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February 2005- Issue 42


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Welcome !

I've decided to send out a smaller newsletter than usual this month - I'm trying to get back into phase so the issues come out closer to the beginning of the month!

Here is what's in this months newsletter:

Quietfire Retreat
| Numbers Deco Round Robin |
Suzanne's Calendar New byhand Products
What came in the Mail! |
Valentine Mingle


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In October, I was lucky enough to participate in an episode of Crash Test Mommy, a new reality series from the Life Network - you can see some of the photos I took in the November newsletter.

The latest update I have of the episode featuring Leanne Bishop from RubyDog's Arthouse and I is that it will air on the Life Network the week of March 12, 2005.


Quietfire Retreat

June 11 & 12, 2005
in the beautiful Alberni Valley!

This retreat is more than half full! Don't wait too long!

The workshop for this retreat will be the Copper Book, which we will do on Saturday and Sunday.
This weekend will include
Copper Book Workshop including book materials
A goodie bag
Catered breakfasts & lunches, all day coffee, tea and snackies on the days of the workshop
Spa evening
(oh, so relaxing and fun)
Field trips & Shopping Opportunities
(other than Quietfire Design!)
Fabulous Scenery
(if it doesn't rain...)
And you'll be just over an hour away from the incredible Long Beach on the west coast of Vancouver Island.

The Spa evening at the hotel will include facials, snacks and the possibility of libations! I am arranging massages, as well, but move over, I'm first in line! (kidding!) I'm sure this will be a fun and relaxing evening!
Accommodation will be a the Coast Hospitality Inn in Port Alberni, only a few blocks from the workshop location. A block of rooms have been reserved for the Quietfire Retreat and the event price is $90CAD/room. Participants will be required to book their own rooms and make their way to Port Alberni. Let me know if you're planning to fly in - we will arrange a pick-up, if possible!

If you're interested in coming to play, please email me at and please put Retreat in your Subject Line! Thanks!
Approximate cost of the retreat $180 CAD/person (approx. $145USD). Your $90 CAD ($72 USD) deposit holds your spot and becomes nonrefundable after May 1, 2005 (unless your spot can be filled). You may use your Visa, PayPal or cheque made out to Suzanne Cannon. Please email me if your cheque is on the way!

We're gonna have a fabulous weekend!

Hope to see you in June 2005!

You can see more of the Copper Book creations in the Class Photos section of my website.

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

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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!

Quietfire Design on the Road in 2005

Check out the Quietfire booths at

Stampers Celebration - Calgary AB
April 1, 2 and 3, 2005

This year I'm teaching Designing Decos for Divas and Mini Mica Memories. As well, I'll be a vendor - drop in and say Hi! Hope to see you there!

Artwerx 2005 - Richmond, BC
August 12 -15, 2005

The Vendor evening is on Friday August 12 from 7-10 p.m.


Suzanne is a member of the

Site Siting

Off Tangent Artworks

My friend Lori Wilson and her husband Jim are the creative forces behind Off Tangent Artworks here in the Alberni Valley. They do amazing things with glass! You'll love browsing their website - be sure to check out their lamps and clocks. (I'm saving up!)

What Came in the Mail!

Once in a while I get something totally unexpected in the mail. Here are a few beauties that I'd like to share with you. Thank you so much to the artists!

Annie Bodelier
The Netherlands

I'm walking throught the desert and I''m not frightened, although it's hot - I have all that I requested and I do not want what I haven't got.
Sinead O'Connor

Sheila Dexter
Calgary, AB


Kathy Guthrie
Calgary, AB


Three New Vintage Collage Sheets
Images for your Altered Book, ATCs and Slide Mounts!

Vintage Women 2

Vintage Children 1

Vintage Winged Things 1

Here are the other available collage sheets!

Fine Art Ladies

Vintage Women 1

Back in Stock!

Copper Mesh

Back in Stock!

Spatulas - I love these!

I use this spatula for so many things! I apply glue with it, I undo staples with it, I fish bits of paper out of my punches with it.... You get the idea! I'm lost without it. Now you have the opportunity to have one, too! It's a sturdy one, made of stainless steel. It's here at a new improved price, too!

Winter Challenge Swap!


Don't forget, if you've signed up for the Vintage ATC swap.....

Due date: March 1, 2005 to me at Quietfire Design, Box 1231, Port Alberni, BC Canada V9Y 7M1

Numbers Deco Round Robin

The byhandartists third round of decos is completed except for a couple of glitches. Here are some more fabulous pages from those decos which is bound to stimulate your own creativity.


Kathy L. in Linda's

Sharon in Linda's

Charmaine in Linda's

Kathy M. in Linda's

Kathy L. in Charmaine's

Kathy L. in Charmaine's

Kathy M. in Charmaine's

Sharon in Charmaine's

Kathy M's

Kathy L in Kathy M's

Sharon in Kathy M's

Lisa's Deco

Pam in Lisa's

Nancy in Lisa's

Leanne in Lisa's

Anne in Lisa's

Lisa's open

Lisa's open


Inside Suzanne's cover

Suzanne in Vicki S.

Tricia in Suzanne's

Lizard in Suzanne's

Vicki S. in Suzanne's

Vickie E. in Suzanne's

Vickie S, in Vickie E.


Valentine Mingle

On the spur of the moment, the byhandartists decided to have a Valentine Mingle! We made a list and the person on top sent one Valentine-themed ATC on to the next person on the list and that person made an ATC and sent it to the next person and so on. Each of us just had to make one ATC but if we just happened to have an ATC or two left over from our creative blitz, we could RAK other members of the list. Here are some of the wonderful results! More next month!

Cathy W.

Patti S.

Donna K.



Linda C.

Ramon W.

Cathy H.

Suzanne C.

Yogi G.

Yogi G.

Yogi G.

Suzanne's Schedule


Feb 18
Abbotsford BC
Endeavour Educational Services
School District Professional Day
Feb 19 Burnaby BC Altering On - Niches and Drawers Burnaby Community Education
Feb 20 Vancouver Versed in Versals Westcoast Calligraphy Society
April 1, 2, 3 Calgary AB Stampers Celebration Vendor and Instructor
Friday 7-9pm Calgary AB Designing Decos for Divas Stampers Celebration
Saturday 8-10am Calgary AB Mini Mica Memories Stampers Celebration
April 9 Sat Victoria BC Decorated Journal Stampers! to register email or (250) 384-6784
April 30 Port Alberni, BC A Day with the Arts Studio Tours  
Sat May 14 Victoria BC Journal in a Slipcase Island Blue Print
Sun May 15 Victoria BC Altering On - Niches and Drawers Island Blue Print
June Port Alberni BC Copper Book Retreat Contact for details
Sept 24,25 Red Deer AB The Altered Word

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

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