CASology – Cloudy

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

Here is my take:

Smile in the Rain | by karen h @ carefree creations

I haven’t used this set yet (got it on clearance recently) and I like this cloud image, so this challenge seemed like a great time to get the set inky!

I kept the card simple. Where I wanted the sentiment meant it needed to overlap on the cloud. I used a MISTI to do the inking.

The cloud is fussy cut.

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I like people…
Stamps: So Striking (Papertrey Ink – PTI);
Ink: Spring Rain (PTI); Crisp Cantaloupe (Stampin’Up); Soft Granite (Hero Arts);
Paper: White (PTI);

CC&S #304 – Sweet Baking

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

And here is my take:

Baking Makes Life Sweeter | by karen h @ carefree creations

Kitchen is not a theme I would have immediately thought of for these colors, but after perusing my digital index for awhile, I spotted this set and realized it could work!

A very easy-peasy card. Truly took just a few minutes to make. I stamped the oven mitt and spatula on a separate piece of paper and then just quickly colored over the whole image and outline. Then I fussy cut the items out – right up against their outline.

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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).

Baking Makes Life Sweeter
Stamps: Perfect Mix (Stampin’Up);
Ink: Black, Gray Flannel (Memento); markers (Copic);
Paper: White (Papertrey Ink);

CASology – Frozen

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

Here is my take:

Keep Warm | by karen h @ carefree creations

My fiber is from ScrapGoods. Does anyone remember them? I used to be a subscriber ages ago – in fact the fiber is dated in 2003! (I am a very good hoarder!)

I wrapped the fiber around a panel to emulate a scarf. I like the little pop of color.

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keep warm
Stamps: My Peeps, Warm Hearts (Paper Smooches);
Ink: Black (Papertrey Ink – PTI);
Paper: White (PTI);
Other: fiber (stash);

CC&S #303 – Peace Hope & Joy

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

And here is my take:

Peace | by karen h @ carefree creations

When I made this card it was quite cold out, so while I did have some other ideas for this sketch, I ended up staying with a winter theme.

The way the sketch is colored, it seems like the wavy layer was on top of the focal panel and see-through — I liked that idea. Since vellum is such a pain for me (to stamp and adhere), I decided to stamp the branches over the focal panel and background. To get it all lined up, I used a MISTI.

The final layer of the bird is a grey ink (the same as the feet).

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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).

peace hope joy
Stamps: Color Laying Cardinal (Hero Arts – HA); So Many Sayings (Stampin’Up – SU);
Ink: Dark Chocolate, Black (Papertrey Ink – PTI); Elf Green (My Favorite Things – MFT); Pear Pizzazz, Flirty Flamingo, Real Red (SU); Charcoal (HA);
Paper: Kraft (PTI); Sno Cone (MFT); White (PTI);
Other: Color Layering Cardinal die (HA);

CASology – Fresh

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

Here is my take: Fresh Start | by karen h @ carefree creations

When I first thought about the “fresh” cue, I had lots of ideas, but the new years theme stuck. I didn’t have any stamps that says fresh start, but I did have this sentiment – which is actually a birthday sentiment (I didn’t ink up the additional “happy birthday” line).

I paired the sentiment with a sunrise image and background.

This card made me remember that detail stamps don’t do well on watercolor paper 🙂  Some of the words lost their edges.

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happy new year
Stamps: Quoted Move Mountains, Inside Out Birthday II, Keep it Simple New Year (Papertrey Ink – PTI);
Ink: Squeezed Lemonade, Dried Marigold, Spun Sugar Distress (Ranger); Charcoal (Hero Arts); Black (PTI);
Paper: Watercolor (Ranger); White (PTI);
Other: Mix & Mat Pretty Brackets die, Bountiful Banners (PTI);

Wedding Swans

Wedding Swans | by karen @ carefree creations This card is bigger than an A2 (I forget how much bigger, but the width is enough for US money to be inside).

I added a sentiment inside that says “Sending you love & laughter and plenty of happily ever after” That sentiment actually has a “Happy Birthday” as part of it as well, but I just didn’t ink that.  A card that you’ll see in a couple days also uses a sentiment from this birthday stamp – but it isn’t a birthday card (love being able to multi-task a supply!).

