Sunday, September 30, 2012

13 Days of Halloween Blog Hop: Day 1

Welcome to our blog hop!! It's getting spooky around the office here at QKD and we are excited to share some of our Halloween spirit with you. for the next 13 days, we will bring you a new theme and share lots of fabulous projects by several talented ladies! Please sit back and enjoy our 13 Days of Halloween Blog Hop and welcome to Day #1: Skulls/Steampunk Halloween...

I will start each day of the hop with some of our fabulous stamp designs to help get you excited for the hop of the day. Did you know we have over 190 Halloween stamps? Here are just a few!



So now you've seen today's theme stamps... Maybe you'll see one of these exact stamps in action today on the hop! If you do, come back here and let us know! Tell us where you found it. You may just win a Halloween stamp from Queen Kat Designs. :) 

The first stop on our hop today is Pat have a fantastic day!

Today's hop list:
QKD Blog- You are here!

Sweet Surprise

Do you like surprises?  I do, and when they involve chocolate, well, that's the best kind!!
The card I made today uses the Queen Kat Designs stamp Cauldron Congregation by artist Coriander Shea Detwiler.  At first I thought to make this card a CAS (clean and simple) one, and it does look clean and crisp.  But...

I like surprises too much, so here;s the surprise--I stamped the image twice, coloring the top part only.  Then I cut a slit in the whole (base) image.  I attached some special patterned paper to the second partial image and slipped it behind the cauldron,

So when you pull my little potion-maker's hat up, you see him sitting on top of my favorite kind of surprise--chocolate!!  This would also be a great way to "wrap" a full-sized candy bar for those special trick-or-treaters in your life.

You can find this spooky little cutie at the QKD SHOPPE.  Don't forget to check out the Queen's Facebook page for our Thirteen Days of Halloween Customer Blog Hop!!  Plenty of inspiration and prizes for participants and hoppers alike!!

Friday, September 28, 2012

Happy Friday............

Happy Friday everyone you can now breathe a sigh of relief the weekend is here. :)

Today I am going to showcase the fabulous and talented Miranda she had the beautiful Molly by Myka Jelina to work with this month. I love what Miranda has done with this I thought it was a book at first glance the way she made the hinges. It is a stunning piece.

Isn't she just stunning? Well done Miranda... If you want to see more of Miranda's projects or any of our fellow sorority sister please stop by   and take the pledge with us.

Have a fabulous weekend



Thursday, September 27, 2012

Shaped Halloween Card

Good morning, Steph here.

It's time to get spooky and this Witches Brew Stamp by Catherine Swinford for Kat Stamps is perfect. I opted to make a shaped card using the cauldron as the focal point. I just added some die cuts from Spellbinders to complete my spooky look.

The cauldron was colored with shades of gray Copic makers. I carefully colored the background with light tan along the bottom and some blue around the top, giving the image a little more dimension. Portions of the cauldron and the "flames" were outlined with Gold Spica pens.


Cardstock: Bazzill
Scoring tool: Scor-pal
Pattern paper: Making Memories
Stamp: Katstamps
Ink: Memento
Markers: Copic Markers, Spica Pen
Dies: Spellbinders

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Trick or Treat!!

It's time for another peek at what's happening at the Castle Playground.  Today I have another Halloween card.  I decided to use another stamped image from artist Coriander Shea Detwiler, called Orc.

I like to celebrate halloween in a BIG way, with lots of decorations, handmade cards, special treats, bowlfuls of candy, and hopefully a day off!  So for this card I used a Queen Kat Designs stamp.  I decided to go, well, BIG!  I stamped the image several times and made an army of trick or treaters!!

I found some pieces of leftover patterned papers in my Halloween stash. I used the biggest piece in my background, and tore a piece of stitched paper for the "battle ground".  I fussy-cut the pieces of candy corn to make the "spoils of war".

I colored my Orcs with my Copics, keeping them all in different shades of green.  The sentiment was from a snag in the clearance aisle at Hobby Lobby.

If a homeowner is brave enough to answer their call for candy, I think they'll bring in a great haul of treats, don't you?  Orc by Coriander Shea can be found this month in the QKD SHOPPE. along with more fun Halloween stamps.  And don;t forget to check out the other artists' work at the Playground!!

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Emily here today with a new card.  Wow.  I can't believe that I almost forgot to post this card today.  That would not have been a good thing.  Today's card is for Queen Kat Designs.  I used Catherine Swinford's Vacation Cottage.  I didn't use any coloring medium on this one.  I think it turned out pretty cute.

I made this one a Fall/Thanksgiving card.  I stamped the image and then used Tattered Angel's Glimmer Mist to spray the entire image.  I didn't use any color on it.  I inked the edges, matted it on some gold cardstock and pop dotted it onto a cute gold and green acorn DP.  The sentiment I stamped on some Kraft cardstock and cut it out using an EK Success punch.  I added a strip of green ribbon and some rhinestones to finish it off.

I can't believe I almost forgot to post this one.  My mind ain't what she usta  Thanks for stopping in today and I hope you all have a blessed day.  

