Saturday, March 26, 2011
Tuesday, March 22, 2011
Saturday, March 19, 2011
Brigitte is perfect for those "pamper" gifts that are so fun to give...and fun to receive as well! This image would be fantastic on a card with an enclosed gift card to a spa or to a bath and body type store...or you could even use her for invitations to a spa-themed party! How about a pamper-yourself gift package for a new mom? Or for a bride-to-be? So many possibilities!!
Sunday, March 13, 2011
The hop starts over at the Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps Challenge Blog where you will find a complete list of all the blogs on today's hop. As you hop along, make sure to leave comments at each and every blog as Kimmie will be drawing random winners of some of the new stamps from the hop participants!!
Did you arrive here right from the Challenge Blog? If not, just pop over there first to start the hop at the beginning and to read over all the details of today's hop.
My card today features one of the new "Everyday Girls" by Annie Rodrigue...this is "Lucy". I fell in love with this cute little bookworm as soon as I saw her. I love to read...I've pretty much always got a book on the go. The patterned papers are from the Basic Grey Hopscotch collection and the paper with the script on it is from DCWV (Once Upon A Time stack). The sentiment "Everyone deserves a fairytale!" comes with Lucy...she also comes with a book accessory stamp and another sentiment that says "Reading is food for the soul." I used the Spellbinders Labels 8 set to create the panel Lucy is matted on. All three layers were created with the same size die from the set...only the red middle layer was actually run through my Cuttlebug to cut and emboss. I simply traced around the inner edge of the die for the patterned paper layer and then around the outside edge of the die for the blue layer...they were then hand cut with my favourite Cutterbee scissors. Although this doesn't provide as "clean" a cut as when using the dies as they were designed, you can always use a fine grit sandpaper to soften any rough/uneven spots. I really like to use this technique as I feel that the jump between die sizes is often too big for the "tighter" matting that I prefer to use.
Lucy was stamped on Neenah paper with Memento Ink and then coloured with Copic markers. After cutting her out, I ran a grey marker around the edge to conceal the white core of the Neenah. She was adhered directly to the paper with my favourite Tombow Mono Multi Liquid Glue (the one in the white bottle with the green lid...seriously the BEST glue I have ever used. I always try to have a spare bottle in my craft arsenal, as I'm completely lost without it, lol.) The open blue book was popped up on foam dimensionals.
Colours: Skin: E0000, E000, E00, E11, R20 Hair: E50, E30, E31, E33, E37, E59 Shorts: B32, B34, B37, B39, C9 Shirt: R32, R35, R37, R59, C9 Pillow: BG000, BG01, BG05, BG09, C9 Books: B12, B14, B37, C9, G82, G85, G99, E21, E25, E29
Don't forget to leave comments on every blog on the hop...you just might be one of the lucky winners of some new March stamps. :) When you finish the hop, make sure to visit the Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps Online Store to get your inky fingers on the new stamps! For those of you who "need" them all, the "Gimmie Kimmie's Kits" will again be available...if you buy the stamps as these kits, you will get to take advantage of a great discount!!
It is now my pleasure to send you off to visit with Krafty Girl Elaine Hughes...I guarantee you will be completely blown away by her project. Elaine is a colouring phenomenon!!
Have fun friends, and happy hopping!
Stamps: Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps "Lucy" and coordinating sentiment
Ink: Memento, Copics, Walnut Stain Distress Ink
Paper: Neenah, Bazzill, Basic Grey, DCWV
Embellishments: machine stitching
Tools: Spellbinders Labels 8
Saturday, March 12, 2011
Friday, March 11, 2011
Thursday, March 10, 2011
Alrighty landlubbers!! Off with ye' to the Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps Blog where ye' can feast yer eyes on all the sneak peaks by the Krafty Girls and Krafty Guests!! :)
Wednesday, March 9, 2011
We hope to see you back tomorrow with sneak peeks featuring the March images by one of our Krafty Artists!!
Ink: Memento Summer Sky, Stormy Sky Distress Ink
Embellishments: Ribbon, pearl
Tools: Spellbinders Lacey Circles, Circles, Bow-Easy, cloud template
Saturday, March 5, 2011
This lovely young mermaid is "Marina". I used some fun papers from Imaginesce. I matted her on the scalloped patterned paper because I thought it kind of looked like the scales I was trying to create on Marina's tail. To keep with the scalloped theme, I also pulled out my Lacey Circles Spellbinders and a Martha Stewart border punch. I used a little bit of white embroidery floss on the button and then added a little clamshell charm attached with jump rings. LOL...I had a bit of fun with the title of my post today. Do you remember what book talked about a goldfish kiss that made the sound "Pip!"??? Think waaay back to your childhood favourites. Think cats in hats, Pops that were hopped on, people houses, ham and eggs in less than traditional colours...gosh, I LOVED Dr. Seuss!! One of my many Seuss favourites was Mr. Brown Can Moo...and in that book, Mr. Brown could make the noise of a goldfish kiss...PIP! Too fun!! :)
Confession time...I was running a bit short on time this week so lucky for me I had this image already stamped out and partially coloured from a colouring demo I did at the Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps Booth at Scrapfest back in October. I honestly cannot remember the complete list colours I used on her tail, but taking a look at it I will guess that the following colours were included: YG00, YG11, YG63, YG67, G99, Y00, Y17. When colouring the Kraftin' Kimmie mermaids, I like to try to replicate the texture of scales on their fishy tails. I lay down my colour in little "U" shaped flicks...be very lighthanded with these strokes as you will be building up the depth of colour. If you are too heavy-handed, you will end up with too much ink saturating your paper and will loose the crispness of the strokes. It's these crisp and clean strokes that will create the appearance of actual scales. I layer the strokes heavier towards the outer edges of the tail, especially the outer edge that is furthest away from the light source. As I work towards the middle of the tail (and the highlighted area), I use fewer of these "U" shaped strokes...and I will use much lighter colours for them in this area. I take my lightest shades (in this case they were probably YG00 and YG11) and go over all the strokes to soften them slightly...remember you want to keep some of the strokes visible to create the texture. I always end up going back in to add more ink for additional depth and detail. As a final touch, I used some Smooch Illuminate and Stardust Stickles for a bit of "glam". :)
When I pulled out this partially coloured image, I had coloured her hair in tones of yellow but I wanted to change it up a bit so I started playing with some auburn tones layered over top. I'm guessing that the blonde base would have included some Y21, Y17, E50 and some E30's...not sure though as it was so long ago. The additional colours I added were E11, E13, E17, E99 and E59. The skin was most likely coloured with my go-to combo of E000, E00, E11 and R20.
If you play along this week, you could win Stella Strawberry, the stamp Jeanne used on her beautiful card this week! (just make sure to use a Kraftin' Kimmie Stamp on your project to be eligible) You can check out all the gorgeous projects created this week by my fellow Krafty Girls and our lovely Krafty Guests at the Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps Challenge Blog!
Thanks for stopping by today blog friends!! Your visits really do mean so much to me. I understand that life is very busy, and so the few minutes you take to stop by here at Paper Blessings is VERY much appreciated.
Stamps: Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps "Marina"
Ink: Memento, Copics
Paper: Neenah, Bazzill, Imaginesce
Embellishments: Crocheted trim, stretchy ribbon, button, embroidery floss, metal charm, machine stitching, Startdust Stickles, Smooch Illuminate
Tools: Martha Steward punch