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Mini Mailbox Treat Holders

Filed under: Projects — January 13, 2021 @ 2:54 pm

Didn’t you love the cute little mailbox project in the new Mini-catalog?  I figured out how to make these darling boxes – perfect for Valentine treats.    I did a video in my Facebook group, but I want to share the dimensions here as well.

Stampin Up, Snail Mail, Valentine Treat box

You can see the boxes on page 54 and 55 in the Mini Catalog, but the photo is oh so small.   Here are the ones I made:

Stampin' Up!, Valentine Treats

The first one, I believe is how the concept artist made her box, with the cover going the long way.  I liked the second one better with the cover going over the short distance.  These are so easy to make.  You  just make a tiny little box bottom out of cardstock, then cover  it with a piece of designer series paper.  It will hold 2 Hershey kisses or 1 nugget.  Dimensions are in this photo:

3-1/4 x 3-3/4 cardstock, score all sides at 1″.  Cut in on 2 opposite sides, fold corners together and adhere with Tear & Tape.    I added a tiny bit of Basic Gray and Real Red cardstock for the flag and a resin heart.  Check out the Stampin’ Up! Snail Mail Suite.  I love it!

And it’s Sale-A-Bration time, so you can get freebies with your qualifying purchase.

Or join now, and get a special gift from Stampin’ Up!

Check out my website for all the info or click on the photos below for specific products.  The resin hearts are from a different product suite as well as the Love You Always boxes, perfect for larger treats.

Don’t forget to reserve your January Card kit for class in our Facebook group next week:

Stampin Up, Valentine Cards

Happy crafting,

Kim Wilson

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Catalog Kickoff

Filed under: Projects — January 7, 2021 @ 11:18 am

It’s time to kick off a new Stampin’ Up! Mini Catalog and Sale-A-Bration (SAB)!

I made this pop-up card with the free SAB Darling Donkeys stamp set.  This cute critter is perfect to kick off the new year!  I’ll be showing you how to make this card pop during my kickoff event on Friday January 8.  My Virtual Kickoff will happen all day in my private Facebook group here.  We’ll have GAMES, PROJECTS, VIDEOS and PRIZES!  If you miss the main event, all of the content will be stored there in the group in UNIT 10.  Or if you are not on Facebook, I’ll be sharing photos here on my blog throughout the 2 months of Sale-A-Bration.

I sent all my recent customers a packet of catalogs and other goodies.  If you missed out – let me know or just check the links below:

Mini Catalog

Sale-A-Bration Brochure

Paper Pumpkin Flyer (buy prepaid subscriptions during SAB to earn freebies)

Shopping List – my store is right here – Click the heart button at the top to make your wish list.


Club Lite Flyer –

In January and February earn Sale-A-Bration freebies!Get some of the same benefits as my regular club too – free card kits for both months and I’ll draw for host benefits both months (depending on # of participants). You order $50 each month by class date using the host code.  Contact me by Jan 15 if you are interested in Club Lite for Jan and Feb, or if you would like your own host code to earn free product.

Product Samplers –

Contact me by Jan 15 if you would also like a new Product Sampler.  You will receive more than 60 sheets of 4×6 Designer Paper, 5 yards of ribbon plus a few embellishments.  Price is $20 plus shipping.

Take and Make Project:

Stampin' Up!

If you didn’t receive a packet, you can still participate!  You will just need a card base 8-1/2 x 4-1/4″ scored at 4-1/4″ plus a coordinating 4×4 piece of Designer Series Paper (DSP).   I used Flirty Flamingo and the SAB freebie Flower & Field.  I added a few punched shapes for stamping and embellishing.  (New punches – Double Oval and Kiss.  Both of these come bundled with stamp sets, so check them out.

I’m going to post the projects here a day early, for anyone that wants a head start!

1 – Decide how to divide your DSP.  I show a few options below, or try your own.  Flip some of the pieces to see both patterns.   Or keep it in one piece to make it easy.

2 – Stamp small oval with sentiment.  I show 5 different stamp sets here.  I’m sure you can find something that works.

3 –  Adhere DSP to card, small oval to larger one, and larger one to DSP.  Use dimensionals if you wish.

4 – Embellish the card inside or back with the punched lips and/or heart.

