Friday, July 19, 2019

Upcycled Retro "You are inspiring" sewing pattern card

Hello Crafty Friends!

If you are a part of the Suzanne Cannon Fan Group on Facebook then you would have seen this project in process on my Show Me Sunday post.  I was in the midst of a project using an old sewing pattern and the You are stamp set:
You Are, Set of 5 - Mounted
Would you like to make an upcycled project using the lovely stamp set and an old sewing pattern?  Excellent!  You have come to the right blog post.  :)  Grab a cup of tea and enjoy the instructions...

Aside from the stamp set, you will also need:
  • An old/vintage sewing pattern in the original envelope
  • Glue stick or double sided adhesive sheet
  • Card stock for your mats and card base
  • Double sided adhesive tape roll
  • Foam tape
  • Kraft card stock to mount your sewing pattern
  • Black archival ink
  • Dye or water reactive ink that coordinates with your sewing pattern image
  • Circle or flower shape dies
  • Embellishments- such as stamen for the flowers and half pearls

Card Instructions:

  1. Cut the image from the front of a sewing pattern envelope.  Mat onto desired card stock.
  2. Cut Kraft card stock to desired size.  For my project, I made it slightly smaller than the card base.  Apply a large sheet of double sided adhesive tape or use a glue stick to mount a piece of the sewing pattern to the Kraft card stock.  Trim.  Optional:  Apply either a die cut, or wide ribbon or rectangular card stock to center of card front.  (In my case I foiled a wide ribbon in gold.) 
  3. Create a tent fold card using black card stock.  Mount Kraft/sewing pattern (from prior step) onto card front.
  4. Find two areas of your sewing pattern that is free from printing.  Stamp "You are" and "inspiring" onto the open areas.  Cut to size and mount onto black card stock.
  5. Mount the image onto the card front using foam tape.  Mount "You are" as shown or as desired.
  6. Mount "inspiring" as shown or as desired.
  7. To create the sewing pattern flowers:  Cut two strips of the sewing pattern that is as wide as your circle or flower die.  You will want it long enough for several flowers to be cut.  Fold several times to create two stacks.  Die cut one folded stack using a larger circle or flower die.  Set aside.  Use a smaller circle or flower die to cut the other folded pattern.  Dye your flowers as desired.  In may case I used a yellow and red dye.  Use a heat tool to help dry the pattern.  (It takes a long time to dry otherwise!)  Create your flowers.
  8. Mount the flowers to the card front.  I decided to mount mine around "inspiring" to really put emphasis on the word.
  9. Add embellishments.

Isn't it a cool card?  The tres chic woman looks quite inspiring in her retro dress!

Quietfire Design Stamp set used:  You are

Thank you for stopping by!  I do hope you enjoyed the Inspiring retro card!
Big Hugs,
Kathy Jo

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Fill Your Paper Tag Book - Nancy Nickel, Guest Designer

It’s Nancy back with you today. I’m here to share my second Guest Designer post.
When I saw this gorgeous “Fill Your Paper” sentiment stamp in the store, a project immediately came to mind. It was just a matter of finding a cut file in the shop that would work with the image I had in my head. Then I saw the Library Pocket Tag Book cut file, and knew that it was just the right one. Every once in a while, I come across a cut file that becomes a fast favorite. This file is one of those for me. In fact, I have already cut out a couple more, in different themes and colours, that are all ready to put together. The one I’m sharing with you today is done in a vintage style, and made to actually fill with writings and favorite quotes.

 I cut out the album, adding a second cut of the front and back cover, of black cardstock. I also added a second cut of the reinforcements because I liked them so much, and I wanted to add them everywhere! I assembled the pockets. I then inked all the edges of all the pieces with Black Soot Distress Ink, including the inside of the pockets. I adhered all the reinforcements in place.

I stamped the tags with the Grid Background Stamp, using a light ink. That way it won’t interfere with any writing that will be added. The grid adds interest while offering some straight lines to write on. I used a black pen to frame the stamping, then I inked around the tag with Black Soot Distress ink. I added the reinforcements. Finally, I looped a piece of cream coloured seam binding through the hole at the top of the tag.

For the front cover, I adhered the piece of black cardstock to the back. I inked around the edges with Black Soot Distress ink. I stamped the Fill Your Page sentiment in place with Memento Tuxedo Black ink. I cut the Flourished Oval Frame out of black cardstock, and fit it in place around the sentiment.

