Paper Blessings

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Harvest Blessings...A Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps Krafty Scrappy Challenge!



Hey krafty friends! Welcome to the monthly Krafty Scrappy Challenge at Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps! For this challenge, we want to you stretch your creativity beyond the comfort zone of cards...no cards allowed!! There are so many options for your submission...create a scrapbook layout, a planner page, a tag, an altered item, gift packaging...so many options!

Here's a run down of the rules:

  1. Create any project!! (remember, NO CARDS!) Theme: Anything Goes!
  2. Your project must be new (created on or after this post date).
  3. Your project must feature a Kraftin' Kimmie Stamp.
  4. You have a month to submit over at the challenge blog....and you can submit as many times as you wish! 
  5. We must have at least 5 entries. One random winner will be chosen at the end of the submission period. 
  6. Don't forget to pop on over the the KKS facebook page to share your creation as well! 


I pulled out one of our new August stamp sets called Harvest Blessings and created a tag.  I used all three pumpkins from the set and stamped them on various design paper (pretty sure this pad was from Simple Stories, although the lightest pumpkin was from Authentique). Shading was added with Copic markers. The pumpkins were fussy-cut and positioned in a little group on my tag. The sentiment is also from the stamp set.  The "Fall" banner at the top is actually part of the design paper...I just fussy-cut the banner segments and glued them onto the tag. All paper edges were distressed with ink and scissors.  Note: One of the pumpkins in this set has a cute little kitty peeking out from behind. Since I just wanted the pumpkins for this tag, I simply selectively inked only the pumpkin portion of the stamp.



Hope you plan to play along! For more scrappy inspiration, make sure to check out the challenge blog!

Blessings,

Melanie

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Magic! (A Kraftin' Kimmie Challenge)



Good morning and welcome to our weekly challenge at Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps! Our lovely hostess this week is Delphine and she has conjured up a them of MAGIC!

Delphine's theme was perfect for so many stamps released over the last two months. I used a combination of sets on my card. To create my focal image, I stamped Lexie from Make Your Own Magic, masked her, then stamped the pumpkin and kitty from Harvest Blessings. The sentiment is from the Witch Willa set. The images were stamped in Memento Desert Sand Ink and coloured with Copics. I added some sparkle to Lexie's "spell" with Stickles, Zigg Wink of Stella and white acrylic paint.

For more magical inspiration, hop on over to the KKS blog to see what the other crafty girls and crafty guests have created. Then it's your turn to get inky! Make sure to submit your entry for your chance to win the monthly draw for a gift card to the KKS shop.

If you need a little kick start to your mojo, check out our August sketch...you can use it in any challenge or Wonderful Wednesday submission. You don't have to use the sketch, but if you do, you will get an additional chance to win the monthly gift card!


Take some time to browse the shop...all the newly released August stamps are in stock. The August Gimmie Kimmie's Kit is also still available...this kit includes the entire release for a discounted price but only for a limited time! Kimmie has also selected several stamps for this week's Frugal Friday sale...check them out HERE.

To keep up to date on all the latest KKS news, make sure to LIKE our Facebook page...we'd love to have you hang out with us!

Thanks for visiting. :)

Blessings,

Melanie

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Valentina Vampire...Kraftin' Kimmie August Release Day Blog Hop

Welcome to the release day blog hop for Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps! This past week we have shared projects featuring all the new August stamps that are now available for purchase at the KKS Online Shop! As always, the August release is Halloween themed to allow you lots of time to order your stamps and get creating before October!
This month's release includes: 
Today's hop will showcase projects by the Krafty Girls and Guests featuring all the new August stamps. The full hop list will be included at the end of my post.

When you are finished hopping, make sure to visit the KKS Shop to order your stamps! For those stampers who want it all, check out the August Gimmie Kimmies Kit...it included the full release at a discounted price, but only for a limited time! 

Kimmie has also put together Mini Kreepy Kits consisting of Halloween krafty goodies including patterned paper, cardstock and various embellishments. They are priced at only $9.99 (Canadian) so act fast if you want one! These kits are a great addition to your order...you'll be all set to create when your package arrives!

My card for today's hop features the ghoulish but gorgeous Valentina Vampire


I stamped the image in Memento Desert Sand ink on Neenah paper and coloured with Copics. Her eyes were shaded with Polychromos coloured pencils and I added some additional shading with a black Conte crayon applied with a paper blending stump. I added some decorative elements cut with a flourish die and the Ornate Hinge Die from SCACD.


Here's a look at the full stamp set:


As promised, here's the full hop list for today: 


Thanks for visiting!

Blessings, 

Melanie


Saturday, August 13, 2016

Happy Owl-oween...a Kraftin' Kimmie Sneak Peek and Challenge!

Welcome back to our FOURTH and final day of August Kraftin' Kimmie Peeks! We have TWO adorable new sets to share with you today from artist, Becky Pearce: 

HAPPY OWL-OWEEN: This set features three main images, several smaller accessory stamps and five sentiments for a total of 13 stamps.

HARVEST BLESSINGS: This set features three main pumpkin images, faces that you can stamp on the pumpkins if you choose, several smaller accessory stamps and four sentiments for a total of 13 stamps.



