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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

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Outlawz Clean & Simple Challenge: Get Well

The best six doctors anywhere,
and no one can deny it
are
sunshine, water, rest, and air, exercise and diet.

These six will gladly you attend if only you are willing
your mind they'll ease
your will they'll mend
and
charge you not a shilling.
~Nursery rhyme quoted by Wayne Fields, What the River Knows, 1990



Good morning One and All!
Today is the start of another Clean and Simple Challenge over at The Outlawz!

Today is National Doctors' Day in the US, commemorating the nation's doctors who have dedicated themselves to public service by helping to ensure the good health of its citizens.
You challenge this week is to create a CAS "Get Well" card or project!

Our wonderful Sponsors are







My card was made using an adorable little mouse image from Stampendous. Just love this little guy and he's easy to color or paper piece as I did the band-aid here. I also stamped and cut the image from copy paper to use as a covering stencil so I could sponge around him for the sky and grass


SIZE: A2
SUPPLIES
Card stock from Stampin Up! & Bazzill
Sentiment from Halo Rubber Stamps
Mouse Image from Stampendous
Inks from Stampin Up & Making Memories
Red Glitter Pen
Marvy Uchida 1.75" Square Punch

COME PLAY WITH US!


Thursday, March 27, 2014

Through The Craft Room Door Paper Craft Magazine Spring 2014

Through the Craftroom Door

Newly released - Check out this sneak peak!
Some wonderful card inspiration and tutorials!


A fantastic deal
$18.00 for a year's subscription will not only get you 5 issues with an addtional Holiday issue for November / December but will also get you access to all the previous issues, over 100 free digis, tutorials, card inspirations and articles!

P.S .. My tutorial for the background used on these cards are in this issue!

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Through The Craft Room Door: Anything Goes Challenge!

“Smile every chance you get. Not because life has been easy, perfect, or exactly as you had anticipated, but because you choose to be happy and grateful for all the good things you do have and all the problems you know you don’t have.”

~ Author Unknown

Good Morning!
Today is the start of another Anything Goes Challenge at Through the Craft Room Door and this week's sponsor is The Paper Shelter

I used an image from their set "Giraffes on Holiday" - I just love this set. The set consist of 4 images, This one I used, a Santa for Christmas, a mummy for Halloween and A Leprechaun for St' Patty's day! They are all adorable! When you purchase the set, you receive 4 colored images and 4 black and white so you can color yourself.
If you are interested in the set, click HERE.

Size: 5.5 x 5.5
SUPPLIES
Image "Giraffes on Holiday" From The Paper Shelter
Card stock from Bazzill & Stamping Up!
Sentiment from "Trendy Greetings" The Angel Company
Heart dies from Sizzix (One was used as a template to cut around the image)
Image colored with Prisma Pencils
Glitter glue from Studio G
Iridescent pearl Smooch

Thanks for stopping by and I am looking forward to seeing you at Through the Craft Room Door!

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Outlawz Clean & Simple Challenge: You're so "Frame-ous"!

“As far as we can discern, the sole purpose of human existence is to kindle a light of meaning in the darkness of mere being.”
~ Carl Jung

Good morning! 
Today is the start of another Clean and Simple Challenge at the The Outlawz.
This week your challenge is to create a CAS card or project using a frame.
You can doodle it, stamp it, die cut it. You can use it as your focal point or as a design element ... just remember to keep it CAS!

Thanks to Our Sponsors

Three $15 Gift Certificates!

$15.00 GC to the store

$20.00 Gift Certificate
20 Sheets of Cryogen Paper

3 free images

3 Prizes, with 3 digis each of your choice!

 $10 Gift Certificate

I do not use pre-colored or pre-cut images. Not that I think there is anything wrong with it, just that it's not something I do. Weird right? However, last year I got this, and another frame in a packet I received at a crop I attended last year. Since these are not something I normally use, I had set them aside to send to my niece, but never got around to it. 
Glad now that I had them still as this work wonderfully for this challenge!

I did fussy cut around the edge of the flowers for more detail and added bits-o-bling to the flowers for some extra sparkle. The larger flowers are added to the card on foam dimensional's. (note: I colored the yellow rhinestones with a sharpie)


Size: 5 x 7
SUPPLIES:
Card stock from Stampin Up!
Frame & Flower from Oscrap! "White/Yellow Daisy"
Sentiment from Halo Rubber Stamps
Rhinestones from my stash
Yellow Sharpie
Foam dimensional's
Memories India Ink

Thursday, March 20, 2014

RAKS! Love them!

“A true friend knows your weaknesses but shows you your strengths;
Feels your fears but fortifies your faith;
Sees your anxieties but frees your spirit;
Recognizes your disabilities but emphasizes your possibilities.”


~ William Arthur Ward

I love random acts of kindness! They make the day so much brighter!
Today I was the recipient of one such act!

A dear friend of mine made me this card and I received it in the mail today!
Awesome isn't it?

You can get all the card deets HERE!
Go check out her awesome blog

Thanks Shannon! I love my card!
Shannon knows I collect angels and that for me, no day is complete without coffee! Best invention evah!
I have already put this card on my mantle for sharing and then I will find a nice frame for it so I can see it and remember how blessed I am with such amazing friends!

Cara


Sunday, March 16, 2014

Scrappy Anniversary

We are not human beings having a spiritual experience.
We are spiritual beings having a human experience.
~Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

Good morning one and all!
I hope you had a fabulous weekend and I hope that your upcoming week is even better!

Today is  the start of another fun Clean And Simple challenge at The Outlawz.
This week your challenge is to create a CAS milestone Anniversary or Birthday card!