Finally, I cut the hanging heart from the Calligraphic Elements 3 set out of black cardstock. I didn’t want a black heart, so I cut a second one out of red cardstock. I trimmed out just the heart, and adhered it in place on the black cut. I added that to the cover.

Then all that was left to do was decorate the pages. I did this using more of the die-cut elements. 

The Library Pocket Tag Book included several butterflies. I have added these to the tags and the pockets. I also added some more of the Oval Frames, cut from the designer paper, to the inside covers. 

This offers a place to write something with a white marker or gel pen. Please refer to the photos to see how I decorated it all.

This was a really fun project to put together, and I’m really looking forward to filling it up with the “…breathings of my heart.”
Thanks very much for stopping by today! I’ve enjoyed sharing my project with you!
Nancy :o)
Library Pocket Tag Book

Quietfire Designs Products Used:

Other Products Used:
Prima Finnabair Vintage Vanity Collection;
Cardstock: Black, Manila, Scrap of Red;
  Distress Inks: Black Soot, Antique Linen,
Memento Ink: Tuxedo Black;
Tim Holtz Mini Book Rings – 2;
Black Micron Pigma Pen;
Seam Binding - Cream

Monday, July 15, 2019

Stand Up Birthday!

Here is a fun way to use your word diecuts.  Stand them up!  You can put them in all sorts of places on their special day.  Place them on the table, mantle or a bedside table.  Add them to the top of a cake or cupcake! There is no end to where you can put them. This project goes together really quickly, so you can make lots and leave them around the house or office.  Give someone a stand up birthday!

Rinea Double sided foiled paper – Woodlands Variety Pack in pale green textured, pale green smooth and dark green. Princess Variety Pack in pink.
Xyron Mega Runner Permanent Adhesive


  1. Die cut Happy Birthday from pale green textured and pale green smooth foiled paper.  Die cut flower from pink and the leaves from dark green textured foiled paper.
  2. Run adhesive across the top of the letters on Happy of the rear die cut. I used the smooth foil for the back diecut.  Align the top die cut and adhere to the back.  
  3. Adhere the leaves to the back of the flower.  Attach the flower and leaves to the H on Happy Birthday.
  4. Gently pull the back and front die cuts apart to form a tent so the words will stand on their own.   
  5. Stand Happy Birthday on a surface.  If it’s not straight, carefully trim off the bottoms of the flourishes till the word sit straight. Refer to the photo.
  6. 1.       Place the stand-up Happy Birthday on a desk, on a cake, on a cupcake or anywhere your special birthday person might see it all day long.
This thoughtful little addition will please anyone celebrating their birthday.  Try it with other word dies for different occasions!

Thanks for dropping by! I hope you like the project and make a whole bunch!
Happy creating, Suzanne

Saturday, July 13, 2019

Summer means camping and smores

I'm over on the Elizabeth Craft Design with this card.  Hop on over for full directions and supply list - don't forget to leave some love!  :)

Friday, July 12, 2019

Soar - Letter Live Broadcast from July 11 2019

For our regular Facebook Live broadcast the other day, we created this card by stenciling, stamping and diecutting!
You can see the broadcast here:
(For some reason this appears vertical sometimes and horizontal other times!  So confused! And sorry!)

Here is what we used:

A Way With Words Products from Elizabeth Craft Designs:

Feathers stencil  or at Elizabeth Craft Designs:

·       Coordinating cardstocks: Bazzill Navajo, Core’dinations Scotch
·       Distress Inks: Peacock Feathers, Cracked Pistachio, Mustard Seed
·       VersaMagic: Turquoise Gem
·       Makeup Brushes
·       Glue Dots
·       3M Removable tape
·       Stamp Positioner


