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!

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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);

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