Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Metallic poinsettia with a golden Warm Wishes

Hello Crafty Friends!

Christmas is just around the corner...can you believe it?  This month is flying by and I am hurriedly finishing up the holiday cards.  Last week my hubby asked for a card intended for a work colleague.  The card turned out to have shimmer, metallic lustre and was mounted on an interesting corrugated base for extra texture.

The fun instructions:

  1. Create a 5.5 x 5.5 inch tent fold card base from corrugate (or purchase a set from your local crafty store).
  2. Cut red metallic card stock or construction paper to 5.25 x 5.25.  Dry emboss using an embossing folder of your choice.  Mount to card base using liquid adhesive.
  3. Cut gold glitter card stock smaller than red base and mount using liquid adhesive.
  4. Cut watercolor paper to 5 x 5.  Stamp poinsettia using brown archival ink.  Dry.  Apply distress inks along edges.  Color poinsettia using red distress inks and a water color brush.  Dry.  Apply sparkle glitter pens as desired.  Mount to card base using double sided foam tape.
  5. Apply gold Nuvo drops to poinsettia center.
  6. Use Versamark to stamp WarmWishes.  Heat emboss using gold embossing powder.
  7. Cut Warm Wishes to desired size and mount onto red metallic card stock.  Mount to card front using liquid adhesive.
  8. Create double bow and mount as shown using liquid adhesive.
  9. Cut watercolor paper to 5.25 x 5.25.  Stamp All Good Wishes for Christmas & the New Year using red ink.  Mount to inside of card.
The card is full of beautiful calligraphy, textures and finishes.  Love the way it turned out!

Quietfire Design product used:
Christmas Sweet & Sassy, Set of 7 Stamps - Mounted
Home for the Holidays Sentiments, Set of 5 - Mounted
Merry Christmas Poinsettia stamp set
Merry Christmas Poinsettia - Set of 2 Stamps - Mounted

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

Monday, December 10, 2018

What is Christmas? Card

Hey Quietfire Fans! Christmas is only fifteen days away and I'm excited to be back on the blog today sharing with you my What is Christmas? Card that features a variety of Quietfire Design Stamps and A Way With Words Dies. You'll want to grab a cup of your favourite holiday beverage as you learn how to recreate my card at home.

To start, die cut five snowflakes from the Brr Die out of white cardstock. To finish off the snowflakes, add a Transp. Glitter/Gold Dot to the center of each one.

Next, you'll need a couple of Christmas patterned papers. I used three patterned papers from Modascrap's Christmas Holidays Paper Pack. Die cut the Flourished Frame out of one of the patterned papers you chose. Ink the edges of the frame using Ground Espresso Distress Ink and a blending tool with foam.

Die cut the 3" Stitched Rectangle out of cream cardstock. Apply Potting Soil Archival Ink to the What is Christmas? sentiment and stamp in the middle of the stitched rectangle. Distress the edges of the stitched rectangle. Ink the edges of the stitched rectangle using Ground Espresso Distress Ink and a blending tool with foam.

Die cut the 4" stitched rectangle out of the second piece of patterned paper. Distress the edges. Ink the edges of the stitched rectangle using Ground Espresso Distress Ink and a blending tool with foam.

Die cut the 4 1/2" stitched rectangle out of the third piece of patterned paper. Apply Emboss It Ink to one of the corners of the Leafy Acanthus stamp and stamp in the bottom right hand corner. Repeat the previous step three more times in each corner of the paper. Sprinkle Burnt Copper Leaves Embossing Powder overtop of the stamped images. Tap off the excess powder and emboss with a heat tool. Distress the edges. Ink the edges of the stitched rectangle using Ground Espresso Distress Ink and a blending tool with foam.

Adhere the 4" stitched rectangle to the 4 1/2" stitched rectangle.

Adhere the flourished frame overtop of the the 4" stitched rectangle.

Foam square the 3" stitched rectangle to the middle of the flourished frame.

Adhere two snowflakes in the bottom right hand corner of the sentiment rectangle. Adhere one snowflake in the top left corner of the sentiment rectangle. Adhere the other two snowflakes randomly on the sentiment rectangle. To finish off the card, cut a cardbase out of white cardstock that measures 4 1/2" x 11 1/2", score at 5 3/4". Adhere the cardfront to the cardbase.

