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!!


Friday, August 31, 2012

MCCR Scrapbook Friday

Good morning everyone and welcome to my blog for My Cricut Craft Room's Scrapbook Friday and today's project is to include characters.  Well in my family we consider characters our stuffed animals, and when I think of stuffed animals, I think of the baby lamb and teddy bear I had when I was young, so I made a baby layout with the characters I remember growing up.  I used the cartridge Create a Critter, because it was the cartridge I knew there was both sheep and teddies in.

I had fun making this layout, for example when I cut out the clouds from the cartridge, they appeared to have a smile on them, don't you agree??  So I decided to put some googley eyes on them to make it fun:)  For the sheep, I cut one of them at 4 inches and the other at 3".  I cut everything from the same page in the booklet for the sheep.  The teddy bear I had already had cut at 3 1/2" and put together from another project and added it to the layout.   The frame I cut from the Fancy Frames cartridge at 5 inches.

I used a Martha Sterwart punch for underneath the box that holds the sentiment sweet dreams, not sure the name of it, it is borrowed. I then added a flower shaped Gem to dress it up a little.   The papers used is colorbok and Recollections, and ATD.  Other supplies used were inks from Tim Holtz and studio G, and Close To My Heart.  My Cricut, paper trimmer atg gun, flowers from Michaels and a button....I think that is it:)  I hope you enjoyed the layout today, and hope you have a great day...... Now you will want to head over to Erica's to see more projects from the Design team, so here ya go.....

                                                    Happy crafting~~  Cathy

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

The eyes have it

Good evening to all my crafting friends........ 
I have made several Halloween cards today, and what fun I had, the creative juices were flowing.  One thing that scares me about Halloween time is spooky eyes, you know the ones...the ones that you think are in the closet or under your bed or in the wood.....well my imagination can run wild, so I thought I would make a card that would make those "eyes"  more fun.. and VOILA!

Who can be scared of   I used the Paper Doll Dress Up cartridge It has some adorable Halloween costumes.  I found the skeleton on there and cut him out at 4 inches and inked him with Tim Holtz Antique Linen to give him an aged look and a black gel pen to out line the face. Then I cut out a pumpkin at 2 inches and did the same thing with inking but then inked leaves and stem with green.

On the same cartridge i cut the tree at 5 1/2 inches and inked it with walnut stain. and put in on the card with dimentional squares.  The card is 8 ans 1/2 by 5 1/2.  Colors for card and mats are obviously Halloween colors White orange and black.  Next I cut out a moon and inked with orange,  and the sentiment I used Closse To My Heart letters and black ink to stamp BOO.  And lastly, before adding the white highlitght dots I added a bunch of peeking googley eyes in different colors and sizes.  Now they do not look so scarey, kinda cute:)

thanks for peeking in:)   Happy Crafting  ~~ Cathy

Sunday, August 26, 2012

The CRAFT BARN Giveaway

Check out this blog candy...How would you love a chance to win??   go here and find out the details!!

Thursday, August 23, 2012

We have a winner!!

Today I am drawing my winner from How does your Garden Grow? blog hop.  As you can see I have not taken the plunge for  This is only my second hop  that I have been in:)   Soooooo, I wrote down all the names and cut them out and put them in a bowl for my husband to draw.  I was supposed to draw yesterday, but with babysitting and all it was just too hectic, so I am drawing today.

So without further ado  the winner of the hop isssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssss

Congratulations Tiffany !!!!
I will be sending you some assorted stickers, a stamp set, a Christmas penguin stamp and a Panda tear bear made by me:)    You have 2 weeks to claim your prize, then I will re draw.

Email me your addy at
mexicopetshop at hotmail dot com

Happy crafting~~ Cathy

Wednesday, August 22, 2012


Good morning to you all.  Today is Would You Ever Guess Wednesday, and this is my design team post for this weeks theme....Tags. I have been having fun making my Halloween cards and some Christmas cards.  I thought I would get an early start.  Sooo, on that note, I thought,I wonder if you could incorporate tags in a card, and not have them be used as a tag normally would be, and this is what I came up with.....
 For my project I pulled out 2 cartridges....Paper Doll Dress Up and Sweet Treats and Martha Stewart seasonal Cake cartridges.  I cut out 4 tags.

