CASology – Relax Read [Repeat]

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

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

Read, Repeat | by karen h @ carefree creations

Last time I did repeated stamping…this time I used a sentiment with the word repeat. Since it was book themed, I made a bookmark.

To make the bookmark, I used the Half & Half die from Papertrey – that only cuts one end (the other is left un-cut). I started with a full-sized panel, cut one end with the die, added my stamping and then flipped the die around to cut the top. I have a TON of eyelets and fiber so I added that to the bookmark as well.

To attach the bookmark to the card – and still make it removable, I created a tiny holder out of clear acetate. The acetate is cut 1/4 inch wider than the bookmark (so 1/8 on each side) and using an old notch tool, I added little half-moon cuts that the bookmark then fits into. The acetate holder is adhered to the pattern paper.

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

Thanks for stopping by!

relax read repeat
Stamps: Book Club (Newton’s Nook); Half & Half (Papertrey Ink – PTI);
Ink: Black (Memento); markers (Copic); Marina Mist (Stampin’Up – SU);
Paper: Marina Mist (SU); Sunshine & Sprinkles pattern (SU); Clearly Creative acetate sheet (PTI);
Other: Half & Half die (PTI); eyelet (stash); fiber (stash);

CASology – Repeat

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

Here is my take:

My People | by karen h @ carefree creations

This card is a CASE of a lovely watercolor I found on Pinterest. Unfortunately the link no longer works and I haven’t been able to find the artist to give credit.

To start, I printed the sentiment on my card base. Using a swoop template that I hand-cut, I stamped my top line of bubbles. Then I just kept stamping adding colors and fish. Between the size of my “canvas” and the images I used, I couldn’t get the cool attrition and flowy shape shown in the inspiration piece.

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’re my people
Stamps: Pond Life (Papertrey Ink – PTI); Lots of Dots (Simon Says Stamp);
Ink: Soft Pool, Dusty Blue, Deep Ocean (Hero Arts); Ocean Tides (PTI); Blueberry Bushel (Stampin’Up);
Paper: White (PTI);
Other: computer font (CK Letter Home);

CASology – New Year’s Branch

There is still time to play along with the CASology challenge – BRANCH; it is an extended deadline!

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

Bird Greets the New Year | by karen h @ carefree creations

I created this card based on an illustration I found searching the internet for ideas. I loved the colors and the inclusion of a bird for new years.

The hardest thing about making this was getting the bird colored! The stamp is a 2-step image so I had to do LOTS of selective inking and masking. And it took 4 tries to get it to this (not perfect, but after four tries, it was good enough).

I hope you join us at CASology- the challenge doesn’t end until Monday, January 6!

happy new year
Stamps: Winter Woods, Keep it Simple-New Year (Papertrey Ink – PTI);
Ink: Watermelon, Blueberry (Stampin’Up – SU); Smoke (Simon Says Stamp); Sno Cone (My Favorite Things);
Paper: Watermelon, Crumb Cake (SU); Rustic White (PTI);
Other: Winter Woods die, Herb Garden stencil (PTI); Twig & Berries die (Memory Box);

CASology – Christmas Branch

There is still time to play along with the CASology challenge – BRANCH; it is an extended deadline!

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

Christmas Branch | by karen h @ carefree creations

Since my previous Branch card was autumn, I thought I’d do a Christmas one this time around.

The style of the ornament is a bit retro, so I chose to do retro coloring.

There is lots of extra time to play this cue, so check back again next week when I’ll have more inspiration from this challenge!

I hope you join us at CASology!

Deck the Halls
Stamps: What the Doodle (Papertrey Ink);
Ink: Black (Memento); markers (Copic);
Paper: White, Vintage Jadeite (Papertrey Ink);
Other: Stitched Rectangle dies (Lil Inkers);

CASology – Branch

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

Here is my take:

Thankful | by karen h @ carefree creations

I decided to use autumn colors for this card. I kept my stamping to the top 1/3 of the card leaving lots of white space.

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:

Deidre Payne
Jacquie Southas
Janet Ribet **Sadly this is her last week with us – make sure you leave her some love!!
Jen Wills
Joyce Mehrberg
Melissa Chipperfield
Milka Gubo
Nancy Elrick
Sue Symens

Thanks for stopping by!

thankful
Stamps: Beautiful Berries – Autumn (Papertrey Ink);
Ink: Espresso, Firebrick, Evergreen (Altenew); Hello Honey (StampinUp);
Paper: Rustic Cream (PTI);

CASology – Gingerbread, part 2

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

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

Gingerbread Folk | by karen h @ carefree creations

I’m using the same set as last week’s card. This time I went one-layer.

