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Post Christmas Happenings

Post Christmas Happenings

 

Christmas day was amazing spent with family.

After we attended our morning church service we came home to unwrap the gifts.

Brandon and Alexis enjoyed all of their gifts and the day couldn’t have been more perfect.

It’s the day after Christmas that cracks me up.  We are typically low key, relaxing around the house playing with our new toys.

It also brings on a post Christmas purge.  Not just for me but for the kids too.

I’ve already cleaned out my closest, and my office.  Oh my WORD.  The stuff… the STUFF!!!

 

Relax and Unwind

These last few weeks we have been on overdrive.  I’m sure each of us could say this same thing.  I adore the Christmas season, but I have to admit that the “busy” gets overwhelming.

I wish I could fit in all of the festivities that I want, but the closer we get to Christmas the more exhausted I feel.

It’s nice to chill out at home without an agenda.

Although we have some scheduled events coming up, the big plan is to RELAX.

I’m looking forward to some peaceful creating time.

 

Hello …Vertical Garden

I wanted to share another card I created for the display at OnStage using the Vertical Garden stamp set.

This big hello image is perfect to use with our Ombre’ stamp pads.

 

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The image is a two step stamp.  I stamped the solid hello image first, then added the second image which outlines the word hello using Bermuda Bay ink.

 

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I love how the Vellum butterflies added a soft touch to this card.  The butterflies were punched using the Elegant Butterfly punch.

 

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Quick Tips 

  • Attaching Vellum to cardstock can be tough because you don’t want to see the adhesive.  To overcome this little problem, I try to find a way to hide the adhesive.  I placed a Mini Glue Dot in the center of the Vellum butterfly and attached to the card.  Then I attached the gold Enamel Dot over the same area where you could see the Mini Glue Dot.  This was a perfect way to hide the adhesive.
  • The Ombre’ stamp pads are a fantastic addition to our inks. To get a perfect Ombre’ look when using these pads, simply tap your stamp image in tiny circles onto the pad and then stamp your image.  The small circular motion will allow a nice even and clean image when stamping.

This stamp set has been a joy to create with and one that you can use for many different projects.  If you are looking for more ideas using this set make sure to check out this post HERE.

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You can find great stamp sets, ink, cardstock and amazing embellishments in my online store.

Click HERE and see the possibilities for creating fabulous projects this year.

I’d love to be your creative coach and share with you as you begin this hobby or if you are ready to step it up a notch.

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Wrapping Christmas With Love

Wrapping Christmas With Love

This past weekend I was busy wrapping Christmas gifts and baking.

Baking is one of my favorite things to do during the holidays but I tend to eat more than I give.

Wrapping Christmas gifts is not one of my favorite things to do, but I turn up the Christmas music and get into it.

 

Wrapped in Warmth

One of the other things I’ve been working on is my Christmas cards.  I thought I had enough created and BOOM- I need many more.

AHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!  How can this be??????

Not going to lie… I really thought I had created enough.

I guess you know what I’ll be doing over the next week plus I need to make my Christmas tags.

It will all get finished.  It ALWAYS does.

Today I have a fun card to share created using the Wrapped in Warmth stamp set.

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The Warmth & Cheer Designer Series Paper Pack helped to make this card super easy to create.  LOVE this paper.  I’m a huge fan of the Crumb Cake color tone and this paper is full of it.

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Another fun element used is the Cable Knit Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder.  It is DEFINITELY Dynamic.  WOW.

The last little element I used was the Bakers Twine Trio Pack.  Absolutely fell in love with the Gold Twine.  This twine can compliment any project.

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From Our Home To Yours

 

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Here is another version using the same set and paper.

Again, I used lots of the designer series paper.

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I stamped the greeting twice and created a little paper piecing to add a little more color to the greeting.  I could have achieved this same look with markers by coloring the images in the colors I wanted and stamping.  Paper piecing the greeting added a little more texture to the card.

 

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The Cable Knit Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing folder definitely adds the dynamic touch to these cards.

 

Add Warmth to Your Holidays

The Wrapped in Warmth stamp set is currently on sale during Stampin’ Up!’s close out sale.  It’s a promotion not to be missed.  Imagine these great greetings added to your Christmas packages.  They are perfect for creating tags.

I’ll be challenging myself to create tags using this stamp set as I can see they will be perfect touch to wrapping Christmas with love.

 

Here are a few more samples created by Stampin’ Up!  The possibilities are endless.

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Stamp with Me! See Online Classes Available!

Purchase $50 from my Online Store and receive my December Tutorial FREE.   

All online orders will receive a hand stamped card with a little surprise inside.

End of Year Close Out Sale 

Click the photo below and see all the GOODIES on sale.

It’s AMAZING!!

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The Best of Christmas

The Best of Christmas

It’s the weekend which makes us all happy.

Why not take a little time travel and look back at some of what I’ll call, the best of Christmas?

I thought I would share a few of my favorites that I’ve created over the last few months.

 

Kimberly’s Favorites

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After looking back at all of the fun Christmas and holiday cards created, I had a hard time trying to pick my favorites.

