CC&S #322 – Hello, Sweet Friend

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And here is my take:

Hello, Sweet Friend | by karen h @ carefree creations

I probably did this the hard way, but this is in about 3 layers! I have my card base. Then a rectangle of watercolor paper, then a card front with a circle die cut from it, and finally, the circle frame. After I had it all together, I realized I could have cut the watercolor into a circle and then laid the frame on that….but, oh well. I don’t always see where things are going with a card.

To stamp the sentiment, I just took a few hours to curve the stamp on the lid of my MISTI. Ok, maybe not quite a few hours.

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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).

Hello, Sweet Friend
Stamps: Color Layering Goldfish (Hero Arts – HA); Keep it Simple Friend (Papertrey Ink – PTI);
Ink: Daffodil Delight, Pumpkin Pie (Stampin’Up); Peacock Feathers Distress (Ranger); Gravel Gray (My Favorite Things);
Paper: White (PTI);
Other: CL Goldfish die (HA);

CC&S #321 – Dream

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And here is my take:

Dream | by karen h @ carefree creations

When I saw the sketch, ribbon gathered in the middle was the first thing I thought of.

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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).

Dream
Paper: Pure Plum (My Favorite Things); Black (Papertrey Ink – PTI); Glitter (Die Cuts with a View);
Other: Dream Fly Soar die (PTI); Subtle embossing (Stampin’Up); ribbon, charm (stash);

Mother’s Day Heart

Happy Mother's Day | by karen h @ carefree creations

A little bit of masking, and a whole lot of stamping. I picked 5 colors for the images – it made it easier to make it seem random…less likely to have the same color next to itself. I added a few dots of grey in white spaces that were too big.

Thanks for taking a peek!

Happy Mother’s Day
Stamps: Mini Blooms, Happy Day, Birthday Cheer (Papertrey Ink – PTI);
Ink: Narwhal (Lawn Fawn); Powder Pink (Stampin’Up); Sunkissed, Frayed Leaf (Altenew); Surf Blue, Fog (Simon Says Stamp); Grapesicle (My Favorite Things);
Paper: White (PTI);
Other: Nesting Hearts die (Hero Arts);

Mother’s Day Bounty

Happy Mother's Day | by karen h @ carefree creations

The images are inked with two colors (using a baby wipe as an ink pad) and stamped/masked to make a one-layer card.

I ended up covering most of the flowers with the sentiment. After die cutting the sentiment panel, I edged it with a copic and drew a darker line inside the space with a darker marker.

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Happy Mother’s Day
Stamps: Botanical Bounty (Papertrey Ink – PTI); Teeny Tiny Wishes (Stampin’Up – SU);
Ink: Espresso Truffle (Memento); Highland Heather, Gorgeous Grape, Crisp Canteloupe, Calypso Coral, Coastal Cabana, Bermuda Bay (SU);
Paper: White (PTI);
Other: Lots of Tags framelets (SU); marker (Copic); marker (SU);

CASology – Mother

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

Here is my take:

Mother's Day | by karen h @ carefree creations

I recently bought these dies because the are just to pretty! I had to use them to make a Mother’s Day card.

Putting this together was pretty straight forward. Die cut all the layers and glue ’em together. After adding the die detail to the card base, adhere the flower die cuts.

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Happy Mother’s Day
Stamps: Boutique Borders Mother (Papertrey Ink – PTI);
Ink: Narwhal (Lawn Fawn);
Paper: Pear Pizzazz, Gumball Green, Merry Merlot, Purely Pomegranate, Regal Rose, Powder Pink (Stampin’Up); White (PTI);
Other: Garden Picks die (Altenew); Shape Shifters 1 die (PTI);

CC&S #320 – Tropical Hello

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And here is my take:

Tropical Hello | by karen h @ carefree creations

Anytime green is a color in one of our challenges, I think flowers. I try not to use flowers every time, but this time, I couldn’t help myself.

To get the layers of ink, I stamped the base images with a generational inking.

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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).

hello
Stamps: Some Like It Hot, Tropics (Papertrey Ink – PTI);
Ink: Melon Mambo, Mango Melody, Garden Green (Stampin’Up); Black (PTI);
Paper: White (PTI); Go Wild DSP (SU);
Other: Some Like it Hot die (PTI);

Congratulations Inspiration Challenge on #700!

Over at SplitCoastStampers.com there are daily challenges. A long time ago I used to host the Inspiration Challenge on Saturdays. The current hosting crew asked me to be a part of their celebration of the 700th challenge! Of course I couldn’t pass that up. I still use inspiration from the world around me when creating cards. I’m so glad that the challenge is still going strong!

For this challenge, we’re to look at the Quora page for “What is Your Favorite Color”.

I selected one that you have to scroll quite a bit to find:

Sorry, the post on the site didn’t provide source credit, so I don’t know where this photo came from 🙁

I love the teal color – especially mixed with the emerald & lime. So that is what I focused on for my card:

Hello | by karen h @ carefree creations

Sadly, I don’t have a teal Distress ink color, so I went with Faded Jeans.

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Thanks for taking a peek!

Oh, Hello There
Stamps: Topography (Neat & Tangled); Circle Wishes (Reverse Confetti);
Ink: Twisted Citron, Faded Jeans, Pine Needles Distress (Ranger); Enchanted Evening (Papertrey Ink – PTI);
Paper: Enchanted Evening, White (PTI); Watercolor (Ranger);
Other: Circle die (Spellbinders); Limitless Layers die (PTI);

CASology – Turquoise

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

Here is my take:

I decided to make my card with just the one color. As a compliment, I added silver embossing.

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Wishing You
Stamps: Tickle My Fancy (Clearly Besotted);
Ink: Tempting Turquoise (Stampin’Up – SU); Versamark (Tsukineko);
Paper: White (Papertrey Ink);
Other: silver embossing (Filigree);

CC&S #319 – Basket of Folk Flowers

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And here is my take:

Basket of Folk Flowers | by karen h @ carefree creations

When figuring out how to do a sentiment, I settled on a circular one and thought the inside of the circle would be a great place to re-stamp the flower bloom that gets covered up by the sentiment.

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).

Thank You
Stamps: Basket of Blessings, Around About Sentiments (Papertrey Ink – PTI);
Ink: Sand Dunes, Mocha (Altenew); Dark Chocolate (PTI); Soft Sky, Strawberry Slush, Peek-a-boo Peach (Stampin’Up – SU);
Paper: Soft Sky (SU); White (PTI);
Other: Circle die (Spellbinders);

CASology – Africa

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

Here is my take:

Wild & Crazy | by karen h @ carefree creations

I love pattern paper – I have so much it is ridiculous….but I hardly ever use it (it isn’t really conducive to keeping a card CAS). But I have learned some tricks for using it in small doses. The easiest way is to contain it. In this card I die cut a window and the pattern peeks through that negative space.

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Happy Birthday
Stamps: It’s a Jungle Out There (Papertrey Ink – PTI);
Ink: Crushed Curry, Delightful Dijon (Stampin’Up – SU);
Paper: Terracotta Tile, White (PTI); Taken with Teal, Go Wild pattern paper (SU);
Other: Stitched Circles die (Simon Says Stamp); white embossing (Hero Arts);