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None of us is born thinking we are ordinary. Feeling special is an essential part of the human birthright. If you don’t think you are special, you won’t seek to contribute your gift to the world. -Rabbi Shmuley Boteach

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Friday, June 28, 2013

Happy Birthday Card

Entered into The Outlawz Paper ala Mode challenge. The Twist is under the sea...

This card will go to a friends young son for his upcoming Birthday



SUPPLIES:
Image: Stampin Up! Fishy Friends (colored with water color pencils and a blender pen)
Sentiment: Inkahootz!
Swirl: Techinque Tuesday Ornate Flourishes
Background: Spilled Paint
Cardstock: Stampin Up! Tempting Turquoise and white
Cardstock: Unknown Gray
Inks: Stampin Up! Tempting Turquoise and Going Gray

Thanks for looking!
Cara

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Cavanaugh Baby Blanket

I made this one for a co-worker of my husbands several years ago
3 boys and they were finally having  girl!



Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Birthday for Alex

This is a card for co worker and was entered in the Outlawz CAS challenge


SUPPPIES:
White cardstock unknown
Image: Stampin Up! (Lovely as a tree)
Sentiment: Stampin Up! (Unknown set)
The trees were heat embossed with Aspen (Mfg unknown)

Quiet Kitty

This card was done for the Saturday Paper Ala Mode Challenge over at The Outlawz challenge
The Twist: Use an Animal


Kitty was stamped, cut out and pieced together. I used my stylus to kinda round him up and then attached him to the card with dimensionals

SUPPLIES
Cardstock: White unknown, Stampin Up! Poppy Parade and Black
DP: Cheetah Pink from Words Worth
Image: Quiet Kitty from D.O.T.S.
Sentiment: The Angel Company
Die: Scallop Square from Stampin Up!
Ink: Memories India Ink

Birthday for Barry

Outlawz Twisted Thursday Challenge
Twist: Make it masculine

Good timing on this one since I needed a card for one of my Father in laws!

The metal background was created by gluing aluminum foil to card stock then running through the Big Kick in an embossing folder.


Supplies
Aluminum foil
Card stock: Unknown
Embossing folder: Cuttlebugs Diamond plate
Image: The Angel Company "Cars"
Sentiment: Halo Rubber Stamps
Label Punch from SU!
Memories India Ink

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Hello

Well this was going to be my entry into the Sketch challenge for the Outlawz but I missed the cutoff by mere minutes.

Here is the sketch



Here is my card


SUPPLIES:
Card stock: Stampin Up! Very Vanilla and Crushed Curry
DP: Unknown
Sentiment: The Angel Company
Embossing Folders: Cuttle Floral Fantasy and Swiss Dots
Butterfly punch from Martha Stewart
Pearls from Hobby Lobby

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Wyatt's afghan

Made for the Son of some friends

Close up



Elizabeth Ham created a blanket she called Drop in the Pond. HERE is where to get more information,

Olivia's afghan

Made for the daughter of some friends

Close up




Nathans Afghans

This is the 1st afghan I made for my Husband.

To be honest - not a good pattern for the mixed color yarns... lessons learned :O)


This is the 2nd afghan I made
This is diamond Fillet




Close up


Dakota's afghans

These are the two blankets I have made for my Son

 Close up





Close up


Rachel's Afghans

These two afghans were made for my daughter








Scrap Blanket for Me

I do love to crochet ... it's my busy hand work while watching TV or traveling.
Helps me relax and settle.
I finally took pictures of some blankets I have made over the years.
Others are spread out to other people and I am working to get pictures of them and will post as I can.

I have other things I have made besides blankets and will also post them as I can get pictures of the

To start with is this afghan I made for me with pieces from seceral projects I' done over the years.
Not pretty but it's warm and had good memories



Thanks for looking!
Cara


Poor little homeless card

Haven't decided what I am going to stamp this one with ...

SUPPLIES
Cardstock from Stampin Up!: Very Vanilla, Really Rust, Pumpkin Pie & Marigold Morning
Boho Punch used for Flowers
Image: Stampin Up! "From the Garden"
Embossing folder "Cottage Style" from Sizzix
pearl from my stash

Anniversary for In-laws

This card is for my husbands Father and Step Mom.


SUPPLIES
Cardstock: Stampin Up! Very Vanilla and Really Rust
DP: Unknown
Punch & Sentiment from Stampin Up!
Ribbon from my stash

God Bless America

4th of July is right around the corner ...
I made these two cards.

This particular card will be sent to my daughter in Japan and I also entered into The Outlaws Greeting Card Challenge where we were tasked to use stars and/or strips. I opted for a patriotic theme.




SUPPLIES
Card base: Paper from Michaels
Card Stock: Stampin Up! - Brilliant Blue, Real Red and White
Ink: Memories India Ink Stampin Up! Real Red
Sentiments: Stampin Up!
Star punches are from Marvy
Embossing folder is the Distressed stripes from Cuttlebug
Stars from my stash
A brayer was used to ink the stripes after embossing

This card I will be mailing out to family and friends


Card base: Paper from Michaels
Card Stock: Stampin Up! - Brilliant Blue, Real Red and White
Ink: Memories India Ink Stampin Up! Real Red
Sentiments: Stampin Up!
Star punches are from Marvy
Embossing folder is the Distressed stripes from Cuttlebug and Star and Swirls from Sizzix
A brayer was used to ink the stripes after embossing

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Smile

Hi There ...
Finally got a card done for the 6-9-13 Outlaws Clean & Simple Challenge!


