Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Just For You

I'm sharing all the details of this card on the Quietfire Creations Blog today.  I hope you have time to check it out!!  

Hugs, Wanda

Monday, January 21, 2019


Today is Release Day for the A Way With Words brand new cutting dies!!!  You can find them on the Elizabeth Craft Designs site, on the Quietfire site, and hopefully soon in your local stamp store.

I'm sharing a note card today using the Notes set of dies.  I'm thinking how wonderful it would be to actually have this design in a notepad.  Wouldn't that be fun and colorful!!!

For my background color I've brayered PaperArtsy's Fresco Finish Chalk Paints (Zesty Zing and South Pacific) adding a bit more brayering with South Pacific to the edges.  The stamping around the edges using a stamp from the set, Where Flowers Bloom, is also done with South Pacific.

I die cut all the pieces from a white cardstock and painted them with South Pacific.  I also cut Notes again from white and then from yellow gluing and layering them as shown.  The black lines were made with paint using a junk plastic card. 

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Once Upon A Time

Hello!!!!  Today's project doesn't use one of the new release dies but I had fun making it anyway!!   You can find details about the new A Way With Words release coming up in THIS post and I'll share a picture of the whole release again.  You can find all the new dies in THIS pre-order release category on the Quietfire Design Website.

This was a fun panel to make!!!!  My base is a piece of heavy watercolor paper.  I die cut one of the designs from the Elizabeth Craft Designs Planner Patterns set, the cube design, from white cardstock and cut it in half.  I added a layer of gesso to my base piece and pressed the two halves of my diecut design into the gesso.  I also used the AWWW Star Spray Stencil (discontinued but Suzanne still has some or you could cut your own with the new die) by pressing the stencil into the wet gesso at the top right and bottom left.  It's a subtle look but the extra texture is nice.  Let the gesso dry.  Color was added with paint using water to help it move and blend and wiping it back a bit in some areas.  The blue color you see is also paint applied through the "leaves" part of the ECD Shade Tree Stencil.  The white dots you see in the background are Texture Paste through the Dotty Stencil.

Once Upon A Time is cut from both brown and white cardstock and layered together as shown.  The Idea-ology Paper Dolls are colored with Distress Markers.  Shading is added around the edges and under the girls with Distress Crayons.  The butterflies are some fallout pieces from cutting the new Butterfly Spray for a different project.  Finally I added some Sticky Back Gems.

I hope you like this project!!  It was so fun to go really mixed media with it :-)

Hugs, Wanda

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

A Way With Words - Brand New Release

Happy Tuesday!!!  I hope today finds you well and safe.  Lots of weather been happening.  We got almost 10" of snow at our place this past weekend and finally our road was plowed midday yesterday.  

Besides weather something very exciting happened this past weekend.  The pre-release of the brand new A Way With Words cutting die release.  These are an Elizabeth Craft Designs product by designer, Suzanne Cannon, owner of Quietfire Design.  The official release at ECD is coming on the 21st.  There are 6 skus and you can see them all below.  I am so excited for the butterfly spray to be a die!!!  Suzanne has a post on the Quietfire Creations Blog HERE talking about the new release.  

I'm sharing a card today that uses the new word, Shine, and the Star Spray.  I cut the Star Spray from watercolor paper.  The white star fallout pieces were set aside and then the cut panel was colored with a combination of Distress Inks and Distress Oxide Inks along with water working in layers.  

For the shiny, shine piece I die cut a Stitched Oval from Silver Mirror Card.  The edge was inked with Embossing Ink and embossed with White.  Shine was die cut from white cardstock.  Shine was glued to the oval and then the oval layered onto my background.  I then used some of the white fallout star pieces to add to my background and by the word, Shine.

I also used a Wink of Stella pen to add some shimmer to the inside of the stars and on the word, shine.  This last picture is me trying to hold the card so you can see that shimmer.

See you tomorrow with another sample for the new release :-)

Hugs, Wanda

Thursday, January 10, 2019

The Love We Give Away Mixed Media Card

Hi!!!  Today I'm sharing the how-to's for this mixed media card over on the Quietfire Creations Blog.  I hope you have time to check it out!!!

Hugs, Wanda

Monday, January 7, 2019

Elizabeth Craft Designs January Designer Challenge

Happy Monday!!!  I'm here sharing a post for the Elizabeth Craft Designs January Group Post focusing on planner pages.  I've created a January tab page reminding myself to "be Brave TODAY".  It can be hard to break free from bad habits or things in our lives.  It takes courage and perseverance.  We have to Be Brave.

