Tuesday, September 19, 2017

B-oo-tiful Halloween - Elizabeth Craft Designs Designer Challenge

Since I don’t have any Halloween Elizabeth Craft Designs product, this month’s Designer Challenge Halloween theme really was a challenge for me!

 Here is how I overcame the obstacles!  Ghosts are just shapes, right?

Elizabeth Craft Design Products: Elizabeth Craft Designs, Inc. 
A Way With Words - Amazing Beautiful (Quietfire Site)
Alphabet 1 – Caps
Stitched Fishtail Banners
Fitted Ovals
Fitted Circles
Clear Double Sided Adhesive
White, black and orange cardstock

1.       Form a side fold card base from an 8.5 x 11” sheet of black cardstock.

2.       Die cut Beautiful from black cardstock as well as the Alphabet 1 Caps.  Die cut the largest Fitted Oval from white cardstock and cut in half. Die cut the second largest Fishtail Banner from orange cardstock.  Cut a rectangle from white cardstock measuring the width of the card base and about 1/3 of the card face in height.

3.       Die cut two of the smallest Fitted Circles from black cardstock and then overlap the same die and die cut the circles in approximately half.  These crescents will be the laughing eyes of our ghost.

4.       Surgically remove “eau” from the Beautiful diecut with a craft knife.  Adhere “ b---tiful” on the banner and glue two “o”s from the Alphabet 1 Caps in the blank space.

5.       Adhere the large oval to the cardbase.  Trim overhanging bits.  Adhere white rectangle below it with no gap.  Position the banner across the seam and adhere.  Trim any parts of the card necessary.

6.       Add the crescent eyes as shown.

7.       Boo! 

Happy Halloween!

Monday, September 18, 2017

New Dies, New Stamps & A Sweet Project!

Artwork by Wanda Hentges
It's Suzanne here and I'm over-the-moon thrilled to share this exciting new release of Quietfire Design designs from Elizabeth Craft Designs! (Got that? Say it five times!)

There are 15 new dies/sets that I hope you're going to love. Attendees at the Great Canadian Scrapbook Carnival in Edmonton last weekend were lucky enough to be able to purchase these dies!  Five of them sold out quickly - can you guess which ones?  (no, there is no prize for guessing, sorry!!) 

Wanda is going to share a project in a minute, but without further ado here are the new dies!  You can find all of these products on the Quietfire website today in the What's New Department.

In addition to all this bumper crop of dies, I'm simply delighted to share something completely new.  We now have *clear* Quietfire Design stamps!  Elizabeth Craft Designs has produced six big beautiful sets that I know you're going to love.  They are very cool!
Just click on the image to read more about them in the What's New Department.  How's that for lots of quotes and images?

Now I'm handing this post over to Wanda who created this adorable card to share with you.
Please ask if you have any questions!

Hello, it's Wanda here!!  

Isn't this a super fantastic release.  Wow!!  So much good stuff!!!  I'm using just a tiny bit of that "good stuff" on this card.

What I've used from the new release -
     New Stamp Set, #CS074 - Soar Collection  Quietfire Site | ECD Site
     New Cutting Die, #1444 - Soar      Quietfire Site | ECD Site

Other Supplies -
     Watercolor Paper
     Black Cardstock
     White Cardstock
     Distress Ink - Tumbled Glass, Picked Raspberry
     Distress Oxide Ink - Picked Raspberry
     VersaFine Ink - Onyx Black
     Water Brush

On watercolor panel stamp "let your dreams" and butterflies with black ink.  Run a line of artists tape across the panel just at the bottom edge of stamped words. Ink top of panel (area above tape) with Tumbled Glass using the blending tool. Keep the color darker around the edges fading near the butterflies.  Color butterflies using Oxide ink and a water brush.  Die cut soar from white cardstock. Ink completely with Oxide, spray lightly with water, dry, add shading with Distress Picked Raspberry, attach to stamped panel.  Splatter panel with oxide ink using the water brush.  Attach panel to black cardstock and then folded white card. 

Thanks to Wanda for kicking off the celebrations!
Create without limits!

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Queen of Everything - Judi Kauffman, Guest Designer

Thank you for inviting me back as today’s guest designer, Suzanne! It gave me a chance to play with your fabulous new Queen of Everything stamp set and the Leafy Acanthus Background. (I didn’t experiment with the flourished heart stamp from the set this time, just the five with words.)

