CC&S #303 – Peace Hope & Joy

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And here is my take:

Peace | by karen h @ carefree creations

When I made this card it was quite cold out, so while I did have some other ideas for this sketch, I ended up staying with a winter theme.

The way the sketch is colored, it seems like the wavy layer was on top of the focal panel and see-through — I liked that idea. Since vellum is such a pain for me (to stamp and adhere), I decided to stamp the branches over the focal panel and background. To get it all lined up, I used a MISTI.

The final layer of the bird is a grey ink (the same as the feet).

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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).

peace hope joy
Stamps: Color Laying Cardinal (Hero Arts – HA); So Many Sayings (Stampin’Up – SU);
Ink: Dark Chocolate, Black (Papertrey Ink – PTI); Elf Green (My Favorite Things – MFT); Pear Pizzazz, Flirty Flamingo, Real Red (SU); Charcoal (HA);
Paper: Kraft (PTI); Sno Cone (MFT); White (PTI);
Other: Color Layering Cardinal die (HA);

CC&S #302 – Christmas Bubbles

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This week we look back to our sketch challenges from this year, pick one, and make a holiday card. I chose this fun sketch (click the image to go to that past challenge):

And here is my take:

Christmas Bubbles | by karen h @ carefree creations

I’m breaking out an oldie for this one!

Boy this card took some effort! I knew this end result is what I wanted, but getting there didn’t work the way I wanted. I started by using some circle dies to cut my openings. I had started with 2 sizes (the little and the medium), but I added a larger one to have some variation. I changed the original configuration of icons so that the sentiment would be in the large bubble.

I made marks on my card base so that I could sponge the color where it should go. That actually went ok. But then I needed to stamp the icons. Here is where my problems began (and why I love photopolymer so much). These are wood mounted stamps and I could not easily place my images. I suppose I could have broken out my old Stamp-a-ma-jig, but I didn’t. Most of them could fit through the windows, but some couldn’t so I had to hold my hand “in place” while I removed the window layer. Of course I didn’t get the icons stamped properly and it bugged me mightily! I ended up die cutting the circles from my sponged layer.

I still wanted the window layer popped up, so I laid it on my card base, adhered the colored circles and then popped the window layer above.

It needed something and the few things I tried were just too much. I was going to do enamel dots, but I didn’t have what I wanted, so I switched to sequins. I’m normally a silver gal, but for this the gold was calling me.

When I got done I was “eh, done is done”, but I like it more and more every time I see it. Yay!

If you are interested, my previous card for this challenge can be found here.

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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).

Merry Christmas
Stamps: Holiday Sampler (Stampin’Up);
Ink: Barn Door, Pine Needles Distress (Ranger); Versamark (Tsukineko);
Paper: White (Papertrey Ink);
Other: circle die (Spellbinders); sequins (Neat & Tangled); white embossing powder (Filigree)

CC&S #301 – Deck the Halls

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This week we look back to our color challenges from this year, pick one, and make a holiday card. I chose to do this lovely color combo (click the image to go to that past challenge):

And here is my take:

Deck the Halls | by karen h @ carefree creations

I really love this elegant color scheme – and it works so nicely for the holidays too!

I decided to break out some older Christmas sets. I didn’t use any dies – I fussy cut the bow and stocking.

If you are interested, my previous card for this challenge can be found here.

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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).

Deck the Halls
Stamps: Stocking Prints, Bells & Boughs, Wreath for All Seasons (Papertrey Ink – PTI);
Ink: Berry Burst, Soft Sky, Sahara Sand (Stampin’Up);
Paper: White (PTI);

CC&S Celebrates 300!

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And here is my take:

Celebrate You | by karen h @ carefree creations

This is an anniversary challenge for CC&S! This challenge is in its 6th year! To celebrate – I wanted to thank our players – because without you, we wouldn’t be here! Thank you to all those who join us – You. Are. Amazing!

I chose fireworks to help the celebration. The firework stamps are 2-step images, so I used two shades of color when stamping. I didn’t want the sentiment to overwhelm the delicate fireworks, so I used very pale grey colors.

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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).

WOW
Stamps: Fireworks, You Wow Me (My Favorite Things – MFT);
Ink: Fog (Simon Says Stamp); Gravel Gray, Lush Lagoon (MFT); Highland Heather (Stampin’Up); Soft Sky (Hero Arts); Raspberry Fizz, Lovely Lady, Summer Sunrise, Harvest Gold, Bright Buttercup, New Leaf, Green Parakeet, Lilac Grace (Papertrey Ink – PTI);
Paper: White (PTI);

CC&S #299 – Season’s Greetings

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And here is my take:

Solstice Foliage | by karen h @ carefree creations

With these colors my mind went immediately to winter greenery.

