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Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Inspiring Royal Hop!!

Welcome to the Queen Kat Designs blog hop. If you've just wandered in, make sure to start back at the beginning at the QKD blog so you don't miss any amazing projects. If you're here from Lara's blog than you're on the right track.

This week's challenge is an inspiration challenge.....with SHOES!!!!! OMG...I love shoes!!!! And I love nothing better than a sassy pair of black booties! I found this pair at Victoria's Secret as my inspiration for this week.


I created this weeks card using the "Whimsical Ink Club kit" Luma de la Mer.



Your next stop on the hop is Dark Ink Sorority blog.


Happy Stamping,
Shannon

Friday, October 22, 2010

CSS Alumni Hop!!

Happy Friday!!!! Welcome to this simple CSS blog hop.....clean and simple that is! If you're just popping in, swing back to StampTV to start at the beginning. If you're here from Miesje's blog than you're in the right spot.

Carolina challenged us with a CAS challenge. I'm in need of more holiday cards, so I decided to work with Rupa's "The Magic of Christmas".
I stamped the sleigh in metallic silver on a metallic striped cardstock, than embossed with clear detail embossing powder. I made the card base with a metallic red cardstock. I stamped the "Merry Christmas" sentiment in Memento Tuxedo Black ink. I added the silver ribbon to tie it all together.

The next stop on the hop is Tina's blog. Make sure you leave some love for her before hopping on.

Happy Stamping,
Shannon

Thursday, October 21, 2010

StampTV Hostess Thank You Hop!!!

Tonight we are having a special blog hop to thank our recently retired StampTV Challenge Hostess Team members:

These 5 designers have provided StampTV with a challenge each week during the months of June, July and August.

If you're just popping in, start at Lee's blog so you don't miss any of the amazing creations along the way.

We have a special StampTV Challenge Magazine Volume 3* located on the Freebie Tab, where all of their challenges are shared in a download PDF that you can save to your computer and print out at your leisure!

Please join in our Thank You Discussion on Stamp TV and feel free to play along and say thank you with your own take on one of their challenges!!!
I managed to pull together a card of each of the hostesses for this hop!!!!!


This first card is for Melissa's sketch challenge #6. I just turned the sketch on it's side. I colored the flowers from Melanie's set "A Year of Flowers" with copics and added Stickled glitter. I paired it with Smoky Slate, Pumpkin Spice and printed paper by Basic Grey. The sentiments is from Gina's "Tropical Windows" set. The charm is one I picked up from the jewelry section at Michael's.
My next card is for Brenda's Inspiration #13 challenge using a very fall image from Martha Stewart.I colored the door image from Asela's "The Journey" with Copics. Then added some fun printed paper from one of the first StampTV sets, Pumpkin Spice that's been swiped with Distress Ink, twill tape and chocolate ribbon. The pumpkins from Theresa's "Autumn Beauty" are also colored with Copics and then popped up in front of the door.

This card is for Linda's Blast From the Past challenge #7 - Gatefold with scraps. I started by coloring the flowers from Gina's "Spring Florals" set with Prismacolor pencils and adding some Stickles for bling. I found the rest of the card in my scrap bins....paper from SEI and even the green silk and ivory ribbon were from my scrap stash!


This one I had a ton of fun creating!!! It's for Carla's #2 Color challenge - Orange, Pink and Green. I stamped the butterfly from "Hope is Faith" and colored with Copics. I then cut it out and mounted it onto the cardfront. Added the matching sentiment on paper from Basic Grey, some bling and called it a day.

My last card is my favorite from my bunch. It's for Giovana's "Show my your Christmas style" challenge. I've always done a blue, silver, and white tree....although with a new husband that might change this year. So, I looked all over my craft room to try to decide how to make what I had going on in my head for this challenge. I happened across some funky clear 3-D looking "paper" that I got a couple years ago at Mega Meet and the idea popped! I used some big punches and punched out ornaments from the crazy paper and silver reflective paper to layer behind each one. I then stamped the swirl's from Nina's "Grand Damask" in white Staz-On ink onto the crazy paper. I punch holes in each set and added the ribbon hangers, and then the bows. I stamped the sentiment from "XXX" onto white cardstock and punched it out with its matching scallop oval in the reflective silver. It's a very hard card to photograph well with all it's reflective and opaque surfaces!


Thanks for hopping along with us today! The next stop on the journey is Miesje's blog.


Happy Stamping,
Shannon



Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Royal Court Hop!

Welcome to the Queen Kat Designs blog hop. If you've just wandered in, make sure to start back at the beginning at the QKD blog so you don't miss any amazing projects. If you're here from Lara's blog than you're on the right track.