So Happy
Stamps: Swansational, Garden Grace, Inside & Out Birthday (Papertrey Ink – PTI);
Ink: Mint Macaroon, Tranquil Tide, Berry Burst (Stampin’Up-SU); Black, Lavender Moon (PTI); orange marker;
Paper: Sno Cone (My Favorite Things); Berry Burst (SU); White (PTI);
Other: Shape Shifters Circle 3 die, Scripted die, Swansational die, Garden Grace die (PTI); Wink of Stella glitter pen (ZIG);

CASology – Holly

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

Here is my take:

Holly Season | by karen h @ carefree creations

I don’t know why, but I really love winter foliage. Making a holly card was only difficult because I had too many options to chose from, lol! I decided to use this set that hasn’t seen much love at all.

I didn’t do well with placing the sentiment – I don’t know why but I thought the gold would stand out more…I should have stamped it further right. Oh well. I did take a photo tilted in the light so you could see the gold, cuz it is pretty 🙂

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Season’s Greetings
Stamps: Holly Berries (Simon Says Stamp);
Ink: Pinefeather (Papertrey Ink – PTI); Berry Burst (Stampin’Up); Versamark (Tsukineko);
Paper: White Rustic (PTI);
Other: gold embossing powder (Filigree);

CC&S #302 – Christmas Bubbles

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

This week we look back to our sketch challenges from this year, pick one, and make a holiday card. I chose this fun sketch (click the image to go to that past challenge):

And here is my take:

Christmas Bubbles | by karen h @ carefree creations

I’m breaking out an oldie for this one!

Boy this card took some effort! I knew this end result is what I wanted, but getting there didn’t work the way I wanted. I started by using some circle dies to cut my openings. I had started with 2 sizes (the little and the medium), but I added a larger one to have some variation. I changed the original configuration of icons so that the sentiment would be in the large bubble.

I made marks on my card base so that I could sponge the color where it should go. That actually went ok. But then I needed to stamp the icons. Here is where my problems began (and why I love photopolymer so much). These are wood mounted stamps and I could not easily place my images. I suppose I could have broken out my old Stamp-a-ma-jig, but I didn’t. Most of them could fit through the windows, but some couldn’t so I had to hold my hand “in place” while I removed the window layer. Of course I didn’t get the icons stamped properly and it bugged me mightily! I ended up die cutting the circles from my sponged layer.

I still wanted the window layer popped up, so I laid it on my card base, adhered the colored circles and then popped the window layer above.

It needed something and the few things I tried were just too much. I was going to do enamel dots, but I didn’t have what I wanted, so I switched to sequins. I’m normally a silver gal, but for this the gold was calling me.

When I got done I was “eh, done is done”, but I like it more and more every time I see it. Yay!

If you are interested, my previous card for this challenge can be found here.

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).

Merry Christmas
Stamps: Holiday Sampler (Stampin’Up);
Ink: Barn Door, Pine Needles Distress (Ranger); Versamark (Tsukineko);
Paper: White (Papertrey Ink);
Other: circle die (Spellbinders); sequins (Neat & Tangled); white embossing powder (Filigree)

CASology – North

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

Here is my take:

Waving Hi | by karen h @ carefree creations

I let my kiddo pick the stamp set for this card – and the image. Of course they picked the smallest bear! Since the image is small, I figured I’d place it up the card like it was far away (which is appropriate since it is waving). I decided to have him standing at the edge of water. I like sentiment collages, so I thought I’d add one for this card – and put it in the water so it didn’t detract from the scene.

The bear is colored with Copics with the no-line technique.

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Waving Hi
Stamps: Polar Bear Pals (My Favorite Things);
Ink: Tumbled Glass, Antique Linen Distress (Ranger); markers (Copic); Versamark (Tsukineko);
Paper: White (Papertrey Ink);
Other: white embossing powder (Hero Arts);

CC&S #301 – Deck the Halls

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

This week we look back to our color challenges from this year, pick one, and make a holiday card. I chose to do this lovely color combo (click the image to go to that past challenge):

And here is my take:

Deck the Halls | by karen h @ carefree creations

I really love this elegant color scheme – and it works so nicely for the holidays too!

I decided to break out some older Christmas sets. I didn’t use any dies – I fussy cut the bow and stocking.

If you are interested, my previous card for this challenge can be found here.

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).

Deck the Halls
Stamps: Stocking Prints, Bells & Boughs, Wreath for All Seasons (Papertrey Ink – PTI);
Ink: Berry Burst, Soft Sky, Sahara Sand (Stampin’Up);
Paper: White (PTI);