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July 2009 - Issue 73


Gentle Thoughts




Lettering by Suzanne Cannon for
the Lines of Evolution Solo Exhibition, 2000


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Projects for you to create
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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 July 23, 2009 we're having another
online class:

Ecoline Resistance is Futile!

Yogi Grunwald will show us some fabulous samples made with a whole menu of resist techniques with Ecoline Inks. You don't have to have the inks to enjoy the class!

Wait till you see these samples!

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 and
click on the little green chat balloon on the bottom right,
then on the little person with the red button beside them
and you're in!

Quietfire Rubber in Print!
Thanks to Janet for first alerting me
and to Cyndi for supplying the details!

On page 89 of Fabulous Folds you will find a project using the Quietfire Rubber

Envelope and Tiles!

I haven't got the book yet, but thanks very much to the designer who used them!

some web browsers show the incorrect link for this - Fantastic Folds is available on

New video Tutorial: Filling Your Nib

Interested in calligraphy?
Here are few basic video tutorials I made which might interest you.

More to come!

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!!)


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Video Tutorials

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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!).

Winners of the Anniversary give aways!
Please note, these names were drawn - I hate judging artwork!! - I'm showing you these as examples of the winners' artwork! Pretty darn cool, eh?

You can click on each of their names to see their pages on the Quietfire Creations Forum. Thanks to everyone who submitted artwork! You're making the forum an awesome place to hang out!

Week 1

Debra Blades, Abbotsford, BC Canada



Week 2

Pat Sernyk, Manitoba, Canada



Week 3

Well, I had to laugh after I chose Donna's name.
These cards are guaranteed to bring a smile to your face!

Donna Moore, Michigan, USA



Week 4

Donna Vere, Sunshine Coast, BC Canada




Books to Inspire

Embellish with Anything
Fibre Art Techniques for Quilts -
ATCs, Postcards, Wallhangings & More

by Gladys Love

Recently I taught a bookbinding class at Leapenhi Paper in Courtenay where I was lucky enough to meet Gladys Love, the author of Embellish With Anything! What a delightful and enthusiastic person! Several weeks later she came shopping in person with her friend Judy. Needless to say, I had to pick up her book.

Since I have a special soft spot for fabric and textiles, it wasn't a chore for me to pour through the pages, smiling at references to her friend Judy and her friend Joan, who was also in my bookbinding class. And I was smiling more as I ready about her felted beads, since we'd been discussing them just the other day on the byhandartists group (as we drooled over Lizard's felted bead charms).

Gladys' book has sections on Inspiration and Sketchbooks, Supplies, Techniques, Ephemera from Everywhere (including beer cans on the beach and dragonfly skeletons), Fabric Beads (from scraps, stabilizers, wool and heated felt), seventeen Projects and a Gallery. My personal favourite is the beaded goddess postcards project! oh, and the felted wool beads. oh! and that tree on the cover is *dimensional*, not flat!! Very, very cool!

You should see what Gladys does with luggage tags (you will NEVER mistake your luggage again!) and she has a very unique way of sharing the photos of her grandchildren.

And the things I've mentioned are just a few of the treats waiting in store for you inside the covers of Embellish with Anything.

Gladys is a member of Quietfire Creations and you can see her page here link link



Artwork by byhand subscribers! & In the mail

8th Anniversary postcard from Lizard

ATCs by Jeneen Weekes, Courtenay, BC
(the ribbon pulls out a recipe for New Orleans Hurricane - rum and fruit juices among other things!)

This is Jeneen's Crabs ATC which I was lucky enough to receive at the class I taught at Leapenhi. The dimension and complexity in this card is amazing with diecuts, origami, fold-outs and pockets containing a crab recipe in each one! Too much fun not to share!





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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This week's Project from Deborah March

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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!).


Changes in the Design Team

I'd like to thank Kristy Christopherson for her beautiful designs which she has shared with us over the last year!

She is retiring to spend the summer performing that all-important job of being a mom while her children are out of school as well as trying to squeeze in some art time for herself.

Kristy has added a wonderful painterly aspect to the Quietfire Design Team and we will miss her contributions - but keep your eye on her blog and the Quietfire Design Team Blog. She may not be a regular, but she's staying in touch! Yay!

P.S. There is still at least one more of Kristy's DT projects to share - coming soon!

Welcome Becca!

New to the Design Team this month is Becca Feeken. Some of you will know Becca from her beautiful Amazing Paper Grace website and as a regular contributor to Split Coast Stampers forum.

See Becca's Quietfire Gallery here!

Becca is really busy right now preparing for the CHA summer show, but has promised us some more photos for her gallery AND a project very soon! Stay tuned! (I can hardly wait!)

Welcome Becca!

Recently In Print

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


July Vamp Stamp News
(on the cover!)


July Vamp Stamp News


Just Cards - Summer 2009

Also in Print!

Wanda (DT alumni)
Vamp Stamp News - July 2009
Just Cards - Summer 2009



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 July theme is
Black or White (either or both),
and Tea
(iced? hot? sharing a cup?, recipe atc for a yummy tea? Tea time? Reading tea leaves?)

Can't wait to see what you come up with, maybe a quote about an insect!


byhand artists June ATC Swap













Quotations Rolodex Swap, July 2009

Not just your everyday Rolodex...

The byhandartists are determined to fill their Rolodexes! Slowly but surely our Rolodexes are plumping up with the greatest little bits of art.

Here are samples of our latest swap, and you can visit the results of our other Rolodex swaps at the links below! These swaps are not to be missed!

Thanks so much to everyone who played and to Beth Akins who once again is our Hostess with the Mostess!

The Great Rolodex Swap - July 2006

The Second Great Rolodex Swap - June 2007

The Pink Rolodex Swap - Fall 2008








Linca C.


Mary- Beth

Suzanne C.

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
Oct 25 Winnipeg, MB Pipe Organ Binding Calligraphers Guild of Winnipeg


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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