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Friday, June 22, 2018

Thankful ...


“Ah, kindness.
What a simple way to tell another struggling soul that there is love to be found in this world.”
~ A. A. Malee

Hello!
Today I am sharing a couple cards from a set I created using some left over Design paper from another project.


Supplies used, but not limited to:
Cardstock from The Paper Studio (base) and Stampin Up!
Design Paper “Picnic” from Pebbles
Embossing folder from We R Memory Keepers
Other: Adhesive and Dimensional foam
Stash: Rhinestones and Gem

Thanks for stopping by!
(Hugs) Cara

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Hurry up & Relax ...


Rest is not idleness, and to lie sometimes on the grass under the trees on a summer's day, listening to the murmur of water, or watching the clouds float across the blue sky, is by no means waste of time. ~John Lubbock, "Recreation," The Use of Life, 1894

Good morning!

Today we start a new Anything Goes Challenge at Through the Craft Room Door and our sponsor this week is Patties Creations with a prize of 3 images

I am using her fun image Flip Flop Trio. I thought it would make a perfect retirement card.

Supplies
  • Image printed on Stampin Up! Whisper White card stock and colored with Promarkers
  • Cardstock from Stampin Up! & American Crafts
  • Blue Manga pen from Sipa
  • Jot Stickers
  • Sentiment from Me-E-Inc.

Thanks for stopping by!
(Hugs) Cara

Bubbles ...


Look within. Within is the fountain of good, and it will ever bubble up, if thou wilt ever dig. ~ Marcus Aurelius

I’m here to share my card for the new color challenge which started today at The Outlawz Challenges and our sponsor this month with a prize of two images from their store is DigiStamps4Joy.


This week Ursula is challenging us to use turquoise and two other colors from her sweet inspiration picture. The added twist is using a circle.


I decided to add gray and white as my two other colors and bubbles will cover my circles so I am using one of my favorite DS4J images “Bo Bubbles”.


Supplies
  • Image printed on Stampin Up! Whisper White card stock and colored with ProMarkers
  • Card stock from The Paper Studio and Stampin Up!
  • Darice embossing folder Graduated Dots
  • Flowers are from my die stash
  • Rhinestone from Recollections
  • Sentiment from Be Happiness from The Angel Company (closed)
  • Sequins from Close to My Heart
  • Silver gel pen from Artiste
  • Sizzix embossing folder Stars and Swirls
  • White Gel Pen

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

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Just Because


The best things in life are free. And it is important never to lose sight of that. So look around you. Wherever you see friendship, loyalty, laughter, and love...there is your treasure. ~ Neale Donald Walsch

Good morning!

Today we start a new Anything Goes Challenge at Through the Craft Room Door and our sponsor this week is Drawn by Krista with a 3 image prize.

I am using a very cute little image called Mushroom Snail and created my card based on card sketch MFTWSC180.

Supplies
  • Image printed on Stampin Up! Whisper White card stock and colored with ProMarkers
  • Stampin Up! Ink
  • Black Manga Pen from Sipa
  • Buttons from Stash
  • Card stock from Stampin Up!
  • Design Paper from Stampin Up!
  • Sentiment from The Angel Company (closed)
  • White Gel Pen 

Thanks for stopping by!
(Hugs) Cara

Pretty in Pink ...


I don't know who invented the high heel, but all men owe him a lot.  ~Marilyn Monroe

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 with a prize of two images from their store is DigiStamps4Joy

Our Pink Monochrome challenge this week comes from Sharon and for my card, based on Paper Play sketch #018, I am using the fashionable image “My Bling Shoes




Supplies
  • Image printed on Stampin Up! Whisper White card stock and colored with ProMarkers
  • Card stock from The Paper Studio and Stampin Up!
  • Cuttlebug embossing folder Bit of Paisley
  • Gold gel pen from Artiste
  • Sentiment from The Angel Company (closed)
  • Sequins from Close to My Heart
  • Sizzix Scalloped Circle die
  • Stampin Up! Ink 
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

Friday, June 8, 2018

Birthday Cards ...


“Be more concerned with your character than with your reputation.
Your character is what you really are while your reputation is merely what others think you are.”
~ Dale Carnegie

Hello!
Today I am sharing a Birthday card from a set I made.


Supplies used include but are not limited to:
  • Sentiment from “You mean the World to Me" by Close to My Heart
  • Design paper “Blossom” from Close to My Heart
  • Pearls from The Paper Studio
  • Flower die from Fun Stampers Journey
  • Cardstock from The Paper Studio (base) and American Crafts

Thanks for stopping by!
(Hugs) Cara

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Cats and Pumpkins ...


Once in a young lifetime one should be allowed to have as much sweetness as one can possibly want and hold. ~Judith Olney

Good morning!

