Thursday, November 29, 2012

Card #2 for My Next Class at CP2!

Hey, all!  Just a super quick post to share the second card I will be teaching at China Phoenix 2 on December 15th at 1:00pm.  More Tim Holtz inspired techniques, dies and tools.  I just can't get enough of that man!  Ssshhhhh...don't tell my!  Okay, I'm going to skedaddle now.  Hey, I told you it was going to be a super quick post ;D  Catch ya later!  Stay crafty!

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

My Next Class at China Phoenix 2!

Hey, all!  Welcome back!  Today I want to share one of two cards I will be teaching at China Phoenix 2 on December 15th at 1:00pm.  Both cards will feature lots of Tim Holtz dies, tools, and techniques, which I just LOVE!

Do you ever start to pile stuff onto a card and find you can't help but keep adding more.  Yes, I've heard the adage "Less is more", but apparently I have no concept of what that means.  Especially where this card is concerned, LOL!  

I started by creating a fun splashy background using Distress Inks in last seasons winter colors...Iced Spruce, Evergreen Bough, and Fired Brick.  Oops, I should have used Festive Berries to make the trio complete, but Fired Brick is my absolute favorite red in the Distress line.  I swiped these colors onto a craft sheet and misted generously with water to form little droplets of diluted ink, then I laid my white paper panel down and gave it a gentle twist or two before I pulled it off the sheet.  Not too much though, as I didn't want to muddy the colors.  I went back in and dabbed up the remaining droplets so that I had lots of inky splatters on my panel.  A blast with a heat gun to set it and then I was ready to add more color.  I used the Evergreen Bough reinker and just swiped the dropper across the sheet in a swirly pattern.  I didn't even squeeze any additional color out of the dropper, more or less I just used what was on the tip.  I misted this lightly with water and laid my paper down again.  This time I didn't twist the paper, but pulled it straight up.  That's where those brighter splashes of color came from.  I LOVE creating backgrounds with the Distress Line!  The possibilities are endless!

Next, I just PILED on the die cuts and the embellishments.  There is NO WAY this card is going in an envelope...LOL!  My thought process went something like this...if one rose is good, two are better!  If two roses  are good, a clump of pinecones is better!  And so on, and so on.  Crazy, I know ;D

Anyway, this is the first of two cards I will be teaching.  If you're in or around the Albuquerque area on December 15th and feel like getting crafty, come join me!  Call Nancy at China Phoenix 2 at (505)884-8217 and she'll add your name to the roster.  I'll be back in a day or two to share the other card.  I have to make it first...LOL!  ;D

Until next time, stay crafty!       

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Challenge #156 at Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps: Holidays!

Hey, all!  Welcome back  Did you have a wonderful Thanksgiving?  We certainly did!  Lots of family time, lots of laughter, and LOTS of good food!  What a day ;D  

Today I'm back with a new challenge at Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps and the ridiculously talented Elaine Hughes is our Hostess with the Mostest this week.  She's asking us to create a Christmas themed project, how perfect is that!  All of us have Christmas cards to make, so why not join this week's challenge in the process?  

I'm using an adorable image from Cheryl Alger's set, Lexi's Winter Fun.  Isn't Lexi sweet as pie?  I just love her!  Check out those awesome crocheted flowers!  My sister made them for me as I was making this card.  Mom drove up from Las Cruces for Thanksgiving so we had a craftin' day at my house.  Mom and I made cards and I told Trissi she had to crochet me 15 flowers before she could leave.  Cruel, I know...LOL!  Anyway, I think she cranked out 6, which I gladly took, including the 2 I used on my card :)  I'm expecting a stocking full for Christmas...she better get started!  HAHA!

Anywho, create a holiday themed card and join this week's challenge.  You might be randomly selected to win the image Elaine used on her fabulous card!

One more thing...visit the Kraftin' Kimmie shop and check out all the sale stamps!  Lots of stuff is being retired so this might be your last chance to snatch up some of these fabulous images.  DON'T delay! 

Okay, that's it for me!  Until next time, stay krafty!

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Release Day!

