Tuesday, September 19, 2017

"Flowers bloom" hope card- Graphic 45 and NEW Quietfire Design!

Hello Crafty Friends.

Exciting news: Suzanne Cannon has newly released stamps at Elizabeth Craft Designs!  The new stamp sets are each full of several stamps from gorgeous calligraphy quotes to whimsical designs.  Of course, Suzanne was busy designing her beautiful dies, too, and the new release is full of must-haves for a die cutter.

The first project using one of the new stamp sets is from the Where Flowers Bloom set:
To make the card (please note all product links are shown at the end of the post):

  1. Create a tent fold card using ivory card stock.
  2. Cut the patterned paper smaller than card base and adhere.
  3. Adhere canvas doily as shown.
  4. Cut image and adhere.  
  5. Die cut heart and adhere.
  6. Stamp quote onto ivory card stock and fussy cut.  Adhere buds and quote.
  7. Cut lace (two types) and adhere.
  8. Adhere antique seam binding.  Create bow and add button.  Add pearls to flower centers

I know I have mentioned this before in previous posts, but I love how Quietfire Design products and Graphic 45 products work together.  They are a great pairing!
This card will be on display in my craft room.  The beautiful papers and uplifting quote will help to make my crafty space even more happy.  :)

Thanks for stopping by!  I do hope you enjoyed this first sneak at the new release.
Have a happy crafty day!
Big Hugs,
Kathy Jo

Products used for this card:

Monday, September 18, 2017

"Fairy" Mixed Media bookmarks

Hello Crafty Friends!

A couple of weeks ago I shared a mixed media fairy card using one of Quietfire Designs' new fairy stamp sets.  Well, I finally got around to tidying up the craft room and I came across some scrap pieces of the mixed media paper that were leftover from the card.  The paper was too pretty to toss and too small to create a card background...but it was a great size to create new bookmarks!  Tidying up the craft room was ceased (yay!) and crafting began (YAY!).

What gave me the idea for the bookmarks?  Recently I purchased Becca Feeken's Filligree bookmark die (S4-731) set from Blitsy.  The dies are gorgeous and were the perfect size for the scrap paper.  Even more good news, the dies could be used with Quietfire Designs' fairy die set, Nothing can be truer:
Nothing Can Be Truer, Set of 2 - Mounted
The image and quote were stamped onto the paper and die cut. The quote is so sweet!
Nuvo Crystal was applied to the background, too.  I love how Nuvo Crystal easily creates wee glimmer for a more fairy-like background. 
Next, I die cut the remaining scrap with the ornate die cut from the same bookmark set.  White scrap paper was die cut using the largest die.  Just like all Becca's dies, this die set is elegant and creates beautiful bookmarks.
Black scrap paper was also die cut from the largest die and used for the fairy book mark.
The stamp set and die set work so well together.  The bookmarks are great gifts for friends/family and a wonderful way to use up your scrap paper.  (I don't know about you, but I have a large bin of scrap paper waiting to be used.  Some of that scrap paper will finally find a project!)

I hope you like the book marks and they inspire you to use some of your scraps.
Thanks for stopping by!
Have a happy, crafty day!
Big hugs,
Kathy Jo

Some other products used on the card:


Monday, September 4, 2017

Fancy Fold "Happy Birthday/Follow your dreams" card

Hello Crafty Friends!

It is my day to post at Quietfire Creations and I created a fancy fold card using beautiful Quietfire Design stamps and sweet Bo Bunny papers.
The card is so easy and fun to make!  You will find that it may be your favorite fancy fold card style.  :)
For instructions and products used, feel free to hop on over to Quietfire Creations.

Thanks for stopping by!  Have a happy, crafty day!
Big hugs,
Kathy Jo

Saturday, September 2, 2017

Sweet "Baby Love"

Hello Crafty Friends!

