Thursday, December 6, 2018

Holiday Party with Louise!

Happy Thursday Quick Quotes readers! I'm on the Quick Quotes blog today with a few items I made for our family holiday party using the Very Merry Digital Collection.

This first photo shows my favorite holiday craft,  the candy guessing jars that I put out every year. We host an annual family holiday party for about 20 relatives. The cousins are all different ages and it's difficult to find holiday games and activities that appeal to everyone. One game that works for everyone is the candy guessing game.



Everyone guesses how many candies are in the jar and the person with the closest guess wins the jar. I make multiple jars so we get multiple winners which I award at the end of the party. 

These are really easy to make:
  • Save and wash food jars or buy little inexpensive candy jars
  • Print Very Merry papers 3 and 6 onto white cardstock 
  • Die-cut or punch circles in various sizes to fit on the lids
  • Die-cut numbers to identify the jars
  • Cut long strips to wrap around larger jars
  • Ink all edges with PowderPuff Chalk Ink in Kokomo
  • Adhere all the pieces to the jars (I used regular 2-sided tape and glue dots)
  • Fill the jars with small candies, and close the lids!


Make sure you count the candies before you put them in the jars and keep the answers hidden in a safe place!

Obviously with many guests, we need gift tags to know which gift goes to whom. Here is one of the tags that I made:



  • Print Very Merry papers 3 and 6  onto white cardstock (I used the leftovers from the project above)
  • Stamp greetings onto Very Merry 6 using PowderPuff Chalk Ink in Kokomo
  • Ink all edges with PowderPuff Chalk Ink in Kokomo
  • Mount pieces on Autumn Brilliance 105 trimmed to 5" by 3"
  • Assemble the tag, punch a hole, and add twine and embellishments (I added jewels leftover from my November Club Q and a wooden heart which I inked with PowderPuff Chalk Ink in Kokomo).

I hope I have inspired you to create a few crafts for your holiday gatherings!


Quick Quotes Products:
PowderPuff Chalk Ink: Kokomo

Other Products:
White cardstock
Assorted jars
Button from Basic grey
Hershey Kisses and M&M's
Metal dies from Quickutz
Circle punches from CM
Wooden heart from Studio Calico
Stamps from Technique Tuesday and Studio 6
Twine from Martha Stewart


Thanks for stopping by!


Thursday, November 29, 2018

Happy Hanukah Card!

It's that time of year! Here is a Hanukah card I made using card sketch #102 at Your Next Stamp which can be found here.


The Macaron stamp is from Your Next Stamp, stamped with YNS Black Olive ink and is colored with copics. The greeting is an old unmounted rubber stamp from my stash, stamped with Quick Quotes PowderPuff Chalk Ink (which I also used to ink the edges). Patterned paper is from Stamping station.

Thanks for looking!

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Holiday cards with Louise!

Hello Quick Quotes readers! Louise here with a couple of quick holiday cards I made using my November Club Q kit and the new Very Merry Digital collection.



Both cards are 5 1/2" by 4 1/4".  I made the card bases by cutting a piece of 8 1/2" by 11"white cardstock in half.

To make the Hanukkah Card:
  • Print Very Merry papers 3 and 6 onto white cardstock
  • Stamp a greeting onto Very Merry 6 using PowderPuff Chalk Ink in Kokomo
  • Trim the stamped image to 4 1/2" by 3" and edge with PowderPuff Chalk Ink in Kokomo
  • Trim Very Merry 3 to the size of the card and edge with PowderPuff Chalk Ink in Kokomo
  • Assemble card as shown, adding ribbon and jewels from November Club Q


A couple of hints about the Hanukkah Card:
  • If you don't have a Hanukkah stamp, you can add the sentiment digitally before printing the paper out, or use a generic stamp that says something like Happy Holidays.
  • If you don't have a 12 inch printer, you can print a portion of the digital paper onto the size paper your printer supports since you are going to be trimming it into a card anyway.

The Christmas Card is made entirely from the Altered Kit in the November Club Q. To make the Christmas Card:
  • Cut Holly Jolly 103 to the size of the card and edge with PowderPuff Chalk Ink in Cactus
  • Find the pre-cut piece of red patterned paper and edge with PowderPuff Chalk Ink in Lipstick, adhere to green side of the first paper
  • Apply adhesive directly onto the ribbon and adhere along the line between the 2 papers, trimming the ribbon to about 1/2" past the paper on each end
  • Fold the ribbon over the edges and tape to the back
  • Thread the leftover ribbon underneath the attached piece of ribbon and tie a single knot. Trim the ends of the ribbon on a diagonal
  • Cut out greeting element and edge with PowderPuff Chalk Ink in Cactus
  • Trim pre-cut banners so they don't overlap the greeting element and edge with PowderPuff Chalk Ink in Cactus
  • Assemble card as shown, adding a single jewel from November Club Q


There are many different cutouts in the November Club Q that can be used as the greeting element in place of the one I chose. That is a great way to make multiples of the same card with each a little different.

