Thanks a Bunch

More from November 2015 SCS DD. Each month has a theme; if you are a member of the Fan Club, you can view more details about this card and its relation to the theme here.

Thanks a Bunch | by karen @ carefree creations

Love the word play between the sentiment “thanks a bunch” and the grouping of acorns. Of course, it could just be clever only to me :)

The leaves are inked using the rock-n-roll technique.

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Thanks a Bunch
Stamps: Autumn Acorns (PTI); Label Love (Altenew);
Ink: Dark Chocolate, Terracotta Tile, Canyon Clay (PTI); Hello Honey, Tip Top Taupe (SU);
Paper: Kraft, Vintage Cream (PTI);
Other: Woodgrain embossing folder, Linen Thread (SU);
Layout: Sweet Sunday Sketch

Silent Night

Happy New Year!

While I am not one for snow, I really hope we get some soon! Maybe this will help:

Silent Night | by karen @ carefree creations

Another November 2015 DD card. Each month has a theme; if you are a member of the Fan Club, you can view more details about this card and its relation to the challenge here.

A white-on-white scene. Lots of texture on this one – satin ribbon, embossing, glossy paper, glittery snowflake.

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Silent Night
Paper: White (PTI); Glitter paper, Irresistibly Yours DSP (SU);
Other: Fancy Flakes die (PTI); Modern Landscape die (Memory Box); Snowfall embossing folder (Taylored Expressions); Satin Ribbon (SU);

Winter Sky

A card from my November 2015 SCS DD time. Each month has a theme; if you are a member of the Fan Club, you can view more details about this card and its relation to the theme here.

Winter Sky | by karen @ carefree creations

For this card, I remember being inspired by the winter sky – I wanted to capture the bleak colors.

I used masking paper to create a vertical opening on my card base. I sponged the distress inks into that space, keeping it a light touch. After removing the masking, I added the stamped images. The card is a true one-layer card.

This was one of my favorites from the month.

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I miss you
Stamps: Out on a Limb, Birds of a Feather (PTI); For Every Occasion (CTMH);
Ink: Smokey Shadow (PTI); Tattered Rose, Tumbled Glass, Hickory Smoke Distress ink (Ranger);
Paper: White (PTI);
Other: masking paper (stash);
Technique: masking, sponging;

Get Well Bear

Here is another card from my November 2015 Splitcoast time. Each Dirty Dozen month has a theme. If you are a member of the Fan Club, you can view more details about this card and its relation to the challenge here.

Get Well Bear | by karen @ carefree creations

Here are the notes I kept from when I first posted the card on Splitcoast:

My original idea was to have the bear in a tent, but that wasn’t working, so I thought I’d do an approximation of a tent, but what I ended up with made me think sleeping bag. I added a bit of pattern paper to help it look even more like a sleeping bag.

I like to make useful cards when I stamp, so I had to think about what kind of sentiment would go with a sleeping bear. I came up with lots of ideas (sweet dreams, cozy thoughts, etc.) but those aren’t cards I would give to anyone, but I thought sleeping is usually essential for getting better when sick.

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Get Well
Stamps: Happy Camper, Sentiment Sampler (Paper Smooches);
Ink: Cocoa (Momento);
Paper: White (PTI); Midnight Muse (SU); Manchester pattern paper (SU);
Other: markers (Copic); Woodgrain impression plate (PTI);

Seasonal Wreath

As usual, I’m a bit behind – this time in regards to posting my Splitcoast Dirty Dozen cards. Over the next week, I’ll be posting my November cards (I created these back in 2015).

Seasonal Wreath | by karen @ carefree creations

I love this bare branch wreath image. This card was made to look sorta like a door with the wreath hanging on it. The image does not have a coordinating die, so I fussy cut it and used a small circle die on the inside (which I had a slightly larger one, but it worked).

The “season’s” bit of the sentiment is die cut from adhesive gold foil paper – making placement a breeze!

Each DD month has a theme. If you are a member of the Fan Club, you can view more details about this card and its relation to the challenge here.

Thanks for taking a peek!

Season’s Greetings
Stamps: Wreath for All Seasons, Wet Paint: Holidays, Autumn Acorns (PTI);
Ink: Dark Chocolate (PTI); Versamark (Tsukineko);
Paper: Kraft, Scarlet Jewel, Vintage Cream (PTI);
Other: Gold Adhesive sheets, Wet Paint: Holidays die (PTI); Gold embossing power (Filigree); gold cord, Woodgrain embossing folder (SU); Rectangle Frame dies (MFT);

Jingle Bells

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

I decided to use Sketch #210

And here is my take:

Jingle Bells | by karen @ carefree creations

It’s funny…every week I thought about how to use the colors or sketch as a holiday card (because I knew these challenges were coming). Of course, now when I need them, I don’t remember. Thankfully, I was able to come up with quite a few ideas. This sketch is so versatile. I thought these jingle bell dies worked perfectly.

