Encouraging Quote

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

Here is my take:

Encouragement | by karen h @ carefree creations

This one-layer card is done on watercolor paper. I used distress inks so they’d blend. My kiddo picked the colors – like a sunrise.

Kinda wish I had used a lighter grey for the quotation marks, but done is done!

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Go confidently…
Stamps: Motivational Centers (Cornish Heritage Farms); He Said She Said (Paper Smooches);
Ink: Distress Worn Lipstick, Carved Pumpkin, Squeezed Lemonade (Ranger); Smokey Shadow (Papertrey Ink); Gray Granite (Stampin’Up);
Paper: watercolor;

Life is Sweet

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

And here is my take:

Life is Sweet | by karen h @ carefree creations

Since the sketch specifically said NOT geometric, I went organic. As a pairing to the berries, I used a 3d embossing folder in a weave pattern.

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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).

Life is Sweet
Stamps: Beautiful Berries: Summer (Papertrey Ink – PTI);
Ink: Strawberry Slush, Raspberry Ripple (Stampin’Up); Elf Green (My Favorite Things – MFT); Pinefeather, Dark Chocolate (PTI);
Paper: Blue Breeze (MFT); Crumb Cake (SU); White (PTI);
Other: Beautiful Berries Summer die (PTI); Woven embossing (We R Memory Keepers);

Thinking of You

Thinking of You | by karen h @ carefree creations

I started this card for the latest CAS Colors & Sketch Challenge (#292), but I felt the color I picked for the blue wasn’t blue enough.

I like the way the watercolor blob turned out on this one, so I thought I’d share it anyway :)

Thanks for taking a peek!

thinking of you
Stamps: Keep it Simple: Thinking of You (Papertrey Ink – PTI);
Ink: Distress Evergreen Bough, Shabby Shutters (Ranger);
Paper: watercolor;
Other: Fancy Foliage Details die (PTI);

So Grateful For You

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

Here is my take:

Grateful | by karen @ carefree creations

I love this “grateful” image/font. I fussy cut it out.

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So Grateful for You
Stamps: Beautiful Berries: Autumn, Mat Stack 7 (Papertrey Ink – PTI); Fall Sampler (Paper Smooches);
Ink: White, Kraft (PTI);
Paper: Autumn Rose, Melon Berry, Classic Craft, Dark Chocolate (PTI);
Other: Mat Stack 7 die (PTI);

Oceans of Joy

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And here is my take:

Oceans of Joy | by karen h @ carefree creations

A little smudge of color to make the white die cut pop. I say white, but it is more cream. I used watercolor paper to make the entire card – including the die cut (because that sorta matchy-matchy makes me happy).

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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).

Wishing You Oceans of Joy
Stamps: Color Laying Seahorse sentiment (Hero Arts);
Ink: Distress Inks: Shabby Shutters, Peacock Feathers (Ranger); Gray Granite (Stampin’Up);
Paper: watercolor;
Other: Diving Dolphins (Memory Box);

Boy Oh Boy

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

Here is my take:

Boy Oh Boy | by karen h @ carefree creations

I don’t have a need for a “boy” card, so I wanted an idea that was less gender based.

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boy OH boy
Stamps: Endless Birthday Wishes, Sophisticated Serifs (Stampin’Up – SU); Label Love (Altenew);
Ink: Berry Sorbet (Papertrey Ink – PTI); Island Indigo, Crushed Curry (SU);
Paper: White (PTI);

Lucky Clover

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And here is my take:

Lucky Clover | by karen h @ carefree creations

This is such a versatile sketch! I had lots of ideas, but these clover dies were definitely calling my name!

I knew I would use three different greens for the die cuts, but my daughter helped me by picking gold for the sentiment – I never think about metallics – but this is perfect!

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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).

lucky me
Stamps: Wonderful Words (Papertrey Ink);
Ink: Delicata Gold (Tsukineko);
Paper: Shaded Spruce, Call me Clover (Stampin’Up); Mint Julep, Gold (PTI);
Other: Lucky Leaves (Memory Box); Wonderful Words die (PTI);

It’s Not a Dress – It’s a Wizard Robe!

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

Here is my take:

Wizard Magic | by karen h @ carefree creations

The only dress stamps I have are old and barely used (and so I wasn’t inspired by them). Then I remembered the bit in Harry Potter where Ron is disgusted by his dress robes. I pulled out this wizard image to complete my card.

I added some sparkle to the, um, sparkles. Here’s a close up:

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Hope Your Day is Magical
Stamps: Magical Day (Stampin’Up – SU);
Ink: Lovely Lilac, Almost Amethyst, Vintage Violet (SU); Versafine (Tsukineko); Distress: Broken China, Shaded Lilac, Dusty Concord, Hickory Smoke, Tattered Rose (Ranger);
Paper: Watercolor (stash); Rustic White (Papertrey Ink); Grapesicle (My Favorite Things);
Other: Wink of Stella (ZIG); Magical Day die (SU);

Halloween Watchers

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

And here is my take:

Halloween Watchers | by karen h @ carefree creations

My mojo was starting to wane when I made this. Originally I was going to try to make something other than a Halloween card….but decided it wasn’t worth hurting my head over.

I love how this turned out! I bought this set when it went on clearance sale months ago – and I bought it to make a card just like this (I love all those eyes!!).

I did end up using a different purple because I really do not like the Fig color. Razzleberry is fairly similar but just seems a bit brighter purple.

I stamped the eyes in visual triangles by 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).

Trick or Treat
Stamps: Happy Haunting (Papertrey Ink – PTI);
Ink: Pumpkin Pie, Granny Apple green, Rich Razzleberry (Stampin’Up);
Paper: White, Black (PTI);
Other: Tricky Trio die (PTI);

Hugs Can Heal

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

Here is my take:

Hugs Can Heal | by karen h @ carefree creations

My favorite colors are blue & green. For a “heal” cue word, I thought those colors would be perfect. Since the card is supposed to bring a bit of happiness, I made the sentiment a color from the other side of the color wheel.

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Hugs
Stamps: Big Hugs, Leave it Be, Holiday Greens, Spruce & Sprigs (Papertrey Ink – PTI);
Ink: Crisp Cantaloupe (SU); Green Parakeet, Mint Julep, Ocean Tides (PTI); Cactus (My Favorite Things); Lake Shores (Hero Arts);
Paper: White (PTI); Crisp Cantaloupe (SU);
Other: Big Hugs die (PTI);