Monday, June 17, 2019

Wanderlust- watercolor and butterflies background card

Hello Crafty Friends!

Every Sunday on the Suzanne Cannon Fan Group on Facebook is "Show me Sunday" where we show what crafts we are creating using Suzanne Cannon product.  Of course anyone can share a Suzanne Cannon project at any time on the group- but Sunday is a special sharing day.  (What makes it "special"?  Some Sundays we will have giveaways for those who share!)  Last Sunday I shared some backgrounds I had created and a completed card.  The backgrounds had some interesting details so I had a quick Facebook Live to show the backgrounds and the completed card:

The video quickly shares how I created the backgrounds.  After the backgrounds dried, I die cut them using a stitched rectangle die.  It was mounted on a tent fold base that matched the pink in the watercolor background.  Next I stamped Wanderlust onto white card stock and created a banner.
A couple of butterflies were die cut and added as shown.  The finishing touch was wee Nuvo Drop dots and the card was complete!
Isn't the stamp lovely?  It truly is a beauty!  Here is a link to the stamp on Quietfire Design:
We would love to see what you are creating using Suzanne Cannon goodies!  Don't be shy!  Feel free to share your creations on the Suzanne Cannon Fan Group page!

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

Nothings says I love you like puppy dog eyes

Any dog lovers out there?  Then you are my kind of people!  :)  When I saw that Elizabeth Craft Designs had just come out with this cute Dog die, I had to have it!  (Now if someone wants to come out with a Samoyed die, I would be ever so grateful.)  

I used ECD's Soft Finish cardstock for my dogs and this paper is a beautiful thing.  It takes the Distress Inks really well and has this lovely soft texture to it.  You have to try it.

The Distress Inks and Oxides come in several shades of brown and I think I used all of them for the two different dogs.  The dog dies come with two different set of ears and I think it is a lot of fun to arrange them to give the dogs personality.  (I love watching my Sammy's ears twitch to different sounds.)  I had the two puppies appear to be popping out of two circle openings and I thought that went perfectly with the "Miss you" die.  

The Miss you was die cut on dark blue card stock and I used the same one to mat the card.  Again I used a long and skinny card base (1/3 of the standard 8.5 x 11 paper) so that it would fit inside a business envelope easily.

Miss You - Metal Cutting Die
Miss you Metal die (Quietfire Design | Elizabeth Craft Designs)

Thursday, June 13, 2019

Happy Anniversary - The Door Was Marked - 60th

Yogi here today with an anniversary card. I got several new dies from Creative Expressions - Paper Cuts Edger dies and they are gorgeous... I thought the direction I was going would make a great anniversary card...

I'm using a couple dies "Happy Anniversary" 2pce set, from Elizabeth Craft Designs, also available on Quietfire Design "HERE"    

I'm using rubber  stamp quote from Quietfire Design. ("The Door Was Marked...")

I'm using a clear sentiment stamp from Quietfire Design "Happy Birthday Collection" also available on Elizabeth Craft Designs HERE.

Also using an electronic cut file available on Silhouette onLine store. Click image to purchase.

Die cut the fuchsia paper cut edger from white cardstock. Inked with a Versamark mini pad and an embossing marker then embossed with Queen's Gold embossing powder. Used the marker to edge the card as well and embossed with the gold.

Die cut the words from white cardstock and created a shadow layer. Embossed the shadow layer with the gold and adhered the two layers together..
On the inside: Stamped the quote on white cardstock. Die cut with Elizabeth Craft Designs "Stitched Ovals" die set. Edged the oval with a Krylon gold leafing pen. Adhered to inside of card.
Masked the stamp, ink and then stamped the "Happy" with the Versamark and embossed with the gold.

Electronically cut the "60" from white cardstock, inked with Versafine Clair "Golden Meadow" and embossed with the Queen's Gold. Added the "th" with a gold gel pen.


Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Follow Your Dreams Art Journal Page

Hey Quietfire Fans! I was busy this past weekend playing with the Butterflies/Dragonflies stamp set to create my Follow Your Dreams Art Journal Page. Combining the stamp set with a few other stamps and some A Way With Words dies, they were the perfect addition to my page. You'll want to grab a cup of your favourite beverage and learn how to recreate my art journal page at home.

To start, choose two pages in your art journal. Once your pages have been chosen, spray both pages with water. With the water on the pages, spray Dylusions Ink Spray - Peony Blush, Vanilla Custard and Rose Quartz. Close the book. Open the book and roll paper towel overtop of the pages. Allow time to dry.

