Archives for February 2015

March Stamp of the Month ~Choose Happy

Welcome to the Stamp of the Month Blog Hop!!  This month we are featuring March’s stamp of the month ~Choose Happy (S1503) a set of 14.

MarchSOTMBadge If you are coming here from PRISCILLA GOTHAM’s Blog, then you are in the right spot ~ Welcome!  The blog hop is a great big circle, so you can start here and work your way around.  If you get lost along the way, you can find the complete list of participating  consultants on Melinda’s blog HERE.  This month we have over 50 consultants participating this month so you are sure to be inspired.

Choose Happy

This stamp set is very whimsical and be fun addition to any card or layout.  When I was brainstorming for an inspiration the first thing that came to mind was a tag.  Then I went to the Close to My Heart how to book,  Wishes, and was instantly inspired by the card on the cover. I flipped to page 97 and got to work.

Choose Happy SOTM CTMH ~catsrapbooking.comI actually combined two of the sentiments on the stamp set “you’re special” and “this day”.  Using a masking technique I was able to combine them and create “You’re Special Day”.  I colored the frame using our new ShinHan markers to make it really pop. ***I realize I have made a faux pas ~ My card is not grammatically correct.  I will try and make the change as soon as I can. ***

Choose Happy SOTM CTMH ~ catscrapbooking.comHere is the full list of supplies used for this card:

  • Paper Pack ~ Brushed X7190B
  • Cardstock ~ Pixie and White Daisy
  • Embelishments ~ Flamingo Dots Z1934, Topiary Striped Washi Tape Z2002 and Topiary Mini Chevron Ribbon Z1929
  • Stamp Set ~ Choose Happy S1503
  • ShinHan Markers ~ Light Orange Z2455, Vivid Green Z2466, Cherry Pink Z2450, Golden Yellow Z2452 and Tender Pink Z2464
  • Cricut Cut ~ Tag
  • How to Book ~ Wishes 9041

Your next stop is along this hop is ANGELA WHITE’S Blog, so hop on over and see what she had created for you today.

Happy crafting!

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ABC’s Blog Hop ~ E

Welcome to the Everything ABC’s Blog hop!

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For this hop we will be featuring the letter “E”.  This may be the name of a paper, a stamp set or an embellishment.  Whatever the crafter has chosen as their “E” element will be featured in their post.

If you have just hopped onto my blog, welcome!  If you just hopped here from PAM TROSTLE Blog then you are in the right place.

For my “E” element I choose dry EMBOSSING and Seasonal EXPRESSIONS 1.   I just love the paper pack in this idea book, particularly Hopscotch.  I also found my inspiration for this card on page 17.

Husky Thank You Card ~ ABC's Hop ~ Catscrapbooking.comI was asked to design some thank  you cards for a Siberian Husky and Malamute rescue organization.  I have done this for a couple of Malamute Rescues and since we have Huskies (and have had malamutes in the past) I was honored to have the opportunity to create them.  For this card I used the following items:

  • Paper Pack ~ Hopscotch X7194B
  • Cardstock ~ Glacier, Flaxen and White Daisy
  • Embossing folder ~ Pawprint (Darice)
  • Stamp ~ Husky (brand unknown) and Banner Wishes B1438
  • ShinHan Marker ~ Turquoise Blue Z2465
  • Journaling Pen ~Marvy Uchida LePen Journaling Pen Z1979

Now hop on over to LAUREN MOORE’s Blog and check out what technique she will be featuring for the letter “E”.  If you get lost along the way you can find the full list of participants on LINDA NORMAN’S Blog.

Happy Crafting!

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Color Dare #131 ~Outdoor Denim, Honey, Sunset, Olive & White Daisy

Welcome to another week with Color My Heart Color Challenge!!  This week for Color Dare #131 we are featuring Outdoor Denim, Honey, Sunset, Olive and White Daisy.

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When I first saw these colors the first thing that came to mind was boy!  And seeing that I am in need of some boy themed cards I knew this would be the perfect inspiration.

Color Dare #131 ~ Fast and Furious ~ Catscrapbooking.comItems used for this project:

  • Cardstock ~ Sunset, Outdoor Denim, Olive and White Daisy
  • Ink ~ Outdoor Denim
  • Embellishments ~ White Enamel Stars Z2010 & Honey Triangles Washi Tape Z1931
  • Stamp Set ~ Fast and Furious D1541
  • Embossing Folder ~ Honeycomb Z1995
  • ShinHan Marker ~ Sap Green Z2463

Please join us this week for Color My Heart with this weeks Color Dare.  Just create a project (card, layout or any craft project) using this weeks colors and then link them HERE.

Happy Crafting!

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Combining Paper Packs

I just love the Close to My Heart color pallet and their fabulous paper packs.  It makes mixing and matching paper packs so easy and so much fun.  I do have a confession in that I have struggled with using multiple patten papers.  This seems to have changed dramatically since becoming a CTMH Consultant – why is this?? Well I strongly believe it is because of the fabulous colors and wonderful designers who create such great patterns.

