Monday, July 9, 2018

Create From Your Soul

It's been a bit since I've shared here! But I'm back with this great wall piece featuring Southern Ridge Trading Company chipboard.

Saw the words and had to have them! Saw the Pearl Strings and had to have them! And everytime I see them I love them more....I know, I'm so weird!! LOL

All shimmery! I love the shimmer and it stays where it's put, unlike glitter LOL 



For the details and close ups head on over to the  Southern Ridge Blog and check it out. Don't forget to have a look at my amazing team mates projects created  using SRTC chipboard too! You will be inspired!

Thanks for being here and have a great week!

Cathy

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Christmas Ornaments in June

I think it has been established that I love the beach/ocean/tropical and would create with that theme all the time! I'm very fortunate that lots of my fave companies have that theme! :)

A few weeks ago I shared my first ornament created with fabulous Southern Ridge Trading Company chipboard, you can go back to check out that one HERE
I had a few more pieces left over and decided I needed another ornament. And here is the second one that I created.


The wooden tag is from SRTC and the wood like finish is actually a piece of napkin that I got from PEI last June. I used DW Gel Medium to put it on and it pulled apart in just the right places!

The full wooden tag.

This is where the napkin tore a bit and you can see the wood underneath.

The lobster is embossed in Candy Red and then again with the Fractured Ice over it. The crab is just done in the Candy Red.

Look at that gorgeous little crustacean!

The center word blocks are from Kaisercraft Beach Shack Collection and the baby seashells just had to be added.

I do have one more tag to work on and I plan on creating another beach themed ornament for my Christmas tree :)

Supplies Used:

Thanks for stopping by and have a great rest of the week everyone!

Cathy 

Monday, June 11, 2018

Putting on My Top Hat

Almost the middle of June already!? I am loving the long days and how light it stays out! I also like that it's light out when I leave for work at 5:30am!
I finally used one of my favorite pieces! I wanted the top hat, I ordered the top hat....then all the ideas I had for the top hat were gone! Thankfully I had a new plan for it.
I layered TH paper, Baked Texture, and a hint of DecoArt Foil and then jazzed it up with the pretty shimmery butterflies.






For all the details and the list of all the products I used head on over to the Southern Ridge Trading Company Blog 

Have a fantastic week everyone!

Cathy

Thursday, June 7, 2018

A Little Under the Sea Love

I guess it's obvious that I love beach/ocean/tropical related things! All year round but especially when it's actually beautiful and sunny out! I am so grateful that so many talented people have created products with these themes!
Just a quick share today. I played with some Graphic 45 Sun Kissed Collection, a canvas board, TCW Stencil from Rebekah Meier's designs and the glorious Baked Texture from Seth Apter and Emerald Creek.





Love love love this stencil from Rebekah Meier Designs and TCW.

Added a very light hint of glitter from a new product called Glitter Kiss in Summer Beach


List of products used:
Baked Texture in Patina Oxide
TCW Stencil Under The Sea
Graphic 45 Sun Kissed Collection
Cosmic Shimmer Glitter Kiss Duo in Summer Beach

Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful week!

Cathy

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

It's All About the Beach

I took a little bit of time to just play with some products that are not getting the attention they deserve!! LOL
I really love the square canvas boards for creating on! I think it might be my new favorite base.
I didn't do any step outs on this one, I just played and embossed and stenciled.



Covered the board with Graphic 45 paper from the Sun Kissed collection. Used Ranger Ink Embossing Fluid and the gorgeous under the sea stencil  from Rebekah Meier and TCW. Then I layered a card from the G45 card pack and fussy cut out the sand dollars and starfish from the Sun Kissed collection.

Love the Baked Texture Patina Oxide

Added a hint of glitter with the new two tone Glitter Kiss
I think I could create beach related projects all year around! 

Thanks for stopping by and I'm always thankful for your support.

Have a great day!

Cathy

Sunday, June 3, 2018

Flamingo Time!

