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It was HER day!

Yesterday my sweet princess turned 9! WOW does time fly.  The biggest hit of the day was having her dad home for her birthday.  I remember when we sat the kids down to tell them Russ was going overseas and the FIRST thing Alexis said to him was, "You're going to miss my birthday!" 

We celebrated her day ALL day yesterday.  She really was treated with royalty.  Brandon wanted to start her day off right by serving her breakfast in bed.  I couldn't believe this was his idea.  The kids are going through the "stop looking at me" stage.  I was relieved to still hear kindness from there mouths. 

Here is the start of her day!

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Brandon was wearing the Justin Bieber hat when he woke Alexis up.  He told her it was cold and maybe she should wear it.  Again, I wanted to faint from all the *LOVE* I was seeing. 

Russ and I had lunch with the Princess at school.  She really wanted to go to the American Girl Doll store in DC but the only thing I could think about was the traffic getting there.  I compromised with her and said we will go this weekend. Instead I took her to have a Pedicure.  Of course I enjoyed one too. <smile>

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Extremely relaxing!  We both enjoyed.  We came home to pick up the boys and then we were off to her "spot" for dinner.  After dinner we topped the evening off with a fun birthday cake and 9 spankings and a pinch to grow an inch!

Kimberly Van Diepen Stampin Up! Demonstrator



It was a GREAT day!!

Here is the card I made for my princess. 

Kimberly Van Diepen Stampin Up! Demonstrator



Kimberly Van Diepen Stampin Up! Demonstrator



Kimberly Van Diepen Stampin Up! Demonstrator



I used all kinds of new products on this card.  The stamp set is called Sweet Cake.  Super cute and the BEST thing I love about this card is something you cannot really SEE or SMELL! I added the Vanilla Scented Stampin' Emboss Powder to the swirls on the cupcake.  LOVE that we have these embossing powders. We also carry Melon and Cherry.  How fun is that? I used a VersaMarker so that I could emboss in that tiny area.  She could smell the Vanilla as soon as she opened it. 

Other fun products on this card that I used would be the Sweet Shop DSP.  I love that this DSP can be used for so many occasions.  From Birthday, Valentines or just a Candy kind of card.  Very fun.  I used the new pleated ribbon along with some new Lucky Limeade Bakers Twine.  I even used some Seam Binding ribbon.  Lots of fun things. 

As always, you can find all these fun products in my Online Store

This weekend Alexis has her birthday party with friends.  I'll share her birthday invitation soon.  She is having a Doll & Me Tea with her friends at a special tea shop.  I'm not sure who is more excited, her or myself. 

Have a fabulous week!

Getting Back to Work!

I think I'm ready to say I'm going to jump in with both feet and start back to work.  Over the last month we've taken a lot of time for our family to readjust back to the normal family routine.  Like I said before transition is not always easy especially if you have a 10 year old son like mine who still believes he is the MAN of the house.  We asked Brandon a few weeks back while sitting down for dinner who the "man of the house" is now that Daddy is home.  Without hesitation he blurted out, "umm, of course I AM!"  I looked at Russ and he looked back at me and we knew we had a few things to work on.  All is well and Brandon is realizing (not always on a good note) that Dad is back! It's a process and it takes time but all will be good soon.

Our Christmas was extra special with Russ home and being in Florida with all my family.  The kids had a blast and seemed pretty happy with everything Santa and family had given them.  They played non stop with their cousins and I'm always grateful for how well they get along. Here are a few photos of the kids and my mom while we were in Florida. 

Kimberly Van Diepen Stampin' UP! Demonstrator



Kimberly Van Diepen Stampin' Up! Demonstrator



Kimberly Van Diepen Stampin' Up! Demonstrator

We are unpacked and all the Christmas decorations are put away until next year.  Sometimes I think Christmas is just a blur.  I hate that.  I want the spirit and season of Christmas to last forever.  The only thing I could do without is the sweets that come with it.

With all the craziness that has been going on in our little world the one thing that has been lacking is the stamping.  Today is the first day in three weeks that I came down into my stamp room and was ready to put a few stamps and ink together.  I felt the creative block coming on pretty strong but I finally pushed forward and just started grabbing new products from the Occasions Mini to play with.  This new mini is one of the best in my book.  Lots of great products.  The excitement of playing with the new stuff brought back all my warm fuzzies I have for Stampin' Up! products and the company.  I'm working on a plan to get back to my normal business schedule and start putting classes/workshops together again.  It's been a long time but I wouldn't change a thing. It's just time to get busy again!

I'm excited to show you what happened in my stamp room today.  Let me share!

