Monday, December 4, 2017

Mail It Monday

Don't forget to mail those letters to Santa! :D Also, please remember to send cards to those who need extra love this holiday season. There are so many people who need the warm hug a handmade card can bring!

I have a little giveaway over on my Instagram account (@kimberlystamps), if you would like a chance to win something to help your holidays, just a little.

Sincerely Yours,

Friday, December 1, 2017

Christmas Countdown - FREE download

Welcome to December! I can hardly believe it myself. Today is the day to start the Christmas Countdown calendars. Wait, you forgot? You didn't plan one? I am here to help! The FREE printables I am posting today will set your calendar up quickly. :D

A couple of years ago, I put together these little cards for our countdown calendar. I had been using Bible verses for each day, along with a silly joke. The way they were set up was miserable for me. I mean, who has time to cut out a million tiny strips of paper? So, I made these easy to cut apart boxes and combined everything into one. Simple at the holidays is a very good thing.

The Bible verses go from prophesy in Isaiah and John, to the Christmas Story in Luke. They are a beautiful reminder of the true reason we celebrate this season, Jesus. The original list can be found HERE, at the 35th Avenue Blog.

The jokes are pure silliness that I found all over the internet. Perfect for littles and even bigs who like to laugh or groan at punny humor.

There is a square for each day of December, up until December 24. In each of the squares, I put a small candy. (These Hershey Kisses Mint Truffles are heavenly.) Some days he gets a small gift, usually an iTunes card, or fun pencils. Closer to the end of the countdown, he gets his ornament for the year. 

These are nothing fancy, so if you want to dress them up, go for it! They are both FREE for you to download and print. Enjoy them! I hope that they bring the true meaning of Christmas into your home and also bring some holiday cheer!

Download Page 1 HERE: Christmas Countdown Page 1
Download Page 2 HERE: Christmas Countdown Page 2

Sincerely Yours,

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

creating a washi tape Christmas tree

Need ideas for last-minute Christmas cards? Check out this adorable, and easy to make, card using washi tape and the Washi Chomper tool from We R Memory Keepers! You can even get the kiddos involved in making this one. Totally unsupervised, so you can wrap a few presents without them knowing! Wink, wink. :D

For all the details and a closer look at the Washi Chomper, check out the post on the We R Memory Keepers blog.

Sincerely Yours,

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Crafted Kindness Mega Video Bundle

I am incredibly honored to be a part of this effort to raise funds for those impacted by the terrible hurricanes over the last few months. Thank you to Jennifer McGuire and Kristina Werner for putting together this generous project! 

What is the Crafted Kindness Mega Video bundle? Its an amazing collection of 30 video tutorials from 30 truly talented designers in the industry. Each of these designers donated their creativity and time to this project. Each video contains a BRAND NEW, never before seen, card and tutorial. 

(What am I doing with these people?! Seriously!? I cannot wait to take this class myself!)

100% of the proceeds for this class (after tax) will go directly to hurricane relief efforts. What a wonderful idea! Once again, I could not be happier to be able to help in such a tiny way! Enjoy the bundle and treat yourself, while helping others. Win-win!

Sincerely Yours, 

Monday, November 27, 2017

Mail It Monday

Make someone's day merry: in the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, a little reminder to send a card today. remember those who are struggling this holiday season-celebrating their first season without a loved one, loneliness, struggling with health issues, and so much more. send a card to remind them that they are loved and cared about. 

 Sincerely Yours,

Monday, November 20, 2017

Mail It Monday: tips for mass producing cards

Happy Mail It Monday! The holidays are upon us and it is time to get going on cards! There is nothing better than being able to create handmade cards. Today, I have some tips for you to make your holiday card making smooth and easy. Sorry, I don't have any advice for the lines at the post office! :D

1. KISS – Keep It Simple Silly
When mass producing cards, keep the design simple. Something you can handle stamping 73,000 times. Wink. Back in the day when I was making custom wedding invitations, I had a bride choose a tri-fold with two colors of cardstock, and three colors of heat embossing. I quit the custom invitation business shortly after that order of 250 invitations. My bad
2. Gather all your supplies
Make sure that you have all the paper, ribbons, etc, that you will need to complete your cards. Having refills for your ink pad is essential. You do not want to run out of ink half way through your stamping.

