Friday, April 11, 2014

T.G.I.F. and a Little Card Creating!!!

I can't believe how hectic and crazy my life has been in 2014.  So many changes happening.  Trying to get my home prepared for total renovations.....from top to bottom has been nothing but insane.  But it has helped me clean out anything that I haven't used in the past 2 years......except for scrapping stuff!!!  THAT I have a hard time getting rid of.  Both of my daughters have moved out on their own so I will also be getting a new craft room which I am very excited about.  Although I miss my girls....change is a good thing.  My oldest daughter and her husband have just moved in to their brand new house they built.  I'm so happy for them.  Such an exciting time for their beautiful family.  I have been trying to help out as much as  I can by spending as much time as possible with my 2 adorable Granddaughters.  They are truly the light of my life.  

Today I got creative making cards for my youngest daughter.  She is off to BC for a couple weeks for a wedding.  And needed a wedding, bachelor, and bachelorette card.  I was a little strapped for time but I think they all turned out great!!!!

This is the wedding card I made.....their colours are yellow and black.  I'm not sure if I like the heart at the looks a little poorly done.  But that is because it is made with 2 thumb prints.  Just not possible to get perfect :)

Next I tackled the Bachelor card.  The guys are off to Vegas to celebrate their friends upcoming wedding.  I hope they all come back in one piece :)

This is the last card I created.  My daughter didn't want anything to girly, so I wasn't quite sure what would work.  I just started creating and this is what it ended up as.....maybe a 'little girly' but I think it will be fine!!!

Hope you enjoyed my creations......enjoy your weekend!!!

Monday, March 31, 2014

Happy Monday Everyone and Welcome to The Paper Girls Challenge BLOG HOP!!!!

It's a Birthday and an Anniversary and a BLOG HOP.....all in one!! 
How fun is that??

On top of our usual challenges that happen every 2 weeks on the first and third Monday of each month, this month we have decided to Celebrate our Blogiversary with a Blog Hop!!!
Our talented Designers have created gorgeous projects using Celebration as a theme. And also the use of wood veneer or chipboard shapes.
A random winner will receive a $25 gift card from the amazing and addictive store
Creative Embellishments

For my project I decided to make a card.  It's always nice to have a beautiful handmade card on hand. I  pulled out a favourite of mine,  My Mind's Eye Howdy Doody.  Such a versatile timeless collection.  It never gets old!!  I also used Tim Holtz Distress Stain on my wood veneer flowers.

If you have come to me from the very talented Michele's blog, then you are the right track.

Here is the hopping order
Cathryn<<<<you are here

Please hop, comment on all blogs and then go back to the Paper Girls Challenge Blog to enter using the Rafflecopter  Widget.
You will have until Friday April 4th to enter to win the $25 gift card.
Have fun hopping and Good Luck everyone!!!!

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

WELCOME 2014.................Canadian Scrapbooker Magazine January Sketchy Challenge

I am really starting out a bit late to celebrate the New Year, however Happy New Years to all who are near and dear to me!!!!!!  I had a wonderful Christmas with all of my kids, my parents and my 2 precious granddaughters!!!!  AND.....I got the best gift ever from my kids.......the CAMEO SILHOUETTE!!!!
I  have had so much fun learning and trying new things with this handy dandy sweet machine.  It's just amazing.......and fun!!

One of my first fun Layouts I created was for Canadian Scrapbooker Magazine January 2014 Sketchy Challenge. 
A big thanks to Sue Sykes for this great Sketch
Please check out her is filled with such amazing inspiration!!!!

Such a great sketch........

...........and here is what I created!!!!

This precious layout is all about meeting my second granddaughter for the first time.  I was suppose to be there for the birth but little Miss Taylor wasn't waiting for me to get there......she was in a big hurry!!!  I can't tell you how incredibly amazing it is to hold a new grand baby for the first time!!  My heart just melts thinking about it and looking at the photo.  She is a true gem in my life.  
Umma LOVES you TAYLOR!!!!!

I flipped the sketch so that my picture was situated better......and I LOVE this beautiful collection by Teresa Collins!!!!

Patterned Paper & Embellishments-Teresa Collins :You are My Happy Collection
DCWV Timeless Type Stack
Letters-AC Thickers;Pink Sunrise & Cameo Silhouette; Will You Call My Name Font
Ink-Tim Holtz Distress;Walnut Stain
Silhouette Cameo Embellishments-Abstract Circle Frame, Cards (love), Heart Flower Cards, Heart 4x6 Journaling Card
Twine- made at a Local Yarn Store

Monday, September 30, 2013

The Paper Girls Challenge Blog Hop

Welcome to Fall Ya'll and the Beautiful Golden Days of Autumn!!!!

It's the last Monday of September and we could not let it pass by without a treat for our followers.  The Paper Girls have put together an amazing blog hop with a ton of inspiration.  Also, The Paper Girls would like to introduce some new designers they have added to their team.  And I am honoured to be one of the newbies!!!  When asked to join, I didn't even wait a second to answer......I love their blog, their challenges and the best scrappy friends a girl could ever have!!!!  So I hope you join in and hop will find many beautiful projects that are "Fall Decor" themed!!

Here is my project!!

