Tuesday, January 27, 2015

MC Jan/15 - CAS - Birthday Joy

I got side tracked.... I wanted to make a card with some of my quilled flowers I recently made, started looking in my rubber stamp journal for a quote to go with them and saw the word "JOY" (Fill 'r Up) by Suzanne at Quietfire Design. This stamp was basically done for the Xmas season... but I thought to myself why not make it for a birthday... and that's how I got side tracked. Sheesh.

Anyway, I side folded my white card (5.5"w x 4.25"h). Stamped the word "Birthday" (7 pce set) using Distress mini pads ("Broken China" & "Evergreen Bough") misted with water and stamped, then clear embossed. Made a little mask for it and then stamped the word "JOY" using Versafine Black Onyx and clear embossed.

Used post it notes to mask the bottom and top white space, then inked up my "Bubbles" stamp (Impression Obsession) using a bunch of different mini pad colors, misting with water and stamping. Removed the masks.

Applied Quickie Glue pen to the internal areas of the "Fill 'R Up" letters and then sprinkled with Stickles dry glitter "Star Dust".

Finished the front with two different colors of narrow ribbon.

On the inside stamped the quote ("Love Where You're At...") using the black and clear embossed. Created a mask for the quote using tracing paper and the outside edge of Spellbinders Labels 42 Decorative Accents. Lay it over the quote and again masked of the borders with the post it notes and inked  up the stamp as per the front.

Click on any image to enlarge. Enjoy

And it fits for these challenges:
Melon Headz Friends  CAS
Cute Card Thursday  #357  colourful
Little Scrap Pieces  anything goes
Pan Pastels UK  #2 birthday
Sentimental Sundays  #243 anything goes
Craft Your Passion  #246 anything goes
MIM Challenge  #178 bright & cheery colors
The Pink Elelphant Challenge  #283 anything goes
Fantastic Tuesdays  #70 one layer card
TTCRD  #27 -2 anything goes

Monday, January 26, 2015

Queen of Hearts Blog Hop Winner

to everyone who left comments on my Queen of Hearts blog post.
 So much appreciated.

and my winner is

Blogger Denise Bryant said...
Beautiful cards! I love the layers and textures! Lovely sentiment stamps and details!
January 21, 2015 at 7:00 PM
Congrats Denise, please contact Suzanne at Quietfire Creations, her email address is in her side bar

Thanks again

Friday, January 23, 2015

MC Jan/15 - Plum Blossom - This Heart Longing

http://yogiemp.com/HP_cards/MiscChallenges/MiscChallenges2015/MCJan15_PlumBlossom_ThisHeartLonging.htmlSuzanne from Quietfire Design asked me to make a card using the embossing folders from the Cuttlebug "Plum Blossom" set and "This Heart Longing" quote stamp... Haven't used this embossing set in a very long time... so it was nice to resurrect it.

The first background I made became a reject... but I used it to die cut the hearts, so all was not lost...

On the inside I'm using some melted down beads... One of our quilling gals mentioned how to do it, so decided to try. Didn't quite work the way she mentioned, but maybe I had a different kind of bead. Adjusted the temp and it finally worked.. I'm going to make more of them BIG GRIN.

http://yogiemp.com/HP_cards/MiscChallenges/MiscChallenges2015/MCJan15_PlumBlossom_ThisHeartLonging.htmlAnyway you can see all the details and descriptions as well as the rejected background by clicking on any card image. Enjoy

And it fits for these challenges:
Penny Black At All Sorts  Monthly Jan  Embossing/stencils/Masks
Reasonable Ribbon  #110 Hearts + ribbon
Facebook Card Maker Challenge  Thinking of you/Encouragement
Colour Q  #276 Strawberry, Kraft, cabana, neutral/white, chocolate
Creative Card Crew  #79  Shabby Chic
Top Tip Tuesday  #145 new creative tip  (melting beads - in a well ventilated area)
Crafty Creations  #281 something old (Cuttlebug Embossing folders), something new (Spellbinders Label 42 die)
Penny's Challenges  #211 anything goes
Simon Says Stamping Challenge  Lovey Dovey/Have a heart
Red Rubber Designs  #204 anything goes (focus on stamping)
Sassy Studio Designs  #265 for a guy
SisterAct Card Challenge  #90  anything goes
Suzy Pants Smarty  #64 layers
Wags n Whiskers  #146 hearts
Brown Sugar Challenge  #130 Valentine's


Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Queen of Heart 2015 Blog Hop - The Future is Uncertain

Above are my contributions! Two versions on using the same stamp...

