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!!


Saturday, March 31, 2012

Friday night cards

Hi crafters, I just wanted to post a couple cards I quickly put together for a craft fair I went to today. I have a bucket of assorted dimensional stickers from K&co and a discount shop here in town, that I went through and picked out some Hydrangeas and some tropical flowers.  I also pulled out some DCWV paper and some paper from the dicsount shop and ribbon from Michaels.  I used my Cricut to punch some circles out and then I used a 1 and 3/4 circle punch and cut holes in the circles and the card to give the card some depth with the windows.  Added thank you and Make a wish stamps with black ink and there ya go.  Hope you like it, and reminder, I am a new Close To My Heart consultant and would be happy to help you out and if you would like to place an order please go to the button on my blog and it will take you to my website and catalog, and if you would like to be a consultant and work with a great company and some fabulous product, you can do that there too,  Happy crafting~~ cathy

Dino-mite Scrapbook Pages: Project Inspiration Spring/Summer 2012 Idea Book

Friday, March 30, 2012

New venture!!

Hello fellow bloggers, I just wanted to let you all know I am a new Close To My Heart consultant!!! I have not received all my goodies yet, but can not wait to get rolling.  But I just wanted to let you know, while I am waiting for the kit to arrive, I can still help you out if there is anything you need, They have such a wonderful product line, beautiful paper and great stamp set, and a stamp of the month club
    There is also 2 more days left if you want to get in on the Art Philosophy cartridge deal they have going on right now.  You can become a consultant too, and get the starter kit and the Cricut Art Philosophy set all for $99 plus sh/h and tax, a $400 value. Click this link to find out how you can be a consultant on my team:)
    Just come to my blog and click on the Close To My Heart button which will take you to me CTMH website.  Hope you stop over to check it out.  Happy Shopping!!!!  Thanks Cathy

Thursday, March 29, 2012

It's a girl!!

It's a girl... and no, I did not have a baby,lol.  I created a card today with another tear bear critter Emma Elephant with supplies from The Beary Scrap. I used the Cricut Alphabet cartridge for the baby bottle and the  printed card stock is from Nana's Nursery Baby girl stack from DCWV.  The It's a girl stamp is from the dollar bin at Michael"s and the rhinestone and buttons from my assorted stash.  I used chalk to add dimension to my Elephant and black micron pen.  The pink ribbon I got from Walmart and of course I used ATG gun and mini glue dots.

I hope you like today's project...Happy crafting~~ Cathy
  P.S. I am going to be a Close to MY Heart Consultant...YAY  if you need anything please let me know!

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Happy Easter Hilda Hippo

   Hello my crafty friends, did everyone have a great weekend??  I know I did, I got to make a few cards and that is always a fun thing.  I got to make a few Easter cards and I had an order for 10 Thank you cards.  I was lucky enough to get most of them done.

   The card I have to show you this evening is one I made with one of the Tear Bear Critters, named Hilda Hippo.  I get my patterns from the Beary Scrap.  She is made with hand made Mulberry paper that is very fibrous and makes cute little furry friends to on my cards.  After I put her together, I put together a card made with DCWV papers, I believe the paper is from the  Blossoms and Butterflies stack .  I used The Create a Critter Cricut cartridge for the basket cut, a small punch for the eggs,Cricut Alphabet cartridge, ribbon and my atg gun.

     I hope you enjoyed the card today:)))
     Happy Crafting~~  cathy

Monday, March 26, 2012

Purple Pumpkin March sale and giveaway

Go here to enter their giveaway and check out their sale.  You won't be disappointed!

Wednesday, March 21, 2012


How would you like to win a Cricut Expression 2 ????  Well all you have to do is go to Homeketeers site here   and follow the submission details.  What a great way to celebrate National craft Month!!!  So hurry time is running out!   Happy Crafting~~ Cathy

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Cathy visits Kathy

    Hello my crafty friends.  Did you all have a nice weekend?  Did you all have fun celebrating St. Patrick's day.  I sure did, the weather here in Maine was gorgeous, specially Saturday.  Come on Spring!!!

     Well, today is a special day for me, I was asked to be a guest designer  by Kathy at Kathy's Double K Krafts.  When she asked me, I was so excited..  The blogging  world is still kind of new to me, as well as the card making.  I just started a little over a year ago and I am so in love with it.  Soooo, that being sad, I set my mind to thinking what can I make for this special day, and the card below is what I came up with.  I tried to choose some festive papers to portray the excitement in making the card   for today.  I recently won these papers in a giveaway from blog and thought they would be fun.

