A Stamper To Remember

Easter Cards and Mother’s Day too

Filed under: Projects — March 19, 2018 @ 3:18 pm

Stampin’ Up! has stamps, ink and paper that are just perfect for Easter cards.  I combined several favorite stamp sets to make these cards for an upcoming vendor event.    I’m excited to be part of the WCTL Rejoice Refresh Renew Women’s Conference in Edinboro, PA on Saturday.  Sheila Walsh is the speaker and I can’t wait to hear her in person.

Stampin' Up, Easter cards, You're Inspiring, Garden Girl, Hold on to Hope, Mother's Day

Besides this Easter greeting, You’re Inspiring also has some nice sentiments for birthdays and Mother’s Day.  The third card inside says “Because of you, I am me.  Happy Mother’s Day”.

Today’s Tip:

-These are simple but classy layouts.  Add some epoxy shapes and pop up the sentiments for dimension.

-I colored with Stampin’ Blends.  Iput the entire Blends Collection in the links below, but you can purchase them individually as well.  The Light Calypso Coral is a perfect match for the Flirty Flamingo Cardstock (RETIRING SOON) that I used in the last card.

-There are some great Sale-A-Bration freebies that you can pick out with each $50 or $100 order at my shop.

Happy crafting,

Kim Wilson

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Perfect Pair

Filed under: Projects — March 16, 2018 @ 4:44 pm

If you love embossing folders like I do, then projects with the Perfect Pair have probably been catching your attention.  This set of 2 folders from the Occasions catalog was just added as a Sale-abration freebie by Stampin’ Up!  Here are a few cards I made using these folders to add a bit of interest and dimension.

IMG_2163 Petal Palette

I used opposite sides of the embossed piece for these 2 cards for 2 different looks.  The Designer Series Paper (DSP) and the ribbon on the second card were both colored with Stampin’ Blends.  The Petal Passion DSP and the White Organza ribbon are perfect for making a black and white statement or adding a touch of whatever color suites your fancy.  The banner was cut with the matching dies. The Petal Passion stamp set has a lot of nice sentiments to fit the banner.

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The second folder makes this nice stem and leaves pattern.  Again, the Petal Palette stamp set and dies were the perfect addition to this easy narrow note card.

Purchase the bundle and you will be able to get the folder set for free during Sale-abration.  USE ITEM CODE #150035, not the regular number.    Don’t forget to add the DSP and ribbon.  Or, if your purchase is over $100, choose instead the Petals and More Thinlits Dies for free using item#150048.  I put links for both the regular priced items and the free ones below so you can choose the best combination and get the biggest bang for your crafting buck.  The bundle of stamps and dies together is 10% off if that helps you decide!

Happy crafting,

Kim Wilson
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Color Me Happy

Filed under: Projects — March 15, 2018 @ 9:27 am

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Color me happy that 14 new freebies have been added to the Stampin’ Up Sale-abration.  My favorite is the Color Me Happy card kit.  It is a $25 value – free with a $50 purchase, by far the biggest bang for your buck.  I made up this kit when it first came out and it is lot of fun.   It makes 16 easy gorgeous cards. I hope you enjoy making and sending the cards too!

IMG_1328 Stampin Blends

Be sure to get the darling Color Me Happy stamp set for your kit.  Recommended Blends colors are posted below.  Many of the Blends are on backorder.  You can still order them and wait, or just use Watercolor Pencils and Blender Pens to color the fun images.



SAB 3rd

Happy crafting,

Kim Wilson

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Card Project Instructions and Snow

Filed under: Projects — March 14, 2018 @ 5:51 pm

It’s still snowing in Erie, PA and we are approaching a huge record.  A few more inches and we will be over 200″ and will beat the 1976-77 winter of Buffalo, NY (which I also lived through).  We are at double our yearly average and already past our record high, so what’s a little more white stuff?

Did you know that I prepare 3 instruction sheets each month for my Stampin’ Up! Card Classes?  If you are on my team, in my stamp club or place an online order, I’ll surprise you with a card and email you the current set of project instructions.  #demoperk

If you sign up for my newsletter, I’ll email you last year’s entire collection of pdfs.

Here is my current collection –

February Class

And here is the upcoming March class.  If you are in the Erie, PA area – check out my calendar – we’d love to have you!

