Thursday, August 17, 2017

A Rustle in the Wind - Fairies!

Some people don't like fairies.  Now I ask you, what's not to like about tiny magical creatures flitting here and there and doing no harm?  I blame my fondness for fairies on my mother....  So if I find a fairy quote I like, sooner or later it will find its way into a rubber stamp!  Here is one of the new ones - it's a set - called A Rustle in the Wind.  The other quote is about magic, so not quite fairies, but close enough!
There is a Fairies Department on the Quietfire site - it's now grown to 5 stamps/sets!

This card is delightfully simple, requiring only some floral designer paper.
Here is how you can make it!

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

A Whisper on My Nose - New Quietfire Snowflakes!

We’re adding to the growing collection of snowflake quotes available on the Quietfire site! I just counted 17 stamps and sets about snow or with snowflakes!   We’re using this new stamp to make a fun card with Distress Oxides. The colours remind you of icy winter days! 
Here is how you can make this card.  I did my best to match the cardstock to the Distress colours.  It took me a while!!

Quietfire A Whisper on my Nose 

Imagine Crafts VersaMark
Imagine Crafts VersaMagic Ocean Depth

Ranger Distress Oxides – Salty Ocean, Cracked Pistachio, Broken China, Peacock Feathers
Ranger Specialty Stamping Paper
Ranger Clear Embossing Powder
Ranger Mini Ink Blending Tool
American Crafts Cardstock - Powder
Core’dinations  Cardstock - Nassau Blue

Scrapbook Adhesives EZ Runner Permanent Strips
Scrapbook Adhesives Crafty Foam Tape

Staples White Cardstock
Spritzer bottle
Craft Mat
Stamp Positioner
Heat tool


1.       Form a 5” square tent fold card base from Nassau Blue cardstock.

2.       Cut a piece of Specialty Stamping paper approximately 6” square. Stamp snowflakes from A Whisper on my Nose stamp set randomly, but avoiding the center of your piece (where you will stamp the sentiment) with VersaMark.  Apply clear embossing powder to the stamped snowflakes and heat emboss.

3.       Apply Distress Oxides to your craft mat, spritz with water and lay your embossed snowflakes face down.  Don’t rub, just press, then lift.  If you like the look, allow to dry.  You can repeat this process, which I did, using more Salty Ocean.  When the piece was dry, blend some more ink on the white spots and then misted the surface.  Allow to dry.

4.       Use a stamp positioning tool to stamp the sentiment with VersaMagic Ocean Depth as shown.  Trim this panel to 4” square and adhere to a mat cut slightly larger from white cardstock. Mat again with Powder cardstock using foam tape and adhere to card base with more foam tape.
Have fun!
Thanks for taking a look!

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Always Lavender

I created this project for the Elizabeth Craft Designs Designer Challenge.  This month the theme is Gift Giving.  Here is a little gift that is fast to make and sweet to give.  You probably already have the dies and an empty shadow frame!  


  1.  Take the frame apart.  You may use any size frame you have on hand, you will just have to adjust the size of the cardstock panels.  Cut a panel from white cardstock the same size as the backing of the frame.  Cut another panel the same size as the glass in the frame.
  2. Position the lavender die in the middle of the white panel that is the same size as the glass. Hold in place with removable tape if you’re worried the die might shift.  Die cut the lavender and put it aside for another project! 
  3.  Place the glass-sized panel on top of the glass and put them in the frame.  Place the other white cardstock panel inside the back of the frame and reassemble the frame. The lavender diecut will float on top of the glass.  No adhesive is needed as the lip of the frame will hold the cardstock in place.
  4. Cut a piece of white ribbon approximately 8” long and adhere at the back of the frame positioned as shown.
  5. Die cut Always from purple cardstock and attach to ribbon.  Smile and give to someone special. Designer Tip: Use one of the other A Way With Words?  There are lots that would be perfect for everyone on your list such as Forever, Because, Remember, Cherish just to name a few!  
 Happy creating! Suzanne

Elizabeth Craft Designs Items:  (Click here for ECD Shopping)
A Way With Words – Always (#1227)  Always may also be purchased on the Quietfire site
Garden Notes – Lavender (#1195)
Soft Finish Cardstock 100 lb White and Perfect Purple
Clear Double Sided Adhesive – 6mm

Other items:
Shadow Frame 4x6”  (this one came from Ikea)
7/8” wide White Ribbon

Monday, August 14, 2017

Nuvo Mousse Resist; It is said that When it is the Darkest; Fiddleheads; Stars

Hello on this wonderful Monday!!!  It's Wanda here today. 

