Saturday, May 30, 2009

Strolling on Saturday

Okay, today I am going to take you through a little stroll through the shop, so you can see all the wonderful stamps on sale!! (lots of S's this morning! LOL)

Okay, here are three of my favs, and I haven't even made it out of the Animals section of the stamps!!!!

Who doesn't like owls? Hooters is such a fun set!!!

How about Mr. Froggie!!! Isn't he just adorable!!!

And the versatile Build a Bird set! This set can be used for so much more. Think about it, use the "wing" for petals for flowers, wings on a butterfly, etc.

So go and take a stroll in the shop and see what other great finds you can score today!!

Friday, May 29, 2009

Yummy For My Tummy

Mmmmm me want yummy cupcake! Take a look at what I created with Queen Kat's interchangeable stamp set called "Build A Sweet";

Mmmmmm, oh wait you're back! LOL! Seriously don't these cupcakes look like they have mounds of yummy frosting on them?! Okay so I'm starving as I type this, well not really but if I had one of these in front of me I'd certainly be breaking my diet! LOL! The best thing about this set is that if you are one to prefer your cupcakes with a cherry on top, well there's a stamp for that! Need a birthday one, yep there's one for that, prefer yours with a little ice cream on the side...well guess what...there's an ice cream cone stamp in the set too! YEAH! I colored these using my Copic markers and matched the colors to my DP. The stamp is obviously just one stamp but, a little masking off and I can have as many as I want! Today, I wanted 3! I added a little Shimmerz to them to make them sparkle as if they had the bakers sugar on top as well. They're supposed to be chocolate but you could make them any flavor you wanted!! Okay, I think I need to go get my! He he he there's a stamp for that too! Why don't you visit Queen Kat's store and see what other "yummy" stamps she has to tempt your tastebuds....or your wallet! I'd suggest hurrying though her 40% off sale won't last long....yep that's right SALE AT QUEEN KAT'S STORE!! See ya there!

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Hearts and Friends

For today's post, I thought it would be fun to use this cute little Girlfriends stamp. I needed to break out this stamp because a very special friend is coming to visit me in a little over a week; I wanted something special to leave for her.

I drew in the sidewalk with a ruler and pen, just adds that little something to the focal point. The whole panel was then colored with Copic markers, my absolute favorite medium to color with. Lastly, I added some sponging for the sky. Super quick and simple.

It's ok to add your own doodling to an image as long as it doesn't detract from the stamp artist's design. This also brings some new life to a stamp in your arsenal and challenges you to use it in a different way. So experiment with it and have fun.

Have a wonderful Thursday.


Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Here Ye Here Ye!

Queen Kat Designs is pleased to announce the Summer/Fall Royal Court!

We are welcoming some newbies to the castle and welcoming back some of our favorites as Senior Designers!

Court Coordinator:
Juliet Diley aka Jules
She's been with me since day 1 of the company and I'm very excited to have her by my side.

Senior Court Members:
Beverly Douglas aka SierraGrannie.. She's the one who puts all the kits together here in the office and brings you some fresh stamp designs!
Penny Hartley.. She's been here almost as long as Jules!
Beverly Cole aka beestamper
Shannon Bracken aka tigerlily
Maria Levine
Irene Tan aka Scrapperlicious.. our wonderful Get Inked Kit Designer!
Maigan Lynn... Our Chapter President at the Whimsical Ink Sorority.

Class Princesses:
Michelle Hale
Kelly Braund

Royal Stamping Maids and Memory Makers:
Tina Hale
KellyJean Gettelfinger
Nina Patena aka cbpatena
Taylor Usry-- Newbie
Jen Young--Newbie
Lara Badanes- Newbie
Jacquie Nordaune-- Newbie
Andrea Murdock-- Newbie
Anessa Shively-- Newbie
Victoria Smithson-- Newbie
Helene Huber- Newbie

A big royal welcome to everyone! I'm happy to have you all in the castle.

Queen Kat Royal Wednesday

Welcome to another edition of Royal Kat Wednesday. I hope everyone had an enjoyable Memorial Day weekend. This week the challenge is to use stitching on your project. You can pull out your sewing machine, hand stitch or even faux stitch. C'mon let's see what you have.

Are you ready for a Royal Blog Hop? Let's get the party started.

Here is what I came up with for the stitching project. We recently went to the zoo where they have a butterfly garden and I took some really cool pictures. I decided to use one for my layout. The stamped butterfly is the awesome Flutterby image.

