CASology – Ocean

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

Here is my take:

Swim in the Sea | by karen h @ carefree creations

I frequently make cards where ocean is a theme, so I really don’t know why I struggled with this challenge, but I did. Some of the problem was that the things I tried did NOT work (why do I keep PearlEx powder in my stash – I can never make it work for me!).

My original idea was to pair this watercolor background with a jellyfish image, but that didn’t work (either because I messed up the jellyfish with the PearlEx or I realized the image was too small in comparison to the water). After a bit I decided I really wanted that water to take center stage anyway.

After stamping the palms on regular paper, I fussy cut it out and popped it over the water with dimensional adhesive. The sentiment is white embossed.

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Live in the Sunshine…
Stamps: Paradise Palms (Newton’s Nook);
Ink: Distress Pad Salty Ocean & Peacock Feathers, Distress Marker Mowed Lawn & Frayed Burlap (Ranger); Versamark (Tsukineko);
Paper: Watercolor (Canson); White (Papertrey Ink);
Other: white embossing powder (Hero Arts);

CC&S #313 – Happy Birthday

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

And here is my take:

Blue Green Leaves | by karen h @ carefree creations

After some time, I finally chose which stamp set I was going to use and was trying to figure out how to work in the Sahara Sand (what color IS that any way??). Since that is a pale color, I thought it would be good as a background element.

I started by stamping my focal sentiment in dark grey (kinda wishing I had gone dark brown instead, but ya know, done is done). Then filled in the back with the images from the sentiment stamp set. Finally, I stamped the leaves.

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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: Lively Leaves (Stampin’Up – SU); Keep it Simple Birthday (Papertrey Ink – PTI);
Ink: Old Olive, Pacific Point, Sahara Sand (SU); Espresso Truffle (Memento);r
Paper: White (PTI);

CASology – Earth

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

Here is my take:

Til We're Fossils | by karen h @ carefree creations

I decided to do my card based on stuff found in the earth. The stamping was tone on tone to simulate fossils in the ground.

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I’ll Love You ‘Til We’re Fossils
Stamps: No Bones (Stampin’Up); Prehistoric (My Favorite Things);
Ink: Classic Kraft, Dark Chocolate (Papertrey Ink – PTI);
Paper: Classic Kraft, Rustic Cream (PTI);
Other: Double Ended Banner die (PTI);

CC&S #312 – Enjoy the Ride

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And here is my take:

Enjoy the Ride | by karen h @ carefree creations

While I had the Admit One stamp set on my desk for last week’s card, I saw how it would work for this sketch too.

The “solid” bit of the ticket border was stamped with the back side of the outline image.

I had fun with the colors on this one. I feel like even though they are soft, it is still fun. When I was putting it together, I had light & dark yellow, light & dark pink, but only light blue. I didn’t have (nor really want) an outline to the blue “ticket” behind the carousel. I decided to stamp the sentiment in the dark blue and it all seems good to me.

To finish off, I added a touch of glitter to the centered carousel horse.

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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).

Enjoy the Ride
Stamps: Admit One (Lawn Fawn – LF);
Ink: Lemon Tart (Papertrey Ink – PTI); Pink Passion, Crushed Curry (Stampin’Up – SU); Tropical Teal (My Favorite Things);
Paper: White, Lovely Lady (PTI); Soft Sky (SU);
Other: Admit One die (LF); Fillable Frames 1 die (PTI); clear Wink of Stella glitter pen (ZIG);

CASology – Funky

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

Here is my take:

You're so Vintage | by karen h @ carefree creations

This was actually my week to come up with the challenge cue. And when it came time for me to stamp for the challenge, I blanked! I hate when that happens! I did struggle for a bit, but after the gazillionth time in looking through my index, my eyes caught on this vintage sentiment. I immediately decided to do a 70s theme card!

I love earthy tones, so this was pretty fun to put together! The sentiment is fussy cut, layered on gold glitter paper, and fussy cut again.

