Author Archives: kim

About kim

I am a lifelong teacher with a passion for stamping, scrapbooking, sewing and paper crafts. I have been teaching high school science for 24 years. I am happily married with 2 kids in college!

Finding Enough Craft Supplies To Get Stamping!

I have to say that the last 5 months have been some of the most stressful months of my entire life!  Buying one house, selling another and packing up 32 years worth of stuff (a high percentage of which is craft stuff!), really takes it’s toll.

In between closing on the “new” house and then the old house, my son fell and broke his back.  He’s fine, thankfully.  A back brace and some rest are helping him heal.  But…phew!  That really made the last two weeks a true challenge to make it through.

I’m delighted to say that we are all moved out of the old house and into the new one.  Our old house sold fast…the first people who looked at it bought it.   Our new house is a definite fixer upper and it needs a lot of love.  I am delighted to say that it only has 4 rooms to take care of.

It does have a great basement with an office space and a craft room space all ready to be loved and used.

Thankfully, it also has a good sized basement, attic and garage.  Did I mention the 32 years worth of stuff?

Here is my craft area so far…this is progress compared to what it looked like on Sunday!

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The movers packed this room with furniture and boxes like they were packing a moving truck.  Everything went into this one space.  We cleared out the boxes into the other part of the basement and moved furniture around.  I’ve started unpacking one box at a time.  I’ve unearthed enough stuff to make a few cards.  I have yet to find my stamp pads, but I did find a few Stampin’ Spots!

I actually created a card for my Paper Craft Crew design team challenge.  Happily it is a tic-tac-toe challenge this week.  Since I’m digging out I decided to choose 3 or 4 things even though I didn’t make a straight line in any direction.

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I used a loosely interpreted collage, lace, natural element and insects.  You can see that I used stamps from 3 sets:  Thankful Thoughts, Gift from the Garden and the Perpetual Birthday Calendar sets.  I used Dapper Denim, Calypso Coral and Pear Pizzazz ink spots to make a little thank you card.

I was happy to find a package of the note cards and envelopes.  I could only find one box of card stock.  Hopefully the rest will turn up within the next couple of unpacking days.

Here is the Paper Craft Crew Challenge for this week:


Stop by the Paper Craft Crew blog and check out what the other design team members have created.  Why not play along with us this week?


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That’s right!  Stampin’ Up! is bringing birthdays back.  So is this week’s Paper Craft Crew card challenge.

I’m excited that I actually got to use this new **FREE** stamp set called Hey Chick.  I LOVE this stamp set.  It’s ridiculously cute.

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These are cute chicks!

I foresee myself using them for everything.  (Especially given that I’ve packed all but about 10 stamp sets hoping that our move will happen soon.)

I really liked how the sentiment came out.  (That is from another stamp set and I can’t remember the name of it at the moment.)  I stamped it first in Early Espresso and then again in Real Red offsetting it by a small amount.  (One of the advantages of photopolymer stamps is that you can see to align the image and pull it just slightly to the side to create the stereo effect you see here.)

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Interesting, no?!

Here is this week’s Paper Craft Crew challenge…

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You can use any layout that you love, just make it a birthday themed card and join us for this week’s challenge!!!

Excuse me…did you say this was a free stamp set?

Why yes, I did!

It’s Stampin’ Up!’s biggest sale of the year…Sale-A-Bration.  You get to select one free item from the SAB Brochure for every $50 in product that you purchase.

This stamp set was the first thing on my list of must haves!

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Sale-A-Bration Starts Today!

I’m using one of the free stamp sets that you earn during Sale-A-Bration to create a clean and simple thank you card for today’s Paper Craft Crew sketch challenge.

Today is the first day that you can order from the Occasions Catalog and for every $50 you spend, you can select one free item from the Sale-A-Bration brochure!!

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For my first free item from the SAB brochure, I selected this fabulous thank you sentiment set called So Very.  I love the giant script thank you and the nice selection of tiny sentiments that you can add below it to complete the sentiment!

I had to keep the card simple and eliminate some parts of the sketch.  I’m almost completely done packing up my craft room.  I’ve kept out only the bare minimum that I will need to stamp for the next couple of weeks.

I have to confess to being completely exhausted from this entire moving ordeal.  It feels like the pieces are never all going to fall into place so we can actually move.  I just want to get settled and be done with this entire fiasco!

What we were thinking when we decided to buy a different house and sell the one we raised our kids in, I’ll never quite know.  It’s months of waiting for paper work, cleaning, packing and so forth.

It felt good to sit down and stamp today!  Thank goodness for a creative outlet that allows us to step away from the stresses of the day!

Here is the Paper Craft Crew Sketch that I started with today:

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Occasions Catalog 2017

Sale-A-Bration Brochure 2017


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Black Tie Gala Challenge

I’m not really the Black Tie Gala type of gal, but this week’s Paper Craft Crew sketch challenge is to create a Black Tie Gala card or project.

