CC&S #330 – Keep Afloat

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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.

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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).

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);

CC&S #329 – You

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You | by karen h @ carefree creations

I had lots of ideas for this sketch, but I was stamping during Pride month and the rainbow scrap from this card was looking at me – so this card came together quickly.

I used nesting circle die to create the frame, but cut it up so none of the black layers overlap.

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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
Stamps: Simply You (Papertrey Ink – PTI);
Ink: Distress Inks: Candied Apple, Carved Pumpkin, Mustard Seed, Mowed Lawn, Salty Ocean, Wilted Violet (Ranger);
Paper: White (PTI); Black (Stampin’Up);
Other: fine white embossing (Hero Arts); You die (Simon Says Stamp); Circle die (Spellbinders);

CC&S #328 – Christmas Cheer

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Christmas Cheer | by karen h @ carefree creations

As usual, I pick my challenges a month or so before I make the cards – and so I never remember what I had in mind 🙂 Not sure what made me pick poinsettias for this color combo, but I love it!

The line details on the flowers & leaves, as well as the flower centers, are stamped with Sahara Sand; the sentiment is Wet Cement.

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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).

Christmas Cheer
Stamps: Painted Poinsettias (Papertrey Ink – PTI);
Ink: Petal Pink, Flirty Flamingo, Sea Foam, Sahara Sand (Stampin’Up); Wet Cement (Hero Arts);
Paper: White (PTI);
Other: Painted Poinsettias die, Skinny Mini Tags die (PTI); Seaweed twine (The Twinery);

CC&S #327 – Fly High

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Reach for the Sky | by karen h @ carefree creations

I really wasn’t sure what to do with this sketch – but mostly because I don’t have any frame/layer die that is shaped like that. Once I got my brain passed that, the rest was easy!

I’m really happy with how this turned out!

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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).

Reach for the Sky
Stamps: Up Up Away (Papertrey Ink – PTI);
Ink: Raspberry Fizz, Amethyst Allure, Kraft (PTI); Butter Bar (Hero Arts);
Paper: White (PTI); Bashful Blue (Stampin’Up);
Other: Up Up Away die, Mix & Mat Pretty Brackets die (PTI); white embossing powder (Hero Arts);

CC&S #326 – Birthday Bouquet

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Birthday Bouquet | by karen h @ carefree creations

A perfect color combo for flowers — and I love stamping flowers. The qualifier there is because I can’t keep any plant thing alive, sadly. At least stamping flowers lets me bring a little floral brightness to my surroundings!

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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: Bitty Bouquets, Ombre Sentiments (Papertrey Ink – PTI);
Ink: Gravel Grey (My Favorite Things); Calypso Coral, Gorgeous Grape, Mossy Meadow (Stampin’Up);
Paper: White (PTI);
Other: Bitty Bouquet die, Mix & Mat Pinked die (PTI);

CC&S #325 – Winter Wishes

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Winter Snowglobe | by karen h @ carefree creations

I just recently bought a set of arch dies from MFT – just in time for this challenge! I wasn’t sure what to do with ’em, but after fiddling around, I came up with this 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).

Winter Wishes
Stamps: Winter Snowglobe, Winter Penguin sentiment (Papertrey Ink – PTI);
Ink: Cocoa (Memento); markers (Copic);
Paper: White, Kraft, Monthly Moments January pattern (PTI); Tranquil Tide (Stampin’Up);
Other: Stitched Arch die (My Favorite Things); Small Flower Box die (Memory Box); Stitched Circle die (Simon Says); bling (stash); white embossing powder (Hero Arts);

CC&S #324 – Hello

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Flying Piggy | by karen h @ carefree creations

I have come to the conclusion that any color scheme with pale pink will require me to use the Little Piggy stamp set! I actually did look through my stash to see what I could use but Little Piggy is just so dern cute!

The layout for this card came from this card by Michele at I Card Everyone

It is hard to see, but I did a light wash around the pig & balloon with pool ink.

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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: This Little Piggy, Bird Banter (Stampin’Up – SU);
Ink: Powder Pink, Pool Party, So Saffron (SU); Hickory Smoke distress (Ranger);
Paper: White (Papertrey Ink); watercolor (Ranger); Sycamore Street pattern (SU);
Other: Script Hello die (Simon Says);

CC&S #323 – Sunshine

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Sunshine | by karen h @ carefree creations

Lots of yellow for this one! The sentiment & die are in a darker (oranger) color than the rays.

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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).

Sunshine for My Soul
Stamps: Full of Sunshine (My Favorite Things – MFT); Corner Adorner – November (Papertrey Ink – PTI);
Ink: Pineapple Punch (Stampin’Up), Pineapple (MFT);
Paper: White (PTI); Pineapple (MFT);
Other: Sunshine die (MFT);

CC&S #322 – Hello, Sweet Friend

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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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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);