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, July 24, 2013

Double Dutch fold

Double Dutch Fold

Good evening everyone, how was your day?  Mine was a busy one on the road.  Third day on a row.  My husband has been having testing for his heart.. stress tests, that they do when you are in a wheelchair and can not walk on a treadmill.  Come to find out he may have a blockage, which they are going to try to treat with meds for now.

Anyways, after supper tonigh, I wanted to try a card I saw this morning on Splitcoast stampers.  It is a double dutch fold card.  It was real easy and fun.

you start with 2 pieces of card at 9x 4 3/16 and the other is 2 by 8 1/2

Score the 4 3/16 by 9 paper at 5 1/2.
Score the 2 by8 1/2 at 2 1/8 and 6 3/8.
then with your adhesive, ( I used liquid so it would give me a little playroom to make sure it lined up good) you adhere the center section of the 2 by 8 1/2 behind the lower part of the 4 3/16 by 9, so that when the top folds down, it meets the top of the side flaps.
  I then cut out a border with a punch and glued it behind the fop flpa and decorated with Graphic 45 French Country and scraps of cardstock, I made a daisey with the art Philosophy cartridge and put a pearl brad through it and punched out leaves with a Martha Stewart punch.  Used Close to My Heart Lagoon Ink pad and a close to my heart stamp and one I got from a yard sale.  Also some ribbon was used I got at Joanns and the ribbon embellishment buckle I got from a RAK

Well I hope you like my card and my instructions were understandable.  If not here is the tutorial

Thanks for stopping in to see my card today!

Just want to mention, I am a little short on my goal this month for Close To My Heart, if there is anything at all you need, would appreciate if you could take a minute and head to my website, and click Join Cathy's Christmas in July gathering:)
Thanks in advance!!

Have a great night

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

would love a team :)))

I would really love to have a team...a bunch of gals that enjoy getting their papers and supplies at a discount all the time as well as FREE!!  Gals that love the colors and themes and coordinating embellishments to go with the papers, and shares the love of the commeradery that we have here at Close To My Heart.  They have a support system that is second to none. 

Training is awesome, you can go at your own pace, and all the answers are either on the corporate site or ask me or any of the girls in our group, easy peasy.

If you love card making or scrapbooking, Close To My Heart has all the supplies to help you create the perfect layout or personalized card to give to a loved one or friend.
They have a great starter Essentials kit too, for $49.00 you get $155.00 worth of product to get you started.  If you decide you do not like it...that is more commitment, and the kit is yours :)
If you want more than what is in the Essentials kit, you can get a larger kit for $99.00.  

They offer each month a new Stamp of the month,  A retail value of $17.95..for only $5.00 with the purchase of $50.00 or more.. below is July's Stamp of the month.
They also have AWESOME Cricut cartridges that are sold exclusively to Close to My Heart

You also get a 22% discount off your orders. and your commision is 22% from your customers sales.  There is soo much more to the compensation plan.. Plus achievable quarterly minimums if you decide to sell after your receive you kit.

So if you have an questions message me, or email me at mexicopetshop at hotmail dot com
if you are all set, go to my website and click on the Opportunities tab and get started.  
oh..and you get your own FREE website!!
Iffff, after hearing all this good stuff you still do not want to Join my team  "Mainely Hearts"  then I will gladly have you as a customer and feel free to head to my site and click on the Join button for Cathy's christmas in July Gathering.

Thanks for stopping in..Cathy

Camping Critters

Good morning, two mornings in a row I post..been a  Last night I dug out the Camping Critters cartridge and had a little fun.  I decided to make a side step card, I had not made one in a while and I like them.  The size of the card stok before cut and scored it 9x8 inches.

On the 8 inch side I Cut the cardstock with my paper trimmer one inch in down to the 7 inch mark and then took the paper and scored it at 1, 2, 3 1/2 , 5 and 7 inches and then on the other side of the cut paper I scored and 4 and 1/2.. Then do your mountain valley fold.

