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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, October 31, 2017

Sparkly AND Spooky ...

Hold on, man. We don't go anywhere with "scary," "spooky," "haunted," or "forbidden" in the title. ~From Scooby-Doo

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



Our sponsor is Fabrika Fantasy with a prize of 3 images from their store



This week we have a Tic-Tac-Toe boards for your to use. Just pick your … er … poison. Row 1, 2 or 3 vertical or horizontal … or corner to corner! Paid attention to what is written in some of the squares!


I am using the first row, vertical which worked out really well with this pre-colored image I used.

Not gonna lie, kinda giggled as I was adding the background behind our sweet little bunny boy (just working to cover the spooky part lol). I giggled a little harder when I pulled the sentiment from my shelf!

Personally, I think this card is hilarious, but then I’ve been told I have a twisted sense of humor on occasion.

 Card size 5 x 7
  • Card stock (The Paper Studio & Stampin Up!)
  • Design Paper “Witches Brew” Colorbok
  • Die “Pumpkins w/ crows & leaves (Sizzix)
  • Embossing folder “Spooky” (Fun Stampers Journey)
  • Ink (Stampin Up!)
  • Sentiment (Martha Stewart)
  • Stash: Glossy Card stock

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

(Hugs) Cara

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





Sunday, October 29, 2017

Happy Holidays!

I have always thought of Christmas time, when it has come round, as a good time; a kind, forgiving, charitable time; the only time I know of, in the long calendar of the year, when men and women seem by one consent to open their shut-up hearts freely, and to think of people below them as if they really were fellow passengers to the grave, and not another race of creatures bound on other journeys. ~Charles Dickens

Good evening!
Today I am playing along with the Unity Stamp Company Facebook Challenge which is to stripes and plaids with an Angie’s Girl.

I did a bit of paper piecing with my image: Addison Girl


  • 5 x 7 card base (The Paper Studio)
  • Image Addison Girl (Unity Stamp Co.)
  • Card stock (Stampin Up!)
  • Design Paper “Holly Jolly” (Pebbles)
  • Holly & Berry Sticker (Jolee’s Boutique)
  • India Ink (Memories)
  • ProMarkers
  • Sentiment (Unity Stamp Co.)
  • Studio G Glitter Glue

Thanks for stopping by!

(Hugs) Cara

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Sassy little Owl ...

Thou hast given so much to me, Give one thing more, — a grateful heart; Not thankful when it pleaseth me, As if Thy blessings had spare days, But such a heart whose pulse may be Thy praise.
~George Herbert

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


Our sponsor is Fabrika Fantasy with a prize of 3 images from their store


Our challenge this week comes from Jeanie,
Use 3 colors from the 5 offered with a optional twist of Autumn/Fall.


Today I am using a pre-colored image, something I don’t do often but I liked the look of this little fella and he worked well with the 3 colors I selected, Purple, Orange and Green


Card size 5 x 7
  • Card stock: The Paper Studio, Stampin Up & Bazzill
  • Die: Wonky Frames (Gina Marie Designs)
  • Memories India Ink
  • Punch: Label (Stampin Up!)
  • Sentiment: Months & Holidays (The Angel Company)
  • Stash: Card Candy, Design Paper

Thanks for stopping by and don’t forget to stop by The Outlawz Challenges where a new challenge starts every day of the week!
http://outlawzchallenges.ning.com/
(Hugs) Cara



Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Shine Everyday ...

Thought for the Day
“We can always choose to perceive things differently.
You can focus on what’s wrong in your life, or you can focus on what’s right.”
~ Marianne Williamson


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

Our sponsor is Fabrika Fantasy with a prize of 3 images from their store


It is my turn to post and I have an inspiration picture for you to play with!


I loved the sparkly colors if this bauble and used the soft gold color and sparkles! My card uses Splitcoast Stampers sketch SC369 as a base.


Supplies
  • Image used: Betta Fish Crowntail
  • Printed on Whisper White card stock (Stampin Up!)
  • Colored with PrismaColor Pencils
  • Card stock (Stampin Up!, The Paper Studio)
  • Glitter card stock (DCWV, Recollections)
  • Glitter glue (Studio G)
  • Rhinestones (Recollections)
  • Sentiment “Shine” from Celebrate (Heidi Swapp)
  • Sentiment “Everyday” from Brilliant (Heidi Swapp)
  • Stickles (Ranger)
  • Stitched Banner die (Gina Marie Designs)

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



Light of Christmas ...

The universal joy of Christmas is certainly wonderful. We ring the bells when princes are born, or toll a mournful dirge when great men pass away. Nations have their red-letter days, their carnivals and festivals, but once in the year and only once, the whole world stands still to celebrate the advent of a life. ~Author Unknown



Good morning!
Today starts a new Anything Goes Challenge at Through the Craft Room Door and this week our sponsor is Ike’s Art with a lovely $15.00 store voucher!


I am using her lovely image “Christmas Candles


Supplies
  • Image printed on Whisper White cardstock (Stampin Up!)
  • Alcohol markers (Copics & ProMarkers)
  • Card Stock (ColorBok)
  • Design Paper (Stash)
  • Embossing folder "Snowflakes" (The Paper Studio)
  • Glitter Glue (Studio G)
  • Rhinestone (Stash)
  • Sentiment die (Fawn Lawn)
Thanks for stopping by and don’t forget to come play along with us!

(Hugs) Cara

Monday, October 16, 2017

Birthday Balloons ...

