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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

Sunday, December 9, 2018

Here comes Santa Claus


No Santa Claus! Thank God! he lives, and he lives forever. A thousand years from now, Virginia, nay, ten times ten thousand years from now, he will continue to make glad the heart of childhood. ~ Francis Pharcellus Church

Good morning!
A new Sunday Song & Rhyme challenge is in process at The Outlawz Challenges. Each week we will give you a theme based on a song or a rhyme along with a bit of the lyrics/lines with which to take inspiration from to create a card/project! You can also look on-line to get more information about the Song/Rhyme.

Our sponsor this month is our very own Anne Fenton with a prize of 3 pre-selected digital stamps

This week’s inspiration comes from a rhyme/song selected by Deb
Here comes Santa Claus
Here comes Santa Claus
Right down Santa Claus Lane
Vixen and Blitzen and all his reindeer
Pullin' on the reins
Bells are ringin', children singin'


Supplies (5 x 7)
  • Card stock from The Paper Studio (Base), American Crafts and Stampin Up!
  • Glitter glue from Studio G
  • Ink from Stampin Up!
  • Rhinestones from Recollections
  • Santa topper is from a Memory kit called Christmas Cheer
  • Sentiment from Penny Black “Joy & Merriment”
  • Snowflake punches from EK Success and Martha Stewart

So, remember to stop by The Outlawz Challenges where a new challenge starts every day of the week!
(Hugs) Cara

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

The Color Red ...


Red is the ultimate cure for sadness. ~ Bill Blass

Hi everyone! Today I am sharing my card for the new color challenge which is currently running at The Outlawz Challenges.

Our sponsor this month with a prize of 3 images is The Paper Shelter and this week Ursula has selected a monotone challenge for us in the color red!

For my 5 x 7 card I am using a TPS image called Rose and a Verve Sketch



Here's the Sketch (Okay I messed up a few things, but close enough right?)


Here’s the Board



Supplies:
  • Pre-colored Image “Rose” from The Paper Shelter printed on Stampin Up! Whisper White cardstock
  • Card stock from The Paper Studio (Base), Stampin Up! and American Crafts
  • Design Paper from DCWV “Forbidden Floral” and scrap bin
  • Rhinestones from the Dollar store
  • Sizzix dies, Classic Circles
  • Sketch: Verve VLVAPR2011

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, December 2, 2018

Dreaming of a White Christmas


Silently, like thoughts that come and go, the snowflakes fall, each one a gem. ~ William Hamilton Gibson

Good morning!
A new Sunday Song & Rhyme challenge is in process at The Outlawz Challenges. Each week we will give you a theme based on a song or a rhyme along with a bit of the lyrics/lines with which to take inspiration from to create a card/project! You can also look on-line to get more information about the Song/Rhyme.

Our sponsor this month is our very own Anne Fenton with a prize of 3 pre-selected digital stamps.

This week’s inspiration comes from a rhyme/song selected by Lynn

I'm dreaming of a white Christmas
Just like the ones I used to know
Where the treetops glisten and children listen
To hear sleigh bells in the snow

I'm dreaming of a white Christmas
Just like the ones I used to know
Where the treetops glisten and children listen
To hear sleigh bells in the snow


I generally struggle with all white cards. I think they look amazing but when I try to make them, I want to start throwing color on them but I do believe I managed to pull this one off. Was so happy with how it turned out I actually made 3 more to add to my Christmas card file.



Supplies (A2 card)
  • Card stock from The Paper Studio
  • Christmas Elegance embossing folder from Embossalicious!
  • Pearls from Recollections
  • Stash: Metal tag, Snowflake sequins
  • White Eyelash trim from a Collage pack
  • White sequin trim from Novtex 

So, remember to stop by The Outlawz Challenges where a new challenge starts every day of the week!
(Hugs) Cara


Saturday, December 1, 2018

Beach Hut Holiday ...


Don't underestimate the value of Doing Nothing, of just going along, listening to all the things you can't hear, and not bothering. ~ A. A. Milne

Hi there! 
Today starts a new monthly challenge on the SheepSki Designs Challenge Blog and this month our challenge theme is Celebrations! For my 5 x 7 card, I used Beach Hut Holiday - image no 158 to make a retirement card.


