Thursday, 21 March 2019

Happy Graduation | A-Team Reunited

How cool is this?

I've reunited with the past 2018 Artisan Design Team to show you some of our projects that we have been working on lately. I miss and love these girls so I can't wait to see what they are up to.

What have I been up to? ://  As an East Coast Canadian, I am still digging out my drive way and waiting for the signs of Spring to arrive. While I am crafting a little bit, I am mostly travelling. One might say I am a intermittent Snow Bird as I flock to the higher temperatures with the rest of Canada. You'll see more from me but until then, let's see what I created for this reunion.

For today's project, I water coloured using my Aqua Painter and the Melon Mambo and Pacific Point refill inks. I embellished with some of my favourite stars and pearls from Stampin' Up! Graduation is just around the corner so I am stocking up! You can find the 'Happy Graduation' sentiment from the Itty Bitty Greetings stamp set.

Thanks for dropping by! Be sure to check out Jennifer Frost's project. Honestly, she will impress you. She has that 'something' special every single time.

Wednesday, 20 March 2019

Target = joy | Simple Scrapper SPARK Magazine

I don’t know what it is about Target but my heart swoons when I think about shopping there. Just walking into the store and having the option to grab a Starbucks coffee gives me great joy. Because there are no Target stores in Canada, I can only go there on vacation and it’s always high on my list. I will often fill the cart on the first trip spending well over an hour checking out each section of the store beginning with the red spots deals and through each clothigng section. Soemtimes I return items later - it’s so easy to make returns that I don’t think tice until I get home. What’s even better is when I see a clearance sign. It being just after Christmas, you can imagine I saw a lot ofthose this trip. And let’s be real here - I had to buy a new suitcase (at Target, of course) to get it all home. Call me crazy but if something gives you that much joy, I don’t see why I’d stop now.


Saturday, 2 March 2019

Habit. | Simple Scrapper SPARK Magazine

Keeping good habits is never easy but in recent years I’ve been doing a better job at reflecting on what habits I want to have and how to acheive them. Writing in planenrs have always been a way for me to do that but bullet journals seem to be the best so far. The small sized annual books givs me enough structure and flexibility that it works for me. I take three bullet journals with me everywhere. You’ll find them on the kitchen table and dragged across the country. They keep me on task and on time. I feel in control and focused when I use them consistently. Ironically, in times when I am too busy I often won’t plan because I don’t prioritize it. I start to feel overwhelmed and realize I should never skip the few minutes to put pen to paper. Yes. I am a planner girl.

Teal: Planner //
My day to day planner where I write activities, appointments and many to do lists. Sometimes I include meal plans or lists detailing everything from parties to packing lists.

Orange: Work //
A lined bullet journal that has notes detailing phone calls and conversations. This is where I note skus and things related to work that I can’t forget.

Purple: Creative //
Each page is different as I note my mthly deadlines, list sales orders, customer address changes and everything in between. When creativity sparks, I get it on paper in here.

This layout was created for the MARCH 2019 SPARK magazine exclusively developed for the online Simple Scrapper community. Within the community we are provided with sketches and journal prompts in order to help inspire members.


Supplies for today's project comes from Ali Edwards storykits and Stampin' Up! cardstock

Friday, 1 March 2019

I think I can call it a tradition now... | Simple Scrapper SPARK Magazine

"I think I can call it a tradition now. Going to a cottage or a ‘tiny house’ in this case during the month of January to document memories . We are the memory keepers. But when I look back, we are not documenting the memories but rather making memories. Making memories outside of our immediate familes - with our girlfriends. A place where we can let go and unwine. Ahem. Excuse me, we definitely have a place for the wine. The drinks are as much a part of these trips as anything. Kristen makes drinks and Jess learns how to make the drinks but Cathy just drinks the drinks. We laugh. We do a lot of that. We eat. Usually a charcuterie board is involved. We talk. Maybe too much. I have to admit to Colleen that she’s right - time with girlfriends may actually add years to our lives. This trip we found ourselves overlooking the Conception Bay in Carbonear in the Parsons’ tiny house. A place where a white cat might hop up on the window sill and scare you silly. A place where you can sit in blue Adirondack chairs and listen to the ocean wearing Paula’s pyjamas with Kristen yelling sweet nothings in your ear, ‘You from da Pearl, Maid?!?’ It’s a place where down the street you become fast friends with the waiter and the cook at the Baccalieu B&B discussing gay rights and everything in between. I know I am lucky to call these girls my friends. They are pretty special.

Cathy, Colleen, Jess, Paula & Kristen: Jan 10-12, 2019"

This layout was created for the MARCH 2019 SPARK magazine exclusively developed for the online Simple Scrapper community. Within the community we are provided with sketches and journal prompts in order to help inspire members.


Supplies for today's project comes from Ali Edwards storykits and Stampin' Up! cardstock

Wednesday, 27 February 2019

Celebrate Your Day! | Be Inspired Blog Hop

This month the Be Inspired Design Team is showing you some of our Sale-a-Bration products. Sale-a-Bration continues into the month of March so be sure to place your $60 order and grab your favourite exclusive free item. Mine happens to be the Hello Cupcake Stamp Set.

This stamp set certainly helps in making beautiful yet simple cards. Just a bit of ink and some stamps and you are all set for your next birthday party.

The bottom of my cupcake uses the Gorgeous Grape inkwhile the top part uses Melon Mambo. Add some sprinkles and some gold embellishments and its done.

Hope you enjoyed my #simplestamping project today. Continue on in the hop to check out the rest of the team's projects. Until next time - see you soon! Maike Beimler is up next - she's incredible in every thing she does so don't miss out!

Love, Cathy

Thursday, 21 February 2019

You Sweet Thing. | Fancy Friday Blog Hop

Well my fancy friends, it's been a few months since I've joined the rest of the team.  Its been a wild and crazy few months and I am grateful to get organized enough to showcase to you some of my favourite Occasions Catalogue products.

It should come as no surprise to most of you that the Be Mine Stitched Framelits are some of my more favourite products that Stampin' Up! has released in awhile.

I love them and I will never give them away!! :)

Today I've brought you two projects showing a similar card. One with a water colour background using melon mambo refill ink and an aquapainter (water brush) and another with the Animal Expedition Designer Series Paper. Both cards have little birds cut out from the same paper.

The sentiment 'Happy Birthday, You Sweet Thing." comes from another product released in the Occasion Catalogue called Piece of Cake stamp. I am always using sentiments that have sans serif block lettering. You can never go wrong. Usually I will stamp these in multiples.

But don't stop here, keep hopping along to my fancy friend,
Sylwia Schreck!

Are you following me on instagram? 
This is where I show the majority of my projects and inspiration, along side my loves and life.  
Be sure to find me @cathycaines.

Sunday, 17 February 2019

A Double Layout | Scrapbook Sunday Blog Hop

This month's Scrabook Sunday theme is a double layout.
For the past several years I have beenscrapbooking in 8.5" x 11" size.
I often do a doube layout in this style with first an oversized photo printed from my home printer and then a pocket page of 9 slots.

This style works perfectly for multiple photos. Select your favourite and print it in oversize or scrapbook a traditional page and print the rest of the photos in a pocket page.

Don't be afraid to cut up your photos or Memories and More Cards to make it fit.

Thanks for dropping by!!
That was totally fun!

Be sure to check out the rest of the team!