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!!


Tuesday, October 30, 2012


Hello  Blog friends, I have been MIA a little lately, been real busy, hopefully I am back to post more frequently.  For a couple days, I could not ,log on anyways, do not know what was up with that???

  I also wanted to remind you there is only one more day if you want to place an order with Close To My Heart from me and get the Stamp of the month for $5.00 with a $50.00 order:)  just go to my site and place your own order and chech out by tomorrow night, or clck Join to either of the on going parties at the bottom on the web page and order from there.  go to

And lastly, go to this  blog page and check out the great talent and enter their giveaway:)

Have a great night, be back tomorrow:)   Cathy

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Craft Fair goodies

       Hello my friends, I been busy the lasr few days making some goodies for a craft fair I am going to. so I thought I would share some with you:)))

Here are some coffing cany treat boxes I made with the Artiste  cartridge. and 3 Girl Jam ribbon and other cricut cuts and bling.

I used the art Philosophy to cut the top note for the bag toppers and circles and oval for eyes and nose and gel pens for the rest.;


Lastly, I made these with the Artiste cartridge and stamps from Close To My Heart!!  I purchased some plastic test tubes and filled with mini M&M's.  Then the regular  M&M's with tag toppers:)

That is it.....Hope I inspired you to give these a try:))  Happy Crafting,  Cathy

Monday, October 22, 2012

Card Creating Tueasday @ MCCR

     Welcome to my Design Team post for Card Creating Tuesday.  My project today is a card, that was to be mostly pink, by bringing awareness to womens' breast health, by which is recognized in general by a pink ribbon.  My card, while it is mostly pink, I was also thinking that the month is October in which womens breast health is recognized, as well as halloween, so i combined the 2 and tried to made a little card of encouragement and to let someone know I care and are here for them.

     I used the 4 Birds on parade cartridge to cut the bird vampie count, at 3 1/2 inches and the sentiment.  I used some scrap papers from my stash, not sure what company, sorry.   The flowers were cut from the Artiste cartridge and then I put a pink Rhinestone from EK Success.  The rhinestone swirl in the upper right corner is from Ek Success too..  On the white mat I cut one end with a Martha Stewart border punc.

     Here is the lil bird close up, I used Tim Holtz Antique Linen Ditress ink  on  the wing tips and   gelpen for nose and eyes.

    To fnish it off, on the inside, I used a Creative memmories punch to add a pink ribbon.  So there you have it:)  I hope you like it.  To see more wonderful projects from other design Team members go to Ericas' My Cricut Craft roo  here>

Thank you again for stopping in and please come back again:)   Cathy

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Trying my hand at Tags:)

     Hello crafting friends in Blog land,  the weekend was very craft productive, and it is not even over with yet!!  I had a couple friends ove this weekend that want to learn a little about putting a card together, and we had a great time.  I have been doing a lot of crafting getting ready for aq craft fair too, but I wanted to just relax and try my hand at a few tags.  I have ALWAYS admired Tim Holtz, he is amazing when it comes to making tags!!

     While scrolling through the internet, I found his 2011 12 tags of Christmas, and I did not want to totally copy him, just try to make something like it. After all I do not have all his wonderful tools yet.

                                                                             First Tag

                       I apologise that it is sideways, I tried to rotate it, but it still loaded on its side:(

                                                 Second tag

                                           Third and last tag

I really had fun making them, I think I am going to make some more:)  Below you will find a list of supplies used to make them.

I bought a package of craft tags
faux pearls from MBTreasurista
silver brads
Artiste Cartridge*
tear drop pearl strand, was a gift
fuzzy red ribbon strand, a gift
Stampin up "Merry Christmas"stamp
Burlap, I cut in strips
assorted Cricut embossing folders
Martha Stewart branch punch
Fabritac adhesive
Tim Holtz Holiday Wishes stamp set
Zig Pen
Tim Holtz Distress inks- Fired  Brick, faded Jeans, Walnut and Forest Moss
Trendy Twine
MS Seasonal Cake art Cartridge, Art Philosophy

I believe that is it.  I hope you enjoyed seeing as much as I enjoed making:)  Have a great day.