Choose four different stencils. Start with one stencil and use Dylusions Paint - Rose Quartz and a blending tool with foam to stencil overtop of the Rose Quartz sprayed colour. Next, you'll need the next stencil and use Dylusions Paint - Vanilla Custard and a blending tool with foam to stencil overtop of the Vanilla Custard sprayed colour. Next, you'll need the third stencil and use Dylusions Paint - Peony Blush and a blending tool with foam to stencil overtop of the Peony Blush sprayed colour. To finish the stencilling, you'll need the fourth stencil and use Dylusions Paint - White Linen and a blending tool with foam to stencil overtop of each page as desired.

Apply Jet Black Archival Ink to the Grid Background stamp and stamp around the edges of the page. Reapply ink as desired. To finish off the edges of the pages, rub Black Soot Distress Crayon around the edges of the pages.

Apply Jet Black Archival Ink to the small dragonfly, small butterfly and large butterfly and then stamp onto a piece of watercolour cardstock. Reapply the Jet Black Archival Ink to the small butterfly and stamp onto the same piece of watercolour cardstock. Use a waterbrush and the coordinating Dylusions Ink Spray to colour the butterflies and dragonfly. Fussy cut the butterflies and dragonfly out. Ink the edges of the butterflies and dragonfly using Black Soot Distress Ink and a blending tool with foam.

Next, you'll need two doiles, leave one doily white. Spray the other doily with Dylusions Ink Spray - Vanilla Custard. Set the doily aside to dry.

Die cut the Flourished Oval Frame out of black cardstock.

Apply Jet Black Archival Ink to the Follow Your Dreams stamp set and stamp onto a piece of white cardstock. Reapply Jet Black Archival Ink to the stamp and stamp onto the same piece of white cardstock. Cut the sentiment out in strips. You will need to use both stamped sentiments. Ink the edges of each strip using Black Soot Distress Ink and a blending tool with foam.

On a piece of watercolour cardstock, spritz Dylusions Ink Spray - Peony Blush, Rose Quartz and Vanilla Custard. Die cut the Butterflies Sprays out of the coloured cardstock. Repeat the previous step. Ink the edges of all of the butterflies using Black Soot Distress Ink and a blending tool with foam.

First, we will assemble the right page. Adhere the white doily in the bottom portion of the page. Foam square the three butterflies one on top of each other on the doily. Adhere three die cut butterflies on the doily as desired.

Adhere the orange doily to the top portion of the left page. Adhere the oval frame overtop of the doily.

Foam square the sentiment as desired in the oval frame. Foam square the dragonfly to the right of the sentiment. 

To finish off the page, adhere the die cut butterflies as desired around the doily.

Here are a few closeup photos of the finished Follow Your Dreams Art Journal Page.

Here is the finished Follow Your Dreams Art Journal Page.

Quietfire Design Supplies Used:

Other Supplies Used:

- Dylusions for Ranger Ink: Dylusions Ink Spray - Peony Blush, Rose Quartz & Vanilla Custard, Dylusions Paint - Rose Quartz, Peony Blush, Vanilla Custard & White Linen and Dylusions Stencil - Holes Small & Honeycomb Small
- Tim Holtz for Ranger Ink: Distress Ink - Black Soot and Blending Tool with Foam 
- Ranger Ink: Jet Black Archival Ink and Mister
- Tim Holts for Stampers Anonymous: Typo & Plus Layering Stencil
- Misc: Waterbrush, Black Cardstock, Watercolour Cardstock and Doilies

- Katelyn

Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Shout Out to Xyron!

Hi everyone!  It's Suzanne here today.  I just finished a job that I've been doing for a very long time (well over a decade)!  You've probably seen me post about them before. They are guest books for a Vancouver Island inn known for rustic elegance.

In the last couple of years, they have started recycling the covers - great idea!  That's where most of the work is!  So now I receive unbound covers back from the inn and I refill and rebind them.  Sometimes inside there are sweet gems of love for the westcoast written on the endpapers.  They're really fun to read!  I can't imagine how wonderful the interior pages are - or what they do with them - because there would be a lot!  And yes, I do go to the beach and collect the shells - it can be surprisingly difficult to find good ones and some don't survive being drilled.  Of the guest books I get back, only about hmmm, maybe 10% have broken shells on the front, so they stand up well!

More impressively, I am so happy to see that the covers are standing up well to years of wear and tear.  And this is where I have to give a shout out to Xyron.  All the endpapers for every book has Xyron adhesive on it and they haven't budged.  So impressive!

So you know how long I've been using Xyron!  I used to make all the stickers for the covers of my bookbinding kit instructions using them.  So fast and easy!  The Xyron machines are awesome for projects where you have a lot of little elements or a few big ones AND for projects where you just need an edge to edge adhesive for a single element.  Clean and fast!  Love them!

