Monday, December 29, 2008

QKD Kits for January

The new January kits are in stock now. The quantities are very limited!! Get yours now. We are taking you to the spa with our Take 3 kit for January! There are only 2 Take 3 stamp kits left!

Feast your eyes on this sweet treat! The Royal kit for January features the Color Me Pink papers from 3 Bugs in a Rug and the oh so yummy stamps from QKD. There's only 1 left! It's a 12X12 kit so act fast.

In January we are changing the Get Inked! kits from featuring an ink a month to featuring a color a month! January is blue. We also have a new GI! kit stamp designer.. Irene Tan! She's worked up some fun samples with the kit. Visit the gallery to see them. There are only 3 Get Inked Kits left for January. Once they are gone we will open up the wait list. Info on getting on the list will be posted once it's open. So hurry and get your 12 month subscription now!

Happy New Year of kits!!

Saturday, December 27, 2008

Amazing Digital Scrapbooking Race!!!!

Okay, I am so excited for the ADSR!!!! This year, I am going to be a participant. I have a wonderful partner -- Penny! We are team #86 and we are "2 Cents Worth." We have a cool team blog that my partner Penny made -- 2 Cents Worth and we have a cool blinkie that she made as well!!!

Just a few more days and it will be time to race!!!

Friday, December 26, 2008

QKD Sale!

Head over to QKD for some great sales!!!

25% off of all QKD Stamps

Spend $75 and get a free kit...
(this is a $18-25 savings)

20% off of all Past Kits...
Includes Royal Kits, Take 3 Kits and Get Inked! Kits

45% off of all Clearance items

Look at the card that I made today using a past kit (June 2008); there are still a few available and the many thanks stamp set.

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Frosty Santa!

Okay, I am absolutely in love with this kit by Julie Marie (you can find her and her designs at Sunshine Studio.) Of course, with a child who almost always wears pink, it is so hard to find a Christmas/Winter kit that has a sufficient amount of pink in it, but this one works perfectly! And look at the strip of jingle bells! I already have an idea for them!!!

Image is linked to the Sunshine Studios store, so you can also pick it up!

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Thinning Out

To thin out -- Verb
1. thin out - make sparse; "thin out the young plants"
cut down, reduce, trim back, trim down, cut, cut back, trim, bring down - cut down on; make a reduction in; "reduce your daily fat intake"; "The employer wants to cut back health benefits"
prune, snip, lop, cut back, clip, crop, trim, dress - cultivate, tend, and cut back the growth of; "dress the plants in the garden"

2.thin out - become sparser; "Towards the end of town, the houses thinned out" decrease, diminish, lessen, fall - decrease in size, extent, or range; "The amount of homework decreased towards the end of the semester"; "The cabin pressure fell dramatically"; "her weight fell to under a hundred pounds"; "his voice fell to a whisper"

3. thin out - lessen the strength or flavor of a solution or mixture; "cut bourbon"
dilute, thin, reduce, cut
weaken - lessen the strength of; "The fever weakened his body"
water down - make less strong or intense; "water down the mixture"
Based on WordNet 3.0, Farlex clipart collection. © 2003-2008 Princeton University, Farlex Inc.

I think almost everyone is having to "thin out" something or other these days; times are hard and, on a personal note, just found out something that makes it even worse for us, but that is okay. Maybe we just needed to take some time to thin out -- thin out our belongings, our focuses, our obligations and put them back where they need to be, where they should be.

Saturday, December 20, 2008

12 Days of Christmas

On the first day of Christmas, my true love gave to me . . .

Depending on if you know the traditional version or the "red-neck" version, your answer would be tremendously different! LOL

But, head over to the Queen Kat Designs blog for all the fabulous projects that Nikki and Vicki have put together for the 12 days of Christmas. They are on day 8 and the projects are rocking!!!

Look at this incredible tag by Nikki (she is definitely channeling Tim Holtz these days!) Not only do you get to drool over the tag, but when you go to the blog, she gives you directions on how to recreate it yourself! How is that for a great Christmas present!!

Monday, December 15, 2008

Happy Birthday Nicole!!!

It's Nicole's birthday!!! So, she is having a sale at Inspiration Lane and some freebies on her blog! The link to her blog is here.

Saturday, December 13, 2008

Gift Bags?

I had the most fun decorating a gift bag today! Check it out and then don't forget to go by the QKD blog and check out the first day of Christmas. Vicki has a fab card up and the instructions on how to recreate it! Got to love that!!!

Friday, December 12, 2008

12 Royal Days of Christmas

Queen Kat Designs will be hosting the 12 Royal days of Christmas. Beginning on Saturday we will have 1 or 2 fun cards, tags or other Christmas project for you. There will be inspiring pics and instructions on how to complete each thing. We will take you right into Christmas Eve. All of the things we will feature can be taken and used throughout the year for gifts or other things. They will all have the seasonal theme but can easily be changed by you to fit your occasion.

Get ready for the 12 Royal Days of Christmas with Queen Kat Designs.

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Digi Obsession!

