Archives for March 2014

Stampers with an Attitude Blog Hop ~ Fundamentals

Welcome to the Stampers with an Attitude Blog Hop!

If you are coming to me from SHEILA BENNETT then you are on the right track.   The Stampers with an Attitude are excited to show artwork with a Focus on Paper Fundamentals, so here we go.

This month we are showcasing the awesome new Fundamental paper pack.  This is a wonderful paper pack features 20 double sided 12″ x 12″ sheets (2 of each of the 10 designs) with one side being the glossy resist pattern; unfortunately it is sort of tucked away at the back of the idea book but it should be up in the front as it is such an awesome product.  This paper pack can add so much interest and dimension to all of your crafting as you will see with all the beautiful artwork being showcased in this hop.

Fundamental Papers

For this hop I am using the diagonal stripe which is in the Saddle color.  I thought it would be perfect for a layout I want to do for my son playing with his dump trucks.  He is obsessed with all trucks, cars, trains, planes… well any type of machinery for that matter.  Here is my layout….

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For this layout I used the following products:

  • Fundamentals Paper pack Z1939
  • Topiary cardstock X5635
  • Honey cardstock X5668
  • Daisy White cardstock 1385
  • Kraft cardstock Z1375
  • Honey Triangles Washi Tape Z1931
  • Durables Triangle Studs Z1928
  • Honey Ink Z2162
  • Topiary Ink Z2155
  • Saddle Ink Z2171
  • Outdoor Denim Ink Z2140
  • Fast & Furious Stamp Set D1541

The next blogger on the hop is MELINDA EVERITThop on over and see what wonderful creation she come up with this time.

Here is the full list of participants in case you get lost 😉

  1. Kimberly Moss ~
  2. Sheila Bennett ~
  3. Catherine Nowak~   <– You are Here
  4. Melinda Everitt ~
  5. Denise Elliott~
  6. Keeley Kirwan ~


ABC’s Blog Hop ~ E

ABC's Blog Hop

Welcome to the Everything ABC’s Blog Hop!

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, please start at the beginning at LINDA’S BLOG ~ SCRAPPY THERAPY

If you came from JOY MCHARGUE ~ STUDIOWOW then you’re on the right track!

The first “E” that came to mind is our exquisite new embossing folders which I am using at every opportunity.  This time I chose the Quatrefoil Embossing Folder Z1926.  I also have been wanting to try a technique I just learned recently which is to use my Envelope Punch Board to make a bow.  I know you can also use the Artiste cartridge to cut the bow as well but I wanted to try this technique since I have not been using my Envelope Punch Board very much.  I also added some of the new Black and Gray Epoxy Bubbles Z1935.  Here is how it turned out…

ABCs ~ E

To make the bow I cut the following strips of paper ~ 1 X 6 inch, 1 X 4 inch and a 1 X 1/4 inch strip.  Take the 6 inch strip and line it up at the 3 inch on the envelope punch board, so that you will be punching the middle of the strip. Once you punch one side flip it around and punch the other long side.

Making a bow with Envelope Punch board 1

Then line up the ends of the strip so only just the corners will be punched; do this on both sides and both ends.

Making a bow with Envelope Punch board 2

Next take the 4 inch strip and line up at the 2 inch mark and punch out the center on both sides.

Making a bow with Envelope Punch board 3

Then insert the end into the punch so that is is centered and punch each end.

Making a bow with Envelope Punch board 4

Here is what your cut pieces now look like.

Making a bow with Envelope Punch board 5

Gently curl the ends of the 6 inch with your fingers and then glue down.

Making a bow with Envelope Punch board 6

Adhere the 6 inch strip which is now curled and forming the loops of the bow to the base which is the 4 inch strip.  Then wrap the small 1/4 inch strip around the center.
Supplies used:

  • Saddle cardstock X5928
  • Colonial White cardstock 1388
  • Balloon Ride Paper Pack X7180B
  • Black and Gray Epoxy Bubbles Z1935
  • Quatrefoil Embossing Folder Z1926
  • Saddle Ink Z2171
  • Crystal Blue Ink Z2117
  • Holidays Tags Stamp Set D1560
  • Neutral Metallic Bakers Twine Z1921

Your next stop on our Everything ABC’S blog Hop is PAM TROSTLE ~ PAM’S CRAFTY CREATIONS.

Here is the complete lineup in case you get lost along the way 🙂

  1. Linda Norman – Scrappy Therapy
  2.  Joy McHargue –  Studiowow
  3. Catherine Nowak ~ Catscrapbooking   <— You are here
  4. Pam Trostle – Pam’s Crafty Creations
  5. Jenny Gilbert – Jen’s Creative Classroom
  6. Anita Autore- Cards and Coffee
  7. Lauren Moore – CTMH Craftings
  8. Michelle Battitori – Michelle’s Handmade World
  9. Sharon Chapman-Sharon’s PaperFiesta
  10. Cary Magnani – My Heart’s Design
  11. Stephanie Feist-The Quilted Scrapper
  12. Shalana Glass – Scrappin with Shalana

Mix and Match Contest

Who doesn’t love an opportunity to win something?  Well now you have a chance to win one of Close to My hearts new Picture My Life Collections.  I am sure you have heard about My Project Life, well Close to My Heart has come out eight different collections in the Picture My Life series. Here are the collections:

Surf’s Up




Laughing Lola


Later Sk8er




Balloon Ride






If you would like to win one of these great collections all you need to do is leave a comment on Jeanette Lynton’s blog or YouTube stating which paper pack you like the best and you could be one of the lucky winners!!! Be sure you post your comment by March 31st so you will be entered to win.

