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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, December 30, 2015

Christmas is Forever ...

Christmas is forever, not for just one day,
for loving, sharing, giving, are not to put away
like bells and lights and tinsel, in some box upon a shelf.
The good you do for others is good you do yourself...
~Norman Wesley Brooks (1923–2002)
Let Every Day Be Christmas, 1976

These cards were made specifically for my two Admins at TTCRD, Sandra and Deonna. These two amazing Ladies help keep the website, weekly challenges (and me when necessary!) operating smoothly and for that I am very blessed!


Card stock from The Paper Temptress and Stampin Up!
Ink from Stampin Up!
Sentiment Unknown
Image: "Medallion" from Stampin Up!
Snowflakes for layering: Large Highland Snowflake from McGill, Small snowflake punch from EK Success and smaller unknown snowflake punch
Rhinestones from The Paper Studio

Thanks for stopping by!
((Hugs)) Cara

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Celebrate the Season

Fail not to call to mind, in the course of the twenty-fifth of this month, that the Divinest Heart that ever walked the earth was born on that day; and then smile and enjoy yourselves for the rest of it; for mirth is also of Heaven's making. ~Leigh Hunt

Hmmm ... Let's see what I can remember on this one too.

The card stock is from The Paper Studio and Stampin' Up!
The DP  ... I wanna say it is from DCWV
The sentiment is from The Halo Rubber Stamp Company
Ink is from Stampin' Up!
The bow was also made from the bow punch from Stampin' Up!

Monday, December 28, 2015

Another Christmas Card Share!

I can understand people simply fleeing the mountainous effort Christmas has become... but there are always a few saving graces and finally they make up for all the bother and distress.
~May Sarton


I have absolutely no clue where any of the items used to make this card came from. This was a card I started to make in a card some time ago but never completed. I finally got around to finishing it.

(Hugs) Cara


Sunday, December 27, 2015

Holiday Greetings

Oh, for the good old days when people would stop Christmas shopping when they ran out of money. ~Author Unknown



Paper from The Paper Studio
EF is called "Snowglobe" from Sizzix
The Holly Leaves from a Sizzix die
The Sentiment is from The Angel Company
The Rhinestones are from my stash and colored with Red sharpie

((Hugs)) Cara

Saturday, December 26, 2015

Peaceful

Tradition: sit with husband in a room lit only by tree lights and remember that our blessings outnumber the lights. Happy Christmas to all.
~Betsy CaƱas Garmon, www.wildthymecreative.com

I made this card for my Father-in-Law and StepMother-in-Law


Card stock is from The Paper Studio and Stampin' Up!
The bird was stamped with an image from CTMH and fussy cut
The EF in the background is "Softly Falling" from Stampin' Up!
The die "Birch Trees" is from Taylored Expressions

(Hugs) Cara

Friday, December 25, 2015

God Bless Us, Everyone!

Luke 2 New International Version (NIV)

The Birth of Jesus

In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world. (This was the first census that took place while[a] Quirinius was governor of Syria.) And everyone went to their own town to register.
So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child.While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no guest room available for them.
And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. 10 But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. 11 Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. 12 This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”
13 Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,
14 “Glory to God in the highest heaven,
    and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.”
15 When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.”
16 So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger. 17 When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, 18 and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them. 19 But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart. 20 The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told.
21 On the eighth day, when it was time to circumcise the child, he was named Jesus, the name the angel had given him before he was conceived.

MERRY CHRISTMAS AND HAPPY NEW YEAR!
Cara

Thursday, December 24, 2015

Peace on Earth


I will honor Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year.
~Charles Dickens

Snowflakes are something else I have this addiction too! LOL .... Which I find hilarious. Maybe it's because I live in Arizona and the only time I see snow is on TV or if I drive to it!



The Snowflakes are from a die set from Sizzix. 
I believe the sentiment is from CTMH
and I can't remember who the EF is from (I have soooo many snowflake EF's it's almost (almost) embarrassing!
Card stock is from The Paper Studio and Stampin' Up!
Ink is from Stampin' Up!

Merry Christmas to One and All!
(Hugs) Cara

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Believe

For the spirit of Christmas fulfils the greatest hunger of mankind.
~Loring A. Schuler


*** Update: 1-17-16 *** This card was selected as a CAS Favorite at SplitCoastStampers!


Ok .. let's see .. .what I can remember about this card!

