Sunday, October 22, 2017

A Blog Named Hero - Thanks a Bushel!

Hi friends!  You can find me over on A Blog Named Hero today with an adorable card using supplies from Hero Arts & Lawn Fawn, this month's collaboration partner!   Here's a quick sneak peek! Check it out!

Saturday, October 21, 2017

CAS-ual Fridays October Release - Chanukah!

Happy Saturday!   Today is the day....the day the new release hits the CAS-ual Fridays store!   Before you go check out the new goodies over there, here is a peek at the new Chanukah stamp set!
CFS has some of the best Chanukah stamps around - and this new set is no exception!    I stamped and heat embossed the sentiment and cut it out.   I punched holes in either end and strung a ribbon throughit and mounted it to my background with foam tape.   The background was created by stamping a variety of the stars from the Star of David stamp set.  

So that wraps things up!   If you want to do some shopping over at the CAS-ual Fridays store, be sure to use my special coupon code, KIMBERLY2017, to save 15% on everything - including new release and sale items!!!   

Have a fantastic weekend - thanks for stopping by!

Friday, October 20, 2017

CAS-ual Fridays October Release - Joy

**This is my second post for today - for the Hero Arts "Jump Start the Holidays" blog hop, click HERE **

Hello there!   We are on day number three of sneak peeks for the October CAS-ual Fridays release.   We've had some fun and snarky sentiments, and now it's time to share a holiday stamp set!   This new stamp set, called Joy, is filled with large scale words and fun snowflakes.  It will be available with all the other new stamp sets this Saturday (tomorrow!!) in the CAS-ual Fridays store!
I kept my card pretty simple - I masked the snowflake and stamped and heat embossed the letters with red glitter embossing powder.   Next I masked the letters and stamped and heat embossed the snowflake.   I really like how the embossing looks on patterned paper - it's a nice subtle background for the bold sentiment!   

Check in again tomorrow to see the final stamp set of the release!   See you then!

Jump Start the Holidays with Hero Arts!

Hello!!   Welcome to my stop on the Hero Arts Jump Start the Holidays blog hop!   If you're just joining in, read on to find out a little more about the hop!! 

"Today we are hopping to celebrate all things fall and winter - and to rev up your holiday cardmaking motors! We are also joining Lea Lawson during her month-long Crafty Comeback Party. Lea is an amazing designer, and we are thrilled to support her! Tune into her blog every day this month - she began the party on October 7, and there have been many beautiful cards and fabulous giveaways along the way!  To make this party extra fun, we invited along the fabulously talented team at A Blog Named Hero! Lots of inspiration on this hop today.

Prize: We will be giving away a $25 gift certificate, randomly chosen from all of the comments left at every stop along the blog hop.  Just leave a comment on any of the blogs by Friday, November 10 at 11:59pst, and the winner will be announced on Lea Lawson's blog the on Sunday, November 12."

I'm thrilled to be hopping along and celebrating both Hero Arts and Lea's crafty comeback!  Now, on to my card!!

I stamped the fun background with Hero Arts' Candy Stripe Bold background.   I love it so much!  I can't wait to use this for non-holiday cards too!   Next I created a shaker card using the owl, trees & sentiment from Holiday Animals .   I added some snowy hills using dies from a since sold-out My Monthly Hero kit from last year.   The shaker is filled with a mixture of  Prisma Glitter & Polar White Flower Soft to create the snow!

Your next stop on the hop is my talented teammate Melissa's blog!  Be sure to leave comments on all of the hop stops for your chance to win a prize from Hero Arts!   

Thanks so much for stopping by - have a fantastic weekend!

Ilina Crouse
                                   Kimberly Rendino <------ you are here

Thursday, October 19, 2017

CAS-ual Fridays October Release - Bomb Diggity!

Hello there!   Today is sneak peek day #2 of the fabulous CAS-ual Fridays October release!   Today's set is the awesome 'Bomb Diggity'!
I have to tell you - this is my favorite card from this release - and it was super easy!   I stamped the sentiment in the middle and added accents to the top and bottom of the card by stamping the awesome Modern Petals stamp set with black and raspberry inks (pssst....this stamp set is on sale now, and you can stack the sale with the special coupon code below!)   I die cut a few 4 Petal Fri-Dies (also on sale!) and adhered them just in the center so the flower petals have some lift.   A few black pearl gems in the center of each flower was the finishing touch.

That's it for today - stop by tomorrow to see the first of two holiday stamp sets!   If you want to shop the items I mentioned above (or any others for that matter!), use the code KIMBERLY2017 to save an additional 15%!!

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

CAS-ual Fridays New Release - WTF 2

It's time for a fun new release from CAS-ual Fridays Stamps!!   This set just cracks me up.....the innuendo is there, but the supporting sentiments make everything amusing!   Check out my card!

