Thursday, February 23, 2017

"Believe in Yourself" inspiring Peacock card

Hello Crafty Friends!  Kathy Jo here sharing an inspiring card using one of my all time favorite stamp sets from Quietfire Design, If You Don't Believe in Miracles:
If You Don't Believe in Miracles - Set of 3 Stamps
Oh- I have used this set so many times...love it!  Each stamp is inspirational and gorgeous. A must have for any stamper!
For the card I started with Spellbinders Reflective Moment to die cut 100 lb white card stock.  It was formed as an easel frame:
Distress Stains in Broken China, Peacock Feathers and Mowed Lawn were applied as shown.  The shimmery peacock was fussy cut from patterned paper (unknown) and adhered.  
The stamp looks beautiful!
The card would be a great gift for a friend or loved one as daily encouragement or inspiration.
Thank you so much for stopping by!  Don't forget to check out the sales at Quietfire Design!
Have a happy, crafty day.
Big Hugs,
Kathy Jo

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Winners from the Queen of Hearts Blog Hop!

Drum roll, please!  We have our winners!  Congratulations!
Winners were randomly selected from the list of comments on each blog.  If you're a winner, please email me privately with your snailmail address!  Prizes will be shipped in the next week - or whenever we have all the addresses!

Suzanne's blog:
McStamper February 13, 2017 at 11:35 AM

 Beautiful card. Thanks for the how-tos

Robyn's blog:
Denise Bryant February 14, 2017 at 7:00 PM

Love that awesome 'You Are' stamp set and the 'Gracias' die! Fabulous set of ATCs with pretty colors and backgrounds!
 [Thanks Denise, we have your address!)

 Selma:
Dana Bennett said...

Such a beautiful card Selma! I e been following you for years!!
Love your work!! Anything I win from Quitfire would make my
decade!!! It's my favourite stuff of all time along with ECD
Which I have always believed were one and the same.....
😍😍😍😍

 

Kathy Jo:
McStamper February 15, 2017 at 7:53 PM

Beautiful layout. The die cuts are perfect.

 Wanda:

Sue said...

This is gorgeous Wanda, I love your Spring greens, and the sentiment is wonderful. Sorry it's such a quick visit but I'm on a borrowed laptop! Have a great week. Sue xx

Yogi:

Carla from Utah
[Thanks Carla! We have your address!]


Yvonne:

Barbara Baxter17 February 2017 at 05:03
Yvonne, this is lovely! To me it is shabby chic with the aged ruffled newsprint and then the glittered, calligraphied sentiment. Thank you for sharing!

Connie:

[Thanks Jo, we have your address!]

Diana:

karen ladd

4 days ago  -  Shared publicly
Well this card just made me smile on a dreary winter morning. Just lovely with all those colors.
 

 

Teresa:

Crafty Jo (again!)



Thanks for joining us!  See you next time.

Suzanne




 
 

 


Monday, February 20, 2017

Cherish this day

It's a beautiful Tuesday and I hope that you have lots of fun crafty things planned for this week.  I have a few cards to share with you using our beautiful "Way with Words" dies from Elizabeth Craft and simple papers that you might have in your stash.


This is one of my favorite cards that I made with the "Cherish" Way with Words dies and you can use it in so many ways just by itself or adding one of Suzanne's stamps that can go with it.  For mine i used a deep rich burgundy paper to cut out my sentiment and also used it for the base of the card.  I used pretty papers to match and also another die that i had in my stash to create a base for the die to be on. All i needed was to add a bow and a few rhinestones and it was all done... super easy!


Here's a closeup of the Cherish die so you can see all the gorgeous flourishes it has.


And i also had time to make up a quick card using my favorite colors- aqua, black and white.  For this card i used the Mr and Mrs die set and a pretty die i had in my stash from "Becca Feeken".  I think it's a great match and shows you how nice they fit together.  The blue dotted swiss paper gives it a nice contrast with the white and black papers on the top of it.

If you haven't checked already here is a link to all the new releases this month...

And that's all from me today and I am so glad you stopped by... have a wonderful week
and hope you create something fun and crafty!!  

Teresa

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Welcome to the 2017 Queen of Hearts Blog Hop!

Welcome to Quietfire Design's 2017 Queen of Hearts Blog Hop!


This week we're celebrating the release of the newest dies, stencils and stamps from Quietfire Design by sharing our best projects!

