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Fall 2008 - Issue 71


Gentle Thoughts



Artwork by Kim Prince


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Here are some recently added gems!
Thanks to those of you who have contributed - you're awesome!

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We Remember.....

Over the summer, the calligraphic communities lost two very special people


Pamela Barlow Brooks

As a newbie calligrapher I recall, with clarity, Pamela looking over my shoulder and saying my "S"s were terrible!
I immediately set about fixing that with many pages of S! I guess I must have succeeded, as she later hired me for my first calligraphy teaching job...

Pamela was an amazing individual. To me, she was such a bold person, totally different from me - she was a true artist.

I liked to sit back and listen to her viewpoints and ideas. I consider myself boringly conventional, so often her ideas of life and love scared me. The Pamela I knew in the 80's was afraid of nothing. A fabulous woman, always thinking and working out of the box.

Pamela was a founding member of the Fairbank Calligraphy Society in Victoria, BC.

and Pameeeelllla, where ever you are, I still smile when I think of you and an S!! Especially when they're upside down.

Sue Fraser

Sue Fraser was one of those women who you admire for exuding confidence, intelligence, humour and dignity. I want to be that way when I grow up and Sue is one of the first people I think of as an example.

Sue was chairman of the Westcoast Calligraphy Society when I first met her. She and Fay Nelson supported and encouraged me when I became chairman at the end of Sue's term

Although I met Sue in Vancouver, she lived in Victoria for a number of years where she was an enthusiastic and active member of the Fairbank Calligraphy Society.

Sue was always there if you needed help. She has been an inspiration and kind soul to many.

and will never forget.........


Books to Inspire

I saw this reviewed on the news the other day. They were talking about children's book.....*I* want it!!!

For the letter lovers in your life:

From the lenticular cover that changes with the angle of your hands, all the way to the Z, ABC3D is as much a work of art as it is a pop-up book. Each of the 26 dimensional letters move and change before your eyes. C turns into D with a snap. M stands at attention. X becomes Y with a flick of the wrist. And then there's U... Boldly conceived and brilliantly executed with a striking black, red, and white palette, this is a book that readers and art lovers of all ages will treasure for years to come.

MARION BATAILLE is graphic and book designer who has never before been published in this country. She lives in Paris. This is just a hand-made mock-up of the actual book which publishes in Oct. 2008. We couldn't be more excited about it.




Shared Artwork! Thanks!
If I missed adding your artwork, please send me a reminder note!


Gerrie Johnnic

Yogi Grunwald

Sandie Reid - her card has a folded section which reveals a butterfly!


Loni R, Tacoma, WA

Yvonne D, Victoria, BC

Marina in the Netherlands


Here are some wonderful books made by customer James McCarron who I've enjoyed many delightful conversations with!

Cool, eh?


Carmen G., Ontario, Canada

Carmen G., Ontario, Canada


Priscilla Hill's

Caught in Canvas journal!

Thanks for sharing Priscilla!

When you put your book kits on 20% off a couple of months ago, I took the opportunity to buy a few.

Here is my canvas book, still in progress. The inside of the book will have a piece of clear mica covering it.

Thanks for the clear instructions!! My blog shows my creative process with a couple of my friends!

Priscilla H., NC, USA


Thea's lovely Caught in Canvas Journal

Thea N., TX, USA



Home Sweet Home Journal

Chris S., Vancouver, BC


Inspiration and Projects for you from the
Quietfire Design Team!

Catch the Weekly Design Team Project!
Make sure you're a newsletter subscriber and if you're a registered user that you've checked off the Card Projects Newsletter
(even though it won't always be cards - I'm afraid to change the name, I'm not sure what my website will do!).

For even more inspiration, visit the new Quietfire Designers Blog!

Make sure you subscribe to the blog as well, so you don't miss any of their wonderful creations!

The 2009 Quietfire Design Team

The 2009 Design Team remains almost the same.
We regretfully say goodbye to Wanda Hengtes who is (I hope temporarily!) retiring from active duty! I know you will still see her artwork in print!
In fact if you have a current copy of Scrap & Stamp Arts, her artwork is in the QFD advertisement!

