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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, November 14, 2017

Chocolate Understands ...

That life is to my liking which is made up of little deeds, little sacrifices, little kindnesses. ~Birthday letter quoted in J.R. Macduff, Birthdays, 1893

Good morning!
I’m here to share my project for the new color challenge which started today at The Outlawz Challenges!


Our sponsor this month is DiDigisStamps with a $12.00 gift card to her store.


This week’s challenge comes from Ursula, to create anything but a card using the colors below.


I made candy bar covers!


Supplies
  • Card Candy (Stash)
  • Card stock (Bazzill and Stampin Up!)
  • Fancy Labels 3 die (Sizzix)
  • Glitter (Oriental Trading Company)
  • Ink (Close to My Heart)
  • Sentiment “Chocolate understands” (Rubbernecker Stamps)
  • Sentiment “For Someone Special” (The Angel Company)
  • Twine (American Craft)

Thanks for stopping by and don’t forget to stop by The Outlawz Challenges where a new challenge starts every day of the week!


(Hugs) Cara

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Through the Craft Room Door 3rd Annual Celebration Blog hop!

Hugging has no unpleasant side effects and is all natural.  There are no batteries to replace, it's inflation-proof and non-fattening with no monthly payments.  It's non-taxable, non-polluting, and is, of course, fully refundable.  ~Author Unknown


Hi! This month is our Celebration Month and today we are starting our 3rd Annual Celebration Blog Hop filled with awesome inspiration and sponsor prizes.

  
  
The image I am using is “Stardusts Christmas Star” and is one of the prizes from our Sponsor Lacy Sunshine. You can find the image HERE if you wish to purchase for yourself.

Card size 4.25 x 5.50
  • Image: Stardusts Christmas Star (Lacy Sunshine) colored with ProMarkers
  • Black India Ink (Memories)
  • Card stock (Stampin Up! & The Paper Studio)
  • Glitter card stock (Recollections)
  • Glitter pen (Cra-Z-Art)
  • Holly Punch (Tonic Studios)
  • Red Glitter Nuvo Drops
  • Red Sharpie (to color the rhinestones)
  • Rhinestones (Made by Me)
  • Sentiment (Hero Art)

Next stop on this hop is Me again …

Make sure you leave comments on all the blogs for a chance at the prizes! Winners will be announced December 1st, 2017

GOOD LUCK!

Through the Craft Room Door 3rd Annual Celebration Blog hop!

Ever felt an angel's breath in the gentle breeze? A teardrop in the falling rain? Hear a whisper amongst the rustle of leaves? Or been kissed by a lone snowflake? Nature is an angel's favorite hiding place. ~Terri Guillemet


Good morning all my Crafty Peeps!
This is going to be a long post because this month is our Celebration Month and today we are starting our 3rd Annual Celebration Blog Hop filled with awesome inspiration from the Designers of TTCRD!

We have 9 sponsors this year offering some great prizes!



You should have come here from another one of my posts, if not you can start from the beginning by clicking HERE.

For my card, I am using a new image I recently fell in love with and purchased from Unity Stamp Co. (Who is one of our sponsors and offering three prizes of a $20.00 gift voucher to their shop!) called Arianna Girl. You can find her HERE, if you are interested in purchasing her.


Card size is 5.5 x 5.5
  • Image/Sentiment “Arianna Girl” from Unity Stamp Co.
  • Card base from The Paper Studio
  • Design Paper from Colorbok
  • India Ink from Memories
  • Ink from Close to My Heart
  • Pro-Markers
  • Rhinestones from Say it with Bling
  • Studio G glitter glue
  • Sulyn Crystal Diamonds Glitter used to create background


I am also giving away some blog candy (picture pending!). One person will be drawn from all of those people who comment on my post BUT to get a chance for one of the awesome prizes from our sponsors, you MUST comment on every post in the bloghop. 

Since the hop is going to run from today, November 8th through November 22nd, if you miss one, you can always go back and comment when you have time! Winners will be announced on the main blog December 1st, 2017.
Now, you are nearing the end of the line .. only 4 more to go, so head on over to Jeanies place to see what wonderful project she has to share with you!
TTCRD
Thanks for stopping by & good luck!
(Hugs) Cara





Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Thankful ...

