Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Halloween Treat Bags with Louise!

Hello  Quick Quotes readers! Louise here with a little Halloween treat bag that I made using the Spring Showers Paper Pack, acrylic stamps, and PowderPuff Chalk Inks.



I don't have a cutting die for a little bag so I just made my own. I used generic white cardstock and added the patterned papers to the sides that show. 
  • Since I didn't need a specific size, I decided it was faster to approximate than to measure. 
  • I scored the shape of the bottom onto my cardstock: 2 horizontal scores and 2 vertical scores. 
  • I then hand-cut the around the scored lines to make the shape in the photo below with flaps for the adhesive.  
  • Since all the pieces that stick out are the same length (about 3"), this will fold perfectly into a little bag.




  • Next I measured the four rectangular faces and cut patterned papers to fit.
  • I used Spring Showers 101 edged with PowderPuff Chalk Ink in Island Orange for the small faces and Spring Showers 102 edged with PowderPuff Chalk Ink in Midnight Confession for the larger faces. 



  • I used acrylic stamps with PowderPuff Chalk Ink in Midnight Confession to create these designs for the larger faces:



  • I adhered the patterned paper to the cardstock bag and added extra adhesive to the flaps.


Finally I closed up the bag, punched a whole in each of the small sides and added a twine handle.


 Halloween is 2 weeks away! I hope I have inspired you to create some quick and easy treat bags.

Quick Quotes Products:
Spring Showers Paper Pack
PowderPuff Chalk Ink: Island Orange, Midnight Confession

Other products:
Acrylic stamps from Hero Arts
Twine from The Twinery
Generic white cardstock

Thanks for stopping by!
~Louise


Friday, October 5, 2018

October Challenge: Geometric Design

Good morning Quick Quotes readers, Louise here. Today is the first Friday of October which means it's time to reveal our new challenge...

Use Triangles or Create a Geometric Design


Today happens to be my son's 17th birthday which means that by the time you read this, he either will or won't have passed his driving test. I made him this card which has nothing to do with cars in case he doesn't pass. I used masculine colors and a geometric design based on triangles.


Before making the geometric design on the background, I started with a piece of Spring Showers 102 which I cut to the size of my card base. To add the design:

  • I used removable tape to hold the stencil in place while I applied PowderPuff Chalk Ink in Navy using my ink blending tool.
  • Next I rotated the stencil, taped it to other side and applied the ink in the same manner.

Here you can see the background of the card with the geometric triangle pattern:


I added the red triangles cut from the Secret Garden 103 paper and the sentiments from the Earth Wind Fire 500 paper. 

To make the arrow, I used my ink blending tool to apply PowderPuff Chalk Ink in Navy to a scrap of white cardstick. I cut the arrow using a metal die and then cut it in half. I applied more Navy ink directly to the edges and adhered the arrow as you can see above, 

All edges were inked with PowderPuff Chalk Ink in Navy. 

Quick Quotes Products:
PowderPuff Chalk Ink: Navy

Other Products:
Ink blending tool from Ranger
Stencil from Heidi Swapp
Metal Die (arrow) from WRMK
Generic card base
Generic White cardstick

I can't wait to see what you create for this challenge!

Thursday, September 27, 2018

Card inspiration with Louise!

Hello Quick Quotes readers! Louise here with a quick card I made using the Spring Showers Paper Pack and PowderPuff Chalk inks.



I had fun coloring the "macaron people" with PowderPuff Chalk inks and a waterbrush. Using a water brush with chalk inks is a very simple way to get the look of watercolors without the mess.

  • I use the cover of each inkpad as a pallet for that color as shown in the photo below. When I am done with my project, I am able to wipe the ink off using a rag.
  • The "male macaron" is colored with PowderPuff Chalk ink in Capri Blue and Key Largo, while the female is colored with Island Orange and Tropical Punch. Both of them have an accessory (hat, bow) which I colored in Sandy Shore, and of course the mustache is colored with Midnight Confession.
  • Before assembling the card, I inked the edges of the papers with PowderPuff Chalk Ink in Capri Blue.
  • I adhered the "macaron people" on raised foam such that they appear to be holding hands. 


