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Tuesday, June 25, 2024

Born to be wild ...

Good morning,

Sharing a card, I made for a work birthday.

This image from SheepSki Designs is one of my favorites and get used a lot as it can work for multiple occasions. I got this sentiment is a bag of stamps I won in a raffle some time ago and I think it works perfect with this image!


Supplies for 5 x 7 card
  • Digital Image from SheepSki Designs printed on Hammermill Color Copy
  • Cardstock from The Paper Studio (Base)
  • Glitter and Design Papers from my scrap bin
  • Ink from Stampin Up!
  • ProMarkers
  • Sentiment from Viva Las VegaStamps
Thanks for stopping by!
(Hugs) Cara

Friday, June 21, 2024

Eat ALL the Cake! ...

Good morning,
Been spending some time at me craft table making cards so today I am sharing a birthday card I made with a fun Unity stamp that is part of their Uniquely Unity Series that I subscribe to.

I absolutely love this plump little chick!


Supplies
  • Button from Stampin Up!
  • Cardstock from The Paper Studio (Base), Hammermill Color Copy (for image) & Stampin Up!
  • Crayola markers for coloring the image
  • Design Paper from my scrap box
  • Dies from Sizzix (Classic Circles), Spellbinders (Beaded Circles) Unbranded (Torn paper circles)
  • Ink from Momento
  • Rhinestones from Stampin up!
  • Sketch SQSC15 (which I can’t find now)
  • Stamps from Unity Stamps (Too much cake)
  • Twine from Stash
Thanks for stopping by!
(Hugs) Cara

Thursday, June 20, 2024

Happy Summerween! ...

Summer Solstice Blessing
As the sun spirals its longest dance, I bless you.
As nature shows bounty and fertility, I bless you.
May you live with loving intent, to fulfill your truest destiny

Good Morning and Happy Litha!

Whether you call it Litha, Midsummer or the Summer Solstice, this the longest day of the year. Per the internet: Litha, also known as Midsummer, is the pagan holiday honoring the sun and fire. Pagan celebrations during this holiday have themes of strength, growth, success and wealth. Litha also celebrates the abundance of nature and honors sacred bodies of water and according to pagan folklore, evil spirits would appear on the summer solstice. To ward off the evil spirits, people would wear protective garlands of herbs and flowers. One of the most powerful of these plants was known as 'chase -devil'. Most of us probably know it as St. John's Wort.

Any Gravity Falls fans out there? I totally love that show, but my favorite is the Summerween one (S1E12). It is Gravity Falls' Summer version of Halloween and trick-or-treating. Instead of Jack-o-lanterns from pumpkins they create Jack-o-Melons using watermelons. Dipper insults a candy monster know as The Trickster, who threatens to eat him if his candy quota isn't filled by the time the light of the last Jack-o-Melon goes out.

It’s quite funny and enjoyable to watch … so in homage to both my love of Summerween and celebrating the Summer Solstice, I worked with Nic of Magnuson Stamps to create my very own Summerween stamp!

I have sent these cards out already to some friends and family, although I saved one to frame and put on my desk at work, but this is my new tradition!


Supplies for 5 x 7 card
Cardstock from American Crafts, Stampin Up! & The Paper Studio (base)
Design Paper from Echo Park (Monster Mash)
Die from Sizzix (Scribbles and Splats)
Die from Spellbinders (Nested Circles)
Ink from Momento
Stamp custom made for me by Nic at Magnuson Stamps (Happy Summerween)
Stamp from The Rubber Hedgehog Rubber Stamps (Watermelon)
Stamps from Close to My Heart (Inkblot Flair & Spooky Smiles)
Thanks for stopping by!
(Hugs) Cara


Wednesday, June 19, 2024

Retirement Teepee Card ...

Good morning,
Today I am sharing a teepee style card I made as a Guest Designer for the Creative Creases Challenge located HERE.

This was made from 3pcs of 8 x 8 cardstock and uses a magnet to latch it onto shape.


