Monday, February 19, 2018

PGCB Black & White Challenge.

Wow it has been awhile since I have been here!!! Flu season has been the worst that I can remember in a long time.  I always get my flu shot every year and usually if I get the flu, it's mild and I get over it quickly.  But not this year!!!!  I was hit by the bug just after the New Year's.  But it didn't seem to last long. But just when I thought I was better, it came back worse than ever.  And I have been dealing with it since then. It just seems to linger on forever.  This past weekend I slept for 4 days straight!!!!  So I'm hoping that is the end of it LOL

I thought maybe a little crafting might get me back on track.  And this challenge was perfect.  It has been such a long time since I had made any cards, and so that was what I decided to create.

Both cards are actually pretty simple and fast to create.

For my HAPPY BIRTHDAY card I cut out some letters on my Silhouette
using black cardstock, and backed them with some black & white patterned paper.
I stamped the little flowers and BIRTHDAY. 
And then I drew a little border with a black marker.

On my second card I cheated just a little, and 
 added a small amount of water colour, using the packaging technique, 
on a white background. Then I stamped the cute little fox and leaves, and 
"sending lots of love", with black STAZON ink.

Both cards took very little time to create, and I think they turned out pretty
darn cute.  Quick and easy........perfect I think for when you need 
a card in a hurry!!! 

Now, make sure you check out the Paper Girls Challenge Blog for lots more inspiration.

Thanks for stopping in,
and remember

"Whenever you are creating beauty around you,
you are restoring your own soul."
~Alice Walker

Friday, January 26, 2018

and What??????

So the sketch I used in my last post was so great,
that I decided to use it again.  Actually while I was creating that Disney layout,
I kept thinking about these stickers I had and how they would be perfect for 
this sketch. When I started creating this layout it took no time at all
because I had been planning it in my head for days!!!
That seriously never happens for me LOL
I am notoriously a slow slow scrapbooker.  Sometimes taking days 
for one layout. So this layout was a great surprise!!!  And on top
of that I really really love how it turned out!!!!

Here is the sketch again....Thank you Hip Kit Club
for the great inspiration!!!


And here is my layout

I'm just so pleased with how it turned out. And it is such a great memory that 
I never want forget.  My granddaughters are such a huge part of my life.
And making special memories is so important to me.  And I certainly want to remember them for as long as possible

Here are a few close ups!!


The colours are also a stretch for my creative brain.  I usually have no luck with 
bright colours.  But these Doodlebug Collections, Fairy Tales and  Cream & Sugar are just the cutest!!!

I hope this sketch inspires you are much as it has inspired me.
If you want to share any projects with me, just head on over to my Facebook page.
Cat-Scrap Creations
Anyone who shares a creation of any kind will be entered into a draw
for some Doodlebug products!!
You will also have to like my Facebook page and join my blog.
I will draw a name Sunday February 4, 2018 at 6pm

SUPPLIES
Cardstock - Bazzill
Patterned Paper - Doodlebug:Fairy Tales and Sugar & Cream Collections
Doilie - Unknown
Ampersand Stickers - Jen Hadfield 
Square Gold Sticker - My Prima Planner
Gold Thread - DMC

Thanks for stopping by!!!  Have a great weekend and remember

"Scrapbooking is a work of Heart"

~Cathryn


Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Lovin' the Mouse

Hello crafty friends!!!  Today I am going to share another Disney layout with you!!
I used a sketch from The Hip Kit Club. You can find this sketch on their
Facebook page Hip Kit Club Member Forum.  They have a weekly sketch, and you can
win a $10 gift certificate to their club. And you don't have to use their product to join in!!!
I just love al of the amazing inspiration I get there.

Today I am using the January 19-25 sketch to can see below.

I absolutely LOVE this sketch.  So much so that I am creating another layout using it!!

Here is my take on this sketch.

I think it turned out so cute!!!

Here are some closeups 




It is so much fun backing the wood veneers with paper that had hearts on them. One of my favourite
things to do.

SUPPLIES
Small papers and stickers - Simple Stories : Say Cheese I and III
Ink - Liquitex Carbon Black
Wood veneer circles - Unknown
Small treat bags - Echo Park
Chipboard - Simple Stories Say Cheese
Letters - AC Thickers : Rockabye Blue
              Amy Tangerine Journal Black
Washi tape - Queen & Company Trendy Tape & Simple Stories Carpe Diem

Thanks for visiting. If you have any questions about this l
layout, please feel free to ask!!

