Cathy's Crafting Journey

Welcome to my blog, where I hope you will be inspired and want to share comments and your inspirations and tips too!! I love to create cards, mini albums, gift bags,tags, and boxes and I hope to take you on the papercrafting Journey with me!! Follow along!!


Thursday, July 26, 2012

Theme Day Thursday at My Cricut Craft Room

     It is Theme day Thursday at My Cricut craft Room and my design team project for today's theme.."Sleepover"  is a scrapbook layout.  I do not typically do many layouts, I usually make cards, but I have to tell you I am having a  lot of fun making these pages.  The cartridges I chose to make today's layout is Happily Ever After and Art Philosophy.  There are a lot of cute cuts on  Happily Ever After cartridge...Mulan, Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella, ( my all time favorite cartoon)  and Snow White.  Sooooo, who do you think of when you think of Snow white???  The seven dwarfs, and of course Sleepy:)

      I found a page from a stack of Momenta's Celebrations and Occasions.  The page had blues and greens and purples, as well as the verses of Twinkle   Twinkle, little star. I cut the picture mats at 5", 4 3/4" and 4 1/2 " in Colonial white Purple and Indian Corn Blue.  The shape is from the Art Philosophy cartridge on page 37.  I also cut the 3D roses from this cartridge, at 2 1/2 inches in yellow and purple, as well as the stars@ 1 and 3/4 and 1 and 1/2 inches and the letters..for sleep over at 1 1/4.

     The white flower with the purple layer and the rose in the center, I do not know which cartridge it is from, sorry to say.  I had cut a bunch of them out a while ago to have some ahead, and I looked through the cartridges today and can not find where I got it:((

     Next i started the fun little guy, Sleepy on page 65.  There were quite a few little pieces to him, but I cut him at 4 1/4 inches and the pieces were not  too bad at all to handle:)   After I put him all together with my Zig pen, I added a little pink chalk to his cheeks to make them rosey.  Then I cut the lantern  out from page  64 at 5 " and layered with 2 shades of yellow Bazzill card stock.

      Down each side of the layout I made a strip, one at 2 1/4 inches and the other at 1 inch  of another paper from the stack with stripes and used the ATG to put the stars on them.  to finish it off I put a couple of buttons on the bottom left, and Voila!!

     I hope you like my post today, I know I had fun making it:))  Now you will want to head over to Erica's blog at My Cricut Craft Room at this link  to see more projects from the Design Team like this:)  Have a great Crafty day.
        P.S.   Today is my 32nd wedding anniversary!!!!!!!!!  woohoo                                                                      

Monday, July 23, 2012

Hello Thursday giveaway

I just want to share a huge giveaway by NORTHRIDGE PUBLISHING, 

They are giving away these cartridges!!!! need I say more?  get on over there now:))
                                                                  Happy crafting and good luck

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Mountain of Prima giveaway!!

Ingvild Is having a Mountain of Prima Giveaway on her blog , It is a Celebration of her new blog design!!   You should go over and give it a peek, and sign up while you are there, wipe the screen when you are done, cause you sure are to be drooling!!

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Happy Craftin, Cathy~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
I am a Close to MY Heart Independent conlustant,  You can purchase the much craved and anticipated Artiste Cricut Cartridge through me. message me for details!!

700 Images, OH MY!! Get ARTISTE here!!

       Close To My Heart's
     Cricut Artiste Cartridge

If you have not heard anything about this new cartridge...Then let me tell you it is AWESOME!!  It is like 6 cartridges in one, not exaggerating!  There are so many projects and different cards, it is unbelievable.  It comes with 3 stamp sets that coordinate with it.  You can just look at the stamp and go to the image on the cartridge, cut it out and the stamp fits PERFECTLY!!!  The stamp has the size you need to cut the image right on the packaging:)

It also comes with 3 sheets of chip board, with banners, mini album pages and more.
So what are you waiting for ???   Go to my website and browse the new Fall and Winter catalog and order your Artiste cartridge, Available August1st, although i have heard of others getting it now!  here is my online shop

Happy crafting cathy

Friday, July 20, 2012

MCCR give away!!!!

This is just a quick post about an amazing giveaway over at My Cricut Craft Room..Erica is just amazing!!!  You will definitely want to go check this one out, way too much to post, but not too much to check go to the post  here to enter:)) good luck
                                                              ~~~happy craftin, Cathy~~

CTMH Cricut Artiste Cartridge!!!

Look at all this goodness!

Good morning!  I am so excited about the new Cartridge that Cricut came out with sold exclusively through Close to My Heart, for which I am an independent Consultant.".Artiste cartridge".  It has to be one of the BEST cartridges to date, and it has 3 coordinating cartridges as well as 3 sheets of shaped Chip board, going to be one of my favorites for sure,  I just wanted to share some PICS with you.....................


  So....what do you think???  Want to be one of the many that will purchase it??  For $99 all this crafting fun can be yours!!!!!! Officially August 1st you can order it from me at my online website, If you can get a friend or 2 to get it too, you can be considered a gathering,(all that is needed is $150.00 to be considered a gathering to start getting FREE merchandise, $25 and up,  message me if this is what you want to do!!).   start the fun here..

