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Bloom Where You’re Planted

Filed under: Projects — August 1, 2021 @ 8:17 am

Today I’m sharing another favorite Designer Series Paper by Stampin’ Up! I had a lot of fun playing with the Plentiful Plants bundle with the Bloom Where You’re Planted Paper.

I used the paper tearing technique from an earlier post and flipped the center piece to the brick pattern. My greeting was not quite centered, so I added a row of Genial Gems.

I cut small strips of the brick pattern to use as shelves. The pile of pots was created with the masking technique.

Here’s a close up. These are card fronts that I can easily add to a full card. Maybe Cinnamon Cider cardstock would be good?

Gray Granite was a good color to back this #simplestamping card. I just stamped the greeting and some greenery on the brick pattern and added one cutout of leaves.

I hope these cards inspire your green thumb! You can click on the images below to find out more about these products.

Happy crafting,

Kim Wilson

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Beauty of the Earth

Filed under: Projects — July 31, 2021 @ 6:57 am

And yet another beautiful hand drawn Stampin’ Up! paper – Beauty of the Earth is perfect for fall or any season.

I always love when you can see both sides of the Designer Paper on the card. The first card is a collar fold and you can see the wood grain pattern that backs the trees. The bottom card shows both the leaves and the cloud pattern.

This is my favorite sheet of the paper. The gorgeous hand watercolored trees are lines up so you can #loveitchopit into 6 panels for cards. And the colors are so pretty together – check them out below.

Happy crafting,

Kim Wilson

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Sweet as a Peach

Filed under: Projects — July 29, 2021 @ 8:33 pm

Another beautiful paper, another fun project. The You’re a Peach Designer Paper is again hand painted and perfect for many occasions.

In the first card, I simply used it as a background. The peach was stamped on Linen Paper. This paper has an adhesive backing, so it’s like stamping on fabric for a nice texture.

I used the old Rock ‘n Roll technique to get the darker color around the edges of the peach.

My second peach card was a drapery card. I always love it when you can see the opposite side of the paper.

I can’t wait until the local peaches are in season – yum! Until then, you might want to grab some of this sweet paper.

Happy crafting,
Kim Wilson

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Christmas Cards in July

Filed under: Projects — July 28, 2021 @ 7:27 am

What better time to work on some Christmas cards when there is a Designer Series Paper Sale from Stampin’ Up! Tidings of Christmas features some of the newest In Colors and some lovely patterns. Here are the projects I showed on my Facebook live last week.

These two cards are made with the Pick 6 Wonder template that I shared in a previous post. It’s an easy way to make the most of your designer paper.

For these 2 cards I added the Evergreen Elegance bundle and the Basic Borders Dies.

This berry basket is so easy to make with any designer paper, but especially nice with the Tiding of Christmas paper.

Instructions: Cut 2 strips of 2 x 6″ paper, score at 2″ and 4″. Place in a cross and adhere the centers together. Fold up on the score lines to form basket. Cut 1/2″ strips of a coordinating paper and adhere around the top, leaving small gaps at each corner like a traditional berry basket.

I hope you check out all the papers that are on sale this month. Using Designer paper as the star of your projects makes them beautiful every time!

Happy crafting,

Kim Wilson

Card Class

Filed under: Projects — July 21, 2021 @ 3:17 pm

We had a great time at the July Card Class – both online and in-person garage stamping. All the pdfs and videos are posted in my customer/team private page for you to enjoy. Contact me through my Stampin’ Up! website to purchase the class kit for these 3 cards (while supplies last).

July Card Class:  Favorite Layout, Pinwheel Tower Fun Fold, Seascape Diorama Card

As you can see, I have been playing a lot with Stampin’ Up! Designer Series Paper (DSP). It’s always my favorite product, but especially this month as we have 9 different papers that are on sale. One of my favorites is the Hand-Penned DSP which we used in class for a Pinwheel Tower Fun Fold Card (above center). I also used it in my previous post to make 14 “Pick 6 Wonder” cards using a fun template.

I often cut my DSP in 5-1/4 x 4″ pieces, as they are so easy to layer onto cards (#loveitchopit). Here’s an easy tearing technique that you can do in either portrait or landscape orientation. Just add a bit of ribbon and a stamped sentiment.

Here’s another tearing technique card with the Pansy Petals paper. Another easy way to use these #loveitchopit pieces is to simple fold over a corner. I always love it when you can see some of the opposite side of the beautiful Stampin’ Up! paper.

Did you notice the sentiments on several of these cards? They were stamped and diecut with Many Happenings and the Messages die. This is a large background stamp and matching die that cuts out 19 sentiments at once! They and the coordinating Many Messages are perfect for your card making tool kit.

You can see a peek of the Message die in the above photo. I also used the Stitched Greenery Die and the Butterfly Brilliance Bundle for a stepped up card with the Hand-Penned paper. I used the paper as the actual folded piece for this card. It is 10-1/2 x 4 folded at 5-1/4″ adhered to a quarter sheet of Highland Heather Cardstock (5-1/2 x 4-1/4″) The Daffodil Delight piece is 5 x 3-3/4″ and was first run through to cut out the butterflies and then to cut the stitched leaves. the butterflies were then placed back in their places. So fun!

Above is the inside of my butterfly card along with some other fun combinations for the Many Happenings stamp and messages die. I wish I had used the Highland Heather side for the card front and the flower side for the inside!

I’ll share more Designer Paper ideas next time, but for now –

Happy crafting,

Kim Wilson

Here’s some of the other products I used in today’s post. All of the DSP on sale is here.

