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World Card Making Day

Filed under: Projects — September 28, 2022 @ 9:46 am

Did you know that Stampin’ Up! is holding a free virtual event on October 1? Here’s the link to sign up. Or you can check out all the details at my store header.

To celebrate World Card Making Day, Stampin’ Up! is giving away a FREE package of Iridescent Pearls to anyone that purchases the Warm Welcome, Cottage Rose or Cottage Wreaths bundle. Be sure to add item #158987 to your shopping cart to get your freebies (links are also at the bottom of this post).

Here’s a card using the Warm Welcome bundle that I sent to a new team member. October 4-31 will be a starter kit promotion so check back here during that time.

Here I made a card looking from the outside in, and one from the inside looking out. There are so many possibilities for the Warm Welcome bundle. I love the little kitty. And also how you can personalize the card with your own house number (I used Copper Foil Sheets to cut the numbers and the door handle).

I embraced the vintage look with these Cottage Rose cards and the coordinating designer paper.

There is an interesting die in the bundle that cuts out a series of blossoms that match one sheet of the paper. Or on the first card I just layered it over a subtle design.

The last bundle for the special, Cottage Wreaths we are using for the September Card Class. Due to vacation and subsequent illness, this class will be filmed in early October, so it’s not too late to contact me and order your kit for $15. I love the designer paper for this suite. It was so much fun to play with. I hope you enjoy crafting this weekend!

Happy World Card Making Day!

Kim Wilson

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Stampin’ Up! deals

Filed under: Projects — September 22, 2022 @ 3:45 pm

Throwback Thursday: This is the last week for the Weekly Deals specials. I loved shopping this month for some embellishments to use on my projects. Here’s one of my favorites that I blogged about last year – 3 Ways to use Gilded Leafing complete with VIDEO.

And here’s a photo of all the deals this week or find them HERE in my store for some fun fall crafting.

Happy Fall,

Kim Wilson

Sweet Suites – Part 2

Filed under: Projects — September 14, 2022 @ 7:09 am

I’m going to share some more about Stampin’ Up! Product Suites today. I love Suites because I can make so many fun projects with the coordinating paper and stamps and embellishments. Last time I covered several of my favorites, and now I want to talk more about Gingham Cottage from the mini catalog.

Here’s a card I made with the Cottage Wreaths bundle which is part of this Suite.

I used the Pearlized Enamel Effects (part of the suite) to make the small dots on the wreath. Here’s a quick video on how to use this fun new product. And here was my inspiration for this layout:

The above card was a swap that I received from Amy at the Stampin’ Up! Backstage Event. Swapping is one of the fun things that happen when Stampin’ Up! demonstrators get together. JOIN THE FUN

The scallop edge on her card is part of the new die set for Apple Harvest that is only available in September (see links below).

The Gingham Cottage Designer Series Paper is the perfect background for this Apple Harvest card as well. I saw that another demonstrator colored this bunch of apples differently to make them oranges. Great idea!

Changing the subject (from apples to pigs) I made this darling Piggy card at a demonstrator play date at my house earlier in the summer. I used the deckle dies for simple layering and Stampin’ Blends for coloring. Little did I know that in September we would get some dies to coordinate with this set. (See links below)

Here’s a swap card from the display board at Backstage that uses the dies.

One of my favorite pieces from the Playful Piggies die set is the wagon. I can see adding apples, pumpkins and more to the cute die cut.

I hope you enjoyed these ideas. Check out the thumbnails below to see if the products are still available. And don’t forget to check out the Weekly Deals under Specials. More about Stampin’ Up! specials and some Yeti cards are in THIS POST.

Happy crafting,

Kim Wilson

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Suites are Sweet – part 1

Filed under: Projects — September 7, 2022 @ 10:24 am

A Tale of 2 Suites: If you like shiny, but also subtle colors like Soft Seafoam, the Splendid Day Suite by Stampin’ Up! will be just the thing for your creative endeavors.

If you are more of a bright color and bold flowers lover, then look into the Hues of Happiness Suite. I love them both, so I want to show you how to use the same layouts, with different products, for a whole different look.

We used Hues of Happiness in a recent Card Class.

And I recreated all the cards using the Splendid Day Suite too!

This was our fun fold card.

This was our technique card – a watercolor wash using Shimmery White Cardstock and ink (left) or Stampin’ Blends markers (right).

And this was our favorite layout card, I CASE’d it right from the catalog page for Hues of Happiness. I heat embossed the sentiments – white (left) and copper (right).

My customer and team members have free access to the pdfs for all my monthly Card Classes. I think we are up to 29 different classes! Here’s the next one using the Gingham Cottage Suite:

Kits with all the consumables and instructions are available in the US for $15 (includes shipping) while supplies last. Please contact me if you would like to purchase the September kit. Or you can purchase the Cottage Wreaths bundle from my store by September 22 and get the class kit for FREE. If you purchase the bundle before October 1, 2022 be sure to add a pack of iridescent pearls and they will show in your cart as FREE.

