Sunday, December 30, 2012

Another Medallion Card

I don't know about where you live, but here in Chicago, medallions are big -- very popular this year.  People are buying them in stained glass, as ornaments for Christmas trees...So I thought I would hop on the trend wagon and make a few medallion cards and give them to my Chicago friends while they're hot!

I made today's card for a friend whose birthday is on New Year's Eve.  I used a Queen Kat Designs stamp from the Chakra Collection by artist Crystal Moore.  It's called "Root".

I used a monochromatic color scheme, with bits of lace and a bow to embellish.  The sentiment is from another stamp company.  I like how, even though it will be given out after Christmas, my medallion almost looks like an ornament hanging in its frame.

Check out all of Crystal's medallions, as well as all the gorgeous stamps that QKD has to offer at the Shoppe.

Friday, December 28, 2012

Holly Angel

Happy Friday everyone Janie here for another weekly installment of Whimsical Ink Sorority 2.0. This week I am showcasing Maria and her beautiful rendition of Holly Angel by Maigan Lynn.

I love what Maria has done with the skirt on this she has me scratching my head as how she did it tho. I guess I will have to ask Miss Maria to do a tutorial and show us step by step how she created this piece. What do you all think?

Without further ado here is the beautiful card Maria made

Isn't she beautiful? If you want to see more of Maria or any other sorority  sister's work please drop by the WIS 2.0 and take the pledge with us.. Have a great weekend



Thursday, December 27, 2012

Thinking of Birthdays

I am done, finished, estoy terminado, with making Christmas cards!  Enough is enough, and I've made enough.  So for a lovely change of pace, I created a birthday card.  Not that I can't escape Christmas creations just yet.  This one is the last one to complete my Gram's Christmas present of a year's worth of birthday cards for each family member.  This one is for her son, my uncle, who's four years older than I.  I made this last week.
I colored a Queen Kat Designs stamped image called Cranium Man from Studio 77. onto patterned paper, and then framed it in coordinating colors of cardstock.  The patterned paper on the card base is a wonderful collection of gears, arrows and circles.  The sentiment is stamped with an acrylic stamp from my stash.

Not that my uncle is brainy or anything, but I do like to remind him he IS older than I am!! LOL  Hope you like the change of pace (and holiday) with my card.  Find all your Steampunk stamps at the SHOPPE.

Sunday, December 23, 2012

Happy Holidays from Holly Fairy

Well, the presents are wrapped and under the tree. The food is in the fridge (or thawing out) and I'm starting on the pies.  The lights are on, the tree is up, the house smells like peppermint and holly and pumpkin pie.  Are you ready for Christmas?

I made this card earlier in the month so I could mail it off to a friend.  I used a Queen Kat Designs stamp from artist Catherine Swinford called Holly Fairy.  It's another simple card--white embossed image onto red cardstock, faux stitching, adhered to patterned paper base and embellished with a funky "Noel" and a glittery butterfly.

I love to push myself out of my comfort zone.  I normally stamp images with black ink on white and play with my Copics or Spectrum Noir markers to bring the image to life with color.  I also normally toss on everything but the kitchen sink (sometimes more is just more).  But I rarely make a CAS card, and I almost never use an image without coloring it.  I experimented, and I like what I've done!

I hope you do too!

We at Queen Kat Designs wish everyone a Merry Christmas, as well as whatever other holiday you may celebrate at this time of year.

Friday, December 21, 2012

It's Friday Yeahhhhhhhhhhhh

And you all know what that means it's time for me to showcase a designer from the WIS 2.0..

This week i chose Miranda to show you. I just love her style and her color choices everything about her projects is awesome.
She worked with Myka Jelina's image Emily and how she transformed her into this piece is amazing. I'm not a person who likes purple but the blues and purples Miranda chose work so well together.

Did i lie isn't she gorgeous... Well done Miranda she is stunning. If you want to see more of Miranda's work or any of the other sorority sisters pleas stop by the Whimsical Ink Sorority 2.0 and take the pledge with us.
I would like to wish you all a safe and Merry Christmas and Happy and Prosperous New Year.



Thursday, December 20, 2012

Christmas Favor-ites

Five days left until Christmas Day and I am (almost) finished making all the favors for my dinner guests!  It's really helped me to have a wonderful collection of stamps from Queen Kat Designs.  This one is from artist Terra Bidlespacher and it's called "Brain Storming".

I colored my stamped image with Copics and cut her out.  I framed her with a white diecut snowflakes and then adhered her onto the front of a small notepad I picked up on clearance for,,,wait for it...49 cents!!  I also inked the edges with white and added a single white rose.
This notepad will be added to my growing pile of dinner favors for my guests.  I'm thinking of giving them out to my guests, all wrapped up, then playing the Lefty-Righty Game.  I wrote special lines to the holiday favorite "'twas the Night Before Christmas".  The idea of the game is for all guests to pass their favors to the left when the word LEFT is read, and to pass to the right when the word RIGHT is read.  At the end of the poem, the guests open their favors to keep.  I have several ornaments, notepads, and small gifties.  I need to count them up--I'll need 18 this year!!
Lucky I have so many pretty stamps from QKD from which to choose to decorate my items!  You can too, and will want to, once you check out all the lovely images from the QKD artists HERE.

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

The Fairy and Pixie's

Happy Tuesday everyone! Here is a Gatefold card with a band to show off that beautifl Pixie on the toadstool.
Used cardstock by Story Tellers and stickles for the little fairies that are floating around (gold). These types of cards are so fun to give. The stamp artist is Joanna Bromley. You can purchase this stamp and the rest of her line at Queen Kat Designs or by clicking HERE. Happy Holiday's.

