Sunday, June 18, 2017

Crazy Dog Tim Holtz birthday card

Hello Crafty Friends!

It is a gorgeous day here in beautiful Nova Scotia.  The birds are chirping, butterflies fluttering and the squirrels...well...acting squirrel-y.  This morning we took our Saint Bernard, Teddy, for a nice walk at the Shubie dog park.  He saw many of his "friends"  and took numerous dips in the lake.  It was a good day for the Tedster.  Just look at the face below- he looks very happy.  :)  
The walk with Teddy today reminded me that I needed to post the card I made for my dad's birthday.  It used Tim Holtz (Stampers Anonymous) Crazy Dogs stamp and die set.  The patterned papers are also from Tim Holtz.
Below is a close-up of the birthday dog.  He was stamped onto colored pencil paper and colored using Prismacolor pencils and Gamsol.  Stickles was applied to his hat.  Glossy accents was used on his eyes, balloons and the bone.
The dogs are perfect for masculine and feminine cards.  I may also use them for Teddy scrapbook pages.  :)
Thanks for stopping by!  Hope you are having a happy, crafty day!
Big Hugs,
Kathy Jo


Thursday, June 15, 2017

Cheerful "Happy Birthday" mixed media card

Hello Crafty Friends!

Don't you just love it when you start playing with crafty supplies and the next thing you know you are finishing up a project you never planned on making?  That happened when I was playing in my craft room with Wendy Vecchi's Stamp it- Stencil it Bouquet set.  The crafty time started with a stamp/stencil set and ended up with a cheerful birthday card.
The image was stamped on watercolor paper in Jet Black Archival Ink and colored using Tim Holtz' Distress Markers.  Clear gloss gel was dyed using Festive Berries Distress Reinker and applied to the stencil.  After drying, Elizabeth Craft Designs' Prills were glued to the flower centers.
Quietfire Designs' Happy Birthday was stamped onto more watercolor paper, cut to size and mounted on red corrugated board.
Authentique's Cheerful papers were die cut using Memory Box's Stitched Rectangles dies to create a happy frame and background.  
The card is so cheerful with the bright, summery colors and different textures.  Fun to make, easy to reproduce and to mail!  Yay!

Thanks for stopping by!  I do hope you enjoyed the cheerful birthday card.
Big Hugs,
Kathy Jo

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

"The Music in my heart"

Hello Crafty Friends!

Today is my day to post at Quietfire Creations and I created a card using the newly released stamp: The music in my heart.
The Music in My Heart - Mounted
I cannot help but think of my mom after reading this stamp as she used to love to sing and play a guitar.  Even though I cannot hear her music anymore, I have the fondest memories of her music.  The stamp would be perfect on a scrapbook page of her.  Also, it would be great on a card to send to a friend to let them know you are thinking of them or a happy moment shared together.
To obtain more details and instructions on the card, feel free to hop on over to Quietfire Creations.

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

May you always have beautiful music long after it was heard no more.
Hugs,
Kathy Jo

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

"I Ruff You" Fur-ever

Hello Crafty Friends!

Last Sunday my sweet hubby and I celebrated our 10th anniversary.  Wow- time has flown by!  We both cannot believe it has been 10 years.  I guess time passing quickly is what happens when you marry not only your love but your best friend.  

His anniversary card needed to be something that represents us and Art Impressions Fur-ever hug stamp set was perfect.  Every time I see that stamp I smile because it is so cute.  It was stamped on watercolor paper and colored using Tim Holtz Distress Markers.  After drying, it was die cut using Memory Box's Stitched Squares dies.  The patterned paper is from Graphic 45's Artisan Style collection.
The inside is stamped "I Ruff You" (from Tim Holtz' Crazy Dogs).
He really liked the card...especially when I pointed out that I thought I was the cat and he the dog.  :)

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

Monday, June 5, 2017

"Wishing you sunshine and puppies"

Hello Crafty Friends!

Last week I shared a mixed media project using the newly released Quietfire Design Whimsy stamp set and the Paw Prints stencil.  I could not put the new goodies away without making another project with them.  This time I created a clean and simple card.  
The paws stencil was used with Distress Inks (Festive Berries, Spiced Marmalade, Mustard Seed, Broken China and Wilted Violet).  It was die cut using Elizabeth Craft Designs' Stitched Rectangles die.  Next, Wishing you was stamped onto white card stock, die cut using Cheery Lynn's Banner Die and inked using Broken China. 
The inside of the card was stamped with "Sunshine & Puppies" and die cut with another ECD Stitched Rectangle die.  Isn't "Sunshine & Puppies" so cute?  Who wouldn't like the wish of a day filled with sunshine and puppies?  :)  
The card was put together in a flash and the result was a happy card to give to a friend.  

Thanks for stopping by!  I do hope you enjoyed the card and that you have a happy, crafty day.

Big Hugs,
Kathy Jo

This card is entered into the following challenge:
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday, AG

Sunday, June 4, 2017

GIVEAWAY!! Last day to enter!

Hello Crafty Friends!

Just a reminder that today is the last day to participate in the Quietfire Quick Fx Stencil Blog Hop!  All blog posts are located on the Quietfire Creations blog...easy peesy to leave comments.  

Here is a list of all of the posts:

  • Suzanne  on Sunday May 28th
  • Yogi, Yvonne on Monday May 29
  • Teresa on Tuesday May 30
  • Robyn on Wednesday May 31
  • Wanda, Diana on Thursday June 1
  • Kathy Jo (that's me!) on Friday June 2

A new release stamp set will be given to a randomly drawn comment on each post and there is a Grand Prize winner that will win all of the stencils!  
Hop on over to Quietfire Creations to leave your comments and enter in the giveaways.  

