Saturday, April 30, 2011
My card today features a quote from the Krafty Quotes #2 Set. I cheated a bit, and started with an unadorned patterned card from The Paper Studio...my best friend Amanda gave me a box of these cards. They have many of my favourite earthy colour combinations in gorgeous patterns and textures...all they need is a little embellishing, and they're good to go! I hunted through my, er, collection (aka my "hoard", lol) for some papers that would coordinate, and settled on using this striped paper from Basic Grey (Capella). It was cut out with my Spellbinders Labels 10. I traced around the outside edge of the die and hand cut a tight-mat out of brown cardstock. The crocheted trim is from the dollar store, and the flower are from Prima. Pretty much everything on my card was distressed...the paper edges were roughed up with a pair of scissors and several inks were applied with sponges. Even the flowers failed to escape my Distress Inks. :) I finished it off with a few dollar store pearls.
The Krafty Quote (Set #2) was stamped with Versafine Ink on Wassau cardstock. (When stamping, I separated the Quote to make it fit within the Spellbinders Fancy Tag I planned to use...thanks to my inability to stamp anything straight, this took me a few tries until I got it right. lol) I always keep a stack of this cardstock in my crafty stash...it comes in handy for sentiments, matting, interior of cards and various other uses. In keeping with my colour scheme, the white cardstock needed some extra attention to make it coordinate with the rest of the card. Before cutting it out, I applied Antique Linen and Walnut Stain Distress Inks with makeup sponges. I then used my Mini-Mister to apply water and dried it with my hair dryer (yes, I know...I need to get a heat tool! lol) I also added some Aspen Mist Chalk Ink, and played around with the ink layers until I was happy. The corners were rounded and the edges were distressed with scissors before adhering it to the brown cardstock cut with Spellbinders Fancy Tags.
If you play along with Andrea's "May Flowers" challenge this week, you could be the lucky winner of the stamp Andrea used on her gorgeous card...just make sure to use a Kraftin' Kimmie Stamp on your project to be eligible. For some flowery inspiration, hop on over to the Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps Blog to check out the beautiful projects by the Krafty Girls and our Krafty Guests.
I would like to take this opportunity to say a huge THANK YOU to the five lovely ladies who were our Krafty Guests this month...Deborah, Tanjii, Krista, Jenny and Amanda. You ladies did an AMAZING job!! It was an absolute pleasure to work alongside all of you throughout the month of April. :)
Enjoy the rest of your weekend and thanks so much for stopping by today!
Stamps: Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps "Krafty Quotes #2"
Ink: Versafine, Distress Ink (Antique Linen, Walnut Stain), Chalk Ink (Aspen Mist)
Paper: Cardbase from The Paper Studio, Basic Grey Capella, Wassau, Bazzill
Embellishments: Prima flowers, crocheted trim, pearls
Tools: Spellbinders Fancy Tags and Labels 10
Saturday, April 23, 2011
I still had one fairy left to ink up from this month's new release...this is the very, ahem, cheeky "Clarabelle"! lol I decided to use some pretty DCWV paper from the Once Upon A Time stack. I really love that paper collection! All papers were sponged with Walnut Stain Distress Ink. After cutting out a circle with my Spellbinders, I applied Scor Tape to the back edge and hand gathered some crocheted trim to make it "frilly". This layer was then adhered with pop dots to a layer of cardstock cut with the Spellbinders Lacey Circles. I added some machine stitching and pearls as finishing touches. (The ivory pearls were coloured with my E42 marker to coordinate with the colour scheme.)
Clarabelle was stamped on Neenah cardstock and coloured with Copics. After colouring, I realized the wings were too intense in colour for the papers so I sponged them with Antique Linen Distress Ink to create more of a muted look. Her wings were then given a coat of Stardust Stickles.
Colours: Skin: E000, E00, E11, R20 Hair: E50, E30, E31, E33, E35, E37, E59 Clothes: B91, B93, B95, B97, B99, C9, R30, R32, R35, R37, R59 Wings: RV000, RV02, R35, R37, R59, BG0000, B91, B93, B95, B97, C9
If you play along this week, you could be the lucky winner of the stamp seen on Krista's beautiful card...just make sure to use a Kraftin' Kimmie Stamp on your card to be eligible for the prize. Looking for some inspiration? Just hop on over to the Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps Blog to see all the gorgeous "Frilly" projects by the Krafty Girls and Krafty Guests.
