Monday, June 30, 2014

{KKS} Cloud Tutorial

Today I am the featured designer for Kraftin' Kimmie's Tips and Tutes segment! I did a quick video on how I sponge the cloud background behind my stamped images. And please be gentle. I know I am terrible at videos, for multiple reasons: I don't plan ahead, it's all on the fly; I ramble like a drunk who has somehow obtained control of a microphone at a classy function (don't ask if this has ever happened to me); I have no tech skills. It's quite sad really; and I have a potty mouth, so pretty much the whole time I'm 'on camera' I am preoccupied with not cussing. That would be bad for business.

So you can see that I must really love my Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps to put myself through the hell and self scrutiny of making a video;)

I used the set Lil' Swashbucklers. I made this a girly pirate card, co-ordinating colours with an older EP pad (maybe last year?). I added some TCP cloud border die clouds, chopped up to be individuals. The sentiment is stamped on one, and a button/twine (TCP) embellie on another. I did some machine stitching and added enamel dots (MME). And my video is actually a quick how-to on sponging the cloud background! You can watch that video HERE! But don't feel like you have to. But if you do, then leave me a nice comment. But if you hate it, remember what your mama taught you- 'if you can't say anything nice, then don't say anything at all' ;) Peace out!

Saturday, June 28, 2014

{SSSC} Happy 50th!

Hey there! I've got a fun 50th birthday card to share with you. I used dies from MFT (numbers and happy) and Your Next Stamp (stars). I added in 'th' using a portion of a Reverse Confetti 'thank you' stamp.
I added in some black sequins and machine stitching. Red and gold glitter paper add some bling. I've used this weeks Sweet Sunday Sketch Challenge #225 for my layout. 

See what the other Sweet Sunday Stampers have for you this week:

{KKS} CAS Cowboy

Welcome back for another fabulously FUN challenge here at Kraftin’ Kimmie Stamps!! We always enjoy your creations so be sure to submit them so you can WIN a $10 gift card to the Shop!! Show us your stuff!!
This week our hostess is Krafty Girl, TRACY!! And her challenge is CLEAN AND SIMPLE!! So create a card, scrapbook page or altered item with a Kraftin’ Kimmie Stamp that is clean and simple! So less embellishments and more focus on the image and you could WIN!! Pull out those fabby stamps and play along! Have some krafty fun and join us this week!!

I used the set Lil' Buckaroos and stamped on kraft paper with memento rich cocoa ink. I coloured with copics and pastels. I added some spica silver and clear pen to the spurs, buckle, star on his hatband and cuff buttons and then coated in glaze pen. I Used distress ink and sponged around image. I stamped the sentiment in Memento luxe in espresso truffle ink on a separate strip of kraft CS and stitched around the panel. 

Here is a closeup of the colouring on kraft:

Don't forget that we've got LOTS of fabulous stamp sets on SALE in our FRUGAL FRIDAY SPECIALS this weekend 30-50% OFF!!! We've also just gotten HUGE new shipment of paper pads including a whole new line by Wild Rose Studio!! Happy shoppin'!
Also our NEW June rubber stamp sets are NOW available in the Shop.....BOOTYLICIOUS, LIL' SWASHBUCKLERS and UNDER THE SEA 2! PLUS some of our other pirate stamps are ALSO on special while supplies last including BILLY BLYTH, CAPTAIN SCURVY, CUTTHROAT LIZZIE, POLLY THE BAR WENCH and PIRATE SENTIMENTS!!
Now check out the wonderful creations by our Krafty Girls and special Krafty Guests featuring this week’s challenge!! We’re sure you’ll be inspired!! Then join us, play along and you could WIN!!
Happy kraftin’!!

Friday, June 27, 2014

{SPD} Thanks a Bunch

Hey there!! Today I am being featured on the Perfect Paper Crafting blog!! Head over HERE to check me out! I'll be talking about some of my favourite PPC products and you can learn a bit more about moi ;)

Along with some great PPC tools, I have used one of my favourite stamps from SugarPea Designs, Love You Bunches. I adore the pinch-able cheeks on this little sweetheart and pigtails are always the cutest!

