Thursday, May 1, 2014

We Are Closed

Thank you for your support
over the past 7 & a half years. We have enjoyed serving you.
Queen Kat Designs is now Closed. 
Please visit The Sailing Pineapple
to keep in touch with Vikki & to purchase her stamps. There's big things on the horizon.

Happy Crafting.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Time for a New Release!

Did you attend the new release party at Queen Kat Designs on Facebook?  I was one of the lucky commentators to score a free QKD digi of Lizzy Love #25 by artist Lizzy Love!  How cool is that?!
So this is what I did with my new digi.
I colored her with Copics. Her original look sports a shamrock headband, but I decided to place flower sequins on the shamrocks for a pure spring look.  Then I distressed the edges and framed her with cardstock before adding her to an embossed and sanded card face.
I embellished with sparkling buttons, circle borders and some jute.  My sentiment is from a K&Co sticker sheet. I finished off my card with white gel pen lines around the perimeter of the card and boxing around my sentiment.
I don't know about you but I am SO ready for Spring. After spending Spring break in Seattle, where Spring is blossoming in the greenest greens and the boldest colors, it was so difficult to return to the last remnants of mucky snow and brown brown grass in Chicago. Ugh!
So I'm daring Mother Nature to catch up with my crafting by washing her hands of winter and welcoming Spring in all its beauty! Come on, Mom, let's see some sunshine and blooms and greenery!!  Are you with me, crafters?!
We would certainly love to see some cards and projects using QKD stamps and digis.  Please share them with us on Facebook!!  You never know when another contest will pop up!  besides, you can get some very awesome inspiration there.
Like what you see?  Stop by the Shop and have fun!

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Happy Easter!

Wishing you all a very Happy Easter!
Today Victoria & I are sharing a couple of Easter/Spring themed creation just to help you enjoy the break!
Victoria has used a new image from Lizzy Love - isn't she just so sweet & a perfect decoration for this Easter Basket!

I've made a page in my journal for this month of April using Sandra Caldwell's Spring Bunny Fairy.
Wishing you all a very safe & relaxing Easter break!
Sharon & Victoria

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Lizzy Love #16


Today I am showing a page from my art journal using the Lizzy Love #16  Stamp available at Queen Kat Designs.

For this page, I used white gesso on the background and using Italian Sunset Mist, Alaskan Salmon, and Blitzen mists all by Tattered Angels.  I stamped with chalk ink in pink grapefruit  and  key lime.  I added dots of acrylic paint using Jenni Bowlin paint in a yellow-orange shade.  I also colored the title and other circles using colored pencils.  Lizzy lovely was colored using Copic Markers and cut and placed on the page.  This one is all ready for my latest thoughts on connection.

Thanks for stopping by!

~ Victoria

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Spring Bunny!

Sharing a fun little spring bunny tag today for QKD.  

This image is a digi by Sandra Caldwell available at the store!
I love Sandra's designs - so cute & quirky!
Tag background is a mix of paint & inks & spritzes of water.
You can never have enough decorated tags - they always make great bookmarks!
Hope you are all enjoying the Easter break.
Sharon :)

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Spring Parade

Hip hip hooray, celebrate the day--Spring weather has finally arrived!  And about time too!
So to celebrate, I have created a parade on my card today with an April release called Happy Spring Chick by artist Jacquelynne Steves.
I printed my digi image at two different sizes to make it look like a mother hen and her chicks. I colored my images with Copics and framed it with cardstock. I used patterned papers from Marcella by K "Fiesta Birthday paper pack (including the circles used as embellishments). I also embellished with jeweled butterflies from Recollections and a paper-crafted butterfly from my leftover stash.
"Happy Spring Chick" is available in the QKD Shop, along with many other fabulous images and rubber stamps.  Good news: rubber stamps are also available already cling-mounted!

Monday, April 14, 2014

Lizzy Love

Here's one of my new favorites at the Queen Kat Store, this image is Lizzy Love number 21.  All of this artist's image are so wonderful!! I colored this girl up in bright yellows with a pink skirt. Do you love the flocked paisley paper?