Welcome to the
Quietfire Design Queen of Hearts Blog Hop!

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):

Jan 19 - Kathy Jo and Diana
Jan 20 - Sherry and Yogi (that's me)Jan 21 - Yvonne and Teresa 
Jan 22 - Wanda and Robyn 
Jan 23 - Suzanne 

For a chance to win a Quietfire rubber stamp (Don’t be shy!) leave a comment below before midnight Sunday January 25th, 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 Queen of Hearts blog posts!


Good Luck! 

If you want to see more details and instructions etc, just click on any card image. Enjoy

http://yogiemp.com/HP_cards/MiscChallenges/MiscChallenges2015/QofHJan15_EaselFlourishEmblem_TheFuture.htmlsize: easel closed 7"w x 5"h
Using Cuttlebug "Flourish Emblem die by Anna Griffin as well as an eCut design to create the easel with a bit of fussy cutting... and Marianne Design center detail, all from white cardstock and embossing with either clear or Pearlescent embossing powder.

Hand made lace flower on front and felt flowers as the stoppers on the inside.

card closed

http://yogiemp.com/HP_cards/MiscChallenges/MiscChallenges2015/QofHJan15_PeacockFeathers_TheFuture.htmlsize: 5"w x 7"h
Using Spellbinders Classic frame die and popping it up using corrugated quill cardstock. A Darice "Brick Wall" embossing folder, Spellbinders "Classic Heart" set and "Peacock Feathers" set. Negative of the frame used on the inside with masking and repeat stamping for the background.

inside card
Flower beads adhered to wire thread and an enameled heart

As I mentioned above, click on any card image to see more details and descriptions etc. Enjoy


and fits for these challenges:
Either card...
Crazy Challenge  #189 embossing
The Pink Elephant  #282 Love
Frosted Designs  (something new- stamps, embossing folder, die cuts)
Tuesday Throwdown  #228 embossing

White Easel card...
Incy Wincy Designs  #278 easel card
Stamps Fun Creativity  #233 Lace

Inky Impressions  #192 Monochrome
All Sorts Challenge  #294 spring flowers
Papertake Weekly  use 3 or more different shapes (5 shapes)

Peacock Feather card...
Simon Says Stamp Challenge  for a guy
Sweet Stampin Challenge  for a guy
City Crafter  #245 Feathers
Crafty Sentiments  for a guy
Loves Rubber Stamps  #135 things starting with "B" (beads, brickwork, beige, bling)

Craft Your Passion   #245
Dreamvalley challenges #98
Love to Scrap Challenge  #46
Aud Sentiment Challenge  #123
Little Miss Muffet  #102
JW ScrapShack  #71
SisterAct Card Challenge  #90
TTCRD  #20 -26

Thursday, January 15, 2015

MC Jan/15 - Mixed Media - Have a Heart - HB

 http://yogiemp.com/HP_cards/MiscChallenges/MiscChallenges2015/MCJan15_MixedMedia_HaveAHeart_HB.html...and using another of the newest "Love" stamps "Have a Heart That Never Hardens" on the inside from Quietfire Design as well as a Happy Birthday - calligraphy eCut file available on the Silhouette on line store on the front.
This one is a mixed media style using pastes, Dreamweaver stencils, some of Tim's layering stencils, sprays, metallic Pan Pastels, rub n buff, acrylics, sheesh I'm getting tired just writing them all down... Die cuts, eCuts, lace/ribbon. stamping, more of my roses I made the other day from Gelli prints, stamping in color...

