They're HERE!!

In case you didn't notice, this year  Stampin' UP! began offering 


I sent out an email to my subscribers this morning with all the details!

You can check out the ONLINE ONLY EXCLUSIVES in my


Are you ready for FALL??

I know here in California it doesn't have QUITE the same meaning, but we do love the cooler weather and hope for some misty mornings!

I decided since there are not really any trees around with colorful leaves, I would make my OWN colorful leaves!! The new Stampin' UP! Autumn Leaves bundle makes this quite easy and fun!!

It's HERE!!! The Clearance Rack has REFRESHED!

by Cathy Hanes, September 20, 2023

It's HERE!!  The Stampin' Up!© CLEARANCE RACK has REFRESHED!

That means a BUNCH of new items!!





The Stampin' UP! Holiday Mini Catalog is HERE!!

 Did you see my post from last week?  I have received comments from as far as Finland and Australia on that card... because those bundles are absolutely gorgeous!  Stampin' UP! makes it SO easy to make amazing cards and this Mini Catalog is proof of that!

There is nothing ordinary about receiving a HANDMADE Christmas card!  It represents the meaning of Christmas... taking the time to show others how much they mean to you.  Plus, you can't put an internet card on the mantel now, can you?  lol...

Remember all current catalogs can be viewed by clicking on the icon in the right hand panel!  I think you are going to LOVE this catalog!

O HOLY NIGHT!! The Stars are Brightly Shining!

by Cathy Hanes, September 01, 2023

 OH! Night Divine!!

I remember as a child this was one of my FAVORITE Christmas songs!  Back in a time when you could still sing traditional Christmas songs in school... Away in the Manger, Oh! Night Divine... Silent Night...

So when I saw these bundles in the upcoming Stampin' UP!© Mini Catalog, I knew I had to have them!  I can't post links to these products yet as they are not available to the public yet... but I can show you what I've done with them!  I think you will agree both these bundles are DIVINE!

Check out my tutorial for this Night Divine Bendy Card!

Front and Back

These cards were made using the Night Divine Bundle and the Stars at Night Bundle premiering in the Stampin' Up!© Mini Catalog September 6th!
OH! You are going to LOVE the new mini catalog!

Hop over to my  It's Journey Time Shop on September 6th to see all the amazing new Holiday products!  

It's time to JUMP START making your hand made Christmas cards! 

Stampin' UP! FUN 3 Tier Sweet Citrus Card!

by Cathy Hanes, August 23, 2023

 Everything's coming up LEMONS!!

Well... some pink grapefruit and lime too!

I have had such a fun time playing with the

 Stampin' UP!  Sweet Citrus Stamp Set and the Sweet Citrus Hybrid Embossing Folder !!

Such a sweet, yet tangy stamp set!  Here are couple 

of cards I created this week!

On this card I lightly sprayed my Basic White cardstock with water, then ran it through my embossing maching using the Sweet Citrus embossing folder.  The water breaks down the fibers and gives you a deeper emboss.  Then once it's dry the images retain their shape much better!  I then used Blending Brushes and added color.  I ran another piece through in the same manner, but this time once dry I cut out the die cut fruit using the matching dies!!

I used the same technique here only I used Parakeet Parade and Granny Apple Green for a monochromatic look.  So simple!

Again using only Flirty Flamingo!  So SWEET!

Can you just SMELL the Citrus???

The last one is a THREE Tier Card Fold!!  Check out my

 YouTube Tutorial and see how easy it is!


by Cathy Hanes, July 18, 2023

 How did Stampin' UP! even KNOW it is my BIRTHDAY?

But they MUST have!  Because on 

JULY 19th, 2023

all stamp sets from the 2023 - 2024 Annual Catalog will be 15% OFF!!

(excludes host sets)

Shop the 24 HOUR ONLY Stamp SALE tomorrow July 19th!!

Such a great Birthday SURPRISE!!  LOL!!  So make your wish list TODAY 

and place your order first thing TOMORROW!  Don't have a current catalog?  You can view it online below or click the catalog icon on the right hand column:

 2023 - 2024 Annual Catalog

                                                                     That's right!! 

