Happiness Today & Always

My mojo is on vacation (if you didn’t guess by my lack of posts last Tuesday). I sat down on Saturday to make my cards for future challenges, and this one came out – but it is for two challenges (I know, not that big a deal, but since I’m on the DT, *my* preference is to post unique cards…this is my post of shame). Without further whinging…

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

As well as time for a new CASology challenge. Check out the latest challenge – PLANT!

And here is my take:

Happiness Always | by karen h @ carefree creations

So my process when making DT cards is to (virtually) pull out a bunch of stamp sets that I think will work for the challenge and then look around for inspiration (generally at my own cards with those sets or google image searches for cards using that set). This time, I found a card I did a while back and it just totally fit the sketch and theme for this week’s challenges. Being half-awake meant I took up the challenge and faced down the shame to make 1 card for 2 challenges. [Again, I have no problem with combining challenges, it is just *my* preference not to do it when making cards as a DT member…alas, sometimes the brain just says !@#$%^]

Not only did I get lucky being able to remake a past card, but I had an already-stamped orchid piece (and, bonus, on the back past-me had written the colors used to stamp it – thank you, past-me!!).

I hope you join [one or both] of the challenges!

Thanks for stopping by!

Wishing You Happiness
Stamps: Orchid Expressions (Papertrey Ink – PTI); Circle Wishes (Reverse Confetti);
Ink: Soft Purple (Hero Arts); Lilac Grace, Plum Pudding, Fine Linen, Classic Kraft (PTI); Always Artichoke, Baked Brown Sugar (Stampin’Up);
Paper: Rustic Cream, White (PTI);
Other: circle die (Spellbinders); Orchid die (PTI);

CASology – [Magical] Season

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

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

Magical Season | by karen h @ carefree creations

I really wanted the deer to seem flying off the page, instead of putting it in a corner or off the side, I placed the sentiment at the very bottom. Unconventional, but I kinda like it.

You have a day more to get your card made – hope you join us!

Thanks for stopping by!

magical season
Stamps: Dasher (Papertrey Ink – PTI);
Ink: Bamboo (Close to My Heart);
Paper: White (PTI); gold glitter (Stampin’Up);
Other: Dasher die (PTI);

CC&S #369 – Best Wishes

You still have a day or so to join the current CAS Colours & Sketches challenge. Check out the latest challenge:

And here is my take:

Best Wishes | by karen h @ carefree creations

Better late than never?

Honestly, this is such a lovely color combo (and the hostess, Wei, made such a beautiful card) that I was inspired to make a card, even if late.

Any time I see a terracotta color, I always think of potted plants.

I tried something a little different for me. I used this sweet frame, that also cuts a stitched rectangle, to emboss on the card base as well as making a (3-layer) frame.

I stamped the images using some rock-n-roll (all the same color, but just multiple layers to add depth/shadows). even the sentiment has a gradient going on.

The rhinestone was colored with an alcohol marker.

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).

best wishes
Stamps: Stuck on You (Lawn Fawn);
Ink: Pretty Peacock, Terracotta Tile (Stampin’Up);
Paper: Lilac Grace (Papertrey Ink – PTI);
Other: rhinestone (stash); Fun Frames die, Garden Grace small flower die (PTI);

CASology – Magical

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

Here is my take:

Shine | by karen h @ carefree creations

I used a stencil and blending sponges to make a vignette – this helps set a scene but also keep it contained.

The images are quite small so I just straight colored (no attempt at shading). I did the hair two-toned (like the tail) and added glitter to the lighter shades (forgot to do that on the tail – but I did add glitter to the belly scales).

The background is spritzed with a glitter spray and I added a few crystal effects bubbles.

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

Thanks for stopping by!

Shine
Stamps: Magical Day (Stampin’Up – SU); Sparkle & Shine (Wplus9);
Ink: Distress Peacock Feathers, Distress Mermaid Lagoon (Ranger); Black (Memento); markers (Copic); Wink of Stella glitter pen (Zig);
Paper: White (Papertrey Ink);
Other: Magic Mates die (SU); Wave stencil (Memory Box);

CC&S #368 – Super Simple

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

And here is my take:

Birthday Card in Minutes | by karen h @ carefree creations

When I saw this sketch I knew this would be a perfect time to break out an old scrap kit and make a card in minutes. Kits are great when you have no mojo – the colors are already combined and there are pieces that make putting a card together a snap.

