Monochromatic Cards: I heart you

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If you are ever stumped for color combinations for your cards, don’t overthink it, my crafty friends. Just go monochromatic! I have always loved doing this for my scrapbook pages and it turns out that it works for card, too! When I got my hands on this cute little Picture Book Crab die, I started playing with some ideas, but … Read More

Cathy ZielskeMonochromatic Cards: I heart you

Distress Ink Galaxy Card

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You know how sometimes you make a card in record time and everything comes together like clockwork? This is not one of those cards. That said, I freaking LOVE this card and how it turned out so I wanted to share my process today in a slightly longer video (just over 15 minutes) because  I like to keep it real, … Read More

Cathy ZielskeDistress Ink Galaxy Card

Simon Says Stamp Friendly Frolic Blog Hop

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It’s blog hop time at Simon Says Stamp to celebrate the Friendly Frolic release! Today I have a card that is a little bit whimsical and little bit graphic. You should know I am not an expert of watercolor by any stretch, and so today I’m using Tim Holtz Distress Inks to color in a huge, sketchy flower and combining … Read More

Cathy ZielskeSimon Says Stamp Friendly Frolic Blog Hop

Faux Stamped Metal + Dude (a masculine card)

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If you struggle to create masculine cards for some of the dudes in your life, I have a project today that just might fill that need! Using a brand new background stamp from Simon Says Stamp, I created what I’m calling a faux metal background using some gold cardstock and gold embossing powder. I thought it would work great with … Read More

Cathy ZielskeFaux Stamped Metal + Dude (a masculine card)

Pixel to Page: Thanks, Stevie (hybrid scrapbook page)

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If you have followed my story in recent weeks, you’ll know that my beloved Subaru Forester, Stevie, recently went head to head with a deer and emerged victorious. My husband and daughter walked away with only bruises and I have been feeling extremely grateful for a safe car that did her job to protect them. As I am wont to … Read More

Cathy ZielskePixel to Page: Thanks, Stevie (hybrid scrapbook page)

Introducing Message to My… a new e-course from CZ Classes

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Today I’m happy to announce the launch of my first new e-course of 2018: Message to My… a new self-paced e-course from CZ Classes. This project is a passion project if there ever was one and I’ve been wanting to help others create an album of message for someone (or something!) they love for a long time now! First things … Read More

Cathy ZielskeIntroducing Message to My… a new e-course from CZ Classes

Darling Dragonflies and Simple Copic Coloring

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Today’s card is all about getting more confident with my Copic marker coloring and starting to learn how to use my Sandy Allnock Hex Chart. (All card supplies listed at the end of this post!) I purchased this printable chart right after buying my first Copic markers, but I didn’t really understand it in terms of how it can help … Read More

Cathy ZielskeDarling Dragonflies and Simple Copic Coloring

Present Participle List for July 2018

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Summer is in full swing here in the Upper Midwest, and I thought I’d update you on a few things that are happening right now: Celebrating the triumphant return of my son, Cole, from his 16-day camping trip out west. I ain’t gonna lie: it was weird to not be in communication with him all the time, but he made … Read More

Cathy ZielskePresent Participle List for July 2018

Scrapbook Your Year, Pages for June 2018

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I am staying fairly current with my year-long album project, and if I’m being honest, it’s easy to do because I have truly let go of the idea that I have to save it all. If you’ve been following this project, you know that I’m really only looking to create a time capsule—slices of life that tells a good enough … Read More

Cathy ZielskeScrapbook Your Year, Pages for June 2018

Fun with Gina K. Designs Foil-Mates

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Hello month of July, the month of all things hot and right now, foil is a hot trend that I am just starting to dabble in. Today, I’m sharing a simple card (or two!) using some of the fun Foil-Mates products from Gina K. Designs and Therm O Web. I would like to say for the record, the shot above … Read More

Cathy ZielskeFun with Gina K. Designs Foil-Mates