Friday, March 9, 2018

Don't wait for someone to bring you flowers

Happy Friday, Crafty Friends!

What are your plans for the weekend?  Are you spending time with family and friends?  Setting aside some time for crafting?  Looking for inspiration for your next crafty project?  I am sharing a project on the Elizabeth Craft Designs blog that may inspire you to pull out some happy colored ink and paper to craft away.
The quote is so true!  Maybe once a year I buy a bunch of flowers to bring extra cheer to our home.  Seeing the flowers makes me smile and smelling the fragrance is so uplifting!

Interested in making a similar card?  The blog post shares step-by-step instructions.  Enjoy!

Looking for more inspiration?  Feel free to visit my social media links below.  (If you are a Cardie, I would highly recommend the board "Beautiful Cards!".  It is full of awesome cards!)

Pinterest Link

Instagram Link

Thanks for stopping by!  Have an awesome weekend!
Big Hugs,
Kathy Jo

Product used:

Sunday, March 4, 2018

"You are Sunlight to my heart"

Hello Crafty Friends!

Do you have a stamp or stamp set that you use often or look for reasons to use often?  A timeless stamp, perhaps, that you were very happy to have purchased or received?  It was my turn to share a project at Quietfire Creations and I shared a project using one of my favorite timeless stamps, Quietfire Design's You are Sunlight:
You are Sunlight - Mounted
The project is paired with the calligraphic heart from the Calligraphic Elements 1 set:
Calligraphic Elements 1 - Metal Cutting Dies
The stamp and heart die look so sweet together!
For more photos, feel free to hop on over to the Quietfire Creations blog post.  :)

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

Sunday, February 18, 2018

Layered Garden Treasure

Hello Crafty Friends!

Last month I was fortunate enough to attend Creativation in Phoenix.  Wow!  It was non-stop fun seeing all the soon-to-be released product, new-to-me product, and visiting my favorite brand booths.  One booth that was almost new-to-me was Altenew.  I had seen some of their product before in stores but had not really seen the beautiful projects created using their product.  The Altenew layered flowers projects were gorgeous!  After leaving Creativation I decided to buy a stamp and die set and try it out for myself.  Today I am sharing the first project using stamps and dies from the Garden Treasure set.

  1. Create a top fold card using pale blue card stock. Round corners.  Apply gold marker along edges.
  2. Die cut white card stock using Becca Feeken's Emmeline Treillage die and Tallulah Frill die.  
  3. Die cut Emmeline Treillage using the rectangle die from Hemstitch Rectangles.  Die cut green card stock using same die.
  4. Mount all die cuts to card base using liquid adhesive.
  5. Stamp flowers onto white card stock using desired inks.  After drying, die cut.
  6. Mount flowers to card base using liquid adhesive.  For more dimension, use thin double sided foam tape for leaves and thicker double sided foam tape for rose.
  7. Add Stickles to center of flowers.  Add pale blue pearls to center of Emmeline background flowers.
  8. Create bow and adhere using liquid adhesive.  Add gold button to bow center using liquid adhesive. 
It was a good time in the craft room stamping out the roses in different colors.  I just placed an order for some of the Altenew inks (the colors quite lovely) and will share a project or two after the order arrives.

Have you created projects using the Altenew layer stamps?  If so, I would love to see them!  Feel free to share a link in the comment section below.

Thank you for stopping by!  I do hope you enjoyed the card.
Have a happy, crafty day!
Big Hugs,
Kathy Jo

Product used:
Altenew Garden Treasure
Hemstitch Rectangles
Tallulah Frill
Emmeline Treillage
Memento Dew Drops
Stickles- Yellow

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Butterfly Kindness

Hello Crafty Friends!

Today is my day to share a project at Quietfire Creations and I made a Butterfly Kindness card.  This card is perfect to give to a friend or loved one in appreciation for kindness or as a thank you card.  (I really like the quote stamp as it is so very true and well stated.)
Instructions to create the card are found on the Quietfire Creations post.  It is super easy to make and although I used blue, green and yellow colors, it would also look pretty in red, orange and yellow.

