Friday, December 15, 2017

A Blog Named Hero - Happy Holidays!

Hello friends!  I'm up at A Blog Named Hero with a card for our current challenge, Winter Holiday!   This month our collaboration partner is the fabulous Simon Says Stamp.  Head on over to get all the details, and be sure to link up to our challenge for a chance to win a prize from Simon Says Stamp!


Hero Arts Nesting POSTAGE STAMPS DIES DI345 Hero Arts Clear Stamps COLOR LAYERING SNOWY TREE CL997WOW Embossing Glitter PEARL GOLD SPARKLE REGULAR WS06R


PhotoPlay MAD 4 PLAID CHRISTMAS 6 x 6 Paper Pad MPC2877 Simon Says Clear Stamps HAPPY SSS101328

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Winnie & Walter Leading Lady - Take Two

Hello friends!  I'm so happy to be back with you again this fine Saturday on the Winnie & Walter blog!  Last week I mentioned that I'd be sharing cards that use NO STAMPING for this post.  That's right....ZERO stamps!   w&w has some seriously awesome dies, and I thought I'd challenge myself to leave the stamps on the shelf this time around!  Here's what I came up with!


I used the Essentials: Josephine Cutaways as the main focus of this card.   First I die cut and then I added some ink blending with Distress Oxide inks.   I adhered the frame piece to my card base and then rotated the main hexagon so that the colors appear opposite, and adhered it with foam tape.  

I die cut the In a Word: Believe Cutaway twice, once from silver glitter paper and once from white, and offset them.   


See those snowflakes?   Can you guess what I used to create them?  I used the Cover Model: Do You See What I See? Cutaway, and just cut apart some of the background.   I'm convinced there are about a million uses for this Cutaway!!!  As a matter of fact, I've used it again on my next card!  


I die cut the Cover Model: Do You See What I See? Cutaway from kraft paper, popped out some of the diamond pieces and adhered it to my card base.   I ran the cutaway through my die cutting machine once again using patterned paper, and added those pieces to the card base.  A few gems in the center add a little bling!  


For the sentiment, I used In a Word: Holiday Tiles Cutaways to die cut the Peace, Love, Joy sentiment from a strip of kraft cardstock.  I mounted it on a piece of matching red cardstock to finish things off!

I hope you've enjoyed today's cards - I think it's amazing what you can create without using any stamps!   Next week I'll be back (with stamps, of course!) sharing cards using sequins as accents!  See you next Saturday!  


Oh - don't forget to leave a comment here on my blog! Shay has generously provided a gift certificate for one lucky commenter!  You can comment on any (and all!) of my w&w Leading Lady posts this month for a chance to win.   I'll announce the winner on January 2! 






Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Christmas Holly Wreath

Hi friends!   I've got a fun card for you today that uses just one tiny stamp to get a whole different look!   Talk about bang for your buck when buying this stamp set!!
I began by lightly tracing a circle shape onto a piece of kraft paper.  I stamped the holly from Sleighride repeatedly around the circle with brown Copic friendly ink.  I added color with Copic markers and a highlight with a white gel pen.   


I die cut the Merry Christmas sentiment from the Noel Fri-Dies twice - once from red and once from white cardstock and then layered them together to make them pop!   To finish the card off, I trimmed down the kraft cardstock and adhered it to a red card base.   Voila!   Another nearly one layer card, easy to slip in the mail!   

Thanks so much for stopping by today!   Remember you can use my special code, KIMBERLY2017, on any purchase you make from the CAS-ual Fridays store - you'll save 15%!

See you again soon!


Monday, December 4, 2017

A Blog Named Hero December Challenge - Winter Holidays

 It's time for a new challenge at A Blog Named Hero!   This months theme is Winter Holidays and our fabulous collaboration partner is Simon Says Stamp!
 http://www.ablognamedhero.com/2017/12/challenge-winter-holiday-with-simon-says-stamp-part-one
The team was lucky enough to receive brand new dies from Simon Says Stamp's "DieCember" release - I received this super cute Happy HB die, and to make it work for the winter holiday theme, I went with soft shades of blue and snowflakes!


