CC&S #356 – Hello

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

And here is my take:

Hello | by karen h @ carefree creations

I know, it is February, and these colors just scream Valentine’s but, honestly, I did a couple cards and I’m done. Instead I did flowers 🙂

I am *in love* with how dark the sentiment turned out. I think this is the first time I really felt like the Brilliance Graphite lived up to its hype! I mean, it has always been my darkest black, but this feels like staring into the void and it makes me ridiculously happy!

I did the stamping on a separate layer because I had when my cards warp from embossing. The panel is adhered right to the card base – no popping.

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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).

hello
Stamps: Penned & Painted, Perfect Pennants (Stampin’Up – SU);
Ink: Real Red, Flirty Flamingo (SU); Brilliance Graphite Black, Versamark (Tsukineko);
Paper: Rustic White (Papertrey Ink);
Other: silver embossing powder (Filigree);

CC&S #349 – Fill the Season with Happiness

So I had more fun with the the latest CAS Colours & Sketches challenge:

And here is my take:

Fill the Season with Happiness | by karen h @ carefree creations

This time I pulled out a set I got just before it retired last year (and, um, hadn’t inked yet). I knew the colors I wanted for the foliage and that I wanted a gold frame, but I’m not too sure about the yellow for the frame panel, but done is done 🙂

There is still time to play along with 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).

Fill the Season with Happiness
Stamps: Peaceful Noel (Stampin’Up – SU); Fillable Frames 11 (Papertrey Ink – PTI);
Ink: Autumn Rose (PTI); Cranberry Cocktail (My Favorite Things); Pretty Peacock, Mint Macaroon (SU); Evergreen (Altenew); Burnt Umber (Palette);
Paper: Rustic White (PTI); So Saffron (SU);
Other: Fillable Frames 11 die (PTI); gold embossing powder (Simon Says Stamp);

Celebrate – If You Dare

Celebrate - if you dare | by karen h @ carefree creations

I know, I know, Halloween was so last month! I never did get around to making any new Halloween cards, so when I saw the sketch at Fab Friday, I knew what I wanted to use!

I fell in love with this raven as soon as I saw it in the catalog. Thankfully he isn’t too hard to cut out.

The branch wasn’t quite long enough, but I was able to selectively ink more of it to make it to the side of the panel.

The moon was done with a half-circle image. I turned it around and stamped it again to get a full moon. The image was first stamped with white ink, then over that with orange.

Thanks for taking a peek!

celebrate
Stamps: The Raven (Stampin’Up – SU); Brushed Off (Papertrey Ink – PTI);
Ink: Fresh Snow, Dark Chocolate (PTI); Pumpkin Pie (SU); Black (Palette);
Paper: Pumpkin Pie (SU); Black, Slate, Smoke Gray (Simon Says Stamp);
Other: Stitched Rectangles (Lil Inkers);

CC&S #337 – Birthday Brew

Get your card submitted today for the latest CC&S challenge:

I unearthed my desk last night! After weeks of not stamping, my mojo was feeling neglected, so I sat down and made a couple cards. I just had to make one for this fun challenge. Check it out:

Birthday Brew | by karen h @ carefree creations

This bottle image is one piece, but I wanted it two colors, so I broke out my stamping tool (and some masking paper). I ended up stamping the green and brown twice, so they are a bit darker than I expected.

I even used some OLD paper! Tiny bit by tiny bit, I’ll get through it!!

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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).

Have a Birthday Brew
Stamps: Bubble Over (Stampin Up – SU);
Ink: Garden Green, Soft Suede (SU);
Paper: Garden Green, Soft Suede, Pumpkin Pie cs & pattern (SU); White (PTI);
Other: Bottles & Bubbles die (SU);

CC&S #332 – Hello

It is time for another CAS Colours & Sketches challenge. The 5th Tuesday of the month brings a double – Timeless Tuesday – challenge where we pair an old sketch with a fresh combo of retired colors. Check out the latest challenge:

And here is my take:

Tropical Hello | by karen h @ carefree creations

[Oh my, this is the third card in a row that isn’t white! I’m pretty sure that is a record for me.]

