Paper Blessings

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Time for a flashback at Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps!

Good morning everybody...welcome to our weekly challenge at Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps! We have a GREAT theme for you this week. Those of you who have been long time KKS fans are going to have a lot of fun with this one! Krafty Girl Jammie is challenging us to use a RETIRED STAMP on our projects! While we absolutely LOVE all the new releases, it's fun to open our personal KKS vaults and show a little love to our older stamps. ;)

Play along with our theme for your chance to win a $20.00 gift card to the KKS shop. We will draw one winner per month from all Saturday challenges...you can enter as many times as you want!

If you haven't already, make sure to join the Krafty Friends FB group to stay up to date on all the latest news. Make sure to share your creations there so we can see what you are up to!

Did you order the new July release stamps yet? They are all available in the KKS shop. While you're there, make sure to check out the Frugal Friday specials. Oh, and also take a peek at the KIT section. ;)

If you need a little kick start to your krafty mojo, make sure to check out our monthly sketch at the KKS challenge blog. You don't need to use it of course, but if you do use it in any challenge this month, you will get an extra chance to win the gift card!

This challenge was a lot of fun for me. I have been on the KKS team since almost the very beginning! I began as a guest designer, and Kimmie has been stuck with me every since. ;)  So when Jammie posted this challenge, I was tasked with the HUGE job of looking through many years worth of stamps! It was fun to take a trip down memory lane to revisit some favourite characters. I have to say, it was tough choosing which stamps to use! I finally settled on one that I absolutely love...this fabulous stamp by Annie Rodrigue is called PERFECT POISON. I've used her a few times over the years, but I'm not sure that I ever coloured her in the no-lines technique. I stamped her in Memento Desert Sand and coloured her with Copics. I added a lot of dark shading with green undertones to her skin, eyes and hair to hint at a reflection from the bottle. After I was done, I added some smokey shading with a black conte crayon applied with a paper blending stump...I concentrated a lot of this shading around her eyes. Instead of a card, I painted a canvas in acrylics, fussy cut her out and adhered her to the canvas board.


Hope you plan to play along this week!

Thanks for visiting. :)

Blessings,

Melanie

Sunday, July 16, 2017

July 2017 Release Day Blog Hop at Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps!

Good morning and welcome to our July release blog hop with Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps! Grab a cup of coffee or tea, get comfy and plan to spend a bit of time with us seeing how you can use these amazing new stamps! 

The July release includes: 
  1. FEARLESS FARRAH 
  2. PAMPER ME PAULINA
  3. SOCIAL SALLY
  4. BESSIE BUS STOP
  5. READING LEXI
  6. MONKEY BUSINESS
  7. WOODLAND WONDERS

At the end of my post, you will find links to all the Krafty Design Team members and Guests who have designs to share with you today featuring these new sets. 

My card today features the adorable READING LEXI! I absolutely love this sweet image. Reading is one of my favourite leisure activities...has been since I was a little girl! I stamped the image on Neenah cardstock and coloured with Copics. 

Grass and leaves: YG41, YG63, YG67, BG94, G99  Sky: BG000  Hair: E31, E33, E37, E59, BV29  Skin: E000, E00, E11, E04  Shirt: RV35, R89  Pants: B95, B97, B99  Shoes: E42, E43, E77  Dog: W3, W5, W7  Tree trunk: E31, E33, E25, E50, E59

Here's a look at the full stamp set:

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Here's the hop list: 


Thanks for visiting!

Blessings, 

Melanie

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Day 5 Kraftin' Kimmie July Sneak Peeks...Woodland Wonders!

Good morning and welcome to Day 5, the final round of our July Krafty Peeks at Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps! We are also combing these sneak peeks with our weekly challenge, and the theme is ANYTHING GOES! Make sure to play along for your chance to win a gift card to the KKS shop. 

Today we are introducing an adorable set by our newest artist Melissa Baker-Nguyen...WOODLAND WONDERS! These cute little critters and accessories are perfect for quick cards, tags, journals, layouts, etc...or you could combine them for a great forest scene! There are 7 main images with several accessories and sentiments for a total of 18 stamps!

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At the end of my post, you will find links to all the Krafty Design Team members and Guests who have designs to share with you today featuring these two new sets. Be sure to hop around and leave lots of love at each and every stop because one lucky stamper will WIN a gift voucher to the krafty shop.The winner will be announced at the LIVE Online Release Party this Saturday afternoon...just click on the link and let us know you are planning to attend!

I used one of fox images from WOODLAND WONDERS for my card today; the sentiment is also part of the set. I stamped the main image on Canson Mi Tientes paper and coloured with Polychromos coloured pencils blended with Gamsol. 



Here's a look at the full stamp set:

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And here's the hop list:


Thanks for joining us today!

Blessings, 

Melanie

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

July 2017 Kraftin' Kimmie Sneak Peeks...Pamper Me Paulina!

Good morning and welcome to Day 2 of our July Krafty Peeks at Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps! Over the next several days, we will be introducing a total of 7 incredible new sets!!

Today we are sharing sneak peeks of 2 more sets from artist Annie Rodrigue...FEARLESS FARRAH and PAMPER ME PAULINA!

At the end of my post, you will find links to all the Krafty Design Team members and Guests who have designs to share with you today featuring these two new sets. Be sure to hop around and leave lots of love at each and every stop because one lucky stamper will WIN a gift voucher to the krafty shop.The winner will be announced at the LIVE Online Release Party this Saturday afternoon...just click on the link and let us know you are planning to attend!

