Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Love is friendship...

Quietfire has a new set of stamps called Love -Fill 'er Up.  I've used just the letter L from that set and combined it with an older stamp, Love is friendship.  The finished card is 5" x 7". 

For the background I've used Fresco Finish paint and alcohol.  Along the bottom I've stamped the large horizontal flourish, standing it vertical, with paint.  The flame is a TCW stencil that I've stenciled with paint onto a scrap and cut out.  Paint and sticky back hearts highlight the large L and a bit of Treasure Gold florentine is around the edges.

Monday, January 26, 2015


Good Morning!!!  

Thank you so much for all the wonderful comments on my heart project.  I quite like it also and found a great place to hang it.  

Here is the winner on my blog for the Queen of Hearts blog hop.  

Lynn c said...
Just beautiful! My favorite colors to use when making cards. Flowers on any projects just completes the project. ☺

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Quietfire Queen of Hearts 2015 Blog Hop

Welcome to the Quietfire Design Queen of Hearts Blog Hop!

Here is my contribution!

My base is 140# watercolor paper.  I created a pattern from copy paper the old fashioned heart making way - fold the paper in half and cut a heart :-)  I took the pattern, laid it on the watercolor paper, drew around it with a pencil, tore out the heart following the line as best I could while tearing, and erased any pencil marks left on the paper.  I created a resist by sponging Golden's gel medium matte through a stencil (TCW), dried it and sprayed the heart with Distress stain sprays.  I blotted up the excess stain, dried the heart, used my finger to pick up extra stain from my craft sheet and added it to the edges of the heart to darken them.  I stamped and embossed the quote (minus the heart at the top) onto the heart.  I stamped the heart on a scrap of white card, tore it out in a heart shape, added dots with a Posca marker and added it to the heart on an Idea-ology memo pin.  The leaves are cut with a die (Memory Box), sprayed with Dylusions, and stamped with a script stamp.  The flowers are made from copy paper - punch flowers, stack them up (I used 5-6 for the small flowers and 8-9 for the large), put a brad in the center, crumple them petal by petal to the center and then pull them back out.  To color, I sprayed some water on the flower, picked up Distress stain spray with a paint brush and dabbed the edges of the flower petals. The hanger is crinkle ribbon colored with Distress stain sprays.  

All the projects for the hop are fabulous and, if you've missed any, I encourage you to go back and see them.  Here is our Blog Hop Schedule and the dates each designer has or 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
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!

Thanks for stopping by!!!

Monday, January 19, 2015

More Snippets

Hello!!!!  I'm sharing more snippets of projects for PaperArtsy.  This time I'm using some of Sara Naumann's new stamps.  Remember PaperArtsy is announcing new product on their blog beginning Feb. 1 for 7 days.  Sara's stamps will be part of the launch post on Feb. 4th.  

Sunday, January 18, 2015

The 2015 Quietfire Design Queen of Hearts Blog Hop

Starting Monday is the annual Quietfire Design Queen of Hearts Blog Hop!

The hop is happening much earlier than usual so you have time to get your Quietfire stamps and start creating!!

There are nine designers this year, so most days you will be visiting two blogs.  There will be projects you can use for Valentine's Day or weddings or just for someone you care lots about.

Of course there are prizes!  Leave a comment on each of the Queen of Hearts Blog Hop posts and you will be eligible for a rubber stamp prize from that blog.

Here is the 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
Jan 21 - Yvonne and Teresa 
Jan 22 - Wanda (that's me) and Robyn
Jan 23 - Suzanne 

Friday, January 16, 2015

Have a Heart that never hardens...

I'm over on the Quietfire Creations Blog today with a tag using the new "Have a Heart that never hardens" stamp.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Poppin' In

I am hoping to do more posting to my blog this year overall but things are a little slow right now as I'm working on samples for PaperArtsy that I can't share yet.  In February there is a big trade show in the UK much like CHA is in the US and PaperArtsy has their biggest new release of the year at that show.  They will also be showcasing all the new releases on their blog beginning February 1st and running for 7 days, focusing on different collections each night.  

