Dance is a Sport

It is time for a new CASology challenge. Check out the latest challenge – SPORTS!

Here is my take:

Dance | by karen h @ carefree creations

My daughter took ballet for years. Dance is most definitely a sport! Also – So You Think You Can Dance is currently on television – one of our favorite shows!!

I was very inspired by Janet’s card a few months ago. I loved the elegant color scheme with the gold looking like it was painted on.

To make my card, I die cut the ballet dancer from white card stock, then used a dimensional paint to cover the bits I wanted to glue the foil to. [Side note: I meant to use a Heidi Swapp paint, but grabbed the wrong tube – but this paint stuff worked wonderfully.] After it dried, I placed my foil on it and ran it through a laminator.

The sentiment and dancer are both double layered, with the back layer being from black card stock – which helps both stand out from the background.

I still wanted a bit of something to help the dancer stand out, with my daughter’s help, I chose a stencil and a light pink ink to add some design.

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dance
Stamps: none
Ink: Tattered Rose Distress (Ranger);
Paper: White, Black (Papertrey Ink); Foiled (Die Cuts with a View);
Other: Emma alpha die (Echo Park); Lady Dancing die (Memory Box); Scribbles stencil (Ranger); Foil (iCraft); dimensional paint (Delta);

Sending a Little Sunshine

There is still time to play along with the CASology challenge – SUNBEAM; it is an extended deadline!

I thought I’d post some more inspiration for you:

Sending a Little Sunshine | by karen h @ carefree creations

For this card, I started with the stencil on the background. Then I found a die that would fit the sentiment. To finish it off, I added some tiny rhinestones.

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Sending You a Little bit of Sunshine
Stamps: Hello Sunshine (Papertrey Ink – PTI);
Ink: Espresso Truffle (Memento); Squeezed Lemonade Distress Oxide (Ranger);
Paper: White (PTI); Banana Split (My Favorite Things);
Other: Sand & Surf stencil (PTI); Chalk Talk dies (Stampin’Up); rhinestones (stash);

You Are a Ray of Sunshine

It is time for a new CASology challenge. Check out the latest challenge – SUNBEAM!

Here is my take:

You Are a Ray of Sunshine | by karen h @ carefree creations

I love sunshine! I have lots of supplies celebrating the sun. This card was inspired by a wood sign.

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You Are a Ray of Sunshine
Stamps: Full of Sunshine (My Favorite Things – MFT);
Ink: Black (Papertrey Ink – PTI);
Paper: White, Black (PTI); Lemon Chiffon, Lemon Drop, Pineapple (MFT);
Other: Summer Sun & Buttercream sequins (Neat & Tangled); Blue Skies die (PTI); Sunshine die (MFT);

May All Your Wildest Dreams Come True

There is still time to play along with the CASology challenge – CLOUD; it is an extended deadline!

I thought I’d post some more inspiration for you:

Dreams Come True | by karen h @ carefree creations

My other card was dark, so I thought I’d go light and fluffy for this one.

I had the HARDEST time coloring this unicorn (I think I need more pale color markers?) – this is my third iteration and I’m still not satisfied, but, ya know, done is done.

I wanted to add a final touch, but couldn’t think of anything to do and have the card stay CAS.

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May all your wildest dreams come true
Stamps: Magical Unicorn (My Favorite Things – MFT);
Ink: Rich Cocoa (Memento); markers (Copic);
Paper: Blue Breeze (MFT); White (Papertrey Ink);
Other: Stitched Cloud Edges die (MFT);

Ain’t No Sunshine

It is time for a new CASology challenge. Check out the latest challenge – CLOUD!

Here is my take:

Ain't No Sunshine | by karen h @ carefree creations

I knew I wanted to do clouds obscuring a moon.

The moon was die cut from shimmer paper and the clouds are die cut from vellum. Here is a close up of that:

I have a hard time adhering vellum, but for this one, I just smeared white glue anywhere the cloud sat over the moon. Those places fully adhered and didn’t show through.

Ideally, I would have used a halloween sentiment, but I don’t have one the right size for this layout (and I wanted all the elements grouped together).

