Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Iridescent Accents - Papillon Bonne Fete

Yogi here today... I had a play morning with my friend a couple days ago... She brought me a big pile of Somerset Studio magazines that a friend of her's gave her... She said pick a mag and pic a page to try. So I closed my eyes and came up with Mar/Apr 2002 page 50 - an add for Dr Martin's Iridescent Accents which I didn't own but looked like Perfect Pearls...

I side folded my cream tone cardstock (5"w x 7"h)

Stamped the butterflies onto black cardstock using Versamark (Perfect Medium also works). Using the fluffy brush that comes with Perfect Pearls, I pounced on some pink and some green, then swirled it to blend. Wiped off the excess with a tissue.

Stamped the butterflies again onto some thin cardstock with black ink and fussy cut around them to create masks.

Placed the masks over the butterflies on the black cardstock and stamped the background stamp (Just Rite) using the Versamark. Pounced gold Perfect Pearls all over and wiped excess off. Pity you can't see the shimmer...

Used an anti static powder, then stamped the "Papillon" and "Butterfly" words using the Versamark and embossing with white embossing powder.

Trimmed the piece down and layered on to a gold ribbed textured cardstock, then onto my card front.

Stamped the "Bonne Fete" with Versafine "Toffee" and embossed with Queen's Gold embossing powder, then shadowed the letters with a fine tipped Micron pen.

Did a ruched effect with some Sari ribbon. Finally touch added some square amber rhinestones.

Hope you give the technique a try. Enjoy.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Tuesday Winsday - Glue Dots and Dispenser!

You know how much I love Glue Dots.

They are listed on virtually every supply list for every project I make. They are *the best* for adhering my digitally cut words to my projects.

 If you follow me on Twitter, you might recall how thrilled I was when Glue Dots responded to one of my Tweets!  Amazingly, I was fortunate enough to meet the person at the end of that tweet when I was at the Craft and Hobby Association show in January.  Her name is Elizabeth.  Too sweet!

Now, even better for you, Elizabeth and Glue Dots are giving away the new Glue Dots Dispenser and some refills to the lucky winner of this week's giveaway!

About the new Glue Dots Dispenser:

Pre-loaded with 300 Mini Glue Dots®, the new Desktop Dispenser is designed to keep the adhesive roll wound tightly, preventing it from unraveling if dropped and protects it from being crushed if stored in a bag, tote or drawer.

I love my dispenser!  It sits front and center on my new worktable!  I'm leading the movement to have the dispensers made in other colours so I can have my Minis, Micros, and Removables colour coded!!  {I just bought some of the Permanent GlueDots today and I'm dying to try them!}

Many thanks to GlueDots for sponsoring this week's givaway! You can find their blog
Find them on Facebook here and on Twitter here.
Pop on over to their Facebook page and thank them for their giveaway at Quietfire!
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This week you have loads of opportunities to enter!  If you already subscribe to our newsletter and follow us on Twitter and Facebook, you're well on your way to winning!

You can Glue Dots on the Quietfire site here.

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Monday, July 21, 2014

Come Sit By Me on the Garden Bench!

Good morning!  Sherry here today and I have a 5.5 square card to share with you.  When I first got the idea for this card, I was actually thinking about one of my favorite movies . . . Steel Magnolias . . . and all the great one-liners.  One of my favorites is, of course, “if you can’t say anything nice, come sit by me.”  Quietfire has a similar quote in the Garden Bench Collection, “If you can’t say something good about someone, Sit right here by me.”   I also remembered that I had in my Spellbinders’ stash the Shapeabilities Garden Bench.


I’m sure the first thing you’ll notice is that I did not use the entire quote for the card.  I went with the shorter version, Come Sit by Me, thinking to myself that if I did it this way, I could use the inside of the card for a personal note . . . whether it be funny or lending a shoulder to lean on.

I used the Prima Something Blue collection for the card and a cream card stock for the card base and sentiment.  The garden bench was die cut/embossed using a darker piece of the paper collection, and mounted on a coordinating lighter piece of paper.  The same dark paper was used for the Elegant Ovals base.


The sentiment was stamped on cream card stock in Archival Potting Soil, then die cut/embossed with the label die from Spellbinders A2 Divine Eloquence.   The ribbon was some I had previously dyed that was in my stash jar.  I loved the way it picked up the colors in the flowers and stripes in the paper and decided it was perfect for the card.


That’s all for me today!  Thanks for stopping by and joining me.


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Friday, July 18, 2014

Believe in Yourself - Card Set by Yvonne van de Grijp, Guest Designer

Hello everyone, it's Yvonne here today.

First of all, thank you so much for your lovely comments on my first guest designer blogpost on July´s such a pleasure to create with Quietfire´s beautiful stamps!

Today it´s time for my second guest designer blogpost.

When I saw the Quietfire stamp set "If You Don't Believe in Miracles"(#5685), I immediately knew I had to have it....

I guess like most of us, I can relate so well to these stamps, for sometimes it can be hard to believe in yourself and that everything will be okay again eventually....

So, the cards I made,  made especially for all of you.... as a positive thought to remind that we should always believe in ourselves and in our strength.... 

Card 1:  If you don't believe in miracles".....  (additional suggested product links are at the bottom of this post)

* Trim white cardstock to a card base size 6"x6".

* Trim kraft cardstock to size 5¾"x5¾" and glue upon card base.

* Trim two pieces of patterned paper to size 5½"x5½", distress the edges using a TimHoltz  Paper Distresser.  Ink the edges using an Ink blending  tool and Distress  ink (color used: Brushed Corduroy) and glue upon card base.

