Saturday, January 26, 2013

A new challenge at Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps: Something old, Something new

Copic colors used:  skin- E00, E000, R20, BV00, E11 hair- E18, E09, E07, E02 costume and stockings- C7, C5, C3, C1, BG75, BG72, BG10 background and dots- Y35, Y21, Y000, YR0000

Hello, bloggers!  

Welcome back for another awesome challenge here at Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps!!!

This week our hostess is Sharon!! And her challenge is Something Old, Something New!! So create a card, scrapbook page or altered item using something you've had for at least a year along with something brand new to you (could be stamp, paper,anything at all)! 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!!!

I used the lovely Arielle for my card.  I paired her with some brand spanking new Authentique papers I picked up last week and for my "Something Old" item, I used one of my trusty dusty oval Spellbinders dies.  I think this was the very first die I purchased, so this puppy is several years old.  I love the look of a basic die cut layered with more intricate designs.    

Don't forget that our NEW January stamps are now available along with our Gimme Kimmies a discount!! But only until Sunday night, so grab 'em up!!

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

Happy kraftin'!!

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Here comes the bride...

Copic colors used:  skin - E00, E000, R20 hair - E15, E13, Y21, Y000 dress - C3, C1, C00, 0 bouquet - R59, R29, R22, G28, G24, G21 background - B95, B93, B91, B000, B0000 dotty accents - B95, B93, B91, B000, B0000

Hey, all!  I'm back today with a sample I created for The Hen House Paperie, the stamping/scrapbooking store I work at in Albuquerque, NM.  This place is a little slice of heaven, I tell ya.  I picked up this Stampingbella image (Uptown Girls Brigitte the bride) and some My Mind's Eye papers (Lost and Found 3) in the shop and whipped up this card yesterday.  Okay, it took me one whole day to color it and another day to put it together, but I'm a slow crafter.  In fact, tortoises tell me to hurry up!  LOL!  But they have a hard time holding the Copics, so at least I have that over them ;D

I'll keep this short.  This is a rather large image and since I added a background effect, it takes up most of the real estate on the card.  I did manage to layer some of the DPs together and cut some glittery elements from another sheet to add some interest, but it was a bit challenging to squeeze in those details.    Of course, there's ALWAYS room for bling!  

I better scoot!  Time to go to work ;D  Until next time, stay crafty!

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Quick and Easy Valentine's Day Cards

Hello, Bloggers!  What's that smell?!  Oh, yeah!  It's love!  LOVE is in the air!  

Are you like me?  I make cards ALL the time, but never seem to have enough time to make cards for the special people in my life, such as, birthday cards, Christmas cards, Mother and Father's Day cards, etc.  Yes, the list is endless!  I have stacks of cards sitting around my house, but I never seem to have anything that fits the bill when it comes to special cards for family and friends.  I have to confess that until a couple of years ago, I had never made a birthday card for my husband.  I know.  I'm terrible!  It never even occurred to me!  I've only been making cards for 15 years now, you would think that I would somehow make the connection to make him one.  Sheesh!  I've never been accused of being the sharpest pair of scissors in the craft bag.    

Oh, well!  I could sit here and beat myself up about it all day, but that would only be fun for my blog visitors for a short while and then it would get old.  I think part of the problem is that I am a very slow paper crafter.  It takes me roughly 4 hours to create a card from start to finish, sometimes longer.  The thought of creating 10 cards at time is exhausting to even think about!  So let's not think about it...LOL!    Instead, let me share with you a couple of quick and easy Valentine's Day cards I created using some wonderful papers from the "Lovely" line by Authentique and some Punch Out elements from that same group.  These cards came together quickly and with little effort.  I added buttons, twine and bling and was able to come up with a couple of cards to give out.  These, however, I took to the stamp store I work at, The Hen House Paperie.  A beautiful store filled to the brim with paper-y delights!  If you find yourself in the Albuquerque area, you should pop in and say "hello"!  

Okay, that's it for now!  Until next time, stay crafty!     

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Challenge #162 at Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps: Embellish it!

Hello, people of Blogland?  How are you?  Guess what time it is?  Yes, it's time for a new challenge at Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps.  Our beautiful hostess this week is Jessie and she is asking us to Embellish our projects!  That's right folks, use embellishments to add some pizzazz, and remember, more is better!

