Monday, January 9, 2017

Cinderella never asked for...


Check out the beautiful new collection called Metropolitan Girl from Carta Bella! Its trendy and fun and frilly!!! All the details can be found on the Echo Park Paper Blog.

And that sentiment is SO funny! Perfect to send to a friend who needs a giggle. :D

thanks for stopping by!

kimberly

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Friday, January 6, 2017

Good Things Jar


Didn't expect me back so soon, did you?! Well, file this project under the category of something my family was excited about! Yes!! Combining my love for them AND paper crafting! Whoop!

Scrapbook and Cards Today Magazine shared this wonderful idea on their Facebook page. The idea showed a jar and paper. The paper is for writing down the good things that happen during the year. Then, store them all the jar until New Year's Eve. On that night, take them out and read them as a family. What a wonderful way to record your great moments and to look back at all the wonderful things that happened!


So, as I was strolling through the Dollar Spot at Target (ok, I went to Target specifically for the Dollar Spot, its a weakness) I saw this adorable jar with a wooden top. I knew it would be perfect for our Good Things Jar!

I decorated the front and top of the jar with Magical Adventure collection papers and stickers from Echo Park paper. The words were perfect and the colors even better as gold and reds dominate our house decor! 


The boys are excited about this idea too. The jar is sitting by the kitchen and I cannot wait for the first "Good Thing" that we get to put in the jar! 

I hope this inspires you to create your own "Good Things" jar! Any jar will do, plain, or fancy! Maybe your kiddos would even love to decorate a jar! Enjoy savoring those happy moments!

thanks for stopping by!

kimberly

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Wednesday, January 4, 2017

updates and changes

Its been pretty quiet here on the old blog lately. Life has a way of doing that sometimes, doesn't it? Over the last several weeks my family's need for me has grown. Frankly, its been growing for some time, but I like to carry on as if I am super woman and can do it all. Truth is, I cannot. Especially with my health. This past summer my health took a nose dive and my rheumatoid arthritis got the better of me. Because I wasn't taking care of myself. Not a good plan. Making better choices for me is a priority in the new year. Our beautiful son is also keeping us busy. Not only does he swim USA Swim all year long, once school started, he added band, choir, and robotics. He also made an honor choir and has been nominated for honor band. He also made Team Iowa for the Midwest All-Stars for swimming. Its a huge honor and speaks to how hard he works at everything he does. (I might know where this comes from... :D) He is truly amazing. With all these opportunities comes the responsibility on us to get him from place to place. I also inevitably end up helping out at each activity, another task that I am grateful to be able to do! He will be ours for such a short time. We will blink and he will be off to college and the beginning of his adult life. Life moves so quickly, I do not want any regret when he does leave the nest. As I was getting busier and busier, the moments of regret were happening often, chipping away at my heart, pounding the guilt into my brain. Twice over the last month the doctors have told us that my Grandma would not survive until the morning. We have said tearful good-byes, but then have been greeted with joyful moments that we did not imagine we would have. I spent one of the most beautiful and gut-wrenching days of my life with her at Christmas. Holding her hand. Knowing that she is failing. Embracing the moments, by being in the moment. Feeling the happiness and the pain. Which brings me once again to look at my life. To realize how fleeting our days are. To acknowledge that this is all temporary. I need to find a balance. To find how I live in each and every moment with my family, but also find a way to use my gifts. My love for paper crafting is real. My passion for teaching others runs deep. But for now, its time to step back and re-evaluate.

Because of all of this, I have left My Favorite Things and the Echo Park/Carta Bella teams. Not an easy decision. It has been one of the tougher choices I have ever made. When you love the people you work for and with, and you love the product, ugh, it hurts. These two companies have been unbelievably supportive, caring, understanding, and more wonderful than I could have hoped. It was an honor to be a part of their teams for two years.

I am going to stay with the We R Memory Keepers team because I do want to stay in the industry. The drive to create is still inside. My time is much less in demand with them, and for that, I am grateful. I look forward to sharing more fun projects from them over the next year.

I am NOT going away. Just slowing down a bit. Taking time to figure it all out.Things will be quieter here off and on. Stop over to my Instagram account to see what's happening. Taking a quick photo with my phone is an easy way for me to share, or over-share sometimes. :D My account is kimberlystamps.

Happy New Year and all the best to you and yours for 2017!!

thanks, as always, for stopping by!

kimberly

Sunday, December 18, 2016

Advent Calendar Extravaganza with Taheerah Atchia



Advent Calendar Extravaganza is -the- festive event of the season! This ‘hop with a twist’ was dreamed up by Taheerah Atchia and features surprise destinations each day! Joining in the fun with Taheerah are ONE HUNDRED special guests - each serving up some fantastic Christmas inspiration! Just like an Advent Calendar, you’ll never know where you’re going to be visiting next until you ‘open the door’!

And that’s not all! With 25 *amazing* sponsors taking part as guests as well, your crafty wish list is bound to get a boost with a chance to win a prize EVERY SINGLE DAY!!