Supplies:
  • Digi Image “Beach Hut Holiday #158” from SheepSki Designs printed on Stampin up! Whisper White card stock.
  • Card stock from The Paper Studio (base) and Stampin Up!
  • Dark Roast Silk from Fun Stampers Journey
  • Diamond Glaze from Judkins
  • Ink from Scrapbook.com
  • ProMarkers
  • Sentiment from Repeat Impressions (The inside says: It’s just a pleasant change of direction.)

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, use this code “skiandrea10” at checkout to receive a 10% discount off your purchase! So, come along and play one or both! Can't wait to see what you create!
(Hugs) Cara


For the Love of Music ...


Beautiful music is the art of the prophets that can calm the agitations of the soul; it is one of the most magnificent and delightful presents God has given us. ~ Martin Luther

Good morning! 
Today is December 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 StarzStamps with a really cute image called The Conductor.  
Website ~ starinmypocket.net
Etsy Digi Shop ~ starstampz.etsy.com
Facebook Page ~ www.facebook.com/starstampz


This image is so verstaile and can be used for anything from Chistmas cards to birthday cards. I decided on a masculine tone card and used a sketch I found on Pinterest. (NOTE: There is no identifer on the sketch so I don't know who made it or where it came from. If you know, please contact me so that I can give credit and a link back to the owner!)  I did decide to not add a sentiment to the front.of the card. I find I am doing that moe and more these days.


Sketch




Supplies: A2 card
  • Image “The Conductor” printed on Stampin Up! Whisper White Card stock
  • Black Nuvo drops
  • Card stock. The Paper Studio (Base) & Stampin Up!
  • Design Paper, Forbidden Floral by DCVW
  • ProMarkers 

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, November 27, 2018

Snow Days ...


It's easy to love the snow because at the end of every snowstorm it's as if the world has started over. There is no dirt, no footprints, just a layer of seamless, indiscriminate nature connecting everything to everything else. Isn't that the amazing thing about the natural world? You can tear it down, you can drill holes in it, you can ignore its power with all your might, but one morning you wake up and it has selflessly given despite all of our abuse. I think I'll make a snowman. ~ Andrew McMahon

Hi everyone! Today I am sharing my card for the new color challenge which is currently running at The Outlawz Challenges.

Our sponsor this month with a prize of 2 images is All Dressed Up

Our challenge this week we have a great tic tac toe board for you to use. To make it a bit easier, AJ created two boards … a picture board with images/colors and a descriptive board based on the picture.

My 5 x 7 card is also based on a sketch I found on Pinterest 


 The Sketch



Here’s the Board! I am using the bottom row, Left to right.


Supplies:
  • Image “Snowdays 3” from All Dressed Up printed on Stampin Up! Whisper White cardstock and colored with ProMarkers
  • Card stock from The Paper Studio (Base)
  • Design Paper from Pebble “Holly Jolly”
  • Glitter glue from Studio G
  • Pearls from Recollections
  • Sentiment from Pintworks
  • Sketch: Pamela Young
  • Snowflake punch from Studio G

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, November 25, 2018

Autumn Leaves ..


Besides the Autumn poets sing a few prosaic days
A little this side of the snow and that side of the Haze...
Grant me, Oh Lord, a sunny mind—
Thy windy will to bear!
~Emily Dickinson

Good morning!
A new Sunday Song & Rhyme challenge is in process at The Outlawz Challenges. Each week we will give you a theme based on a song or a rhyme along with a bit of the lyrics/lines with which to take inspiration from to create a card/project! You can also look on-line to get more information about the Song/Rhyme.

Our sponsor this month is our very own Anne Fenton with a prize of 3 pre-selected digital stamps


This week’s inspiration comes from a rhyme/song selected by Me: Autumn Leaves

Golden, crisp leaves falling softly from almost bare trees,
Lifting and falling in a hushed gentle breeze,
Slowly dropping to the soft cushioned ground,
Whispering and rustling a soothing sound.

Coppers, golds, and rusted tones,
Mother Nature's way of letting go.
They fall and gather one by one,
Autumn is here, summer has gone.



Supplies for my 5 x 7 card
  • Card candy created with ¼” paper punch and Judkins Diamond glaze
  • Cardstock from The Paper Studio
  • Ink from Close to My Heart
  • Metallic papers from The Paper Temptress
  • Sentiment from Rubbernecker Rubber Stamps
  • Sketch: Case this Sketch CTS196



So, remember to stop by The Outlawz Challenges where a new challenge starts every day of the week!
(Hugs) Cara

Thursday, November 22, 2018

Singing Mice ...


