CC&S #390 – Season’s Greetings

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I played this original sketch challenge!

I wasn’t sure what to do with the sketch this time – partly because I was so awed by YoonYoung’s gorgeous card – our design team is awesome!

I did finally come up with this design:

Season's Greetings | by kth @ carefree creations

I got lucky: this stamp set is a Stampin’Up distinctive one which means the trees are only stamped with one green color, but you get variation to give it depth – yay!

This is how my brain works: I thought oh, I’ll do a frame around the main image. I check my supply stash – but I don’t have anything that matches what I had in mind (thicker and woodgrain). So I make my own with some rectangle dies; the best I can do is a thin frame. Gingerly, I adhere the frame to the front of the main panel. Now that I’m sitting here looking at the image I realize the frame is so thin, it doesn’t really add anything as a frame and it would have been much easier to just make a mat layer. sigh.

Despite that, I am quite happy with the resulting card.

When I was putting together my Stampin’Up order, I debated back and forth a few times about the snowflake stamps & dies….I mean I don’t NEED more, I have some…ok lots. But I must say, I am very happy that I decided for them. These two that I used are the smallest in the set, but they are such a classic style!

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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).

season’s greetings
Stamps: In the Pines (Stampin’Up – SU);
Ink: Gumball Green (SU); Dark Chocolate, Kraft (Papertrey Ink – PTI);
Paper: Marina Mist, Baja Breeze (SU); Classic Craft (PTI);
Other: So Many Snowflakes die (SU); Nesting Rectangle dies (Hero Arts);

CC&S 389 – With Gratitude

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with gratitude | by kth @ carefree creations

I do not have stamps that fit this sketch – and I am surprised! I had ideas but the images that I had didn’t work (too small, too big, etc). When I expanded my search to my dies, I saw this and thought it would be 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).

with gratitude
Stamps: Fall Sampler (Paper Smooches);
Ink: Dark Chocolate (Papertrey Ink – PTI);
Paper: Cajun Craze, Delightful Dijon (Stampin’Up); Silver card (PTI);
Other: Flatware 2 die (Paper Smooches); Burlap impression plate (PTI);

CC&S #386 – You’re On My Mind

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You're On My Mind | by kth @ carefree creations

When I came across this set in my stamp catalog, I realized this little chickadee was the perfect color! The leaf image is stamped twice in the green colors. Please ignore the smudge sentiment…sigh.

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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 On My Mind
Stamps: Winter Woods, Banner Style (Papertrey Ink – PTI);
Ink: Old Olive, Mossy Meadow, Gray Granite (Stampin’Up – SU); Black (Palette);
Paper: White (PTI); Gray Granite (SU);
Other: Winter Woods die, Banner Style die (PTI);

CC&S #385 – Thank You

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Thank You | by kth @ carefree creations

I felt this sketch was a perfect opportunity to use up some pattern paper! The mat around the banner is hand-cut (don’t look too closely, lol).

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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).

Thank You
Stamps: Thank You Kindly (Papertrey Ink);
Ink: Night of Navy (Stampin’Up – SU);
Paper: White, Lost Lagoon, Blushing Bride, Flowerpot DSP (SU);
Other: Banner dies (SU);

CC&S #384 – Keep Swimming

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Keep Swimming | by karen h @ carefree creations

When I don’t know what to do for color challenges, I usually use google (i.e., this time I did “inspiration blue yellow purple”). One of the first images shown was a yellow tang in front of purple coral. That’s my card done, lol.

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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).

Just Keep Swimming
Stamps: Color Layering Goldfish (Hero Arts – HA);
Ink: Daffodil Delight (Stampin’Up – SU); Espresso Truffle (Memento);
Paper: Pool Party, Highland Heather (SU); White (Papertrey Ink – PTI);
Other: CL Goldfish die (HA); Reef Builder die (PTI);

CC&S #383 – Hello, Bees

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Hello | by karen h @ carefree creations

When I first saw this sketch, I saw hexagons (not octos) and that got me thinking bees. (And of course that got me thinking about Dragon Friends.)

This card came together pretty quickly.

