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!!


Sunday, May 31, 2015

New June stamp of the Month

Hello again my friends, check out this super fun stamp set Close To My Heart Has for the Month of June!!!  It can be yours for the low Price of $5.00 with the purchase of $50.00 or more on my website.  That is a savings of $12.95!!!

You can make such cute scrap layouts as well as cards

So remember to check out the new constant campaign and get your adorable SOTM by heading to my website...

I truly appreciate your business,
Happy Crafting, Cathy

The child inside loves to color

Good evening my friends.  How did your weekend turn out?  I had a great one.  Got to spend time with my kids and grand kids.  And was lucky to squeeze in some craft time while I was babysitting my grand daughter Isabella.  We both colored!  I let her use my Crayola colored pencils while I colored with my Spectrum Noir markers.
I created 2 cards.  I used stamp sets I got from Crafters Companions web site.  
I also used stamps from Close to my Heart as well as the inks,  and card stock..Thistle, Flaxen and Saddle were the colors used in card one.

In card 2 I used scraps from my big scrap box, twine, purple bling from Hobby Lobby, as well as stamps and inks from Close to My Heart. 

Thanks for looking!!  have a good night :)


Double Bow tutorial

Good Morning To all you crafty people out there in Blog land.  This morning I am here to do a photo tutorial on the double bow ribbons I make.  I have had a lot of people asking how to do it and so I decided to do a blog post.  On line there are a lot of people that use  tools to make their ribbons, and since I do not have one, I make due with my fingers.  
there are some ribbons that make it easier to make the double bows, than others.  If your ribbon looks the same on both sides, same texture and pattern, than you are all set.  Otherwise you have to do a little twisting...that is another post for another day. first let us just the art of double bow mastered first.
First..choose your ribbon,  the one I am using today is 5/8".

grab one end and leave 3 inches or so for one of the tails ( longer if you want langer tails).  grab between your thumb and forefinger. If you are right handed..grab with your left.

with the rest of the ribbon, wrap around the back of your fingers and come down between your middle finger and your ring finger.

then continue on around the back of the index finger and come around so you end up going up over the top of the middle finger

At this point I cut the ribbon from the spool, leaving about 5 to 6 inches

Now I take the piece that I just cut...and feed it down between the middle finger and fore finger ( FIGURE 8)

grab it with my other hand and bring it up around to where it just went  down,  by my thumb

Now,take this tail...and push it under neath the piece of ribbon that is going across your thumb, pull your thumb out and pull the tail tight

It should then look like this

the last step is to remove from your fingers and cut the tails

then  embellish your project!!!  It may seem like a lot of steps and real difficult, but it truly is not.  Practice, practice.

Speaking of ribbons.. I wanted to also share a thank you gift bag I made for a customer.  I used the double Bow technique and I tried the Braided ribbon as well.  Not bad for the first time :)

Products used..
Really Reasonable Ribbons. 5/8 inch lavendar riboons
Tag cut with my Cricut from Art Philosophy cartridge
Gypsy CTMH ink
Feather from Zuckers feathers
greenery spray from Joanns
purple gems from CTMH
Hershey bar 
Mini Muslin bag from CTMH
and stamp set  "Tagged eith Love" 
Here are a couple more cards just because :)

Thanks for stopping by.  please stop back again :)


Saturday, May 30, 2015


Good morning all, today I am posting for the Hiding In MY Craft Room Challenge #201  Freestyle
The  Sponsor this week  is Freckled Fawn

the PRIZE is a $15 gift Certificate!!
I decided to make a get well card for my project this week.  I really neede to build my stash of cards an I had no get well cards.
I opted to make a center step card and I used an SVG file from Treasured Box Designs called ER Visit

For embellishments I used flowers from my stash and some bling from Hobby Lobby.  the papers are from Close to My Heart and Authentique "Latest and Greatest". the Sentniment and ink are CTMH ...Juniper ink and stamp from In a Word set.

Thanks for stopping by to check it out, now it is your turn to create a project. Anxious to see what you can come up with.  Make sure to stop by Hiding in My Craft Room to check out the other design team projects and enter this weeks challenge .  and check out our sponsor  Freckled Fawn You have until next Saturday to get it in.. Have a great weekend....

Monday, May 25, 2015

Close To My Heart Inspiration

Good evening friends, how are you all doing this evening?  Typpically on Memorial Day weekend I and my family are all away for the weekend camping and cooking out with family and friends, but not this year.  This year my hubby and I were home alone, just relaxing.  Although I did make a little time to make a couple of cards.  

The cards were made using the new paper packs..Blossom and Taste of Summer.

the products used here:
CTMH Taste of Summer Paper Pack
CTMH Keep Your Chin UP Stamp
CTMH purple gems
CTMH Honey Card stock
CTMH Gypsy ink
MS branch punch
Assorted flowers from my stash
Purple check Ribbon from Really Reasonable Ribbon
Cricut Cuttle bug\Darice emboss folder

for this card I used ...
CTMH Blossom paper pack
CTMH Sunset and Glacier card stock
CTMH clear sparkles
CTMH scallop shape white chipboard
CTMH stamp set  Just to Say
CTMH Topiary ink
 white lace from Really Reasonable Ribbon
blue ribbon from Hobby Lobby

So that is my CTMH inspiration for today.  Most of the products used you can find on my websit...

