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Why are you doing only virtual classes?

Filed under: Projects — May 27, 2020 @ 2:10 pm
My new Stampin’ Up! catalogs are here and you should have yours by the end of the month if you have ordered from me in the past year.  There are lots of fun new crafting products that I can’t wait to play with, and share with you!
I want to let you know why I will not be having in-person classes for this year, even though small group gatherings are now allowed in my county.   As someone said, we are all in the same storm, but not in the same boat. My family is in a unique situation, in that our daughter who lives with us works in a senior living facility, which as you know houses vulnerable folks that we don’t want to take any chances with. My mom is in a similar facility in western New York, and they have had many serious outbreaks and many deaths in their area. Some of these have been brought in by staff who did not have symptoms early on, but were still contagious and it spread to the residents. Another scenario, would be if my daughter would catch the virus from a patient or a co-worker (they have a closet for a break room), and bring it home to us and any visitors. So, in any case, we are cheering on our neighbors and local businesses as they open up, but being extra cautious when we are around others.
Here is my hero, all suited up for when a patient is in quarantine in their room (new or recently returned from the outside). Fortunately, she only has to wear a surgical mask (and not all the other gear) for the rest of the day, as they have had no cases yet.
I start my day with a song and a prayer which has been very meaningful. You can subscribe here.  The Bible has been a great hope and comfort to me. It’s amazing how much of scripture has relevance to a difficult season – there are a lot of storms and troubling times in the Bible. If you don’t know where to start, try reading a Psalm each day.
It’s been fun to learn new things during this challenging times.  Making videos and kits has been a rewarding way to connect with people as I am working from home.  I’m missing traveling to see my Stampin’ Up! friends this year, but am thankful that we can still share online.
There will be both a HOST promotion AND a JOIN promotion!
New Catalog Kickoff June 3 on my Facebook page.
My virtual card class – June 16.  Kits are available for purchase.
New Stamp Club session begins July – contact me for more info.
Don’t forget, many retiring products are on sale through June 2.
And I have 2 kits left from my April class:
And 6 kits left from my May class:
Each kit is $10 plus $1 shipping.  Thanks for supporting my home business!
Happy crafting,
Kim Wilson

May Paper Pumpkin – A Kit In Color

Filed under: Projects — May 25, 2020 @ 3:17 pm

The May kit is so fun and colorful.

It was quick and easy to stamp the labels.  But I had a little trouble with ink beading up on my stamps.  There is often a coating on photopolymer stamps that needs to wear off or be removed.  You can scrub it on your stamp cleaner, or rub it on your jeans and then clean.  Or you can use a pencil eraser or a light sanding with a cosmetic sanding block, then clean.  Voila..a perfect image.

Here’s a quick video I did demonstrating how ink beads up on the stamps and some ways to clean them.

Did you see some new In Colors???  The ink spot is Misty Moonlight – so pretty.

The new catalog goes live June 3.  I’m really enjoying the products I got to preorder as a demonstrator.  My catalogs are mailed out to customers and I am almost ready for a virtual kickoff on my Facebook page that day.  I hope you can join me!

Happy crafting,

Kim Wilson

Day of Service

Filed under: Projects — May 22, 2020 @ 6:12 pm

The Stampin’ Up! Day of Service this year was card-making and sending (from home).  They provided a fun scrap mat (instructions) for a series of easy 4-step cards (free) HERE if you want to try some yourself.  There is a charge for the Digital Download HERE, – it goes 100% to Covid-19 relief.

Here are a few of the cards I made – this was fun and quick!

I used the Follow Your Art Designer Series Paper, Washi Tape and Embellishment Kit on my cards.  All of these products are retiring and ON SALE HERE.  The little felt shapes and Baker’s Twine in the embellishment kit are so fun.   There are some darling charms also included that I want to save for another project.

I hope you get a chance to make some cards (and send them) too!

#spreadsunshine #SUdifferencemaker

Happy crafting,

Kim Wilson

May Card Class

Filed under: Projects — May 16, 2020 @ 12:53 pm

My kits for the May Stampin’ Up! class are ready to send.  We’re going to craft with the birds and the bees this time (unintentional, but funny).  We have a favorite layout featuring the Bird Ballad Suite, a Fun Fold with the Country Club Suite and a technique with the Honey bee bundle.   Country Club is great for Father’s Day and masculine cards – the entire suite is retiring after this month.  Honey bee will also be absent from the new catalog.

Here’s a link to purchase the kit – pdfs and video links will be emailed, so be sure I have all your contact information.  And if you don’t get my weekly newsletter, the sign up for that  is here.

My new catalogs are here – yay!  The mailed ones to customers should be arriving soon too.  I can’t wait to show you some of the new products.

Happy crafting,

Kim Wilson


Animal Outing

Filed under: Projects — May 8, 2020 @ 3:12 pm

I just wanted to let you know that some of the retiring dies are selling out quickly.  Once they hit the low inventory list, it has generally been just a few days before they are gone.  The Animal Friends dies are on sale and are in Low Inventory.  These whimsical Animal Outing critters are just adorable.  We can’t visit the zoo right now, but we can send a fun animal card or scrapbook our previous visits.

I just got my demonstrator pre-order from the new catalog.  Oh my…I can’t wait to play.  Ask me how you can join the fun!

Happy crafting,

Kim Wilson


Notes of Kindness

Filed under: Projects — May 1, 2020 @ 4:22 pm

I’ve had some people ask how to get started making thank you cards.  Notes of Kindness is the kit I recommend for everyone, whether a beginner or avid crafter.  It makes beautiful cards and has everything included!