I cut them out in traditional Halloween colors. These were cut from  the Sweet Treats cartridge, it has a lot of nice tag cuts.  Then I took out my Paper Doll Dress Up cartridge to start cutting the  accessories to bring my tags to life:) 

For Frankenstein, I cut a square tag cut, and then there was a "Shift" cut for the scallop top, which worked out great for his head. and the belt cut came from the PDDU cartridge for the Santa Claus.  I used a black gel pen to give him a mouth and some scars.
For the witch, I used the rectangular tag, then cut the witch hat from PDDU as well as the broom.  For her hair, I cut the squiggly lines that went to one of the tag cuts, and inked them a little.
For the ghost, I cut a tag with a rounded top and scalloped bottom, and cut the Halloween goodie bag from PDDU.  
In the background, I cut a fence from PDDU, and inked it up, and the sentiment I got from MS Seasonal cake cartridge.

On the inside.. I had a rectangle tag, cut the pumpkin top from PDDU as well as the pumpkin face  The Happy Halloween came from Martha Stewarts seasonal cake Cartridge.

The card is an 8 1/2 by 11 scored in half.  Other supplies used in making the card are as follows....

White gel pen
white card stock
I believe the pattern paper is DCWV, not positive, the cover came off and I can not remember, sorry.
Cricut machine
Fiskars trimmer
atg gun
zig pen
Tim holtz distress ink
Paper punches for eyes
That is it:)  I hope you leave here sayin...I would have never guessed!!

Now, to see more projects like this today,visit...
                                                     Have a great day,Cathy

Monday, August 20, 2012

A little birdie told me.......

Hello my crafty friends.  Today I wanted to post a card I made with my Close to My Heart supplies.  I bought the Colonial white Die cut cards and envelopes and the stamp set. Life is Tweet, recent;y and decided to dig them out and make a card with them.   I used the papers from the Florentine collection,   I cut the mat with :Brown bag and then layered the Florentine paper..then I took a chip board tag and inked it with Tim Holtz walnut stain, cut a piece of colonial white and a piece of Florentine , inked them and the adhered them to the tag, and took the little flowers in the Life is Tweet set and stamped with the Autumn terracotta from CTMH. Lastly, I stamped the sentiment, " a little birdie told me"  in Olive ink.

I then added a butterfly that I got from MB Treasurista and tied some twine through the hole in the tag with Twine from Close to My Heart.    For the flap on the end, I used the same papers and stamp set to add flowers along the edge, and colored the flowers in with coordinating marker.

On the inside of the card I mated with Kraft card stock and Florentine papers amd stamped the image with Cocoa ink and a stamp from Life is Tweet.  I added a few small rhinestones from CTMH and there you have it!!  It's your Anniversary!!  I hope you like today;s project and you will want to come back again....have a crafty day............  Cathy

If you would like to order any of the products used in this project, here is my website

remember too if you order $50.00 you can get the stamp of the month for $5.00 and there is a promotion right now to get a double set of stamps with the purchase of $35.00 for only $5.00, so that would be 3 stamp sets for $10.00 with the purchase of $50.00!!!!!! what are you waiting for, get to shopping:))

Saturday, August 18, 2012

How Does Your Garden Grow?? Blog hop


     Hello my crafty friends, today is the How Does Your Garden Grow Blog hop, and there are a real bunch of talented ladies here today, and I am so happy to be among them sharing  today You should have come here from Ericas' blog at , if not you will want to go there to start at the beginning, cause you will not want to miss any of the talent today.

     For my project today,  I decided to make a POP UP card, using a flower that I saw in the Close To My Heart Idea Book, It is very simple and fun.  You basically cut a bunch of hearts, all the same size, score them in half, and then lay them in a circle and glue them down. So I did that and added a pearl to the center.  I used Core'dinations card stock for the base and mat. then I used patteren paper from Bo Bunny Hello Sunshine collection.  Across the bottom, I used a lacey paper strip I got from a good friend, which I ran through my Zyron sticker maker and adhered to the bottom of the card .

                                   I  also used some thin yellow ribbon to dress up the front of the card.

     For the inside, I took another piece of cardstock (this is an A2 size card) and cut it 1/4 of an inch shorter all the way around. Scored it in half, and then made ( 2 ) 1 and 1/4 inch cuts roughly in the center about 1 and 1/2 inches wide, and then  pushed the fold in and cut another small slit on the top cut, approximately 3/4 inches wide. If you can not get a visual, ( I kick myself for not taking picks as I did it, live and learn) there are tutorials on the web for pop up cards.  After the cuts were made, I adhered the green inside card stock to the base.
     Here is a picture of the inside of the card, trying to show the 2 cuts that make the pop up "shelves".   The Inside was decorated with lots of flowers and a watering can, which I got from Cricut's Stretch Your Imagination cartridge.  Below is a side view...