I then cut out all the pieces for the cards with cricut set at 4 inches, used Close to my Heart inks and stamps.  Core'dinations, DCWV and CTMH papers, Atg gun, Xyron Create a sticker for small parts, Bo Bunny gems, flower punch, gel pens and some wooden fern embellishments.  Hope you like my post today..have a great day.


Monday, July 22, 2013


Close To My Heart
Claire paper Card

Good morning, a morning post, unusual for me lately, usually I post in the evenings.  Well over the weekend i made several cards to add to my stash of cards that I sell at the fairs in the fall.  I had not used the Claire paper pack from Close To My Heart in a while and I just got a new stamp set in, and could not wait to try it, It was the June stamp of the Month for Close to My Heart.
I love this set!!

The card I made is a 6x6, I like this size card, gives you plenty of room to play.  Love the paper, such a pretty combination of colors. Glad I got it when I could, wish I would have got more :(
 I stamped the image on Daisy white card stock and colred it in with the inks and water brush pen.  Added a little bling. and I had a couple of butterflies that were given to me from a friend by her punch. and some ribbon from Close to My Heart.
other supplies used were atg gun, fabritac, trimmer, Art Philosophy cartridge, Marth Stewart deep lace punch, and Voila!!

Hope you like and, I love hearing from you, if there is anything you need from Close To My heart.. head here

Have a great day!!! Cathy

Sunday, July 21, 2013

got my craft on

Unknown name?? 
Good evening friends.  This weekend I was able to steal a little time to make a few cards.  While I was hopping around Pinterest I saw a card shape I liked,  the creator called it a "Layered window Frame",but I did not have the die to cut the shape of the card that the young lady had posted, so I tried going at it a little differently.  I really liked the way her's turned out., but I am happy with this though.  Not sure if there is a name for it, if it has been done, but here are the cards I did and what I did to achieve it.

First of all you will need a piece of card stock cut at 4 1/4 by 11 inches....

Then you score the cardstock at ..3 1/2, 4 1/2, 6 1/2 and 7 1/2

Mountain/valley fold it... then on the 2 inch piece in the center you will cut out any shape that you want as the mate and layer it with as many mats as you want, changing each layer by 1/4 inch increments.
On each side you will have to mat the cardstock with coordinating cardstock, starting at 3 1/4 by 4, as well as patterend paper and of course embellish them.

I found them easy, fun and now for the suppies used list:
Close to my Heart..Stamps
   Flowering Bunch
   My Friend
CTMH inks:
\   Sunset
    Holiday Red
CTMH twine// chipboard pieces//buttons//brads
CTMH papers..For Always
CTMH ..Art Philosophy cartridge
Stampin up- sentiment stamps from a yard sale. do not know name
Xyron create a sticker
Ribbon from stash
paper trimmer
Cricut campin Critters cartridge
Assortrd papers from my scraps
 Hope you liked it!!

Reminder~~~~~~~ I haver a party going on my website and would love it if you could stop in and take a look around. place an order on my website and I will send you a little Christmas in July thank you with a petite perk stamp set, as a thank you.

July stamp of the month..just $5.00 with a $50.00 purchase, save $12.95
Join my team.. Only..$49.00!! A total of $155.00 worth of merchandise for only $49.00!!  No commitment if it is not for you, how about that, keep the kit for a great savings.  If I could i would purchase the new kit  All you have to do is go to my website and click on the opportunities tab to get started :)  Below is what you get;
 Annnnnd Do not forget the release of the new and much talked about Artbooking cartridge!!! If you are a scrap booker, this cartridge is for you. If you make cards..this is also for you. It has 700 images and layouts you can put together quickly with the click of a button.  Want to pre order yours not to be placed when the 1st of August comes around?? message me, I can set you up with FREE Shipping!!!!!

