December 31, 2016

STAMPlorations Inspiration #112

Hey!  Another Tuesday has rolled around and you know what that means.  It's time for another inspiration post over at STAMPlorations!!  I can't believe 2016 is almost over!!  It's gone by so fast! So, we've got some great cards to share today.  This is what I made today....


I decided to pull out an older stamp set to play with. I stamped my feathers (Trendy Feathers set) using Broken China and Seedless Preserves Distress ink that I spritzed water on before stamping.  I stamped the sentiment (Trendy Feathers set) in black.  I added a narrow strip of silver glitter tape to one edge.

I hope that you'll go check out the rest of the DT's work and don't forget to comment for a chance to win a prize!

Thanks for stopping by and have a lovely Tuesday!

P.S.  Starting tomorrow, January 1st, over at the STAMPlorations store, you can use my personal STAMPlorations discount code to save 20% off stamps, stencils and dies!  You can use it on regular and sale priced items.  However, it cannot be combined with any other discount codes.  Just enter in STAMPGIRLKIM in the discount code spot and you are good to go!  :-)  Happy shopping!

Inkspirational Challenge - Photo Inspiration

Good Morning!  It's a sunny day here today that will turn into a snowy one this evening.  We've had some weird weather here this winter.  First we get snow that then turns into rain as the temperature rises.  It may sound good but the problem is there's no where for the rain to go as the ground is frozen.  So, it pools and becomes ice as it freezes.  Our backyard is an ice rink.  This has happened about three times so far in the past two weeks.  Very strange weather indeed.

Anyway, it's time for a new challenge over at Inkspirational!  It's a fun photo inspiration that is very appropriate for New Year's Eve.  Take a look...


Fun right?  I loved the gold and black and the stars so that was my inspiration.  Here's my card...




I stamped my horns in black and coloured part of them gold and black.  I stamped my confetti and stars in gold Delicata ink and black ink.  I stamped the sentiment in black as well.  All the stamps used here are by STAMPlorations (Balloons and Banners set).  I think its a super fun card.

Well, I hope you'll pop on by the Ink blog and check out the rest of the teams awesome cards.

I would also like to say thank you for visiting my blog and leaving lovely comments this past year.  I truly appreciate all my followers!  I wish you all much happiness in the coming New Year!

Have a wonderful New Years!

P.S.  Starting tomorrow, January 1st, over at the STAMPlorations store, you can use my personal STAMPlorations discount code to save 20% off stamps, stencils and dies!  You can use it on regular and sale priced items.  However, it cannot be combined with any other discount codes.  Just enter in STAMPGIRLKIM in the discount code spot and you are good to go!  :-)

December 27, 2016

STAMPlorations Inspiration #111

Good morning everyone!  I hope this Tuesday finds you all well. 😀  How was your Christmas?  Mine was just lovely.  My son's excitement and happiness was very contagious!  😊

Anyway, it's that time again for a new inspiration post over at STAMPlorations!  I'm starting to take a break from Christmas cards.  I'll start making them again in the new year but I think I need a little break.  So, today I've got a birthday card. Take a look......


I took my sentiment/balloon stamp (Power of Words set) and stamped it in black Memento ink.  Then I used my Spectrum Noir markers to color it in.  Next I took some long neglected washi tape and added a few strips.  The colours I coloured my stamp match the colours of the tape. (I did that on purpose!).   Easy peasy card!

Well, I hope that you'll go check out the rest of the DT's work and don't forget to comment for a chance to win a prize!

Have an awesome day and thanks for popping by!


December 19, 2016

Final Christmas Card For The Year

Hey everyone!  Just popping in to share my final Christmas card of 2016.  I'll take a break from making Christmas cards but I'll be back at it in the new year. 😀  I made this card for my niece to go with her gift.  Check it out...


