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3 Ways to Use Gilded Leafing

Filed under: Projects — March 3, 2021 @ 11:03 am

I was a little nervous to open up my Gilded Leafing but I love it!  I came up with some good tips for you to keep it less messy and more beautiful.  I tried 3 different ways to use the gold leafing, all worked really well.  Here’s my video on 3 ways to use gilded leafing.

And here’s the card I made using all 3 methods. The Gilded Leafing is a lot shinier than gold embossing and also has more texture.  I didn’t find it any harder than heat embossing.  So if you are comfortable with that technique, give this one a try and you will be a happy crafter.


Tips for all 3 methods:

  1.  Find a working surface for your leafing.  It expands and flies everywhere so a container to hold a portion of your leafing is a must.   First I tried a plastic box – too much static electricity.  A cardboard box works much better.   I took my embossing buddy and rubbed it on the sides and removable lid of my box just to further de-static.  My box is large enough for a card and has tall sides to help keep the leafing from escaping.
  2. Give your surface some dry time after stamping and before adding any of the adhesives.
  3. Open your leafing container slowly!  Open your box slowly!  Add a layer of leafing to the bottom of the box.  You will add stickiness to your project with one of the methods below.  Then press it down into the leafing so it adheres well.
  4. Use a piece of Stampin’ Sponge to wipe off the excess leafing.  Swirl gently to get off all the stray edges.  Keep the sponge right in your box.  A piece of dryer sheet also works well, but I didn’t like the chemical feel on my fingers.


  1. Heat & Stick Powder –  Stampin’ Up! carried this product in the past to add glitter to stamped images.  Now it’s back for the Gilded Leafing.  Stamp with Versamark ink and use it like embossing powder.   Heat a short time – just until it melts.  It is creating a sticky surface for the leafing.  I found that it did not work well on a thin surface like die-cut words because it dried too quickly for the leafing to stick.  It worked great for the inside image for the Art Gallery Flower above.

2. Tear & Tape – I used this to make a frame for around my stamped image.  I penciled around the 3×4″ space and then added tape to the four sides.  Remove the backing and press into your box of leafing as above.

3. Multipurpose Liquid –  add a tiny bit to add accents as I did with the die cut butterfly.  Spread and wipe off excess with a piece of sponge dedicated to glue.  If you use your finger, be prepared to have a gold finger (don’t ask me how I know).  Then press into your leafing as above.

I hope you give this fun technique a try.  If you don’t have some of the products, just click on the image below to see it in my store.  Thank you.

Happy crafting,
Kim Wilson

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And here is where to find the Butterfly Bouquet Collection 

It’s here!

Filed under: Projects — March 2, 2021 @ 6:53 am

I can’t wait to share even more of this amazing bundle and collection.

While I am creating, you can check it out at my store.

Happy crafting,

Kim Wilson

Card Ideas

Filed under: Projects — February 24, 2021 @ 2:58 pm

Sale-a-bration ends this week!  Perhaps you would like some ideas for all your fun freebies.  I participated in a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator swap earlier this year and would love to share  the cards with you.  Be sure to check out earlier posts for even more Sale-a-bration projects.

All images and supplies are ©Stampin’ Up!

What is your favorite Sale-a-bration freebie?  I had so much fun with the papers this year.  The Flower & Field from the top photo was my favorite.  My favorite stamp sets were Darling Donkeys and Berry Blessings.   If you didn’t have time to pick up all your favorites, there is still a few more days before they are gone.  Grab them in  my Stampin’ Up! store.

Or if you are ready to move on, why not purchase the demonstrator starter kit and grab the hey chick bundles, the Butterfly Bouquet or whatever you choose, and join our fun community.

Happy crafting,

Kim Wilson


Make the Most of your Scraps

Filed under: Projects — February 17, 2021 @ 9:31 am

I can hardly believe how many cards I have made from one package of 6×6 Designer Series Paper.   (My Pop-Up swap is in this post).   Here are some fun ideas using the leftover strips from Oh So Ombre (free during Sale-a-bration).

If you cut 4×5-1/4″ pieces to cover your card front, you will have two strips left.  Depending on which dimension you cut first, you can use the strips in different layouts.  Here are the cards I came up with, adding in images and sentiments from Hey Chick  and  Darling Donkeys.  I colored with Stampin’ Blends.

Darling Donkeys is only available for a couple more weeks during Sale-A-Bration.

TIP:  The Tulle Ribbon goes great with the Oh So Ombre paper!  The Stitched Nested Label Dies that I used in the fun fold cards above are a perfect fit for both the chickens and the donkeys and a must have for your tool collection.  ( Instructions:  Cut 1-1/4″ off the front of the card.  Score one edge of the label and adhere it under the inside paper strip).

