Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Graphic 45 and Quietfire Design "Love" card

Hello Crafty Friends!

Popping in to share a Love/Valentine's Day card I created for the Quietfire Creations blog.  The card used Quietfire Design's exquisite "The Future is Uncertain" stamp:
The Future is Uncertain - Mounted
Here are some more photos of the card:
It looks great with Graphic 45's Mon Amour papers!
Quick and easy card but looks so elegant!  The stamp steals the show!  Feel free to hop on over to the Quietfire Creations blog for card making instructions.

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

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Gatefold Baby card

Hello Crafty Friends!

Yesterday I shared a quick and cute baby card.  Today's card is a fancy fold baby card that only took a few more minutes to create.  Of course, I had to use more of Prima Marketing's Heaven Sent papers!
To create the card: Cut card stock to 5.5" x 11".  Score at 2.75" and 8.25".  For the outside, cut patterned paper for the panels slightly smaller than 2.75" x 5.5".  
The inside had three more panels: two smaller than 2.75" x 5.5" and one smaller than 5.5" x 5.5".
Had to show a closeup of the inside sentiment.  The sticker came with the 8x8 pad.  Reading it warms my heart!
On the outside, the bunny image is the main focus.  It was cut to size and the corners rounded.  Double face foam tape adhered it to Elizabeth Craft Designs' Scalloped Rectangles die.  It was mounted to the left half of the card using double sided adhesive tape.  Remember: only apply adhesive to one half of the die back...putting tape on the entire back means you cannot open the card.  
A wee ivory double bow was added as shown and Stickles applied at will.  :)
Thanks for stopping by!  Have a happy, crafty day!
Big Hugs,
Kathy Jo

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Sweet Bunny Baby card

Hello Crafty Friends!

How was your week?  This week a cold spread through work and I happened to catch it.  (Boo!) It meant that the two baby cards I planned to make for a friend had to be quick and easy so that I could spend more time snuggled in a blanket with some tea.  Luckily I had recently purchased Prima Marketing's Heaven Sent 8x8 pad-  using Prima's pretty papers and a simple layout resulted in a sweet and easy baby card.
The bunny image (adorable!!) was die cut using Memory Box's Stitched Squares.  The image was mounted using foam tape onto Prima's woodgrain paper.  After matting on coordinating blue card stock, it was then adhered to a tent fold 4.25" x 5.5" tent fold ivory card.  The flowers and bow on the image had Stickles applied for a little sparkly fun.
The card came together in a flash and my friend loved it.  Perfect!

Thanks for stopping by!  I do hope you enjoyed this quick and easy card.  :)
Have a happy, crafty day!
Big Hugs,
Kathy Jo

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

"Special Moments" using new ECD dies and Graphic 45

Hello Crafty Friends!

Another project using a newly released die set from Elizabeth Craft Designs, Special Moments:
Special Moments
For the lovely die set, I decided to create a scrapbook page using one of my favorite photos of my hubby and our puppy, Teddy.  (Some of you may have seen this photo on a prior post.  This page will be displayed at some craft shows so I chose this photo as I love it!)  The patterned papers are from Graphic 45's Botanical Tea.  All card stock is from Elizabeth Craft Designs.  Brown card stock was used for "Special"...
...and green was used for "Moments".
For those of you that like to make calendars for family and friends, this die set (as well as other A Way With Words dies) would make each month's layout even more special.  Team it up with a pad of Graphic 45 papers and your project will look beautiful!
In case you missed the entire A Way With Words die and stencil release:

The designer, Suzanne Cannon, really designed a fantastic set of new dies and stencils!

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

Monday, January 16, 2017

New Elizabeth Craft Designs release- "Sending Hugs"

Hello Crafty Friends!

Today I am sharing a card using one of the newly released die sets from Elizabeth Craft Designs, Sending Hugs:
Sending Hugs Kisses
This set is perfect for sending a thoughtful card or crafty project to a friend or family member.  My first project using the set is a cheerful, butterfly card.  The two sets of paper (gold and white) were cut using the die set.
The butterfly die set was used to cut white and bright colored papers.  The wings were lifted slightly.
The woodgrain paper is also from ECD and is a great collection of wood patterned papers.
The card was a snap to put together.  Several of the cards could be easily made and kept in your card stash.  It is always nice to send someone a happy hug!
Thanks for stopping by!  Have a happy, crafty day!
Big Hugs,
Kathy Jo

Sunday, January 15, 2017

New Elizabeth Craft Designs Release! "Beautiful" mixed media

Hello Crafty Friends!

