Saturday, September 5, 2015

Sketch Saturday #377

Happy Saturday crafty peeps! 
Can you believe that it's the first Saturday in September?
I am having a really hard time understanding how it is
that time goes by so fast.  I swear that I blinked and
August was gone!  Before you know it Christmas will be here.'s not polite to swear (you didn't think I heard you
cussing me for saying the "C" word already did ya?? Hahaha!!

So the good news (aside from it's the weekend) is that
it's time for another fabulous sketch challenge at

Here's Sketch #377
and here's my card using it

That fabulous sentiment is from a stamp set called
"Spook-tacular Sentiments" by Kraftin' Kimmie stamps
(the twine, black dots and cat button are also from the KK Shop).
I remembered that I had these fun Sizzix dies for the pumpkin 
and the faces that seemed so perfect to go along with this sentiment.  
The papers are from my older stash. Kind of an eclectic mix
of patterns that I used on this card - not sure I'm in love with it, 
but it's done now so I guess it will have to grow on me :o).

I'd like to enter this card in the following challenges:
Clear it Out Challenges: Theme and Stash are both Anything Goes
Crafty Catz Challenge #291 - Anything Goes
Papertake Weekly - Anything Goes
Penny's Paper-Crafty Challenges #243 - Use a Sentiment
The Outlawz Challenges - Monday Greeting: Anything Goes
Creative Moments Challenge #76 - AnythingGoes w/Sentiment

Thanks so much for stopping by! Please go visit my lovely
teammates at Sketch Saturday and see what they have made too.
 I hope that you enjoy the long labor day weekend
and find some time to get crafty! Hugs D

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Kraftin' Kimmie Challenge #295 - Fall

Greetings krafty friends! 
Hope you had an amazing week and are ready for some
weekend fun! I am hoping my weekend is much better than the 
latter part of my week as I unfortunately had a very freaky thing 
happen to me.  WARNING: this might gross some of you out
my apologies in advance for that.   I got a nosebleed that wouldn't 
stop.  This was only the second time in my whole life that
I've had a nosebleed.  I ended up in the Urgent Care clinic
for a couple hours.  Had 3 rounds of cauterization (OUCH!!!!)
 that didn't take so had to have a tampon like device 
crammed into my nostril for 24 hours.   I missed 3 days of work
at a time when I couldn't really afford to miss and was knocked
flat. I had to keep down and still for most of the 24 hours and another 
half a day after that. It was a scary and frustrating time.  
  I fear that my nose will never be the same again (my nostril is still 
HUGE and the inside is pure black) there's still a little 
bleeding off and on and I'm still a little woozy. 
I'm tellin' you it has been such a BUMMER - and not a situation
that I hope I ever have to repeat!

Anyway...I'm guessin' you are really here to see my latest 
creation for the newest Saturday challenge at 
KRAFTIN' KIMMIE  and not my belly-achin'
(but thanks for listening :o) ).

It's the last Saturday of August 2015, kids are back to school
and soon it will be Fall so our theme this week for 
KK Challenge #295 is FALL! 
I made this card a little bit ago for a magazine call
but it wasn't selected so I get to share it with you today

This is Lexi from the stamp set called "Hey There Punkin"
This is one of my favorite stamp sets to use for fall.
I particularly love this one because of the pie.
Pie is my favorite part of Thanksgiving :o)

We have had so many forest fires all around us and the 
air quality has been terrible for many many days in a row.
(probably why I got such a bad nosebleed).  Even though I 
usually fully enjoy summer and LOVE fall, I'm actually
hoping for an early snowfall to help with all the fires. enough from me today. Thanks for stopping by to visit!
Please go see what the other Krafty Girls have made to share
with and inspire you to play along this week.  You could WIN
some krafty $ to spend in the store just for playing along. 

Hey while you're over at the challenge blog don't forget to check 
out the FRUGAL FRIDAY sales and there's a special
code to get an additional 10% off your order "INKY".

Til next time... hugs and happy kraftin'! D

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Sketch Saturday #375 - Kenny K Downloads

Happy Saturday everyone! 

