Tuesday, August 27, 2019

Sending Hugs - Betsy Birge, Guest Designer

Betsy Birge is sharing her second post as guest designer today.  Simply gorgeous!
Thanks so much for joining us Betsy!

Hello everyone!  So excited to be sharing this “Sending Hugs” card with you today.  There are so many ways to use this stamp set, as well as the dies.  I have chosen a very soft palette of pinks and greens.

First I stamped my hearts using 2 shades of Tombow Markers – keeping the darker shade along the outside edges.  I then lightly misted it with water to get a watercolor effect.  I used a stamp positioner to do this on Strathmore Bristol card stock.

Next I cut out the hearts leaving a small white edge.  I die cut my “Sending” and “Hugs” from lime green pearlescent card stock.

I next put my base together.  For the main base I used an A2 size white top folding card.  I covered that completely with a piece of lilac pearlescent card stock.  Then I cut a piece of the lime green pearlescent card stock to 4.125” x 5.75” and my patterned paper measures 4” x 5.25”.  I adhered all of these together.

I adhered my die cuts to the card gluing the “sending” and “Hugs” flat and popping up the hearts with foam tape.

For an added embellishment I used Nuvo Jewel Drops in Honeysuckle.  And that completed my card.

Quietfire Design Supplies Used:

Other Supplies Used:

Misti Stamp Positioning Tool
Tonic Pearlescent Card Stock – Lime Light/Gleaming Lilac
Strathemore Bristol Smooth Card Stock
Nuvo Jewel Drops – Honeysuckle
Tombow Markers - #703, #761
A2 Size white top folding card base – Neenah Classic Crest Solar White 80lb.
3M Foam tape – Art Glitter Adhesive
ModaScrap Patterned Paper – Let Your Soul Bloom


Monday, August 26, 2019

Using Photos to Make Quick Cards

Hi Connie Nichol here today with some super quick  cards using photographs as a base.  Simply add a Way with Words die of your choice from Quietfire Design.  I used this idea a couple of years ago on this blog and felt the urge to make some more of these kinds of cards.  If you need some more ideas, check out the posts from 2017 here and here.

Simply take a 4x6 photo of landscapes, flowers, animals or other interesting things, adhere a die cut word to the photograph and mount on a cardstock base.  You can embellish lightly, but really, it's all about the photo and the word.  Simple, huh?  Here's some ideas:

You can even cut out part of the picture and use it as an embellishment.  I had this 4x6 photo of a rooster, so I just fussy cut him out and glued him to a sewing pattern background.

Quietfire Design Supplies Used:

Other Supplies:  Bazzill cardstock, Crafter's Companion mirrored cardstock, dollar store gems, unknown ribbon

Thursday, August 22, 2019

A Friend is Someone...card

Friends card / Quietfire Design stamps / Elizabeth Craft Designs die / card by Kim Gowdy

Hello again! Kim here on the Quietfire Creative Blog with another card share! My card was inspired by my recent summer holidays in Nova Scotia and a few visits with my long time BFF. This card will eventually find it’s way to her mail box!

I started by going through my Quietfire Design stash and pulled out the following products: Grid Background stamp, A Friend is Someone stamp and an Elizabeth Craft Designs’ Friends die - designed by Suzanne Canon.

Friends card / Quietfire Design stamps / Elizabeth Craft Designs die / card by Kim Gowdy

I created a background using Ranger Distress Oxide inks. I added each of the colours to a nonstick surface, sprayed with water and tapped my cardstock onto the colours and they adding droplets of water to create the pattern. I did this several times, drying my cardstock between layers. I finished by stamping the background with the grid pattern.

Friends card / Quietfire Design stamps / Elizabeth Craft Designs die / Ranger Distress Oxide Inks/card by Kim Gowdy

Friends card / Quietfire Design stamps / Elizabeth Craft Designs die / Ranger Distress Oxide Inks/card by Kim Gowdy

From the top of the background I cut the word Friends using the Elizabeth Craft Designs die. I trimmed the remaining cardstock down to approximately 2 inches and adhered to another piece of white cardstock. With the grid stamp I added the pattern to the white portion of my card. I adhered my word “Friends” to top, lighter portion of the card. I stamped the quote to the colourful lower portion of the card. A piece of ribbon separates the top from the bottom while adding another texture for interest!

