Noel Wreath

It has been so long since I stamped! I got lots of time this week – and I’ll share the results of my efforts over the next week.

This card was created for my mom’s December stamp camp.

Noel Wreath - created by karen @ carefree creations

My requirements were to use Wondrous Wreath. Mom had already used this set a month or so ago, so I wanted to make a card that didn’t look like that one.

Thanks for taking a peek!

All supplies StampinUp unless otherwise noted.
Stamps: Wondrous Wreath;
Ink/Cardstock: Cherry Cobbler, Vanilla, Mossy Meadow, Old Olive, Gold Foil;
Other: Wondrous Wreath Framelits;

Birthday Embossing

Birthday Embossing - by karen @ carefree creations

This is my other Inkup Stamp Camp card. My assignment for this card was to use two embossing folders on the same layer (but not the selective embossing technique).

This one was definitely harder for me. Since the embossings would both be on the same panel, I knew the card would be mostly one color. I decided I wanted a bright cheery card – so a birthday theme it is!

I wanted a pop of color so I picked Coastal Cabana and worked it in by die-cutting a flower to accent the sentiment. Pops of white help add contrast as well.

My order of steps was to first stamp my greeting where I wanted it. Then I embossed the two ends. Lastly, I used a stylus and scoring board to add horizontal lines between the embossing and the sentiment.

If you are wondering how I picked the embossing folders, it essentially went like this: I wanted something fun since this was a birthday card, so my first choice was decorative dots. Going with the old adage “curves love corners”, I looked for a linear folder…and just a touch of woodgrain looked more like wavy lines, a la streamers. I thought those two would make a fun pairing for a party card.

Thanks for taking a peek!

Happy Birthday
All supplies StampinUp unless otherwise noted.
Stamps: Countless Sayings 2;
Ink/Cardstock: Basic Black, Whisper White, Strawberry Slush, Coastal Cabana;
Other: Woodgrain embossing folder, Decorative Dots embossing folder, White bakers thread, Flower Fair framelit die;
Technique: pressure embossing;

Bright Snowflakes

Bright Snowflakes - by karen @ carefree creations

This is a card that mom will use in her upcoming stamp camp.

My assignment was to make a non-traditional color holiday card. Since Endless Wishes is coming back (it is in the Holiday Mini catalog), I knew I had to use that!

I paired up some bright colors with sparkly silver (because according to mom, everything is better with glitter ;).

Believe it or not, that snowflake panel took about 3 tries before I got all the pieces where I wanted them…random is never really random, lol!

The card base is Bermuda. I added a tiny strip of silver glimmer paper to the edge of the white panel. The sentiment is silver embossed (I had snipped the banner end, but you could use a die here too).

Thanks for taking a peek!

celebrate the Season
All supplies Stampin Up unless otherwise noted.
Stamps: Endless Wishes, Handcarved background;
Ink/Cardstock: Bermuda Bay, Whisper White, Calypso Coral, Winter Wisteria; Versmark ink;
Other: Silver Glimmer paper, Silver embossing powder;
Technique: heat embossing;


Boo! - by karen @ carefree creations

I made this card for my mom to use in her August stamp camp. She wanted a Halloween card, and I had the photopolymer set Bite Me, so that worked out 🙂

The card base is orange. To make the top layer, I made a cut from the center-point on the edge to almost center-point of the card. Then I rolled the flaps back exposing the stamping on card base. The sentiment banner is a long strip which is rolled/folded and tucked behind the flaps.

FYI – I got a job! After 14 years I am heading back into an office. I’m looking forward to it, but at the same time, I’ve gotten quite spoiled by being at home and it will take some adjusting! Anyway, my point is I probably won’t be posting as much (though the past few weeks haven’t been much either – so maybe about the same, lol).

Thanks for taking a peek!

All supplies StampinUp unless otherwise noted.
Stamps: Bite Me;
Ink/Cardstock: Pumpkin Pie, Smoky Slate, Perfect Plum, Basic Black;

Blooming Birthday

Blooming Birthday - by karen @ carefree creations

This is another card I made for my mom’s stamp camp. Lots of different colors, but since the card base is blue the white sentiment panel still pops as the focal point.

I did mask the large flowers when stamping the leafy stem, but all the other flowers are just stamped so they don’t overlap.

Thanks for taking a peek!

Blooming Birthday
All supplies StampinUp unless otherwise noted.
Stamps: Flower Patch;
Ink/Cardstock: Soft Sky, Whisper White, Strawberry Slush, Wild Wasabi, Daffodil Delight, Pool Party, Calypso Coral;
Other: Apothecary Accents Framelit die;
Technique: masking;

A Reprise

Thinking of You - by karen @ carefree creations

It is time for me to make the cards mom will use at July’s stamp camp. I really loved the card I made last week using Summer Silhouettes, so I decided to reprise it.

