Sunday, November 30, 2008
This first tag uses the new Gentle Thoughts Christmas stamps and the copper star clip. To make the trees, I hammered 36 gauge copper with the Tim Holtz Texture Hammer and cut the copper with scissors. Each tree has a different texture!
Thursday, November 27, 2008
Sunday, November 23, 2008
Friday, November 14, 2008
and if you've checked the QF Design Team Blog.... yes! this is the same card!
And Kelly thought I was thinking of her when I made this card!!!
Here is a closeup of the heart brads:
To make this card, I used:
Bazzill Monochrom Cardstock
Naughty Nice, check one
Thinking of You (smaller)
VersaMagic Dewdrop Spanish Olive
VersaMagic Dewdrop Tea Leaves
Tuesday, August 12, 2008
Collage Image from Suzanne's Favourites (also available in Digital format)
Wheresoever you go
Crimson Copper Brilliance DewDrop inkpad
Monday, August 4, 2008
The instructions for the card, designed by QFD Team Member Kristy Christopherson, can be found on the Quietfire Design website here. It's a very quick card to make. My girlfriend says she's going to use this design for her Christmas Cards!
I used the Black Cardstock
The little girl from Vintage Children 2
Cherish stamp from Mini Images Compilation
Thursday, July 17, 2008
Thursday, July 10, 2008
Friday, June 13, 2008
Tuesday, June 10, 2008
The Fairbank Calligraphy Society had a weekend workshop on gilding taught by Georgia Angelopoulos. What a blast! Everyone did something very cool - you didn't need to be a calligrapher to make something that you would have been proud of! Georgia did a wonderful job of showing what could be done and how to get there. She's done lots of research and experimenting. If you get a chance to take a course with her, run, don't walk to register!
The letterforms for this class were borrowed from a manuscript - the Stockholm Codex Aureus. I thought the letters in the manuscript were nasty - I wouldn't have been happy if I'd done them! Maybe my aesthetic intelligence needs enlightening.....
What did I do in class? As usual, I bit off more than I could chew! With the Teller quotation from the last blog entry fresh in my mind, it became a pretty interesing choice with words that were easily chosen to highlight in gold. This piece is far from finished (guess you figured that if you've read the Teller quote) and the rest of the quote will be added in a cursive hand. I figure I'll be able to ruin this piece in about half a second. I tortured myself trying to decide if I should add the cursive lettering at the workshop where I would get all kinds of encouraging sympathy from my fellow calligraphers or ruin it in the privacy of my own home.... I guess I chose the latter!
The other piece I worked on was on black - metals just !pop! on black. It was an experiment and it worked quite successfully. To get the effect of the metal fading towards the light, I sprayed the leaf still adhered to the transfer paper prior to applying it to the black paper. I borrowed the words from the Teller quote
Materials used for this piece
Do you want to see how the other metals (copper and silver) looked in the hands of a pro? Click here!!
Happy creating! Suzanne
Monday, June 2, 2008
Friday, May 16, 2008
I wanted to demostrate the 2-line Automatic pens and how you could letter with acrylic ink and then paint over it. I didn't get the drama in the watercolour wash I was hoping for, darn it! (but I was after delicate colour - can you have delicate and drama - oh, ya, but not today.... smile!)
For this project I used
- #9 2-line Automatic Pen
- Magic Color Cobalt Blue
- Arches HP Watercolour block
- Pigma Pen Black 08
- Gesso Brush
- French Ultramarine Blue (FUB)
- Rose Madder Genuine
I really enjoy a 2-line pen - the Automatic pens come in several sizes of 2-line. I also carry the Scroll marker here. It sure makes you pay attention to your pen angle!
I lettered Home with the Automatic pen using the Cobalt Blue Magic Color ink and allowed it to dry. Acrylic ink dried waterproof which is fun because you can do a watercolour wash over top and the lettering won't budge. (I don't like acrylic ink for small formal lettering though, I've never been able to get good hairlines with it)
I used the Pigma Pen to letter the rest of the quote. The Pigma ink is also waterproof when dry.
I mixed up little watercolour puddles in my palette (I love the Robert E Woods palette and use it exclusively for painting). When I began painting, I took a workshop, but then I learned *a lot* from pouring over Jeanne Dobie's Making Watercolour Sing. I used a wide Gesso Brush and slopped, yes, pretty much slopped, the water onto the watercolour paper (which I didn't have to worry about stretching and buckling because it's a block). I wanted a delicate colour mixing, so I had to water down that strong FUB quite a bit.
Tip the watercolour block to allow the paints to mix before they dry. Magic!
