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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

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Going to the Pumpkin Patch!

Oh how we love pumpkin season. You did know this gourd-ish squash has its own season, right? Winter, Spring, Summer, Pumpkin.... We anxiously anticipate it every year. ~Trader Joe’s Fearless Flyer, October 2010

Well Hello there!
So today is the start of another Clean & Simple Challenge at The Outlawz. Our theme for the challenge is creating a card or project showcasing a pumpkin.

While making my card, I started thinking about one of the annual holiday shows from my childhood, "It's The Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown!". To this day, I love watching it and own it on DVD as I am still a child at heart and love these old shows!

I remember watching and feeling so bad for Linus as he tried passionately to convince the others that the Great Pumpkin was real and would arrive to bring goodies and goodwill to each and every child.

Even as a kid, I remember admiring his faith in the unseen. His dedicated letter writing and firm belief in the return of someone who would make his waiting worthwhile....

Sound familiar?

Now that I am an adult (well on paper anyway!) his unshakable belief takes on a different meaning to me because as a Christian, I think we are all a bit like Linus ... trying to convince people that Jesus is real only to be laughed at, ridiculed, persecuted & even killed. But we hold fast to our faith and our belief that He will return with his bag o goodies (promise of everlasting life in His presence). So Yes! The waiting is worthwhile!

So next time I watch the program ... which will be here shortly, I'll grab my blanket and hot cocoa and I will spend the evening with Linus in the Pumpkin Patch waiting for the Miracle that I too know will come!

Here is my card for the challenge!


SUPPLIES USED
Card stock (Bazzill & Stampin Up!), Pumpkin die (Sizzix), Sentiment (Studio G), stamped and fussy cut, Black India Ink (Memories), Embossing folder "Forest Branches" (Cuttlebug), Googlie eyes (Stash)

Thanks for stopping by
Cara

I have enter this card into the following challenges






Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Through The Craft Room Door: Anything Goes (Guess What?)

At the height of laughter, the universe is flung into a kaleidoscope of new possibilities. ~Jean Houston

Good morning!
I certainly hope that everyone is enjoying their day, or evening depending on what part of this wide world you inhabit!

I have to laugh at myself - while creating this post I kept thinking to myself that I need to make my narratives so much ... more .... 
more interesting
more captivating
more of whatever it is that gets people excited to see that I've posted something

Some people just have a knack for writing in such a way that reading their work is something you look forward too and want more of. Mine, I think comes in waves (little tiny ones) and depends on my mood or what I'm up to at the time. 

I like to think of myself as a creative personality but seriously - there are people out there that see something extraordinary in everything they look at and while I've lost track of how many times I've blurted out "Why didn't I think of that?!" I refuse to second place myself with these type of people. After all someone has to do all the dirty work for the rest of us to duplicate. Right?

I will admit that I do, on occasion, envy that strange and unusual talent, but I can't help but think that has to be exhausting - day in and day out! Frankly, sometimes I don't mind walking around clueless and seeing only dresses when I am looking for a dress! 

Everyone has their place in this time and I believe mine is to be just be Me. So I'll guess I'll continue to waddle along doing my "Thang" and hopefully, I'll make someone laugh out loud today - even if it's just watching me wander along with a vague expression in the clothing department!

This is my card for the weekly

This week out sponsor is Oozak


Another DT friend made some flowers with some gorgeous centers. When I asked if she had purchased them, she told me she made them herself with beads and her trusty glue gun. So this was my first attempt when I put together some flower for a sway and I have to say I am pretty thrilled with how it turned out.

The background I created just playing around with a new stencil I'd received from a secret santa event I participated in. Fun - fun - fun

The card is 5 x 7


SUPPLIES: Sentiment (Studio G), Card stock (Stampin Up! & American Craft), Ink (Stampin Up! & Memories), "Bubbles" Stencil (Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous), The flower was made using a silk flower from the $1 store, beads and hot glue.

Looking forward seeing you there!
Cara
Through The Craft Room Door
Paper Craft Magazine, September 2014 Issue Is now available for your viewing in the Subscribers Only Area" at Through The Craft Room Door website: http://craftrmdoor.ning.com. It is loaded with paper craft tutorials, tons of inspirations and projects you can create.
Come see Colleen Schaans craft room - trust me it will knock you off your feet - it totally rocks.
Art by Miran is this issues Feature Digi artist and has given the subscribers the sweetest images for you to download.
Come on over and join us!

Sunday, October 19, 2014

ARE YOU READY TO PARTY!


Hope so, because we are having a huge party at the Outlawz!!
Yes, you read it right!!

A party!

At the Outlawz!!

