Saturday, June 20, 2020

Sincerely Yours Kimberly, Farmers Market Flowers collection, and changes

Changes. Always changes. I have said that many times through the years, but this one, well, it’s the biggest one yet. As of last week, I am no longer working in the paper crafting industry, due to lay offs. For over 12 years I have been working for manufacturers, designing projects, taking photos, filming video tutorials, and more. I was published over 500 times nationally and internationally in print. 8 book and magazine covers. Became a contributing editor to Paper Crafts Magazine. Then I moved into designing the stamps, papers, and dies that I had been using for years. It has been my job, but my joy, my passion, sometimes my heartache. It has been where I have met my dearest friends. What a privilege it has all been!

Over the past few months, I have fully immersed myself in a new direction. Before I had only dabbled, but now, I know this is my next path. My next adventure. Surface pattern design is my next dream. Surface pattern design is the artwork you see on everything. From sheets to curtains. From dresses to gift wrap. It surrounds us. And it is a new challenge that has helped me find my spark of excitement and bring my creative energy back.

I have not shared much of my journey here, because honestly, I was afraid. Afraid to lose followers. That’s ridiculous. This is who I am. This is authentically me. And I am ok with me and where I am headed. My sweet friends and community on my instagram account have been so loving and supporting. They shared in my secret. In my dream. And their encouragement is why I am making the move to publicly share. 

This is scary. So scary. Yet thrilling. Putting myself out there is not comfortable for me. But I am putting myself out there for my goals. I hope you will continue to follow along. I promise to share. To continue to post beautiful images. Thank you my friends.

To follow along this journey, I encourage you to follow me Sincerely Yours Kimberly on Instagram. You will see my work, how I work, learn more about my process, and be the first to know when I launch new products and designs.

What you are seeing in this post is the very first collection I have ever designed called,
 Farmers Market Flowers. After taking an intense, online course on surface pattern design over the last couple of months, I am tackling this new dream, this new goal, this new brand, head on! It completely amazes me that I could create artwork like this! The entire process has been so very exciting and thrilling! 

My ultimate goal is to have my artwork be licensed. Either by a fabric company, a paper company, or anyone who just loves what I have created.


To begin with, my work will be available for purchase in the Spoonflower shop. Spoonflower is an incredible shop full of fabrics designed by people from all over the world. If you can dream it up, it is probably there! 
Spoonflower allows you to purchase fabric in 8x8 swatches, fat quarters, or yardage. You can also choose which fabric type you want as well. There are over 20 different types of fabrics!

Creating these mock-up images allows you and me to see how the designs look on fabric. Best part is, this past week, I got all my real fabric samples and now they are ALL available for purchase!


When designing a collection, there are usually 2 color ways, or 2 different color palettes. Because I fell in love with a couple of the different results, I ended up with quite a few designs! This second cooler color way is called Farmers Market Flowers-Anemone. 

This color way is called Farmers Market Flowers-Midday.

Again, you can get a good look at the fabrics. If you are not interested in purchasing fabrics, but love the designs. Spoonflower has a sister site called The Roostery. The Roostery has all of my designs put onto home decor items. Bedding, table wear, pillows, and more!

Thank you for all your support. So many of you have ordered already, and I mean it when I say that it means the world to me! Because it DOES! Each time I receive an order, it is a validation of my dreams. It is saying that you are spending your hard-earned dollars on something that I created from my heart and my mind. That is not lost on me. I know what a privilege each order is!

I hope that you will consider following me on Sincerely Yours Kimberly on Instagram. I share so much there. The stories and inspiration behind my designs. It is a piece of my life and my heart. <3 p="">

Sincerely Yours,

Sunday, June 7, 2020

The Ultimate Inspiration Calendar for Card-Mailers - June 2020


The Ultimate Inspiration Calendar for Card-Mailers is ready for FREE download! As always, this calendar is full of ideas for card-making and card-mailing. Use the days to inspire you to create a card, like for Pink Day. Or use the calendar to remind you of someone who needs a card. Like Onion Ring Day. It makes me think of my friend who LOVES onion rings! I will be sure and send her a card that day!

