Tuesday, September 19, 2017


Hi There!!!  I'm sharing a card today that uses cutting dies (Butterfly Flourish, Soar) from the new Quietfire Design for Elizabeth Craft Designs  release.  I love that butterfly flourish!!!

My background is Distress Oxide Inks (Salty Ocean, Fossilized Amber).  After working this up I used Ranger's Texture Paste Gloss through the butterflies stencil, allowed it to dry completely and then added foil using a heat laminator.  

The die cuts were cut from 100# Soft Finish Cardstock and color added with Oxide Inks.  

Monday, September 18, 2017

Designer Suzanne Cannon for Elizabeth Craft Designs New Release

Suzanne Cannon, owner of Quietfire Design, and also a designer for Elizabeth Craft Designs has a bunch of new dies releasing today along with.... surprise.... new clear stamps.  This is a fantastic release.  You can read all about the new release on the Quietfire Creations Blog and you can also find the details of this card there today.  I hope you have time to pop on over!!!!

Saturday, September 16, 2017

If I had a Star

I began with a piece of Glossy Card cut to 5 3/4" square.  Ranger's Watermark/Resist Ink was sponged through designer Suzanne Cannon's Butterflies and Stars Spray stencil (Elizabeth Craft Designs) multiple times covering some of the panel.  Distress Spray Stain (dustry concord, shipped sapphire, pumice stone) was sprayed onto the panel and then it was heat dried without blotting off any ink.  If it had been blotted first then the ink over the resist would have all come off and the stars would be brighter.  I almost started over doing that but then decided I liked this.  Once dry I splattered white paint (PaperArtsy Snowflake Fresco Finish) over the panel by mixing in a little water and using Tim's Splatter Brush.  

The edges of the panel are inked with Distress Ink Black Soot.  

All the silver you see is Tim's Kraft-Core Metallic Collection.  There is a piece under the background panel with the edges distressed and inked with Distress Ink Dusty Concord.  There is a distressed piece under the quote panel.  Finally there is a piece die cut using Tim's Star Cluster On The Edge Die.  This piece is embossed with Tim's Flourish Folder.  The quote is a Quietfire Design stamp (If I Had A Star For Every Time You Made Me Smile) and it's stamped with Wendy's Archival Ink Cornflower Blue.  As always, the Quietfire quotes are hand penned first and then turned into rubber stamps making them unique and gorgeous!!  The edges are torn and inked with both Distress Ink Dusty Concord and Chipped Sapphire.  The quote panel is attached to the distressed silver panel and then to a torn piece of white mulberry paper.  The finishing touch is some of Tim's Mirrored Stars

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Teaching at Memory Bound

Hello!!!  I thought I'd pop in and mention that I'm back at Memory Bound Store in Ankeny, IA this month teaching the make 'n takes.  Make 'n Take time at Memory Bound is every Wednesday from 1-6pm.  

The card above is the one we made last week.

The card below is this weeks make.  We'll be playing with alcohol inks for that gorgeous leaf. 

Next is the card for Week 3 (Sept. 20).  We'll be stamping and using Pan Pastels.

The last Wednesday of the month is this beauty.  We'll be using Distress Oxide reinkers and then a mix of embossing powders on the leaf.

If you're in the area, I hope you have time to stop by.  The cost of each make 'n take is $3.00 and everything is provided for you to make the card and then take it with you. 

Saturday, September 9, 2017

Circle Journal 2 - Month 1

A few months ago we started another Circle Journal Swap.  It's actually their 3rd round but only my second time playing along therefore I'm labeling these posts Circle Journal 2.  For the last round everyone picked a shape.  (You can see my finish up post HERE that has a list of all the posts of journals I worked in)  For this round it was decided to create envelope journals.  It was up to each person what they used and how they created their journal.  I have some very old heavy 9" x 12" purple envelopes that I chose to use.  I think we got these in a box of stuff at an auction like 20-30 years ago.  The color was faded in some areas and even the metal clasp was a bit rusted.  I thought this was a great way to use some of them up!!!!

