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Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Beautiful Thoughts ...

If a person has ugly thoughts, it begins to show on the face. And when that person has ugly thoughts every day, every week, every year, the face gets uglier and uglier until it gets so ugly you can hardly bear to look at it. A person who has good thoughts cannot ever be ugly. You can have a wonky nose and a crooked mouth and a double chin and stick-out teeth, but if you have good thoughts they will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely. ~Roald Dahl

Good morning Friends
Today starts a new Color Challenge at The OutlawzChallenges. Our sponsor this month is DigiStamps4Joy with a $10.00 voucher to their store.

This week's challenge comes from AJ.
Use 5 colors with a twist of adding texture!

My 5 x 7 will be a bit two fold in that I added texture with an embossing folder and I added glitter to the hem of the girls dress to add both texture and bling.

Image printed on Georgia-Pacific Cardstock and colored with alcohol markers
Cardstock from the Paper Studio and Stampin Up!
Embossing folder from Crafters Companion coloed with chalk from Stampin Up!
Glitter glue from Studio G
Ink from Stampin Up!
Rhinestones from Recollections
Sentiment from Hampton Arts

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

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Sweet Tooth Boo ...

I ask of life the innocence of yesteryears, the happiness of the present time and the peace of mind of future. ~Papiha Ghosh, @Soooper_Bakar

Good morning Friends
Today is the start of a new Anything Goes Challenge at Through the Craft Room Door Challenges. Our Sponsor this week is Lacy Sunshine with a prize of 3 images.

I am using an adorable image called Sweet Tooth Boo ... I really like her because depending on the colors you use, you can change her theme to fit any holiday or occasion ...

For this 5 x 7 card, I used shades of peach.

Image "Sweet Tooth Boo" from Lacy Sunshine printed on Georgia Pacific cardstock and colored with Alcohol markers
Banner die from Stampin Up!
Cardstock from The Paper Studio
Cross-stitched Rectangle die from Gina Marie Designs
Design Paper from Momenta
Embellishments from Close to my Heart

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


Monday, June 19, 2017

Baskets full of Posies ...

The dust and odour of ancient libraries, the gloom of those crypts of literature, have... all the charm of freshest images and freshest poetry. ~Alexandre Vinet (1797–1847)
Good morning Friends!
Today starts a new Color Challenge at The Outlawz Challenges and our sponsor this month is DigiStamps4Joy.

This week your challenge is to use 4 of these 5 colors below on anything but a card.

We have some great inspiration waiting for you from the Designs Team members so come check it out and play along with us!

I made a book mark using the image that is actually the DigiStamp4Joy June Progressive Freebie for my daughter who loves to read. I didn't add a tassel because she does not like them.

Image printed on Georgia Pacific Cardstock and colored with alcohol markers
Card stock from Stampin Up!
Clouds from Sunny Days by Spellbinders
Glitter glue from Studio G
Ink from Stampin Up!
Sentiment from Be Happiness from The Angel Company
Stickles from Ranger

Thanks for stopping by!
(Hugs) Cara

Snowman Selfies ...

Friendship is unnecessary, like philosophy, like art.... It has no survival value; rather it is one of those things that give value to survival. ~C.S. Lewis

Good evening Friends!
Have I got a bit of exciting news for you!
Andrea of SheepSki Designs has created her 100th digi and has decided to share this cute and funny Snowman Selfie image on her blog SheepSki Designs Challenges for a limited time.

Here's my 5.50 x 5.50 card using the image. I really enjoyed coloring this up and creating this fun Christmas card.

Image was colored with alcohol markers
Cardstock from The Paper Studios, Stampin Up! & Bazzill
Dazzling Diamonds Glitter from Stampin Up!
Design Paper from the Paper Studios and scrap box
Ink from Palette
Sentiment from Season's Greetings by Hampton Arts
Snowflake Border from Darice

Don't forget to stop by our Facebook page too where we have another monthly challenge going on as well!

As an added bonus, if you check our her ETSY SHOP and decide to buy something, make sure you use my code SKICARA10 at check out you will receive an additional 10% discount off your purchases!

Thanks for stopping by!
(Hugs) Cara

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Magical Beasts ...

The unicorn, she said, was a marvelous beast, shining with honor, wisdom and strength. Just to see him strengthened the soul. ~Megan Lindholm, "The Unicorn in the Maze," 1988

Good morning!
Today starts a new Color Challenge at The Outlawz Challenges and do we have something special and different.

Our Sponsor this month is DigiStamps 4 Joy with a $10 voucher to their store (HERE)

AJ has chosen a very different tic tac toe board for us to play with. Just pick your row and from each picture, pick your inspiraton.

I chose the bottom row for my 5 x 7 card. Now my colors appear darker than they really are, but the battery was dead on my camera so I took with phone.

From the 1st square, I wanted the Unicorn and the sparkles which are represented by the fine dots on the image and tail, the embossed border and the pearls added to the flourish.
From the 2nd square I used the colors purple and rose ... as well as the rose image
From the 3rd square I used the color orange and the flourish.