So check me out on the Perfect Paper Crafting blog!! Thanks for stopping by! Hope everyone has a super weekend :)

Thursday, June 26, 2014

{RC} Teacher Thanks

So today was the last day of school for my boys, and of course I had nothing ready for the teachers, being that I am quite possibly the worlds top procrastinator. So last night at about 11 pm I decided to whip up some thank you cards. Nicely done, Jenny. 

Anyway, I managed to move it along fairly fast with this super school-y set from Reverse Confetti, Class Act and the matching Confetti Cuts dies. For the 'thank you' sentiment, I used Forever Fall. The tag is part of the Tag Me Confetti Cuts.

I kept the inside really simple, just some simple stamping from Class Act.

I'm following June's Reverse Confetti colour challenge.

Monday, June 23, 2014

{SPD} Gray Skies

We've got another sketch challenge for SugarPea Designs for you today!
 I've used Hello Sunshine. The image is coloured with copics and a small addition of pastel pencils. I inked the edges of everything with Memento Luxe Grey Flannel ink. the Sentiment was stamped in Memento Luxe Teal Zeal. I did a bit of machine stitching for some added detail. The cloud dies are by lawn Fawn and the heart die is Reverse Confetti. The flag die is MFT.  I added a PTI button and a twine bow. 

·       Play along with any stamp you like - but if you use SugarPea Designs, we'll top your voucher up to $15!
·       Feel free to rotate/flip the sketch, or exchange any shapes for what works with your design, just make sure the sketch is recognizable!
·       Combine our sketch with any other challenge(s) (except another sketch!)
·       Upload to your blog or other online gallery using keyword: SPDSS06 so that we may check out your beautiful work
·       Add your link to the linkup on the SugarPea Blog. You'll find our current challenges on the sidebar.

Here's your sketch:

Saturday, June 21, 2014

{KKS} June Release Hop!

We're so excited! It’s our JUNE RELEASE Day at KRAFTIN' KIMMIE STAMPS!! And we’re celebrating with a KRAFTY HOP!! So grab yourself a cuppa joe, sit back and be prepared for some krafty eye kandy! We're going to inspire your creations with our fun, new stamps!

Over the last few days in our Krafty Peeks, we have shared lots of AMAZING new stamps from all our artists for our May release! We know these new stamps will 'float your boat'!! We’ve got an adorable new pirate kids set from Cheryl called LIL SWASHBUCKLERS! There's a FIN-tastic new set from Thais called UNDER THE SEA 2! Lastly, we are SO excited to share a BOOTY-FUL new stamp set from Annie called....BOOTYLICIOUS!

You will get to see ALL of the new images today as you sit back and enjoy our JUNE 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!! When you’re done hoppin’, be sure to head over to the Kraftin’Kimmie shop, because ALL the new images are available NOW! And don't forget...if you NEED it all, we have a Gimme Kimmies Kit which features ALL the new June stamps at a discount!! But only for a limited time! 

I've used one of the sassy pirate girls from Bootylicious. I coloured her with copics and did a wee bit of pastel shading. You can find pastel pencils and blending stumps HERE in the KKS shop! After colouring I applied Wink of Stella to the trunk of treasures and then glossy accents over top, as well as on the pearls, ring and her eyes.  I added some enamel dots, MFT buttons and twine and sentiment on vellum. All dies are by MFT. 

{KKS} Lil' Swashbucklers!

Welcome back to day THREE of our JUNE Kraftin' Kimmie Peeks!!! Aren't they fabulous?!!
We are SO thrilled to share the newest set of THREE images with matching sentiments from CHERYL! This SHIP SHAPE set is perfect for all those little people in your life and it is called LIL' SWASHBUCKLERS!!
This week our challenge hostess is JESSIE! And her challenge is ANYTHING GOES!! So create a card, scrapbook page or altered item with a Kraftin' Kimmie stamp with no restrictions! Use any sketch, any design, any embellishments because Anything Goes! Have some krafty fun and join us this week because we'd LOVE to see your KKS designs. We hope you can play along for your chance to WIN a $10 Gift Certificate to use on ANYTHING you want in the shop!! Wanna win??

