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Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Bright and Sunny Days...

If we tarry a little while, we shall behold a sunset on the ocean,—a sight worth traversing a kingdom to see. How finely the sands glow in the amber light, what a beautiful purple gleams on the crests of the tiny waves! The colours have changed as if by the moving of a fairy wand—a happy union of fire and its great antagonist. ~Henry James Slack (1818–1896), The Ministry of the Beautiful, "Conversation II: Footsteps on the Sand," 1850

Good evening ...
Once again, I am late getting a post up and running. For a retired person, I sure seem to be busier than ever. LOL

Today started a new color challenge at The Outlawz Challenges.
It is my week to pick the challenge and I decided to go with a summery beach feel.
Here are the colors. You must use all 3 and there is an optional twist of by the Seaside.

Our sponsor this month is Maris Digis with a prize of 3 images to her store. So come on and play along with us.
Here is my card

Beach sand (yep - real sand)
Card stock from The Paper Studio and Stampin Up!
Cloud embossing folder from Stampin Up!
Face stamp unknown
Fiskar wave border punch
Ink from Stampin Up! and Palette
Stamp & die set "Sunny Days" from Spellbinders

Hope to see you soon! Thanks for stopping by!
(Hugs) Cara

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

The color Green ...

The colour with which nature has tinted the background of all her pictures, green, is the most suitable ground for other colours. It unites wonderfully well with the yellow and blue which have produced it; it heightens red, and there is no flower or ripe fruit which it does not set off to greater advantage.... it is both gay and modest, bright and tender. Green can only awaken amiable and gentle thoughts, remembrances gracious as those of spring, and other promises of nature: green gives repose to the mind, as it does to the sight. ~Charles Blanc, Art in Ornament and Dress, "Personal Adornment: Colours and Their Expression," 1875, translated from French

Good morning!
Today starts a new color challenge at The Outlawz Challenges with a monochromatic challenge from Ursula. Although her colors are shades or orange, you can use any color.

Our sponsor this month is MariDigis but I am not using one of her images this week due to some technical issues with coloring LOL ...

My 6 x 6 card using Greens

Card stock from my stash
Corner rounder - We R Memory Keepers
Design paper - Second Wind Collection by Prima Marketing
Distress Stickles - Ranger
Foam Dimensionals
Gems - The Paper Studio
Palette Hybrid Ink
Recollections media glue

Sentiment die - Little Yellow Bicycle

Thanks for stopping by!
(Hugs) Cara

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Shall we dance? ...

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

Good evening!
I am playing along with the DigiStamp4Joy Facebook challenge using this fun image. We can do anything we want to decorate it. 

I originally intended the image be for a Christmas card but it turned into a two page scrap page layout and I'm really happy with it.

Dress form image from DigiStamps4Joy colored with alcohol markers
12 x 12 card stock (page base) from my stash
Cardstock from Stampin Up! & The Paper Studio
Celebrate die, Unbranded
Design paper from my stash (but I think it is from DCWV)
Green glitter glue, Close to My Heart
Holly frame embossing folder, Unbranded
Journaling, The Angel Company
Red glitter glue, Stampin Up!
Rhinestones, The Dollar Tree
Seasonal Foliage die, Cricut
Small flower punch, EK Success
Snow Globe embossing folder, Sizzix
Winter Wonder die, Sizzix
Tools: Crimper, foam dimensionals, Recollections media glue

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Hello ...

Happiness is always a by-product. It is probably a matter of temperament, and for anything I know it may be glandular. But it is not something that can be demanded from life, and if you are not happy you had better stop worrying about it and see what treasures you can pluck from your own brand of unhappiness. ~Robertson Davies

Good Morning
Another post for you! Today also starts a new Color Challenge at The Outlawz and our Sponsor this month is Mari Digis

Our challenge this week comes from AJ in the form of a inspirational picture.

and here is my 5 x 7 card ...


