Sunday, September 24, 2017

Time to Collect Beautiful Moments

The current theme on the Simon Says Monday Challenge is Shimmer and Shine.  I've created on a #8 Manila Tag.  Along the right side is Texture Paste Transparent Gloss mixed with some Silk Microfine Glitter True Red and then put through a Tim Holtz Stencil #THS084.  The tag was then sprayed with Distress Spray Stain (Antique Linen, Bundled Sage, Tatttered Rose) and Distress Mica Spray Tarnished Brass, and dried.  Tim Holtz Roses Background Stamp (Set #CMS298) was stamped with Archival Ink Red Geranium.  Distress Ink Brushed Corduroy was blended around the edges.  The leaf is created using Tim's Tattered Leaves cutting die and embossing folder.  After cutting the leaf from Distress Mixed Media Heavy Stock, it was sprayed with Distress Spray Stain (Tea Dye and Fired Brick), blotted, dried, edges inked with Distress Brushed Corduroy, embossed with the embossing folder, a bit more brushed corduroy rubbed over the high spots, sprayed heavily with Mica Spray Tarnished Brass and dried.  The string is Tim's Eclectic Elements Craft Thread.  Idea-ology pieces used - Word Stick, Game Spinner, Number Brad, Metallic Stickers.  The number brad was painted with Distress Black Soot, dried and then Distress Crayon used to highlight the number.  The crayon was also used on the Word Stick.  

Friday, September 22, 2017

Cardmaker-Quietfire Blog Hop

Welcome to our blog hop with CardMaker magazine!  Make sure you leave a comment on every blog because there will be a $50 Quietfire Gift Certificate awarded randomly to one lucky commenter!  All comments should be made by midnight PST on Sunday, September 24, 2017 and the winner will be announced shortly afterwards!  

Here are the blogs you will visit!

For more inspiration using Quietfire Design products, you can check out the Quietfire Creations Blog.

Directions -
  • Crumple tissue paper and glue to white cardstock panel.
  • Add strips of washi tape to the center area.
  • Seal with a light coat of Collage Medium.
  • Paint with a thin coat of white paint.
  • Stamp quote onto Tissue Wrap and emboss with white, tear out, glue on with Collage Medium.
  • Paint panel with Candied Apple wiping back color as needed using a baby wipe.
  • Lightly brush Nuvo over panel avoiding center area.
  • Cover center area with crumpled baby wipe and splatter thinned white paint over panel.  Remove baby wipe.  
  • Cut frame from Soft Finish Cardstock and adhere to panel.
  • Paint edges of panel with Gold Smooch.
  • Wrap with twine, add heart charms and glue down.
  • Attach to folded white card.
  • Finished size, 6 1/4" x 5". 
Supplies -
  • Christmas is a Piece of Home rubber stamp - Quietfire Design
  • Flourished Frame Cutting Die - Quietfire Design (Elizabeth Craft Designs)
  • White Cardstock
  • 100# Soft Finish Cardstock - Elizabeth Craft Designs
  • White Tissue Paper
  • Collage Medium Matte - Ranger Ink
  • Blank Tissue Wrap - Tim Holtz Idea-ology
  • Distress Paint Candied Apple - Ranger Ink
  • Embossing Ink
  • White Embossing Powder
  • White Paint
  • Nuvo Embellishment Mousse Mother of Pearl - Tonic Studios
  • Smooch Pearlized Accent Ink Gold Lame - Clearsnap

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Be not Afraid

Hello.  The rainbowish background was done with Distress Oxide Ink and then sprayed well with water.  I actually made it a couple months ago but then hadn't done anything with it - now I have.  The top and bottom are torn.  I then used stamps from the new Where Flowers Bloom set of stamps.  Courage was cut from Black card.  This panel is attached to a black panel that is stenciled with Oxide Ink.  Zigzag stitching along the two sides.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Be Bold

This is such a fun card!!!

For the background I scraped Deco Foil Transfer Gel onto black cardstock.  This is scraped thin and it does not need to cover the whole panel.  After allowing it to dry completely I put it through the heat laminator with Deco Foil Summer Rainbow foil.  Next I embossed the panel using Elizabeth Craft Designs Damask embossing folder and then did some sanding on the high spots to help bring out the design and give it a more distressed look.  The edges are inked with Embossing Ink and then used Ranger's Queens Gold Embossing Powder.  The Oval Flourished Frame and Be Bold are more of the newly released cutting dies.  The frame is cut from white cardstock with adhesive on top and glittered with Elizabeth Craft Designs Warm Diamond glitter.  Be Bold is cut from both white and black.  Picked Raspberry Distress Ink was used in the center of the white letters and also some dot doodling with a black pen.  The flower is Susan's Garden Gerber Daisy.  It was cut from watercolor paper, detailed & shaped, attached together and then sprayed with Distress Spray Stain Picked Raspberry and also sprayed with Perfect Pearls Perfect Pear, dried and Prills added to the center.  

