Howdy Buckaroo

Howdy | by karen @ carefree creations

This card is for the Fab Friday sketch challenge.

I had fun with this one! I know it isn’t an exact match to the sketch, but hopefully that is ok.

I love the Yee Haw stamp set, but don’t really have a reason to use it. I’ve started giving away most of my cards at work. So now I feel like I have the freedom to stamp anything.

Thanks for taking a peek!

Howdy Buckaroo
Stamps: Yee Haw (Stampin’Up);
Ink: Dark Chocolate, Smokey Shadow (Papertrey Ink – PTI);
Paper: Kraft, White (PTi);
Other: Cowboy Up die (Dies by Dave);

Lucky Me

It is time for another CAS Colours & Sketches challenge. Check out the latest challenge: #163 – colors.


And here is my take:

Lucky Me | by karen @ carefree creations

In the spirit of challenge, I used a St. Patrick’s Day stamp set – though my resulting card can be given any time.

I went very simple with the layout. And you may be wondering where my Mint Macaroon is…it is very subtle – just the dots between the sentiment lines. The rhinestone is also a very good match for it, but you can’t really tell (especially after putting it on the brighter green image).

I did a bit of image piecing too. The stem for the image was a word – and I didn’t like it for this card. So I inked up just the clover head, then I inked up just the stem from a different image in the same set.

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).

Lucky Me
Stamps: Pinch Proof (Stampin Up – SU);
Ink: Mint Macaroon, Cucumber Crush, Pure Poppy (SU);
Paper: White (PTI);
Other: rhinestone (stash);

Peace and Beauty

Peace & Beauty | by karen @ carefree creations

This card is for the Freshly Made Sketches #216 challenge.


I’m thinking the splatters keep it from being “clean” – a requirement for this challenge. But I like the added texture. And those splatters – dang gravity! I had this card sitting up on a shelf to dry and it fell down. Thankfully face-up, but a couple of the juicier spots now have a comet tail…oh well.

This was an ultra quick card for me – I think it took 10 minutes from conception to completion. I stamped the pine image on the card base and the sentiment on the Chalk Talk tag. Added some splatters to the card base; popped the tag up with dimensionals, and added a couple of Sharpie-colored rhinestones. Done!

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Peace and Beauty
All supplies StampinUp unless otherwise noted.
Stamps: Ornamental Pine;
Ink: Mossy Meadow;
Paper: Crumb Cake, Naturals Ivory;
Other: Chalk Talk dies, Rhinestones (colored with Sharpie); white paint spray (Mister Huey);


Christmas Joy | by karen @ carefree creations

This card is for the Addicted to CAS: Joy challenge.

Another very simple card. The joy is die cut from foil once and from the base color a couple times to add dimension.


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Stamps: Wondrous Wreath (SU);
Ink: Cherry Cobbler, Wild Wasabi, Garden Green (SU);
Paper: Sahara Sand, White, Gold Foil (SU);
Other: Wondrous Wreath die (SU);

No Peeking

No Peeking | by karen @ carefree creations

This card is for two challenges: Snarky Stampers: Naughty Christmas and CAS Colours & Sketches #153.

It took me awhile to come up with a snarky Christmas card, but seeing as I’m pretty infamous in my family for peeking, I thought this would be a funny card.

The “that means you” sentiment is pieced together from several sentiments in a birthday set. I just used a marker to ink the words I wanted.

For the CAS Colours & Sketches challenge, you are to pick a past color scheme and make a Christmas card. I went all the way back to the beginning with the first color challenge: #2 – garden green, lucky limeade, and real red.


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No Peeking
Stamps: Christmas Tagables (SU); Big Birthday Wishes (PTI);
Ink: Black (PTI);
Paper: Garden Green, Certainly Celery (SU); White (PTI);
Other: Fillable Frames #9 die (PTI); ribbon (SU); black marker (Momento);

Grandma’s House

Swing | by karen @ carefree creations

I’m squeaking this card in for a CAS challenge on SCS. I also used the current Fab Friday #77 color challenge.

The SCS-CAS challenge was to make a card that reminds you of grandma’s house. For me that is the swing she had on her porch. I used markers and blender pens to color this image.

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More than this day.
Stamps: Summer Afternoon (SU);
Ink: Burnt Umber (Momento); Hello Honey, Cajun Craze, Blackberry Bliss, Old Olive (SU);
Paper: Vanilla, Kraft, Hello Honey, Cajun Craze (SU);
Other: Finishing Touches edgelit die, linen thread (SU); blender pens;

High Five

High Five - by karen @ carefree creations

This is another of my boss’s day cards. This sentiment set has some fun items in it. I paired this one with a rainbow of stripes – and some glitter embossing powder! To make the sentiment stand out, I used a thin Micron marker to shadow-outline the letters.

