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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

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Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Blessings of yellow & gold ...


Even if you think the Big Bang created the stars, don't you wonder who sent the flowers? ~Robert Brault

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

Our sponsor this month with a prize of 3 images is SheepSki Designs

Tis week we have a lovely inspiration photo from AJ. I love the fall colors and theme of this card!

Here’s my 5 x 7 card based on Papercraft Crew Sketch #22 using Flower Bouquet.



Here’s the Board



Supplies:
  • SheepSki Designs image “Flower Bouquet” printed on Stampin’ Up! Whisper White cardstock and colored with ProMarkers
  • Card stock: American Crafts, Stampin’ Up! and The Paper Studio (base)
  • Dies: Cross stitched squares from Gina Marie Designs and Fall Botanical from Spellbinders
  • Distressed Stickles from Ranger
  • Embossing folders: Old Style from Parklane and Subtle from Stampin’ Up!
  • Stash: Bling

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, September 16, 2018

Row Row, Row your boat ...


You've got a lot of choices. If getting out of bed in the morning is a chore and you're not smiling on a regular basis, try another choice. ~Steven D. Woodhull (b.1976, U.S. geologist), "Tuition," 1999 

Good morning!
A new challenge as started today for the Sunday Song & Rhyme challenge 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.

Row, row, row your boat
Gently down the stream
Merrily, merrily, merrily, merrily
Life is but a dream

Here is my 5 x 7 card

Supplies
  • Cardstock: Stampin’ Up! and The Paper Studio (Base)
  • Design Paper: Watercolor rainbows from Colorbok
  • Dies: Clouds 1&2 from Papertrey Ink and Daydreams from Spellbinders
  • Embossing folder: Clouds from Stampin Up!
  • Ink: Close to My Heart, India ink from Memories and Stampin’ Up!
  • Sentiment: Sail away from The Angel Company (closed) 

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


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


Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Warm Winter Wishes ...


If I ever have any back-up dancers, I want the penguins from Madagascar. - Ed Sheeran

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

Our sponsor this month with a prize of 3 images is SheepSki Designs

Jacqui selected our challenge this week which is a Monochrome board using shades of blue

Here’s my A2 card based on I Spy Sketch ISSC14 using Huddle This card (and several more like it) will be send to Christina for te Cards for Little Hearts Card drive.


 Here’s the Board

Supplies:
  • SheepSki Designs image “Huddle” printed on Stampin’ Up! Whisper Whiet cardstock and colored with ProMarkers
  • Cardstock from The Paper Studio (base) & American Crafts
  • Design Paper Unknown
  • Ink from Stampin Up!
  • Judikins Diamond Glaze
  • Sentiment from The Halo Rubber Stamp Co. (Closed)
  • Studio G Glitter Glue 

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, September 9, 2018

Happy Birthday ...

Middle age is having a choice between two temptations and choosing the one that'll get you home earlier. ~Dan Bennett

Good morning!
A new challenge as started today for the Sunday Song & Rhyme challenge 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.
  
This week’s Song/Rhyme is: Happy Birthday

You know it doesn't make much sense
There ought to be a law against
Anyone who takes offense
At a day in your celebration
'Cause we all know in our minds, etc
Happy birthday to you
Happy birthday to you
Happy birthday


 Here is my 5 x 7 card

Supplies
Cardstock: The Paper Studio (base), American Crafts & Stampin’ Up!
Design Paper: Scrapbook Wizard
Liquid Pearls from Ranger

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

So don’t forget to stop by The Outlawz Challenges where a new challenge starts every day of the week!
(Hugs) Cara


Saturday, September 8, 2018

Only for You ...

So plant your own gardens and decorate your own soul, instead of waiting for someone to bring you flowers. - Jorge Luis Borges

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

This month our image is this awesome 3-D Flower set. If you wanna play along with the rest of us you can purchase the image HERE to get started!

The fun thing about this set is that you can print and color. print on design paper or do like I did and use a digital paper to color mine which I then fussy cut and attached to the card base with 3-D foam dots.


Close Up 


Supplies
  • DS4J Image “3-D Flower set” printed on Stampin’ Up! Whisper White card stock using Digital Paper from Touched by A Butterfly
  • Cardstock from The Paper Studio (base) and Stampin’ Up!
  • Embossing folder from Spellbinders, Dew drop delight
  • Design paper from Scrapbook Wizard
  • Glitter glue from Studio G
  • Rhinestones from Say it with Crystals
 Thanks for stopping by!

I am entering the following Challenge(s)

Grupo:Rabisco Challenge - #2 Anything Goes
DigiStamps4JoyChallenge #152 - Anything Goes + optional twist "Flower Frenzy
Jos Scrap ShackFFC #250 Always Anything Goes with Bugaboo!!
Cardz TVCARDZ TV ANYTHING GOES CHALLENGE #64

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

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

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

Our sponsor this month with a prize of 3 images is SheepSki Designs

Our challenge this week comes from Ursula using 3 of 5 very lovely colors to make a birthday card!

