Monday, August 29, 2016

Roses in December

One of my mom's favorite flowers is the rose so I always try to grow some in my garden - but gosh, they are hard to grow properly.  In July they are absolutely devoured by those nasty June beetles.  Then they have those black fungus, caterpillars - I'm so much better at sticking them on cards!

And I have a lovely variety of them - perfect for placing on a wreath around this beautifully lettered quote by Suzanne Cannon of Quietfire Design.  

Diana Nguyen, Quietfire Design, God gave us Memory, calligraphy, card

I stamped the quote in black pigment ink and embossed it with clear powder.  I then embossed my layer with an oldie but still lovely Rebecca embossing folder by Cuttlebug.  

Diana Nguyen, Quietfire Design, God gave us Memory, calligraphy, card

To add warmth to the card, I then sponged the edges with Tea Dye distress inks.  It really brings out the embossing.  The wood wreath by Spellbinders was colored with Zig clean color brushes and centered around the quote.

Diana Nguyen, Quietfire Design, God gave us Memory, calligraphy, card

God Gave Us Memory - Mounted

Monday, August 22, 2016

Beautiful Day and Memories

The flowers in the Altenew Beautiful Day set just makes me want to color and color.  This time I went with a no line look by stamping in Stampin' Up! Rose Red and then coloring with Copics (G24, YG06, G07, RV52, RV21, and RV55).  I did a little bit of gray shading with N0 and the blender pen.  I knew I wanted to add the black with grey shadow Quietfire Design's Memories die cut but the top was left with too much white space which I normally wouldn't mind.  

I tried something new by tucking in my layer through the largest die from the Vintage Borders Dies by ODBD and was pleasantly surprised that it was a perfect fit!  I really like the border I ended up with as it had just the right curvature. 

I added a gray background against the white card base to finish my card.

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Always & Forever

This week at Quietfire Design we are celebrating a marriage of one of our own team members.  Since we're spread out all over the globe, we're with her on-line all week.  Congratulations, Yvonne van de Grijp!  We hope you have a wonderful day and an even better "happily ever after" always and forever.  (And we can't wait to see pictures!)

Yvonne has given us an idea of what her elegant and gorgeous wedding is going to be like so when I made this card, I kept the colors white and grey.  I die cut out the Always & Forever out of white shimmer card stock and grey card stock.  The hydrangeas and curvy leaves by Elizabeth Craft Designs were also cut out of the same shimmery card stock though I did add a touch of grey and green with my lightest Copic markers.  

The Always & Forever die cuts were glued together with a slight offset for a shadow effect and the hydrangeas were clumped together to look like wisteria.

Thank you so much for looking and I hope you join me in sending beautiful thoughts and wishes Yvonne's way!  Congratulations again, Yvonne and Harrie!

Always - Metal Cutting Die   

Calligraphic Elements 2 - Metal Cutting Dies

Calligraphic Elements 2 metal cutting dies

Forever - Metal Cutting Die

Saturday, August 20, 2016


 Well, it's only "Brrrrrrr" in my craft room because it's in the basement and therefore the coolest spot in the house... and because I made this very fun shaker card using Poppystamps Sparkling Corner Snowflake with the new Quietfire's Brrrrr metal die.  Maybe it's because I have kids but interactive cards are so fun to make and play with once done.

I first die cut out a white frame using nesting Rectangle dies (Spellbinders Matting Basics A here) and then die-cutting the snowflake corner and Brrrrrrr out of white card stock.  I adhered the snowflake corner to the back of the white frame, trimmed off the excess and then glued all that on a sheet of clear acetate.  I made an ombre blue background so that the delicate snowflakes would show and added sequins in white, silver, light blue, and royal blue for my shaker elements.

When I added the Brrrrrrr, I realized that it kind of disappeared because of the light background so I die-cut it out of the same blue as my card base and gave it a shadow effect by gluing the second Brrrrrrr slightly off.  I then adhered them to the front of the card.

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Friday, August 19, 2016

Framed Woodpecker

Today we are taking a look back at Our Daily Bread Designs August Release, here is the card/project I created using the Woodpecker set).  I used my MISTI to stamp the woodpecker in different colors.  I then pulled the colors down to color it and added some foliage around the woodpecker.  He is framed using Lavish Layers die against a sheet of designer paper from the Rustic Beauty Collection.

For more inspiration using the August Release be sure to visit the ODBD Blog and the talented breadsticks of ODBD:
Robin * Melissa * Julie * Sandee * Cathy * Dawn * Lori * Grace * Lisa 
Sabrina * Diana * Diane (Guest Designer)

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