CASology – Water

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

Here is my take:

At the Lake | by karen h @ carefree creations

When I stamped this card, I had just received the kit in the mail. I never spent much time at a lake as a kid, but I still believe in the magic of lakes (LOTS of books have lakes as the scene of idyllic childhood memories).

I had originally stamped this “scene” on a blue card base, but it was too plain/flat/basic. To add some interest, I die cut the scene with a border. This was much better.

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life is better
Stamps: July 2019 Monthly Kit (Hero Arts);
Ink: Blueberry Sky, Dark Chocolate (Papertery Ink – PTI); Lucky Limeade(Stampin’Up – SU)
Paper: White (PTI); Bashful Blue (SU);
Other: Mix & Mat Scallops die (PTI);

CC&S #335 – Butterflies

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

And here is my take:

Birthday Butterflies | by karen h @ carefree creations

The layers on the 3 larger butterflies are from the layers stamp set, but with selective inking (the layers are for “straight on” butterflies, whereas these smaller images are not “straight on”).

I broke the odds rule (there are 4 flowers) but I really couldn’t figure out where to put a fifth one and I wanted them off the top and bottom, so four it is.

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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).

Happy Birthday
Stamps: Beautiful Butterflies & Beautiful Butterflies Layers, Bigger Blooms (Papertrey Ink – PTI);
Ink: Highland Heather, Gorgeous Grape, Crushed Curry (Stampin’Up);
Paper: White (PTI);

CASology – Grill, Part 2

There is still time to play along with the CASology challenge – GRILL; it is an extended deadline!

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

Smokin' Hot | by karen h @ carefree creations

This is a fun image! When I went to color it, I realized that it would be all grey and black (since I saw the tendrils as smoke and not flame). I decided to add the hot colors by using paper strips behind.

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You’re Smokin’ Hot
Stamps: Alfresco (Paper Smooches);
Ink: black (Memento); markes (Copic);
Paper: Real Red (Stampin’Up); Orange Zest, Bright Buttercup (Papertrey Ink);

CC&S #334 – Birthday Flowers

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

And here is my take:

Birthday Flowers | by karen h @ carefree creations

This sketch is perfect for using a bit of pattern paper (especially the busy kind that is pretty hard to work into a CAS card any other way).

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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).

happy birthday
Stamps: Label Love (Altenew);
Ink: Brilliance Graphite Black (Tsukineko);
Paper: Beautiful Blooms pattern, Hawaiian Shores, Simply Chartreuse (Papertrey Ink);

CASology – Grill

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

Here is my take:

Grilled Birthday | by karen h @ carefree creations

Nothing says summer like grilling (at least in the northern hemisphere)!

To add a little picnic vibe, I added some gingham paper. And to add a bit of interest I cut that paper in something other than straight.

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

Thanks for stopping by!

Happy Birthday
Stamps: King of the Grill (Papertrey Ink – PTI);
Ink: Pumpkin Pie (Hero Arts); Honey Nut, Cocoa Bean, Pure Poppy (PTI); Crushed Curry, Soft Suede (Stampin’Up);
Paper: White, Pure Poppy pattern (PTI);
Other: Ad Sense die (PTI);

CC&S 333 – Stuck on You

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

And here is my take:

Stuck on You | by karen h @ carefree creations

I was very tempted to use these colors to do a flower – I mean, they’re perfect. But I wanted to do something different. Still nature based, but I’ happy with how I used these colors. And it isn’t a white card base.

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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).

Stuck on You
Stamps: Stuck on You (Lawn Fawn);
Ink: Cajun Craze, Grapefruit Grove, Old Olive (Stampin’Up – SU);
Paper: Grapefruit Grove, Gingham (SU); White (Papertrey Ink);
Other: Stitched Borders (Lawn Fawn); Rhinestone (stash);

CC&S #332 – Hello

It is time for another CAS Colours & Sketches challenge. The 5th Tuesday of the month brings a double – Timeless Tuesday – challenge where we pair an old sketch with a fresh combo of retired colors. Check out the latest challenge:

And here is my take:

Tropical Hello | by karen h @ carefree creations

[Oh my, this is the third card in a row that isn’t white! I’m pretty sure that is a record for me.]

Pretty straight forward use of 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).

hello
Stamps: Watercolor Wishes, Bohemian Borders (Stampin’Up – SU);
Ink: Pistachio Pudding (SU);
Paper: Pistachio Pudding, Emerald Envy, Primrose Petals (SU);
Other: Botanical Builder die (SU); rhinestones (stash);

CC&S #331 – Happy Birthday

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

And here is my take:

HB | by karen h @ carefree creations

I’ve had this idea for a card in my head for ages. When coming up for sketches for this month, I knew I wanted to do this. Finding a pattern paper that worked is what drove my color choices.

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: Birthday Strings (Papertey Ink – PTI); Sophisticated Seriphs alpha (Stampin’Up – SU);
Ink: Night of Navy (SU);
Paper: White, Limeade Ice (PTI); Night of Navy, Birthday Bash pattern paper (SU);
Other: fine white embossing (Hero Arts);

CASology – Shimmer

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

Here is my take:

Beautiful Day | by karen h @ carefree creations

This cue was a challenge for me (because my only idea was sparkles on the water – but I’ve already done that card). Then I remembered some cool cards that showed sunlight filtering down in an underwater scene. I tried my best, lol. And just in case the sunrays didn’t do it, I added some glitter pen to the rays and the jellyfish.

To keep the color count down, I made the seaweed & coral white.

The banner die was longer than I needed (and only fish-tailed on one end), but I die cut a kraft strip, stamped my sentiment, then ran the paper & die back through to trim the excess.

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

Thanks for stopping by!

Have a Beautiful Day
Stamps: July 2016 Kit (Hero Arts – HA);
Ink: Blueprint Sketch Distress (Ranger); Flirty Flamingo (Stampin’Up – SU); White (Stewart Superior);
Paper: White (Papertrey Ink – PTI); Pink Pirouette (SU);
Other: July 2016 Kit dies, Color Layering Goldfish die (HA); oval die (Spellbinders); Sketched Shapes banner die (PTI); Wink of Stella glitter pen (ZIG); Radiating Rays stencil (My Favorite Things);

CC&S #330 – Keep Afloat

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

And here is my take:

Keep Afloat | by karen h @ carefree creations

I knew when I put these colors together I wanted to do some sort of nautical card. I decided to use two of the colors to create a scene (sun and water) and the third color to stamp everything else like a silhouette.

To make the background, I first squished the sea color onto the watercolor paper, then I dried it – to keep the blending to a minimum. When I did the sun squishing I did use a towel to pull up the green that was created where the colors met.

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).

Keep Afloat My Friend
Stamps: Ahoy (Papertrey Ink – PTI);
Ink: Night of Navy (Stampin’Up – SU); Distress Inks – Peacock Feathers & Fossilized Amber (Ranger);
Paper: Watercolor (Ranger); Night of Navy (SU);
Other: Ahoy die (PTI); Stitched Rectangle die (Lil Inkers);