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

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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!

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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 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!

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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: 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.

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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).

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);

Howdy

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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.

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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).

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

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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!

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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