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Saturday, January 29, 2011

Sentiments Challenge #11 - Color

Ugh.....I'm not sure where my head has been this week. It's flown by and I still have so many things I want to do. It's gonna be a busy weekend!!! I even forgot about writing up this post last night. I got the one for the store all set, but totally forgot to put this here on my own blog for this morning.

Welcome to another Sentiments Challenge! I'm hosting today and I have a color challenge for you. With Valentine's Day right around the corner I've choosen pink, white and red to work with.





Here is my card using "Shout Out", "Swirl Heart" and the "Nothing" quote.
I started with grey for my base, and layed with Pink Pirouette cardstock. I applied Tattered Rose Distress ink to the edges of the pink CS and to the banner. I cut out the Swirl Heart and banner and layered them on top. Finally I added some quick doodles in the corners.

I hope you'll come play with us!!!!!


Onto other topics.....for those that care to read on. If not, go run to your studio and create a card for our challenge. There are prizes up for grabs!!!

I've been working on getting fit and trim since about mid-Dec. I started just by changing up my diet to included more whole grains, lean protein and less processed foods. I started working out about 3 times a week as well with my Wii and EA Active Sports. Well, the scale wasn't moving. At all!!! I'd go down, then back up and down and up and stay up.... You get the idea. Something just wasn't working. I was tracking my food/calories/etc. online even just to keep myself honest about what I was putting into my body. My co-worker mentioned a book to me "4-hour Workweek" by Tim Ferriss. Sounded interesting, so I bought the e-book and started reading. Very interesting!!! When I bought the 4HWW book, I noticed he also had one called the "4-Hour Body" as well. So, of course I got that one as well. It sat unread for about 2 weeks. Then I finally got frustrated enough with the lack of change I started doing some online research on the book and found a few forums. Did some more reading and discovered in the book is a plan for a Slow-Carb Diet. Sounded similar to the meal plan I was working from when I had a trainer and managed to lose some substantial weight and gain muscle at the same time. So, on Monday I started the plan....of course I had to splurge on Wed for my birthday....and today is my first weigh-in and my first cheat day!!!! I'm down 1lb since last week!! And I only worked out one day this week!! My EA Sports Active isn't going to be happy with me...... I also took measurements this morning, so I'll have that to track weekly as well. So, if you're interested, I'll be posting on my progress on Saturdays.....

Happy Stamping,
Shannon

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

QKD Special Release!!!

It's a special QKD blog hop to welcome a new artist, Samantha Nowak!

If you're just popping in start back at the beginning at the QKD blog so you don't miss any of the creations along the way. If you're here from Nina's blog, then you're on the right path.

I was able to work with European Princess for this hop. I colored her with Copics and paper pieced her dress. I layered her on one of the eyelet Nesties die that I ran ribbon thru. I then added a few fancy white flowers to the bottom.

The next stop on your hop is Wynneth's blog. Don't forget to leave some love along the way!!!

Happy Stamping,
Shannon

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Sunday Starz - He Loves Me

Happy Sunday!!!! I'm posting on the WIS blog today!!!!

Today I have a lovely card to share with you made with "He Loves Me He Loves Me Not".

For details come over and see how I created her.

Are you playing along with the weekly challenges posted on the QKD blog? I hope so!!! Is there a challenge type you'd like to see? Leave us a comment and we'll try to get it into the rotation.

Wanna join our team? The design team call has been extended.....details can be found here.

Happy Stamping!
Shannon

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Sentiments Challenge!!!

Happy Saturday!!!! Is it as cold where you are as it is here? It's CRAZY cold outside this weekend. Makes me want to just stay inside and curl up with my hubby and my cats and veg-out all weekend. But, too much to do for much of that to happen. Bummer!!

Today's Sentiments Challenge is brought to us by this month's guest designer....Tiffany Johnson. She's challenging us to create a scrapbook page....any medium....any size.

I'm not much of a scrapbooker. I started into this crazy hobby via scrapbooking, but once I got into cardmaking I kinda dropped the scrapbooking. So, this was a challenge for me. I knew what I wanted to scrap, just wasn't sure where to start. As I was going thru our wedding pictures I came across one that I had taken that was a closeup of my bouquet. Well, that picture ended up being turned into one of the new digi papers I released last week. Once I created that paper, I had a better idea of what I wanted the page to look like. And since I was going to be creating digitially, I didn't have to worry about changing it 20 times and all the papers and accessories that would end up laying all over my studio until I finally decided it was complete.

I started with the Bouquet paper as my main background. I then inserted filled rectangles to create the photo mats, and placed the picture on top of them. The "H" is simply black text. I then added the "Love Script" image above the picture (changing it to white fill) and the line I created using one of the brushes in my digi software. I even included our wedding date, again just regular text, so my loving husband will have a subtle reminder. Now I can print off my newly created page, or leave it just on the computer in our wedding folder. I think this one deserves to be printed.

I had so much fun creating this page. Even if it did force me out of my usual comfort zone. I hope you'll play along with us. You have until the end of the month to enter your creations. Just link up your blog post or gallery page with the Mr. Linky widget at the Sentiments Storefront blog.

Well, I'm off to get some more stamping done today before my birthday dinner tonight.

Happy Stamping,
Shannon

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Sentiments' Release Day and Challenge #9!!!

