Sunday, December 27, 2015

Year in Rewind - Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps (some of my favorites)

Hello friends! Hope that you had the most wonderful 
Christmas ever and are looking forward to the start of 
a brand new year!! I enjoyed a wonderful Christmas
with both of my kids home and a  healthy family. 
As I look back over 2015 it has been a mixed bag
 of good and not so good events (suppose that's pretty typical).  
I am looking forward to closing out the year on a good note
and praying that 20-16 is an awesome year for me
and each and every one of you!

One of the good things for me in 2015 was the opportunity 
to be first a guest designer and then a full-fledged
Krafty Girl for Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps!  
What a wonderful opportunity this has been!
If you go visit the Kraftin' Kimmie challenge blog
you'll see that there is this fabulous post called 
the Year in Rewind where each of the Krafty Girls 
shares a couple of their favorite creations with you.  

Here's just a couple of my favorites:
This is from I {Heart} Coffee and it's 25% Off until 12/31/15
I Love Love Love the huge mug of coffee.  I wouldn't mind starting
my day like that each Monday :o).  This is a great set for coloring
and paper piecing too.  

And this card uses two different stamp sets
Snow Much Love (on Sale 30% off) by artist Cheryl Grant.
This set has some adorable animal pals to go along with
the always sweet Lexi, Lucas and Lulu. 
I also used Birthday Trinkets (on Sale 30% off) which 
work terrific with 3 different size circle punches.  

In case you didn't know... and in case Santa didn't bring you 
all the crafty goodies that you wanted (wink wink) there is a 
HUGE Boxing Week Sale going on at Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps
where ALL the stamps in the Store are 10% - 60% off.  
Many of the rubber stamp sets are on a limited quantity
basis and won't be restocked so grab your favorites while you 
can.  Oh and there's free shipping for orders of $100 or more!!'s a few more of my favorite stamp sets (sorry I just can't resist):

Cave Kids (on Sale 40% off)

Oh Snap! (on Sale 25% off)

Smarty Pants (on Sale 30% off)

Wild and Crazy Guys (on Sale 30% off) off I go to a birthday party for my niece.  Thanks so much 
for popping in to visit me today.   Hugs! D

Saturday, December 19, 2015

My Time to Craft #311 - Last Minute Christmas Make

Merry (almost) Christmas friends!
Are you ready?  Have you done your shopping
and wrapping and partying?  I'm close - maybe after 
today I'll be able to relax a bit more and enjoy the
last few days before Christmas. 
The theme this week at MY TIME TO CRAFT
is "Last Minute Christmas Make"
to give you an opportunity to put together that
one (or two) last Christmas card or project.

I made this Christmas card by only using extra
parts and papers (except for the card base) that were
laying on my craft table from previous projects 
(or projects on which I changed my mind and used 
something else instead - hehe). Since everything 
was already stamped, punched, die cut and ready to go
this card came together really quickly 
(LOVE when that happens).

Mostly white cards are difficult to photograph - hope
you can still see most of the details. 

Pop in and see what the other lovely ladies at MTTC
have made to share with and inspire you.
You have plenty of time to link up and join us.
Hope to see your Last Minute Christmas make in our gallery.

Our next challenge will be on January 2nd.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you all!

Kraftin' Kimmie Saturday Challenge #311 - Food

Hello krafty friends!
It's almost Christmas - are you ready?
This is our last challenge of 2015 at
KRAFTIN' KIMMIE.  Then we will be
taking a break and be back at it in January 2016
(wow that seems odd to see 2016 and know it's nearly here!)
with another fabulous year of new releases
and amazing clear stamps!

Our hostess is Krafty Girl Elisabete and her theme
for this challenge is Food!  Ohhhh that's a good one
with the Christmas baking and the New Year's celebrations.
I'm sharing a card that I made using one of my new
favorite stamp sets called ONE CUP AT A TIME

This looks like a yummy treat to me.  I'd love to be
enjoying it by a roaring fire with good book in my lap.
Ahhhh heavenly thought :o)

We always enjoy your creations so be sure to submit them 
so you can have a chance to WIN a $20 gift card to the Shop! 
Show us your stuff!! In keeping in line with the rest of our challenges 
(Wonderful Wednesday and our NEW Krafty Scrappy Challenge), 
we will be drawing one winner per month from all Saturday Challenge
 entries to win a $20 gift card!! You can enter as many times per month as you'd like!
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 January 1st at 11:55 pm EST to get your entries in!