On the inside I also used some paper lace, and more Bo Bunny papers.  I  added rhinestone to the flowers centers .  The inside sentiment is from Stampin up and I stamped it on a white chipboard piece and inked around the edge with yellow and orange ink.   The small flowers are from a punch , not sure the brand. :(
Other supplies used:
Atg gun
zig pen
butterfly gems on front of card
Cricut Expression 2

Oh and what is a hop without a little blog candy???  I will be offering a little something as well as maybe a few other ladies on the hop,  Leave me a comment, be a follower and a way to reach you and that is it.  I will announce the winner next Wednesday:)
Hope you enjoyed todays post, now you are off to..Julie's at

Now here is the line up in case you get lost along the way....Have fun!!

Cathy   you are here
Julie   go here
Erica's project
Scrappin Madge
Blog Candy
                                           Happy hoppin through the gardens!

Wednesday, August 15, 2012


Good afternoon, my creative friends:)  what a busy week for me and it is only 1/2 over.  been putting a lot of mile on the road, can not wait til the weekend to  rest...oh wait i have a fair to go to Saturday, Maybe Sunday:)))

 I just want to pop in to let you know, if you have not heard already that Close To My Heart is celebrating National Stamping Month in September, they are bringing back our popular double stamp set promotion! You can get the exclusive, new My Acrylix It’s Your Day double stamp set for just $5 when you place a minimum order of $35 in full retail products from August 15 through September 30, 2012. You are sure to love this double set—two D-size sets in one envelope—which includes nearly 50 images that makes it easy to capture the everyday moments in your life. The double set has a retail value of $35.90!  What a deal!! So what are you waiting for?? Message me or go to my website and start shopping:))  I would love your order:0)

Thank you in advance, have a great day...cathy

Monday, August 13, 2012

MCCR Letter of the Day "G"

     Good morning and welcome to my blog. This is my design team post for MY Cricut Craft Room and today's Letter Of the Day is "G".. we Have to use a cartridge starting with the letter "G" or use a cut from a cartridge that starts with the letter "G".

     The first thing to my mind for "G" was ghosts and goblins.  That was all I could come up with, and since my favorite cards are holiday cards, I went with it.  A cute cartridge to do Halloween cards is Paper Doll Dress up.  It had the most adorable costumes and  acessories.

     I made my card with an 8 1/2 by 11 piece of card stock, scored in half.  I then made a mat with orange card stock from Core'dinations cut at 8 1/4 by 5 1/4.  The  patterned paper came from Cloud 9 Design Seasonal Paper pad, cut at 8x5.   All the layers were attached with my ATG Gun.
     The Cloud was cut from Create a Critter cartridge at 1 1/2 and was then inked with Tim Holtz walnut distress ink, and then I faux stitched with black gel pen.  then I used 1 1/2 inch circle punch and for the moon and I inked it with orange and red inks from CTMH to give it an eerie effect. and applied both with pop dots.
     I then used the Cartridge paper Doll dress up to cut the little boy at 4 1/2 inches and the ghost at 5 1/4".  and the goblin at 4 1/4.  Inked around the edges with Walnut ink.  I cut the pumpkin at 1 1/2  in orange and inked the top in green for stems and cut it again in b lack to give the eyes their blackness.  Then I cut the bat and spider at one inch and used a gel pen to make it look like the web was tied to the goblins finger.

     I used my white gel pen to give them and used yellow stickles for the antenna for the goblin and googley eyes too:)  Then I cut a tree from the same cartridge and another bat for the inside of the card to finish.

Oh My.....I forgot that I also used Martha Stewart Seasonal cake  cartridge for the sentiment at 1 1/4 inches, for both regular and shadow.  Thanks for stopping by and i hope you like and will come back again!

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                              Happy Crafting~~ Cathy

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Card Creating Tuesady at MCCR

    Good morning my friends, today is Card Creating Tuesday at My Cricut Craft Room and here is my Design team project for today.  Today's theme is "Cheer Up".  Every one needs a little cheering up once in a while and I thought the Character for Snow White...Happy would be just the guy to do the job:)

    So I dug out my Happily Ever After cartridge and looked for that happy little man.  I cut him out at 3 1/2".  It was a little tricky cause the pieces are so tiny, but I did it.

