Monday, October 31, 2011

Queen Kat Designs 5th Birthday Blog Hop!


Queen Kat Designs
is Linkturning 5! WOO HOO! And it's time for a little celebration and a blog hop! If you arrived here from Jan's Blog then you are on the right track. If not head back to the Queen Kat Blog to start this hope from the top!

Since it's a birthday bash we are sharing birthday projects for this fun hop.

I've been having some fun lately altering wooden picture frames. These are ones you can get at Micheal's. It measures 5 x 5.

Isn't she the cutest? This is Ballerina Kitty. I will be selling my frames at craft shows and in my Etsy Shop.

Now be sure to continue on this fun hop and hop on over to Vicki's Blog to see what she cooked up for this celebration!

Be sure to come by the Queen Kat Designs fan page on facebook!

That's all for now!

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Just Us Girls WILD CARD WEEK

It's Wild Card week with Just Us Girls. Elise is our hostess and she challenged us to alter a frame! Awesome, I've been on a frame kick lately. I am looking to add some of my altered frames to my Etsy shop and bring them along with me to craft fairs.

Here is what I did using Webster's Papers and Unity stamps:


If you love Unity come by my Supply shop for {ippity} stamps!

Be sure to visit the Just Us Girls design team for loads of frame altering inspiration:

October Guest Designer Maureen Plut

Here are the details on how to play along with us:

How to play: You need to upload your project for this week's challenge
to your online blog or public photo gallery. Leave a link that goes
directly to your project in the Linky Tools form at the bottom of
the JUGS post. If you upload to online galleries, please also use the keyword
or tag, JUGS108.

Deadline to be considered for the "Chic of the Week" is 9:00 PM,
EST on Thursday, November 3rd. The Linky Tools form will close
at that time. Our top pick, "Chic of the Week", will be announced
on the following Friday morning.

That's all for now!

Friday, October 28, 2011

Unity Friends with Flair


It's Friday and time for another Unity Friends with Flair! I haven't played along in a few weeks but here I am today with a Christmas creation.




This is a wooden frame that I altered into a cute Christmas decoration. I'm going to make more of these to add to my Etsy shop and take to craft fairs with me. I had a couple out at my last fair and got lots of compliments on them.

The sentiment on this frame is by {ippity}. Be sure to check out my {ippity} stamps in my Etsy shop HERE.

Be sure to swing on by the Unity blog too see who else is participating this week with Friends with Flair!

Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, October 24, 2011

Christmas Ornaments and Magnets

I've been quiet lately but only because I am working on some craft fairs this fall and adding new items to my etsy shop RIA CREATIONS.

The last couple of days I've added some new items (not cards) to the shop. Here is one, a ceramic Christmas ornament.




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Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Blog Hop Friends and JUST US GIRLS - HALLOWEEN FUN!

This is one busy Saturday. Today we have a huge blog hop with my Blog Hop Friends. And since it is Saturday it's time for another JUST US GIRLS CHALLENGE. I apologize up front for combing the two but it's been a very busy time for me. I'm thrilled to say that I am now selling at local craft fairs and I put some of my stuff in a local store (I'll share more about the store and fairs later)

BUT since both things are HALLOWEEN related I figured it's ok! The JUGS challenge (which I'm the hostess) this week is a 3D/Template HALLOWEEN creation! Be sure to swing on by the JUGS blog for loads of Halloween inspiration and visit the DT's blogs!

If you are coming here from Lynn's blog then you are on your way through the BLOG HOP FRIENDS hop!

Here is what I came up with today, some very simple Halloween fun!

The box is a simple wooden one that I painted and decorated and next to it is a Halloween magnet. These are two items that I will have at my fair today! The magnets are awesome made from bathroom tiles! I even made some Christmas ornaments this way.

NOW be sure to continue on this hop and head over to LEE'S BLOG! And if you came here via JUGS thanks and feel free to check out this fun Halloween hop!

