Things are looking up!

Sloth-fullOkay, here’s the thing – I have a lot of stamps.  In fact, it’s probably not a good idea to ask me how many because if I had to tell you, I would also have to kill you! ;)  But there are some of those many stamps that I want to go back to over and over again – and the new set of sloths from Kraftin’ Kimmie called Wanna Hang are on that list! I could colour these cuties over and over and over again! I coloured this cutie up with my Copics (warm greys work great for the fur if you are going for a “realistic” colour) and then teamed him op with some bright and fun paper from Doodlebug.

Sloth-closeupSince it is Wednesday, it is challenge time over at Kraftin’ Kimmie, and the great thing about Wednesday challenges is that the theme is always – Anything Goes!  Having said that, your submission must use at least one Kraftin’ Kimmie Stamp but can be any theme, any style, any design and it can be a card, a scrapbook page, an altered item….you name it!! It must be a NEW creation and you can enter on the blog until Tuesday, April 8th!! 

So, grab that set of stamps that you just love and get krafty!  I can';t wait to see what you create!

Thanks for stopping by!

Sloth-Dimension

 

I can see clearly now!

Last year, we started to notice that one of my daughter’s eyes was turning in every now and again.  Now, I will save you all the details, but one of the first steps to correct the situation was to get our little 2 year old some glasses!  Watching her in her new glasses was so interesting, and she has almost always been amazing about the whole process!

I have been waiting to scrap some of the pictures for just over a year now, and a couple of weeks ago, I found the inspiration to finally get the pages done!

See-Clearly-fullSee-Clearly-closeupIt actually came from this a cute set of stamps from Karber that features a character named Leslie.  What inspired me in these digital stamps was that these were images of a little gal just doing her thing…dancing, eating cupcakes, hanging out…and she just happened to wear glasses.  It’s not easy to find stamps with little gals in glasses that aren’t “nerd” themed, so I knew that these stamps had to become a part of the story of these layouts!! I coloured up this version of Leslie with Copics, and paper pieced her dress with a design from the MME Quite Contrary collection.  I love how bright and cheerful the page is!

Oh, and I just had to add a few hidden pictures and journaling on this page!

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I wanted to make sure you could still see that stamp when you opened the flap, so I placed Leslie so she would be peeking around the edge of the paper!  I think I almost like the layout better open than closed!  

Well, that’s it for me today!  As always, 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?