Celebrating PTI 2011

On to the year 2011! It was a choice between Winter Penguin and Year of Flowers Collection. I probably would have gone with YOF, because flowers, but I asked my daughter and she picked penguin.

Hello | by karen @ carefree creations

I don’t normally do things with sentiments – I like them to be very readable and make sense. For some reason, this layout just came to me and I couldn’t let it go.

I debated about adding color to the penguin, but I didn’t want to draw too much attention to him as I wanted the “hello” to stand out.

Now, if you don’t want me to ruin the card for you, stop reading. Once I was done, I asked my daughter what she thought and she was like “oh, how cute, hello penguin!”. I was relieved because I was afraid it would come across as “hell penguin”. of course, once I told her that, that is all she can see *evil grin* One day I’ll add tiny red gems to the eyes and mail it to her!

Thanks for taking a peek!

hello
All supplies Papertrey Ink unless otherwise noted.
Stamps: Winter Penguin;
Ink: Black;
Paper: White, Spring Rain, Blueberry Sky, Enchanted Evening;
Other: Block Alpha Upper die, Waves die;

Celebrating PTI 2010

It’s a 3 day weekend!! I’m really hoping to catch up on my PTI challenges! This post is for Celebrating 2010 where I picked Beautiful Blooms 2 to play with.

You | by karen @ carefree creations

I’ve paired up Beautiful Blooms 2 with another 2010 set, Top Ten, to make a card about one of my daughters. I picked colors I thought she would like.

The “you” die cut is 3 layers.

Thanks for taking a peek!

you
All supplies Ppaertrey Ink unless otherwise noted.
Stamps: Beautiful Blooms II, Top Ten, Top Ten Additions;
Ink: Gravel Gray (My Favorite Things); New Leaf Amethyst Allure, Melon Berry, Lemon Tart, Blueberry Sky;
Paper: Black, White;
Other: Stitched Rectangle die (Lil Inkers); Phrase Play #1 die;

Celebrating PTI 2009

I’m trying to catch up with Papertrey’s celebration. This post is for 2009. I’m also playing along with CASology: Romance.

      

Here is my card:

Sitting Together | by karen @ carefree creations

I love the On My Couch set. It is a timeless style and with solid and outline images it is very versatile. As a nod to another great set, Damask Designs, I used some of that pattern paper to help form my scene.

This sentiment is perfect for the romance theme (at least for me and my hubby), but to help emphasize it, I added a heart too.

Thanks for taking a peek!

sitting next to you…
All supplies Papertrey Ink unless otherwise noted.
Stamps: On The Couch, Chair-ished;
Ink: Dark Chocolate;
Paper: White, Kraft, Pure Poppy, Damask Designs pattern, Spring Rain Pattern Pack;
Other: Heart Prints die;
Challenge: CASology: Romance

Congrats New Driver

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

And here is my take:

Congrats | by karen @ carefree creations

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).

Congrats
Stamps: Road Signed, Special Delivery (Papertrey Ink – PTI); Watercolor Wishes (Stampin’Up);
Ink: Pure Poppy, Black (PTI);
Paper: Bright Buttercup, White (PTI); Green Leaf (Simon Says Stamp);
Other: Road Signed die (PTI); Grassy Hills die (My Favorite Things);

Celebrating PTI 2008

I got one more card done today. This time for Papertrey’s 10th anniversary celebration. Today they are reviewing 2008. I had to use Floral Frenzy.

Yellow Daisies | by karen @ carefree creations

I’m too tired to write anything. This is a simple one-layer card with lots of ink.

Thanks for taking a peek!

Smile
All supplies Papertrey Ink unless otherwise noted.
Stamps: Floral Frenzy, Sentiment Signs;
Ink: Spring Rain, Blueberry Sky, Enchanted Evening, Bright Buttercup, Honey Nut, Ripe Avocado
Paper: White
Technique: one-layer card olc;

PTI Celebrating 2007

This is Papertrey Ink’s 10th Anniversary! They are celebrating with a month full of events. Yesterday they introduced the design team. Today is all about their first year: 2007. I remember when they first started; their products were (and are still) unique! They featured 5 stamp sets on the blog today. I picked Beautiful Blooms to play with.

Thanks | by karen @ carefree creations

This set has so many awesome features (the large leafy branch being one of them). This ornamental flower image is one of my favorites.

My stamping style has changed somewhat since 2007; my cards tend to be much more clean-and-simple now.

The flower outlines are stamped with Enchanted Evening. The large flowers have Stormy Sea solids; the smaller flowers are Ocean Tides.

Thanks for taking a peek!

