CASology – Cloudy

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

Here is my take:

Smile in the Rain | by karen h @ carefree creations

I haven’t used this set yet (got it on clearance recently) and I like this cloud image, so this challenge seemed like a great time to get the set inky!

I kept the card simple. Where I wanted the sentiment meant it needed to overlap on the cloud. I used a MISTI to do the inking.

The cloud is fussy cut.

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I like people…
Stamps: So Striking (Papertrey Ink – PTI);
Ink: Spring Rain (PTI); Crisp Cantaloupe (Stampin’Up); Soft Granite (Hero Arts);
Paper: White (PTI);

CASology – Frozen

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

Here is my take:

Keep Warm | by karen h @ carefree creations

My fiber is from ScrapGoods. Does anyone remember them? I used to be a subscriber ages ago – in fact the fiber is dated in 2003! (I am a very good hoarder!)

I wrapped the fiber around a panel to emulate a scarf. I like the little pop of color.

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keep warm
Stamps: My Peeps, Warm Hearts (Paper Smooches);
Ink: Black (Papertrey Ink – PTI);
Paper: White (PTI);
Other: fiber (stash);

CASology – Fresh

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

Here is my take: Fresh Start | by karen h @ carefree creations

When I first thought about the “fresh” cue, I had lots of ideas, but the new years theme stuck. I didn’t have any stamps that says fresh start, but I did have this sentiment – which is actually a birthday sentiment (I didn’t ink up the additional “happy birthday” line).

I paired the sentiment with a sunrise image and background.

This card made me remember that detail stamps don’t do well on watercolor paper 🙂  Some of the words lost their edges.

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happy new year
Stamps: Quoted Move Mountains, Inside Out Birthday II, Keep it Simple New Year (Papertrey Ink – PTI);
Ink: Squeezed Lemonade, Dried Marigold, Spun Sugar Distress (Ranger); Charcoal (Hero Arts); Black (PTI);
Paper: Watercolor (Ranger); White (PTI);
Other: Mix & Mat Pretty Brackets die, Bountiful Banners (PTI);

CASology – Holly

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

Here is my take:

Holly Season | by karen h @ carefree creations

I don’t know why, but I really love winter foliage. Making a holly card was only difficult because I had too many options to chose from, lol! I decided to use this set that hasn’t seen much love at all.

I didn’t do well with placing the sentiment – I don’t know why but I thought the gold would stand out more…I should have stamped it further right. Oh well. I did take a photo tilted in the light so you could see the gold, cuz it is pretty 🙂

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Season’s Greetings
Stamps: Holly Berries (Simon Says Stamp);
Ink: Pinefeather (Papertrey Ink – PTI); Berry Burst (Stampin’Up); Versamark (Tsukineko);
Paper: White Rustic (PTI);
Other: gold embossing powder (Filigree);

CASology – North

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

Here is my take:

Waving Hi | by karen h @ carefree creations

I let my kiddo pick the stamp set for this card – and the image. Of course they picked the smallest bear! Since the image is small, I figured I’d place it up the card like it was far away (which is appropriate since it is waving). I decided to have him standing at the edge of water. I like sentiment collages, so I thought I’d add one for this card – and put it in the water so it didn’t detract from the scene.

The bear is colored with Copics with the no-line technique.

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Waving Hi
Stamps: Polar Bear Pals (My Favorite Things);
Ink: Tumbled Glass, Antique Linen Distress (Ranger); markers (Copic); Versamark (Tsukineko);
Paper: White (Papertrey Ink);
Other: white embossing powder (Hero Arts);

CASology – Girl

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

Here is my take:

Hope Santa Spoils You | by karen h @ carefree creations

I like candy color christmas colors. For this card, I started with the green card base. When coloring the child image, I wanted to bring the green into the image, but didn’t want it to be the only color. On the coat I did a plaid pattern to work in the green.

