Bitty Bird Friends

Hi all! I am honored to be a guest designer at Addicted to CAS. The challenge is FRIENDS.

And here is my take:

Bitty Bird Friends | by karen @ carefree creations

I love word challenges – they are so open to interpretation! I was able to find lots of images in my index that I could use for a friend card, but I settled on these little birds as I haven’t used them in ages.

I did alter the sentiment. Instead of “friend” it ended with “happy ending”. I just trimmed those two words off and stamped the sentiment then went back and stamped the “friend”. I like how it is a bit bigger than the rest as it brings the focus.

I stamped all my images with Antique Linen distress and then used other distress inks to watercolor. Not only did that make coloring so much easier, but I was also able to extend the branch to the length I needed. After doing the branch, leaves, and birds, I let it dry. Then I went back and added the blue circle (can you believe that is done just by eyeing it?!!). After that was dry, I masked off the birds and did a bit of splattering with the darker blue for some texture.

I hope you’ll join in at Addicted to CAS!

Thanks for stopping by!

Every day…
Stamps: Little Bitty Bird (Papertrey Ink);
Ink: Noir (Palette); Antique Linen, Gathered Twigs, Pine Needles, Mustard Seed, Tumbled Glass, Salty Ocean Distress Inks (Ranger);
Paper: watercolor;

Sweet Strawberries

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

And here is my take:

Sweet Strawberries | by karen @ carefree creations

I’m also playing along with the Summer Fun challenge at AAA Cards

I love strawberries in the summer! So sweet and refreshing.

This strawberry image paired so nicely with the sketch, I just had to combine the 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).

sweet summertime
Stamps: Strawberry Patch (Papertrey Ink – PTI);
Ink: Pure Poppy, New Leaf, Bright Buttercup (PTI); Noir (Palette);
Paper: White (PTI);
Other: Stitched Rectangle dies (Lil Inkers);

Pineapple Greetings

Pineapple Greetings | by karen @ carefree creations

I carved out a bit of stamping today. This card worked out so well, I got 3 challenges together! I combined Less is More’s Tropical Fruit challenge with CAS(e) This Sketch and kept it all One-Layer for Addicted to CAS.

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I think my thought process is pretty obvious once you see all the challenges. I did choose the swoosh and sentiment because their style seemed to compliment the artsy rendering of the pineapple.

I am quite surprised at how quickly this one came together and I’m so happy with it.

Thanks for taking a peek!

hello
Stamps: Some Like it Hot, Wet Paint (Papertrey Ink – PTI); Sheltering Tree (StammpinUp – SU);
Ink: Lemon Lime Twist (SU); New Leaf, Bright Buttercup, Summer Sunrise, Dark Chocolate (PTI);
Paper: White (PTI);

PTI Blog Hop – July 2017

Today is PTI’s Blog Hop:

I was inspired by the colors, the soft leaves, and the gold wax seal.

Here is my card:

Graceful & Gold | by karen @ carefree creations

I love the blue/grey color in the background of the inspiration so I started with a Ocean card base. The soft leaves made me want to do a blended leaf background, but I couldn’t find supplies to bring my vision about. Taking a second look at the inspiration, I saw the pale pink flowers and decided to go that route. My final inspired touch, the gold embossed sentiment, was taken from the gold wax seal.

In putting the card together, I wanted to do a bit more accents and saw, what I think is, a pearl ring in the inspiration, so I added some pearls.

Here is a close-up of the embossing:

Thanks for taking a peek!

Hello
Stamps: Garden Grace, Graceful Greetings(Papertrey Ink – PTI);
Ink: Aqua Mist, Ocean Tides, Sweet Blush, Pale Peony (PTI); Versamark (Tsukineko);
Paper: White, Ocean Tides (PTI);
Other: Pearls (KaiserCraft); Stitched Rectangles die (Lil Inkers); gold embossing powder (Filigree);

Merry Mouse

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

And here is my take:

Merry Mouse | by karen @ carefree creations

I changed up the sketch by using a circle instead of rectangle.

The mouse and holly are stamped onto die cuts.

The leaves of the holly are 2nd generation Pinefeather with the detail image being full-on Pinefeather.

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 Critters, Keep it Simple – Christmas (Papertrey Ink – PTI);
Ink: Aqua Mist, Kraft, Dark Chocolate, Pure Poppy, Pinefeather, Pale Peony (PTI);
Paper: White, Aqua Mist (PTI);
Other: Christmas Critters die, Double-Ended Banner die (PTI);

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.

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).

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