CASology – Dry

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

Here is my take:

Dry Desert | by kth @ carefree creations

This challenge cue had me looking at my hands. I’m not really good with using lotion so my hands look like a cracked dry desert. So that is where my mind was when picking images for this challenge.

I used a crackle texture as the background behind the sentiment. To get a not-hard edge, I inked the image with a sponge (and not all of the image was inked).

The Yee Haw stamp set is one of those Stampin’Up put out when they were dabbling in photopolymer. I bought it mostly to support the effort, but I really do love this set.

You have a few more days to get your card made – hope you join us!

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Howdy
Stamps: Yee Haw (Stampin’Up – SU); Crackled (Papertrey Ink – PTI);
Ink: Classic Kraft, Dark Chocolate, Ripe Avocado (PTI);
Paper: Fine Linen, Classic Kraft (PTI); Old Olive (SU);
Other: Yee Haw dies (Dies by Dave);

CASology – Spice

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

Here is my take:

Warm Wishes | by kth @ carefree creations

Not only does my card have pattern paper, but it also has a shaker on it — and I think it is still a good CAS style – yay! The shaker and spice idea actually came from someone else…though I can’t find the original card – it was very cool – it had the word “SEASONS” die cut and behind each letter was a different spice (I can only image how good that smelled!!). I took that idea but made a simpler shaker and added some ground cloves (this card smells so cozy!). Here is a close-up of the shaker:

Shaker Close-Up | by kth @ carefree creations

I chose to use a cream colored card base because I wanted a warmer feel than the stark white (and I get the added benefit that the whipped cream pops).

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warm wishes
Stamps: Hot Concoctions (Paper Smooches); Christmas Cheer (Papertrey Ink – PTI);
Ink: black;
Paper: Rustic Cream, Teracotta Tile (PTI); Plaid Tidings pattern paper (Stampin’Up);
Other: clear acetate sheet (PTI); Snowflake puff paint (Stampin’Up); Wishes die (Impression Obsession);
Technique: shaker

CC&S #390 – Season’s Greetings

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

I played this original sketch challenge!

I wasn’t sure what to do with the sketch this time – partly because I was so awed by YoonYoung’s gorgeous card – our design team is awesome!

I did finally come up with this design:

Season's Greetings | by kth @ carefree creations

I got lucky: this stamp set is a Stampin’Up distinctive one which means the trees are only stamped with one green color, but you get variation to give it depth – yay!

This is how my brain works: I thought oh, I’ll do a frame around the main image. I check my supply stash – but I don’t have anything that matches what I had in mind (thicker and woodgrain). So I make my own with some rectangle dies; the best I can do is a thin frame. Gingerly, I adhere the frame to the front of the main panel. Now that I’m sitting here looking at the image I realize the frame is so thin, it doesn’t really add anything as a frame and it would have been much easier to just make a mat layer. sigh.

Despite that, I am quite happy with the resulting card.

When I was putting together my Stampin’Up order, I debated back and forth a few times about the snowflake stamps & dies….I mean I don’t NEED more, I have some…ok lots. But I must say, I am very happy that I decided for them. These two that I used are the smallest in the set, but they are such a classic style!

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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).

season’s greetings
Stamps: In the Pines (Stampin’Up – SU);
Ink: Gumball Green (SU); Dark Chocolate, Kraft (Papertrey Ink – PTI);
Paper: Marina Mist, Baja Breeze (SU); Classic Craft (PTI);
Other: So Many Snowflakes die (SU); Nesting Rectangle dies (Hero Arts);

CC&S 389 – With Gratitude

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And here is my take:

with gratitude | by kth @ carefree creations

I do not have stamps that fit this sketch – and I am surprised! I had ideas but the images that I had didn’t work (too small, too big, etc). When I expanded my search to my dies, I saw this and thought it would be perfect!

