Monday, June 19, 2017

connecting with card making and sending

On my journey to send more cards, to make them more meaningful, I found this little treasure of a book; The Art of the Handwritten Note by Margaret Shepherd. Much of the book focuses in on using your own handwriting (which is important too) but I chose to look at it from the view of a hand made card. The book is full of great tips and ideas for reclaiming the lost art of writing notes, for all occasions. Much of what she wrote spoke to me and I look forward to sharing quotes and lines from the book with you. To inspire you to make cards personal. To send your heart.

"A note gives you the opportunity 
to stay connected with people you care about, 
in ways you might not have thought about."

Thursday, June 15, 2017

how a bracelet changed my view of card making

My sister and I had these bracelets made in memory of our Grandma. While I wanted to share the bracelet because it is so beautiful, more beautiful than I could have imagined, it also tied into card making. The impact of cards, handmade cards, truly struck me as I wore this treasured piece of jewelry for the first time.

This is my Grandma's signature. It is from the last birthday card she sent me. In every card she sent, she wrote, in her own handwriting. She covered every inch of the inside, back, and wherever else she could find room with her stories. Mostly it was about her days and her friends. Sometimes it was about making sure we knew how much she loved us and how much Jesus loves us too. In the last card she sent, she wrote, "I wonder what you think of me as you read this." Gutted as I read it a few weeks back, I thought, I love you so much! You are wonderful and I am so happy to have you in my life! I hope she knew how much I adored her. How much I missed her when we moved away. Those beautiful letters, I took them for granted. I laughed at how she would get a phone call in the middle of writing, tell me about the phone call, and then return to her original story. Each of those handwritten letters is now a treasure. I have realized that sending cards is so important. Phone calls, texts, and emails are great, but nothing, nothing can replace holding her words in my hands. I should have wrote back. I should have written her every week. Now my perspective has changed. I need to mail cards. I need to share a part of myself with those who are special to me. They need to know that they are cherished, today. Tomorrow is not guaranteed. 

As I wear this bracelet, I feel her with me. Her beautiful memory. It will remind me, always.

sending cards each week now,

If you are interested in having a piece of memory jewelry made, my sister and I used Ivory MR on Etsy. Her pieces are absolutely beautiful and completely custom.

Monday, June 12, 2017

returning with life updates

Once again, it has been quiet here, but you knew that would be the case. So, since January, here is what has been happening...

We said good-bye to my Grandma in February. She was surrounded by love for her final days. So much love. She was truly at peace. I know she is rejoicing with her Lord and Savior. But how I miss her. Because of how deep the frost goes in northern Minnesota we were finally able to lay her body to rest in May. It was a small service, with our closest family and friends. She is back with my Grandpa again. Side by side, as they should be.

In March our family took a vacation to Hawaii. We started on Oahu, staying on Waikiki. Then we flew to The Big Island for the last few days. My husband and I had not been to those islands in 17 years. It was our son's first trip. We had the most wonderful time! We stayed in beautiful places and enjoyed what is truly paradise.

At the end of March we took another small trip to the Twin Cities to celebrate my birthday with my parents and sister and nephew. We played tourist and enjoyed the Mall of America and getting to shop at IKEA. Being together has helped us with our grief. Its amazing how healing laughing, crying, and sharing stories together truly is.

This spring marked the end of our son's years in elementary school. I blinked and poof! With the end brought art shows, choir concerts, band concerts, 5th grade concert, and at this point I cannot remember what else! It was also a time of testing and placement for middle school. We are so proud of how hard he worked during that insane time and how well he scored on all his tests. He has been placed in the Talented and Gifted program for the fall, and will start on the high school math track. He is beyond excited to start this new adventure. And while I am nostalgic, I have to say that his enthusiasm is contagious!

Me in the glass balcony at Sky Deck in Willis Tower. The glass balcony hangs out 1,353 feet up! The view was incredible and it was not scary to be out there, at all!

We definitely needed another break and adventure at the end of the year, so we spent Memorial Day weekend in Chicago. While my husband and I have both been for work, we have never been there for fun. It seems so silly when we are so close, so off we went! We all LOVED Chicago! We stayed on Grant Park and enjoyed everything the downtown has to offer. Giordanos' Pizza, the night bus tour, and the museums were all huge hits! We cannot wait to visit again!

Which brings us to the craziness of summer. We are running our son to swim practice, swim meets, golf, band lessons, welding camp (hilarious and awesome choice by him!), and whatever else is barely fitting on our calendar. I love having him home, so much!

My posts will be picking up soon. Starting this week. A very cool announcement is on its way. One I am excited to share!

Thanks for always following along and sticking with me!

Friday, June 9, 2017

Wavy Summer Shaker Card

Ahhh, the lazy days of summer are here! The time we wait for all year long! When I think summer, I think lakes and pools and about cool refreshing blue. With those images vividly in my mind, I created this card for the We R Memory Keepers blog.

Using the Fuse Tool, I created a unique shaker card, with waves! For all the details on how to create this fun card, visit to the We R Memory Keepers blog and check out out the tutorial. 

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Thursday, April 20, 2017

creating dimensional hot air balloons

I have always been in love with hot air balloons! There is something beautiful and totally romantic about them. This love goes back a long time. I remember in 5th grade, we could design our own Valentine's Day card holder for the classroom. I wanted a hot air balloon. Not only did my dad make that happen, but my mom found a heart-shaped red balloon! It was perfection, to me!

When I was assigned baby decor for a project for We R Memory Keepers, I started scrolling through Pinterest. I am far removed from the baby days, as my baby is now 11! Hot air balloons kept popping up! I knew I had the tools and supplies to create some adorable baby shower and then baby room decor! Visit the We R Memory Keepers blog to see how easy it is to create these adorable hot air balloons!

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Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Winner, winner, chicken dinner!

Congrats to the winner of the copy of the newest special issue from Scrapbook & Cards Today Magazine! You will win a copy of the issue, Cardmaps 5!

If you weren't the winner this time, you can order your copy online, by clicking the direct link here:

Please contact me ASAP with your mailing address! You can find my email in the top right, under my photo. :D Congrats!!

Shona Chambers said...
I find them helpful if I have a colour combo to use that isn't my normal go to colour and if I'm having a lull with ideas, its extremely helpful. Thanks for the chance to win!!
April 13, 2017 at 5:58 PM

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Monday, April 17, 2017

The Heart of a Card - new class from Big Picture Classes

As card makers, you pour love, creativity, and time into the design of your heartfelt cards. But do you carry that sentiment into the inside of your cards? Kimberly Crawford explores making the heart of the card–the inside–just as powerful and inspiring as the outside. Learn unique techniques such as pop-ups, shaker cards, acetate cards, and more. These unique cards will be sure to bring a smile to your recipient's face.  

I am thrilled to announce my latest class at Big Picture Classes called, The Heart of a Card! This class was a ton of fun to put together and I know you will have a blast learning about all the fun ways to take the beauty of the front of your card to the inside!

From stamping to die cutting to unique products all that make the inside of a card special, take this class, starting today! The lessons each include a video tutorial, photos, tips, and tons of ideas! The best part about these classes is that students can share their work. I truly mean that is the best part! There is nothing better than seeing what each person's creative mind designs! Plus, when you share, you inspire others! How I love that!

Its hard to believe this is my 7th class at Big Picture Classes! When you enroll, you can take as many classes as you choose. Each month. Every class can be taken at your own pace. I enjoy sitting down and working through the class as I watch. Simply pause the video and experiment. Classes include card making, scrapbooking, photography, crafts, kids crafting, and so, so much more! See you there!

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