Season’s Greetings

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

And here is my take:

Season's Greetings | by karen h @ carefree creations

I recently picked up this stamp set and thought – with its rectangle shape and built in border – it would be perfect for this sketch.

I colored it with Copics. I’ve seen other cards with multi colored dots surrounding an image. I didn’t pull it off, but this was my first attempt. I’m not sure why I don’t feel like I “nailed it”, but I’ll try it again one day.

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 Grettings
Stamps: Botanical Blocks IV (Papertrey Ink – PTI);
Ink: Black (Momento);
Paper: White (PTI); Merry Moments DSP (Stampin’Up);

Too Cute to Spook

It is time for another CASology challenge. Check out the latest challenge – JUMPY!

Here is my take:

Too Cute to Spook | by karen h @ carefree creations

I know, you may be wondering how the heck this is jumpy. The cute card front is to lull the recipient into a false sense of security :) Upon opening the card, they’ll get a confetti shower!

Inside Too Cute | by karen h @ carefree creations

I used these instructions from Holly to make my confetti flinger. (FYI I took the rubber band off so I could take a photo.)

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

Thanks for stopping by!

Too Cute to Spook
Stamps: Happy Spooky Halloween (Papertrey Ink – PTI); Alphabet (Michael’s Studio G);
Ink: Simply Chartreuse, Plum Pudding (PTI); Pumpkin Pie (Stampin’Up); Brillance Graphite Black (Tsukineko);
Paper: White, Royal Velvet pattern paper (PTI);
Other: Confetti die (Mama Elephant);

You are a Pearl

It is time for another CASology challenge. Check out the latest challenge – PEARL!

Here is my take:

You are a Pearl | by karen h @ carefree creations

So why are pearls always shown in clam shells when they come from oysters? Well that worked for me as I don’t have any oyster stamps!

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

Thanks for stopping by!

You
Stamps: Simple Seashells, Simply You (Papertrey Ink – PTI);
Ink: Chamomile (PTI); Blush Blossom, Petal Pink, Powder Pink, Tip Top Taupe (Stampin’Up);
Paper: Rustic White (PTI);

Celebrate Together

Celebrate Together | by karen h @ carefree creations

It has been a crazy few weeks. I haven’t had much time to play in other challenges. Thankfully, The Library Challenge runs for a month! May’s challenge is the book “Brideshead Revisited”. I used the cover for my inspiration – and used quite a bit of it: the colors, a car, the scarf, the way the words go “out-of-the-box” of the scarf.

I also liked the little scratch marks in the bends of the scarf, so I added a few of my own with a marker.

Thanks for taking a peek!

Celebrate
Stamps: Enjoy the Ride (Papertrey Ink – PTI);
Ink: Pumpkin Pie (Hero Arts); Scattered Rose distress marker (Ranger); Burnt Umber (Momento);
Paper: Peach Bellini (My Favorite Things); Cajun Craze (Stampin’Up); Vellum (PTI);
Other: Swiss Dot embossing (Cuttlebug); Layered Banner die, Enjoy the Ride die, Birthday Cheer die (PTI);

Squiggle Butterfly

It is time for another CASology challenge. Check out the latest challenge – SQUIGGLE!

Here is my take:

Thinking of You | by karen h @ carefree creations

Doodle style stamps seemed like a great way to go with this Squiggle cue! I used the a spot image to “color” the butterfly. I positioned the cluster of elements one-third of the way from the top.

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

Thanks for stopping by!

thinking of you
Stamps: Springtime Doodles, Wonderful Watercolors (Papertrey Ink-pti);
Ink: Pale Peony (PTI); Pool (Hero Arts); Sour Apple, Grape Jelly (My Favorite Things-MFT); Espresso Truffle (Momento);
Paper: White (PTI); Lemon Chiffon (MFT);

Lacy Hello

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

And here is my take:

Lacy Hello | by karen h @ carefree creations

I had a few ideas for this challenge, but when I went searching through my dies, I found this die and immediately decided to change direction and make this card. The funny thing, to me, is that I bought that die for the two frame bits and figured I’d never actually use the floral inside!

