Friday, April 17, 2015

MC Mar/15 - Delphinus Tags - Enjoy Your Day - HB'm finally getting around to uploading this card... not my usual style using all these little tags... but I love the Creative Expression edge. And I'm using some flowers made from beads melted in my toaster oven - love the antique look of them. And I'm using Quietfire Design eCut file ("Happy Birthday) available on the silhouette onLine store. And a bunch of quote/sentiemnt stamps from Suzanne... ("Always Be My Friend" 3 pce set) ("Twirl & Enjoy" 3 pce set) did I use enough "and's" BIG GRIN

Click on any image to see all the details and descriptions. Enjoy

And it fits for these challenges:
Craftin Desert Divas  #55 anything goes
Craft your Passion  #237 anything goes
Incy Wincy Designs  #291 wet or dry embossing
Stamps Fun Creativity  #24 favorite punch (Martha Stewart "Cherish")
Crafty Sentiments  anything goes
Fantastic Tuesday  #81 pearls
Papertake Weekly  words as main focus
Penny's Challenges  #223 for a girl
Alphabet Challenge  E for eye catching borders
Polka Doodle Challenge  #16 pink & pretty
Pile It On Challenge  #64 frames or borders

Saturday, April 11, 2015

MC Apr/15 - Side Easel - Believe Die - When You Get
And another take on the split front theme... this time added a see through glitter layer and using the ""Believe"" die from Suzanne - and it was die cut from a reject background - I'm using my stash... but it's still not going down. Sigh!!

Added butterflies and dragonflies and some little flowers - all from my stash... I love maidenhair ferns. Actually I love most ferns, used to grow a whole pile of them... but now I have to make do with stamp and stencil images - no energy to take care of ferns, they don't do well with my neglect...

And I'm using some stamps from Quietfire Design  ""When You Get to the End...""; ""Flourishes 1" 5 pce set), to see all the details and descriptions etc, just click on any card image. Enjoy

And it fits for these challenges:
Pan Pastel UK  #7 spring colors(2nd entry)
Fab n Funky  #254 Bingo: kraft, shaped, stitches: sentiment, digi, die; punch, flower, charm
Brown Sugar Challenge  #141 Distress
Crafts 4 Eternity  #221 texture
Crafty Catz Weekly  #274 2 or more DP
JW Scrapshack  #83 florals & BFlies
SisterAct Card Challenge  #101 anything goes
Little Scrap Pieces  anything goes
All Sorts Challenge  #306 Bingo:  gems, lace, brads; ribbon, flowers, dies; sentiment, pearls, stitch
Hiding in My Craft Room  #195 use your scraps

Friday, April 10, 2015

MC Apr/15 - Easel - Thanks Die - Give Thanks
One of the challenges called for a split front... and this is what evolved. 

I'm also using one of the newest dies ""Thanks"" by Suzanne at Quietfire Design, and a couple new stamp sets ""Thanks Cuddler"" 7 pce set & ""Give Thanks"" 2pce set can see all the details and descriptions etc, by clicking on any card image. Enjoy

And it fits for these challenges:
Fashionable Stamping  #95 sewing
MFP Stamps Shop  #256 cut out a panel
Cute Daisy May  Monthly April Flowers (2nd entry)
Four Crafty Chicks  #241 die cuts
Little Miss Muffet  #109 anything goes
Crazy Challenge  #194 florals
Suzy Bee's Blooming Challenge #75  spring flowers

Thursday, April 9, 2015

MC Apr/15 - Quill - Garden Vine Celebrate - Enjoy Your day over at Quietfire Design came out with another cutting file available on the Silhouette onLine store that I really love. I mean I love most of her files, but some speak to me more than others and this "Garden Vine Panel Card" file was one of them... I also used the butterflie from the same file as part of the front flap closure.

