Friday, April 13, 2018

Secret Garden with Louise

Happy Friday the 13th Quick Quotes readers. I'm up on the Quick Quotes blog today with the  new Secret Garden collection. This collection has beautiful bright colors with bold floral patterns. The reverse sides of the papers have more subtle prints including chevrons and solids. These papers are perfect for a wide range of Spring and Summer themes, but I chose to use them for a scrapbook layout about Chinese food.

My children have a variety of food allergies and have never been able to have Chinese food until last week at this funky little place we found over Spring break.  Of course, they loved it. I thought the bright colors in the Secret collection went perfectly with the restaurant paint job and my Mom's shirt.

The Secret Garden 100 and 105 papers have the same floral pattern with different background colors. I stitched them together with the patterns matching up, but chose to fussy cut around one flower so it wouldn't have a seam through it.

The flowers at the bottom were fussy cut from the unused sections of the white paper. The subtle pattern on the bottom is from the reverse of Secret Garden 104 and the horizontal stripe (which matches my Mom's shirt perfectly) is from Secret Garden 103.

The quotes are from the Adventure Awaits and Farmhouse collections. The quotes and photos are adhered with raised foam to help them stand out. All edges are inked with PowderPuff Chalk Inks.

Quick Quotes Products:
Secret Garden 100, 103, 104, and 105 (Coming Soon)
PowderPuff Chalk Inks: Buttercup, Key Largo, Lipstick, Navy, and Peach Tree
Adventure Awaits Quotes and Phrases
Farmhouse 500

Other Products:
white cardstock
enamel accents from Wendy Vecchi

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Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Spring Snow with Louise

Hello! This is Louise hosting the Quick Quotes blog today with the new Spring Showers collection. I was very excited to use this collection to scrap photos of Spring flowers that started popping through when we were hit with four winter storms during March. Luckily, the colors in this beautiful collection are also perfect for snow photos.

I chose Spring Showers 103 paper for the background because the colors are perfect for snow. The wood-grain layered over it is from the reverse of Spring Showers 102.  I think the vertical grain in the wood emphasizes the falling snow in the photos. The wood-grain is trimmed on the left with a strip cut from Spring Showers 101. This paper is a multi-color stripe, but I just cut the strip from the color I wanted, the greenish-blue. The edges of these papers are all inked with Powderpuff chalk ink in Deep Sea.

The snow-flakes were die-cut from the reverse sides  of Spring Showers 100 and 105. I inked the edges both manually and with my blending tool, using Bermuda PowderPuff Chalk ink for Spring Showers 100 and Key Largo for 105.

To finish the snowflakes, I covered them in clear adhesive and sprinkled some loose glitter on top. 

Here's a close-up of the snowflakes over the stripe and wood-grain papers. 

The title is die-cut from the same 2 papers as the snow-flakes.

I hope I've inspired you to use the beautiful Spring Showers collection for many different seasons.

Quick Quotes Products:
Spring Showers : 100, 101, 102, 103, and 105 (Coming soon)
PowderPuff Chalk Inks: Bermuda, Deep Sea, Key Largo

Other Products:
Metal dies from Quickutz and Spellbinders
Loose glitter
White cardstock
Blending tool from Ranger

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Friday, March 23, 2018

Hollywood with Louise

Good morning, Quick Quotes Readers! My sister took my son to Southern California while I stayed home and froze, but she was nice enough to send me some photos. I created this page using the Far and Away collection and PowderPuff Chalk inks.

My favorite part of this page is the the starburst I created using a template, modeling paste, and PowderPuff Chalk Ink in Tropical Punch.

  • First, I tape the template in place using remove-able tape, adding pieces of scrap paper to protect a larger area. 
  • Since this process is messy, I work on wax paper, using a plastic spoon and an old hotel room key (or other plastic card) as my tools. 
  • The modeling paste is white, I use 2 methods to color it, both using the PowderPuff Chalk ink in Tropical Punch. 
  • For the first method, I stamp down with the ink pad onto the wax paper. Then I spoon a small amount of modeling paste onto the colored area and mix them together. Since I want a marbled look, I don't mix too thoroughly.
  • When I like the color of the ink and paste mix, I use the card as a palette knife to spread the lightly colored paste over the template. 
  • Before anything is dry, I carefully remove the template and wash it and all the tools with water.

After the starburst is dry,  I use my blending tool to selectively apply the PowderPuff ink to the raised surfaces of the starburst. I add the color a little bit at a time until I have the effect I want.

