CASology – Go Fly a [Kite]

There is still time to play along with the CASology challenge – Kite!

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

Sky is the Limit | by karen h @ carefree creations

I used a previous CC&S sketch because it just fit so well with the Kite theme – I really liked the feel of the kite going off the page.

I did some paper piecing for the kite using the wonderfully cheery Rainbow Sherbet paper pack.

You have another week to get your card made – hope you join us!

I hope you join us at CASology – and, for more inspiration, check out the other design team members:

Thanks for stopping by!

The Sky is the Limit
Stamps: Sunny Side up (Paper Smooches – PS);
Ink: Black, Espresso (Memento);
Paper: White; Blue Breeze, Ripe Raspberry (My Favorite Things); ( Rainbow Sherbet pattern (PS);
Other: Flag Tags die (PS); balloon strings die (PTI);

CASology – Skyline

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

Here is my take:

Greetings | by karen h @ carefree creations

I stamped the skyline, then added the road image right up against it. I fussy cut everything – the city was tedious, but with nothing but straight lines, easy at the same time.

I liked the grey against blue, but wanted a pop so stamped the balloon on pink and a cloud on white.

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

I hope you join us at CASology – and, for more inspiration, check out the other design team members:

Thanks for stopping by!

greetings
Stamps: Metropolis (Paper Smooches);
Ink: Brilliance black (Tsukineko);
Paper: Blue Breeze, Ripe Raspberry (My Favorite Things); Gray Granite (Stampin’Up);

CC&S #359 – Cup ‘o Tea

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

And here is my take:

Cup 'o Tea | by karen h @ carefree creations

I stuck pretty close to the sketch.

The cup is paper pieced. I cut one cup from white and used Copics to color the tea; then I cut the outside cup layer from pattern paper and layered it on top.

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 are not basic
Stamps: Hot Concoctions, Inverted Greetings (Paper Smooches);
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento); Brilliance black (Tsukineko); markers (Copic);
Paper: White (Papertrey Ink); Ripe Raspberry (My Favorite Things); Rainbow Sherbert pattern (Paper Smooches);
Other: circle die (Spellbinders);

CC&S #350 – Holly Days

It is time for another CAS Colours & Sketches challenge. And this is a celebration – the challenge is 7 years old! Check out the latest challenge (there’re prizes):

And here is my take:

Holly Decorations | by karen h @ carefree creations

When I saw these colors I knew right away what I wanted to stamp. I love the beaded garland in this stamp set!

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).

happy holly days
Stamps: Holly Jolly (Paper Smooches – PS);
Ink: Shaded Spruce (Stampin’Up – SU); Versamark (Tsukineko);
Paper: Cherry Cobbler (SU); White (Papertrey Ink);
Other: gold embossing (Simon Says Stamp); Stitched Rectangle die (Lil Inkers); Bows die (PS);

Me Hearty

I’m playing along with the AAA Cards – Made in Minutes challenge.

Here is my card:

Me Hearty | by karen h @ carefree creations

This challenge offered an optional twist of ink blending. When trying to come up with a card idea, I spent way too much time focusing on the ink blending so I gave that up and just starting looking for something I wanted to stamp – and dontcha know it, the ink blending worked itself in!

I used a heart die to make an opening in masking paper – which I had to do twice since the first time the mask went down in the wrong place and tore when coming up. Still, the card only took me about 15 minutes to make.

Thanks for taking a peek!

me hearty
Stamps: Ahoy Me Hearty (Paper Smooches);
Ink: Distress – Candied Apple, Carved Pumpkin, Squeezed Lemonade, Mowed Lawn, Salty Ocean, Wilted Violet (Ranger); Brillance Graphite Black (Tsukineko);
Paper: White (Papertrey Ink);
Other: Nesting Hearts die (Hero Arts); masking paper;

Grateful for You

Paper Smooches has a monthly challenge and this month is an anything goes challenge – and they’re looking for design team members for next year.

