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Oct 21 2015

It’s all about balance

Are you excited about the mini catalogue?  In this house we sure are!!! My daughters and I decided to play with the Oh what fun Tag project kit #139602.  I have never created 30 tags so quickly.  Of course their help was amazing.  If you don't like to create new projects but would love to make adorable tags, this kit is right for you.  It comes with instructions. It is pre cut and just needs a little stamping.  After we finished creating them all, we still had leftover bedazzles.  I love them all.  I really can't pick my favorite. 

The before shot!!!

I'm all about balance.  Making sure to take care of myself. Making sure that my daughters are on the right path, guiding them to make good choices.  There is a lot of chatting going on in this house, sometimes intense chats and we do have tears from time to time but we stick together and help each other out.   Last friday, I had to work late and we had "a situation".  I love that I can count on Chris to guide me on the right path.  He gave me the best advise.  He sent me a message and it said:  "I will put it this way for you……you are her mother, not her friend. Your job is to protect her, not to be her buddy.  Throughout her life, you will make difficult and unpopular decisions but later when she grows up to be successful in all aspects of her life, she will love you even that much more for your tough decisions."  When I got that message, my shoulders came down from touching my ears.  I wanted to hug him over the phone.  If there is somebody out there reading this that is separated, you will understand me.  How tough to parent a child that you have not seen for a week.  It's their first day back and you have to tell them how it is and they might not like it….  It is not always rosie….  On a side note, we are back on track and this project was a great way to sit around the table and watch a combo of dancing with the stars and the voice and chat.  I might not post daily.  But feel that balance is the key for me right now and probably forever.  Juggling working out of town, the girls, my health and having a healthy relationship with my honey, matters a great deal to me.  He is definitely a KEEPER!! and a very smart man:)))

Last night, I stamped and created with one of my downlines.  We worked on different projects, shared tips and talked about future projects.  I love that stamping can bring so much joy.  It's a pretty much amazing social gathering.  The friends, support and also learning about myself plays a good part with my stamping.  I can't wait to show you what  I came up with… Enough said….

The after shot!!! of course I only put a couple on the wall.  30 tags would be a lot to place on the wall.

We got to make 3 of each tags listed below. My daughters made an excellent job at stamping and assembling.  Especially megan for adding the finishing touches…

I think this one above is my favorite.

I truly love the snowflake above as well.  I'm thinking of saving one to use on another project.  I am so excited that have a bunch of tags made for Christmas already.  I will create a couple tags from scratch that I like to personalize for specific people but these are a great start to the holidays…

My daughter Megan hung them all on one of my vintage Christmas tree.  Here is part of the tree lol.

You won't want to miss out on my next post.  I wanted to squeal after creating my next project.  It's a project that I have created from scratch, Kim style:)

Housekeeping announcement:

Yes, you read that right! For any stamps* you purchase October 19-23, you’ll save 15 percent off the retail value. It’s really that simple, and it’s really that exciting, so don’t miss out on this limited-time sale!

Shop HERE for the products to create a version of this project.  See the list of products below.

Enjoy your evening, Hugs xox

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Oct 12 2015

Happy Thanksgiving !!

I hope you are enjoying this perfect long weekend weather.  It's Thanksgiving weekend in Canada.  Happy Thanksgiving my fellow Canadians.  I am so grateful for so many things.  We had a perfect family weekend.  Lots of laughs….   I'll have to share a couple of pictures with you.  My girls are the best.  As they get older,  I think we are getting closer.  I surely hope it remains this way… We have had a busy weekend soaking in this gorgeous weather.  Fall is my favorite season. 

This is certainly a scrapbooking pic.   I have so many that it will have to be used for my project life album.

Although my focus is not on Fall today, You can still take in some tips and techniques from my holiday card. 

Tip of the Day:

If you fold  in and out the doilie with your stampin' trimmer with the scoring blade,  it will create an edge to it making it pop out and adding a vintage look to your card.

The home for Christmas Enamel Dots #140536 are pretty cute too! 

I love that Stampin up! has different greetings that you can create with your bigshot.  The thinlits are so fun and easy to use with the magnetic platform.  For this card I used the word "Merry" from the Christmas Greetings Thinlits Dies #139659.  These are also available for my french stampers!!:)) 
The current catalogue and Holiday Catalogue have a couple of options for wording and greetings.  It adds a nice touch to your projects. Check out these cute thinlits for different options:  Greetings Thinlits #138275, Hello You Thinlits #137363

I also wanted to thank the stampers that have ordered the paper pumpkin kits before October 10th. You will receive your next paper pumpkin in a pink box and a little something from me in the mail.  Thank you for donating to the Breast Cancer Foundation.

Shop HERE for the products to create a version of this project.  See the list of products below.

Enjoy your evening, Hugs xox

 

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Oct 02 2015

Giving for a good cause

To show support for Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Paper Pumpkin is going PINK…  or at least the October boxes are!!!  Stampin'Up! will donate $1 for every active Paper Pumpkin Subscriber + An additional $1 for every new subscriber to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF).

What is paper pumpkin?  It's a fully designed project kit that arrives in a delightful box (PINK for October if you sign up before October 10th) filled with stamps, ink, paper and all the accessories you need to complete your projects.  Everything ready to go….It's the perfect gift for family and friends.  It is also the perfect start if you are a beginner or if you don't have a lot of supplies at home.  It is also a great kit for the expert stampers because you can tweak it to your taste. 

