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!!


Monday, June 30, 2014

Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge #62

This weeks sketch challenge can be interpreted many ways, I think.  and what I decided to do was make a 6x6 card, mat it twice and then cut out a square from the Art Philosophy cartridge that had the edges snipped, and using an ink sponge I added CTMH gypsy ink smeared as the background and then stamp wth black ink.

I purchased the stamp set above from another consultant, it is retired, but I love it .  I then matted a  sentiment and faux stitched the edges.  Oh and the fianl touch is the bling. :)
Hope you like and that you will give the challenge a go.  Make sure to check out the other Design team members projects, enter the challenge here.

Have a great day!!!

Saturday, June 28, 2014

took a shot at starbursts

Good evening everyone,  I have seen all kinds of starburst cards on Pinterest, facebook and while cruising the blogs and was a little intimidated by them, but finally watched a tutorial or 2 and decided to give it a try, and I love so easy.  I got my daughter in law making them and she is addicted.  I also showed her a tutorial on the herringbone card and she whipped one right out, going to try that next.   Hope you are all having a great evening and weekend,  take a peek and please leave a little bloggy love , thanks

Reminder...CTMH June stamp of the month is almost gone!!

Close To My Heart NEW Cricut Cartridge!!!

Sneaky Peeky

Artfully Sent
Cricut cartridge!!
coming to a close to My Heart Consultant near you..which would be ME !!! In August 2014!

are you as excited as I am?  A card makers dream. 700 images for your creative enjoyment.  Sure to please.   Plus there are tons of new product in the new idea book,  can not wait for it to go live. 

I would love for you to give me a chance to be your consultant or even your upline if you would like to join my team!!
 here is the link to my website

Or send me an email
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Have a great weekend

Thursday, June 26, 2014


The new Close to My Heart Convention is under way and sneaky peeks are poppin up everyowhere, all I can say is I got a sneak peek at the up coming 2014-2015 catty and you are just going to love it..I hope you will remember me when you want to order something!!! posts coming soon, be wathcing!!!

In the meantime.. I wanted to share with you a card making technique I found on the web and decided to try is called Braided card.  for the first card I used Close to My Heart papers, satmps, inks, a yellow resin flower,  and the CTMH Art Philosophy cartridge.

the next 2 cards were made using
papers from my stash

We;; hope you like my cards..going to try a youtube on it tomorrow, we will see how it goes>
Have a great evening!
Happy Crafting

Wednesday, June 25, 2014


Time is running out if you would like to get this fabulous stamp set from Close To My Heart!!!!!

Just a quick reminder:))))
Have a great day!

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Cuttin' & Stampin' Challenge 14-24 Fourth of July

14-25  Jun 24:   Fourth of July:   Products

 used for challenge/ Pebbles

 Americana paper and Pebbles Americana

 wood stamp

Card #1

The flag in the front is from the flag stamp from Pebbles
and flowers from CTMH Cricut cartridge Artiste and the ink used is CTMH Blue Denim.

Card #2

The pinwheels come from the collection and the tag is stamped with Holoday red ink form CTMH using the postal stamp from the Pebbels stamp set.

I found a star brad in my stash and added it:)

I really enjoyed making these cards.. loved the elements that go with the PebblesAmaericana papers!!  You will to..How about you head on over to the Cuttin & Stampin Scrappy supply store here get you some of the awesome papers and give this challenge a try. but before you do, check out the other Design team member projects here for a little inspiration :)  Have a great week:)
 Come back again:)
Happy Crafting, Cathy

Saturday, June 21, 2014

My Sheri Crafts Challenge 134..2 stars

Hello everyone,happy Saturday,  this is a fun Saturday...

I am so excited, I was the winner of  the challenge 134

Guest Designer spot at My Sheri Crafts.  it takes place..6/21/14 til 7/4/14.   For this challenge I had to make any card I like, using any materials, but have to incorporate atleast 2 STARS.

