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.

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).

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

Rainbow Birthday Icons

Papertrey’s Make it Monday #314 is about using the color wheel to make a rainbow card. Here is my take:

Birthday Rainbow | by karen @ carefree creations

I love rainbows! I don’t stamp enough of them…so I had to play with this challenge! I started out with pale colors and added slightly deeper hues as accents.

Thanks for taking a peek!

Birthday Wishes
Stamps: Birthday Balloons, Wishes Come True, Happy Day (Papertrey Ink – PTI);
Ink: Green Parakeet, New Leaf, Lilac Grace, Winter Wisteria, Aqua Mist, Hawaiian Shores, Lovely Lady, Hibsicus Burst, Lemon Tart, Bright Buttercup, Summer Sunrise (PTI); Apricot Appeal (Stampin’Up); Gravel Gray (My Favorite Things); Espresso Truffle (Momento);
Paper: White, Lilac Grace, Green Parakeet, Aqua Mist (PTI);
Other: Birthday Balloons die, Birthday Strings die, Wishes Come True die, Happy Day die, Mix & Mat Scallops die (PTI);

Tiny All Around

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

And here is my take:

Thanks | by karen @ carefree creations

The first thing I thought of when I saw this sketch was a polaroid frame. I have two – one that is quite large and one that is quite small, lol. I decided to use the quite small one and make the card into a 4-bar size (3 1/2 x 4 7/8) so that the tiny frame wasn’t completely lost.

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).

thank you so much
Stamps: Framed Out #1 sentiment, Tag-Its #5 flowers (Papertrey Ink – PTI);
Ink: Crisp Cantaloupe, Pistachio Pudding (Stampin’Up); Truffle (Momento);
Paper: White, Aqua Mist Pattern Pack (PTI);
Other: Framed Out #12 die (PTI);

I Admire and Love You

I found a new challenge – Library Craft Challenge. I love reading so I am totally stoked by this challenge! The first challenge is: Jane Austen’s Pride & Prejudice!

Here is the card I made:

Admire & Love You | by karen @ carefree creations

I love Austen so much. When Papertrey released their Simply Jane set ages ago I snapped it up immediately! I just had to use the set for this challenge.

While the challenge doesn’t have a style requirement, I did end up being fairly clean and simple.

I stamped the couple in black as a silhouette, then embossed with a heart die. To add a pop to the card, I stamped the sentiment on a red banner.

Thanks for taking a peek!

Admire and Love You
Stamps: Simply Jane (Papertrey Ink – PTI);
Ink: Black (PTI);
Paper: White, Pure Poppy (PTI);
Other: Heart die (Hero Arts);

The Rose

This weekend I’ll be posting my Splitcoast Dirty Dozen cards from February 2016. 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.

Yellow Rose | by karen h @ carefree creations

Some no-line watercoloring. I loved how it turned out I didn’t want to cover it up, so I kept the design pretty sparse.

Thanks for taking a peek!

Stamps: Year of Flowers: Rose, Graceful Greetings (Papertrey Ink – PTI);
Ink: Smokey Shadow (PTI); Squeezed Lemonade, Mustard See, Fossilized Amber, Shabby Shutters, Peeled Paint, Forest Moss distress ink (Ranger);
Paper: Smokey Shadow (PTI); Fog (Simon Says Stamp); Watercolor (Ranger);
Other: Graceful Greetings die, Woodgrain impression plate (PTI); Rectangle Frame die (My Favorite Things);
Technique: No-line watercoloring;

Season of Joy

This card is for the PTI Anniversary – Color Challenge.

I used Heather’s color scheme:

Those colors really worked well for what I was going for, which is inspired by Amy’s awesome card.

Here is my card:

Plaid & Sprigs | by karen @ carefree creations

I am in love with the plaid Mix & Mat! And pairing it with the seasonal greenery sets makes so much sense to me.

To do the sentiment, I trimmed the “s” from the “season’s” die and the sub-sentiment is partial inking of a sentiment from a totally different set.

Thanks for taking a peek!