These cards were both very quick to make and fit into standard envelopes, things that are very important if you send a lot of cards this time of year.

Quick Quotes Products:
November Club Q
Very Merry Digital Collection
PowderPuff Chalk Ink: Cactus, Kokomo, Lipstick

Other Products:
Generic white cardstock
Rubber Hannukah stamp from Club Scrap, Inc



Thanks for stopping by!
~Louise

Monday, November 19, 2018

Club Q with Louise!

Hello Quick Quotes readers! Louise here with a couple of scrapbook pages that I made using this month's Club Q kit. The November Club Q page kit features beautiful fall colors that can be used to scrap family gatherings or a variety of other fall events.


November is the month to think about what we are thankful for. With teenagers, we are thankful for many different things: that they have nice friends, good activities that keep them out of trouble, and success in their endeavors. This first page is celebrating an athletic victory, and the journaling  mentions both the team championship and the good friends my son has made through his team.

The pre-cut frame that came with my November Club Q made it very easy to create this grid layout.

  • The small pictures were trimmed a little larger than their intended spaces and were adhered onto the back of the frame.
  • Next the frame with the small photos attached was adhered onto the background paper.
  • I added the reverse side of some of the cut-out rectangles into the spots where they fit.
  • The chipboard flower was colored with PowderPuff Chalk Ink in Deep Sea, Lipstick, and Sea Foam using my ink blending tool.
  • I took a photo of my son's medals and fussy cut them out to use on the page.
  • I added some of the paper leaves that came with the kit and punched a couple more using a leaf punch.
  • All edges are inked with PowderPuff Chalk ink in Mahogany. 




This next page is about my son getting his driver's license and that he was grateful that to have passed his driving test on the first try.



All of the papers in these kits are double sided and I like to look at both sides of each paper before deciding which to use. I love the gray wood print and thought it would be perfect for the background.
  • I used a stencil and PowderPuff Chalk Ink in Cool Gray to add a subtle triangle pattern on the gray background to match the triangle pattern in the large pennant. 
  • I decided to add a little more subtle interest to the background by stamping the words "Happy Birthday" in a few places, again using PowderPuff Chalk Ink in Cool Gray.
  • For my journaling, I cut a piece of white cardstock to fit in the chipboard frame.  I didn't want the white to be too bright so I very lightly applied PowderPuff Chalk Ink in Sandy Shore using my ink blending tool before journaling. I used the same technique for the white cardstock I used to mat my photo.
  • The chipboard  title, flourish, and journaling frame were all part of my kit. I usually use my PowderPuff Chalk Inks to color or enhance my chipboard, by I really liked the look of the plain chipboard with the fall colors and masculine theme, so I left them as is.



The edges of my photo mat are inked with PowderPuff Chalking Ink in Sandy Shore. All of the patterned papers are edged with Powderpuff Chalk Ink in Cool Gray or Capri Blue.

The gingham ribbon and "joy" pennant were from the Altered Project part of my Club Q kit, but there is still enough left for those projects.

I loved using the beautiful fall colors in this month's Club Q.

Quick Quotes Products:
November Club Q
PowderPuff Chalk Inks: Cactus, Capri Blue, Cool Gray, Deep Sea, Lipstick, Mahogany, Sandy Shore, Seafoam

Other Products:
Ink blender from Tim Holtz
Stencil from Heidi Swapp
Generic white cardstock
Acrylic stamp from YNS
Leaf punch from EK

Thanks for stopping by!
~Louise


Thursday, November 8, 2018

Autumn Brilliance with Louise!

Hello, Quick Quotes readers! Louise here with a double layout I created using the new Autumn Brilliance paper collection and embellishments from some of the new digital collections.



These photos are actually from last summer when my son went to Minnesota to play in an Ultimate Frisbee championship.  The team uniforms were black, gold, and white and didn't look right with any summer or sports papers. The moment I saw the golden shades in the Autumn Brilliance collection, I knew they would be perfect for these photos.

