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Tuesday, July 31, 2018

What a productive day in my craft room!

I just had to share a couple of
cards for my stash today.

In total I actually made 12 cards, six of 
each design but it always amazes
me that even though I'm using a sketch, the
cards all look different due to the 
patterned paper.

I have had on my TO DO list for two weeks
to clean my craft room.  Everytime I go into
my space, I get side tracked and end up
creating instead of cleaning!  Oh well,
maybe tomorrow I will clean.



I felt this paper pack would lend
itself to be used if I needed a more
masculine look.  All of the cards
turned out awesome!

Thanks for stopping by!

Cathy




Friday, July 27, 2018

I’m thinking Fall!

Yes, I know it’s still July but
Crafters always need to be ahead of
The calendar. 

Here is a quick look at a card I made today.



Love Gina K Designs wreath 
Builder for fall!

These images can easily be used without
the wreath template - but I love
the look of it like this!

Thank you for stopping by!

Cathy

Friday, July 20, 2018

Waterfall Portfolio

It's been extremely warm here
in Indiana and while we often have hot
summers, the heat coupled with the humidity does
not normally come until August.  We really
didn't have a spring - we just jumped into August weather
in June!!!  Well I'm finishing up my
summer projects and am ready to move on to
fall cards and winter projects.

I've been wanting to create a waterfall portfolio
for my next workshop, and I'm really thrilled
how it came out.  I am already envisioning winter
themed books!  They would make the perfect
gifts!  Check out my YouTube
video on this project.  If you like it,
I'd appreciate a thumbs up and if you'd like
to follow me on YouTube hit the subscribe button.

Thank you for stopping by!




Have a great crafty day!

Cathy

Sunday, July 15, 2018

Love Jar Card Kit

This week my project was
to follow along with Kristie Marcotte's
6x6 paper pad tutorial.

Here's the link to her blog:

Kristie got 40 cards out of this kit, I only got 27
but she's a lot better at this than I am - however,
I'm still happy.

I created a quick video to show you the cards.



This sentiment comes from Cardztv Stamp Set called 
Love in a Jar.  I LOVE this kit and it's on
sale right now!

Go to https://queenandcompany.com



Thanks for stopping by!

Cathy


Saturday, June 30, 2018

New mini album!

Here is a quick video of a mini album that I just completed!  Enjoy. 


I'm back with a quick list of supplies used.

Bundle of Joy 12x12 kit (kit included 2 sheets of
elements used throughout the album, also contained
one sticker sheet)
Solid color cardstock from my stash and it is Stampin Up.
Small tags we from a die from My Creative Time as well
as the little folder die.
Pink ribbon is seam binding that I dyed with a Tim Holtz
Picked Rasberry distress ink pad.
Various buttons, twine & ribbon from my stash.
Various corner rounders and punches used from my stash.
Confetti Sequins from Cartright's online store.

Special shout out to Ginger Ropp, My Sister's Scrapper who inspired 
the mini album and I used one of her tutorials to create this one.
I have made this one before and I loved it.

Thank you for stopping by my blog today - I 
hope you enjoyed my creation!

Cathy

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Card class cleanup!

I’ve started to teach card classes
In my home since I have retired. 
It has been so much fun and I love
Sharing my supplies and knowledge that
 I’ve gained over the years.

Here are a few pictures of what I 
Created while cleaning up and putting
My supplies away. 






Sunday, June 17, 2018

Shaker cards!

 Love working on shaker cards! Had to share this one.
I will admit that this one took me about three hours.
But I think it’s worth it!

I saw something similar on Pinterest and I just had to create for my
granddaughter in CA.  She loves mermaids!

Here's another one:

This one uses a shaker pouch from
My Favorite Things so it was very easy
to complete.  I maybe had an hour in this one.

While shaker cards take me longer to create they
are normally a real stress reliever for me since I love them
so much!

Thanks for stopping in to see my creations!

Mimi


Friday, May 25, 2018

Shaped cards!

EARLY IN my card making career
I would love to view blogs that featured
shaped cards.  This card is a Lori Whitlock file
and it was so easy to put together.

Since retiring on December 1 of last year,
I think I've started to feel more domestic!  LOL.
My mixer has been getting use and
when I saw this file I just couldn't resist.
Of course when you purchase the file it's yours
so you can make this over and over again.




Of course I had to use my favorite Cardztv Stamp sets,
Sugar Rush & Foodie Punnies to finish
off the card on the outside and inside.



Have a terrific Memorial Day weekend
and remember those who have honored
our country by giving the ultimate sacrifice.

God Bless the USA!

Cathy


Tuesday, May 22, 2018

My newest 3x3 cards!

I cannot get enough of making
little 3x3 note cards.
I use them at my church to give out
for birthdays, notes of encouragement, thank you
notes and get well.

Here are a few new ones I've recently completed.

I am now offering card classes to local
peeps who either want to learn how to make
cards or just want to get together with
other crafters.





I hope you enjoyed my cards!

Thank you for stopping by!

Cathy






Saturday, May 5, 2018

Loving these large cover plate dies!

I got a goodie box from
My Favorite Things with two new dies. 
I couldn't wait to try them out!

First I used the larger base die for the A2 size
card and used some paper scraps for the small
pieces needed to fill the die.  I thought the black
frame set off the hot pink/green/black color combo.


I took a photo of both cards up close so you
can see the detail.