Yeap, I have been digi obsessed! I have always played around with digital scrapping, but more often than not, I find myself doing more digital pages than paper pages! Gasp, Yikes, Shock!

And part of that comes with some of the great designers that I am getting to work with at Inspiration Lane!
Check out the special at Inspiration Lane

Just think, all you have to do is sign up for their newsletter and get all this fab stuff!! Look at a couple of layouts that I created from elements in the goodies!

Sunday, December 07, 2008


Seems like most of my life has been in search of things -- the holidays always seem to be when I am in search of the perfect gift, in search of a great bargain, in search of some answer that I just can figure out.

This year, I am making a conscious effort to search for the right things, in the right places. Maybe you are searching this season also, if so, I hope you find all that you are searching for and in the right places as well.

Saturday, December 06, 2008

Playing Around . . .

with my background stamps that is! LOL!

I had fun using Queen Kat Designs Aged Text Background to make a cool card by stamping on my silk flower.

Check out the card and more info on the QKD blog -- here's a preview of the flower.

Thursday, December 04, 2008

Twilight Anyone?

Yes, I loved the books, haven't been able to make it to the movies yet though. But, I did get a fab digital kit at Inspiration Lane called Betting on Alice!

Check out the cute picture of my niece that I used with the kit!

Wednesday, December 03, 2008

Wednesday at QKD

Every Wednesday starting today is here by declared Royal Kat Wednesdays! Are you ready for some cool weekly challenges? You will want to come and play along because there will prizes to be had for those who do.

To kick things off for our first week Heather picked our wonderful challenge this week and it's called The Royal Ribbon Challenge. Use 2 different types of ribbons on your card. Pretty simple huh? And we all know how much we hoard ribbon! So come on pull out all that ribbon and get cracking, let's see what you can come up with. Be sure to come by the Queen Kat PCP forum and post your wonderful creations there for all to admire. A winner will be chosen at random from the participates on Sunday!

Monday, December 01, 2008

QKD Release Party!!!

It is happening NOW!!!! Check out all the challenges on the QKD Blog

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

QKD Birthday Blog Hop! Make It Pop Challenge

A birthday is nothing without balloons at my house, but I absolutely hate balloons. Of course, I guess I should say that I really hate hearing balloons pop! Well, QKD's birthday is nothing without a balloon and it is your job in this challenge to "make it pop."

Here are the requirements needed to meet this challenge!
You have to use a stamped image, and you have to POP it up with pop dots!
You may either do a card or a layout!

You have until Thursday morning at 10 am PST to post the link to your creation.

Saturday, November 15, 2008

"But I found out that everybody's different--the same kind of different as me. We're all just regular folks walkin down the road God's done set in front of us. The truth about it is, whether we is rich or poor or somethin in between, this earth ain't no final restin place. So in a way, we is all homeless--just workin our way toward home." -- Denver Moore Same Kind of Different as Me

Where to start? Has it been an easy week? No. Has it been a horrible week? No. Has it been the week that I would have liked? Not even close. But, it has been a week where I have been caught up in emotions that have ranged from anger to tears to laughter.

I get angry with the kids for something dumb that they have done, and then I stop to remember how blessed I am to have children. I worry about our financial situation, and then I stop to remember that we both are blessed with jobs. I try to control everything and try to make things work and then I remember that I am blessed with a Father who has the ultimate control and who will take of the things in His time, in the way that He wants them, not the way that I think they should be. All of these things are there to remind me that no matter what He has blessed me even though I feel so undeserving, even though I wonder why me.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

QKD Birthday Celebration!!!

It is the beginning of the third year for Queen Kat Designs, and it is also the beginning of the QKD birthday week. And what better way to celebrate turning three than with being featured on three sketch blogs!!!!

Stamp Something:

2 Sketches 4 You:

A Sheet Load of Cards:

Queen Kat Designs will be the featured company on all 3 of these blogs beginning on Monday this week. All of these blogs are excited to feature us as we embark on our 3rd year as a stamp company. We would like to invite you for the ride this week with our Birthday celebrations. The Challenge blogs will kick it all off for us.

All of these blogs will have QKD blog candy for the taking. Making Memories ( has graciously shared some wonderful product with us for the prizes on these blogs for our birthday. A special thank you to MM for that birthday gift!

Another wonderful company that contributed to this week's goodies is Dream Street Papers ( They have donated some paper packs form their fun collections that we will give away with some QKD stamps on Wednesday! Thank you to DSP for your generous donation.

Be sure to check our Official Blog ( for more details on Monday morning. Hope to see you at the party!

Sunday, November 09, 2008


Yesterday I scrapped! I know that doesn't seem like too much but lately I just haven't felt it. I made six cards. I played with the November QKD Royal Card Kit and the Many Thanks Sentiment Stamp set.

QKD also had the fabulous release party!!! If you missed the party, mmmm, you missed out on some fun, but the challenges are still posted on Paper Craft Planet so you still have some time to play.

Also, make sure you check out the new releases from yesterday. I absolutely love them and am going to be so broke!