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Christmas is Coming, the Cards are Getting Done...

Today I have another Christmas card for you, using Crystal Moore's "Root" Chakra Medallion.  I used some great patterned paper from the Paper Studio to make a set of four "panes".  I circular-cut out the center and used wreath branch punches to form a frame around the image (which was stamped and embossed before coloring with Copics).

The only embellishment I added were four red heart-shaped buttons in the corners  I hope you like this card.  If you like "Root" Chakra Medallion, check out the image and all the new Queen Kat Designs December releases at the QKD Shoppe!!

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Dreaming of a Green Christmas

These might sound like strange words, but not when you consider from whom they are coming.  Today I wanted to showcase a Queen Kat Designs artist from the Castle Playground, Sandra Caldwell.  I am the Royal Nanny (meaning I coordinate our DT members on the Playground blog) and wanted you to know the very talented artists showcased there.
I used Sandra's stamp "Frog Queen" (hence, the wish for a green Christmas).  The patterned papers are Basic Grey and the holly border is K&Co.  I framed the image using the Scallop Ovals die from Nestabilities and my Epic Six, and the snowflakes are punchies from a Fiskars punch (on which I placed green Skittles).

You can check out cards created by DT members Holley, Jamie, Teresa and Beth, using stamped images from artists Sandra Caldwell, Kristie Silva, Che Gilson, Corriander Shea, Jaz Higgins and Melia Newman on the Castle Playground Blog, a Queen Kat Designs blog.  And as always, keep crafting!

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

The Solace Swan and Pixie

This card reminds me of a Monet painting that one would see hanging in a gallery. I used the Foral background Queen Kat stamp that I embossed in gold.
Used a frame with a vine and another vine with flowers surrounding the picture. Added a water lilly leaf for bling and there you have my Monet! The stamp artist is Joanna Bromley. You can find her and many of her other designs in the Queen Kat Design store. See you all very soon. Happy holiday shopping! sueH.

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Catherine Swinford's Holly Fairy

I had so much fun with this new Queen Kat Designs December release stamp!!!  The stamp is called Holly Fairy and is by artist Catherine Swinford.  The first card I'm showing you is a simple corner fold card.  I stamped and then embossed in red on some CTMH double-sided Christmas patterned paper.  I left the coloring to a minimum to let some of the pattern show through.

When I folded the corner, I knew I wanted to layer it with red cardstock to frame the scene.  I put a bling snowflake where I would normally have put a big blossom, and added a few sprinkles of jewels.  Then I pulled the whole scene together with some faux stitching around the edges.
My sentiment is a metal tag from Tim Holtz Idealogy Word Bands, reading: "Possibility begins with Imagination".  Very simple, very pretty, very easy!!  And it will go in the mail at regular postage rates!  That's a win-win card!
QKD is releasing some gorgeous fun stamps this month--go check them out at the Shoppe!

Friday, December 7, 2012

It's beginning to look alot like Christmas

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas
Ev'rywhere you go;
Take a look in the five and ten glistening once again
With candy canes and silver lanes aglow.
It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas
Toys in ev'ry store
But the prettiest sight to see is the holly that will be
On your own front door.

A pair of hopalong boots and a pistol that shoots
Is the wish of Barney and Ben;
Dolls that will talk and will go for a walk
Is the hope of Janice and Jen;
And Mom and Dad can hardly wait for school to start again.
It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas
Ev'rywhere you go;
There's a tree in the Grand Hotel, one in the park as well,
The sturdy kind that doesn't mind the snow.
It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas;
Soon the bells will start,
And the thing that will make them ring is the carol that you sing
Right within your heart.

Sorry I could not resist have to get into the mood and what better way to do that than to sing a carol.. Anyway Happy Friday everyone I hope your weekend will be filled with rest and relaxation and lots of crafting.

Today I am going to show you Swing In The Stars by Maigan Lynn. I Made this card for a lady at work who wanted 5 Christmas cards this was one of the 5 and I love the way it came.

I colored her in Christmas colors to give that kind of vibe I also used Nutcracker Sweet papers by Graphic 45 and this card just turned out fabulous..

So what do you all think? If you want to see more of any of the designers of the Whimsical Ink Sorority 2.0  head over to the blog and take the pledge with us.

Have a great Day



Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Toadstool Fairy (gatefold card)

Hello everyone! I created a gatefold card for this design and used holiday colors. The black Dsp is from Storyteller Designs and has roses on it, very pretty. The design was awesome to do! Hopefully, you can see the wings that were done with a gloss and irredescent glitter.
There are little fairies fluttering around that I represented with the stars. The stamp artist for this design is Joanna Bromley. Enjoy. sueH.

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Root - a Chakra Medallion by Crystal Moore

I love the beginning of the month.  It means that Queen Kat Designs has a new batch of stamps to release from its artists!  I made this gate-fold card using a December release stamp from the lovely and talented Crystal Moore, whose line of Chakra Medallions has captured the hearts of many a crafter.

Today's featured stamp is called "Root", and I wanted to make a special card to showcase her image, so I punched out a "frame" of sorts with a scallop circle punch, centered on the edges of each "gate" of my card.
I stamped "Root" with ink that coordinated with this winter patterned paper I had leftover in my Christmas craft box.

It all came together with some dark teal-colored card stock and a sentiment that comes from another QKD stamp set called Winter Deer.  A vintage button and a paper rose finish off my newest Christmas card.

For more of Crystal's fabulous stamps, check out the Shoppe.


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