Tuesday, January 29, 2013

WVCS Warrior Basketball Power!

I am a school teacher for a small private Christian school.  This year our administrator had the teachers and students adopt-a-warrior to support our basketball team members.  I have created this special card for the Warrior my class has adopted.

Stamp set is yet again some oldies but goodies from Close To My Heart.

Go Warriors! 

Saturday, January 26, 2013

Flour Babies

Here is a photo from my "other" life, that of a midde/high school teacher.  Each year my freshmen career class has to carry around a flour baby.  These are made using a 5 pound bag of flour and the students sew the head, arms and legs using the sewing machine.  They are then required to carry the "baby" for 7 days and journal the experience.  I also have the contact me every 2 hours through the night on the weekend to get a true feel for what it would be like to have a true baby to care about.  A family photo from this year's class.


Thursday, January 24, 2013

New Close To My Heart Catalog Unveiling - February 1, 2013

Spring/Summer 2013 Catalog - Available February 1
Visit my CTMH website on February 1 to see all the new products available in the new Spring/Summer 2013 idea book.  Here is a small sample of some of the papers which will be available ...

Contact me at kimstamps@juno.com to book a catalog party or gathering for a chance to earn free products.

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Art Philosophy/Artiste Cricut Cartridges - Thanks card

Here is a thank you card I created for my Close To My Heart unit meeting card swap.  The circle card was cut using the CTMH exclusive Cricut cartridge Art Philosophy.  The outer clockworks circle and word balloon were cut from the CTMH exclusive Cricut cartridge Artiste.  Word stamp "thanks" from Artiste Collection Word Balloons stamped using CTMH exclusive Inks - Cranberry.  Paper pack used - Scholastic from CTMH.

For added fun, I have used a spring adhesive to mount the thanks bubble so it wiggles.


Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Snow Friends Cricut Cartridge

Here I go again, personal challenge number 2.  All images cut and put together from Cricut cartridge Snow Friends 2009-2010.


Monday, January 14, 2013

Snow Day Cricut Cartridge tubing card

365 Cards challenge for Saturday, January 12 was a wiggle card.  I created this fun inner tube card using a spring to allow for the inner tuber to wiggle down the snowy hillside.  Word stamps from Close To My Heart's Celebration Seasons, a stamp set included with the CTMH exclusive Art Philosophy Cricut Cartridge Collection.


Sunday, January 13, 2013

Coffee Cup Gift Card Holder

What a great idea for giving gift cards in a nice package!
I have finally had the time to make my own version of this wonderful coffee gift card holder.  Love, Love, Love It!  See below for the blog you can visit to see a video on how to create such a fun card.

Here is a link to Confessions of a Stamping Addict on how to make this fabulous coffee cup gift card holder.  Joanne Long Barnes (CTMH consultant) has created these:

Snow Day Cricut Cartridge scrapbook layout

Taking an older layout made with cardstock and Mrs. Grossman's stickers, I added the boy and snowman from the Cricut Cartridge Snow Day.


Saturday, January 12, 2013

Snow Day Cricut Cartridge sample

This week I challenged myself to work through an entire Cricut Cartridge... my choice to go along with my January snowman theme was the Snow Day cartridge.  I cut them out and each night put them all together bit-by-bit throughout the evenings.  Now to figure out a card or scrapbook layout for each one and share with you my continued progress.


Friday, January 11, 2013

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Best Images of 2010 Cricut Cartridge snowmen card

This fun card was created using the Best Images of 2010 Cricut cartridge.  My mom, Lydia, helps me each school year by creating cards for my middle school home economics class.  This was one she had created for the kids last year.

Each card kit she prepares for the students contains all the precut shapes, card blank, foil and a toothpick for the glue.  I scan the sample card and pull the image up on the classroom flat screen for all to see at once.  The cards are always a huge hit with the students.  Mom creates one for every holiday plus a thank you card each year.

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

January - Celebrate Snowmen 1

I love the freshness of fallen snow as it makes the world seem so peaceful and clean.  My love of snow and snowmen give me reason to carry over my decorating into January with snowmen all throughout the house.

This is a funny card full of snowman "poop".

Saturday, January 5, 2013

January 5, 2013 - About Me

Happy 2013 to you all!  May this year begin with time at your craft table relaxing and creating.  I have been able to take some time the past two days to reorganize my craft room.  It was all about access.

Access... I had more albums out in the open than supplies.  I have now switched the albums into the cabinet and moved the paper, ribbons, embossing supplies, etc. out into the room for ease of access.

I also had fun on two occasions spending my beloved gift cards at the after Christmas sales.  Of course, my most favorite purchases are the many stickers and papers available to accent most any theme you can imagine to take a photo of on any given day.

Now, it is time to begin working on the photos piled high in photo boxes surrounding my craft table.  After relocating in 2005, I have not been able to get my scrapbooking groove to move at a fast pace.  I have defaulted to making more cards than scrapbook pages as they are quick and easy.  I was also getting quite addicted to the blog challenges for cards.  Do not worry, I plan to still enter the challenges.  I am hoping to enter more scrapbook ones as well.

I end today's entry by stating that I am missing my dad greatly.  However, he would want me to keep doing what I love and that is papercrafting.  This year I would like to challenge myself to get caught up on my scrapbooks (I know, this has been my challenge since 2005).  Life should begin to become our typical "normal" as dad is not here for us to dedicate so much of our time to visiting and traveling to see him.

If I learned anything in the past year, it is to spend time with your loved ones.  I can honestly say I have lost my dad, but there are no unspoken words needing said, no regrets to ask for or give forgiveness over, he passed as truly my beloved father and friend.  Every Wednesday evening and Sunday are treasures I will hold dear to me in my heart, and on each scrapbook page created to remember the times spent together this last year knowing he was with us for a short time.  Live each day as if it is your last for not only yourself, but those you have in your life.

Happy Papercrafting!