Monday, May 21, 2018

Destiny is a Choice that takes Courage

Is it Monday again?!  LOL  Without Monday we can't have Friday so I guess it's all good.  I had fun making this card and even have some step-outs for you.

I began with a Gel Press print I pulled from my stack.

It is cut to 5" square and dots stenciled on (Tim Holtz stencil; PaperArtsy Fresco Finish Paint Chalk Paint in color Chalk).

Crackle Background stamped with Archival Ink Red Geranium (Ranger Ink - Wendy Vecchi). 

A close up so you can see the stamped Crackle.

*I hope I can be clear on this next part*  I put the print in my Stamp Platform, put the stamp on my print to determine placement, closed the platform so the stamp stuck to the cover, put grid paper in the platform, inked and stamped the quote onto the grid paper to be sure it was straight, tweaked the placement of the stamp on the cover to make it straight, stamped it again on the grid paper to be sure it was straight, removed the grid paper from the Platform, and finally (without inking the stamp again) stamped onto my print.  I wanted just a light stamping to know exactly where I would be stamping for the next part.

Because my background was busy I wanted to "calm" the area I would be stamping the quote - Destiny.  I sponged on PaperArtsy Fresco Finish Paint - Caramel and Pumpkin Soup and then added a litte Brown Shed around the edges of this area to help blend into my background.

I took the print out of the Platform, dried it, put it back into the platform, stamped with Embossing Ink, removed it from the platform, added white Embossing Powder and heated it.  I wasn't sure if it would be better in black or white and went for white.  I'm still not sure if it was the best choice?

I tore a post it note paper just big enough to cover the quote to use as a mask.  I wanted to use Distress Resist Spray to add Baked Texture Ancient Amber Embossing Powder (Emerald Creek - Seth Apter) to my background.  I had my powder ready to go.  I put my panel in a box.  (A box is best because you want to be sure you are not getting the Resist Spray on anything except your paper).  I gave a couple spritzes of the Resist Spray, immediately took my panel from the box, removed the mask, added the Embossing Powder, and heated (baked) the powder.  Isn't it cool!!!!

I then added Ancient Amber around the edges using Embossing Ink.

Next I decided I would also use a die cut word and picked Courage.  I first cut it from a reddish cardstock and embossed the die cut with Ancient Amber.  Decided it matched with the background too much so I also cut one from white cardstock thinking I could stack them off-set and that would work.  Still didn't work for me so next tried white cardstock also embossed with Ancient Amber.  It still wasn't quite right so then I did black cardstock and embossed with Ancient Amber.  I was determined to find something that would work embossed with Ancient Amber.  LOL  I decided the black cardstock and using the white off-set would work.

The flower is made using the Elizabeth Craft Design's Susan's Garden cutting die set, Anemone.  All the pieces were cut from white cardstock and color was added with inks.  I wanted to do more with quote.  I put the small, square, Tim Holtz acrylic block over the quote, traced around it with a Pitt Pen, removed the block, made a squiggly line over that line with a Sharpie marker and also added dots.

I attached the panel to a dark brown panel and then to a folded white card.  My finished card measures 5 1/4" square.

I hope you like today's project!!!!!!  Have a great week!!!

Hugs, Wanda

Friday, May 18, 2018

Butterfly Flourishes: She Flies With Brave Wings

By Judi Kauffman for Quietfire Design

My friend Jane is nearing the end of her chemo and radiation treatments for breast cancer and I wanted to make her a little sign to hang in her kitchen to remind her how strong and brave she’s been! Suzanne Cannon’s Butterfly Flourishes die set captured what I wanted to express – it’s airy and upbeat.

I found some washi tape in my stash printed with the words ‘She Flies With Brave Wings’ that was just perfect with the die cuts. Since the tape has likely been discontinued there are several ways to get the same look: Computer-generate a sentiment and print onto vellum; use clear double sided adhesive tape on the back of the vellum. Hand-stamp or hand-letter the words onto ribbon, cardstock, vellum, or solid color washi tape.