 It's time for another weekly challenge at Sketch Saturday,
and this week our sponsor is Kenny K Downloads.
The winner for this week will get 3 images of their choice from Kenny.

Here's this week's sketch #375

My card using one of the sponsor digital images "Milk Shake"

I fussy-cut around the image after coloring it with my copics
and then stamped the hearts from 3 different stamp sets.
It makes me think of what my Mom and Dad might have looked
like while they were dating. Such a fun image! 

I'd like to enter my card in the following challenges:
CAS-ual Fridays CFC142 - Pretty Patterns
(I hope the hearts that I have stamped count as a pattern)
If You Give a Crafter a Cookie - Cookie Challenge #25
My inspiration is the heart shapes and the "couple in love" aspect
Craft Your Passion Challenge #275 Always Anything Goes

Please go see the other creations that my lovely DT pals
have made for your inspiration this week too.  Will you
be joining us too with your own fabulous creation?  
I hope so!!
Til next time...hugs and happy crafting! D

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Krafty Scrappin' August Challenge - Life Event

Hello all!  I'm happy that you're here to visit me today as it's time for 
another month of Krafty Scrappin!!!  This challenge is a little different from 
our normal challenges at Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps.  For this challenge you can 
create  ANYthing as long as it's NOT A CARD!  We want to see your calendars,
bookmarks, pocket pages or traditional scrap pages.  
Come play along with us each month and let's get some of those photo's 
out of boxes and on to something creative and fun!!  This is a month long 
challenge so you have plenty of time to play along and you can play
as many times as you like!   Here are a few things to remember...
such as Birthdays, Holidays, Graduation, Weddings, New Baby or other First's. 
ANYthing that is a "life event" to YOU!!

1.  Create ANY scrap page, Project Life Layout or pocket page cards, 
altered item, etc.  JUST NOT A CARD!
2.  MUST use Kraftin Kimmie stamps to be entered in to the drawing.
3.  You have a month to play, enter AS MANY TIMES as you'd like!
4.  PRIZES?!?  Of course there are prizes!!  To kick of our brand new challenge, 

for every 10 entries Kimmie will draw one random player for a PRIZE!
5.  You have until Monday, September 21st @ 9:00 pm EST to get your entries in.
6.  Be sure to also share your creations on our Krafty Friends FB page 
so we can all drool and OOOOH and AHHHHHH!  

I'm loving these challenges as it gives me a solid excuse to pull out 
my stacks of photos and get caught up on my scrapbooks.  My life event
for this month is son's graduation in 2012 (I told ya...I'm a tad behind). 

 It's a little hard to see all together so here is the left page
and here is the right page

Can you spot all those fabulous Scrapbook Essential stamps that 
I used on these pages?  They are so fun for scrapbooking! Here's a close 
up of one of them.  How many more can you spot?  Leave me a comment
on how many you see and I'll choose one lucky winner who will get a special
prize next month from me. 

Thanks for stopping by to visit me. Please go visit the other Krafty Girls 
who also have a lovely creation to share with you too.  I hope you
will join us this month!!! Hugs D

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Kraftin' Kimmie - Wonderful Wednesday {Believe in Fairytales}

Hello sweet friends and followers. 
I have the pleasure of hosting this week's
Wonderful Wednesday challenge at

The theme is always "anything goes" for Wonderful Wednesday
so that means you get a very wide range of options to choose from
- any theme, any stamp, any color combo, any size, any type of  
creation (card, altered item, scrapbook page) - you get the idea:o) 
It must be a NEW creation, however, and you have until 
August 25th at midnight to enter!  You can enter as many times as you like.
   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 use in the Kraftin' Kimmie shop! How cool is that?!

In addition to the great Krafty Challenges & Wonderful Wednesday, each month 
we will post a Sketch.  The sketch will last all month long and if you use it
 in ANY of our Challenges or WW's during that month you will get an 
additional chance to win a store gift card!  You do NOT have to use the sketch,
 it's just a little extra boost for your mojo if ya need it!  Here is August's sketch
(which I used above for my card below):

Here is my card to share with and inspire you this week:

My daughter and I had been talking about the movie "The Princess Bride" 
recently and it inspired me to ink up this adorable and dashing knight
from the stamp set called "Believe in Fairytales".  If I lived in a fairy tale 
world, I wouldn't mind at all being rescued by such a fella :o)!

