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Sunday, December 28, 2014

The Outlawz: Happy New Year Fireworks!

No one ever regarded the First of January with indifference. It is that from which all date their time, and count upon what is left. It is the nativity of our common Adam. ~Charles Lamb

Good morning!
Christmas is over. I am sad.
I will miss the carols and the bright lights and the pretty ornaments.

But the New year is right around the corner and brings with it the anticipation of new beginnings.
Nothing wrong with that. We all need that start point at some time in our lives.

2015 is going to be another busy year for us, but I guess I would not want it any other way.

Our kids are grown and they are embarking on their own life adventures, leaving us to plan our future days as empty nesters, which include talk of downsizing our home and general lifestyle.

On personal levels, My husband is finishing up classes he needs to start nursing school and I have plans for Through The Craft Room Door that I hope takes the Challenge Blog and the Magazine to the next level.

What about you? Are your resolutions lined up for the kick off on January 1st, 2015? 

This is the last week of 2014 and the last CAS of the year as well. Cheri wants to send it off in style with fireworks on our CAS cards and projects this week over at the Outlawz!

So here is mine.

I created the background by tapping my ink ad all over the EF before running through my Big Kick. This is not the results I was looking for, but I was using a new ink and for some reason, even with the whole EF covered, not all the ink came off. (Since I do this with other inks and never have a issue, I have to assume it was the ink and not my machine).
Either way, I dolike the way it came out and went with it.

Size is 5 x 7
Card stock: The Paper Studio & Stampin Up!
Embossing folder: "Fireworks" by Darice
Ink; Pallet
Sentiment: "Let's Toast" from The Angel Company
Rhinestones: Recollections
Edge punch: Martha Stewart
Glitter: My Stash
Glittery DP: My Scrap Bin

Thanks for stopping by!
(Hugs) Cara

Friday, December 26, 2014

Sailor Moon Inspired Gloves

It is not what you do for your children, but what you have taught them to do for themselves that will make them successful human beings.
Ann Landers

Good Morning
Today I am postings pictures of fingerless gloves I made for my daughter who, as I stated before is a HUGE Sailor Moon fan.

Earlier this year I made her a scarf - see post HERE - and I thought gloves to go with it would be nice. These cover almost the whole hand and forearm.

So here they are ...
This is the first time I ever tried making these and is just a basic double crochet in the round.


my hands modeling the gloves
Close up of cute little bow

Thanks for Stopping by!

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Christmas for the Parent in Laws

From Home to home, and heart to heart, from one place to another. The warmth and joy of Christmas, brings us closer to each other.-Emily Matthews

Good morning my crafty peeps!
It's Christmas Eve! Plans are to attend Christmas Eve Services and come home to hot cocoa and maybe a midnight chat with the daughter in Japan.

We'll see how that works out!

Here is the card I made for my Parent in laws this year.

The card is 5 x 7
I roughed up the edges a bit on this one.

SUPPLIES: Card stock from Stampin Up! / DP and flower center from my stash / Dies "Silhouette Nativity" from Papertrey Ink, "Layered Poinsettia" from Spellbinders, "Believe" from Little Yellow Bicycle, "Classic Circles" & "Scallop Circles"from Sizzix / Scrappers Floss from Karen Foster.

Thanks for stopping by!
(Hugs) Cara

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Christmas for Mom

Christmas gift suggestions: To your enemy, forgiveness. To an opponent, tolerance. To a friend, your heart. To a customer, service. To all, charity. To every child, a good example. To yourself, respect. - Oren Arnold

Good Heavens People
Christmas is only a couple of days away!
I still have much to do! How about you?

At least my cards are all done and mailed!

Every year, I try to make special, one of a kind cards for the parents.
This is the card I made for my Mom.

