Sunday, 6 October 2019

Bump Buddies | SImple Scrapper SPARK Magazine


Can you imagine that with our family's surprise, one of my best friends had a similar surprise?
What's more insane...
Can you imagine that we are due on the same due date?


This layout was created for the OCTOBER 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.

Cathy

Supplies for today's project comes from Ali Edwards, American Crafts, Freckled Fawn, Elle Studio, Paper Studio, Crate Paper, Stampin' Up!

Saturday, 5 October 2019

A Pregnancy to Remember | Simple Scrapper SPARK Magazine

 

"The first half of this third pregnancy was full of highs and lows. Highs because I feel so blessed and happy to be bringing another child into this family and this world. Lows because of endless nausea, 2 trips to the ER, chest pains, sores in my mouth, hives on my body from allergies, pink eye and everything else. This pregnancy is no joke. And pretty hard. Being at 20 weeks now, I hope the lows are behind me especially now that we’ve seen Baby Caines yawning, dancing and nuzzling into her Mama. Through all the illness, we all can’t wait to meet you.                      
xoxo 
September 7, 2019"


This layout was created for the OCTOBER 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.

Cathy

Supplies for today's project comes from Ali Edwards, Stampin' Up!

Thursday, 3 October 2019

Celebrating the Moose | 2018 A-Team Reunited Blog Hop


Whats the "A-Team"?
Artisan.
2018 Stampin' Up! Artisan Dream Team.
And I am so excited to be hanging out with my talented friends again.
We are getting ready for the holiday and can't wait to show you.


I am from the East Coast of Canada living on an island called Newfoundland. We have a HUGE population of moose... which is super interesting considering they aren't native to our land. Therefore, this animal holds a small part of each and every Newfoundlander. I am completely drawn to this punch. And I can assure you that I will never ever ever part with it.


So celebrate with me, those tall big vegetarians!
And yes.
I totally was chased by a moose before in Gros Mourne National Park.
And I am here to talk about it.
Because guess what?
When I stopped running, he just went on his merry way.
They are awesome.

Keep hopping along to my friend Susan Wong!! I can't wait to see what she shares because I can assure you our holiday seasons lok very different just in the small fact of our opposite climates!


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Colouring with Stampin' Write Markers | Creating Kindness Blog Hop



I am so excited to be joining the Creating Kindness Blog Hop as a Guest Designer this month!

The theme for this month's hop is "Coloring" which is completely up my alley. My favourite way to colour is using the Stampin' Up! Write Markers and an Aquan Painter.... Stampin' Up! seriously has the best reds... seriously.

To nail this technique, stamp an image on water colour paper. Quickly apply clear embossing folder and heat set. This allows there to be a slight ridge on the paper to keep the water from crossing lines. Now you are ready to colour - Colour in each area as you please with the markers then move the ink around with the aqua painter... Yup. It's that easy.


How fun is this stamp set? It's the On to Adventure Stamp Set and totally fun to play with. Check out my short time lapse video if you want to see my process!


Keeping hopping along to check out each designer's take on the Colouring Theme! My friend and old Artisan Design Team blog neighbour is up next - Charlet!

Until Next Time,
Cathy


Blog Hop Participants
1.     Cathy Caines - Guest Designer – Canada
2.     Charlet Mallett – USA
3.     Tanya Boser – USA
4.     Lou Kitzelman – Australia
5.     Jenny Hall – USA
6.     Paula Dobson – New Zealand
7.     Marcy Denning – Canada
8.     Cheryll Miller – Australia
9.     Danielle Bennenk – Netherlands
10.  Jay Soriano – UK
11.  Sandi MacIver - Canada

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Wednesday, 2 October 2019

Baby Bump | Simple Scrapper SPARK Magazine


"I couldn’t believe it when one of my best friends told me she was expecting. Shocked can’t even come close to my over the top laughter. Then to find out we had the exact same due dates with unplanned pregnancies was unreal. But I am so glad to be on this adventure together with her."


This layout was created for the OCTOBER 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.

