Tuesday, March 3, 2015

TCPTUES285- You Make Me Bloom

It's Tuesday, so it's time for another TCP Tuesday challenge at the Cat's Pajamas blog. This week's challenge is an Inspiration Challenge, so I hope to see you all playing along!


Today's challenge was to make a card based on the inspiration photo below.


I used the colors and the four leaf clovers(loosely) to inspire me. The colors were obviously my Sour Apple and Hot Fudge, and I chose the Nature's Hello set, because I love that big flower. I used Hot Fudge grosgrain and buttons, and Sour Apple and Sweet Tooth buttons, too. I also used brads and buttons.

Here is the set from The Cat's Pajamas that I used:


  1. Every other Tuesday a new challenge will be posted here on this blog as well as on our Facebook page.
  2. If you want to play along you just upload your design using the InLinkz button below*. If you want to display your pretties on Splitcoaststampers use keyword TCPTUES285. Only the entries uploaded to the Inlinkz button will be considered for Swanky Stamper at the end of the month.
  3. You must have your project posted by the Monday, 12 midnight EDT before the next challenge to be eligible to win the Cat Cash.
  4. Cards and projects are not required the use of a Cat’s Pajamas Stamp or CutUps die.
  5. On the following TCP Tuesday, the winner will be chosen at random from the previous challenge and will receive a Cat Cash Voucher for $10 or $15 if a TCP product is used.
  6. At the end of the month, The Swanky Stamper will be selected from all the weekly entries. The Swanky Stamper will receive some of the stamps from our next release and get to play along with us at our Pajamas Party and Blog Hop. AND… They’ll even get a special spot in the Gallery highlighting the project that won them the gig and a snazzy badge to display on their blog. The Swanky Stamper will be announced the First Monday of the month on our Facebook page and this Blog.
  7. The Swanky Stamper will be announced the First Monday of the month on our Facebook page and this Blog.

Well, that is it for me for now!! Be sure to check out the TCP blog for more details, and to check out my teammates that are playing along!

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Wonderful Wednesday-Grateful for YOU!!

It's Wonderful Wednesday time!!  We hope you can play along!!  As always....it's ANYTHING GOES!!  Break out your Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps and get krafty!! Before I get to today's card, here's a bit of business stuff you NEED TO KNOW!!
-We are in the middle of the KRAFTY FRIENDS Hop, pop on over to the Krafty Blog to link up YOUR Kraftin Kimmie creation :)
-There is also still time to enter for your chance to be a Krafty Guest!  Get all of the details and upload your Krafty Goodness, HERE!
-Did you see there's a 10% off your entire regular priced order?!?  Yup, just enter LOVE2015 from NOW until February 28th, only one coupon per order, please.  Happy shopping!

Okay, now on with today's post!  As always, we want EVERYONE to be able to play along so your submission can use ANY stamp and can be any theme, any style, any design and it can be a card, a scrapbook page, an altered item....you name it!!  It must be a NEW creation and you can enter on this post until March 3rd at midnight!  At the end of the month one random winner will be chosen from all the submissions for the whole month and will receive a $20 Gift Card to the shop!!!  What do you think.....wanna WIN??  Let's see your krafty stuff!!



For my card today, I used the new Hello, Friend set again....I truly do love it. Becky's sentiment sets are just PERFECT for any occasion. I love the fun mix of fonts, and the wonderful sayings. Today's was paired with some Echo Park For the Record 2 paper, and cardstock from MFT in Black Licorice, Orange Fizz, and Gumdrop Green(I used their buttons in those colors as well).  I embellished with some Black Twine from May Arts, a charm one of my wonderful Krafty sisters sent me, some brads, a spiral clip, and my buttons of course. My sentiment was cut out with the Oval Stax Die-namics from MFT, and I used the Oval Decorative Doily Duo Die-namics as well.


Well, that is it for me for now!! Thanks for stopping by and checking me out, and for the number of comments and emails I got after my post the other day about my diagnosis. I appreciate all of the support and love that has been sent my way. It truly does mean the world to me.