Card size is 5 x 7
Supplies: Card stock from Stampin Up! / DP and flower center from my stash / Embossing folders "Christmas Holly Damask" & Swiss dots" from Cuttlebug / Dies "Silhouette Nativity" from Papertrey Ink, "Layered Poinsettias" from Spellbinders and "Believe" from Little Yellow Bicycle

Thanks for stopping by!
(Hugs) Cara

Monday, December 22, 2014


Let us remember that the Christmas heart is a giving heart, a wide open heart that thinks of others first. The birth of the baby Jesus stands as the most significant event in all history, because it has meant the pouring into a sick world of the healing medicine of love which has transformed all manner of hearts for almost two thousand years... Underneath all the bulging bundles is this beating Christmas heart.
George Mathhew Adams 

Ok ... I admit, this is another one of those cards that I had stuck somewhere because I didn't finish it. 
Which was a good thing really because the original images just weren't working for me ... which is probably why they were never finished ... 
Anyway, All done now and off to good homes!

Card size is A2

The blue card stock was put through my big kick in an embossing folder then I lightly ran my ink pad over the raised surface to highlight the snowflakes.

Card stock: Stampin Up!
Embossing Folders: "Swiss dots" & "Snowflakes" from Cuttlebig
Ink: Pallet Hybrid ink
Dies: "Nativity Silhouette" by Paper Trey Ink and "Believe" from Little Yellow Bicycle
Star Punch: Martha Stewart

Thanks for stopping by!
(Hugs) Cara

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Pay attention to your dreams ...

Pay attention to your dreams — God's angels often speak directly to our hearts when we are asleep.
~Quoted in The Angels' Little Instruction Book by Eileen Elias Freeman, 1994

Hi there!
Today is the start of a new CAS challenge at The Outlawz and it is my day to post.

December is my favorite time of year ... I love the lights and the music and all the fun decorations for the Holiday Season!

It's also my birthday this month and as long as I can remember, my mother has given me an Angel for my birthday.

They are a sweet reminder that I was born during a very special time and they truly fascinate me on every level. I just love them and they are all over my house, even when it is not Christmastime.
This week your challenge is to create a CAS card or project with an Angel or Angel Wings.

Can't wait to see what you create for us!

Here's is my card!

Size 4.25 x 5.50
Card stock used for card base and wings from The Paper Studio
The gold vellum is from my scrap bin
"Layered Wings" die from Sizzix (Tim Holtz Alterations)
"Wings: Embossing folder from Sizzix (Tim Holtz Alterations)
Sentiment from "All Year Cheer II" by Stampin Up!
Sequins from my stash

Thanks for stopping by!
(Hugs) Cara

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Birthday Glow!

A man's age is something impressive, it sums up his life: maturity reached slowly and against many obstacles, illnesses cured, griefs and despairs overcome, and unconscious risks taken; maturity formed through so many desires, hopes, regrets, forgotten things, loves. A man's age represents a fine cargo of experiences and memories.
Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, Wartime Writings 1939-1944, translated from French by Norah Purcell

A shout out to our wonderful retired Reverend, Uncle Russ, who is celebrating 83 years of living, breathing and being human like the rest of us! 

I won this adorable image some time ago and just finally got around to using it. It's called Birthday Candle Birdbrain by From the Heart Stamps.

Uncle Russ has such a great sense of humor, I thought he would enjoy the whimsy!

I printed him on card stock from Georgia Pacific and colored him with my Prisma Color Pencils.
Still working on my shading but I think I'm getting better.

The card size is 5 x 7

Image: Birthday Candle Birdbrain by From the Heart Stamps
Image is printed on card stock from Georgia Pacific
Card stock: The Paper Studio & Stampin Up!
"Labels Collection" die from Stampin Up!/Sizzix
Embossing Folder "Chicken Wire: from Cuttlebug
Prisma Color Pencils

Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Angel Kisses

Friends are kisses blown to us by angels. ~Author Unknown

Good morning
Today is the birthday of a unlikely friend.
Our husbands worked together for several years as firefighters, but our contact with each was minimal until mutual friends were married and the two us of spent lots of time together ... ummm .... drinking and ... well drinking LOL
The Husbands were in the bridal party and as it happened, the wedding coordinator (who was very unapologetic) did not make any arrangements for a place that the grooms party could meet and get ready, so I was banished from our hotel room the day of the wedding so they had a place to gather and bump chests.
That left me with nowhere to go but the hotel bar ... lucky for me Sabrina was kind enough to let me come hang out with her and get ready for the wedding ...
     And so begins an interesting friendship ....
As we talked, we learned our birthdays are within days of each other and we share many of same interests.

