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Cat Punch – Part 3

Filed under: Projects — September 20, 2017 @ 8:52 am

This is my last set of Cat Punch cards ( no promises).  It was fun, but there are more new Holiday Catalog products to play with.

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The cat was punched right out of the sponged moon!

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Some easy thank you cards.  These are actually 5-1/4 x 4″ panels, so they can be adhered to a full card or used as is.

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Here I used the Classic Label Punch and the Wood Textures DSP stack to make a fence for the cat to sit on.

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I used the 3D Eclipse technique to make a fun Halloween card.  The stamps that go with the Cat Punch were quite fun as well.  My tutorial on the Eclipse Technique is here.

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Don’t forget my givaway, and pick up your cat punch today!  Click on the photos below to see the products.

Happy crafting,

Kim Wilson
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Cat Punch – Part 2 – Marbled Cats

Filed under: Projects — September 19, 2017 @ 8:41 am

Yes, more Cat Punch projects – it is just too fun.  I was playing with the Marbled Background stamp – it’s an easy way to make patterned cats.  You can also draw lines with watercolor pencils and pull them out with blender pen, but I thought this would be easier.

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And here are my marbled cats, paired with the Spooky Night Designer Series Paper.

Today’s Tips:

I stamped with Pumpkin Pie on Whisper White (should have used Very Vanilla) and with Basic Black on Smoky Slate Cardstock.

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Remember, I’m giving away glimmer paper – purchase the cat punch at the link below.

More Cat punch photos tomorrow.

Happy crafting,
Kim Wilson

 
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Cat Punch – #gottahaveit

Filed under: Projects — September 18, 2017 @ 3:34 pm

I spent the weekend at a craft retreat, and the cat punch was one of the first items I packed.  Here are just a few of the cards I made with this cute punch.  You will want this punch for Halloween projects for sure, but I can see that it would be fun play with cats all year round.

All the Stampin’ Up! products I used are current (links below) except for the Black and Pumpkin Pie Glimmer Paper.  I have a little stash left and would be glad to send you a 4×5-1/2 sheet of each if you purchase the cat punch from me.

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Today’s Tips:

I lined the black glimmer cat with some white ones so it stood out more on the dark background.

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The cat punch is bundled with the Spooky Cat stamp set at 10% off.  I used some dies in these cards as well – just click the thumbnail photos below to check out all the products.

Today’s Tip: The cats and pumpkins in the window card are punched/fussy cut from the Spooky Night Designer Series Paper.  There was no stamping at all in that card, or in the first card in this post.

And here are some cute and easy treats made with the Cat Punch.  Just add a little Stampin’ Up! twine or ribbon.

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More Cat Punch projects will be posted tomorrow.

I hope you enjoy your Stampin’ Up! Cat Punch as well as I have mine.  If you don’t have it yet – better get it today!

Happy crafting,

Kim Wilson
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Embossing Paste meets Daisy Punch

Filed under: Projects — September 14, 2017 @ 3:06 pm

*Anniversary Givaway at the bottom of this post*

Finally, the Embossing Paste, Palette knives and Decorative Masks are all back in stock after a popular debut.  So I’m sharing some cards I made a while ago with these fun products.

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Today’s Tips:

-It’s easy to work a thin layer of embossing paste through the Decorative mask (stencil).  Just be sure to clean everything quickly – the paste dries very fast!

-Add a few drops of ink refill or some glitter to a bit of the paste for a different look.

-Make your own stencil out of a Window Sheet and a die such as Eclectic.

-You can see the products I used by clicking on the thumbnail photos.  Remember, I am giving away 19 cards to everyone who places an order over $40 to celebrate my 19th anniversary.  Just use host code XNDHAR3Z  at the bottom of your shopping cart before September 25.

Happy crafting,

Kim Wilson
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Holiday Kits by Stampin’ Up!

Filed under: Projects — September 12, 2017 @ 9:00 am

If you are like me, holidays are just when I WANT to craft but have the least TIME for it!  To the rescue – Stampin’ Up KITS!

First – Paper Pumpkin

The October and November kits are going to be special coordinating Holiday projects for card-making and gift-giving.  I love to take Paper Pumpkin kits along while I am traveling.

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I suggest purchasing a 6 month subscription so you can save $1 on each kit.  I’ll send you a cute Paper Pumpkin tote bag if you do!

Second – Watercolor Christmas Project Kit

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I have made this kit already and just love it.  It’s quick and easy but striking with the bright colors and large bold sentiments.  Be sure to get the stamp set too.  Then all you need is a black ink pad to make 20 beautiful Christmas cards.  The watercoloring is already done for you! Here’s just one card that I made.  You get shiny gold foil envelope liners too!

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Third – Be Merry Kit

This kit makes 12 beautiful rosettes  that you can use as tags, ornaments or party favors.  This kit has all the supplies you need – just use your own glue gun.  A great way to impress your friends and family without the work of design and prep.

