A Bloomin’ Transformation

A couple day’s ago Lizzie posted a Transformation Tuesday post on the Papertrey blog. I’m really loving this new feature!

I went through the photos of my old cards and found one that has been annoying me for way to loong!

This Beautiful Blooms 2 card was given away before I noticed that I hadn’t stamped any center image in the purple flower at the bottom. It just felt incomplete!

In addition to that, I was not happy with the blotchy images (I stamped without a positioning tool) and the leaves feel like they are floating.

Here is my first attempt at fixing the problems:

Hello | by karen @ carefree creations

While I did get the leaves closer to the flowers and the flowers feel fuller, I still wasn’t happy. The yellow is way to bright and feels out of place; also, since I used yellow for centers, I took yellow out of the flower lineup…and that had me doing other changes that resulted in a teeny tiny blue flower at the top – ugh!

I tried one more time:

Hello | by karen @ carefree creations

This time I feel like I got it right (mostly). I went back to the rainbow flow of flowers but made the accent colors in the same color family. It just feels more cohesive. The only thing I would change would be to pay more attention to the orientation of openings of the flowers for leaves. I didn’t know where to stamp my leaves, so I stamped my sentiment first and once I added the leaves, I wish the sentiment was just a bit lower. As I say though, done is done (and it is tons better than the original).

The orange flower is from the flower cluster in Back Pocket Basics. I needed another flower so I didn’t repeat, but I also wanted one that fit the style.

Thanks for taking a peek!

Stamps: Beautiful Blooms 2, Fillable Frames 2, Back Pocket Basics (Papertrey Ink – PTI);
Ink: Espresso Truffle (Momento); Hello Honey (Stampin’Up); Boysenberry (My Favorite Things); Hibiscus Burst, Raspberry Fizz, Summer Sunrise, Orange Zest, Bright Buttercup, New Leaf, Hawaiian Shores, Tropical Teal, Amethyst Allure (PTI);
Paper: White (PTI);

Butterfly Happiness

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

Here is my take:

Butterfly Happiness | by karen @ carefree creations

I love the look of foil, but I always have a hard time getting it to work. To do this card, I used a glue technique that I learned from Jennifer McGuire. I still had to stamp and foil it twice to get the rays mostly covered. {After making my card, I found this video from Minc where I learned a couple tips that may help me in the future! AND THEN I found this video from Jennifer where I learned I could use embosed images. You may see more foiling from me soon!}

Anyway…usually when I think foil, I think elegant, but I wanted something fun. I chose some bold spring colors because it reinforced the “happiness” sentiment.

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

Thanks for stopping by!

Stamps: Beautiful Butterflies, Beautiful Butterflies Layers (Papertrey Ink – PTI); Gorgeous Grunge (Stampin’Up);
Ink: Lavender Fields, Ripe Raspberry, Tropical Teal (My Favorite Things); Fog (Simon Says Stamp); Espresso Truffle (Memento);
Paper: White (PTI);
Other: Beautiful Butterflies die (PTI);

Spread Joy

Today I am playing along with the Addicted to CAS: Birds challenge.

Here is my card:

Spread Joy | by karen @ carefree creations

I have a few bird sets, but I decided to use this one as it hasn’t seen ink yet. The set is kinda big, but I was still able to keep it CAS.

I chose this flower because it snugged into the corner. There are two sizes of bird; I selected the smaller image. I even chose the one-line sentiment to maximize the white space.

In picking my colors, I knew I wanted a purple flower. Once I picked those colors, I kept the rest of the colors jewel toned as well.

Thanks for taking a peek!

Spread Joy
Stamps: Humming Along (Papertrey Ink – PTI);
Ink: Pure Plum, Elf Green (My Favorite Things); Rich Razzleberry, Wild Wasabi, Crushed Curry, Baja Breeze, Island Indigo, Baked Brown Sugar (Stampin’Up); Chamomile, Smokey Shadow (PTI);
Paper: White (PTI);

Christmas White Foliage

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

And here is my take:

Christmas White Foliage | by karen @ carefree creations

When I first looked at the sketch, I immediately thought about this cover plate!

Easy peasy card – so quick to put together. But the gold embossing with all the white is so elegant.

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).

Merry Christmas
Stamps: Christmas Cheer (Papertrey Ink – PTI);
Ink: Versamark (Tsukineko);
Paper: White (PTI);
Other: gold embossing (Filigree); Winter Floral cover plate die (PTI);

Rainbow Birthday Icons

Papertrey’s Make it Monday #314 is about using the color wheel to make a rainbow card. Here is my take:

Birthday Rainbow | by karen @ carefree creations

I love rainbows! I don’t stamp enough of them…so I had to play with this challenge! I started out with pale colors and added slightly deeper hues as accents.

Thanks for taking a peek!

