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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

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Progressive Freebie Challenge: All Dressed up

It is Christmas in the heart that puts Christmas in the air.
~W.T. Ellis

Good morning 

There is still time for you all to play along in the Progressive Freebie Challenge at The Outlawz!

Each month they will send you a free digital image to use. 
Just create a card or layout, upload it into the Freebie challenge and you will automatically recieve next months free image!

This month the Sponsor is All Dressed Up!
you can click HERE to access their store.



Here is my 5 x 7 card


Supplies

Digital Image "Christmas Girl" from All Dressed Up
Card stock from American Crafts, The Paper Studio and Stampin up!
Embossing folder "Snowflakes" from Cuttlebug
Image colored with Prisma Color Pencils and OMS
Flocking on hat and dress from OTC
Glitter on dress bow from OTC
Sentiment from Hampton Arts
Bow created with 
scrap DP
Oval punches and brad from Stampin Up!

Thanks for stopping by!
Cara

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

TTCRD Anything goes with Paola Jofre

There has been only one Christmas — the rest are anniversaries.

W.J. Cameron

Good morning my Crafty Peeps!
Today I made a card for the Anything Goes Challenge at Through The Craft Room Door.
Our sponsor this week is Paola Jofre and I used a sweet little reindeer image of hers.

Click HERE to access her Etsy store and see all her other cute images and digi papers!

This gives me a start on my Christmas cards!

Card size is 5.5 x 5.5

SUPPLIES
Digi Image by Paola Jofre printed on Georgia Pacific 110lb card stock and & colored with Prisma Color Pencils
Card stock from the Paper Studio, Bazzill & Stampin Up!
DP "Holiday Dots" from The Paper Studio
Beaded Oval Dies from Spellbinders
Big Scalloped Circle Dies from Spellbinders
Big Scalloped Oval Dies from Spellbinders
EF "Holiday Dots" from Stampin Up!
Sentiment "Tag Tidbits" From the Angel Company
Dazzling Diamond Glitter from Stampin Up!
Black India Ink from Memories
Based on sketch DS25 from The Decontructed Sketch

Thanks for stopping by for a visit!
(Hugs) Cara

Sunday, January 25, 2015

CAS Anything Goes!

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

Author Unknown

Good morning my crafty peeps!
Not only am I tardy getting this posted but I have been pretty much AWOL from my blog for a bit. But very little crafting has been taking place for me these past weeks! It hasn't been intentional. January is always a hectic month for our household as we try to reestablish routines disrupted by the holiday schedule. 

I finally sat down last night and wrote myself a daily routine list - It was something I really needed to do as I seem to be running around each day trying to fit everything in, only to hit that point of the day when I have to stop. Then I look around and wonder what the heck I did with all my time because my to do list does not appear to be any shorter than when I started!

The perpetual spinning of wheel in the mud bog. Lots of energy being expended but no forward momentum.

Add to this - my mojo decided  to head south for vacation too so I have been trying to track it down and drag it back home where it belongs! LOL

I am actually not scheduled for this week at the Outlawz, but this is the last post for my dear CAS Sistah Charlene as she is headed off on a new adventure, both personally and artistically and I wish her much luck in this new endeavor.

Click HERE to visit her blog Crystaldolphin's Blog. You won't be disappointed!

We also have had a few other changes, one of which is the addition of a monthly prize specially for our CAS Challenge. 

Our Sponsor
Anonymous Donor
Is offering a $10 gift card to a store of choice for the winner this month!
Thank you so much Anonymous Donor for sponsoring our first ever CAS prize!

So this week the challenge at The Outlawz is Anything Goes which is perfect becuase I needed a fast birthday card for a co worker birthday.
This is simple CAS with no layers, direct to cs stamping with the imaged colored with watercolor pencils and a blender pen.


SUPPLIES
Card stock from The Paper Studio
Black India Ink from Memories
Watercolor pencils from Staedtler
Blender pen from Stamping Up!
Image "Leaves & Branches" from Martha Stewart
Sentiment from Hampton Art
Dots from Stamps by Judith

Thanks for stopping by by blog and don't forget to stop by The Outlawz to play along with us this week!
Click HERE to join us!







Monday, January 12, 2015

It's just a Number

A journey is a person in itself; no two are alike.
And all plans, safeguards, policing, and coercion are fruitless.
We find that after years of struggle that we do not take a trip; a trip takes us.

