Saturday, April 30, 2016

eBook Inspiration! "A Way With Words" card projects and more!

Hello Crafty Friends!

Just popping in to share a link to an eBook full of inspiring projects using Elizabeth Craft Designs' "A Way with Words" projects.  You may have seen some projects on my blog using the lovely dies designed by the oh-so-talented Suzanne Cannon.  The eBook contains projects using dies from the new release and wowsers- it is such a great book! 

You can click on the link at my sidebar or click on the image below for a link to the book.
To celebrate the release of the eBook, Suzanne has put all of the A Way With Words dies on sale for 15% off!

I do hope you all enjoy the book!  Congrats on the eBook, Suzanne!
Big Hugs,
Kathy Jo

Friday, April 29, 2016

"I Love You not only for what you are..."

Hello Crafty Friends!  Today is my day to post at Quietfire Creations and I am sharing a card using a "love"-ly Quietfire Design stamped sentiment and an equally lovely A Way With Words die.  The sentiment is so heartwarming, "I love you not only for what you are..."
I Love You Not Only For What You Are
The A Way With Words die, Love, matches the sentiment so well:
Love - Metal Cutting Die
Here is another look at the card...
The patterned papers were from Bo Bunny's Soiree collection. Behind the ivory die cut Love was a patterned die cut Love.  So happy!
Thank you very much for stopping by!  I do hope you enjoyed the card.  Feel Free to hop on over to Quietfire Creations for more card details.  :)

SALE ALERT!  All A Way With Words dies are all 15% off...woo-who!!

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

Sunday, April 24, 2016

"Home is where your Mom is" Mother's Day card

Hello Crafty Friends!  Today on Quietfire Creations I am sharing a card I made for my Mother-in-Law for Mother's Day.  The card's focal point is the sweet Quietfire Design sentiment, Home is where your Mom is, from the Keep Calm & Call Mom set:
Keep Calm & Call Mom - Set of 3 Stamps
There are several layers to the card and lots of little details.  Feel free to hop on over to Quietfire Creations for specifics on the card layers.  :)
Thanks so much for stopping by!  I do hope you enjoyed the card.  Feel free to check out the other beautiful Mother's Day stamps from Quietfire Design.

Have a happy, crafty day!
Kathy Jo

Saturday, April 23, 2016

"Thanks" card using Elizabeth Craft Designs products

Happy Saturday!

Today is my day to post at Elizabeth Craft Designs and I made a Thank you card using Thanks
A Way With Words, Thanks
and the flourish from the Calligraphic Elements set
A Way With Words, Calligraphic Elements 1
Here is a closeup of the flourish that die cut wood patterned paper from the Through the Lens collection:
Oh- I am so loving the wood grain papers in the collection.  Drooool!

Feel free to hop on over to the ECD blog for all of the details and products used on the card.

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

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Crop and Crafty Get Togethers packing list

Hello All! 

I am very fortunate to have local crafty friends that meet for monthly craft nights, monthly card projects/exchanges, and crops. I really enjoy our craft times together as everyone has a great sense of humor, is very nice and also shares crafty tips, tricks or projects they may have come across since our last get together. What makes the get togethers even better is that these talented, sweet and funny ladies are my friends. I guess you could say that in the salad bowl of life, these lovely ladies are my bacon bits.

As much as I try for packing perfection, it seems I always forget something. On my to do list was to make a pack list for these events (or for weekend crops) and I thought I would share this list with you all. Of course the list changes with project(s) or craft events but you get the general gist of the list.

The basics:
  • tape gun
  • spare tape for gun
  • extra strong roll of double sided tape
  • glue dots
  • glue
  • fussy cut scissors
  • scissors
  • tweezers
  • ruler
  • pencil
  • scrap paper
  • baby wipes
  • scrap rag/cloth
  • paper towels
  • craft mat (Tim Holtz’ craft mat, as an example)
  • foam stamping mat
  • paper cutter(s)
  • card stock
    • white (100 and 65 pound)
    • black (100 and 65)
    • ivory (100 and 65)
    • Kraft
    • Grey
    • Other desired project colors
  • bone folder and mini score board
  • heat gun
  • bow maker
  • round corner punch
  • Cotton balls
  • wire cutters
  • at least one of these Stickles- Star Dust, Diamond, Crystal
  • distress edger and/or nail file

Project specific items:
  • stamps
    • sentiment
    • background
    • images
  • ink
    • Distress
    • Archival
    • Watermark
    • Pigment
  • Stamp blocks
  • embossing powder
  • patterned paper sheets and pads
  • ribbon
    • seam binding
    • lace
    • burlap
    • sheer
    • satin
    • project specific
  • embellishments
    • buttons
    • pearls
    • gems
    • sequins
    • wood and metal cuts
    • flowers
  • markers
    • Distress
    • Copic or Spectrum or Chameleon or similar
  • pencils (colored, water color) and pencil sharpener
  • chalks
  • souflee and gel pens
  • Gamsol
  • Twine
    • Gold
    • Natural brown
    • Black
    • white
  • Stickles- color specific
  • Liquid Pearls
  • Glitter or glimmer mist
  • Distress Stain
  • Distress Crackle
  • Wink of Stella
  • Leafing markers (gold, silver, copper)
  • Stencils
  • Mixed media
    • Gloss
    • Thick body paint
    • Texture paste
    • Gesso
    • Gelatos
    • Creative Medium
    • Pitt Pens
  • Paint brushes
  • Mixed media application tools (such as mini spatula)
  • Spray bottle with water
  • Jar for water
  • Corrugated boards or pre-made card bases
  • Chipboard
  • Velvet paper
  • Vellum
  • Acetate
  • Metallic or foil sheets
  • Burlap sheet
  • Fabric sheet
  • Straight pins
  • Tuille
  • Washi tape
  • Paint

Other tools
  • die cutting machine and plates
  • dies
    • frames
    • sentiments
    • edges
    • background
    • doilies
  • die cut tool (removes the paper from the die and the die bits)
  • punches
    • corner
    • mini circles
    • edges
    • flower
    • other project specific shapes
  • embossing folders


  • garbage container or bag
  • box for finished projects
  • power bar
  • camera and charger
  • snacks and drink
  • ear buds and music
  • Paper pad (to list products used on each project)

Did I miss anything?  I did not want to get too specific on some items (like colors, for example).  Feel free to leave a comment with additions for the list.

