Friday, July 30, 2010

InStyle Stamps Christmas In July Hop

Hi all!  I hope you hopped here from Taylor’s blog.  If not, go back to the InStyle Stamps blog so you can see all the fun projects today.  Our theme is Christmas in July.  I am happy to announce that I now have 6 Christmas cards ready to go in December.  :)

Here is my card:

  I’m not sure if you can see it, but I added some gems in the center of the flower.  I thought it gave the card a little extra bit of punch. Here is a close up so you can really see the gems.

This image is wonderful for making some quick cards. 

Now hop on over to Cathy’s blog to see what she has done and keep on hopping all the way to the end for a surprise :)

Friday Fun School Spirit

Since back to school is just around the corner (Yippee) Sherry asked us to make a card using our High School or college colors.  Unfortunately, both my schools shared the same colors, brown, orange and white.  The good news is that I could make a fun fall card.


I used Jocelyn from InStyle Stamps to create this card.  She is such a cutie and a fun image to color.  I used BasicGrey Indian Summer and a few buttons and flowers to add to this card. 

Please be sure to check out the other Friday Fun Chicks.

  • Kim
  • Sherry
  • Christi
  • Jimmi
  • Sara
  • We would love to see what you create.  Just leave us a link in the comments so we can see your work.

    Tuesday, July 27, 2010

    Royal Kat Tuesday-Cupcake Inspiration

    You should have hopped here from Keely's blog, if not you will want to go back to Queen Kat Designs Blog to be sure to check out all the wonderful things the Design Team has done this week.  This is inspiration week and our inspiration this week is CUPCAKES.  Any cupcakes. 


    Here is the inspiration I used:


    Those were the mini brownie bites I made for my girl’s Birthday in February.  I like the confetti sprinkles and the soft colors. 

    I once again used Build A Bird and embellished with Happy Stixx I colored with my ink pad.   

    This is my last hop with Queen Kat.  I want to take a minute to thank Vicki and the designers for a the opportunity to work with them the past 6 months.  I have learned a lot and have grown as a card maker.  I wish you all the best of luck in your future endeavors.   

    Now hop on over to Erika's blog to see what she has done this week and wish her a fond farewell as well.  Be sure to go to the Queen Kat Designs Store to check out the new stamp lines.

    Saturday, July 24, 2010

    Friday Fun in the Summer Sun

    Good morning and happy Friday.  This week our challenge was to create a card for summer party or cook out.  PERFECT!  I am going to spend the day poolside today and I’m going to a party tonight.  :)
    Here is my card using Beach Dude from InStyle Stamps.  I also used several of the Dare to Get Dirty Challenges on this card. 
    And a close up. 

    I used some fun paper from Queen and Company that I just got this week from my LSS.  I cut out one of the beach balls and mounted it on a jumbo brad and covered it with a thick layer of Crystal Effects to make it shiny.  I made my flowers using some old plastic packaging that I cut using a flower die in my Cuttlebug.  I used my Cricut to cut the ovals I matted the Beach Dude on.  I found the little vacation ribbon slide in my stash.  It came with some summer ribbon, but the colors didn’t match, so I searched through my ribbon supply to find the polka dot ribbon from May Arts.   Over all I think he came out pretty cute. 
    Please be sure to check out the other Friday Fun Chicks.

  • Kim

  • Sherry

  • Christi

  • Jimmi

  • Sara
    Have a great weekend!
    **Sorry for the late post.  I have been without internet access for the past few days :( 
  • Tuesday, July 20, 2010

    Royal Kat Tuesday--Red, White and Blue

    Welcome to another Royal Kat Tuesday.  You should have come here from Keely's blog, if not, you will want to go back to the Queen Kat Designs Blog

    This week we have our Color Challenge to share with you.  Our colors this month are Red, White and Blue.  When I think of this color combo I think of Memorial Day, July 4th, parades and fire works.  I decided to do a scrapbook page as something a little different.

