Wednesday, June 1, 2022

New Lanterns!


Oh, my! It's been a long time since I posted here!

I'm just popping in to share some new lanterns, available this week at my Silhouette store! These lanterns fold flat for storage or mailing.  You can find the tutorial HERE.



Wednesday, April 7, 2021

Dropping in!

spring flowers and quotes stickers at Silhouette*

 Oooo, it's been a long time since I posted on this blog!  It makes me wonder if it's still "alive".  So much has changed since my last post.  I'm no longer a retailer, I'm no longer with Elizabeth Craft Designs (there are still some of my dies available there), but I'm loving the variety I can create with Silhouette!  

There are lots of my stamps and dies available at Emerald Creek, so make sure you check it out!

I'm still here!

Happy creating! Suzanne

*I have to tell you that if you use that link and purchase something, I might receive a tiny commission - at no cost to you! ;-)

Friday, May 26, 2017

Simple pleasures

I recently ordered these pencils through because I love both products and I can't live without them!

I've used the Staedtler HB pencils for eons for everyday stuff and idea sketching.  My nice stash of them was scattered (hiding) throughout the house. So before panic set in, I ordered more. But.  They don't have an eraser.  I know you'll be surprised, but I need erasers. Yes. Sad, but it's true.

The pencil cap erasers are another ancient art supply that I love.... It's these little things that, when you live without them for a while, you appreciate even more when you get them back.

Just in case you happen to love the same things, they're easy to find, even when you live in the boonies!

Happy Creating!


Monday, May 1, 2017

Mother's Day Card

I just felt the need to colour!  And this is what happened....

It was quick and easy!  Here is how you can do it!

Quietfire Keep Calm and Call Mom
Elizabeth Craft Designs Stitched and Fitted Ovals
Imagine Crafts VersaMagic Midnight Black
Arches 140# HP Watercolour Paper
Ranger Queen's Gold Embossing Powder
Tombow Dual Brush Pens 703, 847,703 and 249
Tombow Mono Adhesive Dot Dispenser
Tombow 3D Foam Tabs
brush for blending
heat tool
Bazzill Cardstocks

  1. Form a 6 x 5" tent-fold card base from light green cardstock.
  2. Stamp sentiment on watercolour paper and immediately sprinkle with embossing powder.  Heat emboss.
  3. Use markers to add colour to petals and leaves.  Blend with water to get a watercolour wash effect.  Allow to dry. Not all markers blend well with water.  Test yours out on a scrap piece of watercolour paper!
  4. Die cut sentiment with stitched oval and mat with a slightly larger fitted oval die cut from dark green cardstock.
  5. Adhere watercolour oval to green oval with Mono Adhesive.  Attach to card front with foam tabs.
Sweet!  I know yours will turn out even better!
Happy creating, Suzanne

Friday, March 3, 2017

With love Friday

I'm back again this Friday with a quick card made by combining two A Way With Words die cuts with the beautiful Maja Design cardstock collection called Summer Crush.

I just love the Maja Papers.  They are shabby and chic and have geometric, floral and subtle patterns in their papers.  I’ve paired them here with Core’dinations solid cardstocks which coordinate (!) beautifully.

I’ve been itching to try out the Scrapbook Adhesives 3D Foam Creative Sheets that I was gifted at Creativation.  Check out how well it worked on “With”!  It's an awesome way to give your words a bit of dimension!  The foam comes in white and black.

So here is how you can make this card....


A Way With Words With Sympathy  Quietfire Site | ECDSite 
A Way With Words Baby love  Quietfire Site | ECDSite 
Maja Design Summer Crush 12x12” collection
Core’dinations cardstock in Harborside and Reflecting Pool
Staples White cardstock
Scrapbook Adhesives 3D Foam Creative Sheets, E-Z Runner and Crafty Foam TapeRoll


1.       Form a tent-fold card base measuring 6 x6” from Harborside cardstock.  Cut a panel from patterned paper measuring  4.5 x 4”.  Cut a mat to create a border approximately 1/8” larger from Reflecting Pool cardstock and another piece of patterned paper to create a mat for the plain cardstock.  Adhere them all together.
2.       Die cut love from Harborside cardstock.
3.       Adhere a piece of 3D Foam sheet to the back of white cardstock, cut big enough for the With die, by removing one of the release sheets on the foam.  Die cut With.
4.       Draw a guide line across the smallest patterned paper panel as shown in my Keeping Your a Way With Words Diecuts Straight video. Remove the release paper from the back of With and carefully lay it down on the patterned paper.  Adhere love as shown in photo.
5.       Adhere patterned papers panel to card base with Crafty Foam Tape. 
6.       Smile and send your card!
Thanks for stopping by for a look.  Have a happy and creative weekend!

Friday, February 24, 2017

Because it's Friday

Hi Artlings!
It's Friday afternoon which is a time when I get a little breather.  All orders are shipped till Monday and other designing has not hit full speed yet! 

Breathe. Play.

This yummy paper from Bo Bunny with its strong winter theme came in yesterday and I have this little box die from Elizabeth Craft Designs - and they needed to go together with an A Way With Words die. Oh, and it SNOWED again today.  This is not typical westcoast weather.  It's still winter....

Here is a project that is so simple it will make you weep.  What a great way to give a little gift! 
Just because.

Elizabeth Craft Designs A Way With Words Because die  Quietfire Site | ECD Site
Elizabeth Craft Designs Lantern Box die
Bo Bunny Winter Wishes 6x6" paper pad
Elizabeth Craft Designs Clear Double Sided Adhesive

  1. Die cut Because from darker gray patterned paper.  Die cut box from two different patterned papers for interest.  They are from a collection, so they coordinate beautifully.
  2. Assemble box with Clear Double Sided Adhesive.
  3. Fill the box!
  4. Tie Because onto the box handle with ribbon.
Thanks for stopping by.  Have a great (and creative!) weekend.

