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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

Sunday, October 27, 2013

The Outlawz CAS Challenge: Halloween of course!

Good morning ... today is my day to post the CAS challenge for The Outlawz!
Since October always brings to mind All Hallows Eve aka Halloween ... (short history lesson!)

According to The History website (If interested you can get more information HERE)
Halloween's origins date back to the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain (pronounced sow-in). The Celts believed that on the night before the new year, the boundary between the worlds of the living and the dead became blurred and the ghosts of the dead returned to earth. In addition to causing trouble and damaging crops, Celts thought that the presence of the otherworldly spirits made it easier for the Druids, or Celtic priests, to make predictions about the future. For a people entirely dependent on the volatile natural world, these prophecies were an important source of comfort and direction during the long, dark winter.

It wasn't until the late In the 1800s, that there was a move in America to mold Halloween into a holiday more about community and neighborly get-togethers than about ghosts, pranks and witchcraft and buy the turn of the century, Halloween parties for both children and adults became the most common way to celebrate the day.

The American Halloween tradition of "trick-or-treating" probably dates back to the early All Souls' Day parades in England. During the festivities, poor citizens would beg for food and families would give them pastries called "soul cakes" in return for their promise to pray for the family's dead relatives. The distribution of soul cakes was encouraged by the church as a way to replace the ancient practice of leaving food and wine for roaming spirits. The practice, which was referred to as "going a-souling" was eventually taken up by children who would visit the houses in their neighborhood and be given ale, food, and money.  

There ya go - learn something new everyday!
Happy Halloween!

My card for this challenge!



SUPPLIES: Card stock (Stampin Up!), "Acanthus" embossing folder (Cuttlebug), Images & sentiment (Recollections)
The pumpkin was colored using water color pencils and a blender pen.


Please come on Come on by and check us out!
Maybe something will trigger your creative streak and you will play along with us.

You could win one of these fabulous prizes!

$15 store gift card from OOZAK
$15 store gift card from 7 KIDS COLLEGE FUND
$20.00 Value Gift Package of 20 Sheets of Cryogen Paper from THE PAPER TEMPTRESS 
3 free digi images from SQUIGGLEFLY
3 Prizes of 3 digis each of your choice from RICK ST. DENNIS
$10 store gift card from TOUCHED BY A BUTTERFLY 

HUGS
Cara

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Christmas for the co-workers

This was crafty peeps days and I completed all my Christmas cards for my co-workers. (yay!)
Almost totally done, just need to get busy with the specialty cards I make for the parents and my daughter.

With the exception of card bases, these were made with scraps and borrowed supplies. I did use the same layout for each card and a sentiment from Stampin up! for papers vary from Target $1 bin , DSWV, Stampin Up!, Paper Crafts and who knows what else. The same for the ribbons.
The layout was inspired by this card HERE

Enjoy!
     Cara







Outlawz Clean and Simple Challenge: Rest and Relaxation!

More fabulous cards from the CAS Design Team ... Please click HERE to visit the Outlawz Challenges!

This week we are celebrating Rest and Relaxation!
Something most of us are not going have much of with the incoming Holiday season! :O)

Here is my card
I colored directly onto my stamps and then stamped the images right onto the card stock. 
Quick, clean and repeatable!


SUPPLIES: Card stock (unknown), Images (Stampin Up!), Sentiment (The Angel Company)

NOW COME SHOW US YOURS!
You could win one of these fabulous prizes!

$15 store gift card from OOZAK
$15 store gift card from 7 KIDS COLLEGE FUND
$20.00 Value Gift Package of 20 Sheets of Cryogen Paper from THE PAPER TEMPTRESS 
3 free digi images from SQUIGGLEFLY
3 Prizes of 3 digis each of your choice from RICK ST. DENNIS
$10 store gift card from TOUCHED BY A BUTTERFLY 

HUGS
Cara

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Halloween Boo!

Greetings one and all! I hope everyone who comes to visit had a fabulous day and tomorrow is even better!

I already have my Halloween cards done, so this one will go in my box for next year!
Talk about a head start!!!!
I am still working hard at using items from my scrap box such as small paper pieces and bits of Ribbon.
With the exception of the card base, this card is made from my scrap bin! 


SUPPLIES: Card stock (Stampin Up!), Image (Inkahootz!) Ribbon (Stash)

The pumpkins and leaves were colored with water color pencils and a blender pen and I used Aleens Paper Glaze on the eyes and mouth.

THIS CARD IS BEING ENTERED INTO THE FOLLOWING CHALLENGES
Please click on the these links to visit the websites for even more amazing fun and creations!

