All the Things: Stuff you might want as a new card maker

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So… not sure if you noticed, but in addition to scrapbooking, I’m making cards now, too. You know how it started, right? The publisher of Scrapbook & Cards Today said I could work with product from our awesome advertisers, so I picked Stampin’ Up, and they sent me a Big Shot. And then I started to play. And then I … Read More

Cathy ZielskeAll the Things: Stuff you might want as a new card maker

Cathy Makes a Card No. 02: stamping, coloring and stitched dies

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Welcome to another edition of Cathy Makes a Card, the series wherein I, a new card makers, share with you a card I made and what I’m learning as I go. This card features a number of techniques, some of which I nailed and some of which, well, let’s just say I winged it. I will tell you this: I … Read More

Cathy ZielskeCathy Makes a Card No. 02: stamping, coloring and stitched dies

Announcement: CZ Design and Simon Says Stamp are joining forces!

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Y’all know I’ve been bit by the card making bug somethin’ fierce, yes? (And now, apparently, I am also talking like an old time-y prospector, but I digress…) I’m SO excited to announce that Simon Says Stamp will be selling the CZ Design (hey! That’s me!) line of stamps starting now. (WARNING: If you don’t like swears, for the love of … Read More

Cathy ZielskeAnnouncement: CZ Design and Simon Says Stamp are joining forces!

All in

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The other day I was having a phone meeting with Catherine, my friend and also the publisher (and my employer) of Scrapbook & Cards Today magazine. Commenting about my recent foray into cardmaking, and the accompany barrage of sharing on my CZ Design Instagram account, she said, “Man, when you go all in, you really go ALL IN.” It’s kind … Read More

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When a memory keeping mama’s babies aren’t exactly babies anymore

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I’m writing this from a Mictrotel in Ames, Iowa, having my morning coffee and killing an hour before I head over to Iowa State University to watch my daughter’s team compete for a bid to the D3 National Collegiate Ultimate championships. My kids aren’t really kids anymore. I think you know this, if you’ve been with me for any length … Read More

Cathy ZielskeWhen a memory keeping mama’s babies aren’t exactly babies anymore

What good is photoshop if you can’t have a little fun with it?

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This is Dan. Dan is my husband. Dan will occasionally do silly things that I ask him to do, like posing for this photo. He is standing at one of the many bleak entrances at Har Mar Mall, a slightly past-its-prime shopping center built in 1963 in Roseville, Minnesota. As we were walking in—he, to hit the Barnes & Noble and me, to … Read More

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Cathy Makes a Card No. 01: embossing and distress ink painting (oh, my!)

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Today marks a new beginning in the Crafty Life of Cathy Z: cardmaking. I thought it might be fun to make some videos documenting these new creative adventures. Mostly, I wanted to show you how I am inspired by others and maybe you can take some of that inspiration into your own crafty endeavors in the cardmaking realm. I made … Read More

Cathy ZielskeCathy Makes a Card No. 01: embossing and distress ink painting (oh, my!)

Present Participle List for April 2017

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Here are a few things happening at present: Learning to use Tim Holtz Distress Inks. That’s right, I just typed that. It’s public knowledge. Me, the one not exactly known for anything that is not clean, simple or carefully controlled. I have known Tim for many years now, as an alumni of the esteemed faculty at Creating Keepsakes University. He hooked … Read More

Cathy ZielskePresent Participle List for April 2017

New Simple and Saucy Sentiment Stamps from CZ Design (Preorder your sets beginning today!)

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Today I’m launching a preorder for two new stamp sets and yes, you guessed it, they revolve around card sentiments. Both are basic word sentiment sets, but one is a little sassy (and simple) the other is a bit saucy. I wanted to design some simple sentiments that I could use when making cards for my friends, a group of sassy … Read More

Cathy ZielskeNew Simple and Saucy Sentiment Stamps from CZ Design (Preorder your sets beginning today!)

All the things

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My recent foray into the cardmaking and stamping world has been both fun, surprising and not without a price tag. And some people are all, “Cathy, what the hell? This is so unlike you.” And I get it. I do. But last week when I was trying to justify yet another purchase of Copic markers, I realized this excitement and … Read More

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