Wednesday, 31 March 2010

Spesch Stamps Release Preview Week - Day Four!

I assigned myself this date. I picked out Thursday when Tracey said 'Pick a Day and Stamp for release week' not thinking it was April Fools Day!!! So I hope you all have a prank free day! Heaven knows it can be irritating when you have friends left, right and centre annoying you!!
(For all you non Australian people - Spesch Stamps is Aussie based and they are already seeing in Thursday so I've not gone completely nuts! hehe...)


Today I have a special card to show you! Its one of the six new release stamps soon to be on sale over at Spesch Designer Stamps Blog! If you've not yet been over to Spesch Stamps, please pop over.You will fall in love with the stamps as soon as see them! I know I did!

~ Bella and Edward ~
I have used some Halloween Papers from BoBunny, a Bronze charm from Papermania and coloured Bella and Edward with Copics.
I LOVE the effect and colour I got for Edwards hair. 

This is a quote from the Twilight Film (and I'm sure its in the book too, but as my friend has my book, I cant be sure). Click the picture for a close up!

And here we have Bella and Edward a little closer too!
Adorable couple - Yeah??
Head on over to the Spesch Designer Stamp blog to find out the previous releases and how you could win all six of the new release stamps!

Have fun!

Kimmi x

Monday, 29 March 2010

New 'Soon to Be' Released Stamps at Spesch Designer Stamps!

Over at Spesch Designer Stamps Tracey is releasing some gorgeous NEW designs this week... 
Each of the DT were given one image (which we got to choose ourselves) and will be revealing them on different days this week. The week is as planned!

Monday - 
Tuesday - Tracey
Wednesday - Fran
Thursday - Kimmi (Moi)
Friday- Sammi
Saturday - Tracey

To celebrate the launch, Tracey is generously going to give away the collection of SiX New Stamps to one lucky winner who will be picked at random from the comments left during the week. The only condition is if you want to win, you MUST leave a comment on each and every preview!

Good Luck!

EDIT - You MUST post a comment on the Spesch Designer Stamp Blog! Relating to that days preview.

Saturday, 27 March 2010

Want to win some gorgeous Candy!

One of my favourite blog buddies out there has managed to get an amazing 100,000+ hits!
I can't blame her - her talent is endless and her works are amazing!

Her name is Kellie and her fabulous blog is here

To celebrate this amazing feat Kellie is offering one lucky persons the chance to win the kit above - its from All that Scraps and is part of the fabulous C.C. Designs collection! Its called Spring Swiss Pixie Kit and its gorgeous!

Head on over to Kellie's Blog to find out more!
Closes April 24th

p.s. Congratulations Kellie!! 

Yey - Donna's Back!

My good friend Donna took a break before Christmas and has now come back after nearly four month of being away!

Go pay her a visit and welcome her back to Blog Land - also - she's had a Stash Clear Up and is selling some of her stamps which she has acquired over time, that she see's herself never using again!

Kimmi x

Thursday, 25 March 2010

Wow - New Decoupage from the artist of Sweet Pea Stamps

My fabulous design team buddie Amy from Stampin' for the Weekend has started a new adventure!

She has been asked by the very talented Ching-cou Kuik to licence the images that she creates for decoupage purposes. If you've not heard of Ching-Cou Kuik or the gorgeous images she produces, click here to see some examples from her own site. Ching-Cou is the talented artist of those gorgeous images you see on Sweet Pea Stamps.

Amy has created some lovely pieces here, so please have a look and if you like, buy some. You can print and use them again and again. Just click the logo for The Crafty Purple Frog to take you there!

Tuesday, 23 March 2010

Spesch Designer Stamps Follower Freebie Give Away! (gosh what a mouthful!)

Well today is Wednesday (ok I know its 10pm GMT but over in Australia its already 9am) and as I said the other day - Tracey from Spesch Designer Stamps is going to be giving away a fabulous stamp to followers!

I can hear you all crying 'What stamp would that be?' and I can tell you that its on my card below!

If you are a follower of Spesch Stamps - You will be able to email Tracey - See the Spesch Stamps Blog to find out how, and ask for your follower freebie! Its as simple as that!

I think she's really pretty. I just LOVE her hair! Those bunches make her look so sweet and cute!

So hop on over to the Spesch Stamps Blog and while your there have a browse at some of the other amazing stamps that are on sale - I love the Wonderland Collection of Alice, The Mad Hatter and The Queen of Hearts etc!! Brilliant collection! Go check 'em out!

Also - Tracey is also holding a DT call - so if you fancy it, check out the details here - Closes March 31st.

Bye for now!

Race for Life 2010 - Why its important to me!

Hi there...
I'm taking part in Race for Life 2010 again this year, if you'd like to know my reason, and learn a little bit about me, take a look here!
Kimmi x

Magnolia Down Under - Sketch

This week over at Magnolia Down Under the girls have a fabulous sketch for us all to follow!

I have gone with two of the new Easter Stamps - 'Floral Background' and 'Hello! Tilda' which I purchased from Crafts U Love back in February and showed up about 1 week ago and I've only just inked them! - Shocking!

The papers are also by Magnolia and are called - 'Turquoise Rose' and 'Vintage Blue Quilt', again purchased from Crafts U Love at the same time.

I've coloured Tilda and the Background with Distress ReInkers, and added some Prima Flowers secured with some pearl brads. I have not put a sentiment on as my printer has been playing up and I have no Easter sentiment stamps. I guess I could have put a 'hello' sentiment on, but went with another flower. I hope the girls don't mind too much!