Keep mailing your cards. And join our growing community on Instagram @MailItMonday. Joining in is FREE and our community is full of encouragement and incredibly thoughtful people!

Sincerely Yours,
Kimberly

Friday, May 29, 2020

Vintage Lilacs and Shiplap - New Collection available at Society6

Happy spring my friends! Finally! The weather here has been so cold and rainy, but we have finally broken through and are enjoying sunshine, breezes, and flowers! My lilacs bloomed yesterday, so I picked a huge bouquet of them and brought them in the house for a little photo shoot. Because, that's what I love to do! After placing the lilacs on both a white shiplap background and a dark barn wood background, I was in love with the images! And you all were too, based on all the love I got on social media! So I decided to edit the photos up a bit and place them on new products in my Society6 shop!

I want you to be able to bring the reminder of spring and the sweet, fragrant scent of lilacs to your home!

The second look. I love the white shiplap background and then I added a watercolor effect. So dreamy! I am certain it is the romantic in me. Its probably from watching Anne of Green Gables waaaay to many times!

Back to the barn wood and a deeper watercolor effect. Again, so dreamy!

All three of these images are available on different products in my shop. Keep scrolling and take a look at just a few of the items! Oh, and right now, everything is 25% off!









To view the entire collection click here: Lilacs and Shiplap by Sincerely Yours, Kimberly

(If the images are not showing yet, simply click the description and the images will be available.)

Thank you for your continued support on my new adventures. I deeply appreciate you continuing to follow me. Your purchases speak even louder and fill my heart with joy! Thank you times a million, even a billion! How lucky am I to have such amazing friends!!!!

Sincerely Yours,

Thursday, May 7, 2020

Beautiful Paper Flowers for Mother's Day

Getting flowers for mom for Mother's Day is going to be a bit tougher this year. So to make it easier, I created these beautiful paper roses with the We R Memory Circle and Spin tool and beautiful papers from DCWV called Petal Paper. While these papers are specially made, you could follow the tutorial below and create these flowers with tissue paper, patterned paper, and even card stock. You know what, even magazine or newsprint would work too!

Start by placing your paper inside the Circle Spin and Trim tool. Cut a circle. The larger you made your circle, the larger your flower will be.

The Circle Spin and Trim tool has two blades stored in the top. (Love that!) Twist the blade into the slot that corresponds to the size you wish to cut. Place the paper inside, close the lid, and turn the knob. You will need to hold the tool down, like any other cutting tool.

Using a scissors, cut a spiral from your circle. Cut off the end to square it up, and trim up any other wonky edges that might appear.

Begin rolling the paper, starting from the outside and working your way in. Use your fingers to help keep the bottom paper level. The top is not a concern, as it spreads out, it will create more realistic looking petals.

Stop rolling once you reach the circle in the center of your paper.

Put glue on the bottom of your rolled up paper. I find that a sticky craft glue works best. 

Place the glue down into the circle left at the center of your paper. Hold in place for a few moments. And also, allow the roll of paper to loosen up slightly, once again, creating a flower that looks more real.
You can manipulate the paper how you see fit. Especially when working with a wet glue. There is time to arrange the paper as you see fit.

Make as many flowers as you desire. Don't forget to cut out some leaves from paper as well. They can also be folded and bent to add a realistic look.

Surprise mom with flowers for Mother's Day. No need to tell her how easy they were to make, all she will see is how beautiful they are!

Happy Mother's Day!

To those of you hurting this Mother's Day, you are near to my heart and in my prayers. <3 p="">

Sincerely Yours,
Supplies used. Shared with affiliate links. Thanks, as always, for the support!
DCWV Petal Papers can be found at JoAnn. Which is offering free curbside pick up for online orders. Coupons are also accepted online and online orders include sale prices as they occur.


