Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Quietfire Sentiment of the Season Blog Hop - Day 3

Welcome to the Quietfire Sentiments of the Season Blog Hop! We’re celebrating the season with projects using our favourite Quietfire sentiment stamps and dies.  We have some great ideas to share with you!

We’re giving away a prize on each of the Sentiments of the Season blog posts.  The posts will be on Designers’ personal blogs and one on Quietfire Creations.  All you have to do is leave a comment on the Sentiments of the Season blog posts and you will be entered for a chance to win a Quietfire stamp or die from that blog.  Each designer will randomly choose the winner from their comments. 

Here is our schedule:

Day 1- Monday November 23 : Teresa and Yogi
Day 2 -Tuesday November 24: KathyJo and Judi Kauffman
Day 3 - Wednesday November 25: Wanda (that's me) and Yvonne
Day 4 - Thursday November 26: Robyn and Selma
Day 5 - Friday November 27: Diana and Suzanne

If you get lost, just hop back to the Quietfire Creations blog to find all the links!

The deadline for leaving comments is Sunday November 29, 2015 at midnight PST.  Winners will be posted shortly afterwards here and on Quietfire Creations.

Good luck and have fun!

I'm using stamps from the brand new Quietfire set - Flourished Ornament.  A gorgeous set that includes an ornament and 3 different flourished words that will fit inside.  The words can also be used without the ornament making this a set that works all year long.

The ornament is stamped onto white cardstock with embossing ink and embossed with Queen's Gold powder.  "Joy" was stamped with embossing ink and embossed with red geranium powder.  I used Distress Ink cracked pistachio along with water and a paint brush to add color to the inside of the ornament.  A gold brad and gold string create a hanger.

The red frame is an Elizabeth Craft Designs die - Fitted Frames 2, Lace Squares.  I cut it from soft finish cardstock backed with double sided adhesive,  inked it with Archival Ink red geranium, and adhered to the white cardstock leaving a border around the frame. 

For the next layer I began with Ranger's glossy cardstock, stamped one of the snowflakes from the new Quietfire set - Let it Snow Snowman with Ranger's resist ink repeating until I had enough snowflakes.  Next I inked over the piece with cracked pistachio (no need to ink the center) adding enough ink to bring out the pattern of the snowflake.  I then flicked some water over the piece, blotted it and dried it.  

I attached the main panel to the green panel with foam mounting tape, wrapped the hanger to the back and taped it down.  This was then attached to the 5 1/2" folded white card.

Finally I added the 2 dark green flourishes.  These are a die from the Elizabeth Craft Designs set - Flourishes & Branches.  I cut them from soft finish cardstock backed with double sided adhesive.  The backing paper was removed and silk microfine glitter - forest green - added to the adhesive rubbing it down well.  I attached the flourishes with glue leaving the ends loose.

Monday, November 23, 2015

Best Friends Forever

Hello!!!!!!!  I'm thrilled to once again have a project on the Elizabeth Craft Designs Blog. 

You can find the above card HERE.

Sunday, November 22, 2015

A Merry Little Christmas -- New Stamps -- And a Hop

It was a happy mail day for me Friday as I received brand new just released stamps from Quietfire Design.  You can find all the new releases HERE and even better they are on sale for 25% off.  The sale price shows up when something is put in the shopping cart.  If you've been thinking about Suzanne's word dies, they are also on sale - 15% off.  

I had to have a play with the new stamps and have this card to share so far.  All the stamps used for this card are from the same set - Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas, set of 3.  I began with Ranger's watercolor paper stamping onto the smooth side.  I stamped the quote and the tree with Versafine black ink and embossed them with clear detail powder.  I made a rough mask for the tree and then stamped the dots (snowflakes) with embossing ink and clear embossed them.  I used Distress Ink tumbled glass, water and a paintbrush to paint around the tree and across the bottom. I used a Distress Marker (evergreen bough) to put a little green in the tree and a yellow Glaze pen to color the star.  For a bit of sparkle I used the clear Wink of Stella pen in the flourish of the tree and over the yellow star.  Finally I distressed the edges of the panel.  The next panel is white cardstock and I used the clear Wink of Stella around the edges wide enough for the border.  Everything is attached to a folded colored card.  I love how the embossing shines and the Wink of Stella sparkles as the card is moved!!! 

I want to also give you a heads up on a Quietfire Design Blog Hop!!!  The posts begin tomorrow and you can get all of the information regarding the hop on the Quietfire Creation's Blog HERE.  There will be prizes!!!!  

