Friday, March 25, 2011

Make Up Your Own Holiday Blog Hop

Well hello and welcome to the "Make Up Your Own Holiday Blog Hop". I do hope you are having a wonderfully GREEN March and fantastic weekend. If you have popped on here from Gina''s Stamping Creations then you are in the right place. If not, be sure to head over to One By One the Flamingo's are Stealing My Sanity and start your creative adventure of holidays you have never heard of.

My project is a Holiday to celebrate talent. This talent can be anything you want it to be. Mine is singing for this 1/4 of the year. My daughter and I try to go see a play, or go to a concert of unknowns. In May it is Latin Dancers at the Festival La Famila in Sacramento. Next month is the High School Chior on stage. So this is how I came up with my holiday. I think that the Arts of the young are not appreciated as much as they should be. The talent at some of the High Schools is amazing. The children that dance at the Festival La Famila are breath taking. There is a little play house call "B" Street Theater in Sacramento, that puts on the greats plays with unknown actors and they are great.

Well I do have some blog candy to give away. I don't have a picture of it due to my camera is giving me nothing but problems. I am not a techy person and this camera is a bit over my head. Well I have a NP 1 1/4" Square Stampin Up punch and a 2" x 2" craft box (it is ready for you to design on). All you need to do is be a follower and leave me a post. Then on Monday I will have Randy ( draw a winner. You must leave me a way to get a hold of you. I will post on my blog, but need to be able to inform you if you have won. Ok enough and on to the project

In The Spotlight

The Cream, Green, Purple and Yellow cardstock were 12" x 24" pieces.

The 12" x 24" cut pieces were put together then cut to make a 2 page layout.

Tried to use only one Cricut Cartridge, but just couldn't. LOL


Cartridges Used:

Twinkle Toes
George and Basic Shapes
Quarter Note

Papers Used:

Provo Crafts - 12x24 - Black & White Cardstock
Provo Crafts - 12x24 - Basic Brights Cardstock
My Mind’s Eye – Lost & Found – Madison Avenue “Girlfriends” Lovely Paper
DCWV – Shimmer Stack
DCWV – Glitter Stack
DCWV – Paper Lace Stack

Tools Used:

Cricut Expression
Cricut 12x24 Cutting Mat
Design Studio

Supplies Used:

ATG Tape
Pop Dots
Sakura White Gel Pen
Dollar Rhinstones & Pearls

Cut Sizes:

Twinkle Toes:

Cream Background – 12x24
Black Background – Curtain Piece 23.367 x 12.096
Purple Side & Top Curtains – 29.67 x 12.097 (cut 2 and flip one)
Green Top Curtain – 23.931 x 2.918 (cut 2)
Gold Title – 7 x 3.049
Pink “The” – 2.423 x 1.193
Pink “In” – 2.42 x 1.211
Pink “Spotlight” – 5.893 x 1.744
Yellow Spotlight – 12.43 x 11.182
Silver Top of Spotlight – 3.308 x 4
Dark Haired Girl – 5.154 x 7
Light Haired Girl – 3.955 x 7

George and Basic Shapes:

Black Under Title – Horizontal Lines - .366 x 10.378 (Welded in DS) (4 pieces)
Black Under Title – Vertical Lines - .3 x 3.307 (Welded in DS) (3 pieces)

Quarter Note:

Musical Notes – 2” each

Photo Mats:

Black - 4.5" x 6.5"
Pattern Paper - 4.25" x 6.25"

There is a lot of working in Design Studio to get this to come out to the sizes need to make this a 2 page layout. A lot of flipping and having cuts run off the cutting mat in Design Studio. Hope you like my special Holiday.

Thank you for hopping by and now you need to head over to Just Yolie, Just Create and see her wonderful project.