If you want to use my current club host code, it is 7AUXVYK9 – add at the bottom of your shopping cart.  If you want the benefits to go towards Scrapalooza prizes, use host code W6YH4A9T.  If you want your own host code, just contact me and I’d love to set a party up for you.

IMG_2215 March Class

I’ll post more about the individual cards and some tips in the future.  I’m especially proud of my Waterfront Barn Door Card in the center.

The last card is right from our quarterly demonstrator magazine. #demoperk

There are extra freebies during Sale-abration if you want to JOIN THE FUN.

Happy crafting,

Kim Wilson

Mixed Medallions card kit

Filed under: Projects — March 12, 2018 @ 9:26 am

Here’s a card kit you can take anywhere.  It has everything you need!

I stepped it up with some inside sentiments from the Petal Palette and Perennial Birthday stamp sets.

Mixed Medallions, Stampin Up!

Mixed Medallions, Stampin' Up!

And the best thing is…the kit is free during Sale-abration!

Happy crafting,

Kim Wilson
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Celebrate You

Filed under: Projects — March 9, 2018 @ 11:37 am

The Celebrate You Thinlits Dies by Stampin’ Up! have been a real hit this Sale-a-bration.  I’ve already shown a few ideas and here are some more.

IMG_2141 Celebrate You

For these cards, I diecut the words from the Color Theory paper to give an ombre look.  A simple dry embossed background and some glitter enamel shapes finish the cards.

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Here is another interesting background – watercolor paper and Brusho – new in the Occasions Catalog.  Spritz the paper first, sprinkle on some Brusho and then spritz again to spread the color.  Dry, stamp and then add the diecuts.


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I made this card entirely from scraps at one of the crops I attended.  I had the black piece with a circle cut out and mounted it over a scrap of watercolor paper that had Brusho applied.  The “amazing” was diecut from a scrap of Painted with Love Designer Series paper – another favorite product from the Occasions catalog.

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More Painted with Love DSP is featured on these 2 cards.  I put a second diecut from Basic Black Cardstock behind the lower celebrate to make it stand out.  I could have done the Eclipse Technique instead for a similar look.

Today’s Tip:

-Before diecutting, add some Mulitpurpose Adhesive sheet behind your paper.  Then it is a snap to adhere the narrow words.

-The Celebrate You dies will be available for sale in the next Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalog (June 1), but why not get them FREE during Sale-abration this month?

Happy crafting,

Kim Wilson

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Springtime Foils

Filed under: Projects — March 5, 2018 @ 3:03 pm

The new Springtime Foils Designer Series Paper – just released for Sale-abration – has been a big hit.  The colors are metallic gold, rose gold and silver – very shiny and fun.  The paper is quite heavy, so it is perfect for a box too.

celebrate you box

Because the paper is so striking, you don’t need to add much to it.  For the box, I added the Celebrate You die cuts and some Sweet Soiree Ready Shreddie.  On the card below I stamped a panel with the Amazing Congratulations stamp set and added some self adhesive sequins.  The Stamparatus (available again June 1) was perfect for lining up the 3 steps to this stamps.

IMG_2180 Amazing Congratulations

If you want some of this paper, I recommend getting it this week.  It could be gone before the end of the month!  March 10 is the last day to get your 5th anniversary Paper Pumpkin kit – also available at my store.



Happy crafting,

Kim Wilson
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Blossoming Basket

Filed under: Projects — March 2, 2018 @ 3:37 pm

The Blossoming Basket bundle is a new Level 2 Sale-a-bration freebie.  I love the Basket Weave folder.  It is a Dynamic folder, so makes a very deep impression.  Here are a few cards I made at one of the crops I attended recently.

Stampin' Up, Blossoming Basket

Stampin' Up, Blossoming Basket

Today’s Tips:

-Use Stampin’ Blends to get the rich color and shading.  Many of the colors are on low inventory, so long backorders are a risk if you don’t grab yours quickly.

-Stamp images a second time on a scrap, fussy cut some of the inside petals (last card) or butterflies (2nd and 3rd card) and mount on top for added dimension.  Or fussy cut the little tag and tie on with Baker’s Twine (first card).  On the second card I just poked holes with my paper piercer to add the Baker’s Twine bow.

-The cards below are by Stampin’ Up! artists.  For intricate fussy cutting like they do on many of the samples, turn the paper and not your scissors and leave a little white space.


