Thursday, December 31, 2015

2016 Planner Peek!

2016 planner | kimpletekreativity.blogspot.com | Kimberly Rendino | planner pages

Today I'm up on the Honey Bee Stamps blog with a peek inside my 2016 planner!   I'd love it if you check it out!

And also, today is the last day to enter my Instagram giveaway.   Click HERE and scroll to the 'Giveaway' photo (about 20 photos back)  for the rules and to enter!  Good luck!

Lastly, I'd like to wish every one of you a HAPPY NEW YEAR!   2016 brought a lot of highs and some lows - I'm sure all of you can relate!   Thanks for sticking with me through it all.  
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Friday, December 25, 2015

Merry Christmas!


Merry Christmas, everyone!   I hope you are enjoying a fabulous day with family and friends.   I have a quick post sharing a few of the tags my kiddos found on their gifts this morning using Honey Bee Stamps' new Flakey Friends set.    Head over for the Honey Bee blog for more information :)


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Sunday, December 20, 2015

Caring Hearts Card Drive



This post is a little different, as it's not a card share... it's about how this awesome community of cardmakers was able to come together to put smiles on the faces of some of those who live in nursing homes.  A very big shout out goes to Vera Yates and Jennifer McGuire, who put together the Caring Hearts Card Drive.   It's such an awesome thing to see people smile when they receive a beautiful handmade card!   




When I found out about the Caring Hearts Card Drive in 2013 and that they were looking for volunteers to bring the cards to local nursing homes, I was happy to volunteer, as my grandmother had just moved into a nursing home.  All the residents were so excited to receive the cards and talk about who had sent them and what state (or country!) the cards had come from.    Sadly, my grandmother passed away in June 2014,  but by the time November 2014 rolled around, both of my OTHER grandparents had moved into an assisted living facility.   So I volunteered again - and again, it was such a positive experience!  So of course I volunteered again in 2015.    But this year was different.    My grandfather passed away in June of this year, and just a day before Thanksgiving, we lost my grandmother as well. 


I had committed to bringing the cards, but let me tell you - it was so strange to walk in and know that none of my family was there.   Almost surreal, in fact!   But my mother and I handed out some of the cards, and it was wonderful to hear everyone talking about how amazing the cards were, and what a lovely gesture it was for everyone to send them.   It certainly put a big smile on my face!  

For those who sent in cards, thank you!    And to those who sponsored the card drive with prizes, thank you as well!   And a BIG thank you to Jennifer and Vera - your amazing vision and dedication makes the holidays brighter for so many people.   I've witnessed it....and it's a beautiful thing! 



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Friday, December 18, 2015

Nothing Better Than Snail Mail!

I'm up on the Honey Bee blog today with this li'l cutie!   Isn't that snail just adorable?!   For all the details, head to the Honey Bee Stamps blog.   Have a fantastic weekend, everyone!
snail mail | handmade card | honey bee stamps | kimpletekreativity.blogspot.com




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Thursday, December 17, 2015

Holiday Coffee Lovers Blog Hop!

Yay!   I was able to finish a card so I can participate in the AWESOME Holiday/Winter Coffee Lovers Bloghop!    It's getting crazy around this place....so much holiday stuff to get done before next week!    And what's up with this 'no snow' thing?   I live in Syracuse, NY, one of the snowiest cities in the U.S.,  and we've had 60 degree weather and not a bit of the white stuff yet.    I'm so sad!   It makes it hard to get in the Christmas spirit!  Sorry for the ramblings....I was able to find some time to craft this rainy day and here's what I came up with!
coffee lovers bloghop | tea | handmade card | kimpletekreativity.blogspot.com
I have had this PTI tea set in my stash for ages and finally got a chance to use it!   I started by stamping the leaves from the PTI Turning a New Leaf stamp set in Hero Arts Soft Brown .   I added some berries with Memento Galaxy Gold ink.    I stamped and die cut the cute tea pot with the leaves (that almost match the other leaves!)  I used my brand new Altenew inks - I love how they stamp!   I added some gold accents and some red gems (it is almost Christmas!).   Sorry for the poor pictures - this darn rain is making it impossible to get a good shot!   
coffee lovers bloghop | tea | handmade card | kimpletekreativity.blogspot.com
I hope you have time to link a card up to the blog hop - last I looked there were nearly 600 entries (OMG!)! 

