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!!


Friday, May 27, 2016

KBD Sailor Seahorses

Hello crafty Friends, and happy Spring to you all.  It is a lovely day out my window and I am thinking about sunshiny days I used to have at the beach and vacations in the past at the ocean.. I miss them.  Unfortunately those days are over for me and so I must reminisce.  In doing so I thought I would use KaDoodle Bug Designs newer file... Sailor Seahorses

I think this is just an adorable file..don't you??

I decided to go through my box of scraps (It is getting big) and put together a "Congratulations" card in Easel is a 6x6 card....

One of my favorite colors from Close to My Heart  is Lagoon.  Purple and lagoon look good together don't you think?   If you think this file is as cute as I do..head to Melissa's shop and take a look around, she adds great files often!!
Thanks for looking..
KaDoodle Bug Designs
DT member

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Bunny In Flowers

Good evening friends, Cathy here, finally,  I been a little MIA lately.  My husband has been in and out of the hospital many times lately and it has been a very difficult time for me.  MS can be a very rough disease for some and especially my husband.  But I did make a little time for me and created a few cards.  Tonight I want to share one I made with the KaDoodle Bug Designs file~  Bunny in Flowers

here is what I came up with

I used Close to My Heart cardstock..champaign..white..colonial white , glacier and crystal blue,  I found a piece of teal CS from my stash for the flower center.
I Used a stamp from CTMH~ Card Chatter/Sympathy (retired)
twine from my stash.
and brown rhinestones from close to my Heart
adhesive used: Helmar  Craft glue

Thanks for looking in..

Monday, May 16, 2016

Helmar Product Spotlight~Craft Glue

Helmar Product Spotlight~Craft Glue

Hello crafty friends, hope you all had a great weekend.  I am excited to be here today doing my first post as a Helmar Design Team member!!  I will be featuring the color purple and using Helmar Craft Glue to make a "Book of Love" card.  This is a project I had made some time ago, and after making so many Mothers Day cards and several other typical square and A2 size cards I was ready for something different. 
 I started with Helmar Craft Glue and 2 pieces of colonial white cardstock.  Cut 2 pieces at 6 and 3/4 by 9 and 2 pieces cut 5 and 1/4 by 9.  Score them all every 3/4 inches on the 9 inch side and then mountain valley fold.

then I inked all the edges with Tim Holtz Vintage Photo ink.

After they are inked you take the longer folded ends and meld them together and only glue the outer strips (like what I have my finger on.

when all four pieces are glued together, it should look like this.  In the next step, I took a colored piece of cardstock, purple in this case,( 7 and 1/4 by 12 inches scored at 5 and 1/2 and 6 and 1/2) which will be your book cover and line up and glue the frame to the edge of the 6 and 1/2 inch score line.

I glued it down with the Helmar craft glue ( which I love by the way!!)  It is clear, cleans up easy and holds awesome!
I then started on inside tags.  I inked, punched corners and added ribbon and a sentiment and a couple butterfly paperclips I had in my stash.

I decided to use some older papers from Graphic 45 that I had for quite some time and was waiting for a project like this one to use them on.
 Next to decorate the front, the fun part...  I used some Prima flowers, Really Reasonable Ribbon and lace from my stash.  A Stampin up punch and some stamens.

Here is what the end looks a "Book".
and here is the finished Project!!

Thanks for stopping by.

Saturday, May 7, 2016

Hiding in My Craftroom challenge HIMCR02NSD

Happy Saturday crafters,  hope you are having a great weekend.  It is Mother's day tomorrow and I look forward to sharing it with my children and grandchildren.. in the meanwhile I decided to take part in the Hiding In My Craftroom Challenge, in honor of National Scrapbooking day.  I put together a couple of scrap pages...12 x 12 each, to put a couple of photos of my granddaughter, Isabella, who LOVES to sing and carry a microphone around.  She just had a baby brother born, Finnegan, and foresee her enlisting him to sing with her, so a made the second page with a little boy.  I used a file from Cuddly Cute Designs~ Little Shining Star.