Thanks for stopping by..Happy carfting!! Cathy

Sunday, July 14, 2013

Pretty in Pink

Good morning again, wanted to share a card I made, I really like how it came out.  I used one of the daisies I made from the Art Philosophy cartridge and the Tim Holtz embossing folder I just got and love..Texture Fades, Fancy Floral. For the sentiment I used a stamp, which I believ is from Stampin up, I got at a yard sale, and butterflies cut form the Artiste cartridge. Also used ribbon from my stash, ATG gun,Fabritac and a little bling rhinestones from my stash as well.

I also want ot remind you of the July stamp of the Month from Close To My Heart....SWEET LIFE

 which you can get for $5.00, a savings of $12.95, with the purchase of $50.00 or more through my website!!!

have a great day!!  Cathy

Project Inspirations: Mini Album

Good morning, I wanted to share with you a video from Close To My Heart, highlighting a feature of the new and soon to be released Artbooking cartridge exclusive to Close To My Heart.

Learn how to create an 8" × 5" mini album from start to finish using an eclectic array of papers, stamped images, and Cricut® shapes from Close To My Heart.


So, what do you think?? I know I can not wait to get mine and start creatinf little and big minis and scrapbook pages, with the simple click of a button.

Visit my websit ena look around, I have a gathering opened on my website..Cathy's christmas in July join buttoon to start shopping:)  make sure to check back August 1st to order your Artbooking Cartridge!!

Have a great day, Happy crafting~~ Cathy

Friday, July 12, 2013

quick cards and post

A couple quick cards

I put together a couple cards, yesterday,I  was hoping to do more tonight, had a long day on the road and I am beat.  So I am going to do a quick post and then go watch tv with the hubs:)))

The papers, inks twine and stamps are all from Close To My Heart, which you can order form me :)

Good night and happy crafting ... Cathy

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Happy Hauntings boot fun!!

Happy Haunting cards
Good evening crafty friends. I have finally been able to make some cards the last coule of days.  I borrowed my sisters Happy Hauntings cartridge.  I saw a couple cards while surfing the net that had the witches boot decorated and it got me in the mood to make a couple cards, even though it is not Fall  I made these 2 cards using Close To My Heart papers, 3 Girl Jam Ribbon, Bo Bunny Gems, Twine and button, Xyron Create a Sticker, Close to my heart Stamps,and inks.

Then after I made thes cards, I got to thinking they would be cute, as regular dress shoe, evven though the toe tips are a little long and, so here is what I came up with...  

So...what do you think?? does it

Hope you like my post, have a great night, I am off to make a few more, I already have 3 more boots made up, just need the cards.

Oh and I am looking to get a few more small orders of Close to My Heart to reach a quota, anyone need anything and could help me out?? would appreciate it. reminder the new Idea book comes out next month, woo hoo.  There is a new cartridge called ARTBOOKING,  It looks Fabulous!!! I have ordered it and can not wait to get it.  700 images!!!!!  not only that you get 3 coordinating stamp sets and 3 sheets of coordinating chipboard pieces.  All for $99.00.  It is like getting 3 cartridges in one.  It is a great cartridge if you like making little mini albums as well.

This months stamp of the month is $5,00 with the purchase of $50.00 or more!
Sooooo, if you are in the mood to on the link here
and then scroll to lower right hand of screen and click JOIN for Cathy's Christmas in July gathering. !! and Thanks in advance.

Have a great night..Happy crafting~~ Cathy

Thursday, July 4, 2013

My Close To My heart newsletter and my party!

 Cathy Derouche
Close To My Heart Independent Consultant
Share a little Creativity this July

Join ...Cathy's Christmas in July Gathering , on my website and get a little something rom me as a thank you :)

Work the Workshop
50% off Workshops on the Go® canvas art kit!
Relief for Oklahoma stamp set
Get the gorgeous Workshops on the Go® canvas art kit for half price in July — no qualifying purchase required! From July 1 to July 31 you can get this trendy kit to create your own canvas art to hang in your home, regularly priced at $39.95, now discounted to $19.95 — more than 50% off! Take papercrafting to the next level with this adorable home d├ęcor piece that you can display for all to see.