My cover was made from Kraft Tex Kraft Paper Fabric.  I turned the edges and used a zig zag stitch to sew them.  I left enough paper/fabric to the inside that when I glued the folded-in-half envelope in the raw edges were covered.  The one rule in this swap is to use at least one PaperArtsy product in your creating.  I usually use many!!  I roughly painted the outside of my cover with Fresco Finish Paint.  Stenciled (PaperArtsy Lin Brown PS044) with GrungePaste.  Once dry, put the stencil back on and added FF paint.  Along the bottom I stenciled (PA Kay Carley PS061) using Archival Ink.  The circles in the background are stamped using a plastic ring and FF paint.   The bee and the words are from the PaperArtsy Kay Carley EKC08 set of stamps.  I might do something on the back of the book later but for now left it with just paint.

I did the first spread in the book and each of the 11 other people in the swap will do a spread.  I tucked the flaps in on the envelopes, folded them all in half and then glued each one to the next giving a nice heavy pages to work on and a pocket that can be used in any way.  I included some small tags and each person can use one or two on their spread or keep a couple for themselves.  I chose to glue mine in the pocket leaving part of it showing with a stamped word and some beads hanging.  I used all PaperArtsy on this spread except the face and that is a Stamper's Anonymous image.  The large flowers are GrungePaste through a stencil (PA Lin Brown PS005).  The images in blue and green are from the PA Lin Brown ELB23 stamp set and they are stamped with FF paint.  The pink dots are FF through sequin waste.  The words are stamped with Black Ink and they are from the PA Sara Naumann ESN14 stamp set.  The lines along the left and top of the face are washi tape.


The bee has Wink of Stella on the wings for some shimmer.

Friday, September 8, 2017

Not at the Expense of the Moment

Hi You!!!  I'm glad to have you either reading on my blog or in an email!!

The theme this week at Simon Says Monday Challenge is STAMPtember Stamp It!  You are encouraged to use Simon Says exclusive products if you have them, but I don't so I decided to get my Wendy on.. that would be pull out some Wendy Vecchi stamps and stencils.

My main panel is 5 1/2" square.  I inked over the whole piece with Distress Oxide Faded Jeans and around the edges with Oxide Vintage Photo, dried it, tapped over the piece with a damp rough cloth and dried it.  This gives a gentle variance to the color and a little bit of oxidation.  After using an anti-static bag, I stamped Wendy's Circle Collage stamp with Embossing Ink and embossed it with White Powder.  Around the outside of the circle I stenciled using her Old Ledger stencil and Distress Ink Faded Jeans.  Inside the circle I stenciled with her Lots of Dots stencil and Faded Jeans.  The quote from her stamp set Exceptional Art is stamped with Archival Ink Jet Black using Tim's Platform so I could stamp it a few times to make it darker.  The ferns are done with Wendy's Ferns stencil, embossing ink, and Wendy signature embossing powders Sunflower and Leaf Green.  I added ink through the stencil, removed the stencil, took a pinch of Sunflower powder, sprinkled it on, and finished with the Leaf Green powder, and heated it.  I did just one or two ferns at a time so I didn't get extra ink where I didn't want it.  Once finished with that I tapped Embossing Ink on the edges and embossed with her Cactus Flower powder.  Next I set a mask over the circle area and splattered white paint over the panel.  The butterfly is from Tim's  Butterfly Duo combination die and embossing folder set.  I cut the butterfly from Mixed Media Card, inked it with Oxides Cracked Pistacchio and Seedless Preserves, put it through the embossing folder and lightly added Distress Ink Vintage Photo over the high spots.  For the antenna I used flower stamens.  I finished it off with some Enamel Accent dots.

Thursday, September 7, 2017

A Whisper on my Nose

It's my turn on the Quietfire Design Blog today and I'm sharing how I created this card.  You can find the post HERE.

Friday, September 1, 2017

Bright Future

FriYay!!!  And a holiday weekend here in the US.  We have family coming today, staying until Tuesday, and it will be a great visit!!  

I'm squeezing in my entry for the Simon Says Monday Challenge before they get here.  The theme this week is School or Study Related.  