We can always find something to be thankful for, and there may be reasons why we ought to be thankful for even those dispensations which appear dark and frowning. ~Albert Barnes

Good morning!
I’m here to share my card for the new color challenge which started today at The Outlawz Challenges! Our sponsor this month is DiDigisStamps with a $12.00 gift card to her store.


This week’s challenge comes from Kimberly and we are to use shades of orange and make it thankful or Thanksgiving.


I was rifling through a box that contains scraps of design papers as well as papers I’ve made but never used. In there I found some glossy white card stock that I had started a “smash” design using my Stampin Up! re-inkers. I either never finished or didn’t like what I was seeing at the time but the colors were mostly what I needed so I pulled it out proceeded to update it with some more oranges, a gold and some sprays of alcohol.

Once I was happy with all the colors I die cut my leaves (I have a stack waiting for me to use now).
I thought about using more than one leaf, but with all the colors it just seemed to overtake the card and you couldn’t concentrate on how beautiful each leave is by itself … so a single leaf card was the ticket!


Card size 4.25 x 5.50
  • Card stock (The Paper Studio & Stampin Up!)
  • Design Paper (for the leaves) was created using glossy card stock, Stampin Up! re-inkers and alcohol
  • Leaves die (Sizzix)
  • Thankful die (Close to My Heart)
  • Sequins (Stash)

Thanks for stopping by and don’t forget to stop by TheOutlawz Challenges where a new challenge starts every day of the week!


(Hugs) Cara

Monday, November 6, 2017

Mr. Snowman & Friends ...

The color of springtime is in the flowers; the color of winter is in the imagination. ~Terri Guillemets

Good evening!
I am here to share the card I made with the November Facebook Progressive Freebie image from DigiStamps4Joy!

He is so cute and I enjoyed making this card with him. Going to have print up some more!



Card size 4.25 x 5.50
  • Image: Mr. Snowman, colored with ProMarkersCard stock (The Paper Studio & American Craft)
  • Digital Snowflake Paper (Decosse's Dynamite Doodles)
  • Glitter card stock (Recollections)
  • Glitter glue (Studio G)
  • Ink (Close to My Heart)
  • Label Punch (Stampin Up!)
  • Sentiment (Unity Stamp Company)
  • Stickles (Ranger)

 Thanks for stopping by!
(Hugs) Cara


This card has been entered into the following challenge(s)


Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Things with Wings ...

Be careful to leave your sons well instructed rather than rich, for the hopes of the instructed are better than the wealth of the ignorant.  ~Epictetus

Hi there!
Today starts a new monthly challenge at SheepSki Designs.


This month our challenge theme is “Things with Wings” and I am here to share with you all my card!

The image I am using this month is Bryan's Baby - image no 87

When my son was very small, he was fascinated by the movie “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang” and would ask to watch it whenever I allowed them to watch TV.  Over time, he eventually wore out the first VHS tape we owned and I had to buy another for him because he was so upset. Of course, he now owns the movie on DVD. When I saw this image I just knew I had to use it to make him a birthday card! I am happy to say, he loved the card and it is sitting on our mantle for all to see!

   
Supplies

Now ... You have two ways to play along with SheepSki Designs!

BLOG ... Where you can use any hand colored image for a chance to win 3 images ... BUT, if you use a SheepSki Designs image and are the winner, you get an additional image choice

or

FACEBOOK ... Where you must use a SheepSki Designs Image for a chance to win 3 images 

As a bonus, when you are done shopping in the STORE, if you use my code SKICARA10 at check out you will receive a 10% discount off your purchased! So, come along and play one or both! Can't wait to see what you create!

Looking forward to seeing your lovely creations!
(Hugs) Cara



This card has been entered into the following challenge(s)



Gleaming Pumpkins? ...

When black cats prowl and pumpkins gleam, May luck be yours on Halloween.
~Author unknown

Good morning!
Today is the 1st of November and the start of a new Progressive Freebie Challenge at The Outlawz Challenges.



Each month we will send you a free digital image to use in the Freebie/Progressive challenge. Once your creation is completed, upload it into the freebie challenge and you will automatically receive the next month free digi.  We will have one image per month so you have plenty of time to create a project using the image.

