Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Dear Friend ...

Your birthday, as my own, to me is dear....
But yours gives most; for mine did only lend
Me to the world; yours gave to me a friend.

~Marcus Valerius Martialis (Martial), "To Quintius Ovidius," translated by William Hay

Good morning ...

Today is the start of a new Color Challenge at The Outlawz

We are using this tic tac toe grid this week for inspiration.

Red - Black & Green

Although the picture does not show it, the DP actually has glossy accents and there is black glitter on the tips of the border.
I made this card for a dear friend who is celebrating a birthday right after the first of the year.

I used horizontal from top left to lower right ... 

card size 5 x 7
Black glitter glue from Studio G
Cardstock from The Paper Studio and Bazzill
Design Paper "Victorian Treaures" from DCWV
Die "Ironworks Accents" from Spellbinders

Thanks for stopping by!
Don't forget to visit The Outlawz, where a new challenge starts every day! 
 (Hugs) Cara

Sunday, December 25, 2016

Happy Christmas!

Instead of being a time of unusual behavior, Christmas is perhaps the only time in the year when people can obey their natural impulses and express their true sentiments without feeling self-conscious and, perhaps, foolish. Christmas, in short, is about the only chance a man has to be himself.
~Francis C. Farley

Merry Christmas to all

Luke 2:1 - 2:22
King James Version

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

White on White ...

Poinsettias received their name in the United States in honor of Joel Roberts Poinsett, who introduced the plant into the country in 1828. Poinsett was a botanist, physician and the first United States Ambassador to Mexico. He sent cuttings of the plant he had discovered in Southern Mexico to his home in Charleston, South Carolina. The word Poinsettia is traditionally capitalized because it is named after a person.

Good morning ... today is the start of a new color challenge at The Outlawz. This is my week to post and our challenge this week is White on white with one neutral (black, brown, kraft) and one color of choice. The project must be mostly white with just touches of the allowed colors.

I chose the white on white because I love the look of  projects made with them. It doesn't matter if it has minimal elements or lots of layers, they always looks elegant and tidy. However, I struggle with them when trying to make them myself as I always want to add color somewhere! So baby steps right?

Here is my 5 x 7 card!

Cardstock from The Paper Studio and Stampin Up
Christmas Holly Damask embossing folder from Cricut
Christmas Joy stamp set from Close to My Heart
India ink from Memories
Layered Poinsettia die from Spellbinders
Pearls from my Stash
Pine Needle die from Gina Marie Designs
Stitched Heart die from Gine Marie Designs

Thanks for stopping by and don't forget to head over to the Outlawz where a new challenge starts every day of the week! (Hugs) Cara

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Bag it ....

Good evening
I am running ever so behind schedule these days ... Yesterday was the start of a new Color Challenge at The Outlawz!

This weeks challenge comes from Jeanie ...
Make a bag using Red, Green, White & Black with an added twist of Lace!
Here is a photo to inspire you.

Here is my little bag

Bit of Lace from stash
Black yarn from my stash
Card stock from Stampin Up!
Darice embossing folder "Crackle"
Hampton Art stamp set "Holiday Sentiments"
Ink from Memories and Stampin Up!
Sizzix die "Bag with Flower"
Sizzix die "Pillow box & Poinsettias"
Stampin Up stamp set "Season's Sketches"

Thanks for stopping by and don't forget to head over to the Outlawz where a new challenge starts every day of the week!
(Hugs) Cara
Of all the months of the year there is not a month one-half so welcome to the young, or so full of happy associations, as the last month of the year... ~"All the Year Round: December," All the Year Round: A Weekly Journal Conducted by Charles Dickens, 1887 December 10th

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Birthday Wishes ...

Everything slows down with age, except the time it takes cake and ice cream to reach your hips.  ~John Wagner 

Good morning!
I hope everyone is doing great! Today I am sharing the card I made for this week's color challenge at The Outlawz. Ursula picked out the colors this week with an added twist of using a button. Something I didn't do because I have 50 gazillion buttons and none were the right color or size (sigh). 

Here is my 5 x 7 card

Cardstock from The Paper Studio
Cricut Die "Flower Vine"
Cuttlebug EF "Polka Dots"
Darice EF "Crackle"
Design Paper from Colorbok "Bright Splash"
Stampin Up! Die "Butterflies"
Stash: Silver Birthday Tag, Rhinestones
Yvonne Creations Die "Flowers"

Thanks for stopping by!
(Hugs) Cara

Monday, December 5, 2016

Blog Candy Time!

Good Evening Everyone!
As you are aware, we just finished up our month long blog hop celebrating my 2nd year as owner of Through the Craft Room Door.

