Thursday, June 23, 2022

Thank you for your kindness!


Hello Crafty Friends!

It is time for my favorite crafty day of the week: Amazing Paper Grace blog post day!  Today I am sharing a bright and cheerful card using the newly released Thank you for your kindness die set (S5-513)- a new set from the The Right Words Collection by Becca Feeken.

It is such a beautiful and versatile set!  The background is so elegant, too.

For my card I thought of a friend of mine who is very kind... and loves rainbows.  I started with plain white cardstock and used Distress Inks to create a rainbow background.  A piece of vellum was adhered over the rainbow background to soften the colors.  Next, I die cut white card stock twice using the detailed background.

The words "you are so" was die cut three times using white foam, white card stock, and gold card stock. Kind and the kind back ground were also die cut.  They were mounted to the card front using foam tape.  Wee bling was applied as shown.
It was mounted on gold card stock and then a white slim line base.  The final touch was a double gold bow.  I love the way it turned out!  

Thank you for stopping by!  I do hope you enjoyed the card and it inspires you to create something you love with The Right Words Collection!

Have a happy, crafty day.


Kathy Jo

Thursday, June 16, 2022

Bold and Beautiful Butterfly Bliss Birthday

Hello Crafty Friends!

A couple of weeks ago I shared a pretty pink card using the  Butterfly Bliss Garden Shutters die set designed by Becca Feeken (Amazing Paper Grace).  Well, I just could not put it away as it is such a great die set.  Also, my best friend's birthday is coming soon so I wanted to make her a card using the set.  The colors (red, black, white) are definitely her colors and will go well with the colors in her home.

Have you seen the die set?  It has the core dies to create the shutter card and then there are several dies to bling it up.  In total, the die set consists of 19 thin metal dies that you can use to create a sweet, interactive card. 

Now, if you do not make interactive cards or are concerned about the ease of making this card, do not fret!  It was super easy to make the card.  (Really, if I can make it then anyone can make it!)

For the card I used the following product designed by Becca Feeken: 

Amazing Paper Grace Butterfly Bliss Garden die set (S6-183)

Amazing Paper Grace Eyelet Lace Frame die set (S6-184)

Also used was Spellbinders Hot Foil Be Bold Glimmer Sentiments (GLP-299)

The top of the shutters was made using the detailed scroll die in gold.  A single butterfly was then added on the top of each shutter.  A couple of drops of black Nuvo were added to each butterfly.  But wait...what is that fancy scroll on the bottom of each shutter?  I used the pull die, cut it to width, and added to the shutter.  I think it looks very fancy.  :) 

Here is a look at the "PULL" tab and the same die used on the shutter.  It is always fun using dies in new ways.

Let's go ahead and pull that tab.  How fun!  A golden happy birthday with butterfly silhouettes.

The happy birthday was created using the negative of the happy birthday from the card I made a couple of weeks ago.  A great way to use the foil die stamps and get more out of your crafty supplies and scraps.
Have you made crafty projects using Amazing Paper Grace products?  If yes, feel free to share your creations!  Check out the Amazing Paper Grace Creative Encouragement Community on Facebook.  I would love to see what you make!

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

Thursday, June 9, 2022

Introducing the Amazing Paper Grace die of the month!

Hello Crafty Friends!

I am very excited to share some projects using the new Amazing Paper Grace Die of the Month set.  The set is so is a car!  This awesome set can be used to create 3D or "flat" projects.  

Two projects were created for the set: one is a super sweet 3D pink and gold car.  There are two blond gals in the car: my friend Christine and me.  We are heading to the craft store in the styling car!

The second project is a card showcasing a fancy red convertible with "Enjoy the Ride" on the metal tire holder.  I will share more pics further down but I have to share some other info first!

First: Dies for my creations today were supplied by Amazing Paper Grace.  (Thank you!)

Second: There are 26 cutting dies included in the Pop Up 3D Vignette Road Trip!  (wow!)
On to the projects:
The day tripping crafty gals are cruising in their pink convertible.  They look awesome in this car that is sporting gold bumpers.  That's right...crafty gals need to have a pink car with gold bumpers!
They look good coming and going, by the way.  Check out their back end equipped with a happy bow and even happier flowers showering the tire cover.
And look at the hair!  I am driving and my blondish hair is perfectly done (really, my hair has never looked so good).  Have you noticed the mirrors and lights?  They all have Nuvo Drops applied for bling and depth.  
While those awesome crafters are on their way to the store, how about we check out the hot little convertible on the card?
Is anyone else singing Little Red Corvette right now or is it just me?  The car reminds me of when I was working full time and attending the local college.  My dream car had always been a red Mustang and I found a 1960s convertible for sale.  I saved...and saved...and saved for the car.  I would drive by it and dream of cruising down the road in it.  Alas, I had the money but ended up not buying it.  I "guess" money for university was more important than a Mustang (lol) but at least of have the tail end of one on this fun card!
Isn't it the sweetest?  Such a fun little die set to create fun little projects. 

Amazing Paper Grace June 2022 Die of the Month – Pop Up 3D Vignette Road Trip.
Amazing Paper Grace die set A2 Corner Cotillion
Amazing Paper Grace die set Candlewick Lace Card Front

The Amazing Paper Grace Die of the Month is available exclusively at Spellbinders Paper Arts during June 2022, Pop Up 3D Vignette Road Trip along with other membership perks.

View this month’s Amazing Paper Grace Die of the Month!

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Have a happy, crafty day.
Kathy Jo

Thursday, June 2, 2022

Happy Birthday Butterfly Bliss Garden Shutters card

Hello Crafty Friends!

Have you seen the Butterfly Bliss Garden Shutters die set designed by Becca Feeken (Amazing Paper Grace) for Spellbinders? It is a very sweet die set that creates an interactive shutter style card. 

