Awesome Dad Crossing

It is time for another CASology challenge. Check out the latest challenge – Cross!

Here is my take:

Awesome Dad | by karen @ carefree creations

My first thought was cross-stitch, but I didn’t really have time to stitch something nor do I have stamps for that. As I was going through my index, I saw the Road Signed set and decided I definitely wanted to use that.

I bounced around the idea of not being literal and doing bright colors, but I just couldn’t…for some reason I wanted realistic.

Originally, I was going to use pattern paper, but the blacks didn’t match and that irritated me. As I was reviewing my options for creating the crosswalk, I thought stencil paste would provide the right look – around me, road stripes always look well worn (though I wish my paste was shiny as that would have been even more realistic).

To make the stencil stripes, I used a stencil that had lots of different width stripes. I picked one stripe and taped off the others. I stenciled the stripe once, pull off the stencil, cleaned it, and let the stripe dry and repeated that process to create all 4 stripes. For someone who doesn’t like techniques because they are messy or time intense, I was surprised I went this route – but I’m so happy I did.

Once I had the crossing stripes done and the sign embossed, I decided the card needed one more touch – the twine.

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

Thanks for stopping by!

Awesome Dad Crossing
Stamps: Road Signed (Papertrey Ink-PTI);
Ink: Versamark (Tsukineko);
Paper: Black (PTI);
Other: Black embossing powder (Filigree); Gradated Blocks stencil (Simon Says Stamp); embossing paste (Vecchi); Twine (stash);

Way to Go

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

And here is my take:

Way to Go! | by karen @ carefree creations

My card is pretty literal with the sketch (minus the layering). I know I could have stamped a little scene and still had the sentiment on the panel, but I decided to make my sentiment the focus. This also let me pull out some pattern paper and go non-white for the 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).

Way to Go
Stamps: Perfect Pennants (Stampin’Up-SU);
Ink: Black (Palette);
Paper: Sunshine & Sprinkles DSP, Melon Mambo (SU); White (Papertrey Ink);
Other: Flag Tag dies (Paper Smooches);

Wishing You All the Best

Today is Papertrey Ink’s Monthly Blog Hop!

Papertrey Ink Blog Hop

Here is the inspiration:

And here is my card:

Friend | by karen @ carefree creations

The inspiration photo is so lovely! I pulled my inspiration from the beautiful spring colors and the rustic twigs the flowers are nestled into.

I stamped the Twig Wreath image a few times in different brown inks. The floral images are inked with multiple shades, though it is quite subtle.

The sentiment is two sets working together. I fussy-cut the word “friend” and layered it over a small strip with the secondary sentiment.

My final touch was some pale yellow sequins.

Thanks for taking a peek!

Friend
Stamps: Twig Wreath, Bitty Bouquets, Skinny (Papertrey Ink – PTI);
Ink: Kraft, Cocoa Bean, Pale Peony, Lovely Lady, Hibiscus Burst, Lemon Tart – the old formula, Harvest Gold, Green Parakeet, New Leaf, Blueberry Sky (PTI);
Paper: White (PTI);
Other: Bitty Bouquets die (PTI); Buttercream sequins (Neat & Tangled);

A Bloomin’ Transformation

A couple day’s ago Lizzie posted a Transformation Tuesday post on the Papertrey blog. I’m really loving this new feature!

I went through the photos of my old cards and found one that has been annoying me for way to loong!

This Beautiful Blooms 2 card was given away before I noticed that I hadn’t stamped any center image in the purple flower at the bottom. It just felt incomplete!

In addition to that, I was not happy with the blotchy images (I stamped without a positioning tool) and the leaves feel like they are floating.

Here is my first attempt at fixing the problems:

Hello | by karen @ carefree creations

While I did get the leaves closer to the flowers and the flowers feel fuller, I still wasn’t happy. The yellow is way to bright and feels out of place; also, since I used yellow for centers, I took yellow out of the flower lineup…and that had me doing other changes that resulted in a teeny tiny blue flower at the top – ugh!

I tried one more time:

Hello | by karen @ carefree creations

This time I feel like I got it right (mostly). I went back to the rainbow flow of flowers but made the accent colors in the same color family. It just feels more cohesive. The only thing I would change would be to pay more attention to the orientation of openings of the flowers for leaves. I didn’t know where to stamp my leaves, so I stamped my sentiment first and once I added the leaves, I wish the sentiment was just a bit lower. As I say though, done is done (and it is tons better than the original).

The orange flower is from the flower cluster in Back Pocket Basics. I needed another flower so I didn’t repeat, but I also wanted one that fit the style.

Thanks for taking a peek!

Hello
Stamps: Beautiful Blooms 2, Fillable Frames 2, Back Pocket Basics (Papertrey Ink – PTI);
Ink: Espresso Truffle (Momento); Hello Honey (Stampin’Up); Boysenberry (My Favorite Things); Hibiscus Burst, Raspberry Fizz, Summer Sunrise, Orange Zest, Bright Buttercup, New Leaf, Hawaiian Shores, Tropical Teal, Amethyst Allure (PTI);
Paper: White (PTI);

Congrats on Your New Home

This card is for the latest Library challenge – Watership Down. I read this book ages and ages ago and only remember being very sad while reading it. I did refresh my memory by reading a synopsis – and from that decided my card would be a “new home” card (the only bunny stamps I own are of the chocolate variety, lol).

