Wednesday, August 29, 2012

"Marilyn" for SCACD

Hi folks! It's hard to believe we are already at the end of August. The older I get, the faster time seems to fly by! The kids are getting geared up for another school year. Nathan is enrolled at the college here and Ainsleigh will be going into grade 7. It's been a nice relaxing summer around here, but it's definitely time to get back to some structure!

Did you all know that Susana carries Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps at SCACD??? (Those of you who are frequent visitors here know that I LOVE my Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps as I'm also one of the Krafty Girls!) SCACD has several of the Old Hollywood stamps that were released back in July. (She also has some of the brand new August release in stock as well!) I'm pretty sure you can guess by the pose and dress that this lovely starlet is none other than Marilyn...isn't she gorgeous?? I love her...and she has just the right amount of "sass". :)  Now unfortunately, the papers I used here are no longer in stock, but Susana has an abundance of fantastic paper pads available HERE...and her prices are fabulous! The flourish was created with a die. SCACD carries a great flourish die by Memory Box called Elegant Scrollwork. The sentiment comes with Marilyn. In keeping with the "twinkle" sentiment, I added some rhinestones. The corner embellishments are Make It Crafty Chipboard. I love these chipboard embellishments as they are intricate and very versatile. They can be painted, inked, sprayed...I've simply inked their edges with a bit of brown ink so they coordinate with the kraft cardstock elements on the card.

The lovely Marilyn was stamped in Memento Ink and coloured with Copics. Her dress was actualy paper-pieced with pale pink paper. Colouring with pink is a challenge for me...I can never quite get it right. So I used the pink paper as my base colour and then just added some additional shading with Copics. Her dress was also given a lovely coat of Stardust Stickles for some added "twinkle".

You can find SCACD's entire stock of Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps HERE.

Some more new products of note are:
 Hope you all have a fantastic day and thanks so much for stopping by!



Saturday, August 25, 2012

We're "Making a Scene" at Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps!

Hi folks! Hope you've all had a fantastic week. :)

It's time for another Kraftin' Kimmie Challenge and this week I get to play hostess! So my challenge for you is to "Make a Scene" often times, making a scene in public is frowned upon. But this rule totally does not apply with stamping! lol  You can create a scene using multiple stamps, by using die cut elements to create a setting or even drawing your own background. It's totally up to you, so let your creativity run a little wild. :)

Last week, we released a new crop of Halloween stamps. I love August at Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps...I always look forward to seeing what the Krafty Artists have brewed up for our colouring pleasure. Halloween images are so much fun to play with. :)  So this put me in the mood to pull out some oldies-but-goodies...Hattie and Horace. I stamped them both out and then drew in a graveyard scene. It's been a while since I drew anything, so I am a bit rusty! That being said, I really enjoyed creating this scene. I first sketched the tombstones in with a pencil. When I was content with my design, I went over everything with a Copic multiliner. I set Hattie's tombstone at an angle to make it look like one of those old graveyards where the ground has settled kind of funny over the centuries. Horace's seems to have held its position a little better. :)  The papers are all from Authentique "Glowing". The corner embellishment was cut with the Madera Corner Memory Box Die. The pearls were all made with a Black Viva Decor Pearl Pen. Finishing touches were added with a Martha Stewart border punch and some machine stitching.

And here's the close-up. Hattie and Horace were stamped in Memento Ink on Neenah cardstock. As mentioned before, the tombstones were hand-drawn and outlined with a Copic multiliner. The entire picture was then coloured with Copics and additional shading was added with a black Conte crayon applied with a blending stump. I used a lot of warm greys throughout this picture for shading including throughout the grass to really tone down the intensity of the greens as it is supposed to be a night scene.

Ghost skin: W00, W1, W3, W5, W7  Hair: W00, W1, W3, E43, E47  Top Hat, Horace's err tail (???) and Sky: C1, C3, C5, C7, C9, 100  Vest: YR00, YR02, YR04, YR07, E08, E17, E18  Shirt: W00, B91, B93, B95, B97, B99 Dress: G20, G21, G25, G94, W5, W7, W9 (same B's as the shirt) Tombstones: W00, W01, W05, W07, W09, E42, E43  Grass: BV00, G21, G94, G99, W5, W7, W9

If you play along with the "Make a Scene" challenge this week, you could be the lucky winner of either Hattie or Horrace...winner's choice! Just make sure to use a Kraftin' Kimmie Stamp to be eligible. For more inspiration, make sure to pop by the KKS Blog to see the fantastic scenes created the very talented Krafty Girls!

(Don't forget to check out this weekend's Frugal Friday specials HERE! And you can register for Krafty Day 2012 HERE!!)

Thanks so much for stopping by and I hope you have a wonderful weekend!



Monday, August 20, 2012

Brand New Dies By SCACD!!

Hi crafty friends! I wanted to let you all know that Susana has just released some beautiful new Dies By SCACD. Here's a sneak peek at a few of the new designs:

As I said, these three are just a little teaser! There are eight new designs in HERE to see them all. I love the intricacy of these dies. The designs are just gorgeous and will compliment a wide variety of themes and projects. They can be used on cards, tags, journal pages, altered items, scrapbook layouts, mixed media projects...just let your creativity soar. :)

They are available exclusively at SCACD and at Quixotic Paperie for our crafty friends overseas.

While you're visiting the SCACD store, here a few more newer products you might want to check out:

Happy shopping. :)



Sunday, August 19, 2012

"Boo to You"...Release Day at Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps!!

