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Thursday, October 10, 2013

Hey everyone, I have a new Etsy Shop!  I haven't been on my blog in ages and ages and thought I should try to check in and tell everyone what I am doing.  Although I have opened up shop I am doing something really important and that is running a Fund Raiser for a good friend of my husband, and co worker that was badly injured in a motorcycle accident in early September.
He was hit by a deer while on his way home late one evening and taken off of his bike knocked unconscious and was in a coma for over 3 weeks.  While he has since woken up and made what Doctors are saying "Miraculous" steps in rehabilitation, he has a major road to recovery yet to go.

His brain sustained sever trauma and is still extremely swollen, while he is cognizant of his surroundings and seems to recognize familiar people, wife, family, friends etc. his short term memory is still injured badly and there is a lot of work to be done there. All of our hope and best wishes are for a full and complete recovery and we pray and watch over him daily.

My fund raiser on my Etsy shop is this....100% of my sales are to be donated to Patrick and his wife Paula from September 1 thru January 1 2014.  Please send out the word to friends, family and anyone  if they are interested in helping raise money for this wonderful couple to visit my site to help support the Patrick Byrne Fund.

Thank you and hugs to all!

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Welcome to my new Studio!

Hi there bloggers...it has been a very long time since I have posted anything on my blog spot. I have been very busy trying to fill up my new Etsy shop and start a Fund Raiser for our friend that was injured in a Motorcyle accident in Michigan the first part of September.  He was hit by a deer and severely injured and nerely killed.  With incredible head trauma, unconscious for three weeks, broken eye sockets, many ribs, broken arm and numerous other injuries, he is on the mend but has an extremely long road to recovery,  He may never regain his full memory or faculties, but he is still a dear friend and we love both Pat and Paula and will do anything for them even 1400 miles away. That's why I am running this Fund Raiser to draw money to help them in their time of need. 100% of my sales go toward their expenses and there are many!!

Anyway, if you feel so inclined, please visit my site, Etsy.com/shop/thekatzmeowz and tell others about it, it is for a very good cause. From SEPTEMBER 1, TO JANUARY 1 2014.

Enough sad news, here is my new and improved work area, Thanks to my wonderful husband, he helped me so much to get this all laid out so I would be more organized and see just how much I have accumulated over the past 2 1/2 years!! OMGosh, what a stash I have. I will be making Cards from now to kingdom come!  I love it!  Have a great creative holiday ...

Mags from The Cats Meow

Friday, May 3, 2013

"THERE'S NO OTHER LIKE MY MOTHER" CTV CHALLENGE #29 This is one challenge I think my card is worthy of!

Here is my Mother's Day Card! A Mother's Day Card to beat them all! I spent hours creating this for four friends to give to their Mother.
Inside there is plenty of room to add a picture of each adult child along with a sentiment of how much Mommy means to them!  I found this beaurtiful verse and printed it via the internet...how lucky was I???
She wanted me to make a huge card and I did! an 8 1/2" x 5 1/2 " card so finding or making an envelope was a feat in inself! I cut one sheet of paper in half, embossed the top flap to match the card, then make small accordian pleats for the side panels, a piece for the bottom, decorated it to match the card, and voila, a matching envelope! Almost a card in- itself.
 Here is a closeup of the flowers and leaf detailing. The banner was made using my Gypsy and extreme font cartridge. Thanks to my sister who boasted about this cartridge, it is the most amazing thing I have used to cut or write. She loved her card and I am sure Mommy will love it also! I hope you all do as well!

Monday, April 8, 2013

I'm sorry....I've been away!

sorry, I have been away...kind of, sort of...with life stuff! First my husband has been really sick...but wait for it...he is better, much better, thankfully! Ahhhhhhhhh....I can breath so much easier now. Then i have been under the weather myself. Normal stuff, everyday sort of stuff. Things I have to deal with on an everyday sort of thing, but mostly X 100 b/c I have been worried about my husband and stress increases my pain levels and I am aware of that, but life happens, so no worries really. We are getting back to my normals and my husbands normals. Yeahhhhh!!!! Then wait for it...over the weekend we had more stress, hoodlum stress in the neighborhood sort of stuff. My next door neighbor who is so sweet and kind was broken into at 2:30 am on Sunday morning by some young thugs. She was not hurt, but scared out of her mind. They busted through her front door, she heard it break down, she sleeps with her cell phone b/c she uses it as her alarm for work, slammed her bedroom door shut, dialed "911" they heard her, ran back out the door, Police arrived, dragged her out her bedroom window, she ran to my house, and within seconds they got another call that another B&E in the sub across the street had occurred same MO, single woman, crash, 911, ran....very scary stuff. We had 13 police, helicopters in the air, 2 Dogs on the ground, but they probably got their car into a garage faster than the search team was able to mobilize on the ground. They think they know who is behind all of it, but couldn't catch the punks. My husband went to Lowe's with my neighbors brother the next morning,, got lots of security stuff for doors and went house to house on our street and secured as many homes on our block as we could. He has spoken to our HOA President, our Local Police Officers and we are on the look out for certain individuals. It has been very tense but I need to get back to my cards...La Dee Da......

