CASology – Shimmer

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

Here is my take:

Beautiful Day | by karen h @ carefree creations

This cue was a challenge for me (because my only idea was sparkles on the water – but I’ve already done that card). Then I remembered some cool cards that showed sunlight filtering down in an underwater scene. I tried my best, lol. And just in case the sunrays didn’t do it, I added some glitter pen to the rays and the jellyfish.

To keep the color count down, I made the seaweed & coral white.

The banner die was longer than I needed (and only fish-tailed on one end), but I die cut a kraft strip, stamped my sentiment, then ran the paper & die back through to trim the excess.

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Have a Beautiful Day
Stamps: July 2016 Kit (Hero Arts – HA);
Ink: Blueprint Sketch Distress (Ranger); Flirty Flamingo (Stampin’Up – SU); White (Stewart Superior);
Paper: White (Papertrey Ink – PTI); Pink Pirouette (SU);
Other: July 2016 Kit dies, Color Layering Goldfish die (HA); oval die (Spellbinders); Sketched Shapes banner die (PTI); Wink of Stella glitter pen (ZIG); Radiating Rays stencil (My Favorite Things);

CASology – Citrus

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

Here is my take:

Lemonade | by karen h @ carefree creations

I recently bought a couple citrus stamp sets as I had been lacking the images that I’ve wanted. I used the large slice from this stamp set and just tried to keep the whole card simple.

This cardstock is one from a sampler pack – and I absolutely love this shade. It is a wonderfully pale yellow that is pure in tone.

I did add a few touches of glitter pen to the lemon slice.

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When life gives you…
Stamps: Main Squeeze (Altenew);
Ink: Lemon Tart [old version], Bright Buttercup (Papertrey Ink-PTI); Banana Split (My Favorite Things); Daffodil Delight (Stampin’Up); Charcoal (Hero Arts);
Paper: Lemon (Simon Says Stamp);
Other: clear Wink of Stella glitter pen (ZIG);

CASology – Ring

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

Here is my take:

Count Your Rings | by karen h @ carefree creations

I wasn’t sure where to go with this cue at first. Eventually I set on a birthday card with tree rings.

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You’re How Old?
Stamps: Rooted in Nature (Stampin’Up- SU); Offbeat Birthday (Papertrey Ink – PTI);
Ink: Crumb Cake, Soft Suede, Garden Green (SU);
Paper: Rustic Cream (PTI);
Other: Nature’s Roots die (SU); Framed Out 1 die (PTI);

CASology – Calm

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

Here is my take:

Eat a Cupcake | by karen h @ carefree creations

Eat a Cupcake | by karen h @ carefree creations

So usually I stamp my cards early (like a week before the month even starts all my cards are done). This month…well, it is just a few days before this challenge goes live and I’ve stamped exactly this card. sigh. At least the card is super simple (ish). [The ish is due to this not being a photopolymer stamp set, so getting things straight took forever…and we’ll just ignore that it isn’t really straight or even.]

I only have a couple stamps that say “calm” and I really wasn’t in the mood for a get well type card. Nope, instead I went with a yummy sweet and encouraging card!

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Keep Calm
Stamps: Carry On (Stampin’Up – SU);
Ink: Raspberry Fizz (Papertrey Ink – PTI); Crisp Cantaloupe (SU); Grape Jelly, Gravel Gray (My Favorite Things);
Paper: White (PTI);

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);