CASology – Fog

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

Here is my take:

Rocky Mountain Hello | by karen h @ carefree creations

When I first saw the clue, my mind immediately went to the mountains. I love seeing the mountains around my town – I get a calm feeling looking at them. I really wanted to capture their layers – and the fog works into that picture perfectly!

I stamped the lightest mountain image, let it dry, then applied white pigment ink. Once that was dry I did it again and again. I am a little disappointed in the white on the darkest purple – I just could not get it to stay white.

I also had another idea for “fog” and that card will go live next week.

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greetings from colorado
Stamps: Mountain Majesty (Papertrey Ink – PTI);
Ink: Grapesicle (My Favorite Things); Winter Wisteria, Plum Pudding, White (PTI);
Paper: Purple Posy (Stampin’Up); Fog (Simon Says Stamp);
Other: Geometric 212 Book BT computer font;

CASology – Feather

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

Here is my take:

A little bit of masking makes this an easy one-layer card.

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just a note
Stamps: Just a Note, Sentiment Sampler (Paper Smooches);
Ink: black (Memento); markers (Copics);
Paper: white;

CASology – Dragonfly

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

Here is my take:

Birthday Flyby | by karen h @ carefree creations

I have a dragonfly stamp, but it isn’t something I like and I wasn’t feeling it. My kiddo was the one that suggested a dragon fly(ing). Definitely loved that idea – it was perfect!

My selection of Copics is a bit limited and I didn’t have a dark enough orange to really make this image pop, but knowing this I chose to do a complementary color scheme so that in itself would add a touch of pop.

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Here’s a Birthday Flyby
Stamps: Magical Dragons (My Favorite Things – MFT);
Ink: black (Momento); markers (Copic);
Paper: Balmy Blue (Stampin’Up); White (Papertrey Ink);
Other: Stitched Cloud Edges die, Magical Dragons die (MFT);

CASology – LOL

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

Here is my take:

LOL | by karen h @ carefree creations

Ya know how much I love this piggy set?!! When I was looking for something to stamp for this cue, I was thinking I’d end up printing off a funny sentiment, but once I saw this set my mind did some juggling of the image and I knew this would be perfect.

I am not afraid to cut up my images – I do it all the time. But for some reason I decided to do selective inking instead (used lots of tape to do it too). Of course, I ended up cutting right around the pig outline so I didn’t really need to go through the trouble, but there’s a peek into my non-planning way of creating šŸ™‚

To help emphasize the piggy laughing, I added a background of “ha” words in different fonts. Here is maybe a better shot of that:

This is definitely one of my favorite cards!

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You are Awesome!
Stamps: This Little Piggy (StampinUp); Label Love (Altenew); Because You (My Favorite Things); Express Yourself alpha (Alley Way);
Ink: markers (Copic); black (Momento); Fog Gray (Simon Says Stamp);
Paper: White (Papertrey Ink);

CASology – Water, Pt2

There is still time to play along with the CASology challenge ā€“ WATER; it is an extended deadline!

I thought Iā€™d post some more inspiration for you:

Water You Up To? | by karen h @ carefree creations

Paper Smooches makes such fun images – and I had fun playing with this one!

First I stamped the wave image. Then I masked the top and did some ink smooshing to make the water. I switched the mask to the bottom and stamped the beaver image. Finally, I watercolored the image. Once it was all dry, I did go over the face bits with a marker to darken it up.

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Water you up to?
Stamps: Splash (Paper Smooches);
Ink: Deep Ocean (Hero Arts); Mermaid Lagoon Distress, Antique Linen Distress, Vintage Photo Distress, Gathered Twigs Distress, Pumice Stone Distress, Espresso Brown Distress (Ranger);
Paper: Watercolor (Ranger); White (Papertrey Ink);
Other: Stitched Rectangle die (Lil Inkers);

CASology – Water

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

Here is my take:

At the Lake | by karen h @ carefree creations

When I stamped this card, I had just received the kit in the mail. I never spent much time at a lake as a kid, but I still believe in the magic of lakes (LOTS of books have lakes as the scene of idyllic childhood memories).

I had originally stamped this “scene” on a blue card base, but it was too plain/flat/basic. To add some interest, I die cut the scene with a border. This was much better.

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life is better
Stamps: July 2019 Monthly Kit (Hero Arts);
Ink: Blueberry Sky, Dark Chocolate (Papertery Ink – PTI); Lucky Limeade(Stampin’Up – SU)
Paper: White (PTI); Bashful Blue (SU);
Other: Mix & Mat Scallops die (PTI);

CASology – Grill, Part 2

There is still time to play along with the CASology challenge ā€“ GRILL; it is an extended deadline!

I thought Iā€™d post some more inspiration for you:

Smokin' Hot | by karen h @ carefree creations

This is a fun image! When I went to color it, I realized that it would be all grey and black (since I saw the tendrils as smoke and not flame). I decided to add the hot colors by using paper strips behind.

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You’re Smokin’ Hot
Stamps: Alfresco (Paper Smooches);
Ink: black (Memento); markes (Copic);
Paper: Real Red (Stampin’Up); Orange Zest, Bright Buttercup (Papertrey Ink);

CASology – Grill

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

Here is my take:

Grilled Birthday | by karen h @ carefree creations

Nothing says summer like grilling (at least in the northern hemisphere)!

To add a little picnic vibe, I added some gingham paper. And to add a bit of interest I cut that paper in something other than straight.

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Happy Birthday
Stamps: King of the Grill (Papertrey Ink – PTI);
Ink: Pumpkin Pie (Hero Arts); Honey Nut, Cocoa Bean, Pure Poppy (PTI); Crushed Curry, Soft Suede (Stampin’Up);
Paper: White, Pure Poppy pattern (PTI);
Other: Ad Sense die (PTI);

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);