Copper Butterfly

It is time for another CASology challenge. Check out the latest challenge – COPPER!

Here is my take:

Copper Butterfly | by karen h @ carefree creations

I have some old copper embossing powder and decided I would use that for this challenge. (Since I couldn’t come up with a useable police pun….)

This butterfly set is old, but I still love it. I knew there wouldn’t be much to the card if I only embossed the image & sentiment. As I was looking through my index, I realized I could cut/impress the clouds and give some white-on-white texture. I added a touch of blue sponging just to highlight the butterfly even more.

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Birthday Wishes
Stamps: Butterfly Kisses (Papertrey Ink – PTI);
Ink: Versamark (Tsukineko); Tumbled Glass Distress (Ranger);
Paper: White (PTI);
Other: Copper embossing powder (Stampin’Up); Blue Skies impression plate (PTI);

Make Waves

It is time for another CASology challenge. Check out the latest challenge – Marine!

Here is my take:

Make Waves | by karen h @ carefree creations

This challenge has made me realize I have lots of marine stamps! I haven’t used this whale set yet so this was the perfect time!

I really like Heather’s card so I CASEd it.

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make waves
Stamps: Keep Swimming (Papertrey Ink – PTI);
Ink: After Midnight (My Favorite Things); Tumbled Glass, Salty Ocean, Mermaid Lagoon, Broken China distress inks (Ranger);
Paper: White (PTI); Tempting Turquoise (Stampin’Up); Watercolor (Ranger);
Other: Stitched Rectangle die (Lil Inkers);

Fiercely Awesome

It is time for another CASology challenge. Check out the latest challenge – Jungle!

Here is my take:

Fiercely Awesome | by karen h @ carefree creations

This set is still new enough to me that I wanted to play with it again. I used a cloud stencil to create the sky behind the tiger.

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You are Fiercely Awesome
Stamps: Fierce Friends (My Favorite Things – MFT); Palm Prints (Papertrey Ink – PTI);
Ink: Black (Memento); Versamark (Tsukineko); markers (Copic); New Leaf (PTI); Dill Pickle (MFT); Tumbled Glass distress ink (Ranger);
Paper: White, New Leaf (PTI);
Other: Mini Cloud stencil, Fierce Friends die (MFT); Palm Prints die (PTI); White embossing powder (Hero Arts);

You Rock!

It is time for another CASology challenge. Check out the latest challenge – Active!

My computer crashed last week. I’m hobbling along on a spare (yes, I am VERY thankful we have a spare). I don’t have my normal applications. To edit my photo I used a really awesome free online photo editor…but I don’t know how to use it, lol. Please forgive the lack of color adjustment. New image….

Here is my take:

You Rock | by karen h @ carefree creations

This card took me forever! OK, not this card….I had a really ambitious interactive card that I wanted to do, but it required me to be an engineer and I am NOT an engineer. Seriously, it sat on my desk for weeks while I tried this and that. I finally gave up a few days ago and stamped this. I do like it, but I feel like a failure anyway, lol!

My hubby has been learning guitar, so I’ll give this to him. While he isn’t very active while playing, I was going with the “rock” part.

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You Rock
Stamps: Boy Basics: Rock On (Papertrey Ink – PTI); So 80s (Wplus9);
Ink: Bright Buttercup (PTI); Tempting Turquoise (Stampin’Up); Green Room (My Favorite Things);
Paper: White (PTI);

Parenting is Hard!

It is time for another CASology challenge. Check out the latest challenge – PARENT!

Here is my take:

You can do it! | by karen h @ carefree creations

There are quite a few ways I could have gone with this challenge cue. I ended up doing parent(ing). While this is a card for my daughter – it could easily be for me! I have a daughter with severe anxiety and I really have no idea if I’m helping or hurting the situation. If anyone has experience with anxiety – I’d love to hear from you!! (carefree dot creations at gmail dot com)

I used a lunchbox notes stamp set which has some really encouraging sentiments in it. Knowing I wanted to use a few of them and stack them up, I thought an ombre/gradient color scheme would work best. Each line is a different color. I listed them in order in the supply list below.

To add a focal point to the card, I selected one sentiment to white emboss on a color card stock.

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You can do it!
Stamps: Background Basics: Diagonals Additions, Lunchbox Love, Keep it Simple: Love (Papertrey Ink – PTI);
Colors: old Lemon Tart, Limeade Ice (PTI); Lemon Lime Twist (Stampin’Up-SU); New Leaf (PTI); Mint Macaron (SU); Aqua Mist (PTI); Baja Breeze (SU); Pool (Hero Arts); Blueberry Sky (PTI); Lavender Fields (My Favorite Things); Lovely Lilac (SU); Soft Purple (Hero Arts); old Plum Pudding (PTI);
Other: Versamark ink (Tsukineko); white embossing powder (Hero Arts);

She Believed She Could….

It is time for another CASology challenge. Check out the latest challenge – BELIEVE!

Here is my take:

She Believed She Could | by karen h @ carefree creations

I just had to break out this piggy set when I saw the challenge cue! It is so adorable!

