Friday Freebie | Everything Is Connected

July 31st, 2015|freebies|

It’s no secret that I love being outdoors. I may not always get to be outdoors, but if I can sit up in the mountains with the swaying trees and the sound of the birds or by an ocean listening to the waves as them come crashing to shore…then I’m a happy camper.

I thought this phrase was so appropriate for this time of year. Whether you get a trip up the canyon, head to the beach, or just enjoy time sitting in your backyard and appreciate the nature there…it’s all connected. We are all connected. 

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And of course I had to use it in digital form on a trip to the mountains.
Duh. 

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And did you realize this is the very last day of July? School is just around the corner for many people. How about yourself? Ready to do a little class-ing yourself? Sign up for The History Project today because it’s the last day to save $5! (Class starts August 24. Enrollment ends August 31.)

I promise, this is one project you and your family will always treasure.
Get those memories out of your head and onto paper now.

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The Pancake: It's Not Just For Breakfast

July 29th, 2015|photography|

My son enjoys spending money–or enjoys dreaming of what he’s going to spend money on. (It’s true Zach, and you know it.) He’s always got some ‘cool thing’ that he wants to buy and it changes frequently.

We’ll be talking about one thing one day–like a fly rod he wants or that he wants to take a trip somewhere, and the next day he comes home with a lens.

This just happened at the beginning of the year.

Of course, with this particular purchase, I was quite intrigued. Canon released a new lens in November of the pancake variety. And just like the name, you can imagine what the lens looks like.

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He bought this Canon EF-S 24mm f/2.8 lens for $149.

And I have to say, it’s a pretty nifty little lens for the price. (Note: This is not a lens you can use on a full-frame camera, like the 5D.)

I tried to convince him he should let me take it when we did our cross-country trip in March, but he wasn’t having any of that. I wish I would have just bought myself one then. It would have been awesome for places like the cemetery in New Orleans.

I’ve been struggling wanting to take my big mama camera (Canon 7D) around with me because it gets heavy and cumbersome. Love the camera, but it’s not very convenient. I’ve hauled it with me in a bag on many occasions and taking it in and out–most often with my 28-135 IS lens attached–and gets awkward…and heavy.

Need a little visual to see what I’m talking about?

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Do you see what I mean? Granted, I lose all zooming capability and the image stabilizer, but with that small of a lens, don’t really need the IS. And with the megapixel of the 7D? I can always zoom in using Photoshop if I need to and probably be fine. Not only that, this is a fixed lens, meaning, I can set my aperture and it will stay…and I love being able to maintain the aperture I want.

I’ve been eying the Fuji x100s camera for like a couple years. I really want it. Light weight. Cool as heck looking. Love the retro. And a 23mm f/2 lens. Perfect for city, landscape and just everyday shooting. They are actually on the x100T now…that’s how long I’ve been wanting it. ;)

I still really want the Fuji, but with a cost of $1299 for the most recent model, it’s not so in the budget. Perhaps if I sold my 7D….

But at $149, I finally bought my own lens so I can have pancakes for breakfast, lunch and dinner, whether at home or on vacation.

Here’s a few sample shots I took at about–or just over–a foot away.

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The one downside to it is that it does vignette a little when you get down to 2.8, as you can see by this photo. Seems that if you shoot with a little higher f-stop number, then it doesn’t vignette quite as much.

Zach’s been using his quite a bit these past few months and loving it.

I’m excited to give it a real test drive on some upcoming travel myself.

Friday Freebie | I’m On Top Of The World

July 24th, 2015|freebies|

We live in the wonderful world of car-sharing. Jordan works from 10-2, so I just let her take my car unless I need to go somewhere…like a couple weeks ago when I had to go to the dentist to get a new crown. Fun times…not.

But when I do get to drive in my car, it’s the one time I listen to the radio or Jordan puts on her Spotify music, which is sometimes the same as what I listen to on my iTunes and sometimes not.

As we neared her place of employment, the Imagine Dragons song, ‘I’m On Top Of The World’ song came on. It was such a happy little diddy and the more I thought about the phrase, the more I knew it needed to be a Friday Freebie–especially with it being all summer like, ya know? Since last week it was all about Christmas, here is the ‘world’ for you.

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(the pieces do come separately too)

And if this doesn’t make you feel like you’re on top of the world,
here’s a little Imagine Dragons to help you fly.