Now hop on over to the wonderful Tina to see what she cooked up for this fun challenge. I hope that you will play along with us.

Thanks for stopping.

A World of Imagination

QKD's Friends Forever Stamp Set is fast becoming one of my all-time favorite stamps. I always find new ways of using it.

I figured it was perfect for this photo of my son lost in a book with words such as "Create", "imagine" and "Escape".

Don't let the photo deceive you though. Although my son is, hopefully, on his way to becoming a bookworm like his parents, he still doesn't know how to read and is happy just staring at pictures of beetles all day long.

Have a great Wednesday!

*hugs* Nina

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

The June Kit

Hello and good day! I've got a special treat for you today.. Boy do I ever! The June Royal Kit is here and it's up for sale now!! I've brought you the full kit preview and some awesome samples.
This card was so fun to make! I just took some cardstock from th kit and random stamped the images on it with pink and dark blue inks. I also pulled out my corner rounder and went to town! Boy, I guess one could say I'm punch obsessed these days! I remember back when I despised them because they were only for scrapbookers who likes to punch and stick and call it done. lol I'm loving the new border punches from Fiskars and EK Success. If you haven't seen them run to your local store now and give them a once over. You'll fall in love. For this card, I used the "wave" border punch from Fiskars.
Check out this fun Thank you card by Sierra Grannie. I just love the turtle stamp and she did too. She fell in love with the wave paper from the kit and she added some silver puff paint to the open bubbles to give some dimension and sparkle. This card is great IRL.

I'd like to invite you on over to the QKD Gallery to see what else we have done with the June kit. and of course, come to the store and get your fun summer kit now! We don't have many this month so get it while it's there!

Clean and Simple

So for today's card, I was inspired by the Splitcoast CAS challenge to remake a card into a clean and simple card. I previously made a card that I loved with this stamp set (Flower Patch) that had a mosaic background with patterned paper, it took lots of cutting and time. To use these adorable flowers for a CAS card, I simply stamped repetedly along the bottom of my paper, than stamped the sentiment in the middle. I colored the flowers with copics and put onto a light yellow card base. Easy peasy and so adorable!

Don't forget the great sale going on! 40% off stamps in celebration of Memorial Day! WOW!

Hugs- Kelly

Monday, May 25, 2009

40% off Sale!

We are celebrating Memorial Day all week long. Stop by the Queen Kat Designs online store and get your QKD Acrylic stamps 40% off!! We also have the past kits 20% off. We have stamps for everyone.. Come over to QKD!

Also come by the Whimsical Ink Sorority and see what we are doing with the new QKD Fantasy Stamps!

Magestic Monday

Wishing you a fun
Magestic Monday!
This little
"Space Girl"
Queen Kat Designs
always makes me feel FUN!
Notice how simple my layout is.
Card making doesn't have to be
time consuming or costly.

Visit my blog for more details...

Sample Projects for June GI Kit!

Here are the sample projects that I've created to be included in the how-tos/technique sheet for QKD June get Inked! Kit.

I'll also be doing more samples using this set of stamps. So, if you want to follow along and have this set of stamp to play with, grab your kit now before it's all gone. Here's the link to it again.
June Get Inked! Kit
This set of stamps is not available anywhere else because it's specifically designed for this kit. Have fun!!

Saturday, May 23, 2009

Summer Vacation!!!!

Woohoo! Today is the fist day of summer vacation for me and my kiddos! The day has been spent swimming (in the rain, yuck to the rain) and hanging out with their friends.

So, while summer is here, I also have some time to craft and stamp away, so what are the perfect stamps for summer: THESE!!!

What about the Build a Palm Tree Set.

Here's a card that QKD did using this set plus the Monkey stamp.

But there are also some great camping words and stamps in the summer section of the store as well, so go and buy some stamps to use for your summer vacation.

Friday, May 22, 2009

HELLO!!!! Is there anybody out there? (just checking!)

How is your Friday going so far? Are you ready for a big holiday weekend (for all our US folks) OR are you just going to have a nice relaxing weekend to chill?

I think we are going to the movies on Saturday (gotta see Night at the Museum!) and then the rest of the weekend (including Monday!) we are going to just chill and do as little as possible). SO for me that means I get to play in my scrappin/stampin stuff!!! Woohooo!

To start the weekend I got my Geisha Girls Stamp Set #2 (just got them!! wooohooo!) and made up this quick little 'hello' card. Think I'll send it to a friend that is having a rough spot right now! Hopefully it will bring a smile to her day....

