Gold & Green

by karen @ carefree creations - Gold & Green

When it comes to metallic embossing, I prefer silver. But there is something about gold and green together at Christmastime!

This is my last design for the gift set. Now I just need the insides of all of them and get them packaged up and in the mail!

I have decided that Lil Inkers needs another stitched rectangle mat die set – with sizes in between the ones currently out. But until that happens, this set will get their work!

I chose to stamp/emboss the bow because I needed a flat card for mailing. I think if I was making this for myself, I’d use a touch of real ribbon.

Thanks for taking a peek!

Christmas Greetings
Stamps: Ornament Keepsakes (SU); Hydrangea bow (PTI); Complements of the Season (Waltzing Mouse);
Ink/Cardstock: Pinefeather, White (PTI);
Other: Gold embossing powder (Filigree); Vintage Wallpaper embossing folder (SU); Stitched Rectangle mat die (Lil Inkers);

Christmas Ornament

It is time for another CAS Colours & Sketches challenge. Check out the latest challenge: #52 – colors.

CAS Colours & Sketches Challenge #52

And here is my take:

by karen @ carefree creations - Christmas Ornament

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A Little About the Challenge: Posted every Thursday, the challenges alternate between color and sketch (if there is a 5th week in the month you get the double dose of color & sketch).

Christmas Ornament
Stamps: Ornament Keepsakes, More Merry Messages (SU);
Ink/Cardstock: Cream (PTI); Cranberry Crisp (instead of Cherry because I can’t read upside down), Old Olive, Crumb Cake (SU);
Other: Ornament Keepsakes die (SU); Fringe die (MFT); Stitched Rectangle Mat die (Lil Inkers); Twine (SU);

Happiest of Holidays

by karen @ carefree creations - Happiest of Holidays

This is my third attempt at the sponged silhouette card.

On my first attempt I stamped the sentiment too far from the tree – I think overlapping would have helped. I did have a couple folks give me some additional feedback on that card – thanks!!

My second attempt (not photographed) was basically this card, but the tree was embossed. Honestly, the only reason I scrapped that was because how warped the cardstock gets.

For this final iteration, I used a mask. It was a complete pain to cut-out the tree mask (the die wasn’t quite detailed enough to use that), but it was totally worth it. The only down-side was that, since I made 4 cards, the mask was trashed when I was done — too much ink. Next time I decide to mass-produce with masks I’ll make sure I give the mask time to dry between uses.

Now I just have 1 more card to design and my gift set is done!

Thanks for taking a peek!

Happiest of Holidays
All supplies Papertrey Ink unless otherwise noted.
Stamps: In the Meadow, Think Big Favorites #20 (PTI);
Ink/Cardstock: Enchanted Evening, Spring Rain, White (PTI);
Other: Eclipse mask paper;
Technique: masking

Holly Jolly

by karen @ carefree creations - Holly Jolly

Just another gift Christmas card.

The berries have stickles over them to give a tiny bit of sparkle.

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Holly Jolly
Stamps: Mistletoe & Holly (PTI);
Ink/Cardstock: Riding Hood Red, Garden Green (SU); White, Black (PTI);
Other: Frosted Lace Stickles (Ranger);

Merry & Bright

by karen @ carefree creations - Merry & Bright

To create this card, I used the Crazy for CAS challenge sketch.

I always like to do a few Christmas cards that are a not the traditional red/green color scheme.

12/6/2013: Woohooo! I just found out:
crazy for cas top 3 logo

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Merry & Bright
All supplies Papertrey Ink unless otherwise noted.
Stamps: Love Lives Here Holiday, Signature Holiday Greetings (PTI);
Ink/Cardstock: Berry Sorbet, White, Simply Chartreuse (PTI); Baked Brown-Sugar (SU);
Other: Book Print impression plate, Love Lives Here Holiday dies (PTI); Stitched Rectangle Mat die (Lil Inkers);

Jolly Holiday

by karen @ carefree creations - Jolly Holiday

To expedite my Christmas card stamping, I have all my holiday stamps gathered into one place. When I spied the ‘jolly’ letter dies, I wanted to play with them. I came up wit this card right away. I doubt I’ll make any more as lining up the dies was tedious (I did draw a line to help).

