Tuesday, February 7, 2017

A new direction.....

Wow!  I can't believe it's been over a year since I've posted anything!  My world has been very busy with family, a new job and a new creative direction!  My new love is very different from paper crafting and has consumed my world!  

I've started a face painting business!  Of all the arts, crafts and various mediums I've tried I would never have thought I'd be painting.  It all started with volunteering during charity events.  One day my friend, Kim, learned that the face painter who was hired for their union clambake had canceled.  She quickly informed them that she had a friend who could do it!  Talk about panic!  LOL!  A real "job" as a face painter!  And as they say, the rest is history!  

My little business is called Kathi's Creative Faces and it's been growing and keeping me very busy. This is the link to my Facebook page Kathi's Creative Faces where I have more information about the business and pictures of my work.  I'd appreciate it if you could like my page too!  Here are a few pics:

Niko & Mom celebrating another Patriots Superbowl win!

And in other amazing news.....I was contacted by Shutterfly for permission to use one of my graduation centerpieces on their blog!   This project has blown up on Pinterest with over 13,000 pins!  Oh my!!  I'm not sure when it will be posted but probably soon!  Here's a pic of the project  :)
Well if you've made it to the end then I thank you!!!  I'll try to update more often but it most likely will be face painting related!  


Friday, December 11, 2015

Penguin ~ Peace, Love, Snow

I'm here today with my Spotlight project for Kitty Bee Designs
I chose to work with this cute winter penguin.  He was colored with Copics and Prismacolor pencils.  Of course I added Stickles!  I used Spellbinder oval and oval scalloped dies, the tag is from MFT, mini heart by Lawn Fawn and the little cloud is an Impression Obsession die.   The sentiment is also from MFT.  The heart embossing folder is from Cuttlebug.

Come join us at Kitty Bee Designs Aloha Friday Challenges.  You still have 1 week to enter.
Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, December 4, 2015


Hi Everyone!

I've been a busy bee with my new ETSY Shop and My Creative Therapy FB Page.  Today I'm here with my DT project for Kitty Bee Designs Aloha Friday ChallengeOur theme for the next 2 weeks is Christmas.

inside of card

The image is Bear_1 from the Kitty Bee Etsy Shop.  Colored with Copics and fussy cut then popped up with some black foam dots.  I used WOS on the present bow.  Papers and enamel dots by My Mind's Eye and the solid CS is from MFT.  Dies used are from MFT Blueprints line of dies, the heart is from Lawn Fawn and the believe is from Little Yellow Bicycle.  We hope you can join us at the Aloha Friday Challenge!  Come check out what the other DT Ladies have created for your inspiration!


Saturday, November 7, 2015

Unique...Just Like You - Guest Designer post

Hi Everyone!

I'm so excited!  I was asked to be a Guest Designer at Inkspirational Challenges! Whoop whoop!  I don't get to enter many challenges because I'm so busy with 613 Avenue Create and just life in general!  But when I do get a little time I do like to check out their wonderful challenges!  

The theme of the Inkspirational Challenge for the next 2 weeks is 
Anything Goes with SILVER.  

I created the sentiment in Word.  The intricate die is by Spellbinders and the snowflake die is from My Favorite Things.  I used double stick tape to adhere the beads and glitter to the die.  The seed beads at the bottom of the Maya Road stick pin are attached with some Ranger's Multi Medium.

I hope you stop by the Inkspirational Challenge to see what the very talented Design Team have created for this challenge.  And maybe you'll find some time to join us!

Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, November 6, 2015

Best Friends = Best Therapy

I'm here today with my DT project for Kitty Bee Designs Aloha Friday Challenge. Our theme for the next 2 weeks is Perfect Pair/Friendship.  I've chosen this adorable set of owls and I paper pieced them.  That's one of my favorite techniques!  I stippled the background with a stencil and Tim Holtz Tumbled Glass distress ink.Dies used are from MFT and Lawn Fawn.  The friendship sentiment was a freebie I offered and you can find it HERE

Thanks for stopping by!  Hope to see you soon!


