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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

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Another Graduation!

There is a good reason they call these ceremonies "commencement exercises."  Graduation is not the end; its the beginning.

Orrin Hatch


Good morning Everyone!
I hope your day is blooming brightly!

Today we are celebrating the graduation of a family friend. Another one growing up and away so fast.
Here is the card I made for her.




Details can be found in the recent release of Through the Craft Room Door Magazine

Thanks for stopping by!
(X) Cara






Sunday, May 24, 2015

Blue-eyed Christmas

Happy, happy Christmas, that can win us back to the delusions of our childish days; that can recall to the old man the pleasures of his youth; that can transport the sailor and the traveller, thousands of miles away, back to his own fire-side and his quiet home!
~Charles Dickens, The Pickwick Papers

Good morning Everyone!
I hope you are all having a fabulous weekend. I have a bit of a long weekend with Memorial Day on Monday and a vacation day thrown in for good measure. Plan on playing in my craft room. Something I haven't really been able to do for a bit.

I started the weekend off playing in a 72 Flash Challenge with Gerda Steiner Designs. Today I am playing along in the Progressive Freebie Challenge at The Outlawz.

Our image this month is from Ppinky Dolls. Isn't she adorable?

Here is my 5 x 7 card.
SUPPLIES
Card stock from The Paper Studio and Stampin Up!
Die: "Label Collection" from Stampin Up!
EF:  Snowflakes from "Celebrate Christmas" set by Cuttlebug
Image from Ppinky Dolls colored with Prisma Color pencils
Pearls from Stampin Up!
Rhinestones from my stash
Sentiment from Hampton Art
Snowflake punch from EK Success

I'm pretty happy as I have another Christmas card done and done! LOL
Thanks for stopping by!

(Hugs) Cara

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Little Elephant

“I, not events, have the power to make me happy or unhappy today.
I can choose which it shall be.
Yesterday is dead, tomorrow hasn’t arrived yet.
I have just one day, today, and I’m going to be happy in it.”
~ Groucho Marx

Good afternoon
I have decided to play in a 72hr flash challenge being offered by Gerda Steiner Designs!
She is letting us have this adorable little image (for free) to play with.

 

Here is the 5 x 7 card I made based on a sketch from littlenuggetcreations.blogspot.com

Supplies
Image from Gerda Steiner Designs & colored with Copics
Card stock from The Paper Studio an Stampin Up!
Embossing Folder from Cuttlebug "Spring" set
Flower punch from EK Success
Border punch from Stampin Up!
Heart punch from Marvy
Paper Glaze from A.leene's
Leaf from ScrapBerry's

Flower center from my stash

Thanks for stopping by!
(Hugs) Cara



















Sunday, May 17, 2015

Simple Thanks

Gratitude is an opener of locked-up blessings.
~ Marianne Williamson ~

Hello my Crafty Peeps
Late again getting this post up and running but to be honest, here in Arizona, the weather has been amazing! Knowing that the lion of summer is going to come in with a roar, best to enjoy this while we can, so needless to say, we have not been home!

Anyway - today starts a new Clean and Simple challenge at The Outlawz and this week's challenge is create a CAS card or project that features an animal print...ribbon, stamps, paper, embellishments, embossed backgrounds...dig in your stash and GO WILD!!

The prize this month is a 1 year subscription to Through the Craft Room Door Magazine




Here is my A2 card
 Supplies
The Paper Studio & Stampin Up! ... Card stock
Darice ... "Large Petal" Embossing Folder
Marvy ... Heart Punches
Stampin Up! ... Ink
Close to My Heart ... Sentiment
Hampton Art ... Image
Studio G ... Glitter Glue

Thanks for stopping by!
Cara




Tuesday, May 12, 2015

For my other Mother In Law

We cannot destroy kindred:
our chains stretch a little sometimes,
but they never break.

Marquise de Sévigné



Size 5 x 7
Supplies
Cardstock from The Paper Studio & Stampin Up!
DP: "Chocolate Kisses" from GCD Studios
Sentiment from Studio G
Die: "Loopy Leaf" from Paper Smooches
Die: Zig Zag" from PTI
Butterfly punches Unknown
Rhinestone swirls from CTMH

Thanks for stopping by!
(X) Cara





Monday, May 11, 2015

To my Mother In Law

To My Mother In Law

Thank you for raising the Love of my life




Size 5 x 7
Card stock from The Paper Studio and Stampin Up!
DP unknown
Die: Flower Brambles from Provocraft
Die: Butterflies from Stampin Up!
Die: Banners from Stampin Up!
Ink from Stampin Up!
Sentiment unknown

Thanks for stopping by!
(X) Cara

Saturday, May 9, 2015

Happy Mothers Day!

