You Are Magical

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

And here is my take:

You Are Magical | by karen @ carefree creations

I will say I tried quite a few stamp images before I even got to unicorns and when I started this card I wasn’t really sure where I was going, but I am so happy with the final result. The sparkles add just the perfect touch.

Here is a better glimpse of those sparkles:

You Are Magical  - the sparkle | by karen @ carefree creations

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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).

You Are Magical
Stamps: Magical Day (Stampin’Up – SU);
Ink: markers (Copic); Black (Momento); Marina Mist, Sweet Sugarplum (SU);
Paper: White (Papertrey Ink – PTI); Sunshine & Sprinkles DSP (SU);
Other: Magic Mates die (SU); Stitched Circles (Simon Says Stamp);

Butterfly Birthday

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

Here is my take:

Butterfly Birthday | by karen @ carefree creations

I love this huge butterfly image! To keep the card CAS I stamped the image off the edge and kept the number of colors to a minimum.

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Birthday Wishes
Stamps: Swallowtail, Sincere Salutations (Stampin’Up – SU);
Ink: Black;
Paper: Island Indigo, Soft Sky (SU);
Other: Banner dies (SU);

You Make Me Happy

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

And here is my take:

You Make Me Happy | by karen @ carefree creations

As soon as I saw these colors, I knew I had to break out the piggy set (so adorable!). I used a blender pen to color the image (and now I remember why I don’t like that technique, lol). Still, I quite like this card…it does make me happy!

The notebook paper die is adhered with just a little bit of tape in the center so that I could curl the edges up. Just a touch to help the card have interest.

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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).

You Make Me Happy
Stamps: This Little Piggy (Stampin’Up-SU); Because You (My Favorite Things);
Ink: Powder Pink, Berry Burst, Wild Wasabi (SU); Black (Palette); Versamark (Tsukineko);
Paper: Powder Pink, Berry Burst (SU); White (Papertrey Ink – PTI);
Other: white embossing powder (Hero Arts); Spiral Notebook, Wet Paint dies (PTI);

Always with a Book

This weekend I’ll be posting my cards from my January 2016 time with the Splitcoast Dirty Dozen. Each 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.

Gnome | by karen @ carefree creations

This is an old Stampin’Up set, but I love the gnomes in it! I broke out my Copics for this one. No sentiment…just focusing on the little dude reading!

I really love the cream colored base with the white panel…I need to do that more!

Thanks for taking a peek!

~gnome~
Stamps: Knobbly Gnomes, So Very Grateful (SU);
Ink: Baked Brown Sugar (SU); Black (Momento); markes (Copic);
Paper: Naturals Ivory (SU); White (PTI);
Other: Stitched Rectangles die (Lil Inkers);

Birthday Gang

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

And here is my take:

Birthday Herd | by karen @ carefree creations

This card is a tri-fold card. I made 2 card bases and taped them together so that the window flap opens to show the herd image which then opens to a blank inside.

Here is a better look at the herd:

Birthday Herd inside | by karen @ carefree creations

I colored the image with colored pencils (you can click the image to see it larger). I don’t have any gamsol, so this isn’t really blended at all. I did use a blending color pencil, but it didn’t help much. I’m still deciding if I want to get some gamsol, or just stick with my Copics.

Since the balloon shows through the window, I backed the pattern paper balloon with a cardstock balloon (the string die sandwiched between). I just liked the finish.

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).

Happy Birthday
Stamps: From the Herd (Stampin’Up – SU); Bountiful Banners (Papertrey Ink – PTI);
Ink: Black for sentiment (PTI); Bashful Blue (SU); Black for herd (Brilliance Tsukineko); Colored Pencils (Prismacolor);
Paper: White, Pure Poppy pattern (PTI); Bashful Blue, Poppy Parade (SU);
Other: Bountiful Banners die, Balloon Strings die, Picnic Plaid impression plate (PTI); Make a Wish balloon die (Taylored Expressions); Stitched Circle die (Simon Says Stamp);

Big Joy

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

And here is my take:

Christmas Joy | by karen @ carefree creations

Since the focus is supposed to be the sentiment, I decided to keep the images to a minimum and add layers for dimension/interest. I took my inspiration from Susan Raihala’s style; she’s wonderful at doing layers in a clean & simple way.

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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).

Joy
Stamps: Berry Merry, Custom Tee (Stampin’Up – SU);
Ink: Graphite Brilliance (Tsukineko); Crushed Curry, Raspberry Ripple, Tranquil Tide, Mossy Meadow, Soft Suede (SU);
Paper: White (SU);

Fine Vine Flashback

Sending Good Thoughts | by karen @ carefree creations

If you were here yesterday, you know I stamped a card for a challenge without following the challenge. I used the wrong colors in a color challenge :)

I really like this card! I love ivy and I’ve had this stamp for ages (we won’t mention that I’ve only used it a couple times). Every time I purge, I won’t get rid of this set. This card turned out so well for using an old set.

Thanks for taking a peek!

Sending Good Thoughts
Stamps: Fine Vine, Perfect Pennants (Stampin’ Up – SU)
Ink: Cucumber Crush (SU); Elf Green (My Favorite Things – MFT);
Paper: White (Papertrey Ink – PTI); Elf Green (MFT);
Other: silver embossing powder (Hero Arts); Fillable Frames 1 die (PTI);

Thankful for You

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

And here is my take:

Thankful for You | by karen @ carefree creations

Yay – a one-layer card! I think I went the direct opposite from the card I originally made for this challenge (I’ll post it later this week). To give this card some interest, I stamped the tree leaves in two colors.

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).

thankful for you
Stamps: Sheltering Tree (StampinUp – SU);
Ink: Pumpkin Pie, Pear Pizzazz, Crumb Cake (SU);
Paper: White (Papertrey Ink);

Autumn Vine

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

And here is my take:

Autumn Vine | by karen @ carefree creations

This color scheme made me think of Autumn. I wasn’t ready to break out the pumpkins yet, so I went with a vine and gingham combination. The Vine & Berry set is one of my favorites from way back.

My layout was somewhat decided by the imperfect stamping of the wheel. I used the vine to cover up the worst of the overlap. The vine is fussy cut and the sentiment is popped-up but nestled in the vine.

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).

Happy Birthday
Stamps: Vine & Berry, Gingham wheel, Label Love (Stampin’Up)
Ink: Fresh Fig, Always Artichoke, Tangerine Tango (SU);
Paper: Rustic Cream (Papertrey Ink);

Bugging You

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

And here is my take:

Bugging You | by karen @ carefree creations

So, I fell in love with this set when Stampin’Up brought it out last year. Of course I waited until it was on the retired list before I decided to buy it. I love the set, but never knew what to do with it.

The colors for this challenge stumped me until I saw the bugs and I knew just how to use the colors. I didn’t have a good sentiment in my stash, so I printed one out using a fun font from the internet.

My layout is inspired by this card by Susan Raihala.

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).

Hope I’m not bugging you!
Stamps: Beetles & Bugs, Gorgeous Grunge (Stampin’Up – SU);
Ink: Noir (Palette); Cajun Craze, Blushing Bride, Tempting Turquoise (SU);
Paper: Rustic White (Papertrey Ink);
Other: Barrio font (1001 Fonts);
Technique: masking;