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Check out the featured kits at the thumbnail photos below.

Happy crafting,

Kim Wilson
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Merry Patterns

Filed under: Projects — September 11, 2017 @ 10:26 am

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The Merry Patterns stamp set is brand new just for Stampin’ Up! hosts.  I had so much fun playing with it last weekend.  The outline and pattern stamps will give you so many options – I can tell this will be a favorite.

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For my first 2 cards I used the deer stamps.  The outline on the Wood Textures paper is striking.  And the fun sweater stamp goes nicely with the Quilted Christmas paper.

Today’s Tip:

Run the Quilted Christmas paper though the Big Shot with the Quilt Embossing Folder.  Lightly sand the paper to bring out the contrast (bottom panel on right card above).

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The candle stamps are so much fun because there are separate stamps for the outline, 2 patterns and the flame.  So you can make them in any color combination.

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Today’s Tip:

-Mask the candle stamp by stamping and trimming a post it note.  Stamp the foliage and remove mask.

-To get 2 tones of candles:  Stamp one pattern in full strength Cherry Cobbler ink.  Stamp the other off on scrap paper first.

-Check out the product list below to see what I used on these cards.

And here are a few photos from the Stampin’ Up! artists:

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I hope you’ll agree that the Merry Patterns stamp set is a must have for your Stampin’ Up! Collection.  You can get it right now with a $300 order from my website shop.  Or contact me to set up a host code for you so friends and family can help you earn it.

Happy crafting,

Kim Wilson
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Eclipse Card Part 3

Filed under: Projects — September 6, 2017 @ 3:08 pm

Help!  I can’t stop making eclipse cards.  Something about this easy to create, 3D effect is addicting.

Today it was Spooky Cat and the Cat Punch bundle.  I knew as soon as I saw the cat punch that I would have to have it.  Not that I am especially a cat person, but the punch just called to me.  (You know you want it too).

Now, the stamp set did not excite me, but since it was bundled with the punch at 10% off, I thought why not?  And after giving it some ink, it has my stamp of approval.  I love the 2 pattern images that look a little like Washi Tape.  They remind me of the retired Gorgeous Grunge stamp set, but on a smaller scale.   Do you love the sweet little rat (cough)?   And the bubbling test tubes are just darling.  I didn’t realize that the outline is one stamps and the inside bits are separate stamps. So you can stamp them in 3 different colors.  And I did!

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Today’s Tips:

-The 3D Eclipse card instructions and tips are in this post.  Remember,  foam strips and backing with black cardstock are key to this technique to get the full effect.

-When using a punch instead of framelits for this technique, your top panel needs to be small enough for the punch to reach.  Here mine is 3 x 4-1/4″.

-The Vintage Crochet Trim nicely tops the strip of Designer Series Paper for a finished look.

-Click on any of the thumbnail photos below to see the products I used on this card.  I appreciate any orders, as I just have a few more weeks to earn the Alaskan cruise from Stampin’ Up!  Check out my current specials on facebook and this post.

If you are in the Erie, PA area – Stop at my open house this weekend.  Check upcoming events at my website calendar.

Happy crafting,

Kim Wilson

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Craft Fair Worthy?

Filed under: Projects — September 5, 2017 @ 8:42 am

As some of my readers know, it’s difficult to predict what will sell at a craft fair.   Even from day to day at the same fair, or year to year, the popularity of different items may change.  Our church is sending a team to Japan this fall to visit our partner church near Tokyo.  They will be participating in a community craft fair and I’d like to send a few items along with them.

These journals (upper left) would be both easy to make, and for the team to pack in their luggage.   The Japanese symbols that I embossed in gold on the front mean “faith in God”.  I think the sentiment in English is a good testimony to our beliefs, since only about 1% of Japanese are Christian.

I will be featuring the “Artistically Asian” stamp set at my next class, so surrounding the journals are some cards I also made using this beautiful set.  More about the cards in a future post.

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I thought it might be nice to send along a few Christmas cards.  I have no idea if the Christians in Japan send cards at the holidays, but the “Night in Bethlehem” stamp set has some nice images of the Christmas story.  I used the popular 3D eclipse technique on this card – see this post for a tutorial on the eclipse technique.

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inside and envelopes:

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Since there is not much time left before the team leaves, I thought I would use some of my retired samples that are already made.  So I have gathered up all my extra cards and have 4 boxes full!  I’m going to put some in card sleeves with envelopes to send along to Japan.  But there are still plenty left to give-away for my 19th Anniversary as a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator.  See this post for details on the give-away and what my stash of cards looked like before I started organizing them.

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And finally, what is a craft fair without treat holders?  Here are a few that I made with the “Seasonal Chums” stamp set and matching framelit dies.  Isn’t it fun how there is a front and a back included on each stamp?

