CC&S #350 – Holly Days

It is time for another CAS Colours & Sketches challenge. And this is a celebration – the challenge is 7 years old! Check out the latest challenge (there’re prizes):

And here is my take:

Holly Decorations | by karen h @ carefree creations

When I saw these colors I knew right away what I wanted to stamp. I love the beaded garland in this stamp set!

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 holly days
Stamps: Holly Jolly (Paper Smooches – PS);
Ink: Shaded Spruce (Stampin’Up – SU); Versamark (Tsukineko);
Paper: Cherry Cobbler (SU); White (Papertrey Ink);
Other: gold embossing (Simon Says Stamp); Stitched Rectangle die (Lil Inkers); Bows die (PS);

CC&S #349 – Fill the Season with Happiness

So I had more fun with the the latest CAS Colours & Sketches challenge:

And here is my take:

Fill the Season with Happiness | by karen h @ carefree creations

This time I pulled out a set I got just before it retired last year (and, um, hadn’t inked yet). I knew the colors I wanted for the foliage and that I wanted a gold frame, but I’m not too sure about the yellow for the frame panel, but done is done 🙂

There is still time to play along with 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).

Fill the Season with Happiness
Stamps: Peaceful Noel (Stampin’Up – SU); Fillable Frames 11 (Papertrey Ink – PTI);
Ink: Autumn Rose (PTI); Cranberry Cocktail (My Favorite Things); Pretty Peacock, Mint Macaroon (SU); Evergreen (Altenew); Burnt Umber (Palette);
Paper: Rustic White (PTI); So Saffron (SU);
Other: Fillable Frames 11 die (PTI); gold embossing powder (Simon Says Stamp);

Warm Winter Woods

This card is for the current Freshly Made Sketches Challenge.

Here is my card:

Warm Winter Woods | by karen h @ carefree creations

I really loved the up & down of the scribble in the sketch so I took my inspiration from that. My stationary trees may not have the same energy, but they do offer up the change of height.

To get some of the shorter trees, I had to selectively ink the images. Also, the pines are double or triple stamped to get their fullness as I only used the second layer image because it went with the other trees better.

Thanks for taking a peek!

warm winter wishes
Stamps: Enchanted Forest, Keep it Simple – Winter Wishes (Papertrey Ink – PTI);
Ink: Winter Wisteria, Cocoa Bean, Ocean Tides, Pinefeather (PTI); Wild Wasabi, Mint Macaroon (Stampin’Up); Sour Apple (My Favorite Things – MFT);
Paper: Sno Cone (MFT); White (PTI);
Other: Enchanted Forest die (PTI);

Celebrate – If You Dare

Celebrate - if you dare | by karen h @ carefree creations

I know, I know, Halloween was so last month! I never did get around to making any new Halloween cards, so when I saw the sketch at Fab Friday, I knew what I wanted to use!

I fell in love with this raven as soon as I saw it in the catalog. Thankfully he isn’t too hard to cut out.

The branch wasn’t quite long enough, but I was able to selectively ink more of it to make it to the side of the panel.

The moon was done with a half-circle image. I turned it around and stamped it again to get a full moon. The image was first stamped with white ink, then over that with orange.

Thanks for taking a peek!

celebrate
Stamps: The Raven (Stampin’Up – SU); Brushed Off (Papertrey Ink – PTI);
Ink: Fresh Snow, Dark Chocolate (PTI); Pumpkin Pie (SU); Black (Palette);
Paper: Pumpkin Pie (SU); Black, Slate, Smoke Gray (Simon Says Stamp);
Other: Stitched Rectangles (Lil Inkers);

Paw Prints on the Heart

Pet Loss | by karen h @ carefree creations

This card was created for the SplitcoastStampers Technique Challenge – tone on tone stenciling.

I don’t have many stencils, but this one has been calling me for a while and I needed to make a card with it.

I figured out where I wanted the heart & paw print, positioned the sentiment & stamped. After all the paw prints were stenciled, then I used the heart die to make an impression.

I *meant* to use the sentiment that says pets leave paw prints on the heart but I *just now!!!* noticed that is not what I used, ugh. Papertrey stamps don’t come with labels and I do not read backwards very well (heck, I don’t read forwards very well, lol). Oh well…it does still work (but the paw print on the heart makes more sense now, yeah?). It wouldn’t be a stamping day if I didn’t have at least one “done is done” card, right?! I gotta pay more attention when stamping!!