Don’t get me wrong… this was not so much about MY favorite creations but my favorite products I was able to design with.

This Holiday Catalog has been amazing to work with because of all the fantastic coordinating products we’ve had available.

Here is a break down of my best of Christmas and I would love to hear what your favorites products have been from the Holiday catalog.

 

Holly Berry Happiness

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The Holly Berry Happiness became a favorite right away because of the coordinating Holly Berry Builder Punch.  I love the size of the holly leaves and the stamp set is a two-step stamp.  Adding vellum to this project created a nice soft touch overall.

See all the details of this card HERE.

Cookie Cutter Christmas 

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Every single image in the Cookie Cutter Christmas  stamp set is AMAZING. The coordinating punch, Cookie Cutter Builder makes creating super easy.

Simply stamp and punch any of the images.  LOVE!

Learn more how I created the background for this card HERE.

 

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This project is very simple using our smaller gusseted bags.  I filled the bags with red hot candies to simulate the reindeer noses.

SO fun and a great little giftie to give to friends.

Wrapped in Warmth

 

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There are so many great products on this card that I fell in love with.  The stamp set Wrapped in Warmth was PERFECT to coordinate with the Warmth & Cheer Designer Series Paper.  There is no ugly sweater in this paper pack. This paper pack is 50% off until January 3rd.

The coordinating doesn’t stop there.  One of my favorite products in the Holiday catalog has been the Cable Knit Textured Embossing Folder.  This isn’t just any Textured Embossing Folder.  It feels REAL.  The embossing is amazing and perfect for ANY winter cards.

See all the details on this card HERE.

Banners for Christmas

 

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The Banners for Christmas stamp set was instant love for me with that beautiful candy cane image and gorgeous banner.

Once again, it’s the love of Stampin’ Up!’s product coordination that makes designing projects so easy and fun.

One of my faves on this card is the Real Red Glitter Stampin’ Emboss Powder.  So fun to see that candy cane image sparkle.  WOW.

I’m also a huge fan of this card sketch.  If you are ever in a pinch for creating a card, try this card sketch.

The red stripe is Washi Tape.  If you are a Washi Tape hoarder, this sketch will help you use it up.  The Candy Cane Lane Designer Washi Tape has great designs and perfect to coordinate with the Banner for Christmas stamp set.

 See all of the details for this card HERE.

Click HERE for another fun card using the Banners for Christmas stamp set.

Jolly Friends 

 

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This guy!  Creating this card was instant joy.  I love this little moose from the Jolly Friends stamp set.

His sweet little Santa hat was created using the Jolly Hat Builder Punch.

This card could easily be duplicated and many other color combinations used.

Click HERE to see more details on this card.

Tin of Tags- Favorite of the Season

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I’ve had the privilege of creating a ton of Christmas cards this year, but hands down this is one of my favorites.

The music notes paper from  This Christmas Designer Series Paper  has been one of my favorite patterns to use.

Another favorite…. The Tin of Tags Kit and stamp set.

This kit has great elements like the wooden snowflakes, tiny confetti stars and my favorite… thin washi tape.  THE BEST.

You can find more details on this card HERE.

Best of Christmas

Thank you for letting me share my version of the “best of Christmas” with you.  Each of the these cards use products I’ve really enjoyed this season.

There is still time to enjoy them, in fact… the project I have in progress is making Christmas tags using the Cookie Cutter Christmas! YES!

Have an awesome week and make something pretty!!

XOXOXO

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All online orders will receive a hand stamped card with a little surprise inside.

End of Year Close Out Sale 

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It’s AMAZING!!

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Christmas Glamper Greetings

Christmas Glamper Greetings 

When I first laid my eyes on the Glamper Greetings stamp set, I knew I had to have it.

This stamp set was FIRST on my wish list and first to be opened.

Then it sat on my craft table forever.

It wasn’t until I was asked to share this stamp set in Atlanta that it finally was used.

Do you have a similar story? I’d love to know what set is patiently waiting for you to use.

 

Two Cards Two Ways

My goal for sharing this set included sharing a wow version and a simple version.

Both versions are completely duplicatable.

 

 

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WOW Factor

The only reason I’m going to give this card a label of “WOW” is because of the extra elements I used.

Plus it does have some fussy cutting.

Be honest… are you a lover or hater of fussy cutting?

I love fussy cutting… but I know it’s not everyones favorite.

I find fussy cutting relaxing. Call me CRAZY!!

A few of the extra’s I included consisted of the following:

  • Mini Jingle Bells
  • Red Metallic Thread
  • Designer Series Paper

 

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One of my favorite elements on this card includes the Mini Jingle Bells.  I’ve definitely used these on many projects this year.

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One thing that is hard to capture in the photo is the Red Glitter Embossing Powder.

It’s just enough sparkle and fun to watch that glitter get shiny when you heat it. That’s a WOW!

I used Kraft cardstock for the base of my card.  A very simple background was created using the glamper image and VersaMark.

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Simple and Fun

Now let me share a little skimmed down version.  It’s not much of a change, but notice the subtle differences.

