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);

Not a Creature was Stirring

I’m still having fun with the latest challenge (taking a previous color challenge and making a holiday card). This time, I chose to use:

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And here is my take:

Christmas Mouse | by karen @ carefree creations

I love word play. This made me giggle.

When I decided to play this challenge again, I tried to find a very un-Christmas color scheme and challenge myself.

I’m a sucker for critters – and this mouse set is adorable! I did use the “inner” ear because the other felt too big for the composition I had going.

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).

Not a creature was stirring
Stamps: Christmas Critters, Christmas Critter Sentiments (Papertrey Ink – PTI);
Ink: Rose Red, So Saffron, Soft Suede (Stampin’Up);
Paper: White (PTI);

Champagne Toast

Addicted to CAS is celebrating their birthday with the congrats code word
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Here is my card:

Champagne Toast | by karen @ carefree creations

I didn’t have a specific need for a congrats card, so I kept it theme neutral and used a champagne glass to toast the word Congrats. The sparkle is stamped with gold ink and there is a tiny rhinestone in the center to accentuate the clinking.

It is hard to see in the photo, but I added a shadow to the word by stamping it again, slightly lower, using the light grey ink (the same I used on the glass).

Addicted to CAS is also having a Design Team call. I’m putting my name in.

Thanks for taking a peek!

Congrats
Stamps: Congrats All Ways, Propose a Toast, Hello Sunshine (Papertrey Ink – PTI);
Ink: Smokey Shadow (PTI); Fog (Simon Says Stamp); Lemon Chiffon (My Favorite Things); Gold Delicata (Tsukineko);
Paper: White (PTI);
Other: rhinestone (K&Co);

Peaceful Day

Peaceful Day | by karen @ carefree creations

I made this card for the One-Layer Simplicity Challenge. This month is Peace Be With You.

For me, being around nature, especially woods, is peaceful for me. That is why I chose a bamboo image and green and brown colors.

Thanks for taking a peek!

May peace fill…
Stamps: Peaceful Garden (Papertrey Ink – PTI);
Ink: Cocoa Bean (PTI); Sour Apple (My Favorite Things);
Paper: White (PTI);
Technique: one-layer card;

Thanksgiving Leaves

Thanksgiving Foliage | by karen @ carefree creations

Splitcoaststampers is having a Falliday Fest – a week of challenges all focused on the upcoming holidays. I’m a bit behind, but I managed a card for the first challenge: be inspired by the fall colors of NYC and use text. This dovetailed quite nicely with One Layer Simplicity Challenge of using red, orange, and yellow.

To make this card, I masked off the edges and then did my stamping. I used a very pale ink for the added text as I didn’t want it to overwhelm anything.

Thanks for taking a peek!

Happy Thanksgiving
Stamps: Leaf Prints, Basket of Happiness, Background Basics: Text (Papertrey Ink – PTI);
Ink: Pure Poppy, Fine Linen, Dark Chocolate (PTI); Crushed Curry, Peach Parfait (Stampin’Up);
Paper: Cream (PTI);
Technique: one-layer card; masking;
Challenge: Splitcoaststampers Falliday Fest; One Layer Simplicity Challenge

Halloween Dots

I found some inspiration on Pinterest and couldn’t wait to make a card.

Halloween Dots | by karen @ carefree creations

Thanks for taking a peek!

Happy Halloween
Stamps: Brush Stroke Alphabet (Stampin’Up – SU); Get to the Point Sentiments (Papertrey Ink – PTI); Lots of Dots (Simon Says Stamp);
Ink: Lucky Limeade, Tangelo Twist (SU); Black (PTI);
Paper: White (PTI);
Other: Happy Spooky Halloween die (PTI);
Inspired by: Pinspiration

Merry Bright Trees

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

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And here is my take:

Merry Bright Trees | by karen @ carefree creations

I love using non-traditional color schemes for Christmas cards. When I was brainstorming for this challenge, I thought about blue and green (and after a few other ideas) came to trees and this card formed!

I added a square rhinestone to the top of each tree. I’ve had those square blings for ages and this is the first time I’ve used them – but I thought they would look like little stars.

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).

merry&bright
Stamps: Merry & Bright, Holiday Swoosh (Papertrey Ink – PTI);
Ink: Emerald Envy, Tempting Turquoise, Melon Mambo (Stampin’Up);
Paper: White (PTI);
Other: rhinestones (Basic Grey);

Happy Mail for College Student

Happy Mail | by karen @ carefree creations

I have a niece who is starting at University of Texas this year. I thought I’d send her a little happy mail. This is the card I made for her.

The college colors are orange and I thought these flowers would look great in orange.

Very simple card.

Thanks for taking a peek!

Hello
Stamps: Too Kind, Four You (Stampin’Up);
Ink: Canyon Clay, Terracotta Tile, old Ripe Avocado (Papertrey Ink – PTI); Espresso Truffle (Momento);
Paper: White (PTI);
Technique: one-layer card olc;

Christmas in July

I had some time to stamp yesterday, so I pulled up one of my favorite challenges and played along: One-Layer Simplicity: Christmas in July

Merry & Bright | by karen @ carefree creations

Honestly, my mind is in Halloween mode now, but this was such a simple simple design that it came together quickly. I did realize that I’m not usually coloring directly on my final project (I’m a fairly messy colorer), so I used my Copic Blender quite a bit.

I have a package of Gina K heavy white paper for the sole purpose of doing Copic markers on one-layer cards. Love this stuff! Not only do I have multiply layers of color down, but the bell also has a light layer of H2O watercolor on it.

I did add a bit of a shadow to the bell and bow. Even though I got the light placement wrong, I think the shadow still adds dimension.

Thanks for taking a peek!

merry & bright
Stamps: Tremendous Treats – Christmas (Papertrey Ink);
Ink: Black (Momento);
Paper: White (Gina K);
Other: Y35, Y26, YR24, E99, E79, BG10, BG72, BG18, BG78, T1, W2 markers (Copic); Gold Dust Twinkling H2Os (LuminArt);
Technique: olc;
Challenge: One-Layer Simplicity: Christmas in July