Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Flip Flop and Butterfly Cards

Hi, Connie Nichol here with a couple of cards I created with electronic die cutting files from Suzanne Cannon for Quietfire Design.  So quick and so cute!  These files - flip flop or butterfly accordion cards are available from the Quietfire Design website as svg files and as studio files from the Silhouette Design store if you happen to have a Silhouette Cameo digital cutting machine.

I cut out the flip flop shape first from black Core'dinations cardstock to serve as the card base and then with Simple Stories patterned paper.  Using the patterned paper gave a very summery feel.  To make both a right and left shoe, I flipped the image to make a mirror image before cutting the second time.  

Not the easiest thing to photograph.  Here's another view:

For the butterfly accordion card, again I used Simple Stories patterned paper (two kinds) and Core'dinations cardstock to create a quick cheery card.  The stickers and enamel dots are also from Simple Stories. 

These cards were published in the Creative Scrapbooker Magazine Summer 2016 issue as part of a feature on shaped cards.  Be sure to pick up a copy and have a look!  

Sunday, May 29, 2016

Welcome to Quietfire Digital!

It's Suzanne here today to introduce you to the new Quietfire blog dedicated primarily to my digital designs.  Although we feature them occasionally over on Quietfire Creations, the cutting files were getting a bit lost amongst the rubber stamps and dies.  Now they have a place where they can shine!
Most of my digital cutting files live over at the Silhouette America Online Design Store.  If you're new to digital cutting, I frequently tell people digital cutting machines are sort of like an inkjet printer that cuts shapes instead of printing letters.
I love cut shapes, but I really don't enjoy cutting by hand.  You just can't imagine how excited I was when I first got my Silhouette Cameo and cut my first words!  The Cameo is an amazing machine.  It didn't take me long to approach Silhouette and offer my designs to them.  I was delighted they accepted me as a designer for their online store.  It's been over 2-1/2 years now (and over 400 designs) and I have learned so much about designing cutting files - and some days I think Illustrator (which is the software I must use to finalize all the designs) and I will even be friends!
A few months ago I received an email from Silhouette inviting me to their Summit meeting.  I was honoured to be one of a handful of designers to attend. Silhouette treated us to three nights' accommodation and meals (including a dinner cruise!) .....  at the Sheraton at Waikiki.  It's almost too good a location for a meeting!!!
There were over 100 people attending plus the Silhouette people.  It was wonderful to meet and talk to so many of them and re-introduce myself to those I'd met at CHA.  Wait till you see the new items they are introducing later this year!  There are lots of things I'm itching to get my fingers on to play with - and you're going to love them, too!  As soon as they make the information public, I'll share it on this blog.
See?  I told you this was a working trip!!
Posts here might be intermittent till we get going, but I know you'll find inspiration from the designers who are sharing their projects using the Quietfire files.  If you don't have a Silhouette machine, I have some designs on the Quietfire site in SVG format. If there is something you'd like to see there or if you need a commercial license for a design(s), just drop me a line! My contact link is in the sidebar.
If you don't have a digital cutting machine at all, then there is a whole amazing world out there waiting for you!  I hope I can be of assistance.
Thanks very much for checking out the new blog!
Happy cutting and creating!