Oh, and a little side note here…the next song I heard on the radio after she left was ‘Best Of Both Worlds’ by Van Halen. I felt a little theme going on.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Christmas In July | Recording It All + Vinyl Video

July 19th, 2015|december daily, projects|

I have a confession. I am not so good in the recording department. I always have good intentions. In fact, I even started this project last Christmas season. But as per usual, the craziness of the time got in the way. My kids are also older now (three, 20-25) and so that ‘magic’ part of it isn’t really a part of our Christmas in the child-like sense.

I’ve also not necessarily been one to record the whole month of December. Doing December Daily sounds like a grand idea at the time, but as usual, life is just so crazy. Well, in 2013, when my daughter was getting ready to leave for Jacksonville on December 18 to serve an LDS mission, I made an effort to document more. I love that I did that. (Now I just need to get it in an album.)

In 2014, much of December was spent dealing with the aftermath of a tragedy that occurred  at Thanksgiving with some close family friends and our involvement with that. To say it did not feel like the Christmas season is putting it mildly. Christmas seemed rather trivial. I don’t think I got any kind of decorations up until about the middle of the month when the kids finally put up their own Christmas tree. I think I finally put up a couple other items found in one box and that was it.

But as Christmas grew closer, so did we. Even though I had much to do for work, I chose not to during that time and we spent quality family time together–watching movies, doing puzzles, making great food, and having a truly white Christmas thanks to an awesome snow storm. It’s not often we get snow like that. Sometimes we have some snow and sometimes there’s none. So the fact that it snowed so much that evening and into Christmas…it made it magical. One of my favorite moments of that holiday–besides doing a puzzle with my girls, was playing Mexican Train with Zach at the kitchen table. Our Christmas dinner contributions were cooking in the oven and we played many games and watched the snow fall.

I say that was the worst Christmas and the best Christmas we’ve had. I think the bad time is what made the good times so much sweeter. It was all about family for us and it was just what we needed.

As I pulled out this project once again and looked at the photos, I was amazed at how many emotions came to surface again. I can’t tell you just how grateful I was that I made the effort–even during that tragic time–to document our Christmas.

It means the world to me that we have that.

And now, on this final Christmas In July day, here are my pages for 2014…in an album….all finished. Yay!

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On this page I create a 6×8 page (rectangle), typed my text where I wanted it, and placed the Winter Tree temporarily so I could size it. Once I knew what I wanted, I moved the tree to the side, printed  the page and trimmed it to size. Then I cut one tree from a scrap of vinyl and three more on white cardstock–all at the same time on the same mat. Then I just glued them all together to create that ‘golden chipboard’ look. 


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[ Designs | Elf Culture + Deck The Halls ]



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[ Designs | Hello December (Christmas card) / Snowflake / Santa+Elves Card / Oh What Fun ]



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I used a plastic page from Bazzil Basics to put the vinyl on. I don’t think they make them anymore, but you could use a transparency. There’s a how-to video on this at the end of the album.


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[ Designs | Hello December (snowflake card) / Merry Everything (snowMerry Little Words (dreaming of a white christmas, snow, and winter wonderland text made into a 3×4 card) ]



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[ Designs | Merry Everything (christmas) / Merry Little Words (believe + be merry) / Hello December (tis the season card) / Winter Tree ]


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I used Brilliance Moonlight White ink to stamp a sentiment directly to my photo.

[ Designs | Merry Everything (fa la la) / Confetti.  Stamps | Holiday Magic (be merry) ]



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The one nice things about the gold vinyl is that it conveniently looks like gold vinyl from both sides. Sweet! And to create the snowflake page, again, draw a 6×8 rectangle. place the snowflake, type your text, move the snowflake off, print on cardstock, cut the snowflake, and adhere it in place. Embellish with other sparkly bits and title.

[ Designs | Confetti / Christmas Countdown (snowflake) / Merry Everything (magic).  Stamps | Believe (trees and title).


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I’m all about keeping things simple. One thing I did to make things quick was to cut out the Merry Little Words and have them on hand. I also used a lot of the Hello December and changed the color on the Christmas card.

The other thing that worked for me was the fact that I didn’t worry about documenting December on a daily basis, but rather was just sure to record all the moments that occurred. I plan on doing this for more Decembers and keep them in this album. Now I need to get 2013 done. :)


And now, the video you’ve all been waiting for ;), a video that shows how to use vinyl from start to finish using your Silhouette.

