Saturday, October 31, 2009


Blog Candy!!!
Blog Candy!!!

Do you love Sweet Pea's new stamp line by ©ching-chou kuik? Would you like to win a free sheet of stamps from them, your choice? All you need to do is copy this logo on the right hand side of your blog (like I did) by Nov 4, and keep it up until Nov 18th, with a link to our website. Sweet Pea Stamps will then draw a name through our random generator for the winner on Nov 19. You must keep it up on your blog for 2 weeks. You must e-mail them at once it is posted by Nov 4th so they know!

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Bloom Where You Are Planted

I have always loved this sentiment. When I learned Elemental Doodles had it in one of their stamp sets I was thrilled. The sentiment and image are both in the set Garden of Friends. The mini set is just perfect for the inside page decoration.
Elemental Doodles has some new holiday sets being released. Be certain to check out the Sneak Preview page! The gingerbread people are TOO cute and the valentine coffee, so sweet! Go see what I am rambling on about, LOL!
There are also so beautiful project examples and fun tutorials on the Elemental Doodles Blog.

Sunday, October 25, 2009

QKD Monday Blog Hop

Yes- you read correctly MONDAY hop! We are now having hops twice a week. There is a Monday hop and a Wednesday hop. If you arrived here from the QKD blog then you are on the right path. If not, you will want to start at the QKD blog so you don't miss anything!!

This week we were given this inspiration photo.

All I saw were fall colors with bright pink. I did my best to work with those colors and this is the end result. Tropical Spring with some fall colors mixed in.

Next up for the hop is Vicki's blog. You do NOT want to miss what she has to show you. The full list is below if you get lost or, like me, distracted.

QKD blog
Alex's blog - you are here
Vicki's blog
Kelly's blog
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

Inky Impressions Challenge #20

The Inky Impressions Challenge this week is a sketch. I have been very tempted to make an easel card and this sketch just lent itself perfectly to doing so. I have not quite figured out how to photograph this card style, but gave it a shot. Now I just have to figure out how to mail this one.

Saturday, October 24, 2009

New Releases at Sweet Pea Stamps

Here are just 2 of the 8 new designs being released at Sweet Pea Stamps! They are on a pre-order special right now -only $3.75 per image or a full plate for only $12.00- and you do NOT want to miss a single one of them!!

Friday, October 23, 2009

Time for a PARTY!!!

Sweet Pea Stamps is having a release party tonight at Scrapbook News and Review: Card Universe . Friday, October 23rd @ 7:30 PM (eastern) - 8:30 PM

There are games, fun, new artist and stamps being revealed and best of all

Sneak Peek!

Prizes available to win at stamp release party:

  • 10 count grab bag
  • Sheet #6
  • 10 count grab bag
  • $5 rubber cash (to use towards future purchase)
  • $5 rubber cash (to use towards future purchase)
  • one free sheet of the new release designs

for those who attend will get free shipping on their orders (shipped to USA and Canada, other countries will only be $5)

Thursday, October 22, 2009

My Attempt at Zindorf style

I greatly admire the artistic talents of Michelle Zindorf. She makes the most amazing things and provides wonderful tutorials on her blog. When I was looking at the Elemental Doodle stamp set Natural Wonders a friend said to me "you should do a Zindorf card with that set". Of course they were absolutely right (as usual!). I have determined that I do not have the supplies or patience of Michelle Zindorf, but I still like the end result! I will make further attempts with this style in the future and hope to improve as I go.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

QKD Wednesday Blog Hop

It is Wednesday and that means Blog Hop! I really look forward to this each week. I am always amazed at what the rest of the DT at Queen Kat Designs comes up with each week. I am thrilled to have you here, but do hope that is you haven't been hopping along, you will go the QKD BLOG and start at the beginning so you don't miss a thing.

Our challenge this week is a color challenge to use Orange, Purple, White and Black. I enjoyed using this challenge and an October release Anemone.

Your next stop on the hop is Meredith's blog. Be sure to see what she has to show you.

What is on sale at the shop--
55% off of all clearance
30% off of these stamps:
Thanksgiving Dragon
Christmas Tree Dragon
Off Beat Alphabet
Jester Alphabet
through 10/25/09

QKD blog
Shannon's blog
Jules' blog
Penny's blog
Vicki's blog
Maria's blog
Kelly's blog
WIS blog
Bev (SG's) blog
Andrea's blog
Victoria's blog
Lara's blog
Anessa's blog
Helene's blog
Nina's blog
Alex's blog
Meredith's blog
Linda's blog
Nancy's blog
Anita's blog
Sara's blog
Stephanie's blog
Ashley's blog
Katarina's blog
Queen Kat Designs Store

Monday, October 19, 2009

QKD Special Release Blog Hop

I am so excited to share with you the two SPECIAL RELEASE stamps from Queen Kat Stamps. I hope you have been in the Blog Hop and came here from Kelly's blog. If you didn't and happened by on your own-WELCOME! However, you are going to want to start at the QKD blog so you don't miss a single creation.

These are holiday dragons from our newest artist. Aren't they just the cutest ever? I had a BLAST playing with them.

