Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Dragon Knight in shades of Green

Man can lend himself to all the sallies of imagination; he consents to follow its adventurous bark through the narrowest and most perilous straights; but when once it has broken the tie that bound it to reality, he either ceases to follow it at all, or follows it without sympathy, with impatience, or anxiety. ~Alexandre Vinet (1797–1847)

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 is Starstampz with a sweet prize of 3 digi images! May sure you check out their website and Etsy store for more great images!
Etsy Digi Shop ~ starstampz.etsy.com
Prize: 3 digi stamps

This week we have a monochromatic board of greens and an optional twist of adding cactus!
For my card I am using a really cute image from the sponsor called Dragon Knight … so cute!


Board

Supplies
  • Image printed on Stampin Up! Whisper White Cardstock
  • Alcohol markers (Copics & Pro-Markers)
  • Card stock from Stampin Up, The Paper Studio (base)
  • Embossing folder from Darice
  • Glitter glue from Studio G
  • Ink from Stampin Up!
  • Stamps from Dreams & Dragons from Stampin Up!; Sentiment from JRL Designs; Stuck on You from Close to My Heart
  • Stencil unknown 

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 27, 2019

Roses are Red My Love

Your love is warmer than summer sunshine, your voice more gentle than the whispering breeze. My soul basks in the tender glow of yours, and finds comfort there. ~Catherine Hart, Night Flame, 1989

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 Through the Craft Room Door offering a prize of the January-February issue and images.

This week’s inspiration comes from a song selected by Deb
Roses are red, my love
Violets are blue
Sugar is sweet, my love
But not as sweet as you


  • Card stock from Stampin Up! and The Paper Studio (base)
  • Dollar store rhinestones
  • Fun Stampers Journey Beach Ball Silk
  • Stampin Up! Ink
  • Stampin Up! Stamp & Die set Rose Wonder
  • Stash: Vellum
Sketch Inspiration: SplitcoastStampers SC394




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

Saturday, January 26, 2019

Sheep Ski Designs: Rocket & Rosie

I love you not only for what you are, but for what I am when I am with you -- Roy Croft


Good morning!
Kit & Clowder is having a freebie give away event and starting today you can get this adorable image from Andrea of SheepSki Designs. There will also be a discount code available so make sure you go check out the event and suppose the artists!



Supplies
Rocket & Rosie printed on Stampin Up Whisper White card stock
Alcohol Markers, Copics & ProMarkers
Card candy from Cloud 9
Design paper from Stampin Up!
Digi paper from Touched by a Butterfly
Ink from Stampin Up!
Sentiment from Rubbernecker Stamps
Layout: Freshly Made Sketch FMS133


Friday, January 25, 2019

2019 Cards for Little Hearts Card Drive

That life is to my liking which is made up of little deeds, little sacrifices, little kindnesses. ~Birthday letter quoted in J.R. Macduff, Birthdays, 1893

Hello and Welcome to the 2019 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. If you have any questions about the guidelines or the card drive itself, please contact Christina (HERE) directly, founder of Cards for Little Hearts.

There is only about a week left to get your cards mailed in! 
Here is are just some of the cards I sent in.










Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

DS4J PFC: New Year Streamers

Hope and faith flower from the cheerful seeds of the old year to the sprouting garden of the new year's dawn. ~Terri Guillemets, "Annuals," 2004

Good morning!
Sadly news has come about that DigiStamps4Joy will be closing up shop at the end of the month. Margy Kieser is such an amazing and generous lady and it saddens me that she has found herself in this position … too many people think that it’s okay to share images with friends and on Pinterest.
This effects the artists who create all these lovely images and DigiStamps4Joy appears to another one brought down by the inconsideration of others.

This is her last Progressive freebie challenge and we were given the image “New Year streamers”. I had fun creating this card using metallic papers and inks. 


Supplies
Image printed on Stampin Up! Whisper White card stock
Artiste gel pens in gold & silver
Card stock for base from The Paper Studio
Cra-z-art glitter pends
Fun Stampers Journey Sparkle Silk and Silver card candy
Gold and silver metallic card stock from my stash
Sketch: Sunday sketch & Stamp


You can still play along until the end of the month … so if interested check out the facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/groups/636935063114458/

Since her shop is closing, she is offering a 50% discount on all images. Please visit her shop! Lots of wonderful images to be found!
http://digistamps4joy.co.za/ 

Thanks for stopping by!
(Hugs) Cara

TTCRD Challenge: Ted No2

Life is a gift, and it offers us the privilege, opportunity, and responsibility to give something back by becoming more. -- Tony Robbins

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 Morgans Artworld  with a generous gift of 3 pre-selected images which can be seen on the blog. Make sure you check out her social sites!


