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);

How the Heifer Are You?

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

Here is my take:

How the Heifer Are You? | by karen h @ carefree creations

I wish I could take credit for this pun, but I cannot. But as soon as I heard it I knew I wanted to use it!

To do the sentiment, I pieced together words from other sentiments and used alphabet sets to create “heifer”. I fussy cut the speech bubble and the cow out and popped them up over the gingham.

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How the heifer are you?
Stamps: Green Acres, He Said She Said, Alphadot, Mini Monograms, Spring Fling [partial sentiment], Perpetual Bliss [partial sentiment], Word Salad [partial sentiment], Debonair (Paper Smooches – PS);
Ink: Pure Poppy (Papertrey Ink – PTI); Black (Momento); markers (Copic);
Paper: White (PTI);

Squiggle Butterfly

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

Here is my take:

Thinking of You | by karen h @ carefree creations

Doodle style stamps seemed like a great way to go with this Squiggle cue! I used the a spot image to “color” the butterfly. I positioned the cluster of elements one-third of the way from the top.

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thinking of you
Stamps: Springtime Doodles, Wonderful Watercolors (Papertrey Ink-pti);
Ink: Pale Peony (PTI); Pool (Hero Arts); Sour Apple, Grape Jelly (My Favorite Things-MFT); Espresso Truffle (Momento);
Paper: White (PTI); Lemon Chiffon (MFT);

Thrill of a New Book

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

Here is my take:

Love You More Than Books | by karen h @ carefree creations

There is nothing like the thrill of a new book! Thank goodness for the library!! I had a few “traditional” ideas for thrill, but I really couldn’t pass on books.

To make this a CAS style, I grouped all the elements together and the only color is the sentiment.

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I love you more than books
Stamps: Book Club (Newton’s Nook); Calorie Free (Paper Smooches); Giggle alphabet (Close to My Heart);
Ink: Espresso Tuffle (Memento); Versamark (Tsukineko); Tropical Teal (My Favorite Things); Pure Poppy, Plum Pudding (Papertrey Ink); Lemon Lime Twist, Groovy Guava (Stampin’Up);
Paper: White, Black (PTI);
Other: white embossing powder;

Copper Butterfly

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

Here is my take:

Copper Butterfly | by karen h @ carefree creations

I have some old copper embossing powder and decided I would use that for this challenge. (Since I couldn’t come up with a useable police pun….)

This butterfly set is old, but I still love it. I knew there wouldn’t be much to the card if I only embossed the image & sentiment. As I was looking through my index, I realized I could cut/impress the clouds and give some white-on-white texture. I added a touch of blue sponging just to highlight the butterfly even more.

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Birthday Wishes
Stamps: Butterfly Kisses (Papertrey Ink – PTI);
Ink: Versamark (Tsukineko); Tumbled Glass Distress (Ranger);
Paper: White (PTI);
Other: Copper embossing powder (Stampin’Up); Blue Skies impression plate (PTI);

Make Waves

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

Here is my take:

Make Waves | by karen h @ carefree creations

This challenge has made me realize I have lots of marine stamps! I haven’t used this whale set yet so this was the perfect time!

I really like Heather’s card so I CASEd it.

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make waves
Stamps: Keep Swimming (Papertrey Ink – PTI);
Ink: After Midnight (My Favorite Things); Tumbled Glass, Salty Ocean, Mermaid Lagoon, Broken China distress inks (Ranger);
Paper: White (PTI); Tempting Turquoise (Stampin’Up); Watercolor (Ranger);
Other: Stitched Rectangle die (Lil Inkers);

Fiercely Awesome

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

Here is my take:

Fiercely Awesome | by karen h @ carefree creations

This set is still new enough to me that I wanted to play with it again. I used a cloud stencil to create the sky behind the tiger.

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You are Fiercely Awesome
Stamps: Fierce Friends (My Favorite Things – MFT); Palm Prints (Papertrey Ink – PTI);
Ink: Black (Memento); Versamark (Tsukineko); markers (Copic); New Leaf (PTI); Dill Pickle (MFT); Tumbled Glass distress ink (Ranger);
Paper: White, New Leaf (PTI);
Other: Mini Cloud stencil, Fierce Friends die (MFT); Palm Prints die (PTI); White embossing powder (Hero Arts);

You Rock!

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

My computer crashed last week. I’m hobbling along on a spare (yes, I am VERY thankful we have a spare). I don’t have my normal applications. To edit my photo I used a really awesome free online photo editor…but I don’t know how to use it, lol. Please forgive the lack of color adjustment. New image….

Here is my take:

You Rock | by karen h @ carefree creations

This card took me forever! OK, not this card….I had a really ambitious interactive card that I wanted to do, but it required me to be an engineer and I am NOT an engineer. Seriously, it sat on my desk for weeks while I tried this and that. I finally gave up a few days ago and stamped this. I do like it, but I feel like a failure anyway, lol!

My hubby has been learning guitar, so I’ll give this to him. While he isn’t very active while playing, I was going with the “rock” part.

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You Rock
Stamps: Boy Basics: Rock On (Papertrey Ink – PTI); So 80s (Wplus9);
Ink: Bright Buttercup (PTI); Tempting Turquoise (Stampin’Up); Green Room (My Favorite Things);
Paper: White (PTI);

Parenting is Hard!

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

Here is my take:

You can do it! | by karen h @ carefree creations

There are quite a few ways I could have gone with this challenge cue. I ended up doing parent(ing). While this is a card for my daughter – it could easily be for me! I have a daughter with severe anxiety and I really have no idea if I’m helping or hurting the situation. If anyone has experience with anxiety – I’d love to hear from you!! (carefree dot creations at gmail dot com)

I used a lunchbox notes stamp set which has some really encouraging sentiments in it. Knowing I wanted to use a few of them and stack them up, I thought an ombre/gradient color scheme would work best. Each line is a different color. I listed them in order in the supply list below.

To add a focal point to the card, I selected one sentiment to white emboss on a color card stock.

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You can do it!
Stamps: Background Basics: Diagonals Additions, Lunchbox Love, Keep it Simple: Love (Papertrey Ink – PTI);
Colors: old Lemon Tart, Limeade Ice (PTI); Lemon Lime Twist (Stampin’Up-SU); New Leaf (PTI); Mint Macaron (SU); Aqua Mist (PTI); Baja Breeze (SU); Pool (Hero Arts); Blueberry Sky (PTI); Lavender Fields (My Favorite Things); Lovely Lilac (SU); Soft Purple (Hero Arts); old Plum Pudding (PTI);
Other: Versamark ink (Tsukineko); white embossing powder (Hero Arts);