A Stamper To Remember

Heartfelt Blooms

Filed under: Projects — February 22, 2018 @ 4:27 pm

Heartfelt Blooms is one of my favorite Sale-abration freebies.  It is a new type of stamp that looks just like a photograph.  Different opacities of ink are laid down at the same time, giving the single stamped image depth that usually takes multiple stamps.  Stampin’ Up! has a patent pending on this new type of stamp called “Distinktive”.

Heartfelt Blooms looks good stamped in any color and doesn’t need much to make a finished card.


IMG_2095 Heartfelt Blooms

Stampin' Up, Heartfelt Blooms


Today’s Tips:

-It is important that your inkpad not be too dry or too juicy to use these new stamps.  Just a light touch on the Stampin’ Up! firm foam inkpads is ideal.

-For a muted watercolor look, stamp with Sahara Sand ink, fill in sections with Watercolor pencils and soften the color with a blender pen.

I hope you enjoy this new stamp set as much as I have – be sure to pick it up for free while you are shopping online before March 31.  Click on the image below.

Happy crafting,

Kim Wilson
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Level 2 Sale-a-bration

Filed under: Projects — February 20, 2018 @ 9:41 am

What on earth is level 2?  Sale-a-bration has been happening every winter for years.  This year Stampin’ Up added an additional level of freebies that can be earned with a $100 purchase (see the first 3 thumbnails at the bottom of this post).   And they are awesome!

I had fun playing with the Happy Wishes stamp set.  This is a 2-case set with 2 large sentiments and lots of smaller phrases to complement.  Here are just some of the variations I came up with.

IMG_2054 Happy Wishes

I also used the Sale-a-bration ribbon – a level 1 item.  There is a fun technique you can do with this ribbon.  It has a shiny metallic thread running through.  If you grab that thread and pull, you can get an interesting frayed “tail”.

IMG_2051 SAB ribbon

IMG_2065 frayed ribbon

And here’s another fun way to add a matching embellishment.  Color your Perfect White Accents with Stampin’ Blends.

IMG_2046 Blends

And if you are like me and stamp your sentiments crooked, be sure to get the Stamparatus when it is available.  If you sign up for my newsletter, I’ll be sure to keep you posted!

IMG_2042 Stamparatus

The Sale-abration freebies are only available until March 31 (or while supplies last) so check them out in my store today.

Happy crafting,

Kim Wilson
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Life is so much better…

Filed under: Projects — February 15, 2018 @ 5:08 pm

…with you in it.  This sentiment from the Petal Palette stamp set is perfect for someone special.  And it’s just how I feel about my Stampin’ Up! team.  It has been a joy to be a team leader and meet so many new friends.   I have a stack of welcome cards for new team members ready to send (shown in this post.)   I’m excited that 2 special people joined Stampin’ Up! today – so I need to get some out in the mail.  I’d love to send one to you too!  Sale-a-bration is a great time to Join the Fun.

It’s my 11 year blog-iversary today too!  Thanks to my readers for sticking with me all these years.  It’s been fun to have a record of my Stampin’ Up! projects and travels.  The column on the side has the projects for each month I posted.  There’s a search box as well.  It has been handy to look up older projects.

IMG_2030 Beautiful Peacock

This Beautiful Peacock card was sent to me by my friend Lydia Fiedler as a card front after I attended her retreat in Salt Lake City last November.  I added it to a Tranquil Tide panel and Lemon-Lime Twist card and added a few of the new adhesive backed sequins.  This will be a great card to replicate using the Stamparatus to perfectly align the images of the peacock and the 2 feather stamps.  I can’t wait until the Stamparatus is available again in June.  Everyone that sees me use mine wants one!

Happy crafting,

Kim Wilson
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Yay You Congrats Card

Filed under: Projects — February 12, 2018 @ 4:02 pm

Congrats by mail is an extra special way to celebrate with a friend.  The Yay You host set from the Occasions catalog is the perfect tool for creating a bunch of cards to share your joy.  This card went to one of my team members who celebrated an accomplishment.  I’d love to celebrate with you too – especially during this 30th anniversary year of Stampin’ Up!  Details about joining the fun are here at my website.

Stampin' Up,  Yay You, Contgrats Card

Today’s Tip:

This layout came about by digging in my scrap box to CASE the catalog sample.  I love the new adhesive backed sequins too!

Happy crafting,

Kim Wilson
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Adhesive BOGO

Filed under: Projects — February 7, 2018 @ 4:25 pm

FURTHER UPDATE: In case you are curious, Stampin’ Up sold over 19,000 Fast Fuse adhesive dispensers in 9 hours in North America!!! As it is retiring, only refills are left in the store. I’m amazed at the purchase power of the avid crafter! Why not join my team and get the inside scoop on the next big news so you can earn (and/or save) big. Contact me or visit my website for details.

