Autumn Colors

It is time for another CAS Colours & Sketches challenge. Check out the latest challenge: #43 – colors.

CAS Colours & Sketches Challenge #43

And here is my take:

by Karen @ carefree creations - Autumn Colors

These colors are some of my favorite from StampinUp!

I wasn’t really sure what I was going to do for my card, but when the Fall-to-Layout challenge was posted, this idea popped right in my head.

Make sure you check out the other design team members:

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).

All supplies StampinUp unless otherwise noted.
Stamps: Gently Falling, Gorgeous Grunge, Off the Grid, Another Thank You;
Ink/Card Stock: Whisper White, Crushed Curry, Island Indigo;
Other: button, linen thread;

Spectrum Leaves

by Karen @ carefree creations - Spectrum Leaves

My final card from the messy technique newsletter. The baby wipe technique is a great way to make your own spectrum pad.

These leaves are a bit light because I was almost at the end of the baby-wipe pad’s life. I have many other pieces that I stamped using the pad and I hope to make a card with them soon.

Thanks for taking a peek!

You’re in my Thoughts
All supplies StampinUp unless otherwise noted.
Stamps: Gently Falling, Best of Greetings;
Ink/Card Stock: White, Pumpkin Pie, Crushed Curry, Old Olive, Crumb Cake, Soft Suede;
Other: Apothecary Accents die, Natural Trim, White emboss powder;
Technique: Baby Wipe

Shaving Cream Seas

by Karen @ carefree creations - Shaving Cream Technique

Yet another technique newsletter card. This time the messy technique was Shaving Cream.

I had such fun with this that I have quite a few left over pieces in all sorts of colors.

This blue piece just screamed nautical, which is quite the trend lately. I pulled out The Open Sea and made a father’s day card.

To make the knot, I just googled knots and found a knot that looked interesting. It did take me quite a few tries and since the ends are chopped off (because the rope was too thick to wrap around the panel), it isn’t like it would work anyway, lol.

Thanks for taking a peek!

Father’s Day
All supplies StampinUp unless otherwise noted.
Stamps: The Open Sea, Teeny Tiny Wishes;
Ink/Card Stock: Pacific Point, Garden Green, Black, White;
Other: rope (old SU “ribbon”);
Technique: shaving cream

Dual Embossed Flowers

by Karen @ carefree creations - Dual Embossed Flowers

This is another card I created for the technique newsletter. This time I used Dual Embossing. The basic idea is to use more than 1 color of embossing powder on an image.

You have to add both colors before you heat the image.

The only trick to this technique is that you can’t put the second color back into the jar because some particles of the first color may have come off when you tap off the excess of the second color.

For this card I did the process twice: stamped the leaves, sprinkled the two embossing powders, heated; then again with the flowers.

Thanks for taking a peek!

Thank You
All supplies StampinUp unless otherwise noted.
Stamps: Summer Silhouettes, Four You;
Ink/Card Stock: Melon Mambo, White, Black;
Other: Embossing Powder – Turquoise, Wasabi, Melon, Tangerine, Rhinestones;
Technique: Dual Embossing

Poppies Caught in Crystal

Last month I hosted a newsletter for my mom’s StampinUp blog. I did a theme – messy techniques. Here is one of the cards I created for the newsletter.

by Karen @ carefree creations - Poppies in Crystal

The technique I used is called Acetate & Tissue, but I’ve also seen it called Caught in Crystal. Basically, you stamp your image on acetate using permanent ink. Then you put Crystal Effects (or the like) on the backside, drop re-inker dots, smoosh around, sprinkle glitter, and finally layer with tissue paper.

One thing I really wanted to show in my newsletter was that you don’t have to make the card all about the technique – a technique can be a great touch without being overwhelming.

For this card, I trimmed the acetate piece to be narrow and ran it down the middle of my card. I trimmed it up with a lacey border and plopped my sentiment panel over the “boring” bit.

I think all the additional white-space on the card helps make the technique really pop (hmmm, did I just contradict myself??).

Thanks for taking a peek!

