Tuesday, May 31, 2011

High Hopes Stamps challenge- Here Kitty Kitty kitty....

Happy Tuesday!!!!

Today High Hopes Stamps is challenging you to make a card featuring your fave pet or animal. Please please please don't tell Molly my dog but cat's are my fave. I think Molly actually knows that because she acts more like a cat than a dog most of the time...mind you my cats think they are dogs. Which is of course normal in my household hee hee. I coloured up Peeking Kitty and Get Well Soon sign with my copics and used a small piece of one of my MME Lime Tart papers. I wanted my card to be clean and simple to focus on the images and their colours. I like how it turned out and I think I am going to try to make more CAS cards!

To see more purrfectly done samples hop on over to the HHS challenge blog. Ha ha...that was punny ;). 

Have a great day, Andi

Saturday, May 28, 2011

KKS has us in stitches!

I have to admit something...I have been a huge fan of craft-lebrity Carol Burrage for many many years. I find her smart, witty and craftlicious. She frequently has me snorting my tea out of my nose while I read her blog posts. Yep I have loved her from afar for many a year..until this week that is. Now my love for her is tarnished just slightly because Carol is in charge of this week's challenge and we have been asked to HAND STITCH somewhere on our creations. Oh my..not one of my strengths and frankly this challenge had me pulling a full on temper tantrum. I still want your autograph Carol but I need to give it a few weeks ;).

Yep it all started out good. I grabbed my Sew Easy and put on what looked like a fairly simple zigzag piercing head and pierced my paper. Then I tried to sew it. Turns out I had no flippen idea at.all. how to do the stitches. None. My Family studies teacher would be having a bird if she knew that! I think she is still upset about getting applesauce in the face in the infamous blender incident. I would like to state on the record that I did tell her the lid wasn't fastened on properly but she was sooo frustrated with me and my lack of cooking skills she just yelled over and over again to just turn it on..so I did and then ducked and she didn't..and got a face full of ground apple. Yikes..scary at the time but oh so funny hee hee.

Sorry..back to the Sew Easy story. I was so lost I hopped in my car to drive to SGD to see my Thursday ladies clutching my pierced paper. I immediately laid down on the floor and started screaming for help while using my heels to push myself in a circle on the floor. After trying to ignore me with little success they offered to help by sewing it for me. Hee Hee. I am terrible! Now..they pulled a fast one on me and only sewed halfway around the paper and much to my chagrin insisted I had to learn how to finish it. Thankfully they had the patience of a saint and I learned how to do the zigzag stitch and finished my sewing. I stamped up Rosabelle and matched up my colours to the Graphic 45 paper I was using. I have to admit it felt great to be good at colouring after the sewing incident hee hee.

Carole...I forgive you.

Now to see MUCH BETTER hand stitched samples hop on over to the KKS challenge blog and to also read the full 'play to win' deets.

Yours in stitches..Andi

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Kraftin' Kimmie stamps is playing with CPS!

One of my fave challenge blogs Card Positioning Systems is playing along with Kraftin' Kimmie stamps. I have included the sketch below so you can play along too and win some KKS stamps- schweet! I used one of my fave of the new releases- Tori. Seriously how cute is she with that playful puppy! I had some Parisian themed paper and for some reason I just had to put them together. Probably because I watched a documentary recently about how in Paris they take their pooches everywhere, even into restaurants! I coloured her up with my copics to match the paper and the only embellie I really added was the bow. I figured the paper was so pretty and of course Tori was stealing the show so there was no need for more bling hee hee!

So grab your inks and papers and come play along with us!

Cheers, Andi

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Blog Candy Alert!!!!

Blog candy time!!!

I haven't given any away in ages and I meant to do it for my 40th birthday celebration but I totally forgot...must be old age ;). So instead this is just to say thank you to all of you who come and visit me at my little corner in cyberspace. I always read and appreciate each and every comment as well :). 

This candy will be open until Sunday May 29th and the winner will be shared the next day. 

Here are some goodies that I would love to share with you!

* 4 Buttons Provided by Tessa Ann Designs- my FAVE button shop some of her custom made polymer buttons. I adore her creations! Thanks Tessa

* 3 Free uber cute High Hopes Stamps provided by Tina and Bethany from HHS. Thanks ladies- I adore HHS stamps and have sooo much fun colouring them.

*1 Magnolia cling mount stamp
* 1 role of this delicious rose blossom ribbon from American Crafts. I bought oodles of them!

*1 cute SU stamp I won at a Breast Cancer fundraiser by my friend Lisa Burns. 

I am cleaning out my craft room and finding lots of unopened items so the pot may grow. I know I need to purge but it is so hard lol!!

How to win:
- leave a comment on this post for one ballot
-become a follower or if you are already a follower leave a second comment ' with the words 'current or new follower'
-if you spread the news via any online source please leave another comment with the link of where you shared it so it can be verified if that is the winning comment chosen. 

This is opened to worldwide! 