Supplies
  • Cardstock:The Paper Studio (base) and Stampin Up!
  • Design paper: Happy times from Close to My Heart
  • Dies: Banner & Little bird Unknown; Butterfly Profile & Dragonfly from Gina Marie Designs; Ivy & Leaves Circle from Kokorosa; Spring Blooms and Spring Blooms Mini from Fun Stampers Journey
  • Stamps: Retirement Sentiments from Makers Forte
  • Stash: Half pearls & Rhinestones
Thanks for stopping by and please check out the challenge!
(Hugs) Cara

Monday, June 17, 2024

Birthday in blues ...

Good morning,
Sharing a card I made for a work birthday.


Supplies
Cardstock from The Paper Studio (base), scrap bin
Feld butterfly from S.E.I.
Image from Unity Stamps (Clouded by cuteness)
Ink from Tsukineko (Versafine Clair)
ProMarkers
Sentiment from Stampin Up! (Teeny Tiny Wishes)
Sequins from my stash
Sketch from Sketch & Scrap #211
Sun die from Spellbinders (Day Dreams)

Thanks for stopping by!
(Hugs) Cara

Thursday, June 13, 2024

Mothers Day fun fold

Good morning,
I hope you are having a beautiful day today. Even though is still officially Spring, Summer is starting to make its self known with warmer weather so the real heat is right around the corner. Thinking this year I will be missing that pool I used to have!

Today I am sharing a Mother’s Day Fun Fold card I made for a special person who I have always thought of as another Mom to me.

I'm really struggling with my lightbox these days and may have to thinking of a different way to take pictures so I can get some consistency. 


Supplies:
  • Cardstock from The Paper Studio (Base) and Stampin Up!
  • Dies from Sizzix *Mixed Media #2). The Rose is unknown
  • Embossing folder from Stampin Up! (Old World Paper)
  • Nuvo Drops from Tonic Studios
  • Stamps from The Unity Stamp Co. (Rose on inside), Mother’s Day sentiment from Halo Stamps and Thinking of you from Close to My Heart (You make me happy)

Thanks for stopping by!
(Hugs) Cara

Sunday, June 9, 2024

A day for wish making ...

Good morning,
Sharing a card I made for a work birthday …


Supplies
Cardstock from The Paper Studio (base) & Stampin Up!
Die from Spellbinders (Floral Oval)
Digital image from A Day for Daisies (Mouse Daisy) printed on Hammermill color copy
Embossing folder from Cuttlebug (Polka Dots)
Ink from Stampin up and Tsukineko (Versafine Clair)
ProMarkers
Sequins from Stash

Thanks for stopping by!
(Hugs) Cara


CHALLENGES ENTERED

Entry 61
Little Patch of Craft Friends

Entry 101
A Perfect Time to Craft Challege
Open Challenge for June, #6-2024

Entry 192
Ally's Angels
Crafty Animals Challenge
Challenge #84

Entry 23
Daisy Chain Challenge

Wednesday, June 5, 2024

Butterfly Wishes ...

Good morning!
We have a new sketch challenge at The Outlawz Challenges located HERE.

This month’s sketch provided by me. You can find all my sketches in the tab bar above. Feel free to use but please credit me and link back to my blog if you use one.

This layout is quick and opens up a few possibilities for adding embellishments,

I am sorry as I tried multiple times to get a good picture of my card but my light box is not cooperating with me but this card is full of shimmer and looks so pretty in real life. So pretty!


Sketches by Me CCBC28

Supplies: 5 x 7 card
  • Banner die from Stampin Up!
  • Butterfly from Hobby Flora. These are 3-D and also have a slight shimmer to them.
  • Circle die from M&C Boutique *Looped Edge Circles)
  • Heavy weight Shimmer cardstock from Neenah for the base. A lighter weight was used for the white circle and the banner was made with iridescent embossed paper from Craft Sensations.
  • Ink from Memories
  • Sentiment from Unity Stamps grab bag
  • Sketch by Me CCBC28
Thanks for stopping by and don’t forget to check out the main blog located HERE to see the other challenges we offer!

