May Stamp Camp Cards

Wow, my youngest kiddo has been out of school for a couple days (teacher work-days) and that means I’m not up there volunteering and THAT means more time at the stamp table…and boy have I been stamping!

May is just around the corner and my mom asked me to make a couple cards for her to use at stamp camp. The camp is all about retiring products. I squeezed as many as I could onto these cards!

First up, Fabulous Florets:

by karen @ carefree creations - Fabulous Florets

I stamped the leafy greens a couple times onto the Vanilla panel. The two flowers are hand-cut. The sentiment frame is done using the Designer Frames embossing folder (another retiring product). After I embossed my scrap paper, I cut the frame out and adhered it with dimensionals.

My other card uses Zoo Review:

by karen @ carefree creations - Zoo Review

Another clean and simple card (surprise, lol). Mom wanted a masculine card for this set. The Crumb Cake panel is sitting right-justified on a Midnight Muse card base. The card base is stamped (sideways) with the Woodgrain background to give that little strip peeking out a bit of texture.

Thanks for stopping by!

Birthday Wishes
All supplies StampinUp unless otherwise noted.
Stamps: Fabulous Florets, Bring on the Cake;
Ink/Cardstock: Raspberry Ripple, Very Vanilla, Gumball Green, Primrose Petals, Chocolate Chip;
Other: Designer Frames embossing folder;
Wonderful Day
All supplies StampinUp unless otherwise noted.
Stamps: Zoo Review, Bring on the Cake, Woodgrain;
Ink/Cardstock: Midnight Muse, Crumb Cake, Early Espresso, Summer Starfruit;

Fine Feathers

It is time for another CAS Colours & Sketches challenge. Check out the latest challenge: #71 – sketch.

CAS Colours & Sketches Challenge #71

And here is my take:

by karen @ carefree creations - Fine Feathers

If you follow my blog, you’ll know this card is actually my second attempt. For this card I wanted a more simple card – both in design and color. I decided the blocks in the background could be stamped images and the colors would be more calming.

Since the longest feather was also quite skinny, I decided to make my card a 4 1/4″ square card.

FYI – this feather set is being retired by StampinUp – as is the sentiment and embossed frame!

Make sure you check out the other design team members:
Jacqueline
Lizy
Louise
Patricia

I hope you join us at CAS Colours & Sketches!

Thanks for stopping by!

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).

Thinking of You
All supplies StampinUp unless otherwise noted.
Stamps: Fine Feathers, Sweet Essentials;
Ink/Cardstock: Soft Sky, Naturals White, Crumb Cake, Cajun Craze, Early Espresso;
Other: Designer Frames embossing folder;

Shades of Grey

It is time for another CAS Colours & Sketches challenge. Check out the latest challenge: #70 – colors.

CAS Colours & Sketches Challenge #70

And here is my take:

by karen @ carefree creations - Shades of Grey

This was my first attempt at using embossing paste and a stencil. I definitely need to work on technique! I’m not sure how I got so much paste squished under the stencil, I did tape it down quite well. I suppose practice will help.

To do the gradated colors, I started with plain white paste and added re-inker drops.

Stamping on the paste also made a bit of a mess – it bled too much (but that was probably my fault as I was using lots of pressure to get between the paste – in hindsight I should have just used a marker to fill in). Live and learn!

I do like the concept of the card.

Make sure you check out the other design team members:
Jacqueline
Lizy
Louise
Patricia

I hope you join us at CAS Colours & Sketches!

Thanks for stopping by!

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).

Happy Birthday
Stamps: Wet Paint (Papertrey Ink);
Ink/Cardstock: White (PTI); Basic Black, Basic Gray, Smoky Slate, (SU);
Other: Gradated Blocks stencil (Simon Says); Embossing Paste (Dreamweaver);
Technique: stencil and embossing paste;

Party Words

It is time for another CAS Colours & Sketches challenge. Check out the latest challenge: #67 – sketch.

CAS Colours & Skethes Challenge #67

I’m on spring break – which means I have no idea what day it is! Apparently it is Thursday and I forgot to create a card for the latest CAS Colours & Sketch challenge – eek! Thankfully this is a great basic sketch and I was able to get a card done in no time!

And here is my take:

by karen @ carefree creations - Party Words

I have a bunch of male birthdays coming up in April, so I designed a card to use for one of them.

I’ve been wanting to buy the Hardwood background stamp from StampinUp (have you seen the awesome creations out there??). But I already have 2 border stamps that are similar, so I made myself use one of them to make sure that the results would make me happy so I could skip another purchase. I am quite happy with the result (I know I wouldn’t use the Hardwood on every card, so using a border stamp a few times to create a background is no hardship).

Of course, I didn’t line it up all that well and came up with an oops. But I just used a marker to fill in the gap and you can’t even tell! Check it:

oops - mind the gap

Make sure you check out the other design team members:
Jacqueline
Lizy
Louise
Patricia

I hope you join us at CAS Colours & Sketches!

Thanks for stopping by!

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).

