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);

CASology – Fresh

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

Here is my take: Fresh Start | by karen h @ carefree creations

When I first thought about the “fresh” cue, I had lots of ideas, but the new years theme stuck. I didn’t have any stamps that says fresh start, but I did have this sentiment – which is actually a birthday sentiment (I didn’t ink up the additional “happy birthday” line).

I paired the sentiment with a sunrise image and background.

This card made me remember that detail stamps don’t do well on watercolor paper 🙂  Some of the words lost their edges.

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happy new year
Stamps: Quoted Move Mountains, Inside Out Birthday II, Keep it Simple New Year (Papertrey Ink – PTI);
Ink: Squeezed Lemonade, Dried Marigold, Spun Sugar Distress (Ranger); Charcoal (Hero Arts); Black (PTI);
Paper: Watercolor (Ranger); White (PTI);
Other: Mix & Mat Pretty Brackets die, Bountiful Banners (PTI);

Wedding Swans

Wedding Swans | by karen @ carefree creations This card is bigger than an A2 (I forget how much bigger, but the width is enough for US money to be inside).

I added a sentiment inside that says “Sending you love & laughter and plenty of happily ever after” That sentiment actually has a “Happy Birthday” as part of it as well, but I just didn’t ink that.  A card that you’ll see in a couple days also uses a sentiment from this birthday stamp – but it isn’t a birthday card (love being able to multi-task a supply!).

So Happy
Stamps: Swansational, Garden Grace, Inside & Out Birthday (Papertrey Ink – PTI);
Ink: Mint Macaroon, Tranquil Tide, Berry Burst (Stampin’Up-SU); Black, Lavender Moon (PTI); orange marker;
Paper: Sno Cone (My Favorite Things); Berry Burst (SU); White (PTI);
Other: Shape Shifters Circle 3 die, Scripted die, Swansational die, Garden Grace die (PTI); Wink of Stella glitter pen (ZIG);

CC&S #301 – Deck the Halls

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

This week we look back to our color challenges from this year, pick one, and make a holiday card. I chose to do this lovely color combo (click the image to go to that past challenge):

And here is my take:

Deck the Halls | by karen h @ carefree creations

I really love this elegant color scheme – and it works so nicely for the holidays too!

I decided to break out some older Christmas sets. I didn’t use any dies – I fussy cut the bow and stocking.

If you are interested, my previous card for this challenge can be found here.

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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).

Deck the Halls
Stamps: Stocking Prints, Bells & Boughs, Wreath for All Seasons (Papertrey Ink – PTI);
Ink: Berry Burst, Soft Sky, Sahara Sand (Stampin’Up);
Paper: White (PTI);

CC&S #299 – Season’s Greetings

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

And here is my take:

Solstice Foliage | by karen h @ carefree creations

With these colors my mind went immediately to winter greenery.

I have such a hard time with dies! Some dies are meant to be lined up after you stamp; others are meant to be cut first – either way I mess it up! For the the large pinecone, I fussy cut it because it wasn’t as intricate as the flowers or pine bough.

The fern just above the ribbon bow was added after the card was all put together. My artistic-eye seems to work better through the camera lens. I was gonna just leave it, but this time it felt too lopsided without. The flower die is popped-up with dimensional adhesive so it was easy to peel that off. I pulled the ribbon down as much as I could and used a piece of paper to mask everything else (I also only inked the tip of the fern). Honestly, I’m surprised it worked, lol!

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).

Season’s Greeting
Stamps: Holiday Greens, Keep it Simple Seasons’ Greetings (Papertrey Ink – PTI);
Ink: Mint Macaron, Tranquil Tide (Stampin’Up-SU); Cocoa Bean, Scarlet Jewel (PTI);
Paper: Rustic Cream (PTI);
Other: satin ribbon (PTI); Stitched Rectangle die (Lil Inkers);

CC&S #298 – Elegant Cake

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

And here is my take:

Elegant Cake | by karen h @ carefree creations

I started this design by looking at my edger and border dies. I decided a very simple card with a frosting edge and cardstock colors to mimic a cake.

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
Stamps: Keep it Simple Birthday (Papertrey Ink – PTI);
Ink: Versamark (Tsukineko);
Paper: Dark Chocolate, Vintage Cream, Lovely Lady (PTI);
Other: Frosted Borders die (PTI); Vanilla embossing powder (Stampin’Up);

CC&S #297 – You are the Best

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

And here is my take:

You are the Best | by karen h @ carefree creations

My inspiration for this comes from two places. The layout is the 3rd sketch in Papertrey’s October inspiration. The way I stamped the butterflies & their outlines was inspired by some old Stampin’Up paper – Cutie Pie (which has very similar colors to this challenge).

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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).

you are the best
Stamps: Butterfly Dreams, All About You (Papertrey Ink – PTI);
Ink: Versamark (Tsuniko); Balmy Blue, So Saffron (Stampin’Up-SU); Soft Granite (Hero Arts);
Paper: White (PTI); Rich Razzleberry (SU);
Other: white embossing (Hero Arts); Thank You die (My Favorite Things);

CC&S #296

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

And here is my take:

Holiday Springs | by karen h @ carefree creations

This is an “extra” Tuesday in the month, so we have a Timeless Tuesday challenge – and old CC&S sketch paired with retired colors.

These double challenges are usually hard for me, but this combo came together easily! To add a touch of interest, especially as I wasn’t matting the hanging panel, I used a die with a decorative edge.

I’m not usually a ribbon user, but the ribbon was the perfect way to add a “base” for the stamping.

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).

sending holiday cheer
Stamps: Holiday Greens, Spruce & Sprigs, Half & Half, Fillable Frames #9 (Papertrey Ink – PTI);
Ink: Gumball Green, Raspberry Ripple (Stampin’Up – SU);
Paper: Midnight Muse (SU); White (PTI);
Other: Half&Half die (PTI);

CC&S 295

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

And here is my take:

Thank You | by karen h @ carefree creations

When I first saw the sketch, my brain thought ocean scene (and didn’t want to let go). I wasn’t sure how to keep that idea CAS, but then decided to use pastel/subtle colors.

Instead of three separate stripes, I did a wavey die; but, otherwise, I tried to keep very close to the 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).

thank you
Stamps: Salt Air Fauna, Salt Air Flora, Keep it Simple – Thank II (Papertrey Ink – PTI);
Ink: Mint Julep, Summer Sunrise, Canyon Clay (PTI); Espresso Truffle (Memento);
Paper: White (PTI); Sno Cone (My Favorite Things);
Other: Swirly Scribbles die (Stampin’Up); Stitched Rectangle die (Lil Inkers); Salt Air Fauna die (PTI);

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

Since the sketch specifically said NOT geometric, I went organic. As a pairing to the berries, I used a 3d embossing folder in a weave pattern.

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: Beautiful Berries: Summer (Papertrey Ink – PTI);
Ink: Strawberry Slush, Raspberry Ripple (Stampin’Up); Elf Green (My Favorite Things – MFT); Pinefeather, Dark Chocolate (PTI);
Paper: Blue Breeze (MFT); Crumb Cake (SU); White (PTI);
Other: Beautiful Berries Summer die (PTI); Woven embossing (We R Memory Keepers);