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Ain’t No Sunshine
Stamps: Scattered Showers Additions (Papertrey Ink – PTI);
Ink: Versamark (Tsukineko);
Paper: Smokey Shadow, Vellum (PTI); Shimmer (Curious Metallics);
Other: Circle die (Spellbinders); Full Moon Clouds die (PTI); Silver Pearl embossing powder (WOW);

Today is Your Day!

There is still time to play along with the CASology challenge – ZOOM; it is an extended deadline!

I thought I’d post some more inspiration for you:

Today is Your Day | by karen h @ carefree creations

I decided to pull out a roller coaster set to make this week’s ZOOM card. I wasn’t sure at first how I would keep this clean and simple, but after a day or two of the idea perculatin’ I got this layout.

The coaster base is stamped in a very light grey so that it wouldn’t be overwhelming in the design. I added clouds as a last touch to help balance the coaster cars and the bush.

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Today is Your Day
Stamps: Let the Good Times Roll (Stampin’Up – SU);
Ink: Fog Grey (Simon Says Stamp); Sno Cone, Black Licorice (My Favorite Things); Call Me Clover, Melon Mambo (SU);
Paper: White (Papertrey Ink);
Other: Thrill Ride die (SU); Peapod baker’s twine (Twinery);

Have Fun!

It is time for another CASology challenge. Check out the latest challenge – ZOOM! This is a two-week challenge – so you have extra time to play!

Here is my take:

Have Fun | by karen h @ carefree creations

I knew with this cue word I needed to make an interactive card! When I found this little bun on sled, I knew it would be perfect for a slider!

Since I needed a scene to accommodate my slider, I was concerned with all the layers and keeping the card clean & simple too. Making the layers white meant the only color would come from the image – perfect!

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Have Fun
Stamps: Merry Crittermas (Stampin’Up); Happy Trails (Paper Smooches);
Ink: Black (Momento); markers (Copic); Cornflower (My Favorite Things);
Paper: White (Papertrey Ink – PTI);
Other: Femme Frames die (Mama Elephant); In the Meadow die (PTI); Snowfall (Taylored Expressions);

A Little Encouragement

It is time for another CASology challenge. Check out the latest challenge – BEAR!

Here is my take:

Way to Go | by karen h @ carefree creations

My card is a 4Bar size (3 1/2 x 4 7/8) – which complements the image size much better.

I did draw a bow on the bear using a Momento marker.

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Way to Go
Stamps: Cheerful Critters (Stampin’Up);
Ink: markers (Copic); Black (Momento);
Paper: White, Lemon Tart (Papertrey Ink);

Too Cute to Spook

It is time for another CASology challenge. Check out the latest challenge – JUMPY!

Here is my take:

Too Cute to Spook | by karen h @ carefree creations

I know, you may be wondering how the heck this is jumpy. The cute card front is to lull the recipient into a false sense of security :) Upon opening the card, they’ll get a confetti shower!

Inside Too Cute | by karen h @ carefree creations

I used these instructions from Holly to make my confetti flinger. (FYI I took the rubber band off so I could take a photo.)

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Too Cute to Spook
Stamps: Happy Spooky Halloween (Papertrey Ink – PTI); Alphabet (Michael’s Studio G);
Ink: Simply Chartreuse, Plum Pudding (PTI); Pumpkin Pie (Stampin’Up); Brillance Graphite Black (Tsukineko);
Paper: White, Royal Velvet pattern paper (PTI);
Other: Confetti die (Mama Elephant);

You are a Pearl

It is time for another CASology challenge. Check out the latest challenge – PEARL!

Here is my take:

You are a Pearl | by karen h @ carefree creations

So why are pearls always shown in clam shells when they come from oysters? Well that worked for me as I don’t have any oyster stamps!

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You
Stamps: Simple Seashells, Simply You (Papertrey Ink – PTI);
Ink: Chamomile (PTI); Blush Blossom, Petal Pink, Powder Pink, Tip Top Taupe (Stampin’Up);
Paper: Rustic White (PTI);