Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Life is Better when you are laughing...Quick Quotes and Canon

Hello, Quick Quotes readers.   Alicia with you today and I am still scrapping my wedding album.  I used several Quick Quotes paper packs to create the two layouts I am sharing today.  I used elegant and richly colored pieces to accentuate the stained glass window in the venue.  I also relied on my Cricut for the various shapes cut from the paper.

I used my Canon PIXMA iP8720 13x19 Wireless Printer to print the vibrant 5x7 photos.

Details of the layers of paper, ribbon and pearls.

On my second layout I used some manual cutting tools to cut several of the layers but still included Cricut cuts.  Since both of these layouts featured the stain glass window I wanted to keep some embellishments the same.  Layering the pearls and other embellishments on top of the die cuts really make the layers of Quick Quotes paper pop!

I thought I would share some helpful hints on printing the best photographs with your Canon printer.  Find your Printer properties or Printer preferences and adjust your settings to fit your print job.  My print program defaults to a standard 8.5x11 paper print.  I often use that setting so I don't want to permanently change that setting.  However, I have adjusted the setting for my photography printing and saved those settings which makes it so easy to get great photos every time.  You can see from my collage below that the 5x7 photo print is saved with high quality settings.

Quick Quotes Products:
Earth Wind Fire collection:  106 and 108

Canon 5x7 glossy photo paper

other products:
Cricut Close to My Heart Artiste cart
Pearls, flowers and misc brad
Tim Holtz/Sizzix dies
DL Art crinkle ribbon Christmas Wish
Jolee's embellishments
Creative Memories Custom Cutting system

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Walking in a Winter Winterland and Atlantic Hearts Challenge

Good morning!  I am sharing my inspiration for the latest Atlantic Hearts Challenge sketch.  Frankly, I have no ideas where these papers came from, they were 6x6 and just in my stash.  These two prints and no other matching??  If you recognize them let me know below.  That said I am pleased with these prints, sentiment and embellishments.  I think it turned out very nice.  I don't often use red and light blue together.

Here's the sketch:

A close up of my simple sentiment.

scrap papers and card stock
TPC Studio Winter Blues
Stampin Up Blue Bayou ink and felt snowflakes
Quick Quotes Warm Grey Powderpuff Chalking ink
Recollections snowflake brads

Thanks for stopping by today and don't forget to play along with Atlantic Hearts Challenge sketch this week!

Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge


Saturday, November 25, 2017

Southern Fried Squash Recipe layout

Here is another food project for my guest designing position over at The Awesome Ladies Project.  This prompt this time was recipe.  I don't have many recipes of my own.  I mostly borrow from my mother with modifications for vegetarian.  This is certainly top of my comfort food list.  The way my momma fries squash and okra can't be beat.  There is no egg wash so it is a light crumbly crust that does not fully cover the vegetable.  It is definitely a learned skill.  Just like the gravy I don't make enough.  My son has a fondness for this recipe so my skills are pretty good.

It's not the prettiest but taste wonderful!  I used some nesting punches to punch the floral pattern from one of the papers to create embellishments to match.

Kiwi Lane templates
misc papers from stash
Bazzill shimmer card stock
American Craft paper
Mocha Moma Quick Quotes Powderpuff chalking ink
Stampin Up scallop punches
Zig brown pen

If you want to explore more about the The Awesome Ladies Project there are some free workshops available to get started, or if you want to explore more about food check out the November workshop.

Thanks for stopping by!


Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Favorite Places to eat mini album

Here is another food project for my guest designing position over at The Awesome Ladies Project.  This prompt was favorite places to eat/where you eat.  I decided to create a mini album of my favorite restaurants...I soon realized these are also all in my neighborhood, most within walking distance. 

My first tag is the Drunken Bento.  Half price sushi all the time.  They also serve Korean dishes.  My husband really enjoys the galbi, a Korean style BBQ short rib.  I always eat sushi.

I used Maya Road Sushi stamp set and Distress inks to create the base of this page.

Just across the street from Drunken Bento is Thai Express.  Thai Express was one of my very first favorite restaurants in the neighborhood.  It was only two blocks from my first apartment here in Cincinnati.  They have a designated pan for vegetarian dishes.  I like Pad Thai and Massaman Curry.  The spring rolls are crisp and light not thick and greasy like egg rolls.  I also like the mango salad.

On the same block is Mac's Pizza.  They have several great nights of specials.  Monday is $5 burgers (including a homemade veggie burger) and family favorite $5 Pizza Thursdays.  My favorite pizza is a grape Gorgonzola.  It has a garlic sauce, grapes, tomatoes, onions and almonds with Gorgonzola. It is divine!!!

The next block down has the Elephant Walk, a combination of Indian and Ethiopian food.  I prefer Indian but am in love with injera, yum!  On this tag I used shimmer mist and added some tabs to divide the two different foods.

Conscious Kitchen used to be on the same block as the first group but recently moved a mile or so away to a new location.  It is spacious and new.  CK is soul food with turkey and fish.  The signature sandwich is the salmon Cuban...I had never had a Cuban before.  It is a my absolute favorite sandwich with a side of spring rolls or onion rings.

I finally finished the album with dessert.  Cincinnati's local chain, United Dairy Farmers or UDF.  This photo is from back in the summer showing a special flavor using a local beer Rhinegeist Truth.

