Wednesday, September 17, 2014

{KKS} Juggling Life

Welcome to the another Wonderful Wednesday challenge for September and we hope you can play along!! As always....it's ANYTHING GOES!! Break out your Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps and get krafty!!
We want EVERYONE to be able to play along so your submission can use ANY stamp and can be any theme, any style, any design and it can be a card, a scrapbook page, an altered item....you name it!! It must be a NEW creation and you can enter on this post until September 23rd 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!!! What do you think.....wanna WIN?? Let's see your krafty stuff!!


I've used Clementine and cut her with an oval die 'out of the box', so the juggling pins have to effect of being in motion. I love the sentiment that comes with this stamp!! So true! lol! I added some enamel dots and a little twine bow adhered the the bottom of the sentiment circle. The layout is last week's Deconstructed Sketch (#167).
 I coloured her up with Copics and added some Wink of Stella pen in clear to the stars in her hair, the vest, the white parts of the underside of her skirt, and the white stripes on the tights.


Did you know that our NEW September Release is NOW available?? Yep!! We've got new panda bears, new zombies and some adorable new cave kids!! PLUS there are a BUNCH of gorgeous new paper pads!!! Check everything out in the NEW section of the shop!!!
Here is this week's Wonderful Wednesday inspiration on the KKS BLOG to get you kraftin', thanks to our fabulous Krafty Girls and Guests!! Let's see YOUR kreations!!

Monday, September 15, 2014

{SPD} Hola!


Hey there!! Today I have a really fun post to share with you!! I was actually nominated by two different crafty friends to take part in a progressive blog hop- The Creative Bloghop….So thank you Chaitali Narla and Cheryl Valadez for the nominations! The Creative Bloghop will run every Monday for eternity. Ha! Who knows how long it will keep going. I almost took the whole thing down myself when I forgot to post a month or so back, with my first nomination from Cheryl. But it seems it has kept onward and upward, and I have the chance to redeem myself with Chaitali. Please no one send me a chain letter or a sticker club invitation for my kids. We will break that chain. Your child will end up sticker-less, after you sent out 10 packs of stickers, plus postage. Fair warning.


So here's the deal. I answer some questions about myself, that the worlds been just dying to know. Then I nominate some cool chicks at the end of my chat. And then the following Monday, those cool chicks will post a gorgeous project and riveting, edge of your seat interview, and nominate three more people. Get it? Okay. Let's begin, shall we….

  • What am I working on now?
Well, I just finished release week projects for two of my stamping design teams (SugarPea Designs and Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps)….release week happened to completely overlap this month (which, thank God, isn't usually the case), so that can be challenging!! Especially with a rotten headache that I couldn't seem to kick, and having some family staying with us, hubby away at work, and still grasping at some kind of routine and organization to the start of the school year. To say the least, it was a tiring week!! I have a few painting projects that I am wanting to get done before the snow really starts to fly here in Alberta (we also had snow this past week, but thankfully it is gone and back to normal, weather-wise!). I bought an old second-hand desk that I want to refinish for my studio and I have a little wooden school desk in there that needs refinishing too! My little one likes to sit at it and colour when I am stamping! I am thinking an aqua chalk/milk paint….
  • How does my work differ from others in my genre?
Wow, this is a tough one!! Likely a question that is better answered by someone else, LOL!! I think there are a few things that I do to make my style recognizably 'mine'….but maybe not, I don't know!! You tell me. Hehe! I tend to always gravitate towards line art images that I can colour. I do a lot of sponging with distress inks, stitching with my sewing machine, and buttons and twine bows are pretty standard on my cards! I usually keep card layouts quite simple and allow the focus to be on the stamp. Flowers and tons of girly ribbon and lace and such, FREAK me right out! Not that I don't like the look of that vintage, shabby chic style…it's just not something that comes easy to me. Give me a pile of flowers and I am completely stumped. I am talking an hour just to get them glued on. It's painful to watch, trust me.
  • Why do I create what I do?
Geez, that's a question that I ask myself often! WHY? I don't know. I love creating. I love art. I love making something with my own two hands and giving it to someone else. I think receiving something handmade is such a precious gift, no matter what that something is. The fact that someone thought of you, and took the time to MAKE something for you is just really special in my eyes!! I have dabbled in many different forms of 'crafting' and I guess because I have 3 little boys, I don't have time to devote to anything large-scale. I can get a card done in relatively short amount of time, so this is what works best for me right now. I like sewing and quilting, but that seems to take a lot of time and space, not to mention concentration! Kids hanging off your legs does not make concentrating easy!! Colouring is easy for me. I don't have to think about it. And I need a creative outlet to keep me sane!! Yes, sometimes I think this all might be a giant waste of time, but really, what else would I be doing? Watching TV? Looking at Pinterest? (yeah, I do that sometimes too)…I think all to often moms forget about themselves. They do everything for everyone else and don't take the time for them! And that's an easy path to go down…I've been there myself. A lot. And I just end up feeling really stressed out and frustrated and feel near cracking. I think we need to have something that's just for us in order to feel like we aren't lost in our busy lives. This is my ME time. Yes, there are more pressing things that probably could be done around the house. My windows are unholy. Seriously, they are the worst I've seen in my history of a homeowner. But my kids are happy and fed and they are always put first, so it's all good!! The windows can wait ;)
  • How does my creative process work?
For starters, I try not to force anything. If I sit down and am not feeling it, I go do something else. Lucky for me, that doesn't happen too often! If I am stumped, then perusing other stampers blogs, checking out my favourite online crafty stores, and cleaning my studio usually get my creative juices flowing. When I'm making a card, I always start with the stamp. Since colouring is the main portion of what I do in card making, I like to be excited or interested in what I am going to colour. Of course team challenges, stamp release dates, and sketches and so on, sometimes dictate the stamp that I am going to work with, I still try to use what I am drawn to at the moment. After I choose the stamp, I always pick the designer or patterned paper and base my colouring on that. Lastly, I add any embellishments. Sketches help me a lot, especially when I am pressed for time. I don't tend to follow many colour type challenges, because i always end up feeling to 'penned in' by the guidelines. Inspiration photos always get me excited too :)

