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Valentine’s Day layouts

Filed under: Projects — January 19, 2022 @ 2:44 pm

I’ll share a few more Valentine’s Day projects today. Who do you sent cards to? Valentines are treasured by significant others, moms, kids, grandmas, friends and just about anyone you send a homemade card. Drop off a batch at your local nursing home. If I still haven’t inspired you to make cards for Valentine’s Day, you can use these easy layouts for other occasions.

First, an oops.

I make so many mistakes on my Facebook lives! My class sample is on the left. On the right I adhered the pieces of Designer Series paper upside down! Fortunately, the pattern was bidirectional so I just went with it and it looks like I planned it that way. I do love this Sweet Talk paper. And the layout is so easy – 4×4 and 4×1″ pieces- very conserving of your pretty paper. I tied the ribbon over the little gap between the 2 papers.

I want to remind you that some of the products in the annual catalog and carry over products are perfect for Valentine’s Day crafting: The Dotty Hearts embossing folders, ribbons, the Heart Pack punches. Try the Nuts About Squirrels stamp set for a cute card. And don’t forget treat boxes for little gifts.

Valentines Day cards

And here’s a closeup of my Dotty Hearts cards.

My 6 page PDF of Valentine’s Day projects is free with any purchase from my online store. Click on any of the pictures below and it will take you right to that item!

Happy crafting,

Kim Wilson

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Valentine’s Day Crafting

Filed under: Projects — January 12, 2022 @ 11:26 am

I love crafting for Valentine’s Day. The bright colors warm me up on a dreary winter day. The Sweet Talk Suite by Stampin’ Up! makes for perfect projects to show love for all ages.

Valentines cards

These are my cards for our January Card Class. Contact me through my demonstrator website for virtual and in-person options. Kits are available too!

My pdfs are now available, and include a bunch of bonus projects. It’s posted in my private customer Facebook group. Or I will send it by email for anyone who purchases from my Stampin’ Up! store this month. Here’s a list of my recommended purchases for your Valentine’s Day crafting.

Nuts & Bolts is a fun stamp set for Valentine’s Day for sure. Note the SALE-a-bration freebie – Marbleous Designer Series Paper – that I used on two of the cards. The robots are fun to color with Real Red and Smoky Slate Stampin’ Blends alcohol markers, so those might make it to your shopping list as well.

I hope these projects spark your creativity for Valentine’s Day crafting. Hand made cards and gifts are fun both to make and to receive – a double blessing. #shareyourmoment


Happy crafting,

Kim Wilson

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Best Tips for January Crafting

Filed under: Projects — January 5, 2022 @ 2:25 pm

Happy (Stampin’ Up!) New Year!

  1. Catalogs – Be sure you have both the new Jan-June Minicatalog and the SALE-a-bration brochure. You can download them from the sidebar on the right. They have great project ideas to copy. Better yet, if you don’t have a demonstrator, contact me through my website and I’ll mail you a set. Of course, you can always run right to my Stampin’ Up! store to see everything new.

2.Inventory – Because of supply chain issues, there will be popular items that run out of stock quickly, while incoming inventory is stuck in transit. Stampin’ Up! is not doing backorders at this time because of these difficulties. I will try to keep you posted on the inventory situation so be sure to subscribe to my newsletter and my Facebook page. Love & Happiness bundle – check out the status here.

Above is another item that just arrived that I expect will sell out quickly. Don’t miss the new Light the Candles card kit from the Kits Collection.

3. SALE-a-bration – take advantage 3 ways during January and February – Shopping, Hosting and Joining – and you can double dip too. First, there are freebies for every $50 and $100 purchases. I made the above card with the Friendly Hello stamp set and Designer Series Paper. (You might also notice some other new products – Gingham Embossing Folder and mini cotton ribbon combo pack.)

Above is just one of the beautiful new bundles that pairs with a Sale-a-bration freebie – the Sunshine & Rainbows Designer Paper.

Hosting a $300+ party (or your own order) nets you the beautiful Calming Camellia stamp set for FREE.

And of course, joining Stampin’ Up! is always the best deal because the starter kit is about 20% off with free shipping too. And during SAB you get 2 free stamp sets of your choice from the Mini-catalog or Annual catalog! (You can’t choose SAB freebies or host sets in your kit – save those for your future orders and double dip freebies and discount!)

