Sunday, September 19, 2010

Introducing Kimberley Morris

Kimberly began stamping at a very early age – just not in places that her mother appreciated. But, in 1994, she was introduced to Stampin’ Up by her sister-in-law and immediately purchased her starter kit. The rest, they say, is history. She has been hooked ever since. She is blessed to be a stay-at-a-home mom and is able to devote her daytime hours to her Stampin’ Up business. She is often accompanied in her stamp room by her cat, Sneakers. He usually rules the room and Kimberly is often forced the change her routine to accommodate his nap time. When he is awake, Sneakers and Kimberly occasionally listen to the music of their favorite Aussie, Keith Urban.

                Kimberly’s favorite Stampin’ Up products are her Big Shot and punches. She loves tools that offer many possibilities without a lot of effort. It helps her projects go together quick and easy. Rather than the traditional way of making your project and then choosing the embellishments, Kimberly prefers to choose which embellishments to use and then design her projects around them. She gets her inspiration from many places such a display in a local store, other demonstrators, or just the mental notes she makes about the people she knows. Those mental notes are Kimberly’s greatest form of inspiration when she wants to stamp for someone else and is also her way of coming out of those periods when her mojo just isn’t working or, as Kimberly calls them, “the grouchy times.” The times that sheis making something for someone else are her happiest times.

                She enjoys a variety of styles but was most resistant to “vintage.” She is accustomed to being very precise in her stamping and the thought of stepping outside the box terrified her. But, once she started exploring the style and learned that she can achieve it simply by stamping an image and adding a little sponging, she decided it wasn’t so bad after all. In fact, it made her feel connected to her teenage daughter who has been resistant the whole idea of “crafts.” She doesn’t get involved much until Kimberly’s birthday comes around each year. She sneaks into the stamp room and makes a handmade card for her mom that never fails to touch Kimberly’s heart.

                Kimberly’s greatest area of expertise is teaching other stampers. Her customers often comment about how much they learn from her classes. She believes that it is important to not only know the “hows” of stamping, but also the “whys.” She teaches them why you chose a certain accessory for a certain technique or why you choose a particular kind of stamp to achieve your desired style. But, Kimberly has also learned a different kind of “why” when one of her customers became terminally ill. Upon the release of a mini catalog, she gathered up her new products and visited her customer. They spent the day stamping and sharing which turned out to be one of Kimberly’s most memorable moments. She helped her friend with small pieces that were too difficult for her to handle on what was most likely her last time stamping before she passed away. Kimberly learned that day that the most important “why” of stamping is to share love and kindness with others.

1 comment:

Lucia Kaiser said...

Kimberley saves me on a regular basis. She keeps track of all the MDS downloads and shares it with all of us. What would I do without her? Because of her, I know what downloads I've bought! She's a vet of the tour, and we're always happy to welcome her back!