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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!

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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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.
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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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Paper Craft Crew Sketch Challenge Using Totally Trees

Okay…I know that I used the same stamp set and materials to create my card for this week’s Paper Craft Crew challenge as I did for the What Will You Stamp challenge and the SUO Challenge, but I LOVE the colors and the stamp set!


Once again, we have a great sketch to work with from Pam Staples at the Paper Craft Crew!  I love the sketch, but I did turn it on it’s side.  I also didn’t have any washi tape that coordinated with my color scheme, so I used some scraps of the Copper foil that I embossed and a scrap of the specialty paper with the copper dots from the Night of Navy specialty designer paper.

So I’ve shared two quick and simple cards using Totally Trees for a fall card.  I really like the graphic aspect of this stamp set.  I also love the versatility.  It has so many stamps and of course we are all looking at it and asking ourselves how we can use this and make it look like it’s not a tree!  That’s what creative types like you and I do!

Here is the sketch that I started with:

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Make sure you stop by the Paper Craft Crew.  You are cordially invited to make a card with the sketch and add your link to join the challenge!  You just have to create a free account at and post your card on Facebook or your blog if you have one.  You don’t need a blog, but you do need to post on Facebook and use that as your link to the challenge.  (Design Team members will leave you nice comments when you join the challenge!)


Play along and join the fun!

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What Will You Stamp With Totally Trees?

What Will You Stamp challenge blog invited me to be a guest stamper this week with the Totally Trees stamp set.

This is a fun, graphic set of trees that you can use for all seasons.  The stamp set itself has a ton of individual stamps that give you unlimited possibilities for getting creative!


I tried to keep it clean and simple today with just a few layers.  I used the sentiment from Acorny Thank You embossing it in Copper.  I’m not loving how the Copper is showing up in the picture on the Early Espresso background.  In person, it is much clearer and easier to read.

I do love the color combination that I used here.  I have Very Vanilla, Early Espresso and Crumb Cake papers with Crushed Curry, Old Olive, Rich Razzleberry, Cajun Craze and Early Espresso inks.  I stamped the leaves in Crushed Curry using the ink pad and then just pounced the other colors on with the brush end of my markers.  I love those markers.  It’s just so easy to add bits of random colors.



I also decided to enter this card in the SUO Challenge #160, which is a Fall Fun challenge!  Fall is my favorite time of year and I love making cards and home decor items to celebrate the season.  The SUO Challenge is for Stampin’ Up! Only materials.  I do love my Stampin’ Up! stamping supplies.

I’m attaching the badge that I received for being selected by What Will You Stamp’s blog for their Spooky Fun challenge.  Stop by both challenges to check out what other people have come up with using the same stamp sets and themes!  I find it fascinating to see all of the creative ideas that people share.  They randomly select a winner so it’s not too threatening!  You should consider joining some of the challenges and playing along.

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Paper Craft Crew Christmas Cod

You are cordially invited to play along with the Paper Craft Crew for this week’s sketch challenge!

I love this week’s Paper Craft Crew sketch.  Pam Staples really did a great job!  I love the sketches that she makes each week to challenge us with!


Pam is the Team Coordinator over at the Paper Craft Crew and there are 16 Design Team Members who make cards to inspire you!  I’ve been a design team member since 2013 and I have enjoyed every minute of it!


Her is my card for this week’s challenge:
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When you compare my card to the sketch, you will see that I really stuck to the sketch this week.  I think this would be another card that would be easy to mass produce, although I would use Emerald Envy ink for the Grunge splatter and not the embossing glitter.  It’s too hard to tell when that is dry as you heat it to use it on 50 cards!

Here is the sketch:


Isn’t it great?  Lots of elements, yet clean and simple at the same time.

I used my new favorite color scheme from yesterday:


The stamp set I used for this was Fa-la-la-la Friends and of course, the Gorgeous Grunge. (How does anyone stamp without that set?!)

I also used my Layering Circles Framelits dies.  I thought that they were outrageously pricey when I added them to my shopping cart online, but I use them all the time.  I love how the scallops layer and just peek out around the edge of the stamped layer.  It’s just right!

I also made a video of this card…which I am sending to my brother-in-law for Christmas.  It’s just so corny that I can’t resist.  Maybe I will make one for each of my kids too.  They will get a kick out it!



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Thank you for stopping by! Make sure you hop on over to the Paper Craft Crew site and play along with the sketch challenge!

What Will You Stamp Guest Stamper!

You read that right!  I’m this week’s What Will You Stamp? Challenge Blog’s Guest Stamper.  My card was randomly selected as the winner for the Ghoulish Grunge challenge and I have the privilege of being their guest stamper for the week!!

The challenge this week is to use the Labeler Alphabet stamp set.

You know that I love alphabet stamps!

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I love how this card came out!  I used a couple of fun techniques.  You can see that I did a watercolor wash background on watercolor paper.  I swished my Aqua Painter across the 4 x 5-1/4″ piece of watercolor paper and then just brushed my pumpkin pie, crushed curry and old olive markers across the paper to add a washed background. I stamped in cajun craze over the top of the wash once it dried using the Gorgeous Grunge stamp set.

I created two leaves with the leaflets framelits using the suede technique.  One is done in crumb cake and one in cajun craze.  I will do a quick video to show you this technique!  It’s so  much fun and it adds great texture to your card.  It’s also quick and easy.  Don’t they look like raggedy real leaves?!

I added some linen thread loops below the leaves and a piece of burlap tied with linen thread on top.  Finally, I’ve added some Gold Metallic Enamel Dots.

How did I use the Labeler Alphabet?

I just stamped my sentiment letter by letter, aligning the edge of my stamp with the image of the previous letter.  When I completed the words, I cut them out leaving a little of the very vanilla card stock showing around the edges.  After experimenting with it, this was the version that I liked for this card.  I’ve used soft suede ink on very vanilla card stock.  I created each word separately and attached them to the card with a little space in between.

How fun is that stamp set?  You can make any sentiment that you want!  You could create an entire story or poem using this set!!!

Here is the What Will You Stamp? Challenge for this week:


Stop by the What Will You Stamp? Challenge Blog and see what the design team has created using this same stamp set!


Check out my badge for winning…you can see that I’ve added it to the sidebar of my blog as well!


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