TGIF- Sketch Challenge!

Oh my word!  Who doesn’t love a fun sketch challenge? I almost feel like the work is already cut out for me.  I just need to find the pieces to the puzzle in my stamp room and create away.  
I’ll be honest… the mojo has not been around in a bit so finding those puzzle pieces was actually a BIG challenge.  I am grateful to be on this design team, however.  Great designers and this is getting me back into my stamp room slowly but surely.  That’s a GRAND thing.  

Let’s get busy… You are sure to LOVE this sketch.  I hope you will play along as well.  We had AMAZING entries for the last challenge.  Click HERE to come and PLAY!!

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This is a SUPER fun sketch!  I might have added another layer too many, shhhh… don’t tell.  <smile>



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‘m trying to get through some of my fave stamp sets before they go away. Lovely Romance is a stamp set I’ve had for awhile and sadly have not used much.  It’s always funny when I pull something out and give it a little ink and start using it… then I fall in love with it all over again.  Do you find this to be true? 

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In the pic below you can see I covered up a little bit of the greeting on the label.  The Pistachio Pudding cardstock was stamped with the three decorative flowers across.  Tone on tone… easy peasy.  
Lovely Amazing stamp set, Stampin' Up!, TGIF02

Now it’s your turn to play along and see what the other design team members created.  You will not be disappointed.  




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Time to Update!

Time to Update!

I’ve been meaning to sit down and catch you up on my absence but I just didn’t know where to start.  I would sit down to write only to walk away with no energy to finish it.  Not a great feeling, but the truth.  

Since January I have felt physically BLAH.  I’m normally mentally BLAH but this was now physical.  Getting up out of a chair was painful.  Every one of my bones hurt and I felt like I was 80 years old when I was getting out of a chair.  Not kidding.  I’m only 44 so that was starting to scare me.  Not to mention the complete lack of energy.  I didn’t want to do ANYTHING except lay on the couch and sleep.  
Having 2 teenagers in the house means there isn’t a lot of time to sleep.  <sigh>

I finally went to the Dr. the beginning of April and the nurse in me had pretty much diagnosed myself.  I was 100% sure I had Rheumatoid Arthritis and my weight gain had to be because of my hormones.  

*WRONG*

After much testing (complete overhaul) I went in to hear the results.  

STRESS &  Adjustment Disorder….

WHAT? Are you kidding me? I didn’t feel stressed at the moment and I’m pretty sure I can adjust to anything at this point.  

I could feel myself slinking down in the chair as my Dr. discussed this with me.  I started hearing all of my dearest friends and families voices, “Kimberly, don’t forget to take care of YOU during Russ’ recovery!”  Honestly I felt like I was getting a spanking from the Dr. 

More discussion lead to more understanding of what was going on.  As much as I wanted to blame my weight gain on my hormones it wasn’t the cause.  Stress was the cause.  As much as I wanted to blame my tiredness, lack of energy and bitterness on hormones… Depression was the cause of it.  

Why did it hurt to move then? Why are my bones hurting? Well, that’s because STRESS has overtaken your body Kimberly.  

I went home with a slew of referrals, meds and a big kick in the pants.  It was time to really put on some BIG BIG girl panties and take care of me.  That’s not easy for the girl who loves to take care of everyone else.  I was embarrassed as well.  

First things first, I started Physical Therapy to help with the terrible hip pain caused by Bursitis.  Who knew your muscles could basically freeze up from lack of moving.  Here I thought I was moving around all the time.  Not true.  

I also started a workout program, weight watchers and this snowballed into a massive life changing experience.  As much as I didn’t want this to happen, there was no getting out of it.  I’m committed.  

The hardest one to tackle for me was the label of Adjustment Disorder…. 

