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Big Top Birthday

Big Top Birthday

I’m always in need of birthday cards, and today I have five fun birthday cards to share.  You may even feel like you are celebrating a big top birthday with these cards with the fun circus theme.

Cupcakes & Carousels Suite

One of the eye-catching suites in the Occasions catalog for me is the Cupcakes & Carousels Suite.  I love the vintage vibe the designer paper has, and the stamp set Carousel Birthday has fonts I adored.

Today I want to share five cards using this suite that is quick and easy to duplicate.


Mixing Pattern Paper

Don’t be afraid to mix the designer papers together.  One of the greatest things about the 6 x 6 Cupcakes & Carousels Designer Series Paper Pack is the coordinating colors and fun patterns.


Big Top Birthday, Stampin' Up!, Carousel Birthday


Early Espresso has always been a favorite color of mine, and I love this color paired with pinks or blue tones.  Bringing all of these colors together was even better.

Quick Tip: Try fussy cutting the carousel horse to add a more dramatic look to the focal point.  Attach the carousel horse to the card front using dimensionals for a 3D appeal.



Cupcakes & Carousels Embellishment Kit


The Cupcakes & Carousels Embellishment Kit has a variety of fun elements to add to cards including tassels, bows, twine and sequins.  My favorite from this kit are the gorgeous labels with gold highlights around the filigrees.


Big Top Birthday, Stampin' Up!, Carousel Birthday


Quick Tip: VersaMark Ink is perfect to add a tone on tone to your Kraft cardstock.  I love how the carousel image quietly sits in the back of the pattern papers, and the focus can be on the greeting with the label.


Cupcakes & Birthdays 

I love cupcakes and carousels, so when the two are combined, it’s perfection.

Big Top Birthday, Stampin' Up!, Carousel Birthday


Quick Tip: Stamp the Carousel onto Very Vanilla cardstock using Flirty Flamingo ink, then die cut using the Layering Circles Dies.  Attach the circle die cut over another stamped carousel to create a more dramatic look.  Once again, VersaMark was used to stamp the carousel onto the Flirty Flamingo cardstock.


Bold & Bright

While many of the papers are more subtle tones in the Cupcakes & Carousels paper pack, a few of the colors will coordinate with more of the Brights Collection.

I love how the big top tent looks stamped in Real Red.

Big Top Birthday, Stampin' Up!, Carousel Birthday




Gather Your Supplies


Big Top Birthday, Stampin' Up!, Carousel Birthday


Quick Tips

Are you ready to create your big top birthday cards? With a few simple supplies, you can be on your way.

  • Kraft Cardstock
  • VersaMark
  • Cupcakes & Carousels Designer Series Paper Pack
  • Early Espresso Ink

Other ink choices can be added to make the cards more unique for yourself.

You will find all of the supplies for these cards below in the clickable links.

Ready to re-create these cards? Click HERE and download a FREE tutorial to create each of these cards.  

Stay tuned for more fun cards using the Carousel Birthday tomorrow.  

YES, I have three more cards to share this week and a fun blog hop coming up on Thursday.  

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Around the World We Go!

Around the world we go, would you like to join me?  Okay, maybe we can stay state side… but I am going on a little trip and I’m excited.  

Stampin’ Up! is holding a Catalog Premiere the end of April all around the United States for Demonstrators.  When the announcement happened I was a little giddy.  We would be the first to see the NEW catalog and receive GOODIES.  

I scrambled to see the list of cities and the closest to my city was Birmingham, Al.  I had to sit and give this thought.  It would be the first time I was leaving the Prince since the stroke.  Russ and I chatted about it and he is doing so great.  I think it could happen.  

Next I called my mom who is also a demonstrator.  I said, “Wanna go on a little road trip?”  When she said she’s in I immediately thought of Thelma and Louise.  This could be interesting.  Now I’m giddy and April 28th is going to be a F.U.N day.  


Believe it or not… YOU could join us.  I’ll talk about that at the end of the post. 


Let’s chat about my Around the World We Go card…

I’m still on a mission to pull stamp sets that haven’t been used and Designer Series Paper that I am hoarding.  YES, hoarding.

