Saturday, June 30, 2012

Happy Canada Day Weekend!

Have a very safe and happy
Canada Day!

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

The Hum of the Bees - Card

I wanted to show off this Cuttlebug embossing folder - I brought the set in because I love the bees!

These are the eensy, weensy blossoms from the Spellbinders Whimsy die set.  I popped the pearls into the middle of the blossom as well as nestling the slightly larger ones around the outside.

Card Synthesis:
I used the blending tool with the Distress Ink to colour the backs of the flower diecuts as the paper is single sided.  I love the little tiny flower from the Whimsy set. (But what really attracted me to the Whimsy set was that butterfly which I will use in something else soon!)
I chose Distress Tea Dye for shading the bee embossed paper, because it had that tinge of orange-peach which went with the paper.
Archival Ink was used to stamp the sentiment.

Quietfire Rubber Stamp: The Hum of the Bees from the Garden Delights Stamp set. (Yes.  Really.  I cut off the attribute! Link is in image below)
Cuttlebug Embossing Folder set: Sentimental
Prima Almanac A4 Paper Pad
Spellbinders:Pagemaps Whimsy, Labels 10, Classic Ovals Small, Labels 20
Distress Ink: Tea Dye and Black Soot (link to Distress Ink, click image below)
All links go to

Thanks for stopping by! Suzanne

Friday, June 22, 2012

Find Yourself a Cup - Card

I've had this little pile of Kanban paper lying around for months, meaning to make a card to show off what amazing paper this is.  I think Kim Prince's recent creation using brown tipped me over the edge!  Seeing her card and dealing with the frustrations of a new computer sent me to the drafting table.  And then when I was frustrated with the way the card was developing, I went back to the computer frustrations!
I was pretty pleased with the way this card turned out.  The bow really finished it well. (Thank you Becca Feeken and her Bow Maker!)

Kanban Paper is wonderfully thick cardstock - rich and elegant.

There are two sets of diecuts available on the site, Afternoon Cuppa and Coffee Shop Delights  and I chose Afternoon Cuppa for this card. Kanban has absolutely wonderful browns that coordinate so beautifully.

I used a few different sheets of Kanban paper, besides the diecuts.  And I went for the combination of Spellbinders Labels 20 and Floral Ovals that I used with some success recently.  I also got to add in the Romantic Rectangles, too! I highly recommend adding wax paper to your sandwich when diecutting intricate dies.  I used my awl quite a lot to poke out the little bitties. 

I pulled the pink into the Label 20 diecut by blending the Distress Inks listed below with the Foam Blending Tool.  If you use at least two colours (one after the other, not at the same time!) you get more depth. You can click on the images below to see them a bit larger.

This bow is the double-tailed bow - directions are on the DVD that comes with the Becca Bow Maker.  Nice, huh?
Quietfire Design's Find Yourself a Cup rubber stamp
Archival Ink: Jet Black - for stamping the quote
Kanban Papers: Afternoon Cuppa (I used both a diecut and the paisley cardstock), Shabby Chic Dots - Pink,  Shabby Chic Polka Dot - Chocolate
Cardstock (for card base)
Distress Inks: Spun Sugar, Victorian Velvet, Frayed Burlap (see link for Distress Inks below)
other supplies: links go to

Thanks for having a look. Have a creative day! Suzanne

Glitter Rolodex Swap 2012

I love my Rolodex!  Nope, don't have any contacts in it, just great art - which is, I suppose, a connection to great people.
When Robyn Josephs suggested a Rolodex Glitter Swap, I was all in. Here is my offering.

I am not a glitter gal, but I sure had fun with this!  Not to mention my space is covered in little stars from the Spellbinders Star Circles die.  It's like a little bit of the sky fallen just for me! (and my vacuum....)

To see all the Rolodex cards for this swap, Robyn has photographed them and they are on her blog.  A round of applause to all the players and a standing ovation to Robyn for being our Hostess with the Mostess!

Card Synthesis
Gitter Ritz - Limited edition Vintage Christmas set (I'm hoping this set will be re-issued this year!)
Quietfire You Are Amazing Rubber stamp
Distress Shabby Shutters Stamp Pad
Kaisercraft Magnolia Grove 6x6 paper pad
White Cardstock
Spellbinders:  Star Circles, Star Button from Home Sweet Home
An old EK Sucesss punch
Country Red Waxed Linen Thread - 4 - ply
Rolodex hole punch - from Staples, I think!