I love resist!!  And it's always fun using something new for that resist.  Today I've used Nuvo Embellishment Mousse as my resist.  I applied the mousse through the star spray using a brush.  You could also use an ink blending tool which would give you a heavier application.  Don't you just love the metallic shine!!

I used a heat tool to be sure the mousse was completely dry and then added Distress Inks.  I used Broken China over the whole panel and then Faded Jeans around the edges working in quite a bit just leaving the Broken China in the center.  I splatter the panel with water and dried it.  

I stamped the Fiddleheads along the bottom.  

The quote (It is said that When it is the Darkest) was stamped with Embossing Ink and embossed with White powder.  The edges of the panel were distressed using a distressing tool and then inked with Black Soot.  *note - I love my distressing tool!!!

Attach panel to next layer, metallic silver cardstock.  Distress the edges and wrap the panel with white paper cord.  Attach to folded white card. 


Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Summer Love with markers on Photo Paper

How is your summer going?  I can't believe it is August already.  Kids start school soon and but before that, we get to go shopping for school supplies.  I LOVE school supplies and office supplies.  I do hate having to find just the right colored folders though.  My favorite purchases are markers... so I thought I'd show you a card I did using a new technique I saw on the Tombow facebook page.  It is so incredibly easy and the end result is amazing.  You can see it in the background of this Summer love card here as well as in the words themselves.

I simply scribbled different Tombow markers on a sheet of acetate, spritzed some water over it and pressed the photo paper to it.  Voila - all done!  (I used the blue, green, and purple from the Primary Palette set.)


This is the final result - it dried very quickly.  And the colors just seem to glow off the paper.

I trimmed the paper to fit an A2 card base and added some seashell outline stickers from Elizabeth Craft Designs filled in with ECD silk microfine glitter.  I added a light gray background using a very old Spellbinders die set - Deckled Rectangles so that the words Summer love would not get lost into the background. The words Summer and love were also made from another sheet using the same technique.

A very fun and easy card to make, especially the background.  It's a great way to make your own designer paper with whatever colors you need.

Monday, August 7, 2017

Friendship mini book

Hi Friends and welcome to the Quietfire blog today.  I have a pretty little mini card book to share that i did using a fun piece of watercolor paper that i had in my stash.

Sometimes you just want to tuck in a little something with your gift with a wonderful message to tell the receiver how much you care about them--- so i had this idea to create a little mini card using a book die i had from Becca Feeken.  I used a piece of watercolor paper and the die to cut this design on the outside and layered another piece under the top layer to make the colors pop.  

Then i cut the inside in the yellow part of the paper that you see below.  The stamp that i picked is called "Friendship isn't a big thing".  It was the perfect size and the perfect sentiment to fit inside my mini book.  And then all i had to do was decorate the outside with a pretty flower and some twine.  It's perfect and it went together so quick.

Here is the stamp and the link just in case you need to order one!!

Be sure and check all the new things in the store, it's pretty amazing!

Have a wonderful and crafty day...


Tuesday, August 1, 2017

"Baby Love" puppy scrapbook page

Hello Crafty Friends!  Kathy Jo here sharing a sweet scrapbook page of my "baby", Teddy.  That's right, the Baby Love die set is perfect for the furry family members, too!  I adore this cute photo of Teddy and had to create a scrapbook page to remember him as a wee puppy.

The Hearts and Paws Prints Spray stencil was also used on the page.  I used texture paste for the paws...
...and brown archival ink with the hearts.
Did you notice the heart in the "a" in Baby?  Brown ink was used in that heart, too.  So cute!
The layout is adorable with the Baby Love die set and Hearts and Paw Prints stenciled details.  Seeing the page makes my heart happy.  :)
Thank you for stopping by!  I do hope you enjoyed the layout.  Feel free to share your "Baby Love" projects via link below or on the Quietfire Facebook page.  Would be great to see what you create!