Before we get to the good stuff, I'll share my project!  I've been wanting to mask one of the diecuts for ages and I've finally got a plan together. I really love the subtlety of this project.
Here is how you can make it, too!

Supplies:

A Way With Words – Together die   Quietfire site | Elizabeth Craft Designs Site
A Way With Stencils – Heart and Paw Prints Sprays stencil                                         Quietfire site | Elizabeth Craft Designs Site 
Imagine Crafts VersaMagic Midnight Black
Cardstock - Light Pink, Dark Pink, Black
Inkadinkadoo Stamping Mask Paper
Glue Dots Permanent GlueTape
Foam Adhesive
MISTI stamp positioner or similar
Die cutting machine
Scotch Removable Tape

 Instructions:
1.       Form a side-fold card base measuring 6” x 7.25” from dark pink cardstock. Cut a rectangle panel from Specialty Stamping paper measuring 5” x 6.5”.  Cut a panel slightly larger in pale pink to create a mat.  Cut another panel slightly larger again from black to mat the pale pink panel.
2.       Lightly sponge Spun Sugar in all over the white panel. Allow to dry.
3.       Die cut Together from Stamping Mask Paper. Weed out the counterspaces and peel the release paper from the back. 


4.       Adhere the mask near the bottom of the white panel as shown. (Designer Tip: If the Distress Ink is not dry, the mask will not stick to the cardstock!)  Lightly sponge over and around the mask with Victorian Rose.  Remove mask. The masking paper uses a removable adhesive so it is easy to peel off.  AND it’s reusable!
 

 
 

5.       Stamp the sentiment just above Together.  Allow to dry.  This is no time to smear it!
6.       Adhere the stencil in position with removable tape and lightly sponge the hearts with Victorian Rose. The stencil doesn't have to be straight.  Position it the way you'd like to see the spray arc over the quotation. I like the hearts to appear as if they are fading out.  If you happened to be using a larger piece of white paper, now is the time to trim it!
 
 
 
7.       Assemble the main panel with the mats behind as shown.  Adhere this to the card base with foam adhesive to give it a bit of dimension.  Lovely!
 


And now for the good stuff!
 
Here is our Blog Hop Schedule with the dates each designer will be posting (Click on each person's name to go to their blog):

Sun Feb 12 - Suzanne (you're here right now!)
Mon Feb 13 - Wanda and Connie
Tues Feb 14 - Robyn and Teresa
Wed Feb 15 - Kathy Jo and Diana
Thurs Feb 16 Yvonne and Yogi
Fri Feb 17 Selma
   
What would a celebration be without a giveaway!? I'm giving away stamps, dies or stencils to random winners on each blog. 

Make sure you leave a comment below before midnight Sunday February 19, 2017. A winner will be randomly chosen from my list of comments and the winner's name will be posted on Quietfire Creations shortly afterwards. Visit and leave comments on all the designers Queen of Hearts blog posts for chances to win on their blogs! You can go back if you've missed any of them. 

Good Luck!
See you over on Wanda's and Connie's blogs tomorrow.

Friday, February 10, 2017

Sending Hugs (and a little punch!)


 
My friend Judi Kauffman shared a trio of cards she made with new A Way With Words dies ('Sending' and 'Hugs' from the set that also includes the word 'Kisses'). She said that she wanted to use one of her OLDEST tools - a floral border punch that she's had for a decade or so, along with her NEWEST - the dies. Such a nice combo!
 
 
I like how she used the border as a stencil on two of the cards and how she incorporated Washi tape on one, too. Thanks for sending them, Judi.
 

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Sending You Hugs & Kisses


Yogi here today with another Valentines card (or could be for a birthday or in my thoughts type card...) using the newest dies. Loving them

Another, batch of fantastic calligraphed die cut words by signature designer Suzanne Cannon available on Elizabeth Craft Designs A Way With Words "You", "Sending Hugs, Kisses" and "Calligraphic Elements 2 - Ampersand" all available on Quietfire Design HERE, HERE and HERE

Scored, and folded my burgundy card. (7"h x 5"w)

Raided my end cut cardstock stash and created the weave block. Trimmed to size and adhered to front on an angle. Trimmed excess away.

