Friday, May 25, 2018

Coffee Lovers Blog Hop with Quick Quotes

Welcome to the Coffee Lover blog hop collaboration with Quick Quotes.  Please check out the entire list over at Quick Quotes.  There are some really fun cards!

 I am a coffee lover and enjoy a great cup of coffee almost every morning, my red Kurig was a birthday gift from my mother a few years back.  Since I am the only coffee drinker in my home, having a fresh little Kurig pod has really improved the flavor of my daily treat.  On to my contribution for the blog hop, a card that incorporates several papers from the Whistlin’ Dixie line.

o   I die cut the mug, background for coffee, and the accent stripes from 103. 
o   The base card and front panel are die cut from 107. 
o   The coffee sentiment, backing for the mug, and accent stripes are die cut from 106. 
o   The Coffee sentiment did not stand out enough against the striped background so I outlined it with a Zig writer in the color . . . wait for it, coffee! 
o   The mug is also outlined to add cohesiveness to the front of the card. 
o   After deciding placement for the mug and coffee sentiment I stamped the sentiments in Powder Puff Chalking Ink in Purple Rain. 

Quick Quotes Products
Whistlin’ Dixie 103, 106, 107

Other Products
Die Coffee statement, Die Hot Cocoa, Hot Chocolate2stamp by The Stamps of Life
Coffee Zig Writer

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Getting Sketchy Thank You Card for Retro Rubber

Retro Rubber has a cool sketch to play along with for Challenge 87.  Check out all the fun interpretations of the sketch done by the Design Team. 

For my version, I wanted to play with a color layering set by Hero Arts, the Color Layering Hibiscus from 2016.  The set has matching dies, so once I got the color scheme down this was fun card to put together.  I stamped in Memento Dandelion, Cantaloupe, Tangelo and Morocco for the flowers starting with the lightest color first.  New Sprout and Bamboo Leaves create the leaves.  As I crafted the flowers I thought about a very old collection by Basic Grey called Lucky, a favorite of mine back in the day.  I had a few scraps that were a perfect match!  I die cut the oval from Elizabeth Craft Designs Stitched Ovals.  I would have made the strip across the center wider, but went with what was in the scrap folder!  The sentiment is by Technique Tuesday from the Echinacea set issued in 2017.  The stamp was out on my table as it was up for consideration for this project.  The little bottle cap sticker just happens to be by Basic Grey as well.  It was so cool that is was the ideal embellishment to complete the sketch.  After inking the edge of the back rectangle, the card was adhered together.  The flower die cuts are mounted with varying thicknesses of foam adhesive.  

Please come and play along, we would love to see what you will do with this sketch.  Remember to use at least one stamp that is more than one year old, tell us how long it has been in your stash, and to enter only up to 10 challenges.  Thanks so much! 

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Let's Swim featuring Quick Quotes

Quick Quotes aficionados, summer is coming!  Neva here to share a layout using Spring Showers.  Originally, I planned to use 103 for both the dots and argyle pattern, but the stripes of 101 really popped against the brick red coloring of the pool deck in the photos. 

o   Both Spring Showers 101 and 103 are trimmed to 10 ½” squares, and 2” are trimmed from each.
o   The saying on the left is trimmed from the 12” x 12” Far and Away Quotes & Phrases.
o   A color stripe on the right is trimmed from Navigator 105, it just happens to be very close in color.  It's great when collections can be mixed and matched!
o   The journaling strips are cut from Spring Showers 102.
o   All sections are inked with Powder Puff Chalking Ink in Capri Blue.
o   The sections are adhered together on matching cardstock.
o   The decorative loops are die cut from Spring Showers 104.  (A little secret here, I accidentally die cut the loops while working on another layout and saved it, happily discovering it was great for this layout!)
o   The title is die cut from Spring Showers 104.

Earth Wind Fire Chipboard Die Cuts are a great match not only in color but also complement the fun theme of the layout. The close-up also shows the Far and Away Quotes & Phrases.

A close-up that shows the matching stripe from Navigator 105 and another Chipboard Die Cut.

The white wash of Spring Showers 102 is great for journaling.  

The pop of color from Spring Showers 104 is perfect for the title of this layout.  It also adds a visual interest of triangle of color between the two sides of the double page layout.