The bells are cut from shiny silver paper and then backed with dark grey (so the bell openings don’t show the background). I chose colors that I thought would work well with silver.

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).

Jingle Bells
Stamps: Pinebough wheel (Stampin’Up – SU); Ombre Sentiments (Papertrey Ink – PTI);
Ink: Forest Foliage (SU);
Paper: Silver Foil (SU); Slate Gray (Simon Says Stamp); Sno Cone (My Favorite Things); White (PTI);
Other: Jingle Bells die (Lil Inkers);

Love and Joy

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

I went all the way back to the first color challenge of the year – #204:

And here is my take:

Love & Joy | by karen @ carefree creations

I love the Holiday Trimmings set from Wplus9 – it is a great style that can go retro or new/modern! I loved Kara’s card with the soft colors. When I was looking for a color scheme for this challenge, the first one made me remember Kara’s card and I knew I just had to use it!

The strings are hand-drawn and I was a little crooked, but it works.

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).

love & joy
Stamps: Holiday Trimmings (W+9);
Ink: Pink Pirouette, Soft Sky, Sweet Sugarplum (Stampin’Up – SU); Espresso Truffle ink and marker (Momento);
Paper: White (Papertrey Ink); Pink Pirouette (SU);

Big Joy

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

And here is my take:

Christmas Joy | by karen @ carefree creations

Since the focus is supposed to be the sentiment, I decided to keep the images to a minimum and add layers for dimension/interest. I took my inspiration from Susan Raihala’s style; she’s wonderful at doing layers in a clean & simple way.

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).

Joy
Stamps: Berry Merry, Custom Tee (Stampin’Up – SU);
Ink: Graphite Brilliance (Tsukineko); Crushed Curry, Raspberry Ripple, Tranquil Tide, Mossy Meadow, Soft Suede (SU);
Paper: White (SU);

Artistic Inspiration

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

And here is my take:

Art Inspired Birthday | by karen @ carefree creations

Stay tuned for the details of some giveaways later in this post!

A little about my card first. I always have a hard time with primary colors. And I wanted to make a birthday card (since this is the CC&S 5th birthday), so I was limiting myself even more. I went surfing through my inspiration file and found an amazing card by Hannelie.

While that card *is* amazing, I didn’t want to copy it, so I did some google searching of Piet Mondrian. After a while, I came up with the idea of doing a little vignette in his style. I sketched out my pattern on some scrap paper and then used a sharpie and t-ruler to draw it on my card.

Since I knew I wanted a one-layer card, I used some heavy card stock meant to keep markers from bleeding through. That way I knew I could color in the areas using my Copic markers.

The red in this color scheme is darker than what Mondrian typically uses. To achieve it, I laid down a layer of R29 first then a layer of R59 and blended it with another R29 layer. For the blue I used B18 (it is a bit darker IRL); and for the yellow, Y15.

I did consider adding a few more lines and even more color swatches, but, in the end, I liked the minimalist look to this style.

So, how about that giveaway?!?!!

So, as I said – CAS Colours & Sketches challenge blog is celebrating its 5th birthday with challenge #250! To thank our challenge participants for helping us to reach this amazing milestone, five lucky players in this week’s challenge will be chosen to win an in-stock clear stamp set of their choice from Uniko! In addition, five of the design team members are giving away prizes – but you’ll need to leave a comment on their blogs to be eligible to win. You won’t want to miss out on this event! All the details are at the challenge site.

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 Birthday
Stamps: Essential Sentiments (My Favorite Things);
Ink: pen (Sharpie); markers (Copic); Graphite Black Brilliance (Tsukineko);
Paper: White (Gina K);

Your Love Turns Me to Jelly

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

And here is my take:

Turns Me to Jelly | by karen @ carefree creations

Hi folks! My brain isn’t working, so this will be quite quick. This is such a versatile sketch! I went with ocean waves and a pink jellyfish. The pink really pops against the blue – and it works well with the sentiment!

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).

your love turns me to jelly
Stamps: July 2016 Monthly Kit stamps (Hero Arts);
Ink: Island Indigo (Stampin’Up-SU); Autumn Rose (Papertrey Ink); Cranberry Cocktail (My Favorite Things-MFT);
Paper: Summer Splash, Tropical Teal (MFT); Bermuda Bay, Pink Pirouette (SU);
Other: July 2016 Monthly Kit dies (Hero Arts); Swirly Scribbles die (SU);