Umm, I’ve been known to adjust pretty darn good.  The truth was I am not adjusting to the new normal inside my home.  In fact, I almost mourn the past.  I can’t get through a conversation without the mention of the STROKE. I try hard not to say it, but somehow it always comes up.  Yes, I’ve struggled with the new normal.  In a sense I think there is a bit of anxiety related to all of this as well.  The “What if’s” are always on my mind.  
What if he has another stroke…
What if he can’t regain all of his strength…
What happens when he retires? 

Questions I have no control over yet they are constantly on my mind.  

The good news…. 
I’m getting it all taken care of.  Depression is not something to mess with.  I’m getting the help and putting my pride to the side.  
I’ve written before that sometimes we think as women we are Superwoman.  I’m here to tell you that it’s all make believe and we are not.  As much as we try, we can’t be all things to all people all the time.  At some point you have to raise the white flag and take care of YOU.  

In all of this, as hard as it was to type I know God has been faithful in this entire journey.  I’m learning knew things all of the time.  I just pray that my story can help someone else.  The stoic Kimberly didn’t plan on this chapter.  I’m learning…. It’s okay to ask for help.  

I’ll keep you posted dear friends!
P.S. I have lost 7.5 lbs.  I’m not ready for a bikini anytime soon but things are changing…. 
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Are You Ready For a Challenge?

TGIF Challenge Stampin' Up!


Are you ready for a challenge? 
It’s been a bit since I last chatted with you and I’ll update you on that this weekend.  It will be a sit down with coffee chat.

In the meantime, I have an exciting announcement!

I was asked to be a part of the TGIF Challenge Design Team and I was super excited to accept.  Every Friday a new challenge will be posted and you can participate in it. The group of Designers are pretty spectacular and I’m excited to be amongst them.  All of them are Artisans for Stampin’ Up!  Seriously… why me? I’m feeling a little pressure with these guys.  Yikes.  

You can check out all the designers on the TGIF website HERE.  

Our first challenge is all about color.  My FAVORITE!  I’m a color freak and love trying new colors to work with.  I don’t think I’ve ever put the colors listed above together.  I’ve done something similar but nothing like this.  Here is what I came up with: 

Mosaic Madness, tgif01, stampin' up!

I decided to pull one of my old time favs out of my stamp closet and give it one last whirl before it’s gone forever.  Mosaic Madness is such a great stamp set and then pair it with the Hi There set and it’s a match made in heaven.  Do you not LOVE that Hello script?? I can’t believe it’s going away.  SIGH!!

Below you can see a little close up of the details.  I used the Mosaic Punch (also retiring) to make a few of the images pop.  

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Are you ready to get started with the challenge? Click HERE to read all the details and play along.  

I’ll be back soon to share what’s going on in my crazy life.  XO


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Fancy Friday Blog Hop- Dude Cards!

Fancy Friday Blog Hop- Dude Cards!

Fancy Friday Blog Hop
I think it’s safe to say that I’ve given the Dude Cards a run for my own money this week.  Especially since it’s taken ME way out of my normal comfort zone of frilly pretty stuff.  

Today I was lucky enough to partner with a few Artisans from Stampin’ Up! and share with  you even more Dude cards.  How EXCITING is that??? You will find the blog hop links at the bottom of this post.  

Let’s get the party started.  Some of the favorite men in my life are military.  It’s time they hear how much I adore them.  

For Your Country stamp set, Stampin' Up!

Again, I’m keeping things on the simple side.  Not too flashy, but still manly.  

If you have military friends or family the For Your Country stamp set is totally worth having on hand.  It’s a super set to use for sending cards to our amazing troops.  

I paired my card with the World Map background stamp and used the Rock n Roll technique for the background.  

For Your Country stamp set, Stampin' Up!
Love how the Hexagon punch spotlights on pieces of the map.  Again, an easy touch.  


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When I was creating this card last night I became a little emotional.  Luckily it was just me still up and I could have my moment.  It just made me think how grateful I am for our Military Men and Women who serve our country.  It doesn’t have to be a holiday to let them know.  We should tell them ALL the time. 


For Your Country stamp set, Stampin' Up!