This week's challenge is a color challenge using... Chocolate, ginger, taupe and cranberry.


I created this weeks card using the "Flying High with You" set.
I started by stamping and embossing the blimp-type image on white cardstock. I then used the wrinkle-free distressing with Tattered Rose and Rusty Hinge. I then stamped and embossed the watch image. Then distressed with Frayed Burlap and Fired Brick. I stamped the sentiment on white cardstock in Rich Cocoa and whipped on Antique Straw and Fired Brick Distress inks.


Your next stop on the hop is Dark Ink Sorority blog.


Happy Stamping,
Shannon

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Lolli Pop Labs Special Blog Hop!!!

Yippie!!!! It's finally here......the release of Lolli Pop Labs at Queen Kat Designs!!!!! If you're just popping in, swing back to the QKD blog to see all the projects and the overall hop list.

I worked with 2 of the images for this hop. I just couldn't resist making a card with "Lady in Waiting". I colored her with Copics and added shadowing with Prismacolor pencils. Then I paired her with some paper from Core'dinations and a bright pink ribbon. She's the perfect image for someone you know that's going thru a tough time.
The second image I used is "Lady of the Rose Bush". I colored her with Copics and Prismacolor pencils. I used the same Core'dinations paper and some soft green printed paper as well. Adding some paper flowers for a little bling.
The next stop on the hop is Jules's blog......leave her some love before continuing on....
Happy Stamping!
Shannon

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

QKD Oct. Release Hop.....Take 2!!

Welcome to the Queen Kat Designs blog hop. If you've just wandered in, make sure to start back at the beginning at the QKD blog so you don't miss any amazing projects. If you're here from Lara's blog than you're on the right track.

This week's challenge is a sketch challenge.


I created my card this week with Gypsy Momma. I just adore this image. I turned the sketch on it's side and didn't include the sentiment circle since I didn't feel it was needed with her. I colored her with Copics and paired her up with papers from Basic Grey.



Your next stop on the hop is Dark Ink Sorority blog. Don't forget to welcome the new Royal Court members along the way today as well!!


Happy Stamping,
Shannon

Friday, October 8, 2010

CSS Alumni Blog Hop!!!

Happy Friday evening!!!!!! Today is another fun hop with the CSS alumni! If you're just popping in, start back at StampTV so you don't miss all the goodness along the way. If you're here from Miesje's blog than you're on the right path.

This time around Carolina gave us a sketch to work with. It's such a great sketch and I had a hard time deciding what stamp to use. I ended up using the flower stamp from Theresa's "Purrr-fectly Delightful" stamp set. I colored the flowers with Copics and added shadowing with Prismacolor Pencils. I created the background paper by using the faux letterpress technique.
The next stop on the hop is Sharri's blog. Make sure you leave her some love!

Happy Stamping,
Shannon

Thursday, October 7, 2010

First Public QKD blog hop!!!!


Welcome to the Queen Kat's very first public blog hop!!!! If you're just popping in, make sure you hop back to the QKD blog to start at the beginning.


With the theme of fall I decided to ink up Una Mermaid and create a Halloween card. I colored her with Copics and Prismacolor Pencils. I then paired her with some fun papers by Rusty Pickle and ribbon from Michael's. I added Orange Stickles to her bubbles for fun! Hee Hee!!!


The next stop on the hop is Jenny Johnson. Make sure you leave her some love.


Happy Stamping,
Shannon

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Budget Friendly Gift Idea!!!!

Happy Hump Day!!!!! I have a great gift idea for a loved one, or just for yourself, to share with you today. With budgets tightening and the cost of food and household supplies not getting any cheaper I've decided to start clipping coupons. After going thru the paper on Sunday morning over coffee with the husband I had quite the stack next to me. I grabbed a clear envelope from my studio and put them inside. Shawn turns to me and says, "Aren't you going to make some cute holder or something for them?" And this idea was born. And.....it just happens to fit perfectly with today's SCS Hope You Can Cling to challenge...something old, something new and the Season's Giftings Challenge in the Moxie Fab World.



