Color Dare #404 ~ Happiest Place

This week we have another Fun Color Dare Challenge for you.  This week for Color Dare #404 we have our popular Tic-Tac-Toe board this time it is focused around the Happiest Place papers.  For this challenge you can use any diagonal, row or column, you can add in any of the other colors shown.  Blacks & Whites and all Neutrals are FREE.

Some times it pays to procrastinate. I purchased this Minnie/Mickey mini album from Ginni Candelaria in May of 2019. I knew we planned a trip to Disneyland in November of 2019. My original intention was to give it to my son for Christmas2019. Despite the best intentions, it did not happen. To be honest I am so glad as the original album used a lot of raspberry. I substituted the original papers and used the Happiest Place papers and cardstock. Here are a couple of phots of the album.

I also love the Happiest Place Stamp set & Thin Cuts. I am so excited to surprise my son this Christmas with this album.

Here is another photo of a couple of pages.

Here is the album cover. I used Glacier ink to color the paint and to sponge the circles. I used my Black Shimmer Brush to color the wood words.

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 #404  or you can post them to the COLOR MY HEART FaceBook page.  For this Color Dare Challenge, you have until Thursday, August 4, 2020 at 10:00 p.m. Eastern Time to submit your project.   We love to see your inspirations.

Happy Crafting!

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Mini is Marvelous Blog Hop

Welcome to our Technique Blog Hop!  This month there are 11 of us highlighting mini albums or really anything crafty that is mini.  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 really wanted to create one of the new Stories by Stacy albums and plan to make it for my husband for father’s day, but unfortunately life has been a bit busy.  I will still crate this album but it will be in a little later this summer.  Fortunately I had been working on a mini album so I decided to focus on it.  If you are coming from DEBI MCBAINS BLOG, you are on the right track!

I crated one of these albums for my son after his first year of Pre-K as I did not just want to give him a big box of papers.  You can check out my first on HERE to see how it will be bound. I will plan to take it to Office Depot/Max and have them add the binding.  The size of the book is 9×6 inches.

This is the cover using the Central Park papers.  I really love this pattern paper as it is so cheerful.  The inch worm ruler is a SVG file that I have with my Silhouette.  I used White Daisy, Charcoal and Willow.  I matted the photo with Glacier.

The inside cover is using the revers of the paper and his class photo.  I also saved one of his name tags to add to the album.

The PreK he went to used the Tools of the Mind program so every day they created a play plan which will go in this section which was him drawing a picture of what he was going to do and eventually starting to write what he planned to do. This was the divider tab for his play plans.

I made a divider for each of the different types of papers and artwork that went home.  I used all CTMH cardstock focusing on Willow, Poppy, Canary, Pacifica and Glacier.  Instead of using the actual art work I actually took photos of them, then had the photos printed and added.  This makes the whole book much more compact and a great memory book.   I am planning on dropping it off to get bound this week!! Now on to Junior Kindergarten….

Thanks for stopping by!  Please continue onto HALEY DYER’S BLOG where you will find some additional artwork highlighting the awesome patterns Close to My Heart Offers!  Be sure to leave a comment and let me know what you thought and happy hopping!

Happy Crafting!

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Stampers with Attitude Blog Hop ~ Picture My Life

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 art work featuring Picture My Life (PML). Just in case you are not familiar with Picture My Life, it is a scrapbooking program, meant for quick and beautiful memory-keeping. This program comes in many themes, all based on the gorgeous designs of some of our most popular paper packets. You can also find for a limited time some of the new seasonal inspirations paper packs.

If you are just hopping here from DENISE ELLIOTT’S Blog then you are in the right spot. 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 consultant at the end of my blog.

I chose SEASIDE as my PML to work with of my project. I have also been wanting to try to design a mini album using the new My Creations Mini Kraft Album. The My Creations Mini Albums work perfectly with the PML cards as it has 10 mini page protectors which hold either one 4×6 or two 3×4 PML cards or photos. This year my husband and I are celebrating our 15th wedding anniversary and are taking our first vacation away from our son. I am scared and excited all at the same time. We are going to a beach resort so I figured this would be perfect to preserve our vacation. I just love getting away to waterfront locations, so much so that I’m seriously considering moving to somewhere like this for rent house barrie north.