*  you can order the Artiste, or Art Philosophy cartridges from me on my webstore here

Have a greagt time Crafting!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  Cathy

Thursday, October 18, 2012

giveaway you need to check out !!


 Do you like coloring your own digis and like to have a blended look ?  I know i would like to.  Well  Enfy's sharing a giveaway of a full set of Letraset pro Markers!!!  hurry on over and see what you have to do to be entered.  tell her I sent you:)

Click on the link and you are on your way to Going Buggy

Thanks and have a great day!!      Cathy

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Would You Ever Guess Wednesday?


     Good morning friends, this is my design team post for My Cricut Craft Room.  Today is Would You Ever Guess Wdenesday, and what we do on this day is make a project, not using the main Character images, and trying to show other ways, other then the obvious ones, on using a cut or cartridge.  This week I have to use a Create A Critter cartridg and not use the Animal cuts. 

     Papers used were from Michael's Recollections collections and DCWV and MY Mind's Eye. What I decided to do was take the Stamp cut on page 67  as an accessory,and instead of using it as a stamp, I made it into a picture frame.  I cut it out at 5 1/2.  I then took a piece of My Minds Eye and made the Mat.  Cut it at 3 1/4 by 4 1/4.     I then cut a log on page 72 in the accessory column at 1 1/2 and inked it with TH distress ink Walnut stain.  My next cut was the behive on page 68, cut at 2 1/2, and the edges were inked as well, and then a small piece of Trendy twine was added at the top.  Next I used the  flower accessory cut on page 69. cut at 2 inches.

     Lastly I used the Artiste cartridge to make a bow on the bottom of the card....I just Love this feature!!   After I cut it out, I used a white gel pen to make Faux stitching around the edges. and added a Rhinestone brad to the center.  I used the stamp Your the Best, from CTMH. For bling, I used Bo Bunny gems .

Well that is today's project, hope you like it, leave a comment:) I love them.

Now to see more projects like this head over to Erica's at

Have a super day!!              Cathy

Friday, October 12, 2012


Good morning Blogging friends,  I just wanted to pop in this morning and let you know I am getting ready for my son's wedding this weekend, so been too busy to blog.  So excited and very busy. I will be back to crafting and posting next week.  Have a great wekend:)

                                                                Happy Crafting  Cathy

Sunday, October 7, 2012

MCCR Letter "O" post

Welcome to my blog, this is my, My Cricut Craft Room Design team post.  Today's theme is a project from a cartridge starting with the letter "O" or a character starting with the letter "O".  And so before I show you what I chose to do, I want to briefly explain the Pink Graphics.   We want to bring awareness to  breast cancer and the people that have, are, or will be suffering from it.  Please make sure you keep your regular womens health check up, early detection is the key.  Our part in the months awareness is to incorporate some how in our projects a lot or just a little Pink.


For my letter "O" project I used the Cricut Essentials, which is programmed into my Expression 2 machine to cut the orange,(which is not actually an orange on the cartridge, but I made it work, it looks like one).  I cut is at 2 1/2 inches, and inked it up with Spiced Marmalade by Tim Holtz.  I saved the little triangle ections that came from the inner orange and faux stitched them and added Bo Bunny gems, to embellish:)  I then placed a letter you chipboard piece below the orange and added the word sweet cut form the Sweet Treats cartridge.  I cut it out twice, once in orange and again in Pink.  Voila... ORNAGE U SWEET. 
On the inside of the card I cut a piece of white card stock and added a pice of the card stock I was using and a Petaloo flower. Using a Stampin up stamp, I added the "Thanks".  Other supplies used, zig pen, atg gun and pop dots and black micro pen.