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 two new sets from Cheryl's OFF WE GO and DELIGHTFUL VERSES!! We also have an adorable set from Emilie Goulet called CUTE-A-SAURUS!! And of course we have an amazing new set of SIX gorgeous new TRAVEL GIRLS from Annie Rodrigue that are simply stunning! OH and don’t forget the exclusive line of sentiment stamps called TRAVEL TRINKETS by the lovely Nicole Aspinall!!!
You will get to see most of the new images today as you sit back and enjoy our November 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!! 

And if all that isn't enough for you, Kimmie has put OVER 200 stamps on special!!!! And some of them are retiring! So hurry over so you can scoop up those stamps you've been wanting. Or hand a list to your loved ones with that pleading look in your eye. 

Day Four of November Krafty Peeks at Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps and a New Challenge!

Welcome back to the latest and greatest challenge at Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps and a peek at Annie Rodrigue's new line of images...TRAVEL GIRLS!  Just wait 'til you see all the incredible creations by the Krafty Girls and Guests featuring Carmen from Spain, Felina from Mexico, Helena from Greece, Myriam from Switzerland, Priya from India and Svetlana from Russia!! Prepare your pocketbook.....because you're gonna want them ALL!  They also pair incredibly well with the new Travel Trinkets featured Wednesday.    

Check out all the amazing creations on today's hop in combination with this week's challenge!! The lovely SHERI is our hostess this week and her challenge features 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 MYRIAM, as featured on her 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!

As you look over the sketch and my card, it won't take you but a second to notice that something's not quite right.  Well, have I got a story for you.  Earlier in the week, I interviewed for a part-time seasonal gig at a wonderful local stamp store here in Albuquerque called the The Hen House Paperie.  Lo and behold, I got the job!  My first day was yesterday, but I also had a design team card due.  I got up in the morning and colored my images, cut them out, pulled some papers and then skipped off to my new job, happy that I'm going to be working around the very tools and supplies that bring me an immense amount of joy everyday.  I was also confident that I would be able to quickly assemble my DT card when I got home, even though I knew I would be really pushing the limits of that deadline.  

The shop was abuzz with activity all day and I learned so much that my brain was overflowing with new information.  Many folks I knew popped in and it was fab seeing them and catching up.  I was enjoying myself SOOOO MUCH that, before I knew it, I had stayed an extra 45 minutes and had cut dangerously into my DT card time.  OOPS!  I jumped in my truck and zoomed home, still sure I could crank that card out within a reasonable time frame.  

Once home, I mumbled a greeting to Kirk and told him I needed an hour before we could leave the house and grab a bite to eat somewhere.  I sat down at my desk and immediately engaged in a frenzy of cutting, glueing, glittering, sticking, and sniping!  Paper was flying!  If one of the cats ventured too close, they would be in danger of losing an eye!  I decided I didn't like the paper I had picked out earlier, so then I commenced to digging and clawing through stacks of scraps and sheets of papers.  EUREKA!  I found a glittery scrap that would do the job!  Then I decided it needed more pizzaz, so I started gluing anything and everything I could find to the front...more paper scraps, a piece of burlap, ribbon, a TH metal tag, a clump of cat fur!  KIDDING, but who knows!  I was crazed!  Once the glitter settled, I sat back and checked out my card.  Not too shabby!  It would do.  

As all this was going on, the ticking of the clock was looming in the background, and each tick loudly thumped in my head.  TICK, TICK, TICK.  At the same time, hubby was in the living room, trying to be patient while his stomach grumbled it's hunger protest.  What a relief that I could finally load my card. As I'm putting it in the folder, my eyes start to pick up on a pattern among the DT cards already in there...OH, NO!!!  IT'S A SKETCH!  The challenge, the week of a release, is ALWAYS a sketch!  DUH!!!  You would think that after a year, I would start to remember this each month, but NO!  Anyway, that's why my card is a super loosey goosey, cross-eyed interpretation of the sketch.  Please forgive :)   

Friday, November 16, 2012

Day Three of November's Krafty Peeks at Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps!

