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December 2006 - Issue 59


Gentle Thoughts





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Daily Journal Prompts for January 2007

Have you been thinking it would be nice to keep a daily journal? Or have you tried with no success? For the month of January, I am sending out a daily journal prompt to get you started. You can use a journal that you already have or collect up some pages that you can bind later.

This can be a written journal or use it as an Artist's Journal! Anything goes in an Artist's Journal! Hey, it's your book - you can do what you like in it. You can share your pages, or keep them private. There will be a photo album set up on the byhandartists Yahoo website to upload anything you'd like to share. If you're a byhandartist already, you don't need to sign up for the prompts, I will send them to the list every day) If you're not a member of the byhandartists you will need to

  • sign up for this newsletter and tick the box for the daily prompts or
  • if you're already a subscriber to this newsletter, sign up by changing your subscriber preferences at the bottom of the email I sent announcing this newsletter.

Happy Journaling!

and don't beat yourself up if you don't get to your journal everyday - remember, it's your book! You can do whatever you want with it.

A Card a Week

For the month of January, I will be uploading a Card A Week to inspire your creative spirit.

I will be adding these projects to the Projects Gallery. You can sign up to receive notice of the project, just as you did for the Journal Prompts

I just wanted to let you know that I am constantly working to add useful information and inspiration to this website. The buttons below can be found in the byhand product pages with certain items and alert you that "thar be treasure!".

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

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

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


The Quote Marks are available!

Each set has 7 stamps;
5 quotations and 2 titles.
Use them to make sets of themed bookmarks or use them individually! The possibilities are endless!
Click on the images for more information.



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Quietfire Design is now part of


What this means is that we'll be having chats and online classes in the near future! A huge thanks to Monica Black for her assistance in setting all this up!
If you'd like to be notified of the
online classes and chats
and you are already a byhand subscriber, click on the link at the bottom of the email you received announcing this newsletter and change your Interests by clicking the appropriate box.
If you are new to this newsletter, just fill out the form to the right of this column! Thanks!

About Cyberstampers
Cyberstampers is an online "Mall". You can window-shop through all the vendors by going to this link:
to see what's current.
To join the chats and online classes you will need some Chat software. I have been using the mIRC software Cyberstampers recommends - for more information visit this link:
Don't be scared - it works really well! Hope to see you there.

The delightful Monica Black will be teaching an online class mid-month and a Valentine's themed class during the Cyberstampers Convention in late January. Stay Tuned for dates!

Gentle Thoughts Info
This month's Gentle Thoughts was done with

The brush lettering for Magic was done with a very dry brush.

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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!

Site Sitings

Well these are usually websites, but I thought I'd share some of the retail outlets where you can purchase my Gentle Thoughts Rubber Stamps. Destination shopping is fun! Even I get visitors.

Thanks to these vendors for their interest in my rubber!

Paper Pleasures

Paper Pleasures at Lincoln House Located in "Old Town" Lunenburg
130 Lincoln Street
(at the corner of Kaulbach St.)

P.O. Box 322
Lunenburg, Nova Scotia
B0J 2C0
call: (902) 634-7179
toll free: 1-877-634-7179 or email us at:

The Inkspot

Nestled in the quaint community of Kirkwood, Missouri, a suburb of St. Louis, The Inkspot of Natalie is a delightful slice of stamping heaven.

132 W. Monroe
Kirkwood, MO

314-822-5544 or
email us:



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The Sale continues!

The Scor-it Board
10% off and the Stop Guide is included!

Don't miss out on this great opportunity! Click the link to read about it.

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

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ATC Swap

Over the last year byhandartist Beth Ann has taken us through a rainbow of colour inspiration for making ATCs. We'd like to thank her from the bottom of our artbins for helping us create wonderful collections of ATCs as well as getting us together to share our art.
Now we'd like to thank Yogi for stepping in to take over for this non-colour portion of the ROY G BIV swap!

Although I didn't get my ATCs done, I did do some preliminary work - that'd be the title above!

Click on each of the photos below to view it larger.


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Suzanne's Schedule


February 24 Victoria BC The Altered Book Project - Backgrounds Island Blue Print
February 25 Victoria BC Pipe Organ Binding Island Blue Print
April 14 Saltspring Island BC Artist's Journal in a Day Stitches Quilt Shop
April 15 Saltspring Island BC Fabric Ribbon Journal Stitches Quilt Shop
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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© 2006 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.