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Friends and Flamingos

Friends and Flamingos

Sounds like a funny combination, but today that is exactly what I have in store for you today, friends and flamingos!

The truth is, I have a fun flamingo card and a beautiful friendship card.  One is using new products, and the other card is current products.


Tickled Pink Flamingos

With the new catalog launching very soon, I’ve been making a long list of stamps that I must have.  At the top of my list is the Fabulous Flamingo stamp set on page 177.

While I was at the OnStage Local event in Savannah, GA, my bestie won the Fabulous Flamingo set. I truly coveted this set because I LOVE Flamingos.  She was so sweet to let me stamp away when we came home to my house.  I loved it so much I used it for a swap that I participated in.

Friends and Flamingos, Fabulous Flamingos, Stampin' Up!


Lately, I’ve been so inspired to stamp because of the colors set before me.  I stamped this gorgeous Flamingo using Blushing Bride Ink for the solid layer of the flamingo and then the outline was stamped using Calypso Coral.  I love how these two colors look together.


Watercolor and Spritz

Friends and Flamingos, Fabulous Flamingos, Stampin' Up!


Since I used Shimmery White Cardstock for the stamping layer of my card, I was able to watercolor first, then I stamped the grass and water images over the water coloring.  I added a little spritz around the grassy images by tapping my Aqua Painter over the images once loaded with Lemon Lime Twist and Tranquil Tide ink.

The greeting was also watercolored first using Calypso Coral ink onto Shimmery White Cardstock, then stamped.  I folded the banner over and then added a doily underneath.  To color the doily, I used my Aqua Painter and Calypso Coral ink.  After I colored the doily, I like to heat set to make the drying time faster.

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What’s That Beautiful Paper?

Lastly, the one thing that really rocks my world is a beautiful patterned paper.  The new Delightful Daisy Designer Series Paper has a fun watercolored look, as well as beautiful colors.  The piece I used for the Flamingo card is the Tranquil Tide pattern that really made this card complete.

Friends and Flamingos, Fabulous Flamingos, Stampin' Up!

Color Combination

Here is a quick reference of the color combination I used for my card.  I love these colors together.  


Everyone Needs a Friend

Last month I was excited to create this card for the club night.  I love how the vellum butterfly looks over the embossed flowers.  Don’t you think it looks elegant?

Friends and Flamingos, Flourishing Phrases, Stampin' Up!


I love the beautiful floral image from Flourishing Phrases.

A few of these accessories are being discontinued such as the ribbon and doilies and of course the gorgeous Succulent Garden Designer Series Paper.  Here’s the thing, this card can be re-created with the white doilies and any other ribbon and pattern paper.  Don’t be discouraged if these accessories are already sold out.

Now, with all of that said, there is a stamp set I encourage you to grab before it’s too late.  The Suite Sentiments stamp set on page 54 of the Occasions Catalog is fantastic.  GREAT greetings for so many occasions.  Check it out below:


I love the fonts in this set, and of course the greetings.  This set is a definite to grab!  Click the photo above to grab yours.

Friends and Flamingos, Flourishing Phrases, Stampin' Up!


Friends and Flamingos, Flourishing Phrases, Stampin' Up!


Don’t Forget!

Now you see why I called this Friends and Flamingos.  Everyone needs a friend and I think we can’t live without a flamingo.

A few things to remember, the retired products are going fast.  Make sure to check out the Retired products before it’s too late.

Another thing to check out is the Clearance Rack.  There are SO many great things to grab on this list.  WOWSA!


Eastern Palace Bundle

One last thing… the Eastern Palace Bundles are only available until May 31st.  Don’t miss out on this incredible deal.  Click HERE to see the bundles.  Remember, if you purchase these bundles through my Online Store, you will receive TWO tutorials with a total of 39 cards, 3D projects for you to create.  Click HERE to read more and see a sneak peek of the tutorial.

Need ideas? Check out my Tutorial Library.  Create in the comfort of your home.

Tutorials, Stampin' Up!

Make today GREAT and stamp something pretty.

You can find links to the CURRENT products I used for today’s projects below.

Price: $110.00

Supply List

This Happened Yesterday!

Lastly, one last quick note.  I’m now the mother of a 16-year-old.  I know they grow up fast, I’m not ready for it.

I know Brandon wanted the keys to Russ’ 67′ Mustang, but that wasn’t happening. He’s now the proud owner of Russ’ truck.  It was a very special day.

