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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

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Beautiful Thoughts ...

If a person has ugly thoughts, it begins to show on the face. And when that person has ugly thoughts every day, every week, every year, the face gets uglier and uglier until it gets so ugly you can hardly bear to look at it. A person who has good thoughts cannot ever be ugly. You can have a wonky nose and a crooked mouth and a double chin and stick-out teeth, but if you have good thoughts they will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely. ~Roald Dahl

Good morning Friends
Today starts a new Color Challenge at The OutlawzChallenges. Our sponsor this month is DigiStamps4Joy with a $10.00 voucher to their store.


This week's challenge comes from AJ.
Use 5 colors with a twist of adding texture!

My 5 x 7 will be a bit two fold in that I added texture with an embossing folder and I added glitter to the hem of the girls dress to add both texture and bling.


Supplies
Image printed on Georgia-Pacific Cardstock and colored with alcohol markers
Cardstock from the Paper Studio and Stampin Up!
Embossing folder from Crafters Companion
Glitter glue from Studio G
Ink from Stampin Up!
Rhinestones from Recollections

Sentiment from Hampton Arts

Thanks for stopping by.
Hope to see you soon!
(Hugs) Cara

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Sweet Tooth Boo ...

I ask of life the innocence of yesteryears, the happiness of the present time and the peace of mind of future. ~Papiha Ghosh, @Soooper_Bakar

Good morning Friends
Today is the start of a new Anything Goes Challenge at Through the Craft Room Door Challenges. Our Sponsor this week is Lacy Sunshine with a prize of 3 images.


I am using an adorable image called Sweet Tooth Boo ... I really like her because depending on the colors you use, you can change her theme to fit any holiday or occasion ...

For this 5 x 7 card, I used shades of peach.


Supplies
Image "Sweet Tooth Boo" from Lacy Sunshine printed on Georgia Pacific cardstock and colored with Alcohol markers
Banner die from Stampin Up!
Cardstock from The Paper Studio
Cross-stitched Rectangle die from Gina Marie Designs
Design Paper from Momenta
Embellishments from Close to my Heart
Flower Dies are unbranded

Thanks for stopping by!
Hope to see you playing along!
(Hugs) Cara

CHALLENGES ENTERED

Monday, June 19, 2017

Baskets full of Posies ...

The dust and odour of ancient libraries, the gloom of those crypts of literature, have... all the charm of freshest images and freshest poetry. ~Alexandre Vinet (1797–1847)
  
Good morning Friends!
Today starts a new Color Challenge at The Outlawz Challenges and our sponsor this month is DigiStamps4Joy.



This week your challenge is to use 4 of these 5 colors below on anything but a card.


We have some create inspiration waiting for you from the Designs Team members so come check it out and play along with us!

I made a book mark using the image that is actually the DigiStamp4Joy June Progressive Freebie for my daughter who loves to read. I didn't add a tassel because she does not like them.


Supplies
Image printed on Georgia Pacific Cardstock and colored with alcohol markers
Card stock from Stampin Up!
Clouds from Sunny Days by Spellbinders
Corner Chomper
Glitter glue from Studio G
Ink from Stampin Up!
Sentiment from Be Happiness from The Angel Company
Stickles from Ranger

Thanks for stopping by!
(Hugs) Cara


Snowman Selfies ...

Friendship is unnecessary, like philosophy, like art.... It has no survival value; rather it is one of those things that give value to survival. ~C.S. Lewis

Good evening Friends!
Have I got a bit of exciting news for you!
Andrea of SheepSki Designs has created her 100th digi and has decided to share this cute and funny Snowman Selfie image on her blog SheepSki Designs Challenges for a limited time.



Here's my 5.50 x 5.50 card using the image. I really enjoyed coloring this up and creating this fun Christmas card.


SUPPLIES
Image was colored with alcohol markers
Cardstock from The Paper Studios, Stampin Up! & Bazzill
Dazzling Diamonds Glitter from Stampin Up!
Design Paper from the Paper Studios and scrap box
Ink from Palette
Sentiment from Season's Greetings by Hampton Arts
Snowflake Border from Darice

Don't forget to stop by our Facebook page too where we have another monthly challenge going on as well!