Thanks so much for stopping by today, and I hope you have a wonderful Easter weekend. :)
Stamps: Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps "Clarabelle"
Ink: Copics, Memento, Distress Ink
Paper: Neenah, Bazzill, DCWV
Embellishments: Pearls, stitching, crocheted trim from Webster's Pages
Friday, April 22, 2011
For my card today, I used two of Crissy's newest digital images from Whimsy Stamps..."Meadow Background" and "New Chickie". I merged the images together before printing them out on Neenah cardstock. The paper is from October Afternoon.
We'd love to have you play along with us. You can link your project up on Sarah's post from the beginning of the month, HERE. (just look for the Inlinkz button at the end of her post) All rules for entering challenges at Sundays With Crissy can be found in the sidebar of the challenge blog.
(sorry for the short post today folks...we've got company arriving as I'm typing! lol)
Stamps: Crissy's "New Chickie" and "Meadow Background" from Whimsy Stamps
Paper:Neenah, Bazzill, October Afternoon
Tools: Martha Stewart Punch
Sunday, April 17, 2011
The hop begins over at the Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps Challenge Blog where you will find a complete list of the blogs on today's hop. As you hop along, make sure to leave comments on each and every blog, as Kimmie will be drawing some lucky stampers who will win packages of some of the new stamps!
If you've been hopping along in order, you should have arrived here after visiting with the super sweet Angie...her work is always so gorgeous! (if not, just pop on over to the Challenge Blog so that you don't miss any blogs along the way.
For my card today, I have used two of Annie Rodrigue's beautiful new fairies. These two gorgeous gals are "Isabelle" and "Rosabelle". I've had this sheet of pretty KaiserCraft paper in my stash for a while now, and knew it would be perfect for the new fairies. I love the pattern on this paper, so I decided not to cover it up with a fussy layout. I pulled out a bunch of flowers and played around with a few combinations. I have to say that this is probably the most elaborate flower grouping I've ever put on a card, lol. All the flowers are from Prima. I did add some Stardust Stickles to the mini roses and hydrangeas to coordinate with the large glittered rose. The laser-cut corner embellishments are available at Make It Crafty...I just gave them a few coats of white craft paint and topped that off with Smooch Illuminate. The sentiment comes with Isabelle. It was stamped in Versafine Ink, cut out with Spellbinders Fancy Tags, sponged with Milled Lavender Distress Ink and coated with Smooch Illuminate. The fairies' wings were also glammed-up with Stardust Stickles...there is no shortage of shimmer on this card, lol. Finishing touches include machine stitching and dollar store pearls.
Here's a closer look at "Isabelle":
Copics: Skin: E000, E00, E11, R20 Hair: E50, Y21, E30, E31, E33, E37, 59 Dress: BG0000, B91, B93, B95, B97, C9 Wings: YG11, BG0000, RV000
And a close up of "Rosabelle":
Copics: Skin: E000, E00, E11, E21, R20 Hair: E50, E30, E31, E33, E37, E59 Clothes: RV000, V01, V12, V9, BG0000, BG10, BG11, BG72, BG75, C9 Wings: RV000, V12, BG10, BG0000, B60, blender Mushroom: I am not going to list the colours I used on the mushroom because I tend to go by memory when I'm doing up my posts. The pile of markers on the table was immense and I cannot remember all of them, lol. I "dotted" several layers of browns, yellows and greens to develop the depth, and finally went in with C9 to achieve the deepest shadows.
Time for me to send you off to visit with the lovely Jeanne...just wait until you see what she has created for your viewing pleasure!
When you are done hopping, please make sure to visit the Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps Online Store, because the new stamps are now available for purchase!
Happy hopping...and don't forget to leave those comments for your chance to win some new April stamps!
Stamps: Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps "Isabelle" and coordinating sentiment, "Rosabelle" Ink: Memento, Versafine, Copics, Milled Lavender Distress Ink Paper: Neenah, Bazzill, KaiserCraft Embellishments: Smooch Illuminate, Stardust Stickles, assorted Prima flowers, corner embellishments from Make It Crafty, pearls, Martha Stewart punch, Spellbinders Fancy Tags, machine stitching
Saturday, April 16, 2011
First, let's talk about the challenge. Your lovely hostess this week is the very talented Tara Godfrey. She has come up with a fabulous and fun challenge...Krafty Bingo! On the challenge blog, you will find a "bingo card" created by Tara. Your task is to create a "BINGO" by using any combination of embellishments on the chart that will form a row vertically, horizontally or diagonally. How fun it that?!
