Monday, November 21, 2011

When this Christmas - Created by our Friends!

Here are two lovely cards using When this Christmas!  Thanks for sharing, ladies!

This first one is from Karen G in Logan Lake, BC
(we were just discussing people using damask backgrounds in their Christmas cards this year as we were packing your new rubber stamps this morning Karen!)

and the second is from Carole W. - you can read more about it (and see lots of other good stuff) on her blog -
Carole's Soulfelt Creations.  Love the colours!

Thank you so much for using Quietfire rubber!!  I love seeing what you create!

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Warm Winter Wishes

Here is another quick and easy card using Warm Winter Wishes, an embossing folder, cardstock and a bit of decorative paper!
I love the look of blind embossing - that hasn't changed over the years.  Our wedding invitations had a blind embossed snowflake on the front because we had a December wedding!  I might have made my own if there had been easily available embossing machines as there is now.

Card Synthesis:
Distress Inks:  Peeled Paint for the sentiment and Antique Linen for distressing
Sizzix: Textured Impressions Branches, Swirls & Ribbons Set (also used in this card the other day)
Kaisercraft December 25th
Coloured Cardstock: Core'dinations Elements

Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, November 18, 2011

Snowflakes are Kisses - continued in ATC form!

Judi Kauffman shared her "Snowflakes are kisses from Heaven" card with us yesterday.  This morning she surprised us with some ATCs that incorporate the same supplies.  She sent instructions, too.  Thanks again, Judi!

Because ATCs are small, I skipped the embossed notary seals I used for yesterday's 5 x 7 card.  Instead of punched stars, I switched to Silver/Gold Glitter Dots that look like tiny snowflakes falling in the distance.  This contrast in size is what makes the larger snowflakes really pop forward to the eye.  I edged the ATCs with silver (Pentouch from Sakura).  The sentiment, "Snowflakes are kisses from heaven" (stamp from Quietfire Design) and the punched Blue Iris Shimmer Sheetz snowflakes topped with glittery snowflake peel-offs remain the same as on the card - though the snowflakes are one layer, not two.  (Glitter dots, snowflakes, Shimmer Sheetz from ElizabethCraft Design)  Tip: Note that on each ATC one of the snowflakes is cut into two pieces - one piece attached at the top toward the left, the other piece attached at the bottom just below and to the left of the whole snowflake, but not directly below the other half!  This kind of cropping tricks your eye into seeing lots of snowflakes falling from the sky.  If you're not into ATCs, this same kind of smaller scale project would work well for tags or tree ornaments. 

(A side note: I know it's fashionable to write just a few words in a blog or on facebook, but after four decades of teaching it feels like cheating if I don't provide complete information and instructions - and it's really important to me to include the "why" of the project as well as the "how"...I hope you find this useful and worth reading!  Judi K)

Judi Kauffman is author of By the Batch: Creative Cards, Postcards, Envelopes & More
Un-used copies are available from

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Snowflakes are Kisses - Artwork from Judi Kauffman

Our friend and frequent guest designer Judi Kauffman sent us a card that mixes stamping with snowflakes in a unique way.  The snowflakes are blue and gold, not the traditional white.  The card base is glossy coated cardstock folded to an ample 5 x 7.  She also sent instructions, just in case you want to make a card just like her sample.  (Thanks, Judi!)

"Snowflakes are kisses from heaven" is a brand new stamp from Quietfire Design.  I chose Ranger Adirondack Brights ink in Sailboat Blue for the stamping and sponging.  This ink looks soft and pale on the coated cardstock base, brighter and more intense on the matte cardstock rectangle where the phrase is stamped.  I embossed 2.5" gold notary seals with a Cuttlebug folder (Ice Crystals) and used the large circles to draw the eye.  (Tip: take your time peeling the embossed notary seals from the backing - they might tear if you aren't vigilent when lifting the edges)  I punched tiny stars (Fiskars punch) and 1" snowflakes (EK Success punch) from Blue Iris and White Iris Shimmer Sheetz (Elizabeth Craft Designs).  The tiny stars are secured with GemTac glue (Beacon Adhesives).  (Tip: A small dot of glue applied with a corsage pin is all that's needed, I used Embellie Gellie to lift each star and place it atop the wet glue.  The snowflakes are layered in pairs on foam dots to create shadows and extra dimension.  The top snowflake in each pair is embellished with a different snowflake peel-off (Glitter Silver/Gold Peel-offs #7055, Elizabeth Craft Designs).  Not one to be a minimalist, I added sparkly fibers from my stash of knitting yarns, and used Glitter Cardstock (Darice) as the border around the stamped rectangle.

