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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, July 25, 2017

Glitter and Baubles …

The universal joy of Christmas is certainly wonderful. We ring the bells when princes are born, or toll a mournful dirge when great men pass away. Nations have their red-letter days, their carnivals and festivals, but once in the year and only once, the whole world stands still to celebrate the advent of a life. ~Author Unknown

Good  morning!
Today is the start of a new Color Challenge at The OutlawzChallengesOur Sponsor this month is Bugaboo Stamps with a lovely prize of 4 images from the shop.
 

This week we have a Tic Tac Toe challenge selected by Ursula. You can use the color or the written direction to make your project (or both) as usual any row either diagonal, horizontal or vertical.
I am using the bottom row. Left to Right which is shades of blue.


The image I am using is BUGSBEAUTY ... I also decided I wanted to leave her hair white and use white glitter glue on streaks to add lots of SPARKLE. No matter how hard I tried I struggled getting a good picture of the glitter but it looks really great in person.



 Supplies
Image colored with Alcohol Markers
Cardstock from The Paper Studio
Curved Rectangle dies from Spellbinders
Design Paper from DCWV (I think)
Glitter glue in White and Blue from Studio G
Glitter paper from Stampin Up!
Glitter washi from Close to My Heart
Ink from Stampin Up!
Red Glimmer Smooch from Ranger
Rhinestones from Recollections
Sentiment from Inkahootz!
Snowflake embossing folder from Sizzix
Sparkle Stamp from Stampin Up!

Thanks for stopping by! 
Hope to see you over at The Outlawz where we have a new challenge and different challenge starting every day of the week!
(Hugs) Cara



Someone remembers ...

Someone remembers, someone cares;
Your name is whispered in someone’s prayers.
~Author Unknown

Hello!
Today is the start of a new Anything Goes Challenge at Through the Craft Room DoorOur Sponsor this week is Kenny K Stamps with a prize of 3 images from their store.


I am using his image Sweet Melissa…
The striped DP is actually quite bright and although I really wanted to use it, I felt it was overpowering the image so a quick check of my vellum and voila! The colors are still there, muted just enough to stay in the background but still bright enough to be noticed and work with the image.
I know the picture doesn't show it well, but believe me it looks great.


Image colored with Alcohol Markers and Stampin Up! Markers
Cardstock from The Paper Studio and Stampin Up!
Hello Die From Avery Elle
Rhinestones from Recollections
Striped Design paper from my scrap
Vellum from Stampin Up!
White gel pen

Thanks for stopping by!
(Hugs) Cara

Thursday, July 20, 2017

The Case of the Vanishing Mojo ...

Have regular hours for work and play; make each day both useful and pleasant, and prove that you understand the worth of time by employing it well. Then youth will be delightful, old age will bring few regrets, and life will become a beautiful success... ~Louisa May Alcott, Little Women, 1868

Good evening Everyone …
I am so very late with this post, but I have been dealing with some computer challenges, struggling with a vacationing Ms. Mojo and a sense of being untethered. Being retired I am discovering some things about myself that is rather iritating ... like I NEED routines and I have not been doing well at settling into one so I feel aimless. This is not a good thing and something I need to figure out quick!

In the meantime, I managed to get a new computer and have been sorting out all the accompanying issues that go along with that. Ms. Mojo seems to be back … kinda – somewhat so I managed to put together this card for the Outlawz Challenges Color challenge which started this past Tuesday.

Our challenge this week, picked by AJ, is to use 3 colors (below) and you can use the optional twist of Summer Fun.


Our Sponsor this Month is Bugboo with a lovely prize of 4 images.


Here is my card using their fun little summer image BUGKIDZBEACH


Supplies
Image “BUGKIDZBEACH” colored with alcohol markers
Aleen’s Paper Glaze
Cardstock from The Paper Studio and my scrap bin
Chantilly Design paper from Close my Heart
Die - Day Dreams from Spellbinders
Die - Wonky Frames from Gina Marie Designs
Pink glitter glue from Studio G
Yellow Stickles from Ranger

Thanks for stopping by!
(Hugs) Cara

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

What are Friends for? ...

