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);

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

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).

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.

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).

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!

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
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.

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).

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);