Howdy

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

And here is my take:

Howdy | by karen @ carefree creations

I pulled out another old stamp set for this card. I thought these pieces filled the sketch well.

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).

howdy
Stamps: On the Farm (StampinUp); Howdy Cactus (Lawn Fawn); Background Basics: Farm & Barn (Papertrey Ink – PTI);
Ink: Barn Door, Spun Sugar, Mowed Lawn Distress Inks (Ranger); Cocoa Bean (PTI); Black (Palette);
Paper: Kraft, White (PTI);
Technique: watercoloring;

Spring Tulips

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

And here is my take:

Painted Tulips | by karen @ carefree creations

I’m breaking out an oldie from Stampin’Up. I am pretty much dedicated to photopolymer stamps, but I do have some old rubber ones that I just can’t let go of. Spring Garden is one of them; I just love the painted look of the images.

The color scheme was just so very springy to me that I had to go with flowers. The day I made this card it actually snowed (just a dusting on the grass) so stamping with spring colors was helpful!

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).

Welcome Spring
Stamps: Spring Garden (StampinUp – SU); Wreath for All Seasons (Papertrey Ink – PTI);
Ink: So Saffron, Winter Wisteria, Pear Pizzazz (SU); Truffle (Momento);
Paper: White (PTI);
Other: Stitched Rectangle die (Lil Inkers):

Welcome Baby

Tomorrow is a holiday, so I’ms staying up late to stamp more (it is only 8, but I’m usually reading, unwinding by now). I’m playing along with Simply Less is More: Alphabet challenge.

Welcome Baby | by karen @ carefree creations

The theme is alphabet. My mind immediately went to monograms, but I wasn’t sure if that fit, so I looked through my stash for an alphabet stamp. This set stood out. I don’t need baby cards, so I wasn’t sure what colors to use. Originally, I tried yellow and grey, but that didn’t work, so I re-stamped the foot in blue, cut it out, and popped it up. Much better.

Thanks for taking a peek!

welcome baby
Stamps: I’m Here, Short & Sweet (Stampin’Up – SU);
Ink: So Saffron, Lost Lagoon (SU); Truffle (Momento);
Paper: Vintage Cream (Papertrey Ink);
Challenge: Simply Less is More: Alphabet

Youthful Memories

This card is for the CASology: Youth and Fab Friday: Sketch challenges.

Here is my card:

Childhood Memories | by karen @ carefree creations

The CASology cue card is Youth. One of my favorite things to do as a kid was swing. I just got this stamp set and just had to use it for this challenge.

I thought the Fab Friday sketch was perfect for this image too. I like how the opening is like a peek into the past.

Thanks for taking a peek!

thinking of you
Stamps: Sheltering Tree (Stampin’Up – SU);
Ink: Pear Pizzaz, Always Artichoke, Crumb Cake (SU); Dark Chocolate (Papertrey Ink – PTI);
Paper: Pear Pizzaz, Adventure Bound pattern (SU); White (PTI);
Other: Stitched Circle die (Simon Says Stamp); Stitched Rectangle die (Lil Inkers);
Challenge: CASology: Youth and Fab Friday: Sketch

Holiday Elf Cheer

Holiday Elf Cheer | by karen @ carefree creations

This is the card I originally created for the CAS Sketches & Color challenge, but I felt it was too busy for CAS style challenge.

Using Copic markers, I added blush to the elf’s cheeks and colored the hair yellow.

Thanks for taking a peek!

Holiday Cheer
Stamps: Jolly Friends (Stampin’Up – SU); Christmas Sampler (Paper Smooches); Background Basics: Super Stripes (Papertrey Ink – PTI);
Ink: Black (Momento); Green Leaf (Simon Says Stamp): Real Red (SU); markers (Copic);
Paper: White, New Leaf (PTI);
Other: Jolly Hat Builder punch (SU);

Happy Mail for College Student

Happy Mail | by karen @ carefree creations

I have a niece who is starting at University of Texas this year. I thought I’d send her a little happy mail. This is the card I made for her.

The college colors are orange and I thought these flowers would look great in orange.

Very simple card.

Thanks for taking a peek!

Hello
Stamps: Too Kind, Four You (Stampin’Up);
Ink: Canyon Clay, Terracotta Tile, old Ripe Avocado (Papertrey Ink – PTI); Espresso Truffle (Momento);
Paper: White (PTI);
Technique: one-layer card olc;

Tropical Thanks

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

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I’m the host for this week’s challenge. I came up with the sketch while I was on vacation last month. When I got home I tried it out right away by making this Fourth of July card. When it came time to make a sample for this challenge, I wanted to do something a little different.