    I used the “Birds of a Feather” set and more Happy Stixx on my project.  This time I used the printed word “Dad” and the ends of other sticks I used to write the labels for the other pictures.  The pictures were from our Memorial Day Parade this year and the sentiment reads “That noise you hear is the sound of freedom.”  I think it fits this page perfectly. 

    Now hop on over to Erika's blog and don’t forget to stop at the Queen Kat Designs Store to check out the new lines of stamps.

    Saturday, July 17, 2010

    Happy Birthday Nenane

    Happy Birthday wishes to our fearless leader over at InStyle Stamps Nenane (aka Virginia).  We are taking you on a virtual vacation for your special day, complete with “Stylish” luggage tags.   While visiting me in Northern Maryland, I would take you to a place I KNOW you will love.  No trip out to Maryland would be complete without a visiting the Offray Ribbon Outlet.  You would be like a kid in a candy shop.  :)  And maybe we could celebrate with a cake from Charm City Cakes (home of Ace of Cakes) too (since this is a virtual trip we are using virtual money for this part ;) )

    You should have hopped here from “Y” If you are just starting the hop here you will want to go back to the InStyle Stamps Blog to be sure not to miss a thing along the way. 

    Why don’t we take a nice little breather for a second.  Breath in, Breath out….

    Now that we have taken a break between words let’s start the next one

    Since this is a Birthday Blog Hop, we can't leave you without a chance at a party prize! So here are the rules.
    1. Start at the beginning of the blog hop with the letter H.
    2. Comment on each Design Team's blog because they need a little love and increase your chances at the party prize.
    3. Go to PaperYumness and wish Virginia a Happy Birthday.
    The deadline to win a digital image is Sunday, July 18th at 8:00pm Pacific Time.
    That's all you need to do! The prize????


    Not one, but two! You might win either one by commenting on a blog. Good luck and hope you have fun all along the way!

    Now keep going to “I” to see where that takes you on this virtual vacation get away.

    Friday, July 16, 2010

    Friday Fun with Chloe

    Happy Friday everyone!!!!  I am so excited.  This has been a fabulous week with all the new releases from InStyle Stamps.  I have just a couple more left to show you.  Since today is Friday it is also Friday Fun Challenge.  This week we were to CASE the first card on our blog.  Wow, that was a long time ago (in stamping years.)   

    Here are my cards:
    Using “Tis The Season To Be Pretty” now available at Amber Ink
    And now using the adorable Chloe’s Christmas Tree.  I changed a few things up a little, but that’s what CASEing yourself is all about.  I used the same Cuttlebug Snowflake folder on both cards, but this time I also added details with the Martha Stuart Snowflake border punch.  I used the punched out snowflakes as an embellishment on the image and added rhinestones to the centers.  I think Chloe is sparkled up and ready to go.
    I would love to see what you do with the first card on your blog or gallery.  Be sure to leave a link here in the comments if you play along so we can see what you did.
    Be sure to leave some love for the Friday Fun Chicks:
    DON’T FORGET!!!  There will be a party tonight over at Paper Craft Planet to celebrate Chloe and all her new friends being released today by InStyle Stamps.  Be sure to swing bye and say “Hello” from 7pm-Midnight Eastern Time.  There may even be some games and prizes for you :)

    Thursday, July 15, 2010

    A Sweet Stylin’ Treat

    Ho ho ho!  Merry….July?  OK, I know we have quite some time before the snow begins to swirl and our credit cards start smoking from all our purchases, but we have pulled out the Holiday images a little early with InStyle Stamps.  Today we have switched from Halloween images to Christmas.  My first Christmas card of the year is finished and I think it may just go to the Big Guy himself.

    The image is so cute and easy to color I didn’t want to fuss it up too much, so I just left this card a bit on the simple side, but I think it works.  Maybe I need to look for some little cookie shaped brads?  Wouldn’t that be adorable in the corners? 