I decided to use Close To My Hearts' Avonlea paper pack for my card as well as Close To My Hearts Twilight, Juniper and Pacifica inks..the stamps were Dreamer Flair and also Take Note.  for the Ribbon I used Ribbons from the Really Reasonable Ribbon Company. and "bling" from Close To My Heart as well..
So without further ado... here is my card...

I hope you like it and will come back again.. and be sure to head to My Sheri crafts and share in the challenge here
If you would like to purchase any of the Close To My heart products, head to my website ...

Happy Crafting!! Cathy <3

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Oh Happy Day


Good evening everyone, how did your wdenesday go??  Today I was off from babysitting, but had a bit of running around to do, BUT, I did manage to get a card together.  I decided to put a little pink bear together for a girl baby card using my punches.
What is funny about it, is I just barely finished it and a friend I was gabbing with on Facebook said she needed a card for a babygirl!! Sold the card already .lol

I like how she turned out :)

Card recipe:
Bo Bunny Primrose collection
Bo Bunny Double Dot designs
Bo Bunnny Brad
Close to My Heart 4 My Friend stamp set (D1510)
CTMH Pear ink
CTMH Ruby ink
CTMH Chocolate ink
CTMH Chocolate CS
white gel pen 
black micron pen

Hope you like  my card
come back again.

Monday, June 16, 2014

AHS Challenge #60

Good morning, and Happy Monday, I hope you all had a great day celebrating Fathers day.  I had a great day with my hubby and sons, not all were able to make over for dinner gathering but were able to talk to them on the phone.  I also had some time to create some cards.  I worked on some masculine ones..tricky...

For this weeks challenge I use Close to my Heart papers and the owl cut from the Artbooking cartridge....

I just love this little owl cut and these Free to Be Me papers are soooo bright and fun and has some of my favorite colors...

I hope you will give it a try, it is such a fun sketch..head over to the Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge Blog and have fun..check out the other Design team members creations while you are there.

I am entering this in the Craftin Desert Divas craft challenge..Favorite color

Happy Crafting~Cathy~

Sunday, June 15, 2014




I am giving away an adorable Close To My heart Stamp set.. and all you have to do if go to my CTMH Facebook wall and Like my page..tag 4 friends and share the post..that is it, and on the 20th of June..I will pick a winner from the posts!!  Good Luck!

June Stamp of the month
$5.00 with qualifying purchase

Join my team for $99.00

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Saturday, June 14, 2014

coloring Digis

Happy Saturday everyone!!  I have been making cards all day today, I had a few special orders to get done and a post for a Design Team I am on.  But, where I have not posted for a few days, (been busy with a real sick hubby) I thought i woud share a couple of cards I made during the week to unwind,

The Digital stamps come from a realese at Treasured Times Rubber Stamps.  I won 13 of them and they are all so different and adorable and fun.  Coloring is so relaxing..a new fun addition to my card making. It of course is a littlerough around the edges right now, but practice practice, right?
 Image one made with Spectrum Noir Markers

Image 2

Thanks for stopping by, please come back again and have a great weekend,


Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Cuttin' & Stampin' challenge 14-23 Word bubbles

Word Bubbles

Hello everyone, hope you are all having a great day.  I know for me it has been a real rough last week and a half  with my hubby in the hospital,and I sure need a vacation, but I will settle for a little crafting time.  So I put a couple cards together for this Cuttin' & Stampin Challenge.
Products used for todays Challenge:

Basic Gray Capture paper and Jillibean Soup Word Bubbles 

 Here is card #1

this is the stamp set used
Jillibean Soup-"words"

Here is card #2

and card #3

I would have to say this is the first attempt for me to work with word bubbles...was fun:)  So how about giving this challenge a try?
make a bubble project and link it here and  check out the other DT projects and then head over to the Cuttin' & Stampin' Scrappy Supply Store
and shop for your BUBBLES supplies.
Have FUN!!!