Around the World, Wanderlust, Silhouette Cameo

Create it!!

Tips to create this card: 

  • I started this card by getting all of my elements together first.  Cutting the suitcases, die cutting the Starburst and cutting the “fun” with my Silhouette Cameo.
  • You will see small strips of DSP and ribbon added first.  I like to keep strips of DSP to 3/4″ or smaller except for the final strip which I layered all the elements onto.  This strip is 1″.
  • The word FUN was cut using my Silhouette Cameo. Oh how I love that.
  • All elements are layered on a larger Starburst die cut.
  • The “Splatter” was created using a stamp from Paper Pumpkin.  If you love EXCLUSIVE stamp images, I encourage you to sign up for Paper Pumpkin.  I use these images all the time for my stamping projects.
  • The Sale-a-Bration Sweet Sorbet Accessory Kit with the THREE colors of thread is a must have.  First, the coordinate with our colors.  Second, you can do many fun things using the thread.  Here I only used TWO strands.  I wrapped it in a circle many times and then stuck behind all of my elements.  I love this small detail.

You can view all the supplies at the end of the post.  Click on the links and you can purchase directly in my Online Store.  The Clearance Rack has some great finds for 80% OFF.  Yikes.  Check it out.  

Around the World, Wanderlust, Silhouette Cameo

Join Me!

Yes, JOIN me on my little trip to Birmingham, Alabama.  Sale-a-Bration is a perfect time to join the Stampin’ by the Sea team for only $99.  You will receive $150 in PRODUCTS.  Once you are a demonstrator you can join me for the Catalog Premiere event.  This is going to be a fantastic event to see the new catalog, receive exclusive products to the new catalog and then have FUN FUN FUN while we are in Birmingham!

Ready to start your adventure with Stampin’ Up!?  Click HERE to join and let’s get you started.  I’m hosting a NEW Demonstrator Webinar on Wednesday, April 3rd.  I would love to help you get started.  

Around the World, Wanderlust, Silhouette Cameo

Have a SUPER fabulous day!! XOXO



I Get Super Excited When…

…everything I am working on comes together.  Do you? 


Let's face it.. As an avid paper crafter I have a lot of STUFF!!  What is SO fantastic is when all that STUFF comes together and makes a fun project.  

I spend much of my time using My Digital Studio for digital scrapbooking layouts. While it's SUPER fantastico for that, there are so many other great things you can do with it.  It's super fun to create hybrid cards.  See how I created this fun card below.  

Kimberly Van Diepen, Stampin' Up!

I started this card using Whisper White cardstock.  I used the For the Grad Trifold Template.  I created a blank canvas in My Digital Studio and applied the Congrats Grad to my canvas.  Once I had my size for the card I was creating I sent this to my home printer and printed on Whisper White cardstock.  

Kimberly Van Diepen, Stampin' Up!


To create the Grad cap I used the Embark Graduate Ensemble.  This kit includes 79 SVG Stamp Brushes which is perfect to import into your e-Cutter.  I exported the Grad Cap into my Silhouette Cameo and then changed the size to fit my card.  I had the Silhouette cut the cap onto Early Espresso cardstock.  Once that was cut I used two builder wheels (Travel Journal #126937 and Linked Lace -Retired) inked with Early Espresso to add a little texture to the cap.  

Kimberly Van Diepen, Stampin' Up!



Once all of my elements were created it was time to assemble the card.  Becasue both of my grads were girls I decided to add a tea doily to make it frilly.  I've also dusted one of my very neglected edgelits and put it to use.  


Overall, this card came together with a lot of love.  Many elements that I love all in one place.  That is paper SUCCESS!  

Ready to give it a whirl? 

Stamp set: MDS Stamp brushes Cardstock: Calypso Coral, Whisper White, Ink: Early Espresso

Accessories:  Delicate Designs Embossing Folder #127023, Large Scallop Edgelits #127019,  Candy Dots-Neutrals #130934, Rhinestones #119246, Embark Graduate Ensemble #133467, For the Grad Trifold Template #129876, Silhouette Cameo, Natural Trim #129287

Kimberly Van Diepen, Stampin' Up!