    I hope you enjoyed today’s peaks.  Don’t forget tomorrow is new release day!!!  We will be partying over at Paper Craft Planet.  Come join us in the InStyle Stamps group. We will have games, a challenge and some prizes too.  Invite your friends!!!!

    Wednesday, July 14, 2010

    InStyle InSpiration Wednesday

    Hello!  Have you been following the InStyle Stamps Blog all week to see all the fun new releases coming out on Friday?  They are all ADORABLE!  In case you missed a couple I’ll show you a few:
    Hera are some more from Monday:

    And now a couple from Tuesday
    And now onto our InSpiration Wednesday.  I love the new name for this challenge.  It is still our inspiration challenge and you still have a chance to win some images, we just changed the name.  Our theme this week is Halloween.  I decided to use Batty Chloe because she is just so darn cute.

    We would love to have you play along with us.  You can use any images you like to enter.  If the winning entry used an InStyle image you can win 4 images of your choice, if you used another image you will win 2 images.

    Remember, all these images will be available on Friday, July 16.  Join us for some fun and games at our InStyle Stamps Release Party over on Paper Craft Planet beginning at 7:00 pm on Friday.  Hope to see you there and invite your friends :)

    Operation Write Home Midweek Throwdown

    Hi all.  I have a very exciting post to share with you today.  I have a couple of my cards over on the Operation Write Home (OWH) Stars and Stamps blog today.  This week’s challenge is to make cards suitable for our Hero’s to mail home to kids.  I usually try to include several of these in may packages that I send, because I know how much the kids really appreciate getting cards when Mom or Dad are far away from home. 

    I used two of the Chloe images from InStyle Stamps, Cupcake Chloe and Fairy Chloe,  and OWH S&S Sketch #8. 

    Let’s see what kind of kids card you can make.  Be sure to provide a link to your work on the Stars and Stamps Blog.


    Thanks for stopping bye.  I’ll be back at 3:00 with more InStyle Stamps samples.

    Tuesday, July 13, 2010

    Royal Kat TUESDAY

    Welcome to Royal Kat Tuesday Blog Hop!  If you are starting here, you need to go back to Queen Kat Designs Blog and start at the beginning to see what everyone else has created for you.  You should have landed here from Keely's blog.

    We have a fun sketch to work with today and here is my take on it.

    I used the Birds of a Feather stamp set today and my Craft Stixx.  I love little lady bugs.  We call our youngest our LOVE BUG and she has lots of lady bug accessories, so this card would be perfect for her birthday.  The Craft Stixx are so much fun.  I ran mine across a white craft pad to change the color to go with my black and white card.  I also scored the the stick with my craft blade and then snapped off the end so the stick was the perfect length.  I think these are one of the coolest products I have seen in a while.  They are a fun way to add a sentiment to your card.

    Now hop on over to Erika's blog and check out the Queen Kat Designs Store to pick up some new Rubbah!  The Queen Kat Vicki has been working on several new lines of stamps.

    Monday, July 12, 2010

    InStyle Stamps Release Week

    This is new release week over at InStyle Stamps.  Be prepared to see tons of new samples by the Design Team all week.  There will be new posts on the InStyle Stamps blog every couple of hours.  Become a Follower here and at the InStyle Stamps blog so you don’t miss a thing.  This release is filled with tons of cute Halloween and Christmas images.
    Introducing Jocelyn

    See what I mean….. CA-UTE!  I paired this adorable image with Indian Summer by BasicGrey and added copper brads that I colored using my Copic Airbrush System to coordinate with my color scheme.  What do you think? 

    Saturday, July 10, 2010

    InStyle Stamps July Color Challenge

    Happy Saturday!  Welcome to the InStyle Stamps Color Challenge for July.  This month we were to make a card using Green, Pink and Yellow, the colors were taken from some Christmas wrapping paper.  I am trying anything to keep cool these days, so thinking of Christmas and snow is a nice retreat in the 100*+ days we have been having.