(Hugs) Cara

CHALLENGES ENTERED

Entry 3
Craft-alnica Challenge
Challenge #361: BIRTHDAY CARD

Entry 21
Ellibelle's Corner
Flowers Galore for Allsorts Challenge #784

Entry 45
Pammie's Inky Pinkie's Challenges
Make My Monday

Entry 100
A Per fect Time to Craft
Open Challenge for June, #6-2024

Wednesday, May 29, 2024

Happy Birthday Chickie ...

Good morning,
Another April birthday card, this one was created for my Sister-in-law.




Supplies:
Cardstock from The Paper Studio (Base) and Hammermill color copy (for image)
Die from Spellbinders (Fun rings), I colored them with the sharpies
Embossing folder from Spellbinders (Candles for every birthday)
Ink from Momento and Tsukineko
ProMarkers
Punch from Stampin Up! (Pick a banner)
Sharpies
Sketch used: CCBC32
Stamps from Stampin Up! (Hey Birthday Chick)
Sentiment from a Unity Stamps grab bag

Thanks for stopping by!
(Hugs) Cara


Saturday, May 25, 2024

April Birthday share ...

Good morning,

April birthdays have come and gone so I am sharing a fairly clean and simply birthday card I made for a very dear friend.


I used one of my sketches as inspiraton for the layout.

Supplies:
Cardstock from The Paper Studio (Base) and Hammermill color copy (for image)
Ink from Momento, Stampin Up! and Tsukineko
ProMarkers
Sketch used: CCBC28
Stamps from Stampin Up! (Bokeh dots & Hey Birthday Chick)

Thanks for stopping by!
(Hugs) Cara

Tuesday, May 21, 2024

It's a Girl ...

Good morning,
Today I am sharing a baby card I made for a co-worker preparing to start maternity leave.

Many people would be signing this card so I made it using a full sheet of 8.50” x 11” cardstock. The final card was 8.50” x 5.50”. A bit larger than my normal 5” x 7” cards to be sure.


Supplies
Cardstock from The Paper Studio (Base) and Stampin Up!
Design paper from Sandylion (Atomic Daisies). The polka dot papers in unknown
Dies from Balloons from Papertrey Ink (Best Birthday), alphabets, sentiments and cradle unbranded
Glimmer paper from Neenah  
Glitter glue from Studio G
Sequins from my Stash
Vellum for Stampin up!

Thanks for stopping by!

(Hugs) Cara

Friday, May 17, 2024

65years strong ...

Good morning,
Sharing a card I made for a work birthday. She’s turning 65 and they asked me to make a funny one so I used this hilarious image from Close to My Heart.

I did some masking and a bit of paper piecing on her skirt and shirt.


My Sketch CCBC33


Supplies
Cardstock from The Paper Studio (base) and Hammermill Color Copy
Design Paper from Fancy Pants (Park Bench)
Diamond glaze from Judikins (used on the eyeglasses)
Doily die is unbranded
Image from Close to My Heart (You’re not old)
Ink from Scrapbook.com and Tsukineko (Versafine Clair)
ProMarkers
Sentiment from Unity Stamps
Sequins from Close to My Heart
Sketch by Me CCBC   
Stencil from paper Roses (Lots of Flowers)

Thanks for stopping by!
(Hugs) Cara


CHALLENGES ENTERED

#84

Monday, May 13, 2024

You're Mer-Mazing ..

Good morning,

I was asked to make a card for our department assistant to celebrate Administrative Professionals Day last Month.

She does a lot for our group and others in the area.

I decided to make a shaker mermaid card and I even had a great sentiment that said “you’re mer-mazing” but it was a polymer stamp and when I pulled it out of it’s package it was crazy hard so I had to throw it away … not happy about that at all, so I decided to use it in my blog title!

Anyway, here’s the card. I stamped the sentiment and fussy cut out.


Supplies
  • Cardstock from The Paper Studio (base)
  • Design paper from Craft Universe (Holographic) & Momenta (Marbled)
  • Dies are unknown
  • Ink from Stampin up!
  • Sentiment from Joy Claire Stamps (Mermaid at Heart)
  • Sequins and beads from my stash
Thanks for stopping by!
(Hugs) Cara

Thursday, May 9, 2024

Mr & Mrs

Good morning,

Tis the Season for Romance I guess and weddings are starting to pop up so today I am sharing a wedding card I was requested to make for a co-worker. I think the marbled paper with a bit of a blush pink running through it made an elegant background for the diecut vullum hearts.