Ok you get the idea. You can see all the details and descriptions, as well as close ups etc by clicking on any card image. Enjoy

And it fits for these challenges:
Dreamweaver  monthly Jan  BD
Creative Cutting Challenge  #45 anything goes
Loves Rubber Stamps  #134 stamp in any color except black
Digi Stamps 4 Joy  #108 Bingo: die/punch, flower, stitch; heart, free, pearl; button, 2+layers, favorite thing (eCutting)
Fab n Funky  #242 something new (the quote stamp)
Penny's Challenges  #210 anything goes
The Paper Shelter  #186 punches or dies
Sisterhood of Crafters  #24 use a new craft toy (the quote stamp)
4 Crafty Chicks  #229 Flowers
Red Rubber Challenge  #203 birthday
Sassy Studio Designs #264 favorite color combo (pink/greens)


Tuesday, January 13, 2015

MC Jan/15 - Easel Heart Roses - The Heart - HB


I got my newest bunch of Quietfire Design stamps - gorgeous... so had to use at least one of them BIG GRIN. ("The Heart Has Its Reason"; "Happy Birthday/Let them Eat Cupcakes" 4 pce set)

http://yogiemp.com/HP_cards/MiscChallenges/MiscChallenges2015/MCJan15_EaseHeartRoses_TheHeart_HB.htmlThis is a very involved card... but as would happen, one thing led to another and just kept growing... I'm using left over flourishes from eons ago. Recycled some paper towels I used the other day to clean up my Gelli plate, adhered it to some heavy weight paper prior die cutting. The roses are also from the Gelli prints made the other day - rejected paper, but great for the roses...

Click on either card image to see all the details and descriptions and more close ups. Enjoy

And it fits for these challenges:
Crafty Sentiments  girly
Fantastic Tuesdays   #68 something recycled (the dirty paper towels)
Papertake Weekly  something new (Darrice "Wire Fence" embossing folder & this card shape)
TTCRD  #13 -21 anything goes
Crafty Catz Weekly  #261 polka dots
Simply Create Too  #76 lets celebrate
My Time To Craft  #274 stripes
Jelly Park Challenges  bling

Monday, January 12, 2015

MC Jan/15 - Quill Easel Gelli Print Love U - Always Be My Friend

http://yogiemp.com/HP_cards/MiscChallenges/MiscChallenges2015/MCJan155_QuillEaselGelliPrintLoveU_AlwaysBeMyFriend.htmlI had an epiphany the other day and finally did some experimenting yesterday. You know I love calligraphy, love my gelli plate and would love to have calligraphy on my pulled prints... but that is not an easy task with a broad edge type pen and calligraphic style lettering since you need the lettering in reverse. Then I thought - the epiphany - why not make a print onto a 2nd gelli plate and then pull a print. It would get my lettering in reverse, and it worked, but with limitations... Thin lines seem to disappear. And depending on the type of paper used you get a wide difference in results.

http://yogiemp.com/HP_cards/MiscChallenges/MiscChallenges2015/MCJan155_QuillEaselGelliPrintLoveU_AlwaysBeMyFriend.htmlSo the words Love U on the front are done with a plastic glue spreader I picked up at Kensington Art Supply here in Calgary. It's about 1/2"w and I was able to manipulate my strokes to do some of my Funky Bone style lettering on the gelli plate without damaging the plate.

Next experiment will be with a narrower writing tool, more types of papers, more spritzing on the papers etc... Will eventually make a web page with my findings.

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

I'm using a quote stamps from Quietfire Design ("Always Be My Friend" 3 pce set)

And it fits for these challenges:
Gloria Design Challenge  monthly Jan: choose paint, ribbon, die cutting, heat embossing, flowers/buttons/bling)
Inspiration Avenue  Words to inspire in your art
Oh La La Creations challenge  #171 words to inspire
Squigglefly  SFC0215  Anything goes
Lil Red Wagon  #270 sparkle and shine
Art Impressions Stamps  #151 something new (gelli print technique)
Alphabet Challenge  X for X-periment
Wags n Whiskers  #145 anything goes
Little Scrap Pieces  Valentine
All Sorts Challenge  #283 something new/cute (the gelli print tech)
Crazy For Challenges  #268 Fill up the craft room shelves (calligraphy supplies, gelli plate and Golden's paints, gems, ribbons, dies)
Hiding in my Craft Room  #182 use your scraps (all the quilled pieces, red cardstock)
Sweet Stampin Challenge  girlie with no pink
Fashionable Stamping  #89 something new (gelli print technique)

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Origami Booklet


At our Guild meeting today, one of the members (Nancy Dormer) taught us an origami booklet structure... love it. I can use up a whole bunch of my Gelli prints... She learnt the structure from this book: Trash Origami: 25 Paper Folding Projects Reusing Everyday Materials by Michael G. LaFosse. The structure was originally designed by Rona Gurkewitz, USA.

