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Dies vs Punches

Filed under: Projects — September 16, 2020 @ 12:03 pm

Which are your favorite – dies or punches?

Advantages of dies :  easier to store, more variety in size

Advantages of punches:  faster to use, don’t need an expensive machine

I love both and use both almost every day!

Did you catch my review of the new Stampin’ Up! Cut & Emboss Machine? It only went out to my mailing list, so be sure you are a subscriber to my weekly email newsletter.

The Forever Flourishing Dies pictured in the machine is part of my favorite product suite.

And as a hooray for punches – check out a recent Card Class project.  I used 2 punches for my plaid butterfly card.  For the second card I used the Autumn Punch Pack, with the same layout.  And the same yummy plaid paper.  For the background, I needed my Stampin’ Cut & Emboss Machine anyways, to get the fun texture.

And here’s the same layout and stamp set, but just #simplestamping – so quick and easy.

I hope you try out this favorite layout and some new Stampin’ Up! fall products!

Happy crafting,

Kim Wilson

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Inlaid Die Technique

Filed under: Projects — September 9, 2020 @ 2:35 pm

My technique for the September Card class is the Inlaid Die Technique.  This fun technique I have turned into yet another two-fer card.  More 2-way cards are featured in this previous post on 3 ways to get 2 cards for 1.

For the inlaid die technique, you literally just add back die-cuts into the negative spaces.  Here I swapped out Very Vanilla Cardstock and Plaid Tidings Designer Paper.  It’s so simple.    For another variation, don’t swap out the papers, but pop up the die cuts with Stampin’ Dimensionals – this is called the Eclipse Technique.

Love of Leaves is such a perfect set for fall, and I love the sentiments too.  Here’s a really easy card – note the cool pattern on the side from one of the dies in this bundle.  There is also a die for each leaf that adds the stitched veining.  And don’t miss the stitching around the outer edges of the dies too.  If you are a fan of stitched dies, this is going on your shopping list!

Don’t miss the entire class in my private customer Facebook group.  You can purchase the kit too, just contact me through my demonstrator website for all the details.

Happy crafting,

Kim Wilson
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September Stamping

Filed under: Projects — September 1, 2020 @ 3:32 pm

It’s always a wild day when the Stampin’ Up! Clearance Rack updates.  I go for the paper first – what about you?  Kits?  Ribbon?  Embellishments?  Punches?  Check them all out at my store.

As well as enjoying some discount therapy, I’m celebrating my 22nd Stampiversary!  It was 22 years ago that I decided to purchase the starter kit so I could get my papercrafting supplies at a discount.  Who knew that  22 years later I would be blogging, doing online classes and enjoying the Stampin’ Up! community around the globe, all from my own home.

Leaders Summit

And, for those who also are interested in the discount or other perks – Stampin’ Up! has a promotion just for you.  In September you will get an free collection of stamping goodies (2 stamp sets, 16 card kits, embellishments).  The Queen Anne’s Lace stamp set is one of my favorites.  I made these cards with the same supplies that you will get with your kit.

And this is all in addition to the $125 in product you can choose in your kit.  I recommend the Stampin’ Cut & Emboss Machine which just debuted today.  I’ve had mine for a few weeks and I love it!  If you get my newsletter, it has my detailed review.  It comes with all the plates you need.  But there is also an optional magnetic plate that is useful if you are working with a lot of small dies.

If you are a beginner or lack much time for crafting, why not try some of our all-inclusive kits?  And there’s also Paper Pumpkin that comes right to your house each month!

I have 2 online classes for September – Card Class and Christmas Class.  You can check out the details in my newsletter.

These 22 years have been both challenging (in a good way) and rewarding.  The best part has been meeting you – crafters are the best!

Happy crafting,

Kim Wilson

P.S. I’m adding my newsletter review of the new machine here, just for those that missed it.

It’s finally here! The large Stampin’ Cut & Emboss Machine is available on September 1.    I have mine and I LOVE it!
Q:  Why a new Machine?
A:  Without going into details, there were serious issues with the manufacturer of our previous machine that made it necessary to change.
Q:  Will my old plates work in the new Stampin Up! machine?
A:  The instructions say to use only the new plates that are included  (I assume for warranty purposes) but all the current platforms, plates, dies and folders seem very comparable to the old ones.  The only big difference I can see is that the new 3D folders need a different sandwich than the old Dynamic folders, and a special plate is included for that. (Or just use extra shims with your old machine).  I have been using all my older dies and folders in the new machine with great success.  I haven’t needed to use any plates other than the new ones that came with my machine.
Q:  Is the new machine comparable to others on the market?