Thank you so much for reading my blog and please know I appreciate each and every one of you xo

Cheers, Andi

Saturday, May 21, 2011

KKS weekly challenge- be like the cool kids and start 'texting'!

This week's Kraftin' Kimmie stamps challenge is to have text on your card. You can put a sentiment on the front of your card design or use patterned paper with words. Easy peasy! I used some of my fun new MME paper from the Lime Twist collection which has a sweet page with chat balloons. Perfect! I feel like my sweet girl is saying hello to Spring. This cute lil stamp is called Spring Friends and is by the new KKS artist Cheryl Alger. I paper pieced her dress with more of the MME papers then coloured her up to match. I also used some of my precious Tessa Ann Designs buttons......they are soooo drool worthy! Using them just means I have to buy more right lol!

For more texted creations pop on over to the KKS challenge blog to see this week's challenge details to play along with us and see more lovely creations from the fab DT!!

Cheers, Andi

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

High Hopes Stamps Challenge time- get out your 3D glasses!

Time for another fun High Hopes Stamps challenge and this week it is to make a 3D item! Lots of great items you can make- sour cream containers, altered jars, recipe packets, gift bags or decorate a journal like I did.

I used the Annie Block stamp and coloured her up with my copics. I used Neenah paper but next time I will bring out my X-press It paper because my reds bled very badly and the old white gel pen had to come out to cover some mistakes. And the black 'frame' was to cover more red bleeding hee hee. I am all about soldiering on and covering up as best as you can. I used some MME paper Bloom and Grow and I think it was called from a few years back and the matching tag, flower and trim. I love when it is all matchy match :)

To see more 3D goodness hop on over to the HHS Challenge blog and think up some cool ideas to play along with us. We would love to have you join in!

Sunday, May 15, 2011

It's finally time for the May KKS release!

Today Kraftin’ Kimmie Stamps is releasing their new MAY stamps!

If you have been playing along with us this week you saw that we have a new line of stamps by Cheryl Alger, some RAWKIN' sporty girls from Annie and more cutie patootie dress up kids from Steven. Additionally, KKS is also introducing a new line of quotes called Scripture Quotes to help fill your collection with all you need to make the perfect cards. 

I played with 'Nurse Nellie' from Steven's line of dress up kids as I have a few nurses in my family. And trust me their medical knowledge is kept up to date not only for their job but also to take care of all their large family as we CONSTANTLY go to them with our questions. In fact my daughters often make me call their Auntie Tara to tell her they are sick and to see what she recommends to make them feel better. It's not enough that it is also what mommy mentioned because that wasn't good enough. But if Auntie Tara says it as well then its the perfect way to handle it hee hee! So Tara and Angie- this card's for you. Thank you to our 2 sister Nurses for all you do to take care of your favourite hypochondriacs xoxo.

So today while you move from blog to blog not only will you enjoy some amazing eye candy with the new images from the Krafty Girls we also have joining us some very special Krafty Guests. Yep, we have tons of samples made to whet your appetite and help enable you to get some of the new images...or all of them...no judging here ladies lol!!!

 To  start from the beginning, just head over to the Kraftin’ Kimmie Challenge Blog! If you have already been beeboppin' around your next stop after me is the uber cool Melanie. As you hop from blog to blog, be sure to leave a comment at each and every stop because some lucky stampers will win packages of stamps from the new release!! And when you’re done hoppin’, be sure to head over to the Kraftin’ Kimmie shop, because ALL the new images are NOW available! 

Cheers, Andi

Saturday, May 14, 2011

KKS Girls rAwK this week's preview and challenge!!!!!!!

Girls just wanna have fu-un...ooohhh girls just wannna have fuuunnnn... Just singing some old skool Cyndi Lauper this Sat morn because I know that GIRL'S Rock! We are ALL strong and powerful individuals and I think we need to celebrate that fact with a challenge!! So to play along with this week's KKS challenge let's make cards featuring GIRLS....and if you'd like to go one step further, make a card for a girlfriend and celebrate her strengths....or send her some encouragement! Let's support each other!!

For more 'rawkin' girls head on over to the KKS challenge blog to see more previews of Annie's new images while we celebrate women with this week's challenge.


Cheers, Andi

Friday, May 13, 2011

Day 3 of KKS sneak peeks!

Today we are sharing sneak peeks from Steven Leary's May 2011 KKS collection. Phew that was a mouthful! I totally had to colour up this cute little piggytailed girl with her kitty as I am one of those crazy cat ladies myself. I have 2 cats and a dog who thinks she's a cat. They rule our house and you often see the cats in our windows when you drive by. I coloured her up with my copics to match some misc. papers I had collected over the years featuring cats (of course) and some of my hoarded cat themed buttons and words. I also collect cat stamps. I am kinda worried that I will wear cat themed sweaters when I am older and have pictures of them in my wallet- all 20 of them- but I have made my friends promise to not let me get to that point lol! I even have one of my fur babies beside me all curled up right now as I write this post. sigh...nothing like a soft kitty belly which I think this cutie in the image is showing us that her cat's belly needs to be scratched too. Whether they want it scratched or not ;P

Come back tomorrow for more sneak peeks and in the meantime pop over to the KKS challenge blog to see what DT members are sharing sneak peeks today now that blogger is back online.

