Using Sketches for card making

Today, it is my turn to share a little Krafty Tip/tutorial for Kraftin’ Kimmie Stamps, and given how much I know you card makers love to use sketches, I thought I would share a little tip for using sketches in different ways.

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Recently, Kraftin’ Kimmie used this sketch for one of our September challenges, and I thought it was really simple, but packed with possible variations.  One of the thing I love about sketches is that they can make the card making process really quick!  And the great news is that with a bit of “fidgiting”, you can make a whole collection of cards that look totally different using the same sketch.

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This was the first version I cam e up with, using one of my favourite stamps from the “Happy Haunting” set and some paper from Doodlebug. For this version, I followed the sketch layout pretty closely, just changing the position of the bow and the shape of oval to accommodate the image I chose.  I think it’s a super cute version!

Sketch-2But then I though I would have some fun and see what would happen if I turned the image 90 degrees to the right.  I actually tend to work in landscape a lot because I like the way that the card stands, so turning the image really worked!  All the pieces are exactly the same as they are in the first version – same size, same placement.  The only thing that changed was the direction of the image.  I love that this version shows off a bit more of the paper too!

Sketch-3The last version is simply a stretched out version of the orginal sketch.  Since I still wanted to try another landscape version, I simply took the sketch and extended it out on the sides and pinched it a bit top and bottom.  Again, all the pieces are in the same places, but now the dimensions of them are a bit different (wider than longer).  I really love the balance of shapes and sizes in this one, and it was the one that made the final cut!

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So there you have it – one sketch 3 different ways with minimal changes!  Image using this technique to crank out your Christmas cards this year – each one would be totally unique, but you would have them done in no time flat!

I hope this little tip has inspired you to get krafty! Thanks for stopping by!

 

 

Christmas fun!

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We’re so excited! It’s our OCTOBER RELEASE Day at KRAFTIN’ KIMMIE STAMPS and we’re celebrating with a KRAFTY HOP.  Over the last few days in during our Krafty Peeks, we have shared lots of FUN new stamps from all our artists for our October release! We know these new stamps will inspire you to make fabulous Christmas creations!

Sparkle-cuToday, I decided to use SPARKLE FAIRY on a centre step card.  There are so many great details on this stamp, so I wanted to draw as much attention to her as possible.  I am always a little nervous using red, but I love the classic Christmas colours on this cutie!  Having said that, I think I’m going to colour her up for New Years too – more gold and silvers and sparkles! 

You will get to see ALL of the new images today as you sit back and enjoy our OCTOBER 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 October stamps at a discount!! But only for a limited time!

Thanks for stopping by!

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Candy Cane Kisses

1506690_10152729337291014_5622446376697036056_nGood Saturday morning!  It’s the weekend (happy dance time)! It is also day THREE of the OCTOBER Kraftin’ Kimmie peeksand we have my favourites of this release to show you!

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Today we are SO thrilled to share the newest set of super cute kiddos by artist CHERYL GRANT! This adorable set features our kids Lexi, Lucas and Lulu having some holiday fun and is called CANDY CANE KISSES! This fun set includes THREE main images plus FIVE awesome sentiments!

Mailbox-cuToday, I chose to team up Lexi with some Doodlebug paper, colouring her up with Copics to coordinate with the paper.  I have tried to keep my Christmas cards a little less “dimensional” this year to save myself on postage, but I think the black borders really help the layers pop and give the card dimension without height!  I think this is one of my favourite cards of the season so far! An image that is a blast to colour, and rich on details – it really does steal the show!

Since it is Saturday, it is also challenge time, and this week our challenge hostess is TANGII.  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)!

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 Facebook release party tonight!} Thanks for stopping by, and tell me – have you started your Christmas cards yet?

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Eek-a-boo!

Hello and welcome to the DCWV Too Cute To Spook Halloween Hop!!

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Okay, I have a bone to pick with all of you – why didn’t you tell me how much fun it could be to decorate for Halloween! Up until this last year, I have not really been a “Halloween person” – spooky and scary is not really my thing.  But this year, I have discovered the cute in Halloween, and I am hooked!  Why didn’t you tell me before now???!!!

TODAY the current DCWV Design Team is bringing you a group of projects that were made using the newest, cutest DCWV Halloween stack, Eek-a-Boo! Halloween is quickly approaching and it’s time to turn your spooky crafting up to high gear!

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I decided to use one of my favourite prints from this stack for a bit of witchy fun. With a bit of Modge Podge in hand, I was able to cover and then embellish a cardboard witches hat that I found at my local craft store.

Blog-Hop-fullNow, while I am not a witch (well, most days anyways), I did think that any witch with any sense would want a hat with a bit of bling, right?  I used some of the awesome spider confetti and black sequins from DCWV’s Halloween embellishment pack to add that extra something to the tulle and paper ribbon.

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Oh, and my favourite part – the skull!  This is actually a piece from DCWV’s skull wall hanging set, but by adding some embossing powder, it ended up being a perfect finsihing touch for the hat.  Now I just need to find a good place in the house for it!

All of the ladies on the team have amazing projects for you today!  Make sure you take the time to visit and comment – we have some goodies up our sleeves for 3 lucky winners! Comments are open through Monday, and we will announce the winners on Tuesday over on the DCWV blog.

Thanks for stopping by!

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