Tuesday, October 30, 2012


Hi Girls,

I have some exciting news which I have been wanting to share for a while and can now tell.  I have been invited by Marivic Clifton to join the Design Team for Zeus and Zoe.  I am lucky enough to be working alongside an amazingly talented group of ladies, who I am sure will inspire you with their gorgeous creations.  Keep an eye out for our new challenge on 1st November.

Check out the link HERE to Marivic's fantastic Zeus and Zoe Etsy Shop, where you can purchase gorgeous vintage kits, vintage goodies, Scrap FX chipboard and Manor House flowers.  The kits are currently custom made to order.

Christmas Card Class
As you may know in Sept and October I have been super busy with teaching classes.  I recently organised a Christmas card class for a group of my scrapping buddies.  We had so much fun, and in amongst all the chatting and laughter, the girls managed to create 5 cards and had heaps of paper and embellishments left over in their kits to create at least another 15 cards.  It was great for me too as I was able to make a little headway in my Chrissy card creations for the end of the year.

 Thanks so much for stopping by.

Cathy :))

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Brisbane Show and Craft Queen Giveaway - National Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Hi Girls,

I'm back... finally finished all my teaching gigs.  Thank you to all the lovely ladies who took the mini and 1 hour classes at the Scrapmatts stall in Townsville and Brisbane.  I had a wonderful time and it was so nice to put some names to the faces that we see in our gallery.

Here some pics of the quick and easy "Three Cards in 50 mins Class" and the tags I created for the 1/2 hour classes.

3 Quick and Easy Cards in 50 mins 

I have gone straight from the Brisbane Show into Jury Duty for the next 2 weeks, so I won't have as much time as I thought to catch up with all the blogs I have been neglecting, but I will try and visit so I can see what you have all been up to.

National Breast Cancer Awareness Month
Craft Queen Giveaway

Did you know that October is National Breast Cancer awareness Month? To help spread the word Craft Queen are proud to be sponsoring a giveaway of a wonderfully pink ribbon pack.  Check out the link HERE for details on how to be in the draw for this yummy prize.

All divine aren't they!?
Gwen has gotten into the spirit of it all and created these 2 "pink" cards which you will also receive. Full of Craft Queen ribbon, Prima and Manor House flowers.

All you need to do is comment on the Craft Queen post or the post Gwen's blog to be in the draw to win. If you comment on both, you will get 2 entries :)

If you could please also help me to spread the word to raise Breast Cancer awareness by sharing this giveaway with a friend that would be wonderful too!  Thanks and good luck!


Sunday, October 14, 2012

October Scrapmatts Reveal

Hi Girls,

I haven't been around much lately as the month of October is super busy for me.  I have just returned from teaching at the Townsville Craft and Sewing Show and had a fab time with the lovely ladies who joined in for the Scrapmatts Paper Play mini classes.

I want to send a big thank you to Ann Mealin of Queensland Scrapbooking Retreats who invited me to teach a class with all the ladies at her Retreat in Noosa yesterday.  They were such a lovely group and I really enjoyed seeing their finished LO's.  I hope to be able to share some of them with you soon.

Scrapmatts October Reveal

Well as this month has been so hectic, it hasn't left me with a lot of time for creating, so I decided to make cards for my Scrapmatts reveal.  This month's challenge was set by Anne Patterson and she has a fabulous sketch for you to try... check out the details HERE... there are already some fabulous entries!!

I created two cards with Anne's fabulous Sketch Challenge.
On this card I used the gorgeous new Snowflakes 01 (CB1178), Snowflakes 04 (CB1181) and the Words 20 (CB1100). I layered the snowflakes, added a touch of stickles and popped a brad in the centre. The Noel word was coated with stardust gel pens then highlighted with stickles.

I decided to create a card using the Christmas Ornaments 06 (CB1056) and the Words 21 (CB1101). To alter the chipboard, I used glitter glass on the word and stardust gel pens on the ornaments.
Here is Anne's challenge sketch
Looking at Chipboard From a Different Angle
The theme for this month at Scrapmatts was to try and use the chipboard in a different way.  I created a card and used the Australian Federation Screen Doors 03 CB5068.  I cut the top off of the screen door and used it as a frame for my greeting and left in untouched in mist white as I love the natural feel to the colour.  The other products used on this card can all be purchased from Craft Queen.
Hanging Stars Card Set
I had a play with the new Hanging Stars 01 chipboard set and created 3 cards with it. The only other chipboard I used was the Snowflakes 04 (CB1181) which I layered with the stars on the Silent Night card.

Still madly preparing for the Brisbane Craft and Quilt Fair which will be on next week from 17-21 October.  I will be teaching Paper Play mini classes with Angella Peardon at the Scrapmatts stall and also a 1 hour class, so if you would like to have a play with Scrapmatts products, pop in to the stall to book your classes... hope to see you there.  Check out the link HERE to the Scrapmatts site for details.

Thanks so much for stopping by.

Cathy :))

Monday, October 1, 2012

OUAS - October Reveal

The new challenge is up for the month at Once Upon a Sketch.  When I read the quote for this month's challenge I was inspired by the last phrase...  "if things don't work out, just take another shot".  
 My teenage children are always making silly faces when the camera comes out, and sometimes it is very difficult to get a decent pic, so I have 2 photos on my LO... one is very civilized and the other has Brittany making one of her crazy faces!!

Pop on over the the OUAS site for some inspiration from our super-talented Design Team, and while you're there check out all the prizes up for grabs from our fabulous sponsors.  Don't forget there will be another reveal on the 15th of this month for more gorgeous creations from our DT.

News to Share!!
I am off to Townsville on Wednesday for a teaching gig at the Craft and Sewing Show for Scrapmatts.. can't wait to meet all the lovely ladies who have booked in to the Paper Play classes... check the link HERE for details and how to receive your free Scrapmatts gift!!  I will also be teaching at the Brisbane Craft and Quilt Fair from the 17 -21 October so I hope to catch up with all the Brissie girls!!  Check out the link HERE for details and how to receive your free Scrapmatts gift.

Remember Today

List of Materials:  Echo Park, Fabscraps, Kaisercraft and Bo Bunny pp's, Imaginarium chipboard, Echo Park diecut stickers, Prima flowers and resin bird, Elle's Studio diecut, Maya Rd doily transperancy, Jenni Bowlin button, Scrapbook Fantasies ribbon, Martha Stewart border punch, Doodlebug brads, Glimmermist.

Theme: Quote
great life quote.

We would like you to create a layout based on this quote. You can interpret it ANY way you like. There is no wrong or right way to interpret this quote  but your layout must incorporate something from this quote AND the sketch below. Please make sure that we see some sort of journalling on your layouts and please tell us where your journalling is . Hidden journalling is perfectly fine.

**This is an international blog, so anyone can enter
**You are free to combine Once Upon A..Sketch challenges with other challenges. We don't mind at all!!!
**You are allowed to enter only layouts  for our challenges
**You are also allowed to flip or rotate the sketch or alter it to suit your needs, but please make
sure its still recognisable.
**Post your creation on your blog or an online gallery and link it on the right hand side of this blog using the Link tool. Please provide a direct link to your post, not your entire blog.If the link tool is down, please leave a comment on the comments section and link your layout there.
** The deadline for this challenge is midnight October 31stAustralian Eastern Standard Time . The Design Team will vote and the Top 5 layouts PLUS Top 5 featured layouts will be announced soon after the challenge has finished.
**You may enter as many times as you like

**Also, please consider turning off word verification for comments on your blog.

Thanks so much for stopping by.