Everything ABC’s Blog Hop ~ Letter T

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

ABC's Blog BadgeThis week 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, 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.

Well one of the things I have been consumed by recently is my son’s fifth birthday. This year he wanted TEENAGE Mutant Ninja TURTLE as the THEME.  I was able to create some things for the party this year but not as much as in the past.


For the gift bags we made numb chucks out of pool noodles, black duck tape, black nylon cord and 3/4″ pvc pipe ends.  The kids thought they were so fun!ninja-pizza-toss-teenage-mutant-ninja-birthday-catscrapbooking-com

For one of the game I painted an open mouth Micky on a large box and then turned small frisbees into mini pizzas that they could toss into the open mouth.teenage-mutant-ninja-turtle-thank-you-cards-ninja-turtle-birthday-catscrapbooking-comSince I did not get time to create invitations I knew I needed to make the THANK you notes.  These were simple to create.

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:

Catherine Nowak ~ You are Here
Happy Crafting!

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Color Dare #205 ~ Juniper, Thistle, Eggplant, Crystal Blue, and White Daisy

Welcome to this weeks Color My Heart Color Challenge!  This week for Color Dare #205 we are challenging you to combine JUNIPER, THISTLE, EGGPLANT, CHRYSTAL BLUE,  and WHITE DAISY.

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For this week I was excited to play with the brand new Cricut Collection ~ Flower Market!!  I saw the hydrangeas and knew that was what I was going to create.  It is so easy and turns out so cool, take a look…

Color Dare #205 ~ Flower Market ~ Thank you card ~ CatScrapbooking.comI decided the white was too much for the background so I watercolored the cardstock to match the Juniper. Love the way this turned out and it took no time!!! I did have to bust out my new Shimmer Brush Z3293 I used it in the centers of the flowers.

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 #205 or you can post them to the COLOR MY HEART FaceBook page.  For this Color Dare Challenge, you have until Thursday July 28, 2016 at 10:00 p.m. Eastern Time to submit your project.   We love to see your inspirations.

Happy Crafting!

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Thank You Gift Card Set

Do you follow CTMH on Instagram?  Well a couple of weeks ago they showed a technique of using spray pens to color a Cricut cut sentiment.  Well I loved it and could not wait to try it.  Here are my cards.

Thank you card sets ~ catscrapbooking.comFor this set I used Pear, Lagoon and Smoothie reinkers mixed with rubbing alcohol as it will dry faster than water.  I used the Quatrafoil, Diamond and Dot embossing folders.  I really love this look so simple but the outcome is fabulous.

Thank you gift card sets 2 ~ CatScrapbooking.comI designed two sets the second one is with Glacier, Flaxen and Thistle reinkers.  I packaged them in sets of 6, two of each of the embossed cards for a great gift card set.

Happy Crafting,

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ABC’s Blog Hop ~ E

Welcome to the Everything ABC’s Blog hop!

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, welcome!  If you just hopped here from PAM TROSTLE Blog then you are in the right place.

For my “E” element I choose dry EMBOSSING and Seasonal EXPRESSIONS 1.   I just love the paper pack in this idea book, particularly Hopscotch.  I also found my inspiration for this card on page 17.

Husky Thank You Card ~ ABC's Hop ~ Catscrapbooking.comI was asked to design some thank  you cards for a Siberian Husky and Malamute rescue organization.  I have done this for a couple of Malamute Rescues and since we have Huskies (and have had malamutes in the past) I was honored to have the opportunity to create them.  For this card I used the following items:

  • Paper Pack ~ Hopscotch X7194B
  • Cardstock ~ Glacier, Flaxen and White Daisy
  • Embossing folder ~ Pawprint (Darice)
  • Stamp ~ Husky (brand unknown) and Banner Wishes B1438
  • ShinHan Marker ~ Turquoise Blue Z2465
  • Journaling Pen ~Marvy Uchida LePen Journaling Pen Z1979

Now hop on over to LAUREN MOORE’s Blog and check out what technique she will be featuring for the letter “E”.  If you get lost along the way you can find the full list of participants on LINDA NORMAN’S Blog.

Happy Crafting!


Color Dare #120

Welcome to this weeks Color My Heart Color Challenge #120.  For this week we are featuring Barn Red, Goldrush, Glacier, Olive, and Lagoon.  Which just so happens to be the colors of the Pathfinding paper pack!!

Color Dare #120


I really love the leaves of the Fall Harvest stamp set.  I wanted to try a new way to color them using a technique I had seen using stamp pads, the all purpose mat and a spray pen.  Here is how it works.  the first step is to rub your ink pad onto the shinny side of your CTMH All Purpose mat.  If you do not have an all purpose mat you may be able to do this with a ziplock style bag.  I used one of my spay pens with a little water to spay the inked area.

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I cut the leaves using my silhouette ~ I created my own cut file.  Then placing the paper or in this case the leaves face down into the ink I was able to create a marbled look.

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I then just wiped the mat with a baby wipe and the ink is all cleaned up.  I then flipped the mat over and using my craft heater I dried the leaves so I could stamp them in Chocolate.  I really like the way they turned out.

Color Dare 120 ~ Catscrapbooking.comYou are getting a sneak peek at one of the new hostess stamp sets from the Seasonal Expression which goes live next month!!! It is the Thank you stamp.