Today we start a new Anything Goes Challenge at Through the Craft Room Door and our sponsor this week is Bugaboo Stamps with $12.00 store voucher.

I decided to make a Halloween card using this fun image Goofy Cat Halloween Pumpkin


Supplies
  • Image printed on Stampin Up Whisper White card stock and colored with ProMarkers but the blue background was done using a bit of Staedtler watercolor crayon and a water brush.
  • Card stock from The Paper Studio (base) and Stampin Up!
  • Colorbok design paper Sugar Crush
  • Memories India Ink
  • Ranger Stickles
  • Sentiment from Teeny Tiny Wishes by Stampin Up!
  • Spellbinders embossing folder Blistered 

Thanks for stopping by!
(Hugs) Cara

Tic Tac Toe at the Outlawz ...


When babies look beyond you and giggle, maybe they're seeing angels. ~Quoted in The Angels' Little Instruction Book by Eileen Elias Freeman, 1994

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 DigiStamps4Joy and I am using this adorable image “Bookshelfbunny

Our challenge this week is to use this fun tic tac toe board from Jacqui:



My card is based on the far-right column “Die cuts, yellow and animal” and my card layout is based on Mojobella #2 card map.

Supplies
  • Image printed on Stampin Up! Whisper White card stock and colored with Prisma color pencils.
  • Card stock from The Paper Studio, Bazzill and Stampin Up!
  • Design paper from stash
  • Gold and Silver gel pens from Artiste
  • India Ink
  • Photo corner punch from Stampin Up!
  • Sentiment from Teeny Tiny Wishes by Stampin Up!
  • Sequins from Craft Medley
  • Tag punch from Stampin Up! 

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

Friday, June 1, 2018

Missing you ...


“It became obvious to me that nature has her own language.
She speaks through the animals, the trees and the cool summer breeze.
She whispers, “Embrace me.”
And I do.”
~ Red Deer Runs in Darkness

Hi there!
Today starts a new monthly challenge at SheepSki Designs and this month our challenge theme is “CAS or Embellish it”

For my card I am using Camouflage - image no 152

Normally I lean towards Clean and Simple cards, but since I wanted to try blending the image into the design paper, I opted for a more embellished look.


Supplies (5 x 7 card)
  • Image printed on Stampin Up! Whisper White card stock
  • Dies: Cross Stitched Squares from Gina Marie Designs, Scallop border die from A-Muse Studios (closed) and Spring Blooms flower die from Fun Stampers Journey
  • Embellishments: sequins from Close to My Heart and pearls from my stash
  • Embossing folders: Ink Splats from Fun Stampers Journey
  • Papers: Card stock from Stampin Up! and American Craft. Digital design paper from Touched by a Butterfly
  • Sentiment from “Trendy Greetings” by The Angel Company (closed)
  • Other: adhesive, dimensional foam and India Ink


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

Hug a Person ...


If you're angry at a loved one, hug that person. And mean it. You may not want to hug — which is all the more reason to do so. It's hard to stay angry when someone shows they love you, and that's precisely what happens when we hug each other. ~Walter Anderson, The Confidence Course, 1997

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

Each month we 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

Our sponsor this month is We are 3 Digital Shop with this cute image “Color me Garden Flower Delight

For this image I decided to try my hand at digital coloring. To be honest, not sure what I think of it. Seemed to me that I could have hand colored the image in less time, but I also concede that digital coloring in not an art I am practiced in.


Supplies
  • Image printed on Stampin Up! Whisper White card stock
  • Card stock from Stampin Up! and American Crafts
  • Rhinestone ribbon from The Dollar Tree
  • Cross stitched dies from Gina Marie Designs

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

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Be Carefree ...


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!
I’m here to share my card for the new color challenge which starts today at The OutlawzChallenges



Our sponsor this month is Fabrika Fantasy


Our challenge from Laurian this week is to use these 5 colors and add wings for a twist!


My card layout is based on Sketch Saturday #311 and I am using the pre-colored image “Water Fairy”

Supplies
  • Pre-colored Image printed on Stampin Up! Whisper White Cardstock and overlaid on top of digi paper from Touched by a Butterfly
  • Bubblegum Silk from Fun Stampers Journey
  • Card stock from The Paper Studio (base)
  • Classic Bracket Edge die from Spellbinder
  • Design Paper Lasting Impressions “Smooth Sailing” and Close to My Heart
  • Four Feathers stamp & die from Stampin Up!
  • Handwritten Love die from Sizzix
  • Other: Adhesive, dimensional foam
  • Sentiment from The Paper Studio
  • Stash: Glitter paper, Rhinestone

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

Sunday, May 27, 2018

Shake - Shake - Shake ...


