Skrappy Challenge Envelope Art - Kraftin Kimmie Stamps

Welcome back everyone! It's time for another Skrappy Challenge over at Kraftin Kimmie Stamps. For today's challenge I decided to make some envelope art. There is also a video you can watch down below or on my youtube channel HERE.

To create my envelope art I'm going to be using the We R Memory Keepers Envelope Punch Board. I've had this thing for YEARS and never really used it much until now. I'm going to be creating an envelope that fits a 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" card. The punch board has a little cheat chart on it to tell you measurements and score lines for whatever size envelope you want to make. For mine, I'm using the measurements for the 4 1/2" x 5 1/2" sizes shown on the chart. 

I'm going to start off with a piece of Neenah White cardstock because I want to copic color on my envelope and this is my preferred choice of cardstock. I trim this down to 8 1/8" x 8 1/8" according to the chart. Then I'm going to line one side up on the punch board to 3 3/4" and score. I'll rotate the cardstock and line up that measured score mark with the notch on the punch board and score. Rotate the cardstock again, measure to 3 3/4" and score. Then rotate one more time, line up the measured scored line with the notch on the board and score. THAT is the trick. You do not measure on each turn. 

Next, I'll go along and fold my scored lines to get the nice creases. I'm going to open the cardstock up and stamp my image into the bottom corner of the card using MFT Extreme Black Ink which is my new favorite copic friendly ink. Then I'll apply the mask that I created using a post it note. To ink blend and not get the ink onto the rest of the panels, I laid down some copy around my envelope panel. I started with the top half of my envelope blending in some Broken China Distress Oxide ink. Then using the Landscape Duo Stencil, I ink blended Lucky Clover Distress Oxide to the bottom. This was just to lay down a base for my copic coloring I'll do.

I did a very basic coloring on the sheep. On the wool, I colored dark to light making sure not to color in the entire body. If I want the sheep to look white, I need to leave some white. Then I came back in the my W5 and added some dots around the edges for texture.

When I created my mask, I was lazy and didn't cut in to all the little crevices which left some white spots on the card where my mask covered the area when ink blending. My trick to this was covering those areas with grass. I went all around the hill base that I created using flicks to create blades of grass.

I finished off the card by stamping the sentiment Ewe Are Amazing. Then I added double sided scor-tape to the inside edges of the bottom flap and sealed. 

Side note - I know some people have added a distress glaze to seal in their artwork on the envelope so they can mail it. I haven't tried that yet and any envelopes I create, I like to hand deliver to friends or teachers. 

You can view the video down below or on my Youtube channel HERE.

Now, we challenge YOU to make Anything BUT a Card!!!
For this challenge you can make anything you wanna....except a card! So that means bookmarks, gifts, scrapbook pages, journal art, planner pages, tags, boxes...pretty much anything that includes a krafty stamp!!

You have all month long to play AND you can enter as many times as you like! Just make sure to include a Kraftin' Kimmie Stamp and make sure it's a NEW creation! As soon as we have at least five entries, we'll be giving away a PRIZE!!! yep! One lucky krafter will WIN a $20 gift voucher to the krafty shop!
You have until Tuesday, March 27th at midnight EST!
Also be sure to share your creations on the Krafty Friends facebook page because we LOVE to see your stuff!

Check out some incredible inspiration from the Krafty Design Team below, then join us for all the fun!!

Copics used
Face - E53-51-50
Wool - W4-2-0, W5
Ears/Mouth - RV10
Hooves - N6-4
Grass - YG25, G09, G28


Cutie Butterfly - C.C. Designs

Welcome back everyone ! Today I'm sharing this adorable little butterfly image from C.C. Designs! I'll have a process video tomorrow so be sure to keep an eye on my Youtube channel! 

I'm going to start off by creating my background so it has time to dry. I am using a piece of Bristol Smooth cardstock and will ink blend Abandoned Coral and Shaded Lilas distress oxide inks. Next, I'm going to attach the Snowfall Stencil to the ink blended background and apply Nuvo Glitter paste Moonstone. This is one of my favorite glitter pastes! 

I'll smooth the glitter paste over the stencil and then carefully remove the stencil from my panel. You'll want to wash off the palette knife and stencil right away because the glitter paste dries pretty fast on these items.  Then I'll set the card off on the side to dry.

While my background is drying, I'm going to color in my Cutie Butterfly. I stamp my image onto Neenah White cardstock with MFT Extreme Black ink which is a copic friendly ink. Then color in with my copic markers. I'll use my Scan n Cut machine to cut out my image leaving a white border around it. 

