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, June 30, 2016

4th of July with Helmar

Hello fellow crafters, Cathy here with a fun project for the 4th of July using Helmar adhesives.

I started with 3 plain canning jars..

I cut out some stars and a liberty bell out of vinyl for two jars and painted one with blue chalk paint (3 coats) and the other with red. (make sure to let dry between coats) .  After the paint is dry, Spray with the Helmar Crystal Kote Gloss varnish and once that is dry peel away the varnish images.

the 3rd jar... I used Helmar Decoupage to adhere white tissue paper to it by attaching it with the Decoupage and then painting a coat of decoupage over it and let it dry.

After the jar is dried, I then took it out doors to spray a coat of Helmar Crystal Kote Gloss Varnish to seal it.

To decorate, I made a paper pinwheel and used Helmar Premium Craft glue to decorate with rhinestones and flowers and added it to the jar with the pinwheel

Inside the jars I added some dry could use dry popcorn kernels or rice...and place a small tealight in the center and have a fun Fourth of July decor...
Happy 4th of July!!

Have fun Creating..Cathy

Monday, June 27, 2016

Double z card tutorial

Hello crafters. Happy Monday! Today I am going to do a quick post, sharing a couple of Double Z cards I made using Ka Doodle Bug Designs files... Surfin' starfish . and Summer Lovin' Penguins.


Card instructions are as follows

Card base.. 5 by 11"
strip of coordinating or same cardstock~ 1 and 1/4 by 11  scored at 2 and 3/4 and 5 and 1/2
mats for the card base~ 2 @ 2 and 1/2 by 4 and 3/4 and one at 4 and 3/4  by 5 and 1/4
Pattern paper~  2 @ 2 and 1/4 by 4 and 1/2 and one at 4 and 1/2 by 5.

Matting for the strip can be either card stock or designer paper~ 2 @ 1 by 2 and 1/2 and one at  1 by 5 and 1/4

I hope these instruction help.. I have a feeling I will be making more of
Happy Crafting

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

KBD Fishing girl

Hello there fellow crafters. Cathy here and I am posting for KaDoodle Bug Designs today.  I wanted to share a card today that I think a few of you will usually see cards for dads about fishing which will have the dad or dad and son on it... well what about us girls??  We fish too!!  So here is a card for the girls out there that go fishing with their dads and want to show this in a Birthday Card!! I used the KBD SVG file~ Charmkin Cuties/ Gone Fishing Girl

 Here is the inside 

I used Close To My Heart Cardstock, some scraps, CTMH stamp and ink,Helmar craft glue and Tim Holtz distess ink, white gel pen,black micron pen and. Helmar Permanent adhesive runner,

I hope you have a great day and will check out the KaDoodle Bug designs shop and leave some love before you go:)


Tuesday, June 21, 2016

KaDoodle Cool Pineapple

Happy Tuesday crafty friends.  It is going to be a real warm day here in Maine, but not as warm as it has been out west..112 degrees out there..OH MY!  I pray for some relief for them, 
Today I am popping in to share a card I made using 2 different files from KaDoodle Bug designs..the NEW Cool Pineapple and also Shabby Winter Birds.

I made a 6x6 card using scraps and Close to My Heart papers, Helmar adhesives and The Paper Studios faux pearl bling. I also added an Action Wobble to the Pineapple

I hope you all have a great day, thanks for looking in, leave some love on your way out:)

Friday, June 10, 2016

Home Decor with Helmar adhesives

Hi friends..Cathy here today posting for Helmar.  Today's project is some home decor.  I picked up a grapevine wreath and decided to make something for a door for either Memorial Day or the Fourth of July.  

I decided to make my own paper flowers instead of getting store bought ones, so I opened up my Cricut and got to work.  

I cut out a bunch of daisies in subtle different sizes so I could stagger them in layers to create 3D effect.

I then cut 4 of the 12 by 2 inch strips of light gray card stock and scored every 1/2 inch and then mountain valley folded them and made rosettes.

I used Helmar's 450 Quick Dry Adhesive to hold the ends together.

I inked and shaped the flowers with Tim Holtz Distress inks and then glued together with Helmar Premium Craft Glue.

to give the rosette layers a little more dimension, I added Scrap is like pop dots in a tube. such an awesome product..dries in the shape you put it. you need to get some if you do not own it al ready!!

Now to put it all together....not wanting to use a glue gun like I have done in the past.  I always seem to burn my fingers!! So I used the Helmar 450 craft glue..amazing stuff. takes a little longer to set, but holds amazingly..Unofficially hot glue in a bottle!

Thanks for stopping by and checking out the Helmar craft project today and I hope it inspires you to get some Helmar Adhesives of your own.
Happy Crafting!!

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Bumble Bear

Good morning is a post featuring a KaDoodle Bug Designs file! It is the Cutie KaToodles file~ Bumble Bear Flower

What I decided to do with it is make a gift card holder.  So I went in to Cricut Design space and look for a cut for a gift card holder and I found one that had a honeycomb cut on the front of lucky was that??
Now who would not want to get such a cute gift card holder??

Supplies used:
Vellum for the wings
Close to My Heart card stock and papers, 
Tim Holtz distress inks
white gel pen
CTMH watercolor pencil black
black micron pen 

I hope you like my card today, thanks for looking in, I hope I inspired you today.  Have a great Day

Monday, June 6, 2016

paper flowers

Hello fellow crafters.  I decided this weekend to make some flowers out of paper.  So to Cricut Design space and went and found a couple flower cuts I like and printed a bunch to color up with Tim Holtz distress inks. Then I used my McGill flower making tools to shape.

I then assembled a 5by7 card using Close to My Heart papers and used Helmar adhesives..

Helmar Square ZapDots and Helmar tape runner.

Thanks for looking in and have a great day.