I began with a piece of Kraft Cardstock, stamped the border image (Stampers Anonymous, Tim Holtz, CMS270 Patchwork Pieces) across the whole panel with DOX Abandoned Coral and inked the edges with the same color.  Stenciled on the alpha/numbers (Tim Holtz Mini 011) with Distress Ink Vintage Photo.  I was going to use a wooden ruler and I'm sure I have some.. somewhere.. but they are hiding very well.  So instead I inked a piece of Mixed Media Cardstock with Distress Ink Tea Dye, embossed it with the rulers embossing folder (Sizzix, Tim Holtz), inked over it with Distress Ink Walnut Stain and cut one section out.  Worked pretty good, huh!!  Idea-ology pieces -- flashcard, paper doll, small talk stickers, staples.  "Future" is done with a dymo tape.  Couldn't find a suitable apple so made one.. sketched it, cut it out, inked it with Candied Apple, covered it with Glossy Accents, once dry cut out a leaf shape and glued it to the back.  Put it all together, added black lines around the small talk stickers and Black Soot Ink to the edges of the panel.  Attached it to a folded cream colored card.

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Distress Oxide Inks with Transparent Gloss Texture Paste

Happy Wednesday to you!!!  

The current theme on the PaperArtsy Blog is Hybrid Inks and I'm sharing a post over there about using Distress Oxide Inks along with Texture Paste Transparent Gloss...

AND  I've made my very first crafty video.

Here is a picture of the panel I created in the video after it dried.  

I hope you have time to pop on over to the PaperArtsy blog to see the completed card and read about it. 

Thanks so much!!!

Hugs, Wanda

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

All Hearts Come Home for Christmas

I'm sharing the details of this card over on the Quietfire Creations blog including step-outs of the gel printed background.  Find it HERE

Saturday, August 26, 2017

Circle Journal Book Back

Hello!!!  Last year into this year I participated in a Circle Journal Swap.  The word circle because the journals went from person to person until your own journal came back to you.  It was the second swap for this group but my first time playing along.  I had sooooooooooo much fun!!!!  Loved seeing the journals as they came by me and I love having my book back with the word of 11 other people in it.  I have individual posts of when I made my journal and then the page/s I did in each of the other people's journals.  I'll link those below in case you missed the posts or you'd like to go back to look again.  

The pictures in this post are my book back filled with wonderful art journaling.  THANK YOU!!!  to each person that created in my book.  It was so very exciting when I got my book back and even now to just sit and flip through it!!!  I've been slow to take pictures and share but it's not because I don't love it!!!     Enjoy!!!!

Circle Journal - Month 1  
Circle Journal - Month 2
Circle Journal - Month 3
Circle Journal - Month 4
Circle Journal - Month 5
Circle Journal - Month 6
Circle Journal - Month 7
Circle Journal - Month 8
Circle Journal - Month 9
Circle Journal - Month 10
Circle Journal - Month 11
Circle Journal - Month 12

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Sing ATC

Hello!!  Third post this week... pretty good for me lately :-)

I've created another ATC for a couple of challenges.  The Simon Says Monday Challenge which is ATCs and the More Than Words Mini Challenge which is to use the word "sing" on a tag, card, or atc.

I started with an ATC sized piece of glossy cardstock.  I stamped the music notes (Quietfire Design) multiple times with Rangers Watermark Resist Ink and dried it.  It's inked over with Distress Inks Mustard Seed and Salty Ocean, dried, splattered with water, blotted and dried.  I stamped the quote and bird (both Quietfire Design) with Archival Ink Jet Black (Ranger).  I drew around a jar lid twice for the circles and then added some zigzags.  I stenciled in the top left and bottom right corners with a Tim Holtz stencil and Distress Oxide Ink Lucky Clover.  The leaves are die cut (Sizzix, Tim Holtz), inked, shaped and glued on.  The edges are inked with Distress Ink Peeled Paint.  I used a waterbrush to put water inside the bird, let it sit briefly, blotted it and dried it.  I then added detail back in with a Pitt Artist Pen (white), a waterbrush and Salty Ocean Ink (blue in the body of the bird) and a Distress Marker (brown in the beak area).