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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, January 13, 2016

A Rose is a Rose

The rose of the old year withers away as the new bud begins to bloom. ~Terri Guillemets, "Withered," 2004


Well hello everyone ... Yup! It's me! Surprised? 
I am ... LOL

I had some good intentions to keep this blog moving along pretty good but as the fates would have it, work has been ... um interesting ... trying to get back into the rhythm of everyone's idea of important and getting sick - still sick actually. Never fun.

Anyway ... I have been tinkering a bit in my craft room off and on and managed to get a couple cards done and of course, the battery on my camera was dead. Murphy's Law.

So here I am .... finally ... with a Birthday card I made for my Mom.


I just love this image from SandiSamples. One of my favorites that I have used several times.
This one I did in shades of yellow and gold. Not sure what made me do the background like I did, but I decided to play and then after it was all colored I scattered drops of alcohol onto the cardstock.

I used a die to trace around the image, then I cut it out by hand (gasp) ... only because the die is not designed with the placed right at the opening.

Supply items
Cardstock from The Paper Studio and Stampin Up!
"Damask" embossing folder from Darice
Corner punch from Fiskars
"Labels 25" & "Romantic Rectangle" dies from Spellbinders
Pearls from Michaels
Ribbon & Bow from my stash

Challenges entered


Anything Goes Challenge #176

Anything Goes Challenge #260



10 comments:

Bad Kitty said...

very nice card
Bad Kitty's Craftroom
>^.^<

Lois Wyche said...

You created a beautiful card. Love the colors and the design.

Jennifer Bradley said...

Beautiful birthday card, love the roses and very pretty colours. Thank you for joining us at Penny's paper Crafty. Good luck in the draw and hope to see you again. Jennifer DT member x

Christina H. said...

Hi Cara. I just love reading all the quotes you share. Very beautiful and inspiring. You must have a library collection of them.

It is good to see a new card from you after the holiday. What a beautiful birthday card you made for your mom with Sandi's rose image! The blue background really make the rose stands out and I love how you did that by scattered drops of alcohol. Awesome technique and great for under the sea/ocean theme card too. Thanks for the inspiration.

Good to have you back. Sending warm winter hugs to you and have a lovely weekend! - Christina

wannabcre8tive said...

Very pretty and a great choice of colors. I like the alcohol drops on it. Thanks for sharing.

Aimeslee said...

Cara, you apparently don't know this, but you used an awesome technique called Color Outside the Lines around the rose. So see, that was genius! LOL I am an old subscriber of a now-defunct newsletter called Technique Junkies and that was a popular technique there. Plus, I bet Split Coast Stampers has one similar. Anyway, very nice work! The card is gorgeous and I'm sure much-cherished. xoxo

Aimeslee said...

Me again. Totally forgot to look up and make sure, but you are 2 for 2! What you did with the die and the rose sticking out was Outside the Box technique, you just used a die to make your "box" instead of a ruler. So, you did it one better, a great variation. I'll have to try it! xoxo

Michelle said...

This is beautiful - gorgeous image and layout - thank you for joining us this time at Penny's Paper-Crafty and good luck - Michelle x

Bobby said...

Beautiful coloring and I love the lacy edges on your panels, Cara. I'm glad you joined us for the challenge at ATSM this week.

Shona Chambers said...

I bet your Mum absolutely loved this card!! Its so very pretty and the colouring is gorgeous. Really like the die-cut details along the edges too. So glad you shared this with us at ATSM this week!