First, I sponged on lightly, Picked Raspberry and Broken China Distress ink, blending the two together.  I splattered water drops over top then, once that was dry, I stenciled the snow (falling snow stencil by SSS) by sponging on white acrylic paint.  Then I stamped my berry branches (Casual Comfort set by CAS-ual Fridays) in black Versamark ink. I added a die cut snow hill (STAMPlorations) and stamped the sentiment (Michaels) in black.  The finishing touch was to stencil a bird (perhaps a dove) flying. The bird stencil came from a stencil that had several birds on it by iStencil.  I think it turned out rather lovely.  😊

Well, thanks for visiting with me today. I hope you all have a wonderful holiday season!

I'd like to link up to the following challenge:

CAS-ual Fridays - Christmas or Hanukkah

December 17, 2016

Inkspirational Challenge - Colour Scheme

Happy Saturday everyone!  There's a new challenge starting today over at Inkspirational!  It's a colour challenge this time. :-)


Only neutrals?  No problem!  I went with beige and grey, although, I have to admit I did add a touch of gold. Take a look....




I stamped a variety of Christmas stamps (Snowflake: Hero Arts, Holly and Pinecone Border, Large Holly: Michaels, Small Snowflake, Small Holly and Berries: STAMPlorations) and embossed them all in white.  I sponged over top Soft Suede ink (SU!) and Grey Flannel ink (Memento).  I left an area free of ink where I stamped the sentiment (STAMPlorations) in Grey Flannel.  I covered up the sentiment area and spritzed lightly some Perfect Pearls Heirloom Gold mist spray. 

I hope you pop on over to the main blog and see what the rest of the team has made.  Thanks for visiting and have a fantastic weekend!

I'd like to link up to the following challenges:

CAS-ual Fridays - Christmas or Hanukkah


December 15, 2016

ARTplorations Stencil Blog Hop Day 2

Happy Thursday everyone.  Today is the second day of our ARTplorations stencil hop!  Yay!  We STAMP girls have created some amazing projects using the fabulous stencils Shery designs.


The hop runs from the 14th until the 20th. Everyday you will get to see some lovely projects.  Today my card features another new stencil that I just love.  Check it out...


I took my stencil (Circular 2) and sponged on Hero Arts ombre ink Butter to Orange  I stamped the sentiment on a narrow white strip of cardstock and adhered it to my card with foam dots.  I stamped and die cut my elephant (Tweet Love set and Coordinating Dies) and then coloured it in with my Spectrum Noir markers.  I attached it to my card with some foam dots as well.  That elephant is so cute and I just adore the background! 

I do hope you'll join us and pop on over to the blog to see everyone's lovely work.  As usual there's prizes to be won!  All the details are at the main blog.

Have a fantastic day and thanks for stopping by!

I'd like to link up to the following challenges:

CAS Mix- Up Challenge - Stamping + Sponging + your choice. I have a die cut and markers.

December 14, 2016

ARTplorations Stencil Blog Hop Day 1

Hey everyone!  It's an exciting day over at STAMPlorations!  Today is the first day of our ARTplorations stencil hop!  Yippee!  We STAMP girls have created some amazing projects using the fabulous stencils Shery designs.


The hop runs from today until the 20th. Everyday you will get to see some lovely projects.  Today my card features a new stencil that I think is just gorgeous.  Check it out...




I took the stencil (Peony Number Two) and sponged the following Distress inks over it: Mustard Seed, Spiced Marmalade, Picked Raspberry, and Seedless Preserves.  Once I had the colours blended the way I wanted, I splattered some water over top to create water droplets and then spritzed some Perfect Pearls Heirloom Gold mist.  I removed the stencil and stamped my sentiment (Trendy Feathers 2 set) in black on a narrow strip of white cardstock which I matted with some black cardstock. Then I attached it to my card. I just love this big and beautiful flower, don't you?

I do hope you'll join us and pop on over to the blog to see everyone's lovely work.  As usual there's prizes to be won!  All the details are at the main blog.

Have a fantastic day and thanks for stopping by!

