Monday, June 3, 2019

Backyard Movie Lights - DIY Neon Lights - We R Memory Keepers Big Happy Jig

For the last couple of summers, we have been hosting backyard movie nights at our house. We found an amazing and massive screen and my husband and son put together an amazing sound system! We have tons of friends and families over. We have snacks, visit, and enjoy favorite movies under the stars! Its one of our favorite parts of summer!

I always have a ton of snacks, but once the sun sets and the movie starts, well, its tough to see your way to refill your popcorn! I have tried some other solutions, but none really seemed to work. So, when I got my design team box with the We R Memory Keepers Big Happy Jig and the Neon Wire, I knew that I was going to have a blast creating signs for our movie nights!

The Neon Wire bends easily, just like standard wire. While there are tons of design patterns available, I made my own when it came to this popcorn box! I used two different colors of wire for a very specific reason-the Neon Wire has three different functions! 

Each set of wire has a battery pack that is also a controller. The first setting is steady, the second is a slower blink, and the third is a fast blink. On my popcorn box, I can keep the box steady, but have the popcorn blink! EEEE! SO cute!

After creating my wire shapes, I mounted them to frames and signs that I had in my crafty stash, making it easy to display them. I made two more wire designs, but need to find the perfect backers for them. I cannot wait to get all my signs out!

We had our first backyard movie this past weekend and the signs were a hit! Everyone loved them, and loved that they could see their way to the popcorn as well! I have a full tutorial on the We R Memory Keepers blog. Its full of great tips that you won't want to miss!

Sincerely Yours,

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Wednesday, May 29, 2019

The Ultimate Inspiration Calendar for Card-Mailers - June 2019

Card-mailers how is it June already? We have reached the half-way point of 2019! How is your card-mailing going? Still going strong? Or do you need a bit of encouragement? You are in luck for encouragement today as the June calendar is now available for FREE download!

What is the Ultimate Inspiration Calendar for Card-Mailers? Its a FREE monthly printable calendar that highlight the national days of the year. Some are fun, some are outright silly, and others are serious. I have put these calendars together to not only help inspire you to make cards for fun reasons, but also as a way to prompt you to think of new reasons to send cards to. Even new people to send cards to! Use this resource to encourage yourself to send cards to those around you. As I like to say, send love, send cards! And it is true! Think of how wonderful it feels to find a card in the mail! Not a bill, not junk, and not political mailings, but a piece of mail just for you!
You can download the calendar for FREE by clicking here:

Or, if you just want to keep an image on your phone, feel free to grab a screen shot, or save the image!

As always, we would love to have you join us on Instagram and become a part of our 
card-mailing movement! Follow @MailItMonday and you are in! Because Mail it Monday is all about the reminder to send love, send cards! 

Sincerely Yours,

Thursday, May 16, 2019

DIY custom couture candles - We R Memory Keepers Wick and Silhouette Cameo

I have been noticing candles making a huge comeback in home decor. Gorgeous scents, gorgeous designs, and well, it makes me, not a candle girl, want to have allll the candles! As I thought about it, I thought, wait, I have the We R Memory Keepers Wick Candle Maker AND a Silhouette Cameo...I can make my own custom candles!

I began by making my own candles. The We R Memory Keepers Wick is easy to use. The candle-making machine comes with wax and colored wax to customize your candles to match anything. Instead of using the cotton wicking that comes with the machine, I purchased these beautiful glass candle jars, with lids, and a pre-fastened wick, at Michael's. They had that couture and spa-like feel I was looking for too. 

Don't forget you can take your customization a step farther by adding your own scents! There are candle oils, or you can use essential oils to create the scent you want. I find that I need to use many more drops that I expect. For a full pot of wax I use 15 or more drops. 

Once the candles were finished and cooled, I could decorate the outsides. I used gold vinyl, because, gold! :) I found so many wonderful designs in the Silhouette Design Store! You can add just about anything you can imagine!

For a complete tutorial on how to decorate the candles, visit the Silhouette 101 Blog!
Who wants to make all the candles now? 

Sincerely Yours,

Monday, April 29, 2019

Ultimate Inspiration Calendar for Card-Mailers: May 2019

The year just seems to be flying by! It is already May, and well, looking at this calendar, it will be a busy month! I guess in the spring we have much to celebrate. Its like Thanksgiving for the spring! I know each day this month has a day associated with it, but there were so many good ones, I couldn't help but add them all.

Use these days as inspiration for sending cards for different reasons and to different people. Use the days to inspire some fun at your house with your family. Take the idea and meet up with a friend to celebrate! Simply use the Ultimate Inspiration Calendar for Card-Mailers to inspire you to add joy and love and happiness to your life and the life of those around you!