No language can express the power, and beauty, and heroism, and majesty of a mothers love. It shrinks not where man cowers, and grows stronger where man faints, and over wastes of worldly fortunes sends the radiance of its quenchless fidelity like a star. ~Edwin Hubbell Chapin


HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY TO ALL YOU LOVELY MOM'S OUT THERE IN BLOG LAND!
MAY YOUR DAY BE FILLED WITH THE LOVE AND LAUGHTER OF YOUR FAMILY AND FRIENDS!

Today is the start of another CAS Challenges The Outlawz and we are honoring all the Mothers, soon to be Mothers and the Adopted Mothers out there!

Our sponsor this month is
Through the Craft Room Door with a 1 year subscription to the magazine



My Mother raised 3 children by herself during a time when being divorced still carried the taint of scandal. Child support was questionable at best and because women were not paid a decent wage, she often worked 2 - 3 jobs to make ends meet.

When I look back on my childhood through the eyes of a "responsible adult" what I see is that we had a loving parent who spent a good deal of time doing whatever it took to make sure we were taken care of at the expense of herself. While we did not have all the things we thought we wanted, we always had the things we needed, including her unconditional Love.

Thanks Mom!


Card size: 5 x 7
Supplies

Cardstock from The Paper Studio, Bazzill and Stamp in Up
DP from my scrap bin
Sentiment Unknown
Die: Scripty Hello Hearts from Faun Lawn
Die: Arrows from Momenta
Black India ink from Memories

Thanks for stopping by
(Hugs) Cara

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

May-June 2-15 Through the Craft Room Door Magazine




The May-June 2015 edition of Through the Craft Room Door magazine is now available in the Subscribers Only area for your viewing pleasure.

New this time is the addition of 3 awesome videos which include an fantastic product focus for the MISTI (r) stamping system!

We have three (3) awesome images from our featured digi artist Olga of Little Blue Button for you to download and play with.

We have quite a few amazing tutorials that include a lovely kids craft (just in time for Mothers Day!) and one up-cycling an old pallet into a fantastic flag to name a few.

We also have several articles and more product reviews we hope you fine interesting as well as numerous inspiration for cards in general, country recognition ... and don't forget all those graduations right around the corner.

The new challenge is a Sketch Challenge that I hope gets everyone up at their craft tables so they can join us!

So grab your favorite beverage, kick back and relax!

If you do not currently subscribe to the magazine you will need to go to the top of the page on the website and click on the Subscription/Renewals tab or click HERE.

I look forward to seeing you there!
Cara

Monday, May 4, 2015

May Day flowers

Flowers... are a proud assertion that a ray of beauty outvalues all the utilities of the world.

Ralph Waldo Emerson, 1844

Good morning
I am late getting this posted.
Been a very busy weekend and my week does not look much better

Another Clean and Simple Challenge as started at The Outlawz and it's Cheri's turn to post ...

May Day is celebrated here in New England in this traditional way: May Baskets are made. These are small baskets usually filled with flowers or treats and left at someone's doorstep. The giver rings the bell and runs away. The person receiving the basket tries to catch the fleeing giver; if caught, a kiss is exchanged.  The challenge this week is to include a basket of flowers on your card, then give the card to someone you think is special.  If you get a kiss...that's a bonus!  

So come along and play with us...
Here is my card

Size: A2
Supplies
Cardstock from The Paper Studio and Bazzill
Basket image & sentiment from Inkhootz!
Flowers from "Itty Bitty Borders" by Stampin Up!
Basket colored with copics
flowers colored with Stampin Up! ink
Jeweled butterflies from my stash.

Thanks for stopping by!
(Cara)

Saturday, May 2, 2015

Kolton's Graduating?!

You are educated. Your certification is in your degree. You may think of it as the ticket to the good life. Let me ask you to think of an alternative. Think of it as your ticket to change the world.

Tom Brokaw


Good morning everyone.
I hope your day is going great. Today we are heading off to celebrate the graduation of our Nephew.

Feeling kinda old today as I shake my head trying to figure out where the days have gone that I missed his growing from a little tow headed darling to a big strapping young man.


Here is the card I made for him.
Details can be found in Through the Craft Room Door Magazine scheduled for release on May 4th.


Thanks for stopping by!
(X) Cara