Friday, May 1, 2020

The Ultimate Inspiration Calendar for Card-Mailers - May 2020



This calendar is available for FREE download. Feel free to open the link and save, print, or share this calendar!

Each month for our Mail It Monday community at Instagram, I share this calendar as inspiration for your card-making and your card-mailing! Use this to inspire you to take out a forgotten set of stamps, use it to remind you of someone who could really use a smile, or use it to be an encouragement to send your cards!

The Mail it Monday community is exploding with new members each week! It is a wonderful place of joy and my heart is full these days as I see everyone stepping up and spreading love into the world. I am blown away by the number of cards being sent. Card-mailers you are making a difference in the world with your hobby! Wow! What an amazing thing to be able to say!

We would LOVE for your to join us. Click here to become a part of Mail It Monday!

Sincerely Yours,

Thursday, April 30, 2020

Armful of Joy - new design launch!


I am so very excited to announce that I have launched a new design in my Society6 shop, 
Sincerely Yours, Kimberly! "Armful of Joy" is inspired by a bouquet of flowers I picked up at a farmer's market. These dahlias are full of fun and happiness!

I added quite a few new products in the home decor department, so be sure and click over and check them all out! I thought I would share my most popular items for sales with the new design!

First up, the canvas tote bag. The bag comes in 3 different sizes. Its great to able to choose what will work best for you!


These pouches are SO popular! With the thick fabric and heavy-duty zipper, these pouches can store quite a bit. They are available in 3 different sizes, or if you cannot choose, a pack of all 3!


Another super popular chose is the iPhone case. This case is available for a variety of models. My sister-in-law ordered the Rainbows version and loves it! Especially in these days of needing to disinfect everything, she is happy for a new case that she can wipe down easily!


The wonderful notebooks from Society6 have been given an update! You can now choose lined or unlined notebooks or even a pack of 3! I love the feel of these notebooks. Soft cover, but sturdy. The pages feel really nice to write upon!


HUGE update to the throw pillows! You can now choose INDOOR OR OUTDOOR, along with 4 different sizes. As I was thinking about getting new cushions for our deck this summer...these may need to come live at our house!

The cover is machine washable and the inside pillow form is full! Very high quality!


This pillow is new for my shop, but I LOVE it! The floor pillow comes in either round or square, and in your choice of two different sizes. How fun would this be in a screen porch or sun room? I am thinking my cat will be taking possession of this one! (as long as I put it in the sunshine...)


And, because I adore all things paper, wrapping paper is available in Armful Of Joy. This wrapping paper comes in 5 sheets. It is incredibly thick and luxurious feeling! 

There are SO many more products with Armful of Joy on it in my shop! Stop over by clicking the words above, and add a bright spot of joy to your house, or maybe as a gift! They ship worldwide!

Sincerely Yours,

Wednesday, April 15, 2020

Thank you card with a gift card pocket - We R Memory Keepers Pocket Punch Board

There are SO many people who deserve our thanks these days. So many people who need our support as we live in unprecedented days. I pray that you are safe, and healthy. Hugs to each of you as we all face stress and fears. I hope that you find ways to make yourself happy. Usually finding a way to help someone out, or to spread cheer fills my heart up. Making cards is definitely one bright spot in my days!

Because people need our thanks, I thought it would be fun to make a card that can hold a gift card. Using the Pocket Punch Board from We R Memory Keepers made it easy. I love when my design team assignments turn into a great project to use immediately!

I also used the We R Memory Keepers Word Punch board to create the "thanks" banner. And check out those cute papers from Pebbles, Inc.!

For a tutorial, pop over to the We R Memory Keepers blog. For a video tutorial, visit me on Instagram @kimberlystamps! You will get a great look at the tool, plus an important tip about orientating your patterned papers!

Sincerely Yours,
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