CASology – Go Fly a [Kite]

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

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

Sky is the Limit | by karen h @ carefree creations

I used a previous CC&S sketch because it just fit so well with the Kite theme – I really liked the feel of the kite going off the page.

I did some paper piecing for the kite using the wonderfully cheery Rainbow Sherbet paper pack.

You have another week to get your card made – hope you join us!

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

Thanks for stopping by!

The Sky is the Limit
Stamps: Sunny Side up (Paper Smooches – PS);
Ink: Black, Espresso (Memento);
Paper: White; Blue Breeze, Ripe Raspberry (My Favorite Things); ( Rainbow Sherbet pattern (PS);
Other: Flag Tags die (PS); balloon strings die (PTI);

CC&S #365 – Think Spring

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

And here is my take:

Think Spring | by karen h @ carefree creations

These colors are so soft and sweet. I don’t have a need for Easter cards, so I went with a spring motif.

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).

Think Spring
Stamps: Cutaway Tags Spring (Papertrey Ink – PTI);
Ink: Petal Pink, Highland Heather, Mint Macaroon, Smoky Slate (Stampin’Up);
Paper: White (PTI);
Other: Cutaway Tags Spring die (PTI);

CASology – Kite

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

Here is my take:

Tons of Fun | by karen h @ carefree creations

I don’t have too many kites in my stash, but this little dude was just too cute not to stamp.

The kite image is partially inked (just the kite & bow) and then I used a liner pen to add the string.

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!

Tons of Fun
Stamps: Adorable Elephants (My Favorite Things); Mowed Lawn Distress (Ranger);
Ink: black (Memento); markers (Copic);
Paper: White (Papertrey Ink);
Other: Stitched Rectangle die (Lil Inkers):

CC&S #364 – So Very Kind

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

And here is my take:

You Are So Kind | by karen h @ carefree creations

I love these images – great energy to all the overlapping lines. And all the lines give the image extra real-estate so that the color comes through better than just a plain outline.

It’s a little hard to tell, but the “burst” inside the flower is the paler peach color.

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).

so very kind
Stamps: Kindness in Bloom (Uniko);
Ink: Espresso Truffle (Memento); Tangerine Tango, Peekaboo Peach, Wild Wasabi (Stampin’Up);
Paper: White (Papertrey Ink);

CASology – Give Me [Tea] and a Book

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

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

Very Jane | by karen h @ carefree creations

When I was designing for this challenge I pulled together all of my tea-based images. I hadn’t used this set in forever and I was really feeling that sentiment. I just had to pair it all with this awesome Jane Austen pattern paper!

You have another week to get your card made – hope you join us!

Thanks for stopping by!

a cup of tea big enough
Stamps: All Booked Up (Papertrey Ink – PTI);
Ink: Dark Chocolate (PTI); Versamark (Tsukineko);
Paper: Cream, Dark Chocolate cardstock, Dear Jane pattern (PTI);
Other: circle die (Spellbinders); Vanilla embossing powder (Stampin’Up);

CC&S #363 – Grateful for You

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

And here is my take:

So Grateful for You | by karen h @ carefree creations

I really wanted to use this cool mushroom image. Even though the sketch shows a layer, I made sure to tuck my image way down at the bottom like the sketch shows. And I added some inking at the bottom to “nod” to that layer in the sketch.

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).

grateful for you
Stamps: Forest Floor Autumn, A Few Pointers (Papertrey Ink – PTI);
Ink: Watermelon Wonder (Stampin’Up); Dark Chocolate (PTI); Sand Dunes, Rocky Shores, Mocha (Altenew); Distress Vintage Photo (Ranger);
Paper: White (PTI);

CASology – Tea

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

Here is my take:

Steep Stir Enjoy | by karen h @ carefree creations

My cards have been feeling a bit formulaic to me lately, so I wanted a different design. I decided to make my own pattern paper and use just a bit for a CAS design.

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!

steep stir enjoy
Stamps: Tea for Two, Tea for Two Additions (Papertrey Ink – PTI);
Ink: Brilliance black (Tsukineko); Poppy Parade, More Mustard, Pineapple Punch (Stampin’Up – SU); Soft Granite (Hero Arts);
Paper: White (PTI); Poppy Parade, More Mustard (SU);

CC&S #362 – Fantastic Job

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

And here is my take:

Fantastic Job | by karen h @ carefree creations

I decided to do a graphic design for these colors. Since the pink is pretty intense and it would take focus, I used it as the sentiment color. The other two colors supported the design with fun shapes.

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’re doing a fantastic job
Stamps: Amazing (Simon Says Stamp);
Ink: Melon Mambo, So Saffron, Balmy Blue (Stampin’Up – SU);
Paper: Melon Mambo (SU); White (Papertrey Ink);
Other: Stitched Square die (Lil Inkers); Wink of Stella glitter pen (Zig);

CASology – [Skyline] at Night

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

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

I Love You | by karen h @ carefree creations

This time I used a die to create the skyline. I first took a large panel of grey cardstock and did partial die-cutting to get the skyline across the top (the die actually cuts the bottom edge too). Then I did more partial with the stitched rectangle as I didn’t want the stitches going up into the buildings.

There are actually 2 dies, one does the outline and windows, the other is just the outline. I used both dies, but for the yellow solid one, I did trim it down so none of the yellow could be seen except through the windows.

I added some sparkle to the card base (masked the edge so that it was an “extension” of the skyline panel). I also added some acrylic paint spots. Here is a closeup:

sparkle detail | by karen h @ carefree creations

I wasn’t sure what sentiment to use. This one worked – and it let me add a moon (which was good because the paint stars seemed more like snow and adding the moon made it look better to me).

And those with eagle eyes may have spied that I used my sketch from when I hosted at CC&S in January.

You have another week to get your card made – hope you join us!

Thanks for stopping by!

i love you
Stamps: Out on a Limb Sentiments (Papertrey Ink – PTI);
Ink: Versamark (Tsukineko);
Paper: Smokey Shadow (PTI); Crushed Curry (Stampin’Up);
Other: white Fine Line embossing powder (Ranger); Cityscape dies (Memory Box); Stitched Rectangle die (Lil Inkers); white acrylic paint; sparkle spritz;

CC&S #361 – Go Nuts

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

And here is my take:

Go Nuts | by karen h @ carefree creations

When I saw this sketch I realized that it would be a good one to use those smaller images that might get lost on a card by themselves. When I was stamping, the Friendly Forest set was catching my eye.

The squirrel has some open areas – I filled those in with colored pencil.

This is one of those cards that makes my multi-brand-buying heart very happy! Three images all from different companies!

My kid commented that it uses a lot of different browns, but I think it works. I did feel the acorn top was a bit too pale, so I added colored pencil accents.

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).

it’s your birthday, go nuts
Stamps: Friendly Forest (My Favorite Things); Rooted in Nature (Stampin’Up – SU); Floral Christmas (Ink to Paper);
Ink: Crumb Cake, Dusty Durango, Soft Suede (SU); Fine Linen (PTI);
Paper: Rustic White (Papertrey Ink – PTI); Into the Woods pattern (SU);
Other: colored pencils (Prismacolor);