Supplies
  • Cardstock from The Paper Studio (base)
  • Design paper from Craft Universe (Marble Stickers with foil)
  • Dies from Stampin Up! (Detailed Hearts) and Spellbinders (Donna’s Alphabets)
  • Gold mirror card from scrap bin
  • Ink from Tsukineko (Versafine Clair) and Stampin Up! (Gold Encore)
  • Punch from Stampin Up! (Pick a banner)
  • Sentiment from Stampin Up!
  • Vellum from Stampin Up!
Thanks for stopping by!
(Hugs) Cara

CHALLENGES ENTERED

Gem of a Challenge, Week 9 - Anything Goes
Entry 52

Sunday, May 5, 2024

A toast to your special day! ...

Good morning,
Sharing an April birthday card I made for my Mother-in-Law.



Supplies:
Cardstock from The Paper Studio (Base) and my scrap bin
Design Paper from Scrapbook Wizard
Glitter paper from my scrap
Heart punch from Creative Memories
Ink from Tsukineko, Versafine Clair
ProMarkers
Sketch from Seize the Birthday STB#3
Stamps from Unity Stamps (Celebrate Today)
Unknown: Stitched oval die

Thanks for stopping by!
(Hugs) Cara

Challenges Entered

Lets Craft & Create
Challenge #207 - AG + Baby Blue or Pretty Pink
#3

Gem of a Challenge
Wk 9 Anything Goes Card Making & Paper Craft Scrapbook challenge - Gem of a Challenge
#12

Crafty Calendar Challenge
May Challenge - 'Anything Goes'
#17

Lil Patch of Crafty Friends Challenge
#229-Mirtillamente Digital Stamps
#1

Cardz for Galz
#224 Celebration - Mother's Day US. or other
#19

Wednesday, May 1, 2024

Birthday Greetings ...

Good morning!
We have a new sketch challenge at The Outlawz Challenges located HERE and would be delighted if you would come and join us!

This month’s sketch is provided by Mette Witus. More of her amazing sketches can be found HERE.





Supplies: 5 x 7 card
  • Cardstock from The Paper Studio
  • Design paper from The Paper Studio (Watercolor)
  • Dies from Papertrey Ink (Solid heart prints) and Quickutz (Nesting Squares)
  • Image from All Dressed Up (Jam jars) printed on Hammermill Color Copy
  • Ink from Tsukineko (Versafine Clair)
  • ProMarkers
  • Punch from Stampin Up! (Pick a Banner)
  • Rhinestones from Stampin Up!
  • Sentiment from Unity Stamps (Hugs, Kisses & Birthday Wishes)
  • Sketch from Mette Witus
Thanks for stopping by and don’t forget to check out the main blog located HERE to see the other challenges we offer!

(Hugs) Cara

CHALLENGES ENTERED

Aloha Friday Challenge #10 - Flowers
Entry #10

Craft Rocket Challenge #114 - Flowers
Entry #8

Creative Inspiration Challenges #14 - Anything Goes
Entry #9

Moving along with the Times May Challenge 166 - FLOWERS
Entry #13 







Wednesday, April 3, 2024

My heart for Mother's Day ...

Good morning!
We have a new sketch challenge at The Outlawz Challenges located HERE.

This month’s sketch comes from Sandra and is perfect for a Mother’s Day card!


Supplies: 5 x 7 card
Cardstock from The Paper Studio (Base) and Stampin Up!
Design Paper from Little Birdie Designs (Purple Passion)
Die from Spellbinders (Hearts)
Embossing folder from Stampin Up! (Subtle)
Ink from Stampin Up!
Mulberry paper a gift from Sandra
Pearl Swirl from the Paper Studios
Sentiment from Stampin Up! (Tiny Talk)
Sketch by Sandra

Thanks for stopping by and don’t forget to check out the main blog located HERE to see the other challenges!
(Hugs) Cara

Friday, March 29, 2024

Furry Angels on Earth

Good morning,

Today I am sharing a couple of Pet Sympathy cards to have on hand. I have quite a few friends that have furry loved ones and it seems like we go it spates with the losses.