Friends and Flamingos, Fabulous Flamingos, Stampin' Up!


May Tutorial Design Team Hop

May Tutorial Design Team Hop

It’s time to see the creativity unleashed from the Tutorial Bundle Team.  This is always a fun blog hop filled with great inspiration.

Today’s blog hop is all about the Eastern Palace Suite.

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Shimmer & Pizzaz

May Tutorial Bundle Blog Hop


One of the things I’ve been using a lot with the Eastern Palace Bundle is the Shimmer White Cardstock.  I love how this cardstock looks when you watercolor.

Once I added the Lemon Lime Twist Ink watercolored over the medallion, it was love at first sight.  The picture never does Shimmer paper any justice because you cannot see the shimmer in the photo.  I promise it’s shimmery and beautiful.


Tips & Tricks

Here are a few tips when creating this card:

  • I created the medallion by stacking the largest circle from the Layering Circles Framelits along with the Eastern Medallion Thinlits Dies using Shimmer White Cardstock.  The Eastern Medallion dies stack so beautifully together.  I also die cut another large layering circle using Whisper White cardstock.
  • Once I watercolored the medallion using my Aqua Painter and Lemon Lime Twist Ink, I layered it over the Circle die cut.  I found using a sponge dauber with Tombow Multipurpose glue to be most effective to keep the medallion adhered to the Whisper White cardstock.  I simply placed a small dab of the glue onto a sponge dauber, then dabbed over the back of the medallion.  It worked like a charm.
  • To keep the label with the greeting in place along with the twine, I used a staple.

May Tutorial Bundle Blog Hop

  • Creating the card front I stamped the 3 main circle images along with the star design in the center of each circle.  I love how the Fresh Fig, Dapper Denim and Lemon Lime Twist Ink coordinate together.
  • Lastly, don’t forget to add a little pizzaz to your medallion by using the Basic Rhinestones.  I love how this created attention to this intricate medallion.

May Tutorial Bundle Blog Hop


Did You Know? 

Every month this team of demonstrators comes together to create one of the best tutorials I’ve ever seen. This tutorial is unlike others.  It’s beautifully put together with great projects, step by step directions and fantastic photography!  Every month I’m blown away by the artwork and creativity from this team.

May Tutorial Bundle, Stampin' Up!, Dragonfly Dreams


Our May Tutorial features the Eastern Palace Suite and OH MY WORD… it’s amazing.  If you love cards and 3D projects, this tutorial will INSPIRE you!

Did you know you can get this tutorial for FREE? Yes, if you purchase either of the Eastern Palace Bundles available as seen HERE, you will receive this tutorial for free.  -OR- You can purchase the tutorial for $15.  Either way, don’t miss this!

Check out this sneak peek…

May Exclusive Tutorial, Eastern Palace Suite, Stampin' Up!


Be Inspired!

Next, it’s time to be inspired by the other Tutorial Bundle Design Team.  My dear friend Kylie has an amazing project for you.  Simply click the button below to see her project and the rest of the design team.

Tutorial Bundle Blog Hop, Stampin' Up!

Blog Hop List

Allison Okamitsu
Angela McKay
Cornelia Janssen
Erica Cerwin
Janneke de Jong
Juana Ambida
Kimberly Van Diepen
Kylie Bertucci
Louise Sharp
Rachel Tessman


Extra Tutorial… 

Lastly, this month I have an exciting tutorial I’m giving FREE to anyone that purchases the Eastern Palace Bundle this month.  This tutorial has 27 projects using only the Eastern Palace Bundle and ONLY what the bundle comes with.  Yes, that is two tutorials you will receive free when you purchase the Eastern Palace Bundle this month.  YAY!


May Tutorial Bundle Blog Hop


You can find all of the products I used for this project in the clickable links below. 

Exciting and New-Eastern Palace Suite

Eastern Palace Suite

I love when new products are available and today is a big one.  The new Eastern Palace Suite is available starting today!

What I’m most excited about are the resources I have available to anyone who purchases this suite from me this month.  Let me tell you all about it. It’s going to be FUN.


Free Tutorials 

Eastern Palace Suite, Stampin' Up!


I’ve been able to create lots of great cards using this suite already, and I can tell you I’m totally wowed by the many ways to use the thinlits, stamp images, Acrylic Stickers and beautiful pattern papers.

So how can you get a hold of this great suite? It’s available now in my Online Store HERE.