I'd like to link up to the following challenges:

Addicted to Stamps and More - CAS
CAS Mix- Up Challenge - Stamping + Sponging + your choice. I have water droplets and spray mist

December 13, 2016

STAMPlorations Inspiration #110

Greetings everyone! Another Tuesday has rolled around and so its time for another inspiration post over at STAMPlorations!!  Christmas is getting closer and closer and I'm so NOT ready!  It's been crazy here with craft fairs and renovations and starting a new job.  I work for one of those paint night party companies (East Coast Art Party) and teach people how to paint a picture while they drink, eat and be merry!  It's a lot of fun but it's been hard juggling everything. Thank goodness that the craft fairs are over and the living room is very close to being complete.  I need a break!  😊 Anyway, back to the card inspiration!  Take a look....


I stamped my buttercups (Buttercups and Butterflies set) several times and then coloured them in with my Spectrum Noir markers.  I stamped the sentiment (from same set) in black.  A very simple and easy card to create but I think it turned out lovely.

I hope that you'll go check out the rest of the DT's work and don't forget to comment for a chance to win a prize!

Thanks for stopping by and have a lovely Tuesday!

I'd like to link up to the following challenge :

TIME OUT Challenges: CASEing Kim Higgins card.  I was inspired by the layout and the flowers.



December 06, 2016

STAMPlorations Inspiration #109

Hi everyone!  It's Tuesday and you know what that means?  Yep!  Another Inspiration post over at STAMPlorations!  Today we've got a post jammed packed with inspiration.  I've got another Christmas card to share. Take a look....


I played around with some alcohol ink on glossy paper to create my background. Once it was fully dry I stamped my poinsettia (Holiday Sketches: Christmas Flower set) and embossed it in white. I die cut my sentiment (Warm Winter Wishes Phrase Die) and adhered it to my panel. Lastly, I attached my panel to a white card base.

Well, I hope you go on over to the main blog and check out the other fab DT projects.  Don't forget to comment there for a chance to win a prize too!

Thanks for visiting with me and I hope you all have a fabulous day!


December 05, 2016

CUTplorations December Challenge

Hey there!  Over at STAMPlorations we've got a new CUTplorations challenge starting for November.  It's time to pull your dies out again and wow us!  We have an inspiration photo to inspire you and all you have to do is make something using a die cut and link up.  It's not necessary to use STAMPlorations dies but we love it when you do!  Just be sure to use at least one STAMPlorations product on your card.  So, if you don't have any of our dies use one of our stamps. 😊 Check out this months inspiration photo....


Isn't it an adorable image?  I love the colour scheme.   That and the winter theme were my inspiration.  Here's my card....


I started off by attaching some teal glitter tape I'd trimmed and some red striped washi tape. Then I stamped my mittens (Warm Hands, Warm Hearts set) in Memento Teal Zeal ink.  I added some more of the same glitter and washi tape.  I die cut my sentiment (Warm Winter Wishes Phrase Die) and coloured the 'warm' and 'wishes' with my Spectrum Noir markers. I really love this colour combo.

I hope you'll all join us for this months challenge.  As always there is a prize to be won if you link up! All the prize details can be found at the main blog.

Have a fabulous day and thanks for stopping by!

I'd like to link up to the following challenges:

AAA Cards - Christmas

CAS-ual Fridays - snowflakes and glitter (there are snowflakes on my mittens)

December 03, 2016

Inkspirational Challenge - Designer's Choice

Hey everyone! This weekend we are taking a little day trip to the US to do a little shopping.  I've got a busy week ahead of me as I've got one last Christmas craft fair to do and I'm also trying to finish painting my living room and install the flooring. Whew!  I'm tired already!  😀

Anyway, it's time for another challenge over at Inkspirational!  This time our awesome teammate, Sandie, had the honor of picking what the challenge would be.  She chose "CAS with Sparkle".


Yay! That's right up my alley! 😀  Here's my card....




I stamped my wreath (Penny Black) mixing two green Memento inks, Cottage Ivy and Bamboo Leaves.  I coloured in some of the berries with a red metallic pen. I die cut the first part of the sentiment (STAMPlorations) from gold metallic paper. After attaching it to my card I stamped the rest of the sentiment (Hero Arts) in black.

