Fine Vine Flashback

Sending Good Thoughts | by karen @ carefree creations

If you were here yesterday, you know I stamped a card for a challenge without following the challenge. I used the wrong colors in a color challenge :)

I really like this card! I love ivy and I’ve had this stamp for ages (we won’t mention that I’ve only used it a couple times). Every time I purge, I won’t get rid of this set. This card turned out so well for using an old set.

Thanks for taking a peek!

Sending Good Thoughts
Stamps: Fine Vine, Perfect Pennants (Stampin’ Up – SU)
Ink: Cucumber Crush (SU); Elf Green (My Favorite Things – MFT);
Paper: White (Papertrey Ink – PTI); Elf Green (MFT);
Other: silver embossing powder (Hero Arts); Fillable Frames 1 die (PTI);

Thankful for You

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

And here is my take:

Thankful for You | by karen @ carefree creations

Yay – a one-layer card! I think I went the direct opposite from the card I originally made for this challenge (I’ll post it later this week). To give this card some interest, I stamped the tree leaves in two colors.

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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).

thankful for you
Stamps: Sheltering Tree (StampinUp – SU);
Ink: Pumpkin Pie, Pear Pizzazz, Crumb Cake (SU);
Paper: White (Papertrey Ink);

Autumn Vine

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

And here is my take:

Autumn Vine | by karen @ carefree creations

This color scheme made me think of Autumn. I wasn’t ready to break out the pumpkins yet, so I went with a vine and gingham combination. The Vine & Berry set is one of my favorites from way back.

My layout was somewhat decided by the imperfect stamping of the wheel. I used the vine to cover up the worst of the overlap. The vine is fussy cut and the sentiment is popped-up but nestled in the vine.

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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: Vine & Berry, Gingham wheel, Label Love (Stampin’Up)
Ink: Fresh Fig, Always Artichoke, Tangerine Tango (SU);
Paper: Rustic Cream (Papertrey Ink);

Bugging You

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

And here is my take:

Bugging You | by karen @ carefree creations

So, I fell in love with this set when Stampin’Up brought it out last year. Of course I waited until it was on the retired list before I decided to buy it. I love the set, but never knew what to do with it.

The colors for this challenge stumped me until I saw the bugs and I knew just how to use the colors. I didn’t have a good sentiment in my stash, so I printed one out using a fun font from the internet.

My layout is inspired by this card by Susan Raihala.

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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).

Hope I’m not bugging you!
Stamps: Beetles & Bugs, Gorgeous Grunge (Stampin’Up – SU);
Ink: Noir (Palette); Cajun Craze, Blushing Bride, Tempting Turquoise (SU);
Paper: Rustic White (Papertrey Ink);
Other: Barrio font (1001 Fonts);
Technique: masking;

Birthday Toile

Today’s card is for the Less is More Challenge in collaboration with AAA Cards. The challenge is a one-layer card with a colored card base.

Here is my card:

Birthday Toile | by karen @ carefree creations

I white embossed an old toile stamp set onto a navy card base. Though you can’t really see it in the photo – especially as the open spaces are just too small – I did color the flowers a pale pink and the leaves a pale blue.

Thanks for taking a peek!

Birthday Wishes
Stamps: Toile Blossoms, Sincere Salutations (StampinUp -SU);
Ink: Versamark (Tsukineko);
Paper: Night of Navy (SU);
Other: colored pencils (EK Success); white embossing powder (Hero Arts);
Challenge: Less is More Challenge

Southwest Hello

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And here is my take:

Southwest Hello | by karen @ carefree creations

I really loved this color combo when I saw it. I wasn’t sure what I would do with it, but once I started looking, I knew this southwest feel would be perfect.

The inside of the motif is done with a copper Wink of Stella pen. It isn’t as sparkly as I would like, but that just means the small sentiment stands out more – which to me is what should happen.

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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).

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Stamps: Bohemian Borders (Stampin’Up – SU);
Ink: Dapper Denim, Peekaboo Peach (SU);
Paper: White (Papertrey Ink); Dapper Denim, Copper (SU);
Other: Seize the Sketch #3; Copper Wink of Stella; Happy Hellos die (My Favorite Things);

Celebrate the Fourth

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

And here is my take:

Fireworks & Sparkles | by karen @ carefree creations

I love fireworks so it was a no brainer that I also love this sparkler stamp set. I thought the set was perfect for this sketch.

