Saturday, February 18, 2017

You Are Special

Hi There!!!!!!  I hope your weekend has started off wonderfully!!!  I made a quick card using new products from Quietfire Design and the new Tim Holtz Distress Oxide inks.  

The Quietfire Products I'm using are the Butterflies from the Butterflies and Stars Spray Stencil, You Are from the You Are Set of 5 Stamps, and Special from the Special Moments cutting die set

The Distress Oxide colors I used are Worn Lipstick, Spiced Marmalade, Fossilized Amber, Cracked Pistachio, Broken China, and Wilted Violet.

I colored a scrap of white cardstock with Spiced Marmalade working in layers and spritzing with water to use for cutting out Special and also to punch out the butterfly (Martha Stewart Punch).  After cutting out Special I added some regular Distress Ink Carved Pumpkin along the bottom so it would be darker.  

I'd also like to remind you about the Queen of Hearts Blog Hop that's been happening all week.  Every blog will have a winner for prizes.  My Hop Post is HERE
and it includes a list of all the blogs participating in the hop.  Comments must be left by midnight tomorrow (Sunday, Feb. 19th) to be eligible to win.

Friday, February 17, 2017

Capture - Embrace the Journey

Hey!!  It's Friday!!! Which is almost as good as yesterday.  Why was yesterday so good?  Excellent question... because I was able to make a trip to Memory Bound and pick up the Distress Oxide inks that came in this week.  Woo-hoo!!!  It took very little time after I got home to remove all the wrapping, grab a tag (Distress Mixed Media Heavy), and begin to play!!  I use Broken China, Faded Jeans, and Wilted Violet to create my background.  I should have taken a picture to use here of the tag before doing everything else to it.  I did for Instagram and if you'd like you can see it HERE.  

I also picked up a few other things including the new Wildflower dies and the Flourish embossing folder, both used for this tag.  The embossing folder was used at the bottom of the tag, embossing about 1 1/2 inches of the tag and inking the high spots once embossed.  I cut one of the wildflowers from both Distress Mixed Media Heavy card and black cardstock.  I used Oxides (Fossilized Amber, Peeled Paint) and a mini ink blending tool to color the one flower spraying with water and drying.  I layered the flowers together, off-set for a shadow.  I stamped the doily (Tim Holtz Doily stamp set) with Vintage Photo Oxide.  The Crinkle Ribbon was dipped in left over Oxide ink, crumpled and left to dry.  I didn't add much ink to the ribbon, just a little.  The other items are Idea-ology Baroque Frame, PhotoBooth image, Small Talk stickers, Chit Chat sticker.   

The Distress Oxides are Beautiful!!!!  Jennifer McGuire did a post including a video about her play with the Oxides.  I was able to look at that and watch the video today.  I highly recommend checking it out!!!  You can find it HERE

This week on the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge the challenge is to use your favorite tool.  I don't necessarily have a "favorite" tool but I'm pretty sure that my "most used" tool is my heat gun which got used a lot while making this tag.  In fact I have both the Ranger Heat It and another Heat Gun plus I always have one still in the box in case what I have should die unexpectedly.  That's how important a heat tool is to me.  I once had one die with no back up... I did not like that!!!!  Anyway, I'm also entering this tag into their challenge!!  

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Quilted Happy Birthday

Good Morning!!!!!!  I wanted to make a birthday card for someone that enjoys quilting and this is what I came up with.  I grabbed a tag that already had some Distress Ink blended on it and cut off the top.  Next I used Wendy Vecchi's quilt stencil just inking through the stencil with Distress to get the pattern.  The little flowers (Stamps by Judith) are stamped and embossed in white. Stitching is done with a white gel pen.  The blue layer is just stamping (Wendy Vecchi stamp) with Versamark to get the tone on tone look.  Happy birthday is a Quietfire Stamp.  A very simple card but hopefully enjoyed by the recipient!!

Monday, February 13, 2017

2017 Queen of Hearts Blog Hop - Moments

Welcome to the Quietfire Design's 2017 Queen of Hearts Blog Hop!

This week we're celebrating the release of the newest dies, stencils and stamps from Quietfire Design by sharing our best projects! 

