Monday, May 25, 2009

New Nest - C.R.A.F.T. Challenge

Happy Monday! How often do you hear me say that? Any Monday is a happy Monday that I have off from work. Hope you all enjoyed your day.

This card was my DT entry this week at C.R.A.F.T. Challenge. Our challenge this week was to make something "new" i.e. new baby, new house, new marriage, etc. So I decided to make "A New Nest". If you haven't had a chance to make it over to their "new" blog, please do so. We would love to see your work and your interpretation each week of our challenge!

This weeks challenge was to make something with moveable parts. I don't know why, but this was a challenge for me. I will post my card later in the week. Well, off to grill some turkey burgers for dinner. Have a great evening! Cathy xx :)

Sunday, May 24, 2009

Fun in the Sun - Polka Doodle Sketch

Happy Sunday - and what a glorious day it is today!! It is sunny, warm and blue skies - something we have all been waiting for.

I just had to stick with the theme of Summer today when creating this card based off a sketch from Polka Doodle. If you haven't been over to check out there sight - please won't be disappointed. Bright, cheerful and full of fun - who doesn't like a challenge!

Papers used are from Imaginisce - Summer Cool line. Don't you just love these colors? They remind me of sherbert! Rubberstamped image of flip-flops and sentiment, ink from Papertrey Ink, brad, buttons and rhinestones. This card sings "take me to the beach"! :)

I hope you all enjoy your day and make sure you take a peek at Polka Doodle! Cathy :)

Saturday, May 23, 2009

2009/Congratulations - 2s4u - Laura #26

I can't believe a whole week has went by and I haven't posted on my blog! This week has been incredibly busy!!

I designed this card based off of Laura's sketch at 2S4U. The papers used were mostly from PinkPaislee, rubberstamped sentiment by Papertrey Ink and diecuts by Quikutz.

I hope all of you have a wonderful holiday weekend, filled with family and friends and good weather perfect for a cook-out! Cathy xx :)

Saturday, May 16, 2009

Where has the time gone? - 2s4u #26

"Where has the time gone?" is exactly what I have been asking myself this week. Not feeling well this week, getting my daughter re-situated at home and work certainly has me behind in my creating! There never seems to be enough time!:)

This card was created based off of Kazan's sketch #26 at 2s4u. This vintage-like/shabby chic kind-of card was created using papers from K&Company - cut-N-paste line (oooh I just love these papers), rubberstamped sentiment and clock image from Kelly Panacci, Tim Holtz metals, misc. ribbon, buttons and pearl adhesives. A perfect card for a birthday, anniversary or a friend that you haven't seen for a while.

Well, my DF is asking what's for dinner - and once again I ask myself "Where has the time gone?" and what am I going to make for dinner tonight? Have a wonderful evening - Cathy :)

Friday, May 15, 2009

Teacher - CP #14

Happy Friday everyone! So glad the weekend has finally arrived! Time to create! :)

This card is a card that I designed based off of a sketch at CardPatterns this week. I decided to do a teacher themed card since school will be out for summer in a few weeks.

Lots of different papers used here - clearing up some scraps! I have Making Memories, Bo Bunny, and there is one unknown. I inked and machine stitched the papers. Each apple has been done in layers. I used my Martha Stewart apple punch first with chipboard, then each layer of Bazzill. I also inked the edges of the apple. I scalloped the bottom edge of the Bo Bunny paper, ran some ribbon across, tied a bow, added a button with hemp and finally handstamped my sentiment (Papertrey of course!) Teacher - we appreciate you, and voila'!

Well, just a quick posting - I do hope to complete a few more cards today! Hope you all are well and creating too! Happy Day! Cathy :)

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

A little birdie told me.......

What is it about birds that brings a smile to almost everyone? The sound of the birds in the morning this time of year makes me happy because Spring has finally arrived and the warm temperature is right around the corner! I can't wait for it to finally warm up! :)

Last year, I had a wreath on my front porch that two different birds were sharing a nest. I had 7 eggs total; 3 eggs from one bird and 4 from another. Then, above my front porch light, a Robin built another nest and for some reason abandoned it, and another Robin came along and laid her eggs in it along with the other Robin's eggs. I had loads of baby birds, and ton's of bird poop on my porch! It was a mess! Needless to say, I didn't put my wreath out yet! ;)

I haven't had any time to create anything this week. Busy at work and still not feeling the greatest! I hope you all have avoided the "bug" that has been going around! Have a great evening, Cathy :)

Monday, May 11, 2009

Bee Happy - CPS 115

Here it is Monday again....the start of another work week, but today was really busy and went by quickly. I hope the rest of my work week goes that quick!

