Saturday, August 27, 2016

Tim Holtz 12 Tags of 2016- August Tag "Hope"

Hello Crafty Friends!

Can you believe it is almost the end of August?  It seems like yesterday when I flipped the calendar to August...hmm...wait a second... perhaps it was yesterday and I am just a horrible procrastinator.  :)

Today I am sharing my tag I created for Tim Holtz' 12 Tags of 2016, August, challenge.  The tag background was created using a rubber brayer and Distress Stains in Pumice Stone and Picket Fence.  (see the technique here)
Next I applied Distress Inks in Antique Linen, Pumice Stone and Walnut Stain along the edges.
Water was flicked on the tag for an aged appearance.
Next I took a scrap piece of ivory card stock and applied Versamark to one end.  Distress Embossing powder in Fired Brick was applied.  Please note, I usually heat emboss the Fired Brick from under the card stock as I don't want the grains to fly off the ink.  When it appears that the embossing powder is set, I apply heat to the top of the tag to make sure all was embossed.
The finish is awesomeness.  The close up photo does not do it justice.
The embossed area and the non-embossed area were both die cut using the brick die from the Sizzix Mixed Media #3 set (66186).  
The ivory die cut was cut into pieces and adhered to the tag.  Next I glued the bricks into place.  Yes, I could have just placed the "mortar" cuts on top of the embossed paper but I did not want the mortar to stick out further than the bricks.  It does take a few minutes to do this step but well worth it.  (I hummed "She's a" during this process to keep me entertained.)
The inspiring hope sentiment from Stampers Anonymous' Ponderings stamp set (CMS252) was stamped with Archival Ink in Jet Black onto an ATC size map from Tim Holtz' Crowded Attic paper pad (TH92897).  It was mounted onto cheerful blue paper and then to the tag.
Tiny Tattered Flowers were created using Sizzix' die set 660227 and a plant die cut from Sizzix' Wildflowers set 661190.  Stickles was applied to the flowers as shown. (At first I wondered if I went overboard with the Stickles but then I laughed and said " can never have too much Stickles."  It's true, I would add it to this blog post if I could.)
Tim Holtz' typed token "hope" had Picket Fence paint added to whiten the text.
It was secured to the tag with pink twine and seam binding dyed using coordinating Distress Stains.
Some frosted half pearls were added and the tag was complete.
Looking at the tag makes me happy.  I hope it does the same for you!

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

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

"I don't tell you often enough...I love you" Graphic 45 stair card

Hello Crafty Friends!  

This week at Quietfire Design is a week long celebration of Yvonne and Harrie's upcoming nuptials!  To celebrate this week of love, I created a side step card using the sentiments from the "I don't tell you often enough" stamp set:
I Don't Tell You Often Enough, Set of 5 - Mounted
I think any of those sentiments would work so well with our significant other and perhaps saying those things more often would result in more cuddles.  Win-win!  :)

For card instructions, please hop on over to Quietfire Design.  In the meantime, here are some photo snippets:

The stamp set goes so well with the pretty Mon Amour papers!

Thanks for stopping by!  Feel free to stop by Quietfire Design and see all of the love filled projects this week.  
Have a happy, crafty day!
Kathy Jo

Saturday, August 20, 2016

"Noel"- newly released Elizabeth Craft Designs die

 Hello Crafty Friends!

Earlier this week I shared a project using newly released Elizabeth Craft Designs dies for a wedding photo card.  Today on the Elizabeth Craft Designs blog I am sharing a quick and easy holiday card using the newly released Noel die:
Gorgeous die!!  I made sure to accentuate the "e" with two gems:
 For instructions on how to make this card, hop on over to the ECD blog.
Thanks for stopping by!  Have a happy, crafty day!
Big Hugs,
Kathy Jo

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Graphic 45 Mother Goose birthday card

Hello Crafty Friends!

I don't make a lot of children's cards but I attended a very special birthday party that required one.  The birthday party was for a cute as a button one year old girl.  Oh- she was so adorable in her sweet white dress.  She just learned how to give hugs, too, which made the birthday party even better!  What a doll!

Graphic 45's Mother Goose collection was perfect for her card.  The white tent fold base was 4.25" x 5.5" and had a few layers of patterned papers applied as shown.  The stitched tag was created using Die-namics' die set MFT-375.
I realized after the card had dried that I forgot to adhere the patterned paper on top of the vertical yellow paper!  But, I don't think the wee birthday girl noticed.  ;)

The inside contained patterned papers on both faces.  The image of the girl is adorable.
The ivory paper had adhesive applied on only three sides so that a gift card or cash could be slid in.  I wrote my sentiment on the ivory paper.
The card was simple to make and created in under an hour.  Not bad for me starting from scratch as I usually get distracted in the craft room when I go through all my papers, dies and stamps!
Thanks for stopping by!  Have a happy crafty day!
Big Hugs,
Kathy Jo

Monday, August 15, 2016

New Elizabeth Craft Designs release! Wedding announcement card with photo

Hello Crafty Friends!  Today is Day 1 of a week long celebration of the newly released A Way With Words dies!  The Quietfire Creations blog will have a week full of inspiring projects using the new dies.  All the dies were designed by the ever-so-talented Suzanne Cannon.  She always blows me away with her stamps and dies!  Today I am sharing my project on the Quietfire Creations blog.  The project is using the newly released Mr and Mrs die set…
Mr Mrs - Metal Cutting Dies
…and the ampersand and heart from the Calligraphic Elements 2 set:
Calligraphic Elements 2 - Metal Cutting Dies
The project is a wedding announcement/thank you card with photo:
Feel free to hop on over to the blog to get the instructions to make the card.

