Sunday, December 27, 2009

Stamping Contest

Hey all. I'm so sorry I missed the last 2 days of Christmas. Life took over. :( I have a fun suprise for you!! QKD is having a stamp contest. Click here for phase #1

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Day 10: 12 Days of Christmas Projects

Welcome to day 10 of my version of 12 days of Christmas. Today I'm sharing a very different kind of tag.

Ok.. Ok... Don't judge by the pics please!!!! It is so hard to photograph this tag. I musta spent an hour trying. But between the plastic glaring and the stamping wanting to show up twice like double vision.. I was having a hard time! This tag is one of a kind. It's very pretty in person, I haven't lost it I promise! :)

This tag was made using 2 plastic tags.. I found them at a clearance sale at Ben Franklin's when they were closing a few weeks ago. I used Peppermint Girl from QKD and some Alcohol Inks to get this very strange look; yes, I admit it is stange. But it's friggin awesome in person. Here's how I acheived this tag...

Supplies: 2 Clear Plastic tags, Peppermint stamp from QKD, foil corner, foil tape from Ranger, Alcohol ink: Cranberry, Meadow, Orgeano (I think) and Gold additive, Black Stazon, ribbons, white cardstock.


1. Using your alcohol ink, ink up your clear tags (1 side only).. I used the Oregano on top, Cranberry in the middle and Meadow on the bottom. then I put the additive on to that after the color was on.

2. Sandwich a white piece of cardstock between your clear tags with the Alcohol ink inside. Trim off ends and poke a hole for the ribbon. Apply the Foil tape around the edges of the tag. (Note the tape comes in other colors but all I had was silver).

3. With stazon, stamp Peppermint on to the tag. Let dry.

4. Add the foil photo corner with tombow or your choice of adhesive.

5. Add ribbons and you're done!

This is one heavy, sturdy tag! It'll hold up to all the bashing the post office will put it through when I send it to who ever I send it to lol. I think for the next 2 days, I will be doing ornaments for you!! :) I'll be back tomorrow. Stay warm and make some tags! :)

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Day 9: 12 Days of Christmas Projects & Blog Candy

Ok.. So I'm having a really hard time sitting down to blog this year. You'd think.. 12 days.. I could do that.. But noooo life has other plans for me. It's snowing again outside and I just finished snow blowing the driveway. YUCK!! Mother nature needs to keep her snow and dump it somewhere else.. Like I dont know... CHINA??? lol.

So here we are finally with day 9 on my 12 day venture that's going to be a few days past 12.. lol.. Today I've got snowflakes!! lots of em.

I know, I know.. the pics are realllllly bad! But it's been one of them days! :) the tag is white, silver and blue. Not too much bling but it's very pretty.

I have a give away today too! Some Christmas stamps!! yay! Ho ho ho! Leave me a comment and make sure you're a follower of the blog either on blogger or Facebook. I'll choose the winner on Monday.

Here's how I did this tag...

Supplies: Tag, ribbon, velvet ribbon, grungeboard circle, QKD stamps, Faded Jeans DI Ink, Clear Embossing Powder, heat tool, versamark ink, blue azure stazon, pewter metallic crackle paint, foam applicator, snowflake glimmer screen, chestnut roan chalk ink.


1. Using repositionable adhesive, apply your glimmer screen to your tag. and ink over it using your ink applicator and blue distress ink.

2. Remove the glimer screen and remove the adhesive it left on your tag if any.

3. Stamp and emboss snowflakes down the left side of your tag and the right bottom over the white snowflake left by your screen in step 1.

4. With your Script Background stamp and chestnut roan ink, stamp over the left side of your tag at an angle. Then stamp To and From in the same ink.

5. Cover the circle of grungeboard with your pewter crackle paint and let dry. Do not heat your metallic crackle paint!! It will turn out crappy if I may say so. Let it air dry. This will take longer than regular crackle paint.

