Monday, September 10, 2018

Layer Card

My dear friend April taught me how to make layer cards when I visited her earlier this year and well I am addicted to them!  They are so much fun!  I also recently rejoined the EDT (Elite Design Team) for Rick St. Dennis, Mfa.  Rick is so easy going and of course I love his images!  So I wanted to share a layer card I made with one of his latest sheets in the Kawaii cuties line for a Christmas card.  I used every single image from the sheet that can be found here. I used copic markers to color my images and a variety of papers from Heartfelt Creations and Bobunny.  I hope you enjoy seeing these cute images and this card as much as I enjoyed making it!  I am entering this into this challenge:


Helen (Catz) Smith

Monday, February 12, 2018

Forest magic

Hello Blogland,

I don't blog very often, but wanted to make an exception for this mixed media piece as I'd like to enter into the Aurorawings challenge blog for the Anything Goes for this month here .  I was hanging out with my cousin and teaching her the art of mixed media and decided I wanted to use these two gorgeous images from Aurorwings that you can find here and here called Lady Butterfly 1 and 2.  I just adore Mitzi Sato-Wuiff's drawings.  I used copics to color my fairies and spray inks in Clover (Tattered Angels) and Walnut from Dylusions.  I used Mod Podge to seal my canvas then sprinkled various bits of different gorgeous Martha Stewart Glitters from my stash.  I used a tree branch stencil and light molding paste to get the raised background look.  Hope you enjoy, this was a really fun project for me.

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Y is for Yummy

Hello once again bloggers, just had to play in both parts of this challenge.  This one is Y is for Yummy and I just couldn't think of anything more yummy than a box of chocolates.  This gal is from Bloobel stamps and can be found here in her store.  This is a second part of the ABC Christmas Challenge as well.  Hope you like her.   Thanks for stopping by!


Z is for Zentangle

Hello Blogland,

I wanted to figure out a way to inspire myself to get some Christmas cards made earlier than the 11th hour when I lose many hours of sleep and time with my friends/family so I decided to try some year round Christmas blog challenges.  I am entering this card into the ABC Christmas challenge here using the Z is for Zentangle theme.  I wasn't sure about participating in this at first but I had a friend help me find the cutest zentangle image by Sherri Baldy's My Besties that can be found here in her shop.  It was a bit intimidating upon first glance but once I saw some other color inspiration in the Besties shop I tackled her with ease.  I used Copic markers to color her, I can figure out my colors should you want to know which ones I used.  I know the purples are V04, V06 and V09.  My go to skin colors are E01, E11 and E04.  I used the poinsettia and holly cling stamps with matching dies from Heartfelt Creations that can be found here in their shop.  I also used their new 3D shaping mold for this darling set of flowers.  Thanks for stopping by and having a look!


Tuesday, May 31, 2016

New found treasure

Recently I've discovered a new found brand of cute I just adore.  My Besties by Sherri Baldy.  I colored this sweet image as a guest designer for the Come and Get Challenge where we use something with a doily, which can be found here. I did two cards for this one using the same image.  It's so versatile!    The doily in the first card is cut from my Silhouette doilies cut files.

The image I am using is by Sherri Baldy #105 I love coffee, I love tea,  This  can be found here.  I used Copics to color these sweet little gals and some embellishments I purchased from my good friend who sells Creative Memories.  While I failed to use a doily in the 2nd card, I just had to show her off because I just love how different an image can look with different papers and materials.

Hope you like my project and thanks so much for visiting my wee corner of blogland.



Friday, May 13, 2016

Time for a challenge

You know I've never been one to join in blog challenges as blogs just seem like something else I have to put on my "to do list", but I've decided to give it a whirl and post a few to try and see if I can play in some challenges just for funsies.  This card was made coloring with Copics using this gorgeous Ching Chou Kuik image which was given to her fans as a gift a while back.  I made it into this card for my dear friend using a Tattered lace fan die and some paper from Heartfelt creations for the sentiment tag.  I would like to enter this into the come and Get it Challenge #117 Card for a Woman which can be found here.

Thanks for popping in to see my work.


Saturday, October 10, 2015

When digital and coloring collide

When I have the time I certainly like to play around with backgrounds and do some of my background classes from Kit and Clowder.  That being said I also like to be able to put a card together that is quick and easy.  I took a page from my good friend Sue Peck's book and started playing with digital backgrounds.  I simply add whatever digital png image I want to a ready made background and voila, instant work of art and I still get the fun of coloring the image. I also struggle with my drawing skills so having a ready made background suits me.

