Sunday, August 30, 2015

Season's Greetings

Hello Crafters!

Today I am sharing a Christmas card using the "Season's Greetings" die from Elizabeth Craft Designs (die designed by Suzanne Cannon of Quietfire Design).
Quietfire "Seasons Greetings" (1057)
Elizabeth Craft's double sided adhesive sheet was die cut and silk microfine glitter applied. (This is the first time I used EC glitter and I love the silky smooth texture it creates.)  On a piece of white card stock I used Distress Stains in Picket Fence and Tumbled Glass to create the background.
Of course I wanted to use ribbon but in lieu of a bow I thought I would use a shiny ribbon buckle that was in my stash.  Unfortunately I did not keep the packaging but I do recall I bought it at Michaels.
Aren't the flourishes in the die beautiful?  Suzanne is such an amazing calligrapher...her work is always so inspiring!
Thanks for stopping by!  I do hope you enjoyed the card.  :)
Have a good day!
Big happy crafty hugs,
Kathy Jo

Monday, August 24, 2015

Butterfly Heart card- Graphic 45 and Quietfire Silhouette files

Hello Crafty Friends. 

Quick post on my blog as today is my day to post at Quietfire Creations- and for the first time I made a project using my Silhouette Cameo.  Quietfire Design offers many digital files in their store and also in the Silhouette Design Store.  For my card I used the Butterfly Heart Card which is found on the Silhouette Design site.
The Graphic 45 Gilded Lily paper looks so sweet with the butterfly heart cuts.  The card was easy to make and will be perfect for my stash for those last minute needed cards.  

Thanks for stopping by!  Hope you enjoyed the card.  Feel free to hop on over to the Quietfire Creations site for more card details.
Big crafty hugs,
Kathy Jo

Saturday, August 22, 2015

"Our Friendship Spans the Miles"

Hello Crafty Friends.

You know, sometimes life throws you a curve ball- such as a health issue, the loss of a loved one, a good friend moving or loss of a job.  Unfortunately we have all had to deal with these down points in our lives and having support from friends and loved ones help us through those difficult times.  Admittedly the past 10 months have been one life test after another and I am fortunate to have the most amazing, caring and trustworthy friends that have always had an open ear and shoulder to lean on.  Every day I am thankful for my friends and family and I do try to express my appreciation for their friendships.  Sometimes I like to go a step further and send a card.  This card is for my Aunt Carol who lives back in Illinois.  She is not only my aunt but a very good friend.

The card used the sweet sentiment from Quietfire Designs set, In a perfect world:
In A Perfect World, Set of 4 Stamps - Mounted
Such a lovely set- and as usual Suzanne Cannon's calligraphy is gorgeous.  It was stamped in black archival ink on Cheery Lynn's die from Dutch Daisy Boutique.  The paper is Bo Bunny's Juliet Collection.  The roses were fussy cut and Stickles applied.
The inside is "wish you were here" from the same stamp set.
Gold was applied to all straight edges for a little extra touch of pretty.
Thanks so much for stopping by!  Have a happy crafty day.
Big Hugs,
Kathy Jo

This card is entered into the following challenges:
MOJO Monday, Sketch
613 Avenue Create, AG
Word Art Wednesday, AG

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Scrapy Land Challenge- Tag and/or pockets

Hello Crafty Friends!

Today starts a new challenge at the Scrapy Land Challenge blog: Tags and/or Pockets.  All you need to do to participate is to make a project using a tag and/pocket using a die from a brand that Scrapy Land sells.  The list of Scrapy Land brands is a long one:
For the project I decided to make a tag using some of the paper I made a couple of weeks ago.  A base tag was cut to size and distressed using Vintage Photo.  Sizzix's Tim Holtz Thinlits die (Mixed Media) was used to die cut the corner of another piece of sprayed paper.  A script background stamp was used with Ranger's Archival Ink in coffee on the die cut paper.  It was spritzed using Ranger's Spritzer and a Picket Fence marker.  Elizabeth Craft Designs' new Believe die was added.  (Believe and Season's Greetings are my favorite dies from their new releases.)
The butterfly from Sizzix's Framelits "Limitations" was white heat embossed and die cut from more sprayed paper.  I used a water brush and a distress marker in Festive Berries on the inside of the wings.
Dyed seam binding was stapled to the top of the tag and matching twine added.  Gems and a wee gold button were the finishing touches.
After I finished the tag I realized that it would look cool on a scrapbook page or in framed art.  Will have to post that project when I decide which to do!
Thanks so much for stopping by!  I look forward to seeing your project at Scrapy Land!
Big Crafty Hugs,
Kathy Jo