Now, let's talk NEW STAMPS!! Annie Rodrigue continues to delight and amaze us each month with her creativity. Her characters are always so vibrant, fun and sometimes even a little cheeky...I love them!
This month, Annie has created a gorgeous collection of five fairies. For my card today, I used "Lilybelle" and "Tallulahbelle". My "Bingo" consisted of Bling, Ribbon and a Punch.(remember, you can find the bingo card on the challenge blog) This is one of those few occasions where I coloured my images before I picked out paper...big NO NO. I spent soooo much time pouring through my paper trying to find something to match these two pretty fairies. I finally settled on some paper from K&Company and Pink Paislee. I fear I may have cheated a bit on the bingo card challenge though...when I saw the "bling" option, I immediately thought of using Stardust Stickles on the fairy wings. However, when I went back to check the bingo card after I was done, I realized that one of the other options was "glitter". Oops. Well, the "bling" option on the bingo card actually reads "Bling or Gems", so maybe we'll count the pearls as gems. :) The decorative border was created with a Martha Stewart Punch. The sentiment on my card comes with another one of the new fairies, "Rosabelle". I stamped it with Versafine Ink. Oh my goodness, why did I not know how wonderful Versafine Ink is for stamping sentiments?? I think it was Krafty Girl Andrea who shared this tidbit with me. (I'm sure many of you probably already knew this.) Seriously though, this ink is awesome for stamping sentiments or finely detailed stamps...but NOT if you intend to colour them with your Copics, as it is definitely not Copic compatible. It grabs every little bit of your stamp and creates a wonderful crisp and clean impression. Love it. :)
I was inspired by my fellow Krafty Girls and our Krafty Guests in their use of more adventurous hair colours...so I thought I would venture out of my comfort zone for "Tallulahbelle's" hair, and attempted to make it coordinate with her wings. What do you think? I'm still not sure about it. lol Her hair really is fun to colour though, no matter which colours you choose to make it. Those corkscrew curls are awesome! As I chose to cut out both fairies, I had to hand draw in their antennae after adhering them to the paper. (there was no way that I was going to try to fussy-cut something that delicate! lol)
Colours: Skin: E50, E13, E25, E29, E59 Dress: RV000, R83, R85, R89, V12, C5 Wings: RV000, R83, V01, YG11, BG000, B91 Hair: BG0000, B32, B34, B39, YG11, RV000, R83
Here's a closer look at the sweet "Lilybelle". I popped one of her wings up on a foam dimensional square:
Colours: Skin: E000, E00, E11, R20 Hair: E50, E30, E31, E33, E37, E59 Dress: G20, G82, G85, G99, C9 Wings: RV000, B91, YG11, BG0000
If you play along with the Krafty Bingo Challenge this week, you could be the lucky winner of "Rosabelle", the stamp seen on Tara's gorgeous card! Just make sure to include a Kraftin' Kimmie Stamp on your project. For your viewing pleasure, please stop by the Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps Blog to see the Bingo creations by the incredible Krafty Girls and our fantastic Krafty Guests...these ladies have been doing an amazing job with the challenges and release this month! We're so happy to have them playing along with us. Please make sure to stop by their blogs and leave them a bit of love. :) (you will find links to everybody's individual blogs at the Challenge Blog)
Only one more sleep folks! Tomorrow is the big release day, and we've got an incredible blog hop planned for you! Please join us tomorrow for all the fun!
Thanks for stopping by!
Stamps: Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps "Lilybelle", "Tallulahbelle" and sentiment that comes with "Rosabelle"
Ink: Memento, Copics, VersafinePaper: Neenah, Bazzill, K&Company, Pink Paislee
Embellishments: Stardust Stickles, ribbon, brad (Spare Parts), machine stitching, pearls
Tools: Martha Stewart Punch, Bow Easy
Friday, April 15, 2011
For my card today, I chose to use the adorable "Chef Sheldon"...how cute is this little guy?! Steven's cute little tykes this month are perfect for cards, tags, party favours, scrapbook layouts...so many possibilities! The paper is from October Afternoon. The sentiment is from Kimmie's "Everyday Sentiments Set".
Chef Sheldon was coloured with Copics on Neenah paper. I had initially intended for his hat to be white, and used my E40 range to shade it. However, after I was done, I realized that a green hat would suit the paper much better, so I started laying down greens over top of the original colour.