The schedule is on the Quietfire Creation's Blog and I've also included it here.

Day 1- Monday November 23 : Teresa and Yogi
Day 2 -Tuesday November 24: KathyJo and Judi Kauffman
Day 3 - Wednesday November 25: Wanda (that's me) and Yvonne
Day 4 - Thursday November 26: Robyn and Selma
Day 5 - Friday November 27: Diana and Suzanne

Saturday, November 21, 2015

A Turtle Christmas

Our daughter is a turtle lover/collector.  When I saw the Majestic Sea Turtles stencil from Stencil Girl, I just had to get it so I could make a card for her.  At the time I hadn't thought a Christmas card but it worked great and she loves the card.  I used Ranger's texture paste through the stencil.  After it was dry I put the stencil back on and inked over it with various Distress Inks.  Around the edges of the panel I inked with Distress Ink festive berry, flicked it with water and then pressed over it with a damp towel which blotted up the extra water and also gave the red ink a bit of a mottled look, and dried it really well.  The holly stamp is a PaperArtsy Lin Brown stamp from the ELB10 set.  I inked the stamp with both Versamark and fern green Archival ink, stamped it and embossed with a glittery green powder.  I repeated this all around the edges.  Then where the berries were I used a white paint marker over each berry, let it dry, and then put red glitter glue over each berry.  "Merry Christmas" is a Quietfire Design stamp from the fabulous Merry Christmas Plain & Simple set.  The hat is an image from the Dina Wakley Scribbly Holiday Birdies set.  I stamped it on a scrap of white paper with Archival Ink red geranium, cut it out, colored the red part with festive berry Distress Marker and then used flower soft and sparkly Fluff for the white areas.  

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Leafy Happy Birthday

I have a card on the Quietfire Creations Blog today.  I hope you'll head on over there and check it out!!!!

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Smile Laugh Love

Another ATC!!  Again I've used paper from the Dyan Reaveley class to start with.  The square with a heart inside is a die cut (Elizabeth Craft Designs, Fitted Frames 4 - Curvy Squares).  I added color and glitter glue to the inside of the heart and dots and doodles with a Pitt pen.  Paint circles created with a lid surround the square.  Edges inked with black and dots added with a Glaze pen.  Words stickers are Idia-ology Chit Chats.  

Monday, November 16, 2015

Purple Leaves

I'm sharing another atc I made last month (there are still a few more to go).  For this one I've again used a piece of paper from the Dyan Reaveley classes taken earlier this year.  Over that background I've stenciled a leafy stem (The Crafters Workshop, mini herbarium) using embossing paste mixed with purple paint.  After the paste was dry I lightly added some Treasure Gold using my finger.  Joy is another stencil (Wendy Vecchi).  I stenciled with white paint and then used a black pen.  Treasure moments are Idea-ology Chit Chat stickers.  Yellow paint on the stickers and around the edges.  

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Leaving White Space - Honor Christmas

Another card with white space!!  This card uses products from PaperArtsy.  I began with a piece of heavy smoothy paper and colors from the Sept 2015 Limited Edition paint set.  I put some Teresa green, Granny smith, and Captain Peacock on my craft... just a bit of each... sprayed on some water, used my palette knife to smoosh the paint some and then dipped my paper in it.  It looked wonderful!!  Next I stamped the leaves (more on that in a bit) with Professor Plum and somehow, without noticing, managed to get paint on the edge of my plastic and then onto my paper where I didn't want it.  I quickly took my damp rag and tried to rub it off (I knew that probably would not take it all off)... I rubbed a bit harder and made the color lighter but also caused the paper to fray.  Not to be put off I sprayed some water on my craft sheet, dabbed my finger in a bit of Professor plum, added water and tapped it onto my card trying to give a random look of color.  It didn't work too bad and although I'm not sure I really like the roughened paper, it doesn't look terrible either so I went on ahead with the card.  The leaf stamp was created with fun foam from the outline leaf stamp on Sara Naumann's set ESN17.  I talk about making that fun foam stamp in THIS post.  The quote is stamped with black Versafine ink and embossed with clear powder.  This panel is layered to a panel painted around the edges with Professor Plum and then to a folded white card.

Saturday, November 14, 2015

Leaving White Space - Friends

Hello and Happy Saturday!!!  I hope you are having a good weekend.  