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

Saturday, August 15, 2015

"Happy Birthday" Graphic 45 + new Elizabeth Craft Designs die

Hello Crafty Friends!

Today I am sharing another project using a newly released Elizabeth Craft Designs die, "Happy Birthday":
Happy Birthday - Metal Cutting Die
The die was designed by the beautiful and talented, Suzanne Cannon of Quietfire Design.
For the card I started with a black tent fold card. Two pieces of Graphic 45's, Couture, patterned paper was added.  A lovely piece of lace was used in two places.  
Happy Birthday was die cut twice and adhered as shown.
Canvas flowers were punched, water crinkled and adhered with a triple loop of twine under the flower.  A metal brad was used as the center.
Altogether there are twelve Elizabeth Craft Designs dies designed by Suzanne Cannon.  For more sample projects hop on over to the Quietfire Creations blog or visit my Pinterest board.  

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

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

Monday, August 10, 2015

New Elizabeth Craft Designs and Quietfire word dies!

Hello Crafty Friends!

Today is a HUGE day at Quietfire Creations: we are kicking off a two week celebration called A Way With Words!  
Each day during this event we are sharing projects made with the brand new Elizabeth Craft Designs word dies.  All of the new word dies are designs from original hand lettering by Suzanne Cannon and can be found on the Quietfire site and on the Elizabeth Craft Designs site.  

For my project I used two of the new dies, Merry Christmas and Season's Greetings.  
Merry Christmas - Metal Cutting DieSeason's Greetings - Metal Cutting Die
I used both dies on a festive 5x7 Christmas album.  Full disclosure: this is the first time I have made an album.  I always thought that an album would be overwhelming or difficult but it was the opposite- it was easy to do using the new dies and stamps from Quietfire.  (I plan on making more!)

The Merry Christmas die was the focal point on the album cover.  
I won't share all of the album details here (you will have to hop over to Quietfire Creations to see all of it) but here are some teasers:

The back of the album:
Thanks for visiting!  I do hope you can visit Quietfire Creations to see all of the projects!  Don’t forget to stop by the Quietfire site and the Elizabeth Craft Designs site to see all of the lovely new dies!  

Big Crafty Hugs,
Kathy Jo

This album is entered into the following challenges:
613 Avenue Create, AG
Word Art Wednesday, AG
Craft-Dee BowZ, AG with a handmade bow

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Scrapy Land Challenge #23: Anything Goes using dies

Hello Crafters!

Today starts a new challenge at Scrapy Land and this one is easy: Anything Goes using a brand of die Scrapy Land sells!  Very easy to do since their brand list is extensive:
My card used some new Cheery Lynn dies recently purchased from Scrapy Land: Dutch Daisy Doily Circle, Pierced Banners, and Dutch Daisy Boutique Stacker.  Aren't they lovely?  The dies were used to cut ivory card stock and Prima's Cigar Box Secrets patterned papers.
The sweet sentiment is from Quietfire's Always be my friend set:
Always Be My Friend, Set of 3 Stamps - Mounted
Some pearls, dyed seam binding and a flower embellishment and the card was done!  Looks like a time consuming card but the dies and stamp did all the work.  :)
Thanks so much for stopping by!  I look forward to seeing your project at Scrapy Land!
Big Crafty Hugs,
Kathy Jo

This card is entered into the following challenges:
613 Ave Create, AG
Word Art Wednesday, AG
Crafting from the heart, AG
Craft your passion, AG
Craft-Dee Bow, AG with bow

Monday, August 3, 2015

Spray inking- I'm a Little Teapot style...

