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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, March 28, 2017

All is Calm ...

Make yourself familiar with the angels, and behold them frequently in spirit; for, without being seen, they are present with you. ~St Francis of Sales

Good morning!
Today kicks off a new week for Through the Craft Room Door's Anything Goes Challenge.
Our sponsor this week if the talented Ching-Chou Kuik with a prize of 2 images!


Here is my card for the challenge!


I decided at the last minute that I wanted to join the Design team making inspiration cards so I was too late to get an image so I bought this one ... I love Angel and this one is so cute with the little polar bear cub.

Card size: 5 x 7
Supplies
Image from Ching-Chou Kuik "Polar Snow" colored with alcohol markers
Card stock from The Paper Studio and Stampin Up!
Dies: Spellbinders die "Romantic Rectangles" & Stampin Up! die "Flourish"
Pearl Smooch from Ranger
Sentiment, Rub-on from Imaginisce More than Mistletoe collection
Silver glitter paper from Recollections
Stampin up! Bow Punch
Striped silver/glitter paper used for bow from my scrap

White glitter paper from my scrap

Thank for stop by and click HERE to join us!
(Hugs) Cara

Believe ...

The joyful news that He is risen does not change the contemporary world.  Still before us lie work, discipline, sacrifice.  But the fact of Easter gives us the spiritual power to do the work, accept the discipline, and make the sacrifice.  ~Henry Knox Sherrill

Good Morning!
Come play with us at The Outlawz! We have a new color challenge starting today! Our sponsor this month is DigiStamps4Joy with a $10.00 voucher to their store!


It was my turn to pick the challenge this week and I chose this inspirational photo. I just love the bright colors and how the sun is shining through changing them here and there.


I know most can relate when I say that I had something totally different in my head when I looked at this picture but as I started creating my card, I found I went in a totally different direction! Either way, I love the way this came out and I know the person who will be getting it will love it too!


Card size is 5 x 7
Supplies
Cardstock from The Paper Studio & Stampin Up!
Flower & leaves from my stash
Glossy cardstock from my scrap box
India ink from Memories
Ink from Stampin Up!
Rhinestone center used for flower from The Oriental Trading Company
Sentiment from Halo Rubber Stamps
Sizzix E.folder: Starry Night #3
Spellbinder die: Glass Effects

Thanks for stopping by!
(Hugs) Cara

Monday, March 27, 2017

Love you to the bone ...

Love is a symbol of eternity. It wipes out all sense of time, destroying all memory of a beginning and all fear of an end. ~Author Unknown

Hi Everyone!
Lately it seems like I have been unable to make a card that isn't connected to a challenge! So much for being retired! However, today I am sharing a card that is not scheduled for a challenge! Yay!

I won this image last month during a month long celebration at Holley's Blog! I have had it printed for a while now and FINALLY managed to get it colored up and on a card! 

Isn't this image too fun?! It's called Skelly and the artist is Maria Medel Rodriguez ... you can check out all her other great images HERE on Etsy.
Here is my 5 x 7 card!



Supplies
DigiStamp from Maria Medel Rodriguez colored with alcohol markers
Cardstock from The Paper Studio and Stampin Up!
DP from Me and My Big Ideas
Heart attached to image is from my stash (I keep a "Jar of Hearts")
India Ink from Memories
Love sentiment on heart from Tag Tidbits from The Angel Company

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

It's a Feather thing ...

Be an angel to someone else whenever you can, as a way of thanking God for the help your angel has given you.
~Quoted in The Angels' Little Instruction Book by Eileen Elias Freeman, 1994

Good morning!
Today is the start of a new color challenge at The Outlawz Challenges! You do have to sign in to play along, but membership is free!

Our sponsor this month is DigiStamps4Joy with a prize of a $10.00 store voucher.



This week's inspiration photo is from Jacqui and we are to use 3 - 5 colors



I won this image, created by Jen Leeflang for DigiStamp4Joy some time ago and thought it would be perfect for this challenge. 


