Sunday, April 29, 2018

The only time you should ever look back....

Hello Sweet Crafty Friends.

I just wanted to pop in today to share some love and inspiration.

Let's face it, life is no easy journey.  Sometimes our path is smooth, straight and takes us through areas full of sunshine, rainbows and lollipops.  Then sometimes we are slowly sludging through 2 feet of mud with the rain beating down on us.  No matter what part of life you are at right now, keep your chin up and fight on.  You can do this.  Try not to let the past weigh you down either.  I know it can be tough.  But remember: The only time you should ever look back is to see how far you've come.

The awesomely inspiring quote above is a stamp from Quietfire Design.  I thought that I would frame it with a Polaroid die as many old photos we look back at are Polaroids.  The bright yellow background was created using Dylusions sprays.
I do hope this little project brought some inspiration and love to your day.  If you want to create a similar project for someone, the product links are below.   (FYI: at the time of this post, I found the Polaroid die on clearance!  I made sure to share that link!)

Product used:
Quietfire Design: The only time stamp
Bo Bunny: Polaroid die
Ranger Ink: Dylusions Sprays and Archival ink
Graphic 45: Nature Sketchbook patterned paper

Thank you for stopping by.
Big Hugs,
Kathy Jo

Saturday, April 28, 2018

You were born with greatness

Hello Crafty Friends!

It is my turn to share at Elizabeth Craft Designs and I created an inspiring wee card using product designed by the oh-so-talented Suzanne Cannon.  Suzanne designed the beautiful stamps and the gorgeous flourished frame die.  (see end of post for product links)

Below is the back of the card...sweet!  Love the flourished butterflies.

For card instructions and more details, feel free to hop on over to the Elizabeth Craft Designs blog.

Product used:
Elizabeth Craft Designs: Flourished die, Soar stamp set
Authentique: Stitches paper pad
Ranger Ink: Archival Ink in Jet Black

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

Thursday, April 26, 2018

"You can do anything"

Hello Crafty Friends!

It has been a week since my last post but for good reason: I have been playing with Quietfire Design and Elizabeth Craft Designs new releases.  I cannot share the ECD projects yet but I can share Quietfire Design.  :)

First up is an inspirational and colorful card using the new stamp, You can do anything.


  1. Spray desired Dyslusions Sprays onto mixed media paper. Dry.  Cut to desired size.
  2. Use texture paste and stencil.  Air dry.
  3. Apply Picket Fence Distress Paint to some edges and extend into paper.  Dry. 
  4. Apply Vintage Photo Distress Ink along edges.
  5. Splatter white acrylic paint.
  6. Create card base (navy blue).  Mat wood grain paper.
  7. Die cut navy blue card stock using lace edging. 
  8. Cut a strip of wood grain paper.
  9. Mount mixed media paper, wood grain paper strip and lace die cut as shown.
  10. Wrap and adhere coordinating twine.
  11. Stamp quote onto white card stock using black archival ink.  Dry.
  12. Die cut quote and mount onto card front using double sided foam tape.
  13. Create twine bow and adhere.  Add embellishment.
It is so bright and cheerful!  A perfect card to inspire a loved one.
Product used:
Quietfire Design: You can do anything stamp
Stampers Anonymous: Tim Holtz Gothic stencil
Spellbinders: Becca Feeken Venice Lace, Parisian Accents

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

Thursday, April 19, 2018

"Life doesn't have to be perfect..." upcycled Quetfire Design frame

Hello Crafty Friends!

It is my turn to post at Quietfire Creations and I am sharing an upcycled frame using one of the newly released stamps from Quietfire Design, Life doesn't have to be perfect:
Life Doesn't Have to be Perfect - Mounted
You should have seen this poor, sad frame before I upcycled it.  It was dark, dreary and tired.  Some Gesso, white paint and gold paste later and a refreshed frame was complete.  I love how the beautiful sentiment pops against the soft colors of the frame and papers.
For more project details, feel free to hop on over to Quietfire Creations.

