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);

CASology – Girl

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

Here is my take:

Hope Santa Spoils You | by karen h @ carefree creations

I like candy color christmas colors. For this card, I started with the green card base. When coloring the child image, I wanted to bring the green into the image, but didn’t want it to be the only color. On the coat I did a plaid pattern to work in the green.

When stamping the sentiment, I did start with the softest of the two curve dies. I cut little slits between the two lines and also between the bottom words. Those snips let me bend the photopolymer. I used a MISTI to help me position and work on the curve before stamping.

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Hope Santa Spoils You
Stamps: Jingle All the Way, Santa’s Elves (My Favorite Things – MFT);
Ink: Black (Momento); Black Brilliance (Tsukineko); markers (Copic);
Paper: White (Papertrey Ink); Sour Apple (MFT);
Other: Stitched Scallops Basic Edgers die (MFT);

CASology – Glass

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

Here is my take:

Rainbow Chemistry | by karen h @ carefree creations

This week’s challenge is glass. Lots of ideas, but the chemistry stamp set is what held my eye. The sentiment lead to the stamping composition.

The heart is done with chalk to give it the soft foggy look of steam.

I originally was going to make this a one layer card with the stamping smack dab in the middle, but for some reason the paper I chose (which is heavier than my normal fare) bled the outline ink and it didn’t look right. So instead I pulled out my trusty Papertrey white and figured I’d have to die cut it somehow (because PTI paper can’t handle Copics without bleeding). Once I had the image colored, I had to decide the layout of the card. I don’t normally do circles because I find them hard to work with. I wanted to challenge myself, so that is what I used to die cut the scene. I did die cut it a little off center so I could have it off the card edge. I used a pink cardstock panel to help draw the eye to the image (the edge of the pink panel is centered behind the heart/images/sentiment).

Happy with this card, but: (1) wish I could have blended the right-hand beaker contents better (the left one seems so seemless); (2) I think I should have embossed the pink panel with texture (things you see behind the camera after you’re done, sigh).

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We have chemistry
Stamps: Great Chemistry (Paper Smooches):
Ink: Black (Momento); markers (Copic);
Paper: White (Papertrey Ink); Pink Pirouette (Stampin’Up-SU);
Other: Stitched Circle die (Simon Says Stamp); Pastels chalk (SU);

CCS #298 – Elegant Cake

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

And here is my take:

Elegant Cake | by karen h @ carefree creations

I started this design by looking at my edger and border dies. I decided a very simple card with a frosting edge and cardstock colors to mimic a cake.

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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: Keep it Simple Birthday (Papertrey Ink – PTI);
Ink: Versamark (Tsukineko);
Paper: Dark Chocolate, Vintage Cream, Lovely Lady (PTI);
Other: Frosted Borders die (PTI); Vanilla embossing powder (Stampin’Up);

CASology – Compliment

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

Here is my take:

Exceed Expectations | by karen h @ carefree creations

I had the idea for this card last month when I was thinking about boss day cards. I ended up not making them this year, but I liked this idea too much, so when the Compliment idea came by, I knew this card would be the perfect fit.

I drew the graph line and scribble colored the heart.

Don’t get intimidated to draw your own things….it might just take lots of practice (and this is just a partial set of the practice):

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You meet or exceed
Stamps: Incognito (Paper Smooches);
Ink: Dark Indigo (Papertrey Ink – PTI); sharpie markers;
Paper: Notebook pattern (Stampin’Up); Dark Indigo (PTI);

CASology – Arithmetic

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

Here is my take:

Better Than Average | by karen h @ carefree creations

I am not good with math, so when this cue came around I was checking out google for math puns. I found this (and once I learned what the heck it meant), I loved it. Oh, and for those of you, like me, scratching your head wondering what the heck that formula is – it means “UR greater than average”. The original is “B” instead of “UR”, but I wanted to give this card to my kiddo and I liked the slight difference in meaning.

I used a graphics program to create the equation, then filled it with a rainbow gradient. After a couple test prints and position tweaks, I printed it directly on the card stock for a perfect one-layer card.

My mojo took a few weeks off (thankfully I had worked ahead on most of the challenges), but I feel like things are coming around again! I’m so happy with how this card turned out!

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math pun
Paper: White (Papertrey Ink);
Other: Adobe Garamond Pro font, printer;

CASology – Scary

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

Here is my take:

Happy Boo | by karen h @ carefree creations

I saw a card some years ago where the crafter wrapped twine around the top of the card and then down to a spider. I tried to find it, but I couldn’t. If anyone knows what I’m talking about – please tell me so I can credit the idea. I loved the idea so much it stuck with me and I just had to use it on my card. Pretty sure I used a different stamp set and the original spider was colorful (though the original was CAS too).

To keep my card clean and simple, I just did a pop of black on LOTS of white.

The spider is Copic colored – and I’m surprised at how well that turned out as I normally can’t do such small spaces with highlight and shadow.

I know the challenge is SCARY, but I just had to add googlie eyes to my spider.

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Happy Boo to You
Stamps: Booglie Eyes (Stampin’Up – SU)
Ink: Black (Momento); markers (Copic);
Paper: White (Papertrey Ink);
Other: White twine (SU); Stitched Rectangle die (Lil Inkers); googlie eyes (stash);

CASology – Menu

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

Here is my take:

Love is on the Menu | by karen h @ carefree creations

I bought this chef set because I adored it, but I don’t think I’ve inked it up yet, so when I saw this cue, I knew I wanted to use this set! The sentiment is done on the computer. I used nesting rectangle dies to make the frame around it.

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Love is on the Menu
Stamps: Recipe for Happiness (My Favorite Things);
Ink: Tuxedo (Momento); markers (Copic);
Paper: White card stock, True Black pattern (Papertrey Ink); Moonlight pattern (Stampin’Up);
Other: DJB Chalk it Up font (free at DaFont); Nesting Rectangle dies (Hero Arts);

Encouraging Quote

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

Here is my take:

Encouragement | by karen h @ carefree creations

This one-layer card is done on watercolor paper. I used distress inks so they’d blend. My kiddo picked the colors – like a sunrise.

Kinda wish I had used a lighter grey for the quotation marks, but done is done!

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Go confidently…
Stamps: Motivational Centers (Cornish Heritage Farms); He Said She Said (Paper Smooches);
Ink: Distress Worn Lipstick, Carved Pumpkin, Squeezed Lemonade (Ranger); Smokey Shadow (Papertrey Ink); Gray Granite (Stampin’Up);
Paper: watercolor;

So Grateful For You

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

Here is my take:

Grateful | by karen @ carefree creations

I love this “grateful” image/font. I fussy cut it out.

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So Grateful for You
Stamps: Beautiful Berries: Autumn, Mat Stack 7 (Papertrey Ink – PTI); Fall Sampler (Paper Smooches);
Ink: White, Kraft (PTI);
Paper: Autumn Rose, Melon Berry, Classic Craft, Dark Chocolate (PTI);
Other: Mat Stack 7 die (PTI);