So Grateful For You

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

Here is my take:

Grateful | by karen @ carefree creations

I love this “grateful” image/font. I fussy cut it out.

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So Grateful for You
Stamps: Beautiful Berries: Autumn, Mat Stack 7 (Papertrey Ink – PTI); Fall Sampler (Paper Smooches);
Ink: White, Kraft (PTI);
Paper: Autumn Rose, Melon Berry, Classic Craft, Dark Chocolate (PTI);
Other: Mat Stack 7 die (PTI);

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!

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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).

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.

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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.

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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).

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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);