Here is our Blog Hop Schedule with the dates each designer will be posting (Click on each person's name to go to their blog):

Sun Feb 12 - Suzanne
Mon Feb 13 - Wanda (that's me!) and Connie
Tues Feb 14 - Robyn and Teresa
Wed Feb 15 - Kathy Jo and Diana
Thurs Feb 16 Yvonne and Yogi
Fri Feb 17 Selma

What would a celebration be without a giveaway!? Suzanne is giving away stamps, dies or stencils to random winners on each blog. 

Make sure you leave a comment below before midnight Sunday February 19, 2017. A winner will be randomly chosen from my list of comments and the winner's name will be posted on Quietfire Creations shortly afterwards. Visit and leave comments on all the designers Queen of Hearts blog posts! You can go back if you've missed any of them.

I had fun making this card for the hop!!  I started with a piece of Distress Mixed Media Heavy Card (Ranger) 4 1/2" x 6 1/2".  I used the new stencil, Dotty, and Translucent Embossing Paste (Wendy Vecchi).  Before the paste dried completely, I sprayed over the piece with Distress Spray Stain Twisted Citron and Squeezed Lemonade and dabbed over the paste with a rough cloth creating additional texture.  

After drying it, I then went in-between the paste dots using ink through the stencil.  I put the largest circles between the smallest dots and inked half the paper.  Then I flipped it around, lined up the largest dots again and inked the other half the paper.  Dried the ink and distressed the edges of the panel.

Next I sprayed on a misting of Mica Spray.  As we all know, this is very hard to catch in a photograph but hopefully, if you enlarge the picture, you can see it a bit.  It's lovely as the card tips and catches the light.

Moments was cut from green cardstock as was the larger circle (Dotted Scallop Circles).  All the cutting dies are from Elizabeth Craft Designs.   The quote  was stamped with Archival Ink Jet Black (Ranger) onto Mixed Media Heavy Card,  die cut and then the Butterfly Spray stenciled across it with Distress Ink Squeezed Lemonade.  I used a gold paint pen (Posca) right on top of the cut dots on the large circle.  This worked really well!!!  The Small Butterfly was cut from a scrap of the Mixed Media Heavy Stock, colored with Distress Inks and then Enamel Accents, Pink Gumball (Ranger) added along the body.  There were more pink dots added onto the card once everything was in place.  For the leaves (Leafy Branch cutting die) - some were cut from white cardstock and inked with Distress Ink Mowed Lawn; for the others, I glued a page from a hymnal to cardstock, cut the leafy branch from that and sprayed it with Distress Spray Stain Spun Sugar.  The leafy branches were cut into smaller pieces, leaf lines added with Susan's Garden leaf tool and leaf pad, and arranged as shown.  

Saturday, February 11, 2017


Hello and Happy Saturday to you!!!!!!!!  I'm thrilled to back on the PaperArtsy Blog today!!  The picture above is a just a snippet of the project I'm sharing over there.  In that post, at one point, I talk about Pearl Glaze and mention using up the excess to stamp onto an ATC - I did finish the atc and am sharing it below.  

I stamped the word "Explore" several times on the atc blank, let it dry and then added Infusions and lots of water, let it sit a bit and then blotted it back and the words popped from the color.   Next I've added stamping with Distress Inks and wiped the color from the top of any word I stamped over effectively bringing them back to the front.  The leaf (Lin Brown image) is stamped with embossing ink, embossed with sticky powder and gold foil added to the leaf.  I then used a little foam finger dabber to ink over the leaf with Distress Ink Vintage Photo and wiped any excess from the top of the foil.  This shadowed the leaf really well.  Some doodling and I'm done. 

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Always.... Wonderful

Hi There!!!  This card uses a brand new stamp from Quietfire Design, Always Believe.  I never tire of Suzanne's gorgeous calligraphy and am thankful that she hand-pens and then turns that into wonderful rubber stamps for us to use!!

