Cutest Lamb Ever!

Cutest Lamb Ever!

I can’t get over this sweet little lamb and I can’t get enough of him.

The Easter Lamb is as single wood stamp in the Occasions catalog that I personally have a crush on.  I love that you can use this little guy for both Easter and Baby cards.  SCORE!!

 

Easter Lamb, Stampin' Up!, Easter

 

I recently did a swap with my team and this is my card I created for it.  Simple enough to create in mass quantities and I love that the Easter Lamb doesn’t need much coloring.  His cute little face says enough.

 

Easter Lamb, Stampin' Up!, Easter

I dolled this card up with a few doilies because he reminds me of something very delicate just like doilies are.

Easter Lamb, Stampin' Up!, EasterI love using Texture Embossing folders and this one I used the negative side of the polka dots. It’s different and I loved how the circles all came together- circles on his little body, the circle punch, the White Perfect Accents. A balance of circles.

I did use a Blender Pen to color in his face, ears and legs using Blushing Bride.  I also added a little Dazzling Diamonds over his body using a Two-Way Glue Pen.

Easter Lamb, Stampin' Up!, Easter

This last photo I wanted to show you something else I did to give it just a WEE bit more texture.  I didn’t use this for my swaps only to keep them a bit more simple, but I love how the Striped Scallop Thinlits added a bit more texture to the card.  It wasn’t the entire card, just the focal area.  I didn’t want to take away from the cutest lamb ever.

 

This might go down as the shortest post ever but great things are going on here at home…

 

I’ve been spending a little more time at the gym watching Alexis do her routines for her upcoming gymnastics meet this weekend.  She is looking fantastic although really beating herself up as the level she is competing at is 2 levels higher than her normal. We had to have a little chat tonight about expectations. I love that she is shooting for the moon, but at the same time want her to realize this is the FIRST time she has competed at this level.  In other words- hope for the best but don’t get your pants in a pinch if you score low.

Totally easy for mom to say.  I am pretty sure she rolled her eyeballs at me.  Thirteen is such a LOVELY age.

We are heading to Orlando on Friday for this gym meet.  It’s a big one at the ESPN center.  Wish her luck and pray she that I stay calm.  The best part is we will celebrate regardless of the outcome on Sunday at Disney.  YAY.  I feel like a little girl.

 

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I Knew I Couldn’t Keep Up!

I Knew I Couldn’t Keep Up!

 

Warning… thoughts pouring from my heart today.

Have you ever set yourself up for failure?

 

You know, you say you are going to do something but in your mind you are constantly telling yourself something like this….

“Girl, I don’t know why you started that.  You can’t keep up!”

 

“Girl, I don’t know why you said you would do it, you have no time!”

 

“Girl, just because she can do it, doesn’t mean you can do it!”

 

It reminds me of telling someone “YES” I will do that fun volunteer job although I have absolutely ZILCH time on my schedule to do it.

I do this ALL the time.

 

My heart is in the right place.  I want to do it all.

 

Here is the truth of the matter.

 

I can’t.

 

I’m pretty sure no one can do it all.  I’ve seen many try and continue to try even though their world is tumbling around them fast.

I can’t do it all and no one expects me too…. except myself.

 

Today I’m calling myself out and giving myself a little grace after beating myself up.

 

The truth is after blogging for 9 years (DANG, that’s a long time!) I’m always looking for ways to make it better.  Always looking for the next best thing to talk about, blog about and create something to inspire the masses.

 

I think I accomplish about 50% of that.  Mostly the creating part.  It’s the one thing that comes easy for me- creating.

 

A few weeks ago I said I wanted to become a little more organized in my blogging.  This meant structuring my weeks around a specific post each day and giving my readers something to look forward too.

Sounds good, right?

 

Ha Ha!

 

It lasted two weeks and I can’t keep up.

 

I live a pretty spontaneous life on the go all of the time.    I had a schedule on my desk of everything I wanted to post on each of the days.  I thought this was brilliant.  A plan. Something to guide me.

 

The exact opposite happened. It totally stressed me OUT.  When that happens, nothing happens.  I pull back and I don’t want to do any of it.  Stress is like cement for me.  My feet are stuck and I can’t move.

 

The truth is, I knew I couldn’t keep up even though I wanted to give it a try.  I’m a blogger that blogs on a whim.  It’s consistent, but it’s on my time. It’s fresh content… as in I blog typically after midnight.

It boiled down to trying to be something I’m not.  Every time that happens I get into a rut and have to do a little self examination.

 

That self examination leads to the feeling of failure.  Why can’t I do it that way? Why can I not be like them? Why am I a failure?

 

WHOA! I don’t know about you but sometimes my self examination is a bit much even for myself to handle and leads down a road that can spiral out of control.

 

 

Thankfully I am strong enough to do a little self “uplifting” chat with myself.  Telling myself to stop being something I am not. Be Kimberly.  God only made one of me.  I am not a failure. I am a girl who is being true to myself and realistic to the realities of my LIFE.

