Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Tuesday is the last day to leave a comment to win!

Just a reminder that Tuesday is the last day to leave a comment on my Sunday post for a chance to win the prize from the generous sponsor of my blog (Designs by Sarah) for the Craftin Desert Divas Holly Jolly Blog Hop! (Whew! That was a long sentence!)

Good luck!!

Sunday, December 15, 2013

Craftin Desert Divas Holly Jolly Blog Hop!!!

Welcome to Craftin Desert Diva's Holly Jolly Christmas Blog Hop!!

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I'm so happy that you could join us today! If this is the first time that you have hopped with us, you won't be disappointed. This is the Craftin Desert Divas design team's first hop and I have to say that I am lucky to be a part of such amazing, creative and talented bunch of ladies!

This is Day 2 Holly Jolly Christmas Blog Hop! You will not only get some inspiration, but you could win GREAT prizes, too!! You must FOLLOW and COMMENT on all of the stops both days to have chance to win.

Here are the wonderful sponsors for this hop...

For this two day hop each blog will be offering a prize from one of the sponsors listed above!!! You must visit each stop both days to be eligible to win.  Winners will be announced on Dec 18. The entire winning list will be posted on  Craftin Desert Diva's website.
My sponsor for today is..

Sarah is one fantastic designer who does custom blinkie designs, blog makeovers and other cool graphic needs (click here for her list of extra graphic designs).  Designs by Sarah is providing a two column blog makeover!  That is a $50 service!  Woo-who!!  What a great way to start 2014 with a blog make over!  Thanks so much, Sarah!

Here is my project that I've created for today's hop.  
It is getting close to Christmas so I am working on cards that I can easily make several in a night.  This card is not very time consuming, has some fun texture with the corrugated base and is not too CAS.  :)
The paper (Lily Bee Design's Jingle paper pad) and twine (Holly Berry) are from Trendy Twine (another wonderful sponsor on our hop).  Also used were Spellbinders Labels Thirty One and Decorative Labels Twenty Eight, and  JustRite Christmas Antique Labels One stamp set.

Thanks for stopping by!  Here is today's lineup in case you get lost along the way.  Your next stop in line is the creative and lovely Donna K.

 1. Tara                      
 2. Lori                      
 3. Janis              
 4. Michelle P                     
 5. Migdalia            
 6. Kathy Jo <<>>              
 7. Donna K    
 8. Robin C         
 9. Mayra 
10. Jessica

Have a great Sunday!  Good luck on the hop and thank you for your sweet comments!
Kathy Jo

Saturday, December 14, 2013

Thank you card

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Hello Crafteteers!

Just sharing a card I made for a friend at work.  Her furry family member, Dexter, was recently at the vet for a week with a serious health issue.  After a week of tests, blood transfusions and a whole lot of love, Dexter made it back home and is doing so well!  She asked if I could make a thank you card from Dexter to the vets.
Dexter is a dog full of sweetness and sass so I wanted to make sure that his card had happy patterns and colors.  The cute puppy image on the outside is Imaginisce's Scooter's Vacation stamp.  Basic Grey's Max and Whiskers provided the patterned paper.  The white paper was dry embossed in a dog paw and bone pattern.

The inside used my new stamp set from Inspired by Stamping (thank you, Joanna!) called Small Fancy Labels 18.  (One versatile little set!  I received it this week and it definitely came in at a perfect time.  There are four sentiments with the set that will make this set a "go to set" for many cards!)  

Also used: Spellbinders Classic Scalloped Circles and Standard Circles large, Tim Holtz Barn Door Distress Stain applied to seam binding, black gems and one metal dog brad for the bow.  The dog prints stamp set and dog print/bones embossing folder are from unknown suppliers.

Thanks so much for stopping by and have a great Saturday!
Kathy Jo 

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Butterfly Box

Hello Crafteteers!

A quick blog entry for a gift box I finished today.  Thank goodness I am entering contests for crafty packaging and not for "Who has the tidiest craft room?" because if there were 500 entrants showing pics of their craft room and I was one of them, I believe I would place 500th.  It is a disaster in my crafty area!  Tsk tsk!

On to the gift box...

It is a busy time of year so in lieu of listing my steps, I think I will just list products used:

  • Just Rite- Filigree Leaves Background Stamp, Lace Medallion Labels, Samantha Walker Lace Hearts Dies, Enjoy The Day Vintage Labels Four
  • Kraft Journal- Kraft paper
  • Graphic 45- Birdsong paper, butterflies
  • Tim Holtz- Distress Stain in Antique Linen, Broken China Distress Marker
  • Gold Pearl pen, black card stock, ribbon, Stickles, yellow mini pearls
So there you have it!  My first decorated gift box.  Hope you liked it.  :)
Have a great evening!
Kathy Jo

This card is entered into the following challenges:
Craft room designer, Worst Organized Craft Room (just kidding)

Kraft Journal Ladies: if there is not enough Kraft paper on the box for the challenge, just tell me and I will delete it from the challenge.  :)

Monday, December 9, 2013

Craftin' Desert Divas Challenge...Christmas!