I can show little snippets here and so I'm sharing from samples I've finished using some of the new Lin Brown stamps.  Lin's stamps will be featured on Feb. 2nd and you'll be able to see the complete projects then, and, yes, I'll remind you!!!!

Saturday, January 3, 2015

Take a moment to embrace today

Happy Saturday!!!  I hope you are having a good weekend!!!

The background of this card has a few layers as things weren't coming together as I had hoped.  When it didn't work at first (and I almost threw it away) I didn't really keep track of all I did.  I used Fresco Finish Paints and also some brushos.  On top of that I stamped the sketchy rectangles image (PaperArtsy Ellen Vargo #07) with Archival Ink French ultramarine.  The stem/leaves and flower are PaperArtsy Lin Brown stamps from set #01.  I stamped the stem/leaves with embossing ink and embossed with Wendy Vecchi's fern green powder.  The flower is also stamped with embossing ink and then embossed with Wendy's tree branch.  I used a Ranger craft nib to add Archival Ink (fern green, orange blossom) over the embossing to create depth and shadows.  I stamped the saying (Lin Brown #06) with Archival Ink jet black and also inked the edges of the panel.  I stamped part of a spotty PaperArtsy Sara Naumann image (set #09) around the flower and quote using FF paint and then also used a small paint brush to splatter around some watered down FF paint, both snowflake and little black dress.  In the center of the flower I added a Finnabair metal piece that I'd colored with Treasure Gold onyxite, heated and buffed to a beautiful shine and also a blue brad.  The twine was white and I added colore with Archival Ink orange blossom.  Everything is layered to a folded white card. 

Even though the background started out bad I really like how it all came out!!!!!

I'm linking to The Mixed Media Card Challenge #7.  The theme is "new".  This card fits the theme as I just got the Brushos for Christmas and it was my first time trying to combine acrylic paint and Brushos - something I haven't given up on but I definitely need to play more!!

Friday, January 2, 2015

Have a Heart....

Here's a quick card using another of Quietfire's new stamps, Have a Heart That Never Hardens.  I stamped the quote with Archival Ink magenta hue onto white cardstock, die cut it with a Spellbinder's die (Long Classic Scalloped Rect. Lg) and ran it through again to get that wonderful embossed edge.  The border image is a Spellbinders Edgeabilities (Classic Petal).  I cut the edge and hearts from white, inked it with magenta hue and then layered it to the white that was left - trimming the top, bottom and left to size.  The background is printed paper (possibly Bo Bunny but it was a partial piece and not marked - I have a LOT of printed paper collected over the years and I'm hoping to put a dent in it this year).  I wrapped the hole thing with twine on the left and layered it to a folded white card, 5" x 7".  Finally I added some diamond Stickles to the heart and along the pink decorative edge.

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Happy New Year, A simple Card, An announcement

Happy New Year!!!  I hope your 2015 is filled with God's blessings!!

The announcement you say..... I am officially back on the Quietfire Design design team.  Woo-hoo!!!!  I've played along in several of the hops QF has done this past year and did a couple of guest but didn't rejoin the team.  I believe I'll have the time now to be consistent with them.  Thanks to Suzanne for taking me back (vbg - she's been waiting for me to come back)!!!

 I have brand new QF stamps to play with and here is a quick card showing one of them.  You can see all 4 of the new stamps HERE.  

I cut a piece of white cardstock to 4" x 5/14", stenciled the heart (The Crafter's Workshop) with Distress Inks mustard seed and picked raspberry, and stamped the quote with Archival Ink jet black.  I had not intended to tear the corners but I had used some tape with the stencil, not so much as to hold it in place but to mask off the heart next to this one, and when I took off the stencil I tore the piece... so, I made it work.  LOL   

The background piece... I sponged the same colors around another piece of white cardstock (4 3/4" x 6 3/4"), flicked it with water, stamped a background image across the center and a border image at the top and bottom (both Wendy Vecchi stamps).  This is all layered to a folded 5" x 7" card.  The main image is attached with foam mounting tape.

