Tuesday, October 15, 2019

The Outlawz Crash you Stash Challenge: Corner Punches

Wouldn't it be an exhilarating tonic for the soul to take a moment to appreciate the simple, good things in life which are so bountiful...? ~Author unknown, c.1949

Good morning!
Today is the start of a new “Crash your Stash” challenge at The Outlawz ChallengesThe purpose of this Challenge is to encourage you to use those items that are no longer trending and probably stashed away in a drawer. Forgotten and alone. So, we are here to help inspire you to dig those lovely items out and bring them new life! 

We Are 3 Digital Shop is our generous sponsor this month with a lovely fall themed digi paper set called Autumn Scenes 
Our item for this month is Corner punches … we all have them. At one time they were all the rage to create fun frames for photos or journal notes on scrap book pages. I have a boxful that I can’t bare to part with because they always come in handy for something!

I am using a basket weave corner punch from EK Success. One of my favorites because it’s not ‘theme’ oriented like others I have.

  • Pre-colored Sponsor image “Autumn Scenes printed on Stampin Up! Whisper White Card Stock
  • Cardstock from The Paper Studio (Base), Bazzill
  • Corner punch from EK Success
  • Design Paper Unknown
  • Liquid class from Close to My Heart
  • Paper flower from Prima
  • Sentiment from Unity Stamps
  • Stash: Flower center

Thanks for stopping by and don’t forget to stop by The Outlawz Challenges where there is a challenge for every day of the week!
(Hugs) Cara

Saturday, October 12, 2019

Cards for Little Hearts Winter Card Drive: Holiday Hugs

People don't notice whether it's winter or summer when they're happy. - Anton Chekhov

Good morning!
I am here to share one of the cards I made for the 2019 Winter card drive for Cards for Little Hearts which runs October 1st through November 1st.

Cards for Little Hearts is a global card drive, comprised of crafters dedicated to bringing smiles, hope and encouragement to as many children with congenital heart disease as possible by providing heart center staff with handmade cards that are given to patients during their hospitalization.

Please read the guideline page located on the Cards for Little Hearts website (HERE) for important guidelines prior to making and sending in your cards. You can also find additional helpful resources on the FAQs page and a Sentiments List. There is also a Gallery page if you need some inspiration.


  • Cardstock: American Crafts, Scrap bin, Stampin Up!, The Paper Studio (base)
  • Design Paper: Unknown
  • Dies: Mini Snowflakes from Fawn Lawn
  • Glitter paper: Close to My Heart, Recollections
  • Ink: ProMarkers, Memories India Ink
  • Rhinestones: Recollections
  • Stamps: Unknown
I encourage you to please get children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews or even your Sunday School class involved. The children always love to receive cards made by other children!

(Hugs) Cara

Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Cabinet make-over ...

It's a great thing when you realize you still have the ability to surprise yourself.  Makes you wonder what else you can do that you've forgotten about.  ~Alan Ball

Good morning!
Today I am sharing a make over.

I have been hunting for a way to store my embossing folders and thin metal dies which I currently have located in several different containers spread out all over my craft room ... drives me nuts!

While out and about several months ago, I found this 5 drawer cabinet at a local resell shop for $20.00. After some quick measuring I purchased it and dragged it home much to my husbands consternation! The nice thing about the drawers is that they pull all the way out making it easy to get to things towards the back of the drawer.

Since the weather has been awesome lately, I asked my dear husband to drag the cabinet to the back patio so I could begin the process of cleaning and repainting it.

Not pictured here is the marble slab that was attached with some sort of silcone to the top of the cabinet. If you look closed enough you can see the circles where the silicone was blobbed on. My husband threw that away as it was damaged and unusable for any other projects.

I pulled out the drawers, tighted up all the tracks, washed, sandpapered and washed again. Once dry I used a Glidden paint/primer mix but I was not happy with the coverage and finished up going over the cabinet with a couple cans of white spray paint ... I'm think now that the paint might have been old as I've never had that issue before.

I was originally going to leave the cabinet all white and change out the hardware to some red handles but while rumaging through my spray paints I found a left over can of red spray paint from another project which I decided at the last minute to use on the drawers. Love how it turned out!

Here is the finished cabinet. 

Although I might had some red details to the cabinet trim later as well as metal label holders (I think I have just enough red spray paint to cover them). I have yet to decide. What do you think?

I used foam board to divide the drawers in half. Next I need to make new index tabs then I can transfer my embossing folders and dies and clear out a lot of boxes!

I have sizzix strip dies and sizzlets but those are stored in another cabinet that works perfectly for them so I am thinking I will use the smaller top drawer to store all my embellisments that I have in several shoe boxes on a shelf. 

Overall, I'm really happy with it and can't wait to get it into my craftroom.

Thanks for stopping by!
(Hugs) Cara