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).

Congrats
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!

Smile
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.

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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!!)

Congratulations
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!

Thanks
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!

hello
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

Hugs & Kisses

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

And here is my take:

Hugs & Kisses | by karen @ carefree creations

I had to go Valentine with this color scheme. This is a very simple card – one-layered 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).

Huge Hugs & Kisses
Stamps: We Connect, Sweet Hearts (Paper Smooches);
Ink: Rose Red, Sweet Sugarplum, Cranberry Crisp (Stampin’Up); Black (Papertrey Ink – PTI);
Paper: White (PTI);
Technique: one-layer card olc;
Challenge: CAS(e) This Sketch #190

You Inspire Me

This card is for the CAS(e) This Sketch challenge.

You Inspire Me | by karen @ carefree creations

When I saw the sketch, I had lots of ideas, but butterflies were at the top of the list. This was a fun sketch and I know I’ll be using it again!

Thanks for taking a peek!

You Inspire Me
Stamps: Beautiful Butterflies, Graceful Greetings tiny flower (Papertrey Ink – PTI); Label Love (Altenew);
Ink: Grape Jelly (My Favorite Things); Lilac Grace, Hawaiian Shores, Pale Peony (PTI); Surf Blue (Simon Says Stamp); Espresso Truffle (Momento);
Paper: White (PTI);
Other: sequins & rhinestones (stash);
Challenge: CAS(e) This Sketch

Youthful Memories

This card is for the CASology: Youth and Fab Friday: Sketch challenges.

Here is my card:

Childhood Memories | by karen @ carefree creations

The CASology cue card is Youth. One of my favorite things to do as a kid was swing. I just got this stamp set and just had to use it for this challenge.

I thought the Fab Friday sketch was perfect for this image too. I like how the opening is like a peek into the past.

Thanks for taking a peek!

thinking of you
Stamps: Sheltering Tree (Stampin’Up – SU);
Ink: Pear Pizzaz, Always Artichoke, Crumb Cake (SU); Dark Chocolate (Papertrey Ink – PTI);
Paper: Pear Pizzaz, Adventure Bound pattern (SU); White (PTI);
Other: Stitched Circle die (Simon Says Stamp); Stitched Rectangle die (Lil Inkers);
Challenge: CASology: Youth and Fab Friday: Sketch

You Deserve a Treat

Today’s card is for the Addicted to CAS challenge whose code word is Pet.

Here is my card:

You Deserve a Treat | by karen @ carefree creations

I’ve had this robot set for a while now, but haven’t used it. When I was checking my index for a pet, I saw this little robot dog and wanted to use it.

Since the robots are grey, I added my color with the accents.

The sentiment is created on a computer and printed onto the cardstock.

Thanks for taking a peek!

you deserve a treat
Stamps: Boom Bots (Paper Smooches);
Ink: Black (Momento); Charcoal (Palette);
Paper: White (Papertrey Ink); Poppy Parade, Moonlight pattern (Stampin’Up);
Other: markers (Copic); Bitwise font (found at DaFont);
Challenge: Addicted to CAS: Pets