In this close-up of the starburst, you can see the marbled effect I achieved using the PowderPuff ink to color the modeling paste.  I really like how well it matches with the patterned papers.

The flowers on the left of my layout were die-cut from the Navigator 100 paper and shaped with water. The flowers centers are pearls leftover from my February Club Q kit. The flowers on the right were fussy-cut from the Far and Away 101 paper. To finish the page, I added a couple elements from the Far and Away Quotes and Phrases.

Quick Quotes Products:
PowderPuff Chalk Inks: Tropical Punch, Bermuda, Deep Sea, and Peach Tree
Far and Away 100 and 101  *Coming soon
Far and Away 12" x 12" Quotes and Phrases
February Club Q
Navigator 100

Other Products:
Blending Tool from Ranger
Modeling Paste from Brea Reese
Template from Tim Holtz

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Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Spring cards with Louise

Hello Quick Quotes readers! I'm up on the Quick Quotes blog today with some quick and easy Spring cards. I am not a big fan of winter. This year, just after the first crocus poked through, we got hit with 2 winter storms. So I'm thinking about Spring while we still have snow on the ground. I made these 2 Spring cards using the beautiful new Spring Showers collection.

I decided to use butterflies because I think they look beautiful with flowers.  Once I had the idea for the card, I decided to make it in 2 sizes.

I own several sizes of butterfly punches and dies. I decided to use 2 sizes for the small card and 3 for the larger one. 
  • The butterflies are punched from the backs of the Spring Showers 100 and 105 papers. 
  • For the body of the small and medium butterflies, I folded the wings back and dabbed the middle onto PowerPuff Chalk ink in Midnight Confession.  (The largest butterfly has a separate die for the body).
  • The wings are inked with PowderPuff Chalk ink in Bermuda and Key Largo. 

I folded the wings back up before adhering them to the card. I used a small dab of adhesive  behind the body so that the wings stick up. Here is another photo of the small card:

I left the insides blank so I can stamp a sentiment when I send it. I think they could be used for thank you notes, Easter, female birthdays, or just to say hello. 

These cards were made completely with scraps leftover from a previous project. All of the papers in this collection go together so beautifully, that I could have used any of the papers. I chose the card sizes to fit in envelopes that I have around the house. You can make a card like this in any size. If you don't have butterfly punches, you can use this same concept with a variety of shapes including birds or flowers.

 To finish the cards, I added a drop of liquid pearls for the butterflies' heads and some twine.

I leave you with another photo of both cards, this time with my snow in the background.

Quick Quotes Products:
Spring Showers 100, 101, and 105 *Coming Soon
Powderpuff Chalk inks: BermudaMidnight Confessions, and Key Largo

Other Products:
Butterfly punches from Kreaxions
Butterfly die from Quickutz
Twine from Twinery
Liquid pearls from Ranger
Generic black cardstock
Generic white card bases

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Friday, March 2, 2018

Friday Challenge 85

Hello! I'm hosting the Quick Quotes March challenge. This month our theme is... Travel and Adventure. You can get all the info here.

I created 2 Travel and Adventure themed projects using the Far and Away collection.

My first example is a travel layout. The story behind this page is that I decided to take a trip just with my oldest son. We missed our flight connection and got on a different plane to a different destination. Instead of panicking, we got on the Internet and cancelled our reservations, then we wandered around looking for a hotel that met our needs. While I don't plan to repeat this random sort of travel on a regular basis, it provided us with a great experience and bonding opportunity.

  • I used both sides of the Far and Away 105 paper on my page. One side of this paper has strips which I cut apart and placed both vertically and horizontally. 
  • The title (from the Far and Away Quotes and Phrases sheet) is mounted on foam adhesive.  
  • I thought this quote on the vellum strip captured our experience perfectly. It is attached with copper brads. 
  • Across the bottom are a series of elements from the Far and Away 12" x 12" Quotes and Phrases sheet.
  •  All edges are inked with PowderPuff Chalk Inks in Tropical Punch or Deep Sea.

If you don't have travel or adventure photos, you can always make a travel themed card. Here is a card I made for my husband for our anniversary.

The background is the Far and Away 104 paper (which reminds me of a suitcase we have) and the sentiments are from the Far and Away 12" x 12" Quotes and Phrases. All edges are inked with PowderPuff Chalk Inks in Tropical Punch or Deep Sea. The diagonal sentiment is raised on foam adhesive to give it emphasis.

