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Faux Black Ice Technique

Filed under: Projects — March 11, 2022 @ 3:17 pm

I just added a Collection of Fun Fold Tutorials for new subscribers to my weekly newsletter. Check them out at the red button! Current subscribers should recognize some favorite class projects from last year.

While playing with the new Foil Sheets from Waves of the Ocean Collection, I discovered an easy way to mimic the Black Ice Technique.

I ran a piece of silver foil through the mini embossing machine using the Stripes Embossing Folder. With a gentle swipe with the StazOn inkpad over the raised surface, I re-created the aged look from the Black Ice Technique. You could stamp with StazOn before embossing to get images on the piece itself. Here, I just layered the pelican stamped image and sentiment over the finished foil piece.

Below is a close-up and a quick video.

Here are the products I used for this technique. Give it a try!

We’ve got a sale going on this month in my store. Here’s a post from the past you might want to check out.

Happy crafting,
Kim Wilson

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Green Rainbows and a Pot of Gold

Filed under: Projects — March 9, 2022 @ 11:29 am

Every year I challenge myself to make a St. Patrick’s Day card from my stash of products on hand. It’s easy to make a shamrock from 3 hearts and a fussy cut stem. This year I used the Sweet Hearts dies that I played with in this post and this post. I wanted to use the Rainbow dies for my nod to green. The challenge was to make a pot for the end of the rainbow. My go-to Tasteful Labels die set was just the thing to cut a pot from gold foil and a banner for the sentiment from the Happy & Heartfelt Stamp Set.

Note: The paper is retired – Sunshine & Rainbows from SALE-a-bration, but I do have extra packs – just contact me to purchase.

I really went crazy with the rainbows. Here are just a few more cards.

This one uses the negative, after die-cutting the rainbow. I added some punched out clouds – look how I used partial clouds to maximize the piece of Designer Paper. My rainbow is lined in the back with vellum cardstock.

Here, I added a punched out umbrella. The punch is on the Clearance Rack at a great price. If it’s gone, contact me – I try to get a few extras when my favorite things retire.

The sentiment for the above card is from the No Matter the Weather Card Kit. It’s the perfect companion to this rainy day theme, as is the Flowering Rain Boots bundle that I used in this card:

Guess how I made the boots shiny? With Shimmery Crystal Effects! I added a puddle with Smoky Slate Blends Markers.

And, last but not least, we are using the rainbow dies in class this month – contact me to purchase the class kit.

Note: The Sunny Sentiments stamp set is also a brilliant choice to use with this theme of rainy days and encouragement cards, so be sure to add it to your shopping list along with any of the other products below that look like fun.

I hope your rainy days turn into bright rainbows of color!

Happy crafting,

Kim Wilson

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Rainbows of Happiness and Waves of Inspiration

Filed under: Projects — March 2, 2022 @ 11:42 am

My projects for March seem to have a warm, watery theme….Guess I am tired of all the snow! Stampin’ Up! has some awesome promotions going on this month, so I plan to take full advantage of my demonstrator discount with some double-dipping.

  1. The Mini Stampin’ Cut & Emboss Machine is 20% off. Yes, really! I love my big machine for every day heavy duty action, but the mini is perfect to take along to events where I am crafting with friends. I usually take along so much stuff, so I am thankful the mini is small and light.

2. Not only is the Mini Machine on sale, but so are a nice selection of stamp/die bundles that work with the Mini! I’ll link them all at the bottom of this post. Above are some cards using the Seascape bundle which has some beautiful dies. You do need the big machine to use the Diorama and Picture This dies and the full sized embossing folders. So I prepped some cardstock panels ahead of time to take with me for crafting with my Mini Machine.

3. The Waves of the Ocean promotion introduces the Waves of Inspiration bundle and some very cool paper, foil and rhinestones to go along with the water theme.

Here’s a simple card I made just by adding different color inks to the wave stamp using sponge daubers. I added a white die-cut wave to the top.

And above is a card showcasing the beautiful Waves of the Ocean Designer Series Paper. Did you know the paper was created by mixing then photographing swirling paint? I used the Tasteful Textile Embossing folder, but Stampin’ Up! has several that work well with these ocean themed products like 3D Bark and Painted Texture.

4. And last, but not least, my March Card class is posted on my Facebook page. Join me in-person or purchase the kit with pdfs and video. We’ll be making some cards of encouragement with the Rainbow of Happiness bundle. This one was so fun to play with. I had a hard time choosing which cards to use for class!

I hope you find sunny thoughts and happy rainbows as you look forward to spring crafting.

Happy crafting,

Kim Wilson

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Friendly Hello SALE-a-bration

Filed under: Projects — February 23, 2022 @ 10:45 am

Be sure you are subscribed to my newsletter – there’s lots of good crafting on the horizon ahead!

SALE-a-bration is a favorite time for all fans of Stampin’ Up! This is the LAST WEEK, so I’ll share some of my favorite projects made with the freebies that you might want to grab before they are gone.