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You’re So Vintage
Stamps: That Thing You Did (Stampin’Up-SU); Background Basics Retro (Papertrey Ink – PTI);
Ink: Espresso (Altenew); Hello Honey, Pumpkin Pie (SU); Prairie Grass, Teracotta Tile (PTI);
Paper: Gold Glitter paper (SU); Cream (PTI);

CC&S #311 – You’re Sweet

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And here is my take:

You're Sweet | by karen h @ carefree creations

I was a little unsure what to do with these colors, but my kiddo thought the light colors made them think of cotton candy. That got my mind going and this card came together.

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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).

You’re Sweet
Stamps: Admit One (Lawn Fawn); Gorgeous Grunge (Stampin’Up);
Ink: Amethyst Allure, Royal Velvet (Papertrey Ink – PTI); markers (Copic);
Paper: White (PTI);
Other: Wonky Stitched Rectangle die (My Favorite Things);

CASology – Bounce

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

Here is my take:

Bounce Back | by karen h @ carefree creations

A few of my fellow DT members did balls for this cue (and great cards, so I didn’t think I could add anything), so I thought about other ways to do bounce. This saying was something I’d heard in my youth.

I didn’t have any stamps for the sentiment and spelling it out with alphabets was more than I could handle at the time, lol. Instead, I picked out a font and printed it directly on the card stock.

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Hope you bounce back soon
Stamps: Comfort Food (Papertrey Ink – PTI);
Ink: Watermelon Wonder (Stampin’Up); Blue Yonder (My Favorite Things); Soft Granite (Hero Arts); Fog (Simon Says Stamp); markers (Copic);
Paper: White (PTI);
Other: Leander font (DaFont);

CC&S #310 – Full of Sunshine

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And here is my take:

Full of Sunshine | by karen h @ carefree creations

I was stumped a little by this sketch, but after going through my supply index, I found the cloud die and worked from there.

The border/edge dies were used to cut the non straight sides; the stitched frame die did the perforations on the straight sides. My first thought was the dies would go edge to edge, but once I added the stitched sides and then trimmed them the same margin as the curved edges, then the die was shorter than the card. I actually liked that look!

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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).

Full of Sunshine
Stamps: Full of Sunshine (My Favorite Things – MFT);
Ink: Espresso Truffle (Memento);
Paper: Spring Rain, White (Papertrey Ink); Banana Split (MFT);
Other: Stitched Cloud Edge die, Stitched Scallop Basic Edges die (MFT); Stitched Rectangle die (Lil Inkers);

CASology – Furbaby

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

Here is my take:

You Are Pawesome | by karen h @ carefree creations

I’ve always had cats. We got a dog about 7 1/2 years ago. I still prefer cats – but it is amazing how much love a dog can give! Cat and dog stamp sets are a plenty in my inventory. Picking one was hard! I hadn’t used this one yet, so that made the decision easier.

The die cut portion of the sentiment is stacked 3 times.

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you are pawesome
Stamps: Pawesome, You Matter (Simon Says Stamp – SSS);
Ink: Dark Chocolate (Papertrey Ink – PTI);
Paper: Poppy Parade, Crumb Cake (Stampin’Up); Rustic Cream, Dark Chocolate (PTI);
Other: Pawesome die (SSS); Circle die (Spellbinders);

CC&S #309 – You Make Life Zingy

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

And here is my take:

You Make Life Zingy | by karen h @ carefree creations

Since I did yellow flowers a couple weeks ago, I wanted to do something different. I decided lemons. I only have this one from PaperSmooches. It comes with a smiley face (with pucker lips), but since red/pink wasn’t a color in the challenge, I decided to leave the face off.

I used 2 yellow Copic markers and tried not to blend them too much to show the different yellows from the color scheme.

Sadly I didn’t have a sentiment that worked, so I had to make my own. The first bit is a phrase from another set (yay – it was already in that order – no fussy stamping!!), the “zingy” is made with an alphabet set. The alphabet set has each letter with a couple different fonts. In putting it together, I decided to use the ZIGY in the same simple font and the N with the fancy font – I think it turned out great!

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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).

You Make Life Zingy
Stamps: Fruitastic, Botanicals 3, Mini Monograms (Paper Smooches); Strawberry Patch Sentiments (Papertrey Ink – PTI);
Ink: Pear Pizzazz (Stampin’Up – SU); markers (Copic); Tuxedo Black (Memento);
Paper: White (PTI);