Archives for September 2014

Stamp of the Month Blog Hop ~ Home for the Holidays

Welcome to the Stamp of the Month Blog Hop!!  This month we are featuring October’s stamp of the month ~ HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS (S1410) a set of 7.

October SOTM blog badge


If you are coming here from MARIA MYERS  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 73 consultants participating this month so you are sure to be inspired.

October SOTM 2014 Images

This stamp set is versatile as you an use it for holiday layouts or cards.  I love the polar bear, and will share some creations with it later.  For now I decide to show you how fun some of the other images are.

Yuletide Carol Oct SOTM Layout ~

For this project I used:

  • Paper Pack ~ Yuletide Carol paper pack X7187B
  • Stamp Sets ~ Home for the Holiday S1014  and Make It Merry  D1617
  • Embellishments ~  Mini Melody Accents Ruby Z1861 and Bakers Twine Neutral Metallic Z1921
  • Pigment Ink Pads ~ Enchanted Z2502 and Basic Z2503
  • Black Journaling pen Z1979
  • Artbooking Cartridge Z1906

I also created this card.

Yuletide Carol Oct SOTM Card


If you notice the star and see that it is green – I used my Shin Han markers to color it.  The white stars will take the color but will need to sit for a minute to dry.  Items used for this card:

  • Paper Pack ~ Yuletide Carol X7187B
  • Stamp Set ~ Home for the Holiday S1014
  • Inks ~ Ruby Z2170 and New England Ivy Z2135
  • Art Philosophy Cartridge Z1686
  • Embellishments ~ Ruby  Chevron Washi Z1933 and White Enamel Stars Z2010

Your next stop along this hop is TRACI GODBEE’ s Blog so head on over there and see what she has created for you today.

Happy Crafting!


Moving Cards

As you have likely heard by now my family has relocated.  I am still trying to remember all the things that need an address change and there are always tons. I am one of those people who try to send out change of address cards to family and friends.  We have moved three times in the last 9 years and I have actually designed my cards for each move.  The past two moves the cards have been very simple but this last time I now consider myself a card maker so it was a bit more complex.  I used my Silhouette to cut out some cute houses which had four different cuts.  So this project ended up taking a bit longer than I had originally intended.

Moving Cards_Frosted ~ Catscrapbooking.comI decided on the Frosted paper pack (retired) as it provides a really great background paper.  I designed three styles with the three different patterns of the B&T paper.  I also used different twine depending on what I had on and.  I was quite pleased with the outcome.

Happy Crafting!



ABC’s Blog Hop ~ T

ABC's Blog Hop

Welcome to the Everything ABC’s Blog Hop!

For this hop we will be featuring the letter “T”.  This may be the name of a paper, a stamp set or an embellishment.  Whatever the crafter has chosen as their “T” 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 arrived from WENDY KESSLER ~ MY SCRAPBOOKING BLOG then you are on the right track.

I was thinking of what I wanted to do for my “T” element and I was having a hard time.  Since our move I have had a couple of things I wanted to blog about one of which was my son’s birthday invitations.  Then it hit me… My sons Third birthday was a Train Theme!!! I could just post about his adorable invitations.

Third Birthday Trains ~

For this card I used my Silhouette to cut the train.  I also used one of my new favorite tips, I used my new Shin Han markers to color the Itty Bitty Sparkles to make them grey.  I also used the Shin Han markers to add the yellow on the banner.

Supplies used for this card:

  • Paper Pack ~ Whimsy Fundamentals, Scardey Cat, Jubilee
  •  Card Stock~ Black, Daisy White, Sunset, Indian Corn Blue, Topiary and Whisper
  • Embellishments ~ Itty bitty Sparkles
  • Stamp Set ~ Hoppy Birthday D1597

Now hop on over to JENNY GILBERT ~ Jen’s Creative Classroom and check out what she has created for you today.

If you get lost along the way just hop back to  LINDA’S BLOG ~ SCRAPPY THERAPY as she has the whole list of participants.

Happy Crafting!


Color Dare # 112

Welcome to this weeks Color Dare #112.  This week we are featuring the fun colors – Cotton Candy, Pear, Juniper and Sorbet.

Color Dare #112 Colors


This week I was also inspired by a card I saw on Pinterest.   This one was one designed by Heather Klump.

Color Dare #112I just love the Fundamental Paper Packs and I seem to savor these paper as I don’t want to use them up LOL.  I have been convincing myself that I can really enjoy these papers more if I decide to use them rather than just savoring them 🙂 When I saw the colors for this weeks Color Dare, I knew it would be the prefect time to start using them.