Oh my word!! I saw the demo that Jess did in the Blank Page Muse Stamps Fan Group and fell in love with the designs from Pam Bray. Now up until this episode I wasn't a fan of flamingos, I liked them but had never thought of stamping or playing with the images. Then Pam and Blank Page Muse happened..darn you!! LOL Now I have them in my craft room! And I am so glad I do!
I am not affiliated in any way, I just love these stamps! The detail and the gorgeous thick rubber is amazing to stamp with! 
You need to see all the amazing images available from Blank Page Muse.

I took Jess's suggestion and used my TH scissors to cut out my rubber and it was glorious! I then used some double sided tape on acrylic blocks to index all my new images!



 Then I had to play a little too! This is my first project using the Flamingo Row and Tropical Dreams stamps.



Here are a few close ups of the project. You need these sets! I love the flowers and drinks and fussy cut all those out to add them to my little frame. I coloured everything in with Distress Markers and a water brush.

It all started with this little guy!



And who doesn't love delicious tropical drinks with umbrellas and in a coconut.



Yum! Added some Distress Clear Rock Candy Crackle!    
 Make sure you head over to Jess's blog to see all her projects with these sets, and definitely go see Pam's blog as well. Also, here is the link to all of Pam Bray's designs with Blank Page Muse.

List of products used:
TH Distress Markers in Spun Sugar, Worn Lipstick, Lucky Clover, Twisted Citron, Black Soot, Spiced Marmalade, Squeezed Lemonade, Vintage Photo
TH Distress Crayons in Mermaid Lagoon and Festive Berries
TH Distress Paint in Frayed Burlap, Vintage Photo and Lucky Clover
Artist's Loft Iridescent Medium  

Thanks for stopping by and hope you have a great week ahead!

Cathy
 

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Final Forever & Always

Well this post is a bit late. My project was supposed to be up last week but for those that know me, know that my Grandmother passed away on Monday the 21st of May.
The Wild Whisper ladies were kind enough to let me do my final project for them this week instead. It is a bittersweet project for me. It is my last project as a Wild Whisper DT member. These ladies have been so amazing to work with and for. Their products and designs are amazing and they work so hard to bring new and exciting collections to the creative world! It has been an honour and a privilege to work with their designs. Thank you Heather and Suzy for trusting me with your collections. 

Here is my final project using the Forever & Always Collection. This is a picture from my grandparent's 60th anniversary party. They celebrated more anniversaries before my Grandfather passed away in 2013 and now they are together again.





Thank you all for stopping by! Be sure to head on over the Wild Whisper blog to see more details and close ups of the project.

Have a great Wednesday everyone!

Cathy

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

A thank you to your guests

Featuring the Forever & Always Collection, we've had a wedding planner for the bride, party favors for everyone to take home and now we have a thank you card for your guests.  It's always good to thank everyone that helped you celebrate such a big day in your life.

I used the same Distress Marker colours that I used on the wedding favor, Bundled Sage and Seedless Preserves to create this pretty card.





Yes, that little sketchy heart is one of my faves! A simple design but so pretty and you can use it for any occasion or just to say hey.

A few step outs and close ups are up on the Wild Whisper Blog for you to have a look at. And yes, you do need this collection, it's not just for weddings! That sketchy heart....you do need that too!

Have a great week everyone! Be sure to check out all the creations from the amazing Design team.

Thanks!
Cathy

Monday, May 14, 2018

Christmas in May

I know, I know...crazy to be thinking of Christmas now! But because I have a beach themed Christmas tree and these wood tags from Southern Ridge Trading Company are perfect for ornaments, I had to do it! 
If you love the beach/ocean like I do, SRTC has got you covered! So many pieces and all the wood and chipboard work with any thing you want to colour them with! For this ornament I used Baked Texture Embossing Powders and Finnabair Sparks Paints. I wanted texture and shimmer!

Here is my new beach themed Christmas ornament thanks to all these amazing pieces from SRTC! And just so you know, the wooden tags come in a package of three, so there will be more ornaments for my tree!! I need to use my lobster and crab! :)


For more detailed pics (and you want to see the coral close up!) head on over to SRTC Blog today, and please check out some of the incredible projects my team mates are creating too! You'll be inspired by everyone!

