Friday, April 20, 2018

Global Stamping Friends Extraordinary Blog Hop - Exciting Times!


Welcome to an Extraordinary Edition of the
Global Stamping Friends Blog Hop, called Exciting Times! You'll see projects from stampers from around the world--I'm in Colorado Springs, Colorado. (Note: I can only sell to customers in the US, so any prices are in USD)

This blog hop is outside our ordinary postings on the first Friday of each month, and the theme is to share Sneak Peeks at upcoming products, or to feature projects using items that will carry over, into the Stampin' Up! 2018-19 Annual Catalog, which debuts June 1st!

I was fortunate to be invited to be a Display Stamper for the recent Stampin' Up! OnStage event in Las Vegas, so I got a few Sneak Peek items ahead of the game. These are a few of the samples I made featuring the Animal Expedition Suite from the upcoming catalog. Little did I know that Stampin' Up! was going to be giving away the Animal Outing stamp set to everyone who attended the event...but still, I did get a few pieces that not everyone got.


One of the items I got was the coordinating Animal Friends Thinlits dies, which will actually be available in a Bundle with the stamp set for 10% OFF! You can see in the Ark card below, how the dies can cut out the animals quite nicely. I did do some extra trimming on some pieces, but I'll tell you more about that later in another post, where I can show you how I made the whole card.


Another couple items I received were the Leaf Ribbon which comes in the NEW Call Me Clover In Color, as well as the NEW coordinating wooden Frames Elements. I used both those items in the card below. I did not receive the Call Me Clover card stock that coordinates with the ribbon, so I used a green card stock I had lying around that was close enough to convey the coordination.


I also received a couple more stamp sets in my Display Stamper supplies box, including the one with the dashed lines image you can see in the card below. That stamp set is called Birthday Backgrounds. And, you can see more of those coordinating wooden Frames Elements in this card, as well.


Current Stampin' Supplies: Pool Party card stock, Smoky Slate card stock, Pumpkin Pie card stock, Early Espresso card stock, Sahara Sand card stock, Soft Suede card stock & ink, Cajun Craze ink pad, Basic Black Archival ink, Basic Gray Archival ink, VersaMark ink pad, Watercolor Pencils, Wood Textures Designer Series Paper, Seaside Embossing Folder (used with the Big Shot), Linen Thread, Mini Stampin' Dimensionals, SNAIL Adhesive, Paper Snips, Stampin' Trimmer (to cut and score card stock), Grid Paper.

Sneak Peek Stampin' Supplies: Birthday Backgrounds stamp set, Animal Outing stamp set, Animal Friends Thinlits die, Frames Elements, Leaf Ribbon.

If you are in the US and you want to get a hard copy of the upcoming Stampin' Up! 2018-19 Annual Catalog, drop me an email with your mailing address, and we can get that coordinated!

Click the Next arrow below to see Jenn's marvelous creations!
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2018 APRIL - EXCITING TIMES BLOG ROLL
11. Kimberley Morris YOU ARE HERE!
16. Sarah McDermott

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~Kimberley Morris Colorado Springs, CO
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Wednesday, April 18, 2018

We Create Last-Chance Blog Hop


Welcome to the April 2018 Last-Chance Edition of the We Create Blog Hop!!! For our blog hop today, we are featuring stamp sets and colors that are going to retire from either the Stampin' Up! 2017-18 Annual Catalog, or the 2018 Occasions Catalog. My card for the hop features the We Must Celebrate stamp set, the colors Island Indigo and Chocolate Chip (plus a little Soft Sky). {Note: if any product links in this blog post fail to take you to the product in my Online Store, it means the item has sold out!}


It's tough to see it, even with the closeup below, but I added a little bit of glimmer to the Tutti Frutti Adhesive-Backed Sequins by brushing them with a bit of Clear Wink of Stella. I also used the Watercolor Pencils to add some highlights to the animals, using the white pencil on their tummies (and the bunny's tail) then going over that lightly with Wink of Stella. Neither the Wink of Stella, nor the Watercolor Pencils are retiring, by the way...I just wanted to use them on the card!