Product used for this card:

  • Cardstock ~ Juniper, Daisy White, Cotton Candy
  • Paper Pack ~ Whimsy fundamentals
  • Embellishments ~ Ribbon (stash), Glitter Gem (stash)
  • Stamp Sets ~ Pretty Petals C1599, Teddy Bear Birthday A1143 (retired)
  • Ink ~ Juniper, and Cotton Candy
  • Pen ~ Gelly Roll medium white

Happy Crafting!



My New Craft Room Part 2

Last week I posted the first post of my new craft room.  If you missed the first post you can find it here.  This post describes a bit more about my organization and shows the remaining shelves I use for storage.  Let’s start with my stamp sets.  My Close to My Heart stamp sets and some of my other smaller stamps acrylic stamps sets are stored in these towers.  I have them divided into categories to help me find them when I need them.

Craft Room Make-over stamp setsThese 5 drawer rolling carts (4D Concepts 5 drawer chests) fit the CTMH stamp sets perfectly.  I have them categorized into things like sentiments, birthday, celebrations, fall, winter, animals and boy (you get the idea).   I purchased the the 6 x 6 Paper Organizer Z335 to put my non CTMH stamp sets in and then use the Tab Dividers Z1839 to organize my stamp sets. Here is a closer look:

Craft Room Make-over_Stamp sets drawer


I also use Evernote to categorize my stamps so I have a visual of the images before I go searching for them.  Evernote is a free program that allows you to organize things.  There is a paid version too which allows you to do a lot more but for what I am using it for the free version is perfect.  It does take time to get all the stamp sets logged when you initially start but once they are in there adding a few new ones is not a big deal.  With the free version there is a limit to the number of entries you can do a month so if you are just starting out it may take you a couple of months to add all your stamps (also I could not do all mine in a month as it was a tedious process).  Here is what an entry looks like.

evernote screen shot ~ catscrapbooking

You can add categories or tabs which represent what is on the stamp set so if you look at the top bar all those blue highlighted words these are your categories.  So if I am needing an “apple” for my project I can run a search for “apple” and it will pull up all the stamp sets with an apple.  As you can see there is room for a photo so I can then look at the design and pick the one that works for me.  I include the drawer each stamp set is in (hence the d1 = drawer 1) and find it rather quickly.   This system did take time to get organized but it now saves me time since my stamp set inventory is over 200 stamps sets.

Also in these drawers I have my ribbon.  I use photo boxes to store my ribbon.

Ribbon Organization_5109Instead of leaving them on the spools or bags or however they come I staple one end to the photo divider that comes in the photo box and then wrap the ribbon around.  There are not nearly enough photo dividers to hold all the ribbon I have so I purchased poster board and cut those to be the same shape. You can really use type of paper but you want it to be ridged. Here is a closer look at the individual sleeves.

Ribbon Organization_5111

As I mentioned in the last post that I even used the studs as shelves to hold ink and a light.  Here is what I was referring to.

Craft Room Make-over_stamp pads

I also have two tall shelves which house the remaining craft materials.

Craft Room Make-over tall shelves-1


On the tip top are my extra albums and some other items I don’t access often.  On the top shelf I have my flower collection, some tools and my cards that I have created.  I keep my designed cards in the large CTMH organizers Z1834 as they fit very well.  I use the  Tab Dividers Z1839 to separate out the different types.  One of the boxes is entirely birthday but the other includes holidays, baby, wedding, thank you’s, sympathy, anytime cards, etc.  The next shelf down I use to hold my Copic markers and button collection.  The middle shelf is my CTMH embellishments and ribbons which are kept in the two mediums organizers Z4139.  I use the now retired accessory bags to keep my “M” sized stamp sets and they too are cataloged in Evernote.   In the My Acrylix organizer Z1038 I have my new Shin Han markers.  I purchased an Artbin organizer which I have set inside to keep the makers in place.  It is not a firm attachment so if the box gets jostled too much it dose slip.  I use the small organizers Z1438 to organize my pigment ink pads and daubers in one and my wash tape in the other.  The second shelf form the bottom is my memorabilia that needs to be scrapbooked in bins labeled with the year they pertain to.   The bottom shelf is some other paper packs and a few of the other stamp sets I own which do not fit into the drawers.  Also I use our work in progress albums to keep my layouts which I have completed but have not put into the final album.  One of these if for layout that I have completed but need photographs.

Craft Room Make-over_Tall shelf 2


Lastly this is my last shelving unit that I am going to explain about.  This one is really more of a hodgepodge of all my remaining craft items both for paper crafting and just crafts in general.  I do keep my page protectors and flip flaps in the flat 12 x 12 boxes on the second to bottom shelf.  I have my punches in two bins on the middle shelf – I have a hard time organizing these as they are bulky.  I have My Creations items on the lower shelfs.  I try to keep the items i will used the most on the back or sides of my desk so they are readily accessible.

I hope this helps you to see how I organize things.  If you have questions or would like more of an explanation of how I did something, please feel free to contact me directly.

