You’re Amazing

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

And here is my take:

You're Amazing | by karen h @ carefree creations

When I saw the two blues, I knew I wanted to do a layered stamping. I thought the blues would be good for leaves. Since the flower could only be the one color, I thought I’d add some texture.

I was inspired by Jennifer McGuire’s latest video – Custom Stamp Layering. Instead of of using a bone folder – I just did the kissing technique on the flower.

I hope you join us at CAS Colours & Sketches!

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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).

Because
Stamps: Flashy Florals, Because You (My Favorite Things – MFT);
Ink: Calypso Coral, Pool Party, Bermuda Bay (Stampin’Up);
Paper: White, Black (Papertrey Ink);
Other: Because You die (MFT):

Just a Thought Away

Just a Thought Away | by karen h @ carefree creations

I loved the card I made earlier that I did another. I softened the colors and positioned the bouquet just a bit more north-east.

Thanks for taking a peek!

You’re never more than a thought away
Stamps: Fall Florals, Flashy Florals (My Favorite Things – MFT); Whimsical Words (Stampin’Up-SU);
Ink: Pale Plum, Crisp Canteloupe, River Rock, Mellow Moss, Always Artichoke, Soft Sky (SU); Pure Plum Persimmon (MFT); Prairie Grass, Ocean Tides (Papertrey Ink-PTI); Espresso Truffle (Memento);
Paper: White (PTI);
Other: Stitched Circles die (Simon Says Stamp);

Mother’s Day Bouquet

Mother's Day Circle Bouquet | by karen h @ carefree creations

I made this card, but ended up not using it this year. It will either go in my free box (which I didn’t bring to work this year, hmmm) or I’ll save it for next year.

Thanks for taking a peek!

Wonderful Mother
Stamps: Fall Florals, Flashy Florals (My Favorite Things – MFT); Well Scripted (Stampin’Up);
Ink: Lovely Lady, Raspberry Fizz, Spring Moss, Prairie Grass, New Leaf, Hawaiian Shores, Tropical Teal (Papertrey Ink – PTI); Dill Pickle (MFT); Purely Pomegranate (Stampin’Up); Espresso Truffle (Memento);
Paper: White (PTI);
Other: Stitched Circles die (Simon Says Stamp);

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.

I hope you join us at CASology – and, for more inspiration, check out the other design team members:

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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);

Wavy Rainbow Thanks

Wavy Rainbow Thanks | by karen h @ carefree creations

The other day was Admin Professionals Day. I needed a few thank you cards. I chose to make 4-bar size. I wasn’t able to get decent photos of most of them, but I did get a good photo of my last card.

I spent and hour or so coloring the panel, so I’m glad the photo came out. One disclaimer though – the card I gave did not have the center to the O. I’m still not sure how I knew to keep the center of the A, but not the O…sigh. For my post I edited the image to include the center. I had taken a photo of the colored panel before I cut it, so I was able to merge the two images.

Thanks for taking a peek!

Thank You
Stamps: Wavy Coloring Book Background (My Favorite Things – MFT);
Ink: Black (Momento); markers (Copic);
Paper: White (Papertrey Ink); Black (Simon Says Stamp);
Other: Thank You die (MFT);

My Precious

Today’s card is for The Library Challenge where the inspiration is The Hobbit! Squee!

Here is my card:

Rare & Precious Friends | by karen @ carefree creations

I’m fairly certain it is obvious, but my inspiration is Smaug.

I found a free clipart image of a pile of gold coins. I printed it and hand-cut it out. The cute lil dragon was colored with Copics. After that I wasn’t sure what I was going to do. Finding a sentiment so that I could actually use the card, but that made sense with the image was a challenge.

I settled on this sentiment because, well it has the word precious – just couldn’t pass that up! :)

After struggling with how to put it all together, I found the layout in my inspiration file. It is an old Two Peas in a Bucket sketch.

Thanks for taking a peek!

True Friends
Stamps: Magical Dragons (MFT); Half & Half (Papertrey Ink – PTI);
Ink: markers (Copic); Smoke (Simon Says Stamp – SSS); Truffle (Momento);
Paper: Crushed Curry cardstock, Flowerpot DSP (Stampin’Up); White (PTI); Smoke (SSS);
Other: Magical Dragons die (MFT); Half & Half die (PTI); Marigold twine (The Twinery); Borders 2 die (Paper Smooches); white acrylic paint (stash);

You Are Fierce

Today I have a card for the CASology – Encourage challenge.

You are Fierce | by karen @ carefree creations

I just got this adorable little set and with the sentiments included it was a perfect choice for an encouragement challenge!

To start, I used an airbrush system to create the scene’s background. I stamped the palm tree directly onto the background and colored it in. Since the leaves are green and blue is part of green, coloring over the background was easy peasy.

I did selectively ink the sentiment (which is fully “you are fiercely awesome”).

Thanks for taking a peek!

You Are Fierce
Stamps: Fierce Friends (My Favorite Things – MFT);
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Momento); markers (Copic);
Paper: White (Papertrey Ink);
Other: Fierce Friends (MFT);

Friends Like You are Rare

I’m squeezing a card in for the Less is More – Monsters challenge.

Rare Friend | by karen @ carefree creations

I just love how cute the yeti stamp set is! The sentiment made me think of the yeti hiding so I created the scene with the yeti between the mountains.

To help anchor the scene, I sponged a bit of blue.

The mountains and trees are fussy cut; I did use the die for the yeti.

Thanks for taking a peek!

Friends like you are Rare
Stamps: Beast Friends, Prehistoric (My Favorite Things – MFT);
Ink: Sno Cone (MFT); Tuxedo Black (Momento); markers (Copic);
Paper: Sno Cone (MFT); White (Papertrey Ink);
Other: Beast Friends die (MFT); Stitched Rectangle die (Lil Inkers);

Cup of Cheer

This card is for My Favorite Things Wednesday Sketch challenge.

Here is my card:

Cup of Cheer | by karen @ carefree creations

I love this yeti set – those guys are so adorable!

It wasn’t until I was putting this post together, but with this being sketch #314 – someone missed out an opportunity by not having a circle on the card. Sadly, I didn’t include one on my card either!

Thanks for taking a peek!

Sending You a Cup of Cheer
Stamps: Beast Friends, Hug in a Mug (My Favorite Things – MFT);
Ink: Black (Momento); markers (Copic);
Paper: Sno Cone, Cement (MFT); White (Neena);
Other: Beast Friends, Icebergs (MFT);
Challenge: MFT Sketch #314