Thursday, November 18

The 12 Blogs of Christmas

Welcome to the QKR Stampede Christmas/Winter Blog Hop. You should have arrived here from Monika's blog; if you didn't, go there now and then come back here to continue the Hop. If you didn't start at the QKR Stampede Blog, be sure to go back to the beginning so that you don't miss any of the fabulous projects! Now that you're back, wasn't Monika's project fantastic?!?! Not counting the QKR Stampede Blog, I believe I am the "third Blog of Christmas" -- no French Hens here, though!

My first project is a card using the Peace Angel (#16705) stamp.
For this card, I used the Argyle embossing folder by ProvoCraft and my oval nestabilities dies. I stamped the Peace Angel in the center of the oval using my Ancient Page Coal Black ink, then colored with my PrismaColor watercolor pencils and a blender pen. I added a touch of glitter to her wings (after all, angels should have glittered wings!) and the stars.

My next project is Christmas ornaments. These are very special to me for a couple of reasons: (1) my sister LOVES penguins . . . I know she would love to get this--or a set of these--as a gift for her Christmas tree; and (2) when we were kids, every year, the weekend of Thanksgiving, my Mom would take us to a local store that made ceramics . . . everything ceramic. We would get to pick out a bunch of ornaments and other items (Santas, snowmen, village buildings), then we would bring the items home and spend the weekend painting our items. It was always a lot of fun and it was especially fun to see how we evolved as "artists". So, on to my project:
The ornament to the left uses the Pine Cone Accent (#19603) stamp, while the ornament to the right uses the Ice Skating (#7902) stamp.
For the Pine Cone Accent image, I painted the stamp (just like when you color a solid/bold stamp image with markers) with a paint called Gloss Enamels, which is suitable for painting on ceramics, glass, and other non-porous materials. Then I stamped directly onto the ornament. The lighter color of brown is actually an open area of the stamp, so I painted by hand with a very fine paint brush.
For the Ice Skating image, I inked the image with Jet Black StazOn ink and stamped directly onto the ceramic ornament blank. I then painted the open areas using the Gloss Enamels and a very fine paint brush. With a "dry" brush (very little paint on the brush), I added some blue paint along the base of the ornament to represent the ice on which this little penguin is skating, and I added some glitter to the "ice" and around the penguin to give it a "snowy" look. The great thing about these paints is that they dry slowly (because of the thickness of the paint) and are water soluble -- you do not need any chemicals to clean your brushes or your stamps. That being said, the paint can be completely cured by either baking or allowing to air dry. If you decide to pick up these paints and use them, be sure to have a cup of warm, soapy water sitting by so that you can clean your brushes AND your stamps! You don't want the paint drying and becoming a permanent part of your stamp.

I hope you found these projects inspiring! Your next stop on the Hop is with JESSICA. You're sure to see some wonderful eye candy at Jessica's blog! Before you leave, please be sure to leave a comment. Thanks for taking the time to stop and visit!

Blog Hop Sneak Peek No. 2

Today's post is another quick and simple post . . . another sneak peek of one of my projects for tomorrow's QKR Stampede Christmas/Winter blog hop.
Just a reminder that the Blop Hop begins tomorrow morning at 8:00 AM EST. Be sure to set aside some time tomorrow or over the weekend, to participate in the Blog Hop, as there will be many unique projects for any last-minute inspiration you may need. Looking forward to seeing you here tomorrow! Thanks for stopping by today; have a great day!!

Wednesday, November 17

Blog Hop Sneak Peek

Today's post is short and sweet -- a sneak peek at one of my projects for this Friday's QKR Stampede Christmas/Winter Blog Hop. The Blog Hop takes place this Friday, November 19, at 8:00 AM EST. This Hop is a follow-up to our Frosty in July Hop and will be chock full of inspirational ideas for holiday cards and gifts. 
Be sure to come back on Friday, pull out your winter woolies, grab a mug of hot chocolate and enjoy the Hop. Looking forward to seeing you at the Hop! Thanks for taking the time to stop by today. Have a WONDERFUL day!!

Monday, November 15

It's QKR Monday . . .