I very seldom only use a couple colors on my creations but I saw the 
the color combo over at Just Us Girls #306 - Red, Grey and Black
and decided that I needed to give it a go.  I'm glad I did as it worked
so perfectly with this stamp!  I used the copics C00, C01, C03, C05, 
C07 and 100 (suit and sword) as well as R27, R29 (shield & helmet tuft). 

I would also like to enter this card in the following challenges:
613 Avenue Create - challenge #137 "Anything Goes" 
Crafting from the Heart Challenge #73 - Anything Goes

Thanks so much for stopping by to visit me today!
Til next time...hugs and happy kraftin'! D

Monday, August 17, 2015

Kraftin' Kimmie Krafty Tips and Tutes - Photo tutorial of bokeh technique (10 easy steps)

Hello krafty friends!
I'm happy you are here to visit me today as it's my turn to 
present the Krafty Tips and Tutes.  I've chosen to make a 
photo tutorial on the bokeh technique for you this week.

WARNING - this is very photo intensive as I've not had much luck
at all with videos of late. But it should be pretty easy to follow. 
Additional warning - a couple of my photos are blurry
as I was trying to take the pic with my left hand while
still demonstrating the step with my right - LOL.
Boy did I miss my daughter that day for her help!!

Anyhoo..... first let me show you the finished card 
and then I'll start into the steps on how to make it.
Stamp from "You're a Scream" by Kraftin' Kimmie

Products you need for this project are:
watercolor paper or glossy cardstock 
paint brushes and water & papertowels
masking/stencil/painter's tape
watercolor paints or distress/regular ink refills
ink pads (distress or regular) and white craft (or StazOn) 
circle template, sponges or sponge dauber, 
solid circle stamp in a couple sizes
heat gun (preferable if you don't want to wait for project to dry)

Step One:
Start with a piece of watercolor paper.  You can also use
glossy cardstock but today I'm using watercolor paper.  I'm 
using a panel sized 5 x 5 1/2" which I will trim down when I'm done.
It's really helpful to secure your paper to the surface you're 
working on. I'm using painter's masking tape. The paper will
buckle a bit as you are coloring it so the tape helps to keep it flat
and in place.  You can put a piece of wax paper under your panel 
to help with the watercolor seep-through that might occur 
(if you're kind of messy like I am - LOL).  

Step TWO:
Prepare your watercolor supplies.
I used 3 different shades of blue on my panel - 
Pool Party, Baja Breeze and Island Indigo.
The amount of ink you use depends on how deep you
want the color to be on the panel.  Typically I use between
5 and 8 drops of ink one little well of this paint tray.  

Prepare your panel by using just clear water - give it a 
good generous coating all over.

Step FOUR:
Now start adding your base color(s)

I first swoosh the lightest ink around and then go back
and swoosh in some more of the darker shade in just a few
areas. It's very subtle but does create more depth in the panel.

Step FIVE:
When you are happy with the base colors, dab it off with a
paper towel (see how messy I am :o) ? ).

Step SIX:
Using a solid circle stamp or two (or circle stencil) add 
some darker spots to the panel.  Note:  I save the insides of my 
stamps that have pop out middles for this - works great 
as it's kind of hard to find solid circle stamps. 

I first used a larger circle rubber stamp in a few areas on
the panel.  Because the paper is a bit dry the ink will appear
appear kind of dark so I will use the deeper shade of blue that 
I made and softly blur the circle and shape and edges later.
  Then I randomly stamped the smaller circle around the
panel to fill in the spaces a bit more and add depth to the base.

Then I take the lighter shade of blue and 
give it a final wash-over to blur and blend the circles.

Once again dab off with a paper towel and then if you 
have a heat gun use it to dry the panel for the next steps.
Note: if you don't have a heat gun you will want to wait 
about an hour before you start the next steps (longer if
you're using glossy cardstock). 