Join the challenge this week and if you're selected as our winner, you will receive the lovely image featured on Jessie's wonderful card.  

Also, Frugal Friday Specials are back so be sure to take a look at the bargains for this week as shown on the Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps blog and in the Krafin' Kimmie Stamps Shop.

Okay, folks!  That's all for now, catch you next time and until then, stay krafty!

Saturday, January 12, 2013

Release 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!! It's our first release for 2013 and it's a doozy!!!

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 sweet new sets with the kiddos from Cheryl Alger........SWEET DREAMS and LOVE IS THE BEST MEDICINE! We also have a fun new set from Emilie Goulet called BATTERIES NOT INCLUDED! And of course we have an amazing new set of SIX awesome NERDS AND GEEKS from Annie Rodrigue that are simply stunning! OH and don’t forget the incredible new Trinket stamps for the backs of your cards, envelopes, gift bags and tags .... called HANDMADE TRINKETS by the lovely Nicole Aspinall!!!

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

**ALSO we are having a Krafty Guest Contest right NOW! So if you'd like to submit, please check out this POST HERE!

Now let's get hoppin' and shoppin'!!

January Peeks at Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps: Day Four!

So are you here for a new challenge or are you here to check out the brand new ANNIE stamps for JANUARY 2013???? Well, not to worry! We've got BOTH!! Not only do we have a new weekly challenge but we also have SIX new AWESOME stamps!!!

This month we have a set of FABULOUS...... NERDS AND GEEKS!!! Don't we all know a few nerdy peeps in our everyday lives?? If you can't think of anyone in your's probably YOU!! Haha!

Just wait 'til you see all the FUN creations by the Krafty Girls and Guests featuring Astro Boy, Bookworm, Computer Nerd, Gamer Girl, Lab Geek and Robot Boy!! It's another incredibly fun release!! You will D.I.E.!!

Check out all the amazing creations on today's hop in combination with this week's challenge!! The lovely JENNY is our hostess this week and her challenge is ANYTHING GOES!! We want EVERYONE to play along and have a chance to win the new GAMER GIRL, as featured on Jenny'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!

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 stampers are each going to WIN a package of today's stamps!! Woohoo!!!

ALL of our JANUARY stamps will be available TONIGHT at the Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps Shop!!! We'll be celebrating tonight at our FIRST EVER ONLINE RELEASE PARTY!! It's over at our KKS Facebook fan page! Join us for all the fun!! You can find more details here!!

Happy hoppin'!!

Thursday, January 10, 2013

January Peeks at Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps: Day Two!

Copic colors used:  skin- E00, E000, R20, BV00 hair- E49, E37, E35, E31 pajamas- BG49, BG13, BG10, YG17, YG13, YG00  moon- YR68, Y35, Y21, Y13, Y00 teddy- E37, E35, E31 R20 background halo and dots- BV04, BV02, BV00, BV0000, V0000 shadow next to image- C5, C3, C1

Hey, all!  This little feller is capturing my state of mind at the moment.  I am tired enough to lay my head on my keyboard and just zone out for one or two (or three) days.  Every time I look at this image my eyelids start to feel really heavy.  In fact, while I was coloring it up, I had to get up and walk around a few times, because I could feel myself dozing off.  Quite a dangerous undertaking when you have a Copic in your hand...LOL!  Hmmm, wonder how I would look with an eyepatch?

Anywhooo!  Enough about my Copic adventures.  How about a little info regarding today's release?

Welcome back to our JANUARY Kraftin' Kimmie Peeks!!! Today we are excited to share TWO ADORABLE new sets by artist Cheryl Alger!!! You'll recognize these characters from previous sets.....Lulu, Lexi and Lucas! And they are just as cute as can be!!! These new sets are.......SWEET DREAMS and LOVE IS THE BEST MEDICINE!!

Would you like to know who won the new HANDMADE TRINKETS stamp set that we previewed yesterday???!! Well, you'll just have to wait until Saturday night at our very first ONLINE RELEASE PARTY!!! Hope you can join us for all the fun and excitement and prizes!!! You can read all the details about how you can join us on the Krafty Kimmie Stamps blog!