Next I played with the Thanksgiving Dragons. I stuck with the traditional colors, but the entire time I wanted to color the girl dragon pink and the boy dragon blue. I finally gave in and just went for it. I have to say that I am pretty happy with how both of them came out.

"The two stamps that we are releasing today are on sale at Queen Kat Designs Store for 30% off as well as the two alphabet stamps that Queen Kat used on the card for the QKD blog today.. This sale will last through Sunday

Please come over and join our yahoo group at This is our new newsletter group. If you'd like to get notification of the fantastic sale information, this is THE PLACE to be!

Now- on to Meredith's blog and see what she has done with this release!

QKD blog
Helene's blog
Lara's blog
Kelly's blog
Alex's blog
Meredith's blog
Penny's blog
Vicki's blog
Queen Kat Designs Store

Stamptacular Challenge #29

The challenge this week is to create a spooky card or project. Of course if needs to have stamping on it someplace :). I used my Vampire Boy stamp from Queen Kat Designs. I love how elegantly he is dressed. Just like an old vampire and powerful would be. I think it pairs just perfectly with this Cosmo Cricket paper. Probably still my favorite Cosmo Cricket paper ever! One day I am going to run out and be so sad.

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Inky Impressions Challenge

Inky Impressions challenge blog this week is to use:
1 image
1 sentiment
2 ribbons
3 layers
3 embellishments

I just got my Inky Impressions stamps so decided to play along!

Saturday, October 17, 2009

The Search is OVER!

I have found THE stamp cleaner. The one that works on clear stamps FABULOUSLY, works on my rubber stamps, won't harm either and even smells good! It is the Clear Stamp Cleaner from Elemental Doodles. I did the double check that it was safe for the rubber stamps. I know that sometimes just because the cleaner works doesn't mean it is safe. This one is. You will LOVE this!
Elemental Doodles also has some new stamps sets being released and reduced price for pre-order. They also have a SALE going on.

Save 25%

Elemental Doodles October Specials
Save 25% off our New Images when you Pre-Order by October 24th, 2009.
Save 25% off our NEW SCENT-A-MIST products when you order between now and October 31 (offer ends at 11:59pm 10/31/09).
Save 25% off our Round and Square Chipboard Coasters when you order between now and October 31 (offer ends at 11:59pm 10/31/09).
Save 25" off our Acrylic Rods when you order between now and October 31 (offer ends at 11:59pm 10/31/09).
Offer not valid with any other offer. Not redeemable for cash.

Offer Expires: October 24th (Pre-Order Images) & October 31st (all the rest).

Friday, October 16, 2009

Hayden Picking Flowers

This is Hayden and she is one of my very, very favorite images from Sweet Pea Stamps. I love working with her.
Right now is THE time to add her to your stamp collection. Sweet Pea Stamps is having a sale with 25% off all stamps, $2 shipping AND for Fri, Sat & Sun you will get FREE stamps added to your order. WOW!
Also- the DT is having a little challenge with each other. Please go to the Sweet Pea Stamps blog and vote for your favorite DT card inspired by the picture shown. Full details in the right hand column.

Head on over the the release party at SNR with your answer
you might be the one to win the stamps!

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

QKD Blog Hop- Sketch Challenge

Is the the QKD Wednesday BLOG hop and we are all creating something using a sketch as the inspiration. I hope you have been hopping along and seeing all the different interpretations. If you didn't arrive here from Nina's, you are going to want to start over at the QKD BLOG so you can see the sketch and what everyone has done!

I have created a card using the Fantasy Palm Tree and the Fantasy Shell. I am not ready for summer to be finished yet.

Thank you for stopping by and next is Meredith. Enjoy!~

QKD blog
Shannon's blog
Jules' blog
Vicki's blog
Maria's blog
Kelly's blog
WIS blog
Bev (SG's) blog
Victoria's blog
Lara's blog
Anessa's blog
Helene's blog
Nina's blog
Alex's blog --- you are here
Meredith's blog
Linda's blog
Nancy's blog
Anita's blog
Sara's blog
Stephanie's blog
Ashley's blog
Queen Kat Designs Store

Elisabeth Bell BLOG Candy

Elisabeth Bell is giving away some absolutely amazing blog candy, but you only have until October 14 so what are you waiting for? Go enter!


The winner of this fabulous blog candy donated by Queen Kat Stamps is


Congratulations Mary! I know you will LOVE them!

Monday, October 12, 2009

Victoria Case for SCAD new release and blog candy

Victoria Case has a new release of exclusive to SCACD stamps on THIS Friday October 16. Victoria is offering the entire release as blog candy so be sure to enter here!

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Rosie-Dees Challenge #55

A new to me challenge blog is Rosie-Dees. They aren't new because they are on challenge #55, but I hadn't heard of them before :) This is my entry and the image is by their current sponsor Digital Delights. The challenge is Coffee & Cream with a Cherry on Top. I used that as color inspiration.

BLOG Candy from Chris

Look at this- TWO different candies she is giving away! Give away date of Oct 30.

