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!!


Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Jen's Digi Stamps Challenge

Hello to all my fellow crafters out there,  Today is the"LOVE"  Challenge at Jen's Digi Stamps. There was such a cute selection of digis to choose from, it was hard to pick, but I think my choice was a fun one.  Look at the cute lil' bug with all the hearts all over him!  He is aptly named...LOVE BUG.

I made an 8 and 1/2 by 5 and 1/2 card with papers in the Recollections Valentines Day pack.  The Recollections pack from Michaels' is  a fun set,  I won the pack for a fellow crafter, Miranda Enclade.  I love it.

I also used a stamp set from Inkadinkado's Love set, to male the love tickets.  Christmas Red and Cotton pink are the Close To My Heart ink pads I used...added a little bling too on the side and bottom in the form of Rhinestones.
To color the digi I used the yellow set of Spectrum Noir markers, Christmas red CTMH marker and the pastel set of Pro Markers.

 I added a little red ribbon, and there you have it, a cute card to share with someone to show you love them.  
If you would love to get in on the Love Challenge, you will have 2 weeks to link up your project.  Head over to Jen's Digi Stamps blog and check out the other girls projects, give them some love and see waht you have to do to submit a card in the challenge..\

Have a great day and please come back:)))

Saturday, January 26, 2013

Crafty Saturday!! and Bun Buns

Hello and happy Saturday ,I just wanted to pop in and post a couple of cards I made today.  I wanted to post them b4 they are sold.. They are going to new homes this week I believe.  I want to make a few more so won't be on here to post all details. but would happy to post the details if you are interested.
First the bunnies were made using punches and Art Philosophy cartridge!

Then I put together triple easel cards, and embellished

Then I made a regular 8 and 1/2 by 5 and 1/2 card:
  And there you have it:)

Bun Buns everywhere!!!

Happy Crafting..Cathy

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Jessica's (KinderStampO) Secret B-Day Blog Hop

Good morning and welcome to the Jessica's (KinderStampO)  Secret B-Day Blog Hop. This was a surprise, I hope it is a good one.  Happy Birthday Jessica!!!  I hope your day is as special as you are.  I love being a Guest designer on your team, you are awesome.
Below is the sketch for our projects.   

Soooo, I made a Birthday card using this sketch and also used products from The KinderStampO shop.  First of all you shaold have arrived here from Limors' blog, if not, please start at the beginning, here there are tons of fabulous projects and you don't want to miss a single one! I will post the blog list below so you do not get lost.

For my card I used Paper from the DCWV Fresh Floral Stack.  I love that stack, it has such soft colors and beautiful flower prints/  The card stock is Michaels recollections paper. I cut the daisy flower from the Art Philosophy cartridge at 3" and then ran it through my Sizzix Texture Boutique Embossing machine, sorry I do not know the name of the folder, it has writing, that is all I know. I then inked the edges with CTMH Cottan Candy.  I also Stamped the sentiment from the CTMH  Celebrations stamp set with their New England Ivy ink pad.  I then added a button to the center of the flower and a organza pink butterfly.  The rest of the embellishing came from KinderStampO's store

Products used from KinderStampO store:

I also used some yellow lace ribbon from KinderStampO, no picture available/
Make sure you take a browse through the KniderStampO store and get some goodies for yourself Here
 Below is the first card I made, I had a blonde / senior moment and made the card without using any  KinderStampO products...can you believe it?? Lol.

There will be a $25.00 gift card for one lucky winner to the KinderStampO store, and in order to be eligible, you must stop at all the blogs on the hop, including KinderStampO and leave some bloggy Love!  thats it:0)  Happy Hopping:)

Hope you are having a good time....come back again,


Tuesday, January 22, 2013

The Hen's Den referral giveaway!

Give away Tuesday at The Hens Den

Today's Challengeis for us to 
Refer 5 friends!!  thats it
they are going to give 2 lucky people a Chic Album for referring friends to The Hens Den
I would love to WIN and you would love to check them out!!  Soooooooo.  
Here is what I  must do to be eligible-  (oh and you
Refer 5 new friends to The Hens' Den Facebook page and they must "like" them on FB and leave them a comment that I sent them.  Then they come here to the blog and leave them a comment there as well that they liked us on FB and that I sent them. Easy as pie!!
On Wednesday morning, they will randomly draw a name from the referring person list and then a name from your list of friends and both you and your friend will win a Chic Album.  It is that easy!  
So what are you waiting for?? got tell them I sent you!!

Thanks  Cathy

Monday, January 21, 2013

True Love Tear Bear/ birthday

Happy Inauguration/ Martin Luther King Day/  I hope your weekend was a good one.  Mine was, I was able to do a little paper crafting.  Have not been able to do very much, my husband had to have emergency surgery last week and the hospital was 2 hours away, so a lot of traveling and stress.  But now he is home and recuperating and I can settle back in to creating.  Yay.

