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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, June 30, 2015

TTCRD Magazine - Upcoming challenge

Christmas is a day of meaning and traditions, a special day spent in the warm circle of family and friends. ~Margaret Thatcher

Hi there Everyone!

Just a post to remind you all that the July-August edition of Through the Craft Room Doors is scheduled for release in the next week and it is chock full of awesome tutorials, articles, projects and inspiration!


Here is my card for the Christmas themed challenge but you have to check out the magazine/website to get all the details!


Hugs!
Cara

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Green is the color of my true loves eyes

Green is the prime color of the world,
and that from which its loveliness arises
- Pedro Calderon de la Barca

Good morning!
WOW! Can you believe we are half way through the year already?

In less than 5 months, my husband and I celebrate 30 years of marital compromise. (And if you are wondering, yes - his eyes are green)

After that the Holidays come marching in and shortly after that I will leave for Japan to help my daughter pack up her apartment for her return to the United States after living abroad for 4 years.
Dates that seemed so far away are now almost upon us.

Of those dates ... this saddest is this one as it is my last challenge as a Designer for the CAS Challenge at The Outlawz. Personal challenges and the need to spread my wings has driven me to this decision. But I leave much richer in friendships and growth.

The Outlawz was the first place I ever had the nerve to enter a challenge and then Colleen asked me to join the Design Team. Firsts all around and remembered with a full heart. Although no longer a part of the Design Team, I will always be a part of The Outlawz as it is a part of me.

The Sponsor this month is Fresh Brewed Designs and the challenge is to create a CAS card or project that uses the color green.

Here is my 5 x 7 card. I used the #96 BEEE-utifulBee from Fresh Brewed Designs. paper piecing her dress, shoes and purse.

Such a fun image!

Supplies
Image: #96 BEEE-utiful Bee - paper pieced and colored with Copics
"Decorative Dots" embossing folder from Sizzix/Stampin Up!
Card stock: The Paper Studio and Stampin Up!
Die: Rectangles, curved from Spellbinders
DP from DCWV
Googly eyes from my stash
Sentiment from The Angel Company

Thanks for stopping by!
(Hugs) Cara





Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Father's Day for Barry

Are we not like two volumes of one book? ~Marceline Desbordes-Valmore

Good morning!
Here is another Father's Day card. This one was made for my husband's Dad ... Barry

I stamped the stag head, fussy cut and attached with small bits of foam.



Supplies
Cardstock: Stampin Up!, The Paper Studio & Bazzill
Embossing folder "Forest branches" from Cuttlebug
Image "Stag Head: from Biblical Impressions
Sentiment "Best Dad Ever" from Stampin Up!

Thanks for stopping by!
(Hugs) Cara

Entered into the following challenges

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Co-worker Birthday

We know we're getting old when the only thing we want for our birthday is not to be reminded of it. ~Author Unknown

 Hi there Everyone!
Today is the birthday of a friend and fellow co-worker and I have this card for him that I made using sketch #218 from Sweet Sunday Challenge.


Supplies
Cardstock from Stampin Up!
Ink from Memories and Stampin Up!
Stamp set "All About U" from Stampin Up!
Embossing folder "Square Lattice" from Stampin Up!

Thanks for stopping by!

(Hugs) Cara

Flower Frenzy!

For myself I hold no preferences among flowers, so long as they are wild, free, spontaneous. Bricks to all greenhouses! Black thumb and cutworm to the potted plant! ~Edward Abbey

Good morning all my crafty friends...
Today is the start of a new Anything Goes Challenge at Through the Craft Room Door.
We have a new sponsor this week



Please stop by her blog - she has quite the collection of adorable images and here is one that I am using called "Smiling Flowers" This set comes with a really cute bouquet smiling flowers as well as several sentiments.






Supplies
Image "Smiling Flowers" by Drawn with Character
Cardstock from Georgia Pacific
Prisma Color pencils
Clear glitter glue from Studio G (Love this stuff!)
Lavender Liquid Pearls from Ranger
Aleen's Paper Glaze
Copic's

Sentiment from Halo Rubber Stamps

Monday, June 22, 2015

Best Dad Evah!

A father carries pictures where his money used to be. ~Author Unknown

Good morning!
I hope everyone had a lovely weekend! It was hotter than ... well, let's just say it was really really hot this weekend and I have a nasty little sunburn to prove it! Even though I slathered myself in sunscreen.

Anyway, my husband had to work over the Father's day so we will be celebrating tonight when he gets home from work.

