Paper Crafting and Painting

Paper Crafting and Painting
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Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Halloween Card Making Series 2012

Hey everyone,

I wanted to wish you all a Happy and safe Halloween on Wednesday! Our kids are ready to go with poodle skirts and pirate costumes. =) I  love fall, though it seems like every Halloween, here in the northwest it rains. Anyhow stay safe out there and don't forget to inspect your kids candy--for chocolate!  =)

In case you have missed my Halloween Card Making series I am posting the videos below:

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Happy Birthday with Echo Park's "Happy Days"

Hello Everyone! I hope you are a having a fabulous weekend. I realized I haven't posted in awhile. We have been enjoying our summer and now the kids are really happy to be back to school. Routine is good! I have a lot of fun projects coming up for you. Don't forget that some of my YouTube videos don't make it over to my blog so make sure and subscribe to my channel so you don't miss anything. Happy Creating!

I thought it would be fun to start September out with a cute Happy Birthday card! Picture and YouTube link below:

Direct YouTube Link: Happy Birthday with Echo Park's "Happy Days"

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

S.O.S. Moment #1

Tone on Tone
Today I am starting a new series of videos that will be technique videos. Hopefully this series will help you to try something new, reconsider something you have tried before, and/or provide you with some new inspiration.

For today's S.O.S. moment I decided to work on tone on tone. Which means, in this case, using the same color for my focal image, layering, and sentiment. I think it gives a very classic yet simple look. Try it!

Picture and tutorial below.

Direct YouTube Link: S.O.S. Moment #1

Saturday, June 9, 2012

Father's Day Card, You're a Classic!

Hello Everyone!
 I hope you are enjoying your weekend. I sure am! It has been one crazy busy week and I am so happy and grateful for some down time so ofcourse I headed on into my studio.

I hope you enjoy this hand made card for Father's day, You're a Classic!

Thanks for stopping by my blog.
Picture and Tutorial Below:

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Father's Day Card #1 and You're Purrrfect!

Okay, so I have two cards for you to view and watch tutorials for. The first one I made this morning--All My Love on Father's Day. I used a fun stamp pack made by Stampendous, entitled Thanks Dad, and also did some fun paper piecing. The second card I made last week using the Nifty Fifty's cartridge (You're Purrrfect!) and didn't get a chance to post it on my blog. Enjoy! And please join my blog or stop on over and join my YouTube channel: Cathi Judd's YouTube Channel

I hope everyone is having a fabulous Wednesday! 
Pictures and tutorials below:
 Card Front
Card Inside
Direct YouTube Link: Father's Day Card #1

Direct YouTube Link: You're Purrrfect

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Cuttlebug, Cricut, and Copics! Oh My!

I live in the great state of Washington! We sure get our more than fair share of rain...but I must confess I love it! It's a good thing I live in the northwest. We have recently had a week or so of sunny weather and then rain for the last two days...and with it a lot of complainers. I guess this has always bothered me. When I went to  college in Idaho I remember my roommates thinking it was weird that I knew when it was going to rain--I could just smell it. I love how it smells so sweet just before and after the rain comes. Anyhow I find myself incredibly grateful for the rain and find myself lucky to live in such a green area...just taking time to "find beauty in all things".  And that is the inspiration for my card today!

Find Beauty in all Things
Photo and Tutorial below:
Direct YouTube Link: Cuttlebug, Cricut, and Copics! Oh My!

Monday, May 14, 2012

Thank You Card! With Embossing Techniques!

Really enjoying a gorgeous sunny day here in the northwest which of course makes me happy, so happy that I started thinking of a few people I needed to send some thank you cards too.

I love playing around with different ways to emboss on a project. On this card I heat embossed, used a stylus to create my own embossed design and used my Cuttlebug with the Swiss Dots folder.

A picture of my card and a Tutorial are below:

Watch my tutorial below to see what other techniques I used on this card. =)

Strawberry Freezer Jam!

I love summer! Especially the fruit that comes from summer! Below is a short clip of the freezer jam I made on Saturday and my grandma Hansen's recipe.  I love this recipe because anyone can make it.

I know it may sound silly...but every year after making jam, I drag my husband into the kitchen to admire the pretty jars.=)

Grandma Hansen's Freezer Jam:
Stir together 2 cups of crushed fruit ( I do this in the blender) and 4 cups of sugar and let stand. Boil together 3/4 cup water and 1 box of pectin. Boil hard for 1 minute stirring constantly. Then add to fruit mixture and stir for 3 minutes. Put in fruit jars and freeze.

 (I always triple the recipe and then add a minute or more to the stirring of the fruit and pectin together). I like to make strawberry, raspberry and blackberry jam. Yummy!!

YouTube Link: Strawberry Freezer Jam

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Just Saying Hello...with distressed paper.