Stay awesome everyone, and have a great day!

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Movie Themed Saturday with Kraftin' Kimmie

Hi everyone! Welcome to another challenge at Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps! Today's challenge can be anything as long as it is MOVIE THEMED! What is your favorite movie? My card is based off of one of my favorite Disney Movies, Snow White. We have so many fun character related images at Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps, that it was VERY easy to play along with this theme.
  

For my card today, I used the Once Upon as Time 1 stamp set. I paired it with some Simple Stories paper, and used Nightshift Blue and Wild Cherry cardstock from MFT, and Banana Split from Bazzill. My buttons are also from MFT, in Lemon Drop, Nightshift Blue, and Wild Cherry, and I paired it with other embellishments like Michael's brads, Wild Cherry grosgrain, and a spiral clip.


We always enjoy your creations so be sure to submit them so you can WIN a $10 gift card to the Shop!!  Show us your stuff!

Will YOU be joining us for the Krafty Friends Blog Hop?!?  Just a few more days!  Visit the event page, HERE for more details.

This week's FRUGAL FRIDAY sales are UP and ready for shopping!!!

Have you joined the Kraftin Kimmie's Krafty Friends fb group??  It's the best place to keep up with all of the goings on as well as sharing YOUR creations and getting inspired by other Krafty Friends' creations!!!


Now create a card, scrapbook page or altered item with a Kraftin' Kimmie Stamp or any other stamp and be sure to use our THEME as a starting point for your creation!!!  You will have until February 26th at 11:55 pm EST to get your entries in!
Pull out those fabby stamps and play along!  Have some krafty fun and join us this week!!

Friday, February 20, 2015

Finally, a Bit of an Explanation....

Back when I was guest designing for Chi Chi Memories, I was quite possibly the worst guest designer ever. You see, it's not that I didn't love the images, or appreciate the opportunity, but a lot happened in my life during the time that I was designing for them, and stamping became less of a priority. I made cards for them, several of them, and never even blogged them.  So for that, I truly apologize to the team at Chi Chi Memories, and to all of their fans and designers. I spoke a bit about being sick, and having headaches, but I never really went into detail about that....well, here goes.

Last year in March, I moved to Louisville for work, and what had always been severe migraines that were slowly becoming completely resistant to medicine, became even worse. I finally broke down and went to a urgent care center, who immediately referred me to a Neurologist. During the testing they did to find out what might be causing my migraines, they stumbled upon something completely unexpected. In fact, when my doctor told me she was sending me for an MRI, she said "we don't usually find anything, but we like to look just in case." Well, the results shocked both her, and myself, to the core. The results were even more shocking because I didn't receive them until a month after my MRI....which had made me, by then, think that nothing serious could be wrong, or they would have called me by now. I mean, after all my blood work went through, they immediately had me on iron for my anemia(new problem), vitamin D for my severe deficiency(pasty white chick problems), and B12 for my severe lack of it(and energy, dios mio)... so in my mind, it stood to reason that they would have called me by now.  When they finally did call me, my doctor asked if I was alone, which I was, and then asked me to sit down because she had some news to tell me. She started by apologizing, and I could hear the shakiness in her voice, so I know it was truly heartfelt, and not news she wanted or even expected to have to deliver. Meghan started by explaining that she did NOT want to tell me this over the phone, but there were several appointments that she needed to schedule, and she didn't want to start scheduling them and freak me out by making me wait to tell me. That's when she finally broke the news to me, that my MRI showed that I have Multiple Sclerosis. 

MS......and my mind and body went completely numb. 