For my card I used the cute image Ted No 2. Once printed and colored, I fussy cut him out and attached him to my card with foam dots.


Supplies:
Ted No 2 printed on Stampin Up! Whisper White card stock
Alcohol markers, Copics & ProMarkers
Cardstock, The Paper Studio (base) & Stampin Up!
Sizzix embossing folder
Stampin Up! ink
White gel pen

Come play along with us!
(Hugs) Cara

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

New Crash your Stash Challenge!

All that is worth cherishing begins in the heart. ~Suzanne Chapin

Good morning!
Today is January 15 and we are starting a new monthly challenge at The Outlawz Challenges called “Crash your Stash”.

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 every month, someone will win a lovely prize! 



Our item this month is

EYELETS

My card using mix of heart and round eyelets. I made several of these to be sent in to The Cards for Little Hearts Card Drive which is taking place right now. For more information you can check out the Website HERE.


Supplies: A2 card

  • Eyelets from my stash
  • Card stock from The Paper Studio (base) and Stampin Up!
  • Design Paper from American
  • India Ink from Memories
  • Little butterfly punch from Target $1 bin
  • Rhinestones from His & Hers
  • Sentiment from Stampin Up “Hey Chick”
  • Sipa Manga pen
  • Tree stamp from Stamps by Judith 

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



Sunday Best ...


One doesn’t know, till one is a bit at odds with the world, how much one’s friends who believe in one rather generously, mean to one. ~D.H. Lawrence

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 is Starstampz with a sweet prize of 3 digi images! May sure you check out their website and Etsy store for more great images!
Etsy Digi Shop ~ starstampz.etsy.com
Prize: 3 digi stamps
This week we have a tic tac toe board from AJ. Love these boards. They give me options but still force me to work a bit out of my comfort zone! For my card I am using the boxes diagonally starting in the lower left hand corner (shimmering sequins), free space, and upper right hand corner (pink)
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I am also using an adorable image called Sunday Best. Isn’t she sweet? I love how this card turned out.

Supplies for my 5 x 7 card:
Sunday Best from StarzStamps printed on Stampin Up! Whisper White Cardstock; Card stock from The Paper Studio (Base); Copics and ProMarkers; Nuvo Crystal Clear Drops; Spellbinder die, Romantic Rectangles; Stash: Friend element, Design paper, Pink card stock & Sequins
Studio G Glitter Glue

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

Monday, January 14, 2019

Growing in Unity 2019


Spread love everywhere you go. Let no one ever come to you without leaving happier. - Mother Teresa

Good Evening!
Time to announce my two winners of a $25.00 prize pack from Unity Stamp Company!

Congratulation to

Glennis
And
Wilma DeG

Please send me a message via my contact form so I can get your information!
(Hugs) Cara

Friday, January 11, 2019

Day 5 & final, Growing in Unity 2019

Courtesies of a small and trivial character are the ones which strike deepest in the grateful and appreciating heart. ~Henry Clay

Good Morning!
Awww... Sadness :O( …
Today is my fifth and final day to share with you a card I made using a Unity Stamp. I hope you have enjoyed your visits and I appreciate all the wonderful comments that have been left over the last several days!

As you can all see, I am a big fan of using sketch layouts for my cards! They are such great prompts for those days when I struggle with a layout for an image I am using. I’m not really a scrapbooker (so to speak), but many years ago when I was questioning a friend who was using an actual scrapbook layout for a card, she simple said “Cards are just little scrapbook pages. Only instead of a photograph, you are using a stamped image”.

It just made so much sense and I started looking at them differently… Now I use them all the time.
This card is no exception. A layout for a square card was used here, but I did not follow exactly. You can see I modified a bit for a 5 x 7 card but you can still make out the layout. I do that all the time. Just have to make some adjustments for the card base size you are using.

Not sure what the deal is with my picture, hoping you can see it clearly on your end.

