Saturday, July 30, 2016

Seeing Green at Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps

Hi everyone! Welcome to another challenge at Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps...this week's theme is "GREEN"!  We invite you to join in the challenge for a chance to WIN the monthly prize of a $20 gift card to the KKS Shop...feel free to enter as many times as you wish. You will have until August 5th at 11:55 pm EST to get your entries in!

A few items of note: 

Have you joined the Krafty Friends Facebrook group? It's the best place to keep up with all the latest news as well as sharing YOUR creations and getting inspired by other Krafty Friends!

This week's Frugal Friday specials are UP! Every Friday Kimmie puts a selection of stamps on sale at up to 50% off!! This is a great way to make a dent in your wish list. ;)

For this week's "Green" challenge, I pulled out two older stamps that I absolutely love. This ghoulish portrait was created by combining Hattie and Fabulous Frames 1.  In order to fit Hattie into the frame, I manipulated the width of the stamp by slightly pulling on either side before sticking it to my acrylic block. The frame was stamped in Memento Dessert Sand. I then created a mask by immediately stamping the frame on another piece of cardstock.  I cut out the inner portion of the frame from the mask and stuck it over my good image.  I then inked up Hattie and stamped her right over the mask to create the portrait. The image was coloured in Copics. I also added some additional shading with coloured pencils and Conte crayons. The background was created with Copics. I selected several colours and applied dots of ink with a "pouncing" motion. After multiple layers, I pounced the colourless blender over the entire background to create a watercolour effect. 

Time to go get inky and enter our Green challenge....hop on over the the KKS Blog for more inspiration from the Krafty Girls!!

Thanks for visiting,



Wednesday, July 27, 2016

You Make Life Sweet...a Kraftin' Kimmie Wonderful Wednesday Post!

Welcome to another Wonderful Wednesday at Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps. The theme, as always, is ANYTHING GOES. 

Your submission can use any stamp, be any theme, any style, any design, be a card, a scrapbook page, an altered name it!! It must be a NEW creation and you can enter on the KKS blog until August 2nd at midnight. At the end of the time period, one random winner will be chosen from all the submissions for the whole month and will receive a $20 Gift Card to the shop!!! I hope you plan to play along!

Don't addition to the weekly Krafty Challenges & Wonderful Wednesdays,there will be a monthly SKETCH. The sketch will last all month long and if you use it in ANY of our Challenges or WW's during that month you will get an additional chance to win a store gift card! Please note, you do NOT have to use the sketch, it's just a little extra boost for your mojo if you need it!

For my card this week, I combined three different sets. The adorable little ladybug is from Bug Buddies 2 a rubber stamp set by Emilie Goulet. The gorgeous rustic frame is from Fabulous Frames 1  a rubber set by Annie Rodrigue. The sentiment is from one of our new clear stamp sets by Becky Pearce called Love Story Sentiments.  The images were stamped on Neenah cardstock in Memento Desert Sand ink and coloured with Copics. Then sentiment was stamped in Versafine ink. 

Thanks for visiting! For more Wonderful Wednesday inspiration, pop on over to the KKS blog to see what my teammates created!



Sunday, July 10, 2016

Book Dragon...July Release Hop at Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps!

Welcome to the release day blog hop at Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps!! The brand new clear stamp sets for July are now available for purchase at the online shop!

You'll see all the following sets featured on today's hop (the complete hop list can be found at the bottom of my post):  
For those stampers who "need it all", make sure to check out the July Gimme Kimmies Kit which includes the entire release at a discount...this special bundle is only available for a limited time and while supplies last!

I used the adorable new Book Dragon by Emilie Goulet on today's card. I stamped the image in Memento Desert Sand on Neenah cardstock and coloured him with copics. I used my favourite sentiment from the set...I'm a big Tolkien fan!! 

Here's a look at the stamp set: 

When you're done hopping today, make sure to pop over to the Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps Online store to place your order! As promised, here's the complete hop list: more thing you'll want to know about!! Kimmie is taking preorders for the SURPRISE KRAFTY GUEST KIT!! This kit includes a bunch of holiday krafty goodies in addition to a brand new 4x4 clear stamp set for the KKS Christmas release!! Those who order this kit will be invited to join the Krafty Girls as a GUEST DESIGNER for the month of September...that means YOU will be participating in release week previews and blog hop!! Additionally, you will be invited to a private Facebook group where we will be preparing for the release! You can find FULL DETAILS at the KKS shop HERE. Remember, this is a PREORDER, and the deadline is July 17th. Kits will ship mid August. The last group of stampers who ordered the previous Krafty Guest Kit had a blast...we LOVED hanging out with them. Don't miss out on all the fun! 

Thanks for visiting!



Friday, July 8, 2016

Make Your Own Magic...a Kraftin' Kimmie Preview!

Welcome to Day THREE of the July Kraftin' Kimmie we are sharing a set by artist Cheryl Grant called MAKE YOUR OWN MAGIC featuring Lucas, Lexi and their little puppy! There are three main images plus FIVE coordinating sentiments!

