CASology – Father

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

Here is my take:

Anniversary | by karen h @ carefree creations

My kiddos are older, so I don’t make father’s day cards for them to give any more. My anniversary was this past weekend, so I made a card for that instead – ya know, for the FATHER of my children 🙂

There are 3 shades of brown on this – the background trees are tone-on-tone Kraft, the “happy” is a mid-brown, the “anniversary” is a dark brown, but stamped only once, and the deer is stamped multiple times with the same dark brown. Using a monochromatic color scheme means I can layer the images without adding bulk so this card stayed a one-layer card!

This challenge is open for the MONTH of June! I’ll keep making cards each week, but they’ll be masculine themed, not father.

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

Thanks for stopping by!

happy anniversary
Stamps: Masculine Motifs, Keep it Simple Birthday 2, Keep it Simple Anniversary (Papertrey Ink – PTI);
Ink: Kraft, Cocoa Bean, Dark Chocolate (PTI);
Paper: Kraft (PTI);

CASology – Zodiac

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

Here is my take:

Follow Your Own Star | by karen h @ carefree creations

I love astrology – for the fun of it…I know it shouldn’t rule decision making. So that is the message of my card….have fun, but follow your own star – do your own thing.

To make this card, I embossed the zodiac circle with a glitter embossing powder. The swoosh was hand-drawn and cut out. The star is cut from shiny gold paper…hard to get that to show.

I did take a photo of the glitter embossing:

Check back next week when I’ll have more inspiration from this challenge (hint: I’m a Leo ;)!

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

Thanks for stopping by!

Follow Your Own Star
Stamps: Star Gazer (Papertrey Ink – PTI);
Ink: Versamark (Tsukineko); Black (PTI);
Paper: Black, Lemon Tart, Luxe Gold (PTI);
Other: Enchanted Gold embossing (Ranger); Stars Framelit die (Stampin’Up);

CC&S #365 – Think Spring

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

And here is my take:

Think Spring | by karen h @ carefree creations

These colors are so soft and sweet. I don’t have a need for Easter cards, so I went with a spring motif.

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).

Think Spring
Stamps: Cutaway Tags Spring (Papertrey Ink – PTI);
Ink: Petal Pink, Highland Heather, Mint Macaroon, Smoky Slate (Stampin’Up);
Paper: White (PTI);
Other: Cutaway Tags Spring die (PTI);

CASology – Give Me [Tea] and a Book

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

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

Very Jane | by karen h @ carefree creations

When I was designing for this challenge I pulled together all of my tea-based images. I hadn’t used this set in forever and I was really feeling that sentiment. I just had to pair it all with this awesome Jane Austen pattern paper!

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

Thanks for stopping by!

a cup of tea big enough
Stamps: All Booked Up (Papertrey Ink – PTI);
Ink: Dark Chocolate (PTI); Versamark (Tsukineko);
Paper: Cream, Dark Chocolate cardstock, Dear Jane pattern (PTI);
Other: circle die (Spellbinders); Vanilla embossing powder (Stampin’Up);

CASology – Tea

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

Here is my take:

Steep Stir Enjoy | by karen h @ carefree creations

My cards have been feeling a bit formulaic to me lately, so I wanted a different design. I decided to make my own pattern paper and use just a bit for a CAS design.

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!

steep stir enjoy
Stamps: Tea for Two, Tea for Two Additions (Papertrey Ink – PTI);
Ink: Brilliance black (Tsukineko); Poppy Parade, More Mustard, Pineapple Punch (Stampin’Up – SU); Soft Granite (Hero Arts);
Paper: White (PTI); Poppy Parade, More Mustard (SU);

CASology – Tall

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

Here is my take:

Merci | by karen h @ carefree creations

When you are 5-foot-nothing, most things are tall 🙂

My first thought though was of the Eiffel Tower.

Check back next week when I’ll have more inspiration from this challenge – something a bit closer to home!

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

Thanks for stopping by!

merci
Stamps: City Scene, Think Big Favorites #3 (Papertrey Ink – PTI);
Ink: Amethyst Allure (PTI); Espresso Truffle (Memento);
Paper: Lilac Grace (PTI);

CASology – [Sweetheart] Burning Love

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

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

Hot Stuff | by karen h @ carefree creations

I don’t have too many “love” based sets. This is one I got because it was different. When I was laying out the design I realized I needed something to keep this one-layer card from being too boring. My mind saw the match and wanted to make it seem like the match set the paper on fire.

Of course then I decided why make it seem like it was on fire when I could just set my paper on fire! Don’t worry, I had adult supervision 🙂 I don’t have any matches, so I used toothpicks. I didn’t want the fire to look like it started on the edge but at the match location. I poked a hole the paper where the match head would be, and stuck the burning toothpick through – leaning it towards the top to force the burn in that direction. I will say, neither the toothpick nor the paper really made a flame, they both sorta simmered and I went through a few toothpicks to get the desired burn. So happy with how it turned out!

I added “flames” using colored vellum (which was die cut using flamingo wings!!). The matchstick head was hand cut from dark grey cardstock – and I did that mostly to hide the adhesive I needed to stick the vellum pieces together and to the card base.

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

Thanks for stopping by!

hey there, hot stuff
Stamps: Perfect Match (Papertrey Ink – PTI);
Ink: Classic Kraft (PTI); Raspberry Ripple (Stampin’Up); Espresso Truffle (Memento);
Paper: White, Smoky Shadow (PTI); vellum (stash);
Other: Flamingos die (My Favorite Things);

CC&S #357 – Life is Sweet

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

And here is my take:

Life is Sweet | by karen h @ carefree creations

Flowers are my favorite, so I’ve been trying to stamp more of them. This sketch worked well for them.

For the short trellis, I did some partial die cutting. I figured out how much of the trellis I needed and die-cut just a bit more than that. I also die-cut the end-cap piece. I glued the end cap onto the trellis and trimmed off the extra bits.

The sentiment is fussy-cut.

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).

Life is Sweet
Stamps: The Sweet Life (Papertrey Ink – PTI);
Ink: Grapesicle (My Favorite Things); Amethyst Allure, Plum Pudding, Spring Moss, Ripe Avocado (PTI); Espresso Truffle (Memento);
Paper: Soft Sky (Stampin’Up); Soft Stone, White (PTI);
Other: The Sweet Life die, Garden Gate die (PTI);

CC&S #353 – Purrfect Day

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

And here is my take:

Purrfect Day | by karen h @ carefree creations

To stamp this, I started with a larger white piece than the final size. I stamped the sentiment and the cat. Then I cut the panel down to the size I wanted, but didn’t cut across the tail – that I fussy cut so it hung off/out of the panel. I did add a thin mat to that panel to help it stand out from the base.

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).

purrfect day
Stamps: Kit n Kaboodle (Papertrey Ink – PTI);
Ink: Canyon Clay (PTI); Espresso Truffle (Memento);
Paper: White, Wisteria Wonder – cs & pattern (PTI);

CASology – Christmas Branch

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

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

Christmas Branch | by karen h @ carefree creations

Since my previous Branch card was autumn, I thought I’d do a Christmas one this time around.

The style of the ornament is a bit retro, so I chose to do retro coloring.

There is lots of extra time to play this cue, so check back again next week when I’ll have more inspiration from this challenge!

I hope you join us at CASology!

Deck the Halls
Stamps: What the Doodle (Papertrey Ink);
Ink: Black (Memento); markers (Copic);
Paper: White, Vintage Jadeite (Papertrey Ink);
Other: Stitched Rectangle dies (Lil Inkers);