A. It is exclusive, but yes. Also, due to our machines’ solid steel construction frame, the tightness and effectiveness of the cutting and embossing will remain intact over time. The precise pressure designed and engineered into the machines also results in crisp, clean, and precise cutting along with beautifully detailed embossing. The new machines have small footprints (fold-up sides), ergonomic carrying handles, easy rotating handles for comfort in use, and strategically designed platforms for superior control.

Q:  What else do you like about the new machine?
A:  I love that the platform has labeled diagrams and that all the plates are numbered so that getting the right sandwich is a breeze.
Q:  Are there any other differences with the new system?
A:  Yes, there is no magnetic platform.  Instead, there is a magnetic plate (available separately) that replaces one of the cutting plates.  The advantage is that the entire plate is magnetic, so no more jumping of your small dies.
Q:  Sold!  How can I get the best price?
A:  The larger machine cannot be used for a host 1/2 price item, but you can use host benefits and pay the remainder.  The best way to get a discount is to add the machine to a demonstrator starter kit to save 20% and get free shipping as well.  Or, purchase it after becoming a demonstrator to save 20%.

3 ways to get 2 cards for 1

Filed under: Projects — August 25, 2020 @ 12:16 pm

I love when you can get twice the bang for your buck (and time) when crafting.  Here are 3 ways to make what I call 2-fer cards with your die cuts.

1. Split Card Technique

This technique works best with a large die such as Blossoms in Bloom.  Adhere the nesting die-cuts together and cut in half.  Each half becomes the focal point of a different card.  I love it!

2. Die Cuts as Stencils

These cards were part of my July Virtual Card Class.  Using the outline die-cut as a stencil, a sponge different colors of ink onto a Whisper White piece of cardstock.  Both the die-cut and the white panel become parts of 2 different cards.

For this 2-fer pair, I used Versamark ink and embossed in gold.  I gave the Tasteful Textile dry embossed background an extra distressing with my scissors and by tearing.

3. Negative and Positive Die-cuts

For this technique, use both the negative and positive after die-cutting.  Here I cut a shape from the Whale of a Time Designer Paper and then flipped it for the blue shape on the second card.

Here’s another easy 2-fer pair using the negative from cutting stars on the first card.  The second uses the die-cut stars themselves.

I hope you try some of these 2 for the price of one techniques for yourself!  I sure enjoyed them and will probably do more in the future.  Check out my online store for the products that I used or click on any of the photos below.

Happy crafting,

Kim Wilson

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Cute Fruit – Whimsical Simple Stamping

Filed under: Projects — August 19, 2020 @ 12:19 pm

The #simplestamping challenge from Stampin’ Up! for August is to make cards with just stamps, ink and paper and add a bit of Designer Series Paper.  The theme is Spooky or Whimsical.  I immediately thought of the Cute Fruit stamp set and paired it with the new Plaid Tiding Paper to make a boxed set of cards.

Cute Fruit, #simplestamping, #stampinup

I love the 2-step stamping for the fruit, so you can combine different colors.

And the cute little faces for the fruit are so much fun.

How about a kiwi?

I’m draw to pineapples, since we hope go to Hawaii next year.  Should I stamp a happy face pineapple?

Smile, you’re at the top of the pile of oranges.  Change out the colors and you have lemons or limes.

We just cut up a big watermelon this week – yum!

And this is the Mini Paper Pumpkin Box that I used to store the cards.  What a nice gift for somone special – and it took such a short time to make!  #simplestamping

If you want to make your own Cute Fruit boxed card set, below are the items you will need.

Happy crafting,

Kim Wilson

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Queen Anne’s Lace

Filed under: Projects — August 14, 2020 @ 4:37 pm

The Queen Anne’s Lace is blooming alongside the roads in here in Northwestern PA.  I have fond memories of my mom filling a vase in late summer with the beautiful wildflowers for our dining table.  The Queen Anne’s Lace stamp set by Stampin’ Up! was a must have for me, for memories of summer and the lovely sentiments.

This was my mom’s vase from our mid-century home.  The box contained a beautiful surprise from Tiffany’s sent to attendees of the Stampin’ Up! Leader’s Summit.  I can’t share the contents yet, but the box makes a nice card stand!

The stem is stamped in Just Jade ink and I embossed the lacy flowers in white.

Here is the Stampin’ Up! catalog photo for the Queen Anne’s Lace stamp set and other new nature sets.

If this stamp set is going on your shopping list, click on the photo below to see details in my store.

Happy summer and Happy crafting,

Kim Wilson

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Blossoms in Bloom

Filed under: Projects — August 10, 2020 @ 2:20 pm

Large, double die-cuts are all the rage, and the Blossoms in Bloom bundle by Stampin’ Up! delivers a big wow.  It looks intricate, but each layer is just one cut with your die cut machine.  (Although I like to go back and forth a couple of times to be sure every piece is easy to remove).

