Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Behind the Design - Stamp Organizers

There isn't too much of a story behind these designs.  It was a case of necessity is the mother of invention!

Since all the new Quietfire rubber stamps are mounted with cling and foam cushion, my traditional method of storing the stamps just wasn't cutting it.  So I decided to design and cut something new!
Both these designs require the use of the Silhouette Cameo or other 12" electronic cutting machine as the unfolded box is quite large.

The smaller box, which you can find here on the Silhouette Design Store, perfectly holds the Quietfire single stamps on boards and the larger box is designed for the sets.  Each design comes with a little label for the front and includes dividers. 

It's kind of embarrassing how pleased I am with these boxes!  But it's great to have organization that works. And that looks cute, too!

Happy organizing!

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Clean and Simple Kraft Wedding Set

Kraft and white. Yummy! 
Here is a clean and simple look for a wedding! Combine the kraft look with white and a few classy embellishments and that's all you need.

Stamp: Quietfire Design The Origin of Love
Ink: Tsukineko/Imagine Crafts VersaMagic Midnight Black
Quietfire Heart Wedding set

Cutting File: Quietfire Design SVG file Heart Wedding Invitation, Placecard & Favor Box
Cardstock: Little Bee Kraft and White Multi-Pack, Staples 110# White cardstock
Punch: Little B Honeycomb
Sticker Embellishments: Little B Wedding Cake
Glue Dots
Tombow Stamp Runner
Stamp positioner 
Be Creative Double-sided tape

  1. Open the cutting file and separate all the elements.  Cut the card from the Kraft and White duplex (double-sided) cardstock. Cut the place card and favour box from plain kraft cardstock and the small hearts from white.
  2. Accordion fold the card. Continuously punch a 3-1/2" strip of white cardstock and adhere it to the front of the card as shown.
  3. Stamp the sentiment on the second panel of the accordion so it appears through the heart cut in the front panel.
  4. Adhere the Wedding Cake sticker to the heart that drops out when the front panel is cut and add to the third panel.  Hand write the invitation information where desired.
  5.  Continuously punch a 4-1/4" strip of white cardstock and cut in half lengthwise.  Adhere to the bottom edge of the place card as shown. Trim if necessary.  Add wedding cake and little flower embellishments.
  6. Assemble the favour box by folding all the score lines upwards, except the diagonal lines in the box top which must be folded the other way. Make sure the diagonals are well creased. Adhere the tab to the opposite side to create the box and fold up the bottom. Continuously punch a strip of white cardstock to about 6-1/2" and adhere around the outside of the assembled box. Trim if necessary.  Close the top by holding two opposite diagonal folds and push to the center. Adhere the loose hearts to the box top and add flower embellishments from the Wedding Cake set.
Place Card embellishment detail
Favour Box detail

Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, January 26, 2015

My Queen of Hearts Blog Hop Winner!

Congratulations to Marilyn!
I think I already have your information!

Thanks for playing Marilyn and a huge thanks to everyone who left such thoughtful comments!  See you next hop!

Friday, January 23, 2015

Welcome to the 2015 Queen of Hearts Blog Hop!

Welcome to our final day of the blog hop!  I have something pretty plain and simple.  You know, calligraphers think the lettering and words are the center of the universe, so I'm going with that today! 
Here is my contribution.

Before I forget, let me say I am absolutely delighted by how well this stamp stamps (say that 10 times!).   And just in case you need a little translation of Charles Dickens' quote, when he says "a temper that never tires" he is referring to having patience!  I think I need to use this quote to make something for the wall in my kitchen.....

Here is the simple supply list.

  1. Cut Rouge cardstock to 7x10" and emboss with Dainty Dots embossing folder using the Grand Calibur. Score and fold to 5x7" card base.
  2. Use the Silhouette Cameo to resize the flourished heart from the Flourished Heart card to 6 7/8" high and cut from Solar White cardstock.
  3. Stamp the sentiment using Red Magic as shown. Score close to the left side of the stamped image and fold around the card.
  4. Use 3D Foam Tabs to give dimension to the heart as you attach it to the card base.

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!  Here are the direct links to their posts.

Kathy Jo here
Diana here
Sherry here
Yogi here
Yvonne here
Theresa here
Robyn's blog here
Wanda's blog here
Suzanne - you're here!

Thanks for visiting and Good Luck!

Sunday, December 21, 2014

My Winter Wonderland Blog Hop Winner

Congratulations to
Thank you for sharing the different techniques/materials used. 
 You've won one of our new mounted rubber stamps!
Please send me your snailmail address privately.  My contact info is in the sidebar where it says Contact Me!
Happy creating! 

