Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Congratulations - As You Dream - Reminding One Another - Easel

Yogi here today... I don't make too many congratulation cards... but a friend needed one... Then I'm taking a "Clear & Sheer" class from Jennifer McGuire and the 1st 2day's projects dealt with various ways of adhering vellum and some nice techniques. I decided to combine both days projects into this card. BIG GRIN

I'm using an "A Way With Words" die from Elizabeth Craft Designs "Congratulations" also available on Quietfire Design HERE

I'm also using a couple quote stamps from Quietfire Design  ("As You Dream..."); ("Reminding One Another...")

I cut out a piece of heavy weight plain vellum and stamped the various floral elements (AlteNew "Peony Scrolls") using Distress Picket Fence. Turned the vellum over (wrong side) and started tracing the images using a small balled stylus on a piece of fun foam. PS don't press too hard or your tool will go through the vellum... After tracing all the lines, used the same tool to added some shading, then used a scraping type tool to add a bit more shading. Colored the images using Spectrum Noir alcohol pens in a deep pink tone in the bottom sections of each petal and a very pale pink all over, blending the deeper shade. Did the same technique with the leaves starting with a darker shade.

Placed my largest die (Elizabeth Craft Designs "Stitched Ovals") over the colored design, marking where the die would cut through my leaves. Fussy cut around the leaves and brought them above the die, then ran the die trough my machine. I used the stitch line to fussy cut around the oval so it would sit within the stitch line of the die cut from white cardstock.

Stamped the quote using Versafine "Blue Lagoon" and clear embossed.

 Adhered the vellum using Glossy Accents in the painted areas and in the stamped quote section.

Scored and folded my aqua toned cardstock (7"w x 4.5"h easel closed). Adhered the oval to the front area.

Die cut the "Congratulations" (also on Quietfire HERE) from the same aqua cardstock. Used the die to cut a shadow layer by following the contour of the die with my x-acto blade. Adhered the 2 layers together then on to the card front. Added the white half pearls.
On the floor: Stamped the quote using the Lagoon and clear embossed on white cardstock. Die cut using Spellbinders "Scalloped Ovals". Adhered to floor using 3D foam tape.

Stamped the peonies on CP watercolor paper (smooth side) using the Picket Fence and embossed with white detail embossing powder. Colored the flowers with various watercolors, adding some gold powder. The leaves were stamped with Versafine Black Onyx, all was fussy cut (or in my case eCut). One of the flowers was adhered with the 3D foam tape. The rest were adhered to the floor.

Click on any image to enlarge. Enjoy

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Always be my friend

Hello!  It's been a while since I played with my color bursts - and they are just as fun and easy as ever!  I used half a sheet of watercolor paper and Alizarin Crimson so that I would have plenty for this card.  

I then die-cut out two sets of roses from Elizabeth Craft Designs Roses and A Way With Words "Friends" out of the color burst sheet. I also cut the Friends out of black card stock for a shadow effect and the outline of the roses was done in white card stock.

I thought this sentiment from the "Always be my friend" went perfectly with the word die so I stamped in in Versafine black ink in the lower right hand corner.

Friends - Metal Cutting Die

Always Be My Friend, Set of 3 Stamps - Mounted

Monday, May 2, 2016

You Are Amazing Gift Box - Connie Powell, Guest Designer


Connie had a wonderful time thinking outside the box for this project!  She has created a gift box filled with a beautifully scented potpourri and topped it off with a You Are Amazing tag.  Guaranteed to delight the lucky recipient!

You Are Amazing


Box base:
  1. Score a 12 x 12" sheet of cardstock at 4" on all sides. This will leave a total of 9 scored boxes on your 12x12 paper.
  2. Lay paper flat and at the corner boxes, cut each corner box in half diagonally to create a paper that has an octagon shape as your end result.
  3. Gather to make a box and glue.
Box lid:
  1. Cut piece of card stock measuring 5 7/8" x 5 7/8".
  2. Score at 7/8" on all 4 sides.
  3. Cut up to score line on one side each to start forming the lid and adhere to make lid. Only cut 4 times so pieces can overlap.
Decorating the box:
Use spray adhesive to attach lacey fabric to the box and trim the edges. Use an acrylic stamp block to press the fabric lace onto the cream card stock so your hands don't get sticky. Hot glue the string of pearls around the box and tied it into a bow. That was tricky, so make a bow first then glue it on. :)

Decorating the Lid:
Adhere lace around the edges using the same spray adhesive and application as the fabric lace on the box.

Tear pieces of Paper Egg Cartons (pre-colored) and hot glue to form flowers. Dust with a white ink stamp pad for some color affect.
Top off the box by stamping the beautiful sentiment "You are Amazing" on heart shaped cardstock and nestling it within the flowers.

This is dedicated to all my wonderful Facebook Friends, Family and Quietfire Designers who gave me this opportunity to be guest Designer, who inspire me, compliment me and are just Amazing People!! Thank you Everyone, "You Are Amazing!"

Friday, April 29, 2016

"I love you not only for what you are..."

