Hello, Mr. Blue Jay

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Hello Mr Bluejay | by karen h @ carefree creations

When I first saw that blue, I thought Blue Jay! I think I miss those annoying birds! I grew up in Virginia and we always had those noisy pests…but now I’ve been in Colorado for awhile and I have not seen (or heard) them. I’ll have to pay more attention when I visit home next time.

Once I decided on Blue Jay, the green was a no brainer (leaves). I wasn’t sure how I’d incorporate the yellow, but I thought I might sponge it in the background. When it came time to actually do that, I didn’t like the idea. Instead I pulled out some old pattern paper and added a little border – which can also function as the tree trunk.

I love how the sentiment snugs right into the branches.

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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: Winter Woods (Papertrey Ink – PTI);
Ink: Pacific Point, Pear Pizzaz, Crumb (Stampin’Up-SU); black (PTI);
Paper: White (PTI); Prints DSP – Saffron (SU);
Other: Winter Woods die (PTI);

Mother’s Day Flowers

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

Since I need to make a few mother’s day cards, I thought I should take advantage of such a versatile sketch and fill one of those slots.

I know the position of the leaves is a bit odd on the top flower, but I like the symmetry of having the top & bottom leaves in the corners.

I didn’t want to go black or brown for the sentiment – felt it was too stark. I found a dark purple that went well with the images and I’m really happy with that result. I positioned the sentiment die so it overlapped a couple flowers and the swoosh of the “y” goes to the edge of the card.

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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 Mother’s Day
Stamps: Round Roses (Clearly Besotted); One Big Happy (Papertrey Ink-PTI);
Ink: Pure Plum (My Favorite Things); Pale Plum, Mellow Moss, Always Artichoke, Blackberry Bliss (Stampin’Up-SU);
Paper: White (PTI); Blackberry Bliss (SU);
Other: One Big Happy die (PTI);

Oceans of Joy

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Oceans of Joy | by karen h @ carefree creations

A seahorse is not an animal I would normally think of for pink. I was looking up ocean animals for another project and saw a pink seahorse and knew I would use that for this challenge!

To stamp the seahorse, I stamped the base layer with a second-generation inking. The second layer is a full-strength inking. The third layer (hard to see as it isn’t much) I used the same grey as the sentiment.

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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).

Wishing you Oceans of Joy
Stamps: Color Layering: Seahorse, Color Layering: Octopus (Hero Arts);
Ink: Soft Sky, Berry Burst, Sahara Sand (Stampin’Up); Smokey Shadow (Papertrey Ink-PTI);
Paper: White (PTI);
Other: Seahorse die (Hero Arts);

Have a Lovely Day

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Have a Lovely Day | by karen h @ carefree creations

When I designed this sketch, I knew I wanted to have the circle be a window/aperature to the card base. My original thought was to use a decorative vellum as the top panel. I actually had everything picked out and was excited, but then I remembered what a pain it is to adhere vellum! I gave up on that and found some pretty pattern paper (which I have a ton of so it is still a win!)

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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).

Have a Lovely Day
Stamps: Scrolling Script (Papertrey Ink – PTI);
Ink: Lost Lagoon (Stampin’Up – SU);
Paper: White (PTI); Greenhouse Garden DSP (SU);
Other: Circle die (Spellbinders);

You’re Spec-tacular

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You're Spec-tacular | by karen h @ carefree creations

Super fast card! Seriously, done in under 5 minutes!

I picked two of the glasses images from the set and assigned them a color. I knew I wanted the cats-eyes to be pink and to be stamped more frequently then the other pair. I stamped the top, the bottom, and then then middle with the cats-eye pair, then went back and layered the other pair in between.

While the sentiment strip isn’t quite in the sweet spot, I wanted it to be in between the pairs of glasses. So it looks good to me, even if not perfect.

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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 Spec-tacular
Stamps: Incognito (Paper Smooches);
Ink: Flirty Flamingo, Daffodil Delight (Stampin’Up-SU); Espresso Truffle (Momento);
Paper: White (Papertrey Ink – PTI); Pool Party (SU);
Other: Double-Ended Banner die (PTI);

Enjoy the Adventure

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Enjoy the Adventure | by karen h @ carefree creations

Another almost-one-layer card (the boat is popped-up). I used a stencil to blend some blue distress inks. Then I used one of the spaces as my strip to stamp my sentiment.

It took me a few tries before I settled on the color scheme for the boat. For some reason I started with a brown bottom boat and that was ok, but felt off. I tried a grey bottom boat but that wasn’t good either. Finally I used the same blue that I used for the sentiment and that was much better!