I used the Stars Fri-dies along with the new WTF 2 stamp set (available in the store this Saturday).   Some Nuvo drops finish off the card!  

I have a special discount code you can use anytime you want to shop at CFS - just enter the code KIMBERLY2017 to save 15%.   The code is good on everything in the store - even the new release stamps!   And head over the the CAS-ual Fridays blog for a chance to win one of several $15 prizes!   See you again tomorrow for our next sneak peek!

Monday, October 9, 2017

Never Give Up Hope!

Hello again!   Thanks for stopping by!  Today I have a card to share using items from the Calling All Sistahs collection by CAS-ual Fridays.    Since October is breast cancer awareness month, if you purchase any items from this fabulous collection this month, 75% (rather the usual 50%) will be donated to   Pretty awesome, I'd say!  
I created my card by stamping the back side of the Hope Ribbon with Versamark and heat embossing it in white.   After it cooled a minute, I stamped the front side of the stamp  with Versamark, and heat embossed with several shades of pink glitter embossing powder from WOW.   I added the sentiment on a cardstock strip and stacked several of the Hope Fri-Die for dimension.   

Hope you've enjoyed my card today!   Head over to CFS to check out all of the awesome things going on this month - it's our 5th birthday and there is an awesome sale going on! You can stack the awesome deals by using my coupon code, KIMBERLY2017, to save an additional 15% on everything in the store!   Woo-hoo!!   

Sunday, October 8, 2017

HB2U, CAS-ual Fridays!

Hello there!   Hope you've enjoyed the weekend - I can't believe Monday is looming - there's never enough time  during the weekends is there?!

Today I'm sharing a card in honor of CAS-ual Fridays' 5th Birthday!    Woo-hoo!   And check below for info on a special sale and a discount code!

I began by stamping the Full on Floral background with red ink onto pink paper - I love the contrast!   I highlighted some of the flowers with pale yellow & white colored pencil.   I kept it simple and let the heat embossed sentiment, from Whole Shebang shine!   The hashtag (from Rad 2)  was a punny accent I couldn't resist  - those sweet birthday cake calories DEFINITELY shouldn't count, am I right?!

OK - so, in honor of CAS-ual Fridays' 5th birthday, Michele has put everything in the 'Birthday Category' on sale 20% off through October 31, no code needed!   AND, you can save 15% on top of that as well by using my code, KIMBERLY2017!   How awesome is that?!   The code will get you 15% off everything - not just items in the birthday category - #sweet!

Monday, October 2, 2017

A Blog Named Hero October Challenge
Hello!  Can you believe it is October already?!   Goodness, the year is flying by!   We had a wonderful weekend picking apples and I hope you'll forgive me for jumping the gun a little with a holiday card, lol!

This month A Blog Named Hero is collaborating with none other than the fabulous Lawn Fawn for a super fun challenge - just use a critter (or critters) on your cards along with some Hero Arts goodies and link up over at A Blog Named Hero!
For my card, I combined stamp sets from Hero Arts (trees, lights, present & sentiment from Holiday Animals) and Lawn Fawn (critters from Beary Happy Holidays).  I stamped the trees onto blue cardstock using Distress Oxide inks - they look so vibrant, I just love it!   Then I flicked on some gesso mixed with water to create a snowy scene.  I tucked my Copic colored critters and accessories into some stitched hill dies from Lawn Fawn to finish things off!

Hope you've enjoyed my card today - be sure to link up your own critter card at A Blog Named Hero....can't wait to see what you create!!

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Chibitronics & CAS-ual Fridays Bloghop!

Hello!   Welcome to my stop on the CAS-ual Fridays/Chibitronics two day Bloghop!   I hope you've been inspired by all of the great projects you've seen along the way!
For my card, I kept it pretty simple because the Chibitronics lights steal the show!  I stamped the awesome sentiment from CAS-ual Fridays' Whole Shebang stamp set across the top of my card.   I handcut the candles from patterned paper and the flames from vellum and placed them across the bottom of the card.   I wanted to light just two of the candles, so I decided where my flames would go and poked holes through the cardstock below to let the light shine through nice & bright.   

I created my circuit on a separate piece of lightweight cardstock.   These lights are really quite easy to work with!  It only took me a few minutes to create the circuit - what an impact!

To finish off the card, I colored the HB2U in with Copic markers and adhered the circuit panel to the focal panel.   Voila!   How cute is that?   I'm sure the recipient will love this interactive card!