Here is the card I made for him. Very clean and simple - unlike our parenting endeavors!




Supplies
Cardstock from my stash
DP strips from my stash
Button from my stash
Twine from my stash
Sentiment "Best Dad Ever" from Stampin Up!

Thanks for stopping by!
(Hugs) Cara

Submitted to the  following challenges

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Scrappity Scraps

When life gives you scraps, make something with them.  ~Author Unknown

Good morning!
I hope everyone is having a great weekend! Temperatures are soaring here in Arizona, but I'm a Native born and raised - kinda used to it after 50plus years. Does not mean I don't get tired of being hot all the time, but I sure would not change it for winters of snow and ice!

Today is the start of another CAS challenge at The Outlawz and our sponsor this month is Fresh Brewed Designs and our challenges is to make a CAS card or projects with scraps.

Here is my A2 card made with a scrap of some fabulous white embossed cardstock from Stampin Up! Called "Irresistibly Yours". It is already embossed with several different designs that you can bring to life with water color, inks, etc.

I chose to use some Smooch Spray ink that I have. I just wiped it down with a soft tissue to remove any excess. The piece used on this card is a left over from me playing around. I'm a bit sad that you can't see the slight glimmer the Smooch Spritz adds to the paper :O(



SUPPLIES
Cardstock: The Paper Studio & Stampin Up!
Sentiment: The Angel Company
Ink: Stampin Up! & Smooch Spritz
Die: "Varsity Champs" from Sizzix 
Twine: Close to My Heart

Thanks for stopping by!

(Hugs) Cara

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Red, White & Blue of Old Glory

If anyone, then, asks me the meaning of our flag, I say to him - it means just what Concord and Lexington meant; what Bunker Hill meant; which was, in short, the rising up of a valiant young people against an old tyranny to establish the most momentous doctrine that the world had ever known - the right of men to their own selves and to their liberties.  ~Henry Ward Beecher

Hello Everyone!
I hope you have having a enjoyable weekend.  We have just been hanging out around the pool and not much else.

Today is the start of a new CAS challenge at The Outlawz and our sponsor this month is Fresh BrewedDesigns.

Today is Flag day and the challenge is to make a card using the colors of your country or state flag.

My A2 card is based on CASe this sketch #28 and uses the Red, White and Blue of Old Glory.

SUPPLIES:
Cardstock: The Paper Studio and Stampin Up!
Various circle punches from Stampin Up! and EK Success
"Swiss Dots" Embossing folder from Cuttlebug
Little heart die from PTI

Friday, June 12, 2015

Hello!

‘‘Faith consists in believing when it is beyond the power of reason to believe.’’
Voltaire ( 1694 - 1778 )


Hello Everyone
A bit late getting this posted. My card for the progressive freebie challenge at The Outlawz!
The sponsor this month is Anne Fenton with an awesome poppy image.
I love the open space that gives you placement and size options for sentiments

The poppies are colored with Prisma color pencils, OMS and touch of yellow Copics.
Using ink and a stencil from Stampin Up! I sponged in the clouds then highlighted the flowers and butterflies with gold accent ink from Smooch.

My card is 5 x 7




Supplies
Image: Anne Fenton
Cardstock: The Paper Studio, Georgia Pacific & Stampin Up!
Copics
Dies: "Beautiful Wings" from Stampin Up!
EF from the "Wedding Suites" set by Cuttlebug
Ink: Memories & Stampin Up!
Odorless mineral spirits (OMS)
Prisma Color Pencils
Ribbon from my stash
Sentiment: Studio G
Stencil: Stampin Up!

Thanks for stopping by!
Cara


Sunday, June 7, 2015

I scream, You scream, We all scream for Ice Cream!

You can't buy happiness, but you can buy ice cream.
And that's kind of the same thing


Good morning my Crafty Peeps.
Today is the start of a new CAS challenge at The Outlawz.
Summer is well upon us here in Arizona and besides the pool,  there is nothing better, in my opinion, than a cold treat to help make it through those 100plus days.
Ice cream in a waffle cone is one of my favorites!

Our sponsor this month, Fresh Brewed Designs has this really cute ice cream cone that I just had to use for my A10 card.

SUPPLIES
Image: #826 So Sweet Waffle Cone colored with Copics
Sentiment:  "All about You" from Stampin Up!
Cardstock: The Paper Studio
Die: "Rectangles, long classic" from Spellbinders
Glitter Glue: Studio G

Thanks for stopping by!
(hugs) Cara