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!!


Thursday, October 31, 2013

Great News!!

Great News!!!

Hey friends... From November 1—December 15, new Consultants who enroll with either the Essentials or Master New Consultant Kit may also receive a brand-new exciting product from the Spring/Summer 2014 Idea Book. To be eligible for the free product, the new Consultant must remit $300 in commissionable personal sales by March 31, 2014. (Plenty fo time to do it)

What's the new product? It's the gorgeous new Picture My Life™ scrapbooking program. There are 8 fresh and stunning design themes to choose from, each one featuring 122 double-sided, designed cards in a mix of 3" x 4" and 4" x 6", plus a 12"x12" cover page to bring your album together beautifully. You also get 10 Memory Protectors™ with new formats designed just for this program and lots of your photos. It's a retail value of $24.95 but it’s FREE to qualifying new Consultants!

You can start earning your Picture My Life program FREE right now when they sign up. Consider it: when you order the Essentials Kit and qualify for the offer, you will receive more than $180 in products and supplies, plus commission on your sales, all for just $49. Add to that the perks of Straight To The Top, and a new Idea Book coming win !!!! contact me now, or go to my website and click the opportunities tab and get started..Fun fun fun!!! you will love it.

Do not forget there is an awesome mini catalog out now from CTMH.. the paper is fabulous!!....check it out while you are there!!!  

Have a great night and I hope you will consider joining my team!!


Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Thomas the train

Good evening crafters.  Tonight I saw an image cut on the Art Philosophy cartridge that made me think of the front of a train, and while I am in the mode of making Hershey bar covers for halloween, I thought I would give Thomas the train a shot. 
I used the Colorbok paper frome walmart for these. I used the image on page 48 and cut it at 3 inches
in black.  Then I cut a strip of red paper and cut it at 4 and 1/2 by one inch and rounded the top 2 corners, then I cut a strip of bloack at 4 and 1/4 by 3/4 inches and rounded the corners too.

In Gray cardstock I cut the circle face at 2 inches and used a punch that was a small oval for the nose.   for the lights above I cut out 2 yellow circles at 1 inch and 2 black ones at 3/4 inch. the smaoke stack is 2 inches by 3/4 inches.  I used googles eyes for the eyes and black micron pen for the eyebrows and mouth.  Tim Holtz Barn Red was used for the cheeks and nose and white gel pen for the dots on the cheeks.  I used a i and 1/2 inc circle punch for a pumpkin and made a stem. Here and there I made hilight lines and Voila!! Thomas the Train Halloween goodie.  I use the Art Philosophy Cartridge Soooo much. If you do not have it..get it will be GLAD you did!!
thanks for stopping by

Monday, October 14, 2013

October 15th...LIVE Holiday gift guide!!

The Holiday From The Heart mini catalog is finally here on the 15th, LOTS of cute stamps and goodies, but some of them are WHILE SUPPLIES LAST, so get your orders in Early!!! I know i am. If you spend $100.00 for the mini, combined with the Winter Idea book you get a FREE star item from the mini catalog!! how cool is that??
Get shoppin............

Thanks for stopping by...again:)

Sweet Minions

Sweet Minions

Recently I sat down to craft and I thought I would try to make some little Minion covered Hershey I pulled out some yellow, white black and blue paper.  I also figured I would need some punches. So I took out what I had for circle punches.  For the 2 eyed minions...6x6" yellow cardstock. brown cardstock for the glasses. for the 2 lenses..I used the Artiste cartridge and cut out the Letter "o" lower case at one inch..2 of them, the white of the eye I used a 1/2 inch circle punch, and a regular punch for the black of his eyes.
 for the Single lens guy, I used brown cardstock, and the 1 3/4" circle punch..punched a circle, then took a pencil to mark the center... and then took a 1 1/2 inch circle punch took 1 and 3/4 circle, lined up the pencil dot to the center and punched, so I would end up with a brown ring..If you know of an easier way, please let me know:)  For the white of the eye, a 1 1/4 in circle punch. black of the eye, 1/2 circle.  

For the pants, I found some light blue CS, cut it at 1 and 3/4 inches by 6 inches on some and 1 and 1/4  by 6 inches on others.  I then free hand cut some strips of the blue for staps and a pocket.  I then did faux stitching and hilighting and added tiny buttons. For the hair strips of black  and drem him a smile.

To finish them off I made some pumpkins with my circle and oval punches.  I inked them with Tim Holts Red barn and free hand cut stems.

Oh...and do not forget the CHOCOLATE!!
Hope you like them and if you are unsure of any of the directions..message me.

Thursday, October 10, 2013

CTMH Advent Calendar

Ready for Christmas countdown!!

It took a little while, but I finally got it together,and I am so happy.  I purchased the  Creations Cubby (Z1804) and the Enchantment cardstock Combo (X5934) to start the calendar from Close to My Heart
I also used the Artiste cartridge and Art Philosophy cartridge to make some cuts.

added some rhinestones, jingle bells, buttons, stickers, 1/2 pearls, and twine..and voila!!!

