Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Tea & Thee Card

Hi, everyone!

It's Nancy here to share a fun new project!

Today I am combining the fabulous Tea and Thee Stamp Set,
along with the very appropriate Coffee or Tea Card Digital Cut File.

Here's my card:

This is such a fun Stamp Set!
It includes 7 stamps, and I wanted to use as many as I could!
The cut file comes with the words "Coffee or Tea?" 
Since I wanted to make a tea themed card, I left the coffee part out. 
I adhered the "Tea" to the center of the front panel.
Then I used the tea cup stamp,
and stamped randomly all over the front panel

I used two more stamps on the inside of the card:
the sentiment, and the drips.

To the back of the card, I added the lovely tea ring stamp all over.
Finally, I added the fun little cut of the teacup on the saucer,
with the hot steam!

So I managed to use four of the seven stamps on my card!
I call that a success! :o)

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Quietfire Design Products Used:

Other Materials Used:
Kraft Cardstock;
Colorbok Craft Paper - Cosmopolitan;
Walnut Stain Distress Ink.

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Thanks so much for stopping by! :o)

Monday, March 30, 2020

Gilded Tulip Garden

Happy Monday! [...just in case you need to know the day of the week] To those essential workers who are still heading to work ~ THANK YOU! To those who are now home social distancing ~ THANK YOU! In the midst of all this change in the past weeks, I do find some comfort in my craft room, even if my creativity struggles to surface.

This week I played with the newest colours added to Quietfire Design’s Modern Gilding Powders line. The colours are gorgeous, soft and swoon worthy! I wanted to used them all, so decided to make a garden of flowers...in hopes of finding some spring vibes in our very, winter like weather!

I added some Distress Oxide inks to some watercolour paper, to create an illusion of grass, sky and sunshine. I chose watercolour paper so I could “pull” some colour from my Tombow markers in another step.

After my background was completed, I made a stencil from cardstock using the Elizabeth Craft Designs Butterflies and Star Sprays die, designed by Suzanne Cannon. I used a foam makeup sponge to tap some acrylic paint onto my background through the butterflies. Every garden needs butterflies!

Next to make some flowers! I very loosely drew tulips and cut them out out cardstock. Using an Emboss It Dabber from Ranger, I covered my tulips with embossing and poured my Gilding Powders over top! Guess what...even the worse drawn flowers will look amazing, so give it a try!

I cut out the word Spring from the 4 Seasons die and embossed with Dragon Berry Modern Gilding Powder, a favourite from the first release of colours.

With my flowers and quote all ready, I decided how I wanted my placement. With my Tombow markers, I drew stems for my tulips and used my water brush to “pull” the colour. This allows for more of a water colour effect and softer lines! I did the same for some grass and added a few pencil lines for depth.

In signing off today, I encourage you to play. This is not my favourite card I have ever created, it did however let me play with product that has been waiting for me, it took my mind away from the constant chatter of COVID 19 news and play lets your creativity grow...it’s part of the process.

Have a healthy week!

Thursday, March 26, 2020

Sometimes, said Pooh

Hello Quietfire fans!  Betsy here on the blog today and hoping your day is going well!

Today's project has such a sweet sentiment!  It's called: 

I started my project by using the green hexagon paper and stamping
my sentiment with Modern Gilding Powders in Kells Gold.  As always I stamped the
sentiment with a hybrid ink to emboss with instead of regular embossing ink.  This
assures me I will get a good crisp image every time.  This panel measures 2 1/2" x 5 1/4" 
after it was embossed and cut down.

Next I made an A2 size top folding card with pink pearlized card stock.  On top of it I
layered my foiled heart paper that measured 4" x 5 1/4".

On top of the foiled heart paper I centered the embossed green panel.  I used some
narrow gold peel-offs along both edges to give some definition.  Then I fussy cut a
small foiled heart from the heart paper and adhered above my sentiment.
And that finished my card!  I love how simple it is!