Here's a photo of the different finishes you will get 
with a watercolor panel (left) and glossy cardstock (right)

Now we are going to add the bokeh effect dots 
with white craft ink, a sponge dauber and a circle stencil.
I've made my own circle stencil using various sizes of
circle punches in a random pattern and a clear window
sheet from some product packaging.  You can also use the end
of a pencil eraser, a sponge dauber, or a circle stamp for this step.

Tip: I found it works best if you start at one end (corner or side)
and work away from it as you fill in the circles as craft ink
is pretty sticky and you can accidentally pick up the edges from the 
one before and and mess up your pattern.  

To create the bokeh effect you will fill in the different sizes of 
circles around the panel. The larger circles should have less ink
on them and be a bit blurred as they are the farthest out of focus
and the smallest circles will have the most saturated color 
(because they would be closest in the photo as spots of light).

Step NINE:
Craft ink is very sticky and takes a long time to dry
(even on watercolor paper) so I use a heat gun again (I'll 
spare you that boring picture - hehe) to set the color again. 
StazOn ink will dry much faster but I like the results I get with the craft ink.  

When you've dried it you can take off your masking.  
and you get something that looks like this

Step TEN:
If you've done a really good job of masking (or not been
really messy like me) you can trim the panel to leave a small
white edge around it.  I have taken the pane and trimmed it down 
to 4" x 5 1/4" with my paper cutter to get this

Final Step(s):
Take your bokeh panel and add your images (or sentiments)
and adhere it to a mat and/or your card base to finish your project
like I did with the yellow cardstock.  Then add some other embellies
as you wish - such as the Doodlebug sprinkles (available in the 
KK shop) and a wooden sentiment for extra pop to the project.
Ta Dah - DONE!!! Easy peasy - right ?

Thanks so much for sticking with me to see my tutorial.
I hope it was clear and easy to follow and that I've inspired 
you to go get inky and give it a try too!
Til next time...hugs and happy kraftin'! D

Saturday, August 15, 2015

Kraftin' Kimmie Challenge #293 "Back to School"

Hello krafty friends! 
Are you ready for the weekend?  I'm usually ready
by Thursday and can hardly wait - LOL! 
Yesterday it was 96 degrees and a bit humid (odd for Montana)
and then last night the sky opened up with the most amazing
lightning and thunder show I've seen in quite awhile.  This 
was followed by the most gorgeous rainfall.  I stood on my front
porch for quite awhile and just reveled in the sound and smell of it!
Not sure what the weather will be today - but I'm hoping not as hot.

So I'm here today to share my latest creation for the
School starts here at the end of the month. Parents all over
are celebrating and kiddos are mourning this event :o)
Alexis is our hostess and she says that your creation
can be anything that reminds you of school. That's easy - right?!

My card today features the adorable Lulu from  "Smarty Pants" and
some fun papers from Doodlebug 6 x 6 paper pad called
"Back to School". The cute little glossy "School Sprinkles" are also
from Doodlebug. You can get all of these in the KK shop.   

I'd like to enter this in the following challenges:
Ruby's Rainbow CH#110 "Something for a Little Girl"
(this card is for my daughter on her first day of school)
Sister Act Card Challenges  #119 - Anything Goes
Chocolate, Coffee and Cards Challenges #97 - Frame it
Addicted to Stamps and More Challenge #157 - Make Your Mark
Brown Sugar Challenges #159 - School
Crafty Catz Challenge #288 - New Beginnings (Back to School)

Now it's your turn to create a card, scrapbook page or altered item with a 
Kraftin' Kimmie Stamp or any other stamp and be sure to use our THEME 
as a starting point for your creation! We always enjoy your creations so be 
sure to submit them so you can WIN a $10 gift card to the Shop!!  
Show us your stuff!!You have until August 21st at 11:55 pm EST 
to get your entries in! 

Frugal Friday specials are up!!!!  Get while they're hot!  
These stamps are on sale only through the weekend!!  
While you're there be sure to grab the HalloweeKarKit... this too  
will only be available for a limited time!  Once they're gone, they are GONE!

Thanks so much for stopping in to visit me today!
Til next time...hugs and happy kraftin'! D