Christmas In July | More Great Gift Giving Ideas!

July 18th, 2015|cards, naomi atkins|

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Wow! We’ve had such an incredible week with our creative team, haven’t we? So many wonderful ideas to help you get ahead of the game on your Christmas happenings. Well, we still have a couple days left in our Christmas In July event and a little more to share.

Take a look at these gorgeous tags and treat bag ideas using the brand new Believe and Holiday Magic stamps from our lovely Naomi!

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And the mint and snowflakes? divine.


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and then used a simple tab punch that I had to cut the lids!

Oh my heck! That’s an awesome idea!


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That is one beautiful treat bag! So elegant.

 

These stamps are so versatile. Not only have I had fun playing with them, but I’ve loooooved seeing what my creative team has done with them this week.

When you guys out there make something with these new stamps (or any of them, really) and share it social media, be sure to tag me so I can see your beautiful creations too!

They are on sale through tomorrow, so be sure to pick yours up today if you haven’t gotten them yet. Get yourself ahead of the fall and Christmas frenzy. With the way time has been flying, it’ll be here before you know it and you’ll have another holiday full of good intentions. ;)

 

 

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Christmas In July | Christmas Cards and Ho Ho Ho Freebie

July 17th, 2015|cards, freebies|

Today is a doubly fun day.
It’s Friday. It’s Christmas in July.
The freebie has got to be Christmas related, right?

And if you follow me on social media, you’ll have seen some negative space that I cut for a women’s activity. The more I thought about it, the more I knew…it’s gotta be the freebie. Right?

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I’d cut it in red originally because I needed red ho’s, but of course I thought it would be so perfect in my traditional white-on-white. Yeah…loving that.

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And, as someone suggested, you can turn it upside-down and it becomes a bunch of OH’s. You can use it for more than just Christmas stuff.  :)

And because I know I’ll get asked, the tree and sentiment are from the brand-new Believe stamp set. That little tree is my fave! And I used some Tim Holtz distress ink for it on an Office Depot shipping tag. It doesn’t soak into the tag right away and so the ink just kind of collects on top and makes that really cool effect. Wish I could take credit for that little bit of serendipitous magic, but the truth is, I let the ink do all the work.


So speaking of Christmas stuff, we’ve got some amazing cards from Laura today!

check ’em out…

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[ DesignsMerry Little Words (word strips) / Merry Everything (christmas, magic) ]


I love the crispness of the embossed white (there’s that tone-on-tone that I adore so much) with the hand-cut words and simple sentiment. These would be so fun to just whip up in a jif! Love the idea of sending a handmade card. And if you start now…. :)

Here’s a few words from Laura:

I used to love to send out handmade Christmas cards during the holidays, and can remember creating 40-50 cards each year to send to family and friends. It seemed like life just got busier and busier as the years went by, and I would always run out of time. I love the idea of coming up with a simple and easy card that can be easily duplicated, assembly line style, in just a few steps. These can easily be done well in advance, before the craziness of the holidays sets in.

I thought it would be fun to incorporate a few sayings from Kerri’s Merry Little Words kit. I found a few that would tie in with the “Christmas” and “magic” that I die cut from the Merry Everything kit. I selected just the sayings that I wanted to use, and pasted them multiple times onto a new document to print, which I then printed out onto a sheet of textured white cardstock. When die cutting the “Christmas” and “magic” words, I also cut them numerous times from one sheet of patterned paper.

I have a huge stash of my favorite white textured cardstock from American Crafts, so I love to do simple white backgrounds on my cards. Once I cut my card bases and folded them all in half, I then cut additional pieces of white cardstock, slightly smaller than the front of the card. I ran each of those through an embossing folder, distressed the edges, lightly spritzed with black misting spray, and adhered to the front of the card. I machine stitched around the outside edges of the card, and adhered my sentiment pieces in place.


Fabulous cards Laura!


Don’t forget about this going on. It all ends Sunday!

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And now I just wanted to give you a stamp update here on the blog.

We sold completely out of our first shipment of stamps in the first 24-ish hours of the sale. Wow! I just want to thank you so much for all your support. I truly love what I do and continued to be humbled by the fact that all of you keep me motivated to create and create with your amazing support. humbled.

Just so you know, all orders as of Tuesday afternoon are on pre-order and will ship within a couple of weeks. But they are still on sale all through this week, so be sure to take advantage of the sale and the pre-order! It ends Sunday.

