Sunday, November 27, 2016

Noel Christmas card with Plaid Background technique

Hello Crafty Friends!

I am back sharing another fun technique: how to make your own plaid background.  The background was created for a card using the festive Noel die from Suzanne Cannon's A Way With Words collection and the Stripes/Plaid stencil from Elizabeth Craft Designs.

Instructions:
  1. Create plaid background: Apply alcohol inks onto felt then repeatedly tap felt onto alcohol ink-friendly card stock (coated or with a finish that allows the ink to move on the surface). Tip: Work quickly; alcohol inks dry fast. Air dry. Secure stencil to card stock using washi tape. Apply alcohol ink blending solution to a cotton ball and rub into the striped openings of the stencil. (This will remove color from the card stock.) Remove stencil and clean it. Air dry the background. Flip cleaned stencil over and repeat blending solution application to complete the plaid pattern. Remove stencil and clean it.
  2. Create frame: Die cut black card stock using Dotted Scallop Rectangle die and Stitched Rectangle die. (Stitched Rectangle die centered inside of Dotted Scallop Rectangle.) Keep the center piece for another project.
  3. Die cut Noel from white card stock and black card stock.
  4. Create a black card stock top-fold 4.25" x 5.5" card base. Cut plaid background to desired size and adhere to card front using Clear Double Sided Adhesive Tape. Add frame to background using foam tape for dimension. Using liquid glue, adhere both Noel die cuts, white over black, slightly offset to create a shadow effect.
  5. Create triple bow from sheer polka dot ribbon and adhere using liquid glue or a small piece of a Tombow Power Adhesive Tab. Add an embellishment to center of bow. (Shown: Oval cameo)
SUPPLIES:
Elizabeth Craft Designs product used:
Other product used:
  • Alcohol ink card stock (Ranger Ink)
  • Alcohol inks in Red Pepper, Lettuce, Sunshine Yellow (Ranger Ink)
  • Applicator Tool and felt (Ranger Ink)
  • Sheer polka dot ribbon
  • Liquid Glue
  • Embellishment
  • Cotton ball
  • Washi tape
Thanks for stopping by! I do hope you enjoyed the card and will make your own version!  :)
Have a happy, crafty day!
Hugs,
Kathy Jo

This card is entered into the following challenge:
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday, Christmas to Die for

Saturday, November 26, 2016

"Brrrrr" Chalkboard Technique card

Hello Crafty Friends!

Today I would like to share a quick and fun chalkboard winter card using the oh-so-cool 'Brrrr' die designed by Suzanne Cannon. It is a card that kids and kids at heart will love to make and give to family and friends. So...let's get to it!Instructions:
  1. Die cut a piece of white card stock using the Brrr die. Keep both the die cut and the negative piece of card stock. Secure the negative piece to a black card stock (larger than 4.25 x 5.5") using washi tape.
  2. Dab Distress Paint onto exposed area of the negative die cut.
  3. Remove white negative card stock and either air dry or use a heat tool to dry the paint.
  4. Die cut black card stock using Stitched Rectangles die. Die cut a piece of white card stock using Dotted Scallop Rectangles die. Mount onto blue top-fold 4.25 x 5.5" card base using double faced adhesive tape.
  5. Die cut white card stock using snowflakes. Lay out Brrr and snowflake die cuts to determine locations of snowflakes. Dab Distress Paint onto black background where you wish the snowflakes to be located. Air dry.
  6. Die cut 1/8" thick white foam using Brrr die. Mount onto black background using liquid adhesive glue. Mount die cut Brrr from white card stock onto foam using liquid adhesive. Adhere snowflakes using liquid adhesive. Trim snowflakes at edges of the card as needed so they don't extend past the black rectangle. Accent the center of each snowflake with a light blue gem.
Elizabeth Craft Designs supplies:
  • Distress Paint (Broken China)
  • Black and white card stock
  • 1/8" white craft foam
  • Liquid adhesive
  • light blue gems
Thank you for stopping by!  I do hope you enjoyed the chalkboard card.
Have a happy, crafty day.
Big Hugs,
Kathy Jo

This card is entered into the following challenge:
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday, Christmas to Die for

Thursday, November 24, 2016

There is always something to be thankful for

Hello Crafty Friends!