Click on either image to see all the details and descriptions as well as instructions on how to create your own booklets. 



Friday, January 9, 2015

Less is more...


I never realized there was more to that quote until I took a class with Renate Worthington recently and she quoted the whole quote. Now it totally makes sense...

Anyway to see the details and more images, just click on artwork. Enjoy

DT Jan/15 - Easel Love - Words of Love - HB

My turn on the Quietfire Creations blog today and I'm here with my first birthday/Valentine's card... It's that time of year again for me where I have lots of birthdays scrunched within the next couple months.

I love doing easel cards..., love doing birthday cards..., love doing valentine's stuff.... so I'm in 7th heaven BIG GRIN

Anyway, just click on the card to see all the details and descriptions or click here to go to my web page. Enjoy

And of course my card uses lots of Quietfire Design rubber stamps - "Flourishes", "Happy Birthday Plain & Simple", "Words of Love", and the eCut "Love with a flourish".

and fits for these challenges:
Sir Stamps a Lot  dies or punches
The Crafting Cafe  Monthly Jan  lots of layers
Reasonable Ribon   #109 new craft toy (Spellbinders die) + ribbon
Artistic Inspiration  #122 something new (Spellbinders die)
Crazy Challenge  #188 buttons
Love to Scrap  #45 use soemething that starts with L (layers), T (thread) S (swirls), C (card), or B (buttons, birthday)
Scrap Creations  something new (Spellbinders die)
Tuesday Throwdown  #226 favorite embelie (pearls)
Inky Impressions  #191 something new (Spellbinders die)
Simon Says Stamps  something new (Spellbinders die)
Crafty Ribbon  #110 sentiment as focal + ribbon
Cute Card Thursday  #355 something new (Spellbinders die)
Red Rubber Designs  #153  pink, white, black
Brown Sugar Challenge  #128 pink/red
Fussy n Fancy  #130 swirls & pearls
JW ScrapShack  #70 Bling
Polka Doodle  #52 Bingo: sentiment, image, die cut; 2+layers, ribbon, stitch; emboss, buttons, polka dots

Die Cut Divas  Monthly Jan
Cute Daisy May
Loves Rubber Stamps  #133
Paper Take Weekly
TTCRD  #6 - 13
Frilly and Funky
Penny's Challenges  #209
Sassy Studio Designs  #263
Sister Act Card Challenge  #189

Thursday, January 1, 2015

I Believe #3 & 4 - Geli Prints

http://yogiemp.com/Calligraphy/Artwork/I%20Believe3&4_GeliPrints.htmlIt's New Years Day and what better way to spend it but by doing something arty... and I was on a roll. I absolutely love this song - "I Believe" lyrics by Ervin Drake 1953 - and it kept going through my brain on an ever ending loop... I finally had to put it on paper.

Last week I did some draft of it that were OK, but a little boring. So between yesterday doing the Geli prints and today doing the calligraphy, I turned out a couple I'm content with. I tried my hand at putting some flourishes at the ends and beginnings of words. Need lots more practice with that, but it's a start.

Not sure which one I'll be submitting to our Guild show at the end of the month. Still ruminating on it... I think I like the 4th version the best although the 3rd version has more zap.
After they're matted I think I'll have a better idea of how they look.

Anyway, if you want to see the details and descriptions, just click on either piece of artwork. Enjoy

Now if the rest of the year continues in this vane... it would be awesome.


Tuesday, December 30, 2014

MC Dec/14 - Metal Lantern - Life is a Pure Flame - HB

http://yogiemp.com/HP_cards/MiscChallenges/MiscChallenges2014/MCDec14_MetalLantern_LifeIsAPureFlame_HB.htmlOne of my DT friends asked if I had ever cut metal with my Silhouette Cameo... I said no. So immediately set about trying it... and even though it cut quite well, it ruined my blade, so it is not something I will be trying again any time soon. Waaay too expensive..

