Tuesday, October 15, 2019

The Outlawz Crash you Stash Challenge: Corner Punches


Wouldn't it be an exhilarating tonic for the soul to take a moment to appreciate the simple, good things in life which are so bountiful...? ~Author unknown, c.1949

Good morning!
Today is the start of a new “Crash your Stash” challenge at The Outlawz ChallengesThe purpose of this Challenge is to encourage you to use those items that are no longer trending and probably stashed away in a drawer. Forgotten and alone. So, we are here to help inspire you to dig those lovely items out and bring them new life! 

We Are 3 Digital Shop is our generous sponsor this month with a lovely fall themed digi paper set called Autumn Scenes 
Our item for this month is Corner punches … we all have them. At one time they were all the rage to create fun frames for photos or journal notes on scrap book pages. I have a boxful that I can’t bare to part with because they always come in handy for something!

I am using a basket weave corner punch from EK Success. One of my favorites because it’s not ‘theme’ oriented like others I have.


Supplies:
  • Pre-colored Sponsor image “Autumn Scenes printed on Stampin Up! Whisper White Card Stock
  • Cardstock from The Paper Studio (Base), Bazzill
  • Corner punch from EK Success
  • Design Paper Unknown
  • Liquid class from Close to My Heart
  • Paper flower from Prima
  • Sentiment from Unity Stamps
  • Stash: Flower center




Thanks for stopping by and don’t forget to stop by The Outlawz Challenges where there is a challenge for every day of the week!
(Hugs) Cara





Saturday, October 12, 2019

Cards for Little Hearts Winter Card Drive: Holiday Hugs

People don't notice whether it's winter or summer when they're happy. - Anton Chekhov

Good morning!
I am here to share one of the cards I made for the 2019 Winter card drive for Cards for Little Hearts which runs October 1st through November 1st.

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.

Please read the guideline page located on the Cards for Little Hearts website (HERE) for important guidelines 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.


Supplies

  • Cardstock: American Crafts, Scrap bin, Stampin Up!, The Paper Studio (base)
  • Design Paper: Unknown
  • Dies: Mini Snowflakes from Fawn Lawn
  • Glitter paper: Close to My Heart, Recollections
  • Ink: ProMarkers, Memories India Ink
  • Rhinestones: Recollections
  • Stamps: Unknown
I encourage you to please get children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews or even your Sunday School class involved. The children always love to receive cards made by other children!

(Hugs) Cara

Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Cabinet make-over ...

It's a great thing when you realize you still have the ability to surprise yourself.  Makes you wonder what else you can do that you've forgotten about.  ~Alan Ball


Good morning!
Today I am sharing a make over.

I have been hunting for a way to store my embossing folders and thin metal dies which I currently have located in several different containers spread out all over my craft room ... drives me nuts!

While out and about several months ago, I found this 5 drawer cabinet at a local resell shop for $20.00. After some quick measuring I purchased it and dragged it home much to my husbands consternation! The nice thing about the drawers is that they pull all the way out making it easy to get to things towards the back of the drawer.

Since the weather has been awesome lately, I asked my dear husband to drag the cabinet to the back patio so I could begin the process of cleaning and repainting it.



Not pictured here is the marble slab that was attached with some sort of silcone to the top of the cabinet. If you look closed enough you can see the circles where the silicone was blobbed on. My husband threw that away as it was damaged and unusable for any other projects.



I pulled out the drawers, tighted up all the tracks, washed, sandpapered and washed again. Once dry I used a Glidden paint/primer mix but I was not happy with the coverage and finished up going over the cabinet with a couple cans of white spray paint ... I'm think now that the paint might have been old as I've never had that issue before.

I was originally going to leave the cabinet all white and change out the hardware to some red handles but while rumaging through my spray paints I found a left over can of red spray paint from another project which I decided at the last minute to use on the drawers. Love how it turned out!


Here is the finished cabinet. 