6. When your circle is dry, stamp the snowflake with stazon on top of your crackle paint.

7. Add ribbon and hang your snowflake circle with silver string. If you'd like you can pop dot it to the tag.

8. Trim the bottom of the tag with scallop scissors and punch holes in each scallop.

How fun! :) I had a good time making this tag. I just kept adding more and more until it turned out. :) I hope you'll give it a whirl. :)

See you tomorrow for another tag. :)

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Day 8: 12 Days of Christmas Projects

Welcome welcome! It's Day 8 on my 12 day journey to Christmas. There's only 14 more shopping days left til the big day! Are you ready?? I'm no where close. Although all my shopping is done. I need to make more gifts than I think I can handle at this point but I'm glad to have my TAGS done! :)
Today I'm showcasing a fun tag for you. It's purple!!! Who doesnt' love purple??
Ok, these pics do this tag no justice what so ever. I promise the tag is purple!! As purple as Barney! (ewe).. Anywhoo.. Lets do it....
Supplies: Tag, ribbon, Cuttlebug embossing square flourish, Fancy Christmas Stamp from QKD, Picket Fence Crackle Paint, Gold Paint Daubber from Ranger, Grungeboard snowflakes, Black Momento Ink Pad, Foam ink Applicator, Dusty Concord DI Ink, Rock Candy Stickles, Embossing machine.
1) Paint your grungeboard snowflakes with crackle paint and let dry
2) Pant the bottom 1/2 diagonally with crackle paint and let dry
3) When your tag is dry, use your foam applicator to apply Dusty Concord ink all over.
4) Stamp your images onto the tag using your black momento ink
5) Emboss the corner medallion onto the bottom of the tag
6) Using your paint daubber swipe over the top of the tag. I only did the top 1/2. I wante the crackle paint to stand out so I left it alone.
7) Using an up and down dabbing motion apply gold paint to the top of your snowflakes and let dry
8) Add ribbon
9) pop dot your snowflakes to the left side of your tag
10) Use your rock candy stickles and dress up your tag. I put them on my ornaments on my tree and swag. You can even add some to your snowflakes if you'd like.
So... wasn't that easy? Try it and come back and tell me. This was a super fun tag. I hope you'll try it yourself. I'll be back tomorrow with something fun. :)
Take care and stay warm.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Day 7: 12 Days of Christmas Projects

Hey there!!! Welcome to the 7th Day of Christmas... Queen Kat Style! :) I hope you're all warm and ready to have some Christmas fun today! I'm sharing my favorite tag yet with you today. It's called the Best Gift of All....

Supplies: Tag, Cranberry Adirondack Ink, Pine Needles DI Ink, Embossing Ink, Gold Embossing Powder, White Cardstock Scrap: Gold Adirondack Paint Daubber, Grungeboard numbers, Stamps from QKD, Ribbon, foam ink applicator, heat tool, pop dots, flat zots or tombow.

1) Random Stamp the gifts from the Fancy Christmas stamp set all over your tag alternating ink colors.

2) Swipe the entire tag with the Gold paint daubber. Don't do too much or you'll cover the gifts.

3) Stamp and emboss the "Best Gifts of All" saying onto some white cardstock. Using your ink applicator, rub on some cranberry ink and using a tissue rub off the ink from the embossed portion so you don't get all messy.

4) Cut out the saying and pop dot it to the bottom of the tag.

5) Take your ink applicator and apply ink to the 2 and the 5 grungeboard pieces. If you don't have grungeboard, you can also use chipboard.

6) Swipe the gold paint over your numbers and then adhere them to your tag. I pop dotted the 2 so it would have more 3-D-ness. :) and then used some flat zots on my 5 so it's on the tag.

wow! 6 steps? am I losing it?? NOPE! I promised fun, fast and easy! that's what you got! :)

Have a great day and visit me tomorrow! I'll have something gorgeous to show you. Thanks again for coming. :)

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Day 6: 12 Days of Christmas Projects

Welcome to the 6th day of christmas Projects with me. I'm excited to be back on track. :) we are 1/2 way through with this post today. I've got a super fun and easy tag for you today.

