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All New Stamps in the Mail

All New Stamps in the Mail

Time for another month of Stamps in the Mail and I’m pretty excited.

This could be my favorite Stamps in the Mail yet.

Okay, maybe I say that every single time, but really…. this is pretty AWESOME.

 

Apple of My Eye

As I was preparing which stamp set I would use (always a fun task) I wasn’t sure what to use.  I have a cabinet filled with luscious stamps all crying to be used and the one I was bound to pick was going to get a ton of play time.

 

The Apple of My Eye stamp set is one that I loved right away when the new Occasions Catalog went live in January.  Once I had it in my hot little hands I struggled to use it, but then again that’s been an ongoing problem.

 

 

Yesterday my house was finally quiet.  No one decided to stay home and I had no place to go.  Well, actually that was a forced situation as Russ had my car because he had an accident on Monday.  That’s another story I’ll tell you later but he is fine, his truck needs a little work.

 

 

I started stamping with the Apple of My Eye stamp set and the ideas kept running.  Before I knew it I had 8 cards completed and every single one of them made my heart happy.

 

 

I’m sharing one of the cards today because I couldn’t contain my excitement.

 

Stamps in the Mail, Apple of My Eye Stamp set, Stampin' Up!

This is just a bonus project that I created for Stamps in the Mail. The fun part is how I created that color pattern on the pear image.  I almost wanted to EAT IT.

 

Stamps in the Mail, Apple of My Eye Stamp set, Stampin' Up!

This stamp set is perfect for Spring, Summer and really any occasion.  This is why I love it for Stamps in the Mail.  It’s a versatile stamp set that can give you a lot of bang for your buck.

Stamps in the Mail, Apple of My Eye Stamp set, Stampin' Up!

 

I have to admit a little giddiness last night when I laid my head on my pillow for many reasons-

  • I haven’t made that many cards in a day in FOR-EVAH!
  • The ideas flowed like maple syrup.  EASY.  This hasn’t been the case with creating lately.
  • They are SO pretty and every single card makes me happy!
  • My happiness meter escalated to the top yesterday.  Creating brings me joy.  Sharing my creating process is the epitome of that happiness.  That’s right.  Inspiring you to create and seeing YOUR joy is truly happiness.

Are You Ready to Join Me? 

If you have never stamped with me, I encourage you to give it a try.

If you have been waiting for this months Stamps in the Mail, it’s here and it’s going to be AWESOME.

Click HERE to find out more information on Stamps in the Mail and how you can join in the fun.  It’s easy.  I promise.

 

 

Stamps in the Mail, Apple of My Eye Stamp set, Stampin' Up!

Looking for past Stamps in the Mail? Click HERE to purchase previous Stamps in the Mail that I have offered.  These are PDF instructions/videos only.  No materials included.  Great class ideas.

 

You can view all of the supplies I used for this card in the clickable links below.

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April Hostess Code, Stampin' Up!

PS- The tale of our Monday….. 

Monday Blues

Monday was a Monday.

Russ had just picked up Brandon and 3 other teens to come to our home so the kids could work on a cooking project for Spanish class.

Out of the blue a driver came from the center lane into the right lane in front of Russ to make a quick turn into a pawn shop and russ ran into them.  Luckily no one was injured.  After waiting for an hour for the police to arrive (non emergency) I went and picked up all the kids to bring them home.  Russ ended up waiting another 1.5 hours for the police.

We are thankful that everyone is okay, including the other driver who was charged with crossing lanes.

Now, the tough part.  The truck goes back in the shop. Yes, back in.  Russ hit a deer in January and caused damage to the hood.  I just got my car back Friday after a fender bender in February.  That took two weeks to fix.  As we left with my car last Friday we joked that while the shop did GREAT work, we didn’t want to see them again.

Russ went to see them AGAIN.

They must LOVE us.

Russ’ car shouldn’t be driven as the bumper is rubbing on his tire.  So, back to one car and why I was stuck at home to create.  It’s not all bad, really!

