Monday, February 25, 2019

The Ultimate Inspiration Calendar for Card-Mailers - March 2019

Welcome to Mail It Monday! As always, Mail It Monday is a fun way to remind you to mail those beautiful cards that you have made! It doesn't have to be on a Monday, any day of the week is the perfect opportunity to tell someone that you are thinking about them and to show them how special they are! Like we always say, send love, send cards!

If you are new here, welcome! I will encourage you to join our growing community of 
card-mailers on Instagram by following the handle @MailItMonday. We encourage and inspire one another. Its easy to make connections also by using the hashtag #mailitmonday. Whenever you post to Instagram about mailing your cards, use that hashtag so we can cheer you on and see what beautiful creations you have made. Each and every week I love going through and connecting with those who share my heart for mailing cards. I would love the chance to connect with you!

It is the last Monday of February, which means, its time for the next month of the Ultimate Inspiration Calendar for Card-Mailers! This calendar is a FREE DOWNLOAD! Yep, absolutely FREE! The idea behind this calendar is to not only inspire you to find reasons to send more cards, but also to inspire your creativity. Some days are serious, some days are totally silly. But it is all about fun! March's theme is Thanking Helpers.

This month we can take the opportunity to thank those who help us, but don't often get thanks. Doctors, dentists, nurses, pet sitters, housekeepers, and more. While yes, these people are paid helpers, more often than not, we have a relationship with these people. In my own situation, I work very closely with my rheumatologist. I spend a lot of time with him and his nurse. They help me immensely and I know it is their job, but they need to know that I appreciate their time and care. They truly go above and beyond. This month is my chance to surprise them with my sincerest of thanks!
The calendar can be downloaded by clicking here:

I look forward to seeing what you create and mail this month! Be sure and tag Mail It Monday and use the hashtag, so I can find it! Happy card-mailing!


Sincerely Yours,
P.S.
If you missed any of the previous months, here are links. In the January post there is also a cover page for your calendar. 
January
February

Thursday, February 7, 2019

I love you a waffle lot - Silhouette Cameo and a Heart-Shaped Waffle Maker

It really is no secret how much I love to bake and make fun foods for the holidays. Even my teenager still gets a kick out of my silliness! When scrolling through the Silhouette Design Store, looking for Valentine's Day designs, I came across this adorable cut file and knew that I HAD to purchase it immediately. That, and a heart-shaped waffle maker. I know, I am a giant kid at heart and slightly ridiculous!
It was yet another snow day away from school and making chocolate heart-shaped waffles for lunch seemed like a really good plan for my son and I to do together. We covered the waffles with red raspberry syrup, raspberries, strawberries, whipped cream, and a few mini chocolate chips. This was not a healthy lunch. Does the fruit help at all? :D
Before making the waffles, I used my Silhouette Cameo 3 to cut the image out. I repeatedly cut the file's parts from different colors of cardstock. When cutting a file with many layers, but one set of images to place on the design page, I remove the extra layers.

For example, the words on this image did not need to be cut from the brown. Knowing that, I simply ungrouped the images, deleted the extras, and sent only the background portions to be cut. It saves time and paper.

To cut the portions I wanted in red, I simply opened the image again, ungrouped, removed the images I did not need, and sent it to be cut.

After all my images were cut, I glued them together. These images all fit so nicely on the design, but to help myself line things up, I referenced the image in the Silhouette Design Store.
Who wants to come over for Valentine's Day breakfast?

Sincerely Yours,
Silhouette Design ID #248020

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

brighten Valentine's Day for children in the hospital - Mail It Monday


Welcome to a special mid-week post for Mail It Monday. Valentine's Day is quickly approaching. I remember, with a lot of fondness, getting Valentine's from classmates through the years. It was a wonderful tradition that made a fun day as a child. Unfortunately, many children do not get to experience this tradition, or miss out on the day this year because they are currently under care at a Children's Hospital. Many of these hospitals around the country have a place where you can send a card to a child. This is done differently than a standard card drive. These children are very ill and cannot be exposed to outside germs or toxins or anything environmental. Because of these factors, the hospitals have set up a way for you to send a card digitally. The child will receive an actual card, but it will be under their strict care guidelines. I have found a list of several hospitals participating in this sweet and thoughtful idea and am sharing it with you today. I love how this works with our send love, send cards motto!

