Friday, June 22, 2018

Quick Quotes Blessed Beyond Measure

Our task for Quick Quotes for the end of June is to use a previous month's Club Q offering.  Neva here to share a layout from events of this spring.  I decided that the Blessed Beyond Measure would be perfect for photos of my son serving as acolyte at our church.  This page kit is from November Club Q and the subtle colors and title worked so well with the theme of this layout.

As the photos I had were taken over three Sundays and had a bit of a sequence in the service it was important to move the sketch around to fit the flow of the photos.
  • The large photos are 5" x 7", so the mats were trimmed down by 1/2" on each dimension.  
  • The blue banner and a few of the scraps from the blue paper are trimmed to give the illusion of a continuous banner across the two pages.
  • The blue is edged with Powder Puff Chalking Ink in Deep Sea.
  • The papers are edged with Powder Puff Chalking Ink in Kokomo.
  • The chipboard pieces are edged with Powder Puff Chalking Ink in Mocha Mama.  
  • The smaller title is  also stamped in Powder Puff Chalking Ink in Mocha Mama.

The key to framing a circular photo is to print the photo slightly larger than the diameter of the frame
  • The large circle photo was printed as a 5" x 7" and trimmed down to fit the frame.
  • The smaller photos are 3 1/4" square and 2 3/4" square 

  • The title provided in the page kit is simply edged in Powder Puff Chalking Ink in Mocha Mama and backed with the provided black patterned paper.  Makes for a quick and stunning title.  
  • To make the ribbon easier to show the top side I tied the knots and then adhered them to the tags rather than threading the ribbon through the provided holes.  Just because the holes are there doesn't mean you must use them!

Quick Quotes Products
November Club Q Blessed Beyond Measure page kit
Powder Puff Chalking Ink in Mocha Mama, Kokomo, Deep Sea

Other Products
Celtic Lower Case Alphabet by Personal Stamp Exchange
Coffee Zig Marker

Thanks so much for stopping by Quick Quotes and do check out the fabulous Club Q kits that are still available as well as the fantastic July Club Q kits.  Although this kit is from the November Club Q selections, thinking outside the box allowed me to use it for a great layout beyond it's intended focus.


Thursday, June 21, 2018

Congratulations Grad, you are one in a million!

One last graduation card, this one for a niece who graduated from the University of North Dakota done in school colors!

I started with green Coordinations cardstock with a white core center and the Darice Grad Caps embossing folder.  I sanded the cardstock to bring out the embossed images just a bit more.  Framelits Drop-Ins 61836 by Stephanie Barnard creates the frame along with Congratulations sentiment.   Black glitter cardstock by Fancy Pants Designs adds a bit of sparkle to the die cuts!  Thinlits 3D Drop-Ins 661574 by Stephanie Barnard "You are one in a Millon" is used to die cut the star embellishments.  The card is mounted on a white cardstock base. 

The inside of the card has a bit more fun with a green polka dot ribbon and star border along with the sentiment "You are one in a Million".  I was really pleased with the finished card and I am sure that our niece will enjoy her special celebration in an envelope!

I am delighted to enter the following challenges:
Scrappy Land AG w/ Sizzix dies 

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Grad Cap Congrats

One more graduation card!  This one is for my nephew in Portland, he is one of several graduation announcements that grace our refrigerator right now!

I was inspired by the sketch at Sketch Saturday to pull together his quick but classic card.  His school colors are scarlet and grey, so I used a scrap left on my table of Trimcraft Black Out that is the reverse pattern to complete the sketch.   A bit of Offray ribbon that matched the scarlet red paper in my stash was a perfect compliment.  The large graduation cap is the biggest of three sizes from Yvonne Albritten's Set #12.  (I used the two smaller sizes on the card featured on Tuesday.)  The "Congrats" sentiment is from one of the Studio G's $1 stamps I found at Micheals a few years back.  The images are stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black, using my stamp platform so I could create a good crisp image.  The grad cap image is die cut with Stitched Squares by Elizabeth Craft Designs.  

I am delighted to enter the following challenges:

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Congrats Grad for Retro Rubber

Yes siree bob . . . I am churning out the Graduation Congrats cards!  As mentioned before we have 2 grads in our own home, plus several other nieces and nephews.  Still a few more to share!  The challenge over at Retro Rubber for the next two weeks is a fun Tic Tac Toe.

