Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Shoot for the moon

I haven't done a galaxy background in a while.  Sometimes it's nice to go back and use an old technique on  a card with some new stuff.

For this card, I actually started with blue card stock and sponged darker blues, purple and even black.  I have found it a lot easier to do that than to cover a sheet of white card stock - faster too!  This time I used a Tim Holtz Swirling Star dies with a silver card stock to peak in the negative spaces.  I added a moon die from Love Nicole to go with this quote from Quietfire Design. The quote is stamped and embossed in white.

Soar Collection - Clear Stamps

Monday, July 22, 2019

Magic Art Journal Page

Hey Quietfire Fans! I was busy playing in my art journal this past weekend to create my Magic Art Journal Page. By combining a variety of stamps as well as stencils and dies from A Way With Words, they were the perfect addition for my page. You'll want to grab a cup of your favourite beverage and learn how to recreate my art journal page at home.

To start, choose a piece of the Collage Paper - Backgrounds. Tear the paper into nine pieces. Apply matte medium to the top left side of the left page and adhere three of the strips. Apply matte medium to the bottom right side of the right page and adhere the rest of the strips.

Sprinkle Magenta Nuance powder in Raspberry, Hot Pink and Cerulean Blue where the paper strips were adhered. Use a paint brush with water to activate the powder. Allow the now ink to dry.

Apply Jet Black Archival Ink to the Grid Background stamp and stamp randomly around the collage paper on both the top left of the left page and the bottom right of the right page. Reapply Jet Black Archival Ink to the grid background stamp as desired. Apply Jet Black Archival Ink to the Crackle Background stamp and stamp randomly around the collage paper on both the top left of the left page and the bottom right of the right page. Reapply Jet Black Archival Ink to the crackle background stamp as desired. 

Place the dotty stencil randomly on each collage paper area and using a blending tool with foam to blend Wilted Violet and Blueprint Sketch Distress Ink through the stencil as desired. Move the stencil around the collage paper as desired.

To finish off the collage paper areas, apply Wilted Violet Distress Ink to the Grid Background and randomly stamp in the areas as desired. Reapply the ink to the stamp as needed. Apply Blueprint Sketch Distress Ink to the Grid Background and randomly stamp in the areas as desired. Reapply the ink to the stamp as needed.

Die cut a 3 1/4" Stitched Circle out of white cardstock. Apply Emboss It Ink to the Magic stamp from the A Rustle In The Wind stamp set and stamp in the middle of the circle. Sprinkle Midnight Black Embossing Powder over the circle. Tap off the excess powder and emboss with a heat tool. Ink the edges of the circle using Black Soot Distress Ink and a blending tool with foam.

Apply Jet Black Archival Ink to the small butterfly stamp from the Butterflies/Dragonflies stamp set and stamp onto a piece of watercolour cardstock. Reapply the Jet Black Archival Ink to the small butterfly and stamp onto the same piece of watercolour cardstock. Using a waterbrush, colour one butterfly with Wilted Violet Distress Ink and colour the other butterfly with Blueprint Sketch. Allow the butterflies to dry. Once the butterflies are dry, fussy cut each butterfly out. Ink the edges of the butterflies using Black Soot Distress Ink and a blending tool with foam. Shape butterflies as desired.

Apply Emboss It Ink to the dandelion stamp from the A Rustle in the Wind stamp set and stamp onto a piece of white cardstock. Repeat the previous step two more times. Sprinkle Molten Dimensions - White Wonder Embossing Powder over the dandelions. Tap off the excess powder and emboss with a heat tool. Fussy cut the dandelions out.

Die cut two Flourish Oval Frames out of black cardstock. Cut most of the frame off, leaving the flourish portion of the frame remaining.

Adhere a flourish oval frame to the bottom side of the circle and the top side of the circle. Foam square the circle to the bottom right hand side of the right page. Foam square the three dandelions as desired around the circle.

Take black thread and randomly place it on top of the collage paper on the left hand page. Foam square the two butterflies, one on top of another over top of the black thread.

Here are a few closeup photos of the finished art journal page.

Here is the finished Magic Art Journal page.

