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, October 19, 2017

Fun Stampers Journey Presents!!

Hello crafters..Cathy  here this lovely Thursday morning to share about the  events..Fun Stampers Journey Presents: Bloom This Way  early registration.  It is sure to be a fun time with virtual event  where you get to play along with the FSJ crew alone or with friends at your own computer!

Right now you can save on early registration, you have until Monday October 23. to get in on the  Early bird reduced fee...

You can get more details and register for the event here.  Be the first to play with product from the Bloom This Way Trends Mini Catalog, which won't officially launch until January 1! Create four projects and watch additional project demonstrations.

If you would like to take a gander at the online catalog  click here... 
Thanks for stopping in and have a great day

Monday, October 16, 2017

Hershey snowmen

Hello crafters, how are you all doing?  I am doing great..putting in some crafting when I can.  This weekend I decided to start making things for Christmas for friends and family and to sell. I started with Hershey snowmen..

these are just regular size Hershey bars.
other supplies used were ..
white card stock cut 5 and 3/4 by 5 and 1/2 for the body
eyes from KaDoodle Bug Designs file..resized to fit Hershey bar from last weeks freebie file
and the carrot nose  from the Bunny and his Carrot file here
 Other supplies used were small child gloves for the hat,
twine to tie on hat and hot glued jingle bell,
assorted buttons, and embellishments for front of snowman,
scotch tape to hold the white body on the candy bar, I used assorted Tim Holtz distress inks to shade nose and eyes as well as black water color marker and fine tipped black micron pen.

Hope you liked todays' project..have fun creating your own
Cathy. please leave some crafty love.

Friday, October 13, 2017

Me in a Minute

Happy Friday crafters..Friday the 13th that is.  Did you all have a good week?  I did.  I got a little crafting in. I am preparing for a Christmas Stamp a Stack card class at the end of the month.  For the class, we will be using all Fun Stampers Journey products and it will surely be a fun time.

Today I just wanted to share with you my "Me In a Minute" for WHY.. I am with Fun Stampers Journey.
.First of all..I LOVE paper crafting..I am motivated by my (A) desire to create pretty things to share with others, and at Fun Stampers Journey, I can  (B) have extra cash to help at home or maybe even take a little vacation.!!
MY Story..
I started paper crafting around 6/7 years ago when a close friend introduced it to me.  I started out 5 years ago as a Close to My Heart consultant.  I grew and learned with the company and loved it. But I later found I truly loved card making mostly and began looking for a company that shared that love like me.  I came across a friend ..Michelle Kinder and she sent me a catalog and the rest is history... I became a coach and now ..My hope is to grow with the company...grow my team and share the wonderful world of paper crafting with mixed media..and make some money while doing it.

I close in is a great time to join my team..the company has a super super special going only have to pay $25.00 to join FSJ right now.  no where in the industry right now can anyone do that!!!
  Please consider becoming part of my team!!
Click on the link below to get started
thanks for stopping by
Happy Crafting

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Big Deal!!

Have you heard about the BIG DEAL?? you can join my team at Fun Stampers Journey as a card maker and as a hobbyist, just having fun creating your own cards for personal joy for only $25.00 OR you can be an active coach and start a little money making adventure.. sharing with friends and family.

Now is the BEST time to give it a try, it is only $25!!! you would spend way more than that going to your local craft store or Wal mart getting start up supplies! The quality of the products are top notch and customer support is fantastic.. Please give it a try, I would love to have you on my team!! check it out on my website and then click the Join me tab

Sunday, October 8, 2017

Bloom this This Way with FSJ


Happy Sunday all, Cathy here to share with you an event coming your way!  Fun Stampers Journey Presents "Bloom This Way" coming to You tube near you..  There you will get a sneak peek of new products coming to Fun Stampers Journey.   On December 2nd you will join the FSJ crew live for a full day of creativity and fun! You will also be the first to play with BRAND NEW  FSJ  product that will not be launched until January 2018, in the  new Bloom This Way Trends Mini Catalog!!!  How fun is that.??  

There are two different choices for kits to buy, one with the dies and one without.. Also wanted to let you know that once you order, it will not ship til November 13th

Early bird price is for October 5th to the 23rd.
Regular price..October 24th to November 6th
(Shipping and tax not included in price.)
Mark your calendar!!!!!!!!
Happy crafting

Only those who purchase the bundle will receive the private video 


Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Spooky Halloween Kitties

Hello Crafters. Cathy here today to share a card I made using KaDoodle Bug Designs SVG file PG Spooky Halloween Kitties.
I used scrap papers from my big box of, got to use them sometimes.  Some SU ribbon and Mirror card stock from Fun Stampers Journey as well as BOO and bats dies from Fun Stampers Journey
This is a gate fold card and I matted it on the inside with orange card stock

Here is an image of the entire file..imagine all the cute cards and decorations you could make with this file!!!

