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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

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Saturday, January 30, 2016

Valentine for my Mom

Without Valentine's Day, February would be... well, January. ~Jim Gaffigan

Hey everyone ...
As I noted earlier, we don't celebrate Valentines in my home but I do make them for the Mom's and a couple of elderly Aunts. So here I have the Valentine card I made for my Mother

I had her card all planned out but found myself moving in another direction. But that's okay .. I like how this one turned out.

After I die cut the main background I used the die as a stencil and sponged color onto the flowers and leaves. I cut the heart out of a brown cardstock because it made me think of a grapevine wreath. Once my flower was dry I glued to the heart.



Supplies
Card stock from Stampin Up! & Bazzill
Ink from Stampin Up!
Die: Scribbles & Splats from Sizzix
Die: Flower Bramble from ProvoCraft
Flower Punches from Martha Steward & Marvy

Thanks for stopping by!
(Hugs) Cara

I would like to enter this card into the following Challenge(s)


Creative Fingers Challenge #101



Challenge #88 - Love is in the Air! (Must use a heart)



Scrapping 4 fun Challenges - #58, Anything Goes


Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Happy Happy Birthday!

It's your birthday to-day, so why are we waiting?
Without further delay, Let's start celebrating.

~Norman Wesley Brooks, 1967

Greetings of the Day!
Today is the birthday of a dear friend that I haven't seen in years but still keep in touch with.


Supplies
Card stock from The Paper Studio & Stampin Up!
India Ink from Memories
Image from Inkahootz!
Sentiment from "All Year Cheer II" from Stampin Up!
Colored with Copics
Clear Glitter Glue from Studio G
Ribbon from me stash

Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, January 24, 2016

And So it Begins ...

Happy, happy Christmas, that can win us back to the delusions of our childish days; that can recall to the old man the pleasures of his youth; that can transport the sailor and the traveller, thousands of miles away, back to his own fire-side and his quiet home!
~Charles Dickens, The Pickwick Papers

Yep ... Starting on the Christmas cards already! I cut it pretty close last year much to the delight of my husband who laughingly tortured me with threats of buying store bought cards and mailing them out! Time to up my game LOL!

So here is my first card of 2016 ... 


Supplies
Card stock from The Paper Studio and Stampin Up!
Sentiment from Halo Rubber Stamps
Multiple EF's and I did not write them down :O(
Brilliance Ink from Tsukineko
Ink from Stampin Up!
Smooch from Clearsnap
Pearl from Stampin Up!

I'd like to enter this card into the following Challenge(s)
The Outlawz Greeting Card Challenge GCC011816 - Wet or dry embossing





Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Valentines for the Aunts

The family — that dear octopus from whose tentacles we never quite escape, nor, in our inmost hearts, ever quite wish to. ~Dodie Smith

Greetings of the Day!
Here is a Valentine card I made for the Aunts based on the Stamplorations Sketch on the left


Supplies
Card stock from The Paper Studio
Design paper from DCWV (I think)
Ink from Stampin Up!
Sentiment from Studio G (I think)
Flowers were made from Scrap papers using Flower punches from Stampin Up! & Marvy

Thanks for stopping by!
(Hugs) Cara

I would like to enter the following Challenge(s)
Crafty Sentiments Designs Challenge: Valentines


Lemon Shortbread Challenge #7: Anything Goes


Sunday, January 17, 2016

Butterfly Hugs!

I don't understand why Cupid was chosen to represent Valentine's Day. When I think about romance, the last thing on my mind is a short, chubby toddler coming at me with a weapon. ~Author Unknown

While I appreciate the thought behind Valentines Day, I do not celebrate what I consider to be a "Hallmark Holiday". I don't buy a card for my husband and I certainly do not expect a card from him.

Now, that being said, because there are so many people out there who love and celebrate Valentines day, I do make them for the parents, aunts and a few friends and this card is one of them.


Supplies
Cards stock from The Paper Studio
DP from my stash
Sentiment from Inkahootz!
Ink from Stampin Up!
"Confetti" Embossing folder from CTMH
"Dottie Trim" die from CC Designs
"Butterflies" die from Stampin Up!
"Heart" die from Sizzix
Heart image from "Jubilation" from CTMH
Enamel dots - home made by me
Black floss - My stash

Thanks for stopping by!
(Hugs) Cara

I have entered this card into the following Challenge(s)

Great Impressions: Lovey Dovey (Valentine or Bird)

The Craft Place: Anything Goes

Friday, January 15, 2016

Thank you for your part in my Journey

Hem your blessings with thankfulness so they don't unravel.

--- Author Unknown ---

Good afternoon! I am sharing one of the thank you cards I recently made to keep on hand for my Design Team at Through the Craft Room Door.

They do so much during their 6 month term that it's seems negligent of me not say Thank You so I started mailing them out to DT that had completed their terms and moved on to other adventures.

When I saw this Sentiment Stamp from Unity Stamps - I - had - to - have - it! 
It was perfect! 

This card layout is based on one I found on Pinterest ... good o pinterest ... When I find the pin I will add it.


Supplies
Card stock from The Paper Studio, Close to My Heart & Stampin Up!
Sentiment from Unity Stamps
Ink from Close to My Heart
Design Paper from BoBunny :Lil Prince Stripe"
Karen Foster Designs Scrapeprs Floss
Button from my stash

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

A Rose is a Rose

The rose of the old year withers away as the new bud begins to bloom. ~Terri Guillemets, "Withered," 2004


Well hello everyone ... Yup! It's me! Surprised? 
I am ... LOL

I had some good intentions to keep this blog moving along pretty good but as the fates would have it, work has been ... um interesting ... trying to get back into the rhythm of everyone's idea of important and getting sick - still sick actually. Never fun.

Anyway ... I have been tinkering a bit in my craft room off and on and managed to get a couple cards done and of course, the battery on my camera was dead. Murphy's Law.

So here I am .... finally ... with a Birthday card I made for my Mom.


I just love this image from SandiSamples. One of my favorites that I have used several times.
This one I did in shades of yellow and gold. Not sure what made me do the background like I did, but I decided to play and then after it was all colored I scattered drops of alcohol onto the cardstock.

I used a die to trace around the image, then I cut it out by hand (gasp) ... only because the die is not designed with the placed right at the opening.

Supply items
Cardstock from The Paper Studio and Stampin Up!
"Damask" embossing folder from Darice
Corner punch from Fiskars
"Labels 25" & "Romantic Rectangle" dies from Spellbinders
Pearls from Michaels
Ribbon & Bow from my stash

Challenges entered


Anything Goes Challenge #176

Anything Goes Challenge #260