Friday, March 12, 2010

Just Dance...It's March Release Time!!

Good morning!! It's Friday friends...we've made it through another week! My kids are celebrating as tomorrow marks the beginning of their March Break...a whole week off of school. Sigh...if only I were so lucky!! I'll still be at work next week, but I'm hoping to perhaps squeeze in a little time off. Here's hoping!!

Now, after all the fun of the Kraftin' Kimmie Spring Tea Party Stamp Kit release last week, it's hard to believe we've got another release for you already!! Remember though, the Spring Kit is a limited time offer available only at Kimmie's Online Store (and they are disappearing fast...better order yours now!). This is the regular time for Kimmie's monthly release!! The official date of the March release for Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps is Sunday March 14, 2010! I hope you are planning to join us for our BLOG HOP that day! In the meantime, make sure to check the Challenge Blog for a list of the Krafty Girls bringing you previews each day. We are all planning to use the brand new March images for our weekly challenge tomorrow too! So, by Sunday you should all know exactly which images you will be buying! Or, you could save yourself the grief of deciding and just get them all!

I would like to introduce you all to "Monique", one of Annie Rodrigue's brand new images for this month. I am a huge fan of dance and have an appreciation for many different genres, so I just love Monique in her high heeled tap shoes and top hat! I just love a good tap number! The sentiment used on the card comes with Monique.

Now, I should probably tell you that I too have some experience dancing in heels! lol My daughter's dance studio always includes both a Mom's and Dad's routine in the year end recital. It is an absolute blast! Last year, the mom's danced to "Single Ladies". We wore spangled silver tanks (which cost $70...ouch), jeans, heels and a big honkin' ring!! I'm not saying we were awesome, but it was so much fun!! (I do have pictures, but thought I would just leave it up to your imagination!!)

Monique was stamped on Neenah paper and coloured with my Copic markers. I added some Stardust Stickles to her cane, shoes and underskirt. I also attempted to make a spotlight. I used an oval Nestie as a template for the base and a straight edge for the actual beam. After sponging in the yellow, I added a bit of brown to deepen the edges. It didn't turn out exactly as I had pictured it in my mind, but I'm still quite happy with it. I adhered Monique with foam dots for dimension.

I hope you all plan to come back tomorrow to see more previews of the March release during our weekly challenge...and then join us for our Blog Hop on Sunday!! All the new images will be available for purchase on Sunday March 14, 2010. Remember, you will find a list of the Krafty Girls participating in today's preview on the Challenge Blog.

Lol...before you go, thought I'd give you all a little glimpse into my, ahem, "studio". I do not have a stamp room. I would love to have one, but right now our dining room doubles as my studio. So, here I am busy at work on my Monique card. (normally, my stamping attire is a sweatshirt and yoga pants, but I had just gotten home from work, and immediately started on my card!) You will see in this picture one of my 3 cats, Mia. She seems to think she fit quite nicely into the lid of my box. I disagree with her...notice the ripped corner?? She often "helps" me during the assembly process, as I tend to have out a lot of things that are fun for a cat to get into.

You'll notice my spotlight in progress in this shot. If you look in the background, you will also see one of my other cats, Bagheera. Apparently his foot needed a bath.



(ps....Don't forget to check out the Town Scrapette's blog today for our weekly challenge, and your chance to win a fabulous prize from The Town Scrapper!! (this post will be up and running by 12:00 pm EST) Also, see my post here regarding an upcoming event in Petrolia, Ontario!!)

Stamps: Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps "Monique" and accompanying sentiment
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Distress Ink Tea Dye, Cat's Eye ink in Daffodil, Copic markers
Paper: Bazzill, Daisy Buckets, Neenah
Embellishments: Rhinestones and Ribbon (coloured with a Copic marker) from Walmart
Tools: Spellbinders Ovals and Labels 8


Krista said...

WOWZERS Mel, AMAZING card! Your spotlight idea is brilliant! And so is this card!!! Love it!
Hugs K

Tasha said...

Wow Melanie i love the spotlight its awesome! And the card is fantastic - your colourwork is fabulous
love tasha xx

Leah the Orange said...

okay, Melanie... ONE - OMG. your card is absolutely amazing! i can't gush enough about your mad colouring skills, girl. TWO - what you do with Copics is better than what many ANIMATORS are doing with software that does all the thinking for them! it's just unbelievable! THREE - your cat-in-the-box is so much like my Miss Ophelia, and while Mia clearly doesn't FIT, she totally does. throw a piece of paper on the floor and watch Miss O get all cozied up. :) Bagheera looks lovely, too, but i especially love a girl who wants to get in on your creative process. hee hee. FOUR - i wanna go! the event sounds AMAZING, and i want to learn! oh, i do hope to get up there to meet you all someday - i LOVE being a Scrapette with you (but seriously can't imagine how i landed the job when i look at the amazing talent that surrounds me!).


Micki said...

I LOVE it!!!! What a cool idea that spotlight and omgosh that stamp is awesome. Your coloring.... just AWESOME!!! I actually like your dinning room craft area because it allows you to be where the action is. I kind of miss that which is why I still use my lapdesk to color on the couch in the family room. Sigh, it's fun to dream and design a house from the ground up centered around crafting, lol.

big hugs

PS: I LOVE your cats.....

Nic said...

OMG Mel this is A-MA-ZING! Oh one day I'll be able to do something half this good. It's stunning. Keep em coming!

Your cat is brilliant. My cat sits in boxes at every opportunity too. hehe, must be a tabby thing.


Scrappychick said...

Gorgeous card! Love the way you did the spotlight on Monique! and her hair color is amazing!!

crazymomma said...

Wow your card is amazing!Your coloring is stunning!!
PS I think your cat is having coffee with mine!lol

Kraftin' Kimmie said...

Okay...there are no words! You are a true artist, my dear!

Kim said...

OH MY WORD Melanie this is AMAZING hun! What a FANTASTIC card and your coloring...WOW I am blown away! Love how you created the center stage look with the spotlight! FANTASTIC work hun!!!!!
Hugs ~ Kim

Lacey Stephens said...

Holy cow! Your coloring rocks, this card rocks, the spotlight rocks!! Wow! And thanks for the glimpse into your world. Mia looks exactly like my fat cat Snuggles (who sadly passed away a few years ago). I am sure she was bigger than Mia and would have surely broken more than 1 side of the box!!

Paper Passions said...

HOLY friggin Crap!
this is soooo cool!!!
It really came together!its never a let down seeing something after you have described it....words can't explain....!
Amanda ;)

Renkata said...

Wow how you colouring the images is amaizing. The card is just divine.
I was looking in your blog , but i don't see any tutorial about your colouring :) DO you have some?