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It’s a DIGITAL Blowout!

Grab your coffee… I have a Digital Blowout to talk about! Great stuff coming your way!


Kimberly Van Diepen, Stampin' Up!


Introducing a NEW online class that is going to knock your Digital Socks off!
Imagine 10 *powerhouse* days learning digital design for $10!  

10 projects with videos including sketches, MDS & e-Cutters,  Tips & Tricks, Layouts from Start to Finish and Keepin with the Trendz.  You will enjoy 10 days with something new and fresh straight to your email.  

 Heather Summers and I have teamed up once again to bring you a Digital Design class that is for beginners to advanced.  You won't want to miss this exclusive class with amazing design elements.  

Ready to get started? 
Digital Design with Kimberly & Heather begins on April 15th-April 24th.  
You will receive an email each day starting on April 15th with a PDF & Video link of the Digital Design project.   

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NEXT, so many of you have been asking both Heather and I about the "e-cutter" experience.  We encourage you all to research different e-cutters as there are many out there.  Some are more Mac friendly, while others are PC friendly.  What you need to know for sure is if they have the capability to cut SVG files from EXTERNAL sources (beyond JUST the SVGs provided by the company).  


Kimberly Van Diepen, Stampin' Up!


We thought it would be fun to put together an "e-cutter" sampler for YOU this week!  We have each cut a limited number of these sweet kits and when they are gone, they're gone:)  For only $10 we will ship you ALL the supplies necessary to make these sweet gems!  All you need to recreate these cards is your own adhesive!  

If you live in the United States and would like to purchase this kit Click the Paypal button below!  (If you live in the Canada, check out Heather's Blog).



Now back to a NEW My Digital Studio Challenge! I *love* Monday's!!  

Kimberly Van Diepen, Stampin' Up!


This week's challenge is one I'm pretty passionate about.  Photography & Scrapbooking! I love photography and I love cameras.  

Now more than ever with the advanced photography options within a smart phone things have changed.  While I still love "Big Daddy" camera I also love the EASE of my iPhone and how I can shoot pics on the go ALL the time.  It's nothing for me to snap 10 pics a day. WHY? Why not? I literally capture tons of great candid memories. My favorites.

My iPhone is making my digital scrapbooking easier too.  I literally do ALL the editing on my iPhone and then drop it into Dropbox or in an email to drag and drop into My Digital Studio.  That EASY!  

I've created a document of my favorite apps that I use on my iPhone (many are android friendly too) that you can see HERE.  

I encourage you to try them.  You can even get "digital crafty" with some of these apps and place text on your photos.  It's one of my favorite things to do.  Check out Heather's layout this week too.  


Now it's YOUR turn to take on the challenge.  Head over to our Facebook Group and play along. Incredible talent can be found on this Facebook Group.   You will be amazed at the Pie Graph Challenge! INCREDIBLE!!

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Have you ever been so excited about something that you felt the need to climb a mountain and scream at the very top of your lungs why you were so excited? 

Okay, maybe I'm just the crazy one but I want you to imagine ME on a big ole mountain top.  I'm screaming that I'm so excited about this Online Sale and the MDS software being 50% off.  Seriously, It's INCREDIBLE.  

I know I told you about this earlier in my previous post but I want you to see the break down.





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If you are on the fence about MDS now is the time to climb over that fence.  It's a deal that you cannot pass up.  

Think about it… flyers, e-cards, digital cards, scrapbooking, hybrid projects… The list goes on.  It's certainly brought sunshine to my life.  Wanna know something else? If your worried about getting started, I can help you.  YES! Don't be afraid.  

Here is a simple card I made for a customer of mine earlier this week. 

Kimberly van diepen stampin up, demo


It's a simple postcard with her personalized greeting on the back.  

You can read more about the sale and software that fits your needs HERE.  

Are you ready to create with me digitally? Let me show you how EASY it is. I promise I'll come down the mountain to show you.