For me, that means tone-on-tone, black, white and silver.  It also means as clean and simple as possible.

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I’ve kept it simple with a white-on-white using the Gently Falling embossing folder.  The sentiment is from the Fairy Celebration stamp set and the glasses are from the Everyday Occasions stamp set.  The ribbon is the Glitter Ribbon combo pack that is on sale for $3.60!


You get two rolls of glitter ribbon in silver and sweet sugar plum (5 yards each) while supplies last!!!  This is soft, flexible ribbon.  It’s not that stiff glitter ribbon in the dollar bin.  Check it out at!

You will find lots of other goodies on sale at a huge savings!


This week’s Paper Craft Crew challenge is waiting for you to stop by and link up a card to join the challenge!

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Merry Christmas With The Paper Craft Crew Card Challenge!

Just a quick post to share my card for this week’s Paper Craft Crew sketch challenge.

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I used the Pretty Pines thinlets dies to create the pine bough and pine cone.  I added a piece of the adhesive sheet to my cardstock before cutting the pieces out with my big shot.  This made the die cuts with adhesive backs so that I didn’t have to mess with the glue on those tiny parts!  I love those adhesive sheets for the intricate die cuts.

Check out this week’s sketch challenge from the Paper Craft Crew:


I love this updated twist on one of my old favorite standby card layouts.  The addition of the element behind the circles gives it a fun twist that lets you add anything from ribbon, paper pennants to die cuts like I have done.

I love the music designer paper for this time of year.  It just adds a special touch to a card.  It also looks great with any red color that you add.  I’ve used Cherry Cobbler here along with Emerald Envy and soft suede.

It was actually a pretty quick card to make. Those thinlets make quick work of added intricate details and special touches to a card that make it appear to be quite a bit more work than it really is to make the card!

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Shop Stampin’ Up!’s Year End Closeouts!

Stampin’ Up!’s Year-end Closeout Sale.  Stampin’ Up! kicked off it’s Year-End Closeout Sale – a celebration that runs through January 3.  Here’s what you can expect:

  • Retiring List.  Stampin’ Up! has released its “retiring list” of items in the Holiday Catalog – the list of items that will no longer be available after they are sold out.  If you want them, get them now! They are available while supplies last.
    • Retiring stamp sets are guaranteed available until December 21, after which they will only be available while supplies last.
    • Retiring accessories will only be available while supplies last.
    • Retiring items will only be available while supplies last.  All retiring items will be discontinued after January 3.

Click each picture below to see the retiring items in each category:


For the retiring and sale stamps:



For the retiring and sale bundles:bundles


For the retiring paper and sale papers: paper

For everything else that is on sale or retiring:

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Holiday Cuteness Two Card Challenge

We have been so busy the last 6 weeks going to open houses, finding our downsized empty nester dream house, painting and packing to get our house ready and then showing it to prospective buyers…I just have not had time to stamp or to blog!

I haven’t sent out a newsletter in ages.  My New Year’s resolution (assuming we are getting settled in to our new house as the new year begins), will be to get back to my daily blogging, stamping and sending biweekly newsletters.

The good news:  I have a whole new craft room to set up!!  Woohoo!  I will still be in the basement, but a fresh coat of paint and some easy to clean vinyl flooring to cover the cement floor and I’ll be good to go.  I’m not sure that my space will be bigger, but the dimensions will be better.  The room is more of a square than a very long narrow rectangle like I have now.  I can’t wait to get in there to paint, put in the flooring and then move my stuff in.

Of course, I am totally neglecting to consider that first it has to be all packed up and physically moved to the new space!  Details, details.  I’ll worry about that part when the dust settles on all the showings, inspections and financial details  are done.

For now, I have something great to dream about and plan!

Today’s Card:

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I created my card today for two challenges.  The first is for my Paper Craft Crew weekly design team challenge.  This week’s challenge was a color challenge.

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I originally had dubious feelings about the crumb cake with the red and the green.   As soon as I pulled out my supplies, my doubts were assuaged!  I thought that crumb cake wouldn’t really work, but I made the crumb cake and the red the focus and just added a dab of the green.  I like the combination!  I’ve used real red and emerald envy.  You can also see that I have included whisper white since you get to uses it for “free” in a color challenge.  Usually with a color challenge you are allowed to pick one neutral.  I often pick white because it just gives that clean look to a card.


The other challenge that I’m participating in is the SUO Challenge #162: Holiday Cuteness!

My first thought was a teddy bear in a stocking.  I have so many fond memories of my childhood teddy bear.  I slept with him for at least 20 years!