Tag, Pine Needles Crackle Paint, Seasonal Grungeboard pack, Aged Text Background stamp from QKD, Happy Holly Days Stamp from QKD, Broken glass, YES! Paste, Tombow, Embossing Ink, Gold Embossing Powder, Zots, Heat tool, Gold Stickles, Brushed Corduroy Distress Ink, Chestnut Roan Chalk Ink, Tim Holtz Edge Distresser, Cranberry Adirondack Ink, Pine Needled DI Ink and ribbon.

1) Paint on a generous layer of crackle paint and let dry

2) Using your edge distresser, distress the eges. I like to roll mine to the front.

3) Using an ink applicator, apply some brushed corduroy ink to the tag. Even over the crackle paint. This will add color into the cracks.

4) Stamp over the entire tag with your Aged Text Background Stamp using Chestut Roan Chalk Ink.

5) Using Cranberry ink, swipe your light all over it to make it nice and red. Do the same with the tree but with green ink.

6) Stamp and emboss Happy Holly Days to your tag.

7) Adhere with zots, the light and tree.

8) Using yes! glue and a popsicle stick, apply a generous layer to the bottom of the tag covering part of the tree and some limbs. sprinkle and shake off the broken glass fragments. You can sprinkle and shake them off a few times until you get good coverage.

9) Tie your ribbon and add your stickles to your light and you're finished!

**I can not remember the name of the broken glass. It comes from the craft store. I got mine by the adhesives and spray paint. :)

Thanks for visiting! I'll be back tomorrow with day 7! Ho ho ho!

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Day 5: 12 Days of Christmas Projects & Blog Hop

Hey there! I'm so sorry my, 12 days of projects derailed. I had a family emergency and I couldn't get to the computer often to blog. :( But I'm baaaaaack! and just in time for Day 5 and the QKD RKM Blog hop day! yay!! 2 fer 1.
Today on the blog hop we were challenged with a sketch. It's one of my first sketches that I did. I've made a few cards with it and they all turn out different! This one is no exception.

SEI Christmas paper, Green Cardstock, Pine Needles Tim Holtz Distress Ink, Poinsetta Nestabilities, Poinsetta flower from Prima, Jumbo Brad, 3 silver 1/2 rounds, silver stickles, pop dots, stamping mat, bamboo skewer, tombow adhesive and Script Background stamp from Queen Kat Designs.

1) Cut a background piece of patterned paper to size of your card. My card is 4.25" X 5.5". Adhere to your card front.

2) Cut a strip of patterned paper to: 4.25" X 2.58" and adhere to the left side of your card leaving about 0.25" showing underneath.

3) Cut a strip of green cardstock to 4.25" X 2.25" Stamp your background stamp on the cardstock and run your edges of the cardstock on your green ink pad to add depth. Adhere to card.

4) Using different patterned paper, cut 1 of each of the 3 poinsetta's in the nestibilities collection.

5) Using a bamboo skewer and your stamping mat, press the bamboo skewer into each petal making a crease in each petal to add 3-d effect.

6) Layer all 3 together and add the prima flower on top with a jumbo brad. Adhere to your card with pop dots.

7) After you've got your card all set and everything's together, take your silver stickles and go around the edges of the bottom 2 layers of your poinsettas. This will add some bling and brighten your card.

8) Using zots or your choice of adhesive, add 3 little silver 1/2 rounds to the bottom of the green strip.

That was so easy, right?? It took me 10 minutes to make this card. I told you my 12 days would be fast and easy projects right?? :)

Hop on over to Helene's blog for some more stamping fun! Thanks for stopping by!

Today's hop order is..

QKD blog

Alex's blog

Vicki's blog- You're here with me!