Monday, October 14, 2013

Season's Greetings!

The challenge this week for the Outlaws Greeting Challenge is to use at least two different paper patterns...
Now folks, this can be a challenge for me at times to use ONE piece of patterned paper ... start adding on and I start heading into creative meltdown...
I love the look but I am not comfortable ... so I pushed myself here and used THREE different patterns ...
I have to admit... this is card 2 ... card one ... hmmmm. That's a story for another time! LOL

So without further adieu ... here is my card!


SUPPLIES: Card stock (Paper Temptress), Ink (Stampin Up!) Large punched snowflake (Marvy) Design paper, fiber & metal snowflake (Stash) ... I am really trying to use my bits and pieces laying around. Money is tight and it's hard to justify a new toy when you have stuff on the shelf collecting dust :o(

THIS CARD IS BEING ENTERED INTO THE FOLLOWING CHALLENEGES:
Please click on the link and visit these sites for more fun and Inspiration

The Outlaws Greeting Challenge: Use at least 2 pcs of patterned paper
Create with TLC: Anything handmade & crafty


I USE THIS CARD I FOUND ON PINTRIST AS INSPIRATION;
krystals cards and more

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Thankful for ...

Happy Sunday afternoon! Although I still have a few more to do, I am close to finishing up my Thanksgiving cards so I can get onto finishing my Christmas cards!

***EDIT - THIS CARD WAS A FEATURED CARD FOR THE WEEK 10-21-13 AT THE OUTLAWZ CHALLENGE BLOG***

MY CARD

SUPPLIES: Card stock (Stampin Up!), Sentiment (Inkahootz!), Swirls (Autumn Leaves), Ink (Pallet Hybrid Ink & Stampin Up!), "Bricked" Embossing Folder (Sizzix), Leaf & rhinestones (Stash)

CARD CHALLENGES ENTERED
Please click on the links below and visit these sites for more fun and inspiration!

Saturday, October 12, 2013

Outlawz Clean & Simple Challenge: Missing you!

Good evening!
The Outlawz CAS Challenge has been posted.

The Design Team did a fabulous job showcasing this weeks theme "I Miss You!"

Here is my card for the Challenge: A simple card using a piece of scrap paper that I ran through an embossing folder then lightly rubbed a stamp pad over the raised image. Very fast and CAS!


SUPPLIES: Card stock & Ink (Stampin Up! & stash), Sentiment (The Angel Company), Bit of Paisley EF (Sizzix), Metal frame (Stash)

Please come on Come on by and check us out!
Maybe something will trigger your creative streak and you will play along with us.

You could win one of these fabulous prizes!

$15 store gift card from OOZAK
$15 store gift card from 7 KIDS COLLEGE FUND
$20.00 Value Gift Package of 20 Sheets of Cryogen Paper from THE PAPER TEMPTRESS 
3 free digi images from SQUIGGLEFLY
3 Prizes of 3 digis each of your choice from RICK ST. DENNIS

$10 store gift card from TOUCHED BY A BUTTERFLY 

HUGS
Cara

Friday, October 11, 2013

My Friend

Good afternoon!
I made this card for my good friend Shannon.
She started entering challenges with me on The Outlawz Challenges and was recently asked to a guest designer for the Clean and Simple Challenge. Right on the heels of that she was asked to be a permanent member of the Greetings Challenge. I am so excited for her and I am looking forward to us pushing each other out of our boxes! LOL

The image looks rather faded as it is actually under the piece of vellum. I used chalks to give her a softer color.
I love this particular card because you can take it from fun to elegant just by changing your image!


Supplies: Card stock, vellum, sentiment and chalks (Stampin Up!) / "Stars and Swirls" Embossing folder (Sizzix) / Image "Deco Lady" (Stampendous!) / "Deckle" Edge (Fiskars edge scissors) / Flower and pearl (Stash)

Thanks for looking.
Comments are welcome and appreciated!
(Hugs) Cara

Batty Halloween for Rae

Good morning & Happy Halloween!

This card is going to my Daughter in Japan.
She loves bats and I always try to find cute images with her in mind.

The bat here was cut from a piece of scrapbook paper from Me and my Big Ideas! I added to the card with dimensional foam. I love that big eyed smile!



SUPPLIES: Card stock & Design paper (Stampin Up!), Sentiment (Studio G), Embossing folders ("Spiderweb" by Sizzix & "Woodgrain" by Cuttlebug), Ink (Memories India Ink),


Thanks for stopping by!
(Hugs) Cara

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Halloween Treats

Hi There ... I know I should work on my staging because it will make my projects looks so much more polished but it just seems like it's all I can do to get things photographed and uploaded.