Thank you for popping by xxx

Monday, 22 March 2010

Spesch Stamp Give Away!

Good Morning Fellow Crafters!

Just a little heads up, that on Wednesday this week, the lovely Tracey is giving away a gorgeous stamp to all of the followers over at the Spesch Designer Stamps Blog!

I have to say that this stamp is gorgeous! She's so pretty and I am drooling over the possibilities!

Remember - Wednesday - Spesch Designer Stamp Blog - Free Digi Stamp to every follower of the blog!

Saturday, 20 March 2010

Colouring with Distress Inks - Tutorial

I put tutorial in the title, but this is basically how I colour my images.

First off you will need 
Aqua Pen
Ink Pad
Stamp of choice
Card Stock of choice

First off stamp your image, I've used Versa Fine Black Onyx and 300gsm Watercolour paper

I'm using Tea Dye for her skin - so load the tip of the brush with the ink.
Go around the outline of her face

Then blend in working your way to the middle
Continue in the same way, loading the tip and outlining the areas that need to be coloured
Now I'm going to use Peeled Paint for her clothes - mainly her sleeves/top, dress and socks.


Again just outlining and then blending to the middle using water to bleed the colour lighter.
When you've finished and you want to add more shadow, wait till it is dry, wet, and then add the ink to add more depth
Here I've used Mustard Seed for her pinny

Here I've used the same technique, adding colour around the outline and blending to the middle. 
Also coloured her shoes.

For the peaches I have used Dried Marigold and added some Tattered Rose
For the basket I have used Walnut Stain, and just blended to the middle

Tilda's Hair has been coloured using Walnut Stain, Black Soot and Antique Linen

Lastly I added some Tattered Rose to her cheeks, not sure if shows up though.


I have used in total - 8 inks
Tattered Rose, Tea Dye, Peeled Paint, Mustard Seed, Walnut Stain, Antique Linen, Black soot and Dried Marigold

Thank you for popping by, any comment would be greatly appreciated!

Kimmi x

Friday, 19 March 2010

Stampin' for the Weekend DT - Its Nearly Easter

Well - I'm kinda back on track. I made this Easter Themed Project for Stampin' for the Weekend a little while ago when I got my delivery of last years Magnolia Easter stamps that I bought from the Magnolia Web shop.

This fortnights Sponsor is
Dulcie from Wild Rose Studio and she has kindly offered one lucky winner not one, but TWO stamps from the cute Milton Collection!
So onto my project -
The circular box was a gift with some cheese in it for Christmas. I left it to air a little as it was still smelling of feet - yuk - and didn't think I'd enjoy the chocolate tasting like cheese either!

I've used papers by We Are Memory Keepers - Jingle Jangle, Magnolia Tilda, and a Martha Stewart Heart Border Punch. 

I used Distress Re-Inkers to colour the image, and cut her out using the Deckled Edge labels die in the Cuttlebug

Another view of some gorgeous naughties!! I have to admit, they are no longer in the box - just lots of foil and wrappers hehe
Our Guest Designer this week is Heather - Who has used a gorgeous House Mouse stamp - so pop on over and have a looksie! 

Don't forget to visit the team blogs too, all can be found in my side bar, and on the Stampin' for the Weekend Blog. The girls take a lot of time out of their heavy schedules of being a mummy, wife, girlfriend, housework (which I'm sure they wont begrudge), and even when they've finished a day of work, they all make time out to leave you wonderful comments - so leaving them a little love would be nice!

Thursday, 18 March 2010

I'm back and have some exciting news!

Good morning fellow crafters! Please forgive me as its a long one! - Grab a coffee and a few biccies!

As you know I've been away for a couple of weeks trying to get my head together. Having a break from card making has really helped to see things in a better light as I wasn't stressing over dead lines and which stamp to pick next! 

I'm back to some degree, I admit my Mojo is still wandering around some place other than sitting with me when I make cards. I'm happy with them, don't get me wrong, I just have very little inspiration at the moment despite all the stamps, papers and embellishments I have.

So - that exciting news I have for you - well - just before I went to the dark side, Tracey AKA Booyagirl asked me if I'd like to be on her Design Team at the start of February. There was no name for the stamps/store and Tracey only had a handful to send me. Well I said yes before I'd even seen an image and I'm so pleased I did. They are brilliant. Since the first few I was sent, there have been more added to the Etsy Store since!

These Digi Stamps are - Spesch Stamps and can be found here! And you can buy them from the Etsy Store.

I've made a couple of cards - I think the lovely Willow has already been showcased on the Spesch Stamps blog, but you might notice a little change - I've coloured her leggings in a little more to make them more 'orangey'.

Papers by Basic Grey, Flowers from Wild Orchid Crafts, coloured with Copics.
Coloured with Copics, Papers - Basic Grey, Stickles for the sand.
Cupcake Girl
Papers are again Basic Grey, coloured with Copics, circle and scalloped circle nesties.

Well those are the cards I have to show so far. I loved colouring them, the possibilities are endless, and once I get my Mojo back - there'l be no stopping me! 

Tracey is having a DT call for the Spesch Stamps too! 
This call out ends March 31st, and is open to everyone!

Please check out the full details here, and email Tracey using -

Thank you for paying a visit. I know it was a long one! I hope you didn't drop off to sleep!
Hopefully be back soon with some more cards!