brought to you in living colour by Quietfire Design
August 2005- Issue 47


Gentle Thoughts




Thanks to Sophia Rosenberg for the butterfly wing - and the quote.



Important links at your fingertips!
byhand Products shopping - Go Shopping!!
Class Photos page
Quietfire Rubber Stamps
Acrylic Blocks for Rubber Stamps
Stamping Gallery
Subscribers' Gallery Page
Links Page
Quietfire Design

Suzanne's list of classes
Back Issues of byhand


Enter recipient's e-mail:

Hi Everyone!

Welcome to the first ever August issue of byhand!
I thought this was a great opportunity to get back on track and I had some things to share! I hope you're having a creative summer - even if you're just reading and allowing your imagination to run wild.

There is a huge treat in this newsletter. Tricia True recently hosted a Techniques ATC Swap in which 36 participants played. Each participant's card is included in this newsletter and most of the instructions!

There are some great new products in the byhand Product pages.

And on those Product pages, there are some new Insight Windows; on the OCS page and the Calligraphy page. Just click on the Insight twills for more information and facts when you see them in the Product pages.

The Premium Subscriber's Summer Sale will continue for a couple of more weeks. But you must be a Premium Subscriber to take advantage!


Here is what's in this month's newsletter:


Please drop into my other website: It changes every month!

While you nourish your creative spirit by reading this newsletter, don't forget your creative body needs nourishment inside and out!
Join my new Yahoo Group


By using the links to Amazon supplied on this site you are supporting the byhandnewsletter production. Our deepest thanks!

If you are an customer, please click on this link!
In Association with




If you're Canadian (like me!) and you'd like to order byhand products in Canadian dollars but don't want to wait for the mail system to deliver your cheque, there are alternatives! You can read more details here or email me. I'll try to make it easy-peasy!

I can't tell you how pleased I am that you are offering product here on the island and it is available in Canada! I also appreciate how easy you make ordering, answering questions and shipping.

Nadine M. - Victoria, BC

Register for Quietfire Design's byhand Newsletter email updates

Join the supporters of byhand and become a
Premium Subscriber

As well a supporting the maintenance and creation of this newsletter you will receive a limited-release rubber stamp:

The width of this stamp is approximately 3.5"

For more details, go to the
Premium Subscriber Membership

page. This membership will be $12 CAD or $10US for the remainder of 2005.
As a Premium Subscriber, you will receive a limited-release unmounted rubber stamp as well as first notification of new rubber and new byhand products!

If you wish to contact me, my email address is:
Quietfire Design, Box 1231, Port Alberni, BC
V9Y 7M1  Canada

To unsubscribe: send me an email saying 'unsubscribe'. I'll live.... (sniff)
To change your email address: send me an email with both your new and old address. Thanks!

Subscribe to byhandartists
Powered by


Don't forget if you'd like to share some artwork that you have stamped with a Quietfire Rubber Stamp, please send me a copy and I'll be delighted to put in the Stamping Gallery.

Don't be shy!


Suzanne is a member of the

Visit my little gallery page on the ISABA website!

Artwork by Francie Davies
(Francie used Dream with your Eyes Wide Open Gentle Thoughts Rubber Stamp. Thanks for sharing, Francie!)

Francie told me she stores her unmounted stamps in page protectors for baseball cards - great idea!


Suzanne's Schedule


One of the new workshops for 2005...

Harlequin Stitched Spine Journal...

This delightful book incorporates an exposed harlequin stitching pattern through a leather spine and incorporates rivets into the structure.

Another new workshop this fall is:

Defining and Refining Your Italic OR Italic Boot Camp

Looking for that next step with your Italic? Wish you could tweak it so that it's just a little bit better? It's time for some re-training!

This workshop is for the calligrapher with some experience with the Italic Hand. We will review the basics of Italic miniscules then look at what makes a fine and elegant letter. We'll examine pen angle, proportions and the technical aspects of lettering and how these influence and change your letterforms. We'll examine your Italic, look at its strengths and weaknesses, identify personal quirks and in doing so, work on defining your Italic style! 1 or 2 day workshop

The supply list for this class can be seen here.

Friday Aug 12
7 - 10 pm
Richmond BC
Artwerx Vendor Evening Artwerx
Best Western Richmond Hotel.