Thanks for stopping by, have a great weekend!   Cathy

Scrapbook Friday at My Cricut Craft Room

Good  morning to all you craft loving people it is finally Friday, and not just any Friday it is Scrapbook Friday  at My Cricut Craft Room!!!  This is my Design Team project for today.  Today I am making a Layout that is all about  "swimming".  When I decided I was going to do this layout the first cartridge that came to mind that I have is the 3 Birds On Parade....It has a cute little birdy with an inner tube.
     I started out by cutting 2 mats 4x5, using Bazzill card stock, and then I cut a strip of polka dot paper from DCWV Floral stack.  I cut it at approximately 2" and then used Martha Stewart doily border punch down one side.  Using Atg gun, taped both to the 12x12 paper which I found in my papers,  from DCWV All About Boys stack, and it had Octopus all over it.  I had some bright orange ribbon with yellow stitching, that I tied down the side of each picture mat.
     I then cut a sand castle from the Stretch Your Imagination cartridge at 3 inches, then I inked it with Walnut stain from Tim Holtz and added white Stickles to give a little more of a sand look.  I also cut some sea shells from this cartridge too.   I could not find a beach pail in my cartridges, so I made on and used a black gel pen to faux stitch it.

     I then cut my birds and their inner tube at 4".  For the eyes I cut little white circles with a punch, and then cut black ones with a paper punch.   For the eyelids, I cut a green circle in half, one half for each side. To finish, I put a white gel dot on each eye.

        I did the second little guy the same way except instead of playing in the sand...he is playing with a happy beach ball. (he has googley eyes)   After they were finished I made a banner for the top of the page and added the letters " s w i m ".  The banner was cut with the Art Philosophy cartridge.  And then I cut out the Letters "make a splash"  which is from the 3 Birds on Parade cartridge too. I added some faux stitching in black to help it stand out.  Below it is the starfish that I added some stickles to also.  To finish I added  3 buttons on the top. Voila!!  I hope you like my project today:)
  To see more projects like this today head over to Erica's blog  posted below for your convenience:)

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Birthday card

Good morning friends.  What a nice day it is gong to be!  No humidity, sun shining,birds singing, it is wonderful!  Yesterday was hot and HUMID, great day to stay in and make a card, so that is what I did.   It was a quick simple card, made with DCWV Sweet stack.   I had a hankering for a card made with pinks and browns and so this is the color theme of the day.  I love the Sweet Stack.

I love the pink and brown together:)

I used Core'dinations card stock for the base and then cut the mat with Colonial white. I also used Martha Stewart's doily border punch to make a border at the bottom.  To embellish it I had some BO Bunny gems, and the sentiment was from a small sentiment stamp set I got at Michaels.  The circle and scalloped circle were cut with the Cricut using Art Philosophy Cartridge and the ribbon was leftover from my stash of ribbons. The card is all held together with my ATG gun and some pop dots between the layers of the circles, and Fabritac for ribbon.

Hope you liked the card,come on back tomorrow for some more creativity,
                                                          ~~Happy Crafting, Cathy~~~

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Purple pumpkin giveaway

Purple Pumpkin
 is having a $100.00 giveaway!!! Hop on  by and say hi  and check it out!!  4 winners will be announced Friday July 20th!  you can get there from here

Also, I have been working on some cards and should be posting in the next couple of days:))
Happy crafting!!  cathy

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Giveaway alert!

Over at the Craftin Desert Divas, they are having an absolutely yummy giveaway and the deadline is July25th, so hurry on over, give them some love, and follow if you like what you see, (I am sure you will)  here is the link>  Craftin Desert Divas  

Have a crafty day!

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Refer a friend:)

First off, let me tell you the new Cartridge sold exclusively through Close To My Heart is going to be one of your must haves, Just like the Art Philosophy...the new Artiste cartridge has 700 images...3 sheets of coordinating Chip board pieces and 3 coordinating Acrylix stamp sets.  The images and cuts are awesome!!

Second...time is running out to take advantage of the  July Perfect Pairs campaign

 July's Campaign

During July, get a free paper packet and coordinating accessory with a qualifying online purchase.

Place an online order of $75 or more in July and we’ll send you a popular paper packet and coordinating accessory—a Perfect Pair—for free! Different Perfect Pairs are available on different dates throughout the month so you’ll want to place more than one qualifying order to snatch several Perfect Pairs.

Talk with me, your Independent Consultant about which products are available on which dates,or check the list below, and be sure to place your order early in the availability period, as the promotion is while supplies last.