Drop by the store and check out all the Lizzy Love images, so hard to pick a favorite, but I am definitely partial to number 7 and number 21.  Eek, so cute!

Cheers, Holley

Saturday, April 12, 2014

I Think You are Lovely

What a perfect design for an any occasion pick-me-up card!  Lizzy is sporting her cute Uggs and her kitty top.  For this card I used Lizzy Lovely #16 from the store at Queen Kat Designs.  She was colored with Copic markers and Sakura Gel pens.  The simple card features a 5 1/2 inch by 4 1/4 inch white card blank, blue polka dot paper from Gina K Designs and embellishments from Freckled Fawn.  Each layer was inked with light blue chalk ink.

This card assembles quickly with dry adhesive and is a fun card for a good friend!
Have a wonderful day and I'll be back next Saturday with more for QKD!

Friday, April 11, 2014

Always Time for Tea!!!!!

Hi Again Everyone!

As promised here's my creation for today - an acetate base card with one of the quirky "Alice in Waterland" images by Deborah Muller at QKD!
Cute "tea" themed patterned papers are from the Prettygrafik Etsy Store and were perfect for this image!
I added some fancy wool & string to the top spine and a little fancy teapot charm as well plus some teabag labels!
Hope you feel some inspiration to create!! LOL!!

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Digital Stamps.....

Hi Everyone
I will be sharing a new creation tomorrow but thought today would be a good day to send you all over to the Queen Kat Store to pick up a new digi image to create with!!
Digital stamps are great as they are available as soon as you complete your order - so why not grab 2 or 3 or 4 or more!!!!
Here's some of the great designs available from some of the talented artists:
Vikki Douglas
Sandra Caldwell

Maigan Lynn

Charles Bristow

Ellen Million
And take a look at the great specials on rubber stamps as well!
Have fun creating & see you all again tomorrow!

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Happy Spring!

Today my card showcases another new release, this time from artist  Jacquelynne Steves.  It's called Happy Spring Chick.  
I made a card using color blocking, as I don't make many that way and I need to stretch my crafting occasionally so I don't get stuck in a rut.  The patterned papers are a mix of leftover and my own hand-painted background using watercolors.
After decorating the top with various pieces of lace and trim, I added a few jewels and a nice sparkly button to denote the longer days and warmer Spring temps.  A tiny bouquet finishes off my card.
I colored my chick with Copics, then distressed the edges using Tim Holtz Faded Jeans distress ink. My chick looks so happy, waving her banner to announce that Spring is (finally) here!  I'm happy, too!
You can find Jacquelynne's Spring Chick at the QKD Shop.  For more inspiration, check out the Queen Kat Designs Facebook page.  And as always, happy crafting!

Monday, April 7, 2014

Life's Good

Here's an adorable new image that came out this month at the Queen Kat store. This image is called Planting Carrots Bunny Wabbit from artist Mary Ellen Smith.  I think this image would be adorable for Easter, as well as for those cute friends who love to garden, which is great for springtime.
I added some cute carrots on the right side from Jolees, as well as some large carrot brads.  The papers are a gorgeous shimmers mica cardstock from Paper Temptress.  I hope you love this fun image, Mary Ellen Smith has lots of cute rabbits and duck in her stamp line at the store!

Cheers, Holley

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Muah! Love Queen Kat Designs Stamps!

Love this adorable stamp from QKD!  She is a modern gal, with a cool vibe.
For this card, I used a 5 1/2 x 4 1/4 white card blank, the background patterned paper is from Webster's Pages, with the thin polka dot stripe being the back side of the background paper.  I added some light aqua vintage lace and the word bubble sentiment.

The image was colored with gel markers and Copic Markers.  I love her "washed out" denim shorts, pink UGGs and sweet pink jacket.  I gave her some light blue and purple highlights in her hair, too!  This is a totally adorable modern girl! The stamp is called Lizzy Lovely #16, just click on her name to be taken to her page!

