Tiny All Around

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And here is my take:

Thanks | by karen @ carefree creations

The first thing I thought of when I saw this sketch was a polaroid frame. I have two – one that is quite large and one that is quite small, lol. I decided to use the quite small one and make the card into a 4-bar size (3 1/2 x 4 7/8) so that the tiny frame wasn’t completely lost.

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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 so much
Stamps: Framed Out #1 sentiment, Tag-Its #5 flowers (Papertrey Ink – PTI);
Ink: Crisp Cantaloupe, Pistachio Pudding (Stampin’Up); Truffle (Momento);
Paper: White, Aqua Mist Pattern Pack (PTI);
Other: Framed Out #12 die (PTI);

You Are Magical

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And here is my take:

You Are Magical | by karen @ carefree creations

I will say I tried quite a few stamp images before I even got to unicorns and when I started this card I wasn’t really sure where I was going, but I am so happy with the final result. The sparkles add just the perfect touch.

Here is a better glimpse of those sparkles:

You Are Magical  - the sparkle | by karen @ carefree creations

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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 Magical
Stamps: Magical Day (Stampin’Up – SU);
Ink: markers (Copic); Black (Momento); Marina Mist, Sweet Sugarplum (SU);
Paper: White (Papertrey Ink – PTI); Sunshine & Sprinkles DSP (SU);
Other: Magic Mates die (SU); Stitched Circles (Simon Says Stamp);

You’re Brilliant

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You're Brilliant | by karen @ carefree creations

This was a fun sketch. I immediately thought about lightning bugs. I loved spending summer nights catching and releasing these amazing critters.

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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 brilliant
Stamps: Crystal Clear, Flap Happy Snowflakes (Paper Smooches – PS); Bright Idea (Technique Tuesday);
Ink: Versamark (Tsukineko); White (Papertrey Ink – PTI); Yoyo Yellow (Stampin’Up);
Paper: Dark Indigo (PTI);
Other: Crystal Clear die (PS); white embossing powder (Hero Arts);

You Make Me Happy

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And here is my take:

You Make Me Happy | by karen @ carefree creations

As soon as I saw these colors, I knew I had to break out the piggy set (so adorable!). I used a blender pen to color the image (and now I remember why I don’t like that technique, lol). Still, I quite like this card…it does make me happy!

The notebook paper die is adhered with just a little bit of tape in the center so that I could curl the edges up. Just a touch to help the card have interest.

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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 Make Me Happy
Stamps: This Little Piggy (Stampin’Up-SU); Because You (My Favorite Things);
Ink: Powder Pink, Berry Burst, Wild Wasabi (SU); Black (Palette); Versamark (Tsukineko);
Paper: Powder Pink, Berry Burst (SU); White (Papertrey Ink – PTI);
Other: white embossing powder (Hero Arts); Spiral Notebook, Wet Paint dies (PTI);

You Are My Happy

It is time for Timeless Tuesday challenge at CAS Colours & Sketches. Check out the latest challenge:

This special challenge involves some retired colors AND a past sketch (you have to use both). Here is my take:

You Are My Happy | by karen @ carefree creations

Double challenges are so challenging for me! I usually spend all my time coming up with ideas for either the colors or the sketch. It takes quite a bit of brain power to do something with both. And even then it usually involves something geometric or abstract – as this card is.

Thankfully I have those old colors in marker form as well as ink – so I used those to color my image. Using the MISTI, I was able to stamp my image multiple times ensuring complete ink coverage.

My white panel started out as wide as a card base. After stamping my image, I used a circle die to make an impression around the image. The impression also helped when cutting around the image.

Since the card is fairly flat, I added a button to the image center for interest.

The card above is actually iteration 2. Originally, my white panel went from the top to bottom:

You Are My Happy | by karen @ carefree creations

I was actually putting this blog post together with the original version when I realized the sketch showed space at the top and bottom – and after seeing the card on screen, I wish I had done that. So I peeled off the layer, trimmed it up and took a new photo.

I actually like both cards. I was fairly surprised that I liked the trimmed panel as much as I do! What do you think?

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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 My Happy
Stamps: Dot Spot (Papertrey Ink – PTI); Essential Sentiments (My Favorite Things – MFT);
Ink: Apricot Appeal, Certainly Celery, Coastal Cabana (Stampin’Up – SU); Versamark (Tsukineko);
Paper: Coastal Cabana (SU); White (PTI); Gravel Gray (MFT);
Other: white embossing powder (Hero Arts); Circle die (Spellbinders); Summer Sunrise button (PTI);

Birthday Gang

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And here is my take:

Birthday Herd | by karen @ carefree creations

This card is a tri-fold card. I made 2 card bases and taped them together so that the window flap opens to show the herd image which then opens to a blank inside.

