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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, January 30, 2018

2018 Cards for Little Hearts Card Drive - Heart Month

Man has made many machines, complex and cunning, but which of them indeed rivals the workings of his heart? ~Pablo Casals

Hi Everyone,
The 2018 Cards for Little Hearts "Heart-Themed" Card Drive is wrapping up. At last count well over 300 cards have been received for this card drive and that number continues to go up as the stragglers (like mine) are received by Christina.


For those of you who do not know what the premise of Cards for Little Hearts is, it 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 current card drive will run from January 1st - February 1st for Heart-Themed (non-Valentine’s Day) "Thinking of You" cards to celebrate the patients during February's Heart Month. Cards will be hand delivered to heart patients at both Nationwide Children's Hospital (in Columbus, Ohio) and the Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital, (the Congenital Heart Collaborative in Cleveland, Ohio).

Please read the guideline page located on the Cards for Little Hearts' website for important information prior to making and sending in your cards. You can also find additional helpful resources on the FAQs page and a Sentiments List. There is also a Gallery page if you need some inspiration. If you have any questions about the guidelines or the card drive itself, please contact Christina (HERE) directly, founder of Cards for Little Hearts.

Here are pictures of more cards I made to send in.





Anyone is welcome to help make and send cards – from a young child who loves to doodle to an experienced, acclaimed card maker. Please consider participating. Even one card makes a difference!
(Hugs) Cara


Beauty ...

BEAUTY.—A sun which dwells in the souls of all... ~"A Chapter of Definitions," Daily Crescent, 1848 June 23rd

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 Fred She Said Designs


This week’s challenge is this tic tac toe board chosen by me. There are even three optional twists written into 3 of the squares.


For my card, I am using upper left corner to lower right corner and created this card.


Supplies for A2 card
  • Image is printed on Stampin Up Whisper White card stock and colored with ProMarkers
  • Big scallop oval from Spellbinders
  • Card stock from Stampin Up!
  • Design Paper from my scrap bin but I think all 3 are from DCWV
  • Pearls from my stash
  • Sentiment from Sizzix die set Handwritten Love

 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, January 23, 2018

Not forgotten Spring ...

Spring forever appears
the soothing music part
of lyrics unspoken.
It thaws the frozen fears,
mends the wounded heart
that Winter has broken.
~Aarno Davidson

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 Fred She Said Designs


This week’s challenge is from Kimberly ... Using the picture below, pick 3 colors with an optional twist of adding flowers.


Such a nice cheerful picture to remind us that Spring really is just around the corner!

For my card, I am using all five, but the primary colors are Red, White & Blue.

Supplies for 5 x 7 card
  • Image is printed on Stampin Up Whisper White card stock and colored with water-based ink & a water brush
  • Card Candy from my Stash
  • Card stock from The Paper Studio (Base) and Stampin Up!
  • Rhinestones from Made by Me
  • Sentiment from Unity Stamp Company 

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, January 16, 2018

We are the Warp ...

Life is a tapestry: We are the warp; angels, the weft; God, the weaver. Only the Weaver sees the whole design. ~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 starts today at The Outlawz Challenges!


Our sponsor this month is Fred She Said Designs


This week’s challenge has us checking out this photo from Sharon for some inspiration!


I went with the bold colors because I had the perfect Design paper from Color Bok and of course those wings.


Supplies for 5 x 7 card
  • Button from my stash
  • Card stock (for base) from The Paper Studio
  • Design Paper “Bright Splash” from Color Bok
  • India Ink from Memories
  • Sentiment from Halo Rubber Stamps
  • Wings from “Wings & Crowns” set from Spellbinders

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, January 14, 2018

It's my Thing ...

If "ifs" and "buts" were candy and nuts, wouldn't it be a Merry Christmas? ~Don Meredith

Good evening!
I am here to share my first Christmas card of the year! Yep … already starting making them because I love the Season and I love having lots of different Christmas cards to mail and give out.
It’s my thing!

This particular card was made using this really cute image for the Sasayaki Glitter mid-December Progressive Challenge #27. I tried to make it look like they were decorated for Christmas ... or at the very least, heading off to an ugly sweater party! 