And recently I bought some cork sheets (DCWV) and decided to use some. And then there is this Spellbinders die I used for the edging - bought at the beginning of 2012... So I have something new and something old BIG GRIN

The candles were colored with Prisma colored pencils and then glittered.

http://yogiemp.com/HP_cards/MiscChallenges/MiscChallenges2014/MCDec14_MetalLantern_LifeIsAPureFlame_HB.htmlAnyway, you can see all the details and descriptions etc by clicking on any card image. Enjoy

I'm using Quietfire Design quote & sentiment stamps.

and it fits for these challenges:
Aurora Wings Challenge  #10 glitter
Artistic Inspirations #123 usually my newest thing is my favorite thing until the next one... Love the lantern and really like using the cork.
Card Mania Challenges  #63 anything goes
Loves Rubber Stamps  #132 something old (Spellbinders die), something new (cork sheet)
TTCRD  #30 - 5 anything goes
Digi Stamps for Joy  #107 Glitter (2nd entry)


Saturday, December 27, 2014

MC Dec/14 - Quill - SB Labels 41 - Makes You Happy - HB


Finally I was in a mood to create something... Got some new Spellbinder dies from Scrapping Great Deals in Ontario - so pretty. Wish they were easier to cut though... Had to run it through my machine several times which frustrates me to no end... but it's such a pretty die. sigh!!

Recently I also cleaned up and organized a bunch of my die cuts & hand made embellies that I just toss when I don't use them. Of course that means I don't use them either because I can't remember what I tossed. ROFL. So it was nice to take the time and see them all again - and finally use a bunch.

This is a very over sized card for me, but I needed the room. 6"w x 8"h. Won't be cheap to mail either. - another sigh!!

I'm using Quietfire Design quote and sentiment stamps. Absolutely love this "Twirl & Enjoy" set, it seems to always put a smile on my face. And I also love the "Happy Family Days" set with the birthday sentiment and the flourished frame.

http://yogiemp.com/HP_cards/MiscChallenges/MiscChallenges2014/MCDec14_Quill_SBLabels41_MakesYouHappy_HB.htmlSo if you want to see more details and descriptions, just click on either card image. Enjoy

And it fits for these challenges:
Love to Scrap Challenge  #44 something found in nature (flowers...)
Top Tip Tuesday  #143 make something of your own
Digi Stamps 4 Joy  #107 glitter
Milk Coffee Challenge  sparkle
Fashionable Stamping  #88 use your heat gun

Crazy Challenges  #187
Crafty Sentiments
Papertake Weekly
TTCRD  #23 - 30
Cute Card Thursday  #353
Trimmies Craft Challenge  #291
Sweet Stampin Challenge


Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Thank U, Thank U, Thank U #3 - Arches Text Wove

... and finally the 3rd of the Thank U cards, this one done on Arches Text Wove paper.

I used the 3.8 Parallel Pen and Sumi ink, then cleaning  up the picots a little bit with a fine tipped pen. Misted the paper with water and then splattered watercolor paints, misting with more water, then drying. Used a 2B pencil and a paper stump to add the shading. Punched the borders using a Martha Stewart punch "Double Edge Loops".

Scored and side folded my white card (5.5"w x 4.25"h). Hit the edges, direct to paper with Distress "Shabby Shutters", then adhered my text piece.

Click on image to enlarge. Or click HERE to see the other two cards. Enjoy

Monday, December 22, 2014

DT Dec/14 - eCut Snowflakes - Good Friends are Like Snowflakes

Yogi here today with a DT project for Quietfire Creations blog using eCut snowflakes and an easel card.

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

I'm using a few stamps from Suzanne for this project - Italic alphabet (Double Stroke capitals & regular miniscule set, as well as "Good Friends are like Snowflakes") and I'm using an eCut set of snowflakes. available on the Silhouette online store.