Cathy

Supplies for today's project comes from Ali Edwards, American Crafts

Thursday, 26 September 2019

Fancy Floral with Bloom and Grow | Fancy Friday Blog Hop


Well, well, well.
At 23 weeks pregnant I am finally feeling well enough to get crafting.
I am so excited to be back with the rest of the Fancy Friday team.
Seriously though.
You can't get any better talent then this team when it comes to Stampin' Up! as each and everyone of these ladies are either a current or past Artisan Design Team Member.
I don't always love florals but I am totally in love with the Bloom and Grow stamp set. Not only that but I am inspired completely by a card in the catalogue which shows a similar design. I am a big believer in not re-inventing the wheel! Start with inspiration and make it your own!

This is where my inspiration ame from in the catalogue..



And out popped this when I was all done!!


I also cased the catalogue yesterday from page 156 in the catalogue - I created this card using the same stamp set. See.... I told you I was obssessed!

.... From the catalogue...


And my take....


Keep hopping along to check out everyone's gorgeous creations! Next up is the fabulous Mercedes Weber!
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Wednesday, 25 September 2019

Casing the Catalogue with Bloom and Grow | Be Inspired Blog Hop

Welcome Back to this month's Be Inspired Blog Hop. I am always so impressed by the talent of this group.

This month we are casing the Stampin' Up! catalogue. What does this mean? Simply put it means trying to re-create a project from the catalogue. Often this leads to inspiration and starts to get our creativity juices flowing.



This month we are casing the Stampin' Up! catalogue. What does this mean? Simply put it means trying to re-create a project from the catalogue. Often this leads to inspiration and starts to get our creativity juies flowing.


For today's project I've decided to re-create a project found in the catalogue on page 156. I've used the floral image from the Bloom and Grow stamp to re-create this sweet card on the scalloped card bases.

Here's my take:


Don't you just love this design? I sure do and can't wait to use up the rest of my scalloped cards to create them!

Thanks for dropping by to check out my project today! But don't stop here, be sure to continue hopping! Up next, we have the incrediby talented Manuela Geiswinkler.

See you soon!

Friday, 6 September 2019

Merry Merlot | #tgif228



It's a colour challenge at TGIF Challenge Blog!

Gotta say this was hard for me! I am certainly not a vanilla girl. I am all whisper white. So just that fact made it particularly difficult.

But limitations definitely makes things easier. I only have so much product in those colous besides stamps and colouring tools.


And I know what you are thinking.... I am already started with Christmas and the Holiday Season... 
... you better believe it baby!!
'Tis the Season!

Love, Cathy

Friday, 30 August 2019

Loving these penguins. | #tgif227

Well, its been awhile but I couldn't help myself...
I received my preorder for the Stampin' Up! Holiday Catalogue!
As sick as I've been, I couldn't way to play with the TGIF Design Team!


I truly love these penguins and this Playful Penguins stamp set... Those three little guys are the star of the show! Meaning... It doesn't need much embellishment or colour to make a fabulous card!!  To add a little something, I stamped it on watercolour paper and heat embossed the images with clear embssing powder. This is a technique that I use frequently.


Be sure to play along with us this week showing how you heat emboss!
Cathy

Wednesday, 28 August 2019

Embossing, Please! | Be Inspired Blog Hop

Well my friends, it hasn't been an easy pregnancy and the past few days has been filled with headaches, pink eyes and allergic reactions.

Yikes!



Since I didn't get to make a new project, I thought I'd share my projects that I created with Creative Scrapbooker Magazine last week! Be sure to check out their blog as you can find me the first monday of every month!


This above project has two types of embossing: Dry embossing using the Subtle Embossing Folder and also heat embossing where I use clear embossing powder to create a "lip" on stamped images making water colouring a breeze!


For now, I have to get myself better!
Be check to keep moving along to the amazing Brian King!





Wednesday, 31 July 2019

Meet the New In Colours by Stampin' Up! | Be Inspired Blog Hop



Today the Be Inspired Blog Hop team is highlighting the brand new 2019-2020 In Colours!


I was so thankful for this challenge because I haven't had a chance to play around with the in colours since the new Stampin' Up! catalogue launched in June. 


