You Make Life Sweet

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

And here is my take:

You Make Life Sweet | by karen @ carefree creations

The first thing I saw in this sketch was an awning! I went in many directions just with that, but settled on a sweet theme.

The image is stamped with distress antique linen then colored with Copics.

The sprinkles are an outline image…I wanted solid. So I got out some really old glitter and made them solid. And the sparkles give just a touch of pizzazz.

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 make life sweet
Stamps: Sugar Rush (Paper Smooches);
Ink: Antique Linen Distress (Ranger); Cocoa Brown (Papertrey Ink – PTI); markers (Copic);
Paper: Rustic Cream, Cocoa Brown (PTI); Baked Brown Sugar (Stampin’Up);
Other: Large Scallop border die (PTI);

Rich Foliage

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

And here is my take:

Rich Foliage | by karen @ carefree creations

So I had this awesome idea in my head – a cool geometric kinda thing (a la Ardyth)…but, I have the worst time creating with geometric designs myself (I love looking at those designs and have a tendency to buy geometric stamps). I scrapped a few cards before I decided to go in a totally different direction!

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).

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Stamps: Botanicals 2 (Paper Smooches – PS);
Ink: Rich Razzleberry, Old Olive (Stampin’Up – SU)
Paper: Watercolor (Ranger); Black, Pacific Point (SU);
Other: Quote Tag die (PS);
Technique: wet paper watercolor

Sweet & Salty

This card is for the Less is More challenge: Opposites Attract.

I admit, I was stymied at first, but I finally got the idea of doing sweet & salty. It was fun trying to figure out how to represent that and what sentiment to use. Here’s my card:

You Have Great Taste | by karen @ carefree creations

Since the images I wanted to use were a mix of outline and solid, I decided that doing a no-line coloring technique would work best. I’ve decided I enjoy watercoloring more than copics, so I broke out my distress inks.

I stamped the images with Antique Linen (the softest color I have), then went back in with my colors. I needed a little bit of accent – so I added chocolate chip sprinkles (brown beads) and salt (white beads).

Thanks for taking a peek!

you have great taste
Stamps: Sugar Rush, Calorie Free (Paper Smooches);
Ink: Antique Linen, Worn Lipstick, Scattered Straw, Tea Dye, Vintage Photo Distress Inks (Ranger);
Paper: watercolor (Ranger);
Other: beads (stash);
Challenge: Less is More challenge: Opposites Attract

Thinkers are Heroes

Another card today! This time I was looking through my index for another challenge when this one came to me; for the CASology: Hero challenge and the latest CAS(e) this Sketch.

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Here is my card:

Thinkers are Heroes | by karen @ carefree creations

When I first saw the “hero” cue card, I figured I wouldn’t be participating because I don’t have any of the comic book type stamps (mostly because I haven’t found a set that has what I want). I went on to stamp for another challenge, but as I was looking through my index, I saw the Paper Smooches Chemistry set and realized that scientists are heroes. I didn’t have a sentiment that I wanted, so I looked up the Smarty Pants set and it all came together. And with the light bulb going on – this card can be for any thinker: scientists, teachers, and philosophers. (Oooh, Astronauts could be another card. I really need 4 day weekends!!)

Congratulations
Stamps: Smarty Pants, Great Chemistry, Sentiment Sampler, Notebook Paper (Paper Smooches – PS);
Ink: Black (Momento); markers (Copic);
Paper: Spring Rain, White, Harvest Gold (Papertrey Ink); Prestwick pattern paper (Stampin’Up);
Other: Borders 2 die, Flag Tag die (PS);
Challenge: CASology: Hero challenge and CAS(e) this Sketch #208

Analogous Hello

I’m playing along in the Less is More challenge (check out their new blog design & logo!!).

Analogous Hello | by karen @ carefree creations

When I first saw this challenge, I wanted to do blues & purples. Not sure what changed my mind (besides the fact that I love autumn leaves).

To ink the images, I started with my lightest color, partially inked with the next color and used a sponge to soften the lines. After I stamped that, I went back and partially inked the stamp with the darkest color, again using a sponge to soften the edge – and over stamped the original impression. I added a few sequins in the same colors as the ink (or well, as close as I could get).

Thanks for taking a peek!

