Monday, February 28, 2011

Enjoy - The Shabby Tea Room #51

Happy Monday and welcome to another fun challenge from The Shabby Tea Room.  This week our lovely hostess is Debbie and the theme she chose was for all of you not only a beautiful photo for inspiration but has asked that you create a card/project using the colors red, black and white/cream.  Our sponsor this week is The Stamping Boutique, and the DT was given their choice of a digital image.  I chose "Audrey The Chef."  The winner this week will receive 5 digital images!! :)

DP's used are from October Afternoon, cardstock, buttons, stamped sentiment from PTI, diecut frame from Spellbinders, stamped frame from WM, misc. embroidery floss, ricrac and ribbon. 


I want to thank you all for all your well wishes for Courtney.  Friday's lecture at the AAFS was awesome!  There was approximately 400 people in attendace. Courtney's speech was amazing and afterwards when the lecture hall went to break, everyone was coming up congratulating her, asking for her business card, giving her their business card and asking if they could email her with questions.  I stood to the side witnessing all of this and thought that we as parents always pray for the best for our children.  My prayers have been answered!  I have posted a picture of Courtney and one of her Graduate School friends, Lindsay.  The gentlemen in the photo is Dr. Michael Baden renowned Forensic Pathologist. 

Be sure to make a stop at my Shabby Girlfriend's blog to see what they have whipped up for you!  I know you won't be disappointed! :)  Have a great week and thank's for taking a peek!  Cathy xx :)

Debbie Marcinkiewicz - {TSTR Creator} - Simple Treasures
Clare Buswell - Clare's Creations
Nicole Segnere - My Craft Room Creations

Friday, February 25, 2011

~hello~ Get Sketchy #76

TGIF and welcome to another fun sketch from Get Sketchy!  I hope you have some great plans for the weekend - me?  Today, I will be attending my daughter Courtney's speech for the AAFS (American Academy of Forensic Science) on Synthetic Canabis otherwise known as "Spice" or "K2" in the city.  We will spend the day together attending other classes/seminars and having lunch and I will head back home on the Metra in the evening.  She will be going out with friends, and although I was invited....who wants their Mom hanging out with them? :)

This card was created off of this week's sketch at Get Sketchy.  DP's used are from October Afternoon and Cosmo Cricket.  Stamped patterns, ink,twine and button from PTI, diecut leaves from Quickutz, misc. burlap.

Now.....time for you to take a peek at the rest of the team, get inspired and "Get Sketchy!  Thanks for taking a peek - have a great week! Cathy xx :)

Melissa Bickford - Just Dandy
Sarah Michelle - Polka Dot Doodle
Stephanie Muzzulin - Handmade Creations by Stephanie
Summer Braxton - SummerSault Designs
Yvonne Yam - Do More With Less
Laurel Seabrook - Want 2 Scrap
Gladys Chia - I Want To Scrap
Elisa K - Perpetual Stew

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

~A Proud Mother Moment~

I wanted to share this moment with my friends in blogland.....

AAFS 2011 63rd Annual Meeting (American Academy of Forensic Scientists)


"The Academy's annual scientific meeting is held in February at which time over 800 scientific papers, breakfast seminars, workshops, and other special events are presented. The AAFS consists of eleven sections representing a wide range of forensic specialties, and the annual scientific meeting gathers these professionals who present the most current information, research, and updates in this expanding field."

My daughter Courtney's research on Synthetic Cannibis otherwise known as "Spice" or "K2" was accepted by the Academy and she will be speaking on Friday at the Hyatt in front of 100's! Some of the world's renowned Forensic Scientist's such as Dr. Michael Baden and Dr. Henry Lee will also be in attendance and will be speaking as well.  All her hard work and dedication has paid off - fresh out of graduate school and to have this on your resume'.  I will be attending on Friday to witness my daughter in a business suit and all professional as other take in her valuable research and look on with respect.

This is certainly a Proud Mother Moment - someone pass me the Kleenex!   :)



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Monday, February 21, 2011

Tea Time - The Shabby Tea Room #50

Happy Monday and welcome to another fun challenge from The Shabby Tea Room!  This week our lovely hostess in Pattie, and she has chose a very pretty picture for inspiration and has asked that you create a card/project using buttons and bows.  Our sponsor this week is
The Cutting Cafe' and we on the design team were given our choice of a digital template.  I chose this darling teapot! :)

DP's from The Girl's Paperie, cardstock, buttons, twine and stamped sentiment from PTI, paper flower from Prima, misc. seam binding ribbon, crocheted trim and decorative pin.

