Monday, September 1, 2014


Hi Everyone! Holly here with an old technique, and a bonus 'newer' technique. 
The card above shows the 'hammered metal' applied to the fabulous FRAME CUT FILE.

I began by cutting out the frame using black card stock. Silver craft paint was sponged on, and while the card stock was still damp from the paint, the handle end of a paint brush was pressed into it. I placed the frame on a paper pad first, and that gave it a bit of give when pressing in the paint brush handle. This leaves dents in the card stock- the more the better. 
Once dry, I attached it to the card layer with the DISTRESS INK sponged background, and IF I HAD A STAR stamped in jet black ARCHIVAL INK. This was attached to the card base, more dots of silver paint were added, and a few sequins were glued on, completing the card.

This card uses washi tape to create a print design behind the beautiful BUTTERFLY.
First, I cut this......

Then, I applied strips of WASHI TAPE.
The washi tape is applied to a butterfly shape, slightly larger than the butterfly and the butterfly cut-out. Once placed behind the embossed cut-out, it will extend past the edges and completely fill the space.

The center (body) of the butterfly was glued down and it's wings folded up a little.
Believe in Yourself from IF YOU DON'T BELIEVE IN MIRACLES was stamped onto vellum with jet black archival ink and clear embossed.

These cards are so simple, and the beautiful stamps and cut files make them a pleasure to create.

I hope you enjoyed these projects today, and try them yourself using the great products from Quietfire Design.

Saturday, August 30, 2014

We have new stamps! Being Thankful!

Art by Wanda Hentges - you can read how she made this on her blog!
It's always kind of a relief for me when there are new stamps! It's a long, sometimes bumpy, road from the drafting table to the completed stamp!  We have four new stamp sets for your creative enjoyment.  Here they are with links to our website and some spectacular sample projects from our Design Team to jump start you.

Give Thanks

Since Canadian Thanksgiving is coming up fast, we wanted to get started now.

Many of the phrases in these sets were inspired by the words of Chris Wallace of Walnut Hollow. I am honoured that she enjoys my designs and the Quietfire Design Team looks forward to our upcoming blog hop with Walnut Hollow about four weeks from now. Can you imagine what we'll be creating?!  It's exciting!

Not all our designers have even received their stamps yet, so we're in for some real treats over the next few weeks!  You may simply follow the links below each of the stamp sets to obtain more information on individual sets.  All set come mounted with foam and cling.  We hope you like them!

You may see the instructions for this card on Suzanne's blog here.

Being Thankful
Check in on Robyn's blog over the next few days to see how she created this!

Suzanne has more information about this card on her blog here.

Always be My Friend

Teresa has all the information about this card on her blog post here.

Art by Wanda Hentges - you can read how she made this on her blog!

Twirl & Enjoy

Teresa has all the information about this card on her blog post here.

Robyn will be blogging about this in the near future!

Thanks for stopping in and having a look!

Friday, August 29, 2014


Hi Everyone! Holly here today and I have a card for you that uses one of my favourite stamp sets-   THE WOODS WOULD BE VERY SILENT 
Using some papers from KAISERCRAFT THESE DAYS PAPER PACK  I stamped  the sentiments  with Jet Black ARCHIVAL INK, then sponged Rusty Hinge and Peeled Paint  DISTRESS INK around the edges, and to colour the swirls peeking out.
  The cute little bird was stamped on white cardstock, then cut out with scissors.

A few pearls were added to complete the card.

I love the look of this stamp set and the positive message it sends.

Thank you for stopping by today!

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Quietfire Stamps and Little Black Dress

Little Black Dress Paper Pad

 Hello All!  Kathy Jo here today to share some cards I made using beautiful Quietfire stamps and also Basic Grey's Little Black Dress paper, available at Quietfire.

The first card is a wedding card I made for a friend of ours that was just married over the weekend.  The sentiment could not be any sweeter and it was perfect for a wedding.  I love how this sentiment will work well not only for a wedding card but also for an anniversary card, Valentine's Day card and a wedding album.  The sentiment is part of the 8 piece Valentine's Day/Love set.  

Valentine's Day/Love, set of 8 stamps

The next card is a Thank You card made for my stash. It uses the script thank you from the Thank You 4 piece stamp set.

The stamp set has been used several times as I love the versatility of the set.  The set is shown below (don't you just adore the wee hearts in the thanks!):

Thank You, set of 4

The final card is a Christmas card.  Yes, I am sticking with my New Year's resolution to make at least one Christmas card a month.  (I am now at about a card every other week!)  The antiqued Little Black Dress paper worked well with the Snowflakes are kisses from heaven stamp.

The stamp fits like a glove in the Spellbinders dies. Woo-who!  The stamp sentiment is definitely the focal point of the card...and what a great sentiment at that!

Snowflakes are Kisses

Thanks so much for stopping by!  I hope you enjoyed seeing the cards made using Quietfire and Little Black Dress.  I still have plenty of paper left in the pack and I will make sure to share future projects using it.