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Stamps: Leafy Greens (Paper Smooches – ps);
Ink: Hello Honey (StampinUp); Canyon Clay, Terracotta Tile (Papertrey Ink – PTI);
Paper: White, Cocoa Bean (PTI);
Other: Quote Tag die (PS); sequins (stash);
Challenge: Less is More

Hugs & Kisses

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

And here is my take:

Hugs & Kisses | by karen @ carefree creations

I had to go Valentine with this color scheme. This is a very simple card – one-layered card.

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).

Huge Hugs & Kisses
Stamps: We Connect, Sweet Hearts (Paper Smooches);
Ink: Rose Red, Sweet Sugarplum, Cranberry Crisp (Stampin’Up); Black (Papertrey Ink – PTI);
Paper: White (PTI);
Technique: one-layer card olc;
Challenge: CAS(e) This Sketch #190

You Deserve a Treat

Today’s card is for the Addicted to CAS challenge whose code word is Pet.

Here is my card:

You Deserve a Treat | by karen @ carefree creations

I’ve had this robot set for a while now, but haven’t used it. When I was checking my index for a pet, I saw this little robot dog and wanted to use it.

Since the robots are grey, I added my color with the accents.

The sentiment is created on a computer and printed onto the cardstock.

Thanks for taking a peek!

you deserve a treat
Stamps: Boom Bots (Paper Smooches);
Ink: Black (Momento); Charcoal (Palette);
Paper: White (Papertrey Ink); Poppy Parade, Moonlight pattern (Stampin’Up);
Other: markers (Copic); Bitwise font (found at DaFont);
Challenge: Addicted to CAS: Pets

Be Careful

Today’s card is for the CASology challenge where the cue card is: Cut.

Be Careful | by karen @ carefree creations

When I first saw the cue card, Cut, I immediately thought about an injury (probably because I’m accident prone, lol). I’ve done a card similar to this before, so I tried to change it up a bit – angle the cut, use distressing, no white.

The sentiment is stamped with alphabet set.

Thanks for taking a peek!

Be Careful
Stamps: Healthy Vibes, Alphadot (Paper Smooches);
Ink: Dapper Denim (StampinUp – SU); Dark Chocolate (Papertrey Ink – PTI);
Paper: Dapper Denim (SU); Sea Glass (Simon Says Stamp); Kraft, Pure Poppy (PTI);
Technique: distressing
Challenge: CASology challenge

Nutty for You

Playing along with CASology.

Nutty for You | by karen @ carefree creations

The challenge cue is Forest. I had another plan, but it didn’t work for me. I ended up here instead. I broke out my Copics, which I haven’t used in ages. I stamped the acorn three times so that I could layer the finished product up (it also made it so much easier to color).

The wood grain image is inked with a sponge to have it fade on the side.

Thanks for taking a peek!

nutty for you
Stamps: Falling for You, Kissables (Paper Smooches);
Ink: Black (Momento);
Paper: White (Papertrey Ink);
Other: markers (Copic);
Challenge: CASology

Let’s Get Cozy

I’m playing along with Paper Smooches Sparks challenge. It is a theme and inspiration combination. The theme is cozy and the inspiration photo is:

I’ll admit, I had a hard time finding the inspiration photo cozy! But I had a brain storm and it worked out beautifully:

Let's Get Cozy | by karen @ carefree creations

I got to try my hand at mirror stamping with the MISTI. I followed Jennifer McGuire’s video. It worked wonderfully!

The cocoa is watercolored. I added a bit of texture to the mugs with an embossing folder. And I tied it all together with some fiber.

Since it turned out so wonderfully, I’m going to forget that a mistake led me to the stitched border and white on white layering. Instead of attributing that to having stamped on the card base UPSIDE DOWN, we’ll just pretend that I was inspired by the layers of the window sill. :)

Thanks for taking a peek!

let’s get cozy
Stamps: Hot Concoctions, Dude Block, Space Cadet, Christmas Sampler, Mini Monograms (Paper Smooches);
Ink: Mocha (Altenew); Wet Cement (Hero Arts);
Paper: White (Papertrey Ink);
Other: fiber (stash); Fancy Fan embossing folder (StampinUp); Stitched Rectangle dies (Lil Inkers);
Challenge: Paper Smooches Sparks