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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: Flutter (Close To My Heart); To Thine Own Shelf (Simon Says Stamps);
Ink: Black (Memento);
Paper: Rustic Cream (Papertrey Ink); Daffodil Delight, Hello Honey, Dijon Delight (Stampin’Up);
Other: Hexagon dies (Clean & Simple Stamps);

CC&S #381 – High Five

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High Five | by karen h @ carefree creations

This is a great classic sketch. This idea came pretty quickly.

The scallop die cuts a strip with only 1 side having scallops. I cut two of these and snugged them up next to each other. The yellow strip hides the seam. I stamped my greeting on the scallop layer first, then on the yellow strip – lining it up when adhering it to 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).

sending you a high five
Stamps: Up Up Away, Up Up Away Sentiments (Papertrey Ink – PTI);
Ink: Hibiscus Burst, Kraft (PTI); Grape Jelly (My Favorite Things – MFT); Parrot (Altenew);
Paper: Spring Rain, White, Lemon Tart (PTI);
Other: Wonky Scallop die (MFT); Up Up Away die (PTI);

CC&S #380 – Magical Holiday

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Magical Holiday | by karen h @ carefree creations

While I was looking through my index, I noticed that similar colors were used in the sample provided with this stamp set, so a little cheat-y….but done is done 🙂

I used PTI’s Rustic White cardstock – it has little flecks in it and I like how it adds a bit of texture to a one-layer 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).

wishing you a magical holiday
Stamps: Enchanted Forest, Dasher (Papertrey Ink – PTI);
Ink: Balmy Blue, Calypso Coral, Macaron Mint (Stampin’Up);
Paper: Rustic White (PTI);
Other: Wink of Stella glitter pen (ZIG);

CC&S #379 – Mousy Kisses

I’m a little late for the latest CAS Colours & Sketches challenge. Check out this cool sketch:

And here is my take:

Mousy Kisses | by karen h @ carefree creations

This may be late, but I’m happy it is….I tried to stamp on Monday but my brain just would not focus. I had this set chosen and on my desk, but that was as far as I could get. Today felt like a time to try again.

I don’t know about y’all but I seem to make my cards all backwards. I almost always start with the background…sometimes it works, but others it isn’t ideal. This time I was thinking either light blue or peach for the background but I had a (low-grade) epiphany and thought, well stamp the real things first. I had my green swatches out picking holly colors and when I was moving stuff around to make room to figure out the background, I picked up the pieces and laid them aside – on the swatches…and this happened, lol. I would never have thought of this bright green, but I love it.

To get the mouse ears this way, I did a bunch of masking.

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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).

Why is mousy spelled this way? I really want that e in there. Man I hate language, lol. I would have done well way back when you could spell things any ole way you wanted (especially as I still do that a lot – I’m really glad I’m a programmer, no one will ever guess my variables, lol…don’t worry folks, I work for myself so no one has to deal with it but me).

Um, now that I’m posting, I just realize this sketch had a space for the sentiment…oops! You know for someone who loves to follow instructions, I kinda suck at it 😀

So normally I would cut the last couple of paragraphs, but the world is on fire and I just don’t have any spoons for censoring myself (I am still cutting the cussing, so ….it could be worse). Does anyone really read these any way….or is that just me that looks at the pretty pictures and moves on?!

Sending Christmas Kisses
Stamps: Christmas Critters, Keep it Simple Christmas, Mistletoe & Holly (Papertrey Ink – PTI);
Ink: Green Parakeet, Pure Poppy (PTI); Baked Brown Sugar, Shaded Spruce, Powder Pink (Stampin’Up);
Paper: White (PTI);
Other: Christmas Critter dies (PTI);

CC&S #378 – Hello Summer

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And here is my take:

Hello Summer | by karen h @ carefree creations

I’ve had these colors and the image selected for months! I hate summer (heat) but I love the bright/bold colors that I always associate with summer.

The added detail layers to the berries was stamped in the same grey as the sentiment – I love how it takes on the color underneath.

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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 summer
Stamps: Beautiful Berries-Summer (Papertrey Ink – PTI); Four Seasons (Simon Says Stamp);
Ink: Granny Smith Green, Pacific Point, Gorgeous Grape (Stampin’Up); Smokey Shadow (PTI);
Paper: White (PTI);