I hope you enjoyed your visit today. Please, make sure to go and check out what the rest of the team made as well as our wonderful Guest Designer.  There are some wonderful cards to look at!

Have a lovely weekend and thanks for stopping by!

I'd like to link up to the following challenges:

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Anything Goes
TIME OUT Challenges - Christmas with optional glitter/shimmer - I've got shimmer in my gold die cut and the berries on my wreath.

November 29, 2016

STAMPlorations Inspiration #108

Hey!  Another Tuesday has rolled around and you know what that means.  It's time for another inspiration post over at STAMPlorations!!  I can't believe November is almost over!!  Christmas is looming so close now.  So, we've got some great cards to share today.  Yes, I've got another Christmas card to share. What else?!  😀  Take a look....



So, for this card, I masked of my middle section and stamped with a variety of stamps. Most are from Christmas Bell Medley set except for the mittens (Warm Hands Warm Hearts set), the snowflakes (Vignette: Christmas Block set), and the small dark green foliage (Frames and Flowers set). I stamped in a variety of ink colours (Memento: Cottage Ivy, Pear Tart, Lady Bug, Bamboo Leaves, Teal Zeal.  SU!: Rich Razzleberry.  SSS: Sea Glass.).  I stamped the sentiment first then stamped the others around it. Lastly, I added some gold glitter enamel dots (Happy Litlle Stampers).

I hope that you'll go check out the rest of the DT's work and don't forget to comment for a chance to win a prize!

Thanks for stopping by and have a lovely Tuesday!


November 22, 2016

STAMPlorations Inspiration #107

Hi everyone!  It's Tuesday and you know what that means?  Yep!  Another Inspiration post over at STAMPlorations!  Today we've got a post jammed packed with inspiration.  I've got another Christmas card to share. Take a look....


I stamped my stocking (Warm Hands, Warm Hearts set) several times and embossed in silver. I coloured in some with a black marker. I masked off the bottom edge and sponged on black ink to create a narrow border. I stamped my snowflake (Framed Christmas: Believe in the Magic set) several times in black then added a strip of silver glitter tape. I stamped the sentiment (Warm Hands, Warm Hearts set) in black.

Well, I hope you go on over to the main blog and check out the other fab DT projects.  Don't forget to comment there for a chance to win a prize too!

Thanks for visiting with me and I hope you all have a fabulous day!



November 19, 2016

Inkspirational Challenge - Prompt Word - Chill

Happy Saturday everyone!  It's time again for another Inkspirational challenge.  This time it's a word prompt.  And that word is, Chill.


There are a few ways you could interpret this word and I decided to go with a rather obvious one. I thought of the weather and how it's getting colder and colder. Winter is coming and its "chilly".  ⛄️  So, why not a lovely little winter scene?  Take a look....


First, I created a circle mask for my sun.  Then I created a mask for my snow hills by tearing some cardstock. I sponged from dark to light blue for my mounds of snow then lightly sponged blue, pink, orange and yellow for the sky. I then stamped my birds and branches (Penny Black) in black. I splattered white paint over top everything.  Once, the paint was dry, I removed the mask for the sun and then stamped the sentiment (Hero Arts) in black.  I think it's a wonderful little scene. Love that Penny Black stamp!

I hope you'll take a trip on over to the Ink blog and check out the other fantastic cards by the rest of the team and our fabulous Guest Designer. They knocked it out of the park, once again.  :-)

Have a lovely weekend and thanks for stopping by!

I'd like to link up to the following challenges:

Penny Black and More - Anything Christmas
ABC Christmas Challenge - W is for Wish
CAS Mix Up Card Challenge - stamping + masking + sponging, splatters


November 16, 2016

STAMPlorations Giving Thanks Blog Hop

Hey everyone!  There is a fun blog hop going on over at STAMPlorations today!  It's our 2nd Annual Giving Thanks Blog Hop!  A lot of us STAMPloration girls have made some thanks/thankful cards.  We also have a whole bunch of amazing Guest Designers joining us this year!  This year there's all kinds of prizes to win and all kinds of ways to get your chance at winning them.
All the prize info is at the end of the post and over at the main blog.


