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Sep 26 2015

My Aha! moment:)

I took out a couple of Halloween decorations out since I was so excited playing with all my Halloween goodies from the Holiday catalogue.  Then, I reconsidered…. Chris's birthday is coming very soon, actually it's on Thanksgiving this year.  I just can't take out the Halloween stuff before his birthday… It just doesn't feel right…I'm still not sure how I am going to post about him.  Some of you know how I love to scrapbook and I would sure like to incorporate him in my pages.  How can I describe Chris to you?   On social media, Chris is  like Tim the toolman Taylor's neighbor, Wilson W. Wilson Jr.  You never get to see his face on the show.  Well that is pretty much my social media life with Chris.  Ya! he's a private guy but the main reason involves his career.  With some careers social media is not a great thing… He also has my best interest at heart… Therefore, You will not get to see very much of my guy:)  Here's a little sneak peak… I do plan on putting him in my project life albums, you might not see all his body parts on my blog lol  I can count on one hand the number of years he has until retirement…. After that, it will be a different story.  He does have some serious man candy going, so I'm very sorry that I can't share:))))  It will be a very thick album since we are compatible in so many ways and already have a great deal of adventures that need to be preserved in albums:)

He didn't know it was him in the picture when I showed him.  Maybe cause he didn't have any gel in his hair.. So I don't think it's a big deal that I share here.  Plus it's the perfect "Wilson" picture.  I'm still struggling with the nick name I will call him while blogging.  If you have any ideas please share…

Back to stamping.  I created a couple of 3D treat holders.  My focus was Halloween but you can make these goodies with a completely different theme.  The more I play with my Stampin'up! products, the more I get creative.  Albert Einstein once said:  "Creativity is intelligence having fun."  I'm having a great time and struggling with Influenza so I haven't slept much this week. I had all the time in the world to think of creative projects.   A couple of days ago, I had a aha moment. not sure if the designer at Stampin'up! planned this out but the spider web dollies on p. 47 from the Holiday catalogue fits perfectly with the square pillow box thinlits dies p. 41. Isn't this awesome? I think so!

See my images below:  I cut the spider web dollies in half and it fit perfectly on the top of the square pillow box.  I also used a clear window sheet to make all my pillow boxes.  My goal was to show off the goodies in the boxes but you can use regular card stock to make them.  Different options are in the holiday catalogue on p. 41. I also love how Stampin up! created bundle deals, the pillow die has a great bundle deal.  You get 15% off when you purchase the square pillow box thinlits dies with the stamp set called a little something on p 41. I received a couple of requests for the paper copy of the catalogue. If you are in canada and want a paper copy email me HERE.

I decided to post the boxes individually so you get a better look at these.  I can't pick which one is my favorite?

Love Love Love the Happy Haunting designer series paper #139584. Especially this side of the designer paper which reminds me of burberry.

I had to do a custom pillow box for Jordan… I added chocolate in her box and her picture as well.

These make perfect Halloween treats.  And the decoration adds a touch of love to share with your family, coworkers and friends. I'm thinking of adding a basket of these at my desk at work. 

I hope you are enjoying this beautiful weekend.  I'm off to bake pumpkin spice cookies for my gang!

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Sep 25 2015

If The Broom Fits, Ride It…

I am truly blessed to have received emails, texts, posts about my return.  I've been questioning myself for a while now as to where I wanted to go with my stamping?  So many things have changed in the last 4 years.  I've learned my lesson: no matter how hard things are regardless of the situation, we should not give up on our dreams, on the things we love, no matter what the circumstances might be.  I guess it's easier to say this now as I'm not on " survival mode". I loved hearing your stories and how some of you were able to bounce right back into things.  I loved seeing the friends that I have made through out the years with the best paper crafting paper company, Stampin'up! I loved attending convention and meeting people like Catherine.  She said to me, "you should get back into it, I've sold so many products because of your ideas and creations, you have a unique style of stamping."  To me this meant a lot and Catherine, those few words at Convention really made me think things through.    We create and post on our personal blogs, facebook business page, instagram…. And sometimes, I've questioned myself, is someone reading my posts lol… Chris got home after yesterday's creation and he said to me:  "your creations are even better in person than the pic you sent me, you're pretty talented"  See, he doesn't know this side of me yet…:) He doesn't know what I mean when I talk about passion of the demonstrator friends that I have made over the years, the clients, the downline, the incentive trips and how spoil and appreciated we are and best of all, the staff at Stampin'up! I am going to push hard at finding myself in the creative world.  There are a few hiccups but I'm going to get through them..  I guess I'm doing well cause I stamped again!!!

