Friday, November 30, 2018

Mix and Match your stamps! Merry Christmas and Poinsettia Banner

Hello Crafty Friends!

This is called the most wonderful time of the year for many reasons.  We are able to see family and friends we may only see once a year.  We celebrate family and friendships at social gatherings.  Phone calls are shared with loved ones that we cannot visit.  And, as crafters, we make holiday projects to give to those dear to our hearts.  Today I am sharing a card that you can CASE and give to your family and friends.

The card focal point was created using stamps from two different sets:

Home for the Holidays Sentiments...
Home for the Holidays Sentiments, Set of 5 - Mounted
...and Poinsettia Banner and Sentiment.
Poinsettia Banner & Sentiment, Set of 4 Stamps - Mounted
Card Instructions:
  1. Create a 5.5 x 4.25 top fold card using red card stock.  Mat white card stock onto base.
  2. Cut Kraft card stock (or die cut) smaller than white mat.  (Mine was 5.25 x 4)
  3. Use Versamark to stamp Poinsettia Banner to Kraft from Step 2.  Heat emboss using white embossing powder.  Color using Spectrum Noir Glitter Markers.  (Or try colored pencils or chalk.)  Mount onto card base.
  4. Use Versamark to stamp Merry Christmas onto Kraft.  Heat emboss using white embossing powder.  Cut to size or die cut. Mat onto white card stock.  Mount onto card front using double sided foam tape.
  5. Create double bow and mount.
  6. Add gems as desired.

Thank you so much for stopping by!
Have a happy, crafty weekend.
Big Hugs,
Kathy Jo

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Big Balloon Shaker Card

Hello, Connie Nichol here today with shaker cards featuring the Big Balloon die from Quietfire Design.  I had picked up a bunch of birthday confetti from my local dollar store, and that inspired these shaker cards.  They are super simple to make.

Just use the Big Balloon die to cut out the balloon on any kind of cardstock.   Dry emboss the cardstock if you wish.  Glue a piece of acetate to the back of this die cut, then place dimensional foam tape all around the perimeter of the die cut piece.  Add dollar store confetti, and then adhere the same sized back piece of cardstock to seal the shaker.  Decorate the back piece as you wish before you stick it down - I added celebrate and small happy birthday die cut words, but you could also stamp a birthday sentiment.

Here's the ballon die - the surprise die is not included, but it would work really well in the shaker card too!  Have fun experimenting with shaker cards and thanks for stopping by, Connie

Monday, November 26, 2018

Happy Holidays Card

Hey Quietfire Fans! Christmas is only thirty days away and I'm excited to be back on the blog today sharing with you my Happy Holidays Card which features a variety of Quietfire Stamps and A Way With Words Dies. You'll want to grab a cup of your favourite Christmas beverage and learn how to recreate my gift tag at home.

To start, cut a piece of white cardstock that measures 3 3/4" x 5". Using a blending tool with foam, blend Candied Apple and Fired Brick Distress Oxide Ink over the entire surface of the piece of white cardstock. Lightly spritz the piece of cardstock with water. Dry the piece of cardstock with a heat tool.

Apply Emboss It Ink to the Merry Christmas Background stamp and stamp onto the piece of now coloured cardstock. Continue applying ink to the stamp and stamping onto the coloured piece of cardstock until the piece is covered with Merry Christmas. Sprinkle Champagne embossing powder over the entire surface of the piece of cardstock. Tap off the excess powder and emboss with a heat tool. Distress the edges of the piece of cardstock. Ink the edges of the piece of cardstock using Black Soot Distress Oxide Ink and a blending tool with foam. Splatter the piece of cardstock randomly using Black Soot Distress Spray Stain and a paint brush.

From the Poinsettia Banner & Sentiments, apply Jet Black Archival Ink to the poinsettia banner and stamp onto a piece of watercolour cardstock. Water colour the banner using Tombow Markers - 847, 177 & N15. Fussy cut the banner out. Ink the edges of the banner using Black Soot Distress Oxide Ink and a blending tool with foam.

Die cut a 3 1/4" Stitched Oval out of white cardstock. Apply Emboss It Ink to the Happy Holidays Sentiment from the Poinsettia Banner & Sentiments and stamp onto the white cardstock oval. Sprinkle Champagne embossing powder over top of the sentiment. Tap off the excess powder and emboss with a heat tool. Distress the edges of the oval. Ink the edges of the oval using Black Soot Distress Oxide Ink and a blending tool with foam.

Die cut a 3 3/4" Stitched Oval out of black cardstock.

Die cut the Flourished Oval Frame out of black cardstock.

Foam square the Happy Holidays sentiment to the middle of the black cardstock oval. Adhere the flourished oval frame overtop of the black cardstock oval. Adhere the poinsettia banner underneath of the Happy Holidays sentiment.

Wrap black twine five times around the middle of the Merry Christmas background piece. Foam square the Happy Holidays sentiment oval to the middle of the Merry Christmas background piece.

Cut a piece of black cardstock that measures 4" x 5 1/4". Adhere the Merry Christmas background piece to the black cardstock piece. Cut a cardbase that measures 5 1/2" x 8 1/2", score at 4 1/4". Adhere the black cardstock piece to the cardbase.

Here are a few close up's of my Happy Holidays Card.

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 card at home. 