I just want to mention a few giveaways going on right now - I'm part of Taheerah's Advent Calendar Extravaganza - check it out!   Click HERE for my post - you could win an amazing prize from Blitsy!

Also, I have a giveaway on my Instagram page!   Follow me HERE and look for the Giveaway photo for information on how to enter!

I'll be back tomorrow with a card for the Honey Bee Stamps blog!


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Friday, December 11, 2015

Advent Calendar Extravaganza with Taheerah Atchia

*This is my second post of the day - for my Honey Bee Stamps post, click HERE*

Hello everyone!  I'm so excited to be joining in the fun of Taheerah's Advent Calendar Extravaganza! If you're just hearing about this awesome event, read on to find out more!


Advent Calendar Extravaganza is -the- festive event of the season!  This 'hop with a twist' was dreamed up by Taheerah Atchia and features surprise destinations each day!  Joining in the fun with Taheerah are over 60 special guests - each serving up some fantastic Christmas inspiration!   Just like an Advent Calendar, you'll never know where you're going to be visiting next until you 'open the door'!

And that's not all!   With 25 *amazing* sponsors taking part as well, your crafty wish list is bound to get a boost with a chance to win a prize EVERY SINGLE DAY!!

Join in the fun every day at taheerah-atchia.com to see what special surprises wait behind the door!

DIY Phone Case Insert | iPhone | craft | papercraft | kimpletekreativity.blogspot.com

For my project, I wanted to decorate my phone case for the holidays!   I am so excited about making different inserts to swap in and out for the seasons/holidays!  Here's a link to my iPhone case  if you are interested! I've used stamp sets from Neat & Tangled & Clearly Besotted and I've created a video tutorial for you - check it out for all the details!

If the video won't open above, click THIS LINK

It's not a party without a prize - and with prizes every day, there are several chances to win!   Today's prize is generously supplied by Blitsy, so you'll definitely want to get your hands on it!   Simply leave a comment on this post to enter - then head back to taheerah-atchia.com and leave a comment there too to double your chances!    Don't forget to grab the other surprise destinations from Taheerah's blog and head over to them to leave comments there as well to improve your odds even more!   You have until 7 am EST on Thursday 31st December to leave all your comments!

Don't forget the Advent Calendar Extravaganza runs from 1st-25th December inclusive so make sure you visit taheerah-atchia.com every day for fabulous inspiration and amazing prizes every single time!   Merry Christmas!


 

** Full Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links, meaning that if you make a purchase after clicking through, Kimplete Kreativity may receive a small commission at no extra cost to you.   Thanks for helping to support the site!


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Honey Bee Stamps - Throw Kindness Around Like it's Confetti!

I'm over at the Honey Bee Stamps blog today with my very first DT post!  My card uses the awesome Beautiful Life stamp set.   Be sure to head over and check it out!

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Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Cold Twigs, Warm Hearts!

Hello!   I'm on the Newton's Nook Designs blog today with a cute winter card using the Fox Hollow and Frozen Friends stamp sets.

Newton's Nook Designs | snowman | fox | handmade card | kimpletekreativity.blogspot.com
This card came together fast - I thought it would be adorable to make it look like the fox was building the snowman, so I placed one of the twig arms in his mouth!   I used a snow marker to make the snow look dimensional and added some sequins to the falling snow.  I added some texture to the fox with my Copic colorless blender.  The little banner is from the Sunny Studio Stamps Fishtail Banner die set.   Love this!   It makes creating any size banner (and decorative no less!) easy!
Newton's Nook Designs | snowman | fox | handmade card | kimpletekreativity.blogspot.com
Hope you've enjoyed my card today!  I'll be back later in the week with a fun video tutorial!


