CASology – Against the [Wind]

There is still time to play along with the CASology challenge – WIND!

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

Against the Wind | by karen h @ carefree creations

You have another week to get your card made – hope you join us!

Thanks for stopping by!

it’s ok to not be ok
Stamps: Inhale Exhale (Paper Smooches);
Ink: Bordering Blue (Stampin’Up);
Paper: Blue Breeze (MFT);
Other: Stitched Rectangle (LilInkers); Flourishes die (Paper Smooches);

CASology – Wind

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

Here is my take:

hi there | by karen @ carefree creations

A very simple one-layer card. Coloring is done with pencils…I don’t like pencils. Still, good to remind myself of that occasionally 🙂

Check back next week when I’ll have more inspiration from this challenge!

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

Thanks for stopping by!

hi there
Stamps: ? an old The Angel Company set
Ink: Black (Memento & Hero Arts)
Paper: Rustic Cream (Papertrey Ink)
Other: colored pencils (Prismacolor)

CC&S #372 – Rockin’ Day

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

And here is my take:

Rockin' Day | by karen h @ carefree creations

This is such a classic sketch! I love doing CAS collages.

Images are fussy cut.

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 Your Day Rocks
Stamps: BeBoppin (Paper Smooches);
Ink: Black, Butter Bar (Hero Arts); Silver Delicata (Tsukineko); Real Red, Wild Wasabi (Stampin’Up);
Paper:
Other:
Technique:
Challenge:
Inspired/CASEd from:

CASology – [Plant] Simple Things

There is still time to play along with the CASology challenge – PLANT!

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

Eucalyptus | by karen h @ carefree creations

When I first saw this stamp set, I knew I had to have it. It took a little before I got it, but I did….just in time for this Plant challenge!

I have to say – this was so easy to stamp the layers. I don’t know if it is because it isn’t an overly complex layer or something in the design, but this card took just a few minutes – and most of that was fussy cutting the sentiment, lol!

You have another week to get your card made – hope you join us – and, for more inspiration, check out the other design team members:

Thanks for stopping by!

Simple Things
Stamps: Simple Things (The Greetery);
Ink: Mint Macaroon (Stampin’Up); Ocean Tides (Papertrey Ink – PTI); Evergreen (Altenew);
Paper: White (PTI);

CC&S #371 – Thanks

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

And here is my take:

Thanks | by karen h @ carefree creations

Oh Boy, Wei knows how to pick some colors! They seem challenging at first but come together so wonderfully! I love that this combo has a variety of color value.

Fairly simple card – quick stamp and color, add a few cardstock strips, finish with a sentiment die cut.

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).

thanks
Stamps: Winter Greetings (Paper Smooches – PS);
Ink: black (Memento); markers (Copic);
Paper: White (Papertrey Ink);
Other: Thanks die (PS);

Happiness Today & Always

My mojo is on vacation (if you didn’t guess by my lack of posts last Tuesday). I sat down on Saturday to make my cards for future challenges, and this one came out – but it is for two challenges (I know, not that big a deal, but since I’m on the DT, *my* preference is to post unique cards…this is my post of shame). Without further whinging…

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

As well as time for a new CASology challenge. Check out the latest challenge – PLANT!

And here is my take:

Happiness Always | by karen h @ carefree creations

So my process when making DT cards is to (virtually) pull out a bunch of stamp sets that I think will work for the challenge and then look around for inspiration (generally at my own cards with those sets or google image searches for cards using that set). This time, I found a card I did a while back and it just totally fit the sketch and theme for this week’s challenges. Being half-awake meant I took up the challenge and faced down the shame to make 1 card for 2 challenges. [Again, I have no problem with combining challenges, it is just *my* preference not to do it when making cards as a DT member…alas, sometimes the brain just says !@#$%^]

Not only did I get lucky being able to remake a past card, but I had an already-stamped orchid piece (and, bonus, on the back past-me had written the colors used to stamp it – thank you, past-me!!).

I hope you join [one or both] of the challenges!

Thanks for stopping by!

Wishing You Happiness
Stamps: Orchid Expressions (Papertrey Ink – PTI); Circle Wishes (Reverse Confetti);
Ink: Soft Purple (Hero Arts); Lilac Grace, Plum Pudding, Fine Linen, Classic Kraft (PTI); Always Artichoke, Baked Brown Sugar (Stampin’Up);
Paper: Rustic Cream, White (PTI);
Other: circle die (Spellbinders); Orchid die (PTI);

CASology – [Magical] Season

There is still time to play along with the CASology challenge – MAGICAL!

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

Magical Season | by karen h @ carefree creations

I really wanted the deer to seem flying off the page, instead of putting it in a corner or off the side, I placed the sentiment at the very bottom. Unconventional, but I kinda like it.

You have a day more to get your card made – hope you join us!

Thanks for stopping by!

magical season
Stamps: Dasher (Papertrey Ink – PTI);
Ink: Bamboo (Close to My Heart);
Paper: White (PTI); gold glitter (Stampin’Up);
Other: Dasher die (PTI);

CC&S #369 – Best Wishes

You still have a day or so to join the current CAS Colours & Sketches challenge. Check out the latest challenge:

And here is my take:

Best Wishes | by karen h @ carefree creations

Better late than never?

Honestly, this is such a lovely color combo (and the hostess, Wei, made such a beautiful card) that I was inspired to make a card, even if late.

Any time I see a terracotta color, I always think of potted plants.

I tried something a little different for me. I used this sweet frame, that also cuts a stitched rectangle, to emboss on the card base as well as making a (3-layer) frame.

I stamped the images using some rock-n-roll (all the same color, but just multiple layers to add depth/shadows). even the sentiment has a gradient going on.

The rhinestone was colored with an alcohol marker.

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).

best wishes
Stamps: Stuck on You (Lawn Fawn);
Ink: Pretty Peacock, Terracotta Tile (Stampin’Up);
Paper: Lilac Grace (Papertrey Ink – PTI);
Other: rhinestone (stash); Fun Frames die, Garden Grace small flower die (PTI);

CASology – Magical

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

Here is my take:

Shine | by karen h @ carefree creations

I used a stencil and blending sponges to make a vignette – this helps set a scene but also keep it contained.

The images are quite small so I just straight colored (no attempt at shading). I did the hair two-toned (like the tail) and added glitter to the lighter shades (forgot to do that on the tail – but I did add glitter to the belly scales).

The background is spritzed with a glitter spray and I added a few crystal effects bubbles.

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

Thanks for stopping by!

Shine
Stamps: Magical Day (Stampin’Up – SU); Sparkle & Shine (Wplus9);
Ink: Distress Peacock Feathers, Distress Mermaid Lagoon (Ranger); Black (Memento); markers (Copic); Wink of Stella glitter pen (Zig);
Paper: White (Papertrey Ink);
Other: Magic Mates die (SU); Wave stencil (Memory Box);

CC&S #368 – Super Simple

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

And here is my take:

Birthday Card in Minutes | by karen h @ carefree creations

When I saw this sketch I knew this would be a perfect time to break out an old scrap kit and make a card in minutes. Kits are great when you have no mojo – the colors are already combined and there are pieces that make putting a card together a snap.

Seriously – just minutes: all I did was trim some paper, place a border sticker, and stamp a sentiment on a pre-made tag.

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: Tin of Cards (Stampin’Up – SU);
Ink: Espresso (Memento);
Paper: Party Pieces Scrap kit (SU);