Quietfire Supplies Used:

Other Supplies Used:

- Tim Holtz for Ranger Ink: Distress Oxide Ink - Fired Brick, Candied Apple & Black Soot, Distress Spray Stain - Black Soot and Blending Tool with Foam
- Ranger Ink: Emboss It Dabber and Jet Black Archival Ink
- Emerald Creek Craft Supplies: Champagne Embossing Powder 
- Elizabeth Craft Designs: Stitched Ovals
- Tombow Markers: 847, 177 & N15
- Misc: White Cardstock, Black Cardstock, Watercolour Cardstock, Black Twine and Heat Tool

- Katelyn

Thursday, November 22, 2018

Gable Box Christmas Finery

It's Suzanne here today and I’m thrilled to share this blog post with you!  I thought it would be fun to see how the Gable Box could be decorated for Christmas, so I asked around….  And here are the amazing results!  Many thanks to all the designers who came out to play.

 It’s easy to get started.... and hard to stop!  Simply die cut the Gable Box and start playing...

 Although the Flourished Christmas Minis were designed to fit in the Love Joy Peace Christmas Ornament, they work beautifully on the Gable Box!

Christine Pooler  has used traditional colours to create these sweetie gift boxes.  So simple to make and so joyfully received!  Use them for small gifts or chocolates.  Leave them at each place setting!  Growing up, we always had one last gift at the dinner table.  These boxes would have been perfect.  I think the tradition will include decorated Gable Boxes this year!

 I mentioned the Love Joy Peace Ornament….  Well why not use the inserts from that die set on the sides of your Gable Box?  Frances Byrne has done just that with some help from Elizabeth Craft Designs Glitter!  I want to know if she's eaten those chocolates yet....

Sandy Diller was on a roll  creating luminaries!  It’s an awesome way to decorate your mantle for Christmas or as a centerpiece on your dining table. Visit her blog to read the details as she uses both the Flourished Christmas Minis and the inserts from the Love Joy Peace Christmas Ornament as well as other dies and stamps from Elizabeth Craft Designs.

Kathy Jo Wood used Joy from the Love Joy Peace Christmas Ornament to create this adorable clear ornament box. So delicate and sweet! Fill it with a special ornament or tasty treats - the contents become part of the decoration! 

Connie Nichol went with the elegant and formal look, sticking to fabulous gold and white. Simply stunning!

Kelly Booth swung into the icy blues using the snowflake from Brrrrrr and the flourished heart from Calligraphic Elements 1 to create these peek-a-boo boxes filled with yummies! What a fabulous little gift!

 Yogi Grunwald created a Gingerbread cottage for the Gingerbread family. Of course it looks like a little house!  Too cute!  See the details on her blog.

 Wanda Hentges created a gorgeous background paper to make this lovely ornament with a hint of advent!  She’s used the Merry Christmas Small die and stamps from the Merry Christmas Collection and the Months and Numbers Collection, too!  See the details on her blog.

 I wanted to use some of those wonderful muted Christmas papers by ModaScrap on one of my boxes.  This is a combination of papers from the Christmas Holiday Collection and the Xmas Vintage Collection.  I’ve also used the snowflake from Brrrrrrr and the Noel die as a little tag element.  The layered squares are cut from Fitted and Stitched Squares dies from Elizabeth Craft Designs.

And now we have absolutely adorable versions!  Diana Nguyen has created two boxes using the Flourished Christmas Minis, the words from the Love Joy Peace Christmas Ornament and Penguins!  You can see lots more details on Diana’s blog where she got on a roll!  Here are a couple more:

 Katelyn Grosart loves the earthy colours – and so do I!  She has cut windows and added inserts, using Joy from the Love Joy Peace Christmas Ornament.  You can read all the scrumptious details on her blog.

Robyn Josephs created this charming little box from printed paper and festooned it in gilded word tags from the Love Joy Peace Christmas Ornament.  She has all the details on her blog.

I had a lot of fun with this box!  This is Alcohol Ink on Yupo (Lettuce, Red Pepper and Watermelon ink) with some Schminke Pale Gold TroCol sprinkled in.  Using stamps from the Merry Christmas Collection, I lifted out the colour using Alcohol Lift-Ink.  Additional embellishments were the snowflake from Brrrrrrr and the stars from Calligraphic Elements 3.

  You will already have seen this recently, but I couldn’t help adding it here!  I’m always so proud of myself when I make one of Susan Tierney-Cockburn’s floral creations!  All the details on this project are here.

 Remember that hint of Advent I mentioned with Wanda’s box?  Well, the last few boxes are full on Advent!  Here are some simple ones in blues that I created using the numbers from the Months and Numbers Collection with some help from layered Fitted and Stitched Stars.  I’ve added in the snowflake from the Brrrrrr die set and well as some trimmed died cuts (Brrrrrrr and the flourish from the Flourished Frame die set).

 But it was Diana that really did Advent!  Look at this!!

Isn’t this spectacular? The heart in the top of the box makes it easy to add a bow or twine to allow for hanging the box as an ornament.

And here they are on a tree!  Doesn't it make you want to get cutting and decorating?

Share your creations on the Elizabeth Craft Designs Family Facebook Page or on the Quietfire Design Facebook Page.  We'd love to see them!

 Merry Christmas! Suzanne

Thanks for looking!  You may see this blog post on the Elizabeth Craft Designs Blog with additional product links!
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