I enjoy how the elements of several collections can work together for a great layout.  Thanks so much for joining us today here at Quick Quotes.  

~ Neva

Quick Quotes products

Other Products

Aqua Cardstork by DCWV

Loops & Rick Rack by Sizzix

Moxie Classic by Quickutz

Ocean Zig Writer

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Mother's Day featuring Whistlin' Dixie by Quick Quotes

Hello, Neva here to share a layout showcasing a favorite photo from a few years ago. The colors of the photo lead me to use a selection of Whistlin' Dixie papers from the great paper collection by Quick Quotes.

The background of 103 has an elegant vintage feel so I decided to incorporate embellishments to reflect the look.
o   A large die cut from 106 provides an area for the title and journaling.
o   The edges are inked with Powder Puff Chalking in Kokomo.
o   Lace is added to one side of the die cut.
o   The title is die cut from coordinating red cardstock. 
o   The journaling is added after the layout is adhered together.
o   The photo is matted with the reverse side of 106 also edged in Kokomo.

I selected two sayings from 500 and die cut the circle and rounded the corners of the rectangle.  Both of these are adhered by thin foam adhesive to add a bit of dimension.  

The finishing touches are small bows and adhesive pearl embellishments added to complete a visual interest triangle.

The coordinating papers of a collection make it easy to put together a cohesive layout in a short time period.  This single page layout took about 30 minutes but is very elegant due to the wonderful background.

Quick Quotes


Grand Labels Four by Spellbinders

Classic Circles Large by Spellbinders

Corner Rounder

Brown/Cream Lace Scrap Pack by The Paper Studio

Adhesive Faux Pearls by Recollections

Ribbon by Offray

Thanks for stopping by and I hope this layout has inspired you to consider how Quick Quotes patterns easily create quick and stunning layouts for your scrapbooks!


May Flowers for Retro Rubber

May Flowers is the new challenge over at Retro Rubber.  In my humble opinion it is perfect for Mother's Day!
For this fabulous challenge, I decided to use one of the first sets I purchased that had stamps and coordinating dies, Vintage Floret by Heartfelt Creations released in 2012.  To complement the flowers, I used Classic Leaf stamp and die sets from Heartfelt Creations released in 2015.  The pretty die adorning the top of the card is by Heartfelt Creations from about 2012 as well, called Raindrops on Roses. The sentiment is from the Unity Stamp Company's Mamas & Grandmas set from 2015. 

I started with three sheets of patterned cardstock from Heartfelt Creations Delicate Aster collection. Two backing layers are trimmed and the edges are distressed with my Heidi Swapp Edge Distresser that has been hiding in my tool tote.  Made quick work of the edges! 
To create the flowers, I first die cut the flower layers. Then the images are stamped in StazOn Royal Purple using this method I highlight in this post.  It goes much faster for me to do multiples with the die cut then stamp method.  Since I created two of these cards there were 20 individual layers.  Next I used my 3D Rose Shaping Mold to shape all of the layers in TWO passes. After placing the flowers in the mold a small spritz of water helps the shaping process, hence the reason I used StazOn ink to avoid smearing.  After I run the mold through my Cuttlebug I set them aside to dry.
The leaves are die cut and stamped in Memento Olive Green.   They are shaped using Heartfelt Creations flower shaping kit.  I stamped the sentiment in StazOn Royal Purple on a strip with distressed edges. To assemble the bottom layer is attached directly to a 5" x 6 ½" card base, the next layer is adhered with dimensional foam adhesive.  The die cut, sentiment strip, flowers and leaves are attached to the layer with On Point Glue and glue dots.  The flower centers are finished Queen & Co pearls.
Please do come play with us at Retro Rubber and enter your own May Flowers project.  Remember to use at least one stamp older than one year and to enter only 10 or fewer challenges.  Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, May 7, 2018

Level 4 Swim for Stick It Down

We have a great two-page sketch that can be used many ways for our challenge at Stick It Down this month.  Check out what the other Double Page DTers have created with this multi-purpose sketch!