Quietfire Products Used:

Other Products Used:

Ballet Pink Pearlized Card Stock
My Mind's Eye: Bliss Paper Pad
Love From Lizi: Gold Peel-offs

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Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Sending Smiles and Hugs with new Modern Gilding Powders

 Hi, there!  I'm still on my task of making cards to brighten people's day during this social distancing time so I picked sentiments that would be appropriate.  I also received the new Modern Gilding Powders so I wanted to test those out.   To do that, I die cut a bunch of butterflies from the Butterfly Flourish set and gilded all of them with both the old and new colors of Modern Gilding Powders.

Aren't they just so pretty like that?  I am absolutely smitten with the Celtic Mint, Armenian Pink and Forever Platinum.  Since I made all those, I decided to use them on some cards and I came up with a couple.

For this first one, I used the butterfly die cuts as a stencil - just put a bit of removable adhesive to hold the butterfly still.  I started with the colors below but then sponged over the blue with a green so that I could used similar colors of MPG butterflies.

The Sending Smiles was cut out of purple card stock and the butterflies are Celtic Green, Dilly Dilly Lavender, and Armenian Pink.  Such a light and happy card.

For my second card, I used the Butterflies Spray Stencil with different shades of green and blue inks.  If you don't have the stencil, you can used the die to make your own stencil - works just as well!  The card below features Forever Platinum, Burnished Silver and the Sending Hugs is Acanthus Teal which showed up darker than the one in my picture above - different lighting on different days.

 On the picture above, you can see the subtle difference between the Forever Platinum and Burnished Silver - both gorgeous!

Modern Gilding Powders - Spring 2020 set of 5

Modern Gilding Powders - Spring 2020 set of 5

Butterfly Flourish - Metal Cutting Dies
Butterfly Flourish die set (Quietfire Design | Elizabeth Craft Designs)

Sending Hugs Kisses - Metal Cutting Dies
Sending Hugs and Kisses die set (Quietfire Design | Elizabeth Craft Designs)

Sweet Smiles - Metal Cutting Dies

Sweet Smiles die set (Quietfire Design | Elizabeth Craft Designs)

Monday, March 23, 2020

Marbled Voyage of Discovery Nail Polish Card

Hello, Connie Nichol here today.  Some of you might know I write a Frugal Scrapbooker article for Creative Scrapbooker magazine.  The topic of my article for the upcoming fall issue is recycling makeup, particularly eye shadow and nail polish.   I did a lot of experimenting with marbling paper with old nail polish.  It is an addicting technique and it makes beautiful card backgrounds.  Just add a stamped Quietfire Design quote and a bit of ribbon.

Nail polish paper marbling is very easy to do but it's a little stinky so make sure you're in a well ventilated area.  Simply put some warm water in a large flat container (use something disposable or from the dollar store that you won't use for anything else), pour in some nail polish in one or more colours and then dip a piece of paper onto the surface of the water into the nail polish.  The polish will stick to the paper.  Set aside to dry.

I tried a few different kinds of paper and my favourite was glossy photo paper.  I have a big package of Kirkland brand photo paper from Costco that I use for crafting.  Heavy cardstock or watercolour paper will work too but the colours are not as vibrant as they are on the glossy paper.

Here's an example of some the different colour combinations that I created.  

The Voyage of Discovery stamped sentiment is from this set called Every Day is a Journey.  Thanks for stopping by and have a great day, Connie

Supplies:  Quietfire Design stamp, Elizabeth Craft Design rectangle die, FabScraps compass charm, ribbon

Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Spring Love

It's time to welcome spring!
Today is group post day over on the Elizabeth Craft Designs blog and the theme is Spring!  I thought this was a fun opportunity to use the new spring colours of Modern Gilding Powders and combine some dies!

