To the Moon Valentine

Have you had a chance to check out the new Seasonal Expressions which was just released January 1st??? There are so many great things in there!!! I love the stamp set To the Moon B1507.  I knew when I saw this it would be great for my son and to design boy theme cards and layouts.  The first thing that come to mind was designing my own background to look like the night sky.  I LOVE the way this turned out and I am now hooked!!

To the Moon ~ Boy Valentine ~ Create your own sponged background ~ CatScrapbooking.comIf you are wondering how I created this background I will explain it now.  I started with a piece of White Daisy cardstock.  I used a punch to cut out a 1 3/4″ circle.  I used the reverse to ink my sun with Canary and Saffron.  I then took the punched circle and using a little bit of adhesive I attached the circle to mask off my sun while I sponged the sky.  I used Glacier, Crystal Blue and Sapphire inks and a sponge and began applying color.  I started with Glacier then added Crystal Blue and lastly the Sapphire.  I then used my spray pen with a combination of alcohol and White Daisy re-inker.  I like to use alcohol instead of water as it dries a bit faster.   I misted the sponged background which gave the mottled look.  I then came back with my watercolors and with a brush which was saturated with water and white paint I tapped it over cardstock creating the bright white flecks which look like stars.

Here is the full list of supplies used:

  • Cardstock ~ Ruby and White Daisy
  • Inks ~ Canary, Saffron, Glacier, Crystal Blue, Sapphire, Ruby and Momento Black
  • Stamp Set ~ To the Moon B1507

Happy Crafting!

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Monster Birthday Cards

I saw a birthday card posted on the Make it from Your Heart blog that I have been wanting to duplicate.  So I went to look for it on my Pinterest boards as this is where I will save things I want to go back too.  Well when I found it I realized it was from last January  ~ has it really taken me almost a year to create this card.  Well I guess better late than never?  Here is the original card and here are my versions.

Monster Birthday ~ Boy Birthday ~ Stamping techniques Kissing & Rock-n-Roll ~ Monster Birthday ~ Boy Birthday card ~ Stamping Techniques Kissing & Rock-n-Roll ~ CatScrapbooking.comThe top card uses Topiary, Sapphire and Saffron fundamental papers.  The bottom card I used Fern, and Peacock.  I used two stamping techniques to create these card.  The first was the Rock-n Roll which I used for the Happy Birthday.  I inked it in Saffron and then rolled it in Sapphire for the top card and Peacock for the bottom card.   The second technique I used is the Kissing Technique.  You can see in both cards the green balloon has a circle pattern.  Well after inking the balloon in green I touched it to a clean stamp and it removed some of the ink resulting in a pattern, then I stamped it on the card.

Here is the full list of products  used:

Happy Crafting!

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Christmas Cards ~ Studio J Style

Have you finished sending out your Christmas cards?  Don’t panic if you haven’t as you still have time.  I am wrapping up mine as we speak.  Last year I made over 200 cards for my husband and our personal cards.  This year the number stays the same but I turned to Studio J for the bulk of my cards.  I did still create all of the cards, but most of them were photo cards this year.  I wanted to share with you my Studio J cards as they are a fun and easy way to make cards for Holidays, Birthday invitations and Parties.

Studio J ~ Christmas Cards ~ Jingle & Mistletoe ~ CatScrapbooking.comThe way I did these is using the No Limits pattern and I designed 3 different two page layouts then just printed multiple copies.  I was able to get four of the 4 X 8″ cards on each 12×12″ layout using the Jingle paper collection.  For the Believe cards I was able to get six 4×6″ cards per layout and used the Mistletoe paper collection.

Studio J ~ Christmas Cards ~ Believe ~ Studio J Christmas Cards ~ Believe ~

These are both using the Believe paper collection.  I did change the blue polka-dot paper to the red and green by unchecking the full color under the pattern papers and selecting the color I wanted them to be.  I love this feature as it helps to give you more options.

I love the way I was able to design so many different cards some fun and some more traditional.

Happy Crafting!

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Color Dare #167 ~ Goldrush, Chocolate, & Kraft

Welcome to this weeks Color My Heart Color Challenge!  This week for Color Dare #165 we are featuring GOLDRUSH, CHOCOLATE,  & KRAFT.

11110513_1666635783623213_986618879333279547_oI was flipping through my Artistry handbook and saw on page 44 the pumpkin and sentiment and thought PERFECT!

Color Dare #167 ~ Pumpkins ~ Artistry ~ CatScrapbookingI created a little shadowing using my Clay ShinHan Marker.  I then embossed the pumpkins to create some interest.

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 #167.  For this Color Dare Challenge, you have until Thursday November 12, 2015 at 10:00 p.m. Eastern Time to submit your project.   We love to see your inspirations.

