Paper Blessings

Sunday, July 10, 2016

Book Dragon...July Release Hop at Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps!

Welcome to the release day blog hop at Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps!! The brand new clear stamp sets for July are now available for purchase at the online shop!



You'll see all the following sets featured on today's hop (the complete hop list can be found at the bottom of my post):  
For those stampers who "need it all", make sure to check out the July Gimme Kimmies Kit which includes the entire release at a discount...this special bundle is only available for a limited time and while supplies last!

I used the adorable new Book Dragon by Emilie Goulet on today's card. I stamped the image in Memento Desert Sand on Neenah cardstock and coloured him with copics. I used my favourite sentiment from the set...I'm a big Tolkien fan!! 


Here's a look at the stamp set: 


When you're done hopping today, make sure to pop over to the Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps Online store to place your order! As promised, here's the complete hop list: 

Oh...one more thing you'll want to know about!! Kimmie is taking preorders for the SURPRISE KRAFTY GUEST KIT!! This kit includes a bunch of holiday krafty goodies in addition to a brand new 4x4 clear stamp set for the KKS Christmas release!! Those who order this kit will be invited to join the Krafty Girls as a GUEST DESIGNER for the month of September...that means YOU will be participating in release week previews and blog hop!! Additionally, you will be invited to a private Facebook group where we will be preparing for the release! You can find FULL DETAILS at the KKS shop HERE. Remember, this is a PREORDER, and the deadline is July 17th. Kits will ship mid August. The last group of stampers who ordered the previous Krafty Guest Kit had a blast...we LOVED hanging out with them. Don't miss out on all the fun! 

Thanks for visiting!

Blessings, 

Melanie

Friday, July 8, 2016

Make Your Own Magic...a Kraftin' Kimmie Preview!

Welcome to Day THREE of the July Kraftin' Kimmie Previews...today we are sharing a set by artist Cheryl Grant called MAKE YOUR OWN MAGIC featuring Lucas, Lexi and their little puppy! There are three main images plus FIVE coordinating sentiments!



You'll see today's set featured by the Krafty Girl Design Team and guests in today's blog hop...the full set of links is listed at the end of this post. While you're visiting the blogs, be sure to comment because one lucky krafty person is going to WIN a gift card to the shop!

I chose to feature Lucas and the puppy on my card today. This piece was an exercise in experimentation with new mediums! A few months ago, I purchased a full set of 120 Faber Castell Polychromos coloured pencils but had not actually played with them yet. I stamped the images on hot-pressed water colour paper in Memento Desert Sand and coloured the entire image in pencils...not a single Copic marker was used anywhere on this project! (*gasp!!!)  I used a little odourless mineral spirits and a paint brush to blend...this technique allows you to add multiple layers as long as you don't burnish by pressing too hard with your pencils.  I then added a background with yet another new medium just purchased this past weekend...Derwent Inktense blocks. I only purchased a set of 12, but the nature of these blocks allows you to mix any combination similar to watercolours. The package actually includes little wells to use as a mixing palette. Even though you can mix and apply the medium similar to watercolour paint, this medium is completely unique...it is ink. That means that once a layer is dry, it will not budge. You can keep applying additional layers without disturbing underlying washes. I used a combination of greens, blues and yellows to create the washes for the background. I have a lot to learn with these mediums, so figured I might as well dive in and start learning!! 


Here's the full set: 



All of our new July clear stamp sets will be released on Saturday night at the KKS Online Shop! Be sure to join us at the LIVE Online Release Party beginning at 6:00 pm EST to help celebrate the new release, check out lots of krafty kreations, have a chance to win some prizes and just have fun with the Krafty team! We hope to see you there!

Thanks for visiting...here's the list for today's hop: 

Blessings, 

Melanie

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Witch Willa...a Kraftin' Kimmie Sneak Peek!



Welcome to day one of our JULY Krafty Previews..the theme is MAGICAL!


Today we are sharing TWO wicked new stamp sets by artist Annie Rodrigue called WITCH WANDA (with three fun coordinating sentiments) and WITCH WILLA (with five coordinating sentiments)!

You'll see both of these fun stamp sets featured in today's blog hop...be sure to comment and leave some love for our designers because one lucky krafty person is going to WIN a gift card to the shop!

I'm sharing a card featuring WITCH WILLA...isn't she fun?! I stamped her in Memento Desert Sand and coloured her with copics.  The paper is from Graphic 45 and I added a hand-written sentiment. 


Here's a look at the full stamp set:



All of our new July clear stamp sets will be released on Saturday night at the KKS Online Shop! Be sure to join us at the LIVE Online Release Party beginning at 6:00 pm EST to help celebrate the new release, check out lots of krafty kreations, have a chance to win some prizes and just have fun with the Krafty team! We hope to see you there!

Thanks for visiting...here's the list for today's hop: 

Blessings, 

Melanie  

Saturday, July 2, 2016

Patriotic Colours....a Kraftin' Kimmie Challenge!

Good morning Krafty friends!! We've got another great challenge at Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps this week, but first let's talk about some exciting news: 


  1. Anybody interested in a CHRISTMAS IN JULY SALE?!? It starts today...make sure to check out the KKS website!!!
  2. SURPRISE CHRISTMAS KRAFTY GUEST KIT PREORDER: You read that right!! You'll definitely want to snag one of these fabulous kits...the last one was a huge success!!
  3. JULY 2016 RELEASE: Peeks start next Wednesday, so stay tuned to our blogs and facebook!! If you have not already joined the KKS Facebook page, click HERE...we have tons of fun hanging out and sharing KKS inspiration. It's a great way to keep up with all the latest news!

