Wednesday, December 31, 2014

You Are Sunlight to My Heart card using Spellbinders Victorian Medallion die

Happy New Year's Eve!  Today is my day to share a project at Quietfire Design and I chose to use the ever so sweet You Are Sunlight to My Heart Stamp:
You are Sunlight
Feel free to hope over to the Quietfire blog for more details on the card and supplies used.  :)

Thanks so much for stopping by!  I do hope you all have a great New Year's Eve! 
Kathy Jo

This card is entered into the following challenges:
613 Avenue Create, AG
Word Art Wednesday, AG
Sister Act, AG
Wednesday Simon Says Stamp, AG

Sunday, December 21, 2014

"It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas" flip card

Hello Crafters!

Popping in to share another Christmas card.  You know, it will feel very strange after to holidays to not make Christmas cards all of the time!  
The card base was made using the Sizzix Flip Its die (Majestic Flip-its #658702) and Graphic 45's Twas the Night Before Christmas paper.  The corners were made from ivory card stock and Spellbinders Corner Flourish die (S2-050).  Versamark and gold embossing powder were applied to corner dies.  The lovely poinsettia die cuts were die cut using Memory Box's Small Blooming Poinsettia.  The exquisite sentiment is from Quietfire Design.  Sakura's metallic pen was used on the sentiment edges.
The back of the flip center is ivory card stock die cut from Spellbinders Labels Nine.  

Hope you like the card!  It was quite enjoyable to make.  Don't be too surprised to see another flip it card on this blog soon.  :)

Thanks for stopping by!  Have a great day!
Kathy Jo

Winner of the Quietfire Winter Wonderland blog hop

A big THANK YOU to everyone who stopped by for the blog hop!  It was a fun week and I hope you all enjoyed the hop!

Each blogger randomly drew a comment from their post as a winner.  Random generator chose mine...and it was 

It's lovely, all those layers adding so much interest - and the sentiment is wonderful.

Congrats CraftyJo!  Please email me at little_teapot at live dot com!

For those of you that kindly left a comment but was not randomly picked- the new year will quickly see some more Quietfire fun.  And I will also have giveaways on my blog!  Stay tuned...

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Holly Bundle Christmas card

Happy Saturday!

The last weekend before Christmas.  Is it just me or has this year seemed to be shorter than 12 months?  Hmmm...I would check my calendar but someone most likely would have already noticed the calendar irregularity.  :)

The Spellbinders sets from the card I made earlier this week were not in their packages long.  Labels 39 and Labels 39 Decorative Elements are great sets.  They worked well with a stamp from Deep Red: Holly Branch Rubber stamp.  It was stamped onto water color paper using Ranger's Archival ink in Coffee.  Distress Markers in Bundled Sage and Peeled Paint were used on the leaves while Barn Door and Fired Brick were used on the berries.  Stickles was applied to the leaves and clear Pearl Pen applied to the berries:
All of the paper edges were Distressed using Antique Linen, Vintage Photo and Walnut Stain.

The inside has the sweet new stamp from Quietfire Design:
Here is the set (love it!):
Merry Christmas Plain & Simple, Set of 6 - Mounted
I really don't know how Suzanne at Quietfire can make such lovely sentiment stamps.  I have a difficult time printing Merry Christmas...actually, my typing looks messy at times (LOL) for her to do the above writing styles so well is beyond impressive for me.  
Thanks so much for stopping by.  I do hope you all have a wonderful weekend.
Big Hugs,
Kathy Jo

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Quietfire Design Winter Wonderland Blog Hop!

Quietfire Design is having a Christmas Blog Hop! Since Monday the Design Team has been sharing some Christmas cheer and inspiration as well as our latest rubber stamp creations.  Today is my day to post on the hop...woo-who! 
For my card I used the new Quietfire stamp Good Friends Are Like Snowflakes:
Good Friends are Like Snowflakes - Mounted
So sweet and so true!

The sentiment was stamped on ivory card stock and heat embossed using gold embossing powder. The sentiment was die cut using Spellbinders new die set Labels Thirty Nine.  As you can see, there are many layers to this card:
Here is a list of the layers starting under the die cut sentiment: gold foil paper die cut with Spellbinders Label Thirty Nine Decorative Elements, pink and gold Kanban polka dot paper die cut with Label Thirty Nine Decorative Elements, ivory card stock die cut with Labels Thirty Nine, vellum paper, Kanban written thoughts paper, gold foil paper and, lastly, an ivory tent fold card.
I hope you enjoyed the card!  It is a card that can be given to any friend pre or post holidays...perfect to give to a friend after the holidays for a little bit of cheer.  :)

Guess what?  We are giving away PRIZES! Merry Christmas!  We’ll be giving away a stamp or set on each of our designers’ blogs. All you have to do to enter is leave a sweet comment on each of the designers' Winter Wonderland Blog Hop post! 