I used Distress Oxides on this tag with a bit of pearl shimmer spray. 
Colors:  Worn Lipstick and Twisted Citron
Stamp:  Stampin Up Honeycomb Happiness

I lined the back of each tag with a matching card stock or paper.  All the edges were inked with Quick Quotes Midnight Confession Powderpuff chalking ink,  I finalized the album with various fibers tied on the ring.

I would like to enter this in the following challenges: until 11/30x

Thanks so much for stopping by and don't forget to check out The Awesome Ladies Project!


Monday, November 20, 2017

Quick Quotes Gratitude card

Good morning Quick Quotes readers, Alicia here today.  I have a card of gratitude to inspire you.  I used several subtle techniques to accentuate the soft and lovely Harmony 101 paper.  

The first technique I used was masking.  Here are the steps I used to create the image:
  1. Stamp image multiple times using a platform with Quick Quotes Powderpuff Chalking inks insures a dark clean image
  2. Stamp the same image on masking tape or sticky note paper
  3. Fussy cut the image and place exactly over the stamped image
  4. Layer the second image on the platform over the first image
  5. Stamp image multiple times to insure a crisp image
  6. Remove masking to reveal combined image

I inked up all the edges with Warm Gray PowderPuff Chalking Ink  and finished off the card with a ribbon and some sequins.  I like to drop pearly drops inside the sequins for a final touch.  

Quick Quotes Products used:

other products:
Close to My Heart stamp set Always Grateful
Judikins Eclipse tape
Frantic Stamper Corner Cut tag die
TPC Studio Black Shimmer card stock
sequins and pearl drops   

I would like to enter this in the following challenges: until 11/25 no winner until 12/2x

Thanks so much for reading today.

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Lasting Memories November Guest Designer with Creative Memories Divine wedding layout

Today is my last post as guest designer for the  Lasting Memories Layout Challenge blog.
The recipes have been so much fun and I have created so many pretty layouts for my wedding album. 

Here's this week

2 photos
2 different alpha fonts for title
4 patterned papers
5 buttons
1 ribbon/trim
4 die cuts
sprinkle with mist

Here are my two different alpha fonts, one button, snippet of the trim and the mist.

My 4 die cuts are 3 flowers and the wedding dress.  I used buttons in the center of the flowers and some larger ones tucked here and there.

My background paper as well as the mats are patterned papers.

Creative Memories Divine Power Palette
5 buttons
flower trim
Tattered Angels mist
Die cut
Kiwi Lane Large Bracket template
card stock

Thanks so much for stopping by and don't forget to play along at 


Friday, November 17, 2017

Creative Memories Enchanted Masculine layouts

Today I have a couple of more wedding layouts, instead of the bride, I have the guys...

The first sketch from the Creative Memories Virtual Crop.

Challenge 1

And the second layout:

Here's the sketch I used:

Challenge 2 

Creative Memories Enchanted Power palette
Creative Memories Black and White Power palette
Creative Memories black shimmer card stock
Creative Memories circle cutter
Creative Memories sticker letters
Tim Holtz/Sizzix dies
Recollections enamel dots

Thanks so much for stopping by!


Thursday, November 16, 2017

Creative Memories Reminisce Wedding Layouts

More layouts from the Creative Memories Virtual Crop.

Here's the sketch:

Challenge 4

Creative Memories Reminisce power palette
Creative Memories border punch (cut into pieces)
Quick Quotes vellum quote, Powderpuff chalking ink Slate

Here's the sketch I used during the virtual crop:

Challenge 5

I just love how I used the punched photos.

Creative Memories Reminisce power palette
Creative Memories punches
Recollections pearls
Quick Quotes Powderpuff chalking ink Maraschino Cherry

Thanks so much for reading today!


Wednesday, November 15, 2017

To Have and To Hold: Creative Memories layout

I created 5 layouts for the Creative Memories Virtual Crop.  I kept the momentum up and completed about 10 pages this past weekend all part of my wedding album.  I have about 9 pages left in the first album!

Here's the sketch from Creative Memories Virtual Crop that I used over the weekend.

Challenge 6

Since this is my wedding album I didn't want to use the ripped papers so I went with a fancy cartridge for my border punch.

Creative Memories Reminisce power palette
Creative Memories Heart punch
Tim Holtz Sizzix dies
Prima bling
Spellbinders Story of Us dies
border punch
Quick Quotes Slate chalking ink

I would like to enter this in the following challenges:  until 11/18x  until 11/25x until 11/30

I used twine, punch and pattern paper.

Thanks so much for stopping by!


Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Season's Greetings! Atlantic Heart Challenge with Tim Holtz Stamp and die set

Good morning!  I believe today is my first holiday card of the season.  I have been wanting to use this stamp and die set for a while since last year.  As soon as I the sketch for this week at Atlantic Hearts Challenge I knew I would finally try it.

Here's this week's sketch:

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I stamped  and embossed this image a total of four times.  First was the base image, then two more green and one red.  I used the various dies to cut out portions of the wreath for layering.  I still ended up fussy cutting some pieces to achieve the look I desired.

Tim Holtz/Sizzix Season's Greetings stamp and die set
Wow embossing powder clear
American Craft Pine pigment ink
Versacolor Cardinal pigment ink
Recollections gems
kraft and red card stock

I would like to enter this in the following challenges:

(die cut, free, leaf)

Thanks for stopping by and don't forget to play along at Atlantic Hearts Challenge this week.