Sunday, January 16, 2011

Kraftin' Kimmie January Release Blog Hop!!

Good morning friends! Have you enjoyed all the sneak peeks over the last few days? Today is the day that you can get your inky fingers on all the brand new January stamps at Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps...and what a release it is this month! My word, Kimmie has put together a HUGE release to ring in the new year...a total of 16 stamps!! She has six new stamps from Annie Rodrigue (each comes with a matching sentiment and accessory stamp), five new stamps from Steven Leary (two come with a matching sentiment) and five final stamps from past Krafty artist Crissy Armstrong!

As always, we are celebrating the official release day with a blog hop! Joining Kimmie and the Krafty Girls on the hop today are our amazing January Krafty Guests (who have been absolutely rockin' this release!!), all three very talented artists and our lovely Junior Krafty Girls. The hop starts over on the Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps Blog where you will find a complete list of the blog hop participants. Make sure to visit each blog on the hop, and don't forget to leave a comment at every stop...if you do, you just may be the lucky winner of a package of brand new January stamps!!

If you've been hopping along, you should have arrived here after visiting with the lovely and talented Michele Boyer...wasn't her card stunning?? It's ok to admit if you drooled over it a bit...I always do when I visit her blog! lol (If not, just hop over to the Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps Blog to start the hop at the beginning...where you'll also find a complete list of links to the blog hop participants.)

For my card today, I chose to work with another beautiful gal from the pen of artist Annie Rodrigue. This is "Andrea Acorn"...isn't she gorgeous??!! I know this is completely out of season, but her acorn attire was just calling for some autumn colours! I pulled out these pretty fall papers from The Paper Loft. The crocheted trim is from the dollar store...sadly, they don't seem to be carrying this anymore. Actually, they are not carrying a lot of the little "treasures" I liked to buy from there...including the pearls on my card. (I've not been able to find any new packs of ivory pearls for AGES.) Guess I'm going to have to break the budget and start buying them elsewhere! The bow was tied with the assistance of my Bow Easy...I never tie a bow without it!

"Andrea Acorn" was stamped on Neenah Smooth cardstock and coloured with Copic markers. After cutting her out, I popped her up on that gorgeous autumn leaves paper cut with one of my newest sets of Spellbinders, Labels 4. (This set was a Christmas gift from my best friend Amanda!!)


Copics: Skin: E000, E00, E11, R20 Hair: E50, Y21, Y26, YR31, E31, E33, E37, E59 Dress: YR00, YR02, YR04, YR07, E08, C5, C9 Cape: G20, G82, G85, C5, C9

As with ever release day blog hop, I have a very special guest joining me here on Paper Blessings...my daughter and Junior Krafty Girl Ainsleigh!! Ainsleigh chose to work with "Abigail Apple" for her card today. I'm loving the bright and cheery paper from Echo Park that Ainsleigh used, and the sentiment comes with Abigail Apple. (she also comes with a co-ordinating accessory stamp) Ainsleigh added some Stardust Stickles to the Prima flowers and Abigail's hair bows. She also used a few dollar store pearls for accents.


I'm kind of hoping I might be the lucky recipient of Ainsleigh's card...it's GORGEOUS!!!

After you have completed the blog hop, make sure to head on over to the Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps Online Store and place your order for the new January Stamps!! For those of you who "need" the entire release, Kimmie will be offering her "Gimmie Kimmie's Kits" for a limited time. There are three different kits (one for each artist) that include all the January stamps...and these kits are being sold at a discounted price!!

Time for me to send you off to visit with Jeanne Streiff...just wait until you see what she has created!! Her work is always so inspiring. :)

Don't forget to leave those comments along the way folks...you just may be the lucky winner of some brand new January stamps!!

Blessings friends...and happy hopping!

Melanie and Ainsleigh

Melanie's Card:
Stamps: Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps "Andrea Acorn"
Ink: Memento, Copics, Distress Ink
Paper: Neenah, Bazzill, The Paper Loft
Embellishments: Pearls, crocheted trim, ribbon, machine stitching
Tools: Bow Easy, Martha Stewart Punch

Ainsleigh's Card:
Stamps: Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps "Abigail Apple" and co-ordinating sentiment
Ink: Memento, Copics
Paper: Neenah, Bazzill, Echo Park
Embellishments: Stardust Stickles, Prima flowers, pearls

68 comments:

Kellie Winnell said...

WOW both cards are amazing, I can see your daughter picked up your crafting gene, move over mum, hehe! Colouring is amazing and everything about both of them is just gorgeous!

Hugs,
Kellie

DoodleDee Designs said...

I love your card and wow your daughter really rocked out her card, you must be so proud!

Rachael said...

Both cards are stunning!

ms.espresso said...

STUNNING! Andrea is my fave of these new images and you have made her look even more incredible than I imagined. Ainsleigh's card is beautiful too- love that cheery colour combo!