So, there you have it! Creative Me in a nutshell! I hope that you've enjoyed hearing a little bit about me and my stamping and what gets my motor running!! Haha! I would like to nominate three of my stampy friends: Wendy Ramlakhan (owner of SugarPea Designs), Kim O'Connell and Tracy Valure. These girls are some of the most amazing colourists in the biz- they have mad copic skills! They are great designers, so freakin' funny, awesome wives and mama's and amazing friends! I have met them all in person and we chat everyday online, or text messaging, and even the odd phone call or FaceTime! I LOVE these gals to pieces- I am blessed to have these 3 nuts in my life! Go on over to their blogs to see their beautiful work, and next monday they will be posting all about them and nominating some of the crafters that have inspired them! 


Okay, here are some details about my card! I've used this weeks SugarPea Designs Sugar Sketch. The stamp I am working with is called Let's Fiesta! I used some MFT dies (the speech balloon, circle dies and the banner die). The DP is some old 12x12 paper I had in my stash that I had intended to use to scrap some layouts of my first trip to Mexico. That was about 4 years ago. I have since been to Mexico a second time. Nope, didn't scrapbook that trip either. It was time to stop hoarding that paper and put it to use!

Here is the inside: 



Here are the details for our sketch challenge: 


  • Create a new card or project using the SugarSketch provided.
  • SugarPea Design stamps are NOT required to play along or to win but would be appreciated :)
  • You may rotate/flip the sketch & replace shapes – so long as the original sketch layout is recognizable 
  • Upload to your blog or other Online Gallery using Keyword: SPDSS10 so that we may check out your beautiful work
  • Add your name and link to your project in the InLinkz shown below.
  • One randomly selected winner will receive a $10 Gift Certificate to the SugarPea Designs Online Shoppe.  
  • However, if the winning entry features a SugarPea Designs stamp we will increase the prize to $15!




Sunday, September 14, 2014

{RC} SFYTT- Hello Pumpkin

Hey there!! Today I have a quick card to show you that I made for Reverse Confetti's sketch challenge this month. Unfortunately, due to the unbelievably sad and slow 
internet access I have, a wayyyyy out here in the country, I was unable to get it into the contest in time. A mere 7 minutes. Thanks a bunch Platinum internet. You suck, as always.

Anyway, here is my card and I am kinda liking it! Sometimes it's nice to get back to the basics and just stamp! I used a few different RC stamps and dies: Forever Fall for the small pumpkin and the sentiment,  Class Act for the larger pumpkin (which is actually the apple turned upside down), Class Act Confetti Cuts, Tag Me, Too confetti cuts and Whole Lotta Dots.


My CS is MFT, as well as the circle dies, button and twine. I added some MME enamel dots in as well. Thanks for stopping by!! Be sure to pop in tomorrow, as I have something different going on then ;) 

Saturday, September 13, 2014

{KKS} September release HOP!

We're so excited! It’s our SEPTEMBER RELEASE Day at KRAFTIN' KIMMIE STAMPS!! And we’re celebrating with a KRAFTY HOP!! So grab yourself a cuppa joe, sit back and be prepared for some krafty eye kandy! We're going to inspire your creations with our fun, new stamps!

Over the last few days in our Krafty Peeks, we have shared lots of FUN new stamps from all our artists for our September release! We know these new stamps will inspire you to make fabulous creations!! We’ve got an adorable new kids set from Cheryl called CAVE KIDS! There's a new set of fabulous panda bears from Thais called WILD ABOUT YOU! And of course, we are SO excited to share a new frightfully fun stamp set from Annie called....TRICK OR EAT!

You will get to see ALL 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 one lucky stamper will win a $25 gift card!! When you’re done hoppin’, be sure to head over to the Kraftin’Kimmie shop, because ALL the new rubber stamp sets are available NOW! And don't forget...if you NEED it all, we have a Gimme Kimmies Kit which features ALL the new September stamps at a discount!!


