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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

Wonderful World

Filed under: Projects — July 27, 2022 @ 11:47 am

Think cottage garden and add flowers from all over the world – that’s what you get with this beautiful bundle. The stamp set and paper are FREE during Sale-a-bration with a $100 purchase while supplies last. I had so much fun with Wonderful World that it was hard to stop playing!

First I tried the Fun Fold from my July Card Class. It was perfect for showing off lots of the beautiful paper. Customers and team members, the fun fold instructions are in my private Facebook group. (JOIN MY TEAM) (SHOP HERE)

I stamped the iris on the inside. These are distINKtive stamps, so you can see lots of shading all in one stamp.

Next I tried die cutting some of the smaller images from the paper.

And finally I die cut some of the larger flowers.

It was hard to cut some of the shapes, so the last 2 cards I just worked around the incomplete circles and fussy cut the flowers for the top.

All the shapes were cut with the Stylish Shapes dies and all the sentiments were heat embossed with white embossing powder. The last 2 cards also made use of some dry embossed backgrounds.

I hope you enjoyed a visit to my “cottage garden” of cards. All the supplies are listed below for your shopping convenience.

I forgot to add the GO TO GREETINGS stamp set to the list below – I used it for all the sentiments, love the different fonts and sizes!

Happy crafting,

Kim Wilson

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More Hippo cards

Filed under: Projects — July 20, 2022 @ 11:55 am

Whenever Stampin’ Up has cute critter stamps, I have to pull out my Picture This die set to make them peek out of the frames.

Tip: Use the Black Stampin’ Write Marker to ink just the “HI” from the “YOU’RE SO HIP” stamp before stamping. (Warning: Do not use your Blends (alcohol) markers to color directly on stamps).

Tip: Use the Sweet Sorbet Stampin’ Blends markers to color the Heart Pearls.

And, oh my, the hippos can become cows by coloring the muzzles with Petal Pink and adding some black spots! This girl will be dancing onto a future card.

Here’s the post with my other hippo cards.

If you’re hip, you will hop on over to my shop and get some of these fun products! Or better yet, sign up to be a demonstrator like me and save on your crafting supplies and get a free planner suite of products.

Happy crafting,

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Tea Bag Holders

Filed under: Projects — July 14, 2022 @ 10:38 am

I just realized that I haven’t blogged about the cute tea bag holders that I made for my new catalog open house back in June.

Everyone enjoyed picking out their favorite tea and paper. These would also be great as a table favor at a place setting, as would the Seed Packet Pocket Card that I showed in an earlier post.

In the VIDEO, I showed how to make 2 kinds of easy tea bag holders. Both are origami style, needing no adhesive.

We also enjoyed an easy make & take with the Tea Boutique cards & envelopes. These cards also work well with the Bottled Happiness bundle.

And it’s also easy to make these cards with just In Color Cardstock and the Tea Boutique Designer Series Paper:

All the new In Color products were fun to use on these projects, along with the Tea Boutique Suite. See the thumbnail links below for all the products that I used. And if you choose to shop, thanks a bunch!

Happy crafting,

Kim Wilson

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Vintage Camper Cards

Filed under: Projects — July 11, 2022 @ 2:47 pm

Added Note: The Tree Lot dies are no longer available. I did get a few extras, so you can contact me after August 31 to get your hands on a set.

I am having so much fun playing with the vintage camper dies from the Stampin’ Up! Tree Lot die set. First I gathered inspiration – projects from other demonstrators, from the SAB brochure and other catalogs, and even the color from this 1971 camper van for sale in the Cleveland area.

Next, I die cut lots of pieces and assembled some campers of different colors.

These were my 2 favorites, along with the cute dog from the coordinating Trees for Sale stamp set.

TIP: Cut the 3 camper pieces (1 die has the top and bottom) along with the little curtain in one pass, so you can mix and match colors.

The Happy Forest Friends Designer Paper makes a nice background for these whimsical cards.

I saved the negative after die cutting the trees to make another card. This sheet of the Happy Forest Friends Designer Series paper was the perfect backing.

I used several stamp sets to add sentiments (see photo links below), but Campology was my favorite. Oops, the Inspired Canopy dies from the last card are retired, but the Grassy Grove bundle would be a similar option – it even has some deer dies too.

Look at how the signpost die fits the sentiments perfectly! Tip: Stamp the words separately to get ENJOY TODAY to fit. See the first card above, where the bear is “holding” the sign – ha .

I hope this inspires you to create your own vintage camper cards – perfect for summer birthdays, Christmas cards, or just because. I recommend getting your hands on the Tree Lot Dies soon, because they are available only while supplies last. And did I mention, they are FREE with a $100 purchase (only during Sale-a-bration in July and August 2022).