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Friday, December 4, 2015

Deck the Halls with Inky Paws Blog Hop!



Well hello, friends!   Can you believe it is December!   So much to do to get ready for the holidays - I've been making Christmas cards left & right!    Today I'm celebrating the holiday season with Newton's Nook Designs' Deck the Halls with Inky Paws Blog Hop!    And surprise!  There's a fantastic new stamp set available today called Whispering Pines.   I used it to create my card!
Let it Snow | #handmadecard | Newton's Nook Designs | Kimpletekreativity.blogspot.com
I masked the snow hill and created the night sky with Distress Inks.   I stamped the trees with Versafine Black ink twice using my Misti tool.   I love that this stamp set can be used the way i used it here - in a more solid application, or it can be used to create a much softer, watercolor feel!  And how about the adorable dog and cat!   Oh my, they are my favorite!   I placed them together, looking off at the trees with the snow falling all around them.   I used a Tsukineko Irresistible Pico Embellisher for the snow, and added red, green & clear rhinestones to a single tree. The perfect finishing touch for this card was a snowflake embossed front panel.

I hope you have fun hopping around and checking out all the inky inspiration!   There are fabulous guests hopping along with the NND team - make sure you check out all of the stops along the hop!


Bonus Stamp Release! 
Newton's Nook Designs is also having a Bonus Stamp Release Today! Make sure you check out their NEW Whispering Pines stamp set. This set is up for sale in their online shop starting today! 



ENTER to WIN! 
We will be choosing two lucky winners to win a $10 store credit for Newton's Nook Designs online shop! To enter, just leave comments on the Design Team Member and Guest blogs (see list below)! Two winners will be chosen at random from the collective blogs in the blog hop. Make sure to check out each of their blogs and comment for your chance to win. You will not know which blog has been chosen so the more you comment on the better your chances are of winning! You have until Sunday, December 6th at 9 pm CST to comment  -- winners will be announced on the NND blog on Monday, December 7th.

Deck the Halls with Inky Paws Blog Hop
                             Kimberly Rendino <--- you are here!
Yukari Yoshioka

How about another chance to win a prize?!  I'm also having a giveaway over on my Instagram page.   Be sure to check it out!
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Friday, November 20, 2015

Bundled Up Birthday!

* For my Inky Paws Challenge card, click HERE*

Hello there! We made it to Friday! Do I hear a big sigh of relief? Yep....me too! Today I am sharing a card made with an adorable set called Bundled Up from the new-to-me company Sunny Studio Stamps. I cannot believe I didn't use the cute penguin included in the set, but hey....there's always next time!
Bundled Up by Sunny Studio | kimpletekreativity.blogspot.com | handmade card | winter | papercrafts
To create this card, I black heat embossed all the winter gear and then colored them in with Copics.   I added some snowflakes to fill in the gaps and embossed them with sparkle embossing powder.   It's so hard to capture the shine in a photograph!     I also added some dots with a Pico embellisher.   I love how this turned out!   So happy and colorful for a winter birthday!  
Bundled Up by Sunny Studio | kimpletekreativity.blogspot.com | handmade card | winter | papercrafts

Be sure to check out the Scrapbook & Cards Today blog for a coupon code to Sunny Studio Stamps! Have a great weekend everyone!

   
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Newton's Nook Designs Inky Paws Challenge #27 - Kraft & Sparkle

Hi friends!    Today marks the start of the latest Inky Paws Challenge over at Newton's Nook Designs.   I hope you'll take part!  