Thanks everyone and have a great week!

Cathy

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Forever & Always Wedding Favors

Wild Whisper has yet another amazing collection! Forever & Always is so versatile and so pretty. I love that it has lots of colour and beautiful neutrals too.

For this week's project I made a wedding favor for the guests to take home. I used the 12X12 paper pack and a number of the great stamps from this collection.




I used an old box I had from a swap from years ago (made me feel a little less hoarder like because I used it lol) to create this little favor box. For more details and pics head on over to the Wild Whisper Blog to check it out. While you are there make sure to have a look around at the incredible projects my team mates are creating! 

Happy Wednesday everyone! Thank you for checking in and have a really great week!

Cathy

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Wedding Planning Time!

Well not for me!! That's just crazy talk!! LOL But if you're planning a wedding or know someone who is...Wild Whisper just released their Forever & Always Collection!! And I created a great little planner that will fit in just about any size purse or bag! I used the beautiful collection and the Eileen Hull Passport Book die.





For more details and close ups head on over to the Wild Whisper blog and check it out! Thanks for stopping by today and hope your Wednesday has been fabulous! 

In other exciting news....Wild Whisper has launched their very first online class..featuring the brand new collection! Make sure you you get in on this fun/learning class! Wild Weddings is waiting for you!

Wising you a fantastic week!
Cathy 

Challenges Entered:
Mini Album Makers Challenge - May

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

April Sketchy Challenge with CSM and Scrap Shotz

The monthly kit from Scrap Shotz features Twilight from One Canoe Two. And the layout design is from the Creative Scrapbooker Magazine and their April Sketchy Challenge. Make sure you head on over to Scrap Shotz Blog to see the details of my layout and some close ups. Absolutely love the plaid designs in this collection!!


Yes, I scrapbooked my brochures and my wine!! I also have my footprints in the sand on different beaches to use for a layout too and some weird pics from the Potato Museum! I take a lot of pictures, of a lot of things and a good majority of weird things LOL Or things that don't interest others. I'm a big fan of all the lighthouses we saw out east, the tide rolling in, flowers, doors, windows, and also my family!!

Have a great week everyone!

Cathy

 

Friday, April 13, 2018

Twilight at Scrap Shotz

It is time for the April Kit reveal from Scrap Shotz!! The lovely Twilight Collection from One Canoe Two is up this month! Such pretty colours in this collection and so many ideas of things to create.  I started with a very simple home decor piece. I love to have things to put on my walls (even though they are getting full) or on my mantle or a book shelf. 
So I finally used this distressed frame I got at Michaels on clearance eons ago!


Detailed pics are up on the Scrap Shotz blog today. This awesome April Kit featuring Twilight from One Canoe Two is available now and there are lots of add ons that you'll need, especially the washi tape!

Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful weekend!

Cathy

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Love Your Story

Can you ever have too many word dies? I think not! And these Shadow Script #1 Thinlits are a must have, how great is it to have the shadow without all the fussy cutting? Okay, I've attempted the fussy cutting on words and I have not ever been successful with it. TH to the rescue with this amazing set! 
More detail pics are over on the Scrap Shotz blog today! 


My second project was created using the Sizzix 3-D Bohemian Botanicals and quick spotlight technique.


Thank you for stopping by and for your support!

Have a wonderful week everyone!

Cathy

Monday, April 2, 2018

Embrace Imperfection

So excited to be sharing my first project with the Southern Ridge Trading Company DT today.  I have used SRTC chipboard for a few years now and love it. I love the intricate  details and these designs can take paint, embossing powder, metallique waxes, anything you want to throw at it. 
My Embrace Imperfection canvas uses SRTC chipboard, TH paper and embellishments and a few of the new Baked Texture Embossing Powders from Emerald Creek/Seth Apter.

Here is my finished canvas. For more detailed pics and close ups head on over to the Southern Ridge Trading Company Blog today.




