CC&S #337 – Join In!

You still have a few days to join in in the latest CAS Colours & Sketches challenge. Check it out :

Unfortunately my house is an utter disaster while we move stuff around. I need y’all to play so I can live vicariously šŸ™‚

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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).

CASology – LOL

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

Here is my take:

LOL | by karen h @ carefree creations

Ya know how much I love this piggy set?!! When I was looking for something to stamp for this cue, I was thinking I’d end up printing off a funny sentiment, but once I saw this set my mind did some juggling of the image and I knew this would be perfect.

I am not afraid to cut up my images – I do it all the time. But for some reason I decided to do selective inking instead (used lots of tape to do it too). Of course, I ended up cutting right around the pig outline so I didn’t really need to go through the trouble, but there’s a peek into my non-planning way of creating šŸ™‚

To help emphasize the piggy laughing, I added a background of “ha” words in different fonts. Here is maybe a better shot of that:

This is definitely one of my favorite cards!

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

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You are Awesome!
Stamps: This Little Piggy (StampinUp); Label Love (Altenew); Because You (My Favorite Things); Express Yourself alpha (Alley Way);
Ink: markers (Copic); black (Momento); Fog Gray (Simon Says Stamp);
Paper: White (Papertrey Ink);

CASology – Water, Pt2

There is still time to play along with the CASology challenge ā€“ WATER; it is an extended deadline!

I thought Iā€™d post some more inspiration for you:

Water You Up To? | by karen h @ carefree creations

Paper Smooches makes such fun images – and I had fun playing with this one!

First I stamped the wave image. Then I masked the top and did some ink smooshing to make the water. I switched the mask to the bottom and stamped the beaver image. Finally, I watercolored the image. Once it was all dry, I did go over the face bits with a marker to darken it up.

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Water you up to?
Stamps: Splash (Paper Smooches);
Ink: Deep Ocean (Hero Arts); Mermaid Lagoon Distress, Antique Linen Distress, Vintage Photo Distress, Gathered Twigs Distress, Pumice Stone Distress, Espresso Brown Distress (Ranger);
Paper: Watercolor (Ranger); White (Papertrey Ink);
Other: Stitched Rectangle die (Lil Inkers);

CC&S #336 – Happy Wishes

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And here is my take:

Happy Wishes | by karen h @ carefree creations

I picked out a few stamp sets that would work for this sketch and then had my oldest pick the set to use. They chose the lanterns and asked that they glow. I decided to do a soft glow using chalk.

Since the handmade paper the lanterns are stamped on is off white, I pulled out an old bottle of Vanilla embossing powder to do the line and sentiment.

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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 wishes
Stamps: Lunar Lights (Lawn Fawn);
Ink: Versamark (Tsukineko); After Midnight (My Favorite Things – MFT);
Paper: After Midnight (MFT); handmade paper (stash);
Other: pastels, Vanilla embossing powder (Stampin’Up);

CASology – Water

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

Here is my take:

At the Lake | by karen h @ carefree creations

When I stamped this card, I had just received the kit in the mail. I never spent much time at a lake as a kid, but I still believe in the magic of lakes (LOTS of books have lakes as the scene of idyllic childhood memories).

I had originally stamped this “scene” on a blue card base, but it was too plain/flat/basic. To add some interest, I die cut the scene with a border. This was much better.

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

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life is better
Stamps: July 2019 Monthly Kit (Hero Arts);
Ink: Blueberry Sky, Dark Chocolate (Papertery Ink – PTI); Lucky Limeade(Stampin’Up – SU)
Paper: White (PTI); Bashful Blue (SU);
Other: Mix & Mat Scallops die (PTI);

CC&S #335 – Butterflies

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And here is my take:

Birthday Butterflies | by karen h @ carefree creations

The layers on the 3 larger butterflies are from the layers stamp set, but with selective inking (the layers are for “straight on” butterflies, whereas these smaller images are not “straight on”).

I broke the odds rule (there are 4 flowers) but I really couldn’t figure out where to put a fifth one and I wanted them off the top and bottom, so four it is.

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: Beautiful Butterflies & Beautiful Butterflies Layers, Bigger Blooms (Papertrey Ink – PTI);
Ink: Highland Heather, Gorgeous Grape, Crushed Curry (Stampin’Up);
Paper: White (PTI);

CASology – Grill, Part 2

There is still time to play along with the CASology challenge ā€“ GRILL; it is an extended deadline!

I thought Iā€™d post some more inspiration for you:

Smokin' Hot | by karen h @ carefree creations

This is a fun image! When I went to color it, I realized that it would be all grey and black (since I saw the tendrils as smoke and not flame). I decided to add the hot colors by using paper strips behind.

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You’re Smokin’ Hot
Stamps: Alfresco (Paper Smooches);
Ink: black (Memento); markes (Copic);
Paper: Real Red (Stampin’Up); Orange Zest, Bright Buttercup (Papertrey Ink);

CC&S #334 – Birthday Flowers

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And here is my take:

Birthday Flowers | by karen h @ carefree creations

This sketch is perfect for using a bit of pattern paper (especially the busy kind that is pretty hard to work into a CAS card any other way).

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: Label Love (Altenew);
Ink: Brilliance Graphite Black (Tsukineko);
Paper: Beautiful Blooms pattern, Hawaiian Shores, Simply Chartreuse (Papertrey Ink);

CASology – Grill

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

Here is my take:

Grilled Birthday | by karen h @ carefree creations

Nothing says summer like grilling (at least in the northern hemisphere)!

To add a little picnic vibe, I added some gingham paper. And to add a bit of interest I cut that paper in something other than straight.

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

Thanks for stopping by!

Happy Birthday
Stamps: King of the Grill (Papertrey Ink – PTI);
Ink: Pumpkin Pie (Hero Arts); Honey Nut, Cocoa Bean, Pure Poppy (PTI); Crushed Curry, Soft Suede (Stampin’Up);
Paper: White, Pure Poppy pattern (PTI);
Other: Ad Sense die (PTI);

CC&S 333 – Stuck on You

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

And here is my take:

Stuck on You | by karen h @ carefree creations

I was very tempted to use these colors to do a flower – I mean, they’re perfect. But I wanted to do something different. Still nature based, but I’ happy with how I used these colors. And it isn’t a white card base.

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).

Stuck on You
Stamps: Stuck on You (Lawn Fawn);
Ink: Cajun Craze, Grapefruit Grove, Old Olive (Stampin’Up – SU);
Paper: Grapefruit Grove, Gingham (SU); White (Papertrey Ink);
Other: Stitched Borders (Lawn Fawn); Rhinestone (stash);