I had heard of MS, and knew it was a thing, but I honestly had NO clue what it meant, all I knew was I was scared, and I didn't know what to do or think. She told me what our immediate plan of attack was going to be: an intial consult with her to do some more blood tests, neuro testing, vision screening, two more MRI's of my spine and orbits, and 5 days of high dose steroid treatments. 
She honestly could have told me that we were going to go to Camelot on horseback and paint rainbows on kittens, and I would have agreed with her and told her I'd be there...because honestly, I stopped listening at some point.  When I finally came to my senses, after we were off the phone, I immediately called my mom, who is a nurse, and my dad, and we all cried. My mom did her best to explain to me what MS was, and what was going to happen to me....but honestly, nothing can truly prepare you for something like this. My Dad started a prayer chain with his family, and told me that everything was going to be fine, because that's what good Daddys do.  Both of my parents dropped everything to rush to be with that week, and I will forever be greatful for that. 

I'm not going to lie, some days it is tough. Flare ups are nothing to joke about, and the headaches haven't gotten any better, either. I have to give myself shots 3 times a week, and take so much medication I have to have a pill box to keep it all straight. Some days it's all I can do to drag myself out of bed and just keep going, but I have an amazing support system, and a hobby I love, so it keeps me going.  I will say this though:  if you can avoid having to go on IV steriod treatments for 5 days straight for the rest of your life, do that....good gried, that was the worst thing ever. Looking back now, and knowing what the symptoms for MS are, which are very common, easy to overlook things, I do see now that things that I would attribute to the migraines were actually the MS.

 I'm not telling you this story for pity, or for attention, but to let you know why things are the way they are around here. I have lost a ton of followers, and I know that, and for a blog that used to get over 200 views a day, to get barely 40, it truly makes me sad....so for those of you that stuck around, thankyou for your support, it means the world to me.

Now, after all that depressing stuff, back to the good stuff!!



Here is a card I made using the super cute and fun Good Day digi from Chi Chi memories. I paired it with Lemon Drop, Sour Apple, and Bubblegum cardstock from MFT...as well as Smooth White. My ribbon is Lemon Drop Grosgrain, and I also used Berrylicious buttons from MFT. To finish, I used brads from Michaels.

Well, that is it for me for now!! Hope you have an amazing day, and my story didn't make you too sad!! See you tomorrow with more goodies!!

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Wonderful Wednesday-Friends

It's Wonderful Wednesday time!!  We hope you can play along!!  As always....it's ANYTHING GOES!!  Break out your Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps and get krafty!!


For my card today, I paired the amazing new Hello, Friend set with some MME paper. I used the Star CutUps from The Cat's Pajamas, and a Stax Die-namics from MFT. My brads are from  Michael's, and I used spiral clips as well.


All of the BRAND NEW February stamps are in the store, as well as some other new goodies!  Will you be joining us for the Krafty Friends Blog Hop???  We'd love to have you join us!  Have you seen the news?!?!?  Wanna be a Krafty Guest?  Head over HERE for all of the deets!!

We want EVERYONE to be able to play along so your submission can use ANY stamp and can be any theme, any style, any design and it can be a card, a scrapbook page, an altered item....you name it!!  It must be a NEW creation and you can enter on this post until January 6th at midnight!  At the end of the month one random winner will be chosen from all the submissions for the whole month and will receive a $20 Gift Card to the shop!!!  What do you think.....wanna WIN??  Let's see your krafty stuff!!


Sunday, February 15, 2015

Kraftin' Kimmie Release Day Hop!

Woohooooo!!!  We're so excited!  It’s our FEBRUARY RELEASE Day at KRAFTIN' KIMMIE STAMPS!!  And we’re celebrating with a KRAFTY HOP!!  So grab yourself a cuppa joe, sit back and be prepared for some krafty eye kandy!  We're going to inspire your creations with our fun, new rubber stamps!



Over the last few days in our Krafty Peeks, we have shared lots of amazing creations featuring  new stamp sets from all of our artists including a new one, for our February release!  We know these new stamps will inspire you to make your own fabulous creations!!  This month's sets are all about books and friendship...two great themes!!  We’ve got an elegant new sentiment set called HELLO, FRIEND!! There's a supah cute new kids set from Cheryl called BOOK PALS! And of course, we are SO excited to share two new Lord of the Rings/The Hobbit inspired sets from Annie featuring....GANDALF and GALADRIELLastly we are thrilled have another incredibly fun set from Emilie Goulet  called, SQUISHY HUGS!



