Monday, December 17, 2012

One last Christmas card before the big day!

Copic colors used:  skin- E00, E000, R20, BV00, E11 hair- E15, E13, Y21, Y000 wings- YG17, YG13, YG01 red accents- R59, R29, R22 white- C3, C1, C00, 0 bells, YG28, YG26, YG21, YG00 purple halo- BV02, BV000, BV0000.V0000 dot background- BV02, BV000, BV0000, V0000 ground-C5, C3, C1, C00 gray shading around image- C3, C1

Hey, all!  Time for one last Christmas card  before the end of the year.  Yes, you guessed it, this sweet image is by none other than Mo Manning for Penny Black.  I can't seem to get enough of her amazing images these days and out of all of the ones I've colored lately, this one, by far was the most fun.  This is Christmas Fairy Holly and she is also available in Mo's online shop at Mo's Digital Pencil.

This image is super large and really takes up a lot of real estate on the front of a card, but that's okay.  There's no real need for much else.  I again used that pop of purple around the image, a technique that I stole...err...umm..borrowed from my mom.  It really makes that white skirt stand out and I love that!  In addition to the purple halo, I've shaded around the image in light cool gray tones as a finishing touch.  This gives the image a bit more depth and really causes the image to stand out from the background.  I'm almost having more fun playing with the backgrounds as I am coloring the main images ;)

Okay, that's probably it for a few days.  If I don't pop back in with something new, I want to wish all of you a Merry Christmas!  I hope you bask in the love of friends and family and really enjoy the spirit of the season.  I cherish each and every one of you :)  

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Ragged Santa

Copic colors used:  skin- E00, E000, R20, BV00 beard- C3, C1, C00, 0  white trim on suit- B000, B0000 reds- R59, R29, R22  greens- G28, G24, G21  gold accents- Y28, Y26, Y21, Y00 black boots- C7, C5, C3, C1 ground- C5, C3, C1, C00 halo background- BV02, BV000, BV0000, V0000 dots- BV02, BV000, BV0000, V0000 gray shadow around image- C3, C1 

Hey, all!  Welcome back!  I hope you had a great weekend and that your Christmas chores are all behind you :)  Not for me, however.  I still need to put up the tree, decorate the house, buy gifts, wrap them...sheesh!  There is just not enough hours in the day!  How do I go about getting Santa to send me some of those elves?  LOL!

Anyway, I'm still having fun with those images created by Mo Manning for Penny Black.  This one is called Ragged Santa and he is also available in Mo's shop, Mo's Digital Pencil.  I keep forgetting to log my Copic Colors, but I managed to jot these down.  I've been adding some purple halo and dot effects around my images lately, particularly the ones featuring some white.  The purple really makes the white pop.  I picked this little trick up from my insanely talented mother, who gave me a holiday card over Thanksgiving that featured a snowman.  She shaded him with light shades of purple rather than the usual grays or blues.  I totally fell in love with this idea!  Let's hear it for mom :D

I'm going to keep this post short and I will catch you tomorrow with one more Christmas card :)  Until then, stay crafty!  

Another Penny Black Christmas Card

Hey, all!  I'm back...again!  I have posted a record number of cards this week and it's not even a release week at Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps...LOL!  I should get a cookie!  Maybe a pat on the back?  Awe, come on!  Throw me a bone here, people ;D

Today I'm sharing another card using a couple of mages by Mo Manning for Penny Black.  You can also find each of these on Mo's site at Mo's Digital Pencil, one is called Winter Window and the other is Christmas Lamp Post.  I had such a great time coloring these and used the colored photos on the packaging as my guide.  Again, I kept the embellishments simple and let the images be the star of the show.  I can't tell you how much fun I've had playing with these images this week.  AND that's not all...I've still got more cards to share :D  

Pop back in tomorrow and I'll have another card to show you!  Until then, stay crafty!  

Saturday, December 15, 2012

A new challenge at Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps: Keep cozy!