Hello Crafty Friends!  Kathy Jo here sharing a card using a "love"-ly Quietfire Design stamped sentiment and an equally lovely A Way With Words die.  The sentiment is so heartwarming, "I love you not only for what you are..."
I Love You Not Only For What You Are
It was stamped using Jet Black Archival Ink onto ivory card stock and die cut using Spellbinders Opulent Ovals.

The A Way With Words die, Love, matches the sentiment so well:
Love - Metal Cutting Die
While making the card I could not help but think of my sweet hubby (big smiles).
The patterned papers were from Bo Bunny's Soiree collection.  Ivory and gray card stock was also used.  Behind the ivory die cut Love was a patterned die cut Love.  So happy!
A few wee flowers and triple ivory wrinkle ribbon and the card was completed.

Thank you very much for stopping by!  I do hope you enjoyed the card.  :)

SALE ALERT!  All A Way With Words dies are all 15% off...woo-who!!

Have a happy, crafty day!
Big Hugs,
Kathy Jo

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Live and Laugh Scrapbook Page

Hello, Connie Nichol here today with a scrapbook layout featuring two A Way with Words dies and a Quietfire Design stamp.  The words 'Live' and 'Laugh' are perfect accents to many scrapbook pages, especially those that feature whitewater rafting.  LOL.  The Rocky Mountains are about a four or five hour drive from my house and we try to get to Radium Hot Springs, British Columbia every couple of years.  I really love it there.  The last couple of trips my family has spent a day on the river with Kootenay River Runners.  So much fun and it is great to introduce our boys to all sorts of different experiences.

Here's the Quietfire Design stamp I used to accent the page.  I love this quote!  Words to live by.....

And here's the beautiful versatile word dies:

Supplies Used:  Simple Stories So Rad patterned paper and embellishments, Quietfire Design stamp, Elizabeth Craft Designs dies, Clearsnap ink, Brother sewing machine.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Mothers Hold Their Children's Hands - Calligraphic Love Bits - ECD Love

Hello!!  It's Wanda here today.  I can't believe how quickly this year is flying by.  It's almost May!!!  How did that happen!  With Mother's Day a short 1 1/2 weeks away (in the US) some of you might be needing card ideas and so I've used a wonderful Quietfire Mother-themed stamp.  You can find this and others under the topic, Mother... Here.  If, like me, your mother has passed away, this card easily translates to any theme such as Happy Birthday, Happy Anniversary... etc. 

I love this leafy branch die, have used it several times and sometimes keep the negative such as the one used on this card that is watercolor paper.  I put some Distress Ink on my craft sheet, sprayed on some water and then dipped the paper in the color.  Since I only had the negative, I needed to cut a branch and did that from white cardstock so I could offset it from the negative piece.  The purple layer is dry embossed with a folder.  "Love" is cut from Shimmer Sheetz.  The heart (Calligraphic Love Bits stamp set) is stamped with purple ink and I've brushed Wink of Stella (Gl. Clear) over the purple ink.  The quote is stamped with Jet Black.  A pretty simple card with a big punch I think.  

Supply List --

Calligraphic Love Bits - Quietfire Design
Love - Metal Cutting Die - Quietfire Design or Elizabeth Craft Designs (ECD)
Leafy Branch - Metal Cutting Die - ECD
Shimmer Sheets - a piece from the Gemstone Sampler Pack - ECD
Embossing Folder - Daisy Blast (Sizzix)
Archival Ink - Jet Black, Deep Purple (Ranger)
Distress Inks (Ranger)
Cardstock - White, Purple

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Thank you for all that you do....

Hi Everyone it's Teresa here today with a share using one of the beautiful new Way with Words Thank you dies and the Thanks Cuddlers mounted rubber stamp set.

I wanted to keep the card really simple so I used a really simple dotted pattern paper to make the base of my card and layered it with 3D foam squares to make it stand out more with the white matting on the top piece.  We needed to match a die with a saying so i found this wonderful set of Thank you sayings and it fit perfectly in the bottom corner.  The ink didn't take on the embossed dots like i wanted it to but i think it looks really nice and works really good with the die cut words.

To finish my card I added a red ribbon that i cut in half to make it double and then added a pretty bling button on the top.  It was super easy and took no time at all to do.  You gotta love that :)  

Here is a quick peek at the stamp set and all the other sayings that come in the set.  It's really nice. There are so many choices to chose from.

And here is the die set and you can order both on the website.  Be sure and check out all
the other Way with Words die here and have fun crafting and making pretty things with them!

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Welcome Little One - card give away :-)

Hello everyone,
Yvonne here with a new card combining a gorgeous Quietfire Design stamp with a Quietfire Design-ECD die-template.
Since the card is in pink it's meant for a newborn baby girl.
We have a granddaughter on the way (end June) and that was my inspiration for this card.

Since I am so happy about this, I would like to give away this card to a randomly chosen commentor on this blogpost.
So...if you would like a chance to win the card, simply leave a comment under this blogpost.
My next Quietfire Design blogpost will be on May 5th and I will announce the winner in that blogpost.
Good luck!