I think if I was to do it again, I’d cut the pattern paper in two so that the stripes under the letters go in the opposite direction from the bit at the bottom (of course I didn’t think about that until the white piece was glued to the pattern paper 🙂

I love the Stitched Rectangle Mat dies – they have well paid for themselves at this point! They make me happy (just like this card does)!

Thanks for taking a peek!

Jolly Holidays
Stamps: Holly Jolly Sentiments (Lil Inkers)
Ink/Cardstock: White, New Leaf, Pure Poppy (PTI);
Other: Jingle Jolly dies, Holly Jolly dies, Stitched Rectangles Mat dies (Lil Inkers); Candy Cane Prints paper (PTI);

Snow Globe

by karen @ carefree creations - Tree Snow Globe

I created this card for the latest CAS(e) This Sketch.

I’m not sure if I’m going to make a few more of these for my friend, or just leave it as a one-off for my own stash. It is cute, but I try to make fairly conventional cards for my friend (her family isn’t initiated to the creativity that can be card-making ;).

Thanks for taking a peek!

merry christmas
All supplies Papertrey Ink unless otherwise noted.
Stamps: Winter Snow Globe (PTI);
Ink/Cardstock: Blueberry Sky, White, Enchanted Evening (PTI); Unicorn White (Hero Arts); Rich Cocoa (Memento/Tsukineko);
Other: Winter Snow Globe die (PTI); G24 & Y02 markers (Copic);

Season’s Greetings

by karen @ carefree creations - Season's Greetings

Oh boy was this card trying! It all started with a Pin.

I used about 12 quarter sheets of scrap paper designing this card. I even had to preform stamp surgery! And I still managed to ruin 2 cards! But I did get 4 of these one-layer cards done without problems. Whew!

I love that inspiration photo (I pinned it from someone else – but now that I go look at the original I see that card is 5 x 7…no wonder I couldn’t get 5 wreaths on my A2!!).

My card has two different-sized wreaths on it – that is where the stamp surgery comes in. I trimmed out a small section and was able to bend the stamp a bit more to make a smaller complete circle.

Thanks for taking a peek!

Season’s Greetings
Stamps: Berry Christmas, More Merry Messages (StampinUp); Birds of a Feather, Bird Watching, Birthday Style (PaperTrey Ink);
Ink/Cardstock: White, Simply Chartreuse, Pure Poppy, Spring Rain, Chocolate (PTI); Crushed Curry (SU);

Frosty Tree

by karen @ carefree creations - Frosty Tree

I made this card hoping to use it for the set I’m making for a friend, but no. My original plan (without the sequins) was just too plain. I still want to try the idea (emboss-resist tree), but haven’t figure out how to make it work.

I added the sequins to dress it up, but I don’t trust them to stay on through mailing, so I’ll add this card to my own stack.

Thanks for taking a peek!

Peace, Love, & Joy
All supplies Papertrey Ink unless otherwise noted.
Stamps: In the Meadow, Happiest of Holidays (PTI);
Ink/Cardstock: Enchanted Evening, Spring Rain, White (PTI);
Other: sequins (stash); Versamark (Tsukineko);
Technique: emboss resist

Circle of Light

by karen @ carefree creations - Circle of Light

A couple months ago I pinned an incredible card by Nancy Penir. Without that inspiration I would never have thought to bend my string of lights around!

I originally was going to make this a one-layer card, but honestly chickened out. I figured it would be easier to waste a quarter sheet than a half (though I suppose half of the half could still be used for scrap and die-cutting).

Anyway, when it came time to mount the light panel to a card base, I struggled over what color to use. I first thought to match the yellow circle, but I used crushed curry and while I love the ink, the cardstock can be a bit overpowering. I had 3 shades of yellow and a green on my desk and still couldn’t decide. Thankfully my kiddo was able to put into words why I couldn’t decide. When I called them over to help, they immediately said, “green, because it makes the yellow pop”. Ah! Yes….when I used yellow as a background, the sentiment faded away and the light strand was the focus.

Thanks for taking a peek!

Merry Christmas
Stamps: Holiday Lights (PTI);
Ink/Cardstock: White, New Leaf, Pure Poppy (PTI); Crushed Curry (SU);
Other: Limitless Layers 1 3/4 circle die (PTI);