Monday, September 15, 2014

Creative Blog Hop!

Every artist dips his brush in his own soul, and paints his own nature into his pictures.
Henry Ward Beecher

 I've been nominated for this little creative blog hop by Sandra Van Blaricum.

I met Sandra on The Outlawz but since we are on different Challenge teams, our interactions were limited.

Where I really started to get to know her was when I become a DT at Through The Craft Room Door where she is a Team Lead and Assistant Administrator on the site.
What I like about working with her is that she is always upbeat and positive.
She is always ready to jump in and help out if you have a question or problem.
Her cards are creative and inspiring. I love looking at them!

We are going to be starting a new adventure together shortly as I will soon take over as Owner of Through the Craft Room Door and she is stepping in to take Site Administrative lead for me. I am certainly looking forward to getting to know her better.
Please check our her lovely blog Cards and Creativity!

  Now the questions.....

1.   What am I working on?
At the moment - nothing!
I just finished up a couple of cards for challenges and a birthday. But I have upcoming birthdays so I need to get in gear!

 2.  How does my work differ from others of my genre?
I think most people tend to play around with everything but dabble is specific styles more often than not. I am not any different. My primary style tends to be CAS but it's really is a "mood thing" for me so there are times when I do like to play around and change things up. Keeps people guessing! LOL!

3. Why do I write/create what I do?
I craft for several reasons.
It relaxes me. I enjoy the creative process and it makes me feel good to create something that has personal value to the person I give it to.

4. How does my creation process work?
LOL ... good question! Mine varies - again a mood thing.
But it always starts with a desire to create something for someone!
Then, it could be a sketch, or color combination or maybe a sentiment that I have that sets things in motion.
 Now it's time to nominate 3 people for the Blog Hop.

I'd like to nominate:

Card Art Etc.

I became acquainted with her during a blog hop for the family of a little girl diagnosed with Leukemia. I just love her style and her blog! I look forward to receiving the notices when she post new things.

Create Design Imagine

Shannon and I have been friends for a very long time. A group of us try to get together every couple of months to share food, laughter and maybe make some cards!
She is funny and outgoing and I love her card style as well.
She is very good at taking complex scrapbook pages and turning them in to awesome cards!

Scrapbooks, Crafts and Cards, Oh My!

I starting seeing cards and projects from Elina via Google plus
I just love her cards and she does and excellent job of giving the details on how she did something.

I hope you have enjoyed this little "Blog Hop" and go off to visit my three friends above and leave them some blog love as well!

Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, September 12, 2014

Honor Flights: I am Grateful

We have enjoyed so much freedom for so long that we are perhaps in danger of forgetting how much blood it cost to establish the Bill of Rights.
Felix Frankfurter

I had planned on posting this yesterday on 9-11-14, but I was remiss and did set the schedule and for that I am very sorry.

I want to say that everyday I wake up without shackles, seen and unseen on my wrists, I am grateful to a higher power and the men and women who have sacrificed much for this Country, This World.

I understand we may not agree on politics or religion or personal choice.
But the freedom to be able to express those opinions without physical or emotional retribution are invaluable and are a right for every living being. Period.

I made this card for a friend who had a special request for cards! If, after reading this, you would like to send a card too, the address is at the bottom.

The card is for her Uncle, a 92 year young WW2 Veteran. He spent the entire war aboard Liberty Boats carrying supplies to support our efforts in Europe and the Pacific. He is one of the lucky ones to have survived as the Liberties were a sought after slow moving target for enemy forces. Thousands were lost.

On September 27th, 2014, her cousin Rob has the honor of being his father's escort on the WW2 Honor Flight to Washington D.C.

I have heard of the Honor Flights and their purpose. They are a volunteer group of pilots that fly WWII Veterans to Washington, DC for the day, just so they can see the WWII memorial that is built there for them.  Many would never see it if it weren't for these generous volunteers.

If you would like more information please click Honor Flights.

They not only treat these Veterans as the hero's they are with the trip to their Memorial in DC but they are given a hat and jacket.

One other thing they do for these warriors is on arrival of the return flight at the end of a long day they have a mail call. Friends, Family or anyone can send them a short note thanking them for their service to us all.

Please if you can spare five minutes and a stamp PLEASE do so. The address is

PO2 Robert H Rennell 

PO BOX 2644
Plattsburgh NY12901

Additional names for this Honor Flight

Wouldn't it be grand to see them all standing amidst piles of cards and letters from grateful benefactors of their service and dedication to us all.

Thank you!


