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

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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

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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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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).

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

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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!

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).

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

Autumn Vine

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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!

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

Bugging You

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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!

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).

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;

Birthday Toile

Today’s card is for the Less is More Challenge in collaboration with AAA Cards. The challenge is a one-layer card with a colored card base.

Here is my card:

Birthday Toile | by karen @ carefree creations

I white embossed an old toile stamp set onto a navy card base. Though you can’t really see it in the photo – especially as the open spaces are just too small – I did color the flowers a pale pink and the leaves a pale blue.

Thanks for taking a peek!

Birthday Wishes
Stamps: Toile Blossoms, Sincere Salutations (StampinUp -SU);
Ink: Versamark (Tsukineko);
Paper: Night of Navy (SU);
Other: colored pencils (EK Success); white embossing powder (Hero Arts);
Challenge: Less is More Challenge

Southwest Hello

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And here is my take:

Southwest Hello | by karen @ carefree creations

I really loved this color combo when I saw it. I wasn’t sure what I would do with it, but once I started looking, I knew this southwest feel would be perfect.

The inside of the motif is done with a copper Wink of Stella pen. It isn’t as sparkly as I would like, but that just means the small sentiment stands out more – which to me is what should happen.

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).

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Stamps: Bohemian Borders (Stampin’Up – SU);
Ink: Dapper Denim, Peekaboo Peach (SU);
Paper: White (Papertrey Ink); Dapper Denim, Copper (SU);
Other: Seize the Sketch #3; Copper Wink of Stella; Happy Hellos die (My Favorite Things);

Celebrate the Fourth

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

And here is my take:

Fireworks & Sparkles | by karen @ carefree creations

I love fireworks so it was a no brainer that I also love this sparkler stamp set. I thought the set was perfect for this sketch.

The rhinestones in the centers are colored with Sharpie markers. I think this is the first time I’ve used Sharpies instead of Copics. I think the Sharpies actually ended up being brighter and less opaque. I may have to use them in the future!

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 4th of Julyl
Stamps: It’s a Celebration (Stampin’Up – SU); Keep it Simple: Bless the US (Papertrey Ink – PTI);
Ink: Real Red, Pacific Point, Smokey Slate (SU); Embossing (Ranger);
Paper: White (PTI); Black, Silver Glitter (SU);
Other: white embossing powder (Hero Arts); Rhinestones (Kaiser) – colored with Sharpies;