You'll see today's set featured by the Krafty Girl Design Team and guests in today's blog hop...the full set of links is listed at the end of this post. While you're visiting the blogs, be sure to comment because one lucky krafty person is going to WIN a gift card to the shop!

I chose to feature Lucas and the puppy on my card today. This piece was an exercise in experimentation with new mediums! A few months ago, I purchased a full set of 120 Faber Castell Polychromos coloured pencils but had not actually played with them yet. I stamped the images on hot-pressed water colour paper in Memento Desert Sand and coloured the entire image in pencils...not a single Copic marker was used anywhere on this project! (*gasp!!!)  I used a little odourless mineral spirits and a paint brush to blend...this technique allows you to add multiple layers as long as you don't burnish by pressing too hard with your pencils.  I then added a background with yet another new medium just purchased this past weekend...Derwent Inktense blocks. I only purchased a set of 12, but the nature of these blocks allows you to mix any combination similar to watercolours. The package actually includes little wells to use as a mixing palette. Even though you can mix and apply the medium similar to watercolour paint, this medium is completely is ink. That means that once a layer is dry, it will not budge. You can keep applying additional layers without disturbing underlying washes. I used a combination of greens, blues and yellows to create the washes for the background. I have a lot to learn with these mediums, so figured I might as well dive in and start learning!! 

Here's the full set: 

All of our new July clear stamp sets will be released on Saturday night at the KKS Online Shop! Be sure to join us at the LIVE Online Release Party beginning at 6:00 pm EST to help celebrate the new release, check out lots of krafty kreations, have a chance to win some prizes and just have fun with the Krafty team! We hope to see you there!

Thanks for's the list for today's hop: 



Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Witch Willa...a Kraftin' Kimmie Sneak Peek!

Welcome to day one of our JULY Krafty Previews..the theme is MAGICAL!

Today we are sharing TWO wicked new stamp sets by artist Annie Rodrigue called WITCH WANDA (with three fun coordinating sentiments) and WITCH WILLA (with five coordinating sentiments)!

You'll see both of these fun stamp sets featured in today's blog sure to comment and leave some love for our designers because one lucky krafty person is going to WIN a gift card to the shop!

I'm sharing a card featuring WITCH WILLA...isn't she fun?! I stamped her in Memento Desert Sand and coloured her with copics.  The paper is from Graphic 45 and I added a hand-written sentiment. 

Here's a look at the full stamp set:

All of our new July clear stamp sets will be released on Saturday night at the KKS Online Shop! Be sure to join us at the LIVE Online Release Party beginning at 6:00 pm EST to help celebrate the new release, check out lots of krafty kreations, have a chance to win some prizes and just have fun with the Krafty team! We hope to see you there!

Thanks for's the list for today's hop: 



Saturday, July 2, 2016

Patriotic Colours....a Kraftin' Kimmie Challenge!

Good morning Krafty friends!! We've got another great challenge at Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps this week, but first let's talk about some exciting news: 

  1. Anybody interested in a CHRISTMAS IN JULY SALE?!? It starts today...make sure to check out the KKS website!!!
  2. SURPRISE CHRISTMAS KRAFTY GUEST KIT PREORDER: You read that right!! You'll definitely want to snag one of these fabulous kits...the last one was a huge success!!
  3. JULY 2016 RELEASE: Peeks start next Wednesday, so stay tuned to our blogs and facebook!! If you have not already joined the KKS Facebook page, click HERE...we have tons of fun hanging out and sharing KKS inspiration. It's a great way to keep up with all the latest news!

Ok, back to the challenge!! Each week we host a challenge with a specific theme. The Krafty Girls and Krafty guests will provide you with some inspiration...then we want you to get out your Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps and get inky! You can create any project for submission as long as you use a Kraftin' Kimmie Stamp and follow the theme...card, scrapbook layout, tag or whatever you feel like creating! This week's challenge is open until July 8th at 11:55 pm EST. Share your creation for a chance to win a $20 KKS gift card for the online winner is selected each month. 

In addition to weekly challenges and Wonderful Wednesday (WW) posts, we provide you with a fantastic monthly sketch.  If you use the sketch in ANY CHALLENGE OR WW submission for that month, you will get an extra chance to win a store gift card! 

This week's theme is SHOW YOUR PATRIOTIC COLOURS. We just celebrated Canada Day yesterday, so I used a red and white theme on my card.  I went through my KKS stash and pulled out an old stamp to play with...remember KRISTA?? I've been watching Wimbledon this week, so that may have influenced my stamp choice. ;)  Just a reminder...if you love this stamp, it is only available in grey rubber.  You all know what that means right?? Once she's gone, she's gone forever! Since KKS has made the transition to fabulous clear stamps, the old rubber stamps will not be restocked. So if you would like to add Krista to your collection, act fast!! I stamped her in Memento Desert Sand and coloured her with copics. She comes with this fun sentiment. I went will a very C&S layout...just some red and black cardstock. 

Hope you join in the fun this week! 

Thanks for visiting...blessings!!