Product used:
Quietfire Design: Life Doesn't have to be perfect stamp
Spellbinders: Coralene's ChemiseIsabella Frame
Prima Marketing: Love Story paper pad
Ranger Ink: Victorian Velvet Distress InkJet Black Archival Ink
Nuvo: Gloss Drops in Simply White

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

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Quietfire Design new product introduction with video

Hello Crafty Friends!

Received some happy mail: the entire new product release from Quietfire Design.  The release is awesome and had to make a video of opening the package and oogling over the stamps!

Enjoy.  :)

Sunday, April 15, 2018

Graphic 45 Nature Sketchbook mini album

Hello Crafty Friends!

Yesterday my friends and I attended a day long fundraising crop.  Oh- I had such a great time!  All of us crafty gals collected a lot of food for a local food bank.  (Feels awesome to help out people in need!)  We spent the whole day crafting, smiling, and chatting.  Gotta love craft days spent with friends. :)

I usually attend crops with a large project to work on.  The project for yesterday's crop was a mini-album using Graphic 45's Nature Sketchbook collection.  The album is quite big and full of beautiful Graphic 45 details.  Because of the amount of album details, I am sharing not only some photos of the album but also a YouTube video.

Below are some pics of the album.  I fussy cut a lot of butterflies and some bees for it...and I had a blast doing it.  It may not be summer here but my desk looked like summer with all of the colorful butterflies on it!

The front of the album has several fussy cutbutterflies.  I really like how the Monarch butterfly pops against the gold doily.

The spine has three very wee butterflies fussy cut on it.  Can you find them?  (hint: one is in the metal label holder)

Here are some photos from inside of the album.  Love the colors in this collection!
Chipboard, flower punchouts, tabs & pockets and stickers from the Nature Sketchbook collection were used throughout the album.

The envelope opens to reveal three envelopes with more embellishments and cards tucked inside.

Doesn't the collection make you think of summer beauty?  It makes me yearn for summer in my gardens seeing butterflies flutter by. 

Product used:

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

Saturday, April 7, 2018

"Make a Wish" card using Graphic 45 Fairie Dust

Hello Crafty Friends!

While tidying up my craft room I started to think about a Spellbinders die that I enjoy using but have not pulled out in a while, A-2 Fancy Ribbon Threader.

Image result for a-2 fancy ribbon threader
Do you remember the die set?  The die set is a few years old now and is often passed over for the newer dies in my collection.  I decided to put the die set to use again and within a short amount of time I was working on a multi layered card.  The die created a sweet frame on my "Make a Wish" for Graphic 45's Fairie Dust card.
Many flowers were fussy cut for the card front.  Even the bow was adorned with flowers.
In the photo above you can see the threaded ribbon and twine in the die cut.
The inside contains more of the pretty images and papers.
Along the edges I applied gold marker for extra shimmer.  On fairie wings and flower centers I added Stickles.
Isn't it a happy card?  The fairie images are so pretty and I love the colors!

Product used:
Spellbinders: A-2 Fancy Ribbon Threader die set
Graphic 45: Fairie Dust papers
Ranger Ink: Stickles

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

Thursday, April 5, 2018

"What greater thing is there" love card using Becca Feeken and Quietfire Design

Hello Crafty Friends!  Happy Friday!

How has your week been?  Have you crafted at all or purchased new crafty goodies to play with on the weekend?  It is that time of year when thoughts turn to spring so perhaps you are working with flowers?  The card I am sharing today has flowers, happy colors, beautiful dies and a gorgeous calligraphy stamp from Quietfire Design.
 After creating the card base, I embossed ivory card stock and cut it to size.  A gold metallic marker was applied along the edges.  Next, I die cut pale yellow card stock using Becca Feeken's Annabelle's Trousseau die.
Quietfire Design's What Great Thing Is There stamp was applied to ivory card stock using Jet Black Archival Ink.  It was die cut using Becca Feeken's Hemstitch Ovals die and edged with a gold marker.

White seam binding was dyed using Distress Ink in Twisted Citron.  It was mounted onto the card front and a wee twine bow adhered.  Three coordinating flowers were added as the final touch.
Such a lovely quote and the dies are stunning!