Thursday, March 21, 2013

CTD234 Entry Challenge

Here is my entry for Color Challenge 234 Green White Black Tan and Red. I think I have covered all the basis!  And hopefully  I have a great card for a good friend as well!  Hope everyone has fun and I love these color challenges the best! Thanks for letting me play along!

Saturday, March 16, 2013

CBLA_SF7 - I have fallen in love many times...

I love sentimental and Love Cards and this one was inspired by the fact, my husband asked me if I had any cards for men to buy for their wives and girlfriends?!! Imagine my surprise when I had to tell him "No"! So ladies, here is my first one....I hope you like it, and I hope it will inspire some romance in other places on our planet as well!

CAS - Colours and Sketches Challenge #16 - Sketch

Now I must admit, I did not start out with such a bright card in mind, however, it is a "Get Well" card for a friend who is, get this, having "HIP" replacement surgery on Monday! I did not feel out of place in this instance with a bright card, I only hope you all have a good sense of humour as she does, and will agree in a way that my lay-out does follow protocol! Hope you enjoy, {hugs}

Friday, March 15, 2013

Create your own Background Paper Challenge PWC249

I had many firsts with this card! I did make my background paper as you see with the stamps using my Inkadinkadoo stamping gear, a first for me, ColorBox Harbor and Moss Green Pigment Stamps. I then as a first took a Canvas Card, placed some Geso in the center for texture, embossed a flower, then embossed the leaves. I used water color pencils to apply shading to the leaves, then foiled one side of the canvas to balance the embossed piece at the top of the card. I attached it with a blue brad and popped up with dots for dimension. Instead of cutting out the verse piece, I tore scrap paper, applied distress ink to the edges and stamped the sentiment. I edged the bottom of the card with a shade darker blue (no matchy match for me) and folded it over so it will show on the inside when it is open. The flower piece inside I distressed but also a first for me, I painted with Acrylic paint as it added just a bit more dimension to the flowers! I truly experimented a ton on this card with so many different techniques, I hope it isn't too much, but I really had fun!

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Challenge #173 - All Stitched Up! & GDT Call


This is for the All Stitched up Challenge. The only adhesive used on the front layers were to place the main layer to the front and to pop up the center piece. All layers were simply sewen together! Thus was also my first attempt at water color pencils so don't anyone point too many fingers please.  I will get better with time I am sure. Thanks for allowing me to play along with this fun challenge!

Challenge #213 -- Singing in the Rain!

http://craftycreationschallenges.blogspot.com/ This cute little 4 x 4 1/4 card may be small in size but it is huge in Get Well blessing's! I have little rain drops with glossy accents, rain clouds above have been inked and layered above the umbrella and as always, it is so much sweeter in person than picture!

Challenge #52: Anything Goes Namaste!

"But it's OK, they know me there!"  When I saw this verse, I knew I would find the right stamp to go with it, and I was right! I have elven rescue kitties and it is my world, they help me every day create my little works of art. And I wouldn't have it any other way! This adorable digi is hand colored and stamped to my specifications even with my little calico cat at my side! Namaste

A Fantastic St Patricks Day Card from My Sister!

 Isn't this just the prettiest Teapot you have ever seen? Now I did not make this ladies, my beautiful and talented sister did and she is just the most lovely gal on this planet! Anyone that knows her will agree with me, and she puts so much love into every one of her cards! Who wouldn't want to sit down and have a cup of green tea with her?  Stamps are courtesy of My Creative Time by Emma, Cardz TV by Mary, MS punches as I am sure you all have guessed and a passel of gorgeous paper that I am sure you are all GREEN with envy about! Happy St. Paddy's Day to all!!

