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!!


Monday, December 31, 2012

coming soon....

First of all I want to say

Happy New Year !!!!

I hope everyone has a great 2013. Lots of Love happiness and peace, and of course time to craft,lol.

I also want to let you know that I am going to have a giveaway.  I would love to reach 300 followers and that is my new years resolution for my blog.  So I am gathering up some goodies, and will post when all together!!!


Sunday, December 30, 2012


Good evening everyone. I have been busy the last few days and have not been able to craft like I would like, but I did get to squeeze in a few cards, a couple are for design teams I am on, so they will post later in the week, and thn thisi card tonight. I also have been practicing coloring with markers,  I do not have many but what I have is plenty to practice on.  I will post a picture on the bottom.  but first, my project for this evening:

This is a thank you card made with  Cricut Artiste.

this is the inside of the card
I believe it is a SU image

the tag is made with the stamp set from
My Craft Spot's Tiny Tags 2
I love it!!

Artiste cartridge
Art Philosophy cartridge
Bo Bunny gems
Black gel Pen
Martha Stewart branch punch
Bazzil paper
CTMH paper
Tim Holtz walnut distress ink
atg gun
 Liquid glass

The flowers were cut at 2 and 3/4 inches and the card at 8 and 1/4 inches.
The tag I cut out manually and the trees were at 3. I hope you like it:)

Below is the images I colored is Magnolia I found on pinterest and the other is a Sherri Baldy stamp which I named!!! Lil Miss Chloe and Escargot.   you can get her here

I enjoy coloring these digis, just wish I had more colors...oh well, with time.

Have a great night:)    Cathy

Thursday, December 27, 2012


I just want to give you a heads up on some great giveaways going on a Tina's blog A Dogs Life.

Here is just ONE of the 4 packages she is giving away...please go check her out!!  Have a great night!!

Happy Crafting....cathy

Christmas Girl

Happy Thursday everyone.  Did you all make it through the Holidays ok?  I know my Christmas was Wonderful!!  I love having my children all together at home.  Having the grandchildren there too is a fabulous bonus!!   Love them to pieces.   
Well today is my day to post for Jen's Digi stamps. I just love her stamps, so so cute :)  Today, even though it is not Christmas and it has passed us by, I still wanted to do a Holiday image, so I chose "Christmas Girl".  You can purchase her here.  I hate to see the Holidays end.

I used pink Core'dinations card stock for the base, for this Center Step card.  I started with a 5 and 1/2 by 11 card base.   Measured one inch in on both sides of the card and then cut from the one inch mark to the 6 and 1/2 inch mark..... Scored at 5 and 1/2 inches in between the cut lines and then scored at 1" and 2" and then 6 and 1/2".  Mountain valley fold and there is your center step card.
You can see the tutorial at SplitCoast Stampers here.

I used the red Stickles for her ear rings.

(love these flowers)

( I used the stickles here on the hearts and berries)

Supplies used:
Core'dinations card stock
Christmas patterned paper from stash
Letraset Promarkers
Stampin Up red. marker
Stampin up Holly Stamp
CTMH  Honey marker
red Stickles
1/2 pearls
Prima flowers
red ribbon
star dust Stickles
red 1/2 pearls
Stampin up large oval punch
ctmh stamp
Dcwv metallic paper

I hope you like todays' card, I am happy with how it came out.  I still need a lot of practice with the markers, but I am having fun trying.

Happy Crafting........Cathy

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Holiday Cheer Blog Hop

Welcome to the

KinderStampO Guest Design Team

"Holiday Cheer" Blog Hop

I am so excited to share my creativity with you...we have a lot of fun projects, challenges, features and surprises in store for you, and i can not wait for you to be a part of it.

My name is Cathy Derouche, and I have been a crafter for years, I love to try everything, knitting, crocheting, painting,wood crafts, working with felt...but my favorite is paper crafting. I occasionally do scrapbook pages, altered projects, mini albums, gift bags and boxes, but my true love is cards. I love starting with an 8 1/2 by 11 paper and turning it into something to bring a smile to someone else. I also enjoy, shaped cards and card that have a trick or an added feature.

