Friday, December 24, 2010

12 Days of Christmas 2010 - Bonus Day!

On the Bonus Day of Christmas.....  We had a extra addition to the swap and those of us who were ready and willing with extra gifties handy jumped up to receive yet another present!
It was the year of the little book for sure! (Great minds think alike!)

This is from Manya in Oregon.  What a little treasure! You can see more detail if you click on each image. Thank you so much!

12 Days of Christmas 2010 - Day 13 (Group 2)

On the 13th Day of Christmas....  okay, there is no 13th Day, right?  Well there is in the 12 Days of Christmas Swap! This was made by Mary-Beth, our fabulous hostess.  I was suppose to open it on Day 3 when everyone else was opening the presents I made.  But I kept it, treasured it, anticipated yet another wee giftie. 

Here is the absolutely delightful creation made by Mary-Beth.  Thank you so much for your hard work Mary-Beth.  You are an expert at organizing us all and stepping in when we had an extra addition at the last minute (ooo! yes, something else to open).  Thank you so much for your dangling decoration.  It's beautiful! (Great wire-wrapping!)

12 Days of Christmas 2010 - Day 12 (Group 2)

On the 12th Day of Christmas....  (I don't think I ever get tired of that song!)
Irene B. in BC gave me this sweet Spellbinders inspired decoration and a wee gift tag!  Very sweet!  I hope I made the folds go the right way....  And it was very difficult to photograph from the "right" angle.  I hope you can visualize what it looks like!  Thank you very much Irene!  Wonderful paper - great idea!

Pssstttt!  It's the Fleur de Lis Pendant here!

12 Days of Christmas 2010 - Day 11 (Group 2)

On the 11th Day of Christmas.....

Wanda sent to me....  Wow!  Well, you can see for yourself.  Thank you so much Wanda!  Amazing.

12 Days of Christmas 2010 - Day 10 (Group 2)

On the 10th Day of Christmas....  Julie B. from Maryland sent me these very cool window decorations! I'm pretty interested how she made the paper translucent because I don't think it's vellum. I haven't hung them in the window yet, although they might cheer me up.  I'm ready to build the Ark over here....  Thanks Julie!

12 Days of Christmas 2010 - Day 9 (Group 2)

On the 9th Day of Christmas.....
Vicky M from Michigan sent me the lovely little notebook!  Thank you Vicky!  You always make something special! You have no idea how much I needed on of these for my purse!

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas

And for a little change of pace....
This is a Telus commercial from a few years ago that I still think of whenever I hear this song.  I just love this hippo!! Her name is Hazina and she's got such personality! I hope you enjoy her, too!

Monday, December 20, 2010

12 Days of Christmas 2010 - Day 8 (Group 2)

On the 8th Day of Christmas....  wow, Sue, very cool!  This wonderful notepad came from Sue B. in Alberta!

Thank you so much! It's really too beautiful to use!

12 Days of Christmas 2010 - Day 7 (Group 2)

On the 7th Day of Christmas.... This was my present from Carolyn A. in Alberta.
What an amazing decoration!  I'm so pleased this little quilled birdie was not crushed by Canada Post.
Thanks so much Carolyn! It's amazing!

Saturday, December 18, 2010

12 Days of Christmas 2010 - Day 6 (Group 2)

My gift for Day 6 was a precious little 12 Days of Christmas book by Jean W. in Washington State.
Each page was a beautiful lavender paper and I love the little wreath charm at the bottom of the stitching.
Thanks very much Jean!


Friday, December 17, 2010

12 Days of Christmas 2010 - Day 5 (Group 2)

My Day 5 present is this amazing Bali Lantern from Bonnie M. in Alberta.  This folds up flat and each panel measures approximately 9x6".
What a great idea!  Thanks so much Bonnie!

12 Days of Christmas 2010 - Day 4 (Group 2)

My Day 4 gift is is a wee luggage tag made by Marg H in Ontario!  The tag is laminated and you can see the crescent shape cut for the thumb to lift to lift the tab revealing my name and address. This is perfect timing Marg.  I will be using it soon!  Thanks so much!

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

12 Days of Christmas 2010 - Day 3 (Group 2)

Well, this is my day.  I hope everyone enjoys their little hanging book decoration!

Here it is opened.

Here is some detail.

Quote:  Angels can fly because they take themselves lightly.  Merry Christmas
And here it is
when it's been "kitty-fied".....  (click on the photo to see the details.... Well, I guess he figured out how to slide the bead down the ribbon to open it....)  I really don't think the teeth marks improved the look.

Thanks for visiting!

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

12 Days of Christmas 2010 - Day 2 (Group 2)

I forgot to add I was part of Group 2 in the first post!  All the gifties I will be posting on this blog are from Group 2.  Some byhandartists are in more than one group.  There might even be some in all three.  Whew, that would be alot of presents to make.

This beauty is from Jane H. in Alberta.  What a lovely little art piece!  I know this photo will not do it justice.  Even the close up won't show its beauty.  I love how she's made the pine needles.  I'd really love to see a step by step set of photos. 
Thank you so much Jane!

