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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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Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Boo! ...

Hold on, man. We don't go anywhere with "scary," "spooky," "haunted," or "forbidden" in the title. ~From Scooby-Doo

Good morning Friends and Followers... I hope you are having a great week and are ready for all the little trick or treaters this weekend. I enjoy Halloween but not the scary stuff many of my friends seem to prefer. 
I find no pleasure having the living daylights scared out of me and won't watch horror flicks, preferring to watch Hocus Pocus, Nightmare before Christmas or It's the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown!

I like Casper the Friendly Ghost, Wendy the Good Witch and Hot Stuff the Little Devil! LOL ...

Anyway, whatever type of Halloween you prefer, I hope you have a fun one!

Today is the start of a new Color challenge at The Outlawz ...
  
Our Sponsor this month is Mari Digis Digital Stamp Store
and the prize is these three images




Here is my card

Card size 5 x 7



Supplies
  • Digi Image "Movie Time" from Mari Digis Digitial Stamp Store colored with Copics
  • Bats from my stash
  • Cardstock from The Paper Studio, Bazzill and Stampin Up!
  • Die: "Pumpkin Jack" and "Mini Scary Jack" from Sizzix
  • Embossing folders:"D'Vine Swirl" and "Midnight Haunting" from Cuttlebug, "Wood grain" from The Paper Studio
  • India Ink from Memories
  • Sentiment from "Spooky Phrases" by Martha Stewart


Thanks for stop by!
(Hugs) Cara

Friday, October 21, 2016

Kitty Serenade ...

“Your living is determined not so much by what life brings to you as by the attitude you bring to life; not so much by what happens to you as by the way your mind looks at what happens.”
~ Khalil Gibran

Good morning Everyone!
Today is the start of a new Anything Goes Challenge at Through the Craft Room Door.
This week our sponsor is Bugaboo Stamps

and I am using this really cute image BugsCatsTopperCats which I colored with a combination of Copics and Prisma Color Pencils.
Because the plucky little critters look like they are singing I added some music notes to make it seem like they were singing the Birthday Song.
  


card size 5 x 7
BugCatsTopperCats
Cardstock from The Paper Studio
Copics
Prisma Color Pencils
Musical notes from "All that Jazz" by Stampin Up!
Sentiment from "Happiest of Birthday Wishes" by Stampin Up!
Aleen's Paper Glaze

Thanks for stopping by!
(Hugs) Cara


Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Reading is FUN-damental ..

If you see the magic in a fairy tale, you can face the future.
- Danielle Steel -
  
Good morning Friends and Followers
Today is the start of a new Color challenge at The Outlawz ...
  
Our Sponsor this month is Mari Digis Digital Stamp Store
and the prize is these three images



This weeks challenge is to use 4 colors with a optional twist of anything but a card.


I made a bookmark for my daughter


 Supplies
Cardstock from The Paper Studio and Stampin Up!
Digi image "Love Music"  from Mari Digis, colored with Copics
India Ink from Memories
Musical notes from "All that Jazz" by Stampin Up!
Sentiment "Smile" from Unity Stamp Company

Thanks for stopping my!
Cara

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Star of Wonder ...

Star of wonder, star of light
Star with royal beauty bright
Westward leading, still proceeding

Guide us to thy perfect light ...

Good morning!
Today I have another Christmas card for you.

Card size is 5 x 7

Supplies:
"Nativity" die from PTI
"Starlight" die from Stampin Up!
"Sunburst background" die from Gina Marie Designs
Black India Ink from Memories
Card stock from The Paper Studio & Stampin Up!
Glitter paper from Recollections
Heart punch from Marvy
Rhinestone from $1 store
Stamps "Rejoicing with you" from Stampin Up!

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Movie Time ...

Any concern too small to be turned into a prayer is too small to be made into a burden. 
~Corrie ten Boom


Good morning!

The world is a beautiful place today and I am thankful to be up and about enjoying it!
The problem with getting older is that sometimes the aches and pains make us want to stay put and not move. The bad this is, that creates a cycle of inactivity that eventually grabs hold and won't let go ... So up and about everyone! If you need some motivation, today is the start of a new color challenge at The Outlawz!