I have a fun single page layout for you that I designed using Hopscotch and Chalk it up paper packs.

Chalk it up, Hopscotch layout ~ Catscrapbooking.comI am really happy the way this layout turned out.  Here are the supplies I used for this layout:

  • Paper Packs ~ Chalk it up X7184B & Hopscotch X7194B
  • Cardstock ~ White Daisy, Lagoon and Flaxen
  • Emelishments ~ Chalk it Up Assortment Z3009 and Buttons from stash
  • Ribbon~ Black Striped Twill Z1988
  • Punches ~ Scalloped Border Punch Z1851 and notebook punch from stash

Happy Crafting!

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Album Allure ~ BOGO Half Price

If you are a scrapbooker you want to make sure to take advantage of this month’s special.  Close to My Heart is offering a great deal on their wonderful albums…. Buy one and get the second one half off!!  If you are like me, you are looking for good deals on high quality albums and this is what you have been waiting for.  I have given up on all other albums as they do not stand up and are not the quality that the Close to My Heart albums hold.  I highly recommend these albums!  Whether you prefer the three ring or post bound albums these are for you!1502-cc-album-allure

Be sure you take advantage of this great deal today as this offer disappears at the end of this month.  Just click HERE to order yours.

Happy Crafting!

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Technique Blog Hop ~ Music to the Eyes

Welcome to the Technique Blog Hop!

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This month there are 16 consultants featuring the technique ~ Music to the Eyes.  This technique is featured on page 34 of the Annual Inspirations Idea Book.  Have you ever just taken a pen and sketched or outlined something?  Well why not incorporate this into your layouts or cards?   It seems to be the trendy thing these days and I have to admit I am beginning to jump on the movement.  It is really fun to take your journaling pen and add a little accent here and there to draw your eye to features.  This blog hop is a great big circle so you can start wherever you want and continue through to see all the fabulous artwork incorporating this technique.  If you are coming from HALEY DYER’S Blog, you are on the right track!

I designed a layout using Hopscotch (I told you I love this paper pack 🙂 ). I used several solid cardstock colors and used my journalling pen to add some interest to the cardstock.

Technique hop ~ Hopscotch ~ Catscrapbooking.comI love this photo of my son when he was just a year old, his expression is priceless.  You can see where I used my journaling pen – around the blue cardstock, the journaling box and on the letters.  Here is a close up.

Technique hop ~ Hopscotch detail ~ Catscrapbooking.comThe cool thing about this technique is you don’t have to be able to draw straight lines!!! It is actually more fun if you wiggle your pen a bit.  There are so many ways you can do this doodling with adding breaks like I did with the three dots or no breaks.  You can use hatch marks or zig-zags the possibles are limitless.  I wanted to mention on the banner I created my own random stamped paper as I wanted to use second generation stamping rather than the boldness of the pattern paper.

Items used to complete this layout:

  • Paper Pack ~ Hopscotch X7194B
  • Embelishments ~ Hopscotch Complements X7194C and Extra Thick Flaxen Twine Z3035
  • Cardstock ~ Indian Corn Blue, Colonial White, Sunset, and Flaxen
  • Inks ~ Indian Corn Blue, Flaxen, Glaicier, and Sunset
  • Journaling pen ~ Marvey Uchida LePen Z1979
  • Stamp Sets~ A Happy Hello S1502 (Feb Stamp of the Month) and Thanks a Bunch C1603
  • Cricut ~ Art Philosophy pg 49

Thanks for stopping by! Please continue onto DARLYS RECKER’S Blog where you will find some additional artwork highlighting this technique! Be sure to leave a comment and let me know what you thought of my variation and happy hopping!

Happy Crafting!

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Here is the full list of participants in case you get lost along the way.

  1. Sheila Bennett
  2. Wendy Kessler
  3. Michelle Loncar
  4. Melissa Robinson
  5. Debi Barber
  6. Belinda McLane
  7. Di Crawford
  8. Haley Dyer
  9. Catherine Nowak ~ You are here
  10. Darlys Recker
  11. Tonya Whitehurst
  12. Melissa David
  13. Judy Faye Garner
  14. Denise Elliott
  15. Lisa Plummer

ABC’s Blog Hop ~ D

Welcome to the Everything ABC’s Blog hop! ABC's Blog HopFor this hop we will be featuring the letter “D”.  This may be the name of a paper, a stamp set or an embellishment.  Whatever the crafter has chosen as their “D” element will be featured in their post.

If you have just hopped onto my blog, please start at the beginning at LINDA’S BLOG ~ SCRAPPY THERAPY .  If you just came from DIANA SANDERS Blog then you are in the right place.

Today for my “D” element I have choose DAFFODILS.  I love the new stamp set A Little Note A1171.  You can see it featured on page 23 of the Seasonal Expressions One.  I so love the card displayed on that page.  I have been meaning to design my own cards for some time so this was the perfect excuses.  I actually designed three cards using this stamp set.