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! Hugs D 

Friday, December 18, 2015

Sketch Saturday #392

Happy Saturday friends and followers!
It's time for another Sketch Saturday 
and this time the challenge will run for 
two weeks to give everyone plenty of time
to enjoy the festivities of the Christmas holidays
AND still play along with the challenge.

Our sponsor this week is 

Here's Sketch #392

I made my card an A2 size (instead of square) and flipped the 
orientation of the sketch - take a look :o)
Meowy Christmas by Bugaboo Stamps

I have some last minute shopping to do tomorrow and
absolutely MUST address my cards and get to the post
office.  Not sure why everything has fallen to the last minute
this year but it has so I shall deal with it :o)

I  hope that each and every one of you have the most
blessed Christmas and a Happy New Year!
See you in 2016! Hugs D

Bugaboo Freebie Friday (Dec 18th) - Catch The Bug Challenge Blog

Hello and happy Friday!!
Isn't it odd how some weeks drag and some just fly by?
This was one of those weeks that flew! 
Probably because Christmas is so close and I am not
really ready yet.  This weekend will have to be my last hurrah :o)

Friday's are wonderful for lots of reasons.  One of them is
that Jodie from Bugaboo releases a FUN new digital image
on Fridays that you can grab from the store and make your
own fabulous creation!  Here's today's new release called
"Christmas Prim stocking" on a card by yours truly :o)
I decided not to use my usual bright colors and go with 
a more earthy feel this time.  I'm happy with how it turned out. 

I'd like to enter this card in the following challenges:
Creative Knockouts #120 Winged Wonders
Penny's Paper Crafty Challenges #258 - anything goes
Cute Card Thursday #404 - Stars

Please go grab this adorable freebie from the Bugaboo Stamps store
and make him your own. We'd love to see what you create with it.  
You could enter Stella Says Sketch #320 using it 
up until 6 am on January 3rd.  

Thanks so much for stopping in to visit,  
Merry Christmas hugs! D 

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Kraftin' Kimmie Wonderful Wednesday - Dec 16th, 2015

Hello sweet friends and followers!
It's Wonderful Wednesday time at KRAFTIN' KIMMIE!

We hope you can play along! As's ANYTHING GOES! 
 Break out your Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps and get krafty!!

I made this card recently for the 2015 Winter/Holiday Coffee Lovers Hop
(Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps is a sponsor of this event) which runs from 
December 11th to the 18th.  

The cup and sentiment are from the NEW Clear stamp set 
called ONE CUP AT A TIME. This one speaks to me I
tell you with my love of coffee, tea and cocoa!! 

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 name it!
 It must be a NEW creation though & you have until January 5th
 to get your entry in! There's a fabulous prize up for grabs - just saying! 

Whew...we just finished the most fabulous week of peeks 
for the amazing NEW December Stamp sets (now available
in the Krafty Store).  You could buy your own Christmas pressie
and put it under the tree from "Santa Baby" LOL!!

If you hurry and get your favorites you might even have time to 
use them and play along with us this time.  Just think of the FUN! 

Thanks for stopping by to visit me today! Merry Christmas!

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Catch the Bug - New Release Tuesday and Stella Says Sketch #320

Hello friends and followers, hope you are doing well!
Today is Tuesday which means it's a NEW RELEASE day

This one is so cute and perfect for those last minute
Christmas cards - take a peek:
See what I mean...ADORABLE!
 I used Stella Says Sketch #320 for my layout. 

