Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Spellbinders August Large Die Kit of the Month

There isn't much better than getting new dies to play with, is there? Yes, I am a stamper, but there is something about using a die to cut a piece of paper that gets my creative juices flowing! The possibilities are truly endless when it comes to dies. Today I am sharing the Spellbinders August Large Die Kit of the Month. Spellbinders has fantastic options for their different kid clubs. If you love new products and especially new dies delivered to your door each month, visit their website for more information. You can find a link by clicking the names or by using the list at the bottom of this post.

How pretty is this image?! A flower and vines? Perfection! This intricate image can truly stand up on its own on a card. It really is a stunning focal point.

To help accentuate this gorgeous image, I created a background using my Color Block Stencils. The top was inked though the stencil. The rest of the layers were created by masking beyond the first line. I love the look! Its modern, elegant, timeless, and makes that die cut floral pop even more!

After die cutting the floral image from watercolor paper, I applied gold watercolor to the image. I used a smaller amount of water than normal because I wanted a more solid coverage. I also applied two coats of color, to cover up any white spots showing through.

The image was adhered with foam to more lift and life. A few sequins were also added for sparkle. I am obsessed with this color palette for fall, so yes, my next card is also the same colors. Why not go with what works, :D

When I get a new set of dies, I cut the image out several times. It allows me to move it, rearrange it, layer it, cut it, whatever to it. By doing that, I see what the die can do on a card. While playing around with more watercolored floral images, I saw that they came together, almost like a wreath.

I masked the background with Spellbinders Classic Ovals and inked in the same colors as above. Two floral images where adhered with foam, and again, those sequins in the perfect palette were added. I love the sequin in the center of the large flower, don't you?

I finished this elegant card of with a sentiment from my With All My Heart stamp set. It seemed like a wedding or anniversary card to me. So much warmth and rich color!

Speaking of anniversaries, today is our 19th wedding anniversary! Wow! Time does fly. But I can say, without a doubt, that I love my husband a little more each day. Its been a wonderful life so far! Looking back, its a beautiful thing to see our story unfold, and to see how God has held us and led us all these years. Here is to many more adventures together!

Sincerely Yours,
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Thursday, August 9, 2018

stamping on a layout - We R Memory Keepers Precision Press Advanced

Its a layout! Shocking I know! But, I did stamp on the layout, so that totally makes sense! In all seriousness, I really do love to scrapbook, so its nice when my assignments get me to do something different!

I used the newest tool from We R Memory Keepers called the Precision Press Advanced. Its a really great stamping tool! I paired it up with some mixed media products from Vicki Boutin and had a blast creating!

The Precision Press Advanced comes in two parts. The bottom is magnetic, has a grid, and has a surface with some grip. All along the bottom are pegs that will work in conjunction with the top piece. The top piece is clear and has holes along the edges. The top also has these fantastic soft and rubbery feet on the bottom. Allowing you to use only the top for great stamping results! 

By lining up the pegs on the bottom and the openings on the top, you can get a perfectly lined up stamped image every time. Not to mention when you don't get the image inked up all the way, you can re-stamp without double lines! 

On my layout, I painted lines and stripes onto mixed media paper. When you use paint, the paper can curl a bit. But, by placing the paper in the Precision Press Advanced, with the included magnets, the paper lays flat. Making your mixed media techniques work even better!

Visit the We R Memory Keepers blog today for all the details about this layout. Plus, I have some FABULOUS tips that you won't want to miss! I impressed myself with that little gem! :D

Sincerely Yours,
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Tuesday, July 31, 2018

customized gift wrap with the We R Memory Keepers Word Punch Board

We R Memory Keepers has THE COOLEST new punch board available! I know, I say that about all the tools, but really, this one is for everyone! From card-makers to scrapbookers to planners to anyone who loves crafts! The Word Punch Board comes with all 26 letters and is so easy to use! For my design team assignment last week, I created some customized gift wrap. While this is for a birthday, I think wrapping Christmas presents is going to be extra fun this year!

To add pizzazz to my store-bought gift bag, I punched the words happy birthday from white cardstock. I adhered it to the bag with foam to add extra depth.

I also made customized "ribbon" with more stripes of punched cardstock. Visit the We R Memory Keepers Blog for more details, ideas, and tips on using double letters!

Sincerely Yours,

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Wednesday, July 18, 2018

thinking of you - trendy and fast card with Color Blocks Stencils

I have been having more fun exploring all the possibilities with my new stencils from Papertrey Ink called Color Block Stencils. This set of 5 stencils allows you to create trendy color-blocked backgrounds for your cards instantly. OR you can use them to mix and match and create something unique like this card here!

Instead of laying the stencil over the A2 sized piece of cardstock in the basic way, I started at the top and alternated between the two images on the stencil, using the edge of the card stock as my guide. 

One thing I did need to be careful of was making sure that I cleaned the stencil between ink colors. That also included changing my foam ink applicator between ink colors as well.

 Within a few minutes I had a complete card! Being able to make a card quickly is ideal for me and our busy lives. Handmade, hearfelt, but quick. Yes!
Each of these stencils has a million possiblities! To see a series of quick videos, visit my Instagram page @kimberlystamps. You can access my page quickly by clicking on the image to the right on my blog border. Once there, click into my stories and look for Sincerely Yours. You will be amazed at the innovation in these stencils! I could not love them more! 

