Rain or Shine

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

And here is my take:

Rain or Shine | by karen @ carefree creations

A simple one-layer card.

I stamped the umbrella first then added the rain around it masking where needed.

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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).

Love you…
Stamps: Scattered Showers, Scattered Showers Additions (Papertrey Ink – PTI);
Ink: Soft Sky, Powder Pink, Night of Navy, Sahara Sand (StampinUp);
Paper: White (PTI);

Stop, Celebrate

I am so honored to be invited as a guest designer this week at CAS(e) This Sketch! Here is the challenge:

And here is what I came up with:

Stop & Celebrate | by karen @ carefree creations

I don’t remember how I got the idea to use roads as the delimiters for the sketch, but I liked it. I then decided to use a stop sign. I was going to do a punny and colorful party card (like “stop, party time”) but I couldn’t make it work. So I just went with the traffic idea and made the secondary sentiment yellow. This would make a good “new driver” card.

Stop
Stamps: Road Signed, Road Signed Numbers, Special Delivery (Papertrey Ink – PTI);
Ink: Watermelon Wonder (StampinUp); Noir (Palette); Fog (Simon Says Stamp);
Paper: White, Bright Buttercup (PTI);
Other: Road Signed die (PTI); Handwritten die (Little B);
Challenge: CAS(e) This Sketch

Retirement Ahead

Today I am playing along with the current Less is More challenge to use the colors of your country’s flag to create a card.

I live in the USA, so my flag colors are red, white, and blue. Despite today being our Independence Day, I’m not in the mood to create a card for it. In exploring my index for an idea, I came across the Road Signed set and my brain went something like this….

Oooh, stop signs are red. Oh, but what would I do for blue? Oooh, rest area signs are blue. Oh, oh, oh, I could do a retirement card!!

So, that’s what I did.

Retirement | by karen @ carefree creations

The rest area sign is created on the computer – blue printer ink with white text; then I embossed the frame around it. The retirement sign started with the rectangle frame from Label Basics set, but the outside frame was much thicker…I trimmed it down.

Thanks for taking a peek!

Happy Retirement
Stamps: Road Signed, Keep it Simple-Retirement, Label Basics, Special Delivery (Papertrey Ink – PTI);
Ink: Watermelon Wonder (Stampin’Up); Black (Palette); Versamark (Tsukineko);
Paper: White (PTI);
Other: Road Signed dies (PTI); white embossing powder (Hero Arts);
Challenge: Less is More

Geometric Birthday

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

And here is my take:

Geometric Birthday | by karen @ carefree creations

This is such a fun color scheme! A perfect one for breaking out the geometric images. I had a few ideas, but since I put off actually making the card until the very last minute, I went with a simple 5-minute 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).

Happy Birthday
Stamps: Sentiment Splits – Way to Go; Keep it Simple – Birthday II (Papertrey Ink – PTI);
Ink: Lemon Lime Twist, Island Indigo, Berry Burst (Stampin’Up); Black (Palette);
Paper: White (PTI);

Summer Flips

Last night I made a card for the Less is More challenge.

The LIM challenge this week is a sketch. The fun swoosh made me think of a river and that is how I came up with my card:

Summer Flip Flops | by karen @ carefree creations

I hand cut my river from pattern paper. The rest is pretty straight forward: die cut & stamp the flip flops; die cut & stamp the sentiment; assemble.

Thanks for taking a peek!

happy summer
Stamps: Flipping Out (Papertrey Ink – PTI);
Ink: Real Red, Daffodil Delight (Stampin Up – SU);
Paper: Maritime DSP, Coastal Cabana (SU); Kraft, White, Black (PTI);
Other: Flipping Out die, Sketched Shapes die (PTI); rhinestones;
Challenge: Less is More Challenge

PTI Blog Hop – June 2017

Today is Papertrey Ink’s June Blog Hop! Here is the inspiration they provided:

I was very drawn to the blue/green gradient on the bottle and that is where I started with my card:

Roses & Gradient | by karen @ carefree creations

I also liked how there was lots of space in the photo – the flowers actually took up very little space – so I kept my flowers on the small size too. To add a touch of interest, I added a few sequins.