Pretty straight forward use of the sketch.

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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).

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Stamps: Watercolor Wishes, Bohemian Borders (Stampin’Up – SU);
Ink: Pistachio Pudding (SU);
Paper: Pistachio Pudding, Emerald Envy, Primrose Petals (SU);
Other: Botanical Builder die (SU); rhinestones (stash);

CC&S #324 – Hello

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

And here is my take:

Flying Piggy | by karen h @ carefree creations

I have come to the conclusion that any color scheme with pale pink will require me to use the Little Piggy stamp set! I actually did look through my stash to see what I could use but Little Piggy is just so dern cute!

The layout for this card came from this card by Michele at I Card Everyone

It is hard to see, but I did a light wash around the pig & balloon with pool ink.

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).

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Stamps: This Little Piggy, Bird Banter (Stampin’Up – SU);
Ink: Powder Pink, Pool Party, So Saffron (SU); Hickory Smoke distress (Ranger);
Paper: White (Papertrey Ink); watercolor (Ranger); Sycamore Street pattern (SU);
Other: Script Hello die (Simon Says);

CC&S #318 – Happy Hour

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

And here is my take:

Happy Hour | by karen h @ carefree creations

I used a flat photopolymer stamp to do mirror stamping of the mug. The filler image is inked with all 3 colors. The mugs are fussy cut (getting inside those handles was hard, but with lots of patience I got it done).

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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).

Every Hour
Stamps: Mixed Drinks (Stampin’Up – SU);
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Momento); Crushed Curry, More Mustard, Delightful Dijon (SU);
Paper: Desert Storm (Neenah); White (Papertrey Ink);
Other: washi (stash, I think Target);

CASology – Leap

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

Here is my take:

Leap of Faith | by karen h @ carefree creations

Leap immediately made me think frogs. I love frogs, but I only have two frog sets. I chose to use this old one. Then I actually found I have a sentiment with the word “leap” in it.

The lily pad and frog are fussy cut.

The card needed a little touch of something, so I added the stitched frame. I used the same color cardstock as the base to keep the CAS style intact.

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

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Leap of Faith
Stamps: Leap Frog (Stampin’Up – SU); A Little Inspiration (Papertrey Ink);
Ink: Lucky Limeade, Mossy Meadow (SU);
Paper: Soft Sky, Lucky Limeade (SU);
Other: All Framed Up die (Reverse Confetti);

CASology – Bouquet

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

Here is my take:

So Very Grateful | by karen h @ carefree creations

I love flowers and that is where my mind went immediately with the “bouquet” cue. Later I came up with other ideas (like wine), but no stamps for that – and really, I was so happy with how this turned out that I didn’t want to try again.

The bouquet image was stamped, colored, and then fussy cut.

Normally, I always reach for black ink (as I did for the outline and sub-sentiment), but when I contemplated how the card would look with the banner sentiment in black, I decided that would be too heavy. Green worked perfectly.

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So Very Giving
Stamps: So Very Grateful (Stampin’Up);
Ink: Field Day (My Favorite Things); Black (Memento); markers (Copic);
Paper: White (Papertrey Ink);
Other: Stitched Rectangle die (Lil Inkers);

CC&S #307 – Hogs & Kisses

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

And here is my take:

Hogs & Kisses | by karen h @ carefree creations

I love this Piggy set – pretty sure I’ve said that any time I post a card with this set. When I saw these colors, I knew I’d use this set again – and there was an image I hadn’t used yet, so….it just made sense 🙂

Such a fun image – love those little kissy lips! The lips are were I used the dark pink color.

The grey is very lightly watercolored around the piggy.

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).

Hogs & Kisses
Stamps: This Little Piggy (Stampin’Up-SU);
Ink: Powder Pink, Gray Granite, Lovely Lipstick (SU);
Paper: White (Papertrey Ink); Powder Pink (SU);
Other: Postage Stamp die (Simon Says Stamp);