kimtown is closing down-GET ALL THE TEMPLATES FOR $99

BEFORE YOU FREAK OUT, kimtown is ONLY closing down the “Template” side of town. Don’t worry, the custom side isn’t going anywhere! I will also continue to stock the ready-made splash pages/headers, html websites and the SPLASH YOURSELF! Kits.

To get rid of these templates, I wanted to go out with a bang! You can now own every kimtown template for only $99 (click the image below to purchase). That’s over 40 templates, worth over $650, for under $100 bucks! These templates work with Photoshop CS and up (have not been tested with PS7 although if you can work with layers then it should work for you). THESE WILL GO BYE BYE ON JUNE 7TH, 2009, never to be seen again.

You will be sent a special link once I have received payment and checkout confirmation to download the files. PLEASE WAIT FOR THE LINK!! THERE ARE NO REFUNDS UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCESOnce these are gone they are gone, I will not be able to replace files if somehow they are lost or damaged. PLEASE back them up onto a cd or external hard drive to keep them safe. Normal TOU applies and will be included in the files.

Here is what is included:

Albums Size Orig Price
Galore Album 10×10 $35.00
Aiden Album 10×10 $35.00


Holiday 3 Pack


2009 Calendar 5×7 $10.00
2010 Crackalackin Calendar 12×12 $15.00


Baby Announcement One 5.25×7.25 $12.00
Go Baby Trio Set 5×5, 5×7, Postcard $35.00
Burst Out Card 5×4.5 $10.00
Everyday Hello 5×5 $10.00
Holiday Sparkle Bi-Fold 5×7 $10.00
SG Holiday 2008 Collection 5×5-5×7 $40.00
HallowScream Card
Hanukkah Card Set -Twin Pack 5×7 $15.00
Stick with Me 5×5 Valentine Card 5×5 $7.00
Swirly Vintage 5×5 Valentine Card 5×5 $7.00
Vintage Postcard
Crackalackin Referral Card 002 Std Biz Card $10.00
Referral Card 001 Std Biz Card $10.00
Cherry Save the Date Card
Elegant Save the Date Card
Sassy Save the Date Card


Roundy Six Collage 10×8 $10.00
Baby’s First 12 Months 20×10 $10.00
Crackalackin 16-Opening Collages 12×12 $10.00
Love Is Collage 20×20 $10.00

Digital Papers:

Holiday Digital Papers 1.0
Veggie Paper Pack 3.0

Signature Mats:

Growing Valentines Signature Mat 12.25×12.25 $15.00
Baby Siggy Mat 12×12 $25.00
Elegant Signature Mat 14×11 $35.00
Wedding Signature Mat 16×16 $35.00
Barred Signature Mat 20×20 $35.00


Bands Storyboard 20×16 $10.00
Burst Out Storyboard 16×16 $10.00
Crackalackin Storyboard 12×12 $10.00
Modern Shapes Storyboard 20×16 $10.00
Royal Square Storyboard/Mat 14×14 $10.00
Senior Panel 10×20 $10.00
Senior Storyboard Three 10×8 $10.00
Senior Storyboard Two 20×10 $10.00


Textures 1.1
Textures 2.1

Millvina Dean, last Titanic survivor, dies in England

LONDON (AFP) – Millvina Dean, the last remaining survivor of the sinking of the Titanic in 1912, died in a care home in England on Sunday, media reports said. She was 97.

Elizabeth Gladys Dean, known to friends as Millvina, was only nine weeks old when the liner hit an iceberg in the Atlantic Ocean on the night of April 14, 1912, and sank killing 1,500 people.

She survived after being bundled up in a sack and carried to safety. Her mother Georgette Eva and brother Bertram also made it, but her father, Bertram Frank, was among those who died.

Dean died in a private nursing home near Ashurst in the southern English county of Hampshire, according to the BBC and Britain’s domestic Press Association news agency. Staff there refused to comment late Sunday.

Dean’s family had boarded the Titanic at Southampton, heading for a new life in Kansas where her father hoped to open a tobacconist shop.

Born on February 12, 1912, Dean was the youngest passenger on board. At the time, RMS Titanic was the most luxurious, most technically advanced and largest passenger liner in the world.

She was dubbed “unsinkable”, but it took just two hours and 40 minutes for her to disappear into the icy waters of the Atlantic after striking an iceberg at 11:40 pm on April 14.

Dean was taken back to Southampton with her family after the disaster and did not find out that she had been on board until she was eight years old and her mother was planning to remarry.

According to enthusiasts’ website Encyclopedia Titanica (ET), Dean worked for the government as a cartographer during World War II and then for an engineering company.

She told reporters that it was not until the wreckage of the liner was found in 1985 that she suddenly became a celebrity, taking part in documentaries and giving media interviews.

Dean was invited to complete her family’s ill-fated journey to the United States in 1997 aboard the QE2, and accepted, although she turned down an offer to attend the premier of the movie “Titanic” because it would be too upsetting.

She moved into a private nursing home in Hampshire after breaking her hip three years ago, and after struggling to pay the bills was forced to sell off some of her memorabilia.

At auction in October 2008 she raised 31,150 pounds (40,000 euros, 53,900 dollars), selling off rare prints of the liner signed by the artists as well as compensation letters sent to her mother by the Titanic Relief Fund.

Dean was also forced to sell a 100-year-old suitcase filled with clothes donated to her family by the people of New York when they arrived after being rescued.

In the wake of the auction, friends including members of the British Titanic Society and the Belfast Titanic Society — the liner was built in Belfast in Northern Ireland— set up a campaign to secure her future.