I don't know about your corner of the world, but here in northeast Ohio, we had a beautiful Fall weekend (certainly to be one of our last), which inspired me to make this card. I used the QKR Stampede Leaf (#3901) and Hope Forever (#22801) stamps to create this card. The background of my card was stamped with the Leaf stamp and a Kaleidacolor stamp pad. For the focal image, I again used the Leaf stamp with foil and QKR Stampede's new line of Sticky Powder (some of you may recognize this product as Sticky Embossing Powder, or Heat-n-Stick powder). Being that Fall is quickly leaving us, I decided that the Cherish Yesterday sentiment, from the Hope Forever stamp (which is actually a collection of four sentiments), was perfect for this card.
Here is a close-up of the foiled image; as you can see, the result is absolutely stunning!
If you go to the QKR Stampede website and click on the Supplies tab, you will find directions on how to use the Sticky Powder, as well as illustrations of various craft mediums that were used with the Sticky Powder.  If you follow my blog, you may recall that I did a photo tutorial using foil, which can be found here.  I don't know about you, but I'm hanging onto these last few Fall days we have and enjoying the last of the colors of Fall ...  Grab your hats, mittens, and scarves because this Friday, November 19, we will be having the QKR Stampede Christmas/Winter blog hop. We had a Christmas in July blog hop to get your creative juices flowing, but just in case you're looking for some ideas for Christmas cards or gifts, you'll want to be sure to put this Hop on your list of things to see! We have a very talented group of ladies on the design team, and the projects will be amazing and inspiring!! I'll be providing a sneak peek later in the week, so stay tuned . . .

Thursday, October 21

Let's Talk Turkey!

Welcome to the QKR Stampede Fall/Thanksgiving Blog Hop -- the first Blog Hop with the new Design Team Members. I have seen the projects by my fellow Design Team Members and they are FANTASTIC!!! We have quite a wealth of talent on this Design Team and plenty of opportunity for ideas and inspiration for our QKR Friends and Fans! You should have arrived here from Kristie's Blog. Kristie's scrapbook layout is fabulous!!! I don't scrapbook, but I love to see scrapbook layouts. I always think maybe . . . one day . . . For now, though, here are my projects. My first project uses the Leaf (#3901) stamp by QKR Stampede and is a stamped candle table centerpiece.

I stamped the Leaf image on tissue paper using a variety of StazOn inks (the StazOn inks don't bleed into the tissue paper like regular dye ink tends to), wrapped around each candle, and heated with my heat gun until the wax melted and absorbed into the tissue paper. Tied a little bit of raffia around the candle, then placed onto a square black tray and added some silk leaves, berries, and gourds to dress it up a bit. Here is a close-up of the stamped Leaf image:
My second project also uses the Leaf (#3901) stamp and is a set of wine glass charms.
When I was shopping for wine glass charm forms, my local craft stores didn't have any . . . so I substituted hoop earrings.

I stamped the Leaf image onto opaque shrink plastic using the StazOn inks, let the ink dry, then cut out each leaf, punched a hole into the Leaf image, then heated with my heat gun until it shrunk to size. Before I heated the shrink plastic with my heat gun, I punched into the shrink plastic so that I would be able to put the leaf on a jump ring. A few beads, a leaf image, and now I have some beautiful wine glass charms that can be used throughout the Fall season. Here is a picture showing the Leaf when stamped (before shrinking) and the size that it becomes once it has been heated and shrunk:
My third and final project is two cards that use the Skinny Turkey (#16308) and the Just Say No (#15212) stamps by QKR Stampede. I thought the Skinny Turkey stamp was fantastic -- the expression of that turkey leaves to your imagination to determine whether the turkey is scared or relieved! Either way, I think the expression is priceless!

Well, there are my projects! Your next stop is with Design Team Member Roxie Glaza. I know you'll be thrilled with and truly enjoy Roxie's projects. Roxie is quite an artist and always makes some amazing creations! Before you go, though, remember to leave a comment to be eligible for the $20 shopping spree -- you must leave a comment at EACH Design Team Member's Blog to be eligible for the shopping spree. Good luck!! Thank you for stopping by on the Hop!!! Have a GREAT day!!