What have you been creating with Color Block Stencils? Share with me via email or tag me on social media, I would LOVE to see! :D

 Sincerely Yours,

Thursday, July 12, 2018

let's flamingle

Is there anything better than a punny card? Well, maybe a card with a flamingo! For this week's 
We R Memory Keepers design team project, I used the new Word Punch Board and Happy Jig. The new Word Punch Board will rock your card making, scrapbooking, and planner world!!! Any words you want, punched out from any papers you want. Yessssssss!
Feeling all beachy and summery, I knew I wanted to create a flamingo with the Happy Jig wire tool. The instructions for the flamingo come in the instruction booklet included in the tool. How cute is that?! Having this adorable embellishment required a great sentiment, but I did not have any stamps that worked. Which is where the Word Punch Board came in awfully handy. DIY sentiment. Whoop!

Add in some sand paper for the beach texture and you have one fun card to mail to someone! For more details, visit the We R Memory Keepers Blog.

P.S. I hope you are following me on Instagram the handle @kimberlystamps! I share so much there. With the stories feature, I try and share small clips of projects and tools, plus a ton about our garden and whatever else is happening. To make it super easy, there is a button you can click on the right side of my blog that will allow you to follow me instantly. I would LOVE to see you there! :D

Sincerly Yours,
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Tuesday, July 10, 2018

stamping on layouts: WRMK new Precision Press Advanced

Ok, so I know it is past the 4th of July, buuuuuut, I was hoping that maybe you had some amazing pictures from the holiday that you would want to scrapbook right away. And if you weren't planning on it right away, I hope the newest tool from We R Memory Keepers will inspire you to start!

My assignment for the design team last week was to create a patriotic layout. Easy enough with all the photos I have because the 4th of July is a huge deal in my hometown and we try to never miss it! Frankly, what is cuter than my son and my nephew in their matching shirts?! But what I didn't have was any 4th of July themed products at home. Time to get creative. Which is my favorite!

To create a custom piece of paper for my layout, I used a background stamp and the new Precision Press Advanced. This updated version is very cool and I love the feature I am showing you here-the ability to use the top lid separately. The top lid has 4 soft feet that allow you to place your stamp anywhere! After applying paint to my stamp, I pressed it into my blue cardstock. Perfect!

P.S. You can purchase the top separately and use it like a stamp press, without the rest of the tool!

To read more about how I made the rest of the layout, and to read much more about the Precision Press Advanced, head to the We R Memory Keepers Blog.

Sincerely Yours,
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Monday, July 9, 2018

Mail It Monday: Making a Difference #lettersforhenry

Happy Mail It Monday! I hope that you are having a wonderful summer full of card-making and card-mailing! Or like me with a recent vacation, sending postcards! :D

Its time for highlighting a special cause in the world of card-mailing. This one involves cards, but with a twist, this one also has something to do with envelopes! Lydia Fiedler is sharing with us today this sweet movement called #lettersforhenry.
Hi everyone! In addition to being a passionate papercrafter,  I'm also a true crime addict, and if you click on the My Favorite Things tab at the top of my blog (on mobile - hit the menu option to see this), you can see a list of the podcasts I love. 

When I create, I actually find any visual or musical input very distracting, but for some reason, the spoken word is perfect - it allows me to focus on my work but still follow a story, so I always have a true crime podcast or an audio book playing in my studio when I'm making cards.

Probably my favorite podcast is The Vanished, and the host, Marissa, looks into missing person cases that haven't had a spotlight shined on them. She does a great job, and she does it with a lot of compassion and empathy, and respect for the victims of crime.

Recently - an episode really touched my heart. It was the story of Henry Groeneveld, a mail carrier for the US Postal service, who vanished before Christmas last year. Sadly, they later they found his body. He seemed like such a kind, sweet man - and his daughter said since he was 8 years old, he wanted to be a mailman and that he loved his job. As a kid, he'd make his parents stop at every post office in every town they traveled through. He was someone who had found his calling, and that's so rare and such a treasure. And the fact that his calling is something I love dearly just connected me to the story in a very personal way. I had really hoped for a different ending. It came out through The Vanished and other coverage that he had been being bullied at work, and that his love and passion for his dream job became a nightmare he couldn't bear. 

There's a discussion group for the podcast, and his story more than all the others really touched people and generated a lot of conversation. His daughter is in the group and she shared a request. Since Henry's passion lines up so much with mine - I couldn't help but ask you if you could do something kind for his family the next time you go to send a card to someone. She would love to see the photos on the hashtag below - Instagram, Twitter or Facebook.
It would honor my dad if you mailed a letter to somebody
 you love. It would be beautiful to see a picture of your 
letters posted with the hashtag #lettersforhenry

I ended up getting Bossy Joscie to make me a #lettersforHenry stamp and I stamp every envelope I mail (even bills) with this in Henry's memory. I have a Mini MISTI dedicated to that stamp, and whenever I open a new package of envelopes I stamp them all with this stamp and they are ready to go when I send a card. Now - there is a growing collection of beautiful happy mail photos on Instagram under that hashtag that makes me happy, and I know his daughters love seeing it as well.

Thank you, Lydia! What a simple way to show love to a family that is hurting each time you send a card!

If you would like to join in our community of card-mailers, please follow on Instagram @MailitMonday. We would love for you to participate in the encouragement and conversations about all things cards! If you don't have Instagram, you can still be a part of things, just remember to use Monday as a reminder to mail cards. :D

Sincerely Yours,

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