A Stamper To Remember

Fruit Basket

Filed under: Projects — April 16, 2018 @ 11:17 am

Fruit Basket is one of the cutest bundles Stampin Up! has released.  I’m sad that it is retiring, but there’s still time to share a few projects I have made with the stamp set, matching punches and coordinating paper.

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These cute little tags were our Make and Take at the November Stampin’ Up! OnStage.  I love how you can use the little watermelon punch to make the opening for the ribbon!

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This is a simple layout, but so striking with the Lemon-Lime Twist paper and ribbon.

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For this card I used a strip of the designer paper on the inside of the card, so it shows through the punched strawberries.  I used hinge jumping with my Stamparatus to get the even sentiments.

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IMG_2136 A Good Day

These cute little cards feature the matching Designer Paper (retiring) with A Good Day stamp set and punches.

Today’s Tip:  Use the 2-1/4″ circle punch to make an envelope liner for the narrow note cards.

Check out the products by clicking the thumbnail picture on the supply list below.

Happy crafting,

Kim Wilson
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Bow Builder meets Truly Tailored

Filed under: Projects — April 12, 2018 @ 12:59 pm

I want to share a fun layout with you today.  We will be making this masculine card at my next class, but you can adapt the layout for any occasion.  It’s a great way to use up scraps of Designer Series Paper.

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I’m sad that the Bow Builder Punch is retiring.  It’s such a fun punch and really makes a statement.  Be sure to pick one up soon – they are only available while supplies last (link below).

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This photo shows how to assemble the bow.  It’s even easier if you use glue dots!

Everyone who orders from my store in April will get my 3 April CardClass pdfs (including this one).  Or join my mailing list and ask for “Truly Tailored”.

The Truly Tailored stamp set and the True Gentleman Designer Paper are also retiring, but the Tailored Tag punch will be in the new catalog.  I would recommend getting the stamp and punch bundle – it is 10% off!  The stamp set has 3 fun greetings for the front of your card and 3 for the inside – a great selection for Father’s Day, a masculine birthday or all-occasion card.

Happy crafting,

Kim Wilson
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Stampin’ Up! Retiring List Tips

Filed under: Projects — April 10, 2018 @ 10:00 am

This is always an exciting time of year for me.  Demonstrators get to see all the new products and the Retiring List is released.  I’ll be featuring some of my favorites this month – one last hurrah before we say goodbye.

Retiring Products are available while supplies last.  I’ll be tracking the Inventory Status Report (#demoperk) several times a day and posting updates on my Facebook page for you.  So if you are susceptible to FOMO (Fear of Missing Out), the best way to keep up is to Follow and choose “See First” and/or “All On” for Notifications.  You also might want to get my newsletter -I’ll email you my free ClassCards Instruction Sheets filled with fun projects just for subscribing!


When you get to my shop, you can go right to the Last Chance Products tab to see what is retiring.  Or check out your favorites by entering the name or product number into the Search box.  In blue at the bottom it will let you know if it is retiring and if it is in low inventory like this Fluttering Embossing Folder.

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**Note – the products in the Bundles category are going into the new catalog, but will not be at the 10% off bundled price.

**Note – all ink pads are marked retiring because of the new design.  But only these colors are actually leaving our color palette:

Retiring Colors

On May 31, 2018, thirteen colors are retiring.

  • Always Artichoke
  • Chocolate Chip
  • Elegant Eggplant
  • Island Indigo
  • Marina Mist
  • Perfect Plum
  • Pink Pirouette
  • Rose Red
  • Soft Sky
  • Tangerine Tango
  • Tempting Turquoise
  • Wild Wasabi
  • Wisteria Wonder

The retiring 2016-2018 In Colors are:

  • Dapper Denim
  • Emerald Envy
  • Flirty Flamingo*
  • Peekaboo Peach
  • Sweet Sugar Plum

*Please note that while Flirty Flamingo is retiring as an In Color, it will continue to be available as part of our core color collection.

Here is a fun retiring stamp set:  Text Ya Later has 59 photopolymer stamps, both words and emojis, that you can use to make fun phone screens.  I don’t have this set myself, but had to put it on my wish list after receiving this swap card (made by Sarah Moomey) at Stampin’ Up! OnStage2018 last weekend (#demoperk).

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And here’s another swap card I got from Lorraine Durrant.  I will be so sad to see the Flower Shop stamp set and Pansy Punch retire.  That has been a favorite for a long time.  Isn’t this a darling card?  She also used Beautiful Bouquet and Hello Friend (also retiring).

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And before I forget – today is the last day to sign up for the April Paper Pumpkin kit.  It’s a real fun one – check out the sneak peek we got at Stampin’ Up! OnStage2018.  Don’t forget to use the Promo code if you are a new subscriber – sign up here.

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It’s going to be an exciting spring, so why not Join the Fun!

Happy crafting,

Kim Wilson
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OnStage and many changes

Filed under: Projects — April 9, 2018 @ 4:52 pm

My favorite part of attending a Stampin’ Up! OnStage is spending time with old and new friends.