Saturday, October 31, 2015

Some More Halloween!

I have another project to share with you today.  Some sweet treats for my daughter.  I just love the Pure Innocence stamp line by MFT Stamps!  They always remind me of my daughter when she was little.

I wrapped some Hershey nuggets in some digital papers by Decosse's Dynamite Doodles and used an alphabet die set by MFT for the BOO.The ghosts are a die by Impression Obsession.  She was colored with Copics and fussy cut with a paper pieced dress.

I may be back with one more post today!  

Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween to my friends who are celebrating today!  Sorry I haven't been around much lately, you know how life can get in the way of your passion!  With the encouragement of friends & family I've finally opened an Etsy shop.  If you would like to check it out you can find me here Kathi Silvia - Etsy.

I have some treats I made for my son to give to his teachers this year. They are packs of Trident gum wrapped in paper with some adorable Mama Elephant images from the set called Bootastic.

Hope you have a safe Halloween!  Thanks for stopping by!


Friday, October 9, 2015


There's a new challenge at Aloha Friday Challenges starting today and the theme is Animals.  We have one of my favorite sponsors too, Bugaboo Stamps.  The image I'm using is called FM flower.

I colored the image with Copics, colored pencils/Gamsol and chalks.  Papers by Pebbles called Family Ties.  Dies by MFT, Little Yellow Bicycle and QuicKutz.

Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Mummy Owl

Today I have my DT Spotlight project for Kitty Bee Designs.  I'm using the Halloween Owl Mummy to make a shaker card.  I just love the Kitty Bee Designs Halloween images!  They're just too cute!  

I used an MFT die from their Blueprints line.  I used various dies from MFT for the confetti inside the shaker.  The ghosts are an Impression Obsession die and the bats are a QuicKutz die  The sentiment is a Studio G $1 stamp.  and the mini Happy Halloween is from a Papertrey Ink set.  And the owl was colored with Copics.

Look for a new Aloha Friday Challenge tomorrow!  I'll be back tomorrow with my DT project for the challenge  :)  Come see what the DT has in store for you!

Thanks for stopping by! 

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Mr. Snow

Today is challenge day at 613 Avenue Create. We're Anything Goes but our optional twist this weeks optional twist is to use September's birthstone color which is the Sapphire.  Our sponsors are Rick St. Dennis and Flat Friends Boutique.  I'm using Flat Friends image called Mr. Snow.

Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, September 20, 2015

Happy Women's Friendship Day and FREE sentiments

Today we have a new challenge at 613 Avenue Create. We're Anything Goes but our optional twist is to use one of the free sentiments provided below.  I've used our sponsor Oddball Art Stamp Co. and the image is called Bella #218.

Here are your free sentiments!

**if you use these please give credit to 
Kathi Silvia or My Creative Therapy**

to save to your computer:
1)  right click on image 
2)  then click save image as...
3)  choose where on your computer you wish to save image

Hope you like the new sentiments!  Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, September 13, 2015

Music is Life...

Just popping in with my card for our challenge at 613 Avenue Create. We're Anything Goes but our optional twist is to show us your interpretation of "Love Me Do".   On September 11, 1962 the Beatles recorded their 1st single "Love Me Do".  Our sponsors this week are STAMPlorationsBugaboo Stamps and Eureka Stamps.  

I used the Heart Note image by Eureka Stamps.

I colored the heart with Copics and used clear WOS on top of it.  I also colored all of the embossed dots with the WOS.  A Papertrey Ink die was used to cut the sentiment.

Come see what the 613 Avenue Create DT have made for your inspiration this week!  They are so amazingly talented  :)

Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, September 11, 2015

Boys Rock

Today I have a scrapbook page I made for my son.  I haven't made a scrapbook page in a few years!  The poor kid will be 6 and he now has 3 pages  LOL.  My daughter on the other hand has about 8 albums! This is my DT project for Kitty Bee Designs.  The theme this week is to Make Some Music so that means either listening to or making music. I used this cute I (heart) Sushi Panda image.  The original digi has an image of sushi under the I heart.  I asked Ruth , the owner of KBD, if I could crop the sushi and add a band name. Here is the original:

Here is what I did with him:

So in case you don't know FOB stands for Fall Out Boy who is my son's current obsession!  His big sister Shianne loves them so I'm sure that helps.