I hate making these when my heart hurts for my friends who have lost a companion so dear to them so I try to make several to keep on hand at any given time.

Lucky for me Unity Stamps has an amazing series of stamps to help create these oh so difficult cards.


Supplies:
  • Cardstock from The Paper Studio (Base) and Stampin Up!
  • Ink from Tsukineko (VersaFine Clair) & Stampin Up!
  • Pawprints from Unity Stamps (Loved by a dog)
  • Sentiment from Unity Stamps (Cat’s Leave Pawprints & Dog’s leave Pawprints)
  • Stencil from Stampin Up! (Clouds, Moon & Stars)
Thanks for stopping by and Happy Crafting!
(Hugs) Cara

Friday, March 22, 2024

Everything Beautiful ...

Good morning,

Today I am sharing another card I made from some scrap bits I had. I keep a 3-ring binder that I store left over bits from other projects in sheet protector pockets. I decided to pull out one of the pockets and see what I could create.


Supplies:
  • Cardstock from The Paper Studio (Base) and Stampin Up!
  • Design paper from Heide Swapp (Sugar Chic)
  • Ink from We R Memories India Ink
  • Judikins Diamond Glaze
  • Scrap Bin: Die cuts
  • Sentiment from Unity grab bag
  • Stash: Pearls
Thanks for stopping by and Happy Crafting!
(Hugs) Cara

Friday, March 15, 2024

Scrappy Happy Hellos

Good morning,

Today I am sharing another card I made from some scrap bits I had. I keep a 3-ring binder that I store left over bits from other projects in sheet protector pockets. I decided to pull out one of the pockets and see what I could create.



Supplies:
  • Cardstock from The Paper Studio (Base) and Stampin Up!
  • Design paper from Heide Swapp (Sugar Chic)
  • Die from Crafters Companion (Flutterby)
  • Ink from Tsukineko VersaFine Clair
  • Sentiment from Unity Grab bag
  • Sequins from Close to My Heart
  • Sketch used: Mojo Monday 29
Thanks for stopping by and Happy Crafting!
(Hugs) Cara

Wednesday, March 13, 2024

A Gift of Scrappiness ...

Good morning,
Today I am sharing some cards I made with some design paper bits I received from an SCS BRAK friend last year.

I managed to get 4 cards from the two pices of DP and some scraps I had in my bin


Card set 1 using Sketch from I Spy Sketches ISSC12


Card set 2

Supplies:
  • Cardstock from The Paper Studio (Base) and my scrap bin
  • Design Paper is a gift from SCS BRAK friend
  • Dies from Darice (Foliage Branch), QuicKutz (Nesting Rectangles), Sizzix (Classic Circles) and Stampin Up! (Sweet Buttons), Unbranded (Rose)
  • Embossing folders from Crafters Companion (Rose Garden) and Stampin Up! (Subtle)
  • Ink from Scrapbook.com
  • Nuvo Drops
  • Punch from Stampin Up! (Bow builder)
  • Sentiment from Stampabilities
  • Sketches from I Spy Sketches
(Hugs) Cara

Friday, March 8, 2024

Scrappy Hello There

Good morning,

Today I am sharing a card I made from some scrap bits I had. I keep a 3-ring binder that I store left over bits from other projects in sheet protector pockets. I decided to pull out one of the pockets and see what I could create.


Supplies:
  • Cardstock from The Paper Studio (Base) and Stampin Up!
  • Design paper from Heide Swapp (Sugar Chic)
  • Ink from Memento and Stampin Up!
  • Sentiment: Unknown
  • Stash: Rhinestone
  • Tag punch from Stampin Up!
Thanks for stopping by and Happy Crafting!
(Hugs) Cara

Wednesday, March 6, 2024

Sketch Challenge: Sending Hugs

Good morning!
We have a new sketch challenge at The Outlawz Challenges located HERE and we are using another gorgeous Sketch from Mette Witus who graciously gave permission for us to use. You can find more of her amazing sketches HERE

