Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Have an awesome day with butterfly spray

Hi!  Today I'm sharing a fun card using some old dies combined with newer ones.  Elizabeth Craft Design carries this fun pinwheel die and here I paired it up with the Quietfire Design Butterfly Spray.  (Now that is is spring, you will see many butterflies in my projects because I just love them.)

To make the pinwheel, I die cut the top portion twice, once in hot pink and again in yellow.  I did not have the perfect double sided paper which would have made this a wee bit easier and quicker.  Using a very small brad, I formed the pinwheel - so easy because the holes are already there - no guess work.

The sentiment is from the stamp set Happy Birthday Collection.  Strategically place the leaf so that you have space for the stamp. :)

Butterflies & Stars Sprays - Metal Cutting Dies

Happy Birthday Collection - Clear Stamps

Monday, March 25, 2019

Watercolor Inspiration: Just living is not enough

Hello Crafty Friends!

Welcome to Quietfire Creations!

I would like to share a card I created using the inspirational quote from Quietfire Design, Just living is not enough.
Just Living is not Enough - Mounted
It is a wonderful stamp for this time of year and beyond as we all start celebrating spring and enjoy summer.
Usually at this point in the post I share some of the material used and/or card instructions.  However, instead I will point you to the FB Live this Thursday at 7pm EST on the Quietfire Design page:
I hope you can stop by and check out the tutorial.  It is easy and fun to make!  If you cannot make the FB Live, feel free to check out the video on the Quietfire Design YouTube channel
Thanks for stopping by!  Have a happy, crafty day!
Big Hugs,
Kathy Jo

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Welcome Spring!

Today I'm sharing a project for the Elizabeth Craft Designs Group Challenge.  The theme is spring and flowers!  Spring has arrived with a blaze of sunlight this week - but it's been unseasonably cold here on the west coast, so I pulled out the spring colours and had some fun.

Here is what I used to make this fast and easy, but still elegant, card:

A Way With Words

Soft Finish Cardstock 100lb White  ECD

Other items:
Ranger Distress Ink: Worn Lipstick, Wild Honey, Bundled Sage
Ranger Ink Blending Tool
Glue Dots
Kool Tak Clear Foam adhesive

  1. Form a 6 x 6" tent fold card base from white cardstock. Die cut the Rosebud Wreath and backing pieces as well as Welcome and Spring from white cardstock.
  2. Blend Worn Lipstick and Wild Honey on the small flower backing pieces and adhere to back of wreath.  Mount wreath on card base with clear foam adhesive as shown.
  3. Blend Bundled Sage on the Spring diecut leaving more colour at the top of the word.
  4. Blend Worn Lipstick and Wild Honey on the Welcome diecut leaving more colour at the top of the word.
  5. Adhere Welcome and Spring to the inside of the wreath using Glue Dots.  Designer Tip: Slightly roll the Glue Dots if they are too large.

Thanks for visiting!  Please feel free to ask any questions.  Happy spring!

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Stamp Focus (& Fun!)- A Cup of Tea & Thee

Hello Crafty Friends!

Do you have a tea lover on your crafty card list or do you want to make a sweet tea invite?  The Tea & Thee stamp set is the perfect stamp set for your crafty project!
Tea & Thee, Set of 7 Stamps - Mounted
Card instructions:

  1. Create a tent fold card using blue card stock.  (My card base had a die cut shape but a simple square is just as pretty!)
  2. Use a water reactive ink pad (such as Spectrum Noir's Harmony Inks or Ranger Distress Inks) to stamp the tea cup and tea splots randomly on a piece of watercolor paper.  Mount to front of card base.
  3. Stamp quote onto watercolor paper.  Cut to a banner.  Cut coordinating blue papers to create two more banners.  Mount to card front using double faced adhesive tape.
  4. Use water reactive ink and water to dye seam binding ribbon.  Scrunch and use heat tool to dry.  
  5. Create bow using above ribbon and mount to card front using liquid adhesive.
  6. Adhere bow and coordinating twine to bow center.
Isn't it a sweet stamp set?  The dark blue reminds me of Blue Willow dishes.  (Hmm...perhaps I should stamp blue patterned papers, fussy cut them, and mount them on my next card.)

Are you looking for more crafty inspiration?  Every Thursday Suzanne is sharing a new project via FB Live on the Quietfire Design FB page.  You can check out the craftiness at 7pm EST.  Past videos are available on YouTube.

Oh!  And don't forget about the Suzanne Cannon Fan Group in Facebook.  No pressure, but all the "cool kids" are fans.  ;)

Thanks for stopping by!
Have a happy, crafty day.
Big hugs,
Kathy Jo

Thursday, March 14, 2019

Every day is a Journey Tag

Hey Quietfire Fans! It feels like Spring has finally arrived and with the thought of Spring on my mind, I created this fun Every day is a Journey Tag which features a variety of Quietfire Design Stamps and A Way With Words dies. You'll want to grab a cup of your favourite beverage as you learn how to recreate my tag at home.

