Home versus away

Cathy ZielskeCZ Life32 Comments

I took a little time off over the weekend to go up to the Brainerd Lakes area to stay at our family’s lake cabin up on Gull Lake. I don’t go up very often of late, in fact, I didn’t go up at all last year. When you are a bit of an introvert, sometimes being up at the cabin … Read More

Cathy ZielskeHome versus away

Peeking Daisy Die Cut Windows with Glimmer Paste Backgrounds

Cathy ZielskeCards22 Comments

Today’s card project is making my simple-loving heart happy! Take a simple design and repeat it, and fill it in with part of a shimmery rainbow and it adds up to a simple card that packs a happy punch! Take any small die to try this project! I love the Peeking Daisy die from Simon Says Stamp. It’s sweet and … Read More

Cathy ZielskePeeking Daisy Die Cut Windows with Glimmer Paste Backgrounds

Simple Touches Tie a Layout Together

Cathy ZielskeScrapbooking6 Comments

In the Spring Issue of Scrapbook & Cards Today, I wrote about what comes first, the story, or the photo. The good news, if anyone is unsure, is that both are correct. It really just depends on what your layout is inspired by. And even though this page was inspired by the story of my daughter’s first semester away at … Read More

Cathy ZielskeSimple Touches Tie a Layout Together

Scrapbook Your Year, My Pages for May 2019

Cathy ZielskeScrapbooking9 Comments

I only took 59 potentially usable shots in May. I’m not sure if that number seems low to your, or high, but it surprised me that after all of my culling (a process I greatly encourage in my Scrapbook Your Year e-course), I was left with fewer shots than I usually start with. My goal each month is four pages, … Read More

Cathy ZielskeScrapbook Your Year, My Pages for May 2019

Whimsical Wildflower Frame Wedding Card (Gina K. Designs)

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Summer is here and a rite of passage is coming for me in just a few weeks: one of my dearest friend’s has a daughter who is getting married. Hello middle age! No need to fret because it means creating a wedding card for the lovely young couple, and I was so geeked to get my hands on the new … Read More

Cathy ZielskeWhimsical Wildflower Frame Wedding Card (Gina K. Designs)

Studio Katia Turns Three Blog Hop

Cathy ZielskeCards, Tutorials77 Comments

Hello and welcome to Day Two of the Studio Katia Turns Three blog hop! You should have arrived from Nina-Marie’s blog and Amy’s blog is your next stop. If you get lost you can find the full hop list below or visit Studio Katia Blog! (To see the inspiration from Day 1, click here!) My card project today features three … Read More

Cathy ZielskeStudio Katia Turns Three Blog Hop

Pretty Pink Posh Hop

Cathy ZielskeCards, Tutorials80 Comments

Welcome to Day 2 of the Pretty Pink Posh new release blog hop! Hopefully you have arrived here from Caly’s blog and if this is your first time visiting my blog, welcome! My card project todays features simple Copic coloring and simple ink blending and features both the Tropical Birds stamps and coordinating dies, as well as the gorgeous Tropical … Read More

Cathy ZielskePretty Pink Posh Hop

My Fit Update for June 2019

Cathy ZielskeCZ Life57 Comments

First things first: I returned the pants I’m wearing in this photo. In my excitement at securing a new Going Out Outfit™ (not really trademarked), I overlooked the fact that the crotch hung about two inches below my actual crotch and over time, this would be an unacceptable fit for a woman whose clothes-buying frequency is on par with the … Read More

Cathy ZielskeMy Fit Update for June 2019

Simon Says Stamp Rest & Refresh Blog Hop Day 1

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Hello and welcome to Day 1 of the Simon Says Stamp Rest and Refresh Blog hop! First things first: Simon is offering a decidedly summery ink pad, free with any purchase if you use the code in the graphic above (CRL898) at checkout! (While supplies last.)  So there’s that, now for my card project… There are so many fun new … Read More

Cathy ZielskeSimon Says Stamp Rest & Refresh Blog Hop Day 1

Watercolor Shaker with Simple Scored Panel Window (Simon Says Stamp)

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Watercolor shaker card at cathyzielske.com

Today I’m sharing a fun shaker card with a oldie but goodie technique (that is actually totally new to me!) that I learned from my friend Gina of Gina K. Designs. The technique? Creating your own patterns using the Scor-Buddy. Today is also the release day for the brand new Rest and Refresh release from Simon Says Stamp! Check out … Read More

Cathy ZielskeWatercolor Shaker with Simple Scored Panel Window (Simon Says Stamp)