I’m Finally Sharing Something NEW!

I’m Finally Sharing Something NEW!

I know I’ve been sharing a lot of stamp sets that are retiring over the past few weeks.  I wanted to share as much as I could with you of GREAT images that I hate to say good bye too.

It’s time to move forward and I’ve pulled out the new sets.  I’ve had them sitting on my desk just waiting to be played with.  I’m super excited to share with you.

 

It’s not ALL about Birds!

Swirly Bird, Stampin' up!

 

I’m sure you have seen the Swirly Bird stamp set all over the internet already but I have to tell you this set is NOT all about the birds.  There is so much more to this set and I love it.

This Swirly Bird bundle is going to be a HUGE hit because it’s DIVERSE.  Flowers, kites, birds…. there is a little something for everyone in this set.

Swirly Bird, Stampin' up!

 

The biggest excitement held within the Swirly Bird stamp set- the coordinating framelits.  Hold on Nelly! They are fantastic.

Swirly Bird, Stampin' up!

 

I paired this stamp set with the Thoughtful Banners stamp set (new and AWESOME).  That little cute banner you see is a new punch.

I hope you can feel my excitement for this stamp set.  It’s going to be a must.

Stay tuned this week.  I have more Swirly Bird coming your way.

 

Important News!

SHOP May 21st-June 5th and you will receive a FREE InColor Ribbon sampler and a sample of MY favorite NEW Designer Series Paper.  Keeping that part a surprise… but you are going to LOVE! Minimum order $25.  
Free gifts will be shipped once I return from my big trip. 
 Click HERE to shop! Use the hostess code below.  This Hostess Code (see below) will be good until June 6th.  

Masculine, Stampin' Up!, Going Global, May Hostess Code

Please be advised- If you hit the no contact button I have no way of sending your free gift or the tutorial.  

This makes me incredibly sad as I appreciate your business and have no way of thanking you.

Swirly Bird, Stampin' up!

PS- I’m floating on the sea today possibly visiting some city in Italy.  I’m waving a BIG hello and I’m eating A LOT.  Really- I’m not holding back.

XOXOXO

The Stamp Set That Stole My Heart!

Yes, Beautiful Ride Had me from the Beginning!

A Beautiful Ride was one of the first sets that my eyes had hearts fluttering from them when I opened up my Occasions catalog last November.  BIG hearts.

It’s a set that has so many great images and plus I do love a fun watercoloring event when time permits.

 

A Beautiful Ride

 

Beautiful Ride, Stampin' Up!

 

The bug car has been the favorite image of the bunch because it’s WIDE open to possibilities.  SO many great ways to color it, however in true Kimberly fashion it seems like I’ve managed to color it the same Pool Party color most of the time.  Okay, not always but the color Pool Party seems to be my favorite.

 

If you missed a few of my cards using this set, you can see them HERE and this one was a HOOT HERE.

Beautiful Ride, Stampin' Up!

 

Tips & Tricks 

  • I used the Circles Collection Framelits (retiring) to create a large circle cutout so I could position the bug car to appear it was “passing through.”
  • The bug car was stamped onto Watercolor paper and colored using an Aqua Painter.  I did a little fussy cutting around the bug car.  Remember, watercoloring shouldn’t be perfect.  Coloring outside of the lines is awesome and leaving a few spots open is okay too.  I say this because it took me a LONG time to remember this.  It’s always a throw back to my kinder teacher telling me to color inside of the lines.
  • A small strip of White Corrugated paper (retiring) is positioned beneath the Basic Black punched star strip.  The stars were created using a framelit from the Mini Treat Bag framelits.
  • Last little detail was the It’s My Party Enamel Dots.  I’ve loved these and I’m completely out of the yellow ones.
  • I used the Timeless Textures stamp set to create the “road” that the bug car is driving on.
  • A small amount of splatter was created using my Aqua Painter and finger over the focal image.

Beautiful Ride, Stampin' Up!

 

You can see all products used in the clickable links below.

Supplies Used

Price: $110.00

Important News!

  • SHOP May 21st-June 5th and you will receive a FREE InColor Ribbon sampler and a sample of MY favorite NEW Designer Series Paper.  Keeping that part a surprise… but you are going to LOVE! Minimum order $25.  
    Free gifts will be shipped once I return from my big trip. 
     Click HERE to shop! Use the hostess code below.  This Hostess Code (see below) will be good until June 6th.  

    Masculine, Stampin' Up!, Going Global, May Hostess Code

Please be advised- If you hit the no contact button I have no way of sending your free gift or the tutorial.  

This makes me incredibly sad as I appreciate your business and have no way of thanking you.

Beautiful Ride, Stampin' Up!

Please Pinch Me- Dream Come True

Please Pinch Me- Dream Come True

As you are reading this I’m on my way to the airport and dreams are about to come true.

We may appear to look like the Clampett’s as we roll down the road heading to the airport. Not kidding.

Dreams, Stampin' Up!