Good Thursday Morning Everyone!  Looks like it is going to be a beautiful day here in the Northwest.

Take a look at what I worked on last night. I wanted to make an all occasion card, one that I can grab when I just want to send a quick thought or note to someone. I love the blue and brown together on this card. I used Tim Holtz's paper distressing tool which made the mat have such a fun look!

Picture and tutorial below:
Direct YouTube Link: Just Saying Hello

Saturday, May 5, 2012

Mother's Day Card-using Tim Holtz Distress Ink!

It has been a fun busy weekend! Last night my husband and I went for fish & chips and then to see the Avengers! Which was awesome! And then this evening our family performed a puppet show at a Cinco De Mayo Party!  So much fun and great to be with friends.

So ... I have been working on a card for my mom for Mother's Day and decided to do some shading with some Tim Holtz Distress Ink. There are so many fun ways to add color to card and using distress ink is so great because you can use the same color and still get light, dark, and medium shades by layering your color. Watch my video and give it a try.

Have a great weekend everyone!

Thursday, May 3, 2012

You're the Best~ Gift Boxes!

I have organized a Fondue Party this evening for the ladies at Church. We are having three ladies come and teach something (on the topic of self-reliance. ex. gardening, meal planning, hair care etc.) during our party and I wanted to have a gift for them. As well as the three young women who will be running a nursery for us so that mother's with small children can attend.

So to thank them for sharing their time and talents, I made these cute little card stock gift boxes full of hugs and kisses! Anyone can make these and you don't even need a personal electric cutting machine. =) Try it out and leave a post.

Picture and tutorial link below.
You're the Best! Gift Box.

Direct YouTube Link: You're the Best! Gift Boxes.

Friday, April 6, 2012

Simple Paper Easter Baskets

It is almost Easter! Are you ready?  We have 10 people eating Easter dinner at our house on Sunday so I wanted to do something special for everyone. These cute paper Easter baskets stand as not only a sweet treat, but as a place card as well. One side is decorated with a cute little bunny and the other side has the person's name on it.

There are two photos below and a tutorial.  If I don't post again before Easter. Have a wonderful Easter Sunday everyone!

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

A Little Bird Told Me, That it Was Your Birthday!

Hey Everyone,

I hope you are having a great Tuesday!  It feels like it has been raining all day here in the good old northwest! So I decided to make a Spring inspired birthday card to cheer me up. =)

Used your border punches lately? I pulled out my Arched Lattice border punch by Martha Stewart, thinking "this reminds me of Spring". In need of a few birthday cards this month, I came up with this cute card to add to my stash!~ Happy paper crafting! Picture and Tutorial Below. ~

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Brilliant Blue Dimensional Butterfly

Hello everyone!  It has been about two weeks since my last video so I am excited to share this project with you. =)

I love how cute butterflies look on paper crafting projects. My inspiration for this pretty card comes from a tee-shirt my parents brought back from Peru for one of my daughters.  It is turquoise with a royal blue butterfly on it.  And I thought how cute it would be if it looked like it could almost fly off the card. I also really wanted to try out my newly purchased Cricut Cartridge, Fancy Frames.  To finish the card off I used some ink essentials glossy accents around the frame on the scroll work and also on the body of the butterfly.

Check out the picture and tutorial below. Happy Paper Crafting!
Brilliant Blue Dimensional Butterfly Card
By Cathi Judd
Direct Youtube link for this project:
Brilliant Blue Dimensional Butterfly Card

Saturday, March 3, 2012

Heaven isn't far...with your Cuttlebug, Spellbinders and embossing folder!

Happy Saturday Everyone! I hope you are having a great weekend. If you have a moment please watch my latest video below on using Spellbinders Nestabilities inside your Cuttlebug. There is a spastic moment and a song, you won't want to miss--okay well maybe the song... What a day!

Picture and Tutorial below: Happy Crafting!
Heaven isn't far...when your with the ones your love.
YouTube Link:
Heaven isn't far...with your Cuttlebug!

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Simple "Puppy" Mini Notebook Cover

I always seems to need a little notepad...but I think they just need to be dressed up a little. Whether tucked in your own handbag or given a way, decorating your own notebook makes it more personal and so super cute as a gift. This cover fits the small $1.00 (four or five) packs that you can find at Riteaid or Dollar Tree.

Picture and tutorial below:
Everything is better with a friend

YouTube Link:

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Tall Flowers Card-with a blender pen and Versamark

Yesterday it rained from morning until night. When the grass started to flood it finally stopped.  The crazy rain and wind had me wishing for spring. So here is a fun Spring card using a Hero Arts stamp, Tall Flowers. I used colored pencils with a blender pen to give a water color look and also used some Versamark.  Below is a picture and a tutorial. Hope you are all having a wonderful day!!
"I simply enjoy you"
Click on picture for a bigger view.

