Sunday, March 13, 2011

March Release Blog Hop at Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps!!

Today is release day at Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps...and we're having a blog hop to celebrate!! Along the way, you will get to see some gorgeous projects featuring the new March stamps that are now available for purchase at the Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps Online Store. This month features the Krafty Quotes #2 Set (which includes four larger scale quotes), five new adorable pirate tykes from Steven Leary and six new "Everyday Girls" by Annie Rodrigue (each comes with an accessory stamp and two coordinating sentiments!).

The hop starts over at the Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps Challenge Blog where you will find a complete list of all the blogs on today's hop. As you hop along, make sure to leave comments at each and every blog as Kimmie will be drawing random winners of some of the new stamps from the hop participants!!

Did you arrive here right from the Challenge Blog? If not, just pop over there first to start the hop at the beginning and to read over all the details of today's hop.

My card today features one of the new "Everyday Girls" by Annie Rodrigue...this is "Lucy". I fell in love with this cute little bookworm as soon as I saw her. I love to read...I've pretty much always got a book on the go. The patterned papers are from the Basic Grey Hopscotch collection and the paper with the script on it is from DCWV (Once Upon A Time stack). The sentiment "Everyone deserves a fairytale!" comes with Lucy...she also comes with a book accessory stamp and another sentiment that says "Reading is food for the soul." I used the Spellbinders Labels 8 set to create the panel Lucy is matted on. All three layers were created with the same size die from the set...only the red middle layer was actually run through my Cuttlebug to cut and emboss. I simply traced around the inner edge of the die for the patterned paper layer and then around the outside edge of the die for the blue layer...they were then hand cut with my favourite Cutterbee scissors. Although this doesn't provide as "clean" a cut as when using the dies as they were designed, you can always use a fine grit sandpaper to soften any rough/uneven spots. I really like to use this technique as I feel that the jump between die sizes is often too big for the "tighter" matting that I prefer to use.



Lucy was stamped on Neenah paper with Memento Ink and then coloured with Copic markers. After cutting her out, I ran a grey marker around the edge to conceal the white core of the Neenah. She was adhered directly to the paper with my favourite Tombow Mono Multi Liquid Glue (the one in the white bottle with the green lid...seriously the BEST glue I have ever used. I always try to have a spare bottle in my craft arsenal, as I'm completely lost without it, lol.) The open blue book was popped up on foam dimensionals.



Colours: Skin: E0000, E000, E00, E11, R20 Hair: E50, E30, E31, E33, E37, E59 Shorts: B32, B34, B37, B39, C9 Shirt: R32, R35, R37, R59, C9 Pillow: BG000, BG01, BG05, BG09, C9 Books: B12, B14, B37, C9, G82, G85, G99, E21, E25, E29

Don't forget to leave comments on every blog on the hop...you just might be one of the lucky winners of some new March stamps. :) When you finish the hop, make sure to visit the Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps Online Store to get your inky fingers on the new stamps! For those of you who "need" them all, the "Gimmie Kimmie's Kits" will again be available...if you buy the stamps as these kits, you will get to take advantage of a great discount!!

It is now my pleasure to send you off to visit with Krafty Girl Elaine Hughes...I guarantee you will be completely blown away by her project. Elaine is a colouring phenomenon!!

Have fun friends, and happy hopping!

Blessings,

Melanie

Stamps: Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps "Lucy" and coordinating sentiment
Ink: Memento, Copics, Walnut Stain Distress Ink
Paper: Neenah, Bazzill, Basic Grey, DCWV
Embellishments: machine stitching
Tools: Spellbinders Labels 8

36 comments:

Kim Y. said...

Oh my gosh! Your coloring is amazing! Such beautiful card! Grat image too!

Dora said...

She is fantastic, fabulous colours and great stitching love it xx

Renee said...

Oh my gosh! Your colouring is divine and your card is wonderful. I have quite a few bookworms in my family who this stamp would be perfect for.

Robin McK said...

