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. 

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

Thanks for stopping by!
Louise

Club Q with Louise!

Hello! Louise here sharing a vacation layout I made using this month's amazing Club Q kit.


All of the patterned papers in the Club Q kits have coordinating patterns on the back. This gives you the option  to create the projects according to the instructions or to flip the papers to create a slightly different look. For this page, I combined papers from different parts of the kit, using the front on some and the reverse on others to get a scrapbook page that matched my photos.

I only needed to cut one paper in the kit to make this page. I cut the 11" x 11" square to stretch it across the 2 papers. It looks like the striped paper is stretching behind the vertical strip of photos. If you look at the photo below, you can see that it isn't.


  • Most of the papers are edged with PowderPuff Chalk Ink in Deep Sea. The ink is applied to the edges directly from the pad. You can see in the photo below how the shape of the PowderPuff Inkpad enables it to get into different shapes. 
  • I used my ink blending tool to apply the Deep Sea ink to the chipboard title. 
  • I colored the flowers using several different shapes of PowderPuff Chalk Ink (Island Orange, Peach Tree, Sandy Shore, and Tropical Punch). I colored some with my blending tool and applied the ink directly to others. I thought it would look nice if each flower was slightly different from the others. 


  • I used the pearls from the kit in the centers of the flowers.
  • The title is attached with blue brads that were also in the kit. 




I printed my journaling on white cardstock but I thought the look was too stark, so I lightly applied PowderPuff ink over the journaling using the colors that were leftover on my blending tool. 


To finish the layout, I added a few embellishments from the Navigator 12" x 12" Quotes and Phrases sheet. 

In closing, here is a close-up of the left side:


And here is a close-up of the right:


Quick Quotes Products:
August Club Q
Navigator 12" x 12" Quotes and Phrases
PowderPuff Chalk Ink: Bermuda, Deep Sea, Island Orange, Peach Tree, Sandy Shore, Tropical Punch

Other Products:
Ink blender from Ranger
Generic white cardstock

Thanks for stopping by!
~Louise

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Dreaming about Sunlight with Louise!

Hello Quick Quotes readers! I hope you are all enjoying summer! Louise here with a layout about a summer outing I took with my sister.


Since one of my photos is of a field of flowers, I decided to create my page with all types of floral elements. I started with the Spring Showers 100 paper which has a floral print around the edge. I then created a variety of flowers to use on my page:

  • The yellow flower in the lower left is fussy cut from a sheet of the same patterned paper and inked with PowderPuff Chalk Ink in Buttercup.
  • The paper flowers which look a bit like sunflowers were from my February Club Q kit. I used my ink blending tool to apply the Buttercup ink to the petals and my waterbrush to apply PowderPuff Chalk Ink in Mahogany to the centers.  
  • The other flowers were die-cut from the Spring Showers 102 and 104 papers. I used my ink blending tool to apply PowderPuff Chalk Ink in Island orange and Buttercup to create the orange and yellow ones. The red and orange ones are edged with PowderPuff Chalk ink in Tropical Punch.
  • I shaped the flowers using my fingers. 

  • Since the background paper had both blue and green leaves, I decided to create additional leaves using stamps and dies with paper scraps from the same collection. The green ones were stamped with PowderPuff Chalk Ink in Key Largo and the blue ones with PowderPuff Chalk Ink in Bermuda. 
  • Since the name of the place had a frog in it, I punched a couple of frogs from the same paper scraps and inked them with PowderPuff Chalk Ink in Key Largo.
  • I die-cut a circle from the Spring Showers 102 and placed it behind my journaling. 
  • After the page was assembled, I decided that the flowers needed centers so I carefully dotted centers using PowderPuff Chalk Ink in Mahogany and my water brush. 

To finish the page, I added some saying from the Farmhouse collection and placed 3 copper brads to create a visual triangle around my photos. 