The card stock is from The Paper Studio and Stampin Up!
The bird image is from a set from CTMH stamped onto red cardstock and fussy cut out (not bad for a one eyed wonder eh? LOL) 
The tree die is from Darice
The Believe die is from Yellow Bicycle
Snowflake punch is from Marvy (I think)
The Rhinestones are from my stash
The EF is "Softly Falling" from Stampin' Up!


Merry Christmas to One and All!
(Hugs) Cara



Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Yuletide Greetings

Perhaps the best Yuletide decoration is being wreathed in smiles. ~Author Unknown

CAS is definitely mu go to style! :O)





Card stock and red pearls from The Paper Studio
Dies are both from Darice: Rectangle Frames and Holly
India Ink from Memories
Sentiment: :O( Can't remember

Merry Christmas to One and All!
(Hugs) Cara






Monday, December 21, 2015

Warm Holiday Wishes

Very gay they were with snow and sleigh-bells, holly-boughs, and garlands, below, and Christmas sunshine in the winter sky above. All faces shone, all voices had a cheery ring, and everybody stepped briskly on errands of good-will. ~Louisa May Alcott, "Seamstress," Work: A Story of Experience, 1873

For some interesting reason which I have been unable to figure out I have a strange fascination with penguins ... or as I call them "pen-goo-ins" lol
This image is from a stamp that my husband actually found for me.


Image: "Pen Pattern Penguin" from Stampendous
Sentiment: Studio G (I think)
 Both are stamped in India Ink from Memories
Card stock from the Paper Studio and Stampin Up!
Colored with Copics
Studio G Glitter glue used on hat

Merry Christmas to One and All!
(Hugs) Cara



Sunday, December 20, 2015

Let it Snow!

Our hearts grow tender with childhood memories and love of kindred, and we are better throughout the year for having, in spirit, become a child again at Christmas-time.
~Laura Ingalls Wilder



What I can tell you about this one is that I used cardstock from The Paper Studio, ink from CTMH & India Ink from Memories. I used masking tape and sponged the cardstock with a couple of different shades of blue. Then stamped the image which I borrowed from a girlfriend. Then I added some color and pearlized Smooch!

Blessings and Merry Christmas to One and all!
(Hugs) Cara

Saturday, December 19, 2015

Warmest Wishes

Christmas is a necessity. There has to be at least one day of the year to remind us that we're here for something else besides ourselves.
~Eric Sevareid

Good afternoon
Christmas cards are finished and mailed. Between today and the end of the year I will be sharing some cards that I made... I won't always have the supply lists because I was not very good at keep track of them. However, I do hope you enjoy and find some inspiration!

Blessings and Merry Christmas to one and all!!!!
Cara

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Here comes Santa Claus!

Oh look, yet another Christmas TV special! How touching to have the meaning of Christmas brought to us by cola, fast food, and beer.... Who'd have ever guessed that product consumption, popular entertainment, and spirituality would mix so harmoniously?
~Bill Watterson, Calvin & Hobbes

Good morning ...
I bring you just another card made from scraps and a recycled Christmas card. Not one of my favorites, but was good experience using the a layered technique that is popular with stamps.

Size 5 x 7



SUPPLIES
Card stock from The Paper Studio
Oval dies from Spellbinders
Sentiment from "Holiday Sentiments" from Hampton Arts

Star is a partial stamp from "A Christmas Nativity" by JRL Designs then painted with gold Smooch

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Winter Wishes

Winter is a time of promise because there is so little to do — or because you can now and then permit yourself the luxury of thinking so. ~Stanley Crawford, A Garlic Testament: Seasons on a Small New Mexico Farm, 1992

*** NOTE: This card is a Featured card for the month of December 2015 at The Outlawz Challenges ***

Good morning!
I love Cardinals ....

There are quite a few lovely legends about Cardinals.
Some say it is the spirit of a loved one come to say Hello. One says they came to be when a little brown bird helped a wolf in distress and another says a Cardinal is a sign of good luck!

Whether you believe any of them or not - they are still a such a vibrant bird to sit upon the limb - natures own Christmas Ornament!

Size: 4.25 x 5.5



SUPPLIES
Card stock from The Paper Studio and Stampin U!
Stamps from "To You & Yours" by Close to My Heart
Colored with Copics and Prisma Color Pencils
Black India Ink

Thanks for stopping by!

(Hugs) Cara