Saturday, February 20, 2016

Weekly Inspiration #6 and a TH Giveaway!

Hello Crafty Friends!

I was thinking the other day about how much life can change in such a short amount of time.  If someone would have told a younger high school me that I would move to Canada, marry a sweet and handsome Canadian, work as a mechanical engineer and at night enjoy a hobby of paper crafting...well...honestly...the high school me would have thought that those things were for someone else.  Funny how life works out, isn't it?  I feel very fortunate for all aspects of my life.  Take paper crafting- what a great way to express our inner creativity.  And the crafty friends I have met:  you all are great!  So inspirational and encouraging!  This blog is my happy, crafty place in the blogosphere and I am beyond words in appreciation that you all visit this place.  Actually, this little blog hit a milestone recently: over 100,000 visits! I believe that calls for a celebration.  And a giveaway.  :)  Giveaway details are on the bottom of this blog post.
The weekly altered playing card continues.  Today I am sharing last week's card- Valentine's Day themed.  The card had white Gesso applied.  After drying Distress Paint in Broken China and Peacock Feathers was applied.  I cut a heart out of cardboard, adhered and painted using Festive Berries and Fired Brick paint.  The flower was from my stash- Gesso applied and was painted in Scattered Straw and Picket Fence.  Black Distress Crackle was applied.
Golden Artist Colors' Extra Heavy Gel was mixed with Scattered Straw and used with Tim Holtz' Hearts stencil.
Several different Tim Holtz stamps were used with Jet Black Archival ink and applied to the background.
White paint was flicked on the card and randomly added to the card corners.  True was stamped on Scattered Straw colored paper and adhered as shown.
Very happy with the final result!  It is so bright and cheerful...just the way True Love should be.

I hope you liked the Tim Holtz Stencil because that is today's giveaway!  
The giveaway details: 1- be a follower (either Google Blogger, Bloglovin' or email) and tell me in the comment which type of follower you are.  2- Extra entry point if you tell me your favorite reasons why you love crafting.  Easy Peasy!  Don't worry if you don't win this time as there will be one giveaway every week for the next 4 weeks!  If you have problems with a comment (as I cannot have anonymous comments) just drop me an email at little_teapot at live dot com and I will make sure to add you to the draw list.  You have until 11pm EST next Friday, February 27 to leave a comment.  Winner will be posted on Saturday the 27th.

Good luck on the draw!  Thank you for stopping by and have a happy crafty day!
Big hugs,
Kathy Jo

This project is entered into the following challenges:
613 Avenue Create, AG
Word Art Wednesday, AG
Simon Says Stamp Monday, Upcycle
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday, Shake it up (paint)


  1. love this piece! so many textures! thanks for the opportunity, I follow via google blogger.


  2. A really colorful and interesting mixed media piece... I love the background and your use of the stencil hearts and white paint! The flower in the heart is a unique and beautiful focal point! Thank you so much for sharing your project and creativity at 613 Ave C!
    ~ginny, DT for 613 Ave C : [ ATG / Shaker Card]
    Owner: RubberMAD (

  3. Lots and lots of wonderful detail and texture in this design! Mixed media can be over done and the main theme easily lost. You, however, have avoided all the pitfalls and produced an interesting and cohesive design! Thanks bunches for sharing with us here at 613 Avenue Create!
    Chana, Owner

  4. Oh wow, it looks amazing, Kathy Jo!! I love the texture and the colors!! The stamping is fabulous!! What a stunning project this is my friend!! Of course I'm a follower :) but don't include me in the draw...I have that stencil. I love crafting for so many reasons, but my favorite is the friends I've made in blogland!! Have a great weekend!! Big hugs :)

    A Mermaid's Crafts

  5. This is a fabulous card! Love the texture you've achieved - especially the final touches with the white paint. Thanks for sharing. I love being a "blogger" to get all these nifty little tips from people like you!

  6. Kathy Jo this playing card is awesome! I love all the hearts and that big flower on the main heart looks great!

  7. What a beautiful the texture. Just the right amount to not overwhelm the card! I follow on Bloglovin and I love crafting because it relaxes me and I love giving unique, handcrafted gifts to family and friends.

  8. So love the colors on this Kathy Jo. It is just perfect, and it is the month of love. Of course I am a Google follower. I love to paper craft because I get to create, and make so many beautiful projects from cards to mini albums, and of course because I get to spend time with friends like you.

  9. Very cool card! Love the colors and texture. I love to craft because I find it fulfills my drive to create. I follow you on Twitter, Facebook, GFC and e-mail.

  10. Love the multilayers of colors and textures!! Thanks for the chance to win!! The reason I craft is that I love the calming affect of creating, fulfilment of personal goals of getting better at different skills, and giving others the gift of different art forms. It all started with scrapbooking about the history of loved ones that had passed away and wanting to my own children to know about their lives.

    1. Congrats! You were the winner of the stencil! :)

      Could you please send me an email (little_teapot at live dot com) with your address? Thanks!

  11. Love the colors and textures on your card, especially the white splatter. Thank you so much for playing along with us over at the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog this week!

  12. Hmmm, I love crafting because it is so much fun and relaxing! I love making something out of nothing! <3 Gorgeous project and thanks for the giveaway!

  13. Fabulous card, love all the details.
    Thank you for joining us at Simon says Stamp Wednesday Challenge.

  14. 1 - Google Blogger follower
    2 - Live is about making things clean and tight , but as we know it doesn't give you happiness
    Crafting is about making art from chaos :)
    crafting it's a freedom :)
    Thats why I love crafting :)

  15. What an awesome project. Love the layers upon layers of stamping and awesome textures you incorporated. So blessed you joined our last Challenge and hope you join us again in our current Challenge at Word Art Wednesday. Leaving you with the encouragement only the Word of God can provide in James 1:12 which tells us, "Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love him." Have a blessed weekend.

    JO ANN


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