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, January 30, 2012

Melissa's birthday giveaway

Hey everyone, Melissa is having a real awesome giveaway on her blog to celebrate here birthday.  She is turning 40 and excited to be so.  Head over there and find out what you have to do to enter and wish her a Happy Birthday here .

Monday, January 23, 2012

New cards made today

I recently purchased a few and won a couple Tear Bear Critters from Susanne at Handmade Beary Tear Bear Critters.  I just love them. They are made with Mulberry Paper and are just so furry and cute.  As soon as I got them in the mail, I pulled out my Cricut and my crafting goodies and pulled together a couple of cards with "Bella the Bunny"  and "Boston the Kitty".  The papers used were from DCWV and Walmart. I used some rhinestones and faux pearls. Cricut cartridges used are Create a Critter, and Seasonal Cake cartridge. The lavender ribbon was from Walmart too.  Hope you like them:)  I think I am going to be going to the Beary Scrap and get some patterns and Mulberry paper and give these little Critters a try!!  Happy crafting.  Cathy

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Wee Memories giveaway

  I found a great site that is currently having a wonderful giveaway and you still have time to go check it out,  you have until the 27th of this month. Go here and check it out and while you are there take a look around.  Below is a list of the goodies that she is gathering to a lucky winner.

SO here are the GIVEAWAY details:

I am going to be giving away:
1 of my new stamp sets from The Crafts Meow
A HUGE paper stack from Graphic 45
1 stamp set from Graphic 45
1 stamp from Unity Stamp Co.
1 stamp set from Your Next Stamp
1 PRINT of your choice from my Etsy Shop
Some twine and misc. embellishments
and some surprise goodies!!

A HUGE prize worth over $80!!
You can let her know I sent you:)
good luck everyone.
 One winner will get it all and a random commenter will get a small prize, so there is 2 chances to win.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

monkey business:)

Here is  a cute little thank you card I threw together for my daughter in law.  She asked if I would make one for her to give to a fellow worker.  So I grabbed my go to cartridge...Create a Critter.  I cut out a couple of monkeys at 3.5 inches and some vines, a palm tree, some grass and a couple of bananas and voila there you go, oh and a kite to stamp the thank you sentiment on:)  I added a few small pink rhinestones on the kite to dress it up and a few yellow rhinestones on the palm trees too.  I inked up the bananas and grass.  I also used my white gel pen here and there, finished  it off with a yellow striped ribbon.  Hope you like it:)
Happy crafting.   Cathy

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Winter skater

I decided to try coloring an image today with colored pencils, because I do not own very many pro markers and no Copics and I have a lot of crayolas.  I joined the Scrapbook stamp Society  and I wanted to try some of their  images.  I am probably out of their league, but what the heck...lets have fun:)))
   I grabbed a freebie digi called Lil Ragamuffin Winter Skater by Sherri Baldy.  I colored it in as I said with crayolas Colored pencils, tried my best with shading.  She is such a cute lil skater I think.

    For embellishment I printed off some flowers with assorted cardstock,  the large pink one was layered and  attatched together with a rhinestone brad, all were inked on the edges, and a little Stickles was added for a little shimmer.  In her hair I added a couple small rhinestones. The pattern paper in the background was from a new card stack I got from DCWV,I love it, it is called the Fresh Floral Stack.
  I am entering it into their challenge.."Pretty in Pink" on their Challenge blog here so you can check it out.  The theme of the Challenge is PINK as you probably can tell:) lol  Hope you like
happy crafting cathy

Friday, January 13, 2012

Entering another challenge

  I wasn't going to enter in the Little Scraps of Heaven Sketch challenge, here, because I have never done a cutting by hand paper piecing, and doing it I felt clumsy, especially when it came to the eyes as you can see, but a nice lady encouraged me, and said I should try any way because it is fun,,, she is right, I am doing it because it is fun and for no other reason, I love it!!!  Thanks Patty:)  So here is my layout below and the recipe for it:)  hope you like it, I had fun.