Get the Workshops on the Go canvas art kit »
Stamp of the Month: Sweet Life
Celebrating the sweet things in life
July Stamp of the Month: A Flowering Bunch
What makes your life sweet? Celebrate the sweet things in life with the delectable images and fruity sentiments of the Sweet Life stamp set. Perfect for your summer memories, the Sweet Life stamp set is ideal for cardmaking, gift-giving, and scrapbooking your sweetest summer moments.

Get the Sweet Life stamp set for only $5 when you place a qualifying order of $50 or more — that’s 72% off the retail price! Take advantage of this offer while it is available during July only.

See the July 2013 Stamp of the Month »
Let’s Get Patriotic—Stamp Style!
A portion of every sale of our new patriotic stamp sets will be donated to support the military
Patriotic Stamp Sets
Hurry up and get your limited-time patriotic stamp sets before July 31! During this patriotic time of year, there is no better time to get a unique stamp set and benefit the military.

The My Acrylix® Strong and Free (D1575), Home of the Brave (D1576), and Courage (B1437) stamp sets were designed specifically for this campaign and are only available from June 1 to July 31. Five dollars from every patriotic D-size stamp set and $3 from every patriotic B-size stamp set sold will benefit a military-support charitable organization.

Donations in the US will be made to the USO, the leading, most recognized military-support and services organization in the country. Donations in Canada will be made to the Canadian Hero Fund, which supports spouses and children of fallen Canadian military troops by helping provide post-secondary education funds.

Show your support with your own patriotic stamp set today.

See the exclusive patriotic stamp sets »

So I hope something in this post gets you excited:) Enough to join my Gathering now~~~
Don't forget the new Artbooking cartridge coming available August first.  I have ordered mine and can NOT wait to start playing with it.
If you love doing scrapbookooking or making minis, this is the cartridge for you!!!!!!
It comes with 2 coordinating stamps and 3 sheets of coordinating chi[board shapes to color and stamp. For $99.00
Annnnnnd if you would like to get this cartridge at 22% off.... Join my team now and become a consultant. Enjoy 22% of your purchases and get a commission off your custome sales of 22% too!!!  Just go to my website and click on the opportunities tab and get started, then you can order all the new items in the fall winter idea book NOW!!

Have a great night and thanks for stopping by!!!

Happy Crafting!!  Cathy

Monday, July 1, 2013

Close to My Heart retired list

Good evening again my friends, I have been wanting to share a list with you, and don't i keep forgetting:(  Sorry)

Sooo here is the Retired list for Close to My Heart. Just click on the link here.
That is it, have a great night.  Oh and if you can not sleep, head to my website and brows around.  would love a few sales this month, the new catalog is coming out..saving,

Good nigh...cathy

card makin weekend

Good evening my friends, today was yet another rainy day. I think I am going to sprout mushrooms soon, I wish some of this rain would go out west where it is needed and let us dry out.
Well this weekend I made a few cards and had such fun. first I mad a birthday card for my sister who loves owls.

I used the Stampin Up Owl punch , so I used my Xyron Create A sticker to run all the pieces through, to make it easy.

Next, I wanted to make a card and gift bag set using the Graphic 45 Secret garden collection, here is what I came up with!

gift bag

and next....I need to restock on sympathy cards and wanted to try out the new Martha Stewart deep punch I just got...and I used one of the 3 D flowers I made.

And lastly I did a wobble card with a Peachy Jeen face.  the flower wobbles, I did a short video of the card in action, not sure what wobbled more, my filming or the so here is a pic of just the card.

Hope you like what you saw and will come back soon:)

Join my team for $49.00 today and get $155.00 worth of merchandise.

Get the new Artbooking cartridge through me.  Want to get it 1/2 price???? ask me how..

Happy Crafting!~~ Cathy