I loved the idea of the blended ink showing through the lacy floral openings. With the very limited layers, this stays quite clean & simple!

This is definitely one of my favorite cards!

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).

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Stamps: Communique Curves Sentiments (Papertrey Ink – PTI);
Ink: Distress Carved Pumpkin & Fossilized Amber (Ranger); Smoke (Simon Says Stamp);
Paper: White (PTI);
Other: Mix & Mat Scallops die (PTI); Bakers Twine – Basic Gray (Stampin’Up);

Copper Butterfly

It is time for another CASology challenge. Check out the latest challenge – COPPER!

Here is my take:

Copper Butterfly | by karen h @ carefree creations

I have some old copper embossing powder and decided I would use that for this challenge. (Since I couldn’t come up with a useable police pun….)

This butterfly set is old, but I still love it. I knew there wouldn’t be much to the card if I only embossed the image & sentiment. As I was looking through my index, I realized I could cut/impress the clouds and give some white-on-white texture. I added a touch of blue sponging just to highlight the butterfly even more.

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

Thanks for stopping by!

Birthday Wishes
Stamps: Butterfly Kisses (Papertrey Ink – PTI);
Ink: Versamark (Tsukineko); Tumbled Glass Distress (Ranger);
Paper: White (PTI);
Other: Copper embossing powder (Stampin’Up); Blue Skies impression plate (PTI);

Hello, Mr. Blue Jay

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

And here is my take:

Hello Mr Bluejay | by karen h @ carefree creations

When I first saw that blue, I thought Blue Jay! I think I miss those annoying birds! I grew up in Virginia and we always had those noisy pests…but now I’ve been in Colorado for awhile and I have not seen (or heard) them. I’ll have to pay more attention when I visit home next time.

Once I decided on Blue Jay, the green was a no brainer (leaves). I wasn’t sure how I’d incorporate the yellow, but I thought I might sponge it in the background. When it came time to actually do that, I didn’t like the idea. Instead I pulled out some old pattern paper and added a little border – which can also function as the tree trunk.

I love how the sentiment snugs right into the branches.

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).

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Stamps: Winter Woods (Papertrey Ink – PTI);
Ink: Pacific Point, Pear Pizzaz, Crumb (Stampin’Up-SU); black (PTI);
Paper: White (PTI); Prints DSP – Saffron (SU);
Other: Winter Woods die (PTI);

Make Waves

It is time for another CASology challenge. Check out the latest challenge – Marine!

Here is my take:

Make Waves | by karen h @ carefree creations

This challenge has made me realize I have lots of marine stamps! I haven’t used this whale set yet so this was the perfect time!

I really like Heather’s card so I CASEd it.

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

Thanks for stopping by!

make waves
Stamps: Keep Swimming (Papertrey Ink – PTI);
Ink: After Midnight (My Favorite Things); Tumbled Glass, Salty Ocean, Mermaid Lagoon, Broken China distress inks (Ranger);
Paper: White (PTI); Tempting Turquoise (Stampin’Up); Watercolor (Ranger);
Other: Stitched Rectangle die (Lil Inkers);

So Happy for You

Today is Papertrey’s April Blog Hop.

Papertrey Ink Blog Hop

The inspiration is a beautiful piece! I was going to use tea cups on my card, but got sidetracked by the top cup. I loved the border of flowers separating the blue & white. That is what I went with:

So Happy for You | by karen h @ carefree creations

Thanks for taking a peek!

So Happy for You
Stamps: Mini Blooms (Papertrey Ink – PTI);
Ink: Autumn Rose, Melon Berry (PTI); Cactus (My Favorite Things); So Saffron (Stampin’Up); Espresso Truffle (Memento);
Paper: Hawaiian Shores, White (PTI);
Other: Mini Blooms die (PTI); Rhinestones (Kaiser);