Celebrating PTI 2012

This post is for the year 2012. I decided to pair up Hello Sunshine, a highlighted set, with another 2012 set: Flipping Out (because flip flops and sunshine just go together!). Here’s my card:

Flippin' Sunshine | by karen @ carefree creations

The color combo is a bit different for me, but I like it – bright and happy!

I used a Keep is Simple frame for the tag. To make it shorter, I die cut it once, then went back and adjusted the paper so the tag end of the paper was in the die, lower than the stitched lines (thankfully that fit my sentiment).

Thanks for taking a peek!

happy summer!
All supplies Papertrey Ink unless otherwise noted.
Stamps: Flippin Out, Hello Sunshine;
Ink: Bright Buttercup, New Leaf, Smokey Shadow;
Paper: White, Harvest Gold, Raspberry Fizz, Smokey Shadow;
Other: Limitless Layers 2 1/2 Circle die; Keep it Simple Frames die, rhinestones;

Celebrating PTI 2011

On to the year 2011! It was a choice between Winter Penguin and Year of Flowers Collection. I probably would have gone with YOF, because flowers, but I asked my daughter and she picked penguin.

Hello | by karen @ carefree creations

I don’t normally do things with sentiments – I like them to be very readable and make sense. For some reason, this layout just came to me and I couldn’t let it go.

I debated about adding color to the penguin, but I didn’t want to draw too much attention to him as I wanted the “hello” to stand out.

Now, if you don’t want me to ruin the card for you, stop reading. Once I was done, I asked my daughter what she thought and she was like “oh, how cute, hello penguin!”. I was relieved because I was afraid it would come across as “hell penguin”. of course, once I told her that, that is all she can see *evil grin* One day I’ll add tiny red gems to the eyes and mail it to her!

Thanks for taking a peek!

All supplies Papertrey Ink unless otherwise noted.
Stamps: Winter Penguin;
Ink: Black;
Paper: White, Spring Rain, Blueberry Sky, Enchanted Evening;
Other: Block Alpha Upper die, Waves die;

Celebrating PTI 2010

It’s a 3 day weekend!! I’m really hoping to catch up on my PTI challenges! This post is for Celebrating 2010 where I picked Beautiful Blooms 2 to play with.

You | by karen @ carefree creations

I’ve paired up Beautiful Blooms 2 with another 2010 set, Top Ten, to make a card about one of my daughters. I picked colors I thought she would like.

The “you” die cut is 3 layers.

Thanks for taking a peek!

All supplies Ppaertrey Ink unless otherwise noted.
Stamps: Beautiful Blooms II, Top Ten, Top Ten Additions;
Ink: Gravel Gray (My Favorite Things); New Leaf Amethyst Allure, Melon Berry, Lemon Tart, Blueberry Sky;
Paper: Black, White;
Other: Stitched Rectangle die (Lil Inkers); Phrase Play #1 die;

Celebrating PTI 2009

I’m trying to catch up with Papertrey’s celebration. This post is for 2009. I’m also playing along with CASology: Romance.


Here is my card:

Sitting Together | by karen @ carefree creations

I love the On My Couch set. It is a timeless style and with solid and outline images it is very versatile. As a nod to another great set, Damask Designs, I used some of that pattern paper to help form my scene.

This sentiment is perfect for the romance theme (at least for me and my hubby), but to help emphasize it, I added a heart too.

Thanks for taking a peek!

sitting next to you…
All supplies Papertrey Ink unless otherwise noted.
Stamps: On The Couch, Chair-ished;
Ink: Dark Chocolate;
Paper: White, Kraft, Pure Poppy, Damask Designs pattern, Spring Rain Pattern Pack;
Other: Heart Prints die;
Challenge: CASology: Romance

Sweet & Salty

This card is for the Less is More challenge: Opposites Attract.

I admit, I was stymied at first, but I finally got the idea of doing sweet & salty. It was fun trying to figure out how to represent that and what sentiment to use. Here’s my card:

You Have Great Taste | by karen @ carefree creations

Since the images I wanted to use were a mix of outline and solid, I decided that doing a no-line coloring technique would work best. I’ve decided I enjoy watercoloring more than copics, so I broke out my distress inks.

I stamped the images with Antique Linen (the softest color I have), then went back in with my colors. I needed a little bit of accent – so I added chocolate chip sprinkles (brown beads) and salt (white beads).