 

Okay, maybe not that bad… but we are off. We are excited and WE thank YOU for being our support during our family craziness.

We are headed here first….. Barcelona Spain.  WOWSA.  SO pretty.  Brandon could probably tell you everything to know about this church.  Me… I’ll be learning from him in flight.  HA HA.

Dream, Stampin' Up!

 

We’ll have a few short hours to play in Barcelona before we board this EPIC ship…

Dream, Stampin' Up!

 

It’s all so exciting.  Just pinch me.  Dreams come true.  It’s a beautiful thing.

Stay tuned.  I have a few fun things to share while I’m away.  I promise I’m not working while I’m gone.  I’m going to enjoy every single moment with my family.  I owe it to them.

XOXOXO

Important News!

SHOP May 21st-June 5th and you will receive a FREE InColor Ribbon sampler and a sample of MY favorite NEW Designer Series Paper.  Keeping that part a surprise… but you are going to LOVE! Minimum order $25.  
Free gifts will be shipped once I return from my big trip. 
 Click HERE to shop! Use the hostess code below.  This Hostess Code (see below) will be good until June 6th.  

Masculine, Stampin' Up!, Going Global, May Hostess Code

Please be advised- If you hit the no contact button I have no way of sending your free gift or the tutorial.  

This makes me incredibly sad as I appreciate your business and have no way of thanking you.

Epic Week- Have to Share!

Epic Week- Have to Share!

It’s been an epic week here at home and I have to share.  I hope you don’t mind.

Russ and I couldn’t have fit in another crazy thing this week even if we wanted to. I shouldn’t say that… the week isn’t over yet.

 

This Picture Says it All!

Epic Week, stampinbythesea, Kimberly Van Diepen

 

This picture is a glimpse of what happened.  So many other pics could of been added….

If you are new to my blog, I’ll warn you I am about to ramble.  I don’t do this often but I needed to chat.  Hopefully you were able to see the card I posted earlier today.

 

A Day in My Life!

Why such an epic week? There was great, good, bad and ugly throughout.  Tonight I stand in awe of what can be accomplished when we keep God in the center of everything.

  • Monday started off with emergency vehicles 5 houses down from me.  At first glance I couldn’t see much but then a few neighbors started coming out (we’re nosy like that) and we found out what was going on.  It was only 10:45 am.  A drunk driver missed the turn and hit our neighbors home.  My first thought- deep sadness when I looked at my watch and saw the time of day and knowing this man was impaired at such an early hour. My next thought? Just 1 hour and 30 minutes prior my daughter was standing there waiting for the bus.  I reflected on this all day long.  God is good.  No one was hurt.  The man was taken to jail. I prayed for all involved.
  • Monday I also had to make an appointment to the dentist.  If you’ve been a reader for any length of time you know how I feel about Mr. Dentist.  My sinuses have still been bothering me and my thought was I better make sure this wasn’t a dental issue with the trip coming up.  Praise God- not the problem.  I then made another appointment to the Dr. to fix me before our trip. This time he gave me a steroid and another antibiotic.  I am thankful I was able to be seen quickly and time to spare.  I’m already feeling better and the steroids have me zoomin’ around the house.
  • Tuesday we meet with our small group from church and it’s one of my favorite days to see my favorite people.  Our pastor is hysterical.  He’s our age and we love him and his family.  He talked with our kids about behaving themselves on the trip, prayed with us and then we all gave him a hug.  He decided to pull Russ out of the car window to give him a big hug and then he promptly put him back via the car window.  I tell you, he’s crazy.  Again, God is so good to put these people in our path.  I came home that night and worked late.  I needed something on my Stampin’ Up! website and low and behold I found out I had earned our next incentive trip with Stampin’ Up!  It was 12:45am.  No one was awake.  I had a little dance party by myself.  I wasn’t expecting to see that I had earned it.   Not yet anyways.  I am blessed with a supportive family, a phenomenal team, incredible customers and a GREAT God.
  • Wednesday was a big day for Brandon as he finally had the springs on his braces removed.  I’m not kidding when I tell you this kid let a few tears go when they were out.  They have been in for a long time and it was a relief to get them removed before the trip.  Then I took both the kids shopping for last minute items.  Last minute for us means EVERYTHING we needed.  Procrastination at it’s finest- as usual.  BUT wait… as if we didn’t have enough on our plate Russ had a grand idea that we could have a giant shed built in our backyard before we left.  The workers showed up at 7am and it should take 3 days to finish. Not a huge deal unless their equipment kept knocking out power to the power source. Which meant I was running to fix the breaker as needed.   Seriously Russ!
  • Today was emotionally draining.  The kids are finishing up their last few days of school.  They’ve had tests, projects due in the midst of all the chaos.  Russ’ boss, a man I have great respect for retired today.  As I sat during the ceremony listening to his speech of the past 30 years of his military career, it resembles Russ’ career so much.  They both flew S-3’s, both had tours in Iraq, many many many deployments…  Tears flowed from my eyes as I reflected on Russ’ career .  A military retirement is a beautiful ceremony with many traditions packed into it.  It was beautiful and we were so grateful this man was in charge during Russ’ stroke. He was compassionate and played a big part in letting Russ finish out his career. He let Russ take the time to recover and ALWAYS respected my opinion before letting Russ jump into anything crazy.  He knew Russ wanted to get back to work fast… he knew I thought differently.  He is a great man and we know God put him in our path for a reason.  I am so thankful we could celebrate with him today.
  • I left the ceremony to grab Brandon after school to get his hair cut.  He looked like a rag a muffin and we couldn’t have that if he wanted to hang in the teen lounge on the ship.  We needed to be quick as I needed to get home and pick up Alexis for her band concert.  Unfortunately the traffic was snarled due to an accident and we were going to be late no matter what.  I could feel the anxiety coming knowing we would be late to the concert.  Somehow traffic seemed to move along and we made it in the nick of time.  The concert was 2-1/2 hours and and pretty darn amazing for middle school kids. Wasn’t expecting it to be that long, but I was so glad Russ and I could attend and be in the moment.
  • As I type the laundry is going.  A few things are packed and there is a list that is growing of things NOT to forget.  Brandon summed it up for me tonight right before he went to bed.  “Mom, let’s not sweat the small stuff- as long as we are together the rest is trivial.”  How true that statement is.