The Awesome Otters stamp set and Simply Marbleous Designer Series Paper Stack were the top favorites with my customers. I stocked up on the paper for future projects too!

Another favorite of mine was the Sunshine & Rainbows Designer Series Paper Stack. I’ll be using this for my March class – it’s so bright and cheerful! And you can punch clouds and die cut rainbows (projects coming soon). It was well designed and is very versatile.

Of course, you can’t forget the beautiful Daffodil Afternoon Designer Series Paper, especially since spring will be here SOON (we hope).

The Driving By stamp set is probably the next favorite set for my customers. The beautiful card on the bottom is from Paula. Don’t you love to get hand made cards in the mail? She used a post it note to omit the presents from the top of the car. The omitting technique come in handy – you can also use tape to block off part of an image while inking.

Pam (from my team) made this card using the Paper Piecing Technique – so cute!!

Here are some 3 and 1 cards I made with the Friendly Hello stamp set and paper. They are so easy to interchange with these lovely patterns. (Cut DSP at 5-1/4 then in 3 and 1 inch strips).

I stamped some of the labels in black on Basic White Cardstock, and embossed some in white on Basic Black cardstock. So striking!

I had to show the insides of these cards because the color combo is so amazing.

A couple more cards with this SALE-abration freebie. The Petal Pink panel was embossed with the Gingham embossing folder.

And last but not least for Friendly Hello, a shopping bag pop – up card! I hope you will POP on over to my SHOP and grab your SALE-a-bration freebies. When you shop, it’s a boost to my home business and I can share even more fun projects.

One last project uses the Calming Camellia host set. I tried these in lots of shades of red and pink. And I also stamped in Sahara Sand so I could add some color with watercolor pencils. This is such a beautiful stamp set!

If you are reading this post and it’s after SALE-a-bration, reach out to me – I may have some extras of these products for sale after the promotion is over.

And as always, the best way to maximize your value is to join my Stampin’ Up! team. Enjoy the discount and the fun Stampin’ Up! community!

Happy crafting,

Kim Wilson

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Spring Flowers

Filed under: Projects — February 16, 2022 @ 4:16 pm

We are having “faux spring” – 2 days above freezing to tease us and melt some of our big piles of snow in Erie, PA. It’s the perfect time to craft some cards using the Daffodil Daydream bundle and Flowering Tulips Bundle by Stampin’ Up!

Above are our February CardClass projects – a favorite layout, asymmetric gate-fold fun fold and the floating strip technique. I have pdf instructions and a few kits left for this class. You can contact me through my Stampin’ Up! demonstrator website for details.

I made a few alternate cards using the same bundles. Here they are to give you some more fun ideas to try.

Above is a landscape version of my asymmetric gate fold card. I tell in my video and pdf handout how to change the scoring for different looks.

These are my favorites. I die cut a circle from my floating strip panel (half inch strips adhered to a 4×4 piece of Window Sheet). I couldn’t waste the outside portion, so I added a bee made from the Ladybug Builder Punch and vellum wings. The free Daffodil Afternoon Designer paper was used in all the projects above. You can’t beat free – and it’s only during SALE-a-bration! (Aee product links below).

And here are the tulip cards I made using the same layouts and techniques. If you are in my private Facebook group, all the photos, videos and pdf instructions are in Guide 24. If you are my customer or team member, you have free access to all the resources I create. Just contact me through my Stampin’ Up! demonstrator website.

SALE-a-bration is almost over, so if you want to get your free paper or stamp sets for buying, hosting or joining, visit my website now.

I hope you enjoy my projects – I love to share them with you. Find all the supplies I used in my Stampin’ Up! online store – click photos below.

Happy crafting,

Kim Wilson

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Ladybug Chocolate Treats

Filed under: Projects — February 8, 2022 @ 11:33 am

These punch art ladybugs are perfect for Valentine’s Day or any occasion for a quick little treat. Or add to some Stampin’ Up! packaging for a larger gift.

Links are at the bottom of this post – remember bundles are 10% off and you can earn SALE-a-bration freebies in February.

Using the Ladybug Builder punch, punch the body from Basic Black cardstock and the wings from Real Red. Stamp the dots from the Hello Ladybug stamp set on the wings before adding to the body with a glue dot. Attach a heart chocolate with a glue dot and you are done. Here’s a quick video I made.

You might also wish to make some chocolate heart strawberries too. Use the Strawberry Builder punch to punch some tops from a strip of cardstock.

Note: The Ladybug planter was purchased at Giant Eagle. The heart chocolates are Dove – I bought mine at CVS. Get them now while they are in season!

Happy crafting and Happy Valentine’s Day,

Kim Wilson

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All Together

Filed under: Projects — February 3, 2022 @ 2:51 pm

Introducing the All Together Collection by Stampin’ Up! My favorite part is the Natural Tones Stampin’ Blends. Having Alcohol markers in so many shades is a dream for coloring skin tones. And animals too!