Monday, May 12, 2008
Monday, May 5, 2008
Wednesday, April 2, 2008
I was delighted to be asked by Tim Hammonds of Scor-it and designer Judi Kauffman to create the first piece for a series of Scor-it articles on Scrapbooking.com, the online scrapbooking magazine.
Here is a direct link to the article with instructions, in their Paper Crafting section, and you can see the slide show below.
Supplies you will need:
- Scor-it Board Original (On sale this month at 20% off! You won't see the reduced price till it's in your shopping cart)
- Bazzill Basics Monochrome Cardstock in Greens
- Bone Folder
- Life Journey Words Rubber Stamps
- Flourishes Rubber Stamps
- Italic Caps, Double Stroke Alphabet Rubber Stamps
- Italic Alphabet Rubber Stamps
- The Moment a Child is Born Rubber Stamp
- VersaMagic Dew Drop Tea Leaves
- VersaMark Stamp Pad
- Decorative paper, Edera Italian
- Double-sided tape or glue stick
- Temporary adhesive such as a Post-it Glue Stick
- Awl and Brads
Monday, March 31, 2008
certificate from Quietfire Design, celebrating the 7th Anniversary of the
byhand Newsletter compiled and designed by me.
Sunday, March 30, 2008
Here's what you need:
- Spritzer Bottle
- Walnut Ink
- 140 lb Arches Cold Watercolour paper
- Distress Embossing Powder
- Tea Dye
- Fired Brick
- Schminke Tro-Col- Gouache - Copper
- Little Bitty Scoop
- Heat Gun
- Mix up the strongest batch of Walnut ink you possibly can. Make
sure all the crystals are dissolved.
- Spritz a piece of watercolour paper with water.
- Begin brushing the Walnut Ink over the paper.
- Before the Walnut ink dries, begin randomly sprinkling Distress
Embossing Powder on the surface.
- Sprinkle Tro-Col Copper onto the surface. If the surface has begun
to dry, spritz it again as you don't want everything to blow off
when you begin heat setting.
- Heat set a small area at a time, working your way over the entire
surface of the paper.
- You will have wonderful texture! Don't worry if some of the Distress
Embossing Powder flakes off. It's meant to do that!
- Have fun!!!
Sunday, March 2, 2008
Sunday, February 24, 2008
It's made with Alcohol Inks on Glossy white cardstock. The lettering was done with the Sailor Glue pen (Roann Mathias had me bring them in for her class at the calligraphy conference - I have no idea what she does with it, but my fingers have been itching to try it for months!). The glue was allowed to dry then I rubbed transfer foil on top. Yay! it stuck!
I did many layers from the Bazzill Greens Monochroms pack. What a great way to package paper! I love it!
Thanks for dropping by!
Friday, February 15, 2008
Friday, February 1, 2008
Create a black and white card (a hint of another color is ok) using a sentiment from the Quietfire Design site.
If you don't own a Quietfire stamp, you may use a computer-generated version you create yourself, or handwriting, etc. Include some stamping on your card.
More information on adding your artwork to the 2 Peas Galleries is here. Scroll down to POST IN THE GALLERY and read the instructions
RAK: one calligraphy sentiment stamp from the site, up to a value of $8.00. If you can use an actual QFD stamp on your card, you can then select TWO stamps, up to a combined value of $16.00. Suzanne will pay shipping to you, and your winnings will be sent to you directly from Quietfire Design.
Check it out! There are lots of opportunities to win. Create without Limits!
My little contribution uses theBare Trees Stencil and Black Embossing paste on Glossy Cardstock which i have hand written a quotation using a Micron Pigma Pen (03 black).
Read more about the event at the host blog!
If you leave a comment with your world location (city/country), you will have a chance to win a digital Collage Sheet from Quietfire Design (that's me!) as shown above. (If you can't receive large email files, I can mail the collage sheet to you)
One name will be drawn on February 14 to win this collage sheet! Thanks for participating and good luck!
Thursday, January 24, 2008
Monday, January 21, 2008
Tuesday, January 15, 2008
For this Inchie I used:
Bazzill Card Stock
Tile Rubber Stamp
thin green satin ribbon
Mini Glue Dots
Distress Frayed Burlap
Friday, January 11, 2008
The Glue Pad and the Composition Leaf certainly worked well together - take my word for it - it looks great!
For this Friday amusment I used: (click on each link to see the product)
Bazzill Blue Monochrom
Dotted Harlequin Border (large diamonds) for the hanging tapestry
Vintage Bare Bottoms Collage image
Brilliance Platinum Planet Stamp Pad
Brilliance Pearlescent Sky Blue Dew Drop
The Essential Glue Pad
Puffy Burgundy Heart
Silver Composition Leaf
Happy weekend creating!