Thanks to everyone who left wonderful comments and we'll see you back here for our Queen of Hearts Blog Hop next month!

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Quietfire Design Winter Wonderland Blog Hop - Day 4

Welcome to Day 4 of our Winter Wonderland Blog Hop. If this is your first stop, make sure you check back to the other blogs and leave comments to be eligible to win prizes.  Their links are at the bottom of this post.  The details for this blog hop are available on this blog post.

Now I have to start by apologizing!  I designed this stamp for the doodlers, the tanglers, the adventurers.  I'm not any of those!  But I decided to give it the old college try and here is what happened.... (This stamp is called JOY- Fill 'er Up and is similar to our Thanks - Fill 'er Up T stamp.)

The idea was to gild the inside of the letters.  Of course gilding is notoriously hard to photograph, so there is nothing like setting yourself up to fail!  Ultimately, I opted for painting in the gold and used Schminke Tro-Col Pale Gold gouache.

After stamping and thermal embossing, the first thing I did was spatter the gold onto the project.  Oh, well. Let's do it again! And again! And now it's a technique and essential element to the project.  And if you believe that I have a bridge to sell you.

The Tro-Col is easy to use, just mix it with a little water and spread it with a brush.  It flattens to a smooth surface and any indiscretions made by painting the embossed lines may be removed afterward with a brush dampened with fresh water. As for the spatters, well they helped disguise the other flaw - wayward embossing powder.  (Note to self: Wipe paper with dryer sheet before sprinkling embossing powder)

This project definitely needed some colour, so I popped in some red with a Tombow marker.

My first experiment with this project was using gold composition leaf.  It has potential, but I need to do some more work.  I'm used to using real gold leaf and can predict it better, but I know it's easier for crafters to get the composition leaf. It does behave differently.  Here are my results.  It looks better the more I drink.  Kidding, I'm virtually a teetotaler. (And yes, I had to look up the spelling of teetotaler.)

Another thing about this card was that I was originally thinking icy snow, and the card looked like this:

What do you like better?  I'm torn!

So that's about it for my project (the supplies are listed below).  I hope you enjoy this blog hop and I wish you all a very Merry Christmas and holiday season!

Just a reminder that all Quietfire rubber stamps are 25% off their regular price during the hop. 

Here is the blog hop schedule because we don't want you to miss an opportunity to win!  Go to each of the blogs and leave a nice comment on their Winter Wonderland Blog Hop posts. You have until midnight Friday, December 19th to comment.  Good luck!

Monday: Diana 
Tuesday: RobynYvonne  
Wednesday: WandaTeresa  
Thursday: Kathy Jo, Suzanne (you're here!)
Friday: SherryYogi

Here are the ingredients for making this card with thumbnail links to the Quietfire website:
Arches 140lb HP Watercolour paper
Schminke Tro-Col Pale Gold gouache
Coloured cardstock for card base
Foam adhesives for dimension

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Why are Lizards Patient?

The answer?  Because they have to be!!

Today is the deadline for mailing the byhandartists' 4x4 Quilties.  Well, I made the deadline.  A month late.

Do you ever get those cravings to make something really cool and when it comes to the crunch, something with higher priorities rears its head and there you are, listening to the sound of a deadline whooshing by?  That was what happened.  Add in a little creative constipation and there you have it.

So what does this have to do with Lizards?  The person I have sent my Quiltie to is my long time friend Lizardbeth (sometimes called Lizardbreath).  So the creative constipation was strengthened by the fact that Lizard is extremely creative and whatever she sets her mind to turns out beautifully.  The pressure was on.

But the great thing about Lizard is that she understands procrastination!  I think she would say she has it mastered.

It is with great relief that her less-than-traditional Quiltie left in the mail today!

I think my problem was that I had too many choices. I have plenty of fabric... ahem, too much, some might say.

Ultimately the base I chose was cut from a piece of painted fabric from the stash I created at the late (and wonderful) Lisa Englebrecht's class taken years ago. I loved the bit on the edge, so I lettered "edgy" there.  I though Lizard would get a good eye roll out of that. The lettering was done with a 6mm Parallel Pen and acrylic ink (which was cleaned out immediately afterwards).

I must say when I learned of Lisa's passing last week, it was a strange feeling to think that I had chosen this fabric and was lettering on it at that time.  It's heartwarming to know she will live on and be remembered through her many dedicated students.

