Happy Easter

by Karen @ Carefree Creations - Easter Mini Notes

These little cuties are the mini note cards I made for my girls. The cards are 3 1/2 inches square.

Hope everyone has a fabulous weekend!

Thanks for taking a peek!

Happy Spring
Stamps: Spring Fling (Paper Smooches);
Ink/Card Stock: White (PTI); Green Galore (SU);
Other: Markers (Copic); Grass die (My Favorite Things);


by Karen @ Carefree Creations - Dino Party

I created this card for the Paper Smooches Sparks Challenge – Fiesta Colors. I love those colors!

With a challenge name like Fiesta – I knew I needed a party card. To get the green in the card, I decided to go with a green animal. I had fun coloring the dino and even added a few spots for interest.

Thanks for taking a peek!

Happy Birthday
Stamps: Cuteasaurus, Hullabaloo, Geographic, Sentiment Sampler (Paper Smooches);
Ink/Card Stock: Summer Sunrise, White (PTI); Black (Memento);
Other: Flag die (Paper Smooches); markers (Copic);

Stamp Free

The latest CAS-ual Friday challenge (#95) is to make a card but NOT use stamps. What?!?

by Karen @ Carefree Creations - Party Pieces Birthday

OK, that was actually easier than I thought. Since I signed-up for the Online Card Class Pattern Play (I say “signed-up” and not “participated” because I am just now getting around to watching the lessons – this week was just too crazy at school!)…um what was I saying – oh yes, pattern paper. I figured I could use pattern paper to make a card without stamps.

In my pattern paper stash are old Stampin’ Up scrapbook kits – complete with pre-printed accents! This card was so quick and easy. I didn’t have to come up with a color scheme – the kit took care of that for me! To bring all my colors together, I took a strip of stripe pattern paper (included in the kit) and used it like I learned in the Pattern Play class.

Thanks for taking a peek!

Happy Birthday
Stamps: None!
Ink/Card Stock: White (PTI);
Other: Party Pieces Scrapbook Kit (StampinUp);

Multiply Happiness

Yes, another card…I was busy last night having fun playing challenges I’d missed the past week! And that is how I plan to spend today! I’ll start my taxes tomorrow, yeah, tomorrow.

by Karen @ Carefree Creations - Multiply Happiness

I created this card for the CASology cue Flame.

I, like many others, chose to work with candles. For me it actually started with the sentiment “…as each candle is added to your cake”. That just called for a card with lots of candles. And since I was going to add lots of candles – they needed to be a rainbow!

A few weeks ago I took an Online Cards class and the first lesson was about craftmanship. I tried hard on this card, but the fates were against me! Thankfully I think I salvaged it.

First I used my pencil to mark where each of the 7 candles would go (a rainbow being 7 colors). Then I proceeded to stamp only 6 colors, sigh. So I trimmed the card down… it is an odd 4 3/4 x 4 1/4 – not quite square, not quite rectangle.

I had drawn a top line where I wanted the candle tops to be. I managed not to hit my top mark, but as it turns out, I think this is better…any closer to the top and it would have felt claustrophobic.

In erasing my pencil marks, apparently I didn’t wait quite long enough and smudged some ink. Thankfully I stopped quickly and the damage was minimal – and easily removed by scrapping off, very lightly, with an Xacto knife (a lesson I learned in the class!!).

Finally I managed to stamp my sentiment just off center enough to bug the heck out of me (but it was late and done was done, lol).

I still adore this card, despite the problems (which now that I’ve shared them with you, you’ll notice too 😉 ).

Oh and here are some tidbits you might actually want to know:

  • The flames were inked with Summer Sunrise, then the bottoms touched with Poppy – then to really blend them, I inked again with Summer Sunrise.
  • The curve around the sentiment is hand-cut, as is the mat.

Thanks for taking a peek!

Multiply Happiness
Stamps: Hullabaloo (Paper Smooches); Stylish Sentiments-Birthday (Papertrey Ink);
Ink/Card Stock: White, Black, Pure Poppy, Orange Zest, Harvest Gold, New Leaf, Blueberry Sky (I *always* want to call this Blueberry Pie, I think PTI missed out on this!!), Winter Wisteria, Summer Sunrise (Papertrey Ink);

Happy Valentine’s Day

by Karen @ Carefree Creations: Valentine's For Kids

I created these little notes to leave for my girls today (along with a little box of chocolate).

Just a quick note about the sentiment. Many companies don’t make “we” versions, so I often have to piece together my own thing. For this one, I started with an “i love you” sentiment from Paper Smooches. I inked up just the “love you” bit then using a coordinating marker I wrote “we”. Of course I started too far away (despite practicing!!). So to fix it, I just added a small heart.

Thanks for taking a peek!

We Love You
Stamps: Nine Lives, Woofers & Tweeters, Word Salad (Paper Smooches);
Ink/Card Stock: Hibiscus Burst, White (PTI); Black (Memento);
Other: markers (Copic);

Birthday Party


I created this card to introduce the Paper Smooches Flag Tags dies, but I ended up making a few cards and this one just didn’t make the cut (not that I don’t like it, I just think the other cards showed off the stamps and dies better). I have another “reject” to show tomorrow too!