Copics: Skin: E000, E00, E11, E21 Hair: E30, E31, E33, E37, E59, Hat: (first attempt: E50, E41, E42, E47) G20, G82, G85, G99, E49 were then layered over top Apron: G20, G82, G85, E49 Shirt: R37, E59, C9 Lettering: R37 Oven Mitts: BG0000, BG10, BG11, BG72, BG75, C9 Shoes: E50, E31, E25, E59 Pie tin: C9, C5 Crust: E50, E31, E33, E37, E59
To see some more sneak peeks of the new stamps by Steven Leary, hop on over to the Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps Blog where you will find a list of links to the Krafty Girls and Krafty Guests who have previews to share!
Please join us tomorrow for our weekly challenge, and another round of sneak peeks featuring new stamps by another Krafty artist...oh, and don't forget to plan to join us for the official release day blog hop on Sunday!
Thanks so much for stopping by, and enjoy the rest of your day!
Stamps: Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps "Chef Sheldon" and "Everyday Sentiments" Ink: Memento, Copics Paper: Neenah, Bazzill, October Afternoon Embellishments: Button, twine
Tools: Spellbinders Lacey Squares
Thursday, April 14, 2011
Today, we're kicking off the sneak peeks with projects featuring the brand new "Krafty Quotes #3". I have been loving the addition of this line to Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps. They can of course be combined with many of the Kraftin' Kimmie image stamps, but they are perfect for so many other applications as well. They look beautiful on cards, scrapbook layouts, altered items...so many possibilities. "Krafty Quotes #3" includes four larger sized quotes .
My card today features the quote by Eleanor Roosevelt, "A woman is like a tea bag-you can't tell how strong she is until you put her in hot water". The sentiment was stamped in Walnut Stain Distress Ink. After stamping, I realized that I failed to apply an even pressure which resulted in some of the letters not stamping perfectly. Rather than stamping again, I thought I would just use it to my advantage and go for a bit of a distressed look. The paper edges were distressed with scissors and sponged with the Distress Ink. I also created a coordinating flower with the Spellbinders Lacey Circles. The centre of the flower is a dollar store metal brad. The little teacup is actually an accessory stamp that comes with an older Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps, "Gabrielle". It was stamped with the Distress Ink and lightly shaded with Conte Crayons. To finish it off, I added some flourishes that were created with Spellbinders Doodle Parts, some dollar store pearls and a few leaves.
Please visit the Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps Blog for a complete list of links to the Krafty Girls and our lovely Krafty Guests who are participating in today's Krafty Quotes #3 sneak peeks.
I hope to see you back tomorrow for another round of previews featuring some new stamps by one of Kimmie's Krafty Artists!
Thanks so much for stopping by today. :)
Stamps: Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps "Krafty Quotes #3", "Gabrielle's" teacup accessory stamp Ink: Walnut Stain Distress Ink, Conte Crayons Paper: Bazzill, Kraft Carstock, the design paper was all from my scrap bin...sorry not sure of the company Embellishments: Dollar store pearls and brad, leaves Tools: Spellbinders Lacey Circles, Labels 8
Monday, April 4, 2011
For the whole month of April, you can purchase the images as a set or individually (your choice) by visiting THIS PAGE on the Whimsy store site. Please consider helping this special cause by purchasing one or all of the digital images we are offering.
If you have landed here after visiting the lovely Mary Lou's blog, you are right on track. If you have come here randomly and would like to start hopping from the beginning, please go to Crissy's blog. She has the blog rotation order posted if you need to refer to it.
The amazing ladies of two design teams have come together to host this blog hop for you! Crissy's Crew from Sundays With Crissy and Denise's DT from Whimsy Stamps have joined forces to design some amazing jaw dropping creations for you. You have seven days to hop through all the blogs and enjoy all the lovely creations from these talented people. The hop runs from now through til Sunday April 10 at noon. There will be several opportunities to win blog candy! Four random commenters will get a chance to receive one of the three individual images or Ann's sentiment set. So be sure to leave comments all along the way for your chance at a free digi! Also, if you post the "Help for Japan" button on your blog's sidebar, you can enter into the draw for the grand prize! The grand prize will consist of the entire digital set made just for this cause as well as a gift certificate donated by Ann of Raindrop Echo Designs worth 10$ to use at the Whimsy Stamps store! To enter, you must help us advertise for this cause by posting the "Help Japan" button on your blog's side bar (just grab it from my side bar) and then get your name on the Inlinkz option on Crissy's post so we can be sure to find the winner.
