With a Good Book

I’m almost done posting the November 2015 SCS DD cards! Each 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 theme here.

With a Good Book | by karen @carefree creations

My favorite “hobby” is to curl up on the couch with a blank, a book, my cat, and hot beverage. This card is a little tribute to that.

I wish you could touch this card – the fibers are so soft!

Thanks for taking a peek!

thinking of you
Stamps: On My Couch, On My Couch Additions, Keep it Simple: Thinking of You (PTI);
Ink: Dark Chocolate, Soft Stone (PTI); Sage Shadow, Buckaroo Blue (SU);
Paper: Dark Chocolate, Vintage Cream (PTI); This & That Charming 6×6 pattern paper pad (Echo Park); Blink of an Eye 6×6 pattern paper pad (My Mind’s Eye);
Other: fiber (stash);

Thanks a Bunch

More from November 2015 SCS DD. Each 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 theme here.

Thanks a Bunch | by karen @ carefree creations

Love the word play between the sentiment “thanks a bunch” and the grouping of acorns. Of course, it could just be clever only to me :)

The leaves are inked using the rock-n-roll technique.

Thanks for taking a peek!

Thanks a Bunch
Stamps: Autumn Acorns (PTI); Label Love (Altenew);
Ink: Dark Chocolate, Terracotta Tile, Canyon Clay (PTI); Hello Honey, Tip Top Taupe (SU);
Paper: Kraft, Vintage Cream (PTI);
Other: Woodgrain embossing folder, Linen Thread (SU);
Layout: Sweet Sunday Sketch

Winter Sky

A card from my November 2015 SCS DD time. Each 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 theme here.

Winter Sky | by karen @ carefree creations

For this card, I remember being inspired by the winter sky – I wanted to capture the bleak colors.

I used masking paper to create a vertical opening on my card base. I sponged the distress inks into that space, keeping it a light touch. After removing the masking, I added the stamped images. The card is a true one-layer card.

This was one of my favorites from the month.

Thanks for taking a peek!

I miss you
Stamps: Out on a Limb, Birds of a Feather (PTI); For Every Occasion (CTMH);
Ink: Smokey Shadow (PTI); Tattered Rose, Tumbled Glass, Hickory Smoke Distress ink (Ranger);
Paper: White (PTI);
Other: masking paper (stash);
Technique: masking, sponging;

Seasonal Wreath

As usual, I’m a bit behind – this time in regards to posting my Splitcoast Dirty Dozen cards. Over the next week, I’ll be posting my November cards (I created these back in 2015).

Seasonal Wreath | by karen @ carefree creations

I love this bare branch wreath image. This card was made to look sorta like a door with the wreath hanging on it. The image does not have a coordinating die, so I fussy cut it and used a small circle die on the inside (which I had a slightly larger one, but it worked).

The “season’s” bit of the sentiment is die cut from adhesive gold foil paper – making placement a breeze!

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.

Thanks for taking a peek!

Season’s Greetings
Stamps: Wreath for All Seasons, Wet Paint: Holidays, Autumn Acorns (PTI);
Ink: Dark Chocolate (PTI); Versamark (Tsukineko);
Paper: Kraft, Scarlet Jewel, Vintage Cream (PTI);
Other: Gold Adhesive sheets, Wet Paint: Holidays die (PTI); Gold embossing power (Filigree); gold cord, Woodgrain embossing folder (SU); Rectangle Frame dies (MFT);

Mistletoe Kisses

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

And here is my take:

Mistletoe Kisses | by karen @ carefree creations

It’s funny. When the color challenges come up, I always want two shades of a color so I can do layered stamping. I finally get that kind of color challenge and I mess up my card (by using the wrong colors – you’ll see that one tomorrow). I’m not one for making the same card again, so I had to come up with another idea. This mistletoe image was one I was thinking about using already.

To get the two colors of green on one image, I used selective inking. The sentiment on a panel helps to cover where the colors merge.

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).

Mistletoe Kisses
Stamps: Mistletoe & Holly (Papertrey Ink – PTI);
Ink: Emerald Envy, Tranquil Tide (Stampin’ Up – SU);
Paper: White (PTI); Tranquil Tide (SU);
Other: silver dots (stash); silver embossing powder (Hero Arts); Limitless Layers Oval die (PTI);

Merci

Merci | by karen @ carefree creations

Another card from my 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.

This is pretty much a one-layer card – only the Eiffel Tower is popped-up. I love how the tower makes the “A” in “Paris”!

Thanks for taking a peek!

