Friday, March 7, 2014

Exquisite Card Set by Nina Brackett - Guest Designer

 We are delighted to have designer Nina Brackett as our guest designer this month and I think you can instantly see why!  To learn a bit more about Nina, read all the way to the bottom of this blog post.

I am thrilled to be guest designing for Quietfire Design this month. I love their exquisitely lettered sentiments that come in many sizes. I have a set of three cards to show you today. They all follow the same layout and together make a nice card set to give away as a gift. I do this a lot and the Quietfire Design sentiment stamps are just the perfect focal point in each card.

For all three, I first stamped the big Penny Black Awakening stamp in aqua, melon and light pink. I then heat embossed with white the lace stamp on the bottom and leaves stamp on the top. Starting from the corners, I then inked Distress inks (Brushed Corduroy and Antique Linen) to show the white embossed images. I made sure there's enough room on my panel to stamp my sentiments. I then framed that panel with kraft cardstock before I mounted it with foam squares on card bases with coordinating colors. I embellished them with matching buttons and seam bindings with a small Want2Scrap pearl in the center. My first card uses QFD's gorgeous Thinking of You stamp with Versafine Vintage Sepia ink to make sure it stands out.


This pink card is stamped with No Act of Kindness stamp. I just love that sentiment.


Finally, this card uses All Our Best Wishes stamp.


Thank you for joining me today and I hope you were inspired to create card sets with Quietfire Design's stamps.

 A little bit about Nina:

Hi, my name is Nina. I'm a Filipino-American who now lives (and crafts in Croatia), thus my blog is called Crafting in Croatia. I was educated as a Biologist, but found my love for art through paper crafting, which was mainly influenced by my mom. When my husband and I were getting ready to move to Croatia, a thoughtful friend gave me a big box full of Stampin' Up supplies. It took one very cold winter and homesickness for me to start playing with those supplies and I haven't stopped!

I joined the paper crafting industry when I released my first stamp set in 2009. I have worked with several companies as a product designer including Penny Black Inc, Want2Scrap and Spellbinders. One of the biggest blessings of my "job" as a paper crafter is being able to share my love for it with the ladies here, where it's still a novelty. My very creative daughters are my biggest fans and enjoy playing with mommy in her craft room.


  1. very pretty. Have a great day

  2. These cards definitely are "exquisite"! The soft floral image with white embossed images on top, the soft edge distressing and layering on kraft and coloured cardstock all add up to three beautiful cards.

  3. Beautiful!
    I love how you got completely different looks with just subtle changes in the colors.

  4. These are just beautiful cards... thank you for sharing them with us.

  5. Nina, I loved your set of cards, using Quietfire sentiments. They are exquisite. :) What is the name of the lace stamp? I love it and would love to buy it if I knew where to find it :)

    Mickey Drake

    1. Hi, Mickey...The lace stamp is from Penny Black's Lace Delight stamp set.

  6. Thank you all for your kind words, and thank you Quietfire Designs for the opportunity to showcase your beautiful stamps!

  7. Beautiful cards! love the soft, subtle look of them with the white embossing.

  8. I love your beautiful cards, and the set makes a lovely gift. I'm sure your friends and family appreciate your craftiness!

  9. Nina B.: Your cards are awesome & impressive! Always great to see what
    others design. Thanks for sharing! You've given me numerous ideas. Best
    wishes for continued success!

  10. Beautiful cards!!! I love how you took the same concept for each card but by giving them a different color and sentiment they became independently unique!

  11. Gorgeous cards! If I had this stamp set I would try to make cards that were as nice.

  12. The first thing that struck me was how soft and gentle the cards appeared. Lovely.

  13. these are just so beautiful! I love the techniques you have used and the colour combos are sublime! Thank you!


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