Here is my card!
I love finding new and fun ways to use those precious scraps we all have left from other projects.

SIZE: A2

SUPPLIES
Card stock: (base) Bazzill, (black mat) Stampin Up!
Design paper from S.E.I. "Field Notes"
Sentiment from The Angel Company "Trendy Greetings"

Our sponsors!
Please give them a visit!

Oozak.Com

7 Kids College Fund

Paper Temptress

Squigglefly

Rick St. Dennis

Touched By A Butterfly

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Through The Craft Room Door - Anything Goes Challenge!

Thought for the Day

“Sometimes walking away has nothing do with weakness, and everything to do with strength.
We walk away not because we want others to realize our worth and value, but because we finally realize our own.”


~ Robert Tew

Greetings my Partners in all things Crafty!
Today is the start of a new Anything Goes Challenge at Through The Craft Room Door!
Click HERE to come play with us!

SPONSOR

The image is one I purchased awhile back from our sponsor OOZAK. I stamped with Versamark and colored with Pearls Ex Powders. The background was created using a technique I have not tried in a very long time. Details will be in the next Through The Craft Room Door Magazine Release so stay tuned!

My Card

CARD SIZE: A2

SUPPLIES:
Card stock, Rhinestones and Pearl Ex powders from Stampin Up!
Image from Deep Red Cling "Peacock Feather" #34-5032
Other items to be revealed at a later date! :O)

I hope to see you there!
XX Cara



Sunday, March 9, 2014

The Outlawz CAS Challenge: Retro

“Spread love everywhere you go.
Let no one ever come to you without leaving happier.”
Mother Teresa
(1910-1997)

Good morning! 
I hope you all had a fantastic week and weekend. Yesterday I spent the day with friends at the Renaissance Festival.  Theresa has never been to one so this was a first time event for her. It was fun to watch her excitement at everything. Really added to the day! 
The company and weather was perfect. The only missing was my husband since he had to work. :O(

Here's a couple pictures from the day ... More (maybe) to come!
 I loved this Butterfly Bench. very comfortable to sit in. Sure wish I had space in my backyard for something like to this to actually look good.
Some day...
Some day...

 Nothing like a beautiful day, a Hot Turkey Leg and an ice cold Guinness ... YUM!

My Friend Theresa and I hamming it up for her husband. Awesome day! and so looking forward to next years event!

So onto the real reason for this post! Today is the start of a new Clean and Simple challenge over at The Outlawz.
Cheri has chosen for you a fabulous challenge that will make you work it! She wants something from the 1940's, 50's, 60's, 70's....music, fashion, vehicles, colors, art, people, (Howdy Doody, Marilyn Monroe, Elvis)...anything retro goes as long as it's CAS". 
So come on my friends - put those creative thinking caps on and come play along with us this week!

Here is my Card:
Not sure if anyone remembers the spin tops, where you had to push down on a twisted metal rod to make them spin. (Loved those as child) ... Anyway - that's my take ... a Retro Toy. I used pieces of scrap DP and a picture to piece this together. 
I thought this bit of lyric from "You Spin Me Right Round" from the band Dead or Alive worked. Although anyone who knows the song will know he's talking about a record and even though it's from the 80's".  
My husband has to leave town for several days on business and I slipped this into his overnight bag.


SIZE: 5 x 7
SUPPLIES
Card stock: (Base) unknown, American Craft & Stamping Up!
Sentiment: Computer generated
DP: scrap bin ... anything from Stampin Up!, The Angel Company, DCWV and who knows!


We would like to thank this month's sponsors for their generosity

Oozak.Com
Three $15 Gift Certificates!

7 Kids College Fund
$15.00 GC to the store

Paper Temptress
$20.00 Gift Certificate
20 Sheets of Cryogen Paper

Squigglefly
3 free images

Rick St. Dennis
3 Prizes, with 3 digis each of your choice!

Touched By A Butterfly
 $10 Gift Certificate

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Lucky Little Ladybug

Springtime is the land awakening.
The March winds are the morning yawn.
Quoted by Lewis Grizzard inKathy Sue Loudermilk, I Love You

Good Morning! 
Spring is right around the corner.
March 20th to be exact!

Such bizarre weather this winter season.
Unseasonably hot or cold depending on the region.
Record snow or rain fall. 
Living where I do, we don't deal with snow, but it does get cold so I'm ready for the smell of fresh cut green grass and the bright splashes of pretty flowers! Spring for us is such a short time period where we can shake off the sloth of winter, enjoy the outdoors without the fear of heat stroke and mentally prepare ourselves for the hot Summer months to come. :O)

Today is my turn to post the new Clean and Simple Challenge for the Outlawz.

Here is Arizona, a slight chill is still in the air, but if you pay attention, so is Spring!
I love to see Ladybugs, those little black and red harbingers of Spring flitting around.
This week we want you to show us your lovely lady bugs! 
all colors, all sizes - just keep it CAS!

Come on by to see what the rest of the DT have done!
Click HERE

Here is my card for the challenge!
The white card stock is embossed using a diffuser which left a circle untouched.
I fussy cut Ms. Ladybug and colored her up with a watercolor pencil and blender pen and added her, the heart and banner to non-embossed part with dimensional foam.


Card size A2

SUPPLIES
Stampin Up! Card stock
Image & Sentiment from The Angel Company "Squiggle Ladybugs"
Spellbinder die "Hearts One"
Cuttlebug EF "Polka Dots"
Staedtler Watercolor Pencils
SU! Blender Pen
Dimensional foam
Memories Black India Ink
Sizzix Diffuser