Halloween Watchers

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

And here is my take:

Halloween Watchers | by karen h @ carefree creations

My mojo was starting to wane when I made this. Originally I was going to try to make something other than a Halloween card….but decided it wasn’t worth hurting my head over.

I love how this turned out! I bought this set when it went on clearance sale months ago – and I bought it to make a card just like this (I love all those eyes!!).

I did end up using a different purple because I really do not like the Fig color. Razzleberry is fairly similar but just seems a bit brighter purple.

I stamped the eyes in visual triangles by color.

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).

Trick or Treat
Stamps: Happy Haunting (Papertrey Ink – PTI);
Ink: Pumpkin Pie, Granny Apple green, Rich Razzleberry (Stampin’Up);
Paper: White, Black (PTI);
Other: Tricky Trio die (PTI);

Hugs Can Heal

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

Here is my take:

Hugs Can Heal | by karen h @ carefree creations

My favorite colors are blue & green. For a “heal” cue word, I thought those colors would be perfect. Since the card is supposed to bring a bit of happiness, I made the sentiment a color from the other side of the color wheel.

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

Thanks for stopping by!

Hugs
Stamps: Big Hugs, Leave it Be, Holiday Greens, Spruce & Sprigs (Papertrey Ink – PTI);
Ink: Crisp Cantaloupe (SU); Green Parakeet, Mint Julep, Ocean Tides (PTI); Cactus (My Favorite Things); Lake Shores (Hero Arts);
Paper: White (PTI); Crisp Cantaloupe (SU);
Other: Big Hugs die (PTI);

Flowers & Bees

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

And here is my take:

Flowers & Bees | by karen h @ carefree creations

This was a fun sketch! I was made this card a month ago while it was hot so my card reflects that summer feel.

To help make it all feel a bit more cohesive, I added black lines to the bee butts to help make a triangle with the black sentiment.

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).

thank you
Stamps: Ruby Rose, Honey Bees, Keep it Simple Thank You (Papertrey Ink – PTI);
Ink: Hibiscus Burst, Pure Poppy, Bright Buttercup (PTI); Graphite Brilliance (Tsukineko);
Paper: White, Hawaiian Shores (PTI);
Other: Ruby Rose die (PTI);

Birthday Pansy

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

And here is my take:

Birthday Pansies | by karen h @ carefree creations

Yellow and purple are always a hard combo for me. But then I remembered pansy flowers! The only stamp set I have with pansies is an old collection of small images. I used the ink to watercolor the images (using grey for the leaves).

To work in the blue from the challenge palette, I die cut a fancy frame and stamped the sentiment.

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 Birthday to You
Stamps: Year of Flowers Collection, Signature Greetings II (Papertrey Ink – PTI);
Ink: Crushed Curry, Gorgeous Grape, Night of Navy (Stampin’Up – SU); Soft Granite (Hero Arts);
Paper: Night of Navy (SU); Rustic White (PTI);
Other: Don’t Forget to Write Circle Frame die (PTI);

Hello From the City

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

And here is my take:

Hello From the City | by karen h @ carefree creations

This week I’m hosting a sketch challenge. I’m hoping this is a basic, but versatile sketch.

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).

Hello
Stamps: City Scene, Shadowed Sentiments (Papertrey Ink – PTI);
Ink: Lovely Lady, Raspberry Fizz, Pure Poppy, Smokey Shadow (PTI);
Paper: White (PTI); Gray Granite (Stampin’Up);
Other: Shadowed Sentiments die (PTI);

Bridal Shower

Bridal Shower | by karen h @ carefree creations

My niece announced her engagement and invited us to her bridal shower. I couldn’t go, but I sent this card as a congratulations.

Thanks for taking a peek!

Congratulations
Stamps: Scattered Showers (Papertrey Ink-PTI);
Ink: Hibiscus Burst (PTI); Soft Granite (Hero Arts); Black Tuxedo (Memento);
Paper: White (PTI);

Orchid Thanks

Orchid & Bamboo | by karen h @ carefree creations

I recently purchased the orchid stamp set and was inspired to play with it.

