Technique Blog Hop ~Diffuse Your Artwork

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This month we are featuring the technique of ~ DIFFUSERS!  Close to My Heart has just released two diffusers which are to be used with our embossing folders.  You can find these new diffusers on  page 122 of the new Annual Inspirations Idea book.  Diffusers are so cool as it will crate a non-embossed area on the paper you want to emboss. I know that sounds confusing but just take a look at the artwork and it will make more sense.  This month we have 6 consultants featuring artwork using this technique.  If you just hopped onto my blog or arrived from PRICILLA GOTHAM ’S Blog then you are in the right place.  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.

Diffuser technique ~ Sangria ~ Housewarming Hello ~ CatScrapbooking.comYou can see the embossed Colonial White and in the middle where the house is stamped it is still smooth.  There is the list of products used:

Now hop on over to MICHELLE LONCAR’S Blog and see what she has created for you to day.  If you get lost along here is the full list of participants.

  1. Melissa Robinson
  2. Darlys Recker
  3. Priscilla Gotham
  4. Catherine Nowak ~ You are here
  5. Michelle Loncar
  6. Sheila Bennett

Happy Crafting!

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Fall Inspirations ~ Sangria Card Workshop

It is finally beginning to feel like fall here in Colorado.  I sure hope it stays as I love this time of year with the cooler temps.  Enough about the weather… I have been feeling fall inspirations with the Sangria paper Pack.  I have to admit I was not sure about this paper pack but having played with it I am really liking it.  The colors are fabulous as they use several of the new rich Enchantment colors ~ Poppy, Pomegranate, and Eggplant.  I used this paper pack and colors to design my October Card Workshop October 26th at 6:30 PM.  If you are in the Arvada, CO area and would like to come please email me at catscrapbooking@gmail.com for more details and check availability.

October Card Workshop 2015 ~ Sangria ~ CatScrapbooking.comHere are the cards individually.

Color Dare #159 ~ Sangria #ctmhsangria ~ Paper Garden~ catscrapbooking.comThis card is using last months Stamp of the Month ~ Paper Garden and Wavy Blooms stamp sets.Thanksgiving ~ Harvest Wreath ~ Sangria ~ catscrapbooking.comThis card uses the new Harvest Wreath D1662 stamp set.

Sangria ~ Sympathy Card ~ Artistry ~ CatScrapbooking.comThis card is using the awesome new Artistry cartridge and one of the Hostess Exclusive stamp sets ~ Say it All C1632.

Sangria ~ Thank you ~ Fall Colors ~ CatScrapbooking.comThis card was inspired by Lynn Como.  I did change the paper showcased and the card base but it was my inspiration. The stamp sets used are the Sangria WOTG and Victorian Gratitude M1131.  The flower is cut from Artistry.

Please let me know if you have any questions about my workshops or you would like to join me.

Happy Crafting!

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More PML Christmas Cards

Well I did it!!! I finish making all 120 of my Christmas cards and they a in the mail!!  I can now just focus on the baking and cooking!  Since I shared the Picture My Life cards I made using the 4X6 cards already which you can find here.  I thought I would show you some of the ones I used creating the 3X4 cards.

3x4 PML cards ~ Pear & Partridge ~ catscrapbooking.com

It was so fun and easy to make these awesome cards.  I used embossing folders, ribbon, cardstock and embellishments. I has some of the Pear & Partridge paper pack so I was able to incorporate that into the cards.  I also have TONS of ribbon an in my stash I found several which would work with these cards.  Then a little shimmer trim, sequins and gems and presto fun festive holiday cards.

Here is a close up of one of the cards I designed using one of the new embossing folders ~ Scalloped. Plus I used our new white shimmer trim and one of my Shin Han markers and now I have green shimmer trim.

Happy Holidays ~ PML

Happy Holidays and Happy Crafting!

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Color Dare #114

Welcome to Color My Heart’s Color Dare #114!!  This week we are featuring Goldrush, Honey, Crystal Blue and Pacifica.

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These colors remind my of my son so I was thinking more along the lines of a boy theme.  Then with the release of the new Artfully Sent cartridge I though it would be perfect for this challenge.

Artfully Sent Color Dare 114The base was done with Pacifica. I cut two so I could back the robot making a sandwich so to speak to glue the added paper pieces. I used sequins for eyes and a piece of a Slate Twist Tie for the mouth.

Here is the complete list of supplies used:

  • Cardstock ~ Pacifica, Crystal Blue, Goldrush, Honey and Daisy White
  • Emelishments ~ Silver Sequins
  • Cricut Cartridge ~ Artfully Sent
  • Washi Tape ~ Honey Triganles and Gray polka-dot (retired)
  • Ribbon ~ from my stash

Be sure to play a long with us this week and link your creation on Color My Heart.

Happy Crafting!