To start, you'll need a tag that measures 2 5/8" x 5" out of white cardstock. Next on a gel plate, you'll need to put Sky, Lime and Lemon Heavy Body Acrylic paint on the plate, use the brayer to combine the paint colours together. Press in some bubble wrap randomly on the plate. Place the tag facedown on the gel plate and push it into the plate. Take a separate piece of paper, and rub it onto the gel press to pick up whatever colour is left. Put Fuschia, Sky and Blush Heavy Body Acrylic paint on to the plate and use the brayer to combine the paint colours, press the now gel printed tag randomly onto the plate to get hints of the colour on your tag. Ink the edges of the tag using Black Soot Distress Oxide Ink and a blending tool with foam.

Once the paint has dried on your tag, apply Jet Black Archival Ink to the Grid Background stamp and stamp off onto a piece of scrap paper. Stamp the grid background randomly sevens times onto your tag

With the gel printed scrap piece of paper, die cut a 2 1/4" Fitted Oval out of the paper. Apply Jet Black Archival Ink to the Every day is a Journey stamp and stamp in the middle of the oval. Ink the edges of the oval using Black Soot Distress Oxide Ink and a blending tool with foam.

Die cut the Flourished Oval Frame out of White Soft Finish Cardstock. Ink the edges of the frame using Black Soot Distress Oxide Ink and a blending tool with foam.

On the gel plate, place Lemon, Lime, Turquoise and Tangerine. Brayer the colours together and press a piece of scrap paper into the plate. Let the paint dry. From the Small Flowers die, die cut three flowers out of White Soft Finish Cardstock. From the gel printed paper, die cut three small flowers and three centers. Ink the edges of the centers and the gel printed flowers using Black Soot Distress Oxide Ink and a blending tool with foam.

Adhere the oval to the flourished frame and foam square the flourished frame to the middle of the tag. Adhere the flowers together and shape as desired. Adhere one flower in the top left corner of the frame and adhere the other two flowers in the bottom right hand corner of the frame.

To finish off the tag, tie a twine bow at the top of the tag.

Here are a few close up's of my Every day is a Journey Tag.

Thanks so much for joining me today and taking a look at my project! I hope that I've inspired you to want to recreate my tag at home.

Quietfire Supplies Used:

Other Supplies Used:

- Tim Holtz for Ranger Ink: Distress Oxide Ink - Black Soot and Blending Tool with Foam
- Dina Wakley for Ranger Ink: Heavy Body Acrylic Paint - Sky, Lime, Lemon, Fuschia, Turquoise, Tangerine and Blushing
- Ranger Ink: Jet Black Archival Ink
- Elizabeth Craft Designs: White Soft Finish Cardstock, Fitted Ovals and Small Flowers
- Gel Press: 3x5 Gel Plate
- Misc: Twine, Brayer and Bubble Wrap

- Katelyn

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Flourished Night Sky - You Are Amazing - Where Flowers Bloom - Easel Flower Branch

Yogi here today with a bit of a surprise... This is the 1st time I've used Suzanne's basic flower from Flourished Night Sky die set. It was a little too plain for my style of card making, but then I looked at it... and decided to put slits in it and voila I love this die. BIG GRIN My whole perspective changed, Love when that happens.

I'm using a die "You Are" 2pce set, "Amazing" 2pce set  and "Flourished Night Sky" 4pce set from Elizabeth Craft Designs, also available on Quietfire Design HERE, HERE and HERE  

I'm also using a clear quote stamp ("Where Flowers Bloom Collection" 8pce set) from Quietfire Design also available from Elizabeth Craft Designs HERE


Scored and folded my white cardstock to create the easel structure. Cut a piece same size as card and adhered to card front then cut a piece of Mid toned blue paper and adhered to card front. Cut a smaller rectangle from cream toned textured cardstock and adhered to card front.
Die cut the "flower" shape from a light blue cardstock that I had sponged and hit direct to paper with various Distress blue pads. Cut slits between the scallops to create a 4 petal flower. Tooled with a split oval shape tool on the backside. Turned flower right side up and pressed down with a small balled stylus.
Die cut the "Berry Spray" (Elizabeth Craft Designs) from a white cardstock and colored with Distress brown pads. Adhered to card front. Adhered a bunch of the tooled flowers. Added a dot of Liquid Pearls "Petal Pink" to each flower center.

Die cut some "Curvy Leaves" (Elizabeth Craft Designs) from alcohol decorated paper. Adhered to card.

Stamped the butterflies on another alcohol background piece of paper using Versafine Black Onyx and clear embossed, then fussy cut them out. Adhered to card front adding mini amber rhinestones to the bodies.