I did not have much battery left in the camera, so I just took a single picture of a couple cards I made:
 The first card I made the face and hand of a Tear Bear. I got the pattern and Mulberry paper at the Beary Scrap. I used a lg retro flower punch and embossing folders for the flowers,  There are brads for the flower centers.  I  made the flower pot myself, and put a lizard that I got from the programmed, Cricut Alphabet cartridge ad the leaves and stem is from Artiste.  Papers from  loose papers in my stash and Recollections cardstock.  The bear is holding a little heart that reads true love.

The second card is made with the Elmo's Party Cartridge. I cut the cupcake out pieced it together and added Stickles on the cupcake liner.  For the balloons, i used a 1 and 3/4 paper punch, cut several colors, inked them and then punched some smaller circles for the eyes,  I then attached twine to t.he balloons and tied them with a bow.  The stamp is from  My Craft Spot's  Tiny Tags 2.

                              I hope you like todays cards, I certainly had fun making them....Cathy

I will be entering  my True love card in the:
 Flower Challenge at Little Scrap Pieces Here
 Created with love Calenge..anything goes here

I am a Close To My Heart Consultant !

Happy Crafting!!

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Close To My Heart

Close To My Heart

First of all, I wanted to remind you , if you want to get the Whoos Your Valentine kit...time is running out.   It can be yours for $10.00, a $40.00 value when you purchase $35.00 from the idea book by January 31st.

Happy Sunday everyone.  It is a beautiful day here in Maine, a little chilly, in the 20's but supposed to get up in the 40's.  Looking forward to that.  

I wanted to share with you a few pics from Close To My Heart today.  The new Idea Book is out now and I am in the process of gettin them to my customers, so they can start ordering on the first of February!!!

If you would love to join my team...and I hope you do... you can get this kit featured below for as little as $49.00.  You can be on your way to earning a little fun money, and getting a discount buying the products in the idea Book I know you will love, like I do!!

If being a consultant is not for you, no problem, I will be more than happy to hook you up with some of these great products.  I can place the order for you, or you can place it on your own time in the privacy of your own home here.
You can also have a gathering on line, or in your home and you can earn Free!!! product.

Close To My heart, also sells EXCLUSIVELY, the Cricut Artiste and Art Philosophy cartridges and coordinating Stamps and Chipboard pieces!!  These are much raved about!!!!

Close To My Heart great features....

Awesome Acrylic stamps (for easy placement)
beautiful colored stamp pads
Stamps of The Month at discounted pricing with purchase of $50.00 or more
Project kits
great quality Scrapbooks
awesome embellishments
Workshop kits with instruction to make it easy to put your scrapbook pages together...and so much more.

What are you waiting me today and let me get you started on a fun journey of paper crafting!!!

Friday, January 18, 2013

Anything Goes Blog Hop

Welcome to the Anything Goes Blog Hop!! We are pleased to have you here. We hope you enjoy seeing all the fabulous projects on each blog in this hop. We are giving you 2 days to hop. We all know how busy lives can be:) Shelley the host of this hop has a great blog candy package for 1 lucky winner! All you have to do is comment and be a follower on each blog in this little hop! You should have started at Shelley's blog. If you didn't please go to the beginning. We don't want you to miss a single great project in this line up. Right now you are here from Sarah W and your next stop should be Shelley T. blog. I will provide the full line up at the end of this post in case you have gotten lost along the way. Shelley ships to the US only.

Here is what I made for a project today....the funny thing is, I had a card all made for this hop, and then I saw this cut on the Artiste cartridge, and I had to try

I picked up a paper pak of 12x12 papers from K&Co.   The papers are gorgeous.  The pad is called Sweet Nectar.

The mail box was cut from the Artiste cartridge at 3 Inches and scored and glued together.  I used Bazzil paper to make the flag and border, and embellished with yellow string beads and lace.  On the top I added some mulberry roses. and stamped "A warm hello" on the flag.

The flowers were all cut from the Art Philosophy cartridge with the exception of the blue rose which I used a punch.. retro flower lg. and layered it and rolled it and used the Gilmore flower maker tools to shape it and glue gun to hold together.  I used Tim Holtz distress pads to ink edges of the flowers with Pickled Raspberries ink.

On the mailbox door, along with the assorted flowers, there is a mini envelope I made and inked, laying under the flowers, not sure if you can see it.  I really had fun making this, now what to do with

Here is the blog candy picture below....Yummy huh?? Well you will want to visit and comment on each blog as well as become a follower of each to be eligible to win!!! Easy peasey :)

Saturday, January 12, 2013

Shawnee and Z'sBirthday Bash Hop

Welcome to the Birthday Bash Blog Hop, January 12!! Today is Zenita aka Scrappinwith’Z’s 50th Birthday and Shawnee’s Birthday is Monday so they decided to throw themselves a Birthday party and invite some of their friends along!! To help celebrate Jen’s Digi Stamps and Scrapbook Stamp Society has graciously gave us some digis to give away to a couple of our commenter’s!! Plus Chriss has some Washi tape for another commenter. So please leave a comment at each of our friend’s blogs for your chance to be a winner. Zenita is our hostess today (since she’s the oldest birthday girl)…lol so we hope you have started at her blog,  If you came from Sher you are on the right track, but if you just came to visit with me please go back and start with our hostess.
First I want to say Happy Birthday to Shawnee and Zenita...Hope your day is wonderful for both of you! Now on to my project: Zenita has a guest speaker on her blog today, and it is all about her experience with cancer, and to bring cancer awareness, so I did my birthday card in pink.