* Glue lace ribbon over the card base and distress the edges by slightly pulling out some threads.

* Trim white cardstock to a banner size  2½"x 5¼" and ink the edges. Glue upon card base using foam squares.

* Cut a banner slightly smaller than the white one and glue upon the banner.

* Cut/emboss/stencil Spellbinders® S4-345 Picot Edge Circles #4 (with #1 being the smallest die template) . Glue upon card base using foam squares.


* Stamp  Quietfire "If You Don't believe in Miracles"sentiment on white cardstock using using Jet black Archival ink. Cut/emboss using Spellbinders S4-114 Standard Circles Large #5. Glue upon card base using foam squares.

* Embellish with rhinestones and lots of mulberry flowers....

Card 2: "Believe in yourself".....

* Trim white cardstock to a card base size 5"x7".

* Trim kraft cardstock to size 4¾"x6¾" and glue upon card base.

* Trim two pieces of patterned paper, one  to size 4½"x2½" and  one to size 4½"x4" . Distress and ink the edges. Glue upon card base.

* Glue  lace and glitter horizontally upon the card base.

* Cut/emboss Spellbinders S4-348 Postage Stamps #4 from white cardstock and ink the edges. Glue upon card base using foam squares.

* Cut/emboss Spellbinders S4-426 Luscious Labels One from patterned paper and glue upon card base.


* Stamp Quietfire  "Believe in Yourself" sentiment onto white cardstock. Cut/emboss using SpellbindersS4-126 Classic Squares Large #4 and glue upon card  using foam squares.

* Embellish with a large bow and self-adhesive pearls.

Card 3: "Believe".....

* Trim white cardstock to a card base size 6"x6".

* Trim kraft cardstock to size 5¾"x5¾" and glue upon card base.

* Trim two pieces of patterned paper, one  to size 5½"x2" and  one to size 5½"x3½". Distress and ink the edges. Glue upon card base.

* Glue lace ribbon over the card base and distress the edges by slightly pulling out some threads.

* Glue a piece of patterned paper size 3¾"x 2" on lower side of the card base.

* Cut/emboss/stencil Spellbinders S4-425 Elegant Ovals #3 and  S4-110 Classic Ovals Large #4 stacked from green cardstock.

* Cut Spellbinders S4-112 Classic Ovals Small #5 from white cardstock.

* Use the white left over frame to cut/emboss Elegant Ovals #3 to make a frame. Ink the edges and glue upon green oval.


* Stamp Quietfire sentiment upon white cardstock. Glue behind the green oval using foam squares. Cut of any edges that stick out from underneath the green oval. Glue upon card base using foam squares.

* embellish with lots of flowers and a strip of rhinestones.

I hope you like the cards and that they might inspire you to send someone a positive thought....  

It's been such a pleasure being guest designer for Quietfire and I would like to send  personal thank you to Quietfire's Suzanne Cannon for believing in me and giving me this opportunity.....

Big hug to all of you

Yvonne van de Grijp 

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

"We are never so lost" Shabby Chic card and a Giveaway

Hello All!  Kathy Jo here to share a shabby chic style card using the beautiful "We are never so lost that our Angel cannot find us" stamp.  It is such a wonderful and uplifting sentiment!
The card came together quickly: The card base was corrugated cardboard with Distress Crackle applied.  Two sheets of patterned paper from Prima's Annalee was distressed along the edges and adhered to the base (Zip Dry paper glue works very well).  We are never so lost was stamped using VersaMark on vellum paper and heat embossed in silver.  Next a layer of white card stock was die cut using Memory Box's Grapevine Wreath and another layer using Memory Box's Catalina Wreath.  Catalina's Wreath was die cut again and the flowers were fussy cut and applied to the wreath stack. Stickles was applied along the edges.  Bling was applied at will.  :)
Isn't it a lovely stamp?  If you would like to win this beautiful stamp leave a comment on this blog for a chance to win it.  If you would like two chances, hop over to my blog and leave a comment on the card post before 5pm Monday July 28th.  The winner will be announced on my blog on Tuesday.  Good luck!

Thanks for stopping by!  Have a great day!

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Tuesday Winsday - Rough Hewn Thank You


I'm sure you saw Jutta's awesome  upcycling project yesterday. Here's a refresher if you missed it! 

Jutta use the Quietfire "Rough Hewn Thank You" stamp here, so it's this week's Tuesday Winsday giveaway. The rough lettering for the stamp was originally done on very rough watercolour paper.
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Monday, July 14, 2014

Paper Collage Tulip - Rough Hewn Thank You Card

Hello there, Jutta here today with a thank you card project using the smaller  Rough Hewn Thank You.

The tulip is paper collage, made using bits of a makeup advertisement from a magazine.

To make this card I started by cutting a piece of White Cardstock to 3-3/4"x5". Using a sponge, I swirled on some Blue and Yellow Ink. I rough cut the tulip shapes from a magazine advertisement then used Collage Glue to adhered them to scraps of Cardstock to give them some body.

When the glue dried I cut the tulip parts to the final shapes. The stem, leaf and lighter tulip petal were glued directly onto the background the final piece (dark pink petal) was attached with Pop Dots to give the tulip some dimension. I distressed all edges of the cardstock panel, mat and base. The front panel was added to a 1/8 " Pink Cardstock Mat prior to attaching to Green base.

I then Stamped the Thank you with Jet Black Archival Ink.

Paper collage a great way to add colour to Scrapbook Pages or Journals.
Thank you for spending time with us today!

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