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National Scrapbooking Day

Filed under: Projects — May 4, 2019 @ 7:46 pm

Happy National Scrapbooking Day!

I had a family get-together, so no scrapbooking today, but will have some fun photos and memories for later.  I shared a mini-album I made earlier this week in this post.  And here are some gorgeous albums and a page made by some our Stampin’ Up! Artisans using the “Everything is Rosy” product medley.

This first one is by one of our European demonstrators.

This gorgeous album is by Lauren Alarid.  The instructions are here on the Stampin’ Up! blog.

And if those don’t make you crave the “Everything is Rosy” Product Medley, I don’t know what will.  See this post if you are a card maker – it’s great for that too!

Get it here before it is sold out!

And be sure to subscribe to my newsletter here for your free CardClass pdf.

Happy crafting,

Kim Wilson

Everything is Rosy

Filed under: Projects — May 1, 2019 @ 6:00 am

Not to brag, but Stampin’ Up! does coordination best. Today this gorgeous rose gold product medley will be available at my online store. How soon do you think it will sell out?

The Everything is Rosy Product Medley contains:

* Everything Is Rosy Photopolymer Stamp Set—18 stamps; suggested blocks: a, b, c
* Everything Is Rosy Dies—10 dies; largest die 2-7/8″ x 1″ (7.3 x 2.5 cm)
* 6″ x 6″ Designer Series Paper Stack—48 sheets; 8 each of 6 double-sided designs
* 6″ x 6″ rose gold foil paper—8 sheets
* Printed die cuts—2 sheets
* Rose gold die cuts—4 sheets; 2 each of 2 designs
* Rose gold adhesive backed mirror embellishments—60 embellishments; 1/4″ (6.4 mm)
* Melon Mambo 1/4″ (6.4 mm) Ruched Ribbon—10 yards (9.1 m)
* Night of Navy/Rose Gold 3/8″ (1 cm) Metallic –Edge Ribbon—10 yards (9.1 m)
* Rose Gold Shimmer Paint—1/2 oz. (15 ml)

These exclusive products are only available together, and only while supplies last.

Order #150059, $80 US for well over $100 worth of product

Plus anyone who orders using host code Q6TN6F97 will get an assortment of coordinating cardstock card panels as a small gift to you. (If your order is over $150, take the host benefits for yourself).

Here’s a closer look at the stamp set:

Here’s the video and some fun projects for you to make.

I can’t wait to get mine to play with!  If you want an even greater discount, why not add the medley to your Demonstrator Starter Kit today and for $19 more, get $44 more in product, plus additional demo perks to support your hobby and/or business.  Your kit has free shipping for an additional savings!

Happy crafting,
Kim Wilson

Happiness Blooms

Filed under: Projects — April 29, 2019 @ 11:33 am

I love the Memories & More Card Packs by Stampin’ Up!  Not only are the cards and sticker sheets great for scrapbooking, but they make delicious cards too.   And they usually coordinate with a Stampin’ Up! product suite which means endless opportunity for coordinated creativity!

And a yummy color combo:

Perfect for the Memories & More albums:

I decided to make a set of birthday cards with the 4×6 cards.  The cards and envelopes are sold separately, and fit the 2 sizes – 3×4 and 4×6.  I added a punched birthday sentiment and a little flower made with the Bitty Blooms Punch Pack.  So simple!  Some of the cards have a bright shiny coating for extra fun:

The envelopes for the smaller cards are not mailable.  They are still great for gift tags and fun little notes.  But I wanted to make them larger so I added to a dry embossed piece of Call Me Clover mat and then a  piece of 4-1/4 x 5-1/2 thick white cardstock to fit in a regular invitation sized envelope:

But now, what to do with my extra small envelopes?

How about a mini album?


I usually glue the flaps to the back of the previous envelope.  But since the flaps had the nice stripe, I added the flap to the front.  I put together 4 envelopes and added cards and stickers and a belly band. Plus an insert for the envelope.  How fun and easy with the Memories & More cards.

The Memories & More card packs and Happiness Blooms Suite products are retiring SOON and only available while supplies last – click on the photos below.

Happy crafting,

Kim Wilson
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New Stampin’ Up! Catalog

Filed under: Projects — April 26, 2019 @ 12:49 pm

I’m ordering my new catalogs very soon.  If you haven’t seen a Stampin’ Up! catalog in a while, or no longer have an active demonstrator – contact me and include your address (US only please).  I’d be happy to get one mailed to you.

On the cover you can see a sneak peek of 2 of my favorite new suites – Come Sail Away and Magnolia Lane.

Think about joining Stampin’ Up! on May 2.  You can put these 2 suites of products (or anything you like) in your starter kit at a great discount!

Happy crafting,

Kim Wilson

Best Catch

Filed under: Projects — April 25, 2019 @ 5:59 pm

The Clearance Rack was updated this week at my store.  Something for all seasons, but especially Fall and Winter if you like to work ahead.  Here is just one screenshot of a few of the items.

