Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Back 2 School for Quick Quotes

Hello Quick Quotes enthusiasts, Neva here to share a fun layout I created for our most recent back to school photos.  My youngest started school last week, so he is featured by himself.  This is the first year in many, that we have only one starting school!


I was inspired to use the color in the photos as well as think about my son's school colors, which do include blue.  Selections from Secret Garden and Spring Showers complement each other well.  A great vellum saying and a sentiment from the Farmhouse collection both work with the topic and color scheme.
  • Secret Gardens 101 is used for the background.
  • Secret Gardens 105 is trimmed to 7" x 12" and inked with Powder Puff Chalking Ink in Deep Sea.
  • Spring Showers 103 is trimmed to 2 1/4" x 10 1/2" and inked with Powder Puff Chalking Ink in Green With Envy from the newly released Retired Colors Set.  I am really loving this set by the way!
  • The photos are backed with white cardstock trimmed to 6 1/4" x 4 1/4" and 4 1/4" x 3 1/4" and inked with Powder Puff Chalking Ink in Green With Envy.
  • The journal strips are trimmed to 1/2" and the length necessary to accommodate the journaling.   The edges are inked with Powder Puff Chalking Ink in Green With Envy.
  • The sentiment from Farmhouse 600 is trimmed and the corners are carefully rounded with scissors. 
  • The edges are inked with Powder Puff Chalking Ink in Deep Sea.

I wanted to convey the sentiment of the page with out adding a huge title, so I decided to create my own "patterned paper" as an accent.
  • White cardstock is trimmed to 1 3/8" x 10".
  • The Back 2 School sentiment is stamped repeatedly down the strip with Powder Puff Chalking Ink in Green With Envy.  I purposefully staggered the stamping to avoid trying to line up the sentiment perfectly, I added little bit of randomness for more interest.
  • The edges are also inked to match in Green With Envy.  
  • The vellum saying is backed with white cardstock then trimmed to the blue outline.  The patterns behind the saying were a bit distracting without the cardstock behind it. 
  • The edges are inked with Powder Puff Chalking Ink in Deep Sea.
At first I did not include the stamped Back 2 School strip or the photo frames on this layout.  It seemed too plain and needed a bit more.  With these two additions, the layout really has more pizzaz!

Quick Quotes Products
Secret Gardens 101 and 105
Spring Showers 103
Never Forget Who You Are K134
Farmhouse Strip 600
Powder Puff Chalking Ink Deep Sea, Green With Envy

Other Products
Smarty Pants stamp set by Unity Stamp Company
Evergreen by Zig Writer 
White cardstock

Thanks so much for stopping by Quick Quotes!
~Neva

Back to School with Retro Rubber

Retro Rubber has a great inspiration for the next two weeks, School Days!  You may use the photo as an inspiration for a Back to School project OR for the color and image choices like books or apples.



I have several years of Back to School layouts I want to complete so I went with one from 2012.  There are actually two versions, one for the then first grader, and another very similar version for the two older kids.


My son was being particularly cute with the chickens after obligatory back to school photos and before getting on his bus.   So that morning is commemorated with a few extra photos.

I started with My Mind's Eye Academy Glitter Book cardstock which has been in my stash at least seven or eight years.  Two sheets of note book style cardstock make for a great background.  Originally I was going to use an embossed sheet that said school phrases behind the photos but 1) the embossing didn't show well and 2) the photos wouldn't stick to the embossed paper!  So red cardstock it is!  The striped strip is topped with a thin strip that has been punched with an EK Success border punch that creates small uneven sized scallops.  

All the embellishments come from two sets of stamps both by The Paper Company Studio.  One set is clear the other red rubber, both have been in my stash several years, but I couldn't find dates on the sets.  Each image is stamped in Memento Luxe Tuxedo Black and heat embossed with clear embossing powder.  The "1 2 3" is stamped in Memento Luxe Rhubarb Stalk and heat embossed with clear embossing powder.  The images are colored with a bit of marker scribbled on my craft mat and picked up with a wet paint brush.  Some also include coloring directly on the image.  I used a series of Memento Dual Tipped Markers to match the color scheme of the paper.  Dandelion, Love Letter, Summer Sky, Potter's Clay, Teal Zeal and Pear Tart are all included.  Each image is fussy cut.  Since I made more than one layout it was super easy to make multiples of the embellishments and not have to worry about running out of matching stickers!  This is what the older two will have in their albums:


Please do come join the fun at Retro Rubber and create you own School Days project!  Remember that we ask that you use a stamp that is at least one year or older that needs some inky love and to not enter more than 10 challenges including RR!

Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, September 3, 2018

007 Prom for Stick It Down

Wow it seems like Senior year just flew by!  Here is one more memory of the year using out fabulous sketch from Stick It Down for September.

You will notice that the selection of papers are identical to the ones I used for the Promposal layout for SID's sketch for last month.  It was a great way to tie the two layouts together, and use the scraps from the first layout.  I did not have to cut into another piece of cardstock, wow!


