Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Cyberscribes Feb ATC's Circles & Squares/Use it or Lose it!

NYR- Use it or lose it.
Stamps I haven't used in years, can't even remember where or why I got them must go. ( good time to visit if you want to build your collection)
If something comes into my studio- something must go out!

Take no prisoners!

I was uninspired by this months Cyberscribes ATC theme.

Then I found myself faced with my collection of Quietfire Design, Design Element Stamps.
 These are some of my fav stamps. When was the last time I used them?


I didn't have any ideas, so I just got out all the stamps and started what I call "Trials and Tribulations"(T&T)

 I settled on this

Lots of stuff went right and wrong along the way. I say I don't do grunge and this card is def grunge- ink where it shouldn't be, pen fails, upside down stamping. Something for everyone! and  plenty of embrace imperfection practice.

 I began by edging the cards with a gold pen. I use a card to make straight edges, usually, and this pen had other ideas.
The flourished heart tile stamp  was colored with brush markers and ink and stamped.

Then I got out my stamp press (long blog post coming on this when I have the end of my story with Fiscars ) and set the other three tiles on the removable plate, inked them and stamped.

Remember I have to make 10.

Then I placed four small pieces of post it notes over the corner stamps as masks, placed the circle background stamp on another plate and stamped.

The press is great for this as you can position your paper under the press before you press down, make multiples and over stamp,

I'm glad I hung in there with these and glad to send them off!

Comments and questions always welcomed!

Monday, February 25, 2013


Holly's Technique of the Month at Quietfire Creations had me full of "What ifs?".
I love ATC's for
experimenting, trading and just having fun!

Hop on over  to Quietfire Creations for all the details.

Comments and Questions always welcome here and there!

Sunday, February 24, 2013

The Origin of Love

This 12" knitted square is going to PA to join with others of it's kind to create a prayer shawl to celebrate the wedding of my dear friend Lola, and her beloved Liv.

I've been creating  textiles as conduits for prayer for as long as I can remember and been a member of this Prayer shawl ministry in Media for many years, even tho I now live 600 miles south and west.

The card reads,

Ryuho Okawa

I chose lavender for the square as I see Lola in healing light, that she is, that she gives and that she receives.

Check back later to see the finished shawl !

Joy to all!

Comment and questions always welcomed.

Saturday, February 23, 2013

Give and Ye Shall Receive

Children and Friends, a non profit daycare and enrichment center in Black Mountain NC, creates a loving, safe, caring environment for our most precious souls, aged infant to 5.

Many of the families served are single Moms, working for less than a living wage.

The wonderful staff also work for way less than I wish they did.

Our community supports them as we can, and I heard they needed washable covers for the sleeping mats.
I put the word out to the Fiber Art Alliance group and got a car full of wonderful fabrics and with a bit of time at the machine cranked out a pile of soft, comfy mats.

I know I get back more than I give when I find the time to do projects like this one.
I hope you will join me.
There is need in your community that your art can fill.

Questions and comments always welcomed.

Friday, February 22, 2013

Quietfire Queen of Hearts Winners!

We have more winners
from the Queen of Hearts Challenge!
The submission which received the most votes from you belonged to
Winner of the 
Judges Choice
Oh, this was hard.  The styles were as varied as the styles of the judges!  It even came to a tie breaker!
Our lucky winner is
We liked your clean simple style.  Awesome!

I'd like to give honorable mention (but sorry, no awards this year :-( ) to Charmaine (we loved your repurposing of the bathroom accessories) and Peggy Parenteau for her very unique stylish design.
Random Draw Winner:
Karen G
Each of the above winners receive
$75 worth of Quietfire rubber stamps!
Here again are the winners of the Blog Hop Prizes.  (I still need to hear from Lisa M.)
Blog Hop Winners: $50 worth of rubber stamps each
Terre: Rena Sawatski
WandaMs. Linda
YogiAnne C
SherryLisa M studiorose.wordpress.com (Lisa - please email me with your snailmail address!)
Robyn: Layne
Suzanne: Dell

Thanks to everyone who took the time to create something and enter our challenge!

Friday, February 15, 2013

And the Winner is.......

 Layne said...
wow, Wow & WOW!!

I think you blew UP the box!
Fabulous ideas, fabulous-er tips & fabulous-est projects!

Seriously, 5 mins on your blog & I'm smarter already - what's going to happen to my brain after reading the whole thing???

I think tomorrow I'll celebrate
Valium-times Day instead - just to give my over excited brain a break! ;)

Seriously though, truly great, great stuff! Thank you.
February 14, 2013 at 3:35 AM
Congrats! and please send your mailing info to me and/or Suzanne ASAP!
Thanks all for your lovely comments.
If I didn't answer your question, you didn't leave me any contact info.
Please check back here soon. I love visitors!

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Quietfire Queen of Hearts Challenge 2013

Look out, here comes some free advice.
Always make a sample/dummy, when you try something new.

The photo , right, shows some of my experiments.

Starting with an old file folder, I cut with the heart die just above the fold to get a heart shaped card.

Position the small heart to reveal the sentiment inside the card. Use your stamp positioner for good placement.

The Love you was stamped with  Distress ink, Worn Lipstick and thermal embossed with a transparent pearlized powder. I wish you could see this in person.