Many hugs and thank you's to all of you who commented on my cards! I enjoyed reading them all and as promised, I have blog candy to give away!

The winner, picked via Random draw is ... (drum roll please) ...

Congratulations Tee .... Email me at cdmalmrose@gmail.com with your address so I can get your goodies out to you!

And .... if you followed the hop and want to find out who won all the awesome prizes at Through the Craft Room Door, just click HERE!

Thanks for stopping by!
(Hugs) Cara
Jumping for joy is good exercise.  ~Author Unknown

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Happy Holidays ...

Good morning!
I hope you are all enjoying the Holidays and are ready for Christmas!
I'm still working to get my Christmas cards addressed and out the door... and I still need to make the cards for the Parents! 

Today is December 1st and the start of a new Progressive Freebie Challenge at The Outlawz. Our sponsor this month is SandiSamples with this adorable snowman!

Come check us out and play along!

This card is 5 x 5

Image #65 Snowman by Sandi Samples colored with Copics
Embossing folder "Petals a Plenty" from Stampin Up!
Pearls from The Paper Studio
Card stock from The Paper Studio
DP from my stash (I think DCWV)

Thanks for Stopping By!
(Hugs) Cara
Got snow drifts? Think of all the magical snowmen buried beneath, waiting for release.
~Dr. SunWolf, 2015 tweet

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

31 years strong ...

To keep the fire burning brightly there's one easy rule: Keep the two logs together, near enough to keep each other warm and far enough apart — about a finger's breadth — for breathing room. Good fire, good marriage, same rule. ~Marnie Reed Crowell

Good morning!
Today is the start of a new color challenge at The Outlawz

Our sponsor this month is
Ursula picked our challenge this week!

You can use any color family your wish, I used blue to make this 5 x 7 Anniversary card for my Husband.
"Stitched Heart" die from Gina Marie Designs
Bow Punch from Stampin Up!
Cardstock: Stampin Up!, The Paper Studio and my stash
DP: Close to My Heart "Dakota"
Ink from Close to My Heart
Silver dots from my stash
Stamp from Momenta

My card is based on this card from Jenn47 at SplitCoastStampers

Thanks for Stopping by!
(Hugs) Cara

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Enjoy your day ...

“Be the type of person that not only turns heads, but turns souls as well.” ~ Author Unknown

Good morning!
Today is the start of a new color challenge at The Outlawz

Our sponsor this month is

Jeanie picked our challenge colors this week with a twist of making it a Birthday card

Here's my card!
I used all 5 colors for this Birthday card.

Cardstock from Stampin Up! and my Stash
Die: Butterflies from Stampin Up!
Die: Scallop Circles from Sizzix
DP for the "rays" from Bo Bunny "Petal Pink Splatter", ColorBok, Stampin up! and my scrap bin
Ink from Stampin Up! & Memories
Pearls from The Paper Studio

Stamps: "Riveting" from Stampin Up!

Thanks for stopping by!
(Hugs) Cara

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Wonderland ...

In the old days, it was not called the Holiday Season; the Christians called it "Christmas" and went to church; the Jews called it "Hanukka" and went to synagogue; the atheists went to parties and drank. People passing each other on the street would say "Merry Christmas!" or "Happy Hanukka!" or (to the atheists) "Look out for the wall!"

~Dave Barry, "Christmas Shopping: A Survivor's Guide"

Good morning

Today I have another Christmas card for you!

Card size 5 x 7

"Christmas Holly Damask" embossing folder from Cuttle bug
"Holiday Words: Script" from Sizzix
"Oval Burst" die from Gina Maris Designs
"Tattered Poinsettias" die from Sizzix
Card stock from The Paper Studio and Stampin Up!
Design Paper unknown
Perfect Pearls from Ranger

Thanks for stopping by!
(Hugs) Cara

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Dandelions ...

Some see Weeds, I see Wishes!

Good morning
This is my week to select the Color Challenge for The Outlawz which started today and I am using this lovely inspiration photo! Every time I see a field of dandelion, my heart can't help but smile looking at all those possible wishes waiting to be sent out on the wind!

Our sponsor this month is

Here is my 5 x 7 card
Card stock from The Paper Studio and Stampin Up!
E.Folder "Dandelions" from Darice
Glitter glue from Studio G
Glitter Paper from Recollections
Ink from Stampin up and Memories
Sentiment from Halo Rubber Stamps
Various small punches

Come Play with us!
(Hugs) Cara

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Think Snow ...