Ok, back to the challenge!! Each week we host a challenge with a specific theme. The Krafty Girls and Krafty guests will provide you with some inspiration...then we want you to get out your Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps and get inky! You can create any project for submission as long as you use a Kraftin' Kimmie Stamp and follow the theme...card, scrapbook layout, tag or whatever you feel like creating! This week's challenge is open until July 8th at 11:55 pm EST. Share your creation for a chance to win a $20 KKS gift card for the online shop...one winner is selected each month. 

In addition to weekly challenges and Wonderful Wednesday (WW) posts, we provide you with a fantastic monthly sketch.  If you use the sketch in ANY CHALLENGE OR WW submission for that month, you will get an extra chance to win a store gift card! 

This week's theme is SHOW YOUR PATRIOTIC COLOURS. We just celebrated Canada Day yesterday, so I used a red and white theme on my card.  I went through my KKS stash and pulled out an old stamp to play with...remember KRISTA?? I've been watching Wimbledon this week, so that may have influenced my stamp choice. ;)  Just a reminder...if you love this stamp, it is only available in grey rubber.  You all know what that means right?? Once she's gone, she's gone forever! Since KKS has made the transition to fabulous clear stamps, the old rubber stamps will not be restocked. So if you would like to add Krista to your collection, act fast!! I stamped her in Memento Desert Sand and coloured her with copics. She comes with this fun sentiment. I went will a very C&S layout...just some red and black cardstock. 



Hope you join in the fun this week! 

Thanks for visiting...blessings!!

Melanie

Sunday, June 12, 2016

June 2016 Release Day Blog Hop at Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps!

We're celebrating the June 2016 RELEASE at Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps with a blog hop today!!! 

The SEVEN new clear stamp sets that were previewed all week are now available for purchase at the online KKS shop. We invite you to get comfy and visit the blogs of the Krafty Girls and Krafty Guests for some inspiration using all the new stamps including: 


Don't forget, for those stampers who "need" the whole release, we have our June Gimme Kimmies Kit which includes all SEVEN of the new sets together at a discount but only for a limited time!

My hop card today features both images and a sentiment from Emilie Goulet's SANDY TOES set. The images were stamped on Neenah cardstock and coloured with Copic markers. I paper-pieced the towel with some of the fun design paper used throughout the card. The sentiment was stamped in Versafine ink. 



Here's a look at the full stamp set: 



Make sure to visit every blog on the hop today...here's the full list: 

Thanks for stopping by...when you're done hopping, make sure to visit the KKS store (which has just undergone a big makeover!!) to make your purchases! 

Blessings, 

Melanie

Sunday, May 15, 2016

May 2016 Kraftin' Kimmie Release Day Blog Hop!

It's finally here!!! The RELEASE of our MAY 2016 clear stamp sets!!!

We've released ALL SIX of the new clear stamp sets that we've been previewing all week and we're celebrating with a FIN-TASTIC krafty HOP! So grab a nice hot beverage and put your feet up because you will need a few relaxing minutes to enjoy all the underwater fun by our design team!!

There are THREE new sets from artist Annie Rodrigue called SERENA SPARKLES, TREENA TWINKLES and a fabulous new background stamp set called THE OCEAN!

We have a sweet new set from artist, Cheryl Grant called KEEP SWIMMING!

We've got a splish splashy new set from artist, Emilie Goulet called MERMAID FRIENDS!

And lastly there is an adorable new set of WHALE-Y cute underwater friends from artist Becky Pearce called OCEANS OF LOVE!

You will get to see ALL of the new sets in action as you sit back and enjoy the hop! Then head on over to the Krafty Shop because ALL of the new stamp sets are NOW AVAILABLE!

And if you HAVE to have it ALL, we also have our April Gimme Kimmies Kit which includes all SIX of the new sets together and at a discount! But only for a limited time!

Here's my card featuring two of super cute images from Keep Swimming. They were stamped in Memento Desert Sand ink and coloured with Copics. I believe the paper is from Fancy Pants...I used some of the design paper to paper-piece her bathing suit. The circle dies are Spellbinders and the corner dies are from SCACD



Take a peek at the full set:

Here's the hop list: 

Enjoy the hop, then stop by the Shop to order the new release!

Thanks for stopping by.

Blessings, 

Melanie

Thursday, May 12, 2016

May 2016 Kraftin' Kimmie Sneak Peeks-Day 2!!

Welcome Krafty Friends to Day TWO of our Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps May Krafty Previews!!!

We've got lots more fabulous previews for you today featuring lots of inky inspiration from our amazing design team and guests!! Just wait 'til you seeeeee!

Today we are sharing another adorable underwater set, this one by artist, Cheryl Grant! I think you'll WHALE-Y love it!! 



The set is called KEEP SWIMMING!! It features our cute kids Lucas and Lulu having some splish splashy fun with some underwater friends! There are FOUR main images PLUS FIVE fabby sentiments for a total of NINE awesome stamps in the set!

You'll see today's set featured by our amazing Krafty Girl Design Team plus Guests in today's blog hop! Below you'll find links to all the gorgeous creations and while you're visiting the blogs, be sure to comment and leave some love for our designers because one lucky krafty person is going to WIN a gift card to the shop!

Here's my card featuring Lucas and the super sweet dolphin from the set. They are coloured with Copics and his shorts are paper pieced with some of the design papers. I always add a bit of shading to my paper pieced areas so they blend in and look like they are truly part of the image.  


This is the complete set: 


All of our new May clear stamp sets will be released on Saturday afternoon at the Kraftin' Kimmie Shop! Be sure to join us at the LIVE Online Release Party beginning at 2pm EST! Come join us to help celebrate the new release, check out lots of krafty kreations, have a chance to win some prizes and just have fun with the Krafty Girls and me! Hope to see you there!

Here's the hop list: 




Happy hoppin'!

Melanie