And it fits for these challenges:
Christmas Cards All Year Round  monthly Dec Xmas not square
Penny Black at All Sorts  monthly Dec  any special occasion
Card Mania Challenge  #62  Xmas
Dreamvalley Challenges  #97 Xmas
Perfectly Rustics  #38 Xmas trees
Creative Card Crew  #7 anything goes
Deep Ocean Challenge  #93 Xmas
Loves Ruber Stamps  #131 anything goes
Papertake Weekly  Xmas
Delightful Sketches  Celebrate
Inky Impressions  #190 Winter Wonderland
Pennys Challenges  #208 anything goes
The House That Stamps Built  #1217 snow
Cute Card Thursday  #352 sparkles
Red Rubber Designs  #151 Xmas
Sassy Studio Designs  #260 snow
Southern Girls Challenge  Xmas
Brown Sugar Challenge  #125 Xmas
Fussy And Fancy  #129 Snowflakes + ribbon
SisterAct Card Challenge  #88 anything goes
Suzy Pants Smarty  #60 Pearls
Hiding in my Craft Room  #179 anything goes
My Time to Craft  #267 main image Xmas tree
Crafty Hazelnut Challenge  Xmas  (2nd entry)

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Thank U, Thank U, Thank U

I have a lot of thank you cards, but I thought I would make one that was a bit more personal and use some of my own calligraphy... this was a very special thank you to my cousin and his wife. And for a change there is no rubber stamping...

I actually did 3 versions of the Thank U.
This first one was done with mostly Winsor & Newton watercolors brushed on to my 3.8 parallel pen nib on to 110# Neenah Solar white cardstock. I didn't like my little picot ends, they just didn't form right... then went over it with a Copic black multiliner. I used a Spellbinders die "Lattice Rectangles" and a tan mat to emboss the design, then sponged a bit of Distress "Seedless Preserves" around the edges, then used the pad to add a bit more color. (5.5"w x 5"h)

The second version I used a micron pen and then a very small multiliner for the picots on the Neenah cardstock. The purple bottom color was a Sakura metallic gel pen and then blended with water. The yellow and fuchsia were done with Derwent Inktense pencils and again moved around with water. Sponged edges with the preserves. Die cut with the Lattice Rectangles. Adhered to a yellow card. (5.5"w x 4.25"h)

the 3rd one is done on Arches Text wove and that one will be for another day...

Click on either image to enlarge. Enjoy

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Quietfire Xmas Blog Hop Winner

Hi all, thanks for all your wonderful comments. 
I loved reading them.

And the winner of the Quietfire Design Xmas blog hop is

Please send me an email with your snail mail address/contact information. Have a great day and thanks again for playing.
Blogger grammypat said...
What a lovely little treasure you have created -- so fine and dainty . Love all the detail. Wish I had seen it sooner then I would have tried making some for my friends for their tree. Merry Christmas to You & Yours
December 19, 2014 at 10:05 AM

Friday, December 19, 2014

Quietfire Xmas Blog Hop - Boxed Xmas Ornament - Blessed By The Christmas Sunshine


And yes, we’re giving away PRIZES! Merry Christmas!  
We’ll be giving away a stamp or set on each of our designers’ blogs. All you have to do to enter is leave a sweet comment on each of the designers' Winter Wonderland Blog Hop post! 

Have all your comments in by midnight on Friday December 19, 2014 to be eligible. The winners will be announced on Quietfire Creations on the weekend.

Here is our schedule starting Monday, December 15, 2014

Monday: Diana 
Tuesday: RobynYvonne  
Wednesday: WandaTeresa  
Thursday: Kathy Jo, Suzanne  
Friday: SherryYogi

Happy hopping and Merry Good Luck!
PS: All Quietfire rubber stamps are on sale 25% off the regular price during this event!


So with all the new rubber and this blog hop, I was also in a mood to veer away from a card for a change... and made an ornament with a gift box, great as a present... BIG GRIN

You can see all the details and descriptions by clicking on any card image. There is also a template for the box.

I'm using Quietfire Design sentiment stamps ("Merry Christmas Plain & Simple" set of 6) and quotes ("Blessed By The..." & "Home/Congratulations" set of 5)

And it fits for these challenges:
Bearly Mine Xmas decoration - anything but a card
Artistic Inspiration  #122 anything goes
Incy Wincy Designs  #275 Xmas
Squigglefly  #5014 any holiday
TTCRD  #16-23 anything goes
Divas By Design  #164 anything goes
Lil Red Wagon  #268 anything Xmas
The Paper Shelter  #186 anything Xmas

Sunday, December 14, 2014

MC Dec/14 - Easel Flourish Emblem - Winter Wonderland & Blog Hop Peak

I think Suzanne from Quietfire Design outdid herself this year... There are a ton of new Xmas stamps and all are just gorgeous.