Thank You
All supplies StampinUp unless otherwise noted.
Stamps: Pleasant Poppies, Four Frames, Four You;
Ink/Card Stock: Soft Sky, Daffodil Delight, White; Stazon Black;
Other: Window Sheet, Crystal Effects, Dazzling Diamonds, Decorative Label punch, Finishing Touches edgelit;
Technique: acetate and tissue;

Split Negative

My SU Demo (aka Mom) is taking the month of August off to get some work around the house done. I told her I’d be willing to put together a weekly newsletter so her customers would have something pretty to look at. I chose the theme of “techniques”. This is the first week:

by Karen @ carefree creations - Split Negative

I’m very happy with this card! I used an old CAS(e) This Sketch layout (#3).

If you want the directions, you’ll have to sign-up on her site 😉

Thanks for taking a peek!

Thinking of You
All supplies StampinUp unless otherwise noted.
Stamps: By the Seashore, Sweet Essentials, Gorgeous Grunge;
Ink/Card Stock: Soft Sky, Whisper White, Crumb Cake, Cherry Cobbler;
Other: Cherry Cobbler & White embossing powder, Circle dies, Natural Trim ribbon;
Technique: split negative

Grunge-y Hello

by Karen @ carefree creations - Grunge-y Hello

Playing with my new StampinUp sets. I was so happy to see a couple grunge options in the new catalog! The only thing I wish I could get was a good masculine-font sentiment set (especially since Best Dad Ever retired).

My colors came from the ColourQ challenge #192.

Thanks for taking a peek!

All supplies StampinUp unless otherwise noted.
Stamps: Off the Grid, Gorgeous Grunge, Basic Label, Four You;
Ink/Card Stock: Soft Sky, White, Smokey Slate, Island Indigo, Pear Pizzazz;
Other: Apothecary Accent die, brads;

Zebra Spots

by Karen @ carefree creations - Zebra Spots
Working on camp cards for my mom.

My charge for this card was to use Zoo Review. While I chose to go with a pink sentiment, you could easily change this to a masculine card by changing the sentiment color.

I used a drop of grey re-inker and about twice that amount of water. Then I took a paint brush and dipped it into the ink. Just a few taps of the brush against my hand and I had splatters. I did mask the zebra image first.

I was inspired by a sketch at CAS(e) This Sketch (but as usual, I missed the deadline).

Thanks for taking a peek!

Happy Birthday
All supplies StampinUp unless otherwise noted.
Stamps: Zoo Review, Itty Bitty Banners;
Ink/Card Stock: Black, White, Melon Mambo, Slate;
Other: Itty Bitty Banner framelit, dimensionals;

Birthday Feathers


This is my second Inkup camp card. My task was to use Fine Feathers to make a masculine card.

The strips of colored cardstock are 3/4″ each. I taped them together in the back and then stamped my collage on the front. I started the collage with the one feather I would highlight then worked around that image.

Thanks for taking a peek!

Happy Birthday
All supplies StampinUp unless otherwise noted.
Stamps: Fine Feathers, Best Dad Ever;
Ink/Card Stock: Sahara Sand, Summer Starfruit, Lucky Limeade, Baja Breeze, Cajun Craze, Chocolate Chip;
Other: Twine, Woodgrain embossing folder;

Vintage Birthday


This week is stamp camp at Inkup. I had two cards to create for camp. This first one
was to use Established Elegance to create a birthday card.

I always see this set as vintage (though I have seen some great ideas in the catalog that don’t go that route). So when designed this card, I wanted a shabby chic feel.

I started by stamping the typewriter image where I wanted it on the main panel. Then I went back and added the details – flourish and seal in pretty in pink, partially inked Travel Journal wheel randomly stamped down the right side (in crumb cake), and finished off with some spritzing with the Suede marker.

I distressed the edges of the panel and then adhered it to the card base. I laid down a strip of sticky tape and adhered the ribbon, making ruffles along the way. The final touches were the popped sentiment and button (which is centered in the seal).

Thanks for taking a peek!

Wish Big
All supplies StampinUp unless otherwise noted.
Stamps: Established Elegance, Bring on the Cake, Travel Journal Builder Wheel;
Ink/Card Stock: Soft Suede, Naturals Cream, Primrose Petals, Pretty in Pink, Crumb Cake, Island Indigo;
Other: Crochet Trim, Button, Twine, Color Spritzer Tool, Distressing Tool;