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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, August 15, 2017

Oh My! ...

Thought for the day
“My wish for you is that you continue. Continue to be who you are, to astonish a mean world with your acts of kindness.”
~ Maya Angelou

Good morning!
Here this morning to share my card for the newest color challenge at The Outlawz Challenges.

Our sponsor this month is Mari Digis Digital Stamp Store with a prize of 3 images from the store.

We have an inspiration picture this week from Kimberly. I love all the colors but was really drawn to the more fall colors so that is what I went with for my card. But if you look close enough you can see some clouds and flowers in the mix too. :O)

This week I am using this cute image Oz scarecrow-C8Collection and a sketch from February 2015 Mojo Monday.

Supplies for A2 card
  • Digi image “Oz scarecrow-C8 Collection” from MariDigis
  • Image printed on Georgia-Pacific Premium card stock 110wt/92bright
  • Alcohol markers
  • Card stock from The Paper Studio, Stampin Up! and American Crafts
  • Cloud embossing folder from Darice
  • Flowers embossing folder from We R Memorie Keeps
  • India ink from Memories
  • Ink from Stampin Up!
  • Sentiment from Studio G
  • Sequins from my stash

Thanks for stopping by!
Hope to see you over at The Outlawz Challenges where a new challenge starts each day of the week!
(Hugs) Cara

Monday, August 14, 2017

The Character of a Man ...

“At the end of life, what really matters is not what we bought but what we built; not what we got but what we shared; not our competence but our character; and not our success, but our significance. Live a life that matters. Live a life of love.”
~ Author Unknown

Hi Everyone!
Today I am sharing a special card I made for a special person who recently retired from an amazing career as a teacher in the medical field.

This is a Bendi card. Every tutorial I had or could find was for an A2 size card so not only is this the first time I’ve made this style of card, I also had to do math (Blech!) to change the sizing to a 5 x 7 card.

Sadly, I also made a gift box to go along with the card, but I forgot to take pictures of that.

This picture is of the card folded into the diorama position

This picture shows the inside of the card

Cardstock mostly from Stampin Up! with bits and pieces from my scrap bin.
Metallic cardstock is from Bazzill, The Dollar Tree and The Paper Temptress
Deer family border die from CottageCutz
Design paper from Prima Marketing set “Second Wind Collection” and Momenta as well as bits and pieces from my scrap bin
Grass border punch from Fiskars
India Ink from Memories
Label punches from Stampin Up!
Pine Tree die from Sizzix
Scenic Pines die from Crafters Companion
Sentiment from Repeat Impressions
Squirrel die from Gina Marie Designs
Sun Die from Gina Marie Designs
Sunny Days (clouds) dies from Spellbinders
 Thanks for stopping by!
(Hugs) Cara

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Blog Candy Winner!

“In my life I’ve learned that true happiness comes from giving.
Helping others along the way makes you evaluate who you are.
I think that love is what we’re all searching for.
I haven’t come across anyone who didn’t become a better person through love.”
~ Marla Gibbs

Greetings Friends
Thank you to everyone who took time to comment on my card! I hope all the wonderful creations shared during the Hop has inspired you to create some special cards for Christina’s card drive. While the blog hop is over, there is still time to participate … Remember, even one card is appreciated!

While I had many sweet and thoughtful comments, 14 lovely ladies left their names for a drawing for my card candy … and the winner is …

6. Marilyn C 

Marilyn ... Congratulations you are the winner of my blog candy. I've sent you an email!

(Hugs) Cara

Pretty Vintage Lady ...

“The things that make us happiest are usually right in front of our faces, but we stop noticing those things after a while.
Today is a great day to start noticing again.”
~ Author Unknown

Good Afternoon!
Late I am with this post to share my card for the new color challenge that started today at The Outlawz Challenges.

Our sponsor this month is MariDigis with a prize of 3 images from the store.

Our challenge this week comes from Laurian which is use 3 of these 5 colors with a Vintage twist.

Aren’t these colors just yummy? I used a little of all the colors but primarily Yellow, Blue and Kraft.

My card is also a 6 x 6 square card. Not a size I make that often, but I found this sketch from High Hope Stamps and wanted to try it out.

Alcohol markers
Cardstock from Stampin Up! and Bazzill
Design Paper from Colorbok “Antique Paperie”
Enamel dots from my stash
Heart die from Close to My Heart
Image printed on Georgia Pacific Premium 110wt/92bright cardstock
India Ink from Memories

Thanks for stopping by! 
I hope you come check out The Outlawz Challenges, where we have a different challenge starting each day of the week!
(Hugs) Cara

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Heart of Flowers ...

'Tis my faith that every flower
Enjoys the air it breathes!
~William Wordsworth, "Lines Written in Early Spring," Lyrical Ballads, 1798

Good evening!
Today starts of a new month long challenge at SheepSki Challenge Blog. Our theme this month is "Flower Power".