Product used:
Quietfire Design: What greater thing stamp set
Spellbinders by Becca Feeken: Annabelle's Trousseau die set, Hemstich Ovals die set
Ranger:  Twisted Citron Distress InkJet Black Archival Ink

Thank you for stopping by!  I do hope you enjoyed the card.

Have a happy, crafty weekend.
Kathy Jo

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

New YouTube video: Graphic 45 Midnight Masquerade tag album

Hello Crafty Friends!

Just wanted to let you all know that a new YouTube video is available.  The video is of a Graphic 45 Midnight Masquerade tag album.  Enjoy!

The original post with just photos is here.  (Thought I would share a video to show more details.)

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

Monday, April 2, 2018

Frame It- Butterfly Irish Blessing

Hello Crafty Friends!

It is my day to post at Quietfire Creations and I am sharing an upcycled frame using Quietfire Design's "May the Wings"stamp.  The stamp is from the Butterfly Circles stamp collection:
Butterfly Circles, May the Wings, set of 5 stamps - Mounted
The frame was picked up at a local second hand store- it was a perfect match for the lovely stamp!
The beautiful papers are from Graphic 45's Nature Sketchbook collection.

For more details and project instructions, feel free to hop on over to the post at Quietfire Creations.

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

Sunday, April 1, 2018

Graphic 45 2018 Brand Ambassador Audition

Hello Crafty Friends.

Today is a special day at I'm a Little Teapot: this post is my audition for the Graphic 45 2018 Ambassador Team!  I am a huge cheerleader for Graphic 45.  I love using their product on my crafty projects as the paper collections are full of beautiful, timeless patterns that make my heart smile.  Their albums make it simple to create gorgeous Graphic 45 projects and I adore their metal embellishments.  And now, the cherry on top: they have metal dies!  As you can probably guess, I am happy and honored to try out to be a Brand Ambassador.

Below are two projects I would like to submit for the Brand Ambassador Audition.  I do hope you enjoy the projects as much as I enjoyed making them!

Project 1: Enchanted Forest album

For my first project I would like to share an album created using Graphic 45's Enchanted Forest collection, Artisan Style collection and Kraft album.  Below are photos from the album.  Also shared is a video of the album showing all of the pocket inserts and other details.

Album video:

Details of front cover:

Inside front cover:

Album pages and pockets:

The final pocket and inside of back cover.

Project 2: Seasons fancy fold card with instructions

For my second project, I would like to share an easy to make fancy fold card using the Seasons paper collection:

The card is fun to make and you will find yourself making several!  Let's jump right in...

Materials list (all dimensions in inches):
Seasons 8 x 8 pages Spring and Spring Collective
5 x 12 card stock for base (purple)
3 x 4.25 card stock (yellow)
3.75 x 4.75 ivory patterned paper (there are many ivory Graphic 45 choices) or card stock
Double sided foam tape
Double sided tape
Liquid adhesive
Fussy cutting scissors
Optional: ink or metallic markers for edging, embellishments

Instructions (all dimensions in inches):
  1. Cut four 1.75 x 4.75 rectangles from back of Spring paper.  (Optional: apply ink or metallic marker to edges.)
  2. Cut out required images from Spring Collective.  You will need the postage stamp row and the Spring image.
  3. Cut postage row to 3.75 and mount to the 3.75 x 4.75 ivory patterned paper.  (Optional: apply ink of metallic marker to edges.)
  4. Create card base: Score purple card stock at 4 and 8.  Flip paper over and score at 2 and 10.  Fold as shown.
  5. Mount rectangles from Step 1 to card base as shown.
  6. Mount ivory assembly from Step 3 to inside as shown.
  7. Mount Spring image to yellow card stock using double sided foam tape.
  8. Apply double sided tape to one half of the Spring image.  (You want the image to mount on the left side of the card front.)
  9. Mount to card front.
  10. Embellish as desired.  Bows and butterflies are always beautiful!
  11. Sit back and smile at your completed first double fold gate card!

Thank you so much for stopping by!  I do hope you enjoyed both projects. Creating with Graphic 45 product is a pleasure and I really appreciate you stopping by my little place in the blogosphere!

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