These layouts would also be amazing with the Sale-A-bration gift for new Stampin’ Up! Demonstrators.  When you join in February, you will get 200 sheets of 6×6 paper from the next catalog!  I’d love to help you be a part of this fun community.  It’s easy to get your starter kit HERE.

Be sure you are subscribed to my weekly newsletter for your free Card Class pdf and more fun projects and news.

Happy crafting,
Kim Wilson

BONUS:  One last card with leftover strips – this time from my fun fold card from the February Card Class.  (All pdfs and instructions are posted in my customer VIP group).

The first card on the left, made with Paper Blooms DSP (free during SAB) gave me lots of one inch strips left over.  So…

Valentine’s Day Card

Filed under: Projects — February 10, 2021 @ 11:53 am

Hearts & Kisses by Stampin’ Up is my long shot favorite for Valentines Day.  And now I know that Galentines Day is February 13 – so here is a quick card I made for my gal pals with Snail Mail Designer Series Paper.  The XOXO stamp and envelopes are from the January Paper Pumpkin kit (Sending Hearts).

Here are a couple more projects with the Snail Mail paper – this suite is so much fun to play with.  The treat box is from the Love You Always Suite.  It was nice and sturdy to send off to my son for Valentine’s Day.  For some more cute treat holder see MINI MAILBOX and GALENTINES DAY TREATS.

My February Card class is up and ready to go – the 3 cards below.  The pdf instructions are in my customer Facebook group.  Join me there on Tuesday for the videos.  I still have card kits available – contact me through my website to order yours.

Happy Galentine’s Day and

Happy crafting,

Kim Wilson

Don’t forget – Sale-a-bration ends in February this year. 

Add a few of the items below to earn your freebies!

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Valentine Grab Bags

Filed under: Projects — February 8, 2021 @ 3:33 pm

NOTE:  #1 is sold out – the others are still available.

The Halloween Grab bags were such a big success, that I put together a few Valentine grab bags of retired Stampin’ Up! products at a special low price.  Flowers wilt, jewelry tarnishes and candy disappears, but Craft Supplies are Forever!

Each grab bag includes a cute reusable Valentine bag.

Valentine Grab Bag #1: SOLD OUT

contents Bag #1: SOLD OUT

Tea Together Stamp Set

matching Tea Time Framelits Dies

12 x 12 Cardstock (24 sheets Old Olive and Kraft)

Bird Ballad Designer Paper – 12 double sided sheets, 12×12

Cotton Twine

Bird Ballad Trinkets

Colored Doilies

Happy Wishes Stamp set (2 cases)

My Wonderful Family Paper Pumpkin Kit – complete with stamps and ink


Valentine Grab Bag #2:

Contents Bag #2:

Painted Seasons stamp set

matching Four Seasons Framelits dies

Just Because stamp set

Birthday Bouquet Cardstock (24 sheets of Blushing Bride, Pool Party, White) 8-1/2 x 11

Peaceful Poppies Designer Paper (12 double sided sheets, 12×12)

Noble Peacock Rhinestone Gems

Pool Party/Silver Baker’s Twine

Mini Paper Clip Embellishments

Gingham Gala Adhesive Backed Sequins

Something for Everything Paper Pumpkin Kit with stamps and ink


Valentine Grab Bag #3:

Contents Bag #3:

Artfully Aware stamp set

matching Support Ribbon Framelits dies

Feathery Friends stamp set

Glitter Enamel Dots

Garden Impressions Cardstock Pack (24 sheets of Calypso Coral, Melon Mambo, So Saffron) 8-1/2 x 11

Dinoroar Designer Series Paper (12 double sided sheets, 12×12)

Dinoroar Enamel Shapes

Old Olive Two Tone Trim

Party Animal Embellishments

World’s Greatest Paper Pumpkin Kit with stamps and ink


The fine print:

Every item is brand new.

Every item is retired and grab bags are “while supplies last”.

(There are 3 different bags and I have 2 of each one).

Cost is just $40 each.  (Value is over $100).

Shipping is $12.50 or free with porch pickup in Erie, PA

You can contact me through my Stampin’ Up! website to claim your grab bag and receive an invoice by email.  If you see any single items that you are interested in – I may have extras so just ask for a price.

Happy Galentine’s Day and

Happy crafting,

Kim Wilson

Hey, Chick is back!

Filed under: Projects — February 3, 2021 @ 3:49 pm

What a fun surprise to see this favorite stamp set back again, and this time with coordinating dies!  And…Stampin’ Up! has upped the game with even more cute chicks – the Happy Birthday Chick set and its own set of dies.

I couldn’t resist putting every last chicken on this one fun fold card:

I went a little overboard, I know.  So maybe you would like to see this easier card from 5 years ago when Hey, Chick first came out.  That card would be really easy to recreate with current paper and a current sentiment stamp from Itty Bitty Greetings or Welcoming Window.

You can purchase the sets and dies separately, or bundled together at 10% off here in my store.