The black cardstock is by Wausau and is a textured Eclipse Black.  The ancient Costco specialty paper pack is the source for both the red and gold mulberry paper and the white and black flocked paper.  The Gold Glitter cardstock and the Red Small Flourish Gemstones are both by Paper Studio.  The title is die cut from the Gold Glitter cardstock with Spellbinders Etched Alphabet.  This glitter cardstock die cuts beautifully, and I love the shine and shimmer!  Jelly Roll White Gel pen makes it easy to journal although the photos do speak for themselves!

Do come play along with us at Stick It Down, we have some great sketches to work with this month.  We are playing along with Spiegelmomscraps this month and she has offered a great coupon for 20% off, just use SIDSMS when checking out.  She does ship internationally, shot her an email if the $$ seems a bit high.

Thanks for stopping by!  Oh, and I just figured out that I was not receiving emails notifying me of all those wonderful comments you have been leaving me!  Busy summer, heads down to get crafting projects done before traveling, and some major upheavals within the family.  Blessings!


Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Amazing AND Clumsy for Quick Quotes

Hello Quick Quotes fans! Neva here to share a one page layout of an event that I am sure almost every parent has had the opportunity to experience, or at least knows someone who has! Last fall my son chipped both front teeth while on a camp-out with his Boy Scout troop. Yikes! So with just two photos and a customized add-on to a Quick Quotes saying I had a super quick layout done in a jiffy!


The best color match came from the Whistlin' Dixie line, of which I had VERY little left!  
  • Fortunately I still had in my stash a sheet of 106 which was great for the background.
  • A strip of 103 left over from another project is trimmed to 3/4" x 6" selecting the the dark red colors that help build a visual triangle.
  • Far and Away 103 has muted colors that are very close and provide a backdrop to the photos.  It is trimmed to 5 1/2" x 9" and inked Powder Puff Chalking Ink in Banana Bliss.  Banana Bliss is from the newly released Retired Colors Ink Set. 
  • Ribbon is placed 1 1/2" from the left edge to anchor the layout.
  • A saying from Whistlin' Dixie is backed with a scrap from 106.  All edges are inked with Banana Bliss.  Just a touch of color to add depth. 
  • Three ribbons are trimmed to about 3" and folded.  Small holes are punched to put the brads through and into the edge of the title block.
  • The second part of the title block is die cut from black cardstock in a font that is VERY close to the one of the printed saying!
  •  Since I was working with scraps from 106, I choose to punch out photo corners for the parts of the photos that were not layered in the layout.  They are adhered after inking the edges with Banana Bliss.  I think the little pops of color add a bit more to the visual triangle.

  • The journaling is printed onto a section of 106 as well.  Typically I use removable adhesive to place the journaling block on a sheet of 8 1/2" x 11" to run through my printer.  Banana Bliss is used to ink the edges here too. 

I hope you enjoy the little story.  Both my nieces and my older son have their own chipped tooth story, so I know this is not uncommon at all!  Just very thankful for great dentists!  I also wanted to demonstrate how it is possible to create a very interesting layout with the last bits of a collection with  an add-on from another collection.  This entire layout used just one complete sheet and less than three-quarters of a sheet of scraps.






Quick Quotes Products
Whistlin' Dixies (sadly now discontinued)
Retired Colors Ink Set Banana Bliss
Brads from Club Q June Kit

Other Products
Ribbons by Offray
Corner Punch by EK Success
CK Typist font by Quickutz

Thanks so much for stopping by Quick Quotes today for a little dose of inspiration! 
~Neva 

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Sunflower Wedding Wishes for Retro Rubber

Time for another challenge over at Retro Rubber, this time a theme everyone loves!


Having an "Anything Goes" challenge was great for me, as I had a need to create a wedding card with a specific theme.  My aunt who is just shy of being two years older than I am, recently wed her long-time boyfriend.  She was married in her backyard with her two adult sons escorting her down the aisle.  She decorated with sunflowers and carried them for her bouquet.  So I dug out one of my really old rubber stamps by Auntie Amy from 1996 and created the perfect card for the newly wed couple!


To add texture and color I created a front panel with an oval die cut from the center with Spellbinders Petite Ovals Large.  After pressure embossing with Basket Weave embossing folder by Cuttlebug the raised portions were inked with Memento Luxe Dandelion.  The edges are inked with Memento Luxe Tuxedo Black.

The base of the card has the edges inked in Memento Luxe Dandelion.  Using my stamp positioner I stamped the center sunflower and masked it before stamping the two sunflowers that appear behind.  All are stamped in StazOn Jet Black.  I tapped a bit of Ink Potion No. 9 on my craft mat and picked it up with a brush tip Fantastix and coloring with both Memento Luxe Dandelion and Morocco.  To add a bit of sparkle I used Art Glitter Dries Clear adhesive and Jet Black Glitter from my stash.

The sentiment is by Cardmaking from the Sincere Sentiments released in  February 2017.  Cardmaking is a UK publication and on occasion I purchase it from my local Barnes and Noble.  This set is perfect for all kinds of congratulatory events!