Friday, March 18, 2011

A Cute Owl Card

Here is an adorable card using the new Owl Punch from Stampin Up. I truly love this punch and the Owls are so adorable. LOL

Stamp Set:

Great Friends - #113792 - $17.95

Cardstock Used:

Early Espresso
Very Vanilla
Pear Pizzaz - #119795 - $6.95 (24 sheets of 8 1/2 x 11)
Peach Parfait - #119794 - $6.95 (24 sheets of 8 1/2 x 11)

Designer Series Papers Used (called DSP):

Pear Pizzaz
Peach Parfait

DSP "In Color" paper pack (#117158 (40 sheets: 4 ea. of 2 double-sided designs 12x12 in 5 colors) $19.95 (colors are Peach Parfait, Poppy Parade, Pear Pizzazz, Concord Crush & Blushing Bride))

Tools Used:

1 3/8 Circle Punch - #119863 - $ 15.95
1 3/4 Circle Punch - #119855 - $15.95
Photo Corner Punch - #119878 - $16.95
Owl Punch - #118074 - $16.95
Big Shot (w/cutting plates) - #113439 - $99.95
Little Leaves Die - #114511 - $5.50
2 Way Glue Pen - #100425 - $3.50
Stampin Dimensionals - #104430 - $3.95
Square Lattice Embossing Folder - #119976 - $7.95

Ribbon Used:

 Stitched-Poly Ribbon - Peach Parfait - #119264 - $8.95 (15 yards)

Cuts and Sizes:

Early Espresso - 10 1/2 x 5 1/4 (card base), 5 1/4 x 3 1/4 (for Owl, circle, photo corner, scrap for eyes)
Very Vanilla - 5 x 2 7/8 and 3 x 3 (Mattings), 2 x 5 (eyes for Owls)
Pear Pizzaz - 2 1/2 x 2 1/2 (leaves), 2 x 2 (Corner)
Peach Parfait - 3 x 5 (matting), Scrap piece (eyes for Owls)

Designer Series Paper Cuts and Sizes:

Pear Pizzazz - 1 7/8 x 2 (matting), 1 7/8 x 2 (vest and heart for Owl)
Peach Parfait - 1 7/8 x 2 3/4 (matting), 1 7/8 x 2 (vest and heart for Owl)


1)    Stamp greeting on 3 x 3 Very Vanilla cardstock and punch with 1 3/8 Circle punch. Keep the extra for Owls eyes.
2)    Punch corners using the Photo Corner Punch. Small one from Pear Pizzazz cardstock and large one from Early Espresso cardstock.
3)    Die cut 3 leaves from Pear Pizzazz using the Little Leaves die and the Big Shot.
4)    Glue leaves to 5 x 2 7/8 Very Vanilla cardstock (2 at the top and one at the bottom), using 2 Way Glue Pen.
5)    Take 5 x 2 7/8 Very Vanilla cardstock with Little Leave die cuts glued on and embossing using the Square Lattice Embossing Folder.
6)    Adhere embossed piece to the 3 x 5 Peach Parfait cardstock.
7)    Attach Peach Parfait and Pear Pizzazz DSP to Very Vanilla cardstock. Leaving space inbetween the two DSP pieces.
8)    Adhere a 3" piece of Peach Parfait Stitched-Poly Ribbon inbetween the two DSP pieced.
9)    Using a 4" piece of Peach Parfait Stitched-Poly Ribbon tie a knot around the attached piece of ribbon.
10)   Punch the Owl (x2) from the Early Espresso cardstock.
11)   Punch the Owls eyes (x2) from a scrap of Very Vanilla.
12)   Punch the Medium Owl eyes (x2) from the Peach Parfait cardstock.
13)   Punch the Owl Chest and Heart from the Peach Parfait DSP and the Pear Pizzazz DSP. (switch up the hearts to be on the different chest DSP's.
14)   Attach Owls, Greeting and Photo Corners using Dimensionals.

This is a little tricky to do, but I love the way it looks.

Well hope you all have a outstanding weekend.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Lucky Leprechaun, St. Patty's Day Blog Hop

Lucky Leprechaun, St. Patty’s Day Blog Hop

Hi all, hope you are having a GREEN and LUCKY day today. It is St. Patrick’s Day and my you all have the luck of the Irish with you.
If you have popped on here from Crafty Card Gallery then you are in the right place. If not, be sure to head over to Beyond Scrapin and start your LUCKY and Green creative adventure.

