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);

She Believed She Could….

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

Here is my take:

She Believed She Could | by karen h @ carefree creations

I just had to break out this piggy set when I saw the challenge cue! It is so adorable!

I did no-line watercoloring on the image – started with a light grey ink. This is actually my second attempt with this image because the first time I did it I colored the wings first. If you haven’t tried the no-line technique before, the lines that you color near first “gather” the ink you color you use and the lines are a bit darker than the open space around it. Since I started with the wings, the “shared” lines (like the piggy’s back & ear) ended up being the grey color that I used to shade the wings which made the wings look more prominent than the pig did and I did not like it. I stamped the image again and this time started coloring the piggy first (I also did a much lighter shading of the wings).

My original layout for this card was landscaped with the sentiment on banners. It started to be too much for a clean & simple challenge. I set that idea aside and decided to use a go-to layout for CAS cards. I did add an embossed frame to add a touch of interest.

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She believed she could…
Stamps: This Little Piggy (Stampin’Up-SU);
Ink: Fog (Simon Says Stamp); Distress inks: Tattered Rose, Pumice Stone (Ranger); Espresso Truffle (Momento);
Paper: Sno Cone (My Favorite Things – MFT); Watercolor (Ranger); White (Papertrey Ink);
Other: Cloud Trio dies (MFT); Dotted Details frame die (Mama Elephant);

Start Each Day

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

Here is my take:

Start Each Day | by karen h @ carefree creations

So, I only have a few stamps that have the word “start” in them. While I know I could do other things, this is how I start my brainstorming. When I saw this stamp set, I stopped brainstorming! Love this set! I did pull my colors from sunrise photos.

My layout is a little tight, but I liked the idea of using just a portion of the card.

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Start each day
Stamps: Lovely Layers (Papertrey Ink – PTI);
Ink: Wet Cement (Hero Arts); Melon Berry, Hibiscus Burst, Plum Pudding (PTI);
Paper: Peach Bellini, Tickled Pink (My Favorite Things); Lilac Grace, Soft Stone card stock, Soft Stone Bitty Big pattern paper (PTI);
Other: Lovely Layers die (PTI);

Awesome Dad Crossing

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

Here is my take:

Awesome Dad | by karen @ carefree creations

My first thought was cross-stitch, but I didn’t really have time to stitch something nor do I have stamps for that. As I was going through my index, I saw the Road Signed set and decided I definitely wanted to use that.

I bounced around the idea of not being literal and doing bright colors, but I just couldn’t…for some reason I wanted realistic.

Originally, I was going to use pattern paper, but the blacks didn’t match and that irritated me. As I was reviewing my options for creating the crosswalk, I thought stencil paste would provide the right look – around me, road stripes always look well worn (though I wish my paste was shiny as that would have been even more realistic).

To make the stencil stripes, I used a stencil that had lots of different width stripes. I picked one stripe and taped off the others. I stenciled the stripe once, pull off the stencil, cleaned it, and let the stripe dry and repeated that process to create all 4 stripes. For someone who doesn’t like techniques because they are messy or time intense, I was surprised I went this route – but I’m so happy I did.

Once I had the crossing stripes done and the sign embossed, I decided the card needed one more touch – the twine.

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Awesome Dad Crossing
Stamps: Road Signed (Papertrey Ink-PTI);
Ink: Versamark (Tsukineko);
Paper: Black (PTI);
Other: Black embossing powder (Filigree); Gradated Blocks stencil (Simon Says Stamp); embossing paste (Vecchi); Twine (stash);

Butterfly Happiness

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

Here is my take:

Butterfly Happiness | by karen @ carefree creations

I love the look of foil, but I always have a hard time getting it to work. To do this card, I used a glue technique that I learned from Jennifer McGuire. I still had to stamp and foil it twice to get the rays mostly covered. {After making my card, I found this video from Minc where I learned a couple tips that may help me in the future! AND THEN I found this video from Jennifer where I learned I could use embosed images. You may see more foiling from me soon!}

Anyway…usually when I think foil, I think elegant, but I wanted something fun. I chose some bold spring colors because it reinforced the “happiness” sentiment.

