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June 2004 - Issue 35


Gentle Thoughts

Gentle Thoughts rubber, Image from Melanie Sage's Collage CD


Hi Everyone, welcome to the June 2004 issue of byhand!

Well, I've had a very busy 6 weeks with Stampers Celebration in Calgary, the Fibre Arts Symposium in Comox and then back to Calgary for teaching at
Paper Pastimes
and at the
Canadian Craft and Hobby Industry's Trade Show
. Whew!

Thanks very much to all my students and customers who make doing this work so delightful. It's a delight to be part of your lives.

Paper Pastimes is the new retail outlet for Quietfire's Gentle Thoughts Rubber Stamps! Drop in and visit Carole - you'll think you're lost until you step into her wonderland where a great eclectic collection of paper temptations await your creative passions. You might wish to call ahead for directions!
901B Heritage Dr. SW Calgary, AB
(403) 255-8731

I had 2 wonderful classes at Paper Pastimes in one marathon day creating really wonderful decorated journals using Gentle Thoughts rubber. The journals we used were from Select Imports, watercolour journals which are really lovely. I have some on order and will put them on my site when they arrive.
Thanks again to Carole for her generous hospitality!

Well, you can't go to a trade show and not come back with goodies. I can't believe the number of new things I've brought in! Click here to preview the new additions. I'm going to have soooo much fun creating over the summer!

At the CCHA show, I taught to the retailers - hey, they really know their crafts! We had 3 people drop out of their 8 a.m. classes to come to ours! It was a busy 2 hour class where our focus was using the papers and journals distributed by Select Imports. I have never been to a wholesale trade show and I learned a lot. I had a really wonderful weekend.
A big Thanks! to Supriya at Select Imports for this opportunity!

Now on with the newsletter...

Table of Contents for this issue

New Summer Challenge!
with prizes!

a byhand subscriber exhibits

and there's always more that I can't catagorize!!

Welcome New Subscribers!

Over the next few month I will be having a monthly draw from the new subscribers list for a
small handbound journal.

All you need to do is be a new subscriber and I will take care of the rest!

This month the winner of the draw is:

Sarah Potter
of Warwick, Rhode Island

Congratulations ! Thanks for joining the byhand Family!

The New Rubber is Here!

Changes to the
Printable Order Form!

If you are ordering by mail, you will notice that the
Printable Order Form

is now blank. I was getting so many products on that darn list that it was difficult to find them (even for me!!). Now you will just be filling out the items you need. Canadian shopper will need to visit the Bank of Canada website to find the current exchange rate and fill in the converted subtotal. Hopefully this will simplify things for all of us!!

And hey, the first person to order 20 different items in one order ('cause there are 20 spaces on the printable order form) in June 2004 will win a really nice prize!
(Okay, that can be one prize for the first mailed in order and one prize for the first PayPal or VISA order! I must be going soft in the head....)

Important links at your fingertips!

byhand Products shopping
cool stuff for the creative spirit!

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If you wish to contact me, my email address is:

or Quietfire Design, Box 1231, Port Alberni, BC
V9Y 7M1  Canada

To unsubscribe: send me an email saying 'unsubscribe'. I'll live.... (sniff)
To change your email address: send me an email with both your new and old address. Thanks!

Books to Inspire

Back next month

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!

Site Siting

While you nourish your creative spririt by reading this newsletter, don't forget your creative body needs nourishment, too. My Mom had a quote that she liked:

If you don't look after your body, where are you going to live?

Come visit my new website

Check out the nutritional supplements - they really are first class and the Sensé products are such a treat - nourish your skin! According to an Industry consultant, Sensé is in the top one percent of skin care lines worldwide.
I've even got a challenge on this website!

Join the supporters of byhand and become a
Premium Subscriber

As well a supporting this newsletter you will receive a limited-release rubber stamp:

The width of this stamp will be approximately 3.5"

For more details, go to the
Premium Subscriber Membership

This membership will be $12 CAD or $10US for the remainder of 2004.
As a Premium Subscriber, you will receive a limited-release unmounted rubber stamp as well as first notification of new rubber and new byhand products!

Quietfire Design can now accept VISA!

The best way to purchase
byhand Products is still the PayPal shopping Cart, but for those of you who are uncomfortable with PayPal, you now have another option! You will not be able to use your credit card online, but will be able to phone me with your information. Email me for more details!