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I think the last one (in 2×8″ cellophane bags) would be easiest to pack for the trip.  But I have no idea what American candy would be considered a treat in Japan.  Certainly not my Starbursts leftover from last Halloween!

If you want to check out any of the products that I used, click on the thumbnail photos below.  If you’d like to get my Stampin’ Up! newsletter then head here.

And if you’d like to try some stamping, but don’t know where to start – how about our monthly Paper Pumpkin crafting kit here.  If you sign up before September 10 your first kit is half price! (You can cancel any time).  I love these kits to take along when I’m traveling.  They have everything you need for a fun crafting experience getaway for yourself or with friends and family.

Happy crafting,

Kim Wilson

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Eclipse Card Tutorial

Filed under: Projects — September 4, 2017 @ 9:48 am

The 3D Eclipse card is the hot technique right now.  I jumped on the bandwagon with a few Stampin’ Up designs of my own.  I’ll share instructions, important tips and a fun list of words to use later in the post.  This technique is very easy and very addicting I might add!

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First up was JOY, using the Stampin’ Up “Good Tidings” stmp set and Lemon Lime Twist.  This stamp set is not for the faint of heart.  It has 6 stamps to make the main image!  I decided to use an easier stamp set for my upcoming class with this technique (will show you next week).

Next I wanted to try a home decor piece and a longer word.

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My back mat is a full 8-1/2 x 11 piece of Garden Green Cardstock.  I used Shimmery White Cardstock because I wanted to add  some subtle watercoloring (ink and aquapainter).

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I also added some speckles with an aquapainter,  embossing paste over the “H” and a little gold thread under the right bottom corner.  The Jute Twine from the Holiday Catalog makes the perfect hanger.  I gold embossed the asian character “faith”.

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And lastly (for today at least) I’ll show you how to do the eclipse technique with this cute BOO card and the Pick a Pumpkin stamp set.

TIPS:

*Any die cuts will do for this technique but the Large Letters Framelits Dies are ideal.

*To pop up the letters, the Foam Adhesive Strips are best because they are so thick.  I cut off a section at 1-1/2 inches and that was easy to use.

*You must layer on top of dark cardstock to get the shadow effect – Basic Black is ideal.  And speaking of Basic Black, if you’ve ever bought cheap cardstock from the local craft store, there is absolutely no comparison (speaking from experience)!

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TUTORIAL:  (Click on the photo to enlarge)

  1.  Die cut the letters from a 4-3/4 x 3-1/2″ piece of Very Vanilla Cardstock. (Use a larger piece if you want to use more letters).  Save the insides of the letters!  Tip:  Use a ruler or chipboard guide at the bottom to line up the letters.
  2. Insert your letters – you can adhere the inside pieces now to the black 5″ x 3-3/4″ panel or later, but NOT the letters themselves.  Stamp images covering the bottom sections of some of the letters.  Press hard so you don’t get halos from the gaps.   Note: It’s easier to stamp first and then cut – but then the placement will be more potluck!
  3. Pick your letters back out and add pieces of foam adhesive to the backs.  Adhere into the spaces.  And that’s it!  You can experiment with other diecuts, use Designer Series Paper or add more stamping.  I love this clean and simple layout where the letters are the focal point.  I did add a black rhinestone to the top of the leaf for a quick embellishment.

LIST OF FUN WORDS: (collected from demonstrator friends)

To use more than 5 letters – such as a name, change your card dimensions to fit a business sized envelope.

fall, hey, woof, meow, 1st, Love, Live, Grin, Grow, Hope, Sail, Snow, hello, peace, joy, noel, dad, mom, hello, hugs, smile, baby, be, big, bold, boo, cozy. dude, eat, fine, fly, fun, glam, glow, halo, hero, hi, home, hop, i heart u, if,  jump, kiss, life, like, LOL, mail, moon, star, now, oh, ok, oops, ooh, play, pow, roll, sigh, sing, sun, surf, talk, time, try, wild, wine, wish, yay! yes, you, yum, zoom, ROCK

I have some specials going on right now to celebrate my 19th anniversary with Stampin’ Up!

Purchase over $40 at my online shop and I’ll send you 19 hand stamped cards from my vast collection of card samples!  There’s also a special on my facebook page for some free bundles and stamp sets.

You can click on any of the products below to see more details.

I hope you enjoy making eclipse cards as much as I am!

Happy crafting,

Kim Wilson

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Stampin’ Up! Holiday Catalog

Filed under: Projects — September 1, 2017 @ 1:59 pm

The long awaited Holiday Catalog went live this morning at my website shop!  I’m busy making lots of fun projects to share with you this month.  Before you order today, take just one minute to check out this cute video.  Nothing is on backorder yet, but there are a few items in low inventory as the products fly off the shelves.  Check my facebook page and this blog post for some specials from me.

Here’s a link to download a copy of the catalog.  Let me know on my contact form if you want me to mail you a copy.

Happy crafting,

Kim Wilson

 
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