Stampin' UP! has a new


AND YES!  During July you also get a $5 coupon for every $50 you spend!

It's a win... WIN!!

Here are just a few items you will find on clearance!

Candy Cane Dies

And SO much more!!  Hope over to my shop and see what else is on SALE!!


by Cathy Hanes, June 07, 2023

I saw the FRISBEE... then it HIT me!! 

That's how I felt when I suddenly decided to do my 


This sketch is based on the card I created on my most recent video on my 

Journey Time YouTube Channel

This was a Z-Fold card but your card could just be a solid front, a side panel or any fold you would like.  Flowers can be stamped or die cuts! 

Just stick to the sketch format and submit your card on my
It's Journey Time Facebook page PINNED post by June 30th for your 
chance to win a package of Stampin' UP! retired

These GEMS are one of my favorites!  You can still purchase them in the Stampin' UP! here:

You can also find the Hybrid Blooms Embossing Folder I used on mine in the Clearance Rack while supply lasts!

After posting your card on my Its Journey Time Facebook page, leave a comment below to get one extra entry!!

Contest rules:  We encourage the use of Stampin' UP! products, however the stamped images or die cuts must be Stampin' UP! new or retired products.  Sketch is generalized so you may uptick or minimize your card... it's YOUR creativity we want to see!!  Winner will be chosen by RANDOM GENERATOR!  Good Luck!


by Cathy Hanes, June 05, 2023

 Stampin' UP! is having a Designer Series Paper SALE!!

Save 15% on SELECT DSP!

It's a GREAT time to stock up on the one of the best tools for cardmaking!
Stampin' UP! Designer Series Paper is AMAZING! 

I will definitely be STOCKING UP! on Stampin'  UP! Designer Series Paper!  I use DSP in most of my projects on my YouTube Channel!  If you have never watched my channel I hope you will hop on over and take a Creative Journey with me!  You might find the creative idea you were looking for!

Meanwhile... I'm heading to see what's on sale right now!


Whenever there is a COLOR REFRESH... I CRINGE!!  Sometimes we just HATE saying GOOD-BYE!

But along with saying good-bye.. we sometimes find a favorite new friend... or color!

BOHO BLUE is just that!  I am in LOVE with this new blue...and the fact that the Countryside Corners Suite included the Countryside Inn DSP... which uses... wait for it... BOHO BLUE, I knew I had to give it a shot!

Then there is the Bloom Hybrid Embossing folder and dies... I almost missed it completely until I saw it in the Clearance Rack!  So luckily we met, just before we had to say GOOD-BYE!  As of today it is still there but you will have to act fast!

Hybrid Blooms - Clearance


It was as if the two products were meant to MEET.. even if it was for a moment.

Each held their own brilliance and it came together in a SYMPHONY!! 

The Bloom Hybrid embossing folder and dies are gone... if you were two ships that passed in the night, don't fret... you can use any of the Stampin' UP! flower stamps with matching dies or punches to create this card... and the embossed Bojo Blue center piece on the front can be embossed with any embossing folder you choose.

The moral of the story is... be sure to keep you eyes open, because good things can pass you by, without you even noticing.. but know that JOY comes in the morning... always... today my JOY is Boho Blue and the Countryside Suite! 






by Cathy Hanes, April 25, 2023
As we all know during COVID our lives changed.  The after effects still linger both physically and emotionally for many.  The Bible says 'ALL things work for the good for those who love the Lord'... many times we can't see this in the midst of our season but if you look back you might see that it's true.  

Today I hit my first milestone on YouTube!  YAY!! But this never would have happened if COVID hadn't made us all stay home!  I was forced to step OUT of my comfort zone... and I'm so glad I did!

Here are a couple of my most viewed tutorials... the first one is TWO parts... it was one of my first and I didn't know to put my phone in AIRPLANE MODE!!  LOL... So be sure to look for part TWO!