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

Monday, July 31, 2017

Sunshine, Freedom & a Little Flower - Karen Hasheck, Guest Designer

Karen Hasheck here today and once again, I am honored to be sharing a card with you as a guest design team member. Quietfire Design’s “Just Living is Not Enough” stamp is the focus of this card and one of my favorites from Suzanne Cannon. I am also sharing a new to me fun fold and here are the directions for this card:

Just Living
1.     Cut an A2 sized (8 ½” x 5 ½”) card base out of yellow cardstock and fold in half.
2.     Using temporary tape, attach the folded card to a craft mat and tape down the sunshine stencil from The Crafter’s Workshop over the card. Sponge Mustard Seed Distress Ink through the stencil holes, then remove the stencil.
3.     Die cut a stitched square with a Lil’ Inker die out of the middle left of the card front and stamp the “Just Living” sentiment in the center of the cut out stitched square.

Wishing you Whimsy
4.     Cut a piece of floral designer paper (mine was from The Paper Studio) 5 inches by 7 ½ inches and score at 2 ½” and 5” on the long side.

5.     Stamp “Wishing You” from the WishingYou Whimsy stamp set on the left third towards the top. Die cut and attach “Love” below it. I had to trim just a bit of the swirls on the Quietfire Designs “Love” so it fit on the folded piece.
6.     Attach the floral piece with adhesive only on the far left side of the folded designer paper to the inside of the card.
A Way With Words Love

7.     Fold the floral dp in thirds and from the front, attach the square sentiment piece so it fits perfectly in the square hole in the front.
8.     Die cut Tim Holtz’s Wildflower out of green and pink cardstock, and attach the flower to the front of the card.

I had so much fun playing with Quietfire Design’s gorgeous stamps and dies and hope you have enjoyed the cards I shared as a guest design team member here.
[Thanks so much for joining us Karen and sharing your awesome projects!
Karen can be found on her blog Karen's Kreative Kards.]

Friday, July 28, 2017

Summer Smiles Scrapbook Layout with Butterfly Kaleidoscope Stencil

Hello, Connie Nichol here today with a summery scrapbook layout featuring two Quietfire Design Way with Words dies and the Butterfly Kaleidoscope stencil.

This was a quick and easy layout - I followed (more or less) the July sketch from Creative Scrapbooker Magazine's sketchy gallery.  It's a great sketch to scrapbook six photos.

For the background paper, I sponged two colours of Colorbox Chalk Ink through the butterfly stencil onto a piece of white cardstock.  I love the chalk ink pads, they are nice and juicy and have such lovely colours and a soft finish.  Just use a sponge applicator and dab on as much colour as you are in the mood for.

Add the title - Summer (from the 4 Seasons Way with Words dies) and Sweet (from Sweet Smiles).  Then, it's just a matter of embellishing.  I added some stitching (machine and hand) and some small  circles die cut from an Elizabeth Craft Design shimmer sheet.  Quick and easy but bright and pretty!

Supplies:  Elizabeth Craft Design Moda Scrap cardstock, Way with Words and circle background dies Butterfly Kaleidoscope stencil, Colorbox chalk ink, Brother sewing machine, embroidery thread

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Watercoloring with Reinkers in Summer

Hello!  I wanted to try something new with something old.  A friend recently gifted me with her Stampin' Up! reinkers and I must admit that it sat in a corner for a few months.  I was inspired by Jeanine Dickson (@honeybopsdesigns on instagram) and her use of food coloring for her brush lettering.  So it was just a little leap for me to try reinkers for watercoloring.  I love the vibrant results!  

As you can see below, with just one application of coloring, I get bright results - much faster than with my watercolors.  (And with the kids being home in the summer, I just don't have as much time to play and layer for colors.) The die I used is the Fairy Tale Flower Border die by Memory Box.

I sponged the background and added some water droplets before stamping this beautifully lettered quote.  

I wanted to frame it very subtly so i die cut a rectangle out of the piece and popped up the outerframe on a blue card base.

I hope you like it and if you have some reinkers laying around, let me know if you tried this technique!
In Summer - Mounted
In Summer (mounted stamp)

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