Here’s my 5 x 7 card using Birthday Balloons
I used all 5 colors because I love the complete combination!


Here’s the Board



Supplies:
  • Image “Birthday Balloons” printed Stampin’ Up Whisper White Cardstock and colored with ProMarkers & Copics
  • Bubble stickers from Jot
  • Cardstock from The Paper Studio (base) and Bazzill
  • Design Paper Unknown
  • Stash: “Celebrate” rub-on and “U” sticker




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

Saturday, September 1, 2018

Rad love ...


Life would be infinitely happier if we could only be born at the age of eighty and gradually approach eighteen. - Mark Twain

Hi there!
Today starts a new monthly challenge at SheepSki Designs. This month our challenge theme is “For the Kids”.  My 5 x 7 card is based on SplitCoastStampers Sketch SC411 and I am using Bob - image no 60

  
Supplies:
  • Image “Bob” printed on Stampin’ Up! Whisper White card stock and colored with ProMarkers
  • Cardstock: The Paper Studio (base) & Stampin’ Up!
  • Design Paper: ProvoCraft & Touched by a Butterfly
  • Diamond Glaze from Judkins
  • Glitter Glue from Studio G 

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

Give Thanks ...


Fall has always been my favorite season. The time when everything bursts with its last beauty, as if nature had been saving up all year for the grand finale. - Lauren DeStefano

Good morning!

Today is September 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 Mary Smith of Createful Heart with this fun image called Ms Scarecrow with Squirrels

I decided to create the sky behind the image by playing around with the “Smoosh” technique. I love how this turned out.



Supplies
  • Image “Ms Scarecrow with squirrels” printed on Stampin Up! Whisper White cardstock and colored with ProMarkers
  • Cardstock from The Paper Studio (base), Stampin’ Up & American Crafts
  • Design Paper: Bit of scrap paper from DCWV
  • Dies/punches: Label punch from Stampin’ Up!, Leaf punch from EK Success
  • Embossing Folder: Subtle from Stampin’ Up!
  • Goosebumps Texture Spray
  • Ink: Stampin’ Up
  • Stamps: Inkahootz! (closed) 



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, August 28, 2018

Wheelbarrow garden ...


To be nobody but yourself in a world which is doing its best, night and day, to make you everybody else means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight; and never stop fighting.  ~e.e. cummings

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

This week we have a really fun tic tac toe board to use.

Here’s my 5 x 7 card.
I am using the middle row, top to bottom


Close up



Here’s the Board


Supplies:
  • Pre-colored image “Wheelbarrow” from Fred She Said Designs printed on Stampin Up! Whisper Wite card stock
  • Cardstock from Stampin Up!
  • Design paper from Scrapbook Wizards
  • Dies: Classic Circle die from Sizzix; Lacy Nested Pennant from Spellbinders
  • Ink from Stampin Up!
  • Judikins Diamond glaze
  • Pearls from Recollections

Our sponsor this month with a prize of 3 images is Fred She Said Designs with a $10 gift card



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

Arhhh - Ahoy Matey ...


It's your birthday to-day, so why are we waiting?
Without further delay, Let's start celebrating.
~Norman Wesley Brooks, 1967

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 3 image prize!

Here is my card using a fun pre-colored image called Pirate Parrot 1This card is perfect for a young boy and will be sent to Cards for Little Hearts for the General card drive. If you are interest in participating, more information can be found HERE.


Supplies
Pre-colored image "Pirate Parrot 1" from Fabrika Fantasy printed on Stampin up! Whisper White card stock
Card stock from Stampin Up!
Design paper unknown
Jot bubble stickers
Sentiment from Inkahootz! (Closed)
Stampin Up! Label punch
  
Thanks for stopping by!
(Hugs) Cara

Sunday, August 26, 2018

The Wheels on the Bus ...


The beautiful thing about learning is nobody can take it away from you. - B. B. King

Good morning!
A new challenge as started today for the Sunday Song & Rhyme challenge 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.


Find Inspiration in this week’s song/rhyme
The wheels on the bus go round and round
Round and round, round and round
The wheels on the bus go round and round
All through the town.

My 5 x 7 card layout is based on a card I found on Pinterest and came from CraftsbyPatty.com. The school bus was fussy cut from the Design paper used on the card.

Supplies
  • Cardstock: The Paper Studio (base) & Stampin’ Up!
  • Design Paper: Me & My Big Ideas
  • Design Paper: Watercolor Rainbow from ColorBok
  • Embossing folder from We R Memory Keepers
  • Ink: Stampin’ Up!

Our sponsor this month is Anne Fenton with a prize of 3 pre-selected digital stamps, so don’t forget to stop by The Outlawz Challenges where a new challenge starts every day of the week!