Friends card / Quietfire Design stamps / Elizabeth Craft Designs die / card by Kim Gowdy

My card front was adhered to my card base and contrasting mat. I can’t wait to drop it into the mailbox...maybe you should send one off to your BBF as well!

Be sure to follow Quietfire Design as well on FacebookInstagram, Twitter, Pinterest and YouTube for lots of inspiration everyday! Don't forget to tag your shared projects on social media so we can see what you are creating with Suzanne's amazing designs!

Thanks for checking out my project ~ KIM 😀


Elizabeth Craft Designs - #1052 Friends die
Ranger - Distress Oxide Inks [worn lipstick/spiced marmalade/abandoned coral], Distress Ink [black soot]
Creative Scrapbooker Magazine - Superstock

Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L permanent tape runner

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

You are Amazing Tag

Hey Quietfire Fans! I'm thrilled to be back on the blog today as I've been busy my craft room creating this awesome You are Amazing Tag. By combining a variety of stamps as well as dies from A Way With Words, they were the perfect addition to my tag. You'll want to grab a cup of your favourite summertime beverage and learn how to recreate my tag at home.

To start, you'll need a 3 1/8" x 6 1/4". Use a blending tool with foam to blend Peacock Feathers, Mermaid Lagoon and Cracked Pistachio over the entire surface of the tag. Spritz the tag with water. Dry the tag with a heat tool. Apply Emboss It Ink to the Leafy Acanthus Background and stamp it at the top of the tag. Reapply the ink to the Leafy Acanthus stamp and stamp just below the previously stamped image on the tag. Sprinkle Molten Dimensions - White Wonder Embossing Powder over the entire surface of the tag. Tap off the excess powder and emboss with a heat tool. Distress the edges of the tag. Ink the edges of the tag using Black Soot Distress Oxide Ink and a blending tool with foam.

Die cut a 2 1/4" Stitched circle out of white cardstock. Apply Cracked Pistachio Distress Oxide Ink to the Grid Background stamp and stamp off. Then stamp onto the stitched circle. Distress the edges of the circle. Ink the edges of the circle using Black Soot Distress Oxide Ink and a blending tool with foam.

Die cut the Love, Joy & Peace Christmas Ornament out of a piece of white cardstock. Apply a coat of Emboss It Ink to the ornament. Sprinkle Midnight Black Embossing Powder over the entire surface of the ornament. Tap off the excess powder and emboss with a heat tool. 

On a piece of white cardstock, use a blending tool with foam to blend Cracked Pistachio Distress Oxide Ink on part of the cardstock. Use a blending tool with foam to blend Cracked Pistachio and Mermaid Lagoon Distress Oxide Ink to another portion of the white cardstock. Use a blending tool with foam to blend Peacock Feathers and Mermaid Lagoon Distress Oxide Ink to another portion of the white cardstock. Spritz each inked portion with water. Dry the ink with a heat tool. Apply Jet Black Archival Ink to the small butterfly from the Butterflies/Dragonflies stamp set and stamp onto the Cracked Pistachio ink. Reapply Jet Black Archival Ink to the small butterfly from the Butterflies/Dragonflies stamp set and stamp onto the Cracked Pistachio/Mermaid Lagoon ink. You'll need to repeat the last step one more time. Apply Jet Black Archival Ink to the large butterfly stamp from the same stamp set and stamp onto the Peacock Feathers/ Mermaid Lagoon ink. Fussy cut each butterfly out. Ink the edges of each butterfly using Black Soot Distress Oxide Ink and a blending tool with foam. If you want the middles of your butterflies sparkly, colour the middles with a clear glitter pen.

Use a blending tool with foam to blend Cracked Pistachio, Mermaid Lagoon and Peacock Feathers Distress Oxide Ink on part of the cardstock. Apply Jet Black Archival Ink to the You are Amazing stamp set and stamp onto the inked area. Fussy cut each word out. Ink the edges of each word using Black Soot Distress Oxide Ink and a blending tool with foam.

