Goldilocks in all her glory!

I love the Goldilocks stamp from Kraftin’ Kimmie Stamps!  I think it might be an obsession actually!  She is so much fun to colour, and I love the challenge involved in trying to make those cute curls of hers pop off the page. I think she is actually retired now (make room for more fantastic stamps), but I always think she is worth revisiting!

So when I recently made the top 10 for the Kraftin’ Kimmie guest designer challenge, I knew that Goldi was going to need to make an appearance.  I don’t need an excuse to use her, but it is fun to have one!

Goldi-full

Goldi-dimensionI decided to keep using the super cute MME Fine and Dandy paper (that I recently starting using after hoarding for a while) since this top ten challenge is all about PINK!  This collection has so many fun pink patterns, and some beautiful coordinating patterns in other colours for some variety.  I thought it would be fun to add some dimension to this little gal, so I grabbed that patterned paper and paper pieced her dress.  By cutting Golid into three sections, I was able to layer the image to add a bit of depth to the bottom of her dress, to the bears she is holding and even to the bows in her hair.  With my trusty Copics on hand to emphasize the shadows even more, this cutie steals the show on this card!

Golidi-bows

Goldi-closeupLooking at the card now, I think it would have so cute to have one of the bears coloured pink too!  Oh yeah – another excuse to colour her up again!

Well, I have a few more projects up my sleeve this week for this top ten challenge.  With 3 spots available for the guest designer challenge, I need to lay it all on the line!  You should see the projects posted so far - they are darling!  So be sure to pop by later in the week!

Thanks for stopping by and wish me luck!!

Happy World Card Making Day!

It is true that there are some days when I do need an excuse to get out all the crafty supplies and make cards. But today was World Card Making Day, so who needed a reason other than that?  It also happens to be Thanksgiving up here in Canada, so I thought I would make some cards for my daughters and husband to remind them just how thankful I am to have them!

It’s been a while since I had my Copics out, so I thought this would be a fun chance to do a bit of colouring.  And since it is also the third anniversary weekend of one of my favourite stamping companies – Kraftin’ Kimmie – I thought I would join them om some of their fun challenges.

The challenge I tackled was to make a girly card – because with two little gals around my house, we never have enough girlie cards!

Dancing in the Rain Kraftin’ Kimmie stamp and DCWV Sweet Blossom stack

This is one of my favourite stamps because it reminds my of my oldest…a little cutie who loves to hunt for puddles!  I teamed it up with the cute DCWV Sweet Blossom stack, and  some pretty ribbon from May Arts! 

My favourite detail on this card happens to be the little 3D bow in her hair.  I simply stamped the bow an extra time, fussy cut it, coloured it up and glued it in place – just in the middle of the bow so I could turn up the ends.  It’s a fun effect – just remember to colour the bow underneath as well as you will be able to see it.

The next challenge was just to use a favourite KK stamp.  A couple of months ago, I purchased the Peter Pan character with my hubby in mind.  I haven’t had a chance to use it yet, so I thought this would be a perfect chance!

Peter Pan Kraftin’ Kimmie stamp and DCWV Bewitched stack

I wanted to make it look like Peter was actually suspended up off of the card, so I decided to stamp Tinkerbell on the background, add some shading behind Peter, and then just use foam dots in a few spots to adhere Peter onto the card.  It wouldn’t be the best card to send in the mail with lots of edges to catch, but it’s a great effect for a hand delivered card.

Finally, I decided to take on Challenge #5 – Circle cards!  I’m not sure I have ever made a circle card, so this one was a fun challenge indeed!

Golidlocks Kraftin’ Kimmie stamp and DCWV Bouquet de Fleur

This is my favourite stamp to colour because I love the challenge of trying to make those curls pop right off the page.  Golidlocks turns out differently each time I colour her, and I just love how this stamp reminds me of my very snuggly youngest daughter! Since the challenge was about circle cards, I decided to use my trusty circle and hole punches to embellish the edge of this card.  It’s easy, and you can play around with placement to get a playful and unique look each time.  I really need to try circle cards more often!

Well – Happy World Card making Day to you all, and a very Happy Thanksgiving to all of my fellow Canucks!  Thanks for stopping by – I am off to fill in each of these cards!

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?