Blog Hop Sneak Peek . . .

As I mentioned on Monday, there will be a QKR Stampede Blog Hop this Friday, October 22, the theme of which is Fall/Thanksgiving. I absolutely LOVE the Leaf (#3901) stamp. There are so many possibilities with this stamp. You can emboss and bleach, stamp using a Kaleidacolor ink pad (as I did on Monday); just plain emboss then color; stamp, apply Heat-n-Stick powder (aka sticky embossing powder) and foil, . . . just so many techniques you can feature using this stamp. Today I am featuring a sneak peek into one of the projects I did for the Blog Hop. I hope this will entice you to come back tomorrow to participate in the Hop. And if my project isn't enough to pique your curiosity, consider the fact that if you participate in the Hop, you will be eligible to receive a $20 shopping spree at the QKR Stampede store--that's a terrific prize!!
The only detail that I will share about this project is that it uses the Leaf (#3901) stamp by QKR Stampede. For more details about this project, you'll have to come back tomorrow to see the whole project. Participate in the Blog Hop, and you have a chance to win a $20 shopping spree. All you have to do is visit each participating Design Team Member's blog, leave a comment, then leave a comment at the QKR Stampede Blog and voila . . . you have a chance to win a $20 shopping spree. Want an extra chance? Become a fan/liker of QKR Stampede on Facebook. Already a fan/liker? Become a follower of the QKR Stampede Blog. Already a follower of the QKR Stampede Blog? Do you have your own blog? Post about the QKR Stampede blog hop on your own blog and earn another chance to win a $20 shopping spree. This Leaf stamp is only $3.25 . . . just think of the possibilities that await! Be sure to stop by tomorrow for some amazing projects from the new Design Team for QKR StampedeThanks for stopping by today; have a GREAT day!!

Monday, October 18

It's QKR Monday . . .

. . . and for today's post, since we are well into the Fall season--the turning leaves giving us such a splendid show of color--I couldn't help but think how nice it is to have note cards on hand that go with each season. My project today is just that -- a simple note card that uses the Leaf (#3901) and Thank You (#16620) stamps by QKR Stampede. The note card is gold embossed around the edge, and I simply stamped the Leaf image around the perimeter after inking with my Kaleidacolor ink pad. Thank You was stamped using Rich Cocoa ink by Memento.

I love the fact that the openness of the Leaf image doesn't overpower the Thank You sentiment. I hope you are enjoying the wonderful Fall weather and a terrific display of colors in your neck of the woods. I will have more examples of this Leaf image at the Blog Hop this Friday. The theme of the Blog Hop is Fall/Thanksgiving, so get ready for some terrific projects to celebrate the season and the holiday! Have a wonderful day and thank you for stopping by and paying a visit today.

Monday, October 4

It's QKR Monday . . .

As promised, I am back at it with more QKR Stampede images! With the temperatures and weather as it is today, it really feels like a crisp, cool Fall day. My project is a card that uses the Leaf (#3901) stamp from QKR Stampede. I created a marbled/polished stone background using Ranger Alcohol Inks (Butterscotch, Meadow, and Red Pepper) and overstamped the Leaf image in Memento Rich Cocoa ink. Wrapped the piece with some gold cord, added a few silk leaves from my local craft store, and mounted onto my card stock base. The sentiment, "There is a harmony in Autumn and a lustre in its sky," by Percy Bysshe Shelley, is one of my favorites and was computer-generated and printed onto the card stock base.
Thanks for stopping by and paying a visit today! Have a great day!!

Friday, October 1

It's QKR Friday . . .