I’m a  girl who does things on a whim. A girl who loves to create and share it with you.  A girl that works hard to make things happen but works it her own way.

 

PHEW. I feel better already.

 

I couldn’t keep the schedule up and  it’s okay.  I can’t compare myself to others.  God made Kimberly to be Kimberly- a crazy, not so organized, speaks truth and does things on a whim kind of girl.

If you think that I don’t compare myself to others, I’m afraid I do.   I think I’ve said this before in another post.  Comparison is the one thing that steals my joy FAST.  Its the one thing that stops me from doing what I love. That feeling of wanting to be something I am not and I give it a try.  Man it’s an awful thief.

Today I am giving myself a little grace.  Knowing that what I set out to accomplish didn’t happen.  Like the many things I’ve done in my business when something isn’t working I change it.  When I fall flat on my face I get up, shake myself off and start over.

So today if something is stealing your joy, give yourself a little grace.  Brush yourself off and start over.

I’m going back to my whimsical self.

 

As always, I’m thankful for you.  Thanks for giving me grace. It’s only Wednesday and I’ve needed a lot of it so far.

 

 

Pattern Paper- Do You Use it?

Pattern Paper- Do You Use it?

Pattern Paper is something I typically hoard for years.  Even better is the hoarding takes on a this beautiful organization in my craft room where it sits on beautiful paper racks and looks GORGEOUS  on them.  Then the thought of using it comes to mind only for me to say “Okay, but just this tiny piece!”

 

You know this is true since you come here and visit my blog.  You see it.  Or… let’s just say you DON’T see it.

 

I have GOOD intentions friends! I pull it out and then BOOM- I have no clue how to incorporate the pattern paper into a project.

 

I’ve tried to be more mindful of my lack of use with the new Occasions catalog but I’m noticing quickly I’m stuck in the same pattern.  I pull it out, look at it.. stuff it back onto it’s pretty place and then it gets no use.

Can anyone relate to this craziness?

 

This Occasions catalog I am in love with two of the patterns offered.  One is my absolute favorite- Birthday Boutique and the other is the It’s My Party designer paper.  Both have great patterns and lots of coordinating colors to work with.

Tuesday Tip

Today’s tip is pretty simple.

In fact, it might be something you already do but could be a reminder for us to do more.

Pattern Paper, Rose Wonder, Stampin' Up!

 

I am not one to stamp on my pattern paper.  Ever.  I had some scraps sitting on my stamp table and it so happens it was this beautiful striped piece from the Birthday Boutique Designer Paper.

Was in a stamping rut when I had stamped two filigree images onto the Whisper White and wasn’t sure where else to go with this card.  Once I saw the designer paper sitting there I grabbed it and decided to stamp the Easter greeting from the Rose Wonder stamp set.  I love the fonts in this greeting and was surprised how well this came out.

Pattern Paper, Rose Wonder, Stampin' Up!

 

What do you think?

Pattern Paper, Rose Wonder, Stampin' Up!

I added a little ribbon under the pattern paper and then a doily at the top and keep this in place with a simple staple.

 

The only thing left to add was a few White Perfect Accents.  The card is then layered onto the Blushing Bride twice and then onto the card base of Whisper White Thick cardstock.

Pattern Paper, Rose Wonder, Stampin' Up!

 

Again, this could be something you do all the time but for me, it’s NEW.  It’s a great way to take a stab at the pounds of pattern papers I have sitting pretty and just maybe I can make a dent into my hoarding obsession.  OR I can continue to hoard the paper and pretend I’m using it.  Either way, it’s pretty to look at and it makes me happy.

 

 

You can see all the supplies I used below in the clickable links.

Pattern Paper, Rose Wonder, Stampin' Up!

 

Do you have a product that you hoard besides stamps or paper? What’s your obsession? I’d love to hear.

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New Products on the Horizon

New Products on the Horizon

Sale-a-bration has been a great promotion this year with Stampin’ Up! and this year they are doing something I love.  As a crafter and one who has her eye on fun products pretty much all the time, I love seeing something FRESH come my way.

 

This year Stampin’ Up! introduced a few products that were limited time only in the Sale-a-Bration brochure.  These products have a been a huge success and they are fantastic products.  You can find these in the last pages of the Sale-a-bration brochure.

Beginning on February 16th, you can receive one of these new products for every $50 you spend.  YAY! YAY! YAY! Click HERE to see the new products.  They are dynamo!

This weekend Alexis attended a birthday party and her friend was turning 13.  I decided to play with my new Party Pants stamp set to create a card for her friend.  Personally, the name is what I love so much.  Party Pants.  Giggle.

 

Party Pants, Stampin Up!, Sale-a-Bration

I wanted something nice and bright and these colors worked perfect.  Daffodil is a color I’ve been drawn to this winter.  I guess it’s the sunshine I’ve needed.

 

Party Pants, Stampin Up!, Sale-a-Bration

Create It!

The beauty of this card is the fact you can use any balloon stamp set you have.  Look outside the box and think more of a sketch for this card.