Recently, friends of mine had their first baby- a cute-as-a-button little girl.  I work with the new dad and he has a glow about him.  When anyone asks how she is doing, his eyes sparkle and he smiles as he talks about her.  He is one happy Pappy!

I made a card for the new parents and passed it around for our team to sign.  He received the card and he smiled wide as he read our congratulatory messages.  :)

The card is my newest post at Elizabeth Craft Designs.  It uses a few Elizabeth Craft Designs dies and Graphic 45 papers.  Feel free to hop on over to read the instructions and see the products used.
Thanks for stopping by!  Have a great weekend!
Kathy Jo

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Fancy Frame Fairy Mixed Media card

Hello Crafty Friends!

Quietfire Design has an amazing new release of stamps...and there are FAIRY STAMP SETS!  Swooooon.

It was my turn to post at Quietfire Creations so I used one of the newly released fairy stamp sets, A Rustle in the Wind:

A Rustle in the Wind, Set of 4 - Mounted
Isn't it a sweet set?  The dandelions go so well with the rustle in the wind quote, too.

Here is another fairy stamp set, Nothing Can Be Truer:
Nothing Can Be Truer, Set of 2 - Mounted
The gliding fairy is beautiful!
For more details on the card, feel free to hop on over to Quietfire Creations.  :)

Thanks for stopping by!
Have a happy, crafty day.
Big hugs,
Kathy Jo

Sunday, August 27, 2017

"Just For You" using coming soon dies from Elizabeth Craft Designs!

Hello Crafty Friends!

Suzanne Cannon has been busy designing new dies and stamps for Elizabeth Craft Designs.  Oh- and what a fabulous crafty collection!  The new products are coming soon but I wanted to share a project using three of the new die sets.  
Her beautiful calligraphy frame provides a wonderful shape for the card front.  The butterfly is too sweet and the "Just for you" die set will have many crafty uses- especially this year for Christmas gift cards.

Would you like to know how the card was made?  The instructions to make the card and products used are on the Elizabeth Craft Designs blog.  :)

Thanks so much for stopping by!  Have a happy, crafty day!
Big Hugs,
Kathy Jo

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

"Baby Love" puppy scrapbook page

Hello Crafty Friends!

Today is my day to share a project at Quietfire Creations and I created a sweet scrapbook page using Quietfire Design's Baby Love die set and the Hearts and Paws Spray stencil.

The pic of Teddy is adorable and the die set/stencil were perfect for his puppy page.
Feel free to hop on over to Quietfire Creations for more detailed views of the scrapbook page.

Thanks for stopping by!  Have a happy, crafty day.
Big Hugs,
Kathy Jo

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Tutorial: "Warm Thoughts" accordion mini-album

Hello Crafty Friends!

Quietfire Creations is celebrating Christmas in July and today is my day to share a festive project.  I created a holiday mini album using several Quietfire Design dies.  The blog post shares photos and steps for you to create your own mini-album.  Below are some photo teasers.  :)
Feel free to hop on over to the post for the tutorial!  Oh!  And all of the Christmas dies and stamps are on sale at Quietfire Design.  Woo-whooo!  Time to stock up on your Christmas goodies.

Thanks for stopping by!
Have a happy, crafty day.
Big Hugs,
Kathy Jo

Thursday, July 6, 2017

New Quietfire Design stamps! "Stillness" card

Hello Crafty Friends!

Have you seen all of the new releases at Quietfire Design?  The talented Suzanne Cannon has designed several new stamps and today I am sharing a card using two of the new releases:

The Greatest Revelation - Mounted
Leafy Acanthus Background - Mounted
The card is simple to create:
(1) stamp the background onto ivory card stock using Pear Tart Memento Ink.
(2) stamp quote onto background using Jet Black Archival Ink.

(3) cut to desired size
(4) mount onto black card stock
(5) use double sided foam tape to mount to coordinated green card stock
(6) mount on tent fold black card

Easy Peesy!  :)
Thanks for stopping by!  I do hope you enjoyed the card using the new Quietfire Design stamps!