I hope I've inspired you to use your stamps with PowderPuff Chalk Inks and a waterbrush to create a fun and easy card.

Quick Quotes Products:
Spring Showers Paper Pack
PowderPuff Chalk Inks: Capri Blue, Island Orange, Key Largo, Midnight Confession, Sandy Shore, Tropical Punch

Other Products:
Acrylic stamps, metal dies, and  dye ink from YNS
Acrylic stamp and die from Kaisercraft
Water brush from CTMH
white cardstock

Thanks for stopping by!
~Louise

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Back to School with Louise!

Happy Tuesday, Quick Quotes readers! Louise here with a page about my son's first day of high school.



High school is such a special time, with so many opportunities to grow and create memories. I used  quotes and phrases from several collections to convey the wishes I have for him over the next four years.

I chose the Secret Garden 100 paper for the background because our school color is that shade of blue. The white rectangle and red circle were pre-cut pieces leftover from my May Club Q kit; the banner was a leftover from my February Club Q kit.

  • I fussy cut the horizontal blue chevron the the Secret Garden 105 paper, inked the edges with the PowderPuff Chalk Ink in Deep Sea and adhered it such that it points to the name of the school. 
  • I used my ink blending tool to apply a small amount of PowderPuff Chalk Ink in Sandy Shore to the banner.
  • I added pennants from the the Far and Away 12" x 12" Quotes and Phrase to the ends of banner. You can see in the image below how I lined them up and then added the long quote across the top. 



The phrase in the close-up below is a travel phrase from the Far and Away Quotes and Phrases. I really liked what it said, but thought the appearance looked too much like travel. As you can see in the lower image, I changed the look by cropping it down and heavily inking the edges with PowderPuff Chalk Ink in Deep Sea.



I inked all the edges with PowderPuff Chalk Ink in Deep Sea, Key largo, or Sandy Shore. I think the date is very important on pages like this, so I added it in the lower right corner. I just hand wrote it on a scrap of white from the cut-off strip, trimmed it down, and inked it with Deep Sea.

For those of you with children or grandchildren in school, I hope they have a great year and I hope I've given you some ideas for scrapping the first day.

Quick Quotes Products:
Secret Garden Paper Pack
Far and Away 12" x 12" Quotes and Phrases
Far and Away Quotes and Phrases
Farmhouse 500
February 2018 Club Q
May 2018 Club Q
PowderPuff Chalk Ink: Deep Sea, Key Largo, Sandy Shore

Other Products:
Ink blending tool from Ranger
Enamel dots from Becki Adams
Journaling pen from Creative Memories

Thanks for stopping by!
~ Louise



Thursday, September 6, 2018

The Sweetest Thing with Louise!

Hello Quick Quotes readers, Louise here on the blog today. As the kids are going back to school, I am scrapping our summer memories. Here's a page I made using the Quick Quotes Far and Away collection:


Traveling with teenagers can be challenging, especially when trying to get them to smile for the camera. With my teenagers, the one exception to this is when they are eating, especially if they are eating chocolate. As a result, some of our best vacation photos are of meals and I seem to make a lot of vacation pages about food. In this case, we were eating crepes in a beautiful outdoor location, overlooking a canal and a historic building.

I started this page by creating horizontal stripes across the page.  Using only papers from the Far and Away collection, I chose the suitcase paper because we were on vacation and the water paper because of the canal. The blue and yellow color scheme gives it a summer feel.

Horizontal stripes are an easy way to layer a page, but I like to add some asymmetry to make the page more interesting. I did this with the following elements:

  • The large sun in the upper left
  • The title placed on an angle
  • The embellishment and journaling cluster in the lower right
I made the sun using a gear die and cut it from the subtle orange and blue stripe print in the collection. 
  • I changed the color of the sun using PowderPuff Chalk Ink in Sandy Shore. I applied the ink generously using my ink blending tool  and inked directly around the edges, especially between the 2 pieces. 
  • I taped the circle to the gear, carefully lining up the stripes, and then trimmed the sun to the right size for the page. 