Favourite things

During May, I attended the Fibre Arts Symposium in the Comox Valley as both an instructor and a vendor.

Another vendor at the symposium was Deb Dumka. Deb makes the most wonderful felted purses (which are knit before felting) in fabulous colours. I instantly fell in love with them. How could you not love these colours and shapes? If you have the opportunity to meet Deb (and even from seeing her smiling face in the photo), you'll understand how the art reflects the artist.W

Here are just a few of her samples!

To contact Deb, email her at

I love my wee purse so much - I keep patting its "bottom". It's like having a baby without having to do the diaper changes!


Send me your "Favourite Things" suggestions and you might see it here!


Fabulous Summer Challenge!

Windows of Life Challenge


There will be a pile of prizes! The winners names will be drawn from a hat.

First Prize
$30 of Gentle Thoughts Rubber
Second Prize
$20 of Gentle Thoughts Rubber
Third Prize
A Handbound book
Fourth Prize
A Starter Kit of the new crack-resistant Grow More Wheat Rubber Stamp Acrylic Mounts

All you have to do is decorate a slide mount or coin mount and send it in! It can be mounted on a post card, ATC or other piece of art. It can be art all by itself! Just send it in. You can enter as many times as you wish - but each one has to be different! Your entry(s) will appear in the September newsletter in all its glory!

Window of Life must be received by July 30, 2004 and the draw will take place shortly afterwards. If you don't know where to get your "Windows", I have them here!

Slide Mounts, cardboard - package of 20
Coin Mounts, round, with a mylar window - package of 20
Coin Mounts, oval, with a mylar window - package of 20

Need some inspiration?
Patti Sandham has give us lots in the April byhand newsletter - scroll near the bottom!

Send you entry(s) to Quietfire Design, Box 1231, Port Alberni, BC   V9Y 7M1   Canada

Challenging Patti

In April, just before Stampers Celebration, I challenged Patti Sandham to create using byhand Products - in particular the Gentle Thoughts rubber stamps. Here are just some of the amazing things she produced! Thank you from the bottom of my heart Patti!

As usual Patti is very prolific, so I'm saving some of her creations to share with you next month.

Cherish from the Life Journey words, Decorative Corner from Metal Works.

It's a shame this doesn't scan better! Patti used diamond brads and the Premium Subscriber rubber to create this beauty.

Patti used the curly frame, the ledger pages and "Memories" from the Life Journey words.

You can just see the little one inch charm below the stencil "1" and minibrads.

Spring Challenge

The byhand ATC Quotation Swap

Here they are!

The rules were simple! The cards had to be 2.5" x 3.5" and must have a quotation. They could be all the same, or all different. Enjoy the results from this wonderfully creative group!
Thanks to everyone who played.


Tina Shoaga


Faith Lloyd

The back and front (right) of Vickie Enkoff's cards

Patti Gramza

Ellen Harper

Janice Rusnak


Tracey Guillemaude

Rose Davidson

Renee Jensen

Phyllis Schaffer

Vicky Martindale

Julie K

Hmmmm, mine were so simple.... Cut up a flyer, stamped quote in black ink and clear embossed. Layered on black and added a deco fiber.

Cindy Sailor
Cindy sent her cards in this cute little packet that was a shame to open!


Donna Knadle


Marilyn Smitshoek

closed (above) and open

Lorna Long, outside (left) and opened

Fish - twisted floral wire with embossing powder melted and wee fish confetti added for scales/color. I do this on cooking parchment on a hot plate - like an electric frying pan. Trim outside melted powder while warm. Wooden business cards are from Lee Valley and front is lightly stamped. Quote by Franklin D. Roosevelt printed on onion skin via computer and edged with embossing powder. Brass hinges and fastener made from a roll of brass sheeting I got from Lee Valley. Careful. Edges are sharp but oh what fun

Judy B (front and back)

Anne Atkinson

above and right!

Mine (the "Passion" ones above) were hand lettered. The passion for life one I did on a 11 x 17 piece of paper and shrunk it to hide the mistakes! These were my first ATCs.

Kathy Mostardi

Made with various paste papers, hand-lettering and glitter glue.

