Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Quick Quotes Off the Page: Shadow box

Good morning,  Alicia with you today.  I have created a lovely shadow box for my niece. I did not intend for it to be monochromatic, after using  Jade PowderPuff Chalking Ink to color the outside scroll work I searched my Quick Quotes paper collection for matching papers, I found some from several different collections that came together perfectly.


I used my PIXMA iP8720 13x19 Wireless Printer to print not only the photograph but the sentiment.  I found this great quote when I searched the web.  I just copied it, changed the font and printed!  I don't like to waste the good Canon paper, so I included several other quotes and a photo on the pages for use later. 

I used two different inking techniques on my project either of which could be used for the August Quick Quotes challenge:  to use colored inks.
  1. Inking wood or chipboard
  2. Inking edges to create dramatic shading

I cut dozens of pieces for flowers using  a die set.  I inked all the edges with the same Jade PowderPuff Chalking Ink as the outside of the box. I shaped the flowers as I inked them.

After cutting the papers to fit the inside of the box, I added the flowers around the edges.  After adhering the quote and the flowers, I finally added some pearls and bling to finish it off.

Quick Quotes products used:

Canon products:

other products used:
shadow box
pearls and crystal bling hearts
Spellbinders Anemone flower and label dies

I hope you have enjoyed this project. 

Monday, August 14, 2017

Just beecause...Stampin Up, Graphic 45 and acetate card

Good morning!  I am showing off a card I made for a swap today.  The theme of the swap was acetate.  It is hard to discern from the photos but there is a layer of acetate behind the honeycomb die cut.  I used mostly Stampin Up products but the sunflower paper in the back is Graphic 45.

I cut an opening in the center of a standard A2 card that was just a fraction smaller than the honeycomb die cut.  I cut the acetate just a fraction larger so the die and the card and a layer behind their junction for stablility.  I stamped and embossed the bees then fussy cut them.  I stamped the sentiment and layer the sunflower paper on the inside of the card.  

Stampin Up Dragonfly Dreams stamp set
Stampin Up die
Graphic 45 paper
American Craft black ink
Judikins clear embossing powder
Quick Quotes Desert Sun chalking ink
green and yellow card stock

I would like to enter this in the following challenges:

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Saturday, August 12, 2017

Catch a wave blog hop

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Cowabunga Dude!! Grab your sunscreen, your surf board and join us as we search for that perfect wave in this Catch A Wave Blog Hop! It's sure to be gnarly!!

You should have arrived from Amanda
but if you need to catch the first wave in
Connie Can Crop is the beginning of this epic summer blog hop

This is a one day blog hop, but you have until Sunday to finish hopping and leaving your love for all of these talented crafters.

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What do you need to do to win? Easy... become  a follower of each of the fabulous blogs in this hop and leave each of them a comment letting them know what you like best about their projects.

You will have until 10 pm Sunday to finish the hop and leave your comments.
Winners will be announced on Wednesday 8/23/17
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Hang Ten Dudes and Dudettes!!

I made two versions of this card basically using two different sentiments.
I was inspired by a card I found on Pinterest.  I used Distress inks and a water color brush to create he scene inside the circle.  I cut the circle with Spellbinders nesting dies so there is a nice embossed line in the exact center.  I used a wood grain paper and wood dots to create the porthole effect.

And the second one which is actually the first one.  I wasn't as pleased with the ocean and sky.  I used a slightly different colors for the sky on this one.  I also used the stamped image as the palette on this one so the waves are less distinct.  On the one above I stamped the image and picked up more ink from the pad to fill in the light parts of the ocean.  The birds turned out better on this one.

Distress inks:  Antique Linen, Tea Dye, Tumbled Glass, Chipped Sapphire and Faded jeans (oxide)
Stamplorations True North (lighthouse quote)
Our Daily Bread Designs (waves quote)
Stampin Up High Tide
Spellbinders circle dies
Woodgrain paper
Quick Quotes Adventure Awaits paper
wood embellishments
misc papers

Now SURF on over to Angela's blog

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Friday, August 11, 2017

Karen Burniston Snowman/Soccer Pop Up card

Good morning, Alicia here today, getting geared up for school and fall sports.  My son has played soccer since he was 3 so this card will be for him.  Last month I purchased the some of the latest Karen Burniston die sets.  I am so pleased with these sets.  Of course with any new die, I cut all the pieces first on plain white card stock.  This tip is especially helpful with a pop up die to familiarize oneself with the mechanism.  It is really so awesome to have such a handy pop up in a die. I can't wait to create more fun cards with this set.

So this die set contains all the elements for a snowman, but it is basically just circles with a few snowman accessories.  As soon as I saw it in person, I knew a soccer ball would work great in the pop up.  Isn't so fun?

The set comes with plenty of circles for layering.  I used a soccer ball shaker sticker in the center layer on a circle embossed like soccer netting and finally layered a stitched die of "grass" and one more black layer for pop!

The  Die Versions Soccer border die is no longer available (it was one of my first purchases from Dies R Us). I do have some helpful tips that would work with any number of dies.  This is only one die but I created a multilayered piece.  I did this by cutting the die several times in different papers.  No need to waste paper, when I only need the cones, I placed a small piece of orange paper just large enough to cut out the cones.  Same with the tiny sliver of "reflective" tape, with these tiny pieces I put them in place and used a tape runner on the back side to hold the slivers in place.  Once I was done piecing the cuts back together, I popped up the cones and ball on pop dots for extra dimension.

