Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Quietfire Design Winter Wonderland Blog Hop - Day 3

Hello and welcome to Quietfire Design's Winter Wonderland Blog Hop!!!  I'm so happy that you've stopped by!!!  If you haven't been following along with the hop you will definitely want to check out the posts from Monday and Tuesday (schedule below).  We are on day 3 of 5 today with a post here and a post on Teresa's blog.  

I decided to get Krafty with my card as in using Kraft Paper.  I started with an older stamp - the smaller Merry Christmas snowflake stamping it with Adirondack pigment ink snowcap and drying it with a heat tool.  Next I inked around the edge with Distress Ink vintage photo and also over the stamped snowflakes to tone them down.  Merry Christmas (from the new Merry Christmas Plain & Simple Set) is stamped with Archival Ink jet black. This piece is layered to a folded natural (or off-white) card edged with Distress Ink barn door.  Also in the background I've sponged barn door ink through sequin waste but this was done at the end when I decided I needed to do something more with the card.  The poinsettia is cut from the Tim Holtz die tattered poinsettia from natural cardstock.  There are 2 large, 1 medium, and 1 small poinsettia.  All but one of the large pieces is stamped with a text background image using Versamark and embossed with Queen's Gold embossing powder. The edges of the petals are inked with either barn door or peeled paint.  I stacked the flowers, stapled them together, and added an Idea-ology gumdrop that I had inked with Archival Ink chrome yellow to the center. 

There are prizes to be won!!!  One winner will be selected from each blog and your entry is a comment - one on each blog.  We'd love to hear what you think - good, bad, or in-between!!!  All comments must be made by midnight Friday, Dec. 19th.

Also ALL Quietfire Design rubber stamps are on sale during the hop - 25% off the regular price.  Woohoo!!!!!

The schedule....

Monday: Diana
Tuesday: Robyn,  Yvonne
Wednesday: Wanda (that's me),  Teresa
Thursday: Kathy Jo, Suzanne
Friday: Sherry,  Yogi 

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Birthday Cards and a Hop

First up I'm sharing a couple of birthday cards.  These were quick cards but they still look very nice.  The "Happy Birthday" used on each card is from the Quietfire Design set Happy Birthday Plain & Simple

For this first card I masked off the center using some tissue tape, sponged it with Distress Ink tumbled glass and a little broken chine, stamped the pine tree (and old PSX stamp) with versamark ink 5 times, and embossed them with evergreen embossing powder.  Next I used some very old liquid applique and heated it to create the look of snow.  The Happy Birthday is stamped with Archival Ink jet black.

For this second card I stamped Happy Birthday with Archival Ink manganese blue plus some cornflower blue.  I embossed the piece using a Tim Holtz snowflake folder and an embossing diffuser.  After it was embossed I laid the small oval from the diffusing plate over the non-embossed area and sprayed the rest of the piece with Distress stain Spray using tumbled glass, brushed pewter and just a bit of picket fence.  I removed the oval , dried the piece and sponged Archival Ink manganese blue over the high spots to bring out the snowflakes and added some around the edges.  The large layered snowflake is the Tim Holtz combination die and embossing folder and it's cut from a frosted sheet.  I brushed just a little Distress Paint picket fence on the back of the snowflake to help it show up a bit and layered it with a large metal snowflake brad (Spare Parts).


And finally, but certainly not least, Quietfire Design is having a Blog Hop this week sharing some Christmas cheer and inspiration as well as their latest rubber stamp creations.

The hop started on Monday and goes through Friday.  Here is the schedule....

Monday: Diana 
Tuesday: Robyn,  Yvonne  
Wednesday: Wanda (that's me),  Teresa  
Thursday: Kathy Jo, Suzanne  
Friday: Sherry,  Yogi 

There are prizes!!!!!  One winner will be chosen from each blog.  For your chance, just leave a comment on each blog by midnight Friday night, Dec. 19th.


Wednesday, December 3, 2014

PaperArtsy - Dec. #3

Today's tutorial on the PaperArtsy Blog is a journal page.  I hope you'll head on over to check it out!!!!

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

PaperArtsy - Dec. #2

Hello!!!!!!!!!!  I'm over on the PaperArtsy Blog again.  Today I am using paint and rubbing alcohol for a background technique and making two cards.  I hope you'll pop on over to take a peek at the step-by-step tutorial!!!

Monday, December 1, 2014

PaperArtsy - month 4 already!!!

Today starts my last week as one of the semester 4 guest designers for PaperArtsy.

If you hop on over to the PaperArtsy Blog, I'm sharing step-by-step with pictures and information how I created today's project. 

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Five Canvases

So I mentioned in This Post that our daughter and her family were here for the holiday weekend and she was working on some canvases.  She made five 4" x 4" canvases to send out as pay-it-forwards and she gave me permission to share them here on my blog. 

