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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

Friday, April 20, 2018

Bits & Pieces ... it starts!

Thought for today
“What if today you gave yourself permission to be outrageously kind?
What if you extended as much good will and kindness as you can possibly muster to every person you meet? And what if you did it with no thought of reward?
I’m sure of one thing: it will be a day you will never regret.”
~ Steve Goodier

Good morning!
I have been working to declutter my playroom with the understanding that it will always be a work in progress. I am not necessarily a tidy person and can trash my craft room very quickly when I am in create mode but at the end of the day, I hate the clutter that my craft room has become. My space already has an awkward layout and now my craft stuff is spilling over into the guest bedroom. It’s like the Blob and it needs to be stopped! (mainly because I hate having to search for something in that room and I will have to do a quick clean up (read: shove under the bed) if we have guests over to stay.

I like my stuff hidden but accessible so I have some ideas in the works but still mulling them over before I invest the time and money to gut the room (again) and start over.

Once of the ways I am working on decluttering is to challenge myself to get into the habit of using left over stuff on my workbench so I am not tossing in the bucket to be “used later” … we all know what happens in the “use later” bucket and it’s not pretty!

Today I am sharing a couple very simple Thank you cards I created using some design paper I found buried on my work table.

Both cards are 5 x 7
  • Card stock for base from The Paper Studio
  • Neenah Metallics Cardstock
  • Design Paper unknown
  • Studio Glitter glue
  • Memories India Ink
  • Sentiments from Stampin Up! All Year Cheer I
Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

From the Heart ...

Accept the seasons of your heart, even as you have always accepted the seasons that pass over your fields.... ~Khalil Gibran, The Prophet, 1923

Good morning! 
Today we start a new Anything Goes Challenge at Through the Craft Room Door!

Our sponsor this week is My Favorite Things with a $25.00 store voucher

I created a clean, 5 x 7 one-layer card using painters tape to create an edge mask. This is one of my favorite ways to create one-layer cards

  • Bubblegum Silk from Fun Stampes Journey
  • Card stock from The Paper Studio
  • Ink from Stampin Up! and Close to My Heart
  • Sentiment from Stampin Up! All Year Cheer
  • Stencil "Clockworks" from Stampers Anonymous (T.Holtz)

Thanks for stopping by!
(Hugs) Cara

Happy Hellos ...

The shortest distance between two people is a smile. ~Author unknown, modification of Victor Borge’s "Laughter is the shortest distance between two people." 

Good morning!
I’m here to share my card for the new color challenge which starts today at The OutlawzChallenges! 

Our sponsor this month is DigiStamps4Joy
with a prize of a $10 gift code to the store!

This week Kimberly has given us quite the challenge pallet this week of 5 colors and a optional Texture twist:

For this card I am using an image called Toad Stools. Since I am unable to find it in the shop, I am unsure if it is still available.

  • Image printed on Stampin Up! Whisper White card stock and colored with Staedtler and Stampin Up! Water Color Crayons
  • Brown Manga pen
  • Card stock: The Paper Studio (Base) and Stampin Up!
  • Rhinestones from my stash
  • Sentiment die: Every Elle
  • White Gel Pen

Thanks for stopping by and don’t forget to stop by The Outlawz Challenges where a new challenge starts every day of the week!
 (Hugs) Cara