  • Image “Scarf in Winter” from Unity Stamp Company
  • Black Hybrid Ink from Scrapbook.com
  • Card stock from The Paper Studio (base) and Stampin Up!
  • Design paper “Kiss” from Paper Pizazz
  • Marvy Rectangle Punches
  • Promarkers
  • Rhinestones from Recollections
  • Studio G Glitter Glue

Sketch: Paper Craft Crew #68

Here are links to the Unity Stamp Company Store and Social Media Sites!
Go check them out! You won’t be disappointed!

  
Don't forget to leave me a comment for a chance to be one of two people I get to pick to win 25 random stamps from Unity Stamp Company and announcing here as soon as I have the go ahead!

Thank for stopping by!
Cara

Thursday, January 10, 2019

Day 4, Growing in Unity 2019

The most important thing is to live a fabulous life. As long as it's fabulous I don't care how long it is. - Freddie Mercury


Good Morning!
Today is day four of me sharing with you a card I made using a Unity Stamp. A good friend of mine has this stamp and when I saw it I just knew I also had to have it!

This card is going to be a birthday card for someone special and once again my card follows a sketch. I did not have any twine or ribbon I liked to go with the colors used on the card so opted to use a bit more of the glitter paper to create the "ribbon" effect.



Supplies for 5 x 7 card
  • Image “Fabulous Flamingo” from Unity Stamp Company
  • Black Hybrid Ink from Scrapbook.com
  • Card stock from The Paper Studio (base) and Stampin Up!
  • Design paper “Tropical Vacation” from Recollections
  • Embossing folder “Subtle” from Stampin Up!
  • Glitter paper from Recollections
  • Promarkers
  • Rhinestones from Recollections

Sketch: MojoMonday 384

Here are links to the Unity Stamp Company Store and Social Media Sites!
Go check them out! You won’t be disappointed!

  
Don't forget to leave me a comment for a chance to be one of two people I get to pick to win 25 random stamps from Unity Stamp Company!

Thank for stopping by!
Cara

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Day 3, Growing in Unity 2019

Clouds come floating into my life, no longer to carry rain or usher storm, but to add color to my sunset sky. ~Rabindranath Tagore

Good Morning!
Today is my day three for sharing with you a card I made using a Unity Stamp. This card was made for a young family friend who is celebrating a birthday this month

The image is a recent purchase and I bought it because I kept seeing the clouds in different and fun colors! So it was great to actually play with it and see those thoughts come to life!

First I stamped the image on watercolor paper then heat embossed in black. Once set, I misted the paper and starting adding the twinkling H2O paints. When the paints and paper were dry, I added glitter glue to give a lot of additional sparkle to the card! Perfect for a young lady!

I love how bright and sparkly it turned out



Supplies for 5 x 7 card
  • Image “Clouded by Cuteness  from Unity Stamp Company
  • Black Hybrid Ink from Scrapbook.com
  • Canson watercolor paper (140lb cold press)
  • Card stock from The Paper Studio (Base) and Stampin Up!
  • Design papers from ColorBok “Watercolor Rainbow” and ProvoCraft "Speckled Frog"
  • Sentiment from Unity Stamps “Halo Dirty”
  • Stampin Up! Black Embossing Powder
  • Studio G Glitter Glue
  • Twinkling H2O watercolor paints

Sketch: Stella Says Sketch SSS606

 Here are links to the Unity Stamp Company Store and Social Media Sites!
Go check them out! You won’t be disappointed!

  
Don't forget to leave me a comment for a chance to be one of two people I get to pick to win 25 random stamps from Unity Stamp Company!
Thank for stopping by!
Cara

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Day 2, Growing in Unity 2019

Life was meant to be lived, and curiosity must be kept alive. One must never, for whatever reason, turn his back on life. ~Eleanor Roosevelt

Good Morning!
Today is my day two for sharing with you a card I made using a Unity Stamp. This card was made for a family friend who celebrated turning 90 years young! Since he has such a great sense of humor, I thought Brian Guy would be a great image for his card.

I did a bit of paper piecing for the shirt and pants by stamping the image on some bits of design paper I had in my scrap box. Then I trimmed them up and attached to another image stamped on white card stock.




Supplies for 5 x 7 card

  • Image “Brian Guy from Unity Stamp Company
  • Card stock from Stampin Up and American Crafts!
  • Design Paper from my Scrap box
  • Fresh Sage Silk from Fun Stampers Journey
  • India Ink from memories
  • Medallion from my stash
  • ProMarkers
Sketch: My Favorite Things MFTWSC58 (flipped)



Here are links to the Unity Stamp Company Store and Social Media Sites!