I’m not sure what today will bring but from the looks of this past week, I think it will be epic.  I’ve laughed, I’ve cried, I’ve been anxious.  Tons of emotions wrapped into one week all the while God has been in the midst of every single moment.

Lastly, thanks for being in the midst of my path and thank you for listening.

 

XOXOXO

 

 

 

 

A Boy and His Kite

A Boy and His Kite

I can’t tell you the last time I actually flew a kite but after stamping this card I had the itch to find a kite and fly it.

Kite, Stampin' Up!, Stampin' Up! Demo

 

I pulled out my Happy Home stamp set again and the little boy flying the kite is precious.

If you missed the last card I created with this set you can check it out HERE.  It was more frilly for a girl.

 

Kite, Stampin' Up!, Stampin' Up! Demo

 

So much cuteness in this set.  I love the small images that create a scene.

Kite, Stampin' Up!, Stampin' Up! Demo

Tips & Tricks

  • I started this card by using stamping the image on Whisper White cardstock and then punching the image with the 2-1/2″ Circle Punch.  The other circles were die cut using the Circles Framelits.
  • The missing you greeting was stapled onto the circle layers to keep it together.
  • The acrylic dots were laying on my desk from a Project Life accessory kit.  I keep a small basket with little trinkets like this that I can find little treasures to use on cards.  They are usually remnants from a kit or something I’ve stamped and didn’t trash.  Love using these little trinkets.
  • The image was colored using a Sponge Dauber for the sky and a Blender Pen for the grass.

Kite, Stampin' Up!, Stampin' Up! Demo

 

If Happy Home is a stamp set you are falling in love with there is still time to purchase.  This set is retiring from the Occasions Catalog on May 31st and will no longer be available.

You can see all products used in the clickable links below.

Here are a few more projects that were created by the amazing concept artists from Stampin’ Up!

Kite, Stampin' Up!, Stampin' Up! Demo

Are these NOT the cutest ever? Remember, this set is a bundle.  Click HERE to see the bundle.

Important News!

SHOP May 21st-June 5th and you will receive a FREE InColor Ribbon sampler and a sample of MY favorite NEW Designer Series Paper.  Keeping that part a surprise… but you are going to LOVE! Minimum order $25.  
Free gifts will be shipped once I return from my big trip. 
 Click HERE to shop! Use the hostess code below.  This Hostess Code (see below) will be good until June 6th.  

Masculine, Stampin' Up!, Going Global, May Hostess Code

Please be advised- If you hit the no contact button I have no way of sending your free gift or the tutorial.  

This makes me incredibly sad as I appreciate your business and have no way of thanking you.

Kite, Stampin' Up!, Stampin' Up! Demo

Travel News 

Today I probably wish I was flying a kite.  That’s not happening.  Todays the day I need to have it ALL done.  All the packing, lists for the house sitter, house picked up (HA HA HA-like that is going to happen!)  I feel like I will never accomplish everything on my list, but I’m keeping it ALL real and telling myself that even if I don’t get it all done, we will survive.

Honestly, the hardest part of this has getting things ready for the couple staying in our home.  They have a job let me tell you.  Dogs, cat, Guinea Pigs, and my 150 gallon fish tank.  These poor people.  I feel better that someone will be able to love on the fur babies while we are gone.

The kids are cracking me up.  Brandon cannot contain his excitement.  Alexis, still very excited is only worried about the outfits.

Okay… It’s time for me to finish up the last minute details.  XOXOXO

PS- Coming next week… ALL NEW stamps coming.

PSS- If you have ordered from me this year you should have received a FREE catalog.  If you have not, and you wish to order contact me using the link at the top of this page and I will send you a catalog when I get back.

 

XOXO