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What’s in your garden?

Filed under: Projects — May 18, 2022 @ 10:18 am

It seems that my hobbies of gardening and crafting go hand in hand. Stampin’ Up! carries a lot of floral stamps. That’s because they are best sellers and are so gorgeous too. This month our new little lilac bush was in bloom and a pot of poppies from last year surprised us with some beautiful blooms. We also visited Rochester, NY for the Lilac Festival – there were so many flowers and spring flowering trees.

So, I used the new In Colors to make some Lilacs from the new Wisteria Wishes stamp set. Orchid Oasis and Starry Sky are amazing color buddies for 2-step stamping. I also pulled out my older Painted Poppies stamp set for some quick coloring with the new Parakeet Party and Sweet Sorbet Stampin’ Blends Alcohol Markers.

Tip: I tilted the stamps to the side to make the lilacs look more realistic.

Tip: By stamping panels like this, it’s easy to color then add to cards at a later time.

You can find all the new products and colors at my store – click on any of the photos below. Better yet, get the colors free in May by joining my team.

Now it’s back to the garden for me. Which flowers should I plant (and stamp) next?

Happy crafting,

Kim Wilson

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Pocket Card

Filed under: Projects — May 10, 2022 @ 2:38 pm

It’s gardening season! I have lots of seed packets that I have collected from the dollar store. Here’s an easy way to gift them as a mailed card or a table favor.

I used the Tea Party Suite, but the new Bottled Happiness bundle with In Color Designer paper would work just as well. The dimensions are 4-1/4 x 8-3/4″ Parakeet Party Cardstock, scored at 5-1/2″ to fit a standard medium envelope. Place Tear & Tape at the very edges of the part that fold up to form the pocket. Add 3×4″ mat of Designer Series Paper and decorate with the Tea Boutique stamps and dies.

Here’s a quick video where I assembled the card:

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New Stampin’ Up! AC

Filed under: Projects — May 4, 2022 @ 11:44 am

No, it’s not air conditioner, it’s the new Annual Catalog! This catalog goes from May 2022 to April 2023 and is chock full of crafting goodies. You can download the catalog here. Or go directly to my store to see everything in stock. If you need a demonstrator, I would be happy to send you a paper catalog, contact me at my website.

Now, in case you want a closer look at the beautiful card featured on the cover – here it is and here is the supply list.

Where to start on your shopping list? I recommend starting with the new In Colors. Also, the bundles that are right at the beginning of the catalog are smashing with these new colors. I have links at the bottom of this post to the Tea Boutique Suite and the Bottled Happiness bundle.

The new In Colors come in so many products, be sure to look at all of them here.

Want to get them free? There are 3 ways.

  1. Place your own order at my store for over $150 and choose new IC products with your Stampin’ Rewards.
  2. Ask me for a host code so your friends can order online and help add to your Stampin’ Rewards.
  3. BEST WAY – Join Stampin’ Up! and you get an extra $66 in In Color products FREE – just in May.

You get the 5 inkpads, assorted cardstock, grid paper and Designer Series Paper. And that’s on top of the regular deal of $125 in product with free shipping for just $99. Joining now guarantees you the first look at the next minicatalog too! And of course the best thing is being part of our fun Stampin’ Up! community.

These are just a few cards made with the new In Colors and new stamp bundles. I’ll share in more detail next week. There is so much versatility with these new products, I’ll be playing with them for a long time! Enjoy your own first shopping experience from the new Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalog, whether as a customer or a new demonstrator!

Happy crafting,

Kim Wilson

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Artfully Composed

Filed under: Projects — April 27, 2022 @ 2:55 pm

I love the giant leaves and script sentiments of the Artfully Layered stamp set. The entire Artfully Composed Suite was so much fun to play with at our craft retreat. This suite still has a few weeks left in the store unlike much of the Annual Catalog Last Chance Products which are selling out fast.

I started with a couple #simplestamping cards:

For the first card, I added a sentiment strip. For the second card, I masked off the sentiment with a post it note before stamping the leaves.

The beautiful Artfully Composed Designer Series Paper below is one-of-a-kind. It was created by artistically cutting, layering and photographing large leaf cutouts.

I just created a few layers and added a butterfly.

The beautiful paper doesn’t need much. Below I added a sentiment and a few die cut leaves. Note the fun zig zag die and the pretty frayed ribbon.

I CASED the above idea of simple die cuts added to a white card base. The second card has a layer of the pretty Vellum. Note: I used some new In Colors, Available May 3rd. What do you think of Orchid Oasis, Starry Sky and Parakeet Party?

Here’s a closer look at the stamp set and dies.

I don’t believe that this wonderful suite will be available past June, so be sure to put it in your shopping cart today! Links are in the photos below.

Happy crafting,

Kim Wilson

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Slimline Cards

Filed under: Projects — April 19, 2022 @ 2:07 pm

ALERT!!! FREE SHIPPING on THURSDAY, APRIL 21, 2022 at my store!!!

It’s fun to make cards in a different shape than the usual half sheet of cardstock. Slimline cards are all the rage these days. Here are a few I have made:

The measurements are easy: 8-1/2 x 7″ score in half at 3-1/2″ and I love that Stampin’ Up! has envelopes to fit!