I choose to scrap some photos of my son from a few years back.  I wanted swim theme die cuts, but didn’t find any in my stash, or really for purchase . . . so I made them!  After googling a few images of swim fins and kick boards I copied them to a word document and sized them for the page.  I printed two copies and then went to work with cardstock, scissors, and ink.  I think they turned out nicely!  I used Versa Magic ink in Mango, Eggplant, Midnight Black, and Cloud White to create depth and dimension.  I selected royal blue cardstock and a light blue patterned paper from a really old stack of Provo Craft papers for the background.  I was looking to match some Mrs. Grossman’s Design Lines I had in my stash.  I am having a blast using up old stuff and creating pages.  Once I had the photos in place I realized there wasn’t quite enough to make the layout shine.  I flicked Fireworks! Spray in Bahama Blue on the lighter colored paper, and in Cottage Ivy on the royal blue.  Just a tiny bit of shimmer.  With a few journal strips and a title die cut with my new Sizzix Just a Note Alphabet I thought I was done. 

True story here, a few weeks ago I tried my hand at making home-made enamel dots from Pony beads.  I put them out on the second-story deck to cool.  Came back 10 minutes later and they had been blown all over the deck and through the slates.  I picked most of them up, and my dear son found a bunch in the grass under the deck.  When I had the layout still on my desk I found another one outside and was inspired to add a few to the layout.  Yes, now it is done!

Another side-note.  I like to photograph my layouts outside . . . here is a photo of one page taking flying lessons!  See the shadow?  I caught the photo while the page was mid-air.

Thanks for stopping by, and do try your hand at the great sketch.  You will have fun!

Monday, April 30, 2018

Birthday Greeting featuring Spring Showers for Quick Quotes

Hello Quick Quote fans!  Neva here to share with you a fun “Impossible Card” that I created from my bits and pieces of Spring Showers I had left-over from previous projects.  I always hang on to coordinated paper scraps and they often show up in cards later.  Sometimes my design decisions are based on the size and type of snippets I have left!

There are a few YouTube videos out there that walk you through the process of the “Impossible Card”.  What I like about my version with Quote Quotes two-sided paper is you can create a fabulous coordinated look!

o   I started with a 5” x 7” section of Spring Showers 100.
o   Pencil lines are drawn in at 2 ½” across the long direction.
o   Lines are drawn in from the bottom at 1 ½” and 5 ½”
o   A line is drawn from the top at 3 ½”
o   Trim along lines and erase pencil marks while the card is still flat. 
o   Fold the center section up, and the right side down on the reverse side. 
o   The right side rotates 180° so the reverse side of the cardstock is showing, in this case the aqua blue side.

Additional layers are trimmed to the following dimensions.  All dimensions are ¼” smaller than the underlying layer.  After trimming all were inked with Capri Blue Powder Puff chalking ink.
o   The left side has two strips, 4 ¾” x 1 ¼” and 4 ½” x 1”.  I didn’t cut the chair shape as it really doesn’t show in the finished card. 
o   The right side is a bit more complicated as it is trimmed to a chair shape.
o   The right base is 4 3/4” x 3 ¼” to start.  It is trimmed at 2 ¼” to the 2” mark with the remaining section being 1 ¼” wide and 2” tall.
o   The top layer starts as 4 ½” x 3”.  It is trimmed 2” to the 1 ¾” mark with the remaining section being 1” wide and 2 ¼” tall.
o   The cross-over section is 6” x 1 ¼” topped with 5 ¾” x 1”.
o   Two labels are die cut for the center section.

I love the create flowers for a spring-time feminine birthday card and Spring Showers papers are perfectly coordinated to do this.  I die cut several layers along with leaves, inked them in Buttercup, shaped the flowers, and added pearl accents to finish them off.

Before adhering all the layers together, I stamped the sentiments in Capri Blue.  It is shown here in the finished card . . . I forgot to take a photo along the way!

Quick Quotes Products
Powder Puff Chalking Ink in Capri Blue and Buttercup

Other Products
Labels Eight by Spellbinders
Small Tattered Florals by Sizzix
Pearls by Want 2 Scrap
In and Out Birthday by Taylored Expressions

It takes a little time to trim all the sections, but the finished product is stunning!   The card folds flat for mailing, but when the recipient opens it the center section will stand up a bit for presentation.  So much fun!