STAMPtember® Exclusive: Mama Elephant’s Snow Kitties

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Today’s STAMPtember® exclusive is a charming stamp set from Mama Elephant. This set can be purchased as a bundle with the dies, but I didn’t have the dies and so, my fussy cutting odyssey continues! Seriously though, I think fussy cutting is sort of a zen-like, relaxing process and it forces you to slow down a little. Who couldn’t use … Read More

Cathy ZielskeSTAMPtember® Exclusive: Mama Elephant’s Snow Kitties

Simple Watercolor for Cute Critters (a STAMPTEMBER® RELEASE)

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Today’s card project features my favorite release from STAMPtember®, Critter Crowd. Designed by the insanely talented Kristina Werner (who is also my friend, lucky me!), I feel like the cuteness on this is literally off the charts. I want to keep trying out watercoloring, and when I decided on just a simple rainbow order of color, I was good to … Read More

Cathy ZielskeSimple Watercolor for Cute Critters (a STAMPTEMBER® RELEASE)

STAMPtember® Exclusive: Art Impressions

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Today’s STAMPtember® exclusive stamp set is from Art Impressions, featuring a trio of the lovely ladies they are known for, and those ladies who, in fact, comprise my squad goals in life: stretchy pants, laughter and treats. And possibly reindeer antler headbands. This card project is an example of how to take a more complex coloring image, but execute it … Read More

Cathy ZielskeSTAMPtember® Exclusive: Art Impressions

Big Dots Birthday Card Shaker (Waffle Flower Crafts)

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I wanted to share a really fun birthday shaker card, wherein I did something a bit different to create the shaker. I don’t have a video to share for this project, but here are a few pics and I’ll explain the simple process! Because the little areas between the dot openings were so small and because my eyes are truly … Read More

Cathy ZielskeBig Dots Birthday Card Shaker (Waffle Flower Crafts)

Ho Ho Deer Circle Die Cards (STAMPtember® Blog Party!)

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Today’s card projects feature one of my favorite new dies in the CZ Design STAMPtember® release and that is the Ho Ho Deer Circle Die. And, today’s post is part of a big old blog party hosted over at the Simon Says Stamp blog! So if you’re new here, welcome! He’s just adorable and perfect for any holiday card or … Read More

Cathy ZielskeHo Ho Deer Circle Die Cards (STAMPtember® Blog Party!)

Welcome to STAMPtember®! Let’s start it out with some Halloween releases from CZ Design!

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Hello STAMPtember®! I’m kicking off my month of card projects with one of my brand new stamp sets, My Zombie Boo, and the coordinating dies. Long a fan of The Walking Dead (though I stopped watching after what happened to Glen those few seasons back), I love all things zombie, as well as Halloween in general, and so this spooky, cheeky … Read More

Cathy ZielskeWelcome to STAMPtember®! Let’s start it out with some Halloween releases from CZ Design!

Hello STAMPtember® (a look at the brand new CZ Design releases!)

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It’s September 1st and that means one thing in crafty card making and stamping land: STAMPtember® is here! Not only that, but it is the TENTH anniversary of this amazing month of releases! I have so much to share with you today because in addition to all the AMAZING limited edition collaborations coming to Simon Says Stamp over the next … Read More

Cathy ZielskeHello STAMPtember® (a look at the brand new CZ Design releases!)

Swatching my Copic Markers

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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

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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

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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