I knew I needed a place to sort the coupons....and I decided that I should pair it up with a grocery list and a cute little wallet type enclosure. Then I needed a message center for the kitchen for that week's list and coupons and any other quick notes. I decided to use an old clipboard that I had been using around the house for the wedding invite and thank you list and alter it. I started by choosing the papers I wanted to use and adhered them directly to the clipboard. I punched the 2 holes in the top with the Crop-a-Dile to thread ribbon thru to hang it from since I turned it sideways and the hanger was now on the side. The clip now holds our grocery list and coupons for the week. The right side is a magnetic board. I took a 5"x8" magnetic sheet I picked up at Michael's and covered it with cardstock and stamped the swirls from Nina's "Grand Damask" stamp set on the top and bottom. I then adhered buttons to 2 magnets using Superglue coordinating with the one that's adhered to the ribbon. I created the grocery list on the computer in PowerPoint using the "Fall Kitten" image from Mo's Digital Pencil. The images are my something new.
I started the coupon wallet by figuring how big I could create it with a single sheet of cardstock. It measures 4"x8.5"x1/2" when closed. Perfect size to fit into my purse. I scored the cardstock first, then adhered the patterned paper to it. It's held together with a small magnetic closure that hidden between the paper and cardstock and under the ribbon inside the flap.
Here's the coupon wallet open. The coupon organizer is on the left with the grocery list in the middle. The list is held on with large brads so I can print off more and attach them when I run out. I also adhered 2 ribbon loops for a pen to fit in.
Inside the coupon pocket I created 4 slots that accordian out....food, household, restaurant and other. I stamped the swirls from "Grand Damask" here as well.

I hope this inspires you to get your coupons and grocery lists into a cute gift/decor idea for your house. I need to find some Superman paper now to make Shawn one.....he refuses to take this one to the store and wants his own. ;-) Just another reason I love him so much.


Happy Stamping!
Shannon




Tuesday, October 5, 2010

QKD Oct. Release Blog Hop!!!!!

Welcome to the Queen Kat Designs blog hop. If you've just wandered in, make sure to start back at the beginning at the QKD blog so you don't miss any amazing projects. If you're here from Lara's blog than you're on the right track.

This week's challenge is a sketch challenge.


And I have 2 cards to share with you today....one with the new Oct. WIS kit, Lune De La Mer... I created the background paper her by swiping chalk ink onto a Cuttlebug folder before embossing with it. I paired it with the striped SEI paper and fun aqua and silver ribbon.


And the other with Gypsy Momma. I used the faux letterpress technique to create her background paper. Then I paired it with some of my favorite paper from Basic Grey and a borwn satin ribbon.

Your next stop on the hop is Dark Ink Sorority blog where Alex will share her project with you. Don't forget to welcome the new Royal Court members along the way today as well!!


Happy Stamping,
Shannon

Monday, October 4, 2010

SCS Breat Cancer Awareness

Happy Monday! It's been a crazy weekend of stamping for me!! But good crazy! After making 10 cards on Saturday I managed to pull off another 3 on Sunday. I think I'm set for a few days now.....well, maybe not. I love that my mojo has finally returned full steam!

I created this card for one of SplitCoastStampers Hope You Can Cling To! challenges....Unsentimental. The challenge was to create a card without any sentiments on the front. It's actually a pretty easy challenge....but I have to say....this card would be perfect with a sweet little sentiment on it. I started by using the faux silk technique with a facial tissue for the main panel. I cut out and colored one of the Awareness Ribbons from my store and adhered it to the side. I finished with some small white eyelets. An embellishment I rarely use, but seemed just right for this card.

I'm hoping to play along with the other challenges....4 up already with another new one each day this month. Each card will then be sent off to the Anderson Cancer Center. You should join in with the fun too. There are even a ton of prizes up for grabs.

Happy Stamping,
Shannon

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Happy Hangover Day......

for yesterday's World Cardmaking Day craze!!!! I managed to get 10.....yes 10....cards completed yesterday!!!! I can't show them all to you right now, as 4 of them are for the Oct. Release for QKD, but I can share these 3 with you that I created last night after I posted yesterday afternoon.

This first card is for Lee's Image Set Challenge. She challenged us to create a card using one image for a set as a background and one or more image from that same set at the focal point. I knew exactly what I wanted to do for this challenge....as I've had this idea in my head for awhile. I grapped Rupa's "Welcome Home" set and got to work. I stamped the houses and colored them with Prismacolor Pencils blended with OMS. I wanted to keep them light and whimsical to keep them as a background image so I didn't use Copics. I then stamped the sentiment and punched it out. I stamped and colored the keys and then cut them out. The layered up the sentiment and keys as my focal image. Once i was done, I wrote a sweet note inside and gave it to my husband.....because he makes me and our home happy!