As always, this download is FREE! Feel free to print it, save it, share it, however you want to use it! To get the calendar, simply click on the link above and download the file. If you would rather, you can always right click and save the image, if that is easier.

If you are curious about what Mail It Monday is all about, join us on Instagram @MailitMonday. You will find a lovely group of card-mailers who encourage one another in their card-making adventures, but also cheer on the mailing of your cards!

The origins of Mail It Monday can be found in a couple of places. If you are new to this, take the time to read these blog posts, as you can see where my heart is:
How A Bracelet Changed My View of Card Making
Today Starts Mail It Monday

Sincerely Yours,

Monday, April 15, 2019

We R Memory Keepers Foil Quill and Water color Tutorial

The We R Memory Keepers Foil Quill is one hot tool! And its no wonder, with the Foil Quill being compatible with so many digital die cutting machines! Once you try it, you will get "foil fever!" Meaning, you will be trying to foil everything! Which is where I found myself when thinking about my design team assignment this month...

Being also currently obsessed with watercolor, the idea struck me to foil watercolor paper and then watercolor in my images! Which is a PERFECT use for the open images that are contained in all the digital drives available for the Foil Quill!

I combined these images and alphabet from Paige Evans on this card, creating a lovely spring card that measures 5x7.

Head over to the We R Memory Keepers blog for a tutorial, tips, and tricks, and more looks at the card. And if you want to REALLY see all the shine, head to Instagram, find me @kimberlystamps, and check out my stories!

Sincerely Yours,
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Monday, April 1, 2019

Mail It Monday: National Card and Letter Writing Month FREE calendar download

Happy National Card and Letter Writing Month!!
In 2001, the United States Postal Service began this idea to encourage people to send more mail. Well, Mail it Monday can get behind that idea! So to help you have even more reasons to send mail, here is a FREE downloadable calendar for you to use! Its full of ideas for sending cards to all sorts of people in your life.
I know we now have monthly calendars, but this is a focused calendar, that honestly gives you ideas for all year long. I know some of you love a good challenge and anything that motivates you to get to that mailbox! 

This calendar again is FREE. Simply click below to get the download:

Of course, feel free to simply save the photo, if you are more of a digital person.

Be sure and follow Mail It Monday on Instagram! Simply search for @MailItMonday and click follow. 

Also, if you are interested in sharing a card drive, or guest posting, or have any other creative ideas about Mail It Monday, please email me, or message Mail It Monday on Instagram. This is about growing a community of card-mailers, and you, yes YOU, are the key to making that happen! Join in! 

Sincerely Yours,

Monday, March 25, 2019

We R Memory Keepers Foil Quill

As the We R Memory Keepers Foil Quill launched at the trade show this past winter, everyone was beyond excited about the potential of this innovative tool. The Foil Quill turns your digital die cutting machine into a tool that foils! The best part is, the Foil Quill tool kit comes with adapters for the Silhouette, Brother Scan n Cut, Cricut, and the Sizzix digital machines. So you can use this tool with YOUR machine! 

The Foil Quill plugs into a USB-based power source (think your computer, a power bank, etc.) and heats up. Using the pen tool and set up on your machine, the Foil Quill essentially draws in foil!! Look at the stunning results on this frame I made for the We R Memory Keepers blog!

You can use the design files from your software, ttf fonts, or you can purchase thumb drives from several of your favorite American Craft's artists! Heidi Swapp, Amy Tangerine, and Paige Evans and Kelly Creates, that I used on my project here.

The Foil Quill took 2 simple pieces of card stock and created a stunning frame. Impressive!

Who are those two kids in that photo? I mean seriously. We were SO young. Its hard to believe it has been 20 years! 

For more details on this project, visit the We R Memory Keepers Blog. To see the Foil Quill in action, along with the supplies, helpful hints, and more, follow me on Instagram @kimberlystamps. In my stories, I have added a highlight section specifically for the Foil Quill. And as always, if you have any questions, please email me at the address posted up on the right side of my blog. I love to help!

Sincerely Yours,

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Here is links to all the supplies available for the Foil Quill.
-You can purchase the three different thickness of pens individually, or as a kit. I would lean towards the kit, as it has all three included, some small rolls of foil, and washi.
-There are 4 digital drives of artwork from American Crafts artists, and also 2 more with whimical art and Christmas/winter art.
-There are sheets of foil (4x6) or rolls that are 12" wide. All the colors are lovely!
-Washi is used to hold the foil in place over the medium you are foiling.

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