Seriously – just minutes: all I did was trim some paper, place a border sticker, and stamp a sentiment on a pre-made tag.

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).

Happy Birthday
Stamps: Tin of Cards (Stampin’Up – SU);
Ink: Espresso (Memento);
Paper: Party Pieces Scrap kit (SU);

CASology – [Zodiac] Birthday

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

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

Birthday Leo | by karen h @ carefree creations

When this cue was put forward as a challenge, my first thought was doing something with a lion (cuz I’m a leo). I didn’t have anything! So, I ordered 🙂 I went ahead with my other plan for my official DT post.

To make this card, the die I chose actually cuts lots of shapes – the mane obviously, but also the eyes, nose, ears, and even the legs. I cut the image twice – once from Saffron and once from Dijon. Then I used a marker to color the eyes & nose instead of cutting again from black.

I stamped the Leo constellation in the background and used partial inking to get the word “Leo” only.

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

Thanks for stopping by!

Happy Birthday
Stamps: Star Gazer Additions (Papertrey Ink); Essential Sentiments (My Favorite Things);
Ink: So Saffron (Stampin’Up – SU); Espresso Truffle (Memento); black marker (Memento);
Paper: White (PTI); So Saffron, Delightful Dijon (SU);
Other: Picture Book Lion die (Simon Says Stamp);

CC&S #367 – Just Keep Pedaling

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

And here is my take:

Keep Pedaling | by karen h @ carefree creations

Some color schemes just shout out what to do with them…this one did not. I had about 5 different sets picked out to try, but this bicycle set won. This card may have a bit more going on than normal for my cards, but it is clean and it is simple 🙂

Here is a behind-the-scenes shot:

I used scrap pieces for the grass – so I didn’t have a piece that went all the way across. Instead, I made sure the seem ended up behind a wheel.

Also, the flowers are stamped on the card base, so I made a mark showing where the basket would be and stamped around the mark.

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).

Just Keep Pedaling
Stamps: Pedal Pusher, Corner Adorner November (Papertrey Ink – PTI);
Ink: Blueberry Bushel, Pineapple Punch, Call Me Clover, Crumb Cake, Basic Grey (Stampin’Up – SU);
Paper: Sweet Celebration pattern (My Favorite Things – MFT); White (PTI); Call Me Clover (SU);
Other: Pedal Pusher die (PTI); Grassy Hills die (MFT);

CASology – Zodiac

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

Here is my take:

Follow Your Own Star | by karen h @ carefree creations

I love astrology – for the fun of it…I know it shouldn’t rule decision making. So that is the message of my card….have fun, but follow your own star – do your own thing.

To make this card, I embossed the zodiac circle with a glitter embossing powder. The swoosh was hand-drawn and cut out. The star is cut from shiny gold paper…hard to get that to show.

I did take a photo of the glitter embossing:

Check back next week when I’ll have more inspiration from this challenge (hint: I’m a Leo ;)!

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

Thanks for stopping by!

Follow Your Own Star
Stamps: Star Gazer (Papertrey Ink – PTI);
Ink: Versamark (Tsukineko); Black (PTI);
Paper: Black, Lemon Tart, Luxe Gold (PTI);
Other: Enchanted Gold embossing (Ranger); Stars Framelit die (Stampin’Up);

CC&S #366 – Found You

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

And here is my take:

Happy I Found You | by karen h @ carefree creations

My focal panel is a little bit smaller than the sketch, but since it was stamped with a busy pattern, I didn’t want it to be overpowering.

This was super easy to make – just did all my stamping on colored cardstock and die cut the pieces.

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 Happy I Found You
Stamps: Hey Lady (Lawn Fawn);
Ink: Black (Papertrey Ink – PTI);
Paper: White, Kraft (PTI); Dill Pickle, Gumdrop Green (My Favorite Things); Poppy Parade (Stampin’Up);
Other: Hey Lady die (LF); Stitched Rectangle die (Lil Inkers);

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);