Although we live on opposites sides of town and don't see each other as often as we used to since my blindness in one eye has restricted my driving, we do keep in touch and get together when possible.
So here is to my friend Sabrina
I hope your birthday is as lively as you are!

Card stock from The Paper Studios
DP from my scrap pile
Embossing folder "Swiss Dots" from Cuttlebug
Image from "Time to Party" by Stampin Up!
Ink from Stampin Up!
India Ink from Memories
Lace and Ribbon from my stash

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

The Value of Doing Nothing!

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

~Pooh's Little Instruction Book, inspired by A.A. Milne

Good morning!
Made this card and matching envelope for my Step-Mother-in-Law, who is retiring this month from a career in Nursing.

Card stock from The Paper Studio & Stampin Up!
DP "Attic Boutique" from Stampin Up!
Sentiment from "All Year Cheer I" by Stampin Up!
Ink from Stampin Up!

Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, December 15, 2014

Birthday Boy

Family faces are magic mirrors. Looking at people who belong to us, we see the past, present, and future.
~Gail Lumet Buckley

Good morning!
Here I have a birthday card that I made for one of my nephews.
I can't tell you the last time I saw him as he lives in California and since his father (my oldest brother) passed away, contact has been limited ... not by my choice.

Anyway - I always send him and his older brother birthday cards, if for no other reason that to let them know they have other family out in the in the big wide world and we love them.

The card is 4.25 x 5.50

Card stock from The Paper Studio and Stampin Up!
DP from my scrap bin
Embossing Folder" Charles" from Cuttlebug
Sentiment from Inkahootz!
Tag punch from Stampin Up!
Border punch from Martha Stewart

Thank for stopping by!

Sunday, December 14, 2014

The Outlawz: Doodle Time!

Why can’t we get all the people together in the world that we really like and then just stay together? I guess that wouldn’t work. Someone would leave. Someone always leaves. Then we would have to say good-bye. I hate good-byes. I know what I need. I need more hellos. ~Charles M. Schulz

Good morning my friends!
Welcome to a great day!

The challenge at the Outlawz today is all about doodling ...
Which I think is hilarious! Something my friends and I used to do all over our notebooks is now an art form called Zentangles!

Who would have guess - Right?!

Anyway, Charlene has challenged us to doodle on our cards or create a doodled focal point.
So here is mine! 

I doodled a large flower and just kept adding to it - just like I did when I was a kid! LOL

Come doodle along with us at The Outlawz!

Card size is A2
Card stock from The Paper Studio & Bazzill
Sentiment from "Lot's of Thoughts" by Stampin Up!
Button is from my stash
Image is by Yours Truly :O) ... me me me 

Thanks for stopping by!
(Hugs) Cara

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Ho Ho Ho Merry Christmas!

Christmas is not a time nor a season, but a state of mind. To cherish peace and goodwill, to be plenteous in mercy, is to have the real spirit of Christmas.

Calvin Coolidge

Good morning! 
I hope you are experiencing a lovely Holiday Season!

I have another card done and mailed! Yay me!

A simple card made with scraps. 
The Santa charm is metal and I colored with my Copics

Card size is A2

Card stock: Bazzill and Stampin Up!
DP, Santa Charm & Ribbon from my stash

Thanks for stopping by!
(Hugs) Cara

Monday, December 8, 2014

Season's Greetings with the Outllawz!