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Happiness
Stamps: Beautiful Butterflies, Beautiful Butterflies Layers (Papertrey Ink – PTI); Gorgeous Grunge (Stampin’Up);
Ink: Lavender Fields, Ripe Raspberry, Tropical Teal (My Favorite Things); Fog (Simon Says Stamp); Espresso Truffle (Memento);
Paper: White (PTI);
Other: Beautiful Butterflies die (PTI);

Shiny Hello

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

Here is my take:

Shiny Hello | by karen @ carefree creations

I went with the obvious interpretation of the cue – mostly because I wanted to break out my Twinkling H2Os!

Since I knew I would be watercoloring, I stamped my image with a Palette ink first. After coloring the image (and letting it air dry), I then overstamped with Brillance to get the dark black color (love having a MISTI!).

Here is a close up of the shimmer:

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Hello
Stamps: Beetles & Bugs (Stampin’Up); Happy Trails, Fillable Frames 1 (Papertrey Ink – PTI);
Ink: Noir (Palette); Graphite (Memento); Lemongrass & Mystic Blue Twinkling H2Os;
Paper: White (PTI);

Christmas White Foliage

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

And here is my take:

Christmas White Foliage | by karen @ carefree creations

When I first looked at the sketch, I immediately thought about this cover plate!

Easy peasy card – so quick to put together. But the gold embossing with all the white is so elegant.

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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).

Merry Christmas
Stamps: Christmas Cheer (Papertrey Ink – PTI);
Ink: Versamark (Tsukineko);
Paper: White (PTI);
Other: gold embossing (Filigree); Winter Floral cover plate die (PTI);

St Patrick’s Hat

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

Here is my take:

St Patrick's Hat | by karen @ carefree creations

I had lots of ideas for this challenge cue. I finally decided to make a card that implies a thing, but isn’t shaped like it [you know, abstract] (for instance: pig, snowman, or reindeer). I tried a few things, unsuccessfully, but finally got a leprechaun’s hat to work.

The buckle is a die that is not completely straight in the inner corners, but I just trimmed it with scissors.

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happy st. patrick’s day
Stamps: Teeny Tiny Wishes (Stampin’Up – SU);
Ink: Versamark (Tsukineko);
Paper: New Leaf (Papertrey Ink); Gold Glitter paper, Lime Twist (SU); Dill Pickle (My Favorite Things);
Other: gold embossing (Simon Says Stamp); Framed Out 1 die (PTI); Lucky Leaves die (Memory Box);

Fighting Fit

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

Here is my take:

Fighting Fit | by karen @ carefree creations

I don’t know why, but when I saw “fit”, my first thought was the phrase “fighting fit”. Uniko is our sponsor this week and these stamps really pulled the idea together for me!

I clustered and layered the images to retain white space. The colors are (almost) opposite on the color wheel so they stand out from each other and add interest.

The explosion image and sentiment are fussy cut.

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BAM!
Stamps: Background Blocks – Halftone, Explosion, Explosion Additions (Uniko);
Ink: Hibiscus Burst (Papertrey Ink – PTI); Pineapple (My Favorite Things); Truffle (Momento);
Paper: White (PTI);

I’m a Sucker….for a Good Pun

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

Here is my take:

Sucker for You | by karen @ carefree creations

I *am* a sucker for a good pun. Lots of my stamp sets are punny. I stamped this on Valentine’s Day so I guess I was a little influenced in my sentiment/image selection.

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I’m a sucker for you
Stamps: Color Layering Octopus (Hero Arts);
Ink: Coral Crush, Persimmon (My Favorit Things); Versamark (Tsukineko);
Paper: White (Papertrey Ink); Island Indigo (Stampin’Up);
Other: white embossing powder (Hero Arts);