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!!


Friday, January 31, 2014


Good evening friends. I was going through my scraps today. I have so many assorted papers mixed together, I decided to seperate my Close To My Heart papers from the other I have and solid from printed. Job well done.  So this evening I put together  a quick card using the CTMH papers.  I also decided to enter it into the Atlantic  Hearts SKetch Challenge #40.

 I had fun putting the little bird together using the Art Philosophy cartridge.  There is sooo many animals and birds you can make with a little imagination.

Eell I hope you like it and will give it a try on the sketch at well...details here.

Happy Crafting    CATHY

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

3 cards to share

Hello everyone!! I can not believe it, I had time today to make 3 cards..
welllll, to be honest, I cheated.  I went through all my scraps and extra cuts I had on hand from previous card classes, so it did not take as long as it usually would.(hehehe)
The first card I made using the new Close to My heart paper, Lollydoodle.  I just love it!!!, but I also came across some papers from the CTMH Dotty for you, and as you can see, they coordinate nicely.  CTMH papers and inks work so good together.  You do not have to go out and buy tons and tons of different ink colors everytime a new catty comes out. isn;t that awesome.  You can spend your money on the awesome paper packs and Workshops.  The stamp set used was,  CTMH's "It's your day"

The second card I made with scraps as well.  The stamp set is CTMH's "You are my happy"  The above card and below each have the gorgeous Teal Shimmer trim from CTMH.  Love love love it!!  Coming out in February.

Card #3 was some scraps from a previous card class, Papers from DCWV.

I am looking for a few sweet ladies to join my team..wouldn't you like to get your supplies @ 22% off and make that on your customer sales???  The kit below is $99.  Message me if you are interested and have questions, or head to my website HERE and sign up!! 

Thanks for stopping by, come back again!!

Monday, January 27, 2014

Close To My Heart frames

Close To My Heart

Hello everyone, how is everyone tonight??  I have to tell you, I have had enough winter, I am soooo ready for spring, flowers, the smell of a fresh cut lawn... Oh well, only a couple more months to go.

In the mean time, lets talk Close To My Heart.  I recently purchased a couple of the Bracket frames (Z1797) that CTMH sells.  I stared at them off and on for a couple weeks, trying to figure what I would do with them.  Well as it so happens I had a babyshower coming up and thought I could maybe come up with a gift idea for it.. well once I got started. I was onfire and could not stop til it was done.  With  the use of my cricut, Artiste (z1790) and Art Philosophy(Z1686) cartridges, Babycakes(x7173b)  I also used the Special Care stamp set.

To hold the banner I sued the CTMH clothes Pin Minis (z1815) and some twine (z1751) the harvest assortment.  The inks used were the Chocolate and autimn terracotta.

So, this is what I did with one of them.  Super fun.  If you would like to try one of these your self, head over to my website here
and pick one up for yourself.  For as little as $8.95 you can have one too.  While you are there, take a look around, check out the "while supplies last" and if you spend $50.00 (before tax and shipping,) you will be eligible for the Stamp of the month, a size D stamp set valued at $17.95 for only $5.00.

thanks for stopping by. Oh and  by the way...February 1st the Spring and Summer Idea book goes LIVE!!!

 Tata for now :)

2014 design team!! /Blog hop

Hello to all my friends out there in Blogger land, I have some exciting news to share with you,  I recently appied to be on the Cuttin and Stampin 2014 Design team, annnnnnd  I made it:)  I am so tickled. I have not been on a team in a while and it should be fun.. there is a great group of girls , some I know and some I look forward to getting to know.
I guess there was originally 10 girls on the team and now there is 20, which is divided into 2 shown below...

Here are the wonderful members of our two new 2014 Design Teams.   
GREEN TEAM                                                ORANGE TEAM

Teresa Russell                                               Kim Ross
Debbie Owen                                                Lynda Lindley
Vickie Yeakley                                               Cathy Derouche
Lisa Lahiff                                                     JoAnn Valderama
Doris Tee                                                      Melissa DeMonic Dorosh
Jenni Shamblin                                              Mandee Gillen (Madge)
Jamie Shaw-Tardif                                          Michelle Kinder
Janet Royer                                                   Courtney Shorr
Michelle Kosciolek                                          Karen Nofziger

 Cuttin and Stampin  will introduce the new teams to you with a blog hop.  Our GREEN Team will be featured on January 31st and our ORANGE Team will be featured on February 1st.  

There will be blog candy for both days.  So mark the days on your calendar so you can say hello to the new teams.  

Thanks for stopping by and Happy crafting..Cathy 

Saturday, January 25, 2014

The Creating Blog Hops Cafe..Snowflakes Blog Hop

Welcome to...
The Creating Blog Hops Cafe'

Our group is here to inspire you every month with many different projects that have been made by some of the most amazing crafters that I know. We are dedicated to be here to inspire you every single month, on the last Saturday of the month, all year long. Whether it be a specific theme, season, or event.  So, grab yourself a Latte and hop along with us while we proudly show off our projects to you each and every month.

Your first stop along this hop will be with...

Robin Lane with Create-A-Latte 
So, if you are by chance, then head to Robin and start at the beginning.
  What I have to share with you today is a couple cards I made with Snowflakes in them.  The first is a Center step card. I love doing them, I used papers that I got from a dear friend for my Birthday.  The papers were in pretty shades of blues.


