CASology – Scary

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

Here is my take:

Happy Boo | by karen h @ carefree creations

I saw a card some years ago where the crafter wrapped twine around the top of the card and then down to a spider. I tried to find it, but I couldn’t. If anyone knows what I’m talking about – please tell me so I can credit the idea. I loved the idea so much it stuck with me and I just had to use it on my card. Pretty sure I used a different stamp set and the original spider was colorful (though the original was CAS too).

To keep my card clean and simple, I just did a pop of black on LOTS of white.

The spider is Copic colored – and I’m surprised at how well that turned out as I normally can’t do such small spaces with highlight and shadow.

I know the challenge is SCARY, but I just had to add googlie eyes to my spider.

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Happy Boo to You
Stamps: Booglie Eyes (Stampin’Up – SU)
Ink: Black (Momento); markers (Copic);
Paper: White (Papertrey Ink);
Other: White twine (SU); Stitched Rectangle die (Lil Inkers); googlie eyes (stash);

Muddy Hogs

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

And here is my take:

Muddy Hogs | by karen h @ carefree creations

When I saw Blushing Bride as a color I immediately decided to use the piggy set. With the medium brown included, I thought about a pig in mud. I watercolored my image to get the look I wanted. The suede looks more like chocolate when watercolored, but suede is indeed what I used.

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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).

Hogs & Kisses
Stamps: This Little Piggy (Stampin’Up – SU);
Ink: Black (Palette); Early Espresso, Blushing Bride, Soft Suede (SU);
Paper: White (Papertrey Ink); Soft Suede, Early Espresso, Berry Burst (SU);
Other: Stitched Borders die (Lawn Fawn);

It’s Not a Dress – It’s a Wizard Robe!

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

Here is my take:

Wizard Magic | by karen h @ carefree creations

The only dress stamps I have are old and barely used (and so I wasn’t inspired by them). Then I remembered the bit in Harry Potter where Ron is disgusted by his dress robes. I pulled out this wizard image to complete my card.

I added some sparkle to the, um, sparkles. Here’s a close up:

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Hope Your Day is Magical
Stamps: Magical Day (Stampin’Up – SU);
Ink: Lovely Lilac, Almost Amethyst, Vintage Violet (SU); Versafine (Tsukineko); Distress: Broken China, Shaded Lilac, Dusty Concord, Hickory Smoke, Tattered Rose (Ranger);
Paper: Watercolor (stash); Rustic White (Papertrey Ink); Grapesicle (My Favorite Things);
Other: Wink of Stella (ZIG); Magical Day die (SU);

Today is Your Day!

There is still time to play along with the CASology challenge – ZOOM; it is an extended deadline!

I thought I’d post some more inspiration for you:

Today is Your Day | by karen h @ carefree creations

I decided to pull out a roller coaster set to make this week’s ZOOM card. I wasn’t sure at first how I would keep this clean and simple, but after a day or two of the idea perculatin’ I got this layout.

The coaster base is stamped in a very light grey so that it wouldn’t be overwhelming in the design. I added clouds as a last touch to help balance the coaster cars and the bush.

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Today is Your Day
Stamps: Let the Good Times Roll (Stampin’Up – SU);
Ink: Fog Grey (Simon Says Stamp); Sno Cone, Black Licorice (My Favorite Things); Call Me Clover, Melon Mambo (SU);
Paper: White (Papertrey Ink);
Other: Thrill Ride die (SU); Peapod baker’s twine (Twinery);

A Little Encouragement

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

Here is my take:

Way to Go | by karen h @ carefree creations

My card is a 4Bar size (3 1/2 x 4 7/8) – which complements the image size much better.

I did draw a bow on the bear using a Momento marker.

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Way to Go
Stamps: Cheerful Critters (Stampin’Up);
Ink: markers (Copic); Black (Momento);
Paper: White, Lemon Tart (Papertrey Ink);

Mother’s Day at the Waterfront

Mother's Day at the Waterfront | by karen h @ carefree creations

This is the card I made for my mother – Happy Mother’s Day, Mom!

With her love of the beach, I thought this set would be perfect. I used the distress inks to make the sky & water and then heat set it. I stamped the images without wetting it more. The mountain is done in Mossy Meadow, but looks really brown in the photo.

I finished off the card with a bit of DSP and a tag. I didn’t have a “mother’s day” sentiment that would fit the tag so I just went with the underlying sentiment of sending my love.

