Monday, November 12, 2018

Foiling on the PaperArtsy Blog

It's all a Foiling on the PaperArtsy Blog for the current topic.  I have a post over there sharing some of my favorite ways to use foil to create three Christmas cards using stamps from Sara Naumann.  You can find the post HERE

A Quick and Easy Christmas Card With Zing

A quick and easy Christmas card over on the Quietfire Creations Blog.

Thursday, November 1, 2018


Hi There!!!  This card was created for a custom order.  The person who ordered it gave it to a friend of hers to commemorate an event in her life.  All those balloons, a total of 41, have significance, even the red one.  

It was a real joy to create this card!!!!

I die cut the balloons using the balloon from the Mini Crazy Birds & Things Set (Sizzix/Tim Holtz) and then shaped each one using a soft mat and a stylus.  The scripture is a stamp from Our Daily Bread Designs.

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Using Reduction Stenciling for a Winter Card

Hello!!!  I have this card on the Quietfire Creations Blog today.  You can find it HERE.  

Thursday, October 25, 2018

Wedding Card

Hello!!!  I needed a wedding card a couple of weeks ago and this is what I did.  

I die cut the Hearts Spray (ECD / QF) from white cardstock and attached it to another piece of white cardstock that had Clear Double Sided Adhesive over it.  The exposed adhesive was covered with Silk Microfine Glitter (Rich Red from the Earth set of glitter).  The scripture (Our Daily Bread Designs) was stamped with Archival Ink (Wendy Vecchi Potting Soil).  The edge was inked with Distress Ink Antique Linen and then stitched (Tim Holtz thread).  Using a waterbrush I splattered Distress Ink over the panel.  I attached a piece of burlap from the Idea-ology Textured Surfaces set to cardstock, attached my main panel to the burlap, wrapped them with twine and attached them to a folded white card.  The heart is a button with the shank cut off. 

Monday, October 15, 2018

Leafing with a Glue Stick

Hello!!!!  I have this tag over on the Quietfire Creations Blog today!!!  If you have time, pop on over to get all the details.

On a side note, today the hubs and I are celebrating our 35th wedding anniversary.... wow!!!!

Saturday, October 6, 2018

Reindeer Gift Tag

Happy Saturday!!!!  We've got rain, rain and more rain here in Southern Iowa.

Have you been following along over at Quietfire Creations this week?  There is lots of wonderful inspiration using the new dies and don't forget about the give away.  You can comment on each post over there to increase your chance to win.  All comments must be in by end of day Sunday. 

This gift tag uses the Reindeer in the new Flourished Christmas Minis set (QF / ECD).  I had a circle with adhesive on top left from another project and used it here.  The deer is die cut from cream cardstock and inked with Distress Inks.  I removed the liner from the adhesive, placed the deer onto the adhesive, pressed it down well using the adhesive liner (you don't want to get your fingers on the adhesive), and then filled the rest of the adhesive with Silk Microfine Glitter Vintage Pink (brush off the extra, put it back in the container, and burnish/polish the glitter on the circle with your fingertip).  I die cut a cream cardstock circle and folded green card using ECD's Stitched Circles, adhered everything together, added a little ink around the green, and tied on twine.

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Rejoice Card using a Coffee Filter

It is really windy with a southern wind bringing in hot air today.  The temps are going to get in the upper 80s and then tomorrow we won't reach 60.  Crazy, crazy!!!

This card uses one of the new A Way With Word releases, Rejoice (QF / ECD) along with a not new die, the leafy wreath in the Rosebud Wreath & Elements Set (QF / ECD).

My background starts with a used coffee filter that I saved.  I crumpled the coffee filter well, rubbed Distress Ink Brushed Corduroy over it (turn the ink pad over and lightly brush it over the wrinkles), spritzed just a little water over the filter so the ink would blend out just a bit, dried it, rubbed over the filter with my hand to flatten it more, lightly brayered Fresco Finish Paint across the middle to lighten it a bit, dried it, adhered it over white cardstock wrapping the edges to the back and taping them down, sprayed it with Mica Spray Buttercup, dried it and finally inked the edges with Brushed Corduroy.   

Rejoice was die cut from red cardstock with Clear Double Sided Adhesive on the top.  I removed the liner and added Silk Microfine Glitter True Red brushing off the extra and then burnishing down/polishing the glitter by rubbing well with my fingertip. 

The wreath was cut from a light grayish green cardstock.  Veining was added using Susan's Garden Tools and the Leaf Pad.  Shading done with Distress Ink Evergreen Bough. Shaped it by pinching all the leaves and glued it to the card. 

This was fun to do and I'm saving more coffee filters!!!  I hope you enjoy it!!

Hugs, Wanda

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Merry Christmas Mittens

Hi!!!  I have this card using new release dies over on the Quietfire Creations Blog today, HERE.

