Sunday, March 1, 2015


Pin It Hello Quick Quote fans, Donna here today  an
d I would like to show you a layout of my dad. This is the only picture I have of him when he was a little boy. My dad didn't smile much so I always thought it was funny they called him "Sunny" but not until I much older did I realize it was spelled "Sonny", for son not the sun!

See how fabulous the metal flowers work with the Quick Quotes Alton line. I love Quick Quotes inks and use them on almost every layout. The chipboard bird I took Coal Miner ink and just dabbed it slightly until I got some shadows. The hexagons are inked as well, which helps define the edges.

Designer tip: Layer it! Layering under a picture and even different size shapes can have a dramatic effect.  I have four layers on the picture. I like to do this to make the smaller picture look larger on a 12x12 layout. I took two sizes of  hexagons and layered them as well.

Products Used:
Quick Quotes Treasure Chest paper
Other Products: Misc. chipboard, brads, bling, metal pieces, Carolee's Love Lorn Alphabet, Recollections tape.
Thanks for stopping by Quick Quotes.
Donna Coughlin

Sunday, February 22, 2015

My new paper storage idea

Pin It When I started scrapbooking I swore I wasn't going to spend a fortune on storage, so most of my items (except my desk) are recycled or bought at thrift stores. So when I saw the idea about using recycled mail packages to store paper, I went for it.  I now have all paper stored in recycled boxes in my repurposed TV stand!

I cut the sides of the box diagonally and the 12x12 sheets fit in perfect. So in the box I have two DCWV pads and my Basic Grey papers, the scraps I put in a large baggie.

On the side I label with a Sharpie what is inside, so when they are all lined up I can just pull out which box I want. Also easy enough to cross off if I move or use up one brand. I seem to be so rough on these boxes I replace them pretty much.

I was getting these smaller boxes (for my Quick Quotes Design Team) and was throwing them out! Ahhhh.... WHY? I have so many lines of Quick Quotes being on the design team for three years. I have been throwing it all in one box! Now I know next time I will make it neater but I threw this together in a hurry. After opening the box I duct taped the one side.
As you can see it stores the paper perfectly!

Half pieces or cut pieces of paper I store in the front
Really small pieces, diecuts I store in a sandwich size baggie.

 And on the side I put what is inside the box. I wish I had a fifty of these, I will definitely but doing this for more of paper, plus they stack up really nice, I think they will fit into a milk crate. Awesomeness!
Let me know if you like this idea!

Friday, February 20, 2015

New wheels

Pin It Hi everyone, Donna here with a project I made using Quick Quotes new line Joy Ride and Gypsy Road. I was inspired by the names alone to do this project of my husbands first ever new car!  Last year we had a terrible hail storm and it totaled my car. Well my husband never, ever had a new car so off we went to look for a new car, he fell in love with the Ford Explorer. Anyway, for this project I could not decide which line to use, so I ended up using a bit of both!

Here is the tire I cut from my Silhouette. I added some screw brads to replicate lug nuts. I also added some "oil spills" using black paint.

On the chipboard key and the journaling tag which was made from Grungeboard I used Quick Quotes Powderpuff ink. What an easy way to color  these items, no paint brushes just dab it on until you get the desired effect.  As you can see it pretty much looks the same. The only difference is the grungeboard has a little bit of texture, but totally awesome and easy!

Product Used:
Other products: Screw brads, Tim Holtz Grungeboard, Maya Rd chipboard key, Tattered Angels Car, K&Co "want" Clip
Thanks for stopping by and I hope you get to check out the new lines from Quick Quotes, besides Gypsy Road and Joy Ride they also have a beautiful line called Catalina Island!
Donna Coughlin

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Sweet little boy

Pin It This one of my grandson, I did using Paper Issues Saturday Sketch. Using mostly my leftover Echo Park About a Boy kit (which I LOVED)I put this layout together.

Here is the sketch

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

So lucky

Pin It Hi Donna here, with a layout I did for Quick Quotes. This is of one of my granddaughters and she is always smiling and so happy. I feel so blessed to have wonderful grandchildren. Did you know Quick Quotes has three new lines coming out, and everyone is fabulous! Wait until you see them, you will want them all! But today, I want to share this awesome new line from Quick Quotes called Catalina Island. With all the beautiful colors and patterns, it makes you want to take a Caribbean vacation!

I needed something to balance out the journaling on the left side so the right side of my pictures I added the frames by backing them with patterned paper and adding chipboard pieces.
Under the picture I added some fibers and the chipboard piece from Quick Quotes was a perfect addition to the center..
Products added:
New! Quick Quotes Catalina Island C1100
New! Quick Quotes Catalina Island C1200
New! Quick Quotes Catalina Island C1300
New! Quick Quotes Catalina Island C1400
Other products: American Craft Thickers, fibers and brads

Thanks for stopping by the blog today!
Donna Coughlin

Saturday, February 7, 2015

Pin It Hi today I would like to share a layout I did using a sketch I got from Back Porch Memories, it's my granddaughter eating an apple at the farm. I used lots of different brands of paper and embellishments from my stash.

I think the "doily" I made kind of looks like an apple pie! 