I'd say Kathy had a happy time while she was playing!

Beth Ann Walker
front (left) and back

My little long haired guy with the button up boots was scanned from an old ad postcard. I cut him out and then placed him on top of scrapbooking paper with a sliver of homemade marbled paper. The text was clipped with deckle scissors and then edged with a gold Krylon pen along with the edge of the entire card. I added a brass frog for whimsy. The back of my card was created with a scanned picture of a hand with pen from a Jim Harter book of copyright free images. Wonderful source for blackline images. I scanned the image and brought it into Adobe Photoshop to erase the original text being written by the hand. I added a script with my name. The other info; name, e-mail, series, date;also added within Photoshop. I attached this to the back of the card and then used a small square stamp pad for the triangles and the edges in a color that matched the script from the hand and pen.

Elaine McLeod

You can see all of Elaine's ATCs as a feature article in the April issue of byhand!

Recent additons to the byhand Products family!
I've scoured the universe to bring you these useful and fun items!
Click on the photo for more information

on the Paper Joys page

Yummy dark Size 5 (2 3/8" x 4 3/4")
Kraft Tags
in Paper Joys

Black Mini-Brads

in Metal Works

Slide Mounts
in Paper Joys

Library Pockets in two sizes
in Paper Joys

Coin Mounts - Round
in Paper Joys

Coin Mounts - Oval
in Paper Joys

Mini Bingo Cards - Perfect ATC size!

in Paper Joys

Vintage Military Laundry Pins!

in Metal Works

Puffy little stars
on the OCS page

Puffy little hearts
on the OCS page

Larger burgundy hearts
on the OCS page
Samples of some of the full sheets of paper I have in stock - oh, yum!!
See them on the OCS page

The Copper Skeleton Leaf
in Metal Works

This scan is enlarged to help show the incredible detail that is visible in this small piece of copper. Overall approximate size of each copper plate is 1 3/4" x 3". Each one is an individual as each leaf is different.

$4.00 USD each.

Original Vintage Ledger Pages
on the OCS page

What an amazing collage item. Each page is dated at the top with 1894 or 1895. Very cool!
Pages measure 8" x 12.5".

The Star Book Kits and Bare Bones refills are now available!

in Paper Joys

Microscope Slides!
on the OCS page

Suzanne's Schedule 2004 and 2005

June 26 Victoria BC Altered Book Project Island Blue Print
June 27 Victoria BC Criss Cross Coptic Island Blue Print
Fri Aug 13 Richmond BC Vendor Evening (see below) Artwerx
Sat Aug 14 Richmond BC The Altered Word Artwerx
Aug 15-22 Lethbridge AB The Altered Word Kalligraphia (see below for details)

Fall 2004

Sept 11 Victoria BC Belgian Eyelet Island Blue Print
Sept 12 Victoria BC Continuing The Altered Book Project Island Blue Print
Oct 16,17 Surrey, BC The Copper book Bookmakers of Vancouver
Oct 22    Bookbinding School District Professional Day
Oct 23    Bookbinding  
Nov 6 Burnaby BC Belgian Eyelet Burnaby Community Education
Nov 7 Vancouver BC Star Book Westcoast Calligraphy Society


Jan 15 Parksville BC Beginning Calligraphy Malaspina University College, Parksville
Feb 18    Bookbinding School District Professional Day


Quietfire Design (that'd be me!) will be heading out to teach and/or be a vendor
at these exciting events this year.

For more information on each of these events, click on the title and you will go to their respective website. All these websites are being continually updated so visit often.


Kalligraphia '04
Vancouver British Columbia
Lethbridge Community College
Lethbridge AB Canada

Friday, Saturday, and Sunday,
August 13-15, 2004

Sunday, August 15 to
Saturday, August 22 2004

Quietfire Design is a Sponsor,
and Instructor
at this wonderful 3 day event.

On Friday the 13th, I'll be part of an amazing group of vendors at the
Vendor's Market

from 7 to 10 p.m. Even if you're not involved in the conference, it's a fabulous opportunity to see the goodies these vendors have.

On Saturday the 14th, I'll be teaching a short evening class
The Altered Word.