Cincinnati Children's
Choose a design and they will print and deliver the card. They are so busy, that their system is slow in responding with a confirmation. How wonderful!

Children's Hospital Colorado
They will print the card for FREE and deliver it to a child.

Children's Hospital Los Angeles
Same idea from this hospital, but Party City has come along side them and will be donating $1 to the hospital for each card sent! Again, FREE.

Children's National in Washington, D.C.
Choose from 3 adorable designs. Once again, they will take care of printing and delivering for FREE!

Boston Children's Hospital Trust
More Valentine's. These will be posted in the hospital for all the patients to see. FREE.

St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital
These Valentine's were inspired by patient art and you can also write your own message. FREE but they encourage a donation to the hospital.

Children's Health of Dallas
Suuuper cute farm-themed Valentine's. FREE.

Phoenix Children's
Space themed Valentine's, again printed and delivered for FREE.

-OR-

Arkansas Children's Hospital
This hospital will accept art supply donations this Valentine's Day. They must be brand new and in their original packaging. Visit the link for more details.

I hope you are as excited about this opportunities as I am! What a wonderful thing to be able to participate in-even your children or grandchildren can be involved! Don't forget to join us @MailItMonday on Instagram. We would love to see you in our card-mailing community as we grow each and every week!

Sincerely Yours,

Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Love Bugs for Valentine's Day

I don't think the word "bug" describes these cuties appropriately! At all! Because they are so stinking cute!!! Remember these from when you were a kid? The pom pom with the feet that were a sticker? Oh, they were so much fun! With some of my We R Memory Keepers tools, I just HAD to make some of my own!

I started with the medium Pom Pom maker and some soft yarn I found at Michael's. The pom poms are easy to make with this little tool and I was surprised at how perfectly they turned out. Sure beats trying to make them with your hands!

I placed the finished pom poms on felt hearts that I die cut. My favorite glue for these projects is Aleene's Tacky Glue. Always a winner! Plus, with the easy clean-up you can make these with your kiddos! (In fact, mine is STILL making them...)

Seriously, how can you not smile?!?!

The heart-shaped antennae were created with the We R Memory Keepers Happy Jig. This wire-shaping tool is fun. I placed three pegs in the board in a triangle shape and wrapped the wire around it, to create the heart shape. I placed the end of the wire down in the glue, making a very thick coat. Then I placed the wire down in the pom pom. It held in place beautifully, especially if I held it in place for a few seconds. 

I finished my new fuzzy friends off with sweet Valentine's Day tags from the Loves Me Collection from Pebbles. I wish I could hand you the whole pile of them and watch you smile!

Oh, and a note to your future self, never, ever, under any circumstances purge your googly eyes from your crafty stash. Don't do it. Because the minute you do, you WILL need them. Ha!

Sincerely Yours,
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Monday, January 28, 2019

The Ultimate Inspiration Calendar for Card-Mailers - February 2019

The first month of everyone using The Ultimate Inspiration Calendar for Card-Mailers was AMAZING! You took the idea and ran with it! Some of you printed the calendar and placed it in your planner. Some printed the calendar and hung it up in your crafty space. I saw some amazing cards being created from the days on the calendar. Many of you were happy to find new reasons to mail cards last month! My heart was full of happiness seeing each and every post!

So today, I am thrilled to get you a link to the calendar for February! Simply click the word February and you will be taken to a FREE downloadable and printable calendar!

Once again the calendar is full of silly days, heartfelt days, and well, lots of great reasons to mail more cards! Take special note of "Thank a Mail Carrier Day" coming up next week! It is also Random Acts of Kindness Month, with the focus day being February 17.

Once again, I hope this calendar inspires you to make cards and then mail them. The whole goal is to send love, send cards. We need so much more love in this world, and we can impact so many lives by doing something we already love to do! How many people can say that their hobby could send love to anyone, anytime?! Go forth and mail your cards and change the world!

To join in the card-mailing movement, please join us on Instagram @MailItMonday. There is a growing and lovely community of passionate card-makers who are encouraging one another to be card-mailers! We would love to see you there!

Sincerely Yours,
P.S. There is a cover for the calendar, along with the month of January, both FREE and both still available. If you missed out, you can find it all HERE.