I’m always needing birthday cards, and I thought creating a little border of flags would be fun. The flags are die cut from pattern paper.

To help frame the present image, I used a triangle stamp and the same colors as the flags to create a banner along the top.

Thanks for taking a peek!

Happy Birthday
Stamps: Hullabaloo, Sentiment Sampler (Paper Smooches);
Ink/Card Stock: Berry Sorbet, Dark Chocolate, Aqua Mist, Simply Chartreuse, White (PTI);
Other: Berry Sorbet Patterns paper (PTI); Lime Twist pattern paper (My Mind’s Eye); Mocha Twine (Paper Smooches); Flag Tags dies (Paper Smooches);

Paper Smooches CHA Promo

NEW-DEC-2012-PS-logo-small THIRD DRAFT

Paper Smooches is showing off their CHA release during the entire month of January. 37 designers are participating along with the PS DT, so there will be a ton for projects to inspire you this month. Paper Smooches is known for their fun and whimsical hand-drawn stamps. They decided that it was time to broaden their product line to include DIES and wood mount stamps!

I have a project to share using NEW PS product that releases on February 1, 2013, at www.papersmoochesstamps.com along with many retail stores around the globe.

You will find a new blog link (or two) to follow every day in January at the PS Blog.

Paper Smooches is giving away $500. Worth of product! Hidden on FIVE of the participating blogs is a prize package worth $100. each. The prize includes a variety of stamp sets, wood mounts and dies. Comment on as many blogs as you can to increase your chances to be one of the five winners.

Deadline is January 30th – winners will be announced on the PS Blog on January 31st.

Now, onto my projects. I’m using Flag Tags stamps and dies!


On this card I used 2 of the 3 dies and just 2 of the stamps. The stamps and dies are actually longer, but I trimmed (and selectively inked) them to make them shorter for this card orientation.


For this card, I’m using one of the solid flag stamps (full size).

This card is a white panel with the colored flags stamped on the far left (the panel is 3 3/4″ wide). I added bits of white card stock (the same height as the flag stamp) to the back of the panel, and lined them up to match with the stamped images, and left them to hang out over the berry card base.

Thanks for stopping by!

Love U Sew Much
Stamps: Needle Love, Flag Tags (Paper Smooches);
Ink/Card Stock: Close to Cocoa, Vanilla, Rose Romance (SU); Black (Memento);
Other: Berry Bliss DSP & Welcome Neighbor DSP Pad (SU); Flag Tag dies (Paper Smooches);
Stamps: Woofers & Tweeters, Party Posse, Hullabaloo, Flag Tags (Paper Smooches);
Ink/Card Stock: White, Smokey Shadow, Berry Sorbet, Summer Sunrise, Limeade Ice, Spring Rain, Lavender Moon (PTI);

Gold Star

It is time for another CAS Colours & Sketches challenge. Check out the latest challenge -> #9 – sketch.


And here is my take:


I’m not quite ready to make Valentine cards, so I looked through my stash to see what other large shape I could use. Since I needed an academic-based congrats card, I went with a star.

It is hard to tell in the photo but the stamped star image on the die-cut star is gold embossed.

Thanks for stopping by!

Make sure you check out the other design team members:

I hope you join us at CAS Colours & Sketches!

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

Stamps: Super Stars, Fruit Fusion: Apple, Congrats All Ways (PTI); Lined Paper background (Cornish Heritage Farm);
Ink/Card Stock: Hawaiian Shores, Lemon Tart, White, Pure Poppy, Black (PTI);
Other: Gold embossing powder (Filigree); Spiral punch (SU); Star die & Apple die (PTI);

Smooch Spark – Hello

I got a chance to play in the latest Sparks Challenge – a sketch!


I’ve been wanting to use this cutie giraffe for awhile and this sketch was perfect for it! The grass is acting as the cross-section panel in the sketch.

Thanks for taking a peek!

Stamps: Zoo Crew, Friendly Flowers (Paper Smooches);
Ink/Card Stock: Kraft, Simply Chartreuse, Summer Sunrise, Dark Chocolate (PTI);
Other: Aqua pattern paper (PTI); Grass die (MFT); Flag Tags die (Paper Smooches);

New Driver

Over the summer one of our nephews passed his driver’s test (I just found out). I created this card to send to him.


I have a tendency to collect pattern paper; I love looking at it, but I never think to use it (or it just never turns out right when I do). I’m trying hard to use the paper I’ve purchased this year – so this card has tons of paper piecing!

The layout is from the CAS Colours & Sketches challenge #3.

Thanks for taking a peek!

Stamps: Metropolis, Sentiment Sampler (Paper Smooches);
Colors: White (PTI); Black (Memento);
Other: Blink of an Eye pattern paper (My Minds Eye); Textile Rectangle die (MFT); Pinking die (Spellbinders); Star die, Banner tail die (PTI);