Tuesday, March 12, 2013


Sadly I do not have a Bugaboo Image (yet) but perhaps if I win I will have lots of them to try to enter the next time?! :)  Here is what I thought of first when I thought of Going Green! I love my friends and I love sending them mail....I also hope this wins me some pretty darn cute images to share with them!

http://outlawzchallenges.com Color Challenge

When I first saw the colors I thought my goodness, Those are Fall colors, how in the world can I presnt something to help bring some springtime to all those poor souls up north when I am in Sunny Florida with my windows open already? Then again, this is a challenge, and I am from up north orriginally and missing the spring about to bloom. So I remembered the Forsythia and knew the colors would work and had to draw my ingenewity from that. MS punches gave me leaves from what I would normally throw away, flowers from what I would normally layer and I pieced it all together from there! I can't say it is my best, but it is certainly one of my most challenging to date! Thank you for letting me play along! 

Monday Challenge #90 - Sweet Baby

Thiss card was cut from, Sizzix die The Stamps of Life on my Big Shot. I used Sizzix dies wavey dies for the blue and pink trim which was first embossed with my swiss dot folder for extra detail.  I used The Stamps of Life Rattle die cut and stamp sets onsie4baby and sweet4babies for both detailing of the cutout and verses inside and out. I tied a teenie tiny "fork" bow around the rattle and added 3 tiny pearls where the snappies would go and voila' my finished card! Hope you enjoy!

Ladies (and Gentlemen) she is amazing!

http://www.marieforleo.com You have got to check out this lady!  I love listening to her and she is full of so much incentive, enthusiasm and blessings that she is an inspiration to me and I hope to you as well.  I had to share and just not keep her to myself!  I don't know how I cam upon her but am so very glad I did!  Please enjoy her video and I hope you all get as much out of her as I do!  Happy days to you all and God speed! Mags E

Sunday, March 10, 2013

http://www.cardztv.blogspot.com/ It's so You!

I love Purple! Especially on Easter cards. This one I made for a very special lady that is dear to my heart. She reminds me of my fraternal Grandmother. She comes from Austria and speaks German so I translated my verse 'Have Blessed Easter" from English to German. I hope you like it.
(I used Cuttlebug Devine Swirls embossing folder for my light purple layer, MS punch Anemone Boarder and Perfect Pearls Mist spray for a light glisten. The ink well and Pen were cut from Sentimentals pgs. 55 & 56 at 2" for the ink well and 2 1/4" for the Quill. I applied MS Gold Gilding to the quill part of the pen just to take it up a notch. I had so much fun with this card)

Friday, March 8, 2013

Thankful Thursday... Gone to the Birds!!

This Birthday Card is a tribute to a very wise and gentle nephew of mine who is a teacher of our future generation. Children that will become Leaders and protectors of our planet! Thank you Dan for all you do!

Sunday, March 3, 2013


Is 65 the worst birthday ever?  Of course not..but we won't tell our sweet cousin Mary that now will we?  LOL  Hopw you enjoy my CAS version of a Sympathy Birthday card!  Love you Mary!


This is a personalized card requested by a dear friend of mine for a co-worker of hers. I think she will be very happy with it when she comes to collect tomorrow! All of her team members will sign and send to their friend convelesing.  Hurry and get well!


How could this not cheer up your lovely friend with spring bouquets of pinks and lavenders?  Please do hurry and get well soon!  Hope you enjoy! http://addicted-to-stamps-challenge.blogspot.co.uk/2013/03/challenge-51.htmlhttp://www.hidinginmycraftroom.com/2013/03/himcr-87-greens.html

Thursday, February 28, 2013


Here is my Trigger pattern Play for this Tuesday. I loved the cruel work on the fabric so thought about a quilt pattern which I had never tried before. I think it came out OK, I would have liked the colors a bit more vibrant but you can only work with what you have. The picture looked as if it had come out of an old steamer trunk that Grandma had so I tried to make my card look a bit nostalgic.  I placed the quilt pieces then added mock stitches, I embossed the stitching on the side. I added a bright blue button with natural twine at the top corner and the banner was lightly aged with Antique Linen ink. I hope you  like it!



Favorite Color Contest???  Blue Skies even when it's cloudy and rainy!!!! Let's Cheer it up.

