Thursday, May 24, 2018

"Destiny is not a matter of chance"

Hello Crafty Friends!

Decided to pull out the Dylusions Sprays again and create a bright mixed media card.   After the inky fun I used a newly released stamp from Quietfire Design, Destiny is not a matter of chance.
The butterfly and Soar dies are also designed by Suzanne for Elizabeth Craft Designs.  The brick background was die cut using Tim Holtz' Mixed Media Thinlits die set #3.  All of the enamel dots in the corners and on the butterfly body were created using Enamel Accents by Wendy Vecchi.
Gotta love getting all inky and playing with mixed media product!  Of course it is always great to inspire someone, too.  :)

Product used:
Quietfire Design: Destiny is not a matter stamp, Soar die, Butterfly Flourish die
Ranger Ink: Dylusions Sprays, Vintage Photo Distress ink, Wendy Vecchi Enamel Dots, Jet Black Archival Ink
Sizzix: Tim Holtz Mixed Media #3 Thinlit die set

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

Monday, May 21, 2018

"Celebrate" Rose stamped gift box

Hello Crafty Friends!

It is Victoria Day in most of Canada which means a three day weekend for many of us.  The weekend has been great so far: on Saturday my friends and I attended an all day charity crop.  I did not get a lot of crafting done but had a fun time laughing and talking to friends.  How has your weekend been?  Have you crafted or been with friends and family?

Today I am popping in to share a gift box I created using Altenew stamps, Elizabeth Craft "Congrats" die and Spellbinders gift box die.  The box die is designed by Becca Feeken and has been on my wish list for a while.  I was so happy to have won on one of Becca's blog hops and I immediately picked the long wished for die set.  This box is my first creation using the set.
First, I stamped the flowers onto white card stock using Altenew inks and stamps.  After drying, I die cut it using the box dies.
 A coordinated green crinkle ribbon was wrapped around the box and a single bow adhered to the front.  "Congrats" die cut black card stock and adhered to the box top.  (Love how it pops against the beautiful rose background!)
So lucky to have won this die set!  I have more plans for this box so stay tuned!

Product used:
Spellbinders: Mini card/booklet gift box die set
Altenew: Vintage Flowers stamp set and inks (Pocket Full of Sunshine set and Tropical Forest)
Elizabeth Craft: Congrats die
Other: black and white card stock, double sided adhesive tape and liquid adhesive

Thanks for stopping by!  Have a happy, crafty week!
Big Hugs,
Kathy Jo

Sunday, May 20, 2018

Shoot for the moon!

Hello Crafty Friends!

It is a busy weekend here in Halifax, Nova Scotia.  This weekend is the annual Bluenose Marathon.  The event is well received and so inspirational!  I am always proud of my friends and family who participate in the event. This year a dear friend of mine, Mel, is running in it.  Her story is one to fill your heart with love and inspiration.  She has MS and has suffered many problems with this horrible disease.  However, she has the heart and strength to do as much as she can to fight the disease.  While doing so she has inspired many.  Here is her story and I hope it inspires you, too:  video of Melanie on the local CTV news.  Mel is running in the race today and it felt fitting to share this card today.

The sentiment is from Elizabeth Craft Designs.
The background was created using Dylusions Sprays and white acrylic paint.  The dies are also from Elizabeth Craft Designs.
Card Instructions:

Product used:
Elizabeth Craft Designs: Soar Collection stamp set, Fishtail Borders, Double Sided Adhesive, Liquid Adhesive
Ranger Ink: Dylusions sprays
Other: mixed media paper, black card stock, white acrylic paint, black ribbon

Thinking of you, Mel!  You rock!!!

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


Saturday, May 19, 2018

Graphic 45 and Quietfire Design layered card

Hello Crafty Friends!

Yesterday I shared one of the Mother's Day cards I made for a friend.  Today I am sharing the second card created.  This card also used Graphic 45's Portrait of a Lady collection.
The oh-so-pretty calligraphy stamp is from Quietfire Design's Keep Calm and Call Mom stamp set.  It was stamped using Altenew ink.  After drying I added a fussy cut rose and applied Stickles.
Three Spellbinders dies were used on the card front and were adhered using double faced foam tape.