Here are the supplies:
4 Seasons   ECD
Baby Love QFD | ECD
Flourished Frame  QFD | ECD
Flourished Night Sky QFD | ECD
Stitched Rectangles  ECD
Modern Gilding Powders: Celtic Mint, Armenian Pink, Dilly Dilly Lavender, Dragon Berry, Acanthus Teal
white cardstock
pale pink cardstock (I used Bazzill Tutu Pink)
Wordwin Petallic Spring Larch coverstock
Glue Dots - Micro
Scrapbook Adhesives 3D Foam Squares


  1. Form a 5x7" tent fold card base from Petallic cardstock.
  2. Die cut the Flourished Frame and larger Stitched Rectangle from Petallic cardstock.
  3. Die cut the smaller rectangle from pink cardstock.
  4. Die cut 3 flowers and their leaves from white cardstock as well as Spring and Love.
  5. Use the Modern Gilding Powders to gild the flowers.  I used Dragon berry and Dilly Dilly Lavender for two and then a combination of Armenian Pink and Dragon Berry on another. These are absolutely gorgeous colours!!
  6. Gild the leaves with the brand new Celtic Mint and Acanthus Teal.  Assemble the flowers with Glue Dots by tucking the leaves behind.
  7. Gild Spring with Armenian Pink and love with Celtic Mint.
  8. Assemble as shown.  Use foam squares between the rectangle layers and card base and to attach the assembled flowers.  Use Glue Dots for all the other elements.
  9. Now you have a sweet and cheery card!  Welcome Spring!
Thanks for visiting.  Just ask if you have any questions!

Monday, March 16, 2020

Technique Time! Newly released Modern Gilding Powders

Hello Crafty Friends!

Have you seen the newly released Modern Gilding Powders?  I received mine last Thursday and played with the powders over the weekend.  The new colors are so lovely and coordinate with the previously released set.  I started playing with the perfectly pretty purples and created a fun striped background. 

Quietfire Product used:
Modern Gilding Powders in Dragonberry, Armenian Pink, Tyrian Purple, and Dilly Dilly Lavendar, Gothic Black
Do what makes you happy stamp (retired)

Other product:
Double sided tape in three widths
Emboss Writer (bullet tips)
Versamark ink
Circle nesting dies
Black card stock
White card stock
Corner punch

1.  Cut white card stock to size.  Adhere widest tape to the card front.  (I applied two strips.)  Use a bone folder to smooth completely.
 2.  Remove plastic from tape and sprinkle on the Tyrian Purple Gilding powder.  Set using heat tool.

 3.  Continue on with next smallest width and Dilly Dilly Lavendar.  Heat set.  Repeat with next width and Armenian Pink. 

4.  The final lines are quite small.  Use the embossing marker and a ruler to create three lines.  Emboss using the Dragonberry powder.  Punch edges with round corner punch.
5.  Stamp the sentiment onto white card stock using pigment ink.  Heat set using Gothic Black Modern Gilding Powder.  Die cut.
6.  Die cut circle slightly larger than the quote die cut in step 5.  Apply Versamark to edges and heat emboss using Dragonberry.  
7.  Cut card base from black card stock.  Use corner punch on edges.  Mount embossed panel using double sided adhesive.
8.  Mount sentiment to embossed circle die cut using double sided adhesive.  Mount to card front using double sided foam tape.
9.  Decorate inside as desired.
Thank you for stopping by!  I do hope you enjoyed the card and technique.  Feel free to give it a try and share on the Suzanne Cannon Fan Group!

Bug Hugs,
Kathy Jo

The Real Voyage of Discovery Art Journal Page

Hey Quietfire Fans! I've been working in my art journal, so for today's project I'm sharing with you my The Real Voyage of Discovery Art Journal Page. By combining a variety of stamps, dies and the Modern Gilding Powders, they were all perfect for creating my page. You'll want to grab a cup of your favourite beverage and learn how to recreate my The Real Voyage of Discovery Art Journal Page at home.