Have all your comments in my midnight on Friday December 19, 2014 to be eligible. The winners will be announced on Quietfire Creations on the weekend.

Here is our schedule for the week:
Monday: Diana 
Tuesday: RobynYvonne  
Wednesday: WandaTeresa  
Thursday: Kathy Jo (that's me!), Suzanne  
Friday: SherryYogi

If you decide to follow me or if you already are, please drop me a line and I will make sure to follow you, too!

Happy hopping and Merry Good Luck!

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Tidings of Comfort and Joy chalkboard card- Sisterhood of Crafters guest Step Sister!

Happy Wednesday!

Today I am excited to say that I am a guest Step Sister at The Sisterhood of Crafters!  Woot-woot!  The new challenge at The Sisterhood is "Name that tune...Christmas Carol".
For my card I used the festive Tidings of Comfort and Joy from Quietfire Design:
Tidings of Comfort and Joy
It was stamped and heat embossed on chalkboard paper and then die cut using Spelbinders A2 Modern Stationary.  A frame was made using Graphic 45's paper from Twelve Days of Christmas.  It was adhered using foam squares.  Poinsettias were fussy cut from the same paper, Wink of Stella and Stickles were applied.
The doily was die cut from a Cheery Lynn Kiwi Spirit doily die and the very cool background paper was from Kaisercraft's Basecoat Christmas.  The card follows a sketch from the Sugar Sketch Challenge (from October):
Thanks so much to The Sisterhood of Crafters!  I do hope you can play in their challenge this fortnight!
Have a great day and thanks for stopping by!
Kathy Jo

This card is entered into the following challenges:
Cheery Lynn, Red & Green
613 Avenue Create, AG
Craftin Desert Divas, AG Christmas
Loves Rubber Stamps, AG Christmas or Winter
Cuttlebugmania, AG Christmas
Crafty Creations, to die for
Crafter's Cafe, Christmas/Holiday Season

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Cheer grunge Christmas card

Hello Crafters!

How is your weekend thus far?  I hope your weekend has been fun, with perfect Christmas gifts purchased and perhaps some crafty time squeezed in!  My weekend has been good: yesterday I went with my sister-in-law and my cute as a button niece and nephew to see the new Penguins of Madagascar movie.  Afterwards we had lunch and discussed important topics such as the upcoming school Christmas concert, what they wrote to Santa, and how my nephew wished he could wear his Santa hat to kindergarten.   They really are the sweetest little kids.  Hearing them discuss Christmas, seeing the sparkle in their eyes and the grins on their faces makes my heart smile.

Today I would like to share a grunge card I made last week.  The card was started when I purchased the Tim Holtz Holiday Flashcards set:
My friend, Rebecca, was with me when I found it at Carsand Mosher.  I thought it was so cool and she said she would like to see what I could make with it.  Challenge accepted.  ;)
The base was made with corrugated board (yes, I am addicted to it) and it was stained with Peeled Paint and Vintage Photo.  Next, Kaisercraft paper (Twig & Berry) was cut to size and distressed with my Zutter.  White paper was stained using Barn Door then dry embossed with a Sizzix embossing folder.  The embossed paper and the Cheer flash card were distressed using Walnut Stain, Vintage Photo and Antique Linen.  Next was the bell:
The bell was too fun to make.  (And yes, I am also addicted to crackle.)  Card board was die cut using Sizzix' Bigs Die "Christmas Bells, stained, clear crackle applied and then stained again.  Seam binding (thanks, Janice!) was used to make the double bow.  Impression Obsession die "Pine Sprig Cluster" provided the bow bling.
This card was a good excuse to play with ink, crackle and corrugation...but really, who needs an excuse to craft?  :)

Thanks for stopping by!  Have a good Sunday.
Kathy Jo

This card is entered into the following challenges:
613 Avenue Create, AG
Sister Act, AG
Word Art Wednesday, AG

Monday, December 1, 2014

It's Beginning to Look A Lot Like Christmas...

Hello All!  Today is my day to post at Quietfire so I decided to celebrate the first day of December with one of Quietfire's newly released stamps, It's Beginning to Look A Lot Like Christmas:
It's Beginning to Look A Lot Like Christmas - Mounted
Isn't it a great stamp set?  :)  For more details on the card, please hop on over to the Quietfire blog.

Thank you so much for stopping by!  I do hope you enjoyed the card and I wish you all a wonderful day
Kathy Jo

Sunday, November 23, 2014

A smile is the best Christmas Decoration

Hello Crafters!

