Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Freebie: "The Best Is Yet To Come" Pixel Scrapper January 2014 Blog Train

2014?!  Where did the time go?  But isn't that what we say every year?  :)

I'm kicking off the New Year here on my blog with a bold and vibrant freebie... enjoy!

Download here: 4shared, dropbox

For a list of all of the blog train participants, see this forum thread at Pixel Scrapper, happy travels!

♥ Catherine

2013 Year End Wrap Up: Digi Edition

Its been about 6 months now since I first discovered digital scrapbooking... and I didn't waste any time jumping right into the digi world - joining forums, participating in challenges, making new friends, and of course shopping - oh my gosh, the shopping!!  Then after just a few months I started dabbling in kit design (be sure to check out my freebies) and have joined a couple of awesome creative teams for some amazing designers.  This is the longest I've ever stuck with any crafty pursuit and I don't see my obsession ending any time soon!

I don't have a particular scrapping style, some days I like to do minimal style pages and other days I just want to make big beautiful bursting clusters, most of the time I fall somewhere in between.  I've scrapped at least 150 pages in the last 6 months and I'd like to showcase a few of my favorites.  For credits, the images are linked to my Pixel Scrapper gallery.  See my complete gallery here.

Christmas Wishes 
I used this for our digital Christmas Card this year, it made the list 
because I really like the photos - happy times.  :-D

Winter Scape
I actually made this page today, and I might have set a personal best 
for fastest layout made!  It's only 6 pieces but is so striking.

Dream Catcher
I've had this photo of Marcie in my "Pictures" folder for a while, 
then came the template, and when Brooke released the 
Encourage kit... the page practically made itself.

Cutie Pa-Toodie
I just love all of these circles!

Smiling Brightly 
I love that baby's big beautiful grin - and the element rainbow. :)

 Madame Bijoux
I used a photo mask for the first time to make this page, it was also the
 first time I blended a photo with the background paper.  It was 
a risk for me at the time and I love how it turned out.

Looking ahead to 2014, I don't really have any "resolutions" (I don't do those!), but I do plan to work on my design skills, keep up better with this blog, participate in more blog trains, set up a facebook page, and make sure to have FUN!

Thanks so much for reading... Happy New Year!

♥ Catherine

Friday, December 20, 2013

Freebie: Christmas Lights Quick Page

Hat of Bunny just released a beautiful new Christmas kit - Christmas Lights.  It was designed to capture the magical and festive spirit of Christmas that twinkling strands of lights bring.  Whether you are driving around town looking at the lights or decorating your Christmas tree, this kit will help you document the sense of wonder during these moments with its bright, warm colors and sparkles.

For a limited time you can purchase individual packs for $1 or buy the whole kit for just $3.

Christmas Lights

A little inspiration:

photo credit

by Grace


I have one quick announcement before we get to your freebie.  Trust me, you're going to want to take a moment to read this:

Find this awesome deal at:

And now for your freebie, I converted one of my layouts into a quick page.


Download here: 4shared, dropbox

Merry Christmas!

♥ Catherine

Monday, December 16, 2013

Freebie: Winter Wonderland Glitter Alpha

I participated in another designer challenge at Pixel Scrapper, this time the challenge was to make an alpha.  I'm merrily enjoying the Christmas Spirit at the moment and decided that the alpha should match the Pixel Scrapper Blog Train "Winter Wonderland" - so of course it is glittery!  However, I couldn't decide on a single color to use so I made three sets.  :)  Although alphas can be a bit tedious and time consuming, Sheila's new glitter glue styles made it really easy.  Hope you like the alphas, enjoy!

Download here: 4shared, dropbox

If you are interested in the background paper shown in the preview, you can find it here in my blog train contribution from earlier this month.

♥ Catherine

Thursday, December 12, 2013


Today I'd like to show you a beautiful new release from Key Lime Digi Designs - Shimmer.  Its a gorgeous kit in blues, aquas, natural hues, and everything that sparkles and shimmers.  It's the perfect kit to scrap your wonderful winter memories!

Shimmer Elements 

Shimmer Papers

Here is some gorgeous inspiration from myself and the KLDD CT:

Sandy, Conny, Susan, Cath

Check out the Key Lime Digi Design blog for even more inspiration!

Shimmer is part of Mscraps December 2013 Memory Mix, check out all of the coordinating pieces.  They're all on sale until; December 20th for 20% off, with buy more save more discounts!

Happy Scrapping!

♥ Catherine

Saturday, December 7, 2013

Tiny, But Mighty

Today I want to share a very special new baby themed kit with you - Tiny, But Mighty.  It's the perfect kit to scrap baby's arrival into the world, especially those that make their entrance earlier than expected.  Janet Scott put her heart into her new bundle as she drew from her personal experiences with her daughter.  The most special thing about this bundle is that for the month of December, all proceeds from the sale of this kit, bundle, and individual packs will be donated to the NICU where Janet had her daughter.


Some inspiration from myself and the ladies at Pixel Scrapper:

premature and precious Baby 
My Tiny Little Girl Strength 
4lb 15oz Brothers 

Please consider purchasing any part or all of this kit to help raise funds for the NICU!  Also, be sure to stop by Janet's facebook page for a free sampler.