Once my ink blended panel is dry, I trim it down to 4" x 5 1/4" and adhere it to an A2 size cardbase. I'll add my image with some foam squares for a little added dimension. Then I'll attach my sentiment strip that I created using the Banners die, Girly Sentiments stamp set and white embossing powder.

**UPDATE!! Here is the video for my card you can view down below or on my youtube channel.**

I love the magical effect this background gives the image. Hope you enjoyed it! 

Copics Used - 
Skin - E04-11-21-01-00
Hair - E59-57-35
Dress- YG09-07-05-03
Pink - R22
Wings - B000-00
Belt- G28-24-21
Yellow -Y08

Unicorns & Rainbows- Kraftin Kimmie Stamps

Welcome back everyone to another challenge with Kraftin Kimmie Stamps! Today's challenge is grass and I have a little story to mine.... 

I also have a colouring/card process video for my card today that you'll be able to view later today. 

You know how you have an idea in your head but as you are creating, the idea takes on a life of its own and goes in a completely different direction? Yeah.... That is me today. I intended to create a card where I used ink blending to make a grassy bottom to my card. Somehow, it's not what happened all because I added one little thing. You'll see what I mean ...

I start out my card using a 4 " x 5 1/4" panel of Bristil Smooth cardstock. I am trying out some new ink pads I recently received by Catherine Pooler. I heard you could ink blend with them so I wanted to give it a shot. My thought was to have a unicorn on a grassy hill. So I started with Lime Rickey ink and started blending on one end of the card.

This is a really bright green and it does ink blend wonderfully. I blended to about the middle of the card and then started on the other end with Aquatini for the sky. I left a little gap in the middle and finished it off with a little bit of Tiara in the middle. I scooped some Perfect Pearls onto my craft mat, added a little water and then using an acrylic block, flicked that mixture onto my background. 

So far so good. Next, I colored up my image. I stamped this unicorn from the Unicorn & Rainbows stamp set onto Neenah white cardstock using MFT Extreme Black Ink. Then colored with my copic markers. I don't do light colors very often and was giving it a shot with a light pink body and dark pink mane and tail. Then I cut it out with my Scan n Cut.  At this point, I shut my camera off to think about how I wanted to add my unicorn to a grassy hill. I wanted to put the unicorn on something to anchor it to the card and for some reason clouds popped into my head.

So, I diecut a few stitched clouds from white cardstock, flipped the camera back on and started creating. I also ran this ink blended panel through my Big Shot machine using the Wonky Rectangles die. I've been itching to get my hands on this die as I love that stitched look around it! From here I started putting my card together adding the clouds to the middle of the card with the middle one popped up with foam squares and then attaching the unicorn to the middle. 

I finished off the card by adding a sentiment that I heat embossed onto black cardstock with white embossing power and die cut from a Banner die. To finish off the card, I added some Nuvo Glitter pen over the cloud bottom and topped it off with Nuvo Toni Crystal Glaze. Now, looking at this I was really happy. I loved the colors and the sentiment. I was taking pictures of my card when all the sudden it hit me - this doesn't look like grass haha. This just looks like a cool background all because I added those clouds. So, you CAN create grass using ink blending, unfortunately, that's not what my card looks like. It kind of took on a life of its own. I still hope this inspired you to try ink blending for a grassy bottom to your card.

You can also view the card process down below or HERE on my youtube channel

Create a card, scrapbook page, altered item etc. with some GRASS and submit your design for your chance to WIN! You have until Friday, March 2nd to enter this challenge! Keep in mind, all entries are welcome but you must use a Kraftin' Kimmie Stamp in order to win.
Each Saturday we post a new challenge and you can enter as many times as you like!!! And each submission during the month will enter you into the monthly prize which will be....
a $40 gift voucher to spend in the krafty shop!!! What do you think? Worth playin' for? 


Rain or Shine - Pink & Main

Welcome back everyone ! I have a super cute card to share with you today using stamps and dies from Pink & Main. I absolutely love this sentiment too!! 

For my card, I'm using this new stamp set Rain or Shine. I stamped this little mouse in the rain boots onto Neenah white cardstock using Memento Black Tuxedo Ink. Then I colored with my copic markers and cut out with the coordinating die set. One of the best things about these dies is you don't have to cut them apart. No wire snippers needed!! It's fantastic!! 