As I was deciding what to put in my embellishment cluster, I found this flower which I had made for a previous project but never used. The flower was the perfect size and already shaped, but it wasn't the right color, even though it was made from the same collection. 
  • I changed the color of the flower using the same color and technique that I used for the sun.
  • I used loose glitter for the center of the flower.
  • Like the rest of the page, all of the papers in my embellishment cluster are inked with PowderPuff Chalk Ink in either Deep Sea or Sandy Shore. 



I hope I've inspired photograph and scrap your memorable vacation meals.

Quick Quotes Products:
Far and Away Paper Pack
Far and Away 12" x 12" Quotes and Phrases
Whistlin' Dixie Quotes and Phrases
PowderPuff Chalk Inks: Deep Sea, Sandy Shore

Other Products:
Metal dies from Spellbinders and Quickutz
Ink blending tool from Ranger
Enamel dots by Becki Adams
Loose glitter

Thanks for stopping by!
~Louise




Monday, August 27, 2018

Sunny Days with Louise!

Good morning Quick Quotes readers! I hope you all had a great summer. Louise here on the blog with a couple of scrapbook pages about my summer vacation that I made using this month's amazing Club Q kit.



We were on vacation at a lake and my teenagers decided we should rent both a pedal boat and a paddle board at the same time and bring a frisbee into the lake. It was wonderful to see my teenagers having simple fun with smiles on their faces, and even including us in the fun.  I had my phone on the pedal boat and was able to snap some pictures.

The Club Q kit contains so many beautiful papers and embellishments and everything goes together perfectly, so it was very easy to create these pages. I didn't even need to cut a single piece of paper and the only thing that I added was PowderPuff Chalk Ink.

The highlight of this page is the big sun. It came pre-cut in the kit. All I did was ink the edges with PowderPuff Chalk ink in Sandy Shore and adhere it to the page.



The title is made from 2 pieces of white chipboard that were included in the kit:
  • I used my ink blending tool to apply PowderPuff Chalk ink in Deep Sea.
  • I added extra ink directly to the edges. 
  • I layered the title over the light orange print and attached the chipboard frame with orange brads. 
  • I decide to leave the frame white, but added a small bit of PowderPuff Chalk ink in Sandy Shore to the edges.




I decided to use little circles as embellishments because they resemble the frisbee. I used a different type center in each one (brad, pearl, and flower) and inked the edges in a coordinating color of PowderPuff Chalk ink (Bermuda, Key largo, and Sandy Shore).

Even though I have more photos from the same outing, I decided to create 2 separate scrapbook pages instead of a 2-page spread.  Here is the second page I created using the same colors and techniques as described above.



On this page, I used the round "frisbee" embellishments along the edge of my journaling block.

I had so much fun creating these pages with the beautiful papers in this kit. I hope I have given you some ideas for scrapping your own sunny day photos.

Quick Quotes Products:
August Club Q
PowderPuff Chalk Inks: Bermuda, Deep Sea, Key Largo, Sandy Shore

Other Products:
Ink blending tool from Ranger
Journaling pen from Creative Memories

Thanks for stopping by!
~Louise



Thursday, August 16, 2018

Sunflowers

I love sunflowers, they are so cheerful and beautiful - but they are difficult to color.

I made this sunflower card using Sunny Harvest stamp set from Powerpoppy, Copic marker, Black Olive ink from Your Nest stamp, and Graphic 45 French Country.


Since the card base in black, I stamped and colored a bit on the inside as well.


This is my entry into the daily marker coloring contest beginner category.  It is also my entry into the Powerpoppy spread a little sunshine challenge which can be found here

I used Your Next Stamp card sketch number 95 which can be found here

Thanks for stopping by!
Louise