Thanks for taking a peek!

you have great taste
Stamps: Sugar Rush, Calorie Free (Paper Smooches);
Ink: Antique Linen, Worn Lipstick, Scattered Straw, Tea Dye, Vintage Photo Distress Inks (Ranger);
Paper: watercolor (Ranger);
Other: beads (stash);
Challenge: Less is More challenge: Opposites Attract

Congrats New Driver

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

And here is my take:

Congrats | by karen @ carefree creations

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).

Stamps: Road Signed, Special Delivery (Papertrey Ink – PTI); Watercolor Wishes (Stampin’Up);
Ink: Pure Poppy, Black (PTI);
Paper: Bright Buttercup, White (PTI); Green Leaf (Simon Says Stamp);
Other: Road Signed die (PTI); Grassy Hills die (My Favorite Things);

Celebrating PTI 2008

I got one more card done today. This time for Papertrey’s 10th anniversary celebration. Today they are reviewing 2008. I had to use Floral Frenzy.

Yellow Daisies | by karen @ carefree creations

I’m too tired to write anything. This is a simple one-layer card with lots of ink.

Thanks for taking a peek!

All supplies Papertrey Ink unless otherwise noted.
Stamps: Floral Frenzy, Sentiment Signs;
Ink: Spring Rain, Blueberry Sky, Enchanted Evening, Bright Buttercup, Honey Nut, Ripe Avocado
Paper: White
Technique: one-layer card olc;

Thinkers are Heroes

Another card today! This time I was looking through my index for another challenge when this one came to me; for the CASology: Hero challenge and the latest CAS(e) this Sketch.


Here is my card:

Thinkers are Heroes | by karen @ carefree creations

When I first saw the “hero” cue card, I figured I wouldn’t be participating because I don’t have any of the comic book type stamps (mostly because I haven’t found a set that has what I want). I went on to stamp for another challenge, but as I was looking through my index, I saw the Paper Smooches Chemistry set and realized that scientists are heroes. I didn’t have a sentiment that I wanted, so I looked up the Smarty Pants set and it all came together. And with the light bulb going on – this card can be for any thinker: scientists, teachers, and philosophers. (Oooh, Astronauts could be another card. I really need 4 day weekends!!)

Stamps: Smarty Pants, Great Chemistry, Sentiment Sampler, Notebook Paper (Paper Smooches – PS);
Ink: Black (Momento); markers (Copic);
Paper: Spring Rain, White, Harvest Gold (Papertrey Ink); Prestwick pattern paper (Stampin’Up);
Other: Borders 2 die, Flag Tag die (PS);
Challenge: CASology: Hero challenge and CAS(e) this Sketch #208

PTI Celebrating 2007

This is Papertrey Ink’s 10th Anniversary! They are celebrating with a month full of events. Yesterday they introduced the design team. Today is all about their first year: 2007. I remember when they first started; their products were (and are still) unique! They featured 5 stamp sets on the blog today. I picked Beautiful Blooms to play with.

Thanks | by karen @ carefree creations

This set has so many awesome features (the large leafy branch being one of them). This ornamental flower image is one of my favorites.

My stamping style has changed somewhat since 2007; my cards tend to be much more clean-and-simple now.

The flower outlines are stamped with Enchanted Evening. The large flowers have Stormy Sea solids; the smaller flowers are Ocean Tides.

Thanks for taking a peek!

All supplies Papertrey Ink unless otherwise noted.
Stamps: Beautiful Blooms, Sending a Big Thank You;
Ink: Dark Indigo, Enchanted Evening, Stormy Sea, Ocean Tides;
Paper: Soft Stone, White;

Analogous Hello

I’m playing along in the Less is More challenge (check out their new blog design & logo!!).

Analogous Hello | by karen @ carefree creations

When I first saw this challenge, I wanted to do blues & purples. Not sure what changed my mind (besides the fact that I love autumn leaves).

To ink the images, I started with my lightest color, partially inked with the next color and used a sponge to soften the lines. After I stamped that, I went back and partially inked the stamp with the darkest color, again using a sponge to soften the edge – and over stamped the original impression. I added a few sequins in the same colors as the ink (or well, as close as I could get).

Thanks for taking a peek!

Stamps: Leafy Greens (Paper Smooches – ps);
Ink: Hello Honey (StampinUp); Canyon Clay, Terracotta Tile (Papertrey Ink – PTI);
Paper: White, Cocoa Bean (PTI);
Other: Quote Tag die (PS); sequins (stash);
Challenge: Less is More