Quietfire Design Supplies Used:

Other Supplies Used:

- Tim Holtz for Ranger Ink: Distress Ink - Wilted Violet, Blueprint Sketch & Black Soot, Blending Tool with Foam and Distress Collage Medium - Matte
- Dina Wakley for Ranger Ink: 6x6 Journal and Collage Paper - Backgrounds
- Ranger Ink: Jet Black Archival Ink and Emboss It Dabber
- Emerald Creek Craft Supplies: Eileen Hull Molten Dimensions - White Wonder Embossing Powder and Midnight Black Embossing Powder
- Elizabeth Craft Designs: Stitched Circles
- Magenta Nuance: Raspberry, Hot Pink and Cerulean Blue
- Misc: White Cardstock, Black Cardstock, Watercolour Cardstock and Black Thread

- Katelyn

Friday, July 19, 2019

Upcycled Retro "You are inspiring" sewing pattern card

Hello Crafty Friends!

If you are a part of the Suzanne Cannon Fan Group on Facebook then you would have seen this project in process on my Show Me Sunday post.  I was in the midst of a project using an old sewing pattern and the You are stamp set:
You Are, Set of 5 - Mounted
Would you like to make an upcycled project using the lovely stamp set and an old sewing pattern?  Excellent!  You have come to the right blog post.  :)  Grab a cup of tea and enjoy the instructions...

Aside from the stamp set, you will also need:
  • An old/vintage sewing pattern in the original envelope
  • Glue stick or double sided adhesive sheet
  • Card stock for your mats and card base
  • Double sided adhesive tape roll
  • Foam tape
  • Kraft card stock to mount your sewing pattern
  • Black archival ink
  • Dye or water reactive ink that coordinates with your sewing pattern image
  • Circle or flower shape dies
  • Embellishments- such as stamen for the flowers and half pearls

Card Instructions:

  1. Cut the image from the front of a sewing pattern envelope.  Mat onto desired card stock.
  2. Cut Kraft card stock to desired size.  For my project, I made it slightly smaller than the card base.  Apply a large sheet of double sided adhesive tape or use a glue stick to mount a piece of the sewing pattern to the Kraft card stock.  Trim.  Optional:  Apply either a die cut, or wide ribbon or rectangular card stock to center of card front.  (In my case I foiled a wide ribbon in gold.) 
  3. Create a tent fold card using black card stock.  Mount Kraft/sewing pattern (from prior step) onto card front.
  4. Find two areas of your sewing pattern that is free from printing.  Stamp "You are" and "inspiring" onto the open areas.  Cut to size and mount onto black card stock.
  5. Mount the image onto the card front using foam tape.  Mount "You are" as shown or as desired.
  6. Mount "inspiring" as shown or as desired.
  7. To create the sewing pattern flowers:  Cut two strips of the sewing pattern that is as wide as your circle or flower die.  You will want it long enough for several flowers to be cut.  Fold several times to create two stacks.  Die cut one folded stack using a larger circle or flower die.  Set aside.  Use a smaller circle or flower die to cut the other folded pattern.  Dye your flowers as desired.  In may case I used a yellow and red dye.  Use a heat tool to help dry the pattern.  (It takes a long time to dry otherwise!)  Create your flowers.
  8. Mount the flowers to the card front.  I decided to mount mine around "inspiring" to really put emphasis on the word.
  9. Add embellishments.

Isn't it a cool card?  The tres chic woman looks quite inspiring in her retro dress!

Quietfire Design Stamp set used:  You are

Thank you for stopping by!  I do hope you enjoyed the Inspiring retro card!
Big Hugs,
Kathy Jo

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Fill Your Paper Tag Book - Nancy Nickel, Guest Designer

It’s Nancy back with you today. I’m here to share my second Guest Designer post.
When I saw this gorgeous “Fill Your Paper” sentiment stamp in the store, a project immediately came to mind. It was just a matter of finding a cut file in the shop that would work with the image I had in my head. Then I saw the Library Pocket Tag Book cut file, and knew that it was just the right one. Every once in a while, I come across a cut file that becomes a fast favorite. This file is one of those for me. In fact, I have already cut out a couple more, in different themes and colours, that are all ready to put together. The one I’m sharing with you today is done in a vintage style, and made to actually fill with writings and favorite quotes.

