Friday, February 12, 2016

Always and Forever

Hi there, Connie Nichol here today with a scrapbook project featuring a Quietfire Design Valentine’s Day/Love stamp, a heart die from the Calligraphic Elements 1 metal dies and a couple of Quietfire Design digital cutting files.  I used these to showcase one of the photos taken at my wedding over twenty seven years ago.  Wow, how time flies.  I haven't changed a bit.  ;-)

This layout came together very quickly.  I like to stamp directly onto patterned paper to speed things up.  That way the background design work is already done. Many of the Quietfire Design stamps fit perfectly into the pre-designed journalling cards that come in patterned paper packs.  This particular patterned paper is from Heartfelt Creations.  I felt adding the calligraphic elements was a great way to add elegance.

The rubber stamp I used is from the Quietfire Designs Valentine’s Day set.  This is a terrific stamp set for Valentine's Day cards and wedding layouts! 

The words in the page title are from the Quietfire Design digital cut file Always and Forever, but instead of using the calligraphic ampersand that comes with the file, I substituted a heart from the Calligraphic Elements 1 metal cutting dies set .  I just liked the look of it.  Extra romantic.

The large white heart and butterflies I used as embellishments are from another digital cut file called ‘Butterfly Heart Card’.  I downloaded these shapes as an svg file from the Quietfire Designs website and cut them using a Sizzix Eclips2,   You can also purchase them through the Silhouette store if you have a Cameo.   I love that you can use these shapes together to create a beautiful card, but also as individual elements in different sizes.  Happy Valentines Day! 

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Masculine "Thanks" card

Hello Crafty Friends!  Kathy Jo here sharing a masculine "Thanks" card using Quietfire Designs' Fill'er Up T Thanks stamp:
Thanks - Fill 'er Up T - Mounted
I don't know about you, but sometimes I find masculine cards to be tricky: I always want to use a big bow or glitter or flowers or butterflies on my projects.  However, masculine cards typically do not have those much loved components.  So when I decided to make a thank you card for a male friend of ours, I was not sure where to start.  Luckily Quietfire Design's Thanks stamp is perfect for a feminine or masculine card.
The corrugated tent fold card base had Distress inks in Antique Linen and Vintage Photo applied to the edges.  Next, two pieces of Tim Holtz patterned papers were layered.  The top piece was torn along one edge and embossed using the Elizabeth Craft Designs Trendy Tiles embossing folder.  Distress Ink was added to the edges.  Spellbinders postage stamp die set was used to cut scrap red patterned paper.  Thanks was stamped using black Archival Ink onto two sheets of patterned paper.  The "T" from the orange paper was fussy cut and adhered as shown.
Some twine and black gems were the finishing touches on the manly thanks card.

I do hope that you enjoyed the manly card!  I know I enjoyed making it- the Fill'er T is such a fun stamp!

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

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Valentine's Day/Love, Calligraphic Love Bits

Hi!!!  It's Wanda here today to share a Valentine's Day card.  I'm using stamps from two different sets, Valentine's Day/Love Set of 8 Stamps and Calligraphic Love Bits Set of 6 Stamps

On a piece of white cardstock (2 3/4" x 5 1/2"), spread a thin layer of white embossing paste.  Spray water on the small heart stamp and press it into the paste.  Repeat spraying with water and stamping into the paste until you've stamped enough hearts.  If some paste sticks to the stamp, clean it off before respraying with water and stamping.  Once finished, clean the stamp well as you don't want any paste to dry on the stamp.  While the paste is still wet, set panel on craft sheet and spray with Distress Spray Stains Spun Sugar, Picked Raspberry, Candied Apple, and Brushed Pewter.  Take a damp towel and lightly blot areas between the hearts to remove some color and add texture to the top of the paste.  Set panel aside to dry.  You'll have ink left on your craft sheet.  Spray with some water and drag a manila tag through it.  This tag can be saved for a future project.  The pasted panel can be gently dried with a heat tool.  If you get the paste too hot it will puff and distort. 