Copic colors used:  dino- YG67, YG17, YG13, YG01 dino stripes- YR68, Y21, Y00 and R22, R20, R00  flowers- R29, R22, R20 and YR68, Y00  background and dots- B01, B000, B000, B41 ground and dots- C5, C3, C1 C00

Today at Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps we are sharing a new set by the totally talented Emilie Goulet!!! We've got something super cute and so unique for you!! Perfect for the little kidlets in your life....and maybe some old fossils too!!! It's CUTE-A-SAURUS!! Emilie has created a fun set of DINOSAUR 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 NOVEMBER 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 around the world!!

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Day Two of November's Krafty Peeks for Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps!

Welcome back to our NOVEMBER Krafty Peeks!!! Today we are excited to share the TWO new SETS by artist Cheryl Alger!!! First we have some characters that you are already familiar with.....Lulu, Lexi and Lucas! And we are very excited to share a sweet new inspirational set by Cheryl!!! It's OFF WE GO!! and DELIGHTFUL VERSES!!! 

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 OFF WE GO! or DELIGHTFUL VERSES 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, November 14, 2012

Day One of November's Krafty Peeks at Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps!

Well, it's that time again!! Time for lots of wonderful NEW STAMPS at Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps!! Get ready for our NOVEMBER 2012 RELEASE!!!!!

We are kicking off the *New* NOVEMBER 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….TRAVEL TRINKETS!!! 

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
TRAVEL Trinkets
set which includes
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
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 TRAVEL TRINKETS set!!! {And just WAIT 'til you see how they combine with our other NEW November stamps!!!}

Happy kraftin'!

Saturday, November 10, 2012

A New Challenge at Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps: Food/Drink Themed Image!

Copic colors used:  skin-E00, E000, R20, BV00 hair-E18, E09, E07, E01 popcorn-E35, Y21, Y000 popcorn box-R39, R35, R32, C5, C3, C1, YR68, Y21, Y00 background-B01, B60, B000, B000, C3, C1 dots-B01, B60, B000, B0000 ground-C5, C3, C1, C00, 0 (CB)
Hey, all!  Welcome back!  This week's challenge at Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps is brought to you by the uber fabulous Kerry Johnson and she is tasking us with using a Food or Drink Themed Image on our cards.  Sounds a bit tricky, doesn't it?  However, take a peek at all of the KKS images in the Kraftin' Kimmie Shop that center around food or drink and you will quickly see that it's really not a problem AT ALL...LOL!  In fact, you will have a tough time narrowing it down to just one ;D

After combing through all of my images a dozen times and changing my mind about 2 dozen times, I finally settled on Pippa Popcorn.  She's just so happy and that pretty much conveys how I feel about a big ol' tub of popcorn, myself.  I colored Pippa with Copics and gave her a fun little background treatment with some dots, and blues, and grays.  She was fun to color, but now I am really hankering for some movie popcorn!  Hmmm...maybe Kirk and I should go check out that new James Bond flick tonight ;D

BUT, I digress!  Join the challenge this week and you might be randomly selected to receive the wonderful image that Kerry used on her card!  Also, don't forget to check out the Frugal Friday Specials by clicking on the Deals, Deals, Deals section in the shop.  They are all winter themed and "must haves" for your stamping arsenal.  

Catch ya next week with LOTS of new stuff!  Until then, stay krafty! 

Saturday, November 3, 2012

Challenge #153 at Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps: Create Your Own Background

Hey, all!  Welcome back!  Time for a new challenge at Krafty Kimmie Stamps!  This time our fabulous hostess is the one and only Melanie Holtz.  Melanie has a good one for us...create a background using any technique.  Melanie drew her background by hand and it looks AMAZING!  I decided to go simple, so I swiped a couple of lighter tone Distress Ink pads across a white dies and misted it generously with water.  Let it dry and you have a simple background.  

I used a new image on my card and he comes from the Snow Day Lucas set. While you're milling about the Kraftin' Kimmie Shop, be sure to check out the Frugal Friday Specials...6 fabulous designs at a deep, deep discount!  Also, the Gimmee Kimmee kits are on sale through Sunday, so NOW is the time to pick them up!

Alrighty, I'm going to keep this post short, until next time...stay krafty!