Thursday, October 31, 2013


Happy Halloween from all of us at Cat's.  
Plus, it is also
Come in and pick up the things on your wish list
and get
Fill up your punch card fast for 
$10 off of your next purchase.
Pick up some of the VERY popular "All Bundled Up" collection by Crate Paper.
Or maybe you've been wanting some "Elf Magic" by BoBunny.
The new American Crafts Christmas collection has been popular.
The packages of baker's twine and jute are great to have on hand when crafting at home.
The mixed media craze has made these stencils from Crafter's Workshop very popular.  This is a great time to pick up the stencils you have been wishing for.

So, come by and pick up the things on your wish list and get

Race you to the store!

Wednesday, October 30, 2013


Echo Park has really hit the ball out of the park with the "Reflections" lines of paper.  They have two collections, one of which is a fall collection.  Cat got busy and created some amazing layouts with this that is simpler and one that is over the top.
First up is the simpler layout.  I love the banners she put at the bottom of the photo mats on the left page.  
Here is a close-up of the left page.  Don't you love that pumpkin design on those photo mats?!!!  
And a close-up of the right page.   Love this collection!
This layout is a typical, over-the-top Cat creation.  WOW!
A close-up of the left-hand page lets you see the elements up close.  Don't you love that cluster of flowers....and that paper behind the flowers that is all crumpled up is paper from a dress pattern!  LOVE IT!!!
And a close-up of the right-hand page shows more fun elements.  That big oak leaf was drawn free-hand by Cat.  More of the crumpled dress pattern paper and some twine swirled through that cluster of flowers.  

Come by the store and pick up some of this paper for your fall and Thanksgiving photos. While you are there, pick up some of the other Reflections collection:
It is also beautiful and works well for travel pages as well as family photos.  Cat knew when it came in that I would love it and she was right!  YUM!  I did leave some of it so that you could enjoy it too.  LOL!

Tuesday, October 29, 2013


 This is the kit that our Designer of the Month entrants purchased to make a two-page layout and two cards for their submissions.  When all of the votes were cast and counted, Shaunery Wharton was our new Designer of the Month.  Congratulations to Shaunery!  
This is the two page layout that Shaunery created using the products provided  So many wonderful features on this layout!
Check out this jack-o-lantern.  Love the mottled orange color and he is covered with crackle accents for even more fun.
Love those orange pearl swirls!  And the paint splats were made using the new Tim Holtz stencils--you know you want some of those so you can do this!
These are Shaunery's card entries.  The witch on the card on the left is covered with glossy accents.

As you can see from these projects, Shaunery is a very artistic lady and loves all things Tim Holtz...including Tim!  I asked Shaunery to share some information about herself so everyone could get to know her better.
I am a stay-at-home-mom of three "kids" who are now  college, high school and intermediate students now!  I've been scrap booking for 20 years. For 13+ years I've been married to my best friend & husband.  Between his military career and the kids, there's no shortage of photo's or occasions to scrap.

My favorite scrapbook "theme" is vintage, grunge, dated, antiqued and old.  So Tim Holtz & Ranger are my "go to" products.  Single page and two page layouts are always something I've done, but lately my interests are drifting to "little" projects" and even mini albums.  This is surprising, considering the stack of unfinished albums there are in the cupboard!  

Challenges are also a new interest.  They keep me on my toes and push me to try new things.  The ladies who join along, also provide enormous inspiration as well.  Cat's gals are all so talented and and it always gets my creative juices flowing when I get to hang out at the store for crops or classes.  

Shaunery is on the design team for CSI, Color, Stories, Inspiration, a group that has a challenge every week.  I've played along on a couple of their challenges and they are a lot of fun and very challenging.  Lots of creative talent over there.

Congratulations to Shaunery for being our second Designer of the Month!

Monday, October 28, 2013


Can you believe Halloween is Thursday?
Have you picked up your Halloween paper to use when preserving all of those Halloween memories?  
If you are in the mood for some vintage Halloween images, then pick up some of the Authentique "Thrilling" collection.
BoBunny has lots of cute monsters and skeletons in their collection.
Maybe you want to steampunk your Halloween pages...
Then grab some Graphic 45 "Steampunk Spells" and get some of their detailed, beautiful graphics.
Maybe you want some of the chalkboard art that is all the rage.  Then pick up My Minds Eye's Happy Haunting for some "frightful" chalkboard art!
If you want to add a touch of elegance to your Halloween layouts, then Teresa Collins is the collection for you.  Her collections are always elegant.