To create my card, I cut cardstock strips of several shades of blue and aqua and adhered them to my card front.  Next, I used the Hero Arts Festive Star & Bauble stencil for my background by adhering it over a piece of cardstock and pressing a Versamark pad over top.   I carefully lifted the stencil and added Sparkling Snow embossing powder from Wow!  


I die cut the sentiment from the center of the embossed panel - I love how the stripe detail shows through!  I trimmed the sides of the panel so the cardstock stripe background would show along the sides.

Since this is a card for someone with a winter birthday, I die cut a tag from one of last year's My Monthly Hero kits and tied it along the top with a piece of bakers twine.

Hope you're inspired to enter this month's challenge at A Blog Named Hero!   Can't wait to see what you create!


Saturday, December 2, 2017

Winnie & Walter Leading Lady!

Hello there!   I am so very excited to be w&w's Leading Lady for the month of December!   It's such a thrill to be guesting for one of my very favorite companies - many thanks and big hugs to Shay for inviting me to share with you this month!

So....it's December and everyone is probably expecting me to share some holiday cards - right?  Well, we will definitely get to that later in the month, but today I wanted to focus on how the latest w&w release full of holiday goodness can be used year round!   

First up, a super colorful birthday card using the Cover Model: Do You See What I See? Cutaway.  Can I just tell you how much I love this die!?!   You'll be seeing lots more of it this month!  


 I began by blending a rainbow of Distress Oxide inks onto a piece of bristol cardstock.   Next, I added some Stick It to the back of a black piece of cardstock and die cut the cutaway.   Adding the Stick It before die cutting will help immensely when adhering the cut to the ink blended background!  


I cut a rectangular piece of black cardstock as well as the In A Word: Happy cutaway.  I temporarily adhered the word die to the black cardstock to aid in placement of the stamping, which was heat embossed in white using In A Word Happy (the stamp set).   Once the stamping was done, I added some ink blending to the sentiment along with some Glossy Accents, and once dry, I offset it with another die cut and adhered it to the black panel!   

For my next card, I used the holiday set In Bloom: Victoria's Very Merry Flowers to create a card that could be used for just about any occasion!

   I used my MISTI stamping tool for stamp placement on this card - and the bonus is I only had to place each stamp once - I just rotated the panel and stamped again for a perfect mirror image on the top and bottom. The sentiment, from Wishing You, was stamped and heat embossed in brown, and a few purple Nuvo drops made the perfect berries!


 I'll see you again next Saturday with a few cards that use (gasp!) no stamping at all!    




Before you go - Shay has generously donated a gift certificate for me to give away.   I'll choose a winner from one of the comments left on any of my Leading Lady posts through the end of December.   The winner will be announced here on January 2!

Friday, November 24, 2017

Lil' Inker Designs Black Friday Sale!


It's time!   Head over to Li'l Inker Designs to save huge (and I mean HUGE!!) on the entire store, including the new November release!   But first....check out another card using the new stamp set, Unstoppable!


I had fun creating this pattern by simply stamping with multiple colors in a chevron shape....it's amazing that one little stamp can create such a cool pattern, isn't it?!  


I added the Friend Word Die (covered with some glitter, of course!), and stamped and heat embossed the sentiment on a cardstock strip.  A few Nuvo drops finished off the card!  

There you have it - now head over to Li'l Inker Designs and get your Black Friday shopping on!!    







Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Lil' Inker Designs - November Mini Release Preview


Hi crafty friends - I have BIG news today!   I'm beyond excited to be joining the super talented Lil' Inker Designs team!   I was absolutely thrilled when Laura asked me, and I can't wait to start sharing projects with all of you! 


We are gearing up for an epic Black Friday sale, starting today with a mini release preview!   You'll be able to purchase the stamps and dies shown starting this Friday....but for now, check out my projects and hop along for more inspiration from the fabulous Lil' Inker design team!  


First up I have a card using the adorable new stamp set, Magical Winter.   Oh...em...gee!   Check out the unicorns!   And you can dress them up in winter attire!   


I added a hand cut vellum pond for the unicorn to skate on - and her horn is all glittered up with some Stardust Stickles.   A few flicks of gesso mixed with water added some snow to the scene!