And remember
Crafting each day
keeps the crazy away!

~Cathryn

Friday, January 19, 2018

Snowflakes are Kisses from Heaven

Here, in the province of Alberta where I live, snow is a huge part of my life!!!!
And some of my favourite pics of my granddaughters are of them outside enjoying our
beautiful snow.  It's funny because every year I totally look forward to our winters and the snow.
But I also look forward to the end of chilly weather season.

I absolutely LOVE this pic of my sweet Tay enjoying some time outdoors.
It's such a great photo because you can see the fresh snow falling and Taylor's adorable rosy cheeks!!!

The other day I ran across a scrapbook blog called The Studio Challenges.
Their January 14, 2018 challenge is to use snowflakes on your project.  So this photo was perfect. 

Here is the layout I created!!!!

The sweet little reindeer are fussy cut from a piece of patterned paper.  They are just the cutest ever!!!
And the snowflakes and trees are Silhouette cut files.
I really wanted to use a stencil to make snowflakes on the background but I didn't have a stencil that was just snowflakes, so instead I used a stencil that kind of looks like little flowers.  I think it ind of looks like bits of snow falling......maybe LOL

Here are a few close up pics to show the details.





SUPPLIES

Cardstock-Bazzill
Patterned Paper-Me & My Big Ideas : Baby Girl Collection
Crate Paper : Style Board Collection
Cut Files-Silhouette trees and snowflakes
Stencil-Unknown
My Paper World Papierpaste
Inks-Ranger Tim Holtz Distress : pine  needles, worn lipstick, walnut stain
Chipboard Hearts & Stars-Heidi Swapp
Letters-AC Thickers & Prima Alphabet Stickers
Mini Doilie-Cosmo Cricket ; Lovely Bits Salt Air
Small Tags-Bella Blvd.
Enamel Dots-MME
Tree Paper Clip-Recollections

Thanks for visiting my blog!!!  And if you have any questions please feel free to ask!!!

And remember
Scrapbooking is........
a work of heart!!!!!

~Cathryn

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

For the LOVE of Disneyland!!!!!!

Who doesn't LOVE Disneyland???
I have been lucky enough to have visited twice in my life.  Once as a young teenager and once as an adult with my oldest daughter.  And honestly, going as an adult was is some ways more fun than going as a child LOL  It truly is a place to enjoy at any age!!!!

I now get to enjoy the fun through my granddaughters and the photos from their trips to Disney.  Late last year I finally got my act together, and gathered all the super fun Disney scrapbooking supplies I have been collecting for years, and started creating an Album for my daughters family.
It has been a bit of a struggle for me as the colours are not my favourite to create with.  However, it has made me think outside my comfort zone and I am starting to enjoy the process. 

Today I am sharing the first 2 layouts that I created.  Although they took forever LOL.....I really love the outcome.  

This layout is from my daughters family's first trip.  And I totally love this pic of just the girls!!!!
(sorry for the poor pic and bad lighting......not much sun where I live when this pic was taken)
AND I LOVE the title!!!!

Here are some close up pics so you can see the detail better :)





And here is the second layout I created.

This layout is from their second trip, and I melted when I saw these pics!!!  My amazing daughter Kelsie is a lifestyle photographer, and I am blessed to have a continuous supply of incredible photos to create with.

Again here are some closeups.



Hope you enjoy these layouts and if you are looking for Disney inspiration, check back here and hopefully I will have a new layout every few weeks.

As always THANKS for stopping by and remember
"Creativity is contagious, pass it on"
                               ~Albert Einstein

Also, if you have any questions please feel free to ask
      ~Cathryn

Monday, January 15, 2018

The Paper Girls Challenge Blog.........WATER COLOURS

YEAH!!!!  I am back creating for 

How wonderful and fun is that???  This past year has been so full of uncertainty and stress that my creating in any form really took a beating.  And my health only added to that.  But now it's 2018 and things are starting to look up.  I am slowly getting ahold of how to handle and live with my health issues and I am determined to get back to creating daily.  Creating is something that has always brought happiness and resolve to my life and I know that it will be something that will improve my daily life.  Although in the coming months I still have some serious challenges to get through I know that the end is near, and I truly believe that 2018 will be an amazing year!!!!