1. cut 1″ sections from side and top – stamp set – Posted for You

2. cut 1″ and 1/2″ from one side – stamp set – Itty Bitty Greetings

3. Cut on both diagonals and flip 2 pieces – stamp set Darling Donkeys

4. Cut in quarters – stamp set Oval Occasions

5. leave whole – stamp set Hearts & Kisses



Note:  I embossed the large oval with the Meadow Moments embossing folder, just like the sample on page 65 of the mini catalog.

Stampin' Up, craftdoc, embossing

These cut little folders were designed to fit our darling Mini Boss Machine.  You know you want it!

Stampin' Up

The mini machine, and any of the new Mini Catalog products can be added to your demonstrator starter kit.  Why not Kick off 2021 with the best gift ever for yourself – join our fun community of crafters.  There’s a special gift during Sale-A-Bration too!

Happy crafting,

Kim Wilson



Beary Comforting Paper Pumpkin Kit

Filed under: Projects — December 30, 2020 @ 4:27 pm

Before I show my cards, a quick reminder about the Year-End Closeout Sale.  The mini-catalog ends on January 4 and the new one begins January 5.    My customers should have received the new catalog and Sale-A-Bration brochure plus a free Take & Make.  Contact me if you didn’t get one.  Stay tuned here and in my Facebook group on January 8 for some stamping fun!

The Beary Comforting kit went together so quickly!  I did mine a little differently from the instructions so I could save some extra pieces (the circles and squares) to make additional cards.  First I laid out all my cards to see what looked good together.

Beary Comforting, #paperpumpkin #stampinup #craftdoc

Then I stamped 8 extra bears, a few extra flowers (Very Vanilla Cardstock) and die cut/punched a few hearts (Arrange a Wreath bundle, Kiss punch) .  I cut and folded 8 cards from Rich Razzleberry Cardstock.

Beary Comforting, #paperpumpkin #stampinup #craftdoc

After fussy cutting the bear and bouquet, I quickly assembled the cards.

Beary Comforting, #paperpumpkin #stampinup #craftdoc

I have 2 kits left, if you missed out on Beary Comforting.  The refills are still available HERE.

See you next week with Sale-A-Bration projects!!!

Happy crafting,

Kim Wilson

Last Minute Gift Bag

Filed under: Projects — December 23, 2020 @ 11:53 am

This easy idea can be adapted to many different sizes.  I shared this gift bag in a recent Facebook live.

Stampin' Up, gift packaging

The sides are Designer Series Paper pieces that attach to the front and back on both sides with Tear & Tape.  The front and back are cardstock or DSP, folded at the bottom to overlap.  So easy!  Here are the dimensions to these, but you can play around to make different sizes.  The only important dimension to match is the score of the front/back that becomes the bottom TO the width of the side pieces (adding 1″ so you have 1/2″ on each side to score and attach to the front/back).

In other words:  Large: Front and back, 2 pieces 11 x 4-1/4 score bottoms at 2-1/2″, DSP sides 6 x 3-1/2″, score both sides at 1/2″ and add tear & tape. Small: 2 pieces 7×3″ score bottoms at 2″, sides: 3-1/2″ x 3″ score both sides at 1/2″. Any measurements will work, just match the front score with the side piece plus 1 inch.

Here’s a peak at some upcoming events.  I mailed out new catalogs today!  Let me know how I can meet your crafting needs in:

New Stampin' Up!  catalogs

Merry Christmas and Happy Crafting,

Kim Wilson

Double Pocket Card

Filed under: Projects — December 16, 2020 @ 3:46 pm

One of the cards for my December class is the Double Pocket Fun Fold.

Double Pocket Card, Stampin' Up!

This card is so easy to make with just a little folding:

Double Pocket Card Tutorial, Stampin' Up!, Snowflake Wishes

You start with an 11x 8-1/2″ piece of Designer Paper and score in half both ways.  Then cut in on one fold to the center.  Fold opposite corners to make the pockets – one at 3″ in and the other just about all the way to the fold (4-1/8″).  Then just fold the 3″ pocket over, then up to the other fold and then to the card inside – 1-2-3.  I made some tags for the pockets or add a packet of hot chocolate or candy.

