Ain’t No Sunshine

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

Here is my take:

Ain't No Sunshine | by karen h @ carefree creations

I knew I wanted to do clouds obscuring a moon.

The moon was die cut from shimmer paper and the clouds are die cut from vellum. Here is a close up of that:

I have a hard time adhering vellum, but for this one, I just smeared white glue anywhere the cloud sat over the moon. Those places fully adhered and didn’t show through.

Ideally, I would have used a halloween sentiment, but I don’t have one the right size for this layout (and I wanted all the elements grouped together).

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Thanks for stopping by!

Ain’t No Sunshine
Stamps: Scattered Showers Additions (Papertrey Ink – PTI);
Ink: Versamark (Tsukineko);
Paper: Smokey Shadow, Vellum (PTI); Shimmer (Curious Metallics);
Other: Circle die (Spellbinders); Full Moon Clouds die (PTI); Silver Pearl embossing powder (WOW);

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);

Dream

Dream | by karen h @ carefree creations

I originally created this card for the latest CC&S challenge (flipped horizontally), but I wasn’t sure it was close enough, so I made a different one to post for the challenge.

I love this card, so I definitely wanted to post it.

To make the butterfly, I blended blue & purple distress ink onto regular white paper then added a few water drops. I die cut the butterfly and stamped the layer image.

The splatter in the background is 3 different colors of Twinkling H2Os. I liked that it adds just a touch of shimmer to the card (especially as I wanted an ethereal feel).

Thanks for taking a peek!

Dream
Stamps: Hands of Time, Beautiful Butterflies Layers (Papertrey Ink – PTI);
Ink: Grape Jelly, Gravel Gray (My Favorite Things – MFT); Salty Ocean, Wilted Violet Distress (Ranger);
Paper: Gravel Gray (MFT);
Other: Twinkling H2Os (Luminarte); Beautiful Butterflies & Layers dies, Dream Fly Soar die (PTI);

PTI MIM: Shadow Backgrounds

I had some free time yesterday and decided to play along with Papertrey’s Make it Monday: Shadow Backgrounds.

The concept is to make the images in the background grey or the same color as the cardstock and the main image is full of color. There were two image techniques I noticed – using outline and solid stamps together or larger and smaller images together. I made cards using the two image techniques.

My outline and solid card is also a clean and simple card:

The Sky is the Limit | by karen h @ carefree creations

It is cas only in that there limited layers.

I started by stamping the outline balloon image on the background and then added white clouds to help connect everything and make a flow.

My large and small image card is much less cas:

Hello Sunflower | by karen h @ carefree creations

This image is the only one I have in my stash where I have a large and small version. I wish I had a slightly lighter grey, but between the bold colors and the plaid stripes, I feel like the focus is where it belongs.

This was a fun technique!

Thanks for taking a peek!

the sky is the limit
Stamps: Up Up Away (Papertrey Ink – PTI);;
Ink: Pool (Hero Arts); Fresh Snow, Pure Poppy, Orange Zest, Bright Buttercup, Enchanted Evening (PTI);
Paper: Spring Rain, White (PTI);
Other: Up Up Away die, Double Ended Banner die (PTI);

Hello
Stamps: Autumn Abundance, Sunflower Bouquet, Plaid Builder (PTI);
Ink: Black (Memento); markers (Copic); Gravel Gray (My Favorite Things); Blueberry Sky (PTI);
Paper: White, Blueberry Sky, Enchanted Evening (PTI);
Other: Stitched Rectangle die (Lil Inkers); sequins (Simon Says); Noted die (PTI);

Today is Your Day!

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

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

Today is Your Day | by karen h @ carefree creations

I decided to pull out a roller coaster set to make this week’s ZOOM card. I wasn’t sure at first how I would keep this clean and simple, but after a day or two of the idea perculatin’ I got this layout.

The coaster base is stamped in a very light grey so that it wouldn’t be overwhelming in the design. I added clouds as a last touch to help balance the coaster cars and the bush.

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Thanks for stopping by!

Today is Your Day
Stamps: Let the Good Times Roll (Stampin’Up – SU);
Ink: Fog Grey (Simon Says Stamp); Sno Cone, Black Licorice (My Favorite Things); Call Me Clover, Melon Mambo (SU);
Paper: White (Papertrey Ink);
Other: Thrill Ride die (SU); Peapod baker’s twine (Twinery);

You Are Acutie

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

And here is my take:

You Are Acutie | by karen h @ carefree creations

When I saw this sketch, my first thought was this protractor stamp I have. I’ve only used it once before and had a hard time coming up with another idea, so I actually created another card first (I’ll post that this weekend). Last night I decided to try one more time (because I wasn’t sure if my card followed the sketch well enough)…and I made this 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).

You Are Acutie
Stamps: Protractor (Jenni Bowlin); Beautiful Blooms II (Papertrey Ink-PTI); Word Play (The Angel Company);
Ink: Pale Peony, Berry Sorbet, Smokey Shadow (PTI); Lemon Lime Twist (Stampin’Up);
Paper: White, Pale Peony (PTI);
Other: Hello Sunshine die (PTI);

Have Fun!

It is time for another CASology challenge. Check out the latest challenge – ZOOM! This is a two-week challenge – so you have extra time to play!

Here is my take:

Have Fun | by karen h @ carefree creations

I knew with this cue word I needed to make an interactive card! When I found this little bun on sled, I knew it would be perfect for a slider!

Since I needed a scene to accommodate my slider, I was concerned with all the layers and keeping the card clean & simple too. Making the layers white meant the only color would come from the image – perfect!

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

Thanks for stopping by!

Have Fun
Stamps: Merry Crittermas (Stampin’Up); Happy Trails (Paper Smooches);
Ink: Black (Momento); markers (Copic); Cornflower (My Favorite Things);
Paper: White (Papertrey Ink – PTI);
Other: Femme Frames die (Mama Elephant); In the Meadow die (PTI); Snowfall (Taylored Expressions);

HUGS

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

And here is my take:

HUGS | by karen h @ carefree creations

These bright colors reminded me of flowers. I thought a cute little flower scatter would be fun. When it came to adding a sentiment, I knew big & bold would be the way to go.

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).

HUGS
Stamps: Petite Petals (Stampin’Up – SU);
Ink: Grapefruit Grove, Daffodil Delight, Highland Heather (SU);
Paper: White, Smokey Shadow (Papertrey Ink);
Other: Big Hugs die (My Favorite Things);

A Little Encouragement

It is time for another CASology challenge. Check out the latest challenge – BEAR!

Here is my take:

Way to Go | by karen h @ carefree creations

My card is a 4Bar size (3 1/2 x 4 7/8) – which complements the image size much better.

I did draw a bow on the bear using a Momento marker.

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

Thanks for stopping by!

Way to Go
Stamps: Cheerful Critters (Stampin’Up);
Ink: markers (Copic); Black (Momento);
Paper: White, Lemon Tart (Papertrey Ink);

Season’s Greetings

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

And here is my take:

Season's Greetings | by karen h @ carefree creations

I recently picked up this stamp set and thought – with its rectangle shape and built in border – it would be perfect for this sketch.

I colored it with Copics. I’ve seen other cards with multi colored dots surrounding an image. I didn’t pull it off, but this was my first attempt. I’m not sure why I don’t feel like I “nailed it”, but I’ll try it again one day.

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).

Season’s Grettings
Stamps: Botanical Blocks IV (Papertrey Ink – PTI);
Ink: Black (Momento);
Paper: White (PTI); Merry Moments DSP (Stampin’Up);