Links to to

Thanks for taking the time to visit! Suzanne

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Thinking of You - Card

I really set out to feature this embossing folder from Crafts-Too because I think it's gorgeous.  And then I kind of covered it up!

This is one of my favourite Kaisercraft papers; Blae & Ivy

Card Synthesis
Quietfire's Thinking of You
Crafts-Too Embossing Folder: Leaves
Spellbinders: Floral Ovals, Labels 20
Kaisercraft Blae & Ivy
Distress Inks used were Bundled Sage and Weathered Wood

other items: Links go to

Thanks for stopping in! Suzanne

Sunday, June 10, 2012

A Basket of Tulips - Just Because

I love this die from Cottage Cutz! It's so cheerful. What could be better than receiving a basket of tulips?

Card Synthesis:
Quietfire Design's Just Because from the 10 Tiny Tag Sentiments and the Garden Delights Oval from the Garden Delights set (click the icons below)
Spellbinders Nested Lacey Pennants
Cottage Cutz Filigree Tulip Basket (4x6")
Kaisercraft English Rose Collection 6x6" paper pad
Distress Ink: Dusty Concord, Worn Lipstick, Spun Sugar, Peeled Paint and Shabby Shutters (most colours used for shading and colouring - sentiments stamped with Dusty Concord)
Icon links to to

Thanks for visiting! Suzanne

Friday, June 8, 2012

Just for You Card

I really love the new Memory Box dies.  Many of them are very fine and delicate and I really wanted to show this one off without a lot of "clutter" around it.  I'm not quite sure I succeeded!

Card Synthesis
The bow was created with the Becca Bow Maker.It's so fast and easy to make bow with that baby!! I originally wanted to put the box under the Floral Square die cut, but it looked so cute along the side, that I caved.  I was going to use a diecut for the quote, but they all seemed too large, so I just cut and stacked rectangles.
Memory Box Floral Square die
Distress Ink was Peeled Paint
Paper was Kaisercraft English Rose
I used tiny little Micro Pop Dots for the Floral Die

Thanks for stopping by! Suzanne

Into the Unknown - Wheresoever You Go - for Mich

Excuse this digression....
When I left home and went off to school, it was a bus-ferry-bus/5hour trip home.  I came home lots of weekends and every summer till I graduated, and even then was only an hour drive from "home".  I think it was an easy transition for both me and my parents.

Today our youngest left to find work in Alberta.  He's headed for Edmonton, 1200km from here, in his 20 year old Volkswagen Corrado.  All week I've felt like I've been on a rollercoast headed for a cliff.  I rolled off that cliff this morning at 6 a.m.
Almost too late, I thought that maybe I should make him a card.  Of course this quote crossed my mind...
But I thought that might be a little heavy.  He was already nervous!  So I went for this:

Mich (pronounced Meesh - he's Michel Antoine - Daddy is French-Canadian) is a born button-poker and loves anything with wheels, so Tim Holtz came to the rescue for my card creation.  On the inside I wrote "And your TimCard" and gave him a pre-loaded (and re-loadable online by me, thanks Mom!) Tim Horton's gift card.

I haven't had a text or phone call yet (yeah, okay, I know, it's only been 7 hours!).  I guess that's a good sign.  1200km isn't very close.  Thank goodness there are direct flights from here to there.

Halloween 2011 - he's humouring me!
When I left home, I had a concrete set of plans till I finished school.  Although he has been promised a job when he gets there, he really is jumping into the unknown. I would never have done that and I applaud him.  He wants to get a job, make money and be able to put money on my TimCard! 

I celebrate Mich's uniqueness, his humour, his love for his friends, his ability to survive the deep difficulties school threw at him and his drive to succeed in spite of those difficulties.

Who knows?  He might be back in a month. He knows the door is always open.  Although his room may have shrunk considerably, as his brother is tweaking the floor plan for his move into Mich's much larger bedroom....

Mich turns 19 on July 1.  My Canada Day baby. 

Thanks for visiting! And now back to our regularly scheduled programming.

Card Synthesis
Quietfire's Wheresoever you go  I always think this is a wonderful quote for a graduation.
Quietfire's Bon Voyage from 10 Tiny Tag Sentiments
Tim Holtz Old Jalopy die
Tim Holtz embossing folder Rays
Spellbinders Lacey Pennants