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 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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Color Dare #161 ~ Cocoa, Honey & Poppy

Welcome to this weeks Color My Heart Color Challenge!  This week for Color Dare #161 we are featuring  HONEY, POPPY, & COCOA.

11885106_10153233900974440_1595670941958414997_nI have been wanting to use the new Operation Smile stamp set Animal Greetings D1679 and I thought this might be the perfect time.

Color Dare 161 ~ Animal Greetings ~ Operation Smile ~ CatScrapbooking.comI did use a 1.5 hole punch to create the three circle for my adorable friends.  I used a watercolor brush (the kind withe the water in it and our ink pads to color the critters) Here is the full list of supplies I used:

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 #161.  For this Color Dare Challenge, you have until Thursday October 1, 2015 at 10:00 p.m. Eastern Time to submit your project.   We love to see your inspirations.

Happy Crafting!

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Nevermore ~ Halloween Card part 1

Are you ready for some more Halloween inspirations??  I am having so much fun with all the new Halloween papers, stamps and accessories!  I designed two new cards as part of my September Card Workshop.  Here is my first card:

Nevermore #ctmhnevermore~ Frightfully Fun ~ Halloween ~ For this card I cut the filmstrip is from Artbooking Cricut Cartridge and used the Frightfully Fun stamp set. Here is the full list of items used:

Stay tuned as I will be posting the second Halloween card tomorrow.

Happy Crafting!

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ABC’s Blog Hop ~ S

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

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

If you have just hopped onto my blog, welcome!  If you just hopped here from LAUREN MOORE’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 on Linda’s blog HERE.

For my “S” element I chose SWIMMING, SWIM lessons, SWIM like a fish and SCRAPBOOK layout.  I introduced my SON to SWIM lessons in 2013.  We took a parent/child lesson, which was fun and a great introduction to the water.

ABC's S ~ Zoe ~ Whimsy Fundamentals ~ Watercolors ~ CatScrapbooking.comI love combining paper packs so I decided to mix Zoe with the Whimsy Fundamental Paper Pack ~ Crystal Blue.  I am so pleased the way these papers blend together.  I am also SO in love with these new watercolor paints. Here is a close up of incorporating the watercolors into a layout. I love the fact you can change a papers color with just a brush STROKE ~ This was simple White Daisy cut title and then I added a little blue watercolor and presto a cool new look.

Here is a list of all the products used to create this layout:

Now it is time to hop on over to DARLYS RECKER’S Blog and see what she has created for you today.

Happy Crafting!

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September Stamp of the Month ~Paper Garden

Welcome to the Stamp of the Month Blog Hop!!  This month we are featuring September’s stamp of the month ~Paper Garden (S1509) a set of 10.


If you are coming here from  CHRIS ROBERTSON’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 approximately 39 consultants participating this month so you are sure to be inspired.

11707989_10207393099531945_1646831179381493893_oI love all the flowers on this stamp set.  So what came to mind was to make my own pattern paper with these fabulous flowers.  I chose some soft colors Glacier, Sweet Leaf and Champange paired with Zoe.

Paper Garden ~ SOTM ~ Zoe ~ catscrapbooking.comI added the sentiment on the inside of the card along with a little bit of detail.

Paper Gardens ~ SOTM ~ Zoe ~

Here is the full list of supplies used to create this card:

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

Happy Crafting!

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Convention Fun

I am still reeling from the whirl wind of the Close to My Heart Convention which ended a week ago.   My mind has been spinning and I have been busy planning ever since.  All I can say is how awesome is it that you can say I have to go to a convention at Disneyland????  I love having to say that :-).  I was able to go last year for the first time and never want to miss again.

Convention is all about learning, meeting and seeing friends, and the most important part ~ getting a first hand look at the new products in the Idea Book.  It is truly an exciting, fun filled events.  The excitment and anticipation of the new products is electric and this year is no exception ~ this Annual Inspiration is AWESOME as is the new Holiday Expression.  I am so excited to share some of the new products with you but I will have to wait until September 1st before I can post it here.  However, if you want to get some sneak peeks you will want to follow my Facebook page ~ catscrapbooking.

As for the fun meeting up with friends both old and new was equally as fun.  Here are a few photos I wanted to share from convention.  IMGP3478aIt was so fun to be able to get my photo taken with Carl and Russel.  This year the convention was centered around the movie UP.

IMGP3483aIMGP3422aA couple of photos of our team.

IMGP3589aBeing silly after awards night.

IMGP3697aWhat more can I say…. this is the best company and I just love being a part of Close to My Heart!!!

Happy Crafting!

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