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Welcome To the SM Blog Train

Hello!!! Welcome to Cara Olson Designs, your next stop in the SM iNSD Blog Train.  Thanks for stopping by.  I've got a freebie for you using the SM Collab, Timeless.  Hope you like it. 

You've arrived here from Sarah's Blog and next you'll be heading to Sharon's Blog.  If you get derailed along the way, go to ScrapMatters to get back on the train.

 To download your freebie, click HERE.

Thanks, and enjoy the blog train!

New Layouts with fab new kits!!

Wow!  Sorry that I've been sorely neglecting my blog.  :(  Life has been so crazy with a toddler who only wants his mama.  That's good... and bad.  I get nothing else done.  :)  But I wouldn't trade it, it just makes life a little more... um... rearranged.  LOL

So here's a few of my recent LOs and the kits that I used.

The first one is from the April Mix-A-Kit from ScrapMatters.  I can't tell you how many mini kits I used to create this, but what a great idea!  I loved picking exactly what I wanted to create my own kit and layout.  Aren't the colors yummy??  It's so fresh and springy. 

Here's a link to the April Mix-A-Kit kits.

Here's one using Chelle's Creations Stitch Me Up Templates 2 and Morning Mist Mist by Jennifer Labre. 

Jenn's Kit:

Chelle's Templates:

And one more (I love this kit!!) Zoopendous by Chelle's Creations was used to create this LO as well as Now You See Me Templates by Little Green Frog Designs:

Here's Chelle's Kit:

And Andrea's Templates:

Have a great week!!!

It's a BLOG TRAIN!!!!

Welcome to Cara Olson Designs' Blog!  Happy Digital Scrapbooking Day.  You are riding the ScrapMatters Blog Train and you have arrived at Cara's Blog from Lina's blog. 

Our theme is "Thankful" and I'd like to take a moment to tell you what inspired me for my freebie - my little boy.  He will be three years old the end of this month and he is the apple of my eye.  We waited a long time to have such a precious child and I love him dearly.  He inspires me every day and I'm so thankful for him. 

I've created a template for you today.  It works beautifully with the featured kit, Many Thanks, from ScrapMatters.  Many Thanks is free with a $20 purchase at ScrapMatters, so *wink* plan your DSD purchases accordingly. 

Here's the layout using Many Thanks that inspired the template:

Here's a preview of the template and kit:

The Blog Train has ended its run and is now parked in the station.  Hope you were able to grab it!!

New Release day at ScrapMatters

It's the best day of the week.... it's new release day at ScrapMatters!  Here are a few of the new, awesome kits:

Here's a Halloween/Fall kit from Scrapmuss Designs called Lost Kingdom.  I absolutely LOVE this kit. The oranges are so warm.

And here's what I made with it:

Here's an awesome new set of Stacks from Chelle's Creations.  I don't know what I did before these!!!  They're amazing.  Here they are:

And here's a layout I made using them.  (It's also my entry for Battle of the Creative Teams at DigiScrapAddicts):

Here's a new kit by Jenn Labre, Red Red Wine.  Ever since I've gotten this kit, I hum that song every time I look at the kit.  LOL  I love the rich tones in this kit (not to mention I'm a big fan of great wine!).

Here are some super fun mats from Jady Day Studio - Matly in Love - Set 1. Love these.  I can see myself using them over and over and over.  And "set 1" implies more than one will be coming... hooray!!!

And here's a layout I made using both of these (my first photoless layout):

This is just the tip of the iceberg this week.  Go to ScrapMatters to check it out!

Votes Needed!!!

Hey Blog followers... Chelle's Creations (and I) need your help!  Battle of the Creative teams has started at DigiScrapAddicts.com and we need your votes. Click here to view our layouts for the Week One challenge. Click here to place your vote (for Chelle's Creations - it's toward the bottom of the list).  Thanks for your help!!!

Here's my personal layout for Chelle's Creative Geniuses:

New Kits at ScrapMatters today!

Tis the season for great fall and Halloween kits (among many other fantastic kits!) and this week's releases at ScrapMatters don't disappoint!

First, from Chelle's Creations is Beary Cute.  I personally have the Boy Bundle (pictured here), but she's got a simply adorable girl version as well.

Next is Colors of Fall by Creations by Rachael.  It's gorgeous!!

Next, there's Lil' Spookies by LawTeeDa Designs.  Awesome for cute little ones in their costumes.

And ooooooooh, I love this new collab kit from JennCK Designs and Stolen Moments Designs.  Yum!  It's called Aviator.

And last, and certainly NOT least is the new kit from Jady Day Studios called My Girl.  I loved this kit so much I dug out photos from when I was little just so I could scrap with it! It's absolutely fabulous!!!

Fabulous Template Freebie

Hello and happy Tuesday everyone!  I've created a template freebie for Chelle's Creations today, and I'm also offering it here.  Dontcha just love a new template?  I know I do.  Our lives are so hectic (and sometimes our scrapping mojo disappears just when we need it :/  ), that templates are such a gift. So enjoy!!! 

Here's a look at the preview...

Download HERE

Don't forget to post here to let me know you downloaded the template.  Also, link me up to your gallery when you get your layout done so I can come see your beautiful work! 

Have a great week!