Saturday, 3 December 2016

December Daily Hopes | December Daily 2016

Like prior years, I am documenting my December in the footsteps of Ali Edwards.  I have my own process, which she encourages.  You'll find that every year I am caught up everyday in the first week of December.  However, if I am again like prior years, I'll be finishing this album in the Fall months.  I don't let that put me down.  I'll say it again though - I'd like to document my stories every evening in the very least.  Creating a page with pictures printed would be a bonus.

I look forward to sharing with you MY December 2016.
And so it goes.. why do I do it?


I went to bed last night, on the Eve of December, while the kids were still awake. I couldn’t keep my eyes open any longer.  I had too many deadlines and too much work to catch up on the past few days and it was hitting me hard.  With the intend to wake up with the birds, I fell quickly into dreamland.  Tomorrow is December. Everyone in this household was excited.

And here we are.  I didn’t get up with the birds but I did get up before the sun.  It feels like December now.  A blanket of snow outside with paw prints from the day before.  They say 10 to 15 centimetres tonight. Will tomorrow be the first snow day?

I promised that we would decorate the tree tonight.  Something that Jane is so excited for. Jack on the other hand is more excited for Bucko, the elf to arrive and to dig into his advent calendar. I get the sense that even Rooney the dog is excited because she’s at my feet while I type… this is a far cry from her usual sloth stature taking over our king size bed refusing to budge until well after everyone is up.

You can feel it in the air.  The jingle. But you can also feel the hustle and bustle.  I love it. Everything about it.  I love the gatherings. I love the shopping deals.  I love all the food. Oh… the food! I love the effort that everyone puts in to connect.  It’s the time of month when memories are made.

So what’s my reason why? Why am I documenting my December? I am not sure.  I do wonder why I waste time and money on all, this not to mention I’ll have to buy a new house just to store them all.  But like many things, it fills me up.  I simply enjoy it.  If something makes you happy, there’s no need to look further for any other reason.  Isn’t that what we are all looking for? Happiness.


So Hello December 2016. I am so happy you’ve arrived.

Friday, 2 December 2016

A Christmas Moose | #tgifc84

It's a colour challenge at TGIF Challenge blog this week. 
You'd think I could just whip this up quickly but I was in a tinkering mood.

Tink.
Tink.
Tink.


Best of all... did you see those stitched dies?

We always love to see what you do so make sure to link up on the blog!

Cathy

Friday, 18 November 2016

Kraft + white = never gets old | #tgifc82



Ahhh.  I haven't seen a flurry yet but its truly only a matter of time.

Tomorrow marks my first Christmas party of the season.

So instead of being inspired by the leaves - I was inspired by the design of this week's TGIF Challenge.  I turned those leaves into snowflakes.

I can't wait to see how you interpret this challenge!


To create this simple card I heat embossed the snowflakes with white embossing powder. However, to make sure that I left the perfect amount of room for my sentiment, I just laid the stamp from the Flurry of Wishes Stampin' Up! stamp set on the kraft paper while I stamped versa mark around the stamp.  


Stamping the sentiment is the last step. It still looked too plain so as always, I added pearls.

Ta-Da!

Make sure to play along with us at the TGIF Challenge blog!

Come back soon!
Cathy

Thursday, 17 November 2016

Feelin' crispy and jingly | Fancy Friday


Hello amazing friends.
Meet November's Fancy Friday 2016.

It's November and the red cups are back.
You can feel the 'extra crisp' in the air.
It makes me all 'jingly and tingly' inside and everywhere.

When I saw this month's inspiration challenge I was ready to tackle the holidays.


I cut the 'boughs' from the Pretty Pines Thinly dies from Stampin' Up!  You've got to have these in bulk.  They are inspiration just sitting in a dish on your craft table.  In fact, I bought this die and didn't even bother with the stamp set.  I feel like its going to be a die that I come back to every year.

The stamp was a little tricky to get on the die since its a clear stamp (not photopolymer) but I persevered without a stamp-a-ma-jig.  You can find the stamp called Merriest Wishes, as well as the co-ordinating Merry Tags Framelits from Stampin' Up!

Don't forget to add In the Cat Cave on Facebook. Today I did a video tour of my craft room on Facebook Live!

Keep inspired by checking out my friend, Erica Cerwin from Pink Buckaroo Designs.  She's got your Christmas covered!!


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Friday, 11 November 2016

dear santa + project life | #tgifc81


This week at TGIF Challenge Blog we are giving you a sketch.  I know most of you think cards when it comes to sketches but my mind always thinks about how to incorporate it into my memory keeping.


I wanted to let you in on a little secret I have when it comes to my Stampin' Up! Project Life kits.  They come with little stamp sets.  When I open them, I will often stamp the "extra bits" around the edges of the sticker embellishment sheets.  You will often see the ink spill over onto the outside of the sticker.  You can see above that this was how I created the sticker "This was amazing".


As some of you know, I have some news to share but I've just returned home from vacation and its my son's 4th birthday today.  I simply haven't had enough time to get my brain wrapped around everything.  Stay tuned!


In the mean time, every week the TGIF Challenge Blog issues a inspiration challenge where we ask you to link up your project.  Please join us - we look to see what you have created!

Cathy



Monday, 7 November 2016

a glittery bulb | Creative Scrapbooker Magazine


Make sure to drop over to Creative Scrapbooker Magazine to see what makes this card special.

Every month I contribute a blog post to the Creative Scrapbooker Magazine's blog using Stampin' Up! products.

This blog post is about making cards in bulk so it should come as no surprise that this is a card I am using for a Christmas Card swaps with my crafty Crop Circle friends.

Thanks for dropping by!
Cathy

Friday, 4 November 2016

shoot for the moon |#tgifc80


Sometimes you have to shoot for the moon.

I get that.

You have to try because if you don't, you don't know what could have been.

Just do it.

Go for it.

See what happens.


And play along with us at TGIF Challenge Blog.  I can't wait to see what you create!

Cathy