A Stamper To Remember

Happy Thanksgiving, Merry Christmas

Filed under: Projects — November 22, 2017 @ 11:35 am


I’m enjoying family time this week but I thought you might like to see some of the Christmas swap cards that I received at OnStage earlier this month.  Swapping is a fun #demoperk.  I hope you can join me next November in Orlando for the Stampin’ Up! 30th anniversary!  I’m thankful for you, my readers and customers, who support my home business that allows me to create and to travel and to spend time with friends.  Be sure to visit my website over the next few weeks for some great sales and year-end closeouts.


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Happy crafting,

Kim Wilson




Online Extravaganza Sale

Filed under: Projects — November 20, 2017 @ 8:20 am


It’s that time of year again – time to count our blessings, spend time with family and shop for some bargains.  It’s cold here with snow on the ground so shopping from home is the way to go.  I love a good sale!

The first part of the Stampin’ Up! sale is a 24 hour flash of select stamp sets.  But don’t miss the great dies and accessories that are discounted all week.

I have some specials of my own too!


Place a $25 or more purchase online at my website shop November 20 –  November 28 USING HOST CODE EYCE3G7P and I’ll send you a package of 72 Home For Christmas Enamel Dots.


Place a $100 or more online order at my website shop November 20 – November 28 USING HOST CODE EYCE3G7P and I’ll send you the enamel dots AND the Merry Pattern (exclusive and retired) stamp set.  Note:  if your order is over $150 – take the Stampin’ Rewards for yourself and I’ll still send your free stamp set and enamel dots as my thank you gift.

There are 3 Christmas sets on sale today – Oh What Fun is great for tags.


Every Good Wish is the fun set we used at my last Card Class …

Every Good Wish

…and Good Tidings is a beautiful 2 (actually 6) step stamp.  I have a tutorial here to make this eclipse card.

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Note:  Both the Numbers of Years stamp set and the Large Numbers Framelit Dies are on sale – perfect for your Eclipse cards that need numbers.

Valentine’s Day, weddings and anniversaries are occasions just around the corner after Christmas.  So I recommend the Bloomin’ Love and Bloomin’ Heart thinlit dies – both are discounted this week.



These are just a few of the fun products on sale.  Click on the thumbnail photos or hop right to my store today!  Oh and just in case you would like an extra discount on all the sale items – you can put them in your no obligation starter kit and get free shipping too!

Happy Shopping,

Kim Wilson
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Online Extravaganza

Filed under: Projects — November 17, 2017 @ 7:49 am

NOTE:  The first 27,000 Stamparatus tools were reserved in a flash.  It looks like this new tool is going to be very popular! The next reservation period will be December 4. I’ll keep you posted.  Be sure you have subscribed to my newsletter.


So while you are waiting, how about a sale…or two…or three and a personal special from me?

Sale Part 1 – Stamp Sets – 20% off –  one day only – November 20
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-Wood mounted stamp sets are also on sale.

-If you click on the photos before the sale begins, you will see the regular price.

-Stamp sets might possibly go on backorder for a few days, but they will not sell out before the sale is over (manufacturing is at a nearby Stampin’ Up! owned location).  Just don’t forget – this sale is only one day.

Sale Part 2 – November 20-26 while supplies last

50% off
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My personal recommendation is to pick up the matching stamp sets and dies that are both on sale. That would be:
Bloomin Love and Bloomin Hearts Thinlits
Number of Years and Large Number Framelits – these dies are great for Eclipse Cards (put in my search box for my tutorial).

Sale Part 3:  This will be a one day sale on November 27.  Be sure you get my newsletter to find out more as soon as Stampin’ Up releases the information.

And now for my personal specials:
Place a $25 or more purchase online at my website shop by November 28 USING HOST CODE EYCE3G7P and I’ll send you a package of 72 Home For Christmas Enamel Dots.


Place a $100 or more online order at my website shop by November 28 USING HOST CODE EYCE3G7P and I’ll send you the enamel dots AND the Merry Pattern (exclusive and retired) stamp set.  Note:  if your order is over $150 – take the Stampin’ Rewards for yourself and I’ll still send your free stamp set and enamel dots as my thank you gift.