Seaside ~ My Creations Mini Kraft Album ~ Cover ~ catscrapbooking.comOn the cover I used two Seaside PML card which are backed in Glacier and Desert Sand. I also used my Artbooking Cartridge for the waves using Lagoon and Glacier. The waves are featured on page ?? of the Artbooking Cartridge booklet. I have to admit I was elated when my preview items from the Seasonal Expressions 2 arrived yesterday. As I was struggling what to do with the cover since I knew I needed a ribbon or twine which would work with the colors on my cover and nothing in my stash quite worked. So I am offering up a sneak-peek at the NEW GLACIER EXTRA THICK TWINE Z3039 (which will be available April 1st 2015 in the Seasonal Expressions Two)

Seaside ~ My Creations Mini Kraft Album ~ pg1~ catscrapbooking.comHere is your other sneak-peek ~ the sequins used her are from the new Oceanside collection.

Seaside ~ My Creations Mini Kraft Album ~ pg 8&9 ~



Seaside ~ My Creations Mini Kraft Album ~ pg 12 & 13 ~

I colored the White Enamel Stars to coordinate better. The stars on the right I used the Pastel Peach marker which gave them an off white color to match the Colonial White cardstock. These are just a few more photos of my album. As you can see I enhanced the PML cards with numerous embellishments. I added photo mats and doodled around the edges. So now once I come home from our trip all I have to do is add the journaling and photos and I have a fabulous souvenir from our trip.

Here is a full list of supplies used:

  • Picture My Life ~ Seaside A-La-Carte Z3063
  • Cardstock ~ Glacier, Lagoon, Kraft, and Colonial White
  • Sequins ~ Gold Z2012 and Oceanside Z3041 (new available April 1st)
  • Bling Gem Assortment Z2023
  • Enamel Stars Z2010
  • Junebug Puffies Z3038
  • Chalk It Up Assortment Z3009
  • Pathfinding Assortment Z3012
  • Glacier Extra Thick Twine Z3039 (new available April 1st)
  • ShinHan Twin Touch Markers ~ Pastel Peach Z2460 and Turquoise Blue Z2465

Now hop on over to MELISSA ROBINSON’S Blog and see what wonderful creation she has for you today. If you get lost along the way here is the full list of participants.

  1. Catherine Nowak <--- You are here
  2. Melissa Robinson
  3. Sheila Bennett
  4. Belinda McLane
  5. Jen Patrick
  6. Christy Geyer
  7. Denise Elliott

Happy Crafting!



Halloween is around the corner…….

We are heading into my most favorite time of year. I absolutely love fall ….the cool weather, colors, football, and of course Halloween!!! Some of you may be thinking of other great fall things like kids back to school so you’re able to go and stay in the Denver vacation rentals you’ve been looking at for weeks (my son is not old enough for school yet) and hunting season (my brothers and dad look forward to this). I am actually getting excited to decorate our new home for Halloween, so if you are a Halloween fan like me, then you will love this album I have designed based on my favorite Holiday. Now I know there are a few of you out there who are not big Halloween fans – I do forgive you 🙂

When I saw the Halloween paper pack – Scardy Cat, my mind started scheming. I have purchased Halloween mini albums in the past but I have always wanted to design one myself. I will be selling this album as a kit which you can order and recreate on your own. Here is an over view of some of the pages…..

Scardy Cat mini album collage ~ catscrapbooking.comI designed this album using our My Creations Kraft 3-Ring Album. If you are not familiar with this album you will want to check it out as it can be converted to what ever your theme of album you want, all you need to do is use your Cricut to cut 8X8 inch pages using the Artbooking Cartridge or design your own. I really had fun making this album and can not wait to start adding my photos. This album the way I designed it, has 12 pages and can hold over 30 photographs. You may be thinking wait I don’t take that many halloween photos; no problem you can make is a collaboration of several years of Halloween fun.

When you order this kit from me you will receive color photos of each of the page layouts, detailed assembly instructions, cutting guides, over 25 pre-cut shapes and one of the images pre-stamped for you (the potions on page 2- see below photographs) There will be two different price points for you to choose.