I know I am going to shock some of my followers, because I did a set of 6 cards. I know I am not a true card maker, but I am trying and think I am improving with each one I do. Well these 6 cards are also very GREEN in that I used only stuff I had already, and I used ATC’s that I use to have hanging on my wall and wasn’t sure what to do with any longer. Well I designed some cards using these wonderful ATC’s.

So here you go:

All the ATC's on these cards are from a 2009 ATC swap I participated in. I wish I had who made each of these, but when I glued them to the poster I had on my wall, well I ruined the backs. All Card bases and are using Picture Perfect cardstock from my stash. The White cardstock is from Stampin Up and Picture Perfect. The Cream speckled cardstock is by Picture Perfect as well.

The embossing folder used was from Stampin Up - Square Latice #119976. The ink was also from Stampin up - Garden Green. The ribbon was from CTMH - Kentucky Green #Z120. The card base was from Picture Perfect (not sure of the color).

The card base is from Picture Perfect (don't know the color). The pattern paper was from CTMH scrap I had in my scrap pile so don't know pattern name. The ribbon is from CTMH - Kentucky Green #Z120. The ink used is Stampin Up - Garden Green. The Stamp "happy st. patrick's day" is from Stampin Up - Tweeny Tiny Wishes #115370. The 4 leaf clover stamp is also from Stampin Up - So Happy for You #123220 - from the Sale-A-Bration free stamp set. (contact me before the 29th of March to get a discount on your product total and get a free stamp set also)

The card base is Picture Perfect (don't know the name). The fiber is from my stash. The ink used is Stampin ups - Garden Green, Wild Wasabi, and Certainly Celery. The stamp used on the white background piece is from Stampin Up - So Happy for You #123220 from the Sale-A-Bration brochure. (contact me before the 29th of March to get a discount on your product total and get a free stamp set also)

The ribbon is CTMH - Kentucky Green #Z120. The die cut border is a Cuttlebug Die, but not sure of which one. (need to go and mark all my dies with what set they are from) The pattern paper is a scrap from my stash of CTMH.

The ribbon is Kentucky Green from CTMH #Z120. The stamped 4 leaf clover on background sheet is Stampin Up - Leaf Lines #114393. The inks are from Stampin Up - Garden Green, Wild Wasabi, and Certainly Celery.

The ribbon used was from CTMH - Clover Meadow #Z231. The ink used was Stampin Up - Certainly Celery. The stamps were also Stampin Up - Tweeny Tiny Wishes #115370 and So Happy for You #123220 from the Sale-A-Bration brochure. (contact me before the 29th of March to get a discount on your product total and get a free stamp set also)

Hope you liked my cards, even though I can't take credit for all the work as the ATC's were made by others. But this was a way that I felt that the ATC's were being put to a good use. Thank you for hopping over and now please head over to A Girl and Her Craft Box.
Hugs and a Irish Blessing to you all.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Guest Post on One by One the Flamingo's are Stealing My Sanity

Hello and a happy Wednesday to you all. Today is my Guest Designer post for One by One the Flamingo's are Stealing my Sanity. There are some really wonderfully talented women on the Design Team and I am very proud to be included with them. The project that we had to make this month was on "Make Up Your Own Holiday", well the one holiday that I came up with was "Doggone Day of Summer". This is a special time in my house, due to our little Long Haired Minature Dachshund "Pico". He tries so hard to save us when we go swimming, but it is just to priceless to see this little 1 foot high, 9 pound dog go flying off the edge of the deck straight into the pool. He then proceeds to grab you by your hair and pull you to the side of the pool to get out. He can swim, but with is long/short body it is just plain funny.