Here are all the class cards.  Videos are posted in our Say it With Color Facebook group and on Youtube.  Instruction pdfs are in the group files.  Class kits are still available for $10 plus $1 postage – just add your own stamped sentiments.  Contact me through my Stampin’ Up! website.  These cards will be great for January thank yous or birthdays too.

Don’t forget the Year-end Closeout sale at my store.  I can’t believe the Holiday Minicatalog is almost retired!  I will be sending out my new catalogs shortly after Christmas.

Happy crafting,

Kim Wilson

Blue Christmas Cards

Filed under: Projects — December 9, 2020 @ 1:23 pm

Happy National Christmas Card Day!  Are your cards started, finished, mailed?   I have quite a stash made, but not many mailed yet.  I guess 2020 is the right year for blue Christmas cards.  My Poinsettia Petals cards were blue and so are these Snowflake Wishes cards for my upcoming class.  But blue is a calming and peaceful color – just what I need right now.

The card class videos will go live in my Facebook group on Tuesday – pdf instructions will be posted there too.  Contact me through my Stampin’ Up! website to purchase the card kit – includes everything you need except sentiment stamps and ink.  Our fun fold is a double pocket card, our favorite layout uses a foam snowflake die cut, our technique card is the split circle technique.

The Snowflake Wishes bundle will not be at the bundled price after the new year.  And the other products in the Suite will be retired all together.  Grab them now during the Year-End Closeout Sale at up to 50% off.

Hope to “see” you next week at card class!  Don’t forget the big Closeout sale AND Clearance Rack -things are selling out quickly.  And if you want the mini Stampin’ Cut& Emboss Machine – you can add it to your demonstrator starter kit, or wait until January!

And tomorrow is the last day for this cute Paper Pumpkin kit.

Happy crafting,

Kim Wilson

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Cyber Monday Stampin’

Filed under: Projects — November 30, 2020 @ 7:42 am

For my Cyber Monday Sale, I am offering some of my class kits, BOGO with free (continental US) shipping too!   I need to clear out these kits that were prepared with love – so you score a great price – $10 for two kits.  Please email me and we can arrange payment.  Thank you for supporting my small business!

#1 October Christmas Class – Poinsettia Place: SOLD OUT – all others still available.

#2 November Card Class:

#3 October Card Class (cat version)

#4 mystery card kit (some combination of these earlier card kits as supplies last)

#5 mystery Christmas Card kit (will include one of these cute house cards and  a couple other Christmas cards).

Kits will contain pre-cut and scored card bases, Designer Paper, envelopes and diecuts.  You will just need some sentiment stamps, ink and adhesive to complete the 3 projects in each kit.

Available for Cyber Shopping Week while supplies last.

Happy crafting,

Kim Wilson

Online Extravaganza Extended!

Filed under: Projects — November 25, 2020 @ 9:10 am

The Stampin’ Up! Online Extravaganza has been extended one more day!  Over 700 items are on sale so check it out at my store.

Some favorites from past blog posts are included, such as  3 ways to make a pop up card, Playful Pets as well as several beautiful Christmas stamp sets and die sets from the Annual Catalog.  And of course, my favorite kits and tools as I discussed in this blog post.

Thank you for shopping small this season.  I appreciate your business!

Happy Thanksgiving,

Kim Wilson


Top 5 Christmas Gifts for the Crafter

Filed under: Projects — November 18, 2020 @ 12:17 pm

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As a long time crafter, I have a few tips to share as we approach the holiday season.  Crafting is a big boost for our mental health, especially during these times of isolation.  So craft supplies make a great gift for almost anyone on your Christmas list.   My top picks are…

  1. KITS

Make your own Christmas cards this year – the Joy of Sharing Card Kit has everything you need – including stamps and ink!  Perfect for the beginner (follow the directions) or the more experienced crafter (change it up).

The Christmas Countdown Project Kit is perfect for Advent.  Or your crafter can decorate it for storing embellishments or gifting for another occasion.

If your gift will be opened on or after Christmas, how about an all occasion card kit like Simply Citrus.

And for a gift that keeps on giving – our Paper Pumpkin subscription kits!  A 3- month subscription would give the perfect taste.

2. Basic Tools

I found the fun pencil holder on Amazon, but everything else is from my Stampin’ Up! store.  These are a few of the tools I use every day in crafting:  Liquid Glue, Paper Snips, Bone Folder and Take Your Pick Tool.

