Monday, July 25, 2016

"Dream" mixed media card

Hello Crafty Friends! 

Today is my day to post at Quietfire Creations and I am sharing a mixed media card using the beautiful "Dream" die:
Dream - Metal Cutting Die
This lovely die has been used on many of my projects and it is definitely one of my favorites.  (Yes, I love all of Suzanne's dies and there are some that I seem to go to frequently: BelieveMemoriesRememberMerry Christmas and happy.)  I pulled out this favorite die and played with mixed media products to create the Dream card.
Feel free to hop on over to Quietfire Creations for isntructions on how to make the mixed media card.
The card was so fun to make and the Dream pops on the card as it is sparkly and pretty.
Thank you for stopping by!  I do hope you enjoyed the card.  Also- Don't forget to check out the deals right now at Quietfire Design:

Buy two items from our Paper category and get 30% off each!  For in stock items only.
Buy two Spellbinders products (in stock) and get 50% off each
  Sale price will appear when the item is in your shopping cart.
Christmas Stamps are 20% off regular price!

Have a happy crafty day!
Kathy Jo

Saturday, July 23, 2016

Graphic 45 and ECD "Happy Memories" Scrapbook page

Hello Crafty Friends! Today is my day to post at Elizabeth Craft Designs and I created a scrapbook layout using lovely newly-designed dies from Suzanne Cannon's A Way With Words collection.  The new die sets Memories, Remember, and 4 Seasons have sparked my scrapbooking flame. I just can't get enough of them!

Instructions to create the page are located on the Elizabeth Craft Designs blog...but I will show you some photos here as a teaser.  :)
Love the Memories die!
And the happy die has been used a lot on my projects...I guess you can say it makes me happy using it.  ;)
The heart was a lovely addition.
The page makes me smile.  No only is my Nico a cute-y but I really love how the dies go so well with the Graphic 45 Raining Cats and Dogs product.  Talking about products...

Elizabeth Craft Designs products used:
Other products used:
  • Graphic 45 patterned paper, Raining Cats & Dogs
  • Black cardstock
  • Liquid Glue
  • Gold ribbon, half-pearls, gems

Thank you so much for stopping by!  I do hope you enjoyed the layout.
Big Crafty Hugs,
Kathy Jo

Sunday, July 10, 2016

Graphic 45 Under the Sea mermaid card

Hello Crafty Friends.

My blog posts have been spotty as of late as not only because summer has been calling my name, but recently I switched craft room locations in my home.  My previous craftroom was in the "nursery" in our home.  It was a cute and cozy room that I enjoyed for several years.  But as time went on and my crafty supplies increased, I began to realize that it was too small to work well.  Many times I would craft on a small space on my floor due to lack of workspace.  Yes, I did several purges in the past year but I still lacked the room.  Last weekend I finally decided to switch the craftroom with the spare bedroom.  The process took over a day to do (in between walking the dog, running errands, etc) and now almost all papercrafting items are in the new room.  After the big move, my hubby and I went into the old craft room.  He asked what I thought we should do with the room.  I suggested to make it a walk in closet (it is not large enough to have a small bed for guests).  His response: "Hmm...I don't think we really need one.  How about you keep this room as extra storage for your craft supplies?"  Is it just me or is that just the sweetest thing to say?  My hubby really is a sweetie and I love how he supports my crafty passions.  (You are the best!)

Now that I am in my new space, my crafty juices have been flowing.  Since last weekend I have made five cards and a scrapbook layout!  The room is my new happy space and I hope you enjoy seeing the projects that will be created in that space.  One project I completed yesterday was a birthday card for a crafty friend of mine...
The card was created using Graphic 45's Voyage Under the Sea.  Oh my, what gorgeous and colorful papers!  The patterned pages provided many images to fussy cut
Impression Obsession's Shell Set dies were used to provide even more underwater embellishments.
The starfish die cut was left in the die and Imagine Crafts' Creative Medium in Iridescent Green (mixed with a drop of Peeled Paint Reinker) was applied.  The remaining amount of medium was lightly applied to the sea shell (see photo above).
After the layout was assembled, it was lightly spritzed with gold shimmer.  After drying, Stickles was applied to various areas such as the mermaid's hair.

The inside had more pretty patterned paper.  ECD's Stitched Rectangle die was used to create a space for writing.
The Voyage Under the Sea papers are stunning...and I think I will need to purchase another pad as I know the current pad will definitely be used!  Luckily there is space in my new craftroom for another pad.  :)
Thanks for stopping by!  Have a happy crafty day!
Big hugs,
Kathy Jo

This card is entered into the following challenges:
MOJO Monday, Sketch 455
613 Avenue Create, AG
Word Art Wednesday, AG
My Sheri Crafts, Beach or Seaside

Thursday, July 7, 2016

Tim Holtz Creative Chemistry "Dragon" Hello

Hello Crafty Friends!

This week for Tim Holtz' Creative Chemistry challenge, participants were asked to create a project using three or more colors of Distress Paint.  For my project I used Distress Paints in Mowed Lawn, Peeled Paint, Peacock Feathers and Broken China.  The background was created using the marbling technique.
After the background dried, Brett Weldele's stencil "Dragon Scales" was used with Imagine Crafts' Creative Mediums in Iridescent Blue and Iridescent Chartreuse.  The blue was used over the blue areas on the marbled background and the chartreuse over the green areas.  For those of you that have not used these mediums, let me tell you, they are the bees knees.  Love the the iridescent finish!  And it is perfect for dragon scales!  Below is a close up- really hope that you can see the effect but the photo does not do it justice:
You may be wondering about the dragon image.  That was a must have for me after seeing Brett Weldele's CHA Winter release.  The entire dragon stamp set is beyond awesome and works well for those crafters that have Game of Thrones lovers on their crafty gift list.  The image was stamped using black Archival Ink onto watercolor paper and then watercolored using Distress Markers in Mowed Lawn, Peeled Paint, Peacock Feathers and Broken China.  The tongue was Victorian Velvet and Spun Sugar.  If you look close on the green scales, you will see more shimmer.  Of course I had to use Stickles (Seafoam) on the scales.  The eye had Glossy Accents applied.
This dragon is a happy dragon so I wanted the script to reflect that.  Tim Holtz' Sizzix Thinlits set Friendship Words Script had a sweet "hello" that die cut black card stock.  It was adhered to a die cut tag from TH' Thinlits Tags die set
Admittedly, this was one of my favorite cards to make.  Love the textures, colors, shimmers, products used and that happy dragon!
Thanks for stopping by!  I do hope you enjoyed this card and I wish you all a happy, crafty weekend.  :)
Kathy Jo
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