Come by the store and choose your "poison" (collection).
Don't forget to use your tags from the tag classes on your layouts!

Sunday, October 27, 2013


Inspiration abounds at Cat's!  We are so blessed to have some very talented designers teaching classes at the store.
Cat owns the store and is CRAZY talented.  This is the Cruising album she taught at the NSD retreat and just ONE of the amazing things she has dreamed up!  We are so blessed to have such a talented store owner as well as Ray and his handy dandy laser to cut out those creations she dreams up!
Nanci teaches a tag class every month and teaches us so many techniques.  These classes are so much fun and we learn how to use all of those Tim Holtz products we own!
Sandy's classes are over the top intricate and involved!  This is the boxed album class that she taught yesterday at the store and will teach at the November retreat.  It is simply AMAZING! Sandy's classes are very popular and if you take one make sure you bring your score pal and score tape--you will need it!  LOL!
Sandy was our first guest designer of the month.  This is one of the amazing projects she submitted.  It is a treasure box and had several mini albums inside.  Sandy is also on and has been on several other design teams. 
Shaunery Wharton is our October Designer of the Month and this is one of her submissions.  Shaunery is very much a mixed media artist and is on the design team of Color, Stories, Inspiration.  Shaunery will be featured on the blog later this week with the rest of her winning submissions.  

We are very blessed to have such talented artists around us at Cat's.  In addition to those mentioned above, the customers are also extremely talented.  One of the wonderful things about coming to crops and retreats is the inspiration you get from those around you.  There is a crop this Saturday - come join us and be inspired! 

Saturday, October 26, 2013


What are you doing next Saturday at 1:00 p.m.?  
You COULD be making one of these!
Cat decided to challenge herself to use up some papers that were laying around. She drew up the album design and Ray cut it out of chipboard and then cut the papers so she wouldn't have to cut around the chipboard. (gotta love that LaserMan!) Then she proceeded  to see just how much she could get into this 9x8 album and what strange things she could use to decorate it. Miniature ornaments, air conditioner metal tape, ribbons, and more were all used. It is a fun album that will hold your pics for any Christmas. We only have enough for 8 kits (which you can take home and Cat will email you the directions) so don't procrastinate too long.  If you love this album too, you can make one during class next Saturday afternoon.
Open it up and you have a Christmas tree on the right hand side!
More of the inside pages.  Look closely...there is a bell page with a mini album on the left.
The back page boasts a hidden hinge album made with envelops for more pics.
Cat added a tag from one of Nanci's tag classes to the front of the album when she finished.  LOVE it!

This class is ONE WEEK FROM TODAY!  

PLUS, only 8 spots are available!

So, call the store NOW and reserve your spot.  
You must pre-pay ($45) for the class to reserve your spot.

Friday, October 25, 2013


Thank goodness it is a 
Check out this FABULOUS collection from Crate Paper:
With our chilly mornings, we are reaching for our jackets now.  
Are you ready for some SNOW????  
This adorable "All Bundled Up" collection from Crate Paper will get you in the mood for some snowflakes.
Crate Paper always has wonderful embellishments that go with their collections.
Here is a close up of the chipboard embellishments.
Check out these cute overlays for your photos.  Have you tried these yet?  They are so much fun!

Thursday, October 24, 2013


Come on.....guess what day it is!   
Come to the store and pick up some of the wonderful new arrivals and get double punches on your card.  It's a great way to fill up that punch card for $10 off of your next purchase!
You could pick up some of this wonderful Christmas collection by American Crafts.  It is beautiful with its touches of foil accents.
Check out the really cool embellishments that coordinate with it.
Of course, there have to be some coordinating Thickers!   Love those banner ones!
For only $14.99, you can get a collection of different colors of bakers twine so that you always have the color you need on hand.
Plus, you can get some colorful jute to use on your layouts and cards.  These are great to have on hand when you are crafting.  Plus, if you buy them today you will get double punches.   You can't lose!
Have you cast your vote for the Designer of the Month yet?  
Go back to Tuesday's post to see the entries and email your choice (the deadline is today) to
Hurry to the store to pick up your supplies now for the best selection and to get