They say a person needs just three things to be truly happy in this world: someone to love, something to do, and something to hope for.
Tom Bodett

There is a new challenge in the mix over at The Outlawz and I decided I would play along for fun!

It's called a Freebie/Progressive Challenge and each month they will send you a free digital image to use in the challenge. There are rules around getting these images, like you have to complete and upload your card or project to qualify for the next months digital image but since the challenge lasts the whole, you should have plenty of time to play along!

To register, you can send your name and email address to

This month the sponsor is Simply Betty Stamps

here is my 5 x 7 card

Card stock from The Paper Studio
Digital Image "Tangled Wednesday" from Simply Betty Stamps
Digi image is printed on card stock from Georgia Pacific
DP is unknown
Sentiment from Hampton Arts
Lights from Halo Rubber Stamps
Embossing Folder "Christmas Ornaments" from Cuttlebug
India ink from Memories
Prisma Color Pencils
"Framed Tag One" die from Spellbinders

Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, December 7, 2014

The Outlawz: Dreaming of a White Christmas

At Christmas, all roads lead home.  ~Marjorie Holmes

Good morning ...
We are only a few weeks away from the Christmas. I'm so excited! 
I just love the Holiday Season!!!

This week our challenge is to create white on white cards or projects... can only use black or brown for the sentiment.

Sounds easy right?
Not for me - LOL - I kept wanting to add color somewhere - anywhere - on the card!
But I managed to control myself and here is my card!

Size is A2
Card stock; The Paper Studio
Sentiment: Hampton Arts
Embossing Folder: "Country Flourish" Sizzix
Ribbon & Snowflake - My Stash
Black India Ink: Memories

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Santa Claus time!

Somehow, not only for Christmas, But all the long year through, The joy that you give to others, Is the joy that comes back to you.
And the more you spend in blessing, The poor and lonely and sad, The more of your heart's possessing, Returns to you glad. 

John Greenleaf Whittier 

Good morning!
I imagine most of us are still working on our Christmas cards. I know I have been scrambling this year.
I am usually so much better at having enough cards done by the end of November with extras left for the unexpected.
No so this year... sigh

Here is a card I actually did make a while ago and just got around to finishing and photographing!

The card size is A2 and is one of four I made... actually, truth be told I STARTED this card set last year, but never finished them for some reason. I had placed all the pieces in a binder where I keep unfinished cards and projects. Worked out well though because with little effort, I have four cards to add to my pile for mailing!

Card stock: Paper Temptress & Stampin Up!
Image: "Santa Collage" from Rubber Stampede
Embossing folder is unknown because I can;t find what I did with it :O(
Rhinestones: The Paper Studio
Ink: Stampin Up! & Memories
Ribbon from my stash

Thanks for stopping by!
(Hugs) Cara

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

TTCRD Anything goes with Little Claire - Penguin Hugs!

The best of all gifts around any Christmas tree:  the presence of a happy family all wrapped up in each other.
Burton Hillis

Good morning my Crafty Peeps!
I trust, for my fellow Patriots, that your Thanksgivings were blessed with good food, family and friends and, if you ventured forth, you survived your adventures out there into Black Friday Land.

I don't know about anyone else, but I am not fond of crowds to begin with, so the increased pushing, shoving and general rudeness of the population on Black Friday is a great reason for me grab a cup of hot coffee and park my pajama clad butt in front of my laptop to do any shopping I deem necessary.

Either way, for the Malmrose Clan - the Christmas Holiday has officially begun with a tradition started when my kids were little. On Thanksgiving evening, after everyone is properly fooded and leftovers are stored for later foraging runs. We gather in front of the TV to watch "A Muppet Christmas Carol". 

A wonderful rendition of the Charles Dickens Classic - only the Muppets play most of the characters. Gonzo the Great, narrating the movie as Mr. Dickens takes Rizzo the Rat and us, through the wondrous journey of Ebenzer Scrooge, played by the awesome Michael Caine, as he is guided by three ghosts sent to show him he needs to change his horrid, selfish ways or face dire consequences in the afterlife.