Thanks
All supplies Papertrey Ink unless otherwise noted.
Stamps: Beautiful Blooms, Sending a Big Thank You;
Ink: Dark Indigo, Enchanted Evening, Stormy Sea, Ocean Tides;
Paper: Soft Stone, White;

Birthday Balloons

Today’s card is for the Less is More: Balloons challenge.

Here is my card:

Birthday Balloons | by karen @ carefree creations

I started this card because I need a card for my boss – his birthday is Monday. I work at a school and our school colors and blue and silver. I tried to go that way, but once I settled on the fabulous glitter paper, I just couldn’t make it masculine enough for my tastes. I love this glitter paper – the glitter isn’t too chunky and it has such a wonderful sparkle to it.

Originally the card had 3 different colored blue balloons. Once I decided that it wasn’t for my boss, I tossed those aside and picked two lighter colors – a blue and a purple. I used plain vellum and colored them with distress inks. I liked the vellum because seeing though the die cuts is more realistic for balloons.

Of course adhering vellum is why I hardly ever use it! These balloons are hanging on by the skin of their teeth! The blue balloon has a bit of glue where the purple one overlaps. The purple balloon is stuck down where it overlaps the glitter.

Thanks for taking a peek!

Birthday Wishes
Stamps: Birthday Style (Papertrey Ink – PTI);
Ink: Island Indigo (StampinUp); Milled Lavender, Tumbled Glass distress inks (Ranger);
Paper: On Point Patterns (My Favorite Things); Glitter paper (Die Cuts with a View); Vellum, White (PTI);
Other: Birthday Style die, Balloon Strings die (PTI);
Challenge: Less is More: Balloons

Birthday Succulent

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

This is the fifth Tuesday and so it is a Timeless Tuesday double challenge. One of the ideas behind the “Timeless Tuesday” challenge was to bring back retired colors paired with a past sketch. I love, love, love Sage Shadow so I knew I would definitely use it in my first Timeless Tuesday challenge.

Here is my take:

Desert Succulent | by karen @ carefree creations

Sage Shadow is one of my favorite colors, mostly because it is perfect for succulents. I do not have a green thumb, and Colorado isn’t the best place for succulents, so I don’t have any around me, but I do like to stamp them.

The succulent is 3 layers. The bottom layer was die cut, the other two were hand cut. I originally stamped on white, but it was too stark. I ended up with a pale cream that goes well with the orange colors.

I hope you join us at CAS Colours & Sketches!

Thanks for stopping by!

A Little About the Challenge: This weekly challenge is posted on Thursday, 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: Super Succulents (Papertrey Ink – PTI);
Ink: Peach Parfait, Dusty Durango, Sage Shadow (Stampin Up – SU);
Paper: Rustic White (PTI); Peach Parfait, Dusty Durango (SU);
Other: Super Succulents die (PTI); Square Lattice embossing folder (SU);

Thank You, Love

I’m playing along with CAS(e) This Sketch challenge.

Here is my card:

Thank You | by karen @ carefree creations

I used a border die to fill the corner. The heart die is two pieces so threading the sentiment strip through was easy.

Thanks for taking a peek!

Thank You
Stamps: Framed Out #11, Skinny (Papertrey Ink – PTI);
Ink: Poppy (StampinUp – SU); Black Brilliance (Tsukineko);
Paper: White, Pure Poppy, Lovely Lady (PTI); Smokey Slate (SU);
Other: Framed Out #11 die, XO Border die (PTI);
Challenge: CAS(e) This Sketch challenge

Party Time

Today’s card is for the CASology challenge whose cue card is: Glisten.

Here is my card:

Party Time | by karen @ carefree creations

I had to think for a bit before I came up with a card for this cue word. I decided that condensation on a glass would be perfect. I haven’t used this beer set in a while and it is large enough to take center stage on a clean and simple card.

I used both layers of the pub glass die – the larger one is the top acetate sprinkled with texture spray; the smaller one cut from yellow and sponged with darker colors.

The foam die cut has paint spread on it. It was a kind of paint that I thought would expand/puff, but it didn’t. Still the swirls from it lend enough texture.

Thanks for taking a peek!

Party Time
Stamps: Birthday Cheer (Paper trey Ink – PTI);
Ink: Hello Honey, Delightful Dijon (Stampin Up – SU); Dark Chocolate (PTI);
Paper: Kraft, Harvest Gold, Acetate (PTI); Brioche pattern paper (Memory Box); Lost Lagoon (SU);
Other: liquid texture spray (Goosebumps); Pub Glass die, Sketched Shapes die (PTI); Flag Tag die (Paper Smooches);
Challenge: CASology challenge