My old grandmother always used to say, Summer friends will melt away like summer snows, but winter friends are friends forever. ~George R.R. Martin, A Dance with Dragons, 2011

Good morning!
Today is the start of a new Anything Goes challenge at Through the Craft Room Door Challenge Blog.

This week our Sponsor is SheepSki Designs with a prize of 3 images (which is pretty exciting because I know she has new images in her Store!

Now for this challenge I used her really fun image "Snowman Selfie" which she is currently sharing on her Challenge blog "SheepSki Designs Challenges".



Supplies
Snowman Selfie colored with alcohol markers
Black India Ink from Memories
Cardstock from The Paper Studio and Stampin Up!
Die - Cross Stitched Square from Gina Marie Designs
Embossing folder - Polka Dots from Cuttlebug
Embossing folder - Snowflakes from CTMH
Glitter glue from Studio G
Ribbon from my Stash
Sentiment from JRL Designs (aka CTMH)
Snowflake stamp from Stampin Up!
 Thanks for stopping by!
(Hugs) Cara

Hope Anchors the Soul ...

"Hope" is the thing with feathers –
That perches in the soul –
And sings the tune without the words –
And never stops – at all....
~Emily Dickinson, c.1861


Good morning!
It's Tuesday and the start of a new Color Challenge at the Outlawz Challenges. Our Sponsor this month is Bugaboo stamps with a prize of 4 images.
It is my turn to pick the challenge this week which is to use purple ... with your choice to two other colors. The twist if you wish to add it is Any Holiday!

Here's my card using the image Hope anchors your soul girl.

The colors I used are PURPLE, blue and yellow
The Holiday I chose is Easter


Supplies
Image Hope anchors you soul girl colored with alcohol markers
Cardstock from  The Paper Studios, Bazzill, American Craft and Stampin Up!
Die - Day Dreams from Spellbinders
Die - Labels 44 from Spellbinders
Red glitter glue from Stampin Up!
Rhinestones from my Stash
Yellow Stickles from Ranger

Thanks for stopping by!
(Hugs) Cara

Monday, July 10, 2017

Thanks to my Husband ...

In every marriage more than a week old, there are grounds for divorce. The trick is to find, and continue to find, grounds for marriage. ~Robert Anderson, Solitaire & Double Solitaire

Good afternoon!
I often create little cards for by husband and stash them in his bag when he's leaving for the station and thought I would share the card I made for him using the July Progressive Freebie Image "Just Married" from DigiStamps4Joy.

So yes, I made a thank you card for my husband.

He has been amazing this last couple years, especially the last 12 months when it became extremely apparent that the company I had work at for 30plus years had become such a toxic place to work it was affecting my health and my attitude.

The decision was made for me to "retire"... so I did and the last 6 months have been a God send for me. He even told me that he didn't care if I ever worked outside the home if I didn't want to.

Whadda man!

Anyway, here is my card, based on Mojo Monday week45 sketch


Supplies:
Cardstock from The Paper Studio and American Crafts
Design paper from Momenta
Image "Just Married" from DigiStamps4Joy colored with alcohol markers
Rhinestones from Made by me (tail lights) and my stash

Thanks for Stopping by!

Friday, July 7, 2017

Masculine Birthday ...

This country will not be a good place for any of us to live in unless we make it a good place for all of us to live in. ~Theodore Roosevelt, 1901


Hi There ...
Just sharing a Birthday card I made for one of my Father-in-laws using this CARD I found on Pinterest as inspiration.


SUPPLIES
Card size is 5.50 x 4.25
Black hybrid ink from Palette
Card base from The Paper Studio
Card stock from Stampin Up!
Design paper - Crackled Stars from The Paper Studio
Die - Cross stitched circles from Gina Marie Designs
Red star gems from my stash
Sentiment - Inkahootz!

Thanks for stopping by!
(Hugs) Cara

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Red, White & Blue Birthday Wishes ...

Our country is not the only thing to which we owe our allegiance. It is also owed to justice and to humanity. Patriotism consists not in waving the flag, but in striving that our country shall be righteous as well as strong. ~James Bryce
  
Hi!