If you would like to participate, please register with your name and email address to: outlawzprogressivechallenge@gmx.com

This month our image comes from our very own Shell Becker

Supplies for my 5 x 7 card
  • Digi Image “Harvest Night” (Shell Becker)
  • Card stock (The Paper Studio & Stampin Up!)
  • Curved Rectangle die (Spellbinders)
  • Design Paper “Halloween Stripe” (Hot off the Press)
  • Memories India Ink
  • ProMarkers & Copics
  • Sentiment “Teeny Tiny Wishes” (Stampin Up!)
  • Sequins (Stash)
Thanks for Stopping by!

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Sparkly AND Spooky ...

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

Good morning!
I’m here to share my card for the new color challenge which started today at The Outlawz Challenges!



Our sponsor is Fabrika Fantasy with a prize of 3 images from their store



This week we have a Tic-Tac-Toe boards for your to use. Just pick your … er … poison. Row 1, 2 or 3 vertical or horizontal … or corner to corner! Paid attention to what is written in some of the squares!


I am using the first row, vertical which worked out really well with this pre-colored image I used.

Not gonna lie, kinda giggled as I was adding the background behind our sweet little bunny boy (just working to cover the spooky part lol). I giggled a little harder when I pulled the sentiment from my shelf!

Personally, I think this card is hilarious, but then I’ve been told I have a twisted sense of humor on occasion.

 Card size 5 x 7
  • Card stock (The Paper Studio & Stampin Up!)
  • Design Paper “Witches Brew” Colorbok
  • Die “Pumpkins w/ crows & leaves (Sizzix)
  • Embossing folder “Spooky” (Fun Stampers Journey)
  • Ink (Stampin Up!)
  • Sentiment (Martha Stewart)
  • Stash: Glossy Card stock

Thanks for stopping by and don’t forget to stop by The OutlawzChallenges where a new challenge starts every day of the week!

(Hugs) Cara

This card has been entered into the following Challenge(s)





Sunday, October 29, 2017

Happy Holidays!

I have always thought of Christmas time, when it has come round, as a good time; a kind, forgiving, charitable time; the only time I know of, in the long calendar of the year, when men and women seem by one consent to open their shut-up hearts freely, and to think of people below them as if they really were fellow passengers to the grave, and not another race of creatures bound on other journeys. ~Charles Dickens

Good evening!
Today I am playing along with the Unity Stamp Company Facebook Challenge which is to stripes and plaids with an Angie’s Girl.

I did a bit of paper piecing with my image: Addison Girl


  • 5 x 7 card base (The Paper Studio)
  • Image Addison Girl (Unity Stamp Co.)
  • Card stock (Stampin Up!)
  • Design Paper “Holly Jolly” (Pebbles)
  • Holly & Berry Sticker (Jolee’s Boutique)
  • India Ink (Memories)
  • ProMarkers
  • Sentiment (Unity Stamp Co.)
  • Studio G Glitter Glue

Thanks for stopping by!

(Hugs) Cara

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Sassy little Owl ...

Thou hast given so much to me, Give one thing more, — a grateful heart; Not thankful when it pleaseth me, As if Thy blessings had spare days, But such a heart whose pulse may be Thy praise.
~George Herbert

Good morning!
I’m here to share my card for the new color challenge which started today at The Outlawz Challenges!


Our sponsor is Fabrika Fantasy with a prize of 3 images from their store


Our challenge this week comes from Jeanie,
Use 3 colors from the 5 offered with a optional twist of Autumn/Fall.


Today I am using a pre-colored image, something I don’t do often but I liked the look of this little fella and he worked well with the 3 colors I selected, Purple, Orange and Green


Card size 5 x 7
  • Card stock: The Paper Studio, Stampin Up & Bazzill
  • Die: Wonky Frames (Gina Marie Designs)
  • Memories India Ink
  • Punch: Label (Stampin Up!)
  • Sentiment: Months & Holidays (The Angel Company)
  • Stash: Card Candy, Design Paper

Thanks for stopping by and don’t forget to stop by The Outlawz Challenges where a new challenge starts every day of the week!
http://outlawzchallenges.ning.com/
(Hugs) Cara



Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Shine Everyday ...

