Saturday, September 29, 2012

Kraftin' Kimmie Challenge 148! Use your favourite KK Stamp!

Hi fellow stampers, here we are again!  Time for yet another Kraftin' Kimmie Challenge.  This week our lovely hostess is Sheri and she would like us to use our favourite Kraftin' Kimmie Stamp.  Well, we have had this one a time or two before, but I never tire of it because my favourite KK Stamp changes quite frequently.  At the moment my fave is Eliza.  She looks like Eliza Doolittle from 'My Fair Lady' and that's one of Emileigh's and my favourite musicals.  I think this stamp is so elegant and she was such fun to colour.  I used a simple layout as I thought the patterned paper was quite busy enough already.  The cardstock colours I used are Rose Red and Early Espresso by S.U.  I used some dark cream ribbon across the centre of the red panel, put a bow on it and cut out a swirl using an MFT die.

We hope you will join us for this week's challenge and use your favourite Kraftin' Kimmie stamp on a card or other creation.  The randomly chosen winner will receive the gorgeous Marilyn stamp, which is what Sheri has used on her card  Check it out along with all the other creations by going to Kraftin' Kimmie's Challenge Blog.  All the stamps we have used are available at Kraftin' Kimmie's Shop.

Don't forget to check out the Frugal Friday specials, which you will also find at Kraftin' Kimmie's Shop.  They are all 40-50% off until Sunday night.

Have a great weekend and we hope to see your creations linked up on the Kraftin' Kimmie Challenge Blog this week.

Diana


Saturday, September 22, 2012

Fall Colours!

Hi everyone, hope you are enjoying a lovely weekend.  We Krafty Girls have been having fun making cards in fall colours.  This week's challenge comes from our own lovely Kim O'Connell.  I love fall, but it's hard to believe that summer is over and in fact the first day of fall was yesterday.  Wow, where has that summer gone?  It's really true, the older you get, the faster the time goes by.

I have used the Scarecrow from the Wizard of Oz collection by Annie Rodrigue.  Isn't he just so cute and sassy?  It was so much fun colouring him to match my fall papers.  The card stocks I used are Always Artichoke from S.U., which believe it or not is current.  I seem to use a lot of retired colours, which is what the other colour is, it's Morning Marigold, which I love.  I wish they would bring it back before I run out of it.  As you can see, my card is very simple, but I seem to like them that way.  I used a border of A. Artichoke and used a border punch, which I can't remember the name of, but it's a Fiskars punch.  I put a strip of shiny copper coloured rick rack across the centre.  It doesn't show up in the photo, but it really is very shiny and matches the copper brads I used on the sentiment layer, but they don't show up either.  I used Labels 6 Nesties for the image and then I drew around the die to make a frame in A. Artichoke, which is slightly larger than the image layer.  I cut it out and it makes a great frame.  I also used a smaller Labels 6 Nestie for the sentiment, which comes from Kimmie's Thankful Sentiments.  I added a cute little pumpkin embellie and that's it.

Be sure to hop on over to Kraftin' Kimmie's Shop to see the Frugal Friday Specials which will be on sale till Sunday night.  They are all 40-50% off.  This week's goodies are Tara, Toymaker Elf, Angie, Henri, Moaning Moira and Wendy.

So now your mission (ha ha!) is to make a fall card for us all to see.  Be sure to link it up to Kraftin' Kimmie's Challenge Blog for a chance to win the adorable Lulu and her Bear, which is the stamp Kim used.

Happy Stamping,
Diana


Sunday, September 16, 2012

Yay!! September Release and Hop Day at Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps!!



Well welcome back!! It’s Krafty RELEASE Day at KRAFTIN' KIMMIE STAMPS!! And we’re celebrating with a KRAFTY HOP!! We're deckin' our halls and jinglin' our bells with the NEW Holiday Stamps for you to SEE this month and we've got them in a fabulous showcase just FOR YOU!

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!! Lulu is back from Cheryl Alger.....and she's all dressed up for the holidays with her little sister....it's HOLIDAY LULU AND LIBBY!! We also have an adorable set of SIX images from Emilie Goulet called SANTA AND HIS ELVES! And of course we have an amazing new set of SIX super sweet HOLIDAY GIRLS from Annie Rodrigue that are simply precious! OH
and don’t forget the exclusive line of sentiment stamps that will coordinate with ALL your images.... called HOLIDAY TRINKETS by the lovely Nicole Aspinall!!!

You will get to see most of the new images today as you sit back and enjoy our SEPTEMBER 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!!

Now here we go............let's get hoppin'!!

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Last Preview and Sketch Challenge Before the Krafty Hop!!

Well, what do you know, it's Saturday again and time for a sketch challenge.  We usually have a sketch challenge on the Saturday before a new release and this time is no exception.  You will find the template for this week's sketch at Kraftin' Kimmie's Challenge Blog.  I have pretty much followed it and for my card, I used the very cute Madeline and her little cat.  I used Basic Grey Wassail patterned papers on my card. I love the muted greys and greens in these papers.  As usual I coloured Penelope using my Copics and I doodled around the edge of the image layer.  I matted her onto some retired True Thyme card stock from S.U. and then onto some also retired Cranberry Crisp C.S.  I put a wide strip of the paper behind the image layer and bordered it with True Thyme.  I put a piece of white behind that and used a snowflake border at the bottom.  I used some Soft Suede ribbon on the strip, which actually matches the True Thyme and put a poinsetta at the top edge.  I stamped the sentiment 'Raindrops on Roses and Whiskers on Kittens', which comes with the stamp and I cut it out using one of my Nesties, then I sponged the edges with Soft Suede ink.  The finishing touch was some tiny gold jingle bells, which were given to me by the very sweet and generous Kerry of 'Cards By Kerry', also a fellow team mate.