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Incy Wincy Challenge #12

Incy Wincy Designs is having their 12th challenge right now. It is a theme challenge and the them is "For You". All of the money they raise from images goes towards charity and they are just a wonderful organization. I encourage you to check them out. I used one of the Chelsea images they sell that was created by Inger Harding.

Friday, October 09, 2009

Wags & Whiskers

Wags and Whiskers is a new stamp company and they are having a BLOG HOP with their brand new images and release TODAY!!! I looked through the previews and some cute things! Go see!

Thursday, October 08, 2009

Sketch with Tania

Belles n' Whistles on Monday gave a sketch and color challenge on the blog. Well, maybe more of a sketch and carry over of a color from another blog, the ROP Challenge Blog, but I took them both as one :). I got to play with Tania Baking again, and came up with this fun card. The cupcakes came to me in the middle of the night and it took everything I had not to get up RIGHT THAT MINUTE and do them. Then I had to get through today at work too- ARGH!! Total torture I tell you! Hope you enjoy the card and representation of my favorite cupcakes- chocolate with orange frosting.

There is also a Guest Design Team Member call going on right now at The Roses On Paper Challenge Blog. I am using this card to enter that as well. Wish me luck!

LOVE this stamp- and this boy :)

My youngest son is Deaf. I LOOOOOVE everything he has taught me over the years and the amazing people we have met through him.
A few months ago Katie from PMS contacted me and asked if she could name one of the Fairies after my son. After bawling for a bit, I then thought to actually ask my son, LOL, and he thought is was "super cool". For world cardmaking day, I made several and one of them used "Brandt". I am very happy with the result.

Here is MY Brandt

Tuesday, October 06, 2009

QKD New Release BLOG Hop & CANDY!

Is the the QKD Wednesday BLOG hop, but today is extra special because it is new release day!! WOOT WOOT!! I hope you have been hopping along and seeing all the wonderful new stamps available in the store. If you didn't arrive here from Nina's, you are going to want to start over at the QKD BLOG so you don't miss a single one! First, I want to call your attention to the sale going on right now.

Holy Cow! What a sale!

27% off of all QKD stamps (excludes separates and customs)
15-20% off of all Past Kits (royal, get inked!, The findings and Take 3)
10% off of all paper packs
55% off of all clearance
10% off of all acrylic blocks
10% off of all grab bags
20% off of the scrapbooking kit section (does not include royal kits)

Have you SEEN the Royal Kits? Amazing I tell you. They each come with their own EXCLUSIVE stamp set. The only way to get the set is to get the kit! The past kits are part of the amazing sale and I have a prize and a sneak peek for you. This is the exclusive stamp set from the October kit. Wouldn't you like to own it?

The Queen has one that I can give away! What fun!! Here is the deal, post on your blog or let your friends know about the give away/blog candy. Then comment here -including contact information- that you have done so and what you did. That's it! Easy Peasy!! I will draw a random winner and post on next weeks hop! Be certain to return next week to see if you have won! You have until midnight EST on Monday Oct. 12 to enter!

Now, on to the new release I have to share with you. Today I am showing off a new mermaid. Introducing.........Anenome

She is an absolutely JOY to color and design with. A definite "must add" to your collection. Now is a great time to add any of the QKD stamps to your collection. Check out the sale going on right now!

Thank you for stopping by and next is Meredith. She is so talented and has another mermaid to share. Enjoy!~

Alex --- you are here!

VC #19 & DU2DS #22 Challenges

I have combined the sketch challenge from Victoria Case challenge #19 and the punches challenge from DU2DS challenge #22 and the result was this card. I absolutely adore the end result. Thank you for both challenges or this is something I probably never would have come up with!

Holiday card with Sweet Pea Stamps

When I first saw the Holiday Plate I knew that this image was going to be used for at least some of my holiday cards. THEN there came the Holiday Verticals and this card was in my head begging to be made. I am very pleased with it and probably one of the easiest holiday cards I have ever made.

Have you seen all the new releases coming? WOW! I am in heaven!!! What is your favorite new plate?

Sunday, October 04, 2009

SCACD World Card Making Day Challenge

Susana's Custom Art and Card Design has a sketch AND color challenge for World Card Making Day. This is my contribution. I am not 100% thrilled, but I AM out of time, LOL! The stamp is Emilia from the Anki's Sweethearts Series Two and exclusive to SCACD.

Belles 'n Whistles

Belles 'n Whistles stamps is having a play along on their blog. This is the WONDERFUL stamp I won from them with one of the contests they had. I had a BLAST creating this card. I just adore this stamp. It is Tania Baking and just brings back so many wonderful memories.

Saturday, October 03, 2009

World Cardmaking Day!

CELEBRATE and make a card or two (or twelve)! There are all sorts of places hosting challenges, contests and cyber parties! For example:
Follow Your Heart - with prizes!!!

Crafty Makes - with blog candy to win!!

Paper Crafts - with a store discount and blog tour

Splitcoast Stampers - more stuff than I can begin to list!

Cath from Moxie Fab - 6 of her amazing card creations to give away

And many many more!
Go play today!!!