Created a shadow layer for my words - one way of doing it is by turning the dies down and tracing around the exterior of the die with an x-acto blade, being careful to not cut where the words link together. OR create images to cut with your electronic cutter and use the shadow layer function, welding everything together prior cutting. I cut mine from white cardstock and while still on the mat, painted with Distress dabbers "Aged Mahogany".

Die cut the words from white cardstock, inked with Versamark and embossed with Emerald Creek "Iridescent Shimmer" embossing powder. Adhered to my shadow layer, then onto my card front.

As a final touch stamped the hearts using Versafine "Satin Red".




Monday, February 6, 2017

Just living is not enough....


Hello everyone,
Yvonne here with a card using the gorgeous  Quietfire Design stamp "Living is just not enough".
The card is about layering die-cuts.


The more intricate the die-cut the less other embellishements you need.
So I only added a satin bow and some self-adhesive pearls to finish the card.


Thanks for stopping by!
Hugs from Holland,
Yvonne



Special Moments Box


Good Morning.  This is Selma Stevenson  today and I have a fun project for you.  You can use the beautiful A Way With Words sentiments for so much more than just cards.   

It is nice to prepare early and have cards ready to mail out for special occasions.  I created a pretty box, using the beautiful A Way With Words "Special Moments" die cuts on the front, to store the cards in. Here is how I created the box.


Special Moments - Metal Cutting Dies - PRE-ORDER


The perfect sentiment for this box is the new A Way With Words - Special Moments die set.  I wanted this sentiment to stand out on the box, so it was die cut 6 times, using white card stock that had Clear Double Sided Adhesive on the back of each one.  This made it easy to 'stack' all the die cuts for the dimensional look.  You can use glue, but sometimes that can be messy.

You can create the pretty box by using the Lace Pocket die from Elizabeth Craft Designs, which is the perfect width for 6x6 inch cards or smaller.  If you prefer, you can decorate any box similar in size.

I used a Dotted Scalloped Oval to attach the Special Moments die cuts to, and it was attached with dimensional tape to the box.  A small bow was added below the sentiment. 

If you want to be very organized you can add monthly tabs in the box to organize your cards. 

Thanks for stopping by today.


Products from Elizabeth Craft Designs include ModaScrap Lace Pocket and Dotted Scalloped Ovals.






Thursday, February 2, 2017

Mixed media "Amazing" butterfly jar

Hello Crafty Friends!  Kathy Jo here sharing a bright and cheerful upcycled mini-jar.  The jar was too cute to put in recycling so I decided to create a happy and inspirational jar for my work desk.  The stamps "You are Amazing":
You Are Amazing - Mounted
and "Be Yourself" (from The Woods Would Be Very Silent stamp set):
The Woods Would be Very Silent - Set of 5 Stamps - Mounted
were perfect for the project!

After cleaning the jar, white gesso was layered.  Distress Crackle (in Picket Fence) was applied and air dried.  Next Distress Spray (Mowed Lawn) and Dylusions Spray (Cut Grass) were both spritzed on the bottle.  Inka Gold (in Gold) was added along various edges.  Last, white paint was flicked randomly on the bottle.  The bottle was now ready for the papers.
Both sentiments were stamped onto Graphic 45 papers, fussy cut and mounted on Graphic 45's Nature's Sketchbook papers.  Butterflies were also fussy cut and layered as shown.  Below are photos of the completed jar:
 The stamps make me smile!
 Such a bright and cheerful jar...will be so pretty on my desk.
 Be Yourself is such a gorgeous stamp!
Thanks so much for stopping by!  I do hope you enjoyed the upcycle project.  :)

Have a happy, crafty day!
Big Hugs,
Kathy Jo

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Just Because

Hello!  Do you ever to send a card to say Hello or just because you feel someone would like to receive something other than bills and junk mail?  I love this new "Because" die because there are so many ways to use it.  Just because, Because I miss you, Because I love you, Because you're you... so many combinations.  Today I'm sharing a "just because" one by combining A Way With Words Because metal die and Elizabeth Craft Designs' Alphabet 1 -Caps.

I first started by sponging some distress inks in the background - Evergreen Bough, Picked Raspberry, and Shaded Lilac in an abstract pattern. I then adhered my word die cuts and Simon Says Single Roses.


 I used Copics to color my Because die cut to give it an ombre look.  


Thank you so much for looking!
Because - Metal Cutting Die




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