Well I went GREEN again and I am trying to keep that up this entire month. There are 2 Twinchies, a Journal Box, 2 Photo Mats and some embellishments that I did while in a swap (the photo mat on page 1 is one I made in 2006). The bowl, bone, and paw print in the far bottom right are from Jolee’s. The background paper is from SEI – Park Buddies – Puppy Tails #8-1503. The letters are also from SEI – Park Buddies – Doggy Treats #8-1504 for the red and SEI – Park Buddies - Hot Dogs #8-1501 for the blue shadow. The Cricut Cartridge I used was 3 Birds on Parade for the title. I also used my Design Studio to weld these letters together and at an angle. The orange/red and tan paw prints are a die cut a friend cut for me a while ago. All of the items, including the papers were from my stash. Letters are at 1.5".

Nothing really totally matches, but pretty close for only having to cut the title and grab some background paper (which was all stuff I have in my stash). I am so very proud of myself. I have not purchased anything at all this month and I am going to see if I can keep going for at least 2 months. Well except for glue which I run out of a lot. I figure that I need to use what I have and stop purchasing more. We shall see how long I can go.

Well Hugs and Blessings to you all. Have a great get over the hump Day.

Lucky Leprechaun St. Patrick Day Blog Hop - Thurs, March 17th

Hi all,

Sorry been MIA, but been so busy. I have several items that I will be posting here on my blog in the next week or so. Thursday will be a 1 day blog hop being hosted by Nicolette So make sure that you hop on over to her blog to start the hop on March 17th.


Thursday, March 10, 2011


Good Day to you all.

This is just to let you be aware that I have changed my blog address to This will be taking affect over the next 3 days. The old address will work for a little while longer, but not sure of the exact length of time.

I am looking at doing alot of changing of my blog and what will be happening here at Creations With Kathryn. Some of the things in the works here are:

Videos - ie: Tutorials on the Expression, Gypsy, Design Studio, hopfully soon the Craft Room, Designing Layouts, Cards and using your Copics.
Challenges - a once a month challenge to make something using a certain cut.
Cartridge Use - Pulling out a cartridge and showing several different projects using that cartridge.
Stamps - taking stamps that you think only have one use and putting them to use in other ways
Copic Markers - Showing the different blending techniques and the ways to choose colors that blend well together.
Much More.....

I look forward to all of these thing happening befor this summer. I am just working out some final details and will get started.

Thank you for all your support on this journey I am taking. Would love any tips and advice that you would be willing to share.

God bless you all.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

4 1/2 year old Kaleigh's blog a must see.......

I was bouncing around through old blog hops that I didn't get a chance to look at when they where doing the hop. Well, I can across a really great blog by a little 4 1/2 year old girls blog that her Nana is helping her with. It is so priceless and inspirational. I am truly looking forward to the day that I have a granddaughter that I can craft with like Kaleigh and her Nana do. Here is the link to her blog.

Nana's Craftin Buddy

She is trying very hard to get her followers up to 75 - 100 and would love to have you hop over and take a look. I personally believe that she has tons of talent and will be someone to watch grow in her creative adventures.

God Bless and Hugs to all.

Winner's from "It's All About The Green" Blog Hop

Ok, I am finally able to log in to my blog. Been trying since Monday morning at 7am and it kept giving me error unable to log in at this time, try back later. Well finally this morning I am up and able to get into it. YEAH!!!!!!

Because of not being able to post the winner of the "Simply Charmed" Cartridge, I have also drawn another winner who is going to recieve 2 brand new Copic Sketch markers YR02 & YR04 plus the "atyou Spica" - Peach - Glitter pen. The 2 Sketch markers are perfect for blending together as they are 2 numbers apart and will blend nicely together. The Glitter pen will also match with these as well and will be a great start or add to anyones collection.

So on to the winners.

The winner of the Simply Charmed cartridge is:

Vicki said...

I toad-ally love your layout. So clever. Thanks for sharing and the chance to win.

The winner of the Copics is:

cdm317 said...

That is awesome! Super layout, did you enter that in the circle magazine challenge? You should!

Congradulations to Vicki and  cdm317.

May each and everyone of you in this world have a blessed life.

