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!!


Saturday, May 31, 2014

The Creating Blog Hops Cafe Wedding/ Anniversary Hop

Happy Saturday
Welcome to this month's blog hop
The Creating Blog Hops Café

This month's theme is... Wedding or Anniversary. We have made some wonderful projects to share with you and to give some inspiration for those upcoming summer weddings.

Our Hostess for this hop is...

Our wonderful Sponsor for this month's hop is...

Alicia is giving one lucky person a wonderful
wedding themed page kit from Mambi.

So, sit back and grab yourself a Latte' as we dare to amaze you with our projects.

My project for this hop is 2 wedding is a 6x6 and the other I made a Center Step Card.  The 6x6 card I used Close To My heart paper pack..Balloon Ride. I used several mats and used the pattern strip that comes at the end of your CTMH B&T duos. I also used some beautiful lace that I got from a friend as well as a heart abrad that I got from the Cuttin' & Stampin' Scrappy supply store on FB.  The rhinestones are from Bo Bunny and the bride and groom cut are from the Artiste Cartridge from CTMH.  the confratulations sentiment is stamped an Chocolate ink from CTMH and the sentiment is from the stamp set..Casual Expressions.  Ibought the pretty ribbon from Really Reasonable Ribbon and the heart button I also got from a friend.  Also added were roses from

Next is the center step card.. papers are from Wild Rose Studios..Blackberry Lane, the bridal gown cut is from Artiste cartridge, which I embossed and added extension to it.  the ribbon bow is from RRR the flowersare from Petaloo,the Honeysuckle vine, the sentiment is from CTMH and was done with the Colonial white pigment ink.  I am not sure where I acquired the wedding cake Brad, but thought it would look nice with the ribbon. 

For any of the CTMH products, you can find them on my website here..
I hope you enjoyed my cards and will leave a few words before you leave...

Your next stop will be with...
If  you get lost along the way here is the entire line-up for todays hop for you to get back on track and not miss a single project.
5. Miranda with...
Thank you for hoping along with us today and I hope that we have inspired you to get your craft on.

Happy Craftin'~~Cathy

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Gate fold Easel card

Gate fold easel card

Hello crafters, this month at Close to My heart they have a great paper pack..Free To Be Me, which will be gone after the 31st.  With a purchase of $50.00 or mor you get the pack for $5.00 (retail $11.99)  Time is running out if you want to get yours.

Here is the gate fold easel card I is folded and closed with a belly band~~

Below is the diagram for the card I got at the "Frugal Crafter Blog"
All you need to do is cut a 4 x 5 1/2 mat for the easel part of the card..mat it and decorate it.

Here is the belly band..I added grass to it so it would blend in to the card..

And here is the card opened up..

and a close up of the inside.

I hope you liked the card, I love these papers, will be disappointed when they are gone. so bright and the color combo.  If you would like to get yours..head to my website and grab yours before they are gone...

Happy Crafting~~ Cathy

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Cuttin' & Stampin' 14-21 Little Monsters challenge

Cuttin' & Stampin' Challenge

Welcome is the Tuesday challenge at Cuttin' & Stapmin'  and this week it is all about little Monsters.  What better way to showcase monsters than with Paper Smooches' Space Cadet stamp set and the paper collection from Fancy Pants....Be Different.

Fancy Pants Be Different paper collection and PS Space Cadet stamp set

For this challenge I amde 2 cards.. A side step card for a little boy shown below

And then I did a  Center step card for a girl...

For each card I used the samp set and stamped images on card stock and then colored them with markers before placing them on the cards.  Like for example in the girl card the space ship was a stamped image.  On the first card...the spaceman and the little alien on the sign were stamps..sooo cute.  If you would like instruction on the side step or center step card. Split coast stamper  and you tube have lots of tutorials.  If you would like to purchase ony of the products above or browse the shop..head here to the Cuttin' & Stampin' Scrappy Supply Store.  And make sure to stop by the Cuttin' & Stampin' Challenge blog and check out the other Design team members' project and please have a go at entering our challenge!!

Thanks for stopping by and please come back again..leave some love on your way out :))

I entered this in the Craftin Desert Divas Linky challenge   Fun folds  here.

I also entered My sheri Crafts challenge...Masculine  here

Wednesday, May 21, 2014


Happy Wednesday!!
I just wanted to say to everyone have a safe , fun Holiday weekend, enjoy family cookouts and remember those who fought for our Freedoms.