Thanks for stopping in.

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Make Your Mark!!

Hello crafters..hope you are finding today sunny and warm..and crafty.  I personally plan on doing a little crafting, but before I sign off for the afternoon, I need to share with you the great new promotions that started this month at Fun Stampers Journey... First off is the Make Your Mark promotion...

Nearly all the Planner supplies, planners,planner dies planner stamps and accessories are 25%  OFF.  Perfect time to get your planning Journey on .

   We are also offering two fabulous kits for only $24.95 for those of you who are new to journals and planners.  they will make it easy for you to get started. The first is the Friendship Planner kit.  Included are fun bright colors..great for you or give them as a gift  (hint hint..Christmas will be here before you know it)

..And second is the Pretty Planner kit..Elegant with the black and white!!  

Also all month long planner Divas will be sharing projects and ideas for these planners on instagram and I will share them with you
Jenny McGarey        instagram@ajmcgarvey
Stephanie Howell     Instagram@planner happiness
Nancy Damiano     Instagram@nancydamiano
Annabelle O'Malley     Instagram@agomalley
Jomelle Gomez     Instagram@j4fashion
So be watching and checking them out for awesome inspiration.

I have never had a planner but with the great deep discount...and of course the cuteness..who can resist!!
Happy Crafting  Cathy

 thanks for stopping by..

Saturday, September 30, 2017

Fun stamping with vellum

Happy Saturday friends.  Tonight I am popping in to share with you a card I put together after being inspired by a fellow Fun Stampers Journey coach,, Kazan Micheletos Clark.  In her version she used a different color background as well as a different image that she embossed in the background.

the card is a 5 by 7 
step 1..I made a mat for it with FSJ Whip Cream Card Stock..#CS-0040
step 2..using a dauber (TO-0137) and Cranberry Bliss ink (IP-0049) using small circles ink the edges of the white mat
step 3.. using  Journey vellum (PP-0044) and Journey clear pigment ink (IP-0102) and stamp set Summer Garden (SS--0078) stamp the image twice with the pigment ink and then heat emboss with the Journey White embossing powder (IP-0098)
Step 4 Stamp the bees on vellum with pigment in and then heat emboss with the Journey Silver embossing powder (IP-0100)
step5...Fussy cut the flowers and bees

step 6.. I used the smaller flowers from the Summer Garden stamp set as well as the pine branch from the stamp set Poinsettia Burst ( SS-0524)and heat embossed in white on the actual mat over the cranberry bliss ink.
Step 7.. using Journey foam Squares I popped up the embossed flowers and then glued the bees right on the mat.
step 8..I stamped the sentiment..Thinking of you from the stamp set  Sentimental Prints (SS-0072)
on to a thin piece of Whip Cream card stock and then matted that with the Mirror Gold Card stock (CS-0136) and popped a couple gold gems..(AC-0292)

I really love how this came out, I am going to try it with other colors and different sentiments!

If you would like to purchase the supplies to make this the link to my website is here.
And if you would like to get a discount on all these product and all your future purchases as well as those of your customers..there is no better time to join then tomorrow! thru October 31st.!! Only $25.00 to join my team!!  aaaaaaaaaand if in the first 21 days, you get a party order of 150.00 or more, you can get the Journey platinum Machine ($249 value) for just $50.00 plus shipping and tax...So please come in, the water is fine...

Have a great night!

Friday, September 29, 2017

Super amazing deal!!!!

 Happy Friday friends, let the crafting begin!!!  I have been waiting all week to craft today, and it is finally here. but before that commences I have some WICKED exciting news to share!!!

If you have been thinking about joining Fun Stampers Journey or any other paper crafting company... Boy do I have some awesome news to share on some Big Deals(Huge Deals) coming on October 1st through the end of November. How does a Designer Starter Kit for $25 plus Shipping and Tax sound? This is a low affordable cost to get you started on a great journey. Pretty awesome, right? Also, if you have a qualifying party having sales of $150 or more within the first 21 days after purchasing the Designer Kit, you can purchase the Journey Platinum Die Cutting/Embossing Machine for just $50 plus SH and Tax. Nearly 50% of all the stamps in the catalog have a matching die set available!!

As an added BONUS with your first qualifying party sales of $150, you will get an additional 10% in Commissions. YOU ARE NOT SEEING THINGS! WHAT A FABULOUS DEAL!!! So be ready next month to make that jump to sign up as a Coach on my team. You won’t regret it!  Nearly all the stamps from FSJ have coordinating dies!!