Don't forget to leave me a comment for a chance to be one of two people I get to pick to win 25 random stamps from Unity Stamp Company!

Thank for stopping by!

Cara

Monday, January 7, 2019

Day 1, Growing in Unity 2019

A perfect marriage is just two imperfect people who refuse to give up on each other. ~ Dave Willis

Good Morning!
I was one of the lucky few to be selected as a Unity Gal for 2019! I did this in 2017 but just could not pull off making the team for 2018 so I am very excited to be sharing with you my cards this week made with Unity Stamps! Now, each week a different Designer from around the world is going to be sharing share their talent with you so if you don’t want to miss out, make sure you follow them on Facebook (Links below)

To start my week off, I am going to share the Anniversary card I made for my Husband (we've been married 33 years) using "Promise Always". Beside the sweet image, this set has some really great sentiments to create a card for your sweetheart or a favored couple!



Supplies for A2 card
  • Image from Promise Always by Unity Stamp Company
  • Card stock from Stampin Up!
  • Circle punch from Stampin Up!
  • Classic Circle die from Sizzix
  • Cranberry Bliss Silk from Fun Stampers Journey
  • Design Paper from Stampin up!
  • Heart is a left-over piece from another project
  • Ink from Stampin Up!
Sketch: Sweet Sunday Sketch #273

Here are links to te Unity Stamp Company Store and Social Media Sites!


Now, here is a bonus for you! At the end of the week, I am allowed to draw two names from all the people who comment on my posts and those two people will win 25 random stamps from Unity Stamp Company! That is a very generous prize and you won't be disapointed! So, don’t forget to comment!

Thank for stopping by!
Cara

Tuesday, January 1, 2019

Celebrate the Everyday!

While we are living in the present, we must celebrate life every day, knowing that we are becoming history with every work, every action, every deed.
Mattie Stepanek

Happy New Year!
2019 is here and what better to start it off than with a a new monthly challenge on the SheepSki Designs Challenge Blog that celebrates the Old and/or the New!

For this challenge, I am revisiting one of my favorite’s cards from 2017, which you can find more information on HERE


Now there is a twist to this month’s challenge in that only SheepSki Designs only images allowable as entries for this one, other artists images will not be eligible for the prizes BUT you can still use shop the STORE, and use the code “skiandrea10” at checkout to receive a 10% discount off your purchase! Can't wait to see what you create!
(Hugs) Cara

Bold Sunset ...

Fancy lays down her pencil here: Her palettes, bright with mortal hues,
To yield immortal tints refuse: And those who know Truth's glorious face,
Need not an artist's hand to trace Her beauty, as she rose in light...
~James Hamilton, "The Shipwreck of St. Paul," c.1856

Hi everyone! Today I am sharing my card for the new color challenge which is currently running at The Outlawz ChallengesOur sponsor this month is Starstampz with a sweet prize of 3 digi images! May sure you check out their website and Etsy store for more great images!

Etsy Digi Shop ~ starstampz.etsy.com

My card is actually the 2nd one I made for this challenge :O( …
I was in the process of finishing up the coloring an image from our sponsor when the bright blue ProMarker I was using decided to leak and splatter across the image hair and face. It was so bad there was o way I could fix it so I had to reach into my stamp supply to come up with this card.

Our colors this week come from Laurian and are based on one of her beautiful Sunsets! There is an option twist to add a reflection so I used a technique for reversing images that I have not used in a while to create my card. 

I am having issues with the lighting for my pictures so my card seems a bit washed out compared to the color chat but it is actually quite bold in color. I need to play with my light strength or better yet, just invest in a good light box


Here’s the Board!


Supplies:
  • Card stock: The Paper Studio (Base); Bazzill; Stampin Up!
  • Design Paper(s): Fall Leaves from The Paper Studio
  • Embossing Folder(s): Subtle from Stampin Up!
  • Ink(s): ProMarkers; Gold Silk from Fun Stampers Journey; Spectrum pad from Stampin Up!; Close to My Heart
  • Punch(es): Leaves from Marvy; Corner punch from We R Memory Keepers
  • Stamp(s): Lovely as a Tree from Stampin Up!; Grass from Inkahootz! (closed)
  • Stencil(s): Clouds from Hero Arts

Sketch: Card pattern Sketch 158



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