Hey, all!  I'm back today to share the new challenge at Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps!  This one is brought to you by the incomparable Elaine Hughes!  She has tasked us with creating a "cozy" card by using a warm theme or color scheme.  I opted for a bit of the latter.  

I used Lexi from the Off We Go set by Cheryl Alger.  Isn't Lexi adorable toting her bag and travel companion along?  She makes me smile :)  I'm thinking she's headed off somewhere warm and sunny with the family.  Speaking of warm and sunny, that's exactly what Albuquerque is NOT, right now.  It was cold and rainy yesterday and calling for snow today...WHAH???!!!  I just don't have the stomach (or the wardrobe) for cold weather.  I know for most of you, our weather is very mild, but I have slowly turned into a weeny over the years and any little chill sends me shivering now.  I am actually praying for the sweet embrace of a hot flash to envelope me and sear this chill off.  Sad, huh?  

I digress...back to our regularly scheduled programming...

Don't forget... our DECEMBER Gimme Kimmies Kits are now available, so grab the new stamps at a discount now!! You can buy them all individually as well! Don't forget our Twelve Krafty Days of Khristmas celebration that is going on now with posts every day leading up to Christmas! Be sure to leave comments on each post for a chance to WIN and every day has special stamps ON SALE 25-50% OFF for that day ONLY! Don't miss your favourites!    

Guess what?  I'll be back tomorrow with something new!  Until then, stay krafty!

Friday, December 14, 2012

A Penny Black Christmas Card

Hey, bloggers!  I'm back today with a Christmas Card.  This adorable image is by artist Mo Manning for Penny Black.  I used the cling version from PB, but Mo has this image on her digi website, Mo's Digital Pencil,  available for purchase here.  It's called Hanging the Stockings and is just plain ol' fun to color.  I'll be coloring up more of Mo's fabulous images over the next few days so pop back in from time to time.       

Catch ya next time!  Until then, stay crafty!

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Happy Hanukkah!

Copic colors used:  blue greens (BG49, BG13, BG10), yellow greens (YG17, YG13, YG01), golds (Y28, Y26, Y21, Y000), doves (C3, C1, 0)

Hey, all!  I'm back with a non design team post for a change ;)  

A good friend of mine requested a few custom holiday cards back in September including a Hanukkah card.  She gave me plenty of time to get my stamping ducks in a row and complete this project, however, I waited until 2-weeks ago to start.  The "Cheryl" timeline is ALWAYS askew and grossly underestimated.  I never allow for any sort of snags and, of course, they always present themselves at the last moment.  Such was the case with this particular card.  

I knew for certain that I had a Happy Hanukkah stamp I had purchased years ago, but when it came time to dig it out, I couldn't find it!  No way!  This is not happening!  I finally gave up trying to locate it and resorted to shopping at the local stamp stores to see what they had available, which was a big fat nothing :(  I was frazzled and thought for sure I was going to have to throw in the towel on this card.  I made one last attempt to find it, pulling out every holiday stamp I've ever purchased, and placing them in piles all over the floor of my craft space.  Not a pretty sight, but lo and behold, I found it!  Way down in the bottom of a neglected box of stamps, there it sat...brand spanking new and waiting for some ink :)

What a relief!  And such a great stamp, too!  It is a very large design by Outlines, but the letters are nice and open, perfect for coloring.  I checked their site and I don't think it's even available anymore, which is all the more reason why I'm happy I found it.

As I mentioned, this is a very large image, so there was no need for a lot of unnecessary embellishments.  Heck, not only was there no need for them, there was no ROOM for them!  Anyway, I had a good time coloring this one up.  It seems a bit non-traditional, but I'm hoping that my friend likes it :)

I have lots more cards to share over the next few days, so please pop back in for a visit :D  Stay crafty! 

Saturday, December 8, 2012

Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps December Release and a HOP!!!

Well welcome back!! It’s Krafty RELEASE Day at KRAFTIN' KIMMIE STAMPS!! And we’re celebrating with a KRAFTY HOP!! 