The orchid is stamped on the die cut. Then I trimmed off one of the bottom flowers and the end of the stem – this helps the visual of the plant wrapping around the circle.

Thanks for taking a peek!

Thank You
Stamps: Orchid Expressions (Papertrey Ink-PTI);
Ink: Fine Linen, Classic Kraft, Hibiscus Burst, Lovely Lady, Dark Chocolate (PTI); Berry Burst, Gumball Green (Stampin’Up);
Paper: White (PTI);
Other: Orchid Expressions die (PTI); Stitched Circles die (Simon Says Stamp);

Ain’t No Sunshine

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

Here is my take:

Ain't No Sunshine | by karen h @ carefree creations

I knew I wanted to do clouds obscuring a moon.

The moon was die cut from shimmer paper and the clouds are die cut from vellum. Here is a close up of that:

I have a hard time adhering vellum, but for this one, I just smeared white glue anywhere the cloud sat over the moon. Those places fully adhered and didn’t show through.

Ideally, I would have used a halloween sentiment, but I don’t have one the right size for this layout (and I wanted all the elements grouped together).

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

Thanks for stopping by!

Ain’t No Sunshine
Stamps: Scattered Showers Additions (Papertrey Ink – PTI);
Ink: Versamark (Tsukineko);
Paper: Smokey Shadow, Vellum (PTI); Shimmer (Curious Metallics);
Other: Circle die (Spellbinders); Full Moon Clouds die (PTI); Silver Pearl embossing powder (WOW);

Dream

Dream | by karen h @ carefree creations

I originally created this card for the latest CC&S challenge (flipped horizontally), but I wasn’t sure it was close enough, so I made a different one to post for the challenge.

I love this card, so I definitely wanted to post it.

To make the butterfly, I blended blue & purple distress ink onto regular white paper then added a few water drops. I die cut the butterfly and stamped the layer image.

The splatter in the background is 3 different colors of Twinkling H2Os. I liked that it adds just a touch of shimmer to the card (especially as I wanted an ethereal feel).

Thanks for taking a peek!

Dream
Stamps: Hands of Time, Beautiful Butterflies Layers (Papertrey Ink – PTI);
Ink: Grape Jelly, Gravel Gray (My Favorite Things – MFT); Salty Ocean, Wilted Violet Distress (Ranger);
Paper: Gravel Gray (MFT);
Other: Twinkling H2Os (Luminarte); Beautiful Butterflies & Layers dies, Dream Fly Soar die (PTI);

PTI MIM: Shadow Backgrounds

I had some free time yesterday and decided to play along with Papertrey’s Make it Monday: Shadow Backgrounds.

The concept is to make the images in the background grey or the same color as the cardstock and the main image is full of color. There were two image techniques I noticed – using outline and solid stamps together or larger and smaller images together. I made cards using the two image techniques.

My outline and solid card is also a clean and simple card:

The Sky is the Limit | by karen h @ carefree creations

It is cas only in that there limited layers.

I started by stamping the outline balloon image on the background and then added white clouds to help connect everything and make a flow.

My large and small image card is much less cas:

Hello Sunflower | by karen h @ carefree creations

This image is the only one I have in my stash where I have a large and small version. I wish I had a slightly lighter grey, but between the bold colors and the plaid stripes, I feel like the focus is where it belongs.

This was a fun technique!

Thanks for taking a peek!

the sky is the limit
Stamps: Up Up Away (Papertrey Ink – PTI);;
Ink: Pool (Hero Arts); Fresh Snow, Pure Poppy, Orange Zest, Bright Buttercup, Enchanted Evening (PTI);
Paper: Spring Rain, White (PTI);
Other: Up Up Away die, Double Ended Banner die (PTI);

Hello
Stamps: Autumn Abundance, Sunflower Bouquet, Plaid Builder (PTI);
Ink: Black (Memento); markers (Copic); Gravel Gray (My Favorite Things); Blueberry Sky (PTI);
Paper: White, Blueberry Sky, Enchanted Evening (PTI);
Other: Stitched Rectangle die (Lil Inkers); sequins (Simon Says); Noted die (PTI);