Tuesday, September 19, 2017


Hi There!!!  I'm sharing a card today that uses cutting dies (Butterfly Flourish, Soar) from the new Quietfire Design for Elizabeth Craft Designs  release.  I love that butterfly flourish!!!

My background is Distress Oxide Inks (Salty Ocean, Fossilized Amber).  After working this up I used Ranger's Texture Paste Gloss through the butterflies stencil, allowed it to dry completely and then added foil using a heat laminator.  

The die cuts were cut from 100# Soft Finish Cardstock and color added with Oxide Inks.  

Monday, September 18, 2017

Designer Suzanne Cannon for Elizabeth Craft Designs New Release

Suzanne Cannon, owner of Quietfire Design, and also a designer for Elizabeth Craft Designs has a bunch of new dies releasing today along with.... surprise.... new clear stamps.  This is a fantastic release.  You can read all about the new release on the Quietfire Creations Blog and you can also find the details of this card there today.  I hope you have time to pop on over!!!!

Saturday, September 16, 2017

If I had a Star

I began with a piece of Glossy Card cut to 5 3/4" square.  Ranger's Watermark/Resist Ink was sponged through designer Suzanne Cannon's Butterflies and Stars Spray stencil (Elizabeth Craft Designs) multiple times covering some of the panel.  Distress Spray Stain (dustry concord, shipped sapphire, pumice stone) was sprayed onto the panel and then it was heat dried without blotting off any ink.  If it had been blotted first then the ink over the resist would have all come off and the stars would be brighter.  I almost started over doing that but then decided I liked this.  Once dry I splattered white paint (PaperArtsy Snowflake Fresco Finish) over the panel by mixing in a little water and using Tim's Splatter Brush.  

The edges of the panel are inked with Distress Ink Black Soot.  

All the silver you see is Tim's Kraft-Core Metallic Collection.  There is a piece under the background panel with the edges distressed and inked with Distress Ink Dusty Concord.  There is a distressed piece under the quote panel.  Finally there is a piece die cut using Tim's Star Cluster On The Edge Die.  This piece is embossed with Tim's Flourish Folder.  The quote is a Quietfire Design stamp (If I Had A Star For Every Time You Made Me Smile) and it's stamped with Wendy's Archival Ink Cornflower Blue.  As always, the Quietfire quotes are hand penned first and then turned into rubber stamps making them unique and gorgeous!!  The edges are torn and inked with both Distress Ink Dusty Concord and Chipped Sapphire.  The quote panel is attached to the distressed silver panel and then to a torn piece of white mulberry paper.  The finishing touch is some of Tim's Mirrored Stars

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Teaching at Memory Bound

Hello!!!  I thought I'd pop in and mention that I'm back at Memory Bound Store in Ankeny, IA this month teaching the make 'n takes.  Make 'n Take time at Memory Bound is every Wednesday from 1-6pm.  

The card above is the one we made last week.

The card below is this weeks make.  We'll be playing with alcohol inks for that gorgeous leaf. 

Next is the card for Week 3 (Sept. 20).  We'll be stamping and using Pan Pastels.

The last Wednesday of the month is this beauty.  We'll be using Distress Oxide reinkers and then a mix of embossing powders on the leaf.

If you're in the area, I hope you have time to stop by.  The cost of each make 'n take is $3.00 and everything is provided for you to make the card and then take it with you. 

Saturday, September 9, 2017

Circle Journal 2 - Month 1

A few months ago we started another Circle Journal Swap.  It's actually their 3rd round but only my second time playing along therefore I'm labeling these posts Circle Journal 2.  For the last round everyone picked a shape.  (You can see my finish up post HERE that has a list of all the posts of journals I worked in)  For this round it was decided to create envelope journals.  It was up to each person what they used and how they created their journal.  I have some very old heavy 9" x 12" purple envelopes that I chose to use.  I think we got these in a box of stuff at an auction like 20-30 years ago.  The color was faded in some areas and even the metal clasp was a bit rusted.  I thought this was a great way to use some of them up!!!!

My cover was made from Kraft Tex Kraft Paper Fabric.  I turned the edges and used a zig zag stitch to sew them.  I left enough paper/fabric to the inside that when I glued the folded-in-half envelope in the raw edges were covered.  The one rule in this swap is to use at least one PaperArtsy product in your creating.  I usually use many!!  I roughly painted the outside of my cover with Fresco Finish Paint.  Stenciled (PaperArtsy Lin Brown PS044) with GrungePaste.  Once dry, put the stencil back on and added FF paint.  Along the bottom I stenciled (PA Kay Carley PS061) using Archival Ink.  The circles in the background are stamped using a plastic ring and FF paint.   The bee and the words are from the PaperArtsy Kay Carley EKC08 set of stamps.  I might do something on the back of the book later but for now left it with just paint.

