Hugs Can Heal

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

Here is my take:

Hugs Can Heal | by karen h @ carefree creations

My favorite colors are blue & green. For a “heal” cue word, I thought those colors would be perfect. Since the card is supposed to bring a bit of happiness, I made the sentiment a color from the other side of the color wheel.

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Hugs
Stamps: Big Hugs, Leave it Be, Holiday Greens, Spruce & Sprigs (Papertrey Ink – PTI);
Ink: Crisp Cantaloupe (SU); Green Parakeet, Mint Julep, Ocean Tides (PTI); Cactus (My Favorite Things); Lake Shores (Hero Arts);
Paper: White (PTI); Crisp Cantaloupe (SU);
Other: Big Hugs die (PTI);

Make My World Go ‘Round

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

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

Make My World Go Round | by karen h @ carefree creations

With the “flip” challenge cue, I decided to use the Flip Flop technique.

Here are additional views of the card. First, a partial open:
My World Spin | by karen @ carefree creations

And the fully open:
My World Spin | by karen @ carefree creations

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You make my world go round
Stamps: Big World (Altenew);
Ink: Balmy Blue, Island Indigo, Wild Wasabi (Stampin’Up); Elf Green (My Favorite Things): Dark Chocolate (Papertrey Ink – PTI);
Paper: Classic Kraft, White (PTI);
Other: circle die (Spellbinders);

Thanks a Bunch

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

Here is my take:

Thanks a Bunch | by karen h @ carefree creations

I chose to flip the corner of my card up. Keeping all the images together leaves lots of white space.

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thanks a bunch
Stamps: Monkey Business, Botanical Blooms (Stampin’Up);
Ink: Pineapple, Sour Apple (My Favorite Things); New Leaf, Cocoa Bean, Dark Chocolate (Papertrey Ink – PTI);
Paper: White, New Leaf Patterns (PTI);

You’re Kick Ass

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

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

You're Kick Ass | by karen h @ carefree creations

I went with ice skating as my sport. To keep this card from being to specific, I used a fun encouraging sentiment.

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You’re Kick Ass
Stamps: On Ice (Papertrey Ink – PTI); Uplifters (Paper Smooches);
Ink: Versamark (Tsukineko); Black (PTI); Silver;
Paper: Aqua Mist (PTI); Vellum (stash);
Other: Center Style Masculine (PTI); Silver embossing (Filigree);

Stay Cocky

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

And here is my take:

Stay Cocky | by karen h @ carefree creations

These warm colors had me thinking summer, but as I was looking through my stamp index and saw the rooster, I knew it would be perfect!

So I wasn’t sure whether I should stamp or die cut first. I chose to stamp. Bad choice. Next time I think I’ll stamp the chicken body, die cut it, then add the legs.

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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).

stay cocky
Stamps: Color Layering Rooster (Hero Arts);
Ink: Mango Melody, Merry Merlot (Stampin’Up); Pure Poppy, Dark Chocolate (Papertrey Ink – PTI);
Paper: Kraft, Cream (PTI); Pure Poppy pattern paper (PTI);
Other: Color Layering Rooster die (Hero Arts); Double-sided Banner die (PTI);

Dance is a Sport

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

Here is my take:

Dance | by karen h @ carefree creations

My daughter took ballet for years. Dance is most definitely a sport! Also – So You Think You Can Dance is currently on television – one of our favorite shows!!

I was very inspired by Janet’s card a few months ago. I loved the elegant color scheme with the gold looking like it was painted on.

To make my card, I die cut the ballet dancer from white card stock, then used a dimensional paint to cover the bits I wanted to glue the foil to. [Side note: I meant to use a Heidi Swapp paint, but grabbed the wrong tube – but this paint stuff worked wonderfully.] After it dried, I placed my foil on it and ran it through a laminator.

The sentiment and dancer are both double layered, with the back layer being from black card stock – which helps both stand out from the background.

I still wanted a bit of something to help the dancer stand out, with my daughter’s help, I chose a stencil and a light pink ink to add some design.

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dance
Stamps: none
Ink: Tattered Rose Distress (Ranger);
Paper: White, Black (Papertrey Ink); Foiled (Die Cuts with a View);
Other: Emma alpha die (Echo Park); Lady Dancing die (Memory Box); Scribbles stencil (Ranger); Foil (iCraft); dimensional paint (Delta);

Sending a Little Sunshine

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

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

Sending a Little Sunshine | by karen h @ carefree creations

For this card, I started with the stencil on the background. Then I found a die that would fit the sentiment. To finish it off, I added some tiny rhinestones.

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Sending You a Little bit of Sunshine
Stamps: Hello Sunshine (Papertrey Ink – PTI);
Ink: Espresso Truffle (Memento); Squeezed Lemonade Distress Oxide (Ranger);
Paper: White (PTI); Banana Split (My Favorite Things);
Other: Sand & Surf stencil (PTI); Chalk Talk dies (Stampin’Up); rhinestones (stash);

You Are a Ray of Sunshine

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

Here is my take:

You Are a Ray of Sunshine | by karen h @ carefree creations

I love sunshine! I have lots of supplies celebrating the sun. This card was inspired by a wood sign.

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You Are a Ray of Sunshine
Stamps: Full of Sunshine (My Favorite Things – MFT);
Ink: Black (Papertrey Ink – PTI);
Paper: White, Black (PTI); Lemon Chiffon, Lemon Drop, Pineapple (MFT);
Other: Summer Sun & Buttercream sequins (Neat & Tangled); Blue Skies die (PTI); Sunshine die (MFT);

May All Your Wildest Dreams Come True

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

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

Dreams Come True | by karen h @ carefree creations

My other card was dark, so I thought I’d go light and fluffy for this one.

I had the HARDEST time coloring this unicorn (I think I need more pale color markers?) – this is my third iteration and I’m still not satisfied, but, ya know, done is done.

I wanted to add a final touch, but couldn’t think of anything to do and have the card stay CAS.

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May all your wildest dreams come true
Stamps: Magical Unicorn (My Favorite Things – MFT);
Ink: Rich Cocoa (Memento); markers (Copic);
Paper: Blue Breeze (MFT); White (Papertrey Ink);
Other: Stitched Cloud Edges die (MFT);

Ain’t No Sunshine

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

Here is my take:

Ain't No Sunshine | by karen h @ carefree creations

I knew I wanted to do clouds obscuring a moon.

The moon was die cut from shimmer paper and the clouds are die cut from vellum. Here is a close up of that:

I have a hard time adhering vellum, but for this one, I just smeared white glue anywhere the cloud sat over the moon. Those places fully adhered and didn’t show through.

Ideally, I would have used a halloween sentiment, but I don’t have one the right size for this layout (and I wanted all the elements grouped together).

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Ain’t No Sunshine
Stamps: Scattered Showers Additions (Papertrey Ink – PTI);
Ink: Versamark (Tsukineko);
Paper: Smokey Shadow, Vellum (PTI); Shimmer (Curious Metallics);
Other: Circle die (Spellbinders); Full Moon Clouds die (PTI); Silver Pearl embossing powder (WOW);