Christmas In July | A Home Decor Gift For The Whole Year With Seasonably Said

July 16th, 2015|digital shapes, projects|

Today we have a treat that’s gonna last you all year long.
It’s a brand new kit called Seasonably Said.
And it’s on sale this week for our Christmas in July!

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This little ensemble of seven handwritten goodies came together because I wanted a set of fabulous phrases that I could swap in and out of a frame in different seasons throughout the entire year as a home decor piece.

And I have to add here, that I’ve included four of my favorite words ever:
inhale love, exhale gratitude.

No four words have ever expressed more eloquently how I feel and act each and every day over even the littlest things. I literally inhale that love for say ‘the mountains’ that I never take for granted as I’m driving down the road to my house and exhale my gratitude for their beauty, their adventure, and for where I live. It’s truly a physical act and so those words couldn’t be any more perfect for me.

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So for this kit I loved the idea of using my Minc to make personal prints as well as using gold vinyl on a transparency in a float frame.

Take a peek.

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This is a perfect gift to give for
Christmas, birthday, Mother’s Day…you name it!


Here’s what you need:

FRAMES
I found two different styles of  6×8 float frames. The white one came from Target, but as with my luck, I always seem to find the one thing that’s on its way to being discontinued. I tried finding it online and found numbers that matched, but it did not look like this one nor did the description match it.

So I found THIS black frame at Michaels as well.
It is 6×8 in size, but not shown online.
And it’s buy one get one free this week too!

A float frame generally has two pieces of glass held together by the frame itself so you can place a photo–or transparency with vinyl–sandwiched inside to give the appearance that your item is ‘floating.’

TRANSPARENCIES
The next item I purchased were THESE transparencies. I’d always seen transparencies that were really expensive in the office supply stores locally and was pleasantly surprised to find these–a pack of 100 for $15+. Sweet! I haven’t tried printing on them, although I did read that some people still used their inkjet printer on them and let them dry a while. I mostly wanted to be able to use them with vinyl for overlays and home dec type stuff, so for the price…it made me quite happy.

So the plus side to using 6×8 or 5×7 frame is that you can get two phrases on one transparency. Let’s make our gifts economical, right? You trim off a half inch of the width–to make it 8″ wide–and then cut the transparency in half–to make it 5.5″ wide. While you might see a little gap if you’re looking at it close up, you won’t see it when it’s sitting on display. No need to waste, right?

VINYL
I’ve used two different types of vinyl. The one I use most of the time is the Silhouette brand. I usually watch for sales and stock up on what I need. I’ve also purchased Oracal 651 vinyl from SignWarehouse.com.  And they have excellent customer service too! There was a mistake on my order and it was corrected immediately. Love that. Both brands are pretty comparable.

I chose to use gold, but of course you could use any color that went with your space.

You’ll also want transfer tape to take it from the vinyl backing and put it onto the transparency. The end result will look something like this.

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Another wonderful addition to this yearly ensemble would be the America or Canada words.

If you’re new to the wonderful world of vinyl, stay tuned this week as I’ll be sharing a video on using vinyl, from start to finish. :)

And now, I have them all cut and adhered to the transparencies and I’ll place them in a file folder to keep them safe all year long.

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(It’s not easy photographing gold vinyl and transparencies. :) )


VINYL CUTTING TIP
Did you know that you don’t need a mat to cut vinyl? Anything sticky-backed does not need a mat as long as you’re not cutting all the way through it. I cut my vinyl this way about 95% of the time.

There are times when I’ll use a tiny scrap and put it on a mat. And the other day I had to cut a bunch of these types of words for a church function. I noticed with all the intricacies of the foo-foo writing that sometimes edges would get caught and peel up a little. Sometimes it wasn’t a problem and sometimes it was. I had to keep an eye on it. After the third one I decided to put it on a mat to check the difference…and it made a difference. I could leave it unattended and not worry about edges catching. I think because I was cutting so many swirly-twirlies and the vinyl is delicate-ish and bows if it’s not flat or on a mat, so it didn’t work quite as well.

But really, I seldom use a mat and it works great.


USING YOUR MINC
Ahhhh, the Minc! I have myself a Heidi Swap Minc and I love it! I send my artwork in PDF form to my local copy center and have them run it off on cardstock using the richest toner possible. Then I bring it home and work the shiny magic.