As an added bonus, if you check our her ETSY SHOP and decide to buy something, make sure you use my code SKICARA10 at check out you will receive an additional 10% discount off your purchases!

Thanks for stopping by!
(Hugs) Cara

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Magical Beasts ...

The unicorn, she said, was a marvelous beast, shining with honor, wisdom and strength. Just to see him strengthened the soul. ~Megan Lindholm, "The Unicorn in the Maze," 1988

Good morning!
Today starts a new Color Challenge at The Outlawz Challenges and do we have something special and different.

Our Sponsor this month is DigiStamps 4 Joy with a $10 voucher to their store (HERE)


AJ has chosen a very different tic tac toe board for us to play with. Just pick your row and from each picture, pick your inspiraton.



I chose the bottom row for my 5 x 7 card. Now my colors appear darker than they really are, but the battery was dead on my camera so I took with phone.

From the 1st square, I wanted the Unicorn and the sparkles which are represented by the fine dots on the image and tail, the embossed border and the pearls added to the flourish.
From the 2nd square I used the colors purple and rose ... as well as the rose image
From the 3rd square I used the color orange and the flourish.


Supply List
Bit of silver glitter card stock for the horn from my scrap
Card stock from Stampin Up, The Paper Studio and Bazzill
Embossing border folder from the set "Noel Noel" by Cricut
Floral Scroll die from Cricut
Pallet ink
Pearls from my stash
Rose Garden embossing folder from Embossalicious
Sentiment from "You are Magical" by A-Muse Studios
Stitched Banner die from Gina Marie Designs
Unicorn die is unbranded
White Gellyroll pen

Thanks for stopping by!
Hope you come and play along with us this week!
(Hugs) Cara

Beautiful ...

Faeries, come take me out of this dull world,
For I would ride with you upon the wind,
Run on the top of the dishevelled tide,
And dance upon the mountains like a flame.
~William Butler Yeats, "The Land of Heart's Desire," 1894

Good morning!
Today starts a new Anything Goes Challenge at Through the Craft Room Door. Our Sponsor this week with a prize of a $10.00 store voucher is Little Blue Button Stamps. I am using this adorable image called Princess Fairy. She is just so sweet and suitable for any age.


Image Princess Fairy colored with Alcohol Markers
Cardstock from Stampin Up! & The Paper Studio
Gelatos
Palette Hybrid Ink
Photo corner punch - Stampin Up!
Rhinestones - Recollections (crown) and Made by Me (corner)
Sentiment - Hampton Arts


Tuesday, June 6, 2017

She left Beauty ...

Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around. ~Leo Buscaglia

Good morning!
Today starts a new month of color challenges at The Outlawz Challenges and our sponsor this month is DigiStamps4Joy.

  
This week we have a  beautiful Inspirational photo for you from Jeanie.


Here is my card which is slightly paper pieced


Supplies:
Cardstock from The Paper Studio and Stampin Up!
Die: Corner, gold set one from Spellbinders
Distress stickles from Ranger
Ink from Stampin Up!
Peacock is an unbranded die
Pop Up Stickers from The Dollar Tree
Sentiment is from Hampton Arts

Thanks for stopping by!
(Hugs) Cara

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Girlz Rule!

Numerous metaphors have been used to describe life. Among them is the metaphor of life as a battle. Try not to think of life in these terms because, if you regard life as a struggle, it will become one, and you will have little joy. It is far better to think of life as a journey in which the difficulties are hills to climb. The hills are there for a reason (even if you don't know what that reason is), and the sense of satisfaction after climbing the hill is almost always worth the effort. ~Richard E. Turner (1937–2011), The Grammar Curmudgeon, a.k.a. "The Mudge," "An Open Letter to My Grandson," January 1997

Good morning Everyone!

