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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, December 5, 2017

Christmas Blessings ...

Christmas is not a time or a season but a state of mind. To cherish peace and good will, to be plenteous in mercy, is to have the real spirit of Christmas. ~Calvin Coolidge, 1927

Good morning!
I’m here to share my card for the new color challenge which started today at The Outlawz Challenges!


Our sponsor this month is Scrap N'Dipity with a prize of 3 images from the store


This week’s challenge is this inspirational picture selected by Jeanie!


I chose to use the golden baubles and greenery as a base for my Christmas card


Card size 5 x 7
  • Bling – Art-C/Momenta
  • Card stock - The Paper Studio
  • Design Paper - DCWV
  • Gold Card stock - The Paper Temptress
  • Gold corners, set one – Spellbinders
  • Sentiment die – Crafters Companion

Thanks for stopping by and don’t forget to stop by TheOutlawz Challenges where a new challenge starts every day of the week!
(Hugs) Cara

Friday, December 1, 2017

Sparkle & Shine ...

The little Plumpuppets are fairies of beds;
They have nothing to do but watch sleepyheads;
They turn down the sheets and they tuck you in tight,
And dance on your pillow to wish you good night!
~Christopher Morley


Hi there!
Today starts a new monthly challenge at SheepSki Designs. This month our challenge theme is “Sparkle & Shine” and the image I am using this month is Breena and Bear – image 35


Card Size 4.25 x .5.50
  • Image Breen and Bear – Image 35 colored with Promarkers
  • Card stock (Stampin Up! & The Paper Studio)
  • Glitter card stock (Recollections)
  • Glitter pens (Cra-Z-Art)
  • Label Collection die (Stampin Up!)
  • Rhinestones (Studio His & Hers)
  • White Gel Pen

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

BLOG ... Where you can 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 a 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



Blog Candy Winner!

“Unexpected kindness is the most powerful and least costly way to make someone’s day.”
~ Author Unknown


Good Morning!
Many thanks for all the lovely comments on my cards for the 3rd Annual Celebration Blog Hop for Through the Craft Room Door! I enjoyed reading them all!
Make sure you check out the TTCRD blog for the winner announcement later this afternoon to see if you won a prize for one of our awesome Sponsors!
I had a blog candy offer for the month and the winner is Karthikha!
Karthikha … please email me at cdmalmrose@gmail.com with your address so I can make arrangements to get your little bag of goodies mailed out!
(Hugs) Cara


Baubles ...

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

Good morning!

Today is the 1st of December 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 image “Baubles” come from our very own Sandra van Blaricum


Card size 4.25 x 5.50
  • Image “Baubles” colored with Promarkers
  • Card stock (The Paper Studio, American Craft & Stampin Up!)
  • Glitter card stock (Recollections)
  • Glitter pen (Cra-Z-Art)
  • Silver sharpie


Thanks for stopping by!
(Hugs) Cara

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Christmas gifts ...

Christmas gift suggestions: To your enemy, forgiveness. To an opponent, tolerance. To a friend, your heart. To a customer, service. To all, charity. To every child, a good example. To yourself, respect. ~Oren Arnold

Good morning!
I’m here to share my card for the new color challenge which started today at The Outlawz Challenges! 


Our sponsor this month is DiDigisStamps with a $12.00 gift card to her STORE.


This week’s challenge comes from Jacqui. We are to use these 3 colors. Optional twist is anything but a square.


Here's my card!

4.25 x 5.50 card
  • Card stock (The Paper Studio & Stampin Up!)
  • Sentiment unknown

Thanks for stopping by and don’t forget to stop by TheOutlawz Challenges where a new challenge starts every day of the week!


(Hugs) Cara

Happy Birthday to my Daughter ...

