CC&S #330 – Keep Afloat

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And here is my take:

Keep Afloat | by karen h @ carefree creations

I knew when I put these colors together I wanted to do some sort of nautical card. I decided to use two of the colors to create a scene (sun and water) and the third color to stamp everything else like a silhouette.

To make the background, I first squished the sea color onto the watercolor paper, then I dried it – to keep the blending to a minimum. When I did the sun squishing I did use a towel to pull up the green that was created where the colors met.

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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).

Keep Afloat My Friend
Stamps: Ahoy (Papertrey Ink – PTI);
Ink: Night of Navy (Stampin’Up – SU); Distress Inks – Peacock Feathers & Fossilized Amber (Ranger);
Paper: Watercolor (Ranger); Night of Navy (SU);
Other: Ahoy die (PTI); Stitched Rectangle die (Lil Inkers);

CC&S #328 – Christmas Cheer

It is time for another CAS Colours & Sketches challenge. And this month – I’m hosting! Check out the latest challenge:

And here is my take:

Christmas Cheer | by karen h @ carefree creations

As usual, I pick my challenges a month or so before I make the cards – and so I never remember what I had in mind 🙂 Not sure what made me pick poinsettias for this color combo, but I love it!

The line details on the flowers & leaves, as well as the flower centers, are stamped with Sahara Sand; the sentiment is Wet Cement.

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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).

Christmas Cheer
Stamps: Painted Poinsettias (Papertrey Ink – PTI);
Ink: Petal Pink, Flirty Flamingo, Sea Foam, Sahara Sand (Stampin’Up); Wet Cement (Hero Arts);
Paper: White (PTI);
Other: Painted Poinsettias die, Skinny Mini Tags die (PTI); Seaweed twine (The Twinery);

CC&S #327 – Fly High

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And here is my take:

Reach for the Sky | by karen h @ carefree creations

I really wasn’t sure what to do with this sketch – but mostly because I don’t have any frame/layer die that is shaped like that. Once I got my brain passed that, the rest was easy!

I’m really happy with how this turned out!

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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).

Reach for the Sky
Stamps: Up Up Away (Papertrey Ink – PTI);
Ink: Raspberry Fizz, Amethyst Allure, Kraft (PTI); Butter Bar (Hero Arts);
Paper: White (PTI); Bashful Blue (Stampin’Up);
Other: Up Up Away die, Mix & Mat Pretty Brackets die (PTI); white embossing powder (Hero Arts);

CC&S #326 – Birthday Bouquet

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And here is my take:

Birthday Bouquet | by karen h @ carefree creations

A perfect color combo for flowers — and I love stamping flowers. The qualifier there is because I can’t keep any plant thing alive, sadly. At least stamping flowers lets me bring a little floral brightness to my surroundings!

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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).

Happy Birthday
Stamps: Bitty Bouquets, Ombre Sentiments (Papertrey Ink – PTI);
Ink: Gravel Grey (My Favorite Things); Calypso Coral, Gorgeous Grape, Mossy Meadow (Stampin’Up);
Paper: White (PTI);
Other: Bitty Bouquet die, Mix & Mat Pinked die (PTI);

CC&S #325 – Winter Wishes

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And here is my take:

Winter Snowglobe | by karen h @ carefree creations

I just recently bought a set of arch dies from MFT – just in time for this challenge! I wasn’t sure what to do with ’em, but after fiddling around, I came up with this card.

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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).

Winter Wishes
Stamps: Winter Snowglobe, Winter Penguin sentiment (Papertrey Ink – PTI);
Ink: Cocoa (Memento); markers (Copic);
Paper: White, Kraft, Monthly Moments January pattern (PTI); Tranquil Tide (Stampin’Up);
Other: Stitched Arch die (My Favorite Things); Small Flower Box die (Memory Box); Stitched Circle die (Simon Says); bling (stash); white embossing powder (Hero Arts);

CASology – Summer

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

Here is my take:

Sweet Strawberries | by karen h @ carefree creations

Oh how I love strawberries in the summer!

So while I was stamping this, using a positioner tool, my card moved just a smidge, so my strawberry tops were not stamped in the correct place. Thankfully, once I positioned it correctly, it just looked like a bit of shadow.

I did use different greens for the leaves than the strawberry tops.

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Sweet Birthday Wishes
Stamps: Strawberry Patch, Strawberry Patch Sentiments (Papertrey Ink – PTI);
Ink: Strawberry Slush, Garden Green, Crushed Curry (Stampin’Up); Field Day (My Favorite Things);
Paper: White (PTI);

Mother’s Day Heart

Happy Mother's Day | by karen h @ carefree creations

A little bit of masking, and a whole lot of stamping. I picked 5 colors for the images – it made it easier to make it seem random…less likely to have the same color next to itself. I added a few dots of grey in white spaces that were too big.

Thanks for taking a peek!

Happy Mother’s Day
Stamps: Mini Blooms, Happy Day, Birthday Cheer (Papertrey Ink – PTI);
Ink: Narwhal (Lawn Fawn); Powder Pink (Stampin’Up); Sunkissed, Frayed Leaf (Altenew); Surf Blue, Fog (Simon Says Stamp); Grapesicle (My Favorite Things);
Paper: White (PTI);
Other: Nesting Hearts die (Hero Arts);

CC&S #319 – Basket of Folk Flowers

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And here is my take:

Basket of Folk Flowers | by karen h @ carefree creations

When figuring out how to do a sentiment, I settled on a circular one and thought the inside of the circle would be a great place to re-stamp the flower bloom that gets covered up by the sentiment.

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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).

Thank You
Stamps: Basket of Blessings, Around About Sentiments (Papertrey Ink – PTI);
Ink: Sand Dunes, Mocha (Altenew); Dark Chocolate (PTI); Soft Sky, Strawberry Slush, Peek-a-boo Peach (Stampin’Up – SU);
Paper: Soft Sky (SU); White (PTI);
Other: Circle die (Spellbinders);

CASology – Africa

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

Here is my take:

Wild & Crazy | by karen h @ carefree creations

I love pattern paper – I have so much it is ridiculous….but I hardly ever use it (it isn’t really conducive to keeping a card CAS). But I have learned some tricks for using it in small doses. The easiest way is to contain it. In this card I die cut a window and the pattern peeks through that negative space.

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Happy Birthday
Stamps: It’s a Jungle Out There (Papertrey Ink – PTI);
Ink: Crushed Curry, Delightful Dijon (Stampin’Up – SU);
Paper: Terracotta Tile, White (PTI); Taken with Teal, Go Wild pattern paper (SU);
Other: Stitched Circles die (Simon Says Stamp); white embossing (Hero Arts);

CC&S #317 – 4th of July

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And here is my take:

Fourth of July Ribbons | by karen h @ carefree creations

My first thought with these colors was to use comic-book style explosion dies…but since I did that recently (with colors very similar), I decided to go with a 4th of July card instead.

The ribbon cuts are from 1 die, but I cut it in half so I could slide the ribbons apart to make room for the blue panel.

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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).

Happy Fourth of July
Stamps: Land That I Love (Papertrey Ink – PTI);
Ink: Crushed Curry (Stampin’Up – SU);
Paper: Blueberry Bushel, Real Red (SU); White (PTI);
Other: Sentiment Splits Celebrate die, Keep it Simple Frames die (PTI); white embossing powder (Hero Arts);