Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Autumn leaf card- Inking Technique

Hello Crafty Friends! 

Autumn is here and to share the spirit and beauty of the season, I created an Autumn card using the gorgeous Autumn die from Suzanne Cannon's 4 Seasons die set. The card captures the beautiful colors of fall and is fun to make. Kids would love to create this card with you! So grab a cup of tea, sit back and enjoy the instructions...

  1. Create 5.5" x 5.5" top folding card from Kraft card stock. Cut 5.25" square from Brick Red Soft Finish Cardstock, apply Memento Rhubarb Stalk ink along edges and mount to card using double-sided adhesive tape.
  2. Grab a leaf from a tree that fills your card front well. (I used an oak leaf.) Randomly apply fall color Memento inks to leaf starting with lightest color, then the darker colors. (Tip: Working from light to dark keeps the lighter ink pads clean. Inks used are named in the supply list.)
  3. Place leaf face down onto White Soft Finish Cardstock and use a brayer to flatten it and print the impression. (Hold the leave in place so it won't slip and blur the impression.)
  4. Cut the leaf-printed cardstock down to 4.75" x 4.75". Mount on 4 7/8" square gold card stock using double-sided adhesive tape. Mount onto card base with double-sided adhesive tape.
  5. Die cut Autumn from Brick Red cardstock and also from a piece of white craft foam sheet. Apply Rhubarb Stalk ink to the edges of the Brick Red Autumn die cut.
  6. Mount both die cuts onto card front using glue. It looks best when the Brick Red is slightly offset over the white foam as shown in the close-up below.
Elizabeth Craft Designs Products:
Other products used:
  • Memento inks in Rhubarb Stalk, Dandelion, Bamboo Leaves, Tangelo
  • Brayer
  • Leaf
  • White craft foam (~1/8" thick)
  • Kraft brown cardstock, gold cardstock
  • 3M Liquid Adhesive
Thanks for stopping by! I do hope you enjoyed the Autumn leaf card!
Have a happy, crafty day.
Kathy Jo

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Roses in December

Hello Crafty Friends!

Today is my day to share a project at Quietfire Design and I chose to create a card using one of the lovely new stamps, God gave us memory
God Gave Us Memory - Mounted
I really like that quote- even on the coldest winter's day we can still fondly remember roses.  I will need to remember that when I am begrudgingly shoveling snow!  :)
The tent fold card had many layers of Graphic 45 papers (Secret Garden).  The paper is from my extra-awesome-favorite-paper pad-stash and I use it sparingly.  However, the lovely stamp needed lovely papers so pulled out the treasured pad and cautiously cut the required pieces.

The roses were applied at is for the winter so the more the merrier!
Thanks so much for stopping by!  I do hope you enjoyed the card and I hope that every day you have fond memories of roses!

Big Crafty Hugs,
Kathy Jo

Monday, August 29, 2016

Graphic 45 Safari Adventure "Thanks" gift set

Hello Crafty Friends!

Don't you just love playing with new crafty products?  Not only is playing with new Graphic 45 paper a treat, so is smelling the paper.  The scent of a fresh Graphic 45 paper pad invigorates the soul and the colorful patterns brighten the spirit.  The new Graphic 45 Safari Adventure pad is no exception.  Love it!

I decided to create a sweet little Thank you gift set using the pad.  First, I pulled out two stamp set from Quietfire Design.  (Quietfire Design stamps and Graphic 45 papers are a match made in heaven!)  The "Thanks" from Thanks Cuddlers stamp set was used on the card front:
Thanks Cuddlers, Set of 7 Stamps - Mounted
And the "for you" from the Being Thankful stamp set was used on the wee gift box:
Being Thankful, Set of 6 Stamps - Mounted
The Kraft card box was die cut using Spellbinders die set LF-012, Square Petal Top Box.  I fussy cut various pieces of Safari patterned paper using circle dies and adhered to the top of the box.  
The sides of the box were embellished using various tags, stamps and other Safari images.
A tent fold 4.25" x 5.5" Kraft card was created.  Mounted on the card were several pieces of Safari paper as shown.
The Thanks was stamped on ivory G45 paper, cut and mounted on black card stock.  
The embellies in the upper left corner were too fun to collect.  On the compass I applied Viva Decor's clear Pearl Pen to give the appearance of glass.
Such a great paper collection!  Such vibrant colors and patterns.  
Here is another look at the box:
And one final peek at the set:
Thanks for stopping by!  I do hope you enjoyed the gift set.  :)

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

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
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