Not a Creature was Stirring

I’m still having fun with the latest challenge (taking a previous color challenge and making a holiday card). This time, I chose to use:

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And here is my take:

Christmas Mouse | by karen @ carefree creations

I love word play. This made me giggle.

When I decided to play this challenge again, I tried to find a very un-Christmas color scheme and challenge myself.

I’m a sucker for critters – and this mouse set is adorable! I did use the “inner” ear because the other felt too big for the composition I had going.

I hope you join us at CAS Colours & Sketches!

Thanks for stopping by!

A Little About the Challenge: This weekly challenge is posted on Thursday, and alternates between color and sketch (if there is a 5th week in the month you get the double dose of color & sketch).

Not a creature was stirring
Stamps: Christmas Critters, Christmas Critter Sentiments (Papertrey Ink – PTI);
Ink: Rose Red, So Saffron, Soft Suede (Stampin’Up);
Paper: White (PTI);

Champagne Toast

Addicted to CAS is celebrating their birthday with the congrats code word
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Here is my card:

Champagne Toast | by karen @ carefree creations

I didn’t have a specific need for a congrats card, so I kept it theme neutral and used a champagne glass to toast the word Congrats. The sparkle is stamped with gold ink and there is a tiny rhinestone in the center to accentuate the clinking.

It is hard to see in the photo, but I added a shadow to the word by stamping it again, slightly lower, using the light grey ink (the same I used on the glass).

Addicted to CAS is also having a Design Team call. I’m putting my name in.

Thanks for taking a peek!

Congrats
Stamps: Congrats All Ways, Propose a Toast, Hello Sunshine (Papertrey Ink – PTI);
Ink: Smokey Shadow (PTI); Fog (Simon Says Stamp); Lemon Chiffon (My Favorite Things); Gold Delicata (Tsukineko);
Paper: White (PTI);
Other: rhinestone (K&Co);

Peaceful Day

Peaceful Day | by karen @ carefree creations

I made this card for the One-Layer Simplicity Challenge. This month is Peace Be With You.

For me, being around nature, especially woods, is peaceful for me. That is why I chose a bamboo image and green and brown colors.

Thanks for taking a peek!

May peace fill…
Stamps: Peaceful Garden (Papertrey Ink – PTI);
Ink: Cocoa Bean (PTI); Sour Apple (My Favorite Things);
Paper: White (PTI);
Technique: one-layer card;

Thanksgiving Leaves

Thanksgiving Foliage | by karen @ carefree creations

Splitcoaststampers is having a Falliday Fest – a week of challenges all focused on the upcoming holidays. I’m a bit behind, but I managed a card for the first challenge: be inspired by the fall colors of NYC and use text. This dovetailed quite nicely with One Layer Simplicity Challenge of using red, orange, and yellow.

To make this card, I masked off the edges and then did my stamping. I used a very pale ink for the added text as I didn’t want it to overwhelm anything.

Thanks for taking a peek!

Happy Thanksgiving
Stamps: Leaf Prints, Basket of Happiness, Background Basics: Text (Papertrey Ink – PTI);
Ink: Pure Poppy, Fine Linen, Dark Chocolate (PTI); Crushed Curry, Peach Parfait (Stampin’Up);
Paper: Cream (PTI);
Technique: one-layer card; masking;
Challenge: Splitcoaststampers Falliday Fest; One Layer Simplicity Challenge

Halloween Dots

I found some inspiration on Pinterest and couldn’t wait to make a card.

Halloween Dots | by karen @ carefree creations

Thanks for taking a peek!

Happy Halloween
Stamps: Brush Stroke Alphabet (Stampin’Up – SU); Get to the Point Sentiments (Papertrey Ink – PTI); Lots of Dots (Simon Says Stamp);
Ink: Lucky Limeade, Tangelo Twist (SU); Black (PTI);
Paper: White (PTI);
Other: Happy Spooky Halloween die (PTI);
Inspired by: Pinspiration

Merry Bright Trees

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

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And here is my take:

Merry Bright Trees | by karen @ carefree creations

I love using non-traditional color schemes for Christmas cards. When I was brainstorming for this challenge, I thought about blue and green (and after a few other ideas) came to trees and this card formed!

