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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!

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:

Stamping Imperfection Totally Trees

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:
Stamping Imperfection Christmas Cod

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!

Stamping Imperfection Labeler Alphabet

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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Global Design Project Christmas Card

I just got a new box of goodies from Stampin’ Up! and the papers are fabulous!

There is a Buy 3 Get 1 Free Designer Paper sale going on at Stampin’ Up! until October 31!  Who can resist such a great sale?

I took advantage of it and I love this new Presents and Pinecones paper!

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Isn’t that a pretty color combination?  Cherry Cobbler, Mint Macaron, Emerald Envy and Whisper White.  Unexpectedly pretty together.

The stamp set is the Holly Berry Happiness set and you can purchase it as a bundle with the Holly Berry Builder Punch to save 10%.  Shop online at!

My card layout was inspired by the sketch at the Global Design Project challenge blog.  Here is the sketch:

global-design-58I really love this sketch so I decided to play along with the challenge.  It’s a clean and simple design and would be easy to mass produce for your Christmas cards.

I really love this color combination.




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Paper Craft Crew Fall Card Challenge

This week over at The Paper Craft Crew, we are having a fall card challenge.  Any fall themed card works for the challenge!!!

Stamping Imperfection Fall Card

My goal with this card was to make a fall card using the scraps of papers sitting on my desk!  I have little squares and rectangles of left over papers all over!

I really love the Pumpkin Pie Glimmer Paper.  This is a non-traditional fall card because I’m using the Halloween papers and colors.  I consider the fall colors to be the regals and old olive.  Nothing says fall to me like Cajun Craze, Crushed Curry, Old Olive, Rich Razzleberry or Elegant Eggplant, Cherry Cobbler and Night of Navy.

Somehow I feel like the combination of the elements that I used created a clean and simple fall card.

Card Recipe:

  • Whisper White card base cut 5-1/2 x 8-1/2″, scored and folded at 4-1/4″, one piece cut with the Hello You Thinlets
  • Pumpkin Pie Glimmer Paper cut at 3-1/4 x 5-1/2″, one piece cut with the Leaflet framelits dies
  • Halloween Night Specialty Designer Paper cut at 3 x 5-1/2″
  • Whisper White baker’s twine
  • Brights Enamel Dots


Here is the Paper Craft Crew Challenge that I started with:




I love when a challenge lets me just play with a theme!!!!  Stop by and check out what the rest of the design team created and give it a shot!!  Take the challenge!

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Stampin’ Up! Only Holiday Paper Challenge

I  was excited to see that the new SUO Challenge #159 was a Holiday Paper challenge.  Here is my crack at the challenge:

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I was delighted that I could create any card that I wanted as long as I used Stampin’ Up!’s holiday papers.  I can keep my card clean and simple that way.  Some of the challenge sketches on other challenges really get crazy with the shapes and all of the layers they want to see in the card.  I’ve come to realize that my card making style is more clean and simple without too many random layers.  I’ll keep practicing at the layers!

Have you ever reached a point with a card where you just added that one more touch and it just ruined the card?

Sometimes simple is better and less is truly more!

The designer paper here is actually from the Warmth and Cheer Designer Paper Stack. I love these little paper stacks.  It feels like less of a commitment to cut into a 6 x 6″ sheet of beautiful paper instead of that giant 12 x 12″ sheet.   I mean, what if I figure out some great project that I could have used that paper for if I just hadn’t cut a hunk out of the corner???  You know that feeling.  That’s why we horde paper!

To keep this card simple, I used my Star Framelits and cut out 3 stars from a piece of Crumb Cake card stock (4 x 5-1/4″) and then attach a piece of the Warmth and Cheer to the back using adhesive only around the edges!  I sponged the edge of the card layer with Crumb Cake ink, added some Gold and Garden Green Baker’s Twine from the Trio Pack in the Holiday Catalog.  I attached this to a Crumb Cake card base (4-1/4 x 11″, scored and folded at 5-1/2″).