To celebrate the new release, Quietfire Design is having a week long celebration and a giveaway! 
To be eligible to win, leave a comment on each blog post on the Quietfire Creations Blog from September 28th through to Friday, October 5th, 2018.  They will randomly choose three winners and send out one of the new dies to each winner!

Saturday, September 29, 2018

Flourished Reindeer Christmas Ornament

Hello Again!!!  I'm back today to share another project using a new release die from Elizabeth Craft Designs by designer, Suzanne Cannon.  The Flourished Christmas Minis (ECD / QF) are such a cool set.  Each one is great on it's own or combined with whatever but they are also sized perfectly to match the ornament in the Love Joy Peace Christmas Ornament Set (ECD / QF) which is what I'm sharing today.  

I cut the Flourished Ornament from gold metallic cardstock.  I cut an ECD Stitched Circle from white cardstock that had Clear Double Sided Adhesive on the top of the cardstock. The stitched circle is a little bit bigger than the opening in the ornament but not larger than the ornament making it the perfect size to place behind it.  I removed the liner from the adhesive and stuck it to the back of the ornament.  This adheres it well to the ornament and the center is all adhesive.  I cut the Flourished Reindeer from an extra adhesive release sheet (or you could even cut it from the release sheet you take off the stitched circle).  I placed this release sheet onto the exposed adhesive inside the ornament pressing it down well with an extra release sheet.  Next I added ECD True Red Silk Microfine Glitter to the exposed adhesive, being sure to cover it well, tapped and brushed off the extra glitter and put it back into the container.  I then polished (burnished) the glitter by rubbing my fingertip over the glitter pressing well and brushed off any excess glitter that might have rubbed off.  I removed the Reindeer liner and applied Cool Diamond Silk Microfine Glitter, lightly tapped off the excess (you don't want to brush any extra off because you could get a little red and that would contaminate you cool diamond) and put it back in the container.  Again polish the glitter by rubbing over it with your fingertip.  Add a hanger and you have a pretty ornament for your tree!!!  You could also use it as a gift tag or add it to a card.  You could "dress it up" as much as you'd like or leave it simple as I've done here.

Remember there are posts over on Quietfire Creations every day for a week showcasing the new dies and there is a give away. 

Have a wonderful day!!!

Hugs, Wanda

Friday, September 28, 2018

Christmas Candle

Happy Friday!!!  It's a cool, windy day with rain on the way here in Southern Iowa.  

It is new release for the A Way With Words collection at Elizabeth Craft Designs.  The A Way With Words collection are all designed by Suzanne Cannon, owner of Quietfire Design.  Just like Suzanne's stamps, all her dies include her hand calligraphy.  They are just gorgeous!!!  There are 4 new skus -- the Flourished Candle (ECD / QF), Flourished Christmas Minis (ECD / QF), Merry Christmas SMALL (ECD / QF), and Rejoice (ECD / QF).  

This card is made using the new Flourished Candle.  The set comes with the complete candle as one die plus the flame and wax drip by themselves allowing you to cut and layer.  I cut the complete candle from red cardstock.  I cut the flame and drip from white cardstock.  The flame is inked with Distress Ink Mustard Seed.  The drip is colored with Nuvo Mousse Mother of Pearl.  

For the background I used white cardstock, added color with Distress Ink Evergreen Bough using the dip in ink on your craft sheet technique, embossed it with the Spring Leaves embossing folder (ECD), die cut the panel with Stitched Rectangles (ECD), lightly sponged more Evergreen Bough around the edges, and added gold on the edges and a line of dots with Smooch Ink Gold Lame.  The red panel is also die cut with the Stitched Rectangles and Smooch Ink added around the edges.  I got some extra gold along the edge on the lower right side so then I purposely did that along the upper left side.  I probably should have just made a new panel or added the extra spots all the way around.  I thought it looked ok until I was editing pictures.  Everything is attached to a folded white card and a gold cord bow added.

Except for the extra gold spots, I really like the card, it would make a beautiful Christmas card, and they wouldn't take too long to make either.

Over on Quietfire Creations there is a week long celebration of this release beginning today and going through next Friday complete with a give away.  Be sure to follow along there and comment every day on Quietfire Creations for your chance to win.

Hugs, Wanda

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Happy Birthday with Butterflies

Hi!!!  Yep, two posts in two days.  It's amazing, I know :-)  Today I have a birthday card to share.

I started with a piece of sticky back linen from the Tim Holtz Idea-ology Textile Surfaces pack.  I cut one of the linen pieces in half for this project.  I sprayed the linen with Distress Spray Stain and dried it.  It wasn't completely dry, but enough.  I cut a piece of cardstock a little smaller than my linen piece, removed the backing from the linen and stuck the cardstock to the back.  This left the edges uneven which I really like. Next I placed a Tim Holtz stencil over the piece and put Texture Paste Opaque Crackle through the stencil scraping it mostly flat to the stencil - removed and cleaned the stencil and left the piece to air dry.