This time around mom wanted me to use Meadow Moss and Blackberry Bliss. I fiddled with an accessory color, and settled with gold. StampinUp has a divine new ribbon in gold (and silver); I couldn’t help but use it!

I even added a trio of gold dots to the flower centers.

Thanks for taking a peek!

Thinking of You
All supplies StampinUp unless otherwise noted.
Stamps: Summer Silhouettes, For You;
Ink/Cardstock: Naturals Ivory, Blackberry Bliss, Meadow Moss, Versamark;
Other: gold Emboss Powder, gold Satin Ribbon, gold Dazzle Marker;

May Stamp Camp Cards

Wow, my youngest kiddo has been out of school for a couple days (teacher work-days) and that means I’m not up there volunteering and THAT means more time at the stamp table…and boy have I been stamping!

May is just around the corner and my mom asked me to make a couple cards for her to use at stamp camp. The camp is all about retiring products. I squeezed as many as I could onto these cards!

First up, Fabulous Florets:

by karen @ carefree creations - Fabulous Florets

I stamped the leafy greens a couple times onto the Vanilla panel. The two flowers are hand-cut. The sentiment frame is done using the Designer Frames embossing folder (another retiring product). After I embossed my scrap paper, I cut the frame out and adhered it with dimensionals.

My other card uses Zoo Review:

by karen @ carefree creations - Zoo Review

Another clean and simple card (surprise, lol). Mom wanted a masculine card for this set. The Crumb Cake panel is sitting right-justified on a Midnight Muse card base. The card base is stamped (sideways) with the Woodgrain background to give that little strip peeking out a bit of texture.

Thanks for stopping by!

Birthday Wishes
All supplies StampinUp unless otherwise noted.
Stamps: Fabulous Florets, Bring on the Cake;
Ink/Cardstock: Raspberry Ripple, Very Vanilla, Gumball Green, Primrose Petals, Chocolate Chip;
Other: Designer Frames embossing folder;
Wonderful Day
All supplies StampinUp unless otherwise noted.
Stamps: Zoo Review, Bring on the Cake, Woodgrain;
Ink/Cardstock: Midnight Muse, Crumb Cake, Early Espresso, Summer Starfruit;

Mosaic Christmas

by karen @ carefree creations - Mosaic Christmas

Mom needed a Christmas card for an upcoming stamp camp. I thought it would be fun to show how to use a non-Christmas stamp set to create a holiday card.

I loved seeing all the great ideas pour forth when the Mosaic Madness set was first released. I pulled my inspiration from those cards.

To do the border around the Vanilla panel, I used a border stamp from the same stamp set. I stamped it half-on and half-off the panel. It was actually quite easy to line up (I unmount my stamps – even the foam – and cut close) to do the long edges.

The hanging lines were drawn with a marker and ruler.

I finished off the ornaments with a little pearl in the centers.

Thanks for taking a peek!

Merry Christmas
All supplies Stampin’Up! unless otherwise noted.
Stamps: Mosaic Madness, Delightful Dozen;
Ink/Card Stock: Always Artichoke, Raspberry Ripple, Very Vanilla;
Other: Pearls, Petals-a-Plenty embossing folder;

Autumn Colors

It is time for another CAS Colours & Sketches challenge. Check out the latest challenge: #43 – colors.

CAS Colours & Sketches Challenge #43

And here is my take:

by Karen @ carefree creations - Autumn Colors

These colors are some of my favorite from StampinUp!

I wasn’t really sure what I was going to do for my card, but when the Fall-to-Layout challenge was posted, this idea popped right in my head.

Make sure you check out the other design team members:

I hope you join us at CAS Colours & Sketches!

Thanks for stopping by!

A Little About the Challenge: Posted every Thursday, the challenges alternate between color and sketch (if there is a 5th week in the month you get the double dose of color & sketch).

All supplies StampinUp unless otherwise noted.
Stamps: Gently Falling, Gorgeous Grunge, Off the Grid, Another Thank You;
Ink/Card Stock: Whisper White, Crushed Curry, Island Indigo;
Other: button, linen thread;

Spectrum Leaves

by Karen @ carefree creations - Spectrum Leaves

My final card from the messy technique newsletter. The baby wipe technique is a great way to make your own spectrum pad.

These leaves are a bit light because I was almost at the end of the baby-wipe pad’s life. I have many other pieces that I stamped using the pad and I hope to make a card with them soon.

Thanks for taking a peek!

You’re in my Thoughts
All supplies StampinUp unless otherwise noted.
Stamps: Gently Falling, Best of Greetings;
Ink/Card Stock: White, Pumpkin Pie, Crushed Curry, Old Olive, Crumb Cake, Soft Suede;
Other: Apothecary Accents die, Natural Trim, White emboss powder;
Technique: Baby Wipe