Here is the blog hop order for you:























AND we have TONS of fabulous Halloween prizes from our wonderful sponsors!

Stampendous! ( 5 winners... 1 Halloween bg cling stamp each winner..Crowscape, Graveyard, Beware Gate, Castle Gate, Pumpkin Fence)

Karber Digital Designs...2 digis to one winner

Skipping Stones Design...Halloweenie set

Smeared Ink (5 single digis...1 each to 5 winners? or 5 to 1 winner?)

Strange Skin...1 set of choice (except Zombies)

Jens Digi Stamp...(5 images to one winner)

Simply Betty Stamps...($10 Gift Certificate)

La-La Land Crafts ($10 Gift Certificate)

Dreamweavers Stencils: 3 prizes: each is 4 stencils, 2 brushes, with 3 technique sheets each!


That's all for now!

Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Challenges by AR Challenge

It's time again for another challenge with Challenges by AR!

This week I am the hostess and we are thinking Christmas. This week's challenge is to make something 3D or use a template and the theme is Christmas/Winter Holidays!

I used the bag it template for mine:


I used some fun Christmas paper and an {ippity} sentiment. Those cute little bells are actually little ornaments from Michael's.

That's all for now! Be sure to play along with use and post your project on the Challenges by AR blog via the linky!

Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, October 15, 2011

{ippity} CHRISTMAS BLOG HOP!

Welcome to the {ippity} Christmas in October Blog Hop.

If you are coming from Patricia's Blog you’re on the right track. If you want to start from the beginning go to Heather’s blog. I also have a list of the participating blogs at the end of this post.

SO I have been making boxes recently. All out of wooden boxes (raw wood) like the ones you can find at a craft store. This sized box fits 2 of my magnets (made from bathroom tiles from Home Depot).



I used GINGHAM CHRISTMAS GREETINGS by {ippity} of course! I have this kit in my store along with many others. SHOP HERE FOR {ippity}! If I don't have something you are looking for I will get it a jiffy for you just let me know.

All {ippity} orders come with a free gift!



Your next stop will be Andrea!

Thanks for hopping along with the {ippity} chicks today!!

I AM OFFERING FREE SHIPPING TO THOSE WHO PASS THROUGH! BE SURE TO LEAVE A COMMENT AND SEND ME A MAIL OR LEAVE YOUR EMAIL IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO RECEIVE MY FREE SHIP CODE! EVEN WITH FREE SHIPPING YOU WILL GET A GIFT WITH YOUR {IPPITY} ORDER!

That's all for now!

Thanks for stopping by!




Just Us Girls Color Challenge


It's Saturday and time for another JUST US GIRLS CHALLENGE

This week is our color challenge and Pam has challenged us with these "other" Halloween colors: Purple, Green, Orange and Black



Be sure to swing on by the JUGS DT for lots of fabulous inspiration!

October Guest Designer Maureen Plut

Here are the details on how to play along with us:

How to play: You need to upload your project for this week's challenge
to your online blog or public photo gallery. Leave a link that goes
directly to your project in the Linky Tools form at the bottom of
the JUGS post. If you upload to online galleries, please also use the keyword
or tag, JUGS106.

Deadline to be considered for the "Chic of the Week" is 9:00 PM,
EST on Thursday, October 20th. The Linky Tools form will close
at that time. Our top pick, "Chic of the Week", will be announced
on the following Friday morning.

That's all for now!

Thursday, October 13, 2011

{ippity} Chick Challenge!

Chick Challenges with {ippity}

It's time for the {ippity} CHICK CHALLENGE!

Here is this week's sketch:

Here is what I did using this sketch:


I used the kits: Music of My Heart and Now and Always.

Be sure to come and play along this week for our first challenge. I am offering FREE SHIPPING (US only) to those who do play along. As well as a free gift with each {ippity} purchase! To receive you free shipping code to my ETSY SHOP leave me a comment with a link to your project for this sketch.

