Monday, March 30, 2015

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

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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

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Double Diamond Card - Sometimes - HB

It's that time of year when I need some guy cards... they are all clustered within the next 3 months... and then I'm back to girl cards. ROFL.

My uncle whom I think is turning 93, has always loved stamps. He's got Alzheimer's now sigh!! He was an avid collector and I remember when I was younger... I was tasked to remove the stamp from whatever it was stuck to. It was an enjoyable time and I guess that's when my love of stamps originated, although I'm not a collector per se - except for new stamps.... I can't resist decorating envelopes and adding the appropriate stamp to match.

I like this card structure which I recently saw and decided to make one myself. I've added a template on my web post.

Click on any card image to see more details and descriptions etc. Enjoy

I'm using Quietfire Design quote and sentiment stamps.

And it fits for these challenges:
Red Rubber Designs  #210 for a guy
Sir Stamp A Lot  o/a Stampin Sensations monthly March for a guy

Saturday, March 7, 2015

Sending Some Sunshine - May the Wings

Sending healing wishes to my baby sister. Thought a giant sunflower would put a smile on her face.

I top folded the white card (8.5"w x 4"h including overhang of flower).

eCut an extra large (approx 8.5"w) coneflower (from Suzanne available on the Silhouette onLine store HERE). ps could have used the sunflower, but forgot I had that eCut file sigh... Alzheimer's moment... Colored the flower while on the mat with Distress mini pads, then sponging color. Removed from mat and cut off part of the cone head using a jagged cut to give a flatter look to the flower head. Adhered to card front. Added seeds to the flower head with a black marker.

Used an alphabet stamp set (Hero Arts "Happy Letters") to stamp the word "sunflower" using the mini pads inked with "Mowed Lawn" and clear embossed. Wrote in the words "sending u some sunshine" using a micron pen.

On the inside stamped the flower & bud (Stampendous Jumbo "Sunflower"), again using the mini pads, misting with water and stamping. Stamped the butterfly (Quietfire Design "Butterflies/Dragonflies" 7pce set) with "Worn Lipstick" and clear embossed.

Stamped the quote (Quietfire Design "May the Wings" 5pce set) with Versafine Black Onyx and clear embossed.

Click on any image to enlarge. Enjoy

And fits for these challenges:
Hiding In My Craft Room  #190 anything goes
Sisteract Card Challenge  #96 anything goes

Thursday, March 5, 2015

MC Mar/15 - Create Without Limits - Happy Birthday

Create Without Limits is now a rubber stamp that comes mounted on cling foam at Quietfire Design.

One of the challenges I'm entering asked for a card with no image stamps at all... only text...

I side folded my white cardstock (5"w x 6.5"h). PS this is a one layer card.

Die cut a couple Spellbinders circles to use as masks and stencils. Adhered one in position on my card front with removable tape. Inked up my embossing folder (Cuttlebug "Typeset" 5 x 7) using distress mini pads, all over with "Shabby Shutters" here and there with "Evergreen Bough" & "Peacock Feathers", misted lightly with water and positioned on my card, ran through my machine.

Kept the taped circle in place and ran a 2B pencil all around, darker on the upper right and lower left. Removed circle and used a paper stump to blend my pencil mark to create shadows. Used Derewent XL Graphite block to add some green in the circle area and moved the color around with my finger. Placed the negative of the circle in place and inked up the stamp "Create Without Limits"  with Evergreen Bough, misted lightly and stamped, repeated to fill the area. Removed stencil

Placed the smaller circle's negative, direct to paper with the Evergreen Bough, dried, swiped with an anti static powder. Inked up the (Birthday 5 pce set) stamp with Versamark, stamped and embossed with white embossing powder.

Adhered my green Sari ribbon and tied a triple loop fork bow. Adhered with a glue gun.

As a final touch, applied Glossy Accents all over the birthday circle. Dried overnight.

On the inside, used an butterfly stencil by Evo, repeatedly stamped with Create without limits using the Evergreen Bough and misting with water. sponged a bit of "Crushed Olive" around the edges of the stencil.

Stamped the sentiment again. Then stamped the "my Friend" using Versafine Black Onyx masking off the rest of the quote from "This is My Beloved" with masking tape, inking, and removed the masking, then stamped.

Click on any image to enlarge. Enjoy

And it fits for these challenges:
One Layer Simplicity  #14 words, words, words
Artistic Inspirations  #126 greens
Craftin Desert Divas  #50 lots of green
Crazy Challenge  #192 BD
Cute Daisy May  sentiment
Melon Headz Friends  green
Oh La La Creations  #175 green
Creative Card Crew  #82 green
Cuttlebug Mania  monocrhomatic greens
Pinspirational Challenge  #135  greens
Tuesday Throwdown  #234 circles
Susy Pants Smarty  #68 embossing
Sweet Stampin Challenge  one layer or lots of layers
Simply Create Too  #80 greens
Craft Your Passion  #251
Loves Rubber Stamps  #141
Paper Take Weekly
TTCRD  #3 v-9
SisterAct Card Challenge  #95
Little Scrap Pieces
Sentimental Sundays  #248

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Silhouette is having a SALE!!!