Here are a few close up's of my What is Christmas? Card.

Thanks so much for joining me today and taking a look at my project! I hope that I've inspired you to want to recreate my card at home. 

Quietfire Supplies Used:

Other Supplies Used:

- Tim Holtz for Ranger Ink: Distress Ink - Ground Espresso and Blending Tool with Foam
- Ranger Ink: Emboss It Dabber and Potting Soil Archival Ink
- Emerald Creek Craft Supplies: Burnt Copper Leaves Embossing Powder 
- Elizabeth Craft Designs: Stitched Rectangles, ModaScrap - Christmas Holidays Paper Pack and Transp, Glitter/Gold Dots
- Misc: White Cardstock and Heat Tool

- Katelyn

Thursday, December 6, 2018

The Smallest Things....

My friend recently lost her beloved furfriend  and she is devastated.  I know nothing can help, but I thought I'd send her a card to let her know I was thinking about her.

This is beautifully simple to make.
  1. Die cut the PawPrint Spray design from white cardstock. 
  2. Stamp the sentiment Sometimes Said Pooh with VersaMagic Midnight Black using a stamp platform.  Use multiple light touches to maintain the contrast between thick and thin lines in the lettering.
  3. Trim the cardstock, mat with brown cardstock.
  4. Mount on a 5x7" tent-fold card base.
  5. Write your thoughts inside and give away.
I hope this gives you an idea for making your own pet condolence card.

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Monochromatic Beauty of a snowflake

Even though it is not officially winter here in the United States, I think it's safe to say many of us have winter on the brain.  The best part about winter is the snow (besides Christmas!) and like Wanda yesterday, I've got snow on the brain even though we've only had one snow day here.  You know the kids are praying for a blizzard just to miss school!

Suzanne has this new snowflake stamp set To Appreciate the Beauty of a Snowflake that I finally had a chance to ink up.  I went with a monochromatic card (because sometimes choosing coordinating colors are just too hard on my brain!) and I love it that I could layer both stamps and dies without it being overwhelming.

 My base layer uses the snowflakes from the same stamp set and then single snowflakes stamps from Let It Snow Flourished Snowflakes that were clear embossed.  I then white embossed the quote on a lighter blue cardstock.  The popped up and double matted quote was then surrounded by snowflake dies from Love Nicole.

Full disclosure though - I think I can fully appreciate the beauty of a snow from inside with a cup of hot coffee in my hand just fine.

To Appreciate the Beauty of a Snowflake, Set of 3 Stamps - Mounted

Let it Snow Flourished Snowflakes - Set of 6 Stamps - Mounted

Monday, December 3, 2018

Brayering Paint for a Background, Let it Snow

Hi There!!!  I have a very wintry, snowy card for you today and that's exactly what it's like here in Iowa, at least in parts of Iowa.  A week ago we had a blizzard that dropped over a foot of snow.  The wind was just a howling out.  But 40 minutes north of us they didn't get any snow.  LOL, it amazes me how that happens.

I started my background by brayering paint onto white card.  The idea is not to cover the paper.  Put just a bit of paint on your craft sheet, roll the brayer through it a few times and then lightly roll it over your paper.  Pick up a bit more paint and brayer it onto the paper in a different area.  You can go in just one direction or multiple directions.  I've used a mini brayer but a regular brayer works just as well. 

Repeat with another color of paint.  I got a little too much on my craft sheet so I just spread it out more with the brayer to be sure there wasn't too much going on the paper.  I used colors that gave a wintry feel to the background but this works for all kinds of colors and all kinds of moods.

Did you know that Suzanne has some digital cutting files on her site for making stencils?  You can find them HERE.  Using the Silhouette Cameo I die cut the Snowfall design from a transparency.  I need to get some stencil material and try it but a transparency can work great too.  Before cutting the transparency, I sanded it a little with a sanding block only so it wouldn't be completely clear and I'd be less likely to lose it in my work area :-)  I took this picture with it sitting on a piece of black cardstock so you could see the pattern better.  I chose to make this the exact size that loads when you bring it into the software.  That worked very well but I'm thinking other sizes would be nice too and will do that in the future.  It's always fun to have a stencil pattern in more than one size.