Be sure to make a stop at my Shabby Girlfriend's blog to see what they have whipped up for you!  I know you won't be disappointed! :)  Have a great week and thank's for taking a peek!  Cathy xx :)

Debbie Marcinkiewicz - {TSTR Creator} - Simple Treasures
Clare Buswell - Clare's Creations
Nicole Segnere - My Craft Room Creations

Sunday, February 20, 2011

So Sweet of You - Viva LaVerve #4 - PDCC69 and CSC27

It's Sunday and the end of the weekend!  Where does the time go?  Somehow, it never seems to go that quickly when I'm at work! :(

This card was created based of of Viva LaVerve's Week No. 4 sketch by Andrea Ewen, the color scheme at PDCC and certain elements based off of  Eva Dobilas' card at Case Study Challenge.  Wow....that was alot of linking! :)  This week PDCC hooked up with Case Study Challenge for a "Combined Grind".
Don't you just love it?  So,  your main focus should be on color and anything you want at CASE Study!


DP's used are from October Afternoon, buttons, twine and stamped sentiment from PTI, misc. ribbon, corrugated cardboard, paint and ink all have been added.

Off to post my card..........thanks for taking a peek and have a great week!  Cathy xx :)

Friday, February 18, 2011

Get Sketchy Week #75 and Moxie Fab's - Paper Piecing Technique Challenge

TGIF!!  I had some extra time this evening to play with paper and that's exactly what I did!  I decided to give Moxie Fab's Technique Challenge - Paper Piecing a whirl at the same time I worked on this week's challenge at Get Sketchy.

DP's and stamps used are from American Crafts,, twine from PTI, misc. rhinestone adhesives and Copics.

Now.....time for you to take a peek at the rest of the team, get inspired and "Get Sketchy!  Thanks for taking a peek - have a great week! Cathy xx :)

Melissa Bickford - Just Dandy
Sarah Michelle - Polka Dot Doodle
Stephanie Muzzulin - Handmade Creations by Stephanie
Summer Braxton - SummerSault Designs
Yvonne Yam - Do More With Less
Laurel Seabrook - Want 2 Scrap
Gladys Chia - I Want To Scrap
Elisa K - Perpetual Stew

Monday, February 14, 2011

Hope Your Day is Fabulous - TSTR #49

Happy Monday and welcome to another fun challenge from The Shabby Tea Room.  This week our lovely hostess is Nicole and she has chosen a warm and cozy color scheme for you to create from.  Our sponsor this week is Stamping Dragon and the DT has been given their choice of a digital image.  I chose "Dress Dummy".

DP's are from my scrap stash, sentment, button, twine and felt from PTI, diecut frame from Spellbinders, frame stamp from Waltzing Mouse,  misc. crocheted trim, paper flower and rhinestone adhesives.

Be sure to make a stop at my Shabby Girlfriend's blog to see what they have whipped up for you!  I know you won't be disappointed! :)  Have a great week and thank's for taking a peek!  Cathy xx :)

Debbie Marcinkiewicz - {TSTR Creator} - Simple Treasures
Clare Buswell - Clare's Creations
Nicole Segnere - My Craft Room Creations

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Spring in Paris - VLVFEB2011 - Week 3

Well, here it is Sunday the last day of the weekend and just enough time to finish up the laundry, run to the store, make lunches for tomorrow and dinner for tonight.  Where does the time go?

This card was created for Viva La Verve - Week 3 and Teresa Kline's sketch.  Lot's of tilted panels going on over there - I'm getting a crook in my neck! :) 


DP's from Graphic 45 and Making Memories, stamps from PTI and Cavallini Papers & Co., flower from Prima, misc. shabby seam binding ribbon, pearl adhesives, decorative pins, crocheted trim, dies and acryllic flower.

Thanks for taking a peek - have a wonderful day! Cathy xx :)

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Blessings - PDCC #68

Happy Saturday - I am so happy it is the weekend! Yesterday,I spend the better half of the day with my Grandson.  I picked him up a basket full of goodies for Valentine's Day - one being a cute little book titled "Elmo Loves Hugs".  Although, he is only 13 months old, he loves to bring you a book, his blankie and his pacifier, and will sit on your lap for you to read to him.  He is a blessing! :)

This card was created based off of this week's color challenge at The Play Date Cafe.  I just love these color's - so soft and serene - I just had to play along.  I decided to do things a little differently this time.  One being......make my own flower.  I played around and played around, and finally was happy with the final product.  I also embellished a little differently as well.  I used my Copics to color my natural white twine and to color all the pearls used for my touch of pink.

 Cardstock, twine, diecut and handstamped sentiment from PTI, Coredinations Cardstock used for the embossing, burlap for the leaves, decorative centerpiece, paper doily, and misc. crocheted trim.