Or, if you already have a bunch of supplies, why not check out the new digital download that benefits Covid-19 relief?  Here are some encouragement cards I made with the fun sentiments.

Card making is a wonderful way of spreading sunshine and encouragement, both for you and the recipient.

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Happy crafting,

Kim Wilson

Seriously the Best

Filed under: Projects — April 25, 2020 @ 11:41 am

After the retiring list was posted this week, I pulled out some stamps that I have never used.  This set is awesome with it’s big, bold sentiments. Why did I not discover it before?  And the Pigment Sprinkles (also retiring), why have I neglected you!

The kit that goes with the Seriously the Best stamp set is 40% off at the store.  It comes with a pretty nice storage box too!

The Thank you die is a nice addition too (also retiring).  I cut a black one to make a shadow under the Bermuda Bay die cut.  I sprinkled the pigment powder on watercolor paper or shimmery white and then spritzed with water.  For the bottom left card, the sprinkles were  on an acrylic block, spritzed and stamped.  Both the Black embossing powder and shimmer black embossing powder are retiring too!

Another thing you can do with your Pigment Sprinkles pieces, is punch or die cut – here the Tulip Builder Punch.

Hope this gives you some fun ideas to try.  All of these products are retiring and available while supplies last – click below on the photos.

Happy crafting,

Kim Wilson

Product List

April Stampin’ Up! Card Class

Filed under: Projects — April 17, 2020 @ 4:09 pm

It’s been a challenge running a business where we can’t meet and craft together.  I’m so thankful for technology so we can still connect online.  My April Class will be the same as usual, except you will be crafting in your own home.  I will provide the pdf instruction sheets as usual and also a video for each project.

We’ll be trying the scrappy strips technique, a favorite layout and a teepee card.  If you would like to purchase the kit for the 3 cards, please send $11 to [email protected] by April 30th and include your email and mailing address.  You can then join our Facebook group that will house the pdfs and videos, or I’ll send the content by email.

We had a great time at our first Virtual craft retreat earlier this month.  I hope you can join me for our first Virtual Card Class.

Everything is included in the kit except for stamped images.  Use your own, or purchase the stamp sets below at my store.  Thanks for supporting my home business during this difficult season.

Happy crafting,

Kim Wilson

Clickable Product List:

Card 2

Ornate Thanks Photopolymer Stamp Set (English)

Product List- Card 1

Product List- Card 3

It’s Time for Kits

Filed under: Projects — April 8, 2020 @ 12:26 pm

I’ve seen a lot of interest in Stampin’ Up! kits these past few weeks as we are staying at home.  Card making is a great way to productively use your time and make something fun to share with others.  Crafting is good therapy and a fun way to connect with family at home and loved ones at a distance.

Tip:  Use an aquapainter to seal envelopes.

Tip:  Order postage stamps online from usps.

Some wonderful kits are available at my store.

I recommend the all-inclusive kits if you are new to stamping, want to give as a gift, or just want to have everything you need except scissors.  The product medleys are more for avid crafters, there are no instructions, just an amazing bundle of coordinating products.

And here’s an insider tip:  There are a couple of kits in the Clearance Rack!

Here are just a few of the kits I have available for porch pickup (in Erie,PA) and I can also ship right from my home (contact me with your zip code for shipping cost).  My email address is [email protected]

1.Hugs from Shelli Paper Pumpkin REFILL $10

makes 12 notecards – DOES NOT INCLUDE STAMPS OR INK  You just need your own sentiments to stamp on the labels.

2.No Matter The Weather Paper Pumpkin REFILL – $12

Makes 12 notecards.  DOES NOT INCLUDE STAMPS OR INK – You just need your own sentiments to stamp on the labels.

3.Something for Everything Paper Pumpkin Full Kit – $20

Makes 12 full sized cards, includes stamp set and ink spot.

4.Soft Sayings – Retired All Inclusive Kit – $25

Makes 20 cards – various sizes.

5.Watercolor Wishes – Retired All Inclusive Kit – $25

Makes 20 cards – various sizes.

And there is still time (until April 10) to sign up for the next Paper Pumpkin, a subscription crafting kit that is Stampin’ Up!s top selling product.  April will be a card kit just in time to send to loved ones.  You can subscribe here.

#makeacardsendacard #sharesunshine

Happy crafting,

Kim Wilson

Under My Umbrella

Filed under: Projects — April 3, 2020 @ 5:26 pm

I have been crazy busy, well maybe a bit crazy too, trying to fit in all the extra tasks I seem to have on my plate.  I thought that since I work from home, it might be a nice break not to need to go anywhere.  I thunk wrong.  I am thankful though, that I have lots of new things to learn and that no matter what, God is still in control.

Our “Virtual Spring Retreat” is underway on Facebook this weekend with fun and challenges.  You can find us crafting here.

I started a new Facebook group just for my customers, and am sharing some coloring techniques this month.  If you don’t have a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator just search for “Say it with Color Papercrafting”.

I discovered this half written post, so here you go.  Under My Umbrella is such a cute stamp set to work with and this pop – out card from last month’s class was extra fun.  I’m still giving away the pdf instructions for the March class as a gift for online orders.  I better start working on my April class, which will be online!

You are on my mind today.  Hope all is well with my readers – we’ll get through this together!  I’m so glad we have our crafting therapy to keep us busy.

And here is a gorgeous new product suite available starting this month.

You can find the Ornate Garden products here in my shop.

Happy crafting,
Kim Wilson


Product List

Whisper White Uninked Craft Stampin’ Pad & Refill

Whisper White Uninked Craft Stampin’ Pad & Refill