Paper Blessings

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Play a Happy Tune!

Welcome back to another day of our APRIL Kraftin' Kimmie Peeks!!! We are thrilled to share the newest set of four images with matching sentiments from THAIS called MONSTER HUGS!!


This week our challenge hostess is Sharon and her challenge is ANYTHING GOES!! So create a card, scrapbook page or altered item with a Kraftin' Kimmie stamp with no restrictions...use any sketch, any design, any embellishments because Anything Goes! We hope you can play along for your chance to WIN some NEW Kraftin' Kimmie rubbah!!!

Here's my card featuring one of the adorable monsters and sentiments from Monster Hugs. These sweet monsters totally remind me of the cartoon My Pet Monster, which I adored as a child! This is a fun set that I'm sure you'll reach for time and time again as it's great for both girls and boys. I used Spellbenders for matting the image and sentiment. I also used a fun MFT die to add some additional music notes. 



Here's a shot of the full Monster Hugs set:


Are you join us for our LIVE ONLINE RELEASE PARTY!!! Hope you can join us for all the fun and excitement and prizes!!! We'll be releasing all the new stamps you've seen this week after the party at 11am EDT!! You can read all the details about how you can join us RIGHT HERE!

All the Krafty Girls listed below have lots of super FUN designs to show you featuring these sweet new stamps from Thais! And while you're hopping around, be sure to leave a comment because we are giving away some stamps!!! You could WIN this new set of stamps!!!!! {All of this week's winners will be announced later this week!}

So come and hang out with us in a couple of hours for all the LIVE action krafty fun at the release party and then come on back here tomorrow to check out the release day blog hop! The design team over at Kit & Clowder are helping us to launch the new stamps this month! We'll have lots of surprises for you, including an Easter Egg Hunt, a Customer Competition and ALL the new stamps will be available TODAY at the KKStamps Shop!!

Thanks for stopping by!

Blessings, 

Melanie

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Rainy Day Fun with Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps!

Welcome to day ONE of our APRIL Kraftin' Kimmie Previews!!! Today, we're introducing a cute new set featuring Lulu, Lexi and Lucas by artist Cheryl Alger to help us welcome spring...get ready for some RAINY DAY FUN!!

The Krafty Girls and Guests listed at the end of my post have lots of FUN designs to show you. Make sure to hop over to visit each of them and leave comments because we are giving away one of the new sets and YOU could WIN!! {All of this week's winners will be announced at the online party on our Facebook page Saturday morning!}

I spent last weekend at Scrapfest in Kitchener with some of my favourite Krafty friends! We had a blast...love hanging out with those girls!! Not only did we have a ton of fun, but we were also really productive! I finished three cards for this month's release which is definitely a record for me at a crop. This is the first card I completed last weekend for a sketch challenge at the crop. We also had to use three items received in our goodie bags...these included the design paper, the cute burlap tree and a "handmade by" stamp which is on the back of my card. I used my favourite image from the Rainy Day Fun set...aren't those frogs adorable??!! The "adventure" sentiment is from the paper pad, but this stamp set comes with several coordinating sentiments. The decorative border around the image was created with an MFT die and the sentiment was mounted on a tag cut with a Spellbinders set. 


Here's a shot of the full Rainy Day Fun set: 


Stay tuned to the KKS Blog for more great previews this week! And ALL the new APRIL stamps will be available on Saturday morning at the KKStamps Shop!!

Here's the full list of today's previews: 

Thanks for stopping by!

Blessings, 

Melanie

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Animals!

Good morning everybody!! Hope you all have a fantastic weekend planned...I'm spending mine at Scrapfest with Kimmie and a bunch of krafty friends!! I'm sure we'll be uploading pictures on facebook. ;)

Our challenge today is Animals. There are so many great Kraftin' Kimmie stamps that suit this challenge!

I used one of the cute images from the new Down on the Farm 2 set. I love this sweet stamp of Lulu surrounded by her animal friends. I used some snippets of MME paper to create this 4"x4" notecard. Lulu was stamped in Memento on Neenah paper. Her shirt was paper-pieced with the MME paper and I added some shading with my markers.



