Share a Smile Blog Hop

Welcome to the Share a Smile Blog Hop!

Today you will be hopping with the same talented consultants who bring you the Stamp of the Month blog hop.  Today we are featuring artwork which showcases the adorable Punny Pals stamp set and the Thin Cuts that are only available this month.

If you are just arriving here from WENDY KESSLER Blog, or just starting at my blog then you are on the right track ~ 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.   For this hop we have about 19 consultants participating so you are going to see some fabulous artwork.

I love the 3 x 3 cards that are available for this months Operation Smile promotion.  The cards kit is fabulous but you can totally design your own.

I chose to use Falling For You paper pack and accent with the G0ld Glitter paper.   I cut the Goldrush circle at 1 3/4 inch and used the 2 inch circle die to cut the gold glitter. I used watercolors to color the cute puppy.

Your next stop is along this hop is MELINDA EVERITT’S Blog, so hop on over and see what wonderful creation she has for you today.

Happy Crafting!

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Cats & Bats ~ Happy Halloween

If you have followed me at all then you know that Halloween is one of my most favorite times of the year.  I love to decorate for Halloween, carve pumpkins and so much more!  I wanted to share some Halloween cards I put together.

How adorable is this cat?? I am totally having fun with this paper pack.

Happy Crafting!

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National Scrapbooking Month Blog Hop

Welcome to the Live Beautifully Month Blog Hop!

Today you will be hopping with the same talented consultants who bring you the Stamp of the Month blog hop.  Today we are featuring artwork which showcases the wonderful Live Beautiful promotion!!  I know this month is National Scrapbooking Month and these papers lend themselves beautifully to scrapbooking but they can also be used to make cards!

If you are just arriving her from WENDY KESSLER’S Blog, or just starting at my blog then you are on the right track ~ 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.   For this hop we have about 18 consultants participating so you are going to see some fabulous artwork.

For this card I used the Live Beautifully stamp set with Thistle and New England Ivy.

I decided to try to water color the white gold floral paper.  I have to say I though it would take the color better but it did alright.

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Color Dare 241 ~ White Daisy, Lemon, Raspberry, & Willow

Welcome to this weeks Color My Heart Color Challenge!  This week for Color Dare #241 we are challenging you to combine WHITE DAISY, LEMON, RASPBERRY, and WILLOW.

For this challenge I had the so pretty Live Beautiful Stamp set sitting on my desk so it called to me.  Here is what I came up with.

Now it is your turn to create! Just create a project (card, layout or other craft project) using this weeks colors.  Then link them to the Color My Heart Blog ~ Color Dare #241 or you can post them to the COLOR MY HEART FaceBook page.  For this Color Dare Challenge, you have until Thursday May 4, 2017 at 10:00 p.m. Eastern Time to submit your project.   We love to see your inspirations.

Happy Crafting!

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Everything ABC’s Blog Hop ~ Letter L

Welcome to the Everything ABC’s Blog Hop!!!

ABC's Blog BadgeThis week we will be featuring the letter “L”.  This may be the name of a paper, a stamp set or an embellishment.  Whatever the crafter has chosen as their “L” element will be featured in their post.

If you have just hopped onto my blog, welcome!  If you just hopped here from DARLYS RECKER’S Blog then you are in the right place.   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 bottom of this post.

I was originally planning on using this months stamp set The Long Way Home, but while thinking of what I wanted to do I notices the LOUISIANA stamp set sitting on my desk.  I then changed course and designed this LAYOUT from our visit to New Orleans to visit Family.

ABC's L ~ Florence & Jubilee ~ Louisiana ~ Family ~CatScrapbooking.comFor this layout I combined the new Florence paper pack with and old paper pack, Jubilee.

Here are the products used for this layout:

  • Paper Packs ~ Florence X721B  and Jubilee (retired)
  • Cardstock ~ Colonial White and Whisper
  • Ink ~ Indian Corn Blue (retired) and Ruby
  • Stamp Sets ~ Louisiana M1078 and Dated E1031
  • Florence Sequins Z3213
  • Cricut ~ Artbooking ~ Family Vacation #m58111 and Artphilosophy – tab #m428ba

Now it is time to hop on over to LAUREN MOORE’S BLOG and see what she has created for you today.