The sketch has been provided by our fabulous and fun Sheri and she has used Grace for her card, so some lucky stamper will win that stamp.  I also forgot to mention one very important thing, which is that today we are showing all Annie's new stamps.  Make sure you check out all the blogs of the other design team members, leave a comment at each of them for a chance to win some of the new Annie stamps.  They are all wonderful and I can't wait to colour the rest of them.

Don't forget to come back tomorrow for our Krafty Hop and a chance to win some more rubber, and all of the new images will be available at Kraftin' Kimmie's Shop!!

See you tomorrow,
Diana

Friday, September 14, 2012

Previewing Emilie's September Release Stamps for Kraftin' Kimmie!

Hello all you stampers,

Today I have a preview card using one of the gorgeous Emilie images, soon to be available at Kraftin' Kimmie's Shop!!  On Sunday at 1 a.m. in fact.  Woo Hoo, you are going to love them.

I have used Christmas Is Love and I guess this little gal is a gift wrapping elf.  I had fun working with her.  I even had a little left over zeal for paper piecing from last week's challenge, so I paper pieced her sash and bow.  Therefore I have used 4 different papers on this card.  I made 3 strips of different lengths and cut the ends into flags.  I added some star buttons at the top of each, then I used some green baker's twine across the front and added some to a little candy cane button and placed it in the bottom corner.  The card base is poppy parade from S.U. and so is the frame around the image.  I matted some Pool Party C.S., also from S.U. onto the base, behind the 'word' paper.

O.K., so come back tomorrow to see what other new eye candy we have for you.  I don't think you'll be disappointed.

Don't forget to leave some love at the blogs of each of the designers for a chance to win some lovely Emilie rubber.  2 lucky gals will each win a package of some of the stamps.

I'll be back tomorrow,

Happy stamping,
Diana

Saturday, September 8, 2012

Challenge 145!! Paper Piecing!!

Well, here we are again, time for another Kraftin' Kimmie Challenge.  This week our lovely hostess is the very talented Jesse and as the title says, she would like us to do some paper piecing on our cards.  I love to paper piece, but I tend to forget to do it.  However, after I did this card, I even did some on one of my preview cards for next weekends September Release.  Wow, can you believe it's time again for a fabulous release!!  Anyway, I digress as usual.  I took the opportunity to use this very sweet Caroline image and make a card for a baby shower I'm going to today.  Caroline is perfect for paper piecing and was fun to do.  I used some soft and pretty MM Flower Patch patterned papers.  My card is very simple, but I added some stitching to give it a bit more oomph!  The card base and inside image frame is good old retired Blush Blossom from S.U. and the green is current S.U. Wild Wasabi, which I find I use so much, it seems to work with so many patterned papers.  I used the sentiment 'You Glow Girl', which comes with the stamp along with the sentiment 'Expecting A Package?'.  I added a few green half pearls and that's it.  Plain, but I like it.

So now it's your turn to do some paper piecing.  We love to see your creations and the winner will receive the new Lola Lollipop stamp.  She is my favourite of the Candy Girls which were released last month for Hallowe'en. 

Be sure to pop on over to Kraftin' Kimmie's Stamp Shop and check out this weeks' Frugal Friday stamps.  They are all 40-50% off and will be available until Sunday night.

Have a wonderful weekend and Happy Stamping,
Diana

Saturday, September 1, 2012

Kraftin' Kimmie Kraft Challenge and Sale too!!

Good Saturday morning to all you lovely crafters out there.  I sincerely hope you are having a great weekend.  It's going to be another hot one here in Southwestern Ontario.  Tomorrow we are into September, can you believe that?

Anyway, this weekend, the Kraftin' Kimmie Challenge is to use kraft cardstock on your card somewhere.  Our hostess is the uber talented Amanda.  I love her work!

For my card I used one of the very cute Snips and Snails stamps.  There are 3 stamps in the set and I love them as I'm always needing masculine cards, both for little guys and big guys.  This set is perfect.  I stamped this little guy on Neenah white cardstock and of course coloured him with my trusty Copics.  The patterned papers I used belonged to my DD Kimmie as I was at a Krafty Party at her house on the weekend.  I wanted to work on my card for this challenge and none of the packs of papers I took would work with Kraft cardstock, so as usual it was Kimmie to the rescue.  Thanks Kim!!

The image was cut out with my Deckle Nesties and I sponged around the outside with wheat chalk ink before I took it out of the die.  I used Baja Breeze on the photo corners, the border on the striped piece and also for the tag.  The 'Oh Boy' comes with the Snips and Snails set along with several other cute sentiments.  I added a piece of twill tape down the centre and gathered it with twine through a brown button.  I matted it all onto Pumpkin Pie CS, then onto a card base of kraft.  So that's it, I hope you all have some kraft CS to work with, it's great for so many projects, so I always have some on hand.  We can't wait to see your creations.  The randomly chosen card will win the stamp Amanda is using on her card, which is the Fortune Teller from the new Special Release called THREE WISHES.

We have some more GREAT NEWS!  Kimmie is having yet another SALE this week.  Instead of the 6 Frugal Friday Specials, she has put a whole bunch of stamps on sale.  Go to Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps shop and click on Deals, Deals, Deals to see all the bargains.  Even some of the Lulu stamps are on sale and everyone loves those.

Well, I'm looking forward to seeing your crafty creations, so I'll be looking for you!!

Diana