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Sunday, June 29, 2014

Outlawz CAS Challenge: Butterflies!

Happiness is a butterfly, which when pursued, is always just beyond your grasp, but which, if you will sit down quietly, may alight upon you.
 ~Nathaniel Hawthorne

Good morning!
Today is the start of another Clean and Simple Challenge at The Outlawz Challenge.

This week, Charlene is challenging us to create a CAS card or project with Butterflies. She says Summer is in full swing and while she loves see all the flowers, she wants to see some Butterflies. It can be the main image or just a part of it, or could be your background. Just remember to keep it Clean and Simple!

Click HERE to come on over and play along with us.

Here is my card.  Just trying to use up some paper scraps again.
This was another perfect layout for that. 

Based on sketch #7 from Atlanta Heart ChallengesI used a butterfly from a set by The Angel Company called "Butterfly Swirls". I just love how the antennae creates a heart shape.

Size A2

Additional Supplies
Card stock, DP and Sentiment from "Birthday Banter" are from Stampin Up!
Sequins from my stash


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Thursday, June 26, 2014

Happiest Wishes

There is still no cure for the common birthday. ~John Glenn

This is a Birthday card for our Director at work. 
I used a sketch from Card Patterns and the background was made by adding drops of ink to wet glossy card stock then laying another piece on top. I then stamped with a speckled stamp and leaves. 

Size A2
Card stock, sentiment (Happiest of Birthday Wishes), background stamp from Stampin Up!
Glossy card stock, button & twine from stash
Circle dies from Sizzix
Speckled background stamp unknown
Card pattern Sketch #56

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Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Happy Birthday Mark!

A birthday is just the first day of another 365-day journey around the sun. Enjoy the trip. Author Unknown

This card is for my boss Mark!
The DP is a left over scrap from a piece I made a while back playing around with some old stamps I have. 

Size: A2
Card stock, Senitment (Best Dad ever), leaves (Simple Sketches) & ink from Stampin Up!
Ribbon from my stash
Border punch from Fiskars
sketch #153 from Card Patterns

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Pixie's Snippet Playground - Week 130
Scrap Challenge

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Fathers day #2

I don’t care how poor a man is; if he has family, he’s rich.
M*A*S*H, Colonel Potter

This card is for my husband's father.

Size 5 x 7
card stock, sentiment, tag punch & ink from Stampin Up!
Card base, DP, flower & brad from stash
Sketch from Sketch Saturday
Image from Biblical Impressions
Oval dies from Sizzix

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Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Fathers Day

It is not flesh and blood but the heart which makes us fathers and sons.

My husband is a lucky man.
He has a step father who embraced two children not of his making and loves them as his own.

Size 5 x 7
Card stock, image (Lovely as a Tree), Sentiment (Best Dad Ever) and ink from Stampin Up!
Card base from stash
Embossing folder "Woodgrain" from Sizzix
Leaves are craft buttons from stash

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Fatherings ...

It's not only children who grow. Parents do too. As much as we watch to see what our children do with their lives, they are watching us to see what we do with ours.
I can't tell my children to reach for the sun. All I can do is reach for it, myself.

Joyce Maynard

I made this card for my husband for Father's Day.

I used this adorable Digi: Mustached kitty from Tam Hess @ Cardmaking Artist and an old sketch from Whiff Of Joy.The nice thing about sketches is that they are not only a great way to encourage yourself to try a new design or push your personal comfort zone but also use up those bits and pieces left over from other projects.

Size 5 x 7
Card stock from Stampin Up! & Bazzill
Ink (for nose & ears), sentiment & Button die from Stampin Up
DP (used for kitty body) from DCWV
Border punch from EK Success
Embossing folder "Brick wall" from Darice


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Crafting from the Heart

Anything Goes

Hiding in my Craft Room

HIMCR #153 - Super Scraps Saturday!

The Pinque Peacock Challenge #6

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Sunday, June 15, 2014

Feeling Fruity

“When I hear somebody sigh that Life is hard,
I am always tempted to ask, Compared to what?”

Sydney J. Harris

Good morning!
Summer is here with a vengeance! It's has been so hot recently that it is sometimes hard to think of doing anything but trying to stay cool! But this is price we pay for our winters so I don't complain ... much! LOL

Today, over at the Outlawz Challenges, is the start of a new CAS challenge.
We've been asked to make card or projects that show fruits or veggies! It can be your focal point or just part of the scene you create! Just keep in Clean and Simple!

My Card for the challenge
I stamped the image on a piece of watercolor paper, colored with watercolor pencils then spritzed with water. The background layer is a scrap of background paper I had left from another card project.