New Year's card | handmade card | Newton's Nook Designs | kimpletekreativity.blogspot.com
I thought the combination of gold & kraft paper would make an amazing New Year's card, and the combination of the new Simply Seasonal stamp set and the old favorite Years of Cheers stamp set was the perfect match-up!  I embossed the numbers count-down style along the left edge, and added separation with strips of thin washi tape.   The champagne flutes were colored in with a gold Wink of Stella glitter pen and I used Glossy Accents to highlight the bubbles.   A little gray Copic coloring along the edges grounded the flutes just enough.   

Make sure to stop by the Newton's Nook blog to find out how to enter the challenge - you could win a gift card to their online store!   Can't wait to see what you create!

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Tuesday, November 17, 2015

25 Days of Christmas Tags with Newton's Nook!

Well hello there, crafty friends!   Today I'm participating in Tracey McNeely's 25 Days of Christmas Tags.   Check it out - it's a great source of inspiration!  Newton's Nook Designs is being featured today, so some of the DT and I have created some tags for you!  Here is the cute tag I created using the Frozen Friends stamp set.
25 Days of Christmas Tags | Newton's Nook | kimpletekreativity.blogspot.com | snowman
I created the background by masking off a portion of the tag and blending Distress Inks to create a night sky and then created the snowflakes using a stencil and embossing paste.    The trees were die cut using the Fox Hollow die set - I just trimmed off the trunks.   The front tree was popped up with foam adhesive for a bit of dimension. The sweet little snowman couple was colored with Copics and fussy cut.  The 'To/From" sentiment is from the brand new Jolly Tags stamp set.  

I hope you have fun checking out all the amazing tags created by the DT and Tracey!   You can find all the details of the 25 Days of Christmas Tags here, as well as how you can enter to win some amazing prizes!  


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Thursday, November 12, 2015

Newton's Nook Designs November Release - Simply Seasonal + Video!

Hello again!   Today we are introducing the Newton's Nook Designs stamp set "Simply Seasonal".  I absolutely adore large sentiments, so I couldn't wait to start creating with this set!!
foiled holiday cards | kimpletekreativity.blogspot.com | Newton's Nook | handmade card | minc

I wanted to use my new Minc Toner Marker along with my Minc machine, so I started with the Thanksgiving card and couldn't stop, so I made a holiday card!   Then I thought hey, why not a New Year's card too!   And I actually created the New Year's card in my very first crafty YouTube video!  Check it out...I'd love some honest feedback (other than next time, remove the chipped nail polish, LOL!)

If you liked the video, please subscribe to my YouTube channel and give it a thumbs up!   As promised, here are a few photos of each of the cards!
foiled holiday card | Minc | Newton's Nook | handmade card | kimpletekreativity.blogspot.com

foiled New Year's card | Minc | Newton's Nook | handmade card | kimpletekreativity.blogspot.com

foiled Thanksgiving card | Minc | Newton's Nook | handmade card | kimpletekreativity.blogspot.com
Both Jolly Tags (& dies) and Simply Seasonal will be available for purchase from Newton's Nook Designs tomorrow!


Would you like to win the new “Simply Seasonal” stamp set?
This prize will be given away to ONE lucky winner
Here's how to win: 
Comment on the NND blog and Design Team and Guest blogs (see list below)! The winner will be chosen at random from the collective blog release posts. Make sure to check out each of their blogs and comment for your chance to win. You will not know which blog has been chosen so the more you comment on the better your chances are of winning! You have until Thursday, November 12th at 9pm CST to comment  -- winners will be announced on the blog post on Friday, November 13th. 
Check out all the awesome Design Team Blogs below to enter:


**Full Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links, meaning that if you make a purchase after clicking through, Kimplete Kreativity may receive a small commission at no extra cost to you.  Thanks for helping to support this site!

 
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Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Newton's Nook Designs November Release - Jolly Tags!


Hello & Happy Veteran's Day, friends!  First off, a huge thank you to those who have served and are serving our country.   I couldn't be more proud and thankful for your service!