Thanks for taking a peek!

furry friends
Stamps: With Sympathy – Pet Loss (Papertrey Ink – PTI);
Ink: Smokey Shadow (PTI); Lost Lagoon (Stampin’Up – SU);
Paper: Lost Lagoon (SU);
Other: Nesting Hearts die (Hero Arts); Pawprint stencil (Simon Says Stamp);

Me Hearty

I’m playing along with the AAA Cards – Made in Minutes challenge.

Here is my card:

Me Hearty | by karen h @ carefree creations

This challenge offered an optional twist of ink blending. When trying to come up with a card idea, I spent way too much time focusing on the ink blending so I gave that up and just starting looking for something I wanted to stamp – and dontcha know it, the ink blending worked itself in!

I used a heart die to make an opening in masking paper – which I had to do twice since the first time the mask went down in the wrong place and tore when coming up. Still, the card only took me about 15 minutes to make.

Thanks for taking a peek!

me hearty
Stamps: Ahoy Me Hearty (Paper Smooches);
Ink: Distress – Candied Apple, Carved Pumpkin, Squeezed Lemonade, Mowed Lawn, Salty Ocean, Wilted Violet (Ranger); Brillance Graphite Black (Tsukineko);
Paper: White (Papertrey Ink);
Other: Nesting Hearts die (Hero Arts); masking paper;

Blessing in My Life

We had our Thanksgiving on Wednesday – so yesterday was all mine to stamp. I managed to make 5 cards (which was about an average of 2 hours each, sigh…I am NOT a fast designer). I’ll be posting all those cards cards today (in individual posts).

First up – the Addicted to CAS challenge for Blessing.

Here is my card:

Blessing in My Life | by karen h @ carefree creations

My first step was finding something with “blessed” or “blessing”. I hadn’t used this set yet, so that settled that.

The colors are ones I had recently stamped with (on a card I’ll post tomorrow) and really liked the purple & green/blue together.

Very quick card!

Thanks for taking a peek!

thanks
Stamps: Gathered Garden (Papertrey Ink – PTI);
Ink: Autumn Rose, Dark Chocolate (PTI); Pretty Peacock (Stampin’Up);
Paper: Rustic Cream (PTI);
Other: jute (PTI);

CC&S #349 – Frog Pile

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

And here is my take:

Frog Pile | by karen h @ carefree creations

The sketch for this challenge came from a card I made years ago.

This time, I went with some fun frog die cuts. I used 3 colors of green.

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).

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Stamps: Wet Paint, Fillable Frames #1 (Papertrey Ink – PTI);
Ink: Pineapple Punch (Stampin’Up – SU); Burnt Umber (Palette);
Paper: White (PTI); Sour Apple, Banana Split (My Favorite Things – MFT); Gumball Green (SU); Green Leaf (Simon Says Stamp);
Other: Fillable Frames #1 die (PTI); Pond Frogs die (Poppy Stamps);

CASology – Faith

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

When you look up the definition of faith:

I tried to keep to the definition, even if my card doesn’t say “faith”.

Here is my take:

Belief in Tomorrow | by karen h @ carefree creations

I’ve been doing lots of white card base lately, so this time I pulled out a color. When I do this, I always try to do the inking in complimentary colors so they don’t muddy up.

The “garden” part of the sentiment had open spaces, so to give it some more weight, I colored in the spaces with a brown colored pencil.

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

Thanks for stopping by!

Plant a Garden
Stamps: Garden Grace (Papertrey Ink – PTI);
Ink: Spring Moss, Cocoa Bean (PTI); Moss (Altenew); Crisp Cantaloupe, Calypso Coral (Stampin’Up);
Paper: Lemon (PTI);
Other: brown colored pencil;

CC&S #348 – Sweet Congratulations

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

And here is my take:

Sweet Life Roses | by karen h @ carefree creations

With these colors – I just had to stamp flowers.

I did my stamping before I realized that the coordinating dies are closed (meaning you can’t see through them to position over stamping). So I just fussy-cut these out.

To add layers to the leaves, but without a second green color, I used a neutral ink.

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).

congratulations
Stamps: The Sweet Life, Banner Style (Papertrey Ink – PTI);
Ink: Blushing Bride, Rich Razzleberry, Pear Pizzazz (Stampin’Up); Fine Linen (PTI); Espresso (Altenew);
Paper: White (PTI); Naturals (My Favorite Things);
Other: Shape Shifters Circle 1 die, Banner Style die (PTI);