Congratulations Inspiration Challenge on #700!

Over at SplitCoastStampers.com there are daily challenges. A long time ago I used to host the Inspiration Challenge on Saturdays. The current hosting crew asked me to be a part of their celebration of the 700th challenge! Of course I couldn’t pass that up. I still use inspiration from the world around me when creating cards. I’m so glad that the challenge is still going strong!

For this challenge, we’re to look at the Quora page for “What is Your Favorite Color”.

I selected one that you have to scroll quite a bit to find:

Sorry, the post on the site didn’t provide source credit, so I don’t know where this photo came from 🙁

I love the teal color – especially mixed with the emerald & lime. So that is what I focused on for my card:

Hello | by karen h @ carefree creations

Sadly, I don’t have a teal Distress ink color, so I went with Faded Jeans.

I hope you’ll join in the challenge too!

Thanks for taking a peek!

Oh, Hello There
Stamps: Topography (Neat & Tangled); Circle Wishes (Reverse Confetti);
Ink: Twisted Citron, Faded Jeans, Pine Needles Distress (Ranger); Enchanted Evening (Papertrey Ink – PTI);
Paper: Enchanted Evening, White (PTI); Watercolor (Ranger);
Other: Circle die (Spellbinders); Limitless Layers die (PTI);

CASology – Turquoise

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

Here is my take:

I decided to make my card with just the one color. As a compliment, I added silver embossing.

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

Thanks for stopping by!

Wishing You
Stamps: Tickle My Fancy (Clearly Besotted);
Ink: Tempting Turquoise (Stampin’Up – SU); Versamark (Tsukineko);
Paper: White (Papertrey Ink);
Other: silver embossing (Filigree);

CC&S #319 – Basket of Folk Flowers

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

And here is my take:

Basket of Folk Flowers | by karen h @ carefree creations

When figuring out how to do a sentiment, I settled on a circular one and thought the inside of the circle would be a great place to re-stamp the flower bloom that gets covered up by the sentiment.

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).

Thank You
Stamps: Basket of Blessings, Around About Sentiments (Papertrey Ink – PTI);
Ink: Sand Dunes, Mocha (Altenew); Dark Chocolate (PTI); Soft Sky, Strawberry Slush, Peek-a-boo Peach (Stampin’Up – SU);
Paper: Soft Sky (SU); White (PTI);
Other: Circle die (Spellbinders);

CASology – Africa

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

Here is my take:

Wild & Crazy | by karen h @ carefree creations

I love pattern paper – I have so much it is ridiculous….but I hardly ever use it (it isn’t really conducive to keeping a card CAS). But I have learned some tricks for using it in small doses. The easiest way is to contain it. In this card I die cut a window and the pattern peeks through that negative space.

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: It’s a Jungle Out There (Papertrey Ink – PTI);
Ink: Crushed Curry, Delightful Dijon (Stampin’Up – SU);
Paper: Terracotta Tile, White (PTI); Taken with Teal, Go Wild pattern paper (SU);
Other: Stitched Circles die (Simon Says Stamp); white embossing (Hero Arts);

CC&S #318 – Happy Hour

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

And here is my take:

Happy Hour | by karen h @ carefree creations

I used a flat photopolymer stamp to do mirror stamping of the mug. The filler image is inked with all 3 colors. The mugs are fussy cut (getting inside those handles was hard, but with lots of patience I got it done).

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).

Every Hour
Stamps: Mixed Drinks (Stampin’Up – SU);
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Momento); Crushed Curry, More Mustard, Delightful Dijon (SU);
Paper: Desert Storm (Neenah); White (Papertrey Ink);
Other: washi (stash, I think Target);

CASology – Leap

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

Here is my take:

Leap of Faith | by karen h @ carefree creations

Leap immediately made me think frogs. I love frogs, but I only have two frog sets. I chose to use this old one. Then I actually found I have a sentiment with the word “leap” in it.

The lily pad and frog are fussy cut.

The card needed a little touch of something, so I added the stitched frame. I used the same color cardstock as the base to keep the CAS style intact.

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

Thanks for stopping by!

Leap of Faith
Stamps: Leap Frog (Stampin’Up – SU); A Little Inspiration (Papertrey Ink);
Ink: Lucky Limeade, Mossy Meadow (SU);
Paper: Soft Sky, Lucky Limeade (SU);
Other: All Framed Up die (Reverse Confetti);

CC&S #317 – 4th of July

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

And here is my take:

Fourth of July Ribbons | by karen h @ carefree creations

My first thought with these colors was to use comic-book style explosion dies…but since I did that recently (with colors very similar), I decided to go with a 4th of July card instead.

The ribbon cuts are from 1 die, but I cut it in half so I could slide the ribbons apart to make room for the blue panel.

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 Fourth of July
Stamps: Land That I Love (Papertrey Ink – PTI);
Ink: Crushed Curry (Stampin’Up – SU);
Paper: Blueberry Bushel, Real Red (SU); White (PTI);
Other: Sentiment Splits Celebrate die, Keep it Simple Frames die (PTI); white embossing powder (Hero Arts);

CASology – Plastic

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

Here is my take:

Sympathy | by karen h @ carefree creations

When I saw this week’s cue I immediately thought of this technique. It’s a pretty easy technique – just take a piece of plastic wrap, scrunch it up, ink it up, and use it to “stamp” on paper.

My original plan was to stamp the botanicals with black as a silhouette, but when it came time to stamp them, it felt that would be too bleak. I used colors from the technique instead.

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

Thanks for stopping by!

With Sympathy
Stamps: Botanicals 2 (Paper Smooches); Keep it Simple: Sympathy (Papertrey Ink – PTI);
Ink: Limeade Ice (PTI); Lucky Limeade, Lost Lagoon (Stampin’Up);
Paper: White (PTI);
Other: plastic wrap;

CC&S #316 – Picnic Greetings

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

And here is my take:

Picnic Greetings | by karen h @ carefree creations

I decided this sketch is a great one for incorporating pattern paper (which for CAS cards, I prefer to limit pattern paper to just a bit). I had about 10 different packs of paper on my desk before I could narrow it down! This picnic tablecloth pattern really called my name, so I went with it.

The burger and ant/sentiment are fussy cut. For the ant/sentiment, I used my trimmer to get the straight lines above and below the sentiment then fussy cut around the ant. The ant/sentiment is popped up over everything.

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).

S’up Grill-Friend
Stamps: Alfresco (Paper Smooches);
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Momento); markers (Copic);
Paper: Domestic Goddess pattern paper (Stampin’Up); White, Kraft (Papertrey Ink);
Other: Femme Frames die (Mama Elephant);

You Make My Heart Happy

You Make My Heart Happy | by karen h @ carefree creations

I made this card for this week’s CC&S challenge, but afterwards I realized I used the wrong purple – argh! But I like it, so I decided to post it anyway.

It did take some work for me to like the card. Originally the card felt very flat (not to mention, there is a touch of purple on the peach butterfly’s top/right wing):

To help fix it, I added some washi under the sentiment and a sprinkle of sequins (one conveniently over the ink oops).

You Make My Heart Happy
Stamps: Flutter (Close to My Heart); Because You (My Favorite Things);
Ink: Grapefruit Grove, Highland Heather (SU);
Paper: White (Papertrey Ink); Granny Apple Green (SU);
Other: sequins (Simon Says Stamp); Shape ‘n Tape washi (We R Memory Keepers);