Stamp the two larger hearts onto a scrap of white cardstock and emboss with Silver Embossing Powder.  Add color to the hearts with Distress Inks and a water brush.  Dry hearts and cut out leaving a small border.

Stamp Happy Valentine's Day on a strip (7/8" wide) of white cardstock and trim ends.

Cut white cardstock (4 1/8" x 5 3/8"), emboss with the Tim Holtz Dot Matrix Folder, rub Distress Stain Brushed Pewter over the texture and around the edges.  

Attach the pasted panel to the embossed panel.  Cut two pieces of Idea-ology Linen Ribbon long enough to wrap to the back of the pasted panel.  Lightly rub Distress Stain Brushed Pewter over one side of the ribbon, dry and attach (with Brushed Pewter side up) as shown taping the ends to the back.  Edge the Happy Valentine's Day piece with the Brushed Pewter.  

Attach main panel to folded white card.  Attach hearts and sentiment with Foam Mounting Tape.

I hope you've enjoyed today's card and Happy Valentine's Day on Sunday!!!


Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Cut of the Week-Amour-Hugs and Kisses- 15 Minute Wonder!

Hi y'all! Robyn here with a quick post so you will have time to rush over to
and grab these fab files ON SALE! just in time for V day, or anyway you want to send some love around.
 On the mat
Cutting and creating this card with one sheet of paper takes 15 minutes or less!
I found this piece of wrapping paper in my valentine box
and after cutting I  ironed it a bit to get rid of the wrinkles.
All I added was a bit of copper ink to the edges.
A Quietfire Design stamp will go beautifully inside( as soon as I get to it!)
Folded the card is about 3x2".
I wish they would tell you this in the description.
Of course you can size it anyway you want...which brings us to the next card.

Now for something a bit different!
On the mat.
As soon as I saw this I thought "ATC"!

Ungrouped and resized for an ATC

I used a gold gel pen to sketch the design on watercolor paper.

Here you can see the size difference.
And that's all for now.
The plan is to color the digital cut and the card and probably embellish in some way, and if I waited till I finish that, I wouldn't have finished the post and y'all wouldn't be busy creating!

Comments and questions warmly welcomed.

Lovey Stuff Digital Cutting Files!

Hi artlets!  It's just Suzanne squeezing in between the talent to share the Lovey Dovey collection of digital cutting files.  I'm nearing a milestone of 400 designs on the Silhouette Online Store. It sort of crept up on me!

I've collected up what I think are most of the Love and Valentine's Day designs.  In the right colours, some of them might even do for a wedding.

I also wanted to share an extra photo of the Heart Treat Purse.  (Silhouette initially rejected the design because I added the photo of the inside to the thumbnail....)  So now you know how it opens and where the extra pieces go! Here is the purse

And here is the inside. I used a little magnet closure - it works really well!

 Here are a whole bunch of cutting files, some just went up yesterday afternoon, but they're all available. AND they're on sale right now. (But I don't know for how long.)

Happy cutting!
Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, February 8, 2016

Love you always and forever

It's Teresa here today on this beautiful Monday in California.. posting a pretty and whimsical card that i did combining 2 of the new Way with Word die sets.  The dies worked perfect together and i was really happy with how quick and easy that it went together.

The first die i used is called "Love" and it has beautiful serifs and cut the glittery red cardstock that i used perfectly.  Then i used the "Thank you" die set and only cut the you from it.  The papers i used are from Doodlebug and they gave it a whimsical and bright contrast with the glitter red papers and bright pink bow that i put on it.

The card backround is pretty basic with just using a 5 1/2 x 5 1/2 inch white card base and then adding layers of the glittery paper to make the words pop and some machine stitching around the outside.  You can get this effect by punching it with a poker tool of somekind or just stitching around the card with no thread in the machine.  It's so easy and you can adjust the holes to any length that you think looks good.  