Hope you all love her as much as I do!

~ Victoria

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Time for a Birthday....

Another card using one of Deborah Mullers new "Alice in Waterland" images.
Make sure you check out the Queen Kat Store for all the other images in this "series" - they are great - nice & quirky & fun to colour!
And make sure you check out the "Paper Doll" Stamp Sets by Deborah as well - I would love to have one of those sets!
Patterned papers are from a 6 x 6 paper pad from My Mind's Eye - I love the colourings of these papers - I tried to colour my image with matching Copic Markers.
I added some little mushroom cut outs, Happy Birthday wording and a clock charm.
I hope you are all having a great week!
See you next week for some more inspiration!

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Bloomin' Basket Heralds Spring

Pat here with a QKD April release.  It's called Bloomin Basket by artist Jacquelynne Steves and it is just loaded with colorful blooms in anticipation of Spring!

I made a specially-folded card that was inspired by an image on Pinterest.  I like it because it has a pocket in which to put surprises for the recipient.  In this case, it looks like a flower pot, so behind Jacquelynne's image, I plan on putting a seed packet in its pocket and send this card to somebody special!
After cutting and folding my "flower pot," I added patterned papers from Basic Grey and the Paper Studio. I colored my basket with Copics, giving them sparkle and shine with smooch and Liquid Glass. The basket seemed to get lost on the patterned paper, so I colored a small paper doily with ink to frame it and then attached it to the front of my card.  I embellished simply with flower sequins, as the patterned paper was enough eye candy.
You can find Bloomin' Basket by Jacquelynne Steves in the QKD Shop. Happy crafting!

Monday, March 31, 2014

Planting Carrots Bunny Wabbit

Here's a brand new image from Queen Kat Stamps. Don't you love this cute bunny? Not only perfect for Easter time, but also just great for spring.  I added a simple spring sentiment to it along with a gorgeous die cut and some adorable Jolees flowers.  This image is called Planting Carrots Bunny Wabbit from Mary Ellen Smith.

She has a bunch of adorable new Wabbit stamps this month, be sure to check them out. So adorable.

Cheers, Holley

Saturday, March 29, 2014


Did you see my sneak peek on Facebook?  Well here she is!  It's another interpretation of the Alice in Waterland stamp.  And isn't it time for a vacation with Alice in the tropics?

The Aloha card is the perfect any occasion card.  She is on a 5 1/2 x 5 1/2 inch card blank.  The papers are from Webster's Pages.  I simply inked the edges - with Ocean Blue chalk ink and began layering.  Alice was colored with gel pens to give shine and dimension.  Her skin is colored with a colored pencil, from Crayola (my favorite brand it seems with kids around!).

Check out all of the wonderful stamps at Queen Kat Designs, you will love them!

Friday, March 28, 2014

Alice in a Teacup....

Hi Everyone!

Today I am sharing a card using another new image from the "Alice in Waterland" series of images by Deborah Muller now available at the Queen Kat Store.
I just love these quirky images - they are great to colour - lots of detail.
Patterned papers are digital designs available at the SheryK Etsy Store.
And remember you still have a few days left to get some bargains at the store with 30% of all stamps!!!!
See you all next week & have a great weekend!

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Love Rules without Rules

Today I made a card for my girlfriend, who will celebrate her wedding anniversary next week.  I love, love, love this QKD image called Steampunk Heart.  I had so much fun coloring and embellishing it!  Here I popped my colored image onto a piece of Tim Holtz Idea-ology patterned paper, tearing the edges.  I added to the effect with some diecut gears.
I adhered it all to background paper that was designed by me using three different acrylic paints and a credit card to scrape it all together into the pattern you see.  Punching holes at the bottom, I tied ribbons using more Tim Holtz (this time in the way of brads).   After adhering the whole thing to some sheet music, I finished off my card by rubbing some metallic acrylic gold paint around the edges.
You can play with this heart as well as other QKD images by checking them out at the Shop.  There are images and stamps for every crafting style!  Whatever you choose to make, have fun crafting!

