CASology – Relax Read [Repeat]

There is still time to play along with the CASology challenge – REPEAT!

I thought I’d post some more inspiration for you:

Read, Repeat | by karen h @ carefree creations

Last time I did repeated stamping…this time I used a sentiment with the word repeat. Since it was book themed, I made a bookmark.

To make the bookmark, I used the Half & Half die from Papertrey – that only cuts one end (the other is left un-cut). I started with a full-sized panel, cut one end with the die, added my stamping and then flipped the die around to cut the top. I have a TON of eyelets and fiber so I added that to the bookmark as well.

To attach the bookmark to the card – and still make it removable, I created a tiny holder out of clear acetate. The acetate is cut 1/4 inch wider than the bookmark (so 1/8 on each side) and using an old notch tool, I added little half-moon cuts that the bookmark then fits into. The acetate holder is adhered to the pattern paper.

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

Thanks for stopping by!

relax read repeat
Stamps: Book Club (Newton’s Nook); Half & Half (Papertrey Ink – PTI);
Ink: Black (Memento); markers (Copic); Marina Mist (Stampin’Up – SU);
Paper: Marina Mist (SU); Sunshine & Sprinkles pattern (SU); Clearly Creative acetate sheet (PTI);
Other: Half & Half die (PTI); eyelet (stash); fiber (stash);

CC&S #353 – Purrfect Day

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

And here is my take:

Purrfect Day | by karen h @ carefree creations

To stamp this, I started with a larger white piece than the final size. I stamped the sentiment and the cat. Then I cut the panel down to the size I wanted, but didn’t cut across the tail – that I fussy cut so it hung off/out of the panel. I did add a thin mat to that panel to help it stand out from the base.

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).

purrfect day
Stamps: Kit n Kaboodle (Papertrey Ink – PTI);
Ink: Canyon Clay (PTI); Espresso Truffle (Memento);
Paper: White, Wisteria Wonder – cs & pattern (PTI);

CASology – Repeat

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

Here is my take:

My People | by karen h @ carefree creations

This card is a CASE of a lovely watercolor I found on Pinterest. Unfortunately the link no longer works and I haven’t been able to find the artist to give credit.

To start, I printed the sentiment on my card base. Using a swoop template that I hand-cut, I stamped my top line of bubbles. Then I just kept stamping adding colors and fish. Between the size of my “canvas” and the images I used, I couldn’t get the cool attrition and flowy shape shown in the inspiration piece.

Check back next week when I’ll have more inspiration from this challenge!

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

Thanks for stopping by!

you’re my people
Stamps: Pond Life (Papertrey Ink – PTI); Lots of Dots (Simon Says Stamp);
Ink: Soft Pool, Dusty Blue, Deep Ocean (Hero Arts); Ocean Tides (PTI); Blueberry Bushel (Stampin’Up);
Paper: White (PTI);
Other: computer font (CK Letter Home);

CC&S #352 – Let’s Shell-ebrate!

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

And here is my take:

Let's Shell-ebrate | by karen h @ carefree creations

I am the hostess for this month over at CC&S. When picking colors, I knew I wanted to make an ocean card – I wanted colors for water, sand & shells. I ended up using the saffron for a shell, not sand, but still – this is definitely an ocean card!

The shells are fussy-cut and the oval (the edge, piercing, & inside waves) is done with a die.

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).

let’s shell-ebrate
Stamps: Seashells by the Seashore (Close to My Heart); Salt Air Sentiments (Papertrey Ink – PTI);
Ink: So Saffron, Petal Pink, Bermuda Bay (StampinUp – SU);
Paper: So Saffron, Petal Pink, Bermuda Bay (SU); White (PTI); vellum (stash);
Other: Shape Shifters Oval #2 die, Thank You Kindly die (PTI);

CASology – New Year’s Branch

There is still time to play along with the CASology challenge – BRANCH; it is an extended deadline!

I thought I’d post some more inspiration for you:

Bird Greets the New Year | by karen h @ carefree creations

I created this card based on an illustration I found searching the internet for ideas. I loved the colors and the inclusion of a bird for new years.

The hardest thing about making this was getting the bird colored! The stamp is a 2-step image so I had to do LOTS of selective inking and masking. And it took 4 tries to get it to this (not perfect, but after four tries, it was good enough).