Although I might had some red details to the cabinet trim later as well as metal label holders (I think I have just enough red spray paint to cover them). I have yet to decide. What do you think?

I used foam board to divide the drawers in half. Next I need to make new index tabs then I can transfer my embossing folders and dies and clear out a lot of boxes!

I have sizzix strip dies and sizzlets but those are stored in another cabinet that works perfectly for them so I am thinking I will use the smaller top drawer to store all my embellisments that I have in several shoe boxes on a shelf. 

Overall, I'm really happy with it and can't wait to get it into my craftroom.

Thanks for stopping by!
(Hugs) Cara

Saturday, October 5, 2019

Cards for Little Hearts Winter Card Drive: Winter Friends

My old grandmother always used to say, Summer friends will melt away like summer snows, but winter friends are friends forever.  - George R. R. Martin

Good morning!
I am here to share one of the cards I made for the 2019 Winter card drive for Cards for Little Hearts which runs October 1st through November 1st.

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.

Please read the guideline page located on the Cards for Little Hearts website (HERE) for important guidelines 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.




Supplies

  • Pre-colored image “Just for you” from Wink Wink Ink combined with some digi paper from Touched by a Butterfly printed on Stampin Up! Whisper White card stock
  • Cardstock: Stampin Up!, The Paper Studio (base)
  • Design Paper: Unknown
  • Ink: Memories India Ink
  • Sentiment from Mini Wreath by The Angel Company
  • Studio G Glitter Glue
Based on Sweet Sunday Sketch #237

I encourage you to please get children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews or even your Sunday School class involved. The children always love to receive cards made by other children!

(Hugs) Cara

Saturday, September 28, 2019

Cards for Little Hearts Winter Card Drive: Sending Hugs

Hugs can do great amounts of good - especially for children. - Princess Diana

Good morning!
I am here to share one of the cards I made for the 2019 Winter card drive for Cards for Little Hearts which runs October 1st through November 1st.

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.

Please read the guideline page located on the Cards for Little Hearts website (HERE) for important guidelines 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.



Supplies

  • Cardstock: Neenah white, The Paper Studio (base)
  • Design Paper: Scrap bin
  • Embossing folder Unknown
  • Ink: Close to My Heart, Silk from Fun Stampers Journey
  • Nuvo drops
  • Sentiment from Holiday Hugs by Wplus9
  • Stash: Sequins
I encourage you to please get children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews or even your Sunday School class involved. The children always love to receive cards made by other children!

(Hugs) Cara

Saturday, September 21, 2019

Cards for Little Hearts Winter Card Drive: Winter Fun

Our hearts grow tender with childhood memories and love of kindred, and we are better throughout the year for having, in spirit, become a child again at Christmas-time. - Laura Ingalls Wilder

Good morning!
I am here to share one of the cards I made for the 2019 Winter card drive for Cards for Little Hearts which runs October 1st through November 1st.

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.

Please read the guideline page located on the Cards for Little Hearts website (HERE) for important guidelines 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.


Supplies

  • Pre-colored image “Snow friends” from Wink Wink Ink printed on Stampin Up Whisper White Cardstock
  • Cardstock: The Paper Studio (base), Stampin Up!, Neenah
  • Design Paper: Scrap bin
  • Embossing folder Stampin Up! Softly Falling
  • Ink from Close to My Heart and Silk from Fun Stampers Journey
  • Scallop Edge punch from Stampin Up!
  • Sentiment unknown
I encourage you to please get children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews or even your Sunday School class involved. The children always love to receive cards made by other children!

(Hugs) Cara

Saturday, September 14, 2019

Cards for Little Hearts Winter Card Drive: Holiday Hellos

When you ask God for a gift, Be thankful if he sends, Not diamonds, pearls or riches, but the love of real true friends. - Helen Steiner Rice

Good morning!
I am here to share one of the cards I made for the 2019 Winter card drive for Cards for Little Hearts which runs October 1st through November 1st.

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.

Please read the guideline page located on the Cards for Little Hearts website (HERE) for important guidelines 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.