Can't wait to see what you created with your {ippity} stamps!!!!

Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, October 7, 2011

Operation Julie's Smile Benefit Blog Hop


Welcome to the Operation Julie's Smile Blog Hop. You may know the wonderful Julie and her story but in case you do not here is the story behind this fabulous hop and benefit:

The creative blogging community is coming together this weekend to help one of our friends, Julie Ranae. You may know her as the Design Team Coordinator for many wonderful companies from bakers twine, die cuts, rubber stamps and more. What many people don’t know about Julie Ranae is that she has had some pretty major dental surgeries in her lifetime due to medication she had to take as a child. It was in her plans to think about having all of her teeth replaced at some point in the next 5 years, a decision that was pretty easy to plan out. But then it happened…she chipped her front teeth on a weekend a month ago. The dentist told her there was no way to save them & that it was his recommendation that she give in and have them all her teeth removed soon, but for that day, they needed to get her front teeth done so her gums could begin to heal. He said he would 'work out payments with her to have ALL this work done...but when she called to make her appt for the first step of impressions, they told her the amount of money that was needed and that the 'payments' applied only to the two teeth that were extracted that day. Her husband Paul was with her & that too, was his understanding as well. So this is how she has found herself in this situation…Needing at least $4000 to get started and another $3000 to finish the process…a total of $7000.
Nicole Rixon, owner of Sweet Stamp Shop put together this benefit after finding out about this situation and before Julie Ranae knew it, it took flight!

Because she is an event organizer by trade, she has taken on the job of organizing all of the blogs in this hop as her way of ‘working overtime’ for what she needs, the same as if she were able to work overtime at an outside job to pay for the work to be done.
It is the goal of all of these generous friends & sponsors to help make this situation more do-able for our friend so that she can share a brand new smile with all of us soon.

If there is anything you can do to help with a financial donation, there is a donation button ready for you to click. Any amount is appreciated and ALL DONATIONS will be eligible for prizes from our sponsor pool of over $2500.”

DONATE HERE:



If you arrived here from Holly Dixon's blog then you are on the right track for this hop. If you stopped by and would like to start this hop from the top then please head on over to the Sweet Stamp Shop's blog.

Here is a card I created for Queen Kat Designs and it is from the October release!


I also wanted to share one of my "older" {ippity} cards! You may have heard {ippity} just had a new release this week! Check out this post. But let's not forget about all the wonderful {ippity}stamps.

Here is a tag I created using the Now and Always kit by {ippity}



Thanks so much for taking the time to stop on by. I hope that you can make a donation for this benefit.



Be sure to swing on by the next wonderful designer on this hop Sheri Gilson's blog.

Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, October 6, 2011

{ippity} Chick Challenges First Sketch

Chick Challenges with {ippity}

It's time for the very first CHICK CHALLENGE!

Here is the very first sketch:
Using images for the NEWLY RELEASED {ippity} called Thanks for all Things I came up with this:

I used the kit Thanks for all Things. I took a different look at this sketch and decided to use that design on a regular card base. Not sure if that is what the sketch designer had in mind but figured hey what the heck here is my take.

Be sure to come and play along this week for our first challenge. I am offering FREE SHIPPING (US only) to those who do play along. As well as a free gift with each {ippity} purchase! To receive you free shipping code to my ETSY SHOP leave me a comment that you played along in the challenge.

Can't wait to see what you created with your {ippity} stamps!!!!


Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Ippity New Release and SCS SKETCH!


Today is the offical October {ippity} Release! I have a card to share with you from one of the release kits called time for friends & wine.

I created a card for this week's Splitcoast Stampers Sketch. Here is the sketch:



Here is what I did with the sketch:





Close up:



Be sure to swing on by my etsy shop for your {ippity} needs. I also have pages set up here on my blog with lots of info. If you are looking for an {ippity} kit not in stock send me a message. I will always provide the best price alllowed by {ippity} and a free gift!

Thanks for stopping by!

Maria