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Delicate Dahlias

Filed under: Projects — September 22, 2021 @ 4:32 pm

Happy First Day of Fall! My Dahlias are beautifully in bloom for some fall color. You can make them any color you like with the Delicate Dahlias stamp set – and it’s free during Sale – A-Bration (ends 9/30/21).

I had fun making dahlias in lots of colors. It’s a DistINKtive stamp, which means there is variation in shading all in one stamp. Thanks Stampin’ Up! for this cool innovation.

This card was easy to make in multiples. I just added a square doily and a punched greeting to the center of the card.

Or how do you like this layout stamped in Fresh Freesia and Mint Macaron, with some In Color Gems added?

No matter what color, this stamp set is gorgeous, so you might want to add it to your collection this month.

Did I mention, it’s free with a $100 purchase here at my store?

September 30th is also the last day for the Stampin’ Up! join special. I linked all the options for free bundles below. What better time to be part of our fun community than the fall crafting season!

Happy crafting,

Kim Wilson

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Strong of Heart

Filed under: Projects — September 15, 2021 @ 11:50 am

Tomorrow is the Stampin’ Up! Day of Service. #SUDifferenceMaker I will be packing shoe boxes for Operation Christmas Child tonight for my service project. I love this organization and hope you will check it out. I also want to point out the Strong of Heart stamp set. This stamp set, the product giveback by Stampin’ Up! this year, is perfect to send a card of encouragement to someone who is struggling. A portion of each purchase will go to support heart health. I played with my set this week and have a few card ideas for you.

I still had my Expressions in Ink Designer Series paper out, so I used that for my backgrounds for 3 of the cards, as well as my Stampin’ Blends to color in the flowers and leaves.

For the other card, I made a simple background of the stamped filler heart in Real Red ink. This would make a cute Valentine’s Day card with a different sentiment.

Here’s a closeup of my embellishment. I punched out hearts and ran the Real Red one though the Dotty Hearts embossing folder. A little bow was perfect to finish off the card.

All the supplies I used are below. I hope you check them out, especially the Strong of Heart stamp set, and help contribute to heart health.

Happy crafting,

Kim Wilson

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Easy Card Layouts

Filed under: Projects — September 8, 2021 @ 4:05 pm

Before I start today, I wanted to point out this really cute Christmas Card Kit that just went up in my store today. Christmas Whimsy makes a quick set of cards, fun to make for alone time, or for crafting with the family.

I was looking for an easy layout to use my Be Dazzling Specialty Paper. It is so textured and shiny, that I can maximize the impact by just using a 1″ strip. I also wanted to use the large and lovely sentiment from the Paper Pumpkin Hope Box kit, so this layout was perfect.

By using 3″ strips of Designer Paper to complete the card front, I also maximized my 6×6 paper usage. Here I found some sheets from Tidings of Christmas that are nice for fall or any occasion. (I have really enjoyed playing with that paper – here’s another blog post using it for Christmas cards). For the center rectangle, you just need 3×4″ or, as I used here, the largest die from the Stitched So Sweetly Dies.

For the card above, I used the Shaded Summer Stamp set and a few rhinestones. Of course I had to next try out the free Summer Shadows dies (Sale-a-bration Aug-Sept 2021) that go along with that stamp set.

I switched to the Expressions in Ink Designer Series Paper since it matches so nicely. Here’s another easy layout with a paper saving tip:

By cutting out another rectangle with the second largest die, I was able to do a 2-fer and get 2 cards from one piece of this gorgeous Designer Paper. I love it when that happens!

I also wanted to try a Christmas card with the first layout, but couldn’t find a large sentiment that would work….until I opened my next box from Stampin’ Up! The Encircled in Warmth stamp set and Encircled in Beauty Dies were perfect!

I just added some ribbon as a quick finish for these lovely Christmas cards.

Why not try these easy layouts yourself? Do you get my weekly newsletter where I share more ideas? The link is in the sidebar. Don’t forget Stampin’ Dimensionals to pop up the sentiments. Links to all the products are below. I appreciate any purchases you make from my shop and always send a little thank you!

Happy crafting,

Kim Wilson

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Black Cats

Filed under: Projects — September 1, 2021 @ 3:44 pm

A couple weeks ago it was Black Cat Appreciation day, so I grabbed my Cat punch and my Clever Cats stamp set. Each year I purchase one Halloween stamp set just to have fun. Clever Cats is a great choice because it can be adapted to other occasions as well. Who knows when you might need a cute cat and clever sentiment?

First I did a little stamping, then found some black & white paper that would match my theme (Pattern Party). The other sides of this paper have colored patterns which also worked well as backgrounds. This is a host item only – a perfect choice during Sale-a-bration.