Birthday Wishes
Stamps: Birthday Balloons, Wishes Come True, Happy Day (Papertrey Ink – PTI);
Ink: Green Parakeet, New Leaf, Lilac Grace, Winter Wisteria, Aqua Mist, Hawaiian Shores, Lovely Lady, Hibsicus Burst, Lemon Tart, Bright Buttercup, Summer Sunrise (PTI); Apricot Appeal (Stampin’Up); Gravel Gray (My Favorite Things); Espresso Truffle (Momento);
Paper: White, Lilac Grace, Green Parakeet, Aqua Mist (PTI);
Other: Birthday Balloons die, Birthday Strings die, Wishes Come True die, Happy Day die, Mix & Mat Scallops die (PTI);

Tiny All Around

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

And here is my take:

Thanks | by karen @ carefree creations

The first thing I thought of when I saw this sketch was a polaroid frame. I have two – one that is quite large and one that is quite small, lol. I decided to use the quite small one and make the card into a 4-bar size (3 1/2 x 4 7/8) so that the tiny frame wasn’t completely lost.

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 so much
Stamps: Framed Out #1 sentiment, Tag-Its #5 flowers (Papertrey Ink – PTI);
Ink: Crisp Cantaloupe, Pistachio Pudding (Stampin’Up); Truffle (Momento);
Paper: White, Aqua Mist Pattern Pack (PTI);
Other: Framed Out #12 die (PTI);

I Admire and Love You

I found a new challenge – Library Craft Challenge. I love reading so I am totally stoked by this challenge! The first challenge is: Jane Austen’s Pride & Prejudice!

Here is the card I made:

Admire & Love You | by karen @ carefree creations

I love Austen so much. When Papertrey released their Simply Jane set ages ago I snapped it up immediately! I just had to use the set for this challenge.

While the challenge doesn’t have a style requirement, I did end up being fairly clean and simple.

I stamped the couple in black as a silhouette, then embossed with a heart die. To add a pop to the card, I stamped the sentiment on a red banner.

Thanks for taking a peek!

Admire and Love You
Stamps: Simply Jane (Papertrey Ink – PTI);
Ink: Black (PTI);
Paper: White, Pure Poppy (PTI);
Other: Heart die (Hero Arts);

The Rose

This weekend I’ll be posting my Splitcoast Dirty Dozen cards from February 2016. Each DD month has a theme; if you are a member of the Fan Club, you can view more details about this card and its relation to the challenge here.

Yellow Rose | by karen h @ carefree creations

Some no-line watercoloring. I loved how it turned out I didn’t want to cover it up, so I kept the design pretty sparse.

Thanks for taking a peek!

Stamps: Year of Flowers: Rose, Graceful Greetings (Papertrey Ink – PTI);
Ink: Smokey Shadow (PTI); Squeezed Lemonade, Mustard See, Fossilized Amber, Shabby Shutters, Peeled Paint, Forest Moss distress ink (Ranger);
Paper: Smokey Shadow (PTI); Fog (Simon Says Stamp); Watercolor (Ranger);
Other: Graceful Greetings die, Woodgrain impression plate (PTI); Rectangle Frame die (My Favorite Things);
Technique: No-line watercoloring;

Season of Joy

This card is for the PTI Anniversary – Color Challenge.

I used Heather’s color scheme:

Those colors really worked well for what I was going for, which is inspired by Amy’s awesome card.

Here is my card:

Plaid & Sprigs | by karen @ carefree creations

I am in love with the plaid Mix & Mat! And pairing it with the seasonal greenery sets makes so much sense to me.

To do the sentiment, I trimmed the “s” from the “season’s” die and the sub-sentiment is partial inking of a sentiment from a totally different set.

Thanks for taking a peek!

Season of Joy
Stamps: Spruce & Sprigs, Holiday Greens, Wonderful Words Holiday (Papertrey Ink – PTI);
Ink: Prarie Grass, Olive Twist, Scarlet Jewel, Honey Nut (PTI);
Paper: White, Olive Twist, Classic Kraft (PTI);
Other: twine (stash); Mix & Mat – Plaid, Wet Paint – Holiday die (PTI);

Thanks, but no stamps

I’m pretty certain I will never say “thanks, but no stamps”!! Today’s card is for PTI’s No Stamps Challenge.

Why is it that I am fully capable of creating a card without stamps until someone tells me to do that very thing??!! I managed, but I’m only feeling so-so about the final card:

Thanks, but no stamps | by karen @ carefree creations

I had lots of ideas but nothing was working for me. I finally decided to play with the distress crayons I got ages ago and then was too intimidated to use (which, since it took me YEARS to try distress inks, shouldn’t be a surprise). This was the first time I put them to paper an the fact that I could use the result does impress me, lol. I know I goofed and I did learn from the process, but I was happy enough to call it done!

I was thinking this would be a good masculine card, but when putting the leaf bits down, I didn’t like the way they overlapped, so I die cut a little floral bit for the center. Now all I see is that floral bit and it is just enough to throw me off.

Thanks for taking a peek!

Stamps: NONE!!
Ink: Distress Crayons (Ranger);
Paper: Watercolor (Ranger); Enchanted Evening (Papertrey Ink – PTI);
Other: Bloomin Cute Sentiments die, Fancy Foliage Details die (PTI);