Suddenly, through birthing a daughter, a woman finds herself face to face not only with an infant, a little girl, a woman-to-be, but also with her own unresolved conflicts from the past and her hopes and dreams for the future.... As though experiencing an earthquake, mothers of daughters may find their lives shifted, their deep feelings unearthed, the balance struck in all relationships once again off kilter.  ~Elizabeth Debold and Idelisse Malave

Hi everyone!
I’m here this morning to let you all know that a new Anything Goes Challenge has started today at Through the Craft Room Door!


Our Sponsor this week is DigiStamps4Joy with a prize of a $10.00 store voucher!



The card I am sharing is the card I made for my daughter's birthday earlier this month. I feel truly blessed that we have a close relationship and I wish her the best of days in the year to come!

For her card, I am using a lovely image called Bo Bubbles created by Jen Leeflang. Besides trying a different color combo for the hair, I decided to have some fun with the bubbles by trying out some Nuvo crystal drops … something new I picked up at a craft fair a couple months ago.


Card size 5 x 7
  • Image “Bo Bubbles” colored with Promarkers
  • Card stock (The Paper Studio & Stampin Up!)
  • Confetti embossing folder (Close to My Heart)
  • Fancy nested pierced labels die (Gina Marie Designs)
  • Liquid Pearls
  • Noel Noel embossing border folder (Cuttlebug)
  • Nuvo Crystal drops in two colors
  • White Gel Pen

So come check out the challenge HERE and play along!
Hugs, Cara


Sunday, November 26, 2017

Happy Holidays ...

We should give as we would receive, cheerfully, quickly, and without hesitation; for there is no grace in a benefit that sticks to the fingers.  ~Senec

Hello
Today I am sharing I created using a Progressive Freebie image from Simply Betty Stamps.

The twist to this challenge is that we can not use traditional Christmas colors of red & green and we must use two designer papers.

Here is my 5 x 7 card
The image is colored with ProMarkers and Studio G Glitter glue. The Purple striped design paper is from The Angel Company and pretty much everything else is from my stash.


Saturday, November 25, 2017

Cards for Little Hearts Card Drive ...

The heart is the perfection of the whole organism. Therefore the principles of the power of perception and the soul’s ability to nourish itself must lie in the heart. ~Aristotle



Hello! Today I am sharing information regarding the new Cards for Little Hearts Blog (HERE). Cards for Little Hearts is a global card drive, comprised of crafters dedicated to bringing smiles, hope and encouragement to as many children with congenital heart disease as possible by providing heart center staff with handmade cards that are given to patients during their hospitalization. 

The next scheduled card drive will run from January 1st - February 1st with Heart-Themed (non Valentines Day) "Thinking of You" cards to celebrate the patients during February's Heart Month. Please read the guideline page located on the Cards for Little Hearts' website (HERE) for important guidelines prior to making and sending in your cards. You can also find additional helpful resources on the FAQs page (HERE) and a Sentiments List (HERE). There is also a Gallery (HERE) page if you need some inspiration. If you have any questions about the guidelines or the card drive itself, please contact Christina Hor directly (HERE), founder of Cards for Little Hearts.

Here is a group of cards I made with the boys and older teens in mind. With the exception of the cardbases, these were made using leftovers from my scrap bin.


Please consider participating!
Even one card will make a difference

Thanks for stopping by!
(Hugs) Cara

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Blessed ...

Not what we say about our blessings, but how we use them, is the true measure of our thanksgiving. ~W.T. Purkiser

Good morning!
I’m here to share my card for the new color challenge which started today at The Outlawz Challenges! Our sponsor this month is DiDigisStamps with a $12.00 gift card to her store.


This week’s challenge comes from Jeanie. We are to use the color pumpkin, and then pick two more colors from the picture below. The twist, if you care to use it is thankful or Thanksgiving.


A while back a friend came over for crafting day. Shortly after she arrived, she handed me small stack of DP she had left from a project telling me she knew I liked fall colors and thought I would like them to play with. I managed to finish 4 cards, a 5th one needs to be finished and I have enough left to probably make another 2-3 cards depending on what I do … I plan on finishing that paper up this next week since I need Thanksgiving cards.