I am not the best at doing projects and getting all messy, but I have always wanted to do a canvas.  I have had 8 of them sitting my closet for 6 months and done nothing with them!!!  So, one evening at midnight I decided to confront my fear.  I found a piece of paper that had all of the colours I wanted, sanded the edges and glued it down with Mod Podge.  Then I covered the top with Mod Podge to seal it.  After it was dry I just started playing with paints and inks and stamps and stencils and rub-ons. Then I added the photo and twine and embellishments until it was just the way I wanted it!!  It will be a perfect house warming gift for my son-in-law and my daughter when they move into their new home they are building!!

Paint-Martha Stewart
Paper-Bo-Bunny & Amy Tangerine
Ink-Tim Holtz Distress and Staz On
Wood Plaque-Prima
Twine-Marshals Fabrics
Wood embellishments-Prima & Recollections
Stencil Template-The Crafters Workshop
Mod Podge

Here is the line up of talented designers
After me, (Cathryn) head on over to the one of my favourite scrappers, Becci.  She is so talented and when I need some inspiration I turn to her beautiful work!!

How would you like to win a gift card from Scrapbook Pal?
I'm sure you are thinking, what do I have to do to participate and win that card? 

You get an entry for commenting on each of the blog posts, "Like" The Paper Girls Challenge on Facebook, and become a follower of our blog.  All are required for an entry.  You will see some fabulous projects and be inspired to create something for your own home!!!
I am also having my own give-a-way!!!  A bag of "Fall Themed" collections and scrappy goodness.  All you have to do is to become a follower of my blog.  If you are already a follower, please mention that in your comment!  Good Luck!!

You will have until Sunday October 6, 2013 at 11:59pm MST to comment.  We will announce the winner on Wednesday October 9, 2013 at 9:00am MST.  International readers are welcome to play along but currently we are only shipping prize packs to the US and Canada due to shipping costs!

THANKS for hopping!!!!

Monday, September 9, 2013

It's a New Day!!!!!

Wow......I can't believe it has been so long since I last did a blog post!!!!!!  The last 6 months of my life have been so incredibly hectic and full of twists and turns.  There are days when I just really want to crawl in a hole......and days of complete joy!!  Without my amazing kids in my life, my sweet loving beautiful 2 granddaughters and some pretty special friends, I think I would be crawling in that hole daily.  

My other issue of late has been that I had TOTALLY lost my creative mojo :(  I am lucky enough to be surrounded by tons of new and beautiful scrapbook supplies and the harder I tried to create......the less imagination I could find.  The photo that I finally used to created today has been sitting on my desk for about 5 months!!!!!!  I was truly beginning to think my scrapbooking days were over.....for good!!!!

But today I felt a teeny little spark......just a teeny one.  I grabbed the latest Scrapbook Steals sketch......and just did something without really thinking about it.  Definitely not a favourite layout.......but a start in the right direction.  Thank heavens for Scrapbook Steals and their weekly sketches.  If you are ever in a rut and need some inspiration they are the BEST place to go.

So this is this weeks MWM  Aquamarine #9

And this is my take on the sketch

After I was finished I was a little worried that I had strayed a bit from the sketch........but it is your inspiration that counts.  And if not for that beautiful sketch I would still be starring at that picture on my desk for another 6 months :)

Here are a few close up pictures.

Pink Paislee Snow Day Collection
Additional paper : KaiserCraaft Base Coat Collection and Prima Marketing Sweet Fairy Collection
Inks : Tim Holtz Distress
Letters : AC Thickers white sprinkles and Rockabye baby blue
Embellishments : Pink Paislee Snow Day Collection
Twine : fabric store find

Hope you enjoy and I hope you pop back in soon.  I am a little over run with supplies and I think in the next week or so,  it is time to have a few give-a-ways!!!  So check back soon for your chance to win!!!!!

Thanks for stopping in!!!!!


Monday, March 4, 2013

Scrapbook Steals MWM Amber #2

My favourite place to find amazing sketches has always been Scrapbook Steals and their weekly MWM!!  For some reason I haven't done one for a long time......and coincidentally I haven't had as much creative mojo!!!!  So this week I jumped back in and got the MWM done....and done on time!!!

Here is this weeks sketch......

.....and here is my take on the sketch!

This was such a fun sketch to work with and I'm sure I will be using it again!!!!

Letters-AC Thickers Red Delight, Blue Doll, and Green Sunrise
Patterned paper-Bo-Bunny Alora Collection
Flowers-Bo-Bunny Alora Collection
Wooden Flowers-Studio Calico
Doily Tags-Martha Stewart
Brads & Pointed Flower-MME
Washi Tape-Glitz, Recollections and Unknown
Ink-Tim Holtz Distress Broken China

Practical Scrappers and Kiwi Lane Designs!!!!

Today on the Practical Scrappers blog you can check out projects that all have ruffles on them!!!
I LOVE ruffles.  Having 2 sweet adorable little granddaughters gives me many chances to include ruffles on my LO's. 
Today I chose to do a layout of my oldest granddaughter Miss Blake.
 I also decided to use some templates from Kiwi Lane Designs
If you haven't checked them out......please do!!!!  You will love them as much as I do!!!
I also decided to use washi tape to make my ruffle above my border.
Hopefully it is a little easier to see in this photo.

Supply List : Patterned Paper and stickers- Little Yellow Bicycle Hello Spring Collection
                     Kiwi Lane Templates-Bracket 1, Clara Lane 2B
                     Letters-Alphabet Stickers Prima Marketing
                     Washi Tape-My Mind's Eye
                     Ink-Tim Holtz Distress Ink Broken China

Hope you enjoy......thanks for stopping by!!!!!