You need a village, if only for the pleasure of leaving it. A village means that you are not alone, knowing that in the people, the trees, the earth, there is something that belongs to you, waiting for you when you are not there. ~Casare Pavese

Greetings and Salutations my Crafty Peeps!
This month, I am again playing along with the Progressive Freebie Challenge at DigiStamps4Joy Facebook Group

This month our image is this adorable image “Shop front”

I decided this would be a great image for a shaker card. I will say though that I should have used a thicker foam tape as the sequins and glitter don’t move as easily as I would like. But that’s okay, as I finally created a card that does not “leak” – Yay me!


Supplies
  • Image “Shop front” printed on Stampin Up! Whisper White card stock and colored with Staedlter watercolor crayons
  • Die: Fall Botanicals from Spellbinders
  • Embellishments: Sequins from Close to My Heart, Glitter glue from Studio G
  • Other: Sequins in shaker from craft medley, glitter unknown

Thanks for stopping by!
(Hugs) Cara

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Unicorns Rock!


The unicorn is noble, He knows his gentle birth, He knows that God has chosen him Above all beasts of earth. ~Volkslied (German folk song)

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


Our sponsor this month is Fabrika Fantasy
 

My card layout is based on MFTguestDT0413 and I am using the pre-colored version of Fairytale Unicorn.


Supplies
Pre-colored Image printed on Stampin Up! Whisper White Cardstock and overlaid on top of digi paper from Touched by a Butterfly
Card stock from The Paper Studio (base) & Stampin Up!

CC Designs “Dottie Trim” border die
Close to My Heart “For Every Occasion” (Sentiment)
Design paper from Lasting Impression (Dandelion Green & Grass Hopper)
Glitter cardstock from Recollections
Other: Adhesive, dimensional foam
Stampin Up! Ink
Stash: Bling border


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

Oh CatMouse Tree!


Way down deep, we're all motivated by the same urges. Cats have the courage to live by them. ~Jim Davis

Good morning!

Today we start a new Anything Goes Challenge at Through the Craft Room Door!

Our sponsor this week Ike’s Art with a prize of a $15.00 voucher

Here's my card for the challenge!
Only 239 days to Christmas so always a good time to get some Christmas cards done!

Supplies for 5 x 7 card
Image printed on Stampin Up Whisper White card stock and colored with Crayola water colors
"Holiday Words" die from Sizzix
Cardstock from The Paper Studio (Base) and Stampin Up!
DP unknown
Studio G Glitter Glue

Thanks for stopping by!
(Hugs) Cara

Friday, May 18, 2018

Recovering a One Sheet Wonder Project


“I am beginning to learn that it is the sweet, simple things of life  which are the real ones after all.” ~ Laura Ingalls Wilder

Hello!
I am sharing some cards I made It started out to be a 12 x 12 one sheet wonder, but somewhere along the way I made some wrong cuts and so I just went with it and started creating cards at whim using Pinterest for inspiration and whatever happen to be at hand!


Supplies use include but are not limited to:
  • Cardstock from The Paper Studio (card bases), Stampin Up!
  • Design Paper from Authentique
  • Dies: Kites from Sizzix, Happy Birthday from Sizzix, Dottie Trim from CC Desings, Hello from Every Elle, Butterfly from Stampin Up!, small scallop border due from A-muse Studios
  • Embossing folder: Decorative Dots from Stampin Up!, Dots and Lines from The Paper Studio
  • Ink from Palette
  • Other: Adhesive and Dimensional Foam
  • Sentiment stamps: Ms Sparkles & Co Cardmaking Stamps
  • Stash: Rhinestones, Sequins, Pearls, homemade card candy, enamel dots

Thanks for stopping by!
(Hugs) Cara


Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Merry Cow...


Thought for the Day
“Never lose sight of the fact that the most important yardstick of your success will be how you treat other people – your family, friends, and coworkers, and even strangers you meet along the way.”
~ Barbara Bush

Good morning!
I’m here to share my card for the new color challenge which starts today at The Outlawz Challenges! http://outlawzchallenges.ning.com/


Our sponsor this month is Fabrika Fantasy
 

Our challenge this week comes from Ursula ...
Use Blue and two other colors with an twist of adding texture.

For my card I am using the pre-colored image "Merry Cow" 

Supplies
Pre-colored Image printed on Stampin Up! Whisper White Cardstock
A-muse Studios Scallop die
Card stock from The Paper Studio (base) and Stampin Up!
Close to My Heart Happy to be Friends” (Sentiment)
Stampin Up! “Decorative Dots” embossing folder

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

Time for a Cuppa ...