WOW! Can you believe that the year is almost half over? Certainly time is getting away from me it seems.  I am working on letting go and not dwelling on the could-a, should-a and would-a's of the past. To help me along, I started taking Tai-chi and yoga at a "Dahn Yoga Center"  ... quite a difference in process from what I have experienced in the past with gyms and frankly, far more rewarding. Don't get me wrong, breaking habits and trying to refocus hasn't been easy, nor has it been fun at times but I am finding for the first time in a long time that I am happier, I feel better and I look forward to a healthier more positive future.  

On that note, I knew that I wanted to use an awesome, recently released image called Gorgeous Geisha from Andrea Norris/Sheepski Designs for our monthly challenge which is "GIRLZ RULE" and starts today!


Being strong, loving life and ruling your world does not mean you have to be all bad-@ss ... You can be elegant, classy, kind and positive, with much better results!

My card is 5 x 7 in size


Supplies
Gorgeous Geisha DigiStamp from SheepSki Designs
Alcohol markers
Blossom fan die from Spellbinders
Cardstock from The Paper Studioa
Cherry Blossom embossing folder from Darice
Design paper/Origami paper from Japan
Gold Cardstock from my scrap bin
Gold Smooch
Ink from Palette
Rhinestones from my stash
Sentiment from "A Happy Thing" by Stampin Up!

Now ... You have two ways to play along with SheepSki Designs!

BLOG ... Where you are allowed to use any hand colored image for a chance to win 3 images ... BUT, if you use a SheepSki Designs image and are the winner, you get an additional image choice

or

FACEBOOK ... Where you must use a SheepSki Designs Image for a chance to win 3 images 

As an added bonus, when you are done shopping in the STORE, if you use my code SKICARA10 at check out you will receive a 10% discount off your purchased! So come along and play one or both! Can't wait to see what you create!

Looking forward to seeing your lovely creations!
(Hugs) Cara



My Fair Lady ...

BEAUTY.—A sun which dwells in the souls of all... ~"A Chapter of Definitions," Daily Crescent, 1848 June 23rd

Good morning!

Today is the 1st of June and the start of a new Progressive Freebie Challenge at The Outlawz Challenges.


Each month we will send you a free digital image to use in the Freebie/Progressive challenge. Once your creation is completed, upload it into the freebie challenge and you will automatically receive the next month free digi.  We will have one image per month so you have plenty of time to create a project using the image.

If you would like to participate, please register with your name and email address to: outlawzprogressivechallenge@gmx.com

This month our sponsor is SheepSki Designs with this wonderful image aptly named "My Fair Lady". This image is so elegant I knew I needed to keep the overall card design simple.

Here's is my 5 x 7 card. 


Alcohol markers
Card stock from Stampin Up! and The Paper Studio
Ink from Palette
Pearl Smooch from Ranger
Pearls from my stash
Romantic Rectangles Die from Spellbinders
Rose Garden embossing folder from Embossalicious
Sentiment from Stamp Fancy

Thanks for stopping by!
(Hugs) Cara

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Bright and Sunny Days...

If we tarry a little while, we shall behold a sunset on the ocean,—a sight worth traversing a kingdom to see. How finely the sands glow in the amber light, what a beautiful purple gleams on the crests of the tiny waves! The colours have changed as if by the moving of a fairy wand—a happy union of fire and its great antagonist. ~Henry James Slack (1818–1896), The Ministry of the Beautiful, "Conversation II: Footsteps on the Sand," 1850

Good evening ...
Once again, I am late getting a post up and running. For a retired person, I sure seem to be busier than ever. LOL

Today started a new color challenge at The Outlawz Challenges.
It is my week to pick the challenge and I decided to go with a summery beach feel.
Here are the colors. You must use all 3 and there is an optional twist of by the Seaside.


Our sponsor this month is Maris Digis with a prize of 3 images to her store. So come on and play along with us.
Here is my card


Beach sand (yep - real sand)
Card stock from The Paper Studio and Stampin Up!
Cloud embossing folder from Stampin Up!
Face stamp unknown
Fiskar wave border punch
Ink from Stampin Up! and Palette
Stamp & die set "Sunny Days" from Spellbinders
Wave dies are unbranded

Hope to see you soon! Thanks for stopping by!
(Hugs) Cara


Tuesday, May 23, 2017

The color Green ...