1.    Cut a piece of Specialty Stamping paper in half.  Use removable tape to adhere one edge of the stencil to the Specialty Stamping Paper near one side. Use a pencil to mark inside the 4 registration holes at the corners of the design.  This registers the position of the stencil so we can move it and keep it lined up.
2.    Blend the Distress colours in each of the down feather cutouts.  When you’re happy with that, move the stencil to the right placing the holes on the left of the stencil over the pencil marks to the right.  Continue stenciling the down feathers.  Allow to dry for a bit.
3.    Trim the stenciled paper to approximately 5.5 x 3.75”.
4.    Use VersaMagic Turquoise Gem to stamp the sentiment (positioned as shown in the photo) using a stamp positioner with multiple light impressions rather than one heavy one.  This maintains the thicks and thins of the lettering.
5.    Diecut Soar once from turquoise cardstock and once from yellow cardstock.  Adhere the diecuts together so the yellow becomes the dropshadow.  Mount to stenciled panel with Micro Glue Dots.
6.    Cut a slightly larger mat from turquoise cardstock and another slightly larger from yellow. Adhere the three layers together.
7.    Cut a 5x7” tent-fold card base from turquoise cardstock.
8.    Adhere these panels to the card base with Scrapbook Adhesives Foam Squares.


  • We registered a stencil and moved it to create a background pattern. 
  • Coloured blending through a stencil
  • Stamped on background
  • Added an A Way With Words diecut with a dropshadow
  • Created a layered card

Thanks for joining us!  Happy creating!

Thursday, July 11, 2019

Rosebud Wreath - Miss You - Love Collection - The Human Heart

Yogi here today ad I was in a mood to create a simpler card than I normally do... Love the way this one turned out.

I'm using several dies "Rosebud Wreath" 8pce set and "Miss You" from Elizabeth Craft Designs, also available on Quietfire Design HERE and HERE    

I'm using rubber  stamp quote from Quietfire Design. ("The Human Heart...")

And I'm using a couple hearts from a clear stamp set "Love  & Hearts Collection" 10pce set by Quietfire Design also available on Elizabeth Craft Designs HERE

Cut, scored and folded my white cardstock to create the 7"w x 5"h top fold structure. Cut a piece of Co-Ordinations pink toned cardstock slightly smaller than card, rounded the corners with a corner rounder punch than adhered it to card front.

Die cut the leafy wreath from a tissue box cardstock (the whole box had beautiful leaves all over it - BIG GRIN). Spliced and adhered to the contour of a large heart shape. Adhered to card front. Die cut the rose buds from white cardstock, inked the sold layer with Distress "Spun Sugar" and the overlay with "Picked Raspberry" clear embossed. Adhered both layers together and then onto the wreath.

Die cut the "Miss You from another Co-ordinations cardstock, inked with Versamark and embossed with Pearlescent embossing powder. Adhered to front. I then used the fine tip of a black Zig Writer to create a shadow on the right and bottom side of each stroke.

On the inside: Stamped the hearts using Tim's Stampin Platform and Distress Spun Sugar and clear embossed. Stamped the heart outline using Versafine Clair "Charming Pink" and clear embossed.

Stamped the quote using Versafine Black Onyx and clear embossed on a pink cardstock. Trimmed down to fit the contour of the hearts.

Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Wanderlust Tag

Hey Quietfire Fans! I was busy playing with the Butterflies/Dragonflies stamp set this past weekend. Combining the stamp set with a few other stamps and A Way With Words dies, they were the perfect for creating my Wanderlust Tag. This tag is perfect to add to a gift or give it to someone special with a note on the back. You'll want to grab a cup of your favourite summer time beverage and learn how to recreate my tag at home.

To start, you'll need a Distress Tag. Spritz Faded Jeans, Cracked Pistachio and Walnut Stain Distress Oxide Spray over the entire surface of the tag. Before drying, spritz the tag with a bit of water. Dry the tag with a heat tool.

With the sprays still out, spritz Faded Jeans, Cracked Pistachio and Walnut Stain Distress Oxide Sprays over a piece of white cardstock. Before drying, spritz the paper with water. Dry the paper with a heat tool. Apply Jet Black Archival Ink to the Wanderlust word and stamp onto the now coloured paper. Fussy cut the word out. Ink the edges of the word using Walnut Stain Distress Ink and a blending tool with foam.

Apply Potting Soil Archival Ink to the Grid Background stamp and stamp randomly on the tag. Reapply the ink to the stamp as needed. Apply Jet BlackArchival Ink to the Crackle Background stamp and stamp randomly on the tag. Reapply the ink to the stamp as needed. Apply Ground Espresso Distress Crayon to the edges of the tag and rub the crayon in.

Die cut the Flourished Oval Frame out of a piece of white cardstock. Apply a coat of Emboss It Ink to the frame. Sprinkle Weathered Wood embossing powder over the entire surface of the frame. Tap off the excess powder and emboss with a heat tool.