Skin: E000, E00, E11, RV95  Hair: E50, E31, E33, E37, E59, BV29  Jeans: B91, B93, B95, B97, C5, C7  Shoes: C3, C5, C7   Bunnies: C00, C1, C3, C5, RV42  Birds: Y21, Y15, E17, E97  Grass: YG00, YG03, YG25, YG67, G99, C7 (my apologies...I forgot to record the colours for the fence I will make sure to do that next time!)

Make sure to pop on over to the KKS Blog to see the rest of the incredible Animal projects by the rest of the Krafty Girls and our lovely Krafty Guests! We hope you will join in the challenge this week for your chance to win!!

Oh, and check out the SPECIALS section on the store site for the Spring Has Sprung sale! Kimmie has put nearly 200 stamps/sets on sale for 20-50% off! Don't miss out on these great deals!

Thanks for stopping by. :)

Blessings,

Melanie

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

It's Time for another Wonderful Wednesday with Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps!

Welcome to another Wonderful Wednesday challenge with Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps and as always....it's ANYTHING GOES!! 

Your submission must use at least one Kraftin' Kimmie Stamp but can be any theme, any style, any design and it can be a card, a scrapbook page, an altered item....you name it!! It must be a NEW creation and you can enter on this post until Tuesday, April 15th!! What do you think.....wanna WIN??

**Please note that you are more than welcome to combine this Wonderful Wednesday Share to Win challenge with other challenges, BUT not our regular weekly challenges. This must be a new and different creation than anything you create for our Saturday challenges.

My Wonderful Wednesday card for this week features Dorothy. This is the image I used in my first video tutorial on colouring pleats that was posted Monday over at the Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps YouTube Channel. Feel free to hop over there to have a peek...but maybe grab a cup of coffee first, because what I thought would be fifteen minutes actually turned into a little over half an hour. lol  You can find the video HERE.  I think the paper is Authentique. I used a paper doily, some beaded trim I picked up at the fabric store, some die cut flourishes made with a Memory Box Die and some pearls.



Skin: E000, E00, E11, RV95  Hair: E50, E31, E33, E37, E59, BV29 Dress: B91, B93, B95, B97, BV29, C5 and C7  Underskirt: C1, C3, C5  Basket: E40, E41, E43  Toto: W1, W3, W5

Pop on over to the KKS Blog for some more Wonderful Wednesday inspiration...we're excited to see what you create!!

P.S. What do you think about a SPRING SALE???!! Well, it starts on Thursday, so keep your eyes peeled for more information!

Thanks for stopping by!

Blessings, 

Melanie

Monday, April 7, 2014

My First Video Tutorial for Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps!!

Good morning everybody! I hope you all had a fantastic weekend, and that your Monday is off to a fantastic start. :)


Did you know that Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps has a YouTube channel??!! There have been several fantastic videos posted by Kimmie and the Krafty Girls featuring krafty tips and tutorials...it's a great place for learning and inspiration!


Which leads me to the subject of my post...I FINALLY recorded a video tutorial! GASP. I know...I've been saying for ages that I would do one, but to be honest, I've been a little scared and so I've kept putting it off. I finally swallowed my fear and did it...and maybe it wasn't quite as scary as I thought it would be. ;)


My first tutorial is on colouring pleats and features the Kraftin' Kimmie Stamp "Dorothy" from the Wizard of Oz collection. I coloured most of the image in advance, leaving a section of the skirt for the video with the intention of keeping it to about 15 minutes. Wishful thinking, lol. I'm really slow with colouring, and so the video is just over 30 minutes. I tried not to babble too much, but you might want to grab a cup of coffee or tea and get comfy before settling in to watch! Click HERE for the video. (If you're interested, the colour combo used for the dress is:  B91, B93, B95, B97, BV29, C5 and C7)


Thanks in advance for watching...and also to all those who have asked for a video. Your encouragement means so much!


Make sure to watch the other videos on the Kraftin' Kimmie YouTube channel, and stay tuned the KKS blog for updates on challenges, releases, tips, tutorials, specials and any other Krafty news!


Thanks for stopping by!


Blessings,


Melanie

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Melaina...A Wonderful Wednesdays Challenge!

