Swatching my Copic Markers

Cathy ZielskeCrafts3 Comments

Since getting serious about card making back in early 2017, I’ve been slowly amazing a respectable collection of alcohol markers. I decided to commit to Copics because it seemed like they were the “it” marker and most of the card makers I admired and followed were using them. And while I wasn’t exactly a skilled colorer when I started (and … Read More

Cathy ZielskeSwatching my Copic Markers

A Fit Update for August 2019

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As summer begins to wind down here in the upper midwest, my gaze turns toward those delicious fall days, the crisp, cool air, the crunchy leaves—you know, basically every autumn cliché you can think of is completely my jam. A year ago, I didn’t realize fall was going to shake me up health wise. I was doing mostly okay in … Read More

Cathy ZielskeA Fit Update for August 2019

Simple Alcohol Ink Coloring featuring a Hero Arts & Pinkfresh Studio Collaboration

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Welcome to my stop along the blog hop celebrating Hero Arts and their 45 years in the crafting industry! Today, Hero Arts has teamed up with Pinkfresh Studio and collaborated on a lovely new encouragement stamp set called You Make a Difference. I’m really happy with how my card project turned out and I did some really simple coloring with … Read More

Cathy ZielskeSimple Alcohol Ink Coloring featuring a Hero Arts & Pinkfresh Studio Collaboration

Create a mini album or book of messages (and save 30% on the e-course!)

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With school about to begin, I wanted to encourage anyone who likes combining photos and words to consider making a very simple scrapbook for the coming year. Today I’m putting my Messages to My… e-course on sale for 30% off for anyone who would like to learn how to create a mini album or book of words and images, either … Read More

Cathy ZielskeCreate a mini album or book of messages (and save 30% on the e-course!)

Electro Pop Neon Ink Floral Mom Card

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Today’s card project features brand new neon ink from Rina K. and Gina K. Designs! (Yes, they happen to be related!) The new line of ink is called Electro Pop and it seriously lives up to its name! If you are a fan of bold, bright neon colors, you need to check this new line out! Here is my video … Read More

Cathy ZielskeElectro Pop Neon Ink Floral Mom Card

Scrapbook Your Year, Pages for July 2019 (+ save 30% off the course that inspires this project!)

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My July has been documented as my year-long album project continues! Here are the monthly figures: PHOTOS TAKEN: 168 (after culling from a larger number) PHOTOS USED: 26 Let’s jump in, shall we? The first page of the month features all four Zielske’s. (Yes, you have to look closely to find Dan, but I assure you, he’s there!) This is … Read More

Cathy ZielskeScrapbook Your Year, Pages for July 2019 (+ save 30% off the course that inspires this project!)

New Swatching Tools from Waffle Flower Crafts

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Today I’m happy to be part of a blog hop for Waffle Flower Crafts and their brand new crafty medium swatching tools. If you are like me and collect ink pads and other mediums, but really have no real resources of what the heck they look like, these products can help you to get organized and then get creating! I … Read More

Cathy ZielskeNew Swatching Tools from Waffle Flower Crafts

Another installment of Super Simple with CZ

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Today I’ve got another Super Simple with CZ guest post over on the Simon Says Stamp blog! From time to time, I’ll share videos featuring very simple and easily replicated processes for Simon, in the hopes to encourage those of you who might not think you can do a particular technique to give it a try! You can read more … Read More

Cathy ZielskeAnother installment of Super Simple with CZ

Inlaid patterned paper for die cuts

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Today I’ve got a few card projects where patterned paper or other cardstock fills in the open space of the die for a fun pop of color and contrast. I combined a bold patterned paper with a simple Sunflower Frame Die cut and just a touch of ink blending to create this card. Here is a video showing you how … Read More

Cathy ZielskeInlaid patterned paper for die cuts

My Big, Dumb Invisible Dragon book giveaway

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Today I’m really thrilled to be able to give away two copies of a new children’s book that deals with the subject of loss and grief called My Big, Dumb Invisible Dragon by my friend and one-time colleague Angie Lucas. Angie was my managing editor at one time back in they hey day of Simple Scrapbooks magazine, which I would guess … Read More

Cathy ZielskeMy Big, Dumb Invisible Dragon book giveaway