Paper Blessings

Saturday, May 19, 2018

Blue...a Kraftin' Kimmie Challenge!

Welcome to another fabulous Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps Challenge....our theme this week is to use the colour BLUE!

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Submit your krafty design for your chance to WIN. You have until Friday, June 1st to enter this challenge! Keep in mind, all entries are welcome but you must use a Kraftin' Kimmie Stamp to be eligible to win.

Each Saturday we post a new challenge and you can enter as many times as you like! And each submission during the month will enter you into the monthly prize of a $40 gift voucher to spend in the krafty shop!

We've also got a fun sketch for your inspiration for May! You don't have to use it but if you need a little extra kickstart in your mojo, feel free to use it any time!

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Be sure to hop on over to the Krafty Shop this weekend because our FRUGAL FRIDAY SPECIALS are up with FOUR of our amazing stamp sets on 40% OFF. Plus our Inspirational Wednesday featured set is on SALE as well! (Also, keep your eyes peeled for our newest Krafty Card Kit that Kimmie will be releasing today!)

I made use of our amazing Krafty Kolours Ink for my blue creation today. I stamped some butterflies from our Butterfly Dreams set in Wicked Black Ink on watercolour paper. I then used our Raspberry Rose, Purple PansyMermaid Melody and Lovely Lagoon inks to watercolour the butterflies and to create the background. I also used the Wicked Black reinker to hand paint the flourishes. To finish it off, I added some Wink of Stella glitter and a few rhinestones. The sentiment from Butterfly Dreams was also stamped in Wicked Black ink.



Hope you plan to play along...check out what the rest of the Krafty Krew designed this week:

Blessings, 

Melanie

Sunday, May 13, 2018

May 2018 Release Day Blog Hop

Welcome to the May release blog hop at Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps! Today we are celebrating the release of all five new clear stamp sets that are available at the shop:


  1. Beautiful Blooms
  2. Magical friends
  3. Buffy Bingewatcher
  4. Busy Beatrice
  5. True Love
You will get to see all of these stamps today as you hop around...you'll find the list at the end of my post. 

The sets are available individually, but if you have to have them all, make sure to take advantage of the May Gimmie Kimmie Kit...you can get all the stamps in a bundle for a discounted price, but only while supplies last. 

NOTE: Please remember that as Annie Rodrigue has chosen to end her contract and stop designing stamps, KKS can no longer restock her stamps. Once current stock runs out, the stamps are gone for good. So if you want either Buffy Bingewatcher or Busy Beatrice, make sure to get your orders in quickly!

Here's my hop card featuring TRUE LOVE. I have a recently discovered love of watercolour painting...which hit me as a total surprise. I had tried watercolours back in high school and absolutely HATED them. However, at the prodding of a friend (that's you Jessie Banks), I decided to give them another whirl. I picked up a travel set of 24 Koi watercolours and realized how much fun they are to play with. I pulled them out for my hop card featuring True Love today. I also tried out a VERY different style for me...it's very loose and not realistic. My passion in art is realism, always has been. I LOVE little details. Love creating textures. Love recreating life on canvas...or paper. So this was a stretch for me, but I absolutely LOVED it! I stamped the gorgeous lady from True Love in our Purple Pansy Hybrid Ink on cold-pressed watercolour paper and used my Koi paints to colour the image and background. Lots of layers on this one...which isn't really different from the rest of my work, lol. 



Here's the hop list for today:


Thanks for visiting. 

Blessing,

Melanie

Friday, May 11, 2018

Buffy Bingewatcher...a Kraftin' Kimmie Preview

Welcome to the May 2018 Kraftin' Kimmie Previews! 

Our third day of May previews brings 2 new stamps by Annie Rodrigue...BUFFY BINGEWATCHER and BUSY BEATRICE. Each set includes several fun sentiments.

***Please remember that as Annie has decided to no longer design stamps and has ended her contract, we can no longer restock/reorder her sets. Once the current stock has sold out, they are gone for good, so make sure to get your orders in quickly on release day if you want them! 

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Check out these characters in action as you hop around the Krafty blogs today. You'll find the list of Krafty design team members at the end of my post...make sure to leave some love at each stop because one lucky commenter is going to WIN a gift voucher to the krafty shop! 

Additionally, we are doing a GIVEAWAY of the ENTIRE release on the Krafty Friends facebook page! 

Be sure to join us at the LIVE Online Release Party on Saturday afternoon at 1pm EST. We'll be checking out all FIVE new clear stamp sets, sharing fabulous creations, giving away prizes and having tons of krafty fun.

I stamped Buffy Bingewatcher in our Wicked Black Hybrid Ink and coloured her with copics. 




Here's a look at the full sets:
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And here's the hop list...just wait until you see the versatility of this set! 


Thanks for stopping by.

Blessings, 

Melanie

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Magical Friends...a Kraftin' Kimmie Preview!

Welcome to the May 2018 Kraftin' Kimmie Previews! 

You *may* have seen a peek or two of today's stamp set over the last couple of weeks...that's because it was part of our latest Krafty Kard Kit AND it works in perfect combination with our brand NEW Krafty Kolours Hybrid Inks!!