Right before we left Virginia Russ and I were out for dinner one night when smack dab in the middle of our dinner conversation he got up and walked over to an elderly man.  I sat there not knowing what in the world he was doing. He had gotten up to thank a World War 11 Veteran that was sitting adjacent to us.  I remember the smile on the mans face and it will be etched in my memory forever.  A soldier thanking a soldier.  Coolest thing ever.  Truly!! 

For Your Country stamp set, Stampin' Up!

Again, I kept these VERY simple.  Just a few layers.  Nothing cray cray, but it gets the point across.  I love that simple thank you greeting in the For Your Country stamp set.  That’s just IT.  A simple thank you will carry these fine men and woman a long way.  

Now it’s time to see what these artisans created for the M.A.N! I didn’t feel any pressure about what I was creating until just now.  These are also fine women who are the craftiest Kates I know.  Funny thing is your going to visit Mercedes blog and she has a DUDE (her husband) that stamps.  <grin> I love that! 

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I’m off to another gymnastics meet.  This time we are traveling 6 hours to Georgia.  I’m thankful my mama rides with me.  She keeps us entertained.  Wish Lexi luck and I’ll share how she does.  It’s going to be a great girls weekend.  




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Boys to Men- You Need This Laugh!

Boys to Men!

For just one second did you think I was talking about Boys 11 Men? Like the band? Oh my gosh…. do you remember them?? I think I had a few mix tapes cassettes of their songs. I listened to them with my BIG boom box sitting on my shoulder walking the neighborhood.  Yes, I really did. (please tell me you remember them or I will feel old!) 

Okay, so I’m not talking about the band, but now do you have the song End of the Road in your head? I’ve helped you out today and posted it at the bottom of the post! 

So I’m really talking about cards for BOYS and Men! Yes. I have a few for you.  A few of you asked On Bended Knee (bwhahahahah) if I would create a few… so I did.  

Let’s start with boys… they are much easier, literally! 
Sea Street stamp set, Stampin' Up!
I know this was one of the sets that many of you struggled with- Sea Street.  I loved the Octopus because he looked so happy.  There are some very cute images in this set like the school of fish.  SO cute.  I decided to pair this set with another one that was on the list called So You. This set is perfect for scrappers or card makers.  I decided to use the Happy greeting next to the Octopus.  Described him well- happy! 

I also noticed in my crafting stash that I have an over abundance of Washi Tape that is sitting and dusty.  I loved how this turned out by placing strips of Washi behind the circle die cut.  The stars were also from the So You stamp set.  Then I punched them using the star punch from the Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack.  Perfect fit.  
I will tell you that I’m not listing the Washi in my links below because I’m not exactly sure where they all come from.  Most of them are from Project Life Accessory Kits.  As you can see it’s not hard to coordinate them together.  




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Let’s talk about that men now.  

This week we’ve discussed that the man card is tough.  I did a big overhaul with my stamp sets to see what exactly I had on hand for men.  I came to the quick conclusion… not much.  I do know that feathers are manly.  They like to hunt, so surely they would like a feather or two, or three!

Four feathers stamp set, Masculine Card, Stampin' Up!

This card is very clean and simple.  I used the Adventure Bound DSP (very small strip) and decided to just layer a few elements.  To be truthful with you, I have a bag on my desk with remnants of card pieces and die cuts that are waiting to be used.  I pulled every element out of that bag to create this card.  I wanted to add so many do dads, but instead I added to quick staples to the feathers and they will stay put forever.  Gotta love that.  

Four feathers stamp set, Masculine Card, Stampin' Up!
Believe it or not, I’m not done with my manly cards.  I know, I know.  I can’t believe it either.  You’ll want to check back tomorrow to see my favorite yet.  It made me cry, so you know there must be a story to it.  

Now, just in case you are still reading and still humming a Boys 11 Men song… I’ve got your back.  Sit back and enjoy for just a minute.  




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Love to each!
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