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, December 31, 2015

Happy New Years!!!

Happy New Years!!!

Hello Bloggers.  It has been quite a while since I blogged.  With Christmas, grand children, card and party favor orders and a sick husband, I have been real busy.  Things are settling down now and I have been able to craft for fun now..seems nice.  Today I am posting as DT member of KaDoodle Bug Designs and I have a scrap page layout done with their New Year Owls file.  This was a fun file to play with, I kind of love owls.  I used mostly Close to My Heart Papers and Tim Holtz distress inks, a white gel pen and black micron pen.

and Here is the layout
 I Hope you had a wonderful Christmas and are ready for a Happy New Year!!

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Santa's Little Helper

Good morning KaDoodle Bug Fans, Design team member Cathy here with a scrap page layout to share with you using one of Melissa's new Adorable files called Cutie KaToodle~ Santa's Little Helper.

you can find the file here

These little mice are so cute, I especially love the ornament with the little mouse
so, without further ado.....

I think the layout came out fairly well, I do not regularly do scrapbook pages, but I must say they are fun, and they are easy when you use the KaDoodle Bug Designs files.

I hope you have a nice day,  Happy Crafting
Cathy's Happy Scrappy Life

Saturday, December 5, 2015

Hiding in My Craft Room # 228 challenge~ Christmas colors

Hello crafters, today is the Hiding in My Craft Room challenge #228  ~ Christmas colors.

this week's sponsor is.....
Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps

The giveaway is 3 digital stamps from Sweet 'n Sassy stamps!!

 without further ado here is the card I made for the challenge...which by the way is the last project I will be making for Hiding in my Craft Room as a design team member.  My term has run out and so I am taking a little bit of a break, with holidays coming and such.  It is bittersweet for me I have enjoyed being on the team...hopefully they will want me back later on :)

I used Spectrum NOir markers..I totally love how this turned out..I love cardinals.  I also used a poinsettia flower from the Artiste cartridge.   Ribbon from my stash, inks for CTMH and the stamp was one I picked up at a yard sale, not sure of the mfr.
I hope you enjoy the card and will take some time and join our challenge.

Have a great weekend...Cathy

I am going to enter this card in the Spectrum Noir December Monthly challenge~ Clean and simple

Saturday, November 28, 2015

Hiding in my Craft Room Challenge #227 any Holiday

Welcome to challenge #227~~ Any Holiday sponsored by:

The giveaway is 2 digital images from 2 Cute Ink!

Here is my project for the challenge

I used a whole lot of different scraps from my box and spectrum noir markers, twine from Close to My Heart , a border punch from Martha Stewart and glitter glue.
Nw it is your turn to give the challenge a your entry here
Have a great weekend, 

Saturday, November 21, 2015

HIMCR challenge #226~ Thankful

                     HIMCR Challenge #226 ~ Thankful

                              This weeks sponsor is Scrapper's Delights Paper Crafts

Th giveaway is 3 digital images from Scrapper's Delights

Happy Saturday HIMCR fans, today is a new challenge day and this weeks theme is "Thankful".
For my project I chose the image "Fruity Babies AppleJack"

I colored him with my Spectrum Noir Markers. and embellished with BoBunny gems and used a CTMH Stamp set. B1427..Perfect Fit Thanksgiving.  Finished it off with flowers from my stash.  Hope you like it and will give the new challenge a try..  remember to go check out the other DT member projects!

Happy Crafting!!  

Holiday Blog Hop

Welcome to KaDoodle Bug Design's Holiday Blog Hop!  We are so excited to have you join us today! At each stop of the hop we hope you will be inspired by the creativity of the design team. 

You should be arriving from Twila'sTwila's blog. If you happened across this post out of order, please head to the KaDoodle Bug Design's Blog to start at the beginning of the hop.

Here is the project I created: using the file.. Oh Gunger Snaps

Now for the Blog Hop Prize! 
8 FILES, that's right every new file used in this hop today!

What do you need to do to be eligible for this amazing prize?
1.  Become a follower of each blog in the hop. 
2.  Leave some comment love at each stop.  You can do so until midnight on Sunday, November 22 MST to be eligible for the prizes.
3. Be sure you "Like" KaDoodle Bug Design Facebook Fanpage
4.  If you do all of the above, check back at the KBD Fanpage for the winner on Tuesday, November 24th 

Here is the complete blog hop lineup:

Saturday, November 14, 2015

HIMCR #225~ Super scraps Saturday!!

Welcome friends to # 225 challenge at Hiding in My Craft Room~ Super Scraps Saturday.
Today's sponsor is Pickled Potpourri.

The prize is a $7 gift Certificate!

For this weeks challenge I pulled a bunch of scraps from last Christmas. I made two cards using 2 images from Pickled Potpourri

I used my Spectrum Noir markers to color the Santa and thedeer.  The ribbon is from Really Reasonable Ribbon and bling from Close to My Heart. Thanks for looking in, please head to the HIMCR blog and check out the other DT projects, and make sure to get out your scraps and link your project up for the challenge

Happy Crafting~ Cathy. 

Thursday, November 12, 2015

KBD it's cold outside!

Hello there KaDoodle Bug fans, Design team Cathy here today to post the new challenge.  For this challenge I chose "Baby it's Cold Outside, for the theme..use anything you would see out your window when it is cold outside in winter...make a card..tag..anything at all as long as you use something from KBD and show what you see in the cold outside.
For my projects today I used the file Winter Wildlife for the first one...

For the second card I sued the file..Wonderful Frosty Weather..