Another great deal for October...Guys, it’s a big one, ALL PLANNER SUPPLIES WILL BE 25% OFF October 1-31!!!! PLUS FSJ is offering TWO planner kits for $25 each and I wanted to give you a sneak peek of both. Some major planner divas will be playing with FSJ’s planners and posting on social media and I will be linking up their fantastic projects and ideas to help get us started (I’m not into planning yet but will be starting also!!!)  I can’t wait to get my hands on the Friendship Planner kit!!

   In the mean time, hop on over to my website and take a look around at all the fun products Fun Stampers Journey will be amazed.

Have a great weekend...Cathy

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Pumpkin pickin Mouse

Hey fellow crafters, how are we all doing this very warm hump day??  I can not believe it is already the end of September..temperatures have been in the upper 80's and low nineties..  So unusual for this time of year!!

Well, today I am doing a post for KaDoodle Bug Designs, have not done one for some time now.  I kind of took a little vacation with so much going on in my life. but things are calming down now so I am back.
Today I made a card using  Pumpkin Pickin Mouse

To create this card I used pattern paper from Doodle Bug Designs Hip Hip Hurray 6x6 pad. 
Solid card stock from Stampin up
Inks from Close to my Heart 
sequins from Doodle Bug designs

I hope you like todays card and will check out this pattern as well as many new and older files from KaDoodle Bug Designs shop

Have a great day

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Sweet Buds

 Good evening fellow is a card made with Fun Stampers Journey's Sweet Buds stamp set item# AT-0262.. using Lavender Fusion # IP-0036Deep Lilac # IP-0055 and Fresh Forest # IP-0013for inks card stock deep lilac #cs-0096 and Lavendar fusion #cs-0017 and Oatmeal Cookie CS-0023 as well as Mirror Gold # CS-0136. GOld gems..#ac-0292 and black twine # AC-0108.. and at the end I gave it a little touch of sparkle with the Journey Grape Silk!!

Before I placed the fussy cut stamped image on the card base, I wrapped around a pencil to give it a little curl for dimension.
Hope You like tonight project.. you will find the products used here\

have a great night...Cathy

Monday, September 18, 2017

Ready for Fall?

Hey crafty friends..we are looking at summer in our rear view mirror sad.  I do love Fall in Maine, it is so beautiful, but not looking forward to cooler days ahead.  Today I put together a Fall card using products from Fun Stampers Journey.

I am loving the vibrant colors of the FSJ card stock and all the yummy ways to add texture to my cards with their sprays and inks.
Products used were:
Lemongrass CS-0019  cardstock
Sunny Days CS-0033 cardstock
Oatmeal Cookie CS-0023 cardstock
Citrus Cooler CS-0089  Cardstock
Citrus cooler Splash  IP-0079
Mirror Gold Cardstock CS-0136
Journey Twine Black AC-0004
Fashion Gold AC-0292
SnapshotFrames Die set DI-0045
Pan pastel Raspberry berry JM-0111

To find these and other fun products. visit my website

Reminder this month is Mixed Media specials month

20% of select mixed media products!!
Pan Pastels
Gel Press
inks and more!!

Thanks for stopping by
Happy Crafting Cathy

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Product Spotlight: Journey Gel Press Care & Storage

Every thing you need to know about the Gel Press care.

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Poinsettia Burst

Hello everyone, I hope today finds you safe. The people of Florida have been on my mind for a couple days now.. I hope everyone is in a safe place.

It is feeling a little fall like here, so I decided to stay in today and play with my Fun Stampers Journey kit.  

I did not think I would really be interested in getting any die bundles, because I have a Cricut machine and I can cut most anything, but when I started playing with the Poinsettia Burst (# BD-0295) stamp and die bundle I fell in love. I used clear pigment ink and stamped the poinsettias and then used white embossing powder to heat emboss and I LOVED them..

I think I am going to have to get some more of these bundles!
You can see this bundle as well as many more on my website.  There is soo many wonderful, fun products carried by Fun Stampers Journey.. check them out in the link below

enjoy the rest of your day..

Friday, September 8, 2017

Have a Lovely Day

Good morning crafty friends and Happy Friday...  As you may or may not know I am a new Coach for Fun Stampers Journey and this week I sat down and played with their fabulous products/
I created a card using two of their stamp sets,  Lovely Day and Summer Garden.

for this  A2 size card I used the following products..
Lovely Day stamp # AT 0188
Summer Garden Stamp # ss-0078
Fashion Gold# AC -0292
Journey Black Licorice twine #AC-0004
True Fusion Black Licorice ink #IP- 0041
black Licorice Card stock#CS-0003
Lemon Drop Card Stock# CS-0018

the daisies were colored with my Spectrum Noir blendable colored pencils.
Check out these products and more on my website

Thanks for stopping by
Have a Lovely Day

Monday, September 4, 2017

Fun STtampers Journey promo

Hi paper crafters!! Cathy here to share a promo with you!!
Have you ever thought about becoming a Fun Stampers Journey Coach??

