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);

With Sympathy

Sympathy Poppies | by karen @ carefree creations

Sadly, I do need a sympathy card. This one is going through the mail, so I kept it a simple one-layer card.

The solid layer of the flower is stamped, 2nd generation, with Riding Hood Red and the overlay is Raspberry Ripple.

I embossed a partial frame. Getting those corners right is so hard (so mine are not)!

The card base is white, but, with the photo taken next to the yellow background, it seems cream colored…I’m thinking that would have been good. Next time.

Thanks for taking a peek!

With Sympathy
Stamps: Remember, Think Big Favorites #3 (Papertrey Ink – PTI);
Ink: Riding Hood Red, Raspberry Ripple (StampinUp); Cocoa Bean Ripe Avocado (PTI);
Paper: White (PTI);
Technique: embossing

Brighten My Days

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

And here is my take:

Brighten My Days | by karen @ carefree creations

I find it funny how much my card tastes differ from my decorating tastes. I love stamping with gingham, but I do NOT want it in my house, lol. I do love strawberries though. Since my last stamping session was highly unsatisfying, this card makes me very happy (even though the solid images didn’t line up well with the outline – it is hard to see such a light grey through an inked image!).

There is a lot of stamping going on, so to (try to) keep the card CAS, I eliminated a layer. I don’t miss it.

I had thought about going over the vines with green, but now that it is done, I’m glad I didn’t.

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 Brighten My Days
Stamps: Strawberry Patch, Scripted, Background Basics: Super Gingahm (Papertrey Ink – PTI);
Ink: Pure Poppy, New Leaf, Blueberry Sky, Bright Buttercup, Soft Stone, Smokey Shadow (PTI);
Paper: White, Harvest Gold (PTI);
Other: Double Ended Banner die, Scripted die (PTI);