Happy Thanksgiving to all my friends and family in the United States.  In the spirit of Thanksgiving, I would like to share a Thankful card using one of the beautiful stamps from Quietfire Design's Give Thanks set:
Give Thanks, Set of 2 Stamps - Mounted
This card was actually a project I created for a Quietfire Creations post last week but decided to share on my blog today. 
The patterned papers are from two Graphic 45 collections (Time to Flourish and Place in Time).  
Spellbinders dies (Victorian Medallion 3 and Fleur de Lis Squares) were used to die cut gold and ivory card stock.
For more details on the card, please feel free to visit the Quietfire Creations blog post.

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

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

"Christmas is the day that holds all time together"

Hello Crafty Friends!

Today is my day to post at Quietfire Creations and I created a Christmas card using the beautiful Quietfire Design stamp, Christmas is the day:
Christmas Is the Day - Mounted
The lovely patterned papers are from Graphic 45's Twelve Days of Christmas collection.

Dies used were Spellbinders (Labels 47 and Labels 47 Decorative Elements) and Memory Box (Hayden Twigs).
Also used were Distress Ink and Distress Stain (both Barn Door).  Stickles was applied to the roses and as berries on the twigs.

For more details, pop on over to the Quietfire Creations post.  Oh- and check out the Black Friday Sale at Quietfire!  There is a large selection of 50% off categories and all stamps are 30% off!  Woo-who!

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

Monday, October 31, 2016

"Sometimes I just look up"

Hello Crafty Friends!

Today is my day to post at Quietfire Creations and I created a card using the lovely new stamped sentiment from Quietfire Design, "Sometimes I just look up":
Sometimes I Just Look Up - Mounted
Such a heartwarming sentiment!
The card has several Spellbinders dies layered (hop on over to the Quietfire post to see the dies used for each layer).
The pretty patterned rose paper is from Bo Bunny.
Thanks for stopping by!  Have a happy, crafty day!
Big Hugs,
Kathy Jo

Saturday, October 15, 2016

"Wicked" Halloween Treat set

Hello Crafty Friends!

Today is my day to post at Quietfire Design and I am sharing a sweet Halloween treat set.  The set used stamps from the ghoulishly great Halloween Wicked stamp set:
Halloween Wicked Collection
The stamp set is huge!  The Twelve Days of Halloween is awesome, too.  Such a great set!

Here are some photos of the Halloween Treat set:
 The patterned paper used on the card and treat bag is from Graphic 45's Rare Oddities.
 Closeup of the "Something Wicked".
 The wrapped treats!  Scale of dragon...Wool of bat...Eye of newt...
The treat bag with goodies enclosed.  :)

For more photos, hop on over to the Quietfire Design post.  Oh- and if you like the stamp set used then you are in luck because it is 50% off right now!  Woo-who!!

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

Sunday, October 9, 2016

"Peace" card with plaid stencil background technique

Hello Crafty Friends!

Christmas cards are in production in my crafty room which means that my room is scattered with die cuts, festive papers, ribbon and glitter.  I guess you can say it is a merry mess.  :)  

The holiday card shared today is my design team project for Elizabeth Craft Designs.  It uses the beautiful Peace die designed by Suzanne Cannon
and the stripes/plaid stencil
The complete instructions to make the card are on the Elizabeth Craft Designs blog.  Below are some card details:
 The plaid background used dye ink (Momento) and texture paste with microfine silk glitter.
Isn't the Peace die gorgeous?  Suzanne designs the most beautiful dies and stamps!  The Peace die is no exception...love it!

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

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Candy Corn Halloween card

Hello Crafty Friends!

Sharing another Tim Holtz Blueprint Halloween card- candy corn!  Yummy!  Candy corn is my favorite Halloween treat and I definitely needed to make a wee card using the candy corn blueprint stamp.
The image was stamped on water color paper and colored using Distress Inks and a watercolor brush.  It was die cut using the Memory Box stitched square and mounted onto an orange postage stamp die cut (Spellbinders).  
A 4x4 tent fold card was created using black card stock.  Tim Holtz' Halloween paper was cut to size and mounted as shown.  The Tim Holz "trick or treat" metal embellishment was secured with orange/white twine and liquid glue.
The inside is more TH patterned paper and the Happy Halloween sentiment from the Stampers Anonymous Mini Blueprint Halloween set.
Isn't that candy corn just the cutest image?  I never would have thought to dimension a candy corn and seeing the image for the first time made me smile.  So sweet!  (pun intended)

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

This card is entered into the following challenges:
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday, Halloween
Simon Says Stamp Monday, Halloween

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Tim Holtz Halloween Blueprint Pumpkin

Hello Crafty Friends!