So....what are you guys gonna do for the weekend??? I wanna know! If you create something SHARE it with us! Can't wait to see what you did!

Juliet AKA Jules

Thursday, May 21, 2009

QKD June Get Inked! Kit!!

Here's QKD June Get Inked! Kit's preview. I've designed this stamp set specifically for this kit and they are so versatile. You could use them on layouts, ATCs, altered projects, cards etc. Besides this stamp set, this month's kit features some fun products from Ranger Ink. I'll be sharing the samples that I've created for the technique/project sheet here in a few days time.

It's now up for pre-orders. Here's the link to it.
June Get Inked! Kit

Grab your kit while it's still there. Happy Creating!!

Enjoy This Cupcake

Wow, is it Thursday already? We have a long weekend coming up, thank goodness! I have tons to do and am grateful for the extra day.

I used Cupcake Friends this week, and can you believe I hadn't inked up this particular cupcake yet?! Oh the shame.

I used Tulip Puffy Paint for the frosting, in a bright green. Now, I know that's a cherry on top, but since there is no red in my papers, I made it a kumquat! For me, it's important to be matchy matchy. And one of the perks of being a stamper is that you have the artistic freedom to color your image however you choose! So, it's a kumquat, people....and I added Crystal Effects to it. Nice and shiny.

I challenge you to use unexpected colors for the image on your next project. Sometimes they turn out better than you expect.

Have a great weekend!


Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Queen Kat Royal Wednesday

Welcome to Queen Kat Royal Wednesday! Are you ready for a Royal Blog Hop. This week's challenge is to use buttons on your creations. You know you hoard them so pull them out and get started.

Here is a layout I made using buttons:

Are you ready to hop onto to the next member of the royal court in the blog hop? Well hop on over to KellyJean and see what she cooked up for this fun challenge.

Till later...

Making simple backgrounds

I've been slowly but steadily accumulating too many ink colors. And NOT using them enough. It's easy to make the resolve to use more of things when you're on a tight budget.

So here are three backgrounds I've made using, basically, just ink, Queen Kat Designs stamps and cardstock.

This was just super easy to do. I used my cat's eye ink pad to "draw the circles. A little hippie love with Queen Kat Designs' Girlfriends Stamp. I colored in my stamped image with markers.

The square colors of ink should be very familiar to you. I just pressed my square ink pads and made a simple multi-colored background for my QKD Girlfriends Stamp. I also used the perfect sentiment from QKD's Friends Forever Stamp Set.

Lastly, I just stamped QKD's Girlfriends Stamp, masked it, then stamped words from QKD's Friends Forever Stamp Set. Color in the images, doodle a heart and, easy peasy, you have a cool, funky card.

Hope this inspired you to have fun with your QKD stamps as well as make your own cool, funky backgrounds. Have an inky day!

*hugs* Nina

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Best Buds

Well, this stamp set and I are best buds! I just love this adorable set "Make Me Happy", it is so fun to play with and great for kids cards as well as adults. For my card today, I decided to use this weeks SCS Clean and Simple Cards challenge to use only black, white & one bright color. A bit of a challenge for me, because I love to use patterned papers and to color! To add a little more texture and interest to a simple card, I used Coordinates cardstock in turquoise and ran it through my Cuttlebug with an embossing folder & sanded.

Very simple and now I have a great little card for my youngest who is a big dinosaur lover and my little buddy! :)
Have a great day!

Hugs- Kelly

Monday, May 18, 2009

Magestic Monday

Shout out to all my
Ya, that's YOU!
Anyone lookin' for or givin'
some inspiration,
that's YOU!
I love bein' with ya'll!
My card says
"Together is the nicest place to be."
Hop on over to the
and pick up your
Thanks for stopping by this
Magestic Monday!

Saturday, May 16, 2009


Make your cards noteworthy using this great kit from QKD - the June 2008 Royal Kit!

The kit features yummy Dream Street Papers and an exclusive stamp set from QKD. Check them out:

These papers are so pretty but masculine at the same time, check out the cards made using this kit.

First from the Queen herself --

Here are a couple by Jules! She even stamped on her ribbon using that fabulous music line. How cool is that! Can't you even see that being used as a border on a layout or even creating your own sheet music!

And finally one by me - Penny. I pulled in the Many Thanks set to use with my kit.

From cards to layouts to art journals to altered projects, this is a set and kit that can be used on it all. So, head over to the store and snatch up this great kit and see if you can make your work "note"worthy!


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