Thanks for stopping by!  Don’t forget to check out the other posts this week celebrating the new die releases!
Buy it All Sumner 2016 Release - 13 Metal Cutting Dies
Kathy Jo

Monday, July 25, 2016

"Dream" mixed media card

Hello Crafty Friends! 

Today is my day to post at Quietfire Creations and I am sharing a mixed media card using the beautiful "Dream" die:
Dream - Metal Cutting Die
This lovely die has been used on many of my projects and it is definitely one of my favorites.  (Yes, I love all of Suzanne's dies and there are some that I seem to go to frequently: BelieveMemoriesRememberMerry Christmas and happy.)  I pulled out this favorite die and played with mixed media products to create the Dream card.
Feel free to hop on over to Quietfire Creations for isntructions on how to make the mixed media card.
The card was so fun to make and the Dream pops on the card as it is sparkly and pretty.
Thank you for stopping by!  I do hope you enjoyed the card.  Also- Don't forget to check out the deals right now at Quietfire Design:

Buy two items from our Paper category and get 30% off each!  For in stock items only.
Buy two Spellbinders products (in stock) and get 50% off each
  Sale price will appear when the item is in your shopping cart.
Christmas Stamps are 20% off regular price!

Have a happy crafty day!
Kathy Jo

Saturday, July 23, 2016

Graphic 45 and ECD "Happy Memories" Scrapbook page

Hello Crafty Friends! Today is my day to post at Elizabeth Craft Designs and I created a scrapbook layout using lovely newly-designed dies from Suzanne Cannon's A Way With Words collection.  The new die sets Memories, Remember, and 4 Seasons have sparked my scrapbooking flame. I just can't get enough of them!

Instructions to create the page are located on the Elizabeth Craft Designs blog...but I will show you some photos here as a teaser.  :)
Love the Memories die!
And the happy die has been used a lot on my projects...I guess you can say it makes me happy using it.  ;)
The heart was a lovely addition.
The page makes me smile.  No only is my Nico a cute-y but I really love how the dies go so well with the Graphic 45 Raining Cats and Dogs product.  Talking about products...

Elizabeth Craft Designs products used:
Other products used:
  • Graphic 45 patterned paper, Raining Cats & Dogs
  • Black cardstock
  • Liquid Glue
  • Gold ribbon, half-pearls, gems

Thank you so much for stopping by!  I do hope you enjoyed the layout.
Big Crafty Hugs,
Kathy Jo

Sunday, July 10, 2016

Graphic 45 Under the Sea mermaid card

Hello Crafty Friends.

My blog posts have been spotty as of late as not only because summer has been calling my name, but recently I switched craft room locations in my home.  My previous craftroom was in the "nursery" in our home.  It was a cute and cozy room that I enjoyed for several years.  But as time went on and my crafty supplies increased, I began to realize that it was too small to work well.  Many times I would craft on a small space on my floor due to lack of workspace.  Yes, I did several purges in the past year but I still lacked the room.  Last weekend I finally decided to switch the craftroom with the spare bedroom.  The process took over a day to do (in between walking the dog, running errands, etc) and now almost all papercrafting items are in the new room.  After the big move, my hubby and I went into the old craft room.  He asked what I thought we should do with the room.  I suggested to make it a walk in closet (it is not large enough to have a small bed for guests).  His response: "Hmm...I don't think we really need one.  How about you keep this room as extra storage for your craft supplies?"  Is it just me or is that just the sweetest thing to say?  My hubby really is a sweetie and I love how he supports my crafty passions.  (You are the best!)

Now that I am in my new space, my crafty juices have been flowing.  Since last weekend I have made five cards and a scrapbook layout!  The room is my new happy space and I hope you enjoy seeing the projects that will be created in that space.  One project I completed yesterday was a birthday card for a crafty friend of mine...
The card was created using Graphic 45's Voyage Under the Sea.  Oh my, what gorgeous and colorful papers!  The patterned pages provided many images to fussy cut
Impression Obsession's Shell Set dies were used to provide even more underwater embellishments.
The starfish die cut was left in the die and Imagine Crafts' Creative Medium in Iridescent Green (mixed with a drop of Peeled Paint Reinker) was applied.  The remaining amount of medium was lightly applied to the sea shell (see photo above).
After the layout was assembled, it was lightly spritzed with gold shimmer.  After drying, Stickles was applied to various areas such as the mermaid's hair.

The inside had more pretty patterned paper.  ECD's Stitched Rectangle die was used to create a space for writing.
The Voyage Under the Sea papers are stunning...and I think I will need to purchase another pad as I know the current pad will definitely be used!  Luckily there is space in my new craftroom for another pad.  :)
Thanks for stopping by!  Have a happy crafty day!
Big hugs,
Kathy Jo

This card is entered into the following challenges:
MOJO Monday, Sketch 455
613 Avenue Create, AG
Word Art Wednesday, AG
My Sheri Crafts, Beach or Seaside
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