    Here is my card:

    Stamps: ChristmasTree Chloe
    Paper: Rose Red, Ceratinly Celery, Eskimo Kisses-BasicGrey
    Ink: Copic Markers
    Accessories: Pink Rhinestones, Stardust Stickles, White Opal-Liquid Pearls

    We would love to have you play along with us.  Join us all week as we will be showing you all our new releases and having a party on Thursday on Paper Craft Planet.

    Friday, July 9, 2010

    Friday Fun--Rock On

    Hello!  What a week we have had.  This week there are only a couple of us playing along.  As a group we have a new job, new house, one hubby's birthday, one kids birthday and it is flipping HOT!!!!  So forgive us for the shortened hop this week.

    Our theme was to make a Birthday card for a young man.  Personally, I think this is the hardest theme out there.  So, here is my attempt at a young mans card.

    Stamps: Unity KOTM April 2010
    Paper: Chocolate Chip, Old Olive, White, Rockstar Stack
    Ink: Rich Cocoa-Memento, Copic Markers
    Accessories: Copic ABS, Black Wire

    So now you can go see what Sara has done today.  And we will all be back up and running next week (unless the east coast heat wave continues and we are all shriveled up.)

    Tuesday, July 6, 2010

    Royal Kat TUESDAY

    Welcome to my first Royal Kat TUESDAY blog hop.  Rather than having two small hops each week we are now combining forces and having one large hop each Tuesday.  You should have hopped here from Keely's blog, if not, you will want to go back to the Queen Kat Designs Blog and start from the beginning.  You don't want to miss out on one bit of this talent.

     Here is my take on this week's sketch using Build A Bird.

    Stamps:Build A Bird
    Paper: Neenah Solar White, More Mustard, Perhaps-BasicGrey
    Ink: Memento Black
    Accessories: Happy Stixx, Grosgrain Ribbon

    Aren't those Happy Stixx wonderful.  They are tiny popsicle sticks with phrases etched into them.  Very fun to work with on my projects.

    Now hop on over to Erika's blog to see what she has created.  Don't forget to check out new products at Queen Kat Designs Store tomorrow.

    Friday, July 2, 2010

    InStyle Stamps July Sketch Challenge

    Post Number TWO for today :)

    This month we were given a wonderful sketch to play with and we are getting ready for the upcoming Holidays at InStyle Stamps.  I decided to use a new image called Chloe Soup for a Halloween card.  

    Isn't she adorable.  I love Chloe, and look at her little tongue sticking out, hehe.  She is too darn cute.  This Chloe and a slew of other Halloween and Christmas images will be available for purchase on July 16.

    Here is the sketch, you have all month to play along and make a card using the sketch, we would love to see what you do with it AND you could win 4 free digi images just for playing along :)

    Image:  Chloe Soup
    Paper:  Eerie-BasicGrey, Soft Suede, Dusty Durango, White
    Accessories: Anna Griffin Punch, Black Net, Black Thread, Forest Branches-Cuttlebug Folder, Black Chrystal Stickers

    If you haven't been to the InStyle Stamps blog yet, be sure to go and check out all the other great projects.   

    Friday Fun- Fly Free

    Hello!  It's Friday!!! Yay!  This is going to be a busy Holiday weekend for us here as a family, and quite busy here in Cyber-land as well.  This is just the first of 3 posts you will see from me today, all FUN stuff.

    This week we were to make a going away/retirement card with a bird on it in honor of it being Sherry's last day at Eagle Transport.  Congratulations Sherry on your new adventure. 

    Here is my card:

    I used Unity's June Kit of the month for this card and I am really happy with how it turned out. 

    Now go visit the other Friday Fun Chicks and we would LOVE for you to play along with us.  Just leave us a link the comments so we can see your birdy card.


    See you in a bit with a fun post from InStye Stamps :)