Happy Crafting!

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Using Studio J™ to Print Photos

I have been blogging lately explaining how I now use Studio J™ to print my photos for my layouts.  I was so happy when Close to My Heart came out with the Express Collection which is just photo wells in various sizes that I started to jump for joy!!  Then to make me even more elated they are offering all Studio J™ layouts for $5 for the entire month of March!!!  So do you want to learn how to use this wonderful feature??? Well here we go…

The first thing you need to do (if you haven’t already) is create an online account.  Then you will need to log on and that can be done here

Once you have logged on you will want to select create a new project.  Then you will see this screen where you will want to name you project.Studio J - creating new project

Once you name your project you will be prompted to upload your photos.

Studio J - upload photos

Once you click on the start uploading photos now button it will open up a window where you can browse your computer for the photos you want to work with.  For me I do my editing in Photoshop Elements then I copy the ones I plan to scrapbook into a folder on my desktop to make uploading easier.

Studio J - selecting photos to upload2

It will take a couple of minutes for the photos to upload into Studio J™, but this is what you will see when it is done.

Studio J uploaded photos

Now that you have your photos uploaded it is time to get started.  Keep in mind you can always upload more photos later.  The next step will be to select the continue button at the bottom of the screen in the lower right corner.   You will want to select the “Start with Express Collections”

Studio J - collections

Then select the “Photo Collections” then select continue in the lower right corner.

Studio J - express collection

You will then see the seven possible layouts from which you can choose ~ 2×2, 3×3, 3×4, 4×4, 4×6, 6×8 and 5×7.

Studio J ~ express collection1Studio J ~ express collection2

Choose the one you wish to use.  Then just drag the photo you want into the photo well.  Once the photo is in the well you can zoom in on the photo, rotate the photo, add a mat, or change the photo to black/white or sepia.  To move the photo so that a different part of the photo is the focus, then move your cursor over the outline of the hand move the photo.

Studio J - dropping onto wells

When you are ready to add another layout with different photos sizes, just click on the “add layout” button in the bottom right of the page.  You will want to select “keep using the same express collection”.  Then you will choose the layout you want and press continue.

Studion J - additional layouts

You can switch back and forth between the layouts within your project simply by clicking on the layout thumbnail at the bottom.

That is all there is to it… isn’t that easy?  I know you will have love using these photo layouts to print your photos, so what are you waiting for?  Jump in and get started.

Happy Crating!

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Studio Savings

Have you tried Studio J™?  I know many people get scared away when they hear about digital scrapbooking.  Well I am hear to tell you it is easy peasy!!! You should give it a try and now is the perfect time to try it with March’s great promotion.  During the month of March, your Studio J™ layouts—including ones using our new Photo Express Collection—for only $5 each!

*Offer valid March 1–31, 2014. Studio J layouts ship in a protected box that can hold from 4 to 50 two-page layouts.


The first time I sat down and tried it I was able to complete three double page layouts in a mater of about an hour.  If I was to do that using traditional scrapbooking it would have taken me about 8 hour.

I now use Studio J to print my photos for all my layouts.  Stay tuned to my blog as tomorrow I will be posting about the new express collection an how to use it to easily print your photos.  Using Studio J to print the photos for my layouts has cut out the issue I have with using photo processing places like Shutterfly, Snapfish and Costco; you are limited with the size it is either a 4 x6 or larger.  I find that sometimes I want to use some smaller photos like 3×3, 3×4 and other various sizes and Studio J™ allows me to do this.

Go online and try it today as you have nothing to loose and only savings to gain.

Happy Crafting!

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Artbooking Made Easy ~ Happy Springtime

I know we are anxiously awaiting Springtime to start to show some signs of its arrival.  As of today we are still getting snow.  While I actually enjoy the snow I know a lot of people are done with the snow.  Since we are still waiting why not prepare some layout for all those great photos you plan to take once it does arrive.  Today’s Artbooking Made Easy video features the keys on pages 62 and 63.

Happy Crafting!

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Family Pendant

I was taking about how easy to make beautiful jewelry using the new Base & Bling from Close to My Heart.  I was able to make this wonderful unique necklace in a matter of moments.

Family necklace2

All I did was print a photo at 1 inch square, then using my 1 inch punch to cut it out.  Then applied a little liquid glass and attached the glass cover and voila… I used a necklace I already had to change things up.

Supply list:

  • Faux Antiqued Silver Pendants Z1962
  • Glass Cover Z1967
  • Liquid Glass Z679

Happy Crafting!

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