byhand Newsletter

brought to you in living colour by Quietfire Design
Helping you create beautiful things to share
August 2009 - Issue 74


Gentle Thoughts




Lettering by Suzanne Cannon
Quote soon available as a rubber stamp (without the dropshadow!)


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Other Cool Stuff
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Inspiration & Information

Projects for you to create
Great ideas to apply to your art!


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Visit my little gallery page on the ISABA website!

A very clever customer told me about
Package ESP.
It's when you request info about an order you placed and it arrives within 24 hr!

I didn't know it had a name till now - and it happens all the time!

Books to Inspire

Online Class Info

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Information for YOU!

For submissions to this newsletter and the Galleries!
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While you nourish your creative spirit by reading this newsletter, don't forget your creative body needs nourishment inside and out!

Quietfire Design is now part of Rubberstampchat!
We have a VIP Gallery where I'd love to see you post your creations using your Quietfire Gentle Thoughts Rubber Stamps.
Click here for the direct link to the Quietfire Gallery - have a browse, become a member and post your art to share!

Quotations Forum at
Eloquence at Quietfire Design

Have you visited the new Quotations Forum yet?
Here are some recently added gems!
Thanks to those of you who have contributed - you're awesome!

Drop in and pick up a quotation
- an
d leave a new one behind!

Coming next summer:

Registration began July 1, 2009
Please contact Roxanne and Karen
for a brochure and registration form

or visit the special page on their website!


Kristen Doty, Reggie Ezell, Mike Kecseg, Yves Leterme, Judy Melvin, Carl Rohrs, Carol Pallesen, Diane von Arx Anderson,
Julian Waters, Sheila Waters

Summer Excitement!

On Thursday August 20, 2009
we're having another
online class:

Quietfire Surprise

Monica Black (aka Blackcats) taught the most wonderful classes for me on the former Cyberstampers site.
And Yay! She's back - coerced out of "retirement"!

For this class she will be playing with some new things and reminding how effective some of the older techniques are!
(why Quietfire Surprise? - because even I'm not exactly sure what she'll pull out of her tophat!)

We'll have prizes and a class special.

Make sure you mark it on your calendar
and you are a member of the Quietfire Creations Forum.

Be in the chatroom at
7 p.m. Mountain Time
- that'd be 6 pm on the North American west coast and
9 pm on the East Coast

See you there!

Meet us on Quietfire Creations

Here are some directions for accessing the chat:


Don't Miss the Quietfire Design
Back to (Art) School Sale!

On Now!

Shop early for best selection!

30% off (in stock items)

40% off (in stock items)

50% off (in stock items)
Cheap and Cheerful Brushes 50% off


Please order online or I can't guarantee you'll receive the discount!

The sale price will not show up until the item is in your shopping cart and shipping charges may have to be adjusted. I will contact you if that is the case.



Going to be in Victoria, BC,
Courtenay, BC or
Winnipeg, MB this fall?

Registration has started for my workshops in Victoria and Winnipeg
and starting soon for the 6 week class in Courtenay
- for more details see my calendar below!



Now you can visit the
Flickr Quietfire Creations Group Pool

anytime on the .ca homepage!
To enter your art in the slideshow, you must have a Flickr account and upload your artwork there. Then join the Quietfire Creations Group Pool and add your art there. I will need to approve it before you will see it on the slideshow, so have patience! (and drop me an email to nudge me!!)


Follow Suzanne
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Quietfire Style
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Suzanne's Facebook

Video Tutorials

Suzanne's Flickr album

A more or less complete list.
Please check Suzanne's schedule to see where she's teaching which class.

For Inspiration
from the Quietfire Designers,
and Quietfire Creative Geniuses

QFDesigner's Blog
Quietfire Designers



Quietfire Creations Art Pool
Quietfire Creations Pool

Tuesday Created byhand Challenge

Quotations Forum



Keep your eyes open!

Have you been watching for the free give-aways and draws?

Keep your eyes on my Twitter and Blog where I announce Quickie contests!

Quietfire Creations Forum

Come join us - it's a fabulous place to share your Quietfire Artwork! You can create your own page and add photos of your artwork. There are sub-groups you can join to ask your specific questions or start a conversation - choose one or all from the
and check the Swaps group to see what's happening there!
or you can just go watch the fabulous slide show on the home page
(but I hope you'll join us!).


This month's (our first!) Quietfire Creations Featured Artist is

Sandi Brooks

I live in the Lexington, KY area and as you know this is 'horse' country. It's very beautiful here, lush, blue green grass, miles and miles of pristine white fences and some of the most beautiful horse farms one could ever see.

I'm a daughter, sister, wife, mother and grandmother. I have a cat "Maggie" [a Maine Coon] who rules the house. My husband is my biggest fan and is always there supporting me in whatever I do. I love to work in the yard, have numerous flower gardens, a pond and I LOVE to cook!