Thanks for taking a peek!

love you much
Stamps: Waterfront, Well Scripted (Stampin’Up – SU);
Ink: Distress: Tumbled Glass, Broken China, Salty Ocean, Chipped Sapphire (Ranger); Night of Navy, Mossy Meadow, Tranquil Tide (SU); Kraft (Papertrey Ink-PTI);
Paper: Watercolor (Ranger); So Saffron, Night of Navy, Maritime DSP (SU);
Other: Painting Medium in Opaque White (Copic); twine (SU); Tremendous Tags die (PTI);

She Believed She Could….

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

Here is my take:

She Believed She Could | by karen h @ carefree creations

I just had to break out this piggy set when I saw the challenge cue! It is so adorable!

I did no-line watercoloring on the image – started with a light grey ink. This is actually my second attempt with this image because the first time I did it I colored the wings first. If you haven’t tried the no-line technique before, the lines that you color near first “gather” the ink you color you use and the lines are a bit darker than the open space around it. Since I started with the wings, the “shared” lines (like the piggy’s back & ear) ended up being the grey color that I used to shade the wings which made the wings look more prominent than the pig did and I did not like it. I stamped the image again and this time started coloring the piggy first (I also did a much lighter shading of the wings).

My original layout for this card was landscaped with the sentiment on banners. It started to be too much for a clean & simple challenge. I set that idea aside and decided to use a go-to layout for CAS cards. I did add an embossed frame to add a touch of interest.

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She believed she could…
Stamps: This Little Piggy (Stampin’Up-SU);
Ink: Fog (Simon Says Stamp); Distress inks: Tattered Rose, Pumice Stone (Ranger); Espresso Truffle (Momento);
Paper: Sno Cone (My Favorite Things – MFT); Watercolor (Ranger); White (Papertrey Ink);
Other: Cloud Trio dies (MFT); Dotted Details frame die (Mama Elephant);

Way to Go

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

And here is my take:

Way to Go! | by karen @ carefree creations

My card is pretty literal with the sketch (minus the layering). I know I could have stamped a little scene and still had the sentiment on the panel, but I decided to make my sentiment the focus. This also let me pull out some pattern paper and go non-white for the card base.

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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).

Way to Go
Stamps: Perfect Pennants (Stampin’Up-SU);
Ink: Black (Palette);
Paper: Sunshine & Sprinkles DSP, Melon Mambo (SU); White (Papertrey Ink);
Other: Flag Tag dies (Paper Smooches);

Hey, Chick

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

And here is my take:

Hey, Chick | by karen @ carefree creations

These bold colors had me all over the place – tons of ideas! I settled on this chicken set (from, um, last year, that I hadn’t inked up yet). I love the fun images and the size of the images is also quite good for a cas stamper! I hadn’t inked them because they are not photopolymer and I can’t ever tell where I’m stamping. Instead of masking and crossing my fingers, I chose to fussy cut the images. I adhered them, as I like to do, with just a bit of glue to their bellies so the rest can leave nice little shadows. I did add a bit of shadow under their feet with a Copic – just to reinforce their grounding.

Because the images are so bright, and the biggest thing on the card, their design weight was making the card feel very lopsided. I added a strip of Bermuda cardstock on the left to help balance it out. It still isn’t perfectly balanced, but at least it feels a bit more anchored. If I was to do it again, I’d probably not stamp the sentiment on the panel, and, instead, put the Bermuda strip over the white panel and stamp the sentiment up that.

I did toy with the idea of stamping a chicken wire background on the card base, but I felt that was a step too far for cas (for me – everyone has their own definitions and it certainly wouldn’t have looked bad, I’m just trying to honor the challenge).

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).

hey, chick!
Stamps: Hey, Chick (Stampin’Up-SU);
Ink: markers (Copic);
Paper: Soft Stone, White (Papertrey Ink) Bermuda Bay (SU);
Other: Stitched Rectangle die (Lil Inkers);

Shiny Hello

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

Here is my take:

Shiny Hello | by karen @ carefree creations

I went with the obvious interpretation of the cue – mostly because I wanted to break out my Twinkling H2Os!

Since I knew I would be watercoloring, I stamped my image with a Palette ink first. After coloring the image (and letting it air dry), I then overstamped with Brillance to get the dark black color (love having a MISTI!).

Here is a close up of the shimmer:

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Hello
Stamps: Beetles & Bugs (Stampin’Up); Happy Trails, Fillable Frames 1 (Papertrey Ink – PTI);
Ink: Noir (Palette); Graphite (Memento); Lemongrass & Mystic Blue Twinkling H2Os;
Paper: White (PTI);