Friday, February 29, 2008

Less than an hour!!

In less than an hour, Queen Kat Designs will unveil our March 2008 releases!! I can't wait. be sure to stop by again soon to see what we've had up our sleeve for this month. And make sure you come to the store to pick up your APRIL kit there are very few left... It's a MUST have kit!!

The countdown has begun!

Sketch That!

We are getting ready to reveal the new March stamps in 4 days!!! YAY I can't wait. Let's have a contest.... Use this sketch below to create a card... Post a comment and link us to your card. If you use a QKD stamp you'll get an extra entry in the drawing. Winner will be drawn on March 1st and will receive a little candy from me, Queen Kat!
Check out the gallery for inspiration and more sketches.

Project: ATC Book

There are numerous methods for storing and displaying all of the ATCs (artist trading cards, for those not in the know) that you collect. I wasn't particularly fond of the idea of just putting them into the big binders with the trading card sheets: first off, that's how I store my Sizzix dies, so it might confuse me because I'm a dork, and second, because it puts multiple cards on a page, so that your eyes get distracted trying to figure out which one to look at. Also, it's just not as much FUN to look through them that way.

So, I went and did a bit of shopping, and figured out how to make a book to display ATCs so each gets its own page, and gives me a nice, small, portable album. What you end up with is a good-sized accordion-fold book.

See the directions for the project at From Pooka's Crayon!

Thursday, February 28, 2008

Happy Day approaching!

It's not long now until you can pick up the new sets from QKD. This card was made with the "Greeting Blocks" set - I love it! The card is a 4.25" square. Flowers by Prima, pink brad by Making Memories. Have a fantastic day - and stop by again soon to see more projects from the great ladies on the QKD DT!

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Our first ever....

Guest Royal Court Member! For March, we have one of the best card makers around!! Ana Wohlfahrt.. When asked to tell me about herself this is what she said "I am a stay at home mom of a beautiful 3 year old son. I have a wonderful husband of almost 5 years and still going strong. I love my life right now and feel blessed for having such wonderful people to call family and friends. Aside from spending time with family my other true passion is stamping. I was introduced to it by a friend and I have never stopped since. I find it to be my therapy and a wonderful way to express my creativity."

We are so happy and grateful that Ana accepted this position! Thank you Ana, we hope to see more of your creations with our stamps soon.

Here are a couple of Ana's creations that she came up with for the March kit...

There's only 1 March 6X6 kit left!! Come n get it! My staff and I put the kits together today and they will be ready to ship on March 1. We will be out of the office March 5-9 so make sure you order your kit now so it can ship on March 1.

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

It's That Time...

Here's your first glimpse of the new stamps for March....

This card was made by Juliet. Nice and bright... It just brings thoughts of Spring and little birdies chirping... Green grass and blooming flowers... ahhhhhh to be warm again....

Monday, February 25, 2008

March's Get Inked! Gallery

The March Get Inked! Gallery is up and it's filling up as well! Suzann has posted some creations and Pooka has a couple in there as well. I can tell you lucky kitties who are getting the kit... You're going to love all the techniques in it!! and the stamp set.. Man O Man.... You are soooooo lucky! Check out the March GI! Gallery here. Check back soon. There's more to come..

Card By: Suzann Jones

Saturday, February 23, 2008

Greetings Blocks Hello!

Hi everyone! I hope you're having a terrific weekend! I'm Toni, one of the newest members of the QKDT. This week I have been playing with one of the new sets from QKD - the set is called Greetings Blocks and will be available very soon!

To make this card, I cut the polka dot patterned paper (Making Memories' Cheeky collection) to 4" x 5.25" and matted it with brown cardstock which was cut to 4.25" x 5.5". Next I stamped the "Hello" greeting with VersaFine Vintage Sepia pigment ink, embossed the sentiment and cut it out, matting it with regular and scalloped squares as you can see here. I attached some brown ribbon to the panel and then used pop dots to make the stamped image stand out (literally!). I then attached the entire panel to a blank card. I love this set - so very versatile!! Thanks for stopping by - I hope you come back soon and visit us :)

Friday, February 22, 2008

Altered Board Book: a tutorial

Project: The Panic Book
altered 6.5" x 6.5" children's board book
Stamps used:
Queen Kat Designs Library Card Stamp, flowers from the Greetings # 3 Stamp Set, Bubbles Background Stamp, Lady's Face Stamp, Royal Wings Stamp Set, Tag Journaling Stamp # 2, Coffee Stain Stamp, and "Happy Day" from a new stamp set coming out on March 1, 2008.