Next, I cut a white tag from the Arched Tag Die set which has lots of great sizes. I prepped my tag by rubbing an anti static powder tool over it. Then, I stamped my sentiment also from the Rain or Shine stamp set onto the bottom of the tag using Versafine ink. Versafine ink is great because it stays wet just a little longer. Next, I added some clear embossing powder and heat set it with my heat gun. 

I cut a panel of patterned paper from the Rainbow Paper Pad measuring 4" x 5 1/4 and adhered to an A2 size card base. Then added a strip of blue cardstock and attached my tag. The adorable mouse that I cut out is added to the card using foam squares to give some dimension to the card. My finishing touches are adding some Rainbow Glossy Dots around my image and  Nuvo Glitter to the puddle.  

I also have a colouring and card process video that you can down below on this blog post or HERE on my youtube channel. 

Copics Used
Mouse - C4-3-2-1
Ears/Nose - R21
Hat/Boots - R59-46-24-05
Boot Bottom - N6-5
Puddle - B18-16


Simple Garden Scene - C.C. Designs

Welcome back everyone! I have a simple garden scene card to share today using stamps and dies from C.C. Designs February release. I'll have all the supplies listed down below and a video where you can see my copic coloring and process.

I start with my images. I'm using the carrot from the Easter Town stamp set and bunny from the Easter Cuties Stamp set. I stamp both onto Neenah white cardstock with Memento Tuxedo Black ink and color with copic markers. I'll be using the coordinating dies to cut them out with my Big Shot (dies purchased separately).

I use some post it note tape to hold my dies in place while I run them through my machine. While my Big Shot is out, I use the Cloudy Days and Waves die and cut from Kraft cardstock. My thought in this was to create some dirt for my carrot house. I will then ink blend a little Gathered Twig Distress Oxide ink. I'm not really worried about how splotching it looks because its dirt and I wanted a realistic look to it. 

Next, I use a small panel of white cardstock to stencil on some clouds using the Cloud Stencil with Broken China Distress Oxide and trim this piece down. I will also trim down my dirt die cut to fit my cloud panel. For my sentiment, I stamped the sentiment Happy Easter from the Easter Cuties stamp set with some Tomato Soup Ink and cut around it with the Banner Die. 

You can view the process in the video down below or HERE on my youtube channel.

Copics Used
Carrot House - R37, YR15-04-02
Green - G09-05-03-00
Door - E33-31-30
Yellow - Y08-04
Bunny - E35-33-31-30


Alcohol Ink Backgrounds with colored images

I've seen lots of cards being posted of everyone creating these fabulous backgrounds with alcohol inks. I mean seriously, they are gorgeous! But what I don't see a lot of is using those gorgeous backgrounds for cards with colored images. I can sort of see why. The backgrounds are so intense and amazing you don't really want to lose your focal point. What I have today is a video showing some different backgrounds I created with alcohol inks and how I was able to use them on cards with colored images and have them not get lost in the background. 

Now you've already seen one card. If not, be sure to check out my previous post from today. I created a stunning background with alcohol inks and paired it with an eskimo image from Kraftin Kimmie Stamps. I was purposely going for a Northern Lights look in the sky and I think I accomplished that. 

My second card for today is an ocean scene. I created some random backgrounds using lots of different blue alcohol inks. I saw random because you'll never get the same thing twice no matter how hard you try. My original thought was to make the alcohol ink background look like the ocean and cut waves from it. Problem was when I started putting things together, my images were totally lost in the backgrounds even when I trimmed them down. Here is how I made it work.

My video walks you through all of my steps in creating these backgrounds and the copic coloring of the images. My trick for making this card come together was to break it down. I added a strip of white cardstock to the middle of the background piece. There is much going on in the background sometimes with the vibrant colors and movements that you have to tone it down a notch. That way you still see the adorable images you took the time to color up AND have this fun amazing background to go with them. 

Please be sure to take a look at my video for the steps in creating this particular card. The backgrounds are so simple and quick to make! 

You can view the video HERE on my youtube channel or right here on my blog. 

I added these little pearls because they reminded me of bubbles and thought that was a good fit. 

I had a lot of fun creating these backgrounds and will have another one to share very soon! I hope you give these a try with your stamped images! 

Here is a quick look of the card I posted earlier using an alcohol ink background. 