I used an SVG file from Miss Kate's Cuttables called Boys Rock.  The files are great and so cheap!  This was only $1.29 and she has daily freebies!  The star borders were a freebie at one time.  Love her stuff.  

Boys Rock! SVG Scrapbook Collection boys svg files for scrapbooking teen boy cut files for scrapbooks

Thanks for stopping by! 

The details:

Dies by MFT, Papertrey Ink
Papers by American Crafts and MFT
Colored with Prismacolor pencils, Gamsol and chalks
Misc - hole punch, leather cord, Stickles, white Uniball Signo pen

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Mr. Bitty

I'm here with my DT Spotlight for Kitty Bee Designs which you can see at Aloha Friday Challenges. I'm using an image called Mr. Bitty.  I love Halloween so I decided to make this Hershey bar box. I found the box at it can be found here -> Candy Bar Holder.  

Mr. Bitty is colored with Copics and so is the purple background.  I added some stars from the Avery Elle set Written in the Stars.  I used a My Favorite Things doily die under the image.  The edges and the little fangs and teeth have some Star Dust Stickles added to them.  I don't know who makes the sentiment because I bought it at a resale and it wasn't labeled.  If anyone knows who makes it let me know!  

 A new Aloha Friday Challenge starts tomorrow, stop by and check it out!

Thanks for stopping by!


Sunday, August 30, 2015

Back to School

Come join us this week at 613 Avenue Create, we're Anything Goes but this weeks twist is to use our 
Create Your Own Challenge chart:

Our sponsor is a favorite this week:

I've opted to make an Anything Goes card this week using a Pure Innocence stamp by My Favorite Things.  My daughter is back to college for what should be her final semester! Yay Shianne!  So this was a card I made for her.   
The stick pin has hearts from a Lawn Fawn die and a vintage button with vintage seam binding bow.  I believe the papers were from a few different My Mind's Eye 6x6 pads.  Her outfit was paper pieced. 

Hope you can join us at 613 Avenue Create this week! Even if you just stop by to see what the DT have created this week, I really am so lucky to have such talented ladies on my design team!!


Friday, August 21, 2015

Delicious Doodles GDT

Did you know that Delicious Doodles is back in business with a new Etsy shop?  Well they're back!  And I'm the GDT this week!  Check out the Delicious Doodles Facebook Group.  I'm using the Leather and Lace image.  

Colored her with Copics, Wink of Stella and added Glossy Accents to her eyes and lips. I used Spellbinders dies and some very old paper from Paper Adventures (are they even in business anymore?)  You know it was one of those pretty papers I never wanted to cut!  You know what I'm talking about LOL!  I matted the image on some mulberry paper.  I have a tip for tearing the mulberry paper HERE.  I finished it off with some satin ribbon and a rhinestone charm.  In hindsight I should have added some rhinestones to the corners of the card.  

Thank you to Delicious Doodles for having me as their GDT!!
Kathi   :)

Friday, August 14, 2015

It's almost time!

Almost time for the 1st day of school that is!  Are you other Moms as excited as I am??  LOL!  Well to help with your excitement we have a new challenge at Kitty Bee Designs and the theme this time is SCHOOL. The sponsor is one of my favorites Bugaboo Stamps.

This image is called Deacon - school sign it.  He is colored with Copics and the chalkboard is colored with chalks.  The tag is an MFT die set Blueprint #9.  I also used the Dots and Dashes die along the edges by Paper Smooches.  That's it! Pretty simple this time  :)  We hope you have some time to join us for the next 2 weeks at Kitty Bee Designs or just come check out the inspiration from the DT!

Thanks for stopping by!