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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).

with gratitude
Stamps: Fall Sampler (Paper Smooches);
Ink: Dark Chocolate (Papertrey Ink – PTI);
Paper: Cajun Craze, Delightful Dijon (Stampin’Up); Silver card (PTI);
Other: Flatware 2 die (Paper Smooches); Burlap impression plate (PTI);

CASology – Vacation

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

Here is my take:

Bags are Packed | by kth @ carefree creations

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missing you
Stamps: Pack Your Bags (Papertrey Ink – PTI);
Ink: Simply Chartreuse, Plum Pudding, Smokey Shadow (PTI);
Paper: White cardstock, Road Trip pattern (PTI);

CASology – September

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

Here is my take:

Grateful | by karen h @ carefree creations

I love autumn. It is probably my favorite season (flannel shirts, crunchy leaves, toasty fires….I mean come on!). Sadly, those things don’t really get into full swing until late September….but I now have a reason to celebrate September 1 – Animal Crossing. I am *addicted* to this game and starting Sept 1 the game begins its transition to autumn (in the northern hemisphere anyway). Bring on the maple leaves, mushrooms, acorns, and pinecones (and finally some new DIYs ;)!!

This card is my ode to the upcoming season!

It is pretty straight forward stamping & diecutting. To keep lots of white space I clustered and layered my elements. And just to give it some interest, I positioned it on the right.

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Grateful
Stamps: Forest Floor Autumn (Papertrey Ink – PTI);
Ink: Fine Linen, Classic Kraft, Canyon Clay Honey Nut, Cocoa Bean, Teracotta Tile (PTI); Watermelon Wonder, Crushed Curry (StampinUp – SU);
Paper: Rustic Cream (PTI); Crumb Cake (SU);
Other: Forest Floor Autumn die (PTI);

CC&S #386 – You’re On My Mind

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And here is my take:

You're On My Mind | by kth @ carefree creations

When I came across this set in my stamp catalog, I realized this little chickadee was the perfect color! The leaf image is stamped twice in the green colors. Please ignore the smudge sentiment…sigh.

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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).

You’re On My Mind
Stamps: Winter Woods, Banner Style (Papertrey Ink – PTI);
Ink: Old Olive, Mossy Meadow, Gray Granite (Stampin’Up – SU); Black (Palette);
Paper: White (PTI); Gray Granite (SU);
Other: Winter Woods die, Banner Style die (PTI);

CC&S #385 – Thank You

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And here is my take:

Thank You | by kth @ carefree creations

I felt this sketch was a perfect opportunity to use up some pattern paper! The mat around the banner is hand-cut (don’t look too closely, lol).

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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).

Thank You
Stamps: Thank You Kindly (Papertrey Ink);
Ink: Night of Navy (Stampin’Up – SU);
Paper: White, Lost Lagoon, Blushing Bride, Flowerpot DSP (SU);
Other: Banner dies (SU);

CC&S #384 – Keep Swimming

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

And here is my take:

Keep Swimming | by karen h @ carefree creations

When I don’t know what to do for color challenges, I usually use google (i.e., this time I did “inspiration blue yellow purple”). One of the first images shown was a yellow tang in front of purple coral. That’s my card done, lol.

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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).

Just Keep Swimming
Stamps: Color Layering Goldfish (Hero Arts – HA);
Ink: Daffodil Delight (Stampin’Up – SU); Espresso Truffle (Memento);
Paper: Pool Party, Highland Heather (SU); White (Papertrey Ink – PTI);
Other: CL Goldfish die (HA); Reef Builder die (PTI);

CC&S #383 – Hello, Bees

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And here is my take:

Hello | by karen h @ carefree creations

When I first saw this sketch, I saw hexagons (not octos) and that got me thinking bees. (And of course that got me thinking about Dragon Friends.)

This card came together pretty quickly.

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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).

Hello
Stamps: Flutter (Close To My Heart); To Thine Own Shelf (Simon Says Stamps);
Ink: Black (Memento);
Paper: Rustic Cream (Papertrey Ink); Daffodil Delight, Hello Honey, Dijon Delight (Stampin’Up);
Other: Hexagon dies (Clean & Simple Stamps);