Knowing I was going to Copic color on a one-layer, I used the heavy weight white from GinaK (and didn’t do any real shading or blending) – for no bleed through to the inside.

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

Thanks for stopping by!

have a sweet christams
Stamps: Sweet Christmas (Lawn Fawn);
Ink: Black (Memento); markers (Copic);
Paper: Heavy Weight White (GinaK);
Other: Stitched Rectangle die (Lil Inkers);

CASology – Gingerbread

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

Here is my take:

Gingerbread House | by karen h @ carefree creations

I wanted a colourful card. That is hard when the cue is gingerbread 🙂

The house is made from lots of layers. The house itself is one layer. The gumdrops are another layer, and the roof is a third. The door is also a layer, but you can’t tell and I’m not sure it was worth doing.

The gumdrop roof was stamped onto white so I could color with Copics; it was then covered with Stickles. The icing on the roof is the Wow puff embossing powder.

The door is outlined with Stampin’Up’s puff paint. The candy on the house is covered with the glitter Crystal Effects.

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

Thanks for stopping by!

have a sweet christams
Stamps: Sweet Christmas (Lawn Fawn);
Ink: Black (Memento); markers (Copic); Primrose Petals (SU); Autumn Blaze (Altenew);
Paper: Baked Brown Sugar, Seaside Spray, Peekaboo Peach (Stampin’Up – SU); White (Papertrey Ink);
Other: White Puff embossing powder (Wow); Puff Paint (SU); Rock Candy Stickles (Ranger); Glitter Crystal Effects (SU); Dotted Details die (Mama Elephant); tiny silver ball embellishment (stash)

CC&S #349 – Fill the Season with Happiness

So I had more fun with the the latest CAS Colours & Sketches challenge:

And here is my take:

Fill the Season with Happiness | by karen h @ carefree creations

This time I pulled out a set I got just before it retired last year (and, um, hadn’t inked yet). I knew the colors I wanted for the foliage and that I wanted a gold frame, but I’m not too sure about the yellow for the frame panel, but done is done 🙂

There is still time to play along with us at CAS Colours & Sketches!

Thanks for stopping by!

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).

Fill the Season with Happiness
Stamps: Peaceful Noel (Stampin’Up – SU); Fillable Frames 11 (Papertrey Ink – PTI);
Ink: Autumn Rose (PTI); Cranberry Cocktail (My Favorite Things); Pretty Peacock, Mint Macaroon (SU); Evergreen (Altenew); Burnt Umber (Palette);
Paper: Rustic White (PTI); So Saffron (SU);
Other: Fillable Frames 11 die (PTI); gold embossing powder (Simon Says Stamp);

CASology – Faith

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

When you look up the definition of faith:

I tried to keep to the definition, even if my card doesn’t say “faith”.

Here is my take:

Belief in Tomorrow | by karen h @ carefree creations

I’ve been doing lots of white card base lately, so this time I pulled out a color. When I do this, I always try to do the inking in complimentary colors so they don’t muddy up.

The “garden” part of the sentiment had open spaces, so to give it some more weight, I colored in the spaces with a brown colored pencil.

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

Thanks for stopping by!

Plant a Garden
Stamps: Garden Grace (Papertrey Ink – PTI);
Ink: Spring Moss, Cocoa Bean (PTI); Moss (Altenew); Crisp Cantaloupe, Calypso Coral (Stampin’Up);
Paper: Lemon (PTI);
Other: brown colored pencil;

CASology – Appreciate

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

Here is my take:

Appreciation Foliage | by karen h @ carefree creations

A very simple card. I did add a little bow with some floss.

When I was done with this card, another idea spawned – but I don’t have the supplies, so I dearly hope someone makes an office chart type card with the financial definition of appreciate 🙂

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

Thanks for stopping by!

you are appreciated
Stamps: Botanicals 2, Word Salad (Paper Smooches – PS);
Ink: Forest Glades (Altenew); Cocoa (Memento);
Paper: White (Papertrey Ink);
Other: Flag Tag dies (PS); floss | thread (DNC stash);