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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