Monday, August 14, 2017

Oh, Be Still My Heart!

Hi crafty friends!   Another Monday....ugh!   Maybe my brightly colored card (and a cup of coffee) will make you smile, lol!    
I partially stamped the sentiment, from CAS-ual Fridays Puffy Heart Love in the center of my focal panel.   I stamped the border from Holly Jolly Christmas (gotta love the versatility of that set!!) with Versamark and heat embossed with glitter embossing powder.   The multi-colored hearts were die cut using the Heart Board Fri-Die adhered in place of the stamped heart image.   
Here's a better picture of that glittery embossing!   It's so sparkly!  Remember, the entire CAS-ual Fridays shop is 15% off when you use coupon code KIMBERLY2017 - and there are still some sale items as well - head over to check it out!

Friday, August 11, 2017

CAS-ual Fridays & CardMaker Blog Hop!

Hello there!   Today the CAS-ual Fridays DT and the CardMaker DT are joining forces for a fun and flowery blog hop!    You should've arrived here from Savannah's blog.

I've used a bunch of CAS-ual Fridays stamp sets for my card - Casual Comfort (leaves), Pretty Posies (flowers), Be (butterfly), & Loving Thoughts (sentiment).  All of these stamps  - and the entire store, are 15% off when you use the coupon code KIMBERLY2017 at checkout!!

I started by masking the bottom of my card base and stamping the leaves in a variety of green inks, sometimes stamping without reinking.   To add the illusion of blue sky, I used a foam blending pad and added a light touch of Broken China Distress Oxide ink.  I stamped and colored the flowers with Copics and then die cut them with the coordinating Posies dies.  I adhered them to the card base, adding foam adhesive to one for dimension.  

 I stamped the sentiment below a strip of thin gold washi tape, and die cut the Friend die and adhered that as well.    A little touch of gold Stickles and the card was complete!

Your next stop on the hop is Teresa's  blog.  I'm sure she's got something gorgeous to share with you!   Remember to leave comments along the hop for your chance to win some fabulous prizes!    If you've gotten lost along the way, the complete hop list can be found at either the CAS-ual Fridays blog or the CardMaker blog.  

Remember, if you want to shop over at CAS-ual Fridays, you can use my special code, KIMBERLY2017, at any time - it's good on everything, including sale items!!  Happy hopping & shopping!

Monday, August 7, 2017

A Blog Named Hero August Challenge - Embossing!

Hello!   Are you ready for another challenge from A Blog Named Hero?!    This month, the focus is on embossing, and our fabulous collaboration partner is none other than WOW!    They make some of the most deliciously glittery embossing powders, and for today's card, I used one called Cloud 9 to create my sparkly feather background.
I stamped the gorgeous Hero Arts Layered Peacock twice - the peacock body and legs on my card base and the tail on a separate piece of cardstock.   The sentiment is from the Hero Arts Layered Flamingo stamp set.   

To create the background, I stamped the feather from the Layered Peacock stamp set all over a piece of navy cardstock with Versamark ink.   I then used the Cloud 9 embossing powder and heat set - it's soooo sparky and gorgeous in real life.   It's hard to capture just how awesome it looks in a photograph!   I die cut a square from the center of the embossed panel and adhered it to my cardstock so that it framed the peacock.   

I fussy cut the peacock tail from the separate piece of cardstock and adhered it with foam adhesive so that it flows onto the embossed frame.   

I hope you'll join us this month and enter your project using embossing!   Head over to A Blog Named Hero to link up!  You have until the end of the month to get your entries in.   I can't wait to see what you create!!

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Friday, August 4, 2017

CAS-ual Fridays Release Day, Plus Sale!!

 Woo-hoo!   It's Friday AND it's release day at CAS-ual Fridays!  There are four brand new stamp sets available in the shop today - have you been checking out release week over on the CFS blog?   Today's set is called Puffy Heart Love, and it has some AMAZING scripty sentiments included.  I wanted to showcase that awesome bold sentiment, so I decided glitter was just the thing!! 
I stamped the sentiment with Versamark and added sticky embossing powder.   Once heated, I added a rainbow of Martha Stewart glitter colors.   Such a pretty effect!

I kept the background simple, and stamped the Curtis background in grey ink.   I offset the sentiment panel just a tad to keep things interesting!   

I hope you've been inspired this week - I know the rest of my talented teammates have struck it out of the park this release!  

All of the new stamps are now in the CFS store, so head over there if you've got some shopping to do!!   Remember to use the code KIMBERLY2017 at checkout - you'll save 15% on absolutely everything (yes, new items and even items in the sale category!).  Have a fabulous weekend!

Thursday, August 3, 2017

CAS-ual Fridays New Release - Day 3

Hello!   If you stopped by my blog or the CAS-ual Fridays blog yesterday, you saw a very cool new set called Tutu which features silhouetted ballerinas - they're adorable!   If you liked that stamp set, I'm going to bet you'll love this one as well!   Introducing Mermaids!!
I stamped my mermaid with several shades of Catherine Pooler Designs inks, using the rock & roll technique.   I decided she needed a rock to sit on, so I freehand drew one and colored it with Copic markers.