Happy Friday everyone! I have been MIA for a few weeks just trying to get a few things together and working through some changes. I intend to do a lot of stamping this weekend -- Saturday is World Cardmaking Day (it is also my niece's 21st birthday!) -- and I intend to have a stockpile of projects to share with you over the coming weeks. No project today, but I did want to share with you that I will be continuing on the QKR Stampede Design Team, which means another six months of FABULOUS stamp images and monthly blog hops (October and November are already in the works!)! Over the last six months I have posted cards and projects using the QKR Stampede stamp designs and have really come to LOVE the images. I'm not just saying that because I am on the design team . . . these images are delightful and really grow on you! One of the benefits of being a part of the design team, is that I have seen others use images that I would not have necessarily chosen (or images that I "missed" while perusing the online catalog), but then I saw the possibilities based on someone else's imagination and creativity, which is VERY inspiring. In total, five design team members from the very first QKR Stampede design team are staying on and seven very talented ladies are joining the QKR Stampede family! Follows is a list of the current design team members (in no particular order). Be sure to check out their blogs (you will be AMAZED by the talents of these women!!!!), welcome them to the QKR Stampede family, become a follower of their blog, and watch for some new and wonderful QKR Stampede inspiration.
MONIKA STUTZKE (in Germany!)
As I mentioned above, some of our original Design Team members have decided to pursue other opportunities; we will be bidding a fond farewell to these individuals who were on the very first Design Team:
CHRIS (CHRISSY) DICKINSON (our fearless Design Team Coordinator)
I have truly enjoyed working with these ladies, have enjoyed getting to know them and have always been inspired by their work. Be sure to visit their blogs, continue to follow their spectacular work, and leave a little love for these ladies, as well. And don't think this will be the last you see of these ladies . . . they are very busy with other design teams and there are some other possibilities down the road with the QKR Stampede sister companies . . . so stay tuned! I will be returning to my regular QKR Monday posts this coming Monday. Thanks for stopping by and paying a visit!

Thursday, September 9

Something's Brewing . . .

. . . it's the QKR Stampede Autumn/Halloween Blog Hop! Welcome!! You are at your first scheduled stop from the QKR Stampede Blog. If you didn't start from there, please go there now for all the details about the prize being offered and what you have to do to be eligible to win. Go on . . . Go there now . . . I'll wait . . . You're back! That didn't take long!! I have a few projects to share with you tonight. Ready? First up, a Halloween-inspired card:
This card was created with the Trick or Treat (#12306) stamp from QKR Stampede. Isn't that little koala bear--dressed like a mummy--just the cutest?? I hope he gets lots of treats!! The first time I saw him, I knew he was going on my wish list!!  Reminds me so much of the Halloween costumes we made when we were kids--no store-bought costumes then, and I have to say the creativity was fantastic!! Next up,  Halloween treat bags.
The stamps I used for these little treat bags are Parked (#9303), R.I.P. (#12905) and Scarecrow and Jack (#18807) from QKR StampedeThese little cellophane bags are great to fill with a few goodies, and they certainly won't be the same as what anyone else in the neighborhood is handing out to the trick or treaters on Halloween night! I simply filled the bags, wrapped with ribbon (like a belly band) and attached each image. Here is a close-up of each image:

My last project for the Hop is an Autumn-themed card. This card uses the Autumn Friends (#9206) and Without You (#11803) stamps from QKR Stampede.
I thought this ragdoll image was super sweet and, paired with the sentiment, is a fantastic way to let someone know just how special they are to you. I hope you enjoyed viewing these projects as much as I did creating them.  One last thing before you go . . . you can be eligible for a $25 shopping spree at QKR Stampede simply by leaving a comment at each Design Team Member's Blog and on the QKR Stampede Blog. If you want to better your chances, follow the QKR Stampede Blog and/or become a Friend/Liker of QKR Stampede at its Facebook page. You already follow the QKR Stampede Blog and you're already a Friend of QKR Stampede on Facebook? Do you have a blog? If you do, mention the QKR Stampede blog hop on your blog. Be sure to leave me a comment before you head off to HOLLY'S blog. Holly always has some amazing artwork on her blog . . . You're in for a real treat!!!

Just a Peek . . .

. . . at another one of the projects that will be featured on tomorrow's Autumn/Halloween Blog Hop at QKR Stampede. This is one the of many ragdoll images you can find at the QKR Stampede website; the ragdoll images are just adorable!!!
The image I am featuring on this project is the Autumn Friends (#9206) stamp. One of the things I really like about the ragdoll images . . . well, the QKR Stampede images, in general, is the fact that they need to be colored. That leaves so many opportunities to change up the look of your image; you could stamp this image 50 times and color it 50 different ways for a variety of looks.