To see what all the other designers have created head on over to the Elizabeth Craft Designs Blog HERE.

I've used dies from the Planner Essentials 1 set, A Way With Words Be Brave Bold Yourself set (QF / ECD), and a stamp from the A Way With Words Months & Numbers Collection (QF / ECD). 

I die cut the page from Watercolor Paper.  My background is a really easy one.  I used Fresco Finish Chalk Acrylics (PaperArtsy) and a mini brayer.  I put a small dot of the blue color (Beach Hut) on my craft mat, added a little water, mixed it around and lightly brayered it onto the paper.  If you use a light hand then you get splotchy coverage.  I repeated this - minus the water - with a yellow color (Banana).  The stamped blue circle shapes you see are made with the plastic center that is left after using up a roll of double sided tape that goes in my ATG gun and are stamped with Beach Hut paint.  The smaller yellow circles are stamped with the Banana paint.  I created the small stamp by gluing a few of the plastic circles that you remove from A Wink of Stella pens to a foam square.  

For the pink die cut squares and circle reinforcements I colored a piece of glossy cardstock with Alcohol Inks (Ranger Ink) and then die cut the shapes.

I cut a slit in the squares so I could glue them on like a chain gluing them under and over each other to get the right look.  For the last chain I cut out a section with a jagged cut so it would look like it was broke.

"be" was cut from black cardstock.  "Brave" and "Today" were cut from both black cardstock and the pink alcohol ink piece.  The pieces were assembled and attached as shown.  Doodling on the page was done with both a white gel pen and black fine tip pens.  I also glued on the fall out circles from die cut circle reinforcements. 

January was stamped with Archival Ink Jet Black (Ranger Ink) and then highlights added with a white gel pen.

I hope you've enjoyed reading about the page and you are inspired to create something!!!

Hugs, Wanda

Saturday, December 29, 2018

Your Faithfulness

Hello Friends!!  Today I have another card made for a birthday.  It was made quite some time ago and just hadn't made it to the blog yet.  Today is it's day :-)  LOL

The scripture is a stamp from Our Daily Bread Designs.  The butterfly is from some I got a long time ago.  They actually came on stems like silk flowers but it was butterflies instead.  I still have a few left.

The background is a piece of linen from one of the Tim Holtz surfaces pack.  It comes with adhesive so you can just peel and stick it.  I sprayed it with Distress Spray Stain and then used Crackle Texture Paste through a Tim Holtz stencil.  This is attached to a piece of corrugate.  I used a narrow piece of the linen I had trimmed off to wrap around where the butterfly would sit. The next layer is Distress colors on white cardstock and then Mica Spray over it and gold embossing on the edges. 

Thursday, December 27, 2018

Life Doesn't Have to be Perfect to be Wonderful

A birthday card.  The background is created using the Sizzix/Tim Holz 3D Texture Fade, Distress Collage Medium Crazing, and Distress Crayons.  Around the edge is Distress Paint.  The large flower is created by punching circles from book paper, stacking up, putting a brad in the center and then crumpling up all the layers.  The other flowers are older purchased flowers with brads added to the centers. .  Cheese Cloth, thread and some die cut greenery.  Tim Holtz Idea-ology stickers for the words. 

Saturday, December 22, 2018

Happy 24 Shaker Card

A shaker card for a birthday.  Sizzix/Tim Holtz dies used - Birch Trees, Winter Wonderland, Stitched Rectangles.  Also used Distress Inks, Distress Crayon, Idea-ology pieces, Craft Thread, Dry Rock Candy Glitter.  

Thursday, December 20, 2018

One Way To Brayer A Background

Hello!!!  I'm sharing all the details of this card over on the Quietfire Creations Blog.  You can find the post HERE.  

Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Mine! You're All Mine!

Today I have this shaker project over on the Quietfire Creations blog for the Elizabeth Craft Designs December Designer Challenge. 

Monday, December 17, 2018


Hi There!!!  I'm so glad you are here (or reading in an email)!!!  I am thrilled with how this card turned out!!

This piece started the whole card.  I was playing using the Mixed Media Powders from Ranger Ink.  Here I've embossed them onto a piece of corrugate from a disposable cup koozie.  I rubbed embossing ink over the ridges, added Hammered Powder and heated.  Then as my heat tool was going I sprinkled in some Punch Powder.  It's hard to take a picture of the melted powder, the reflection makes it look blurry.