So let's get back to this challenge........water colours.
Over the past year scrapbooking has become so much more than paper, adhesive and embellishments.  Although I have not done a huge amount of scrapbooking this past year I have spent a lot of time with mixed media, and playing with all different kinds of paints and mediums.

Water colours have certainly become one of my favourites to  incorporate into my scrapbooking.  Playing with swirling colours and creating my own backgrounds is totally addictive.  I am by no means an expert LOL!!!  Far from it in fact.  But water colours are easily found at craft stores and many scrapbook stores these days.  They are inexpensive and because of that fun to just play with.

GESSO is the one thing that I have learned that is very important to use while scrapbooking.  It is like a primer for your paper.  Gesso comes in white, clear and black.  And can be applied using any paint brush or even something like a gift card is you want a heavier coverage.  My favourite type to use is a spray gesso like the one pictured below.


It goes on very smoothly and lightly.  Once dry you are ready to use your water colours. And just have fun.  After choosing the colours for my layout and getting them on my paper I thought it looked like a total mess LOL!!!!!  That actually happens often.  But don't give up or think you need to throw it away.  Once you start putting your layout together things fall into place.

This is my final layout.  And it turned out to be one of my favourites!!!


...and here are a few close ups!!!








This was a really fun layout to create.  I have been working on this Disney Album for my daughter Kelsie's family for a few months.  And it has been a bit difficult for me since the colours are not ones I usually work with.  But I am getting there.  

Using a cut file for the title from Silhouette Cameo really pulled this layout together fast.  The 3 little Mickey heads are also cut files.  Once you back everything with patterned papers, it is just a matter of adding a few embellishments!  Easy peasy!!!!

SUPPLIES
CARDSTOCK Bazzill
PAINT Watercolour pens by Jane Davenport Lagoon and Octopus
& water colour palette Neutrals sand
PATTERNED PAPERS Simple Stories Say Cheese & Echo Park Magic & Wonder
EMBELLISHMENTS Simple Stories Say Cheese
GESSO Krylon Spray
AC THICKERS Black foam Delight
THREAD Coats Light Blue Yellow & Red

Thanks so much for stopping by. If you have any questions please ask.
~Cathryn

Friday, October 20, 2017

Happy Halloween and October

What fun I had creating this super fun Pumpkin Layout!!!!  And it was created for a very special reason.  I am back as a designer with the Paper Girls Challenge Blog!!!!  This group of amazing talented girls is so special to me.  I was lucky enough to meet them through an online scrapbooking site and I love them all dearly.  And I am super excited to be back creating with this incredible group.  Check them out when you can, you will find a ton of talent, challenges, and inspiration.  This last challenge was call Pumpkin Spice.  At the risk of being sent  packing I must admit the I have never really gotten into the Pumpkin Spice rage.  So I wasn't sure what to create.  But then I got to thinking that my granddaughters bring lots of spunk and spice into my life!!!!  So I figured I should create a layout that included one of them.  And this picture of my sweet Taylor was just perfect.  Her sister Blake was The Little Mermaid so she became the most adorable Sebastian that I have ever seen!!!!  


Since moving to a smaller home, I have decided that before I can buy any new paper I have to start using up a lot of my large hoard.  So I went searching for the perfect collection to use with this picture.  And this Bella Blvd. Hello Autumn Collection was just perfect.  I love all the bright colours and the addition of some blue's as well.  

The pumpkin and leaves are from Silhouette. I cut a pumpkin in a deep orange sheet of Bazzill cardstock and a cream colour.  I then painted the cream one with watercolours, and layered them on my back round paper.   So much fun!!!!!   I also used the watercolours to splatter some of the paint on the background.

I just love this layout!!!  Fall is my favourite season and the colours on this layout turned out beautifully!!!!  I added a doilie, and some leaves and flowers I fussy cut from one of the patterned papers.  And then 2 flair buttons from Doodlebug with a little bit of twine behind them.

Here are a few close up photo's.





The dimension from those gorgeous leaves is so pretty.

Thanks for stopping in and taking a look.  
~Cathryn