Supply List
Bit of silver glitter card stock for the horn from my scrap
Card stock from Stampin Up, The Paper Studio and Bazzill
Embossing border folder from the set "Noel Noel" by Cuttlebug
Floral Scroll die from Cuttlebug
Pallet ink
Pearls from my stash
Rose Garden embossing folder from Crafters Companion
Sentiment from "You are Magical" by A-Muse Studios
Stitched Banner die from Gina Marie Designs
White Gellyroll pen

Thanks for stopping by!
Hope you come and play along with us this week!
(Hugs) Cara

Beautiful ...

Faeries, come take me out of this dull world,
For I would ride with you upon the wind,
Run on the top of the dishevelled tide,
And dance upon the mountains like a flame.
~William Butler Yeats, "The Land of Heart's Desire," 1894

Good morning!
Today starts a new Anything Goes Challenge at Through the Craft Room Door. Our Sponsor this week with a prize of a $10.00 store voucher is Little Blue Button Stamps. I am using this adorable image called Princess Fairy. She is just so sweet and suitable for any age.

Image Princess Fairy colored with Alcohol Markers
Cardstock from Stampin Up! & The Paper Studio
Palette Hybrid Ink
Photo corner punch - Stampin Up!
Rhinestones - Recollections (crown) and Made by Me (corner)
Sentiment - Hampton Arts

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

She left Beauty ...

Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around. ~Leo Buscaglia

Good morning!
Today starts a new month of color challenges at The Outlawz Challenges and our sponsor this month is DigiStamps4Joy.
This week we have a  beautiful Inspirational photo for you from Jeanie.

Here is my card which is slightly paper pieced

Cardstock from The Paper Studio and Stampin Up!
Die: Corner, gold set one from Spellbinders
Distress stickles from Ranger
Ink from Stampin Up!
Pop Up Stickers from The Dollar Tree
Sentiment is from Hampton Arts

Thanks for stopping by!
(Hugs) Cara

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Girlz Rule!

Numerous metaphors have been used to describe life. Among them is the metaphor of life as a battle. Try not to think of life in these terms because, if you regard life as a struggle, it will become one, and you will have little joy. It is far better to think of life as a journey in which the difficulties are hills to climb. The hills are there for a reason (even if you don't know what that reason is), and the sense of satisfaction after climbing the hill is almost always worth the effort. ~Richard E. Turner (1937–2011), The Grammar Curmudgeon, a.k.a. "The Mudge," "An Open Letter to My Grandson," January 1997

Good morning Everyone!

WOW! Can you believe that the year is almost half over? Certainly time is getting away from me it seems.  I am working on letting go and not dwelling on the could-a, should-a and would-a's of the past. To help me along, I started taking Tai-chi and yoga at a "Dahn Yoga Center"  ... quite a difference in process from what I have experienced in the past with gyms and frankly, far more rewarding. Don't get me wrong, breaking habits and trying to refocus hasn't been easy, nor has it been fun at times but I am finding for the first time in a long time that I am happier, I feel better and I look forward to a healthier more positive future.  

On that note, I knew that I wanted to use an awesome, recently released image called Gorgeous Geisha from Andrea Norris/Sheepski Designs for our monthly challenge which is "GIRLZ RULE" and starts today!

Being strong, loving life and ruling your world does not mean you have to be all bad-@ss ... You can be elegant, classy, kind and positive, with much better results!

My card is 5 x 7 in size

Gorgeous Geisha DigiStamp from SheepSki Designs
Alcohol markers
Blossom fan die from Spellbinders
Cardstock from The Paper Studio
Cherry Blossom embossing folder from Darice
Design paper/Origami paper from Japan
Gold Cardstock from my scrap bin
Gold Smooch
Ink from Palette
Rhinestones from my stash
Sentiment from "A Happy Thing" by Stampin Up!

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, when you are done shopping in the STORE, if you use my code SKICARA10 at 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!

Looking forward to seeing your lovely creations!
(Hugs) Cara

My Fair Lady ...

BEAUTY.—A sun which dwells in the souls of all... ~"A Chapter of Definitions," Daily Crescent, 1848 June 23rd

Good morning!

Today is the 1st of June and the start of a new Progressive Freebie Challenge 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.

If you would like to participate, please register with your name and email address to:

This month our sponsor is SheepSki Designs with this wonderful image aptly named "My Fair Lady". This image is so elegant I knew I needed to keep the overall card design simple.

Here's is my 5 x 7 card. 

Alcohol markers
Card stock from Stampin Up! and The Paper Studio
Ink from Palette
Pearl Smooch from Ranger
Pearls from my stash
Romantic Rectangles Die from Spellbinders
Rose Garden embossing folder from Crafters Companion
Sentiment from Stamp Fancy

Thanks for stopping by!
(Hugs) Cara