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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. 

Time for another Video!

Hello GREAT stampers!  Tonight I am super excited to share another video of more burning questions.  Again, please keep in mind that these are just my personal opinions and experience.  I don't claim to be any type of coach.  I do however LOVE to share with you and my customers! So here are the videos for today.  I hope they can help you with your business.

 

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I am also excited because my stamp room is ALMOST complete.  I just have a few last details and it's READY! It seems like it's taken forever but it wasn't the only room that needed help in this house.  In fact, over the weekend I finished Alexis room and we are both so excited about it.  She is only 7 and really wanted a big girl room.  The theme we went with is Rock n Roll.  SO up my Alley.  It really looks fun and we put up lots of Decor' Elements Guitars which are now retired.  They look fantastic on the wall and I really love how awesome our Decor' Elements go on so easy.  Alexis thinks it looks cool and that is all that matters.   I'll get some pictures for you. 

Tonight's creative piece is something I received in the mail and I have to share it.  I call this VERY happy mail!!!  This beautiful card was made from my downline Mary.  I just love her and LOVE this creation.  Thank you Mary!

 

Indpendent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator Kimberly Van Diepen, Woodbridge, VA

 

 

Indpendent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator Kimberly Van Diepen, Woodbridge, VA

 

 

I hope your week is going WELL and your stamping away! See you tomorrow!

Here is the Briefcase Book!

I hope you've had the chance to pour through the Summer Mini Occasions Catalog and see how many great products are in this catalog.  Once of my favorite products from this mini and the last have been the On Board Chipboard books.  They make fantastic gifts or great little mini albums you can scrapbook ONE entire story or moment. 

For my Demonstrator event this past weekend our theme was Passport for Success.  All my demonstrators have a success story.  This book is meant to be motivational and inspirational when they just need that extra lift.  Don't we all need that?  I love quotes and have them all over my stamp room.  Some of the quotes are my own.  A famous one would be, "Get off your BUTT and WORK!" Or the other famous quote I like to use, "Put your big girl panties on and deal with it!"  I've said this to myself many times this year! 

Anyways, I want to share with you the inside of the book.  I hope you can copy and make your own Motivational Quote book or make a Travel book for your Summer Travels.  Even if you're having a Staycation, document it. We are always making MEMORIES!

 

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

 

 

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

 

 

Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator Kimberly Van Diepen

 

 

Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator Kimberly Van Diepen

 

We used all kinds of stamp sets and accessories on this book.  Here are a list of stamps that were used.  I will also include the accessories.  I would love to see your books!  Please share!

Stamp Sets:

Sentimental Journey (120075 Clear), (118513 Wood)

Chic Boutique (113744)

En Francis (109521)

Dream Gardens (114395)

Tropical Party (120081 Clear), (118515 Wood)

Sanded (109294)

Beware Pirates (THIS is one of MY FAV sets!) (115187)

July Fourth (120063 Clear), (118523 Wood)

Red, White & Blue Jumbo Wheel (118622)

Accessories:

Pumpkin Pie & Basic Black Wide Grosgrain ribbon, Frost Shimmer paint, Cutter Kit, Spritzer Tool, Staples, Large Star Punch, Antique, Silver & Gold Brads, Scallop Border Punch, Old Olive 5/8" Grosgrain ribbon, 1 3/4 Circle Punch, Gold EP, Paper Piercer & Mat Pack, 1" Circle Punch, 1 1/4 Circle Punch

I believe I got all the materials. 

Lastly, a quick card I made.  I am seriously using tons of paper that is ALREADY cut and ready to go and just adding a few stamp images to these cards.  Kinda fun!

Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator Kimberly Van Diepen

 

 

Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator Kimberly Van Diepen

 

 

Okay, off to do some more work.  Hope your day is FANTASTIC!!!!

Stamping like Crazy!

I cannot believe it's been almost a month since I posted.  It's been a crazy mess around here.  All crazy in a good way.  I'm alive, busy and happy!  I have LOTS to share with you and this could end up to be a novel.  Sit back and read or go straight to the photos. 🙂

In the last 4 weeks I was able to spend extreme quality time with Russ on a beautiful Cruise that will go down as the VERY best ever in my book.  Not just the actual cruise line, ports and excursions but the quality time that I was able to spend with him which has been greatly lacking since December.  The entire 9 days was AWESOME!  

I also had lots of family come and visit us during the cruise, and after.  It's been the Van Diepen Hotel and we enjoyed it.  We had my Mom who watched my kiddo's during the cruise and then we had Russ' family come for my son's 9th birthday which was actually Mother's Day.  Isn't that a sweet Mother's Day gift!  I was tickled to celebrate both together. 

My Mother in Law stayed a week longer so that I could prep for a large demonstrator event here in Colorado Springs called Passport for Success.  This was my last event with my demonstrators and we had such a good time.  It was all weekend long and lots of laughs, tears and stamping occured.  My great friend and Advisory Board member Tara Bazata came down from Denver and spoke about Workshops and she was FABULOUS!!!  We all learned so much from her.  I babbled my stuff and then we stamped for four hours.  We made a fun project using the new Suitcase Chipboard.  Here is a picture of it:

Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator Kimberly Van Diepen

Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator Kimberly Van Diepen

 

I love these little Briefcases.  You can find them in the Summer Mini Catalog (118766)  and they are just fun to play with and so inexpensive.  Just 4.95!  

