Friday, April 24, 2015

Thinking of You card

Hello Crafty Friends!

Recently a good friend of mine kindly gave me a beautiful Memory Box die set, Sonora Rose.  The die set is perfect for mailing as it has texture but is not too thick.  I decided to try my hand at making a mailable card with it- which is difficult for me because most projects I make cannot be mailed easily!

First, grey Kraft paper was formed into a tent fold card.  More paper was die cut using the Sonora Rose die set and then distress inked using Mowed Lawn and Festive Berries.  Quietfire Design's Thinking of You stamp was used on more grey paper using Ranger's black archival ink.  A white gel pen was used around the letters as shown below:
It was die cut using the oval from Spellbinders' set, Filigree Delight.  Ruffled lace (Tim Holtz) was adhered along the underside edge.  Black card stock was die cut using Filigree Delight.  All of the die cuts were adhered on the card.  A few sparkly gems were added around the sentiment.  Just look at how easily it can be mailed:

Yay!  An easily mailable card!  Admittedly, I almost put the rose and leaves on a big loopy bow but I stuck with my original goal and kept it thin.  I can't guarantee that I will be able to fight back the temptation next time.  :)
Thanks so much for stopping by!  Hope you all have a fabulous day.  
Hugs,
Kathy Jo

Saturday, April 18, 2015

MOJO Monday Butterflies card

Hello Crafters!

Well, I did it.  I cut Ken Oliver's beautiful papers that I received at CHA.  It was a tough decision as I only have the one pad but I was careful: measured thrice and cut once.  But you have to understand why I was so careful...just look at those butterflies!
The card layout started out following the newest sketch at MOJO Monday:
I followed the sketch then added lace under the butterflies and the luscious lace and double satin bow to the left side of the card.  I die cut two scalloped tags- one from corrugated board and one from Ken Oliver's paper.  Quietfire's "Butterfly" was heat embossed in gold.  
The entire edge of the patterned card base was also heat embossed in gold.  Consider this card gilded!
The inside has Quietfire's "If nothing ever changed" stamped in black and a strip of Ken's paper adhered as shown.
Here is the outside again.  Goodness, I love the colors of the papers with the gold and black.
Hope you like the card!  Thanks so much for stopping by and have a great day!
Hugs,
Kathy Jo

This card is entered into the following challenges:
MOJO Monday, Sketch
613 Avenue Create, AG
Deep Ocean Challenge, Wings
Word Art Wednesday, AG
Little Miss Muffet, AG
Little Scrap Pieces, AG
Craft Your Passion, AG
Pile it on, Borders
TTCRD, AG
Sister Act, AG

Friday, April 17, 2015

Sassy & funny feminine birthday card

Hello Crafters!

Recently a good friend of mine celebrated a birthday.  Of course I made a card...but I wanted it fun, feminine and sassy...just like her.  :)  For her card I used Carta Bella's Summer Lovin' Sunglasses paper as the background.  I flipped the paper over and used the cool pattern on the back as a diagonal accent.  Next, Kraftin' Kimmie's Krafty Quotes #3 was stamped on vellum paper in black and heat embossed.  The oh-so-feminine swimsuit bather was cut from Fancy Pants' Me-ology paper "In her words" and mounted on coordinating matting.  Wink of Stella was applied to her suit and glasses.

The inside contains a stamped pair of sunglasses (unknown) and "Happy Birthday" from Quietfire's Happy Birthday Plain and Simple stamp set.
She really liked the card- or at least pretended like she did!  :)

Thanks for stopping by!  Have a fabulous day!
Hugs,
Kathy Jo

This card is entered into the following challenges:

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Mother's Day card using Mom Rose stamp

Hello Crafty Peeps!  Today is my day to post at Quietfire Creations and I decided to make a Mother's Day card...perfect card for my mother-in-law! The card used the Mom rose stamp from Quietfire's Keep Calm & Call Mom stamp set:
Keep Calm & Call Mom - Set of 3 Stamps
Here is a closer look at the stamped image:
For more details, feel free to hop on over to the Quietfire Creations blog.  Step by step instructions are posted.  :)

Have a great day!
Hugs,

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Thanks card

Hello All!

Today I am sharing a card using the theme suggested by the Kraft Journal Challenge this week: Nature.  
The card base was made with ivory card stock.  Impression Obsessions Swirl Tree die was used to die cut Kraft card stock.  Martha Stewart's butterflies punch was used to die cut scrap green patterned paper.  Tim Holtz's Alternations embossing folder was used on scrap green card stock and Lime Green Stickles applied.
The inside contains a Kraft die cut (Spellbinders Romantic Rectangles Two).  Quietfire's new Thanks stamp was applied using Distress Ink in Peeled Paint.  (Probably my favorite Distress color...such a great color!)

I do hope you liked the card!  It was nice to make a happy summer card...makes me look forward to summer.  BTW, we still have snow on the ground here.  Isn't that nuts?  I can't wait until it melts and my tulips start to emerge!

Thanks so much for stopping by!  Have a great day!
Hugs,
Kathy Jo

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Spiderman birthday card

Hello Crafters!

Every once in a while we need to make a card that is not a style or type or theme that we usually do.  For example, a good friend of mine just had a "milestone" birthday and I wanted to make a special card for him.  He is a comic book fan- especially Spiderman- but I never made a comic book card before.  Luck would have it that I happened across two patterned papers that I thought would make a good comic book card- a Spiderman patterned paper from Marvel and a fun boy patterned paper from October Afternoon.  The front required two sheets of the Marvel paper because I fussy cut Spidy out and added foam dots as shown:
The Spidy scene was mounted on black card stock which was mounted on the October Afternoon paper.  Stickles was added to the drawn movement strokes for more emphasis.  Distress ink was added along the paper edges to give a more aged look.