Apply Jet Black Archival Ink to both dragonflies and stamp onto a piece of watercolour cardstock. Using a waterbrush, colour the dragonflies in with Cracked Pistachio and Faded Jeans Distress Ink. Fussy cut the dragonflies out. Ink the edges of the dragonflies using Walnut Stain Distress Ink and a blending tool with foam.

Adhere the flourished oval frame to the middle left hand side of the tag. 

Shape the wings of the dragonflies. Use foam squares to adhere the dragonflies to the middle of the frame, one on top of another.

Foam square the wanderlust word to the bottom right hand side of the frame.

To finish off the tag, tie a piece of twine through the top of the tag.

Here are a few closeup photos of the finished Wanderlust Tag.

Here is the finished Wanderlust Tag.

Quietfire Design Supplies Used:

Other Supplies Used:

- Tim Holtz for Ranger Ink: Distress Oxide Spray - Faded Jeans, Cracked Pistachio & Walnut Stain, Distress Ink - Walnut Stain, Distress Crayon - Ground Espresso, Distress Tags and Blending Tool with Foam 
- Ranger Ink: Emboss It Dabber, Jet Black Archival Ink and Potting Soil Archival Ink
- Emerald Creek Craft Supplies: Weathered Wood Embossing Powder
- Misc: White Cardstock, Watercolour Cardstock and Twine

- Katelyn

Saturday, July 6, 2019

Simply Mr and Mrs

I'm over the the Elizabeth Craft Designs blog today with this simple, but elegant card.  It can be quickly made or it can be a loving quest for the perfect ribbon!

See the details on the blog:

Thursday, July 4, 2019

Courage - Nancy Nickel, Guest Designer

I’m very excited to be a Guest Designer for Quietfire this month! I’ve been a huge fan of Suzanne, and all things Quietfire, for a long time! To be sharing some projects here is really thrilling for me. Never mind all the fun I had making them!

Today I have a card to share with you. This card features the very lovely Leafy Garden Frame Card Cutting File. These layers come together so easily to create a really beautiful card. The hardest part is choosing the papers. I often like to use black on a layered card like this. It’s always pleasing to my eyes, and really allows the focal sentiment to stand out. This is such a lovely sentiment too.

I began with a black cardstock card base. The next layer was the pretty patterned paper that had lots of colours. On top of that came the corner cut piece. For this I chose the black with the gloss texture on it. It offers some interest but doesn’t compete with the layer under it, or the design showing through in the corners. Next, I moved on to the ovals. The small one that would contain the sentiment, I cut from a light turquoise cardstock that matched the patterned paper. The larger oval that matted it, I cut from a coordinating multi-striped paper, from the collection. Since it’s between two solid colours, it doesn’t get too busy.

Now it was time to stamp the sentiment. I used a stamp positioning tool to do this. I stamped it in black ink. What a lovely impression it gave…just beautiful! 

At this point I decided that I wanted the sentiment to be glossy, to match the gloss texture of the black background. I left the stamped sentiment in place on the stamp positioning tool, and patted it with the anti-static pouch. I cleaned the black ink off the stamp, and inked it up with the embossing ink. I re-stamped the sentiment with the embossing ink. I removed the stamped oval, sprinkled it with clear embossing powder, and heat set it. In the close-up photo of the sentiment, you can see the beautiful shine on the words. I then adhered this oval onto the striped oval. I added foam tape to the back of the striped oval. Then it was just a matter of adhering everything in place, from the bottom up. Finally, I added a pretty white shimmer ribbon bow to the top of the oval, and my card was done!

This same design can be used over and over again. Just a change of papers, and different sentiment stamp, and you would have an entirely new look! It can even be used horizontally! I know it’s a cut file that I’ll go back to again and again!

Quietfire Designs Products Used:

Other Products Used:
Kaisercraft Paper Pad - Chapter One;
Cardstock – Black, Light Turquoise;
Memento Tuxedo Black Ink;
Stampendous Clear Embossing Ink;
Sparkle N Sprinkle – Clear Embossing Powder;
White Shimmer Ribbon;
Tools: Stamp Positioning Tool, Anti-static Pouch,
Heat Gun.

Thank you so much for stopping by!
I look forward to sharing a second project with you soon!
Nancy :o)

Thanks to Nancy for sharing this wonderful card!  You may find her online in these places: 

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