Copics used on Ocean Card
Whale- B97-95-93-41, C2-0
Dolphin - BG49-15-32
Octopus - V17-15-12
Hat - W4-3-2-0
Crab - R39-24


Alcohol Inks & Eskimo Kisses - Kraftin Kimmie Stamps

Hello and welcome ! I'm jumping on the bandwagon with the alcohol inks!! You know me - I love to make backgrounds for my colored images so this fits right in! It's a lot of fun and I can't wait to build up my collection of alcohol inks.

Today is also time for another challenge with Kraftin Kimmie Stamps and the theme is super easy - WINTER!! Honestly, I'm ready for Spring haha but when you live in Wisconsin you never know when that will come. I remember getting snow in May!! 

Anywho onto my project.

I started out by stamping my image from Eskimo Kisses onto Neenah white cardstock with Memento Tuxedo black ink and coloring with my copic markers. My supply list will be down below. Once colored, I cut out my image with my Scan n Cut machine because I'm not big into fussy cutting. 

For my background, I'm using some Ranger Alcohol Inks and Yupo paper. Not gonna lie, I have no clue what colors I used because I was just randomly grabbing bottles and playing . Sorry!! Funny story with this is when I was playing, I went to open my bottle of Blending Solution and I couldn't open the cap! I had tightened it really good in case my son got into my stuff and apparently I REALLY tightened it and had to get the hubby to open it. So this background is just inks - no blending solution.

With the extra ink build up, instead of wiping it with a cloth or having that sticky part on my card I tried covering it with some Tonic Nuvo Silver Gilding Flakes. I just added some here and there where the sticky parts were, pushed down and then wiped off the excess. 

Once this was completely dried, I cut it out with the Blueprint 29 panel die. I also cut a snow hill using the Wintertime border and glitter cardstock. I attached these panels to my side folding card that measures 4 1/4" x 5 1/2 and added my cut out image with some foam squares. My sentiment is also from the Eskimo Kisses stamp set that I stamped on white cardstock and cut out with my banner die. 

I am in love with alcohol inks now and I love how this background worked perfectly for my little Eskimo and polar bear! 

Copics Used:
Skin - E04-21-11-01-00
Hair/Boots/Nose - C9-7-5, 100
Jacket - E35-33-31-30
Gloves/Pants - B66-63

Now for the nitty-gritty of the Kraftin Kimmie Challenge! 
Use any one of our stamps to tie into a winter theme for your creation! How fun is that?? Create a card, scrapbook page, altered item etc. with a WINTER theme and submit your design for your chance to WIN! You have until Friday, February 23rd to enter this challenge! Keep in mind, all entries are welcome but you must use a Kraftin' Kimmie Stamp in order to win.
Each Saturday we post a new challenge and you can enter as many times as you like!!! And each submission during the month will enter you into the monthly prize which will be....
a $40 gift voucher to spend in the krafty shop!!! What do you think? Worth playin' for?

Be sure to hop on over to the Krafty Shop this weekend because our FRUGAL FRIDAY SPECIALS are up with FOUR of our amazing stamp sets on 40% OFF! Plus we've got a bunch of fabby sets back in stock!


Joyful Easter

Hello everyone and welcome back! I have a super sweet card to share using some of the new release from Pink & Main. They have a fabulous new release this month that you just HAVE to check out ! I'll have the products listed down below.

My card starts out with using the Joyful Easter stamp and die set. I stamped this sweet bunny onto Neenah White cardstock with Memento Tuxedo Black ink. Then I used my copic markers to color it in and die cut out with the coordinating dies that you can purchase separately. 

Next, I cut out a piece of patterned paper from the Jolly paper pack using the Stitched Rectangle Die and added this to a 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" note card. I cut this beautiful bow from the Bow die set using the glitter paper from Simon Says Stamp and added a glass enamel to the middle. 

Then sentiment is also found on the Joyful Easter stamp set that I stamped on white cardstock with the Night Sky ink from Pink & Main. I added my sentiment piece first and then the bunny using foam squares. I couldn't resist adding these glass enamels to the card for a little extra bling. I hope you enjoyed today's card and will check out these new products! 


Color Along - Kraftin Kimmie Stamps

Hi everyone! I hope you are enjoying your Monday! I have another color along video for you today using one of the brand new released stamp sets from Kraftin Kimmie Stamps. Today I'm going to be using the rhino from the set Wild World. I love these critters! 