XOXOXO

Starting Fresh Again- It’s a Challenge!

Starting Fresh Again- It’s a Challenge!

If I could restart the month of March, I would.  The old story of March coming in like a lion has held 100% true for me.

 

From the beginning of the month it’s been a challenge and one I would like to personally erase or at least try to stand tall and MOVE forward.

 

Russ and I always say it’s the little things that add up.  We typically keep this quote to financial situations but I believe this month it holds true to life situations.  From helping our friends with the tornado disaster and then getting really sick.  EEK.

 

Every little thing added up this month and kept setting me back.  Nothing that I can’t spring back from, but enough that you can get so overwhelmed with your own “to do” list it paralyzes you.  In my case when this happens, I get nothing done except talking about the things that need to be done.  Anyone relate?

 

I guess as I get older recovering from life’s hiccups are harder for me to deal with.  It’s the reality and it’s a big struggle.

 

Creating Again

I told my family this past weekend that I needed to close my stamp room and hibernate inside for little while.  I had a massive amount of deadlines that needed to be completed and wasn’t sure exactly where to start.

 

I started with the most important thing- coffee.  My brain needed to fire off at a high rate of speed….

 

I have felt like I’ve had a creative block since November when they read my name for the Artisan Award.  I’m not kidding.  It’s like they said…. “Hey Kimberly! We like your work, but here is the real challenge…. can you keep it up?”

I’d like to answer that with a quick…. “Umm. NO!”  Every bit of creative mojo I had has taken a sabbatical.  Gone. Bye bye.  What happened to all of my ideas?? Where are you??? Hello Mojo…. please come BACK.

 

This has happened before and I’ve even discussed this creative block here before. The key is finding the mojo….

Finding Your Creative Mojo

 

Sometimes when I’m trying to find my creative mojo again I actually copy myself, or put a bunch of products on my desk that I want to use and see where it all ends up.  I did a little bit of both for today’s card.

It is no surprise that I have a ton of Designer Paper waiting to be used.  One of the patterns I have loved but haven’t used much is the Farmers Market DSP.  Adorable paper, yet so challenging for me.

When I opened my cabinet with all of my stamps I was drawn to one of our hostess sets called Silhouettes & Script. I loved the pear image and I also loved the pear image in the Farmers Market DSP.

Challenge, Silhouettes & Script, Stampin' Up!

 

I wanted to keep the card a little more “Farmers Market” so I went with a few more rustic colors that I pulled from the Designer Paper.

 

Challenge, Silhouettes & Script, Stampin' Up!

 

One of the great stress relievers when making this card was pulling the strings on the Burlap Ribbon to make it more “tattered” looking.  I love how the ribbon and corrugated cardstock came together and it reminded me of a basket of fruit.

 

Challenge, Silhouettes & Script, Stampin' Up!

 

I added the Vellum to the card as a paper layer only because I love Vellum and the soft look it provides.

 

Challenge, Silhouettes & Script, Stampin' Up!

 

To create the different colors on the pear image I used a sponge dauber to apply the ink.  This was perfect to add the Old Olive ink around the pear.  I also used another stamp set, Timeless Textures for a few more rustic elements to the card and lastly sponged Tip Top Taupe around the edges very lightly.

 

I kept things very simple but I love how the images all came together.

 

Challenge Yourself

Sometimes we need to challenge ourselves to get out of our creative funk.  While this technique doesn’t always work for me, I can also grab a few other resources like my own card stash or a few looks on Pinterest to bring things together.  I’m still looking for my full on creative mojo.  I believe the one thing that helped this weekend was to let go and create.  Giving myself that freedom felt good and I made a card for a sweet couple.  No clue who that couple is, but I’m ready when I find them.

 

Thank you for the get well wishes.  I can’t tell you how much I appreciated them and the prayers.  I felt your love as I sat quietly and peacefully on my couch.  I don’t know exactly what I had but I do know it zapped every bit of energy this girl had and I’m still not 100%!  That’s crazy.

 

XOXOXOXO