Fishing is big in my area and I believe the season started recently.  The Best Catch stamp set and matching framelit dies were not on my radar until my friend Brenda made some gorgeous masculine cards.  So I had to CASE, and then make a card of my own from the leftover pieces (top right).

Today’s Tips:

-Color the fish with blends:  We used Old Olive, Soft Seafoam and Calypso Coral.  We colored the cattails with Soft Suede.

-I inked up the Seaside folder (RETIRING) with Balmy Blue ink before running it through the machine to get the darker waves.

– The Wood Textures Designer paper is retiring too.  It makes a great background for many projects (top left).

A few of the retiring products have sold out, so I would check out the list at my store.  The Best Catch bundle is carrying over, but not at the discounted price, so I would grab that soon too.

Happy crafting,

Kim Wilson

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Needle & Thread Bundle

Filed under: Projects — April 22, 2019 @ 11:21 am

The Needlepoint Nook product suite is retiring soon:(  I really enjoyed the DistINKtive stamps and the stitching dies from this bundle.

Look at how real the DistINKtive stamp looks!


Here’s a tip for using these photorealistic stamps:  Take an acrylic block and slide across a small section of the ink pad, pushing the ink down into the pad.  That clears a slightly less inky spot which is ideal for stamping – you don’t want too much or too little ink for the best impression.











And I’m always a fan of coordinating Designer Paper.  Someone actually embroidered these pieces before they were photographed for the paper!


And here’s another fun card design using the 2 matching punches.  This card is included in my April CardClass pdfs, which are free for any order from my website shop this month.  Or click on the photo below to purchase the instructions.

Happy crafting,

Kim Wilson
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Stampin’ Up! Bundles

Filed under: Projects — April 18, 2019 @ 5:19 pm

I thought you’d like to see the list of Stampin’ Up! bundles that are 10% off through the end of May.  The stamp sets and dies will be in the new catalog, but not at the discounted price.  There are some good ones!  Just click on the photos and you can see details in the store.

Happy crafting,

Kim Wilson

Fable Friends

Filed under: Projects — April 15, 2019 @ 3:17 pm

It snowed here today!!!  But, Fable Friends is my top pick for spring projects.  The critters are so sweet and fun to color.  Here are just a few – you can tell I’m partial to the bunny!


The last chance product list posted today, so now is the time to get your order in at my shop before items are gone.  I’ll send you my Butterfly Gala CardClass pdfs as my thank you for April orders!

Happy spring and Happy crafting!

Kim Wilson

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Floating Frame Technique

Filed under: Projects — April 11, 2019 @ 7:42 pm

Floating Frame is the hot stamping technique at the moment, so I had to give it a try.

I must say, I love it.  How cool to see the images floating in a framed shape.  And you get a twofer – the inside part makes another card!

There are some frustrations involved with the technique, but worth it for the end result.  The photo above is my 3rd run through, so I learned a few tricks along the way.

Today’s Tip:  This means the difference between an excellent project and a distressed one – ie images ripping away as you peel off the Press N Seal.  The solution:  Generously rub your Embossing Buddy by Stampin’ Up! over the sticky side of the Press N Seal.  It will seem like it no longer sticks.  But believe me, when you run it through your Die-cutting machine, it will still stick like crazy.

I’m not going to show the entire process here because there are many videos on the web.

If you would like pdf instructions, I do have them available as a bonus to my April CardClass pdfs (photo below).  It’s free with a purchase from my shop this month.  Or you can purchase the pdfs directly – link below the photo.

Craftdoc CardClass April 2019 Butterfly Gala (3 pdfs plus bonus Floating Frame pdf)

Thanks for supporting my home business!

Happy crafting,

Kim Wilson

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Easter Basket

Filed under: Projects — April 10, 2019 @ 3:22 pm

At our recent craft weekend, we had fun copying ideas from each other.  The Best Catch cards and Easter basket below were CASED from my team members Brenda and Pam.

This darling basket was made using the Envelope Punch Board after using the Basket Weave Embossing Folder (currently in low inventory) on a 6×6″ piece of cardstock or designer paper.  Measurements and cutting instructions are in the photo – punch and score and then cut on all 4 sides.

When I got home, I decided to make one out of the Gingham Gala Designer Paper (also in low inventory).  It turned out equally as cute:

Use a glue dot or piece of tear & tape under each flap to adhere ribbon and then adhere flap.

An 8-1/2 inch x 1/2 inch handle is all you need to finish off your little basket and it’s ready to fill with treats.

I almost forgot to post a photo of the favors I made for the retreat.  These use the Silver Gable Boxes – also available at my shop.  A 2 x 12″ piece of Designer paper is all you need to cover the box.  Sentiment is from Fable Friends.

Happy crafting,

Kim Wilson

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