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Winter Wonderland Tag

I started with a Ranger #8 Manila Tag, painted on a layer of Fresco Finish snowflake paint, dried it, scraped on a thin layer of PaperArtsy Crackle Glaze, dried it, and used snowflake paint on top also.  I used stamps from another of Quietfire Design's newest sets - Winter Wonderland.  I did all the stamping with Archival Ink potting soil and dried it.  I went along the bottom with a thick layer of snowflake paint to give the deer some snow to be standing in and while it was still wet sprinkled on Distress Dry Glitter rock candy.  The edges are inked with Distress Ink vintage photo.  I glued on decorative snowflake buttons (the shanks were cut off the smaller ones). 

Creativity takes Courage.

I took a little time to just play and made this journal page!!  Our daughter and her family are here for the holiday weekend and she loves to stamp and get painty too.  I've used PaperArtsy Fresco Finish paints in my background.  I started with yellow submarine, bora bora, candy floss, and guacamole.  I also scooped up a few colors that my daughter had left over from some canvases she's been working on.  All the stamps I've used are from the PaperArtsy Sara Naumann set #ESN09.  I used some of the stamps in the background with paint (yellow submarine or snowflake).  I used the ray stamp along the right side stamped with Archival ink jet black. A leaf image from the Lin Brown stencil #PS002 is stenciled in the background with paint (guacamole and hey pesto).  The quote is stamped with jet black.  I used a gel medium jar lid and little black dress paint to stamp the large circles.  I then stenciled the leaf stem with a mix of Grunge Paste with hey pesto and hyde park paint.  Once the paste dried I added some white paint marker along the stem and used my finger to add Archival Ink emerald green over the paste.  I also added white marker to some of the letters in the quote and made dots around the quote.

Friday, November 28, 2014


This is a regular sized card.  "PEACE" is a Quietfire Design stamp from the set Celtic Christmas.  I stamped the word on a scrap and embossed it Queen's Gold powder.  I added color with a marker, trimmed the paper and edged the piece with fired brick Distress Ink.  My plan was to leave the white all white but then I got a couple of small smears I think from touching marker that hadn't dried so I decided to speckle it.  For the background, I started with manila card, embossed it with an embossing folder, lightly sprayed on some Spray Distress Stain (bundled sage, old paper, peeled paint), dried it, lightly rubbed Treasure Gold (ruby) over the high spots.  Some stacked Prima poinsettias, leaves, gold ribbon, and gold gems finishes it off.

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Christmas is coming

Quietfire Design just released 3 new sets of Christmas/Winter stamps.  You can find them in the new stamps category on their website.  

For this card I used stamps from the It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas set.

I cut a white panel to size for the quote, stenciled the flowers (Studio 490 Wendy Vecchi 2 fancy flowers) with Distress Ink festive berries, splattered on Distress spray ink evergreen bough (I held the spray bottle high and sprayed slowly), dried the inks, lightly brushed over the top with the Distress Paint picket fence first horizontally and then vertically.  Yes, it made the inks smear some giving them a softer look that looks better in person than in the photo.  I went over the panel well with an anti-static bag, stamped the quote with Archival Ink jet black, and embossed with black powder.  When I was going to add the evergreen bough, I first sprayed on a scrap of paper to see if I'd get the results I wanted.  I used this scrap and stamped the tree with Archival Ink library green, circle punched it and was going to add gold gel pen just to the open areas of the "ribbon" but the ink came out too fast and, instead of starting over, I decided to just go over the whole ribbon.  It was looking pretty good until later when I noticed I had a couple of small smears.  I went with anyway edging the circle with festive berry.  I added some of the gold gel pen around the quote panel.  I took the rest of the scrap that I had sprayed with evergreen bough and stapled (Idea-ology tiny attacher) on some ribbon.  I layered everything as shown and at the end decided to stencil on the holly (Tim Holtz Hollybough) with Archival Ink emerald green and then added red stickles over the berries.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

November PaperArtsy Project #3

My final project for November, a box canvas!!!  Head on over to the PaperArtsy blog to get all the details.


Tuesday, November 4, 2014

November PaperArtsy Project #2

Today's project is a set of gift tags (or they could be Christmas ornaments)!!  Click HERE to pop on over to the PaperArtsy blog.

Monday, November 3, 2014

November PaperArtsy Project #1

I'm back on the PaperArtsy blog today with my first project for November, a journal page!!!  I hope you'll pop on over to take a look!!

Saturday, November 1, 2014

ATCs, it's been awhile since I made any...

