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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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Ranunculus Romance

Filed under: Projects — June 10, 2022 @ 9:49 am

I’m back in the garden! The Ranunculus flower is new to me. Even my spell checker doesn’t recognize the word. I spotted some beauties in my local garden center.

The Ranunculus Romance bundle from the retiring minicatalog is a lovely collection for those that love the collage look.

In the first card, I paired it with the Texture Chic Designer Series Paper – my new favorite paper. In the second card, I blended in some Petal Pink ink after die cutting. The Glittered Organdy Ribbon and retiring Polished Dots are the perfect embellishments.

The Ranunculus Romance bundle is at the reduced bundle price only through June, but the dies and stamps will be available for the next year – yay! Hope you are enjoying my tour of gardens this spring.

Happy crafting,
Kim Wilson

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The stamps are retiring, but not the ideas!

Filed under: Projects — June 7, 2022 @ 1:30 pm

I have a bunch of projects to share today. Blogging helps me remember the ideas after I have mailed, gifted or sold the original projects. These are all using retiring products from the 2021-22 January – June Mini Catalog. June is the last chance to grab these from my store before they are either gone or no longer discounted as a bundle. Clickable links are at the bottom of this post.

Best Delivery is a fun stamp set because you can use any sentiment or picture on the side of the truck. I made this Polished Pink card for a baby shower, but I can see it for so many different occasions.

The Cactus Cuties bundle is just adorable. You can add lots of punched pieces for a cactus of any size!

Paradise Palms is a favorite that made it into the next Annual Catalog, but not at the bundled discount. This was a slimline card we made in class. The pebbles are retiring, but the envelopes also are carrying over.

The Slim Sayings stamp set (retiring) has some big bold greetings.

I made this custom retirement card for a dear colleague of my husband’s.

He requested a pop up card, so I made a panel with the palm die cut and sentiment, and attached it to the inside of the card.

The pop up mechanism is just a cardstock box attached to both sides and to the pop up panel.

This slimline card used both the Slim Saying stamp set and the Slim Card dies – both retiring. Be sure to purchase them separately, because the dies are on sale in June.

Here’s a fun tip that saves cardstock too. Color the throw away die cut pieces with both shades of Stampin’ Blends Markers and then insert them back in to get a rainbow effect.

I hope you enjoyed the projects and tips. If something catches your eye from the list below, be sure to grab it soon. Remember, the Kits Collection sale and Last Chance Sale are only in June.

Happy crafting,

Kim Wilson

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Dahlia Days

Filed under: Projects — June 3, 2022 @ 8:42 am

Dahlias are in my garden and on my cards. Last chance for you to get this beautiful bundle. It’s time to say goodbye to some favorite minicatalog stamps, dies and more. And remember the Kit Collections BOGO50 in June too!

Dahlias come in so many colors. Sweet Sorbet was my color choice for today.

My first card was #simplestamping with one of my favorite layouts. Tip: I have a cardboard template for the rectangle that I trace with the Black Stampin’ Write marker, leaving gaps where I have stamped in the corners.

For the second card, I used the large die and placed a So Saffron flower diecut behind the largest flower and added a Dot to the top. The pretty tag stamp and die would also be great for name tags or place favors.

Are you looking for creative inspiration in your garden? Stampin’ Up! floral bundles are top sellers every year. You would think we would get tired of so many flowers, but we never do! Be sure to check out my store as some retiring products are selling out quickly. Tip: Many of the dies are discounted up to 50% off, so check the prices of the stamps and dies separately.

And there’s a BOGO50 sale on the Kits Collection this month as well, so take advantage of that sale too.

TIP: Enter your most expensive kit second and that’s the one that will get the discount!

Remember, Stampin’ Rewards begin at $150 – there are some fun new host stamps and paper.

Happy crafting,

Kim Wilson

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What’s in your garden?

Filed under: Projects — May 18, 2022 @ 10:18 am

It seems that my hobbies of gardening and crafting go hand in hand. Stampin’ Up! carries a lot of floral stamps. That’s because they are best sellers and are so gorgeous too. This month our new little lilac bush was in bloom and a pot of poppies from last year surprised us with some beautiful blooms. We also visited Rochester, NY for the Lilac Festival – there were so many flowers and spring flowering trees.

So, I used the new In Colors to make some Lilacs from the new Wisteria Wishes stamp set. Orchid Oasis and Starry Sky are amazing color buddies for 2-step stamping. I also pulled out my older Painted Poppies stamp set for some quick coloring with the new Parakeet Party and Sweet Sorbet Stampin’ Blends Alcohol Markers.

Tip: I tilted the stamps to the side to make the lilacs look more realistic.

Tip: By stamping panels like this, it’s easy to color then add to cards at a later time.