White space...  Leaving white space on a card is hard for me.  I see things all the time allowing white/empty space and they are wonderful!!!!  I've decided to attempt some myself.  It's hard, I have to "make" myself not fill up the background.  LOL  

For this card I've used glossy paper and alcohol inks. I put the inks on my craft sheet, added some blending solution and dipped my card.  Friends is a Suzanne Cannon, A Way With Words, Elizabeth Craft Designs die and I've cut it from Shimmer Sheetz backed with double sided adhesive.  The flower is also an Elizabeth Craft Designs die, #965 Victorian Flower Overlay Set 1, cut from soft finish cardstock. I've added a jeweled brad (Hobby Lobby) to the center of the flower attaching it right through the background. The folded card is white cardstock and I inked the front edges with Distress Ink picked raspberry before attaching the main panel. 

Wednesday, November 11, 2015


The current challenge over on the Classy Cards 'n Such Blog is Mittens and/or Stockings which immediately made me think about the totally cute mitten stamps that Quietfire Design has and I just had to pull them out and make a card.  All the stamps I used are from Quietfire Design (the mittens, the holly frame, and the word joy).  The holly frame was stamped with embossing ink onto kraft cardstock, embossed with Ranger's weathered white embossing powder, and color added to the leaves with a glaze pen.  The mittens were stamped onto white cardstock with Archival red geranium ink, embossed with red geranium powder, and cut out.  Joy was stamped onto white cardstock with Archival fern green ink, embossed with fern green powder, cut as shown, and the edges inked with red geranium.  The red and white frames are die cut using the Elizabeth Craft Designs die set #1062 Fitted Frames 2 - Lace Squares.  I cut them from soft finish cardstock back with double sided adhesive and the one was then inked with red geranium ink.  Everything is assembled as shown popping up the mittens and word with foam mounting tape.  A piece of twine was used with the mittens.  I didn't have enough green gems to put over all the holes in the frame so colored some pearl ones with alcohol ink.  I started putting them on too soon and got a little ink by some of them.  I might go back and touch that up with white paint or I might just let it be. 

Friday, November 6, 2015


Happy Friday!!!  Here is another ATC that I took to the swap last month.  Back in July (see THIS post) I took classes with Dyan Reaveley and the background on this atc started with one of the practice papers we did at class.  I cut up the sheet into atc sized pieces and because we worked on both sides of the paper I could pick and choose which side to use.  As you can see, I used the blue/purple side for this atc.  I stenciled the word unique (Wendy Vecchi stencil) with gold paste.  Once it was dry I stenciled the flowers (The Crafters Workshop) with white paint and added glitter glue to the centers.  I used both white and black pens by the word and also added some glitter glue along 2 edges. 

God makes each one of us unique with a plan and a purpose for our uniqueness!!!

Friday, October 30, 2015

Thank You Cards

Hello!!!  It's my turn to share over on the Quietfire Creations Blog.  I hope you'll pop on over and check it out.

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Leave a Little Sparkle

I'm sharing another ATC today.  As I mentioned with these atcs, I was mostly using up bit and pieces, scraps of things left from who-knows-what.  I cut this atc from a piece left over from THIS project on the PaperArtsy Blog.  I added paint around the edges, some small talk stickers, and Perfect Pearls mist.

Monday, October 26, 2015

Holly in a Heart

I'm very excited to have a guest spot on the Elizabeth Craft Designs Blog today.  I'm sharing a Christmas card with an ornament that can be removed and hung on the Christmas tree.  I hope you'll pop on over and check it out HERE.

Love Never Fails

I've done another page in my journaling bible.  For the heart I used a Wendy Vecchi stencil and pan pastels, sprayed it with workable fixative, let it dry and went around the outside with a grey Faber-Castell Pitt Big Brush Pen.  I wrote the word love.  I first used a pencil in just a single line for the whole word and thought I would build it up with the pencil before bringing in something more permanent but then decided to just take the plunge (I was VERY nervous) and use a Pitt pen and thicken things as I went.  I was quite happy!! (And surprised I didn't totally mess it up!)  Dots were added with markers.  I then used a Copic multi liner to write in the margin and also to write never fails but the black didn't show up too well so went over never fails with a white marker.  

God's love for us never fails!!!!  It's easy, at times, to think it does, but we can only see a little glimpse of the big picture.  God knows so much more and loves us more then we can fathom.  We can trust that His love truly Never Fails!!!