-- John Steinbeck --

Good morning
I am horribly late with this post as, to be honest, I was just being too lazy to set it up! I image we all have those days! LOL.

Anyway, the new CAS challenge at The Outlawz is using numbers on your card or project. Actually the number is supposed to be the focal point but I didn't really catch that until just now and my fellow teamies were sweet enough not to point that out!

So as Cheri says, thinks 25th Anniversary, 16th Birthdays, etc. Whatever you choose, just keep it CAS!

My card was made with a dear friend in mind who celebrates a birthday this year.
She is like a 2nd mom to me and I want her to know that no matter her age, it is who she is that has importance in my life!



SUPPLIES
Card stock from The paper Studio
DP from The Angel Company
EF "Number Collage" from Cuttlebug
Flower die from Sizzix
Sentiment and Die "Varsity Champs" from Sizzix
India Ink from Memoris

Thanks for stopping by!
Cara



Sunday, January 4, 2015

TTCRD January-February Magazine Released!

Scrapbooking isn't about scraps of paper and photos.  Scrapbooking is about scraps of life - yours and those special to you. 
Rebecca Sower

Good morning!
The January/February edition of  Through The Craft Room Door Magazine is released!!!!

A new addition to the magazine is a contest for subscribers to submit cards or projects for a chance to win a nice prize and have their winning card published in the next magazine!

The contest for this magazine is Tic-Tac-Toe.

Here's my card using pearls, design paper and die cuts.


For more information, please check the side bar for subscription details
or
contact me at ttcrd1@gmail.com!
or
Click HERE to be taken to the website!

Cara

Washi Wishes!

The merry year is born
Like the bright berry from the naked thorn.

- Hartley Coleridge -

Happy New Year my Crafty Peeps!
I hope that 2015 is starting off awesomely for you all. 
I will admit though that I am looking forward to getting back into some semblance of a routine after the hustle and bustle of the Holidays! To much unhealthy food and sleeping in late is taking it's toll on me!

I do try to not make New Year Resolutions, at least not unrealistic ones like being a size 8 by summer or learning a new language by October! The main reason is simply because I wind up feeling guilty and disappointed if I don't meet the expectations I set for myself.

So I set small goals, like getting up a little earlier than normal to re-start my work out program which always seems to go into hibernation during the Holidays! Weight loss and being fit is just a side benefit at this point.

Making better food choices - in this case, it's back to an almost Paleo diet for my husband and myself. We did it once before and felt amazing ... not sure why we stopped to be honest.

This year is also going to have decluttering added (in small bites) to the mix. Since we are talking about downsizing might as well start now and get rid of the stuff that I am so tired of dusting!

I hope, that whatever good and healthy path you choose that you are successful!

Today is another Clean and Simple Challenge at The Outlawz!
Such a popular craft item these days, Washi tape is used on everything from cards to cell phone covers!  Our challenge for you this week is to use Washi Tape on your card or project. Just keep it CAS!

Here is my card! Interesting enough though, Washi tape is not something that I have embraced. Not sure why. In fact, the only reason why I have the tape used here is that I purchased it while in Jaen thinking I would use on a Christmas card (which never happened!)


Supplies:
Card Stock from The Paper Studio
Sentiment from Stampin Up! (Set unknown)
Washi tape was purchased in Japan - mfgr unknown
DP from my scrap bin
India Ink from Memories

Do come play along with us!
(Hugs)
Cara

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Thursday, January 1, 2015

Whoot Whoot - Happy Dance!

Happiness is excitement that has found a settling down place. But there is always a little corner that keeps flapping around.

E.L. Konigsburg

What an awesome way to start the New Year!
Karen Hasheck celebrated her 5 year blog-a-versary of Karen's Kreative Kard's with an awesome giveaway.
One of which was a $20.00 gift certificate to Repeat Impressions

AND
I
WON
IT!

Whoot! Whoot!

Here's what I picked!

2809-1 Retirement Is




7028-C Yikes


7122-G Yikes Cat




816-N Black Bear



8719-G Flip Flops



9202-O Peacock




9206-H Beautiful Days



Thank you again Karen for this awesome prize and also thank you to Repeat Impressions!
I am looking forward to getting my new goodies to play with!

Cara