Materials needed: an old children's board book, gesso, acrylic paint, white cardstock, Queen Kat Designs clear stamps, crossbones are from a plastic hanging curtain set (alternatively, you can use this stamp from Queen Kat Designs), ephemera (sticker from a traveling kit), ink, double-sided tape.

1. Sand all the pages of the board book.
2. Apply a coat of gesso on each page. Let dry. Apply a second coat. Let dry.
3. Decorate all the pages as you wish with acrylic paint. It's helpful to paint the front and back cover last.
4. Stamp Queen Kat Designs clear stamps using watered-down acrylic paint on the pages.
5. Paint your message or sentiments on each page.

6. Stamp images on white cardstock, cut out and attach to pages.
7. Journal on the journaling stamp images.

8. Add the final decoration on the front and back cover.

If you wish to see more images, kindly visit the Queen Kat Designs gallery here. Look under the Royal Court's Galleries under Nina. Thanks so much for reading and hope you found this tutorial useful. =)

Thursday, February 21, 2008

February's Mid Month News

Come and get it. Read all about it! The Royal Court has done it again! Click here to read the mid month news.

User Submitted Cards...

From time to time we like to feature user submitted cards and projects.. I do believe this may be the first time posting them on our new blog. Let's celebrate our customers!!

This card was submitted by Laura in Michigan. She used the Flourish Stamp Set.

This card was submitted by Susie B in the United Kingdom. Susie used the February kit from QKD.

Thank you ladies for submitting your art to Queen Kat Designs. We love to see what our customers have made with the stamps. It's always exciting to get a new idea and run with it. Keep up the good work.

To submit your art you can upload it here or.. email it to me at

Happy Stamping!

(Note that all artwork submitted must be made with QKD stamps)

New Addition...

The Queen Kat Designs Royal Court is proud to introduce Lindsay Spencer as our newest addition to the Court. Lindsay comes to us from Utah. She is a good friend of mine and a great artist. Lindsay is a scrapbooker and is getting into making cards. Check out her cards that she's done with some of the newest QKD stamps.

Click here to see more of Lindsay's creations with QKD stamps...
Welcome to the Court, Lindsay!

Friday, February 15, 2008

A little tutorial

*Hello, hello. Is this thing on?*

Hello, bloggers. My name is Nina and I'm here to share with you a tiny little tutorial. Hope you like it. =)

I was kinda sad this year that hubby was away for Valentine's Day. So I was determined to enjoy what I could of the day with my little 3-foot-tall date. *click the photo to see a larger image*

Happy V-Day Layout (12" x 12")

Here's a step-by-step on how I made this layout:

1. Alter the photos in a photo editing software using digital elements. Digital elements: Color My World by Rhonna Farrer (TwoPeasinaBucket), Valentine and Tasty Tattoo by Jason Gaylor (Designfruit), File Tab by Mandy Steward (Scrappy Girls), and Corrugated Cardboard from Vintage Doll Elements by Susan Darter (Raspberry Road Designs). Print out.

2. Recyle Christmas patterned paper. The red patterned paper is Christmas paper from Rhonna Farrer (Autumn Leaves). Simply cut along design lines.

3. I tore the Prima journaling paper to accommodate the large photo on the top right.

4. To create your custom embellishment: Roll a large rectangular piece of white cardstock to form a rolled-up holder for the flowers. Stamp with Queen Kat Designs Text It Background Stamp to create the illusion of newspaper print.

5. Stamp Queen Kat Designs Hibiscus Flower Stamp 10 times on white cardstock. Cut out. Attach one layer of paper flowers to "stems" of stretched-out paper clips. Apply foam tape to the middle of flowers and attach a second layer each.

6. Tape the rolled-up paper closed. Wrap with sinamay (fibrous ribbon) then roll thin ribbon twice around the sinamay. Stamp Queen Kat Designs Happy Day Stamp (March 2008 release) on white cardstock. Cut out and attach. Attach red glitter letter "V" and outline with white pen.

7. Stamp Queen Kat Designs Library Card Stamp on white cardstock. Cut out and write journaling. Attach black rickrack as handle to pull out. Create a pocket behind one photo.

8. Attach all elements to blue cardstock. Use foam tape for photos beside the flower bouquet. Doodle with white pen to fill up blue spaces.

*Hope you like the tutorial. I'll be back next week for another tutorial.* =)

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Do you "heart" us?