 I cut out the album, adding a second cut of the front and back cover, of black cardstock. I also added a second cut of the reinforcements because I liked them so much, and I wanted to add them everywhere! I assembled the pockets. I then inked all the edges of all the pieces with Black Soot Distress Ink, including the inside of the pockets. I adhered all the reinforcements in place.

I stamped the tags with the Grid Background Stamp, using a light ink. That way it won’t interfere with any writing that will be added. The grid adds interest while offering some straight lines to write on. I used a black pen to frame the stamping, then I inked around the tag with Black Soot Distress ink. I added the reinforcements. Finally, I looped a piece of cream coloured seam binding through the hole at the top of the tag.

For the front cover, I adhered the piece of black cardstock to the back. I inked around the edges with Black Soot Distress ink. I stamped the Fill Your Page sentiment in place with Memento Tuxedo Black ink. I cut the Flourished Oval Frame out of black cardstock, and fit it in place around the sentiment.

Finally, I cut the hanging heart from the Calligraphic Elements 3 set out of black cardstock. I didn’t want a black heart, so I cut a second one out of red cardstock. I trimmed out just the heart, and adhered it in place on the black cut. I added that to the cover.

Then all that was left to do was decorate the pages. I did this using more of the die-cut elements. 

The Library Pocket Tag Book included several butterflies. I have added these to the tags and the pockets. I also added some more of the Oval Frames, cut from the designer paper, to the inside covers. 

This offers a place to write something with a white marker or gel pen. Please refer to the photos to see how I decorated it all.

This was a really fun project to put together, and I’m really looking forward to filling it up with the “…breathings of my heart.”
Thanks very much for stopping by today! I’ve enjoyed sharing my project with you!
Nancy :o)
Library Pocket Tag Book

Quietfire Designs Products Used:

Other Products Used:
Prima Finnabair Vintage Vanity Collection;
Cardstock: Black, Manila, Scrap of Red;
  Distress Inks: Black Soot, Antique Linen,
Memento Ink: Tuxedo Black;
Tim Holtz Mini Book Rings – 2;
Black Micron Pigma Pen;
Seam Binding - Cream

Monday, July 15, 2019

Stand Up Birthday!

Here is a fun way to use your word diecuts.  Stand them up!  You can put them in all sorts of places on their special day.  Place them on the table, mantle or a bedside table.  Add them to the top of a cake or cupcake! There is no end to where you can put them. This project goes together really quickly, so you can make lots and leave them around the house or office.  Give someone a stand up birthday!

Rinea Double sided foiled paper – Woodlands Variety Pack in pale green textured, pale green smooth and dark green. Princess Variety Pack in pink.
Xyron Mega Runner Permanent Adhesive


  1. Die cut Happy Birthday from pale green textured and pale green smooth foiled paper.  Die cut flower from pink and the leaves from dark green textured foiled paper.
  2. Run adhesive across the top of the letters on Happy of the rear die cut. I used the smooth foil for the back diecut.  Align the top die cut and adhere to the back.  
  3. Adhere the leaves to the back of the flower.  Attach the flower and leaves to the H on Happy Birthday.
  4. Gently pull the back and front die cuts apart to form a tent so the words will stand on their own.   
  5. Stand Happy Birthday on a surface.  If it’s not straight, carefully trim off the bottoms of the flourishes till the word sit straight. Refer to the photo.
  6. 1.       Place the stand-up Happy Birthday on a desk, on a cake, on a cupcake or anywhere your special birthday person might see it all day long.
This thoughtful little addition will please anyone celebrating their birthday.  Try it with other word dies for different occasions!

Thanks for dropping by! I hope you like the project and make a whole bunch!
Happy creating, Suzanne

Saturday, July 13, 2019

Summer means camping and smores

I'm over on the Elizabeth Craft Design with this card.  Hop on over for full directions and supply list - don't forget to leave some love!  :)

Friday, July 12, 2019

Soar - Letter Live Broadcast from July 11 2019

For our regular Facebook Live broadcast the other day, we created this card by stenciling, stamping and diecutting!
You can see the broadcast here: https://www.facebook.com/QuietfireDesign/videos/478178656327063/
(For some reason this appears vertical sometimes and horizontal other times!  So confused! And sorry!)