Cheers, Andi

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Who has Kraftin' Kimmie sneaky peeky's...ME!

Today marks the first day of Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps sneak peeks before the big release on Sunday. Today the DT is sharing cards made with stamps from a BRAND SPANKING NEW KKS ARTIST...Cheryl! Here is the 'official' welcome blurb :)

Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps is thrilled to introduce a new artist to the mix....her name is Cheryl Alger! You may recognize her name from Sassy Cheryl's where she creates digital art. Cheryl is creating a brand NEW line of images, specifically for Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps! These stamps will ONLY be available at Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps and ONLY as unmounted rubber stamps! Now here's a bit about Cheryl!

I grew up outside of Staunton, Virginia, but now live in the Richmond, Virginia. I absolutely LOVE to draw and always carry a small sketchbook with me in case inspiration strikes me while I'm out and about.

I have been creating digital art now for about 12 years now and have licensed my work to companies such as Kohl's, Hobby Lobby and Shopko, among others, for over eight years. I started creating digital images about two years ago. It's been a lifelong dream to become a working artist, and besides deadlines, I LOVE everything about what I do! It really helps that I have a very supportive husband and son (they also can be my biggest critics! I have to admit, I LOVE my job!

**be sure to leave comments on all the blogs because one lucky winner will receive the whole set of Cheryl's new stamps and Kimmie will announce the winner in Thursday's post! Cool!!**

To see who is sharing sneak peeks today featuring Cheryl's images hop on over to the KKS challenge blog!

Cheers! Andi

Saturday, May 7, 2011

KKS Weekly Challenge Kraftin' with Kraft!

Today's challenge is right up there as one of my fave's. Make your KKS creation with Kraft paper. I went nuts. Not only did I use kraft paper as my base and around my image but I also found some new FancyPants papers in a 6x6 pack that have the kraft colour all through it. Drooool. I also used one of my fave KKS stamps and its from the very first release- Charlotte. Love her and her twisty hair and quirky expression.

Just a quick post from me today- tackling cleaning my craft studio- ugh. Basically so I can justify that I need more supplies hee hee!

For the full challenge deets pop on over to the KKS challenge blog and also to see some beautiful Krafty Kraft creations. Don't forget there is a HUGE National Scrapbook sale at KKS stamps- more for your money- gotta love it!

Friday, May 6, 2011

Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps is having a sale!

Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps is celebrating National Scrapbooking Day and Mother's Day by having a big ol' SALE!!! There are over 100 stamps from all of our lines on sale 25-75% off!! Yes, you read that right! This sale will run from Friday May 6th - Tuesday May 10th! And some of these images will be retiring shortly, so get them before they are GONE!!! (Cannot be combined with other coupons/discounts!)

I have reposted some of my cards that have some of the sale images featured...just to help enable ;P

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

New Krafty items available at Kraftin' Kimmie stamps!

Kraftin' Kimmie stamps is pleased to share that we are now carrying a selection of Annie Rodrigue's 5x7 prints, magnets and keychains....including a SPECIAL EDITION keychain featuring Rebecca Raspberry that Annie made just for us as seen above. Click here to go to the KKS store to grab these items! I have mine already ;P hee hee.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Whipper Snapper Stamps- May all your weeds be Wildflowers

Those of you who know me well know that I am in love with Ireland and Irish culture. That includes the wee folk- like this Leprechaun called Frick. He is one of the new Whipper Snapper Spring releases and is not just for St. Paddy's day! On this card I paired him up with the beautiful sentiment 'May all your weeds be Wildflowers' from the Sweet Expressions set. Love it! I coloured him up with my copics and spent hours on this little man. I couldn't stop so I actually coloured up more Leprechauns which I will show you in future posts. I have family in Ireland and Irish family  here in Canada so I have lots of reason to keep these gingers in circulation throughout the year.

Sigh...seriously...Whipper Snapper stamps are amazing!!!! I will NEVER own enough of them hee hee!

Cheers, Andi

HHS Challenge- Anything goes....

Time for another challenge to help inspire you and your inky fingers! High Hopes Stamp's challenge is an easy one..."Anything goes!". Feel free to use any of your HHS images to play along.

Today I used a stamp that I have been itching to use since I got it- Duckie Flying Kite. Not sure which grabs me the most- the great kite or the sweet ducky tushy lol. Coloured him up using my copics then made some scalloped layers with white paper and some rainbow striped patterned paper. I had some great yellow seam binding ribbon given to me and it looked perfect for the card. Thank you Prairie bird Boutique for the beautiful ribbon. Actually all the seam binding you have been seeing on my blog is from this super cute Etsy shop. Love them! Just suited my fluffy ducky card wonderfully :).

The HHS Divas have been hard at work making some amazing samples to help inspire you for this week's challenge. Pop on over to the challenge blog to read more about how you can play along with us to win and see some great eye candy!

Cheers, Andi