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ONE FINAL THOUGHT
So here’s how I plan to use my phrases throughout the year. Of course it’ll be a little different if you’re on the other side of the world, like all my Aussie friends. But you’ll get the idea. :)

All You Need Is Love: January-February
What A Wonderful World: March-May
Oh What Do You Do In The Summertime: June + August
America: July
Get Cozy: September (or January)
Something Wicked: October
Inhale Love, Exhale Gratitude: November
Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas: December

But I love the Inhale Love… words so much–especially foiled with my Minc–that I might just have to find a place for that permanently. :)

So there ya go. A simple and beautiful gift that you can get done now and have all ready for your family and friends. Ahead of the game folks. That’s what Christmas In July is for!

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Christmas In July | Tags Made Easy-er

July 15th, 2015|cards, maggie massey, printables, projects|

We’ve seen some gorgeous tags from Miss Layle and Miss Nichol using the brand new KBS stamps. But what if you’re not a stamper and want take tag-making down to simple printing?

Well take a look at these lovelies from Miss Maggie and here what she has to say!
looooove me some black and white!

Take it away darlin’!

The Christmas season is just 5 months away! Now, I know that may seem like a long time from now…but really, with the way time has been flying (at least for me) lately, we’re closing in on crunch-time people.

Come November I usually have high hopes of starting (and finishing!) all my Christmas projects…cards, gifts, decor etc…and then long about the beginning of December I realize that most of what I’ve had planned in my mind just isn’t going to get done…and I’m always really disappointed in myself for not doing what I had originally set out to do.

But this year I’m planning ahead. This year I’m taking care of some of the stuff that usually gets pushed to the side when the holidays roll around.

Now, to me, presentation is everything. I LOVE a pretty package…love. And I love to give pretty packages. But when the time is ticking down to the “big day” and I still haven’t started wrapping, I will admit that I usually end up just throwing some paper on a present and writing the recipients name in black Sharpie (don’t judge).

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Not gonna happen this Christmas, though. Because I’ve already taken care of part of my gift decoration. And it took me just a few hours. I downloaded both the Black+White Christmas & Holiday Labels files and set to work creating some fun tags and stickers for this year’s gifts and cards.

For the white Black+White Christmas tags, I created a little tag shape in my Silhouette software and added some of the .png files. Then I used the Print & Cut feature of the machine and cut out my tags. The black tags required even less work…I simply printed and cut the 3×4 cards that come in the file. Whaaaaat? I know! So easy!

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The Holiday Labels were even easier…Print & Cut these on sticker paper! Done and done.

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I made a whole bunch of these darling little tags and stickers. And now all I have to do is pop one on a gift or on the back of a card and I’ve got a beautiful gift.

Now I have no excuse not to give a pretty package this Christmas…all thanks to just a few hours of work now.

[ Designs | Black+White Christmas / Holiday Labels / Merry+Bright ]


Oh my goodness gracious! I am in love! The black and white is just so classy looking! Simple and elegant in a whole different way.

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And you know where I live, right? ;)

Christmas In July | Tags…Simplistic Elegance Be Thy Name

July 14th, 2015|cards, nichol magouirk, stamps|

One of the best parts of my job is getting to see what other people make with KBS goodies. Particularly, each time my creative team sends me an email with their gorgeous works, I get giddy. And today’s grouping of simplistically elegant tags from Nichol Magouirk is no exception.

I am not what you’d call a traditional ‘stamper’. And that is why I make the stamps I do. I like words that accentuate a page or designs where you can make a beautiful+simple tag or card. For those that wonder if stamping is for you…take a look at these amazing tags made with white cardstock, stamps and gold embossing powder. How awesome will these be to have on hand for your gifts, scrapbooking or cards?

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[ Stamps | BelieveHoliday Magic. DesignsSanta’s Workshop Toys Only (bow) / Attach It (tag fold and flap, tag round end) / Christmas Countdown (tag round top) / Christmas Cheer (tag) ]

 

simplistic elegance.

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And I love how Nichol took a variety of KBS tags,
cut them in white cardstock, and added a little shiny gold.