For my card today, I have used the beautiful image Crissy drew for this cause. This is "Heartfelt Angel". The papers are from the Basic Grey Hopscotch collection. I sponged the white doily and the white paper-punched mat with Antique Linen Distress Ink. The sentiment (from CC Designs) was stamped in Stormy Sky Distress Ink. The distress ink was also used to stamp the swirls (Impression Obsession) on the background paper behind the image. I used some fantastic laser cut chipboard embellishments from Make It Crafty (thanks Zoe!!!)...I used two different sets, "Flower Leaf Embellishments" and "Swirly Corners". After applying a few coats of white acrylic craft paint with a makeup sponge, I used another sponge to apply some Antique Linen Distress Ink. Finally, the laser cut embellishments were covered with a light coat of Smooch Illuminate. The little pears are from the dollar store.
"Heartfelt Angel" was printed on Neenah cardstock and then coloured with Copic markers. I also added some additional shading with my Conte Crayons and a paper blending stump.
Colours: Hair: E50, E30, E31, E33, E37, Y21 Skin: E000, E00, E11, R20 Dress: B91, B93, B95, B97, BG000, C5 Wings and sash: E50, E53, E57 (the colourless blender was also used on the wings) Bubble wand: E30, Y17 Bubbles: RV000, V01, BG11, BG0000 (and Smooch Illuminate)
Next you'll want to visit Sylvia's blog to continue hopping. Thank you so much for stopping by, and for your support of this very worthy cause.
Stamps: , CC Designs " Amy R's Thank you Sentiments" and Impression Obsession's "Flourish 2"Ink: Copic markers,Distress Ink Paper: Neenah, Bazzill, Basic Grey Embellishments: Make It Crafty's "Flower Leaf Embellishments" and "Swirly Corners", doily, machine stitching, pearls, Smooch Illuminate
Saturday, April 2, 2011
Amanda, Deborah, Jenny, Krista and Tanjii!
Congrats ladies! A big shout out as well to each and every stamper who entered Kimmie's contest. I know that it was not an easy descision, as EVERYBODY submitted such fantastic work. :)
Ok, our lovely hostess for the first challenge in April is Donna Wardle...I always drool over Donna's work. Not only is her colouring gorgeous, but she has such a fantastic style as well. Donna's challenge is to use "Stripes" on your project.
Well, it just so happens that I had yet to ink up "Stripes The Zebra"...how perfect is he for this challenge?? The striped design paper is from Prima. The "Just Wanted to Say Hello" sentiment is from the Everyday Sentiments set...this is a fantastic set to have in your stamp collection. It includes a ton of sentiments to suit so many different occasions. I stamped the sentiment on white cardstock and then applied some Antique Linen Distress Ink, as the white cardstock would have been too stark against the design papers. The sentiment was then mounted on a Spellbinders Ribbon Tag.
I stamped Stripes on Neenah paper with Memento Tuxedo Black ink and coloured him with Copic markers. I added in just a little extra shading with my Conte Crayons and a paper blending stump. The sky was created with a handcut cloud template, a make-up sponge and Memento Ink in Summer Sky. Stardust Stickles were applied to the butterfly wings.
Copics: Stripes: E50, E53, E57, C9, C5 C3, C1, C00 Butterfly: RV000, RV10, R83, YG11, BG0000, BG000, BG01, BG09, E25, E29, E50 Grass: YG00, YG03, YG63, YG67, G21, G95, G99
Wanna play along? You could win yourself the stamp Donna used on her stunning card this week. Just make sure to include a Kraftin' Kimmie stamp on your project...you can go shopping HERE. Make sure to stop by the Kraftin' Kimmie Stamp Challenge Blog to check out all the beautiful projects by the Krafty Girls and our Krafty Guests. (just click on the links to visit their individual blogs to leave them some love!!)
Just wondering...how many of you "locals" are heading to Scrapfest in Kitchener next weekend?? Well, if you are planning to attend, make sure to stop by the Kraftin' Kimmie Booth (#220)! You can stock up on your Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps, meet Kimmie and spend some time hanging out with all of us in the booth! Several of the Krafty Girls will be there doing colouring demos throughout the day. We look forward to meeting everybody attending! Make sure to stash some cash into your wallets, as Kimmie's booth will be CASH ONLY!!
Thanks so much for taking the time to pop in for a wee visit! I'll be back on Monday with a very special post for a very special cause. I hope to see you then. :)
Stamps: Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps "Stripes the Zebra" and "Everyday Sentiments" Paper: Neenah, Bazzill, Prima Ink: Copics, Memento Embellishments: Stitching, Stardust Stickles, buttons Tools: Spellbinders Ribbon Tag Trio