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Happy 4th and Aloha!

Filed under: Projects — July 4, 2020 @ 8:58 am

I would have been celebrating the the 4th in Hawaii and sharing pictures from my trip, but instead let’s enjoy some virtual palm trees with the Timeless Tropical stamp set.

I wanted to try some new In Colors with the sponging.  Look how the Magenta Madness pops.

Even though we are not on the Stampin’ Up! incentive trip, I bought a pineapple for us to eat this weekend.  You can also have pineapple anytime with the coordinating In the Tropics dies.

And her are a few more Timeless Tropical cards I have made:

The Designer Series Paper retired with the last mini catalog, but you can still get your Timeless Tropical stamp set and  In the Tropics dies and escape into summertime.

“Rest & Relax – You Deserve it”.

Remember to take advantage of Bonus Days at my shop in July!

Happy crafting,

Kim Wilson

Flowers for Every Season

Filed under: Projects — June 26, 2020 @ 10:15 am

I’m still cranking out lots of cards with this fun layout that I designed for my June Card Class.   My latest project steps it up with heat embossing and vellum.

I used white embossing powder on the punched daisies, vellum jar and the banner.  I added a little color to the daisies with sponge daubers and fussy cut the stem from the Daisy Lane stamp set.

My own daisies are in full bloom now, so it’s fun to play with the Daisy Lane set and the Flowers for Every Season Suite.

Last few days for extra host dollars and free bundle for joining at my website!

Happy crafting,

Kim Wilson

Flowers for Every Season

Filed under: Projects — June 18, 2020 @ 3:19 pm

If you have been receiving my newsletter, or are part of my private customer Facebook group, you’ve seen a series of cards I made with a fun layout for 6×6 paper.  I will be presenting it again at an upcoming Demonstrator Council event, so I don’t want to reveal too much.  But I do want to share a little peek for you.

Since June is my birthday month, I have been sending out a free class kit with every online order at my shop.  I’ll also email a pdf instruction sheet and a link to my private Facebook group where I filmed the video.

The Flowers for Every Season Designer Series Paper is the star of this show.  For this group of cards I used the Tasteful Touches stamp set and Tasteful Labels dies.  As a bundle, you can save 10% on the stamp and die sets.  Or join Stampin’ Up! in June and choose that as your free bundle!

Or maybe you would like one of the bundles that go with this paper.  Here is a link to the Flowers for Every Season Product Suite.  The Jar of Flowers and Celebrate Sunflowers are becoming top favorites in the new annual catalog.

Don’t miss my ten tips for the new catalog from my last post.

Happy crafting,

Kim Wilson

Blossoms in Bloom

Filed under: Projects — June 13, 2020 @ 2:44 pm

Blossoms in Bloom is my favorite bundle for the moment.  Look at those massive dies – what fun!

For the first card, I layered the die-cuts (Crumb Cake and Purple Posy).  The middle card is tone on tone with just the outline flower on Very Vanilla.  The last 2 cards were made from one set of die-cuts.  I just cut the pieces off the Bumblebee panel and adhered them to the second one.  Do you like the color combo?  Bumblebee, Flirty Flamingo and Merry Merlot from our Color Coach.

Blossoms in Bloom is the most expensive bundle in the new catalog.  But you can get it free in your starter kit – only when joining in June!  Check it out at my website.

Happy crafting,

Kim Wilson

10 Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalog Tips

Filed under: Projects — June 3, 2020 @ 11:03 am

The new Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalog is live!  I have some special insider tips to share, but first, how about a sneak peak inside:

And if you would like to download the catalog – there is a link in my sidebar to the right.

TIP #1 :Don’t forget the little brochure (below the Annual Catalog in the sidebar) – it has a couple of items that are not in the big book.  This “Make Beautiful Things” brochure is full of quick easy projects for someone new, or someone short on time.

TIP #2 – Most of the projects you will see posted online right now will be made with products that demonstrators were allowed to pre-order.  Here’s a list:

  1.  In Color products
  2. Flowers for Every Season Suite
  3. Forever Greenery Suite
  4. World of Good Suite
  5. In Good Taste Suite

Here are some cards I made featuring the new Stampin’ Up! In Colors and the Flowers for Every Season Suite.

The jar is a punch!  What a fun bundle to play with.   There are matching shaker domes too!  And these note cards with envelopes are so nice to have on hand for quick cards.

The Forever Greenery Suite is my very favorite.  Absolutely gorgeous!

TIP#3 – Even though demonstrators were limited in how many of each item they could preorder, ALMOST ALL THE PRODUCTS I listed above SOLD MORE THAN FORECAST and may go on BACKORDER.  So I would put those first on your shopping list, or be patient if you have to wait.

TIP #4 – Have your shopping list ready.  NOTE:  THE NEW DIE CUTTING MACHINE and accessories will not be available for a few months, so don’t get frustrated trying to get it today.  Demonstrators will be the first to get them when available.

TIP #5  – Yes, we have new adhesives.  SEAL and SEAL+  – I can’t wait to get my hands on these- Here’s a video.

TIP #6  – In June, Stampin’ Up! has a host promotion!  So with a $250 order or party, you can get an extra $25 in Stampin’ Rewards.  That translates to $50 free with a $250 party.  The photo below features the new In Colors Let me know if you want to host and I can set you up a host code or you can order directly at my shop.

Tip#7 –  There is a beautiful new host stamp set, Summer Days, that you can only get with Stampin’ Rewards.  If you love to color, you will love this detailed stamp set.  there are even  little dog, cat, rabbit and butterfly stamps.

Tip #8 – There is also a JOIN promotion for the month of June.  This is the best deal yet, because you get a FREE BUNDLE of your choice!  And that’s on top of the always great discount – The kit is $99 for $125 product of your choice, with free shipping too.  Whether as a hobby or a business, I’m here to help you get started.  Just explore the JOIN button at my website .

Tip#9  – You can actually double-dip with these 2 promotions.  Have an order or party for $250, get $50 host rewards and then use those to get your starter kit at half price – $49).  Wow!

Tip #10 – When you start the Join process online (it’s quick and easy) there is a suggested kit flyer.  If you love the Flowers for Every Season Suite, that is a nice starting off point. There are even  some easy project ideas.

I hope you are as excited as I am about the new Annual Catalog.  We sure need some good news, a creative outlet,  and ways to help and support others.

Happy crafting,

Kim Wilson



Something Old, Something New

Filed under: Projects — June 2, 2020 @ 10:50 am

We are at the transition between the Stampin’ Up! annual catalogs.  Here is a favorite project of mine from the mini catalog that I never got to share.  The Inked Block Technique is extra fun if you use the Subtle Embossing Folder to first texture the cardstock.  Then ink up your acrylic block, spritz with water and stamp.

The Honey bee stamp set has sold out, but the dies are still available today only.

And here is my series of projects using Designer Paper and the Laser Cut Cards, all of which are also retiring today.

Here’s a link to all the LAST CHANCE PRODUCTS, some of which are on sale!

See you tomorrow when the new catalog goes live!

Happy crafting,

Kim Wilson

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