Adhere the ornament to the stitched circle. Foam square the stitched circle 3/8" from the left and 1 3/4" from the top of the tag.

Foam square one of the small butterflies to the top right corner of the ornament. Adhere one of the small butterflies to the large butterfly. Place foam squares to the back of the large butterfly and wrap silver thread on behind. Adhere the large butterfly to the middle of the ornament on an angle. 

Adhere the last small butterfly to the bottom right side of the large butterfly. Adhere the You are Amazing sentiment to the middle of the two butterflies.

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

Here are a few closeup photos of the finished tag.

Here is the finished You are Amazing Tag.

Quietfire Design Supplies Used:

Other Supplies Used:

- Elizabeth Craft Designs: Stitched Circles
- Tim Holtz for Ranger Ink: Distress Oxide Ink - Black Soot, Cracked Pistachio, Mermaid Lagoon & Peacock Feagthers, Blending Tool with Foam and Distress Sprayer
- Ranger Ink: Jet Black Archival Ink and Emboss It Dabber
- Emerald Creek Craft Supplies: Molten Dimensions - White Wonder Embossing Powder
- Misc: White Cardstock, Tag, Twine, Silver Thread and Clear Glitter Pen

- Katelyn

Monday, August 19, 2019

And the Day Came - Betsy Birge, Guest Designer

Hello everyone!  I’m Betsy Birge and I am the Guest Designer for Quietfire Design for August.

For my project today I used the Butterfly Flourish Dies and And the Day Came stamp.  I started by cutting my cardstock: the base is A2 size top fold in gray, the dark violet panel is 4” x 5.25” and the focal panel is 3.75” x 5”.    

Next I heat embossed the sentiment on the smaller gray panel which I stamped in a violet hybrid ink and used clear embossing powder.

I next die cut my butterflies.  I used the same violet paper to die cut the solid image and a pearlized vellum for the single butterflies.  On the small butterfly I cut away the the curled bits.

For the bigger butterfly I curled the vellum wings with the handle of a small paintbrush.  I adhered them on to the corresponding shapes of the violet die cut adding glue just to the very middle of the butterflies.  Then I adhered them to my panel.  I cut away a small portion of the flourish where it overlapped the stamped text.  I added the curl bits from the small white butterfly die cut and added small violet and white pearls.

I hope you’ll give this easy card a try!  So beautiful with Quietfire Design elements!

Supplies I used:

Gray card stock
Violet Pearlized card stock
Pearlized platinum vellum
White and Violet pearls

Betsy Birge is a fine artist working in watercolor and soft pastel showing in local galleries.  She brings her knowledge of color and design to her card making.  She started her paper crafting journey 12 years ago and has been on several design teams, loving the challenges that they present.  She also enjoys digital stamping and says the techniques involved in card making are endless and fun!  You may visit her blog Caring Heart Cards but we found her on Instagram here where you'll see all sorts of good stuff!

Thursday, August 15, 2019

Elegant "The best thing I ever did" card

Hello Crafty Friends!

Do you know what I love about Quietfire Design stamps?  Suzanne's stamps are elegant calligraphy and with wonderful quotes.  "The best thing..believe in you" stamp is no exception:
The Best Thing - Believe in You - Mounted
Isn't it beautiful?  It is a great stamp to create an encouraging or supportive project for someone special.

Card instructions:
  1. Create a top fold card 3" x 5.5" from white card stock.
  2. Mat floral patterned paper to card front.
  3. Use black ink to stamp quote onto white card stock.  Die cut using circle die.
  4. Die cut gold card stock.  Mount quote onto gold die cut.
  5. Mount stack from step 4 to card front using double sided foam tape.
  6. Create triple bow and mount to card front using hot glue.  Mount coordinating wee flowers to bow center.
  7. Add die cut corner to card front using foam tape and liquid adhesive.  Mount flower to corner.
Such a pretty stamp and looks magnificent as the focal point on this sweet card!
Did you know that there is also the Believe in Me stamp?  
The Best Thing - Mounted

