Friday, March 31, 2017

Fine Feathered Friends

By Judi Kauffman for Quietfire Design

Thanks for inviting me back as today’s guest designer, Suzanne! It’s always a treat to be here on the Quietfire Design blog.

My projects celebrate friendship. In each case, the sentiment expressed on the front can be continued with a handwritten note inside. And in each case, it would be easy to customize the card by switching to a different sentiment. 

‘Together’ can lead to memories of a road trip or send anniversary greetings to a couple or one’s own spouse.  ‘Because’ can say ‘…you matter,’ ‘…you always listen,’ or ‘…you make me laugh!’ 

I used die cut Shimmer Sheetz feathers, a diamond-pattern rectangle, and a color palette reminiscent of the desert to give the cards a Southwest feel.

Here’s the how-to:

1. Die cut ‘Together’ and ‘Because’ from mustard yellow cardstock backed with double-sided adhesive sheet.

 2. Make a rusty red cardstock 5” x 8.5” side-fold card base for the vertical ‘Together’ card. Make a 5” x 8” top-fold card base for the horizontal ‘Because’ card. 

3. Die cut the Diamond Background twice from pale blue cardstock backed with double-sided adhesive sheet. Poke all of the small pieces out of the holes in one of the background rectangles and set aside the pieces. (Some will be used in step 9, keep the rest for other projects). Leave all of the pieces in place for the other rectangle and center it on the top-fold card base. 

4. Alter 5.25” x 4” and 2” x 3” pieces of white cardstock with Color Burst pigments and a bit of water. Air dry or speed the drying with a heat tool.  

5. Back the open rectangle from step 3 with the larger piece of altered cardstock from step 4. (Trim away a sliver on all sides to ensure that it doesn’t peek out around the edges.)  

6. Mat the smaller piece of altered cardstock from step 4 with slightly darker blue cardstock, leaving a sixteenth-inch border.

Reminder: A metal adaptor plate or Big Shot machine with Precision Base Plate is REQUIRED for die cutting Shimmer Sheetz. Review Els van de Burgt’s YouTube tutorial if you are new to this technique.




7. Die cut six Shimmer Sheetz feathers for the ‘Because’ card (two Light Blue Iridescent, two Fire Opal Gemstone, two Black Iridescent, using all 3 dies in the set and mixing the colors among the dies).

8. Die cut one Light Blue Iridescent Shimmer Sheetz feather for the ‘Together’ card. Carefully cut toward the shaft of the feather at an angle from both sides to create a more realistic, detailed feather as shown in the photo below.

9. Complete the cards per the project photos at the start of this post. Use foam tape under the rectangle at the center of the ‘Because’ card to add dimension and provide a space to overlap and tuck the shafts of the feathers. Accent both cards with some of the adhesive-backed leftover pieces from step 3.



A Way With Words –
‘Together’    Quietfire || ECD
‘Because’    Quietfire || ECD

Els van de Burgt Studio – Diamond Background die
Joset Designs – Feathers die set (3 dies)
Shimmer Sheetz in Fire Opal Gemstone, Black Iridescent, Light Blue Iridescent
Cardstock in mustard yellow, rusty red, pale blue, medium blue
Double-sided adhesive sheet
Foam tape
Fine point scissors

Thursday, March 30, 2017

You Are Amazing

I'm ending March's month of friendship on the Quietfire blog with an amazing (see what I did there?) card to be sent to that friend who has been there for you even when you're being unreasonable and irrational - because she know that you're just venting and needing an ear.  I am so thankful for my girlfriends who've been calm and just wonderful listeners.

And because they're worth gold, I started with some gold embossing with blooms from Altenew's Majestic Blooms on water color paper.  I then used my Zig clean color brushes to add some very light coloring.  I used the same purply pinks to make a was on a strip of paper that I had clear embossed You Are from Quietfire You Are stamp set.  I then added a black die cut of Amazing and then clear embossed it several times with extra thick embossing powder.  I love how shiny and dimensional it was on the card.  Finally, adhered the watercolor layer to black card stock to match the die.