Donnas Den said...

Wonderful cards, both of you.

Donna x

Julye said...

2 fab cards you and your daughter are very talented but look to have very different styles thanks for sharing.

Ina said...

two beautiful cards and fabulous card makers! If I haven´t mention it yet, I´ll say that i just admire your colouring!

Donna said...

Ohhhh Mel!! What can I say?? You AND Ainsleigh have knocked this hop out of the ball park...Absolutely beautiful! Xx

Beth said...

Great job ... both of you! How cool to have a daughter following your footsteps!

Elaine aka Quixotic said...

Your colouring is jaw-dropping, as always!!! Love it. And Ainsleigh has done a brilliant job too!

Tash Daly said...

WOW!!! I just LOVE this card!!!! The colouring is absolutely awesome, looks like rich velvet. It is such a dramatic card. I just adore it. Fabulous job. :-) Wow and super WOW, I just had to say that again. I can't leave this page as I can't stop looking at it in more detail.

alina said...

both cards are just gorgeous, so beautifully coloured!
hugs, Alina

Larisa said...

Both cards are so beautiful!!
The first one is so mystic, but annother one is romantic. It is great!!!

Brigitte said...

I love, love, love your card and your daughter's too! I'm on my way to order some stamps.
brigitteetleschats at hotmail dot com

Playing with Paper said...

Oh WoW those cards are just beautiful I love the colors your used on the Andrea card!! Your daughter did a such a lovely job on Abigail...great job on coloring!! Awesome!

DottyA Cards & Things said...

What a beautiful Card... the whole thing is just beautiful, colors, papers, idea.... just everything... as always Great Job!

TaraG said...

WOWZERS! ladies you have made stunning cards! I love your Andrea Acorn card, Melanie! Breathtaking colouring, as always....your are a true artist!

Ainsleigh, your card is so beautiful...I love Abigail Apple and you have coloured her perfectly. Great papers too...love the colours in it and the beautiful flowers!

There must be a "Krafty" gene, Melanie, as it is obvious Ainsleigh has inherited yours!
Hugs,t

Hugs,t

Renkata said...

Wow just wow Melanie,
two very beautiful cards.
Love the deep rich colours on the first one.

♥Rach♥ said...

She sure gets her talent from her mama! Both are just beautiful, you are lucky to have such a great crafting buddy!

Pamela L. said...

This is one gorgeous card. OMG!!!!

By Shawna Rae said...

I love both cards... such great work!

Steph said...

So gorgeous! If you ever decide to teach a copic colouring course, I'd be the first to sign up!

Celeste said...

Melanie and Ainsleigh, your cards are wonderful! I love both those images although I'm an acorn lover and collector. The papers you both used and the coloring is wonderful! I know what you mean by the $ store not carrying the items they used to have. Makes me wish I had bought out the store when the items were available! Thanks for sharing.

Celeste said...

Unfortunately, Michelle's blog is not coming up no matter where I try to get into it. I wish I could see her card :-(

Sammibug said...

Great cards! Love them both! The color scheme on yours is awesome, and Ansleigh did a fabulous job on her coloring!

Tracey said...

WOW!! Both cards are gorgeous!!!

rhonda said...

wow! ladies you both did an absolutely amazing job!BEAUTIFUL!!!!

Shaela said...

both cards are beautiful - Ainsleigh gets better every month! :)

mackbrad said...

Both cards are beautiful. It must be fun to have your daughter to craft with!

dmbennett said...

Gorgeous card Melanie. Love this new image/stamp and your coloring, WOW. All I can say is WOW. TFS.

Ainsleigh, your card is awesome. You remind me of my daughter who also likes to sit down and make cards with me, she is 12. Keep up the good work. Can't wait to see what you create next.

Dawn

jan farnworth said...

both your cards are totally fab.

Diane said...

You colour is so beautiful. I strive to be as good as you one day. You cards are so wonderful and so magical that I fall in love with each one of them. Thanks for sharing your talent and time.

Lisa Lynn said...

WOW, what great cards. It is wonderful to have your daughter "working" with you.

Shazza said...

WOW Melanie, your card is amazing and I can see your daughter takes after you. Two fabulous cards x

kimsparks636 said...

Your daughter is so very talented, just like her Mom :)

Sara said...

What an awesome cards! I am new to these stamps... so I can't wait to see all that there is! I have become a follower and can't wait to see what you create next! I hope that you will become a follower to my blog also! Happy Creating! Sara

http://CreativeAddictionsbySara.blogspot.com

Paula said...

Love the combination of colours in your card Ainsleigh & your patterned papers work really well with that yellow frame of the image panel.
Andrea Acorn is luscious, so velvety altogether. Love the colouring & shading & the colours are just glorious.
Paula (PEP)
http://pepcraftchallexp.blogspot.com/

Lynn said...