There is something about this set that makes me want to squeal!!! I just think there are so many possibilities.  And the best part is: it doesn't need to be a Halloween Project! I love monochromatic themes.  Layering a card creates dimension, texture. I also think that decorating my envelop with the matching designer paper makes the recipient feel special.  Nothing like a hand stamped card. Most of the items are from the Holiday Catalogue.  Even the Halloween Haunting designer paper series from page 47.  It's Halloween paper but since it's double sided, the genius who created it made it one side Halloweenish and the other not so much. So we can use the designer paper all year long. 


Instead of inking If the broom fits stamp set, I embossed it with the black embossing powder. I love how it creates that dept in the card.

The little star was made with the boo to you framelits dies. It's so cute.  Check item list below.

I also thought it would be a great idea that you see an updated picture of the girls since it has been 4 years…  This picture was taken on the first day of school.  Megan is in grade 10, Lauren grade 9 and Jordan grade 5.  I have 2 girls in High school already!!! I love them dearly and can't wait for them to come home tonight.  My week is starting today:) The joys of shared custody…

Enjoy your weekend.  I already have something posted for tomorrow.  If you would like to see cute packages, you might want to stop by on my blog… You can also follow me on instagram @simply_kim3k. 

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Sep 23 2015

Where do I begin…

All I have to say is that it's been a while…. Where do I begin….. When we have tough moments, we tend to let go of certain things, even if those things matter a lot to us.  I need to apologize to my blog readers.  I am so very sorry for leaving you behind. My life had been so unstable since the separation with my husband in 2012 that I needed to focus on the not so fun stuff… Although it took what seem forever to settle things, we have always been good parents.  Do we disagree on certain things?  Absolutely, more than ever!!!  The important part to me, is that our girls are ok. They did not choose to have separated parents and  we need to make it work as much as possible. The girls will be my priority forever.  As a mom, it was my job to insure they were ok throughout the process.  There is always two side to every story, let me just say mine has been a rough one.  I  lost my hair, cried my heart out, couldn't sleep etc…  I have moved from my matrimonial home which had my studio in a 1200 square foot walk out basement.  Let me tell you, in 6 years, I had accumulated lots of stamping supplies and it was no fun to pack all  of my stuff from a 6000 square foot home.  I only had every second week to pack because we shared the house for a long long while and we, the parents would  leave every week.  Our girls always stayed home…   When moving day got there, all I can say was it's about friggin' time.  I left my house key on the kitchen counter and never looked back.   On a positive note, the girls got to keep the house with their dad.  So at least they get to stay in the house they grew up in.  And they come to stay with me in my new home every second week.  It might not be a mansion but I have made it "home".  "Love grows best in little houses, with fewer walls to separate. Where you eat and sleep so close together, you can't help but communicate. If we had more room between us, think of all we'd miss.  Love grows best in houses just like MINE!!!"  That is what it feels like, HOME!!!  Ironically, I feel more like home in the new house then in my old waterfront home.  I go back there for the girls from time to time and it doesn't even bother me.   It never felt right… 

Let's fast speed to the rest.  I returned to work full time so I can provide for myself and the girls.  I commute to work 1.5 hrs back and forth daily.  So now you can see, I briefly resumed a couple of stressors…  I didn't even share the juicy stuff….  I could write 3 novels to share the ups and downs of these past 4 years.   It's been a heck of a roller coaster…..I'm surprised I haven't gone cray cray…. Major stressors can affect you pretty hard ( separation, moving, new job)…

If I am writing to you today, it's because things are a lot better now.  For the first time in a very long time, I stamped. My girls and my hunk of a guy have been encouraging me to get back in the studio.  I was scared that I had lost my mojo!!! Today, I would like to dedicate my projects to Chris and my lovely daughters.  Thank you for pushing me back into this. I miss my stamping friends dearly and I hope I can reconnect by blogging.

I created projects from the new 2015-2016 Holiday Catalogue… On p. 7 , item #140969. I love and adore the  witching decor project kit. I used the kit to create not only the witch hat but I had enough products to make a page and a card.  And I still had leftovers:)  So I hope you like my projects and still feel I have my mojo.  All  I can say is I'm back;)

If you want a Witches Hat Kit, you better buy it NOW.  The inventory is LOW and Stampin'Up!  will not be replenishing the inventory once it's gone. I'm excited to be hosting a class in the first weeks of October.  Seats are limited.  Therefore, reserve your spots.  This is a perfect decoration piece for the home or if you are a teacher, at school. The kids will adore.  It's one of my favorite projects:)  I love that we get to create extra projects with the left over pieces.  Order on my site item number #140969. click HERE to order.


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