(Hugs) Cara

Friday, August 24, 2018

Happy Hello ...


When you go to Hawaii, it's all about "Aloha." It means hello, goodbye and I love you. - Gabriel Iglesias

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 “Lillies for you”. Isn’t she cute?!

My card is based on The Paper Player Sketch PP201

Supplies
  • Image “Lillies for  You” printed on Stampin Up! Whisper White card stock and colored with ProMarkers
  • Cardstock: The Paper Studio (base) and Stampin’ Up!
  • Design Paper: Digital paper from Decosse’s Dynamite Doodles
  • Diamond glaze from Judikins
  • Dies/punches: Large nested pennants from Spellbinders; ¾ circle punch from Stampin’ Up!
  • Stamps: A Light Heart from Stampin’ Up!
  • Stash: Rhinestone

Thanks for stopping by!
(Hugs) Cara

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Always on My Mind ...


It doesn't matter how old you are, or what you do in your life, you never stop needing your mom.
Kate Winslet

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

This week we have a beautiful Inspiration picture and pallet from Sharon

Here’s my 5 x 7 card based on Verve Sketch VSHR4

 Close up of butterfly



Here’s the Board


Supplies
  • Cardstock from The Paper Studio (base) and Stampin Up!
  • Design Paper from Scrapbook Wizzards and ColorBok
  • Embossing folder “Florals” from Close to My Heart
  • Embossing folder “Border Frills” from Cuttlebug
  • India Ink from Memories
  • Liquid Pearls from Ranger
  • Nuvo Crystal drops from Tonic
  • Sentiment from Stampin Up! “Always”
  • Tag punch from Stampin Up!

Our sponsor this month with a prize of 3 images is Fred She Said with a $10 gift card



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

Chose to dance!


Weather is a great metaphor for life — sometimes it's good, sometimes it's bad, and there's nothing much you can do about it but carry an umbrella or choose to dance in the rain! ~Terri Guillemets, "Homeward bound in the crashing of the rain," 1991 

Good morning!

Today we start a new Anything Goes Challenge at Through the Craft Room Door and our sponsor this week is SheepSki Designs with a prize of 3 images from her shop

Here is my card using Shopping In Yorkshire, image119


Supplies
  • Image “Shopping In Yorkshire” printed on Stampin Up! Whisper White and colored with ProMarkers
  • Design Paper from DCWV – Forbidden Flower
  • Flower center from The Oriental Trading Company
  • Mojo Monday Sketch 108
  • Rain dots from Cloud 9
  • Silk from Close to My Heart
  • Stash: Flower petals, Ribbon


Thanks for stopping by!
(Hugs) Cara

Sunday, August 19, 2018

Under the Sea ...


We tend to forget that happiness doesn’t come as a result of getting something we don’t have, but rather of recognizing and appreciating what we do have. ~Frederick Keonig

Good morning!
A new challenge as started today for the Sunday Song & Rhyme challenge 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.


Find Inspiration in this week’s song/rhyme: Under the Sea (Little Mermaid)
Under the sea
Under the sea
Darling it's better
Down where it's wetter
Take it from me
Up on the shore they work all day
Out in the sun they slave away
While we devotin'
Full time to floatin'
Under the sea

Here is my card!


Supplies
  • Image from Marisdigis printed on Stampin Up! Whisper White cardstock and colored with ProMarkers
  • Dies: Gina Marie Designs Stitched Squares
  • Embellishments: Recollections rhinestones
  • Ink: Memories India Ink
  • Mojo Monday Sketch 144
  • Other: Judkins diamond glaze
  • Papers: Momenta, The Paper Studio (base)
  • Punches: Stampin Up! Label Punch
  • Sentiment: Stampin Up! Lots of Thoughts

Our sponsor this month is Anne Fenton with a prize of 3 pre-selected digital stamps, so don’t forget to stop by The Outlawz Challenges where a new challenge starts every day of the week!


Thanks for stopping by!
(Hugs) Cara

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Tractor on ...


You've got a lot of choices. If getting out of bed in the morning is a chore and you're not smiling on a regular basis, try another choice. ~Steven D. Woodhull (b.1976, U.S. geologist), "Tuition," 1999

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

This week challenge is a lovely color pallet from Jacqui with a masculine twist!

Here’s my 5 x 7 card


Here’s the Board



Supplies
  • Pre-colored image “The Old Tractor” printed on Stampin Up! Whisper White Card Stock
  • Based on MFT Sketch MFTWSC34
  • Embossing Folders: Cuttlebug Chicken wire; Echo Park Buffalo Plaid; Stampin Up! Subtle
  • Ink: Memories India Ink
  • Other: Stampin Up! Label Punch
  • Paper: Stampin Up!; The Paper Studio (card base)
  • Stamps: Inkahootz! (closed)
  • Stash: Card Candy 



Our sponsor this month with a prize of 3 images is Fred She Says with a $10 gift card so 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