Archive for November 2010 – Page 2

Blessed and Chaos

The last couple of weeks have been filled with nothing but blessings and utter FUN chaos.  Seems silly that these two words can go together however if I described my life in the last two weeks it might exhaust you.  <smile> 

Let me start with the biggest blessing and that was my trip to Paris.  My trip was the most amazing time I have ever had with my prince.  The weather wasn't great but who cares, we were in Paris!  Despite the drizzle cold rain we walked miles throughout the city and enjoyed the french cuisine and culture.  I was amazed at the sites and swear this has to be the most romantic place I've ever been.  Seeing the Eiffel Tower was always a dream.  He made it a reality.  I am grateful for him. 

I came home and enjoyed one full day with my mom before she left to go back home.  I'm grateful for her too.  She looked after those two beauties for 5 days and I never worry when they are in her hands. While the kids get to enjoy her I feel like I don't get enough time with her.  🙁 

Before I left we had a little birthday fun.  She handed me the most precious gift EVER!  She scrapbooked 40 years of milestones of my life.  I cried, laughed and then cried more.  I cried because this gift is something I will ALWAYS have.  I will pass it on to my children so they can laugh at all my crazy hairstyles.  I laughed at my own "Story!"  Boy, do I have a story.  40 years worth.  As the kids, Russ and I looked at the book it brought back so many great memories. Russ and I almost wet ourselves looking back at pictures when we first met.  We looked so young….just babies!  LOL!  Anyhoo, it was an amazing gift.  The work involved is so appreciated.  I'm telling you, a scrapbook is one of the BEST gifts you can give someone.  It's worth a million dollars to ME!!

After my mom left I was actually on the road again.  This is the reason you really haven't heard from me.  I had one day to seriously work and then off to Colorado I went for a GREAT Demonstrator event.  Another trip down memory lane for me as I miss that place terribly.  I was able to see my great demonstrators and a few of my customers that I gush over.  I had a great time Saturday morning having breakfast with a friend and catching up with her. 

Now I am back home with my sweet family and really haven't done much today.  I'm trying to get back in the groove but I think my body is telling me to just RELAX for one day!  I'm not sure my body knows which time zone its in either.  Looking forward I am going to count my blessings this week.  I have many!  This week I plan to enjoy every minute with my family. 

On a business note… There is a some serious Stampin' Up! specials going on.  Stampin' Up! has gone crazy- in a GREAT way- just for YOU!  The starter kit is HALF price!!!  You can see the special to the right on my side bar.  You should really check it out.  Not a customer of mine?  Call your local demonstrator.  Really, this is a special you do not want to miss.  It's craziness.  Great Christmas Gift for yourself too.  Join and see why demonstrators are so CRAZY about Stampin' Up!

There is also an online sale that you do not want to miss!  You can check out my website for more information.  SUPER deals this week only!

Before I left I had the chance to stamp, believe it or not.  Here is a card I made:

Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator Kimberly Van Diepen

 

 

Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator Kimberly Van Diepen

 

 

Somehow this week I am going to make time to scrapbook my Paris trip.  I want to keep those memories fresh.  <sigh>

Here are some pics of our trip.  I took over 600 pics.  It's going to be one big scrapbook. 

 

This was a spectacular site.  This was the Military School in front.  That Eiffel Tower is so pretty at night. 

Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator Kimberly Van Diepen

 

We were on top of a building (forgot the name-will have to ask Russ!) and this is what we could see.  Love these buildings. 

Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator Kimberly Van Diepen

 

…It's also stunning during the day on a dreary day!

Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator Kimberly Van Diepen

 

Yes, I found a Starbucks.  Seriously, I think I grew a chest hair from the STRONG coffee there. WOW!  It was fun to see Starbucks in a different language.  It's the little things that amuse me. 

Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator Kimberly Van Diepen

 

This was one of the highlights of our trip.  The best show EVER! Two FULL hours of entertainment.  My eyes never left the show.

Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator Kimberly Van Diepen

I just love the look of these buildings.  So much inspiration and art.  They are beautiful.

 

Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator Kimberly Van Diepen

 

Ahhh… this guy just makes my heart pound!

Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator Kimberly Van Diepen

Last… NO class!  <sigh> Why he married me?  I'm sure it's for PURE entertainment purposes! LOL!

 

Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator Kimberly Van Diepen

 

 

Have a GREAT week and a wonderful Thanksgiving.  I'm grateful you take the time out of your day to read my little story!

Stamps just ROCK my World!

Have you ever had a stamp set that truly rocks your world?  A Day of Gratitude is one that just keeps the creativity flowing here in my stamp room.  Seriously! I have tons of stamps and this set just makes me smile.  I love that big flower and love that this set has so many great images in it. 

I used some non traditional colors with this set for this card.  I love the black and white look because it's very clean looking. Most of the time when I use this set it has been more of the "vintage" look and feel.  While this one is too I thought it was different because of the colors I used. 

Take a peek:

Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator Kimberly Van Diepen

 

 

Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator Kimberly Van Diepen

 

 

You will notice on the last picture I have the envelope showing and I placed a strip of Designer Series Paper across the bottom.  It looked so pretty.  I love making the envelopes pretty too.  I added a few Rhinestones around the big flower too!  Love this stamp set. 