Off to post my card...........thanks for taking a peek and have a lovely
evening!  Cathy xx :)

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Celebrate today - GS #74 and PTI's Button Challenge

TGIF and welcome to another fun sketch from Get Sketchy.  This week's sketch was alot of fun with alot of possibilities just waiting for you to give it a try! I also worked this card into PTI's Button Challenge!  Have you joined in on all the fesitivity?
Take a peek - lot's going on! :)

This card measures approximately 4.75x4.75 and is made with Kraft Cardstock that has been machine stitched and inked.  DP, buttons, twine, label and handstamped sentiment all have been added. CAS - this week ladies! :)


All materials used on this card are all PTI products except the doily.  Now.....time for you to take a peek at the rest of the team, get inspired and "Get Sketchy!  Thanks for taking a peek - have a great week! Cathy xx :)

Melissa Bickford - Just Dandy
Sarah Michelle - Polka Dot Doodle
Stephanie Muzzulin - Handmade Creations by Stephanie
Summer Braxton - SummerSault Designs
Yvonne Yam - Do More With Less
Laurel Seabrook - Want 2 Scrap
Gladys Chia - I Want To Scrap
Elisa K - Perpetual Stew

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

~ Bring Back Beautiful......with love ~ BBB07 and Kraft Outlet

It's only Tuesday, but it feels like it should be Thursday.  Today, was just a long day and while my dinner is in the oven....what better way than to create! :)

This card was created based off of this week's challenge at Flourishes - Bring Back Beautiful where we have been asked to create a card using some red and a hint of romance and Kraft Outlet's theme of Love - Tis the Season! ;)

DP's used are from Making Memories, paper flower from Prima, decorative pins from Maya Road, metal frame that I have painted with white crackle paint and distressed from K&Co., twine, buttons and sentiment from PTI, misc. shabby seam binding ribbon and paper doily.

Off to post my card and to check on dinner!  Have a great evening - Cathy xx :)

Monday, February 7, 2011

Warmest Winter Wishes - The Shabby Tea Room #48

Happy Monday and welcome to another fun challenge from The Shabby Tea Room.  Your hostess this week is Melissa and she has chose a yummy photo for inspiration.  She has asked that you design this week's project using the colors pink, green and brown and it must have a heart on it.  Our sponsor this week is Robyn's Fetish who has generously supplied the design team with our choice of a digital image.  I chose "Hot Cocoa".


CAS design for me this week using misc. scraps, crocheted trim, grosgrain ribbon, glitter adhesives - altered using Copics, button, felt heart and bakers twine.  The stamped sentiment is from PTI.

e sure to make a stop at my Shabby Girlfriend's blog to see what they
have whipped up for you!  I know you won't be disappointed! :)  Have a great week and thanks for taking a peek!  Cathy xx :)

Debbie Marcinkiewicz - {TSTR Creator} - Simple Treasures
Clare Buswell - Clare's Creations
Nicole Segnere - My Craft Room Creations
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Sunday, February 6, 2011

Papertrey Ink's Anniversary - Tag Download Challenge and CardsGallery Doily Challenge

Happy Superbowl Sunday!  Just a quick card today for PTI's 4th Anniversary Tag Download Challenge and Cards Gallery Doily Challenge! :)  I have seen quite a few of these little tags thru-out "blog land" today as I was commenting on some of the challenge blogs!  Good luck to everyone! :)

Frequenting Etsy on a daily basis, I have been inspired by all the different uses of doilies.  One in particular is the combination of linen or burlap with a doily accent.  So.......that is where the inspiration of my card came from. 



This card measures approximately 4.75x4.75 and is made with PTI's Kraft Cardstock.  I machine stitched the border with a scalloped stitch and inked it with PTI's Fresh Snow Ink.  A doily was placed in the center,  and then a diecut tag and matching piece of burlap.  I then diecut a coordinating piece of DP to match the ribbon because the burlap frays so easily, I thought it would be a neat idea that when it does there was coordinating paper underneath.  A Melissa Frances chipboard star was placed next along Nicole Heady's tag, PTI's Rustic Jute Twine and a PTI's Melon Berry button. and lastly a bow tied with PTI's Melon Berry Swiss Dot ribbon. That's it......easy-peasy.