This card happens to be one I had started from those papers, but didn’t complete that day … However, it works perfectly with this challenge so I pulled it out and finished it up.


Card size 5 x 7
  • Card stock (The Paper Studio, Bazzill & Stampin Up!)
  • Design Paper (unknown as they were scraps given to me)
  • Pumpkin #2 die (Sizzix)
  • Sentiment die is from Fall Botanicals (Spellbinders)

Thanks for stopping by and don’t forget to stop by TheOutlawz Challenges where a new challenge starts every day of the week!
(Hugs) Cara

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Chocolate Understands ...

That life is to my liking which is made up of little deeds, little sacrifices, little kindnesses. ~Birthday letter quoted in J.R. Macduff, Birthdays, 1893

Good morning!
I’m here to share my project for the new color challenge which started today at The Outlawz Challenges!


Our sponsor this month is DiDigisStamps with a $12.00 gift card to her store.


This week’s challenge comes from Ursula, to create anything but a card using the colors below.


I made candy bar covers!


Supplies
  • Card Candy (Stash)
  • Card stock (Bazzill and Stampin Up!)
  • Fancy Labels 3 die (Sizzix)
  • Glitter (Oriental Trading Company)
  • Ink (Close to My Heart)
  • Sentiment “Chocolate understands” (Rubbernecker Stamps)
  • Sentiment “For Someone Special” (The Angel Company)
  • Twine (American Craft)

Thanks for stopping by and don’t forget to stop by The Outlawz Challenges where a new challenge starts every day of the week!


(Hugs) Cara

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Through the Craft Room Door 3rd Annual Celebration Blog hop!

Hugging has no unpleasant side effects and is all natural.  There are no batteries to replace, it's inflation-proof and non-fattening with no monthly payments.  It's non-taxable, non-polluting, and is, of course, fully refundable.  ~Author Unknown


Hi! This month is our Celebration Month and today we are starting our 3rd Annual Celebration Blog Hop filled with awesome inspiration and sponsor prizes.

  
  
The image I am using is “Stardusts Christmas Star” and is one of the prizes from our Sponsor Lacy Sunshine. You can find the image HERE if you wish to purchase for yourself.

Card size 4.25 x 5.50
  • Image: Stardusts Christmas Star (Lacy Sunshine) colored with ProMarkers
  • Black India Ink (Memories)
  • Card stock (Stampin Up! & The Paper Studio)
  • Glitter card stock (Recollections)
  • Glitter pen (Cra-Z-Art)
  • Holly Punch (Tonic Studios)
  • Red Glitter Nuvo Drops
  • Red Sharpie (to color the rhinestones)
  • Rhinestones (Made by Me)
  • Sentiment (Hero Art)

Next stop on this hop is Me again …

Make sure you leave comments on all the blogs for a chance at the prizes! Winners will be announced December 1st, 2017

GOOD LUCK!

Through the Craft Room Door 3rd Annual Celebration Blog hop!

Ever felt an angel's breath in the gentle breeze? A teardrop in the falling rain? Hear a whisper amongst the rustle of leaves? Or been kissed by a lone snowflake? Nature is an angel's favorite hiding place. ~Terri Guillemet


Good morning all my Crafty Peeps!
This is going to be a long post because this month is our Celebration Month and today we are starting our 3rd Annual Celebration Blog Hop filled with awesome inspiration from the Designers of TTCRD!

We have 9 sponsors this year offering some great prizes!



You should have come here from another one of my posts, if not you can start from the beginning by clicking HERE.

For my card, I am using a new image I recently fell in love with and purchased from Unity Stamp Co. (Who is one of our sponsors and offering three prizes of a $20.00 gift voucher to their shop!) called Arianna Girl. You can find her HERE, if you are interested in purchasing her.