Two stunning cards.

Lillian Child said...

Oh my goodness, Melanie -- your coloring on these cards is stunning. LOVE the bold rich colors you've used. Just fabulous!

Shannon Guindon said...

Your card is so nicely coloured it looks like her dress is velvet. I don't know how old your daughter is, but, I'm very impressed by her card as well!

HeidiD said...

WOW, your card leaves me speechless! The card is gorgeous and the way she is coloured is so rich and vibrant. Ainsleigh's card is beautiful too, looks like the talent runs in the family :)

Pinky said...

That is seriously jaw dropping! Your daughters card is outstanding as well. Great job ladies!

scrappintlc said...

Love the coloring of Andreas hair and dress. Beautiful leaf paper behind her. Love the marker color choices on Abigail as well as her hair coloring. Like mom like daughter. Gorgeous.

Tasha said...

Both cards are beautiful. I love these images!
Great hop
love tasha xx

cdm317 said...

Both cards are stunning!

Amanda R said...

Amazing coloring as always and your daughters card is wonderful. Great job from both of you!

Jenn Joncas said...

WOW!!! Both of your cards are absolutely gorgeous!!!! I love the rich colours you used for yours Melanie and the bright cheerful colours you used Ainsleigh!!

Patricia St Martin said...

WOW!!! Outstanding job.!!! On both of your cards. Your girls are so cute. Love your layout and all the colors you used. You did fantasic wonderful job on there hair. Love the paper you used. your card is wonderful. I just love the lace.

Darla said...

Love the Andrea Acorn card - the colouring, the papers. Love it.

Darla said...

Love Andrea Acorn - great colouring and love the papers. Love it.

Glynda said...

Incredible job! I love these!

Kathy Billings said...

Both of these cards are beautiful!!!! Great job to both of you.

Barbara Moore said...

Two fantastic cards. Your daughter is as talented as her mother.

sharman said...

Beautiful cards.................Thanks for sharing....

Lorraine said...

Stunning! Love the colors of your card & your coloring of that image! And your daughter's card is beautiful! Love the colors & the coloring of the image, too!

Nat said...

They both are so adorable! Great cards, love the coloring, the papers, everything! Thanks for sharing! :)

Victoria said...

wow what stunning cards from both of you x

Sorry I have not visited in ages, I have been redesigning the ABC Challenge, should be ready for the announcement on wednesday.

Hope all is well with you

Vicky x

annieg said...

The cards are beautiful- colors are so vibrant!

Wilfreda said...

These are perfect! I absolutely love the brown one.

Kerry said...

Hi Melanie,

What a fabulous blog you have here, love it!

I have joined as a follower and will definately be back again to see your beautiful creations.

Love Kerry xxx

Michele Boyer said...

Holy cow, Melanie! This is drop-dead gorgeous! I love the rich dark colors and then the pop of the green and orange! STUNNING! And Ainsleigh's card is beautiful too! I love her color choices!

Brook said...

Beautiful cards. I love everything about the first card. The colors, ribbon, lace, stitching is all perfect. Ainsleigh's card is just adorable. Her coloring is perfect! Love the flowers!

Wendy Colledge said...

Hi Melanie and Ainsleigh
Great job on the cards gals!! I love the colours in yer wee card Ainsleigh and you did a fabby job with the colouring. Melanie, hmmmm sooo beautiful, i love the stitching, the lace, yer colouring ...
Hugs from Ireland
xx

Cindy Lou said...

The coloring job on these girls is fabulous! The richness of your Andrea Acorn card is phenomenal, and Abigal Apple is just so cute and sweet. This set is an awesome set and there is no doubt that this is one that I must have lol. Thanks for sharing!

Stampvanwinkle said...

Hi Melanie,

Both of your cards are just wonderful. I particularly love the dp on the top card. Your coloring is amazing as always. Wonderful work sweetie.

Have a blessed day.

Hugs,

Deb

Kraftin' Kimmie said...

I'm sorry I haven't been by sooner, but it's been a crazy busy week! But I just wanted to stop by and tell you both how much I appreciate these gorgeous cards you created for the hop!

Melanie your cards are always gorgeous and this one is no exception! The depth of colour you achieve is just astounding, especially in the folds of her cape and dress! Wow!

And Ainsleigh!! What a TERRIFIC design with Abigail Apple!!! Your colouring is fantastic and that layout is perfect!!! Thanks SO much for joining in the blog hop....I enjoy your cards VERY much!!! Great job!

Krista said...

K, I know this is waaay late but wanted to let Ainsleigh know how much I adore her card! Great job with the colouring and the paper choice! You are one very talented girl!
Krista :)

Krista said...

And Melanie, this card is even more gorgeous in person!!! LOVE it!!!
k ;)