This is our last official challenge of 2015 at Catch the Bug Challenges.
The Stella Says Sketch #320 will be open until January 3rd so you 
have time to go grab the NEW Release or the Freebie from
Friday and play along with us.  You could WIN a prize!
How you ask? Well....keep reading to see. 
Enter up to 3 times a project using the above Stella Says Sketch sketch. 
If you use a Bugaboo Image, you could WIN 10, 7 or 4 Bugaboo Images
 of your choice. We LOVE to see what you do with your Bugaboos! 
If you NEED a Bugaboo Stamp to use, head on over to the store and get
this weeks Friday Freebie! If you have a wonderful NON-Bugaboo Image
 you want to use, you’ll be eligible for 7 or 4 Bugaboo Stamps Images
 of your choice if you’re one of our winners! 
All entries must be new, follow the sketch and be named and 
linked to our challenge.  Easy peasy right?! 

I hope the you will join us!  Merry, Merry Christmas 
and big hugs from me to you! D  

Monday, December 14, 2015

2015 Winter/Holiday Coffee Lovers Blog Hop - Kraftin' Kimmie Sponsor

Oh hello there!  Hope you've been having a wonderful 
and not too hectic December so far!  I can't believe how fast
the time is whooshing by! It's crazy that soon it will
be a new year again.  Yikes!

Before that happens my favorite thing to do is find time
to have a cup of coffee with my friends and just celebrate
being together.  My son will be home for Christmas soon 
and he is a HUGE coffee fan (I started him quite early in 
life - accidentally of course).  I am looking forward to having 
a visit with him in our favorite coffee shop together and enjoying
one of their custom crafted and delicious latte creations!  
My heart beats happier just thinking about it! 

You might know that I am fortunate to be a Krafty Girl and design
for Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps who is one of the fabulous sponsors of the

I made a card to share with you that celebrates my love of coffee
 and my son using ONE CUP AT A TIME from Kraftin' Kimmie
for the hop.  Take a look - I hope you like!
I stamped and colored the main image on a piece of 
kraft paper using copic markers and a white sharpie pen. 
The papers are by My Mind's Eye - Sleigh Ride
the snowflakes and dots are from Stampin' Up!

I'd like to also enter this in the following challenges:
Craft Your Passion Challenges #292 Always Anything Goes
Fab n Funky Challenges #282 - Snowflakes
Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenges #259 anything goes Christmas
CAS-ual Chic Challenges #6 - Snowflakes
Holly Jolly Christmas challenges - Merry Christmas
Fusion Challenges - Season's Greetings
(my inspiration was from the photo colors mainly
but also the sketch - but loosely)

I'm off to see what others have made in the
Coffee Lovers Hop. Thanks so much for stopping by 
to visit me.  Merry, Merry Christmas and may
your cup always be full of good cheer.  
Hugs! D

Saturday, December 12, 2015

Kraftin' Kimmie December NEW Release - BLOG HOP

It's blog hop day at KRAFTIN' KIMMIE STAMPS
All week long the Krafty Girls have been sharing lots of LOVE-ly creations 
featuring all the new stamp sets from the December Release!
ALL of these fabulous new CLEAR Stamp sets will be released this 
afternoon after the LIVE ONLINE RELEASE PARTY!! 
The festivities begin at 2 pm EST with lots of fun, inspiration and prizes! 
Then ALL the NEW clear stamp sets will be released about 3pm EST
 at the Kraftin’Kimmie shop! 
We know these stamps will inspire you to make your own lovely creations!

Let's recap shall we.... 
There are two amazing sets from artist, Becky Pearce

Here's a sweet set for those little stars in your life by 
artist, Cheryl Grant  called YOU LIFT ME UP

 Then there's a far out set from artist Emilie Goulet called YOU'RE NIFTY

 And lastly came that beautiful couple from artist, Annie Rodrigue
 that we've been waiting so long's BEAUTY and THE BEAST!

Oh boy....wasn't it a wonderful new release month!!

Here's my card for you today featuring Lulu from 

I used the KKS December sketch for my card. 
If you need a little extra inspiration you can use it too
for your own fabulous creation this week. 

Thanks so much for popping in to visit me! 
Happy hoppin' and shoppin'!

Kraftin' Kimmie December NEW Release Peeks DAY FIVE - Beauty

Ahhhhh hang on to your hats friends...
you are gonna be blown away by today's NEW release 

It's a tale as old as time and there's a Beauty and a BEAST!!