Being a Guest Design team member, I hope to share some of thes different ideas with you and hope to inspire you to try something different using products from KinderSrampO.

for today's project I made for you a card using the 4 colors...RED, BLACK, WHITE, AND GOLD.

List of Products from KinderRtampO store used:

Antique Brass Cameo harm
5" paper doily
Shabby Chic flowers-Love Red

Other supplies used DCWV Mariposa mat stack
CTMH papers
My Minds Eye
TH Distress inks
Ctmh stamp/ink
Christmas bells from stash
Fiskar corner punch
1/2 pearls
liquid glass

I hope you enjoyed my card today:)

Holiday Gift for You....
  10% off all items from the store.
 Use Coupon Code: holidaycheer


a stocking valued at over $100.00 worth of KinderStampO products!!!

How to enter:

  • Follow the KinderStampO blog

Your next stop on the hop is  Angela Gaa



Saturday, December 15, 2012

Please please read!!

Good evening friends, I am sure by now you have all heard about the tragedy in Newtown Connecticut. Such a horrible thing to happen to anyone.  I can not imagine losing one of my children let alone having them die so tragically.  So in response, I know there is not anything I can physically do from here in my home in Maine, except put together a hug in the form of a card and gather others to do the same, so I started  group on Facebook which is below....Please consider joining and participating.  We are making sympathy cards/ thinking of you for the adults,teachers families as well as the poor children that are from the school.   I will be mailing out the package of cards next friday, ,  If you have any questions message me on Facebook  here  or
Join the group below

I am looking to put together a package with Lots of cards from lots of talented card makers. would love to send cards to the children of the school to let them know there
are a lot of people out there thinking of them, as well as the teachers and parents. We should all work together to spread the love. If you would like to send your own that is wonderful I will share the address, if you would like to add to the package I am going to send, send them to me here.....Cathy Derouche..
11 Kimball Avenue, 
Mexico, Maine 04257

the address for the School is"
Sandy Hook Elementary School
12 Dickenson Drive
Newtown Connecticut 06482

Together we can all make a difference

Thanks Cathy

Friday, December 14, 2012

Jen Sitting On A Gift

Good morning my crafty friends,  Today I sharing a Design team post for Jen's Digi Stamps.  I am using the digi stamp, which you can purchase in her store here.

"Jen Sitting On A Gift"

I used Letraset Promarkers to color her in,  and then i cut her out so I could add her to the card after with 3 dimensional pop dots/  I used a light blue base from Michael's Recollections card stock,  finished card size is 5 and 1/2 by 5 and 1//2.  the next mat was bright green at 5 and 1/4 by 5 and 1/4. and then pink at 5 by5.  I used Christmas patterend paper with ornaments in the background. and so I used Cricut Artiste cartridge ornament cut at 2 inches to add on the base with a dimensional to help hold the card up.

For bling, I used some purple  Recollections buttons covered with glitter that I found on clearance at Michaels to give it some dazzle.  For the ribbon, I received today in the mail from fellow crafter Michelle Smith,a pretty green with blue polka dots, which is the opposite of how I colored the bow on the present so it worked out great!  On top of the ornament on the base,I added a pretty purple bow that has a small pearl on it. Then to finish it off...a little Stickles on the headband, scarf and leggings.

I hope you liked Jen Sitting On A Gift !!
Make sure you stop over to Jen's Digi Stamp shop and pick up a digi today:)
Please stop back again!

Happy Crafting...Cathy

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Christmas Tear Bear

Happy Tuesday everyone:)  I was at it again last night making Christmas cards for special people in my life.  And of course who doesn't like a little tear bear on their card???  I actually used the Panda Bear template from the Beary Scrap to make the bear, I wanted a little bigger bear.  I cut out a Christmas stocking from the Art Philosophy cartridge and added my own patches, with faux stitching.  I found a cute little candy cane sticker and placed it in the lil bears hand.  The card is A2 size card, although the little guy sticks out a bit.