Merci
Stamps: City Scene, Sweet Life, Think Big Favorites #3 (Papertrey Ink – PTI); Sophisticated Serifs (Stampin’UP – SU);
Ink: Lemon Tart, Fine Linen, Spring Moss, Smokey Shadow (PTI); Daffodil Delight, Lucky Limeade (SU); Wet Cement (Hero Arts); Sour Apple (My Favorite Things);
Paper: White (PTI);
Other: City Scene dies (PTI);

Ridin’ Around in My Automobile

My daughter and I watched Stranger Things Season 2 last night, so I have nothing new to share today. Instead, I thought I would post 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.

Congrats | by karen @ carefree creations

This card was for my daughter who at the time was getting her learner’s permit. My hope was that she and I would alternative driving during our summer trip. Wasn’t to be though. She’s only been driving 3 times since she got her permit a year ago – and all of those in the parking lot. Driving scares her and she has no desire to learn. Thankfully we have a pretty good bus system here and honestly, a year pass doesn’t cost that much (especially when you put it against car payment, insurance, and gas!!). I think she’s a city girl at heart!

Thanks for taking a peek!

Congrats
Stamps: Enjoy the Ride (PTI); Antique Map (Hero Arts);
Ink: Winter Wisteria, Black (PTI);
Paper: Vintage Cream, Rustic Cream, Black, Plum Pudding (PTI); Baja Breeze Patterns DSP, Kiwi Kiss Patterns DSP (SU);
Other: Wonderful Words: Congrats die, Enjoy the Ride die, Rainbow Stripes die, In the Meadow die (PTI);

Autumn Days

This card is for the Addicted to CAS challenge – Pumpkins!

Autumn Days | by karen @ carefree creations

I really wasn’t sure where to start so I did some scrolling through my Pinterest files. I noticed a trend in my recent pins – cards with watercolor “squish” backgrounds and frames that went off the edge. I used both of those techniques on my card.

While I do have a few pumpkin stamp sets, these elegantly flourished ones fit in the frame I chose to work with.

This is actually my second background as the first one I made was too big! Since this is a CAS challenge I wanted my elements to be contained (well, I did want a bit of bleed like I do have, but the original background took up about 70% of the card!).

Once I got the background right, the rest just fell together. I chopped up a wreath die to make the vines.

Thanks for taking a peek!

Autumn Days
Stamps: Fall Elegance, Monthly Moments: September (Papertrey Ink – PTI);
Ink: Oranze Zest, Cocoa Bean (PTI); Mustard Seed, Fossilized Amber, Scattered Straw, Dried Marigold Distress (Ranger);
Paper: Oranze Zest, Cocoa Bean, Simply Chartreuse, White (PTI); Watercolor (Ranger);
Other: Rustic Wreath die (PTI); Stitched Rounded Rectangle Frame die (My Favorite Things);

Rainbows & Sunshine

I have another Splitcoastsampers Dirty Dozen card for you:

Rainbows & Sunshine | by karen @ carefree creations

This is another attempt at no-line coloring.

I die cut clouds out of the blue panel to let the white card base show through.

The yellow along the top is to represent the sunshine above the clouds.

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.

Thanks for taking a peek!

Wishing you rainbows & sunshine
Stamps: Up Up & Away, Up Up Away Sentiments (Papertrey Ink – PTI);
Ink: Black (PTI); Fog (SSS);
Paper: White, Spring Rain (PTI); Blending Cardstock (X-press It);
Other: markers (Copic); Clouds die (PTI); Stitched Rectangle dies (Lil Inkers);

Birthday in Blues

I usually only stamp on the weekends, but last night I was inspired to play along with the latest CAS(e) This Sketch #244! Here’s what I came up with:

Birthday in Blues | by karen @ carefree creations

I don’t have anything in the shape that is used in the sketch. When I was looking through my dies, I thought this Mat Stack was similar in the point at the top and the side cut off (OK, in the sketch it is just the one side, but still).

I did create a few different sentiment panels – with different grey inks for the frame because the inks all stamped a bit different on the Stone cardstock and dried differently too. I actually left my card overnight before I made a decision as to which grey looked best with the pattern paper.

Thanks for taking a peek!

Birthday Wishes
Stamps: Mat Stack 7 Basics (Papertrey Ink – PTI);
Ink: Enchanted Evening, Dark Indigo (PTI); Gravel Gray (My Favorite Things);
Paper: Three Piece Suit pattern, Soft Stone cardstock (PTI);
Other: Mat Stack 7 die (PTI);