Saturday, June 11, 2011

"24 Krafty Karats!"

Good morning to all my crafty friends!! It's time for another challenge at the Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps Blog. To add to the fun, the Krafty Girls' projects all feature brand new stamps by Krafty Artist Annie Rodrigue...and they will be available for purchase tomorrow! Annie has created an amazing Asian themed release this month...the images are gorgeous!

Our hostess for this week's 24 Krafty Karats challenge is the lovely Angie Baker, and she wants to see gold on your projects!

My card today features the beautiful "Takara"...her name means "Treasure". I'm totally loving the dragon in this image!! I was at the dollar store recently and found some gorgeous fabric drawstring gift bags with patterns that I thought would work beautifully with this release. I carefully dismantled the bag and adhered some of the fabric to a panel of cardstock. I matted it on gold cardstock and created a black cardstock frame. The gold and black cardstock flourishes were created with Spellbinders Doodle parts and adorned with some Viva Decor Pearls (Pearl Pen in "Cream"). What do you think of the organza ribbon flower?? The organza was actually the lining of the fabric bag, so it is a perfect colour match. To create the flower I cut a portion of the organza, gathered it with a basting stitch, twisted and adjusted it until it resembled a rough flower shape and then hand stitched the centre to hold it in place. I adhered it to the card base with Scor-Tape and finished the flower off with a Prima Say It in Studs flower centre...LOVE these. :) You'll get an assortment of intricate, beautiful flower centres in these packs...all you need to do is peel the entire centre off in one piece and stick in place. To create the paper fan behind my image, I cut two 3x6 strips of this beautiful patterned paper from an SEI paper pad ("Moonrise"...this is a gorgeous collection with some sheets having beautiful metallic accents), punched along one edge with a Martha Stewart punch, scored every 1/4", folded it accordion style and adhered it along a cardstock base. Unfortunately, the "seam" where I joined the two pieces is not quite as invisible as I had hoped, but it adds some fun texture and dimension.



"Takara" was stamped on Neenah cardstock with Memento Ink and coloured with Copic markers. Her dragon friend was given a coat of Stardust Stickles...I usually apply just a bit of the product and use my finger or a small brush to spread it around. Although I did not use it on the exterior of my card, "Takara" comes with a co-ordinating sentiment that says "Missing You, My Friend!".


Colours: Skin: E000, E00, E11, R20 Hair: B60, C3, C5, C7, C9, 100 Kimono: YR20, YR23, YR31, Y17, Y21, E08, E33, E37, R81, R22, R35, R59, C5 Dragon: YG00, YG03, YG11, YG67, G99, C7, Y00, Y11, Y17, Y21, E35, E37

For some "Golden" inspiration, please visit the Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps Blog to see the gorgeous projects by the rest of the Krafty Girls. While you are there, make sure to check out Angie's card because if you play along this week, you could win the stamps featured on her card!! (to be eligible for the prize, you must use a Kraftin' Kimmie stamp on your submission)

***BLOG CANDY ALERT***: How would you like to win some of Annie's new June stamps?? All you need to do is hop around to each of the Krafty Girls blogs and leave comments on their posts today! Kimmie will be drawing two lucky names who will each win THREE of Annie's new stamps!!! You can find links to their personal blogs over on the Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps Blog...and that is where Kimmie will announce the winners tomorrow!

The new June stamps will be available for purchase tomorrow!! We hope to see you then for our release day blog hop. :)

Blessings,

Melanie

Stamps: Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps "Takara"
Ink:Memento, Copics
Paper: Neenah, Bazzill, SEI
Embellishments: Fabric, organza, Prima embellishment, Viva Decor

Tools: Spellbinders Doodle Parts

24 comments:

Brigitte said...

OMG, this card is just stunning!!! You are so creative to think about using a giftbag! Wonderful job!
brigitteetleschats at hotmail dot com

Tracey said...

I love Takara and your card is stunning Melanie!!

Cindi Flass said...

This is just beautiful! I love the fan and colors are wonderful!

Sanne said...

Wow, this is cool! I love it how you made that flower!

Hugs Sanne

Ann said...

Your cards always wow me Melanie, you are so talented. Love this

The Whimsical Wren said...

Gorgeous. The dragon really rocks too. I wish I had an ounce of your colouring talent.

Jennie x

Riikka said...

Amazing card!

Rhian said...

You did a beatiful job...as always. I need these stamps!

Alyssa S said...

Fabulous!! Love the fan too

Jenny said...

Great card- love the folded fan! And the way you coloured the dragon is so eye-catching! Fabulous!

Beth said...

You're so talented Melanie! I love your work!

Kimberly said...

WOW, this is such an amazing card. Your coloring, design and all the added detail is fabulous...thanks for showing us.www.justwordz.ca

Shanna Shands said...

I love how you really captured the culture in this card!

Sheng said...

Stunning!!! How in the world did you cut the dragon out.

Amy said...

Oooooh I'm lovin' Takara but that dragon friend of hers is just the coolest! And so is your card... love all the little details and that fan you created is awesome! :)

Angie said...

Really?!! I guess it's alright. ;) lol
Stunning!!

Alaine said...

This is seriously my FAVORITE image I have seen. Absolutely WONDERFUL!!!

FitterTwit said...

WOW... you used a TON of colors on this but MAN was it worth it! This took my breath away! Seriously... someone call 911! Melanie this is absolutely, stunningly, out of this world GORGEOUS! I cannot wait to get these stamps!

cort said...

WOW WOW WOW! This is a beautiful card!

Courtney Coker said...

Such an intricate and pretty card!

Lisa F said...

BEAUTIFUL card! Love everything about it!

HeidiD said...

GORGEOUS! Love your colouring (it rocks!), the fan and that dragon is SWEET!

Bananastamper said...

Such a lovely card - that dragon is perfect! All that fussy cutting - wow!

Brenda said...

Gorgeous card!! I love the fan background. And oh so creative use of a gift bag.