And here is my take:

Tropical Thanks | by karen @ carefree creations

The first thing I knew I wanted to try was using washi on the sides instead of pattern paper or stamping. I don’t have a lot of washi, but I do love these bright geometric ones, so I started brainstorming from there.

It may be hard to see in the photo, but the washi is holding on a panel. I didn’t want too much going on, so the panel and the card base are both white.

I really love this set of flower/leaf dies! I haven’t used them nearly enough, so I thought I’d break them out for this card.

The Turquoise flower is sponged with Marina Mist. The stamping and sponging on the leaves is with Cucumber.

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).

Thanks
All supplies Stampin’Up unless otherwise noted.
Stamps: Botanical Blooms, Watercolor Wishes;
Ink: Marina Mist, Crushed Cucumber, Pacific Point;
Paper: White, Tempting Turquoise, Pacific Point, Green Galore;
Other: Gingham washi, Candy Dots: Brights;

No Bones About It…

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

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And here is my take:

Dino Awesome  | by karen @ carefree creations

I had fun making this card! With the colors being a bit dark, I knew I wanted a light base and to use the colors as accents. Once I saw the dinosaurs in my index, I knew they’d be perfect.

The layout is from a card in the current Stampin’Up catalog (pg 131).

The solid dinosaur image is a second-generation inking of Eggplant, as are the footprints in the background (well, second-gen with Suede, not Eggplant :D ). I think I decided it would be better to stamp the bones first and then center the solid image over them; but this was good enough to get on with.

The sentiments are selectively inked from 2 different sayings within the set.

I chose to go with New Leaf (by Papertrey) instead of Cucumber only because I had scrap paper of New Leaf and nothing cut yet of Cucumber. It is a pretty good match though.

My card base and focal panel are a speckled card stock. I like using that type of card stock as it provides interest/texture.

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).

No Bones About It…
Stamps: No Bones (Stampin’Up – SU);
Ink: Elegant Eggplant, Soft Suede (SU);
Paper: Rustic Cream, New Leaf (Papertrey Ink); Elegant Eggplant, Crumb Cake (SU);
Other: Linen Thread (SU);
Technique: tearing; generational stamping;

Purple Peony

Mother's Day | by karen @ carefree creations

This is the mother’s day card I sent to my mom. She loves flowers, and purple, and Stampin’Up – I got ’em all in this card!

I used the Freshly Made Sketch #234 for the layout.

I stamped my image onto watercolor paper using a grey dye ink. I used Distress inks to watercolor the image. I did find that the die ink sorta pulled the watercolor to it, so while I was going for no line, some of the stamped lines still show up. Next time I’ll try using the palest distress ink I have.

I am so happy this card turned out so well. I really love the watercolor look.

Thanks for taking a peek!

Happy Mother’s Day
Stamps: Birthday Blooms, Teeny Tiny Wishes (Stampin’Up – SU);
Ink: Fog (Simon Says Stamp); Expresso Truffle (Momento); Mustard See, Milled Lavender, Wilted Violet, Dusty Concord, Peeled Paint distress ink (Ranger);
Paper: Watercolor (Ranger); Pear Pizzazz (SU); Simply Chartreuse pattern (Papertrey Ink);
Technique: no line watercolor technique;

hello, goodbye

It is a new month, which means a new hostess over at CAS Colours & Sketches challenge – Caro. Check out the latest challenge:

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And here is my take:

hello | by karen @ carefree creations

My post title is in reference to the sentiment I used, and that the challenge colors are being retired this month by Stampin’Up.

I’ve loved this stamp set / die combo since it came out, but I haven’t used it yet (fairly typical for me – I think I get intimidated by the wealth of awesome cards that are made with sets that I love). I figured this was a perfect opportunity to pull the products out!

The card base is rustic cream cardstock. I used the border die to cut off a bit from the card base front. Then I embossed a kraft panel (card front size) and adhered it to the inside of the card. I did a full front size because I didn’t want a seam to show inside.

I thought about adding a rhinestone to the flower center, and if I send this card myself, I will before I mail it…but usually my cards end up in the box I take to work and I want those cards as mailing-friendly as possible (though, I admit, it doesn’t seem to matter if I label some cards as extra postage / hand carry – they still get taken…and that makes me happy!).

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).

hello
Stamps: Botanical Blooms, Endless Birthday Wishes (Stampin’Up – SU);
Ink: Mossy Meadow (SU);
Paper: Rustic Cream, Kraft (Papertrey Ink); Mossy Meadow, Tangelo Twist, Hello Honey (SU);
Other: Botanical Builder die, Woodgrain embossing (SU);