Saturday, March 5, 2011

2nd Day of the "It's All About The Green" Blog Hop

WELCOME to day 2 of the "It's All About The Green" blog hop.

Thank you for hopping on to my blog. If you found my blog by accident, you are in the right place to begin a journey. We have some fantastic, talented and very creative ladies in this hop. You should be able to have your creative juices flowing full blast by the end of the hop.

Blog Candy:

I am offering the "Simply Charmed" Cricut Cartridge as blog candy for anyone who is a follower and leaves me a Wee Bit of a comment. You can double your chances by leaving a comment on todays and yesterdays post. I will be selecting the winner on Monday using Random.Org.

Well on to my part of the creative side of this hop. I did a a kinda pun on the "Green" as I LOVE, LOVE my Cricut Machines and tools. So here is my take on the "Green".

"It's All About The Green"

I am praying that one day that Cricut will come to Central/Northern California and give me a chance to get a picture with the Cricut (the bug) guy.

I staggered the letters of the title to help give it more interest.

 I am truly sorry for the low color quality of these pictures. But, with over 50 pictures trying to get the real colors of this layout, it just wasn't happening. But the colors do really match the greens of this to the "T".


Cricut Cartridges Used:

George and Basic Shapes
Cricut Everyday

Papers Used: (all from paper I have had for no less than 2 years)

Green Background - Picture Perfect - not sure the color
Other Green - CTMH - Clover Meadow
Lt. Gray - CTMH - Gray Flannel
Drk Gray - Picture Perfect - not sure of the color

Other Products Used:

Ribbon - CTMH - Clover Meadow
Pop Dots - Extra Thick (ran out of the other ones)
ATG Gun/Tape - Gold
Pen - Sakura - Gelly Roll Fine Tip - Black

Sizing and Cuts Used From Cartridges:

George and Basic Shapes:

   Photo Mats: (page 116 - Shift of button)

      Gray - 7 x 5
      Green - 6.5 x 4.5
      White - 6 x 4

Cricut Everyday: (Cricut Circle Exclusive)

Cricut Bug Head - Page 23 - 6"
Expression - Page 30 - 3.5"
Cuttlebug - Page 38 - 3.25"
Cartridge - Page 52 - 2.5"
Bone Folder & Scrapper - Page 53 - 3.5"
Scissors - Page 56 - 3.5"


IAATGREEN in Green - shift Font2 Feature Button  - 1.5"
t'sllbouthe in Green - Font2 Feature Button  - 1.5"
IAATGREEN in Gray - Shift Font2 Shadow Feature Button - 1.5"
t'sllbouthe in Gray - Font2 Shadow Feature Button - 1.5"

Hope you enjoyed my project. I look forward to reading all of your comments. Don't forget to hop over to the next person on the list to continue your creative journey.

Creations with Kathryn (YOU ARE HERE)

Enjoy your hopping experience.

Friday, March 4, 2011

Day 1 of the "It's All About The Green" Blog Hop

Welcome all to the 1st day of the "It's All About The Green" Blog Hop. Thank you for hopping over. This is a 2 day blog hop with a different project each day. So be sure to come back again to see the next set of projects. There are so many very talented and extremely talented ladies in this hop, it is sure to get your creative juices flowing.

If you found my blog by accident, welcome and you are starting in the right spot. This is the beginning of this hop and there is a list with links to all the participants at the end of this post. So if you get lost, please be sure to hop back here and pick up where you left off at. This hop is not your normal St Patrick Day's hop. This is a hop about anything that is Green. So you will see some St. Patty Day projects, but you will also see some totally different projects for this hop as well. So sit back and begin your "Green" creative journey.

I am also giving away blog candy (a Cricut Cartridge brand new in packageing) with this hop. If you are an international viewer, I will put $5 US Dallors towards the shipping of the cartridge to you if you win. The rest of the shipping will have to come from you. You must be a follower and you need to comment on one or both of the post for this hop. If you comment on both days you will double your chances of winning. The Cartridge will be posted at the bottom of this post after the list of participants.