This quote makes me think about the biggest, greatest, best love there is... God's love!!!  And when we realize that love completely, it really does change our lives in amazing ways!!

I'm linking up to...

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Pleasant Words Journal Page

This journal is 5 1/2" x 8 1/2" and I'm filling it with art and scriptures.  This is such an important verse and something I really need to work on... pleasant words to everyone (including my teenagers - not always easy).  I've used PaperArtsy Fresco Finish Paints, Wendy Vecchi's honeycomb stencil, PaperArtsy Jofy stamp images (heart and flower from set #22), a Tim Holtz rub on (pointed finger), Posca pens, and the verse is computer generated. 

Monday, December 29, 2014

Thank You My Friend

I'm using two Quietfire Design stamps - thank you from the Thank You set of 4 and My friend from Friends set of 4.  I put both stamps onto an acrylic block and then stamped them with Archival Ink jet black onto printed paper.  I combined this with more printed paper, some wrapping paper (the kraft with hearts), and a variety of embellishments all layered to a folded brown card.

Sunday, December 28, 2014

Good friends and Snowflakes

Howdy Hi!!!!  I hope you are doing well today!!!

One of the things I got for Christmas was some Brushos.  I have seen them mentioned many places lately, they looked like a fun product to play with as I love doing backgroundy stuff, so I put them on my "I'd like to have these" list.  A friend came over the day after Christmas and we played.  This background is one of my pieces.  I stamped the Quietfire Design calligraphy image (Good Friends are like Snowflakes) with Archival Ink jet black and embossed it with detail black powder.  The snowflakes are a Quietfire Design cut file (snowflakes - tulipflake, starflake and more) you can find in the Silhouette store.  After cutting them from white cardstock, I sprayed them with Perfect Pearls mist perfect pearl. 

Saturday, December 27, 2014

One More Christmas Project

Hello!!!  I hope you had a wonderful Christmas Day!!  We had a fabulous day at home celebrating the birth of our Savior.  Our two boys were home and the whole day was a joy!!

I had this Mary Kay bag and almost threw it away but then thought I would alter it and use it for a gift for one of my bestest friends!!  

I painted the bag with PaperArtsy Fresco Finish paints chocolate pudding (the main bag) and old gold (the handle and also added some on the edges of the bag.  I also went over the handle and the edges with some Treasure Gold.  I cut the Tim Holtz tattered poinsettia twice from cream cardstock and embossed and colored it the same as the poinsettia on the last card I posted HERE.  

Merry Christmas from the Quietfire Design set, Merry Christmas Plain & Simple, is stamped with Archival Ink red geranium on a scrap of cream cardstock, torn out, and glued to the bag. I did also add an Idea-ology gumdrop to the center of the poinsettia but had already taken the picture before I remembered to add it.

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Gift Bags and a Winner

Hello!!!  Thank you to everyone that visited for the Quietfire Design Winter Wonderland Blog Hop and for all the wonderful comments!!!!  

I have another project to share using the Merry Christmas Plain & Simple set of stamps.  I love these kind of sets because you have the choice of different fonts and sizes that say the same thing.  For this project I needed a shorter length for the saying to fit than on the card I shared for the hop and, of course, there was one that was perfect.  

These little gift bags use Tim Holtz dies (In the Bag, Prancing Deer, Reindeer Flight), washi tape, twine... and the Merry Christmas is stamped with Archival Ink red geranium.

Now for the winner on my blog of the QF hop.  

Candy said...
Lovely card Wanda!!
Merry Christmas......

Merry Christmas to you, Candy, and congratulations!!!!!!!!!!!!  Please email either me or Quietfire with your mailing information.  