Join in the fun every day at taheerah-atchia.com to see what special surprises await behind the door!


Hello everyone! I am excited to be joining along with this clever, seasonal blog hop! There are so many great prizes up for grabs, plus tons of inspiration! I know you will enjoy being linked up to the fun. So grab a cuppa something warm, a blanket, and get lost in all the holiday beauty!


Today's sponsor is Honey Bee Stamps. They have a wonderful sense of style with a country chic touch. As I start Bible journaling this year, I know that I will be using a ton of their images! Delicate and thoughtful, Melissa's heart for the Lord shines through in all her artwork. 

When I saw the set, Joy to the World, I knew it was the one I wanted to use to make a beautiful Christmas card. This set celebrates the reason for the season, Jesus. And brings back wonderful memories of Christmas hymns sung year after year. After stamping and heat embossing the image in detail gold powder, I needed to create a background.


Bring in the set, Country Wreath! Not only does this set make amazing wreaths, but the images can be used in many different ways! I stamped the star image repeatedly on vellum, then heat embossed it with the same detail gold powder I used on the sentiment. Simple, elegant, and shares the meaning of Christmas. Perfect.

It’s not a party without a prize - and with prizes every day there are several chances to win! Today’s prize is generously supplied by Honey Bee Stamps so you’ll definitely want to win! Simply leave a comment on this post - then head back to taheerah-atchia.com and leave a comment there too! You must leave a comment on Taheerah’s blog as well as mine in order to be eligible to win! Don’t forget to grab the other surprise destinations from Taheerah’s blog and head over to them to leave comments there as well to improve your odds even more! You have until 23:59 EST on 31st December 2016 to enter.

Don’t forget Advent Calendar Extravaganza runs from 1st-25th December inclusive so make sure you visit taheerah-atchia.com every day for fabulous inspiration and amazing prizes every single time! Merry Christmas!

thanks for stopping by!

kimberly

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Thursday, December 15, 2016

Christmas Frame Decor


Hi everyone! Today I am sharing a fun Christmas home decor project. It is part of a collaboration between Echo Park Paper and Details 2 Enjoy. You already know how fantastic the papers and dies from Echo Park are, but it is fun to pair them with these incredibly clever Pocket Frames from Details 2 Enjoy.

Pocket Frames come in different sizes, but what is cool about them is the fact that you can change the insides around. Details 2 Enjoy carries different shaped openings, allowing you to change the frame for the seasons! The top of the frame is magnetic, making the switch easy! 


From the moment I saw the buffalo plaid print in the Christmas Delivery collection, my project came to life. Hello, buffalo plaid! Let me count the ways I love thee! :D On the hexagon piece of MDF, I adhered the paper, cutting it away from the edges. Once the edges were trimmed, I sanded off the edges to add some distress and age. The back panel of the Pocket Frame was covered with black cardstock. I spread white ink all over it, for more distressing and to create a more realistic chalkboard look.


Then I began die cutting-tons of leaves, vines, and branches. Because it was a Christmas project, some of the branches needed to be snow covered. At first I thought about adding white embossing powder and heat it up, but then I got smart and realized that if I sanded off the top layer of color from the patterned paper, it would look even better! Keep that trick handy in your back pocket! 

To the brown branches, I added metallic enamel dots. The gold and silver brought shine and coordinated nicely with the glitter pine cone I placed in the center of the branches.


I finished things off with a large journaling card and a few stickers. Now this piece sits in our home and I love that I added something that I made!

thanks for stopping by!

kimberly

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Sunday, November 27, 2016

FREE project idea book from Echo Park Paper!


Happy Thanksgiving! I hope that you had a wonderful holiday with friends and family! I wanted to share this adorable fox card with you. Its made from Designer Dies from Echo Park Paper! Seriously! Such a cool layered image! Did you know that Echo Park and Carta Bella offer a FREE downloadable idea book? Yep! And it is full of serious eye candy. Head to their website now and check out the latest edition, Holiday Idea Book 2016!

thanks for stopping by!

kimberly

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Tuesday, November 22, 2016

creating paper tassels - video tutorial


Did you know that Scrapbook.com has articles?! I didn't! Not only is it a great place to shop online, but they also have great ideas to share! I am thrilled to be included in their latest article, 

For other great articles, visit their website and find the Articles tab at the top.


These paper tassels were created with MFT Stamps Mini Fringe Die-namics. Fun, easy, and so trendy! How fun would these be on a Christmas package?!?!

Check out the video tutorial I filmed on how to create your own paper tassles! To watch, simply click the triangle in the middle of the image.



thanks for stopping by!

kimberly

Monday, November 21, 2016

adorable snowman card making


The I Love Winter collection from Echo Park Paper is just plain adorable! Visit the 
Echo Park Paper Blog for more on how to create this sweet snowman card!

thanks for stopping by!

kimberly

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