As you will see, each of my 2 layouts have nothing to do with St. Patricks Day at all. I put a little bit of a spin on what I created. This 2 page layout, I used an item that I had in my "Give to my daughter" box.  Tomorrows Layout is really a very special 2 page layout that I think will be a big hit.

Anywhooo, here is my first project being Eco "Green" and Color "Green" at the same time. LOL


This layout I used only scraps that I had, except for the 2 background papers. Everything else was out of my scrap pile or my "Give to my daughter" box.

Page 1

Page 2

Papers Used:

Orange Cardstock - CTMH - Sunflower (Scrap Pieces)
Green Textured Cardstock - DCWV - Textured Citrus Stack (Scrap Pieces)
Pattern Paper - Three Bugs in a Rug - Snips & Snails Collection - Ribit sheets

Patter Pieces Sheet - The Beary Patch - Toad-ally Awesome by Dori Cook

Photo Mat Sizes:

Green - 6.5" x 4.5"
Orange - 6.25" x 4.25"
White - 5.5" x 3.75" (Photo Size)

Photo Corner Sizes:

Green - 1.5" cut in half from corner to corner
Orange - 1.25" cut in half from corner to corner


Black - Sakura - Gelly Roll - Fine tip

Well hope you liked my Eco "Green" project, and don't forget a really special project for tomorrow. Here is the list of participants.

Creations with Kathryn (You are Here)
Tina Time
A Scrapping Time
Cricut Confessions
Scrapbook Flair
Makin Pretty Things
Addicted To Scrapbooking
Love Scrap Reflect
Peanut Butter and Jelly Designs by Michelle
A Scrap Above
Leah's Card Designs
Disney Dreamer Designs
Scrappin at the McCalley House
Cricuting with Lisa

Please make sure to hop over to all these wonderful blogs and see thier fantastic projects.

Oh, the Cricut Cartridge will be "Simply Charmed". And don't forget comment today and tomorrow and double your chances to win.

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Wow, another Award for me!!!

Magical Blog Award

I was so pleased to received this award from Scrapbooking Creations by Vicki. Please check out her magical blog she is amazing. The award comes the following instructions:

1) You have been TAGGED.

2)Create a post where you post the 'Magical Blog Award' image.

3) Link the person who gave you the award and inform her/him that you accept the award.

4) You can then choose 3 to5 favorite blogs and link them in your post. Then each blogger will inform you that they have been tagged.

Here are my 3 favorite blogs:

1) One by One the Flamingo's are Stealing my Sanity

2) So Many Crafts, So Little Time

3) Crafty Scentiments

4) Cricuting with Lisa

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

A special Award for ME!!!

Thank you so very much Tina Time for this award!!! What a great and thoughtful award. The Liebster Blog award is given to bring newer blogs notice. It's a great way to share blogs that might not otherwise have been skipped over and should be seen.

As recipient I must share the love and pass it along to others. As well as these things:

1. You must post on your blog and tell a little about the award and announce your 3-5 picks.
2. Let those know you have chosen them.
3. Copy and post the award on your blog for all to see.

I have chosen to pass this award on to these amazing blogs! So much talent! Check them out!!

Leah's Card Designs at
Scrappin at the Mccalley House at
Addicted to Scrapbooking at
So Many Crafts, So Little Time at

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Blog Hop This Weekend "It's All About The Green"

Come join us Saturday, March 5 and Sunday, March 6 for 2 days of different projects on some FANTASTICLY wonderful blogs.

Each day there will be a new project posted for you to view and get inspired about. The theme is anything pertaining to Green, whether it is St. Patty's Day, Going Eco Green, or anything related to the color Green.

So come join in the inspiration and wonderful work that all these ladies have created, and there are some extremely talented ladies on this hop. So join in the GREEN.

Looking forward to all of your comments, as I do have a wonderful Cricut cartridge to give away to one lucky person who is a follower and leaves a comment. The winner will be picked by Random.Org and I will post the winner here on Monday night the 7th of March. So hop on over and join in the creative fun.