Thanks for supporting my home business this year and Happy Shopping!

Kim Wilson


Stamparatus – Reserve Yours Today

Filed under: Projects — November 16, 2017 @ 7:41 am

WOW – 27,000 Stamparatus tools were reserved in 10 minutes. If you missed out, don’t worry. Put Dec 5 on your calendar for the next reservation window!


It’s been a long wait, but the Stamparatus is finally here!!!

I was part of the Stampin’ Up! L2L team that helped design this tool…

Jessica me and the Stamparatus

and was privileged to test the prototype last year at one of my classes.   Here I am with Jessica, the head of the product development team.  I can’t wait to get mine and I know you will love it too!  The Stamparatus is twice as nice as any stamp placement tool on the market so you will want to reserve yours ASAP.  Because of the intense excitement over the new Stamparatus, there is a special ordering process that I will walk you through.  I know you will want to be in the first group to get your hands on this amazing tool.


It’s big news when something breaks the mold and changes everything. The Stamparatus will change the way you stamp, and before long, you’ll wonder how you crafted without it!

Why do YOU need one? You’ll fall in love with stamping all over again when you learn everything you can do with it!

  • Make multiples with ease
  • Consistently stamp crisp, clean images
  • If you want a darker impression, apply more ink and restamp—no need to start over
  • Make fewer mistakes, saving time and money
  • Easily create 2-step, 3-step, and 4-step stamped images using reversible plates
  • Develop new and specialized stamping techniques with adjustable stamping plates and precision placement

I need product details!

  • Compatible with red rubber and photopolymer stamps
  • Foam mat to use with photopolymer stamps
  • Rulers and gridlines for quick measuring
  • 2 open sides so you can stamp on larger paper
  • 2 reversible plates: a total of 4 surfaces to work with
  • 2 magnets to hold the paper in place
  • Magnet storage areas
  • Retail Price–$49.00 US

Check it out in this video:

Okay. I’ve gotta have one. How do I get in line?

You can reserve ONE Stamparatus tool on November 16th starting at 2PM Mountain Time (4PM Eastern).  This first window for reservations will go until November 30, but I recommend grabbing yours during the first day or 2 in case the reservation window is turned off early.   If the website seems slow, try again later. There will be a lot of traffic the first day, so stay calm.

  1. RESERVE YOUR STAMPARATUS AT MY WEBSITE SHOPNovember  gone.  Next date:   December 5
  2. WAIT IMPATIENTLY FOR THE MANUFACTURER TO WORK MAGIC – December and January January and February
  3. STAMPARATUS WILL BE ADDED TO YOUR SHOPPING CART (notified by email) – by Feb 1 March
  4. FINALIZE YOUR ORDER (you can add additional items and get Sale-a-bration freebies too)

Q & A

Q:Can I get the Stamparatus for Stamp Club or as part of your personal promotion/thank you gift?
A:Yes, I will have an open Host code during the time period that you finalize (and pay for) your order (not during the reservation period).  Any promotions that I am running at that time will apply to you.

Q:How do I reserve my Stamparatus?

A:Normally you order Stampin’ Up! products through the online store; in this case, on the store homepage you will click the RESERVE link on the Stamparatus banner which will take you to the reservation page.

Q:What if I do not have a Stampin’ Up! customer account?

A:To reserve a Stamparatus, you must have a customer account. You will be able to create on from the Stamparatus banner on the store homepage.  To create one ahead of time, click Create Account at the top of my online store.

 Q:Why does it take so long for the Stamparatus to ship?
A:We will place an order with the manufacturer based on how many reservations are made during anygiven reservation window. Shipping dates depend on how long it takes the order to arrive in our warehouse after the tools have been manufactured.

Q:Am I billed at the time I reserve my Stamparatus?

A:No. However, a credit card is required to reserve the product.