Since Congrats was part of the board I knew one of the graduation cards in my production would involve our Retro Rubber Challenge.  I choose the Metallics, Congrats, Gems on the bottom row.

One of our nephew's High School colors are gold and black, so I was off and running with Delicata Golden Glitz and Black Shimmer.   The sparkle doesn't show up as well in the photo, as the sun was not cooperating when I took my photo.  I was inspired by a CAS sketch over at CAS(E) this sketch and the rest is quick work.  The grad caps are from Set #12 by Yvonne Albritten from July 2000.  I bought this set at a convention in Portland in the fall of 2000.  It has three different sizes of grad caps but I only used the two smaller ones.  The sentiment is from Technique Tuesdays Grad from May, 2015.  After stamping my images I edged the top panel with the Golden Glitz and the card base with Black Shimmer.  A few gold and black gems finish the card.  This was a fun card to create!  Hope Parker enjoys it!

Please do stop by and check out the design teams great interpretations of this challenge at Retro Rubber Challenge Blog!

I am delight to enter the following challenges:

Monday, June 18, 2018

Graduation Box Card

I have been wanting to make a box card for awhile, especially since I purchased the Box Card Die Set from The Stamps of Life by Stephanie Barnard.  Crafting a special graduation card for my DSD was the perfect time to give box card making a go!

Only one sheet of gold and one sheet of maroon were used in creating this fun card.  I started with the aforementioned Box Card Die Set, with a few additions.  Sizzix Framelits Drop-Ins 560147 added a few details to the center stand up pieces.  I also used Quickutz dies for the Grad Cap, diploma, Balloons, and Streamers.

A view from one side . . .

 . . . and then the other.  So many fun things to look at in this die cut card!  All the center decorations are die cut in positive and reverse images.  Recycled packaging is used for mounting the decorations to the mechanism inside the box card.  Xyron and glue dots were my friends to adhere this master piece together!

The envelope is made from another sheet of maroon cardstock, and a few remaining die cuts decorate the outside.  This card did not stay within the size of an A2 card so the custom sized envelop was necessary!

I love how the card folds flat for mailing, or in this case hand carrying on the flight to Arizona!

Thanks so much for stopping by!  I still have a few more graduation cards to share, stay tuned!

I am delighted to enter the following challenges:

Saturday, June 16, 2018

Graduation Card for John

We have two graduates in our home!  Grace graduated from ASU in May and I've yet to share her card . . . coming soon!  John graduated from High School last week, and this is the card he called "sick", as only a teenager could!

I started with Ten Second Studio's Metal Sheet in Black Pearl and used the Darice graduation caps embossing folder to give it some texture.  The front of the card is Sizzix Framelits Drop-Ins 661574 die cut from red cardstock.  Congratulations and the stars are die cut from Recollections Silver Glitter Paper.  It is really shimmery in the sunlight, the photograph does not do the shine justice!  The accent stars are from Sizzix One in a Million Thinlits 3D Drop-Ins 662256 along with the Sizzix Celebrate Thinlits 3D Drop-Ins 661574.  The card base is Recollections black cardstock.

The inside is Sizzix Celebrate Thinlits 3D Drop-Ins 661574 with a few more embellishments.  The scallops are the Sizzix Framelits Drop-Ins 560147.  I cut one side from patterned Black Out by Trim Craft.  The other is white cardstock.  The choice of colors to match John's high school colors made creating this card easy although a bit time consuming.

Thanks so much for stopping by!  Stay tune for more graduation cards . . . they have already been sent, but I didn't have the time to blog and share them with you!

I would like to enter this card in the following challenges:

Friday, June 15, 2018

Father's Day Part Two

Yesterday I shared a card for Father's Day, today I have the card I created for my husband.  Using a new sketch idea and with the images and papers already selected I was good to go!

The tools are from Technique Tuesday's Tool Time stamped in StazOn Jet Black on Canson silver paper, yellow and blue cardstock.  The sentiment is by Hero Arts CL 498 and is stamped in Versa Fine Majestic Blue.  Both pieces of yellow cardstock are also edged in Majestic Blue.  The ancient Francis Meyer 8 1/2" x 11" paper is trimmed a bit wider to get more of the fun tools included on the card.