The papers, calligraphy stamp and die look so good together!  (Don't you just love creating a project with several pretty die cut layers?)

Product used:
Quietfire Design: Keep Calm and Call Mom stamp set
Graphic 45: Portrait of a Lady collection
Spellbinders: Filigree Delight (by Becca Feeken) and Floral Ovals
Altenew: Olive ink
Ranger Ink: Crystal Stickles
Other: ivory card stock, gold marker, double sided adhesive tape, double sided foam tape, gold card stock

Thank you for stopping by!  I do hope you enjoyed the card.  :)
Have a happy, crafty day.
Big Hugs,
Kathy Jo

Friday, May 18, 2018

Graphic 45 Portrait of a Lady card

Hello Crafty Friends!

A good friend of mine asked if I could make a Mother's Day card for his mom and his mother-in-law.  The first card I created used Graphic 45's beautiful Portrait of a Lady collection. 
 That gorgeous edge die is from Creative Expressions.  Love it!
 The inside has a lovely calligraphy stamp from Quietfire Design.

The image was fussy cut, gold applied along the edges and mounted using double faced foam tape.
My friend said his mom loved it!  Yay!  

Product used:
Graphic 45: Portrait of a lady patterned papers
Creative Expressions: Gemini Collection Cassiopeia die
Quietfire Design: Happy Family Days stamp set
Other: ivory card stock, gold marker, double sided adhesive tape, double faced foam tape, ivory ribbon

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

Thursday, May 17, 2018

"Music Expresses" newly released Quietfire Design

Hello Crafty Friends!

Today is my day to post at Quietfire Creations and I am sharing a project using the newly released stamp "Music expresses".
For more card details and instructions, feel free to hop on over to Quietfire Design.  :)

Product used:
Quietfire Design: Music Expresses stamp
May Arts: Butterflies ribbon
Ranger ink: Jet Black Archival ink
Pink Paislee:London Market patterned paper
Other: grey card stock, Altenew Rocky Shore ink, double sided adhesive tape, liquid adhesive, metallic button

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



Monday, May 7, 2018

Anyone can change everything

Hello Crafty Friends!

It was my turn to share a project at Quietfire Creations so I used the newly released stamp sets Anyone can change everything and Tulips.

For more details and card instructions, feel free to hop on over to the Quietfire Creations blog post.  :)

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

Sunday, April 29, 2018

The only time you should ever look back....

Hello Sweet Crafty Friends.

I just wanted to pop in today to share some love and inspiration.

Let's face it, life is no easy journey.  Sometimes our path is smooth, straight and takes us through areas full of sunshine, rainbows and lollipops.  Then sometimes we are slowly sludging through 2 feet of mud with the rain beating down on us.  No matter what part of life you are at right now, keep your chin up and fight on.  You can do this.  Try not to let the past weigh you down either.  I know it can be tough.  But remember: The only time you should ever look back is to see how far you've come.

The awesomely inspiring quote above is a stamp from Quietfire Design.  I thought that I would frame it with a Polaroid die as many old photos we look back at are Polaroids.  The bright yellow background was created using Dylusions sprays.
I do hope this little project brought some inspiration and love to your day.  If you want to create a similar project for someone, the product links are below.   (FYI: at the time of this post, I found the Polaroid die on clearance!  I made sure to share that link!)

Product used:
Quietfire Design: The only time stamp
Bo Bunny: Polaroid die
Ranger Ink: Dylusions Sprays and Archival ink
Graphic 45: Nature Sketchbook patterned paper

Thank you for stopping by.
Big Hugs,
Kathy Jo

Saturday, April 28, 2018

You were born with greatness


Hello Crafty Friends!

It is my turn to share at Elizabeth Craft Designs and I created an inspiring wee card using product designed by the oh-so-talented Suzanne Cannon.  Suzanne designed the beautiful stamps and the gorgeous flourished frame die.  (see end of post for product links)

Below is the back of the card...sweet!  Love the flourished butterflies.


For card instructions and more details, feel free to hop on over to the Elizabeth Craft Designs blog.