July 1–5Mischief Paper Packet (X7144B) and Midnight Felt Shapes (Z1462)$15.90
July 6–10Dreamin’ Paper Packet (X7142B) and Harvest Charms (Z1633)$14.90
July 11–15Fanfare Paper Packet (X7138B) and Fanfare Level 2 Assortment (Z1400)$17.90
July 16–20Lucky Paper Packet (X7137B) and Lucky My Stickease® Assortment (X7137C)$17.90
July 21–25Mayberry Paper Packet (X7136B) and Mayberry My Stickease® Assortment (X7136C)$17.90
July 26–29Sophia Paper Packet (X7131B) and Sophia My Stickease® Assortment (X7131C)$17.90
July 30–31Believe Paper Packet (X7145B) and Holiday Pockets (Z1486) OR Wonderland Paper Packet (X7146B) and Wonderland My Stickease® Assortment (X7146C)$14.90

And do not forget the Stamp of the month:  Live Out Loud
Contact me here, or you can order at my online website:)
The new Fall Winter Idea book is coming out soon, you will be able to order  from it August first!!!  
refer a friend, tell them to let me know you sent them and I will sent you a thank you token:)

Happy crafting, Cathy

Friday, July 13, 2012

Another great Cricut cartridge

   I am sooooooo excited to announce that Close To My heart came out with another awesome set.  If you loved the Art Philosophy cartridge like do, you are going to love this one too.  there are 700 cuts and it come with 3 sets of acrylic stamps that coordinate with the cartridge and 3 sheets of chip board pieces that go with the cartridge!!  The set sells for $99.00 and it is well worth it, I have seen some of the cuts and can not wait to get mine.  Send my a message and  and pre- order it now, will start shipping August 1st!!!
Don't forget this moths stamp of the month:
Thanks for stopping by , your friendly Close to MY heart consultant....Cathy

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Birthday giveaway

This is just a quick post to let you all know that Sharon at Diary of a Craft Room Transformation has some Birthday Blog candy which will be drawn on August 3rd, so you might want to hurry up on over there to sign up:)  the link is here.
Tell her I sent you, and have a crafty day....Cathy

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Card Creating Tuesday at MCCR

Card Creating Tuesday at My Cricut Craftroom

Today is Card creating Tuesday at My Cricut Craft Room and todays' sketch card to follow is below. I chose to do this sketch as a reminder of my dad, who I lost 30 years ago and he was the best dad.!

He was not a cowboy, but he played in a local band, and the music was Country and western, and so i decided to just change the cards a little and instead of using a dress shirt, I used the cuts from the Paper Doll Dress  Up cartridge.  

I decided to make my card a 6x6 because I just got some envelopes for that size.
I used some paper that I got from a kit to make Army Scrap book pages, one of them had like a worn blue jean look to it, it was perfect, I just sanded the edges and the pockets. 
     I cut all the pieces to fit a 5 inch paperdoll.  I made him a hat and a lasso of course:) I faux stitched the neckerchief and hat.  I used Close To My Heart white card stock, DCWV card stock from the All About Boys stack, and some cocoa and yellow [a[er from my scraps.  I   used my atg gun to adhere the papers as well as the Zig pen.  For the shirt buttons and the embellishing I used BO Bunny gems.

      For the "Best Dad"  I used the Martha Stewart Seasonal Cake cartridge. I cut the words and the shadow at 1.25 inches.  It seemed to be lacking something so I hi lighted with a little Stickles.  Voila///add a few pop dots and also some Tim Holtz walnut distress ink, and done.

Now you have two more stops. Head over to Erica's store here. She has great deals and keeps adding products. You will find something you have to have at a great price. When you are done shopping there, head over to her blog here to check out what the rest of the design 
team made to share.
  Have a great day and happy crafting:)   Cathy

Sunday, July 8, 2012

Awesome announcement!!

Happy Sunday Everyone!!   If you have come from Erica's Craft Room and her July's 100 Cartridge Weekend Hop, which by the way is celebrating, its one year blog-iversary of the first  100 cartridge blog hop,then you already know the Awesome news:)))) She announced her new members to her Design team, and I am one of them!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  I am just a little bit excited!!!! (doing the Happy Dance).  I am looking  forward to a great, educational, fun experience with what I believe is a great bunch of gals.  Made me feel right at home.

I did not create a project for the hop this weekend, but I did decide to show you the Easel card I submitted in my application for the DT.  I made the easel card, as shown below.   I though I would make one with soft summer colors.  

   I made the card a 6x6 , with papers from Bazzill and Doodlebug Designs' Snips and Snails paper pad.

    I also used the gems from Bo Bunny, The Cricut cartridge, Stretch Your Imagination, for the "Bugs" and the sunflower.  To give a little depth I put some pop dots for the sunflower centers.  For the leaves, I cut them from Art Philosophy cartridge and inked them with Tim Holzt distress, Barn Door ink, and ran them across a small paint brush to give them some curl.   The Yellow ribbon, I got a long time ago, I believe from out local department store.

For the base of the easel I added some small buttons to help hold the main part of the card up.  Then using a stamp..You're so sweet, and CTMH ink Cocoa,  a sentiment was added. I also added pop dots to raise the yellow cardstock up, which also aided in keeping the card upright.

Other tools used I creating the card were, ATG gun, Zig Pen, small googly eyes, tacky glue and Fiscars trimmer.

Well I hope you enjoyed my project today, I look forward to many more fun postings with Ericas Design team.  Make sure to visit all the stops on July's Hop at Erica's Craft room, and leave them some love . We all like a kind word now and again:))) Have a great weekend.  If you have not been to the hop yet the go to Ericas to start at the beginning here>

Please stop by again, happy crafting~~ Cathy