Have a great day! Hugs, Kathy Jo

{Christmas and Holiday stamps are currently on sale!  You'll see the sale price when you add the item to your shopping cart}

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Ten Tiny Sentiments ....

Today i pulled out one of my favorite sets of sentiment stamps
and thought i would share a card with lots of pretty colors for fall.
Summer seemed like it went so fast this year and soon we will be seeing
the leaves fall from the trees and it will be time for apple picking again.!
So it just seemed right to start in with my fall cards to give...

My card today is made with the Ten Tiny Tag Sentiments #6382 that you
can see down below.  There are so many little sentiments to chose from 
and there is sure to be something that you can use for cards, 
tags and even treat bags.

Thanks so much for stopping by and hope you have a really 
wonderful day... Teresa

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Tuesday Winsday - Flourishing Inside - Hearts

Last week I wrote an article about creative ways the Design Team had used Quietfire stamps, so I've chosen Flourishing Inside - Hearts as this week's giveaway.  Be inspired by Wanda's bright and beautiful creation below!

Artwork by Wanda Hentges

Just follow the Rafflecopter instructions below! Good luck!
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Monday, August 25, 2014

Simple, Bright and Cheery Birthday card

Hello Crafters! Kathy Jo here to share a quick birthday card I made using one of my favorite Quietfire stamp sets: Happy Birthday Plain and Simple.  It is a great set consisting of the seven stamps shown below:

Happy Birthday Plain & Simple - Set of 7 Stamps

The tent card base was made from ivory card stock. The stack layer from the bottom up: a fun layer of Kaisercraft’s Bubblegum Hills paper, green burlap, pink die cut (Spellbinders Labels Nine paper from Bubblegum Hills) dry embossed (Sizzix), and ivory paper die cut (Spellbinders In'spire Bicycle).
Happy Birthday was stamped in black archival ink onto a label from the Bubblegum Hills pad.
A bow and some bling and the card was complete. Super easy and super happy!
Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful week!
Hugs, Kathy Jo

Friday, August 22, 2014

Ornate Frame - I Will Honour Christmas

Yogi here today with a Christmas card... Click on any card image to enlarge. Enjoy.

I love this Ornate Frame from Sizzix... and thought it would make a nice Xmas plaque type card. And even though it has a relatively large bow, it does lay pretty flat  so postage should be normal... BIG GRIN

Side folded my white card (5"w x 7"h). Used Tim's "Striped" layered stencil and Distress pads ("Worn Lipstick" & "Festive Berry") using a sponge to apply, then clear embossed. Lifted the stencil and moved it over to continue with the pattern.

The frame (Sizzix "Ornate Frame") was cut from white cardstock (keep the drop out piece). Distress pad direct to paper with "Scattered Straw", then hit here and there with Distress mini pads "Crushed Olive" & "Mowed Lawn", then direct to paper with "Worn Lipstick", clear embossed, then smeared "Black Soot" all over and clear embossed again. Adhered to card front. Love the look of all these mingled colors...

Stamped the quote (I Will Honour...) onto the drop out piece using Versafine Black Onyx and clear embossed. Used a dirty red sponge to color the edges, then adhered into frame.

Tied a 5 loop peg bow using Sari Ribbon ("Marmalade") and adhered to top of frame using a glue gun. PS I ironed the ribbon on a low setting first to get it nice and flat...

On the inside, stamped the sentiment (Merry Christmas Sentiments) with the Onyx, clear embossed, stamped again on some tracing paper to make a mask which I cut about an 1/8" larger than the calligraphy.
Sponged some Festive Berry and then some Aged Mahogany using the Stripes stencil.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Expect the Unexpected!

I love the Quietfire Design Team!  They never fail to impress me, not only with the variety of their designs but sometimes by using Quietfire stamps in ways I never would have imagined.....

Flourishing Inside - Hearts

Such as using the Flourishing Inside - Hearts as flowers and leaves!  Wanda started this back in 2010 with a whole series which includes a box top and a series of cards.

Artwork by Wanda Hentges. See the details here.

Artwork by Wanda Hentges.  See the details on her blog here, here and here.

Holly had the same idea, but done a little differently!

Artwork by Holly Eastabrook.  See the details here.
Gingko Leaves

You'll remember recently Holly took the Gingko Leaves stamp and converted it into a flower.

Artwork by Holly Eastabrook.  See the details here.

And here she has taken Flourishes 1 and it has become the stem of a flower!

Flourishes 1

Artwork by Holly Eastabrook.  See the details here.

Robyn used the Ornamental Heart from Valentine's Day/Love to create a lovely flower.
Valentine's Day/Love set

Artwork by Robyn Josephs.  See the details here.

Flourished Noel set

And here she cleverly used our Ornamental Christmas Tree from the Flourished Noel set to create a star.

Artwork by Robyn Josephs.  See details here.
And then you can always turn it a stamp into a sweet teeny tiny charm as Yogi did here! Some of the quote is on the charm and the rest is inside the card full size.
Artwork by Yogi Grunwald. See the details here.

Friendship Quote Marks

Have we got your creative juices flowing?  Hope so!
Thanks for visiting! Suzanne

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