A little smile, a word of cheer, A bit of love from someone near, A little gift from one held dear, Best wishes for the coming year. These make a merry christmas! ~ John Greenleaf Whittier 

Good Morning Crafty Peeps!
A new month and new Progressive Freebie Challenge at DigiStamps4Joy Facebook Group

This month our image is "Mouse chorallers" … If you wanna play along with the rest of us you can purchase the image HERE for a discounted price to get started!

My Christmas card is a combination of piecing and coloring with ProMarkers and is based on Paper Craft Crew Sketch #22. I hand wrote in “Oh Holy Night” on the song book.


Sketch

  
Supplies (5 x 7 card)
  • Digi Image Mouse chorallers from DigiStamps4Joy printed on Stampin Up! Whisper White Card Stock
  • Black Sipa Drawing Pen
  • Card stock from The Paper Studio (base) and Stampin Up!
  • Cranberry Bliss Silk from Fun Stampers Journey
  • Design Papers, Digital from Touched by a Butterfly
  • Embossing folders: Diamond tree from CriCut & Music from Spellbinders
  • ProMarkers
  • Silver wood snowflake from Target $1 bin
  • Sketch: Paper Craft Crew #22
  • Stash: Jewel
  • Studio G Glitter Glue

Thanks for stopping by!
Cara


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Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Winter days ...

The simplicity of winter has a deep moral. The return of Nature, after such a career of splendor and prodigality, to habits so simple and austere, is not lost either upon the head or the heart. It is the philosopher coming back from the banquet and the wine to a cup of water and a crust of bread. ~John Burroughs, "The Snow-Walkers," 1866

Hi everyone! Today I am sharing my card for the new color challenge which is currently running at The Outlawz Challenges.

Our sponsor this month with a prize of 2 images is All Dressed Up

Our challenge this week was chosen by Jacqui. Use 3 of the 5 colors given with a Winter twist



Here’s the Board!



Supplies:
  • Cardstock from Stampin Up! & Bazzill
  • Design paper from Stampin Up!
  • Ink from Close to My Heart & Stampin Up!
  • Rhinestones from Recollections
  • Sentiment die from BoBunny
  • Snowflake die from Lawn Fawn

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, November 18, 2018

Over the Rainbow ...


Be thou the rainbow in the storms of life. The evening beam that smiles the clouds away, and tints tomorrow with prophetic ray. ~Lord Byron

Good morning!
A new Sunday Song & Rhyme challenge is in process at The Outlawz Challenges. Each week we will give you a theme based on a song or a rhyme along with a bit of the lyrics/lines with which to take inspiration from to create a card/project! You can also look on-line to get more information about the Song/Rhyme.

Our sponsor this month is our very own Anne Fenton with a prize of 3 pre-selected digital stamps


This week’s inspiration comes from a rhyme/song selected by Margaret: Over the Rainbow
Somewhere over the rainbow
blue birds fly
Birds fly over the rainbow
Why oh why can't I


Supplies
  • Cardstock from The Paper Studio (base) and Stampin Up!
  • Ink from Stampin Up!
  • Little bird die from Gina Marie Designs
  • Rhinestones from my Stash
  • Sentiment from Spellbinders “Sunny Days”

So, remember to stop by The Outlawz Challenges where a new challenge starts every day of the week!
(Hugs) Cara

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Butterfly Kisses ...


If someone were to pay you ten cents for every kind word you said about people and collect five cents for every unkind word, would you be rich or poor? ~Author unknown, quoted by Jacob M. Braude

Hi everyone! Today I am sharing my card for the new color challenge which is currently running at The Outlawz Challenges.

Our sponsor this month with a prize of 2 images is All Dressed Up

Our challenge this week was chosen by Sharon. We have an inspiration picture with and an Option to add a butterfly!

For my card, I am using an image from ADU called "Butterfly Kisses". I went with the colors and of course added lots of butterflies.


I gave dimension to the card with foam pop dots in different heights


Here’s the Board!


Supplies:
  • Image “Butterfly Kisses” from All Dressed Up
  • Card stock: The Paper Studio (Base), Stampin Up!
  • Dies: “Beautiful Wings” from Stampin Up!, “Butterfly Circles” from Spellbinders
  • Embossing folders: “Fluttering” from Sizzix, “Love Lines” from Crafters Companion
  • Ink(s): ProMarkers, Stampin Up!
  • Rhinestones from my stash
  • Sentiment from “It’s the Little Things” by The Angel Company (closed)
  • Sketch from Sketch Saturday

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

You're Appreciated ...