Q:When will I be charged for the Stamparatus?
A:When inventory arrives in the warehouse, we will add your reservation to a shopping cart. We will then send you an email notifying you that your Stamparatus order is ready. Once you finalize payment and close your order, the system will charge your credit card.
Q:Will I be able to add other products to my Stamparatus reservation?
A:Not yet. However, once your reservation is transferred to your shopping cart, you will then be able to add other items to your order. Important note: Please do not delete the Stamparatus from your order. We will not be able to add it back and you will lose your reservation.
Q:Will I be able to update my address and credit card information when I open my shopping bag to
complete my order?
Q:What if I change my mind and want to cancel my reservation?
A:You can cancel your reservation at any time.
Q:Will the tool be available in the 2018–2019 annual catalog?
A:Yes. Once the annual catalog ordering period begins, you will be able to order the Stamparatus as youwould any other product. Reservations will no longer be required, and there will be no limit on thenumber of tools you can order.
Q:Once the Stamparatus has been added to my shopping cart, how long will it stay there?
A:Indefinitely. As with all products, it will be subject to temporary interruptions in availability depending on demand.
Q:When I close my order, can I take advantage of current Stampin’ Up! promotions?
Q:How many stamp placement tools can I reserve per reservation window?
A:For customers, there is a limit of 1 per reservation window.
Q:How did we come up with the name Stamparatus?
A:We landed on an innovative name by combining two words that speak to the end use of the tool as well as Stampin’ Up! branding. Stamp: To impress a pattern or mark (especially an official one) on a surface, object, or document using an engraved or inked block or die or other instrument Apparatus: The technical equipment or machinery needed for a particular activity or purpose.  Stamp + Apparatus = Stamparatus

Q:  How can I get a discount or purchase more than one?

A:  Purchase the Demonstrator Starter Kit (no obligation) for $99 plus tax (free shipping) – You get $125 in current product of your choice.  As soon as you JOIN THE FUN and get your demo id# you can reserve up to 3 Stamparatus (or is it Stamparati?) on the demonstrator website at 20% off.  You will love being part of the Stampin’ Up! family, and the discount too!

Thanks for reserving the Stamparatus from my website shop or joining my team.  I appreciate your support for my business and  hope to serve you in any way I can – as I do what I love.   I will be receiving my Stamparatus early in December (as part of the L2L design team) and will have some fun projects all ready for you to make when yours arrives in February (or March or April)!

Happy crafting,
Kim Wilson
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Paper Quilt

Filed under: Projects — November 10, 2017 @ 8:01 am

This post is scheduled ahead as I’m at OnStage2017 in Salt Lake City.  It’s a Stampin’ Up! tradition to make little pillow gifts for your roommates.  This year I used the Quilt Builder Framelits dies to decorate our mini pizza boxes.  I found some little sewing kits at Walmart that were a perfect fit and added some other goodies too.

quilt pizza box

Notice the stitch marks on the quilts – all added by a die after the “quilt” is pieced together.

This framelit set is really a must have.  And the matching stamp set is pretty nice too.

Quilt Pizza Boxes

quilt piecing tips

Today’s Tips:

Here’s an easy way to piece together your paper quilt.  Die cut one solid color quilt with the frame around it.  And then do 2 or more quilts with designer paper or other coordinating cardstock to get a selection of pieces.  Cut a 3×3 piece of cardstock to mount your quilt (here I used Sahara Sand).  Cut a 2-3/4 square piece of Multipurpose Adhesive Sheet.  Peel off the top piece with the writing and place it on the cardstock.  Then when you peel off the other layer, you will have a nice sticky surface to place your pieces.  You will have so much fun piecing quilts together with different patterns!

Click on the images below to see the products I used.

I hope you can join me at the next Stampin’ Up! OnStage in April.  I’ll be announcing the locations on my Facebook page as soon as we are able.

Happy crafting,

Kim Wilson
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Blends Storage

Filed under: Projects — November 7, 2017 @ 2:13 pm

Just a quick post before I leave.  Here’s my latest and favorite storage method for the new Stampin’ Blends, inspired by several that I have seen online.