Thursday, November 06, 2008

Christmas Cards

This year, I have decided to purchase some very special cards for Christmas; most of you know how much I love to make cards, but these are some that outshine any that I could ever make:

This year’s Cure Starts Now holiday cards were designed by three wonderful kids: Andrew Smith from Michigan, Ellie Willaert from Minnesota, and Caleb Spady from Oklahoma. All three kids are battling brain cancer and have put their heart and soul into designing truly unique cards to represent The Cure Starts Now. Proceeds go towards funding brain cancer research at hospitals like St Jude’s Research Hospital and Cincinnati Children’s Hospital. The holiday card pack contains 18 cards including a sampling of each of the 6 custom designed cards. The inside reads, “May the spirit of the holidays bring you hope and happiness.” Each card tells a little bit about the child who drew the picture and about the need to fund pediatric brain cancer research. Shipping will begin on November 12th and is $2.00 per pack.

Here is the link where you can purchase a set of cards - Cure Starts Now

Here is also a link to Ellie's Caring Bridge page to see the journey that she has been through.

Tuesday, November 04, 2008

QKD Online Release Party

Queen Kat Designs is hosting an online release party at

Come and join in the fun!!!!

We will start at 7pm MST

Saturday, November 01, 2008

Happenings at QKD!!!

2009 Line up for the New Get Inked! Kits
Instead of doing a theme each month for the Get Inked kits, we will switch to doing a color or color combo of the month. We will showcase lots of fun products. Here's the line up for the new year:

Jan: blue
Feb: Red
Mar: Green
Apr: Purple
May: Pink/White
June: Yellow
Jul: Teal/Turquoise
Aug: Lime/Bright Pink
Sept: Eggplant/Olive Green
Oct: Orange/Black
Nov: Rust/Gold
Dec: Burgundy/Hunter Green

Don't wait to subscribe.... The November and December kits for 2008 are AB-FAB!! Subscibe now and get in on the last of the kits for the year. They are sure to be crowd pleasers!

November Castle Deal...

The Castle Deal of the month is...

FREE Gift with kit (could be stamps, double the paper, double embellishments, or other funproducts from the QKD store.)

that means.... with any subscription to ANY of the 3 monthly Queen Kat Designs kits you will receive that deal for the entire length of your subscription! Includes Take 3, Royal Kit and Get Inked! Kit. This is for the month of November 2008 only.

Castle Deals change each month. But the month you subscribe in is the deal you get for your subscription term.

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Blog Challenges for QKD

Now that my challenge is over -- Nikki has her challenge posted on her blog.

Make sure you check it out for a chance to win!!!


The winner of my QKD Blog Hop Challenge was


Email me your addy at phartley at directv dot net.

Congrats again!

Sunday, October 12, 2008

WCMD Winners!

QKD has announced the overall winners for WCMD!

Here are the big winners of the weekend...

$25 Shopping spree: Amber Raston
Get Inked Kit: Melinda Rassmussen
Monster Set: Melissa Sackman

Please contact QKD at to claim your prize. All other prizes from the weekend were mailed today. Thank you for playing. Come and see us soon. We will be hosting a 1 day huge event on November 19th!!

And the winner of my blog challenge was Ryann Salamon.

Congrats to all the winners!

Wednesday, October 08, 2008

QKD Blog Hop! Challenge and Prize!

Bumping this up! Don't forget to join in!

Hey guys! It's me!!! Yeah, I know you know it is me.

But, I get to start off the QKD Blog Hop Challenges! That's right! QKD is going from DT blog to blog with different challenges and different prizes.

Want to know what you could win?? Well, take a look!

This is an exclusive birthday stamp set that was given out to the QKD Kit Club members! So, now it can be yours. Onto the challenge, there are a few requirements, so make sure you point them out.

1. It has to be a card (any size will do)
2. There has to be at least one stamped image.
3. It has to use at least one patterned paper.
4. You have to use at least one embellishment.
5. And the final requirement, you have to use black somewhere (but it cannot just be black ink).

Once you have created your masterpiece, link it back to my blog by Friday, October 17.

If your card meets all of these requirements, you will have one entry into the drawing for the exclusive QKD birthday stamp. I will randomly select one entry to win! You may enter a maximum of two times.

Saturday, October 04, 2008

My Cards

Here are some of the cards that I am making today for WCMD --

This card is for the challenge by Teresa here . The cupcake is by Kendria -- you might know her as Cutesy Glam Designs on etsy or on her blog

WCMD Challenge - Color and Technique

It's WCMD and QKD has teamed up with OBP to host some fun challenges! Check them out!!

Here's my challenge: Not too hard to do, but a few things that have to be done.

1. Use the colors black and blue on your card. Any shades of blue will work.
2. Use a stamped image on your card. Stamps do not have to be QKD stamps or OBP stamps. Just stamp!
3. And the final touch, use some embossing on your card. You can either use wet or dry embossing.

You can add more to your card if you would like, but these are the basics that I would like to see. Make sure you link back to the blog here with your card to be able to win!

Here's my sample card: I used some Basic Grey (don't you just love BG!) and a stamp from the September Queen Kat Designs Royal Kit Club. There are still a few kits available! Check them out!



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