Here is the full list of participants:

  1. Catherine Nowak ~ You are Here

Happy Crafting!

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My Layout Challenge #10

Well I almost thought I was not going to make it this week.  I was a busy week and every opportunity I had to work on my layout was met with a bit of creative block.  But I had a break through and was able to complete this layout.

Regatta ~ Happy place ~ CatScrapbooking.comThis was the last layout of our rained out Florida trip from two years ago.  This day was our only sunny day which was our first official day, since we arrive a day late due to missed connections – a whole other story….

Products used for this layout:

Happy Crafting!

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Watercolor Blog Hop

Welcome to the Watercolor Blog Hop!

MarchOptToday you will be hopping with the same talented consultants who bring you the Stamp of the Month blog hop.  Today we are featuring artwork which showcases watercoloring.  Watercoloring can be done using our new watercolor paints or our watercolor pencils.  There are so many ways you can use watercolors and I am sure you will be able to see lots with this hop.

If you are just arriving her from MICHELLE STEWART’S Blog, or just starting at my blog then you are on the right track ~ 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.   For this hop we have about 30 consultants participating so you are going to see some fabulous artwork.

I purchased Hoppy Birthday D1597 which has some adorable animals from down under a while ago; however, I have not really used it until now.  I thought it would be perfect for watercoloring.

Hoppy Birthday ~ Penelope ~ Watercolor ~ Birthday Card ~ CatScrapbooking.comI paired this one with Penelope paper pack and Joyful Birthday B1419.

Hoppy Birthday ~ watercoloring ~ Birthday card ~ CatScrapbooking.comThis one I kept simple Kraft cardstock and Blue shimmer trim.

Products used for these cards:

Now it is time to move onto your next stop on the hop, which is  MELISSA ROBINSON’S Blog, so hop on over and see what wonderful creation she has for you today.

Happy Crafting!

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Using Ink to stamp

I was playing around in my craft room.  I have seen on Pinterest some cool cards using a variety of techniques to apply ink.  I wanted to try some.  I have to apologize that I did not think about taking photos of the process, I guess I was just in a groove.

Sapphire Sympathy Card  ~ Ink technique ~ CatScrapbooking.comTo stamp the flower I used Blossoming Expressions D1665. I put a drop of Sapphire re-inker on the All Purpose Mat.  Then using the spray pen with water I spritzed it a couple times.  Then I inked the stamp in this water ink mixture.  Then using the second stamp with the detail, I inked it with the Sapphire stamp pad.  I used the Packages, Boxes and Tags D1664 stamp set to stamp the tag.  I used the stitching line to stamp around the white cardstock.  I then used the Ink Blot D1660 stamp set, inking it in the water ink mixture then stamped on cardstock.  Here is a close up of the stamping.

Sapphire Sympathy Card detail ~ Ink Technique ~ CatScrapbooking.com

Here is the full list of products used:

Happy Crafting!

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Technique Blog Hop ~ Kissing is for Stamping

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This month we are featuring the Kissing Technique!  Have you heard of this technique??  Well the way it works is you ink up one stamp then take a second stamp with no ink and touch or kiss the inked stamp.  The result is a pattern on the stamp image.  If you just hopped onto my blog or arrived from WENDY KESSLER’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.

I haven not used this technique a lot but have tried it a couple of times.  Decided to make those adorable balloon animals in this months stamp of the month have a pattern.  Check it out…

Kissing Technique ~ Penelope ~ Balloon Animals ~ Celebrate ~ Artfully Sent ~ CatScrapbooking.comYou can see that the Elephant and Horse have polka-dots.  I inked up the elephant then using the cluster of dots from the Balloon Animals stamp set I randomly stamped the inked elephant stamping the dots off on a piece of scratch paper between each “kiss”.  Then once the entire elephant was random stamped, I then stamped the elephant. I repeated the process for the horse too.

Here is the full list of products used:

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

Happy Crafting!

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Want to see another Valentine????

I soooo love the fox which is part of the Spring Critters stamp an thin cut sets.  I decided to use it for a valentine using La Vie En Rose.  Here is how it turned out.

La Vie En Rose ~ Valentine ~ Spring Critter Fox ~ CatScrapbooking.comSupplies used for this card:

Happy Crafting!

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