What an exciting week: Elizabeth Craft Designs has introduced the new A Way With Words collection!
The first 11 items are Suzanne Cannon's designed dies while the next 7 are stencils...yay!

My first project using the new stencils was the "Beautiful" mixed media wall hanging.  From the bottom up it had a chipboard base, white corrugated board and a mixed media background.  The background was created using various green, blue and grey Dylusions sprays.  After drying the Swirly Flouris stencil and Faber-Castell's Glass Bead Glitter Gel were used.  It was cut to size and Distress Paint in Picket Fence applied along the edges.  The background was adhered to the corrugated board using strong liquid adhesive.
Next was the Beautiful die.  (Gorgeous!!)  It die cut 100 pound white card stock.  In the center of the die cut I adhered 1/4" thick double sided foam and along the outer edges of the die strong liquid adhesive.
Isn't the die lovely?
Two layers of sheer lacing was added to the bottom of the project.
Gem and frosted half pearls were added throughout.
Several pieces of ribbon were tied for the hanging and the project was complete.
Thanks for stopping by!  I hope you enjoyed seeing the new release collection and the project!

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

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Winter Forest Fairies card

Hello Crafty Friends!

Winter is in full swing in Nova Scotia.  On Saturday we bought our snowblower and on Sunday we were able to use the new toy.  I am used to shoveling as it is nice to take in the winter air and get some exercise...but seeing the snowblower quickly move the snow was nice, too.  :)

To celebrate the start of snow season, I created a winter card using the Quietfire Design stamp, Deep Within the Winter Forest:
Deep Within The Winter Forest - Set of 2 - Mounted
The card background was created using various blue, green and grey Dylusions sprays on mixed media paper.  After drying it was cut size and a moon was added using Distress Paint in Picket Fence.  The moon dried and then the quote was stamped using Archival Ink in Jet Black.
Next, I randomly stamped snowflakes from Quietfire Design stamp sets (such as Winter Wonderland and Let It Snow) using Distress Paint in Picket Fence.  Additional snow was created using The Tim Holtz Spritzer tool and a Picket Fence Distress Marker. 
The snow ground cover was created using white tissue paper (adhered using a glue stick) and Stickles.
This 5x5 card will be given to a good friend of mine who adores fairies.  
Thanks for stopping by!  Have a happy, crafty day!
Big Hugs,
Kathy Jo

This card is entered into the following challenge:
Simon Says Stamp Monday, Be Square

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Graphic 45 Cityscapes mini-journal

Hello Crafty Friends!

Did you make any New Year resolutions?  Every year I make a few resolutions.  This year one of them was to save money for two trips.  In order to have a good understanding of my money and to find ways to save more, I decided to keep a money journal.  The concept is simple: I will keep track of all my spending and log it in my journal for at least a month.  Every cent is accounted for- whether it is my vehicle insurance or a drink from a vending machine.  (It sounds like a lot of work but it is worth it…and it works!)  For my journal, I wanted something that would inspire me and help me stick with the resolution. 
First, I started with a mini composition book.  It is a perfect size for my purse.
Next, I covered the front and back of the notebook with Cityscapes paper and added fussy cut images.  The Eiffel Tower image reminds me of a vacation we had in Paris.  The image did not have tape applied on the entire back side- an area was left “tape free” so that a tag could be slid behind the image. 
Stamps were applied along the edge.  The stamp in the middle is of Chicago which is one of the trips we plan in the next year.   
The back had more Cityscapes paper.  
Of course the Chicago skyline was a must on this journal.
The finishing touch is one of my favorite stamps from Quietfire Design, I dwell in possibility:
I Dwell In Possibility - Mounted
The stamped quote was fussy cut and adhered on top of the Eiffel Tower:
After all items were adhered, I applied Stickles at will.  :)
Thanks so much for stopping by!  I do hope you enjoyed this wee journal.
Have a happy, crafty day!
Kathy Jo
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