Monday, March 24, 2014

Meet Lizzy Love

Here's an awesome new stamp from a brand new artist at the Queen Kat store, it's Lizzy Love. I can already tell you that I am TOTALLY in love with all of her stamps and I can guarantee that I will end up with quite a few of them in my collection. SO adorable.  This cutie is Lizzy Love 21

Be sure and check out all her wonderful images at the Queen Kat store.  And, be sure you take time and smell the flowers, since spring is coming around, I am guessing there are beautiful flowers blooming everywhere.

Cheers, Holley

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Alice in Waterland #4

I adore these new images at Queen Kat Designs.  Alice in Waterland is amazing.  These detailed stamps are so much fun to color! 

For this card, I made a 5 1/2 x 5 1/2 inch blank in black for the card base.  I added a 5 x 5 piece of paper from the K and Company travel collection.  I colored Alice with gel pens, glitter glue, and colored pencils.  She is mounted on the card with dimensional tape!

You absolutely should check out the Alice in Waterland collection.  These stamps are wonderful!

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Alice in Waterland......

I LOVE new images!!!

Today's "share" is a new design by "Deborah Muller" - "Alice in Waterland No. 2" - available now at the Queen Kat Store.
I know you won't be able to resist these new images - just wait til you see the others in the "Alice" Set!! I am lucky to have another of the designs which I will share with you next week!
Patterned papers are digital papers from Digital Scrap Etsy Store and are prefect for this image - I love the soft pastel colours. Image was printed on linen finish card and coloured with Copic Markers. I added some hessian type flowers, a sheer bow at the top spine and a Happy Birthday sticker.
See you all next week!
And remember to visit the store for more new release designs!

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Heralding Spring with QKD Stamps

At Last! Spring is just around the corner!  I have been waiting all winter for Spring! LOL
And to celebrate a new season I have made a new card today.  I used "Sketched Bunny" again-I love the look of it and it is so easy to color up!
I have been sneaking a little Spring cleaning in before the actual day, so my card showcases some pastel paint chips I've been hoarding all winter.  I cut them and then adhered them at a diagonal, then popped my bunny image on them.
After inking the edges of my card, I added the Spring sentiment (printed on my computer from Word) as well as a line of pearls.  A nice simple card that heralds the new season!
For more Spring-themed images, check out the QKD Shop.

Monday, March 17, 2014

Happy St Patrick's Day!

Wishing everyone a very happy "Green" St Patricks Day.
Today Victoria and I are sharing our "Green" creations with you to help celebrate!
Victoria using "Ribbon Girl"
Sharon using "Gigi"

Make sure you check the Queen Kat Designs Store for great specials and new release images!
Have a great week!

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Baby wabbit

Here's an adorable little bunny from Queen Kat, it's designed to be a boy wabbit, but I chose to color this one up as a girl to show you it's diversity. I added a sweet vellum sentiment, "Life in progress" as I see little kids and how very quickly they learn and grow.

 Isn't this bunny cute as a girl too?  Drop by the Queen Kat store and check out the other cute bunnies and chicks from this artist Mary Ellen Smith.  Is it time for those Easter theme cards?

Have a great day!

Cheers, Holley

Thursday, March 13, 2014

A Day at the Beach......

Another card using Maigan Lynn's new "A Day at the Beach" image available now at the Queen Kat Designs Store!

Today as you can see I had lots of fun colouring the image! Maigan always has so much fabulous detail - makes it a real pleasure and challenge to colour all the little bits and pieces - my Copics certainly got a work out last night!
I printed the image onto some "linen" finish card which gives a bit of a different effect than smooth blending card - you just have to be careful as the ink bleeds a bit.

Background patterned papers are digital papers from Gecko Galz.

I will be back again next week - hope you all have a creative week to come - make sure you visit the store to check out the new designs and current specials!


Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Birthday Wishes to Some-bunny Special

Well, winter is still sticking around, but Spring is definitely in the air!  That's saying a lot coming from Chicago.  So, to celebrate the near-arrival of Spring , I used a gorgeous new release from QKD called "Sketched Bunny."
I printed my image three times, giving each a hint of Spring color using Copics BG10 & RV11, and Zig Brushables markers English Lavender & Butter.  The sentiment comes from another QKD stamp set called "Birthday Party ." by the fabulous artist Sandra Caldwell.
I embellished simply with a few pearls,a yarn flower and embossed daisies.
I don't have a lot of friends or family with birthdays in the Spring.  Most of them celebrate theirs in the Fall; of course, I was born on Income Tax Day (my nickname was "daddy's little deduction."
Whether you make spring, fall, summer or winter cards, you will love the new releases this month!

Monday, March 10, 2014

Shopping Girl

Here's an adorable little girl, she's off shopping! I did this card with all sorts of greens and added a wood embellishment as the center of the flower with "Life is good" etched inside.  What a sweet stamp.  This image comes from Queen Kat, see her here.

Did you know that you can now buy your stamps at Queen Kat mounted on EZ Mount?  You can get them UM or pay to have them mounted on EZ mount.

Cheers, Holley

Saturday, March 8, 2014

Happy Retro Cutie!

I am certainly in a springy mood.  Today in my yard there are daffodils blooming and our flowering plum has some of those wonderful pink flowers opening up.  My inspiration for this card is definitely the spring pallet!  This card goes together very quickly.

You need:
4 1/4 x 5 1/2 inch card blank (white)
4 x 5 1/4 inch patterned paper (Webster's Pages)
daisy chain ribbon (Offray)
pink bling
lovely day sentiment (Freckled Fawn)
Stamp Lizzy Love Number 6
Sakura Gel Pens for coloring stamp

I am in love with the Lizzy Love images.  Such cuties, and all available at Queen Kat Designs.
To assemble the card:
1.  Adhere the daisy chain ribbon to the patterned paper with liquid adhesive.
2.  Adhere the patterned paper to the white card blank
3.  Add the colored Lizzy Love with dimensional foam tape over the ribbon
4.  Add the bling in the lower right hand corner, and finally
5.  Add the sentiment in the upper left hand corner.

Hope you enjoy this cute design.  AND I hope spring in popping out in your area!

~ Victoria

Thursday, March 6, 2014

By the Sea....

Today's card uses another wonderful new image by Maigan Lynn "A Day by the Sea" - available at the QKD Store of course!

I've used sea coloured and themed card and papers for my card along with a great anchor charm and fantastic little clear bubbles that look like water droplets.
Make sure you visit the store for all the fabulous specials available at the moment - you don't want to miss a bargain - any excuse to purchase new images!!!!
See you all again next week!

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Getting Steamy with a New Release

Time to show off some of the new releases from Queen Kat Designs!  Today I altered a composition notebook for my daughter.  She fell in love with "Steampunk Heart" and she loves to write, so I covered a composition notebook with some handmade paper and distressed the heck out of it.
I colored my heart image with Copics, adding some shine in parts with Liquid Glass from CTMH.  I had a few gears from Spare Parts by the Paper Studio that I adhered onto the heart.  The rest of my gear embellishments went onto my cover, along with some chain, hearts and a journal sticker.
I have been cleaning out my craft room, trying to get organized, and I rediscovered some grunge board in the shape of latches.  I distressed them with inks, paints and mists, spraying and rubbing and sanding.  I'm quite proud of how they turned out. in person, they look to be made of leather.
One thing I have also discovered.  I don't have a lot of "distressing" supplies.  I'll have to fix that right away! LOL  My daughter saw her new notebook this morning and she loves it.  I might have to make another one, just for me!  For some more inspiration, check out the QKD Facebook page.  And get over to the SHOP if you want to purchase this little beauty of a rubber stamp!!


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