This next card is for Kraftin' Kimmie's Celebration Challenge.
I can't believe it's been a year since Kimmie started her very own stamp store. I remember being over in Canada stamping with Paula, Mary, Linda, Pauline, and Kimmie when she told us. She also had her new rubber there for us to play with and buy before she officially oppened her "doors". So we stamped and colored and joined in on her very first hop. Last weekend I spent the day in London at Kraftin' Kimmie's stamp day with Mary. We had such a blast chatting and coloring for the day. Kimmie had a special surprise for us.....the ability to purchase the Oct. release!!!!! Of course Mary and I both jumped all over it! And this is one of the new ladies! I just couldn't resist using her for this challenge. I colored her in Canada last weekend using Copics with shadowing added with Prismacolor Pencils blended with OMS. Then I paired her up with some kraft cardstock and patterned paper from Basic Grey. I didn't have any sentiments to match, so I simply wrote out my own. Congrats Kimmie on your one year anniversary!!!!! And make sure you check out her Anniversary Sale at her store this weekend.

Here's one last card that I created for my post today at the WIS blog. Go over there to check out how I created her sunset background with the Copic Airbrush System.

Happy Stamping,
Shannon

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Happy World Card Making Day!!!!!!

Happy, happy day!!!!!!!! It's here......it's World Card Making Day!!!!!!!!!!!!! I've been in my studio almost all morning. Ok...I took a break and ran out to Target to pick up a few things....like laundry detergent so I could do laundry in between cards...

I've been busy working on my Oct. release cards for Queen Kat Designs. OMG....these girls this month are just amazing and I've loved working with all of them. I still have a few more to do as well that I'm even more excited for.

After I finished those 4 cards I played along with Gina's Release Party Challenges. I was able to chat for a bit before calling it a night and hitting the NyQuil. The projects the design team created were just amazing and I can't wait to get my hands on several of the sets from this release....just going to have to wait until the bank account recovers from Krafty Kimmie day last weekend.

This first card I'm sharing with you today is for the Recipe Challenge. Cathy gave us quite the unique challenge.....
1) No DP allowed!
2) One layer, in addition to the card base
3)2 rounded corners
4) at least 3 bling items. I created this card on a base of Fresh Asparagus Pure Luxury cardstock. The image layer is layering weight white Pure Luxury cardstock. I edged it with silver paint pen to give the illusion of an additional layer and a bit of shine. I stamped the tree image from Theresa's "A Very Merry Christmas" set in Tuxedo Black and colored it with Copics. I added the shadowing with Prismacolor Pencils blended with OMS. I added the sentiment and 3 self-adhesive rhinestones. I then finished it with some silver pen on the beads on the tree and yellow stickles to the flower centers.


This next card is for the same recipe challenge.
For this card I started with a base of heavyweight white Pure Luxury cardstock. Then I took my Flourished Frame Cuttlebug folder and applied Pumpkin Pie ink to one side. I layed a piece of layering weight white Pure Luxury cardstock inside and ran it thru my Big Shot. This inked the flat areas and left the raised embossed portion white. I added some additional sponging in Really Rust and Dusty Durango to the corners. I then carefully cut out the inside of the frame before adhering it to the base. I stamped the sentiment from Gina's "Thanks a Million" set in Tuxedo black into the center of the frame. I added 3 brown rhinestones and the layered flower.
This next card is so super cute and it's for the Note Card challenge. Jessica challenged us to create a note card starting with a cardbase sized 4-1/4"x5-1/2" that's scored at 2-3/4".

I started with a cardbase of Kraft Pure Luxury cardstock. I then added a layer of printed paper by SEI. I stamped the image from Rupa's "So Grateful" set on layering weight white Pure Luxury cardstock in Tuxedo Black. I colored the image with Copics and added the shadowing below the image with Prismacolor Pencils blended with OMS. I cut it out using an oval Nestabilities die and sponged Wheat chalk ink around the top and sides. I adhered it to the card with pop-dots and added the branch punch outs to each side.

I also wanted to share with you my new pocket size Copic chart. Before when I'd make a visit to my local Blick art store I'd take along my regular chart that I use in my studio for color matching. And I was always afraid that I'd end up bending it or getting something on it to ruin it. So I created this chart in Powerpoint that I could take along with me.
Each section is the size of an Trading Card....2.5"x3.5". I printed it on layering weight white Pure Luxury cardstock and colored in all the rectangles for the colors I currently own. I trimmed off all the excess then folded it in half, then into an accordian shape.
I have 4 sections on one side and 4 on the other. And it folds up perfectly to pocket or purse size and I don't have to worry about ruining my good chart.
I'm going to finish watching the U-M game....then back into the studio to work on some more cards!!!! Such a happy, happy day!!!!

Happy Stamping,
Shannon





Friday, October 1, 2010

Design Team Call!!!!

My online digital images store is having a design team call!!!!!

The details can be found here.

The deadline to submit is Oct. 15th. Hurry and get your application in today! I can't wait to get the new team up and running for the next release.