Here is another card for that call:

Grateful for You | by karen h @ carefree creations

Here in Colorado it is already snowing. I miss Virginia falls! This card is in homage to those autumn feelings.

The leaves were inked with two colors of Distress inks then lightly spritzed with water before stamping. After they dried, I spritzed the leaves and card base with an old brown glitter spray.

I did some fussy cutting for the leaves and the sentiment.

Thanks for taking a peek!

Grateful for you
Stamps: Leafy Greens, Debonair, Fall Sampler (Paper Smooches);
Ink: Distress Barn Door, Fired Brick, Fossilized Amber, Spiced Marmalade (Ranger); Dark Chocolate (Papertrey Ink); Bayou Blue (Stampin’Up);
Paper: Baja Breeze, White Naturals (Stampin’Up);
Other: glitter spray (stash);

Believe in Magic

Paper Smooches has a monthly challenge and this month is an anything goes challenge – and they’re looking for design team members for next year.

Here is my card:

Believe in the Magic | by karen h @ carefree creations

Update: Retook the photo to get the colors more accurate.

To make this card, I started with a feel – a winter sunset. I’m sure that had nothing to do with the fact that it was 25 degrees yesterday when I was stamping this.

The card base is a pale purple. I added Distress ink sponged on the background. The trees are paper pieced with green plaid that really pops on the background. The heart is the same pink as the background. I added a bit of snow with some puff paint along the ground and acrylic paint in the sky.

Thanks for taking a peek!

Believe in the Magic
Stamps: Warm Hearts, Joyful Greetings (Paper Smooches);
Ink: Distress Inks: Worn Lipstick, Dusty Concord, Chipped Sapphire (Ranger); Versamark (Tsukineko); Black (Palette);
Paper: Grapesicle (My Favorite Things); Berry Sorbet (Papertrey Ink); Crumb Cake (Stampin’Up); Perfectly Plaid Christmas (Lawn Fawn);
Other: puff paint (Stampin’Up); white acrylic paint; white embossing powder (Hero Arts);

CASology – Appreciate

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

Here is my take:

Appreciation Foliage | by karen h @ carefree creations

A very simple card. I did add a little bow with some floss.

When I was done with this card, another idea spawned – but I don’t have the supplies, so I dearly hope someone makes an office chart type card with the financial definition of appreciate 🙂

I hope you join us at CASology – and, for more inspiration, check out the other design team members:

Thanks for stopping by!

you are appreciated
Stamps: Botanicals 2, Word Salad (Paper Smooches – PS);
Ink: Forest Glades (Altenew); Cocoa (Memento);
Paper: White (Papertrey Ink);
Other: Flag Tag dies (PS); floss | thread (DNC stash);

CASology – Fog part 2

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

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

Fog My Spectacles | by karen h @ carefree creations

While I had out my white ink from last week’s card, I wanted to also do these glasses! I wasn’t sure exactly how I would use the glasses (since the ink is white, I couldn’t just plop these glasses on a white card base), but after a few attempts, I came up with this cluster of hearts – and I love this card!

I adhered a layer of glasses to some window sheet and cut it out (just inside the frame border). Once I got the ink on the window sheet, I added a couple layers behind and one on top – so lots of dimension to these specs!

I hope you join us at CASology – and, for more inspiration, check out the other design team members:

Thanks for stopping by!

You fog my spectacles
Stamps: Incognito (Paper Smooches – PS); Perfect Match hearts (Papertrey Ink – PTI);
Ink: Pale Peony, White (PTI); Black (Palette);
Paper: White (PTI);
Other: window sheets (PTI); Glasses die (PS)

CASology – Feather

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

Here is my take:

A little bit of masking makes this an easy one-layer card.

I hope you join us at CASology – and, for more inspiration, check out the other design team members:

Thanks for stopping by!

just a note
Stamps: Just a Note, Sentiment Sampler (Paper Smooches);
Ink: black (Memento); markers (Copics);
Paper: white;