You can find all the new products and colors at my store – click on any of the photos below. Better yet, get the colors free in May by joining my team.

Now it’s back to the garden for me. Which flowers should I plant (and stamp) next?

Happy crafting,

Kim Wilson

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Pocket Card

Filed under: Projects — May 10, 2022 @ 2:38 pm

It’s gardening season! I have lots of seed packets that I have collected from the dollar store. Here’s an easy way to gift them as a mailed card or a table favor.

I used the Tea Party Suite, but the new Bottled Happiness bundle with In Color Designer paper would work just as well. The dimensions are 4-1/4 x 8-3/4″ Parakeet Party Cardstock, scored at 5-1/2″ to fit a standard medium envelope. Place Tear & Tape at the very edges of the part that fold up to form the pocket. Add 3×4″ mat of Designer Series Paper and decorate with the Tea Boutique stamps and dies.

Here’s a quick video where I assembled the card:

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New Stampin’ Up! AC

Filed under: Projects — May 4, 2022 @ 11:44 am

No, it’s not air conditioner, it’s the new Annual Catalog! This catalog goes from May 2022 to April 2023 and is chock full of crafting goodies. You can download the catalog here. Or go directly to my store to see everything in stock. If you need a demonstrator, I would be happy to send you a paper catalog, contact me at my website.

Now, in case you want a closer look at the beautiful card featured on the cover – here it is and here is the supply list.

Where to start on your shopping list? I recommend starting with the new In Colors. Also, the bundles that are right at the beginning of the catalog are smashing with these new colors. I have links at the bottom of this post to the Tea Boutique Suite and the Bottled Happiness bundle.

The new In Colors come in so many products, be sure to look at all of them here.

Want to get them free? There are 3 ways.

  1. Place your own order at my store for over $150 and choose new IC products with your Stampin’ Rewards.
  2. Ask me for a host code so your friends can order online and help add to your Stampin’ Rewards.
  3. BEST WAY – Join Stampin’ Up! and you get an extra $66 in In Color products FREE – just in May.

You get the 5 inkpads, assorted cardstock, grid paper and Designer Series Paper. And that’s on top of the regular deal of $125 in product with free shipping for just $99. Joining now guarantees you the first look at the next minicatalog too! And of course the best thing is being part of our fun Stampin’ Up! community.

These are just a few cards made with the new In Colors and new stamp bundles. I’ll share in more detail next week. There is so much versatility with these new products, I’ll be playing with them for a long time! Enjoy your own first shopping experience from the new Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalog, whether as a customer or a new demonstrator!

Happy crafting,

Kim Wilson

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Artfully Composed

Filed under: Projects — April 27, 2022 @ 2:55 pm

I love the giant leaves and script sentiments of the Artfully Layered stamp set. The entire Artfully Composed Suite was so much fun to play with at our craft retreat. This suite still has a few weeks left in the store unlike much of the Annual Catalog Last Chance Products which are selling out fast.

I started with a couple #simplestamping cards:

For the first card, I added a sentiment strip. For the second card, I masked off the sentiment with a post it note before stamping the leaves.

The beautiful Artfully Composed Designer Series Paper below is one-of-a-kind. It was created by artistically cutting, layering and photographing large leaf cutouts.

I just created a few layers and added a butterfly.

The beautiful paper doesn’t need much. Below I added a sentiment and a few die cut leaves. Note the fun zig zag die and the pretty frayed ribbon.

I CASED the above idea of simple die cuts added to a white card base. The second card has a layer of the pretty Vellum. Note: I used some new In Colors, Available May 3rd. What do you think of Orchid Oasis, Starry Sky and Parakeet Party?

Here’s a closer look at the stamp set and dies.

I don’t believe that this wonderful suite will be available past June, so be sure to put it in your shopping cart today! Links are in the photos below.

Happy crafting,

Kim Wilson

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Slimline Cards

Filed under: Projects — April 19, 2022 @ 2:07 pm

ALERT!!! FREE SHIPPING on THURSDAY, APRIL 21, 2022 at my store!!!

It’s fun to make cards in a different shape than the usual half sheet of cardstock. Slimline cards are all the rage these days. Here are a few I have made:

The measurements are easy: 8-1/2 x 7″ score in half at 3-1/2″ and I love that Stampin’ Up! has envelopes to fit!

Tip: For the second card, I cut out the Slim dies from a white panel and mounted on a Pacific Point card. To make the yellow chevrons, I colored the die cut leftover pieces with my Light and Dark Daffodil Delight Blends Markers.

The last card was part of my April Card Class. I have a few kits left if you want to contact me.

And here’s the inside of the last card:

Check out the list below for supplies to make your own slimline cards.

Happy crafting,

Kim Wilson

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