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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Monday, February 5, 2018

Spring Showers with Louise

Happy Monday! I'm up on the Quick Quotes blog today with the new Spring Showers collection. Since February is associated with romance, I decided to share a scrapbook layout of our 20th anniversary dinner. We didn't think to get a romantic picture of the two of us together, but we did take some pictures of the amazing food.

I used the beautiful Spring Showers 100 paper for my background. This pattern has flowers around the edges and woodgrain in the middle, making it very easy to emphasize my photos. I added vertical strips from both sides of the Spring Showers 101 paper and matted my photos with the reverse prints of Springs Showers 104 and 105. The strips and photos mats are all edged with Powderpuff Chalking inks in Fuchsia, Tropical Punch, and Key Largo which gives them a more finished appearance. I printed my journaling on generic white cardstock, inked it with Bermuda Chalking ink and matted it with the reverse of Spring Showers 100 (also inked with Bermuda).

I wanted the beautiful flowers on the background paper to stand out more, so I took another sheet of the same paper and fussy cut 3 flowers. I generously inked the edges, the pink flower with Fuchsia and the orange flowers with Tropical Punch. I adhered these flowers in their original location using foam adhesive, overlapping the photos and vertical strips.

To finish the layout, I cut 3 little pennants from my scraps, generously inked them with Key largo chalking ink and added them in the upper corner.  I die-cut the title from the reverse of Spring Showers 105. Finally, I punched 2 little hearts from my scraps and inked them with the Bermuda chalking ink.

Quick Quotes products:
Spring Showers 100, 101, 104, 105 *Coming Soon*
PowderPuff Chalking Inks: Tropical Punch, Key Largo, Bermuda, and Fuchsia

Other products:
Metal dies from Spellbinders and Quickutz
Heart punch from Kreaxions
white cardstock

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Thursday, January 25, 2018

Zip-lining with Louise

Good morning! Louise here and I am very excited to share my first project on the Quick Quotes blog!

I have adventurous children so I thought this layout would give me a chance to share a bit about about myself and also highlight two wonderful new Quick Quotes collections: Navigator and Far and Away. These two collections use a similar color scheme so they are easy to mix and match. I am afraid of heights, so it was surprising that my family talked me into zip-lining. Many of the phrases on the Far and Away Quotes and Phrases sheet seemed appropriate to the situation, but I settled on this one.

I die-cut the title letters from generic white cardstock which had been rubbed with the Bermuda PowerPuff Chalking Ink. Although a bit messy, this technique gives the letters a rich color with a bit of texture.

Since I had a lot of photos from this adventure, I created this companion page which holds more pictures and my journaling. I added a few more sayings from the Far and Away Quotes and Phrases sheet.

All of the papers on both pages are from the Navigator paper pack. Papers, quotes, and embellishments are edged with PowderPuff Chalking Inks in Bermuda, Tropical Punch, and Navy.

Rather than put on my journaling on plain white cardstock, I used a light section from one of the patterned papers. I chose this particular section because the pattern is subtle enough that it doesn't distract from the journaling. This is the same paper that I used behind the title on the first page.

Quick Quotes Products:
Navigator Paper Pack
Navigator Strip
Navigator Quotes and Phrases
Far and Away Quotes and Phrases
PowderPuff Chalking Inks: Bermuda, Tropical Punch, Navy

Other Products:
Twine from Twinery
Alphabet dies from Quickutz

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Monday, January 15, 2018

Exciting news!

I am honored and excited to have been chosen as a member of the Quick Quotes 2018 Design team!

You can see my intro here.