I've paired it up with some of my quilling and another of Suzanne's eCut files the "Celebrate" word. to see all the details and descriptions, just click on any card image. Enjoy

I'm also using Quietfire Design quote stamps "Twirl & Enjoy" 3pce set; "Butterfly Circle - May the Wings" 5 pce set

And it fits for these challenges:
Inky Impressions  # 204 Spring
Lil Red Wagon   #284 spring
Penny's Challenges  #222  anything goes
Simon Says Stamp Challenge  spring flowers
The House That Stamps Built  #48 heat embossing
Red Rubber Designs  #215 spring flowers
Deep Ocean Challenge  #101 Things with wings
Poppy Stamps Challenge  #7  Spring Fever
Virginia's Views Challenge  #14 layers & dimension

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

MC Apr/15 - Quill - Cactus - Hugs - As You Dream
And I'm continuing to carve my own stamps, this time some cactus plants adding quilled elements... and eCut file by Suzanne availalble on the Silhouette (Hugs & Kisses) onLine store, and some quote/sentiment (As You Dream; Twirl & Enjoy; Just For You) stamps from Quietfire Design.

You can see all the details and descriptions by clicking on any card image. Enjoy

And it fits for these challenges:
Sir Stamps a Lot  monthly April Pink
Loves to Scrap Challenge  #52 dots or stripes (used both)
Crafty Sentiments  lots of flowers
Creative Card Crew  #84 handmade flowers
Tuesday Throwdown  #239 friendship
The Paper Shelter  #198 BD with sentiment

Monday, April 6, 2015

MC Apr/15 - Quill Water Lilly - Hello - A Smile - HB started carving rubber stamps again... I needed a big lily pad leaf BIG GRIN, so carved it from Clear Carve Lino. It's good stuff, love that its clear and I can see where I'm stamping.

Also using water droplet stamp from Designs by Ryn. She's got really nice stamps.

The Water Lily was a take on one my quilling friend was trying to make, so I thought I'd try making one too. Love the way it turned out, although I don't see myself making too many of them. Takes quite a bit of quilling paper and time, plus it's 5/8" high...

I'm using one of Suzanne's (Quietfire Design) newest dies "Hello". A birthday sentiment stamp ("Happy Birthday Plain and Simple" 7pce set). And parts of 2 other stamps for the quote ("A Smile is the Best" & "Always Be My Friend" 3pce set);

Anyway to see all the details and descriptions for this easel card just click on any image. Enjoy

and it fits for these challenges:
Gloria Designs Challenge  monthly Green
Frosted Designs  drip drip April showers
Crafty Calendar Challenge  monthly April add a sentiment
Penny Black at All Sorts  monthly April  Birthday
Craftin Desert Divas  #54  Anything goes

Craft Your Passion  #256 anything goes
Hiding in My Craft Room  #194 spring
Corrosive Challenges  #221 spring
Pan Pastels UK  #7 spring colors
Pile It On Challenge  #63  dies/punches
Fantastic Tuesdays  #80  dies or punches
Loves Rubber Stamps  #146 anything goes
Papertake Weekly  anything goes
TTCRD  #7 - 14 anything goes
Designs By Ryn  monthly  April anything goes using Ryn's stamps

Winner Die-Ing for Spring

Hi all - just a huge thank you to all you bloggers who commented on my Die-Ing for Spring blog hop post. It was so nice to read all your wonderful comments. Made me smile each day....

and my winner is Marilyn
 newfiecrafter said...
Love your cards so much detail and inspiration in your tutorials . Thanks for sharing 

Please contact Suzanne directly to claim your prize.
You will find her email address on the right side of the QuietfireCreations blog.

Have a great day everyone.

DT Apr/15 - Heirloom Roses - Those Who Find - HB turn on the Quietfire Creations Blog today.  I just got a few new crafting tools... and I have to say that the Hybrid Heirloom Roses (Die-Namics) is the BEST rose die I've come across... It's a 3 piece die set. The center cluster is one of those coil type that just shapes so beautifully without having to adjust or force it to shape. It's beautiful just on it's own too. But when paired with the other two layers - I'm loving it. Can you tell BIG GRIN

The other die I'm in love with is another Sue Wilson (Creative Expression) die from the Gemini series "Lyra". It makes such a gorgeous edge - sigh!!
So now on to the card BIG GRIN

I'm using a bunch of sentiment stamps on the front ("Happy Birthday Plain & Simple" 7 pce set) and a quote stamp on the inside ("Always Be My Friend" 3pce set) from Quietfire design.