The colour with which nature has tinted the background of all her pictures, green, is the most suitable ground for other colours. It unites wonderfully well with the yellow and blue which have produced it; it heightens red, and there is no flower or ripe fruit which it does not set off to greater advantage.... it is both gay and modest, bright and tender. Green can only awaken amiable and gentle thoughts, remembrances gracious as those of spring, and other promises of nature: green gives repose to the mind, as it does to the sight. ~Charles Blanc, Art in Ornament and Dress, "Personal Adornment: Colours and Their Expression," 1875, translated from French

Good morning!
Today starts a new color challenge at The Outlawz Challengeswith a monochromatic challenge from Ursula. Although her colors are shades or orange, you can use any color.

Our sponsor this month is MariDigis but I am not using one of her images this week due to some technical issues with coloring LOL ...


My 6 x 6 card using Greens

Card stock from my stash
Corner rounder - We R Memory Keepers
Design paper - Second Wind Collection by Prima Marketing
Distress Stickles - Ranger
Foam Dimensionals
Gems - The Paper Studio
Palette Hybrid Ink
Recollections media glue

Sentiment die - Little Yellow Bicycle

Thanks for stopping by!
(Hugs) Cara

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Shall we dance? ...

On with the dance! let joy be unconfined;
No sleep till morn, when Youth and Pleasure meet
To chase the glowing hours with flying feet.

~George Gordon, Lord Byron, Childe Harold's Pilgrimage

Good evening!
I am playing along with the DigiStamp4Joy Facebook challenge using this fun image. We can do anything we want to decorate it. 



I originally intended the image be for a Christmas card but it turned into a two page scrap page layout and I'm really happy with it.


Supplies
Dress form image from DigiStamps4Joy colored with alcohol markers
12 x 12 card stock (page base) from my stash
Cardstock from Stampin Up! & The Paper Studio
Celebrate die, Unbranded
Design paper from my stash (but I think it is from DCWV)
Green glitter glue, Close to My Heart
Holly frame embossing folder, Unbranded
Journaling, The Angel Company
Red glitter glue, Stampin Up!
Rhinestones, The Dollar Tree
Seasonal Foliage die, Cricut
Small flower punch, EK Success
Snow Globe embossing folder, Sizzix
Winter Wonder die, Sizzix
Tools: Crimper, foam dimensionals, Recollections media glue


Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Hello ...

Happiness is always a by-product. It is probably a matter of temperament, and for anything I know it may be glandular. But it is not something that can be demanded from life, and if you are not happy you had better stop worrying about it and see what treasures you can pluck from your own brand of unhappiness. ~Robertson Davies

Good Morning
Another post for you! Today also starts a new Color Challenge at The Outlawz and our Sponsor this month is Mari Digis


Our challenge this week comes from AJ in the form of a inspirational picture.


and here is my 5 x 7 card ...

Supplies

3/4" sparkle flourished from Close to My Heart
Alcohol markers
Cardstock from The Paper Studio
Classic Heart die from Sizzix
Design Paper "Antique Paperie" from Colorbok
Hello sentiment die unbranded
Paper flower from Song of Spring by Michaels

Thanks for stopping by!
(Hugs) Cara

Hello Friend ...

We are keenly aware of the faults of our friends, but if they like us enough it doesn’t matter. ~Mignon McLaughlin, The Neurotic’s Notebook, 1960

Good morning!
I hope all of you are doing well. Seems Mother Nature can't make up her mind or just needs a glass of really good wine. We are swinging from hot to cool to warm to .. ??? and lots of wind. I know other areas are experiencing the same thing or rain ... lots and lots of rain. So stay safe where ever you are!

Today is the start of a new Anything Goes Challenge at Through the Craft Room Door. Our sponsor is Crafty Sentiments Designs with a lovely prize of  3 digital images from their store.


I am using thus cite image Summer Breeze  which I colored with alcohol markers. I am practicing the highlighting of images with water color ... not super happy with this one but not super unhappy either. I know it's something that has to be done over and over again to know the right amount of color vs water.