You can buy both of these dies in the online store here with lots more that you can have fun with and create amazing cards and projects with!!  Have a nice and very crafty day and don't forget to check back for more Quietfire inspiration this week!

Friday, February 5, 2016

Gentle Thoughts

Good Morning.  This is Selma Stevenson today.  I love this beautiful sentiment by Suzanne. 

Garden Delights, set of 8 stamps - Mounted 

The sentiment is one of the stamps in the Garden Delights stamp set.  It was framed by using Elizabeth Craft Designs Stitched and Fitted Frame dies.  

The flower was created with Susan's Garden Notes Bluebonnet/Lupine dies.  

 A Way With Words, Calligraphic Elements 1


The A Way With Words Calligraphic Elements Heart was die cut several times and layered for dimension. 

To finish the card, sticky flat backed pearls were added.

Thursday, February 4, 2016

The best kiss....


Hello everyone,
Yvonne here with a romantic card.
Since it'll be Valentine's Day before you know, I thought you might be in need of some romantic inspiration ;-)

The card is built up around the Quietfire Design stamp "The best Kiss".

And being a romantic card, the main color is.... pink!

Used materials:

I hope you like the card!
Thanks so much for stopping by.
Wishing you a great day.

Hugs from Holland,

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

ECD Happy - Fuchsia - The Hum of Bees

Yogi here today - I love doing this smushed glue resist background... BIG GRIN

I'm using part of - One of the NEWEST "A Way With Words" dies from Elizabeth Craft Designs ("Happy Anniversary"), designed by Suzanne Cannon (also available HERE).

I'm also using a quote stamp "The Hum of Bees" (Garden Delights 8pce set) from Quietfire Design 

Side folded my white card (5"w x 7"h). Sponged some Distress "Tumbled Glass" to mimic the sky.

Created my border background using white cardstock. Applied direct to paper Distress "Old Paper", then "Antique Linen" all over then some "Weathered Wood". Applied a few drops of PVA glue and smeared with my finger. Allowed to completely dry... then went over again with the old paper and some "Walnut Stain". Die cut the center out (Spellbinders "Majestic Elements Resplendent Rectangles"). Adhered to card front using 3D foam tape.

Created an eCut file of my flower stamps (Heartfelt Creations "Fuchsia Bouquet") - no fussy cutting BIG GRIN..., importing them to my Silhouette machine and cutting out from 90# cold press watercolor paper - smooth side. Inked my stamp with Distress mini pads, misted with water and stamped on to the eCut piece, then with a damp brush, moved the color around.

When dry, re-inked my stamp with the same colors and re stamped to reinforce the color strength. Final touch misted with Perfect Pearls "Perfect Pearls" mist. Added dots of Liquid Pearls "White Opal" on the stamen.

Stamped the quote (
"Garden Delights" 7pce set), positioning it in relation to the fuchsia, using Versafine Black Onyx and clear embossed

Adhered my fuchsia elements and the purple/gold Sari bow.

Die cut the "Happy"
("Happy Anniversary") from soft finish cardstock (love the texture).

Die cut the bees (Elizabeth Craft Designs) from white cardstock, inked the body with a yellow Prisma Premier marker and the black with a Zig Writer, then adhered everything together. Applied Quickie glue to the wings and sprinkled with Stickles Dry Glitter "Diamond".

Adhered the bee and word Happy to the card front. Hopefully someone reads it as "be happy"... 

Click on any image to enlarge. Enjoy

Monday, February 1, 2016


I love watercolors - and usually I'll make a nice abstract blob (so easy and quick! lol!) for a background.  So I thought I'd be adventurous and turn my blobs into something resembling a flower.  I wet my brush with some color and made petal and leaf shapes... and stopped before I overdid it!  A bit of splattering (my favorite thing to do with watercolors) and it was done.  

I then die-cut the Congrats on a diagonal onto the watercolor sheet. Instead of just gluing it back on, I popped it up with several more layers of the die so the effect wouldn't be as subtle.

Congrats - Metal Cutting Die
Congrats metal word die

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