Too Cute to Spook

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

Here is my take:

Too Cute to Spook | by karen h @ carefree creations

I know, you may be wondering how the heck this is jumpy. The cute card front is to lull the recipient into a false sense of security :) Upon opening the card, they’ll get a confetti shower!

Inside Too Cute | by karen h @ carefree creations

I used these instructions from Holly to make my confetti flinger. (FYI I took the rubber band off so I could take a photo.)

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Too Cute to Spook
Stamps: Happy Spooky Halloween (Papertrey Ink – PTI); Alphabet (Michael’s Studio G);
Ink: Simply Chartreuse, Plum Pudding (PTI); Pumpkin Pie (Stampin’Up); Brillance Graphite Black (Tsukineko);
Paper: White, Royal Velvet pattern paper (PTI);
Other: Confetti die (Mama Elephant);

You’re Amazing

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

And here is my take:

You're Amazing | by karen h @ carefree creations

When I saw the two blues, I knew I wanted to do a layered stamping. I thought the blues would be good for leaves. Since the flower could only be the one color, I thought I’d add some texture.

I was inspired by Jennifer McGuire’s latest video – Custom Stamp Layering. Instead of of using a bone folder – I just did the kissing technique on the flower.

I hope you join us at CAS Colours & Sketches!

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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).

Because
Stamps: Flashy Florals, Because You (My Favorite Things – MFT);
Ink: Calypso Coral, Pool Party, Bermuda Bay (Stampin’Up);
Paper: White, Black (Papertrey Ink);
Other: Because You die (MFT):

Adventure Awaits

One of my office mates retired. The social group put together a little scrap book for her. This was my contribution (I wrote a little note for her in the center):

Adventure Awaits | by karen h @ carefree creations

Thanks for taking a peek!

Adventure Awaits
Stamps: Topography (Neat & Tangled); Happy Trails (Paper Smooches); Big World (Altenew); Road Trip, Destination, Retro Style Graduation, Pack Your Bags, Ahoy, Postmarks (Papertrey Ink – PTI);
Ink: Soft Pool, Soft Purple (Hero Arts); Powder Pink, Hello Honey, Gumball Green, Sweet Sugarplum, Early Espresso, Crumb Cake (Stampin’Up); Vintage Photo, Antique Linen (Ranger Distress); Tropical Teal (My Favorite Things); Enchanted Evening (PTI);
Paper: White (PTI);

You are a Pearl

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

Here is my take:

You are a Pearl | by karen h @ carefree creations

So why are pearls always shown in clam shells when they come from oysters? Well that worked for me as I don’t have any oyster stamps!

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You
Stamps: Simple Seashells, Simply You (Papertrey Ink – PTI);
Ink: Chamomile (PTI); Blush Blossom, Petal Pink, Powder Pink, Tip Top Taupe (Stampin’Up);
Paper: Rustic White (PTI);

Reach for the Stars

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

And here is my take:

Reach for the Stars | by karen h @ carefree creations

With this sketch, I really wanted that rectangle to be the focus of the card. I used black ink and kept everything else really pale.

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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).

Reach for the Stars
Stamps: Happy Graduation (My Favorite Things); Scribbled Stars (Papertrey Ink – PTI);
Ink: Brilliance Graphite Black (Tsukineko); old Lemon Tart (PTI); Pineapple Punch (Stampin’Up);
Paper: White (PTI); Sunkiss Yellow (Close to My Heart);

How the Heifer Are You?

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

Here is my take:

How the Heifer Are You? | by karen h @ carefree creations

I wish I could take credit for this pun, but I cannot. But as soon as I heard it I knew I wanted to use it!

To do the sentiment, I pieced together words from other sentiments and used alphabet sets to create “heifer”. I fussy cut the speech bubble and the cow out and popped them up over the gingham.

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How the heifer are you?
Stamps: Green Acres, He Said She Said, Alphadot, Mini Monograms, Spring Fling [partial sentiment], Perpetual Bliss [partial sentiment], Word Salad [partial sentiment], Debonair (Paper Smooches – PS);
Ink: Pure Poppy (Papertrey Ink – PTI); Black (Momento); markers (Copic);
Paper: White (PTI);

Wishing You a Sunny Day

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

And here is my take:

Sunny Day | by karen h @ carefree creations

These bright colors had me thinking summer. I love fruit salad during summer, so that is where my mind went. I used distress ink to watercolor the images.

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).

Wishing you a sunny day
Stamps: Fruitastic, Summer Sampler (Paper Smooches);
Ink: Picked Raspberries, Carved Pumpkin, Mowed Lawn Distress (Ranger);
Paper: White (Papertrey Ink);

Celebrate Together

Celebrate Together | by karen h @ carefree creations

It has been a crazy few weeks. I haven’t had much time to play in other challenges. Thankfully, The Library Challenge runs for a month! May’s challenge is the book “Brideshead Revisited”. I used the cover for my inspiration – and used quite a bit of it: the colors, a car, the scarf, the way the words go “out-of-the-box” of the scarf.

I also liked the little scratch marks in the bends of the scarf, so I added a few of my own with a marker.

Thanks for taking a peek!

Celebrate
Stamps: Enjoy the Ride (Papertrey Ink – PTI);
Ink: Pumpkin Pie (Hero Arts); Scattered Rose distress marker (Ranger); Burnt Umber (Momento);
Paper: Peach Bellini (My Favorite Things); Cajun Craze (Stampin’Up); Vellum (PTI);
Other: Swiss Dot embossing (Cuttlebug); Layered Banner die, Enjoy the Ride die, Birthday Cheer die (PTI);

Squiggle Butterfly

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

Here is my take:

Thinking of You | by karen h @ carefree creations

Doodle style stamps seemed like a great way to go with this Squiggle cue! I used the a spot image to “color” the butterfly. I positioned the cluster of elements one-third of the way from the top.

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thinking of you
Stamps: Springtime Doodles, Wonderful Watercolors (Papertrey Ink-pti);
Ink: Pale Peony (PTI); Pool (Hero Arts); Sour Apple, Grape Jelly (My Favorite Things-MFT); Espresso Truffle (Momento);
Paper: White (PTI); Lemon Chiffon (MFT);

Lacy Hello

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

And here is my take:

Lacy Hello | by karen h @ carefree creations

I had a few ideas for this challenge, but when I went searching through my dies, I found this die and immediately decided to change direction and make this card. The funny thing, to me, is that I bought that die for the two frame bits and figured I’d never actually use the floral inside!

I loved the idea of the blended ink showing through the lacy floral openings. With the very limited layers, this stays quite clean & simple!

This is definitely one of my favorite cards!

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).

hello
Stamps: Communique Curves Sentiments (Papertrey Ink – PTI);
Ink: Distress Carved Pumpkin & Fossilized Amber (Ranger); Smoke (Simon Says Stamp);
Paper: White (PTI);
Other: Mix & Mat Scallops die (PTI); Bakers Twine – Basic Gray (Stampin’Up);