   As you can see, I decided to add "Hilda Hippo Tear bear"  which I made with the template and supplies I bought from recently.  I just love the patterns, they are made from acrylic and last forever.  Below you will find a list of the supplies i used for today's project.

1~Cardstock from DCWV
2~Prima marketing flowers
3~White ribbon
4~Rhinestones from Michael's
5~ Atg gun
6~"Hilda...fabri-tac, Mulberry paper, waterbrush, tools to brush the paper
7~Create a critter cartridge for Easter basket and scalloped square
8~coil paper clip from my stash of clips
9~ paper trimmer
10~ patterened paper from Glimpses Crafts
11~ pop dots
12~ Martha Stewart embossing powder
13~Versamark stamp
14~ Stampin up marker to color egg
15~ pink chalk for Hildas' cheeks

     And that is it:))  I hope you like it, and i hope you will visit my blog and become a follower.
      I want to thank Kathy for inviting me, she is awesome, a very talented lady, if you have not been to her blog , you need to!!   You can find her here.

thank you for stopping by... Happy crafting~~ Cathy

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Going green


    First of all, let me say Happy Saint Patricks day to all of you!!  Are you wearing green??? I am not Irish, but I have a little green on today:)  Probably will not be celebrating much today, got a lot of running around to do, but I wanted to get this post up to enter the Crafter's Companion USA Challenge on their challenge blog.  The challenge for March is to go green.. You can either think green as in save the planet or use green on you card, layout or altered item.

    I chose to do a card with the Humphrey's "Friends Forever" stamp set. I have to apologies though, I colored them in with Pro markers, and I am new at it, and I only have one set, and unfortunately there is no gray in the set:(   So the little ice cream eaters are a light tan.

    I decides to go with the go green as in, using the color green and this is what I came up with.  Below is listed the supplies used to create today's project.

1~Crafter's Companion.."Friends forever" stamp  
2~DCWV  Latte card stock and Sweet stackMartha
3~Pro Markers
4~ATG gun
5~Petaloo flowers
7~Faux pearls
8~Wal mart ribbon
9~Martha Stewart Evergreen embossing powder
10~Heat gun
11~Ranger Archival ink jet black
12~VersaMark watermark stamp
13~ Prima flowers
14~ pop dots
 If you want to get in on this challenge..go here  or pop on over and see what everyone else has to offer.Have a great day!!!
     Well that is it, hope you liked it.  Happy crafting~~ Cathy

Friday, March 16, 2012

Scraps to treasure

     Hi fellow card makers, thought I would enter Hiding in My Craft Rooms' challenge Super scraps!!  I had not been able to make any cards or blog very much lately, but this week I had a few days off from babysitting my grandchildren, so I tried to squeeze in a few projects.  A couple days ago, I made a few cards, which could probably go as a set, there were a lot of similarities to them...butterflies, ribbon, flowers, sentiments and the fact that I used a lot of scraps to throw them together,
     I used the Cricut cartridge Sweet Treats to cut the flowers out and inked them, the butterfly was from the Cricut cartridge which was preloaded in my Expression 2..cricut Alphabet.  The stamped sentiment is from TPC Studio Stamps.  The rhinestones, and faux pearls were assorted pkgs. that there was one or 2 left and dumped in a cup (scraps).  The papers were all from DCWV's Blossoms and Butterflies Stack. This is going to be an 11th hour entry, but if you want to link a project go here .
Thanks for stopping in
                                                Happy craftin~~ Cathy

Miss you card

I realized as I went through my cards, that I did not have an "I Miss You" card.  So I took out my DCWV floral stack and some card stock, a little ribbon a small flower punch, The Cricut Sampler cartridge, a few rhinestones some chalks to give her rosey cheeks and mini oval punch for the eyes and white and black gel pens.There you have it, an easy card,  Oh, and  I also used a little bit of twine too:)
 Thanks for stopping by to see my quick card today:)
                                                            happy crafting~~ Cathy

Thursday, March 15, 2012

BBTB2 challenge

                                                     Bunny or Chick????
   BBTB2  is having a challenge right now and you have a choice of a bunny or a chick.  I love bunnies but I decided to do a little chick. I made an 8 1/2 by 5 1/2 card. Underneath the little chicky is an action wobble.  Gosh I love those wobbles, they make any card fun!!!!  Below is a list of the craft goodies I used to make this card.