I love this image "Floral Heart" ... so many possibilities for this image which is something I really like. Think Mothers Day, Easter and even a beautiful sympathy card just to name a few. I, however, chose to make a birthday card for someone special who is going to be celebrating their 100th birthday :O)

Image "Floral Heart" from SheepSki Designs colored with Alcohol Markers
Bandana embossing folder from Cuttlebug
Black hybrid ink from Palette
Cardstock from The Paper Studio and Stampin Up!
Distress Stickles by Ranger
Elegant border die from Crafters Companion
Liquid Pearls by Ranger
Pearl stems from Jo-Ann's (Local Craft Store)
Pearls from Recollections
Pink flowers, made by me using Prima milk bottle flowers
Sentiment from Sincere Salutations by Stampin Up!
White gel pen
White rose from stash
Yellow rose from Michael's dollar bin 

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


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

Color me Purple ...

“And as you walk your road, as you live your life, relish the road.
And relish the fact that the road of your life will probably be a windy road.”
~ Suzan-Lori Parks

Good morning Crafty Peeps!
Yep … another post from me today … Bumper crop!
Today starts a new Color Challenge at The Outlawz.

Our Sponsor this month is MariDigis with a prize of 3 images.

Our challenge this week comes from Jacqui and is monochromatic. You can pick you color.

For my card I am using a die cut because I spilled coffee all over my colored image while working on the card base.
  1. Teach me to drink at my work table.
  2. Teach me to wait until the last minute to get my cards done so that I don’t have time to recover if there are accidents

Cardstock from The Paper Studio (card base)
Metallic cardstock from Bazzill
Cardstock from Stampin Up!
Hair colored in with black sharpie
Rhinestones from Recollections colored with a purple sharpie

Glitter paper from Stampin Up!

Fishing you ...

There he stands, draped in more equipment than a telephone lineman, trying to outwit an organism with a brain no bigger than a breadcrumb, and getting licked in the process.  ~Paul O'Neil, 1965 (Hahahaha – Only because my husband is back to fishing and this just cracked me up!)

Good Morning
Today starts a new Progressive Freebie Challenge at TheOutlawz Challenges. Each month we will send you a free digital image to use in the 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 registered yet, make sure you are a member (It’s free) at the Outlawz Challenges Website, then email your name and email address to: 

This month, we actually had our choice of two images to play with created by the talented Jean Chaney.

As a Certified Zentangle teacher, she feels it is important for you to know that these images, while using some of the patterns of Zentangle are in actuality ZIA’s (Zentangle Inspired Art). The Zentangle® method is an easy to learn, relaxing and fun way to use structured patterns to create beautiful images. Do read more about this method from the founders of this meditative approach to art on their website.

For more creative ideas from Jean, please check out her social media

I am using her image “Swish Tangled”

Image and sentiment colored with Alcohol markers.
Accents were added to the “Swish” image using glitter pens from Crayola :O)
Cardstock from The Paper Studio
Classic circle dies from Sizzix
Design Paper from DCWV (I think)
India Ink from Memories
Ink from Stampin Up!
Rhinestones from Recollections
Sand stamp from JRL Designs (aka CTMH)
Sentiments from Inkahootz!
Silver cardstock from Bazzill
Wave embossing folder from Sizzix

Thanks fo stopping by!

Hope to see you over at the Outlawz Challenges where a new challenge starts every day of the week!
(Hugs) Cara

Cards for Little Hearts Card Drive & Blog Hop!

Children are one third of our population and all of our future.
~Select Panel for the Promotion of Child Health, 1981

Good morning!
Today is a busy day for posting here on my blog but I think this one is the most important of all as today we kick off a special blog hop to help gather cards for the Cards for Little Hearts Card Drive.

The purpose of Cards for Little Hearts is to collect handmade cards for the Heart Center staff at Nationwide Children’s Hospital to distribute to children with congenital heart disease and help lift their spirit while they are hospitalized and need major heart surgery or are having a particularly tough time.

This card drive is opens to both U.S. and International participants. Anyone is welcome to help make the cards, including children, grandchildren and students.

The current 2017 card drive runs from July 1st - August 25th with a Winter Wishes or Holiday Wishes theme.

If you are interested in participating in the card drive, more information about the card requirements and sponsors can be found HERE on Christina's Blog "Christina Hor Designs"

Here is one of the cards I made for the drive


There is only one requirement to qualify for the Blog Hop prizes

Two (2) randomly winners will be drawn from all comments left on all participating designers blog

Winners will be announced on Tuesday, August 7th at 8 a.m. Eastern time over at Christina Hor's blog

Some of the designers, including me, are giving away blog candy on their blog so make sure you visit them all and leave comments so let's get started!

If you came here from Edwina's Creations you are on track. If not, you can start from the beginning at Christina's blog so you don't miss a thing!

Hop starts here --> Christina Hor

YOU ARE HERE --> Cara Malmrose

I am giving away a little package consisting of a die from Gina Marie Designs, embellishments from K&Company, a stencil from Kathy Davis and a little surprise.

Please leave your name and email address in Mr. Linky below so I can contact the winner ... 

And don't forget to leave a comment for a chance at the other awesome prizes 
(Hugs) Cara