Supplies
  • Image printed on Stampin Up! Whisper White card stock & colored using water based inks and water brush
  • Card candy: Stash
  • Card stock: Stampin Up!
  • India Ink: Memories
  • Ink: Stampin Up!
  • Label punch: Stampin Up!
  • Sentiment: Print Works
  • Various glitter glues: Studio G & Nuvo
  • Washi Glitter tape: Close to My Heart

Thanks for stopping by!

(Hugs) Cara

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Splinters anyone?

As you slide down the banister of life, may the splinters never point your way. ~Author unknown, c.1948

Good morning!
Things have been quite hectic in my household these last couple of months so I thought the above quote was hilarious and appropo since here I am, once again late sharing my card for the new color challenge which started yesterday at The Outlawz Challenges! 


Our sponsor this month is Fred She Said Designs


This week’s challenge gives you the choice of 3 colors from the lovely pallet below, chosen by team mate Jacqui, with a twist of adding an animal.



Because I can’t seem to keep track of my calendar I wound up not using a FSS image for my card this week. But I did used the 3 browns and added a horse. This 


Supplies
  • Close to My Heart: Glitter tape, Pearls, Design paper “Falling for You” which already had the sentiment printed on it
  • The Paper Studio: Card Stock 

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, January 2, 2018

Many Thanks ...

Silent gratitude isn't much use to anyone. ~G.B. Stern

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 Fred She Said Designs


This week’s challenge uses Teal plus two colors of choice from this whimsical inspiration photo. The best part is, you get to pick you own optional twist!


For my card, I used a pre-colored image for my card this well. As much as I enjoy coloring, I have to admit having these pre-colored images on hand for fast cards is very nice!


Supplies for my A2 card
  • Image “Fallen Maple Leaf (Pre-colored) from Fred She Said Designs.
  • Card stock from The Paper Studio (Base) and Stampin Up!
  • Ink from Stampin Up!
  • Sentiment from the “All Year Cheer I” set from Stampin Up!
  • Sequins from Close to My Heart

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

Monday, January 1, 2018

2018 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 and Happy New Year! Welcome to the 2018 Cards for Little Hearts "Heart-Themed" Card Drive.

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 current card drive will run from January 1st - February 1st for Heart-Themed (non-Valentine’s Day) "Thinking of You" cards to celebrate the patients during February's Heart Month. Cards will be hand delivered to heart patients at both Nationwide Children's Hospital (in Columbus, Ohio) and the Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital, (the Congenital Heart Collaborative in Cleveland, Ohio).

Anyone is welcome to help make and send cards – from a young child who loves to doodle to an experienced, acclaimed card maker.

Please read the guideline page located on the Cards for Little Hearts' website for important information prior to making and sending in your cards. You can also find additional helpful resources on the FAQs page and a Sentiments List. There is also a Gallery page if you need some inspiration. 

Here is a sample of some of the cards I sent in. My cards were created with the older kids, especially the boys.


Thank you for stopping by! I appreciate your visits and comments. If you have any questions about the guidelines or the card drive itself, please contact Christina (HERE) directly, founder of Cards for Little Hearts.

(Hugs) Cara

Flump N Tic ...

We can only be said to be alive in those moments when our hearts are conscious of our treasures. ~Thornton Wilder

Hi there!
Today starts a new monthly challenge at SheepSki Designs. This month our challenge theme is “Anything Goes” and for my A2 card I am using the image is Flump n Tic - image no 29.


Supplies
  • Image Flump n Tic - image no 29 colored with Promarkers.
  • Card candy (Stash)
  • Card stock (The Paper Studio and Stampin Up!)
  • Digi paper from Touched by a Butterfly (closed) used to paper piece the ears

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

So Very ...

Wherever you go, no matter what the weather, always bring your own sunshine. ~Anthony J. D'Angelo, The College Blue Book

Good morning!
Today is the 1st of January. The start of a new year and 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

This month we have the cute image “Bunny Cupcake Wagon” from Di's Digi Stamps


Here is my card for the month ...
Card size 5 x 7

  • Image “Bunny Cupcake Wagon” colored with Promarkers
  • Card candy (Stash)
  • Card stock (The Paper Studio & Stampin Up!)
  • Embossing folder “Twisted Hearts” (Spellbinders)
  • Glitter (Oriental Trading Company)
  • Ink (Stampin Up!)
  • Sentiment from “So Very” (Stampin Up!
  • Sequins & Rhinestones (Close to My Heart)

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