We are just about to 3000 members! ..... Woohoo!! ..... And we hope that by the end of our celebration we will have our 3000 members and be on our way to 4000!!

The Outlawz ladies have been working hard and have a boatload of sponsors, lots of prizes, and games for you, too! I believe there is also an extra challenge or two!!

If you are here at this blog, then you have the opportunity to participate in our SCAVENGER HUNT!

There are 14 of us participating in this challenge. Our names and blogs are listed below and each of us has placed a clip art image one our blogs... you need to visit each one, locate and write down their clip art.

Make sure you save this information as you will need it later when you go to the PARTY!! tab on The Outlawz website.

Let’s get started!













And here are the items you are looking for.
They should be easy to find. Look on the blog sidebars near the top!

Color Star
Dancing Couple
Fireworks
Party Animal
Party Balloons
Party bunting/banner
Party Confetti
Party Girl
Party Gnome
Party Hat
Party Mask
Party Penguin
Penguin Painter
Pumpkins

Complete instructions for entering the Scavenger Hunt is on the Main Page - just click on the "Party!" Tab and if you get lost along the way, go back to the Outlawz Party tab and resume!

Have fun!!!! And don't forget to see what other activities are going on during our Party Week!!


Saturday, October 18, 2014

Sending a cup of Cheer!

Someone remembers, someone cares; Your name is whispered in someone’s prayers. ~Author Unknown


Good morning my crafty peeps.
I hope your weekend has been a fine one indeed! Mine has been awesome as I saw a dear friend of mine in from out of town for her daughters baby shower. She is one of those people that is always laughing about something and she makes me smile. We used to work together and I miss her smiling face at work each day.

Today is the start of another Clean and Simple Challenge over at The Outlawz!
Pryn has a good one for us this week "Bubble, bubble, toil and trouble!" ... hah bet you thought it had something to do with witches huh? (although you COULD create a nice witches cauldron!). Either way, you need to create a CAS card or project that features something on it that you can cook or stir. Coffee? Tea? How about a love potion (in that cauldron maybe? hmmm?) or how about a nice cocktail?

Come check out the inspiration from the team and stir up something to share!

Here's my card!
Although hard to see in the picture, the red on the tea cups was done using a red glitter gel pen. Looks cool in person! And,well for me at least, tea stains on the paper! I used a lovely splatter stencil created by that yummy Tim Holtz fella ... (heh heh)

Card size is A2


Products used
Card stock: The Paper Studio and Stampin Up!
Splatter Stencil from Tim Holtz Collection
Ink from Stampin Up! and Memories India Ink
Image from JRL Designs
Sentiment from Great Impressions

Red Gel pen: Name unknown, bought at Ikea

Thanks for stopping by for a visit!
(Hugs) Cara

CHALLENGES ENTERED

#40: Anything Goes

#3: Anything Goes

10-13 / 100-25: Anything Goes

$53: Anything Goes

#16: Anything Goes







Happy Birthday Liza

Pleas’d look forward, pleas’d to look behind, And count each birthday with a grateful mind.
Alexander Pope


Liza is a co-worker of mine. She is a sweet young lady and I hope she has an awesome birthday

Card size is A2

Supplies: Card stock, Beautiful Wings Embosslit & Dazzling diamonds glitter (Stampin Up!), Embossing folder "Butterfly in  corner (Darice), Sentiment (The Angel Company, Butterfly punch (Martha Stewart), Pearlescent Smooch, foam dimensionals.

Thanks for stopping by
Cara

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Think Pink ... Pumpkins!

When the Japanese mend broken objects, they aggrandize the damage by filling the cracks with gold. They believe that when something’s suffered damage and has a history it becomes more beautiful. ~Barbara Bloom

Good morning 
I'm sure everyone knows that October is Breast Cancer Awareness month, but how many of you have heard of pink pumpkins?
And I'm not talking about using a can of spray paint on a orange pumpkin ... 
A guest DT for the Outlawz, NanaConnie, told us about them and they are quite interesting to see.

I went a-google-ing to see what I could find out and apparently, "pumpkin" is a general term for a a type of squash and they come in colors ranging from the orange we all know and love to vibrant reds ... who knew?

The Pink Pumpkin Patch Foundation oversees donations from pumpkin growers that have promised a percentage of their proceeds from the sale of each pink pumpkin sold to organizations involved in breast cancer research.
If you are interested in their mission statement, the growers involved and other interesting facts, please click on this link



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The Clean and Simple Challenge this week at The Outlawz is to create a card for a cancer survivor. Several of us were so fascinated with the pink pumpkins that we decided to make our cards using them ... 

My card is in honor of NanaConnie and all the other women out there who have or are battling this atrocious disease. My thoughts are prayers go out to all of you and yours.
Stay strong and hold fast to your faith.