Saturday, October 24, 2015

Everyday Art

Here is another of the ATCs I made recently.  The background is a piece of paper from playing with shaving cream and Dylusion sprays.  Over this I first put down the bird stencil (TCW) and put embossing paste through it.  Once the paste was dry I painted the bird, paste and non-pasted areas using Fresco Finish Paints.  After the paint was dry, I lightly rubbed on some Treasure Gold over some of the paste areas.  The bird eye is a sticky backed gem with a dot of white paint.  The small dots in the background are paint through a stencil (TCW).  The branch is a left over die cut piece inked with Distress Inks.  The words are Idea-ology chit chat stickers, edges inked.  

As I was looking through the chit chat stickers I was reminded of a quote I once saw that said Nature is God's Art which prompted choosing "everyday art" as the words since God's beautiful creation surrounds us at all times... art we can see each and every day!!!!!  

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Your Longest List

Hello!!!!  I have LOTS of printed paper even though I haven't bought any in years.  I've been sorting through it, giving some to some new crafters in my area, and will be trying to make an effort to be using some.  The papers used for this card are from Bo Bunny and the flowers are Prima.  Of course, the beautiful rubber stamp quote is from Quietfire Design.  It takes a long time for Suzanne to hand letter the images and then make them ready to become a stamp and I'm glad she does that for us!!!  

I've used a Spellbinder's die (inverted scalloped square) for the piece with the quote.  I've added paint and Stickles Glitz glitter glue along the edges of another layers.  The narrow printed green strips along the left and bottom are washi tape.  The holly leaves layer has distressed edges and vintage photo ink.  Some layers are popped with foam mounting tape and others are flat.  The flowers are attached with Golden heavy gel medium.  The finished size of the card is a 6" square. 

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Feel The Beat

Our youngest son turned 19 this month and this is the card I made him.  Yes, he plays the drums and also the guitar (acoustic, electric, or bass).  He plays on the worship team at his church and at other times.

The background of this card is created using the shaving cream technique and Dylusion sprays.  The rubber stamps are from Visible Image.  "Praise" is computer generated.  Added some white paint splatters, an Idea-ology piece and some twine.

Monday, October 19, 2015

Be Brave

Hey!!  Whether you are visiting my blog or reading this in an email, thank you for taking the time!!!  I appreciate each of you and am blessed to have you following along!!

I'm sharing another ATC today.  There are several more that will be showing up as I have time.  The background was created back in August during PaperArtsy's blog topic, Gels and Mediums.  I put Golden's heavy gel medium through a stencil onto heavy Smoothy cardstock.  Once dry, it was sprayed with a few different shimmery sprays.  I had started to make a card with some of the background and it is not yet finished.  I cut the extra into atc blanks.  The leaf stem was left over, blank, and I colored it using ink and embossing powders.  I've used a swirly stamp and black Archival ink around the edges, a Idea-ology sticker from the small talk set for "be bave" and some black twine to finish.

Saturday, October 17, 2015

Autumn Splender

Hello!!!  It's going to be a beautiful weekend here in Southern Iowa.  I'm headed out soon to an in-person ATC swap and therefore have been in ATC mode all week squeezing in bits of time here and there.  I finished this one up about 5:30 this morning, lol.  

I grabbed a piece of left-ver background that had Wendy Vecchi's Archival reinker & alcohol technique done on it and cut an atc size piece.  I used her brick stencil and embossing paste over it keeping the paste thin by scraping all the way down to the stencil.  While the paste was still wet I sprinkled on her suggested custom mix brick embossing powder and since I had limited time went ahead and heated it right away.  Yes, the paste did poof up but then it settled back down and all was well.  The leaves were already die cut using Tim's die from manila card and just lying there.  I colored them with Distress stain spiced marmalade and barn door, dried, and sponged some vintage photo around the edges.  I also inked the edge of the card and then also used Distress paint in gold around the edges.  The words are stamped with a small alphabet set, cut out, and edged with ripe persimmon. 

I had begun my blog post with the following two pictures when I finally noticed that I had spelled splendor wrong.  I almost left it but couldn't so fixed it by making another word and just gluing it over the first, took more pics and finished my post.  I thought I'd go ahead and show you my before fixing pics anyway.  

Have a fabulous weekend!!!!

I'm entering this atc in the current Classy Cards 'n Such Challenge: Colors of Fall

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Miracles Burlap Canvas


I'm sharing a 4" x 6" mixed media burlap canvas on the Quietfire Creations Blog today.  Hurry on over and take a look!!!!

Have a great day!!!!!!!!!!!