The die set consists of 19 thin metal dies that you can use to create a unique card for someone special. I saw this die set and knew I had to have it! My cards will be taken to a whole new level with this set.

The inspiration for my card today is the soft nature of June. My garden has happy little flowers throughout the summer and the June flowers are light colored and delicate. The flowers host beautiful butterflies, bees, and other delightful wee creatures. A garden is truly a magnificent place!

For the card I used the following product designed by Becca Feeken: 

Amazing Paper Grace Butterfly Bliss Garden die set (S6-183)

Amazing Paper Grace Tiara Rondelle (S5-342)

Also used was Spellbinders Hot Foil Be Bold Glimmer Sentiments (GLP-299)

The color choices are antique pink, ivory, gold, and white (vellum) as the colors are fresh and uplifting. The colors really bring out the intricate details of the shutter dies.

The butterflies are die cut in gold and ivory card stock as well as white vellum. I added some Nuvo Drops in White Blizzard to the butterfly wings. The butterflies are beautiful!

The card corners are created using ivory card stock with the Tiara Rondelle die set. The corners are not necessary as the card looked lovely as is- I just wanted to add them as "landing spots" for more butterflies.  :)

When the tab is pulled, the shutters flip up and the foiled Happy Birthday with another wee butterfly appears.  I chose the opposite colors for the inside shutters- pink as the ornate die cut with an ivory background.

I adore how this card turned out and look forward to creating another!  It was fun to make and the die set results in not only a unique but beautiful card. 

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

Saturday, May 28, 2022

Hello Crafty Friends!

Hello Crafty Friends!

How are you all?  Have you been crafty and happy?  I do hope so!  Crafting is one of many joys I have in life so I make sure to take time to create- whether that is every day or once a week.  My blog may have been on pause the past year and a half but my crafting was not.

If you follow me on Instagram (@kathyjocrafts) then you will see a snippet of a few projects.  Sometimes I shared some quick videos of projects on Facebook, too.  But, mostly, I kept the creations to myself.  

I was on the Crafters Companion design team for a couple of years.  The team members were very nice and hard working crafters!  

After the time on the team I took a break from cardmaking and turned my interests to junk journaling.  Oh- that is too fun!  Using old or "junk" items in new ways was exhilarating.  I keep almost all junk mail envelopes now and cut pretty pictures from otherwise tossed mail or magazines.  And using my favorite drink (tea!) to dye paper is awesome.  Taking old index cards and dying them to create mushroom cards was so enjoyable.

I also spent more time playing with product I hardly used- whether it was watercolors...
(...including super cute watercoloring)
...using alcohol inks with new stamps (or at least new to me!)...
...and playing with stencils.
More photos will be shared and my YouTube channel will have videos uploaded.  :)

In short, the blog has been neglected but creativity has not.  You will see more posts here, Instagram, Facebook, and videos on YouTube.  Yes, it is time to share again.  And time to share some FANTABULOUS news...but that will need to wait a few days.  Until then...

Thank you very much for stopping by!
Have a happy, crafty day.
Kathy Jo

Friday, December 18, 2020

Inky fun snowflake Christmas card!


Hello Crafty Friends!

Are you looking for an inky, easy, last minute winter card to create?  Look no further than this festively fun card using Suzanne's holiday stamps.

The main stamp set used is the lovely A Whisper On My Nose stamp set:

It is a three stamp set (two individual snowflakes and the poem).  I also used snowflakes from other Suzanne stamp sets but you can easily just use the two snowflakes from this set.

Card instructions:
1-    Create a tent fold 4.25 x 5.5" card base from red card stock.
2-    Cut a piece of white or ivory card stock to 4 x 5.25".
3-    To prevent static, use an anti-static pouch on your white card stock.  Use Versamark or white embossing powder to stamp the snowflakes.  Use embossing powder (such as the Gesso White Modern Gilding Powder) to heat emboss the snowflakes.
4-    Use a red water reactive ink (such as Spectrum Noir Water reactive or Ranger Distress Ink) the create an ombre background.  Start with the red on the bottom and gradually lighten as you go up.  Wipe snowflakes off with a clean, dry cloth to remove the red ink.  Optional: flick water on the background and pat dry for a wet, distressed look.  Use double sided tape to mount to card base.
5-    Stamp the poem using black ink (heat emboss using the Gothic Black Gilding Powders looks fabulous!).  Die cut using a square stitched die.  Apply red ink along edges.
6-    Die cut red card stock using the next larger size stitched square die.  Mount poem onto red die cut.  Use double sided foam tape to mount to card front.
7-    For extra awesome, add gems or glitter to the snowflake centers and randomly on the background.

The red really makes the snowflakes pop and adds a festive feel to the card.  

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

Monday, November 16, 2020

Slide out pocket holiday card


Hello Crafty Friends!

Today I am sharing a slide out pocket card using the There are Many Gifts stamp set designed by Suzanne Cannon.  The stamp set is available at Emerald Creek.

For more photos and details, feel free to hop on over to Quietfire Creations.  :)

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

Wednesday, November 11, 2020

Follow me on Instagram for crafty fun!


Hello Crafty Friends!

Just wanted to drop you all a line to say that I am very active on Instagram (@kathyjocrafts ).  I love to share snapshots of what I am working on, 

completed projects, 

craft room storage, 

and new products (newly released or new to me!).  

Of course, I also like to share pics of my sweet Saint Bernard, Teddy, and his three feline siblings.  They are my crafty helpers.  :)

Instagram is great as I enjoy crafting and taking a quick snapshot of my crafty happiness to share with others makes crafting even better!  :)

Thank you for stopping by!  I do hope you all are having a happy, crafty day!
Big Hugs,
Kathy Jo
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