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Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Is it real? Or is it Memorex? And a Giveaway!!

Looking for the giveaway?? Read on - it's at the bottom of this post.

Remember those Memorex commercials?  They would compare the VHS taped version to the live version and ask "is it real or is it Memorex?"  Maybe I'm dating myself!!! hehehe!

Today I've got 2 versions of the same card design to share with you. Both are hybrid.  But one is a "digital printable" and the other is a "print, cut, and assemble."

Can you tell which is which?  The "digital printable" was designed in Photoshop and printed out.  The "print, cut, and assemble" was also designed in Photoshop, but the elements were printed separately, cut with my electronic die cutter, and glued together to create the final card.

I used a great template by Krisi's Kreations to make these cards.  I also used an alpha from the digital kit My History by WM Squared Designs, both are available at Scrap Orchard.

The Giveaway!! 

If you've been following my blog, you know that I have been working really hard to spread Acts of Random Kindness (ARK's) during the month of January. You can see those posts under the category Acts of Kindness.  So to qualify for this giveaway, simply leave me a comment on this post with one Act of Kindness that you have done!  This will get you one entry to win. You can get up to 2 additional entries by following my blog (see side bar), and if you Like my Scrappycath Creations Facebook page. Leave a separate comment on this post for each of these items that you do! So that's up to 3 entries: 
  1. a comment with your kindness act.
  2. a comment letting me know you are a new (or existing) follower of my blog
  3. a comment letting me know that you now/or previously Like my Facebook page

Leave your comment(s) by Saturday February 4 at 9pm EST. One lucky random person will receive a Kindness pack of crafty goodness (including these 2 cards) from me!!

At this time I am only able to ship to US addresses.

Be sure to check back on Sunday February 5 to find out if you are the winner!!

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Sunday, January 29, 2012

Great Escape: Washington DC

This is one of my favorite photos. It may not be very good quality, and it was from a film camera so this is a scan of the printed photo. But it's not the technical aspects of photography that makes this a favorite. It's the memories that it holds.

This was an awesome day.  We took the boys on a day trip to Washington, DC. we rode the then-new Amtrak Acela train down. We hopped on the metro to get around town.  We visited museums and spent some really wonderful time laughing, walking, eating ice cream, and enjoying each others company.

I created this page using a new release from WM Squared Designs called Great Escape: DC. It is an add-on kit to her Great Escape series.  These kits are a must-have for any scrapper! They are all available at Scrap Orchard.

If you want to get your collection started, begin with the original Great Escape - The Kit, This kit is jam-packed with travel related papers, elements and word art. Each of the add-ons is a FULL kit, not a mini! So this is a real deal and a great way to build your stash!

I'm so glad I've finally been able to scrap that photo and capture the memories of that day.

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Special Valentine Box

Hello! I'm back with another Valentine craft to share with you. This cute box was made with Bazzill Basics Paper.  I love that there are little cups inside to tuck in some sweet treats for my Valentine!

I made a tag by layering several scalloped hearts and the sentiment. I popped it up with some adhesive foam squares.  The lace and pearls around the lid is the perfect shabby addition.

The flowers are a mix of Recollections, Prima and some that I found in the wedding aisle at the craft store.

Inside I've tucked in some sweet chocolate.... of course!

Cardstock: Bazzill Basics
Flowers: Prima, Recollections
Ribbon: Modern Romance

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Thursday, January 26, 2012

Valentines and Kindness

Can you believe that we are quickly approaching the end of January? one-twelfth of the year gone!  Well almost!!  Which also means that Valentine's Day is just around the corner! I've been working on some Valentine projects. I've got one to share today.

I've also got a Kindness Update, and this is a BIGGIE - so keep reading!!!

This candy bar box is a hybrid creation. I used the brand new digital kit Folkart Love by Paper Garden Projects. You can snag this kit as a bundle (click that link), or you can pick up the papers, elements, borders and tags separately. The box is also by Paper Garden Projects and is available as cutting file.

I cute a second butterfly that I embossed with some blingy glitter and adhered over the original cut.  Added a few gems too - can never have too much bling!

The box is the perfect size to tuck in a full-size candy bar, several packs of gum, or a bunch of smaller candies. Your Valentine's sweet tooth will be very happy!