 Leafy Acanthus Background - Mounted  Queen of Everything, Set of 6 Stamps - Mounted

For experienced cardmakers: I think looking at the project photos and supply list will tell you everything you need to know. For new cardmakers: I’m providing a step-by-step tutorial to ensure your success!

For all: I hope you have fun with this project and will vary the colors, switch things around, and make cards that are uniquely your own.


1. Take the four queens out of a deck of playing cards.
2. Choose a color palette that goes with the playing cards. Gather assorted solid color cardstock, glittered papers, large adhesive-backed gems, faux watch faces, and other embellishments of choice that are within that palette.
3. Stamp larger pieces of cardstock with the Leafy Acanthus Background. Stamp smaller pieces with the words.

4. Using the photos for layout ideas, tear, cut, layer, and adhere all stamped pieces.

5. Add the embellishments to the card fronts.

6. Optional: Die cut a sparky ‘Romantic Corner’ from Black Iridescent Shimmer Sheetz to accent the upper corner of a 6” square card. (Reminder – Review Els van de Burgt’s YouTube tutorial if you are new to die cutting Shimmer Sheetz.)


Instead of a full size playing card, find a mini deck so you can vary the size of the card, or make tags and Artist Trading Cards.
Stamp in your art journal!

Instead of a real playing card, use a rubber stamp or embossing folder. That way you can make as many as you want and don’t have to stop at four.

Incorporate a photo of someone who would like to be Queen of….Everything, way too much, the last minute, or hearts (Patti, this project has your name all over it!). Fussy cut the face and glue it to the playing card, or simply use a 2.5” x 3.5” photo and skip the playing card.

Or perhaps the queen in your life is your cat or dog (Bree and Ulla, I’m talking about you two, my favorite poodles!). Use photos, rubber stamps – as shown, or freehand drawings.


Quietfire Design –

Other –
Romantic Corner die (Elizabeth Craft Designs)
Large adhesive-backed gems
Faux watch face (Stanislaus Imports)
Solid color and glittered cardstock in assorted colors
Inks in black and purple
Foam tape
Double-sided adhesive tape
Poodle and crown stamps (Rubber Dance Art Stamps)

Thursday, September 14, 2017

If I Had A Star - Sheri Holt, Guest Designer

I am happy to be at Quietfire today sharing a card that was really a happy accident. Let me explain....

I recently received Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Inks and couldn't wait to play around with them. I just picked some pretty colors that I thought went together and started blending the colors on different types of scrap papers. 
After covering the scraps and blending together, I started spritzing them with water and sat back to watch the magic happen. They were TOO PRETTY to waste so I cut my practice pieces to size and added the strip to a 4-1/4" x 5-1/2" purple card base to match.

I stamped the sentiment from IfI Had A Star in black ink and simply added some tiny star confetti glitter.

I just hate to waste scraps! Adding a beautiful sentiment like this one is such a great way to turn your scraps into a special gesture for someone. And perfect for mailing.

{Sheri said she thought this card was too simple to use for a guest designer post, but I LOVE it and told her I wanted it!  Sheri can be found on her blog with lots of other awesome cards HERE.  Thanks Sheri!}

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Find the Magic and sneak peak of New die

Hello, there!  I've got a monochromatic card to share with you today.  I've been dabbling in watercolors and was trying to paint leaves.  And after I was done, I decided that although my leaves still need a lot of work, that practice sheet would make a great background.  So I trimmed it down, sponged the edges and added a quote on top of it.

Working with vellum can be tricky.  I clear embossed this sentiment in white on green floral vellum by waiting for the heating tool to heat up before bringing it close.  Don't let your heating tool get too close - it will warp the vellum.  To adhere the vellum to the card, I glued it onto a white frame (made by nestling rectangle dies) and popped it up on top of the back ground with foam tape.  I found it make it easier to read.

I also added a double Magic die cut (new and coming soon!) to the corner of the frame.  

Thanks for looking and I hope you have a wonderful, magical day!

A Rustle in the Wind, Set of 4 - Mounted

Monday, September 11, 2017

Happy Birthday with New Elizabeth Craft dies

It's almost the beginning of my favorite season here in California and today i am sharing a new card with the new dies designed by Suzanne Cannon for Elizabeth Craft.  I used 2 dies for my card, one is the new smaller version of Happy Birthday that i just love and the other is that super adorable frame that you can make to go around it.  I used super basic papers and cut the dies from ivory and kraft cardstock and then added pretty fall flowers on the side to set the mood.  