A fun movie with lots of laughter and, of course, a value lesson at the end about treating people (and Muppets) with dignity and respect.

This year, it was just my son and I sitting there to watch the movie. as my husband was working and my daughter is set to spend another Christmas in Japan. It was heartwarming to me that my son was willing to sit and watch the movie with me. Especially when he mentioned that, for him, it was part of our Thanksgiving tradition and marked the beginning of the Christmas season for our family.

So from my family to yours Happy Holidays and quoting Tiny Tim - "God Bless us Everyone!"

Now onto my card.
This week our Sponsor at Through the Craft Room Door is Little Clair

While I used a Digi, you can also purchase this image as a clear stamp.

Here's my card.
It is 5 x 7 and the layout is from a scrapbook page I found on Pinterest. Click HERE to see the page and website where it came from.
I colored the image with my Prisma color pencils (still learning how to shade and stuff).
Then I die cut the image out and attached it to my card front after lightly drawing a circle that I could use as a guide for the snowflakes.
All my snowflakes were from scrap papers.

Card stock from The Paper Studio & Stampin Up!
Prisma Color Pencils
Big Scalloped Ovals from Spellbinders
Ink from Stampin Up! (to shade around the image) & Copics (To color the sentiment)
Rhinestones from The Paper Studio
Pretty much everything else was from my box of Christmas Stash: The little poinsettias, the puff snowflakes, the cold beads and the red buttons.

Click HERE to come join in the fun!

Hope to see ya soon!
(Hugs) Cara

Sunday, November 30, 2014

The Outlawz: Thankful for you!

Valor is stability, not of legs and arms, but of courage and the soul. ~Michel de Montaigne

Good morning!
Today is the start of another awesome week (Must be positive here!) and also the start of another Clean and Simple Challenge at the Outlawz!

This week, we are "Thankful for You!" 
We, none of us, can never say thank you enough to family, friends, strangers.

This is another card that I made for an Honors Flight to Washington D.C.

It was so gratifying to make the earlier cards that I wanted to do it again so I contacted Kathy Mansur, the Veteran Coordinator for the Honor Flight Southern Arizona Chapter and she readily accepted my offer to make and send thank you cards!
I was in the nick of time too. They had one last flight leaving this year before they shut down until Spring and I had a little over one week to make 25 cards and get them mailed off to her.

I am looking forward to Spring when the flights start up again so that I can do this again.

If you live in Arizona and are interested in sending thank you cards here is the contact information for Kathy ...


Card stock from American Crafts
Embossing folder "Forest Branches" from Cuttlebug
Star punch from Fiskars
India Ink from Memories
Sentiment from Inkahootz!

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Give Thanks for Friends & Family

Let us remember that, as much has been given us, much will be expected from us, and that true homage comes from the heart as well as from the lips, and shows itself in deeds. ~Theodore Roosevelt

Hi there!
Good morning. It;s the day before Thanksgiving here in the States and we are gearing up for some Turkey and dressing! 

Here's another Thanksgiving card.
I made 10 of these for family and friends
It was inspired by THIS card at Soapbox Creations

Card size is A2
Card stock: Stampin Up! & American Craft
Background stamp: "Crosshatch" by Stampin Up!
DP; Stash
Leaf punch: Marvy
India Ink: Memories
Memories Corner Chomper

Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Parental Thanksgiving!

As a child my family's menu consisted of two choices: take it, or leave it. ~Buddy Hackett

Good morning
These are the Thanksgiving cards I made for our parents.

The card was inspired by one I saw on Pinterest and tracked down to this card here on 52-Card Pickup

Card size is A2
Card stock: Stampin Up!
Sentiment: Inkahootz!
Embossing folder: "Falling Leaves" from Darice
India Ink: Memories

Monday, November 24, 2014

29th Wedding Anniversary

One advantage of marriage is that, when you fall out of love with him or he falls out of love with you, it keeps you together until you fall in again.
~Judith Viorst

Yesterday, my husband and I celebrated our 29th wedding anniversary and I will be the first to admit that marriage is not for the faint of heart. 