I was inspired by:
SIP #154 Sketch

I would also like to enter the following challenges:
Cardz 4 Guys #196 Father's Day
Try it on Tuesday For the boys
Always Fun Challenges For Male/Dad
Cards in Envy Let's Hear It for the Boys
Crafty Cardmakers For a Man/Boy

Let me know which version of card you like better!  Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Father's Day Card Part One

I don't know about you, but I create three Father's Day Cards each year . . . one for my dad, one for my FIL, and one for my husband.  Life has been hectic, so finding time to craft has been challenging!  Well I've been crafting a bit, but not blogging!

This is my first version of Father's Day cards this year.  Dad and FIL are receiving the same card.  I was scrounging through my really old 8 1/2" x 11" patterned paper earlier this week and found some fun tool paper, Ronnie by Francis Meyer; ah the perfect base for a card.  Checking out my stamp stash I located the Tool Time by Technique Tuesday from 2007.  The metallic part of the tools were stamped with StazOn Jet black on Canson silver cardstock.  The remaining portions were stamped on blue and yellow cardstock.  All the tools were fussy cut.  The sentiment is by Hero Arts from the CL498 Clear Sentiments set.  Hero Arts doesn't name their sets, they just use numbers.  It is stamped in Versa Fine Majestic Blue for a nice color match to the blue cardstock.  The die cut circle is edged in Versa Color Scarlet.  By using a sketch for inspiration this card was easy to put together!

I was inspired by:
Global Design Project #142 Sketch

I would also like to enter the following challenges:
Die Cutting Divas #373 Father's Day
Cardz 4 Guys #196 Father's Day

Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Summer Fun for Quick Quotes Club Q

Hello Quick Quote fans, Neva here to share a layout crafted from the Carefree Summer Fun page kit from the June Club Q. I had a little bit of fun moving the sketch and elements around to fit the photos from our trip last summer to AirVenture.

I wanted to feature photos that gave a flavor of the fun time had as a family, even though it was a bit of a work vacation.  The multicolored background worked well with all of the colors I had in my photos.  I used basically the same photo dimensions from the kit that includes:  three 3 ½” x 3 /2” photos, one 3 ½” x 5 ½” photo, and two 4 ¾” x 6 ¾” photos.  I choose to not use the “Carefree” phrase, but did include the “Summer Fun” sentiment as a title.  The two small 2” x 2” squares worked great as journaling spots for the layout.  


To add depth and contrast I inked the all the pieces with Powder Puff Chalking Ink. 
o   Capri Blue was used on the blue mats. 
o   Desert Sun was used on all the yellow and white pieces including the flourishes and the white cardstock base.
o   All of the orange mats are inked in Barn Board as well as the background patterned paper.   

o   The “Summer” sentiment is inked in both Desert Sun on one edge and Barn Board on the other to help is stand out from the background. 
o   The hole in the “Summer” sentiment is filled with the green brad, and raffia is added to two of the banners to finish the embellishments.  

Quick Quotes Products
Powder Puff Chalking Inks:  Capri Blue, Desert Sun, Barn Board

The elements of the original design are evident in my layouts as the sketch is flipped 90 degrees and flipped to opposite sides, along with a few tweaks to allow the photos to shine.  Thanks so much for joining us at Quick Quotes today, and enjoy your own “Carefree Summer Fun”!


Tuesday, June 5, 2018

One fish, two fish for Retro Rubber AG challenge

It is Anything Goes challenge at Retro Rubber!  Time to show us your favorite style, or try out something new! 

I actually made this birthday card for a little friend who turned two awhile back.  He loved the card!

I started with stamping and die cutting the two fish from The Stamps of Life by Stephanie Barnard fish2stamp and die set from 6/2017 (just old enough!).  One was stamped in Brilliance Pearlescent Poppy the other in Memento Luxe Morocco and both were heat embossed with clear embossing powder.  A spritz of Fireworks! in Dandelion and Tangelo on my craft mat allowed me to water color both images.  To highlight the eyes and the mouth on one fish I used my Chameleon alcohol pen in Deep Black.

The background is Bristol Board as it holds up well to blending techniques, and it is die cut with Elizabeth Craft Designs Stitched Rectangles.  Goosebumps spritzed on the background and it set aside to dry.  Once dry, I blended Delicata Sapphire Blue across the surface.  The bottom has a few more applications of ink than the top and it is blended to create the ombre look.  The Goosebumps pops up with the white color to look like bubbles.  The sentiments are stamped in StazOn Jet Black from the TSOL sayings4fish set.  The background is adhered to a black layer, then adhered to a card base. 

