CASology – Skyline

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

Here is my take:

Greetings | by karen h @ carefree creations

I stamped the skyline, then added the road image right up against it. I fussy cut everything – the city was tedious, but with nothing but straight lines, easy at the same time.

I liked the grey against blue, but wanted a pop so stamped the balloon on pink and a cloud on white.

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!

greetings
Stamps: Metropolis (Paper Smooches);
Ink: Brilliance black (Tsukineko);
Paper: Blue Breeze, Ripe Raspberry (My Favorite Things); Gray Granite (Stampin’Up);

CC&S #360 – Lucky Pig

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

And here is my take:

Lucky Pig | by karen h @ carefree creations

Welp, you must know by now that these pale pink shades from Stampin’Up require my use of This Little Piggy, so this card really shouldn’t be a surprise 🙂

This is the first time I’ve just stamped onto colored cardstock (usually I watercolor).

The frame is made by cutting a pair of rectangle dies.

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).

i’m so freakin lucky
Stamps: This Little Piggy (Stampin’Up – SU); Freaking Sentiments (Snarky Stamps);
Ink: black (Memento); Narwhal (Lawn Fawn);
Paper: White (Papertrey Ink); Blushing Bride, Shaded Spruce, Soft Sea Foam (SU);
Other: Lucky Leaves die (Memory Box); rectangle dies;

CASology – [Tall] as the Mountains

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

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

Blue Misty Mountains | by karen h @ carefree creations

I live near the foothills of the Rocky Mountains. I grew up near the Blue Ridge of the Appalachian Mountains. I love being near the mountains – they are always quite a sight!

I bought new ink for this card – and I’m not sorry! These gorgeous colors will get much use in the future.

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

Thanks for stopping by!

miss you
Stamps: Mountain Majesty (Papertrey Ink – PTI);
Ink: Misty Morning, Cloudy Sky, Nimbus (Altenew);
Paper: White (PTI); Not Quite Navy (Stampin’Up);
Other: Handwritten die (Little B);

CC&S #359 – Cup ‘o Tea

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

And here is my take:

Cup 'o Tea | by karen h @ carefree creations

I stuck pretty close to the sketch.

The cup is paper pieced. I cut one cup from white and used Copics to color the tea; then I cut the outside cup layer from pattern paper and layered it on top.

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 not basic
Stamps: Hot Concoctions, Inverted Greetings (Paper Smooches);
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento); Brilliance black (Tsukineko); markers (Copic);
Paper: White (Papertrey Ink); Ripe Raspberry (My Favorite Things); Rainbow Sherbert pattern (Paper Smooches);
Other: circle die (Spellbinders);

CASology – Tall

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

Here is my take:

Merci | by karen h @ carefree creations

When you are 5-foot-nothing, most things are tall 🙂

My first thought though was of the Eiffel Tower.

Check back next week when I’ll have more inspiration from this challenge – something a bit closer to home!

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

Thanks for stopping by!

merci
Stamps: City Scene, Think Big Favorites #3 (Papertrey Ink – PTI);
Ink: Amethyst Allure (PTI); Espresso Truffle (Memento);
Paper: Lilac Grace (PTI);

CC&S #358 – Squeeze the Day

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

And here is my take:

Squeeze the Day | by karen h @ carefree creations

In my head Grapefruit Grove is always more pink – so I actually thought grapefruit when deciding what to stamp (even though this turned out more like an orange).

When stamping the fruit, I did masking because I wasn’t sure which sentiment I would use so I wasn’t sure how thick my green strip would be and I didn’t want any overlap showing.

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).

Squeeze the Day
Stamps: Main Squeeze (Altenew);
Ink: Daffodil Delight, Grapefruit Grove (Stampin’Up – SU); Versamark (Tsuneko);
Paper: Pear Pizzazz (SU);
Other: Stitched Rectangle die (Lil Inkers); white embossing powder (Hero Arts);

CASology – [Sweetheart] Burning Love

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

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

Hot Stuff | by karen h @ carefree creations

I don’t have too many “love” based sets. This is one I got because it was different. When I was laying out the design I realized I needed something to keep this one-layer card from being too boring. My mind saw the match and wanted to make it seem like the match set the paper on fire.