Side note: I did some googling to see what order I should put my sentiment (because it is made up of 3 different ones). In my searching I found out that “anchors away” is wrong :( The correct spelling is “anchors aweigh”. I decided that the correct order of the sentiments would probably start with ahoy, but that didn’t line up well and as the “away” was wrong already, I just went with it. I do love this card, so it makes me a bit sad that it isn’t correct.

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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 Adventure
Stamps: Ahoy (Papertrey Ink – PTI);
Ink: Distress Inks: Peacock Feathers, Mermaid Lagoon (Ranger); Navy (Hero Arts); Pure Poppy (PTI);
Paper: White (PTI);
Other: Ahoy die (PTI); Wave stencil (Memory Box);

Birthdays are for Celebrating!

It is time for another CAS Colours & Sketches challenge. And – I’m your host for this month! My first challenge is a color challenge where I picked some bold bright colors that put me in a good mood. Check it out:

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Birthdays are for Celebrating | by karen h @ carefree creations

A very simple card – and practically a one-layer one as well! I did pop up the larger flower. The other flower was masked so that I could stamp the leaves.

I recently picked up the Narwhal grey ink from Lawn Fawn – and I’m so glad I did as it complements this color scheme perfectly!

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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).

Birthdays are for Celebrating
Stamps: Gran’s Garden, Ombre Sentiments: Birthday (Papertrey Ink – PTI);
Ink: Calypso Coral, Rich Razzleberry, Old Olive (Stampin’Up); Narwhal (Lawn Fawn);
Paper: White (PTI);
Other: Gran’s Garden die (PTI); dimensional adhesive;

Way to Go

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Way to Go! | by karen @ carefree creations

My card is pretty literal with the sketch (minus the layering). I know I could have stamped a little scene and still had the sentiment on the panel, but I decided to make my sentiment the focus. This also let me pull out some pattern paper and go non-white for the card base.

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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).

Way to Go
Stamps: Perfect Pennants (Stampin’Up-SU);
Ink: Black (Palette);
Paper: Sunshine & Sprinkles DSP, Melon Mambo (SU); White (Papertrey Ink);
Other: Flag Tag dies (Paper Smooches);

Hey, Chick

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Hey, Chick | by karen @ carefree creations

These bold colors had me all over the place – tons of ideas! I settled on this chicken set (from, um, last year, that I hadn’t inked up yet). I love the fun images and the size of the images is also quite good for a cas stamper! I hadn’t inked them because they are not photopolymer and I can’t ever tell where I’m stamping. Instead of masking and crossing my fingers, I chose to fussy cut the images. I adhered them, as I like to do, with just a bit of glue to their bellies so the rest can leave nice little shadows. I did add a bit of shadow under their feet with a Copic – just to reinforce their grounding.

Because the images are so bright, and the biggest thing on the card, their design weight was making the card feel very lopsided. I added a strip of Bermuda cardstock on the left to help balance it out. It still isn’t perfectly balanced, but at least it feels a bit more anchored. If I was to do it again, I’d probably not stamp the sentiment on the panel, and, instead, put the Bermuda strip over the white panel and stamp the sentiment up that.

I did toy with the idea of stamping a chicken wire background on the card base, but I felt that was a step too far for cas (for me – everyone has their own definitions and it certainly wouldn’t have looked bad, I’m just trying to honor the challenge).

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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).

hey, chick!
Stamps: Hey, Chick (Stampin’Up-SU);
Ink: markers (Copic);
Paper: Soft Stone, White (Papertrey Ink) Bermuda Bay (SU);
Other: Stitched Rectangle die (Lil Inkers);

Amazing Butterfly

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Amazing Butterfly | by karen @ carefree creations

I admit it, this *was* a challenge! Finding something where all 3 colors looked good to me was difficult! The way I got to this (which I love) was to remember techniques for combining pattern paper that I learned while scrapbooking. One technique was to ink the edges of pieces you were placing together so that the inked edges helped unify them. Once I started thinking in that direction, I went to stained glass (which I don’t have any stamps/dies for) but that led me to this beautiful butterfly die!

I actually have the other die that looks just like the leafy branch I used but is an outline. I thought about using it and doing the same piecing technique, but it was too much black. Instead, I chose a label sentiment over the green leafy branch to continue the “unifying” effect of black. This way the focus is on the butterfly and sentiment.

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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).

Amazing
Stamps: Label Love (Altenew);
Ink: Graphite Brilliance (Tsukineko);
Paper: White (Papertrey Ink); Fresh Fig, Crushed Curry, Lemon Lime Twist (Stampin’Up);
Other: Vivienne Butterfly die, Lorelai Leaf die (Memory Box);