Happy Crafting!



ABC’s Blog Hop ~ S

ABC's Blog HopWelcome to the Everything 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, please start at the beginning at LINDA’S BLOG ~ SCRAPPY THERAPY

If you just arrived from LINDA’S BLOG then you are on the right track.

I just have to say it is so nice to be back to crafting!  I had to miss the last hop for the letter “R” as we were mid move.  I am now unpacked and back in business.  So I guess you could say I got a little carried away with the “S” – Sunset, Spider web, Shimmer trim, Sequins, Stickles, Scardey Cat and Shin Han markers.  Seven “S” elements… I think that may be a record for me.

If the broom

I took advantage of CTMH’s white core with the cardstock by using a sanding block to expose it after running the Sunset through the Cuttlebug with the embossing folder.  I also used the Shin Han markers to color the silver sequins, I have to admit they do not color as nicely as the clear crystals.  Here is the full list of supplies used for this card:

  • Corner Rounder Z1912
  • Cardstock ~ Black, Sunset, and Colonial White
  • Paper Pack ~ Scardey Cat X7185B
  • Ink ~ Sunset and Black
  • Embellishments ~ Sequins Z2013,  Purple Shimmer Trim Z1919, Stickles
  • Embossing Folder ~ Spider Web
  • Shin Han Markers ~ Z2462 Peony Purple, Z2456 Mahogany, Z2452 Golden Yellow, Z2456 Marigold
  • Stamp Set ~ Halloween Greetings D1605
  • Art Philosophy

Now hop on over to LAUREN MOORE ~ CTMH Craftings and see what wonderful creation she has for you.

If you get lost along the way just hop back to  LINDA’S BLOG as she has the whole list of participants.

Happy Crafting!


Color Dare #111

I was so happy to be crafting again since the move, that I could not resist participating in this weeks Color Dare # 111 which features Cranberry, Sorbet, Olive, Lagoon and Pacifica.

Color Dare #111 colors

I was feeling very inspired by Pinterest these days as while my craft room was in transit from Washington to Colorado, I had to at least dream about doing something creative.  I have to admit I love my Lawn Fawn stamp sets – Into the Woods and Critters in the Forest.  I am a sucker for cute foxes so that was the major draw.   I don’t always get to use these stamp sets as I am usually working with my  Close to My Heart stamp sets.  But I saw a card on Pinterest and knew I needed to lift it.  It was originally designed by Melinia Deasy but I changed some of the animals and colors.

Color Dare #111 ~

I used my Silhouette to design the card frame, then just popped it up with CTMHs new thin foam tape. I used the dies that coordinate with The Lawn Fawn -In the Woods set to cut the fox, skunk and deer.  I had to hand cut the porcupine.  I used my Shin Han markers to color the critters – I am really loving these markers.

Here is the full list of supplies used:

  • Cardstock ~ Slate, Cranberry, Lagoon, Olive, Pacifica & Sorbet
  • Stamp Sets ~ LF – In the Woods & Critters in the Forest, CTMH – Babycakes WOTG (for party hats) & Belated Birthday B1442
  • Embellishments ~ Black and Grey Sparkle assortments Z1754
  • Shin Han Markers~ Tender Pink Z2464, Marigold Z2457, Pastel Peach Z2460, Warm Grey Z2468, Barely Biege Z2445, Clay Z2451, and Mahogany  Z2456
  • Ink ~ Pacifica, Cranberry, Sorbet, Lagoon and Black

Now why don’t you give this weeks Color Dare a try!

Happy Crafting!


My New Craft Room part 1

Well I can now officially say I am settled in, since my craft room is now set up. I was really spoiled with my last craft room with the size of it but the view of from this one is better. I now can look out the window and see the back yard and beyond, where as at the last house my window was under the deck so not much of a view. Unfortunately the lighting in the last and this one are not the best. I will say I do have more natural light coming in but over all the lighting is not great and I hope to improve in the future. I am certainly not complaining as I am just happy to have the space. A friend of mine recommended a Bissell vacuum cleaner to compliment my new room as that’s what she uses to keep her craft room tidy and clean. Here is the company website. I am going to walk you through my craft room and how I organize it. So lets get started….

Craft Room Make-over overviewSo as you can see everything is out of the boxes and I had to add a little extra to this room – a playroom. Gavin got a new train table for his birthday and the only place it could go was here. I hope this arrangement works and allows me a bit more time in my craft room while Gavin keeps busy 🙂

Craft Room Make-over overview 2I used all the space I could including the exposed studs. I mounted a light, hung the baby monitor, and used it as a shelf for all my CTMH Inks so they are at eye level.

I changed my table last year so that it is one I stand at instead of sitting. I really like this as I can move and reach everything I need and not feel sedentary. My table is actually composed of 5 pieces. Here is a look at each of them.