We have been asked SO many times for this theme and we are finally
able to share the TWO new GORGEOUS sets from artist Annie Rodrigue!
 It's BEAUTY and THE BEAST! East set includes the amazing main image
 in fabulous detail! The set featuring BELLE includes one sentiment plus a
fabulous rose archway image! The BEAST set includes FIVE perfectly 
coordinating sentiments!! They are FABULOUS!

This week our challenge hostess at Kraftin Kimmie  is Martha 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. You have a week to play with this challenge
and at the end of the month, we'll announce a WINNER from all
of the weekly challenges for December! We hope you can play along for
your chance to WIN a $20 Gift Certificate to use on ANYTHING
you want in the shop!! Wanna win??

Here's my card to share with you today using Beauty

 I added some distressing and some frantage (2 things I seldom
do together for some reason) and I'm so happy with how it turned out!

I'd like to enter this in the following challenges:
Crafting from the Heart #89 anything goes
Craft Your Passion Challenges #291 - Anything Goes

Be sure to join us for all the fun and excitement and prizes
TOMORROW beginning at 2pm EST at
Happy hoppin! D

Sketch Saturday #391 and Catch the Bug Challenges "Penguin Parade"

Hello friends! Today I have a dual DT post
where the theme is "Penguin Parade" 

So as you can probably guess I've used the sketch for the
design of my card and featured some adorable penguins
from Bugaboo Stamps (Peace love joy penguins):

Here's the fabulous sketch

I'd like to enter this card in the following challenges:
Come and Get It Challenges - Merry Christmas
The Corrosive Challenge Blog #239 Merry Christmas

I hope that you will decide to join us at both of these challenges this 
week!  I'm going to spend the rest of my weekend trying to get some
Christmas shopping and wrapping done.  Oh...and I guess I'd better
get my Christmas cards addressed and sent out too.  So much to do
Better get busy!  Thanks for visiting! See you soon! D

Friday, December 11, 2015

Kraftin' Kimmie December NEW Release Peeks DAY FOUR - You Lift Me Up!

Oh my goodness....didn't I tell you how fabulous the NEW
releases for December are?  I bet you can't wait to see what 
DAY FOUR of the peeks at KRAFTIN' KIMMIE
have in store.  Well...let me not keep you in suspense any longer

The new set called "YOU LIFT ME UP!" by artist Chery Grant
is a definite must have (are you singing that song in your head
right now?  I am!).  It features Lucas and Lulu and a couple furry 
friends with some fab sentiments

I used Lucas today as an inspirational card for
a young man - take a peek!
Isn't this just too sweet for words?  
Usually just can't go wrong with stamps designed by Cheryl! 

All the brand new CLEAR stamp sets will be released on Sunday afternoon!
Are you excited? Are you coming to the LIVE ONLINE RELEASE PARTY?
The fun begins at 2pm EST on Sunday afternoon and we'll be celebrating
 the new stamp sets with fun and prizes! Woohoo! 

Catch the Bug Challenges "Christmas Chaos - Freebie Friday w/BINGO"

Ho Ho Ho Hello!!!
Are you ready for another fun Christmas Chaos challenge

I sure hope so 'cause its a goodie!
A BINGO board full of lots of options
that are perfect for a Christmas creation.

There's also a new Freebie Friday image that you
can go grab and use for this challenge.  Who doesn't love Freebies?

For my card I used the Freebie and the top row of
Snowflake, Silver and Bling

I'd like to enter this in the following challenges:
Creative Card Crew 102 Holiday Season
Holly Jolly Christmas Challenges - Merry Christmas "Anything Goes"
Fab N Funky Challenges #285- Snowflakes

There's still time for you to add your own fabulous creations to 
Days 1 - 6 of the challenges.  And you can join this one too! 
Did I mention that there's a fabulous grand prize and prizes for each
daily challenge?  Go to the main blog HERE to check it out! 

