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, July 26, 2015

A little inking

Hello crafters. how was your weekend?  Mine was awesome, my husband and I celebrated 35 years of being married on Sunday..35..unbelievable!!  Time sure does fly.  We shared a lot of wonderful years together. Hoping to have many many more.

This evening I took a little down time and caught up on some orders and projects that I had due.  One of the things I wanted to do also was to check out some of the projects I had pinned on Pinterest that I wanted to try.  I do a lot of my cards with die cuts and svg files, but I wanted to try some simple inking cards, and that is just what I did.

I used black white and autumn terrecotta for card stock, inked the top piece of white cardstock with autumn terrecotta and black and whisper. used retired CTMH stamp set D1375 Treasures and also D1584 Big Hug.

Hope you like it and will leave a liitle bloggy love. 
if you would like to check out my online Close to My Heart website. here is the link

Happy Crafting

Saturday, July 25, 2015

HIMCR #209 - Any Holiday! (July 25th)

Hiding In My Craft Rooms' Challenge 209~ Any Holiday

Happy Saturday everyone and welcome to HIMCR Challenge.

This weeks sponsor is Spiced Sunshine!!

this weeks challenge is any Holiday and this week I am doing Christmas..(Christmas in July).  I cholse to of the spiced Sunshines digital images that were for Christmas.

I chose this adorable animated little holiday cup.  I colored hom with Crayola colored pencils and added some multi colored dots of ink from my Spectrum Nooir markers..LG1, LG2, LG3 AND 
LG 5  .I added some lace paper ribbon and used Close to My Heart lagoon cardstock.  I found some stickers and one said Noel so added that at the top and voila finished card...then I made another one..

I thought this little owl was a cutie..I again used Crayola colored pencils.  I decided to dig through my box of scraps which has been growing... and growing and found the papers to use.  the stamp os Close to My Heart and bling from my box of scraps,..imagine that I even have scraps of   Anywho, i finished it off with some ribbon, made a double bow, and button.  I hope you like my post, and are inspired to link up a project for the challenge.  make sure you check out the other Design team members creations. You have a week, so get a going :)

Have a great weekend, I know I will, my hubby and I are going away to celebrate 35 years of marriage!!!

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Happy Birthday "21"

Good eveing friends, Did you all have a great day?  I did, I babysat my grand children today,  Kaylani, Bella, Sean and Eli.  Had a great day with them, but at the end of the day...I am pooped.  Tonight I am not going to be crafting, I have the day off tomorrow, so I will be taking out my crafty things and going to cut a bunch of files for projects coming up.

A few nights ago, I made a couple special order cards, and thought I would share them with you this evening.  The customer wanted the cards done in purple.  So I pawed through my loose sheets of papers and pulled out my  Martha Sterwart punches, ribbons. flowers , bling, lace and cuts from my Cricut. and these are the 2 cards I came up with..oh and the cartridge was CTMH Art Philosophy.

I just wanted to mention the big daisey flower I made from the daisey flower on the Artiste cartridge.  I hope you like the cards.  My customer was pleased.  Leave a comment. I would love to hear what you think.
Happy Crafting ...Cathy

P.S.   ...CTMH is coming out with a Brand NEW cartridge and you will be able to  uy it August 1st!!!!!

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Anchor Bear

Hello friends, I hope today finds you all doing well.  Today was a beautiful day here in the western foothills of Maine.  The sun was shining, a breeze was blowing and the temperatures were just right.  Took a trip out of town for a doctor appointment. All went well, so came home and rexed by putting a card together.

For this card, I am not sure there is a name for the style, but it is the first time I made it and used my own measurements cause I could not find instructions.  I took a, 8 and 1/2 by 7 piece of card stock and scored at 2 inches and then 2 and 3/4 inches on the 8 and 1/2 inch side and then flipped it over and scored the same thing on the opposite end.  then folded up and down on one end and the same n the opposite.  I then matted the two two inch ends with Close To My Heart Pacifica paper and Seaside.  and then I mated the center piece the same way.   Embellishments are CTMH Seaside assortment, retired and the canvas buttons which I stamped with an anchor.
And lastly I added the KaDoodle Bug Designs~ Cutie KaToodle  Anchor Bear. 
I hope you like him, I love how it turned out.  
you can get CTMH products here

Plus you can get the KBD svg file here
Thanks for stopping in..

Monday, July 20, 2015

Close To My Heart's new Cricut Artistry cartridge coming August 1st!!!!!!

