You Matter to Me

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

And here is my take:

You Matter to Me | by karen @ carefree creations

When I first saw this color combo, I thought about dual colored flowers.

There are 3 layers to the you die-cut 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).

You matter to me
Stamps: Many Thanks, You Matter (Simon Says Stamp – sss);
Ink: Peek-a-Boo Peach, Watermelon Wonder, Cucumber Crush (Stampin’Up); Versamark (Tsukineko);
Paper: White, Black (Papertrey Ink);
Other: You die (SSS); White embossing powder (Hero Arts);

Celebrating PTI 2016

The last “year” card. This time for Celebrating PTI 2016. I do wonder what the rest of the month is going to bring us!

Sending Hugs & Sunshine | by karen @ carefree creations

I am so happy with how this turned out! A one layer card that doesn’t feel flat!

Thanks for taking a peek!

All supplies Papertrey Ink unless otherwise noted.
Stamps: Painted Petals;
Ink: Smokey Shadow, Bright Buttercup, Crushed Curry (SU), More Mustard (SU), Canyon Clay, Pale Peony, Berry Sorbet, Pure Poppy, Simply Chartreuse;
Paper: White;
Technique: olc one-layer card;

Celebrating PTI 2015

Woohoo – I am caught up! This post is for Celebrating PTI 2015.

Spring Celebration | by karen @ carefree creations

I used Twig Wreath (the only one of the 5 that I own). I paired it with another 2015 set – Layered Banner.

I wanted a soft color palette this round. Still, these aren’t colors I would normally put together, but I was trying something new.

Thanks for taking a peek!

All supplies Papertrey Ink unless otherwise noted.
Stamps: Twig Wreath, Layered Banner, Skinny;
Ink: Kraft, Mint Julep, Ocean Tides, Aqua Mist, Pale Peony, Lilac Grace, Saffron Spice;
Paper: White, Mint Julep pattern;
Other: Layered Banner die;

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

Celebrating PTI 2014

This card is for PTI Celebrating 2014 and Freshly Made Sketches challenge.


Hello | by karen @ carefree Creations

I got the color scheme from a Feb 2016 PTI Inspiration Card. I really love jade, teal, and hawaiian together!

The sentiment is 5 layers (though no layers under the “lo”).

Thanks for taking a peek!

All supplies Papertrey Ink unless otherwise noted.
Stamps: Leave it Be, Ombre Builders;
Ink: Bright Buttercup, Vintage Jadeite, Tropical Teal, Hawaiian Shores, Ocean Tides;
Paper: White, Enchanted Evening;
Other: Leave it Be die, Wet Paint die;
Challenge: Freshly Made Sketches

Celebrating PTI 2013

This card is for both the PTI 2013 and CAS(e) This Sketch challenges.


All the Time | by karen @ carefree creations

I’ll admit, when I first saw the CASe sketch, I was scratching my head and pretty much figured I would just succumb and use a circle. In the PTI Hands of Time set there is one image in there with the side cut off. As I was trying to put together my PTI card, it took a while, but it finally dawned on me that that image would be perfect for that sketch!! This card makes me so happy…it turned out just like I thought!!

I used my MISTI to ink the clock image using layers of ink and sponging to get the fade.

The sentiment is layered 3 times to give it enough dimension and shadow to stand out against the detail of the clock face.

Thanks for taking a peek!

Thinking of You
All supplies Papertrey Ink unless otherwise noted.
Stamps: Hands of Time, Everyday Photo Finishers;
Ink: Spring Moss, Ocean Tides;
Paper: Vintage Cream, Ocean Tides, Spring Moss;
Other: Big Basics: Thinking of You die, Hands of Time die;
Challenge: CAS(e) This Sketch

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