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Celebrating Life & Prince

Celebrating Life & Prince

Celebrating today… I guess you can call it that.  Celebrating the life of Prince.  How can it be true?


After hearing the news about Prince today I’ve had a rush of amazing memories from my teen years listening to his music.

Celebrating, Prince

I can’t believe he’s gone.

One of the most creative music artists in my book.  He could be a little freakish, but I was totally attracted to that.  Most of all I loved his music and probably the only artist that I knew every word when I sang his tunes. That says a lot as I typically mumble many words to songs I love because I can’t remember the words.   I loved his music that much.


I’ve celebrated his life by listening to every song he has written.  I was frantic looking for one of his CD’s in the house. Still haven’t found it. Sigh….



As I was listening it brought back more memories of sitting by the radio waiting for one of his songs to play so I could record it.  Yes, I did that.  Did you? Remember when the radio guy would keep talking while you were trying to record your favorite tune? Those were the BEST tapes.



I had a list of things to get done today.  It didn’t happen.  Instead I’ve tested the patience of my children as I’ve made them listen to Prince all evening.  At one point I think I heard one of them say, “Not again!”

I think I’ll  listen to a few more of his songs….



Celebrating Life

Last night I pulled many retired sets off my shelf that I wanted to make sure had lots of ink before I say goodbye to them.  The stack was a little overwhelming, but I tackled it.

I have many cards to share with you.  I was on a roll last night.

By the Tide

Celebrating, By the Tide, Stampin' Up!


By the Tide is a stamp set that has not been lonely.  It’s been a well loved set for many many years especially for this beach loving girl.  You can see a few cards I created below.  You may remember a few of them.

I wanted to try a different color combination and I love how it turned out.



Of course I wanted the Lobster to be red, but I didn’t want the red to dominate the entire card.  I used a Sponge Dauber to add the Blushing Bride ink around the center of the lobstah (said in my New England accent!)

Celebrating, By the Tide, Stampin' Up!

I added a few other stamp sets to this card-

Gorgeous Grunge was perfect to add a little texture.

Rose Wonder was perfect for the greeting.  I also love that label framelit that coordinates.

Celebrating, By the Tide, Stampin' Up!

Celebrating, By the Tide, Stampin' Up!


Sadly, the Corrugated White cardstock is on the retired list.  If you love to add texture to your projects, this is definitely a GREAT purchase.  I’ve used the Kraft corrugated more than the white, however it comes in one pack together.  I will definitely miss having this to use.

The last thing I added to this card was a few White Perfect Accents.  These are excellent to add a little bling to a project without the bling bling.  Does that make sense? Ha ha ha!

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


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Thanks for letting me spill my guts about Prince.  I do feel like I’m celebrating a music legend.  He had incredible talent.

I’m curious how many other Prince fans are out there.  What was your favorite song? Did you ever see him in concert?

Seeing him in concert was on my bucket list.  Sigh…..

Love you!


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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5 Stamps Every Stamper Should Own

5 Stamps Every Stamper Should Own

Stamps? Just 5 you say Kimberly?

Well, I could give you a list of 500 because I’m sure that’s the amount that my stamp room has seen over the years- or more….


I want to keep the list to 5 stamp sets because I’m narrowing it down to the new Occasions catalog.


Now this wasn’t easy but it’s a question I get asked a TON.  What would I choose if I could only choose 5 stamps and why? I’ve linked a sample that’s been created with all of them but one.


My Top 5 Stamps and Why!

  1. Enjoy the Little Things (Page 33)  This stamp set not only has fun greetings that are great for any occasion card, it also has sweet small images that are perfect for simple cards.  The two border stamps are perfect for stamping on your cards as well as the envelope.  This also coordinates with a Project Kit that anyone could enjoy.  It’s my Top favorite and perfect if you are a brand new stamper. I have created a card below that you can see as well as this card HERE.
  2. Rose Wonder (Page 18)  If you are looking for versatility, look no further.  This stamp set covers marriage, sympathy, birthday, thank you, blessings and even a scripture verse. This one stamp set is perfection for any project or card.  The gorgeous rose, leaf and small flower can be stamped simply for a new stamper or stepped up for the advanced stamper. Think about watercoloring, paper piecing, glitter, embossing.  This set would be beautiful with anything done to it.  With the matching Rose Garden Thinlits Dies this makes your crafting easier as you will not have to fussy cut anything.  SCORE!  Here is a card I created using this set HERE.
  3. Number of Years (Page 11) Stampers or scrapbookers will love this set for paper crafting.  No more searching for the numbers you need for a birthday card.  They are right at your finger tips and have the matching framelits-Large Numbers Framelits Dies.  This set covers birthdays, Anniversaries, and even has a few flowers in the mix.  It’s also perfect for keeping your memories alive for children grade school years captured.  This is definitely versatile and practical for the amount of use you can get out of it.  I see teacher projects and many birthday cards created with this stamp set.
  4. Balloon Celebration (Page 12) I chose this stamp set not only for the fun balloons but one of the greetings captured my heart, “Come, Let us sit together and drink”.  Along with this comes Coffee, Hot Chocolate, Champagne greetings.  Why do I love this? It’s about gathering people together.  Enjoying the fellowship of others.  THIS I love.  Have you ever wanted to gather new friends but wasn’t sure how? This is a perfect stamp set to create an invite.  The bonus is the stars, clouds, balloons.  There is a lot of life to this set and one you can use for a long time.  Here is a card I created using this set HERE.
  5. Timeless Textures (Page 29) You’ve heard of love at first sight, right? That happened when I laid eyes on this set. I always look at a stamp set and ask how many projects can I see myself creating with it.  The answer for this one is ENDLESS.  I could possibly use this stamp set on every project I create.  It’s perfect for texture to a card, the splatter stamp is just the perfect size and the coffee stain image is PERFECTION.  Here is a card I created using this set HERE and HERE.

These are just 5 of the stamps I think stampers should have in their stash from the Occasions catalog.  There are many more I could list but if you are a new stamper, or advanced stamper these would meet your needs.

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Stamps, Enjoy the Little Things, Stampin' Up!

Enjoy the Little things is a gentle life reminder that I love.  I know I could use this card framed on my desk to remind me to enjoy the little things.  Life is short.

Stamps, Enjoy the Little Things, Stampin' Up!


My favorite embellishment on this card is the ribbon.  It’s been awhile since I used a lot of Seam Binding ribbon and one of the things I love about Seam Binding is how well it folds and ties a bow.  It’s very pliable making bow ties easy.

I held the ribbon in place using the Tombow Multipurpose Glue.

Stamps, Enjoy the Little Things, Stampin' Up!


Tips & Tricks

Two staples with my Handheld Stapler keeps it all together.

The 1″ Square Punch is perfect to punch these small square images.  While the images are slightly larger, this was a quick no fuss way to no cutting.

Stamps, Enjoy the Little Things, Stampin' Up!


I would love to hear from you and what your Top 5 picks are from the Occasions Catalog.  What can YOU not live without? Leave a comment letting me know.


In the meantime… enjoy the little things.  Life is short.


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