CASology – Summer

It is time for a new CASology challenge. Check out the latest challenge – SUMMER!

Here is my take:

Sweet Strawberries | by karen h @ carefree creations

Oh how I love strawberries in the summer!

So while I was stamping this, using a positioner tool, my card moved just a smidge, so my strawberry tops were not stamped in the correct place. Thankfully, once I positioned it correctly, it just looked like a bit of shadow.

I did use different greens for the leaves than the strawberry tops.

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Sweet Birthday Wishes
Stamps: Strawberry Patch, Strawberry Patch Sentiments (Papertrey Ink – PTI);
Ink: Strawberry Slush, Garden Green, Crushed Curry (Stampin’Up); Field Day (My Favorite Things);
Paper: White (PTI);

CASology – Color

It is time for a new CASology challenge. Check out the latest challenge – COLOR!

Here is my take:

Read Relax Repeat | by karen h @ carefree creations

With this cue, I came up with either coloring an image or using lots of color. I couldn’t really decide which, so I did both. Anything to make a rainbow 🙂

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Read Relax Repeat
Stamps: Book Club (Newtons Nook);
Ink: Black (Memento); markers (Copic);
Paper: White (Papertrey Ink);
Other: Stitched Rectangle die (Lil Inkers);

CASology – Mother

It is time for a new CASology challenge. Check out the latest challenge – mother!

Here is my take:

Mother's Day | by karen h @ carefree creations

I recently bought these dies because the are just to pretty! I had to use them to make a Mother’s Day card.

Putting this together was pretty straight forward. Die cut all the layers and glue ’em together. After adding the die detail to the card base, adhere the flower die cuts.

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Happy Mother’s Day
Stamps: Boutique Borders Mother (Papertrey Ink – PTI);
Ink: Narwhal (Lawn Fawn);
Paper: Pear Pizzazz, Gumball Green, Merry Merlot, Purely Pomegranate, Regal Rose, Powder Pink (Stampin’Up); White (PTI);
Other: Garden Picks die (Altenew); Shape Shifters 1 die (PTI);

CASology – Turquoise

It is time for a new CASology challenge. Check out the latest challenge – TURQUOISE!

Here is my take:

I decided to make my card with just the one color. As a compliment, I added silver embossing.

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Wishing You
Stamps: Tickle My Fancy (Clearly Besotted);
Ink: Tempting Turquoise (Stampin’Up – SU); Versamark (Tsukineko);
Paper: White (Papertrey Ink);
Other: silver embossing (Filigree);

CASology – Africa

It is time for a new CASology challenge. Check out the latest challenge – AFRICA!

Here is my take:

Wild & Crazy | by karen h @ carefree creations

I love pattern paper – I have so much it is ridiculous….but I hardly ever use it (it isn’t really conducive to keeping a card CAS). But I have learned some tricks for using it in small doses. The easiest way is to contain it. In this card I die cut a window and the pattern peeks through that negative space.

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Happy Birthday
Stamps: It’s a Jungle Out There (Papertrey Ink – PTI);
Ink: Crushed Curry, Delightful Dijon (Stampin’Up – SU);
Paper: Terracotta Tile, White (PTI); Taken with Teal, Go Wild pattern paper (SU);
Other: Stitched Circles die (Simon Says Stamp); white embossing (Hero Arts);

CASology – Leap

It is time for a new CASology challenge. Check out the latest challenge – Leap!

Here is my take:

Leap of Faith | by karen h @ carefree creations

Leap immediately made me think frogs. I love frogs, but I only have two frog sets. I chose to use this old one. Then I actually found I have a sentiment with the word “leap” in it.

The lily pad and frog are fussy cut.

The card needed a little touch of something, so I added the stitched frame. I used the same color cardstock as the base to keep the CAS style intact.

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Leap of Faith
Stamps: Leap Frog (Stampin’Up – SU); A Little Inspiration (Papertrey Ink);
Ink: Lucky Limeade, Mossy Meadow (SU);
Paper: Soft Sky, Lucky Limeade (SU);
Other: All Framed Up die (Reverse Confetti);

CASology – Plastic

It is time for a new CASology challenge. Check out the latest challenge – Plastic!

Here is my take:

Sympathy | by karen h @ carefree creations

When I saw this week’s cue I immediately thought of this technique. It’s a pretty easy technique – just take a piece of plastic wrap, scrunch it up, ink it up, and use it to “stamp” on paper.

My original plan was to stamp the botanicals with black as a silhouette, but when it came time to stamp them, it felt that would be too bleak. I used colors from the technique instead.

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With Sympathy
Stamps: Botanicals 2 (Paper Smooches); Keep it Simple: Sympathy (Papertrey Ink – PTI);
Ink: Limeade Ice (PTI); Lucky Limeade, Lost Lagoon (Stampin’Up);
Paper: White (PTI);
Other: plastic wrap;

CASology – Burst

It is time for a new CASology challenge. Check out the latest challenge – Burst!

Here is my take:

Wow! You did it! | by karen h @ carefree creations

When I first saw the cue was “burst” – using these explosion images was my first thought. I went with the classic comic book colors. The layered bits are fussy cut.

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Wow!
Stamps: Explosion, Explosion Additions (Uniko);
Ink: Watermelon Wonder, Pacific Point (StampinUp); Pineapple (My Favorite Things);
Paper: White, Lemon Tart, Spring Rain (Papertrey Ink);

CASology – Ocean

It is time for a new CASology challenge. Check out the latest challenge – Ocean!

Here is my take:

Swim in the Sea | by karen h @ carefree creations

I frequently make cards where ocean is a theme, so I really don’t know why I struggled with this challenge, but I did. Some of the problem was that the things I tried did NOT work (why do I keep PearlEx powder in my stash – I can never make it work for me!).

My original idea was to pair this watercolor background with a jellyfish image, but that didn’t work (either because I messed up the jellyfish with the PearlEx or I realized the image was too small in comparison to the water). After a bit I decided I really wanted that water to take center stage anyway.

After stamping the palms on regular paper, I fussy cut it out and popped it over the water with dimensional adhesive. The sentiment is white embossed.

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Live in the Sunshine…
Stamps: Paradise Palms (Newton’s Nook);
Ink: Distress Pad Salty Ocean & Peacock Feathers, Distress Marker Mowed Lawn & Frayed Burlap (Ranger); Versamark (Tsukineko);
Paper: Watercolor (Canson); White (Papertrey Ink);
Other: white embossing powder (Hero Arts);

CASology – Earth

It is time for a new CASology challenge. Check out the latest challenge – EARTH!

Here is my take:

Til We're Fossils | by karen h @ carefree creations

I decided to do my card based on stuff found in the earth. The stamping was tone on tone to simulate fossils in the ground.

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I’ll Love You ‘Til We’re Fossils
Stamps: No Bones (Stampin’Up); Prehistoric (My Favorite Things);
Ink: Classic Kraft, Dark Chocolate (Papertrey Ink – PTI);
Paper: Classic Kraft, Rustic Cream (PTI);
Other: Double Ended Banner die (PTI);