The second die used was the Stitched Blooms DieNamics.
OMG!  This die is a must for all crafters!


I cut out two different flowers and don't they look
awesome on these cards!  The flower centers are
a couple of embellishments from Hobby Lobby.

I just love these cards - I hope they spur
on your creative juices!

Thank you for stopping by!

Cathy (Mimi)

So sorry!  I know this is picture full, but I just had
to share a few more.  Sentiment is from My Creative Time
"You Matter" stamp set.  This is an awesome set!




PS - I love having these kinds of cards in my stash!
Sometimes you just need more than birthday and celebration
type cards!

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

More Fun!

Another awesome afternoon of card making!

I have a fun shaped card to share with you today.
I have a new Die-Namics die
and I just had to try and create
a cute shaped card!  I love it!


The stamped images are from Sizziz.  I used my
Copic pens for coloring the images. 
There are a set of dies that come with the
images but I wanted to put them on an entire white
card.  I love how the stitched die cut
frames my art!

Now that I have tried this shape - I can see
many more cards in my future!

Thanks for stopping by!

Cathy (Mimi)

Friday, April 27, 2018

Mother's Day Cards!

Happy Day everyone!

Yesterday I made 11 Mother's Day cards!
Yes, you read that correct.  Even though my own mother
has been gone for years, I try and make cards for the other
"moms" in my life.  Some are granddaughters in love, some are 
daughters in love, others are friends.  I just love making
cards!  I cannot take credit for this design!
It was inspired by Mary Grubbs the founder of 
Cardztv.  I have watched and loved Mary's blog for years.
She has taught me so much about card crafting and I 
was honored to serve on her Design Team for years.

This design is PERFECT for using up scraps of paper
and these papers come from a favorite Paper Studio paper pad
called Lola and Luca.


I even used a strip from my scraps to finish off
the inside of my card.  My sentiment comes from
two different My Creative Time Mother's day
sets.

The flowers come from Create a Critter cut with my
Cricut and also used Elegant Edges for make the 
mat that the flower sits on.  I use the Elegant Edges set so
often, I created a file and saved it.  Love my Cricut!

Happy Spring!

Cathy (Mimi)


Sunday, April 8, 2018

It's time to get crafty!

Hello all!
I'm excited to be back in my craft room
after having some health issues since June 2017.
I had major surgery in February and am now on
the mend - PRAISE THE LORD!

I retired in early December and I always
wanted to share crafting with my friends - now
finally I will have the time.  I've been preparing for 
a card class that I am holding this Saturday.
Here are a couple of the cards we will 
create and a sneak peak at future classes.


I'm teaching a class on card making
from a 6x6 paper pad using Kristie Marcotte's ideas
Love making 30 cards at once!


This card will also teach participants how to use
water color brushes to color an image.


Using card sketches allows me to focus on the paper
choices and coordinating everything and not worry 
about the design.


This card is from a future class I where I will
be teaching watercoloring images.


This card was one I just had to make!  This is
Gina K Designs Wreath Builder
stamp set and template!  Oh my - what fun!

Well that is all for now!  Thank you for stopping by
to see what I've been up to.  I'm waiting on 
spring here in northern Indiana - how about you?

Mimi

Friday, January 5, 2018

Keeping warm?

Keeping warm on this frigid January day in
My craft studio. 

Enjoy this quick video!

Thanks for stopping by!

Cathy



Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Happy New Year!

When I look how long it's been
since I've updated my blog I am amazed!

I have struggled since June when I had a surprise
diverticulitis attack.  I had never had that kind of pain
and I didn't know what brought it on - but none the less I got it!
I began by eliminating gluten from my diet and began eating
a veto friendly diet which I was sure would
heal me, however I had two more attacks and was sent to
a surgeon for a consult.  Our initial plan was to wait until the 
middle of January to see how I was doing and discuss whether surgery
was needed.  Unfortunately I had another attack 4 days after
a routine colonoscopy.  This one put me in the hospital right before 
Christmas for two days on IV fluids and antibiotics.  
I had another micro perf in my bowel
and I am sure now that surgery will not be an option but a necessity.
That being said, I am almost finished with this course of
antibiotics and will see the surgeon again in January.

Needless to say I did not get much crafting done prior to
the holidays.  Today I decided to use some of the images I 
colored and make some small little 3x3 notes.

For starters, I have made a faith & prayer journal for 2018.
Here is a picture of a "used" Kate Spade Agenda that I purchased 
online.  I wanted something with a zipper so the contents would be protected.
I take this journal with me on Sunday mornings
and as the pastor and church members talk about people who
need prayers, I have notes ready for me to personalize
and give to them.  This journal also serves as the location to keep
my  ongoing prayer list and sermon notes.


This morning I decided to add in a couple more
3x3 cares today for birthday and thinking of you.
If you have ever read my blog before, you know I LOVE making
this little size card.  Cardztv has a PERFECT set to use
on these little cards - it's called Mini Messages!
Love the font and this set has a message for anything!

Here are two more cards I made this morning!

The little snowman is on a mini action wobble!
It is so cute!


Sorry for the lighting on this set, but I wanted to show you
how adorable these cards are.  Also - I only used
scraps for all of these cards.  Love that I can create something
so cute from paper scraps.

Thank you for stopping by today.
I am hopeful that I will soon be able to update
my blog much more often than in the previous
6 months.

Happy New Year everyone!

Cathy