A new color challenge as started at The Outlawz Challenges.
Our sponsor this month with 4 images is Bugaboo Digi Stamps

  
Lauren selected the colors this week using the United States Flag.


I did not use a Bugaboo image for my 5 x7 card which was made for a close family friend


Supplies
Card base - The Paper Studio
Cardstock from Stampin up!
Design paper - Cracked Stars from The Paper Studio
Die - Banners from Stampin Up!
Die - Banners Trio from Spellbinders
Embossing folder - stars from Cuttlebug
Gemtstones from The Paper Studio
Sentiment - Banner Wishes from Close to My Heart

Thanks for stopping by!
(Hugs) Cara

CHALLENGES ENTERED



Proud American ...

We have enjoyed so much freedom for so long that we are perhaps in danger of forgetting how much blood it cost to establish the Bill of Rights.  ~Felix Frankfurter


Good afternoon everyone!
Today America is celebrating it's hard won Independence. We celebrate as reminder of what and who has been lost to gain what we have and enjoy today.  America is not perfect, and sadly there are those who seek to destroy her not just from without but from within.

We don't need to agree on everything, but we do need to agree that tearing up our President (regardless of who holds that office) only succeeds in bringing down our credibility in the eyes of our citizens and our world.

We need to stop tearing down each other and pointing fingers. I remember my mom telling me when I was little that when you point fingers, look at your hand and see how many are pointing back at you. People of all ages need to stop looking at their phones and start looking around.

Where is the respect for self and for others? Where is the accountability? Where is the empathy so important to a healthy functioning society? When did people stop taking pride in a job well done, in their communities and in themselves?

Stop paying attention to what the media reports and start paying attention to the facts ... Period. If more people, regardless of political or religious beliefs voted with their heads and not their hearts, maybe we would not be in the position we find ourselves in right now.

Remember ... this moral degradation showing this country did not happen overnight --- it's been brewing for years through multiple presidencies. Now it's starting to bubble above the pot.

I love my Country and I am proud of the American people who are stepping up and fighting back against those who are working to cause her failure. I don't disagree that there are times when Authority need to be challenged, but frankly I am tired of all the hate and vitriol being spewed by the media and the elitist celebrities who think their thoughts and opinions outweigh those of the common folk. Check out history and see where that same thought process got some people.

Point is people, this is not about color, religious or political belief, male vs female  or straight vs. gay/lesbian ... this is about the United States as whole ... WAKE UP ... Someday, bad things are going to happen here all because everyone was too busy trying to get a piece of the pie they didn't help bake.


Then what?


Sunday, July 2, 2017

TTCRD July-August 2017 Magazine & Challenge

Through the Craft Room Door Magazine for July - August 2017 has been released and is available in the Subscribers Only Area of the Website.


For this edition our Featured Digi Artist is the very talented Beccy Muir of Beccys Place Designs. Her Design team has provided some wonderful cards to go along with the really fun Digi set "Dancing Queen" she has given us for personal use.

We have some fun and amazing tutorials to share including one on how to make those alcohol markers work a little harder for you. We also have a fantastic tutorial for making lovely vintage style lace bracelets. Looking for some creative ideas for your Bible journaling? ... We have that too and so much more, you are bound to find something that sparks that creativity fire in you!

The July/August Challenge will be paper-pieced cards/projects and the Designers of Through the Craft Room Door have created some awesome inspiration for you. Here is the card I created for the challenge using a stamp from Unity Stamp Company.


If you are not a subscriber, $18.00 for the first year is a great deal as you receive access to back issues, including videos and Digi images. If interested, you can create a profile and subscribe via the subscription tab. Once payment is received, an invitation to access the Subscribers Only Area of the Website will be sent to you.




Saturday, July 1, 2017

Dragons among us ...

'Tis well to give honour and glory to age,
With its lessons of wisdom and truth;
Yet who would not go back to the fanciful page,
And the fairy tale read but in youth?
~Eliza Cook, "Stanzas," Melaia, and Other Poems, 1840

Good Evening!
Today is July 1 and that means a new monthly challenge at SheepSki Designs Challenge blog and this month it is square cards!


