Christmas White Foliage

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

And here is my take:

Christmas White Foliage | by karen @ carefree creations

When I first looked at the sketch, I immediately thought about this cover plate!

Easy peasy card – so quick to put together. But the gold embossing with all the white is so elegant.

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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).

Merry Christmas
Stamps: Christmas Cheer (Papertrey Ink – PTI);
Ink: Versamark (Tsukineko);
Paper: White (PTI);
Other: gold embossing (Filigree); Winter Floral cover plate die (PTI);

St Patrick’s Hat

It is time for another CASology challenge. Check out the latest challenge – Abstract!

Here is my take:

St Patrick's Hat | by karen @ carefree creations

I had lots of ideas for this challenge cue. I finally decided to make a card that implies a thing, but isn’t shaped like it [you know, abstract] (for instance: pig, snowman, or reindeer). I tried a few things, unsuccessfully, but finally got a leprechaun’s hat to work.

The buckle is a die that is not completely straight in the inner corners, but I just trimmed it with scissors.

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happy st. patrick’s day
Stamps: Teeny Tiny Wishes (Stampin’Up – SU);
Ink: Versamark (Tsukineko);
Paper: New Leaf (Papertrey Ink); Gold Glitter paper, Lime Twist (SU); Dill Pickle (My Favorite Things);
Other: gold embossing (Simon Says Stamp); Framed Out 1 die (PTI); Lucky Leaves die (Memory Box);

Fighting Fit

It is time for another CASology challenge. Check out the latest challenge – Fit!

Here is my take:

Fighting Fit | by karen @ carefree creations

I don’t know why, but when I saw “fit”, my first thought was the phrase “fighting fit”. Uniko is our sponsor this week and these stamps really pulled the idea together for me!

I clustered and layered the images to retain white space. The colors are (almost) opposite on the color wheel so they stand out from each other and add interest.

The explosion image and sentiment are fussy cut.

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BAM!
Stamps: Background Blocks – Halftone, Explosion, Explosion Additions (Uniko);
Ink: Hibiscus Burst (Papertrey Ink – PTI); Pineapple (My Favorite Things); Truffle (Momento);
Paper: White (PTI);

I’m a Sucker….for a Good Pun

It is time for another CASology challenge. Check out the latest challenge – Pun!

Here is my take:

Sucker for You | by karen @ carefree creations

I *am* a sucker for a good pun. Lots of my stamp sets are punny. I stamped this on Valentine’s Day so I guess I was a little influenced in my sentiment/image selection.

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I’m a sucker for you
Stamps: Color Layering Octopus (Hero Arts);
Ink: Coral Crush, Persimmon (My Favorit Things); Versamark (Tsukineko);
Paper: White (Papertrey Ink); Island Indigo (Stampin’Up);
Other: white embossing powder (Hero Arts);

You & Me Together

It is time for another CASology challenge. Check out the latest challenge – Together!

Here is my take:

You & Me Together | by karen @ carefree creations

Well, with Valentine’s Day here I had to make a sappy card :)

To make the pink layer, I did partial die cutting with a large circle die. I added faux stitching with a marker.

The pea image is 3 layers. First I stamped the outline on the pink layer – so I wouldn’t have to cut out the curlie-cue. Then I stamped the image on pattern paper, cut it out and adhered to the pink layer. Finally, the peas are stamped on card stock, cut out, and adhered to the pattern paper. I layered it this way because they are the most important piece so they should be on top.

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You & Me
Stamps: Vegtastic, We Connect, ChitChat (Paper Smooches);
Ink: Black (Palette); Pretty in Pink marker (Stampin’Up – SU);
Paper: New Leaf cardstock & pattern, Pure Poppy, White (Papertrey Ink); Pink Pirouette (SU);
Other: Circle die (Spellbinders); Holiday Shapes Hearts & Stars die (Simon Says Stamp); Glossy Accents clear glaze (Ranger);

Butterfly Birthday

It is time for another CASology challenge. Check out the latest challenge – Butterfly!

Here is my take:

Butterfly Birthday | by karen @ carefree creations

I love this huge butterfly image! To keep the card CAS I stamped the image off the edge and kept the number of colors to a minimum.

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Birthday Wishes
Stamps: Swallowtail, Sincere Salutations (Stampin’Up – SU);
Ink: Black;
Paper: Island Indigo, Soft Sky (SU);
Other: Banner dies (SU);

Oh Dear!

It is time for another CASology challenge. Check out the latest challenge – Swoon!

Here is my take:

Oh Dear! | by karen @ carefree creations

I wasn’t sure what direction I wanted to go with this cue, so I asked my family for advice. My daughter said she pictures an old woman clutching her pearls and fainting. That got me thinking of a hanky.

I die cut some linen vellum with a stitched and scalloped edge – to look like a hanky. I embossed a flower and leaves in the corner and colored them on the back using Copics. Some of the color stuck in the crevices of the linen vellum which unfortunately looks like adhesive, but I only put adhesive behind the pearl and down the stitching of just the center leaves.

Originally the layout was the vellum at the bottom of the card and the sentiment on the vellum, but the contrast was too much. My daughter suggested putting the vellum at the top and leaving the sentiment at the bottom. It worked!

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oh dear
Stamps: Stitches & Swirls (Papertrey Ink – PTI);
Ink: Versamark (Tsukineko); markers (Copic);
Paper: Peach Bellini (My Favorite Things – MFT); Calypso Coral (Stampin’Up); Linen Vellum (PTI);
Other: Stitch Scallop Basic Edges die (MFT); Emma alphabet die (Echo Park); white embossing powder (Hero Arts); Pearl (Kaiser);

Sorry This is Late!

Eeeek! I joined the CASology design team! My thanks go out to Melissa and the team!! Today is a new challenge – Late.

And here is my take:

Sorry This is Late | by karen @ carefree creations
When I first saw this cue card I had lots of ideas – one of my favorites was “pregnancy” but I just didn’t have supplies to do anything for it…dern! My helpful family said I could do a sympathy card (for the euphemism of “being late”), but I thought that might be a bit too sassy for a new team member. So I put my brain back in gear and realized my library books are due tomorrow.

Collages can be hard on a CAS card. I selected just a few images and stamped them close together/overlapping to make it seem like one image. And there is still plenty of white space. To help give some dimension, I fussy-cut the sentiment and popped it up with dimensional adhesive.

The scribble circle around “Past Due” is from the PTI It’s Official set. The image has an A+ within the loop. I cut my stamp apart then I was able to stretch the circle when placing it on the block so it would fit around the words which were in the same set.

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Sorry
Stamps: Apologies (Paper Smooches); Stamp of Authenticity (Stampin’Up); It’s Official (Papertrey Ink – PTI); To Thine Own Shelf (Simon Says Stamp);
Ink: Black, Pure Poppy, Saffron Spice, Enchanted Evening, Plum Pudding (PTI); Elf Green (My Favorite Things); Espresso Truffle (Momento);
Paper: White (PTI);