I die cut the Elizabeth Craft Designs Butterfly Flourish (designer Suzanne Cannon) from Idea-ology cork surface.  I die cut the individual butterflies from white cardstock and inked them Distress Ink.  The larger butterfly was then sprayed with Mica Spray Crushed Grape.  Once the background was dry I removed the liner from the back of the cork and the die cut to my background.  The butterflies were glued on just in the body area.  Sticky back gems were added.

Happy Birthday (from Quietfire Design's new set, Twiggy Heart Wreath & Sentiments) was stamped onto a scrap with Distress Oxide Wilted Violet, trimmed to size, the corners rounded, holes punched and eyelets set, a scribble added to the edge with a gel pen, and tied around the panel.  

The main panel was attached to a purple panel and then to a white folded card.

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Nature - Autumn

Autumn is in the air!!!  I'm looking forward to the beautiful changing leaves!!  For this Autumn card I've used a newer Quietfire Design stamp from the Autumn Collection and an Elizabeth Craft Designs stencil designed by Suzanne Cannon, Leaf & Snowflake Spray.

I stenciled the leaves onto a piece of kraft cardstock with Distress Grit-Paste.  I left that to air dry and once dry put the stencil back on and inked the leaves with Distress Ink.  I used the same colors of Distress around the edges of the panel.  The quote is stamped with Versafine Onyx Black.  After being sure all the ink was dry I distressed the edges with the Tim Holtz paper distresser.  I also distressed the edges of the white cardstock layer.

I had to do something about all the kraft that was plain, lol.  I splattered on watered down PaperArtsy Fresco Finish Paint (color - Peach Nectar).  The gold leaf is from my stash and probably came out of a decorative button package.  The folded card is a shimmery pink color. 

Monday, September 24, 2018

Autumn Is Lovely

Hello!!!  I'm sharing all the details of this Autumn card over on the Quietfire Creations Blog today. 

Hugs, Wanda

Saturday, September 22, 2018

Playing With Reinkers

Hi There!!!  It's a beautiful day in Southern Iowa!!!  I have a post today over on the PaperArtsy Blog for their current topic, Reinkers.  I hope you have time to pop on over there!!!!

Hugs, Wanda

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Voyage of Discovery

Hello!!!  I'm sharing the how to's of how this card was made over on the Quietfire Creations Blog today.  I hope you have time to check it out!!!!

Sunday, September 9, 2018

Live - Wendy Style

Hello and Happy Sunday!!!  For this weeks UYS (use your stuff) challenge Lori challenged us with --  "Studio 490 Wendy Vecchi style..also include Studio 490 stencils and paste in your project". 

We went to MN to visit family and I didn't think I'd have a chance to do this challenge which made me a little sad because I Love Wendy and her products!!!  However, we got back in time this afternoon for me to throw together a quick one layer card.  Yay!!!

The flower is from her new set, Friendship & Art (SCS161).  It is stamped with Jet Black Archival Ink.  I then used the matching stencil that comes with the stamp set to add color with her Make Art Blendable Dye Inks.  The flower was first sponged with Garden Patina.  Shading was added using Bluebird with a detail blending tool.  In the center I added Sunflower with a detail tool.  The leaves were sponged with Prickly Pear and then shaded with Fern Green, again using a detail tool.  Wendy is right, the detail tools are fabulous!!!!  

Next I used the circle mask from her Stencils for Art set, Four Spotlight Frames & Masks.  I inked around the mask with Sunflower Blendable Dye Ink using a mini blending tool.  This puts color right up to the mask.  Then with mask in place I stamped her new background, Fancy Foliage (WVBG047) with Archival Ink Garden Patina.  The image doesn't stamp all the way to the edge of the mask and I love the kind of halo effect you get.  Way Cool!!!  

Live from her Artful Words stencil was stenciled using her white paste mixed with a drop of Garden Patina reinker.  A thin line of Garden Patina was sponged around the edges, the panel attached to a folded white card, and then a snap glued to the center of the flower.  I remember when there were some snaps in the Idea-ology line of products and Wendy loved using them :-)

Saturday, September 1, 2018

Every Possibility

Happy Saturday!!!!!!!  I've made this card for a young man's birthday.  I've also created it with Lori's FB Use Your Stuff challenge which is - Blue and Dry Embossing - in mind. 

I began with a piece of light blue paper and embossed it with the Sizzix, Tim Holtz Mechanical 3D Texture Fade.  After embossing I sprayed it with Distress Spray Stain (Stormy Sky & Rusty Hinge).  Then I added Distress Ink Rusty Hinge over the high spots using a mini blending tool.  

Then to bring in some metallic, I went over it lightly, using my fingertip, with Treasure Gold Copper.  The edges are embossed with Baked Texture Chunky Rust.  For the panel, I grabbed a scrap that had blue paint on it, stamped the sentiment from the Stamper's Anonymous, Tim Holtz Set Stuff To Say, tore the edges, added Treasure Gold to the edges.  

The large gear (Sizzix, Tim Holtz Gadget Gears) was die cut and embossed with Chunky Rust.