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

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

"...I love you" card and gift box set

Hello Crafty Friends!

Last week I shared a project using the beautiful Cosmic Shimmer Metallic Gilding Polish.  This weekend I played in the craft room with polish's sparkly cousin: Cosmic Shimmer Glitter Kiss.  Like the polish, the Glitter Kiss is packaged with its own applicator.  (The applicator means cleaner hands and the lid provides applicator storage.)

I tried the Glitter Kiss several ways: applying over the entirety of a piece of card stock, die cutting "kissed" card stock (no issues or touch up needed), through a stencil and using a small paint brush to apply on small areas.  One thing I did not know was how to correctly apply it over a large area with the applicator.  The best way to apply over a large area is to swipe the applicator onto the paper in one direction, turn 90 degrees and swipe, turn 90 then swipe and 90 then swipe.  It sounds like a lot of time but the results are worth it.  And the Glitter Kiss dries quickly, too.

The first project made with the Glitter Kiss was a glittery heart favor box.  This sweet favor box is a great gift idea or favor box for a Valentine's Day gift, a wedding or anniversary celebration.  After the favor box was completed, I created a matching card.

(All product used is listed at the end of the post.)

Favor Box Instructions:
  1. Die cut patterned paper using gift favor die.  Two required.  Apply gold marker along edges.
  2. Use heart spray stencil and apply Glitter Kiss.  (It is best to secure stencil with washi tape to prevent stencil from sliding.)
  3. Die cut patterned paper using box die from gift favor die set.
  4. Assemble box.  (here is a video tutorial for assembly)
  5. Stamp sentiment onto coordinating paper using red archival ink.  Clean stamp and tap Glitter Kiss onto stamp.  Re-stamp sentiment.  After drying die cut with tag die and apply gold marker along edges.
  6. Apply Glitter Kiss to card stock (red is best) and die cut using key die.  
  7. Create bow and add gold twine to hang the tag and key.
  8. Apply Glitter Kiss to red card stock.  Die cut using heart lace die.  Adhere to back of favor box.  (Keep the wee heart die cut from the center to use on the card front.)
The favor box is so cute- whoever receives it will adore it!

Next is the matching card.  It has several layers of die cuts and beautiful calligraphy stamps from Suzanne Cannon of Quietfire Design.

Card Instructions:

  1. Die cut red card stock twice using Ornamental Crest Die.  Apply Glitter Kiss to the front of one die cut.  After drying, adhere to front of plain die cut using liquid adhesive.
  2. Create support for card using red card stock.
  3. Die cut gold card stock using lace heart die.
  4. Apply Glitter Kiss to red card stock and die cut using classic heart die.
  5. Stamp both text stamps onto patterned paper.  Die cut the largest text using smallest die in the Ornamental Crest set.  (Save the outer frame as the background beneath the hearts.) Cut the "I love you" into a rectangle.  Apply gold marker along edges.
  6. Assemble all die cuts from step 5 onto card front.
  7. Create double bow and adhere to front.
I do hope you enjoyed the favor box and coordinating card!  I really like how the set shimmers with the beautiful red Glitter Kiss.  

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

Product used (click on the text for the product link):
Glitter Kiss- Fire Red Kiss

I Don't Tell You Often Enough, Set of 5 - Mounted
"I don't tell you enough" stamp set
Shapeabilities Amazing Paper Grace Becca Feeken Favorably Simple Gift Box Etched Dies
Favor Box die set
Hearts and Paws stencil
Shapeabilities Lace Hearts Etched Dies (S5-204)
Lace Hearts
Being Thankful, Set of 6 Stamps - Mounted
For You stamp

Saturday, February 3, 2018

"Let your heart guide you"

Hello Crafty Friends!