Used materials:

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

Hugs from Holland,

Saturday, April 23, 2016

"Home is where your Mom is" Mother's Day card

Hello Crafty Friends!  Kathy Jo here sharing a card I made for my Mother-in-Law for Mother's Day.  The card's focal point is the sweet Quietfire Design sentiment, Home is where your Mom is, from the Keep Calm & Call Mom set:
Keep Calm & Call Mom - Set of 3 Stamps
There are several layers to the card.  Here are the layers starting with the card base and working up to the sentiment: ivory tent fold base, Graphic 45's Gilded Lily pink patterned paper edged with gold, ivory card stock die cut (Spellbinders Astoria Decorative Accent), brown patterned Gilded Lily die cut (Spellbinders 5x7 Elegant Labels), Gilded Lily die cut (Spellbinders Art Deco Astoria), ivory card stock die cut (Spellbinders Swirl Bliss band) and mounted on Gilded Lily and finally the lovely stamped sentiment die cut (Spellbinder Victorian Garden Fancy Diamond).
The card does have a lot of layers but the lovely sentiment stands out.  (And isn't the heart below the "o" in Mom just the cutest?)
The inside of the card has more Gilded Lily and die cut ivory card stock (Spellbinders Decorative Elements Fancy Diamond).
Thanks so much for stopping by!  I do hope you enjoyed the card.  Feel free to check out the other beautiful Mother's Day stamps from Quietfire Design.

Have a happy, crafty weekend!
Kathy Jo

Friday, April 22, 2016

Pierced Shimmer Sheetz Thank You Card

by Judi Kauffman

Suzanne Cannon posted a project on the Elizabeth Craft Designs blog featuring hand-embossed Shimmer Sheetz surrounding a die cut. She used a stylus tool to draw de-bossed lines and doodle patterns around the sentiment. I thought it would be fun to take that concept in another direction.

For my project, I used a piercing tool in addition to a stylus and did most of the work on the BACK of the Shimmer Sheetz. Pierced holes form a raised dotted pattern on the front. The stylus, in turn, creates de-bossed dots that help to flatten the Shimmer Sheetz around the word ‘Thanks’ since piercing will distort the Mylar and cause it to curve. This is not a problem with the butterflies so there is no stylus work on those.

Change the color combination to suit your taste, and if you don’t have alcohol inks on hand to alter Shimmer Sheetz for the butterflies, skip that step.


1. Die cut the word ‘Thanks’ from Shimmer Sheetz or heavy cardstock that has Clear Double Sided Adhesive on the FRONT side. Adhere the word to the back of a piece of Pink Iridescent Shimmer Sheetz (or whatever color you’ve selected).

2. Place the piece on a soft mouse pad or piercing pad and use a piercing tool to create a dotted outline around the word as shown in the photo above. Pierce larger holes in some of the areas, smaller and more closely spaced holes in other areas for variety and interest as shown in the photo below.

 3. With the piece facing up, use a craft knife to scrape lines on the inside of each letter (lines will be white, the core color of the Shimmer Sheetz). Use a stylus tool to create randomly spaced de-bossed dots all around the word as shown in the photo below. Cut a rectangle measuring 4.25” x 2.5”, back with Clear Double Sided Adhesive Sheet; mat to Perfect Pink Soft Finish Cardstock, leaving an eighth-inch border.

4. Alter a piece of Pink Iridescent Shimmer Sheetz with alcohol inks (Optional). Put black outline butterfly peel-offs on the BACK and selectively pierce around and inside the outlines. No need to pierce all of the pattern lines. Pull away and discard the butterfly peel-offs.

5. Turn the Shimmer Sheetz right side up and use fine pointed scissors to hand cut around the butterflies. Bend wings upward as shown below.

6. Emboss a 5.25” x 4.75” piece of Light Pink Iridescent Shimmer Sheetz with the butterfly folder. Lightly sand to tone down the sparkle and bring out the white core color.

7. Cut a 5.75” x 12” piece of Rosebud Soft Finish Cardstock. Score at 6”, fold in half for card base (fold at left side).

8. Assemble the card front as follows: Embossed Shimmer Sheetz rectangle, centered left to right, a quarter-inch down from top edge; greeting (foam tape beneath rectangle for added dimension); butterflies (secured with small slivers of Tombow Power Adhesive Tabs, ideal for holding Shimmer Sheetz to Shimmer Sheetz).

Quietfire Design A Way With Words –

Elizabeth Craft Designs –

Shimmer Sheetz in Pink and Light Pink Iridescent
0412 Butterflies peel-offs in Black
Soft Finish Cardstock in Perfect Pink and Rosebud
Clear Double Sided Adhesive Sheet and Tape
KB101 Butterflies embossing folder

Other –

Tombow Power Adhesive Tabs
Foam tape
Piercing tool
Ball stylus
Fine pointed scissors
Piercing pad or soft mouse pad
Craft knife
Sanding block

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