Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Stuck Sketches and SISTERS

Stuck Sketches have been a life saver for me lately for inspiration.
My life has been pretty darn chaotic and stressful and I have been using art and yoga as my stress relief.  I have also been on a scrapbooking spending freeze for quite some time.  My Art Studio is filled to the brim and now that I am having to move, and probably not going to have nearly as large a space to create in......adding to my large stock of product was not a good choice.  So, all of my 
creations, at least until I move, will be with older product.  Which is tough because there is so much amazing new stuff out there enticing me every day!!!!!

This is the Sketch I used today.
Stuck Sketches July 1, 2017 Sketch


I Love this sketch so much!!!  And I had so many ideas runny through my mind.  
 I have always wanted to cut out letters on my Silhouette and back them with patterned paper.  I have seen this done by many amazing scrapbookers, and it looks so beautiful!!! So I gave it a try.  I think it turned out pretty good for my first time!!!!!

So this is my creation!!!!!


These precious little girls are my two oldest granddaughters Taylor and Blake. Two of the loves of my life.  And the pictures were taken by their Mom Kelsie Kelly who is a incredible lifestyle Photographer.  I am incredibly blessed to have such gorgeous pictures to scrap!!!!
I LOVE how this layout turned out. And I really LOVE the large lettering.  I  will certainly we using this technique again!!!  The only thing I don't like is the black smudge I accidentally made in the upper left hand corner my mistake.  But mistakes are part of life, so no biggie. 


SUPPLIES
Cardstock : Bazzill
Patterened Paper : OA Farm Girl & Woodland Park, Fancy Pants Nautical
Thread : Coats
Ink : Tim Holtz Distress Ground Expresso
Stencil : The Crafters Workshop
Small Letters : Studio Calico 
Doo-Dads : October Afternoon
Brad : OA Woodland Park
Stickers : Sticky Pix Paper House
Wood Veneer Hearts : Simple Stories Enchanted
Mist : Lindy's Starburst Tiffany's Blue

If you are in need of some inspiration yourself check out Stuck Sketches. There are 2 sketches a month and an array of super talented scrapbookers that never fail to surprise me with their exciting creations!!!

Thanks for stopping by <3

~ Cathryn

Monday, June 26, 2017

Catch of the Day

I can't believe it has been over a year since I have posted ANYTHING!!!!
So many changes in my life......and sadly I just didn't feel much like creating.
In the next few months I will be selling and leaving my home.  It will be a difficult change because I have lived and raised my family here since 1990. 
But I am ready for new adventures and looking forward to all that it brings into my life!!!

While sorting and packing and deciding what to keep, I decided that I really had to go through the many boxes of photos.  Most of my scrapbooking has consisted of photos of my granddaughter, pets, and recent photos.  When my kids were younger there was no digital photos.  You just took a picture and hoped that when you got them back that it turned out OK.  Because of that you ended up with a ton of not so great photos.  And you just hated to throw any of them out.  But now that I will be moving to a smaller home it was time to ditch the crappy pictures and organize or scrapbook the others.

So here is one of these photos.  I decided to use Stuck Sketches June 15, 2017 #2 Sketch.


I think this is the first time I have used a sketch from Stuck Sketches. Not sure why because I really love their sketches.  And I am looking forward to use them more often.

I changed the sketch up a little because in the photo my daughter is holding a fish.  So I decided to use outdoorsy element.  It took me awhile to get the creative juices flowing, but I really love how this turned out. 


It sure feels good to sit and create!!!! THANK YOU
Stuck Sketches 
for inspiring me!!!

PRODUCTS 
Cardstock : Bazzil
Patterned Paper : My Minds Eye
Enamel Dots : My Minds Eye
Chipboard : Pebbles & MME
Decorative Bags : Fancy Pants
Tag : Cosmo Cricket
Mini Paper Clips : Tim Holtz
Watercolour Paints : Jane Davenport 
Thread : Coats


Sunday, April 17, 2016

Mixed Media Madness

I was really beginning to wonder if I would ever get back to my blog. My life has been so hectic, and full of distractions that I just have not been able to get on a good schedule. After renovating my entire home, and having a scrapbook/craft room that I have always dreamed of I thought it would be the complete opposite. But I am determined to get back on track, because I know that creating calms me. 

One of my goals has been to share my art work with others. I have been to many art sales and done well. So I thought it was time to start online. A few weeks ago I launched Cat-Scrap Creations on Facebook and I plan to be opening an Etzy Shop within the next month. It is all a little intimidating seeing all of the beautiful and gorgeous work out there. But you never know if you will succeed if you never even try. So why not dive right in? What's the worse that could happen?

So Hello to all my new friends that have stopped here from Facebook. THANK YOU for stopping in to take a look at my blog. And to all of my followers, THANK YOU for sticking around.
In the future as my Facebook numbers grow I will be having more give-a-ways. If you follow my blog and Like my Facebook page you will be entered twice.


Today I will share with you the canvases that I have for sale on my Facebook page.



This canvas had me smiling the entire time I was creating it. It took me much longer than I intended,  because it always felt like it was missing something. Then I added "Hello Sunshine" and it was just what it needed.
A wonderful Scrappy friend of mine asked me if I could make another canvas of a hound to go with this canvas for her adorable twin baby boys. I haven't completed it yet but when I do I will be sure to share!!!
So this canvas is sold. Any canvas that is sold I can make another, however no 2 canvases will be exactly alike as they are all originals. 



 The beautiful rich aqua/teal and coffee black/brown look amazing on these little gems.They are wooden frames that can be hung or sat on a shelf.


Spring is here and so are these gorgeous flowers. I just love all the greens with a touch of mulberry.
These are painted on canvas and have a base of old book paper that gives them a very slight rustic look. They can be hung or placed on a shelf.

How fun are these??? Each on is a different height but the same width. They are painted on solid wood and then covered with little diamonds of lots and lots  
of different patterned papers, and then distressed. They are just so darn cute. They can be bought as a set of 3 or as single pieces. Depending on that choice the price will very.
Once again these can be hung on the wall or sat on a shelf.

If you see anything you like but the colour isn't right for your home, I can create something that fits you perfectly. 
 Please feel fee to leave a message if you have any questions or send an email cat_scrap_creations04@hotmail.com

~Cathryn

Monday, March 30, 2015

THE PAPER GIRLS CHALLENGE BLOG HOP


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: http://thepapergirlschallenge.blogspot.com/
  2. Cathryn H.: http://www.catscrapcreations.blogspot.ca ----------->you are here
  3. Brittany M.: http://craftypaperbee.blogspot.com
  4. Amber S.: http://allamberallthetime.blogspot.com/
  5. Michele D.: http://about-the-paper.blogspot.com
  6. Erica B.: http://stampingstarlette.blogspot.com/
  7. Karrie S.: http://sweetscrapsbykarrie.blogspot.com/2015/03/pink-tie-party.html

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 .....is 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 thing....so 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 Blog......my 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.

~Cathryn