 

  • Card base is 4-1/4 x 11 Whisper White Thick cardstock.  I use the thick because it’s a nice heavy weight for card bases.
  • Melon Mambo cardstock 4 x 5-1/4 textured embossed using the Big Shot and the Tiny Triangles Embossing Folder.
  • Two small banners using the It’s My Party DSP measuring approx. 1 x 2-1/2.
  • Daffodil Delight cardstock 1-1/2 x 4-1/4 stamped with the tiny hexagon images in the Party Pants stamp set.  Sponged lightly around the cardstock to give it a little extra pop.
  • Whisper White cardstock punched using the 2-1/2″ Circle punch with 2 small Gold Foil doilies behind the circle.
  • I used the Number of Years Bundle to stamp the numbers and framelits to cut them out.  Numbers stamped in Daffodil Delight.
  • Balloon is stamped onto Whisper White cardstock using Daffodil Delight ink and then punched using the Balloon Bouquet Punch.  (The Balloon Bouquet bundle is another great bundle to consider.  Click HERE to view it.) I stamped the greeting onto the center of the balloon using Archival Basic Black Ink and attached Whisper White Bakers Twine to the back of the balloon.
  • Dimensionals used to pop up some of the elements.  It’s always fun to use dimensionals to create a little extra “pizzaz!”

 

 

Number of Years Bundle, Stampin' Up!

Party Pants, Stampin Up!, Sale-a-Bration

Of course don’t forget the envelope.  It’s always fun to create the party on the outside of the card too.

Party Pants, Stampin Up!, Sale-a-Bration

 

Thirteen is definitely something special so I hope this new teenager enjoyed the card, but I’m pretty sure she enjoyed the package a little more.  Regardless, I loved creating it and I loved that Alexis enjoys me creating these for friends.

I couldn’t help but laugh when I was creating this card thinking to myself… if I was making this for my own friends the balloon greeting should read… “Put your Potty Pants on!”  Oh to be young again.

 

Party Pants, Stampin Up!, Sale-a-Bration

You can find the supplies used for this card below in the clickable links.

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This Color Combination Could Be Tough

This Color Combination Could Be Tough

I’ve been sifting through a few color combinations trying to change up things as I create.

 

Do you ever find yourself using the same colors all the time?

 

I don’t notice it right away until all of a sudden I look at the pile of cardstock scraps near my desk and think to myself… WOW.  The same colors are used frequently.

One of my favorite Pinterest boards I have and pin to frequently is my Color Combinations board.  You can see it here.  It’s LOADED with colors.

I decided to pull a color off my ink shelf that has barely been used.  In fact I think it’s been used ONCE.  EEK.

 

Cucumber Crush is not on my favorite list of colors but I love a good challenge and wanted to see what colors I could pair it up with.  I thought it would be fun to challenge you too!

Ready for a weekend challenge?

 

Cucumber Crush -Color Combination

Color Combination, Apple of my Eye, Stampin' Up!

Are you thinking SUMMER? That’s what I instantly thought of when I looked at these four colors together.  It screams summer.

I thought of citrus, watermelon, and swimsuits to be honest.

Here is what I created using this combination.

Color Combination, Apple of my Eye, Stampin' Up!

 

The Apple of My Eye stamp set was top of my list.  Think lemons, limes, oranges and sweet slice of watermelon.  YUM.

Color Combination, Apple of my Eye, Stampin' Up!

Tips & Tricks 

  • Stamp the round citrus image in all four colors onto Whisper White cardstock.
  • Punch using the 1-1/2 or 1-3/4 Circle Punch and then cut in half.
  • Create a tag using Crumb Cake cardstock and the Ornate Tag Topper punch
  • Attach the Citrus halves to the tag using Snail Adhesive and alternating with dimensionals.
  • Add a Gold Foil Doily for a little extra punch of color.

Confession Time…. 

You are not going to believe this…

As I was typing this I was looking to see what size punch I used for the citrus image. I noticed the Idea Book & Catalog states to use the 1-1/2 circle punch.

Quick thought to myself was… “Silly Stampin’ Up!  We don’t have a 1-1/2″ Circle Punch!”

Then I flipped to the pages filled with our punches.

OH MY GOSH…..

WE DO have a 1-1/2″ Circle punch.

We’ve had this since JUNE!!! Where I have been??? How did I miss this???

Just when you think you know everything in the catalog- BOOM! You don’t.

Friends… You know what I’m ordering ASAP?

Yes. That. Punch!

Sigh…

 

Color Combination, Apple of my Eye, Stampin' Up!

Here is the good thing.  I managed well with the 1-3/4″ Circle Punch but I know the 1-1/2″ Circle punch is going to be AMAZING for layering.  Oh the opportunities I have missed.

Color Combination, Apple of my Eye, Stampin' Up!

 

It’s a good thing this is Friday.  It’s been a crazy week of crazy and I’m ending my Friday on a great note knowing that I have another tool coming my way.

Apple of My Eye

It’s time for you to take this color combination and make it happen.  I hope you will share with me because I love when you do.

Create something fantastic this weekend and most of all, enjoy the process.

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