Paper Blessings

Sunday, July 16, 2017

July 2017 Release Day Blog Hop at Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps!

Good morning and welcome to our July release blog hop with Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps! Grab a cup of coffee or tea, get comfy and plan to spend a bit of time with us seeing how you can use these amazing new stamps! 

The July release includes: 
  1. FEARLESS FARRAH 
  2. PAMPER ME PAULINA
  3. SOCIAL SALLY
  4. BESSIE BUS STOP
  5. READING LEXI
  6. MONKEY BUSINESS
  7. WOODLAND WONDERS

At the end of my post, you will find links to all the Krafty Design Team members and Guests who have designs to share with you today featuring these new sets. 

My card today features the adorable READING LEXI! I absolutely love this sweet image. Reading is one of my favourite leisure activities...has been since I was a little girl! I stamped the image on Neenah cardstock and coloured with Copics. 

Grass and leaves: YG41, YG63, YG67, BG94, G99  Sky: BG000  Hair: E31, E33, E37, E59, BV29  Skin: E000, E00, E11, E04  Shirt: RV35, R89  Pants: B95, B97, B99  Shoes: E42, E43, E77  Dog: W3, W5, W7  Tree trunk: E31, E33, E25, E50, E59

Here's a look at the full stamp set:

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Here's the hop list: 


Thanks for visiting!

Blessings, 

Melanie

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Day 5 Kraftin' Kimmie July Sneak Peeks...Woodland Wonders!

Good morning and welcome to Day 5, the final round of our July Krafty Peeks at Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps! We are also combing these sneak peeks with our weekly challenge, and the theme is ANYTHING GOES! Make sure to play along for your chance to win a gift card to the KKS shop. 

Today we are introducing an adorable set by our newest artist Melissa Baker-Nguyen...WOODLAND WONDERS! These cute little critters and accessories are perfect for quick cards, tags, journals, layouts, etc...or you could combine them for a great forest scene! There are 7 main images with several accessories and sentiments for a total of 18 stamps!

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At the end of my post, you will find links to all the Krafty Design Team members and Guests who have designs to share with you today featuring these two new sets. Be sure to hop around and leave lots of love at each and every stop because one lucky stamper will WIN a gift voucher to the krafty shop.The winner will be announced at the LIVE Online Release Party this Saturday afternoon...just click on the link and let us know you are planning to attend!

I used one of fox images from WOODLAND WONDERS for my card today; the sentiment is also part of the set. I stamped the main image on Canson Mi Tientes paper and coloured with Polychromos coloured pencils blended with Gamsol. 



Here's a look at the full stamp set:

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And here's the hop list:


Thanks for joining us today!

Blessings, 

Melanie

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

July 2017 Kraftin' Kimmie Sneak Peeks...Pamper Me Paulina!

Good morning and welcome to Day 2 of our July Krafty Peeks at Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps! Over the next several days, we will be introducing a total of 7 incredible new sets!!

Today we are sharing sneak peeks of 2 more sets from artist Annie Rodrigue...FEARLESS FARRAH and PAMPER ME PAULINA!

At the end of my post, you will find links to all the Krafty Design Team members and Guests who have designs to share with you today featuring these two new sets. Be sure to hop around and leave lots of love at each and every stop because one lucky stamper will WIN a gift voucher to the krafty shop.The winner will be announced at the LIVE Online Release Party this Saturday afternoon...just click on the link and let us know you are planning to attend!

My card today features the lovely PAMPER ME PAULINA! Life is busy, and we all need to take a little time for some TLC...this image is perfect for all your friends who deserve a little pampering! 


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I stamped PAMPER ME PAULINA on Neenah cardstock and coloured her initially with Copics. I then added some additional shading with Polychromos to the bench and towel. The sentiment comes with the set.



Here's a look at the full stamp set:

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And here's the hop list:

Thanks for joining us today!

Blessings, 

Melanie

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

July 2017 Kraftin' Kimmie Sneak Peeks....Social Sally!

Good morning and welcome to Day 1 of our July Krafty Peeks at Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps! Over the next several days, we will be introducing a total of 7 incredible new sets!!

Today we are sharing sneak peeks of 2 sassy sets from artist Annie Rodrigue...BESSIE BUS STOP and SOCIAL SALLY!

At the end of my post, you will find links to all the Krafty Design Team members and Guests who have designs to share with you today featuring these two new sets. Be sure to hop around and leave lots of love at each and every stop because one lucky stamper will WIN a gift voucher to the krafty shop.The winner will be announced at the LIVE Online Release Party this Saturday afternoon...just click on the link and let us know you are planning to attend!

My card today features the adorable Social Sally! She just perfect for sending a little love to all those texters in your life. ;) She also comes with some great coordinating sentiments, one of which I used here on my card. 