Don't forget that tomorrow, Friday, September 10, is the QKR Stampede Blog Hop. The ladies on the Design Team have been creating some wonderful projects for your inspiration and enjoyment. As usual, QKR Stampede is offering a Blog Hop prize to the Blog Hop participants. To be eligible for the prize, all you have to do is visit each Design Team Member's blog, leave a comment, then return to the QKR Stampede Blog and leave a comment there, as well. It's that simple!! If you want to better your chances of winning, become a follower of the QKR Stampede Blog, and become a Friend/Liker at the QKR Stampede Facebook page. Already a follower and a friend? If you have a blog, make mention of the QKR Stampede Blog Hop on your blog. Thanks for stopping by today and visiting. I look forward to seeing you here tomorrow for the Blog Hop! Have a GREAT day!!

Monday, September 6

It's QKR Monday . . .

I have an Autumn project to share with you today . . . and appropriately, the name of the stamp is Autumn Breeze (#8803) by QKR Stampede.
This is another of the ragdoll images offered by QKR Stampede, and she is just darling! For my layout, I used the Mojo Monday Sketch 155; but, rather than a tag, I used a flower as an embellishment. Now that we're into the month of September, that means another QKR Stampede Blog Hop. This month's Blog Hop will be this Friday, September 10, and will feature Autumn/Halloween projects! Here is a sneak peek at one of my Blog Hop projects:
Be sure to visit the QKR Stampede Blog this week for other sneak peeks and further announcements with respect to the Blog Hop. Make sure you check out the Fall-themed images at QKR Stampede! You won't be disappointed, and you just might see one of your favorite images featured in the Blog Hop.

Monday, August 30

It's QKR Monday . . .

. . . and the kids are back in school, the temperatures are starting to cool down a bit, humidity seems to be less-- all signs of Fall! I love the warm days and cool evenings of Fall!! Today's card is Fall-themed . . . I used the Pumpkin Stack (#12910) stamp from QKR Stampede for this card.

Aren't these pumpkins adorable? The image reminds me of the song learned in elementary school about the "five little pumpkins sitting by the gate, the first one said . . ."  As is my usual practice, the image was stamped using Ancient Page Coal Black waterproof dye ink and colored with my Prismacolor watercolor pencils and blender pen. The pumpkin brads and decorative paper were found at my local craft store. DESIGN TEAM CALL REMINDER:  Tomorrow, August 31, is the last day to submit your application to be on the next QKR Stampede Design Team. For complete information and details, go HEREAs always, thank you for taking the time to stop by and visit today! Have a GREAT day!!

Monday, August 23

It's QKR Monday . . .

Hello QKR friends and fans! I hope you enjoyed the recent School Days blog hop and congratulations to MARIA MATTER who was the winner of the blog hop prize. School Days are just ahead for many, including the young men and women who are heading off for their first year of college. The return to school always signals to me the end of Summer and the beginning of Fall. So today, I am sharing the Scarecrow (#18801) image by QKR Stampede on a card. This little guy is darling and looks like he's having a blast playing in the Fall leaves!
Fall happens to be my favorite season--I love the cooler temperatures--warm days, cool nights, and all the sights sounds and smells of Fall--the colors of the changing leaves, the sound of leaves as you walk and they crunch under your shoes, the smell of the leaves, the smell of home fires burning to take the chill out of the air, apple picking, fresh pressed apple cider, baking apple pies, baking pumpkin pies or pumpkin muffins, hay rides, and hot chocolate (to name a few!). All my favorites of Fall! Thank you for stopping by today and visiting. I hope you have a WONDERFUL day today!! ---Carol

Sunday, August 22

An Award

I was getting caught up with some blog posts of blogs I follow (didn't get the feeds from Google) and found that I had been given two blog awards--the Sunshine Award and the Trendy Blog Award--from Kristie of Kristie Kreates (Kristie, I am sorry I did not see this sooner; I am completely honored that you have bestowed this award on me!). Kristie started following my blog as a result of participating in the QKR Stampede blog hops and, in turn, I started following Kristie's blog. Kristie makes some really amazing projects and has recently made application to be on the next QKR Stampede Design Team--BEST OF LUCK TO YOU, KRISTIE!!! Now, I have to pass this award on to 10 blogs/blog owners who inspire me! These ladies have inspired me by their work, their stories and, in some instancs, their humorous takes on life. So, here are my nominations for the awards, in no particular order. I have included a link to each blog so you can see the terrific work of these ladies and understand how they have inspired me.