This is the piece you see in the middle of my card behind the snowflakes.  I decided to cut it to a rectangle and then embossed the edges with Bone Mixed Media Powder. 

The layer under the corrugate is Tim's Metallic Kraft Paper, color Rose Gold (such a gorgeous color), embossed with his 3D Flourish Texture Fade from Sizzix.  After embossing I added Distress Paint (walnut stain) over the paper and then wiped it back leaving paint in the areas near the embossing.  Next I lightly rubbed the Embossing Ink pad over the paper and embossed with Clear Embossing Powder.  It gave an icy look to the paper - very cool.  Finally I embossed the edges with Bone Mixed Media Powder.  
The pink layer is Punch Mixed Media Powder embossed onto the edges of that panel.
The snowflakes are Sizzix/Tim Holtz (Paper Snowflakes, Paper Snowflakes Mini, Flurry 1).  Two of the snowflakes are embossed with Bone and the other with Punch. 
The word, snowflakes, is a Quietfire Design stamp from the Christmas Cuddles Word Set.   

Saturday, December 15, 2018

Christmas, Joy, Love, and Laughter

Where did the last two weeks ago!?!?  LOL   I am mostly ready for Christmas.  I have a book to make and gifts to wrap.  I'm trying for some down time in the midst of being ready.  I tried to read a magazine the other evening but couldn't keep my eyes open to do it.  I'd have gotten more accomplished if I'd just kept moving.

This card is a little smaller than a regular sized card.  The quote is a Quietfire Design stamp, May This Christmas Season.  The die is Sizzix/Tim Holtz Stacked Label.  It's great to be able to cut so many layers and have them line up so well. 

I recently got the new Mixed Media Embossing Powders from Ranger Ink and this was my first play with them.  Isn't that Scarlet gorgeous and really wonderful for Christmas. 

I had taken a picture of the very bottom layer but somehow it got damaged.  I used Texture Paste through the Tim Holtz poinsettia stencil.  While the paste was wet I added the Scarlet powder and then heated to melt the powder allowing the paste to bubble as it wanted.  It's really pretty!!!!  

So top layer is the stamped quote on kraft card and I embossed the edges with gold powder.  Next layer is the picture above.  Next layer is gold cardstock wrapped with a Christmas ribbon.  Bottom layer is the folded card with the paste and mixed media powder on kraft card.  Once I had it all put together I thought some white splatters would be nice.  I masked off most of the quote and spattered with Distress paint and a Spatter Brush.  To finish it off I used Tim Holtz Craft Thread and Idea-ology jingle bells.

Monday, December 3, 2018

Brayering Paint for a Wintry Card

Hello to you on this fine Monday :-))

I'm sharing the how to's of this card over on the Quietfire Creations Blog today.  You can find the post HERE

Friday, November 30, 2018

Autumn's Smile

So I've had this left over piece from cutting the leaf stem in my work area ever since I made the card in the previous post.  Even though Autumn is over and we had a blizzard this past weekend, I just couldn't set this aside in a pile of "this is too good to throw away but I don't have time to use it right now".  So I took time this week to actually use it.  

The leaf piece is stamped around the edges with Crackle Background (Quietfire Design) using just bits of the image.  It was stamped with Distress Ink Gathered Twigs and the same ink is sponged around the edges with a Mini Blending Tool.  The Autumn Quote from Autumn Collection (Quietfire Design) is stamped onto Vellum with Archival Ink Jet Black (Ranger Ink).  For the background piece I tore a piece of corrugated card, painted some Distress Ink Picket Fence over it, scraped on some Texture Paste, Opaque Crackle (Ranger Ink), allowed the paste to dry naturally.  Yes, patience is involved, lol.  Once it was dry I sprayed it first with some Distress Sprays in blue.  I decided I didn't like that as well as I thought I would and sp sprayed over it with Distress Spray Tarnished Brass and Mica Spray Buttercup.  There are still hints of blue.  In the top left and bottom right corners I added embossing ink using a dauber and then embossed with Seth Apter's Chunky Rust powder (Emerald Creek).  The ribbon is Tim Holtz's Crinkle Ribbon colored with Distress Spray Stains.  The thread is Tim Holtz Craft Thread.  The leaf charm is from my stash.  The tree is a button with the shank cut off.