The rhinestones in the centers are colored with Sharpie markers. I think this is the first time I’ve used Sharpies instead of Copics. I think the Sharpies actually ended up being brighter and less opaque. I may have to use them in the future!

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 4th of Julyl
Stamps: It’s a Celebration (Stampin’Up – SU); Keep it Simple: Bless the US (Papertrey Ink – PTI);
Ink: Real Red, Pacific Point, Smokey Slate (SU); Embossing (Ranger);
Paper: White (PTI); Black, Silver Glitter (SU);
Other: white embossing powder (Hero Arts); Rhinestones (Kaiser) – colored with Sharpies;

Fox Says Hi

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Here’s my take:

Fox Says Hi | by karen @ carefree creations

When I saw these colors, I immediately wanted to use the coral to stamp a fox! The rest of the card just came together after that.

All the stamped images are fussy cut and then popped up with craft foam.

Normally I don’t have much to say in my posts, but today…

Trying to come up with post titles after years of blogging is HARD! Of course the internet sensation “what does the fox say” popped into my head and wouldn’t leave, so I went with it. Did you know that thing is about 4 years old? I’m used to internet memes going stale quick and it feeling like it was ages ago but finding out it was only weeks or months…but this one is really years! Of course I feel like 2000 was just a couple years ago (and yet, the last 6 months have felt like years). Time is messed up!! Is it cuz I’m old or because I spend way to much time on the internet?

Moving on. I hope by the time this post goes live (in 3 weeks – I’m working way ahead) that this problem will be remedied, but right now I am missing craft supplies. I’m a fairly organized person – things have a place and I clean up when I’m done. So how am I missing things?? And I don’t mean like a tiny clear stamp either. One of the items I’m missing is my Sentiment Splits Curve Vertical cover plate die from Papertrey. The last time I used it was months and months ago (I used what I die cut with it just a month ago, but the actual cutting was back in December). Anyway…it is not where it belongs. I thought the curved bit at the bottom would have been perfect as the landscape for my card today…instead I had to find a different solution. I ended up using a large piece from the Waves cover plate. I feel like I’m loosing my mind!

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).

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Stamps: Foxy Friends (StampinUp – SU); Say What (My Favorite Things);
Ink: Calypso Coral, Crumb Cake, Chocolate Chip (SU);
Paper: Soft Sky (SU); White (Papertrey Ink – PTI);
Other: Waves cover plate die (PTI);

Lost Without You

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Here’s my take:

Lost Without You | by karen @ carefree creations

I’ve been wanting this big dipper image for ages. I got lucky when my demo decided to purge it from her stash (thanks mom!).

I did a galaxy technique for the strip. The dipper is embossed and cut out; the surrounding stars are embossed on the card base.

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).

I’m Lost Without You
Stamps: Going Global (StampinUp);
Ink: Soft Navy (Simon Says Stamp – SSS); Versamark (Tsukineko);
Paper: Soft Navy (SSS); White (Papertrey Ink);
Other: white embossing powder (Filigree); watercolors (Loew Cornell)
Technique: galaxy with watercolor;

Tropical Mother’s Day

Tropical Mother's Day | by karen @ carefree creations

My final Mother’s Day card.

This one is for my mom. Since she’s a Stampin’Up demo, I wanted to use SU products. Unfortunately I don’t have many current flower sets. I do have the wonderful Botanical Builder die set! I love these dies!

One of the cards I picked out as inspiration for my mother cards had die cutting where the negative space was card base. I added the vein stamping to the card base to add a bit of detail.

Thanks for taking a peek!

Wonderful Mother
Stamps: Botanical Blooms, Delightful Dozen (Stampin’Up – SU);
Ink: Basic Gray (SU);
Paper: White (Papertrey Ink); Emerald Envy, Rich Razzleberry, Pale Plum (SU);
Other: Botanical Builder die, Rhinestone (SU);