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Card Class

Filed under: Projects — July 21, 2021 @ 3:17 pm

We had a great time at the July Card Class – both online and in-person garage stamping. All the pdfs and videos are posted in my customer/team private page for you to enjoy. Contact me through my Stampin’ Up! website to purchase the class kit for these 3 cards (while supplies last).

July Card Class:  Favorite Layout, Pinwheel Tower Fun Fold, Seascape Diorama Card

As you can see, I have been playing a lot with Stampin’ Up! Designer Series Paper (DSP). It’s always my favorite product, but especially this month as we have 9 different papers that are on sale. One of my favorites is the Hand-Penned DSP which we used in class for a Pinwheel Tower Fun Fold Card (above center). I also used it in my previous post to make 14 “Pick 6 Wonder” cards using a fun template.

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I often cut my DSP in 5-1/4 x 4″ pieces, as they are so easy to layer onto cards (#loveitchopit). Here’s an easy tearing technique that you can do in either portrait or landscape orientation. Just add a bit of ribbon and a stamped sentiment.

Here’s another tearing technique card with the Pansy Petals paper. Another easy way to use these #loveitchopit pieces is to simple fold over a corner. I always love it when you can see some of the opposite side of the beautiful Stampin’ Up! paper.

Did you notice the sentiments on several of these cards? They were stamped and diecut with Many Happenings and the Messages die. This is a large background stamp and matching die that cuts out 19 sentiments at once! They and the coordinating Many Messages are perfect for your card making tool kit.

You can see a peek of the Message die in the above photo. I also used the Stitched Greenery Die and the Butterfly Brilliance Bundle for a stepped up card with the Hand-Penned paper. I used the paper as the actual folded piece for this card. It is 10-1/2 x 4 folded at 5-1/4″ adhered to a quarter sheet of Highland Heather Cardstock (5-1/2 x 4-1/4″) The Daffodil Delight piece is 5 x 3-3/4″ and was first run through to cut out the butterflies and then to cut the stitched leaves. the butterflies were then placed back in their places. So fun!

Above is the inside of my butterfly card along with some other fun combinations for the Many Happenings stamp and messages die. I wish I had used the Highland Heather side for the card front and the flower side for the inside!

I’ll share more Designer Paper ideas next time, but for now –

Happy crafting,

Kim Wilson

Here’s some of the other products I used in today’s post. All of the DSP on sale is here.

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Pick 6 Designer Series Paper

Filed under: Projects — July 7, 2021 @ 4:01 pm

One of the fun parts of being a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator is taking part in events together.  Last week we did some virtual crafting together, making 14 cards with just 6 pieces of 6×6 Designer Series paper and some matching cardstock.  We added some punched sentiments and ribbon too.  Everyone used the same pattern, but different supplies so they all were unique.  Here are the cards I made, just in time for some upcoming birthdays.

I used the Hand-penned Designer Paper (on sale) and the Biggest Wish stamp set.

I would say this class makes a leisurely 2 hour craft gathering or 1 hour if you are a speedy crafter.  I can’t wait to try it with the Tidings of Christmas DSP which is also on sale this month.  What a great way to make multiples for Christmas, but still keep it fun!

I’ll be posting the pdf instructions to my customer Facebook group and in my newsletter.  Subscribe here.

Happy crafting,

Kim Wilson

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Window Card

Filed under: Projects — June 30, 2021 @ 2:07 pm

I am in love with the Picture This dies by Stampin’ Up!  What a fun and easy way to add stitched windows to your cards!

Today is the last day to get your Hey Chick Bundle.  But if you missed it, these window dies will be great for all sorts of fun projects.  Plus you can use the die cut stitched circles and rectangles for accents or stamping sentiments.

How about a peek at my July Card Class?

We’ll be doing a fun layout with Designer Series Paper, A Pinwheel Tower Card and a Diorama Card.  Contact me through my website to reserve your kit for the in-person or online class.

And July is also the perfect time to stock up on favorite Designer Papers from the Annual Catalog:

Happy crafting,

Kim Wilson


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Card Making Ideas

Filed under: Projects — June 22, 2021 @ 2:19 pm

I often get asked how I find ideas for my classes.  Many ideas I find in the catalog or online, but some come from swaps with fellow demonstrators.  One of the fun parts of connecting with other demonstrators is card swaps by mail or in person.  I used a couple swaps from the Maui Incentive Trip to get ideas for my May Card Class.

For this card, we used the Quiet Meadow bundle to make a ridiculously easy Silhouette card using Basic Black cardstock for die cutting.

This is an arrow fun fold card.  The swap used the retiring Fine Art Floral Designer Paper and I used the Pansy Petals paper.  I love the new Pale Papaya In Color!

And here’s another Arrow fold card that I made using the Pansy Petals Suite:

TIP:  The Designer Paper is on sale this month, so be sure to get it separately from the Suite in July.

