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);

Wishing You a Sunny Day

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

And here is my take:

Sunny Day | by karen h @ carefree creations

These bright colors had me thinking summer. I love fruit salad during summer, so that is where my mind went. I used distress ink to watercolor the images.

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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).

Wishing you a sunny day
Stamps: Fruitastic, Summer Sampler (Paper Smooches);
Ink: Picked Raspberries, Carved Pumpkin, Mowed Lawn Distress (Ranger);
Paper: White (Papertrey Ink);

You’re Spec-tacular

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

And here is my take:

You're Spec-tacular | by karen h @ carefree creations

Super fast card! Seriously, done in under 5 minutes!

I picked two of the glasses images from the set and assigned them a color. I knew I wanted the cats-eyes to be pink and to be stamped more frequently then the other pair. I stamped the top, the bottom, and then then middle with the cats-eye pair, then went back and layered the other pair in between.

While the sentiment strip isn’t quite in the sweet spot, I wanted it to be in between the pairs of glasses. So it looks good to me, even if not perfect.

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 Spec-tacular
Stamps: Incognito (Paper Smooches);
Ink: Flirty Flamingo, Daffodil Delight (Stampin’Up-SU); Espresso Truffle (Momento);
Paper: White (Papertrey Ink – PTI); Pool Party (SU);
Other: Double-Ended Banner die (PTI);

Congrats on Your New Home

This card is for the latest Library challenge – Watership Down. I read this book ages and ages ago and only remember being very sad while reading it. I did refresh my memory by reading a synopsis – and from that decided my card would be a “new home” card (the only bunny stamps I own are of the chocolate variety, lol).

Congrats on your New Home | by karen @ carefree creations

I put my card together first with layers of cardstock but it was way to plain. I replaced a couple layers and the home with pattern paper…much better!

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congratulations
Stamps: Bitty Bungalows, Sentiment Sampler (Paper Smooches – PS);
Ink: Black (Palette);
Paper: White (Papertrey Ink – PTI); Elf Green (My Favorite Things); Certainly Celery, Sunshine & Sprinkles DSP (Stampin’Up); Country Drive, Splash pattern papers (Echo Park);
Other: In the Meadow die (PTI); Bitty Bungalows die (PS);

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.

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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.

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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.

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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).

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.

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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.

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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);