Hi friends and welcome to the release day blog hop at Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps!! 

Over the last few days in our Krafty Peeks, we have shared lots of AMAZING new stamps from all our artists! We’ve got something for everyone. Cheryl Alger has designed a brand new set called HALLOWEEN LULU. We also have two adorable sets of trick or treaters from Emilie Goulet called TOO CUTE TO SPOOK 1 AND 2!! And of course we have an amazing new set of six scrumptious CANDY GIRLS from Annie Rodrigue! Oh, and don’t forget the BRAND NEW line of stamps that will coordinate with all your images called HALLOWEEN TRINKETS by the lovely Nicole Aspinall!!! 

You will get to see most of the new images today as you sit back and enjoy our AUGUST Krafty Hop! As you hop from blog to blog, be sure to leave a comment at each and every stop because some lucky stampers will win packages of these incredible stamps from the new release!! And when you’re done hoppin’, be sure to head over to the Kraftin’Kimmie shop, because ALL the new images are NOW available!

And of course, as always, we have our Gimme Kimmies Kits available for those of you who ‘need it all’!! The stamps are grouped together by artist and are available at a discount, but only for a limited time!!

For my card today, I inked up one of the adorable new images from the "Too Cute to Spook 2" by Emilie Goulet. This toilet paper mummy cracks me up. :)  Remember all those budget-friendly homemade costumes from back in the day?? lol  I pulled out some older Halloween papers which I believe were from Echo Park. All paper edges were sponged with black ink.The image frame was created with Spellbinders Labels 10. I also raided my first aide box for some mummy-friendy gauze wrap for the "ribbon". The little pumpkin is a button I picked up at the fabric store last year. The sentiment is one of the fabulous new Halloween Trinkets

Skin: E000, E00, E11, RV95, R20  Hair: E31, E33, E37, E59, BV29  Shirt: YG03, G82, G85, C7  Toliet paper: C00, C1, C3, C5, C7, C9   Some additional shading was added to the image with a black Conte crayon applied with a blending stump.

Here's a shot of the inside where I used another of the Halloween Trinkets:

Check below for the complete blog hop list so you'll know where to go from here. (you'll be looking for the 13th blog on the hop, the lovely Angie!!)  Don't forget to leave comments along the way for your chance to win! Blessings, Melanie

Friday, August 10, 2012

New Products at SCACD!

Hi folks!

I just wanted to hop on quickly to let you know about the newest products at SCACD!
Whether you are a stamper, scrapbooker or mixed media artist, SCACD has a wide variety of fantastic products perfect for all your artsy needs. You can keep up to date on new products as they are added by checking in at the SCACD Store Blog. Susana offers amazing customer service that will definitely make SCACD a favourite place to shop. :)

That's it from me today. Short and sweet!  I know my blog has been a bit sparse for posts this summer, but I will have a couple of projects to share next week. I've taken a little bit of a break over July and August to spend a bit more time with my family, but I will be back in full swing for September.



Friday, August 3, 2012

It's Release Day at SCACD with new stamps from Elisabeth Bell for SCACD!

Hi folks! I must apologize for being MIA from blogging over the last month. Our family has had a busy schedule and so I decided to take most of July off from blogging. I will be taking it easy for August as well, but will be popping on to share a few things throughout the month. I will definitely be back in full swing for September. :)

Today get ready for a Cute and Cuddly release from Elisabeth Bell for SCACD!!! 

Our first set, The Storybook Collection, brings us all back to those childhood days when our best friend was our beloved Teddy Bear. We all told our secrets to our Teddy Bears, had a few misunderstandings but we always made up and were ready for new adventures to unfold.

Next we have a set of 4 adorable little girls with their FUN hats that make up Sampler #6. Each little girl is bound to make you smile and melt your heart.

Our final set, Sampler #7, is a variety of cute and fun! These 4 little girls remind us all of the simple pleasures of childhood from lollipop dreams to playing in the rain. 
If you've been following along, you should have arrived here after visiting with the lovely Kim. You can catch up on the SCACD Store blog if you lose your way through the hop because you will want to catch all the inspiration out there :)

My card today features the adorable "Umbrella Peeker" from the "Sampler #7". I think she's pretty stylin' in her cute raincoat, galoshes and umbrella...and her hair is looking fabulous! Mine NEVER looks that good out in the rain! lol  I used my Spellbinders Circles and Lacey Circles for cutting and matting the flowered paper. The corner embellishments were cut with a "Classic Corner Die" by SCACD. The papers were all distressed with my scissors and then sponged with Walnut Stain Distress Ink. 

"Umbrella Peeker" was coloured with a combination of Copic and ShinHan markers. I love that these two marker brands can be used together. 

Skin: E000, E00, E11, R20 (Copics)  Hair: E50, E31, E33, E37, E59 (Copics) Coat, Boots and all other red areas: R11, R13, BR94 (ShinHans), C5, C7 and BV29 (Copics), Pants: BG0000, B91, B93, B95, B97, C5, C7, BV29 (Copics), Umbrella: YG00, YG03, YG25, G20, BG70, BG72, BG75, BG79, C7 (Copics) 

All the new stamps are now available for purchase at SCACD! While you're there, make sure to check out all the other fantastic products Susana has in stock. She is always adding new items, so don't forget to check back often! I know there are some great new 6x6 paper pads, including some Halloween and Christmas collections...never too early to get a jump start on those holiday projects. :) 
It's my pleasure to send you off to the next stop on the hop... Alex! I know she has something amazing to share with you. :) 
Have fun!