CC&S #332 – Hello

It is time for another CAS Colours & Sketches challenge. The 5th Tuesday of the month brings a double – Timeless Tuesday – challenge where we pair an old sketch with a fresh combo of retired colors. Check out the latest challenge:

And here is my take:

Tropical Hello | by karen h @ carefree creations

[Oh my, this is the third card in a row that isn’t white! I’m pretty sure that is a record for me.]

Pretty straight forward use of the sketch.

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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).

hello
Stamps: Watercolor Wishes, Bohemian Borders (Stampin’Up – SU);
Ink: Pistachio Pudding (SU);
Paper: Pistachio Pudding, Emerald Envy, Primrose Petals (SU);
Other: Botanical Builder die (SU); rhinestones (stash);

CC&S #331 – Happy Birthday

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

And here is my take:

HB | by karen h @ carefree creations

I’ve had this idea for a card in my head for ages. When coming up for sketches for this month, I knew I wanted to do this. Finding a pattern paper that worked is what drove my color choices.

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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 Birthday
Stamps: Birthday Strings (Papertey Ink – PTI); Sophisticated Seriphs alpha (Stampin’Up – SU);
Ink: Night of Navy (SU);
Paper: White, Limeade Ice (PTI); Night of Navy, Birthday Bash pattern paper (SU);
Other: fine white embossing (Hero Arts);

CASology – Shimmer

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

Here is my take:

Beautiful Day | by karen h @ carefree creations

This cue was a challenge for me (because my only idea was sparkles on the water – but I’ve already done that card). Then I remembered some cool cards that showed sunlight filtering down in an underwater scene. I tried my best, lol. And just in case the sunrays didn’t do it, I added some glitter pen to the rays and the jellyfish.

To keep the color count down, I made the seaweed & coral white.

The banner die was longer than I needed (and only fish-tailed on one end), but I die cut a kraft strip, stamped my sentiment, then ran the paper & die back through to trim the excess.

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Have a Beautiful Day
Stamps: July 2016 Kit (Hero Arts – HA);
Ink: Blueprint Sketch Distress (Ranger); Flirty Flamingo (Stampin’Up – SU); White (Stewart Superior);
Paper: White (Papertrey Ink – PTI); Pink Pirouette (SU);
Other: July 2016 Kit dies, Color Layering Goldfish die (HA); oval die (Spellbinders); Sketched Shapes banner die (PTI); Wink of Stella glitter pen (ZIG); Radiating Rays stencil (My Favorite Things);

CC&S #330 – Keep Afloat

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

And here is my take:

Keep Afloat | by karen h @ carefree creations

I knew when I put these colors together I wanted to do some sort of nautical card. I decided to use two of the colors to create a scene (sun and water) and the third color to stamp everything else like a silhouette.

To make the background, I first squished the sea color onto the watercolor paper, then I dried it – to keep the blending to a minimum. When I did the sun squishing I did use a towel to pull up the green that was created where the colors met.

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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).

Keep Afloat My Friend
Stamps: Ahoy (Papertrey Ink – PTI);
Ink: Night of Navy (Stampin’Up – SU); Distress Inks – Peacock Feathers & Fossilized Amber (Ranger);
Paper: Watercolor (Ranger); Night of Navy (SU);
Other: Ahoy die (PTI); Stitched Rectangle die (Lil Inkers);

CC&S #329 – You

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And here is my take:

You | by karen h @ carefree creations

I had lots of ideas for this sketch, but I was stamping during Pride month and the rainbow scrap from this card was looking at me – so this card came together quickly.

I used nesting circle die to create the frame, but cut it up so none of the black layers overlap.

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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).

You
Stamps: Simply You (Papertrey Ink – PTI);
Ink: Distress Inks: Candied Apple, Carved Pumpkin, Mustard Seed, Mowed Lawn, Salty Ocean, Wilted Violet (Ranger);
Paper: White (PTI); Black (Stampin’Up);
Other: fine white embossing (Hero Arts); You die (Simon Says Stamp); Circle die (Spellbinders);

CASology – Citrus

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

Here is my take:

Lemonade | by karen h @ carefree creations

I recently bought a couple citrus stamp sets as I had been lacking the images that I’ve wanted. I used the large slice from this stamp set and just tried to keep the whole card simple.

This cardstock is one from a sampler pack – and I absolutely love this shade. It is a wonderfully pale yellow that is pure in tone.

I did add a few touches of glitter pen to the lemon slice.

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When life gives you…
Stamps: Main Squeeze (Altenew);
Ink: Lemon Tart [old version], Bright Buttercup (Papertrey Ink-PTI); Banana Split (My Favorite Things); Daffodil Delight (Stampin’Up); Charcoal (Hero Arts);
Paper: Lemon (Simon Says Stamp);
Other: clear Wink of Stella glitter pen (ZIG);

CC&S #328 – Christmas Cheer

It is time for another CAS Colours & Sketches challenge. And this month – I’m hosting! Check out the latest challenge:

And here is my take:

Christmas Cheer | by karen h @ carefree creations

As usual, I pick my challenges a month or so before I make the cards – and so I never remember what I had in mind 🙂 Not sure what made me pick poinsettias for this color combo, but I love it!

The line details on the flowers & leaves, as well as the flower centers, are stamped with Sahara Sand; the sentiment is Wet Cement.

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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).

Christmas Cheer
Stamps: Painted Poinsettias (Papertrey Ink – PTI);
Ink: Petal Pink, Flirty Flamingo, Sea Foam, Sahara Sand (Stampin’Up); Wet Cement (Hero Arts);
Paper: White (PTI);
Other: Painted Poinsettias die, Skinny Mini Tags die (PTI); Seaweed twine (The Twinery);

CC&S #327 – Fly High

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

And here is my take:

Reach for the Sky | by karen h @ carefree creations

I really wasn’t sure what to do with this sketch – but mostly because I don’t have any frame/layer die that is shaped like that. Once I got my brain passed that, the rest was easy!

I’m really happy with how this turned out!

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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).

Reach for the Sky
Stamps: Up Up Away (Papertrey Ink – PTI);
Ink: Raspberry Fizz, Amethyst Allure, Kraft (PTI); Butter Bar (Hero Arts);
Paper: White (PTI); Bashful Blue (Stampin’Up);
Other: Up Up Away die, Mix & Mat Pretty Brackets die (PTI); white embossing powder (Hero Arts);

CASology – Ring

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

Here is my take:

Count Your Rings | by karen h @ carefree creations

I wasn’t sure where to go with this cue at first. Eventually I set on a birthday card with tree rings.

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You’re How Old?
Stamps: Rooted in Nature (Stampin’Up- SU); Offbeat Birthday (Papertrey Ink – PTI);
Ink: Crumb Cake, Soft Suede, Garden Green (SU);
Paper: Rustic Cream (PTI);
Other: Nature’s Roots die (SU); Framed Out 1 die (PTI);

CC&S #326 – Birthday Bouquet

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And here is my take:

Birthday Bouquet | by karen h @ carefree creations

A perfect color combo for flowers — and I love stamping flowers. The qualifier there is because I can’t keep any plant thing alive, sadly. At least stamping flowers lets me bring a little floral brightness to my surroundings!

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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 Birthday
Stamps: Bitty Bouquets, Ombre Sentiments (Papertrey Ink – PTI);
Ink: Gravel Grey (My Favorite Things); Calypso Coral, Gorgeous Grape, Mossy Meadow (Stampin’Up);
Paper: White (PTI);
Other: Bitty Bouquet die, Mix & Mat Pinked die (PTI);