Saturday, November 28, 2009


This is the first time i'm attempting puzzles as my new merchandise and I think they will be a pretty fantastic hit at the shows! I'm hoping so anyway! I've got 2 in store right now - a third on the way of the Mad Hatted Mermaid. I LOVE this! The quality of them is so much better than I had anticipated! And they come in the cutest little box! They're in small enough boxes that they won't take up a whole lot of room and they house the puzzle pieces perfectly! They're 252 pieces each and I think they're either 9x14" or 11x14" when they're all put together. Here's some pictures to show you! These are "Erin" and "Cordelia" in puzzle form!

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Mermaids like display bins too!

I am not only artsy, I'm crafty too! :) I do a fair amount of art/craft shows these days and I'm always looking for new ways to display my items. I also work at a pet store and when I saw this little dandy about to be tossed to recycling I snagged it up and decided to alter it. Please note, I am, in no way, promoting Purina!!! It just happened to be the company on the display bin I saw potential in! :) So please disregard (on a side note, if you need some advice on pet foods, i'd be happy to share my opinions and knowledge with you! lol!)

So this is what the box USED to look like!

Step 1: When you're displaying colourful mermaid art and things you want a pretty and colourful display bin! So you firtst pick your colours. This is no surprise that I chose a variety of blues, purples, and greesn and of course made it sparkly!!! So, First I cut the purple sparkly paper and laid it on the backboard. And next, following the original layout of the box, I wanted a place to display some information as to what might be in the bin. So I chose a sparkly aqua polka dot paper and cut it to size.

Step 2: When you look INTO the box you also want it to be interesting. So I cut strips of the same aqua polka dot paper but found a beautiful GREEN polka dot paper to go with it. Now, when I was in elementary there was some kind of rhyme or other about blue and green only being seen in a washing machine....RUBBISH I say! :) And here's proof! They're lovely together!
Step 3: The sides. These were interesting pieces to cute! They're very awkwardly shaped but I did it! I felt the flaps on the inside didn't need anything really fancy so I picked out a lighter mauve colour. It's embossed with flowers but no sparkles. And I picked out the same aqua colour paper as before but with sparkly swirls to tie in to the top flap.
Step 4: I needed more stripes! I thought it would be neat and visually appealing to repeat the stripe design on the front of the box. I really love how this turned out!
Step 5: Adding my own personal logos! I mounted each of these different banners/logos on a piece of royal blue sparkly sticky-back foam to give them a bit of depth and pop! These look fabulous in person!
Step 6: Gluing the beads! These beads, if you can believe it WERE silver. They're silver Christmas tree garland beads. I didn't want silver - I didn't think they would add anything to the box. So I painted them with blue metallic acrylic paint! How, you ask?!? Well, I grabbed a sandwhich bag, poured a bit of the blue paint in, tossed in the beads, sealed, and smooshed it around until all the beads were covered! Then I took them out, hung them over the shower rod (protected by paper towel) and let them dry. And then I glued each individual bead to the box with hot glue! yeah...a bit time consuming but i'm meticulous!

And this is the finished product!!!!!! I LOVE it! I think it's just fabulous. I haven't decided 100% what i'm going to display IN the box and at this point I don't care! lol! I just think it's so pretty! I'm very excited to use it! Hope you like what I've done! :) Recycling is COOL!

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

How About a DISCOUNT CODE?!?

YAY!!!!! SO Queen Kat herself has given her team members each their own blinkie to display on our blogs to give our members 10% off your entire order at !!! For FOREVER! There's no expiration date for this code! How fantastic is that?!? So if you're feeling like you need some stamps why not save yourself some money on some fantastic quality acrylic stamps! Click on the blinkie to the right ------------>
And you're on your way! :) Happy Stamping!!! (and you're welcome! :) )

Monday, November 16, 2009

Happy Birthday Queen Kat Stamps!!!

So this week, Queen Kat Stamps turns 3!!!! Can you believe it?!? 3!!! On the 19th to be exact! And there's a lot of celebrating to be done - an entire weeks worth! So here's the schedule for the week!

Royal Kat Monday Blog hop:
QKD Blog
Color Challenge:
QKD group at Paper Craft Planet

Sketch Challenge:
QKD group at Paper Craft Planet

Royal Kat Wednesday Blog hop:
QKD Blog
Inspiration Challenge:
QKD group at Paper Craft Planet

Royal Blog Hop:
QKD blog
"Crop" night at
QKD group on Paper Craft Planet

Thanksgiving Challenge:
QKD group on Paper Craft Planet

It's going to be TONS of fun and theres prizes too!!!! So keep checking back!

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

New listing on Ebay!

Hello!!! So I hadn't listed on Ebay for a while so I thought I'd send some mermaids thatta way. I had posted Cordelia and Peacock Princess but Cordelia was snagged almost immediately! So now there is only Peacock Princess! If you'd like to take a peekaboo click here: Peacock Princess on Ebay Thanks for looking! :) (Oh yes! And it's free shipping everywhere!!!)

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Cordelia PAINTED!

YAY! She's painted!!! Isn't she pretty! So wintery and FUN! And I love her little Cardinal friend! And if you want to see what she looked like BEFORE she was painted, i have a post below this one to show you the line drawing! I think she turned out fantastic!

Sunday, November 1, 2009

A new Doll!

Meet Cordelia! She's my latest lovely - still to be painted but I thought I would share the inking with you anyway! :) It's November now and we're pretty much just waiting around for the snow now up here in the North! Cordelia makes the snow not seem so bad!