byhand Newsletter

brought to you in living colour by Quietfire Design
Helping you create beautiful things to share
February 2008 - Issue 67



Fan by Suzanne Cannon


Important links at your fingertips!

byhand Products

Calligraphy Supplies
Embellishments of all types
Gentle Thoughts Rubber Stamps
Other Cool Stuff
Watercolours, Acrylics and more
Paper of all types
Pens Pencils Pastels & Markers
Textile products

Inspiration & Information

Projects for you to create

Suzanne's Blog
Suzanne's Workshops


In Association with


Quotations Forum at
Eloquence at Quietfire Design

Browse for the perfect saying or add one you'd love to share!

Here are some quotations which can be seen in the forum;

Great art picks up where nature ends. ~Marc Chagall

"You must give some time to your fellow men. Even if it's a little thing, do something for others - something for which you get no pay but the privilege of doing it." - Albert Schweitzer, Nobel Peace Prize winner

We are never alone. The heart always finds its way home. ~Flavia

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


Instructors Supply Lists

Going to a calligraphic workshop soon?
These instructors have graciously allowed their supply lists to be posted on my website. Thank you ladies!

Carrie Imai

There are 24 of Carrie's favourite Bienfang Practice Pads on their way. Don't wait and miss out!

Roann Mathias

If you are attending one of their workshops this spring, click on the photos above to see their supply lists including links to their websites and their listed products that I carry!

The fan shown at the top of this page is the
Project of the Month
on the Scor-it Website.
at the time this is published it is only viewable by Retailers and shhhhh! now you!

So, to celebrate
all Scor-it Boards are on sale
20% off

Don't miss out! If you already have the big one, then you know how handy the small one will be at workshops and if you have the small one, you'll want the big one so you can do full 12" pieces!

You will not see the sale price until the item is in your shopping cart!

New Inspiration Pages

Visit the Inspiration Pages.
The pages listed below are the stamp pages, click on the Inspiration button on each of those pages to see fresh new artwork!

Don't Let Yesterday
The Secret of Genius
If I had a Star
There are Two Things

If you have artwork using Quietfire Rubber Stamps or other products, send me a jpg or a link to your blog or photo-sharing page where the artwork is located! I'd love to see it!

Quietfire Spring Break

I won't be shipping orders beginning March 17 to March 25. We're only away for a few days, but then the 4 day Canada Post Easter Break takes effect! In theory I will be here to ship on the 21st.... but there won't be anyone at the Post Office to take your order!!!

Thanks for your patience!!
(I'll be home working on the next newsletter!)

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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!

Home Sweet Home Journal.

click on the smaller photos to view larger versions


Hope to see you in a class !
Miniature Windows and Doors are not provided with the class kits, but may be purchased separately.

Several weeks ago, the Created byhand Tuesday Challenge was to decorate the template for the cover of the Home Sweet Home Journal.
Here is how some very talented artists would decorate their houses. A big thanks to them for sharing!
Click on each photo to see it larger.







Linda C




Sarah D





If you wish more information about these works of art,
please go to the Challenge page for Houses and follow each artist's link.

The beautiful and talented Quietfire Design Team
(If you haven't met them yet, click here!) would like to present
for your creative tummy rumbles,
some projects using Quietfire Design byhand Products, complete with instructions!
No calorie consumption is required in the making of these projects - unless, of course, you want to!


What the Design Team is reading (and recommending!)

Kelly Burton

Rubber Stamping Artist Trading Cards on

Wanda Hentges
(and Kelly! and Deborah!)

Texture Effects on

Deborah March
wants to share

Metal Craft Discovery Workshop on

Monica Black
Design Team Alumni

Paper Transformed from


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

The artwork of Wanda Hentges can be seen in the March Issue of Vamp Stamp News (in 2 places)! She used Quietfire Design Stamps and Products!

Deborah March has artwork on page 64 of the April 2008 issue of Scrap & Stamp Arts using QFD rubber!

Inspiration and Projects for you from the
Quietfire Design Team!

Click on each photo to go to the Project Page which includes complete instructions and links to the products each designer used!

Suite of 5 bound ATCs
using Kelly's Kit
Kelly Burton

Leave Room in your Garden Card
Deborah March

Guest Designer Project

I'd like to welcome Guest Designer
Kim Prince
Thanks so much for sharing your beautiful project with us Kim!

Click on the photo to see Kim's project up close with complete instructions!

My name is Kim Prince and I live in Halifax, N.S.

I have 2 wonderful sons and am married to the man of my dreams!

I started stamping 20 years ago, making baby announcements, and selling cards at the local Farmers Market. in Vernon, B.C. I started working at a craft store and taught classes there as well. Then I moved east and that is when I really got serious about stamping!

I now work at a grocery store as an EEC (Employee Experience Co-ordinator), and teach stamping in my spare time!

I would really like to thank Suzanne for the honour of being Guest Designer for this month, it's been a lot of fun. Quietfire stamps are so beautiful and it amazes me everytime I use these stamps that these are Suzanne's calligraphy and art! What a truly talented lady you are!

You can find Kim's delightful Blog at Creative Diversions

This month we have a treat from Quietfire Design Team Member
Kelly Burton.
She makes the most fabulous ATCs and her style is unmistakeable!

Kelly has assembled a gorgeous collection of sturdy duplex papers perfect for ATCs. We chose some of our favourite collage images - some old, but mostly new - and combined them with the Six Gentle Words rubber stamps to create a kit for you to create beautiful ATCs, too!

The Kelly Kit contains

  • 2 6x6" pieces each of 9 different patterned papers (2 pieces of each so you can use each side!)
  • The Kelly's Favourites Collage Sheet
  • Six Gentle Thoughts Unmounted Rubber Stamps
  • Copper coloured binder ring

Samples from the 2008 Valentine Mingle on the
byhandartists Yahoo Group

Sorry we didn't get all the photos this time around,
but here are some fabulous ideas for your next creative episode!
Click on each photo to see the larger version.

to Judy

Chris to Therese

Jacey to Joanne

Jacey to Joanne

Jacey to Joanne

Jane to Suzanne

Joanne to Yogi

Joanne to Yogi

Joanne to Yogi

Joanne to Yogi

Joanne to Yogi

Joanne to Yogi

Joanne to Yogi

Judi D to Chris

Judy L to Monica

Judy L to Monica

Judy L to Monica

Judy L to Monica

Judy L to Monica

Linda to Carmen

Linda to Carmen


Mary-Beth to Jacey

Mary-Beth to Jacey

Mary-Beth to Jacey

Mary-Beth to Jacey

Monica to Irene

Monica to Irene

Monica to Irene

Sandy R to Wendy K

Therese to Linda T

Wanda to Darcee

Yogi to Gabrielle
to see more of Yogi's accordion, click here.



Dates Location Workshop To register, please contact:
Sat Mar 1 Victoria BC Home Sweet Home Journal Island Blue Print
Sun Mar 2 Victoria BC Journal in a Slipcase Island Blue Print
April 5 Burnaby BC Home Sweet Home Journal Burnaby Continuing Education
April 6 Surrey BC Home Sweet Home Journal Bookmakers of Vancouver
June 14 Victoria BC Caught in Canvas Island Blue Print
June 15 Victoria BC Altered Board Books Island Blue Print

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

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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 elible 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!


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

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