So realizing that my piece was pretty boring, I thought I'd outline the letters with stitching. Now this fabric is canvas and I was not enthusiastic about hand stitching it.  Does it surprise you to know that the last time I used my sewing machine, I didn't need to wear glasses?  What a nasty surprise!  And my poor sewing machine did not want to go.  I coddled it. It went.  But it needs a doctor.  I outlined the stitching with hot pink thread and then stitched a couple of flourishes in yellow, which substituted for gold.  I added some "cross stitches" with Jones Tones Plexi Glue and gold foil. The top-stitching around the edge was done with a bright blue.

I couldn't have done this without the help of the good people at Coats & Clark/Red Heart who filled my swag bag at CHA with this wonderful stash of thread in 18 vibrant colours. Perfect for this project!

I also had the assistance of a fabulous pair of Fiskars' scissors, also acquired at the Prime Publishing Blogger Event at CHA.  They're called the Amplify Mixed Media Shears. These shears are designed to force the blades back together when you're cutting thick material.  I watched them cut through a big stack of denim at the demo (pretty impressive!), so they had no problem with my double layer of canvas and batting.  I'm really happy I have them.

So that's the long-winded story of my Quiltie.  I hope Lizard likes it.  She's certainly been patient enough!  Thanks Lizard!

Thanks for dropping by and reading!

Friday, October 31, 2014

Invisible Tears

As Breast Cancer Awareness month draws to a close, we must remember to keep those who it affects in our thoughts year round.  I originally made this stamp for my mother, who suffered mostly in silence from a chronic illness for many years and kept herself going through love of life and friends.  As with so many, her illness did not show much on the outside most of the time. When Robin Williams died, this quote was the first thing I thought of.


Invisible Tears is this week's Tuesday Winsday giveaway.

Here are the instructions to make this card.
  1. Cut white cardstock to 10" x 6" and fold in half to create card base measuring 6" x 5".  Cut white cardstock panel measuring 4 3/4" x 4" and a light pink panel measuring 1/8" larger all around.
  2. Stamp Invisible Tears sentiment in Memento Rose Bud onto white cardstock panel.
  3. Die cut a frame from white cardstock using Spellbinders Radiant Rectangles.  Using the diecut as a mask, position it over the quotation and sponge Memento Angel Pink through the cut out portions and around the outside.
  4. Mount white decorated panel on pink panel with Permanent Glue Dots.  Attach pink panel to card base with Pop Dots.
  5. Create a bow from hand-dyed ribbon and attach to the front using Permanent Glue Dots.

Thanks for stopping by and having a look!
Happy creating, Suzanne

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Published in Uppercase Magazine

I really didn't believe it until I had the issue in my hot little hands!  In an issue filled with beautiful pointed pen lettering, there is my little broad-edge contribution.

I'm referring to the current issue of  Uppercase magazine.  It is a very cool publication.  It is very well produced and a joy to hold in your hands. And this issue is filled with beautiful examples of calligraphy and lettering.

What is Uppercase?
It is a publication for the creative and curious that sparks the imagination and inspires creativity. 
Uppercase magazine is the brainchild of Janine Vangool who is its publisher, editor and designer and who basically wears all hats (doesn't that sound familiar!?).

Janine is very active on Instagram where you may see wonderful photos of what inspires her as well as sneak peaks of what's happening and what's coming at Uppercase! 

In the issues I have seen, there is always an interesting insert - a challenge throwout.  The photo above is my Instagram photo from the last issue challenge.  I lettered and cut "Upper case" in my current favourite colours. Since there is heraldry in this new issue, the challenge is to design your own crest and share it on Instagram and Twitter using the card provided.  Another inclusion is a blank card, designed for you to send to a friend/family member who you have just bought a gift subscription for!  
These are the best inserts EVER!

Here is a link to the official page of this issue so you can have a look! There are lots of other issue pages for you to browse while you're there.  But there is nothing like holding the magazine in your hot little hands. 

My submission is on this page:

Interested in subscribing? (I did, even before I was included!)  I can share this discount code with you!
The discount code “letterlove” will take $15 off subscriptions, valid until October 31. Here is a direct link to the subscription page starting with this issue.  Don't forget the discount code!!

Happy reading!

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Not All Those Who Wander - Happy Birthday Antje!

Happy Birthday Antje!  I hope our wanderings bring us together again sooner rather than later!
Hugs, Suzanne

P.S. It's on its way! Sorry it didn't make it to you in time!