SUPPLIES:
Image: Stampin Up! (Simply Soft)
Sentiment: The Angel Company
Card stock: Bazzill and Stampin Up!
Ink: Stampin Up! and Memories India Ink
Pearls
Punch plate from Stampin Up
Die from Spellbinders

Thanks for Looking
Cara

Birthday for Tia

Good evening ... find myself playing catch up again.
Although this time I have a really good excuse! LOL
My mom had knee surgery last week and is in a rehab center so I have been leaving work to spend some time with her and check on her house and pets.
She lives in the opposite direction of us so when I leave work it's 30-45 minutes to her place and with weekday traffic it can take me well over an hour to get home after visiting which makes for one tired me.

Anyway - on to the good stuff!

This is another card made from a scrap pile and will go to a co-worker for her birthday.


Layout it based on sketch from Deconstructed Sketches
SUPPLIES
Stamps: (Image) Stampin Up! Best Blossoms and (Sentiment) The Angel Company
Paper: (card stock) Stampin Up! and Bazzill, (DP) Unknown
Ink: Stampin Up! and Memories India Ink
Pearl Button from my stash
Die from Spellbinders

Thanks for Looking!

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Get well card

I am going through a pile of half finished cards or cards that I made and was not very happy with.
This is one that was started and never finished. It is now a get well card destined for my card stash.


Layout based on Mojo Monday sketch #67
Hydrangea from Stampin Up! set Because I care
Sentiment from The Angel Company
Card stock from Stampin Up! ... Black, Very Vanilla & Regal Rose
Ink from Stampin Up! ... Regal Rose & Garden Green
Memories Black India Ink
Ribbon from my stash
Embossing folder: Bricked from Sizzix
Oval dies: Spellbinders

Thanks for looking!

Birthday card for Joe

I am trying to get all my cards made for the rest of year because soon I need to start making Christmas Cards. Since I make over 100 cards I have to start early.
Funny thing is every time I mention not making so many my husband starts wanting to know why!

Anyway - here is a card made for a friend.


Cupcake image from Inkadinkado
Sentiment from Halo Rubber Stamps
Pre-made card base and DP unknown,
Card stock for cupcake and tag: Very Vanilla from Stampin Up!
Inks: Memories black India Ink, Bordering Blue & Really Rust from Stampin Up!
Embossing Folder: Spots and Dots from Cuttlebug
Tag punch from Stampin Up!
Ribbon from my stash

Sunday, June 9, 2013

6-8-13 Play Date with my crafty peeps

Every now and again a few of us get together for a day of fooding and card making.
It's a fun time with lots of laughing, great food and even better friends.
I love these days as I think they are good for my soul!

Some times its a free for all but most times we have a theme we agree upon.
This get together our theme was butterflies.
Here are the cards I put together!









Thanks for looking!
Cara

Friday, June 7, 2013

Fat little Bird Tutorial

I was asked again to for a tutorial to make a punch bird I recently used on a card.
Let's see how this works


To make this fat little fun bird I used the following



2" circle punch
7/16" circle punch
1/4" circle punch
Scallop punch from Stampin Up!
Boho Flower punch from Stampin Up! (If you do not have this punch you can us a small heart punch for the beak and another suitable flower punch for the feet)
Some sharp scissors
Paper of choice in colors of choice (what is shown is for reference only. I am going to make a "Cardinal"  to use on a Christmas gift later so I am using Red for my bird here)
Tweezers (optional)
Embossing folder (optional)
Glue
White gel pen or googlie eyes if you wish


 Step 1
You will need to punch
one 2-inch circle in Red
one 2-inch circle in White
one scallop circle in Red
one scallop circle in yellow
two 7/16-inch circles in white
two 1/4-inch circles in black
two 6 petal flowers
one 8 petal flower 


Step 2
Emboss white 2-inch circle if you want ... here I embossed with Snowflakes.
Glue the 1/4-inch black circles (or googlie eyes) to the 7/16-inch white circles
Cut the two scallop circles in half as shown below


Step 3

Attach a small strip of scrap paper with a sticky dot to the 2-inch white circle



Step 4
Using the paper strip like a small handle you can insert the circle back into the 2-inch punch for trimming. Line out where you want and punch.


Step 5
Cut the scallop circle halves as shown.
Cut the small 8 petal flower as shown
(I've left some pieces so you can see where I trimmed)


Now you start putting together your bird friend

Start by gluing the white belly onto the remaining 2-inch circle.
Add the eyes and the beak.
Glue the two 6 petal flowers to the backside of the birds body for the feet.

Glue two of the scallop pieces together a bit off center. Once they are set glue to back side of the birds body.


Finished bird!
Use the gel pen to add accents to the eyes


Here I added some Pearl smooch to the eyes (I was trying for the whole "Anime Eye" look) and  the snowflakes on the belly.