3/4" sparkle flourished from Close to My Heart
Alcohol markers
Cardstock from The Paper Studio
Classic Heart die from Sizzix
Design Paper "Antique Paperie" from Colorbok
Paper flower from Song of Spring by Michaels

Thanks for stopping by!
(Hugs) Cara

Hello Friend ...

We are keenly aware of the faults of our friends, but if they like us enough it doesn’t matter. ~Mignon McLaughlin, The Neurotic’s Notebook, 1960

Good morning!
I hope all of you are doing well. Seems Mother Nature can't make up her mind or just needs a glass of really good wine. We are swinging from hot to cool to warm to .. ??? and lots of wind. I know other areas are experiencing the same thing or rain ... lots and lots of rain. So stay safe where ever you are!

Today is the start of a new Anything Goes Challenge at Through the Craft Room Door. Our sponsor is Crafty Sentiments Designs with a lovely prize of  3 digital images from their store.

I am using thus digi image Summer Breeze  which I colored with alcohol markers. I am practicing the highlighting of images with water color ... not super happy with this one but not super unhappy either. I know it's something that has to be done over and over again to know the right amount of color vs water.

Image Summer Breeze from Crafty Sentiments Designs
Alcohol Markers
Card Stock from  The Paper Studio and Stampin Up!
Glitter Glue from Studio G
Hearts embossing folder from Crafters Companion
India Ink from Memories
Sentiment from Tag Tidbits by The Angel Company
Staedtler Water Color Pencils

Thanks for stopping by!
(Hugs) Cara

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Beauty Unites ...

Beauty unites all things, links together flower and star, with chains more certain than those of reason. The poet, the artist, thus finds the clue which guides them in their pilgrimage throughout the world. ~Henry James Slack (1818–1896), The Ministry of the Beautiful, 1850

I'm late - I'm late - I'm late
It's been one of those days from the start and matters were made worse when my laptop decided to end its life after I cleaned the cooling fans ... (sigh) ... after much nail biting, I managed to get my system backed up and then my son took over and worked his magic and was able talk my little lappy off the ledge. Then I had to get my card finished because, well, I got my image colored, set it aside and promptly forgot about anything important I was supposed to do with it.
So on THAT note!
Today, Deonna kicked off a new Anything goes challenge at Through the Craft Room Door. Our sponsor this week with a wonderful prize of a $10.00 store voucher is from DigiStamps4Joy!

I am using this awesome image Phantasi & created by the talented Jenlee which I colored, fussy cut and added to my card with foam strips.

Supplies for my 5 x 7 card
Alcohol markers
Branches embossing folder from Sizzix
Cardstock from The Paper Studio and Stampin Up!
Design Paper from my scrap bin
India Ink from Memories
Labels 10 die from Spellbinders
Pearls from my stash
Sentiment unknown

Thanks for stopping by!
(Hugs) Cara

Color my World ...

Your attitude is like a box of crayons that color your world. Constantly color your picture gray, and your picture will always be bleak. Try adding some bright colors to the picture by including humor, and your picture begins to lighten up. ~Allen Klein

Good morning!
Well here we are ... into the second week of May already and the start of a new color challenge at The Outlawz Challenges.

This month our sponsor is Maris Digis and our challenge this week comes from Kimberly with this lovely Palette. You just need to use 3 of the 5 colors! Easy Peasy.

 Here's my 5 x 7 card using this cutie.

Digi image from Mari's Digis
Alcohol markers
Background stamps from Paint Splatters  & Paint Drips from Prima Marketing
Card stock from The Paper Studio
Scallop border die (on tag) from A-muse Studios
Sentiment from Color my World by Unity Stamp Company

Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

The new orange is ... well orange

“Health is the greatest gift, contentment the greatest wealth, faithfulness the best relationship.” ~ Buddha

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

Our challenge, selected by Jacqui, is to use 1 color (orange) and you get to pick the other two colors and your twist.