Supplies

  • Cardstock: The Paper Studio (base) Stampin Up!
  • Decorating chalk
  • Design Paper: Scrap bin
  • Dies: Reindeer and Banner from Sizzix, Snowflakes from Fawn Lawn
  • Embossing folder from Cuttlebug
  • Glitter paper from recollections
  • Ink from Close to My Heart
  • Liquid glass from Close to My Heart
  • Red glitter glue from Stampin Up!
  • Stash: Googlie eyes, Letter stickers, Rhinestones
I encourage you to please get children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews or even your Sunday School class involved. The children always love to receive cards made by other children!

(Hugs) Cara

Tuesday, September 3, 2019

TTCRD Anything Goes, week of 9-3-19: Mermaid Silhouette


Though inland far we be,
Our souls have sight of that immortal sea
Which brought us hither.
~William Wordsworth, Intimations of Immortality

Good morning and Happy Tuesday!

Today we start a new Anything Goes Challenge at Through the Craft Room Door and our sponsor this week is Stix2Anything with a sponsor select gift package.

I did not make a card. I made “picture” for my downstairs guest powder room.



Supplies:
  • Embossing folder(s): Close to My Heart Woodgrain; Stampin Up! Seaside
  • Ink(s): Close to My Heart Silks; Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist; Stampin Up!
  • Paper(s): (unknown) Kraft Paper; (DP) Colorbok Watercolor Rainbow; Stampin Up!

Come play along with us at TTCRD Challenge Blog






(Hugs) Cara

Monday, July 15, 2019

The Outlawz Crash your Stash Challenge: Photo Corners


THOUGHT FOR THE DAY
“No one heals themselves by wounding another.”

Good morning!
Today is the start of a new “Crash your Stash” challenge at The Outlawz Challenges

The purpose of this Challenge is to encourage you to use those items that are no longer trending and probably stashed away in a drawer. Forgotten and alone. So, we are here to help inspire you to dig those lovely items out and bring them new life!
At the start of the challenge, we will tell you what item we want you to pull from your stash and use and you will have a whole month to find, dust off and create something lovely with the item! 
That simple! 
And to make it better, We Are 3 Digital Shop is generously sponsoring us so everyone month, someone will win a lovely prize! 
Our item for this month is Photo corners … those sticky little pieces of paper that were used by most scrapbookers and photo album enthusiast back in ther day to stick photos to the pages! They also make great little embellishments for cards.

For mine, my photo corners are white. I just colored them black with a marker and let them dry well before adding clear Nuvo Drops to them for a bit of texture and shiny. I also added a bit of the clear Nuvo drops to the pink polka dots to make them stand out as well.

Before I embossed the back piece I sponged it a bit of very light gray ink to make it pop off the white card bases a bit.


Supplies:
  • Pre-colored Sponsor image Tropical Snapshot Digital Printable and Sentiment Special Wishes printed on Stampin Up! Whisper White Card Stock
  • Black Sharpie
  • Cardstock from The Paper Studio (Base) and Stampin Up!
  • Clear Nuvo Drops
  • Embossing folder: Hawaiian shirt from Cuttlebug
  • Ink from Scrapbook.com
  • Photo corners from Stash
  • Rhinestones from Stampin Up!




Thanks for stopping by and don’t forget to stop by The Outlawz Challenges where there is a challenge for every day of the week!
(Hugs) Cara

Monday, June 24, 2019

Cards for Little Hearts ...

“In the sweetness of friendship let there be laughter, and sharing of pleasures.

For in the dew of little things the heart finds its morning and is refreshed.”

~ Khalil Gibran


Recently I was able to get together with a few friends for a day of catching up and card making. There was a time we were able to get together about every 5 – 6 weeks, but the last couple of years have seen the gap between get togethers widening so it was certainly lovely to see everyone!
Since I rarely seem to have time to spend a whole uninterrupted day in my craft room due to family stuff, I took the opportunity to make general cards for the Cards for Little Hearts.