You can have a chance to win some fabulous rubber... Our Blog Hop starts tomorrow.
And yes, we’re giving away PRIZES! Merry Christmas!  
We’ll be giving away a stamp or set on each of our designers’ blogs. All you have to do to enter is leave a sweet comment on each of the designers' Winter Wonderland Blog Hop post! 

Have all your comments in by midnight on Friday December 19, 2014 to be eligible. The winners will be announced on Quietfire Creations on the weekend.

Here is our schedule starting Monday, December 15, 2014

Monday: Diana 
Tuesday: RobynYvonne  
Wednesday: WandaTeresa  
Thursday: Kathy Jo, Suzanne  
Friday: SherryYogi

Happy hopping and Merry Good Luck!
PS: All Quietfire rubber stamps are on sale 25% off the regular price during this event!

I'm using my newest cuttlebug cut/emboss die from Anna Griffin "Flourish Emblem" which I just love... I glittered the snow on the roof of the house. Anyway to see all the details and descriptions, just click on card image. Enjoy

I'm using Quietfire Design sentiment stamps and eCut files: ("Merry Christmas Plain & Simple" 6pc set); ("Winter Wonderland" 6pce set) & eCut file ("Winter Wonderland" 3 pce set)  

And it fits for these challenges:
Sir Stamps A Lot  monthly Dec  Winter Wonderland
Crazy Challenge  #186 Xmas
Crafty Sentiments  Xmas
Cuttlebug Mania  Xmas
Loves Rubber Stamps  #130 Winter or Xmas
Tuesday Throwdown  #224 Xmas
Crafty Creations  #278dies
Delightful Sketches  winter
Frilly n Funky  Vintage Holiday
Red Rubber Designs  #150 stamped Xmas image with glitter
Sassy Studios  #259 Xmas colors
A Creative Romance  #8 anything goes
Alphabet Challenge  V for Variety (3 different embellies) (button, brad, bow)
Brown Sugar Challenge  #124 red, white & green
Crafts 4 Eternity  #206 Xmas
Crafty Catz Weekly  #259 Xmas
Cut it Up Challenge  #60 Xmas +  button
JW Scrap Shack  #69 Happy Holidays
SisterAct Card Challenge  #87 anything goes
Wags n Whiskers  #144 Xmas
Little Scrap Pieces  Xmas Critters
MFP Stamp Shop  #242 round those corners
Corrosive Challenges  #214 Anything goes
Cupcake Inspirations  #290 winter wonderland

The Pink Elephant  #279 inspir image below

Saturday, December 13, 2014

MC Dec/14 - Gold Leaf Thanks

I did this card on Monday and haven't had a chance to upload it. Sigh!! My quilling group celebrated my 65th BD on Wednesday (which is really only on the 21st...but who says I can't celebrate early). I'm celebrating again at work on Wednesday coming and then again on Sunday. Yes!!!

Anyway I was in a mood to do a bit of gold leafing... it's been a while since I've done any and I sure could use a bit of practice. i tried this time using the Sticky embossing powder as the adhesive. Was OK but nothing to write home to mother about...

Side folded my white card (4.25"w x 5.5"h). Stamped the leaf borders with Versamark and embossed the top section with Rangers Sticky embossing powder and the bottom one with Stampendous "Stamp n Bond"). Although the Stampendous one let the leaf stick more, it was also more pebbly. So really neither was to my liking.

Stamped the "Thanks Fill 'r Up" with Versafine Toffee and embossed with Queen's Gold embossing powder. Used a Quickie glue pen on the "T" tails and sprinkled with Glitter Ritz micro fine glitter "Gold". Cut a piece of gold marbled paper for the body of the "T. Shadow outlined the letters with a taupe colored pencil.

Used my hard rubber mallet to selectively emboss the corners using a Cuttlebug embossing folder (Heritage set). Sponged some Distress "Weathered Wood" around the edges.

