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March 2008 - Issue 68


Gentle Thoughts



Artwork by Suzanne Cannon


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April is the
7th Anniversary of the byhand Newsletter!

We're having a party with contests!

Read more about it in
Stolen Moments!

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!

Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass. It's about learning to dance in the rain.

contributed by Playwithpen

The lyfe so short, the craft so long to lerne. ~Chaucer

contributed by artwriter

when in doubt.... look up
(in the Angels Category)

contributed by Kelly B

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

This month's Gentle Thought's artwork was done in 2000. It includes hand embossing from a handmade template. Lettering was done with a Mitchell Roundhand nib and watercolour. I'll be darned if I can remember what type of paper it was. Sorry!

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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!

Instructors Supply Lists

(find them on the website under Categories)

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

Judy Melvin

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


Inspiration and Projects for you from the
Quietfire Design Team!

We're changing the format for the
Design Team Monthly Projects!

The beautiful and talented Quietfire Design Team will now be presenting their fabulous projects to you each week!

We didn't want to overwhelm you by presenting all the projects at once, so instead we will be sending out weekly emails with a link to the week's project. You'll be able to savour each and every one - and then anticipate the next one!
If you're a registered subscriber, make sure you've checked off that you want to receive 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!).

Stay tuned for the first one, coming your way soon!

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

The artwork of Wanda Hentges can be seen in the April Issue of Vamp Stamp News! (2 pieces)

Lauren Nwachukwu's beautifully bound and decorated Belgian Eyelet Journal is in the March/April issue of Altered Arts!

Congratulations Ladies!

Guest Designer Project

I'd like to welcome this month's Guest Designer
Julie Eickmeier
Jules is a scrapbooker and it was fun to see what a scrapbooker would do with Quietfire Products!
She has used a wonderful photo of her grandparents on their wedding day.

Just click on the photo and you will be taken to the webpage with full directions and links to products.

You can see more of Jules' work in her blog A Toast to Altered Art

Thanks Jules!

April is the 7th Anniversary of the byhand Newsletter!
A huge thanks to everyone who has contributed and been part of this newsletter during the last 7 years!



I'm giving away $100 worth of prizes
in 3 separate contests!

Prize 1:

Just as I do every year, we're having a post card mail-in.

Send me a hand-decorated postcard which must arrive on or before April 21, 2008 and your name will go in the draw for a
$40 gift certificate*
to the Quietfire website!

If you use Quietfire Design Products in your hand decorated postcard, I'll enter your name in the draw twice!

Here's the link to the postcard back with address (or go to You can print this out and use it if it makes life easier (and I'm all for that!) or create or alter your own! Here's the address again:

Suzanne Cannon
Quietfire Design
byhand 7th Anniversary
Box 3401
Courtenay, BC V9N 5N5

I'll scan all the postcards that arrive for the next newsletter!

Prize 2:

This is a scavenger hunt!
You must go visit the Blogs of the Design Team Members and collect information from their specific Blog entries. Then email me with the results of your hunt - with Scavenger Hunt in the email subject line.

Ready, Set, GO!

1. Visit the 4 Blogs listed below and look for the 7th Anniversary blog entry:

2. Make note of the Featured Quietfire Design Product each one has used to make their artwork.

3. Email your list of the four Featured Quietfire Design Products to
  Please put
Scavenger Hunt
in the Subject line!

The winner will be chosen from a random draw of correct entries for
a $30 gift certificate* to the Quietfire website! !

So. What are you still doing here??? Go surfing!!!! Big smile.

Deadline for entries: April 21, 2008

Prize 3:

This is specifically for those wonderful artists who weekly do the Tuesday byhand Challenge.

All those artists who participate in the challenge the week of
April 8th to 14th
will be entered in a random draw for
a $30 gift certificate* to the Quietfire website! !

Happy Playing and Celebrating with me!
Good Luck! and
I look forward to your snail mail postcards!
Can *you* win all three prizes?
Sure! Go for it!

*You will receive the gift certificate by email. Gift certificate value is for product and shipping charges and must be redeemed online on the website only.



Dates Location Workshop To register, please contact:
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 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!


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

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© 2008 Suzanne Cannon
This newsletter is for the personal use of the subscriber and may not be reproduced without written permission from Suzanne. You are welcome to email or print it in its entirety to share with friends, but ask that you include this copyright. Thank you for your help and your understanding