Card size x 5.50 x 5.50
Supplies
DS4J image "Angels" colored with alcohol markers
Cardstock from Stampin Up!
Music bar stamp from Hampton Arts
Sequins from my stash

Spellbinder embossing folder "Music"

Thanks for stopping by and looking forward to seeing you at The Outlawz Challenges!
(Hugs) Cara

Saturday, March 18, 2017

TTCRD Facebook Challenge: Wild Roses

Respect your efforts, respect yourself.  Self-respect leads to self-discipline.  When you have both firmly under your belt, that's real power.
~Clint Eastwood

Hi Everyone!
Sharing a announcement for Through the Craft Room Door Facebook Group! (CLICK HERE)

We are going to have a challenge for you to play along it!
It starts on Sunday, March 19th and will end Sunday, April 2nd. All you have to do for a chance to win a $10.00 voucher to SkeepSki Designs is upload your fabulous cards/projects using this "Wild Roses" image which we gave away as a freebie last month.


If you missed out, no worries! You can still purchase the image for a reduced price at the shop for a limited time!


Here is some inspiration for you!

Looking forward to seeing you there!


Card size: 5 x 7
Supplies
SheepSki Designs "Wild Roses" colored with alcohol markers
Cardstock from The Paper Studio and Bazzill
Embossing folder "European Tapestry" from Spellbinders
Gold glitter from Ranger
India Ink from Memories
Rhinestones from Made by Me
Sentiment from "Tickled Pink" by Close to My Heart

Thanks for stopping by!
(Hugs) Cara





Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Lucky Lady ...

May your blessings outnumber the shamrocks that grow,
And may trouble avoid you wherever you go.
~Irish Blessing

Good morning!
Today is the start of a new color challenge at The Outlawz Challenges! You do have to sign in to play along, but membership is free!

Our sponsor this month is DigiStamps4Joy with a prize of a $10.00 store voucher.

This week's challenge was chosen by Jeanie!

It's St Patricks Day this Friday and with that in mind Jeanie would like you to use at least 3 of the 5 colours shown to make your project and the twist is you must add a shamrock!


For my 5 x 7 card, I am using this lovely image called Wedding Dreams


Supplies
Image from DigiStamps4Joy "Wedding Dreams"
Cardstock from The Paper Studio
Ink from Pallet
Shamrocks from my stash
Spellbinder die: Foral oval
Spellbinder embossing folder: Celtics Knot

Thanks for stopping by!
(Hugs) Cara


Basket O' Chicks ...

The resurrection gives my life meaning and direction and the opportunity to start over no matter what my circumstances.  ~Robert Flatt

Good morning! Today is the start of a new Anything Goes challenge at Through the Craft Room Door. Our lovely sponsor this week is Lacy Sunshine with a prize of 3 images so click HERE to come play along with us.

For my 5 x 7 card, I am using an image that I have had for some time now and does not appear to be in the store. But she has so many more to choose from!


Supplies
Image from Lacy Sunshine colored with Alcohol Markers
Card stock from The Paper Studio and Stampin Up!
Darice embossing folder: Easter Egg Background
Gina Marie Die: Cross stitched ovals
Ink from Stampin Up!
Spellbinder embossing folder: Bubblewrap
Stampin Up Label punch
Yellow jewels from The Paper Studio

Thanks for stopping by!
(Hugs) Cara

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Wish you always ...

The flower offered of itself
And eloquently spoke
Of Gods
In languages of rainbows
Perfumes
And secret silence...
~Phillip Pulfrey, from Love, Abstraction and other Speculations, www.originals.net

Good afternoon!
Today we started a new color challenge at The Outlawz. Our sponsor this month is DigiStamps for Joy and I am using this beautiful Rose Corner.

Our challenge this week is from Mary: Use 3-5 colors with a twist of Birthday or thinking of your plus 1 butterfly



Here is my card using the very lovely image "Rose Corner" which I colored up using yellow and orange. The butterfly profile is one of my favorite butterfly dies and I used a marbled blue DP for that.