Sept 24, 25

Red Deer AB
The Altered Word

Lettering Arts Guild of Red Deer
To register, please contact Christine -

Oct 15
Victoria, BC
Harlequin Stitched Spine Island Blue Print
Oct 16
Victoria, BC
Charmers Island Blue Print
Oct 17
Gabriola Island
Star Book Gabriola Spinners & Weavers
Oct 21
Abbotsford BC
tba Endeavour Educational Services
Oct 22
Abbotsford BC
tba Endeavour Educational Services
Nov 4
Edmonton AB
Mini Mica Memories Edmonton Calligraphic Society
Nov 5
Edmonton AB
Italic Bootcamp Edmonton Calligraphic Society
Nov 6
Edmonton AB
Versed in Versals Edmonton Calligraphic Society
Nov 19
Burnaby BC
Harlequin Stitched Spine Burnaby Continuing Ed - registration will begin at the end of August for this class
Nov 20
Surrey BC
Harlequin Stitched Spine Bookmakers of Vancouver


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

Artwerx 2005

Vancouver, BC, Canada

Once again I will be a vendor and sponsor at Artwerx!
All your name tags will again be done this year by you-know-who.

The Vendor evening:

I probably won't bring the whole website, so if there is something you'd like to pre-order to avoid disappointment, please let me know soon! Just drop a note to with your wish list and it will be ready for you to pick up!
Look for a coupon in your goody bag
- bring the coupon to my booth and I'll trade ya for a wee giftie!

The vendor evening is at the Richmond Inn and is from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.

On Saturday night

All byhand Artists and Subscribers are welcome to join me at at the Thirsty Turtle Pub for a get together! Even if you're not attending Artwerx, please come for a visit and meet other like-minded artists!

Date: Saturday August 13, 2005
Time: 6 p.m
Location: Best Western Richmond Inn
The Thirsty Turtle

I'll buy the Natchos and we'll have some raffle prizes, too!
See you there!


Adventures on Lasqueti

This was my weekend home, called the Old Bakery B&B. The building has a wonderful history - it was built quite a few years ago by a young couple who sold it to Dazy Drake. Dazy dragged the cabin miles down the road and converted it into a Bakery which was a very popular place for many years. For the last 6 years it's been a B&B. And as fun things happen... Jan, one of the altered students, and her husband were the young couple who built the cabin!

Lasqueti Island is one of the smaller islands between the mainland and Vancouver Island. When Sophia Rosenberg called to invite me to teach on Lasqueti she told me the island was "rustic". I was somewhat surprised to discover that although there is running water, there are no septic systems. That discovery was followed by the outside shower and then again by the fact that I had 2 hours of light in my cabin compliments of the solar power collected during the day. My cell phone had no service. This is all from the girl whose accommodation during her last trip away was on the 19th floor of the Delta Bow Valley....

After the initial panic subsided and I blew off the "city" dust, I really began to enjoy myself. The class participants were marvelous and really dove into the Altered Book Project. It was a joy to watch the books develop.

The view from my B&B

It seemed everyone had a basket for carrying their "things". My dinner on Saturday evening, compliments of Bonnie, was delivered to me in a basket at the end of the teaching day. Well, I had to have a basket. Poof! My wish was granted by the basket fairy, Mary, who brought me 2 baskets to choose from! So now, I too, am a basket lady.

A huge thanks to Sophia for inviting me, to Bonnie and Dar for my meals and Sophia and Megan for my Friday night pizza!

Some of the happy alterers on Lasqueti Island!

For more pictures from this class, go to the Class Photos page!


A Special Gathering

Recently a very active group of byhand Artists on the eastern side of the North American continent got together for a fun play weekend! Tricia True invited "local" byhand Artists to a weekend retreat at her home.
(Tricia was the hostess of the Techniques ATC swap which you can see in this newsletter)

L to R: Beth Ann Walker, Tricia, Kathy Leggett, Donna Cerny and Judy Babbidge
and the title of this photo was "art after a swim". I'd say they had a great time!

Here is what Beth Ann wrote: After e mailing and trading art over the past year, it was great fun to finally meet each other in person. Tricia was a gem for putting up with us over the weekend in her lovely home. I wish I could have lifted her studio and plopped it into my backyard. What a wonderful creative space. We all fed off each other's art and ideas which was so inspiring. Tricia taught us an awesome domino technique. We've decided that we'll all bring a project to teach each other next time. Can't wait for our next rendezvous.

From Kathy: Our weekend at Tricia's was just wonderful She was the perfect hostess, made us feel right at home and even chauffeured us all over a nearby town. I got to sleep in a waterbed (because everyone else wanted to sleep downstairs) We all became so comfortable with each other and shared art and stories and philosophies on life. Tricia's studio is to die for and her home is just lovely. We stocked up on lots of art supplies at local stores and stayed up late just like having a pajama party.