4. Paper Pumpkin Kits – add prepaid subscriptions during Sale-a-bration to get freebies. YAY!

5. Get hot off the press products like the new Skin Tone Blends. NOTE: you must add these to a demonstrator starter kit or a demonstrator order right now. They will be available to customers in February.

I’m honored that you follow my blog and hope to hear from you this month during SALE-a-bration – here’s my Stampin’ Up! website.

Happy crafting in 2022,

Kim Wilson

What’s Cookin’?

Filed under: Projects — December 22, 2021 @ 2:29 pm

What better gift than a restaurant or grocery store gift card? Here’s a cute gift card holder that I made with the What’s Cookin’ Bundle by Stampin’ Up!

The card is a simple trifold with the bottom flap attached at the sides to hold the gift card. A belly band completes the card. Instructions are the same as my Penguin Place gift card holder that was linked in my last newsletter. If you don’t get my weekly newsletter, you can sign up here.

Only a week or so left for the Last Chance Sale – check it out at my online store!

Merry Christmas!

And happy crafting,

Kim Wilson

Sweet Stockings

Filed under: Projects — December 15, 2021 @ 2:31 pm

The Sweet Stockings Designer Series Paper is one of the few papers still available from the Stampin’ Up! mini-catalog. This paper is so bright and happy, that it makes for easy Christmas cards. And as we get closer to Christmas, I like to make gift tags, which is lots of fun with the half price Stockings Dies.

The stitched tag is one of the dies. I added cutouts from the paper, the Jolly Felt and also directly stamped.

The cute line images are easy to color with Stampin’ Blends Markers for #simplestamping tags and cards.

I knew the Picture This dies would be perfect to showcase the cut animals. Also shown are a fun fold and easy layout. I cut some of the DSP at 4×5-1/4 and some at 4×4 to make LOTS of cards.

I got quite a few cards from just one strip of 4×12 paper from each of the 6 included designs!

A REMINDER FOR YOU: These 3 classes of mine all have pdf instructions for the projects:

To get your copy of the pdfs, be sure you are subscribed to my newsletter and have purchased one of the products from my online store. You can always contact me through my Stampin’ Up! website if you have any questions. I also have a few kits left from the Peaceful Deer class and some paper for the Penguin Place Class.

I hope you have some time for craft therapy and rest during this busy holiday season!

Happy crafting,

Kim Wilson

Christmas Cards

Filed under: Projects — December 7, 2021 @ 10:57 am

***SALE ALERT*** Wednesday free shipping at my store HERE.

I have a few Christmas projects to share with you this week. December will fly by quickly and I don’t want to miss showing you some fun crafting ideas for the holidays.

First, Mr. Penguin wants to remind you that the Penguin Place bundle is now back in stock. Although it is in low inventory yet again, so nab it quickly. If you have purchased this bundle from me, contact me for a free pdf for these projects: a gift card holder, greeting card, bag and tag. If you missed out on this retired paper from last Sale-a-bration, I’ll send you a few 4×6 pieces of the cute matching paper too.

Next up are some projects using the Whimsy & Wonder Product Suite. Two of the products in the Suite are now sold out, but I want to assure you that the retiring Whimsical Trees bundle is still a great buy. Here I pulled in the colors from the paper for a refreshing Christmas color combo. I used masking on the #simplestamping card. On the last card, I made my own background paper with the holly stamp, and added some silver cord instead of the discontinued ribbon.

If you did get your hands on the Whimsy & Wonder Designer Series paper, here are a couple easy cards for you to try. I found some Mint Macaron and Blushing Bride pieces in my scrap envelopes and just added sentiments and some die cut trees.

And here I used the other 4 patterns of this beautiful paper. If you missed out on the paper and would still like some, purchase the Whimsical Trees bundle from my store. I’ll send you a few 4×6 pieces to make these cards.

Be sure you are subscribed to my newsletter, I share more of my pdfs and specials there.

Why not try this fun color combination for some of your own holiday projects!

Happy crafting,

Kim Wilson

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Peaceful Cabin

Filed under: Projects — December 1, 2021 @ 3:06 am

***SALE ALERT – Check out the Last Chance Sale and the Clearance Rack in my shop. Some of the retiring products are 50% off!

I can’t believe I haven’t shared my Peaceful Cabin cards yet. Peaceful Place is one of the best Product Suites in the Mini Catalog. And, sob, it is all retiring and available only while supplies last.

These cards feature the Designer Series Paper. It’s so easy to create when you have beautiful paper!

I did some die cutting with the trees and rectangle, and then added them back in. I couldn’t waste any of my pieces!

