Thursday, March 23, 2017

For the rest of my life...


Hello everyone,
Welcome to a new card on the Quietfire Design blog!
Yvonne here sharing a card using a gorgeous Quitfire Design stamp.


For my card I used the stamp "For the rest of my life".


Hope you like the card!
Thanks for stopping by
and wishing you a great day!

Hugs from Holland,
Yvonne

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Friendship isn't a Big Thing Scrapbook Layout


Hello, Connie Nichol here today with a scrapbook layout featuring a Quietfire Design stamp, stencil and die.  Quietfire Design products work SO well together.

connie_nichol, quietfire design

I started with a piece of patterned paper from the BoBunny paper line Serenade.  This is an older line, but so beautiful with the rich colours and patterns.  If you're interested, the Quietfire Designs online store still has the 6x6 Serenade Paper Pad in stock, available here.
The patterned paper was so pretty I didn't add a lot of embellishments.  A bit of machine stitching, a bit of fussy cutting of an extra piece of patterned paper to add a few extra poppies to the layout, and a bevy of butterflies using the Butterfly Kaleidscope stencil.



I tried a couple of different mediums with the stencil - Pentart wax paste in bronze and Viva Decor Inka Gold in red and just smeared them on with my index finger - but you could certainly use ink or many other mediums, depending upon the look that you wanted.  I just wanted to add a touch of subtle colour and wasn't too worried about getting discrete edges on the butterflies.  A bevy of butterflies adds such a nice touch to a scrapbook page.

I added Happy for a title (from the Happy Anniversary die set, but you can of course use the words separately).  We were a very happy group hiking in the Black Forest of Germany.  I then stamped the friendship quote onto another bit of patterned paper to finish the page.  Enjoy your friends and make sure you get pictures of them, even if it's a silly selfie.  Happy Scrapbooking!


Monday, March 20, 2017

"I love that you will Always be my friend" card and envelope set

Hello Crafty Friends!  Kathy Jo here sharing a friendship themed envelope and card set using Quietfire Design's Always Be My Friend stamp set:
Always Be My Friend, Set of 3 Stamps - Mounted
And Quietfire Design's You are stamp set:
You Are, Set of 5 - Mounted
The envelope was created using Becca Feeken's (Amazing Paper Grace) Card, Envelope and Liner Spellbinders die set.  All paper is from Graphic 45's Artisan Style collection.
This would be a great set to give to a friend as just a little note to tell them how much you appreciate their friendship.
The inside note card has pretty butterfly on one side...
...and a sweet note on the other.  A thoughtful and happy note for a dear friend.
Beautiful stamp sets for beautiful friends!
Thanks for stopping by!  I do hope you enjoyed the friendship card and envelope set.
Have a happy, crafty day!
Big Hugs,
Kathy Jo

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Always Be My Friend



Hello Friends!  This month the designers are celebrating Friendship.  This is Selma today and I designed a card using the Always Be My Friend stamp set.


Always Be My Friend, Set of 3 Stamps - Mounted


The Always Be My Friend stamp set is one I am sure you will love to have in your  'Friend' stamp collection.  

For my card I used a 6-inch card and layered a piece of white card stock on front that is 5 1/2 inches square.  I used a score board to score around the edges to give it a finished appearance

A light blue card stock was die cut using the Dotted Scalloped Square die set, then a piece of design paper was die cut using one of the dies in the Fitted Frame die set.  A corner rounder was used to round off the corners.  These two pieces were attached to the front of the card.

A dimensional frame was die cut using Dotted Scalloped Square die set to die cut the small blue frame and a slightly smaller die from the Stitched Frame die set was die cut using white card stock.  Using the same small Stitched Frame die, two fun foam squares were die cut and attached to the back of the small blue and white frame, to give it dimension.  

The Always Be My Friend sentiment was stamped in the center of the small white frame, using VersaFine Black Ink then was clear embossed. 

The design paper used has some small blue flowers in the design.  I used the Garden Notes Hydrangea die set to die cut a bunch of small blue flowers.  They were shaped with the Flower Tool Kit and one yellow Prill was added to the center.  The little leaves were die cut using the Leafy Branch 2 die set.  Individual leaves were cut off and tucked under the flowers.  They were attached to the card as shown.