Quick Quotes Products:
Spring Showers Paper Pack
PowderPuff Chalk Ink: Bermuda, Buttercup, Island Orange, Key Largo, Mahogany, Tropical Punch
February 2018 Club Q
Farmhouse 500
Farmhouse Strip
Brads - Copper

Other Products:
Ink Blending Tool from Ranger
Waterbrush from CTMH
Leaf stamp and die set from Vicki Boutin
Metal dies from Spellbinders and Pink & Main
Frog punch from EK
Enamel accents from Wendy Vecchi

Thanks for stopping by!
~Louise

Monday, July 30, 2018

Graduation with Louise!


Good morning, Quick Quotes readers! Louise here with a scrapbook page about my son's 8th Grade Graduation.



I found this page particularly challenging.  We were in a hurry and didn't do a photo shoot in advance,  so all I have is these photos taken from an auditorium seat. To further challenge me, the school colors are forest green and white and the Vice Principal is wearing a bright red dress. I ended up combining papers from the Whistlin Dixie and Spring Showers collections to get a color scheme that worked with these photos.

I started with the blue background of the Whistlin Dixie 106 paper. Although this paper is a subtly distressed blue print, I decided to use Bermuda PowerPuff Chalk to add some additional interest to it.
  • Using a clock template and my ink blending tool, I used the PowerPuff Chalk in  Bermuda to add clocks to the paper. 
  • I moved the template around adding clocks and pieces of clocks in different places on the paper. This is easier than it seems, since the ink is only a little darker than the paper, there is no way to mess this up. 
  • Using the same ink, I stamped a small quote near the bottom. 
  • The banner across the bottom was a leftover die-cut  from the February Club Q. I used my ink blender tool to apply PowderPuff Chalk ink in Evergreen to the banner. I added a little more ink directly to the bottoms of the pennants.  

To put the page together, I cut a 5 inch strip from the reverse of the Spring Showers 105 paper (red print). I die-cut the word Congratulations from the leftover section of this print to use later. 
  • To smooth the transition between the 2 papers, I added a very thin stripe from the Spring Showers 101 paper, edged with PowderPuff Chalk ink in Cactus. 
  • I created an embellishment cluster across the middle of the page using sayings from the Whistlin Dixie 500 sheet combined with my journaling and a photo of the school banner. 
  • To finish the page, I added the die-cut word onto the red paper so that the red-on-red die-cut balances the blue-on-blue stamped quote.


It seems unusual to be scrapping school photos in the middle of summer but I really wanted to get his middle school album done before he starts high school this Fall. I hope I have inspired you to tackle some of the challenging photos in your stack.

Quick Quotes Products:
Spring Showers Paper Pack
Whistlin Dixie 106
Whistlin Dixie 500
February 2018 Club Q
PowderPuff Chalk Inks: Bermuda, CactusEvergreen, Lipstick

Other Products:
Ink blending tool from Ranger
Metal die from Spellbinders
Acrylic stamp from Kaisercraft
Template from The Crafter's Workshop
Generic white cardstock

Thanks for stopping by!
~Louise

Thursday, July 19, 2018

Sail away with me with Louise!

Good morning Quick Quotes readers, I hope you are all having a great summer! Louise here with a quick summer themed card that I made using the Anchors Aweigh and Navigator collections.





  • I used the Anchors Aweigh 108 paper for the background and added a horizontal stripe from the Navigator 102 paper. 
  • I like the look of brads with these nautical themed papers but didn't want the backs of the brads poking the recipient inside the card. I solved this problem by attaching these 2 papers with the brads before adhering them to the card base. 
  • The blue circle with the Anchor is from the Navigator 12" x 12" Quotes and Phrases sheet. 
  • The larger sentiment, which is from the Navigator Quotes and Phrases strip, is adhered with raised foam to give the card more dimension. 



The edges of all of the papers and sentiments are inked with PowderPuff Chalk Ink in Deep Sea.

Quick Quotes Products:
Anchors Aweigh 108
Navigator Paper Pack
Navigator Quotes and Phrases
Navigator 12" x 12" Quotes and Phrases
Gold Brads
PowderPuff Chalk Ink: Deep Sea

Other products:
Foam adhesive
Generic card base

Thanks for stopping by!
~Louise



Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Red, White, and Blue with Louise!