Happy crafting,

Kim Wilson

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Hippest Hippos

Filed under: Projects — July 6, 2022 @ 1:24 pm

It’s time for a summer Sale-a-bration, so why not some fun loving hippos and coordinating dies. SAB is the biggest promotion of the year for Stampin’ Up!, so why not have it twice in one year!

I kept it simple for my hippo cards. I added a dry embossed background using the Cascading Ruffles 3D folder. This folder would be perfect for the hippos that are boating or snorkeling too.

The Good Feelings stamp set is perfect to accompany these hilarious hippos. I die cut the hippos and colored them with Gay Granite Stampin’ Blends.

Tip: Ground the images with a little shadow of Light Crumb Cake.

For this romantic polaroid, I used a scrap of So Saffron cardstock left from die-cutting a decked rectangle for a previous project.

I hope you enjoyed a stroll with the hippest of all hippos this season. Grab your stamp set for FREE and your die set for FREE during SALE-a-bration. Don’t wait – all the SAB freebies are available only while supplies last at my online store.

Happy crafting,

Kim Wilson

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Sweetest Cherries

Filed under: Projects — July 1, 2022 @ 1:48 pm

It’s cherry season! My daughter and I drove to North East – yes, it’s the name of a small town in northwest PA at the northeast of Erie County. We picked about 10-15 quarts of cherries from just one tree – we couldn’t stop!

Before we craft some cherry desserts this weekend, I want to share the Sweetest Cherries bundle by Stampin’ Up! I choose this bundle mainly because of the basket weave stamp which you will see me use throughout my samples. But I also love the cheerful sentiments that you can arrange in so many ways.

Above I used the basket weave to make a fun border at the bottom of these cards.

Here I stamped my berries in Blackberry Bliss to match the host Designer Series Paper that has the matching pattern.

Tip: A rectangle of vellum mutes this bright paper a bit.

I used the basket weave stamp twice on this card – first for the background and then for the kissing technique on the pot. All the products used are pictured below and you can click on the photos to see them in the store.

I love to combine my crafting hobby with other memorable moments in life – like a beautiful morning picking fruit with my daughter. I will also be using the Sweetest Cherries bundle for scrapbooking the day. I hope this inspires you too!

The July – December Minicatalog and a Summer Sale-A-Bration begins today – check them out at my store.

Happy crafting,

Kim Wilson

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Heart & Home

Filed under: Projects — June 22, 2022 @ 10:58 am

The Heart & Home Suite is perfect for all season crafting. To me it feels like grandma’s summer garden or a warm, comfortable quilt. A few of the coordinating items are retiring in June, but both bundles are in the new Annual Catalog. At a Stampin’ Up! virtual event and at our last craft retreat, I enjoyed crafting with this collection – here’s what I made.

These 3 cards were designed by Stampin’ Up! staff for demonstrators. We did some layering and some coloring with ink and sponge daubers.

After the virtual event I made a few additional cards. Paper piecing is featured in the first one, and white heat embossing in the other two.

At the craft retreat I played with the Memories & More. It was so easy to layer on some doilies with the pre-printed cards.

My crafting table mate showed me how to make these beautiful cards by dry embossing both the background and the hexagons and sponging on some ink. Don’t you love those realistic bees? And the back of all the designer series paper (DSP) is a rustic wood paneling – perfect for the background.

I also dry embossed the DSP with the folder in the first card and added some white hexagons to the second.

I hope these vintage designs inspire you in your crafting endeavors. Click on the photos below to see the individual products that I used and don’t forget to check out the specials this month in my store.

Happy crafting,

Kim Wilson

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Cards for the Men

Filed under: Projects — June 15, 2022 @ 2:47 pm

Here’s something completely different from all the floral project I have been sharing. The Abstract Beauty and He’s the Man Suites are really fun to play with.

The sentiment die-cuts are included with the masculine He’s The Man Designer Series Paper for some really quick cards. With Father’s Day this week and some family members birthdays coming soon, I turned to this versatile product suite.

The He’s All That bundle has some awesome stamps for all occasions and typical masculine interests. But even better, the dies make lovely labels with embossed edges that you will use over and over. I also love the rustic metallic dots for a quick accent.

We’ll also be using the He’s the Man Suite for the criss-cross gate fold card on the left at my next class. I have card kits with all consumables and the instructions available for purchase. Contact me through my demo website.

The Abstract Beauty Suite is also great for the guys, especially the Cards & Envelopes in all different colors.

I used the Hello Beautiful stamp set and the Abstract Beauty Ephemera pack to add the sentiments and embellishments.

For this quick batch of cards, I used the Abstract Beauty Designer Paper that is already cut at 4″. I just had to trim off the bottom 3/4″ of the 6″ side and flip it around to the other side to add a contrasting strip. I topped this with Amazing Thanks die cuts, but a die cut shape with a sentiment would also look great.

If you are reading this before the end of June, many of the items in Abstract Beauty are at a discount. Just click the photos below.

Happy crafting,

Kim Wilson

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