I hope you enjoyed this whimsical birthday card!  Make your own Anything Goes project and enter in our challenge over at Retro Rubber.  Our rules are simple: At least one stamp older than a year (tell us how old) and enter up to 10 challenges including ours. 

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Monday, June 4, 2018

Airsoft Double Page Layout for Stick It Down

Love this sketch for June’s Stick It Down double page layout!  It was great for an event that features all my boys playing a rousing game of Airsoft!
My interpretation used a line from Basic Grey by the name of Oliver.  I’ve had it since a convention a few years back and the date on the collection is 2010!  But it was so perfect for these photos.

I trimmed 4 ½” from the spotted side of Tyson and adhered it to the green side of Drake.  A few stickers from the Oliver Element Stickers finished the embellishments.  The strip behind the photos is actually cut into sections to use one 12” sticker to make it look like it went all the way across the 24” span.  The title is cut from the red side of Tyson using Quickutz Moxie Classic.  A few journaling strips and I was done!  I used Zig Steel Grey to journal, and Memento Gray Flannel to edge and distress the journaling strips.  I think the dots remind me of the airsoft ammo, one of the reasons that this paper collection was so great to scrap this event.

Thanks for stopping by and do try your hand at this two page sketch and join the fun over at Stick It Down!

Friday, June 1, 2018

Celebrate the Graduate, June Challenge for Quick Quotes

Neva here with Quick Quotes June challenge, Celebrate the Graduate!  Whether your graduate is from college or high school this challenge is for you.  Graduations happen from early May all the way through mid-June depending on your location.  We have two graduates in our home this year, our daughter graduated from university May 7th, and our son will graduate from high school June 7th.  What an exciting time for both of them.

I choose to work with two collections for this double page layout, Whistlin’ Dixie and Secret Garden.  I found that the colors meshed together seamlessly and was able to match the colors in our daughter’s cap and gown.  The design tip for this layout is to back the photos first, then use what you have left from the 12” x 12” sheet to design the layout.  This two page layout was constructed from 5 sheets of patterned cardstock. Two of Whistlin’ Dixie 107, one Whistlin’ Dixie 103, one Secret Garden 104, and one Secret Garden 103.  The large 12” strips were cut first, then the rest was used for the smaller die cuts. 

o   The base for the layout is Whistlin’ Dixie 107, a wonderful slightly textured gold pattern.
o   The left side focal photo is backed with Secret Garden 104.
o   Secret Garden 103 is trimmed to 1” and is punched with a border punch for both left and right side of the layout.
o   Secret Garden 104 is trimmed to 4” x 12”.
o   Whistlin’ Dixie 103 is trimmed to ¾” for both the left and right side of the layout.
o   All the lighter colored cardstock is inked with Powder Puff Chalking Ink in Cactus.
o   Whistlin’ Dixie 500 and 600 provide the accents which are trimmed and backed with Secret Garden cardstock.
o   The circles and backing scalloped circles are die cut in contrasting Whistlin’ Dixie or Secret Garden.
o   Paper Bows are die cut and assembled with foam adhesive and glue dots.
o   Celebrate the Graduate and Class of 2018 are die cut from Secret Garden 103.

o   The collage of four photos is backed with Whistlin’ Dixie 103.
o   The right side Secret Garden 104 is trimmed to 1 ½” x 12 and 1/2” for the outside edge.
o   The circles and backing scalloped circles are die cut in contrasting Whistlin’ Dixie or Secret Garden for both sides.
o   Paper Bows are die cut and assembled with foam adhesive and glue dots.

Please join along and share your “Celebrate the Graduate!” project.  You may use Quick Quote products but this is not required.  Enjoy the process and create something to commemorate a great accomplishment!

Quick Quote Products
Secret Garden 103, 104 Coming Soon!
Whistlin’ Dixie 103, 107, 500, 600
Powder Puff Chalking Ink Cactus

Other Products

Double loop border punch by Martha Stewart

Bow Tie die by Tim Holtz Alterations by Sizzix

Standard Circles Small and Lacey Circles by Spellbinders

Celebrate by Stephanie Barnard Thinlits 3-D Drop-Ins by Sizzix

Just a Note font by Jen Long by Sizzix

Thanks for stopping by, Neva