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);

CASology – Branch

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

Here is my take:

Thankful | by karen h @ carefree creations

I decided to use autumn colors for this card. I kept my stamping to the top 1/3 of the card leaving lots of white space.

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:

Deidre Payne
Jacquie Southas
Janet Ribet **Sadly this is her last week with us – make sure you leave her some love!!
Jen Wills
Joyce Mehrberg
Melissa Chipperfield
Milka Gubo
Nancy Elrick
Sue Symens

Thanks for stopping by!

thankful
Stamps: Beautiful Berries – Autumn (Papertrey Ink);
Ink: Espresso, Firebrick, Evergreen (Altenew); Hello Honey (StampinUp);
Paper: Rustic Cream (PTI);

CC&S #351 – ‘Tis the Season

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

This is our final challenge of the year – and like years past the idea is to use a challenge from this past year and make a seasonal card. Here is my take:

Tis the Season | by karen h @ carefree creations

I went back to the end of July for a double challenge #332.

There were a few holiday entries for that challenge and it inspired me to use it for this challenge.

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).

‘Tis the Season
Stamps: Holiday Greens, Holiday Lights (Papertrey Ink – PTI); Candy Stripes Background (My Favorite Things);
Ink: Pistachio Pudding, Primrose Petals, Emerald Envy (Stampin’Up); Espresso (Altenew);
Paper: Pistachio Pudding (SU); Vintage Cream (PTI);
Other: Holiday Greens die (PTI);