Helene's blog

Penny's blog

Meredith's blog

Linda's blog

Anita's blog

Sara's blog

Ashley's blog

Queen Kat Designs Store

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Day 4: 12 Days of Christmas Projects

Ho Ho Ho! I loved making this tag today. I am in love with the new Crackle Paint called Rock Candy by Tim Holtz! and the Rock Candy Stickles.. O.M.G. How fantastic!!!! I have to tell you, I made it today, just in time to sign up for one of his classes at CHA! I am STOKED!!!!! I have never met him but he's like an idol to me. I love watching his videos because I learn soooo much!! Did you know Ranger is coming out with 12 new Distress Ink colors?? I'm gonna die and go to stamping heaven!! I can't wait. I have all of the old ones and I'm excited for the new.

Ok, ok... now for the project of the day... It's so easy to make and so much fun!

Supplies: Tag, Ribbon, QKD Stamp (Light of the Christmas Tree), Snowflake Cuttlebug embossing folder, Cuttlebug, Metallic Gold Adirondak Paint Dauber, Cranberry Adirondack Ink pad, clear embossing powder, green stickles, Oregano Adirondack Ink pad, Dotted patterned paper, Embossing gun, White cardstock, craft sheet, paper towels, Foil corner, Leaf, Adhesive Prima flower and a brad.

1. Cover your tag with dotted patterned paper using your choice of mono adhesive. I use Tombow.

2. Ink up the patterned paper with your foam ink applicator and Oregano Ink pad.

3. Dab gold paint along the left hand side of the tag. Do not rub it in, paint it on or anything like that. Dab it straight up and down. That will give you bubbles and texture. As the paint dries it will pop the bubbles and leave you with an awesome texture. I only did 1 width of the dauber because I added another treatment to the other half of the tag. Let dry.

4. Emboss the right hand side of your tag with your cuttlebug embossing folder.

5. Take your paint dauber and dab it onto a scrap piece of paper till it's almost dry. you want it to be like a dry brusk application for this step. Rub it lightly over all your snowflakes. This will give a more 3-D effect to your tag.

6. Now... Break out your rock candy crackle paint!!! This is the fun messy part!! slop it on, baby!! Leave nothing to spare here. The more you add the better effect you get. and I find that if you let it air dry about 10 minutes then heat dry the rest of the way it turns out nicely and you're not waiting too long for it to dry.
7. Stamp a Christmas Tree in Cranberry ink and emboss with clear powder. Layer your flowers and add a brad in the center.
8. When your tag is dry to the touch, Adhere your tree to it along with your flower and leaf.

9. Add your photo corner and green stickles for bling!

Geesh! That's not even 10 steps and you have a fabulous tag ready for the top of a special gift. :)

I'll be back tomorrow with another fun easy project. :) Take a look around at the QKD blog. There are lots of the Royal Court members that are doing their own 12 days of projects!!

Take care and I'll see you tomorrow!! :)


So... some of you already know.. but I'm gonna toot here!! QKD is teaching a class at the Winter CHA Supershow for the public!! It's going to be one heck of a fun time!! The class is filling up so get your ticket now. Here's what we will be making..
We will be using Verona to make a glass pendant and an awesome greeting card. You'll get all the supplies to make both of them and sitll have stuff to take home including a Verona stamp of your very own!! It's $25 for a 2 hour class. Click below to sign up!
See you there!!

