Birthday Numbers

Neglecting my cleaning to make a card for the CAS(e) This Sketch and AAA Cards: Rainbow challenges.

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Here is my card:

Birthday Numbers | by karen @ carefree creations

My hubby’s birthday is in a couple weeks. This is one of those years where the numbers are next to each other so I thought this type of stamp would be perfect – and with the overlapping bits it made it easy to color with rainbow colors.

I stamped the wheel first (it is unmounted, so it stamps like a border stamp) and colored it with Copics. Then I took a panel of Kraft and laid it offset to the left (and then right) behind the white card and made marks to indicate the line of the wheel image. I trimmed the Kraft according to those marks and then mounted the Kraft panels on top of the white base.

Thanks for taking a peek!

Happy Birthday
Stamps: Keep it Simple – Birthday II (Papertrey Ink – PTI); Take a Number wheel (Stampin’Up);
Ink: Noir (Palette); Black (Momento); markers (Copic);
Paper: White (GinaK); Kraft (PTI);
Challenges: CAS(e) This Sketch; AAA Cards: Rainbow

Hold the Helm

Taking some time to play along with the Addicted to CAS challenge: Wheels.

When I looked through my digital stamp index I realized I don’t have much in the way of wheels. Lots of folks did a bicycle, so I wanted to do something different. When I spied the ship’s wheel I went with it! Here is my card:

Hold the Helm | by karen @ carefree creations

The wheel moves! I popped up the white layer with a layer of foam, cut a hole in the foam so that the brad could spin.

Since I put it all on a Navy card base, I decided to decorate the inside too:

I don’t normally do the inside (I’m usually wiped out mojo/mentally once the front is done, lol). For this I just simply switched the elements around – the striped paper is on the right and the image is bottom left.

I’m so happy with how this card turned out!

Thanks for taking a peek!

Anyone can hold the helm
Stamps: From Land to Sea (Stampin’Up – SU); Out to Sea (Papertrey Ink – PTI);
Ink: Burnt Umber (Palette); Night of Navy (SU);
Paper: White (PTI); Night of Navy, Maritime DSP (SU);
Other: brad (stash); Sea Things die (Dies by Dave);
Technique: spinner / interactive
Challenge: Addicted to CAS

PTI Blog Hop – July 2017

Today is PTI’s Blog Hop:

I was inspired by the colors, the soft leaves, and the gold wax seal.

Here is my card:

Graceful & Gold | by karen @ carefree creations

I love the blue/grey color in the background of the inspiration so I started with a Ocean card base. The soft leaves made me want to do a blended leaf background, but I couldn’t find supplies to bring my vision about. Taking a second look at the inspiration, I saw the pale pink flowers and decided to go that route. My final inspired touch, the gold embossed sentiment, was taken from the gold wax seal.

In putting the card together, I wanted to do a bit more accents and saw, what I think is, a pearl ring in the inspiration, so I added some pearls.

Here is a close-up of the embossing:

Thanks for taking a peek!

Hello
Stamps: Garden Grace, Graceful Greetings(Papertrey Ink – PTI);
Ink: Aqua Mist, Ocean Tides, Sweet Blush, Pale Peony (PTI); Versamark (Tsukineko);
Paper: White, Ocean Tides (PTI);
Other: Pearls (KaiserCraft); Stitched Rectangles die (Lil Inkers); gold embossing powder (Filigree);

Merry Mouse

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

And here is my take:

Merry Mouse | by karen @ carefree creations

I changed up the sketch by using a circle instead of rectangle.

The mouse and holly are stamped onto die cuts.

The leaves of the holly are 2nd generation Pinefeather with the detail image being full-on Pinefeather.

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).

Merry Christmas
Stamps: Christmas Critters, Keep it Simple – Christmas (Papertrey Ink – PTI);
Ink: Aqua Mist, Kraft, Dark Chocolate, Pure Poppy, Pinefeather, Pale Peony (PTI);
Paper: White, Aqua Mist (PTI);
Other: Christmas Critters die, Double-Ended Banner die (PTI);

Rain or Shine

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

And here is my take:

Rain or Shine | by karen @ carefree creations

A simple one-layer card.