Here are all the cards I made this weekend.











Supplies used:
  • Cardstock: Coordination’s, Stampin Up!, The Paper Studio (card bases)
  • Design Paper: Atd, ColorBok, Echo Park, Fancy Pants
  • Dies & Punches: Gina Marie Designs, Stampin Up!
  • Embossing Folder: Stampin Up!
  • Inks: Dr. Ph.Martins Pen-White, India Ink (Memories), Manga Pens, Pallet, Recollections, Scrapbook.com, Stampin Up!
  • Miscellaneous: Judikins Diamond Glaze, Nuvo drops, Puffy 3-D Paint, Studio G Glitter Glue
  • Sentiment Stamps: Close to My Heart, Halo Rubber Stamps, Simon Says Stamps, Stampin Up!
  • Stash: Pearls, Rhinestones 

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.


If you are interested in participating, the card drive for general, everyday cards runs all-year long. Most need cards are “Hello” and “Thinking of you” type cards that can be used all year long but more information can be found on the WEBSITE.

Hugs, Cara

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

The Outlawz Challenges: 3 colors, optional twist: add a bird

"Dream tonight of peacock tails, Diamond fields and spouter whales. Ills are many, blessing few, But dreams tonight will shelter you." ~ Herman Melville

Hi everyone! Today I am sharing my card for the new color challenge which started today at The Outlawz Challenges and sponsored this month by Imagine That! Digi Stamps.


Our challenge this week was picked by me. We are to use the three chosen colors from the inspiration board with a optional twist of adding bird.

For my card, I am using a Sponsor sentiment and pre-colored image called Pretty Peacocks. I created the faux stitched border by needle punching around the edge the using a fine tip marker for the “thread”



Supplies
  • Pre-colored image printed on Stampin Up! Whisper White Cardstock
  • Cardstock from The Paper Studio (base) and Stampin Up!
  • Glitter Glue from Studio G
  • Rhinestones from Stash 

Thanks for stopping by and don’t forget to stop by The Outlawz Challenges for more challenges and Inspiration!
(Hugs) Cara


Sunday, June 16, 2019

The Outlawz Sunday Song & Rhyme: Saturday in the Park

We shall go wild with fireworks...And they will plunge into the sky and shatter the darkness. -- Natsuki Takaya

Hi everyone! Today I am sharing my card for the new Sunday Song & Rhyme challenge which is currently running at The Outlawz Challenges through June 29

Our sponsor this month is Creative Bug

Our challenge this fortnight is to find inspiration in any of the lyrics/words to the Song:
Saturday in the Park

Saturday in the park,
I think it was the Fourth of July
Saturday in the park,
I think it was the Fourth of July
People dancing, people laughing
A man selling ice cream
Singing Italian songs
Everybody is another
Can you dig it (yes, I can)
And I've been waiting such a long time
For Saturday

For my card I used fireworks to create a fun birthday card.


Supplies:
  • Cardstock from The Paper Studio (base) and Stampin Up!
  • Fireworks Fun from Close to My Heart
  • Ink from Scrapbook.com
  • Rhinestones unknown
  • Sentiment, Messages for Everyday from Simon Says Stamps
  • Vellum from scrap bin
  • Sketch MFTWSC261

So, remember to stop by The Outlawz Challenges where you will find more challenges and inspiration! (Hugs) Cara



Saturday, June 15, 2019

The Outlawz Crash your Stash Challenge: Stick Pins

Since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. No one has seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us.
- 1 John 4:11-12

Good morning!
Today is the start of a new “Crash your Stash” challenge at The Outlawz Challenges

The purpose of this Challenge is to encourage you to use those items that are no longer trending and probably stashed away in a drawer. Forgotten and alone. So, we are here to help inspire you to dig those lovely items out and bring them new life!
At the start of the challenge, we will tell you what item we want you to pull from your stash and use and you will have a whole month to find, dust off and create something lovely with the item!
That simple!
And to make it better, We Are 3 Digital Shop is generously sponsoring us so everyone month, someone will win a lovely prize!
Our item for this month is Stick Pins … There was a time these were all the rage so many of you may still have these stuck in a drawer somewhere. Dig them out and come play along with us!