Or find a cute pencil box container or pouch and fill with a collection of different adhesives – a crafter can never have too much adhesive on hand!

3.  Stamps, Ink, Paper – Take a SIP

These are the basics for any papercrafter.  Stampin’ Up! has hundreds of coordinating products – we are an industry leader!  In case you get a little overwhelmed in the store, here are a few basics.

For the beginner -just note cards with envelopes, pick a stamp set you like and an ink pad.

These #simplestamping cards were made with the Dove of Hope stamp set and Smoky Slate ink.  I added a little coloring with Watercolor Pencils.  If you want to get a little more advanced, add some blender pens to blend the color.  You will want to have a Memento Black Ink pad too (just like that little black dress) as that will be your most used ink color.

The casual crafter might like to have an assortment of cardstock and ink pads on hand.  Pick a color family collection of both, so the colors match.  Whisper White Cardstock and Medium Envelopes are a must have for the avid card maker.

4.  Most crafters will already have a paper cutter.  But if not, or if it is not up to speed, I recommend the Stampin’ Up! Paper Trimmer.  It comes with a cutting and a scoring blade and is a basic requirement for any papercrafting (other than kits and note cards that are already pre-cut and scored).

5.  Big Time Tools

These are for the avid crafter that wants the best.

The Stamparatus is by far the best stamp positioning tool on the market.  This is for the avid crafter that likes to try new techniques and make multiples.

Die Cutting Machines are also a must have for the avid crafter.  Many Stampin’ Up! stamp sets are available as bundles with matching die collections, so be sure to check those out as well.  Several companies that manufacture die cutting machines have had issues in the past few years, so Stampin’ Up! came up with their own exclusive machine.  A staple in my craft room is the Stampin’ Cut & Emboss Machine -I love it!

Alcohol Markers are the coloring tool of choice for the avid crafter.  Nothing beats Stampin’ Blends for ease of use and color coordination.  Or if your crafter wants the easier to use water based markers, the Stampin’ Write markers come in every Stampin’ Up! color and also in various collections to match the ink and cardstock collections.

I hope you enjoyed my tips for gifts this Christmas.  I appreciate your support of my home business.  Be sure to buy small this year and support small businesses like mine.   I’d love to hear from you – my contact info is on my Stampin’ Up! website.

Happy crafting,

Kim Wilson


Alternate Paper Pumpkin cards – tips to maximize your kit

Filed under: Projects — November 9, 2020 @ 5:52 pm

Joy to the World!  Thousands of people are enjoying the latest Paper Pumpkin Kit.  I want to share a few tips to maximize this kit that you can use on other kits as well.

These are the two cards, basically made as per the instructions with some minor changes.    If you look at the next photo, you can see some ways that I expanded the kit to make more than the 8 cards.

  1. Cut some additional card bases using the coordinating colors (listed in the instructions)
  2. Cut 4 of the flower pieces in half, rather than using 2 full flowers on each card.
  3. Cut the gold foil banner in quarters and peak them out from behind pieces rather than using a whole one on each card.
  4. Stamp some extra wreaths and cut with a circle punch or Stitched Circle Dies.

I’ve just begun, but with those tips here are a few cards I made very quickly.

Another 2-fer card!  Cut 1″ off  the front of each card and adhere to the inside of the opposite color.  The first card is a faux latch – I just adhered the Just Jade piece to the front.  The second is an actual latch – The Just Jade piece is folded under the Crumb Cake strip on the card inside and then tucked under the wreath circle.  The rose and wreath are attached with Stampin’ Dimensionals.  I added Champagne Rhinestones and Pearls for embellishments.

Another 2-fer – The circle cut from the bottom card is used on the top card!  And you have the space for stamping the inside to peek through.  And you can tie the linen thread around through the circle – what fun!

I hope these ideas will spark your creativity.  Don’t forget, the deadline to subscribe to the Jolly Gingerbread kit is tomorrow.  I know this will be another good one!  You can see some of the elements in the photo below.  Looks like some cute enamel dots and a fun house stamp and a cute box.  Cookies are optional!  You can subscribe to Paper Pumpkin here.

And you can contact me through my website if you missed the Joy to the World kit – I have some extras and refills.

Check out my newsletter and my store too.

Happy crafting,

Kim Wilson