The You are stamp set is great on its own because it comes with other adjectives but also pairs up wonderfully with many of the new dies.  Check it out in the what's new section of the Quietfire store and see how many combos you can come up with.

You Are, Set of 5 - Mounted

Amazing Beautiful - Metal Cutting Dies

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Love for my best friend

This month is friendship month on the Quietfire Design blog so i created this card to give to my DH who is my very best friend in life.  The stamp i used is called "What greater thing" and is from our new release of cling rubber stamps.

I had to be a little more masculine but still couldn't resist putting on the pearls.  His favorite color is blue so i did it in light grey and blue with a pretty die cut in brown on the front.  The beautiful stamp i did with a dark navy ink and embossed it with clear powder.  This is such a beautiful stamp and really could be made to give to so many people in your life.  

Below is a photo of the stamp set... you also get that beautiful heart flourish with it.

And thank you for stopping by and be sure and check back soon.


Monday, March 27, 2017

Special Hugs For You

Today I have a friendship card created using a combination of the A Way With Words die sets and a rubber stamp.  This is Selma Stevenson and I love the way we can combine our die sets and or stamp sets to create a variety of sentiments.   Do you mix and match your dies to come up with fun sentiments?

I used four different A Way With Words die sets along with one stamp from a set of five.

Special Moments - Metal Cutting Dies

Use the Special die from this A Way With Words die set.

Sending Hugs Kisses - Metal Cutting Dies

Use the A Way With Words Sending Hugs Kisses die set to die cut the sentiment Hugs.

Forever - Metal Cutting Die

Use this A Way With Words die set to die cut the Forever sentiment.  Since only the word FOR is needed, carefully trim off the ever and flourishes along the bottom, with scissors, as shown on the card.

Wishing You A - Metal Cutting Dies

Use the A Way With Words Wishing You A die set to die cut the you

Thanks Cuddlers, Set of 7 Stamps - Mounted

Use the Thanks Cuddler Set of 7 stamp set and use the for being my friend stamp to white emboss under the white die cut sentiments.

The die cut on the lower left of the card is the Lovebirds die from Elizabeth Craft Designs.  Small flowers from the CountryScapes Clematis-Ivy set was die cut and attached to the branches.

I hope you have fun looking for new sentiments you can create by combining dies from different sets.

Quietfire Design Products:

9500-1305  Special Moments
9500- 1304  Sending Hugs Kisses
9500- 1308 Wishing You A
9500- 1233  Forever
6276 - Thanks Cuddlers Set of 7

Thursday, March 23, 2017

For the rest of my life...

Hello everyone,
Welcome to a new card on the Quietfire Design blog!
Yvonne here sharing a card using a gorgeous Quitfire Design stamp.

For my card I used the stamp "For the rest of my life".

Hope you like the card!
Thanks for stopping by
and wishing you a great day!

Hugs from Holland,

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Friendship isn't a Big Thing Scrapbook Layout

Hello, Connie Nichol here today with a scrapbook layout featuring a Quietfire Design stamp, stencil and die.  Quietfire Design products work SO well together.

connie_nichol, quietfire design

I started with a piece of patterned paper from the BoBunny paper line Serenade.  This is an older line, but so beautiful with the rich colours and patterns.  If you're interested, the Quietfire Designs online store still has the 6x6 Serenade Paper Pad in stock, available here.
The patterned paper was so pretty I didn't add a lot of embellishments.  A bit of machine stitching, a bit of fussy cutting of an extra piece of patterned paper to add a few extra poppies to the layout, and a bevy of butterflies using the Butterfly Kaleidscope stencil.