Among the donors to the Millvina Fund were Hollywood actors Kate Winslet and Leonardo DiCaprio, who starred in the 1997 “Titanic” film. The pair and the film’s director, James Cameron, reportedly donated 30,000 US dollars in total.

The last remaining US survivor, Lillian Asplund, died in her home in May 2006 at the age of 99. She was just five years old when the Titanic went down.

Source: Original article by Alice Ritchie AFP

FLASHBACK FRIDAY – Brass Monkey, Beastie Boys

So one of the radio stations had this song going this morning and it couldn’t help me think about jammin to this in the Skating Rink when I was a kid! So for today’s Flashback Friday, we have “Brass Monkey” by the Beastie Boys

Here is some fun facts about this song:

This is about an alcoholic beverage. Brass Monkey is rum, vodka, and orange juice mixed over ice. Very popular with college kids trying to get drunk. (Disclaimer-I do not encourage drinking)

Licensed To Ill was the first rap album to go #1 in the US. It is the best-selling rap album of the ’80s (1986 to be exact).

Back in the day of naval wars being fought with the old fashioned cannons, they would stack the cannonballs in a pyramid. This conserved space and made it easy to load them. However, they would roll around the deck if there weren’t something to hold them in place. To solve this problem, they used a large metal plate with indents in which to place the bottom rows of cannonballs. They found that if they used iron, when it got wet the cannonballs would rust, so they used brass and called it a brass monkey. Brass tends to really expand and contract with the weather, and when it got really cold the indents would get smaller, causing the cannonballs to be dislodged, hence the saying, “It’s cold enough to freeze the balls off a brass monkey”. (thanks, Ben – Langley Air Force Base, VA)


The original Brass Monkey video seems to be very hard to find! Here is a video put together by Random Bob…okay but the music is nice 🙂


Brass Monkey – that funky Monkey
Brass Monkey – junkie
That funky Monkey

Got this dance that’s more than real
Drink Brass Monkey – here’s how you feel
Put your left leg down – your right leg up
Tilt your head back – let’s finish the cup
M.C.A. with the bottle – D. rocks the can
Adrock gets nice with Charlie Chan
We’re offered Moet – we don’t mind Chivas
Wherever we go with bring the Monkey with us
Adrock drinks three – Mike D. is D.
Double R. foots the bill most definitely
I drink Brass Monkey and I rock well
I got a Castle in Brooklyn – that’s where I dwell

(repeat chorus)

Cause I drink it anytime – and anyplace
When it’s time to get ill – I pour it on my face
Monkey tastes Def when you pour it on ice
Come on y’all it’s time to get nice
Coolin’ by the lockers getting kind of funky
Me and the crew – we’re drinking Brass Monkey
This girl walked by – she gave me the eye
I reached in the locker – grabbed the Spanish Fly
I put it with the Monkey – mixed it in the cup
Went over to the girl, “Yo baby, what’s up?”
I offered her a sip – the girl she gave me lip
It did begin the stuff wore in and now she’s on my tip

(repeat chorus)

Step up to the bar – put the girl down
She takes a big gulp and slaps it around
Take a sip – you can do it – you get right to it
We had a case in the place and we went right through it
You got a dry Martini – thinking you’re cool
I’ll take your place at the bar – I smack you off your stool
I’ll down a ’40 dog” in a single gulp
And if you got beef you’ll get beat to a pulp
Monkey and parties and reelin’ and rockin’
Def, def – girls, girls – all y’all jockin’
The song and dance keeping you in a trance
If you don’t buy my record I got my advance
I drink it – I think it – I see it – I be it
I love Brass Monkey but I won’t give D. it
We got the bottle – you got the cup
Come on everybody let’s get ffffff

Cambria Cove Items (I won) have arrived!!

Let me tell you…It takes a lot to impress me and make me say WOW. When I opened the fedex box I said WOW. The packaging to the product is impeccable. I have never seen packaging like this. I felt like I was opening a million dollars. When I removed the packaging (tissue paper that was stunning) I saw a lovely “About Us” card (5×7 I think) nestled in a vellum envelope. Next to that was a handwritten note card congratulating me on my winning and asked to visit their site to shop or just stop by. I felt like their only {and best} customer.

The box that the items are wrapped in have a beautiful embossed seal with satin ribbon around the top part of the box (not the bottom half) and a contrasting color box on the bottom that matches the ribbon.

cambria1 cambria2

Then as I carried these two big boxes to my office, I lifted the lid and this little guy poked it’s beautiful head out at me:


I could not get the tissue opened quickly enough. Each item looked as if it were wrapped by hand, with love. Here is one of the Rose Ann Hall 4 glass tumblers.


And the beautiful Rose Ann Hall Glass Pitcher


Birth Announcement, Stickers and Rep Card Samples

I did some announcement goodies for a good friend of mine in Jacksonville, Florida. Jessica Dittmer designed the announcement (and carries the front card in her boutique) and I used that design for the back,  matching cards, with the family’s web address and stickers for the 5×7 parchment envelopes that have their return address on it. This is why I love her designs. Everything is on layers so it can always be used for more than one purpose! I’m also working on the family’s website that matches this “branding”; I’ll share that once I’m done. 

The small “rep cards” (in pearl) as they are called at WHCC work perfectly as an insert, with the family’s web addy, into the announcements. This is useful if friends and family want to frame the announcement or so they can carry the card around with them to share. The stickers have their return address and the newborn’s picture too.

Here are some quick snaps before boxing it up and shipping it on it’s way!



Stickers with UV coating to protect from the elements:


Rep Card with Pearl Coating:


Photography by Pure Sugar Studios