Here's a card I made using another of my new rubberstamps from Papertrey Ink! I bought several sets, and it is my goal to use everyone of these before the year ends! Do you do that too? Buy lot's of goodies only to let them sit there? I have enough stuff, I could probably open up my own scrapbook store! :)

Several patterns of paper machine stitched, die cut circles from Quickutz, paper punch flowers from Marvey, misc. brads, buttons, ribbon. When I look at all the color in this card, it makes me happy! :)

Hope you all had a wonderful day! Cathy :)

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Mother's Day Weekend Events

This weekend has been the most rewarding weekend as a mother! A very exhausting one - but one that I will cherish forever. This picture is a picture of my son Corey who is 19 years old and his girlfriend Kelsey who is graduating HS this month. Don't they look stunning! The weekend for them was full of festivities. Friday night was the dinner and dance until midnight. My son said he was "a dancin' man"! He danced all night long. They then boarded a bus that took them Downtown Chicago to the Lakefront where they boarded a huge yacht and continued with dancing and eating until 4:00 a.m. The bus brought them all back home safely. They all spent the night at friends where they left the next morning and headed back Downtown to a friends familys condo. They all spend the rest of the weekend in the City and had a great time! Everyone is now home - safe.

Today, we were back in the city for Courtney's graduation from University of Illinois/Chicago. I am so very proud of her! She graduated Cum Laude, is a Honor College Graduate and a Liberal Arts and Science Graduate from the College of Chemistry. This is one young lady that had a vision of her future at a very early age (2nd grade) and has followed her dream thru. In the Fall she will continue her education and attend UIC for her Masters Degree in Forensics. The picture is of me on the left, Courtney and my DF.

As you can see, this Mother's Day weekend has been wonderful! My dream as a little girl was to one day grow up to be a mom. My dream has come true and although there were times that were unbelievably tough.......I never have regretted one moment on this earth as the mother of Courtney and Corey. Somehow all the good out weighs the bad. My advice to my young friends who are having their first babies has been - "look at everything as being a phase - it will pass".
There is no greater love than the love a mother has for her children! Happy Mother's Day to all Mother's! Cathy :)

Saturday, May 9, 2009


This weekend has started off as a busy one! Yesterday, my daughter had her last final and it was time to move her home. I met her downtown and we made numerous trips up and down the elevator with the rest of her "stuff" and loaded up the car for home. We were stuck in bumper to bumper traffic on the way home and I was in a panic. We had to get home by 5:00 for prom pictures with Corey and his girlfriend. We ended up meeting them at his girlfriends house with the rest of their group at 5:15. They looked absolutely stunning! I will post pictures later! His girlfriend Kelsey is such a beauty - the prettiest girl there! Wait till you see! :)

My DF is a ref today for a LaCrosse game and when he returns we're back downtown with Courtney to pick up her matress, desk and bike. All the big things were left for him and the truck.

A little later this afternoon, my Dad will be arriving in town. We have dinner plans with the entire family. When we all get together, we have such a good time. I'm looking forward to it.

Well, I'm off to take a shower and hopefully get in sometime to create atleast one card this weekend! Have a great day! Cathy xx hugs!

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Dad - Happy Father's Day

I think masculine cards are the toughest to make. Don't you? The paper can't be too frou-frou, no flowers, bows or pink! Those are all of my favorite things to work with!

This card was created using papers from Kaisercraft and Making Memories. The rubberstamped branch and cloud image I didn't save the packaging so I am not sure, but the sentiment stamps are from Papertrey Ink.

My Dad is coming into town this weekend for Courtney's college graduation ceremony. We always look forward to seeing him because he is such a hoot! My Mother passed away several years ago, and Courtney being the first grandchild to graduate from college is such a special occasion, I knew he wouldn't miss it for the world! I know his being there will give peace to us all knowing that he is there also representing my Mother.

This proud mother plans on taking lot's of pictures this weekend of my son Corey's prom tomorrow and Courtney's graduation on Sunday. So be sure to check back!