I tried a couple of different mediums with the stencil - Pentart wax paste in bronze and Viva Decor Inka Gold in red and just smeared them on with my index finger - but you could certainly use ink or many other mediums, depending upon the look that you wanted.  I just wanted to add a touch of subtle colour and wasn't too worried about getting discrete edges on the butterflies.  A bevy of butterflies adds such a nice touch to a scrapbook page.

I added Happy for a title (from the Happy Anniversary die set, but you can of course use the words separately).  We were a very happy group hiking in the Black Forest of Germany.  I then stamped the friendship quote onto another bit of patterned paper to finish the page.  Enjoy your friends and make sure you get pictures of them, even if it's a silly selfie.  Happy Scrapbooking!

Monday, March 20, 2017

"I love that you will Always be my friend" card and envelope set

Hello Crafty Friends!  Kathy Jo here sharing a friendship themed envelope and card set using Quietfire Design's Always Be My Friend stamp set:
Always Be My Friend, Set of 3 Stamps - Mounted
And Quietfire Design's You are stamp set:
You Are, Set of 5 - Mounted
The envelope was created using Becca Feeken's (Amazing Paper Grace) Card, Envelope and Liner Spellbinders die set.  All paper is from Graphic 45's Artisan Style collection.
This would be a great set to give to a friend as just a little note to tell them how much you appreciate their friendship.
The inside note card has pretty butterfly on one side...
...and a sweet note on the other.  A thoughtful and happy note for a dear friend.
Beautiful stamp sets for beautiful friends!
Thanks for stopping by!  I do hope you enjoyed the friendship card and envelope set.
Have a happy, crafty day!
Big Hugs,
Kathy Jo

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Always Be My Friend

Hello Friends!  This month the designers are celebrating Friendship.  This is Selma today and I designed a card using the Always Be My Friend stamp set.

Always Be My Friend, Set of 3 Stamps - Mounted

The Always Be My Friend stamp set is one I am sure you will love to have in your  'Friend' stamp collection.  

For my card I used a 6-inch card and layered a piece of white card stock on front that is 5 1/2 inches square.  I used a score board to score around the edges to give it a finished appearance

A light blue card stock was die cut using the Dotted Scalloped Square die set, then a piece of design paper was die cut using one of the dies in the Fitted Frame die set.  A corner rounder was used to round off the corners.  These two pieces were attached to the front of the card.

A dimensional frame was die cut using Dotted Scalloped Square die set to die cut the small blue frame and a slightly smaller die from the Stitched Frame die set was die cut using white card stock.  Using the same small Stitched Frame die, two fun foam squares were die cut and attached to the back of the small blue and white frame, to give it dimension.  

The Always Be My Friend sentiment was stamped in the center of the small white frame, using VersaFine Black Ink then was clear embossed. 

The design paper used has some small blue flowers in the design.  I used the Garden Notes Hydrangea die set to die cut a bunch of small blue flowers.  They were shaped with the Flower Tool Kit and one yellow Prill was added to the center.  The little leaves were die cut using the Leafy Branch 2 die set.  Individual leaves were cut off and tucked under the flowers.  They were attached to the card as shown.

Here is the link to this beautiful stamp set:  

5615  Always Be My Friend

Die sets used on this card are from Elizabeth Craft Designs.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Friends R Special - You Are The Best - Happy Birthday

Yogi here today and was in a mood to use butterflies...

I'm using a bunch of dies and a stencil from Suzanne and Elizabeth Craft Designs. Suzanne came out with a bunch of stencils and I'm using the "Butterflies/Stars Spray Stencil" (on Quietfire Design HERE). Then I'm  using a couple and a part of A Way With Words dies from Elizabeth Craft Designs "Friends", "Special Moments" 2pce die set, and "R from Remember" also available on Quietfire Design HERE, HERE and HERE

And using a couple sentiment stamps from Quietfire Design, as well as a design element butterfly

("I Don't Tell You Often Enough..." 5pce set); ("Let Them Eat Cupcakes/Happy Birthday" 4pce set);  ("Butterflies/Dragonflies" 7pce set) 

Scored and folded my minty  Bazzill Monochromatic cardstock to create the side easel, cutting another piece the same size as card for the front.
I started with 12 x 12" cardstock. Cut the cardstock to 5" x 12". Scored vertically at the 7" point leaving a 5" end piece which I scored diagonally to create the fold for the side easel. see diagram above.


