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  I took a tired, out of date item, repainted it, and used Quietfire Designs' dies, Live, Laugh and Love to create a fresh and happy piece of wall art.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!
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

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Graphic 45 Raining Cats and Dogs bookmarks

Hello Crafty Friends!

Do you lose your bookmarks?  Sometimes my bookmarks are readily found for a year and then *poof!*- they vanish into thin air.  Lost bookmarks are replaced with sales receipts or folded post-it notes.  Finally a simple and obvious solution came to mind: "You have a lot of scrap paper so make your own bookmarks."  (Funny how it took this long to realize I can make my own.)  Yesterday I grabbed some scrap Graphic 45 Raining Cats and Dogs papers, Quietfire Design's Kitties Quotes marks, Hearts and Paw Stencil and made some happy bookmarks.

The bookmarks are 2" x 6".  This bookmark has a stamped sentiment that made me smile the first time I read it.  
The back has inked paws
After my hubby saw the bookmarks I made for myself, he requested a "manly bookmark"
The back had a thin layer of paste used with the same paw stencil
I usually have two books on the go so another kitty book mark was made
The heart stencil was a perfect match
Below are all of the backs.
When all of the bookmarks were completed, a thin layer of Mod Podge was applied.

There are more stamps to the Quietifire Design stamp set:
Kitties Quote Marks, set of 7 stamps
The stencil has both sprays on it:
Hearts and Paw Prints Sprays - Stencil
I hope you enjoyed the bookmarks!  Maybe you will pull your scraps out to make some, too.

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

Friday, March 24, 2017

Graphic 45 Fashionista Roses card

Hello Crafty Friends!

In my last post I shared a mini tag album using recently purchased Graphic 45 Midnight Masquerade papers.  The papers were purchased from a local crafty store (such a wonderful purchase!).  The same day I visited another local crafty store and came across some gorgeous roses 12x12 papers.  Surprise!  The paper was from another Graphic 45 collection- Fashionista.  It was released in 2009 and I had never seen it before because I was not really into paper crafting at the time.  Well, I guess you know that I had to buy a few sheets of the paper.  An "anytime card" was the project I had in mind for it.
The fussy cut roses are the focal point of the card front.  Since I had no other papers from this collection, I turned to green patterned paper (Artisan Style) and blue plaid paper (By the Sea) to coordinate.
 The green paper was die cut using Spellbinders' Triple Floral dies to create a lovely frame.
 The beautiful butterfly is from Nature Sketchbook.
 The inside is more of the patterned papers and a fussy cut bunch of roses.
A great card for my stash.  When the occasion arises I can easily grab the card and my favorite Quietfire Design stamp sentiment for the inside.

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

This card is entered into the following challenges:
Graphic 45, Tag or card project
Simon Says Stamp Monday, Layer it up

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Graphic 45 Midnight Masquerade Mini Tag Album

Hello Crafty Friends!

A couple of weekends ago I visited a local crafty store to pick up a few sheets of each of the new Graphic 45 releases.  My plan of a few purchased sheets changed as soon as I saw the Midnight Masquerade collection.  A few sheets turned into the purchase of the 12x12 pad...and the 12x12 solids and patterns pad...and the tags and pockets.  I. Regret. Nothing.  :)

Afterward I visited a dollar store to purchase a purple boa and purple beaded trim.  Perfect matches!  That evening was our monthly Girls' Crafty Night and I brought the paper pads, the dollar store finds, Spellbinders dies (Tammy Tutterow's Shortie Tags and Victorian Bow) and Cheery Lynn's Mini French Pastry doily die.  At the end of the evening the album was almost completed!  It was a snap to put together and I love how it turned out.  Overall, I guess you could say it was an awesome crafty day! 

Below are photos of the album from beginning to end.  I hope you enjoy it as much I I enjoyed making it!  
 A lot of fun fussy cutting was used on the album in addition to foam tape, Stickles and gems.  The feathers look great behind the beautiful masquerader.
 Side angle of the front of the album.
 The next two tag faces are below.  Throughout the album the tag faces coordinate with each other.
 The postage stamps are gorgeous.
 In the center of one of the fan flowers are beads removed from the beaded trim. 
 Stunning colors in the collection!
 The doily die cut is a wonderful fit behind the mask.  
 Scrap pieces were cut using the Shortie tags edge trim and adhered to each tag bottom edge.
 Look at those luscious purples...
 Of course I had to use another feather...
 The die behind the mask is the smaller die from the Victorian Bow dies set.
 Such imagery and details in this collection.  
 The last tag face...and I happily fussy cut many flowers for it.
 The finishing touch was the ribbon/trim bundle around the tag ring and the bejeweled embellishment.
 A fun, wee tag album!
Thank you so much for stopping by!  Have a happy, crafty day!
Big Hugs,
Kathy Jo

This album is entered into the following challenge:
Graphic 45, Tag or card project
Simon Says Stamp Monday, Layer it up
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday, More than one die
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