We are also introducing three awesome new stamp sets, matching dies and stencils.
Check them out....







Amazing aren't they?!  I used the Be Thankful set for my card.  Take a look...


First, I stamped my basket of apples in black and then coloured them in with my Spectrum Noir markers. I shaded the ground with my markers too.  I then die cut the word Thankful from olive green cardstock. The faux stitching details didn't show very well on the dark paper so I went over them with a white gel pen. I attached it to my card and then stamped the For You in black Versafine ink.  I think it turned out quite well.  I really love how my apples turned out.  😀

I totally recommend checking out all the other fabulous cards the other designers made. Here's a handy link to get you there.  😊



I do hope you'll you come on over and hop along with us.    Have a lovely day!

Prize Info

Giving Thanks Hop
  • ONE (1) winner randomly drawn from all comments left on the STAMPlorations blog and participating designers blogs will receive a $50 gift certificate.
  • THREE (3) winners randomly drawn from all comments left on the STAMPlorations blog and participating designers blogs will each receive a $20 gift certificate to the shop.
  • ONE (1) commenter randomly drawn from our Facebook page will win a $15 gift certificate for herself and a $15 gift certificate for one friend she tags in her comment.
  • ONE (1) commenter randomly drawn from our Instagram account will win her choice of Giving Thanks bundle (Be Thankful, Oh So Grateful, or Many Blessings)/
Commenting ends on November 30 at 11:55 p.m. Pacific


Giving Thanks Linky Party
  • ONE (1) winner randomly drawn from all entries linked up will receive the Be (stamp set with coordinating die, word die, and stencil)
  • ONE (1) winner randomly drawn from all entries linked up will receive Oh So Grateful bundle (stamp set with coordinating die, word die, and stencil)
  • ONE (1) winner randomly drawn from all entries linked up will receive Many Blessings bundle (stamp set with coordinating die, word die, and stencil)
[Players have until November 30 to link up their projects to the linky party.]


Winners will be announced on December 9 in the November Challenges and Hops winners post. Winners have until December 20 to claim their prize.

Check this out too!

November 15, 2016

STAMPlorations Inspiration #106

Hi everyone!  It's Tuesday and you know what that means?  Yep!  Another Inspiration post over at STAMPlorations!  No Christmas card to share this week. I know!  Shocking! 😀  Anyway, here's my card....

I placed my flower stencil (Fall Floral Trio) on my white card base and sponged on the following Distress inks: Walnut Stain, Spiced Marmalade, Mustard Seed.  Then I cut a banner from kraft cardstock and stamped the sentiment (Bloom Happy set) on it in black.  I attached it to my card along with a piece of copper glitter tape.

Well, I hope you go on over to the main blog and check out the other fab DT projects.  Don't forget to comment there for a chance to win a prize too!

Thanks for visiting with me and I hope you all have a fabulous day!



November 11, 2016

CUTplorations Mini Release Hop

Hello!  We've got a fun little hop going on over at STAMPlorations right now.  We've got some new CUTplorations dies to showcase and so we're doing a little mini release hop.  Take a look at these fantastic new dies...


Awesome, right?!  I just love the edge dies.  The atc/tag dies are great and so versatile with all the fancy edges you can use.  Today I've made a card and a couple of tags. Check them out...

(Using Art Edges Die)

For my cards, I used the film strip edge die. I die cut a narrow strip of white card stock on both sides and then stamped my reindeer (Reindeer Games set) where I wanted them. I then masked off rectangular areas and sponged on black ink to create my film strip.  I removed the masks and then coloured in my reindeer with my Spectrum Noir markers. I stamped the sentiment (Holiday Sketches: Christmas Bells set) in the middle section and stamped a small snowflake (Vignette: Christmas Block set) in silver. I took a piece of patterned paper and attached it to my card base and then attached my film strip.  Lastly, I added a couple of pieces of red glitter tape.