 Have I told you was stamped in Versafine Sepia and thermal embossed clear.

I embossed with a folder and rubber mallet ( Shout Out to  Yogi) just where I wanted it.

Painted the hearts with Twinkling H2O's, and Stardust pen for the dots.

I cut a frame using 2 heart dies- they didn't nest, so I cut the larger one first and then cut out the center- the same die I used to cut the shape out of the card front.

Glitter Ritz added the bling-Regal Red, Warm Highlights and Stardust.

Just for fun and vintage goodness I added a die cut doily to the back.

I'm enjoying  seeing the love you are creating for V-day and the Challenge, so keep them coming!

Comments and questions welcomed!

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Quietfire Queen of Hearts Blog Hop 2013

Welcome to the Quietfire Queen of Hearts Blog Hop

We are sharing our love/Valentine project ideas with you as we lead up to the Queen Of Hearts event on February 14!
Today is my turn! I'm glad you are here!

Each day designers will be posting new artwork they have created using Quietfire rubber stamps. This should get your creative juices flowing for your own entry in the Queen of Hearts Challenge.

Visit our Designers  blogs -schedule below-post a comment on our Blog Hop Post and you will be eligible to win a grab bag of Quietfire Design rubber stamps valued at $50!( Yes, Suzanne doubled the value from the original announcement!)

Each Designer will randomly choose a winner from the comments on their own Blog Hop Post, so make sure to leave your comment on all the blogs by midnight Thursday, February 14th.
Tell your friends!

All winners will be posted on the Quietfire creations Blog on Sunday Februrary 17th.
If you are one of our lucky winners, please contact Suzanne(or me) privately with your snail mail address.( Her email address is in teh sidebar of the Quietfire Creations Blog.
Here is our schedule:
Saturday, Feb 9th: TerreHolly
Sunday, Feb 10thWanda
Monday, Feb 11th:  Sherry
Tuesday, Feb 12th: Yogi
Wednesday, Feb 13th: Robyn-you are here!
Thursday, Feb 14th: Suzanne

You Must leave a comment on this blog to be entered in the prize drawing!

How Guilty are You?
 I remember a FTD Florist ad that had 3 red rose bouquets each one larger than the last, from a single stem rose to 3 dozen.
The tag line was
"How guilty are you?"
This years challenge gives you plenty to work with!
I stamped and quilted a cuff for the bubbly, decoupaged and doilied the box of chocolates and embellished and beaded a hat band !

The cuff could also be worn on your wrist. It's double sided depending on your mood.

Stamps are from the Quietfire Have I Told You Lately set and Life Journey and Words of Love sets.
I used fabric inks and Fabric tac glue and Glitter Ritz to color the hearts. The inks and glue stay soft when dry.

 The candy box is painted, decoupaged with doilies and stamped with Versafine Crimson Red and thermal embossed clear.
I made a bunch of roses that didn't make the cut.
(scroll up to see them here)
You'll have to stop by to find out what is inside!

The flirty cloche was hand dyed and felted by Leslie Owens of Nice Threads{hop on over to her FB page and give her some love!}. I added the band made of vintage linen, hand tatted lace and the border stamp. The hearts are colored with Stardust Pen.

I hope the above will encourage you to try Quietfire stamps and join us in the Queen of Hearts Challenge.

To share some more love, below,

(forgive me in advance for the poor quality of the video,this is the first made with new equipment and software{and no camera helper!} since I turned to the Mac side-it will get better I promise)

 is a video to show you how to mount and store your Quietfire rubber.

Leave a comment of what topics you would like to see featured in coming videos.

Special prize for the 100th commenter****think INSIDE the box!*******

Now... it's not to late to go back and comment on the other wonderful Designer blogs in the hop, and be sure to hop over tomorrow to Suzanne for the grande finale!  and The Challenge!

Monday, February 11, 2013

Cyberscribes Sweetheart Exchange

Give and ye shall receive.
That's part of what I love about exchanges. How fun is it to get 10 valentines! All you have to do is make 10! Getting there is half the fun!
Each one is a bit different to keep it interesting for me.

Starting with old file folders, I put ink and stain on the craft sheet, added some blobs of Perfect Pearls and dipped and dried the paper to make the background.
I stamped, using the new Have I Told You Lately set from Quietfire, using fabric ink on a vintage linen.
The lace border is glued on with fabric tac glue-stays soft when dry- and I stitched around the stamp in a heart shape.
 You can see the stiching here in the back

Part of this swap is the envies as well.
I had a lot of fun with them-I masked around a die cut heart using Distress Ink, Worn Lipstick.

Be sure to Hop over to Sherry's blog today and come back here February 13 for the Queen Of Hearts Blog Hop, and add your own creation to the Queen of Hearts Challenge on February 14!

Comments = Prizes folks ! so leave one!

Questions also welcomed.

Saturday, February 2, 2013

Queen of Hearts Reject Pile

It's a journey more than a destination.

I hope you are working on your entry for the Quiefire Queen of Hearts Challenge February 14.
You can also scrolld own to post below for details

A huge part of art is knowing when to stop and also to have the courage to keep going!

When in doubt, leave me a comment or question!