Wednesday, December 14, 2016

WOYWW 393- Invasion of the embellishments!

Is there a support group for embellishers?
For the longest time I couldn't bring myself to use a sequin, and now I can't stop!

If you are in my hood, please come sit a spell and let me gift you with some a lot.
Lots of cutting, inking, painting, gluing, ho ho hoing!
I've got the tags done.
View lots of tags
Now for the presents!
The card in a box will be posted on Quietfire Digital .
Thanks for your presence here today!

Comments and Questions welcomed!

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Quietfire Winter Love Polar Bear Bendi Card

It was love (pun intended) at first cut!
Make one of these for yourself- you deserve it-and put it on your desk for a smile when ever you need it this winter season.
for the full skinny !

Comments and Questions welcomed!

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

WOYWW 391 - Cutting up the holidays! Glitter is mine!

Stop me if I've told you this one.
My boys learned to do their own laundry at a young age, cause they didn't want glitter in their underwear!
New stamps, new cutting files
Here, here and here.

Full tilt glitter ahead, at least till Mothers Day!
Wildfires continue to fill our skys with smoke. Please pray for the mountains of
Western North Carolina, and all of our amazing 1st responders.

Thanks for dropping by, I plan to do the same with you dear Deskers!

Comments and Questions warmly welcomed.

Monday, November 28, 2016

Quietfire Winter Holiday Treat Dishes-Polar Bear, Winter Moose and Coffee Break

I've been cutting up a storm of holiday inspiration with the latest 
cutting files by Suzanne Cannon in the
 Silhouette Design Store.
I fell in love with these treat dishes, perfect for gift giving, crafting together and holiday decorating!
What will fill yours?

For more info and direct links please visit

Comments and Questions Welcome!
Please post your creations on our FB page!

Saturday, October 1, 2016

World Card Making Day- Quietfire Design Blog Hop

Welcome to our World Card-Making Day Blog Hop!
 We've made some cards and assembled some cool projects to share with you!
 there are some prizes to be had!  
Hop on over to each of the designers listed below and leave a sweet comment on their 
World Card-Making Day blog post.

To be eligible to win a prize, you must leave a your comment on the blogs before midnight on Sunday October 2, 2016. Prizes will be announced shortly after. Here is where you will visit this weekend!

Happy Hopping!  Good luck!
Whenever new stamps from Suzanne arrive, I can't wait to see which ones will fit on ATC's,
 my preferred card platform.
All four of the latest release are ATC perfect!

Three of the new stamps are featured below.

All the cards are from my 
Off my Desk series,
 which means I only use stuff found on my desk at the end of the day.

Sentiment was stamped with VersaFine Onyx, heat embossed clear and using the MISTI the outer frame was overstamped with VersaMark and Ranger superfine silver embossing powder.
The Snow is from the
Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas set and I added some DecoArts Snowwriter.
It's hard not to get carried away with this stuff!
Christmas is the day

Relax is a Silhouette cut file sketched with glitter pens.

Stamping on water color paper that was used as a practice pad and brush wipe sheet, I used the MISTI tool so I could re-stamp to get a good impression to heat emboss, VersaFine Onyx and clear embossing powder.
The top one I used too much ink and it bled a bit.
Sometimes less is more!
Bottom card eggplant embossing powder over Onyx.

Love this cut file!

The back,
 stamped with VersaFine Sepia and Ranger superfine copper embossing powder.
Flecks were intentional, and after much deliberation decided not to hide the brad, after covering it with embossing powder.
If I could only have one stamp pad, it might be VersaFine Sepia!
Masking the stamp before inking.

Another sketched cut file.
The back.

Theses cards are all from my 
Off my Desk series,
 which means I only use stuff found on my desk at the end of the day.

Did you make some cards today? Share them!
Be sure to leave a comment below and on each Design Team Blog for prizes!

All comments and questions welcomed!

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

WOYWW - 382 - Practice

Do y'all know Oct 1 is World Card Making Day? Come back then to see more of the cards on my desk today with the newest stamps from Quietfire Design.
There is also a blog hop with prizes, so if you feel so inclined...
I'm having difficulty with arthritis(?) in my hands, so must let go of pen perfections and embrace brush imperfections, hence the practice sheets.
Thanks for visiting and I hope to do some of the same!

Comments and questions warmly welcomed.

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

WOYWW-379-No Surprises Here!

Basically a mess.
The Star  Card is featured here.
Note ribbon- must use more ribbon!
More new Birthday stamps! thanks Jen!
Finally found a good use for the glue dots dispenser...paperwork holder!

Thanks for visiting, and I plan to do more of that myself this week!
(Planning and events seldom agree!)

Comments and Questions always welcomed!

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

WOYWW August 31-Birthday painting and ATC

Remember when we didn't think there was life after 30?
This is my first day off since July, and my 65th birthday!
ATC with a stamp created from fun foam from a new Elizabeth Craft Design Die by Suzanne Cannon
As I was painting I suddenly realized it was Wednesday!

And the desk...
Special shout out to BSILF Diana!
It truly is the thought that counts!
Happy birthday to you
Happy Birthday to me
Everyday we are born
Everyday we are free!

Comments and Questions Welcomed
More on gifts and giving on my spiritual blog here

Thursday, August 25, 2016

The rainbow of Love- ATC style, Mr and Mrs- New A Way With Word Dies-Elizabeth Craft Designs by Suzanne Cannon

Love comes in all shapes and sizes, and as long as it's kind
I'm for it!
This card is featured on Quietfire Creations Blog, commemorating the marriage of our own Yvonne.
Quietfire Design is an international company, and Yvonne, one of my favorite friends I have never met! is in the Netherlands.
You'll want to Be sure to hop over to Quietfire Creations so as not to miss any of the weeks inspiration by all the designers!!
I love (pun intended) that this new die set lends itself to love, however you find it!