Newton's Nook Designs has two brand new stamp sets releasing this month, and today we are showing off the awesome new "Jolly Tags" stamps and coordinating dies!  I don't know about you, but I love to make handmade tags for the holidays.   It's something I've done for the last several years - it's a great (and FAST) way to use all those awesome holiday stamps that you just "haven't had time" to use on a card yet!   I think it's something about the tiny size that makes it less intimidating, lol!
Handmade Christmas tags | Kimpletekreativity.blogspot.com | Newton's NookI decided to make a bunch of tags to have on hand and to keep them all together, I added them to a book ring and tied them with a cute gingham ribbon.   Now they are less likely to get lost in my Christmas wrapping frenzy, and I can easily add more tags as I make them, and easily get them off to use them!   The die is awesome since it adds the hole at the top as well as cutting out the basic shape! 
And since we are all short on time at the holidays, I thought rather than coloring each and every tag, heat embossing some in gold still makes for a nice and elegant handmade tag!
Handmade Christmas tags | Kimpletekreativity.blogspot.com | Newton's Nook

Make sure to stop back tomorrow to see the next amazing stamp set reveal from NND!  And a crafty video from yours truly!   My first one ever....so go easy on me!  Ha!


Would you like to win the new “Jolly Tags” stamp set?
This prize will be given away to ONE lucky winner
Here's how to win: 
Comment on the NND blog and Design Team and Guest blogs (see list below)! The winner will be chosen at random from the collective blog release posts. Make sure to check out each of their blogs and comment for your chance to win. You will not know which blog has been chosen so the more you comment on the better your chances are of winning! You have until Thursday, November 12th at 9pm CST to comment  -- winners will be announced on the blog post on Friday, November 13th. 
Check out all the awesome Design Team Blogs below to enter:

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Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Give Thanks

Autumn wreath card | handmade card | papercrafts | Newton's Nook | kimpletekreativity.blogspot.com
Good morning crafty friends!  Today I have another Autumn themed card for you - can you tell it's my favorite season?!?  I used one of my favorite Newton's Nook Designs stamp sets, Falling Into Autumn.   I used just one of the leaves to create a wreath - I simply traced a circle die lightly onto my card base and stamped around the circle (making sure to erase the pencil line when I was done).  I stamped with Distress Inks and added some shading with the coordinating Distress Markers. The gorgeous sentiment was stamped in the center of the wreath with gold embossing powder and I added some little "berries" with a Gold Wink of Stella glitter pen and then covered them with Glossy Accents for added shine & dimension.   A tiny bow in the corner of the wreath was the finishing touch!  

Thanks for stopping by today!  I've been updating my blog and have added some items to the For Sale tab at the top of the page if you'd like to take a look.   And I'd love it if you'd subscribe to my blog and follow me on Instagram! Have a great day!


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Sunday, November 1, 2015

Fall Favorites! - A SSS Blog Feature

I'm over on the Simon Says Stamp blog today with a card that is filled with all of my favorite things about Autumn!   Be sure to stop by and check out how I made it and for a chance to win some fun blog candy!

Fall Favorites | by Kimberly Rendino |  handmade card | football | pumpkins | coffee | kimpletekreativity.blogspot.com

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Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Beautiful Butterflies

Hello again!   Today I'm sharing a card using Honeybee Stamps.   Haven't heard of them yet?  You should check them out!   Seriously cute stuff!
honeybee stamps | kimpletekreativity.blogspot.com | handmade card | butterflies
I wanted to create a kind of "Zentangle" background with the pretty butterflies and swirls, so I stamped them with MFT Hybrid ink in Black Licorice.   I blended the background using Distress Inks and a new-to-me product recommended by Mendi Yoshikawa - Tsukineko Jumbo Ink Daubers.   They were a lot easier to use (for me) than the Ranger ink tools.   I'm sold!!  I'll need to get daubers for all the Distress colors.   I mounted the butterfly panel on black cardstock and placed it near the top of my card base. 
honeybee stamps | kimpletekreativity.blogspot.com | handmade card | butterflies
  

I stamped the sentiment towards the bottom and for added interest, I used my Scan-n-Cut machine to cut out five of the butterfly images.   I glued them to each other only at the center so that the wings can fluff up for added dimension.   A bit of Wink of Stella glitter on the butterfly was the finishing touch.