Product used:
Elizabeth Craft Designs: Flourished die, Soar stamp set
Authentique: Stitches paper pad
Ranger Ink: Archival Ink in Jet Black

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

Thursday, April 26, 2018

"You can do anything"

Hello Crafty Friends!

It has been a week since my last post but for good reason: I have been playing with Quietfire Design and Elizabeth Craft Designs new releases.  I cannot share the ECD projects yet but I can share Quietfire Design.  :)

First up is an inspirational and colorful card using the new stamp, You can do anything.

Instructions:

  1. Spray desired Dyslusions Sprays onto mixed media paper. Dry.  Cut to desired size.
  2. Use texture paste and stencil.  Air dry.
  3. Apply Picket Fence Distress Paint to some edges and extend into paper.  Dry. 
  4. Apply Vintage Photo Distress Ink along edges.
  5. Splatter white acrylic paint.
  6. Create card base (navy blue).  Mat wood grain paper.
  7. Die cut navy blue card stock using lace edging. 
  8. Cut a strip of wood grain paper.
  9. Mount mixed media paper, wood grain paper strip and lace die cut as shown.
  10. Wrap and adhere coordinating twine.
  11. Stamp quote onto white card stock using black archival ink.  Dry.
  12. Die cut quote and mount onto card front using double sided foam tape.
  13. Create twine bow and adhere.  Add embellishment.
It is so bright and cheerful!  A perfect card to inspire a loved one.
Product used:
Quietfire Design: You can do anything stamp
Stampers Anonymous: Tim Holtz Gothic stencil
Spellbinders: Becca Feeken Venice Lace, Parisian Accents

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

Thursday, April 19, 2018

"Life doesn't have to be perfect..." upcycled Quetfire Design frame

Hello Crafty Friends!

It is my turn to post at Quietfire Creations and I am sharing an upcycled frame using one of the newly released stamps from Quietfire Design, Life doesn't have to be perfect:
Life Doesn't Have to be Perfect - Mounted
You should have seen this poor, sad frame before I upcycled it.  It was dark, dreary and tired.  Some Gesso, white paint and gold paste later and a refreshed frame was complete.  I love how the beautiful sentiment pops against the soft colors of the frame and papers.
For more project details, feel free to hop on over to Quietfire Creations.

Product used:
Quietfire Design: Life Doesn't have to be perfect stamp
Spellbinders: Coralene's ChemiseIsabella Frame
Prima Marketing: Love Story paper pad
Ranger Ink: Victorian Velvet Distress InkJet Black Archival Ink
Nuvo: Gloss Drops in Simply White

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


Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Quietfire Design new product introduction with video


Hello Crafty Friends!

Received some happy mail: the entire new product release from Quietfire Design.  The release is awesome and had to make a video of opening the package and oogling over the stamps!

Enjoy.  :)


Sunday, April 15, 2018

Graphic 45 Nature Sketchbook mini album

Hello Crafty Friends!

Yesterday my friends and I attended a day long fundraising crop.  Oh- I had such a great time!  All of us crafty gals collected a lot of food for a local food bank.  (Feels awesome to help out people in need!)  We spent the whole day crafting, smiling, and chatting.  Gotta love craft days spent with friends. :)

I usually attend crops with a large project to work on.  The project for yesterday's crop was a mini-album using Graphic 45's Nature Sketchbook collection.  The album is quite big and full of beautiful Graphic 45 details.  Because of the amount of album details, I am sharing not only some photos of the album but also a YouTube video.

Below are some pics of the album.  I fussy cut a lot of butterflies and some bees for it...and I had a blast doing it.  It may not be summer here but my desk looked like summer with all of the colorful butterflies on it!

The front of the album has several fussy cutbutterflies.  I really like how the Monarch butterfly pops against the gold doily.

The spine has three very wee butterflies fussy cut on it.  Can you find them?  (hint: one is in the metal label holder)

Here are some photos from inside of the album.  Love the colors in this collection!
Chipboard, flower punchouts, tabs & pockets and stickers from the Nature Sketchbook collection were used throughout the album.



The envelope opens to reveal three envelopes with more embellishments and cards tucked inside.










Doesn't the collection make you think of summer beauty?  It makes me yearn for summer in my gardens seeing butterflies flutter by. 

Product used:

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

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