Season of Joy
Stamps: Spruce & Sprigs, Holiday Greens, Wonderful Words Holiday (Papertrey Ink – PTI);
Ink: Prarie Grass, Olive Twist, Scarlet Jewel, Honey Nut (PTI);
Paper: White, Olive Twist, Classic Kraft (PTI);
Other: twine (stash); Mix & Mat – Plaid, Wet Paint – Holiday die (PTI);

Thanks, but no stamps

I’m pretty certain I will never say “thanks, but no stamps”!! Today’s card is for PTI’s No Stamps Challenge.

Why is it that I am fully capable of creating a card without stamps until someone tells me to do that very thing??!! I managed, but I’m only feeling so-so about the final card:

Thanks, but no stamps | by karen @ carefree creations

I had lots of ideas but nothing was working for me. I finally decided to play with the distress crayons I got ages ago and then was too intimidated to use (which, since it took me YEARS to try distress inks, shouldn’t be a surprise). This was the first time I put them to paper an the fact that I could use the result does impress me, lol. I know I goofed and I did learn from the process, but I was happy enough to call it done!

I was thinking this would be a good masculine card, but when putting the leaf bits down, I didn’t like the way they overlapped, so I die cut a little floral bit for the center. Now all I see is that floral bit and it is just enough to throw me off.

Thanks for taking a peek!

Stamps: NONE!!
Ink: Distress Crayons (Ranger);
Paper: Watercolor (Ranger); Enchanted Evening (Papertrey Ink – PTI);
Other: Bloomin Cute Sentiments die, Fancy Foliage Details die (PTI);

You’re Too Kind

Today’s card is for the PTI – Retiring Stamps challenge.

Here is my card:

You're Too Kind | by karen @ carefree creations

I squeezed 3 retiring sets onto this card: Garden Grace, Think Big Favorites #1, and Clipsters Kit!

Taking advantage of the flower set having both solid and outline images, I used an oldie-but-goodie technique to stamp the flowers: Wet Paper Watercoloring.

Thanks for taking a peek!

you’re too kind
Stamps: Garden Grace, Think Big Favorites #1, Clipsters Kit (Papertrey Ink – PTI);
Ink: Melon Berry, Americana, Simply Chartreuse, Ripe Avocado, Dark Chocolate (PTI);
Paper: Watercolor (Ranger); Americana (PTI);
Other: Clipsters die (PTI); rhinestones (Kaiser);

Hello Sweet Friend

This post is for the PTI’s Floral Challenge.

I have lots of flower sets to chose from, but I ended up going with The Sweet Life – a favorite:

Hello Sweet Friend | by karen @ carefree creations

I hardly ever use pattern paper because I have a hard time working with it. I had the idea for this layout and didn’t want to let it go. Getting the stamping colors right took forever! I like the vintage feel of the final card.

Thanks for taking a peek!

hello, sweet friend
Stamps: The Sweet Life, Keep it Simple: Friendship (Papertrey Ink – PTI);
Ink: Sweet Blush, Autumn Rose, Scarlett Jewel, Prairie Grass (PTI); River Rock (Stampin’Up – SU);
Paper: Vintage Cream (PTI); Le Jardin DSP (SU);
Other: Flax Twine (The Twinery); Sweet Life die (PTI);

Birthday Cake Remake

I’m playing along with the next Papertrey celebration challenge: Transformation Tuesday.

The idea behind the challenge is to take a past card and transform it – either to make it better or just to change it up. I had selected a few cards, but settled on this one:

Sweet Cake | by karen @ carefree creations

And here is my remake:

Birthday Cake Remake | by karen @ carefree creations

From the old card, I kept the dark chocolate card base, the frosting border die, and the bling on the flowers. I changed up the cake and flower colors and the overall layout. For the layout I used a past PTI Inspiration sketch as well – from April 2014.

I am so so happy with how this turned out!!

Thanks for taking a peek!

happy birthday
Stamps: Just Desserts, Birthday Basics (Papertrey Ink – PTI);
Ink: Kraft, Dark Chocolate, Cocoa Bean, Lovely Lady, Hibiscus Burst, Raspberry Fizz, Limeade Ice (PTI);
Paper: Dark Chocolate, White (PTI);
Other: Just Desserts die, Frosted Border die, Doily Details die (PTI); Rhinestones (Kaiser);