Blends storage

Here are the instructions that I sent my team this morning:

I made this handy little storage case for my Blends. I like it a lot because you can keep the pairs together and its easier to find the color you want than keeping them in the stamp cases.
Just cut off the top flaps of 4 of our acetate card boxes from the Holiday catalog. Fast Fuse them together where the belly band covers. You will need a 3” strip of DSP plus a small piece for the belly band – adhere with fast fuse. I covered it again with a strip of Fabulous foil acetate sheet to make it even more sturdy. Score the acetate sheet first so it will bend. I just smeared some thin dabs of Tombow liquid glue with the large applicator to adhere the acetate sheet.

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Happy crafting,
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Welcome to my team

Filed under: Projects — November 6, 2017 @ 4:04 pm

One of the swaps I just finished is for a business sharing meeting after OnStage.  It is a welcome card for new team members packed in a clear envelope along with our business card.  Somehow, I didn’t know about this swap until about a couple weeks ago and I needed to make 30.  Whenever I need a quick card, I turn to our beautiful Designer Series Paper (DSP).  Using a 4×4 piece gave me enough for 9 cards from each sheet.  And it’s always super easy to choose the cardstock colors, because the coordinating colors are listed on the DSP package.  I cut the DSP with a die and popped it up to create some depth and just added a stamped greeting on a stitched circle.   Easy but striking.

Welcome swaps

All the supplies are listed below with clickable links.  And if you want to receive one of these cards in the mail, I made extra so why don’t you join the fun! 

I also send out cards for online orders at my shop – I have some great cards from my last class  which I would love to get in the mail to you upon my return.  I love getting online orders!

I take off tomorrow, so posts for the next week or so will be on my Facebook business page.  It will be different visiting Salt Lake City in cold November instead of July when we used to have Convention.  Now we have OnStage twice a year in November and April.  I can’t wait to see where the next local sessions are in April.  Next November will be in ORLANDO FLORIDA for Stampin’ Ups 30th ANNIVERSARY!!  YOU will certainly want to JOIN THE FUN and experience this extraordinary event!

Happy crafting,

Kim Wilson
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Stampin’ Blends are here!

Filed under: Projects — November 2, 2017 @ 2:39 pm


I have had a little more time to play with the Stampin’ Blends alcohol markers since my previous post when they first arrived.  I’m getting better as I learn from experience and from other demonstrators.

Here are a few more samples and tips.

Stampin Up Blends 1

-For best results, use Memento Black ink and Whisper White Cardstock.  I had to add some ink refill to refresh my inkpad as it was getting a bit faded.

-They come in pairs of light/dark – great for Blending.  But they also blend well with other colors.  For example the Pool Party plus Bermuda Bay.  Or Calypso Coral plus Cherry Cobbler.

-The lighter colors such as Pool Party and Crumb Cake are great for adding sky and ground.

Stampin Up Blends 2

Stampin Blends 3

-The darker colors such as Night of Navy and Cherry Cobbler are great for accents.  Be sure to stop short of the black lines with these colors so you don’t overwhelm the outlines or spread the color outside the lines.  The Color Lifter can push back the color.  Hold the bullet tip over the mistake until it pushes into the back of the paper.

-For large areas – flick color on with the brush tip in one direction starting with the lighter and adding dark where there are shading lines or where there might be shadows.  Then go back to the lighter shade and use the bullet tip in circular motions for blending. (IMPORTANT -If you use the brush tips for blending, you risk fraying the tips – the brushes should be flicked in one direction- not back and forth).    If too light, go back and add more of the darker color.  If too dark, the Color Lifter will push away the color.  Unlike water based markers which leave streaks and damage the paper if overworked, the alcohol markers give you more options.  They do bleed through when used properly, so be sure you have paper protecting your work surface.

Stampin Blends 4

-The Smoky Slate light marker is great to add a shadow on the outside of your image on one side.  Soften it with the Color Lifter for subtle dimension.

Stampin Blends 5

-You can see that many Stampin’ Up! stamp sets work well with the new Stampin’ Blends.  And they will look great mounted on the matching cardstock – my favorite part of crafting with coordinating Stampin’ Up!  products.

You can purchase the Blends at my shop in singles, pairs or the entire set.  And another tip – if you want the entire set, consider purchasing the Demonstrator Starter kit and get all 26 markers for just $99 and free shipping too.  Now is a great time to get the demo discount and even earn some extra cash for the holidays.  Join the fun at my website.  I’d be happy to answer any of your questions.