I also wanted to take this opportunity to do a giveaway..since memorial day falls on the 26th..anyone placing an order of $26.00 or more on my CTMH website will be entered to win the adorabel stamp set up above. easy peasy.
Starting today and ending on the 26th.  I will see who orders and will do the drawing Tuesday and post the here is hoping:)))  my website is below..thanks and have a great day..

~~ Cathy~~

Monday, May 19, 2014

Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge #56

Happy Monday everyone, I hope you all had a great weekend.  The weather here was beautiful for 1/2 of the weekend...the first 1/2 we got 1 and a half inches fo rain...but I managed to get some crafting all is good.  This weeks challenge was a fun one, there was soo amny ways to interpret it, I had a hard time deciding, but wanted to use the papers from the Close To My Heart Campaign this month..Free To Be Me paper pack for $5.00 with a $50.00 purchase!!!!


I cut the Feathers from the Artiste cartridge, and the sentiment cuts were from Art Philosophy what do you think??
Thought I would use the Hooray for you sentiment from Close To My Hearts' stamp set..D1510 For My Friend.

Time is running out if you want to take advantage of the campaign for Free to Be me!! Start shopping here.

To see more fabulous DT projects as well as take part in the sketch challenge head to the challenge blog here.

Thanks for stopping by and plaese come back again.

Happy crafting ~~ Cathy

Friday, May 16, 2014

Oh Happy Day!!

I just wanted to pop in and quickly share a card I made using Close to my Heart papers, inks stamps and bling,  I colored the image with Spectrum noir markers and used Close To My Heart Archival ink to stamp it. It is a Center step card.

CTMH~ D1529 stamp set..Cricut artiste collection Birthday
CTMH~ X7178B Ivy Lane paper pack
CTMH~z1922  pink glitter paper
CTMH~ Z1806 green and Blue epoxy bubbles
CTMH~z2128 Hollyhock ink
CTMH ~sponge Z697
Wedding Tilda stamp

If you would like any of these products..head to my website and thanks for stopping by

Wednesday, May 14, 2014


Hello is Wednesday and we are 1/2 way throught the week!!  Today I am not babysitting, so I put together a few Thank you cards.  The first one is using Close To My Heart paper..Jubilee.  I also used an embossing folder, can not find the name of it..Twilight and Creme Brulee inks and  the Paradise assortment bakers twine from CTMH.  I had some glitter stones from one of the WOTG Christmas collection.  I also used CTMH stamp sets from the Art Philosophy  collection and the Words of Comfort collection...all of which can be ordered here


this card was made using the Chocolate ink from CTMH..Art Philosophy cartridge from CTMH, and papers from BO Bunny collection..Primrose. as well as the stamp set from the Art Philosophy collection.

Just a reminder..

In celebration of National Scrapbooking Month, during the

 month of May,   Spend $50.00you can qualify for the Free to
 Be Me paper

 collection for just $5!

Also the Stamp of the month is

 You've Got A Friend in Me..

It can be yours too for $5.00 with a qualifying purchase of $50.00 or more!!
And this month I am really trying to set a new..never reached goal on my sales. and would love for you to help me out.. every little order counts!!!  head to my shop and take a look around.
Happy crafting

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Cuttin' & Stampin' Challenge 14-19 Graduation day

Good morning and welcome to my post for Cuttin'  &

 Stampin's Challenge....Graduation day,

 {for the Green Team}

Products used for todays' project from The Cuttin' & Stampin'

Scrappy supply store were..

Doodlebugs' The Graduates paper line and the Paper Smooches stamp set..Seeing Stars.
 Both cards I made for todays challenge are both Z-fold cards, but are both displayed differently.. one goes lengthwise and the other stands you will see.

Card one

below is the card stretched out

the second card is standing upright..with a cloth covered brad to hold it up.

Side view

The inside..

I hope you enjoyed the cards I shared with you today..and would LOVE it if you would stop by the Cuttin' & Stampin' challenge blog and check out the other Design Team member projects And would love it if you would take a go at the challenge your self and link it up..Stop by the Shop and browse around for some awesome product to share with...
 Thanks Cathy


Sunday, May 11, 2014

Shaker card

Shaker card

Happy Mothers' day and also Happy Sunday..Hope you all had a great weekend.  I had a great cookout and ate plenty, so to help digest, I relaxed and made a few cards Sunday evening.  I decided to try my hand at a Shaker I looked around the internet and Pinterest to see how others did it and gave it a go.  Sooooo without further ado....