#demoperk #theinsidescoop


A sale like this doesn’t come around very often.  In fact, the last time it did, Stampin’ Up had to end it early because a 10 year supply flew off the shelf in a few hours.  So they promised us a repeat of the Fast Fuse Buy 1, Get 2 Refills free special.  That’s over 50 yards of adhesive!  I will be stocking up for sure – it’s Sale-abration time – so even more freebies!  I hope this lasts longer this time, but it’s while supplies last – so I would order early Thursday February 8th when the sale begins.

Fast Fuse Sale BOG2

Happy crafting,

Kim Wilson
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Lavender and Valentine’s Day

Filed under: Projects — February 5, 2018 @ 3:46 pm

Here’s a peek into my creative process. These cards came about because I wanted to use a doily with the Lots of Lavender stamp set. First I decided to sponge the doily to color it.  Then I decided that the stenciled piece of paper underneath was so pretty that I had to make another card with that.  Then I wanted to try a fun partial die cutting technique with the square framelit dies.  Then the heart needed some texture.  Then I needed to add a few more embellishments. So here is the final creation, some tips and all the products I used along the way (click on the thumbnails at the bottom).

IMG_2125 Lots of Lavendar Doilie

IMG_2118 doilie

I started sponging with Rich Razzleberry, then decided that a lighter shade (Powder Pink) was better and did not overpower the sprig of lavender.

IMG_2123 partial die cut

I marked where I wanted the die to cut, and fussy cut above it.

IMG_2124 partial die cut

I put the fussy cut portion above the die so it wouldn’t cut.  You can do partial die cutting  with any shape of framelit die.  What a fun technique!

IMG_2120 Stampin Blends

One card uses the Epoxy Shapes and one uses a pearl.  Both can be colored easily with Stampin’ Blends alcohol markers.

I hope you try some of these techniques in your creative process!    And thanks for supporting my home business by shopping with me.

Lots of Lavender has been one of the top Sale-a-bration freebies this year, so don’t forget to grab yours.  And if you want to get even more perks from Stampin’ Up! check out my website and Join the Fun.  You get 2 extra stamp sets during Sale-a-bration and the kit always ships free.  I’d love to have you on my team!

Happy crafting,
Kim Wilson
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Super Bowl Color Challenge

Filed under: Projects — February 3, 2018 @ 1:07 pm

Who knew that there was a website where you can get the color codes for all the sports teams?  I thought it would be fun to do both a color challenge and a special deal featuring the Super Bowl team colors.  It’s all about the colors in the paper crafting world, right?   So the challenge will be posted on my facebook page.   And the Special will be for those people that place an online order during Super Bowl weekend.  For any size order using host code RREWY2MS this weekend, I’ll send you a hand stamped card PLUS a cardstock sampler for the winning team.   Remember to check out the Sale-abration freebies while you are shopping!  If your order is over $150, don’t use the code and I’ll still send you the cardstock sampler – keep the host rewards for yourself.

Super Bowl craftdoc

Here are the colors I chose for my cardstock sampler gifts:

Patriots: Night of Navy, Whisper White, Smoky Slate, Real Red

Eagles: Tranquil Tide, Smoky Slate, Basic Grey, Basic Black

Now to come up with a card using one of those great color palettes.  Have fun watching the game (and shopping and creating)!


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Epic Celebrations

Finished my cards – I used the Sale-abration freebie Epic Celebrations.  Now to eat yummy food and watch the commercials, concert…and game!

Happy crafting,

Kim Wilson

Valentine Cards

Filed under: Projects — January 31, 2018 @ 1:59 pm

We have been focusing on the new products in the Occasion Catalog.  But don’t forget the Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalog for some fun stamps to use for Valentine creations.  More than Chocolate makes a cute card with some bitty chocolates, not to mention the warning at the bottom!

IMG_2131 More than Chocolate

Place an order at my shop, and I’ll send you my monthly class pdf!

Happy crafting,

Kim Wilson

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Stampin’ Up Valentine’s Day Card

Filed under: Projects — January 30, 2018 @ 1:57 pm

Here’s another Valentine card I made for February 14.  Use the Heart Happiness stamp set, Color Theory Designer Paper Stack and some fun accessories to create this easy ombre look.


IMG_2114 Heart Happiness

Today’s Tips:

-Use Stampin’ Dimensionals above and below the tinsel to pop up the embossed heart.

-Keep plenty of blank space around the focal point to get the most from the ombre effect.  Add your sentiment to the inside of the card.

-Click on the thumbnails below to see the products you need to create this card.

-It’s Sale-abration time – get freebies for shopping, hosting and joining!
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Sure Do Love You Valentine

Filed under: Projects — January 29, 2018 @ 1:32 pm

IMG_2111 Sure Do Love You

Here is another card I made using Brusho Crystal Color – this time to make a rainbow background.  I added a little (well a lot) of bling with the Gold Glitter Flakes on the side.  My Brusho tips are here.  Check out all these products -perfect for Valentine’s Day – at the thumbnails below.  Don’t forget to check out the Sale-a-Bration freebies and the Clearance Rack for more bargains.

Happy crafting,

Kim Wilson
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