Alot of time went in to it, but I loved it. This one was a special order for a customer,  Now I have to make a couple more .  I better get

If you would like to make your own... you can shop HERE.
make sure to click on the Join button for the October Gathering:)

have a great night

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Mainely Hearts Club

Mainely Hearts Club??
What is that you say????
Well let me tell you...
Mainely Hearts is the name of my Close To My Heart Team.. mainly because I am from  And the club is what I am here to ask you tonight to JOIN.  The cold months are coming, and if you are like me, that means you are indoors more and need to dig out something to do to pass the time away to Spring has Sprung, and what better way to do it is pick up some fresh crafting supplies and start creating Holiday cards, gift bags, tags and so much more for the whole year through. If you are interested, let me know here or head to my FB page and let me know there  Sooooooo, that said,

I would love to start a Close to My Heart monthly club.. I
would need 10 people to join who would be willing to

 purchase at least $15.00 from CTMH each month, and would

 get a turn at being the hostess and collecting the  $25 in 

 Free product rewards. You would commit to joining for 10

 that way everyone gets a chance to be a hostess. Sound like

 fun?? Cold winter months are coming, why not stock up on

 card and scrapbook supplies. would like to start it soon, let

 me know what you think. It will be a monthly gathering, and

 when it is your turn you can solicite for outside orders to increase your chance for more free product.  $15.00 is an easy affordable way to get started if you are not familiar or do not own any CTMH:)!!!
(The $15.00 spent is before tax and shipping.)  




Tuesday, October 8, 2013

A few circles.. a Lot of fun!!

 Good evening friends, I had a few fmore cards to share with you from my card making class thei past weekend.  I cut a few different size circles and inked them with CTMH ink, Desert Sand (Z2118) to start on my road to creating snowmen.  I kind of wanted to give them some personality, So I did not stack the circles perfectly on  top  of each other. I off centered them, and I liked how it looked.  I used Stampin ups large oval punch and made the hat and scarf.  the nose (carrot) I just hand cut abd inked with Tim Holtz barn red Distrees ink.  I used the snowflake stamp from the CTMH  Frosted Workshop on the GO kit (G1063).
I also used the stamp set Flakey Friends, and ink, Twilight(Z2160).  I used the micron pen and white gel pen for the eyes. added some buttons and bling.


Below is a card I threw together with some suts I did on the CTMH Artiste cartridge (Z1790) and scrap papers I had.

Well, been a long day for me, going to sign off early, Hope you likerd todays projects, please stop back again,  Cathy
Please stop by my website and take a look around


Monday, October 7, 2013

CTMH Christmas fun!!!

Good evening again!!
I wanted to share with you some fun projects I shared with friends this weekend.  Having the Artiste Cartridge (z1790) sure made Class fun.  we made cards, gift card holders tags and so much more... the Santa card has many cuts from the Artiste cartridge..

On the cards below..I used CTMH..Badge buttons (Discontinued) and stamped the star from the stamp set "Glory to God" (D1483) on it as well as the cardstock,  I also used New england Ivy (Z2135) and Holiday Red  exclusive inks.

for the card below I used the Artiste cartridge, paper from the Frosted paper pack (X7175c) and stamp set (B1412) Perfect fit Holiday, and inks Ruby (Z2170) which I love, and (Z2160) Twilight.

and last but not least we made tags using the stamp set Flakey freinds (C1506) and inks Holiday Red and (z2105)

And I wanted to share with you that CTMH has sent me a preview of the first time ever  Holiday Gift Guide...filled with adorable stamps and products for the Christmas holiday as well as some goodies that are not Christmas related.  It will be going live for you the custome on OCTOBER 15, and I will be sure to share it with you:)  But for now, I hope you enjoyed my post,  have a good evening!!! Cathy

CTMH club

Description I would love to start a Close to My Heart monthly club.. I would need 10 people to join who would be willing to purchase at least $15.00 from CTMH each month, and would get a turn at being the hostess and collecting the free product rewards. You would commit to joining for 10 months that way everyone gets a chance to be a hostess. Sound like fun?? Cold winter months are coming, why not stock up on card and scrapbook supplies. would like to start it soon, let me know what you think. It will be a monthly gathering in my home..(if you are not local, you can enter your order on line or i can do it for you) We will do a make and take for a chance to see new product in action. Would like to start this month if I get enough people, if not we will start in November. feel free to invite friends.. the sooner we get 10 people,the sooner we can get started. or we can set up 2 clubs. If you would like to join... message me on my FB wall here.

If you do not want to worries place and order ANYTIME  Here

thanks for stopping by~~ cathy

Artbooking Made Easy (S01E05): Halloween Mini Albums (+playlist)

Good morning crafters, I just had to share this fabulous vidro from Close to my Heart,  With the new CTMH Cricut cartridge Artbooking you can make a Super Cute Mini of your Family Halloween photos, in a snap,  Close to My Hearts' NEW cartridge makes it so easy.  There are soooo many adorable cuts on this cartridge to make any Holiday or family event a treasured keepsake.  You can all make super adorable cards and 3D boxes and bags.  Head over to my website and get yours now!!  Shop here :)

Have a great day!!  CaTHY

Saturday, October 5, 2013

4 my friend

For my friend...
Good evening friends,  what a fun day today was, so sad it is over.  With today being World carmaking day, I hosted a card creating class today in my home.  A few of my friends came and we made Christmas cards and tags and gift card holders. We shared ideas, snacks and lots of laughter!

What we made I do not have prepared to show you tonight, beacuse I have not taken any pics yet, but I did have some pictures of a few cards I made for a customer. and she picked these up and ordered 2 more.  I will have to get them made up quickly tomorrow cause she is a snowbird heading south for the winter.

on the first card I love the peach color..and if you can see the off white crocheted flowers on the left side...I got them from my daughter in law, she got them from some curtains that fell apart in the wash, lol, how cool is that???

this card my favorite  part is the bow, it is from the Really Reasonable Ribbon Company..LOVE their ribbon.   That is why I joined their CLUB.  And it is the first Double Ribbon I attempted.. I like how it came out.

And last but not of my favorite colors :)

Hope you enjoyed my cards today and hope you will come back!!
OH, and so not forget this month's Stamp of the month is Scandanavian Wish at Close To My Heart..Shop now. Click Join. for the October Party

Happy Crafting..Cathy