Oh yeah, don't forget about the 13 Days of Halloween over at Queen Kat Designs that starts October 1st.  I have my stamps ordered and on the way.  I am doing all 13 days, so make sure you hop along with us.  My sisters on the DT have some wonderful work to showcase.

Stamp: Vacation Cottage by Catherine Swinford
Ink: Memento Rich Cocoa; Tattered Angel's Glimmer Mist in Cork
CS: Olive Green-Colorbok; Gold-DCWV; Kraft-Recollections; White-GP 110#
Ribbon: Michael's
Rhinestones: Queen and Co.
Adhesives: ATG; Pop Dots

Friday, September 21, 2012


Wish that applied to me right now but alas I have another day of work my Friday begins tomorrow.
Anyway I wanted to showcase Sue today. She was charged with the task of creating with the stamp of Seika by Myka Jelina.

I love how Sue designed her card and put it all together very creative. I love the color of Seika's eyes so vivid green. I love the feather touches as well. Well done Sue..

If you want to see more of Sues work or any of our other sisters, or you just want to take the pledge....  Then stop by the Whimsical Ink Sorority 2.0
We can't wait to see you



Thursday, September 20, 2012

Thank you

Good morning, steph here.

This fun stamp is called Awakening by Micah Carmichael. It was screaming for just a touch of color to coordinate with the selected background.  Because the image is beautiful, I really wanted it to stand on it's own.  So, stamping the image on white cardstock in black ink, I carefully outlined several areas with Spica pens, then colored in some sections with Copic Markers.  This allows the image to be prominent but still look finished.

The sentiment is a rub-on from Karen Foster.

Cardstock: Bazzill
Stamp: Kat Stamp
Rub-on Karen Foster
Markers: Copic Markers, Spica Pen

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Do You Dream in Color?

I do!  That's where I was inspired to make this card using the colors shown here.  Memories of my dream are hazy now.  I remember a bonfire, with purple smoke billowing from it, in a forest of greens sparkling in the firelight.  So when I started coloring Shire Uni by artist Marianne English, I naturally grabbed Copics in those colors I slept with.

I circle cut out my image and distressed it with Tim Holtz Bundled Sage Distress Ink.  The patterned paper is leftover from a previous project, and I glitzed it up with some Stickles and jewels.  Some jewel flourishes finish off my card.
Shire Uni can be found at the QKD SHOPPE, along with so many gorgeous images and fabric blocks.

Saturday, September 15, 2012

I Stole It!

Good morning to all you snazzy crafters out in cyber world this morning.  Emily here with another card to showcase using a cute stamp called Ill Gotten Goods by Catherine Swinford.  This talented lady has some really cool stamps available in our store.  You should really check her out.

For this cute card, I used a new 4x6 stack from Recollections for the background which is embossed black bats.  I thought it fit with this little elf.  I used a piece of candy corn ribbon since that's what he stole.  I colored him with colored pencils and added a little bit of Sakura Glitter Gel Pen to highlight.  The sentiment was printed out from my computer using  the Wet Paint font.  I thought it looked kinda spooky and Halloweenish.  I added a couple of die cut bats to the corners and I was finished.  I hope you like it.

I think it turned out pretty cute..even if he is kinda of a ugly little critter..hehe.  Don't forget about our 13 Days of Halloween Blog Hop coming up on October 1.  My DT sisters and I have some beautiful projects to showcase and I'm sure there will be prizes lurking everywhere...Thanks again for stopping by QKD and I hope you all have a blessed day.

Friday, September 14, 2012


Happy Happy Friday everyone... It's the weekend yippee.. Do you all have any plans for the weekend?I have to work so...

Anyway today I am going to show you Maria's take on Maddy Couture- Valerie by Maigan Lynn. I love the colors she chose for this piece. I love how she chose to make her a blond and I love the multiple colors she chose for the dress.

The background papers she chose are fabulous as well. Everything just comes together beautifully.. Well done Maria.

If you want to see more of Maria's or and other of our sorority sisters work please come by   and take the pledge with us.



Thursday, September 13, 2012


Good morning, Steph here.

It's almost time for Halloween, so it's let's start creating Halloween cards. This Witches Brew Stamp by Catherine Swinford is the perfect image to start on your Halloween creations.   After all, what's Halloween without a cauldron?

I llightly colored the cauldron with gray Copic Markers. Then I die cut the cauldron with a Spellbinders circle die, along with it's black mate. The background was created with a Sizzix embossing folder then Silver Faber Castell Gelatos were rubbed across the raised portions. It really added to the spooky effect I was seeking. A few simple letter stickers that coordinated with the cauldron finished off the card - quick and easy.

Cardstock: Bazzill
Dies: Spellbinders
Embossing Folder: Sizzix
Stamp: Kat Stamps
Markers: Copic Markers, Spica
Pigment: Faber Castell Gelatos

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Eeeek, a Ghost!!

Today I wanted to feature a Queen Kat Designs artist whose work is showcased on a sister blog, The Castle Playground.  Coriander Shea Detwiler is one of several very talented artists whose most recently released stamp, Cauldron Congregation, is brought to life on my easel card.  Her image gives the holiday a whimsical twist, mixing spooky with cute.