Well, this is a perfect time to consider it. We are having an awesome  promotion this month only for anyone who signs up to be a Journey Coach.

 What is a Journey Coach?   Well, Journey Coach is someone who signs up to be an independent distributor of Fun Stampers Journey products.  But, wait.  You do not have to sell a thing!  That is right!  Not one thing.  All you are required to do is purchase or sell $150.00 of products each quarter.  That is right only $50.00 a month!   Who doesn't spend at least that much on craft supplies a month?  That is the lowest requirement in the industry!  That's it.  That is all you have to do.  Of course, if you want to turn it into a business that is fine too, but it is not a requirement.  You would be considered a hobbyist and would receive all the benefits and discounts any other coach would receive! 

Sound good??? I recently signed up and have been a grand time playing with their products.. I will be posting a video soon of some products and projects..

For more info, head to my website. or message me, would be happy to help out.

have a great day

Sunday, September 3, 2017

Product Spotlight: Journey Gel Press

Good morning and Happy Sunday friends.  feeling a little like Fall here in Maine right now. going to be a rainy day here which eventually means a crafting day!! yay!!  Before I get to crafting I want to pop in and share a product spot light..Fun Stampers Journey Gel Press!  It is on sale for the month of September.. so I wanted to show you a video of just some of the many things you can do with it,


This month Some of our favorite mixed media products are on sale, and now is the time to give mixed media card making...

Pop on over to my website and take a look much to see!!

I am a new Fun Stampers Journey coach and would love your support <3
Have a crafty day

Saturday, September 2, 2017

Product Spotlight: Craft with PanPastels

Welcome and Happy Saturday!!  I am stopping by today to share a product spotlight of the Pan Pastels which are on sale at an awesome price.   At Fun Stampers Journey for the month of September, they are having a mixed media sale.  And as a new Coach there I am super excited to share this with you...
So what did you think???

Pan Pastels add beauty and a touch softness like chalk without that creepy crawly feeling chalk on your hands gives you..  Below is a quick video highlighting fun things to do with the Pan Pastels..


So...what did you think??  Wouldn't you like to give these techniques a try??  Well now is the perfect time.  Here is the link to my website..a good friend..LInda O' Leary is hosting a party so take a look around and if you decide like I did, to try these pan pastels..hop on to her party at check out :)

thanks for taking a look

Friday, September 1, 2017

What??? a Free Mixed Media set???

Yup , you heard right... If you are ready for a fun crafting Journey.., JOIN my team at Fun Stampers Journey during the month of September.. purchase a starter kit and you can get a FREE mixed Media  Bundle , when you submit a $150 qualifying order by OCT. 31. That is all! 

Not ready to start the Fun Stampers Journey as a coach??  No worries, you can purchase  select Mixed media products this month at 20 % off!!!  Great time to get those PAN PASTELS!!

catch this video and learn more!
thanks for stopping by

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

I am Back on a new Journey!!

    Hey fellow crafters, I have not posted for a while as you may or may not have noticed.  My husband just had a major back surgery and had rehab afterwards which kept me busy and on the road as well as keeping an eye on my grandchildren.

    I have also been in the middle of a transition, I am starting a new "Journey".  For 5 years I was with the company Close to My Heart selling and using their products in my paper crafting.  And recently I quite accidently came a cross a new company the sell similar product and MORE!  It is called Fun Stampers Journey.  I fell in love. so much new and creative products. Soooo, I retired from CTMH and Joined this new Journey and became a coach.  In the days to come I will share all about their awesome inks and more!

They are so far wonderful to work with,  the cofounder Richard Garay is a passionate, religious and very creative family man. and I know I am going to love sharing his inspiration with others..
 If you have never heard of Fun Stampers Journey I encourage you to pop into my website and take a look around!

I am in search of new recruits
In Search of new recruits!!! I would love to see my team grow and now is a good time. September 2017 recruits who submit their first qualifying order of $150 or more by Oct. 31 will receive the Mixed Media Bundle FREE! Plus, they'll receive an exclusive project tutorial!

in the link below....there is a sample of just one of the kits to chose from and some of the perks as well as the link to join my team!!

Thanks for stopping by!!


Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Chooo chooo

Hello crafty friends, Cathy here to share a mini album I created this week.  What fun I had.  I tooks bits and pieces of different tutorials for different pages to put this one together with a Train theme.  Would be fun to add you little guys photos and momentos in. 

Supplies used:
Helmar craft glue
fiskar punch
Martha Stewart punch
DCWV Boyhood stack
CTMH cardstock
Really Reasonable Ribbon green ribbon, lace 

hope you were inspired by my post today, leave some love and come back soon!