Thursday, February 22, 2018

Celebrate and making a subtle background with stamps

Hello!  Diana here with a card that can be used for any celebratory occasion but feels like spring to me!  It's in the 70s today and it's FEBRUARY!  I like it.

But on to the card itself:
It's hard to see in some of the photos because the background is so subtle but that was what I wanted so that the beautiful Celebrate die cut would really pop.  I used the "Celebrate" clear stamp from the Happy Birthday collection to make my background.  I stamped it repeatedly on a white card stock and clear embossed.  Though the picture looks almost ivory there, it was the best picture that captured the clear embossing even though everything was done with Neenah white card stock.

The Celebrate and butterfly die cut were sponged with Distress oxide inks and then adhered to the front of the card.  I added a bit of adhesive rhinestone to my butterfly and voila, all done!

For a little big of extra sparkle, I went over all the die cuts with a clear glitter Wink of Stella pen.  It's so pretty and delicate in real life!

I hope you like it and it inspires to you to look through your stamps to see what would make a great background!

Happy Birthday Collection - Clear Stamps
Happy Birthday collection (clear stamps) available from Elizabeth Craft Designs and Quietfire Design

Celebrate - Metal Cutting Die
Celebrate metal die available from Elizabeth Craft Designs and Quietfire Design

Butterfly Flourish - Metal Cutting Dies

Butterfly Flourish metal die  available from Elizabeth Craft Designs and Quietfire Design

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Easter Blessings - Elizabeth Craft Designs Designer Challenge

This month's challenge at Elizabeth Craft Designs Blog is to create a project with an Easter theme. Make sure you hop over to their blog to be eligible for a giveaway. For today's challenge, Elizabeth Craft Designs will be giving away Gift Cards to use on their website to 3 lucky winners!  To enter, simply leave a comment on the Elizabeth Craft Designs Challenge Blog Post!  Good luck!  (I like comments here, too!!!)

I chose to work with a pink palette, using a subtle difference between the frame and the background in order to emphasize Blessings.  The butterfly is telling us that big changes are coming as the spring arrives and the earth wakens from its winter sleep.

Here is how you can make this card!

Supplies with links:
Blessings Prayers  QuietfireElizabeth Craft Designs
Flourished Frame  Quietfire |  Elizabeth Craft Designs
Butterfly Flourish  Quietfire |  Elizabeth Craft Designs
Clear Double Sided Adhesive Tape   Elizabeth Craft Designs
Soft Finish Cardstock 100lb  Elizabeth Craft Designs


Maja Designs papers


  1. Form a 7x6" tent fold card base from dark pink card stock. Cut a medium pink panel measuring 6 x 4 3/4" and mat with a pale blue card stock measuring about 1/8" larger on all sides.  Cut another mat from white measuring about 1/8" larger than the pale blue card stock on all sides. Adhere all the panels together.
  2. Die Cut the Flourished Frame from a pale pink card stock.  Die cut one Blessings and the butterfly from white card stock.  Die cut another Blessings from dark pink card stock.
  3. Adhere the two Blessings together with the darker one behind and slightly offset to form a drop shadow.
  4. Adhere all elements to the panels as shown and attach this to the card front with foam adhesive.
It's an easy card!  You can make it your own, by changing the colour of the card stock, or hand colouring each element.  Have fun!

Thanks for visiting! Don't forget to enter the giveaway at Elizabeth Craft Designs Challenge Blog Post!

Monday, February 19, 2018

Mixed Media Art Journal Page - To Create Is To Touch....

Hi!!  It's Wanda here today with a tutorial for a fun art journal page with several layers.  The page looked a bit ugly after some steps but I think it came together really well at the end.  I'm working in a small Dylusions Creative Flip Journal.

I tore a page from a small old phone book.  Across the center of a page in the journal I brushed Distress Collage Medium Matte just long enough for the phone book page width, pressed the phone book page on the medium, let it dry a couple of minutes and pulled the phone page back off.  Some areas came off completely.  Some areas left the text from the back side of the page and other, more dry areas, the whole page stayed stuck.  I repeated the process to finish going all the way across the center of journal page.  

A thin coat of Gesso (Golden brand) was brush over the entire page.

Drops of Fresco Finish Acrylic Paint (PaperArtsy), color Prawn, was put across the center of the page.  I spread the color with my finger, sprayed the paint with water and allowed it to drip down blotting the drips at the bottom of the page.  The book was turned around, the paint sprayed with water again and allowed to drip the opposite direction.  It was then partially dried with a heat tool.

