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Die Cutting with Curves

Filed under: Projects — November 4, 2020 @ 2:29 pm

There are lots of ways to incorporate curves in your papercrafting.  But one of the easiest is using metal dies such as in the new Quite Curvy bundle by Stampin’ Up!  There is a curve with dots and one with flourishes – perfect for Christmas or any occasion.

And here’s a peek at the entire Quite Curvy variety bundle:

So let’s see some projects by Stampin’ Up! artists.

I have a lot more projects to show you.  But this gives you an idea of how versatile this Stampin’ Up! bundle truly is.  And the good news is that there are 2 bundles – the Quite Curvy stamp set with dies AND the Variety Bundle which adds the Curvy Christmas stamp set and Classic Christmas Designer Series Paper.  Both these bundles are 10% off!  And of course you can add these to your demonstrator starter kit for an even greater discount.  Check it all out at my Stampin’ Up! website.

Don’t forget to reserve your November Paper Pumpkin kit – it will be a fun one!

And check out my classes for November with Curvy Celebrations, In the Pines, Peace & Joy and Trimming the Town – fun fold, technique, layout and Christmas home decor.  Contact me through my website for details on class kits.

Happy crafting,

Kim Wilson


3 ways to make a pop up card

Filed under: Projects — October 27, 2020 @ 1:26 pm

Pop up cards are a great way to add some fun and whimsy.  I’ve tried 3 different ways to make a pop-up and all are easy to adapt to any stamps and supplies.

1.Window Sheet method.  For this Pop Up Card with Playful Pets Designer Paper by Stampin’ Up!, cut a scrap of window sheet about 1/2″ x 1-1/2″ and fold into a Z. Place a glue dot on the top and bottom of the Z and attach to the card and to the cat or dog. It will fold down flat in an envelope. Put a pop-up pet on the inside too!

Bonus – these pets wobble without buying expensive wobble mechanisms online!

Here are the finished cards – I just used some leftover bits & pieces from my October card class, where we also used Playful Pets.

2.   Cardstock Box

We first used this technique in my July class.  Make a cardstock box of any size from a strip of cardstock.  It will be open on top and bottom.  Adhere 2 sides to the inside of your card at the fold.  The distance of the popup will depend on the dimensions of your box.  Place several inside one card for even more fun.

Here is the Whale Done card from class:

And a closeup of the pop up box:

More Whale Done cards are  here and here.

And here is the front of our whale pop-up card.

This is the box pop-up I made with Playful Pets which is on the inside of the cat card above.

3.  Pop-Up liner

For this method, you cut an entire liner for the inside of the card.  Then make side-by side cuts that form the pop ups.  This is very similar to the box method above, but takes more cardstock and a little less cutting.  Here is one example from an earlier blog post.  You can see it in the video, along with some other examples of interactive cards.  It looks like for those cards my window sheet “Z” was 1/2 x 2-1/4″ folded into 3/4″ sections.  All 3 of these methods are very forgiving – try different combinations of measurements.

I hope you give one of these methods a try. They are so much fun!

Happy crafting,

Kim Wilson


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Playful Pets

Filed under: Projects — October 27, 2020 @ 12:01 pm

Since it’s Black Cat Day, I thought I would revisit the Playful Pets projects from my October Class.   This fun fold card was just the cat’s meow.  (Woof.)

We also did a favorite layout card cutting the dog and cat from the Playful Pets Designer Paper.

And later in the month, I showed in a Facebook Live how to make a mirror image card with the darling dog stamp from Pampered Pets.

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Happy crafting,

Kim Wilson

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How to make a Christmas Card holder

Filed under: Projects — October 21, 2020 @ 4:00 pm

My Christmas Class for this month showcased the Poinsettia Place Suite by Stampin’ Up!  We made a beautiful Card folio and two unique sized cards in shades of blue, white and silver.  Wouldn’t this make a lovely gift?

Here’s a closeup of the cover:

The folio is a full sheet of Seaside Spray cardstock folded in half and then folded up 2-1/2 inches from the bottom.  Here’s a photo of the inside:

The complete instruction sheet pdf is posted in my customer Facebook group along with 7 months of online classes and videos.   There are still a few kits left for purchase too.   Contact me through my Stampin’ Up! website for more information about my classes.

