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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

Saturday, July 30, 2016

A bit of Magic ...

There's a bit of magic in everything, and some loss to even things out.  ~Lou Reed, "Magic and Loss"

Good morning Everyone!
Today I have a sympathy card I made for my Father-in-Law.
He recently lost his older brother to some serious health issues.

The wings were die cut and then each piece embossed and layer with foam dots. Then a touch of Pearl Smooch was added to give them just a touch of glimmer.

This card is 5 x 7



Card stock: The Paper Studio & Stampin Up!
Dies: "Layered Wings" from Sizzix
EF: "Wings" from Sizzix  & "Lace Brocade" from Stampin Up!
Stamps: "Sympathy Sentiments" from My Sentiments Exactly

Supplies: Smooch from Clearsnap

Thanks for stopping by!
Cara

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Tuesday mornings "Blues" ...

So many tangles in life are ultimately hopeless that we have no appropriate sword other than laughter. ~Gordon W. Allport

Good morning!
Today is Tuesday and the start of a new Color Challenge at The Outlawz.
This week our cards are to be monochromatic so I chose blue for this 5 x 7 birthday card for my father-in-law.




Supplies:
Cardstock from The Paper Studio and Stampin Up!
Dies: Diamond Stitch from Gina Marie Designs & "Curved Rectangle" from Spellbinders
Ink: Stampin Up!

Stamps: "Paint Splatters" from Prima Marketing & "Happy Birthday" from Inkahootz!

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Bee Happy ...

The hum of bees is the voice of the garden. ~Elizabeth Lawrence

Good morning friends and followers!
Yesterday a new Anything Goes challenges started at Through the Craft Room Door.
This week, our sponsor in Me ... With a one year subscription to TTCRD magazine for the winner!

This just the cutest set of stamps from Close to My Heart. I actually won these and while not something I would normally buy I do love playing with them. The big bee is actually from a very old set from The Angel Company and works wonderfully with the set.

The images are colored with Copics and then fussy cut. Aleen's Paper Glaze has been added to the hearts and the bee's wings. I cut out the three hexagons from a scrap piece of cardstock using the hexagon die and colored them with copics as well.

Everything is attached to the card base with foam dots.

Inside, I have stamped the sentiment "Just Bee-Cause" from The Angel Company that came with the Big Bee image.


Card size is 4.25 x 5.50

Supplies
Images & sentiment from "Happy Hive" by CTMH
Bee image from "A Wittle Bug" by The Angel Company
"Honeycomb" embossing folder from Stampin Up!
Aleene's Paper Glaze
Card stock from The Paper Studio and Stampin Up!
Copics
Die: "Hexagon" from PTI
Foam dots

Ink from CTMH and Palette

Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

You are Beautiful ...

Beauty… when you look into a woman's eyes and see what is in her heart. ~Nate Dircks

Good morning!
Today is Tuesday and the start of another Color Challenge at The Outlawz!
This week we have an inspirational picture to use.


Here is my 5 x 7 card based on Sketch #32 from Cardabilities


Supplies
Card stock from The Paper Studio and Stampin Up!
Design Paper "Les Fleurs" from g-c-d studios
Dies: Classic Circles from Sizzix
Embossing folder from "Spring Set" from Provocraft
Flower from Scrapberry (Gifted to be by a friend)
Image from "Love & Laughter" by The Angel Company aka Red Rubber Designs
Ink: Stampin Up & Palette
Pearl elements from Jo-ann Crafts
Punches: "Fern" from Martha Steward & Cherry Leaves from Fiskars


Sentiment from "You are Beautiful" by Close to My Heart

Thanks for stopping by!
Cara

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Flowers for you ...

Every flower is a soul blossoming in nature. ~Gerard de Nerval

Good morning!
Yesterday an new Anything Goes Challenge started at Through the Craft Room Door.
Our sponsor this week is a Day for Daisies and I used this sweet image 2 Daisy Bottle to create a 4" x 9" card for a friend of mine.


Supplies
Image: A Day for Daisies - 2 Daisy Bottle
Sentiment "Hope Everything ..." from JRL Designs
Butterflies are from my die/punch drawer
Cardstock from The Paper Studio and Stampin Up!
Copics
Ink from Palette and Stampin Up!
Itty bitty background from Stampin Up!
Precision Pen
Prisma Color Pencils
Rhinestones from Stampin Up!

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Happy ...

I love to think of nature as an unlimited broadcasting station, through which God speaks to us every hour, if we will only tune in. ~George Washington Carver

Good morning Everyone!
Today is the start of a new color challenge at The Outlawzand this week I got to pick the colors.

Rust, Gold, Gray, Blue and Black and the twist is Masculine!


Here is my 5 x 7 card



Supplies:
Black book plate from my Stash
Black Brads from my Stash
Card stock from The Paper Studio and Stampin Up!
Die: "Tree Frame" from Gina Marie Designs
DP from my stash
Embossing Folder: "Leafy Branch" from Provocraft
Ink from Stampin Up!
Sentiment from "So Very" by Stampin Up!

Thanks for stopping by!
Cara

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Let us dance in the Sun ...

Let us dance in the sun, wearing wild flowers in our hair... ~Susan Polis Shutz

Good morning!
Yesterday a new Anything Goes challenges started at Through the Craft Room Door.
Our sponsor this week is Pickled Potpourri Designs and I and using one of my favorite images.
I printed the flower and leaves out, colored them with Copic markers then fussy cut out attaching them to the card base with foam dots.
Card size is A2

Supplies
Image: "Grand Botanical" from Pickled Potpourri designs
Sentiment from "Thank you for Many Things" by The Angel Company
"Ornate Oval Frame" embossing folder from Sizzix
Cardstock from The Paper Studio and stash
Copics
Distress Stickles from Ranger
foam dots

Palette Ink

Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Thank you in Flowers ...

A flower's appeal is in its contradictions — so delicate in form yet strong in fragrance, so small in size yet big in beauty, so short in life yet long on effect. ~Terri Guillemets

Good morning!
Today starts a new color challenge at The Outlawz and our colors to are from the flag of Antigua and Barbuda which is red, white, yellow, black and blue.

Come play along with us for a chance to win a gift card.

Card size is A3

Supplies
Card stock from The Paper Studio and Stampin Up!
Sentiment from Inkahootz!
Ink from Palette and Stampin Up!
"Confetti" embossing folder from Stampin Up!
Flowers & brad are from my stash

Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, July 1, 2016

Leap of Faith ...

"Sometimes your only available transportation is a Leap of Faith."
Margaret Shepard

Good Morning!
Today is the start of a new Progressive Freebie Challenge at The Outlawz!

Our sponsor this month is Laurian MacDonald with this awesome lighthouse image.

Card size is 4" x 9". I don't often make these long narrow cards but I thought this size would be perfect for this particular image. I created the clouds using a stencil and sponging on a light blue ink and I colored the lighthouse with Copics and Prisma Color pencils, then fussy cut out and attached to the card with foam dots. 

Supplies
DigiStamp: Lighthouse from Laurian MacDonald
Sentiment from "Look to the Light: from CTMH
Sun/Light ray image is unknown
Copics
Prisma Color Pencils
Ink from Palette and Stampin Up!
Stencil "Clouds, moon & stars" from Stampin Up!
Foam dots

Thanks for stopping by!
(Hugs) Cara