From Donna: I was lucky enough to be part of the art week-end in Maine with Tricia True, Beth Ann Walker, Judy Babbidge and Kathy Leggett and the minute I saw folks parked in Tricia's yard I knew who everyone was just from our e-mails! Tricia was a daring hostess, never having met any of us and while Beth Ann, Judy and Kathy all work together I didn't know anyone either. Within an hour it was like we'd known one another for years. We shared things we'd brought, played and taught one another in Tricia's studio, shopped for supplies, ate and laughed ourselves silly. And we're talking about our next gathering! You've really brought folks together through this list.

And from Judy: It took us (the three of us traveled together because we live within about 15 miles of each other here in northern Maine) about 4 1/2 hours to get to Tricia's house. It took Donna about 2 1/2 hours (if I remember correctly) to come up to Tricia's from Portsmouth, New Hampshire. Tricia was such a gracious hostess, and what a risk she took by inviting four complete strangers into her home for a weekend.

And from the Hostess, Tricia: It was a magical time for me. I was so thrilled that everyone made themselves at home, felt like they had been here before and knew their way around. We went swimming, learned about letterboxing, visited my friend and stamp store owner, met a wacky woman wait person at the local restaurant, and "suffered" through 98 degree weather. Beth Ann slept in the gazebo while the rest of us enjoyed the comfort of beds. The food was great, they brought it all. These are house guests that I would have anytime. Thanks to this group new friends were made.


A note about the byhand shopping cart....

PayPal no longer requires buyers to sign up for PayPal accounts before making payments. Once the payment is complete, you can decide whether to save your information and sign up to PayPal for future purchases.


Join the List!

Would you like to hear about the latest additions to the
Quietfire byhand Products pages?

This way you'll know when the new products arrive and won't have to wait for the newsletter. This includes the bookbinding supplies, calligraphy supplies and of course, the rubber stamps and all the wonderful accessories to make your "arting" lots of fun!
(Don't worry, this won't be a lot of emails!)

For Product Updates please fill out this form
(I don't share my mailing list!)
Please enter your name here:
The email address at which you'd like
to receive your update:

7 Gypsies have invaded the byhand Products!

Beeswax art supplies


Mini Mica Memories is now available in a Kit!

New "Suzanne's Favourites" Paper packages

Rusty Tin - love this look!

now available in 1" and 4"

now available in 1" and 5"

New Vintage Collage Sheets

Perfect for collage, ATCs, Altered Books or anywhere you need that warm vintage look!
Click here to see them all!







Copper Foil, self-adhesive, 8x10"

Copper tape in more sizes!

now available in more colours!!!


Technique ATC Swap

Hosted by Tricia True
June 2005

Recently Tricia emailed me to say she was ready to host a swap! We discussed a few ideas and she announced this Technique ATC swap. Each person used a technique to create an Artists Trading Card (2½ x 3½") and on the back they would print the instructions. Getting the instructions on the back proved the biggest challenge for some of us! Many of us made pockets on the back and tucked the instructions inside the pocket.

Whatever we did, the results were fantastic! Thirty-six people took part in this swap and we all have these fabulous pieces of artwork (that are soooo much better in real life!). A huge thanks to Tricia for hostessing this swap. Her kitties really wanted to help when it came time to swap out the cards, but she thanked them politely (at least we all assume she thanked them politely) and told them she didn't require their help at this time.... (Can you just imagine cards scattered from here to eternity?!!)

Tricia overcame all obstacles and sent us each a treat of a little packet of beads. We all say that Tricia can host a swap for us any time she pleases! Well done Tricia!

To see all 36 ATCs, click here or on any of the images below.




In the Mail

This is a card I received from Sophia Rosenberg on Lasqueti Island.
The title of the painting the card came from is "Holding on to Dreams".
You may see more of Sophia's wonderful work on her website:


If there is any information you would like to see in this newsletter, let me know. Each month I will email you to let you know the new issue is published. If you know someone who would like to receive notice of byhand, just have them email me and I will put them on the list. Bye for now and thanks for visiting!
(250) 723-0321 Quietfire Design

The original title lettering of byhand was done with a Mitchell's Roundhand Nib, size 0, and Higgins Eternal Ink. Quietfire Design Rubber stamps were used to create the other designs.

Artists whose work is shown in this newsletter retain the copyright on their own work.

byhand Newsletter | Quietfire Design home page
Calligraphic Art | Handbound Books | byhandproducts | Ordering Information
Publications | Exhibitions | Classes | About Us

Go to top

© 2005 Suzanne Cannon
This newsletter is for the personal use of the subscriber and may not be reproduced without written permission from Suzanne. You are welcome to email or print it in its entirety to share with friends, but ask that you include this copyright. Thank you for your help and your understanding.