While cleaning out my overhead at work I found a couple of left over Halloween Treat baskets I made for my co-workers last year.


These are incredibly easy to make so I thought I would share how to make them.

Supplies: Card stock, scallop punch, bat w/ sentiment & pumpkin faces (Stampin Up!), Shimmery paper for the ghost (Unknown), Fraidy Cat punch (Martha Stewart), Candy Corn image (Inkahootz!), Ghost #2 and Pumpkins #2 dies (Sizzix), Ink (Stampin Up! & Memories), Circle Punch (Marvy).

I generally use a 6 x 6 sheet of card stock because this makes a decent size little treat basket.
Score at 2 inches and 4 inches ... turn ... score at 2 inches and 4 inches
Fold along the score lines for nice sharp creases. Use your bone folder if necessary.
Cut as shown by dotted...












Use a strong adhesive to hold the basket in shape... decorate as desired!

Enjoy!
Thanks for stopping by
     Cara

Smile!



Good evening ...
A very good friend of mine has joined me as a Design Team member on The Outlawz. While I am part of the Clean and Simple Challenge, she is now a part of the Greetings Challenge.
Shannon was so supportive and worked very hard to submit cards to my groups challenge even though CAS is not really her style!
Now I am trying to return the favor and make sure I participate in her groups weekly challenge!

That being said, here is my card ... Once again I crashed my stash! with the exception of the base, the card was made from my scrap bin!


I used Sketch #279 from Sketch Saturday



Supplies: Sentiments (Stampin Up!) Card stock and design paper & rhinestone (Stash), Ink (memories)

Thanks for looking!
(Hugs) Cara

THIS CARD WILL BE ENTERED INTO THESE CHALLENGES .... Please click on the links to visit the sites for more inspiration!
Sketch Saturday #279 - Anything goes
Monday Greetings Challenge - October 7th - Smile



Sunday, October 6, 2013

Birthday for Dakota

Good evening ... This card is for my son who will be turning 24 in a couple of days.

I used a card I saw on Pintrist for the layout.


SUPPLIES: Card stock & Sentiment (Stampin Up!), Design paper & silver bling (Stash)

THIS CARD WAS ENTERED INTO THE FOLLOWING CHALLENGES: Please click in the link and visit these sites for more great submissions!
The Outlawz Greeting Card Challenge - Sept 30th, to Oct 6th - Anything goes
Twisted Thursday Challenge - Oct 3rd to Oct 9th - Masculine


Thank you

Good evening ... did a little crafting today!
I am challenging myself to "crash my stash" these days and use images and bit's I have laying around my craft room. I have so much and need to stop spending money when I have really cool stuff just waiting for me to put to good use!

This card was made using an imaged I'd stamped a while back. Other than the card base, all the paper is from my scrap box.


SUPPLIES: Sentiment, ink & card stock (Stampin Up!), Design paper (DCWV), "Vine" die (Sizzix), "Damask" Embossing folder (Darice), "Papercut Peacock" image (Inkadinkado)

THIS CARD HAS BEEN ENTERED INTO THE FOLLOWING CHALLENGES: Please click on the link and visit these sites as they have incredible submissions from other crafters!
The Outlawz Sketch Challenge 
Through the Craftroom door

Feeling TREE-Mendous

Hi There ...
New Clean and Simple challenge has been posted over at The Outlawz!

Since we are gearing up for Fall here in the United States the challenge this week is to create a CAS card or project that features a TREE image from any season you want.
Can be any color, any theme, just make sure you use a Tree and keep it CAS

Here is my card



SUPPLIES: Card stock (Stampin Up! & Bazzill), Tree, birds and sentiment (Sticker set "Fall Trees" from Stampendous)

Come on by to see all the wonderful inspiration from the other Design Team members.
Maybe something will trigger your creative streak and you will play along with us.

You could win one of these fabulous prizes!

$15 store gift card from OOZAK
$15 store gift card from 7 KIDS COLLEGE FUND
$20.00 Value Gift Package of 20 Sheets of Cryogen Paper from THE PAPER TEMPTRESS 
3 free digi images from SQUIGGLEFLY
3 Prizes of 3 digis each of your choice from RICK ST. DENNIS
$10 store gift card from TOUCHED BY A BUTTERFLY 

Hugs! 
Cara

THIS CARD IS ALSO BEING ENTERED INTO THE FOLLOWING CHALLENGES: Please visit these sites as they have some incredible contributions to their challenges!

Through the Craft Room Door
Allsorts Challenge blogspot - Week 227
Tuesday Throwdown