Card size 5 x 7

Supplies
DigiStamps4Joy "Rose Corner"
Alcohol markers
Card stock from The Paper Studio and Stampin Up!
Colorbok DP "Bright Splash"
Gina Marie Designs die "Nested pierced fancy labels"
Gina Marie Designs die "Small profile butterfly"
Memories Ink
Sentiment from Annette Allen Watkins
Spellbinder embossing folder "Ocean Dreams"

Thanks for stopping by!
Cara

A Song in My Heart ...

 A friend knows the song in my heart and sings it to me when my memory fails. ~Donna Roberts

Good morning!
Time for a new Anything Goes Challenge at Through the CraftRoom Door!
Our Sponsor this week is Pickled Potpourri and I am using their cute DigiStamp "Chickadee Greetings".


Card size: A4
Supplies 
DigiStamp "Chickadee Greetings" from Pickled Potpourri
Alcohol markers
Card stock from The Paper Studio and Stampin Up!
Cuttlebug border EF :Chinoiserie
DP from The Angel Company
Rhinestones from my stash and colored with a sharpie

Don't forget to play along with us this week!

(Hugs) Cara

Monday, March 6, 2017

Exciting News!

I don't think you can feel a sense of entitlement and still be happy. Happiness always comes from feeling that you've been blessed. ~Robert Brault


Hi Everyone!
I am so happy and excited to announce that I have been selected to be a part of SheepSki Designs Design Team.


I look forward to being a part of Andrea's team and sharing this new adventure with a great group of talented ladies!

While we officially start on April 1st when we kick off our first challenge, the next Facebook challenge will begin on the 20th of the month. You can click (HERE) to get to the group.

Today I am sharing my first card as a Design Team member using this lovely image Butterfly Hair - image no 69...

If you are interested in purchasing this image or any of her other lovely images, please visit her Esty Shop (HERE)

Use this discount code SKICARA10 at check out and receive 10%off your purchase!

5 x 7 card
Supplies
Image: Butterfly Hair np.60 from SheepSki Designs
Alcohol markers
Cardstock from The Paper Studios and Stampin Up!
Darice embossing folder: Damask
Little Yellow Bicycle Die: Dream
Pearls from Stampin Up!
Stampin Up! Die: Label Collections

Thanks for stopping by!
(hugs) Cara

Friday, March 3, 2017

Live a colorful life ...

Art is your personal diary where you may color your thoughts and emotions on a page. ~Sara, Los Cerros Middle School, 1999

Good morning!
Just a reminder that there is still time to play along with at Through the Craft Room Door.
Our Sponsor this week is Craft Sentiments with a prize of 3 images from their store!


Today I am sharing with you the details of the card I made. The image is colored with alcohol markers, fussy cut and added to the card base with foam pieces. Pearl Smooch was added to the flower to give it a touch of a shimmer and Gold Smooch was used on her head band along with the rhinestones. 
Supplies for 5 x 7 card

Close up trying to show the glimmer on the flower and headband

DigiStamp "Scilla" from Crafty Sentiments
Alcohol markers
Card stock from the Paper Studio and Stampin Up!
Die "Romantic Rectangles" from Spellbinders
Embossing folder "Pines" from Stampin Up!
Gold Smooch from Stampin Up!
Ink from Palette
Liquid pearls from Ranger
Rhinestones from Close to My Heart & Made by Me
Sentiment "Colorful Life" from Ranger

Thanks for stopping by!
(Hugs) Cara


Wednesday, March 1, 2017

In the Garden ...

The best place to seek God is in a garden. You can dig for him there. ~George Bernard Shaw, The Adventures of the Black Girl in Her Search for God, 1932

Good morning!

Today is the 1st of March 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 sponsor is Beccy's Place with this lovely image "Spring Window"


 Supplies
My card is 4.25 x 5.50 and I decided to just spotlight the vase and flowers.

Image colored with Copics
Card stock from Stampin Up! and The Paper Studio
Die from Sizzix "Fancy Labels"
Embossing folder from Sizzix "Bricked"
Flower sequins from my stash
Stampin Up! stamps "Occasional quotes"

Thanks for stopping by!
Cara