Here is a sample of the August kit, Chalk it Up to Love.  This is my simple version.  I copied the project exactly like the instructions that came with the content. So it's simple and easy and you learn new techniques along the way.  This kit came with all the supplies, stamp set and ink to make 3 boxes, 6 cards and 6 envelopes.  I keep all the projects made in a box and when I have an event and need a quick card for weddings, birthdays etc. I go directly in that box.  Also, when the projects are 3D, I will give these as hostess gifts and incorporate a treat.

The kits come all wrapped up.  It's a surprise to get your new kit every month.  You never know what is coming…. If you are a pinterest lover, there is a special spot for all the paper pumpkin kits and you get to view different projects.  Check it out HERE.

Wouldn't these boxes make a great hostess gift? When the boxes contain 3 D projects, I love to  give them to friends, teachers or even use them as pillow gift for family and friends that are coming for sleepovers.  It's also a great hostess gift to give to friends when invited for dinner.  I would add chocolate to mine.  As for all the cards, I placed them in a box.   When the girls need a birthday card for their parties or if I need a sympathy card or a wedding card and I'm in a rush, I just pick one out of the box.   The bonus is you get to keep the inks and stamp sets to make many more projects…

Here's a picture from Jordan, sewing on her card for her friend's birthday party.  She made the card on her own from one of the kits. It's from the March kit 2015 SEW YOU. A great way for her to learn how to sew.


Then mama stepped in and tweaked the kit to make it a wowser for the birthday girl…

 

So you can see how fun these kits are for new, beginners to expert stampers..

There are two simple ways to subscribe: 

PAY AS YOU GO  Just sign up once for $24.95 a month (shipping included) and a new kit is delivered to your door each month.

or

PREPAID SUBSCRIPTION  A great way to get a subscription yourself, or give one to a friend! Pay in advance and save money (shipping included)

1 month #137858 $24.95

3 month #137859 $74.85

6 month #137860 $143.70 (save $1 per month)

12 month #137861 $275.40 (save $2 per month) Bonus you can get hostess benefits, ask me how?

Please give it a try, if you sign up before October 10th you are giving to a good cause.  So many woman are affected by breast cancer.  I am surrounded by them.  I have a team mate in my downline, a nurse coworker who is 30 years old battling her second round.  You can read up about her situation HERE.  I have 3 daughters and want to make sure they grow old and stay healthy…Together, we will make a difference!

If you would like to raise money for a great cause, Email me!

Enjoy your day, Hugs xo

Sign up directly on my LINK or to the paper pumpkin link and add KIM ASSALY as your demonstrator.

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Oct 01 2015

Lots of layers

I have had this card laying in my studio for a while.  Trying to make it work.  It's like my new house, my home.  When you buy a house that you haven't built, you need to adapt and make it yours.  I think, I have successfully accomplished my goal with my card and my home.  Jordan always refers to our house as "fancy"! lol.  She always say:  "it might not be big mom but it's fancy!"  Actually, the week that I don't have the girls, I find it very big… But, I'm starting to get use to that after 2 years in the new house.  We also have a surprise addition to the house.  He's called Badger.  Badger was Chris's  K9 dog.  He retired from the force after being a K9 dog x 12 years.  Yes, he is 84 years old in human years.  The sad part about a working dog is if the trainer or previous trainer doesn't take him in, he would be euthanized.  To Chris, Badger was his long time partner and he could not do that.  Especially that Badger has saved his life a couple of times.  I love hearing all the stories… Therefore, I agreed to take him in.  In the beginning, I was petrified hearing all the stories from our friends.  Especially, that when we got him, initially it was only Badger and I at the house.  Let me tell you, that first week, I gave him so many treats to make sure he associated the treats as a reward and not me as the treat/reward!!!  We are now great friends.   I have taken many pictures and plan on scrapbooking them for Chris.  He is an important part of Chris's life. 

My card has a monochromatic theme going just like my house.  In my home,  there are dark floors, light walls with a hint of baja breeze.  Do you remember that Stampin'up! color? It was my ultimate favorite, back in the day.   I compare it to a sweet combo of pool party and soft sky:) I wanted to maintain the monochromatic theme in the house so everything would blend.  For this card it was all about white,gold, layers and shining bright like a diamond…

You can see the layers from this side view.  I love using dimensionals #104430 to create the layers.  I've used the dimensionals on behind the trees and wording banner.

Then came glitter and gold embossing.  I've embossed the tea lace paper doilie #129399 with iridescent ice embossing powder #101930.  Embossed one of the stamps from the peaceful pines stamp set #139728 with gold embossing powder #109129 and you will noticed that I added snowed texture to one of my trees, it's dazzling details #124117.  I love glitter! There is a great bundle that is included in the holiday catalogue:  the perfect Pines framelits dies with the peaceful pines stamp set.  You save 15% when you get the bundle #140850.

I could not resist adding a Reindeer paper clip #139643.  There are 10 in a package.  Wouldn't these look cute with Christmas pictures.  I need to work on that:)

The background was created with  the winter wonderland specialty designer series paper #139588.  It is a rich combo of whisper white, gold and basic black.  When you view the entire series, you will find it very classy:) I also added layers of the winter wonderland designer washi tape #139609, at the bottom of the card.  The all is calm, all is bright quote comes from the stamp set Wonderland #140365. It matches the paper collection of course.   And if you look at one of the first pictures, you will see that I added white 3/8" glitter ribbon since I'm all about glitter. This ribbon comes in a package of 5 yards each of gold and white ribbon. #139614.  Last but not least, I added pearls #119247.  A rule of thumb when decorating a home, you always decorate in odd numbers.  That is why my card has 3 trees and 3 pearls and 1 reindeer:)

I hope you liked my project today.  If you would like to get together with your friends and create your holiday cards, email me asap! I have a couple of spots. 

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