The adorable image comes from Anne Fenton, Anne’s Digital Arts. You can find more of her images HERE



Supplies: 5 x 7 card
  • Image from Anne Fenton (Gathering Flowers) printed on Hammermill Premium Color Copy
  • Cardstock from The Paper Studio (Base), Stampin Up! and my scrap bin
  • Design paper from Close to My Heart (I think)
  • Dies from Gina Marie Designs (Nested Pierced Fancy Labels), Stampin Up! (Little leaves) and Unbranded (Sending Hugs)
  • Gems from Stampin up!
  • ProMarkers
  • Punch from Stampin Up! (Treasured Tags)
  • Sketch used from Mette Witus, Made with Love
Thanks for stopping by and don’t forget to check out the main blog located HERE to see the other challenges!
(Hugs) Cara

THIS CARD HAS BEEN ENTERED INTO THE FOLLOWING CHALLENGES

Pammies Inky Pinky Challenge 
Entry 24

Allsorts Challenge
Entry 93

Passion for Markers
Entry 9




























Saturday, March 2, 2024

Sixth & final card using gifted images: Thinking of you

Good morning,

Today I am sharing sixth & final card that I made with the gift of pre-printed Dutch images from Marianne Designs I received from my friend. I really enjoyed working with these as I don't use pre-printed images often.

Supplies:

  • Image from Marianne Designs
  • Cardstock from The Paper Studio (Base), Stampin Up! and my scrap bin.
  • Ink from Stampin up!
  • Sentiment from Unity Stamps grab bag
  • Stash: Rhinestones
Thanks for stopping by and Happy Crafting!
(Hugs) Cara

Friday, March 1, 2024

Card 5 using gifted images: Thank you

Good morning,
Today I am sharing card #5 that I made with the gift of pre-printed Dutch images from Marianne Designs I received from my friend.


Supplies:
  • Image from Marianne Designs
  • Cardstock from The Paper Studio (Base), Stampin Up! and my scrap bin.
  • Embossing folders from Spellbinders (Slimline Flora) & Stampin Up! (Subtle)
  • Ink from Stampin up!
  • Sentiment from Unity Stamps grab bag
  • Sketch by Me CCBC32
  • Stash: Sequins
Thanks for stopping by and Happy Crafting!
(Hugs) Cara

Thursday, February 29, 2024

Card 4 using gifted images: Happy Anniversary (2of2)

Good morning,

Today I am sharing card #4 that I made with the gift of pre-printed Dutch images from Marianne Designs I received from my friend.


Sketches by Me CCBC32

 
Supplies:
  • Image from Marianne Designs
  • Cardstock from The Paper Studio (Base), Stampin Up! and my scrap bin.
  • Dies from Sizzix (Classic Circles), Make It! (Scrolled Circles) & Reasonable Craft Dies (Tiny Scallop Circles)
  • Embossing folder from Creative Expressions (Heart to Heart)
  • Ink from Stampin up!
  • Sentiment from Halo Rubber Stamps
  • Sketch by Me CCBC32
  • Stash: Tiny Heart Stickers
Thanks for stopping by and Happy Crafting!
(Hugs) Cara

Wednesday, February 28, 2024

Card 3 using gifted images: Happy Anniversary (1of2)

Good morning,

Today I am sharing card #3 that I made with the gift of pre-printed Dutch images from Marianne Designs I received from my friend.


Supplies:
  • Image from Marianne Designs
  • Cardstock from The Paper Studio (Base), Stampin Up! and my scrap bin.
  • Embossing folder from Creative Expressions (Heart to Heart)
  • Ink from Stampin up!
  • Sentiment from Stampin Up! (Teeny Tiny Wishes)
  • Stash: Rhinestones
Thanks for stopping by and Happy Crafting!
(Hugs) Cara

Tuesday, February 27, 2024

Card 2 using gifted images: Happy Hellos

Good morning,

Today I am sharing card #2 that I made with the gift of pre-printed Dutch images from Marianne Designs I received from my friend.