I stamped the umbrella first then added the rain around it masking where needed.

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 you…
Stamps: Scattered Showers, Scattered Showers Additions (Papertrey Ink – PTI);
Ink: Soft Sky, Powder Pink, Night of Navy, Sahara Sand (StampinUp);
Paper: White (PTI);

Stop, Celebrate

I am so honored to be invited as a guest designer this week at CAS(e) This Sketch! Here is the challenge:

And here is what I came up with:

Stop & Celebrate | by karen @ carefree creations

I don’t remember how I got the idea to use roads as the delimiters for the sketch, but I liked it. I then decided to use a stop sign. I was going to do a punny and colorful party card (like “stop, party time”) but I couldn’t make it work. So I just went with the traffic idea and made the secondary sentiment yellow. This would make a good “new driver” card.

Stop
Stamps: Road Signed, Road Signed Numbers, Special Delivery (Papertrey Ink – PTI);
Ink: Watermelon Wonder (StampinUp); Noir (Palette); Fog (Simon Says Stamp);
Paper: White, Bright Buttercup (PTI);
Other: Road Signed die (PTI); Handwritten die (Little B);
Challenge: CAS(e) This Sketch

Birthday Toile

Today’s card is for the Less is More Challenge in collaboration with AAA Cards. The challenge is a one-layer card with a colored card base.

Here is my card:

Birthday Toile | by karen @ carefree creations

I white embossed an old toile stamp set onto a navy card base. Though you can’t really see it in the photo – especially as the open spaces are just too small – I did color the flowers a pale pink and the leaves a pale blue.

Thanks for taking a peek!

Birthday Wishes
Stamps: Toile Blossoms, Sincere Salutations (StampinUp -SU);
Ink: Versamark (Tsukineko);
Paper: Night of Navy (SU);
Other: colored pencils (EK Success); white embossing powder (Hero Arts);
Challenge: Less is More Challenge

Winter Greetings

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

And here is my take:

Winter Greetings | by karen @ carefree creations

I rotated the sketch and created a little winter scene. Simple and quick card.

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).

Season’s Greetings
Stamps: Color Layering Christmas Tree (Hero Arts); Keep it Simple-Season’s Greetings (Papertrey Ink-PTI);
Ink: Elf Green (My Favorite Things); Mossy Meadow (Stmpin Up – SU); Pinefeather, Dark Chocolate (PTI);
Paper: Bashful Blue card stock, Holiday Thyme DSP (SU); White (PTI);
Other: Color Layering Christmas Tree die (HA)

Retirement Ahead

Today I am playing along with the current Less is More challenge to use the colors of your country’s flag to create a card.

I live in the USA, so my flag colors are red, white, and blue. Despite today being our Independence Day, I’m not in the mood to create a card for it. In exploring my index for an idea, I came across the Road Signed set and my brain went something like this….

Oooh, stop signs are red. Oh, but what would I do for blue? Oooh, rest area signs are blue. Oh, oh, oh, I could do a retirement card!!

So, that’s what I did.

Retirement | by karen @ carefree creations

The rest area sign is created on the computer – blue printer ink with white text; then I embossed the frame around it. The retirement sign started with the rectangle frame from Label Basics set, but the outside frame was much thicker…I trimmed it down.

Thanks for taking a peek!

Happy Retirement
Stamps: Road Signed, Keep it Simple-Retirement, Label Basics, Special Delivery (Papertrey Ink – PTI);
Ink: Watermelon Wonder (Stampin’Up); Black (Palette); Versamark (Tsukineko);
Paper: White (PTI);
Other: Road Signed dies (PTI); white embossing powder (Hero Arts);
Challenge: Less is More

Geometric Birthday

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

And here is my take:

Geometric Birthday | by karen @ carefree creations

This is such a fun color scheme! A perfect one for breaking out the geometric images. I had a few ideas, but since I put off actually making the card until the very last minute, I went with a simple 5-minute card.

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: Sentiment Splits – Way to Go; Keep it Simple – Birthday II (Papertrey Ink – PTI);
Ink: Lemon Lime Twist, Island Indigo, Berry Burst (Stampin’Up); Black (Palette);
Paper: White (PTI);