Friday, October 2, 2015

Great Canadian Scrapbook Carnival

If you've been reading the newsletter, then you'll know I got out of the house! 


 Quietfire Design invaded Edmonton a few weekends ago!  I had a booth at the Great Canadian Scrapbook Carnival hosted by Canadian Scrapbooker Magazine. Here are a few more photos from that event.

Before I left, kitty gave his stamp of approval to the brand new banner. He would have liked to be rolled in the banner and come with me to visit his daddies, but....

Susan and I had a hard time deciding where to put the banner in the booth, but I think we did the right thing!

I queried the Quietfire Design Team about things that drew them into a booth at an event like this and Sherry said "Great samples!"  She was absolutely right!

Yvonne's gorgeous card drew an amazing amount of attention.  The glitter on the snowflakes was like a beacon to crafters as they walked around the booths!  Needless to say, we sold out of the stamp the first day.  If you want to read more about Yvonne's card, you can see it on this post on Quietfire Creations.

Diana's Peace card drew a lot of love, too! You may read the details about this card here.

As I mentioned in the newsletter, scrapbook enthusiasts came from all over and purchased seats in the "corral" and sat  and created (and shopped) and took classes for 2 days.  Here is the view from our booth.


Along one side of the corral, was a long table, lovingly called the "Loonie Bar" where, for a loonie, you could do a make and take.  The wonderful Kim Goudy guided our patrons as they assembled our Make and Take.  Thanks so much Kim!  It was an absolute pleasure to meet you!

The new A Way With Words dies were very popular.  It was with a bit of surprise that I was telling people they'd only been available for six weeks, because I've been "living" with them for months!

Here is another card by Wanda that attracted a lot of attention. It's amazing how the detail on the Merry Christmas Snowflakes shows up!


Thanks to everyone who shopped at the Quietfire booth.  It was a pleasure to meet you all.  Thanks to Yogi Grunwald for coming up from Calgary for a visit (Ha! really she was shopping. I would have loved to follow her around! Of course she doesn't shop at my booth because she has everything... Her sample card with quilling received a lot of poking and love.).

A huge thanks to the members of my Design Team who sent samples to display.  They were oogled and loved by everyone! 

Thanks to Katharina Doyle and Jackie Ludlage from Canadian Scrapbooker magazine for making this such an amazing event.  I hope they'll let me come back next year!  

And the biggest thanks of all to my friend Susan Ewart.  I could not have done this without her. She's helped me with many events like this over the years and is a genius when it comes to the practical things.  She let me stay with her and fed me popcorn.  It was perfect! (almost like old times way back in Surrey!)

Thanks for stopping by having a look at my adventure in the big city!  
Happy creating, Suzanne

Monday, June 22, 2015

Oh, Canada! Paper Garden Contest

I was lucky enough to receive a wonderful paper pack from Tiffany at the Paper Garden filled with red and white papers to celebrate Canada Day and to enter her Canada Day Card Challenge! There are prizes - including the all important maple syrup!!  (I'm entering but don't vote for me!)  The Sign-Up page is hereYou can see the submissions here.

I was really curious what papers would cut on the Silhouette Cameo, so I used her papers for this week's submissions to the Silhouette Design Store.  I'm delighted to say that all the papers cut very well, even the very heavy Curious Metallic Red Lacquer.

So here are this week's red and white Canada Day projects!

 The Canada Day Accordion card or Decoration Silhouette cutting file can be found here on the Silhouette Design store.

I used the Paper Garden's
Aura Scarlett Linen Cover Weight Cardstock (which has a wonderful linen texture)
Aura Solar White Cover Weight Cardstock

The  Maple Leaf / Canada Day card appears like the one on the left on the Silhouette site, but the file includes a white panel should you wish to use it.  Silhouette wants pure white backgrounds to their photos, so the card with the white panel would have disappeared!  I used the gorgeous Curious Metallic Red Lacquer for this card and used blade depth 7 and a double cut.  It cut beautifully.  If you click on the image for a closer look, you might see the metallic shine.

