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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!

April:

May:

June:

July:

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

Stamping Ferns and Greenery

Filed under: Projects — July 17, 2020 @ 12:08 pm

My July virtual Card Class is next week and I have had fun stamping ferns and greenery to prepare.  The Forever Greenery Suite is my favorite in the Stampin’ Up! catalog with its lovely images, dies and paper, not to mention the fun embellishments.

Stamping Ferns and Greenery

Stamping Ferns and Greenery

I love the embossing folders for this suite, and the new In Color Just Jade.  The ribbon is pretty and fun to use too.

Stamping Ferns and Greenery

Some #simplestamping cards – just Forever Fern stamps, ink and paper.

Stamping Ferns and Greenery

More #simplestamping, with a few added techniques.  First card – use a post-it note mask while stamping.  Second card – Add a little extra color to the leaves with your Cajun Craze watercolor pencil.

Stamping Ferns and Greenery

Step up your note card with some dry embossed vellum and some embellishments from the Forever Greenery Product Suite.

The laser-cut gold paper makes this card pop.

Stamping Ferns and Greenery

This card was a challenge.  It is 2 cards, held together with the gold trim.  The top card has a panel of window sheet for an extra shine.  A folded bit of Garden Green paper holds in the die-cuts.

Stamping Ferns and Greenery

This is a fun fold, again featuring the laser-cut gold paper.

Stamping Ferns and Greenery

This is a little journal I covered using the Forever Greenery products.  I thought the Forever Fern sentiment was appropriate for this season in my life.

Here are a couple of the inside pages.  I just took some Bible verses and printouts that were saved on my computer, and die cut or punched them out.  I’ll add some more verses and thoughts in my own handwriting.   I hope these retired Pressed Petals journals will come back on the Stampin’ Up! Clearance Rack some day so I can get some more.

Stamping Ferns and Greenery

Stamping Ferns and Greenery

Here are a couple more Forever Greenery ideas from the Stampin’ Up! catalog.

Stamping Ferns and Greenery

Stamping Ferns and Greenery

Stamping Ferns and Greenery

I’ve enjoyed this grouping of Stampin’ Up! products so much.  I would love for you to consider Forever Greenery for your own collection!

Happy crafting,
Kim Wilson

Remember, it’s bonus days in July at my shop.

Stampin' Up! Bonus Days

And I still have a few kits left for my virtual July class.  Contact me for all the supplies to make these cards:

Forever Greenery Class

 

 

Coloring Floral Images – Prized Peony

Filed under: Projects — July 11, 2020 @ 12:05 pm

I finally caved and got the Stampin’ Up! Prized Peony bundle.  Did I need another floral stamp set – yes!  First – I have fond memories of my mom’s peony patch and arrangements on the dining table (including ants).  And second, the Peony Dies have a unique way of fitting together to make a 3-D flower.  And third, the peonies are fun to color!

I started out by using the Stampin’ Up! catalog pictures to inspire my card making.

Coloring Floral Images - Prized Peony

Coloring Floral Images - Prized Peony

Instead of Cardstock, I used Vellum for the Peonies and sponged with Petal Pink ink.  Tip:  Insert the flower pieces together by size, the smaller inside the larger.  They are very easy to assemble – just line up the bottoms (see arrows) and add a dab of glue.

Coloring Floral Images - Prized Peony

Coloring Floral Images - Prized Peony

I love the Dainty Diamonds 3D embossing folder.  It is so distinctive.  Here I colored with Petal Pink and Old Olive Stampin’ Blends.

Coloring Floral Images - Prized Peony

This is the photo on page 83 of the Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalog.

Coloring Floral Images - Prized Peony

I love the scalloped die – it makes an swirly embossed pattern as well.  Black & White, or add a little color to the Peony Garden Designer Series Paper with Petal Pink ink and Stampin’ Sponge?

Coloring Floral Images - Prized Peony

For a change, try a 4-1/4″ square card.  (Or do the same as 4×4).  It fits in a regular A2 envelope to avoid extra postage.  Colored again with Stampin’ Blends.  Sentiment is heat embossed in white.

Coloring Floral Images - Prized Peony

Sponging again to color the flowers.  And to get the abbreviated sentiment, omitting is the techniques.  Use a black Stampin’ Write Marker to ink just a portion of the stamp.

Coloring Floral Images - Prized Peony

The Dainty Diamonds 3D Embossing Folder with Vellum, oh my!  Let’s leave this peony in Basic Gray for a pink and gray color scheme.  The Peony Garden Suite accessories are awesome – Square Vellum Doilies and Elegant Faceted Gems.  I’ll be using both of these a lot!

Coloring Floral Images - Prized Peony

And the final catalog photo from page 84.  I had to put my take on all of these beautiful cards as well.

Coloring Floral Images - Prized Peony

We have Stampin’ Blends in the new In Color Marvelous Magenta, so how about some bright Peonies.  One of the new Water Painters includes a broad tip pen for a fun watercolor wash in the background.

Coloring Floral Images - Prized Peony

I loved the sample with the Balmy Blue Blends for the background of the stamped Peonies.  It almost looks like Designer Paper.  I decided to add a tiny bit of color to my Peonies with Petal Pink and Old Olive Stampin’ Blends.  The Gray Granite Shimmer Ribbon is pretty sweet.

Coloring Floral Images - Prized Peony

Another square card, again featuring the Square Doilies and coloring with Stampin’ Blends.

After re-creating the cards from the catalog I had a few bits and pieces left over on my desk.  So the next 2 cards are totally from scraps:

Coloring Floral Images - Prized Peony

Coloring Floral Images - Prized Peony

If you are wanting to make multiple easy cards, here’s a design from one of our Stampin’ Up! concept artists with measurements:

Coloring Floral Images - Prized Peony

I hope you enjoyed this stroll through the Peony Garden Suite by Stampin’ Up!  Check it out in my shop, and sign up for my newsletter here for more fun projects.

Happy crafting,

Kim Wilson

Happy 4th and Aloha!

Filed under: Projects — July 4, 2020 @ 8:58 am

I would have been celebrating the the 4th in Hawaii and sharing pictures from my trip, but instead let’s enjoy some virtual palm trees with the Timeless Tropical stamp set.

I wanted to try some new In Colors with the sponging.  Look how the Magenta Madness pops.

Even though we are not on the Stampin’ Up! incentive trip, I bought a pineapple for us to eat this weekend.  You can also have pineapple anytime with the coordinating In the Tropics dies.

And her are a few more Timeless Tropical cards I have made:

The Designer Series Paper retired with the last mini catalog, but you can still get your Timeless Tropical stamp set and  In the Tropics dies and escape into summertime.

“Rest & Relax – You Deserve it”.

Remember to take advantage of Bonus Days at my shop in July!

Happy crafting,

Kim Wilson

Flowers for Every Season

Filed under: Projects — June 26, 2020 @ 10:15 am

I’m still cranking out lots of cards with this fun layout that I designed for my June Card Class.   My latest project steps it up with heat embossing and vellum.

I used white embossing powder on the punched daisies, vellum jar and the banner.  I added a little color to the daisies with sponge daubers and fussy cut the stem from the Daisy Lane stamp set.

My own daisies are in full bloom now, so it’s fun to play with the Daisy Lane set and the Flowers for Every Season Suite.

Last few days for extra host dollars and free bundle for joining at my website!

Happy crafting,

Kim Wilson