CASology – Go Fly a [Kite]

There is still time to play along with the CASology challenge – Kite!

I thought I’d post some more inspiration for you:

Sky is the Limit | by karen h @ carefree creations

I used a previous CC&S sketch because it just fit so well with the Kite theme – I really liked the feel of the kite going off the page.

I did some paper piecing for the kite using the wonderfully cheery Rainbow Sherbet paper pack.

You have another week to get your card made – hope you join us!

I hope you join us at CASology – and, for more inspiration, check out the other design team members:

Thanks for stopping by!

The Sky is the Limit
Stamps: Sunny Side up (Paper Smooches – PS);
Ink: Black, Espresso (Memento);
Paper: White; Blue Breeze, Ripe Raspberry (My Favorite Things); ( Rainbow Sherbet pattern (PS);
Other: Flag Tags die (PS); balloon strings die (PTI);

CASology – Kite

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

Here is my take:

Tons of Fun | by karen h @ carefree creations

I don’t have too many kites in my stash, but this little dude was just too cute not to stamp.

The kite image is partially inked (just the kite & bow) and then I used a liner pen to add the string.

Check back next week when I’ll have more inspiration from this challenge!

I hope you join us at CASology – and, for more inspiration, check out the other design team members:

Thanks for stopping by!

Tons of Fun
Stamps: Adorable Elephants (My Favorite Things); Mowed Lawn Distress (Ranger);
Ink: black (Memento); markers (Copic);
Paper: White (Papertrey Ink);
Other: Stitched Rectangle die (Lil Inkers):

CASology – Give Me [Tea] and a Book

There is still time to play along with the CASology challenge – TEA!

I thought I’d post some more inspiration for you:

Very Jane | by karen h @ carefree creations

When I was designing for this challenge I pulled together all of my tea-based images. I hadn’t used this set in forever and I was really feeling that sentiment. I just had to pair it all with this awesome Jane Austen pattern paper!

You have another week to get your card made – hope you join us!

Thanks for stopping by!

a cup of tea big enough
Stamps: All Booked Up (Papertrey Ink – PTI);
Ink: Dark Chocolate (PTI); Versamark (Tsukineko);
Paper: Cream, Dark Chocolate cardstock, Dear Jane pattern (PTI);
Other: circle die (Spellbinders); Vanilla embossing powder (Stampin’Up);

CASology – Tea

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

Here is my take:

Steep Stir Enjoy | by karen h @ carefree creations

My cards have been feeling a bit formulaic to me lately, so I wanted a different design. I decided to make my own pattern paper and use just a bit for a CAS design.

Check back next week when I’ll have more inspiration from this challenge!

I hope you join us at CASology – and, for more inspiration, check out the other design team members:

Thanks for stopping by!

steep stir enjoy
Stamps: Tea for Two, Tea for Two Additions (Papertrey Ink – PTI);
Ink: Brilliance black (Tsukineko); Poppy Parade, More Mustard, Pineapple Punch (Stampin’Up – SU); Soft Granite (Hero Arts);
Paper: White (PTI); Poppy Parade, More Mustard (SU);

CASology – [Skyline] at Night

There is still time to play along with the CASology challenge – SKYLINE!

I thought I’d post some more inspiration for you:

I Love You | by karen h @ carefree creations

This time I used a die to create the skyline. I first took a large panel of grey cardstock and did partial die-cutting to get the skyline across the top (the die actually cuts the bottom edge too). Then I did more partial with the stitched rectangle as I didn’t want the stitches going up into the buildings.

There are actually 2 dies, one does the outline and windows, the other is just the outline. I used both dies, but for the yellow solid one, I did trim it down so none of the yellow could be seen except through the windows.

I added some sparkle to the card base (masked the edge so that it was an “extension” of the skyline panel). I also added some acrylic paint spots. Here is a closeup:

sparkle detail | by karen h @ carefree creations

I wasn’t sure what sentiment to use. This one worked – and it let me add a moon (which was good because the paint stars seemed more like snow and adding the moon made it look better to me).

And those with eagle eyes may have spied that I used my sketch from when I hosted at CC&S in January.

You have another week to get your card made – hope you join us!

Thanks for stopping by!

i love you
Stamps: Out on a Limb Sentiments (Papertrey Ink – PTI);
Ink: Versamark (Tsukineko);
Paper: Smokey Shadow (PTI); Crushed Curry (Stampin’Up);
Other: white Fine Line embossing powder (Ranger); Cityscape dies (Memory Box); Stitched Rectangle die (Lil Inkers); white acrylic paint; sparkle spritz;

CASology – Skyline

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

Here is my take:

Greetings | by karen h @ carefree creations

I stamped the skyline, then added the road image right up against it. I fussy cut everything – the city was tedious, but with nothing but straight lines, easy at the same time.