The last Canada Day project this week is the Canada Day BBQ Decorations.  It includes a bottle tag (yes!  go ahead, use it on a wine bottle - a wine bottle was too tall for my photo!), a flameless votive wrap and a wrapper for your utensils and napkins.  If you make the votive wrapper bigger it could be a crown(!) or table or cake decoration.  For these I used Basis Red and Aura Solar White.

For our American friends, I also design a 4th of July BBQ set. You might want to change the colours around.  Again, because of the white background requirement, I had to use blue for the main shapes!  I wanted to use white!  :-(

Thanks for  having a look today!  Don't forget to enter the Paper Garden's Canada Day Card Challenge.  As well as cardstock (LOVE those metallics!) they carry envelopes, favour boxes, ribbon and more!

Happy Canada Day! I guess I should send these to my sweet younger son.  He arrived 22 years ago inside Burnaby Hospital with fireworks at the same time as the fireworks outside on Canada Day!
Smiles, Suzanne

Friday, June 5, 2015

Butterfly Framed Happy Birthday Card

Here is a sweet card I assembled using the elegant butterfly frame card that is in the Silhouette online store. 

Elegant Butterfly frame card

 Even without the extra butterflies, it's a really nice frame and can be made in all sorts of colour combinations! The card, frame and butterflies are all part of the cutting design and was cut with the Silhouette Cameo.

 I combined Michaels Recollections cardstock and Graphic 45 patterned paper for this card.

I used Pop Dots under the frame mat and Mini Glue Dots to hold on the butterflies.

Happy Family Days stamp set

The stamp is from Happy Family Days and was stamped with VersaMagic Malted Mauve.

 Thanks for stopping in and having a look!

Saturday, May 30, 2015

Layered Thanks

The new issue of Canadian Scrapbooker Magazine it out now!  As usual, it's loaded with good stuff!

 And then you can see a couple of my cards.....
Here is a close-up of one!

This card is made using the partial die cutting technique (click link for tutorial) and overlapping and layering those partial die cuts.

This card measure 6 ¾ inches x 4 ¾ inches 
Ink: Tsukineko/Imagine Crafts VersaMagic Perfect Plumeria
Core’dinations Purple Grandeur, Rustic, Tangerine
Bazzill Peach
Die cutting machine: Spellbinders Grand Calibur

Thanks for stopping by!
Keep on creating! Suzanne

Friday, May 29, 2015

Big Fun Flower Thanks!

Little B has these very fun pull flowers that come in bright beautiful colours.  For this card, I combined one of them with Echo Park's Ombre Essentials.

If you can't get the paper, you can achieve a similar effect with sprays, but I knew I had a good thing going here with a very simple colour scheme!


    1.  Create 5.5 x7.25" side-folded card base.
    2. Cut a piece of Ombre cardstock to 5x7" as shown, with enough of the lighter shade at the top to contrast well with the flower.
    3. Die cut Thanks from a portion of the Ombre cardstock that is lighter in colour.
    4. Cut about 1 yard of pull flower, fold in half and pull evenly on the threads until your flower is formed.  Tie the threads and cut the loose ends.  It's that simple.
    5. Attach the die cut with clear Kool Tak foam and the flower with Be Creative tape to the Ombre panel.  Attach the Ombre panel to the card base with Pop Dots.
    Here is a little video about creating the flowers:

    This card might be a little bulky for the mail - unless it was for someone really special who deserved receiving a boxed card! I'm sure hand delivery of this sweet bit of brightness would be met with a wide open door!

    Thanks for dropping by to have a look! I can't believe it's been so long since I posted on my blog....  I'll do better.  Wait till you see what I've been up to behind the scenes!

    Happy creating, Suzanne

    Wednesday, April 22, 2015

    Floral Motif Card and I Wouldn't Have Missed Being Your Friend

    I was pretty pleased with the Floral Motif set that is new on the Silhouette Design Store this week!  I thought it would be useful for all sorts of "stamping occasions"!