Here is the list of instructors and their classes:
Suzanne Cannon: "The Altered Word"
Ewan Clayton: "A Study Workshop of the ALAettering and Working Methods of David Jones" and "Working With the Imagination:
Lorraine Douglas: "The Ruling Pen" and "Cut Paper Letters"
Jean Formo "Walnut Ink Meets the Book" and "Alphabet Inventions"
Kathy Guthrie: "Back in the Day"
Eliza Holliday: "Pointed Brush...The Dancing Hand" and "Graphite Techniques"
Martin Jackson: Uncials" and "Design and Layout"
Betty Locke: "Evoking the Muse"
Gaye Mackie: "Copperplate"
Cherryl Moote: "Sleight of Binding" and "The Journal: Form and Content
Peter Thornton: "The Creative and Expressive Potential of Italic" and "White on White"

NOTE: There may be slight changes or additions to classes as numbers dictate...full class descriptions, supply lists, housing and food information will be included in the course registration packet due out by the end of March.
Dates: Arrive in Lethbridge Sunday, Aug 15. Classes begin Monday Aug. 16 and end at noon on Saturday Aug. 21. Departure Sunday Aug 22. Cost: Approx $550 CAD. Full details in registration packet.

To hold a registration spot (classes will be filled according to registration number) send a $100 (cheque or money order made out to Kalligraphia '04) deposit to:
Connie Furgason
5105-24 Ave South

Lethbridge, Alberta
T1K 7C2

Deco Round Robin II
The Alphabet Decos!

Here are the decos from Group 2.

Patti's J deco

Patti's Sign-In page

Patti in her own deco

Suzanne in Patti's

Nadia in Patti's

bj in Patti's

Ellen in Patti's

Mieke's in Patti's

Suzanne S deco

Suzanne in her own deco

Suzanne's sign-in Page

Patti in Suzanne's

bj in Suzanne's

bj in Suzanne's

Ellen in Suzanne's

Ellen's Poem

Only when we accept
Can we truly hear
the Song of our


Am I allowed to turn this into rubber??? pretty puleez?

Nadia in Suzanne's

Mieke in Suzanne's

Ellen's E Deco

Back of Ellen's deco

Patti in Ellen's

Suzanne in Ellen's

Mieke in Ellen's

Mieke M deco

Mieke's sign-in page

Suzanne in Mieke's


Ellen in Mieke's


Patti in Mieke's

Nadia in Mieke's


bj in Mieke's

bj's F deco


bj's sign-in page

Ellen in bj's

Suzanne in bj's


Patti in bj's

Nadia A deco

Nadia's sign-in page

Nadia in her own deco

bj in Nadia's

Ellen in Nadia's

Ellen in Nadia's

Mieke in Nadia's

Mieke? on the left and Suzanne on the right (in Nadia's)

Suzanne in Nadia's

Patti in Nadia's

A message from Dale Roberts, byhand subscriber and breakfast companion!

Please join me for the opening of:

Interface: The New Victoria Open
Art Gallery of Greater Victoria

I'll be showing a new work, "Lukey's Boat"

June 25 - September 5, 2004 June 24 - Opening Reception, 7:30 pm
June 26 - Curator's Talk, 2 pm
August 26 - Dale Roberts, Artist's Talk, 7:00 pm

This summer's “Interface” exhibition is the result of an open call to artists on Vancouver Island and Gulf Islands and as such represents some of the best contemporary art in the region. Guest-curator Linda Sawchyn, from the Kelowna Art Gallery selected works from over 120 slide submissions and by conducting multiple studio visits. Artists were asked to respond to the themes of “Interface” including ideas of common boundaries and the meeting and communication of independent groups. The word “interface” is one that came to prominence in BC in the summer of 2003 with the forest fires threatened many communities in the provinces interior and referred to the suburban areas that encroached into the wilderness environments near Kelowna where the Curator works. Art Gallery of Greater Victoria 1040 Moss Street Victoria, British Columbia 250.384.4101

If there is any information you would like to see in this newsletter, let me know. Each month I will email you to let you know the new issue is published. If you know someone who would like to receive notice of byhand, just have them email me and I will put them on the list. Bye for now and thanks for visiting!
(250) 723-0321 Quietfire Design

The original title lettering of byhand was done with a Mitchell's Roundhand Nib, size 0, and Higgins Eternal Ink. Quietfire Design Rubber stamps were used to create the other designs.

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