**  Great news this week!!!!  Suzanne's profile is being featured on the Silhouette blog!!  You can see it HERE.  WooHoo - Congratulations to Suzanne!!!  To celebrate she is offering the Snowfall design as a free download all week.  **


Here you can see it used over my background.  I love the randomness of the size and placement of the "snow".  To get this look...........

I put Texture Paste Opaque Matte (Ranger) through the stencil, removed the stencil, added Distress Dry Glitter to the paste and let it dry.  Be sure to clean the paste off your stencil before it dries.

Let it Snow, Let it Snow, Let it Snow is stamped onto white cardstock with Archival Ink Manganese Blue (Ranger) and cut out as shown.  

The ribbon is Crinkle Ribbon from the Tim Holtz Trimmings pack (this trimmings pack is retired and when they're gone, they're gone) and it's colored with Distress Spray Stain (Tumbled Glass, Salty Ocean).  Over the colored Crinkle Ribbon is some snowflake ribbon.

I die cut some snowflakes.  The 2 larger snowflakes are from #757 Snowflakes (Elizabeth Craft Designs).  The 3 smaller snowflakes are the extra snowflake in the Brrrr and Snowflake Set.  All the snowflakes are die cut from white cardstock.  The larger two are sprayed with Mica Spray (Lapiz and Pearl).  The smaller three have only Pearl Mica Spray on them.  I added Glitter Dots Peel Off Stickers (Elizabeth Craft Designs) to all the snowflakes, even the Snowflakes Ribbon. Some snowflakes are attached with foam tape and others directly onto the card.  There is some fine silver fiber from my stash added under all the snowflakes. 

I've wrapped the top of the card with blue Tim Holtz Craft Thread and hung an Idea-ology Snowflake that was brushed with Distress Collage Medium Matte and sprinkled with Distress Dry Glitter. 

I hope you like today's card.  I really enjoyed making it and am quite pleased with how it turned out.  

Have a great week!!!!

Hugs, Wanda (Art By Wanda)

Friday, November 30, 2018

Mix and Match your stamps! Merry Christmas and Poinsettia Banner

Hello Crafty Friends!

This is called the most wonderful time of the year for many reasons.  We are able to see family and friends we may only see once a year.  We celebrate family and friendships at social gatherings.  Phone calls are shared with loved ones that we cannot visit.  And, as crafters, we make holiday projects to give to those dear to our hearts.  Today I am sharing a card that you can CASE and give to your family and friends.

The card focal point was created using stamps from two different sets:

Home for the Holidays Sentiments...
Home for the Holidays Sentiments, Set of 5 - Mounted
...and Poinsettia Banner and Sentiment.
Poinsettia Banner & Sentiment, Set of 4 Stamps - Mounted
Card Instructions:
  1. Create a 5.5 x 4.25 top fold card using red card stock.  Mat white card stock onto base.
  2. Cut Kraft card stock (or die cut) smaller than white mat.  (Mine was 5.25 x 4)
  3. Use Versamark to stamp Poinsettia Banner to Kraft from Step 2.  Heat emboss using white embossing powder.  Color using Spectrum Noir Glitter Markers.  (Or try colored pencils or chalk.)  Mount onto card base.
  4. Use Versamark to stamp Merry Christmas onto Kraft.  Heat emboss using white embossing powder.  Cut to size or die cut. Mat onto white card stock.  Mount onto card front using double sided foam tape.
  5. Create double bow and mount.
  6. Add gems as desired.

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

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Big Balloon Shaker Card

Hello, Connie Nichol here today with shaker cards featuring the Big Balloon die from Quietfire Design.  I had picked up a bunch of birthday confetti from my local dollar store, and that inspired these shaker cards.  They are super simple to make.

Just use the Big Balloon die to cut out the balloon on any kind of cardstock.   Dry emboss the cardstock if you wish.  Glue a piece of acetate to the back of this die cut, then place dimensional foam tape all around the perimeter of the die cut piece.  Add dollar store confetti, and then adhere the same sized back piece of cardstock to seal the shaker.  Decorate the back piece as you wish before you stick it down - I added celebrate and small happy birthday die cut words, but you could also stamp a birthday sentiment.

Here's the ballon die - the surprise die is not included, but it would work really well in the shaker card too!  Have fun experimenting with shaker cards and thanks for stopping by, Connie

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