You Rock!

It is time for another CASology challenge. Check out the latest challenge – Active!

My computer crashed last week. I’m hobbling along on a spare (yes, I am VERY thankful we have a spare). I don’t have my normal applications. To edit my photo I used a really awesome free online photo editor…but I don’t know how to use it, lol. Please forgive the lack of color adjustment. New image….

Here is my take:

You Rock | by karen h @ carefree creations

This card took me forever! OK, not this card….I had a really ambitious interactive card that I wanted to do, but it required me to be an engineer and I am NOT an engineer. Seriously, it sat on my desk for weeks while I tried this and that. I finally gave up a few days ago and stamped this. I do like it, but I feel like a failure anyway, lol!

My hubby has been learning guitar, so I’ll give this to him. While he isn’t very active while playing, I was going with the “rock” part.

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You Rock
Stamps: Boy Basics: Rock On (Papertrey Ink – PTI); So 80s (Wplus9);
Ink: Bright Buttercup (PTI); Tempting Turquoise (Stampin’Up); Green Room (My Favorite Things);
Paper: White (PTI);

A Bloomin’ Transformation

A couple day’s ago Lizzie posted a Transformation Tuesday post on the Papertrey blog. I’m really loving this new feature!

I went through the photos of my old cards and found one that has been annoying me for way to loong!

This Beautiful Blooms 2 card was given away before I noticed that I hadn’t stamped any center image in the purple flower at the bottom. It just felt incomplete!

In addition to that, I was not happy with the blotchy images (I stamped without a positioning tool) and the leaves feel like they are floating.

Here is my first attempt at fixing the problems:

Hello | by karen @ carefree creations

While I did get the leaves closer to the flowers and the flowers feel fuller, I still wasn’t happy. The yellow is way to bright and feels out of place; also, since I used yellow for centers, I took yellow out of the flower lineup…and that had me doing other changes that resulted in a teeny tiny blue flower at the top – ugh!

I tried one more time:

Hello | by karen @ carefree creations

This time I feel like I got it right (mostly). I went back to the rainbow flow of flowers but made the accent colors in the same color family. It just feels more cohesive. The only thing I would change would be to pay more attention to the orientation of openings of the flowers for leaves. I didn’t know where to stamp my leaves, so I stamped my sentiment first and once I added the leaves, I wish the sentiment was just a bit lower. As I say though, done is done (and it is tons better than the original).

The orange flower is from the flower cluster in Back Pocket Basics. I needed another flower so I didn’t repeat, but I also wanted one that fit the style.

Thanks for taking a peek!

Hello
Stamps: Beautiful Blooms 2, Fillable Frames 2, Back Pocket Basics (Papertrey Ink – PTI);
Ink: Espresso Truffle (Momento); Hello Honey (Stampin’Up); Boysenberry (My Favorite Things); Hibiscus Burst, Raspberry Fizz, Summer Sunrise, Orange Zest, Bright Buttercup, New Leaf, Hawaiian Shores, Tropical Teal, Amethyst Allure (PTI);
Paper: White (PTI);

Spread Joy

Today I am playing along with the Addicted to CAS: Birds challenge.

Here is my card:

Spread Joy | by karen @ carefree creations

I have a few bird sets, but I decided to use this one as it hasn’t seen ink yet. The set is kinda big, but I was still able to keep it CAS.

I chose this flower because it snugged into the corner. There are two sizes of bird; I selected the smaller image. I even chose the one-line sentiment to maximize the white space.

In picking my colors, I knew I wanted a purple flower. Once I picked those colors, I kept the rest of the colors jewel toned as well.

Thanks for taking a peek!

Spread Joy
Stamps: Humming Along (Papertrey Ink – PTI);
Ink: Pure Plum, Elf Green (My Favorite Things); Rich Razzleberry, Wild Wasabi, Crushed Curry, Baja Breeze, Island Indigo, Baked Brown Sugar (Stampin’Up); Chamomile, Smokey Shadow (PTI);
Paper: White (PTI);

Thankful for You

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

And here is my take:

Thankful for You | by karen @ carefree creations

Yay – a one-layer card! I think I went the direct opposite from the card I originally made for this challenge (I’ll post it later this week). To give this card some interest, I stamped the tree leaves in two colors.

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).

thankful for you
Stamps: Sheltering Tree (StampinUp – SU);
Ink: Pumpkin Pie, Pear Pizzazz, Crumb Cake (SU);
Paper: White (Papertrey Ink);

Pineapple Greetings

Pineapple Greetings | by karen @ carefree creations

I carved out a bit of stamping today. This card worked out so well, I got 3 challenges together! I combined Less is More’s Tropical Fruit challenge with CAS(e) This Sketch and kept it all One-Layer for Addicted to CAS.

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I think my thought process is pretty obvious once you see all the challenges. I did choose the swoosh and sentiment because their style seemed to compliment the artsy rendering of the pineapple.

I am quite surprised at how quickly this one came together and I’m so happy with it.

Thanks for taking a peek!

hello
Stamps: Some Like it Hot, Wet Paint (Papertrey Ink – PTI); Sheltering Tree (StammpinUp – SU);
Ink: Lemon Lime Twist (SU); New Leaf, Bright Buttercup, Summer Sunrise, Dark Chocolate (PTI);
Paper: White (PTI);

Bugging You

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

And here is my take:

Bugging You | by karen @ carefree creations

So, I fell in love with this set when Stampin’Up brought it out last year. Of course I waited until it was on the retired list before I decided to buy it. I love the set, but never knew what to do with it.

The colors for this challenge stumped me until I saw the bugs and I knew just how to use the colors. I didn’t have a good sentiment in my stash, so I printed one out using a fun font from the internet.

My layout is inspired by this card by Susan Raihala.

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).

Hope I’m not bugging you!
Stamps: Beetles & Bugs, Gorgeous Grunge (Stampin’Up – SU);
Ink: Noir (Palette); Cajun Craze, Blushing Bride, Tempting Turquoise (SU);
Paper: Rustic White (Papertrey Ink);
Other: Barrio font (1001 Fonts);
Technique: masking;

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);

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

With Sympathy

Sympathy Poppies | by karen @ carefree creations

Sadly, I do need a sympathy card. This one is going through the mail, so I kept it a simple one-layer card.

The solid layer of the flower is stamped, 2nd generation, with Riding Hood Red and the overlay is Raspberry Ripple.

I embossed a partial frame. Getting those corners right is so hard (so mine are not)!

The card base is white, but, with the photo taken next to the yellow background, it seems cream colored…I’m thinking that would have been good. Next time.

Thanks for taking a peek!

With Sympathy
Stamps: Remember, Think Big Favorites #3 (Papertrey Ink – PTI);
Ink: Riding Hood Red, Raspberry Ripple (StampinUp); Cocoa Bean Ripe Avocado (PTI);
Paper: White (PTI);
Technique: embossing

Holly Season

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

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This is the sketch I chose to work with:
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And here is my take:

Holly Season | by karen @ carefree creations

When I was creating my card, Ardyth had just published this card and I loved the shadows on her one-layer card, so I had to do that on this card.

Super quick card! I stamped it all out, let it dry a bit, then added shadows with a Copic marker.

I hope you join us at CAS Colours & Sketches!

Thanks for stopping by!

A Little About the Challenge: This weekly challenge is posted on Thursday, 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: Holly Jolly, Christmas Sampler (Paper Smooches);
Ink: New Leaf, Pure Poppy (Papertrey Ink – PTI); Espresso Truffle (Momento);
Paper: White (PTI);
Other: T1 marker (Copic);