For the main panel I started with a piece of Distress Mixed Media Heavy Card, sprayed it with water and sprinkled on PaperArtsy Infusions (Are You Cerise, Lemoncello, A Bit Jaded).  I added a bit more water any where that needed it and also blotted as needed to lighten really dark areas, let it sit a bit and dried it.  Next I embossed the panel with Sizzix, Tim Holtz Alterations folder, Book Cover #1.  To bring out the pattern of the embossing I first lightly rubbed PaperArtsy's Fresco Finish Paint, Snowflake, over the high spots using blending foam.  I also added some white to the center to knock back (mute) the color.  Next I inked over the high spots with Distress Ink Walnut Stain, dried it, and then lightly went over the high spots with Treasure Gold (Rose Quartz).  I'm really thrilled with how it all came out!!!  Next I stamped the quote with Ranger's Archival Ink Jet Black.  This stamped slightly faded instead of dark, I think because of the layers, but that actually goes very well with the whole look.  I die cut a couple Tim Holtz Wildflowers from the Mixed Media Heavy Card and added color With Distress Crayons.  I also used just a bit of Distress Marker on the pink flowers for some shading.  The lace is Idea-ology.  An Idea-ology Mirrored Heart colored with Alcohol Ink.  Some stretchy gold cord.  

I'm entering this in the Mixed Media Monthly Challenge #33.

Monday, February 6, 2017

You Are So Loved #2

I guess with Valentine's Day around the corner I'm hooked on these stamps!!  They are part of a new set from Quietfire Design called You Are - Set of 5.  I'm sure I'll get around to using the other choices in the set soon!!!  

I was doing a bit of clean up the other day and came upon a little pile of Gelli Prints I'd forgotten about.  My background for this started with one of those.  I cut a section 3 3/4" x 5".  Onto this piece I stenciled hearts (Tim Holtz stencil) using Wendy Vecchi's gold stencil paste.  Once that was dry I stamped the words.  A very sweet friend gifted me with a small Misti and I finally took time to try it out with these words.  Once lined up I stamped them with Ranger's Archival Ink Jet Black and then stamped them a few more times making the black very nice and dark.  I'm going to enjoy using this!!!  The grouping at the bottom uses a couple of wood hearts that I painted.  On the red I added white paint dots and on the white I wrapped some red twine.  The leaves are cut (Tim Holtz die) from Distress Mixed Media Heavy Card, sprayed with Distress Spray Stain Mowed Lawn and stamped (Quietfire's Crackle Image) using Wendy's Archival Ink Fern Green.  I've used some mini red rick rack.  The flower is made by punching scalloped circles from music paper, stacking them, putting a brad in the middle, scrunching up the "petals", added a little Distress Barn Door Ink, and then spraying with Wendy's Mica Spray.  Finally I used Enamel Accents for the red dots.  The next layer is music paper colored with Distress Stains.  Everything is layered to a folded black card. 

Sunday, February 5, 2017

You Are So Loved

Hi!!!  Simon Says Stamp's Monday Challenge this week is Pets Corner.  I don't have a pet myself.  I had thought at one time that I'd like to have a bird but have decided I'm totally fine watching the ones outside and not having to clean up after one in the house.  But I really like birds so I've used a bird on this 6" square card.  Tim Holtz crazy bird stamp and cutting die; birthday hat stamp and cutting die; and flower stamp.  I've used Distress Inks, Distress Markers, and Archival Ink.  The spots on the hat, the edges of the pink layer and spots about the card sparkle from using a Wink of Stella pen, Gl. Clear.  "You Are" and "so loved" are part of a brand new stamp set from Quietfire Design, You Are set of 5.  Happy Birthday is also a Quietfire image from the Happy Birthday Plain & Simple set

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Honored and Blessed - RubberStampMadness

It is a total thrill for me to have an Artist's Profile article in the Spring 2017 issue of RubberStampMadness that includes 5 projects and, of course, stuff about me.  Melanie King wrote a wonderful article and, in the magazine, all the pictures are sharp and clear.  Even in my light tent I kept getting a glare and haze while trying to take pictures.  Many thanks to Rubberta and RubberStampMadness for this opportunity!!  I am honored and blessed!!!!!!!!!!!!

The card above with PaperArtsy stamp credits.  All images by Designer, Jo (JoFY).

For the tag below all the Stamper's Anonymous images are by Designer Wendy Vecchi.  

I also have a card (below) in their Happy Valentine's Day Album.  All stamp credits (and they are listed in the article) are Quietfire Design.  

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Spread Your Wings

Hello to you on this beautiful Sunday!!!  The current challenge at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge is Spread Your Wings and this is my entry.  This is the second challenge this year my daughter, Krista (her blog is Papilio's Rainbow) and I have chosen to do.  We both ran out of time last week!!!  