I decided to color my rhino is some non-traditional colors onto some Kraft Cardstock from Papertrey Ink. I honestly have never colored on Kraft cardstock before but I love the look! What's interesting is this is the same color combo I used on my baby tag from Preview day #3 of the Kraftin Kimmie Stamps new release. Just the switch in cardstock gives it a whole different look! 

I start out stamping my image onto the Kraft Cardstock using Memento Tuxedo black ink. Then I color it with my copic markers. I start out the coloring by going over where I think the shadows will be and blending that out working from darkest to lightest. I add some highlights, I used a white polychromos pencil over the lightest areas of my image.

To keep this a one layer card, I created a mask for the top portion of my rhino. I added the mask to my image and then cut a heart from some white cardstock using a Stitched Heart die. I held my heart template in place with some post it note tape and added some Adbandoned Coral distress oxide ink to the heart. 

After removing the template, I stamped a sentiment from this same stamp set using Versafine ink.

Copics Used
White Polychromos Pencil

You can watch the video here on my youtube channel or down below.


Save the Crafty Youtuber!

Welcome everyone! Long read but well worth it!  I'm very excited to a part of this amazing hop! This hop was put together by Justine Hovey to help the many youtubers that are affected by the recent changes by Youtube.

If you've been following my creative journey you may know that I'm pretty new to Youtube. I'm very grateful for all the people that follow and view my video tutorials. A lot of time goes into making videos - way more than I expected but they are fun to make and watch!

In order to make any compensation from videos you can have to have a certain number of views and subscribers in which Youtube has recently raised the bar on. This affects not only me but a lot of hard-working Youtubers. Some may even lose any money that has accumulated when this change takes affect. This hop is to not only help those Youtubers gain views and subscribers but also you may find people you never knew were out there. I'm super excited for this hop and all the things that I can learn!

A huge thank you to the sponsors! Each video is sponsored with a $25 gift certificate from Simon Says Stamp and 2 Catherine Pooler Ink pads. This is beyond amazing especially since they are 55 channels in this hop!! Each comment will get you a chance to win so the more you comment, the more chances you have at winning! Justine Hovey, who organized this hop will be picking a winner from each channel and announcing them HERE on her blog on February 26.

I'm also very grateful for Christine over at C.C. Designs for adding a BONUS gift certificate to my channel of $25!! I will pick a winner from the comments on my channel separately.

On to my project! I created a fun card today that was inspired by a technique I saw from Jennifer McGuire. She called it the In and Out Card. Be sure to visit my channel to see how I put this together. My supplies are listed in the description area of my video and also down below this post as well.

You can view my video on my youtube channel HERE or down below

Copics Used
Dress - B18-16-13-06-02-01
Skin - E04-11-21-01-00
Hair - E35, YR24-31


February Release Blog Hop Kraftin Kimmie Stamps

It's time ! It's time ! Are you ready?! It's hop day with the February release from Kraftin Kimmie Stamps!! What an amazing release this is! 

For my project today, I used the Wild Ones stamp set and this time picked the giraffe to color up. I adore these cute critters on this stamp set.

To start off, I stamped my image onto Neenah white cardstock with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink and colored with my copic markers. Then I cut out around the image using my Scan n Cut machine. 

For my background, I started with a piece of Kraft cardstock to build my little scene. I added my first layer of Rustic white cardstock measuring 4" x 5 1/2" to the Kraft cardstock. Next, I added a strip of patterned paper with the clouds on it to the top half of the card. This comes from the Spring Things Doodlebug paper pack. I cut some grass from some green patterned paper also from the Spring Things pack, using the Grassy Edges die set. I layered those grass pieces on my card making sure not to glue to top down completely.

I attached my giraffe to the card putting it in between the grass. I cut a banner from the Banners die set and stamped my sentiment which is on the Wild Ones stamp set. I also added this cute heart banner to the top corner using a Heart Banner die set. It's hard to see in the pictures but I added some shimmer with a Nuvo Glitter Pen and topped it with Nuvo Glaze. It's really pretty in person! 

Copics Used
Eyes - YG17-13
Body - YR27-24-31
Spots - E79-35

ALL THREE new sets will be available this afternoon in the Krafty Shop!

So let's have a big happy hop around the design team blogs and check them all out in action! Grab a nice hot beverage, sit back and relax while you hop around and enjoy all the amazing creations!!

ALL the new sets will be available individually BUT if you HAVE to have it ALL, we also have our February Gimme Kimmies Kit which includes all THREE of the new sets together and at a discount! But only for a limited time and while supplies last!
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