If you love Queen Kat Designs stamps as much as we do, take the blinkie and use it where ever you want! The Royal Court will be on the look out for this blinkie all over the net. Each month there will be a drawing for a stamp set..... To be entered in the drawing, our Royal Court must spot you wearing the blinkie linked to ... So what are you waiting for? Get your blinkie on.

Sunday, February 10, 2008

CHA Blog Candy Winners

For the most referrals: Stampin When I Can

Winner of the Vanentine's Sat: Julesiana

Congrats! Please send me your mailing addy:

Thanks for playing!! Stay Tuned for the next blog candy opportunity.

Saturday, February 9, 2008

It's 12:00 AM somewhere!

Ok guys.... It's February 10th somewhere right?? :) That means... It's the first day of CHA Anaheim...... Yahoo!! Whooopppeee... Ok.... without further adu... Queen Kat Designs has 3 "last minute" stamp sets to release for CHA Winter 2008.... and they are.....
Birthday Cake

To see them, come over to the store! :)

Above Samples are from Queen Kat

Card By: Pooka

Come check out this album in the gallery. There's tons of other samples from these and other CHA releases.

Last Itty Bitty Teeny Weeny Peek

It's almost here.. It's almost here!! I can't wait!!! Here's the last peek for the Winter CHA releases...

I hope you've gotten a kick outta my teases... And I hope I've given your palette a good whetting. These new stamps are H O T.. hot!! The Royal Court has been drooling over them for a week or so now since I showed them what's coming.. I think they deserve a round of applause for keeping such a big tasty secret!

Friday, February 8, 2008

Teeny Tiny Peek

Can you digggggg et???? QKD is getting ready for the CHA release! We have added 1 last minute set to the release... You'll never guess what it is... But in the mean time.. here's a Teeny Tiny Peek and one of the other sets....

Post the teases on your blog! See if anyone can guess what they are. Or just link them to this blog. The person's blog to bring the most hits between now and Sunday morning 8am PST will win this stamp set that is {peeked} above! It's a $7.99 value.

If you have come here from someone's blog who has posted about the tease, please leave a comment so they get credit. By leaving a comment and telling us who's blog you came from, you're entering to win one of these special edition stamp sets from Queen Kat Designs...

Tiny tiny tiny peek...

Wondering what I'm up to now? :) Well here's a tiny sneek peek of what's to come on Sunday...

Told yah! It's tiny! :) There's more to come.... Stay tuned.

Thursday, February 7, 2008

Whoop whoop!

Queen Kat Designs has another announcement!! Yipeee.... We are so excited to welcome Toni Armstrong to our Royal Court. Toni is a fabulous stamper, card maker and person! She is so sweet and kind, I am very proud to call her my friend and team mate. Below are a couple of cards that she made using the images for the Diva monster and Buddy the monster. Take a look and read through her bio. Please help me welcome Toni to our Royal Family.

"Hello everyone! My name is Toni Armstrong and I am thrilled to be a new member of the Design Team for Queen Kat Designs! I live in beautiful Conifer, CO with my hubby Iain, our two kids, Natalie (11) and Jamie (5), and our 4 cats and 1 crazy dog. Iain and I are both originally from Scotland but became proud U.S. citizens in 2002 (the Scottish accent is here to stay, though!). I am a stay-at-home mom, a volunteer at my kids’ school and I am also a part-time Criminal Justice student.

I have been scrapbooking, stamping, and cardmaking for 8 years and thoroughly enjoy every minute of it! My work has been published in Paper Crafts, Card Creations, Take Ten, Simply Sentiments, Scrap & Stamp Arts, and Just Cards. I love the versatility of stamps and the creative process that takes place whenever I start a project. My style is clean, with embellishments to draw attention to the stamped image. I am very excited to get started with designing for QKD and hope you will stop by regularly!"

April's Get Inked! Kits

That's right, I said APRIL! You guys are really diggin these kits. It's fantastic, awesome and simply groovy. We only have 3 April kits left. We have sold out of February (which mailed today BTW) and March is sold out as well. We are taking reservations for the April kit. Below is a run down of pricing for the kits. We offer them as "Straight Up!" or in combo packs with your famous card kits.

April's theme is Add Sparkle.. It's chaulk full of fun produts. I can't wait to reveal the whole kit! It will be revealed on March 1.. But don't wait to get your kit reserved. These are going FAST like lightning on a hot summer day (man, don't I wish it were summer!)