For my first tag, I used one of the fancy edge pieces to die cut the top and bottom of my tag. I also used one of the hole dies. I stamped my mittens (Warm Hands Warm Hearts set) and then created masks to cover them. Then I stamped my heart (Funny Kinda Love set) and removed the masks. I coloured everything in with my Spectrum Noir markers. I stamped the sentiment in black then added some very narrow strips of silver glitter tape. Lastly I added some ribbon.

For this tag, I used two different edge pieces to die cut my tag also using one of the hole dies. I stamped my poinsettia (Christmas Bell Medley set) and embossed in white. I sponged on Hero Art Pool ink over top fading it as I went up.  Then I stamped my pine bough (Christmas Bell Medley set) using the Pool ink. I stamped the sentiment (Christmas Bell Medley set) in Dove Gray StazOn ink and added some ribbon.

So, I hope you'll pop on by the main blog and see what everyone has made with these fabulous dies. Plus, by commenting there and the DT blogs you have a chance to win a prize!

Here's all the details:
  • Commenting closes on Tuesday, November 15
  • Prizes: ONE (1) winner of a $15 gift certificate and ONE (1) winner of her choice of either Art Edges or ATC Tag Builder dies
  • Winners will be randomly drawn from comments left on the STAMPlorations blog and designers' blogs
We'll announce the winners in the November Challenges and Blog Hops winners post on December 9 so make sure you are a follow STAMPlorations so you can find out if you're a winner!

Thanks for visiting with me.  Have a great day!

November 08, 2016

STAMPlorations Inspiration #105

Hey everyone!  Welcome to another edition of inspiration over at STAMPlorations!  We've got a wonderful line up of projects to share today.  My card is once again, a Christmas card. At this point it's pretty hard not to make one!  Take a look....




So, for this card I started out by sponging Delicata Silver ink using the Christmas Reindeer stencil on a white panel.  Then using my stencil as a mask, I stamped my snowflakes (Framed Christmas: Believe in the Magic and Peace Love Joy sets) over top with Hero Arts Pool ink.  I removed the stencil and attached my panel to a die cut (Crazy Double Running Stitch Rectangle Nesting dies) piece of patterned paper.  I attached this to my Aqua card base. I die cut my sentiment (Warm Winter Wishes Phrase die) from white card stock and sponge HA Pool ink over top which I then attached to my card.  Hard to believe I made a layered card and used patterned paper!  Shocking!  LOL.

I encourage you all to pop on over to the main blog and check out what the rest of the DT made. You won't be sorry!  Plus, if you leave a comment there you are entered in to win a prize!

I hope you've enjoyed your visit today. Have an awesome Tuesday!

I'd like to link up to the following challenges:

Craft Stamper Magazine, Take it Make it challenge - anything goes
ABC Christmas Challenge - V is for vertical
CAS Mix Up Challenge - stamping + masking + sponging, die cuts


November 05, 2016

CUTploration November Challenge

Hey there!  Over at STAMPlorations we've got a new CUTplorations challenge starting for November.  It's time to pull your dies out again and wow us!  We have an inspiration photo to inspire you and all you have to do is make something using a die cut and link up.  It's not necessary to use STAMPlorations dies but we love it when you do!  Check out this months inspiration photo....


Isn't it such an interesting image?  Such lovely colours.  The colour scheme and leaves were my inspiration.  Here's my card....




First, I masked off a section of my card and sponged on Antique Linen Distress ink.  Then I stamped my leaves (Trendy Leaves set) and embossed them in clear.  I then took Seedless Preserves and Spiced Marmalade Distress ink and sponged over top.  I added some water droplets afterward.  I removed the mask and then stamped my sentiment (Sentiment Builders: Happy set) and die cut the word, amazing (Amazing Word Die), out of gold metallic cardstock.  I really love how this turned out.

I hope you'll all join us for this months challenge.  As always there is a prize to be won if you link up! All the prize details can be found at the main blog.

Have a fabulous day and thanks for stopping by!

I'd like to link up to the following challenges:

CAS-Mix Up Challenge - Stamping + Masking + Sponging, embossing, die cuts


Craft Stamper Magazine, Take it, Make it Challenge - Anything Goes