1. Choose a color palette that pleases your eye and suits the occasion. Needed: Three Shimmer Sheetz colors and a coordinating piece of patterned paper. Shown: Background rectangle – Amethyst Gemstone Shimmer Sheetz; Small butterfly flourish and one large butterfly – Pink Iridescent Shimmer Sheetz; Second large butterfly – Light Blue Iridescent Shimmer Sheetz; Patterned paper – origami paper with cherry blossoms.

2. Back a 3” x 4” piece of origami paper or other heavy weight patterned paper with double sided adhesive sheet. Use the large flourish die from the Butterfly Flourishes set to die cut the origami paper.

3. Cut two 3.5” x 4.75” pieces of Shimmer Sheetz and put a piece of double sided adhesive sheet between them. Using the 4.25” x 3” die from the Dashing Rectangles set, cut the rectangle. Use a sanding block and very little hand pressure to lightly sand the front of the rectangle on the diagonal and again on the diagonal in the opposite direction. Dash lines are de-bossed on the front. Refer to the photo below.

4. Die cut the small butterfly flourish and one large butterfly from Pink Iridescent Shimmer Sheetz. Die cut the large butterfly a second time from Light Blue Iridescent Shimmer Sheetz. Bend wings upward on all three.

Reminder: A metal adaptor plate or Big Shot machine with Precision Base Plate is REQUIRED for die cutting Shimmer Sheetz. Review Els van de Burgt’s YouTube tutorial if you are new to this technique. (Place Shimmer Sheetz on metal plate, place die on top of SS with cutting side facing DOWN, then complete the machine’s cutting ‘sandwich’ as usual. Fun the piece through the machine twice before removing it from the die for best results.)

5. Arrange and adhere the large flourish, small butterfly flourish, and two butterflies (light blue on top) as shown. Use non-stick scissors to cut small snippets from Tombow Xtreme Adhesive Tabs to secure the small butterfly flourish and two large ones.

6. Add three-eighth-inch strip with sentiment across the bottom of the rectangle, just above the dashes.

7. Using an awl or piercing tool, pierce two holes at the top left and right, .75” from the sides and .25” from the top edge. Create a hanging loop with silk cord, metallic braid, or narrow ribbon, fed through the holes from the front and knotted at the back on both sides.


Butterfly Flourishes  Quietfire | ECD
Shimmer Sheetz in 3 colors of choice
Tombow Xtreme Adhesive Tabs
Non-stick scissors
Origami paper to coordinate with Shimmer Sheetz
Awl or piercing tool
Sentiment strip (washi tape or other)
Silk cord, metallic braid or narrow ribbon And I found some washi tape printed with the words ‘She Flies With Brave Wings’ that was just perfect with the die cuts.

Thursday, May 17, 2018

"Music Expresses"

Hello Crafty Friends!

What do you think of the beautiful new stamp release from Quietfire Design?  So many lovely stamps to happily use!  This week I happily used the new stamp Music expresses.  (Oh!  I realized while typing this that I have a sweet photo of my hubby playing the guitar and a furry family member sitting next to him meowing.  This stamp and that photo would be perfect for a scrapbook page!  Looks like more happy crafting for me!)

Card instructions:

  1. Create 4.25 x 5.5 top fold card using grey card stock.
  2. Stamp quote onto patterned pink paper using black archival ink.  Cut to size and apply light brown ink along edges for and aged look.  Adhere to card front.
  3. Tear music patterned paper as shown.  Cut to size and apply ink along edges.  Mount to card front.
  4. Wrap butterfly ribbon around card front and secure using double sided adhesive tape.  Create bow and mount to card front using liquid adhesive.  Adhere coordinating metallic button using liquid adhesive.
  5. Decorate inside as desired.

Product used:
Quietfire Design: Music Expresses stamp
May Arts: Butterflies ribbon
Ranger ink: Jet Black Archival ink
Pink Paislee:London Market patterned paper
Other: grey card stock, light brown ink, double sided adhesive tape, liquid adhesive, metallic button

Thank you for stopping by!  I do hope you enjoyed the card and it inspires you to create without limits!