And while we are on the subject of Stampin’ Up! Suites, here’s an inexpensive add-on for you to make some fun gifts for the holiday season: Kraft Note Cards and Envelopes. They come as a set of 20 with a giftable box!

Here I decorated my box and cards using the Spendid Day Suite. Don’t you love the shiny paper? But the #simplestamping card on top is quite nice too.

And here are some cards with the Gingham Cottage Suite. Some cards use the gorgeous paper. And again I did some with #simplestamping

Here are a few photos to help you assemble the Kraft box:

The box is nice and sturdy and so fun to decorate. And if you are catching this post before September 7, the Kraft Note Cards and Envelopes are part of the Weekly Deals by Stampin’ Up! along with the Splendid Day Designer Series Paper that I used above.

I hope these projects give you some great crafting ideas of your own. I love to share my projects and also appreciate hearing from you.

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Happy crafting,

Kim Wilson

Stampin’ Up! in September

Filed under: Projects — September 1, 2022 @ 5:49 am

I don’t know where to start with all the specials going on this month!

Let’s just dive in.

First Special: PERFECT PARTNERS – 6 new die sets in my store My favorite is the Apple Harvest, but I know people will be loving that cute Yeti and also the wagon in the Piggy bundle.

Kim’s Tips:

If you have the matching stamp set, grab the dies quickly because they might sell out early,

If you don’t have the stamps, get the entire bundle to save 10%.

2nd special: World Card Making Day There will be 3 bundles featured at this virtual event – one is newly released for this month – Warm Welcome. I can’t wait to decorate this fun door!

Get a free package of iridescent pearls if you purchase one of the 3 featured bundles at my store. They are so shiny – you will love them!

Kim’s Tips: Find out more about the free event and register HERE.

3rd special: WEEKLY DEALS For the month of September we will also have 4 separate sales – 8-12 different products each time. You may see some favorite papers and embellishments!

Kim’s Tips: New items will be added to my store on Sept. 1, 8, 15, and 22. They are a perfect add-on to your order.

The fourth special is some new Branded Merchandise perfect for a cozy winter crafting day! Find them in my store.

Kim’s Tips: add them along with the brand new SCRAP BIN (just for demonstrators) to your starter kit.

I can’t end without something handcrafted: swap cards from #STAMPINUPBACKSTAGE with the new Yeti Dies.

I hope that gives you lots of ideas for crafting fun this fall. Stay tuned for more fun projects and swap card ideas.

Happy crafting,

Kim Wilson

Bye SAB, hello more specials!

Filed under: Projects — August 31, 2022 @ 2:54 pm

Today is the last day to grab your SALE-A-bration freebies (such as this Amazing Phrasing stamp set) in my store. I had a great time last week at #STAMPINUPBACKSTAGE in New Orleans. Here are 2 swap cards I brought back featuring the beautiful Texture Chic Suite. This Suite has paper and stamp images for all 4 seasons and is perfect for any occasion.

This fun fold card from my roommate Linda adds sentiments from Amazing Phrasing. And yes, if you read the handwriting, I have earned the next Stampin’ Up! Incentive Trip – a cruise for 2 to Norway next May. I must add a disclaimer that earning a trip takes a lot of hard work and is earned by less than 1% of demonstrators. But it is so worth it because Stampin’ Up! knows how to surprise, delight and reward their demonstrators.

Here’s Liz, me and Linda all ready for the 2nd Line parade in New Orleans at BackStage. (This event is for leaders at a certain title – about 4% of demonstrators). They closed off the streets for our group of 500+ demonstrators, staff and 2 bands. Wow, was that an amazing experience to BE THE PARADE! The next event – On Stage is open to all demonstrators and has locations all over the world – we will be attending in Pittsburgh. Maybe the fun of making new friends and gathering together will inspire you to Join The Fun.

This beautiful swap card by Lisa also uses the Texture Chic Suite adding on the Leaf Fall Embossing Folder, copper embossing, and an ink splattering technique.

Kim’s tips:

  1. Visit my store today for last minute Sale-a-bration freebies or Join Stampin’ Up! to be part of our next event and be first to get your hands on new products at a discount. DISCLAIMER: BEIGNETS NOT INCLUDED.
  2. Check back tomorrow for FOUR – yes 4 special releases for September (Perfect Partners dies/bundles, World Card Making Day bundles, Weekly Deals AND new branded merchandise. (Hint – one item only available to demonstrators is something that people keep begging me for at craft retreats).