For one thing, it's not just about you anymore!
It's about living with another human being 24/7 and sharing the bed covers on a cold night!
It is seeing each other at our worst and still loving each other ... and just as important ... still liking each other.
It's learning to communicate and compromise with each other when we'd rather not.

Marriage is tough enough on a good day, but especially so when you really don't know how they are supposed to work .. right?

My parents divorced when I was quite young. Both remarried and the step-parents were not overly fond of having my two older brothers and myself underfoot, especially when they had kids of their own from previous marriages. To that end, my mom's second marriage only lasted around 5 years and we just never had much contact with our father over the years.

My only clue to marriage longevity was my mom's parents. It was obvious they loved each other, but that was the extent of it. However, it was enough for me to know that was the type of marriage I wanted for myself. Consequently, while most of my friends were marrying out of high school, I was in my early twenties before I agreed to say "I do".

My husband was luckier ... while his parents divorced when he was young, his mother eventually remarried an incredible man who took on the raising of two children as his own. I adore my "step" father-in-law. He is most awesome!

Our marriage has had it share if highs and lows, like most relationship. Divorce has come up several times over the last 29 years and only once was it a very real consideration and we managed to work out, but it was a tough time for both of us and something we are still working through ...

Has it been worth it? all the struggles, the arguments, the second guessing of the relationship ...

I have to say yes - yes it has.

Because we have two awesome kids that we raised together under one roof, there have been more highs than lows, more huggles than struggles and we are closer now than ever. We talk and plan more about our future together and we genuinely enjoy each others company.

I truly look forward to the years I have left with the love of my life.

Here is the card I made for him.
Card stock from Stampin Up!
DP unknown
Embossing folder from Darice
Heart die from Spellbinders
India Ink from Memories
Image & Sentiment from "Clocks" by Sizzix
Brad & Pearls from my stash


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Sunday, November 23, 2014

The Outlawz: "Bling" it on!

It is the life of the crystal, the architect of the flake, the fire of the frost, the soul of the sunbeam. This crisp winter air is full of it. ~John Burroughs, "Winter Sunshine"

Good morning!
I imagine many of you are are fretting over the amount of snow piling up on your lawns.
Me ... not so much - more like the leaves falling off my tree.

I live in the "Valley of the Sun" ... getting snow here is a rare event.
I grew up in house at the base of South Mountain and I only recall a couple of times that it was cold enough that the snow not only fell but stayed long enough for us to trek up the hill and play awhile.

These days - if we want a snow fix, we gotta head up North ... or I make snowmen outta paper!

Today is the start of a new Clean & Simple Challenge at The Outlawz!
As Lynn asks don't we all love the Bling in some form or another? Sooooo our challenge this week is to added glitz and glimmer to our cards or projects while still keeping in CAS!

Here's my card

I have to admit - the snow peeples are not of my making. They were a gift and I thought they were perfect for this challenge because of all the lovely glitter on them! 

Card Size is A2
Card stock, rhinestones and embossing folder "Snowflakes": The Paper Studio
Sentiment: Hero Arts
Snowpeeples - Gift from Marie Franklin


Tuesday, November 18, 2014

TTCRD - Anything Goes with Little Blue Button Stamps!

“Life is precious, do not waste it doing anything that your heart does not respect or agree with.”
~ Leon Brown

Good morning!

Our sponsor this week at Through The Craft Room door is

I chose this image called "Steam Punk Jessica".
Now to be honest, I've never really tried steam punk, so this was a new experience and I probably didn't pull it off so well .. but I still think the card came out pretty cool!

Card size is 5 x 7. I colored the image with my prisma color pencils and OMS. Added a touch of paper glaze to her lips then fussy cut her out when everything was dry. 
I lightly inked up my embossing folder before adding my paper and running through my big kick.
I added glitter to the hat and her hair for fun.