I've used Lexi from the set, and coloured her with copics, doing a wee bit of paper piecing with the vest and shirt. the dies and woodgrain stamp are MFT, as is the button and twine. The DP is an old summer collection from Fancy Pants I think. I used Kraft CS and did some stitching and distressing. 

Are you planning to join us for our LIVE KRAFTY KROP??!!! Hope you can join us for all the fun and excitement and prizes and it's all happening THIS MORNING!!! Every two hours beginning at 10am EDT, we'll be posting a challenge for you to play along with! You'll have ALL week to upload your submissions and you could WIN!!! Also, we'll be releasing all the new stamps you've seen this week after the party at 7pm EDT at our LIVE ONLINE RELEASE PARTY!! Hope you can join us!!
All the Krafty Girls listed below have lots of super FUN designs to show you featuring these awesome new stamps from Cheryl! And while you're hopping around, be sure to leave a comment because we are giving away some stamps!!! You could WIN this new set of stamps!!!!! {This winner will be announced later this week!}
So come and hang out with us in a couple of hours for all the LIVE action krafty fun at the krafty krop and party and then come on back here tomorrow to check out the release day blog hop! ALL the new stamps will be available TONIGHT at the KKStamps Shop!!
Happy hoppin'! 

Friday, June 20, 2014

{KKS} Under The Sea 2

Welcome back to day TWO of our JUNE Kraftin' Kimmie Peeks!!! The awesome new stamps just keep on comin'!!
We are SO thrilled to share the newest set of THREE main images, a couple of fishy accessories and matching sentiments from THAIS! This FIN-tastic set is perfect for summer and it is called UNDER THE SEA 2!!

I followed this weeks Deconstructed Sketch 156, adding some dies trom MFT and YNS. See the sparkly trunk of coins? Clear Wink of Stella pen gives such a nice shimmer! The image was stamped in memento tuxedo black and coloured with copics and pastels and blending stumps. I added some white cheek highlights with a sharpie paint pen

Are you planning to join us for our LIVE All Day Krafty KROP and our LIVE ONLINE RELEASE PARTY!!! Hope you can join us for all the fun and excitement and prizes and it's all happening SATURDAY!!! We'll be playing all day long with challenges (beginning at 10am EDT) and then releasing all the new stamps you've seen this week after the party (beginning at 7pm.....that's only a couple of hours away)!! Hope you can come hang out with the us Krafty Girls!
All the Krafty Girls listed below have lots of super FUN designs to show you featuring these awesome new stamps from Thais! And while you're hopping around, be sure to leave a comment because we are giving away some stamps!!! You could WIN this new set of stamps!!!!! {This winner will be announced at the party!}
Happy hoppin'! 

Thursday, June 19, 2014

{TI} Poppylicious

Hey there- it's another Fab Friday at Tiddly Inks~ I've used Poppylicious. I kept this layout really simple and just added a border punch and a pop of red satin ribbon (SU) and black and white button. I added in a little bit of black machine stitching.
I used Perfect Paper Crafting tools to get those perfect layers: Perfect Layers Mini and Perfect Cutting Mat.

Check out the TI blog for more inspiration!

{KKS} Bootylicious!

Welcome back to Day ONE of the Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps JUNE previews!!! We are kicking things off with a fabulous new Moonlight Whispers stamp set by Annie Rodrigue!! Avast me hearties, you'll love these two treasures along with the FIVE fun sentiments!!
Today the Krafty Girls and I are thrilled to share with you....BOOTYLICIOUS!! Teehee! You'll find a bounty of gorgeous creations on today's hop featuring both new images and sentiments from the set, PLUS you might see some old pirate sets along the way.....such as Billy Blyth, Cutthroat Lizzie, Polly, Captain Scurvy and our Pirate Sentiments set!! We know you are just going to LOVE these saucy ladies and be inspired by all the fun designs!!

I LOVE PIRATES. Okay, there. That's out of the way! Seriously, I think I may have once been a pirate or at least loved one! Ha! I have the booty for it anyway ;) hehe! This was honestly soooo much fun to colour up! I channeled my inner Jack Sparrow (and it must have worked, because my little one asked me if this was indeed Cap'n Jack! No buddy, this one has boobs. Forgive him, he just turned 5 ;)

 I used copics and pastels to really grunge her up a bit, and distressed with some Tim Holtz ink. I adore this sentiment that comes with the set as well! Rum. Enough said.