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What you probably notice right away  is there is no Designer Series Paper.  It’s a simple change, but one that I thought made a pretty big difference.

One other bling factor I added to this card is the sequins.  A simple yet fun way to spruce up any card.

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The Red Glimmer Paper was a perfect addition for both card.

 

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The Glamper Greetings stamp set has REALLY cute and tiny images to create holiday cards for all seasons and can be used all year long.

Regardless of a wow or simple version using this stamp set, the card is going to be darling.

I mean… the glamper… HELLO! SO cute!

I have a few more cards I’ll be sharing using this stamp set over the next week.

See all of the products used for this stamp set in the clickable links below.

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Creative Gift Packaging Ideas

Creative Gift Packaging Ideas

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Do you struggle at this time of year with creative gift packaging ideas?

Today the Creation Station team has a blog hop filled with creative packaging and gift gifting ideas.

Creative gift packaging can mean all sorts of things.  A few things that come to mind are tags, bows, and boxes.

I thought I would show you a little of each today and one is a fun project you can create in no time that can serve as an ornament and a pretty embellishment to a package.

 

Wreath Ornament 

Every year my mother places a new Christmas ornament on each of our packages and they are so pretty hanging from the gifts.

I wanted to use her idea as my inspiration to get started.  Then I found a fun idea on Pinterest and ran with it.

A simple wreath created using Ball Jar Lids. It’s SO fun and EASY!

 

 

Creating the Wreath 

You only need a few supplies to get started and embellishing the wreath can be very simple.

Here are the supplies you will need to create the wreath:

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How To Create the Wreath

  1. Simply take any burlap ribbon or in my case the Kraft rope ribbon, and begin by placing a little hot glue inside the jar lid to hold your ribbon in place.  Once you have gone around the entire lid, wrap a few more times to create a finished look.  Hot glue will keep the ribbon in place.
  2. Wrap a piece of Bakers Twine or Gold thread so you can hang your wreath from a Christmas tree or your gift packaging.
  3. Be creative with embellishing.  I used the Pretty Pines thinlits to create the pine needles at the top of one the wreaths.  Then I finished off the wreath using Very Vanilla 1/2″ Lace Trim to create the bow.

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I used the Holly Builder Punch to create the holly leaves for the other wreath.  Very simple, yet elegant.

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Quick & Simple  Gift Tag

One of my go to products from the Holiday Catalog this year has been the White Gift Boxes.  They are the perfect size and easy to embellish.

 

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The best part of these boxes are the clear belly band that comes with each box.

The boxes measure 3″ all around.  I took a 3″ x 12″ piece of Fabulous Foil Designer Acetate and wrapped inside of the clear belly band.  It was a perfect fit and gave this box a little more fancy.

Creating the Tag

  • Adhere a piece of Whisper White cardstock (3″ x 3″) to the top of the box (over the clear belly band).
  • Stamp a few pines onto the Whisper White using Garden Green and Pear Pizzaz inks using the Christmas Pines stamp set.
  • Create pine needles using the Pretty Pines Thinlits.  Attach to the Whisper White cardstock using a glue gun.

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  • Create a tag by using the Lots of Labels Framelits with your Big Shot.
  • Stamp the greeting from the Christmas Pines stamp set using Whisper White Craft ink.  Heat emboss with White Stampin’ Emboss Powder.  Punch a small hole at the top.
  • Wrap the Cherry Cobbler 3/8″ Silky Taffeta ribbon into a bow a few times and attach to box using a glue gun.
  • Attach Gold thread to the tag and thread a few of the Mini Jingle Bells to the thread.  Attach tag to box with a glue gun.

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What Will You Create?

While I’ve only given you a few ideas for creative gift packaging I hope these inspire you to be creative when it comes time to wrap those gifts.

As always… enjoy the process.  It’s the love behind the packaging that means the most.

 

Time to Hop Along

Now enjoy a few more packaging ideas from the Creation Station Designers. Simply click the next button and hop along!

Is there anything better than enjoying a Sunday of inspiration?  As you enjoy these, I’ll be putting up the Christmas tree with the family.  We will blast the Christmas music, I will sing loudly…. and the kids will put ornaments up FASTER.  Works every year!

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Creative Gift Packaging, Creation Station, Stampin' Up!

 

 

End of Year Close Out Sale 

Click the photo below and see all the GOODIES on sale.

It’s AMAZING!!

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New Tutorial Available

The December Tutorial is now available.

Purchase $50 in my Online Store in December and get the tutorial FREE.

SUBSCRIBERS: Tutorial was emailed on Saturday, December 3rd. Email me if you DID NOT receive it.

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Document Your December 

 

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Are you ready to document the most wonderful time of year through memory keeping?

You may remember last year I offered a Hello December Online Class sharing daily photo, journaling and title prompts to help you create a magical keepsake for years to come.

I’m excited to offer this class again. YAY YAY YAY!!!

Before you click the link to read more about it… I want to tell you a few things….

If you purchase the following products from my Online Store you can receive the tutorial FREE.

Click HERE to learn more about the Hello December Online Class!

 

Happy Sunday!