Image "Steam Punk Jessica" from Little Blue Button Stamps
Card stock, rhinestones & border punch from Stampin Up!
Prisma Color pencils
Oderless Mineral Spirits
Sentiment is from Halo Rubber Stamps
Embossing folder "Steam punk Gears" from Sizziz

Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, November 16, 2014

The Outlawz: Movie Night!

I've got a dream too, but it's about singing and dancing and making people happy. That's the kind of dream that gets better the more people you share it with. --- Kermit The Frog 

Good morning my crafty peeps! 
A new day - A new CAS challenge at the Outlawz. and it's MOVIE NIGHT!

We all have those absolute favorite movies. You know the one I'm talking about ... we can watch them over and over .... and over. We laugh, we get mad, we cry and sigh ... always at the same places. They bring back memories and smiles no matter how messed up our day has been!

Released in 1954 (quite a few years before I was born - ahem) I remember watching this movie every time it was on the Saturday afternoon matinee on TV!

I would leave my friends house to make it home in time to watch this one!

Such a fun movie full of singing and dancing. I remember laughing as I watched poor Milly cope with a new husband and 6 outrageous brother-in-laws. She proves herself to be no push over either even though she is outnumbered and out-sized by all that testosterone!

I never get tired of watching it even to this day.

So ... here is the card I made based on my favorite movie, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers
Spoiler alert!
It's a wedding card ...

Card size is 5 x 7
I made the sides of "film strip" with a small border punch I have. I stamped my image 8 times ... one to color and 7 times (get it?) to cut in 1"x 1" squares to look like film clips. I colored the main image with my Prisma color pencils and a alcohol blender pen and added liquid pearls to the frame for accents and attached to the card with foam dimensionals. The dress I painted with Smooch to give it a nice glimmer but try as I might I just could not get a good picture of it so you'll just have to take my word for it!

Supply List
Card stock from The Paper Studio and Stampin Up!
Image & Sentiment: "Wedding Bliss" from Hampton Art
Black India Ink from Memories
Prisma Color pencils
Liquid Pearls from Ranger
Smooch Pearlized Top Coat from Clearsnap
Border Bunch from Punch Bunch
Foam dimensionals

Looking forward to seeing what your favorite movie is!
Click HERE to come play along!

(Hugs) Cara


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Friday, November 14, 2014

Confirmation: A renewal of Faith

Sometimes you will never know the value of a moment until it becomes a memory.
Dr. Seuss

Good evening ....

I made this card for my niece ... 
I am so proud of her and the person she is growing into.
She has a sweet heart and a ready smile and will do great things with her life out there in the world.

I have to say though, her confirmation was quite an emotional day for me.
... watching her stand there in front of the congregation taking ownership of her baptism and making her faith commitment to Christ, the Church, her family and herself.

I remember standing there at the front of that same church almost 16 years ago holding her little wee self in my arms while the pastor baptized and blessed her. I remember feeling as though I was being baptized all over again myself.
I felt such a deep connection with that baby I held in my arms start that day and although not mine, she became mine.
From that moment in time, she claimed and moved into a huge piece of my heart.

I often wonder if Joseph felt the same way the night Mary gave birth to Jesus and he held a child not his.
Did his heart open wide to take in that moment and that child?
Not because he was commanded too, but because his heart said, "Yes! This child is as much yours as any child from you - hold him, teach him ... love him ... always."

I like to think so

My card here is 5 x 7 in size.
I heat embossed the image onto watercolor paper. I misted it few times, then starting laying down colors with my crayons and water where needed for more blending. After it was dry, I took a tissue and lightly wiped away any residual watercolor from the image.

Card stock from The Paper Studio and Stampin Up!
Image " Romantic Rose", border punch, watercolor paper, white embossing powder and watercolor crayons from Stampin Up!
White pigment ink from Colorbox
Ribbon from my stash
Stick pin made with jewelry findings and beads from my stash.

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