It's all rolled into one today!! Yippie!!!!! I can finally share all my secrets with you!!! It's a big release day at Shannon's Sentiments. And...since it's a Saturday...it's also time to post our next challenge....DT challenge #9 - Sketch.

We're hopping along to celebrate this new release! Go to Sentiments Storefront blog to start at the beginning so you don't miss any of the creations along the way.

We're releasing 3 new digi stamp sets, 2 new freebies and 5 new sets of digi papers!!!!

For the hop today I created a card using the new Cheers set.


I first combined the quote and the glass and printed them on white cardstock. I colored the glass with Prismacolor Pencils blended with OMS. I added white gel pen along the top edge and glitter along the side to represent the bubbles. After printing off the "BAR" saying I cut it out with a Nesties die and added some shading along the sides. I also used this week's sketch as the layout. I hope you'll play along with us! You have until Jan. 31st to play with all of the Jan. challenges for your chance to win.


You've reached the end of the hop, so pop on over to the Shannon's Sentiments Store to get the new images.


If you've been watching closely the last few days, you'll notice that some of our designs are being offered on t-shirts, notecards, mugs, water bottles, etc. at our Cafe Press store. And that's our blog candy for this hop!!! A random winner will receive a set of 8 Valentine's Day postcards. Drawing closes on Jan. 21st at 11:59pm. I'll announce the winner on Jan. 22nd...one week from today just before the next challenge is posted.


Become a follower to the storefront blog and leave a comment here on the release post for your chance to win. There's also a stamp set giveaway going on today on our Facebook page. Become a fan of the page for your chance to win.


20% sale at Shannon's Sentiments now thru Jan. 22nd. Use code jan20sentiments during checkout for your discount.



If you want to be part of the fun....apply to join our design team!!! We're accepting applications now thru Feb. 1st. The new team will be announced on the 4th...and will be joining us for the Feb. release. Details at this post.


Happy Stamping,
Shannon

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

It's a White Out!!!!!

It's a White Out for today's T3 challenge at the QKD blog!!!!!

To get in on all the action and enter your creation for a chance at a $25 gift certificate, swing over to the QKD blog. I used the new "Bryn" image to create my card. I paired it with embossed cardstock, vellum, and white ribbon. I colored her with Prismacolor Pencils blended with OMS.

Happy Stamping,
Shannon

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Sentiments Challenge #8

Happy Saturday!!!!!! How was your first week of the new year? Mine was just exhausting! Getting up at 4:30 every morning just isn't my thing. Especially after a long holiday off of work. At least after a week I'm feeling a little more into the regular groove of things.
Today we have a new challenge for you at Shannon's Sentiments. It's super simple and I hope you'll all play along. After all....there's a $10 gift certificate up for grabs for a random winner....and who don't love free stuff?


Kapree has challenged us to use ribbon on our project. Super easy for me, since I think I put ribbon on just about all my cards. I created this care with images from the "Winter Images" set. I then added some Diamond Stickles for extra bling.


We're also looking for a few good stampers. If you want to be a part of all the upcoming excitement, apply for our design team. Details can be found here.


Previews for the Jan. release are also coming this week....and it's not just digital images....I've been having fun playing with my digital design software!!

Happy Stamping,
Shannon

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

New QKD Triple Tiara Blog Hop!!!!

Happy New Year!!! We have lots of exciting things happening at Queen Kat Designs for 2011.....starting with the new Triple Tiara Tuesdays!!!!

For the New Year, we'd like to introduce Triple Tiara Tuesdays right here at the Official Queen Kat Designs Blog as well as the blogs of our very special Royal Court members.

Here's how it goes:

- Each week 3 Royal Court Members host a challenge on their blog. (the same challenge)

- You start at the QKD blog and visit the 3 challenge hosts on their personal blogs. (Leave us some love and a link to your project so we can return the favor. *wink*)

- QKD will offer up a $25 stamp gift certificate for you to compete for each month. So if you enter each week, you have 4 chances to win the monthly prize of $25.




This week we're kicking off the challenges with a sketch challenge based on this sketch from QKD.





My first card features "By the Seashore with background". I colored her with Copics and Prismacolor Pencils. I then added Diamong Stickles and Smooch accents.
My second card features Bryn. I colored her with Copics and Prismacolor Pencils as well.

Swing by the Valerie's and Gretchen's blogs as well to see their creations. Then link up your creation at the QKD blog for a chance to win a $25 gift certificate to the QKD store.


There's still time to get your application in for the design team call.


Happy Stamping,

Shannon

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Happy New Year!!!!!

Can you believe it's 2011 already????? Seems like just yesterday we were ringing in 2010. This has been an amazing year for me. I meet and married the man of my dreams, started my own company, and went on an amazing cruise. And those were just the main highlights.

We're ringing in the 2011 at Shannon's Sentiments with a new challenge that Cindy is hosting. She's challenged us to use mostly blue on our card/tag. My first card uses 2 of the new freebie images...the calendar page and the "Happy New Year" greeting. I paired it up with the Cruize Ink "Bare Tree" image since around here we're very much in the middle of a deep freeze!!! My next card I created using images from the "Holiday Postal" and "Winter Images" sets. I put all the images together in PowerPoint and then printed it out, before layering it up with some floral paper.
Come play along with us! There's a monthly prize of a $10 gift certificate up for grabs....and who doesn't love free images? All you have to do is link up your blog post or gallery pic to Mr. Linky in the sidebar at the Sentiments Storefront blog.
Happy Stamping,
Shannon