  • For the background, I used 2 sheets of the Autumn Brilliance 100 paper.  I then added a 2.5 inch strip of Autumn Brilliance 105, edged with PowderPuff Chalk Ink in Sea Foam, and a 1.5 inch strip of Autumn Brilliance 103, edged with PowderPuff Chalk Ink in Sandy Shore.  
  • The small action photos are matted on a 12 inch by 4 inch strip of Autumn Brilliance 102, edged with PowderPuff Chalk Ink in Cool Gray. The titles and banner are all die-cut from the same paper while the vine along the right is die-cut from the other side of this paper. 
  • The arrow is fussy cut from the Autumn Brilliance 105 paper.
  • Throughout the entire page, I was careful to make sure that all my wood-grains were oriented vertically, even the die-cut pieces


I am not a digital scrapper, but I wanted to use a few of the new digital embellishments on my page, particularly one of the journaling blocks.
  • I saw several journaling blocks in the Summer Samba digital collection that might work, but I wasn't sure which one would look best once they were printed out. 
  • Rather than using a fancy photo editing program, I just used PowerPoint to create a single slide with the 3 journaling blocks I was considering. I typed up my journaling in PowerPoint and layered it over a couple of the journaling blocks that didn't have lines.
  • I had a little space on my slide so I added a few other embellishments that I might choose to use. 
  • I printed the slide onto generic white cardstock as you can see in the photo below. 
  • Then I was able to fussy cut the elements out, edge them with PowderPuff Chalk Ink in Cool Gray,  and add them to my page as traditional paper elements. 


I hope I've inspired you to look at thew new digital collections, they can be used digitally or in a hybrid manner as I've done here.

Quick Quotes Products:
Autumn Brilliance Paper Pack
Summer Samba Digital Collection
Travel Quotes Digital Collection
Brads - Copper 
PowderPuff Chalk Ink: Cool Gray, Sandy Shore,  Sea Foam

Other Products:
Metal dies from Quickutz and Spellbinders
Generic white cardstock


~Louise


Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Two-fold card

Here is card I made for the Challenge #101 on Your Next Stamp blog which can be found here. The challenge is to make a fun-fold or interactive card. However, I have teen-agers and anything more "fun" than a two-fold card would be laughed out of the house, so here is my two-fold card:


and here you can see it opened up with another macaron on the flap:


The macaron stamps and  sentiments are from the TNS Ooh La La set. The stamps are colored with copic markers and the papers are from Graphic 45 and Basic Grey.

This is also my entry into the Daily marker 30 day coloring challenge which can be found here.

Thanks for looking!

Friday, October 26, 2018

Happy Halloween with Louise!

Happy Friday, Quick Quotes readers! Louise here with a couple of Halloween cards I made using the new Halloween color scheme of orange and teal.



Have you heard about the Teal Pumpkins? Houses that are offering allergy-friendly treats are supposed to put them in the window so kids with food allergies know they can trick-or-treat safely at those houses. I'm not exactly sure how it works, but it seemed like a good theme for my first card.

  • I used a pre-cut piece of patterned paper that was leftover from the August Club Q kit. I thought the subtle orange print was perfect for my theme.
  • I only have the one pumpkin stamp and I wanted 2 pumpkins on my card so I used a scrap of paper to mask part of the stamp when I stamped the first pumpkin. 
  • Since I can see through the acrylic stamp, it was easy to line up the stamp for the second pumpkin.
  • I colored the pumpkins using a water brush and PowderPuff Chalk Ink in Island Orange and Key Largo. I used the top of each ink case as a pallet for the ink.
  • The leaves are colored with the PowderPuff Chalk Ink in Cactus. 


I like the idea of a black card base for Halloween so I made my own from cardstock. I made the rest of the card using papers from the Spring Showers Paper Pack, inking all the edges with PowderPuff Chalk Ink in Island Orange or Key Largo.



For my second card, I used some leftover papers from my August Club Q kit. I thought this orange and blue print was just perfect for Halloween.  The images are stamped with PowderPuff Chalk Ink in Midnight Confession and the edges are inked with PowderPuff Chalk ink in Bermuda and Island Orange. The orange brad was also a leftover from my August Club Q. 




I hope I have inspired you to try this new Halloween color scheme.

Quick Quotes Products:
Spring Showers Paper Pack
August 2018 Club Q
PowderPuff Chalk Ink: Bermuda, Cactus, Key Largo, Midnight Confession, Island Orange

Other Products:
Acrylic stamps from Hero Arts
Generic black yardstick
Waterbrush from CTMH
Dye ink from YNS

Thanks for stopping by!
~Louise