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Here’s what Nichol has to say:

I’m fairly certain that my obsession with all things white & gold is still in full force for the upcoming holiday season! I love the simple elegance of gold embossing on white tags so I gathered up several of Kerri’s awesome tag cut files and paired them with the incredible new stamp images from her Believe and Holiday Magic stamp sets and stamped and embossed lots and lots of gift tags! These gift tags work great tied to a package but you could also adhere one to a card or scrapbook page easily! Pretty string, twine and ribbons tied through the tops of each tag are the perfect finishing touch.

And if you are going to use these for gift tags, consider using Kerri’s Annie or even Kramer alphabet stamp sets to customize the backs with “to” and “from”.

Need a handmade gift? Tuck these tags into a vellum bag, tape it shut with some sparkly washi tape, secure a gold bow (made with one of Kerri’s designs of course!) and add one of the small tags to the front and voila!…a great gift! Pair it with roll or two of coordinating wrapping paper and tape and it would make a really great gift!



So have I convinced you nontraditional stampers (like me) that stamping just may be your cup of tea now? :)

 

Christmas In July Week | New Christmas Stamps!

July 13th, 2015|layle koncar, stamps|

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It’s true! Christmas in July has come to KBS! The more I’ve been in this business–and more importantly–the more I’ve had my own business, I’ve been amazed at how many people start preparing for Christmas now. Hello? Hobby Lobby even has their Christmas stuff out in June!

So this week it’s all about getting ahead in the game, or, getting caught up from last year’s Christmas memory keeping festivities, like me. :) And to help you get ready, of course there’s a sale all this week through Sunday!

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All the Christmas downloads can be found HERE.

 

To start off our merriment, we have two brand new stamp sets available!
Can I get a jolly ho ho ho?

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Believe and Holiday Magic

(Digital stamps available now too)


That tree is my total favorite of them all. I’ve been having some fun with those! If you’ve follow me on Facebook or Instagram you’ll have seen some of the things I’ve been making. I will be sharing them a little later here on the blog. Today, it’s all about what Layle has done with these babies! Get ready to have your Christmas stockings knocked off!  (Okay, so maybe they’re not on yet…but you get the idea.)

Take it away Layle!

Christmas in July?  Yes ma’am!  As hot as it was outside when I was working with Kerri’s new Christmas stamps, I have to be honest – I was soooo tempted to turn on the Christmas music!  These stamps were so much fun to play with.  I’m always amazed at how my creativity seems to flow when working with Kerri’s products, and this time was no different!

When the holidays roll around, I’m always scrambling at the last minute for a gift tag or card to tie to a bottle of wine or a present.  I’m happy to say that this year, the scrambling won’t exist.  Not only will I have 5 pre-made gift tags waiting in the wings, but these were so quick and easy to put together that I can easily make more on the fly, and even alter the designs slightly for cards!

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This first tag was all about those cute trees!  I outlined them with a black pen, stamped the sentiment and then sprayed the tag with Thermoweb gold Glitter Dust; such a fun, sparkly touch!


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When I saw the star stamp, I knew right away that I wanted to use it as a background; I stamped with platinum ink and then used the same ink to color the wood veneer star.

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The list of reindeer names – LOVE!  I used a gold glitter deer sticker on my tag, but if you wanted to mass produce for gift tags or cards, you could use the deer cut file in this Happy Camper set.  I stamped the 25 in red ink, and then carefully stamped only the ‘December’ word in green ink, from the stacked list of holiday words.

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I swear, each time I finished a tag, it was my favorite – then came the next one & my new favorite!  This tag needed a little something extra after I stamped the wreath, so I added a red enamel dot and stamped ‘be merry’ below.  The twine topped off with a jingle bell did the trick!

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The last tag came together super quick – a strip of plaid washi, a chipboard piece and the ‘merry christmas’ stamp.  Sigh…. I love Kerri’s script :)

oh christmas treeoh christmas tree close up

So there you have it!  Come December, I’m ready for gift giving.  And I have to tell you, this is by far the earliest I’ve ever been ready for that.  Now I just have to buy the presents…. :)


Oh Miss Layle…these are just perfection! And so quick! I don’t know if I can pick a favorite either…seriously….I love them all.


This is truly what this week is all about. Getting ahead of the game. I can’t tell you how many times fall rolls around and I have great intentions of getting things done, but time just runs out! (We won’t talk about the fact I haven’t gotten Christmas cards out in like three years.) Summer seems to be more lazy with no schedules and school and activity craziness. It really is a perfect time to prepare.

It’s going to be a grand week, so be sure to tune in every day!