Supplies: 5 x 7 card
  • Stick pin from my stash
  • Cardstock from Stampin Up!
  • Design paper from my scrap bin
  • India Ink from Memories
  • Sentiment from Studio 118
  • Pearls from Recollections
  • Butterfly embellishment, a gift from a friend

Layout is based on a card from Mary Danson which I found on Pinterest. It appears her blog is no longer active, but here is the card I cased.





Thanks for stopping by and don’t forget to stop by The Outlawz Challenges where there is a challenge for every day of the week!
(Hugs) Cara


Tuesday, June 4, 2019

The Outlawz Challenges: Inspiration photo

On with the dance! let joy be unconfined;
No sleep till morn, when Youth and Pleasure meet
To chase the glowing hours with flying feet.
~George Gordon, Lord Byron, Childe Harold's Pilgrimage

Hi everyone! Today I am sharing my card for the new color challenge which started today at The Outlawz Challenges and sponsored this month by Imagine That! Digi Stamps.

Our challenge this week is a pretty picture of a ballerina which always makes me think of birds, so quick, delicate and elegant! So for my card, I used the Sponsor pre-colored image Sweet Petunia and sentiment. Then I added a bit of bling with glitter cardstock and glitter glue.


Supplies: 5 x 7 card
  • Pre-colored image printed on Stampin Up! Whisper White Cardstock
  • Cardstock from The Paper Studio (base) and Stampin Up!
  • Crafter’s Companion heart die
  • Glitter card stock from Recollections
  • Glitter Glue from Studio G
  • Marvy 1” circle punch

Here's the Inspiration photo


Thanks for stopping by and don’t forget to stop by The Outlawz Challenges for more challenges and Inspiration!
(Hugs) Cara

Sunday, June 2, 2019

The Outlawz Sunday Song & Rhyme: Shapes

I found I could say things with color and shapes that I couldn't say any other way - things I had no words for. --Georgia O'Keeffe

Hi everyone! Today I am sharing my card for the new Sunday Song & Rhyme challenge which is currently running at The Outlawz Challenges through June 15

Our sponsor this month is Creative Bug

Our challenge this fortnight is to find inspiration in any of the lyrics/words to the Rhyme:
Shapes

Shapes, Do you like Shapes
Shapes. I like Shapes
Do you like Shapes of all kinds?
Let’s see what Shapes we can find.

Can you find the circle?
I’ll give you a clue… it’s round!
And it has only one side.
That’s the one, you got it right!

Can you find the square?
I’ll give you a clue, it has 4 sides
They are all the same length.
That’s the one, you got it right!

Can you find the triangle?
I’ll give you a clue – It has 3 sides.1 – 2 – 3
The sides can be equal or different lengths
that’s the one you got it right!

Chorus
Can you find Rectangle?
Two sides are long and two sides are short
There are 4 sides in total
That’s the one you got it right!

Chorus
circle square triangle
Rectangle heart star
arrow diamond

For my card I decided to use a Circle theme and using my new GinaK Designs Wreath Builder that I ordered from Unity Stamp Company and a variety of stamps including Close to My Heart and Technique Tuesday, I created a circle. I also added a circle die cut along with pearls and rhinestones


Supplies:
  • Cardstock from The Paper Studio (base) and Stampin Up!
  • Design Paper unknown
  • Hampton Arts Acscents Spray
  • Ink from Scrapbook.com and Stampin Up!
  • Pearls from Stampin Up!
  • Rhinestones unknown
  • Sentiment from Close to My Heart
  • Spellbinder die Renaissance Jubilee 

So, remember to stop by The Outlawz Challenges where you will find more challenges and inspiration!
(Hugs) Cara