The Black Glitter Paper punches very nicely (from both sides too) for some sparkly cats.

I added some more glitter paper to this card, my favorite with the peeking cat. He is just so cute! You can probably think of other fun ways to use this sneaky little kitten for other occasions. Have fun!

I celebrated my 23rd Stampiversary this week. Joining Stampin’ Up! was one of the best decisions I have ever made. This fun community gives me joy and crafting keeps me sane. If you’ve ever wondered what it would be like, consider yourself invited! You can contact me through my website or just click on the Join button there to learn more.

Happy crafting,
Kim Wilson

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Christmas Cards with Frosted Gingerbread

Filed under: Projects — August 25, 2021 @ 3:22 pm

Gingerbread & Peppermint is my favorite Stampin’ Up! suite right now. Who can resist a Frosted Gingerbread cookie? And the paper ones have zero calories!

Here’s a look back at one of the cards from my August Class. We used an angle cut on the cute Designer Series Paper. Be sure to join my Facebook group for the complete class instructions in the Guides (customers and team members only please).

Next I went for a very simple layout that would also be easy for multiples.

I used the Gold Shimmer Vellum to die cut for the “frosting” and backed with colored cardstock with a stamped punched piece.

I tried out the ribbon die on the next card and adhered it on top of an inner lining of the Designer Paper. It made a border for the card too, but the star is that intricate ribbon piece.

Next I wanted to add in the Wintry Embossing Folders and the new Silver Foil.

Oh my, so simple, yet elegant. Here’s the inside.

Here’s how I stamped the inside panels to save time. I put each edge together as I stamped!

Little tricks like this are great time savers when you are making multiples.

And finally, my table mate at the Craft Retreat stamped with the Candy Cane background and I had to give it a try.

Take a 5×3-3/4 piece of cardstock and cut into quarters (each is 2-1/2 x 1 7/8). Here I stamped on Basic White, but it also looks good stamped tone on tone with Real Red and Old Olive or Garden Green. Add a cookie in the center, and you are done.

I hope you enjoyed these easy cards. I know some people like to get an early start on Christmas crafting. And easy is good when you are making multiples. So if you are hungry for Christmas cookies and Peppermint candy, check out the Gingerbread and Peppermint Suite at my store.

Tip: In August or September, earn a Sale-a-bration freebie.

Better yet, get the entire bundle (stamps and dies) free when you join my team during Sale-a-bration.

Happy crafting,

Kim Wilson

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Counting Sheep Viewmaster Card

Filed under: Projects — August 18, 2021 @ 3:39 pm

Counting Sheep by Stampin’ Up! seems to be a top favorite Sale-a-bration freebie. There are some amazing stand-alone die sets (not bundled) that work perfectly with these stamps, or with any “critter” stamps that you might have.

First, let’s look at the Sheep dies (another SAB freebie). My favorite is the fence die. It embosses as well as cuts.

Next let’s play with the Basic Borders dies. These are a must- have in your crafting arsenal. Here I used just 2 of the dies to make stitched clouds and a stitched hill.

Next I played with the Picture This dies, making circles for the sheep to play. You could easily use the rectangle dies for a peek at the sheep.

And finally, I got up my courage to try the “Give it a Whirl” dies and make a viewmaster card. It looks a little overwhelming because there are so many dies. But it’s easy to break down into the important parts – the large slotted rectangle, the large wheel and one of the window choices. I used the standard triangle to cut a window after cutting the large slotted rectangle. There is also a heart, rectangle and a circle window options and you can place your window in any orientation along the circle. All the window pieces have a tiny circle so everything lines up together.

Stamping is done on the large wheel cutout. Assemble together loosely with a brad. As you can see, I cut an extra circle (inside of the included scallop circle) to add my Stampin’ Dimensionals. That lets the wheel spin more freely. And I added foam strips along the edges and bottom. There are even arrow die cuts you can use to decorate your card. I typed out the sweet dreams sentiment and used the included label die to cut it out.

And now you can see which Designer Paper I used on all of these cards. Yes, it was Penguin Playmates – another SAB freebie. I had this piece out for a previous project and noticed that the reverse side has the nice tree pattern.

So I hope that gives you an appreciation of some of the stand-alone die sets from the annual catalog and how useful they can be for all sorts of projects. As always, I appreciate it when you click on the photos below and sneak things into your cart if something from my store grabs your attention 🙂

If your wish list contains several of the die sets, consider joining Stampin’ Up! to get them at a discount, along with a FREE BUNDLE (through 9/30/21) and FREE SHIPPING. Then on your first demonstrator order, you can rack up the SAB freebies even faster!