I also stamped my sentiment from the Merriest Wishes stamp set and added some of those fabulous Gold Metallic Enamel Shapes.  Then I called it a day for the card!



I was very excited to find out that I was selected as one of the SUO Challenge bog’s Top 3 Picks for their last challenge!  You can see that I’ve added the badge to the widgets on the side of my blog!!  Thank you to the design team at SUO Challenges for selecting my card!!!


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Have Some Spooky Fun!

I have not played with the Halloween stamp sets enough so far this season.  The Halloween Cookie Cutter set and the Jar of Haunts has really kept me occupied!  Today I played with the Spooky Fun images.  I’ve been using the sentiments from this stamp set because I didn’t think the other sets had enough fun sentiments for Halloween.  The Spooky Fun set is packed with sentiments that fit in the banner frames and the Classic Label punch.

Stamping Imperfection Spooky Fun

I combined this with the Halloween Night Specialty Designer Paper, the Halloween Night Enamel Dots and the Trio Pack of Ribbon.  Isn’t that foil spider web fabulous?  That’s one of the specialty papers in the pack!

The Spooky Fun has a coordinating thinlet set to cut out the fun shapes in the stamp set.  That coordinating thinlet set makes it so quick and easy to cut out the witch, pop her on a dimensional and add a special touch to the card.  The moon and the scallop mat are cut from the Layering Circles Framelits.  I just love that set.  If you look back over my cards for the last two weeks, you will set that I’ve used those framelits quite a bit.  They seemed so pricey when I added them to my shopping cart, but they have been worth every penny!

I also heat embossed the sentiment to make it really pop on the card.  That’s always a nice touch with sentiments.

I’m entering this card in this week’s What Will You Stamp Challenge.  The challenge is to use the Spooky Fun stamp set!


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Mojo Monday Autumn Blessings and Autumn Thanks

I have a confession.  After participating in the Mojo Monday sketch challenge last week, I browsed the Verve online store to see what kinds of goodies that sell.

I found a fantastic stamp set called Autumn Blessings that had a coordinating die set called Autumn Thanks.  Of course I purchased the bundle!  It came within two days with some free designer paper and enamel dots tucked into the package.  Of course, I will be ordering from them again!

I decided to use the set that I purchased to participate in this week’s Mojo Monday sketch challenge and a challenge it was!

Stamping Imperfection Autumn Blessings

The sketch had a lot of elements to it.  This is not a clean and simple card, but I so love the fall colors and I’ve been anxious to use my new bundle from Verve.

I was happy to find a stamp set with a lot of sentiments for fall and Thanksgiving.  That was something that I thought was missing from this year’s Stampin’ Up! Holiday Catalog.  Not enough fall stamp sets and sentiments.  Tons of Halloween, but not enough Thanksgiving!

Here is the Mojo Monday sketch that I started with:

mojo469-1My colors include Crushed Curry, Old Olive, Pumpkin Pie, Cajun Craze, Very Vanilla, Soft Suede and Rich Razzleberry.   I love the Rich Razzleberry ribbon.  It comes in a trio pack with a roll of Mint Macaron and Delightful Dijon.  The sentiment is punched with the Classic Label punch.  I’ve also used a variety of enamel dots in the same colors as my papers and inks.

I love purchasing a stamp set and coordinating die set.  One difference that I did find between the Verve dies and the Stampin’ Up! dies is that the Verve dies need to be cut apart.  My wire cutters were to thick to get in between the pieces to cut them apart and I ruined a pair of scissors trying to get them apart without bending them.  There were no directions on the package as to how to separate them.  If anyone has advice on how to easily do that without having the sharp bits sticking out, please leave a comment below.

I love the stamp sets and dies!  (Although, I still love Stampin’ Up! more!).  It was fun to use a different product and test out what else is out there.  I will most definitely be using this set to create some fun table decor for my Thanksgiving dinner this year.

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