USA Residents:

Straight Up!
6 months: 18.49/month
12 months: 17.49/month

Get Inked! with a 6"X6" card kit
6 months: 38.48/ month
12 Months: 36.48/ month

Get Inked! with a 12X12 kit
6 months: 41.48 /month
12 Months: 39.48/ month

All prices include shipping. For international pricing please email me at

For this you get an exclusive stamp set from QKD, that is not sold anywhere else (this set is always different from the one in the card kits)... You get a full on technique newsletter put together by our lovely and talented Inky Jesters: Pooka and Suzann... Multiple products that coordinate with the theme of the month. All months include some kind of ink wether it be markers, ink pads, re inkers or paint.

We have done away with the hassle of the extra download section to the kit! So now you get ALL the techniques printed and in your packet ready for the making when you rip open your package! This saves you time and money when we do it this way.

To get on the Reservation list, please email us at and make sure you tell us what plan you'd like to be on and if you'd like to use paypal or credit card each month.

Until next time, Happy Inking!

Free? Did someone say...

FREE?? Oh man, The girls at Creativity Unbound have captured my heart. They are doing a Valentine's contest right now! Tanis lead me to this site a few months ago when I met her and man I never looked back. It's full of fun things. Right now, they are offering a chance to win some free stamps! Come on over and check it out. These girls got it goin' on! Make sure you have your Valentine's cards ready to show off!

Wednesday, February 6, 2008

Surprise Surprise!

Queen Kat has a lovely suprise up her sleeves.... I wonder what it could be?? Here's a hint.. it has to do with the Royal Court and a new member... :) Can you guess who? Here's some hints:

1. She lives in Colorado
2. She has 4 cats
3. She's from Scotland

Hehe! Great hints aye? You'll have to wait for more hints tomorrow. Or you can try and guess now.

Great things to come!

So you thought you'd seen it all right??? I mean our CHA stamps... duh... :) Did we leave you wanting more?? Well, that's just what we are going to give yah! Make sure you come back often... We will have some new things to share with you on Sunday! :)

Until then....

Tuesday, February 5, 2008

Last Stop.. All aboard!

We've landed at our last stop on the QKD Round Robin Blog {Party} Come and party like a rockstar on Amy's blog!

Monday, February 4, 2008

Card Showcase

Look what the Royal Court has done with the new CHA stamps! These stamps are in the store and are shipping now!

This first one is by Sierra Grannie.. Look at her, she's STILL using the January kit from Queen Kat Designs!! She says "These kits last a long time, this is like my 14th or 15th card from the kit".

Tanis is leading the way with this card. This is a fantastic sample, Tanis! :) Nina, Nina, Nina.. She's done it again! She had the Library Card stamp and she ran with it. This is just one of MANY samples that Nina came up with for this stamp. Come to the gallery and check out her other work. Nina is from the Philippenes, and has a very unique style. I think it's fun to see art from different parts of the world!

This card was made by Nancy. What a nice subtle way to use the stamps. She used the "Feeling Blocks" on this card. Like Nina she ran with the stamp set. Come check it out in the gallery.

Little Monsters... Need I say more? How freakin' cute are they??? this was was brought to you by Tanis. Not to mention.. she's the designer of the stamps!
Come by the gallery and check out all the creations we have in there. It's fantastic!! Do you have something that you've used a QKD stamp on that you think needs recognition? Submit it to we are always looking for artwork to feature.
Happy Stamping

Saturday, February 2, 2008

XOXO LOVEFEST - Valentines

It's February! We've been waiting and waiting for February! Wanna know why? Because we are sponsoring Caardvarks this month! There are some fun challenges all about LOVE! Each week on Friday, Caardvarks will post a new challenge. The first challenge has already been posted, so check it out.

Friday, February 1, 2008

It's Official!

January is O-V-E-R! OVER! yay!! For some reason January is a hard month to get over.. Maybe it's closing out the previous year or maybe it's still a lag time from the holidays.. Anyhow.. it's over and I'm thankful. Do you know what the first of the month brings? (Other that new fantastic stamps...)?? huh? do yah?? If you guessed a new kit, you're right! March's kit just hit the store. Check it!
And.. the best part is.. if you subscribe to a kit commitment during the month of MARCH, you'll get a suprise in the APRIL kit! April is our 1 year birthday of kits!! Help us celebrate. Subscribe now and see a suprise in your next kit.

They are here!!!

Say WHAT? The February releases just hit the store 21 minutes ago!! Come n get em!


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