Day 3: 12 Days of Christmas Projects

Hi there!
Welcome to day 3 of my 12 days of Christmas projects! There's a PRIZE today!! So read on....
I used Victoria for this tag and colored her in Christmas colors. Here's the skivvy...
Supplies: Tag, ribbon, QKD stamps (Victoria & French Floral Background), Gold Trim, Tuxedo Black Momento ink, Tim Holtz Cranberry Ink, New Sprout Momento Ink, Tombow markers, White Souffle Pen, Red Cardstock, White paper, removable adhesive, Tombow adhesive, pop dots and Foam Ink Applicator.
1. Stamp Victoria with black ink onto the tag
2. Stamp Victoria on a plain white piece of paper and cut her out (this will be a mask)
3. Using removable adhesive such as a piece of cheap scotch tape or removable tombow, place the mask over the stamped image on your tag.
4. Stamp over the mask using the "New Sprout" ink pad and your French Floral Background stamp. Remove the mask carefully, do not damage the image below.
5. Color Victoria in some vibrant Christmas colors.
6. Using your foam ink applicator, apply some cranberry ink to the top of the tag and down the sides and across the bottom for highlights.
7. Wrap the bottom of the tag in gold cord and secure. Add you ribbon in the top hole.
8. Stamp your sentiment on Red cardstock in Black ink and pop dot it to the top of the tag.
9. Using your white souffle' pen add white highlights and dots where you'd like.
See that was easy wasn't it? I hope you'll join me for another fun project tomorrow. :) In the mean time, Follow my blog. I will choose at least 1 person tommorrow from my followers to receive a special holiday treat from me! Leave some love and let me know you're a follower to be entered.
Happy crafting! Jump over to the QKD store we are having a shipping sale!

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Day 2: 12 Days of Christmas Projects

Welcome to the 2nd Day of Christmas Projects. Today I've got a special Christmas Tag for you today. I used the new Northern Exposure stamp set that came out today at QKD. That's right! It's new stamp day at the castle. Here's how I did it...
Tag, Stamps from QKD, Grungeboard holly leaves, Momento Black Ink, Pine Needles Distress Ink from Tim Holtz, Mahogany Distress ink, Red sitckles, Inkessentials foam applicator, Ribbon, Shimmerz paints, Pine Needles Crackle Paint, pop dots, craft mat.
1. Make the background: using your pine needle DI ink, sponge it on the top of the tag then do the same with the mahogany on the bottom of the tag. I find I get the best results when I used my Inkessentials foam applicator and my craft mat. I use small circles starting off the tag and working to the inside. I try not to start on the tag because it leaves "edge" marks from the foam and sometimes they are not wet enough to be blendable.
2. Stamp the TO: and FROM: stamp with momento ink and then stamp the snowman.
3. Paint your snowman with your shimmerz paint or any paint you have.
4. Paint the grungeboard holly with pine needles crackle paint. When dry add red stickles and apply to the tag using pop dots or thick zots.
5. Apply ribbon and you're done!
How easy is that? 5 steps to a fun Christmas tag. I hope you will try this project. Come by the store to grab a set of the Northern Exposure snow people. They are fantastic for all your winter crafting.
I'll be back tomorrow with day #3 of the 12 days of Christmas. Until then.. Stay warm!!

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Day 1: 12 Days of Christmas Projects

Welcome to my 12 days of Christmas projects. I have a bunch of fun things to share. From December 1st through December 12th I'll be posting something fun each day. Today I have a simple ornament that I made. This is one of the easiest things you can make that will add some cheer to your Christmas tree and not cost a fortune to make.
Stamp (From the December Royal Kit @ QKD)Bazzil Basics Chipboard Shape, Green Mini Beads, SEI Christmas Paper, Tombow, Gold Adirondack Paint Dauber, Sand Paper, Gold Cord, White Cardstock, Green Ink Pad, Popsicle Stick and YES! Glue

1. Cover the chipboard piece on both sides with patterned paper using your tombow to adhere it to the chipboard.
2. Sand the edges of the paper to make them "distressed" looking and to get rid of the "cut" edges on the chipboard.
3. Using your paint daubber, go around the edges of the covered chipboard to paint the raw edge and add a little sparkle to the front and back of the ornament.
4. Stamp "Cheer" onto a small piece of white cardstock, cut into a rectangle and apply to the front of the ornament with tombow.
5. Using your popsicle stick and YES! glue, apply a layer generously around the "Cheer" sentiment. Apply green mini beads and shake off excess. You can apply them 2-3 times until all of the YES! glue is covered.
6. Tie some gold cord in the hole and hang on your Christmas Tree.
I hope you've enjoyed today's project. Come back tomorrow for my next project.
(paper, mini beads and stamp were from the Dec. Royal Kit at QKD)