Teacher Gift

I’m finally getting around to posting my final teacher project. This one was for my youngest’s teacher. I made a gift package with her favorite candy, a bookmark (which I forgot to photograph), and a photo frame with matching card.

by karen @ carefree creations - Teacher Thanks

I don’t think there is anything tricky or special about making the card, so I’ll move on to the frame.

by karen @ carefree creations - Family Photo Frame

I started with a plain wooden frame (got it for a buck or two at a craft store). I painted it with white paint that I tinted with Tempting Turquoise ink refill. After that dried, I used the frame to trace the inside and outside edges onto some pattern paper. Once that was cut out, I used modge-podge to glue it in place. I wrapped the frame sides with yellow ribbon. I pulled out some paper flowers from my stash, die cut some leaves – adhering them in place with glue dots. To do the ‘family’ letters, I backed some black paper with sticky paper then die cut the letters.

Thanks for taking a peek!

Stamps: Beautiful Blooms 2 (PTI);
Ink/Cardstock: Berry Sorbet, Lemon Tart, Black, White (PTI); Tempting Turquoise (SU); Gumdrop Green (MFT);
Other: Lemon Tart ribbon, Beautiful Blooms 1 die, Happiness in Bloom leaf die, Buttoned Up 1 die (PTI); Stitched Rectangle die (Lil Inkers); Quote Tag die (Paper Smooches); Flamingo DSP (SU);
family Photo Frame
Stamps: none
Ink/Cardstock: Gumdrop Green, Sour Apple (MFT); Black (PTI);
Other: Lemon Tart ribbon, Script Alphabet lower, Happiness in Bloom leaf die (PTI); Flamingo DSP (SU); paper flowers (stash); copic-colored Rhinestone (stash);

Papertrey Blog Hop – May 2014


This month’s Papertrey Blog Hop is all about Melon & Aqua. I love this color combo!

In addition to the color palette, I was inspired by the flowers in this Design Seed flora post.

Here is my card:

by karen @ carefree creations - Thanks for Everything

I love seeing the wide striped backgrounds and decided to try one.

Since I was going with white flowers, I made the background Melon.

This card is another of my teacher cards…actually for the principal. I volunteered a lot in the office this year and had a great time.

Thank you for stopping by!

Thanks for everything
All supplies Papertrey Ink unless otherwise noted.
Stamps: Wet Paint, Botanical Silhouettes, Background Basics: Super Stripes;
Ink/Cardstock: Melon Berry, Aqua Mist, White, Black;
Other: Mega Gracious Vases die, Bigger Blooms die;

Thank You, History Teacher

by karen @ carefree creations - History Teacher

Nope, I’m not done yet! I actually have two more teacher-card posts after this (though it may be a few days before they get posted).

This one is for the history teacher.

It is almost a one-layer card – the stamping is all on the card base, except the compass rose which is popped up over the strip of chocolate cardstock.

The compass rose wanted to fall over the edge; to fit the card in the envelope without crushing anything, I lopped off about a 1/4″ from the right side.

Thanks for taking a peek!

Thank You
All supplies Papertrey Ink unless otherwise noted.
Stamps: World Map, Out to Sea, Teach & Inspire;
Ink/Cardstock: Kraft, Dark Chocolate, Hawaiian Shores, Vanilla;
Other: nada;

Apple for Teacher

It is time for another CAS Colours & Sketches challenge. Check out the latest challenge: #75 – sketch.

CAS Colours & Sketches Challenge #75

And here is my take:

by karen @ carefree creations - Apple for Teacher

Since I’m in the midst of stamping for all the teachers in my life, I decided to use this challenge to get another card done.

I’ll be giving this card to the teacher I’ve been volunteering with for the past 3 years (I’m going to miss her!!).

Make sure you check out the other design team members:

I hope you join us at CAS Colours & Sketches!

Thanks for stopping by!

A Little About the Challenge: Posted every Thursday, the challenges alternate between color and sketch (if there is a 5th week in the month you get the double dose of color & sketch).

All supplies Papertrey unless otherwise noted.
Stamps: Teacher’s Apple, Mega Mixed Messages (PTI);
Ink/Cardstock: White, Pure Poppy, New Leaf, Blueberry Sky, Kraft (PTI); Orange Fizz, Grape Jelly (MFT);
Technique: masking;

Thank You for the (English) Adventure

by karen @ carefree creations - Thanks, English Teacher

I think I finally hit a brick wall this past weekend while I was stamping all these teacher cards. My mojo just gave up!

I love the idea for this card, but I’m not sure I pulled off what I really wanted. My kiddo likes the card, so I’m going with it!

If you can’t guess, this is for their English teacher.

And now, a few days later, I think I like the card even better in the photo, lol.

Thanks for taking a peek!

Thank You
All supplies Papertrey Ink unless otherwise noted.
Stamps: All Booked Up, Up Up Away, Beautiful Butterflies, Tiny Treats – Halloween, Tiny Treats – Valentine, Tag Its #5;
Ink/Cardstock: White, Black, Spring Rain, Hibiscus Burst;
Other: Lemon Tart pattern papers; circle dies (Spellbinders);

Another Teacher Card

by karen @ carefree creations - Cooking Teacher

I CASEd Laurie’s card, though working with what I had meant some changes to the layout.