  The second card I made is a moose one.  used the same cuts, only I made a poinsettia from the Artiste cartridge.

Well short post today, I have my grand son coming shortly, if I am on my laptop...he wants it and he is only 3, need I say more,lol.

Happy Crafting......Cathy

Saturday, December 8, 2012

3 GirlJam challenge#8


I just wanted to post another card I made.
It is a 5 1/2 by 5 and 1/2 card made with the head and paws of a tear critter moose:) Pattern bought from the Beary Scrap.  I added 2  red bows that were given as a gift, so I do not know where they came from , but they have little pearls on them and I thought they were adorable for the little gal. I used a banner chipboard from Closed to My heart and card stock from Core'dinations and inks from CTMH  with rub ons from my stash that I got from a fellow blogger.

I am going to enter the card in a challenge from 3 Girl Jam #8 challenge..Christmas Inspirations.  You can check it out here/

Happy Crafting.....Cathy

Happy Holidays

Hello friends.  I have been so busy lately, babysitting the grand kids, it has not left too much time for crafting,  The grand babies are 2 and 1/2 and 3 years old, so it is difficult as you can imagine to Focus
.lol   But I finally did get some Christmas cards done.  I kind of rushed through it to get some done, so I did not pay attention to details sorry, can not remember sizes or papers, but if there is anything you want to know the specifics on, I will be more than happy to measure or look up for you:)  I also noticed there is a link up challenge over at 3 Girl Jam Challenge blog. It is challenge #8...Christmas Inspiration..  They encourage the use of their ribbon, but not a must.  But since I have some I used it in most of my projects.

Here is card #1


                                                                   Card #2
                                                                      Card #3

Cards 4&5

So that is it, I am going to enter some of these in the challenge,  There is still time if you would like to do it too....
  The challenge blog is here.   what are you waiting for??

Happy Crafting............ Cathy

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

CTMH "Whooo's Your Valentine!

In the midst of one of the most festive times of the year, Close To My Heart is giving you one more thing to celebrate. January is National Papercrafting Month, and we want to get things started early with the special “Whooo’s Your Valentine” kit! This kit is especially designed for Valentine’s Day gift-giving in and out of the classroom, but of course can be used for any variety of occasions. The “Whooo’s Your Valentine” kit includes:
  • 12 – Die-Cut Boxes (3 each of 4 colors: White Daisy, Blush, Hollyhock, Ruby)
  • 3 – 12" × 12" Cardstock Sheets (White Daisy, Blush, Hollyhock)
  • 1 – Sheet Silver Glitter Paper — new product for Spring/Summer 2013!
  • 12 – Treat Tubes with Lids — new product for Spring/Summer 2013!
  • 1 – My Acrylix® Whooo’s Your Valentine Stamp Set (D-size)
This kit, featuring an adorable exclusive stamp set as well as two “sneak peak” items from the 2013 Spring/Summer Idea Book — the treat tubes and the silver glitter paper — has a full retail value of $40, but it can be yours for just $10 when you spend $35 on other Close To My Heart products from the Autumn/Winter 2012 Idea Book. I know now you’re just wondering when you can get your hands on one — well, you can order yours beginning December 13, 2012

Want to order?? here is my website, or click the Shop with me at the top of my blog

Happy Crafting.....Cathy

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Design team post

Good morning all you crafty people,today is Tuesday, December 4th and i can hardly believe it.  Another year gone by so fast.  Christmas is right around the corner, and it sure feel like it outside.
Well for today, I am doing my first post as a design team member of Jen's Digi Stamps. I am so excited, she has some of the cutest images to color.  Love the faces.  For todays' project, I did a Christmas card using, Cottan and Candy as Santa Digi.

In the spirit of the Holidays, Cottan and Candy as Santa is FREE for my followers to download and try coloring for yourself, after you are done you are going to want to buy another on I am sure, they are all  so cute , look great on cards and the price is amazing:) Merry Christmas from Jen's Digi Stamps.

