Monday, July 23, 2018

Christmas in July with Quietfire Design

This week at Quietfire Design, I get to kick off our Christmas in July week!  With temps in the 90s here, Christmas sounds quite far away but it's amazing how it sneaks up on you... it's only 22 weeks away!  lol!

I thought the new wreath die from Rosebud Wreath & Elements would be a perfect frame for this Christmas sentiment.  I stamped in black and then clear embossed the sentiment.  I used the same wreath die to cut out the sentiment so it would nestle in the wreath.  I added a couple of small poinsettias and gold flowers (Poinsettia and Hydrangea dies are from Elizabeth Craft Designs) to the bottom of the wreath.

Hope you get inspired this week to get started on your Christmas cards! 

Rosebud Wreath & Elements - Metal Cutting Dies

All Hearts Come Home - Mounted

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Thank you cards with alcohol ink backgrounds

Hello!  Today I'm sharing a set of notecards I made for my son to use as Thank You cards.  I'm running late so they needed to be really quick and easy.  But since I'm not big on mass producing, I needed a bit of variety to them.  Yay for Quietfire dies!  Did you know that there are 3 different "Thank you/Thanks" word dies available?  You would think you only need one but I find that having them in different sizes and arrangement really helps.

First, I finally jumped on the alcohol ink background so I had a bunch of them laying around.  Most were on the 5"x7" Yupo paper so I simply cut them in half and adhered them to a white card base.  And then I got a little more creative with cuts.

After deciding on the shape of the background layer, I die cut all of the different "thanks" type of die cuts to see which one would look best with the different layouts.  I came up with these 4 different cards:

For the first card, I simply die cut the new Thank you 3 metal die and placed in on the bottom of the triangle.  I did add a layer of Crystal Effects on the die to add just a bit of depth to the die cut.

For the second card, an older Thanks die went perfectly in the angled background.

For the third card, I embossed in silver and split the background along the diagonal.  

The last one is simply an oval with a bit of washi tape along the bottom. I'm really glad I had all these different dies that said essentially the same thing because it made the different layouts I had come together easily.  Which was your favorite? 

Thank You 2 - Metal Cutting Die

Thanks - Metal Cutting Die

thank you - Metal Cutting Dies

Monday, June 18, 2018

3 Cards from One background Die

I apologize in advance for a very long post - but the good news is you don't have to read much and can just look at the pictures!  Lol!

But briefly, I got this Geometric Die from Elizabeth Craft Designs and was able to make 3 (!!!) cards out of one run of the die.  I am loving this method of making more with less.  Here is all 3 cards  - you can probably figure out how I did it but if you didn't, continue on!

I'll let the pictures do the talking and keep the explanations short:
Make a background.  I used Distress Oxides.  Die cut the sheet and leave everything intact on the cutting plate.  (Yes, my cutting plate is in dire need of replacing!)

Carefully lift up the thin outline portion and washi tape onto base layer.  Place the new Thank You die to the right. (A few of the triangles got stuck to the outline.)

Add foam tape to the rectangles that do not touch the word die.

Remove backing and carefully place all the rectangles back into the grid lines.  The outline helps to keep the spacing between the triangles precise.

Lift up the grid lines and voila - you've got a clean background and now you can adhere the Thank You die on there.  

You still have plenty of rectangles so now do the same thing with the "thank you" on the left.

And voila - you've got your second card.

For the third card, I noticed that the geometric background has a sort of symmetry to it and that there are 4 distinct blocks.  I cut out the 3rd block, leaving the border intact and added the Celebrate die to the center.  It was too busy for my taste to have all the lines in the background.

Just so you know, I still have all those triangles from the center of the die cut.  Don't be too surprised if you see a 4th card soon with those pieces!  These cards just make my mathematical background heart happy!

Challenges I am Playing in:

Sunday, June 17, 2018

Happy Father's Day

Happy Father's Day!  My own dear father passed away a couple of years ago but there are some men in my life that I truly appreciate and I take this day to tell them that because quite honestly, I don't tell them enough.  Do you send Father's Day to other great role models in your life besides your dad?  Men who are just good men and have been there... Thank you!

I used scrap paper from Elizabeth Craft Designs (Through the Lens - Wood) and ODBD (Vintage Ephemera Paper Pack) and the verse is from ODBD Good Man.

The inside is from a stamp set my crafty play date friend had (so sorry I don't know who made it!)