Hello Crafty Friends!

It is a holiday here in Nova Scotia (Natal Day) so I thought I would start the day off with some fun craft time.  Last time I did a morning spray I told my crafty friends, Janice and Valerie, about my setup and they asked to see it. Well, their wish was my command!  I tweeted (@kathyjocrafts) the event and also took photos for this post.  (Please pardon the poor photos- the outdoor photos have a blue-ish hue due to the early morning hour.)  

So, without further ado, here was my spray inking morning!
I woke up a little after 6am and started a pot of tea.  Today's tea was rooibos.  (Yes, the blog name "I'm a little Teapot" is due to my tea addiction...and tea pot addiction...and tea cup addiction... so it makes sense that step one is a good pot of tea.)
Next I set up the spray station: covered a wooden deck table with a garbage bag, then my spray mat and a roll of paper towels.  All of this was set next to our large fir tree.
The spray cart was a new addition this time.  I recently received this from a crafting buddy, Amanda, and it holds all of my sprays and other goodies perfectly.  Most of the sprays were either received second hand from my friend, Mel, from Carsand Mosher or 50% off at Michaels.
Next step...spray away!  Yay!  All of the finished items temporarily hang out in the tree until I am done and my hands are ink free.  If you notice, there is seam binding in my cart.  I keep a roll next to my station to soak up the extra ink.  
I focused more on the Dylusions sprays and the Picket Fence Distress Spray.  I love the bright Dylusions colors!  Above are colors lemon zest, vibrant turquoise, cut grass and picket fence)
Another fun combo!  This one is cherry pie, London blue, pure sunshine and picket fence.
I called this one "Candy Corn Combo".  :)  It is lemon zest, pure sunshine, squeezed orange and picket fence.    Great colors!
After a while the tree starts to fill up with colorful paper happiness.  The paper and ribbons actually go around the tree!  As an FYI: I am fairly confident my neighbors think I am nuts...except the little 4 year old girl next door who probably thinks I am the coolest adult ever.

The papers are still outside drying (no longer on a tree but a flat surface).  However, my tags are dry so I thought I would share some of them.
The above is from lemon zest, cut grass, vibrant turquoise and picket fence.
The above bold colors are awesome.  Postbox red, London blue and picket fence.
Perhaps my favorites are the above tags.  The colors are cherry pie, cut grass and picket fence.  They will definitely be used for vintage Christmas tags.  (Will look so good with distress inks in vintage photo and walnut stain along the edges!)

So that was my spray fun time this morning.  After I cleaned up the station I had more tea and de-weeded the area I was standing in.  Every time I put the sprayed items on the tree I saw all the weeds and I told myself I needed to de-weed soon!  LOL- guess I should have done that before the photos but I was too anxious to spray.  :)

Thanks for sharing my morning with me!  I hope you all have a great day!
Big crafty hugs,
Kathy Jo

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Take 2: "Worry does not empty tomorrow..."

Hello Crafty Friends!

Yesterday I shared a CAS Kraft card using Quietfire's new Worry stamp set.  
Worry - Mounted
After I completed the post I thought more about the sentiment, the Kraft paper and the fern.  Instead of tidying up the craft room and starting a new project with new goodies, I made another card using most of the product I used from the day before.  This time I used Distress Inks in Shabby Shutters and Pumice Stone.
Spellbinders' Reflective Moment was used to die cut Kraft paper and was distressed with Pumice Stone.  A slender tent fold card was attached behind the front die cut.
Triple strands of twine was added and the card was complete.
I think this card will stay in my craft room as a nice reminder on how to approach life's problems.  :)

Thanks so much for stopping by!  I do hope you enjoyed my "Take 2" card.  
Have a happy crafty day!
Big Hugs,
Kathy Jo

This card is entered into the following challenges:
Kraft Journal, CAS Inspirational
Simon Says Stamp, Wednesday AG
613 Avenue Create, AG
Word Art Wednesday, AG
Stamping Sensations, Use a die and stamp
Great Impressions, Use a Sentiment
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