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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