Stenciled the spray of butterflies using various colors of Distress pads.

Adhered a piece of yellow floral ribbon.

Die cut the large butterfly (Sizzix Bigz Butterfly/embossing combo) from a scrap piece of decorated cardstock. Ran through with the embossing die, then hit the high points with Versamark and embossed with "Queen's Gold" embossing powder. Adhered to card front.

Die cut the various words "Friends", "Special", and "Remember" from white cardstock. Trimmed around the letter R from remember. Inked the words with a brown stamp pad and embossed with Emerald Creek "Oil Rubbed Bronze" embossing powder. Adhered words to front.

On the floor: Adhered a strip of pearl ribbon to act as my stopper.

Stamped the sentiments onto a scrap piece of the minty green cardstock using Versafine "Vintage Sepia" and clear embossed. Trimmed the piece down, rounded the corners with a corner rounder punch, inked the edges with a dark brown Distress pad sponged some of the brown around the edges and adhered to floor with 3D foam tape.

Stamped the butterflies using another piece of scrap decorated watercolor paper. The large one embossed with Pearlescent embossing powder. The smaller butterflies using white embossing powder. Fussy cut around the images and adhered to floor.

Final touch, added pink/mauve/green mini rhinestones to the bodies.

Click on any image to enlarge. Enjoy

Monday, March 13, 2017

Always Believe

Once those distress inks are out on my desk, I can't help but keep using them!  To make this colorful card, I sponged distress inks at the top of the base layer of the card and on the smaller layer, I did the bottom half with a lighter hand.  

The top was stamped with the quote from Quietfire Design: 

I emphasized the Always from the quote by adding a die with a black shadow to the bottom of the card.

My final touch was to add some dew drops to the card.

Always Believe - Mounted

Always - Metal Cutting Die

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Love to create with watercolors

Hi and welcome to the Quietfire Design blog today.  Today i have a card to share using mixed media paper and Tim Holtz inks and a new Die from A Way With Words called Celebrate.  It's such a great sentiment and i hope you like how it came out.

I haven't used Mixed Media paper in a while and wasn't sure how this would work but i really love how all the back round colors mixed together on it.  Doing watercolor back rounds can be so fun and you really never know how it will come out.  I guess that is the fun of it.
 On top of the watercolors i added a chipboard die cut to make it Lacey and pretty and then die cut the "Celebrate" die and also cut a back round for it in bright pink to make the sentiment stand out and also go with the cards matting.

Here are all the colors that i used for it.  I started with the 5 Distress inks and put a little on my mat and then spritzed it with water.  Then i pressed my precut paper into the colors until i got the effect that i wanted.  I used the Versa color ink in pink to go around the finished edges of the piece and also used the Gingerbread to make it pop.  The Lindy's moon shadow i spritzed on the top and that was neat because it blends in even more color to it. 

And for my Celebrate die piece i cut it with 120lb white cardstock and glued it on the pink paper and let it dry.  Then i carefully cut around the outside of the die and little places inside of it.  I think it would be better to use an exacto knife or maybe smaller scissors that are sharper.  Something to think about when you are cutting things out on your own.  But it's a good way to frame the dies.

Here is a supply list to make this project:

Tim Holtz Distress Inks:
Peeled paint
Tumbled Glass
Festive Berries
Seedless preserves 
Pickled Raspberry
Lindy's moonshadow

Zig Glue Pen, sequins, mini mister, sponge applicator
scissors, mixed media paper, 
GSLC- die cut

Thanks for stopping by and i hope you get out some of your watercolors and make up something pretty today to send out to a friend... Happy Thursday!!

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