I did the first spread in the book and each of the 11 other people in the swap will do a spread.  I tucked the flaps in on the envelopes, folded them all in half and then glued each one to the next giving a nice heavy pages to work on and a pocket that can be used in any way.  I included some small tags and each person can use one or two on their spread or keep a couple for themselves.  I chose to glue mine in the pocket leaving part of it showing with a stamped word and some beads hanging.  I used all PaperArtsy on this spread except the face and that is a Stamper's Anonymous image.  The large flowers are GrungePaste through a stencil (PA Lin Brown PS005).  The images in blue and green are from the PA Lin Brown ELB23 stamp set and they are stamped with FF paint.  The pink dots are FF through sequin waste.  The words are stamped with Black Ink and they are from the PA Sara Naumann ESN14 stamp set.  The lines along the left and top of the face are washi tape.


The bee has Wink of Stella on the wings for some shimmer.

Friday, September 8, 2017

Not at the Expense of the Moment

Hi You!!!  I'm glad to have you either reading on my blog or in an email!!

The theme this week at Simon Says Monday Challenge is STAMPtember Stamp It!  You are encouraged to use Simon Says exclusive products if you have them, but I don't so I decided to get my Wendy on.. that would be pull out some Wendy Vecchi stamps and stencils.

My main panel is 5 1/2" square.  I inked over the whole piece with Distress Oxide Faded Jeans and around the edges with Oxide Vintage Photo, dried it, tapped over the piece with a damp rough cloth and dried it.  This gives a gentle variance to the color and a little bit of oxidation.  After using an anti-static bag, I stamped Wendy's Circle Collage stamp with Embossing Ink and embossed it with White Powder.  Around the outside of the circle I stenciled using her Old Ledger stencil and Distress Ink Faded Jeans.  Inside the circle I stenciled with her Lots of Dots stencil and Faded Jeans.  The quote from her stamp set Exceptional Art is stamped with Archival Ink Jet Black using Tim's Platform so I could stamp it a few times to make it darker.  The ferns are done with Wendy's Ferns stencil, embossing ink, and Wendy signature embossing powders Sunflower and Leaf Green.  I added ink through the stencil, removed the stencil, took a pinch of Sunflower powder, sprinkled it on, and finished with the Leaf Green powder, and heated it.  I did just one or two ferns at a time so I didn't get extra ink where I didn't want it.  Once finished with that I tapped Embossing Ink on the edges and embossed with her Cactus Flower powder.  Next I set a mask over the circle area and splattered white paint over the panel.  The butterfly is from Tim's  Butterfly Duo combination die and embossing folder set.  I cut the butterfly from Mixed Media Card, inked it with Oxides Cracked Pistacchio and Seedless Preserves, put it through the embossing folder and lightly added Distress Ink Vintage Photo over the high spots.  For the antenna I used flower stamens.  I finished it off with some Enamel Accent dots.

Thursday, September 7, 2017

A Whisper on my Nose

It's my turn on the Quietfire Design Blog today and I'm sharing how I created this card.  You can find the post HERE.

Friday, September 1, 2017

Bright Future

FriYay!!!  And a holiday weekend here in the US.  We have family coming today, staying until Tuesday, and it will be a great visit!!  

I'm squeezing in my entry for the Simon Says Monday Challenge before they get here.  The theme this week is School or Study Related.  

I began with a piece of Kraft Cardstock, stamped the border image (Stampers Anonymous, Tim Holtz, CMS270 Patchwork Pieces) across the whole panel with DOX Abandoned Coral and inked the edges with the same color.  Stenciled on the alpha/numbers (Tim Holtz Mini 011) with Distress Ink Vintage Photo.  I was going to use a wooden ruler and I'm sure I have some.. somewhere.. but they are hiding very well.  So instead I inked a piece of Mixed Media Cardstock with Distress Ink Tea Dye, embossed it with the rulers embossing folder (Sizzix, Tim Holtz), inked over it with Distress Ink Walnut Stain and cut one section out.  Worked pretty good, huh!!  Idea-ology pieces -- flashcard, paper doll, small talk stickers, staples.  "Future" is done with a dymo tape.  Couldn't find a suitable apple so made one.. sketched it, cut it out, inked it with Candied Apple, covered it with Glossy Accents, once dry cut out a leaf shape and glued it to the back.  Put it all together, added black lines around the small talk stickers and Black Soot Ink to the edges of the panel.  Attached it to a folded cream colored card.