Craft Room Make-over - Table endThe two ends are bookshelves I purchased at Walmart, if memory serves me correctly. They give me a bit more space for books and other items. The other side has all my how-to-books, sketches and magazines.

Craft Room Make-over table middle This is the center part – they are two rolling carts I purchased at Michaels. Each unit holds 7 of the 12 x 12 paper bins and I can then stack a few more on top. I keep all my non CTMH papers in these and they are divided based on colors and then common themes. What I mean by common themes? There are certain papers I love to scrapbook ~ Halloween/Fall, Christmas/Winter, Boy and pets; so I have bins with the papers that fit these themes.

Craft Room Make-over Table topMy top is actually a melamine covered board I purchased at Home Depot or Lowes. We then added trim to the edges but unfortunately the movers damaged it so I will have to re-do some of the trim. On my table top I use a cork pad as it helps to keep small items from sliding a round. I also have my new CTMH All- purpose mat on the left. I also keep my current catalog out so I can reference easily.

Craft Room Make-over shelves lowThis is my new piece of furniture – Kallax shelving from Ikea. These shelves are great as they do hold 12 x 12 paper. As you can see this is what I used to store below. It works perfectly for my Silhouette and Cricut on top.

Craft Room Make-over_printer shelvesI used this shelving to house all my Sterilite sheaves which I have had for years. The bottom shelf hold some of my non-CTMH stamp sets and adhesives. The middle shelf is my glitter, heat embossing, photo paper, cards, and blocks. This shelf works great for my printer and large paper cutter which sit on top.

Craft Room Make-over_middle backThis is in between the the two long shelves behind my desk. These are from Michaels and the bottom one I use for scrap pieces of my CTMH cardstock. I will save my scraps providing they are of a usable size and they work great when you just need a piece for a card or on a layout. In the open cube I have retired CTMH paper. On top of this stack are two plastic drawers which hold my Stickles and re-inkers.

Well this is the first part of my new craft room, stay tuned as I will post part two later this week. If you have questions about how I organize things please let me know.

Happy Crafting!







Stampers with Attitude ~ Scaredy Cat

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 artwork with the Scaredy Cat paper pack.  Keep in mind that a blog hop is just a big circle so if you have just come from FAWN CARRIKER’s blog, then you are in the right spot and you will find your next blog at the bottom of this post.

I love the Halloween pencils that are shown on page 41 of the new Annual Insprirations Idea Book.  I thought they would be supper cute as straws too.  So I recreated them.


Scardy Cat Straws ~

Every year we have a pumpkin carving party and these will be great to have for the kids to use or I may just save them as decorations.

Products used:

  • Scaredy Cat Paper Pack X7185B
  • Basic Fundamental Paper Pack Z1939
  • Stamp Set ~ Frightfully Fun B1453
  • Shin Han Markers ~ various
  • Scaredy Cat Assortment Z3011
  • Black Shimmer Trim Z1809
  • Thistle Diagonal Striped Ribbon Z1990
  • Cardstock ~ Colonial White, Thistle and Sunset
  • Artiste Cricut Cartridge
  • Momento Black Ink
  • Straws

Now hop on over to CHRISTY GEYER’s Blog and check out what she has created for you today.

Here is the complete list of our participants in case you get lost along the way:

  1. Jen Patrick:
  2. Sheila Bennett ~
  3. Wendy Taylor:
  4. Jaime Llewellyn ~
  5. Fawn Carriker ~
  6. Catherine Nowak ~
  7. Christy Geyer:
  8. Melissa Robinson –
  9. Di Crawford:
  10. Denise Elliott:
  11. Belinda McLane-
  12. Debbie Andrews –
  13. Sue Latta:
  14. Melinda Everitt ~

Happy Crafting!


Color Dare #110

Well I did it!  I was able to get my craft room set up so I could create my first project as a member of the Color Dare Design Team.  I am planning on posting photos of my new craft room set up this weekend.  I was not sure I was going to be able to pull this off but I was able to get it done today.  So with our further adieu here is this weeks Color Challenge #110.

Color Dare #110 Colors

These colors are very fall like to me and I am so happy to have the cooler temperatures.  As I have mentioned before Fall is one of my favorite times of the year.  I have to admit I am a bit surprised to hear as I write this blog for tomorrow, that we may be waking to our first snow flurries …. Really???? Wow – I do like snow but I guess I am a bit shocked it will be arriving so early it is only mid September.  Anyway here is my fall inspired thanks card.

Color Dare #110 ~

For this card I used the following products:

  • Paper Pack ~ Scardy Cat
  • Cardstock ~ Barn Red, Sunset, Colonial White
  • Stamp Sets ~ Happy Autumn D1550, Timely Tidings M1047
  • Ink ~ Barn Red, Honey and Sunset

Happy Crafting!


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