Big Hugs,
Kathy Jo

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Glitter & Magic! Elizabeth Craft Designs May Designer Challenge.

This month's challenge at Elizabeth Craft Designs is to use glitter on a project! That's not a challenge, that just plain fun!  I haven't made a wand for quite a while and glitter just screams magic wand to me!  And a birthday magic wand is even better! I bet you know someone who needs a magic wand.

Before we make this, here is some information about winning the monthly draw at Elizabeth Craft Designs. ECD always asks a question to be eligible for the prize.  Here is this month's question (so hard to choose!!  I want them all!):
Which of the new Silk Microfine Glitter Palettes is your favorite, Earth, Beach or Bloom?
 Due to some customers having issues leaving a comment each month on the Designer Challenge post for their chance to enter the give away … they are now giving customers two options to comment … the challenge blog post and the Designer Challenge post on our Facebook Page.

And now back to our magic wand!

Happy Birthday 2  Quietfire | ECD
Magic  Quietfire | ECD
Fitted Stars ECD
Clear Double Sided Adhesive Sheets ECD
Clear Double Sided Adhesive Tape  ECD
Silk Microfine Gitter in Vintage Pink and Copper Rose ECD

Other Supplies
Doweling or a chopstick

Ribbon in black, white and pink
Cardstock in white, pale pink and black


  1. Apply Clear Double Sided Adhesive to a piece of cardstock large enough for the two largest Fitted Stars.  Die cut the two largest stars from this. Die cut one large star from pale pink cardstock (this will be be the back). Die cut three of the smallest stars from cardstock covered in Clear Double Sided Adhesive.
  2. Die cut Birthday from pale pink cardstock and Magic from black cardstock.  
  3. Remove the release paper from the largest star and cover with Copper Rose glitter. Tap off excess and return to container.  Polish the surface of the glittered star with your finger to bring out the shine.  Repeat with the smaller star, using Vintage Pink glitter. Repeat again with the smallest stars and Copper Rose glitter.
  4. Adhere the larger stars together and add happy and birthday to the front as shown.
  5. Flip the stars face down and attach to the doweling with strips of tape at the angle that you like best!  
  6. Cut about two feet of each colour of ribbon. Tape in position, so the ribbon draps below the letters. 
  7. Fold the ribbon over so it all exit from the bottom of the star and adhere the large pale pink star over the back of the decorated star, encasing the doweling and ribbon.
  8. Thread beads on the ribbons and stick small stars randomly on the ribbons.  Trim the ribbons to the desired length.

Thanks for following along!  Enjoy making your magic wand.  We know the person you give it to will adore it!

Happy creating, Suzanne

P.S. Make sure you get over to the Elizabeth Craft Designs Blog to enter the giveaway!

Monday, May 14, 2018

You Can do Anything...

Hello everone,
Yvonne here sharing a card with one of the latest Quietfire Design stamps: You can do Anything

Used materials:
  • Quietfire Design: You can Do Anything #6425
  • Spellbinders die-template
  • cardstock: white, kraft, patterned, gold
  • black inkpad, acryllic stamp block, pink metallic pen
  • mulberry flowers, leaves, satin bow

Thanks for stopping by
and wishing you happy crafting!

Hugs from Holland,

Thursday, May 10, 2018

How far you've come with butterflies

Ah, Distress Oxide inks, butterflies, and Quietfire stamp - the card just practically make themselves... and I made 3!  I found this Recollection Butterfly Confetti die at Michaels and though I don't need any more butterfly dies (need - no, want - yes) I got it anyway because I loved the shapes and sizes that were in the die. 

I made a rainbow swatch over half a sheet of cardstock in a diagonal pattern and then die cut the butterflies out twice.  Once over the red/orange/yellow area and then another from the blue/greens.  The butterflies were arranged so they swirled around the quote.  I could not decide if I liked the black card base or the white and I didn't have to decide since I had enough butterflies for two cards. Nice, eh?