Stampers to remember team

A close second is to be first to hear all the news and get your hands on fun new products. I am most excited about the revamped color palette and the exciting new ink pad design – more about that later.  You probably want to see the new In Colors!

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Don’t forget that old pads/refills/cardstock are available only  while supplies last.


***When you visit the Last Chance Products at my shop, remember that items in the bundles list ARE carrying over, BUT will not be bundled at the 10% off list.

***Also, all the inkpads are marked as retiring because of the awesome new pad design.  BUT the only COLORS retiring are:

  • Always Artichoke
  • Chocolate Chip
  • Elegant Eggplant
  • Island Indigo
  • Marina Mist
  • Perfect Plum
  • Pink Pirouette
  • Rose Red
  • Soft Sky
  • Tangerine Tango
  • Tempting Turquoise
  • Wild Wasabi
  • Wisteria Wonder
    • Dapper Denim
    • Emerald Envy
    • Peekaboo Peach
    • Sweet Sugar Plum

And here’s a quick peek at the new catalog.  By the way, demonstrators get to preorder early, so why not Join the Fun during the 30th anniversary year for Stampin’ Up!


More tomorrow, after I catch up on some sleep!

Happy crafting,

Kim Wilson

On Stage Swaps

Filed under: Projects — April 5, 2018 @ 1:00 pm

My team and I are heading to London, Ontario this weekend for Stampin’ Up! On Stage.  And yes, we may hit snow AGAIN. Last year we had snow on on the way to Richmond – never trust a GPS that wants to take you meandering through the mountains of West Virginia!

One of the fun parts of a Stampin’ Up! meeting is connecting with fellow demonstrators and swapping cards.  Not business cards, but handmade greeting cards with our contact info.  Here are the ones I made for this weekend.

Stampin' Up, Beautiful Day swaps

Today’s Tips:

-To make the basket weave pop even more, lightly ink the inside of the folder before running through the Big Shot.  The Basket Weave folder will be available again when the new catalog goes live in June.

-I used Stampin’ Blends to color  the flower and butterfly.  I love how easy it is to blend the colors without lines.  Currently they cannot be ordered, but as soon as new supply of Blends have arrived I’ll let you know.

-To add some sparkle, mix some Dazzling Diamonds glitter in with your clear embossing powder.   For the flower, I just inked up the cut piece directly with a Versamark ink pad.  For the butterfly I used a sponge dauber to add some Versamark to the darker portions.

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These were my 2 prototypes, but I liked the clean and simple versions in the first photo so I went with those.

I had a few Whisper White panels from my last class with the Waterfront stamp set, so I made this easy card as well.

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The next Stampin’ Up! meeting will be in ORLANDO, FLORIDA in November.  I hope you can join me there.  If you want more information, check out my website and be sure you are on my mailing list.

Happy crafting,

Kim Wilson
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Filed under: Projects — April 3, 2018 @ 12:55 pm

The Waterfront stamp set by Stampin’ Up! has been one of the top hits of the season.  It is so much fun to play with the watercolor like stamps to make beautiful scenes.  I combined it with the Barn Door bundle at my last class to make a tri-fold frame.  If you want the instruction sheet – sign up for my newsletter and request the Waterfront CardClass.

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Stampin Up, Waterfront

On the left, I stamped on Whisper White Cardstock with no blending.  On the right, I stamped on Watercolor Paper.  After each color I blended with an Aquapainter.  I also took some Early Espresso ink and added rocks in the water and on the shoreline and ridges on the mountain.  I added some snow and whitecaps with a chalk marker.

Waterfront is a great stamp set for easy cards and also if you want to discover your inner artist!

Here are a few more of my creations with this fun set.  This one I recreated from a photo of the Stampin’ Up! incentive trip to Thailand.  To read more about my first incentive trip, check out this post.

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Here are a couple more photos I recreated from a 4th of July family gathering at Lake Erie.

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Waterfront beach scene Stampin Up

The Waterfront stamp set is great for cards…

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or for home decor.

Waterfront sunset

Experiment with different colors and adding stamps from other stamp sets.  Enjoy this versatile stamp set and feel like an artist!

Happy crafting,

Kim Wilson
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Springtime Foils

Filed under: Projects — March 30, 2018 @ 9:45 am

Next up in my Stampin’ Up Sale-A-Bration series is my favorite Springtime Foils Designer Series Paper.  This paper is awesome – heavy, shiny and beautiful.  I noticed today that it’s selling on eBay for $20-$50 a pack – that’s crazy!  You can get it free for just a few more days here.

The first 2 cards I paired the Springtime Foils paper with the funny Birthday Wit stamp set  The inside says “You’re Welcome”.

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For the next two cards I added the Perennial Birthday stamp set.

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These two use the Eclectic Expressions set – another SAB freebie until March 31.

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Floral Statements and Stampin’ Blends finish off this card nicely.

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Just scraps of the paper with a ribbon colored with Stampin’ Blends:

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The Celebrate You thinlits dies are also an SAB freebie.  The congrats is from the Sunshine Wishes thinlits.  This copper ribbon is to die for.  I love to pull it apart at the edges.

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And a simple line of gold Washi tape (retired Year of Cheer) plus the die cut makes this card easy for multiples.