I have been looking for a product like Embellie Gellie for years since a friend showed me a stylus with a similar product on the end, but she couldn't remember what it was called!  Thanks to Judi for that insight.  It is in now on order from my supplier!!  I'm so excited - it will be like having another hand!
Click here to see Snowflakes Are Kisses on the site

Thanks again to Judi for sharing her creation!  And for using Quietfire Design rubber stamps!

Twin Babies in Dandelions

My assistant Jeneen is full of great ideas and this was one of them.  Here is a card she created using the Bosskut Tiny Baby and Dandelion Whispers Embossing Folder.  We think this idea could be expanded to include Christmas themes and single babies.  Too cute!

Thanks for stopping by! Suzanne (and Jeneen!)

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Dona Nobis Pacem - for Christmas

When I sold out of the Wreath Embossing Folder overnight, it left me wishing I'd ordered a lot more!! (These things are hard to predict....)
Here is my "make do" wreath!

Oh, oops, the leaf is over "peace".
I used the Dew Drops and inked up the parts of the stamp separately with different colours.  Easy!  I adore this Sizzix Embossing folder.  It's called Branches, Swirls and Ribbons Set.
Here is a close up.

Card Synthesis:

Thanks for having a look! Suzanne

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Celebrate Marker Card

The lettering for this card was done with the darker purple and then the drop shadow was added with the lightest marker in the set.
The gilded flourish was made with the Quickie Glue pen and the variegated leaf pressed on while the glue was still wet.  I tried using Jones Tones transfer foil, but the pen glue wasn't strong enough.  Not exactly fine gilding, but fun and quick!

Card Synthesis:
Card Blanks
Quickie Glue Pen
Zig Memory Markers - Elegance
Lilac Avenue (Kaisercraft) 6x6 paper pad
Variegated Green Leaf
Xacto Knife
Pentel Clic eraser

Sunday, November 13, 2011

It Is Christmas In the Heart

Here is a quickie card using the new Quietfire Christmas rubber and Spellbinder's dies.
Note:  By popular demand! the whole set of new
are continuing on special until Sunday November 20th!

Card Synthesis:
Quietfire Design Rubber stamp: It is Christmas in the Heart
Distress Ink: Peeled Paint
Core'dinations: 2 green colours from Elements Cardstock

Thanks for dropping by!

Terre Frye - published in Steampunk Magazine

Congratulations to Terre Frye who has been published (again!), this time in Just Steampunk! Terre used the Quietfire Italic Double Stroke Caps in her fabulous bodice creations!

You can find the Double Stroke Caps in the Stamp Department in the Alphabets and Word Stamps.

Thanks so much to Terre for using Quietfire stamps!!

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Postage Stamps - Created byhand Challenge

This week's challenge is postage stamps, so I used the Spellbinders Postage Stamp Nestabilities along with some old nibs I had hanging around.

Card Synthesis
Quietfire Design I Write You Letters
Quietfire Design Flourishing Inside - Hearts
Brilliance Graphite Black Ink
Brilliance Pearlescent Poppy Dew Drop Ink
Blending Tool and Foam
Spellbinders Postage Stamp Nestabilities
Quietfire Chipboard
Walnut Ink
Gillott 404 pointed nib
7 Gypsies' Global Collection 6x6 Paper Pad
Core'dinations Coloured Cardstock
Diamond Glaze (for attaching all the nibs together)
Mica (base for nib "heart")

Calligraphers aim for high contrast between thick and thins in their strokes, so it pains me to see what can happen on certain papers with certain inks.  I really wanted to use the Chipboard.  First I used Black Archival Ink and it blurred - that's the top sample. 
By switching to a pigment pad, the ink doesn't sink into the chipboard so much and the letters are much clearer. Su-zed-q is a now a happy stamper!
Archival ink is a great ink!  Just not on absorbant chipboard.

Friday, November 11, 2011

Dona Nobis Pacem

Remembering all those who gave their lives.
11:00 ~ 11 ~ 11 ~ 2011

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Quietfire Christmas Rubber Stamps 2011

Here are the new Quietfire Design Rubber Stamps for the Christmas season!  All of the 11 new stamps are available as a pre-order till Friday, November 11, 2011 at 54% off the individual price.  The stamps may be purchase individually, too! 

See them all here!  You can see more detail if you look at the individual stamps.

I'm Telling You is designed to fit on Spellbinders Labels 22

I hope you like them - there are cheeky ones in there, too!

Wednesday, November 2, 2011


Here's my first attempt at carving just the skin from a pumpkin!

I enlarged the Boo stamp from the Quietfire Design Wicked 2011 rubber stamp sheet.  As you can see, I didn't get everything lined up quite right!  I'll do better next year!  And we were so late getting pumpkins that there were none left with stems!  :-(

Thanks for visiting!  Hope you're recovered from Halloween!