The first fact about the celebration of birthdays is that it is a good way of affirming defiantly, and even flamboyantly, that it is a good thing to be alive. ~G.K. Chesterton, "Our Birthday," 1935

Good afternoon
Today I am sharing the card I made using this Progressive Freebie Image from DigiStamps4Joy!


I tried something new (for me) with this one!
While I have used digital papers and elements for several years in the magazine, I have never used them on my cards. But when I saw these balloons I knew I needed to use some fun “Celebrate” Digi paper from Decosses’ Dynamite Doodles. I’m really pleased out this came out!



Supplies
  • Happy Birthday Balloons Image (DigiStamps4Joy)
  • Digi Background (Decosses’ Dynamite Doodles)
  • Alcohol markers (Copics, Pro-Markers)
  • Card candy (homemade)
  • Card stock (Stampin Up!, The Paper Studio)

Thanks for stopping by!

(Hugs) Cara

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Give Thanks ...

For each new morning with its light,
For rest and shelter of the night,
For health and food, for love and friends,
For everything Thy goodness sends.
~Ralph Waldo Emerson

Good morning!
I hope your day is an awesome one. Weather here is really cooling down, making my bike rides in the morning a little more brisk! But that’s a good thing!

Today is the start of a new color challenge at The Outlnges and I’m here to share my card.

Our sponsor is Fabrika Fantasy with a prize of 3 images from their store


Here is our challenge board and twist for the week

For my card, I did not use a sponsor image

Supplies
  • Card stock (Stampin Up! & American Craft)
  • Card stock for base (The Paper Studio)
  • Design Paper “Pioneer Plaid: (Authentique)
  • Design Paper “Real Leaves” (The Paper Studio)
  • Ink (Close to my Heart)
  • Leaf button (Stash)
  • Sentiment (Studio G)
  • Twine (Stampin Up!)

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



Sunday, October 8, 2017

Growing in Unity Blog Hop ...

Use what talent you possess: the woods would be very silent if no birds sang except those that sang best. ~Author unknown, quoted in The Ladies Repository: A Monthly Periodical, Devoted to Literature, Arts, and Religion, September 1874, commonly misattributed to Henry Van Dyke and Henry David Thoreau

Good Morning!
If you came here from Ginger Pelfrey's blog, you are on the right track ...
If not, the complete blog hop list is at the end of this post so make sure you stop, look and comment on each one!

In early September I was lucky enough to be a “Growing in Unity Gal” and spent a week sharing Chirstmas cards I made using my Unity Stamps. I loved the challenge of it and I look forward to next year’s event.

This week, I am participating in small blog hop with several other GUI gals to share some more cards made with Unity stamps as well as give two lucky commenters a chance to win some Unity Stamps of their very own!

For this hop I wanted to play with my new set of Unity Stamps as well as some goodies that have not seen the light of day for a while … namely, watercolor paper, embossing powder and Twinkling H2O paints!

After a few trial and errors with my paints, here is my card. I have to say I love how well the image stamped and heat embossed. Even those little fine lines picked up nice and clean. 



Here are some close ups of the flowers so you can see the embossing and the fine sparkle from the Twinkling H2O paints. (and yes, the card really does shimmer with those colors in the light.) 




Supplies
  • Image & Sentiment (Unity Stamps KOM 2015 “Halo Dirty”)
  • Card stock, base (The Paper Studio)
  • Card stock, black (Stampin Up!)
  • Card stock, metallic (Neenah)
  • Cold Press 140lb watercolor paper (Canson)
  • India Ink (Memories)
  • Pearls (Stash)
  • Sharpies – used to color the pearls
  • Twinkling H2O (ColourArte)
  • White embossing powder (Stampin Up!
Now comes the HOP part ....

Make sure you visit all of our blogs and comment fo a chance to win a Unity Prize package!



Thanks for stopping by and good luck!
(Hugs) Cara


Sunday, October 1, 2017

A bit of Pink ...

Whatever else be lost among the years, let us keep Christmas still a shining thing; Whatever doubts assail us, or what fears, let us hold close one day, remembering its poignant meaning for the hearts of men. Let us get back our childlike faith again.
~Grace Noll Crowel

 Hi there!
Today starts a new monthly challenge at SheepSki Designs. This month our challenge theme is “USE SOME PINK” and I am using “Mindy – no 40"

I just love this image … the cat almost looks a little bored with the whole tree business doesn’t she?


Supplies for my 4.25 x 5.5 card
  • Mindy (SheepSki Designs)
  • Card stock (Stampin Up! & DCWV)
  • Design paper (DCWV, I think)
  • Glitter glue (Studio G)
  • Polka Dot stencil (Jo-Ann Fabrics)
  • ProMarkers & Copics

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!

(Hugs) Cara

Feeling Blessed ...

May brooks and trees and singing hills join in the chorus too, and every gentle wind that blows send happiness to you.
~Irish Blessing

Good morning Everyone!

How exciting .... today is the 1st of October (Only 85 days to Christmas folks!) and the start of a new Progressive Freebie Challenge at The OutlawzChallenges.


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 freebie comes from Mary Smith of Createful Hearts Digis


Here is my 5.50 x 4.25 card

Supplies:
  • Digi Image “General Store” (Createful Hearts Digi) Card stock (The Paper Studio & Stampin Up!)
  • Card Candy (Stash)
  • Embossing folder “Clouds” (Sizzix)
  • ProMarkers & Copics
  • Sentiment die “Fall Botanicals” (Spellbinders)


Thanks for Stopping By!
(Hugs) Cara