Thanks for peeking in, and I hope you will be able to join our challenge at KBD Challenges on FB for your chance to win a KBD file of your choice!!!
Have a Great day!!!   KBD member Cathy

Saturday, November 7, 2015

Hiding in My Craft Room Challenge #224~

 - HIMCR #224 - Chocolate Pie Garden
 (chocolate chip, Pumpkin Pie, Green Garden) 
 Good morning HIMCR fans ,  DT cathy here and today is a color challenge for you.  The Challenge is to use the colors from Stampin up or CTMH or other company that matches...Chocolate Chip, Pumpkin Pie or Green garden.

the prize for the challenge is a $12.00 gift certificate from Di's Digis

Now the card I made for the challenge...
 I used one of Di's Digis for this challenge and Close to my Heart cardstock and a piece of pattern paper I got from Hobby lobby.  I embellished with some assorted buttons and used a Martha Stewart punch for the green paper. the stamp is a snetiment from Close to My Heart stamp set, Big Hug..D1584
I played with my Spectrum Noir markers to color the flowers, and topped it off with an organza bow with bling form CTMH.  
Hope you like the card and will leave me some love.
To enter the challenge go here and leave some love for the other DT sisters.
Have a great weekend~ Cathy

Friday, November 6, 2015

KaDoodle Bug ..Hayride

Hello KaDoodle Bug fans,,, Dt Cathy here today with my turn to post .   The for this week  it is a Hayride card.  Can you guess which file I chose to use for this ???    I picked Happy Fall Yall!!


I used papers I picked up at Hobby Lobby and Close To My Heart cardstock. the stamp is from
Joy's Life called Barnyard Puns.

Hapy Crafting ~~ Cathy I hope you like the card and will check out the shop!

Saturday, October 24, 2015

HIMCR challenge #222 Any Holiday!!!

Happy Saturday everyone, here we are againwith a new challenge at Hiding in My Craft Room.  This is challenge 222 and today it is all about holidays.
The sposor s MY Besties!!

The giveaway is all 5 images used by the HIMCR Design Team!
This is going to be a quick post this week, my hubby is in the hospital again and I have sooo much going on, but I wanted to make sure to post. I have 2 cards for you, one representing Christmas and the other Halloween,..

I used my crayola colored pencils agin to colr them.  I hope you like my projects this week and will take part in the challenge.. make sure to check out the other Design team member projects and leave us some blogger love.  til next time...have a great weekend, Cathy

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

sweet treat cup slider cards

Good evening friends and crafters.  Tonight I am doing a tutorial o the treat cup slider cards.  I had told a few Facebook friends I would do one, and then when I sat down to do it...I remembered I do not hav a 1 3/4 inch punch..I had borrowed one from a friend while she taught me..Oh well.  We will manage.  
First off, you will need a 11 by 4 and 1/4 inch cardstock scored in half...A2 size card.
then some where on the front of your card..atleast 1/2 inches away from all sides (need to save room for the treat cup) you punch a 1 and 3/4 inch hole, if you do not have the punch, you can cut the hole with a die cutting machine or a die.

then you will need a 4 by 5 and 1/4 inch mat for the front of the card.  Hold it to the front of the card and turn it over and with a pen or pencil, trace the circle onto you mat so you will punch it out in the exact spot and then do the same to your next layer.

Once that is done, you can adhere them together (the 2 mats.)  You will then take the treat cup, leave the adhesive strip on that comes with it and on the top side of the rim, ad some pieces of score tape because then you will peel them and put them through the back side of the 2 matted pieces of paper..

Next take score tape, and on the back of these papers, put a strip down both edges, across the bottom and one on the side of the treat cup to help hold in place make sure to leave a space approximately 2 and 1/2 inches  so the slider can go down over the hole.  DO NOT go across the top.  Because now you will need another strip of coordinating card stock 2 1/4 inches wide by approximately 4 inches tall.  

At the top of the strip/slider, use a corner rounder and if you have a tab punch..cut a tab,if not any shape..scallop circle or circle., fold in 1/2 and near the top punch a small hole to put a brad in so the slider does not disappear into the card and then glue it at the top.   All that is left to do now is embellish your card!!  here are a couple I did...

Hope this tutorial helped and did not confuse you :)
Happy Crafting

Saturday, October 17, 2015

Advent calendars

Happy Sunday everyone !!
What a beautiful fall weeken we are having here in Maine.  I love it when the leaves all change, it is gorgeous, and this year it seem even more beautiful.

Well today I wanted to stop in and share some of the Advent Calendars I have been working on and am now selling... $45.00 each and it would be a total of around $60.00 to to ship.  

They each have 25  draws to put activities or treats or gifts to count down to Christmas.
Hop you like ~ Message me if interested!!


HIMCR Challenge #221~~Favorite Cutting Machine

                               HIMCR #221 - Favorite Cutting Machine          
                               (punches count too!)

We have 2 sponsors this week!!!
HIMCR~One Winner will get a Space Party Cricut Cartridge!

second prize sponsored by~ Di's Digital~ $12 GC 

Hello crafting friends, today is Saturday and that means I am posting for the Hiding In MY Craft Room Challenge.  Thos week it is all about our favorite Cutting Machines.  That is an easy one for me,  Cricut Explore!!!  I started out with the personal cricut then upgraded to the Cricut Expression and now I have the Explore, and it is my favorite of all.  Although I love my cartridges ans still use them, I am in love with svg cutting files, and my project today is an example of one....  I used a Lori Whitlock 3d 5x7 svg file for this card....

 these are so fun, can not wait to do another one.
Now it is time for you to head on over  to HIMCR blog and share something using your favorite cutting machine. (it can be punches too)  Thanks for stopping by, leave a little love B4 you go :)
 Have a great weekend,,,Cathy