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.


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

Come back soon!

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!!


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!


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!

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!


Wednesday 2 November 2016

Father + Grandmother | Simple Scrapper

I have been ploughing through my December 2015 album and came across these photos of my Grandmother (81) and my father (60).  When I look at these pictures I see happiness. It was important to me at that moment to get this story told.  I shuffled the pictures around but couldn't get it just right. That's when a sketch can help.  If you forget about everything else going on, just lay the photos where the sketch says.  Just plop a circle or some journalling... and next thing you know... you just might have figured it all out.

Inspiration comes from many places... right?

For this layout, I used a sketch provided by Simple Scrapper. I also used paper and embellishments from primarily the Ali Edwards December Daily 2015 kit by Jasmine Jones.  

The Premium Membership at Simple Scrapper provides skills and shortcuts to help you simplify and find more meaning in your memory keeping.

#hohoho | Sketchy Challenge by Creative Scrapbooker Magazine

Every month the Creative Scrapbooker Magazine gives a scrapbook sketch to inspire you. 

I've been working very hard to get through my month of December 2015. In mid October, I participated in a crop where I spent an entire weekend scrapbooking and crafting with friends.  I used this sketch by my friend, Kelly Klapstein as inspiration.

The products used in this layout is from different companies.  I generally keep my Christmas embellishments and papers separated from the rest of my stash.

Stay tuned for more moments from my December 2015 album... yes.. a December Daily of sorts.