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I hope you enjoyed all these easy ideas for the Springtime Foils Designer Series Paper.   There are a couple more ideas in this post.  If you are reading this after March 31 and didn’t get any – message me.  You can also try out these layouts with some of Stampin’ Ups other beautiful foil papers listed below.

I appreciate everyone that supported my home business by purchasing during Sale-a-bration.  It’s a win-win – you got freebies and I got paid.  If you are interested in starting a home crafting business or paying for your hobby or just getting a discount as a happy shopper – contact me or check out the details here.

Happy crafting,

Kim Wilson
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Last Chance Sale-A-Bration

Filed under: Projects — March 29, 2018 @ 11:36 am

Sale-a-bration is almost over so I wanted to catch up on the rest of the projects I’ve made this year.  Today I have a few cards made with the Tutti-Frutti Cards & Envelopes, the Eclectic Expressions and Party Pandas.  All are free with a qualifying order, but only until March 31.

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The precut and scored cards make it easy to create in a flash.  I had a scrap of the Polished Stone technique from my September class, that I added to the first card.  (The bamboo is from Asian Artistry.)  And I added some Myths & glimmer paper balloons to the second one.  The glimmer paper is in the Occasions catalog, but was also added as a last minute SAB freebie.

Contact me if you’d like the instruction sheet for the Polished stone technique – be sure to ask for it specifically.

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These are a couple more cards with the Tutti-Frutti notecards & envelopes.  I just added a Memories & More card and die cuts to each one – so easy.  The Petals & More thinlits dies were also added as a last minute SAB freebie.

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I thought one of the stamps from Eclectic Expressions looked like raindrops so I added it to this card with the girl from Beautiful You.  I used another stamp for the background.  The ribbon is an SAB freebie too.

I’m sad to see Sale-abration end, but there are still a few more days to get your freebies.  Better yet is the demonstrator starter kit, because new products are just around the corner and why not get them at a discount?

Happy crafting,

Kim Wilson
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Pumpkin Bread, Paper Pumpkin and Easter

Filed under: Projects — March 27, 2018 @ 11:49 am

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Sale-A-Bration ends soon, so don’t miss out on your favorites – whether they are Party Pandas, Lots of Lavender or the Springtime Foils Designer Series Paper (DSP).   Here I paired the DSP with the Hold onto Hope bundle for a versatile card for many occasions.  Perfect for an Easter card or card of hope and encouragement to someone this week.

Everyone loved the Pumpkin Bread I had at the last Stampin’ Up Card Class so I’m sharing the recipe here.   My sister-in-law makes it every Thanksgiving – a family favorite.   It is a very moist and rich bread.  You can use unsweetened applesauce in place of part of the oil.

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Pumpkin Bread part 2

And while we are on the subject of pumpkin, Paper Pumpkin, our subscription crafting kit, has two specials going on.  And until the end of March, you can take advantage of BOTH.

For new subscribers, your first 2 months are 50% off (you can cancel at any time).  Use promo code SAVEFIFTY0418 here when you sign up.  AND, you can earn Sale-A-Bration freebies by purchasing prepaid subscriptions at my store.  You can get a 1,3,6 or a 12-month subscription and enter other products as well to earn your freebies.  Or purchase several 1-months as gifts!  You will be emailed a code – save that until your half-priced months are finished.  The purchased codes will never expire, the SAVEFIFTY0418 code is only good until May 10 .


We also have some great card kits in the Occasions and Annual catalog.  In fact, the Color Me Happy kit is currently an SAB freebie!  I love kits to take along to crops or when I am traveling.

Happy crafting

and have a blessed holy week,

Kim Wilson
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Women’s Conference

Filed under: Projects — March 26, 2018 @ 8:41 am

I didn’t have time to post much last week.  I was a vendor for Stampin’ Up! at the WCTL Rejoice, Refresh Renew Conference on Saturday.  What a joy it was to see many old friends and share a day together.

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Look at the sign Brenda made for our card rack:

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It’s so true that a handmade card can make a difference for someone.

Here are some of the Easter and Mother’s Day cards I made for our rack using the Hold on to Hope, You’re Inspiring and Garden Girl stamp sets.

Easter cards, Stampin' Up, You're Inspiring, Mother's Day, Garden Girl

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Our speaker was Sheila Walsh.  She has an amazing testimony about how God can use our brokenness.  One verse that hit me hard was from Hebrews 2.  “For the joy set before him, he endured the cross”.  And the same verse came up in the sermon on Sunday.  We don’t always know why we have to endure an illness or trial, but Jesus understands.   We see a dichotomy of pain and joy, giving up something/ or suffering now for the sake of something in the future with greater value.

Another highlight of the day was meeting Sheila, getting our album signed and hearing a story about her first album (which was released the year I was married).  It was a low budget production, so the cover photo was just a snapshot taken against the wall in her friends house.

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I’m reminded again of why I love being a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator with our statement of the heart –

“To love what we do and share what we love, as we help others enjoy creativity and worthwhile accomplishment…in this we make a difference.”  If you want to find out more – please visit my Stampin’ Up! website.

Happy crafting,

Kim Wilson
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