I chose my sentiment because I thought it looked like chalkboard art. Even though I used the largest mat die, I still didn’t have room on the left to hang the flags, so I put them across the top. Since I stamped my sentiment so far to the right (hoping there was room for the flags), I needed something to take up that space; some linen thread wrapped around solved that. My original plan was to have the utensils on the flags, but that just didn’t look good, so they ended up being an accent – which is topped off with the button.

This card is for my kid’s Family & Consumer Science teacher (think home-ec). While they did quite a few varied projects, the cooking aspect is what resonated with my kid the most (hence the food theme).

The awesome part is that the kid now cooks on Friday nights! I am so grateful for this – not only does it give me a night off, but she’s gotten a different perspective on providing for a family.

A funny story, last Friday kid1 cooked quiche (was wonderful!). The younger sibling, kid2, tried it but decided they didn’t like it. My normal rule is that whatever is cooked is what is available for eating (no scrounging) – but they are allowed fruit and/or veggies all they want. When kid2 said they were going to eat something else. Kid1 was upset (disappointed maybe a better word). Every night since, kid1 has thanked me for cooking and made a big effort to eat it, even if not totally thrilled by the meal!!

Thanks for taking a peek!

Stamps: Big Thank You, Thanks All Ways (PTI); Fork & Spoon (Hero Arts);
Ink/Cardstock: White, Black, Soft Stone (PTI); Unicorn white pigment ink (Memento); Versamark (Tsukineko);
Other: Pure Poppy & Blueberry Sky pattern papers, banner dies, wood button (PTI); Linen Thread (SU); Silver embossing powder (Filigree);
Technique: chalkboard;

Merci, French Teacher

by karen @ carefree creations - Merci French Teacher

I have quite the list of cards to make for this year’s end of school. I’ve posted about half the cards I have made so far, and have a few more yet to make (I’m already sick of making teacher cards, help me!!).

My kiddo started French this year (try as I might to talk them into Spanish, their early start in ballet made them fall in love with French). This card is for the French teacher.

The background is done using the salted-watercolor technique.

It is hard to see in the photo, but I did stamp an Eiffel Tower image and silver embossed it.

Thanks for taking a peek!

Stamps: Think Big Favorites 3, City Scenes (PTI);
Ink/Cardstock: White, Black, Royal Velvet (PTI); Island Indigo (SU); Versamark (Tsukineko);
Other: watercolor paper (Hero Arts); Stitched Mat Rectangle die (Lil Inker); silver embossing powder (Filigree);
Technique: salted-watercolor technique

Thanks, Science Teacher

by karen @ carefree creations - Thanks, Science Teacher

My kiddo had biology this year; they spent a lot of time on DNA. So, if you can’t tell, the hand-drawn border in the background is supposed to be the double-helix of DNA. I’ve decided someone really needs to make a line of nerdy stamps – math and science!

The teacher dude is normally holding a pointer, but with some creative masking and a bit of snipping of the stamp (nothing removed, just snipped some space so the hand could be pulled out from his head a bit) – I was able to have him hold a light bulb.

Thanks for taking a peek!

thanks teacher
Stamps: Smarty Pants, Great Chemistry (Paper Smooches);
Ink/Cardstock: White, Simply Chartreuse (PTI); Baja Breeze, Not Quite Navy (SU);
Other: markers (Copic); Double-Ended Banner die, Limitless Layers: Square die (PTI);
Technique: hand drawing;

Super Star

by karen @ carefree creations - Super Star

I was inspired by the composition of elements on Anya’s card. I had to work with what I have/own otherwise my card would have been more of a case.

I played around with colors quite a bit (love having my ink swatch tags!!). Now that the card is finished I can’t decide if I like having the secondary sentiment in green, but I’m pretty sure I wouldn’t have wanted it in either stone or black…so…I guess it is good, lol.

This card is for our Assistant Principal who is moving on to another school next year.

Thanks for taking a peek!

Stamps: Celebrations (PTI); Free Spirit Sentiments (WMS); Super Star (W+9);
Ink/Cardstock: White, Enchanted Evening, Soft Stone, Spring Moss, Black (PTI); Truffle (Memento);
Other: Celebrations dies;

Best Wishes Bouquet

by karen @ carefree creations - Best Wishes Bouquet

I made three of these cards to give to the folks in the front office at the elementary school where I’ve been volunteering for the past 5 months.

Thanks for taking a peek!

Best Wishes
All supplies Papertrey Ink unless otherwise noted.
Stamps: Ruby Rose, Ruby Reprise, Beyond Basic Borders;
Ink/Cardstock: White, Berry Sorbet, Winter Wisteria, Hawaiian Shores, New Leaf; Orange Fizz (MFT); Crushed Curry (SU);
Other: Lemon Tart pattern paper, Double Ended Banner die, Ruby Rose dies;
Technique: machine stitching;