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Quietfire Design Winter Wonderland Blog Hop - Day 3

Hello and welcome to Quietfire Design's Winter Wonderland Blog Hop!!!  I'm so happy that you've stopped by!!!  If you haven't been following along with the hop you will definitely want to check out the posts from Monday and Tuesday (schedule below).  We are on day 3 of 5 today with a post here and a post on Teresa's blog.  

I decided to get Krafty with my card as in using Kraft Paper.  I started with an older stamp - the smaller Merry Christmas snowflake stamping it with Adirondack pigment ink snowcap and drying it with a heat tool.  Next I inked around the edge with Distress Ink vintage photo and also over the stamped snowflakes to tone them down.  Merry Christmas (from the new Merry Christmas Plain & Simple Set) is stamped with Archival Ink jet black. This piece is layered to a folded natural (or off-white) card edged with Distress Ink barn door.  Also in the background I've sponged barn door ink through sequin waste but this was done at the end when I decided I needed to do something more with the card.  The poinsettia is cut from the Tim Holtz die tattered poinsettia from natural cardstock.  There are 2 large, 1 medium, and 1 small poinsettia.  All but one of the large pieces is stamped with a text background image using Versamark and embossed with Queen's Gold embossing powder. The edges of the petals are inked with either barn door or peeled paint.  I stacked the flowers, stapled them together, and added an Idea-ology gumdrop that I had inked with Archival Ink chrome yellow to the center. 

There are prizes to be won!!!  One winner will be selected from each blog and your entry is a comment - one on each blog.  We'd love to hear what you think - good, bad, or in-between!!!  All comments must be made by midnight Friday, Dec. 19th.

Also ALL Quietfire Design rubber stamps are on sale during the hop - 25% off the regular price.  Woohoo!!!!!

The schedule....

Monday: Diana
Tuesday: Robyn,  Yvonne
Wednesday: Wanda (that's me),  Teresa
Thursday: Kathy Jo, Suzanne
Friday: Sherry,  Yogi 

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Birthday Cards and a Hop

First up I'm sharing a couple of birthday cards.  These were quick cards but they still look very nice.  The "Happy Birthday" used on each card is from the Quietfire Design set Happy Birthday Plain & Simple

For this first card I masked off the center using some tissue tape, sponged it with Distress Ink tumbled glass and a little broken chine, stamped the pine tree (and old PSX stamp) with versamark ink 5 times, and embossed them with evergreen embossing powder.  Next I used some very old liquid applique and heated it to create the look of snow.  The Happy Birthday is stamped with Archival Ink jet black.

For this second card I stamped Happy Birthday with Archival Ink manganese blue plus some cornflower blue.  I embossed the piece using a Tim Holtz snowflake folder and an embossing diffuser.  After it was embossed I laid the small oval from the diffusing plate over the non-embossed area and sprayed the rest of the piece with Distress stain Spray using tumbled glass, brushed pewter and just a bit of picket fence.  I removed the oval , dried the piece and sponged Archival Ink manganese blue over the high spots to bring out the snowflakes and added some around the edges.  The large layered snowflake is the Tim Holtz combination die and embossing folder and it's cut from a frosted sheet.  I brushed just a little Distress Paint picket fence on the back of the snowflake to help it show up a bit and layered it with a large metal snowflake brad (Spare Parts).


And finally, but certainly not least, Quietfire Design is having a Blog Hop this week sharing some Christmas cheer and inspiration as well as their latest rubber stamp creations.

The hop started on Monday and goes through Friday.  Here is the schedule....

Monday: Diana 
Tuesday: Robyn,  Yvonne  
Wednesday: Wanda (that's me),  Teresa  
Thursday: Kathy Jo, Suzanne  
Friday: Sherry,  Yogi 

There are prizes!!!!!  One winner will be chosen from each blog.  For your chance, just leave a comment on each blog by midnight Friday night, Dec. 19th.