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, December 31, 2014

Close To My Heart's January Campaigns

First of all i want to wish each and everyone one of you a Healthy, prosperous and happy New Year.  I am looking forward to a nice quiet uneventful year, with lots of craft time!!!

  Close to my heart as a new awesome tote...check it out..

Add it to your wish list!!
Also they have 2 awesoem campaigns you are going to love!!  there is no better time to host a gathering.....

Get Ready for January Campaigns
We have two great campaigns running in January that are sure to get your year off to a great start! Our National Papercrafting Month campaign will feature the Year >> Noted paper kit. The kit comes with an exclusive stamp set, colorful B&T Duos™ papers, and golden foil stickers all designed to make it easy for you to capture your memories as they happen, especially when paired with the new My Creations™ kraft mini book. With a $50 purchase, you can add the Year >> Noted paper kit to your order for just $5, or you can add the paper kit AND the kraft mini book to your order for just $10!

You will also be able to boost your bookings during January with the Extra! Extra! Hostess Rewards promotion, which offers an extra $30 in Hostess Rewards to your hostesses when their Gathering sales reach at least $350. That means that a hostess whose Gathering reaches $350 in sales will earn $90 in free products instead of the normal $60—that’s 50% more free Hostess Rewards!

I hope you will take the time to check out my website and consider hosting a gathering...thanks

Happy crafting

Monday, December 29, 2014

Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge 88

Good morning all!!
today is my post for
 Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge 88

For my card today I used an image from Kadoodlebug Designs. 
It is an adorable valentine Mouse and I used the paper pack Heartstrings.  I cut out some white hearts from the Artr Philosophy cartridge and topped them off with red enamel hearts from Ctmh.

I had to chuckle after I did his eyes, they reminded me of the cartoon Madagascar..and King  Here is a close up..

Well I hope you like my card I had to share with you today and it inspires you to join our challenge...

Have a great day!!!
Close to My Heart
stamp of the month
time is running out!!!

Sunday, December 28, 2014

Sticky boy!!!!

Good afternoon everyone, did you all have a nice Christmas?  I did.  My children were all around except for my next to the oldest son who lives in Chicago with his lovely wife and they could not make it home, so we did get to Skype with them, so that was nice.

Well today I wanted to pop in and share a couple of cards and the story behind it.   As some of you know I am a Close to My Heart independent consultant, and the company has annul conventions, and they are usually in California or Florida, both of which I am unable to travel to :(  For one, I am afraid to fly, and 2 I have a disabled husband who I am not comfortable leaving for too long.  Well the conventions there is a stamp that is MUCH sought after...called Sticky boy, you can only get it at convention, they are hidden all over the center and the consultants are always on the lookout. They do not sell them, they auction them of with proceeds going to Operation Smile. and a small set goes for like $1500.00..crazy, but great cause.

My Upline, received 2 of them in the mail, in honor of Sticky boys 10 year birthday and was told to give one to the consultant who she feels "embodies the CTMH spirit of Community and spirit.  She has a couple hundred consultants under her and guess who got it??? ME!!!!  so today I wante to post a couple cards I made with it using Close to My heart Products..

Products used..
Heartstrings paper packet..x7193b
red enamel hearts..z2009
Lagoon ink..z2195
Chevron ribbon..z1846 (ret)
Just to Say stampset..D1629
retired CTMH buttons
Thistle diagonal stripe ribbon..z1990
Confetti wishes Paper pack..x7189b
Martha stewart lace punch
Perfect fit Birthday stamp..B1417
thistle ink..z2640
black ink..z2105
retired  ctmh bakers twine
purple sparkles ret
slate ink..z2173
CTMH Artiste and art philosophy cartridge
I hope you like the cards and will comment and come back again.

Happy Crafting..Cathy

Monday, December 15, 2014

Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge #86

Good morning, how was your weekend?  I had a wonderful one.  Sunday my husband's side of the family got together for Meatpies and gift swap and games.  we all had a great time.
I have not posted or checked around blogger lately been real busy making crafts for gifts and to sell,  Things should quiet down soon.
So anyways, today i am posting for challenge number 86..and here is my card...

It is a 5 and 1/2 by 5 1/2 card made with ...
Coordinations CS
Really Reasonable Ribbon
Spectrum Noir markers
Snowflake embellishment
CTMH Stamp
CTMH Ruby ink
and designer CS from Bo BUnny Candy Cane Lane
normally I like to use CTMH papers, But I used up all my CTMH Christmas papers this week.
Hope you like my card.  please leave a comment and  head over to the Atlantic Heart Sketch challenge and link up your creation here
 Close to My Heart
December stamp of the month

Happy crafting....Cathy

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Cuttin' & Stampin' Bi-weekly challenge 2, Autumn Flowers

Hello everyone, Cathy here, and I am pleased to be here as a Design team member once again for Cuttin' & Stampin'.   We all took a little break, but are here now ready to create again and play with  lots of fun products.  We will be using :  Fancy Pants Burlap & Bouquets. 

The challenge starts 11/25 and runs till the next one starts

December 9th.  The challenges are going to run for 2 weeks..

 so with no further ado... here is my project for the Autumn Flowers challenge.

First I made a card using the burlap ribbon, I LOVE it.  I also embellished it with the chipboard feather and the adorable pockes and the adorable button that comes with the set.

I then used some of the extra pattern paper to make a gift envelope, and added a tag from the set. Love the flowers.

There were also chipboard flowers..

On the inside of the card I added the flower sticker in the corner to dress it up.