Melanie, she's absolutely gorgeous! What a cute image!

Shazza said...

absolutely gorgeous x

Donna said...

Mel, Lucy is just gorgeous! I LOVE the papers you used and your colouring is to die for!! Xx

Lynn said...

Sheis lovely, what a great card.

crafty amy said...

What a way to start the hop :D I can see why you fell in love with her she is adorable and I love the papers you have used.

Hugs

Amy xx

Brigitte said...

Your card is just stunning!!! You are a master at colouring and details!
brigitteetleschats at hotmail dot com

Jenn Joncas said...

Gorgeous card Melanie!! I love all of the stitching you added to the edges!

Steph said...

Hi Melanie! Great card! I also love the idea of using the nestability frame to create 3 different sizes... a bit more work, but ingenious results. I agree sometimes the dies are sized too far apart, but never thought of that solution. Thanks!

kurlygirl said...

Your card is beautiful and that Kimmie is just so cute. I love the books.

carole (TruCarMa) said...

Just can't say enough good things about your amazing coloring skills! And I'm slapping my forehead re: your Nestie tip; why haven't I thought of that before now?! I'm always lamenting the 'jump' in Nestie sizes... no more, thanks to you!

Hannah Clark said...

As always, your colouring is absolutely amazing! What a cute card!

dantanidesigns said...

Your card is beautiful. I love your coloring - I hope to be as good one day! I LOVE all the new stamp sets, I can't wait to get them all!!!

Renkata said...

OMG this is such a cool image, you have created amazing card Melanie.

Sarah said...

Gorgeous! I love your colouring, and the deep shadows, and all the stitching. Love your style!

Angie said...

Stunning!! I love your cards. Could you not part with one for my Birthday??...just teasing lol. ;)

Brenna said...

what a fantastic card, I LOVE LOVE LOVE all the stitching and I love the colours you used for lucy. tfs
brenna
rbanderson@live.ca

Lisa said...

I think these may be my favorite release EVER and I didn't think anything could top the fairytale girls in my view!

Liz said...

i love this stamp it is so cute. your cards are amazing

xxxtglxxx said...

Aww, this is a very cute image :)

Love how you have coloured her in Melanie, great details and fab sentiment too.

hugs

xxalisonxx

Lori Craig said...

Melanie - Your coloring is absolutely amazing! LOVE this card! Hugs!

KanataNewf said...

Love this new image - reminds me of my teen days when I had more time to ready. Beautiful card.

scrappintlc said...

She is absolutely adorable. I am an avid reader so she is a definite on my wishlist.

Brenda said...

How gorgeous!!! I love the colors and the layout. Your coloring is fabulous!

Tiiti said...

You've coloured her so beautifully. Love this image so much! :)

Wilfreda said...

This is so cute! I love your coloring. I agree about the sizes of the dies. I will have to try your trick.

Michelle Galloway said...

Super Cute...love how you coloured her hair!

Sparkly Engineer said...

I love this image. It reminds me of myself when I was younger and my own daughters today. Your coloring is awesome.

Dawn said...

She is adorable, great coloring

Grenouille Greetings said...

I LOVE your rich colour work against these warm earthy papers and your beautiful stitching. Lisa looks soooo comfy reading her book! Warmest wishes Lesley

FitterTwit said...

I'm so glad I make you smile! :) Great card... you are always so inspiring!!! GORGEOUS!

BananaStamper said...

This is absolutely stunning - not just because I love this new stamp, but because your design and colouring are so amazing! I hope someday to learn to add more depth and shading in my colouring, I need more practice - and maybe a lesson from you. Maybe next Kraftin Kimmie day you could teach a colouring class!?!
Happy Tuesday!
Shanna aka one of those crazy Thunder Bay girls

Jaspere said...

This is absolutely stunning. Wow!!

ms.espresso said...

Great card, I think she's my fave from this release :) Love your nesty tips- makes so much sense, wonder why I never thought of it? As always, your colouring blows my mind!