Materials used:
Little Scrap of Heaven's Nutty Valentine
assorted pink and red rhinestones.
Cricut cartridges: Create a Critter and Cricut Alphabet and Cricut essentials
Papers from DCWV and Cloud 9 Designs.
white and black gel pen
ATG gun
pop dots
Studio G pigment inks

Thanks for visiting my blog:)

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Entering another challenge

   Well it is a new year and I want to make this year one of crafty fun and challenges, hope I can stick to it. I recently won a couple of adorable Crafter's Companion stamp sets.  I love them!!  One of them was Popcorn the Bear, so I thought I would try my hand at coloring him with some ProMarkers that I had won a while back.  Although I colored most of the image with the Promarkers, I had to use some Crayola colored Pencils because only fave a few markers.  I am still in the learning/experimenting Phase with these markers.
   I used Echo Park's Springtime papers for the card, as well as Petaloo flowers that I inked pink. To give it a little bling I added a few different colored faux pearls.  I also added a strip of pink glittery ribbon down the side, that I pick up on clearance at Wal Mart after Christmas.  In case you have not noticed, I love
  Thanks for taking the time to check out my card:)
   I am entering it in the Crafer's Companion's January Challenge.  You can check it out here
   happy Crafting Cathy


Sunday, January 8, 2012

need organizational help:)

I am trying to get a little help on my craft organizing..Consumer Crafts is having a contest where you show pictures and explain why you need a hand and then one person will be selected to get $150.00 in organizational products. So I am going to explain and post a picture.
   My crafting space is really small, and it is not that I am not really organized, it is that what I have needs to be organized better and i know not how.  My husband is wheel chair bound with Primary progressive Multiple Sclerosis.  He spends a great part of his day in bed.  So I choose to scrap and paper craft in the room there with him.  He just went into a hospital bed so there is sooooooo little space.
  Everything I craft with is in the room with me, in a corner, on a small computer desk, so I am constantly shuffleling things around and picking things up off the floor, wiping shoe prints off them,lol, hunting for things, and so on and so on, you get the picture, So if I should win, I need instruction as well on how to organize it so I can craft, have fun, less stress and still share the company of my husband:)  thank you Cathy

Thursday, January 5, 2012

I have tried another Challenge

I have entered this card I made yesterday in to a challenge/contest at Creations ETC.  The theme was Shabby Chic Valentine card or traditional valentine colors.  This is what I came up with. Hope you like it and hope it qualifies:)  Here is a list of the goodies I used to create this card:

the Daisies are from Petaloo
the butterfly and LOVE stampare from Inque Boutique
DCWV Le Creme Card stock Stack
Elmers Rubber cement
assorted butttons
Fiskars' Lace Corner punch
Heart for Cricut Alphabet Cartridge
black and white Gel pens
American Crafts, large jewel brad
Faux pearls from Michaels
Teresa Collins black lace ribbon..Timeless trim
Tim Holtz walnut stain Distress Ink

Thanks for viewing, hop you like it:)

Cathy...Happy Crafting:)

I am back...

I am finally back on my blog with something to show.  I have been busy with the holidays and doctor appointments and over night sleep studies for my husband.  For those of you who do not know me, my husband has Primary Progressive MS and requires a lot of care.  He has been in a wheel chair for 7 years.  I do my crafting in our bedroom which is where he spends most of his day.  I so love making cards and now I am getting into making scrapbooks. Working on one right now for my son and his future wife.  They went to New York to Times Square and to see Phantom of the Opera and to New Jersey to Carlos Bakery.
     So, last night I put together this card.  Valentines Day is just around the corner.   I love owls and pink and for Christmas I got 2 new cartridges from  my daughter in law.  The Paisley one and Straight from the Nest.  I love them. So I put this card together to enter it in the "Cooking With Cricuts'" Something new Challenge.  This will be my first Challenge, kind of excited:)
  Listed below are the item I used to make the card:
Cricuts Straight from the Nest
Cricut Paisley
DCWV  Brights cardstock Stack
DCWV  Floral Stack
White gel pen
white cardstock..Wal mart
Cricut Alphabet
green ribbon from Wal Mart\
Hope you like it:)

Challenge: Cooking with Cricut here

thank you, Happy Crafting,  Cathy