Saturday, November 28, 2015

Seasonal Best Wishes

You know how when you start playing with things and you get on a roll?  Well that's what happened with this card!  It's so easy for me to get distracted by the next challenge on my plate that I often make one thing and that's it.

This is a bit of a continuation of my blog hop card.  I've been wanting to use this gorgeous poinsettia die for ages.  And I found another die that was very calligraphic and would compliment the lettering.

A fun thing about this card is that although it is a Christmas card, it does not say it directly.  (But it could be stamped or diecut on the inside)


Quietfire A Way With Words Best Wishes   Quietfire site | Elizabeth Craft Designs site
Elizabeth Craft Designs: Poinsettia 1067, Flourishes & Branches 1034 
Core'dinations Red Rose Cardstock
American Crafts Kraft Cardstock
Worldwin Petallics Spring Larch Cardstock
Crafty Foam Tape Roll ,Glue Dots
Be Creative Tape
Tim Holtz Ideology Ruler
Soapstone Pencil

  1. Form a 6.75 x 5.75" tent-fold card base from red cardstock.
  2. Cut a 6.25 x 5.25" panel from kraft cardstock and mat with a 1/8" larger panel of Spring Larch with double-sided tape.  Mount panels on card base with foam tape.
  3. Die cut Best Wishes from red cardstock. Die cut filigree poinsettia and its backing from red and one backing from Spring Larch cardstock.  Cut one flourish from Spring Larch.
  4. Assemble the poinsettia as shown with foam adhesive.
  5. To line up the diecut letters, align the bottom of the card with a line on the ruler and draw a line with a soapstone pencil. (or you could use a small t-square)
  6. Roll micro Glue Dots with your fingers and use them to adhere the diecut words and flourish to the card front as shown.  Align the words along the soapstone pencil line.  Brush off the soapstone pencil line with your fingers, your sleeve or an eraser!
  7. Attach the poinsettia to the card front with foam adhesive.

Thanks for stopping by and having a look!

Friday, November 27, 2015

Sentiments of the Season Blog Hop - Season's Greetings Poinsettia

Welcome to the final day of Sentiments of the Season Blog Hop!

We’re giving away a prize for each of the Sentiments of the Season blog post.  The posts will be on our Designers’ personal blogs and on Quietfire Creations.  All you have to do is leave a comment on their Sentiments of the Season blog post and you will be entered in a chance to win one of our stamps or dies.  Each designer will randomly choose the winner from their comments.  

Here are direct links to previous sources of inspiration this week!

The other blog to visit today is 
Diana's Blog!
Make sure you leave a comment on each blog hop post to be eligible to win a prize!
The deadline for leaving comments is Sunday, November 29th at midnight PST.
Good Luck! 

When I started this card, I had no firm plan and it became a what-do-I-feel-like-playing-with time!  Now the great thing about poinsettias is that their coloured petals and leaves are the same, so wherever you put the red and green will never be a mistake!  This is how today's poinsettia turned out.  Tomorrow's will be different!

I love tone on tone, but in this case the Season's Greetings diecut would have been swallowed up by the background! A tiny little dropshadow fixed that.  I hope you find some ideas for your own creations here! 

Quietfire A Way With Words Season's Greetings  Quietfire site | Elizabeth Craft site
Black Embossing Powder
Core'dinations Poinsettia (really!) cardstock
Worldwin Petallics Spring Larch cardstock
Tombow Dual Brush Pen Markers: 249, 192, 993, 856, 847

  1. Form a 5.5 x 7.75" card base from Spring Larch cardstock. Cut a red panel measuring 4.5 x 6.75".  Mat with a black panel.
  2. Die cut Season's Greetings once from red cardstock and twice from Spring Larch cardstock.
  3. Stamp the poinsettia on watercolour paper and heat emboss with black embossing powder. Apply marker colour and quickly blend with water from water brush. Use an HB pencil to shade around the leaves and flourishes and form a dropshadow. Trim close to the edges of the flourishes and round the corners of the rectangle.
  4.  Mount the red Season's Greetings on one of the green diecuts offsetting them slightly to give a dropshadow effect. Mount the poinsettia panel on the other green Season's Greetings so the words don't show, but the flourishes look like an extension of the poinsettia's flourishes.
  5. Use foam tape to attach the red/black panel to the card base and the poinsettia to the red/black panel as shown.  Use clear foam tape to attach the diecut below the poinsettia.

Thanks for stopping by and having a look!

Friday, October 2, 2015

Great Canadian Scrapbook Carnival

If you've been reading the newsletter, then you'll know I got out of the house! 


 Quietfire Design invaded Edmonton a few weekends ago!  I had a booth at the Great Canadian Scrapbook Carnival hosted by Canadian Scrapbooker Magazine. Here are a few more photos from that event.

Before I left, kitty gave his stamp of approval to the brand new banner. He would have liked to be rolled in the banner and come with me to visit his daddies, but....

Susan and I had a hard time deciding where to put the banner in the booth, but I think we did the right thing!

I queried the Quietfire Design Team about things that drew them into a booth at an event like this and Sherry said "Great samples!"  She was absolutely right!

Yvonne's gorgeous card drew an amazing amount of attention.  The glitter on the snowflakes was like a beacon to crafters as they walked around the booths!  Needless to say, we sold out of the stamp the first day.  If you want to read more about Yvonne's card, you can see it on this post on Quietfire Creations.