Happy crafting,

Kim Wilson
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Filed under: Projects — October 30, 2017 @ 2:55 pm

OSW in Stampin Up lingo stands for One Sheet Wonder.  I can remember back when this term was first introduced at a Stampin’ Up! meeting.  (Yes, I am an old timer).  It refers to the division of one sheet of designer or stamped paper into pieces, all of which can be used on a different project.  It’s all about saving time and making multiples.

A friend showed me this great template for the 6×6 DSP stacks that gives you pieces for 4 different cards.  The first set I made was with the Quilted Christmas DSP stack.  Since the paper is double sided, it gives even more options – these 4 cards were made with one sheet.  I added it to Garden Green cardstock panels and a Thick Whisper White card.  I used Watercolor Christmas and Ready for Christmas for the sentiments, cut with the Stitched Shapes framelit dies.

OSW Quilted Christmas

I decided to use the same layout for my OnStage swaps with the Petal Garden DSP stack and the Graceful Garden Stamp set.  This combo will be great for Valentine’s Day and other occasions after the holidays.

OSW layout

Here’s the layout – first cut is at 4″.  The 2″ piece can be trimmed to 5-1/4″ for one card.  (Save the scraps and combine in an interesting pattern on another project).   Turn and cut at 4″ again and you get a 2×4 piece for another card.  Take the 4″ square and cut on the diagonal for the last 2 cards.

I took the OSW one more step since I was trying to use an entire stack of 48 sheets for my swaps.  I took some 5-1/2 x 8-1/2 sheets of Whisper White cardstock and stamped randomly for my greetings.  This gives you a feel for the traditional OSW.  I used this one on a few of the cards that didn’t have as much pattern in the DSP itself.  For the rest, I went with just the grid stamped randomly in Pool Party ink.

OSW for sentiments

OSW craftdoc dies

I used 4 different size framelits for the greeting so I could run through the Big Shot fewer times – another time saver.

OSW Graceful Garden

These are just 4 of the possible combinations you can make from one sheet of the 6×6 DSP.   I added a Ribbon Border Punch strip from the scraps left from cutting down my panels to 4 x 5-1/4.  I used several coordinating colors for the panels to get different color strips.  If you don’t have the punch, just used the strips by themselves.  To make into full cards, just add to a Thick Whisper White card base (8-1/2 x 5-1/2 scored and folded).  And add a coordinating bow as well.

Come back in 2 weeks for photos of the swaps I receive.  And check out my Facebook page for adventures in Salt Lake City at Stampin’ Up! OnStage2017.

Some of the Paper Stacks (including Petal Garden) are on sale through October 31 so grab them now at Buy 3 get 1 FREE!

Tip:  Buy all 3 of the Paper Stacks on Sale for $10 each, and then pick a more expensive 12×12 paper (from the included ones) for your freebie.  Just add it in and the price will come up as $0.  I suggest JUST ADD COLOR.  You will want it to use with your new Stampin’ Blends alcohol markers (available Nov 1).  Here is the link to the papers on sale.

Happy crafting,

Kim Wison
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Count My Blessings

Filed under: Projects — October 26, 2017 @ 5:52 pm

I do need to count my blessings every day, and yes you my readers are on my list.  The Count My Blessings stamp set is one that didn’t grab me at first glance in the catalog. But I have seen some very pretty projects made with this set including some by the Stampin’ Up! artisan team (see the SU Facebook page).  And I found that the new Stampin’ Blends are just awesome for coloring the delicate line images.

IMG_1333 Count my blessings blends

There is no designer paper used on the top card – just stamping and coloring.  The Stampin’ Blends are a breeze for shading even for me (I’m not a big coloring fan).  They will be available to purchase starting Nov 1.

IMG_1305 Count My Blessings

This book binding fold card is one that is included in my free pdf that I send to new customers.  This Designer Series Paper is included in the October sale.  Check below to see all the products I used on these cards.

Happy crafting,

Kim Wilson
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