And here are a few more cards by Stampin’ Up! concept artists.

I can’t wait to play some more with these fun bundles!  You can also earn Sale-A-bration freebies with your bundle purchase in February (I used the FREE Flower & Field Designer Paper for the fun fold card).  Or better yet, add them to your demonstrator starter kit for an even bigger discount.

Happy crafting,

Kim Wilson

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Valentines, Galentines Day Treat Holders

Filed under: Projects — January 27, 2021 @ 11:01 am

I didn’t know Galentines Day was a thing, but it is!  February 13 is the day, but any time, is a good time, to give a little gift or send a card to a friend.

I showed you in a previous post how to make the mini Mailbox treat holders.  This time I designed some slightly larger treat bags, perfect for a lip balm or a few wrapped candies for you favorite gal friends.

Stampin' Up, Valentines, Galentines


Cut 2 pieces Designer Series Paper for sides – 2-1/2 x 2″ score both at 1/2″ on each side.

Cut 2 pieces Cardstock for front and back – 3 x 5″, score both 1″ for bottom

Stamp front and back if desired.  I used the Hearts & Kisses stamp set and coordinating Kisses Punch.

Add Tear & Tape Adhesive to the folded sides and one bottom.

Lay out all the pieces and and adhere sides to the cardstock, lining up on the score lines.  Fold over to attach the last side.

Then fold and attach the bottom.  Punch holes and attach twine (2 -12″ pieces).  You can dent in the sides at the top to gusset the bag.

For similar bags in a larger size, check out my Last Minute Gift Idea post.

Be sure you grab the products below right away (click on the thumbnail photos), so you have time to make your gifts.  Check out this previous post for some Valentine Card ideas and be sure to subscribe to my newsletter for even more project ideas and Stampin’ Up! news.

Happy crafting,

Kim Wilson

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Valentine’s Day Cards

Filed under: Projects — January 20, 2021 @ 11:33 am

I feature Valentine’s Day cards for my January card class, although these layouts and techniques are perfect for any “lovely” occasion.

First a fun fold with the Always in my Heart Bundle by Stampin’ Up!

Valentine's Day Card

We had fun with this card and several alternatives during the January class.  My customers and team members can see the videos and pdf instructions in our private Facebook group.

Did you know that the beautiful Flower & Field paper we used above is FREE during Sale-A-Bration?  Check it out at my store.

We also did a favorite layout using the Always & Forever bundle (top left card):

We explored some different ways to color the beautiful Love You Always Designer Series Paper.

One of my favorites is using the new Blending Brushes.

For the last class card, we explored different ways to make a Watercolor Wash Background with Watercolor Paper.  The Postage Punch was the star of this project with either the Painted Poppies stamp set or Posted For You.

Contact me through my website if you would like to purchase a kit for this class – I have a few left.

And here are a few additional projects using the gorgeous Love You Always Suite by Stampin’ Up!  Check out all the products that I used with the thumbnail photos at the end of this post.

I hope you enjoy some fun Valentine’s Day crafting too!  See my previous post for some cute treat holders for you to make.

Be sure to subscribe to my newsletter for even more fun projects and Stampin’ Up! news.

Happy crafting,

Kim Wilson
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Mini Mailbox Treat Holders

Filed under: Projects — January 13, 2021 @ 2:54 pm

Didn’t you love the cute little mailbox project in the new Mini-catalog?  I figured out how to make these darling boxes – perfect for Valentine treats.    I did a video in my Facebook group, but I want to share the dimensions here as well.

Stampin Up, Snail Mail, Valentine Treat box

You can see the boxes on page 54 and 55 in the Mini Catalog, but the photo is oh so small.   Here are the ones I made:

Stampin' Up!, Valentine Treats

The first one, I believe is how the concept artist made her box, with the cover going the long way.  I liked the second one better with the cover going over the short distance.  These are so easy to make.  You  just make a tiny little box bottom out of cardstock, then cover  it with a piece of designer series paper.  It will hold 2 Hershey kisses or 1 nugget.  Dimensions are in this photo:

3-1/4 x 3-3/4 cardstock, score all sides at 1″.  Cut in on 2 opposite sides, fold corners together and adhere with Tear & Tape.    I added a tiny bit of Basic Gray and Real Red cardstock for the flag and a resin heart.  Check out the Stampin’ Up! Snail Mail Suite.  I love it!

And it’s Sale-A-Bration time, so you can get freebies with your qualifying purchase.

Or join now, and get a special gift from Stampin’ Up!

Check out my website for all the info or click on the photos below for specific products.  The resin hearts are from a different product suite as well as the Love You Always boxes, perfect for larger treats.

Don’t forget to reserve your January Card kit for class in our Facebook group next week:

Stampin Up, Valentine Cards

Happy crafting,

Kim Wilson

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