|Kiyomi of Sister Stamps|
Yes, I'm poppin' in today to share another card. Have you heard of Sister Stamps? They are a new family owned company who just released their first set of adorable Asian girl stamps. If you haven't seen them or heard about them you should definitely pop over to their blog to be introduced. You will fall in love like the rest of us. Be sure to head on over to their blog and congratulate Jenny and her sister Denise on their wonderful and exciting new venture. Their Aunty Jan has been crafting up a storm with these cuties. You'll definitely be inspired.
I have to give a shout out to Pineapple Cove's Manle for shipping out my package within a few days, which included the holiday. Since the stamps are only sold in Hawaii, it would have been very hard for me to get there with out making a long trip out of it. So I ordered them online and received my stamps within a few days. That fast! Thank you Manle for the awesome service!! I didn't expect to get them so fast, you must have known how bad I wanted them. (hehe) You rock!
For this card I wanted to keep it simple and just have the focal point on the adorable Kiyomi. I went with a simple framed layout and built it up. Here is a close up of Kiyomi with an altered sakura in her hair. I tried to color the original flowers but the color was just too dark it almost blended with her hair. Since the image was already colored I didn't want to stamp & color her again. So I punched out a sakura flower and cut it to the shape of the original ones. I think I hid them pretty well. The other problem I had was coloring her kimono. The red marker I was using was messing up the paper. It wasn't until I found this awesome "tip" on the Tickled Pink Blog that I figured out what happened. Again, I didn't want to scrap this image so I tried to do the best that I could and salvage her. I think I did a pretty good job. I love the washi paper behind her. I know you can't tell but there are gold flakes, with subtle whites behind her. It's very pretty in person.
Here is a better photo of the paper. I know they don't look like gold flakes but they are. (hehe)
The rest of the card came together pretty fast after that. I used an embossing folder, my newest Spellbinder, which I got in the mail the same day my stamps came. (whoo hoo!) and the smaller sakura punches. O and I can't for get Kiyomi's little butterfly friend just fluttering a bit out of her reach. He's such a rascal! (hehe)
I can't wait to play with the other two sisters, Mei Li and Mei Lin. Hopefully I will have time this weekend. Crossing my fingers. (hehe) I think I will play along at the Flutter by Wednesday challenge #161 where anything goes.
Okay my friends, hope you all have a wonderful day and be sure to head on over to the Farm Fresh challenge blog tomorrow for our FFF challenge. Mahalo for stopping by!
Kiyomi (Sister Stamps)
Seafoam blue cardstock (Hanko)
White cardstock (Neenah)
Ovals & lacey oval (Spellbinders)
Sakura punch (Carl Carla Craft) Sunburst (Marvy Uchida)
Sakura embossing folder (Cuttlebug)
Ink: Black Tuxedo (Memento)