Thursday, July 20, 2017

Tutorial: "Warm Thoughts" accordion mini-album

Hello Crafty Friends!

Quietfire Creations is celebrating Christmas in July and today is my day to share a festive project.  I created a holiday mini album using several Quietfire Design dies.  The blog post shares photos and steps for you to create your own mini-album.  Below are some photo teasers.  :)
Feel free to hop on over to the post for the tutorial!  Oh!  And all of the Christmas dies and stamps are on sale at Quietfire Design.  Woo-whooo!  Time to stock up on your Christmas goodies.

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

Thursday, July 6, 2017

New Quietfire Design stamps! "Stillness" card

Hello Crafty Friends!

Have you seen all of the new releases at Quietfire Design?  The talented Suzanne Cannon has designed several new stamps and today I am sharing a card using two of the new releases:

The Greatest Revelation - Mounted
Leafy Acanthus Background - Mounted
The card is simple to create:
(1) stamp the background onto ivory card stock using Pear Tart Memento Ink.
(2) stamp quote onto background using Jet Black Archival Ink.

(3) cut to desired size
(4) mount onto black card stock
(5) use double sided foam tape to mount to coordinated green card stock
(6) mount on tent fold black card

Easy Peesy!  :)
Thanks for stopping by!  I do hope you enjoyed the card using the new Quietfire Design stamps!

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

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

"What greater thing" Love/wedding card

Hello Crafty Friends!

Today is my day to post at Quietfire Design and I created a love/wedding card for my post.  The card used Elizabeth Craft Designs beautiful die called Lace Pocket.  Oh my.  As soon as I saw it, I knew that it would be perfect for cards and scrapbooking projects.  I played for a while with the new die and ended up creating the card.  The die works so well with Quietfire Design quotes!  The new stamp from Quietfire Design, What greater thing, is the focus of the card front.
What Greater Thing is There & Heart Flourish, Set of 2 - Mounted
All of the colored card stock is also from Elizabeth Craft Designs.  The flowers are from Recollections and the wrinkle ribbon from the Quietfire Design store.

Feel free to hop on over to Quietfire Design to see more photos of the card.

Thanks 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 challenge:
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday, AG

Sunday, July 2, 2017

Mixed Media Layered Stars

Hello Crafty Friends!

Yesterday Canadians celebrated the country's 150th birthday.  It may have rained here in Nova Scotia but it did not stop people from celebrating the mementos occasion.  Admittedly, as an American living in Canada, I love this time of year as I celebrate both the July 1st and July 4th holidays.  Lucky me!  

One way I chose to recognize the upcoming July 4th was to create a star themed mixed media project.  FolkArt's Star Layering Stencil was used to created the patriotic card front.  This set is awesome for creating cool star layers as it has three stencils in the set: the star background, a large star and the negative of the large star:
FolkArt ® Layering Stencils - Star

Star background steps:
  1. Spray different shades of red spray ink to mixed media paper.  Dry
  2. Use washi tape to secure star/strip background and star to paper.  (Roll a piece of washi tape and apply to the underside of the star.)  Apply Blueprint Sketch Distress Ink to stencil.  Dry.  Clean stencils.
  3. Align star/stripe background and then negative star stencil to paper.  Apply white texture paste to opening.  Dry
  4. Use Nuvo Drops or Liquid Pearls to create gold star outline and dots to inside of white texture paste stars.  Apply Star Dust Stickles to stripes.  Dry
  5. Use a paintbrush to flick white acrylic paint to background.  
  6. Apply clear glitter Nuvo randomly to several blue stars.  Dry.
  7. Die cut using Elizabeth Craft Designs' Dotted Scallop Squares die. 

To finish the card, I cut gold paper slightly large than the die cut and applied acrylic paint to edge.  A corrugated card base had acrylic paint applied and dried.  The gold paper and starry die cut were mounted as shown.  The finishing touches were a double sheer gold bow and gold/white trim.
By the time the card was complete, my hands were covered in paint, ink and glitter.  Those hands were the sign of a good, crafty time!  :)

Thanks for stopping by!  I hope you all have a great weekend.
Big Hugs,
Kathy Jo

This card is entered into the following two challenges:
Simon Says Stamp Monday, Stencil It
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday, AG
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