CASology – [Crystal] Cave

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

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

You Add Magic to My Life | by karen h @ carefree creations

I know you might be looking at this card and scratching your head and saying there isn’t a crystal to be seen! This is why I put this idea as my second card and not the “official” one posted on the challenge post. Ages ago (at least 25years ago), I read The Crystal Cave – a book about Merlin. I haven’t read it since, so I honestly don’t know if it is problematic so read at your own risk, but I know I enjoyed it at the time – I love books about magic, especially Merlin/Arthur. Anyway, that is where the idea for this card came from.

This is one of those rare times I planned my card out before actually stamping anything. I figured out where I wanted the gold sparkle embossed bursts and put a tiny pencil dot on the watercolor cardstock. Then I used the Ranger Distress ink to paint the swirls around those dots. I really didn’t want such a hard line on the outside, but I didn’t want to overwork it either (i.e. done is done).

Use your imagination with the “Crystal” cue and please join us at CASology – and, for more inspiration, check out the other design team members:

Thanks for stopping by!

You Add Magic to My Life
Stamps: Magical Day, Its a Celebration (Stampin’Up – SU); Magic Sampler (Paper Smooches);
Ink: Distress: Wilted Violet, Salty Ocean, Tattered Rose, Hickory Smoke (Ranger); black (Palette);
Paper: watercolor; Highland Heather (SU);
Other: Magic Mates dies (SU); washi (Doodlebug); Enchanted Gold embossing (Ranger);

CASology – Crystal

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

Here is my take:

Make Your Own Sparkle | by karen h @ carefree creations

Oooh-weee! I had trouble with this one. I had some ideas – but not the stamps; and my other ideas felt boring or were already represented by other team members. (Then there are those team members who had fresh – to me – ideas….have you seen Joyce’s card?? My mind was so far the other way it took me a second to understand how it fit the cue, lol! And Jen’s card is a geometric masterpiece!)

I stewed on this cue word for a couple weeks before this card finally came to me. To make the crystal: I used my non-stick mat, laid down a bit of twine and squeezed out about 1/3 of the bottle of Stickles (maybe not quite that much, but it was a LOT – and I should have gone back and filled in a bit after it dried down, but I ran out of time)!

I had an idea of the layout (though not the sentiment), so I stamped the jar image and then die cut the middle bit.

For the sentiment I ended up printing part and stamping part. The word sparkle is also embossed with glitter powder.

I backed the main panel with some clear plastic and popped it onto the card base with foam.

I think I have another idea for a card next week – so you can check back for 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!

make your own sparkle
Stamps: Sparkle Shine (Wplus9); Crystal Clear (Paper Smooches – PS);
Ink: Soft Sky, Bermuda Bay (Stampin’Up – SU);
Paper: White, Clearly Creative (Papertrey Ink); Soft Sky (SU);
Other: Crystal Clear die (PS); Arial font in grey; Stitched Rectangle die (Lil Inkers); twine (stash); Frosted Lace Stickles (Ranger);

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);