When stamping the sentiment, I did start with the softest of the two curve dies. I cut little slits between the two lines and also between the bottom words. Those snips let me bend the photopolymer. I used a MISTI to help me position and work on the curve before stamping.

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Hope Santa Spoils You
Stamps: Jingle All the Way, Santa’s Elves (My Favorite Things – MFT);
Ink: Black (Momento); Black Brilliance (Tsukineko); markers (Copic);
Paper: White (Papertrey Ink); Sour Apple (MFT);
Other: Stitched Scallops Basic Edgers die (MFT);

CASology – Glass

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

Here is my take:

Rainbow Chemistry | by karen h @ carefree creations

This week’s challenge is glass. Lots of ideas, but the chemistry stamp set is what held my eye. The sentiment lead to the stamping composition.

The heart is done with chalk to give it the soft foggy look of steam.

I originally was going to make this a one layer card with the stamping smack dab in the middle, but for some reason the paper I chose (which is heavier than my normal fare) bled the outline ink and it didn’t look right. So instead I pulled out my trusty Papertrey white and figured I’d have to die cut it somehow (because PTI paper can’t handle Copics without bleeding). Once I had the image colored, I had to decide the layout of the card. I don’t normally do circles because I find them hard to work with. I wanted to challenge myself, so that is what I used to die cut the scene. I did die cut it a little off center so I could have it off the card edge. I used a pink cardstock panel to help draw the eye to the image (the edge of the pink panel is centered behind the heart/images/sentiment).

Happy with this card, but: (1) wish I could have blended the right-hand beaker contents better (the left one seems so seemless); (2) I think I should have embossed the pink panel with texture (things you see behind the camera after you’re done, sigh).

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We have chemistry
Stamps: Great Chemistry (Paper Smooches):
Ink: Black (Momento); markers (Copic);
Paper: White (Papertrey Ink); Pink Pirouette (Stampin’Up-SU);
Other: Stitched Circle die (Simon Says Stamp); Pastels chalk (SU);

CC&S #298 – Elegant Cake

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

And here is my take:

Elegant Cake | by karen h @ carefree creations

I started this design by looking at my edger and border dies. I decided a very simple card with a frosting edge and cardstock colors to mimic a cake.

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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: Keep it Simple Birthday (Papertrey Ink – PTI);
Ink: Versamark (Tsukineko);
Paper: Dark Chocolate, Vintage Cream, Lovely Lady (PTI);
Other: Frosted Borders die (PTI); Vanilla embossing powder (Stampin’Up);

CASology – Compliment

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

Here is my take:

Exceed Expectations | by karen h @ carefree creations

I had the idea for this card last month when I was thinking about boss day cards. I ended up not making them this year, but I liked this idea too much, so when the Compliment idea came by, I knew this card would be the perfect fit.

I drew the graph line and scribble colored the heart.

Don’t get intimidated to draw your own things….it might just take lots of practice (and this is just a partial set of the practice):

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You meet or exceed
Stamps: Incognito (Paper Smooches);
Ink: Dark Indigo (Papertrey Ink – PTI); sharpie markers;
Paper: Notebook pattern (Stampin’Up); Dark Indigo (PTI);

CASology – Arithmetic

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

Here is my take:

Better Than Average | by karen h @ carefree creations

I am not good with math, so when this cue came around I was checking out google for math puns. I found this (and once I learned what the heck it meant), I loved it. Oh, and for those of you, like me, scratching your head wondering what the heck that formula is – it means “UR greater than average”. The original is “B” instead of “UR”, but I wanted to give this card to my kiddo and I liked the slight difference in meaning.

I used a graphics program to create the equation, then filled it with a rainbow gradient. After a couple test prints and position tweaks, I printed it directly on the card stock for a perfect one-layer card.

My mojo took a few weeks off (thankfully I had worked ahead on most of the challenges), but I feel like things are coming around again! I’m so happy with how this card turned out!

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math pun
Paper: White (Papertrey Ink);
Other: Adobe Garamond Pro font, printer;