Happy crafting,

Kim Wilson

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Halloween Grab Bags

Filed under: Projects — October 14, 2020 @ 8:00 pm

I put together a few grab bags of retired Stampin’ Up! products that coordinate together.  All treats, no tricks.  There are 3 different bags and I have several of each one.  The contents are listed below each photo.

Each grab bag includes a cute reusable Pumpkin bag.

Halloween Grab Bag #1:

contents Bag #1:

Tea Together Stamp Set

matching Tea Time Framelits Dies

Merry Little Christmas 12 x 12 Cardstock (24 sheets Old Olive and Kraft)

Bird Ballad Designer Paper – 12 double sided sheets, 12×12

Two Tone Trim

Cotton Twine

Bird Ballad Trinkets

Colored Doilies

Gingham Gala Adhesive Backed Sequins

My Wonderful Family Paper Pumpkin Kit – complete with stamps and ink

Halloween Grab Bag #2: SOLD OUT

Contents Bag #2: – SOLD OUT –  I do have everything except – no more punches.

Making Every Day Bright stamp set

matching Christmas Bulb Builder Punch

Merry Moments Cardstock (24 sheets of Cherry Cobbler, Old Olive, Smoky Slate) 8-1/2 x 11

Night Before Christmas Designer Paper (48 double sided sheets, 6×6)

Toile Tidings Glitter Enamel Dots

Garden Green Baker’s Twine

Bow Paper Clip Embellishments

Gold Glitz Dazzling Details

Pretty Presents Designer Tags

Something for Everything Paper Pumpkin Kit with stamps and ink

Halloween Grab Bag #3:

Contents Bag #3:

Painted Seasons stamp set

matching Four Seasons Framelits dies

Warm Hearted stamp set

Glitter Enamel Dots

Toil & Trouble Cardstock Pack (24 sheets of Basic Black, Granny Apple Green, Pumpkin Pie, Gorgeous Grape) 8-1/2 x 11

Mini Tassels

Mini Paper Clips Embellishments

Silver Natural Trim

World’s Greatest Paper Pumpkin Kit with stamps and ink


The fine print:

Every item is brand new.

Every item is retired and grab bags are “while supplies last”.

Cost is just $40 each.  (Value ranges from $106-$122)

Shipping is $12.50 or free with porch pickup in Erie, PA

You can contact me through my Stampin’ Up! website to claim your grab bag and receive an invoice by email.

That’s a lot of treats! Happy crafting,

Kim Wilson


Hello Pumpkin Halloween Treats

Filed under: Projects — October 14, 2020 @ 7:31 pm

My Paper Pumpkin kit treats are ready to be filled with candy:

Hint:  If you find Reese’s Halloween Bats – they fit perfectly!  I had to hide them for now!

I made these basic collages of pieces for the cracker boxes and cards.  The silicone craft sheet was very useful to keep the liquid glue contained and easy to clean up.   I made these cards with extra pieces and still have some left.

The cards were a breeze to create using the Whisper White note cards & envelopes  and some scraps of Designer paper that are on sale:  Plaid Tidings, Magic in the Night.  Tip:  To make a wreath card, trace a circle onto the card using a die or punched circle.  Adhere your leaves and flowers along the circle.  This will keep your wreath from getting out of shape as you are building it.

Tip:  If you don’t have this kit, recreate some of the cards with the Gilded Autumn suite.  The punched leaves and acorns will make a darling wreath card.

I have just one of these Hello Pumpkin kits left and I have a few October (Joy to the World) kits coming soon.  But why not just add a subscription – the November kit will be awesome too!

Happy crafting,

Kim Wilson

October Card Classes

Filed under: Projects — October 9, 2020 @ 1:47 pm

I’m excited to announce my Stampin’ Up!  Virtual Classes for October. I love fall and the holiday season and can’t wait to show you some fun projects with the Playful Pets and Poinsettia Place Suites.

We will again enjoy a technique, favorite layout and fun fold for the Card Class.  The Christmas class will feature a lovely card folio with 2 Poinsettia cards in white, blue and silver.  PDF instructions and videos are always free for my customers and team members in our Facebook group.  Kits are available for purchase – just contact me though my Stampin’ Up! website.

Don’t forget about the Patterned Paper Sale.  Some of my favorites are there, including some great Christmas papers.

And the Paper Pumpkin subscription period for the Christmas Card kit is almost over.  You can subscribe here or purchase a subscription at my store along with other Stampin’ Up! products.