I hope you join us at CASology- the challenge doesn’t end until Monday, January 6!

happy new year
Stamps: Winter Woods, Keep it Simple-New Year (Papertrey Ink – PTI);
Ink: Watermelon, Blueberry (Stampin’Up – SU); Smoke (Simon Says Stamp); Sno Cone (My Favorite Things);
Paper: Watermelon, Crumb Cake (SU); Rustic White (PTI);
Other: Winter Woods die, Herb Garden stencil (PTI); Twig & Berries die (Memory Box);

CASology – Christmas Branch

There is still time to play along with the CASology challenge – BRANCH; it is an extended deadline!

I thought I’d post some more inspiration for you:

Christmas Branch | by karen h @ carefree creations

Since my previous Branch card was autumn, I thought I’d do a Christmas one this time around.

The style of the ornament is a bit retro, so I chose to do retro coloring.

There is lots of extra time to play this cue, so check back again next week when I’ll have more inspiration from this challenge!

I hope you join us at CASology!

Deck the Halls
Stamps: What the Doodle (Papertrey Ink);
Ink: Black (Memento); markers (Copic);
Paper: White, Vintage Jadeite (Papertrey Ink);
Other: Stitched Rectangle dies (Lil Inkers);

CASology – Branch

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

Here is my take:

Thankful | by karen h @ carefree creations

I decided to use autumn colors for this card. I kept my stamping to the top 1/3 of the card leaving lots of white space.

Check back next week when I’ll have more inspiration from this challenge!

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

Deidre Payne
Jacquie Southas
Janet Ribet **Sadly this is her last week with us – make sure you leave her some love!!
Jen Wills
Joyce Mehrberg
Melissa Chipperfield
Milka Gubo
Nancy Elrick
Sue Symens

Thanks for stopping by!

thankful
Stamps: Beautiful Berries – Autumn (Papertrey Ink);
Ink: Espresso, Firebrick, Evergreen (Altenew); Hello Honey (StampinUp);
Paper: Rustic Cream (PTI);

CASology – Gingerbread, part 2

There is still time to play along with the CASology challenge – GINGERBREAD!

I thought I’d post some more inspiration for you:

Gingerbread Folk | by karen h @ carefree creations

I’m using the same set as last week’s card. This time I went one-layer.

Knowing I was going to Copic color on a one-layer, I used the heavy weight white from GinaK (and didn’t do any real shading or blending) – for no bleed through to the inside.

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

Thanks for stopping by!

have a sweet christams
Stamps: Sweet Christmas (Lawn Fawn);
Ink: Black (Memento); markers (Copic);
Paper: Heavy Weight White (GinaK);
Other: Stitched Rectangle die (Lil Inkers);

CC&S #351 – ‘Tis the Season

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

This is our final challenge of the year – and like years past the idea is to use a challenge from this past year and make a seasonal card. Here is my take:

Tis the Season | by karen h @ carefree creations

I went back to the end of July for a double challenge #332.

There were a few holiday entries for that challenge and it inspired me to use it for this challenge.

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).

‘Tis the Season
Stamps: Holiday Greens, Holiday Lights (Papertrey Ink – PTI); Candy Stripes Background (My Favorite Things);
Ink: Pistachio Pudding, Primrose Petals, Emerald Envy (Stampin’Up); Espresso (Altenew);
Paper: Pistachio Pudding (SU); Vintage Cream (PTI);
Other: Holiday Greens die (PTI);

CASology – Gingerbread

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

Here is my take:

Gingerbread House | by karen h @ carefree creations

I wanted a colourful card. That is hard when the cue is gingerbread 🙂

The house is made from lots of layers. The house itself is one layer. The gumdrops are another layer, and the roof is a third. The door is also a layer, but you can’t tell and I’m not sure it was worth doing.

The gumdrop roof was stamped onto white so I could color with Copics; it was then covered with Stickles. The icing on the roof is the Wow puff embossing powder.

The door is outlined with Stampin’Up’s puff paint. The candy on the house is covered with the glitter Crystal Effects.

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

Thanks for stopping by!

have a sweet christams
Stamps: Sweet Christmas (Lawn Fawn);
Ink: Black (Memento); markers (Copic); Primrose Petals (SU); Autumn Blaze (Altenew);
Paper: Baked Brown Sugar, Seaside Spray, Peekaboo Peach (Stampin’Up – SU); White (Papertrey Ink);
Other: White Puff embossing powder (Wow); Puff Paint (SU); Rock Candy Stickles (Ranger); Glitter Crystal Effects (SU); Dotted Details die (Mama Elephant); tiny silver ball embellishment (stash)