Next up we have a set called Unstoppable!   This mix of patterns is SO versatile!  For today's card I stamped one of the images alternating colors and offsetting a bit.   It looks like a cool patterned paper!   I used one of the Dual Dotted Border dies to cut the panel and stamped the sentiment directly on the card base.   Be sure to check out my blog on Friday for another card using this must-have set!  

OK, so what did you think of the preview?   Are you ready to shop?   Well hold on till Friday and you'll save BIG!  Here's a few deets on the Black Friday sale....    


The stamps and dies the team and I have used will be available Friday, and they'll be on SALE too!  Want to WIN all of the products from the November mini-release?  Leave comments for the design team for your chance!

           Kimberly Rendino (you are here!)






Monday, November 20, 2017

The Miracle of Christmas

Hi there!   It's hard to believe we are halfway through November already!!   Where does the time go?!   It's almost time to get holiday cards ready to mail, and today I've got another easy flat-mail style card to share with you!

I stamped a variety of snowflakes from CAS-ual Fridays' Bring on the Flakes around the edge of a piece of kraft cardstock with Distress Oxide inks.   I absolutely love how the colors pop on kraft!   

I kept the card simple by stamping and heat embossing the sentiment, from Lovely Blessings in white.   I also added a few white heat embossed dots (from Snowy Sayings) to fill in some of the space.   Such a vibrant and simple card - not to mention it would be a cinch to mass produce!   


Thanks so much for stopping by!   If you're itching to purchase some goodies to start creating your own holiday cards, be sure to use the coupon code KIMBERLY2017 over in the CAS-ual Fridays shop to save 15%!   The code works on everything in the shop....woo hoo!  




Friday, November 17, 2017

Copy A Designer Challenge at A Blog Named Hero!

I'm over on A Blog Named Hero today with a fall version of a card CAS'd from one of our designers....head on over to find out who!!  


Friday, November 10, 2017

CFS Special Release - Sugar Plum Fairy (+ Ballerina Dies!)

Hello there!   Have I got some exciting news to share!   Due to the fantastic response you all had to the Tutu set CAS-ual Fridays released over the summer, Michele has created a fantastic holiday set featuring the sweet ballerina (this time with a snowflake tutu!!) as well as coordinating dies!    The dies work for both Tutu AND the brand new Sugar Plum Fairy sets!
I created my spinner card by first stamping a variety of the snowflakes onto a purple card base.   Next I die cut the largest tag from the Tag Buddies Fri-dies from the center of the card base.   I stamped and heat embossed the ballerina with white embossing powder on white cardstock, then used a combination of Catherine Pooler inks to blend an ombre of pinks and purples over top.   I die cut the ballerina and also another, unstamped (but inked) ballerina as well.   To create the spinner, I sandwiched a piece of clear thread between the two die cut pieces with strong adhesive and adhered this behind the die cut window.   She looks just adorable when she spins around pirouetting!


I also stamped the snowflake tree inside the card.   This is a fun way to add some depth to the card!   To finish things off, I sponged some white pigment ink around the window and added a sentiment strip along the bottom.

This stamp set as well as the Ballerina Fri-dies is available TODAY at CAS-ual Fridays!   And if you've just gotta have them, use the code KIMBERLY2017 and you'll save 15% on your entire purchase!!   

Thanks so much for stopping by!   Have a wonderful weekend!




Monday, November 6, 2017

A Blog Named Hero November Challenge

Hello and happy Monday!  I hope your week is off to a wonderful start.   Since today is the first Monday of the month, it's time to kick off the latest A Blog Named Hero challenge!   This month our collaboration partner is Neat & Tangled and the theme is 'Copy a Designer'!    How fun is that!   Just  find a previous card from one of the A Blog Named Hero designers and use it as inspiration for your creation!  I chose to CASE this card from Michelle which appeared on the blog last month - 


I loved the light stenciling and the way the little turtle was sitting on the sentiment banner....here's my take on her card!

I used the Color Layering Deer stamp set from Hero Arts and the sentiment is from Neat & Tangled's Oak Leaf stamp set. I fussy cut the doe and adhered her with foam adhesive.   Instead of stenciling the background, I stamped some snowflakes with white pigment ink for a soft look.   I added a few sequins from Neat & Tangled for sparkle!

I hope you've been inspired to CASE one of the A Blog Named Hero designers and link up a card to the challenge!   I can't wait to see what you create!!