How can I serve you this holiday season?  Let me know what kind of crafting projects and products you are looking for.  You can contact me through my Stampin’ Up! website.

Happy crafting,

Kim Wilson

Happy World Cardmaking Day!

Filed under: Projects — October 3, 2020 @ 11:16 am

I love making cards!  They are quick art projects without any artistic talent required.  The art work is already done with stamps designed by our amazing Stampin’ Up! artists.  You get to enjoy the creative process of choosing colors and layouts or just copy designs that you see in the catalog or online.  Card making is a double blessing – creative therapy for you and a gift to someone to show that you are thinking about them.   I get a triple blessing from cardmaking myself – I get to share ideas with you as a rewarding business!

#SU2020WCMD and #worldcardsendingweek2020

Here is my set up for filming the video on my Facebook page.

Here’s my quick card making and sending station.  Paper Pumpkin kits, card bases, love it chop it designer paper pieces, die cut and labels basket, tool basket, card and envelope sets, bin for finished cards.   Itty Bitty Greetings and Grid Paper.

And here is my little basket with pen, stamps, envelopes, return address labels.  “Write a letter to a friend and send chocolate with it”  says my Dove wrapper!

Match up your patterned paper and cardstock.  The Plaid Tidings Designer Series Paper is on sale the entire month of October!

Use the Stamparatus to stamp the 4-1/4 x 3″ white panels to make easy multiples using the Life is Beautiful Stamp Set.  Fall and Winter cards are easy to make with this combo of stamps and paper.  Check out the video on my Facebook page for more about making these cards.

I also showed a cute Candy Corn card on the video, again using the Plaid Tidings Paper and this time the Banner Year stamp set.

I hope these inspire you to make cards today, and send cards throughout next week – World Card Sending Week.  Let me know if you tried any of my ideas or sent out any cards – I love to hear from my readers.

Happy crafting,

Kim Wilson

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Paper, Paper, Pretty Paper and a Shaker Card

Filed under: Projects — October 1, 2020 @ 10:11 am

Yes, I do have a weakness for pretty paper.  There are 15 of my favorite Stampin’ Up! papers on sale for the entire month of October.

Here is the list:

And here is one of the many cards I have made with these favorite papers.

Don’t you love how the waves in the Designer Paper are a perfect background for this cute whale?  Here are a few tips on making a shaker card.  You need a frame (here I cut cardstock using my stitched rectangle dies), window sheet (adhere under the frame), Adhesive strips (next under the window sheet) and sequins (I pile up on top of my background).  Then just peel off the backing and add the front to the back.

Try a shaker card and you will be hooked – lol!  And the Whale Done stamp set and Whale of a Time paper might just be your favorite too!

Happy crafting,

Kim Wilson

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Starter Kit – Do the math

Filed under: Projects — September 29, 2020 @ 1:53 pm

I actually got out my calculator for today’s Lunchtime Live on Facebook.  I did a little math to show how much money you can save by purchasing the Stampin’ Up! starter kit during the September Get & Go promotion.

Let’s give a quick recap –

starter kit cost is $99 plus tax (free shipping) = ($104.94 in PA for example)

you get:

$125 in product of your choice

plus a free Paper Pumpkin kit ($22)

plus the Get & Go promotion of 2 stamp sets, rhinestones and 16 card kits (approx. $53) = $200

Plus shipping ($20)

Plus tax for a total of $233.20 if you bought these at retail

so if my math is correct, you are saving over half – yay!

Reason to join –

  1.  Save money on the kit, and a 20% discount ongoing for fall and Christmas crafting.
  2. Join a fun community of crafters.  Here’s a peek at just one way we share ideas.

3.  Potential to make money for whatever goal is important to you.

I hope you’ll look into joining today at my website.

And here are a few cards I shared recently in a Lunchtime Live on Facebook.  Coloring is with Stampin’ Blends to match the colors from the designer paper.  Field Journal is a fun stamp set for fall or any season if you like nature.  The shaded images make coloring a breeze.

I hope you will join me soon, whether by watching me on Facebook getting the kit or  by shopping at retail.  Let me know what kind of projects you like to see and I will be happy to share more.

Join me Saturday for World Card Making Day on Facebook!

Happy crafting,

Kim Wilson

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