CASology – Water, Pt2

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

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

Water You Up To? | by karen h @ carefree creations

Paper Smooches makes such fun images – and I had fun playing with this one!

First I stamped the wave image. Then I masked the top and did some ink smooshing to make the water. I switched the mask to the bottom and stamped the beaver image. Finally, I watercolored the image. Once it was all dry, I did go over the face bits with a marker to darken it up.

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Water you up to?
Stamps: Splash (Paper Smooches);
Ink: Deep Ocean (Hero Arts); Mermaid Lagoon Distress, Antique Linen Distress, Vintage Photo Distress, Gathered Twigs Distress, Pumice Stone Distress, Espresso Brown Distress (Ranger);
Paper: Watercolor (Ranger); White (Papertrey Ink);
Other: Stitched Rectangle die (Lil Inkers);

CASology – Grill, Part 2

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

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

Smokin' Hot | by karen h @ carefree creations

This is a fun image! When I went to color it, I realized that it would be all grey and black (since I saw the tendrils as smoke and not flame). I decided to add the hot colors by using paper strips behind.

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You’re Smokin’ Hot
Stamps: Alfresco (Paper Smooches);
Ink: black (Memento); markes (Copic);
Paper: Real Red (Stampin’Up); Orange Zest, Bright Buttercup (Papertrey Ink);

CC&S #316 – Picnic Greetings

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

And here is my take:

Picnic Greetings | by karen h @ carefree creations

I decided this sketch is a great one for incorporating pattern paper (which for CAS cards, I prefer to limit pattern paper to just a bit). I had about 10 different packs of paper on my desk before I could narrow it down! This picnic tablecloth pattern really called my name, so I went with it.

The burger and ant/sentiment are fussy cut. For the ant/sentiment, I used my trimmer to get the straight lines above and below the sentiment then fussy cut around the ant. The ant/sentiment is popped up over everything.

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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).

S’up Grill-Friend
Stamps: Alfresco (Paper Smooches);
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Momento); markers (Copic);
Paper: Domestic Goddess pattern paper (Stampin’Up); White, Kraft (Papertrey Ink);
Other: Femme Frames die (Mama Elephant);

CC&S #309 – You Make Life Zingy

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

And here is my take:

You Make Life Zingy | by karen h @ carefree creations

Since I did yellow flowers a couple weeks ago, I wanted to do something different. I decided lemons. I only have this one from PaperSmooches. It comes with a smiley face (with pucker lips), but since red/pink wasn’t a color in the challenge, I decided to leave the face off.

I used 2 yellow Copic markers and tried not to blend them too much to show the different yellows from the color scheme.

Sadly I didn’t have a sentiment that worked, so I had to make my own. The first bit is a phrase from another set (yay – it was already in that order – no fussy stamping!!), the “zingy” is made with an alphabet set. The alphabet set has each letter with a couple different fonts. In putting it together, I decided to use the ZIGY in the same simple font and the N with the fancy font – I think it turned out great!

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).

You Make Life Zingy
Stamps: Fruitastic, Botanicals 3, Mini Monograms (Paper Smooches); Strawberry Patch Sentiments (Papertrey Ink – PTI);
Ink: Pear Pizzazz (Stampin’Up – SU); markers (Copic); Tuxedo Black (Memento);
Paper: White (PTI);

CASology – Frozen

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

Here is my take:

Keep Warm | by karen h @ carefree creations

My fiber is from ScrapGoods. Does anyone remember them? I used to be a subscriber ages ago – in fact the fiber is dated in 2003! (I am a very good hoarder!)

I wrapped the fiber around a panel to emulate a scarf. I like the little pop of color.

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keep warm
Stamps: My Peeps, Warm Hearts (Paper Smooches);
Ink: Black (Papertrey Ink – PTI);
Paper: White (PTI);
Other: fiber (stash);

CASology – Glass

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

Here is my take:

Rainbow Chemistry | by karen h @ carefree creations

This week’s challenge is glass. Lots of ideas, but the chemistry stamp set is what held my eye. The sentiment lead to the stamping composition.

