Friday, March 24, 2017

Graphic 45 Fashionista Roses card

Hello Crafty Friends!

In my last post I shared a mini tag album using recently purchased Graphic 45 Midnight Masquerade papers.  The papers were purchased from a local crafty store (such a wonderful purchase!).  The same day I visited another local crafty store and came across some gorgeous roses 12x12 papers.  Surprise!  The paper was from another Graphic 45 collection- Fashionista.  It was released in 2009 and I had never seen it before because I was not really into paper crafting at the time.  Well, I guess you know that I had to buy a few sheets of the paper.  An "anytime card" was the project I had in mind for it.
The fussy cut roses are the focal point of the card front.  Since I had no other papers from this collection, I turned to green patterned paper (Artisan Style) and blue plaid paper (By the Sea) to coordinate.
 The green paper was die cut using Spellbinders' Triple Floral dies to create a lovely frame.
 The beautiful butterfly is from Nature Sketchbook.
 The inside is more of the patterned papers and a fussy cut bunch of roses.
A great card for my stash.  When the occasion arises I can easily grab the card and my favorite Quietfire Design stamp sentiment for the inside.

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

This card is entered into the following challenges:
Graphic 45, Tag or card project
Simon Says Stamp Monday, Layer it up

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Graphic 45 Midnight Masquerade Mini Tag Album

Hello Crafty Friends!

A couple of weekends ago I visited a local crafty store to pick up a few sheets of each of the new Graphic 45 releases.  My plan of a few purchased sheets changed as soon as I saw the Midnight Masquerade collection.  A few sheets turned into the purchase of the 12x12 pad...and the 12x12 solids and patterns pad...and the tags and pockets.  I. Regret. Nothing.  :)

Afterward I visited a dollar store to purchase a purple boa and purple beaded trim.  Perfect matches!  That evening was our monthly Girls' Crafty Night and I brought the paper pads, the dollar store finds, Spellbinders dies (Tammy Tutterow's Shortie Tags and Victorian Bow) and Cheery Lynn's Mini French Pastry doily die.  At the end of the evening the album was almost completed!  It was a snap to put together and I love how it turned out.  Overall, I guess you could say it was an awesome crafty day! 

Below are photos of the album from beginning to end.  I hope you enjoy it as much I I enjoyed making it!  
 A lot of fun fussy cutting was used on the album in addition to foam tape, Stickles and gems.  The feathers look great behind the beautiful masquerader.
 Side angle of the front of the album.
 The next two tag faces are below.  Throughout the album the tag faces coordinate with each other.
 The postage stamps are gorgeous.
 In the center of one of the fan flowers are beads removed from the beaded trim. 
 Stunning colors in the collection!
 The doily die cut is a wonderful fit behind the mask.  
 Scrap pieces were cut using the Shortie tags edge trim and adhered to each tag bottom edge.
 Look at those luscious purples...
 Of course I had to use another feather...
 The die behind the mask is the smaller die from the Victorian Bow dies set.
 Such imagery and details in this collection.  
 The last tag face...and I happily fussy cut many flowers for it.
 The finishing touch was the ribbon/trim bundle around the tag ring and the bejeweled embellishment.
 A fun, wee tag album!
Thank you so much for stopping by!  Have a happy, crafty day!
Big Hugs,
Kathy Jo

This album is entered into the following challenge:
Graphic 45, Tag or card project
Simon Says Stamp Monday, Layer it up
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday, More than one die

Monday, March 20, 2017

Friend card and envelope set using Quietfire Design and Graphic 45

Hello Crafty Friends!

Today is my day to post at Quietfire Creations and I am sharing a friendship themed envelope and card set using Quietfire Design's Always Be My Friend stamp set:
Always Be My Friend, Set of 3 Stamps - Mounted
And Quietfire Design's You are stamp set:
You Are, Set of 5 - Mounted
The envelope was created using Becca Feeken's (Amazing Paper Grace) Card, Envelope and Liner Spellbinders die set.  All paper is from Graphic 45's Artisan Style collection.  Below are a few photos of the project:
The inside note card has pretty butterfly on one side...
...and a sweet note on the other.  A thoughtful and happy note for a dear friend.
Feel Free to hop on over to Quietfire Creations for more photos of the project!

Thanks for stopping by!  I do hope you enjoyed the friendship card and envelope set.
Have a happy, crafty day!
Big Hugs,
Kathy Jo

Friday, March 10, 2017

Graphic 45 "Cherish" Scrapbook layout

Hello Crafty Friends!

Last weekend while in my craft room going through photos I came across this photo of my mom and I on my wedding day.  There are many beautiful memories of the day and I will always remember how my mom sang with the guitarist while photos were being taken.  It was a spontaneous moment for all as he strummed one of her favorite songs and she stood beside him to sing.  That was my mom.  She loved music and she sang so well.  I miss her so much and seeing this photo brought back all of those cherished memories.

She would have loved this scrapbook page for not only the photo but also the beautiful papers, calligraphy die, the white paint applied along edges and stenciled on the background, the paper flowers and the lace.
The Cherish die is from Elizabeth Craft Designs, designed by Suzanne Cannon.
The papers are all from Graphic 45's Gilded Lily collection.  White paint was used along edges and used with a TCW 12x12 background stencil.
The flowers were from my crafty stash (unknown).
The hearts were die cut from Spellbinders' Lace Hearts die set.  Other Spellbinders dies used: Ornamental Crest and Reverent Square.
Thank you for stopping by.  I do hope you enjoyed the layout and that you have a happy, crafty day.
Big Hugs,
Kathy Jo

Monday, March 6, 2017

"Always Believe" Graphic 45 and Quietfire Design butterfly card

Hello Crafty Friends! 

Today is my day to post at Quietfire Creations and I created a card using the stunning new stamp from Quietfire Design, Always Believe:
Always Believe - Mounted
Love the flowing letters of Suzanne's calligraphy!  The calligraphy is full of such light and delicate beauty...it reminds me of a butterfly gracefully fluttering by on a summer's day.  The image of butterflies following the exquisite calligraphy of the stamp inspired my card.  
The papers are from Graphic 45's Nature Sketchbook.  The butterflies were fussy cut and Stickles applied.
The stamped sentiment was die cut using a square die, the sentiment was left inside the die and Peeled Paint Distress Ink applied along the inside edges.
The stamp is one of several new releases from Quietfire Design.  All of the newly released stamps, dies and stencils can be found here.  Oh!  What a fabulous release!!

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

Saturday, March 4, 2017

"Believe in Yourself" inspirational peacock card

Hello Crafty Friends!  

Popping in to share an inspiring card using one of my all time favorite stamp sets from Quietfire Design, If You Don't Believe in Miracles:
If You Don't Believe in Miracles - Set of 3 Stamps
Oh- I have used this set so many times...love it!  Each stamp is inspirational and gorgeous. A must have for any stamper!
For the card I started with Spellbinders Reflective Moment to die cut 100 lb white card stock.  It was formed as an easel frame:
Distress Stains in Broken China, Peacock Feathers and Mowed Lawn were applied as shown.  The shimmery peacock was fussy cut from patterned paper (unknown) and adhered.  
The stamp looks beautiful!
The card would be a great gift for a friend or loved one as daily encouragement or inspiration.
Thank you so much for stopping by!

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