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Getting Ready for Convention

Words cannot begin to explain my excitement for this week.  I have been wanting to attend the CTMH convention since becoming a consultant in 2012.  The first year I joined I was not aware there was a convention until I started seeing consultants talk about it on Facebook.  Last year I wanted to go but was not really sure what we would do with our son since we don’t have any family local and my husband would need to work.  This fall I talked to my husband and we agreed I would go to this convention and we would have he parents come up to help.  So here we are …. My in-laws are here and I leave for Disneyland in two days!!!!  I have never been to Disneyland, since I grew up in the south we vacationed in Florida so I got to go to Disney World two times but that was 35 plus years ago.  I am a big kid at heart and always have been so I can’t wait.

So I learned over the past two years that convention goers make cards to swap and gifts for their roommates.  I completed my roommate gifts a while ago and I was trying to decide on my swap cards.  I choose Lollydoodle as it is so bright and happy.  I decided to do the hexagon flower design as my swap card.  I spoke with another consultant who has been to convention before to learn how many cards to make.  She suggested 150 – wow that is a lot of cards. I ended up making 120 which was still a ton.

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I will remember for next time that the cards I make will not have as many little pieces that need to be scored.  Each card has six hexagons which each needed to be scored.  This photo is only enough to complete 25 flowers.  I has to score 720 hexagons – but I did it!

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I used Cotton Candy as the base hexagon.  I used Whisper cardstock which I embossed with the dots folder.  Close to My Heart no longer carries brads so I picked some up a local craft store.

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Here is the final card.  I used Joyful Birthday B1419 for the sentiment and used Cotton Candy ink.

I hope to make some great trades and meet some wonderful women.

Happy Crafting!

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Sympathy Cards

It is always unfortunate to say you need to increase your supply of sympathy cards; well that has been the case lately.  I had seen a card designed by Jody Gustafson which I though would be perfect for a sympathy card. Here is my version.

Ariana Sympathy card ~ Catscrapbooking.com

For this card I used the following products:

  • Ariana Paper
  • Crystal Blue cardstock
  • Stripe Embossing folder
  • Words of Comfort C1524
  • Black Ink
  • Artbooking Cartridge for the bows cut at one inch and 3/4 inch
  • Art Philosophy Cartridge for the butterflies
  • Buttons fro my stash

Happy Crafting!

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Thank You’s Go to the Dogs

I love to do custom cards for people and organizations.  I was asked to design some special thank you cards for a Washington Alaskan Malamute Adoption League.  I was excited and jumped right in and was able to design them very quickly. Here are my designs.

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I only chose to do grey/white and black/white malamutes as it worked better with the greys I used for the background.  I designed the malamute cut out with my Silhouette.  To give the cardstock texture and design, I chose to use two embossing folders.

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I was able to use Victory paper with Chocolate and Desert Sand cardstock.

I hope the donors will be pleased with their custom cards.

Happy Crafting!

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Janurary Card Workshop

If you are in the Spokane area I am offering my card workshop January 21st at 6:30 pm.  The cost is $6 and you can crate these four cards.   If you place an order that night for $15 or more before tax and shipping then the workshop is on me.  Here are the cards you can create:

Polar Bears Winter Cheer

This card you will be learning to use dryer sheet to add texture and as a base to hold fine glitter.

Valentines Day Hearts

With Valentine’s Day just around the corner you can create a special valentine for that special someone.

Masking ~ Thanks

When creating this card you will learn how to use an overlay as a mask to add color to a card.

The last card is using washi tape and you will get to choose between the blue or the purple.

Blue-Green Washi ~ Cloud Nine Thanks   Purple-Grey Washi ~ Cloud Nine Thanks

Please let me know if you wish to join me by January 19th.

Happy Crafting!

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Washi Thank you Card

As I mentioned in a previous post I have been in need of Thank You cards.  Since Christmas has just past I knew my need would be increased, so I have been on a roll.  I loved the washi card that Gina Brandstetter designed using HO HO HO  Santa’s Greeting M1028.  I then stumbled on one which that Jennifer of Jen’s Scrappy Pages using A True Thank You M1029.  I made some small changes but here is my version.

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Complete list of supplies used:

  • Lagoon Cardstock
  • Daisy White Cardstock
  • Party Washi Tape Z1908
  • Lagoon Houndstooth Washi Tape Z1850
  • Paradise Baker’s Twine Z1702
  • Aqua Dots Z1853

Happy Crafting!

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Dream Pop Thank You Cards

For all of you who purchased the Dream Pop paper pack when it was available a few months ago here are a few cards I designed using this paper.  I realized I had used up almost all of my thank you cards so with Christmas here I knew I would need some more.  So when I was looking for inspiration the Dream Pop paper is what called to me.

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For this card I used a pinwheel die to make the pinwheel.  I used the Juniper Sparkle & Shine Washi tape for the bottom.  The Thank you is from the Banner Wishes B1438 stamp set.  I also incorporated a few of the Aqua dots for some interest.

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For this card I used my 2″ circle punch to make circles and then positioned those circles back through the punch to make two pedals.  Each circle will make two pedals. I then used the top strip from some of the Dream Pop papers and one of the patterns to make the strip at the bottom of the card. The thank you and circle stamp is from a retired stamp set Tag the Occasion.  Here it are some of the variations I created:

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Happy Crafting!

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