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Holiday Ornaments!

Hi there!  I'm back again today with an idea for a project which I've borrowed from Judi Kauffman and changed to utilize the A Way With Words dies.  You may see her gorgeous projects and ideas HERE.

I simply filled the balls with snowflakes snipped from an inexpensive coiled decoration and a bit of kraft packing. The top of the ornaments were decorated with bits of string and ribbon and diecut foliage (all diecuts from Elizabeth Craft Designs).  Season's Greetings was cut from Shimmer Sheetz and in real life is a better match to the snowflakes inside than I could catch in the photograph!

A Way With Words dies   Quietfire Site | Elizabeth Craft Designs

I hope this gives you some ideas for using up those empty Christmas balls and creating a little cheer with bits and pieces!
Happy creating and Merry Christmas, Suzanne

Monday, December 19, 2016

Wrap it up with AWWW Merry Christmas!

Hi there!  It's Suzanne today sneaking in a giftwrapping project to share with you.  It was supposed to be posted on the weekend, but some other things got in the way.....

I've been wanting to try die cutting fabric with the A Way With Words dies.  Robyn has done some experimenting with fusible interfacing and while I'm thinking of it, we must discuss it further!  I was talking to my friend Jacoline about it and she said why not just use double-sided tape?  Well.  Duh, yeah.  Brilliant thinking! 

This project was quick and easy, so I won't write step by step instructions. I simply cut a piece of Clear Double Sided Adhesive (Elizabeth Craft Designs) large enough for the die.  I peeled the release paper off one side and smoothed on some burgundy silk that I'd had for years.  It has a natural crinkle in it.  Don't choose a fabric like that - but it did work out okay. 

Diecut the fabric.  Now the tricky part.  Peel the release paper off the back of the fabric Merry Christmas.  It comes off fine, but there is not a lot of stiffness there, so peel from one side and adhere it to the gift bag as you roll off the release paper.  And Wow!  It worked!  

Keep in mind it won't hold up to washing, as it would if you used fusible web.  But this technique took no time at all.  I didn't have to get out an iron and fuss with that - AND the final product looks sweet!

The little canvas bag comes from Canvas Corp, the tiny bells and pine cones are Stampin' Up (from my friend Jacoline), the ribbon is hand dyed with Aged Mahogany Distress Ink and well, the cinnamon stick comes from the grocery store!
Go ahead - wrap it up!  Merry Christmas!

Thanks for visiting.  Happy creating, Suzanne

Saturday, October 1, 2016

Welcome to World Card-Making Day 2016

The Quietfire Design Team has made some cool cards to share with you to celebrate this World Card-Making Day!   There are some prizes, too!
All you have to do to be eligible to win a prize is to leave a comment on each blog before midnight, Sunday October 2, 2016.
Here is my project!  I hope it gives you some ideas for your own creations. 
  1. Form an 8.5 x 5.75" tent-fold card base from rusty orange cardstock.  Die cut Autumn and Thanks from Scotch and Rich Amber cardstock.  Die cut the Grapevine Wreath from brown cardstock and the leaves from yellow and orange cardstocks.
  2. Die cut a 4" square panel from Fitted Squares using patterned paper and die cut a mat from Stitched Squares from Burgundy cardstock.  Stamp the sentiment on the patterned paper panel.  Attach patterned paper to Burgundy panel and mount onto the card front using foam tape, positioned as shown.
  3. Brush leaf edges with PanPastels.
  4. Adhere leaves, wreath and words as shown.
Imagine Crafts: VersaMagic Midnight Black
Elizabeth Craft Designs:
A Way With Words 4 Seasons  Quietfire site | Elizabeth Craft Designs
A Way With Words Thanks   Quietfire site | Elizabeth Craft Designs
Grapevine Wreath Round #1139
Stitched Squares #1118
Fitted Squares  #1119
Woodland Leaves  #1092
Core’dinations cardstock: French Roast, Roasted Pepper, Burgundy, Rich Amber, Scotch
Bo Bunny:  Autumn Song
Glue Dots
Elizabeth Craft Designs Clear Double Sided Adhesive
foam tape
PanPastels Permanent Red
Make sure you stop in at the other blogs and leave comments.  You must leave your comment before midnight October 2, 2016.  A winner will be randomly chosen from the comments below.  Here are the other places to visit and comment!
Kathy Jo
Suzanne (you're here now!)

Happy Hopping and Good Luck!

Friday, February 19, 2016

Happy Birthday Kitties

Luckily my oldest son doesn't do social media, so I can share his card before he gets it!

Obviously I needed a "guy" card.  For this child I should have gone with duct tape, but opted for his kitties and Tim Holtz bugs.  The kitties are a cutting file I created from a photograph I took of our furkids a few years ago. (One kitty has since gone to his great kibblebowl in the sky.) 
I think this card will hit the spot!
Quietfire A Way With Words Happy Birthday   Quietfire site | Elizabeth Craft Designs site
Quietfire Digital Cutting File Kitties Collection  Quietfire site | Silhouette site
Tim Holtz Idea-ology Wallflower Paper Stash
Core'dinations Nightfall, French Roast and Rustic cardstock
Elizabeth Craft Clear Double Sided Adhesive
Kool Tak Clear Foam Adhesive

Okay, I mailed this before I took any of the measurements!  I think the final size was about 6 x 6"!

Since Core'dinations has a different coloured core, you will see the core colour along the edge of the cuts.  If you don't like that, use a different type of cardstock!

I think you can probably wing this design without me giving you the step by step instructions, right?

Enjoy your creativity time. Thanks for dropping in!