Of course then I decided why make it seem like it was on fire when I could just set my paper on fire! Don’t worry, I had adult supervision 🙂 I don’t have any matches, so I used toothpicks. I didn’t want the fire to look like it started on the edge but at the match location. I poked a hole the paper where the match head would be, and stuck the burning toothpick through – leaning it towards the top to force the burn in that direction. I will say, neither the toothpick nor the paper really made a flame, they both sorta simmered and I went through a few toothpicks to get the desired burn. So happy with how it turned out!

I added “flames” using colored vellum (which was die cut using flamingo wings!!). The matchstick head was hand cut from dark grey cardstock – and I did that mostly to hide the adhesive I needed to stick the vellum pieces together and to the card base.

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

Thanks for stopping by!

hey there, hot stuff
Stamps: Perfect Match (Papertrey Ink – PTI);
Ink: Classic Kraft (PTI); Raspberry Ripple (Stampin’Up); Espresso Truffle (Memento);
Paper: White, Smoky Shadow (PTI); vellum (stash);
Other: Flamingos die (My Favorite Things);

CC&S #357 – Life is Sweet

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

And here is my take:

Life is Sweet | by karen h @ carefree creations

Flowers are my favorite, so I’ve been trying to stamp more of them. This sketch worked well for them.

For the short trellis, I did some partial die cutting. I figured out how much of the trellis I needed and die-cut just a bit more than that. I also die-cut the end-cap piece. I glued the end cap onto the trellis and trimmed off the extra bits.

The sentiment is 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).

Life is Sweet
Stamps: The Sweet Life (Papertrey Ink – PTI);
Ink: Grapesicle (My Favorite Things); Amethyst Allure, Plum Pudding, Spring Moss, Ripe Avocado (PTI); Espresso Truffle (Memento);
Paper: Soft Sky (Stampin’Up); Soft Stone, White (PTI);
Other: The Sweet Life die, Garden Gate die (PTI);

CASology – Sweetheart

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

Here is my take:

you have my heart | by karen h @ carefree creations

I love this sheep set, but I don’t think I’ve actually used it yet. This little guy with the heart caught my eye for this challenge.

Since there isn’t much to it, I offset it on the card base and used a die to emboss a circle ’round it all. Well, I didn’t have a stitched circle so I faked it with the Arch die…and it works perfectly (and saved me a few bucks from having to buy a die that, until now, I didn’t think I needed).

Oh, and I have a tip for any newbies reading this. I don’t have the dies for this because they are fairly easy images to cut out, but I didn’t want a white outline, so I trimmed as close as I could. That leaves little bits of white that show up on dark cardstock (granted, probably wouldn’t have been much of a problem for this card). If you run a black marker around the edge of the cut out, it neatens it up and “finishes” it. See…

finishing an edge

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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!

you have my heart
Stamps: Ewe Are Here (My Favorite Things – MFT);
Ink: Tuxedo (Memento); markers (Copic);
Paper: Tickled Pink (My Favorite Things), White (Papertrey Ink);
Other: Thank You die, Stitched Arch Stax die (MFT);

CC&S #356 – Hello

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

And here is my take:

Hello | by karen h @ carefree creations

I know, it is February, and these colors just scream Valentine’s but, honestly, I did a couple cards and I’m done. Instead I did flowers 🙂

I am *in love* with how dark the sentiment turned out. I think this is the first time I really felt like the Brilliance Graphite lived up to its hype! I mean, it has always been my darkest black, but this feels like staring into the void and it makes me ridiculously happy!

I did the stamping on a separate layer because I had when my cards warp from embossing. The panel is adhered right to the card base – no popping.

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).

hello
Stamps: Penned & Painted, Perfect Pennants (Stampin’Up – SU);
Ink: Real Red, Flirty Flamingo (SU); Brilliance Graphite Black, Versamark (Tsukineko);
Paper: Rustic White (Papertrey Ink);
Other: silver embossing powder (Filigree);