spend all my time coming up with ideas for either the colors or the sketch. It takes quite a bit of brain power to do something with both. And even then it usually involves something geometric or abstract – as this card is.

Thankfully I have those old colors in marker form as well as ink – so I used those to color my image. Using the MISTI, I was able to stamp my image multiple times ensuring complete ink coverage.

My white panel started out as wide as a card base. After stamping my image, I used a circle die to make an impression around the image. The impression also helped when cutting around the image.

Since the card is fairly flat, I added a button to the image center for interest.

The card above is actually iteration 2. Originally, my white panel went from the top to bottom:

You Are My Happy | by karen @ carefree creations

I was actually putting this blog post together with the original version when I realized the sketch showed space at the top and bottom – and after seeing the card on screen, I wish I had done that. So I peeled off the layer, trimmed it up and took a new photo.

I actually like both cards. I was fairly surprised that I liked the trimmed panel as much as I do! What do you think?

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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 Are My Happy
Stamps: Dot Spot (Papertrey Ink – PTI); Essential Sentiments (My Favorite Things – MFT);
Ink: Apricot Appeal, Certainly Celery, Coastal Cabana (Stampin’Up – SU); Versamark (Tsukineko);
Paper: Coastal Cabana (SU); White (PTI); Gravel Gray (MFT);
Other: white embossing powder (Hero Arts); Circle die (Spellbinders); Summer Sunrise button (PTI);