Kimberly Van Diepen Stampin' Up! Demonstrator



Kimberly Van Diepen Stampin' Up! Demonstrator



Kimberly Van Diepen Stampin' Up! Demonstrator



As I was playing with all the new products in my room the one thing I kept saying over and over was WOW, I love this paper.  Stampin' Up! really tickled me pink with all the new DSP they have in the Occasions Mini.  It's just girlie and pretty. The base of the card is where the FUN begins.  I folded a piece of pool party cardstock in half and used my new Edgelits Die called Adorning Accents and the new Adorning Accents Embossing Folders. WOW WEE what a difference these little things can make to a card.  This card became elegant in a matter of seconds!  I think you have to have one!!  I used the new stamp set Apothecary Art.  Lucky for you I don't have to pronounce this set.  My tongue does not like to say Apothecary!  The beauty of this stamp set is how it coordinates with the Framelits Labels Collection on page 6 of your mini.  WOW. Love this label and love these dies.  I stamped the image with VersaMark onto Naturals White cardstock and then embossed the image with Pewter powder.  I colored in the small flowers with a blender pen and made this very simple. I used the Attic Boutique DSP which is stunning and pared it with the Pleated Satin Ribbon that makes me smile every time I touch it.  Gone are the days of pleating my own ribbon while I have this beautiful ribbon on hand.  I used the Pear Pizzazz ribbon. If you look closely enough you will notice that I used the scallop edge from Adorning Accents Edgelits  under my pretty Designer Series Paper too.  I dazzled the card with a few tiny pearls and a few of the new biggie ones too.  Last thing I added was a little shimmer and my Spritzer tool with Early Espresso and Pool Party markers.  Viola! Kimberly STAMPED!!

Hopefully by seeing all of these exciting new products you are ready for a few yourself.  You can find them all HERE! I like to call this my little Vintage Shop.  Boy is it filled with lots of things I love.  

I'm getting ready to turn the lights out for a few hours and then I'm coming back tonight to play a little more.  That's HOW excited I am!! 


I Messed Up Big Time!

As our story goes there is always something interesting going on here at our home.  On Saturday I was enjoying piece and quiet on my deck and thought about posting on my Facebook status that it was such a INCREDIBLE day!  I never posted this  and probably with good reason. I was on such a great roll with cleaning house, and catching up on laundry.  I had made a fantastic dinner for the kids even.  The kids were having a great day too.  We went to the fish store and they each bought their own Beta Fish.  Brandon named his Dr. Awesome. Alexis named hers Princess, I think.? They are happy in each of their rooms.  Everything was quiet until I went to go get my laundry!

As I was reaching into the washing machine I pulled out Brandon's iPod touch.  I screamed.  Not lying. I screamed loud. So loud Alexis ran down the stairs. I had my hands over my eyes and kept saying, "How could I be SO stupid?" Alexis started crying because she thought it was hers.  Brandon came around to see what the commotion was and I looked at him and said, "Buddy, you left your iPod in your shorts pocket!" He started crying.  I felt TERRIBLE. I immediately put it in a bowl of rice and covered it and I am praying every day that it will absorb the water.  I mean it was the FULL washing cycle.  Not even the rapid one.  UGH!! I never even heard the noise from the washer! ??? It really ruined the entire day.  I sat with Brandon and the poor guy was doing the "catch your breath" crying.  Oh my, now I feel REALLY bad.  Of course I talked to him about this being a lesson for both of us!  We both need to check pockets. About an hour later Brandon was looking for things to sell in a garage sale to pay for the repairs or a new one.  Needless to say I went to bed hanging my head lower than it has been in awhile.  I messed up big time!  The fun part of this is going to be telling the Prince.  I wonder if loosing his iPhone a couple weeks back makes this look any less? Say a prayer for me. It could be ugly!

The next day- Dr. Awesome is now Dr. Dead.  We have a new Dr. Awesome. 

Hope you have a FANTASTIC week!!!!


Sunshine in Our House!

A couple of weeks ago I received an amazing phone call from a fellow demonstrator Sue Martin.  Sue called to tell me she was sending my kids a Sunshine Box and had I ever heard of this before.  I had not and was so surprised at what this meant.  It's the most gracious thing I've ever seen before!!!! Let me explain.  It's the coolest thing EVER!

The day before Irene came to visit the postman delivered this huge box. When my kids opened it they could barely contain themselves.  They couldn't believe Mama's stampin' friend would do this for THEM.  Inside this box are two separate boxes for Brandon and Alexis.  In each box there are 16 wrapped gifts for each kiddo!!!! Each day they can open a gift!!! Not only that but there are little treats all over each of the boxes.  Lollipops and other treats.  The kids were literally jumping up and down.  The best part is each morning at approximately 730am they are by my bedside in my face asking to open a gift.  LOL!  Sue, it doesn't bother me.  Their excited faces are worth it. Each time they open a gift they are occupied for quite awhile. 