Next came Jade Fresco Finish Paint but not as much paint as the Prawn.  The spraying and allowing to drip process was repeated and the page dried completely.

The Dotted Harlequin Background Stamp was used to stamp Nougat Fresco Finish Paint across the page.  I did not use a block so I could bend the stamp and just use portions of it.  The paint was put on the craft sheet and spread thin with my finger.  You press the stamp into the paint and then onto the page.

The Fiddleheads were stamped using Archival Ink Garden Patina (Ranger, Wendy Vecchi).  Again, I did not use an acrylic block for stamping so I could bend the stamp and just use the top part of the image randomly across the page.

The Checkerboard Corner was stamped in the same way using Archival Ink Watering Can (Ranger, Wendy Vecchi).

To stamp the "To Create Is To Touch" quote I used the Tim Holtz Platform.  Because I was working in a book I placed the platform near the edge of the counter and hung the book off the side.  Before stamping in the book I used graph paper to make sure I had the quote lined up straight.  Then I removed the graph paper and put in the book page.  So at that point there was still some ink left on the stamp from testing on the graph paper and that allowed me to stamp lightly into the book.  Next I used Nougat Fresco Finish Paint to lighten just the area in the book that the quote would be stamped so the words would pop and not get lost in the background.  Once the paint was dry, I stamped the quote multiple times to get a nice, dark image.

I was working on adding the embellishments - Butterfly from the set Butterfly Flourish and the flourish from the set Calligraphic Elements 3.  I die cut the pieces from white cardstock, painted them with Jade Fresco Finish Paint, dried them and added shading with Archival Ink Watering Can.  I glued the flourish on the page and then decided I wanted some splattering.  I tore a scrap of paper to cover the quote and flourish area, splattered watery black paint on the page, dried the page, and then glued the butterflies on just in the body area so the wings could bend up.

Enamel Accents, Carnation Red (Ranger, Wendy Vecchi) was used to add dots on the butterflies and by the flourish.

I was going to call it done but I just had to do more to the edges because it just didn't seem done.  I stamped the Checkerboard image along the top and bottom with Archival Ink Pink Peony and then sponged Watering can on all the edges.

This page was a lot of fun.  I'm getting better at just going with the flow instead of over-thinking and talking myself out of the next layer.  When I had the two paint colors on I wondered if I had made a mistake but then after stamping the Dotted Harlequin it made everything better!!  I am quite please with this mixed media page!!!

Thanks for following along!!

Hugs, Wanda

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Butterfly Kindness

Hello Crafty Friends!

Kathy Jo fluttering in today to share a card that is perfect for a thank you card or a card to show your appreciation for friendship or someone's continuous kindness.  The card was created using Quietfire Design stamp sets No Act of Kindness
No Act of Kindness - Mounted
and Butterflies/Dragonflies.
Butterflies/Dragonflies set of 7 stamps
Also used was the beautiful die, Flourished Oval Frame
Flourished Oval Frame - Metal Cutting Die
Card Instructions:

  1. Create a top fold 5" x 5" card using green card stock.  Mat a piece of yellow card stock on the card base.
  2. Cut a piece of white card stock smaller than the yellow mat (listed in step 1).
  3. Stamp butterflies using green and blue ink.  Spritz with shimmer mist spray.  Dry.  Adhere to card front.
  4. Die cut using Oval Frame die.  Flip die cut over.  (You will be using the back side of the die cut.)  Stamp quote onto center using black archival ink.  
  5. Apply yellow ink to the flourished end of the oval frame.  Apply blue ink to the opposite end of the oval frame.  Overlap blue onto a small area of the yellow to create green.
  6. Adhere frame to card using liquid adhesive.  
  7. Adhere quote to card front using double sided foam adhesive.
  8. Cut two pieces of white card stock to mat the inside of the card.  Stamp butterflies and apply shimmer spray as desired.
Although I used blue, green and yellow colors for the card, I think it would also look pretty in red, orange and yellow.

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

Tuesday, February 13, 2018


Hello everyone,

Yvonne here sharing a CAS Valentine's Day card.
For my card I used the Quietfire Design stampset "Love Fill'er Up".
These gorgeous letters are perfect for doodling or (like me) coloring.
Each letter is colored using pencils and then I drew some gold accents with a pen.
Sometimes less is more so only a few rhinestone hearts were added to finish the card.