Sketch by Me CCBC10


Supplies:
  • Image from Marianne Designs
  • Cardstock from The Paper Studio (Base), Stampin Up! and my scrap bin.
  • Dies from Sizzix (Classic Circles) & Unknown (Lacy Circles)
  • Embossing folders from Stampin Up! (Square Lattice 7 Subtle)
  • Ink from VersaFine Clair (Tsukineko)
  • Sentiment from Unity Stamps grab bag
  • Sketch by Me CCBC10
  • Stash: Rhinestones
Thanks for stopping by and Happy Crafting!
(Hugs) Cara

Monday, February 26, 2024

Card 1 using gifted images: Just a note

Good morning,

In a box of amazing things from my friend Sandra I received a package of pre-printed Dutch images from Marianne Designs. I placed them in my project basket and now that I am working on the clearing it out, I pulled them out and made six 5 x 7 cards which I am going to share over the next week or so.


Supplie:
  • Image from Marianne Designs
  • Cardstock from The Paper Studio (Base), Stampin Up! and my scrap bin.
  • Design Paper from Unity Stamps (Rainbow Alcohol Ink)
  • Die from Reasonable Craft Dies (Tiny Scallop Circles)
  • Embossing folder from Cuttlebug (Acanthus Border)
  • Ink from VersaFine Clair (Tsukineko)
  • Nuvo Drops
  • Sentiment from Unity Stamps grab bag
Thanks for stopping by and Happy Crafting!
(Hugs) Cara

Friday, February 9, 2024

Bird of freedom ...

Good morning,
Many changes taking place in my life these days and I’m trying to manage each one the best I can …

One of those changes involved a rather fast and furious move to the other side of the valley I live in and that means I have to downsize my crafting stuff that just got tossed into boxes and moved.

I’ve been working on it little by little and I have made great strides but I still have more that needs to be attended to.

Anyway, I have a box of half-finished projects that I have now started to deal with and one of them was this ornament bird kit from Darcies that I have had so long I absolutely can not remember where I got it from. Which makes sense as the kit was released in late 2010 I believe.

It is a 3-D type ornament that uses wood and acrylic shapes and creates a bit of a shaker window on either side.

But I love and decided to finish it. I used some positive, confirming sentiments I had from Unity Stamps because I feel like this bird represents me right now.
 
Supplies
  • Acrylic Ornament, free bird from Darcie’s
  • Design paper from Close to My Heart (Scrap piece)
  • Embossing folder from Spellbinders (Music)
  • Ink from Tsukineko (Versafine clair), Stampin Up! & Ranger Distress Ink
  • Seed beads & twine from my stash
  • Sentiments from Unity Stamps

Thanks for stopping by!
Hugs, Cara

Wednesday, February 7, 2024

Do you like sketches?

Good morning!
We have a new sketch challenge at The Outlawz Challenges located HERE.

The sketch we are using this month is one of mine … Not only do I like using them I also enjoy making them and you can find them under the tab up top my blog.



Supplies: 5 x 7 card

Cardstock from The Paper Studio (base) & Stampin Up!
Design Paper from Pebbles (Family ties)
Dies from Gina Marie Designs (Nested Pierced Fancy Labels) & Simon Says Stamp (Eyelet Borders)
Embossing folder from Cuttlebug (Swiss Dots)
Ink from Scrapbook.com
Sequins from Close to My Heart
Sketch Used: Sketches by Cara CCBC27
Stamps from Close to My Heart (Hillside Cottage)

Thanks for stopping by and don’t forget to check out the main blog located HERE to see the other challenges!

(Hugs) Cara

THIS CARD WAS ENTERED INTO THE FOLLOWING CHALLENGES



Tuesday, February 6, 2024

Monochromatic kind of day ...

Good morning!
A new Color Challenge has started at The Outlawz Challenges. You can check it out HERE

Our challenge this month is monochromatic.
I always find working with monochromatic colros to be very interesting. Sometimes I'm good with the overall way it turns out and others I struggle to not had other colors to add more interest so its a gamble when I ply with one color family.

I generally don't use design paper, sticking with solid cardstock and inks but I'm working on using my DP and I have a bunch of Stampin Up! In color papers that I've had forever that makes it super easy to create monochromatic projects with interest.