Be sure you are on my newsletter list to find out the latest Stampin’ Up! news and more project ideas and tutorials.

Happy crafting,

Kim Wilson

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3 ways to use embossing folders with dies

Filed under: Projects — June 16, 2021 @ 2:41 pm

We had a beautiful day yesterday for garage stamping.  I’m easing back to some in-person classes, and this is the first step.  It was so good to craft together in the afternoon.  The morning online class and pdfs are up in my customer Facebook group for everyone who couldn’t come in person.   I still have some class kits available for purchase – contact me through my website.

3 Ways to use embossing folders with dies

  1. Layer a die cut over an embossed card.  In this card from class, we embossed the card front with 3D bark and then adhered the die cut from Simply Succulent.  (Links at bottom of this post).

2. Coordinating Dies and Folders.  There is an extremely popular suite that has a perfectly coordinating die and folder combo:  Sand & Sea.  The Book card below was the Fun Fold from my May Class.  I still have a couple kits left from that class too – contact me through my website to purchase.  For this combo, you die cut the shells first, then run them though the coordinating embossing folder.  So gorgeous, especially using the Pearlescent Paper.


And, last but not least..

3.  Hybrid folders

This is something so new from Stampin’ Up! that I haven’t even tried it yet.  This folder and die combo is actually run through the Stampin’ Cut & Emboss Machine at the SAME TIME.  How amazing is that?  Here’s a photo from the new Annual Catalog.

I hope you have fun die cutting AND embossing, and using both these techniques in your projects.

TIP:  The Simply Succulents Bundle is only available at a discount through June 30, 2021.  After that the stamps and dies will still be available separately.

Happy crafting,
Kim Wilson

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3 ways to use Stampin’ Up! Soft Pastels

Filed under: Projects — June 9, 2021 @ 10:44 am

My goal today was to play with the new Stampin’ Up! Soft Pastels and do some #simplestamping.  I’ve been a demonstrator 22 years – long enough to miss the pastels we used to have.  I’m happy to have pastel chalks back in our coloring repertoire.  I had fun remembering some of our old techniques and pairing them with some new stamp sets.

  1.  Use Pastels to color in an image.  Below I used a high tech (lol) Q-tip to add soft color to the flower and leaves.  I stamped in our lightest color (Sahara Sand) and distressed the edges of the panel with Paper Snips for a muted, antiqued look.

2. Pick up some chalk with a Blender Pen.   For this succulent card, I colored the image directly with the Granny Apple Green chalk and then blended it with my finger (or use a sponge dauber or blending brush).  This also makes a soft halo around the image.  Then I grabbed some Gorgeous Grape pastel chalk with the Blender Brush to color the tips.

Here’s a close up.  Note a fun use for the Strawberry Builder Punch.  I punched out 2 stems and one flower to add some dimension to this #simplestamping card.

3.  The Oldie but Goodie Poppin’ Pastel Technique!  This works best with a solid image.  Stamp in Versamark Ink, then rub pastel chalk over the image.  Brush off and blend chalk with a sponge dauber or blending brush (or your finger).  Another #simplestamping card.

I had fun playing with the new Stampin’ Up! Soft Pastels and I hope you enjoyed my projects.  Thanks for supporting my home business with your purchases – be sure to check out the Last Chance Sale and the new Kits Collection.

Happy crafting,
Kim Wilson
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Last Chance Sale

Filed under: Projects — June 3, 2021 @ 12:38 pm

It’s time to say goodbye to the Jan – June Minicatalog.  Many favorite stamps and dies are carried over into the new Annual catalog.  However, some fun papers and accessories are retiring.

One of my favorites is the Dandy Garden cards & envelopes.  Now at 50% off, these are beautiful and a great value.  I enjoyed some quick crafting projects with these cards.  Here are just a couple:

I added some of the other products from this Suite that are also half price (see links at the bottom of this post).

The Dandy Garden Memories & More Card Pack has some great layering pieces, as well as these fun stickers that I used on the inside of the cards.

Here’s a project right from the minicatalog:

And here is the recipe for the card.  It is so quick and easy with the fun Dandy Garden products.

It’s not often that you can make beautiful cards in less than a minute, so you might want to stock up on these!

Happy crafting,

Kim Wilson

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Stampin’ Up! Maui Incentive Trip

Filed under: Projects — May 26, 2021 @ 3:55 pm

Free Creative Download – link below.

I’m back from Maui, and having beach withdrawal along with my jetlag.  It was an awesome trip with a creative and caring community of friends.  Thanks Stampin’ Up! for providing this opportunity!   If you want to know more about how I work hard to earn Stampin’ Up! trips, check out this post from 4 years ago.  Traveling is one of my “whys” for joining.  The other Stampin’ Up! meetings for this year will be virtual, and those will be fun too, but it was so great to see my friends in person in Maui.

This was our view out the window, along with the leis from the resort.