Welcome to another Wonderful Wednesday challenge and the last one for March!! And as always....it's ANYTHING GOES!!
Your submission must use at least one Kraftin' Kimmie Stamp but can be any theme, any style, any design and it can be a card, a scrapbook page, an altered item....you name it!! It must be a NEW creation and you can enter on this post until Tuesday, April 1st when the winner for March will be announced!! What do you think.....wanna WIN??
**Please note that you are more than welcome to combine this Wonderful Wednesday Share to Win challenge with other challenges, BUT not our regular weekly challenges. This must be a new and different creation than anything you create for our Saturday challenges.

I pulled out one of the fabulous Kraftin' Kimmie Sprites...this is Melaina.I used some older Prima papers, distressed the edges and sponged them with Walnut Stain Distress Ink. Her dress was paper-pieced...I added some shading to the dress with my makers.The paper doily was sponged with Antique Linen and Walnut Stain Distress Ink. The flower is also Prima. I centered it with a vintage brad and added some vines cut with a Memory Box Die. I also added a little key charm. Melaina was stamped in Memento Rich Cocoa and coloured with Copics. I used a thin Copic multiliner to add some definition to the eyes. I love stamping in brown ink because it gives such a soft look, but sometimes you need a little black to make thing pop. ;) I also went over her eyebrows with my E33 to tie them in with her hair. By the way, that hair is a blast to colour!! The background was created by stippling in various browns, keeping the darkest colour closest to the image and fading it out towards the edges. The ink was applied with a light "pouncing" motion. The final marker used in this technique was the colourless blender to mimic a watercolour effect. Oh, and I added some Stardust Stickles to her wings.

 
Skin: E000, E00, E11, RV95 Hair: E50, E31, E33, E37, E59, BV29   Eyes: BG93, G20 Shading on paper-pieced dress: BG93, BG70, W3, W5, W7  Wings BG000, BG70, BG93, E40, E43, W00 Background: W00, E40, E41, E42, E43, blender
 
Make sure to hop on over the KKS Blog to check out the rest of the Wonderful Wednesday inspiration courtesy of the Krafty Girls and Guests...hope you can play along! :)

Thanks for visiting!

Blessings,

Melanie

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Time for a New Release at Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps!!

We're so excited! It’s our MARCH RELEASE Day at KRAFTIN' KIMMIE STAMPS!! And we’re celebrating with a KRAFTY HOP!! So grab yourself a cuppa joe, sit back and be prepared for some krafty eye kandy! We're going to inspire your creations with our fun, new stamps!

Over the last few days in our Krafty Peeks, we have shared lots of AMAZING new stamps from all our artists for our March release! We’ve got something for everyone!! We’ve got a very unique new SLOTH set from Thai called WANNA HANG? There's an awesome new a-MOO-zing new set from Cheryl called DOWN ON THE FARM 2! Lastly, we are SO excited to share a SASSY new Moonlight Whispers stamp set....SHOW STOPPERS!

My hop card features one of the brand new Show Stoppers...I adore this image! I stamped her Memento Rich Cocoa...I love the softer look of the brown ink. She was coloured with Copics. The corner embellishments are Fancy Flower and Key Corner from Dies by SCACD and the flourishes are a Memory Box die. I love these papers, but they were the last snippets in my scrap box. They are a few years old, and I think they may be been from TPC, but I'm not sure. All paper edges were distressed and sponged with brown ink. I added some dollar store pearls as a finishing touch. 


Skin: E000, E00, E11, RV95, RV42  Hair: E50, E31, E33, E37, E59, BV29  Clothes: BG70, BG72, BG75, C5, C7, E41, E42, E43, E49  Feathers: E40, E41, E42, E43, E49


You will get to see ALL of the new images today as you sit back and enjoy our MARCH Krafty Hop! As you hop from blog to blog, be sure to leave a comment at each and every stop because some lucky stampers will win packages of these incredible stamps from the new release!! And when you’re done hoppin’, be sure to head over to the Kraftin’Kimmie shop, because ALL the new images are available NOW! And don't forget...if you NEED it all, we have a Gimme Kimmies Kit which features ALL the new March stamps at a discount!!

OH AND we have a bunch of new PAPER PADS in the shop for you today!! There are brand new lines by Simple Stories, Bo Bunny, MME, American Crafts, Graphic 45 and Kaisercraft!! There are also a bunch of restocks of most requested paper pads!!!

Here's the hop list: 

Thanks for visiting!

Blessings, 

Melanie