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None of us is born thinking we are ordinary. Feeling special is an essential part of the human birthright. If you don’t think you are special, you won’t seek to contribute your gift to the world. -Rabbi Shmuley Boteach

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

It's Your Day ...

“What is life?
It is the flash of a firefly in the night.
It is the breath of a buffalo in the wintertime.
It is the little shadow which runs across the grass and loses itself in the sunset.”
~ Native American Proverb

Good morning Everyone!
Another blessed day for us, one and all. I hope you are enjoying it with whatever brings you peace and joy!

Today starts a new color challenge at The OutlawzChallenges. Our sponsor this month is Mary Smith of Createful Hearts Digis.

This week's challenge, selected by Jeanie, is to use all 4 colors from the palette and the optional twist of anything but a card.

I opted to make a gift bag using a lunch bag. The truck, which can be found in Mary's Etsy Shop, is colored with alcohol markers, fussy cut and attached to the bag with foam dots.


Image from Createful Hearts Digis
Alcohol markers
Cardstock from The Paper Studio and Stampin Up!
Cuttlebug embossing folder - Chicken Wire
Gina Marie Designs die - Barbed Wire
Grommets from Memories
Jute (both strands) from my Ssash
Lunch bag from my stash
Ranger distress ink
Sizzix Sentiment die
Spellbinders embossing folder - Blistered
Stampin Up! clear button
Stampin Up! Stamp - Plaid Flannel Background

Looking for ward to seeing your colorful creations this week at The Outlawz Challenges, where a new challenge starts every day!
Thanks for stopping by!
(Hugs) Cara

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Mind over Matter? ...

They say that age is all in your mind. The trick is keeping it from creeping down into your body. ~Author unknown

Greetings of the day!
Let me tell ya, being retired has not gained me any time ... I still seem to be more busy than ever. A fact driven home as at the 12th hour I managed to finish my husband's birthday card!

The quote I used above cracked me up because we were just talking about how getting older is not optional but getting old is ... This discussion took place while we were signing up for Tai Chi class. Something we have been talking about doing for some time. It;s good for the mind and body. 

I'll let you know how that works out for us! LOL ... 

Anyway, his card is based on a sketch from InkSpired Sketch that I found on Pinterest (what a surprise LOL) which will be at the bottom of my post. 

Card size is 5 x 7

Cardstock from The Paper Studio
DP is Colorbok Craft & Glitter paper
Gina Marie Designs Fluff background embossing folder
Memories India Ink
Sentiment from Inkahootz!
Studio G Glitter Glue
Vellum is from my scrap box

I made the tag using scraps

Card Sketch used

Thanks for stopping by!
(Hugs) Cara

This card has been entered into the following Challenge(s)

Seems my buddy Lisa is celebrating a special birthday and she is having a bit of a celebration at
Decosse's Dynamite Doodles

Love to Craft Challenge #9, Anything Goes

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Birthday flowers ...

[F]lowers... adorn our lanes, fields and fells, and... smile upon us and cheer and bless us in our country rambles.... the lovely blossoms... kiss the clear brooks and mountain wells... ~James Rigg, "Preface," Wild Flower Lyrics and Other Poems, 1897

Good afternoon...
Bit late with my post today. I have not been doing a very good job managing my time since I retired and need to get back into a rhythm :O( ...

Today is the start of a new color challenge at The Outlawz, sponsored this month by Mary Smith of Createful Hearts Digis. 

Our colors this week, a tic tac toe table, were selected by Jeanie and Kimberly.

Here is my card, which to be honest is a little messed up. I had decided to use the center squares left to right. Problem is that I mistook 'ribbon' for lace. Sooooo ... my card has an embossed lace doily :O)
But ... I like it and hope you do too!

Card size 5.5 x 5.5

Cardstock from The Paper Studio, Stampin Up! and Bazzill
Die from Darice: Floral Swirl Burst
Dies from Spellbinders: Blossom 2 and Daisy Toppers
Lace Doily Embossing folder from Sizzix
Pearl from Michaels $1 bin

Cardstock from Stampin Up!
Die from Marianne Designs

Thanks for stopping by!
(Hugs) Cara