Supplies
Image Summer Breeze from Crafty Sentiments Designs
Alcohol Markers
Card Stock from  The Paper Studio and Stampin Up!
Glitter Glue from Studio G
Hearts embossing folder from Crafters Companion
India Ink from Memories
Sentiment from Tag Tidbits by The Angel Company
Staedtler Water Color Pencils
Stitched Oval Dies (Unbranded)

Thanks for stopping by!
(Hugs) Cara

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Beauty Unites ...

Beauty unites all things, links together flower and star, with chains more certain than those of reason. The poet, the artist, thus finds the clue which guides them in their pilgrimage throughout the world. ~Henry James Slack (1818–1896), The Ministry of the Beautiful, 1850

I'm late - I'm late - I'm late
It's been one of those days from the start and matters were made worse when my laptop decided to end its life after I cleaned the cooling fans ... (sigh) ... after much nail biting, I managed to get my system backed up and then my son took over and worked his magic and was able talk my little lappy off the ledge. Then  had to get my card finished because, well, I got my image colored, set it aside and promptly forgot about anything important I was supposed to do with it.
So on THAT note!
Today, Deonna kicked off a new Anything goes challenge at Through the Craft Room Door. Our sponsor this week with a wonderful prize of a $10.00 store voucher is


I am using this awesome image Phantasi 7 created by the talented Jenlee which I colored, fussy cut and added to my card with foam strips.


Supplies for my 5 x 7 card
Alcohol markers
Branches embossing folder from Sizzix
Cardstock from The Paper Studio and Stampin Up!
Design Paper from my scrap bin
India Ink from Memories
Labels 10 die from Spellbinders
Pearls from my stash

Sentiment unknown

Thanks for stopping by!
(Hugs) Cara

Color my World ...

Your attitude is like a box of crayons that color your world. Constantly color your picture gray, and your picture will always be bleak. Try adding some bright colors to the picture by including humor, and your picture begins to lighten up. ~Allen Klein

Good morning!
Well here we are ... into the second week of May already and the start of a new color challenge at The Outlawz Challenges.

This month our sponsor is Maris Digis and our challenge this week comes from Kimberly with this lovely Palette. You just need to use 3 of the 5 colors! Easy Peasy.


 Here's my 5 x 7 card using this cutie.


Digi image from Mari's Digis
Alcohol markers
Background stamps from Paint Splatters  & Paint Drips from Prima Marketing
Card stock from The Paper Studio
Pierced label die, Unknown
Scallop border die (on tag) from A-muse Studios
Sentiment from Color my World by Unity Stamp Company

Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

The new orange is ... well orange

“Health is the greatest gift, contentment the greatest wealth, faithfulness the best relationship.” ~ Buddha

Good morning!
Today is the start of a new color challenge at The Outlawz Challenges.

Our challenge, selected by Jacqui, is to use 1 color (orange) and you get to pick the other two colors and your twist.


Our sponsor this month is Mari Digi's

This week I am using one of Mari's lovely Freebie images. My two color choices are red-orange and yellow with a polka dot twist.

Card size 5 x 7
Based on Verve Sketch VLVjul2012, 7-6-12
Supplies
Image (Freebie) from Mari Digis
Alcohol Markers
Card stock from The Paper Studio and American Crafts
Design Paper "Sunset Prints" from Darice
Dies "Stitched Circles" from Gina Marie Designs
Embossing folder "Polka Dots" from Cuttlebug
Glitter Glue from Studio G
Sentiment from Inkhootz!
Stamps "Polka Dot Punch" from Stampin Up!

Clovers ...

It's hard to detect good luck - it looks so much like something you've earned.  ~Frank A. Clark

Good morning!
The first challenge of May for Through the Craft Room Door begins today.

Our sponsor this week is Rick. St. Dennis with a lovely prize of 2 images from his collection.

I love clovers and knew when I saw "Clover Cup" that I really just wanted to highlight them so I opted for a black and grey color tone with just the clovers colored in.

I used alcohol markers in about 5 different shades of green then added the die cut image to the card base with dimensional foam.