Thank you so much for having a look and make sure you stop by SRTC to see all the pieces up close. 



SRTC Product Links

Other Products Used:
Baked Texture Patina Oxide
Baked Texture Vintage Beeswax
Baked Texture Dirty Sand
Tim Holtz Etcetera Paper
Tim Holtz Walnut Stain Distress Ink
Finnabair Metallique Wax in Aged Brass, Amethyst Magic and Lucky Emerald
Ranger Glossy Accents
Be Creative Tape
Distress Collage Medium


 Have a great week everyone! Hope you all had a wonderful Easter weekend!

Cathy
 

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Wild Whimsy and Dragonfly Wings

Oh sweet dragonfly wings! I have my last project for the month up today on the Wild Whisper Blog. Yes, it features the dragonflies and the wings again! Get your Wild Whimsy Collection quickly so you can have these wings in your craft room. This time my dragonflies are hanging out in the Eileen Hull Designs Flower Pocket die.


For all the details and more close up pics, Wild Whisper blog is the place to be! With the dragonfly wings from the Wild Whimsy stamp set, you can turn almost anything into a dragonfly!

Hope your Wednesday is fabulous!

Cathy

Stitched Slots, Baked Texture & 3-D Embossing

WOW!! So much fun creating with some of the new products available over at Scrap Shotz and creating finally with the Baked Texture Embossing Powders!  The new Tim Holtz Stitched Slots ar perfect for traveler's journals!! You can keep more stuff and fit it in!

As you can see from my page I do keep everything!! Don't judge! LOL

This tag fits into the the Stitched Slot on the first page.

And yes...those are the tops of my receipts from Fred Meyer (did you know Fred Meyer sells wine and if you buy 6 bottles at once you get an extra 10% off?!? I know, I need to go there again!! LOL

And this was my second project using the Sizzix 3-D Embossing Folder Bohemian Botanicals and my Baked Texture!!
For more detailed pics head on over to Scrap Shotz Snap Shotz and have a look. 

Happy Wednesday of a short work week!! :)

Cathy

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

For Your Travelers Journal

I think I have established how much I love the Wild Whimsy Collection from Wild Whisper. The dragonflies and the wings are my fave, but the seashells come a pretty close second.
For this project I kept it quite simple. I wanted something to go with the travelers journal that is available with this collection. And let's face it, we all need clips and doo dads to go with our journals. So I used the idea from Eileen Hull's video where she made clips, click HERE to see the video, the clip making starts about 30 minutes in. I used the Wild Whimsy paper and stamp set to make a set of matching clips for my journal.


For more detailed pics and instructions head on over to the Wild Whisper blog.

Thanks for stopping by and hope you are all having a great week!

Cathy

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Sweet Dragonflies!

It's time to show one of my favorite parts of the new Wild Whimsy line from Wild Whisper!! Ohhh the dragonflies and stamps of dragonfly wings! Yes I think everything should have wings, especially these pretty dragonfly wings! Up on the Wild Whisper blog is my Dragonfly Wing Shimmer canvas.
For more details and close up pics head on over there now.





Shimmery background using Ken Oliver Mineral Bursts and the beautiful wings stamped in TH Distress Oxide in Blueprint Sketch. The stamped wings are a part of this wonderful set

Thanks for stopping in and keep your eyes on Wild Whisper for all the amazing projects from the DT featuring Wild Whimsy!

Have a great week!

Cathy

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Wild Whimsy is here!

I was so excited for this release from Wild Whisper! Love the ocean and the dragonfly wings! My first project combines so many gems and shimmer and I got to use the fabulous Xyron Sticker Maker! so handy when I had strips of little gems that were all going to need adhesive.
For all the details and the close ups head on over to the Wild Whisper Blog and don't forget to order your very own Wild Whimsy Collection! And yes...that mermaid is part of the collection too!


Thanks for popping by! Stay tuned because I'll have 3 more projects with the Wild Whimsy Collection, and they may or may not involve the dragonfly wings! :)

Have a great week!

