An update from here

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So here we are in the glorious month of May, when at last here in the upper midwest we can tentatively start unpacking our sandals as the mercury rises into the 60s and we realize that winter is actually packing it up for another year. Not that I mind winter. Winter in Minnesota is a fantastic antidote to hot flashes. … Read More

Cathy ZielskeAn update from here

Customized Graduation Card

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Graduation season is almost here and after finding out that my niece had committed to a school just a stone’s throw from my favorite city in the world (Seattle), I wanted to create a custom grad card to celebrate her chosen institution of higher learning (Pacific Lutheran University). I thought it would be fun to try out a watercolor technique … Read More

Cathy ZielskeCustomized Graduation Card

Scrapbook Your Year, My Pages for April 2019 (+ a International Scrapbook Day Class Sale!)

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Another month has come and gone and now prepares to be added to my year-end printed volume. April was really about three things: my parents, ultimate Frisbee and the Game of Thrones premiere. We have our priorities straight, people. Let’s get into it… PHOTOS TAKEN: 370 (after the culling process of deleting shots I know I don’t need, and honestly, … Read More

Cathy ZielskeScrapbook Your Year, My Pages for April 2019 (+ a International Scrapbook Day Class Sale!)

Fit 2019: My May Update

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Join me for Fit 2019!

You have to know when I have my Going Out Shirt™ on, things are looking up. My health and well-being check-in looks like this: my knee is no longer swollen thanks to the miracle of cortisone and a ginormous needle pointed directly into said knee. I’m starting some physical therapy to help support my knee and it turns out my … Read More

Cathy ZielskeFit 2019: My May Update

Celebrate Women with Simon Says Stamp!

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Today I’m honored to be part of a special blog hop from Simon Says Stamp all about celebrating the incredible women in your life. Nothing warms this crafter’s heart more than seeing women (and men) supporting other women! The hop features two brand new stamp sets, Good Job Mama (designed by me!) and Incredible Woman (designed by the talented Nina-Marie … Read More

Cathy ZielskeCelebrate Women with Simon Says Stamp!

Honey Bee Stamps 4th BeeDay Blog Hop

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I’m excited to be part of a 4th Bee-Day Blog Hop for Honey Bee Stamps today. I love three things: 1) Cute products, 2) promoting and supporting small business, and 3): Bees! For me, it’s kind of a win-win-win scenario! If you’re arriving here from Vera’s blog, welcome to my online home! There are a bevy of new releases from … Read More

Cathy ZielskeHoney Bee Stamps 4th BeeDay Blog Hop

Petals and Wings with Glitz Glitter Gel

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After making my first card with the new Glitz Glitter Gel and Stamp ‘n Stencil products from Gina K. Designs, I had to try a few more techniques and today I’m sharing a card project using the Detail Stencils with the Glitz Glitter Gel and the results? In the words of a true midwestern crafter: “Oh, for cuuuuuute!” Not gonna lie: … Read More

Cathy ZielskePetals and Wings with Glitz Glitter Gel

Woot Graduation Card (a tutorial with some mistakes, because why not?)

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Graduation season is just around the corner—crazy, but true!—and I have one niece, two nephews, and a second cousin-in-law once removed who will don the old cap and gown this year, not to mention a handful of friends’ offspring. So I wanted to create some grad cards using a few products that aren’t necessarily graduation themed per se, but would … Read More

Cathy ZielskeWoot Graduation Card (a tutorial with some mistakes, because why not?)

Scrapbook Your Year, Pages for March 2019 (+ a flash sale!)

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Another month in my year long album project is on the books, so to speak, or at least prepared to go onto the books at the end of 2019! Last month, I only had enough photos to create two pages in my album, but this month, I’m back to the traditional four pages. Let’s dive into the details: PHOTOS TAKEN: … Read More

Cathy ZielskeScrapbook Your Year, Pages for March 2019 (+ a flash sale!)

Outline Butterflies Cling Stamp

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Oh, I have a cute little card project to share today and it features a brand new background stamp from Simon Says Stamp called Outline Butterflies. I think this stamp is just darling and I decided to keep it super simple and just add one of my favorite word and shadow dies to the front, You Da Best. I am … Read More

Cathy ZielskeOutline Butterflies Cling Stamp