The We Must Celebrate stamp set is available in either Wood-Mount or Clear-Mount, and even though I am a wood stamp lover, I bought this set in Clear-Mount. I did that because I KNEW I would want to cut the row of animals apart to be able to use them separately. If you notice on the card above, this allowed me to ink up the raccoon in Chocolate Chip, and the bunny in Island Indigo. Cutting the images apart and stamping separately also allows me more room to trim around the stamped images.


There's just enough space between the animals to carefully cut them apart, without cutting into any part of the images. I have some special rubber cutting scissors I use for this. It's important to cut straight through from top to bottom so you don't undercut the foam. If you cut away the foam under the image, that part of the image will not be firmly supported, and may not have enough pressure to stamp evenly. Plus, if you just cut straight lines through the foam part, you can always line the separate images right back up on your Clear Blocks and use them in their original layout whenever you want!


After I cut straight through to separate the images, I go back and trim only the rubber closely around the image. I do not cut the foam close to the image, ONLY the rubber. I have to cut at an angle to get only the rubber, but taking the extra time to do this when I first get the set saves time and frustration later, because it prevents those "halos" on my project from having accidentally inked up those edges.


It's such a super cute set if you like bears, or bunnies, or raccoons, or squirrels...I'm pretty sad it's not hanging around. BUT--you can still buy it, so grab it NOW and then YOU won't have to be sad!

Click the image below to hop to Libby's blog next, and see what Last-Chance creations she's designed...


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~Kimberley Morris Colorado Springs, CO
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Sunday, April 1, 2018

Watercolor Words- We Create Blog Hop


Welcome to the April 2018 Edition of the We Create Bloggers Step It Up Blog Hop, and Happy Easter Fool's Day!!! Our suggested themes for this month are: Birthdays/Signs of Spring. My card this month features the Watercolor Words photopolymer stamp set, and could actually fit in either theme.


I stamped the accent flowers using the Peekaboo Peach Ink Pad, onto Whisper White Card stock, for a contrasting pop from the Peekaboo Peach Card Stock layer to give the card a bright, fresh, Springy look. To get the centers of the flowers, I stamped an extra set of them on Whisper White Card Stock, with the Crumb Cake Ink Pad...then I cut out the centers and adhered them to the centers of the peach/white flowers. The same flower image was stamped using the VersaMark Ink Pad on that peach layer, to give it a more subtle tone-on-tone background design. The card base is Crumb Cake Card Stock, which coordinates with the greeting, which was stamped with the coordinating Crumb Cake Ink Pad.


The Watercolor Words photopolymer stamp set includes several sayings and images that can be used together, and you could easily turn this card very specifically into a Birthday card by stamping the "happy birthday" greeting from the stamp set in place of the "you're the best" greeting that I used. I offered this card in a class recently at my local library branch, and also let them choose to substitute in the "just for you" greeting if they wanted. Any of the sentiments from the set would work on this card, but I didn't want to overwhelm with that many choices!

Click the image below to hop to Libby's blog next, and see what sweet creations she's sharing this month...



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~Kimberley Morris Colorado Springs, CO
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Saturday, March 31, 2018

Less Than 10 HOURS LEFT to Sale-a-Brate and get FREE STAMPS!


You're running out of time!!! These FABULOUS Deals are GONE on March 31st at 11:50pm MT!

Check out my Sale-a-Bration post HERE for details...
you still have time to get FREE STUFF when you SHOP, or JOIN!

CHECK OUT THE FREE STUFF YOU CAN GET!!!
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Note: $50 & $100 increments are before tax/shipping, you can mix and match Level 1 & 2 items, if your order is $150 or more you should NOT use the MARCH Monthly Perks Code: VY4HE7DB, as you will have earned additional FREE Stampin' Rewards to redeem on your own!

Check out this Livestream I did yesterday on my Facebook Business Page...see how easy it is to CRAFT WITH PANDAS!