I love Fairy Tales ...
I always have ... Something about them invokes thoughts of What if's and Forevers. They release my inner child and take me back to simpler times when there was nothing more important than sitting on my bed during the hottest days of summer with a cold glass of Kool-aid and getting lost in some adventure to a far off time and place. I still have several of my childhood favorites and some compilation books that I purchased when I had my first child.

This wonderfully fun image from SheepSki Designs brings back so many of those days of reading those same stories to both my children when they were younglings.



Image "Seraphina's Heart" from SheepSki Designs colored with Alcohol Markers
Aleen's Paper Glaze
Black hybrid ink from Palette
Cardstock from The Paper Studio and Stampin Up!
Rhinestones from Studio His & Hers
Sentiment from Banner Wishes by Close to My Heart
Studio G glitter glue
  
Now ... You have two ways to play along with SheepSki Designs!

BLOG ... Where you are allowed to use any hand colored image for a chance to win 3 images ... BUT, if you use a SheepSki Designs image and are the winner, you get an additional image choice

or

FACEBOOK ... Where you must use a SheepSki Designs Image for a chance to win 3 images

As an added bonus, when you are done shopping in the STORE, if you use my code SKICARA10 at check out you will receive a 10% discount off your purchased! So come along and play one or both! Can't wait to see what you create!

Looking forward to seeing your lovely creations!
(Hugs) Cara

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Friends and Pets ...

The difference between friends and pets is that friends we allow into our company, pets we allow into our solitude. ~Robert Brault, rbrault.blogspot.com

Good morning!
Today is the start of a new Progressive Freebie Challenge at The Outlawz Challenges.


Each month we will send you a free digital image to use in the Freebie/Progressive challenge. Once your creation is completed, upload it into the freebie challenge and you will automatically receive the next month free digi.  We will have one image per month so you have plenty of time to create a project using the image.

If you are not playing along with us and want to join in, please send an email to: outlawzprogressivechallenge@gmx.com 

This month we have a cute little dog image created by AnneFenton


Animal fur I hear, is hard for even the most experienced colorist, when means even more so for someone like me! I am not unhappy with my coloring of this adorable image but personally, I think I would have done better with my PrismaColor pencils, but I am really trying to learn the ins and outs of my alcohol markers.


Image from Anne Fenton colored with Alcohol Markers
Black hybrid ink from Palette
Cardstock from The Paper Studio and Stampin Up!
Cross Stitched Rectangle die is from Gina Marie Designs
Sentiment from Just Because by The Angel Company

Sequins from the Dollar Tree

Thanks for stopping by and looking forward to seeing you over at The Outlawz Challenges!
(Hugs) Cara

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Beautiful Thoughts ...

If a person has ugly thoughts, it begins to show on the face. And when that person has ugly thoughts every day, every week, every year, the face gets uglier and uglier until it gets so ugly you can hardly bear to look at it. A person who has good thoughts cannot ever be ugly. You can have a wonky nose and a crooked mouth and a double chin and stick-out teeth, but if you have good thoughts they will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely. ~Roald Dahl

Good morning Friends
Today starts a new Color Challenge at The OutlawzChallenges. Our sponsor this month is DigiStamps4Joy with a $10.00 voucher to their store.


This week's challenge comes from AJ.
Use 5 colors with a twist of adding texture!

My 5 x 7 will be a bit two fold in that I added texture with an embossing folder and I added glitter to the hem of the girls dress to add both texture and bling.


Supplies
Image printed on Georgia-Pacific Cardstock and colored with alcohol markers
Cardstock from the Paper Studio and Stampin Up!
Embossing folder from Crafters Companion
Glitter glue from Studio G
Ink from Stampin Up!
Rhinestones from Recollections

Sentiment from Hampton Arts

Thanks for stopping by.
Hope to see you soon!
(Hugs) Cara

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Sweet Tooth Boo ...

I ask of life the innocence of yesteryears, the happiness of the present time and the peace of mind of future. ~Papiha Ghosh, @Soooper_Bakar

Good morning Friends
Today is the start of a new Anything Goes Challenge at Through the Craft Room Door Challenges. Our Sponsor this week is Lacy Sunshine with a prize of 3 images.