I'm using Quietfire Design sentiment stamp

And it fits for these challenges:
Inspiration Avenue  words that speak to you
Squigglefly  #4914  emboss or die cut
Facebook Card Making Challenge  silver & gold as main colors
TTCRD  #9 - 15 anything goes
Penny's Challenges  #207 anything but Xmas
4 Crafty Chicks  #224 one layer card

Saturday, December 6, 2014

MC Dec/14 - Quill Bells - Be Naughty & Snowmen Fall From Heaven cards

At our last quilling session one of our members was showing the group how to make bells. Even though I've done them before... I got in the act too, and wouldn't you know it, just as I needed to use them, they are lost on my desk somewhere. Sigh... so made a few more, this time I colored one side of my quill strip with a silver Krylon leafing pen. Dried, then did a very tight coil and shaped my bell, gluing the inside to keep the shape, then pressing down on the round shape to make it an oval shape. Added the little clappers. So cute...

I side folded my white card (5."w x 4.25"h). Used a Spellbinders die and my tan mat to dry emboss the frame design on the front. Hit the high points with Distress "Iced Spruce" direct to paper. I rarely use this pad, but really like it for this winter card.

Die cut some pine sprigs (Cheery Lynn) and while still in the larger piece of cardstock, hit it direct to paper with Distress "Forest Moss" then with a sponge and "Pine Needles". Removed from cardstock and adhered to card front. Adhered my quilled elements the pine sprig (that has glitter applied to the needles) and bells.

Tied a double loop bow from red ribbon and tied white wire thread around the center which I then wrapped around a bamboo skewer to create curled tendrils.

To see a pictorial tutorial on how to make this bow, click HERE

PS I had won a bunch of ribbon from a recent challenge on "Little Scrap Pieces", so have been using them. Is a really great selection...

Inked the quote stamp ("Be Naughty, save Santa") with Distress mini pads "Barn Door" and then here and there with "Black Soot", stamped and clear embossed.

On the inside stamped the Celtic Tree ("Celtic Christmas" 4pce set) one of the newest stamp sets from Quietfire Design using Versafine Toffee and embossing with Queen's Gold, then stamped the Celtic snowflakes using "Stormy Sky" and clear embossing. Stamped the quote with Versafine Black Onyx and clear embossed.

Click on any image to enlarge. Enjoy
Side folded my white card (5"w x 7"h). Adhered a marbled mulberry paper edge to edge.

Embossed a piece of white cards (Sheena Douglas "Snowflakes"). Since I don't usually clean my folders, this one still had some blue ink on it which got transferred to my cardstock... Used the side of a Distress pad "Stormy Sky" on the edges of the cardstock. Adhered to card front.

Had a leftover glittered snowflake  from a previous project that I had eCut. Adhered all my elements (quilled bells and glittered pine boughs, 2 loop fork bow - see instructions HERE)

Stamped the quote "Snowmen Fall From Heaven..." on white cardstock and cut close to stamping, inked edges with the blue pad, then layered to a blue scrapbook paper from my stash...  then on to card front.

On the inside stamped (Inkadinkado "Holiday Silhouettes" set) the snowman with Versafine Black Onxy and the snowflakes with the blue Distress pad. Stamped the sentiment "Let it Snow" small size (Quietfire Design) with the black. Sponged some blue "Tumbled Glass" around the edges.

Click on any image to enlarge. Enjoy

And it fits for these challenges:
Be Naughty card:
Paper Wings Production  Holidays or red & green
Snowmen Fall From Heaven card:
Die Cut Divas  snow and Xmas
Reasonable Ribbon  #107  snowmen + ribbon
Delightful Sketches  sparkly
Inky Impressions Challenge  #188  snow
Sassy Studio Designs  #258 glitter & shine
Crafty Catz Weekly  #258 snowmen
Either card:
Gloria Designs  #21 winter holiday
Inspiration Avenue  anything goes
Crafty Sentiments  anything goes
Loves Rubber Stamps  #129 anything goes
Papertake Weekly  anything goes
Scrap Creations  anything goes
TTCRD  2 - 8 anything goes
Divas By Design  #162 festive
Simon Says Stamp Challenge  Xmas
Little Miss Muffet  #100 anything goes
Trimmie's Craft Challenge  #288 anything goes
Brown Sugar Challenge  #123 winter
Crafts 4 Eternity  #20 winter
SisterAct Card Challenge  #86 anything goes