CASology – Sweetheart

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

Here is my take:

you have my heart | by karen h @ carefree creations

I love this sheep set, but I don’t think I’ve actually used it yet. This little guy with the heart caught my eye for this challenge.

Since there isn’t much to it, I offset it on the card base and used a die to emboss a circle ’round it all. Well, I didn’t have a stitched circle so I faked it with the Arch die…and it works perfectly (and saved me a few bucks from having to buy a die that, until now, I didn’t think I needed).

Oh, and I have a tip for any newbies reading this. I don’t have the dies for this because they are fairly easy images to cut out, but I didn’t want a white outline, so I trimmed as close as I could. That leaves little bits of white that show up on dark cardstock (granted, probably wouldn’t have been much of a problem for this card). If you run a black marker around the edge of the cut out, it neatens it up and “finishes” it. See…

finishing an edge

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Check back next week when I’ll have more inspiration from this challenge!

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you have my heart
Stamps: Ewe Are Here (My Favorite Things – MFT);
Ink: Tuxedo (Memento); markers (Copic);
Paper: Tickled Pink (My Favorite Things), White (Papertrey Ink);
Other: Thank You die, Stitched Arch Stax die (MFT);

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);

CC&S #310 – Full of Sunshine

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

And here is my take:

Full of Sunshine | by karen h @ carefree creations

I was stumped a little by this sketch, but after going through my supply index, I found the cloud die and worked from there.

The border/edge dies were used to cut the non straight sides; the stitched frame die did the perforations on the straight sides. My first thought was the dies would go edge to edge, but once I added the stitched sides and then trimmed them the same margin as the curved edges, then the die was shorter than the card. I actually liked that look!

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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).

Full of Sunshine
Stamps: Full of Sunshine (My Favorite Things – MFT);
Ink: Espresso Truffle (Memento);
Paper: Spring Rain, White (Papertrey Ink); Banana Split (MFT);
Other: Stitched Cloud Edge die, Stitched Scallop Basic Edges die (MFT); Stitched Rectangle die (Lil Inkers);

CASology – North

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

Here is my take:

Waving Hi | by karen h @ carefree creations

I let my kiddo pick the stamp set for this card – and the image. Of course they picked the smallest bear! Since the image is small, I figured I’d place it up the card like it was far away (which is appropriate since it is waving). I decided to have him standing at the edge of water. I like sentiment collages, so I thought I’d add one for this card – and put it in the water so it didn’t detract from the scene.

The bear is colored with Copics with the no-line technique.

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Waving Hi
Stamps: Polar Bear Pals (My Favorite Things);
Ink: Tumbled Glass, Antique Linen Distress (Ranger); markers (Copic); Versamark (Tsukineko);
Paper: White (Papertrey Ink);
Other: white embossing powder (Hero Arts);

CC&S Celebrates 300!

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

And here is my take:

Celebrate You | by karen h @ carefree creations

This is an anniversary challenge for CC&S! This challenge is in its 6th year! To celebrate – I wanted to thank our players – because without you, we wouldn’t be here! Thank you to all those who join us – You. Are. Amazing!

I chose fireworks to help the celebration. The firework stamps are 2-step images, so I used two shades of color when stamping. I didn’t want the sentiment to overwhelm the delicate fireworks, so I used very pale grey colors.

I hope you join 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).

WOW
Stamps: Fireworks, You Wow Me (My Favorite Things – MFT);
Ink: Fog (Simon Says Stamp); Gravel Gray, Lush Lagoon (MFT); Highland Heather (Stampin’Up); Soft Sky (Hero Arts); Raspberry Fizz, Lovely Lady, Summer Sunrise, Harvest Gold, Bright Buttercup, New Leaf, Green Parakeet, Lilac Grace (Papertrey Ink – PTI);
Paper: White (PTI);

CASology – Girl

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

Here is my take:

Hope Santa Spoils You | by karen h @ carefree creations

I like candy color christmas colors. For this card, I started with the green card base. When coloring the child image, I wanted to bring the green into the image, but didn’t want it to be the only color. On the coat I did a plaid pattern to work in the green.

When stamping the sentiment, I did start with the softest of the two curve dies. I cut little slits between the two lines and also between the bottom words. Those snips let me bend the photopolymer. I used a MISTI to help me position and work on the curve before stamping.

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Hope Santa Spoils You
Stamps: Jingle All the Way, Santa’s Elves (My Favorite Things – MFT);
Ink: Black (Momento); Black Brilliance (Tsukineko); markers (Copic);
Paper: White (Papertrey Ink); Sour Apple (MFT);
Other: Stitched Scallops Basic Edgers die (MFT);

CASology – Menu

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

Here is my take:

Love is on the Menu | by karen h @ carefree creations

I bought this chef set because I adored it, but I don’t think I’ve inked it up yet, so when I saw this cue, I knew I wanted to use this set! The sentiment is done on the computer. I used nesting rectangle dies to make the frame around it.

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Love is on the Menu
Stamps: Recipe for Happiness (My Favorite Things);
Ink: Tuxedo (Momento); markers (Copic);
Paper: White card stock, True Black pattern (Papertrey Ink); Moonlight pattern (Stampin’Up);
Other: DJB Chalk it Up font (free at DaFont); Nesting Rectangle dies (Hero Arts);

Cascading Triangles

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

And here is my take:

Hello | by karen h @ carefree creations

I love me a rainbow. When I saw this cascading sketch, I knew I would do a rainbow. I figured a geometric shape would work well with that.

Fairly straight forward card. I took a piece of card stock, blended the inks on and then die cut the shapes out.

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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).

hello
Stamps: none
Ink: Distress Inks: Candied Apple, Carved Pumpkin, Mustard See, Mowed Lawn, Salty Ocean, Wilted Violet (Ranger);
Paper: White (Papertrey Ink); Black (Stampin’Up);
Other: Triangle Stax die, Hello There die (My Favorite Things);

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);

What’s the Scoop?

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

And here is my take:

What's the Scoop | by karen h @ carefree creations

As with much of the northern hemisphere, it has been HOT lately. I decided to use an iconic summer image with these cool colors!

Stamping the sprinkles and sentiment in the same color helps link everything together and create a flow to the card.

I hope you join 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).

What’s the Scoop?
Stamps: You’re the Sweetest (My Favorite Things);
Ink: Powder Pink, Lemon Lime Twist, Coastal Cabana (Stampin’Up); Fine Linen, Dark Chocolate (Papertrey Ink – PTI);
Paper: White (PTI);