Thought for the Day
“We can always choose to perceive things differently.
You can focus on what’s wrong in your life, or you can focus on what’s right.”
~ Marianne Williamson


Good morning!
I’m here to share my card for the new color challenge which started today at The Outlawz Challenges!

Our sponsor is Fabrika Fantasy with a prize of 3 images from their store


It is my turn to post and I have an inspiration picture for you to play with!


I loved the sparkly colors if this bauble and used the soft gold color and sparkles! My card uses Splitcoast Stampers sketch SC369 as a base.


Supplies
  • Image used: Betta Fish Crowntail
  • Printed on Whisper White card stock (Stampin Up!)
  • Colored with PrismaColor Pencils
  • Card stock (Stampin Up!, The Paper Studio)
  • Glitter card stock (DCWV, Recollections)
  • Glitter glue (Studio G)
  • Rhinestones (Recollections)
  • Sentiment “Shine” from Celebrate (Heidi Swapp)
  • Sentiment “Everyday” from Brilliant (Heidi Swapp)
  • Stickles (Ranger)
  • Stitched Banner die (Gina Marie Designs)

Thanks for stopping by and don’t forget to stop by TheOutlawz Challenges where a new challenge starts every day of the week!

(Hugs) Cara



Light of Christmas ...

The universal joy of Christmas is certainly wonderful. We ring the bells when princes are born, or toll a mournful dirge when great men pass away. Nations have their red-letter days, their carnivals and festivals, but once in the year and only once, the whole world stands still to celebrate the advent of a life. ~Author Unknown



Good morning!
Today starts a new Anything Goes Challenge at Through the Craft Room Door and this week our sponsor is Ike’s Art with a lovely $15.00 store voucher!


I am using her lovely image “Christmas Candles


Supplies
  • Image printed on Whisper White cardstock (Stampin Up!)
  • Alcohol markers (Copics & ProMarkers)
  • Card Stock (ColorBok)
  • Design Paper (Stash)
  • Embossing folder "Snowflakes" (The Paper Studio)
  • Glitter Glue (Studio G)
  • Rhinestone (Stash)
  • Sentiment die (Fawn Lawn)
Thanks for stopping by and don’t forget to come play along with us!

(Hugs) Cara

Monday, October 16, 2017

Birthday Balloons ...

The first fact about the celebration of birthdays is that it is a good way of affirming defiantly, and even flamboyantly, that it is a good thing to be alive. ~G.K. Chesterton, "Our Birthday," 1935

Good afternoon
Today I am sharing the card I made using this Progressive Freebie Image from DigiStamps4Joy!


I tried something new (for me) with this one!
While I have used digital papers and elements for several years in the magazine, I have never used them on my cards. But when I saw these balloons I knew I needed to use some fun “Celebrate” Digi paper from Decosses’ Dynamite Doodles. I’m really pleased out this came out!



Supplies
  • Happy Birthday Balloons Image (DigiStamps4Joy)
  • Digi Background (Decosses’ Dynamite Doodles)
  • Alcohol markers (Copics, Pro-Markers)
  • Card candy (homemade)
  • Card stock (Stampin Up!, The Paper Studio)

Thanks for stopping by!

(Hugs) Cara

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Give Thanks ...

For each new morning with its light,
For rest and shelter of the night,
For health and food, for love and friends,
For everything Thy goodness sends.
~Ralph Waldo Emerson

Good morning!
I hope your day is an awesome one. Weather here is really cooling down, making my bike rides in the morning a little more brisk! But that’s a good thing!

Today is the start of a new color challenge at The Outlnges and I’m here to share my card.

Our sponsor is Fabrika Fantasy with a prize of 3 images from their store


Here is our challenge board and twist for the week

For my card, I did not use a sponsor image

Supplies
  • Card stock (Stampin Up! & American Craft)
  • Card stock for base (The Paper Studio)
  • Design Paper “Pioneer Plaid: (Authentique)
  • Design Paper “Real Leaves” (The Paper Studio)
  • Ink (Close to my Heart)
  • Leaf button (Stash)
  • Sentiment (Studio G)
  • Twine (Stampin Up!)

Thanks for stopping by and don’t forget to stop by TheOutlawz Challenges where a new challenge starts every day of the week!


(Hugs) Cara