Monday, March 30, 2015


Hello there! 
It's the fifth Monday of the month. Do you know what that means??? It's time for a blog hop!!!

Our theme for this hop is PARTY DECOR!

Boy it seems like forever since I took a break to deal with renovations in my home.  I can't believe it has taken almost a year, and I have a pretty small home LOL!!!! But I am so happy to be back.  I have missed all my great friends at PCBG and the many scrapbooking community's that I love to be a part of.  And what a great time to join in!!!! There is nothing more exciting than a BLOG HOP......especially a PGCB Blog Hop!!!!

So...first off, what's a blog hop without a prize??

Unity Stamps is our sponsor for this blog hop! 
Hop on over to their facebook page and thank them for their generosity if you don't mind! They have this wonderful prize pack of stamps for one lucky winner!

When I heard that the theme for this Blog Hop was going to be Party Decor, I knew exactly what I wanted to share. I am so blessed to have 2 amazing little granddaughters in my life, and helping their Mom throw birthday parties for them is super fun.  One of my favourites was Miss Taylor's 1st birthday.  She is a November baby and because she was born during a huge snowstorm one of her middle names is Winter. So as you will see.......all the decorating made perfect sense.

This canvas was so much fun to create. I bought it already primed black and then just used my EK SUCCESS CHALK COLLECTION WRITERS.  It was my first time trying anything like this, so it was far from perfect, but lots of fun!!!

My Silhouette came in very handy for making decorations for the Candy Bar, Cupcakes, and Birthday Cake. Artwork by TomKat Studio. A little fancy ribbon and everything looked amazing!!!

More yummy treats!!!!

And Taylor's Party Invitation

Lastly I made this sweet banner.  Again my Silhouette came in handy. There are so many 3D Bows to choose from and this one with snowflake cutouts fit my party theme perfectly!!!

What do you have to do to participate?
Complete all 3 of these required steps:
1. Comment on each of our blog posts along the hop
2. "Like" the Paper Girls Challenge on Facebook
3. Follow our blog

 You have until Sunday, April 5th, 2015 at 11:59 pm MST to comment. We will announce the winner on Wednesday April 8th, 2015 at 9:00 am MST. 

Here's your hopping order:

  1. Paper Girls Challenge Blog:
  2. Cathryn H.: ----------->you are here
  3. Brittany M.:
  4. Amber S.:
  5. Michele D.:
  6. Erica B.:
  7. Karrie S.:

The Paper Girls have made some wonderful projects and you will not be disappointed.
Thanks for hopping along with us.
Good luck!

Monday, June 23, 2014

Yeah for Monday and a Scrapbook Steals MWM!!!!

It has been a long time since I have sat down and done some scrapbooking.  Probably since I went on my last Scrapbooking Weekend!!!!  Crazy......I use to scrapbook daily.  I really need to get back into it and what better way than creating a layout using Scrapbook Steals MWM sketch!!!
Such a great place to go for amazing scrappy deals and some darn good inspiration.

Something else that is good for inspiration is spending scrappy time with a dear friend.  Something that I really need to do more often.  And now that a special friend....Nicole living in the same city as me, I know we will be getting scrappy much more often.  And yes Nicole.....I do love you LOL!!!!

Here is this weeks sketch.....
Daisy 9

And this is my take on the sketch....

And a few close ups to show the details....

The paper that I used was a bit of a challenge for me.  Bright colours are always difficult for me.  I'm not sure why.  I guess it's just not my style.  But I played with it and after leaving it for a few days, put the finishing touches on it.......and now I think I love it!!!!  And I love looking back at pictures of my little Zoey.  She was such a sweet little nice and fuzzy!!!  She is 2 1/2 years old now and has turned into a beautiful young girl.  She is pretty small for a golden retriever, but is she full of energy!!!  Yikes!!!!  Certainly not the calm dog that old Scouty was, but just as loving and wonderful.  I love her to death, and she will always be the best birthday gift that I have ever received!!!! Thank you to my incredible kids.  She is the gift that just keeps on giving <3

Have a great week everyone ~ Cathryn

Monday, June 2, 2014

Welcome to June!!!!

Today it is my turn to host a challenge on The Paper Girls Challenge first time!!!  At my age there aren't to many firsts anymore LOL!!!!  So I have really been looking forward to this.  I called my challenge......Rub-Ons Reinvented. If you are anything like me you probably have a bunch of half used rub-ons, or rub-ons you just haven't used.  
Lately my new passion, besides scrapbooking has been mixed media art.  It is perfect for all those left over bits and pieces of rub-ons. 
Pop on over to PGCB and join in the challenge for the chance to win a great prize!!

I created 3 small canvases, and I think they might just be my favourite off all that I have created so far.  Since many people have asked how to create a canvas I decided to give step by step instructions on how I like to create.  But please remember....there is NO RIGHT OR WRONG WAY!!!  This is just the way I work.  It is a little lengthy, but I wanted to show pictures of every step.  I hope you enjoy!!

My first step is always to put down some kind of paper, and then paint to create the background.  On these I used pages from a book, but I really like using tissue.  Especially from sewing patterns.  You get a great texture.
  I decided that I wanted to do an owl and 2 different birds.  I cut them out of scrapbook paper.  Before glueing them down with modge podge I did a little stamping to give more texture.
 A little easier to see in this close up.
 The next step is to do some shading around the edges so the pictures pop out and add dimension.

Again.....a little stamping to add dimension. 

 Some more shading and all the little extra things.  Also I love to do some doodling.

 This is where the rub-ons come into the picture.  I just kind of throw them in anywhere.  And don't worry if they don't rub off perfectly.  the less uniform the better.

 After every layer that I put on I always put a layer of modge podge.  It keeps things from mixing, and seals in everything.

 And here is the finished product!!!!  These just make me so happy......they are so stinkin' cheerful I can barely stand it LOL!!!!

I hope you have enjoyed this post and it has inspired you to do a little creating of your own.  And if you have any questions please ask.
Thanks for stopping in.


Monday, May 5, 2014

April Showers Bring May Flowers!!!

Although Mother Nature seems to be a bit behind schedule this year, on my morning doggy walk with Miss Zoey, I noticed that there is a lot more green than brown grass for her to explore!!! So I'm sure beautiful blooming flowers will be on their way very soon!!!

In the meantime I have some new creations to share with everyone today.  I have always been a huge fan of Mixed media journals and canvases.  They are just so fun and free and creative!!  So I hard can playing with paint be???  Well I learned very quickly, just how difficult "letting go and having fun can be LOL"  Getting messy and coloring outside the lines does not come naturally to me.  But the more I played, the more I loved the outcome!!  

So today I decided to share a few of my recent creations.  Up until now, my art work has always been gifts for friends and family.  But now, by the end of May I will have my art work up for sale.  So exciting!!!!!  So make sure to come back and visit my blog at the end of the month for more fun and information about a give a way.

The canvases I am sharing today are each 8x10"

Thanks for stopping by for a visit!!!