Our Sponsor this month is Mari Digis Digital Stamp Store





and the prize is these three images
  
The week, our challenge is to use Black, Red and Tan.
Here's my 5 x 7 card using her image "Movie Time"



Supplies:
Image: "Movie Time" from Mari Digis and colored using Copics and Prisma Color Pencils
Cardstock: The Paper Studio & Stampin Up!
Design Paper: My Stash
Die: Heart Circles from Spellbinders
Ink: Memories Black India Ink
Stamps: "Thoughts of You" from Studio G

Thanks for Stopping by!



Monday, October 10, 2016

Raising Sons...

You don't raise heroes, you raise sons.  And if you treat them like sons, they'll turn out to be heroes, even if it's just in your own eyes.
Walter M. Schirra, Sr.

Good morning Everyone!
When my kids have birthdays, like most parents I'm sure, I always reflect on who they were as children. Who they are as adults and who they will be as time goes on and life shapes them.

Today is my son's 27th birthday. And while he is far from perfect, as most of us are, he is growing into a fine young man. He has had his share of struggles growing up as everyday he must work with the challenges of Aspergers in a world where the more "Politically correct" people become, the less compassionate they become as well.

People spout how differences need to be accepted, yet those same people spurn those who are indeed different. It's a sad presentation of our society these days.

Despite it all, his father and I are proud of his accomplishments and continue to challenge him to become a better person, someone reliable and accountable... not for others but for himself.
To this end, he will become a positive contributing member of society.

Here is the 5 x 7 card I made for him ...
He loves to watch Ninja movies and we are always making jokes about them. I have had this Birdbrain Ninja image for some time. Obtained with him in mind and finally got around to using it!


SUPPLIES
Image: "Birdbrain Ninja" by "From the Heart"
Cardstock: The Paper Studio and Stamp in Up!
Dies: "Asian Motifs" from Spellbinders
Dies: "Word Bubbles" from Stampin Up!
DP: The Angel Company
Sentiment: Computer generated

Thanks for stopping by!
(Hugs) Cara



This card has been entered in to the following Challenge(s)


Love to Craft Challenge LTCCB#3: October Anything Goes



Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Birthdays abound!

In childhood, we yearn to be grown-ups. In old age, we yearn to be kids. It just seems that all would be wonderful if we didn't have to celebrate our birthdays in chronological order. ~Robert Brault

Good morning Everyone!
October is a busy month for me with Birthdays for both family and friends ... and I am behind on the cards ... add a couple of anniversaries into the mix and I almost panicked when I realized I did not have anything done for these events! 

Today is the start of a new color challenge for The Outlawz Challenges and this week we have this awesome inspiration photo to work with!


Worked out well for me because I needed a card for one of those October birthdays!

This card is 5 x 7 and based on Card Pattern #35


Card stock: The Paper Studio and Stampin Up!
Die: "Classic Circles" from Sizzix
Die: "Floral Flourishes" from Spellbinders
E.Folder: "Fall Leaf Background" from Darice
E.Folder: "Leaves" from The Paper Studio
Inks/Pens: Stampin Up! & India Ink
Punch: "Cat" from Marvy
Stamps: Sentiment from "Birthday Banter" by Stampin Up!
Stash: Sequins

Thanks for stopping by!
(Hugs) Cara

This card has been entered in to the following Challenge(s)

Love to Craft Challenge LTCCB#3: October Anything Goes


Saturday, October 1, 2016

It's Official - The Holidays are here!

October, ruddy-cheeked, comes o'er the plains,
And as with rustling step it speeds along,
Its feet beat music to the harvest song...
~Albert Laighton (1829–1887), "October," c.1859

Good morning!
It's official my friends and followers! Today is the first day of October and the Holiday Season is upon us!

I don't know about you but I am still working on Christmas cards and my husband is once again making slanderous comments about purchasing boxed cards from the local market. Good thing I love him or he would be sleeping in the garage for saying such horrid things to me! LOL!!!!

Today is also a new month for the Progressive Freebie Challenge at The Outlawz Challenges.


Our sponsor this month is Gerda Steiner Designs with this adorable Juggling Tiger! So many ideas on how to use this cutie, but I decided on a Thank you card since I always need them

Card size is 5 x 7

Supplies
"Juggling Tiger" from Gerda Steiner Designs colored with Copics
Cardstock from The Paper Studio and Stampin Up!
Die "Scallop Squares" from Sizzix

Aleen's Paper Glaze

Thanks for stopping by!
(Hugs) Cara