Attention Silhouette users: the kit and individual products for all of the elements, borders and tags also include Silhouette "Print and Cut" files!!  This kit is perfect for hybrid or traditional crafters!!!  You will be seeing more projects from me using this kit!!

I've got more updates on my Kindness promise this month.  Kindness and Valentine's... they sort of go hand-in-hand!

* Handed out an unused gift card to a family at the toy store. Cleaning things up I came across an old gift card. My kids don't really shop at the toy shop any more. Believe it or not, this card still had a balance on it. So I took it to the store and greeted a family in the parking lot. I think I made their day!

* Left change at the gumball machine at the toy store too!

* I hid coupons at the grocery store.

* I used reusable shopping bags. We've got to be kind to the environment too!

* Donated books to a children's library.

* I read a book to kids at the Barnes & Noble store.

* Brought dinner to a friends family. The family has been hit with some medical problems lately, the son was in the hospital last week, the mom this week. I figured they could use a break from having to cook!

* Provided some encouragement to a friend that is opening a new chapter in her life.

* Left lots of positive comments on other artists blogs.

* Became an organ donor.

And guess what? I've done it!!  I met my commitment!!  With more than 5 days still left to go in the month too!  I fit in one Act of Random Kindness for each year of my life!!  Wow!  Does that feel good!!

Just because I met my commitment, doesn't mean I'm going to stop!  Kindness is contagious, and it's good for the soul of the giver and receiver!!  Let's keep on spreading Kindness every chance that we get!!

Glenda in Pa is still spreading Kindness. She shared another kindness story with me: 
" I was having blood work done at the lab today. A mother and her small son was in front of me. He may have been 2 or 3 years old. The little boy was so good and did not cry at all. So I reached into my wallet and took out a dollar bill. When he came out I gave it to him and said "You were such a good boy and you really deserve a reward for being so good." He and his Mom smiled, thanked me and went on their way. The smile on his face was something that I really needed today !!! Blessings for both of us = ) "

Isn't that so sweet? 

I'd love to hear what kindness you have been doing. Leave me a comment and let me know!

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Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Hybrid Team Call

Hey there!  Do you love working with paper?  Like to work with digi stuff too? Interested in being on a shop creative team?  Then this is the call you've been waiting for!!!  The designers at The DigiChick are amazing, their products are top notch. We are a fun group and the requirements are laid back.

Get your submission together and email it by Feb. 3!!!!

Monday, January 23, 2012

More Kindness!!

I'm back with some more ARK's (Acts of Random Kindness). I haven't been able to keep up with posted these every day. So I'm keeping a log of the acts and posting them when I get a chance. I've decided that I'm going to keep up my Kindness Journal even when this month is past. It makes me feel good to look back at the things I've done. And maybe the lesson will rub off on my family and friends if they read through it too!

* Left notes on the doors of neighbors houses thanking them for taking such good care of their yard and home.
* Gave directions to a person that was lost.
* Donated clothes.
* Held the door for a mom and her crew of youngsters trying to get into the store.
* Completed one of those customer service surveys for someone that did a good job.
* Let the person behind me in line go ahead at the store. They seemed like they were in a hurry!
* Smiled at everyone I saw!
* Donated towels and blankets to the animal shelter. Saw a very friendly, gorgeous dog there waiting for adoption. I had to remind myself that our zoo is currently full, or I would have brought her home with me!
* Donated canned goods to the food bank
* Made some cards to send to soldiers
* Complimented a mom and her well behaved kids!

My son got done his classes early one day, so I dragged him along with me for a bit!  Yep - that's me driving all over the place doing little acts of kindness! It was good to have my photographer back, even if this was the only photo he took!  LOL

I'm getting closer to my commitment of Kindness for the month!!!  How about you?  Have you done any Acts of Kindness lately??

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Time for the Card Caravan!

It's time for another Card Caravan over at The Hybrid Chick! This time the challenge is to use punches or dies.  I created this Valentine treat bag using the brand new digital kit Smitten by Sarah Jones.  You can find the kit at The Digichick.

I used some die cutting shapes on the Silhouette.  I added a heart shape cut out to the treat box. I adhered some clear plastic to create the window. I then cut a scalloped edge to border the cut out window.

I cut several heart shapes from different papers in the kit to create the tag.