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Happy crafting,

Kim Wilson

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Bubble Over

Filed under: Projects — February 28, 2018 @ 12:50 pm

If you are a pop drinker or lover of any type of brew, you will enjoy the Bubble Over stamp set and Bottles &  Bubbles Framelits Dies.  There is a matching Bubbles & Fizz Designer Series Paper that is free during Sale-a-bration.  And don’t forget the adorable little Epoxy Shapes – those have been flying off the shelf and are on backorder at the moment.

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This card was a Make&Take at our last Stampin’ Up OnStage event.  This layout is great for using up small strips of DSP and incorporating several different coordinating patterns.

IMG_2033 Bubble Over

Here’s a close up of the glitter enamel dots.  On our class card (below) we used the drop shapes instead of the round ones.  We added a bottle cap cut from Silver Foil with the Framelits.  Fortunately, they have multiples in the set in case you lose one – these dies are tiny!


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I added the Fruit Basket stamp set to get fruity flavors.  One of my class gals went with strawberry.  Thanks Anita for letting me take a picture.


Today’s Tips:

For a fun variation on a bow – tie the ribbon at the side of the card with a small piece of white Baker’s Twine.

I used just the Fruit Basket stamp set, but there are darling little matching punches sold as a bundle for 10% off.


Happy crafting,

Kim Wilson
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UFOs, Taxes, Memories and More

Filed under: Projects — February 27, 2018 @ 11:13 am

I attended several Craft Days (or Crops as they are often called) in January and February and the last one was for an entire weekend.  What fun to be able to craft all day with friends and NOT have to cook or do dishes!

I have a whole bunch of projects to share with you in the coming days, including some UFOs that turned into ACTs.  (I turned UnFinished Objects to Actually Completed Tasks).

And I’ll also share with you at the end of this post how I was able to deduct the registration costs and mileage on my taxes and otherwise afford to attend all these fun events!

Since I am into acronyms today, first I’ll show you some VIPs – Very Important Pages.  These pages really touched my heart as I scrapbooked and journaled the photos from my last Stampin’ Up OnStage meeting.  My WHY for joining Stampin’ Up! 20 years ago, was to have access to the amazing products at a discount.  But my WHY for remaining a demonstrator after all these years is for the fun of traveling and being with the wonderful friends I have met through Stampin’ Up!

IMG_2197 Sweet Soiree Memories and More

IMG_2198 Sweet Soiree Memories and More

IMG_2199 Sweet Soiree Memories and More

IMG_2200 Sweet Soiree Memories and More

I love pocket pages for scrapbooking.  They are easy to put together and easy to rearrange.  The one downfall is that you have limited ability when it comes to arranging horizontal vs vertical photos.

Today’s Tips are a few ways to work around this one limitation.

  1.  Intersperse some traditional full page spreads.
  2.  Use Memories and More cards to add fillers and journaling to unused pockets.
  3. Always take both vertical and horizontal photos at any important event.
  4. Cropping is still your best friend with pocket pages.  I find that I can often crop a photo to 4×4 and make a 4×6 mini page using a Memories and More card.  Some photos can even be cropped to 3×4 or cut in half to fit 2 adjacent pockets.

All the Memories and More card packs also contain some fun stickers and overlays to embellish with.  And the Sweet Soiree pack that I used here is FREE during Sale-a-bration.

I promised to share with you how I was able to attend all these crops as a tax deduction.  Please refer to your accountant  (which I am not!) to confirm any information.  In the US, as long as you declare a profit for 3 out of each 5 years and keep records to show you are actively running a business, then you are able to count all expenses to said business as a tax deduction.  Otherwise, the IRS considers it a hobby and you are not able to claim any deductions.  I’m so fortunate that being a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator is both my hobby and my business!   I network with customers and potential customers at weekend crops and work on projects for my blog and classes.  I sometimes am asked to bring adhesives and retired product to cash&carry as well.   So I deduct both my registration fee and my mileage to and from the event.  In my early days as a demo I was unable to deduct all my expenses for the year  because I usually spent more than I made.  But still, even the deductions I was able to make did save money on our taxes.  And now that my business is more established, it is a real blessing to be able to deduct all my supplies and travels.  I even was able to contribute to a SEP IRA beginning a couple years ago.

If you are interested in making your hobby a business, or just want to be a happy shopper and enjoy the discount, consider joining my team.  I’d love to help you be a part of the Stampin’ Up! family during Sale-a-bration and our 30th anniversary year.


Happy crafting (and cropping),

Kim Wilson

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