Silhouette is having a SALE!!! 
50% of eCut designs and more. 
You might want to stock up on some of Suzanne's gorgeous calligraphy words, or maybe her cards or images. I've included a few samples of cards I made using her designs. 
Hurry - I don't know how long the sale will last... (found out it's till March 17th)

Here's Suzanne's link on the Silhouette store.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

MC Feb/15 - Round Easel - Quilled Basket of Flowers - Just For You - HB quilling friends asked me to figure out how to make a basket that they saw in a picture... The first one I made was white (color they wanted) using plastic cocktail skewers and white quilling paper. After that one I made the one on this card using Bamboo skewer ends instead. Same number of posts, but it became double the size. Amazing the size difference because of the posts... had also made a bunch more of my purple petals at the last quilling session, so wanted to use them. And I had a whole bunch of roses I had die cut from various dies and some eCut files sitting on my desk. So it all came together. I'm laughing when i think of the quote I recently scribed "Less is more only unless more is too much"...

Anyway you can see all the details and descriptions, more views and a bit of detail instructions for the basket by clicking on any image. Enjoy.

I'm using a sentiment stamp from Quietfire Design, love this set... "Just For You" 4 pce set" and an eCut file available on the Silhouette onLine store "Happy Birthday".

And it fits for these challenges:
Craft Your Passion  #250  anyting goes
Dream Valley Challenge  #100 favorite color combo (green, purple, pinks)
Stamps Fun Creativity  #238 frame it
The Pink Elephant Challenge  #287 anything goes
TTCRD  #24 -2  anything goes
Tuesday Throwdown  #233 anything goes
All Sorts Challenge  #299 Purple
Penny's Challenges  #216 lots of Layres
Simon Says Stamps  Anything goes

Monday, February 23, 2015

DT Feb/15 - Easel - Slainte My Friend

My turn on the Quietfire Creations blog today and I'm here with an easel St Patrick's Day card... Well it is around the corner. BIG GRIN.

I'm using  a new die cut set I recently got that I really love (Creative Expressions Sue Wilson Scandinavian Collection "Stockholm"), a couple of Suzanne's eCuts available on the Silhouette onLine store ("Slainte" and "Shamrock Flourish") and some stamps from Suzanne available on the Quietfire Design store ("This Is My Beloved" and "Twirl & Enjoy" set).

You can see all the details and descriptions by clicking on any card image - Enjoy. or by clicking here  to go to my web page.

And it fits for these challenges:
Creataclicious Challenge  Monthly #72 no sq or rect
Loves Rubber Stamps  #139 sparkle
Papertake Weekly  Bingo: ribbon, gems, punch; die cut, free, glitter; buttons, lace, blooms Creations  Bingo: glitter, flowers, ribbon; lace, die/punch, brads; pearls, digi, buttons
Frilly and Funky  Handmade Flowers
Lil Red Wagon  #277 nothing sq or  right angled
Penny's Challenges  #215 spots and stripes (see pic below)
Simon Says Stamp Challenge  add texture (gloss, glitter, and more)
4 Crafty Chicks  #234 wings
Cute Card Thursday  #361 flowers
Sassy Studio Designs  #269 circles or circle shape
Crafts for Eternity  #214 circles
Fussy and Fancy  #133 Tic Tac Toe: charm, die/punch, lace; dry emboss, ribbon, pearls; sentiment, wet emboss, sparkle
Little Scrap Pieces  anything goes
Catch The Bug  Bingo:  shamrock, button, border; bling, merged images, flowers; sentiment, lace, 3D object
Hiding in My Craft Room  #188 Erasers
Sweet Stampin Challenge  spring flowers
Corrosive Challenges  #218 wings

Friday, February 20, 2015

MC Feb/15 - Oh My Sex In A Suit - HB

 It's extremely rare I play on an image like this... but I just couldn't resist. A friend pointed me in the direction of this Cricut cartridge "Suburbia" and I drooled... Sheesh

I cut him out of white cardstock and then painted with Black dauber acrylic paint. I added 3 melted bead buttons I made a while back from a package of cheap Michael's  plastic beads. They are a clear iridescent.

I side folded my white card (5"w x 7"h). Masked off about a 2" strip on the left side with post it notes and inked up an Impression Obsession CAC stamp "Brick" using Distress mini pads - all over with Antique Linen", then swiped a bit of "Burlap" and then a bit of "Black Soot", misted with water and stamped, moving the stamp to fill the whole side edge. Dried

Die cut the grass (Cheery Lynn) from white cardstock and painted with various green daubers. Glued down a double layer.

Stamped the text (Just Rite "Times New Roman") using Versafine Black Onyx and clear embossed.

Dry embossed the upper right hand corner using Spellbinders "Brick/Woodgrain" embossing folder.

Adhered my guy!!! oh my... ROFL

On the inside, stamped the upper text ("Just Rite "Curlz") with the black. Then stamped the "Happy Birthday" (Quietfire Design - "Let them Eat Cake" 4 pce set) also using the black and clear embossed.

Masked off about 2" again and inked and stamped the brick stamp as the front.

Hope whichever girlfriend I send this too will have as much pleasure ogling this cutie...

And it fits for these challenges:
Our Creative Corner  Monthly Feb  (2nd entry) TicTacToe: Metal, die cuts, embossing powder; paint, stamps, stencils; lace/twine, emboss folder, paint mediums
Scribbles Design  #26 CAS
Craft Your Passion  #249 anything goes
Inspiration Avenue  words
Love to Scrap  #48  anything goes
Melon Headz  Die cuts
Oh La La  Creations  #174 add something green (the grass... ROFL)
The Pink Elephant  #286 Birthday
Creative Card Crew  #81 Birthday w/sentiment
Fantastic Tuesday  #73  die cut
Inky Impressions  #197  cute & cuddly (probably not what you were thinking... but he's definitely cute and in my books very cuddly...)
Red Rubber  #208 feminine (ROFL)
Trimmie's Craft Challenge  #299 CAS
SisterAct Card Challenge  #94 anything goes
front & inside of card