You Rock My World

The last card I will post from my February 2016 Splitcoast Dirty Dozen time. Each DD month has a theme; if you are a member of the Fan Club, you can view more details about this card and its relation to the challenge here.

Rock My World | by karen h @ carefree creations

The jukebox is gold embossed and colored with Copics. To help ground the jukebox, I used distress ink with a stencil to create “a floor”. I love those tiny little music notes!

The sentiment is done with partial inking to mix and match a couple bits.

Thanks for taking a peek!

You Rock My World
Stamps: Perpetual Bliss, Sweet Hearts, Word Salad, Sentiment Sampler (Paper Smooches);
Ink: Markers (Copic); Soot distress ink (Ranger); Versamark (Tsukineko); Basic Grey (StampinUp); Pure Poppy (Papertrey Ink – PTI);
Paper: White (PTI);
Other: Gold embossing powder (Simon Says Stamp); Zippy Dots stencil (Memory Box);

You & Me Together

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

Here is my take:

You & Me Together | by karen @ carefree creations

Well, with Valentine’s Day here I had to make a sappy card :)

To make the pink layer, I did partial die cutting with a large circle die. I added faux stitching with a marker.

The pea image is 3 layers. First I stamped the outline on the pink layer – so I wouldn’t have to cut out the curlie-cue. Then I stamped the image on pattern paper, cut it out and adhered to the pink layer. Finally, the peas are stamped on card stock, cut out, and adhered to the pattern paper. I layered it this way because they are the most important piece so they should be on top.

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

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You & Me
Stamps: Vegtastic, We Connect, ChitChat (Paper Smooches);
Ink: Black (Palette); Pretty in Pink marker (Stampin’Up – SU);
Paper: New Leaf cardstock & pattern, Pure Poppy, White (Papertrey Ink); Pink Pirouette (SU);
Other: Circle die (Spellbinders); Holiday Shapes Hearts & Stars die (Simon Says Stamp); Glossy Accents clear glaze (Ranger);

You’re Brilliant

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

And here is my take:

You're Brilliant | by karen @ carefree creations

This was a fun sketch. I immediately thought about lightning bugs. I loved spending summer nights catching and releasing these amazing critters.

I hope you join us at CAS Colours & Sketches!

Thanks for stopping by!

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).

you’re brilliant
Stamps: Crystal Clear, Flap Happy Snowflakes (Paper Smooches – PS); Bright Idea (Technique Tuesday);
Ink: Versamark (Tsukineko); White (Papertrey Ink – PTI); Yoyo Yellow (Stampin’Up);
Paper: Dark Indigo (PTI);
Other: Crystal Clear die (PS); white embossing powder (Hero Arts);

Winter Hope

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

And here is my take:

Winter Hope | by karen @ carefree creations

Whoa boy, did this card take some time! I knew right away that, with these colors, I wanted to do a winter snowflake card. I spent hours selecting and arranging images to use. There were so many ways to lay it out and they all gave a different feel. I wanted my card to provide a feeling of movement and hope. To that end, I decided not to do anything too geometric/lined-up. I tried to do a watercolor thing, but that didn’t work and the colors weren’t quite right.

I finally decided to do a bit of sponging with the blue and stamp the snowflakes in a triangle with the sentiment as little strips over the flakes.

Originally I didn’t have any border on the main white panel, so I added a bit of wonky stitching with a die, but it didn’t look quite right (the paper was already cut down and I didn’t want to make smaller and not all the wonk fit), so I die cut again but with a straight stitch die.

The card needed one more touch – sparkle. I embossed the snowflakes with a glitter powder. I think my photo shows that the snowflakes are purple with a sparkly layer.

I hope you join us at CAS Colours & Sketches!

Thanks for stopping by!

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).

Winter Hope
Stamps: Fresh Snow, Flap Happy, Scripty Sayings, Mini Monograms (Paper Smooches);
Ink: Soft Sky (Stampin’Up); Winter Wisteria, Plum Pudding (Papertrey Ink – PTI);
Paper: White, Plum Pudding (PTI);
Other: Iridescent Sparkle embossing powder (Judikins);

Get Well Bear

Here is another card from my November 2015 Splitcoast time. Each Dirty Dozen month has a theme. If you are a member of the Fan Club, you can view more details about this card and its relation to the challenge here.

Get Well Bear | by karen @ carefree creations

Here are the notes I kept from when I first posted the card on Splitcoast:

My original idea was to have the bear in a tent, but that wasn’t working, so I thought I’d do an approximation of a tent, but what I ended up with made me think sleeping bag. I added a bit of pattern paper to help it look even more like a sleeping bag.

I like to make useful cards when I stamp, so I had to think about what kind of sentiment would go with a sleeping bear. I came up with lots of ideas (sweet dreams, cozy thoughts, etc.) but those aren’t cards I would give to anyone, but I thought sleeping is usually essential for getting better when sick.

Thanks for taking a peek!