I added some rustic black jute and a little wooden anchor embellie. A little machine stitching to ground all of the panels. Pretty simple layout but I really felt this image is such a showstopper that it doesn't need much else!

Below you will find all the Krafty Girls who have goodies to show you today and while you're visiting their blogs, be sure to leave some love at each stop because one lucky stamper is going to WIN a package of today's stamps!! Woohoo!!!

ALL of our JUNE stamps will be available on Saturday night at the Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps Shop!!! Saturday is going to be a BUSY day with all that we have planned including and ALL DAY Krafty Krop with challenges every couple of hours and prizes to be won!! Join us for that HERE!! Then we'll be celebrating at our LIVE ONLINE RELEASE PARTY!! It's over at our KKS Facebook fan page! Join us for all the fun!! You can RSVP and invite your friends here!!
Happy hoppin'!!

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

{KKS} Beach Babe

Welcome to another Wonderful Wednesday challenge and we hope you can play along!! As's ANYTHING GOES!! Break out your Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps and get krafty!!
Your submission must use at least one Kraftin' Kimmie Stamp but can be any theme, any style, any design and it can be a card, a scrapbook page, an altered name it!! It must be a NEW creation and you can enter on this post until June 24th!! At the end of the month, one winner will be chosen from all the submissions that month and will receive a Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps prize pack!!! So if there are four Wednesdays, you have FOUR chances to WIN!! What do you think.....wanna WIN?? Let's see your krafty stuff!!

I've used one of the lovelies from the set Beachy Keen on my card today! Love these summer beauties! I added some Lawn Fawn die cut sun and clouds, and some sequins and vellum as well :) that paper you see is from a few summers ago I think! It's fun to raid the old paper pads once in awhile! I love these colours together as well! Great combo with the oranges and blues!

**NEW RELEASE!! - Tomorrow we will start previewing the NEW June Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps sets!!! We'll share lots of gorgeousness for you over the next few days and then release them all on Saturday!! AND we're having an Online Krafty Krop that will run all day on Saturday with fun challenges posted every couple of hours! You can join in the fun and WIN some prizes!!
Here is this week's Wonderful Wednesday inspiration to get you kraftin', thanks to our fabulous Krafty Girls and Guests!! Then....let's see YOUR kreations!!

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

{Avery Elle} Late Father's Day

Hey there! I know this is coming a few days late, but I really lost my stamping mojo last week and did nothing and it was a little hard to get back in the groove, KWIM?

But I have been wanting to use this stamp set, The Man, by Avery Elle for, like, a YEAR or so!! LOL! I saw my friend Sarah (here's her card) use it once and I thought, OMG I need that! And it took me awhile to order it, and then it was out of stock for a bit, yada yada. Anyway, I did receive it a few months ago and looked at it quite a bit, admiring the new glassy clear polymer in it's perfect packaging (what? no one else does that?). Finally I cracked the seal and opened that baby up!!! Now, I think I drink more beer than my husband, but what can I say? He still enjoys it and I thought this would be a perfect stamp to use on a card for him!

So here are some deets. I used a sketch from Viva La Verve (I think this is from MAy) for the layout. I am kind of a scaredy cat with CAS cards and honestly, colouring line art images are more my comfort zone, so I cannot push the envelope when I'm dealing with these graphic stamps…I must not overdo it, you see ;) Stick with one thing I know, and that's a lot of layers and embellies. Junk it up, if you will. 
The dies are all from MFT. I fussy cut the bottles and popped one up on foam. The sentiment was stamped on vellum. Memento Luxe is good for that, and I used Expresso Truffle. I added in some gold enamel dots (not the same gold as the star die cuts, but I think the variation is nice). I see that they are no longer available at I{heart}papers at the moment. I used the last of my MFT twine (GASP!) on this card….and I did some distressing and machine stitching….It was a fun one to make! 

Okay, here's the inside, using another sentiment that comes with the set, again stamped in Memento Luxe in Espresso Truffle. I added more of those gold enamel dots as well.