Just one more stop on the hop.....head on over to CAS-ual Fridays next!   Be sure to comment on all the blogs from both days of the hop (Friday and Saturday).   You could win a Starter Pack from Chibitronics or a $30 gift code for the CAS-ual Fridays store!    The entire hop list for Saturday is listed below if you've gotten lost along the way....

Also, you can save 15% on your purchase at CAS-ual Fridays by using the code KIMBERLY2017 at checkout!   It's good on the ENTIRE store - happy shopping!  

Chibitronics blog

Friday, September 15, 2017

Find Joy...

You can find me over at A Blog Named Hero today with some mid-month inspiration for our current challenge - One Layer!   I've combined products from Hero Arts and this month's collaboration partner, CAS-ual Fridays.  Head on over for more details!!

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

CAS-ual Fridays Special Christmas Sale!

Hi friends!   Just popping in with a quick heads up....Michele over at CAS-ual Fridays has put select holiday items into the sale category - head on over to check it out.    And you can save an extra 15% by using the code KIMBERLY2017 too!!    This whole week, the DT has been sharing projects using the products on sale, so head over to the CFS blog for all kinds of inspiration!

Friday, September 8, 2017

Autumn Greeetings

Hello and happy Friday!   I hope everyone is doing well and is staying safe from all of the horrible weather we've been experiencing across the United States!   

I'm finally starting my Fall crafting, and today's card was just so much fun to make!   I started by adding alcohol inks to glossy paper with an ink blending tool, then I die cut the leaves from CAS-ual Fridays' Acorn Fri-Dies.  Such fun Autumn colors can be achieved this way!!

I adhered the leaves in a circular wreath shape, and stamped and heat embossed the greeting, from CAS-ual Fridays' Autumn Blessings, with copper embossing powder.  

Remember to use the special coupon code, KIMBERLY2017 to save 15% on any purchase you make over at the CAS-ual Fridays shop!    There are still a few $5 stamp sets (!!!!!) available for purchase, and the code is good on those as well!!  Enjoy!

Monday, September 4, 2017

September A Blog Named Hero Challenge

Hello there!   It's time for the September A Blog Named Hero Challenge!   This time the theme is 'One Layer', and the collaboration partner is a company near and dear to my heart - CAS-ual Fridays!    I'm a Girl Friday over at CFS, and I'm thrilled to be using both Hero Arts and CAS-ual Fridays for this month's cards!

I used quite a few products on this one layer wonder - you'l find them all listed below!   To begin, I die cut the tag die from a piece of thin cardstock and then placed the stencil below it.   I sponged some ink through the stencil and negative die cut to create the background for my adorable mermaid silhouette.   I stamped the mermaid several times using my MISTI and  once satisfied with the ink coverage, I stamped again with Versamark and heat embossed with glitter embossing powder.   I stamped the sentiment by partially inking the words so they'd tuck in nicely around the mermaid's tail.   

Hope you've enjoyed my card today and I also hope you join in the challenge this month!   One layer cards are difficult, but I was so pleased with how this turned out....can't wait to see what you create!

Hero Arts Ombre Ink - Tide Pool to Navy
Hero Arts Abstract Waves Stencil
Hero Arts Color Layering Goldfish
Versamark Ink
Sparkle Embossing Powder
(Find all of these at the Hero Arts store)

CAS-ual Fridays Mermaids Stamp Set
CAS-ual Fridays Scallop Tag Fri-Dies
(Find all of these at CAS-ual Fridays, Simon Says Stamp or Ellen Hutson)

You can also save 15% if you do any shopping at CAS-ual Fridays by using my code, KIMBERLY2017  - enjoy! 

Friday, August 25, 2017

StampNation Masterclass - Cards With Sass!

Happy Friday!   It's almost the weekend - yahoo!   Today I am guesting as a teacher in the StampNation classroom for the brand new Masterclass "Cards With Sass", brought to you by CAS-ual Fridays!   Here's a sneak peek at one of my cards - be sure to head over and check it out!   If you aren't a member yet, you can find out more information HERE!   

Monday, August 21, 2017

CAS Rainbow Butterflies

Hello, crafty friends!   Can you believe we are nearing the end of August?   Time is flying so fast - my kids will soon be back in school - it's hard to believe!  In the meantime, I've been able to get in some crafting time while the kids are at sports practice.   I had this beautiful stamp set from Flora & Fauna sitting on my desk and couldn't wait to ink it up!
I inked the back side of the butterfly stamp and stamped a row of colorful butterfly shapes along the side of my card.   I went back and added the actual butterfly stamp with the details using Versafine Black Onyx.   I wanted to keep the whole card pretty CAS, so I heat embossed the sentiment and cut the strip on a diagonal.    Easy peasy!

Hope you are all enjoying the last days of summer!   Stay tuned later in the week for something fun....

This card is for the following challenge:

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!