Card size is 5.5 x 5.5
  • Image/Sentiment “Arianna Girl” from Unity Stamp Co.
  • Card base from The Paper Studio
  • Design Paper from Colorbok
  • India Ink from Memories
  • Ink from Close to My Heart
  • Pro-Markers
  • Rhinestones from Say it with Bling
  • Studio G glitter glue
  • Sulyn Crystal Diamonds Glitter used to create background


I am also giving away some blog candy (picture pending!). One person will be drawn from all of those people who comment on my post BUT to get a chance for one of the awesome prizes from our sponsors, you MUST comment on every post in the bloghop. 

Since the hop is going to run from today, November 8th through November 22nd, if you miss one, you can always go back and comment when you have time! Winners will be announced on the main blog December 1st, 2017.
Now, you are nearing the end of the line .. only 4 more to go, so head on over to Jeanies place to see what wonderful project she has to share with you!
TTCRD
Thanks for stopping by & good luck!
(Hugs) Cara





Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Thankful ...

We can always find something to be thankful for, and there may be reasons why we ought to be thankful for even those dispensations which appear dark and frowning. ~Albert Barnes

Good morning!
I’m here to share my card for the new color challenge which started today at The Outlawz Challenges! Our sponsor this month is DiDigisStamps with a $12.00 gift card to her store.


This week’s challenge comes from Kimberly and we are to use shades of orange and make it thankful or Thanksgiving.


I was rifling through a box that contains scraps of design papers as well as papers I’ve made but never used. In there I found some glossy white card stock that I had started a “smash” design using my Stampin Up! re-inkers. I either never finished or didn’t like what I was seeing at the time but the colors were mostly what I needed so I pulled it out proceeded to update it with some more oranges, a gold and some sprays of alcohol.

Once I was happy with all the colors I die cut my leaves (I have a stack waiting for me to use now).
I thought about using more than one leaf, but with all the colors it just seemed to overtake the card and you couldn’t concentrate on how beautiful each leave is by itself … so a single leaf card was the ticket!


Card size 4.25 x 5.50
  • Card stock (The Paper Studio & Stampin Up!)
  • Design Paper (for the leaves) was created using glossy card stock, Stampin Up! re-inkers and alcohol
  • Leaves die (Sizzix)
  • Thankful die (Close to My Heart)
  • Sequins (Stash)

Thanks for stopping by and don’t forget to stop by TheOutlawz Challenges where a new challenge starts every day of the week!


(Hugs) Cara

Monday, November 6, 2017

Mr. Snowman & Friends ...

The color of springtime is in the flowers; the color of winter is in the imagination. ~Terri Guillemets

Good evening!
I am here to share the card I made with the November Facebook Progressive Freebie image from DigiStamps4Joy!

He is so cute and I enjoyed making this card with him. Going to have print up some more!



Card size 4.25 x 5.50
  • Image: Mr. Snowman, colored with ProMarkersCard stock (The Paper Studio & American Craft)
  • Digital Snowflake Paper (Decosse's Dynamite Doodles)
  • Glitter card stock (Recollections)
  • Glitter glue (Studio G)
  • Ink (Close to My Heart)
  • Label Punch (Stampin Up!)
  • Sentiment (Unity Stamp Company)
  • Stickles (Ranger)

 Thanks for stopping by!
(Hugs) Cara


This card has been entered into the following challenge(s)


Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Things with Wings ...

Be careful to leave your sons well instructed rather than rich, for the hopes of the instructed are better than the wealth of the ignorant.  ~Epictetus

Hi there!
Today starts a new monthly challenge at SheepSki Designs.


This month our challenge theme is “Things with Wings” and I am here to share with you all my card!

The image I am using this month is Bryan's Baby - image no 87

When my son was very small, he was fascinated by the movie “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang” and would ask to watch it whenever I allowed them to watch TV.  Over time, he eventually wore out the first VHS tape we owned and I had to buy another for him because he was so upset. Of course, he now owns the movie on DVD. When I saw this image I just knew I had to use it to make him a birthday card! I am happy to say, he loved the card and it is sitting on our mantle for all to see!

   
Supplies

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

BLOG ... Where you can 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 a 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



This card has been entered into the following challenge(s)