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, February 27, 2012

entry #3 for Erica's Craft Room Challenge

Here is another card for Erica's Craft Room Challenge, which you can go to here.  On this card I added one of the Tear bears that I made in blue.  I thought I would give him a spring color.  I get the supplies  for the bears and patterns from The Beary Craft.  I am not real good at taking pictures and my lighting is not very good at all.  The colors are more vibrant than it shoes here, The papers are from Crate Paper's 6x6 Farmhouse pad. Hope you like it:0  Happy crafting...Cathy

Sunday, February 26, 2012

entry #2

I decided to add another card to the Erica's Craft Room Challenge .  This is another 6x6 card and this time i used Echo Park paper and  the same Paisley cartridge.  I had fun making this one.  Make sure you go over to her blog here and check out the Challenge.
Happy crafting:)  Cathy

my Challenge entry

Here is a card I made today to enter into Erica's Craft room challenge at .  I used a lot of scraps to put this together as well as my atg gun, zig pen and some pop darts.  I used the Cricut Cartridge Paisley to make the owl.  Hope you like it.  Happy Crafting, cathy

Friday, February 24, 2012

Birthday Teddy Tear Bear

Hello craftin friends, here is teddy tear bear, ready to wish some lucky person a Happy Birthday:)  I made him with a pattern from The Beary Scrap. I decorated the card with papers from DCWV and flower and butterfly embellishments and flowers from a crafting friend:) topped it off with a pink and white striped ribbon and voila, pretty lil center step card:)

my Jillian Vance Design challenge entry

Over at A Jillian Vance Designs the challenge was to use White, Pink and Teal/Aqua. So I put together this card using my cartridge Straight from the nest for the scallop circles and my MS doily border punch, as well as some card stock from DCWV and pattern paper.  I bought some white Petaloo flowera and colored one pink and white petaloo butterflies and added some colored pearls. I used my atg gun and Fabri-tac.  I bought a stamp set with inspirational stamps and stamped "serenity" with versamark and gold embossing powder and used my heat gun to emboss. to enter the the challenge for yourself go here   Hope you like it!
Happy crafting...Cathy

My blog has been awarded The Liebster Award!!

   I am thrilled today to announce my blog has been awarded the Liebster award, by Liz from Decade of Scraps at so please go check her out and give her some love for me.
   Thank you Liz from the bottom of my heart for noticing me.  I was thrilled when I logged on and saw your message:)))

     Here is a little Award information:  Liebster is German meaning "Dearest"- the award is a Share the Love  arrangement, given to inspirational bloggers that have less than 200 followers.  I fall into that category and am hoping not to qualify again:)  I love sharing what I do, and blogging and hopping around to see all the great talent and projects to get inspired.
    Below are the requirements of the Award recipients:
1)  Thank the ward presenter on your blog.
2)  Link back to the blogger who presented the award to you.
3)  Copy and Paste the award on your blog.
4)   present the award to 5 bloggers with less than 200 followers.
5)   Let them know they have been chosen by leaving a comment on their blog

April 8th  2011,I started my blog and it has taken me a while to get followers, because it is all new to me, April 8th, I started crafting too and it has been a long learning, but fun experience.  I am still learning, I feel like a sponge and I want to try and to learn everything, I am so  A work in progress. SSOooooo, without further ado... here are my 5 choices:

1) Kathy over at
2) Brenna over at

3)Lawren over at
4)Cathie over at
5)Kimberly over at
  Thank you again Liz for choosing me, I hope to inspire more people to visit me and that others will go visit the 5 I chose and give them some love
 happy crafting   Cathy

Saturday, February 18, 2012

starting Easter cards

I was playing around with the Tear Bear patterns that I bought from the Beary Scrap, cutting up all the body parts and I was thinking how could I make the cut lil bear appear in an Easter card and I saw a 1/2 of an egg in my pile of cut out scraps, and this is what came to mind.
DCWV papers,
Walmart card stock for mats
The egg cut was from Create a Critter cartridge
the Bunny ears from 3 Birds on Parade
Happy Easter from Martha Stewarts..Seasonal cake cartridge
Ribbon from Joanns
pop dots
atg gun
rubber cement

thanks for peeking in, hope you like it
Happy crafting, Cathy

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Tear bear Panda Birthda y card

Today, I "tore" up a Panda:)  They are so fun, I love making them, and seeing them come to life. Today i wanted to change the pose a little and make him holding some balloons, I think he came out cute. I used my Create a Critter cartridge to cut out some balloons and used some twine that I recently won from Carley Carter.  (Thanks Carley).  I also used Create a Critter for the grass in the background..  The papers I used I got from Wal mart and a local discount store.  Hope you like my card today:)
Happy crafting:)

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Tear bear #3

these are so fun to make, I recommend The Beary Scrap to get your supplies, they have great Mulberry paper to make these little cuties.  You can make magnets out of them as well as use them in your scrapbook layouts and for your cards. Thanks for taking the time to stop by, practice practice:)
happy Crafting...Cathy

Friday, February 10, 2012

Teddy Tear bear:) #1

Another quick post of my first creation of The Beary Scrap's Teddy Tear bear, I love their patterns, they are made of acrylic and will last a long time:)  I hope to get better with time, they are so fun to make:)
Happy crafting, cathy

Thursday, February 9, 2012

1st Panda Tear bear

I just wanted to do a quick post on the first Panda Tear bear I made today with the Mulberry paper I purchased from The Beary Scrap store.  It is maybe a little rough around the edges, but I hope to get better with practice:)   Happy Crafting, Cathy

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Present Mini album

Here, at last is my first attempt at a shaped mini album.  I think I need to add a few more embellishments, but I think it is almost done.  It should be good for documenting a young child's birthday party.  Most of the cuts are from the Elmo's Party cartridge.  Not too bad for my first...what do you think?

Sunday, February 5, 2012


I have been trying to Emboss with powders and am finding it frustrating.  I am stamping the image on to my card stock..pouring the embossing powder on the the image and then tapping off the excess and putting back into the bottle... and the I use the heat gun,   I end up with lots of specks of powder stragglers that get embossed and inked image has sections missing.  At first I thought the fault was the embossing ink was drying out, but I tried Martha Stewart and 2 other brands with same results.  Is it a practice practice thing or am I doing something wrong??  How do I keep the stragglers off my paper?  Any tips would be great!!

Saturday, February 4, 2012

tear bears!

I just wanted to do a quick post of a card I put together using my Cricut expression2 and the loaded cartridge Cricut Alphabet, some buttons and ribbon and an adorable Tear Bear Penguin called Penny.  The penguin is made from extra thick Mulberry paper which was made by Susanne at Handmade Beary Tear Bear Critters.  You can find her on Facebook.  I purchased the penguin and other critters, I plan on trying to make them myself soon.  I think they are so cute. There is a short piece of twine and squares cut out for the banner.  Hope you like it as much as I do:)  I hope to be able to do more cards soon, I can not post as much as I like, my husband has primary progressive M.S. and care for him does not allow for a lot of craft time.
Happy crafting,  Cathy

Thursday, February 2, 2012

new giveaway

Just a quick post to let you know about a great giveaway going on over to the Night Owl Scrapper. Just go to her blog and watch the video and follow the instructions:)
happy crafting.,  cathy