Thanks for stopping by, friends!   I'd love it if you take a minute to subscribe to my blog and/or follow me on Instagram or Facebook!


CHALLENGES

Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - Throwback -  I chose Ombre from September 2015



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Sunday, October 25, 2015

Sparkle & Shine Challenge


Hi crafty friends!  I'm checking in today with a card for the Sparkle & Shine Challenge.  I love the Halloween colors in the picture - I had to add in green though!   Purple, orange & green look awesome with black!   And some sequins as a sparkly addition?  Perfection!
I hope you have a chance to play along with this fun challenge!  Today's the last day to enter!





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Thursday, October 15, 2015

Newton's Nook Designs October Release - Fox Hollow!



Welcome back, NND friends!   Today the team is showing off the adorable new set "Fox Hollow"and it's matching dies.   I adore this set!   Foxes are one of my favorite animals - I was super excited when Jen showed us this stamp set!
Newton's Nook Designs | Fox Hollow | handmade card | kimpletekreativity.blogspot.com | watercolor
I created my background using blue and purple Zig markers on watercolor paper.   I stamped the trees using Distress Ink in Evergreen Bough and then colored them with the same color ink - I love that sort of "no line" look that gave them!   I added some snowy hills with Stickles and embossed some of the snowflakes in the set with white embossing powder.   My little fox friend was stamped with Vintage Photo Distress Ink and watercolored with the same (I just wiped the ink off the scarf area before I stamped.).   The scarf was colored with Zig markers.   I popped Mr. Fox up on foam adhesive.  Isn't he cute looking up at the falling snow?   

Tomorrow all the sets showcased this week will be available for purchase at Newton's Nook Designs!  Which is YOUR favorite?


Would you like to win the new “Fox Hollow” stamp set?
This prize will be given away to ONE lucky winner!
Here's how to win:
Comment on the NND blog and Design Team and Guest blogs (see list below)! The winner will be chosen at random from the collective blog release posts. Make sure to check out each of their blogs and comment for your chance to win. You will not know which blog has been chosen so the more you comment on the better your chances are of winning! You have until Thursday, October 15th at 9pm CST to comment -- winners will be announced on the blog post on Friday, October 16th. Check out all the awesome Design Team Blogs below to enter:

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Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Newton's Nook Designs October Release - Christmas Cuddles




Today's introduction to the NND lineup is Christmas Cuddles and the coordinating die set!   Such adorable critter stamps in this set!   My favorite was mischievous Newton getting into his Christmas gift early!   I stamped and die cut Newton and the pile of gifts and colored them with Copics.   I adhered Newton to a green tag and popped the gifts up in front of him with foam adhesive.   
Newton's Nook | Christmas Cuddles | Christmas | handmade card | cat | kimpletekreativity.blogspot.com

This was a super simple card to make - you could stamp a bunch of the images and color away while watching television and in no time you'd have enough to make a whole bunch of holiday cards!
                                     

Would you like to win the new “Holiday Smooches” stamp set?
This prize will be given away to ONE lucky winner!
Here's how to win:
Comment on the NND blog and Design Team and Guest blogs (see list below)! The winner will be chosen at random from the collective blog release posts. Make sure to check out each of their blogs and comment for your chance to win. You will not know which blog has been chosen so the more you comment on the better your chances are of winning! You have until Thursday, October 15th at 9pm CST to comment -- winners will be announced on the blog post on Friday, October 16th. Check out all the awesome Design Team Blogs below to enter:


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