Quick Quotes Products:
Far and Away Paper Pack
Far and Away Quotes and Phrases
Far and Away 12" x 12" Quotes and Phrases
PowderPuff Chalk Inks: Tropical Punch and Deep Sea
The Journey vellum strip
Copper Brads

Other products:
Wood arrow from Studio calico
White cardstock
Foam Adhesive

I hope this inspires you to play along this month!
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Friday, February 23, 2018

February Club Q with Louise

Good morning Quick Quotes readers! Louise here with another project from the wonderful February Club Q kit. The products in the kit can be used for a variety of subjects including love (it's February after all) and travel. I created this layout about wandering around on vacation looking for ice cream, what could be more perfect?

The saying "My heart is Happy" came with the kit and fit perfectly inside the white chipboard frame. I colored the frame using PowderPuff Chalking ink in Sandy Shore and a blending tool. However, I wanted the phrase inside to stand out a bit more so I applied a darker PowderPuff ink, Deep Sea, on the inside edge of the frame. I applied it directly from the ink pad, slowly from the bottom to insure that it only went on the inside edge and not on top. 

Due to the varied textures on this page, I used a variety of techniques to apply PowderPuff inks.  The horizontal stripe was a darker chipboard so it required a more intense coloring. I applied PowderPuff Chalking Ink in Deep Sea directly to the chipboard. The kit came with a 12 inch long banner pre-cut from a blue and white patterned paper. I applied the same Deep Sea ink to the edges and lightly on the pattern to create the look I wanted. The flourish was made from the same white chipboard as the frame so I used the same blending tool to apply the Sandy Shore ink. To finish the page, I added a few little wooden hearts from my stash. I colored them by applying the ink pad directly, in either Tropical Punch or Sandy Shore.

Quick Quotes Products:
February Club Q
PowderPuff Chalking Inks: Deep Sea, Sandy Shore, Tropical Punch

Other products:
blending tool by Ranger
wood hearts from Studio Calico
journaling pen by Zig

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Wednesday, February 14, 2018

February Club Q with Louise

Happy Valentines Day! Louise here with the February Club Q kit. There are so many wonderful papers and elements in this kit and the colors are beautiful. Usually it's difficult to use purples and flowers with boys, but the papers  and elements in this kit are very flexible and worked perfectly with my vacation photos.

I had a lot of photos, so I created a two page layout. For the left side, I used the arched chipboard phrase as my title.  I like how the rounded chipboard draws the eye into the arches in the photos.

I wanted the title to blend in with the page rather than jump out. One of the nice things about the white chipboard is that you don't have to color it completely. In this case, I only wanted a light color. Using my blending tool and PowderPuff chalking ink in Purple Rain, I lightly dabbed the chipboard until it was the right shade of purple to match my photos. To make the arch look more finished, I added 3 of the small pearls to each end of the arch. 

On the right side of the layout, I layered several of the beautiful papers that came in the kit. I inked the edges of the papers with PowderPuff Chalking inks in Purple Rain and Tropical Punch. 

The kit contains both paper and chipboard flowers. I combined them to make the 3 dimensional flowers. The paper flowers are 2 sided, I used the solid yellow side for these flowers. I folded the petals up and inked the edges using PowderPuff Chalking ink in Sandy Shore. I fold the petals up and down to access all the edges using the pointy corners of the inkpad. To shape the paper flower, I put it upside down on a soft surface (for these photos I used this foam mat, but sometimes I use the palm of my hand). I squirt the back of the flower with water and delicately shape the flower using plastic tools or my fingers. After the petals are shaped, I turn the flower over, fold the petals up, and leave them to dry. While the paper flowers were drying, I colored the chipboard flowers using the blending tool and the same shade of ink. You can see in the photo below that I used the same ink and blending tool to color the scalloped chipboard, but chose to put thicker a coverage on the scallops and a lighter coverage on the flowers.

Finally, I used the ink pad directly on the tips of the chipboard flowers to make them just a little darker and folded the petals up just a little. I adhered the paper flower on top of the chipboard flower and added one of the pearls from the kit into the center.

The kit came with a few white chipboard tags. I tucked 2 of them under photos, one on each side, using the one on the left for journaling. I didn't want the tags to be too colorful, but I didn't want them to stay bright white either so I colored them with the blending tools that had residual ink on them from the earlier coloring. I added the smallest flower to the journaling tag. 

Before I show the pages together, I want to show a close-up of how well these papers line up. They are not mirror images of each other, but they match up perfectly to create 2 pages that look great separately or together. 

And here is the 2 page layout with both sides together. 

Quick Quotes Products:
PowderPuff Chalking inks: Purple Rain, Sandy Shore, and Tropical Punch

Other products:
journaling pen by Zig
blending tool by Ranger

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