I want it!

Eastern Palace Suite, Stampin' Up!

There are a few ways to purchase this suite, let me explain.

There are two bundles to choose from.  The Starter Bundle and the Premier Bundle.

First, you can click HERE to view the PDF with the two bundles that are available for purchase now. The PDF will show you what is included in this suite.

You might be thinking, “Why would I buy this now Kimberly when I can buy this in the new catalog in June or later?”

If you are like me, I love when I can save money!  Well, Russ enjoys it more when I save us money, but that’s the point in buying the bundles now because you can save money! Plus there are free gifts that you receive when you buy the bundles this month.

The bundles are only available until the end of May.

The card I’m sharing today is just one of the many I’ve created with this bundle. I’m super excited to share more this week.


Resources Available!

Probably what I’m most excited about are the two resources I have available to you.  When you purchase either of the bundles through my online store, you will receive TWO tutorials PACKED with ideas.  Actually, it’s a total of 39 card and box ideas.  12 of the projects are exclusive… you will not see them on the internet anywhere.  I love that.

My first tutorial I created is filled with 27 project ideas with photos and step by step instructions with ONLY the products from the bundle used. The cards are beautiful and I love that this tutorial gets you stamping with your new products right away.

PLUS, I have a tip sheet when using this suite to help you get started right away.

My second tutorial has 12 projects both card and boxes that are stepped up projects.  This is part of a tutorial share I do with 11 other demonstrators that are AMAZING.

Both of these tutorials are available for FREE when you purchase the Eastern Palace Suite from my online store.

Here is a sneak peak of the projects from one of the FREE tutorials.

Eastern Palace Suite, Stampin' Up!


Each of these tutorials will jump start your creativity and enable you to jump in and create using the Eastern Palace Suite right away. Isn’t that exciting????


Eastern Palace Suite, Stampin' Up!


Be On the Lookout!

Make sure to watch my blog this week for more great ideas using the Eastern Palace Suite.  I will have more ideas coming your way that will keep you inspired.  Make sure to check out these three card ideas using the Eastern Palace Suite  HERE.

Lastly, let’s talk reality…

What if you just want great ideas and instructions to create fun cards and 3D ideas? You can purchase my Exclusive May Tutorial HERE.  This tutorial is only $15 and packed with ideas.

If you are looking for more ideas, I have a great tutorial library you can check out.  I love that you can use these with any stamp set you choose.  The ideas are timeless. Just click below and see what I’m talking about!

Tutorials, Stampin' Up!


Lastly, click HERE to download the retired list.

Bold Bright Color Combination

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Bold Bright Color Combination

It’s Day 4 of the Display Stamper blog hop, and today I have a beautifully bold, bright color combination.  More and more these days I gravitate towards the more brilliant colors.  If you took a journey back over the years on my blog, you would see that I was a steady Eddie for neutral color schemes.

I guess as I’ve aged, the brights are keeping me young.  They are so fresh looking.  Of course when you add in the new Lemon Lime Twist, it becomes even fresher!!!



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Orange Blossom with a Twist

I made a small comment the other day about a funny with the Orange Blossom set. Here’s the thing,  I had no idea the name of this stamp set when I received it.   I had no idea the circle image you see above stamped in Bermuda Bay ink was an orange.  This is one of the reasons I love stamps.  It’s awesome to use an image in a different way, and I love how it turned out for this card.


New products used on this card: 

Here are a few of the new products I used for this card.

  • Orange Blossom stamp set
  • Lemon Lime Twist cardstock and ink
  • Berry Burst cardstock
  • Pick a Pattern Washi Tape

One of my favorite new products on this card is the Pick a Pattern Washi Tape.  First, I love the black and white.  Second, there are two of the washi tapes that are beautiful and wide.

Bold Bright Color Combination, OnStage Display Stamper, Stampin' Up!


Tips & Tricks

Here are a few tips when creating this card.

  • Whisper White Thick cardstock 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″ was used for the card base, scored at 5-1/2″ and folded in half.
  • I stamped the circle image using Bermuda Bay ink on the top left of the card front.  Then I added the little dots around the circles using Lemon Lime Twist Ink.
  • I used the Pick a Pattern Washi Tape was layered on the bottom half of the Whisper White cardstock.
  • Next, the greeting was stamped onto Berry Burst cardstock using Archival Basic Black ink then die cut using the Lots of Labels Framelits. I couldn’t help myself… I added a little piece of Delicate White Doily and some twine underneath.  You can also see a 1/4″ strip of Lemon Lime Twist cardstock.  I love that little pop of color.  Color makes me happy pants.

