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!
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