Here is the sketch from Becky Fleck - Pagemaps 

Products Used: Echo Park A Boys Life Rambunction Farmhouse Papers Basic Grey Herbs & Honey - Carrot Cosmo Cricket paper Cosmo Cricket Alphabets Prima wood Misc brads and chipboard Farmhouse Chipboard Basic Grey Chipboard 7 Gypsies Ephmera Kraft tag from Michaels Quick Quotes inks, Bloody Mary and Mocha Mama Twine

Monday, February 2, 2015


Pin It Happy February everyone! Donna here to present to you a layout I did using Quick Quotes Serendipity line. I absolutely love the colors in these, so cool and relaxing. It could be used easily for winter layouts but because I am tired of all the snow and winter mess we have I wanted to do a summer layout to help get me in the mood for spring. Today I cut different size hexagons out of the papers and started laying them around photo of my adorable daughter and granddaughters until I found something I though looked cohesive.  In my stash of Quick Quotes chipboard I found some Dusty Rose pieces.

Of course no layout would be complete without adding a little bit of Quick Quotes Powderpuff Inks. On this layout I added it to my smallest hexagons.

Don't you just love that saying that is on the Dusty Rose Chipboard?

Products used from Quick Quotes:
Powderpuff Ink Blue Moon
Other products: Want2Scrap bling, other bling.
Thanks for stopping by.

Donna Coughlin

Monday, January 26, 2015

Pin It Hi everyone, Donna here with two cards I made using the January Club Q kit. I LOVED this kit, the colors and the papers were so delicous, and I made a few adorable layouts but wanted to use up the rest of it. So I gathered up all the papers, ribbons, bling and set out to make some cards. I had some embossed snowflakes that I did not use from a previous layout I did, so that made a good starting point. I got out my Quick Quotes Powderpuff inks to put on the edges of the paper and inked up the saying "Let it Snow" that was also in the kit.
These two cards were a great way to us my scraps and now I have a couple of cards to send to my friends up north. Brrr!
Products Used
Warm winter wishes
Donna Coughlin

Tuesday, January 13, 2015


Pin It Hi everyone! Donna here with another layout using January's Club Q kit. This is my grandson and his first time out it the snow. From his great big smile you can tell he loved it! I love the light blue and the deep purple colors look so awesome together.

Using all the different sizes of snowflakes in the kit I went to work and layered them, I also used Powderpuff inks and clear embossing powder to add a bit of shimmer to the snowflakes, then topped them with the bling that was in the kit to finish it off.
January's Club Q kit
Products Used:

                                                              Quick Quotes Club Q kit
Other Products, buttons, Inkadoo Clear Embossing Powder, Recollections frame.
Thanks for stopping by Quick Quotes
Donna Coughlin

Friday, January 2, 2015

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Happy 2015 everyone! This year is going to be exciting at Quick Quotes, with a new design team, with a mix of past members and new ones! We are sure to have tons of inspiration and ideas for you this year. We are starting off this year with a fun challenge, check out the details below. This double page layout I would like to show is using the January Club Q kits. I mixed and matched the paper and embellishments to come up with this layout.
On the first page the title blending in too much with snowflake wreath by cutting the design on a die cut machine. So I added some Radiant Rain to it make it shine and darken it up a bit. I felt it still blended into the background too much, so I found the purple sheet from one of the page layout kits for the Club Q and added that to it.

Here is the second page, I added the tags for journaling and all the snowflakes were altered by adding glitter and bling. All the frames for the photos were also included in the kit!

This was fun to do... instead of leaving the snowflake from the kit as it was, I took the bling and added it to by simply gluing it to the background. Then cutting around the snowflake to maintain the shape. Believe or not the bling cuts fairly easy! Then just take the blue bling from the kit and pop it in the center. Here is my example for the challenge below!
January's Club Q kit options!
Products Used:
Other products:
Radiant Rain
Glitter paint
Thanks for stopping by Quick Quotes and I hope to see you throughout 2015
Donna Coughlin

Saturday, December 27, 2014

Stuck Sketches layout

Pin It Here is a layout I did using Bo Bunny from a sketch over at Stuck Sketches. I used some old Bo Bunny paper and mixed lots of other embellies.
Here is the great sketch!

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Metal from Quick Quotes

Pin It Hi everyone, Donna Coughlin here today with a layout I did using Quick Quotes new Unique Rustic Patina Metal Embellishments. Aren't they beautiful?  On my layout I wanted to alter the color to match the layout and below I will give you some tips on how I accomplished this. I just love how shiny and smooth the metals got after embossing.
 With the holidays approaching I was thinking about how amazing my daughter is, and this is a tribute to her. She does so much for everyone, I really don't know when she sleeps! I cut out everything she is to other people using different fonts.

Designer Tip: Emboss metal embellishments to match your layout. This turned out easier than I thought, but ALWAYS test it on the back before to make sure the color turns out right. My first instinct was to use alcohol inks, but the colors I had did not match when I tried them out. I found some embossing powder that was called Huckleberry and when I applied it worked out great.
The rose below does not look like the rose that comes with package, because I had to pull out the center part so I could emboss it. I just added brad in the middle when done. Also, the metals get extremely HOT when embossing so be sure not to touch them until they are cooled down.

 Be sure to press your flower into the embossing ink several times to get into all those nooks and crannies. I had to go back and emboss it again to get underneath. 

Products used:

Other products: brad, American Craft Thickers, black cardstock, wood arrows and hearts.

Thanks for stopping by Quick Quotes and have a Happy Holidays to all the members of the Quick Quotes team and especially to you!