My card today features the lovely PAMPER ME PAULINA! Life is busy, and we all need to take a little time for some TLC...this image is perfect for all your friends who deserve a little pampering! 


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I stamped PAMPER ME PAULINA on Neenah cardstock and coloured her initially with Copics. I then added some additional shading with Polychromos to the bench and towel. The sentiment comes with the set.



Here's a look at the full stamp set:

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And here's the hop list:

Thanks for joining us today!

Blessings, 

Melanie

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

July 2017 Kraftin' Kimmie Sneak Peeks....Social Sally!

Good morning and welcome to Day 1 of our July Krafty Peeks at Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps! Over the next several days, we will be introducing a total of 7 incredible new sets!!

Today we are sharing sneak peeks of 2 sassy sets from artist Annie Rodrigue...BESSIE BUS STOP and SOCIAL SALLY!

At the end of my post, you will find links to all the Krafty Design Team members and Guests who have designs to share with you today featuring these two new sets. Be sure to hop around and leave lots of love at each and every stop because one lucky stamper will WIN a gift voucher to the krafty shop.The winner will be announced at the LIVE Online Release Party this Saturday afternoon...just click on the link and let us know you are planning to attend!

My card today features the adorable Social Sally! She just perfect for sending a little love to all those texters in your life. ;) She also comes with some great coordinating sentiments, one of which I used here on my card. 

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Quite a while back, I purchased a complete set of Polychromos coloured pencils...I researched these pencils for a very long time before deciding to purchase. While I love the pencils, I have been struggling to find an affordable paper that I like. I have tried several different types including watercolour papers (both cold and hot pressed) and various mixed media papers. There are a few I'd love to try, but as I mentioned, I'm trying to find something that is budget friendly lol. Now that being said, I truly believe in buying quality materials...sometimes I think the root of artistic frustrations could be alleviated by avoiding low quality supplies (hence my decision to save up to buy the polychromos). It's hard to achieve great results without the proper tools. However, we are all working within a budget, so it's important to find balance. I finally decided to try Canson Mi-Teintes paper. My preferred technique for blending coloured pencils is to use Gamsol, and I have to say that this paper has by far given me the best results out of all those I've tried. I used the smoother side which still has enough tooth for applying multiple layers...that tooth is important! After a few test samples, I dove in and stamped SOCIAL SALLY in Memento Desert Sand. I worked in many layers applied with a light hand so as not to damage the tooth of the paper. Between layers, I blended with a little Gamsol applied with a paint brush. She was completed almost entirely with Polychromos; I did add a few Prisma Premier pencils to my skin combination. I'm still very much a beginner with this medium, but I look forward to working with it more in the future!  



Here's a look at the full stamp set:

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And here's the hop list:


Thanks for visiting!

Blessings, 

Melanie 

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Let Them Eat Cupcakes...a Wonderful Wednesday Challenge at Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps!

It's Wonderful Wednesday time at Kraftin Kimmie Stamps and as always, the theme is ANYTHING GOES!

We want EVERYONE to be able to play along so your submission can use ANY stamp and can be any theme, style, design...it can be a card, scrapbook page, altered item....you name it! It must be a NEW creation and you can enter on the KKS blog until July 18th at midnight. 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! 

In addition to the great Krafty Challenges & Wonderful Wednesday, each month we will post a Sketch on the KKS blog. The sketch will last all month long and if you use it in ANY of our Challenges or WW's during that month you will get an additional chance to win a store gift card! You do NOT have to use the sketch, it's just a little extra boost for your mojo if you need it! ;)

I inked out our recent Krafty Komeback stamp Let Them Eat Cupcakes! This set has two main images and some fun sentiments. I stamped the image in Memento Desert Sand, coloured her with Copics and matched her up with some fun Doodlebug paper. The sentiment is included in the set. 



Hope you plan to play along!

Thanks for visiting.

Blessings, 

Melanie

Sunday, June 11, 2017

June 2017 Kraftin' Kimmie Release Blog Hop


Today we are celebrating the release of ALL of our NEW June Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps!!!

ALL FIVE new sets will be available in the Krafty Shop after our Online Release Party which begins tonight at 7pm EST...grab a nice hot beverage, sit back and relax while you enjoy all the amazing creations from the Krafty Design Team and Guests on our release day blog hop. 

The June stamps include: 
  1. FLOWER GIRLS from artist Annie Rodrigue
  2. FANCY FLORALS from new artist Melissa Baker-Nguyen
  3. LEXI'S WHEELS and LULU'S WHEELS by Cheryl Grant
  4. BEACH BLANKET BINGO by Emilie Goulet called



If you want the entire release, make sure to check out the June Gimme Kimmies Kit which includes all FIVE of the new sets together at a discount for a limited time while supplies last!


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You only have until THURSDAY to get your order in for the Secret Klub set!! Feel free to order the secret set plus any new sets or extra goodies and Kimmie will ship everything together later this week!

I used one of the gorgeous Flower Girls for my card today. I stamped her on Neenah cardstock and coloured with Copics. These pretty Flower Girls are perfect for so many occasions like friendship cards. birthdays, spring/summer creations, etc. I know you'll reach for the time and time again!



Here's the full hop list for today: 

Thanks for visiting. Make sure to do the hop and then join us tonight for the release party! 

Blessings, 

Melanie