The trees, the cabin and the fox all have dies that will add to a snowy bank. Soooo pretty!

And don’t forget, you can use the cabin for other seasons too. Here I paired it with the Beauty of the Earth paper.

Check out the Peaceful Place Suite at my store, or add it to your demonstrator starter kit along with pre-orders from the next Mini Catalog. Be among the first to see everything new!

Happy crafting,

Kim Wilson

3D Embossing

Filed under: Projects — November 22, 2021 @ 1:05 pm

I enjoy the easy 3D embossing that I get with the Stampin’ Cut and Emboss Machine. These are my 2 favorite folders for Christmas – Evergreen Forest and Merry Melody. Since the Stampin’ Up! Black Friday special is over, I have my own offer. Purchase the Stampin’ Cut and Emboss Machine through me and get a free 3D Embossing Folder. You can contact me to choose YOUR favorite.

Here are some Christmas Cards that I made with the Evergreen Forest folder.

I used Evening Evergreen ink and a blending brush on the first card. On the second, I used the gold vellum – sparkly! On both cards I pulled (or cut the edge) to fray the Chevron Weave Ribbon.

Here’s a card we did in my November Card Class using the Merry Melody 3D embossing folders. We aged the Crumb Cake Cardstock by again using a blending brush this time with Soft Suede ink.

I hope you find 3D embossing easy too, with Stampin’ Up! folders and the Stampin’ Cut and Emboss machine! If you already have this great machine, make any purchase over $50 and I’ll send you a pack of Stampin’ Up! embellishments.

Happy Thanksgiving!

If you find some time for crafting or shopping – check out my shop. I’m thankful for you!

Kim Wilson

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Dies, Dies and more Dies

Filed under: Projects — November 17, 2021 @ 2:28 pm

Friends, you are loving the Seasonal Sale today – I counted 74 die sets on sale, plus all the Stampin’ Up! cardstock and branded ink pads. I also had a couple crafters take advantage of the Demonstrator starter kit sale to double dip on the discounts.

Here are a few easy projects I created today and shared on my Lunchtime Live on Facebook.

When I first saw the Picture This Dies, I thought they would work well for the spotlighting technique. This is where you color just part of an image and raise it up with Dimensionals. And yes, check out the second card above! I used Stampin’ Blends to color. The first card has the same idea, but with Designer Series Paper. I cut a different pattern for my popped up pieces or you could just turn around your die cut rectangles. Check out the supply list at the bottom of this post.

The Greenery Die is another favorite. The butterfly card is one I showed here. And the Get Well card uses pieces cut out from the card above, but rearranged in a different layout. For all these cards, I used sentiments from Inspired Thoughts and Many Happenings. The Messages Dies are also on sale right now!

During this month of gratitude, I am thankful for my faithful blog readers, team members and customers. I enjoy sharing my love of stamping and my creations. Happy stamping to you too!

Kim Wilson

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Stampin’ Up! Colors

Filed under: Projects — November 10, 2021 @ 10:36 am

I’m so excited!!! I confess I am a cardstock hoarder. I never want to run out of my favorite colors. It’s a perfect time for you to stock up too – November 16-18 during the Stampin’ Up! Seasonal Sale. Ink pads and Annual Catalog Dies are also included in the sale.

Tip: Check out my shop early in the sale, in case of backorders.

Tip: Or better yet, double dip on BOTH November promotions by adding your sale items to the starter kit for a huge discount.

Here are a couple of small slimline cards that I made with the Eden’s Garden Collection. I just love the pretty paper! I made a 14 page PDF with project instructions, including these. Find out how to get yours here.

Card Class

Instructions and kits are also ready for the November Card Class. Join us in person on November 16th, or any time this month by purchasing the kit from me. See this post for details.

Here are some easy cards that I made with the Christmas To Remember stamp set. This time I used up some leftover pieces from the Beauty of the Earth Designer Paper. Did you know that one of the designs in that pack is perfect for winter cards? These 4 step card layouts are great for multiple cards and for using up your leftover paper. The 4 steps are: card base, DSP, sentiment and embellishments.

I’ll be at Stampin’ Up! OnStage this weekend. This year we are meeting virtually again, but it will still be lots of fun. I’ll get to see the next catalog and lots of stamping presentations. Over 10,000 demonstrators will “be there”. Thinking about joining Stampin’ Up! during this month? I’d be happy to help you with any questions.

Happy crafting,

Kim Wilson

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