Here is what we used:

A Way With Words Products from Elizabeth Craft Designs:

Feathers stencil  http://www.quietfiredesign.ca/Feathers-Stencil.html  or at Elizabeth Craft Designs: http://shrsl.com/1p25b

·       Coordinating cardstocks: Bazzill Navajo, Core’dinations Scotch
·       Distress Inks: Peacock Feathers, Cracked Pistachio, Mustard Seed
·       VersaMagic: Turquoise Gem
·       Makeup Brushes
·       Glue Dots
·       3M Removable tape
·       Stamp Positioner


1.    Cut a piece of Specialty Stamping paper in half.  Use removable tape to adhere one edge of the stencil to the Specialty Stamping Paper near one side. Use a pencil to mark inside the 4 registration holes at the corners of the design.  This registers the position of the stencil so we can move it and keep it lined up.
2.    Blend the Distress colours in each of the down feather cutouts.  When you’re happy with that, move the stencil to the right placing the holes on the left of the stencil over the pencil marks to the right.  Continue stenciling the down feathers.  Allow to dry for a bit.
3.    Trim the stenciled paper to approximately 5.5 x 3.75”.
4.    Use VersaMagic Turquoise Gem to stamp the sentiment (positioned as shown in the photo) using a stamp positioner with multiple light impressions rather than one heavy one.  This maintains the thicks and thins of the lettering.
5.    Diecut Soar once from turquoise cardstock and once from yellow cardstock.  Adhere the diecuts together so the yellow becomes the dropshadow.  Mount to stenciled panel with Micro Glue Dots.
6.    Cut a slightly larger mat from turquoise cardstock and another slightly larger from yellow. Adhere the three layers together.
7.    Cut a 5x7” tent-fold card base from turquoise cardstock.
8.    Adhere these panels to the card base with Scrapbook Adhesives Foam Squares.


  • We registered a stencil and moved it to create a background pattern. 
  • Coloured blending through a stencil
  • Stamped on background
  • Added an A Way With Words diecut with a dropshadow
  • Created a layered card

Thanks for joining us!  Happy creating!

Thursday, July 11, 2019

Rosebud Wreath - Miss You - Love Collection - The Human Heart

Yogi here today ad I was in a mood to create a simpler card than I normally do... Love the way this one turned out.

I'm using several dies "Rosebud Wreath" 8pce set and "Miss You" from Elizabeth Craft Designs, also available on Quietfire Design HERE and HERE    

I'm using rubber  stamp quote from Quietfire Design. ("The Human Heart...")

And I'm using a couple hearts from a clear stamp set "Love  & Hearts Collection" 10pce set by Quietfire Design also available on Elizabeth Craft Designs HERE

Cut, scored and folded my white cardstock to create the 7"w x 5"h top fold structure. Cut a piece of Co-Ordinations pink toned cardstock slightly smaller than card, rounded the corners with a corner rounder punch than adhered it to card front.

Die cut the leafy wreath from a tissue box cardstock (the whole box had beautiful leaves all over it - BIG GRIN). Spliced and adhered to the contour of a large heart shape. Adhered to card front. Die cut the rose buds from white cardstock, inked the sold layer with Distress "Spun Sugar" and the overlay with "Picked Raspberry" clear embossed. Adhered both layers together and then onto the wreath.

Die cut the "Miss You from another Co-ordinations cardstock, inked with Versamark and embossed with Pearlescent embossing powder. Adhered to front. I then used the fine tip of a black Zig Writer to create a shadow on the right and bottom side of each stroke.

On the inside: Stamped the hearts using Tim's Stampin Platform and Distress Spun Sugar and clear embossed. Stamped the heart outline using Versafine Clair "Charming Pink" and clear embossed.

Stamped the quote using Versafine Black Onyx and clear embossed on a pink cardstock. Trimmed down to fit the contour of the hearts.

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