Here is a photo of some of my history with Xyron.  There is a real antique in there!  These have saved me so much time for years and are well used!

Now if anyone from Xyron is reading this, they're probably thinking, Gee Suzanne, update your tools!!

Happy sticking!  Suzanne
Oh, and try this if you're new to Xyron!!  They're celebrating a new website!

Monday, June 3, 2019

Planning the Wedding Stationery!

A big part of planning the perfect wedding is the stationery!  Here are some ideas for adding your handmade love to a special day!  If you've been following this blog and the Elizabeth Craft Designs blog you will have seen some of these projects before.  I've finally completed the set and assembled them together!  I'm sure you could come up with even more ideas by combining different A Way With Words dies.

Hop over to the Elizabeth Craft Designs blog today to see other wedding themed inspiration!

You can just choose a few important dies and stamps for your wedding creations or all of them shown here.

Rosebud Wreath and Elements  Quietfire | ECD
Save the Date  Quietfire | ECD
You're Invited  Quietfire | ECD
RSVP  Quietfire | ECD
Love  Quietfire | ECD
Welcome  Quietfire | ECD
Menu  Quietfire | ECD
Thank You 2  Quietfire | ECD
Long Stem Rose  Quietfire | ECD
Gable Box  Quietfire | ECD
Months & Numbers Clear Stamps  Quietfire | ECD
Please Join Us Clear Stamps  Quietfire | ECD
Soft Finish Cardstock 110lb White
Soft Finish Cardstock 90lb White

Ranger Distress Inks: Bundled Sage, Worn Lipstick
Ranger Ink Blending Tool
Glue Dots - Micro and Mini

Save The Date

Sending this out will certainly alert everyone that there something really big happening!  How exciting!

For this wedding set, I used Soft Finish Cardstock in white, both 90lb and 110lb.  The heavier cardstock makes a great cardbase so make sure you use that!  Soft finish cardstock has a wonderful delicate pebbled surface that softens blended inks.  It's very classy!

All the stationery features ink blending using Distress Worn Lipstick and Bundled Sage.   They vary a bit with placement in these samples, but you can be consistent throughout the collection. Adhere the elements with Micro Glue Dots.

Last summer Kathy Jo did a gorgeous wedding set using these dies.  Here is her Save the Date.  I'll share a few of her samples here, so you can see how she has used the same dies, but with a different design theme.  You can find even more of her ideas using these dies here including the Mr and Mrs die set.

Kathy Jo used a stamping platform to stamp out the information on the inside of the card!  Please Join Us and Months and Numbers were used to create this with formal black stamp ink!

You're Invited

Here it is!  The card they've been waiting for!  Add all the details inside and don't forget to include an RSVP card!

You're Invited is made the same way as Save the Date, simply change the diecut to You're Invited!

In this version the flourish from the Flourished Frame has been added underneath and the elements are cut from foiled cardstock.  Gorgeous!

And in it's simplest form....


Along with the invitation, you'll need an RSVP card.  Print the information on a separate paper and insert it with a couple of Glue Dots to the inside.  I've underlined the RSVP with the coordinating Long Stem Rose diecut.  So pretty!

Here is the variation.


Once your guests have arrived, you might want to give them an Order of Service or Program.  Why not create a Welcome card!? 
This one is designed to unfold to all the information on the inside.  I've underlined the Welcome with the Long Stem Rose to coordinate with the RSVP.


After the ceremony, it's time to party!  If you're having a sit-down meal, you might like to include a menu at each place setting.  For these I've used the Menu diecut in two different ways.
The top one simply has the menu printed on a sheet of linen paper and then it is topped with the Menu diecut and Long Stem Rose, designed to continue the look of the RSVP and Welcome cards.

The second variation is a tent-fold card with Menu and Long Stem Rose on the front and the menu printed inside.

Favour Boxes

Give your guests a sweet memory of your special day with a tiny thank you gift box.  The Gable Box is a "fan favourite" for this job!

In this variation, I've used the little flourished rosebuds from the Rosebud Wreath and Elements die set.  These are some of the elements!

.....and the variation.

Thank You

After the happy day, it's time to send out Thank You cards.  Continue on with the elegant look of your stationery by using Thank You 2 inside the Rosebud Wreath.

....and the variation.


And last but not least....  It never hurts to have a little Love card handy if you're giving a gift or.....
This one uses the flourished rosebuds from the Rosebud Wreath & Elements and the A Way With Words Love diecut.

Thanks for having a look today!  I hope it's inspired you!
Have fun and don't stop making awesome things.
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