A sweet bow and sentiment finish it off!

Hope you get a chance to join in the fun at The Hybrid Chick! The challenge is open until 11:59pm EST Friday February 3, 2012.

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Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Thank You and Kindness

We had a nice long weekend with the Martin Luther King Day holiday.  My weekend was a roller coaster... up and down! Or I should say down and up, as it ended on a very up note?!!  Started off with more doctor appointments which inflicted tremendous pain.  Yeah, that was the totally down part!

But the very good part was my friends and family conspired and pulled off an amazing surprise party in honor of my birthday!  I'm telling you I was shocked! Blown away!  Completely surprised!!

So I've got some thank yous to write.  I designed a hybrid card using the digital elements that I used to create my blog header. I just changed it up a bit.

I've also got some new Kindness Updates for you:

* Donated food. We had so much food left over from the party, that we were able to make multiple donations!

*Fred from Pa bought lunch for his department!

* My friends and family did a great Act of Kindness by pulling off that surprise party!  It was amazing and I really appreciate it!

I hope to get up and about more, I've got 14 more days to get more ARKs done!!!

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Saturday the 14th and Kindness Updates

Did you notice?  I changed up my blog a bit. What do you think??

Phew - we made it through a Friday the 13th! Right at the beginning of a new year. A leap year at that!  Geez-o-pete!  When it started to hail, sleet and snow yesterday morning, I thought maybe we were in for a bad day.  Seems like we made it through none the worse!  So let's celebrate Saturday the 14th!  Every one gives Friday the 13th so much attention, but do we ever stop to be thankful for making it to Saturday the 14th??  LOL  Well, there's another reason to be thankful for this day!  Celebrate!

I've got some Kindness Updates.  Only a few. I've been busy with some projects and appointments.  Oh it's so tough when life gets in the way! LOL

* In heavy traffic with sudden merge patterns, I let a driver go in front of me. They missed the whole merge pattern and were headed straight for a barrier!  Hopefully they were glad to get where they were going!

* Sent a flower deliver to a gal at one of our doctors offices. I had some trouble getting insurance issues cleared up.  The gal working a the office was not too happy with me asking her to step outside her comfort zone and make a call to the insurance company. She finally did, and the issue got all cleared up!

* Put seed and suet out for the birds and squirrels.

Kindness by Others

* Glenda in PA let some drivers out in front of her too!  She said some even waved at her!

Tomorrow is the half-way point for the month - but you still have time to share your Kindness acts here. So keep 'em coming!

I'm gonna go get ready to watch some football tonight.  GO BRONCOS!

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

More Kindness

Welcome to Wednesday and more Kindness!

* Wrote a review for a recent trip to a restaurant to commend the service that was received.

It was a busy day yesterday, but while I was doing errands, I picked up some flowers to deliver.

* Delivered flowers to the middle school office. The youngest of my 3 children is finishing up his years there. I've been to that office to reconnect forgotten lunches and homework assignments with their rightful owners so many times, and I've gotten calls from that office to assist my kids with needs over the years. It was about time I thanked the ladies for all they do!

* Delivered flowers to the high school front desk. My oldest has graduated from the high school and my next oldest is still attending there.  The gal at the front desk always has a smile and a helpful attitude.  She's gotten me to the right place for all those IEP meetings, helped to get goodies delivered to the teachers, been there when my son lost his way around school.  She does this day in and day out for all those thousands of students. Wonder how many neglected lunch boxes have passed through her desk on their way to the right student?  She deserves flowers too!

* Took flowers to the scheduler at the hospital. I had to have a little procedure done and she was awesome working with me, my doctors office and my insurance to help make sure everything got taken care of. I can't say enough about how above and beyond this gal went.  She is an example of customer service to be mentored!

* Brought my neighbors trash cans up from the curb for them.

I forgot to get pictures of the flowers for the gal at the hospital, and they were a big beautiful bouquet!  I lost my photographer (my oldest son) for this project as he had to return to college this week!  I'll try to post some interesting images for you. Didn't really think you wanted to see the trash cans!  LOL

Kindness by others: 

* Joana in TX has made four sets of stitch markers (you know for knitting and such) and headbands that she is donating to an auction. The auction is raising money for a friend of hers that lost her premature son at just 27 days after birth.   I'm hoping the family is able to find some comfort from this outpouring of support from friends!

