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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

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Happy, Happy Birthday!

t's your birthday to-day, so why are we waiting?

Without further delay, Let's start celebrating.
~Norman Wesley Brooks, 1967


Good morning!
This worked out well for me. The upcoming challenge for the next edition of TTCRD magazine is masculine cards.

Today is the birthday of a fellow co-worker so I am sharing the card I made for him. I cannot recall where I first saw this layout but it is another one of my favorites. Clean and simple, it works well for any event and is a great way to use up scraps of DP!

Card size is 4.25 x 5.50



Additional information for this card will be available in the September/October Edition of Through the Craft Room Door.

Thanks for stopping by!


(Hugs) Cara

Monday, July 27, 2015

Happy 4th of July

Those who won our independence believed liberty to be the secret of happiness and courage to be the secret of liberty.
Louis D. Brandeis

Good morning Everyone!
The Outlawz has a monthly progressive freebie challenge. This month we were given a great boy image from Blueberry Bear Digi Stamps! I thought he was perfect for a Fourth of July Card.

Card size 4 x 9.25



Supplies
Card stock and DP from The Paper Studio
Sentiment from Stampin Up! (Set unknown)
Image from Blueberry Bear Digi Stamps, colored with Prisma Color Pencils
India Ink from Memories
Heart button from my stash
Twine from Close to My Heart
Die "Classic long rectangles" from Spellbinders

Silver Smooch for the overall buttons

Thanks for Stopping by!
(Hugs) Cara

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Celebrate the Season

"It came without ribbons! It came without tags! It came without packages, boxes or bags!... Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn't before! "Maybe Christmas," he thought, "doesn't come from a store. Maybe Christmas... perhaps... means a little bit more!"
~Dr. Seuss, How the Grinch Stole Christmas!

Good morning!
I finally was able to spend time playing with paper today and I have another Christmas card done!
Yay me!

Card size is A2 ... 4.25 x 5.50





Supplies
Card stock from The Paper Studios
Die "Snow Flurry" from Stampin Up!
Embossing Folder "Snowflake Swirls" From Darice
India Ink from Memories
Rhinestones are from a combinations of Recollections and The Paper Studio
Sentiment  from "Holiday Sentiments" from Hampton Arts

Vellum from my stash

CHALLENGE(S) ENTERED:

July Technique Challenge: Embossing on vellum




Anything Goes but must be Christmas Themed


Create a Clean & Simple Card

"Inspired by a Christmas Carol"

Mine would be "Dashing through the Snow"







Thanks for stopping by!
(Hugs) Cara

With Sympathy

“Perhaps they are not stars,
but rather openings in heaven
where the love of our lost ones
pours through and shines down upon us
to let us know they are happy.”
~ Eskimo Proverb

Good afternoon Everyone ...
Bit of a late post today but I was recently able to adjust my work schedule to a more practical time frame and now I am trying to get caught up on everything that has been pushed to the wayside over the last 7 months!
I feel like I can breathe now - LOL ...

Anyway, I made this card for a fellow co-worker of my husband whose father recently passed on.
I just purchased the image stamp earlier in the day. Funny thing is wasn't going to buy it but somehow it found its way into my cart and home ... how does that happen?!!!

Divine intervention I guess because when it came to making the card, that stamp is the first thing I reached for!

The layout is based on a card by Debbie Hughes that I found on Pinterest. Her Blog is Lime Doodle Designs.
I used it before and love the sharp clean lines that it creates and thought is was perfect for the image.
  

Supplies:
Card stock from The Paper Studio
Banners were created with scraps of DP from Close to My Heart
Sentiment is from Stampin Up! "Close as a Memory"
Ink is India Ink from Memories
Image is called "Nesting Bird" from Stampendous.
            Leaves colored with Copics
            Bird colored with Smooch White Pearlized paint
  
Thanks for Stopping by!

(Hugs) Cara

Monday, July 20, 2015

Reminder: Digis for Debbie Fundraiser Blog Hop.

Hello Everyone ...