Click on any image to see more details and descriptions, or click here to go to my web page. Enjoy

And it fits for these challenges:
Loves Rubber Stamps  #145 favorite embellies (rhinestone flourishes & home made flowers
TTCRD  #31 - 6  anything goes
Pennys Challenges  #221 anything goes
Simon Says Stamp Challenge  birthday

Top Tip Tuesday  #150   yellow
Crafty Creations  #286 anything goes
Frilly and Funky  use ribbon
Art Impressions Stamps  #156 spring colors
Little Miss Muffet  #108 Spring colors
Crafty Catz Weekly  #273 anything goes
JW Scrapshack  #82 anything goes
Polka Doodle Challenge  #14 dies
SisterAct Card Challenge  #100 anything goes
Suzy Pants Smarty  #74 pastel colors
Cute Daisy May  monthly April flowers
Die Cut Divas monthly April  In the Garden
Our Creative Corner  monthly April  spring colors
The Crafting Cafe  monthly April  Flights of Fancy
Reasonable Ribbon  #115 things with wings + ribbon
Artistic Inspirations  #128 flowers
Card Mania Challenge  #67 flowers
Melon Headz  spring
Oh La La Creations  #177 spring
Stamps Fun Creativity  #244 bling
The Pink Elephant  #293 pastel colors
Creative Cutting Challenge  #51 floral
Southern Girls Challenge  #107 punches or dies
Catch the Bug  anything goes

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Baked Beads - flowers and things

I'm loving making these baked bead flowers and things... Thanks to one of our quilling gals for letting us know how to make them BIG GRIN - see below for the instructions

I first tried them with the clearer type diamond shaped beads (3rd row) - the beads I wanted weren't available at my local Michaels sigh!! so had to make do. But as it turned out, it worked with them too.

packaged beads
So then I got to thinking - OK if it works with those, how would it work with the white pearly type beads (top row) - and I was soooooo pleasantly pleased and surprised. I got these vintage looking things - all crinkly and aged.

Then I traded some beads with another one of my quilling galls - the long type of beads (bottom row). She was having troubles with them and I can understand that. But it gave an interesting shape as well.

And I finally found the beads that were originally recommended and they worked like a charm (2nd row above pic). Sheesh.

The bead image at right: the big container holds the recommended beads. Then the white beads and then the diamond shaped clear iridescent beads.

So after doing a few bakings and getting a little frustrated because my beads were rolling all over the place when I tried to put them in my toaster oven... so I said to myself, why not glue them down... So I punched out a 1/2" circle and put a small bead of glue around the outer edge and then placed my beads down. The small amount of glue was enough to keep the bead from rolling. PS your beads HAVE to TOUCH each other so that when they soften they will meld together and your flower won't fall apart.

You may notice from the pic below, some of the beads are standing up and some are on their sides. Works either way. I did notice that some colors are harder to smooth out when baking (the deep red - 2nd row in the 1st pic above).

For some I added a bead in the flower center when starting, and they melted and created a nice flower.
For others I pulled the tray out of the oven and placed a half pearl in the center (the vintage ones - see pic above for end result) then put it back in the oven for a few minutes more. For another one I added a  rhinestone and pressed it down into the center while the flower was hot - I did not re-bake those.

When I pulled them out of the oven I squished the shape with my fingers to make sure everything was touching and the right shape. PS you can put it back in the oven if it starts to harden before you're done.

The recommended temp was 275º F for 40 minutes. I did them at 300ºF for 10 minutes. Some took a bit longer and some took more fiddling, so just keep heating and playing with them till you're happy. Make sure your oven is holding the right temperature - toaster ovens are notorious for being inaccurate...

Click on any image to enlarge. Have fun and enjoy.

Monday, March 30, 2015

MC Mar/15 - Believe Die - Embossed & Gelli Plate cards - Die-ing For Spring Blog Hop

card on left:     card on right:
Welcome to the Quietfire Design Die-Ing for Spring Blog Hop
March 30 to April 3rd 
Prizes to be won by commenting on the blog posts.
Here is our Blog Hop Schedule and the dates each designer will be posting (Click on each person's name to go to their blog):

March 30 - Kathy Jo and Yogi  (you are here) 
March 31 - Wanda
April 1 - Diana and Teresa
April 2 - Sherry and Suzanne
April 3 - Yvonne and Robyn

For a chance to win a Quietfire rubber stamp or die (Don’t be shy!) leave a comment below before midnight Sunday April 5th, 2015. A winner will be randomly chosen from my list of comments and the winner's name will be posted on Quietfire Creations shortly afterwards. If you haven't done so already, go back and leave comments on all the designers Die-ing for Spring blog posts!