Level 1 $40 plus shipping – this Kit will include the following items:

  • My Creations Kraft 3-Ring Album
  • Scardy Cat Paper Pack (some of these pages will be used for the pre-cut accents)
  • Scardy Cat Complements
  • Scardy Cat Assortment
  • (1) extra Colonial White Cardstock (all pre-cut)
  • (2) extra Orange pattern/Polka-Dot B&T Paper
  • (1) extra Black Cardstock (all pre-cut)
  • (2) extra Sunset Cardstock (all per-cut)
  • Over 25 pre-cut images (including pear, honey and glitter paper)
  • 12″ of Bakers Twine
  • 24 ” of Thistle Diagonal Striped Ribbon
  • 5 additional Black Stars
  • Step-by-Step Instructions

Level 2 $80 plus shipping – this kit will include everything in the Level 1 but will also include the following:

I will be taking orders starting mid September as I am still getting settled in the new house in Colorado and will plan to ship out the first week of October. If any of you are reading this and would like to do this as a workshop and live in the Greater Denver area I would be more than happy to make arrangements to do so. If you are interested please email me at

There are a few additional items you may wish to purchase to help you complete the project:

Here are a some of the pages in greater detail, starting with the cover.

Scardy Cat Album ~


Scardy Cat Album pg 2 & 3 ~

This is page two and three of the album. I will be stamping the tag with the “potions” in Thistle for you when you purchase the kit as level 1 or 2. You can see the new Black Striped Twill complements the album and makes it a great must have.

Scardy Cat Album pg 8 & 9 ~

There are two pages like the one on the right that actually fold out to add more photos and interest to your album. Here is what the right page looks like when it is fully extended.

Scardy Cat Album pg 9 ~

Please feel free to contact me with any questions.

Happy Crafting!


Artbooking Made Easy ~ Elegant Mini Albums

Today’s video shows you how to complete two elegant Mini Albums

using the keys featured on pages 46 & 47 of the Artbooking cartridge.

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The first mini album is done at 8 1/2″ by 11″ and the second one is only 8″ tall.  Be sure to watch the video the whole way through because at the end she gives some great tips for understanding how the Cricut sizes items.  I found this to be most helpful as I am new to using a Cricut.

Happy Crafting!

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Stampers with Attitude Blog Hop

Welcome to the Stampers with an Attitude Blog Hop!  The blogger in front of me is Melinda Everitt.   The Stampers with an Attitude are all excited to show you a little Art with an Attitude, so here we go…..

In March CTMH put out a wonderful video showing how to create a mini album.  I have been wanting to try one myself,  so I finally embarked on it.  The album I am creating is a little gift for my son’s godparents.   What I love about this album is the fact you can use all different papers.   For this album I used papers from the following collections Dream Pop, Later Sk8r, Avonlea, Stella, Dotty for you, and Footloose along with cardstock.  Although I wanted to show off the entire album I have only selected a few photos.

Mini Album- Gavin CoverFor the cover I used mostly the Later Sk8r paper with Outdoor denim.  I used the dimensional banners with blue epoxy bubbles.

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For this page you can see the great textured cardstock from the Dream Pop paper along wit one of the prints.   I love the Zoology stamp set and use it for my accents.

Gavin mini album pg4

For this page I used the adorable Bugs & Hugs stamp set.
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This page used retired papers but the blended so well with the color I was using for this album. It is paper form Stella and Footloose.  I also use the Footloose WOTG stamp set.Gavin mini album pg6

I did use solid cardstock on a couple of the pages to break up the patterns. On this layout I used Pear to complement the Later Sk8r paper. I used the Look Who’s stamp set.Gavin Mini album pg7

For the center of the album I liked the concept of creating a envelope, I will use this to include additional journaling.Gavin mini album pg9I really enjoyed creating this album and I hope you will try one too.  It was really easy to create and so much fun to mix up all the different pattern papers from retired and current papers.

The next blogger on the hop is Denise Elliott.  Be sure to check out what awesome things they have created!!

Here is a list of all the bloggers who are participating:

  1. Angela Garcia ~
  2. Melissa Robinson ~
  3. Amber La Mons~
  4. Melinda Everitt ~
  5. Cat Nowak ~   <– you are here
  6. Denise Elliott ~
  7. LaJeania Hicks ~
  8. Karen Morris
  9. Sandra VanWoerden ~
  10. Sheila Bennett ~
  11. Pamela O’Connor ~
  12. Jen Patrick ~

Mini Album

I saw this video which CTMH produced which shows how to create an adorable mini album.  The great thing is this album can be a great gift for mothers day, birthday or just any occasion.  Check it out….

This had got my mind rolling. Now if I only had all the time to create all the ideas in my head.  I hope to have my own version of this mini album designed in the next few weeks

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