Thank-you Teacher – an embossing challenge

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Well, welcome back for another challenge with Kraftin’ Kimmie Stamps!!! 

This week our hostess is SANDIE!! And her challenge is Heat or Dry Embossing!! So create a card, scrapbook page or altered item with a Kraftin’ Kimmie stamp that features either heat embossing or dry embossing!

I decided to have a little fun in anticipation for National Teacher’s Week!  Some of you might know that I am a teacher in my spare time ;), so this is a day near and dear to my heart!  And yes, I know there are lost of horror stories of awful teachers and awful school situations.  Sometimes it just seems we are so much more willing to share those stories than those of situations in which teacher’s made a difference.  I’m glad we have a time to honour those that do make a difference…because there is magic in that!

I thought the Mother Goose stamp from Kraftin’ Kimmie was a perfect fit for this card, together with some Doodlebug paper from the FlowerBox collection and some ribbon from May Arts.  And my embossing was a little trick I learned to create this polka dot effect on the card base:

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The secret is to simply take mini glue dots and place them around your paper.  Sprinkle with embossing powder, heat it up and voila – a darling, textured polka dot!

Make sure you take some time to check out the wonderful creations by our Krafty Girls featuring this week’s challenge!! And if you join us, you could WIN a Kraftin’ Kimmie Stamp!!! 

Thanks for stopping by!

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Finished at last!

Album-closeup2Last year, when CropChocolate carried the My Mind’s Eye Fine and Dandy collection, I went a big crazy!  I loved it and thought it would be perfect for two mini albums for my daughters – one about my oldest’s first year as a big sister, and the other one for my youngest to commemorate her first year as a little sister.

Well, the collections have been sitting for awhile now, so when I picked up the awesome Lulu and Libby stamp set from Kraftin’ Kimmie this week while thinking about the top ten challenge, I knew the time had come to tackle at least one of the albums.  Lulu and Libby are two characters from the talented artist Cheryl Alger, and I love using them for projects for my girls!

So each day this week, I tacked another set of pages and I am happy to say that the BIG SISTER album is complete:

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And of course, a little interactive element that I created by modifying the last page:

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Album-closeup1I wanted to make sure that my colouring of the stamped images really coordinated with the album, so I tried something a bit new for me.  After stamping all three with Momento Tuxedo Black ink, I actually fussy cut each image before I coloured them.  I then placed a small piece of paper underneath, and then placed both of those on top of one of the patterned pieces of paper from the collection (one that had all the colours I had planned to use in the album).  It was almost like surrounding the stamped image with a pallet of colour, so it was super easy to match what I wanted to do on the pages with the way I was colouring the image.  I’m pretty happy with the way it all came together! Now I just need to get the second album done! ;)

So, wish me luck!  I still hoping to earn one of those guest spots for Kraftin’ Kimmie Stamps in March!

As always, thanks for stopping by!!!

Yahoo for Scor-Pal!

When I joined the DCWV Design Team this last summer, there were a few generous companies that sent me goodies to work with during my term.  Scor-Pal was one, so I was really excited to be a part of a fun event this week featuring projects made with DCWV’s Autumn Melody Stack and our fantastic Scor-Pal products.

Today is Day 3 of our cross-promotion with Scor-Pal.  When it comes to using a scoring board, I wouldn’t be without one for interactive cards and scrapbook elements!  Making sure the folds are tight and crisp is a big part of elements that actually work and last, like the ones on this page:

This fall themed layout has a little surprise underneath that cute Trendy Twine bow…more photos!

Think of the possibilities – hidden journaling, an additional pocket for mementos, more design embellishments - the sky is the limit!  And by scoring the strip of paper evenly with your Scor-Pal, the folds will be even (because heaven knows, I can’t seem to fold evenly to save my life)!

Another fun element I added with the help of my Scor-Pal was a little banner of paper, scored and folded to add some texture.  Simply cut a strip of paper (mine was 1″ X 12″), and score at the 1″ and 1 1/4″ marks.  Continue down the strip scoring at the whole number mark, and the 1/4″ mark after.  Fold the whole number mark back on itself, and then the 1/4″ that follows out on itself and you are all set to go!

So, why don’t you head off to the DCWV and Scor-Pal blogs to see what else the designers have up their sleeves!  And if that’s not reason enough, there are chances to win your own Scor-buddy!  Go check it out, and thanks for stopping by!

Trying something new!

This week, the challenge over at CropChocolate was completely open – we could do whatever we wanted to do!  I used this as an opportunity to kill two birds with one stone and get in on the Kraftin’ Kimmie challenge this week too!  It’s been awhile since I’ve been able to do some colouring, and there are no stamps that are more fun to colour than KK stamps!!  So yesterday, I grabbed my Copics and the super cute Goldilocks stamp, and had some fun!

Echo Park’s So Happy Together collection was perfect for this little gal and her friends!

I also thought this would be a great chance to try something new, so I thought I would tackle paper piecing Goldi’s skirt.  If you have never paper pieced with a stamp before, it is really easy!

  • Simply start by stamping your image once onto your colouring paper, and decide which parts of the image will be pieced.  Colour your image as desired. This will be your base stamped image.

    From this angle, you can see the layers on her skirt how the bows actually stick out from her hair!

  • Stamp the image again onto patterned paper (for this little gal, I actually used two different patterned papers so I stamped her 3 times).
  • Then, use some great scissors to fussy cut the shapes from the patterned paper that you would like to adhere onto the black and white image.  For Goldi, I cut out each of the diamonds and partial diamonds as well as the bow for her hair.
  • Glue the patterned paper shapes on to the base stamped image.

Goldilocks and her three bears! I love this stamp!

For this little gal, I also wanted the bows in her hair to sick up a bit, so I only glued down the centre to create more dimension.  However, this also meant that I had to colour a bit behind the paper piecing so you wouldn’t see white.  I also wanted to create a bit more depth on the layers of her skirt, so ended up cutting and paper piecing the ruffle at the bottom edge of her skirt, and then layering them under her skirt, but over top of her bloomers.  I love the effect –  the truth is that you can create the effect with colouring shadows, but I love that this adds a bit of texture to the card as well!

If you haven’t tried paper piecing a stamp before – GO FOR IT!  It was a bit of work for this gal, but I think it was worth it!  What do you think?