                    The patterned card stock was from the Echo Park Hello Summer card pack.
Well, I hope you liked todays project, to see more fun projects and amazing talent head over to Ericas' at

                                               thanks for stopping in, Cathy

Friday, October 5, 2012

MCCR October 100 Cartridge Blog Hop

Welcome to Erica's Craft Room

100 Cricut Cartridge Blog Hop Day ONE

You should have started at if not please start at the beginning.
Welcome to the 100 cricut cartridge Blog Hop:) For this months hop the four cartridges I chose to use were Wrap It Up, Art Philosophy, Happily Ever After and Martha Stewart Seasonal Cake Art.

For the first project I used all four of the cartridges, the pumpkin and vines were from the Happily Ever After, the bat and cat were  from MS Seasonal Cake Art..the border, inside sentiment from Wrap it up and the card from Art Philosophy cartridge. I added a few Jolees embellishments, the cat has a sucker and the bat scooped up some candy:)
The second card is from Art Philosophy.

It was very simle but it makes a quick, nice looking card. I use the card function and cut the card out, which has starscut out, all I had to do is cut out some more stars in 3 different sizes and add shadows to them with colonial white card stock from Close to My Heart and I used the Sonoma papers. I then added a couple rhinestone diamonds an antique buttin embellishment and ribbin and Treny twine.
  On the inside I used the CTMH stamp "Life Is Good" anf the Desert Sand stamp pad and the Smokey Plum.  I also used the Fiskar corner punch. On the back side, I added a white heat cut out and stmped on it Handmade with love in light pink, for Breast Cancer awareness this month.  So that is it, thanks for stopping by.
Next you should go to Lisa's


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  2. Kathy
  3. Shelley
  4. Claire
  5. Mary
  6. Lisa Chamberlain
  7. Nadja
  8. Janet
  9. Jenn Lorist
  10. Erica's Projects
  11. Angie
  12. Heather
  13. Robin
  14. Teresa
  15. Tammy
  16. Cathy
  17. Lisa carrier
  18. Jessica S
  19. Blog Candy

Thursday, October 4, 2012

MCCR Scrap book Friday

Hello my crafting friends, this is my design team post for My Cricut craft Room. Today is Scrapbook Friday and we are celebrating  World Teachers day and doing layouts featuring Back to School.  I did a 2 page layout, showing things that young children love about going back to school.  When they are young they like the idea of having their  "own" Glue, Scissors, Crayons, Backpack and of course their new teachers and friends.  Before I get to the details of my post though, I want to mention the Pink Graphics.  We are using the pink to show awareness of the people who have had or know someone sufffering with breast cancer, we know it can be devastating and we want to make you aware so you will have your self checked regularly.  We as a team will inc orporate the color in to our projects in solidarity.  My pink is in the rosey pink cheeks of the apple and the glue:) 
Simply Charmed has adorable school supply images, so I used it to cut out the scissors and glue and carayons, using DCWV cardstock, and of course  I added some google eyes to give them some character.   I then used Art Philosophy to cut out the 1 2 3 and A B C.  I  cut each out 2 times , once in a light orang and the second in a light blue, glued them together a little offset to add dimension.
On the backpack  I added a rhinestone brad as a button abd some rhinestone flowers to dress it up a bit. and did some faux stitching, on this as well as a lot of the other elements. 
For a lot of the matting and strips of paper I used the DCWV Grade School pack. I love the one above which looks like a chalk board.  I also used one of Martha Stewart's Border punches, for the yellow border strip, not sure of the name, got it at a yard sale.  In the corner I found a button and tied a bow with twine.
I aslo found a cute apple to add from the Create a Critter Cartridge.  By the way most of the characters were cut at 4 inches, the apple at 3. One of the final touches was a strip of rick rack down the sides. 
Other supplies used in creating the layouts were, pop dots, white and black gel pens ATG gun, zig pen, and paper trimmer.  I hope you enjoyed today's project and it makes you want to get a start on your childs back to school layouts, have a great day.
To see more projects like this today go to Erica's at
Happy Crafting   ~~  Cathy