The inside is more Spidy paper.  I left the bottom portion blank so that friends could sign the card (the paper looks like it was cut crooked but it was not...just a strange angled shot):
The back has advertisements from the October Afternoon paper.   I made the photo extra large so that you can see the fun ads:
I totally remember those old ads in magazines and comics!  Do any of you remember the sea monkey advertisement in the magazines?  Or the cool decoder rings?  Those ads were the greatest!  :)

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


PS- Now the theme Spiderman theme song is in my head:

Spiderman, Spiderman,
Does whatever a spider can.
Spins a web, any size,
Catches thieves just like flies.
Look out! Here comes the Spiderman.
Is he strong? Listen bud—
He's got radioactive blood.
Can he swing from a thread?
Take a look overhead.
Hey there! There goes the Spiderman.
In the chill of the night,
At the scene of the crime,
Like a streak of light,
He arrives just in time!
Spiderman, Spiderman,
Friendly neighborhood Spiderman.
Wealth and fame, he's ignored—
Action is his reward.
To him,
Life is a great big bang-up—
Wherever there's a hang-up,
You'll find the Spiderman!

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Scribbly Bird card- Tweet! Chirp!

Happy Tuesday, Crafting Peeps!

This month's Tim Holtz Tag inspired me to make today's card.  I recently picked up the Dina Wakley "Scribbly Birds" stamp set and it worked so well with the watercolor technique.  The bird was colored using Ripe Persimmon, Tumbled Glass and Evergreen Bough.  Legs and beak with Mustard Seed.  After the bird dried, I applied Aqua Stickles to the bird feathers and clear Pearl to the beak:
The crinkle bow was colored using the body colors listed above.  
All of this was mounted on black card stock die cut using Spellbinders Floral Assortment. Stickles in Aqua was applied to the die cut.  The patterned paper is from Tim Holtz' seasonal pad and Recollections Chunky Embossing Powder in Aged Silver was applied along the edges.  
The inside is a sentiment from the same set.  So sweet!
Another look at the outside:
Hope you like the bird card!  Thanks so much for stopping by!
Have a great day.
Hugs,
Kathy Jo

This card is entered into the following challenges:
613 Avenue Create, AG
Word Art Wednesday, AG

Really Reasonable Ribbon, Things with Wings
TTCRD, AG
Crafting from the Heart, AG

Fan-tastic Tuesday, AG Square
Loves Rubber Stamps, AG
Crafty Hazelnuts Patterned Paper, April
Sister Act, AG
Pile it On, Die Cuts or Punches
Craftin Desert Divas, AG
Die Cut Divas, AG with die cut 

Monday, April 6, 2015

Winner of the Quietfire "Die-ing for Spring" blog hop...

Hello Crafty Peeps!

A big THANK YOU to everyone who left the sweet comments at the Quietfire "Die-ing for Spring" Blog Hop.  Don't forget: you all have 9 chances to win as every blog on the hop has a winner!  Either dies
Believe - Metal Cutting DieHello - Metal Cutting DieThanks - Metal Cutting Die
Or a Quietfire stamp!  So be sure to check the Design Team's blogs today for the announcements!

Congrats to the random winner on my blog...CHANA!  

ChanaApril 3, 2015 at 11:38 AM

Woo-who!  Congrats Chana!  I will send you a response to your comment on my blog with further details!

Good luck to all of the other commentors on the other blogs!  And thanks again for all of the lovely comments.  

There will be another giveaway on my blog in two weeks so stay tuned!

Have a great day!
Hugs,
Kathy Jo

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Easter Greetings

Happy Easter!

Is it just me or did Easter arrive quickly this year?  I did not think I would have time to make an Easter card but I finished it this morning.  (Talk about last minute!)  The colors were inspired by a tea cup I picked up at a second hand store.  It has been a little while since I purchased a tea cup but this one called my name!
The scalloped edges remind me of a Shelley tea cup and the flower handle is adorable.  It came with a saucer (it matched but was not the same manufacturer) but I kept the saucer out of the photo so that you can see the cup shape better.  It was a steal of a deal at $3.  Ok...back to the card...
The flowers are small fabric flowers and I applied Stickles' Frosted Lace to the edges and Stickles' Seafoam to the leaves.  Grey twine and pearls were used as a frame around the stamped image.  The stamp is House Mouse "Will Knit For Friends" and was colored with Copics and the background with chalks.  It was die cut using Spellbinders Grand Ovals and mounted on vellum die cut with Cheery Lynn's Sophia's Heart.  The background paper (My Mind's Eye Bramble Rose) was distressed using my Zutter.
Isn't the scene just the cutest?  The chick on top of the yarn ball makes me smile.

Thanks for stopping by to see my card and new tea cup!  Don't forget that today is the last day to leave a comment for the die or stamp giveaway!

Have a wonderful Easter!
Bug Hugs,
Kathy Jo

This card is entered into the following challenges:
CardzTV, Easter
613 Avenue Create, AG
Word Art Wednesday, AG
TTCRD, AG
Crafting from the Heart, AG
Crafty Hazelnuts Patterned Paper, April
Sister Act, AG
Pile it On, Die Cuts or Punches
Craftin Desert Divas, AG
Die Cut Divas, AG with die cut
Artistic Inspirations, AG with Flowers
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