Used materials:

  • Quietfire Design: Love fill'er Up (set of 4 mounted letters)
  • cardstock: white, gold, pink
  • black inkpad
  • pencils for coloring, gold pen for accents, self-adhesive rhinestones
  • self-adhesive tape

I hope you like the card and wish you a Happy Valentine's Day tomorrow!

Hugs from Holland,

Monday, February 12, 2018

The Heart has its Reasons

It's Teresa here today!  It's almost Valentines day so I'm sharing a quick card using one of my favorite stamps called "The heart has its reasons".  Everything comes from inspiration so today mine started with this gorgeous stamp and a new stamp pad i got that has variegated colors of pink in the pad.  

So I stamped sentiment on white paper to see how it would come out and then i picked these bright and cheery papers from Doodlebug to coordinate with it.  The simple dots don't take away from the stamp and really gives you that pretty pink feel of Valentines and is easy enough to make a bunch to send out or give for the holiday.

Here is a closeup so you can see how pretty the ink colors are and i love the heart in the middle.

You can find this stamp in the store right HERE......

Enjoy your day and have fun creating Valentines for all the special people in your life!!

Sunday, February 11, 2018

Stamp Smudge & Color: 10-minute Valentines and Envelopes By Judi Kauffman for Quietfire Design

Need some Valentine’s Day cards and envelopes in a hurry? These are easy and lightning-fast! Simply STAMP with red ink, SMUDGE with some of the same ink, and COLOR with your favorite pencils. Optional: If you enjoy doodling or have a dot-pattern stamp, add dotted lines.

Add a patterned cardstock border, layer onto a white side-fold card base. Done!

Calligraphic Love Bits
Cardstock – Pink, white, patterned
Ink – Red
Pencils – Prismacolor

Other – White envelopes, double-sided adhesive tape or glue stick

Saturday, February 10, 2018

Always & Forever

Hi there, Artlings!  It’s Suzanne here today with a simple, elegant version of Always & Forever.  You can see this card with instructions over on the Elizabeth Craft Designs blog today.
 This is perfect for a guy for Valentine’s Day, but by changing the colour of the gently sponged ink, you can pink it right up!  By adding dimension to each layer, the result is a super special card for a super special person. Wouldn’t this make a stunning wedding or anniversary card?
This card is so simple to make. It took me longer to photograph it than to make it.  And the photo really doesn’t do it justice!
Elizabeth Craft Designs Supplies:
Always   Quietfire Site | ECD Site
Butterfly Flourish   Quietfire Site | ECD Site
Calligraphic Elements 2   Quietfire Site | ECD Site
Fitted oval
Scalloped oval
Fitted rectangle
Scalloped rectangle

Kool Tac clear foam adhesive Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L 3D Foam Squares

Friday, February 9, 2018

I love you....

Hello everyone,
Yvonne here with a Valentine's Day card. With only a few days to go to  February 14th, I thought you might need a little extra inspiration ;-)
Quietfire Design has lots and lots of gorgeous love quote stamps and for my card I chose the stamp called "I love you Alphabet".

The card is all about layering.
Simple layer some die-cuts and on top the beautiful Quietfire Design qoute.
I used 3D foam squares to get the dimensional effect and finished the card with flowers, pearls and a satin bow.

Used materials:

  • Quietfire Design: I Love You Alphabet #5935
  • Spellbinders die-templates
  • acrylic stamp block, black ink pad
  • cardstock: white, salmon, gold, patterned
  • satin bow, pearls, mulberry roses and leaves
  • 3D foam squares, paper trimmer.

Thanks so much for stopping by and
wishing you a happy crafty day!

Hugs from Holland,

Thursday, February 8, 2018

Only from the heart and galaxy background with Distress Oxides

Galaxy backgrounds seems to be very popular right now... trending if you will (I'm not a trendy person so what do I know?)   Here's my version of one using distress oxides (really, any reason to play with them!)  I thought it would go well with this quote from Rumi in the Love and Hearts Collection.  

 I added a string of heart lights by drawing a white line to connect the row of hearts from the same stamp set.  The quote is stamped and embossed with gold embossing powder and the hearts were cut out of gold paper also.

Love & Hearts Collection - Clear Stamps

Love and Hearts Clear stamp set available from both 

Thanks for reading!

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