Have a happy, crafty day.
Big Hugs,
Kathy Jo

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

"What greater thing" Love/wedding card

Hello Crafty Friends!

Today is my day to post at Quietfire Design and I created a love/wedding card for my post.  The card used Elizabeth Craft Designs beautiful die called Lace Pocket.  Oh my.  As soon as I saw it, I knew that it would be perfect for cards and scrapbooking projects.  I played for a while with the new die and ended up creating the card.  The die works so well with Quietfire Design quotes!  The new stamp from Quietfire Design, What greater thing, is the focus of the card front.
What Greater Thing is There & Heart Flourish, Set of 2 - Mounted
All of the colored card stock is also from Elizabeth Craft Designs.  The flowers are from Recollections and the wrinkle ribbon from the Quietfire Design store.

Feel free to hop on over to Quietfire Design to see more photos of the card.

Thanks for stopping by!  I do hope you enjoyed the card.  :)

Have a happy, crafty day!
Big Hugs,
Kathy Jo

This card is entered into the following challenge:
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday, AG

Sunday, July 2, 2017

Mixed Media Layered Stars

Hello Crafty Friends!

Yesterday Canadians celebrated the country's 150th birthday.  It may have rained here in Nova Scotia but it did not stop people from celebrating the mementos occasion.  Admittedly, as an American living in Canada, I love this time of year as I celebrate both the July 1st and July 4th holidays.  Lucky me!  

One way I chose to recognize the upcoming July 4th was to create a star themed mixed media project.  FolkArt's Star Layering Stencil was used to created the patriotic card front.  This set is awesome for creating cool star layers as it has three stencils in the set: the star background, a large star and the negative of the large star:
FolkArt ® Layering Stencils - Star

Star background steps:
  1. Spray different shades of red spray ink to mixed media paper.  Dry
  2. Use washi tape to secure star/strip background and star to paper.  (Roll a piece of washi tape and apply to the underside of the star.)  Apply Blueprint Sketch Distress Ink to stencil.  Dry.  Clean stencils.
  3. Align star/stripe background and then negative star stencil to paper.  Apply white texture paste to opening.  Dry
  4. Use Nuvo Drops or Liquid Pearls to create gold star outline and dots to inside of white texture paste stars.  Apply Star Dust Stickles to stripes.  Dry
  5. Use a paintbrush to flick white acrylic paint to background.  
  6. Apply clear glitter Nuvo randomly to several blue stars.  Dry.
  7. Die cut using Elizabeth Craft Designs' Dotted Scallop Squares die. 

To finish the card, I cut gold paper slightly large than the die cut and applied acrylic paint to edge.  A corrugated card base had acrylic paint applied and dried.  The gold paper and starry die cut were mounted as shown.  The finishing touches were a double sheer gold bow and gold/white trim.
By the time the card was complete, my hands were covered in paint, ink and glitter.  Those hands were the sign of a good, crafty time!  :)

Thanks for stopping by!  I hope you all have a great weekend.
Big Hugs,
Kathy Jo

This card is entered into the following two challenges:
Simon Says Stamp Monday, Stencil It
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday, AG

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Tutorial: Botanical Edging Technique

Hello Crafty Friends!

How is your day going?  I hope great!  Are you enjoying a little down time to check out some crafty projects and possibly learn some new techniques?  If you are, today is my day to post at Quietfire Creations and I am providing a tutorial on a Botanical Edging Technique.  This technique was used to create the mixed media project posted shared a couple of weeks ago:
And also on the card shown below:
I had so much fun making it that I had to share the steps I used in making the edging.  Plus, it was a perfect excuse to play with inks and stamps again!  Feel free to hop on over to Quietfire Creations and check out the tutorial.

Thanks for stopping by and have a happy, crafty day!
Big Hugs,
Kathy Jo

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