Celebrate
Stamps: Sugar Rush, Word Salad, Group Hugs (Paper Smooches); Background Basics: Farm & Barn (PTI);
Ink/Cardstock: Soft Stone (PTI); Sahara Sand, Daffodil Delight, Pear Pizzazz, Marina Mist (SU); Black (Hero Arts);
Other: Word Bubbles dies (Paper Smooches);

Miss You

It is time for another CAS Colours & Sketches challenge. Check out the latest challenge: #60 – colors.

CAS Colours & Sketches Challenge #60

And here is my take:

by karen @ carefree creations - Miss You Map

Love these colors! Though, I am finding that I always gravitate to something map/globe like with them. I guess I better try harder next time! Anyway, this card will be sent to my in-laws. We haven’t been home in a couple years and it has been awhile since we’ve seen them.

I colored Colorado blue because we are the ones doing the missing (and are ‘blue’). That left the green for Virginia. What a pain to cut out VA! Though, cutting out Delaware or Rhode Island would be worse!

Speaking of Rhode Island – has anyone else noticed that it is missing from this stamp image? Yep, it is…you can go look, I’ll wait. I’m not sure what happened, but I suppose it was just too small to add (though they managed Delaware).

Make sure you check out the other design team members:
Jacqueline
Lizy
Louise
Patricia

I hope you join us at CAS Colours & Sketches!

Thanks for stopping by!

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).

We Miss You
Stamps: Map it Out (StampinUp); From Us (Simon Says);
Ink/Cardstock: White, Dark Chocolate (PTI); Marina Mist, Pear Pizzazz (SU);

PTI Turns 7

Today starts the festivities on the Papertrey Ink blog – they turn 7 this year!

The first challenge is a sketch/color combo. They have 7 options of each and you pick and choose your combo. I went with color #6 (kraft, aqua, hawaiian shores, new leaf, avocado) and the third sketch. I picked the sketch first and decided on which stamps I wanted to use then found a color scheme that went with it.

by karen @ carefree creations - You Mean the World to Me

I kept the colors on the light side. I used aqua & hawaiian to color the water and new leaf to color the land. The whole ocean is colored, the lighter parts just didn’t photograph well. The sentiment is stamped in avocado.

Thanks for taking a peek!

You Mean the World to Me
All supplies Papertrey Ink unless otherwise noted.
Stamps: World Map, Masculine Motifs;
Ink/Cardstock: Kraft, Cream, Aqua Mist, Hawaiian Shores, New Leaf, Ripe Avocado (PTI); Burnt Umber (Palette);
Other: Double-Ended Banner die (PTI); twine (stash);
Technique: watercolor;

College Acceptance Congrats

by karen @ carefree creations - West Point Acceptance

My nephew was accepted to West Point Military Academy. I made this card to send to him.

While it isn’t perfect, I tried to re-create the West Point crest/logo. The bottom bit is made from a heart die.

I wish the eagle was bigger, but I had to work with what I have. Lots of military in my husband’s family – I think I need to invest in a good patriotic stamp set!

Thanks for taking a peek!

Congratulations
All supplies Papertrey Ink unless otherwise noted.
Stamps: est 1776, Distressed Stripes, Bountiful Banners, Everyday Classics;
Ink/Cardstock: Kraft, White, Enchanted Evening, Pure Poppy, Fine Linen, Dark Chocolate;
Other: Bountiful Banners die, Limitless Layers die;

Sit Back and Relax

by karen @ carefree creations - Sit Back and Relax

CASeThisSketchBadge I used the latest CAS(e) This Sketch to create this birthday card.

I wanted a mat for the focal panel, but nothing was working (kraft just blended in and chocolate, green, and blue were all wrong). I decided to take a kraft piece and stamp it with the same wood image. I’m really happy with that!

Thanks for taking a peek!

Sit Back and Relax
All supplies Papertrey Ink unless otherwise noted.
Stamps: Polka Dot Parade #3, Background Basics: Farm & Barn;
Ink/Cardstock: Kraft, Cream, New Leaf; Pacific Point (SU);

365 Day Trip

by karen @ carefree creations - 365 Day Trip

I missed a nephew’s 18th birthday! I made this card to send to him – even if it is late.

It is a bit more noticeable in person, but the last line of the sentiment is inked with dark blue – it is a nice little contrast to all the brown.

Thanks for taking a peek!

365 Day Trip
All supplies Papertrey Ink unless otherwise noted.
Stamps: Road Trip, Stylish Sentiments: Birthday;
Ink/Cardstock: Kraft, Cream, Dark Chocolate, Enchanted Evening;
Other: twine;

Let’s Be Adventurers

by karen @ carefree creations - Let's Be Adventurers

I created this card for the CAS-ual Fridays #125 In a Word challenge.

I’ve been living in Colorado for 3 years now. I’m not really an outside kinda gal, but I feel we should take advantage of having so many awesome venues here. I hope to do more hiking and biking this year.

For the layout, I was inspired by this pin.

Thanks for taking a peek!

Let’s Be Adventurers
All supplies StampinUp unless otherwise noted.
Stamps: Wanderlust;
Ink/Cardstock: White, Marina Mist, Garden Green, Soft Suede, Pumpkin Pie;
Other: Woodgrain embossing folder;