It's also challenge day and our hostess is Krafty Girl, Tangii! As always during release week, the challenge is ANYTHING GOES! So create a card, scrapbook page or altered item with any stamp but if you use a Kraftin' Kimmie stamp you'll double your chances to WIN!! You have a week to play with this challenge and at the end of the month, we'll announce a WINNER from all of the weekly challenges for August! We hope you can play along for your chance to WIN a $20 Gift Certificate to use on ANYTHING you want in the shop...link up your submissions at the KKS Blog



The AUGUST LIVE RELEASE PARTY  starts tonight at 6pm EST!! Hope you plan to come...just click on the link to take you to the FB page!

My card today features a combination of the two sets. The owl, sentiment and stars are from Happy Owl-oween, and the bats are from Harvest Blessings. The fun coordinating paper is from Doodlebug. The image was coloured initially with Copics and then touched up with Polychromos. 


The inside of my card includes a sentiment and the ghosts from Happy Owl-oween



Listed below are all the Krafty Girls and Guests who have projects to share today. While you're hopping around be sure to leave a comment because we are giving away a gift voucher!!! You could WIN some Krafty $$$ to spend at the shop!!!! There will be one winner from all the comments this week and it will be announced at the party tonight!

Thanks for visiting!

Blessings, 

Melanie

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Vanessa Vampire...a Kraftin' Kimmie Sneak Peek!

If you are a Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps fan, you'll know that AUGUST is always our HALLOWEEN release and it's probably our most popular release of the YEAR! If you're new to KKS, you're in for a fabulous treat! We are so excited to share this week's sneak peeks featuring the 2016 August Release stamp sets!!!


Today, the Krafty Girls are kicking things off with a couple of FANG-TASTIC sets from artist Annie Rodrigue called VALENTINA and VANESSA VAMPIRE! Each set comes with a stunning new vampire image plus 5 or 6 coordinating sentiments!!


At the end of my post, you will find links to all the Krafty Girls and Guest who have goodies to share with you today. While you're there, be sure to leave some love at each stop because one lucky commenter is going to WIN a gift voucher to the krafty shop! 

ALL of our brand new clear August release stamp sets will be available on Saturday night after the LIVE Online Release Party which begins at 6pm EST! I hope you can come hang out with us and have lots of krafty fun!!

Here's my sneak peek featuring Vanessa Vampire...isn't she awesome?! She was stamped in Memento Desert Sand Ink and coloured with Copics. I added the shading to her eyes with Polychromos coloured pencils. 



Here's a look at the full stamp set: 

As promised, here's the list of today's sneak peeks: 

Thanks for visiting!

Blessings, 

Melanie

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Butterfly Dreams Tag



Welcome to another Wonderful Wednesday at Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps...the theme is ANYTHING GOES!! So pull out your Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps and join in the fun!!

For your Wonderful Wednesday submission, you can use any stamp, any theme, any style, any design any project....it's totally up to you!! It must be a NEW creation and you can enter on the KKS Blog.  At the end of the month, one random winner will be chosen from all the submissions for the whole month and will receive a $20 Gift Card to the shop!!! 

Oh...in case you hadn't heard, the August sneak peeks start next week, so make sure to stay tuned!! Best way to stay up to date on the latest KKS news?? Join us at our Facebook Page by clicking "like"! 

I decided to pull out the beautiful Butterfly Dreams set by Becky Pearce to make a tag.  I started by sponging the Ranger tag with various distress inks and then spritzed with water. I then tore some Graphic 45 design paper and distressed it further by folding, inking and spritzing. I stamped two of the butterflies from the set in a light ink and coloured them with Polychromos coloured pencils. It's hard to tell from the picture, but the wings were given dimension by adding foam dots. 



If you need a bit of extra mojo, we post a SKETCH each month. You do not need to use the sketch, but if you choose to use it on any submission during the month, you'll get an additional chance to win the gift card. ;) Here's a look at this month's sketch. 


Hope you plan to play along...check out the KKS blog for more WW inspiration!

Blessings, 

Melanie

Saturday, July 30, 2016

Seeing Green at Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps

Hi everyone! Welcome to another challenge at Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps...this week's theme is "GREEN"!  We invite you to join in the challenge for a chance to WIN the monthly prize of a $20 gift card to the KKS Shop...feel free to enter as many times as you wish. You will have until August 5th at 11:55 pm EST to get your entries in!

A few items of note: 

Have you joined the Krafty Friends Facebrook group? It's the best place to keep up with all the latest news as well as sharing YOUR creations and getting inspired by other Krafty Friends!

This week's Frugal Friday specials are UP! Every Friday Kimmie puts a selection of stamps on sale at up to 50% off!! This is a great way to make a dent in your wish list. ;)

For this week's "Green" challenge, I pulled out two older stamps that I absolutely love. This ghoulish portrait was created by combining Hattie and Fabulous Frames 1.  In order to fit Hattie into the frame, I manipulated the width of the stamp by slightly pulling on either side before sticking it to my acrylic block. The frame was stamped in Memento Dessert Sand. I then created a mask by immediately stamping the frame on another piece of cardstock.  I cut out the inner portion of the frame from the mask and stuck it over my good image.  I then inked up Hattie and stamped her right over the mask to create the portrait. The image was coloured in Copics. I also added some additional shading with coloured pencils and Conte crayons. The background was created with Copics. I selected several colours and applied dots of ink with a "pouncing" motion. After multiple layers, I pounced the colourless blender over the entire background to create a watercolour effect. 


Time to go get inky and enter our Green challenge....hop on over the the KKS Blog for more inspiration from the Krafty Girls!!

Thanks for visiting,

Blessings, 

Melanie