Supplies used for this card:

  • Paper pack ~ Pathfinding
  • Cardstock ~ Chocolate and Colonial White
  • Ink ~ Chocolate, Barn Red, Goldrush, Olive and Olive
  • Stamp Sets ~ Fall Harvest C1504 and Variety of Thanks B1471 (hostess exclusive available starting Dec 1)
  • Embellishments~ Gold Sequins Z2012, Teal Shimmer trim Z1918, Twine and button from stash.
  • Tools ~ All purpose Mat Z2045 and Spray Pen Z138

Now it is your turn! Just create a design using the featured colors then link on Color My Hearts home page which can be found here.

Happy Crafting!


ABC’s Blog Hop ~ F

ABC's Blog Hop

Welcome to the Everything ABC’s Blog Hop!

For this hop we will be featuring the letter “F”. This may be the name of a paper, a stamp set or an embellishment. Whatever the crafter has chosen as their “F” 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 LINDA’S Blog ~ SCRAPPY THERAPY  then you’re on the right track!

For my “F” design element I chose a fire truck.  I am part of a moms club here in Spokane, so we try to organize activities for moms and our kids.  I organized a tour for our club at one of the local fire stations.  The fire fighters were so nice and patient with all the kids.  I wanted to send them a thank you card, so I designed this fire truck card.

ABC's Fire Station Thank you

For this project I used all Close to My Heart Cardstock and my Silhouette to cut the shapes.  I used Cranberry, Honey, Black, Sky, Whisper and Slate.  I used the Embossed Metal Badge Buttons from the Proplayer assortment.  To create the little sparkle for the siren I used the Ruby Shimmer Trim.  The clouds were stamped using the clouds from a retired stamp set Now Departing B1309.

Your next stop on our Everything ABC’S blog Hop is JOY MCHARGUE- STUDIOWOW.

In case you get lost along the way…go to Scrappy Therapy  for a complete list of participants!

Happy Crafting!


Washi Thank you Card

As I mentioned in a previous post I have been in need of Thank You cards.  Since Christmas has just past I knew my need would be increased, so I have been on a roll.  I loved the washi card that Gina Brandstetter designed using HO HO HO  Santa’s Greeting M1028.  I then stumbled on one which that Jennifer of Jen’s Scrappy Pages using A True Thank You M1029.  I made some small changes but here is my version.

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Complete list of supplies used:

  • Lagoon Cardstock
  • Daisy White Cardstock
  • Party Washi Tape Z1908
  • Lagoon Houndstooth Washi Tape Z1850
  • Paradise Baker’s Twine Z1702
  • Aqua Dots Z1853

Happy Crafting!

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Dream Pop Thank You Cards

For all of you who purchased the Dream Pop paper pack when it was available a few months ago here are a few cards I designed using this paper.  I realized I had used up almost all of my thank you cards so with Christmas here I knew I would need some more.  So when I was looking for inspiration the Dream Pop paper is what called to me.

Dream Pop Thank you card_2

For this card I used a pinwheel die to make the pinwheel.  I used the Juniper Sparkle & Shine Washi tape for the bottom.  The Thank you is from the Banner Wishes B1438 stamp set.  I also incorporated a few of the Aqua dots for some interest.

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For this card I used my 2″ circle punch to make circles and then positioned those circles back through the punch to make two pedals.  Each circle will make two pedals. I then used the top strip from some of the Dream Pop papers and one of the patterns to make the strip at the bottom of the card. The thank you and circle stamp is from a retired stamp set Tag the Occasion.  Here it are some of the variations I created:

Dream Pop flower thanks_1


Happy Crafting!

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Exciting June CTMH Promotions

All I can say is WOW…. Check out these wonderful offers from CTMH.  This month CTMH is offering a couple special stamps which some or all of the proceeds will benefit the victims of the tornadoes in Oklahoma via the Red Cross and the USO.  With qualifying stamp purchase you could receive My Creations Mini Banner for free! Here are more about the offers:946838_527073147357356_1348584207_nCelebrate military service and promote patriotism with our new patriotic stamp sets—available only from June 1 to July 31, 2013. Three dollars from each B-size My Acrylix® Courage stamp set and $5 from each D-size My Acrylix® Home of the Brave stamp set will be donated to the USO, the leading, most recognized military-support and services organization in the country. Show your support with your own patriotic stamp set!

Dates: Offer valid June 1–July 31, 2013.


Just for you, when you purchase$25 that includes a qualifying stamp set you will receive a free My Creations® mini banner in June!  The mini banner includes 10 chipboard pennants in 4 different shapes with 9 jump rings for hanging. Use the mini banner as a decoration for your parties and get-togethers this summer for many “banner” days!

Dates: Offer valid June 1–30, 2013.


Then of course there is always the June Stamp of the Month.  With any qualifying $50 purchase you can purchase A flowering Bunch Stamp set for only $5.  Remember this stamp set is only available June 1 to June 30, 2013


Can you believe all these great specials?  Don’t miss out this month place your orders now by clicking on this link.

Check back soon to see what I have created with these wonderful specials. ~Cat

CTMH helping Moore, OK

Close to My Heart is releasing a stamp set which is part of the 2013 Fall/Winter collection early.  100% of the profits will go to the Red Cross to help provide aid to the Moore, OK tornado victims.  A True Thank You ($2.95 retail), available immediately and will donate 100% of the profits from sales of the set from May 23 through June 30 to the American Red Cross