This leads me to the reason for this blog post.  I shared my ideas with Janice at Scrapper's Delights and she created some really awesome ready made backgrounds  for Halloween to go with her amazing images.  I was so excited to be able to play with the images and the backgrounds!  It was really difficult to keep this under wraps!

So without further ado, I would like to introduce you to Scrapper's Delights Gothic topper background collection which can be found here and the projects I created with the darling images as well.  The first card was made using the digi Honey Pumpkin Pie that can be found here.  The second is Bat Women who can be found here. My third project is using this gothic cutie named CU Evelin who can be found here.  Fourth  is this lovely duo Dracula and the princess which can be found here. Finally I had some fun placing this darling little Papillon fairy in a spooky scene, she can be found here.
    In order to achieve what I've done here is fairly easy using Microsoft Word and Paint.  You simply open Word and go to the insert tab and insert the background of your choice.  Then go to the page layout tab at the top and choose the wrap text and pick the option for "behind text" then go back to insert and choose whichever digi you'd like to use (in png format) and choose it then go back to the wrap text option and choose "in front of text and click in the image to move it around with your mouse to where you want it positioned on the background.  I then choose the print screen option and paste into Paint then crop the image and delete the composition I previously used and paste the cropped image into my Word doc that way you can size the composition to fit multiple up on a page.  Should you need any assistance in the execution of this please feel free to message me here or on facebook.  I am happy to give further instruction.


I hope you have enjoyed my creations as much as I love creating them.  Oh and don't forget in celebration of this launch grab this already put together image and background  that can be found here
This is the creation I made in about a half hour, that includes coloring and putting together my fun and so easy!  Of course in all the excitement of playing with these incredible images and showing them to you, I failed to mention that I am proudly going to be a member of the Scrapper's Delights Digital Papercraft Design Team!    Hope you enjoyed your visit and I really hope you try out these awesome backgrounds with your Scrapper's images.  Please make sure to visit my teamie Sue Peck's blog   She has also created some amazing works of art using these backgrounds and some other amazing images from Scrapper's Delights.
Happy Halloween and "Fang you very much" for stopping by!!
Helen (aka Catz)

Monday, January 12, 2015

Inspirational post

It's such and honor to be part of Rick St. Dennis' EDT (Elite Design Team)!  I just wanted to post some inspiration for those who may have seen his art and felt intimidated by the details.  The first thing I can say is you never know until you try!  I am taking classes with Kit and Clowder and I'm learning but in the meantime I try to color as much as possible to improve my skill set.  Today's image is called Pistache 1930's Chanteuse she can be found here.  I colored her with Copics and used Gelly Roll pens for the sparkles.  Hope you like her! :)

Helen (aka Catz)

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Weekly Inspirational post for Ching Chou Kuik's DT

Hello bloggers, yet another announcement!  All good things happen in threes, and this is two of three!  I was chosen to become a part of Ching Chou Kuik's design team.  I am completely honored and overwhelmed with joy about this as I am a fan of her stunning art work.  This is my first official piece as a member of this design team.  Hope you like her. :)

Today I would like to share with you one of the newer designs found on Ching Chou Kuik's Etsy store called Toadstool head.  She can be found here: in the  Ching-Chou Kuik Etsy Store.

The current challenge for the blog is adding ribbon so I added some beautiful purple organza ribbon to complete this piece.

I colored the image with Copics using the Violet and blue green family of colors. The color palette was inspired by my dear friend and DT member Fernanda Oravec.    I added some sparkles that I am so fond of using stickles for the holly leaves and Gelly roll Stardust pens for the "freckles" on the mushroom.  I used a Martha Stewart punch for the wee branches with some added Stickles to sparkle up those leaves.

Have a great day!
(aka Catz)

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Mixed media..someone is learning new stuff!

The best thing about road trips and spending the weekend with one of your dearest friends who you've met for the first time is sharing in good times, and creating with new techniques you haven't tried before.  I had the best weekend in a long time spending the weekend with my dear friend Fernanda Oravec.  I got to snuggle with some of the sweetest fur babies I've ever met, eat wonderful food, shop for crafts and craft to my heart's content.  I was sad to see the weekend go so quickly.  So I just want to say thank you from the bottom of my heart for such a wonderful weekend to Fernanda.  For the hospitality,the birthday gifts, the tips, but most of all your friendship!  This creation is one I did while visiting after Fernanda showed me how to create with mixed media.  I used Ching Chou Kuik's "Enter the woods"  you can find her here if you would like to purchase here from Ching Chou Kuik 's Etsy shop.  I used various stencils with modeling paste, iridescent and glitter decoupage by Martha Stewart.  I also added some fancy papers, ribbons, stickers, and beads to embellish it.  The image is colored with Copic markers.  
Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!

Helen (aka Catz)