When I had my daughter, someone gave her a teddy bear that has actually traveled the world with her. She slept with it and carried it around every place she went.  It has been to college (that teddy is an Ivy League bear) and now to graduate school working on a PhD.  It went to summer camp, running camp and several states for classes and internships.  That bear has traveled more miles than I have!

Needless to say…teddy was my first thought for Holiday Cuteness!  I think tradition and fond memories are everything during the holiday season!


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Christmas Wishes From Across The Miles

Don’t you just love the sentiment on this card?  Christmas Wishes From Across The Miles.  Since I live 500 miles from my entire family, this is an especially personal sentiment for me at the holidays.

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This card was created from this week’s Paper Craft Crew Sketch!  I’ve used the Warmth and Cheer Designer Paper Stack, the Santa’s Sleigh , Stitched with Cheer and the Holly Berry Happiness stamp sets.

My color combination is inspired by the colors in the kitchen of the house we are hoping to buy.  The walls are a Sahara Sand color and they shelves and accents are black.  I was surprised by how much I really liked that combination!  Add in some Cherry Cobbler, Garden Green and Crushed Curry to give it some pops of color and it’s done!


I actually found this challenging at first because those 3 squares down the left side confounded me!  When I decided to go with a Christmas sentiment, then of course those had to be gift boxes!!  How fun is the star background paper with the coordinating stamp that I’ve used to create a tone-on-tone background touch with the Sahara Sand?!  I love the coordination between products in the Stampin’ Up! line.  It takes the work out of pulling the parts of your card together.


I’m also entering my card in the Christmas Card Challenges.  I’ve never played along with this one before, but it looks like fun!  Who doesn’t love to make Christmas cards?!



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Acorns Dropping In To Say Hi!

It really feels like the sky is falling here on Eastern Long Island!  We have had a bumper crop of ACORNS this year!  They seem to be falling by the buckets and I have been pelted on the head more than once just walking across the lawn!

My card today is an Ode to the Acorn!

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This week’s Paper Craft Crew sketch challenge is a fun, clean and simple design.

I just needed some time to sit down and be creative and I needed it to be simple.  My husband and I decided that it was time to downsize and on a whim we went house hunting farther out east on Long Island.  I had a handful of open house listings and off we went.

Well, didn’t we find a house that we fell in love with!  4 rooms in total!  Perfect for downsizing…plus it has a huge garage and a basement with a finished office for my husband and a second finished room that will make a perfect craft room!  It’s actually going to be a perfect house for the two of us as our kids have moved on with the business of living their own lives just like we raised them to.  (Yes…one of the rooms is a spare room that our kids can use when they visit. We will actually have 3 rooms that we use all the time and the spare room that will only get used when the kids visit.)

We’ve spent the last 2-1/2 weeks packing stuff, moving furniture into storage and painting a total of 5 rooms.  (I only have 7 rooms in my house and it really isn’t a big house, but we love it.  I’ve never lived in a house with a formal dining room and I can’t imagine what I would do with one if I had it. I will miss my little office, but I’ll add that to my craft room in the basement!)

Needless to say, we are exhausted.  But we’ve started the process of selling one house and buying another…and then there will be the moving of all the stuff.  What a stressful thing to do.  What were we thinking?

I really should clean out my craft room and downsize that too…but who am I kidding.  My husband isn’t parting with any fishing equipment so I feel no obligation to part with my crafting stash!  I’ll have a new craft room to fill!  I can’t wait until all of the paperwork is done and I can start picking out paint colors and planning the layout of my craft space…more on that a few months from now!

At some point in the next few weeks, I will get all the packing done and I will have 4 different rooms to paint.  (The real estate agent wanted me to paint all of the rooms beige and white.  I live in COLOR!  My rooms are painted deep regal colors and now they are beige and all my furniture is in storage.  How crazy is that?!)

What’s up with this week’s card?

I started with this week’s Paper Craft Crew Sketch:


You will noticed that I used patterned designer paper for my background and then used the gorgeous grunge stamp to create a black splash over the background.  This is from the Halloween designer paper pack and I just wanted to use it up.  Plus…don’t you love the brick pattern?  What a great background.


I used the Acorny Welcome stamp set and added some color with Cajun Craze.  I kept it simple and easy!

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What Will You Stamp With Paisleys and Posies?

What Will You Stamp? is a weekly challenge blog and this week’s challenge uses one of my favorite sets from the Holiday Catalog from Stampin’ Up!  Paisleys and Posies!!!!

You know that I can’t get enough of that set!

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I’ve been dying to stamp this simple image and just color it in with the new In Colors for 2016-2018!  It was just a relaxing card to make!

If I find an hour to  myself later in the week, I think I may try some different layouts with this.  I wanted to make a simple single layer card and I’m wishing that I had stamped the paisley image over to the left more…I’ll try it out when I get a chance.

I love the colors and I love playing along with these challenges!  Check it out at What Will You Stamp?


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