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,

Saturday, June 30, 2018

New Sincerely Yours - Color Blocks Stencils and Bold Basics Stamp Set

Hello everyone! Its a fun Saturday surprise from Papertrey Ink and my line, Sincerely Yours! As part of the Summer Perks Promotion, I have 2 new products being released this morning! 

Color Block Stencils and Bold Basics Stamp Set are two products that have been in my head for so long, and to see them come to life is amazing! I cannot wait to see what you create!

Check out the video below to get a better look at Color Block Stencils and Bold Basics Stamp set. I have a few tips and tricks to share, but those peeks are just the beginning of the possibilities!

The idea behind Color Blocks is color blocking. You know, that bright, fun look from the 80's. But with the right color combinations, this look can create some incredibly elegant cards that have the look of high-end stationery.
For this first card, I inked through the stencils with a pale pink ink. Then added a stamped image through the stencil. 

This looks complicated, but its not. The Color Block stencils are designed to lay perfectly over the top of an A2 piece of cardstock. Place your cardstock down, layer the stencil over the top, and ink through with your favorite colors.

Supplies Hello Friend Card:

While the first card had lots of embellishments, this bright Happy Birthday card was made purely with Color Blocks and Bold Basics. I can see sending this to teen or college-aged girls. Its so fun!
To make this background, I combined two of the Color Block stencils. Inking them each separately. The elements in all the stencils can be mixed and matched to create some fun backgrounds. 
The striped image from Bold Basics was stamped and heat embossed in white powder. The sentiment is also from Bold Basics and looks full of energy stamped on the slant of the background. I found my MISTI to be very helpful when lining up the sentiment this way.

Supplies Happy Birthday Pink Card:

Don't tell the other cards, but this one might be my favorite! I found an ad on Pinterest the other night that had this layout. I grabbed my supplies and created this awesome card. Perfect for any boys or men in your life. It would be really great in their favorite sports teams' colors!
Don't forget about the envelopes when making cards. Color Blocks makes it easy to add pizazz to your envelopes too! 

Supplies Happy Birthday Blue Card:

This card highlights another fun feature of Color Blocks, the ability to flip, turn, reverse, or whatever with your stencils!
I began by placing my stencil down and applying the green ink. I flipped it over and inked through with pink and black. How cool is that? The part I love the most is the mix of the ink colors where the images intersect.
For a bit of shine, I added a line of gold gilding. It was created easily with Scor Tape. I applied two strips of the tape along the green edges, removed the backing, and applied gilding flakes over the top. I burnished the flakes into the adhesive with a small brush and a circular motion. Easy peasy and so elegant!

Supplies Thinking of You Card:

Flat, mail-able, and classy. Could there be anything better in a card?
This card started with the diamond image in Bold  Basics being stamped on the card. (Notice how the sentiment fits inside? All the sentiments in the set fit inside!)
Using only the very tip of one of the triangles in Bold Basics, I lined up the edge of the stencil with the outline of the diamond image and inked. Eeee! So many possiblities!

Supplies Thank You Diamonds Card:

More stamps and sentiments, all combining to make a truly lovely card.
I am fairly certain that you cannot go wrong with any way you put Bold Basics and Color Blocks together!
Both products are basic building blocks that have impact on their own, but look at what happens when you add in other elements? The card went from wow to WOWEE!

Supplies You Are The Best Card:

If you are still here, this card is for you. Thank you. Thank you from the very bottom of my heart!
I know that you will love making cards with these new and innovative products! And I cannot wait to see how creative you get. Be sure and tag me, or email me, or whatever when you make a card. It would mean the world!
Thank you for being so supportive as I have embarked on this new journey. Its hard to believe, but its been one year since I started designing products. What a challenge! What a thrill! I have learned so much and continue to learn every day. Thank you for being my cheerleaders. Thank you to the team at Papertrey who constantly help and answer questions and provide amazing insight. I am one lucky lady. Have fun shopping and have fun creating!

Supplies Thank You Flower Card:

Sincerely Yours,
P.S. As this posts, I am in Minnesota in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area on vacation with my family. I will pop in on social media, as I can find wi-fi. When I get back, I am planning on sharing video tutorials with you with more about these fun new products. Happy 4th of July everyone! :D

Friday, June 15, 2018

Now available! Love Word Die and With All My Heart Stamp Set!

It is time! The June release from Papertrey Ink is now live in the store and it is time to shop! Two items of mine that are releasing tonight are the Love die and the With All My Heart stamp set. These two products coordinate so beautifully!

I couldn't help but sneak in a matching and lined envelope using my kit, Envelope Envy. The heart paper inside the envelope really is a wonderful finishing touch to this card! They see the love when they open the envelope and feel it when they see your handmade card!

On this card, I used two techniques from my video tutorial:

If you missed it, be sure and watch soon! This video is packed with way more than 10 ideas and you will want to come back to the video for inspiration again and again!

I am also sneaking a peek (shhhhhhhh) of new products that will be coming out at the end of the month! Yep, 2 more products to share and I cannot wait to tell you all the special things happening!!

To everyone who has been emailing, commenting online, and cheering me on-thank you! The thoughtful and sweet words from each of you makes me happier than I could ever express!

Sincerely Yours,

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