♥ Catherine

Monday, December 2, 2013

We Remember

Happy Cyber Monday! Just wanted to pop in with a quick post today about Key Lime Digi Design's vibrant, bold, beautiful new mini kit, "We Remember" which is on sale today for just $2.39.

We Remember

Here's the page I made with the kit and the free add-on:


A little more inspiration from KLDD's and the Mscraps CT:

carousel4 myhaven 
chocochoco-I-Remember beauty12 

Also be sure stop by the KLDD facebook page for the free add-on!


Happy Scrapping!!

♥ Catherine

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Freebie: "Winter Wonderland" Pixel Scrapper December 2013 Blog Train

Oh my poor neglected little blog... its been a whole 15 days since my last post!  Maybe this little freebie will make up for it.  :)

This month's theme inspired everything snowflakes and sparkles, there are a few repeat elements in different colors that aren't shown on the preview.  Also there are vellum snowflakes which barely show up on the preview but they're there!  Hope you like it... enjoy!

Download here: 4shared, dropbox

For a list of all of the blog train participants, see this forum thread at Pixel Scrapper, happy travels!

♥ Catherine

Friday, November 15, 2013

Freebie: Chateau Rose Paper Stacker

First I'd like to start with an announcement - I've joined Key Lime Digi Design's Creative Team!  I'm very honored and excited to embark on this adventure with Sandy, her designs are beautiful!  To celebrate Key Lime Digi Design's first CT, we're having a blog hop!

Take a look at all of the lovely paper stackers you'll be able to collect:

They were made using Key Lime Digi Design's gorgeous kit Chateau Rose.


Here's the one I made, download links below:

Download here: 4shared, dropbox

Be sure to visit the rest of the sites to collect all 8 Chateau Rose paper stacker freebies!

Key Lime Digi Design - http://keylimedigidesign.blogspot.com/
Catherine - http://thisnthatbycat.blogspot.com/
Claire - http://saisir-linstant-present.blogspot.fr/
Lisa Marie - http://lmtroch.blogspot.be
Susan - http://gluepaperglitter.wordpress.com
Lyndee - http://wildsunshinedesigns.blogspot.com/
Sharon - http://spudtasticdesigns.blogspot.co.uk/
Key Lime Digi Design Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/Keylimedigidesign

*Our team is in several different time zones all over the world, if their paper stacker hasn't been posted yet, check back later!*

Enjoy your weekend!

♥ Catherine

Friday, November 8, 2013

Freebie: Pets Add-On: Fish Mini Kit

I made this kit for a designer challenge over at Pixel Scrapper.  A few weeks ago, Marisa released an adorable new bundle called "Pets", which focuses mainly on cats and dogs.  She challenged PS members to create add-ons for other pets and I chose fish.  Head on over to Pixel Scrapper to check out the Pets Bundle and the other challenge submissions.  Hope you like mine!

Download here: 4shared, dropbox

*edit 11/11* The original post and downloads were missing an element (the shell) but its fixed now.  Sorry about that!

♥ Catherine

Monday, November 4, 2013

DSD Recap

In the last three days I have gone on 8 blog hops, made 12 layouts, attended 4 chats, and "acquired" about a dozen new goodies!  I can't wait to get scrapping with all of my new supplies... after I organize them!

I dabbled in quite a few different forums this weekend but my favorite was Scrap Orchard.  I participated in all of their DSD fun, the facebook/blog hop, chats, games, freebie hunts, and layout challenges.  I was highly motivated by the Oh Snap! collection their talented designers were giving away as freebies and participation prizes.

I have to admit it was a bit tough finding the time to get all of this done and I am definitely feeling a bit burned out.  You might even notice that one of my layouts is very similar to something I've posted in the past - I was running out of ideas, lol!  Here are the layouts I made:

#DSD2013 #Boggle Kit: Oh Snap! by Scrap Orchard Designers #DSD2013 #crazy8MIS Kit: Oh Snap! by Scrap Orchard Designers 
#DSD2013  #tictactoe

Template:  fiddle-dee-dee-designs - Fuss Free: Oh Snap! {Template 4}

Kit: Oh Snap! Freebies from Megan Turnidge, Red Ivy, Tickled Pink Studio, Dream Big Designs, Amber Shaw, Happy Scrap Girl, Kristin Aagard, Bella Gypsy #DSD2013  #connectfour

Kit:  Oh Snap! Freebies from Amber Shaw, Bella Gypsy, mLe Card, Createwings, Kristin Aagard, Meredith Cardall, Dream Big, and Red Ivy 
#DSD2013 #sorryMIS Kit: Oh Snap! by Scrap Orchard Designers #DSD2013 #Backgammon Oh Snap! by Scrap Orchard Designers 
#DSD2013 #yahtzee  Kit: Oh Snap! by Scrap Orchard Designers #DSD2013 #twister Kit: Oh Snap! by Scrap Orchard Designers

Hope you all had as much fun as I did!  Thanks for reading!

♥ Catherine