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High Five
Stamps: That Thing That You Did (SU);
Ink: Versamark
Cardstock: White, Hawaiian Shores (PTI); Cameo Coral (SU); Banana Split, Sour Apple, Grape Jelly (MFT);
Other: Rainbow Stripes die (PTI); Stitched Squares die (Lil Inkers); Enchanted Gold embossing powder (Ranger);

Boss’s Day

Today is boss’s day. I actually have 3. I’ll post my cards over the next couple of days. Here is the one for the big boss:

Boss' Herd - by karen @ carefree creations

I CASE’d this card by Natasha Zandbergen. I used the same layout and stamp set, but the colors and accents are different.

I love this stamp set – the image is just too funny!

The white panel is embossed with the same woodgrain folder that the card base has. I did it so the lines would line up.

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From the Herd
Stamps: From the Herd (SU);
Ink: Black (Momento); Island Indigo (SU);
Cardstock: Kraft, White (PTI); Surf Blue (SSS);
Other: markers (Copic); Linen Thread (SU); Woodgrain embossing (SU); square die;

By the Tide

Interactive Card - by karen @ carefree creations

This card is not my best work, but it is good enough for its purpose. After I posted my interactive Halloween card, my mom wanted to know how it worked. I figured the easiest thing would be to make her a card. It just so happens I also needed to send her a check.

I decided to make the whole card be the pocket. I also didn’t want any pieces to come off/get lost after opening. I cut my card base like a normal A2 card, however, I kept the fold on the right-side. This way, once the zipper is pulled, the left piece is glued down and the right piece is still attached because of the fold.

I do have an extra visual, maybe it will help:

Interactive detail shot - by karen @ carefree creations

I did use some repositionable tape so that the check wouldn’t slide out before the card was opened. I felt comfortable doing this ONLY because my mom is a card maker…I know she’ll know how to get rid of the residue and it won’t make her go WTF.

So, one note to help you learn from my mistake: The die I used to make the zipper is long. There was no way to put it through my Big Shot without folding the card over the die (think card front, die, card back). I had a “brilliant” idea to stick my metal shim inbetween the die and the card back to keep the die from making an impression on that side of the card. That did NOT work. It ended up warping everything a bit and still making an impression. I’m not really sure there is a solution to that, except not to make a full-card interactive zipper :)

Oh my gosh, I almost forgot! I found a guy that makes dies for some StampinUp sets!! I kept seeing folks with perfectly cut-out Octopus images and wondered about it. After only minimal sluething I found Dies by Dave. They are awesome! The dies are open in the center with the cutting edge very close to the inside edge making lining up a breeze! They are a bit pricey, but I’m completely happy with the ones I bought! The dies I used on this card “Tide” are not on his website, but if you email him, he can add you to a notification list so if he does them again, you’ll find out.

Thanks for taking a peek!

Fishy Interactive
Stamps: By the Tide, Perfect Pennants (SU);
Ink: Night of Navym Coastal Cabana, Crumb Cake (SU);
Cardstock: White (SU);
Other: Tide dies (Dies by Dave);
Technique: interactive

Dancing Fools

Dancing Fools - by karen @ carefree creations

I feel like I’m finally getting into a groove with my schedule. And I’m enjoying stamping again (which is a good thing considering….)!!

I started this card last night for the CASual Fridays #143 theme challenge of Music. I tried to work in a sketch but it just wasn’t taking, so I slept on it – and came up with a fun idea.

I’m so stoked with how this turned out! I’ve loved seeing cards that use outline images just as they are – no coloring (like the ones … man, I thought it was Susan Raihala that did the post, but now I can’t find it and I’m so far behind in my blog reading that it could have been posted weeks ago….does any one remember the post I’m talking about??? UPDATE: I found it!! Maureen Merritt is the one posting tips for line stamping.).

Anyway, I have loads of non-colored image cards in my inspiration file and I finally found a way to do it without copying someone else! Seriously, this makes me happy!

I did decide that I need to get a few different sizes of googly eyes for my stash – these images are drawn with different sized eyeballs and I would have loved to carry that through with the googly eyes.

OK, I gotta get or I’ll be late for work.

Thanks for taking a peek!

Happy Halloween
Stamps: Booglie Eyes, Grateful Greetings (SU); Keep it Simple: Halloween (PTI); Spooky Music (October Afternoon);
Ink: Lavender Moon, Black (PTI);
Cardstock: Lavender Moon, White (PTI);
Other: googlie eyes (SU);
Technique: fussy cutting