Pieces of Me Scrapbook Layout (the Ali Edwards Pieces of Us Self-Portrait Challenge)

Cathy ZielskeFree Downloads, Scrapbooking, Tutorials8 Comments

Today I’m sharing a scrapbook layout plus some free downloads that were inspired by Ali Edwards’ recent Pieces of Us Self Portrait challenge. First things first: I created some free cut files using Ali’s digital art that you can use for page titles. Get them on her blog by clicking here. I have two files to share with you, as … Read More

Cathy ZielskePieces of Me Scrapbook Layout (the Ali Edwards Pieces of Us Self-Portrait Challenge)

Simple Inking Techniques (tone-on-tone ink blending and two-tone stamping)

Cathy ZielskeCards, Tutorials4 Comments

I’ve been having a lot of fun with Gina K. Designs’ A Big Hello Card kit and today I’ve got another project featuring some very simple inking techniques! This card features simple tone-on-tone inking over a stencil, as well as some two-toned stamping thanks to some help from my MISTI stamp positioned and a tiny blender brush! Here is the … Read More

Cathy ZielskeSimple Inking Techniques (tone-on-tone ink blending and two-tone stamping)

Be a Unicorn (and check out this new tool from Waffle Flower Crafts!)

Cathy ZielskeCrafts, Tutorials2 Comments

Today I’m sharing my first ever 5 x 7 card project, something I just hadn’t tried yet since beginning the whole card thing back in 2017. The reason today? Because I have a big old unicorn die and I thought it was time to go big or go home! Plus, I just got my  hands on the new Mini Media … Read More

Cathy ZielskeBe a Unicorn (and check out this new tool from Waffle Flower Crafts!)

Double Duty for Your Stencils

Cathy ZielskeCards, Tutorials5 Comments

Today’s card project features using a stencil for both applying color as well as dry embossing a pattern onto cardstock. I really love getting more use out of a product and stencils can be pretty versatile tools! The stencil and stamps I’m using today are from Gina K. Designs’ A Big Hello Card Kit, a huge new card kit full … Read More

Cathy ZielskeDouble Duty for Your Stencils

Use those scraps on your next card project!

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Today I have a fun, graphic card project featuring the coolest die*—that ships free with any $60 purchase while supplies last this month—from MFT Stamps (seriously, the typography!) and a stash of cardstock scraps pulled right from the scrap bin. You can do this technique with any type of die, really. I chose to use the negative space from this … Read More

Cathy ZielskeUse those scraps on your next card project!

How to Create Your Own Custom Dividers for Clear Stamp + Die Storage (free download!)

Cathy ZielskeFree Downloads, Tutorials10 Comments

If you’re like me and a new year (and heck, even a new decade!) get you wanting to refresh your craft organization, then today I have a fun free download to help you tackle your clear stamp and die storage. When I started making cards in 2017, Jennifer McGuire was my guide to all things organization and I knew better … Read More

Cathy ZielskeHow to Create Your Own Custom Dividers for Clear Stamp + Die Storage (free download!)

Big Watercolored Ampersand Valentine

Cathy ZielskeCards, Tutorials3 Comments

Love is in the air (at least I’m pretty sure that’s what I’m smelling these days!) and I wanted to create a simple Valentine’s Day card featuring a few easy techniques and one big-assed Ampersand die. A little messy watercoloring with Distress Ink gave me the colorful ampersand and a bit of dry embossing using a stencil added subtle detail … Read More

Cathy ZielskeBig Watercolored Ampersand Valentine

Emboss Resist Rainbows

Cathy ZielskeCards, Tutorials7 Comments

Today I’ve got some colorful card projects to share featuring a fun new stamp set from Gina K. Designs called Be the Rainbow, designed by Emily Loggans, (who has the most wonderful Instagram account!) It’s been a while since I’ve painted with Distress Ink, and this cute little rainbow, along with its sweet encouragements seemed like a good stamp set … Read More

Cathy ZielskeEmboss Resist Rainbows

Hey Bestie Blog Hop (Simon Says Stamp!)

Cathy ZielskeCards, Tutorials221 Comments

It’s blog hop day for the brand new Hey Bestie release from Simon Says Stamp! Today I have fun floral-y stencil card project featuring a word and shadow die and a cool, pre-printed sentiment strip! I used the Peony Bouquet Stencil and a few dye inks to create this simple background, and then topped it with my Miss You word/shadow … Read More

Cathy ZielskeHey Bestie Blog Hop (Simon Says Stamp!)

Rainbow Stamping (plus it’s new release day at Simon Says Stamp!)

Cathy ZielskeCards, Tutorials8 Comments

Today I’ve got a card project to remind my long distance bestie(s) that really… it’s not that far and all we need to do is to connect the hearts, so to speak! It’s all part of the brand new Hey Bestie release from Simon Says Stamp! I’ve got a slew of new adds to my CZ Design collection, beginning with … Read More

Cathy ZielskeRainbow Stamping (plus it’s new release day at Simon Says Stamp!)