1~Cricut Create a Critter cartridge
2~flowers from Prima
3~Easter stamp from Jaded Blossoms..Easter Treat set
4~Pro markers
5~MS gold embossing powder
6~heat gun
7~Action Wobble
8~faux pearls
9~DCWV papers
10~Ranger distress inks
11~small paper flowers from stash
12~ATG gun
       Hope you enjoyed the card, thanks for looking in. If you want to check the Bitten By the Bug2 challenge...go here .
                                             Happy Crafting~~Cathy

Jinger Adams design team call

   Yup..I am gonna try, what have I got to lose, certainly not my love of crafting. I am going to try out for the Jinger Adams design team.  Today I just had the need to do something "Springy" since we had a little bit of snow last night, after having several nice days in a row.  So I took out my Cricut Expression2  ( actually it lives on my kitchen counter, he he he) and went through my selection of cartridges.  I recently purchased the Stretch you Imagination cartridge and have not used it yet, so this is what I decided on.
     I decided to make an easel card, I love them.  The finished card size is 5x5   Below is a list of supplies used to complete my project

1~Cricut Stretch Your Imagination
2~Butterflies from MBTreasurista
3~purple rhinestones
4~pop dots from Glue Dot
5~ATG gun adhesive
6~DCWV papers
7~ Echo Park papers
8~Martha Sterart Scalloped/doily punch.
9~ Timothy hay..(yes actual jay from my Chinchillas)  to put in Easter basket
10~purple ribbon from my stash
11~ white daisy. inked purple Petaloo
12~ Jillian Vance designs Peepster stamps
   Hope you liked my card today, thank you for stopping by.
You can check the submissions out on Jinger Adams blog here.

                                                      Happy craftin~~ Cathy

Celebrate the Occasion challenge 54

Today I was playing around with some papers and embellishment I got from a project I submitted at Creations Etcetera.  I loved the papers, and I am sorry I do not know the name of the papers.  I am submitting an easel card.  The challenge was that you had to use metal, so I am hoping the button qualifies. The stamps are from TPC Studio...Faithful Greetings.  I used a small flower punch for the little flowers and the Ranger Distress ink..aged linen. and some faux pearls,  You can go here and check the challenge out and try for yourself.  Thanks for stopping by, happy crafting~~  Cathy

Wobble Wednesday Challenge entry

   In case you have not heard yet, there is a challenge going on at Wobble Wednesday.  It started on the 14th and they will have a new challenge each week.  Wobbles are the cutest little gadget that you ad to the back of one of your die cuts to give it a little "wiggle" when you pull it back and let it go. Makes any project fun!!!
  Being that we are getting closer to Spring and Easter, I decides to do my card with that in mind.  I took out my go to cartridge..Cricuts' Create a Critter and cut out a cute little Chickie and the Broken Egg and put him on an Action wobble, on an 8 1/2 x 5 1/2 card using DCWV card stock, solid color and an 8 1/4 x 5 1/4 mat from the Main Street Stack.  I used the ATG gun to attach the the mats,the stamp is from Jaded Blossom Easter Treats set, , a flower from Prima and a couple small ones from my stash, and Ranger Distress inks on the egg and the chick.  I also used a white gel pen for chickie's belly and some purple Rhinestones and voila...easy peasy.  Oh and I almost forget, I used the stamp set too to stamps some eggs, heat embossed them and then colored with Pro Markers. Hope you like the card, and if you want to check out the challenge go here.
                                                                      happy Crafting~~ Cathy

Homeketeers Cricut giveaway is Celebrating national craft month and are giving away Cricut minis and a Cricut Expression!!  One of the ways to enter is to submit a project, and I guess you know, I am certainly going to try:)  What a wonderful giveaway!  If you would like to check it out you can go here and see for your self.
  I made a center step card for Easter, using  Martha Stewart seasonal Cake cartridge. for Happy Easter sentiment and chicky.  I also used assorted cards stock and faux 1/2 pearls and my Martha Stewart score board, glue Zig pen and ATG gun.  Hope you enjoy the card.

Monday, March 12, 2012

How did I get in to Cricut????

I am going to share how I got into Cricut in order to have a chance at winning the Cricut Circle Exclusive cartridge Sophie!!

  Some time ago I saw advertisements for the Cricut cutting machine and thought...Wow, that looks like fun, maybe someday....
  Then a good friend of mine invited me to an overnight weekend of scrapbooking,where there were LOTS of crafty women using their Cricuts. I was in awe and green with envy.  I went there with some scissors, glue and photos and some paper and came home with a bunch of Die cuts that the fellow crafters cut for me on their machines (crafters are the best people), and the rest was history. Two months later, at Christmas, my darling husband bought me a Personal Cricut.  I LOVE it!!!  This year he bought me the Cricut Expression 2.  I wake up thinking about what I am going to do next on it, and go to sleep wondering the same thing for the next day..obsessive. hahaha.
  If you would like a chance to win the Sophie cartridge go on over and tell your story here

  In the mean time  Happy Crafting:)))