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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

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.

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

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

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".

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

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

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.

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

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

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


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?