I have been using up scrap papers, lately and these are the ones I chose. not sure the company. I used Close to my Heart Colonial white ink and heat set it so I could put the card together right off, as well as the Gypsy purple CTMH ink and stamp sets.
hope you like it..have a great night..

Happy Crafting~~ Cathy

to purchse these and other CTMH products..head here

Thursday, May 8, 2014


Good  morning everyone, what a beautiful Spring day here in Maine..the sun is shining..all kinds of seedlings in the window trying to stretch and reach the sun..thinking I am going outside to enjoy the day :)  But before I do that I wanted to share a few cards with you that I made recently.  They are all Thank you cards. all different and unique.  I am buikding up my stash of cards, because I am starting a new venture...I am starting a card club.!!! I am making all occasion card sets..all different for people to purchase.  A total of 6 cards in each kit...each a different occasion, according to the seanson, and the cost is $22.00 a month including shipping!!! and you just need to sign up a head of time, so I know what to creat for the month ahead..what I would like is a sign up of 3 months in advance, but of course if you are not satisfied, you can cancel after the first month.. Easy Peasy.. Sooo who is in???

pop up box card

center step card

Seed packet holder card

Double gate fold card

I hope you like what you see today and will leave a comments:)  Have a great Thursday!!!

Happy crafting~~ Cathy

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

hello friends....I wanted to let you all in on a project I am going to be undertaking...I am starting a Card club...and what this means is I will be making sets of all occasion sell. it will be a set of 6 cards ..2 sm..2 med and 2 large for $22.00 shipped. anywhere in the USA..(would probably be more for Alaska and Hawaii) ( Canada if you want to pay more in shipping) and all you would need to do is sign up for a 3 month term and commit to it. This will start in June. Each month will have a different assortment of cards ..June is...One of each~fathers day..Birthday,wedding , hello, bridal shower and get well... I take pay pal ~~ so who is in??? Let me know here or on my facebook page here

II would love to create for helps getting more supplies .lol

Thanks, Happy Crafting, Cathy

Monday, May 5, 2014

Atlantic Hearts Sketch challenge #54

Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge #54
Good Morning everyone, I hope today finds you doing wel and ready to try another challenge.  This is a fun, and could be a real easy to interpretation .  Here is how I interpreted it..simply

This week I have been working real hard at using up my scraps..if you are a paper know how they can build up quickly.haha
so not sure if these are old CTMH papers, or who they belong to, but were pretty and scrap so I used them. 
the stmp used was from the CTMH stamp set
Paper Doll D1547
and the ink is CTMH 
Outdoor Demin Z2140
the little bling butterflies..unknown sorry and CS is scraps as well

Ok that is my share for it is your turn..the link for you to join in on the AHSC fun is here

Have a great day!!!


Friday, May 2, 2014

happy Friday

Happy Friday all!!!
What a ling week, been busier than a beehive.  Been getting ready for a craft fair..been sharing the love of Close To My Heart.  Just love their papers and all the embellishment they carry.. Everything coordinates so well.  

I wanted to share with you the promotion agin for the Free To Be Me paper pack..$11.95 value but is yours for $5.00 with a purchase of $50.00 or more,

The Stamp of The Month
You've Got a Friend
also can be your for $5.00 ~ a $17.95 value, with a $50.00 purchase.

Annnnnd you can also get this petite perk Stamp set from me FREE
when you purchase $50.00 or more this month from ME.  My way of saying thank you and Happy Scrapbooking Month!!

Happy shopping and have a great weekend

Thursday, May 1, 2014


Celebrate National Scrapbooking Month
May 2014 Constant Campaign      During National Scrapbooking Month in May, you can get the Free to Be Me paper collection for just $5 with your qualifying purchase of $50. The paper collection features exclusive printed cardstocks, vellums, and B&T Duos™ and, with a retail value of $11.95, is a fantastic deal for products you can’t get anywhere else. Plus, with your $50 qualifying purchase, you will also qualify for the May Stamp of the Month for an additional $5 (retail value $17.95)! This means May is the perfect month to double up on promotions, getting the paper collection for $5 and the May Stamp of the Month for $5—that is a savings of nearly $20! So make sure to get your Free to Be Me paper collection in May for just $5 and let your creativity take flight!
Dates: Offer valid May 1, 2014 (9:00 MDT) – May 31, 2014 (11:59 pm MDT).


have a great day..cathy