Have you ever read a quote that has taken you back to a moment in time?  The quote on the card I am sharing today has done that very thing.  It takes me back to the first time I met my husband.  I remember that moment so clearly:  it was the first day at my new job and my boss wanted me to meet my project leader.  As my future hubby walked up to me all sound was muted...I could feel my heart beat.  My inner voice gasped and breathlessly said "oh".  Yes, that all sounds silly but that is what happened.  Of course, my next internal voice statement was something like "I am going to love working here".  (Big smiles.)  Anyway, the point of that story is that my heart muted my world so that it could faintly tell me what it felt.  I definitely listened!

Now about that card...

The focal point of the card is the lovely quote from Suzanne Cannon's (for Elizabeth Craft Designs) Love & Hearts stamp set:
Also used is Elizabeth Craft Designs' Romantic Corners die set:
The card has several layers but is quite easy to create.
For full card instructions, feel free to hope on over to the Elizabeth Craft Designs blog.  :)

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

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

"Love" pretty in pink card

Hello Crafty Friends!

It is my day to post at Quietfire Creations and I am sharing a pretty in pink "Love" card using Quietfire Creations beautiful "Love" die,
Love - Metal Cutting Die
Excluding the "Love" die cut, all of the papers used were ivory card stock.  A wonderful medium, Cosmic Shimmer Metallic Gilding Polish (color "Blossom") was used to add the metallic pink luster to the ivory card stock.
Card Instructions:
  1. Create a tent fold card from ivory card stock.
  2. Cut ivory card stock smaller than front of card base.  Apply gilding polish.
  3. After gilding polish is dry (it dries in a zip!), apply gold marker along edges.  Mount to card base.
  4. Die cut ivory card stock.  Mount to base.
  5. Emboss ivory card stock.  Lightly apply gilding polish.  Note: the larger the gaps in between the raised areas, the more likely you will get gilding polish in non-embossed areas.  
  6. Die cut with oval die and mount to card.
  7. Die cut oval frame.  Apply gilding polish.  Add gold marker along edges.
  8. Die cut "Love" using ivory card stock and gold card stock.  Slightly offset both die cuts and mount to card using liquid adhesive.
  9. Create triple ivory bow.  Mount using liquid adhesive.
  10. Create three roses of different size. (Or take roses from your crafty stash.)  Apply gilding polish as desired.  (I applied polish evenly over the entire large rose and just on the edges of the smaller roses.)
  11. Add crystal gems and Sitckles, if desired.

Thank you for stopping by!  I do hope you enjoyed the pretty in pink "Love" card.
Have a happy, crafty day!
Big Hugs,

Sunday, January 14, 2018

"Only from the heart can you touch the sky"

Hello Crafty Friends!

Last weekend it was my turn to post at Elizabeth Craft Designs and Valentine's Day was the theme of the project.  Unlike yesterday's posted card, this card is considered clean and simple.  The hearts and sweet quote are from Suzanne Cannon's stamp set, Love & Hearts:
A balloon was created using two of the hearts stamps.
The quote is too sweet!
 For card instructions, please feel free to hop on over to the ECD post.  :)
Thank you for stopping by!
Have a happy, crafty day.
Big Hugs,
Kathy Jo

 Product Used:

Saturday, January 13, 2018

"Nothing can be truer than fairy wisdom"

Hello Crafty Friends!

It may be January but my thoughts have turned to spring.  I love the beauty of spring gardens as they are full of bright bulbs and cheep-cheep-cheeping birds.  Spring garden life is captivating.  Seeing the earth awakening from the winter sleep and new plants bursting from the soil carpet is amazing.  Life is truly magical.

Garden magic inspired today's card.  I wanted to make something bright, beautiful and magical.  Fairies are definitely all three and Suzanne's fairy stamp set, Nothing can be truer than fairy wisdom, was the focal point of the card front.

Nothing Can Be Truer, Set of 2 - Mounted
The card was created and shared on the Quietfire Creations blog.  Instructions with photos are available on the blog post.
The quote is so sweet!  I can't help but smile when I read it.
A list of all product used is shown at the end of this post.  It was fun to create!

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