Tea... wealth of the Earth, Blessed with the sweet spirit of Heaven.
~Du Yü, "Ode to Tea"

Good morning!
Today we start a new Anything Goes Challenge at Through the Craft Room Door!

Our sponsor this week Doctor Digis House of Stamps with a prize of two (2) images

Here's my card using a cute teapot and cup called Time for a Brew
The image is no longer available but you can buy the pot and cup as separate images
Supplies for 5 x 7 card
Image printed on Stampin Up! Whisper White Cardstock.
Design on image created using a digi paper from Touched by a Butterfly
Cardstock from The Paper Studio (Base) and Stampin Up!
Textured paper unknown
Card candy homemade by me
Other: Adhesive & dimensional foam

Thanks for stopping by!
(Hugs) Cara

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Happy Hellos ...


“When you are tempted to give up, your breakthrough is probably just around the corner.”
~ Joyce Meyer

Good Afternoon!
Running late, but finally shaing my card for the new color challenge which starts today at The OutlawzChallenges! 

Our sponsor this month is Fabrika Fantasy


It appears that when I made up all my cards for the month, somehow or another I managed to totally space today's challenge :O( ... so no Fabrika image on my card.



Supplies
Cardstock from The Paper Studio and Stampin Up!
Peacock and embossing folder are part of the Persia set from Cuttlebug
Rhinestones are from Recollections
Sentiment is a die from Avery Elle



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




Spooktacular! ...


Once in a young lifetime one should be allowed to have as much sweetness as one can possibly want and hold. ~Judith Olney

Good morning!

Today we start a new Anything Goes Challenge at Through the Craft Room Door!

Our sponsor this week is Oddball Art with a prize of 2 images!

For my cards I am using the image “Creepy Cute Halloween Candy & Bone Image No.105” which I printed on Stampin Up! Whisper White cardstock and colored with Stampin Up! ink and water brush.


Other supplies:
Design paper “Simply Spooky” from The Angel Company (Closed)
Ink from Close to My Heart
Jot bubble stickers
Other: adhesive and dimensional foam
Sentiment from Yvonne Albritton
Studio G Glitter


Thanks for stopping by!
(Hugs) Cara





Friday, May 4, 2018

Simple Thanks


“Ah, kindness. What a simple way to tell another struggling soul that there is love to be found in this world.” ~ A. A. Malee


Good morning
Today I am shaing a couple cards I made from left overs ... 
I am always in need of thank you cards an I am really happy with how these turned out.

hard to see in the photo, but the papers all have a nice bit of shimmer to them so even though they are at a glance, quite simple, they look quite elegant in real time.

I know the white paper is a Neenah Mettalice but the purples are from a scrap piece I uncovered when sorting through some papers I had set aside. 



Thanks for stopping by!
(Hugs) Cara

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Red was the color ....


But friendship is the breathing rose, with sweets in every fold. ~Oliver Wendell Holmes
  
Hi there!
Today starts a new monthly challenge at SheepSki Designs and this month our challenge theme is “Favorite Color”

Can you guess what my favorite color is? I’ll give you a hint ...

It rhymes with Red! (hee hee)! And what better way to use that color? Why flower of course!


For my card I am using two of Andreas beautiful images … together … on one card!
(say it with me now …. Ooooo / ahhhh)

and
  

Supplies (5 x 7 card)
  • The images are printed on Stampin Up! Whisper White card stock and colored with Stampin Ink and a water pen
  • Card stock from Stampin Up!
  • Cloud, Moon & Stars stencil from Stampin Up!
  • Distress Stickles from TH-Ranger
  • Flower punch from Martha Stewart
  • Ink from Stampin Up! and Close to My Heart
  • Pearls from my Stash
  • Sentiment from All Year Cheer I by Stampin up! 

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


Weekly Favorite for week ending May 5, 2018
SplitcoastStampers


Perfumed ....


You are a piece of the puzzle of someone else's life. You may never know where you fit, but others will fill the holes in their lives with pieces of you. ~Bonnie Arbon

Good morning!
Today is May 1st and the start of a new Progressive Freebie Challenge at The Outlawz Challenges.


Each month we 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

Our sponsor this month is ever so talented Sandi Huggett with this awesome perfume bottle.

While I created this card with the specific intention of Mother’s Day, I did not use a sentiment because I can’t decide if I want to use one or not. I’m still thinking …


Supplies
  • Image: Perfume Bottle printed on Stampin Up! Whisper White card stock & colored with Staedtler water color crayons
  • Alene’s Paper Glaze
  • Bling: Close to My Heart
  • Card stock: The Paper Studio (base) and Stampin Up!, Unknown (gold cs)
  • Die: Spellbinders Label 52 Decorative Accent
  • Smooch: Stampin Up! Gold & Silver

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