My workshops are not only fun and creative... they are a release... a fellowship where we all 'get away' for a bit from the hustle and bustle of 'real' life.  I didn't want to take that away from my club members.. so I did the UNTHINKABLE!!  I began to create VIDEOS on YouTube... so they could use the kits I 'porch-dropped' and we could still create our monthly workshop projects.  We also met on Zoom but for those who could not make it, I created the tutorials on YouTube.

WHO KNEW???  I had NO idea that anyone else would actually watch my tutorials... and now look.. 1000 SUBSCRIBERS!!

Sometimes we have to look back and see how something good actually came out of a bad time... no this isn't life changing... but for me... it's pretty neat.
 'Joy ALWAYS comes in the morning'... so if you are one of my subscribers... THANK YOU... if you're not.. take a hop over and take a look!


This little LIGHT of MINE!

A couple of years ago, I posted a Light Up Card using the Stampin' Up! stamp set Campology. Then 'Lighting the Way' bundle came along.. and TODAY... I created


as WOW as my LIGHT UP Campology Card was, there were issues with keeping the connection firm with the diodes... BUT as soon as I saw the Lighting the Way bundle I knew I was going to LIGHT it UP once again! This time I used LED lights with prongs and I think I found the solution...

I think my workshop this weekend will be ELECTRIFYING! LOL...

Check it out, then let me know what you think in the comments below!

A Fish and a WISH! Easter Card!

by Cathy Hanes, March 29, 2023

 My take on a card posted by Tina Wardell  (Tinas Crafty Ink Spot) in a demonstrator Facebook group.  I loved her cards so I case'd them for one of my upcoming workshops, putting my own twist on it. I needed an Easter card as well for a swap, so I felt the sentiment 'Love Never Fails' tells the true story of Easter. 

I will upload the video tutorial VERY soon!

I used A Fish and a Wish punch bundle as well as a stamp from Artistically Inked! I broke out my retired-not-so-retired Pretty Peacock cardstock and ink... (spoiler alert??) as well as retiring Mint Macaroon... then decided to mix up the colors!! 

  Thanks Tina for the inspiration!

If you haven't already... hop on over to my website and check out the 

LAST CHANCE items!  Out with the OLD and in with the NEW!

Items will sell out quickly!

WAIT!! It's NEVER too late for a Valentine!

by Cathy Hanes, February 16, 2023

What TIME is it?  It's Valentine's time!

Well... maybe a couple of days late... lol

I created this cute Angled Gatefold Valentine for one of my workshops
BEFORE Valentine's Day, but thought you might like to try it.

I've created a video tutorial here: Country Floral Bouquet Gatefold

I've also created a PDF here:  Country Floral Angled Gatefold
(Thank you Catherine Carroll for all your tutorial help!)
I thought adding a couple of screen shots might be helpful too.
Hope you give it a try!


FREE! While Supplies LAST!

by Cathy Hanes, February 14, 2023

What TIME is it?  It's Sale-A-Bration Time!

I don't know about you, but my friends and I get SO excited when the Sale-A-Bration catalog comes out!  Can you say FREE!!  That's my favorite price!!

What's even better is it comes out at the SAME time as the NEW Mini Catalog!  So we can ear FREE Stampin' UP! products while getting our hands on amazing new products! 

It's a WIN.. WIN!!

There were several examples in the Stampin' UP! Sale-A-Bration catalog that are so sweet and cute using the Thanks A Bunch SAB stamp set..  but I thought I'd take a darker, more 'earthy' tone on a THANK YOU card using the FREE with $50 purchase

 'Thanks a Bunch' stamp set!

Love this fold... simply pull down to see the
inside sentiment!

This stamp set is FREE with any $50 purchase... 
So hop on over and take a creative journey watching my
 Thanks A Bunch Tutorial on my YouTube channel!!  
You can see all the Stampin' UP! products you can earn for FREE by clicking on 
 the Sale-A-Bration catalog on the right hand column of this post.. and don't forget to check
out the new Mini Catalog!

My new studio is almost up and running... so there will be a ton of 

'Creative Journeys' in the next couple of weeks... I'm excited 

to dig in and start creating new projects and more videos...

Stay tuned...