Here's that sketch for ya! It's a gooder to keep in the archives!

Sunday, June 15, 2014

(RC) Hoot Hoot Hooray, It's Father's Day!

Hey there! Happy Father's Day to all the amazing dads out there! I know I am so blessed to have such a great partner and father to my boys, in my husband! He is truly one of the BEST! And my dad is pretty fantastic as well~ he is such a super 'papa' to all his grandkids and always there for my brothers and I when we need him. We are a lucky family!

I coloured this guy, Oliver from Reverse Confetti, up about a week ago (minus the shirt and tie, which I decided to paper piece)…Sometimes I'll colour up the basics of an image before I know what I am going to do with it, just to save time. I am a person who usually picks paper first, and I colour to match, so this way I can get lots of the colouring done before I get to that step ;) I also added in the glasses last minute (they were stamped in craft ink (SU) and embossed with black powder onto acetate and fussy cut out)…I think this one will go to my FIL for Father's Day because, well, my dad does NOT wear a tie unless someone dies. And even that is a stretch. He actually only owns one tie and I remember he had to buy it for my wedding, 15 years ago. And he was worried it wouldn't be 'fancy enough' for his only daughters wedding because it has horses on it, LOL!! My hubby is also not much of a suit and tie kinda guy….but his dad is! And he also got some pretty fancy new specs that have big black rims! I think it's a good match ;)

So yeah, Oliver is coloured with copics (warm greys and E40's) and that shirt and tie are pieced with DP from Authentique. I like to add a little shading onto the DP when I piece so it doesn't look so 'flat' compared to the rest of the image. The circle dies are MFT and I added in a little tab from the Office Edges Confetti Cuts from Reverse Confetti as well. I added in a wooden star embellie from MME and black enamel dots (I believe they are MME as well). The sketch layout is of course SSSC….yes, it's that time again! We'd love to have you play with us this week! Here it is:

See what the other Sweet Sunday Stampers have been up to:

Monday, June 9, 2014

{TI} Sketch Challenge

Hey there! I have a fun masculine card for you today, perfect of one of the dads in my life for Father's Day I think…maybe my dad or my hubby. They are both into fishing…
I've used Ricky- Fishing Expert from Tiddly Inks stamps and followed this weeks challenge from our very own Lou, which is a great sketch!
I added in a vellum flag using a sentiment from SugarPea Designs.

Here's your sketch:
Check out what my other Tiddly Ink girls have for you this week on the Challenge Blog!

{SPDSS05} Fishy Friend

We've got a brand new sketch challenge for you from SugarPea Designs! I love this one! You can keep the sketch vertical, or flip it horizontal as some of our Pea's did, or swap out the oval for another shape…so long as we can see the basics! We would love to have you join us in this sketch challenge- you have the chance to win up to a $15 voucher to the store!

Here are the simple rules:

  • Create a new card or project using the SugarSketch provided.
  • SugarPea Design stamps are NOT required to play along or to win but would be appreciated :)
  • You may rotate/flip the sketch & replace shapes – so long as the original sketch layout is recognizable 
  • Upload to your blog or other Online Gallery using Keyword: SPDSS05 so that we may check out your beautiful work
  • Add your name and link to your project in the InLinkz shown on the SPD blog.
  • One randomly selected winner will receive a $10 Gift Certificate to the SugarPea Designs Online Shoppe.  However, if the winning entry features a SugarPea Designs stamp we will increase the prize to $15!

I've used the adorable set Don't be Koifrom our Sweet P Collection, on my card today. I coloured with copics and pieced her little shirt. I paired the great sketch and stamp with some Simple Stories Vintage Bliss paper, a Reverse Confetti heart die, and MFT button and twine. The oval and flag dies are MFT as well. 

I am soooo in love with Wendy's stamps- they are cute, fun and actually VERY easy and straightforward to colour. So don't feel like you have to be an advanced colourist to pull off these cute line art stamps!! They are for EVERYONE and ANYONE! AND- they are all ON SALE right now! That's right, a Summer Sale! Each and every stamp is marked down! Now's the time to buy if you've been dreaming up a wish list :)