I used assorted flowers from my stash,
CTMH cardstock,
Glitter trim from CTMH,
Bo Bunny Gems
Helmar Craft Glue

I am entering this project in the HIMCR challenge HIMCR02NSD~Scrapbooking
you can enter it too here

I hope you like the layouts and will leave alittle love:)
Have a great weekend

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Boo Boo Mice

Hello and welcome, today is my turn to share some craftiness at KaDoodle Bug Designs Blog.
What I have for you today is a card using the new file ..Cutie KaToodles ~ Boo Boo Mice.

Are they not just the cutest little guys??!!??
Well I made a 6x6 card, my favorite size..

To create my card I used some peachy colored card stock from my stash, not sure the manufacturer, and the polka dot paper is from.. We R Memory Keepers and the rest is from Close to My Heart.
the sentiment is from Close to My Heart as well.  I inked it up a bit with Tim Holtz Distress inks and ribbon is from Really Reasonable Ribbon Co.
you can get this adorable file in the shop at the link below..

I hope you like today's project and will leave some love.
Have a great day

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

New Seasonal Expression makes debut!!

Have you heard...the NEW Close to My Heart Seasonal Expression is live!!

Lots of new stamps and coordinating thin dies, embellishments and papers that are soo cute, you should see the Flamingo papers..EEEEK!!  Too cute.

Also, this is National Scrapbooking Month and Close To My Heart is Celebrating too..

National Scrapbooking Month—Happy Times

May Constant Campaign

Happy times can be yours during the month of May because it’s National Scrapbooking Month, and we’re offering an exciting promotion to celebrate! With a qualifying purchase of $60, you can get the exclusive Happy Times paper packet for FREE! This fun paper packet, which is available for one month only, features floral designs, gold foil details, and more! You can also purchase this exclusive paper packet at full retail for $14.95 with no purchase requirement. Additionally, we’ve designed a coordinating D-size stamp set, My Acrylix® Happy Times, to go with the paper packet, which you can purchase for $17.95. There’s never been a better time to treat yourself to some beautiful new paper!
Dates: Offer valid May 1, 2016 (9:00 am MDT) – May 31, 2016 (11:59 pm MDT).

Also, for the Month of May, there is a great deal on the Legacy albums...


May Constant Campaign

Now through the end of May, you can save 25% on the purchase of Close To My Heart’s amazing My Legacy™ albums! That is a savings of over $8.50 per album! Choose from our gorgeous variety of colors and patterns available in both post-bound and D-ring styles. But this offer is only available while supplies last, so place your order early to make sure you get the styles and colors you love. They’re built to last and going fast—order yours today!
Dates: Offer valid until May 31, 2016 (11:59 pm MDT).

Don't forget the Stamp of the month..for May
Each month you can purchase a new D-size stamp set, available for one month only, for just $5. When you place an order of $50 or more in Close To My Heart products, you qualify for this special Stamp of the Month pricing.
Think of all the cute cards and scrap pages you could make with this month's SOTM!!
Head on over to my website and browse around, If there is any way I can help please let me know
have a great night, Cathy

Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge # 158

Hello again crafty friends. I decided to get in on the Atlantic Hearts Sketch challenge this week.  I used to be on the Design team for them and I was missing doing the challenges so I put together a card and entered my project.

I used a file from KaDoodle Bug Designs, Pumpkin patch Bear and removed the pumpkins.   I went through my assorted papers box and decided to use the Stampin UP papers I acquired. and Close To my Heart Cardstock.   So there you have it.  If you would like to give it a go too.. here is the link to the challenge here.
Thanks for looking..
your crafty friend 

Butterfly Easel cards

Happy May everyone!!  Flowers will be blooming and butterflies will be popping up before you know it here in Maine.  So I decided to try some butterfly easel cards.  I have seen many of them on Pinterest and I have always wanted to try them. So yesterday I got on Cricut Design spaces and gave it a go.

Laughing out loud....once I started, I could not stop.   I used an assortment of papers and supplies.  I hope you like my version.  Happy Spring!!
Happy Crafting, Cathy