Our local atc group (local as in Des Moines, only an hour away) has an in-person swap every 3 months and I've missed all of them this year until October.  The swap was 2 weeks ago and I attended and even managed to bring 7 atcs (it's been a busy year).  I did 6 similar atcs... I started by adding Wendy Vecchi's white embossing paste through the TCW stencil mini pattern leaves (Balzer Designs) and then spraying with Dylusions, 3 with brighter colors and 3 with darker colors, and let them dry.  Treasure Gold is added over the embossing.  Then comes inking the edges and doodling,  On the 3 brighter atcs I stapled (mini attacher) a piece of cork ribbon and glued on some dew drops.  On 3 darker atcs I wrapped them with jute.  Some chit chat stickers to finish.   

I got those finished on Friday night and then managed to make one more Saturday morning before leaving for the swap.  I got Wendy's new embossing powders for my birthday and hadn't used any yet.  I took a black atc blank, added ink and cornflower blue embossing powder purposely leaving some areas near the edge or even brushing off some of the powder before heating.  Wendy has been sharing her faux graniteware technique on her blog and I totally wanted to try that.  I grabbed the splatter stamp, inked it up with snowcap and decided to lay the atc on the stamp instead of taking the stamp to the card.... I started to press and slid the card a bit.  I thought "it's ruined!!!", picked up the card and went "that's really cool looking!!!" I grabbed 3 paper leaves from my stash (Prima I think but the label is gone), pressed them in embossing ink, added powder in fern green, red geranium, and orange blossom (just have 3 paper, one of each color, add a bit of one to a leaf, tap off the extra and move to the next color), and heated them.  I used the splatter stamp and snow cap again this time I just laid the leaves on a paper and pressed the stamp over all 3 at the same time.  The words are from a Wendy stamp, stamped with jet black and cut out.  I distressed the edges and added some white dots down the sides.  Finished.  

Monday, October 27, 2014

Christmas waves....

I had fun playing around making this tag.  I started with a Ranger #12 tag and cut it to be only 5 1/2" long.  I sprayed Distress Spray Stains (fired brick, iced spruce, evergreen bough) onto the tag and dried it.  I laid the Tim Holtz stencil hollybough onto one half of the tag, covered the rest of the tag with a piece of paper and sprayed on Distress Stain Spray picket fence... I repeated for the other half of the tag and dried it.  Next I used the same stencil along the left and top to add embossing ink and embossed the holly with Wendy Vecchi's fern green embossing powder and then added shading around the leaves with a charcoal pencil smudging it with a blending stump.  The quote (Quietfire Design - Christmas waves a magic wand - now available cling mounted) is stamped with Ranger's Archival Ink jet black and embossed with detail black powder.  Ranger's pigment ink snow cap is sponged around the edges to give a soft or misty look.  Finally I sprayed picket fence spray stain on my craft sheet, picked some up with a water brush and flicked it across the tag blocking off the stamped quote.  I colored some crinkle ribbon with the same Spray Stains as used on the tag and added it to the top.  Idea-ology tidings token and trinket pin, and some old Prima poinsettias finish it off.  

Thursday, October 23, 2014

When this Christmas...

Suzanne at Quietfire Design has redone this Christmas quote and my card uses the new release which is now available as a cling stamp rather than naked rubber.  I love that all these new releases are now cling and older stamps will be converted over time.

I used Distress paint picket fence and Distress stains (tumbled glass, broken china, shaded lilac) to begin my background.  Loved doing this technique at Tammy's class this past weekend and I guess I'm not ready to stop.  The trees (an old PSX stamp) are stamped with Archival Ink sap green.  Distress ink faded jeans around the edges and then distressed the edges with a paper distresser. The quote is stamped with jet black Archival Ink.  White paint is spattered on.  The snowflake is the Tim Holtz new die and embossing folder combo release Layered Snowflake and it is cut from an Idea-ology frosted sheet.  The trim across the card is a satin cutout snowflake ribbon and I've used Tim Holtz's tiny attacher to attach it.  A heart brad to hold on the big snowflake with the panel glued to a folded white card and we are done. 

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Tammy Tutterow Fun

This past weekend Tammy Tutterow spent the weekend in Ankeny, Iowa teaching 4 different classes at Memory Bound.  I took 2 of the classes and had a wonderful time.  Tammy is super sweet and a very good teacher. 

Sweet.....except when it comes to taking pictures, then you might get her other side....

JUST KIDDING!!!!!!  There is only a sweet side but don't ya just love her self-proclaimed Amish face, lol.  

Here's a picture of us together.

I took Friday night's class called Technique Time with Tammy.  We made 3 card fronts using a variety of paint and ink techniques.  

Saturday afternoon's class was the nature shadowbox class but with a twist.  The boxes never came in so we did a canvas instead.  LOVE my canvas!!!  Even though we were all using the same basic supplies everyone's canvas came out different and beautiful.