Here is the link to this beautiful stamp set:  

5615  Always Be My Friend


Die sets used on this card are from Elizabeth Craft Designs.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Friends R Special - You Are The Best - Happy Birthday


Yogi here today and was in a mood to use butterflies...

I'm using a bunch of dies and a stencil from Suzanne and Elizabeth Craft Designs. Suzanne came out with a bunch of stencils and I'm using the "Butterflies/Stars Spray Stencil" (on Quietfire Design HERE). Then I'm  using a couple and a part of A Way With Words dies from Elizabeth Craft Designs "Friends", "Special Moments" 2pce die set, and "R from Remember" also available on Quietfire Design HERE, HERE and HERE

And using a couple sentiment stamps from Quietfire Design, as well as a design element butterfly

("I Don't Tell You Often Enough..." 5pce set); ("Let Them Eat Cupcakes/Happy Birthday" 4pce set);  ("Butterflies/Dragonflies" 7pce set) 



Scored and folded my minty  Bazzill Monochromatic cardstock to create the side easel, cutting another piece the same size as card for the front.
I started with 12 x 12" cardstock. Cut the cardstock to 5" x 12". Scored vertically at the 7" point leaving a 5" end piece which I scored diagonally to create the fold for the side easel. see diagram above.

 

Stenciled the spray of butterflies using various colors of Distress pads.

Adhered a piece of yellow floral ribbon.

Die cut the large butterfly (Sizzix Bigz Butterfly/embossing combo) from a scrap piece of decorated cardstock. Ran through with the embossing die, then hit the high points with Versamark and embossed with "Queen's Gold" embossing powder. Adhered to card front.

Die cut the various words "Friends", "Special", and "Remember" from white cardstock. Trimmed around the letter R from remember. Inked the words with a brown stamp pad and embossed with Emerald Creek "Oil Rubbed Bronze" embossing powder. Adhered words to front.

On the floor: Adhered a strip of pearl ribbon to act as my stopper.

Stamped the sentiments onto a scrap piece of the minty green cardstock using Versafine "Vintage Sepia" and clear embossed. Trimmed the piece down, rounded the corners with a corner rounder punch, inked the edges with a dark brown Distress pad sponged some of the brown around the edges and adhered to floor with 3D foam tape.

Stamped the butterflies using another piece of scrap decorated watercolor paper. The large one embossed with Pearlescent embossing powder. The smaller butterflies using white embossing powder. Fussy cut around the images and adhered to floor.

Final touch, added pink/mauve/green mini rhinestones to the bodies.


Click on any image to enlarge. Enjoy







Monday, March 13, 2017

Always Believe


Once those distress inks are out on my desk, I can't help but keep using them!  To make this colorful card, I sponged distress inks at the top of the base layer of the card and on the smaller layer, I did the bottom half with a lighter hand.  

The top was stamped with the quote from Quietfire Design: 




I emphasized the Always from the quote by adding a die with a black shadow to the bottom of the card.




My final touch was to add some dew drops to the card.

Always Believe - Mounted

Always - Metal Cutting Die






Thursday, March 9, 2017

Love to create with watercolors

Hi and welcome to the Quietfire Design blog today.  Today i have a card to share using mixed media paper and Tim Holtz inks and a new Die from A Way With Words called Celebrate.  It's such a great sentiment and i hope you like how it came out.

I haven't used Mixed Media paper in a while and wasn't sure how this would work but i really love how all the back round colors mixed together on it.  Doing watercolor back rounds can be so fun and you really never know how it will come out.  I guess that is the fun of it.
 On top of the watercolors i added a chipboard die cut to make it Lacey and pretty and then die cut the "Celebrate" die and also cut a back round for it in bright pink to make the sentiment stand out and also go with the cards matting.

Here are all the colors that i used for it.  I started with the 5 Distress inks and put a little on my mat and then spritzed it with water.  Then i pressed my precut paper into the colors until i got the effect that i wanted.  I used the Versa color ink in pink to go around the finished edges of the piece and also used the Gingerbread to make it pop.  The Lindy's moon shadow i spritzed on the top and that was neat because it blends in even more color to it. 


