Sunday, January 1, 2012

Happy New Year...It's A Wonderful Life!

I want to wish everyone a Happy New Year! I have been so busy with work and family, but I want to start the New Year off right. So I am taking the time to post because I have always heard that what you do at the beginning of the new year, sets the tone for the rest of the year. Yay! Hopefully that means I will post regularly. Well, I've had the past week off and I've been catching up on all the fun things I've discovered on some wonderful blogs.
On Jill Ruth & Co.'s blog I discovered some wonderful paper hearts that were so easy to make. I made some to put on Christmas presents instead of bows, so the recipient could also use it as a tree ornament. I loved making the hearts, and I couldn't resist photographing them with Kim Klassen's textures from her generous 12 Days of Christmas set. I do believe I fell in love with the Providence and Wonderful Magic Scripted textures.

The directions for the hearts can be found here on Jill Ruth & Co.'s blog:
Kim Klassen's The 12 Days of Christmas Textures starts here:

Another blog that has kept me busy is The Coffeeshop Blog. There I discovered a wonderful frame that includes a vintage effect when the photo is added. I had a lot of fun with that.

Here is the before photo:

After playing around with different items generously offered for free on the blog, I was able to finally figure out how to make a proper banner for my blog. Making a banner in the past has always baffled me. Below are the links to The CoffeeShop Blog for the frame and tape pieces I used above and on my banner. Have fun!
Vintage Frame 20:
Digital Sticky Tape:

On a final note, can you belive this is what I photographed yesterday while walking in the cemetery? I guess Autumn has finally arrived!

Yes, these were taken on December 31, 2011!

Happy New Year all you wonderful bloggers! This year, may you receive as much as you give to others...xox, Cathy.


  1. You're off to a wonderful start with this beautiful post :) My faves are the first and last photo's...I always love hearts!

  2. I love your photographs and beautiful texture work.

  3. A lovely collection of work Cathy and I particularly like the the texture work on your hearts . . .hope your year is a really good one . . .and I'm waiting to see yout Texture Tuesday entry :-)) Teresa xx

  4. Well I already saw it . . . .those beautiful hearts xx

  5. Can't wait for Valentine's Day, to try out those hearts for a card. Clever the way you put the red on the inside.

  6. Thanks for sharing your beautiful images, I especially love the hearts.

  7. I just found you in Texture Tuesday, Love that first image what a beautiful card it would make, Nice to meet you I'll be back again :)

  8. beautiful photo and hearts. These would also be perfect for our next holiday, valentines day! thanks for linking up to the directions!

  9. Came by fron Texture Tuesday. Really beautiful work on the photo of the hearts! I love them, and very beautiful paperwork as well :)

  10. Oh I see you have discovered 2 of my fav places to visit, Kim Klassen and the Coffee Shop Blog...and thanks for visiting my little blog which has led me to yours...thanks!! Love those hearts and the texture work. Will definitely check out that link. Happy New Year

  11. Love the paper hearts and that vintage frame is really beautiful, Cathy !
    Wish you and your family a wonderful New Year, that all your dreams may come true !

  12. So many wonderful images! :)
    Love the paper hearts!
    Happy 2012!

  13. Very creative (seen in KK Texture Tuesday)and oh so sweet!

  14. Wow...great photos. Thanks for sharing the heart tutorial, will have to give them a try...your's look so beautiful and inspiring.

    Love the Fall pictures...gorgeous.

    Bright blessings,

  15. Great photos! - with nice textures and frames.