Tuesday, September 9, 2014

TTCRD Anything Goes: Make a Wish

Women are always beautiful
Ville Valo

Good morning!
The September 2014 Through The Craft Room Door Magazine is published for your viewing pleasure in the Subscribers only area of TTCRD

DT Call
Through The Craft Room Door Magazine is looking for enthusiastic, energetic, friendly and trust-worthy Design Team members. We are a drama-free team that takes pride in what we do and we work well together. We’re looking for card makers, scrap-bookers or versatile paper crafters that would like to play in our challenges and be published in TTCRD Magazine.
This is a 6 month obligation. To be considered for the team. Send us your best project,  DT commitments -  past and present and blog address. Tell us something about yourself and why you would want to be considered for the design team. This call is open to anyone, international applicants are encouraged to apply.

Please send  your information to

If selected, you will be sent more detailed information.

Today is the start of another Anything goes Challenge at Through the Craft Room Door and is sponsoring this weeks challenge.

I stenciled the background with one I received as a Christmas in July surprise gift.
The Tag and ferns were cut from scraps.
The red flowers were made from little paper Prima flowers I scrunched up and glued together and the white flower is a fabric flower I took about and re-purposed for my card with a pretty brad.

Click HERE to come play along with us!

This card is for one Mother-in-laws.

Size A2


Card stock from Bazzill
Card stock & Ink from Stampin Up!
Martha Stewart "Fern" Punch
Sizzix "Scallop Pocket tag" Die
Flowers from stash (white) and Prima (red)
White flower center is a brad from OTC
Sequins and tag from stash
Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous Stencil "Splatters"

Crafting from the Heart: Anything Goes

The Stampin Chef: Anything Goes

Sunshine Mail Challenge: Anything Goes

Craft Hoarders Anonymous: Use Flowers 

WhoosyDaisy Challenge: Throw on those Flowers!

 Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Color My World!

Colors are the smiles of nature.

Leigh Hunt

Good morning!
Today is the start of a new Clean and Simple Challenge at The Outlawz.
Come play with us!

Pryn's challenge for us this week is to create a card of project using your favorite colors from any season!

I love the colors of Fall .... I feel like a rich person with all those shades of Gold!


Card stock from Stampin up! and X-ped-X
Leaf and button from Stash
"Woodgrain" embossing folder from Sizzix
Sentiment from "Autumn Leaf Prints" by Stampin Up!

Thanks for stopping by
(Hugs) Cara

Saturday, September 6, 2014

New Adventure Ahead!

The horizon, to remind you of your courage, sends its gentle waves of confidence to kiss your feet.


Queue the music and confetti!

I have a BIG announcement to make!

I am the proud new owner/editor in traning of
Through the Craft Room Door Challenge Blog
On-Line Magazine.

Colleen Holmes has decided it is time for her to retire and spend her energies on other things, like her card making ventures and her Outlawz Challenge Blog.
So she has passed her torch onto me.
Currently I am learning the ropes with the plan to take on everything November 1st.

She has done an such amazing job with the website and magazine and I know I have some impressive footsteps to follow but I will do my best to keep the challenges interesting and the magazine something our subscribers look forward to every two months.

Please come check us out!


please - please check out The Outlawz Challenge Blog!
Colleen has a different challenge that starts every weekday!
Something for everyone!

Happy Days!

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Sailor Moon Fan

A daughter is the happy memories of the past, the joyful moments of the present, and the hope and promise of the future.
Author Unknown

Recently I spent two weeks in Japan visiting my daughter who teaches English in their public school system.

My daughter is a huge Sailor Moon fan and has been since she was a small girl.
She found this scarf on Pintrist, and knowing I crochet, she asked me if I could make her one.
I had told her I would take a look and see what I could do but no promises.
I had to use several different patterns but I think I did okay and she was absolutely thrilled ... especially since it was a surprise for her when I got to Japan.

The one she wanted can be found at the Shop of Many Things.

Here is mine

Thanks for looking

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Sweet Hugs

“It seems to be one of the paradoxes of creativity that in order to think originally, we must familiarize ourselves with the ideas of others.”
George Kneller

Recently I spent two weeks in Japan visiting my daughter who teaches English in their public school system.

While there, we were invited to spend the day with the family of one of her friend enjoying barbecue and celebrating Obon, a Japanese Buddhist custom to honor the spirits of one's ancestors.

The giving of gifts are a part of Japanese culture and since I knew about the event of ahead of time, I made sure I had gifts for the family.

Three of them I made for the ladies who have made my daughter welcome and part of their family.

Unfortunately, the yarn wrappers were tossed and when I tried to find them in the store, the colors were not available so I can't pass on the supplier information.

Here is scarf #3

I used this AFGHAN PATTERN from Tamara Kelly to create this 3 tone scarf

Thanks for stopping by!