Good Luck!

I absolutely love the new dies from Suzanne.  There are so many ways to use them. I previously did a card using the die to emboss the word which you can see HERE. Then of course there's the normal way with a shadow layer HERE; and these 2 cards embossing using the die cut HERE; or using the die cut on a gelli plate HERE.

Click on any image to see all the details and descriptions. Enjoy

And it fits for these challenges:
Aurora Wings  #13 anything goes
TTCRD  #24 - 1 anything goes
Simon Says Stamp Challenge  anything goes
The Paper Shelter  #196 blooming flowers
Aud Sentiment  #128 add a sentiment
Crafty Catz Weekly  #272 whimsical/fantasy
Polka Doodle  #13 use dies
Simply Create Too  #82 anything goes

Sunday, March 22, 2015

DIE-ING for SPRING Quietfire Design Blog Hop coming soon

Just a heads up to stay tuned for the 
 blog hop coming soon.
March 30th to April 3rd
If you've read some of my previous posts lately, you'll know Suzanne at Quietfire Design came out with her first set of dies... loving them.
more coming soon too.

Thursday, March 19, 2015

DT Mar/15 - Thanks Die - Embossed & Die Cut - There is Always & Give Thanks
Yogi here today on the Quietfire Creations blog and I'm using one of the NEWEST DIES that Suzanne released a few days ago. Love all 3 of the new dies "Thanks", "Believe" & "Hello"
Inside of card
There is more than one way to use a die... and one of those ways is as an embossed image. The 2nd card I made is using the die for actually die cutting BIG GRIN, but I've added some flower baubles I made... You can see all the details, descriptions as well as the instructions for the baubles by clicking on any card image. Enjoy or clicking here to go to my web site.

I'm also using a "Give Thanks" 2 pce stamp set from Quietfire Design on the inside of the cards.
Inside of card

And it fits for these challenges:
Melonheadz Friends  animals
MMM Challenge  #185  scenic
Top Tip Tuesday  #149 buttons or flowers
MFP Stamp Shop Challenge  #253 minimum 4 offset layers
Corrosive Challenges  #220 animal friends
Pile if On Challenge  #60 use 3 of something
Lil Red Wagon  #281 all tied up
Penny's Challenges  #219 favorite embellies (loving the flower baubles...)
Crafty Ribbon Challenge  #115 anything goes + ribbon
Creatalicious  #73 anything goes
Craft Your Passion  #253
Love to Scrap  #50
TTCRD  #17 - 23
Sassy Studio Designs   #273

Sunday, March 15, 2015

MC Mar/15 - Spring Dress Card - Smile - Sing As If - HB I made another of the dress cards... Actually this was the first one I started making, but then got side tracked to make the white card which you can see HERE and now went back to finish the spring card... I love them both sigh!!

This one uses quote and sentiment stamps from Quietfire Design on the inside and a couple of Suzanne's eCut files available from the Silhouette onLine store.

Click on any image to see more details and descriptions. There is also a template for the dress and the paper rolls. Enjoy

And it fits for these challenges:
Die Cut Divas  monthly Mar  Spring or babies
Stamp and Create  monthly Mar  is it spring yet?
Simon Says Stamp Challenge  things that fly
Crafts for Eternity  #217 Female or mother Doodle Challenge  #10 birthday
SisterAct Card Challenge  #97 anything goes
All Sorts Challenge  #302 flowers and pearls
Catch the Bug  spring into spring
Crazy 4 Challenges  #277   bling
Hiding in My Craft Room  #191 use your scraps
My Time to Craft  #283 for a special lady
Fashionable Stamping  #93 springtime
Sisterhood color challenge
Sisterhood of Crafters  #28 color inspir image

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Eraser Carving - Flowers & It's All Greek

We had a very good Guild meeting today. Renate Worthington gave a demo and taught us eraser carving. I've taken a class with Renate many years ago, so I was very familiar with eraser carving... So while everyone else was listening, I was carving BIG GRIN. I'm quite pleased with the results.

