You Are Acutie

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You Are Acutie | by karen h @ carefree creations

When I saw this sketch, my first thought was this protractor stamp I have. I’ve only used it once before and had a hard time coming up with another idea, so I actually created another card first (I’ll post that this weekend). Last night I decided to try one more time (because I wasn’t sure if my card followed the sketch well enough)…and I made this card.

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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 Acutie
Stamps: Protractor (Jenni Bowlin); Beautiful Blooms II (Papertrey Ink-PTI); Word Play (The Angel Company);
Ink: Pale Peony, Berry Sorbet, Smokey Shadow (PTI); Lemon Lime Twist (Stampin’Up);
Paper: White, Pale Peony (PTI);
Other: Hello Sunshine die (PTI);

HUGS

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HUGS | by karen h @ carefree creations

These bright colors reminded me of flowers. I thought a cute little flower scatter would be fun. When it came to adding a sentiment, I knew big & bold would be the way to go.

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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).

HUGS
Stamps: Petite Petals (Stampin’Up – SU);
Ink: Grapefruit Grove, Daffodil Delight, Highland Heather (SU);
Paper: White, Smokey Shadow (Papertrey Ink);
Other: Big Hugs die (My Favorite Things);

Season’s Greetings

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Season's Greetings | by karen h @ carefree creations

I recently picked up this stamp set and thought – with its rectangle shape and built in border – it would be perfect for this sketch.

I colored it with Copics. I’ve seen other cards with multi colored dots surrounding an image. I didn’t pull it off, but this was my first attempt. I’m not sure why I don’t feel like I “nailed it”, but I’ll try it again one day.

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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).

Season’s Grettings
Stamps: Botanical Blocks IV (Papertrey Ink – PTI);
Ink: Black (Momento);
Paper: White (PTI); Merry Moments DSP (Stampin’Up);

You’re Amazing

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You're Amazing | by karen h @ carefree creations

When I saw the two blues, I knew I wanted to do a layered stamping. I thought the blues would be good for leaves. Since the flower could only be the one color, I thought I’d add some texture.

I was inspired by Jennifer McGuire’s latest video – Custom Stamp Layering. Instead of of using a bone folder – I just did the kissing technique on the flower.

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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).

Because
Stamps: Flashy Florals, Because You (My Favorite Things – MFT);
Ink: Calypso Coral, Pool Party, Bermuda Bay (Stampin’Up);
Paper: White, Black (Papertrey Ink);
Other: Because You die (MFT):

Reach for the Stars

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Reach for the Stars | by karen h @ carefree creations

With this sketch, I really wanted that rectangle to be the focus of the card. I used black ink and kept everything else really pale.

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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).

Reach for the Stars
Stamps: Happy Graduation (My Favorite Things); Scribbled Stars (Papertrey Ink – PTI);
Ink: Brilliance Graphite Black (Tsukineko); old Lemon Tart (PTI); Pineapple Punch (Stampin’Up);
Paper: White (PTI); Sunkiss Yellow (Close to My Heart);

Wishing You a Sunny Day

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Sunny Day | by karen h @ carefree creations

These bright colors had me thinking summer. I love fruit salad during summer, so that is where my mind went. I used distress ink to watercolor the images.

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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).

Wishing you a sunny day
Stamps: Fruitastic, Summer Sampler (Paper Smooches);
Ink: Picked Raspberries, Carved Pumpkin, Mowed Lawn Distress (Ranger);
Paper: White (Papertrey Ink);

Lacy Hello

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Lacy Hello | by karen h @ carefree creations

I had a few ideas for this challenge, but when I went searching through my dies, I found this die and immediately decided to change direction and make this card. The funny thing, to me, is that I bought that die for the two frame bits and figured I’d never actually use the floral inside!

I loved the idea of the blended ink showing through the lacy floral openings. With the very limited layers, this stays quite clean & simple!

This is definitely one of my favorite cards!

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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: Communique Curves Sentiments (Papertrey Ink – PTI);
Ink: Distress Carved Pumpkin & Fossilized Amber (Ranger); Smoke (Simon Says Stamp);
Paper: White (PTI);
Other: Mix & Mat Scallops die (PTI); Bakers Twine – Basic Gray (Stampin’Up);

Party Like There’s No Tomorrow

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Party Like There's No Tomorrow | by karen h @ carefree creations

This is such a versatile sketch, I wasn’t sure which direction I wanted to go, so I did what I normally do – selected a handful of sets that I thought would work and then asked my daughter to pick one. She loves llama’s so I wasn’t surprised she picked this set.

Making the blanket background was pretty fun. I started by stamping a wide stripe in 6 pale, rainbow colors (letting the blue take 1 1/2 spaces). Then I went back with various shades and adding black lines too. To add the fringe, I put a strip of double-sided tape down, looped some black thread, secured it with tape over top, and then trimmed the ends. Here’s a photo:

The blanket is so colorful that I left the llama bright white to stand out.

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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).

Fiesta Like There’s No Manana
Stamps: Llama Love (My Favorite Things – MFT); Bohemian Borders (Stampin’Up-SU); Super Stripes, Plaid Builder (Papertrey Ink – PTI);
Ink: Cotton Candy, Grapesicle, Elf Green, Purple Rain (MFT); Soft Sky (Hero Arts); Crisp Cantaloupe, Island Indigo (SU); old Lemon Tart, Harvest Gold, Green Parakeet, Raspberry Fizz, Bright Buttercup, Orange Zest, Summer Sunrise, New Leaf, Hawaiian Shores, Amethyst Allure, Black (PTI);
Paper: Coral Crush (MFT); White (PTI);
Other: black thread (stash);

Hello, Mr. Blue Jay

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Hello Mr Bluejay | by karen h @ carefree creations

When I first saw that blue, I thought Blue Jay! I think I miss those annoying birds! I grew up in Virginia and we always had those noisy pests…but now I’ve been in Colorado for awhile and I have not seen (or heard) them. I’ll have to pay more attention when I visit home next time.

Once I decided on Blue Jay, the green was a no brainer (leaves). I wasn’t sure how I’d incorporate the yellow, but I thought I might sponge it in the background. When it came time to actually do that, I didn’t like the idea. Instead I pulled out some old pattern paper and added a little border – which can also function as the tree trunk.

I love how the sentiment snugs right into the branches.

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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: Winter Woods (Papertrey Ink – PTI);
Ink: Pacific Point, Pear Pizzaz, Crumb (Stampin’Up-SU); black (PTI);
Paper: White (PTI); Prints DSP – Saffron (SU);
Other: Winter Woods die (PTI);

Mother’s Day Flowers

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Mother's Day Flowers | by karen h @ carefree creations

Since I need to make a few mother’s day cards, I thought I should take advantage of such a versatile sketch and fill one of those slots.

I know the position of the leaves is a bit odd on the top flower, but I like the symmetry of having the top & bottom leaves in the corners.

I didn’t want to go black or brown for the sentiment – felt it was too stark. I found a dark purple that went well with the images and I’m really happy with that result. I positioned the sentiment die so it overlapped a couple flowers and the swoosh of the “y” goes to the edge of the card.

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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 Mother’s Day
Stamps: Round Roses (Clearly Besotted); One Big Happy (Papertrey Ink-PTI);
Ink: Pure Plum (My Favorite Things); Pale Plum, Mellow Moss, Always Artichoke, Blackberry Bliss (Stampin’Up-SU);
Paper: White (PTI); Blackberry Bliss (SU);
Other: One Big Happy die (PTI);