You will get to see ALL of the new images today as you sit back and enjoy our FEBRUARY Krafty Hop! As you hop from blog to blog, be sure to leave a comment at each and every stop because one lucky stamper will win a $10 gift card!! When you’re done hoppin’, be sure to head over to the Kraftin’Kimmie shop, because ALL the new rubber stamp sets are NOW available!! 
And don't forget...if you NEED it all, we have a Gimme Kimmies Kit which features ALL the new February stamps at a discount!!  
But only for a limited time!




For my card tonight, I used the super cute new Huck Finn image from the Book Pals set. He was paired with some Echo Park paper, and cardstock from Michael's, MFT(Jellybean Green and Kraft), and Bazzill(Banana Split). For my embellishments, I used buttons from MFT in Kraft, Jellybean Green, and Lemon Drop. Brads from Michael's, Spiral Clips, and Hemp Cord were also used. 


Now let's celebrate with our NEW RELEASE 
and get hoppin' and shoppin'!!

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Kraftin Kimmie Peeks-Day Four!!

Hey everyone!!  Welcome back to day FOUR of our FEBRUARY Kraftin' Kimmie Peeks!!!  Have you been enjoying the peeks so far??  All of our brand new rubber stamp sets will be released TONIGHT!

We are super excited to have another amazingly fun set from artist, Emilie Goulet!!!  This one's called SQUISHY HUGS!
This fabby set is all about girlfriends and friendship!!  It's perfect for those thinking of you and you're so special kind of cards for all the amazing people in our lives!!  It features THREE sweet images plus SEVEN coordinating sentiments!!


This week our challenge hostess is TANGII!  And her challenge is ANYTHING GOES (as it always is during release week)!!   So create a card, scrapbook page or altered item with any stamp but if you use a Kraftin' Kimmie stamp you'll double your chances to WIN!!  Use any sketch, any design, any embellishments because Anything Goes!   Have some krafty fun and join us this week because we'd LOVE to see your KKS designs. We hope you can play along for your chance to WIN a $10 Gift Certificate to use on ANYTHING you want in the shop!!


For today's card, I used some fun My Girl paper from MME, and paired it with Bubblegum and Orange Fizz cardstock and buttons, and Berrylicious grosgrain and buttons from MFT. 



OH and here's another AMAZING PRIZE that Kimmie's giving away!!  Wanna WIN the ENTIRE February release??  Well, GO HERE to find out how!! It involves hanging out with us at our 
  LIVE ONLINE RELEASE PARTY!!!  Hope you can join us for all the fun and excitement and prizes TONIGHT beginning at 6pm EST!!  Hope you can come hang out with the me and Krafty Girls!




All the Krafty Girls and Guests listed below have lots of super FUN designs to show you featuring these awesome new stamps from Emilie!  And while you're hopping around, be sure to leave a comment because we are giving away a gift voucher!!!  You could WIN some Krafty $$$ to spend at the shop!!!! {This winner will be announced at the party tonight!}



Happy hoppin'!

Friday, February 13, 2015

Kraftin' Kimmie Peeks-Day Three!!

Hey everyone!!  Welcome back to day THREE of our FEBRUARY Kraftin' Kimmie Peeks!!!  Have you been enjoying the peeks so far??  All of our brand new rubber stamp sets will be released Saturday night!



 Today we are SO thrilled to share the newest set of elegant sentiments by artist BECKY PEARCE!  This set features some lovely words about friendship in beautiful fonts and is called HELLO, FRIEND!!  This set includes NINE lovely sentiments!



For my card today, I stamped my sentiment on white cardstock, then layered it with Pink Lemonade from MFT. I then used the Open Scalloped Doily Duo Die-namics to cut out my Black Licorice layer. I used Pink Lemonade grosgrain and buttons, Black Licorice buttons, and Sweet Tooth buttons. To finish, I used a spiral clip and some Michael's brads. My paper is from an MME Love paper pad.