All the Krafty Girls and Krafty Guests listed below have lots of super sweet 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 SWEET DREAMS or LOVE IS THE BEST MEDICINE 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 Saturday night at the KKStamps Shop!!

Happy hoppin'!  

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

January Peeks at Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps: Day One!

Well it's 2013 and Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps is startin' things off with a BANG!!! We have tons of awesome new stamps for our first release of the year AND we're having our very first ONLINE RELEASE PARTY!!! It's happening this SATURDAY at our Facebook fan page....and you can get ALL the details HERE!!! All the new stamps we're sharing over the next few days will be released on SATURDAY NIGHT!

Now let's get on with our JANUARY 2013 RELEASE!!!!! 

We are kicking off the *New* JANUARY 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….HANDMADE TRINKETS!!

What a fabulous new set of Trinkets, wouldn't you say??? Here you are, creating all these gorgeous cards and gifts to give to your family and friends....and now you can stamp them up to show YOU made them!!

There are SIX fantastic stamps featuring images from our artists that you can use for the backs of your cards, for gift cards, altered items and all those baked goods you plan on giving out!! *wink*

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 Handmade Trinkets set which includes SIX trinkets in each set PLUS two tiny little copyright stamps so that you can stamp them in a tiny little obscure spot on your creations if you want! You will get the set as a completely unmounted full sheet of deeply etched grey rubber.

I gotta say....we love our TRINKET stamps, but we all absolutely ooohed and aaahed when these were unveiled!!! Heehee!

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 HANDMADE TRINKETS set!!! {All of this week's winners will be announced at the online party on Saturday night!}

Happy kraftin'!

Saturday, January 5, 2013

Challenge #160 at Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps: Animal Farm!

Happy New Year!!! We're 5 days into 2013.  How is it treating you thus far?  Me?  Well, I had high hopes, but what I have to show for it so far is an extra 4lbs from a gravy allergy.  Yep, apparently when I eat food slathered in rich, luscious gravy my butt swells up...HA!  Also, I've spent 2-weeks away from my sweet, sweet Copics and now I've forgotten how to use them.  See that sentiment on my card?  Yep, it's hiding a lot of red bleeding on that desk.  You can still see some of it even though I tried to cover it up.  Sheesh!  It's like a scene from Dexter only he wouldn't have been so sloppy.  Maybe Michael C. Hall can teach me how to use my Copics again...LOL!  

Anyway...I digress.  Let's check out the new challenge at KKS...

We hope you had a wonderful holiday and are ready for lots of amazing things for 2013 at Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps!! Let's start things off with another awesome challenge! Is your resolution to kraft more and SHARE more!?! It's awesome to see so many of you creating with KKS!!! Keep them coming!

This week our hostess is KIM O!! And her challenge is called ANIMAL HOUSE!! So create a card, scrapbook page or altered item featuring at least one animal of some description! 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!!!

Check out the wonderful creations by our Krafty Girls and Guests featuring this week's challenge!! If you join us and play along, you could WIN the gorgeous stamp from our new Best Fur-iends featured on Kim's beautiful card!

I've used Krafty Katastrophe on my card and this image is practically a snapshot of me making a card in my studio.  Okay, she's thinner and has better hair, but I am constantly peeling a cat off my desk in order to work.  

P.S. Our January release is quickly approaching....keep your eyes peeled for sneaky peeks starting on Wednesday!!! Trust me, we are kickin' off 2013 big time!!!

Happy kraftin'!!

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

A Look Back

Welcome back, Bloggers! It's officially 2013 and the New Year has finally arrived!  What's on board for you?  Do you make resolutions?  I used to make them, but I guess I didn't really know what the word "resolution" meant, because I invariably broke them within moments of having made them, so a weak grasp on the English is really the only explanation.  Certainly I would NOT have broken them intentionally...right?!  HAHA!  You know me too well ;D  I think I'll do away with the resolutions this year and that way I won't let anyone down, especially myself, LOL!

I've seen some folks doing some Year in Review posts and thought it might be fun to post some of my favorite projects for 2012.  I selected one from each month and came up with 12 cards to share.  Later in the week I'm planning on posting some of my favorite projects from other artists.  There are so many, I have no idea how I will fit them into one post!

Catch ya later in the week!  Stay Crafty!