I stamped Cauldron Congregation twice. The first I colored and used as the base image on my card; the second I colored just the ghosts and pop-dotted them onto the front of the image, as well as on the background.

I used another QKD stamp, Clockwork Butterfly, to embellishment the background.  To give it more of a Halloween style, I adhered a googly eye onto its body and used Fall colors.

I love the presentation that a step-fold card gives you.  If you haven't tried one yet, there are several tutorials on SplitCoastStampers as well as Paper Craft Planet.  It really is just a matter of scoring and folding a        5-1/2"x12" piece of cardstock.

Now that you've had a tiny taste of the talent over at the Castle Playground, come and see what the Royal Design Team has made with all the fun and funky, sexy and sweet, whimsical and fantastical stamps offered through Queen Kat Designs!

Saturday, September 8, 2012

Vacation Cottages

Good Morning.  Today I have a card for you featuring a new stamp from Queen Kat Designs.  It's called Vacation Cottage and is designed by Catherine Swinford.  She has alot of beautiful stamps over at QKD.  This time I made the stamp into a Christmas Card.

Isn't it cute?  These little pixie houses are just adorable.  I colored them with my old standby, colored pencils.  I added some Sakura Red Glitter Pen and Clear Glitter Pen to make it a little more Christmasy?? Is that really a word..oh well it is now..The back ground paper has little red and green buttons on it, so when I found this ribbon in my stash, I knew it would work well together.  The sentiment is a stamp from my collection.  I added some rhinestones to finish it off.

Thanks for stopping in today and if you get a chance, stop over at QKD   Vikki has revamped the store and it's great.  I hope you all have a great day and I will be back later today to finish up my last few days of cards.  Have a blessed Saturday!

Stamp: Vacation Cottages by Catherine Swinford; Sentiment from my stash
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, DI Worn Lipstick; Sakura Glitter Pens
Coloring Medium: Colored Pencils and OMS
CS: Stampin' Up
DP: my stash
Ribbon: my stash
Rhinestones: Queen and Co.
Adhesives: ATG; Pop dots

Friday, September 7, 2012

Happy Friday

Today I am going to showcase the Lovely Miranda... Miranda is a fabulous WIS sister and she is very talented. She had to work with Sekia by Myka Jelina. I love everything about this piece it is gorgeous.

I love Seika as a blonde she looks so fragile and delicate. the papers she chose are perfect.

If you want to see more stop by the Whimsical Ink Sorority 2.0 and take the pledge with us



Thursday, September 6, 2012


Good morning, Steph here.

Today I used this fun stamp from called "Awakening" by Micah Carmichael. It reminds me that each day is to be cherished and that we need to take time to enjoy each new day.

I chose to color the image with assorted Copic Markers, using lots of bright colors.  For a glittery effect, I used Spica pens to outline some of the swirls.

Cardstock: Bazzill
Pattern paper: Fiskars
Stamp: Kat Stamps, Hero Arts
Markers: Copic Markers
Ink: Clearsnap

Sunday, September 2, 2012

Shire Uni by Marianne English

I've been playing with my Copics, trying to give depth to some new Queen Kat Designs images with just one color, sometimes just one marker!

I used a September soon-to-be-released stamped image from Maryanne English.  It's called Shire Uni.

I wanted to see if I could shade a white unicorn, and I think it turned out pretty well.  I used a different color for her mane and her tail, and used a Sakura glitter gel pen in black for the hooves.  I like to fussy-cut my images, and have a special scissors I use that resembles a set of tweezers, that really gets a close cut on all the little twists and turns of my images.

Maryanne English has some beautiful stamps for sale in the SHOPPE, as well as the many other talented artsits who are featured there.  Come check them out during QKD's Labor Day Sale going on this weekend.

30% off unmounted rubber stamps. 
15% off on cross stitch patterns
15% off on fabric blocks

Saturday, September 1, 2012

Hi everyone.  Emily here with another project for QKD.  

Today, my "card"  isn't really a card.  It's an altered project and the first one I have ever done of this kind.  I wanted to a little something different for Queen Kat Designs this week.  As I peruse all the wonderful galleries of my fellow design team members, I am amazed at all the beautiful artwork that they produce.  If you have a minute or two, you should check out our blog over at Queen Kat Designs Blog.  There you will find beautiful projects plus links to the design member's blogs.

So, my project today is a 5x7 altered canvas.  I use three different papers from DCWV's new Halloween Paper Stack.  There are some really cool papers in that stack.  I used Mod Podge to add the papers.  I also used Black String for a spiderweb look, purple and cream flowers, rhinestones, a glittery spider and a skeleton hand.  But, the main focus is the cute little image from Catherine Swinford called Ill Gotten Goods.  I used Bic Markers and Sakura Gel Pens to color in the image.  I fussy cut him out and pop dotted him up in the corner.  I think it turned out pretty cute.  I can't wait to see what Kierstynne thinks of it.  I may have to buy a frame to put it in so she can display it for Halloween.  That kid is Halloween crazy. :)


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