Thanks for taking a peek!

very happy birthday
Stamps: Bitty Bouquets, Skinny (Papertrey Ink – PTI);
Ink: Island Indigo (Stampin’Up); Limeade Ice, Sweet Blush, Pale Peony, Lovely Lady, Harvest Gold, Melon Berry, Smokey Shadow (PTI);
Paper: White, Limeade Ice (PTI);
Other: Bitty Bouquets die (PTI); Stitched Rectangle die (Lil Inkers); Sequins (stash);

Make a Wish

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

And here is my take:

Make a Wish | by karen @ carefree creations

I am hosting this week over at CCS. I made this card based on a previous card.

I decided to interpret the sketch a bit differently this time. The right-hand layer is implied rather than actual.

Originally I made this card with a color card base and the candles on a yellow panel and all of it bordered by white scallops. It just felt to busy for a clean and simple card, so I pulled it apart (salvaging the sentiment block) and tried for this much cleaner final version. {Honestly though, if I hadn’t adhered it all on the card upside down (this happens more frequently than I’d like to admit), I might have just said “done is done” as I often do…but since I had to pull it apart anyway…}

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).

Make a Wish
Stamps: Wishes Come True (Papertrey Ink – PTI);
Ink: Melon Mambo (StampinUp – SU); Harvest Gold (PTI);
Paper: White card stock (PTI); Island Indigo card stock, Sweet Taffy DSP (SU);
Other: Birthday Cheer die, Wishes Come True die (PTI); Classic Squares die (Spellbinders);

Berry Much

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

And here is my take:

Berry Much | by karen @ carefree creations

This is a lovely, and versatile, color scheme. I wanted to do something other than flowers, so I went through my index and found these raspberries. I did a google search to see what raspberry leaves look like. I didn’t have anything in my stash that looked right, but these were close and I liked the dotted veins.

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 Berry Much
Stamps: Fruitful, Meadow Greens, Label Basics, Strawberry Patch Sentiments (Papertrey Ink – PTI);
Ink: Wild Wasabi, Melon Mambo, Pool Party (Stampin’Up); Charcoal (Palette);
Paper: White (PTI);

You Are My Sunshine

You Are My Sunshine | by karen @ carefree creations

I made this card a couple weekends ago, but it sat on my desk waiting for that something extra it needed. I wanted some enamel dots in varying sizes, but I don’t have any. I finally made do with some pearls that I colored with Copics (gotta use those markers for something, lol).

Thanks for taking a peek!

you are my sunshine
Stamps: Simple Sunflower, Fillable Frames 3 (Papertrey Ink – PTI);
Ink: Mustard Seed, Wild Honey, Rusty Hinge, Peeled Paint, Forest Moss, Gathered Twigs, Tumbled Glass Distress Inks (Ranger);
Paper: White, Kraft (PTI);
Other: Picket Fence die, Simple Sunflower die (PTI);
Technique: blending;

Sweet Pea

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

And here is my take:

Sweet Pea | by karen @ carefree creations

I love this color combo! I admit I wasn’t sure what I was going to stamp with it…but still, it is awesome.

Eventually I decided to create some plaid and that led me to a baby card (I know that may be a bit non sequitur to some…but it my brain tends to move in weird directions, lol).

The stamp set is made to showcase buttons. I don’t use buttons much any more as they are too bulky. I thought the set had some circles that could be used, but nope. Thankfully I had a button die. The stamp is supposed to have 2 tiny circles and 1 medium. The smallest button die only fit two. I guess this would be a good card for twins. I don’t need a baby card, so this will probably go in my give away box.

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).

little sweet pea
Stamps: Baby Button Bits, Background Basics: Super Stripes (Papertrey Ink – PTI);
Ink: Mint Macaroon, Old Olive, Tip Top Taupe (Stampin Up – SU);
Paper: White (PTI);
Other: Buttoned Up 1 die, Sentiment Splits: Curved Vertical die (PTI); Linen Thread (SU);