Champagne Toast

Addicted to CAS is celebrating their birthday with the congrats code word

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!

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:


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).

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!

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

Oh Say, Can You See

Oh Say, Can You See | by karen @ carefree creations

I love this flag stamp! For this card, I went for a little artistic feel and kept it one-layer!

Happy 4th of July
Stamps: Land of the Free, Work of Art (Stampin’Up); Keep it Simple: Bless the US (Papertrey Ink);
Ink: Tumbled Glass distress ink (Ranger); Not Quite Navy, Real Red, Pink Pirouette (Stampin’Up);
Paper: White (Papertrey Ink);

Stenciling for the Fourth

Stenciling for the Fourth | by karen @ carefree creations

I’m on summer break from work, and I’m back from vacation, so now I get to stamp! Today I decided to work on my July 4th cards. After checking out the One-Layer Simplicity challenge, I came up with an idea right away.

I’m still not very good at stenciling. Despite heaving taping, the stencil moved a bit, but I still like the final card.

To get the one sentiment strip masked off, I cut a piece of masking paper and used my grid mat to line it up on the card. I taped the stencil in place and went to town with the sponging.

This is the only “line” stencil I have. I don’t know if I would have chosen a straight line one if I had it, but I’m really happy I used this wavy one – I think the movement helps give this one-layer card some dimension (not to mention the slight shadow affect due to stencil movement).

Happy 4th of July
Stamps: Keep it Simple: Bless the US (Papertrey Ink – PTI);
Ink: Barn Door, Faded Jeans distress inks (Ranger); Midnight Muse (Stampin’Up);
Paper: White (PTI);
Other: Texture Wave stencil (Memory Box);
Technique: sponging; stenciling;
Challenge: One-Layer Simplicity: Stencil

Make a Wish

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


And here is my take:

Make a Wish | by karen @ carefree creations

Man, I have been on a roll with one-layer cards this week. Normally I find them daunting, but these past few ones have just kinda created themselves.

I know you may be wondering where the orange and yellow from the color combo are – they are the flame. The candle is stamped in two parts – the outline and the pattern fill. When I stamped the the outline, I inked the wick & flame piece with orange. Then, when stamping the flame, I first stamped in yellow and then went back and did a partial inking of the flame image with orange. Of course then I added a tiny bit of stickles, so it is pretty hard to see…but those colors are there!

After stamping the images and the “make a wish” sentiment, I was going to call it done, but it didn’t feel completed – I think because I had offset it, but probably a little too much so it just felt off center. I decided a line or something from the image to the card edge would solve the problem, but I didn’t like the feel of such a solid thing as a line. I did think about bling or a line of dots, but I thought a secondary sentiment would be perfect.

The secondary sentiment had to be pieced together. There is no “on” in the set, so I had to make it with selective inking of an “o” and “n”. The “your” and “day” are part of the same sentiment, but there was an extra word in the middle that I didn’t have room for; so that required selective inking too. It isn’t very straight, but it works.

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).

Make a Wish
Stamps: Wishes Come True, Birthday Cheer (Papertrey Ink – PTI);
Ink: Black (PTI); Melon Mambo, Tangerine Tango, Daffodil Delight (Stampin’Up);
Paper: White (PTI);
Other: stickles (Ranger);