Hope your weekend is fantabulous.  Big Workshop for me today.  Excited doesn't even begin the description of how I am feeling.  I am over the moon.  Love meeting new friends here in VA. 

Rockin’ Diva’s!

I recently had the great privilege to recognize some great women on my team.  They are my Rockin' Diva's that have really poured themselves into their business and the results showed.  It's so exciting to watch as their business grow. One of the things I put in their box this quarter was a recordable card.  These are found in the Holiday Mini and they are so much fun.  I bought a bunch of these cards for a few reasons.  My thought was the possibilities are endless with these type of cards and I could send special messages to anyone.  I could sing—->OR NOT!  I thought about making some for my kids when they are having a bummed day as a way to lift their spirits.  Really, the ideas are endless.  For the DIVA's, I wanted them to know they are doing a great job and was excited I could actually say it directly into the card. 

Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator Kimberly Van Diepen

 

 

Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator Kimberly Van Diepen

 

 

I used a few goodies on the card like buttons, chipboard, and punches.  Overall, I hope they liked the message.  I really thought about singing in a few of them but that really would have HURT their ears!  hee hee hee!  I'm sure they are thankful. 

I have a busy day ahead of me.  I am putting the last minute preps on a workshop for tomorrow.  I am so excited about this workshop.  It means I get to meet new friends and share what I love doing… STAMPING!  YIPPIE!!!

Make this weekend a GREAT one!

From Prince to King!

It's been another crazy week around this house.  I have so much to tell you I'm not sure where to start!  I last left telling you about Russ turning the BIG 40!  We had a nice Halloween party/Birthday Bash for him on Saturday with many Navy friends from years past.  It was such a GREAT time to see our friends we had not seen in so long.  For some it was 8 years.  WOW!  Russ and I decided time was precious and no need to stress so we catered the food and that was one of the highlights of the party… until RUSS decided to really make the party a HIGHLIGHT! Let me tell you what Price Charming has done NOW!  

He gathered our friends around in our kitchen and had the kids come stand with us.  I noticed in the corner of my eyes someone had a video camera.  Russ started to tell everyone that while he had turned the BIG 40, someone else in the house would be celebrating the same thing in just a few short days!  That would be ME!  We are only 12 days apart in age.  He continued to tell everyone that he had surprised me a few weeks ago with a trip to Vegas.  He had planned the entire thing.  He continued to tell our friends and myself that he had booked the Venetian Hotel and it was going to be a blast, but he fibbed a bit and we were NOT staying there.  He thought it would be nice if we stayed at the Paris Hotel.  Of course by now I am looking at him perplexed and thinking to myself, "where is he going with all this?"  He looks at me and says, "Honey, I couldn't get us in the Paris Hotel!"  So we are staying at the Le Meridian Montparnase!  He shows a picture of the hotel.  The next paper he FLIPS…. is a flyer with Paris, France and the Eiffel Tower on the front.  He looked at me and said, "WE are going to Paris, France  BABY! Happy 40th Birthday!" At this point I would love to share the video with you.  However when he looked at me to tell me the news I said a bad word.  I just couldn't believe the whole thing.  I've never been overseas and better yet I've never had someone surprise me with something that HUGE.!  It's always been a dream.  This is my king.  Always making dreams happen.  After being married to him for 14 years he has never been this crazy.  To me this is just over the top CRAZY! This is why I love him.  How this man has put up with me for 14 years God only knows.  Russ is like a daily dose of Prozac for me.  He just makes everything better.  After the crazy antics of this move…nothing sounds better right now than a trip away with the man that makes life GRAND!

So onward… While I had the party catered I was silly excited about the cupcakes that I made.  It's the ONLY thing I made for the party.  I felt so "Martha" that day.  Let me show you why!

Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator Kimberly Van Diepen

 

Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator Kimberly Van Diepen

 

Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator Kimberly Van Diepen

 

 

I made labels for all the food with a Halloween Theme to them.  It was fun and the kids thought I was a genius.  That tickles me.

Speaking of the kids… My little Warlocks dressed as mighty pirates.  They had so much fun.

Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator Kimberly Van Diepen

 

 

No, she isn't mad.  That was her Pirate attitude!  So female she IS!

So that was the excitement this past weekend. 

Moving on to stamping related thingies…

Many of you asked for more Organizational tips.  I will try to provide you with some here an there to help you.  My biggest tip when it comes to supplies is having your supplies OUT where you can see them.  I know that it may "look" good in a drawer but if it's there I will never use it because I forgot about it.  I love antique dishes so I keep many of the emellishments I use all the time in these dishes.  For instance, BUTTONS!  I think at least every card I make has one button on it.  I go through buttons like they are coffee. 

Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator Kimberly Van Diepen

 

 

I love keeping my single stamps in a basket and then I can just grab and stamp.  I get much more use out of them. 

Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator Kimberly Van Diepen

 

 

Another thing I use TONS of are they background stamps.  LOVE THESE.  I keep them out on a shelf and they are used all the time. 

Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator Kimberly Van Diepen

 

 

I hope a few of these tips help you. 

I've been a serious stamper lately.  Here is a card made with the Day of Gratitude stamp set.  Currently it's one of my favorite stamp sets. 

Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator Kimberly Van Diepen

 

 

Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator Kimberly Van Diepen

 

 

I love that Marina Mist.  It's so pretty!

I hope your week is terrific.  Mine is super busy but always something good going on.