Friday, February 17, 2012

Smile - Tri-Shutter Card!

The kids are out of school for a few days for mid winter break. They've headed outside to ride their bikes, so this looks like a good time to show you how I made this tri-shutter card. Picture, template, and tutorial below. =)
Smile-it is the key that fits the lock of everybody's heart
Tri-Shutter Card.

For visual purposes only, not actual dimensions.

Monday, February 13, 2012

Valentine Tin

Merry Monday Everyone! I was thinking of a gift I could put home made treats into. I thought this would be a fun idea for my kids to be able to give to their teachers or special friends at school for Valentine's Day!

Pictures and Tutorial Below: (Watch for ways to use six different adhesives).
 Valentine Tin: Place a jumbo cupcake liner inside to protect home made treats.
I think I will fill mine with heart shaped sugar cookies.
Valentine Tin by Cathi Judd

YouTube Link:
Valentine Tin

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Love won't I am giving mine to you!

Today has been a busy one...but I had a small spark of inspiration in my sleep last night and here is the card I came up with. I hope you have all had a wonderful day! =)

Picture and tutorial below. 
Love won't keep...(inside) so I am giving mine to you!
YouTube link:

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Valentine Treat Box

Now that my older kids have out grown the store bought pre-packaged Valentines, I thought I would come up with something that they could give their good friends and not be embarrassed.  =) Yet it is so cute I might just make a few for my friends too!

So here is a sweet Valentine treat box. It holds two Hershey nuggets. Pictures and tutorial below. 
Valentine Treat Boxes
Back view shown with brad closure
Template used in tutorial below. Note: this is just for visual purposes to see scoring, and cutting lines. Please watch tutorial for dimensions. Thank you!
YouTube Link:

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Smile at the Rain!

This morning I was thinking of a good friend who is going through a tough time right now…and thought sometimes we need a reminder that our troubles make us stronger and that things are going to get better.
 So this “smile at the rain” card is a reminder that if we didn’t have rain the flowers and trees wouldn’t grow …and that eventually the rain stops and the sun comes out. =)
Picture and tutorial below:
Smile at the Rain

Direct YouTube link:

Saturday, February 4, 2012

Get Well Soon! Card

It has been such a nice Saturday. I spent time in my studio, did a little cleaning, shopping, and then went out to dinner with my family. I love a low-key and low-stress day. =)

Here is a fun card I made this morning, using the "Just Because Cards" cricut cartridge and the "Just a note" cartridge. I love how adding the light blue just made the card "pop". Picture and tutorial below:
Get Well Soon!
Direct YouTube link:

Thursday, February 2, 2012

It's Groundhog Day! Have a wonderful day, card.

Hello everyone! Happy Grounds hog Day! Looks like Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow today and we need to be ready for six more weeks of winter.  =) Oh goody!
In the meantime, here is a cute card with a fun little critter on it to celebrate groundhog’s day. Picture and tutorial below:

Have a wonderful day!
Direct Youtube Link:

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Happily Ever After! With Seed Beads.

Hello Everyone!  I hope you are having a nice day.  We are off to a good start over here. The oldest kids are out the door and the little ones are just waking up and having breakfast. So we are off to a good start. =)

Last night I was looking through my stash and saw that I hadn't used any seed beads in awhile and decided they would be just the right touch to embellish the wedding dress on  my "Happily Ever After" card. Below is a picture and tutorial.  Have a great day!
Happily Ever After!

Here is a direct link to my Youtube version:

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Let it Snow! Slider Card

Card's Magazine has issued a challenge, "Wow Challenge #3 Snow Inspired." So if you are looking to participate send your "snow" themed card to: '' by February 3rd. They will be picking cards to be displayed on their website. =)

Here is my snow inspired card. Picture and tutorial below.
Let it Snow!

Here is a direct link to my Youtube tutorial:

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Thank You Sew Much!

Good morning everyone!  As an avid sewer, I thought it would be fun to mix my love for sewing and paper crafting into one, to make this cute card. Please enjoy the picture and tutorial below.  The tutorial is actually quite entertaining as you can hear my children squabbling in the background...I can't wait to tell them they are famous!  Hopefully they will be embarrassed enough to show more love for each other...we'll see.  =)

Thank You Sew Much!

Here is a direct link to this tutorial on Youtube:

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Butterfly Kisses Birthday Card!

Happy Tuesday! I hope everyone has gotten over the "Monday blues". Speaking of blue...I love putting blue and brown together.  It is so soothing to me! I was looking through my cricut cartridges looking for some inspiration and saw that I hadn't used my Sentimentals cartridge in awhile.  Sentimentals has such beautiful images that helped to inspire this butterfly birthday card design. See the photo and tutorial below. =)

Butterfly kisses and birthday wishes.

