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April 2007 - Issue 62


Gentle Thoughts


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What's New

!6th! Anniversary Draw Winners

So your challenge was to
create a decorated postcard or card or ATC and send it to me for a chance to win one of three prizes.

And those prizes I mentioned?
Instead of just having one prize this year, I decided to have three.....
And the winners are: (drum roll, please)

3rd Prize - $15 to spend on byhand Products goes to
Beth Akins, Kentucky, USA

2nd Prize - $20 to spend on byhand Products goes to
Cynthia Schelzig, Germany

1st Prize - $25 to spend on byhand Products
Joanne Ross, British Columbia, Canada

Congratulations to the winners! And thanks so much to everyone who sent something in! I thought those who sent in 6 entries celebrating 6 years were very clever!

Click here to go see all the great mail I received!

The Fabric Covered Ribbon Journal is now ready for shipping!

You should also visit the byhand Products Updates - I've been flooded the last few days!

It's time for the Spring Cyberstampers Convention!

Monica Black aka BlackCats will be presenting

Quietfire Has It All
Saturday April 28, 2007  7 p.m.

I will be using a variety of products available from Quietfire including decorative papers, Portfolio Pastels, Perfect Pearls and Terrific Tape to make cards and ATCs. I will also be introducing Suzanne's latest release, a very nice calligraphy alphabet capital letters plate.

Score One for Quietfire
Sunday April 29, 2007 9 p.m.

This class will feature an accordian book made using the Scor-It tool, Cat Quote Marks, cat diecuts and Lyra Aquacolours. I will also be introducing the latest release from Quietfire Design...a plate of wonderful calligraphy alphabet capital letters.

Don't miss it!

To get to the class, go to this page:
and click on the link for the Quietfire Design class.
This will take you to the chatroom where we will be waiting for you!

If you don't have the chat software, the info is here:

Hope you can make it!

Quietfire Design (that'd be me)
is delighted to be the art supplier to
Island Magic,
the 27the International Conference for Calligraphers
Shawnigan Lake, BC July 21-28, 2007
Hosted by the
Warmland Calligraphers of the Cowichan Valley.

There will be lots of new products available for calligraphers (and everyone else!) over the next few months. Stay tuned!

If you are planning on attending Island Magic and would like to be notified of product updates and class supplies, go back to the email notifying you of this newsletter and click on the link that says Click Here to Remove or Change your Subscription. Tick off the box on the bottom left which asks the appropriate questions!

See you there!

Weekly Journal Prompts 2007

The Daily Journal Prompts have morphed into Weekly Journal Prompts. If you were signed up for the Daily Prompts you will automatically received the prompt. If you'd like to receive this kickstart to your creativity, click on the email you received announcing this newsletter and tick off the appropriate box in the left column!

Happy Journaling!

I have started a Journal Prompt discussion group. This is a Yahoo Group. If you are interested in joining us, see more details here.

Gifts for the Artists in the Spotlight

I'd like to offer those artists, whose artwork is published in specific magazines, a reward for using the Quietfire Gentle Thoughts Rubber and other items from the byhand Products line. You will need to have credited Quietfire Design in print and supply a photo/scan of the artwork and text with the credit. I'll be absolutely over the moon and will send you on a $25 shopping spree through the Gentle Thoughts Rubber Stamps.

Qualifying Publications:
Stampers Sampler
Take 10
Somerset Studio
Rubber Stamper
Rubberstamp Madness
just check with me for others that may qualify.

Happy creating!

Changing Mail Service!!

Just when I thought I had everything under control (like *that* will ever happen!) Microsoft has decided to discontinue their email service.... I am really worried that I might lose you guys, my favourite people!, in the shuffle. I will try to make the transition as smooth as possible, but please bear with me. You may have to re-subscribe to the newsletter and interest groups! Sigh. Sorry!

This month's Gentle Thoughts was done with
the Vintage Ledger Page, Glue Dots, Aged Mahogany Distress Ink Pad, Q from the new Capital Letters Rubber sheet, Crown Charm, Pigma Brown 05, Bar Brad, tiny scissors to cut the letters!, Aleene's Tacky Glue, Spatula to apply the glue and manipulate the tiny letters.

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byhand 6th Anniversary Draw Submissions!

Thanks to everyone who participated! Now you get to see all the fun things I received in the mail, too!

This would definitely qualify as the most interesting submission I received, and if I had juried instead of drawn, I think Moyra's Mouse would have won a prize because she built a bed!! I chuckle everytime I look at it.

Moyra writes:
This is what happens when one leaves craft materials unattended:

Artwork: 'Nest' 13 x14 cms
Wool, tissue, plastics, newspaper
Artist: resident house mouse (Submitted for the artist by moyra peralta)



Anne Atkinson

Anne Atkinson

Anne Atkinson

Anne Atkinson

Anne Atkinson

Beth Akins

Beth Akins

Beth Akins

Beth Akins

Beth Akins

Beth Akins

Candy Mills

Cynthia Schelzig

Joanne Ross


Nancy Connelly

Judy Lawton
matching card & envelope

Moyra Peralta
on behalf of her mouse

Yogi Grunwald
a set of 6 postcards cut from one large sheet of art fun!

byhand Product Buttons
when you see these on the byhand pages, click them and you'll be taken to a new page
with cool stuff on it!

Here are some wonderful recent additions to the byhand Product Pages that you really shouldn't miss!

This is the Inspiration Button. Click on this and you'll find examples of the artwork using the product you are viewing

Cyberstampers Mystery Stamp Results

Portfolio Pastels

QuoteMarks - Friendship

Pipe Organ Binding

Scor-it Board

This is the Project Button. Click it and you will be taken to a project which uses this product!

Portfolio Pastel Playtime

Polymer Clay Magnet

This is the Insight Button. Click on it and you will get additional information about the product and ways you can use it.
Silk Ribbon

Cyberstampers Mystery Stamp Creations

In February I was delighted to be asked to supply the Stamp for Cyberstampers Mystery Stamp of the Month. I sent out quite a few of them and the responses provided a wonderful variety of creations! It seems that once the participants got started, they couldn't stop. It was really exciting!
Thanks to everyone who ordered the stamp and submitted their artwork. I was really touched.

Click here to see all the wonderful artwork!

See this Polymer Clay Magnet in the Project Gallery


Stolen Moments

Portfolio Pastel Playtime

In March, Monica (aka BlackCats), Yogi and I team taught a Cyberstampers class using Watersoluble Portfolio Oil Pastels. Each of us came up with something very different! Check out what we did with these unique pastels! Click on any of the photos below to go to the Project Gallery.


Scor-it Copper Star Card

Recently I had the honour of being asked to design the Project of the Month for the Scor-it Site.

Now you can see it and make it here! Just click on the P button and it will take you to the complete directions and list of supplies along with the downloadable template.

To celebrate, the Scor-it Board is now on sale!
Check it out!

Suzanne's Schedule


May 26

Victoria BC Text & Texture Journal
May 27 Victoria BC Journal in a Slipcase
July 21-28 Shawnigan Lake BC The Altered Word
Island Magic - The 27th International Conference for Calligraphers


To see a complete list (more or less!) of the classes Suzanne teaches, click here!

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Thanks Diane and Yogi! Love them!

Diane Glasgow ATC

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