These are simple cards using the 6 x 6" Designer Series Paper Pack. For each colour, I selected a pattern and cut it down to 6 x 3.5". Then using my scrap bits I cut it down to 4 x 2.5' and 0.75 x 2.5". The sentiment coems from A Good Man stamp set which was stamped onto the smallest Stitched rectangle die


Now our family has a little annoucement! You may have noticed a little bit of white noise around this blog and my social media accounts lately.... We are almost 15 weeks pregnant! I've been really quite unwell and of course really tired. I am looking forward to a more crafty second trimester!


Thanks so much for dropping by! Be sure to keeping hopping along to my west cost friend Carolynn Sander!

Until next time, Cathy

Tuesday, 23 July 2019

#WKNDZ | Simple Scrapper SPARK Magazine


I am scratching my head trying to remember which embellishment die cut pack I used to create this layout. Regardless, this is an example of how using a good chunk of a pack can feel awesome. Break those hoarding habits!!


This layout was created for the MAY 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.

Cathy

Supplies for today's project comes from Ali Edwards, American Crafts

Monday, 15 July 2019

April 2016 In Review | Simple Scrapper SPARK Magazine


For the past few years I have started doing monthly review pages in my album. Essentially for me, its taking the pressure off to finish complete layouts for every single life event. These are still picture I WANT to share in my album but time is not on my side. Typically my monthly review pages look like pocket pages; however, as I have been filling the gaps from my chronological scrapbooks they may look like this.

You may be thinking.... shes scrapbooking tiny events from 3 years ago.
Yes. Yes I am.
So how can you remember the details?
I can't really.
But I use my journalling from my Facebook Pages to jog my memory and often quite literally copy and paste.


Here's a look at what it looks like in the album:


This layout was created for the JUNE 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.

Cathy

Supplies for today's project comes from Ali Edwards, Stampin' Up!, American Crafts

Wednesday, 10 July 2019

Inspired by Paige Evans. | Simple Scrapper SPARK Magazine


When I ran across this die cut silhouette style white page designed by Paige Evans for Pink Paislee, I had to have it. I quickly selected a raibow 12x12 sheet of patterned paper that would lay behind. Just that was enough to pull this page together.  My biggest trouble was developing a way to make the 12x12 die cut become 8.5x11". To smooth the edge, I sewed a distressed piece of patterned paper. It did the trick. Finally, I used Ali Edwards Grow kit embellishments and Details story kit acrylic word to finish it off.


Check out the dimension of this page...
And yes, this is hanging on my wall in a shadow box rather than in an album for the moment.


This layout was created for the JUNE 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.

Cathy

Supplies for today's project comes from Ali Edwards, Paige Evans Pink Paislee, Elle Studio, Stampin' Up!

Saturday, 6 July 2019

Dear Jack.


And you are six.
Six years old and you proudly announce you have two girlfriends.
Six years old with the cutest freckled cheeks that smooch your eye balls when you smile.
Six years old and you never skip an opportunity to get what you want.
Not a lover of all humans.
Nor a lover of anyone singing.
You 'sloth-ily' slide out of bed every morning with vampire whines of light in your eyes.
For you, every day your goal is to either play with your toys or get new toys.
You can be a tough nut to crack.
When someone finds their way into your heart, you don't forget and you definitely don't mind telling someone that "they are fired".
You like to do things your way on your time.
Today is your birthday and you got it your way, starting with vanilla cake for breakfast.
You smiled like a lot today proudly announcing your are six!
Your happy is pretty amazing.
You love to jump up in the air with your fists high and finish it off with a little dance.
If only we could all have that sort of happy.
I worry about you a lot.
Way too much actually.
Just last week you told me 'not to worry' as you could most definitely handle carrying the oversized bag with your Halloween costume into school.
I am learning that you aren't 'sensitive'.
You just wear your heart on your sleeve.
And well, I hope you always do.
Love hard and play hard Jack Caines.
Here's to an amazing Year Six.
Happy 6th Birthday,
Love Mom.
#yearsix
#iamjackcaines
#happybirthday
#lovemom


This layout was created just for me. The words were already documented on my facebook status on the day of his birthday so it was just a matter of putting the layout together after the fact. I love using Facebook as a "holding place" for memories.


Cathy

Supplies for today's project comes from Ali Edwards storykits and Heidi Swapp Wolf Pack embellishments