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

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

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);

CC&S #315 – Happy Spring

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And here is my take:

Happy Spring | by karen h @ carefree creations

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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 Spring
Stamps: Bunny Basket (Papertrey Ink – PTI);
Ink: Grapefruit Grove, Gorgeous Grape, Granny Apple Green (Stampin’Up – SU);
Paper: White (Papertrey Ink); Granny Apple Green (SU); White (PTI);
Other: sequins (Simon Says Stamp); Stitched Rectangle die (Lil Inkers); Grass die (My Favorite Things);

CC&S #314 – Thank You

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And here is my take:

Thank You | by karen h @ carefree creations

This stamp set made me think about Papertrey’s Cutaway Tags dies. Sadly, I don’t have those. But as I looked through my index, I found a sentiment split set that worked really well.

I recently purchased some watercolor pens and decided to give them a try on 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).

Thank You
Stamps: Sentiment Splits Thank You (Papertrey Ink);
Ink: Noir (Palette); watercolor pens (Arteza);
Paper: watercolor paper;

CASology – Bounce

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

Here is my take:

Bounce Back | by karen h @ carefree creations

A few of my fellow DT members did balls for this cue (and great cards, so I didn’t think I could add anything), so I thought about other ways to do bounce. This saying was something I’d heard in my youth.

I didn’t have any stamps for the sentiment and spelling it out with alphabets was more than I could handle at the time, lol. Instead, I picked out a font and printed it directly on the card stock.

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Hope you bounce back soon
Stamps: Comfort Food (Papertrey Ink – PTI);
Ink: Watermelon Wonder (Stampin’Up); Blue Yonder (My Favorite Things); Soft Granite (Hero Arts); Fog (Simon Says Stamp); markers (Copic);
Paper: White (PTI);
Other: Leander font (DaFont);

CASology – Wave

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

Here is my take:

Thanks for Keeping Me Afloat | by karen h @ carefree creations

I’ve had this set for awhile (I’m a sucker for doodle/zentangle images), but hadn’t used it yet. As I was designing this, I had to keep controlling myself to keep it CAS!

A couple notes about the sentiment: (1) The first bit, I cut the stamp apart and curved it before stamping. (2) Regarding the final bit of the sentiment, I wanted it centered in the label punch, but with the flourish on the t, it felt off balance. To fix that, I turned the stamp around and inked just a tiny bit of the end flourish and stamped it at the beginning of the word. Perfect!

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Thanks for Keeping Me Afloat
Stamps: What the Doodle Wave (Papertrey Ink – PTI);
Ink: Soft Granite (Hero Arts);
Paper: White (PTI); Lemon Chiffon, Sno Cone (My Favorite Things);
Other: What the Doodle Wave die (PTI); Stitched Circles die (Simon Says Stamp); Femme Frames die (Mama Elephant); punch (StampinUp);

CASology – Cloudy

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

Here is my take:

Smile in the Rain | by karen h @ carefree creations

I haven’t used this set yet (got it on clearance recently) and I like this cloud image, so this challenge seemed like a great time to get the set inky!

I kept the card simple. Where I wanted the sentiment meant it needed to overlap on the cloud. I used a MISTI to do the inking.

The cloud is fussy cut.

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I like people…
Stamps: So Striking (Papertrey Ink – PTI);
Ink: Spring Rain (PTI); Crisp Cantaloupe (Stampin’Up); Soft Granite (Hero Arts);
Paper: White (PTI);