The second card was a simple A2 size card, made with CTMH Frosted papers and the Frosted card WOTG kit stamp set.  I used the Colonila white ink, which is pigment ink..more vibrant for the snow flake stamp

Now, for some candy. This month we will be giving one lucky person a Becky Higgins Project Life Season's Mini Kit. For your chance to win this amazing blog candy you must hop through each one of our talented crafters blogs, be sure to leave everyone a little blog lovin', and if you are not already a follower please become one to each of ladies so that you do not miss a single project that they make.  


Your next stop will be with...
  Candice Fields with -

If you get lost along the way here is the entire 
line-up of today's hop for you to get back on track and not miss a single project. And don't forget to leave everyone a little blog lovin' and become a follower for your chance to win some blog candy. 

1.  Robin Lane with -

6.  Ann Strecko Koeman with -

7.  Cathy Derouche with -

8.  Candice Fields with -

9.  Tami Smith with -

11.  Lucy Kelleher with -

12.  Robin Scott with -

13.  Jessica Wilson with -

14.  NannĂ© Harry with -

15.  Angela Chamness with -

16.  Jearise Havenga with -

Thank you for hoping along with us today and helping us to start our hoping year with a bang!    Cathy~~

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Easel card with a drawer????

Good evening everyone, boy have I been on a roll making cards and frames and sooo much more, been having a great time....I think it is because I lost m the use of my laptop for a week and it gave me more time to  Any how, the project I want to show you tonight is a card that is a little drawer with an Easel card on top.

for products use..a mod podge of a lot of companies. scraps mostly. Close To My Heart stamp set which came with the Art Philosophy cartridge..inks, and bling.

Now for some instruction..
Cut a 6x6 piece of solid color card stock
Score at 1 inch all the way around
Cut one of the score lines on each side so you will have flaps to fold in and glue to form bottom 1/2 of box.
From patterend paper ( I used 2 patterend paper, 12x12double sided to make mine so I could have a lot of patterns) cut 8 pieces measuring 4 by 3/4 inches and 2 pieces at 4x4. these are all used to decorate the box drawer, inside and out. (you could omit the outside if you wanted. 

Then cut the handle 4 by 1/2 and then score in on each end at 1/2.  You will then measure in one inch from each side of the drawer, and make a pencil dot evenly across from each other, and then I used the crop a dile and punched little holes where the brads will go in with handle.  on the handle itself, punch holes in the little 1/2 in section on each end of the handle , insert brads and adhere your handle.
For the band that goes around the drawer, cut solid pirce of card stock at 4 1/2 by 11 and score at 1 1/4, 5 1/4, 6 3/8 and 10 1/2.
Fold and form band, glue end pieces.  cut 2 pieces of patterend paper at 4 by 3/4 inches and adhere to side of wrap around. Now place drawer in holder.  
Lets make the easel card now... Cut 4 1/4 by 8 1/4 inch CS and score at 4 1/2 and 6 1/4.  Then cut a mat  4  by 4 and then 3 3/4 by 3 3/4 for the main card and for the bottom of the card, you can do as you like, but I mad several mats cut at different decending increments  and layerd and added sentiment, raised with pop dot to keep the card standing up :)  Below is a side view. hope you enjoyed it, if you have any questions. let me know.

If there is anything I can help you with for Close To My Heart..let me know as well..the new Idea book is going live very very soon!!!

Happy Crafting...Cathy

Friday, January 10, 2014

Paper pieced Valentines

Good morning crafty friends.  How have you all been?  I have been real busy, gosh this is the first time I have been on this year...soo Happy New Year. hehehehe.  I hope everyone's year is starting off great.  I have been doing a lot of running around, finishing up special orders and babysitting the grand kids.  But alas, I am here today to share with you the Valentines cards I put together with the paper piecings I created from the Close To My Heart Art Philosophy and Artiste cartridges.  Below is the instructions for making the bears....but first the cards!!!
 First I made a Center step card...  using papers I got from 
an online friend,  CTMH stamp set Whoooos your Valentine and CTMH ink..Holiday Red and Sky, Black micron pen, white gel pen and the CTMH cartridges.

Then I made 2 4 1/4 by 5 1/2 cards with same papers and supplies...One for a Boy

And one for a girl :)

I had such fun making these and I  hope the recipents will enjoy them too.  now for the instructions..

If you have difficulty reading, I will be more than happy to give you written ones:)

By the way....You can get an exclusive Cloud Nine cardmaking kit for $15 (retail value $46) with a qualifying purchase of $35 or more (excluding tax and shipping) during January in celebration of National Papercrafting Month. Make 10 adorable cards (2 each of 5 designs) with funky messages to put any recipient on cloud nine! You can add one cardmaking kit for every $35 in your order*
*Note that Cloud Nine cardmaking kits do not count toward qualifying order totals. The retail value of the order is totaled prior to determining promotional kit eligibility. For example, if you purchase $60 in retail items, and add a single card kit for $15, that $75 purchase does NOT qualify you to add a second promotional kit. The qualifying base purchase is exclusive of promotional cardmaking kits.

Close To My Hearts' Stamp of the Month...

Each month you can purchase a new D-size stamp set, available for one month only, for just $5 — that’s over 70% off retail! When you place an order of $50 or more in Close To My Heart products, you qualify for this special Stamp of the Month pricing.

January 2014: Cross-Stitch Wishes (S1401)

Spend $50 and get this Stamp of the Month set for just $5.

I sure would appreciate you heading to my web site and browaing around, i am sure you will find something there...thanks in advance.