Friday, February 24, 2012

A Little Fairy Magic in the Air

I was taking a walk in the forest last week when the winter weather suddenly farted out a beautiful spring day.  Can you imagine 60 degrees at the end of January---in Chicago??? 
Neither could I, which is why I wasn't surprised when I glanced down on the forest path to spy this little fairy taking a break from her busy schedule.

When she saw my big clodhopper boots near her private sanctum, she rushed off in a cloud of fairy dust, but not before inspiring me to make this card with Mushroom Fairy stamp by Miss Megs.

I tried to catch the shimmer that surrounded her, but we mere mortals can't quite see the fairy folk as they really are.  Still, I think I did a decent job of capturing my magical moment with her, don't you?

Speaking of fairy folk and magic, have you read Beauty by Sherri S. Tepper?  It's an old read, but a good one, with a twist to the old sleeping beauty theme set in modern days. 

I think I still have my copy, and I'm in the mood for a little fantasy reading tonight!  You can probably snag your own copy on Amazon or at your local library.

Friday, February 17, 2012

Miss Megs and Her Fairies

Miss Megs has done it again!  This beautiful image is called Mushroom Fairy.  She is surrounded by fairy dust, and is lounging on her tuffet.  I wanted to give her a more ethereal look, so I colored her a pale yellow.  I wanted the wings to POP, so besides the more vibrant colors, I stamped the image twice and cut out and attached the left wing on a "hinge" of paper, giving her a 3D effect.
Of course I had to load on the embellies!  There's a bit of paper doily, some flowers, jewels and that lovely pink fiber.  The border on the bottom of the card is actually the negative piece of cardstock from when I diecut a daisy border with my Epic Six!
To see all of Miss Megs stamps, and the rest of the February new releases, click on the Shoppe!  Which one is your fave?  As for me, I love them all, and will have to play the lottery so I can buy them all (I'm greedy, I am!).

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Utopia scissor charm


I don't know about you guys, but when it comes to crafting out side of my home, I take along a basic stamping kit.  One of the must haves in my kit is a great pair of sharp scissors.   To keep them easily identifiable, I love to make scissor charms.

The one above comes from Queen Kat her name is Utopia.

I stamped her onto the slick side of shrink plastic using black Staz-on Ink.  Then I turned the material over and colored on the rough side of the material.

Using caution, I heat set the image until it was completely shrunken down.  I let my heat tool cool down a few minutes then I heat the shrink plastic again until it turned clear. 

I had previously poked a hole in the piece.  Once it was shrank I created a dangle using a piece of broken jewelry.  The entire project took about 5 minutes total to complete.

I hope you will give this a try.  It was a bunch of fun and there will be no doubt as to whom those scissors belong too.

Findings can be found at your local stamp/craft store.  Please email me with any questions.

Stamp happy Be a Blessing!!

Friday, February 10, 2012

Somebody to Love...

Today I made a CAS card, which is a Clean And Simple card, using Fae of Hearts stamp by Joanna Bromley.  This fairy is so dainty, so sweet, that I wanted the "pinkness" to shine.  I colored her with Copics, put a whsiper of Stickles on her wings and cut her out with my Labels Four Nestabilities die from Spellbinders.  I framed her in black with the next size die up, and placed her on this gorgeous patterned paper I had in my stash.  A few jewels for some shine, and a silk embossed butterfly to embellish and my CAS card is ready to hand to one of my friends this Valentine's Day.
To see all of Joanna Bromley's lovely stamps, click HERE.  The February new releases are ready for purchase, so get your fingers ready for some online shopping!

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Loretta's Give away!!! Your chance to WIN!

A quick reminder that I will be giving away this luna crystal ball, a dream journal and a couple of surprises on 2/7/2012. All you have to do is leave a comment here or on the qkd blog to have a chance to win.

Good luck, Happy Stamping!

Monday, February 6, 2012

Stamp Highlights...

Happy Monday!
I hope you had a fabulous week! It's time for some more stamp highlights from our new stamp release last week. Sit back and enjoy!

First up we have the March Hare by Steven Benson at the Freaks Factory.
This lovely lady is from Melia Newman. Her name is Steampunk Valentine.

These cuties are named Firey Friends and they come to us from Danika Lindsell in Australia!
Last but not least we have Pot of Luck by Joanna Bromley in England.
Start your St. Patrick's Day crafting now. We have lots of fun stamps in store for your rubber fix. Click here to visit Queen Kat Designs.
Happy Stamping,

Friday, February 3, 2012

It's That Old Devil Moon in Your Eyes

Here's a card I made for Valentine's Day, using Queen Kat Designs "Fae of Hearts" stamp by Joanna Bromley.  As I colored her, I realized that I had been humming the song "Old Devil Moon" from Finian's Rainbow, so I borrowed a verse from the song for my inside sentiment:
    Just when I think, I'm
    Free as a dove.
    Old devil moon,
    Deep in your eyes,
    Blinds me with love.
When I was a teen and got my first job, I bought two tickets to the Arie Crown Theater in downtown Chicago for my parents to go see the live musical, Finian's Rainbow.  I was so proud of myself for getting such a great present, and knew my parents would enjoy their evening.

I have it on DVD now, and still like the story line and the music.  Who wouldn't like to go to "Glocca Morra" or find a pot of gold to wish upon?  My moon holds a fairy, not a devil, but the magic is still there, thanks to Joanna Bromley!

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Stamp Highlights...

Wednesday was our February release day here at the Castle. We had a great time on Facebook. I'd like to share with you some stamps from the release here on our blog! So sit back and lets check out some new stamps!

This stamp is by Charles Bristow and her name is Calista.

Meet Cheeky Fairy by Christina Lynn Myers..
The Gentleman is in the house! Isn't this birdy cute? He's by Sandra Caldwell.
Isn't she just dreamy?? This is Dreamy Lashes by Maigan Lynn
We also had new releases from Steve Benson, Myka Jelina, Renee Lavoie, Coriander Shea Detwiler, Carla Morrow, Micah Carmichael, Joanna Bromley and more! Stop by the store and get your rubber fix today!

Our next release day is March 7th. Please come by our Facebook Fan Page and "Like" us today. We are having a giveaway when we reach 3200 fans!

Have a happy stampy day!


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