Card size 5 x 7
Supplies
Image "Clover Cup" from Rick St. Dennis
Cardstock from The Paper Studio, Bazzill and Stampin Up!
Sequins from my stash
Alcohol markers

Die: Pierced nested fancy label from Gina Marie Designs

Monday, May 1, 2017

Daily Gifts ...

Grasp your opportunities, no matter how poor your health; nothing is worse for your health than boredom. ~Mignon McLaughlin, The Second Neurotic's Notebook, 1966

Good morning!
Lots going on today, this is my 2nd post of the day to announce the start of a new challenge for SheepSki Designs! For my card today, I am using Becca, Image 25. I really love the oriental flair of this particular image and thought it would go great with some origami paper my daughter bought for me when she lived in Japan and it is a great image with lots of occasion possibilities.

My 5.5 x 5.5 card


Supplies
Image Becca, image 25 colored with alcohol markers
Card stock from The Paper Studio
Design Paper and Red Paper are from an Origami stack from Japan
India Ink from Memories
Sentiment from Stampin Up! Artfully Asian

Now ... You have two ways to play along with SheepSki Designs!

BLOG ... Where you are allowed to use any hand colored image for a chance to win 3 images ... BUT, if you use a SheepSki Designs image and are the winner, you get an additional image choice

or

FACEBOOK ... Where you must use a SheepSki Designs Image for a chance to win 3 images 


As an added bonus, if you use my code SKICARA10 when you check out you will receive a 10% discount off your purchased! So come along and play one or both! Can't wait to see what you create!


(Hugs) Cara

More to Life ...

“There is more to life than increasing its speed.”
Mahatma Gandhi

Good morning!

WOW .. Can you believe it! 4 months gone --- POOF! --- just like that! Now we are on the 1st day of May and I'm a little shell shocked as I try to come to grips with how time seems to move on faster than it did when I was a kid.

Today is also the start of a new Progressive Freebie at The Outlawz Challenges. Each month we will send you a free digital image to use in the Freebie/Progressive challenge. Once your creation is completed, upload it into the freebie challenge and you will automatically receive the next month free digi.  We will have one image per month so you have plenty of time to create a project using the image.

To receive your image, please register with your name and email address to: outlawzprogressivechallenge@gmx.com

Our sponsor this month is Di's Digi Stamps

And this is my 5 x 7 card made with her adorable cake and gift bearing chickie...


Supplies
Image from Di's Digi Stamps colored with alcohol markers
Cardstock from The Paper Studio, Bazzill and Stampin Up!
Design paper, My scrap bin
Palette ink
Sizzix die, Music Notes
Stampin Up! punch, Scallop border
Stampin Up! sentiment, Happiest of Birthday Wishes!
Studio G Glitter Glue

Thanks for stopping by and make sure you stop by The Outlawz Challenge to play along with us!
(Hugs) Cara

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Hugs & Kisses ...

“Don’t be afraid of showing affection. Be warm and tender, thoughtful and affectionate. Men are more helped by sympathy than by service. Love is more than money, and a kind word will give more pleasure than a present.” ~ John Lubbock

Hi Everyone!
I decided to participate in the April Facebook Progressive Freebie Challenge for DigiStamps4Joy. Purchased my image, then promptly got busy and forgot to make my card. Sooo ... I looked at the calendar and headed upstairs since today is the last day to enter.  But due to the forgotten time difference, so I didn't make it in time. :O(

Ah well, I have a lovely little card to drop in my husbands fooding bag for when he next heads to work.

The image was colored with both color pencils and alcohol markers, then fussy cut and attached to card base with dimensional foam.


Card size is 5.50 x 4.25

SUPPLIES
Image is Bettie Bow from DS4J
Alcohol Markers
Cardstock from The Paper Studio and Stampin Up!
Design paper from my scrap bin
Embossing folders Hugs & Kisses from Cuttlebug and Basics of Love from Sizzix
Prisma color pencils
Rhinestones from my stash
Sentiment is a rub on from What's New Ltd set " All the reasons why I love you

Small red heart from my stash