CASology – Arithmetic

It is time for a new CASology challenge. Check out the latest challenge – ARITHMETIC!

Here is my take:

Better Than Average | by karen h @ carefree creations

I am not good with math, so when this cue came around I was checking out google for math puns. I found this (and once I learned what the heck it meant), I loved it. Oh, and for those of you, like me, scratching your head wondering what the heck that formula is – it means “UR greater than average”. The original is “B” instead of “UR”, but I wanted to give this card to my kiddo and I liked the slight difference in meaning.

I used a graphics program to create the equation, then filled it with a rainbow gradient. After a couple test prints and position tweaks, I printed it directly on the card stock for a perfect one-layer card.

My mojo took a few weeks off (thankfully I had worked ahead on most of the challenges), but I feel like things are coming around again! I’m so happy with how this card turned out!

I hope you join us at CASology – and, for more inspiration, check out the other design team members:

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math pun
Paper: White (Papertrey Ink);
Other: Adobe Garamond Pro font, printer;

What’s the Scoop?

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

And here is my take:

What's the Scoop | by karen h @ carefree creations

As with much of the northern hemisphere, it has been HOT lately. I decided to use an iconic summer image with these cool colors!

Stamping the sprinkles and sentiment in the same color helps link everything together and create a flow to the 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).

What’s the Scoop?
Stamps: You’re the Sweetest (My Favorite Things);
Ink: Powder Pink, Lemon Lime Twist, Coastal Cabana (Stampin’Up); Fine Linen, Dark Chocolate (Papertrey Ink – PTI);
Paper: White (PTI);

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.

I hope you join us at CASology – and, for more inspiration, check out the other design team members:

Thanks for stopping by!

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