Here is a better look at the herd:

Birthday Herd inside | by karen @ carefree creations

I colored the image with colored pencils (you can click the image to see it larger). I don’t have any gamsol, so this isn’t really blended at all. I did use a blending color pencil, but it didn’t help much. I’m still deciding if I want to get some gamsol, or just stick with my Copics.

Since the balloon shows through the window, I backed the pattern paper balloon with a cardstock balloon (the string die sandwiched between). I just liked the finish.

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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: From the Herd (Stampin’Up – SU); Bountiful Banners (Papertrey Ink – PTI);
Ink: Black for sentiment (PTI); Bashful Blue (SU); Black for herd (Brilliance Tsukineko); Colored Pencils (Prismacolor);
Paper: White, Pure Poppy pattern (PTI); Bashful Blue, Poppy Parade (SU);
Other: Bountiful Banners die, Balloon Strings die, Picnic Plaid impression plate (PTI); Make a Wish balloon die (Taylored Expressions); Stitched Circle die (Simon Says Stamp);

Winter Hope

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And here is my take:

Winter Hope | by karen @ carefree creations

Whoa boy, did this card take some time! I knew right away that, with these colors, I wanted to do a winter snowflake card. I spent hours selecting and arranging images to use. There were so many ways to lay it out and they all gave a different feel. I wanted my card to provide a feeling of movement and hope. To that end, I decided not to do anything too geometric/lined-up. I tried to do a watercolor thing, but that didn’t work and the colors weren’t quite right.

I finally decided to do a bit of sponging with the blue and stamp the snowflakes in a triangle with the sentiment as little strips over the flakes.

Originally I didn’t have any border on the main white panel, so I added a bit of wonky stitching with a die, but it didn’t look quite right (the paper was already cut down and I didn’t want to make smaller and not all the wonk fit), so I die cut again but with a straight stitch die.

The card needed one more touch – sparkle. I embossed the snowflakes with a glitter powder. I think my photo shows that the snowflakes are purple with a sparkly layer.

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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 Hope
Stamps: Fresh Snow, Flap Happy, Scripty Sayings, Mini Monograms (Paper Smooches);
Ink: Soft Sky (Stampin’Up); Winter Wisteria, Plum Pudding (Papertrey Ink – PTI);
Paper: White, Plum Pudding (PTI);
Other: Iridescent Sparkle embossing powder (Judikins);

Just Keep Swimming

Welcome to a new year of CAS Colours & Sketches challenges! I hope you enjoyed your holiday and are refreshed and ready for our the latest challenge:

And here is my take:

Just Keep Swimming | by karen @ carefree creations

I had so many ideas for this wonderfully versatile sketch! I narrowed it down to something fun and encouraging – I love this goldfish!

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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: Summer Sunrise, Orange Zest (Papertrey Ink – PTI);
Paper: White (PTI);
Other: Color Layering Goldfish die (HA); Caribbean bakers twine (The Twinery);

Jingle Bells

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I decided to use Sketch #210

And here is my take:

Jingle Bells | by karen @ carefree creations

It’s funny…every week I thought about how to use the colors or sketch as a holiday card (because I knew these challenges were coming). Of course, now when I need them, I don’t remember. Thankfully, I was able to come up with quite a few ideas. This sketch is so versatile. I thought these jingle bell dies worked perfectly.

The bells are cut from shiny silver paper and then backed with dark grey (so the bell openings don’t show the background). I chose colors that I thought would work well with silver.

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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).

Jingle Bells
Stamps: Pinebough wheel (Stampin’Up – SU); Ombre Sentiments (Papertrey Ink – PTI);
Ink: Forest Foliage (SU);
Paper: Silver Foil (SU); Slate Gray (Simon Says Stamp); Sno Cone (My Favorite Things); White (PTI);
Other: Jingle Bells die (Lil Inkers);

Love and Joy

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

I went all the way back to the first color challenge of the year – #204:

And here is my take:

Love & Joy | by karen @ carefree creations

I love the Holiday Trimmings set from Wplus9 – it is a great style that can go retro or new/modern! I loved Kara’s card with the soft colors. When I was looking for a color scheme for this challenge, the first one made me remember Kara’s card and I knew I just had to use it!

The strings are hand-drawn and I was a little crooked, but it works.

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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).

love & joy
Stamps: Holiday Trimmings (W+9);
Ink: Pink Pirouette, Soft Sky, Sweet Sugarplum (Stampin’Up – SU); Espresso Truffle ink and marker (Momento);
Paper: White (Papertrey Ink); Pink Pirouette (SU);