 The first one I made was the flower (6"w x 6"h) and then started playing around stamping it around a circle and adding a bit of calligraphy... I used Distress mini pads to color with, misting with water prior stamping onto Genoa bond calligraphy practice paper.

I have wanted to do a Greek Border for forever... just never got around to it. So finally I did (6"w x 3.5"h). I probably should have aligned it better, but I like the roughness of it for such a meticulous design... I tried working on the clear carving block, but found my x-acto knife didn't work as well as working on traditional carving block. I think the clear blocks need larger designs. They cut nicely with the Speedball carving tools though.

Did the calligraphy with a 2.4mm parallel pen and Sumi ink and the monoline with a Zig Writer.

Friday, March 13, 2015

MC Mar/15 - White Dress Card - Hello - HB another card I saw on Pinterest (sorry no link to the author...) that intrigued me. I'm not in to dolls per se... but I used to love sewing my own clothes and remember making a skirt and matching blouse that was very similar to this one (although it was in black's and white's)...

Anyway you can see all the details and descriptions by clicking on any image. Enjoy

I'm using a couple sentiment stamps from Quietfire Design on the inside and Suzanne's most recent die "Hello"
And it fits for these challenges:
Craft Your Passion  #252  anything goes
Face Book - Card Maker Mag  make your own flowers
Crafty Sentiments  Birthday
Deep Ocean Challenge  #99 vintage
Fantastic Tuesday  #76 white on white
Papertake Weekly  female or girlie (2nd entry)
Cute Card Thursday  #364 celebrate
Little Miss Muffet  #107 anything goes
Brown Sugar Challenge  #137  shaped card

Thursday, March 12, 2015

MC March/15 - Bow Card - Believe - If You Don't Believe

Suzanne has come out with 3 new dies (Thanks, Hello and Believe) that are gorgeous. I had to use the "Believe" die...

and I came across this style of card (Sandra's Scrapshop) using a humungous bow... and of course had to try making one. There is a template on my website for the bow and of course all the details and descriptions as well as more views etc. Enjoy

And I'm using a quote stamp from Quietfire Design  "If You Don't believe..." 3 pce set

And it fits for these challenges: Weekly  Female or girlie
TTCRD    #10 - 16 anything goes
Inky Impressions  #200 for a special lady
Penny's Challenges  #218 ribbon and bows
The House That Stamps Built  DCC311 die cuts/punches + stamping
The Paper Shelter  #194 girlie
Fussy 'n Fancy  #134 ribbon & lace
Polka Doodle  #9 Ribbons & lace

Monday, March 9, 2015

DT Mar/15 - Tri Fold Screen - Carnations - HB - Enjoy Your Day turn on the Quietfire Creations blog today. I've made a relatively elaborate card... It's for a friend's birthday...

I'm using lots of die cuts, layers, a bit of my own calligraphy, eCut word, hand made carnation flowers made from tissue paper, a bit of quilling, quote stamps from Quietfire Design and lots more.

You can see all the details and descriptions by clicking on any card image, or here on my web site. Enjoy

And it fits for these challenges:
Art Impressions Stamps  #14 tie something
Aud Sentiment Challenge  #126  Bingo: ribbon, pink, die cut; punch, flowers, lace; 2DP, glitter/bling, embossing
Quirky Crafts  #5  white/cream, pink, green, flowers, ribbon/lace (won 3rd place) Black at All Sorts  Monthly March Blossoms & bows
Card Mania Challenge  #66  spring
Crazy Challenge  #192 birthday (2nd entry)
Lil Red Wagon  #279 birds
Penny's Challenges  #217 femal BD
Susy Pants Smarty  #69  Shaped Card
Catch The Bug  anything goes
Crazy 4 Challenges  #276 bow
Sassy Studio Designs  #271 dies
Southern Girls Challenge  girlie
Reasonable Ribbon  #113 Flowers & ribbon
The Pink Elephant  #289 shaped card