3. Complete each step all at once.
Stamp all the green leaves. Then stamp the highlights on all the leaves. Same goes for die cutting, heat embossing, stickers, etc. Doing this also allows you to keep the tools out you need for that portion. You don’t need 30 things on your space, just the two or three things for the current step. You also get into a good working groove this way. Speeding up the time it takes to complete your cards.

4. Break it down into chunks.
Maybe you only have time to die cut all the bases. Go for it. Continue with the next steps as you have time. It’s the old adage; How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time.

5. Use tools to help you.
Stamp positioning tools such as the MISTI can really save you time. You place your paper in the tool, then the stamp in the desired location on your paper. Once you close the lid and the tool picks up the stamp, everything lines up perfectly each time. Not to mention, if you don’t ink up your image properly, you can ink it again and not miss when you re-stamp. I cannot be the only person with this problem…

6. Bribe your children.
Oh, wait. I mean, engage your children in your project. Ha! Seriously though, my son thinks it pretty fun to use my die cutting machine.

Other ideas/tips:
If you don’t have time, order cards. Seriously, there is no shame. I order my cards every year. One, I like photo cards. Two, I am making too many cards for my job already to have the time. The point is that I mail cards and send our love to our friends and family.

Many companies will send out offers for free printing on envelopes, if you go with the photo card route. Having them print your return address is a huge time saver.

Caution for the companies that use your address book to send your mail, again for pre-printed or photo cards. I have heard a few horror stories about people getting doubles and triples of cards, and others not getting cards at all. Use your judgement.

Save your holiday mailing list in your computer. It makes for easy printing onto labels. And as people move and addresses change, making that change is quick and easy.

Another special card drive:
This card drive is from Vera Yates, the huge heart behind the Caring Hearts Card Drive. 
These are her words:
Card making friends, I need a favor please. The grandson of one of the ladies that help me hand deliver Caring Hearts package is going through some medical hardship. His name is Michael and he is 9 years old. He has a very rare, fast growing tumor that is in his jaw and soft tissue, and has entered his sinuses. He is one of a handful of children in the world that has this. He often has seizures.He has biopsy scheduled at the end of November and major surgery (possible jaw removal) mid December.
I thought he could use some cheering up by showering him with "Thinking of You" cards. Can you please help by sending a card to him? I am really hoping we can build quite a pile of happy cards for him.
Michael Pacheco
1018 Notre Dame Circle
Vacaville, CA 95687

Sincerely Yours,

Monday, November 6, 2017

Mail It Monday: 2 card drives

Have you sent any happy mail lately? Today is Mail It Monday and your reminder to drop some love in the mail today. If you are looking for places to send your cards, check out these two incredible card drives happening right now.

Designer Dawn McVey has been an active part of the paper crafting industry for nearly a decade. Not only has she played an important role within the Papertrey community, she has always been a ray of sunshine to others through blogging and social media. Many of you are familiar with the personal health struggles she has had over the past few years, and might have seen the recent news that she is now a proud small intestine transplant survivor. 
The community thought there would be no better way to honor Dawn and support her during her journey to recovery than to make a colorful, vibrant presentation of get well soon greetings. Dawn has always brought color and joy into our lives, and now we are able to do the same for her.
So here's to Dawn. May she find the strength on the hardest days. May she have peace through the recovery process. May she feel the love shining down on her from around the world.
If you would like to mail your creation to Dawn, you may use the address below.
Dawn McVey
Medstar Georgetown
3800 Reservoir Rd NW 
Washington, DC 20007

For more information and details, please visit HERE.

The other card drive is for a 9 year-old boy who will not live to see another Christmas. His greatest wish is to receive Christmas cards. His family is pushing up their holiday celebration for him. He loves penguins, so if you can use those on a card, it would be even more special. The news article about Jacob can be found HERE.

Jacob Thompson
Maine Medical Center
 22 Bramhall Street, Room 653
 Portland, ME 04102

Sincerely Yours,

P.S. Thank you for all your sweet messages. My surgery went well. I am now home resting and recuperating. It will be about 2 weeks worth. I might go crazy. :D However, I will remain thankful for a smooth procedure, for my husband and son who have taken such good care of me, and for my fantastic friends who have been spoiling me rotten and helping out. So much to be thankful for!