Cathy Makes a Card 04: Out of this World

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In the Adorable Stamp and Die Set categories, among the first of my purchases was Lawn Fawn’s Out of this World. I know what you’re thinking, “Cathy, that makes PERFECT sense for someone like you!” And yes, you’d be right. Everyone who knows me knows how much I love outer space. (I’m joking, you get that, right?) But honestly? The set is … Read More

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Middle Aged Mama: Why Cards Make So Much Sense

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An online friend posted the other day, “…card making is where it’s at for those of us whose kids are past that stage where you can make enough scrapbook pages about them to satisfy our need to CREATE.” I think there’s a lot of truth in that statement. My kids aren’t really kids anymore. My daughter is 21. She’s a … Read More

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Card Share: Making Puffy Clouds (after watching my guru)

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I know what you’re thinking. It’s one of two things. Oh Cathy! That is SUPER ADORBS! or… Oh Cathy! What the hell are you doing? Either question will be accepted! Although right now, I’m more inclined to gravitate towards the adorbs one. It started by me watching a new Jennifer McGuire video on quick stencil techniques (see the full post here), and … Read More

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Card Share: distress ink watercoloring

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My latest card creations began by watching this most awesome tutorial from Laura Bassen, also known online as Laura Fadora. Her card is literally the most amazing thing I have ever seen and I absolutely loved her technique for painting with Distress Inks. She is also my new official Spirit Animal. After I watched her video I had to try … Read More

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Cathy Makes a Card No. 03: stencils and distress ink blending

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Welcome to another installment of Cathy Makes a Card! Today’s card involves a stencil, blending of Distress Inks and possibly an error in assembling the final card. What can I say, ladies? I’m no expert! That said, I had a blast making this card and it was just messy enough to be interesting and yet still remain simple and elegant. … Read More

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All the Things: Stuff you might want as a new card maker

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So… not sure if you noticed, but in addition to scrapbooking, I’m making cards now, too. You know how it started, right? The publisher of Scrapbook & Cards Today said I could work with product from our awesome advertisers, so I picked Stampin’ Up, and they sent me a Big Shot. And then I started to play. And then I … Read More

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Cathy Makes a Card No. 02: stamping, coloring and stitched dies

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Welcome to another edition of Cathy Makes a Card, the series wherein I, a new card makers, share with you a card I made and what I’m learning as I go. This card features a number of techniques, some of which I nailed and some of which, well, let’s just say I winged it. I will tell you this: I … Read More

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Announcement: CZ Design and Simon Says Stamp are joining forces!

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Y’all know I’ve been bit by the card making bug somethin’ fierce, yes? (And now, apparently, I am also talking like an old time-y prospector, but I digress…) I’m SO excited to announce that Simon Says Stamp will be selling the CZ Design (hey! That’s me!) line of stamps starting now. (WARNING: If you don’t like swears, for the love of … Read More

Cathy ZielskeAnnouncement: CZ Design and Simon Says Stamp are joining forces!

All in

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The other day I was having a phone meeting with Catherine, my friend and also the publisher (and my employer) of Scrapbook & Cards Today magazine. Commenting about my recent foray into cardmaking, and the accompany barrage of sharing on my CZ Design Instagram account, she said, “Man, when you go all in, you really go ALL IN.” It’s kind … Read More

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Cathy Makes a Card No. 01: embossing and distress ink painting (oh, my!)

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Today marks a new beginning in the Crafty Life of Cathy Z: cardmaking. I thought it might be fun to make some videos documenting these new creative adventures. Mostly, I wanted to show you how I am inspired by others and maybe you can take some of that inspiration into your own crafty endeavors in the cardmaking realm. I made … Read More

Cathy ZielskeCathy Makes a Card No. 01: embossing and distress ink painting (oh, my!)