Have a wonderful evening - Cathy

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Friendship is the Sweetest Flower - 2s4u - Laura 25

Good morning everyone - still not feeling well today! My daughter's Honor Ceremony is this evening and just praying that things turn around for me quickly!

This card was made for 2S4U based off of Laura's sketch #25. Bit's and pieces from Little Yellow Bicycle and not sure where the sunshine paper came from. Great way to use up those ribbon scraps! The rubberstamped stems/leaves and sentiment are from Papertrey Ink.

I hope this post finds you all healthy - so many people I know have come down with this darn flu! Hope you all have a day filled with sunshine!

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Dad - CPS 114

This post will be short and sweet - not feeling well and home sick from work. Tea with honey/lemon and time to push the Theraflu!

This card was created for CPS 114. I used papers from Pebbles Inc., Kaisercraft and Little Yellow Bicycle. Rubberstamp image from Hero Arts and diecut images from Quickutz. Ribbon and hemp were also added. Be sure to check out the little heart on the tree! A perfect card for Dad for Father's Day or just anyday!

My Dad is coming into town for Courtney's graduation this weekend. I am going to get plenty of rest today and hope for a speedy recovery so that I can enjoy all the festivities!

I hope that all of you are healthy and have been able to avoid this "bug" that is going around - have a wonderful day - Cathy :)

Monday, May 4, 2009

Sip & Relax

My son is on the mend, but as I predicted in an earlier I think I'm coming down with whatever virus he had. It could not happen at a worse time! Graduation cermonies on Wednesday and Sunday of this week and prom on Friday! I'm thinking positive and it will be an early night for me.

I made this card over the weekend using paper and embellishments
from We R Memory Keepers. The little teapot image and sentiment
is from Papertrey Ink. Ribbon, crocheted trim button and flower have been added.

I think I will take the advice from my card - go make myself a cup of hot tea.....sip and relax! Have a wonderful evening - Cathy :)

Sunday, May 3, 2009

The Right Shoes!

My DF was at the Kentucky Derby this weekend. Although, I missed him terribly, I was able to create quite a few cards. :) I was also able to make a stop at my favorite scrapbook store - and boy did I pick up some papier goodies!

This card was created with Autumn Leaves new line "Wellies and Brellies! I just love the bright colors and the little "Wellies"! I was also able to use one of my new rubberstamps from Papertrey Ink.
Of course, I had to add some paperpunch flowers from Marvey, diecut circle from Quickutz and misc. buttons and ribbons.

I decided to make one like this for my sister's birthday this week -she's a shoe-aholic! I hope you all enjoyed your weekend - Cathy :)

Saturday, May 2, 2009

Love Blooms - CPS 113

This weeks sketch at CPS was a fun sketch to work with and did you see the DT's cards - one word........WOW!

This is the card that I put together based off of their sketch. The paper I used is from EK Success (Wedding Collection) as is the chipboard embellishment and ribbon. The diecut flowers are from Quickutz, along with crocheted trim and pearl adhesives. The rubberstamped image is from Papertrey Ink. A great card for a wedding, an anniversary or even an "I Love You" card! :)

Lot's to do today! Off to the grocery store and a few other errands around town. I might even have time to stop by my favorite scrap store! I heard lots of new goodies have arrived - not that a need a thing! ;) Enjoy your Saturday - Cathy :)

Friday, May 1, 2009

Card Patterns - Sketch #12

Just a quick posting before I head off to bed. This card was a card I put together for Card Patterns - Sketch #12. A fun sketch to work with - many possibilities! :)

Several patterns of coordinating paper machine stitched along with paper punch flowers, large brads, ribbon, button, hemp and a rubberstamped sentiment from Papertrey Ink.

Have a wonderful evening - long day today! Cathy :)

2s4u - Kazan's Sketch 25

Another fun sketch from 2s4u this week! It only seemed appropriate that I make a graduation card since my daughter has her Honor's College ceremony on Wednesday and her graduation ceremony from UIC on Sunday of next week!

Next week will be a super busy week - My Dad and his wife will be coming into town, my son will be escorting his girlfriend to prom, two graduation ceremonies, and Courtney will be moving her final belongings back home. I have alot of cleaning, grocery shopping and just finalizing alot of details! I'm already exhausted thinking about it! :)

Well, I hope that all of you are healthy and have a wonderful weekend! Cathy:)

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