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Quite a while back, I purchased a complete set of Polychromos coloured pencils...I researched these pencils for a very long time before deciding to purchase. While I love the pencils, I have been struggling to find an affordable paper that I like. I have tried several different types including watercolour papers (both cold and hot pressed) and various mixed media papers. There are a few I'd love to try, but as I mentioned, I'm trying to find something that is budget friendly lol. Now that being said, I truly believe in buying quality materials...sometimes I think the root of artistic frustrations could be alleviated by avoiding low quality supplies (hence my decision to save up to buy the polychromos). It's hard to achieve great results without the proper tools. However, we are all working within a budget, so it's important to find balance. I finally decided to try Canson Mi-Teintes paper. My preferred technique for blending coloured pencils is to use Gamsol, and I have to say that this paper has by far given me the best results out of all those I've tried. I used the smoother side which still has enough tooth for applying multiple layers...that tooth is important! After a few test samples, I dove in and stamped SOCIAL SALLY in Memento Desert Sand. I worked in many layers applied with a light hand so as not to damage the tooth of the paper. Between layers, I blended with a little Gamsol applied with a paint brush. She was completed almost entirely with Polychromos; I did add a few Prisma Premier pencils to my skin combination. I'm still very much a beginner with this medium, but I look forward to working with it more in the future!  



Here's a look at the full stamp set:

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And here's the hop list:


Thanks for visiting!

Blessings, 

Melanie 

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Let Them Eat Cupcakes...a Wonderful Wednesday Challenge at Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps!

It's Wonderful Wednesday time at Kraftin Kimmie Stamps and as always, the theme is ANYTHING GOES!

We want EVERYONE to be able to play along so your submission can use ANY stamp and can be any theme, style, design...it can be a card, scrapbook page, altered item....you name it! It must be a NEW creation and you can enter on the KKS blog until July 18th at midnight. At the end of the month one random winner will be chosen from all the submissions for the whole month and will receive a $20 Gift Card to the shop! 

In addition to the great Krafty Challenges & Wonderful Wednesday, each month we will post a Sketch on the KKS blog. 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! You do NOT have to use the sketch, it's just a little extra boost for your mojo if you need it! ;)

I inked out our recent Krafty Komeback stamp Let Them Eat Cupcakes! This set has two main images and some fun sentiments. I stamped the image in Memento Desert Sand, coloured her with Copics and matched her up with some fun Doodlebug paper. The sentiment is included in the set. 



Hope you plan to play along!

Thanks for visiting.

Blessings, 

Melanie

Sunday, June 11, 2017

June 2017 Kraftin' Kimmie Release Blog Hop


Today we are celebrating the release of ALL of our NEW June Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps!!!

ALL FIVE new sets will be available in the Krafty Shop after our Online Release Party which begins tonight at 7pm EST...grab a nice hot beverage, sit back and relax while you enjoy all the amazing creations from the Krafty Design Team and Guests on our release day blog hop. 

The June stamps include: 
  1. FLOWER GIRLS from artist Annie Rodrigue
  2. FANCY FLORALS from new artist Melissa Baker-Nguyen
  3. LEXI'S WHEELS and LULU'S WHEELS by Cheryl Grant
  4. BEACH BLANKET BINGO by Emilie Goulet called



If you want the entire release, make sure to check out the June Gimme Kimmies Kit which includes all FIVE of the new sets together at a discount for a limited time while supplies last!


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You only have until THURSDAY to get your order in for the Secret Klub set!! Feel free to order the secret set plus any new sets or extra goodies and Kimmie will ship everything together later this week!

I used one of the gorgeous Flower Girls for my card today. I stamped her on Neenah cardstock and coloured with Copics. These pretty Flower Girls are perfect for so many occasions like friendship cards. birthdays, spring/summer creations, etc. I know you'll reach for the time and time again!



Here's the full hop list for today: 

Thanks for visiting. Make sure to do the hop and then join us tonight for the release party! 

Blessings, 

Melanie 

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Beach Blanket Bingo!





Good morning and welcome to Day FOUR of our JUNE New Release Krafty Peeks at Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps!


Our last gorgeous set for June is from krafty artist Emilie Goulet and it's called BEACH BLANKET BINGO! It features a collection of three main images and a variety of fun summery sentiments. You'll get to see this lovely set as you hop around to the Krafty Krew members participating in today's previews. 

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The hop list will be included at the end of my post. As you hop around, be sure to leave comments at each blog for your chance to win a gift voucher to the KKS shop...the winner will be announced at our Live Release Party Sunday night at 7:00 pm EST! 

Since it's Saturday, it's also time for our weekly challenge! During release week our challenge is always ANYTHING GOES...so let your creative heart run wild as you put together your submissions for the challenge! You will have one week to play along; at the end of the month, we will draw one winner from all challenges for the month...hope you plan to join in for your chance to win the $20 gift certificate for the KKS shop!


I created a fun scene using the super cool bunny from BEACH BLANKET BINGO. The stamp was coloured with Copics. The sand was created by separating the layers of a piece of kraft cardstock and using Distress Inks to highlight the texture. The wave is a sticker and the fun cloud paper is from Echo Park. The sentiment is included in the set. 



Here's a look at the full set:
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And here's the hop list for today:


Thanks for visiting!

Blessings, 

Melanie