The first fall of snow is not only an event, it is a magical event. You go to bed in one kind of world and wake up in another quite different, and if this is not enchantment then where is it to be found? ~J.B. Priestley

Good morning Everyone!
I hope you are all having a wonderful start to your week!
Today is the start of a new Color Challenge at The Outlawz Challenges.

Here is our challenge this week! Come play along with us!


Our sponsor this month is

And here is my 5 x 7 card!
Cardstock from The Paper Studio and Stampin up!
DP "Touquet" By 7 Gypsies
Rhinestones from my Stash
Ink from Stampin Up!
Stamps "Flurry of Wishes" from Stampin Up! & "Think Snow" from Inkahootz!
Dies "Classic Circles" from Sizzix

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Traditional? I think not! ...

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!
WOW! Can you all believe it is November 1st already?! Halloween is past and Christmas is nipping at the heels of Thanksgiving which is coming up faster that we would all like I think!

Today is also the start of a new Color Challenge at The Outlawz Challenges with a challenge of making a Christmas card without using Red, Green or Gold!

Our sponsor this month is

And here is my 5 x 7 card!

Cardstock from The Paper Studio
Dies: Snowflake from Hero Arts and Tags from Sizzix
Glitter paper from Stampin Up!
Ink from Close to my Heart (and is not gold - it's actually a brown color)
Stamps: Flurry of Wishes from Stampin Up! and Stampabilities

Thanks for stopping by and hope to see you over at The Outlawz Challenges!

I entered this card into the folllowing challenge(s)

Unicorn Challenge Blog #15 Snow/Snowflakes

Love to Craft Challenge Blog LTCCB #4 - Anything Goes

My time of year!

November gave her scented sprigs
Of Spruce and Larch and Pine...
~James Rigg, "The Progress of Queen Flora, Adorned by a Hundred Wild Flowers," Wild Flower Lyrics and Other Poems, 1897

Good morning my fair friends and followers,
Today is the first of November ... I know many people dislike the coming of autumn but I love it. I always have. I love the different shades of gold, copper, brown and yellow in the trees. Everything seems to hold a warmth that is lacking in the pastels of Spring and the brightness of Summer.
I don't know how else to explain it but this time of year sings to me and I feel myself relaxing into it.

Today is also the start of the Monthly Progressive Freebie challenge at The Outlawz Challenges.

Our sponsor this month is DisDigiStamps with this really cute image done by Di Carubia.

Card size is 5 x 7

Image "Micemas" Post by Di Carubia colored with Copics and Prisma color pencils
"Holiday Greetings" from The Angel Company
Black India Ink from Memories
Card stock from The Paper Studio
Glitter card stock from Recollections
"Swiss Dots" embossing folder from Cuttlebug
Bow punch from Stampin Up!
"Labels Collections" die from Stampin Up!
Snowflake sticker from Wal-Mart

Thanks for stopping by!
(Hugs) Cara

2nd Annual Through the Craft Room Door Celebration Blog Hop

Good morning Friends and Followers!
Welcome to my post for the 2nd Annual Celebration Blog Hop for Through the Craft Room Door which will run until midnight November 30th with winners announced December 5th!

If you came here from Ann-Marie blog you are on the right trail! If not, click HERE to head on over to Through the Craft Room Door to read the requirements and start the hop!

We have quite a few prizes up for grabs from some very generous sponsors, blog candy on several of the Design Team Members blogs, including mine, a freebie digi paper for everyone who leaves a comment on the main blog post. A weekly prize drawing on the main blog post and a drawing on our Facebook Page.

Check out this list of sponsors and prizes!
PRIZE: Three Digi paper items

PRIZE: Two $10.00 Vouchers

PRIZE: Two $20.00 vouchers

PRIZE: Choice of 3 items from her shop

PRIZE: Three single digi images

PRIZE: $7.00 voucher

PRIZE: $25.00 gift voucher

PRIZE: $20.00 gift voucher

PRIZE: $15.00 voucher

PRIZE: $25.00 voucher, US Only

PRIZE: Choice of 3 images from her shop

I have two cards which I am going to share with you using some images from a couple of our Sponsors. 

This worked great for me since I am trying to get some more Christmas and some Halloween cards done!

This first card is an A2 card I made for Halloween using an pre-colored image called "Bootiful" from Wink Wink Ink

This A2 card was made using the image "Santa's Latte" from Fresh Brewed Designs!

Thanks for stopping by ... Don't forget to leave a comment for a chance to win one of the main prizes and also a surprise package of crafty goodness from me!

Now on to your next stop which is Cicci's Blog. Don't forget to leave some love ... if you comment on all the blogs as you visit, you get more chances in the drawing!