Our sponsor this month is Mari Digi's

This week I am using one of Mari's lovely Freebie images. My two color choices are red-orange and yellow with a polka dot twist.

Card size 5 x 7
Based on Verve Sketch VLVjul2012, 7-6-12

Image (Freebie) from Mari Digis
Alcohol Markers
Card stock from The Paper Studio and American Crafts
Design Paper "Sunset Prints" from Darice
Dies "Stitched Circles" from Gina Marie Designs
Embossing folder "Polka Dots" from Cuttlebug
Glitter Glue from Studio G
Sentiment from Inkhootz!
Stamps "Polka Dot Punch" from Stampin Up!

Clovers ...

It's hard to detect good luck - it looks so much like something you've earned.  ~Frank A. Clark

Good morning!
The first challenge of May for Through the Craft Room Door begins today.

Our sponsor this week is Rick. St. Dennis with a lovely prize of 2 images from his collection.

I love clovers and knew when I saw "Clover Cup" that I really just wanted to highlight them so I opted for a black and grey color tone with just the clovers colored in.

I used alcohol markers in about 5 different shades of green then added the die cut image to the card base with dimensional foam.

Card size 5 x 7
Image "Clover Cup" from Rick St. Dennis
Cardstock from The Paper Studio, Bazzill and Stampin Up!
Sequins from my stash
Alcohol markers
Die: Pierced nested fancy label from Gina Marie Designs

Monday, May 1, 2017

Daily Gifts ...

Grasp your opportunities, no matter how poor your health; nothing is worse for your health than boredom. ~Mignon McLaughlin, The Second Neurotic's Notebook, 1966

Good morning!
Lots going on today, this is my 2nd post of the day to announce the start of a new challenge for SheepSki Designs! For my card today, I am using Becca, Image 25. I really love the oriental flair of this particular image and thought it would go great with some origami paper my daughter bought for me when she lived in Japan and it is a great image with lots of occasion possibilities.

My 5.5 x 5.5 card

Image Becca, image 25 colored with alcohol markers
Card stock from The Paper Studio
Design Paper and Red Paper are from an Origami stack from Japan
India Ink from Memories
Sentiment from Stampin Up! Artfully Asian

Now ... You have two ways to play along with SheepSki Designs!

BLOG ... Where you are allowed to use any hand colored image for a chance to win 3 images ... BUT, if you use a SheepSki Designs image and are the winner, you get an additional image choice


FACEBOOK ... Where you must use a SheepSki Designs Image for a chance to win 3 images 

As an added bonus, if you use my code SKICARA10 when you check out you will receive a 10% discount off your purchased! So come along and play one or both! Can't wait to see what you create!

(Hugs) Cara

More to Life ...

“There is more to life than increasing its speed.”
Mahatma Gandhi

Good morning!

WOW .. Can you believe it! 4 months gone --- POOF! --- just like that! Now we are on the 1st day of May and I'm a little shell shocked as I try to come to grips with how time seems to move on faster than it did when I was a kid.

Today is also the start of a new Progressive Freebie at The Outlawz Challenges. Each month we will send you a free digital image to use in the Freebie/Progressive challenge. Once your creation is completed, upload it into the freebie challenge and you will automatically receive the next month free digi.  We will have one image per month so you have plenty of time to create a project using the image.

To receive your image, please register with your name and email address to:

Our sponsor this month is Di's Digi Stamps

And this is my 5 x 7 card made with her adorable cake and gift bearing chickie...

Card Size: 5 x 7
Image from Di's Digi Stamps colored with alcohol markers
Cardstock from The Paper Studio, Bazzill and Stampin Up!
Design paper, My scrap bin
Palette ink
Sizzix die, Music Notes
Stampin Up! punch, Scallop border
Stampin Up! sentiment, Happiest of Birthday Wishes!
Studio G Glitter Glue

Thanks for stopping by and make sure you stop by The Outlawz Challenge to play along with us!
(Hugs) Cara