Thanks for stopping by!  I do hope you enjoyed the project.
Have a happy, crafty day!
Big Hugs,
Kathy Jo

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Even a Small Star

I'd like to welcome Nancy Nickel to the Quietfire Design Team!  Here is a little bit about Nancy in her own words:

Hello, from the prairies of Saskatchewan, Canada! I live here with my sweet and tolerant husband. Our two girls are all grown up, and we have a lot of fun in our empty nest. It's a good thing we have snow half the year (or more), as I really like to hibernate. What a great excuse to stay at home and craft! To keep myself from becoming totally anti-social during my hibernation, I enjoy meeting and making new crafty friends online, from all over the world! The rest of the year I try to balance crafting with taking long walks along the river with my husband, popping in at the farmers' market, and having picnics in our favorite parks. 

Hello, everyone!
It's Nancy here with you today. I'm so excited to be sharing my very first official Design Team Post with you! I'm thrilled to be here! I find all the Quietfire products so creatively inspiring. My goal is to share some fun projects with you, in hopes of inspiring you to try these great products for yourself!

Today I have combined a Quietfire stamp with a Quietfire Digital Cut File  to create a fun card.

Here it is:

I don't usually begin with an angle photo but I wanted you to see the see-through nature of the card.
I have lots of photos to share in hopes you can really see how this card comes together.
It's so easy to make but it looks like it took some effort, doesn't it?

I began by cutting the Nesting Stars Folded Card out of a night sky coloured cardstock.
You can see that I already have my sentiment stamped and sparkle embossed.
I wanted to make sure it fit before I went any further.

Then I cut a second card out of a pretty gold shimmer cardstock.
I'll use this card base for another card. All I really needed was the smallest star cutout.
I really wanted it in the pretty gold shimmer, and using the same cut ensured the perfect fit.

I decided to make my card a tent-fold card.
I began with a side-fold card, so the cut does work either way.

This is what the inside of the card looks like.
I forgot to take one before the card was finished 
but it's important to see that little star cutout on the inside of the card.

I wanted the little gold shimmer star to be floating in the card.
To do this I actually laminated it, and then cut out a 4 3/4" square.
Since I recently bought a laminator, I am always looking for more ways to use it.
However, if you don't have one, you could easily adhere your star onto a piece of acetate,
sandwich it in two pieces of transparency, or adhere a star on each side of a piece of clear packaging.
The nice thing about the shimmer cardstock is that the sparkle shows through.
If you don't have the shimmer cardstock, just add some glitter or some other form of sparkle.
We want this little star to be special and have some twinkle! 

Next comes the only tricky part about putting this card together. 
The floating star piece is inserted under the front of the card, as shown in the photo below.
However, it must be lined up with the little star cutout that is in the inside of the car, shown in the photo above. 
It's really not all that tricky to do in person,
it's just tricky to explain with photos! lol 
I had a small piece of double sided tape ready.
Once I had my star piece just where I wanted it, I lifted up the corner edge of the card
and slipped the piece of tape in to secure the laminted piece securely to the card base.
Then I could open the card up and adhere the rest of it in place all the way around.

 It's also hard to get a good photo showing it because of the glare. 
If you look closely at the photo below, 
you can see how the gold star aligns perfectly with the cutout star behind it, 
when the card is closed flat.

Even when the card is standing open you can see how the stars all nest beautifully into each other.

Here's a closer look at the stamped sentiment:
It was stamped with embossing ink, and then covered with a pretty gold sparkle embossing powder
before being heat embossed.
Isn't that a lovely sentiment?
It works so beautifully with the card.
To finish it off, I simply added a few sequins.

Quietfire Design Products Used:

Other Materials Used:

Recollections - Cardstock, Holiday Shimmer Cardstock;
Stampendous Embossing Ink;
Ranger Embossing Powder - Enchanted Gold;
Unknown Sequins;
Hilroy Laminator.

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Thanks so much for stopping in today!
I hope you liked looking at my card! I sure enjoyed making it! 
See you again soon! 
Nancy :o)

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