I hope you are all enjoying your summer! Louise here playing along with this month's challenge to use red, white, and blue. You can find all the details of the challenge here.


I am very proud that my teenage son is working this summer; he has 2 part-time jobs and earns his own spending money. Since one of his jobs has a red, white, and blue uniform, I decided to use these colors in a scrapbook layout about this milestone.  I didn't want to embarrass him by taking photos of him at work so I took these photos outside our house in his uniforms.
  • All of the papers on this page come from the Secret Garden Paper Pack. This collection has bright colors and features floral, chevron, and striped prints. Since this is a masculine page, I used the chevrons and stripes. 
  • The blue embellishments are from the Farmhouse collection.
  • The horizontal stripes were cut from the Secret Garden 103 paper and reassembled in the color combination that I wanted. I used the solid red from the reverse side of that paper for the top half of my page. 
  • I wanted to make sure my whites matched, so I die-cut the circle from middle of the Secret Garden 101 paper. I was still able to use the reverse side of the paper for the background (blue chevrons) such that the missing circle doesn't show. 
  • The title is die cut from the the blue section of the Secret Garden 105 paper. I fussy cut chevrons from the reverse side of this paper to create a design across the page.
  • To finish the page, I added pennants and stars cut from the scraps. 




The edges of all the papers are inked with PowderPuff Chalk Ink in Deep Sea or Lipstick.

Quick Quotes Products:
Secret Garden Paper Pack
Farmhouse Strip
Farmhouse 500
PowderPuff Chalk Ink: Deep Sea, Lipstick

Other Products:
Metal dies from Spellbinders, Pink and Main, and Quickutz
Star punch from Creative Memories

Thanks for stopping by!
~Louise

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Birthday Cards with Louise!

Hello Quick Quotes Readers! Louise here on the blog today with two feminine birthday cards that I made using leftover pieces from previous Club Q kits.




The Club Q kits come with plenty of extra product, and the papers are so beautiful that I don't like to let any go to waste. These 2 cards were made from leftover pieces of the February and May Club Q kits combined with several colors of PowderPuff Chalk inks.

The February Club Q contained many die-cut flowers. Although I used some in February, there were still enough flowers left to use on both cards. The papers, ribbons, and pearls also came from the February Club Q. The vines, chipboard bird, and "Happy" embellishment came from the May Club Q.


  • For the blue card, I colored the chipboard bird with PowderPuff Chalk Ink in Sandy Shore using my ink blender tool, adding extra ink directly to the edges.
  • I used the same technique to color the chipboard flowers with PowderPuff Chalk Ink in Tropical Punch. 
  • The green paper vines are edged in PowderPuff Chalk Ink in Cactus. 
  • I used the pearls for the centers of the flowers and the bird's eye. 
  • The birthday greeting was stamped with  PowderPuff Chalk Ink in Midnight Confessions. 

  • For the green card, I punched the butterflies from some of the scraps from the February Club Q.
  • I colored the flowers with PowderPuff Chalk Ink in Buttercup using an ink blender tool, adding extra ink directly to the tips of petals and the wings of the butterflies. 
  • To color the butterflies' bodies, I held the wings back and dabbed the middle onto PowderPuff Chalk Ink in Midnight Confessions.
  • The "Happy" element and the background paper are inked with PowderPuff Chalk Ink in Limeade, one of the colors included in the Retired Colors PowderPuff Chalking Ink set. 
  • The word birthday was stamped with  PowderPuff Chalk Ink in Midnight Confessions. 


Both my Mother and my Mother-in-law have summer birthdays and both appreciate a hand-made card. I know they will each enjoy one of these. I hope I have inspired you to make cards from the leftover pieces of your Club Q kits. 


Quick Quotes Products:
February Club Q
May Club Q
PowderPuff Chalk Inks: Buttercup, Cactus, Limeade, Midnight Confessions, Purple Rain, Tropical Punch, Sandy Shore



Other Products:
Acrylic stamp from Your Next Stamp
Butterfly Punch from Kreaxions
Ink Blender from Ranger

Twine from The Twinery

Thanks for stopping by!
~Louise