Supplies:
Card stock from Bazzill, The Paper Studio & Stampin Up!
Ink from Stampin Up!
DP are from my scrap bin
Sequins are from my stash
Sentiment from "Fight Like A Girl" by A-muse Studios
Pumpkin Die #2 from Sizzix
Embossing folder "Tide" from Lifestyle Crafts
Border punch from Fiskars
Based on layout of THIS card

Thanks for stopping by my blog.
Please remember to check out the Pink Pumpkin Patch and the Clean and Simple Challenge at The Outlawz

Cara

CHALLENGES ENTERED

HIDING IN MY CRAFT ROOM
#169 Super Scrap Saturday

SISTER ACT CARD CHALLENGE
#78 Anything goes

THE STAMPING CHEF --- ***WINNER***
#50 Anything Goes

CREATIVE FINGERS CHALLENGE BLOG
#52 Anything Goes

LOVE TO CREATE CHALLENGE BLOG
#136 2 dies and sparkle




Friday, October 10, 2014

Dakota's 25th Birthday

The years teach much which the days never knew.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Good morning
Today I'd like to say Happy Birthday to my son Dakota.
Growing up with Aspergers has presented him with challenges that, at times, have seemed difficult to overcome but he has matured into an amazing young man with a good heart and a quirky sense of humor.

I actually made this card back in May when I was putting together a tutorial for the on-line magazine Through the Craft Room Door.

When Dakota saw the card, he asked me for it.
I told him it was intended someone else, which is was.
He was so disappointed, that I made another card for the other person and set this one aside for him. Can't wait to see his face when he opens his card!

Size 5 x 7





SUPPLIES
Card stock and Ink from Stampin Up!
Image from Stampin Up! "Ships Ahoy"
Sentiment from Stampin Up! Set unknown
StazOn Black Ink
Spellbinder die "Label 30"
Twine from my stash

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Happy Birthday Angee

Whatever with the past has gone, The best is always yet to come.
Lucy Larcom

Good morning
I made this birthday card for my Sister-in-law. She and my son share a birthday which is tomorrow.

Card size is A2

Supplies: Card stock & Dress die (Stampin Up!), Design paper (unknown), Sentiment "All Year Cheer" (Fiskars), Rhinestone (The Paper Studio), Embossing folder "Victoria" (Cuttlebug), Black India ink (Memories).

Monday, October 6, 2014

Anything Goes: Exceptional Gentleman

“The year you were born marks only your entry into the world. Other years where you prove your worth, they are the ones worth celebrating.” Jarod KintzThis Book Title is Invisible

Good morning!

Don't forget to check out the newest edition of Through The Craft Door magazine. $18.00 for 5 editions plus a Holiday edition which is schedule for release on November 3, 2014. Lots of good stuff!

Today is the start of our Anything Goes Challenge at Through the Craft Room Door.

Our Sponsor this week is Deedee's Digis



My image is from her fabulous set "Exceptional Gentleman"
A bargain at $4.00!




I like to paper piece and digital images are actually fairly easy to use.
Here I printed the bow tie twice, then cut it out and attached the "knot" piece with a foam dimensional.
I have to admit, while I have created sentiments on my computer, this is the 1st time i have ever used a fancy one created by someone else ... 
I like it!

This card is will sent off nice and neat to the husband of my sister-in-law.


Size A2

SUPPLIES: Image and sentiment "Exceptional Gentleman" (Deedees Digis), Card stock (Bazzill & Stampin Up!), DP "Multidots" (Crafting Keepsakes), Foam dimensionals.

Looking forward to seeing you over at Through the Craft Room Door!
(Hugs) Cara

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Here Comes the Bride!

What a happy and holy fashion it is that those who love one another should rest on the same pillow. - Nathaniel Hawthorne

Good morning!


I am a bit late getting this posted ... Lots going on these days and some days it;s hard to keep track of what I did and didn't do.

Today is the start of another Clean and Simple Challenge at The Outlawz

Cheri has asked us to make wedding card with Fall colors.
Since my husband and I married in November and had Fall colors, I actually thought this would be a piece of cake.

I was quite wrong

I really struggled with this one. In the end, this is what I came up with and t looks so different that what I was seeing in my head!

The card size is 5 x 7


Supplies: 
Pre-cut card base (Michaels)
Card stock used for layering (American Crafts)
Sentiment "Together Forever" (Stampin Up!)
Embossing folder "Wedding Suite: (Cuttlebug)
Flowers & gold dots (Stash)

I hope you take a few minutes to come and check out the other creations from the Design Team and maybe play along!

Challenges I have entered!


Cara