Here is a picture of them reading the letter from Sue.  It was the sweetest letter.  *made me cry*

Kimberly Van Diepen stampin up demonstrator



You can see their excited little faces.  You can also tell they are pretty heavy by the way Brandon is holding his.  Just the coolest thing!


Kimberly Van Diepen stampin up demonstrator

Here they are opening their first gift.  Again, excited doesn't begin to explain how they were feeling. 


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I've said for years (8 to be exact) that the reason I'm a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator is for one MAIN reason.  The friendships and the relationships that we build in this community is priceless.  Every year Stampin' Up! gives a Heart of Stampin' Up! award.  This selfless act of kindness towards my kids is truly what the Heart of Stampin' Up! is all about.  Sue, you have brought true sunshine in our house and you are exactly why Stampin' Up! gives an award like this.  You are exactly what are Statement of the Heart states: To LOVE what we do and SHARE what we love, as we help others enjoy CREATIVITY and worthwhile accomplishments… in this we make a DIFFERENCE. Sue made a difference in our lives.


Ironically it came at such a great time.  With the Prince leaving again and Stormy Irene on her way, this was a great distraction for the kids.  I cannot say thank you enough for your amazing kindness. 


I also had another surprise from when we arrived home from vacation! Another new friend, Cheryl Meynig sent me the book Chicken Soup for the Military Wives Soul. Fantastic book with fantastic stories that make you laugh at times you didn't think you could.  All these acts of kindness sure have warmed my heart and soul.  Life is GOOD. 

These are just a few of the great things going on over here.  Truly, we are grateful!

Another good thing… two of my bestie girlie friends are coming to visit this fall. WOOT!

What are you grateful for today?

Happy Sunday!

It's been a busy couple of weeks for my little family.  I'll catch up to date really quick here:

-We enjoyed 5 beautiful weeks in Pensacola, Florida visiting my family.  It was just what the three of us needed.  We were able to relax and get away from all the craziness around the regular homefront and enjoy being around the people we love so much.  The kids were kept busy non stop! We spent most of our time in the pool.  Super relaxing. 

-We came home after those 5 weeks and not sure how we got through the first 10 miles of the traveling as we all cried.  We were so grateful to be there and we didn't want to leave.  There wasn't a dry eye for many miles.  The rest of the drive home was seamless and the kids did amazing. We collected a lot of Smurf toys from our McDonald's visits. 

-The main reason we came home was because the Prince said he had a 98% chance of being in the DC area for a business meeting.  WHAT??? I was starting to wonder if this was his way of getting me home. 

-The Prince landed in DC on Monday and we have been able to see him hit and miss.  He is here for a big business meeting so we are not able to see him much but grateful for the time we do get to see him.  This took a lot of explaining to the kids.  I was fearful they wouldn't understand because he is not even staying home at night. He is terribly busy with this meeting.  I think I've been the one that has not fully understood, but this is the military. It's hard knowing he is 20 miles up the road and I can't see him.  UGH. He looks fantastic except he is skinny mini.  I told him if I weigh more than him he will be in BIG trouble.  I can tell that he looks entirely TOO stressed out.  In fact he lost his iPhone the first day home. He is completely focused on the matter at hand as I would expect.  I just keep telling myself these things will pass and come February it will be over.  Is it February yet?

-Myself and the kids are back to the normal grind and enjoying the last few weeks of Summer before school starts. The kids are doing FANTASTIC! Seriously, I think the trip really helped everyone. It's so GREAT to see smiling kids and what is even more amazing is watching them look out for each other.  Who knew this could even happen?

The one thing that has been lacking over the last few weeks has been stamping.  Once we came home I cleaned the house from top to bottom and kept my stamping area as the last thing I needed clean.  HOLY COW did it need cleaning.  I spent 6 hours in here the other day cleaning from top to bottom.  No more cob webs. Now I just need to start stamping. 

While I was in Pensacola one of my favorite things my Mom and I did late at night was stamp and watch recorded soaps.  I had not seen my favorite soaps in almost two years.  Funny how you catch onto things really quick and it's great eye candy too.  We really had a ball stamping together.  It's the ONE thing I wish I could do ALL the time with her. We kept each other up way to late most nights. 

Here is a card I made stamping with her:

Kimberly Van Diepen Stampin' Up! Demonstrator



Kimberly Van Diepen Stampin' Up! Demonstrator



I used the Beau Chateau Side Notes on this card and I really love how these simple shabby elements add to any crafting project you are working with.  I have another project I hope to share tomorrow that Mom and I put together while I was in Florida.  I just need to add a few final touches to it. We used the Side Notes on the entire project.  SO EASY and fun! 

You can find these gems on my Online Store. Make sure you check out the coordinating products that go with the Beau Chateau Side Notes.  They are really awesome.

I hope your Sunday is fantastic.  We are waiting to hear from the Prince to see if we will be lucky enough to see his shining face.  I hate waiting and I'm totally impatient!