Hope the list is helpful!
Have a happy, crafty day!
Big Hugs,
Kathy Jo

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

"Just living is not enough"

Hello Crafty Friends!

The spring weather is really picking up here in beautiful Nova Scotia.  I love seeing the spring bulbs blooming and hearing the sweet calls of the happy birds.  The longer days mean that my morning walks aren't entirely dark and the evening walks with my puppy are bright and rejuvenating.  Spring is such a great time of year because it fills my heart with joy and energizes my soul.  Welcome back Spring!

With spring in mind I made another card using the newly released stamp from Quietfire Design, Just living is not enough:
Just Living is not Enough - Mounted
It was heat embossed in black on polka dotted Heidi Swapp paper and die cut using Spellbinders' Ovals.   Next more HS paper was die cut using Spellbinders Opulent Ovals and Distress Ink (Mustard Seed) applied.  Couture's doily die was used to cut vellum paper and cheesecloth (dyed with Distress Ink in Mowed Lawn) was assembled under. 
More HS paper was cut to size and distressed along the edges.  Black card stock created the tent fold card and Distress Paint in Picket Fence was applied.
I do hope you enjoyed the card and I hope you are enjoying your spring!
Big Crafty Hugs,
Kathy Jo

This card is entered into the following challenges:
Word Art Wednesday, AG
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday, Polka Dots

Friday, April 15, 2016

"Just living is not enough..."- Quietfire Design and Spellbinders

Hello Crafty Friends!  Today is my day to post at Quietfire Design and I am sharing a card using Quietfire Design's lovely stamp, Just living is not enough:
Just Living is not Enough - Mounted

Such a sweet sentiment!  Reading it makes me smile.  :)

Feel free to hop on over to Quietfire Design to see more details on the card.  Oh- and check out the current specials at Quietfire Design:

All unmounted stamps are 50% off
All Spellbinders are 50% off

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

Sunday, April 10, 2016

Watercolor Tulips "Happy Birthday" card

Hello Crafters!

A couple of weeks ago my wonderful Mother-in-Law celebrated her birthday.  For her birthday I made a bright and cheerful spring inspired birthday card.
The card used the lovely watercolor tulip stamp from Penny Black (4384K "promise me").  Distress Markers in Shabby Shutters, Peeled Paint, Abandoned Coral and Candied Apple were used on the stamp.  It was die cut using Memory Box Stitched Square Layers (see Scrapy Land for more Stitched Die sets).
The tulips were mounted on patterned paper from Graphic 45's Botanical Tea.  Pleated material (Recollections) was adhered as shown.  A wee white bow was added to the center.
The inside was Quietfire Design's lovely Happy Birthday stamped using the Abandoned Coral marker.  A piece of Graphic 45 Botanical Tea was adhered to the bottom.
Thank you for stopping by!  I do hope you enjoyed the card. :)
Have a happy, crafty day.
Big Hugs,
Kathy Jo

This card is entered into the following challenges:
Scrapyland, AG using a die brand they sell
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday, Happy Birthday
Word Art Wednesday, AG
613 Avenue Create, AG
Penny Black and More, Birthday
Crafting for All Seasons, Use a die cut

Thursday, April 7, 2016

"Dream" die giveaway winner

Hello Crafty Friends!

Thank you all for leaving the sweet comments on the Dream die giveaway post.  How nice of all of you to take the time to always leave the kind comments on my posts- they really do mean so much and I appreciate it!

Unfortunately only one winner can be picked for the beautiful Elizabeth Craft Designs' Dream die:

And that draw winner is...

Janice of Stuff & Things

Congrats, Janice!  Please contact me on this post or the prior post.  :)

There is one more giveaway left and that will be announced in the next week!  Thanks again for all of the comments and good luck on the next draw!

Big Crafty Hugs,
Kathy Jo

Sunday, April 3, 2016

"happy" Altered playing card

Hello Crafters!

Has the Mixed Media Bug bitten you?  It has bitten me and I am loving it!  The New Year's Resolution to alter a full deck of playing cards has been a fun project so far.  How great it is to play with new mediums and learn new techniques.  Today's altered card used one of my favorite mediums from Imagine Crafts: Creative Medium.  The card used Iridescent Chartreuse and Metallic Copper.

The playing card had black Gesso applied.  After drying, the Sunflower template (by TCW) was used with Metallic Copper (in the center).
The petals were created using Distress Ink in Fossilized Amber and Texture Paste.  The leaves used Iridescent Chartreuse and a drop of Peeled Paint Reinker.  Yellow acrylic paint and Tim Holtz' honeycomb stamp was applied to corners.
Elizabeth Craft Designs' die "happy" was die cut in white and applied as shown.
Yellow acrylic was applied to the edges and the altered card was complete.
Thanks for stopping by!  I do hope you enjoyed the altered card.  And don't forget to leave a comment on the prior post for your chance to win the "Dream" die from Elizabeth Craft Designs.

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

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