Thanks so much for stopping by to visit me! 
Hugs D

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Kraftin' Kimmie December NEW Release Peeks DAY THREE - You're Nifty

Hello again!  So happy you are here to see 
what I have to share with you for DAY THREE of 
the December NEW Release peeks at 
Today's stamp set is so sweet I can hardly stand it!
It's called "YOU'RE NIFTY" and it's definitely adorable!
Artist Emilie Goulet has designed an uber cute set of kids on a date at the local malt shop.
This set could be used for anyone of any age! The set includes the main image
 of this sweet couple plus SEVEN perfectly coordinating sentiments!

Here's my card using this sweet little duo

Wonder what they find so amusing? They sure are having fun.
It makes me think of my parents dating in the 50s.

I'd like to enter this in the following challenges:
Papertake Weekly - Fun, Fun, Fun
Penny's Paper-Crafty Challenges #257 - Anything Goes
Craft Your Passion Challenges #291 - Always Anything goes

Remember all the new sets we're sharing this week will be released on Sunday afternoon!
See you tomorrow with another peek! Hugs D

Catch the Bug Challenges "Christmas Chaos Day Six - Oldie but Goodie w/Christmas wrapping"

Hello friends! Welcome back to DAY Six of the
Christmas Chaos celebration and challenges
 What a fabulous week it's been so far.  Such amazing
creations showing up in the galleries (I'm just starting to
get around for comments) and the DT has really been
rocking it too with their inspirations. 

Today the challenge is "Oldie But Goodie w/Christmas wrapping"
so I've used some images to make tags for my gifts to family
and friends using Christmas tags - ginger

I'd like to enter this in the following challenges:
613 Avenue Create #153 Anything Goes w/twist of bags, tags. boxes...
Clear it Out Challenges Theme: Anything Goes / Stash: Anything Goes
(the ribbons are from my very old stash).
Crafty Creations - #304 Happy Holidays
Simon Says Wednesday Challenges - Tag it!

Soooooo what will you make for this challenge as a Christmas wrapping?
A gift bag, a gift box, a set of tags, a wrapping sheet??
I can't wait to see!!

I'll be back tomorrow with another creation so stay tuned!!

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Kraftin' Kimmie December NEW Release Peek Day ONE - Love Chemistry

Oh my goodness the December NEW Release peeks are starting today

Day ONE features a spec-tacular new CLEAR stamp set by artist, Becky Pearce.
It's called LOVE CHEMISTRY. This set has eye glasses, beakers, adorable faces
and more plus four adorable coordinating sentiments for a total of 15 stamps!

I've been so excited to share this new stamp set!  I know you are
gonna love them as much as I do.  So many wonderful ways
this stamp set can be used. You'll see what I mean after you go
visit the other Krafty Girls today too (see links below)!! 

Here's my card today (I made my own background - EEEEK!)

I stamped the background using one of the stamps and then 
embossed in white.  Next I sponged red ink all over the panel and
wiped off the excess ink from the embossed parts.   Love how it turned out! 

Below you will find links to the blogs of all the Krafty Girls and Guests
 who have goodies to show you today.  While you're visiting their blogs 
be sure to leave some love at each stop because one lucky stamper
 from all the comments this week is going to WIN some $$ 
to the Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps Shop! Whoo Hoo!

ALL of the clear DECEMBER stamp sets will be available on Sunday
 afternoon at the Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps Shop! Be sure to join us for an hour
 of celebrating the new stamp sets, fun and prizes on Sunday afternoon

Catch the Bug Challenges "Christmas Chaos - New Release w/recipe"

Howdy! If you are here to see what's happening for
DAY Four of the Christmas Chaos event at
then you are in luck as I have another 
creation to share with and inspire you today.

Tuesday's are NEW RELEASE days at 
Bugaboo and today is an adorable one.  
Here's today's challenge:

Here's what I did - hope you like it!

I'd like to enter this card in the following challenges:
52 Christmas Card Throwdown - Pick A Previous 2015 Challenge
(I used October 2015 - the Wild Woods)
If You Give a Crafter a Cookie #33 Photo
Just Us Girls #322 Word Week "Merry"

I hope that you will play along with us!  There's still time
for you to join in with Days 1, 2 and 3 also.  An awesome
GRAND PRIZE is up for grabs as are daily image winners.
(See details HERE).
Go go go and get Christmas Crafty!!!