December Daily® Title Page Freebie

Cathy ZielskeFree Downloads, Scrapbooking12 Comments

Many of you are kicking off your December Daily scrapbooking projects today! My friend Ali has been leading this project for many years now, and I’ve been joining in since 2011. I was feeling a bit behind as I had not even opened the box until yesterday but with a fun idea I copied from my friend Kristina Werner (see … Read More

Cathy ZielskeDecember Daily® Title Page Freebie

Proud of You Word/Shadow Die Card (a DieCember® Exclusive from Simon Says Stamp)

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Welcome to DieCember® my wafer thin die loving friends! It’s that merry month of the year when Simon Says Stamp releases all manner of wonderful dies and today I’m sharing one of the newest ones in my CZ Design collection: the Proud of You Word & Shadow set. This die set is part of my series featuring a wonderful slab … Read More

Cathy ZielskeProud of You Word/Shadow Die Card (a DieCember® Exclusive from Simon Says Stamp)

A trio of modern, monochromatic trees

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Today I’m sharing another clean and relatively simple Christmas card design featuring my favorite thing ever: monochromatic color schemes. When you pick a single hue to work with, in this case green, it takes the guesswork out of will these colors blend? For this project, I used my Clean Line Christmas stamps and the coordinating dies but you could also … Read More

Cathy ZielskeA trio of modern, monochromatic trees

The Decade Challenge

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I suppose it’s bound to happen on the cusp of a new decade—the inevitable hashtag that encourages to you compare the past 10 years. What can I say? I’m a #decacdechallenge sucker. I thought it would be fun to see what comparisons I could draw between 2009 and 2019. And so I present a list of 10 Things I’ve Learned … Read More

Cathy ZielskeThe Decade Challenge

Watercolor Night Sky for the holidays

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Today’s card project features a lovely but fairly simple watercolor night sky background, combined with a gorgeous silhouette tree line stamp, and it all adds up to a very purply, snowy Christmas card! The design is pretty clean and simple, with just a large die cut word and sentiment floating up in the night sky. I’m trying to break out … Read More

Cathy ZielskeWatercolor Night Sky for the holidays

DIY Holiday Card Using a Digital Template

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I’ve just released my 2019 holiday card template and today I’ve got a video showing you how to use this new template, even if you don’t have Photoshop! I recently learned about a free online photo editor called Photo Pea. While it doesn’t have all the bells and whistles of Photoshop Elements, it has what you need to use any … Read More

Cathy ZielskeDIY Holiday Card Using a Digital Template

Stamp n’ Stencil two ways

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Today I’ve got two cards, each using the Gina K. Designs and Therm O Web Stamp n’ Stencil system. (See bottom of the post for the supplies!) One features some Glitter Glitz gel; the other simple embossing. Here is video showing you how I created the cards: Thanks so much for stopping by! SUPPLIES: Affiliate links are used in this … Read More

Cathy ZielskeStamp n’ Stencil two ways

Layering Bears (simple masking, ink blending + Copic coloring)

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Today I’m sharing a simple card project featuring some stamping, masking, ink blending and Copic coloring. Whew! Sounds like it’s not simple but… keeping them all pretty basic helped me to create a fun, wintery card project featuring the cutest bears you ever saw. Can you feel the love tonight? Here’s a video showing you how I created the project: … Read More

Cathy ZielskeLayering Bears (simple masking, ink blending + Copic coloring)

An update from me on life and stuff

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Hey. It’s me. What’s up? From time to time I field an email or two from long-time blog readers who say, “Cath… are you okay? You’re not really sharing much these days on your blog. What’s up?” Good question. It’s true that I just don’t use this blog to write many personal stories. It’s been a slow evolution but a … Read More

Cathy ZielskeAn update from me on life and stuff

Clean and Simple Party Lights card project

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If you are looking for a fun idea for a clean and simple Christmas card, I think I have it. I have one idea that I LOVE and it features a brand new release from My Favorite Things. Say it with me: Oh, for cuuuuuuute! Their new Party Lights stamp set and Lights Die are simply wonderful and I want … Read More

Cathy ZielskeClean and Simple Party Lights card project