Happy crafting,

Kim Wilson

Bottled Happiness

Filed under: Projects — August 23, 2022 @ 12:54 pm

I had a crazy fun time with this Bottled Happiness bundle when it was first released in the Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalog. Since a couple people just bought it this week, I know it was time to get these cards posted.

The Tea Boutique Cards & Envelopes were perfect for some quick, easy projects. I love having card bases and matching envelopes all ready for crafting. See below for all the shopping links.

Tip: Punch the bottles out of the In Color Designer Series Paper.

The In Color Designer Series Paper Stack is another tool to add an easy background.

The shaker domes are perfect for adding a rolled up message or some beads.

Tip: Color the inside of the dome with a Stampin’ Blends marker.

Add a punched bottle to a scene stamped with Oceanfront.

Tip: Distress the bottle with some Early Espresso ink.

Skip the bottle and make a beautiful flower border. Try some different colors too!

Simple stamping and a few butterfly embellishments.

Some more #simplestamping, with the different bottle sizes.

A banner across the middle gives another look for the flowers.

Tip: To save cardstock, punch some bottle out of pieces that are mostly covered.

And here’s what you can make with those “free” bottles!

And of course, some Christmas “spirit” is in order too!

I hope this gives you some easy crafting ideas for all seasons. Check out all the products with the photos below.

Happy crafting,
Kim Wilson

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Filed under: Projects — August 17, 2022 @ 3:11 pm

The Stampin’ Up! Summer SALE-a-bration (SAB) is soon coming to an end. I have one last Hippest Hippo card to share and then will be showcasing some more SAB freebies.

This card was made totally with leftover pieces! I shared my Hippo – COW in this post, but I never added her or these die cut flowers to a card. The stitched circles are also leftover from a card shared on that post. I had this white spotted background left from showing the Dots and Spots Die that is Free during SAB or otherwise can be purchased here.

TIP: have a little basket or bin where you keep leftover die cuts and stamped pieces. Pull it out once in a while and make something fun!

Next I played with the Rings of Love Designer Series Paper, also free during SALE-A-bration. It has beautiful watercolored images for all seasons. My favorites are the houses and the bluebirds.

I cut 4 x 5-1/4″ pieces of the paper and created these card fronts. I again used the Dots & Spots die (see above for links) but smaller pieces so the paper shows around the edges. The sentiments are from the Ringed with Nature bundle, as are the Tree Rings die cuts. The shapes for the sentiments are die cut with Stylish Shapes and then mounted with Stampin’ Dimensionals. Now I just need to add these to Thick Basic White Card bases and they are ready to send.

And if you are thinking ahead to Christmas, the same supplies and layouts will work just fine!

TIP: Craft some made-ahead card fronts. Save space and cardstock by mounting to a card base when you are ready to mail them out.

Happy crafting,

Kim Wilson

Aspen Trees

Filed under: Projects — August 10, 2022 @ 11:20 am

Make a gorgeous frame of trees with the Aspen Trees dies. They are paired with the Perched in a Tree stamp set as a bundle, but during August you will want to use item #163102 to get them FREE with a $100 purchase in my store.

I paired the bundle with the gorgeous Texture Chic Designer Series paper which has you covered for all 4 seasons! The aspen leaves I diecut from the Distressed Gold Specialty Paper.

Technique Tip: I used Smoky Slate ink and a sponge dauber along the edges of the tree trunks to add color and contrast. I actually picked up the panel and worked along the edges. See my video HERE. I added in some lines along the cutouts with the dark Smoky Slate Blends Markers.

Beautiful for fall and winter, really any season, you will want to have the Aspen Tree Dies in your Stampin’ arsenal.

Happy crafting,

Kim Wilson

New Freebies added

Filed under: Projects — August 3, 2022 @ 11:34 am

SALE-A-Bration (SAB) for this summer is half over and a couple of the items are no longer available. So Stampin’ Up! has added a few more goodies to choose from. You can see them all HERE in my shop.

My favorite is the Aspen Tree Dies. Grab the Perched in a Tree stamp set to complete your bundle.

I pulled out a few samples using some of the dies and embossing folders.

Since you probably can’t see them well in this picture, here are the blog posts that show them better.

IMPORTANT: Don’t use the old store links for the freebies or the catalog order numbers. To get them free, use the new SAB numbers on the flyer or add them from the SAB (specials) section in the store when you check out. Your SAB choices will show up on the second screen when you click checkout.

Daffodil Dies

Flowers of Home Dies

Gingham Embossing Folder

Seashells 3D Embossing Folder

I stocked up on some FREE Metallic Cardstock today. What is your favorite SAB freebie?

Here’s another suggestion – the Hippest Hippo stamp set and Dies. I just had to make a purple hippo card for my daughter. Scroll down a bit to my July posts for lots more hippo ideas.

Happy crafting,
Kim Wilson