Here is a direct link to this video on my youtube channel:

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Loving Us - Card

I am so relieved to see the roads clearing of snow.  The snow is so beautiful but after a week of been couped up, it is nice to get back to a regular routine.  Although being snowed in did give me some time to get caught up on some orders for my business and make some fun projects to show you.  Here is one of the cards I worked on.  I love the designing process.  Playing with color, texture, lines etc. and watching my ideas come to life is very exciting.  This card I thought would be fun for Valentine's Day, an anniversary, or a just because card.  Picture and tutorial below.  Have a great Saturday!
Loving Us, By Cathi Judd
Direct Youtube Link: Loving Us - Card

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

My Special Valentine - Loved You Since Our First Touch

I cannot believe this crazy weather we are having.  It looks like about six inches of snow and it is still falling. Here is a picture I took a few moments ago.  The kids of course are thrilled. Snow day!  And check out the card I made for my special valentine.  There is a picture and tutorial below.  I hope all those snow bound or snowed in are staying warm.  =)

If you click on the picture you can see the snow falling.  =)

Loved you since our first touch

If you have any trouble viewing this or reading the text here is a link to my Youtube channel: My Special Valentine

Friday, January 13, 2012

Special Delivery - A card to welcome a new baby!

I thought it would be fun to make some cards for some of my friends who are expecting new babies this year.  I love pink and green together, it looks especially sweet on this card, which would also make a cute birth announcement. Now I will have to try it in blue and green.  =)

Below is a picture and a tutorial. 
Special Delivery!
If you have any trouble viewing the text or seeing the video,
here is a direct link to my Youtube channel: 

Please leave a comment.  What kind of projects are you working on right now?

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Valentine Goodie Basket

This morning it was so nice to sleep-in.  I love when the kids have late start days.

Here is a fun idea.  Try making this Valentine Goodie Basket.  It is roomy so there is plenty of space for some crinkly paper, colored raffia or curly ribbon.  I think I will fill mine with some heart shaped sugar cookies.  Below is a photo and tutorial. 
Valentine Goodie Basket
Please leave a comment if you have any questions.  =)
Here is a direct link to my youtube channel if you have trouble viewing or reading the text on this tutorial. Valentine Goodie Basket

Monday, January 9, 2012

Poodle Skirt - Happy Birthday Card

Hey Everyone.  I hope you have had a great weekend.  Ours was a quiet one and after the busy holidays I was thankful for that. My birthday card stash is getting low so here is a fun one. This card is inspired by my daughter Erin.  She loves the 50's and pink! So I thought what better way to ring in her 10th birthday then with this cute Poodle Skirt Birthday Card!   Picture and Tutorial Below:

If you have any trouble viewing the text or seeing this video here is a direct link to my youtube channel: Poodle Skirt Birthday Card Consider subscribing to my youtube channel to receive my video's as soon as I post them. =)

Leave a comment and tell me what your New Year's Resolution is for this year.  Mine is to use my time more wisely.  I can get so focused on one thing that I let other things around me slide and before I know it the day is through.  =)

Friday, January 6, 2012

Note Card Holder With Monogrammed Note Cards

I hope everyone is have a good week so far.  I dreamt last night that I was teaching a painting class..not unusual for me, as I teach so many.  During the class I showed everyone how to: make a gift box, buy milk, take down the external Christmas lights, and  plan a menu for two weeks.  Do you think I have a few things I need to do today?  =) Bring it on! Please enjoy the following project.
Monogrammed items are all the rage right now.  Try making this one. A fun note card holder with three monogrammed note cards inside. Fun for a Birthday Gift, Mother's Day or Just Because. See the pictures and tutorial below. Have a great weekend everyone!
Note card holder with three note cards
Back veiw
Watch tutorial below for dimensions.

Part 1
 Part 2
If you have any trouble viewing these videos or seeing all the text click on the links below:

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Elegant Valentine - with tutorial

I love giving and receiving handmade Valentine cards!  There is just something special about knowing that not only are they sent with love but a little of time also went into them.  Below is a picture, and  tutorial. The measurements and scoring lines for this elegant tri-fold Valentine are in the video. I don't know who orginally came up with the idea of a tri-fold but they sure are cute, and add an upgrade to the simple half fold.
Below is my first video and I am pretty happy with it-for a first try.  Please pardon a few seconds at the beginning of blurriness and at don't forget to slip in one last piece of ribbon and tie a knot as you will notice I forgot to at the end. Thanks for watching and please leave a comment.  =)
It looks like some of the text is not showing because of the small screen. So to see all of the text, or if you are having touble viewing the video; here is a direct link to my youtube channel: Elegant Valentine Card Thank you for watching.