Congrats on your New Home | by karen @ carefree creations

I put my card together first with layers of cardstock but it was way to plain. I replaced a couple layers and the home with pattern paper…much better!

Thanks for taking a peek!

congratulations
Stamps: Bitty Bungalows, Sentiment Sampler (Paper Smooches – PS);
Ink: Black (Palette);
Paper: White (Papertrey Ink – PTI); Elf Green (My Favorite Things); Certainly Celery, Sunshine & Sprinkles DSP (Stampin’Up); Country Drive, Splash pattern papers (Echo Park);
Other: In the Meadow die (PTI); Bitty Bungalows die (PS);

Butterfly Happiness

It is time for another CASology challenge. Check out the latest challenge – Foil!

Here is my take:

Butterfly Happiness | by karen @ carefree creations

I love the look of foil, but I always have a hard time getting it to work. To do this card, I used a glue technique that I learned from Jennifer McGuire. I still had to stamp and foil it twice to get the rays mostly covered. {After making my card, I found this video from Minc where I learned a couple tips that may help me in the future! AND THEN I found this video from Jennifer where I learned I could use embosed images. You may see more foiling from me soon!}

Anyway…usually when I think foil, I think elegant, but I wanted something fun. I chose some bold spring colors because it reinforced the “happiness” sentiment.

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

Thanks for stopping by!

Happiness
Stamps: Beautiful Butterflies, Beautiful Butterflies Layers (Papertrey Ink – PTI); Gorgeous Grunge (Stampin’Up);
Ink: Lavender Fields, Ripe Raspberry, Tropical Teal (My Favorite Things); Fog (Simon Says Stamp); Espresso Truffle (Memento);
Paper: White (PTI);
Other: Beautiful Butterflies die (PTI);

Hey, Chick

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

And here is my take:

Hey, Chick | by karen @ carefree creations

These bold colors had me all over the place – tons of ideas! I settled on this chicken set (from, um, last year, that I hadn’t inked up yet). I love the fun images and the size of the images is also quite good for a cas stamper! I hadn’t inked them because they are not photopolymer and I can’t ever tell where I’m stamping. Instead of masking and crossing my fingers, I chose to fussy cut the images. I adhered them, as I like to do, with just a bit of glue to their bellies so the rest can leave nice little shadows. I did add a bit of shadow under their feet with a Copic – just to reinforce their grounding.

Because the images are so bright, and the biggest thing on the card, their design weight was making the card feel very lopsided. I added a strip of Bermuda cardstock on the left to help balance it out. It still isn’t perfectly balanced, but at least it feels a bit more anchored. If I was to do it again, I’d probably not stamp the sentiment on the panel, and, instead, put the Bermuda strip over the white panel and stamp the sentiment up that.

I did toy with the idea of stamping a chicken wire background on the card base, but I felt that was a step too far for cas (for me – everyone has their own definitions and it certainly wouldn’t have looked bad, I’m just trying to honor the challenge).

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).

hey, chick!
Stamps: Hey, Chick (Stampin’Up-SU);
Ink: markers (Copic);
Paper: Soft Stone, White (Papertrey Ink) Bermuda Bay (SU);
Other: Stitched Rectangle die (Lil Inkers);

Spread Joy

Today I am playing along with the Addicted to CAS: Birds challenge.

Here is my card:

Spread Joy | by karen @ carefree creations

I have a few bird sets, but I decided to use this one as it hasn’t seen ink yet. The set is kinda big, but I was still able to keep it CAS.

I chose this flower because it snugged into the corner. There are two sizes of bird; I selected the smaller image. I even chose the one-line sentiment to maximize the white space.

In picking my colors, I knew I wanted a purple flower. Once I picked those colors, I kept the rest of the colors jewel toned as well.

Thanks for taking a peek!

Spread Joy
Stamps: Humming Along (Papertrey Ink – PTI);
Ink: Pure Plum, Elf Green (My Favorite Things); Rich Razzleberry, Wild Wasabi, Crushed Curry, Baja Breeze, Island Indigo, Baked Brown Sugar (Stampin’Up); Chamomile, Smokey Shadow (PTI);
Paper: White (PTI);

Shiny Hello

It is time for another CASology challenge. Check out the latest challenge – Bug!

Here is my take:

Shiny Hello | by karen @ carefree creations

I went with the obvious interpretation of the cue – mostly because I wanted to break out my Twinkling H2Os!

Since I knew I would be watercoloring, I stamped my image with a Palette ink first. After coloring the image (and letting it air dry), I then overstamped with Brillance to get the dark black color (love having a MISTI!).

Here is a close up of the shimmer:

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

Thanks for stopping by!

Hello
Stamps: Beetles & Bugs (Stampin’Up); Happy Trails, Fillable Frames 1 (Papertrey Ink – PTI);
Ink: Noir (Palette); Graphite (Memento); Lemongrass & Mystic Blue Twinkling H2Os;
Paper: White (PTI);

Christmas White Foliage

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

And here is my take:

Christmas White Foliage | by karen @ carefree creations

When I first looked at the sketch, I immediately thought about this cover plate!

Easy peasy card – so quick to put together. But the gold embossing with all the white is so elegant.

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).

Merry Christmas
Stamps: Christmas Cheer (Papertrey Ink – PTI);
Ink: Versamark (Tsukineko);
Paper: White (PTI);
Other: gold embossing (Filigree); Winter Floral cover plate die (PTI);