    The blank space inside the card was calling to me and I couldn't ignore it.  I picked up these sweet roses the last time I was at Michaels and they were calling to me as well.

    This is so simple!  Cut the elements and assemble the card as shown (stamp on the smallest circle before mounting it on the card).  Use Glue Dots to attach the roses and that's it!

    Quietfire Foral Motif Doily Frame, Card and Accent digital cutting file
    Quietfire I Wouldn't Have Missed Being Your Friend stamp
    Tsukineko/Imagine Crafts VersaMagic Malted Mauve
    American Crafts Smooth Cardstock - Ash
    Recollections pink cardstock
    Staples #110 Ivory Cardstock
    Recollections paper roses
    Glue Dots
    Tombow Stamp Runner
    Pop Dots

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

    Sunday, April 19, 2015

    Heavenly Distraction - Canadian Forces Snowbirds

    If you follow me on Facebook (my personal profile), it's no secret that I'm an almost-drooling fangirl of the Canadian Forces Snowbirds.  When they're in Comox for spring training every year, I head to the beach with my camera and try to get that elusive photo of the Snowbirds with a resident eagle or with the moon in the background or with the BC Ferry to Powell River.  The last one is the easiest by far!

    The Snowbirds left the sky very boring as they stayed in the coop today, but they posted this amazing video of the installation of their their tank cam and footage taken from it.  And they used a perfect song. It's super fun to recognize the maneuvers in the air that I watch from the ground.  I'm sure you can see me down on the beach.....

    Enjoy what I get to enjoy from the ground everyday.  (If you're receiving this by email, click here to go to YouTube to watch and give them the thumbs up for me!)

    Here is a screen cap from the video. All those cars in the parking lot.... One of them is bound to be me. How lucky can you get? A front row seat without the crowds!

    Friday, April 17, 2015

    Behind the Designs - Lily, Ginkgo and Mom meet Art Nouveau

    This week's cutting files are pretty straight forward, no tricky folds or assembling.  You can find them all over at the Silhouette Design Store. The two floral cards hold fond memories of things we had in our garden before we moved and I miss dearly!

    The first one is a Calla Lily Card.  Calla Lilies are so beautiful. This card is perfect for anyone who loves flowers! When assembling the flower, mist the cardstock very lightly with water after it has been cut and it will begin curling all on its own. To give your leaves texture, use a ball stylus to add veins to the surface of the leaf. You can just do a single lily as I have done here, or make a whole bouquet. Along with the flower, you get a garden lattice frame! Assemble with foam adhesive for dimension.

    We’ve given you a sweet butterfly to add to these unique Ginkgo leaves. To give your leaves texture, use a ball stylus to create veins on the surface of the leaf – there are lots on a Gingko, almost like stripes! In the spring the leaves are pale green, in the fall a golden yellow. I miss my Gingko! I bought it at Mandeville Gardens in Burnaby before we moved to the Island.  It stayed in a pot for 6 years before we planted it in the ground.  And then we moved.
    Along with the Ginkgo leaves and lettering, you get an interesting frame which can be used in lots of other projects. This card measures 5x7 inches.

    This is the cutting version of the calligraphic rubber stamp!  (You won't be able to cut this design as small as the rubber stamp, though!)
    The original Foundational lettering was done with a Mitchell Roundhand nib and Higgins Eternal Ink.  Each of these words and the crown are separate so you may re-arrange them any way you wish.  This will fit on a 5x7" card front.

    And last, but not least (in fact, watch for more items coming featuring this motif), is a design that was inspired by the glass in the door to our deck.... 

    I've started to look at motifs and designs in a whole new way.  This motif is now the art nouveau flower card and envelope card and matching envelope with the same motif on the flap. You may want to make a coordinating insert to go inside the card for your message.

    Thanks for taking a look!
    Happy creating, Suzanne