I am using an adorable image called Sweet Tooth Boo ... I really like her because depending on the colors you use, you can change her theme to fit any holiday or occasion ...

For this 5 x 7 card, I used shades of peach.


Supplies
Image "Sweet Tooth Boo" from Lacy Sunshine printed on Georgia Pacific cardstock and colored with Alcohol markers
Banner die from Stampin Up!
Cardstock from The Paper Studio
Cross-stitched Rectangle die from Gina Marie Designs
Design Paper from Momenta
Embellishments from Close to my Heart

Thanks for stopping by!
Hope to see you playing along!
(Hugs) Cara

CHALLENGES ENTERED

Monday, June 19, 2017

Baskets full of Posies ...

The dust and odour of ancient libraries, the gloom of those crypts of literature, have... all the charm of freshest images and freshest poetry. ~Alexandre Vinet (1797–1847)
  
Good morning Friends!
Today starts a new Color Challenge at The Outlawz Challenges and our sponsor this month is DigiStamps4Joy.



This week your challenge is to use 4 of these 5 colors below on anything but a card.


We have some create inspiration waiting for you from the Designs Team members so come check it out and play along with us!

I made a book mark using the image that is actually the DigiStamp4Joy June Progressive Freebie for my daughter who loves to read. I didn't add a tassel because she does not like them.


Supplies
Image printed on Georgia Pacific Cardstock and colored with alcohol markers
Card stock from Stampin Up!
Clouds from Sunny Days by Spellbinders
Corner Chomper
Glitter glue from Studio G
Ink from Stampin Up!
Sentiment from Be Happiness from The Angel Company
Stickles from Ranger

Thanks for stopping by!
(Hugs) Cara


Snowman Selfies ...

Friendship is unnecessary, like philosophy, like art.... It has no survival value; rather it is one of those things that give value to survival. ~C.S. Lewis

Good evening Friends!
Have I got a bit of exciting news for you!
Andrea of SheepSki Designs has created her 100th digi and has decided to share this cute and funny Snowman Selfie image on her blog SheepSki Designs Challenges for a limited time.



Here's my 5.50 x 5.50 card using the image. I really enjoyed coloring this up and creating this fun Christmas card.


SUPPLIES
Image was colored with alcohol markers
Cardstock from The Paper Studios, Stampin Up! & Bazzill
Dazzling Diamonds Glitter from Stampin Up!
Design Paper from the Paper Studios and scrap box
Ink from Palette
Sentiment from Season's Greetings by Hampton Arts
Snowflake Border from Darice

Don't forget to stop by our Facebook page too where we have another monthly challenge going on as well!


As an added bonus, if you check our her ETSY SHOP and decide to buy something, make sure you use my code SKICARA10 at check out you will receive an additional 10% discount off your purchases!

Thanks for stopping by!
(Hugs) Cara

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Magical Beasts ...

The unicorn, she said, was a marvelous beast, shining with honor, wisdom and strength. Just to see him strengthened the soul. ~Megan Lindholm, "The Unicorn in the Maze," 1988

Good morning!
Today starts a new Color Challenge at The Outlawz Challenges and do we have something special and different.

Our Sponsor this month is DigiStamps 4 Joy with a $10 voucher to their store (HERE)


AJ has chosen a very different tic tac toe board for us to play with. Just pick your row and from each picture, pick your inspiraton.



I chose the bottom row for my 5 x 7 card. Now my colors appear darker than they really are, but the battery was dead on my camera so I took with phone.

From the 1st square, I wanted the Unicorn and the sparkles which are represented by the fine dots on the image and tail, the embossed border and the pearls added to the flourish.
From the 2nd square I used the colors purple and rose ... as well as the rose image
From the 3rd square I used the color orange and the flourish.


Supply List
Bit of silver glitter card stock for the horn from my scrap
Card stock from Stampin Up, The Paper Studio and Bazzill
Embossing border folder from the set "Noel Noel" by Cricut
Floral Scroll die from Cricut
Pallet ink
Pearls from my stash
Rose Garden embossing folder from Embossalicious
Sentiment from "You are Magical" by A-Muse Studios
Stitched Banner die from Gina Marie Designs
White Gellyroll pen

Thanks for stopping by!
Hope you come and play along with us this week!
(Hugs) Cara

Beautiful ...