Marie (With a Smile)

So, ladies, if you happen to stop by and read this post, please "pick up" your award and display it on your blog! Thank you for your inspiration, support and encouragement over the past several months!

Saturday, August 21

QKR Stampede Design Team Call

QKR Stampede is having a Design Team Call . . . the very first Design Team Members' six-month assignment is coming to a close in September, which means that a new crew must be selected. I have to say, I was honored and thrilled--beyond belief!!--to be selected as a member of the first QKR Stampede Design Team. When I got the email from Maribeth welcoming me to the team, I read and re-read it, just to make sure it was for real! I have truly enjoyed working with QKR Stampede stamps and the other members of the Design Team--it has been a terrific six months!! I thought I'd share with you some of my favorite projects that I made while on the Design Team (in no particular order).
In the Rain (#12502)
Large Ship (#21705)
Waving Flag (#16112)
Picnic (#14207)
Relaxing Gnome (#17908)
Birdhouse (#14514)
Girl Friends (#8808)
Special Delivery (#14010)
Apple (#15814)
Out At Sea (#8104)
So, how would YOU like to have an opportunity to share your creativity with the blogging world at large and get free stamps for your time and talent? Here are the details and what will be expected of you as a Design Team Member:
  • A 6-month term (October through March) with an option to continue if agreeable to both the Design Team member and Maribeth;
  • Your choice of 3 or 4 stamps to work with each month
    • Maribeth may occasionally pick a set and offer it to anyone interested in exchange for stamps of their choice (with no samples required) after receiving scans/pics of finished projects;
  • Four (4) projects per stamp set/per month (one per week) posted on your personal blog (if you miss a post for one reason or another, you are expected to let Maribeth and the Design Team Coordinator know, and you will be expected to make two (2) individual posts the following week);
  • Two (2) projects per set of stamps/per month posted on the QKR Stampede blog;
  • For trade shows -- free stamps for card fronts -- one free stamp for every two (2) card fronts mailed to Maribeth (no free stamps for scans or pics);
  • You must be able to follow instructions on time and work well with others;
  • Regularly visit the other Design Team Members' blogs and comment (please!);
  • Post your work to other forums with which you are participating and comment as applicable in those forums (i.e., challenge blogs, Splitcoast Stampers, etc.);
  • Post a permanent Design Team banner on your blog;
  • You MUST have a blog and be posting regularly
Anyone interested in applying should send a submission email (be sure to put Design Team Call in the subject line) to Maribeth at maribeth@eurekastamps.comInclude pictures of three (3) or more items you have created in any medium as long as stamps were used somewhere (Note: You are not required to use QKR Stampede stamps for your Design Team Call submission). In your submission email, list any websites or blogs you may have, any publications you have been in, and any design teams you have been on (all of which are not necessary to be considered but will help QKR Stampede get to know you and your work better).

Submission deadline is August 31, 2010

And if that's not enough to pique your interest, look at all the free stamps I have received over the past six months . . . these were received for my monthly selections, as well as for card fronts that were submitted for trade shows for the company.
I did a quick count, and there are over 50 stamps and since I have submitted more card fronts for Maribeth's upcoming trade show, I have even more stamps coming to me!!! Thanks for joining me on my trip down memory lane. Leave a comment and let me know which one of the QKR Stampede projects I posted over the last six months was your favorite! And if you're so inclined, get stamping and apply to be part of the second QKR Stampede Design Team! Have a GREAT day!!!

Monday, August 16

School Days . . . Continued

QKR Stampede is having a School Days (back to school) Blog Hop and is offering a fabulous shopping spree prize to one lucky Hop participant. If you haven't visited the Hop, please go HERE to find out all the details  about the Hop and the prize. One important thing to keep in mind to be eligible is that you not only must visit the blogs of each Design Team Member, but you must also leave a comment so that we know you were here!