I did no-line watercoloring on the image – started with a light grey ink. This is actually my second attempt with this image because the first time I did it I colored the wings first. If you haven’t tried the no-line technique before, the lines that you color near first “gather” the ink you color you use and the lines are a bit darker than the open space around it. Since I started with the wings, the “shared” lines (like the piggy’s back & ear) ended up being the grey color that I used to shade the wings which made the wings look more prominent than the pig did and I did not like it. I stamped the image again and this time started coloring the piggy first (I also did a much lighter shading of the wings).

My original layout for this card was landscaped with the sentiment on banners. It started to be too much for a clean & simple challenge. I set that idea aside and decided to use a go-to layout for CAS cards. I did add an embossed frame to add a touch of interest.

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She believed she could…
Stamps: This Little Piggy (Stampin’Up-SU);
Ink: Fog (Simon Says Stamp); Distress inks: Tattered Rose, Pumice Stone (Ranger); Espresso Truffle (Momento);
Paper: Sno Cone (My Favorite Things – MFT); Watercolor (Ranger); White (Papertrey Ink);
Other: Cloud Trio dies (MFT); Dotted Details frame die (Mama Elephant);

Start Each Day

It is time for another CASology challenge. Check out the latest challenge – START!

Here is my take:

Start Each Day | by karen h @ carefree creations

So, I only have a few stamps that have the word “start” in them. While I know I could do other things, this is how I start my brainstorming. When I saw this stamp set, I stopped brainstorming! Love this set! I did pull my colors from sunrise photos.

My layout is a little tight, but I liked the idea of using just a portion of the card.

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Start each day
Stamps: Lovely Layers (Papertrey Ink – PTI);
Ink: Wet Cement (Hero Arts); Melon Berry, Hibiscus Burst, Plum Pudding (PTI);
Paper: Peach Bellini, Tickled Pink (My Favorite Things); Lilac Grace, Soft Stone card stock, Soft Stone Bitty Big pattern paper (PTI);
Other: Lovely Layers die (PTI);

Awesome Dad Crossing

It is time for another CASology challenge. Check out the latest challenge – Cross!

Here is my take:

Awesome Dad | by karen @ carefree creations

My first thought was cross-stitch, but I didn’t really have time to stitch something nor do I have stamps for that. As I was going through my index, I saw the Road Signed set and decided I definitely wanted to use that.

I bounced around the idea of not being literal and doing bright colors, but I just couldn’t…for some reason I wanted realistic.

Originally, I was going to use pattern paper, but the blacks didn’t match and that irritated me. As I was reviewing my options for creating the crosswalk, I thought stencil paste would provide the right look – around me, road stripes always look well worn (though I wish my paste was shiny as that would have been even more realistic).

To make the stencil stripes, I used a stencil that had lots of different width stripes. I picked one stripe and taped off the others. I stenciled the stripe once, pull off the stencil, cleaned it, and let the stripe dry and repeated that process to create all 4 stripes. For someone who doesn’t like techniques because they are messy or time intense, I was surprised I went this route – but I’m so happy I did.

Once I had the crossing stripes done and the sign embossed, I decided the card needed one more touch – the twine.

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Awesome Dad Crossing
Stamps: Road Signed (Papertrey Ink-PTI);
Ink: Versamark (Tsukineko);
Paper: Black (PTI);
Other: Black embossing powder (Filigree); Gradated Blocks stencil (Simon Says Stamp); embossing paste (Vecchi); Twine (stash);

Butterfly Happiness

It is time for another CASology challenge. Check out the latest challenge – Foil!

Here is my take:

Butterfly Happiness | by karen @ carefree creations

I love the look of foil, but I always have a hard time getting it to work. To do this card, I used a glue technique that I learned from Jennifer McGuire. I still had to stamp and foil it twice to get the rays mostly covered. {After making my card, I found this video from Minc where I learned a couple tips that may help me in the future! AND THEN I found this video from Jennifer where I learned I could use embosed images. You may see more foiling from me soon!}

Anyway…usually when I think foil, I think elegant, but I wanted something fun. I chose some bold spring colors because it reinforced the “happiness” sentiment.

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Happiness
Stamps: Beautiful Butterflies, Beautiful Butterflies Layers (Papertrey Ink – PTI); Gorgeous Grunge (Stampin’Up);
Ink: Lavender Fields, Ripe Raspberry, Tropical Teal (My Favorite Things); Fog (Simon Says Stamp); Espresso Truffle (Memento);
Paper: White (PTI);
Other: Beautiful Butterflies die (PTI);

Shiny Hello

It is time for another CASology challenge. Check out the latest challenge – Bug!

Here is my take:

Shiny Hello | by karen @ carefree creations

I went with the obvious interpretation of the cue – mostly because I wanted to break out my Twinkling H2Os!

Since I knew I would be watercoloring, I stamped my image with a Palette ink first. After coloring the image (and letting it air dry), I then overstamped with Brillance to get the dark black color (love having a MISTI!).

Here is a close up of the shimmer:

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Hello
Stamps: Beetles & Bugs (Stampin’Up); Happy Trails, Fillable Frames 1 (Papertrey Ink – PTI);
Ink: Noir (Palette); Graphite (Memento); Lemongrass & Mystic Blue Twinkling H2Os;
Paper: White (PTI);