 
Are you planning to join us for our  LIVE ONLINE RELEASE PARTY!!!  Hope you can join us for all the fun and excitement and prizes tomorrow night beginning at 6pm EST!!  Hope you can come hang out with the me and Krafty Girls!



All the Krafty Girls and Guests listed below have lots of super FUN designs to show you featuring these awesome new stamps from Becky!  And while you're hopping around, be sure to leave a comment because we are giving away a gift card!!!  You could WIN some Krafty $$$ to spend at the shop!!!! {This winner will be announced at the party tomorrow!}

Happy hoppin'!

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Kraftin' Kimmie Peeks-Day Two!


Hello again all!!  Welcome back to day TWO of our FEBRUARY Kraftin' Kimmie Peeks!!!  Have you been enjoying the peeks so far??  All of our brand new rubber stamp sets will be released Saturday night after the LIVE party!


 Today we are SO thrilled to share the newest set of fun literary characters by artist CHERYL GRANT!  This adorable set features our kids Huck Finn, Laura Ingalls and Pippi Longstocking and is called BOOK PALS!!  This fun set includes THREE main images plus FIVE sweet sentiments!!



For my card today, I used the gorgeous new Laura Ingalls image. I haven't done paper piecing in a very long time, so I decided to paper piece her dress and her hat using some MME paper. My cardstock is Kraft, White 110 from Michael's, Brick Red, and Banana Split from Bazzill. The buttons I used are from MFT, and are Kraft, Brick Red, and Lemon Drop, and I used hemp cord through them.  To finish, I added brads, and attached my sentiment using a spiral clip.




 Are you planning to join us for our  LIVE ONLINE RELEASE PARTY!!!  Hope you can join us for all the fun and excitement and prizes Saturday night beginning at 6pm EST!!  Hope you can come hang out with the me and Krafty Girls!





All the Krafty Girls and Guests listed below have lots of super FUN designs to show you featuring these awesome new stamps from Cheryl!  And while you're hopping around, be sure to leave a comment because we are giving away a gift card!!!  You could WIN some Krafty $$$ to spend at the shop!!!! {This winner will be announced at the party!}

Happy hoppin'!!

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Kraftin' Kimmie Peeks, Day One!



Hiya krafty friends!!!  Welcome to Day ONE of the Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps   FEBRUARY 2015 previews!!!  I'm SO excited to share the new Moonlight Whispers stamp sets by Annie Rodrigue!!  SO many of you have been asking for this theme
.....and we aim to please!!  ;)

Today the Krafty Girls and guests are thrilled to share with you two totally magical new stamp sets from The Lord of the Rings books!!  If you are familiar with these books and movies, you'll easily recognize GANDALF and GALADRIEL!!!   You'll find so many amazing creations on today's hop featuring both new images and sentiments from these fabulous new sets!  



For my card today, I used the gorgeous new Galadriel image inspired by the Lord of the Rings books, which I adore. She was colored on X-Press It blending card, and then cut out. I used only Michael's white 110lb cardstock for my base, and paired it with an MME paper pad from the Lost and Found series. I used several MFT Die-namics including the Royal Rose Die-namics, and the Mini Royal Rose Die-namics. For the background, I used the Oval Decorative Doily Duo Die-namics. I finished my card off with some brads.




 Below you will find all the Krafty Girls and Guests who have goodies to show you today and while you're visiting their blogs, be sure to leave some love at each stop because one lucky stamper is going to WIN some $$ to the Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps Shop!!  Woohoo!!!




ALL of our FEBRUARY stamps will be available on Saturday night at the Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps Shop!!!  Be sure to join us for an hour of celebrating the new stamp sets, fun and prizes on Saturday evening at our LIVE ONLINE RELEASE PARTY!!  Come hang out with the Krafty Girls, Guests and me!!

Happy hoppin'!