Happy Sale-a-bration and Happy crafting,

Kim Wilson

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Penguin Place

Filed under: Projects — August 12, 2021 @ 12:18 pm

This fun bundle by Stampin’ Up! followed me (and a lot of my friends) home. It’s been a favorite freebie of the 12 options for joining Stampin’ Up! during Sale-a-bration. Who wouldn’t adore these darling critters, perfect for the holidays and birthdays. And it has matching Designer Series Paper – Penguin Playmates which is a Sale-a-bration freebie for a $50 purchase.

I’m doing the popular angle cut layout for my August Card Class, and thought it would work well with Penguin Place as well. I used two of the freebies for Sale-a-bration: Penguin Playmates DSP and Be Dazzling Specialty DSP for the angled piece. The ultra sparkly Be Dazzling paper is only available while supplies last. I have a feeling it will be gone quickly!

The Penguin Builder Punch cuts out the body pieces and feet of the penguin. The Penguin Place stamp set has stamps for the eyes and beak. Isn’t he a cutie?

And here’s a peek at my August Card Class. Contact me through my website to sign up for the class or purchase the kit. We will explore Hybrid Embossing, the Angle Cut Layout and a Fun Fold for Fall.

You can fussy cut the critters from the paper to add even more fun. If you would like penguins to follow you home too, there are two options to make that happen.

  1. Purchase it at my store (click the photo below). If you grab a few more products, you can choose the paper for free.
  2. Join my Stampin’ Up! community and choose it as your free bundle. When you place your first order after joining, you can take advantage of the demonstrator discount when you get your free paper!

Happy crafting,

Kim Wilson

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Seascape Cards

Filed under: Projects — August 4, 2021 @ 11:51 am

I know we are looking ahead to fall and holiday crafting now that the new mini catalog is live. But I don’t want to forget to share my summery cards made with the Stampin’ Up! Seascape bundle and the Diorama dies.

We made this diorama card in my June Class (contact me for instructions). I was inspired by the photo in the catalog to make a simplified version of a diorama. The dies are so much fun to play with! I can see making Christmas diorama cards with new Mini Catalog stamp sets.

Of course, I couldn’t let the diorama cut outs go to waste! I made this fun tag with the scraps.

I had to try some more cards with this unique bundle, also based from the catalog photos, by adding my own twist. Note the Bark folder that I used on the first card. The White embossing just sets off this pair of cards.

I hope these summer cards inspire you, and I’ll be back next week with some more fun projects.

Happy crafting,

Kim Wilson

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New Catalog Go-Live

Filed under: Projects — August 3, 2021 @ 5:06 pm

It’s always an exciting day in the Stampin’ Up! world when a new catalog is released. And today is extra special because we have the first ever summer Sale-A-bration!

My first glimpse of the new mini was in Maui on the Stampin’ Up! Incentive Trip. What fun it was to see the new products while relaxing on the lanai.

Here are a few card samples from the display board in Maui. I was so busy playing with Designer Paper and getting ready for my Stampin’ Garage Sale last month, that I didn’t delve into my new goodies. Soon I hope to have some projects of my own to share.

Sale-a-bration this time looks pretty awesome. There are 3 ways to take the best advantage of this special promotion.

  1. Earn freebies with $50 or $100 purchase at my store. We have some amazing stamp sets, dies and paper.
  2. Host or make a qualifying order to earn an awesome new stamp set.
  3. Join Stampin’ Up! and get a free bundle in addition to all the other perks.

Above is the In Your Words stamp set for a qualifying host order. The beautiful sentiments were submitted by Stampin’ Up! demonstrators. Below are the bundles you can choose from for Joining Stampin’ Up! I do believe the Penguins will prove popular!

Happy crafting,

Kim Wilson

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Picture This

Filed under: Projects — August 2, 2021 @ 9:31 am

Today is the last day for the Stampin’ Up! Designer Series Paper Sale, but it’s always a good day to play with pretty paper! I went with the “In Good Taste” paper for some nice, neutral backgrounds for these “Hat’s Off” cards.

The circles cut with the “Picture This” dies from the tile pattern almost look like soccer balls! My buffaloes are adhered the wrong direction for the Buffalo Bills, but you could certainly just turn around this cute little die cut if you are a fan.

I went back to my “Bloom Where You’re Planted” Designer Paper for these 2 cards, with the same idea. I love the brick patterns for some of the pieces.

Here’s how I cut the sentiments to fit in the shapes.

And here’s a close up of the bottom circle. I love the cute little flower embellishments. If any products I used strike your fancy, just click on the thumbnails below to check them out.

Happy crafting,

Kim Wilson

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