And the dies cut like butter so you can make a whole set of these to give in different papers for gifts.  

Be sure and head over to the Elizabeth Craft website to see more of her new dies and have fun this weekend creating something fun.  

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Acrylic Block Stamping with Oxide Ink; A Whisper on my Nose; Snowflakes

Hi There!!!  Wanda here today!!

I'm still playing with the Oxide inks.  I can't seem to leave them alone!!

Using an acrylic block as a stamp is a fun way to create a frame.  I like to leave the center lighter or without color so I inked the block around the edges.

If inks gets in too far I use a cloth (or my finger) to clean things up.

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Miss you...

Hello everyone,
Yvonne here sharing a card using the gorgeous Quietfire Design stamps!
Today a card with two stamping techiques.

* First the (embossing powder) background:
Stamp Quietfire Design "Leafy Acanthus Background" on blue cardstock using Versamark ink.
Then sprinkle white embossing powder over the stamped image.
The embossing powder will stick to the versamark ink.
Carfully tap on the back of the paper to remove the excess powder and if needed use a fine brush.
Heat the image with a heatgun and the embossing powder will melt.
Let the image cool down.
Then use some brown distress ink and an inkblending to to slightly colour the image.
Wipe the excess using some kitchen paper or an almost dry baby wipe.
The brown ink will not stick to the distress ink.

Die cut the image and glue upon gold pearl cardstock. mat upon a white card base.

* The second (simple) stamping:
The Quietfire sentiment Miss you was stamped onto the gold pearl paper using back ink.

Mat the sentiment upon white cardstock and glue onto the cardbase using 3D foam squares.

Finish the card with a satin bow.

Materials used:
  • Quietfire Design stamp: Leafy Acanthus Background #6061
  • Quietfire Design stampset: In a Perfect World # 5999 (set of 4 stamps) 
  • Cardstock: white, gold pearl, blue
  • Brown distress inkpad, black inkpad, acrylic stamp block, versamark inkpad,
  • paper trimmer, scissors, glue, 3D foam squares, satin ribbon, die-template set

I hope you like the card and wish you a lovely late summer day!
Thanks for stopping by!

Hugs from Holland,

Monday, September 4, 2017

Fancy Fold "Birthday/Follow Your Dreams" card

Hello Crafty Friends!  Kathy Jo here today sharing a fancy fold card using Quietfire Designs' Happy Birthday:
Happy Family Days - Set of 4 stamps - Mounted
and Follow Your Dreams stamps:
Follow Your Dreams - Mounted

This card style is one of my favorite fancy folds and is a very elegant way to show the beauty of Quietfire Design stamps.  The card base is surprisingly simple to make: 
  • Cut a piece of card stock to 5.25" by 12".  
  • Score at 2" and 10".  
  • Flip over and score at 4" and 8".  
  • Fold.  Your folded card should look like this:

  • Determine how you want your card front to look:  
  • For the card front background, cut two pieces of the patterned paper to just smaller than 2" x 5.25".  Next, mount the focal point of the card front.  In this example, I mounted the Happy Birthday sentiment on a coordinating die cut doily.  
  • Please note that when mounting, you only adhere the doily to one half of the card front.  Do not apply adhesive to the entire doily back.
  • After completing the card front, it is time to make the inside beautiful.  Stamp the Follow Your Dreams onto coordinating paper and cut to size.  Apply strip of patterned paper vertically as shown.  Mount to inside of card.
The fancy fold card is now complete and ready to give to a special friend or family member to cherish.
Thanks for stopping by!  I do hope you enjoyed the card and the tutorial.
Have a happy, crafty day!
Big Hugs,

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Die Cuts on a Gel Plate; All Hearts Come Home For Christmas; Calligraphic Elements 1

Hi There!!!  It's Wanda here today with a Christmas card to share.

I hadn't had my gel plate out in awhile and could hear it calling my name, lol.  Besides it gives us another wonderful way to use die cuts!!  I had already decided I was going to use the new QF stamp, All Hearts Come Home, and that helped me choose a die cut (Calligraphic Elements 1 heart)  to use as a mask in printing.  

I brayered the 6" x 6" plate with green paints.

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