We used the new Mostly Vintage stencil (118877) on top of the Briefcase Chipboard and made it into a compass using the Rough Type Alphabet  (120072) for the letters.  Oh my word.  I loved this.  🙂  The book was trips around the world going to Hawaii, Asia, Paris, The Caribbean and lastly Washington, D.C.  Each page has lots of stamping and success quotes to keep them inspired and motivated.  I will post pics of the inside later.  All in all the event was amazing.  I know it's never easy to get away from family on a weekend and I respect all those that were able to come.  It meant so much to me. 

I made my friend Tara a card to thank her for coming.  Seriously, she was GREAT, GREAT, GREAT!!!  This card doesn't do the Thank You's enough… but she get's it.  LOL!

Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator Kimberly Van Diepen

Again, I used that awesome stencil.  On the bow you will notice a fun button from the Bitty Button collection (118761).  I used the new Punch Pack as well (118309). 

Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator Kimberly Van Diepen

 

So, now that the demo event is over and all the family has left me I have been down in my stamp room contemplating how in the WORLD am I going to move all this stuff.  Yes, the Navy moves us.  However, as you know stampers… we collect A LOT of stuff.  I have started packing up a few things and then I have found some gems in my stamp room that I completely forgot about.  This prompted me to stamp away.  I have created 25 cards, 2 scrapbook pages and 2 projects in the last two days.  HOLY COW!  Guess What?  It's felt GREAT!  Yes, I will share all of them with you.  I think I could completely bore you to tears with all of them today, so here is a few sneak peeks of what I have worked on. 

 

Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator Kimberly Van Diepen

 

 

Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator Kimberly Van Diepen

 

 

Yes, I know the bird has a slight lift from the seat… but who cares.  He is chubby and cute.  The bike comes from Pedaling Past (120069) and the Birdie comes from Bouquet Bunch (120039).  The Sentiment is from the Rub On's Chit Chat.  You can find them in the Idea Book and Catalog.  Love, Love, Love these.  They are a must have!!!! The button is a Grandma button… It's an old vintage button that just screamed to be put on this card. 🙂

Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator Kimberly Van Diepen

 

Since it's National Scrapbooking month I had to scrapbook.  I used the Just Write Designer Series Paper (115674).  Oh my WORD! This paper pack is the bomb.  Not only paper, but Die Cuts too.  So fun!  Of course a few buttons were added and I used Go Go Boots Sizzlits (113450) at the top of the layout for the title. The XOXOXOX was also the Chit Chat Rub On's. 

 

I have more to share tonight.  Yes, this may be a double post Wednesday.  I guess I do need to make up for my absence. 

I hope you have had a GREAT few weeks.  Thank you for always stopping by. 

Stampin’ Up! announces…

A Color Renovation!  This is super exciting news!  All the color families have been revamped with 5 NEW beautiful colors, Returning In Colors and of course some of our favorite colors will be retiring.  The new colors are so RICH looking.  The most exciting part of this Color Renovation for me was the re-naming of ONE of my favorite cardstock colors!  Kraft cardstock has a yummy name now!  CRUMB CAKE!  Woot!  I almost wet myself when I found this out.  It will come in a Craft Ink pad, Classic Ink pad, Marker, Crayon…. I know… say it isn't so!  Just visualize me jumping like a mad woman in my stamp room. Yippie Doodle!!!

Here are the colors to ponder!

 

Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator Kimberly Van Diepen Color Renovation

 

 

Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator Kimberly Van Diepen Retiring Colors

 

 

While many of our favorite colors may be leaving, take a moment to really look at the new color collections.  One of my favorite things (and YOU know there are many!) is that this company keeps current with the ever so changing craft industry.  The new colors and renovation really do reflect that.  My advice for those who are sad to see some of your favorites leave… stock up on INK refills and cardstock.  Your ink pads will last you forever.  Grab the colors you cannot live without.  I will showcase some of my favorites that are leaving.  Bordering Blue has been one of my favorites for a long time.  We will be okay!  Baja Breeze is C'mon back!  Woot!

 

I do have a trickle of inspiration for you tonight.  Of course it uses Bordering Blue!  <sigh> Ha, can you imagine using the Crumb Cake Craft pad on this card too…. ohh la la!

Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator Kimberly Van Diepen

 

 

Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator Kimberly Van Diepen

 

 

Guess what?  One of my new favorite things to use is my Fine Galaxy Glitter (114286).  This comes in Black, Silver, Red, Gold and Champagne.  I use it with my 2-Way Glue pen and it's super easy!  On this card I roughed up the edge with my Cutter Kit and then slid my 2-Way Glue pen across the roughed edge.  Take your Fine Glitter and sprinkle a little winkle (bare with me… I'm in that kind of mood!) on the card.  DoNe!  I used the Elegant Trio stencil on this card.  The background stamp you see is from the set called Elements of Style that you can order on May 1st.  It's a beautiful set.  Speaking of beautiful stamp sets…. I have one that sits on my desk lately.  It's one of my old fav's and I have really been putting good use to it again.  Remember Define Your Life?

Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator Kimberly Van Diepen Define Your Life

 

 

SUPER set!  I encourage you to pull it out and put it to use.  This style is very popular right now.  I love it. 

I hope your week is fabulous.  We had a snow day today.  I know!  Can you actually believe that? 

Big Smooches!