For this card, I cut out a circle card at 5 inches,  from the Cricut Art Philosophy  cartridge.  Than for the top of it I cut out the Tag image on page 35 of the Wrap it Up cartridge.  I cut both the tag black out (in green) and the Tag in Pink.
To decorate the card I used  butterflies from the Art Philospophy cartridge, 3 Girl jam ribbon. pink rhinestones, I chipboard heart that I inked with Tim Holtz Pickled  Raspberries ink, Hearts and a pice of crocheted lace from my stash.  Papers are from Bazzil and K&Co.

On the inside I stamped with Stampin Up happy Birthday stamp and The Pickled Raspberry.

Thanks for stopping by to celebrate with us today and please keep on hopping to see

what Chriss has created for your enjoyment!!

Happy crafting.....Cathy

Monday, January 7, 2013


Hi friends.. I just wanted to stop in today and share a post in our local newspaper in my town, they did an article on my husband and I am sharing in hopes to give others out there a little hope.

hopefully this takes you to the article.  Please let me know if it does not.

Thanks Cathy

Happy crafing:)

Saturday, January 5, 2013

KinderStampO Theme-spired Saturday


Happy Saturday everyone.  How is everyone's New Year starting out??  Super I hope.  Today I am posting for the first time as a KinderStampO Guest Design Team member on their Theme -Spired Saturday. it is all about winter Couples.
My project for this challenge " Winter Couple" I  decided to keep with the Penguins theme, I believe they mate for a lifetime, so that is a true  Winter couple.  I love the penguins from the Simply Charmed cartridge they are so adorable, especially with googley eyes.
   With valentines day around the corner, I thought I would go with the hearts on my project and have light blue kind of indicative of ice and arctic for the penguins, not only that, I wanted to use the beautiful turquoise handmade mulberry roses from KinderStampO's store.

I used the Cricut's Close to my Heart cartridge Artiste  to cut out this gift box at 5 inches.  You can find the box in the book on page 40.  I cut the penguins from Simply Charmed at 2 and 1/2 inches.  The hearts were at 2 and 3/4 and 2 inches.

  I chose the S.E.I. paper because the print on the side had all kinds of words, used with couples...Darling, Honey,Sweetie, Pumpkin, love and so on.  I used the teardrop pearls beacuse they kinda gave the look of icicles hanging from the top.

On the cover of the gift box, I tied a knot in a piece of white thule and glued to box, inked a small heart,glued some of the mullberry roses on it  and cut a piece of the Turquoise blossom trim and glued it to the side of the heart.  I then decorated the back of the box, below...

Supply list from KinderStampO store:
Tear drop pearls
Ocean Breeze Turquois Mulberry paper roses
Coconut ivory handmade mulberry paper roses
Turquoise and diamond blossom trim
Other supplies:
S.E.I. card stock
Bazzill Card stock
Zig pen
 Cricut Simply Charmed cartridge
 CTMH Artiste Cricut cartridge
MS Seasonal Cake art cartridge
Tim Holtz distress ink Walnut
Tim Holtz Distress ink Broken China
diamond rhinestones from Walmart
Bone folder
My Craft Spot Tiny Tags stamp set
Head over to KinderStampO and see what others have to share.
Thanks so much for stopping by today, If you want to get some of these yummy products from KinderStampO, check out her store here.
Happy Crafting......Cathy

Friday, January 4, 2013

Doggie on Swing

Doggie on  Swing

Good morning everyone. Today is my day to post a project for Jen;s Digi Stamps.  Today I get to use another cute Digi... Doggie on  swing. 

I made a 6x6 card using Bazzill  Brown card stock, and for the mats, I used Lily bee Design's Victoria Park 6x6 Tiny Tablet.  I colored the image and then cut around it with wazy specialty scissors and then inked with Tim Holtz, Festive Berries.  For the vine and flowers on the side I cut them from the Cricut Cartridge,  Straight form the nest with Colorbok Paper. 

To color the image I used my yellow set of Spectrum Noir markers, and Letraset Promarkers.  If you would like the exact colors numbers and names, message me and I would be glad to let you know.

For the sentiment on the front, I used twine from Close To My Heart, as well as the Chipboard banner and some Bo Bunny Gems in purple.  I inked around the edge of the chip board with Tim Holtz distress ink pad , Seedless Preserves.

Here I put a organza butterfly,which is held on with Fabritac.

The inside has a lavender mat stamped with a sentiment from Stampin Up.

I hope you enjoyed my  card today, I like how it turned out.  If you would like to give him a try, or see the other wonderful images, please head over to the store and take a look around!!
Thanks for stopping by.

Happy Craftin....Cathy