Hello friends, I want to share some exciting news..Effective August will be able to order the NEW Close To My Heart Cricut  "Artistry" Cartridge!!  Such an amazing cartridge.  I have seen a sneak peek of the cuts and this will be a go to cartridge.  Besides the great cartridge , with the set you will also receive 3 stamp sets and the beautiful assortment of cardstock, shown in photo above.!!
But remember this is only available August 1st. so mark your calendars , and make sure to come see me when you are ready to purchase it, I would Love your business!

July Stamp of the Month


Please take a moment and check out the retiring products on my website,,there are many because there are a lot of great new products coming in September!! thanks in advance.


Saturday, July 18, 2015

HIMCR #208 - LOL! Lots of Layers! (July 18th)

HIMCR #208 - LOL! Lots of Layers! July 18th

Happy Saturday everyone, and welcome to Hiding In MY Craft Room's # 208 challenge.  This week is LOTS of Layers.

This weeks' sponsor is Hiding In My Craft Room and the prize is...To be Determined

For my project this week I did a Triple Stamp card. It is a A2 size card (4 1/2 by 5 1/2) each layer is 1/4 inch smaller as you go along...
I used all Close to My Heart Products...inks stamps and card stock.

I took the 3 layesr of white Cardstock and used washi tape to hold them together and stamped all around, then I carefully removed the washi tape and then matted them on the card and it gives the card a lot of dimension as well as layers.  

I then added some bling and some twine. 
I hope you like this.
Now we would like for you to give a layered project a try and share with us.  Head over to the Hiding in My Craft Room blog, check out the other DT projects for some inspiration..thanks for looking in:)

Saturday, July 11, 2015

HIMCR #207 - Super Scraps Saturday (July 11th)

Good morning all, are you ready for another challenge?  this week we are using images from My Besties and they are all adorable. I hope you will join in on thechallenge, cause if you win you will get all the images that the design team used this week.  Fun Fun Fun!

This weeks sponsor is  My Besties

The giveaway is all 5 My Besties images used by HIMCR DT!

This week I colred my little lady in with Crayola colred pencils and I used one of my favorite color combos...purple and green....

I decorated the card with an assortment of flowers I have in my stash..and some bling I got at Hobby Lobby.   I used some purple lacey seam binding and SU ribbon  as an accent and Voila card is done.  
I hope you like it and thanks for peeking in.
Hope you will stop by and check out the other DT projects.
make sure to link up your project here

Till next time...Keep crafting

Sunday, July 5, 2015

CTMH July promotions

Good afternoon Close To My Heart fans.  I hope you all are having a safe and Happy Fourth of July weekend.  I know I am. But I wanted to take a few minutes out of my fun day to share with you the great stamp set deals that Close to My Heart has for the Month of July....

Life is Wonderful!!
CTMH  JULY Stamp of the month

During the month of July, when you purchase $25 (USD & CAD) in current, retail priced stamps, you qualify to receive either the July Stamp of the Month, My Acrylix® Life Is Wonderful, FREE or any one of the Hostess Rewards stamp sets featured in Annual Inspirations 2014–2015 or Seasonal Expressions 2 for only $5 (USD & CAD)! That is a savings of up to $17.95 USD / $19.75 CAD! The July Stamp of the Month is a lovely, versatile stamp set that is a great match for your cards and layouts that celebrate all the wonderful things—big and small—that life has to offer.
Additionally, the Hostess Rewards stamp sets have previously only been available as part of the Hostess Rewards program, which means now is the perfect opportunity to get those special stamp sets you’ve had your eye on! To get your FREE stamp set or your $5 (USD & CAD) Hostess Rewards stamp set, simply place an order for $25 (USD & CAD) of any current, retail priced stamps. This offer is available only during the month of July and applies only to the July Stamp of the Month and current Hostess rewards stamp sets, so spring into action and jump on this deal before it’s gone!

Happy July!!

Saturday, July 4, 2015

HIMCR #206 - Red, White, & Blue with a Twist! (July 4th)

Hiding In My Craft Room
RED, White and Blue with a Twist  challenge

Make it Christmas in July!!
How fun is that?
 Hello crafty peeps and welcome to another Challenge here at HIMCR.  This weeks challenge is sponsored By

The giveaway is 3 images from Scrapper's Delights

I chose this adorable image with the little cutie holding a stuffed bunny ( I love bunnies). I used my crayola colored pencils to color her up.  I recently  ordered the Spectrum Noir blending pencils and can not wait to try them on my next project, although I will always like my crayolas :)

I think she turned out OK.  Thanks for looking in and please come back again, I love hearing what you think.  Have a great Fourth of July.  Please stop over to Hiding In My Craft Room and see what the other Design Team members have put together and be sure to enter our challenge ..