Monday, June 28, 2010

Life is a Pure Flame redux - Created byhand Challenge

Ever since I laid my eyes on this Tim Holtz Embossing Folder, I had to have it. It had to go with this rubber stamp!
I was a little worried about the theme for this week's challenge (which can be found on the blog and now on Quietfire Creations) then decided, what the heck, I'll use dark red!!
Here is my contribution!

Card Synthesis:
natural cardstock
burgundy cardstock
Life is a Pure Flame
Tim Holtz Embossing Folder - Rays
Glue Dots - Pop Up
Spellbinders Long Rectangles (which are not on my site yet, but yell if you want them there!)

Monday, June 21, 2010

A Different Type of Creativity

Over the last 6 weeks we have been working overtime in order to get my parents estate in shape and sell their home. It's been difficult to come to terms with, but practicality dictates its sale.

Although my Father never worked professionally as a jeweller, he graduated from Ryerson Institute of Technology (about a year behind the famous Bill Reid!) in jewellery design. He was always able to work in metal and wood and passed on that love to me. Some of his best advice was "measure twice, cut once" or "I cut it twice and it was still too short!" and about power tools: "It doesn't stop when you say ouch".
My Mother had a different type of creative streak, one that I lack. She could arrange flowers and "things" like no one I know. Give me some flowers to arrange, and well, you just don't want to be there.... Poor flowers. She created with her hands and heart and loved her gardens.

Their ultimate act of creation was this home overlooking Cowichan Bay on Vancouver Island. They designed it, my Dad built a lot of it. They could be an amazing team. They would kid that he was a do-it-yourself husband with a get-it-done wife. Sadly when she passed away, the get-it-done drive was gone and the spiral staircase in the silo remains unfinished, as have a number of other projects.
If you know of anyone looking for a home on the Westcoast, about 40 minutes from Victoria, there is one available.... Please contact Nick Brown

Pst! It needs a get-it-done person to love it!

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Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Even a Small Star - Card

I made this card last week and am just getting some time to upload it now. I'm keeping with the simplicity theme (because that's what I have time for!) and using the same technique on the wee star that I used for the Designer Project.

Card Synthesis:
Natural Cardstock
Crafts-Too Stars Background Embossing Folder
Spellbinders Classic Rectangles Small
Even a Small Star Quietfire Rubber Stamp
VersaMagic Dew Drop Agean Blue
Navy Cardstock
Jones Tones Plexi Glue
Composition Leaf Rainbow Flakes or other Leaf or Foil

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Life is a Pure Flame

This card is this week's Quietfire Design Team Project. It uses the new rubber stamp "Life is a Pure Flame". To see both new stamps, click here.
To see this card and all the instructions for making it, click here!