And for my Celebrate die piece i cut it with 120lb white cardstock and glued it on the pink paper and let it dry.  Then i carefully cut around the outside of the die and little places inside of it.  I think it would be better to use an exacto knife or maybe smaller scissors that are sharper.  Something to think about when you are cutting things out on your own.  But it's a good way to frame the dies.

Here is a supply list to make this project:


Tim Holtz Distress Inks:
Peeled paint
Tumbled Glass
Festive Berries
Seedless preserves 
Pickled Raspberry
Lindy's moonshadow

Zig Glue Pen, sequins, mini mister, sponge applicator
scissors, mixed media paper, 
GSLC- die cut

Thanks for stopping by and i hope you get out some of your watercolors and make up something pretty today to send out to a friend... Happy Thursday!!



Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Something Wonderful – Stamped and Stenciled Postcards


By Judi Kauffman for Quietfire Design
 
Thank you for inviting me back as today’s Guest Designer. One of my New Year’s resolutions for 2017 was to make and send more postcards. It’s now early March and I’ve kept it going, usually at least half a dozen per week, but often more!

This batch is super simple. A bit of stamping and some sponged-on color for the first 3, shown in the photos above (these are on heavyweight ivory cardstock), and 3 more, shown in the photo below (this time on blue flannel finish cardstock).




Five more, shown below, incorporate the same stamp, tan flannel finish cardstock, plus a stencil and a bit more sponged-on color. A useful hint: Make several of each as I did – no reason to clean a stencil after only one or two!  (click on each photo to see it nice and large!)
 





 

YOUR TURN!

1. Pick your favorite sentiment, greeting, or quote from the Quietfire Design collection. Using a dark ink, stamp it, centered, on a piece of cardstock. (Shown: Reddish brown, black, and bright green.)

2. Use the photos for inspiration. Stamp over and around the stamped message OR stencil over and around the stamping. Using a light touch and very little ink, sponge on more color, highlighting the stenciled design and some or all of the words. Another option: Use a torn paper mask.

 


3. Sponge more ink around the edges of each postcard.

4. Option: Stamp and stencil on the other side, making sure to leave an open space for the recipient’s name and address and a hand-written message.

 

SUPPLIES –

Quietfire Design rubber stamps:
Always Believe (or any sentiment, greeting, or quote)
Crackle Background
 
A Way With Stencils:
Feathers
Dotty
Butterfly Kaleidoscope
Butterflies & Stars

Other Supplies:
Cosmetic sponge wedge or stencil brush
Craft sponge
Dye-based inks in colors of choice
Cardstock in colors of choice

{Thank you very much for sharing these ideas with us, Judi.  Love how you've used the same stencil twice on the same postcard!}

Monday, March 6, 2017

If I had a star....


Hello everyone,
Yvonne here with a new card.

This month the Quietfire Design blog is all about the theme friendship.

For my card I used the Quietfire Design stamp "If I had a star for every time you made me smile".

A great quote for that special friend who always brings a smile to your face, no matter what ....


Wishing you a great day!

Hugs from Holland,

Yvonne



"Always Believe" butterfly card

 Hello Crafty Friends!  Kathy Jo here sharing a project using the stunning new stamp from Quietfire Design, Always Believe:
Always Believe - Mounted
Love the flowing letters of Suzanne's calligraphy.  The calligraphy is full of such light and delicate beauty...it reminds me of a butterfly gracefully fluttering by on a summer's day.  The image of butterflies following the exquisite calligraphy of the stamp inspired my card.  
The papers are from Graphic 45's Nature Sketchbook.  The butterflies were fussy cut and Stickles applied.
The stamped sentiment was die cut using a square die, the sentiment was left inside the die and Peeled Paint Distress Ink applied along the inside edges.
The stamp is one of several new releases from Quietfire Design.  All of the newly released stamps, dies and stencils can be found here.  Oh!  What a fabulous release!!

Thanks so much for stopping by.  Have a happy, crafty day.
Big Hugs,
Kathy Jo
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