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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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Butterfly Gala Card Class

Filed under: Projects — April 8, 2019 @ 7:48 am

My April Card Class and pdfs feature the Butterfly Gala stamp set and long awaited Butterfly Duet punch by Stampin’ Up!  This popular bundle has been unavailable for a couple months and is finally back in stock.  I’ve also brought in the Needlepoint Nook Suite of products, just because it is awesome too!

My pdfs (free with any purchase this month from my shop), include the instructions for all the card pictured.  I have a couple fun folds and some tips on maximizing your Designer Series Paper.  I’m even giving away a sampler of the beautiful Botanical Butterfly paper, since it is no longer available.

Or, if you’d rather purchase the pdfs, including a bonus class on the Floating Frame Technique, here is how:

The color combo for this CardClass includes some favorite retiring In Colors:

RETIRING SOON:  Fresh Fig, Lemon Lime Twist, Berry Burst, Tranquil Tide and Powder Pink.  Don’t forget to add your ink refills and cardstock before they are gone.

See this post for my review on my beloved STORAGE by Stampin’ Up!

I’ve been blogging for over 12 years,  a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator for 20, and I appreciate the support from both my local and my online friends and customers.  Be sure to subscribe to my newsletter  and I’ll pick one of my past CardClass pdfs to send you as a gift.

Happy crafting,

Kim Wilson
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Autism Awareness Month

Filed under: Projects — April 7, 2019 @ 10:34 am

April is World Autism Awareness Month.  The puzzle piece symbolizes the complexity of the autism spectrum, while the colors demonstrate the diversity of families affected by this condition.  The “Love You To Pieces” stamp set and coordinating Puzzle Pieces Thinlits Dies are the perfect means for the crafter to acknowledge and support those families.

Here are some cards I made earlier this year, as this bundle is also great for  Valentine’s Day cards.

And here’s a fun wedding card.

I hope you’ll take time this month to support autism awareness and research.  I’d love to hear your story and suggestions.

Happy crafting,

Kim Wilson
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STORAGE by Stampin’ Up! Review

Filed under: Projects — April 6, 2019 @ 10:29 am

I’ve had a few days to play with my new Storage by Stampin’ Up! and must say that I am in love.  Not only is it modular and so re-arrangeable, but it stores more, and takes up less space on my crafting desk.  Thus leaving more room for creating!

Before:

After:

I choose to go long with my arrangement, and not tall, since that worked best for me.  Apparently you can stack these babies 50 tall, but I wouldn’t go over 20 trays high.  I went with 10 high of the ink pad & marker STORAGE trays (2 sets) in rainbow order by color family.  I went 11 high with the Stampin’ Blends STORAGE trays (2 sets plus one extra tray).   I’m left handed, so Blends are on the left.  I put a STORAGE Lid on my Blends and tied a heavy ribbon around it so it will be more portable.   Atop the rest, I have the STORAGE Toppers with my ink refills.  (Just realized – I could push the refills to the back and have room for adhesives in front!!!)

I have 2 STORAGE Open Cubes on the right with my Versamark, Memento ink and black marker.  And also my acrylic blocks – it’s nice to have them so handy.  On the far right, I have an old Pampered Chef turn around with my scissors, spritzers and pens.  Thought: take case of Blends trays, tied a ribbon around and turn it opening side up for scissors and pens.  There are so many great ways to use the new STORAGE.  Why not get a set or two at my shop and try them out?

And don’t forget to grab a pack of this gorgeous grid paper to complete your new, organized look!

Happy crafting,

Kim Wilson

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Storage by Stampin’ Up! is HERE!

Filed under: Projects — April 1, 2019 @ 7:24 am

I’m so excited to share with you the new modular, customizable storage by Stampin’ Up!  It’s perfect for your inkpads, markers, Stampin’ blends and much more.

storage by Stampin' Up

Above are just a few sample configurations.

Kim’s Tips:

-Get a small assortment from my shop to try them out and then build up your collection with time.
(How about a STORAGE CLUB – contact me).

-Or, get a bunch at once and use your host benefits for more! (Contact me for a host code if you want friends to order too).

-Or, join Stampin’ Up! and fill up your Demonstrator Starter Kit with lovely Storage!

Here’s a little chart to help you decide what you need:

Stampin' Up!, storage

And here is the pricing chart (Remember, if you join you can get them at 20% off).

Storage by Stampin' Up!

I’m ordering mine today and will post soon on even more ideas for the new Storage by Stampin’ Up!

Happy crafting,

Kim Wilson

 

Last Chance to Sale-A-Brate with Designer Series Paper

Filed under: Projects — March 28, 2019 @ 9:58 am

There are several Designer Papers on the Sale-a-bration freebie list.  I confess – I am a DSP junkie.  IMO, nothing adds more to a project than some beautiful paper.

First up is the Delightfully Detailed Laser-Cut Specialty Paper.

Also in the Annual Catalog for purchase, it adds quick elegance to the Delightfully Detailed Note Cards & Envelopes.  I added sentiments from Itty Bitty Birthdays and a few extra diecuts I had from Tea Together.

You might remember some framed art I made with the equally lovely Beautifully Detailed Laser-Cut Specialty Paper (background in the top frame) from the Occasions Catalog.

Now the Painted Seasons Designer Series Paper is perfect for any occasion.  Here I used it with the Fable Friends stamp set for some fun note cards.

This was a March CardClass project.  BTW, I’ll send you the 3 March pdfs with any purchase from my website shop!

I love the bunny best, but these 2 critters are pretty cute too.

Today’s Tip:  You really want both shades of Stampin Blends to get the best color and shading.

Remember, Sale-a-bration is almost over, so check out the store.  Better yet, the Demonstrator Starter kit can get you a great deal and start you off on a fun journey of crafting and even money-making!

Happy crafting,

Kim Wilson

The link below is to the store.  To get the Detailed paper free, click on the Sale-abration tab.

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