Archive for November 2010

It’s all a bunch of Hoopla!

I love that word Hoopla!  It just sounds funny and Stampin' Up! has a stamp set called Holiday Hoopla! HA! That makes me giggle.  So last night I went down to my stamp room and told myself I was not leaving until I made something from one of the many stamp sets that has not been inked.  I hate when I look at a stamp set on my desk that is just CLEAN as a whistle.  You know… the stamp set that has NO ink at ALL on it! I pulled out this cute stamp set called Holiday Hoopla and went to town. I was getting a bit giddy because the card was looking VERY clean.  The kind with no sponging, distressing, splatter… etc.  It's been awhile since I've made a card like that and today was not going to be any different.  The card ended up not being a clean cut card after all.  I just have too many toys to make it splattered and tattered to deal with clean cut! Ha!

Here is the Stamp Set!  I sure do love that chubby Santa face!

Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator Kimberly Van Diepen

Here is the card…

Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator Kimberly Van Diepen

 

Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator Kimberly Van Diepen

 

 

Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator Kimberly Van Diepen

 

 

I love these little trees.  Are they just so cute? I stamped them with Early Espresso on the Crumb Cake.  The center of the trees are stamped with Whisper White Craft ink.  Using this set in Clear Mount was TERRIFIC and made lining these trees up easy peasy.  I added the ruffle lace below using Sticky Strip.  I find that using Sticky Strip for this little technique holds the ribbon/lace in place very well. My little tree toppers are the tiny but adorable vintage trinket brads  I love the Vintage Trinkets.  Once I mounted the tree images onto Early Espresso cardstock I still felt it needed something.  I added pearls and then used my Color Spritzer tool for a little splatter action.  I absolutely LOVE this tool and it's a must in your stamp room.  I can't live without it.  <sigh>

Time for me to get the day started.  I'm going to take it kinda easy today! I can feel my body trying to fight off some kind of germies or something. No time to get sick.  Too many Christmas gifts to get ready. 

Have a GREAT week!

Little Notes of Thanks

Today was our "put the tree up" day!  What an ordeal that turned out to be.  For a family that has a fake tree with pre-lit lights… it's only half way up after an afternoon spent replacing lights.  Lucky Russ has more patience than anyone I know because the tree was headed straight for the trash until he decided to "fix" it.  After replacing 100 lights the tree is LIT without decorations.  Maybe later this week our tree will have a few decorations. 

I finally made it into my stamp room this afternoon and really needed to get some "Thank You" notes put together.  I have a few projects in the works but no mojo to finish them.  Maybe that will come this week too.  I decided to work on my Thank You's and I wanted them to be a monogram type of Thank You.  Since I needed to make quite a few I kept them on the simple side.  Well… that's what I thought in the beginning and then I started adding more and more…

I started by using our Notecards.  Oh how I love these little things.  20 come in a package with the envelopes and yes you can mail them.  I stamped the Notably Ornate large stamp and in Early Espresso.  The oval image was embossed with Gold Embossing Powder and then popped up using dimensionals.  I then used the Broadsheet Alphabet by stamping the "K" in Early Espresso Craft ink and embossing it with Clear embossing powder.  I cut the image out and also popped that up using dimensionals.  Lots of dimension going on with this card.  This is when the card gets a little crazy too.  I added the "thanks" by using the Fabulous Phrases stamp set, spritzed the entire card with Gold Smooch Spray, felt the need for a button and then Jewels-both Rhinestones and Pearls.  It's all fun in my book.  Small but very Noteworthy!

Independent Stampin' up! Demonstrator Kimberly Van Diepen

 

 

Independent Stampin' up! Demonstrator Kimberly Van Diepen

 

 

Independent Stampin' up! Demonstrator Kimberly Van Diepen

 

 

I hope your long weekend was perfect.  I can't believe it's over so quick.  Time to get back to the grind. 

Have a GREAT week!!!

Stampin’ BINGO!

I don't know about you but I love to play Bingo!  I rarely get to go but I love sitting in those filled VFW halls trying to fill my bingo cards before anyone else.  I love the looks of the HOT pink daubers and even though I only play maybe twice a year I have at least 8 color daubers to choose from.  I am the lady that buys lots of cards and then I sit there sweating bullets as the call guy calls the numbers and I'm trying to keep up! I get so involved that you cannot even carry on a conversation with me.  Kinda silly, but oh so TRUE! Sadly, I never win at the Bingo halls.  But I sure do get lots of laughs in. 