 Dies R Us Products used:
 Karen Burniston - Dies - Snowman Twist Circle Pop-Up

 Frantic Stamper - Dies - Stitched Grassy Hill Edgers

other ingredients:
Creative Memories Soccer paper and stickers
Shaker soccer sticker
Fiskars border punch
solid colored and white card stock
Quick Quotes Midnight Confessions chalking ink

Don't forget to come join in the fun at the Dies R Us Challenge Blog.  
There's a new challenge theme offered on the 1st and 15th of each month and one lucky randomly drawn winner will receive a gift voucher prize to the Dies R Us Store
 For your convenience, all the important Dies R Us links are provided below : 

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Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Play on...Atlantic Hearts Challenge sketch

Today is a significant day in Grateful Dead music history, it is the anniversary of Jerry Garcia's death.  I was living in Seattle at the time, a friend on the east coast called at about 5 or 6 am and told us the news.  The last time I saw Jerry perform was Memorial Day 1995 in Portland.  Chuck Berry opened the show.  I have some great memories of the concerts I attended.

Here's this week sketch from Atlantic Hearts Challenge:

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If you are so inclined, here is a song from that last show I attended:


Close ups

I used  red, green, blue, white and grey Prisma pencils.  I used the grey for shading on the skeleton.

Invoke Arts stamp
Brilliance Graphite Black ink
Judikins Black and Clear embossing powders
7 Gypsies paper
Prisma color pencils
Stampin Up Raven lace and label punch
Technique Tuesday stamp
Martha Stewart ink
music note sequins

Thanks so much for stopping by and don't forget to play along at Atlantic Hearts Challenge this week.

I would like to enter this in the following challenges:


Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Quick Quotes Serenade layout with Kiwi Lane

Today I have the companion page to yesterday's layout.  I used scraps from my various other layouts.  I just love this latest collection from Quick Quotes.  It is not available yet, but be on the look out. In the meantime, you can check out my engagement layouts using the Serenade collection.

I used a pretty Prima flower with some gunmetal pearls.

I layered a Quick Quotes vellum quote on a small piece of Serenade paper using Spellbinders nesting label dies.

Quick Quotes Serenade papers
Quick Quotes vellum quote
Spellbinders label die
Kiwi Lane templates
pearl bling
Prima silk flower

Thanks so much for stopping by!


Monday, August 7, 2017

I'll love you forever: Quick Quotes Serenade layout

Good morning!  Alicia blogging today.  I am using the gorgeous new paper collection called Serenade. It is not available quite yet, but you may see it in Club Q kits and definitely at Quick Quotes Private Reserves and the Mini Reserves this fall.  I have also used my  PIXMA iP8720 13x19 Wireless Printer to print the 5x7 photo.  These are my engagement photos and the beginning of my wedding album.

I actually used two sheets of the same paper and fussy cut some of the elements.  I lined up the design with the original paper but used pop dots for a dramatic effect.  I did a lot of fussy cutting on this layout but that just goes to show what you can do with paper and cutting utensils.

Here I am showing the back of the fussy cut paper.  I use a detail knife to cut around the image I wanted on top of the photo.  I placed adhesive just on the edges of the fussy cuts so that the photo would adhere in the perfect spot.

And here's how the detail cuts look, I just love how layered it is without actually using a lot of paper. Of course, I did add a few die cut pieces from other papers in the collection as well.

Quick Quotes products:
Serenade collection  (coming soon)

Canon products:

other products:

Tim Holtz flourish die
heart dies and punches
Kiwi Lane bracket template
Creative Memories cutting system circles

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Karen Burniston Tree Pop Up Card

Good morning,  Alicia blogging today.  I have used the latest Karen Burniston Tree Pop Up dies and Karen Burniston Greetings dies to create a summer theme thinking of you card.  I was so excited when I saw this added to the Dies R Us store, I purchased it immediately.  I have a fondness for trees.

It was so much fun creating the various layers for this 3-D card.

The clouds are Avery Elle but no longer found in the store.  I think the Frantic Stamper Stitched Cloud Edgers and Soaring Paper Airplane are pretty close substitutes.

Here are a couple of tips for using this die set. First I just cut bunches of leaves. The die cuts 6 at a time.  After cutting I inked the edges, as part of this process the leaves get a little shaping and makes the embossing pop.

Another tip is to cut the tire swing twice and adhere the pieces together.  This gives a more 3 dimensional effect and the double layer of paper increases the strength at the loop for tying your "rope".

Dies R Us Products:

Karen Burniston Greetings dies

Karen Burniston - Dies - Greetings

Karen Burniston Tree Pop Up dies

Karen Burniston Tree Pop-Up dies 

 Frantic Stamper Stitched Corner cut Tags

 Frantic Stamper - Dies - Stitched Corner-cut Tags

 The clouds are Avery Elle but no longer found in the store.  I think the Frantic Stamper Stitched Cloud Edgers and Soaring Paper Airplane are pretty close substitutes.

 Frantic Stamper Soaring Airplane

Frantic Stamper - Dies - Soaring Paper Airplane 

Frantic Stamper Stitched Cloud Edgers
Frantic Stamper - Dies - Stitched Cloud Edgers 

Frantic Stamper Stitched Grassy Hill Edgers
Frantic Stamper - Dies - Stitched Grassy Hill Edgers

other ingredients:
We R Happy Campers papers
Rusty Pickle black barn board paper
wood grain paper
Quick Quotes Sky Blue and Green Leaf chalking inks

Don't forget to come join in the fun at the Dies R Us Challenge Blog.  
There's a new challenge theme offered on the 1st and 15th of each month and one lucky randomly drawn winner will receive a gift voucher prize to the Dies R Us Store
 For your convenience, all the important Dies R Us links are provided below : 

Click below for:

I would like to enter this in the following challenges: until 8/8x until 8/8x until 8/11 until 8/13 until 8/13 (C10) until 8/27 until 8/30 until 8/31

Thanks so much for stopping by today!