Onto Mixed Media Heavy Card I stenciled Texture Paste through Wendy's Polka Dotty Stencil.  Once that was dry I sprayed the piece with water and sprinkled on PaperArtsy Infusions (Are You Cerise, A Bit Jaded, and Blackcurrant) adding more water in areas that I thought needed it and let it sit to dry blotting some of the really dark areas before they got completely dry.  Next I added Fresco Finish Paint White Fire to the high spots using a mini brayer and dabbed some around the edges using my finger.  I die cut the flourish area using a die from the Sizzix Tim Holtz Alterations Mixed Media #2 die set and layered this piece to white cardstock and then to a folded black card.  The quote is from Wendy's stamp set, Exceptional Art SCS142, and the butterfly is from her set, Artful Thoughts SCS145.  The quote was stamped with Archival Ink Jet Black, torn out and layered to black card.  For the butterfly I colored a scrap of white cardstock with Golden Sands Infusions (see picture at bottom of post), dried it, stamped the butterfly, cut it out, and then added some variety with Distress Marker Picked Raspberry and a white pen.  Finally I used a black pen to circle around some of the dots.  

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Beautiful Moments

Hi There!!!  I hope this Wednesday finds you well!!!  Here is another sample I did for the release of the new A Way With Words dies designed by Suzanne Cannon of Quietfire Design and signature designer for Elizabeth Craft Designs

I've combined Beautiful, from the Amazing Beautiful set, and Moments, from the Special Moments set, for this layout.  I started with 100# White Soft Finish Cardstock (ECD), sprayed on some Distress Spray Stain (Antique Linene, Tea Dye, Spun Sugar), and stenciled (ECD Stage It Stencil - Flower) with Distress Ink (Tea Dye, Spun Sugar).  The picture is from the Idea-ology Found Relatives - Occassions set (Tim Holtz) and some color was added to some of the outfits with Distress Markers.  I've layered it over a couple dies cuts - ECD Beaded Oval Frames (cut from ECD Rust Soft Finish Cardstock) and ECD Leafy Branch (cut from ECD Caledon Green Soft Finish Cardstock) - and ECD Peel Off Stickers - Lace Fan 1 in black.  I added Silver/Gold Glitter Dots stickers to the Beaded Oval Frame die cut.  Beautiful Moments is cut from borth Rust and Perfect Pink Soft Finish Cardstock, layered and attached.  The butterfly (ECD Small Butterfly) is cut from Caledon Green and Perfect Pink.  The main panel is layered to Perfect Pink and then Rich Black Soft Finish Cardstock. 

Thursday, January 19, 2017

I Love You

Happy Thursday!!!  I've always liked Valentine's Day and hearts are a favorite.  The heart from the die set Calligraphic Elements 1 is wonderful!!!  I love you is from the I Don't Tell You Often Enough set of 5 of stamps. 

For the background I started with Distress Paint (Worn Lipstick, Picked Raspberry).  I put some paint on my craft sheet and then used a mini brayer to put it on Distress Mixed Media Heavy Weight Card.  Next I used Tim Holtz's Hearts Stencil applying Rock Candy Crackle Paint through the stencil with a palette knife.  I left that to air dry.  Once it was dry I inked over the piece with Distress Ink Vintage Photo and used a damp cloth to clean the ink off the top of the hearts.  Distress Paint Tarnished Brass was splattered over the panel and then used on the edges.

The next layer is plain old copy paper stamped with an old text image and then crumpled, a lot.  The folded card is Kraft, splattered with Tarnished Brass and some dots added to the corners with a black pen.

I cut Tim Holtz's Doily (Sizzix) from copy paper and then from copy paper that was inked with Distress Ink Antique Linen.  I accordion folded the doilies and scrunched the centers to give them dimension.  The tinted one is scrunched more to make is smaller than the white one.  

When I was creating the background, I wiped a scrap of paper through the excess paint, dried it, gold embossed (Ranger's Queens Gold) the script over it and die cut the heart from it.  I also die cut a brown heart, layered them together and used Gl. Clear Wink of Stella on the exposed edges of brown.  Just on the very edge, not covering the brown.  It make a love shimmer that catches the light as the card moves.  I love you was stamped with Archival Ink Jet Black (Ranger) on a scrap of copy paper, tore out, inked a wrinkled a bit around the edges.  After gluing the die cut heart to the doilies I added a Mirrored Heart (Tim Holtz Idea-ology) to the center.  

Enjoy your Thursday!!  Hugs, Wanda