Happy Monday!

It is a festive challenge the next two weeks at Craftin Desert Divas: Christmas!  The sponsors this challenge are KaDoodle Bug Designs and Cardz TV!

For the DT Christmas card I used the new paper from Graphic 45: 12 Days of Christmas.  Gorgeous papers in that collection!  I really loved the roses on the Christmas Rose sheet so I used it as my background and I also fussy cut around the roses and added them with foam tape on the bottom left corner.  Spellbinders 5x7 Elegant Labels Four provided the die cut frame (ivory card stock stained with Tim Holtz Victorian Velvet).  The stunning green doily was die cut from Cheery Lynn's Lilith Doily.  The bow was stained using Tim Holtz's Barn Door.

Thanks so much for stopping by and I look forward to seeing all the amazing creations at Craftin' Desert Divas!
Kathy Jo

This card is entered into the following challenges:
Cheery Lynn, Red and Green
Word Art Wednesday, AG
613 Avenue, AG
Crafty Hazelnut Challenge, AG Christmas

Monday, December 2, 2013

Crafting Musketeers Challenge #8- Layer it up!

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Happy Monday!

It is a new challenge at Crafting Musketeers: Layer it up!  The challenge lasts for the entire month of December and it is one entry per crafter.  I hope to see your layered project at Crafting Musketeers!

For my design team project I decided to do a classic design using just red and ivory card stock.  The sentiment is from JustRite stamp set Christmas Inner Thoughts- heat embossed using Pealescent Poppy.  The gorgeous red doily is probably my new favorite doily die: Cheery Lynn's Lilith Doily DL263.  Two embossing folders were used on the ivory card stock: Couture Creations' Trellis and a freebie (unsure of the maker) from a card magazine.  :)

Thanks so much for stopping by!
Have a wonderful day!

This card is entered into the following challenges:
Cheery Lynn, Tis the Season
Inspired by Stamping, ribbon or crochet
Crafty Hazelnut Challenge, AG Christmas
613 Avenue, AG
Word Art Wednesday, AG
Addicted to Stamps, Challenge #70
Sister Act Card Challenge, AG
2 Creative Chicks, Christmas
Cards Galore, Christmas
Challenges 4 Everybody, AG
ALBC: Christmas Cheer
Crafting By Designs, Winter
Crafty Ribbons, AG with Ribbon
Divas by Design, Use some red
Ladybug Crafts, Christmas
One Crazy Stamper, Christmas
Paper Playtime, AG
Papirdokkene, December
Simon Says Stamp, AG
Corrosive Challenge, Happy Holidays
Ribbon Girl, Christmas

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Guest Design projects and products list


The holiday weekend is winding down for my American peeps.  I hope everyone had a great weekend and will have a restful Sunday.  Today my hubby and I are celebrating Thanksgiving with a couple of friends.  It will be a day filled with football and food!  Yay turkey!  Go Bears!  :)

Thanks to everyone who left the sweet comments on the guest design posts Friday and Saturday.  The kind remarks made me smile!  As promised, today I am listing all products used.  If it looks like I am missing something that you need to know, just drop me a line.

Day 1
Cardinal Seasons Greetings: Trendy Twine in Holly Berry, Kaisercraft 6x6 paper pad "Turtle Dove", Cheery Lynn Doily "French Pastry", Season's Greetings from JustRite set "Christmas Vintage Labels One"
Thanks: Trendy Twine in Orange Truffle, Spellbinders Labels Twenty, JustRite stamp set "Kindness", JustRite stamp set "Grateful Heart Vintage Labels Two", Cuttlebug folder A2 Script, Tim Holtz distress pads in antique linen, aged mahogany, spiced marmalade
Merry Christmas mittens: Trendy Twine in Chocolate Truffle, Spellbinders Vintage Lace Motifs, Spellbinders Small Circles, Spellbinders Nested Mittens, Sizzix Tim Holtz embossing folder "Burlap" (on mittens), Bo Bunny paper pad in "Snowfall", JustRite stamp set "Noel Christmas Ornaments"

Day 2

Thanks gift set: Trendy Twine in Orangsicle, My Mind's Eye mini pad in Tangerine, Cuttlebug embossing folder "Snow Dots", Lawn Fawn stamp set "Summertime Charm" and matching die set, jam jar.  Note: if you decide to add a hole to the top of the car for the twine to spool out, discard the flat metal circle on the lid and replace with a piece of cardboard (I used the hard board on the bottom of a paper pad).  Doing this is much easier to make a hole and it will not fray your twine like the metal lid would do.

You Amaze Me: Trendy Twine in Totally Kraft, Quickutz Nesting Doily Ovals dies, Spellbinders Tear Drop Circles, JustRite stamp set "For All You Do Vintage Labels Three", Webster's Pages 6x6 paper "Modern Romance", pink velvet ribbon

Happy Birthday: Trendy Twine in Berries Jubilee, silver paper embossed using Spellbinders Industrial M-Bossabilites

Thanks for stopping by!  Have a wonderful day!
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