The only people with whom you should try to get even are those who have helped you. ~Knight's Treasury of Illustrations by Walter B. Knight, 1963  [Knight "gleaned from a wide variety of sources" for his treasury. I've seen this quotation attributed to Jack Herbert, quoted 1966; Mae Maloo, quoted 1975; and John E. Southard, quoted 1977. –tg]

Good morning!

Today we start a new Anything Goes Challenge at Through the Craft Room Door and our sponsor this week is Dr. Digi’s House of Stamps with a prize of 2 images.

For my card I am using a cute image called Alistair the Alligator!
Isn’t he adorable?





Supplies
  • Image Alistair the Alligator from Dr. Digi’s House of Stamps
  • Card stock from The Paper Studio (Base), Stampin Up!
  • Embossing Folder “Falling Petals” from Sizzix
  • Flowers and Circle element from my stash
  • Glitter glue from Studio G (on his belly)
  • Ink: Scrapbook.com
  • ProMarkers
  • Sentiment from Sincere Sentiments by The Angel Company (closed)
  • Vellum “Fairy Dust” from EK Success
  • Sketch from Sketch Saturday

Come play along with us!
(Hugs) Cara

Sunday, November 11, 2018

A wise old owl ...


The little owls call to each other with tremulous, quavering voices throughout the livelong night, as they sit in the creaking trees - Theodore Roosevelt.

Good morning!
A new Sunday Song & Rhyme challenge is in process at The Outlawz Challenges. Each week we will give you a theme based on a song or a rhyme along with a bit of the lyrics/lines with which to take inspiration from to create a card/project! You can also look on-line to get more information about the Song/Rhyme.

Our sponsor this month is our very own Anne Fenton with a prize of 3 pre-selected digital stamps



This week’s inspiration comes from a rhyme/song selected by Deb: A Wise Old Owl
A wise old owl lived in an oak
The more he saw the less he spoke
The less he spoke the more he heard.
Why can't we all be like that wise old bird?


Supplies
  • Cardstock from The Paper Studio (base) and Stampin Up!
  • Design paper from stash
  • Ink from Close to My Heart
  • Owl #6 die from Sizzix
  • Sentiment from Studio G
  • Woodgrain embossing folder from Sizzix

So, remember to stop by The Outlawz Challenges where a new challenge starts every day of the week!
(Hugs) Cara
  



Tuesday, November 6, 2018

It's your day ...


A birthday is just another day where you go to work and people give you love. Age is just a state of mind, and you are as old as you think you are. You have to count your blessings and be happy.
Abhishek Bachchan

Good morning!
Today we start a new Anything Goes Challenge at Through the Craft Room Door and our sponsor this week is Fabrika Fantasy with a prize of 3 images!



I’m actually reusing an image from a card I’d created last year … The card base was damaged and un-useable but I managed to save the image! Pretty proud of myself LOL

Supplies
  • Image Betta Fish Crowntail printed on Stampin Up! Whisper White card stock
  • Cardstock from Stampin Up! and Bazzill
  • Design paper “Marbled” by Colorbok and Scrapbook Wizard
  • Flowers from Petaloo and highlighted a bit with some sponged on yellow
  • Glitter glue from Studio G
  • Ink from Stampin Up!
  • Pearls from Recollections
  • ProMarkers
  • Scallop die from A-muse Studios
  • Sentiment from Stampin Up! Happiest of Birthday Wishes
  • Sketch: Sketchbook Saturday Challeng 

Come play along with us HERE!
(Hugs) Cara

Heart Rock Garden ...


Other things may change us, but we start and end with the family.
Anthony Brandt

Hi everyone! Today I am sharing my card for the new color challenge which is currently running at The Outlawz Challenges.

Our sponsor this month with a prize of 2 images is All DressedUp!
Our challenge this week was chosen by me to use 3 given colors and an optional lace twist




Supplies:
Image is a picture I took
Cardstock from The Paper Studio (base)
Design Paper “Parklane” from Stampin Up!
Lace from my stash
Scallop punch from Stampin Up!
White jewels from Want2Scrap
 Sketch: Sweet Sunday Sketch SSSC126


Here’s the Board!



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