Tip: For the second card, I cut out the Slim dies from a white panel and mounted on a Pacific Point card. To make the yellow chevrons, I colored the die cut leftover pieces with my Light and Dark Daffodil Delight Blends Markers.

The last card was part of my April Card Class. I have a few kits left if you want to contact me.

And here’s the inside of the last card:

Check out the list below for supplies to make your own slimline cards.

Happy crafting,

Kim Wilson

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National Hope Month

Filed under: Projects — April 13, 2022 @ 11:59 am

What better way to celebrate National Hope Month than to make and send cards of encouragement. Last time we spoke about Ukraine. Here is another opportunity for you. Stampin’ Up! has re-introduced the Hope Box Paper Pumpkin Kit and Refill at reduced prices. Get together with a few friends to make and send the cards. Or, on a larger scale, do a fundraiser for the cause of your choice. Contact me and I’d love to help.

Nothing gives us more hope than Easter and the resurrection. Grace Church is having both in person and virtual services throughout the week.

If you are planning an Easter dinner, why not whip up some fun table favors. I made these last week for my life group brunch and included a couple York Mint Chocolate eggs. I was inspired by fellow demonstrator Birgit Seidler who posted the measurements and a video in German. I also made a video if you would like to try these cute Bunny Boxes. Measurements in inches are also given on my video description.

Just a reminder that my April Card Class is next week. If you would like to purchase the class kit with instructions for these 3 cards or attend in-person (Erie,PA) contact me before Tuesday.

I hope you have a blessed Easter.

Happy crafting,

Kim Wilson

Cards for Ukraine

Filed under: Projects — April 7, 2022 @ 12:56 pm

I was able to make and send some cards of encouragement to Ukraine with a friend. I’ll share them below, along with these cards created by Stampin’ Up! for the Ukraine fundraiser. The Stampin’ Up! colors Pacific Point and Daffodil Delight are perfect for these bright, cheerful cards. A card is a hug with a fold in the middle!

Here is the fundraiser video with how to make the cards and a donate button if you would like to contribute.

And, here are the recipes for the cards above.

These are the cards I sent along, with a heartfelt message inside. Below are some products you might want to add to your shopping list to send your own cards of encouragement, whether to someone in Ukraine or to someone closer that could use a cheering word.

Happy crafting,

Kim Wilson

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Retiring Soon

Filed under: Projects — April 6, 2022 @ 3:01 pm

Some of my favorite Stampin’ Up! products are retiring soon. This is the perfect time to revisit some fun projects in a blast from the past. I’ll leave links at the bottom of this post so you can see the tools up close – some are on sale too!

Starting at the left we have projects using the Strawberry Builder Punch. In the middle is the Dandelion Embossing folder. At the right is the Pierced Blooms dies and Happy Birthday Chick bundle. And at the bottom is the Suit & Tie dies. I shared all these projects today on my Facebook live.

Above is a close up of the Pierced Blooms. Aren’t they pretty all layered and curled?

Here’s a peek at my April Card Class, also posted on my Facebook page and my Stampin’ Up! website. We’ll be using the New Horizon Suite (products at the end of the list below) if you would like to join me.

Happy crafting,

Kim Wilson

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More Than Chocolate Photopolymer Stamp Set
More Than Chocolate Photopolymer Stamp Set

Easter Cards

Filed under: Projects — March 30, 2022 @ 11:57 am

I had fun making some Easter cards at the last craft retreat. My favorite is using the Daisy Punch to make a cute bunny. I also love the beautiful line drawing of the Easter Friends stamp set.

The Large Daisy punch is retiring and on sale! I also used the Celebrating You stamp set. (Links are at the bottom of this post). The Marbleous paper is retired, but I have a few packs left for sale if you contact me through my Stampin’ Up! website. I just used some scraps that I had in my stash to finish off the card and make a place for the bunnies to peek out.

I showed how to make the cute Easter bunny from the Daisy punch in this video. Supplies are listed below.

The Easter Friends were pretty easy to fussy cut. I stamped on the patterned paper just to give it a fun look. Remember to ground your images with the grass stamp.

The bunny also looks cute peeking out of a flower patch. I happened to have an extra die cut from the Blessing of Home bundle. It would look even better colored with Blends Markers!

Here I added some little flowers to the bunnie’s head and on the ground – what fun! I used a die from the Hydrangea Haven suite. And for the simple Easter basket I used the Checks and Dots Embossing Folders which are RETIRING soon.

If you want more Easter projects, such as baskets and more, just put Easter in the Search Box to your right. It’s about half way down the side bar.

WARNING! WARNING! There will be a slight increase in shipping on April 1. WARNING! WARNING!

Happy Shopping and Easter crafting,

Kim Wilson

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Last Chance

Filed under: Projects — March 22, 2022 @ 4:56 pm

It’s always sad when we come to an end of a catalog and our favorites disappear. Starting Wednesday March 23 at 2PM MT, we will see the magic retiring list. And some things will be on sale too! Don’t forget to check out both the Last Chance Sale and the Spring into Savings Sale at my store.

Here are some more of my favorite bundles from the Spring Sale and my projects made with them.

This last grouping contains a few swap cards made by other demonstrators. Tip: You can add sale items to your demonstrator starter kit!

Check out my shop for all the supplies for your own crafting projects!

Happy crafting,

Kim Wilson

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