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Tuesday Color Challenge with the Outlawz

60 what???? OMG Sixty Five but we will hit it screaming and fighting all the way with this cute card, yes for an adult! We have to get old, but who said we have to grow up!?

Saturday, February 23, 2013

CAS - Colours & Sketches: Tangerine/Sahara/Summer Starfruit

Here is my interpretation of these beautiful earthy tones all combined neatly within paper and stamps! I used the Sahara shade (Memento London Fog) on the Thanks as well as on the gray paper to lift the beautiful paisley embossing from the gray paper. I used Color box Pumpkin for the Tangerine on the boarder of the die cut frame and Mustard in place of Starfruit for "a Bunch" and a spritz of homemade glimmer mist on the flower base to add a slight punch of color to my recycled book page flower. (I do like to recycle anything and everything I can get my little hands on. Herbs, leftover tea, coffee, newspaper, you name it, if I can re-use it is in my craft room) A bit of natural twine for a bow and we are ready to send our Thank You!

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Critter Cuties #125

This is the Valentines Card I made for my Grandson that is just 1 1/2 years old. I just love it and got the idea from Mary and her spinner card!  Thanks Mary...

Artist Discovered!

How am I feeling today?  I am feeling A M A Z I N G ! ! ! I just got news that my cards are going into a little Hair Salon/Boutique today and I am flippin' excited! They asked me, I didn't even bring up the subject so I could not be happier! I guess all my hard work as an artist has finally paid off! See my artwork on line at ArtsyCrafters.com OR at Salon on Central Park ! See you there!

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Word Art Wednesday -Anything Goes

Photo Inspiration Color Chalange

Over at Peachy Keen Stamps it is a color challenge.
 This is my interpretation of the photo. I took the colors and reproduced this beautiful card to send to a friend to Celebrate her birthday! I went almost totally old school using dies and only used my Cricut to cut the celebratory banner that I clipped on with a tiny little close pin. I thought it made it a little more cosy and warm along with the picket fence. (of course w all know it is a Tim Holtz die) I hope you all like my color and pattern choices, I just love hounds tooth!

Monday, February 4, 2013

Blue Snowflake - monochomatic

Hand glittered on the outside, handstampedon the inside,
you can use it as a decoration, year after year!

WInter Wonderland -monochromatic

Lots and lots of glitter applied to hand cut snow flakes from Crucut cartridge Artiste and Art Philosophy. A layer of purple velum paper edged with MS Cathedral Punch and verse was computer generated  also printed on velum. What can a grandmother do when her Grand daughters favorite color is purple?

Ch#3 Boarders -Crazy4Challenge C4C171 - Challenge for Everybody

Using MS Nested Petals I placed this beautiful boarder atop Best of K&Comapny matted on White Card Stock. I punched 3 MS Aster Double Craft flowers one each of the boarder, Mat paper and DCW in pale blue that I also used to stamp the verse. I used a button and ribbon from stash I had from Michaels and ink was from Vers Magic night sky and Aegean blue. This card is entered in 3 challenges (Ch#3 Boarders, Crazy4Challenges C4C171 and Challenge for Everybody-Always Everything Goes

Sunday, February 3, 2013

Red and Pink only

Here is my Red and Pink only (You said black and white was OK) so I went on the wild side. I stepped out of my comfort zone on this one ladies and took a chance. I used ivory card stock then layered it with a bit of animal print. Yes, I said I pulled the Tiger Card out on this one, then used two shades of red and two shades of pink. I used the Phrases Cartridge from Cricut, the heart of course was the Valentine, but I stole the Rose from the Mothers Day page. I just couldn't use plain white lace at the top of the page so off came the gloves and out came the Ranger foil and the MS doily boarder punch. Who says you can't put metal and fur on a Valentines Card? Not Me.....Hey, technically it's all Red and Pink and neutrals.......right?

Saturday, February 2, 2013

Anything Goes

Happy Travels...I made this card for a friend of mine leaving for Hong Kong.  I used a combination of  modpodge and glossy accents along with Tim Holtz Distressing ink. I had so much fun creating this card. I hope you enjoy!

A Touch of Gingham or Checks

Lavender Card stock matted with hydrangea (my favorite flower) a bit of gingham, more lovely lavender stamped with CTMH Artiste verse, then blessed with MS paper punched hydrangea leaves and flowers, all nestled together in a beautiful bouquet with a tiny gingham bow!  I hope you enjoy as much as I did creating my favorite bouquet!