Cathy

Monday, February 19, 2018

Art Journalling and Me

I have so many journals, but haven't made it a habit to use them. I think the time to start is now! Not a new year's resolution but something I want to do. Once I'm sitting there getting inky/painty/gluey I love it and feel relaxed and I love that feeling. So I need to get in there and just play far more often! So I've started with one page, over a couple of days but used colours that are not my go to choices and stencils and metal and an old piece of cardboard. And I loved it! 

Here is my finished page in my larger Dylusions journal.


The background is done with 3 colours of Distress Oxides, Fired Brick, Vintage Photo and Wild Honey. On the left hand side is a Stencil Girl stencil that I did with gesso first so it acted as a resist. I used the same stencil on the right in Walnut Stain.

Over top of the inked stencil I used a TH stencil with clear texture paste for an added layer.

Again over the ripped up piece of TH Etcetera Stash, I used clear texture paste for another layer.

One of my TH word bands that I had in my stash...also one of my plans for the year is to "use what I have" and dig into my stash and get into a project instead of just sitting around looking pretty haha I used some hemp twine and a piece of cardboard from my last Wild Whisper order.

Loving the foil thing right now!! I need more foil and I really want the Rebekah Meier Mixed Media Medium from Therm Web and some of her transfer foil in Antique Pearl and patina!! So many great colours. The foil I have and used on this one is the Ranger Holiday package, I used the gold and the Vintage package is a must have too.

Thank you so much for stopping by and hope you all have a wonderful start to your week!!

Cathy

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Cards with Scrap Shotz

Spent some time creating cards with the February Kit from Scrap Shotz.  This month is featuring Vicki Boutin's All The Good Things collection.

Scrap Shotz has such versatile collections for their monthly scrapbook kits! I did a layout last week and this week I made three fairly different cards. 


Beside the fact that I love this stamp and paper, I watched Eileen Hull do her Facebook live video and it was all about foiling today! I knew I had to foil this paper for a card. I just used a glue pen because that's what I had, but if you want to see all the other stuff you  could use head on over to see Eileen's video


For more detailed pics and instructions, head on over to Scrap Shotz Snap Shotz and have a look. Also take the time to see what the rest of the Design Team has created with this collection too!

Happy Valentine's Day everyone!

Thanks for stopping in.

Cathy

Sunday, February 11, 2018

My Crackled Heart

Just a few more days until Valentine's Day! I don't do alot for this day, my kids and I are super cheap and we go get choclates on the 15th when every thing goes on sale! LOL I used to do little gift bags for my kids and as they got older it was different things here and there. Last year it was their favorites pies LOL Not very Valentiney, but they ate the pies. 

This year I had a few things in my stash that I wanted to play with so I pulled them out and made My Crackled Heart. 


I used one of the TH Baseboards from the Christmas pack, the plaster heart is from Relics & Artifacts, first time using that line and love it. The heart was originally painted in metallics from Finnabair, but I changed my mind (like I always do) and repainted it with the Distress Paints in Hickory Smoke and Wilted Violet.

I edged the base board in the Hickory Smoke and Wilted Violet as well. Super messy job on that because I already had a piece of paper that I was going to use to cover most of it.
 
I used my Stencil Girl stencil to add to this spare piece of paper and used the Wilted Violet and Tarnished Brass to highlights a few spots.

I love how it turned out, but I was going to be cutting out the TH Flourish with it. But I now have a new way to colour with my stencils.

Yes..I really love this! Going to try some different colour combos next weekend.

I also stenciled on the heart. It was a little tricky keeping it in place, but I just wanted a small part of the stencil to tie it in.

Before I stenciled on the flourish I added a layer of the Distress Clear Rocky Candy Crackle. I need to get some more of this stuff, I love it!

And here is the finished My Crackled Heart! I also foiled on a little hand drawn arrow and added some rub ons.

It's all about using what you have sometimes. And quite often I forget that I have something. So I keep digging around and finding new things (well not really new, but forgotten about) and pulling them out where I can see them.

Thanks for stopping by and hope you all have a great start to your week!!

Cathy

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