Off to post my card..........thank you for taking a peek - good luck to all!  Cathy xx :)

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Viva la Verve - February Sketch Challenges

Happy Saturday!  It's a beautiful day here in Chicago...bright blue skies and the sun is out!  Oh, did I fail to mention we have approximately 2 feet of snow and about 12 foot on one side of my house?  I am wondering how
long it will take for all of this to melt! :)

I  found a fun new challenge to join in on at Viva laVerve.  It is a monthly challenge, where each week where you are given a sketch to base your design off of.  On February 24th all of your designs must be submitted and then on the 25th they will choose a winner.  Guess what the prize is?  That month's release of all the new stamp sets!  I do not own any of their stamps yet, but I would love to win! :) The sketches are wonderful and the DT is quite inspiring.  Go take a peek! :)

I have posted my first two entries - only two to go!  You have plenty of time to join in on the fun....so head on over and check it out!  Who know's.....you may be a winner!  Thanks for taking a peek - have a super wonderful weekend!  Cathy xx :)

                                                                           

Friday, February 4, 2011

Happy Valentines Day - Simon Says Stamp and Show Some Love

Last post for the evening......I told you snow days have their advantages!  Snow day = create day! :)

This card was created based off of this week's challenge at Simon Says Stamp and Show Some Love. 

DP's used are from Making Memories and 7Gypsies, vintage postcard image, chipboard and decorative pin from Maya Road, glitter from Martha Stewart, black pearl flourish from Prima, twine and cardstock from PTI, paper flower from Michaels, and vintage lace trim from a darling little antique shop in Southern Illinois.

Thanks for taking a peek - off to post my card!  See you tomorrow - Cathy xx :)

Dream - WMC#41

I have had a great day creating!  Snow days have there advantages - get your housework done early and create the rest of the day! :)

This card was created based off of the sketch at Wee Memories - Home of the Scrappy Saturday Sketches.  This is my first time playing and I had alot of fun with this sketch. :)


DP's used are from Graphic45, chipboard frame from Tattered Angels, glitter from Martha Stewartscallopeddie, stamped sentiment from PTI, paper flower from Prima, large brad Karen Foster, misc. decorative pins that have been altered with Copics, button, applique, pearl adhesives and crocheted trim.

Thanks for taking a peek - off to post my card! Have a great evening. Cathy xx :)

just thinking of you - GS #73

TGIF and welcome to another fun sketch from Get Sketchy! :)

I don't know about you, but..........Bree's sketches get better and better each week!  I love this sketch, so many possibilities.  Turn it around, upside down, etc.  but let it work for you!  Show us what you came up with - we love to see! :)



DP's are from scraps of My Minds Eye (I think), vintage trim and lace from an antique shop in Southern Illinois, buttons, twine, handstamped vine and sentiment from PTI, paper flower from Michaels, misc. pearl adhesives.

Thanks for stopping by and taking a peek - be sure you visit the rest of the DT for some added inspiration!  Have a great weekend - Cathy xx :)

Melissa Bickford - Just Dandy
Sarah Michelle - Polka Dot Doodle
Stephanie Muzzulin - Handmade Creations by Stephanie
Summer Braxton - SummerSault Designs
Yvonne Yam - Do More With Less
Laurel Seabrook - Want 2 Scrap
Gladys Chia - I Want To Scrap
Elisa K - Perpetual Stew

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Happy Valentine! - FTTC103

It's two days after the big storm, and the cul-de-sac that we are in was finally plowed out.  I have to say....I don't mind being "snowed-in".  It gave me a chance to play along with some challenges that I wouldn't necessarily be able to fit in! :)

This card was created off of this week's challenge at Flourishes.  The challenge was to create a card with a Valentine theme.  I decided to create something with somewhat non-traditional Valentine colors.  Hope you like it! :)

DP's from Graphic45 and My Mind's Eye, vintage postcard image from Etsy, twine, buttons and rubberstamped vine image from PTI,  paper flower from Michaels, vintage ricrac scrap and paper doily altered with GlimmerMist and decorative pins.

Thanks for taking a peek - enjoy your evening!  Cathy xx :)

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Ticket to Love - CR8FN13

Happy "Hump Day".  It's Wednesday after another history-making blizzard in Chicago and while my DH digs us out, I am sitting here creating away in my nice warm studio. The plow trucks haven't been thru our neighborhood yet, so there is no better place to be than here.  Work was cancelled for all family members and the city is pretty much immobilized.

This card was created off of this week's color challenge at CR8FN.  I love this combination of colors and have actually worked with them before.  So, I was pleasantly surprised to see this week's colors and let out a squeel of joy! :)



DP's used are from scraps of SEI from a few years ago....I love when that happens! :)  Die's, stamps, buttons and cardstock from PTI, twine from Martha Stewart, paper flower from Prima, misc. rhinestone adhesives.

Thanks for taking a peek........off to make my hubby some hot chocolate.  Have a great day!  Cathy  XX :)

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