I was really excited when Stampin' Up! brought out the Bingo Card Stamp.  It was one of the first stamps I purchased from the Holiday Mini.  Once I got it I wasn't sure how to use it.  Ha.  I know you understand.  I love the vintage look of the BINGO stamp!  Here is a card I made for workshops this month.  I used the Jolly Bingo Bits in the bottom row of my Bingo Card. 

 

Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator Kimberly Van Diepen

 

 

Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator Kimberly Van Diepen

 

 

Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator Kimberly Van Diepen

 

 

I only used three ink colors on this card: Soft Suede, Crumb Cake and Early Espresso.  Such YUMMO colors.  While the card is pretty darn simple, I could change out some of my Bingo Bits so NO card would be the same.  Kinda fun.

Today I am duel tasking.  Christmas Decorations need to go up and stamping HAS to take place.  To the stamp room I go…

Have a fabulous Sunday!!!

Construction Zone

I can't believe it!  I spent a good chunk of time in my stamp room today and didn't get a single thing stamped.  How does that happen? I braved the craziness in the stores this morning.  I really didn't have to buy anything but I so love to people watch.  I love to watch them get mad.  I think something is wrong with me.  LOL!  Seriously, there are some crazy peeps out there shopping.  Anyhoo, I ended up having lunch with my friend and came home to my stamp room.  I had great intentions to stamp the day away.  I got involved in a project and ended up not stamping anything new.  Tomorrow I am bound and determined to ink something!  I should warn Russ.  🙂

Earlier this month I challenged my downline to construct and Design a House from our Decor Accents Line.  I love these little houses and the possibilities are endless with them.  They are so easy to put together, and your free to decorate the way you want.  They come flat but they are pre scored and there are directions to show you how to put it together.  The naked house looks like this:

Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator Kimberly Van Diepen

I love that little door knob.  So cute. You can order this cute house in my On Line Store HERE. The number to order is:  #120911

Since I had challenged my downline I always like to participate too.  Here is my little house. While the embellishments took a little longer I was so excited with the final product. 

Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator Kimberly Van Diepen

 

Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator Kimberly Van Diepen

 

 

Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator Kimberly Van Diepen

 

 

Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator Kimberly Van Diepen

 

 

My house is the Stampin' Cafe.  So fun.  I loved creating it and I love seeing it in my stamp room. 

I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving. 

Thank you to so many of you for giving tips on where to find the chandelier.  So many ideas. 

Here is hoping I create like a mad woman the rest of the weekend. 

On the hunt!

I hate to admit this but most of the week I have been a complete slug.  I must admit however that I have enjoyed it.  I think it was one of those times where my body just tells me to S-L-O-W down.  After jumping a few time zones in a week it was good to "catch up" on some sleep and relax.  During this relaxation period I've been on the hunt (lazy hunting on the internet) for a vintage piece that I want to add to my stamp room.  For awhile now I've been looking for a chandelier to hang directly above my desk.  It would mainly serve the purpose of "looking" pretty but a little more light would be nice too.  I've looked at so many but I haven't found the perfect one yet.  Tonight while I was waiting on my pies to bake I found a few fun pieces.  I love the pictures because the colors are so inspiring.  Check these out…

 

You can see the lighting that is hanging.  While this light is much to small I think the rest of the decor' is just beautiful.  I would love to snatch that chair up.  SO pretty!

Indpendent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator Kimberly Van Diepen

 

I love the cogs in this picture below. Love everything in this picture actually.  YUMMY!

Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator Kimberly Van Diepen

 

This just screams make a card from me…..however the real reason I love this fun inspiration is for the chandelier.  It's so beautiful. 

Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator Kimberly Van Diepen

I'm hoping to find the perfect vintage shop here in Virginia.  I haven't had a lot of time to go antiquing yet. It's high on my list of things to do.  Russ dreads it.  <hee hee>

So, keeping with my vintage theme I used one of my favorite stamp sets—> Aviary for the card below.  I'm looking for a vintage Bird Cage too.  I know exactly where I'm going to hang it, but haven't found it yet. 

Independent Stampin' UP! Demonstrator Kimberly Van Diepen

 

 

Independent Stampin' UP! Demonstrator Kimberly Van Diepen

 

 

We have a big day planned with my friend Denise.  We are going to her home for Thanksgiving Dinner.  I can't wait.  I love Thanksgiving and sharing it with friends.  We have so much to be thankful for.  Thank you for stopping by today and I hope your Thanksgiving is the best yet!!!! Tonight, I am going to bury myself in my stamp room.  I think it misses me. Hee Hee!!!

xoxoxo