I had the perfect papers from Doodlebug in my stash, so I created my scene by layering several patterned papers and tucking my fussy cut images behind a layer of "sand".   

To complete the card, I added the "Shellebrate" sentiment.  I love the sentiments in this stamp set!   The little bubbles are just TOO cute!   

Alright, that's it for me today....just one more day and one more stamp set to reveal - be sure to stop by again tomorrow!   

If you're interested in some of the new sets (or older ones, sale sets, etc.), be sure to use the coupon code KIMBERLY2017 when you shop!   It's good site-wide!!

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

CAS-ual Fridays New Release - Day 2

Welcome back for day number two of CAS-ual Friday's August release!   I think a lot of you with little girls are going to just ADORE today's stamp set called Tutu - isn't it sweet?

I created a watercolor background for my ballerina using Catherine Pooler Designs ink pads - they blend beautifully with water!   Once the background piece was dry, I stamped the ballerina and the sentiment with VersaFine Black Onyx ink and heat embossed with clear embossing powder.  I cut the piece out with a stitched rectangle die and also added some scalloped edges, inking once again with the CP ink to get a perfect match.   I adhered the scallop pieces to the watercolor cardstock, then adhered the entire piece with foam tape onto a piece of black gingham patterned paper.

For a sparkly finishing touch, I added a few floral gems to the beautiful ballerina's topknot!

Hope you've enjoyed my card today!  We have TWO more stamp sets to share with you before everything hits the CAS-ual Fridays shop on Thursday - and remember when you do your shopping, use my code, KIMBERLY2017, and you'll save 15%!!    Yay!  See you again tomorrow, crafty friends!

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

CAS-ual Fridays New Release Week - Day 1

Hello there, friends!    CAS-ual Fridays has a brand new release happening later this week, and today is day one of the sneak peeks!   Today we are introducing the stamp set, Flower-case.  Michele has given us a whole floral alphabet, how cool is that?!  I combined Flower-case and a few existing stamp sets to customize a card for a friend going through a hard time....
This is a (nearly) one layer card, so it's perfect for mailing!  I began by lining up my letters (so easy!) and stamping with Versafine Black Onyx, then heat embossing with clear embossing powder.   I stamped the letters again onto some Post-It paper and cut them out to create masks.  The masks were adhered over the embossed letters, and then  I stamped the paint swoosh from Breathe over top of the letters using Catherine Pooler Designs inks in a rainbow of colors.

I carefully removed the masks and voila!   I heat embossed a supporting sentiment from Calm & Loving to finish off the card.

Be sure to stop back tomorrow to see the next big reveal!    See you soon!

Friday, July 21, 2017

You Make Me Smile

It's Friday - woo hoo!   I'm over on A Blog Named Hero this morning with an ombre card using supplies from Hero Arts & our July collab partner, Winnie & Walter!   Head on over and check it out!

Thursday, July 20, 2017

CAS-ual Fridays & Chameleon Markers Friend Friday!

Hi friends!   CAS-ual Fridays and Chameleon have teamed up this month to bring you "Friend Friday", a weekly series of inspiration using CFS stamps and Chameleon markers!    You'll find my cards today over on the CAS-ual Fridays blog - head over and check it out!   There are prizes to win too!    Woo-hoo!!!

You're Awesome Like That!

 Hi there! Happy Friday-eve!   I've got a super cheerful CAS-ual Fridays  card to share with you today.   

I stamped and heat embossed the flower & leaves from CAS-ual Fridays' Pretty Posies stamp set on watercolor paper with white embossing powder.   I added color with Altenew inks and water and die cut them out with the matching dies.   
I stamped and white heat embossed the border from Starlequin directly on my card base.   To pull in the colors from the flower, I used my Prismacolor pencils to add some yellow & orange shading to several of the diamonds.  I adhered the die cuts and added several yellow gems to the border.  That awesome sentiment is from Lovely Greetings - it's one of my favorites!
Hope you've enjoyed my card today - there's still an awesome clearance sale going on at CAS-ual Fridays - lots of stamp sets for just $7.77 each!   And if you use my code, KIMBERLY2017 at checkout, you'll save an extra 15%!   Super awesome, right?!   

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Mandala Wishes

Hi friends!   You can find me over on the Butterfly Reflections, Ink. blog today with a fun and colorful card featuring supplies from Concord & 9th, Sunny Studio Stamps & Altenew!   Head over and check it out!

Friday, July 14, 2017

Newton's Nook Designs 4th Anniversary Blog Hop!

Hello friends!    I am so excited to be a part of the Newton's Nook Designs' 4 Year Celebration Blog Hop!    What a fantastic July release, right?!  I chose to work with the adorable Toucan Party stamp set and the Tropical Leaves stencil.   I am really excited to see NND adding stencils to their product line! Woo-hoo!