A Little Note ~ ABC's D ~ catscrapbooking.com

This one was simple just using Topiary and Canary cardstock to double frame the Daffodils and then putting on Kraft cardstock.  I used the Yellow diamond washi tape on White Daisy cardstock then split it down the center.

Blushed ~ A Little Note ~ ABC's D ~ catscrapbooking.comFor this card I though the Brushed paper pack would coordinate wonderfully with this stamp set.  I used the topiary washi as accent.

Hopscotch ~ A Little Note ~ ABC's D ~catscrapbooking.comThis is my favorite!   I know I have said this so many times but I absolutely love the Hopscotch paper pack and knew it would be great for this card.   I used Glacier to back the stamped White Daisy cardstock with Flaxen Extra Thick Twine to accent the design.

Supplies used for all cards:

  • Paper Packs ~ Hopscotch X7194B, Brushed X7190B
  • Cardstock ~ Glaicer, Canary, Topary, White Daisy and Kraft
  • ShinHan Markers ~ Pastel Green Z2459, Sap Green Z2463, Golden Yellow Z2452, and Maragold Z2457
  • Embellishments ~ Flaxen Extra Thick Twine Z3036. Junebug Puffies Z3038, Honey Triangles Washi Z1931 and Topiary Stripe Washi Z2002

Now it is time to hop on over to PAM TROSTLE’S Blog and see what she has created for you today.  If you get lost along the way you can always check back with Linda’s Blog as she has the full list of participants.

Happy Crafting!

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Color Dare #129 ~ Heartstrings

Welcome to another week with Color My Heart Color Challenge!!  This week for Color Dare we are featuring the colors of Heartstrings paper pack which are ~ Cranberry, Crystal Blue, Hollyhock, lagoon, Whisper and White Daisy.

Color Dare #129 BadgeI have to admit that I have not been a big Valentine person and never really celebrated it too much as an adult.  However between this paper pack and having a child I have been having fun with Valentines creations. I know this paper pack can be used for more than just Valentines but since we are one day away from Valentines Day, I figured I would design a card which would work for Valentines or anytime you just wanted to say “Love You”.

Color Dare #129~ Heartstrings ~ Catscrapbooking.com

For this card I used the Heartstrings paper pack with Lagoon, Whisper and White Daisy cardstock.  I used the Hostess Exclusive stamp set Happy Hexagons C1596 with Lagoon and Hollyhock ink.  I used the hearts embossing folder and using a sanding block I exposed the white core of the cardstock.  I also added a few Stuck on you Puffies and some white shimmer trim.

Please join us this week for Color My Heart with this weeks Color Dare.  Just create a project (card, layout or any craft project) using this weeks colors and then link them HERE.

Happy Crafting!

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Wolf and Fox EOS Valentine

I posted a few days ago a valentines card which included an EOS lip balm for my son’s teachers, which you can find HERE.   I mentioned on that post I designed two more for my boys.  Well here they are.

wolf & fox EOS Valentine ~ Catscrapbooking.com

I really love these two little critters.  I cut theses with my Silhouette and added a 1.5 inch circle to the design where the nose of the fox and wolf would be. Each of the critters has seven layers so I had to line up the 1.5  inch circle in the exact same place on each of the layers. I decided since I was giving this to my son and husband it would design this one with just the EOS and not including the packaging.  I added the double heart and stamped it using Holiday Tags stamp set 1560.  As my son will say “thats so cute”.

Happy Crafting!

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Stampers with Attitude Blog Hop ~ Seasonal Expression 1

Welcome to the Stampers with Attitude Blog Hop!! The Stampers with Attitude is the team lead by Kimberly Moss.  This month the Stampers with Attitude are going to be showcasing Seasonal Expression 1 artwork.  The Seasonal Expression is the supplemental catalog which is only available until March 31st.  So if you love these paper packs, embellishments and a few stamp sets (anything with the clock icon) as when March 31st rolls around they will be gone.

If you are just hopping here from PAMELA O’CONNOR’S Blog  then you are in the right spot.  The blog hop is a great big circle, so you can start here and work your way around.  If you get lost along the way, you can find the complete list of participating  consultants at the end of this blog.

I just love the Hopscotch paper pack!!! It is such a fun and versatile paper.  I will be sad to see this one goes, so if you like it be sure  you order yours now because March 31st will be here before we know it.  I have designed a layout using this paper pack for todays hop.

Hopscotch layout ~ catscrapbooking.comFor this layout I used the following products:

  • Hopscotch Paper Pack ~ X7194B
  • Cardstock ~ Glacier
  • Hopscotch Complements ~ X7194C
  • Embellishments ~ Extra Thick Flaxen Twine Z3036 and Sparkles Clear Assortment Z1752

Now hop on over to HILARY REYNOLDS’ Blog and see what she has designed for you today.

If you get lost along the way here is a full list of participants.

Happy Crafting!

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