This is one of the cards we will be making at my August Virtual Card Class.  The outline layer was sponged with Rich Razzleberry, Old Olive and Crushed Curry ink.  The inside layer is cut from Crushed Curry Cardstock.

Note the background mat (both this card and the one above) are dry embossed with Tasteful Textile.  I love this new embossing folder with it’s subtle texture.

Again I used the Tasteful Textile Embossing Folder for the background and just added a simple outline die cut in Whisper White along with a sentiment.

Here I tried a different embossing folder for the background – Old World Paper.  I added a Purple Posy die cut to a Crumb Cake outline and again a simple sentiment from the Blossoms in Bloom stamp set.

Do you want a peek at my new Stampin’ Cut and Emboss Machine?

I love how sturdy yet portable it is.  I also love that all the plates are labeled so you never have to wonder which sandwich to use.  The Stampin’ Cut and Emboss Machine is available September 1, but you can add it now to your starter kit and save by joining Stampin’ Up!

…Back to Blossoms in Bloom.  Here are some projects designed by Stampin’ Up! concept artists.

I have recipes for these 5 cards as pdf files.  You can contact me through my website or facebook links to the right.

Card kits are now available for my August class (photo below).  Pdfs and videos for each project will also available.  You can contact me through my website or facebook links to the right.

I hope you enjoyed this look at one of the popular new bundles by Stampin’ Up!  I’ll be featuring Blossoms in Bloom again in an upcoming post about 2-fer cards and the split card technique.

Happy crafting,

Kim Wilson

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3 Ways to Make a Silhouette Card

Filed under: Projects — July 30, 2020 @ 3:17 pm

The Summer Nights Paper Pumpkin kit and beautiful add-on cards are just crying out for silhouettes.  Fortunately, Stampin’ Up! has many stamp sets that will do the trick.   Here are 3 ways to make a silhouette card.

1. Just stamp a solid (or mostly solid) stamp in black ink.  (My favorite is Tuxedo Black Memento).

Silhouette Card

Here I used the Whale Done stamp set.  You can’t get much easier than this!

Silhouette Card

I also tried:  My Meadow, Sending Sunshine and Life is Beautiful.

2.  For a detailed stamp such as this sailboat, color over the image with a black Stampin’ Write Marker or Stampin’ Blends Marker.

Silhouette Card

Here I used the Sailing Away stamp set.

3.  Add a punched out shape or die-cut from black cardstock to  add an eye catching layer to your card.

Silhouette Card

In the Pines is a new stamp set from the Stampin’ Up! Mini Catalog.  Just swap out the sentiment for the included “Season’s Greetings” for an easy Christmas card to make in multiples.

Friends Like You stamp set, Friendly Silhouettes dies

And finally, here are a few of the postcards I made with the Summer Nights Paper Pumpkin kit itself:

Tip:  If you want to make the postcards into a full card, just layer onto a Thick Whisper White Cardstock base as I did in the moose and the sailboat cards above.

Both the Summer Nights kit refill and the Summer Nights Add-On cards and envelopes are available only while supplies last.

All the stamp sets and dies I used to make these silhouette cards can be found at my Stampin’ Up! shop.  I hope you enjoy making your own silhouette cards!

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Don’t forget, Bonus Days ends August 3.  Redeem coupons August 4-31.

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Happy crafting,

Kim Wilson

Virtual Card Classes

Filed under: Projects — July 28, 2020 @ 2:24 pm

My monthly Stampin’ Up! Card Class went virtual back in April.  Here’s a review of all the classes so far.   I provide pdfs and videos for each of 3 cards, plus a class kit with all the pre-cut paper and embellishments.   I miss everyone so much, but it’s also a fun challenge to try something new.   Thank you for supporting my home business!





Forever Greenery Class

I do have a few kits left for some of the classes.  Kits are $10 each plus $1 shipping.  You can contact me through my website to purchase or to reserve the next kit.  To gain access to the entire lot of pdf instructions and videos, just become one of my team members or customers, and request the link to our private Facebook group.

Happy crafting,

Kim Wilson



Glimmer Paper and Timeless Tropical

Filed under: Projects — July 22, 2020 @ 1:36 pm

Here is one last Timeless Tropical card to add to our collection from this post.  A perfect Stampin’ Up! stamp set for summer projects, Timeless Tropical and the matching In the Tropics Dies give a feeling of rest and relaxation as you craft, and again to the recipient of your card.

Timeless Tropical, Glimmer Paper, Stampin' Up!

The star of this card is the Rainbow Glimmer Paper – just wow.   Look at how the pineapple dies pick up several of the colors.  The embossing folder that I used is a sneak peek from the upcoming Mini-catalog.  My customers should have the new catalog in their hands.  If you don’t have a demonstrator and would like one, just  let me know.  My contact info is at my website.

I hope you have found some rest and relaxation this summer!

Happy crafting,

Kim Wilson