Friday, January 25, 2019

custom thank you cards with the Silhouette Mint

Here it is! My first guest post for Silhouette! I am thrilled to be able to be sharing some of their amazing products with you and have a whole lot of fun creating!

It is the thank you time of year. And if you haven't yet, this is your reminder to get those thank yous out from the holidays! Its never too late to send a thank you. 

This time of year I also like to add to my stash of thank yous. Having a new sentiment and image, along with a new color palette is a nice way to start the year. Fresh and feeling a wee bit organized. 

The Silhouette Mint is a small little machine with a ton of creative power! This machine creates self-inking stamps! You can choose from designs that come with the software, designs from the Silhouette Design Store, or even make your own! There are several stamp sizes to choose from, allowing you to make tiny stamps to large ones. Once you load the design, place the carrier inside the machine, it takes about 1 minute to get a stamp!

There are many colors of ink to choose from. Once the stamp has been etched, you add the ink. A tiny bit is all that is needed. You will get about 50 stamps from one inking.

And you can use more than one color of ink on an image as well! Simply add the ink where you desire. And how pretty is that stamped envelope liner peeking out back there?!? :D

I know this is a brief look at the Silhouette Mint, so I encourage you to check out a more in-depth tutorial on the Silhouette 101 Blog! Also, visit me on Instagram @kimberlystamps where I will have a series of videos available in my stories!

For even MORE about the Silhouette Mint, check out my class at Big Picture Classes:

Sincerely Yours,

Thursday, January 24, 2019

thank you! and life

a sunset at our house this past summer

Well, you all know how to make a girl feel good about herself! Thank you so much for your sweet comments, messages, emails, and more about moving on to the next chapter! Your support and kindness mean more than you will know. My heart is happy with my decision and each day that goes by I know that God was leading me this way. There is a plan for Him to use me in some way. While the waiting is tough, I look forward to the day when I can look back and say, wow! So THAT'S what Your plan was. I have experienced His goodness this way many times in my life. The seasons He places us in are often sweeter than we can ever imagine. Knowing that He holds me and my future, I can rest in this season of questions, knowing that good things are ahead.

How about some life updates? I know I am terrible about sharing those...and many of you talked about watching our son grow up.
He's not taller than me yet...give him another month!

Life truly is busy around here! With my son about to turn 13! 13!! Ack! He is keeping us busy. Middle school has been one amazing experience for him. I am constantly grateful for the school district he attends. From the teachers, to the administration, to the staff, everyone is focused on the kiddos and helping them find their own unique place in the world. Ethan is involved in Band (first chair tuba), Jazz Band (bass Guitar), Band Club, Math Counts (he made the competition team as a 7th grader!), he won the school National Geography Bee last week, so he will attempt to make the state competition soon, and he enjoys other clubs too-Magic The Gathering (a card game), and Dungeons and Dragons. Oh, did I mention he is also swimming for his middle school, along with continuing to swim USA swim!? I need a nap just reading all of that. But he is SO happy. Thriving and growing and making us so proud.

We are in Minnesota often as well, visiting our families. My nephew is now 6 and being a sweet and silly 1st grader (makes me miss teaching that grade something fierce) and my husband's nephew turned one right before Christmas. Let's just say that Christmas was an absolute blast with him running around and getting into everything! I find it hilarious after growing up with a sister, to be surrounded by boys. But once again, even when I couldn't understand, all my experiences in life have prepped me to be a great boy mom and aunt!! And to be able to listen to and help out my sister and sister-in-law, when they need advice. Or someone who gets it! :D

My husband is always busy with his job, designing avionics and electrical systems for airliners. He also officiates USA swim meets and runs the technical side of the meets for the high school girls and boys teams. It was incredibly difficult to move here for his job, but I am thankful for it, because this job allows him and encourages him to be involved with the community and focus his time on his family. We would not have this life had we stayed. And this is the life we dreamed of having. Focusing on our little family and spending our years together. Again, how the bitter can become the sweet.

For me, I will once again be joining the We R Memory Keepers design team for the year. They are an innovative company run by wonderful people. I look forward to sharing some of their latest and greatest tools with you again! Just wait! On one other fun note, I am doing some guest designing for Silhouette at the beginning of the year. Stay tuned for those posts coming your way soon!

Thank you again for your support. Your sweet words bolstered my spirit so. Hugs to each of you.

Sincerely Yours,




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