Here are some of the products i used which can be found at the Cuttin'& Stampin' Scrappy Supply store

SO, hope you like my projects and it inspires you to create your own..head over to the Cuttin' & Stampin Scrappy Supply store, get your craft on and enter the challenge here

Thanks for stopping by,

Monday, December 1, 2014

Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge 84

Good morning all..Happy Monday.  Hope you had a good weekend, I did, lots of cleaning and craftin.  I also took my granddaughters out for some window shopping to give me idea s on what they weant for the Holidays.
As you know, this is Challenge # 84 for AHSC and here is my take on the sketch,  I used retired papers from Close to My Heart.

other supplies used:
Martha Stewart vine punch
CTMH syamp set Perfect fit Holidays
CTMH red glitter tape
Artiste cartridge
CTMH Holiday red ink

thanks for stopping by and now go check out what the other design team members have created and enter your creation here


Monday, November 17, 2014

Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge 82

Atlantinc Hearts Sketch Challenge 82

Hellos all, been a while since I peeked in on my Blog, been soooo busy.  I have been getting ready for the fairs.  Having so much fun doing it too.  Snowmen wrapped popcorn, santa wrapped Santas, gift bags and boxes..the lilst goes on and on.  Going to need a big table.  Well enough of that, on to my project for the AHSC

I was at a craft event recently and made some candy gift boxes, and decided to incorporate the sketch into my project.  The papers I had there were from a friend and I think they ar Bo Bunny, not sure..anywho, here it is.

Above is the outside front of the box and below is the inside..the right side is a box with acetate in the window, great place to put Dove chocolates don't you think??? 

now lets see what you can do with the sketch :)  clink on the link below and Link your project up and see what the other Design team members have made.

Have a great week

Monday, November 3, 2014

Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge 80

Heelo fellow crafters and thanks for checking in, today I am posting for AHSC for the challenge 80.  When I looked at it, i was thinking the outer edge of the card is embossed possibly, so that is what I did.....

I used this dark burgundy paper I found in my stash for a dramatic effect, and then I found some papers from CTMH..Colonial white, Huntington and Olive. The ribbon was a loose piece I had in my ribbon bag and went perfectly with the fall theme,  I also used 2 stamp sets from CTMH.....

I used Saddle for the ink as well as Olive.
for a finishing touch I added mini green rhinestones.  I hope you like what I came up with, I was pleased,  Now it is your turn to give it a try:)   Head here and post your project and check out what the other DT members have to share.

You can also take a look at my website..there are plenty of new products to help you create and craft...

Happy Crafting!!

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Snow on the way

 Hello everyone, Happy NOvember.  How are you all doing this weekend, I have been crafting, house cleaning and having a good day.

This afternoon I heard we were going to be getting a couple inches of snow this evening so I decided to color the snowman stamps I got in the mail today from UNITY stamps,

I colored them using Spectrum Noir markers.  I then asked m y Facebook friends if i shoud make tags or cards with them and they voted on cards and soI did get 3 done, and here they are

( I am going to enter this card in the Spectrum Noir November Challenge  here)
I can not wait to color some more,  I need to practice practice.
Well that is it for today...Oh and i wanted to tell you of the New November Stamp of the Month  which can be yours for $5 with the purchase of $50.00 on my website, and there are some new items in the While Supplies Last you might want to take a look before it is gone!!

hope your weekend is a good one
Happy Crafting

Friday, October 24, 2014

Winter Joy

Thank Goodness it is Friday, been a real busy wekk getting ready for my craft fair. Last night I colored some snowmen stamps I got last year from Unity stamp company called Winter joy,  I did not do traditional red and green, but I like how they came out...what do you think???

I used spectrum noir markers and the ribbons are from the FReally REASONABLE RIBBON COMPANY

have a great weekend. Cathy

Monday, October 20, 2014

Atlantic hearts Sketch challenge 78

Hello Crafters, how is everyone doing this weekend?  I am one tired girl....been doing a LOT of painting...I know, you all are wishing it could be  We just finished our renovations to our bedroom to make more room for my husband and his medical equipment and I ended up with a little more space for my crafting!! woohoo.  So have not been doing much blogging or crafting,  but watch out now.
 Will this week it is my turn to do a card for the AHSC 78..and below is my vesion of the sketch above.  I use the Yuletind Christmas paper from Close to My Heart for the bird image, and the other papers are from the  retired Ariana paper pack.  The stamp Oodles of Doodles and ink Ruby were also used.  The pretty blue lacey trim was in my stash and I thought it went well with the blue in the papers. 


I hope you like my card and are going to give the sketch a try

head over to the blog and link your project here

Thanks for stopping in,b but before you head out, check out the papers below from Close to My Heart, now is the time to start making home made Christmas cards, you do not want o be waiting to the last minute,  Why not get the Card making kit below, for $24.95,  add a couple inks and ink block and adhesive and you are on your way to making 15 beautiful cards anyone would be glad to get from you <3.. head to my website and check them out, 
 Happy crafting...Cathy

Sunday, October 12, 2014

craft fair prepping

Hello all, how is your weekend so far, have you been crafting??  I have been crafting any chance I get to get ready for a craft fair, hoping to do good so I can Christmas shop for the grand kids.  So tonight i thought I would show you a little of what I have been making....

Shadow frame decor

Mini Post it Note books, Great stocking stuffers 



I still have alot more I want to make..having fun !!!!
have a great night, Happy Crafting
Below is the link to shop my online store for all your Close to My heart needs, remeber this month you get a FREE roll of ribbon with a purchase of $50.00 or more as well as the Stamp of the  month for $5.00!!