So I hope you will join along with this challenge at Retro Rubber and we would love to see what you come up with!  Remember to use at least one stamp that is older than a year that needs inky love and enter only up to 10 challenges including ours. 

Monday, August 20, 2018

Celebrating 60 Years with Quick Quotes

Hello Quick Quote friends, Neva here to share a layout inspired by our summer theme at Quick Quotes.  Summer is often the time of year family reunions occur, and in our case it was to celebrate with my parents and their 60 years of marriage!  We all gathered at Eagle Crest Resort here in Central Oregon and had a relaxing weekend together.  We took all our own photos were thankful for tripods and delayed shutter functions on the camera!

The Earth Wind Fire collection had the perfect hues of greens and blues, plus a few lighter colored sheets that compliments the photos we took over the weekend.  
  • Earth Wind Fire 102 is kept as one sheet for the left side of the layout.  For the right side it is trimmed to 2", 5", and 5".  One 5" section is used for the reverse striped pattern. 
  • The light colored small floral pattern of 111 helped the photos stand out from the green background.  It is trimmed to 6" x 8" for the left side and 6" by 12" for the right.
  • Two strips of 102 are trimmed to 1 1/4" and then punched with the stitched wavy border punch.  The small strip left from the punch is saved and used below floral patterned cardstock to define the edge.
  • One 5" x 12" section of 102 is trimmed into two 1 1/2" pieces to use the striped side of the cardstock.  These sections are adhered below the blue narrow strip.
  • The left side features 100 trimmed to 2 1/2" and is placed vertically to anchor the focal photo and title block. 
  • All the lighter sections are inked in Powder Puff Chalking Ink in Rusty Nail.  It is one of the ink colors featured in the newly available Retired Colors Set.
  • All the horizontal sections on the left are trimmed to 8" and adhered to the background next to the vertical 100 pattern.
  • The right side is adhered together to match the left with the 2" section of 102 at the top and the 5" section at the bottom. 

Since I think it is Simply Amazing that my parents have been married for 60 years, I thought this sentiment from the Earth Wind Fire 500 was a great match.  It is inked in Rusty Nail as well.






To create the title I used smaller sections of 105 and 111.

  • The title is stamped in Rusty Nail and is die cut from 105, then edged with the same.
  • The Decorative label is cut from the reverse scrap of 111 trimmed from the left side of the layout. 
  • The number is die cut and adhered to the center of the title block.




  • Banners from 500 are trimmed by hand with scissors and inked with Rusty Nail.
  • Holes are pierced into each corner of the banners.
  • Small dark bronze brads are placed in the corners before adhering to the layout.  It is easier to use brad in this manner than it is to put them through all the layers of paper!
There are many people in the photos from our weekend, and Earth Wind Fire and it's subtle patterns was a great way to highlight the photos and compliment the colors.  I really like it when I can use both sides of the cardstock with a little creative planning.  Thanks so much for joining us at Quick Quotes!

Quick Quotes Products
Earth Wind Fire Collection (not all patterns are still available)
Earth Wind Fire Sayings
Powder Puff Chalking Ink Retired Set--Rusty Nail

Other Products
Label One, Decorative Labels One by Spellbinders
CK Typist by Quickutz
Wavy border punch by EK Success
Sentiment stamps by Think Ink
Bronze Brads from unknown

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Happy Birthday Superstar for Retro Rubber

Wow, I don't know about you, but where I am it has been really hot the last week or two!  Thankful for air conditioning for sure!  So it is nice to stay inside for awhile and enjoy my craft cave.  We have a fantastic tic tac toe board for our challenge these two weeks.  Join the fun!






To be honest, I am just coming off almost a month break from crafting . . . we had our annual trip to EAA AirVenture in Wisconsin with plenty of adventures.  Once home we had tons of other real life stuff to do as well.  So glad a tiny bit of creative mojo showed up to kick start the creation of this card.



I choose the die cut/washi tape/masculine row to put together this super quick birthday card.  I knew I had a "Superstar" sentiment from the Golden Moments set by Maryanne Wise of Autumn Leaves Clear Stamps.  It dates back to 2003.  I also had some cool washi tape from Queen & Co that featured stars so that decided my color choices, now I was off and running.  The sentiment actually says superstar kid, but I masked out the kid for this application.  Hero Arts It's Your Day from 2015 provided the "Happy Birthday" and the inside sentiment shown below.  The images are stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black, and then I choose the correct size of Spellbinders Petite Ovals Small to die cut the sentiment.   The lime green cardstock was die cut with Cascading Stars by Donna Salazar for Spellbinders.  I also die cut a few blue stars to fit into the frame of stars.  The second strip of washi is also by Queen & Co.

 The inside of the card features a few more of the stars and star frames.  What a great way to finish off the card, use what didn't get used on the front!

Come and join us at Retro Rubber and play along with this great tic tac toe board.  Just remember that we ask for at least one stamp that is more than one year old along with it's age and no more that 10 challenges including ours.  Enjoy!