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!! We've got a sweet new set with the kiddos and their pets from Cheryl's BEST FUR-IENDS! We also have an adorable set from Emilie Goulet called PARTY MONSTERS! And of course we have an amazing new set of SIX gorgeous CIRCUS GIRLS from Annie Rodrigue that are simply stunning! OH and don’t forget the exclusive line of sentiment stamps that will coordinate with lots of images but especially our new circus girls.... called CIRCUS TRINKETS by the lovely Nicole Aspi

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

Today I am using the zaftig princess, Esmerelda and she is large and in charge!  Just like me...LOL!  Seriously, she is my absolute favorite from this release.  Don't ask me why I added the little skull beads to the card, it must be because of the skull tat that Esmerelda is sporting on her arm.  See, she is too cool!  Of course, I finished this card off with one of the Circus Trinkets.  Perfect for pairing with the Circus Girls!  

***ONE LAST THING!!! Our HUGE RETIREMENT SALE is still going on right now at Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps with so many stamps up to 75% OFF and some stamps as low as $1.50!! Say what?? Yep!! We need to make room for all the new stamps coming our way in 2013, so we're retiring a lot of stamps!! Keep in mind, once they're gone, they're gone and some have already sold out!!! So scoop up the ones you've had your eye on or pass your wishlist over to a loved one!! What a great way to fill your stocking!!!

Now let's get hoppin'!!

Challenge #158: Release and Sketch!!!

So are you here for a new challenge or are you here to check out the brand new ANNIE stamps for DECEMBER???? Well, either way, we've got ya covered!! Not only do we have a new weekly challenge but we also have SIX new AWESOME stamps!!! 

This month we have a unique twist on a common theme...... CIRCUS GIRLS!!! Prepare to be amazed by the greatest show on earth !!!! (Cue the big top music!)

Just wait 'til you see all the incredible creations by the Krafty Girls and Guests featuring Arielle, Beatrix with her dog Bijou, Clementine, Esmerelda, Godiva and Ruby the Ringmistress!!
It's another incredibly fun release!!

Check out all the amazing creations on today's hop in combination with a fantastic SKETCH!! Use the sketch she has provided as inspiration for your card or scrapbook page! And the random winner of this week's challenge will receive the new ARIELLE, as featured on Alice's gorgeous creation!! We really hope you are inspired by this week's challenge and share your inky creations!!! We SO enjoy seeing your beautiful designs inspired by our challenges!

Today I used the fabulous duo, Beatrix and Bijou.  AND...GUESS WHAT??  I actually remembered the sketch this time...LOL!  I adore these new CIRCUS GIRLS and can't wait to color up more ;D

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

ALL of our DECEMBER stamps will be available TOMORROW at the Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps Shop!!! So be sure to come on back to enjoy our Release Day Krafty HOP!!

Happy hoppin'!!

Friday, December 7, 2012

December Krafty Peeks at Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps: Day Three!

Today at Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps we are sharing a new set by the totally talented Emilie Goulet!!! We've got something super fun and so unique for you!! Perfect for the little kiddos in your life....and maybe young at heart peeps too Let us introduce..... PARTY MONSTERS!! Emilie has created a fun set of MONSTER images for your cards and scrapbook pages!

Below you will find a list of all the Krafty Girls who are sharing PEEKS with you today!! And as you're hoppin' around, be sure to leave a comment at each stop because someone will win a package of these fun stamps!!

All our new DECEMBER 2012 stamps will be available on Sunday at the Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps Shop!!! And come on back tomorrow because not only will we have a fantastic new challenge for you, but we'll be revealing the NEW stamps by Annie Rodrigue!!! Get ready to take a trip the CIRCUS

Happy hoppin'!!

Thursday, December 6, 2012

December Peeks at Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps: Day 2!