Diana's Peace card drew a lot of love, too! You may read the details about this card here.

As I mentioned in the newsletter, scrapbook enthusiasts came from all over and purchased seats in the "corral" and sat  and created (and shopped) and took classes for 2 days.  Here is the view from our booth.


Along one side of the corral, was a long table, lovingly called the "Loonie Bar" where, for a loonie, you could do a make and take.  The wonderful Kim Goudy guided our patrons as they assembled our Make and Take.  Thanks so much Kim!  It was an absolute pleasure to meet you!

The new A Way With Words dies were very popular.  It was with a bit of surprise that I was telling people they'd only been available for six weeks, because I've been "living" with them for months!

Here is another card by Wanda that attracted a lot of attention. It's amazing how the detail on the Merry Christmas Snowflakes shows up!


Thanks to everyone who shopped at the Quietfire booth.  It was a pleasure to meet you all.  Thanks to Yogi Grunwald for coming up from Calgary for a visit (Ha! really she was shopping. I would have loved to follow her around! Of course she doesn't shop at my booth because she has everything... Her sample card with quilling received a lot of poking and love.).

A huge thanks to the members of my Design Team who sent samples to display.  They were oogled and loved by everyone! 

Thanks to Katharina Doyle and Jackie Ludlage from Canadian Scrapbooker magazine for making this such an amazing event.  I hope they'll let me come back next year!  

And the biggest thanks of all to my friend Susan Ewart.  I could not have done this without her. She's helped me with many events like this over the years and is a genius when it comes to the practical things.  She let me stay with her and fed me popcorn.  It was perfect! (almost like old times way back in Surrey!)

Thanks for stopping by having a look at my adventure in the big city!  
Happy creating, Suzanne

Monday, June 22, 2015

Oh, Canada! Paper Garden Contest

I was lucky enough to receive a wonderful paper pack from Tiffany at the Paper Garden filled with red and white papers to celebrate Canada Day and to enter her Canada Day Card Challenge! There are prizes - including the all important maple syrup!!  (I'm entering but don't vote for me!)  The Sign-Up page is hereYou can see the submissions here.

I was really curious what papers would cut on the Silhouette Cameo, so I used her papers for this week's submissions to the Silhouette Design Store.  I'm delighted to say that all the papers cut very well, even the very heavy Curious Metallic Red Lacquer.

So here are this week's red and white Canada Day projects!

 The Canada Day Accordion card or Decoration Silhouette cutting file can be found here on the Silhouette Design store.

I used the Paper Garden's
Aura Scarlett Linen Cover Weight Cardstock (which has a wonderful linen texture)
Aura Solar White Cover Weight Cardstock

The  Maple Leaf / Canada Day card appears like the one on the left on the Silhouette site, but the file includes a white panel should you wish to use it.  Silhouette wants pure white backgrounds to their photos, so the card with the white panel would have disappeared!  I used the gorgeous Curious Metallic Red Lacquer for this card and used blade depth 7 and a double cut.  It cut beautifully.  If you click on the image for a closer look, you might see the metallic shine.

The last Canada Day project this week is the Canada Day BBQ Decorations.  It includes a bottle tag (yes!  go ahead, use it on a wine bottle - a wine bottle was too tall for my photo!), a flameless votive wrap and a wrapper for your utensils and napkins.  If you make the votive wrapper bigger it could be a crown(!) or table or cake decoration.  For these I used Basis Red and Aura Solar White.

For our American friends, I also design a 4th of July BBQ set. You might want to change the colours around.  Again, because of the white background requirement, I had to use blue for the main shapes!  I wanted to use white!  :-(

Thanks for  having a look today!  Don't forget to enter the Paper Garden's Canada Day Card Challenge.  As well as cardstock (LOVE those metallics!) they carry envelopes, favour boxes, ribbon and more!

Happy Canada Day! I guess I should send these to my sweet younger son.  He arrived 22 years ago inside Burnaby Hospital with fireworks at the same time as the fireworks outside on Canada Day!
Smiles, Suzanne

Friday, June 5, 2015

Butterfly Framed Happy Birthday Card

Here is a sweet card I assembled using the elegant butterfly frame card that is in the Silhouette online store. 

Elegant Butterfly frame card

 Even without the extra butterflies, it's a really nice frame and can be made in all sorts of colour combinations! The card, frame and butterflies are all part of the cutting design and was cut with the Silhouette Cameo.

 I combined Michaels Recollections cardstock and Graphic 45 patterned paper for this card.

I used Pop Dots under the frame mat and Mini Glue Dots to hold on the butterflies.

Happy Family Days stamp set

The stamp is from Happy Family Days and was stamped with VersaMagic Malted Mauve.

 Thanks for stopping in and having a look!

Saturday, May 30, 2015

Layered Thanks

The new issue of Canadian Scrapbooker Magazine it out now!  As usual, it's loaded with good stuff!

 And then you can see a couple of my cards.....
Here is a close-up of one!

This card is made using the partial die cutting technique (click link for tutorial) and overlapping and layering those partial die cuts.

This card measure 6 ¾ inches x 4 ¾ inches 
Ink: Tsukineko/Imagine Crafts VersaMagic Perfect Plumeria
Core’dinations Purple Grandeur, Rustic, Tangerine
Bazzill Peach
Die cutting machine: Spellbinders Grand Calibur

Thanks for stopping by!
Keep on creating! Suzanne