I added a square rhinestone to the top of each tree. I’ve had those square blings for ages and this is the first time I’ve used them – but I thought they would look like little stars.

I hope you join us at CAS Colours & Sketches!

Thanks for stopping by!

A Little About the Challenge: This weekly challenge is posted on Thursday, and alternates between color and sketch (if there is a 5th week in the month you get the double dose of color & sketch).

merry&bright
Stamps: Merry & Bright, Holiday Swoosh (Papertrey Ink – PTI);
Ink: Emerald Envy, Tempting Turquoise, Melon Mambo (Stampin’Up);
Paper: White (PTI);
Other: rhinestones (Basic Grey);

Happy Mail for College Student

Happy Mail | by karen @ carefree creations

I have a niece who is starting at University of Texas this year. I thought I’d send her a little happy mail. This is the card I made for her.

The college colors are orange and I thought these flowers would look great in orange.

Very simple card.

Thanks for taking a peek!

Hello
Stamps: Too Kind, Four You (Stampin’Up);
Ink: Canyon Clay, Terracotta Tile, old Ripe Avocado (Papertrey Ink – PTI); Espresso Truffle (Momento);
Paper: White (PTI);
Technique: one-layer card olc;

Christmas in July

I had some time to stamp yesterday, so I pulled up one of my favorite challenges and played along: One-Layer Simplicity: Christmas in July

Merry & Bright | by karen @ carefree creations

Honestly, my mind is in Halloween mode now, but this was such a simple simple design that it came together quickly. I did realize that I’m not usually coloring directly on my final project (I’m a fairly messy colorer), so I used my Copic Blender quite a bit.

I have a package of Gina K heavy white paper for the sole purpose of doing Copic markers on one-layer cards. Love this stuff! Not only do I have multiply layers of color down, but the bell also has a light layer of H2O watercolor on it.

I did add a bit of a shadow to the bell and bow. Even though I got the light placement wrong, I think the shadow still adds dimension.

Thanks for taking a peek!

merry & bright
Stamps: Tremendous Treats – Christmas (Papertrey Ink);
Ink: Black (Momento);
Paper: White (Gina K);
Other: Y35, Y26, YR24, E99, E79, BG10, BG72, BG18, BG78, T1, W2 markers (Copic); Gold Dust Twinkling H2Os (LuminArt);
Technique: olc;
Challenge: One-Layer Simplicity: Christmas in July

Oh Say, Can You See

Oh Say, Can You See | by karen @ carefree creations

I love this flag stamp! For this card, I went for a little artistic feel and kept it one-layer!

Happy 4th of July
Stamps: Land of the Free, Work of Art (Stampin’Up); Keep it Simple: Bless the US (Papertrey Ink);
Ink: Tumbled Glass distress ink (Ranger); Not Quite Navy, Real Red, Pink Pirouette (Stampin’Up);
Paper: White (Papertrey Ink);

Stenciling for the Fourth

Stenciling for the Fourth | by karen @ carefree creations

I’m on summer break from work, and I’m back from vacation, so now I get to stamp! Today I decided to work on my July 4th cards. After checking out the One-Layer Simplicity challenge, I came up with an idea right away.

I’m still not very good at stenciling. Despite heaving taping, the stencil moved a bit, but I still like the final card.

To get the one sentiment strip masked off, I cut a piece of masking paper and used my grid mat to line it up on the card. I taped the stencil in place and went to town with the sponging.

This is the only “line” stencil I have. I don’t know if I would have chosen a straight line one if I had it, but I’m really happy I used this wavy one – I think the movement helps give this one-layer card some dimension (not to mention the slight shadow affect due to stencil movement).

Happy 4th of July
Stamps: Keep it Simple: Bless the US (Papertrey Ink – PTI);
Ink: Barn Door, Faded Jeans distress inks (Ranger); Midnight Muse (Stampin’Up);
Paper: White (PTI);
Other: Texture Wave stencil (Memory Box);
Technique: sponging; stenciling;
Challenge: One-Layer Simplicity: Stencil