Saturday, May 6, 2023

I'm Moving!

Hi friends! 

I am so excited to share that I am moving... to a new website, that is! 

I have a new website that houses my blog, but also I will be able to set up an online shop for those that wish to purchase my cards. 

Please be patient with me as I figure it all out!  I am not a techie, so am feeling a bit challenged! 

I will post on both sites for a short time longer, but will be converting solely over to the new site at the beginning of March! 

Please head over to Kim Kreates and make sure to subscribe to my email notifications to keep an eye on my new creations!  (I have some exciting stuff coming in March!)

Thank you so much for all of your support! It means the world! 

Xoxo, Kim

Friday, March 10, 2023

Happy St. Patty's Day!

Hi friends!  Today, I am sharing a fun St. Patty's Day card that I created using the new Artful Angel Leapin' Leprechauns stamp set!   

When I saw this little bugger peeking to the side, I knew that I wanted to make a book fold card with him on the edge that doesn't open. 
I got to work coloring him along with a bunch of shamrocks with Copic markers and cut them out. 
I remembered that I had some St. Patty's themed paper from Sonoran Desert Crafts that would be a perfect match, so I pulled it out and added it to the opposite panel. 
I arranged the sentiment stamp in my Misti to make it arch and I heat embossed it.  I made a green and white bow that I applied sideways on the card front and then popped the sentiment up on foam dots. 

St. Patrick's Day is the day that my mom found out that she was pregnant with me, so it has always been a special day for us.  I was 100% thinking of her when I made this card! 
I hope that you love this little fella as much as I do! 
Please check out the entire line of Artful Angel stamps in the shop
Thanks so much for hanging out with me for a few minutes! 
Xoxo,  Kim

Friday, March 3, 2023

Dreaming of Sand & Surf!

 Hi friends!  I am here to share a fun 3-D project that I created using the adorable Happy Beach Critters Stamps and Coordinating Dies from Prickley Pear Stamps.

This is a pop-up shadow-box card that stands on its own and has the cutest little scene inside, but it folds completely flat for mailing. 

I colored the cute little critters with Copic Markers and used the coordinating dies to cut them out.   I assembled the card.  I used some beach themed digital papers for the inside panel, which I tore to create the uneven shoreline.  I adhered the images to acetate and placed them strategically so that they would pop up and out at different heights and depths.
I created a banner for the sentiment which I embellished with a life preserver brad and then adhered it to the card front.  I also created a fun; ratty gingham bow that I embellished with a sunshine brad. 

I can't even tell you how much I love this little card!  I hope it inspires you to get crafty and try something new! 

You can find these little darlings in the shop here!

Thanks so much for spending a few minutes with me! 
Xoxo, Kim

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Tuesday, February 28, 2023

Joy & Peace!

 Hi crafty friends!  Today, I am up on the Prickley Pear Blog with another fun card that I created using the new Peace Collection from Prickley Pear Stamps that was released earlier this week.  This time, I wanted to create a hippie themed mini slimline card, so I focused more on neon colors (a first for me)!

I pulled out my fluorescent Copic markers and worked on finding some color blends that would work (I think I nailed it) and then I set about coloring the images.  Once I was done, I cut them out and set them aside.
I paired a fun tie-dye digital paper with some colored strips and adhered them to my card base.  I added a die-cut heart and a loopy bow and then arranged the images on my card front. 

This card was really out of my comfort zone, but I had SO much fun creating it!  I hope you are inspired to get crafty!   Make sure to head to the shop and check out the new release!  You will not be disappointed! 

Thank you so much for spending a few minutes of your busy day with me!

Xoxo, Kim

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Saturday, February 25, 2023

Love for the Bride & Groom!

 Hi friends!  Kat Scrappiness has an amazing new mini-release today and we are celebrating with an Instagram Hop! 

I created this beautiful wedding card using the new Bride and Groom Dies.

I die-cut all of the pieces for the groom's tuxedo from shimmery card stocks and set them aside. I die-cut the wedding dress from shimmery card stock and ran it through an embossing folder from my stash and also set them aside.
I used the A2 Quilted Backdrop Die and die-cut a panel from the same shimmery white card stock that I used on the dress and adhered it to the card front.  
I added a nest of teal metallic embroidery thread to the card front and I assembled the tuxedo and dress, adhering them to the card.  I used the Love You Word w/ Shadow Die to die-cut "Love" from the teal shimmery card stock and added it to the front.  Lastly, I added a bow of iridescent white ribbon.

Make sure to join us on Instagram and hop along with us for a chance to win a gift certificate to the shop

Thanks so much for spending a few minutes of your busy day with me! 

Xoxo, Kim

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Arigato (Thanks)!

Hello friends!  Today, I am sharing a sweet card that I created for the February Artful Angel Instagram Hop! 

Did you know that Artful Angel carries The Greeting Farm stamps in the shop?  They are some of my absolute faves, so I was so excited to get to use the darling Anya in Japan stamp set. 

I colored Anya using Copic markers and added some white accents with a gel pen before cutting her out.

I also colored up a few of the cherry blossom branches, the origami bird and dragonfly before cutting them out. 

I used the Stitched Scalloped Borders Dies from Kat Scrappiness and die-cut several panels from solid card stock and digital papers.  I layered everything up, stamped the sentiment and created a banner and added a loopy bow behind the origami bird. 

This was a really fun card to create!  Truthfully, any time I get to use The Greeting Farm stamps is a happy day!  I hope you will join us over on Instagram for a fun hop with the rest of the Design Team! 
Thanks so much for stopping by! 
Xoxo, Kim

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Friday, February 24, 2023

Cowgirl Love!

  Happy Friday, friends!  Today, I am sharing a card that I had SO much fun creating!  I recently hosted a Mystery Craft Along with some of my favorite friends, and I taught them a variation on the Twisted Ribbon Technique.  I had so much fun with it, that I wanted to try it with washi tape rather than paper, and this time I used the traditional technique.

I love the Glitter Washi Tapes so much, so I decided to pair the Black and Hot Pink to create the Twisted Ribbon Panel.  I die-cut a black and pink banner and paired it with this adorable cowgirl image (colored with Copic markers) from The Greeting Farm that I received at Jennifer Dove's Boot Camp. 

I die-cut the sentiment from a die in my stash and adhered it to the card front.  To complete my card, I added a silver metallic bow to the hot pink paper flower, and then added one of the beautiful new Rose Brads.

I hope you love this card too!
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Thank you so much for hanging out with me! 

Xoxo, Kim