Here I created a masculine sunburst card using design paper in the color mellow moss from Stampin Up!

However, I feel that I could have made my strips a bit wider because I think this looks a bit more busy than I wanted but over all I'm not unhappy with it given that I don't do this card technique often.


Supplies (5 x 7)
  • Cardstock from The Paper Studio
  • Design paper from Stampin Up!
  • Die is unbranded
  • Sequins from my Stash
  • Stamps from Stampin Up! (Antique Auto) & (Teeny Tiny Wishes)
Thanks for stopping by and don’t forget to stop by The Outlawz Challenges for more challenges and Inspiration! https://outlawzchallenges.blogspot.com/

Wednesday, January 31, 2024

Magical Re-make

Good morning,

Card companies pay designers to create beautiful cards using amazing imagery and colors. It heartbreaking to see these cards tossed in the trash so I like to try and re-use them to create new cards or gift tags. I hope this post inspires you to re-think ways to recycle and reuse those beautiful cards you receive, regardless of season!

I am still going through a box of old Christmas cards I received from the last several Christmas’s. I will apologize in advance; I had planned to take pictures of the card before I start dismantling it but totally spaced so I have no before pictures. I really need to get better at that!

Anyway …

I loved this Christmas card from the moment I saw it. It was so festive and magical looking with the achromatic and foggy background and those pops of foiled red and green!

When trying to decide if I wanted to make into Christmas tags or a card, I remembered a set of stamps I had from Echo Park that would be perfect so a card it became.

Since the card was bigger than an A2 but small that a 5 x 7 I decided to trim up and bit then cut into strips. The sentiment was then stamped onto vellum and laid over the top so you can still see the colors underneath which I think is a perfect complement to that foggy looking backdrop of the trees.
 

Supplies
  • Christmas card
  • Ink from Tsukineko (VersaClaire Fine)
  • Rhinestones from my Stash
  • Sentiment stamp from Echo Park (Christmas Sentiments)
  • Vellum from Stampin Up!
Thanks for stopping by!
(Hugs) Cara

Thursday, January 25, 2024

Sharing Christmas ...

Good morning,

Sharing some fun Christmas cards that I made for two very special people.

Found these fun cards on Pinterest using different sized circles to create some interesting designs. The card I am showing today was Cas(d) from HERE




Supplies for A2 cards
Cardstock: Stampin Up!
Design Paper: Recollections (Christmas), Photo Play (Luke 2)
Dies: Sizzix (Classic Circles) and Sentiment Unknown
Embossing folders: Gina K Designs (Holiday Flora), Stampin Up! (Snowflake Sky)
Stash: Sequins

Thanks for stopping by!
Hugs, Cara

Tuesday, January 23, 2024

Exploding Pop-up card for the in-laws

Good morning,

I love making special Christmas cards the parents but I think this year I outside myself for the In-laws!

I found a tutorial on YouTube for an Exploding Pop-up card that just had to make …

You should start HERE on her blog or you can find the video HERE

The card itself is not overtly complicated but the folds can be fussy when trying to manipulate but seriously worth the effort when done!

Edith did an amazing job teaching how to make this card and I will definitely be making this card again.

*** Sorry about the photo quality - I just could not seem to get a really good picture of the card before I had to gift it.

OUTSIDE

INSIDE


The outside of the card based on a sketch from Scrapbook + cards found HERE


SUPPLIES: 
  • Card Stock: The Paper Studio, Stampin Up! and scrap bin
  • Design paper: Stampin Up! (Painted Christmas)
  • Dies: Sizzix (Layered Christmas Tree) and Sizzix (Holly 3D cut & emboss)
  • Embossing folders: Sizzix (Winter Snowflakes) and Stampin Up! (Subtle)
  • Ink: Stampin Up!
  • Misc: Nuvo Crystal Drops
  • Punch: Stampin Up! (Banner punch)
  • Stamps: Close to My Heart, outside sentiment (To you & Yours), Penny Black, inside sentiment (Joy & Merriment) and Stampin Up! Various star images)
THIS CARD WAS ENTERED INTO THE FOLLOWING CHALLENGES