Keep your Kindness acts coming.  I'm now half way through my Acts of Random Kindness that I pledged for the month. Let's keep each other encouraged!!

Monday, January 9, 2012

Kindness Update

Been very busy with lots of stuff to do. But I'm still working on my ARKs!

* Wrote a thank-you letter to a teacher that my oldest son had several years ago. This teacher gave the class a small assignment back then to look into their family history. That assignment turned up a recipe for a special holiday bread.  My son and I have made it an annual tradition to spend a day together baking this bread. That's priceless.

Kindness by others:
I'm amazed at the Kindness acts that you are all doing!!

*Marcia will be keeping a Daily Journal of Kindness for the entire year!   WOW!  With this year being a leap year, that's 366 days of kindness!  GO MARCIA!!!  Please keep in touch so we can encourage each other!!

*Marcia (yep, same gal) was so happy with her haircut that she over-tipped her stylist. He was very appreciative!

*Cindy in CA has signed up her whole family to volunteer at the food bank!  Way to go!!

I am so thrilled to see so much kindness being done. Keep those ARK's coming at me!

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Sparkle and Bling

Today at The Hybrid Chick, we start a new Card Caravan Challenge.  This challenge is to add some sparkle or bling to your creation.  Easy-peasy!  So come on over and join in!

I made my card using a new digital kit by Etc. by Danyale called My HeART

Isn't it gorgeous????  I designed the card in Photoshop, then printed out the components, cut them, inked and glued them together.  I added the ribbon and gems across the middle.

For the flower, I printed one of the kit papers on both sides of double-sided paper. I cut the petals shapes using the Tim Holtz Tattered Floral die.  I spritzed them with water and scrunched them.  

When I put the petals together to create the flower, I coated a brad with Glossy Accents and sprinkled it with Doodlebug Designs Sugar Coating glitter.

So I've got a little bling and a little sparkle on the card!  Can never have too much sparkle!!

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Friday, January 6, 2012

Kindness Update

Out and about early in the morning to sprinkle some kindness around!!  Yesterday my son and I got an early start so we could share some kindness with other early morning people.

First stop: the crossing guard. This crossing guard has been at her post 3 times a day every year for a long time!  Since my kiddos were attending the elementary school.

* On this very cold morning, we took her some hot cocoa.
Not really sure about that strange look on my face - I know I was talking and objecting to being in the photo.  Gonna have to work on smiling for the camera man!  Any case - she was so appreciative and look at that smile on her face!!  That sure felt good!

Next we hit the Mall before it opened so we could stealthily leave some kindness to be discovered.

 * Left coins for the kiddie rides. Who says there is no such thing as a free ride?  Hehehehe!!!!

* Held the door for a woman at the bagel shop.

* Visited an older gentleman who I always used to see at the 6:45am service at Church. Since way back when my first son was in a baby carrier!  He really enjoyed the company and seeing my first son grown into a young man. We wished him a Happy New Year and we couldn't help but catch his contagious smile!

* Left some coins at a vending machine so somebody can get a treat!

* Tucked some $1 bills about the Dollar Store. We figured the toy and candy aisle might be the right spot to make the day for a few children!

* Played taxi for the middle school football players that are working out with the high school team. Then gave them rides home afterward. Due to budget cuts, there is no bus for them. Usually they walk which cuts into their work out time. And it was super cold. They appreciated it!

* Stopped traffic to allow pedestrians to cross the road. Yeah in this area you're supposed to stop for peds in the crosswalks.  You'd be amazed how many cars don't!

By the time we had done all of this, I was really in a lot of pain. I've got an as yet undiagnosed problem in my back/hip that is making it difficult for me to walk, sit, stand or move about. I was in too much pain to keep going.  So we headed home. Not to worry, I'm going to work on some kindness that I can share that doesn't require me to do too much walking and such.

Kindness by others:

* Nancy in CA is helping her sister move!

* Lisa in the Philippines is going to work in Acts of Random Kindness has she celebrates her birthday next month!!  Follow her blog so you can keep up with her throughout February! Life as DINKers

Stay tuned for updates!  Keep sharing your acts of kindness too. I'm really enjoying this!

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