Die cut the words from an aqua blue glitter adhesive backed cardstock and adhered to card front.


On the floor:
Stamped the quote onto white cardstock using the black and clear embossed. Die cut with Elizabeth Craft Designs "Stitched circles" die set. Adhered to card floor.

Adhered some branches, a few flowers and some leaves and another butterfly - this one just colored with Distress blue.

Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Trio with pink cards with word dies

My husband texted me from work asking if I had a card for a co-worker who has recently been diagnosed with breast cancer.  When the husband asks you if you have a card, you go above and beyond to justify your every growing stash of craft supplies.  So of course I made not one, but 3 cards for him (really, me) to send to his coworker.

Since it was breast cancer, I went with a pink color scheme.  I honestly don't think I've ever used this much pink card stock.  As things would have it, I just got in the mail this weekend the Altenew Rose Flurries 3D dies (thereby again justifying my expansion of craft supplies).  

Honestly, I could not decide which dies by Quietfire Design I wanted to use - SO MANY GOOD ONES - that I settled for these 3.  "Brave" and "Thinking of you" would also have been good choices.  What else?  I'd love for you to leave a comment and tell me.

But on to how I made these cards.  I die cut each of the Quietfire Design word die cut in two shades of pink.  I also die cut a whole lot of roses.  If you don't have these, any flower dies or stamps would work.

Above is my mess of die cuts - I had tried using Copics to color the flowers but decided scraps of pink card stock worked better and faster.

I then arranged them onto 3 white card bases to see how I wanted them and if I needed to die cut any more.  (I did need more leaves)  I also decided to add a circle frame to the Hope card because the Courage card looked really nice with the Flourished Oval frame.

And here they are all done!

Here's a close up of the other two.  I trimmed the roses where I needed to and popped up some for dimension.

The Flourished Oval Frame and Circle Frame were all die cut 3 times and stacked.

So which would you send?

 Blessings Prayers - Metal Cutting Dies

Courage - Metal Cutting Die

Hope - Metal Cutting Dies

Flourished Oval Frame - Metal Cutting Die

Monday, March 4, 2019

Life Doesn't Have to Be Perfect - Guest Designer, Kim Gowdy


Kim Gowdy here for a quick card share for Quietfire Design. This is your one stop shop when you are looking for that “perfect” sentiment or quote for a card or scrapbooking page. Whether you are looking for something thought provoking, whimsical or sweet…Quietfire Design is sure to have what you need.

The card I am sharing is quite simple and colourful.

I started with a print I had made using acrylic paints and my Ranger Gel Plate. I like to pull my gel prints with deli paper.

I cut down my print and adhered it to a piece of Creative Scrapbooker Superstock using a gel medium. The deli paper acts almost like tissue paper and fades away when used with a gel medium revealing what is beneath [in this case just white Superstock].

Quietfire Design’s Life Doesn’t have to be Perfect stamp seemed to be the perfect sentiment to my messy, colourful background.

I’ve added a few staples and star sequins for that little ‘something” that was needed to finish it off and mounted it to a card base made from a Bazzill cardstock.

How will you create with your favourite quote?

Thursday, February 28, 2019

Stamp focus: The best thing I ever did was Believe in you

Hello Crafty Friends.

It is the last day of February and I am so looking forward to March!  We spring ahead in March which means more sunny hours after work and in the craft room.  I am fortunate to have a happy, crafty space situated right by a window.  During the warmer weather I keep the window open to hear the sweet birds chirping and the squirrels playing in the trees.  Spring is full of life, hope and rejuvenation.  March inspired the uplifting card I am sharing today: the dark background appears as if it is being overrun by wee bright flowers.  And the stamp...well...it is one of my faves and I just had to use it!

As mentioned, the focal point of the card front is the beautiful stamp, The best thing- believe in you:
The Best Thing - Believe in You - Mounted
The stamp is perfect for a "proud of you" card, such as a grad or a loved one accomplishing a goal or trying for one.  I really wanted to accentuate the gorgeous calligraphic quote so it was stamped in black onto plain white card stock.
It truly is a lovely stamp!

A simple flower was adhered to one side of the die cut stamp.  Two corner die cuts were added for a touch of extra prettiness.  I tore the flower patterned paper at an angle and mounted it on dark patterned paper.  Keeping the background dark ensured the stamp remained the focal point.
Do you have a favorite stamp, die or digital file from Quietfire?  Feel free to state them in the comments below or share them on the Suzanne Cannon Fan Page on Facebook!  We would love to hear from you.

Don't forget to check out the Facebook Live tonight at 7pm EST on the Quietfire Design Facebook page.

Thanks for stopping by!  Have a happy, crafty day!
Big Hugs,
Kathy Jo
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