CASology – Furbaby

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

Here is my take:

You Are Pawesome | by karen h @ carefree creations

I’ve always had cats. We got a dog about 7 1/2 years ago. I still prefer cats – but it is amazing how much love a dog can give! Cat and dog stamp sets are a plenty in my inventory. Picking one was hard! I hadn’t used this one yet, so that made the decision easier.

The die cut portion of the sentiment is stacked 3 times.

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you are pawesome
Stamps: Pawesome, You Matter (Simon Says Stamp – SSS);
Ink: Dark Chocolate (Papertrey Ink – PTI);
Paper: Poppy Parade, Crumb Cake (Stampin’Up); Rustic Cream, Dark Chocolate (PTI);
Other: Pawesome die (SSS); Circle die (Spellbinders);

CASology – Wave

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

Here is my take:

Thanks for Keeping Me Afloat | by karen h @ carefree creations

I’ve had this set for awhile (I’m a sucker for doodle/zentangle images), but hadn’t used it yet. As I was designing this, I had to keep controlling myself to keep it CAS!

A couple notes about the sentiment: (1) The first bit, I cut the stamp apart and curved it before stamping. (2) Regarding the final bit of the sentiment, I wanted it centered in the label punch, but with the flourish on the t, it felt off balance. To fix that, I turned the stamp around and inked just a tiny bit of the end flourish and stamped it at the beginning of the word. Perfect!

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Thanks for Keeping Me Afloat
Stamps: What the Doodle Wave (Papertrey Ink – PTI);
Ink: Soft Granite (Hero Arts);
Paper: White (PTI); Lemon Chiffon, Sno Cone (My Favorite Things);
Other: What the Doodle Wave die (PTI); Stitched Circles die (Simon Says Stamp); Femme Frames die (Mama Elephant); punch (StampinUp);

CASology – Bouquet

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

Here is my take:

So Very Grateful | by karen h @ carefree creations

I love flowers and that is where my mind went immediately with the “bouquet” cue. Later I came up with other ideas (like wine), but no stamps for that – and really, I was so happy with how this turned out that I didn’t want to try again.

The bouquet image was stamped, colored, and then fussy cut.

Normally, I always reach for black ink (as I did for the outline and sub-sentiment), but when I contemplated how the card would look with the banner sentiment in black, I decided that would be too heavy. Green worked perfectly.

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So Very Giving
Stamps: So Very Grateful (Stampin’Up);
Ink: Field Day (My Favorite Things); Black (Memento); markers (Copic);
Paper: White (Papertrey Ink);
Other: Stitched Rectangle die (Lil Inkers);

CASology – Turn

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

Here is my take:

You Turn Me On | by karen h @ carefree creations

I knew right away I wanted to go in this direction with the cue “turn”. When I was decided on this specific set of images, I was trying to decide how to give it some kick. After some thinking I remembered that I had purchased the Chibi light set a long time ago and never actually did anything with it.

I really wanted to keep this card ultra simple, so I came up with the idea of using the Chibi lights to back-light a heart when the power button is pressed.

After watching this video, I started putting together my card.

Here is my card lit up:

Turn Me On lit up | by karen h @ carefree creations

I’m totally happy with the idea. Unfortunately, this was my first time doing this and I didn’t think about how my foam tape would also be lit up. Next time, I’ll somehow do a circle of foam tape around the light(s).

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You Turn Me On
Stamps: Keep On Rockin (My Favorite Things);
Ink: Black (Tsukineko); Bashful Blue (Stampin’Up – SU);
Paper: White (SU);
Other: lights (Chibi); Heart Prints die (Papertrey Ink);

CASology – Smile

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

Here is my take:

You Make Me Smile | by karen h @ carefree creations

This cat face image is a REALLY old stamp, but I can’t get rid of it because it really does make me smile!

A very simple card – one layer, go me – with just a teeny tiny touch of color. Can’t get much simpler than that!

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You Make Me Smile
Stamps: Happy Cat Face (Stampendous); Lunch Box Love (Papertrey Ink – PTI);
Ink: Black (Memento); marker (Copic);
Paper: White (PTI);

CASology – Cloudy

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

Here is my take:

Smile in the Rain | by karen h @ carefree creations

I haven’t used this set yet (got it on clearance recently) and I like this cloud image, so this challenge seemed like a great time to get the set inky!

I kept the card simple. Where I wanted the sentiment meant it needed to overlap on the cloud. I used a MISTI to do the inking.

The cloud is fussy cut.

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I like people…
Stamps: So Striking (Papertrey Ink – PTI);
Ink: Spring Rain (PTI); Crisp Cantaloupe (Stampin’Up); Soft Granite (Hero Arts);
Paper: White (PTI);

CASology – Frozen

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

Here is my take:

Keep Warm | by karen h @ carefree creations

My fiber is from ScrapGoods. Does anyone remember them? I used to be a subscriber ages ago – in fact the fiber is dated in 2003! (I am a very good hoarder!)

I wrapped the fiber around a panel to emulate a scarf. I like the little pop of color.

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keep warm
Stamps: My Peeps, Warm Hearts (Paper Smooches);
Ink: Black (Papertrey Ink – PTI);
Paper: White (PTI);
Other: fiber (stash);

CASology – Fresh

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

Here is my take: Fresh Start | by karen h @ carefree creations

When I first thought about the “fresh” cue, I had lots of ideas, but the new years theme stuck. I didn’t have any stamps that says fresh start, but I did have this sentiment – which is actually a birthday sentiment (I didn’t ink up the additional “happy birthday” line).

I paired the sentiment with a sunrise image and background.

This card made me remember that detail stamps don’t do well on watercolor paper 🙂  Some of the words lost their edges.

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happy new year
Stamps: Quoted Move Mountains, Inside Out Birthday II, Keep it Simple New Year (Papertrey Ink – PTI);
Ink: Squeezed Lemonade, Dried Marigold, Spun Sugar Distress (Ranger); Charcoal (Hero Arts); Black (PTI);
Paper: Watercolor (Ranger); White (PTI);
Other: Mix & Mat Pretty Brackets die, Bountiful Banners (PTI);

CASology – Holly

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

Here is my take:

Holly Season | by karen h @ carefree creations

I don’t know why, but I really love winter foliage. Making a holly card was only difficult because I had too many options to chose from, lol! I decided to use this set that hasn’t seen much love at all.

I didn’t do well with placing the sentiment – I don’t know why but I thought the gold would stand out more…I should have stamped it further right. Oh well. I did take a photo tilted in the light so you could see the gold, cuz it is pretty 🙂

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Season’s Greetings
Stamps: Holly Berries (Simon Says Stamp);
Ink: Pinefeather (Papertrey Ink – PTI); Berry Burst (Stampin’Up); Versamark (Tsukineko);
Paper: White Rustic (PTI);
Other: gold embossing powder (Filigree);

CASology – North

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

Here is my take:

Waving Hi | by karen h @ carefree creations

I let my kiddo pick the stamp set for this card – and the image. Of course they picked the smallest bear! Since the image is small, I figured I’d place it up the card like it was far away (which is appropriate since it is waving). I decided to have him standing at the edge of water. I like sentiment collages, so I thought I’d add one for this card – and put it in the water so it didn’t detract from the scene.

The bear is colored with Copics with the no-line technique.

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Waving Hi
Stamps: Polar Bear Pals (My Favorite Things);
Ink: Tumbled Glass, Antique Linen Distress (Ranger); markers (Copic); Versamark (Tsukineko);
Paper: White (Papertrey Ink);
Other: white embossing powder (Hero Arts);