Card size 5 x 7
SUPPLIES
Digi image from Heather Dennis, Fresh Brewed Designs
Prisma Color pencils
Smooch metallic paints
Card stock from The Paper Studio
Rhinestones from Stampin Up!
Die: Labels Collection from Stampin Up!
EF: Smitten by Cuttlebug
Sentiment from Craftsmart


Just sharing another awesome image from Fresh Brewed Designs for the Digis for Debbie Fundraiser Blog Hop. Proceeds will benefit Mrs. Debbie Lynch, the beautiful and loving mother of Heather Dennis, owner of Fresh Brewed Designs, who was recently diagnosed with a rare form of uterine cancer.  As most of you may know, cancer related medical costs can be quite expensive, and Mrs. Debbie currently has no medical insurance, which makes the cost significantly higher.  Therefore, we have decided to help raise enough money to cover these medical expenses, as well as aftercare expenses, by creating a digi shop.  All the proceeds of the Digis for Debbie Fundraiser Shop and the Fresh Brewed Designs Store will go directly to Mrs. Debbie to fund her lifesaving surgery and the aftercare necessary to bring her back to wellness.  Furthermore, Heather has created a Give Forward account to assist her mother.  If you would like to help, please stop by the Digis for Debbie Fundraiser Shop, the Fresh Brewed Designs Store, and/or the Give Forward Account.  For those of you who are not able to contribute monetarily, we would love for you to add Mrs. Debbie to your prayer list.  If there is one thing we know, prayers can work miracles that money cannot and healing and wellness is what we are praying to receive.

The hop ends Tuesday, July 28th at 11:59 PM Eastern Time.  All participants can be found in the linkies section HERE on the Fresh Brewed Designs Challenge Blog, and we would love to have you join us!  We do ask that you use a digi from the Digis for Debbie Fundraiser Shop or the Fresh Brewed Designs Store, and the theme is Anything Goes, and you can enter as often as you would like.  Two prize packages will be awarded, one prize for a digi purchaser and one prize for a blog hop participant.  Winners will be chosen on Saturday, August 1st.  The prizes will consist of stamps, papers, ribbon, embellishments, etc.; plus, some random prizes will be offered by some generous blog hop participants along the hop.




·       Give Forward Account


And don't forget to stop by Through the Craft Room Door! Click HERE to check out the great cards from some of our Design Team, leave a comment for a chance to win a one year subscription to our bi-monthly magazine! 

Thanks for stopping by!
Cara


Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Digis for Debbie Fundraiser Blog Hop!

The beckoning Hands
Of God's hopeful Smile
Will, without fail, one day greet
The fruitful cries
Of man's prayerful heart.
~Sri Chinmoy, Ten Thousand Flower-Flames

Good morning and welcome to the Digis for Debbie Fundraiser Blog Hop.  Recently, we learned that Mrs. Debbie Lynch, the beautiful and loving mother of Heather Dennis, owner of Fresh Brewed Designs, was diagnosed with a rare form of uterine cancer.  As most of you may know, cancer related medical costs can be quite expensive, and Mrs. Debbie currently has no medical insurance, which makes the cost significantly higher.  Therefore, we have decided to help raise enough money to cover these medical expenses, as well as aftercare expenses, by creating a digi shop.  All the proceeds of the Digis for Debbie Fundraiser Shop and the Fresh Brewed Designs Store will go directly to Mrs. Debbie to fund her lifesaving surgery and the aftercare necessary to bring her back to wellness.  Furthermore, Heather has created a Give Forward account to assist her mother.  If you would like to help, please stop by the Digis for Debbie Fundraiser Shop, the Fresh Brewed Designs Store, and/or the Give Forward Account.  For those of you who are not able to contribute monetarily, we would love for you to add Mrs. Debbie to your prayer list.  If there is one thing we know, prayers can work miracles that money cannot and healing and wellness is what we are praying to receive.

The hop launches today, Tuesday, July 14th on the Fresh Brewed Designs Challenge Blog, and will run until Tuesday, July 28th @ 11:59 PM Eastern Time.  All participants can be found in the linkies section HERE on the Fresh Brewed Designs Challenge Blog, and we would love to have you join us!  We do ask that you use a digi from the Digis for Debbie Fundraiser Shop or the Fresh Brewed Designs Store, and the theme is Anything Goes, and you can enter as often as you would like.  Two prize packages will be awarded, one prize for a digi purchaser and one prize for a blog hop participant.  Winners will be chosen on Saturday, August 1st.  The prizes will consist of stamps, papers, ribbon, embellishments, etc.; plus, some random prizes will be offered by some generous blog hop participants along the hop.
Thank you for dropping by and for helping us with our fundraising efforts; and again, we ask that you keep Mrs. Debbie in your prayers.  Have a wonderful Tuesday, crafty friends!  We look forward to admiring your creations! :) 



Here is my card made with the adorable bunny Trio from the Set designed by Heather.