 Equal opportunity creativity!
These ATC's would make wonderful wedding or shower favors, gift cards, invitations, love notes, or place cards.
The new dies, some Elizabeth Craft Design silk glitter, Soft finish card stock cut to ATC size is all you need- oh, and

Congratulations to all who love!

More thoughts on love and kindness on my spiritual blog Still Waters Refuge

Comments and questions warmly welcomed!

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

WOYWW? 366 - Friends

Continued Love and Healing Light to Queen Desker Julia!

I'm getting ready to facilitate a workshop( where we will not work or shop???) at 
Southern Appalachian Yearly Meeting-Quakers,
Social Media for Social Action.
I wonder what I am going to say?

For preparation  I made ATC's to give to my participants.
I made 13, when I got the list of 10 names...

and back.
I ask Suzanne at least once a year to letter this quote for me!
and now I'm up to 15, so I pulled out some oldies but goodies if needed.
Social Media ATC's
Occupy ATC's
Now you know what's on my desk, so please show me yours!
and hold SAYMA in the Light in this gathering of Yearly Meeting!

Let me know if you would like to swap.

Comments and Questions Welcomed

Thursday, June 2, 2016

I don't tell you often enough! CC revisited!

Moving ( it's been a year), life, death, etc! Creative output has taken it's toll.
Full creativity enabling blitz this week.
New stamps from Quietfire Design
Online Card Classes Creative Chemistry revisited.
Full disclosure- I never finished CC 102- so I gave some thought to signing for CC103.
I couldn't resist peaking at the first Challenge prompt- 
Use 4 or more Distress colors on a tag.
The rest is history!

If I haven't told you lately 
I am thankful for all you do !!

Comments and Questions welcomed!

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

WOYWW 365...Too busy to remember...Thoughts on Fathers Day...

If you have just come to see my desk, thanks for visiting.
I have not heard from either Desker- fore or aft- about swapping. Please get in touch.

If you have the time, I invite you to scroll down for some backstory on my latest post on
the new blog, highlighting Quietfire Design digital files.
{lots of new stamps too!}

If you are too busy to (fill in the blank), you are too busy.

I could fill in the blank with lots of things, and as all my parents are in Heaven, I tend to let Mothers and Fathers Day go by without much attention.

This card is what I call a 15 Minute Wonder, and aside from design time and gathering supplies, it can be made in 15 minutes!
{Sure, go ahead and CASE- jus give me credit and share it back with me!}

Surely you have enough time for that!

Construction and supply details over at

We say," If it wasn't for sports, the men in our family wouldn't have any emotional life at all!"

Making the time to create, I had a mental trip down memory lane of times with my Dads, and decided to make this card, as my style of scrap book, get my family together and tell and  record stories of Dads and days gone by.

My most FAQ, is "How long does it take to make that?" which is why I enjoy sharing my
15 minute wonders.

The value of time spent is measured in many ways.
I'll have this paper keepsake, the laughs, tears and hugs shared with my family, the value of continuing memory carried in my heart and mind.

I have time for that!

Thanks again for visiting. Y'all come back now, hear!
Comments and Questions always welcomed.

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

WOYWW 7th Anniversary! To all my best friends I've never met!

7 years of friendship and sharing!
Thanks all!
Yes! new Quietfire Design stamps.
Here they sit waiting for the Versamark ink to dry so I can get to it,
including the ATC for this Anni swap that still only exists in my creative mind!

So, I've showed you mine, What's on yours!

Comments and questions welcomed

Monday, April 25, 2016

A Way With Words E-Book from Elizabeth Craft Designs and Quietfire Design- FREE!

The A Way With Words Ebook is here!
The book is Free!
Free, fun, fabulous, inspiring and full of project ideas to help you
Create without limits!

To celebrate, all the 
A Way With Words dies
(on the Quietfire site only)  
are on sale 15% off!  

You'll have to click over to see my project
page 12 
using the new 

Comments and Questions always welcomed!

Monday, February 22, 2016

New Quietfire Design Stamps! Just living is not enough/ The greatest strength is gentleness

It's really hard to stay in creative doldrums as a member of the Quietfire Design family, 
especially when the new quote stamps fit on an ATC!

The background is an all over print stamped in Distress antique linen.

is stamped in VersaFine sepia and heat embossed with
Ranger Superfine clear embossing powder.
The flowers are hand sketched with a Distress antique linen marker and colored with tattered rose, victorian velvet, mowed lawn and peeled paint. 
The mini pads are good for getting the ink onto your craft sheet. They are very juicy, and just a tad of water is needed to get the right consistency for painting, using a #4 round brush.
I highly recommend Cheap Joe's golden fleece brushes. They are very inexpensive so you can buy enough to use a separate brush for each color and medium that you use.
The edge is gold watercolor with an 1/8th flat brush.

This ATC is one of a series, so I took a short cut and stamped the sunflower in VersaMark and heat embossed clear.
The background was applied pad to paper, Distress salty ocean and the areas close to the flower were applied with a felt marker replacement nib.
Painting done with  #4 round brush and Distress mowed lawn, peeled paint, squeezed lemonade and mustard seed.
Water was flicked on with a brush.
When completely dry, iron the card between two pieces of clean absorbent paper to remove the embossing.
This is needed for the stamping to take to the paper.

is stamped in VersaFine onyx and thermal embossed clear.
The edge is sponged on Delicata Golden Glitz.

This is #1 in the series

and a Brave Girl Card

on the back

A few more ATC's using digital files and DecoArt products.
The mineral based watercolor paint resisted the oil based VersaFine ink. It still embossed well, so there is some mystery to be explored!

Celtic knot work file using a gold gel pen.

Comments and Questions always welcomed!