I found a toucan image online, and tried my best to color these little guys authentically - but there are so many fun color variations you could do - I can't wait to color more!   I fussy cut the image out and set it aside while I worked on the background.

I used the Tropical Leaves stencil for my background - I mixed several colors of Distress Ink into some translucent embossing paste.   I love the color variation within the leaves!   I happened to have the perfect color of cardstock to coordinate with the background, so I layered it over the top of the stenciled background and die cut a frame (from MFT) to serve as a spot for the toucans to "perch"!   I stamped the fun sentiment onto a piece of blue cardstock, added some clouds with white pigment ink, and then adhered the toucans at the top using an Action Wobble fun!  

There's a great deal going on this week - a free Pawprints stencil with $75 purchase!   Be sure to check that out as well!


Celebrate with us and enter to WIN!
To celebrate 4 years, Newton's Nook Designs is giving away a $25 store credit to spend in their online shop to 4 lucky winners!

Here's how to win:
Comment on the NND Design Team and Special Guests' blogs (see list below)!   The winner will be chosen at random from the collective blog hop 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 Sunday, July 16th at 9 p.m. CDT to comment.   Winners will be announced on NND blog post on Monday, July 17 and will need to contact us to claim their prize, so make sure you check back to see if you've won!

Special Guests:

Newton's Nook Design Team:

Monday, July 3, 2017

A Blog Named Hero July Challenge - Florals with Winnie & Walter!

It's time for a new challenge over at A Blog Named Hero!   Many of you are going to be thrilled with this month's theme - Florals!!    Our fabulous collaboration partner this month is Winnie & Walter - one of my longtime favorite stamp companies!   Between Winnie & Walter and Hero Arts, there are a ton of gorgeous floral stamps - the only difficulty is deciding where to start - ha ha!

I began by stamping and heat embossing the Bed of Roses stamp from Winnie & Walter onto a piece of vellum.   I heat embossed using a gorgeous glitter embossing powder from WOW!   

I decided to try something different - using colored pencils on vellum.   I've done this before with Copics, and while pretty, I always see the streaks.   I felt that I got better blending with the colored pencils - I'll be doing this again!  I colored on the back side of the vellum piece for a more "stained glass" effect.

Because the floral piece takes center stage, I opted for a simple sentiment from Hero Arts' Color Layering Flamingo stamp set and heat embossed in white.  

To preserve the stained glass look, I cut a rectangle from my card base and adhered the vellum on top.   To cover the adhesive, I added a piece of white cardstock with the window cut out as well.

Be sure to check out our challenge, and link up your entry!   Can't wait to see what you create!

Saturday, July 1, 2017

Guesting with Pink & Main!

I'm guesting today over on the Pink & Main blog today!  Be sure to head over and check it out!

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Many Thanks!!

Hello there!    Thanks for stopping by today!   Sorry I've been absent from the blog for the most part over the last few weeks - it's felt great to get back to crafting these last few days.   It really is a great emotional outlet!   Anywho - on to today's card!

I'm kind of in love with this one - I think it's all the bright colors!   I used CAS-ual Fridays' 'Thanks" stamp set to create this fun card.   I stamped several of the marquee letter sentiments in different directions on my white card panel in a variety of Lawn Fawn ink colors.   

Then to make things even more bold, I stamped the large sentiment with Versamark ink onto a black cardstock strip and heat embossed with several colors of bright Zing embossing powder.  They were a perfect match to the ink colors, and really pulled everything together!

If you like what you see and want to do some shopping over at CAS-ual Fridays, remember you can always use the code KIMBERLY2017 to save 15%!!  Awesome, right?!  Have a great Sunday, crafty friends!

Monday, June 19, 2017

You Glow, Girl!!

Hello friends!   It's time for another round of inspiration over at A Blog Named Hero!   This month's collaboration partner is Chibitronics, and our theme is interactive.   I created another light up card for you today!

I used a Hero Arts stencil and Hero Arts Ombre Inks on a piece of white cardstock and once finished, I smooshed a Versamark ink pad over top of the stencil, added clear embossing powder and heat set it.   Next, i added black ink over top of the entire piece - the Versamark resists the ink, and lets the colors show through!   Just give it a quick wipe with a paper towel to remove the ink that remains on the Versamark.

I used a small star punch I found in my stash to punch star shaped holes in three of the embossed stars.   

Creating the circut is really easy!   Just line up a slightly smaller piece of paper behind the focal panel and mark where you want the lights to be.   Then follow the easy instructions included in the Chibitronics kit.....really, I swear it's not too hard!   

The sentiment, from Hero Arts' You Glow Girl was perfect for the theme!   I stamped in Versamark and embossed with Wow embossing powder.  A few Nuvo Drops added the final embellishment!

Thanks for stopping by today!   I hope you join in on the fun 'Interactive' challenge over at A Blog Named Hero (it can be anything don't need to make it light up!!).    Can't wait to see what you create!