To start, apply Jet Black Archival Ink to the small dragonfly from the Butterflies/Dragonflies stamp set and stamp onto a piece of watercolour cardstock. Reapply ink to the dragonfly two more times and stamp again onto the same piece of cardstock. Colour the three dragonflies using Scribble Sticks and a waterbrush. Once the dragonflies are coloured, fussy cut them out. Go over each dragonfly with the Clear Glitter Wink of Stella Pen. Ink the edges of the dragonflies using Black Soot Distress Ink and a blending tool with foam.

Die cut the Flourished Oval Frame out of black cardstock.

Die cut a 2 1/2" Stitched Oval out of white cardstock. Apply Emboss It Ink to the The Real Voyage stamp from the Every Day is a Journey Stamp Set and stamp onto the middle of the stitched oval. Sprinkle Gothic Black Modern Gilding Powder over the stamp quote. Tap off the excess powder and emboss with a heat tool. Ink the edges of the oval using Black Soot Distress Ink and a blending tool with foam.

For my art journal page, I used the 6x6 White Art Journal from Dina Wakley, but you can use which ever journal you'd like. Using a brayer and paint these colours from PaperArtsy's Fresco Finish Chalk Acrylics: Sage, Hint of Mint, Glacier Ice, Vintage Lace, Venice Blue and Spanish Mulberry I created my background. I brayered on each colour one at a time as desired. Allow the paint to dry before moving onto the next step. 

Still using the brayer, brayer PaperArtsy Fresco Finish Chalk Acrylic Paint in Snowflake onto the Grid Background Stamp. Stamp randomly on the page as desired. Reapply paint to the stamp as needed.

Place the Big Squovals Stencil from Dina Wakley or another stencil of your choosing onto the right hand side of the page. Using a blending tool with foam, blend Snowflake PaperArtsy Fresco Chalk Acrylic Paint through the stencil. Making sure you end up with three squovals.

Make a template out of a sticky note that will fit overtop of the squoval. Place the template onto the bottom squoval. Apply Stormy Sky Distress Ink to the Dotted Harlequin Background stamp and stamp on the bottom squoval. Move the stencil to the middle squoval. You may want to place a piece of scrap paper at the bottom of the template. Apply Victorian Velvet Distress Ink to the Leafy Acanthus Background stamp and stamp on the middle squoval. Move the stencil to the top squoval. You may want to place a piece of scrap paper at the bottom and top of the template. Apply Shabby Shutters Distress Ink to the Dotted Harlequin Background stamp and stamp on the top squoval. Dry the ink with a heat tool. Trace around the squovals using a black gel pen.

Rub Black Soot Distress Crayon along the edges of the page as desired. 

Adhere one of the dragonflies to each of the squovals.

Adhere the flourished oval frame to the stitched oval. Foam square the stitched oval 1 1/4" from the bottom and 1 3/4" from the right of the page. 

To finish the page and add some interest around the oval, I added three strips of washi tape to the top right side and bottom left side of the oval.

Here are a few closeup photos of the finished art journal page.

Here is the finished The Real Voyage of Discovery Art Journal Page.

Quietfire Design Supplies Used:

Other Supplies Used:

- Elizabeth Craft Designs: Stitched Oval
- Tim Holtz for Ranger Ink: Distress Crayon - Black Soot, Distress Ink - Black Soot, Stormy Sky, Victorian Velvet and Shabby Shutters and Blending Tool with Foam
- Dina Wakley for Ranger Ink: White Journal 6x6, Scribble Sticks 1&2, Big Squovals Stencil and Washi Tape Set #1
- Ranger Ink: Emboss It Ink and Jet Black Archival Ink
- PaperArtsy: Fresco Finish Chalk Acrylics: Snowflake, Sage, Hint of Mint, Glacier Ice, Vintage Lace, Venice Blue and Spanish Mulberry
- Wink of Stella - Clear Glitter Pen
- Misc: Black Cardstock, White Cardstock, Watercolour Cardstock and Black Gel Pen

Thanks so much for joining me today and I hope that I have inspired you to recreate your own version of my The Real Voyage Art Journal Page.

- Katelyn

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