From the negative, I made another quick card using the You Are die.  Tune in tomorrow to see the other negative piece where I got the reds/orange/purple butterflies that I used.

On the inside, I can add stamps or dies to finish the sentiment.  Quietfire has a ton to choose from - see some below!

You are... brave, beautiful, amazing, family, a blessing fun...

The Only Time - Mounted

You Are Perfect - Metal Cutting Dies

Amazing Beautiful - Metal Cutting Dies 

Be Brave Bold Yourself - Metal Cutting Dies

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

I came, I saw, I loved.....

Today i have another share from the brand new stamps just released from Quietfire Design stamps.  This is one of my favorite stamps called "Veni, Vidi, Amavi" from the set so i paired it with a really pretty ornate chipboard frame and then used Prima's new Lavender collection for the papers.  Since all of it is so ornate already i kept the card design simple and added just a touch of purple to the chipboard frame i used and a pretty bow and flower to finish it off.  I love easy and this stamp is so beautiful my card will be perfect to send to my friend.

And i have a second project to share with you today using another of the brand new release stamps called "Life doesn't have to be perfect".  For this project i wanted to make a frame to decorate in my house so that it would remind me each day of how truly wonderful life can be if you look at it in a different way than being perfect.  I used a small wooden frame that i picked up for $1 and painted it both front and back in brown and then sanded the edges and let it dry.  Then i cut Bo Bunny papers to fit around the chipboard sentiment to make it pop more and glued them together.

For the stamp i used Versafine ink in brown and embossed it and then chalk inked around a chippy frame from GSLC and glued that together.  Then i glued all of it to the frame and added a pretty bow with some twine and a few flowers from my stash.  Super easy and super fast to make.  Something like this would be a great gift for a wedding or you could use one of our cute birthday stamps too!

Thank you so very much for stopping over today!   


Paper, ribbons, flowers, chipboard frames, twine, adhesive, scissors, paper trimmer

Monday, May 7, 2018

Let Your Dreams Soar

Hello!!!  It's Wanda with you!!!  It's Spring!!  It took it's time getting to southern Iowa.  Yes, it teased us a couple of times but seems to have finally decided to stay.  Yay!!  I'm sure summer is just around the corner as we don't seem to keep Spring very long.

This card uses a stamp from the Soar Collection along with the Soar cutting die. For my background I started with a Gel Press print from my stash.  I tore a section from the Tim Holtz Collage Paper Aviary and glued it over the print using Distress Collage Medium Matte.  Once dry I used a metal ruler to tear the paper into a square.  Next there is some stenciling with Archival Ink and the edges are inked with Distress Ink.  "let your dreams soar" is stamped and embossed with black powder.  The panel was attached to a grey cardstock panel, the edges lightly inked with Distress Ink, real stitching added, twine wrapped around near the bottom and tied with a bow and the panel attached to a folded kraft card.  A White Gel Pen was used inside the closed letters of the quote.  "Soar" was die cut from both black and white cardstock.  The black piece was made shiny with black embossing powder.  Both soars were attached together as shown and glued to the card.     

Thursday, May 3, 2018

Love lives here- Tulips

Hi Y'all!
Robyn here with an all occasion ATC
New Stamps from 
Quietfire Design.

The stamping is created using stamp positioners and  masking
 and  the painting with no line watercoloring.

Begin with stamping on a piece of acetate to position your stamp on the card.

Put the card in the positioner and move the  acetate around till the image is where you want it to be.

Remove the acetate and stamp in a light water based ink.
Distress old paper was used here so you can see it.
This ATC was done with Distress antique linen

Stamp on masking paper and position over the card

Use a positioner again to get the placement of the third tulip

Ta da!
Save the mask to use again.

Use your favorite water medium to color to your hearts content.
The light ink will disappear into the painting.
Outline the flourish with gold gouache or a pen can be used.

was positioned as above, stamped in Versafine Onyx and thermal embossed clear.

Here is the ATC without the masking.

Which do you prefer?
Comments and Questions Welcomed.

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