Today's project is something that could be a really neat teacher's gift. While I was coming up with ideas for my School Days Blog Hop projects, I came across this little leatherette Post-It holder at my local craft store for $1 (one of the bargain baskets!!).

I thought this would be a terrific altered gift idea. And what's great about it is that it is refillable/reusable, so there's really no waste! First, I cut and scored paper to cover the case, then I just started decorating and embellishing. The stamp that I used for this is the Mouse Teacher (#701) from QKR Stampede, which was colored using my Prismacolor watercolor pencils and a blender pen. I also added some buttons and strung some alphabet beads onto a thin gold wire.

This little item would be great not only as a teacher's gift, but could be adapted as a gift for anyone in an office -- secretaries, administrators, etc.,--anyone who uses Post-Its!! As always, thanks for stopping by, visiting, and commenting. Have a GREAT day!!

Thursday, August 12

School Days . . .

Welcome to the QKR Stampede School Days Blog Hop! You should have arrived here from Jenn's blog. Wasn't her card terrific?! What a cute mouse image, and what wonderful alphabet ribbon!!! If you didn't get here from Jenn's blog, please go HERE and then come back to visit with me for a while. As with the other Blog Hops that have been sponsored by QKR Stampede, there will be a $25 shopping spree (with free shipping) awarded to one lucky blog hopper . . . all you have to do is visit and comment at each Design Team Member's blog and comment at the QKR Stampede Blog. Once you've done that, your name will be entered into a random drawing for the shopping spree prize. Want to better your chances to win? Do one or all of the following:  (1) become a follower of QKR Stampede at the QKR Stampede Blog; (2) become a fan of QKR Stampede on Facebook; and (3) spread the word about the QKR Stampede Blog Hop by posting about it on your own blog or website. You have until Midnight EST, August 19 to complete the Blog Hop and be eligible for the random prize drawing.

I have a couple fun projects for you; my first project is a card that I made and gave a sneak peek earlier.

This card uses the Apple (#15814) stamp from the QKR Stampede Store. I just loved this stamp--that little worm sold me on it!!--and thought it would be a cute stamp for a teacher to use when grading papers to give the students some encouragement! This would also make a fun set of note cards for any teacher friends you may know.

My next project is a corner bookmark. I have seen these on blogs and websites and always thought they were cute, but--until now--hadn't taken the time to make one. These little bookmarks come together so quickly and easily, they could easily be made by a teacher's aide or classroom assistant and distributed to the kids during their reading time; better yet, they could be a fun project to do with the kids as part of reading time!!!

I again used the Apple (#15814) stamp to create this bookmark.

And lastly, I remember when I was in elementary school (many, many, many years ago!), students could order paperback books through the Scholastic Book Club. Each month we would get a newspaper-style listing of books and an order form. I loved being able to buy books and there was so much excitement when the box of books that had been ordered arrived. My teachers always took some class time to go through the box and distribute the books to those who had ordered; there was always a sense of wonder and excitement. With that in mind, my final project is a set of bookplates. When I ordered the Book Bear (#701) stamp, I initially had different plans for it . . . which included cutting away "This Book Belongs To" (gasp!). Common sense, however, prevailed, the stamp has been left in its original form and look at the sweet set of bookplates that were created. As you will see, the image was stamped onto Avery Shipping Labels (6 to a page; however, because of lighting issues, I am showing 4 of the labels, but all 6 were stamped). What a fun and easy project. And what makes it even more fun is that you can just stamp the image and let the children color it in themselves--talk about personalization!!!

Your next stop on the School Days Blog Hop is at Jessica's Blog. Jessica always has some really cute projects and this one is no exception; you're in for a real treat!

Thanks for stopping by the QKR Stampede School Days Blog Hop. Don't forget, be sure to leave a comment here and at every other Design Team Member's Blog, then leave a comment at the QKR Stampede Blog giving feedback about the Hop and letting us know whether you've become a follower and/or a fan.  Good luck!!! Have a GREAT day!!

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