Card size is 5 x 7
Digi image from Heather Dennis and colored with prisma color pencils
Card base, unknown
Card stock from Stampin up!
Design Paper from The Angel Company (I think)
Sentiment from Stampin Up! (Set unknown)
Aleens Paper Glaze (on the flowers)
White flocking from the Oriental Trading Company (on the bunny fluffs)

Thanks so much for stopping by! Please make sure you check all the other blogs playing along. Leave lots of love and buy some awesome images from Fresh Brewed Designs!
(Hugs) Cara

Click HERE to be taken back to Fresh Brewed Designs!





Sunday, July 12, 2015

Birthday for Barry!

Sons are for fathers the twice-told tale. ~Victoria Secunda, Women and Their Fathers, 1992


Greetings my Crafty Peeps!
Yesterday was my Father-In-Laws birthday and here is the card I made for him!
I used a sketch from the current Outlawz Challenge which I am going to enter this card into.

Card size is 5 x 7



Card base - premade from stash
Cardstock from Stampin Up!
Die: "Floral Flourishes" from Spellbinders
Tree image: "Lovely as a Tree" from Stampin Up!
Sentiment: "Happiest of Birthday Wishes" from Stampin Up!
Corner brads from Oriental Trading Company

Paper bow from Recollections

Saturday, July 11, 2015

Blog Hop Preview for Fresh Brewed Designs


The beckoning Hands
Of God's hopeful Smile
Will, without fail, one day greet
The fruitful cries
Of man's prayerful heart.
~Sri Chinmoy, Ten Thousand Flower-Flames

Hello my crafty peeps!
This post is an advance notice of an upcoming blog hop being done by Fresh Brewed Design.
The purpose of the event is to raise funds to offset the medical cost of Heather's mom who is currently battling a rare form of uterine cancer called "uterine papillary serous carcinoma".

There are quite a few awesome digi images up for sale in the "STORE". Please check them out For this post, I used this great image from Carolyn Bounds called "Contemplation".

The card size is 5.5  x 5.5


Supply List

Image "Contemplations" by Carolyn Bounds for Fresh Brewed Designs
Image colored with Prisma Color Pencils and Copics
Cardstock from The Paper Studio and Stampin Up!
Ink from Stampin Up
Sentiment by Hampton Art "You Said it" stamp set
Frame 4 die from Spellbinders
Clouds from "Sunny Days" by Spellbinders
Crop-a-dile Corner Chomper from We R Memory Keepers

Butterfly punch from Target $1 bin

Thanks for stopping by! Come back on Tuesday, July 14th for another card and blog hop information!
(Hugs) Cara

Monday, July 6, 2015

July-August 2015 Magazine Release!

The creative person is both more primitive and more cultivated, more destructive, a lot madder and a lot saner, than the average person. ~Frank Barron, Think, November-December 1962





Good afternoon my Crafty Peeps!
Just letting all my follower know that the July-August edition of Through the Craft Room Door Magazine in the Subscribers Only area for your viewing pleasure.
We have some amazing Tutorials and Articles for you to enjoy.
3 videos for your viewing pleasure and several Studio files for some fun Summer cards.
Learn how to make popsicle stick bracelets in our Kids Korner. Check out our 101 Tutorial on how to use those fun Gelatos and see how a water bottle is transformed into a work of art that is both lovely and useful as a pencil holder.
Come play along in our Christmas in July Challenge and adventure to several blogs on a mini treasure hunt.
Our Featured Digi Artist is Deedee Anderson, the artist and owner of Deedee's Digis!
She has provided us with 3 awesome sets of images as well as inspiration from her team using the images!
As usual, we have awesome inspiration for the summer and Christmas!

So grab that glass of something refreshing, kick back and enjoy!

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Happy Birthday America!

Liberty cannot be preserved without a general knowledge among the people, who have a right…and a desire to know; but besides this, they have a right, an indisputable, unalienable, indefeasible, divine right to that most dreaded and envied kind of knowledge, I mean of the characters and conduct of their rulers.
John Adams (1735–1826)

The strongest reason for the people to retain the right to keep and bear arms is, as a last resort, to protect themselves against tyranny in government.

Thomas Jefferson (1743–1826)


God Bless America
by Irving Berlin
line-stars
God bless America,
Land that I love,
Stand beside her and guide her
Thru the night with a light from above;

From the mountains, to the prairies,
To the oceans white with foam,
God bless America,
My home, sweet home.
God bless America,
My home, sweet home.