Wednesday, 29 May 2019

A Good Dad | Be Inspired Blog Hop

In only 5 short days, Stampin' Up! will be launching their newest annual catalogue. I am so excited to get re-energized by new products and of course, new inspiration from the world!

A Good Man, is a new stamp launching next week. I knew rigtht away that it would be something on my "must have" list. It's perfect timing for Father's Day in a couple weeks.

These are simple designs but as usual the artwork in these sets seem to be the star of the show.

Not only have I used a new stamp set but if you look closely you can also see a sneak peek of some new Designer Series Paper called a Calm Sea.

Thanks so much for dropping by! Manuela Geiswinkler is up next! I was so lucky to have bet her in Orlando last year. Super sweet and super talented!

Until next time, Cathy

Friday, 26 April 2019

Playing with Sepia | #tgifc209

That was a challenge.
But after I started it really wasn't.
I started out with Soft Suede and distressed using Soft Suede ink on everything!

The corrugated embossing folder got a little ripped while I was distressing so I just went with it. In the end, I fell in love with this little carddespite it being completely outside my "style".

Who knows? Maybe I am evolving.
And that. My little crafty friends... that is why doing challenges can help you get inspired.

Be sure to play along with us everyweek at TGIF Challenges!
Have a wonderful day!

Thursday, 25 April 2019

For the Family | Fancy Friday Blog Hop

"For the Family".
That's a big one.
Its really all about family, isn't it? Specially in this paper crafting and memory keeping world.
I love celebrating anything and everything.
Birthdays are no different.
So, cheers to our families.
Because we love them so.

I am so thankful to be art of this Fancy Friday team. These ladies are incredible!

This little bear is retiring and I'll be sad to see him go. These stamps will definitely remain in my collection as I will use them for many years to come in projects such as this. A simple water colouring project with Stampin' Up! markers and an aqua painter.

Be sure to always use varying pop dots for adhesives when dealing with balloons to get that awesome dimension.

Keep hopping along to see all the amazing projects from this talented group!
Next up isthe incredibly talented and amazing photographer, Jennifer Frost!
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 and @seecathygo

Wednesday, 24 April 2019

Happy Mother's Day | Be Inspired Blog Hop

Hi Friends!
Since I've started #the100dayproject I have been creating every day. This month's Be Inspired Blog Hop has a watercolour theme. Something many of us are truly enjoying right now.

Typically, I would stamp an image and use some of my water colour tools to bring it to life. However, this time I wanted to water colour a background as well as a die cut. Dragon flies have a special meaning in my world so I was excited to play.  There's no special way to create this effect except to simply so for it. Use your favourite waterbased ink whether it be ink pads, reinkers, pencils, markers, etc along with a paint brush or a water pen to apply different layers of colours. It's so much fun!!

It's time to hop along to see what Carolyn Sander has created!


Friday, 29 March 2019

Its Your Birthday | #tgifc205

The TGIF Challenge Design Team brings you inspiration each week beginning on... Friday, of course! Make sure you are following along every week for crafty inspiration!

I began my project this week by breaking out my balloon punch again. Every time I punched balloons out, I was reminded how much I love punches because they are so quick and easy. Once I sorted out my colours, I distressed the outside of the edges with the matching colour - this gives the perception of depth.

Nothing says celebration like balloons so be sure to grab this punch - its definitely a favourite of mine!  Don't forget to link up your projects and play along - we love checking out your projects each week!


Thursday, 28 March 2019

Best Catch Ever! | Fancy Friday Blog Hop

We are casing the catty this month with the Fancy Friday Design Team.
And I am pumped!

This was my chance to finally use the Best Catch Bundle that I have been hoarding away.
There was a card in the catalog that caught my eye which made this a must have product for me.
Check out the catalogue version!
Nice, right?

I did not stray from the style or colours.
The only exception is I layered a stitched rectangle behind the watercolour card front.

I had so much fun
Check out my process... quite a lot faster!

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.

Wednesday, 27 March 2019

Let's Celebrate You. | Be Inspired Blog Hop

I am so excited to be creating again if only for a little while! I was adventuring across the country in Oregon last week, then across my beautiful province of Newfoundland to Corner Brook this past weekend and tomorrow I cross the Atlantic Ocean to Nova Scotia!

But before I go, I created a card for the Be Inspired Design Team. This month we are trying to inspire you by "blinging it up!" To get inspired I first went back to the check out the Broadway Bound Designer Series Paper. And that was all I need as I found the black, gold and silver confetti on the white paper.

There's several layers of fun - I always love the black and gold combination!

That's it for now, I can't wait to see what Manuela Geiswinkler has created - she's up next!

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!