Welcome back to our DECEMBER Kraftin' Kimmie Peeks!!! Today we are excited to share the ADORABLE new set by artist Cheryl Alger!!! You'll recognize these characters from previous sets.....Lulu and little sister Libby, Lexi and Lucas! And they are having a fabulous time caring for their furry friends!!! It's BEST FUR-IENDS!!! 

All the Krafty Girls and Krafty Guests listed below have lots of super designs to show you, so be sure to hop over to each of them! And while you're there, be sure to leave a comment because we are giving away one of EACH of the new sets!!! You could WIN the new BEST FUR-IENDS stamp set!!!!!

Then come on back tomorrow to check out MORE new stamps we have to show you , this time by artist Emilie Goulet!!! And ALL the new stamps will be available on Sunday at the KKStamps Shop!!

Happy hoppin'!

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

December's Peeks at Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps: Day One!

WOW! I can't believe it's the end of the year already!!Well, we've got lot of amazing new stuff at Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps!! for our final release of 2012!! Get ready for our DECEMBER 2012 RELEASE!!!!! 

We are kicking off the *New* DECEMBER Kraftin’ Kimmie Stamps previews today and first off, we’d like to introduce you to a beautiful new set of Trinkets!!! We are very excited to share with you our GORGEOUS….CIRCUS TRINKETS!!! 

What a FUN set of awesome new stamps....and I don't suppose it's going to be too hard to figure out what theme one of the artists worked with this month, huh??

These circular sentiment stamps have been created and designed by the totally talented Krafty Girl, Nicole Aspinall!! They are made especially to fit in your 1 3/8ths and 1 ¾ inch punches, for quick and easy cutting!!! This month we are releasing the CIRCUS Trinkets set which includes EIGHT trinkets in each set with four of each size and they come as both positive and negative images, so you can use your black or brown ink with the positive stamps and use your coloured inks with the negative ones!! You will get the set as a completely unmounted full sheet of deeply etched grey rubber.

A lot of the Krafty Girls are cardmakers and we have found these to be such a quick and easy way to add a sentiment to our creations or to use as the focal point on your cards! They are also perfect for your Smashbook pages and your scrapbook pages, not to mention your altered items and tags!! No stamper's stash is complete without them!

Today we have awesome samples that the Krafty Girls have put together for you....and be sure to comment on each and every stop because one lucky stamper is going to WIN the new CIRCUS TRINKETS set!!! {And just WAIT 'til you see how they combine with our other NEW December stamps!!!}

Happy kraftin'!

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Challenge #157 at Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps! Baby it's cold outside!

Welcome back for another awesome challenge at Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps!!! We are LOVING your submissions!!! It's awesome to see so many of you creating with KKS!!! Keep them coming!

Next up, I would like to introduce you to our three Krafty Guests for the month of December!! You may remember that back a couple of months ago, we had our Anniversary Party and had a few challenges! Well, these three talented ladi
es won!!! And they get to join us for the whole month!!! Say hello to Marilyn, Karen and Anita!!! Welcome, ladies!!

This week our hostess is, drumroll please!  Moi!!!  Yep, it's little ol' me ;D   I'm calling my challenge BABY IT'S COLD OUTSIDE!! So create a card, scrapbook page or altered item in the spirit of WINTER or cold weather! Get kreative!! Have some krafty fun and join us this week because we'd LOVE to see your KKS designs. We hope you can play along!!!

Don't forget about the amazing RETIREMENT SALE going on NOW! There are over 200 of our stamps on SPECIAL 20-75% OFF and a good bunch of them are retiring, so scoop them up while you can! They are SELLING OUT!!

Also the November Gimme Kimmies Kits are only available until Sunday night, so grab the new stamps at a discount now!! ALSO we are releasing the December stamps a little early so that you can order them in time for the holidays!!! Krafty Peeks start on WEDNESDAY!!!  YIKES!  I better get started ;D

Check out the wonderful creations by the Krafty Girls and Guests featuring this week's challenge!! If you join us and play along, you could WIN the gorgeous stamp of EVA, as featured on my card!

Happy kraftin'!!