The byhandartists 12 Days of Christmas 2010 - Day 1

This swap is so popular that there are 3 separate groups playing this year!  Unfortunately for me, I couldn't seem to put my hands on a basket for a photo of the stash before it was "necessary" to start opening the presents! 

So here is the lovely Day 1 gift from Linda T. in Alberta.  She has used the 12 Days of Christmas Rubber stamps!  I guess that's why she was asking me if I had a stamp that says "On the _ Day of Christmas my true love gave to me".  Ahem.  Quite the oversight on my part.  But in spite of my shortcomings, she made a really lovely book and OH MY! she had fun decorating the paper....  I wish I had been there playing along side her!

Thank you so much Linda!

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Here and There Winter card

Here is another one of these "strapped for time" cards!
Most of the design happens in my head, so when it comes time to make the card, it's fast!

Thanks for visiting!

Saturday, November 27, 2010


Yes, I know I should be doing something else, but this idea has been niggling in the back of my mind for days!

Card Synthesis
Quietfire Design Rubber stamps:
Echo Park Wintertime Cardstock
Brilliance Dew Drops Pearlescent Poppy Stamp pad
Brilliance Platinum Planet Stamp pad
Sparkle Embossing Powder
Pop Dots
Coordinating Cardstock
Spellbinders Wizard
Spellbinders GRAND Labels 4
Red Brads

Friday, November 26, 2010

Silent Night

For those of you who thought I should do more work on my card....

Card Synthesis
Quietfire Design's Silent Night rubber stamp
Spellbinders Grand Caliber
Spellbinders 2010 Holiday Tree
Spellbinders Tags 5 (long tag)
Sizzix Snowflake background from Christmas Set #3
Spellbinders Nestabilities, GRAND Labels 4
Pop Dots
Corner Rounder punch
Tree shaped brads

Thanks for visiting!  Suzanne

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Home is the Heart

This card was embarrassingly easy to make thanks to the Bo Bunny Noel Collection!
The Christmas ornaments and layered look borders are all one piece of 6x6" paper which is backed by the burgundy harlequin patterned paper. This card took about 5 minutes....  Yup! Embarrassed and lovin' it!

Card Synthesis:
Home is the Heart of Life Rubber Stamp
Distress Ink - Forest Moss
Bo Bunny Noel Paper Collection
Double-sided tape
Coordinating Cardstock

Thanks for visiting!  Suzanne

Thursday, November 11, 2010

With Deepest Sympathy

I wish to extend my deepest sympathy from the whole Quietfire Family to  Design Team Member Becca Feeken whose husband passed away last week.

Our thoughts are with you and your family Becca.

Monday, November 1, 2010

Bon Appetit

Happy Halloween - a little late!
As soon as we discussed a Halloween Rolodex Swap, I knew what I had to do.  A coffin shaped card.

I hope you had a great Fright Night and found no spiders in your coffin!
Card Synthesis:
Coffin Template from the Quietfire Design Techniques Gallery
Black Cardstock
Dreamweaver web stencil
Dreamweaver Spider stencil
Dreamweaver Black Matte embossing Paste
Dreamweaver Glossy Black embossing Paste
Red Dot:  Gelly Roll Stardust
Mitchell Roundhand nib for original lettering
Higgins Eternal ink for original lettering
Bienfang 360 Graphics Paper for original lettering
Distress Ink: Black Soot and Antique Linen

Thanks for looking!  Happy creating, Suzanne

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Rolodex Swap - Summer 2010

I just love the Rolodex Swaps on the byhandartists!  My Rolodex is filling with beautiful artwork - this is a way better use for a Rolodex than what they were designed for....

The other day I was showing you my version of the Tim Holtz technique for embossing tags. I had this stuff out and thought, well hey, why not emboss my Rolodex cards?  I didn't have to do anything fancy like for the tags.

Here is the sandwich I used through the Wizard:

And here is a detail of the card (this is one of the variations, there were a few of them)

Card Synthesis:
Tim Holtz Embossing Folder - Bingo & Patchwork
Rolodex punch

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Birthday Card

My friend is celebrating her birthday today...
Happy Birthday Susan!

and she even got her card on time!

Here are some detail photos

Card Synthesis:
Burgundy Cardstock
Decorated Paper
Spellbinders Shapeabilities Fair Isle  Pendant
Spellbinders Lacy Squares
Embellishments: Pearls and Ribbons

Oh and the inside...

Friday, September 17, 2010

Using Embossing Folders on Tags

I was working away adding new things to the site recently and took some time to check out this particular entry on Tim Holtz's Blog. He has solved the problem of directional embossing on a tag!

I carry the Number 8 tags he mentioned in the blog post.
Here is my version of his technique.  It's only a problem with the embossing folders that have direction, like this one.

If you're interested you can check out the tags on my site and his embossing folders - I've just added a couple of folders that initially escaped my collection/detection earlier. You can find them on the Product Update Page along with the other awesome things I've brought in recently.

Another item you might like is the Kraft Tags. Such a yummy colour!

Make sure you're subscribed to the Quietfire emails - Wanda will be teaching an online class on Quietfire Creations next week using Tim Holtz Embossing Folders.  Don't miss it!