I have such a hard time with dies! Some dies are meant to be lined up after you stamp; others are meant to be cut first – either way I mess it up! For the the large pinecone, I fussy cut it because it wasn’t as intricate as the flowers or pine bough.

The fern just above the ribbon bow was added after the card was all put together. My artistic-eye seems to work better through the camera lens. I was gonna just leave it, but this time it felt too lopsided without. The flower die is popped-up with dimensional adhesive so it was easy to peel that off. I pulled the ribbon down as much as I could and used a piece of paper to mask everything else (I also only inked the tip of the fern). Honestly, I’m surprised it worked, 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).

Season’s Greeting
Stamps: Holiday Greens, Keep it Simple Seasons’ Greetings (Papertrey Ink – PTI);
Ink: Mint Macaron, Tranquil Tide (Stampin’Up-SU); Cocoa Bean, Scarlet Jewel (PTI);
Paper: Rustic Cream (PTI);
Other: satin ribbon (PTI); Stitched Rectangle die (Lil Inkers);

CC&S #297 – You are the Best

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You are the Best | by karen h @ carefree creations

My inspiration for this comes from two places. The layout is the 3rd sketch in Papertrey’s October inspiration. The way I stamped the butterflies & their outlines was inspired by some old Stampin’Up paper – Cutie Pie (which has very similar colors to this 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).

you are the best
Stamps: Butterfly Dreams, All About You (Papertrey Ink – PTI);
Ink: Versamark (Tsuniko); Balmy Blue, So Saffron (Stampin’Up-SU); Soft Granite (Hero Arts);
Paper: White (PTI); Rich Razzleberry (SU);
Other: white embossing (Hero Arts); Thank You die (My Favorite Things);

CC&S #296

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And here is my take:

Holiday Springs | by karen h @ carefree creations

This is an “extra” Tuesday in the month, so we have a Timeless Tuesday challenge – and old CC&S sketch paired with retired colors.

These double challenges are usually hard for me, but this combo came together easily! To add a touch of interest, especially as I wasn’t matting the hanging panel, I used a die with a decorative edge.

I’m not usually a ribbon user, but the ribbon was the perfect way to add a “base” for the stamping.

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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 holiday cheer
Stamps: Holiday Greens, Spruce & Sprigs, Half & Half, Fillable Frames #9 (Papertrey Ink – PTI);
Ink: Gumball Green, Raspberry Ripple (Stampin’Up – SU);
Paper: Midnight Muse (SU); White (PTI);
Other: Half&Half die (PTI);

CC&S 295

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Thank You | by karen h @ carefree creations

When I first saw the sketch, my brain thought ocean scene (and didn’t want to let go). I wasn’t sure how to keep that idea CAS, but then decided to use pastel/subtle colors.

Instead of three separate stripes, I did a wavey die; but, otherwise, I tried to keep very close to the sketch.

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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: Salt Air Fauna, Salt Air Flora, Keep it Simple – Thank II (Papertrey Ink – PTI);
Ink: Mint Julep, Summer Sunrise, Canyon Clay (PTI); Espresso Truffle (Memento);
Paper: White (PTI); Sno Cone (My Favorite Things);
Other: Swirly Scribbles die (Stampin’Up); Stitched Rectangle die (Lil Inkers); Salt Air Fauna die (PTI);

Muddy Hogs

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Muddy Hogs | by karen h @ carefree creations

When I saw Blushing Bride as a color I immediately decided to use the piggy set. With the medium brown included, I thought about a pig in mud. I watercolored my image to get the look I wanted. The suede looks more like chocolate when watercolored, but suede is indeed what I used.

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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).

Hogs & Kisses
Stamps: This Little Piggy (Stampin’Up – SU);
Ink: Black (Palette); Early Espresso, Blushing Bride, Soft Suede (SU);
Paper: White (Papertrey Ink); Soft Suede, Early Espresso, Berry Burst (SU);
Other: Stitched Borders die (Lawn Fawn);

Life is Sweet

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Life is Sweet | by karen h @ carefree creations

Since the sketch specifically said NOT geometric, I went organic. As a pairing to the berries, I used a 3d embossing folder in a weave pattern.

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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).

Life is Sweet
Stamps: Beautiful Berries: Summer (Papertrey Ink – PTI);
Ink: Strawberry Slush, Raspberry Ripple (Stampin’Up); Elf Green (My Favorite Things – MFT); Pinefeather, Dark Chocolate (PTI);
Paper: Blue Breeze (MFT); Crumb Cake (SU); White (PTI);
Other: Beautiful Berries Summer die (PTI); Woven embossing (We R Memory Keepers);