I liked the grey against blue, but wanted a pop so stamped the balloon on pink and a cloud on white.

Check back next week when I’ll have more inspiration from this challenge!

I hope you join us at CASology – and, for more inspiration, check out the other design team members:

Thanks for stopping by!

greetings
Stamps: Metropolis (Paper Smooches);
Ink: Brilliance black (Tsukineko);
Paper: Blue Breeze, Ripe Raspberry (My Favorite Things); Gray Granite (Stampin’Up);

CASology – [Tall] as the Mountains

There is still time to play along with the CASology challenge – TALL!

I thought I’d post some more inspiration for you:

Blue Misty Mountains | by karen h @ carefree creations

I live near the foothills of the Rocky Mountains. I grew up near the Blue Ridge of the Appalachian Mountains. I love being near the mountains – they are always quite a sight!

I bought new ink for this card – and I’m not sorry! These gorgeous colors will get much use in the future.

You have another week to get your card made – hope you join us!

Thanks for stopping by!

miss you
Stamps: Mountain Majesty (Papertrey Ink – PTI);
Ink: Misty Morning, Cloudy Sky, Nimbus (Altenew);
Paper: White (PTI); Not Quite Navy (Stampin’Up);
Other: Handwritten die (Little B);

CASology – Tall

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

Here is my take:

Merci | by karen h @ carefree creations

When you are 5-foot-nothing, most things are tall 🙂

My first thought though was of the Eiffel Tower.

Check back next week when I’ll have more inspiration from this challenge – something a bit closer to home!

I hope you join us at CASology – and, for more inspiration, check out the other design team members:

Thanks for stopping by!

merci
Stamps: City Scene, Think Big Favorites #3 (Papertrey Ink – PTI);
Ink: Amethyst Allure (PTI); Espresso Truffle (Memento);
Paper: Lilac Grace (PTI);

CASology – [Sweetheart] Burning Love

There is still time to play along with the CASology challenge – Sweetheart!

I thought I’d post some more inspiration for you:

Hot Stuff | by karen h @ carefree creations

I don’t have too many “love” based sets. This is one I got because it was different. When I was laying out the design I realized I needed something to keep this one-layer card from being too boring. My mind saw the match and wanted to make it seem like the match set the paper on fire.

Of course then I decided why make it seem like it was on fire when I could just set my paper on fire! Don’t worry, I had adult supervision 🙂 I don’t have any matches, so I used toothpicks. I didn’t want the fire to look like it started on the edge but at the match location. I poked a hole the paper where the match head would be, and stuck the burning toothpick through – leaning it towards the top to force the burn in that direction. I will say, neither the toothpick nor the paper really made a flame, they both sorta simmered and I went through a few toothpicks to get the desired burn. So happy with how it turned out!

I added “flames” using colored vellum (which was die cut using flamingo wings!!). The matchstick head was hand cut from dark grey cardstock – and I did that mostly to hide the adhesive I needed to stick the vellum pieces together and to the card base.

I hope you join us at CASology – and, for more inspiration, check out the other design team members:

Thanks for stopping by!

hey there, hot stuff
Stamps: Perfect Match (Papertrey Ink – PTI);
Ink: Classic Kraft (PTI); Raspberry Ripple (Stampin’Up); Espresso Truffle (Memento);
Paper: White, Smoky Shadow (PTI); vellum (stash);
Other: Flamingos die (My Favorite Things);

CASology – Sweetheart

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

Here is my take:

you have my heart | by karen h @ carefree creations

I love this sheep set, but I don’t think I’ve actually used it yet. This little guy with the heart caught my eye for this challenge.

Since there isn’t much to it, I offset it on the card base and used a die to emboss a circle ’round it all. Well, I didn’t have a stitched circle so I faked it with the Arch die…and it works perfectly (and saved me a few bucks from having to buy a die that, until now, I didn’t think I needed).

Oh, and I have a tip for any newbies reading this. I don’t have the dies for this because they are fairly easy images to cut out, but I didn’t want a white outline, so I trimmed as close as I could. That leaves little bits of white that show up on dark cardstock (granted, probably wouldn’t have been much of a problem for this card). If you run a black marker around the edge of the cut out, it neatens it up and “finishes” it. See…

finishing an edge

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Check back next week when I’ll have more inspiration from this challenge!

I hope you join us at CASology – and, for more inspiration, check out the other design team members:

Thanks for stopping by!

you have my heart
Stamps: Ewe Are Here (My Favorite Things – MFT);
Ink: Tuxedo (Memento); markers (Copic);
Paper: Tickled Pink (My Favorite Things), White (Papertrey Ink);
Other: Thank You die, Stitched Arch Stax die (MFT);