Size A2
Card stock, Watercolor paper, piercing template, ink and image (Fruit Stand) from Stampin Up!
Sentiment - unknown
Watercolor pencils from Karat Aquarell
Labels 4 die from Spellbinders
Card Patterns Sketch #87


Pixie's Crafty Workshop Week #129
Project needs to be made using scraps

Hiding in My Craft Room #153

Must use scraps

Sister Act Card Challenge #61 

Anything Goes

613 Avenue Create Challenge #76 / Optional twist; Subway Art
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Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Through The Craft Room Door Challenge - Anything Goes

There are four questions of value in life…
What is sacred?
Of what is the spirit made?
What is worth living for, and what is worth dying for?
The answer to each is the same.
Only love.”
~ Johnny Depp

(Don Juan DeMarco)

Good morning
Today is Tuesday and, that's right! You guessed it! 
The start of a new challenge at Through the Craft Room Door.

This week our sponsor is Di's Digi Designs


As always, this is an Anything Goes Challenge, so click HERE to strut your stuff!

If you are interested in being a Guest Designer, please enter the letters "GDT" after your name and send your email address to Sandra at
Thanks for stopping by!
(Hugs) Cara

Sunday, June 8, 2014

It's all about the Die Cuts!

Faith is what makes life bearable, with all its tragedies and ambiguities and sudden, startling joys.
Madeleine L’Engle

Good Morning to everyone!
I certainly hope you had a wonderful weekend!

Summer is officially here in Arizona with temperatures reaching the triple digits. Monday is supposed to be 107 degrees Fahrenheit (I think that translates to about 41 Celsius for some) ... Plenty hot that is for sure!

These are the days I am glad my husband and I decided to have a pool put in! Nice way to stay cool and still be outside.

Although I have to admit, I have been inside most of this weekend making cards for my Father-in-laws!

This week, the CAS challenge for The Outlawz is all about the die cuts. It seems like almost everyone uses some sort of die cut or punch on their cards. Our challenge this week is to create a clean and simple card or project that features a die cut or punched image if you don't have a die cut machine. Just gotta keep it CAS!

Here is my A2 card.

Die cuts are such an awesome way to use up those bits and pieces of card stock or design papers. And this was a perfect opportunity to use them. The piece that I embossed and the little butterfly is attached to the card with pop dots.

I also added a bit of glitter to the butterfly. Here's a closeup

Card stock from Stampin Up!
DP from Making Memories (Simply Fabulous!)
Die from Sizzix (Wish)
Butterfly stamp & die from Sizzix (Butterfly #3)
EF from Cuttlebug (Swiss dots)
Ink from Memories (India Ink)
Pop dots

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Challenges Entered

I am using two lines
Pink - Butterfly - Dry Embossing
Die cut - Butterfly - Design Paper

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Through the Craft Room Door Anything Goes Challenge

The true harvest of my daily life is somewhat as intangible and
indescribable as the tints of morning or evening.
It is a little star dust caught, a segment of the rainbow which I have clutched.

Good morning Friends!
This morning is the start of another Anything Goes Challenge at Through the Craft Room Door.

Click HERE to come play along with us this week!

Here is my card for the challenge
Size 5 x 7

THIS sketch from Studio Calico
Card stock, Ink & felt flower center: Stampin Up!
Sentiment: Studio G
DP: Scrap bin
Rhinestones; The Paper Studio
Flower: $1 store
Rhinestone brad (flower center); The Oriental Trading Company

Thanks for stopping by!
{Hugs} Cara

Challenges entered

Challenge #6 - Anything goes!
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Sunday, June 1, 2014

Through The Craft Room Door Summer Issue 2014 **


The Current issue features over 12 step-by-step tutorials with photos. Featuring All Dressed Up Digial Images, A whole slew of card and scrapbook inspirations and "Craft Rooms Around The Globe" featured in this issue in mine!

$18 for a one year subscription gives you access to all the back issues of the magazine, digis, tutorials and more!

Laughter is the Best Medicine!

A good, real, unrestrained, hearty laugh is a sort of glorified internal massage, performed rapidly and automatically. It manipulates and revitalizes corners and unexplored crannies of the system that are unresponsive to most other exercise methods.

Author unknown, from an editorial in New-York Tribune, quoted in Quotations for Special Occasions by Maud van Buren

Good morning!
Arizona is warming up and it's going to be another Hot day today. My plans are to play in my craft room and pool! What about you!?

Today is also the start of a new Outlawz Clean and Simple Challenge and Cheri has decided we need to make an any occasion CAS card that will bring a smile, laugh or giggle to someone special in your life.

Here's mine!
Love how it worked out that I could place that nose right over a mustache from the embossing folder I used.

Size: A2
Card stock from Stampin Up & Bazzill
Mustache embossing folder from The Paper Studio
1" circle & 1.5 circle punch from Marvy Uchida
Google eyes from my stash
Sentiment computer generated

Click HERE to come on over and check out the challenge!