I colored with Letreaset Pro markers and 2 of the markers were from Close To My Heart.

I cut a banner from the Artiste cartridge, and stamped Merry and Bright in Black Close To my heart Ink.  I used light blue chalk and a cotton ball to lightly color around the image to soften it up and put a few red rhinestones from Bo Bunny,to have a little bling:)
 For a final touch I used a white gel pen to outline the card and a black gel pen to outline the banner.

I hope you enjoyed today's card, and hope you stop in to Jen's Digi Stamp shop and take a look around:) I am sure there is an adorable image waiting just for you:)

Happy Crafting.......Cathy

Sunday, December 2, 2012

sharing a giveaway

Good evening my friends, I have been decorating all day, now is relaxation time with some Hallmark movies shortly.  But i wanted to share a little giveaway at Craftin Desert Divas.  The link to the giveaway is here.  Hope you have a great night.

happy crafting...Cathy

remember you can shop on my online website here.

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Christmas stars

I just wanted to do a quick post to show you some more craft fair  goodies I have been making.  I saw something like these the other day and it inspired me to try them. I can not remember if I saw them on Pinterest, or blogger or FB. but if the oringinal artist is out there please let me know I would love to give you recognition.  I am going to call these Christmas star pots.  the original crafter had these stars in Spools, but i had these small flower pots kicking around, they were rejects from a dowel mill, they all have a defect.  Made me think of Rudolph cartoon and the "misfit" toys,  I hated to toss or burn these wooden pots so I gavr them a purpose, table centerpieces or fireplace or shelf decor.  Someone mentioned they would make cute table place markers.   Any how, List of supplies used:

acrylic paint
Artiste and Art Philosophy cartridges
CTMH inks and stamps
glue gun
Bo Bunny gems
cotton bandages (tops of mittens and stockings)
Crafters Moss
white Flock (patches glued on to look like patches of snow)
assrted Christmas papers

Hope you like them, if you have any questions, be sure to message me!

Happy Crafting....Cathy

Tuesday, November 27, 2012


Welcome to the ALL ABOUT ME BLOG HOP!!! Today you are going to see a lot of wonderful projects, and learn a little bit about some of us crafters, that you probably already follow, or maybe see someone you have missed, and would love to follow.  Either way, have a fun time, make sure you comment on each blogs projects, there maybe some goodies along the way. I have the line up below incase you get lost.  You should have arrived here from Sarah"s, if no, and you just happened upon my blog, start at the beginning at Shelley's so you don't miss a thing:)  Also you will want to make sure you follow her rules to win this mouth watering candy!!!

1. Shelley  -

2. Judy -

 4. Shelley  -

List of products used:
Artiste cartridge
Cricut Sampler
Ribbons And Rosettes
Zig Pen
Rubber cement
DCWV..The Crafty Stack
Jolee's candy/cross
Ranger's Tim Holtz Distress pad Olive green

Here is my project about me:

To me, my family is the center of everything, as you can see it the layout, and next is the extension of my family, my pets, a golden retriever named Shelby, cat ma==named Lois and a Rosey Bourke parakeet names Sammy

Through my whole marriage, my husband has been my constant companion and the love of my life, we do everything together (except and have fun doing it:)
and what has kept us together is out love and God, and our faith.

Another thing about me is I am a "Chocoholic".  Have been for years, there is no cure, I am hopeless! I showed this with the little pieces of candy I got from Jolee's Halloween stickers.

Another love of my life is flowers, I love growing them indoors, in pots.  When I was younger, (not that I am that old),  I used to spend a lot of time out door in flower gardens I had started.  My favorites are roses and lillies.  So I put some roses on the layout to represent that, as well as a stick pin I made.

And lastly I added a little spool of thread next to the small journal paper, which does a quick description ALL ABOUT ME.

Now your off to the talented Nadja.

                          Happy crafting, Cathy