The heart is done with chalk to give it the soft foggy look of steam.

I originally was going to make this a one layer card with the stamping smack dab in the middle, but for some reason the paper I chose (which is heavier than my normal fare) bled the outline ink and it didn’t look right. So instead I pulled out my trusty Papertrey white and figured I’d have to die cut it somehow (because PTI paper can’t handle Copics without bleeding). Once I had the image colored, I had to decide the layout of the card. I don’t normally do circles because I find them hard to work with. I wanted to challenge myself, so that is what I used to die cut the scene. I did die cut it a little off center so I could have it off the card edge. I used a pink cardstock panel to help draw the eye to the image (the edge of the pink panel is centered behind the heart/images/sentiment).

Happy with this card, but: (1) wish I could have blended the right-hand beaker contents better (the left one seems so seemless); (2) I think I should have embossed the pink panel with texture (things you see behind the camera after you’re done, sigh).

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We have chemistry
Stamps: Great Chemistry (Paper Smooches):
Ink: Black (Momento); markers (Copic);
Paper: White (Papertrey Ink); Pink Pirouette (Stampin’Up-SU);
Other: Stitched Circle die (Simon Says Stamp); Pastels chalk (SU);

You Color My World

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

And here is my take:

You Color My World | by karen @ carefree creations

I really wasn’t sure what I was going to do for this sketch, but as I was flipping through my supply index, I saw the jar and the idea came together.

The jar outline is clear embossed on black card stock and then cut out using the coordinating die. The words are white embossed on the jar die cut.

I used watercolors to do the rainbow (I was going to use Distress inks, but I remembered that those would blend and I didn’t want that).

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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).

You Color My World
Stamps: Crystal Clear, Word Salad (Paper Smooches – PS):
Ink: Versamark (Tsukineko);
Paper: Watercolor (Ranger); Black (Simon Says Stamp);
Other: watercolors (Loew); Clear embossing powder (Filigree) White embossing powder (Hero Arts); Crystal Clear die (PS);

How the Heifer Are You?

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

Here is my take:

How the Heifer Are You? | by karen h @ carefree creations

I wish I could take credit for this pun, but I cannot. But as soon as I heard it I knew I wanted to use it!

To do the sentiment, I pieced together words from other sentiments and used alphabet sets to create “heifer”. I fussy cut the speech bubble and the cow out and popped them up over the gingham.

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How the heifer are you?
Stamps: Green Acres, He Said She Said, Alphadot, Mini Monograms, Spring Fling [partial sentiment], Perpetual Bliss [partial sentiment], Word Salad [partial sentiment], Debonair (Paper Smooches – PS);
Ink: Pure Poppy (Papertrey Ink – PTI); Black (Momento); markers (Copic);
Paper: White (PTI);

Wishing You a Sunny Day

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

And here is my take:

Sunny Day | by karen h @ carefree creations

These bright colors had me thinking summer. I love fruit salad during summer, so that is where my mind went. I used distress ink to watercolor the images.

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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).

Wishing you a sunny day
Stamps: Fruitastic, Summer Sampler (Paper Smooches);
Ink: Picked Raspberries, Carved Pumpkin, Mowed Lawn Distress (Ranger);
Paper: White (Papertrey Ink);

You’re Spec-tacular

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

And here is my take:

You're Spec-tacular | by karen h @ carefree creations

Super fast card! Seriously, done in under 5 minutes!

I picked two of the glasses images from the set and assigned them a color. I knew I wanted the cats-eyes to be pink and to be stamped more frequently then the other pair. I stamped the top, the bottom, and then then middle with the cats-eye pair, then went back and layered the other pair in between.

While the sentiment strip isn’t quite in the sweet spot, I wanted it to be in between the pairs of glasses. So it looks good to me, even if not perfect.

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).

You’re Spec-tacular
Stamps: Incognito (Paper Smooches);
Ink: Flirty Flamingo, Daffodil Delight (Stampin’Up-SU); Espresso Truffle (Momento);
Paper: White (Papertrey Ink – PTI); Pool Party (SU);
Other: Double-Ended Banner die (PTI);