Just popping in to share a card I made for the Kraft Journal challenge this week.  The challenge was to make a card using this sketch:
The card was made using Quietfire's gorgeous sentiment A Smile is the best Christmas Decoration stamp:
A Smile is The Best Christmas Decoration - Mounted
The tent fold card base was made from white Kraft paper.  Two patterned papers from My Mind's Eye mini pad All Is Bright were mounted on kraft paper.  The edges were distressed using my newly purchased Zutter.  A piece of lace was placed along the seam and red/white baker's twine wrapped around the assembly.  Next was a piece of vellum dry embossed using a Couture Creations embossing folder.  Kraft paper was die cut using Spellbinders Opulent Ovals.  The stamp was heat embossed in black and die cut using Spellbinders Oval.  A double bow made from seam binding was adhered and a poinsettia was die cut using Marianne Design's poinsettia die.  Of course, Stickles was added.  :)
Hope you enjoyed the card!  
Thanks so much for stopping by and have a great week!
Kathy Jo

This card is entered into the following challenges:

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Winter Wonderland card using Graphic 45's Twas the Night Before Christmas paper

 Yay!  It is Saturday!  FINALLY.

This week I was fortunate to find time to craft.  The Christmas card stash increased and I am feeling confident that this year there will not be any last minute cards to make!  Woo-who!  I owe it to my New Year's Resolution (make one Christmas card a month) and all of the gorgeous holiday stamps from Quietfire (they so inspire me to use them...Suzanne rock).

The card I am sharing now was based off a sketch by a sweet blogging friend, Jessi.  She is a designer at Tuesday morning sketches and came up with this great sketch this week.  The sketch made it easy as the card took less than 1.5 hours to make.  That is honestly not bad for me as I do nothing quickly in my crafty room.
Right away I thought of the new Graphic 45 paper, Twas the Night Before Christmas, and Quietfire's new stamp set, Winter Wonderland:
Winter Wonderland Set of 6 Stamps - Mounted

Ok. Ok.  I know what you are thinking.  Shouldn't it be snowflake paper?  Nope.  I wanted to use the holly paper.  Call me a rebel. 

Here is a side view of the card.  Stickles was used (big surprise) on the fussy cut holly and all of the holly on the background paper.
Flat view of the card.  Guess what?  I can actually mail this one.  
Edges were distressed with Antique Linen.  Green button was from my stash and gold metallic twine was used on the button.
Hope you enjoyed the card and I hope your Christmas stash is doing well!

Thanks for the awesome sketch, Jessi!  

Have a good weekend and thanks for stopping by!
Kathy Jo

This card is entered into the following challenges:
Tuesday Morning Sketches, Sketch
Word Art Wednesday, AG

Friday, November 21, 2014

Spellbinder and stamp GIVEAWAY! Woo-who!

Happy Friday, All!

Have you visited Quietfire this week?  Every week Quietfire has a giveaway and this week it is this Spellbinders die set...
...and this beautiful Quietfire stamp sentiment...
What a fabulous combo!  Entering into the draw is easy.  Just click on this link here to go to the post and follow the easy-peasy instructions.

Good luck and have a great Friday!
Kathy Jo

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Peace Christmas card using Quietfire's new stamp release

Hello!  How is your Christmas card making going?  Can you believe that Christmas is just around the corner?  Canadian Thanksgiving seemed like a long time ago and American Thanksgiving is fast approaching.  Then it is that time of year that I refer to as "Oh My Word! I need to make more Christmas cards!" :)

To try to reduce the panic Christmas card making rush, I made another card for my stash.  This one used the newly released Quietfire Peace stamp.  Here is the set:
Celtic Christmas - Mounted
Peace was stamped in black and heat embossed onto vellum paper.  Tim Holtz Distress marker in Peacock Feathers was applied in the gaps as shown.  White out was applied behind the stamped letters.  (The white out gives a nice rich color to the letters, adds white to the small gaps and also prevents the die cut from being seen through the stamp.)  It was die cut using Spellbinders Labels Thirty Three.
Next, ivory paper was die cut using Becca Feeken's beautiful Spellbinders die set Lacey Tiers.  Black marker was run along the edges.  The dies were glued onto card stock and then mounted on an ivory tent fold card.  Black gems were adhered at will.  :)
This card will be easy to mail and would also look great in other colors.  I think I will make a red one next.  (Another card for the stash!)

Thanks for stopping by!  Have a great day!
Big Hugs!
Kathy Jo

This card is entered into the following challenges:
A Crafty Mess, AG
Crafting by Design, AG
Sweet Stampin', To die for
Word Art Wednesday, AG
Crafty Calendar, Christmas
Love to Create, Christmas
Crafty Hazelnut Christmas Extra, AG
Dies R Us, Christmas

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

A Smile is the Best Christmas Decoration of All

christmas, card, wreath, a smile is the best, my mind's eye, martha stewart, distress stain, vellum
Hello All!  Today is my day to share a project at Quietfire.  Above is a sneak peak of the card using Quietfire stamp A Smile is the Best Christmas Decoration.
A Smile is The Best Christmas Decoration - Mounted
Feel free to hop over to Quietfire for step by step instructions on how to make the festive card.

OH!!! And don't forget to check out Quietfire's Super Amazing Awesome sale!!!  U.S. shoppers will love the dollar conversion.

Have a great day and thanks for stopping by!
Hugs, Kathy Jo
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