The Natural Tones Blends can be purchased as a set of 10, or in combo packs of two – deep through light. There is also Black & White Designer Series paper, and a coordinating stamp set and dies. See the entire collection HERE.

TIP FROM YOUR DEMO: THE DIES ARE AVAILABLE ONLY WHILE SUPPLIES LAST. The stamp set, paper and blends will be in an upcoming catalog.

One of my favorite things about being a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator is getting to order new products early, and at our discount too! I took advantage of my friends thirty-one bag sale to get ready a pouch for my new blends. I colored a sheet of the new Designer Paper and made a cheat sheet of color swatches to keep with my markers.

I used some of the ideas Stampin’ Up! provided to demonstrators, and quickly made these cards:

And doesn’t the FREE Awesome Otters stamp set look great colored with the new Natural Tones Blends?

TIP FROM YOUR DEMO: Purchase the entire All Together Collection and you qualify for 2 SALE-a-bration freebies from Level 1 or one from Level 2. Or better yet, purchase the demonstrator Starter Kit and get it at a discount plus 2 free stamp sets from the regular catalogs.

Happy crafting,

Kim Wilson

Love & Happiness

Filed under: Projects — January 26, 2022 @ 10:10 am

Supply chain issues are annoying, so I keep a close look at the Stampin’ Up! Inventory Status. I warned you a few weeks ago that the Bouquet of Love Hybrid Embossing Folder was flying off the shelves. Well it is now back in stock just in time for your Valentine’s Day, anniversary or wedding projects.

The dies and folder come together as a set – add in the stamp set and the bundle is 10% off. Hybrid embossing is unique. By adding the die to the inset in the folder, You can cut and emboss at the same time!

For my swap card (above), I cut an additional silver embossed heart to embed into the Highland Heather embossed card front. The extra heart I added to the envelope flap.

Here I ran the hybrid folder with die using 2 different colors and traded them for a fun 2-fer card. Some of the new Iridescent Rhinestones add the perfect touch.

Just so you know that I paper craft more than just cards – here’s a treat container and bookmark for Valentine’s Day. These projects and many more are included on my free Valentine’s Day PDF featuring the Sweet Talk Product Suite. Purchase anything from my store through February 14th and I’ll email it right to your inbox!


It’s SALE-a-bration time – so grab your freebies for shopping, or your best value for joining our fun community!

Right now, my favorite paper trimmer is in low inventory – so if a new trimmer is on your wish list, grab it now and you are half way to a SALE-a-bration freebie!

Happy crafting,

Kim Wilson

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Valentine’s Day layouts

Filed under: Projects — January 19, 2022 @ 2:44 pm

I’ll share a few more Valentine’s Day projects today. Who do you sent cards to? Valentines are treasured by significant others, moms, kids, grandmas, friends and just about anyone you send a homemade card. Drop off a batch at your local nursing home. If I still haven’t inspired you to make cards for Valentine’s Day, you can use these easy layouts for other occasions.

First, an oops.

I make so many mistakes on my Facebook lives! My class sample is on the left. On the right I adhered the pieces of Designer Series paper upside down! Fortunately, the pattern was bidirectional so I just went with it and it looks like I planned it that way. I do love this Sweet Talk paper. And the layout is so easy – 4×4 and 4×1″ pieces- very conserving of your pretty paper. I tied the ribbon over the little gap between the 2 papers.

I want to remind you that some of the products in the annual catalog and carry over products are perfect for Valentine’s Day crafting: The Dotty Hearts embossing folders, ribbons, the Heart Pack punches. Try the Nuts About Squirrels stamp set for a cute card. And don’t forget treat boxes for little gifts.

Valentines Day cards

And here’s a closeup of my Dotty Hearts cards.

My 6 page PDF of Valentine’s Day projects is free with any purchase from my online store. Click on any of the pictures below and it will take you right to that item!

Happy crafting,

Kim Wilson

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Valentine’s Day Crafting

Filed under: Projects — January 12, 2022 @ 11:26 am

I love crafting for Valentine’s Day. The bright colors warm me up on a dreary winter day. The Sweet Talk Suite by Stampin’ Up! makes for perfect projects to show love for all ages.

Valentines cards

These are my cards for our January Card Class. Contact me through my demonstrator website for virtual and in-person options. Kits are available too!

My pdfs are now available, and include a bunch of bonus projects. It’s posted in my private customer Facebook group. Or I will send it by email for anyone who purchases from my Stampin’ Up! store this month. Here’s a list of my recommended purchases for your Valentine’s Day crafting.

Nuts & Bolts is a fun stamp set for Valentine’s Day for sure. Note the SALE-a-bration freebie – Marbleous Designer Series Paper – that I used on two of the cards. The robots are fun to color with Real Red and Smoky Slate Stampin’ Blends alcohol markers, so those might make it to your shopping list as well.

I hope these projects spark your creativity for Valentine’s Day crafting. Hand made cards and gifts are fun both to make and to receive – a double blessing. #shareyourmoment


Happy crafting,

Kim Wilson

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