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.

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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).

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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);

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.

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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.

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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!

Thanks for taking a peek!

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);

Joy

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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Thanks for taking a peek!

Joy
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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Thanks for taking a peek!

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);