My last post I shared a frightfully feline Tim Holtz Blueprint Halloween card.  The card in this post uses a blueprint pumpkin from the same stamp set, more Tim Holtz papers and dies.  More Halloween crafty fun!
The image was stamped on watercolor paper and colored using Distress Markers and a watercolor brush.  It was die cut using a Memory Box' stitched squares die.
The Halloween die is from the Tim Holtz Handwritten Halloween die set.
The patterned papers were cut to size and distressed using Walnut Stain Distress Ink.  The lace was mounted and light blue/white gems adhered.
Although the card has dimension, it will be easy to mail.  

Thanks for stopping by!  I do hope you enjoyed the card.  :)
Have a great day!
Big Hugs,
Kathy Jo

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

Tim Holtz Blueprint Frightful Kitty Halloween card

Hello Crafty Friends!

Recently I picked up the Tim Holtz Happy Halloween Blueprint stamp set, the Handprint Halloween die set and the Materialize paper pad.  Oh- those purchases have made me very happy and busy in my crafty room!  Today I would like to share one of several projects created using the goodies.  
The cat drew my attention right away as it reminds me of my tuxedo cat, Pepper...minus the orange checkered shirt.  :)  The image was stamped on watercolor paper and colored using Distress Markers and a watercolor brush.  It was die cut using Elizabeth Craft Designs' Stitched Circles.

The Halloween is the negative of the Halloween die cutout.  The seam binding was dyed using Distress Stain and water.
The inside is more of the patterned paper and the sentiment from the same stamp set.
Thanks so much for stopping by!  I hope you enjoyed the frighteningly feline Halloween card!
Have a happy, crafty day!
Big Hugs,
Kathy Jo

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

Sunday, October 2, 2016

Tim Holtz Blueprint Christmas Tree card

Hello Crafty Friends!

Did you create a card yesterday for World Card-Making Day?  I spent some time in the craft room to complete one card and start on another.  Oh- I so love my new crafty space and creating in it!  It is my happy, crafty, paper place.  :)  

Did you enter into the World Card-Making Day giveaway?  If not, visit my post from yesterday to leave a comment.

Christmas is just around the corner which means that Christmas cards and projects are in full swing.  Today I would like to share a Tim Holtz Blueprint Christmas Tree card.  This card is colorful and too fun to make...so let's get started!

First, I created a Distressed Patina background using Tim Holtz paints in Tarnished Brass, Picket Fence, Fired Brick, Festive Berries and Candied Apple.  Several of the backgrounds were made for future projects.  Here is the background used on this card.  If you look closely, you can see the shimmer of the Tarnished Brass.
The Blueprint Christmas Tree image (from stamp set CMS135) was stamped onto watercolor paper using Archival ink in Jet Black.  The image was colored using Distress Markers in Peeled Paint, Candied Apple, Mowed Lawn, Squeezed Lemonade, Broken China, Frayed Burlap and Ground Espresso using a watercolor brush.
A tent fold Kraft card was created (4.25" x 5.5") and distressed along the edges with Vintage Photo and Walnut Stain inks.  The patina background was cut to size and distressed along the edges.  Next was a layer of green card stock, cut to size and gold Pen-touch applied along the edges. The image was cut to size and foam mounted on the card front.
A row of red/white gems and half pearls were added along the bottom.  The gems/pearls were from a local dollar store (Dollarama).

The inside contains more festivity.  The wreath and sentiment are both from Tim Holtz' stamp set Mini Holidays CMS177.  The wreath was colored using Mowed Lawn and Peeled Paint markers and stamped onto watercolor paper.  After drying, the sentiment was stamped using Archival ink.  A small strip of the patina background was gold lined and mounted for a wee bit of colored flair.
The card is full of Christmas happiness inside and out.  
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 challenges:
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday, AG
 
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