Recently In Print

Have you seen the Fabulous Design Team's artwork in print????

The artwork of Wanda Hentges can be seen in the

Scrap & Stamp October 2008
Scrap & Stamp December 2008

Just Cards Winter 2009 - 2 cards
Just Cards Fall 2008 - at least 2 cards!

Vamp Stamp News October 2008
Vamp Stamp News November 2008

Crafts 'n Things Jan/Feb 2009

Somerset Studio Jan/Feb 2009

Kelly Burton has artwork featuring Quietfire Design Rubber Stamps in:

Vamp Stamp News November 2008

Kelly also brings you the Weekly Tuesday byhand Challenge , um, well, weekly! Don't miss it!

Deborah March has artwork featuring Quietfire Design Rubber Stamps in:

Paper Creations Christmas Edition
Scrap & Stamp, Spring '09
Vamp Stamp News November 2008

(and I'm sure there is more, but Deborah is busy holidaying!!)

Also in print!

This fabulous triangle book from Design Team Alumni
Lauren Nwachukwu
can be seen with complete directions in the October issue of Scrap & Stamp magazine.

Marg Oberg's artwork can be seen in the September issue of Vamp Stamp News with directions!

Monica Black, Design Team Alumni's artwork can be seen in
Just Cards, Fall 2008
as well as card published in Just Cards Summer 2008 and Winter 2009!!

Congratulations to you all!
And thank you sooooo much for loving and using the
Gentle Thoughts Rubber Stamps!

A little dab will do ya!
Fun with Koi Watercolours
by Susan Miller

When Susan sent me the jpgs of her envelopes I was absolutely charmed!
Here is how she does it! Thanks for sharing Susan!

Talk about a * "little dab will do ya!"
One day I sat down and placed three white No.10 envelopes on my kitchen table and armed with my little KOI WATERCOLOR TRAVEL KIT painted up a garden of delights. I couldn't believe what fun I had in producing these little gems and how pleased people were receiving my creations.
Using the watercolours in the palette, some wild flower imagination and a little water in about 10-15 minutes I had some pretty neat envelopes to send out. There is a wealth of little sayings to go with these "Friends are like flowers in the garden of life" "I live in the garden. I just sleep in the house" etc etc

The kit is so neat as it comes with a water brush, a small sponge to dab your brush, a wee palette to make your colour washes and the paints. I've taken my kit on the ferry, to the park and long car rides- who knew these little kits could provide such creative fun.


* "little dab will do ya" is from an old hair cream commercial (Brylcream???) for all you under 50 year olds!


byhandartist Swap Artwork

The 2008 Danglie Swap

Check out what the lucky recipients of this swap received!
A huge thanks to Mary-Beth for hostessing this fabulous swap!

Click on each photo to see the larger version!

Beth Ann

Gillian H.

Irene B.

Jacey (front)


Jacey (back)

Jane H.

Joanne R.

Jules E.

Kristy L.


Kristy L.

Linda T

Mary-Beth J.

Mollye S.


Nicki P.

Nicolette A.

Ruth C.

The Pink Rolodex Swap

Pictured above is Suzanne's Rolodex

The Pink Rolodex swap is one of a number of Rolodex swaps we have enjoyed on the byhandartists and was graciously organized by first- time hostess Judy Lawton. Thanks Judy!!


Click on each image to see it larger!

Anne A.

Beth A.

Beth A.

Joanne R.


Judy L.

Linda C.


Pat G.

Sandie R.

Suzanne C.

the schedule so far

To register, please contact:
March 14 Victoria BC Criss Cross Coptic Island Blue Print
March 15 Victoria BC Over & Under the Covers Island Blue Print

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(have you seen the Quietfire ad?)
    Stampers Sampler (have you seen the Quietfire ad?)
    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.

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please put Submissions in the subject line. Thanks!

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


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