Good Luck!
Hugs,
Kathy Jo

Saturday, June 3, 2017

Quietfire Quick Fx Stencil Blog Hop- Sunshine & Puppies Mixed Media

Hello Crafty Friends!

Have you heard the news?  Quietfire Design is doing a blog hop this week.  There are many prizes: newly released stamp sets and a grand prize winner will win the entire new release of stencils!  Woo-whoooo!
My Blog Hop project was a 12x12 mixed media layout.  You will have to hop to the blog post to see all of the project details...but below is a close up snippet of the new paw prints stencil and stamp set:
So, hop on over for your chance to win!  Good luck! 

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

This project is entered into the following challenge:
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday, AG

Saturday, May 27, 2017

"What greater thing" Love/Wedding card

Hello Crafty Friends!

It was my time to share another project at Quietfire Creations and I created a love/wedding card using the Quietfire Design stamp set, What greater thing:
What Greater Thing is There & Heart Flourish, Set of 2 - Mounted
Such beautiful calligraphy and what a lovely sentiment!  Perfect for a wedding card, scrapbook page, or a wedding invite.
The blue patterned paper is from Graphic 45's Botanical Tea collection.  Dies used: Spellbinders Opulent Ovals and Becca Feeken's Graceful Floral Lace.
Thanks for stopping by!  Have a happy crafty day!
Big hugs,
Kathy Jo

Friday, May 19, 2017

"Live Laugh Love" upcycled wall art

Hello Crafty Friends!

It is my time to share a project at Quietfire Creations.  The project is upcycled wall art.  I took a tired, out of date item, repainted it, and used Quietfire Designs' dies, Live, Laugh and Love to create a fresh and happy piece of wall art.
The dies were used to cut both ivory and pink card stock.
The flowers are from my crafty stash.  Frosted Lace Stickles was used on the flower centers.
The project came together in a flash and it felt good to reuse an item that may have never been used again.

Thanks for stopping by!  I hope you enjoyed the upcycle project.  :)
Have a happy, crafty day!
Hugs,
Kathy Jo

This project is entered into the following challenge:
Simon Says Stamp, A bit of Sparkle

Sunday, May 7, 2017

"Just living is not enough" Graphic 45 Secret Garden card

Hello Crafty Friends!

How is your spring going thus far?  I have been busy as a bee working on the gardens and lawn.  It is great seeing the gardens springing to life.  And the birds are so happy- perfect background sounds while gardening!

The soon-to-be-flowering gardens inspired this fancy fold card using Quietfire Design's Just living is not enough stamp...
  ...and Graphic 45's Secret Garden papers.  The card came together quickly after a wee bit of fussy cutting.
The card base was created using Sizzix' Side Step card die.  Stickles was used on the flower centers and all of the leaves.
Secret Garden paper was difficult to cut as I do not have many of the 8x8 papers left...but I am glad I did it!

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

Thursday, April 6, 2017

"Believe" Graphic 45 Nature Sketchbook and Quietfire Design frame


Hello Crafty Friends!


Spring has sprung and, as a gardener, my mind is full of ideas for the gardens.  Last week my friends and I started various sunflower seeds.  The visions of tall, happy sunflowers in our late summer gardens have been the subject of our excited talks this week.  I guess you could say that gardeners always believe- that with our pleasurable work- something wonderful is about to happen.   


With gardens on my mind, I upcycled a frame using Quietfire Designs' "Always Believe" stamp and "Believe" die.  

 Jet Black Archival Ink was used on Graphic 45's Nature Sketchbook ivory paper.  (Nature Sketchbook was used entirely as the papers for this project.)  Sweet butterflies and lush foliage create a natural frame around the beautiful stamp.
Believe was die cut and mounted on two layers of papers.  Lady bugs and a dragonfly grace the lovely die cut.
Glossy Accents was applied to all eggs, lady bugs and other wee insects.
 Layers of plants and insects fill the frame.
 On top of layers were bright butterflies.
 Inka Gold was applied along all frame edges and on the layers below the Believe die cut.
 Full of life frame!  I hope my gardens are as spirited as the frame.  :)


After hours of fussy cutting, mounting with foam tape and adding Stickles or clear enamel, my dreamlike garden wall art was complete.  Seeing the frame on my wall makes me smile with thoughts- and belief- that the gardens will lush and beautiful with life.

Thank you very much for stopping by!  I do hope you enjoyed the project.  Maybe it has inspired you to make a project for a gardener friend or yourself.  Feel free to share a link in the comments here or on social media as I would love to see it!  :)

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

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Graphic 45 Birthday mini-album

Hello Crafty Friends!

A couple of weeks ago I shared a tag album using Tammy Tutterow's Shortie Tag die set and Graphic 45's Midnight Masquerade papers.  Today I would like to share an even more mini album using another Tammy Tutterow Spellbinders die set (Mini Tag book) and Graphic 45's Time to Celebrate 8x8 papers.

The cake was fussy cut and elevated using foam tape.
 Roses and butterflies...beautiful combination.
 A little vertical pocket holds a...
 ...sweet image.
 Wee pockets hold three postage and a happy birthday greeting.
 The butterfly and balloons soar...
 The birthday "invitation" opens...
 A cute child image...
 The album was secured with some scrap ribbon and ivory hemp.
Thank you very much for stopping by!  I do hope you enjoyed the wee tag album.  :)
Have a happy, crafty day.
Big Hugs,
Kathy Jo
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