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*Two FREE stamp sets (value up to $101) with $99 Starter Kit order only available when you join by 11:50pm MT on March 31st, 2018. The Starter Kit has FREE Shipping, though you will be assessed tax on your order for your area.

MARCH Monthly Perks Code: VY4HE7DB
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Get your Stampin' Supplies in my ONLINE STORE, and Be sure to check out these Deals:
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~Kimberley Morris Colorado Springs, CO
Stampin' Up! Independent Demonstrator since 1994
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Thursday, March 29, 2018

A Paper Pumpkin Thing Blog Hop - May Good Things Grow


This month is our 12th #APaperPumpkinThing Blog Hop. Our kit this month is called May Good Things Grow. It came with supplies to make 8 cards, 4 each of 2 designs, with some fancy top-flap string closure coordinating floral envelopes. The picture below shows how the cards would look if you made them according to the kit instructions:


As usual, I tried to stick closely to the Paper Pumpkin kit supplies, though I chose to add some Crumb Cake Card Stock, Powder Pink Card Stock, and a wee bit of the Myths & Magic Washi Tape  and some 2" x 8" Cello Bags for some of the items inside the box (though you might have different contents in mind, so you may not need those). Everything else, including the adhesives, came from the kit! I made a box for a birthday gift, as well as a Mother's Day card.






Oh, and just a note on the plastic test tube I used for the bath salts inside the package...those actually came from a Paper Pumpkin kit from a long time ago. But right now, you can actually still get SIXTEEN of them in either the Paper Pumpkin September 2016 Good to Eat FULL KIT or the REFILL KIT (includes consumables only), if you are registered as a Paper Pumpkin Subscriber.

I'm really not the "vintage" stamping type, but this kit made it SUPER easy! For my card, I assembled one of the string closure envelopes according to the kit directions, but I made my own card base to fit inside. And my card has a little treat in it--a packet of my favorite Tulsi Sweet Rose Tea!




The May Good Things Grow Refill Kit can now be purchased the on the PAST KITS page in my Online Store. There are sometimes full Kits available on that page, but many are just Refill Kits which include the consumables only...meaning everything but the stamp set & ink pad. By the way, you're gonna have to be a Paper Pumpkin subscriber to buy whatever's available on that PAST KITS page, so go ahead and sign up HERE to get your email address in the system first!

Stampin' Supplies: May Good Things Grow Paper Pumpkin Kit, Crumb Cake card stock, Powder Pink card stock, Myths & Magic Washi Tape, 2" x 8" Cello Bags (for some of the packaging inside the box), Paper Snips, Stampin' Trimmer (for trimming and scoring).

NEXT UP: Click the Next button below to see Melissa's fantastic projects!


MARCH 2018 A PAPER PUMPKIN THING BLOG HOP ROLL




You still have TWO MORE DAYS to qualify to earn FREE STAMPS (and other select items) with Sale-a-Bration when you shop my Online Store through March 31st...that includes Paper Pumpkin Prepaid Subscriptions!

And don't forget to join me March 30th on my Facebook Business Page for my SIX Hour Sale-a-Bration Party!!! It's going to be a BLAST! I'll be giving away some past Paper Pumpkin Kits for participation at the event! (US only, sorry)

'Til next time...Happy Stampin'!

MARCH Monthly Perks Code: VY4HE7DB
(if your order total equals or exceeds $150, please do NOT use the Monthly Perks Host Code...you will have earned Stampin' Rewards of your own!)

Get your Stampin' Supplies in my ONLINE STORE, and Be sure to check out these Deals:
CLEARANCE RACK (Up to 60% OFF Retired Product)
BUNDLE & SAVE!!! (Annual Catalog Product Bundles at 10% OFF Everyday!)
BUNDLE & SAVE!!! (OCCASIONS Catalog Product Bundles at 10% OFF Everyday!)

~Kimberley Morris Colorado Springs, CO
Stampin' Up! Independent Demonstrator since 1994
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