Hope you have a great evening.
Please come back and visit again :)

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Back at it!!

Good evening friends, thought I would stop by this evening and share a few cards I made today.  I have been unable to do much paper crafting latley, my husband has been hospitalized for a couple weeks and going theough a real rough time,but finally doing a LITTLE better, has a little ways to go.

I Played with a few different files.  I had several special order cards to make  and tried to get as many done today as I could, I never know when the next chance is going to be.

the first card I made I used a file from KaDoodle Bug Designs. called  Cutie KaToodles Donkey.  He is sooo cute, don't you think??

the second and third cards I made..

were made for a niece to give to her doctors and nurses that were present during the delivery of the twin boy and girl she had.
and lastly I made a graduation card for my sister in law, she wanted one like she saw on Pinterest.

Well, that is all I have to share with you this evening.
Have a crafty one

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Hiding In My Craft Room Challenge #200-Any Holiday

Hiding In My Craft Room Challenge #200-Any Holiday
Good morning crafters, today I am posting as Design team member for Hiding in My Craft Room, and this weeks challenge is Sponsored by Shop Pumpkin Spice

The Giveaway is Something Special from SHOP PUMPKIN SPICE!!!
For my projects, I used a stamp from Shop Pumpkin Spice..
 I made 2 cards with the stamp Set ~ 

"Popcorn The Bear Someone Special Stamp Set" By Crafter's Companion.

I made 2 different cards using 2 coloring techniques,
Card one...easter card..I used the Spectrum Noir markers and their fur coloring tips here
And the second card, I used Spectrum Noir Markers also and used the coloring technique here

The papers are all scraps from my huge stash.  I hope you like my cards and will leave some crafty love.  Also would love for you to take part in out challenge " Any Holiday" and remember you have until the 29th, to link up your project here  and check out what the other DT members have to share with you too.  I can not wait to see what you come up with :)

Happy Crafting!!

Thursday, May 14, 2015

different Center step card tutorial

Hello to you all,  Tonight I wanted to share with you another way I found to make a center step card, that folds a little different.  I found it quite by accident on the internet and wrote down the instructions, and glad I did, cause I could not find it again later.   Soooo, lets get started.

This is is what the new style center step card looks like.. (How do you like the KaDoodle Bug file??)

the center of the card is recessed instead of the end pieces.
below is a regular center step card with the sides recessed..

 Now, here are the details..
step one..6 x 12'' card stock base

on each side of the card..go in and up one inc and cut up to the 7 inch line as shown

score lines are dotted and cut lines are solid.
Diagram is suppoesed to be 6 by 12, (not really life like, sorry)

below I am folding at the scorelines

this is what it should look like when finished

I hope this tutorial helped, now try one yourself:)
Happy Crafting, Cathy

Saturday, May 9, 2015

HIMCR #198-Super Scraps Saturday!!!

 Happy Saturday everyone, today I am posting a card for the Super Saturday Scraps challenge at Hiding In My Craft Room.  I used a selection of scraps from my stash. today is going to be a short post, my husband is seriously ill and in ICU and this has taken a lot out of me, but I wanted to make sure to share the card I made for the challenge....
The giveaway is 2 images, winner's choice, from 2 Cute Ink!


Sponsor--2 Cute Ink

so please make sure to link your project up at HIMCR  

Thanks and have a great day!!!  Cathy

Saturday, May 2, 2015

Hiding in My Craft Room NSD challenge#4

Happy National Scrapbooking Day!!
welcome back for challenge #4 today with" Hiding In My Craft Room"

For this challenge, we are doing a color challenge: Old daffodil petals ( Old Olive, daffodil delight, and Primrose Petals)  these are stampin Up colors but you can use other company colors that match up.

Our sponsor is Sweet n'  Sassy stamps

Giveaway~~ 3 Sweet n Sassy images!!

Here is my project for theis afternoon:

I do not own any Stampin Up products, so this I what I came up with for color match.I used one of Sweet n' Sassy digital stamps for the challenge,  now it is your turn to get your craft on and enter the challenge  here.. Happy Crafting

Hiding In My Craft Room NSD challenge 3

Good afternoon again, are you having a good time, this is challenge #3 of Hiding In My Craft Room's celebration of National Scrapbooking day. This challenge is sponsored by 

the challenge... Flowers!!  who doesn't love flowers.  Stamped, digital, acrylic, burlap, fabric...whatever, just have fun:) 

Here is what I came up with, a digital image from Spiced Sunshine Digital images and stamps, and flower papers:)

Don;t you just love the little bee image??  I used my Crayola colored pencils to color him in.  and the papers of course is where the flowers come in. Hope you like it and will take part in out challenges:)

Happy crafting, Cathy