I've used one of the zombie girls from Trick or Eat, but I wanted to go for a kind of quirky rag doll look. I used an MFT loopy die for the border, my WRMK envelope punch to create the lil tab for the sentiment. I added some metallic staples and colourful buttons.




I'm using this weeks SSSC for my layout, but I had to alter it a tad to fit my image ;)
Check out the sketch and what the other Sweet Stampers have been up to!



And be sure to hop around the Krafty Girls and Guests blogs!!


{KKS} CAve Kids


Hey everyone!! Welcome back to day THREE of our SEPTEMBER Kraftin' Kimmie Peeks!!! Have you been enjoying the peeks so far?? All THREE of our brand new rubber stamp sets will be released TONIGHT!
Today we are SO thrilled to share the newest set of super cute kiddos by artist CHERYL GRANTThis adorable set features our kids Lexi, Lucas and Lulu and is called CAVE KIDS!! This fun set includes FOUR main images plus SEVEN awesome sentiments!! It is DINO-mite!!
This week our challenge hostess is TRACY! And her challenge is ANYTHING GOES!! So create a card, scrapbook page or altered item with any stamp but if you use a Kraftin' Kimmie stamp you'll double your chances to WIN!! Use any sketch, any design, any embellishments because Anything Goes! Have some krafty fun and join us this week because we'd LOVE to see your KKS designs. We hope you can play along for your chance to WIN a $10 Gift Certificate to use on ANYTHING you want in the shop!! Wanna win??


I coloured her up with Copics, adding in some grounding and grass. I used an MFT flower dynamic and machine stitched and inked around the panels. I used my trusty Perfect Paper Crafting mini and cutting matt to get those perfect 1/16" edges. You can find those products HERE and use the code Jenny5% at checkout to receive 5% off!

Here's the inside:



Here's the full set graphic!


Are you planning to join us for our LIVE ONLINE RELEASE PARTY!!! Hope you can join us for all the fun and excitement and prizes TONIGHT beginning at 6pm EDT!! Hope you can come hang out with the Krafty Girls!
All the Krafty Girls and Guests listed below have lots of super FUN designs to show you featuring these awesome new stamps from Cheryl! And while you're hopping around, be sure to leave a comment because we are giving away a gift card!!! You could WIN some Krafty $$$ to spend at the shop!!!! {This winner will be announced at the party tonight!}
Happy hoppin'! 


Friday, September 12, 2014

{KKS} Trick or Eat!


Welcome back to Day TWO of the Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps September previews!!! We are continuing on with the creativity and fun with a creepy new Moonlight Whispers stamp set of ZOMBIES by Annie Rodrigue!! We think you'll agree that these new stamps are anything but boring!!
Today the Krafty Girls and I are thrilled to share with you....TRICK OR EAT!! You'll find so many awesome creations on today's hop featuring both new images and sentiments from the set! We know you are just going to LOVE these awesome ladies and be inspired by all the incredible designs!! This delicious new set comes with TWO main image stamps, plus SEVEN coordinating sentiment stamps!! They're fabulous!
Below you will find all the Krafty Girls & 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 one lucky stamper is going to WIN some $$ to the Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps Shop!! Woohoo!!!

ALL of our SEPTEMBER stamps will be available on Saturday night at the Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps Shop!!! Be sure to join us for an hour of celebrating the new stamp sets, fun and prizes at our LIVE ONLINE RELEASE PARTY!! Come hang out with the Krafty Girls, Guests and me!!






{SPD} Let's Fiesta!!


Hola!! Today is our final day of SugarPea Designs sweet peeks! Today we have a REALLY fun set called 'Let's Fiesta' and it is hotter than a jalepeno pepper in the eye! And there is this little donkey that you will fall madly in love with and you'll head straight to a donkey rescue centre and adopt one of your very own!! (Google 'Donkey rescue centres/sanctuaries'. They do exist!)

I am almost ashamed of myself for not using the donkey now. But this little amigo is pretty fetching in his sombrero and poncho! And the mustache! Swoon! Check out my awesome 'stache paper in the background! Oh yeah! 
I kept it pretty simple. Masculine cards don't need a bunch of frou-frou. Let's be honest. The men don't notice all of the little extra embellies that you may have spent a small fortune on. You may as well save those for your mom's card. She'll notice. I simply added a button tied with twine and called it good. I know some of you are thinking 'a bow on a man's card! Did this chick just crack into a brand new bottle of oxy?'…but I think twine bows are unisex, so there. What do men do with their shoelaces? Just let them drag along untied and trip them every 10 steps? or do they tie a bow in them? I rest my case.



Would you like to WIN the Let's Fiesta stamp set?! Hop along and visit with the SugarPeas and guests, leaving some comment love along the way! One lucky person will be randomly selected to win the Let's Fiesta stamp set!
Our fabulous September release is available in the SugarPea Designs Online Shoppe right NOW! Please click here to shop – and if you are lucky enough to win a set you’ve already purchased, you can choose another of the same value!