I am now retired, but during the entire time of my working career, I had a 'side' business of wallpapering. I LOVED what it could do to a room, it was like having a HUGE coloring book and freedom to change the entire look of a room. At that time I lived in the Charleston, SC area and many homes down that way are Victorian. People would allow me the freedom to 'pick' their paper so it would be consistent with the time period of their home. What an honor for me, such trust!!


I lost my younger daughter just 10 months ago, she was only 32 years old. I would love to send you a copy of a letter I wrote about her at her service, if you'd like to read it. I love and need to tell people about her and 'who' she was. She was such a 'special' daughter, in that she too was very spiritual and highly evolved. We shared so many things in life and it is those things that have helped me through my own grief and allowed me to move forward in my life. I know she is still with me, I feel her every day.

I'm such an intense and deep being and your stamps have found that far away place inside me that needed words to speak. I know I've told you many times just how much I love your stamps and I sincerely do. They hit a cord with me that is vital in allowing my creativeness to come out once again. I went through a long 'slump' shortly after Heather's passing. I couldn't work on cards or anything, I felt as though I was frozen in place if that makes sense. It was around that time that I found your stamps and web site ~ it truly got me moving again and I wanted to share that with you.

Thank you so much for sharing with us Sandi
Keep creating your beautiful cards!
You may see more of Sandi's cards on her Quietfire Creations page where you may also contact her

Know one of the Quietfire Creations artists who you would like to see featured?
Go ahead and nominate them!
I'm taking names - go ahead nominate yourself!!


Books to Inspire

Book + Art
Handcrafting Artists' Books
by Dorothy Krause Simpson

byhandartist Linda Tanaka ordered this book from John Neal Bookseller and it briefly passed through my hands.... Darn!
It was so yummy I had to have my own copy!

If you're an altered artist, you're going to love this book. It's wonderful to flip through the pages - warm and inviting with lots of eye candy. And tons of creative ideas.

There is some instruction for making books, but I kept getting distracted by the wonderful photos of the beautiful creations. So I think this means if you have experience in bookbinding, you're not going to find anything new here for bindings, but almost certainly you will find something you've never thought of creating with those binding before.

Dorothy Simpson Krause will have you snooping in second hand shops, dying to travel to new places to find treasures to incorporate in your books and looking at your studio (and kitchen) supplies in a new light. Her work reflects her training as a painter and her intellect pushes her to experiment in the most interesting ways.

Thanks Linda! for alerting me to this treasure of a book!!




In the mail


Thank you pears
by Jean McC.

Thanks Jean!

If you've sent me something and I haven't posted it, please feel free to email me and remind me!!

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(even though it won't always be cards - I'm afraid to change the name, I'm not sure what my website will do!).

Recently In Print with Quietfire Stamps

Design Team Member

Vamp Stamp News - August 2009

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Vamp Stamp News - August 2009


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byhandartists' Artwork

Itching to do some summer art? Join the monthly swap!
There is still time!
Check in with Beth our Hostess with the Mostess!
(send her a message through the forum)

The general August theme is
*Diamonds-* shapes, quotes, jewels, harlequin pattern?
*Red*-all shades
*Pets*-As an extra theme this month, I'll add the Created Byhand Tuesday challenge theme of *pets* to maybe grab a few of you who create for that but don't usually swap an atc!


byhand artists July ATC Swap















the schedule so far

Some of Suzanne's Class Samples

To register, please contact:
Sept 2009
Courtenay, BC Beginning Italic Calligraphy Courtenay Recreation
(after Aug 18)
Sept 19 Victoria, BC Lutradur Journal Island Blue Print
(registration begin in Aug)
Sept 20 Victoria, BC Italic Bootcamp Island Blue Print
(registration begin in Aug)
Oct 24 Winnipeg, MB Adding Funk to your Foundational Calligraphers Guild of Winnipeg (please contact me for registration info)
Oct 25 Winnipeg, MB Pipe Organ Binding Calligraphers Guild of Winnipeg (please contact me for registration info)


To register, please contact
April 8-9 Maple Ridge, BC Lutradur Journal Vancouver Guild of Fibre Arts
Fibre in the Forest Retreat


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

Gifts for the Artists in the Spotlight
Free Rubber!

Have you had your artwork published in a magazine?
Did it mention that you used products from Quietfire Design?

If so, then you are eligible to receive a reward of free rubber stamps!
There is one reward per issue at this time. 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:
    Just Cards (have you seen the Quietfire ad?)
    Rubberstamp Madness (have you seen the Quietfire ad?)
    Somerset Studio
    Scrap and Stamp
    Stampers Sampler
    Take 10 (or other Stampington publications)

Just check with me for other publications that may qualify.

Create without Limits!

Submissions to this newsletter and the Galleries!

I love to see your artwork using Quietfire Design Products and would love to share them with others on my website.
If you've created something - let me know!
Preferably, send me an email with a link to your online artwork and I'll pick it up there

Warn me in advance that you're sending a jpg.

I'm at
please put Submissions in the subject line. Thanks!

Do you have a technique you'd like to share? The Techniques Gallery awaits your inspiration!


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

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