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Pick 6 Designer Series Paper

Filed under: Projects — July 7, 2021 @ 4:01 pm

One of the fun parts of being a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator is taking part in events together.  Last week we did some virtual crafting together, making 14 cards with just 6 pieces of 6×6 Designer Series paper and some matching cardstock.  We added some punched sentiments and ribbon too.  Everyone used the same pattern, but different supplies so they all were unique.  Here are the cards I made, just in time for some upcoming birthdays.

I used the Hand-penned Designer Paper (on sale) and the Biggest Wish stamp set.

I would say this class makes a leisurely 2 hour craft gathering or 1 hour if you are a speedy crafter.  I can’t wait to try it with the Tidings of Christmas DSP which is also on sale this month.  What a great way to make multiples for Christmas, but still keep it fun!

I’ll be posting the pdf instructions to my customer Facebook group and in my newsletter.  Subscribe here.

Happy crafting,

Kim Wilson

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Window Card

Filed under: Projects — June 30, 2021 @ 2:07 pm

I am in love with the Picture This dies by Stampin’ Up!  What a fun and easy way to add stitched windows to your cards!

Today is the last day to get your Hey Chick Bundle.  But if you missed it, these window dies will be great for all sorts of fun projects.  Plus you can use the die cut stitched circles and rectangles for accents or stamping sentiments.

How about a peek at my July Card Class?

We’ll be doing a fun layout with Designer Series Paper, A Pinwheel Tower Card and a Diorama Card.  Contact me through my website to reserve your kit for the in-person or online class.

And July is also the perfect time to stock up on favorite Designer Papers from the Annual Catalog:

Happy crafting,

Kim Wilson


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Card Making Ideas

Filed under: Projects — June 22, 2021 @ 2:19 pm

I often get asked how I find ideas for my classes.  Many ideas I find in the catalog or online, but some come from swaps with fellow demonstrators.  One of the fun parts of connecting with other demonstrators is card swaps by mail or in person.  I used a couple swaps from the Maui Incentive Trip to get ideas for my May Card Class.

For this card, we used the Quiet Meadow bundle to make a ridiculously easy Silhouette card using Basic Black cardstock for die cutting.

This is an arrow fun fold card.  The swap used the retiring Fine Art Floral Designer Paper and I used the Pansy Petals paper.  I love the new Pale Papaya In Color!

And here’s another Arrow fold card that I made using the Pansy Petals Suite:

TIP:  The Designer Paper is on sale this month, so be sure to get it separately from the Suite in July.

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Happy crafting,

Kim Wilson

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3 ways to use embossing folders with dies

Filed under: Projects — June 16, 2021 @ 2:41 pm

We had a beautiful day yesterday for garage stamping.  I’m easing back to some in-person classes, and this is the first step.  It was so good to craft together in the afternoon.  The morning online class and pdfs are up in my customer Facebook group for everyone who couldn’t come in person.   I still have some class kits available for purchase – contact me through my website.

3 Ways to use embossing folders with dies

  1. Layer a die cut over an embossed card.  In this card from class, we embossed the card front with 3D bark and then adhered the die cut from Simply Succulent.  (Links at bottom of this post).

2. Coordinating Dies and Folders.  There is an extremely popular suite that has a perfectly coordinating die and folder combo:  Sand & Sea.  The Book card below was the Fun Fold from my May Class.  I still have a couple kits left from that class too – contact me through my website to purchase.  For this combo, you die cut the shells first, then run them though the coordinating embossing folder.  So gorgeous, especially using the Pearlescent Paper.


And, last but not least..

3.  Hybrid folders

This is something so new from Stampin’ Up! that I haven’t even tried it yet.  This folder and die combo is actually run through the Stampin’ Cut & Emboss Machine at the SAME TIME.  How amazing is that?  Here’s a photo from the new Annual Catalog.

I hope you have fun die cutting AND embossing, and using both these techniques in your projects.

TIP:  The Simply Succulents Bundle is only available at a discount through June 30, 2021.  After that the stamps and dies will still be available separately.

Happy crafting,
Kim Wilson

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3 ways to use Stampin’ Up! Soft Pastels

Filed under: Projects — June 9, 2021 @ 10:44 am

My goal today was to play with the new Stampin’ Up! Soft Pastels and do some #simplestamping.  I’ve been a demonstrator 22 years – long enough to miss the pastels we used to have.  I’m happy to have pastel chalks back in our coloring repertoire.  I had fun remembering some of our old techniques and pairing them with some new stamp sets.

  1.  Use Pastels to color in an image.  Below I used a high tech (lol) Q-tip to add soft color to the flower and leaves.  I stamped in our lightest color (Sahara Sand) and distressed the edges of the panel with Paper Snips for a muted, antiqued look.

2. Pick up some chalk with a Blender Pen.   For this succulent card, I colored the image directly with the Granny Apple Green chalk and then blended it with my finger (or use a sponge dauber or blending brush).  This also makes a soft halo around the image.  Then I grabbed some Gorgeous Grape pastel chalk with the Blender Brush to color the tips.

Here’s a close up.  Note a fun use for the Strawberry Builder Punch.  I punched out 2 stems and one flower to add some dimension to this #simplestamping card.

3.  The Oldie but Goodie Poppin’ Pastel Technique!  This works best with a solid image.  Stamp in Versamark Ink, then rub pastel chalk over the image.  Brush off and blend chalk with a sponge dauber or blending brush (or your finger).  Another #simplestamping card.

I had fun playing with the new Stampin’ Up! Soft Pastels and I hope you enjoyed my projects.  Thanks for supporting my home business with your purchases – be sure to check out the Last Chance Sale and the new Kits Collection.

Happy crafting,
Kim Wilson
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