Get Well
Stamps: Happy Camper, Sentiment Sampler (Paper Smooches);
Ink: Cocoa (Momento);
Paper: White (PTI); Midnight Muse (SU); Manchester pattern paper (SU);
Other: markers (Copic); Woodgrain impression plate (PTI);

Oh Hai

Here is another of my Splitcoast Dirty Dozen cards. Each DD month has a theme. If you are a member of the Fan Club, you can view more details about this card and its relation to the challenge here.

Oh Hai | by karen @ carefree creations

Selective inking and masking is what makes this card possible! First I inked up all the body except the head and stamped that; then I inked up the head and all the neck and stamped that.

Thanks for taking a peek!

Oh Hai
Stamps: Zoo Crew, Alphadot (Paper Smooches);
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Momento); markers (Copic);
Paper: New Leaf, Kraft, White (PTI); Daffodil Delight (SU);
Other: Leafy Branch dies (CC Designs); Stitched Rectangles (Lil Inkers); Flag Tag dies (Paper Smooches); Twine (PTI);

80s Prep

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

And here is my take:

Thanks | by karen @ carefree creations

I was a bit stumped at first with these colors, but I knew I could use some fun & funky flowers and make it work. I found an old Freshly Made Sketch and everything started to come together.

The circle frame is popped up. The inner circle is flat on the card base and has a bit of navy spritzed on it.

After I stamped and die cut the flowers, I decided they needed a bit more interest so I added some navy accents. The top flower felt too solid so I added a rhinestone (which led me to add more rhinestones on the card), and the bottom flower needed even more interest so I white embossed a dot to the center.

The sentiment was white embossed on navy cardstock and then fussy cut.

When I was done, the card reminded me of my teenage years with all the 80s neon and preppy argyle.

This turned out to be one of my favorite cards – which is why I love challenges!!

I hope you join us at CAS Colours & Sketches!

Thanks for stopping by!

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).

thanks
Stamps: Botanicals 3, Debonair, Sentiment Sampler (Paper Smooches – PS);
Ink: Night of Navy, Lemon Lime Twist, Flirty Flamingos (Stampin’Up – SU); Versamark (Tsukineko);
Paper: White (Papertrey Ink); Night of Navy (SU);
Other: Botanicals 3 die (PS); Stitched Circle dies (Simon Says Stamp); white embossing powder, rhinestones (Hero Arts); Mini Dimensionals, Spritzer tool (SU);
Challenge: Freshly Made Sketch #295

Boss is a Big Deal

Happy Boss’s Day! My final card:

Big Deal | by karen @ carefree creations

The sentiment is printed.

To stamp the cup (which is a solid stamp, unlike the other images which are outline), I used tape to mask the bottom off and stamped the lid/straw with black ink; then reverse masked and stamped the solid cup with blue. I did use some markers to add some shading to the cup.

Thanks for taking a peek!

You’re a Big Deal
Stamps: Think Fast (Paper Smooches – PS);
Ink: Black (Memento); markers (Copic); Blueberry Sky (Papertrey Ink – PTI)
Paper: Kraft, White (PTI);
Other: BinnerD font (FFonts); Think Fast die (PS); Stitched Rectangle die (Lil Inkers);

Let’s Taco About Boss’s Day

Here is my second, punny, boss’s day card:

Taco About Awesome | by karen @ carefree creations

I colored the taco first and used those colors to determine what cardstock I chose.

The sentiment is printed. I used an oooooold font from Creative Keepsakes (I can’t remember if it was free or on one of the many disks I purchased back then).

The card base is done with a piece from a “sampler” pack of paper. I really like it – will probably need to buy some!

Thanks for taking a peek!

Let’s Taco
Stamps: Calorie Free (Paper Smooches – PS); Southwest Style (Papertrey Ink – PTI);
Ink: Black (Momento); markers (Copic): Crushed Curry (Stampin’Up – SU);
Paper: Sunshine (Simon Says Stamp); White (PTI); Cherry Cobbler (SU);
Other: CK Road Trip font (Creative Keepsakes); Calorie Free die (PS);

Sympathy Botanicals

Sadly I needed a couple sympathy cards this past month. I only had one in my stash, so I needed to create one. As with most folks, I find it hard to stamp these cards when I need them. You’ll probably see more over the next few months so I can build up my stash again.

Sympathy Botanicals | by karen @ carefree creations

I picked three colors that were muted and, to me, peaceful. I used the botanical images to lead to the sentiment.

The frame is three layers. I used a Japanese screw punch to create the holes.

Thanks for taking a peek!

Deepest Sympathies
Stamps: Botanicals 2, Salutations (Paper Smooches – PS);
Ink: Winter Wisteria, Simply Chartreuse, Ocean Tides, Dark Chocolate (Papertey Ink – PTI);
Paper: Rustic Cream, Kraft (PTI);
Other: Bookplates die (PS); twine (Stampin’Up);