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Maker Series – Kimber McGray & Mother’s Day Cards

O: In a couple of sentences, tell us about yourself:

KM: I live in Carmel, IN – suburb of Indianapolis with my husband of 20 years and my 2 children – Andrew, 16 and Laura, 14. We have an overly active chocolate lab named Wrigley. If you can tell by the name of our dog, we love baseball. I spend a lot of time watching my son on the baseball field and my daughter on the volleyball court.

I have been crafting since I can remember. I entered the paper crafting world after the birth of my daughter. I started scrapbooking when she was about 2 and have transitioned to mainly a card maker for the past 5 years. I have written 4 paper crafting books, two about scrapbooking and two about card making. I have worked with the manufacturer, Jillibean Soup for the past 10 years.

O: What is your craft / business?

KM: Paper crafting mainly. I also dabble in knitting and crocheting and very simple sewing.

O: What are you most well-known for, or what do you consider your area of expertise?

KM: Definitely paper crafting – focused on card making. Everyone needs cards!

O: Who or what inspired you to get into the type of work you do (how did you get started)?

KM: My kids inspired me to start scrapbooking. I found as they got older I didn’t take as many pictures so I started to make cards as a way to continue to craft.

O: How do you describe or categorize yourself?

KM: M:Clean, simple and a bit of humor.

O: From where, or whom, do you draw inspiration?

KM: I love Pinterest and Instagram for inspiration. Inspiration come often from the fashion and home décor worlds.

O: What are the OLFA tools that you use for your craft?

KM: The amazing rotary cutters and frosted ruler to cut my papers on the folding mat. The specialty blades added a lot of interest to the layers of papers. The 5” detail scissors cut the twine amazingly.

O: What is your favorite OLFA tool and why?

KM: The folding mat! This tool folds and stores as well as travels so easily! It’s just the perfect size to use with every project!

O: When do you do your most creative work?

KM: Most of my work is done from 2-5pm. I work a part-time job out of the house until 2pm and then by 5pm I am off any running with my kids for the evening of practices and games.

O: What is something most people would be surprised to know about you?

KM: I used to downhill ski and ski race 4 days a week through High School. I was ranked in the top 10 in the nation when I was 14.

O: What other hobbies do you enjoy?

KM: I do love to crochet. I have a habit of starting projects and not always finishing them. Anyone else do this? No, just me? Sigh. 😉

O: What do you do when you need to take a break from what you typically do?

KM: When I need a break, I mindlessly scroll through Facebook and end up watching funny dog videos.

O: Where do you search for inspiration?

KM: I always hit Pinterest first. It’s a great rabbit hole to finding so many different design ideas. I start by looking for color or design ideas and then I end up finding out that I need to repaint my house and buy new furniture. It can get you in a lot of trouble. Ha!


PROJECT – Mother’s Day Cards



OLFA 12″ x 17″ Folding Cutting Mat (FCM-12×17)

OLFA Cushion Grip Knife (AK-4)

OLFA 5″ Precision Smooth Edge Scissors (SCS-4)

OLFA 45mm Deluxe Handle Rotary Cutter (RTY-2/DX)

OLFA Stainless Steel Wave Blade (WAB45-1)

OLFA Compass Circle Cutter (CMP-1)

OLFA 1.25″ x 12.5″ Square Frosted Acrylic Ruler (QR-1X12)

Jillibean Soup – Pattern Paper, stickers and die cuts: Spoonful of Soul

Adhesive – 3L Scrapbook Adhesives



To create these cards, start by cutting a 8.5×11” piece of card stock in half to create two pieces that measure 4.25×11”. Fold to create card base of 4.25×5.5”.

The background paper on both cards were cut using the craft knife and frosted ruler on the folding mat. The paper measurement is 4×5.25”. Adhere to the front of the card.

Cut the different layers the same way with a craft knife. Create a decorative edge using the specialty blades, using the frosted ruler as a guide to keep the cut straight. The final piece that was used for the card was 1.75″ x 5.25″. I cut this from a scrap piece of paper.

Using the small circle cutter on the cutting mat, create a small circle, 2.5″ diameter,  to anchor the flower die cut.

Assemble the cards with the floral paper first. Next tie the twine onto the green card stock before gluing it down on top of the floral paper.  Trim the ends of the twine with the 5” precision scissors.

The blue circle will be adhered next. I embellished the circle with black dashes to look like stitching.

Last I finished the card off with adding die cuts and stickers.



Using the same products I also created a second Mother’s Day card. The combinations are endless!


You can follow Kimber online:


Twitter: @kimbermcgray


Instagram: @kimbermcgray