     Then I want to have one of those bubbles, where you put the sentiment in, like the character is talking,
( can not think of what they call them, Brain cramp) and I remembered Create A Critter had one, so I pulled that cartridge out and cut one out at 1 3/4" and the second at 2".  I used the Cheer up stamp from CTMH and some gems from Bo Bunny.  Next I wanted a flower or something to put in the corner, and lately the Art Philosophy cartridge has been my go to one and so I grabbed it and cut out a couple of daisy type flowers in 2 different card stock papers,

The card size is 5x5, with the mats being 4 3/4 x 4 3/4 and  3 1/2x3 1/2 and  3 1/4 x 3 1/4
And here is the finished project:)  
here is a supply list:
ATG gun
Cricut Expression2
zig pen
Create a critter
Art Philosophy
Happily Ever After
Bo Bunny gems
pop dots
Glue dots
CTMH Lagoon ink pad
CTMH Cheer up stamp
Bo Bunny Alora collection paper
Core'dinations card stock
Fiscard paper trimmer

He ought to Cheer someone up don't you think?  I hope you like todays' post.  To see more  projects like this today please visit

Have a great day, happy crafting, Cathy

Sunday, August 5, 2012


Sherry K designs is having a Clear Stamp stamp giveaway!!   You could win one of 3 stamps.  All you have to do is go to the link I have posted and see the details to register:)  Easy Peasy

Friday, August 3, 2012

MCCR 100 cartridge blog hop

Welcome to Erica's Craft Room
100 Cricut Cartridge Blog Hop Day ONE

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Welcome to My Cricut Craft Room's 100 Cartridge Blog Hop. 

Collectively the design team uses over 100 different Cricut Cartridges in their projects during the two days of this hop. Sunday the new members of the design team will be announced and some have even made a project to share with you!! What an exciting weekend!!

As special treat enjoy 10% off of your total purchase with Erica's Craft Room Store.

Use the code AUGUST to see 10% off of your total purchase (No exclusions)

Good morning everyone, for todays' hop I had to incorporate 3 cartridges in my project, and I chose, Cricuts'   Straight From the Nest, Paisley, and Fancy Frames cartridges.  I decides to make a project for each cartridge.

The first project I made I used Art Philosophy cartridge co cut out a gift back with the fit to page feature, using white 12x12 card stock.  and everything else I used the Paisley cartridge.  I cut the bee on page 25 @ 2" and   the sentiment  "just be you" on page 70,@ the same.  I used papers from the Bo Bunny 6x6 Hello Sunshine pack.   I then cut a tag from page 25, added some Bo Bunny gems and yellow ribbon.


the second cartridge was   Straight from the Nest.  I loved the card that is at the beginning of the booklet on page 7.  S I decided to do a card like it using Close To My Hear papers, My Reflections Sonoma.    I followed the instructions at the front of the book and this is how it came out.  It is a  7x6 card when finished.  

I cut the word Celebrate at 1 inch and ran i through my Xyron sticker maker and put it on the side flap.

Here is the inside of the card.. I used paisley cuts and border on the cartridge and for the slider because there is a paisly flower on the Sonoma papers.  
Last, but not least  my third cartridge is Fancy Frames:

So I did a simple card using on of the fancy frames, I cut it at 4 inches and using  papers from Colorbok.  I cut the frame at 4 inches.  and then cut an oval from K&Co Julianne  6x6 pack.   then I added a small bird house from Cricut's Stretch Your Imagination cartridge at 1 1/2 inches and made a flower cut at 2 1/2 inches and leaves at 2 inches.  I cut the word Spring from Stretch your imagination and glued it to a chipboard piece, inked it with Tim Holtz walnut distress ink. lastly added some bling, and stickles.

here is what the car looks like on the inside.

These were my projects for today, hope you enjoyed them:)

next you should go to Claires' blog here:


If you get lost along the way
here is the entire line up:


  1. MCCR
  2. jenn lorist
  3. Teresa
  4. Kathy
  5. shelley
  6. heather
  7. Jessica S
  8. Tammy
  9. Jen L
  10. Erica's Projects
  11. Samantha
  12. robin
  13. amy
  14. Miranda
  15. Angie
  16. LB
  17. Cathy
  18. Claire
  19. Lisa Carrier
  20. Blog Candy

Happy crafting :))   Come back again!!


My First Flower Soft project

This is my first shot at making a card with Flower Soft.  I saw so many images with this product, and they are so amazing.  I have a little ways to go before I get to where they are, but I had fun with what I have.


The oval sentiment piece was from Flower Soft ,as was the Peony Pink and Meadow Green Flower Soft. and Flower Soft High Tack glue.

 The Butterflies were from MB Treasurista. amd card stock from DCWV. I used my cuttlebug to emboss around the mat frame. and used some Bo Bunny gems.

To finish it off I added some buttons from my stash and some pastel pink ribbon.  I am going to enter this into a contest at Flower Soft inc's blog here

Happy crafting, come back again!!    Cathy