Faeries, come take me out of this dull world,
For I would ride with you upon the wind,
Run on the top of the dishevelled tide,
And dance upon the mountains like a flame.
~William Butler Yeats, "The Land of Heart's Desire," 1894

Good morning!
Today starts a new Anything Goes Challenge at Through the Craft Room Door. Our Sponsor this week with a prize of a $10.00 store voucher is Little Blue Button Stamps. I am using this adorable image called Princess Fairy. She is just so sweet and suitable for any age.


Image Princess Fairy colored with Alcohol Markers
Cardstock from Stampin Up! & The Paper Studio
Gelatos
Palette Hybrid Ink
Photo corner punch - Stampin Up!
Rhinestones - Recollections (crown) and Made by Me (corner)
Sentiment - Hampton Arts


Tuesday, June 6, 2017

She left Beauty ...

Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around. ~Leo Buscaglia

Good morning!
Today starts a new month of color challenges at The Outlawz Challenges and our sponsor this month is DigiStamps4Joy.

  
This week we have a  beautiful Inspirational photo for you from Jeanie.


Here is my card which is slightly paper pieced


Supplies:
Cardstock from The Paper Studio and Stampin Up!
Die: Corner, gold set one from Spellbinders
Distress stickles from Ranger
Ink from Stampin Up!
Pop Up Stickers from The Dollar Tree
Sentiment is from Hampton Arts

Thanks for stopping by!
(Hugs) Cara

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Girlz Rule!

Numerous metaphors have been used to describe life. Among them is the metaphor of life as a battle. Try not to think of life in these terms because, if you regard life as a struggle, it will become one, and you will have little joy. It is far better to think of life as a journey in which the difficulties are hills to climb. The hills are there for a reason (even if you don't know what that reason is), and the sense of satisfaction after climbing the hill is almost always worth the effort. ~Richard E. Turner (1937–2011), The Grammar Curmudgeon, a.k.a. "The Mudge," "An Open Letter to My Grandson," January 1997

Good morning Everyone!

WOW! Can you believe that the year is almost half over? Certainly time is getting away from me it seems.  I am working on letting go and not dwelling on the could-a, should-a and would-a's of the past. To help me along, I started taking Tai-chi and yoga at a "Dahn Yoga Center"  ... quite a difference in process from what I have experienced in the past with gyms and frankly, far more rewarding. Don't get me wrong, breaking habits and trying to refocus hasn't been easy, nor has it been fun at times but I am finding for the first time in a long time that I am happier, I feel better and I look forward to a healthier more positive future.  

On that note, I knew that I wanted to use an awesome, recently released image called Gorgeous Geisha from Andrea Norris/Sheepski Designs for our monthly challenge which is "GIRLZ RULE" and starts today!


Being strong, loving life and ruling your world does not mean you have to be all bad-@ss ... You can be elegant, classy, kind and positive, with much better results!

My card is 5 x 7 in size


Supplies
Gorgeous Geisha DigiStamp from SheepSki Designs
Alcohol markers
Blossom fan die from Spellbinders
Cardstock from The Paper Studioa
Cherry Blossom embossing folder from Darice
Design paper/Origami paper from Japan
Gold Cardstock from my scrap bin
Gold Smooch
Ink from Palette
Rhinestones from my stash
Sentiment from "A Happy Thing" by Stampin Up!

Now ... You have two ways to play along with SheepSki Designs!

BLOG ... Where you are allowed to use any hand colored image for a chance to win 3 images ... BUT, if you use a SheepSki Designs image and are the winner, you get an additional image choice

or

FACEBOOK ... Where you must use a SheepSki Designs Image for a chance to win 3 images 

As an added bonus, when you are done shopping in the STORE, if you use my code SKICARA10 at check out you will receive a 10% discount off your purchased! So come along and play one or both! Can't wait to see what you create!

Looking forward to seeing your lovely creations!
(Hugs) Cara