Try This- Color Combination

Bold Bright Color Combination, OnStage Display Stamper, Stampin' Up!



Bold Bright Color Combination, OnStage Display Stamper, Stampin' Up!

You can find AVAILABLE products in the clickable links below. 

Be Inspired

Hopefully, you haven’t missed all of the inspiring ideas using new products from the previous hops.  If so, catch up on Day 1, Day 2, and Day 3.

Finally, it’s time to hop and see what Maike has created.  Simply click the NEXT button below and hop along.  If the link doesn’t work, just click on the blog roll links below.

OnStage Display Stamping, Stampin' Up!


Aurelie Fabre
Cathy Caines
Dani Dziama
Jessica Winter
Kimberly Van Diepen  YOU ARE HERE!
Maike Ulbrich
Martha Inchley
Paula Dobson
Shannon Lane
Tanya Boser

New Tutorial Available!

Every month I release a new EXCLUSIVE tutorial.

April’s tutorial is filled with out of the box ideas you will love.

Simply click the photo below to purchase -OR- Spend $50 and receive the Tutorial for FREE!

OnStage Display Stamping, Stampin' Up!

Tutorials, Stampin' Up!

Speaking of retiring click HERE to download the retired list.


Post Christmas Happenings

Post Christmas Happenings


Christmas day was amazing spent with family.

After we attended our morning church service we came home to unwrap the gifts.

Brandon and Alexis enjoyed all of their gifts and the day couldn’t have been more perfect.

It’s the day after Christmas that cracks me up.  We are typically low key, relaxing around the house playing with our new toys.

It also brings on a post Christmas purge.  Not just for me but for the kids too.

I’ve already cleaned out my closest, and my office.  Oh my WORD.  The stuff… the STUFF!!!


Relax and Unwind

These last few weeks we have been on overdrive.  I’m sure each of us could say this same thing.  I adore the Christmas season, but I have to admit that the “busy” gets overwhelming.

I wish I could fit in all of the festivities that I want, but the closer we get to Christmas the more exhausted I feel.

It’s nice to chill out at home without an agenda.

Although we have some scheduled events coming up, the big plan is to RELAX.

I’m looking forward to some peaceful creating time.


Hello …Vertical Garden

I wanted to share another card I created for the display at OnStage using the Vertical Garden stamp set.

This big hello image is perfect to use with our Ombre’ stamp pads.


Post Christmas, Vertical Garden, Stampin' Up!


The image is a two step stamp.  I stamped the solid hello image first, then added the second image which outlines the word hello using Bermuda Bay ink.


Post Christmas, Vertical Garden, Stampin' Up!



I love how the Vellum butterflies added a soft touch to this card.  The butterflies were punched using the Elegant Butterfly punch.


Post Christmas, Vertical Garden, Stampin' Up!


Quick Tips 

  • Attaching Vellum to cardstock can be tough because you don’t want to see the adhesive.  To overcome this little problem, I try to find a way to hide the adhesive.  I placed a Mini Glue Dot in the center of the Vellum butterfly and attached to the card.  Then I attached the gold Enamel Dot over the same area where you could see the Mini Glue Dot.  This was a perfect way to hide the adhesive.
  • The Ombre’ stamp pads are a fantastic addition to our inks. To get a perfect Ombre’ look when using these pads, simply tap your stamp image in tiny circles onto the pad and then stamp your image.  The small circular motion will allow a nice even and clean image when stamping.

This stamp set has been a joy to create with and one that you can use for many different projects.  If you are looking for more ideas using this set make sure to check out this post HERE.

Post Christmas, Vertical Garden, Stampin' Up!

You can find great stamp sets, ink, cardstock and amazing embellishments in my online store.

Click HERE and see the possibilities for creating fabulous projects this year.

I’d love to be your creative coach and share with you as you begin this hobby or if you are ready to step it up a notch.

Stamp with Me! See Online Classes Available!

Purchase $50 from my Online Store and receive my December Tutorial FREE.   

All online orders will receive a hand stamped card with a little surprise inside.

End of Year Close Out Sale 

Click the photo below and see all the GOODIES on sale.


Stampin' Up! Year End Close Out Sale