Early in the morning I walked the beach and then took a swim in one of the many pools.  One advantage of the 6 hour time difference was getting out before the crowd to enjoy some solitude.

And then gathering with old and new friends was pretty awesome.

Every night we had a beautiful sunset.

and a fun pillow gift.  We even got the new minicatalog and some of the new products before anyone else.

We had a gathering place with displays and swaps.  Did you get your free digital download last week?  If not, here is the link to these lovely images and sentiments in celebration of the cultural diversity of Stampin’ Up! market countries.

Here are a couple of swaps, along with a couple of my own cards featuring some favorite products from the new Annual Catalog.  More about my Spiral Dye card is on this post.  I love how these demonstrators added the Hey Birthday Chick Bundle to their cards.  More about the amazing Days to Remember stamp set in a future post.

I’m here to serve your creative needs with fun products and classes.  I’m inviting you to join our fun community  and enjoy the perks of being a demonstrator.  We have a great JOIN special that ends this week.   Check it out here.

If you want an early peek at the Last Chance Sale from the minicatalog, contact me through my website and I can email you a copy.  It begins June 1 at 3PM Mountain Time.

Do you get my newsletter?  Are you a member of our exclusive Facebook group for my card classes?  How do you love the new annual catalog?  Let me know what new bundles you would like me to focus on in the upcoming weeks.

Happy crafting,

Kim Wilson




Maui Incentive Trip Swaps

Filed under: Projects — May 19, 2021 @ 11:27 am

One of the perks of any Stampin’ Up! meeting is the opportunity to swap with other demonstrators.  The Incentive Trip, though mostly just a fun vacation to earn, is no exception.   I have my bag of swaps all packed and ready to hand off to the staff that take such good care of us on these trips.  This will be posting while I am gone and I’ll have the swaps I received to hopefully share next week when I get back.

I wanted to use the beautiful new Pansy Petals Designer Series paper, especially the fun gingham pattern on the back.  And I found an older project of mine that I wanted to CASE using a die cut opening for a butterfly to close the card.  So this is what I came up with.  The supplies I used are all linked at the bottom.

And here is a close up of how you fold up the butterfly wings to open the card.

You can use any thin die or punch to make the opening.  Just add the DSP first and cut through both layers of the card front.  Use the DSP cut out for inside the card, and the cardstock piece for the sentiment on the front – so clever and easy.  I added a pansy and a couple extra butterflies to decorate the card front.

Check my most recent post for some great Stampin’ Up! specials, and why not give this technique a try!

Happy crafting,

Kim Wilson

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New Host Stamps, Paper and Special

Filed under: Projects — May 12, 2021 @ 11:25 am

Do you love all the projects people are posting with the new Stampin’ Up! catalog products?  I want to feature the host sets and the new host PAPER, yes PAPER today.  (You know I love my Designer Paper).

First we have  Better Places.  I think this nature themed set will be perfect for masculine cards or graduation cards, or really any occasion.  It is quite unique in its line art work, and will bring your papercrafting up to the next level with just ink and paper.

I had a few minutes to play with this set and here’s what I did:

Notice the new Evening Evergreen In Color – perfect for this set.  I also used Misty Moonlight and Sahara Sand on the 3 panel card.

My next pick was the Natural Textures set.  I haven’t played with it yet, but who doesn’t need some fun textures for project backgrounds?

Next is  Prince & Princess.  This looks fun for baby cards and kids birthdays.  And who can resist the cute frog?


But my favorite of all is  Pattern Party.  It is 48 full 12×12 sheets of beautiful paper.  One side is brightly colored patterns, and the other side is black & white patterns.  A pack of this will last you for many fun projects!  I can’t wait to delve into my pack.

You know that I always try to get my crafty friends the biggest bang for their buck.  Well, I figured out that with the host special going on right now, you can get all 4 host items for just $3.  (Actually, that’s what I did myself on my first order from the new catalog).  Or you can mix and match host sets with regular merchandise.  But the only way to get the host items is with host rewards, so don’t forget to add them to that section of your order.  Remember, there is one host set in the mini catalog too (Suite Sampler).

The extra $25 in host rewards is on top of the $25 for a $250 party.

Here are some other options to double dip on the specials:

  1.  Use the $50 host rewards from your $250 party to pay for half of the demonstrator starter kit and join Stampin’ Up!
  2. Join Stampin’ Up! for just $99 (getting $155 in product of your choice with free shipping) and then have a party with yourself as host and claim the extra host Rewards.

However you decide to make the most of your crafting dollars, I am here to help you.  Just contact me through my website and I’ll get back to you soon.  Allow extra time as I will soon be on the Stampin’ Up! incentive trip to Maui – more about that next time.

If you want to order and reach the host rewards on your own, here is my store link.

And if you want to jump right into our fun community, here is my join link.

Happy crafting,

Kim Wilson
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