Introducing MAGICAL FRIENDS by artist Cheryl Grant. This sweet set has four large image stamps including fairies, their little furry friends and a cute little fairy house. The set also include five *fairy* special sentiments.

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Check out this set in action as you hop around the Krafty blogs today. You'll find the list of Krafty design team members at the end of my post...make sure to leave some love at each stop because one lucky commenter is going to WIN a gift voucher to the krafty shop! 

Additionally, we are doing a GIVEAWAY of the ENTIRE release on the Krafty Friends facebook page! 

Be sure to join us at the LIVE Online Release Party on Saturday afternoon at 1pm EST. We'll be checking out all FIVE new clear stamp sets, sharing fabulous creations, giving away prizes and having tons of krafty fun.

I stamped one of the fairies from MAGICAL FRIENDS in our Wicked Black hybrid ink and coloured her with copics. I added glitter with Stardust stickles. I created with same style of background as my card yesterday using a base layer of our Mermaid Melody ink, applied a stencil and spread a layer of light modelling paste tinted with our Raspberry Rose hybrid ink. The stentiment was stamped in Wicked Black ink on a panel sponged with Raspberry Rose ink. 





Here's a look at the full set:

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And here's the hop list:


Thanks for stopping by.

Blessings, 

Melanie

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Beautiful Blooms...a Kraftin' Kimmie Preview!

Welcome to the May 2018 Kraftin' Kimmie Previews! 

You *may* have seen a peek or two of today's stamp set over the last couple of weeks...that's because it was part of our latest Krafty Kard Kit AND it works in perfect combination with our brand NEW Krafty Kolours Hybrid Inks!!

Introducing BEAUTIFUL BLOOMS by artist Melissa Baker-Nguyen. This stunning set contains several gorgeous large flower images....carnations, roses, daisies....oh my! The set also comes with a choice of a few different leaf styles and stems! Plus the sweet sentiment, "Bloom where you are!"

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Check out this versatile set in action as you hop around the Krafty blogs today. You'll find the list of Krafty design team members at the end of my post...make sure to leave some love at each stop because one lucky commenter is going to WIN a gift voucher to the krafty shop! 

Additionally, we are doing a GIVEAWAY of the ENTIRE release on the Krafty Friends facebook page! 

Be sure to join us at the LIVE Online Release Party on Saturday afternoon at 1pm EST. We'll be checking out all FIVE new clear stamp sets, sharing fabulous creations, giving away prizes and having tons of krafty fun.

If you tuned in to the live videos we posted the day of the Krafty Kolours ink release, you will have already had a peek at my card. ;)  I stamped one of the large flower images from Beautiful Blooms in our Raspberry Rose hybrid ink on multi-media paper. I then put a little drop of our Wicked Black reinker on my craft mat and applied it with a paintbrush to add some shading to the flower. After stamping the stem in a green ink and adding more shading with the black ink, I fussy cut the flower and set it aside. To create the background, I sponged a panel of multi-media paper with our Mermaid Melody ink pad. I then tinted some light modelling paste with a few drops of our Lovely Lagoon reinker, laid down a stencil and applied the paste to the background panel. The sentiment is from the Beautiful Blooms set...that panel was sponged with Raspberry Rose ink and the sentiment was stamped in Wicked Black ink. I used my favourite tombow mono glue to adhere the elements to the card base. 



Here's a look at the full set:
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And here's the hop list...just wait until you see the versatility of this set! 


Thanks for stopping by.

Blessings, 

Melanie

Saturday, May 5, 2018

Keep Swimming...a Shaped Card Challenge with Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps

Happy Saturday krafty friends...welcome to another challenge with Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps! This week we are challenging you to make shaped cards.

In addition to our weekly challenge, we have some fun things planned for National Scrapbook Day. We have special challenges and a great sale, so make sure to check out the deals at the store and our Facebook page for all the details.

I made a little circular card featuring the Keep Swimming stamp set. I stamped the dolphin in our Krafty Kolours Wicked Black Ink on watercolor paper and did all colouring with my Koi watercolor paints. Our hybrid inks are amazing. They are compatible with several mediums from copics, to watercolors to coloured pencil. They give a beautiful crisp impression. You can buy them individually or as a set including all the colours at a discounted price.




Thanks for visiting!

Blessings,

Melanie

Sunday, April 15, 2018

April 2018 Release Blog Hop at Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps!

Today we are celebrating the release of our four NEW APRIL stamp sets at Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps!!!

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The new stamps are available in the shop and we are celebrating with a big hop around the design team and guests' blogs to check out the stamps in action! Grab a nice hot beverage, sit back and relax while you hop around and enjoy all the amazing creations.

This month's release includes: 
  1. Loretta Laundry (UPDATE: SOLD OUT)
  2. What's Up Dude?
  3. Enduring Love
  4. Hard Workin' Dudes!

I made a 4x4 card with one of the main images from the HARD WORKIN' DUDES set. I stamped him in Desert Sand ink from Memento and coloured him with Copics. 



Here's the list for the rest of the hop...make sure to stop by the shop after to do some krafty shopping!

Thanks for visiting,

Blessings!

Melanie