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cathyb
CANADA
Passion for making and sharing art
Interests: All things mixed media
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I have been taking a couple of online classes myself these days and one I am really enjoying is Danielle Donaldson's class called: Storybooks and Studious Girls. Danielle is a watercolor artist with a specific way of using watercolor that I really like. A large part of the class is drawing these watercolor girls and because they are so quick to draw and then paint I have done a bunch of them. As part of the class we also make this wonderful journal to "house" all the things we learn in the class. It is an ABC book where we... Continue reading
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Hey everyone - don't forget to stop by my shop today. There are still a lot of new items available AND because it appears that Spring has finally arrived here in Montreal, Canada I have included a special listing in my shop - ... READ ON cathymichaelsdesign.etsy.com For those of you who follow me you already know about my tea staining obsession and I've made one of my journals available for you in my shop! cathymichaelsdesign.etsy.com Happy Shopping! Cathy Continue reading
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Handmade shoes - really!! Continue reading
Erin. I am thrilled that you AND your granddaughter love it!!! You are so welcome! Visit me @ http://cathyb.typepad.com Sent from my iPhone
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Hello and welcome to another Video Vednesday!!!! Today I did a video showing you the inside pages of the 2 - yes 2 - tea stained journals I am in the process of making. If you have not been following my recent obsession with tea staining and making journals you can check out my previous posts on this here and here and here (okay I know - I AM obsessed!) I did 2 separate videos - one on the first journal I created and then a second video on the 2nd one I created! Note that I listed sources I... Continue reading
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I have been on a creative sprint these last couple of weeks. It is so much fun making things just for the sake of making them. This week I will do several posts showing you everything I have been making. Would love to hear your feedback. That's a picture of my table top - the funny thing is I have been working on several very different things all at the same time. Some with the sewing machine and some not! More tea stained papers - I am addicted (probably means more journals too! - be sure to watch Video Vednesday... Continue reading
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Happy Easter - hope you have fun making some items of your own for easter too! Have a great day Cathy Continue reading
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Lots of new items in my shop... New hardcover journals, decoupaged altoid tins, new girls, houses and much more Go have a look in my shop where there are many more detailed pictures! More in the shop - click here to get there! Hoping you are spoiling yourself, Cathy Continue reading
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So last week I talked about my giveaway and today I am ready to announce the winner! I entered all members of my Loyalty Program in the draw whether they left a comment or not. Being entered in all giveaways is a Loyalty Program benefit so if you are not already a member of my program you may want to check out the details here. So without further ado: Congrats Erin - you are the winner of my Original Collage in Color 10 x 10 x 1 Balsa Wood Canvas!! Check out my Collage in Color online class to learn... Continue reading
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So I told you about my latest obsession which is tea staining paper and then using the paper to make journals. Well I did another batch of papers last week and so I did a little more work on my journal. I am really happy with the results I changed the cover a little bit and once I was happy with it I gave it a coat of tar gel. This makes it stiffer and also adds a nice little gloss to the cover. This is the first page once you open the journal and I love it! I had... Continue reading
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Another video vednesday! This time a quirky collage for you! Enjoy! PS. A few technical problems with the video but you'll get the idea!! Cathy Continue reading
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********************************************************************************************************* Don't forget my canvas giveaway - enter here. **************************************************************************************************** I've been playing with all kinds of things lately and what I want to show you is my latest journal which is a tea and coffee stained journal which I just love. So it started with a pinterest pin where I saw a new method for staining paper. I had tried many things but didn't love the way the paper turned out. In this case however, it was just what I was looking for. (Now of course I can't find the pin but if you want it I will look... Continue reading
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I have a terrific giveaway planned this month that I am sure you will all enjoy. As you may know I have just released a new class called Collage in Color and everyone is having so much fun creating their piece. And in order to prepare this class I had to create my own Collage in Color. Well I have decided to offer the piece I created as a give away!!! This piece measures 10 x 10 x 1 and it is yours when you enter the giveaway To enter the giveaway: FIRST: You must have registered for my Collage... Continue reading
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Let's talk pretty things today for sure... Prior to my unexpected week last week I had finished some pieces that I had been working on for a while. Today I wanted to treat myself to some pretty things and so I spent some time photographing those pieces. All in my etsy shop today Check out more pictures here Have a great, creative day today Cathy Continue reading
So I have been thinking about things for the last couple of days. Trying to decide if I should share this information on my blog or not. There may be good reasons to, it may be by way of explanation and it may be by a need to talk about. If any of you have been in the same boat do let me know. Last week, Tuesday night in fact I finally gave in to calling 9-1-1. I had had chest pains since 9PM and it was now past 11 - I knew this time it wasn't going to go... Continue reading
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Been working on about 6 different projects all at once and I seem to go back and forth from one to the other and not finishing any of them so the plan is today I finish them all. Here's a sneak peek "Haute couture" boxes! Back to an old love ... making tins Now on to finish the charms, the dresses, the shoes, more tins .... Have a great creative day! Cathy Continue reading
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Video Vednesday is back - I think I may have sorted out all my video program problems. I started using a new video editing program so you may see some changes but its all good. This week I did a little sketch of some whimsical houses. The piece actually took over 45 minutes and I edited the video down to 8 minutes. I fast forwarded the video and actually left out some parts which may or may not have been a good idea. What I found really interesting watching this was how much time I actually spend on the detail.... Continue reading
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Toggle Commented Mar 3, 2015 on Hello at Cathy Michaels Design by Cathy Bluteau
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More pictures from that same journal! Love trying out different things with different mediums and different colors. Hope you are having a creative weekend! Continue reading
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Well I didn't make it for Video Vednesday although I did tape a good little piece for you ; ( I have been having major computer problems and without going into too much detail and boring you I switched to Windows 8 and now my video editing software which I have used for years - doesn't run on this version of Windows. On top of it my old computer - where I have been preparing my videos - died on me. The power cable no longer provides any juice. But I digress and I promised not to bore you with... Continue reading
Thanks everyone for the lovely comments on my tags. They are really one of my favorite things to make - I think because (once I get the sewing machine out) they are quick and easy and you get immediate rewards! Cathy Bluteau Montreal, Quebec Visit me @ http://cathyb.typepad.com https://www.facebook.com/cathyb.bluteau 514-927-5260
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I have been working on a piece for a customer/friend for the last few days. I thought I would show you some pics as the work is in progress. Not yet done yet - a few more details and then I'll be done. If you want to learn how I do this in more detail be sure to sign up for my latest class which starts tomorrow February 23rd called Collage in Color - you can find out more and register right here. Have fun today and make something you are proud of! Join me for my newest class which... Continue reading
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I am not sure what it is about creating these tags that I love so much. I think it is the detail and the fun I have picking out pieces from my stash of favorite things to place on these tags. All in my etsy shop! Have a great weekend. Continue reading
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Hello and welcome to another video Vednesday. This week I messed up a little on the video. I did the whole first bit of pasting and only then realized that the camera was not on ; ). I also forgot to include photos of the finished pages on the video but I include them below for you to see. Here's the video and then the pics of the finished spread Okay it was actually a 2 page spread. I like all the different layers of paper shown here Had to show you this wonderful texture up close I love it... Continue reading
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Hello everyone and thank you so much for entering the giveaway. The countdown is on - only 1 week left to register for my new online class Collage in Color at the discounted price. But now the news you want to hear The winner of the giveaway is: Carol Rabinovitch Yahhoooo - thanks for entering Carol - please contact me via email at cathy.bluteau@bell.net to send me your email address! You can still register right here And be sure to check out all my other online classes right here. Sign up today for lots of fun creating this wonderful piece... Continue reading