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The Title Would Be Friendships!

There are many MANY things about being a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator I could write a book on, but this last Founders Circle trip summed up how I would title the book.  I would title the book It’s All About the Friendships!

First let me say I’m not out to use this post as a recruiting tool.  BUT, when I’m finished you will understand my adoration for why I’m a demonstrator with Stampin’ Up! and WHY I never ever ever want to leave.  Stampin’ Up! really has my heart.

Grab a coffee or drink.  Possibly a tissue or two… I’m talking from the very bottom of my heart today!

Over the last few years and especially over the last 9 months Stampin’ Up! has made changes and many times I did not understand the reasoning behind them.  In fact, I’ve been known to get my panties in a bunch over a few.  But ya know, this last trip kinda summed up my feelings on why I love this company so much.

It was the last Founders Circle trip.  If you are not familiar with that term, it was the last Top 100 Demonstrator trip.  I’ve been blessed to have earned the last 8.  WOWSA.  That’s pretty exciting.

 

So why the last?

Over the last  9 months (I believe that is correct) Stampin’ Up! has been in the process of changing the compensation plan.  Not a small task at all.  Founders Circle is one of the changes in the compensation plan.  Our company is a Global company so they are taking all activities global.  In the grand scheme of things it’s really exciting but this means changing how they hold ALL their events.

change, Stampin' Up!

With all the changes in my life I kinda stuffed this big elephant of the Stampin’ Up! changes in a small box because I couldn’t handle much change anymore.  I’ve unleashed the elephant after this trip and I’m ready to focus on what’s ahead.  Change is good.  Change is HARD, but there is one thing that doesn’t CHANGE….

Friendships.

Let me get back to my title…

This trip had me thinking about memories of all the Founders Circle trips I had earned and why each one of them holds a special place in my heart.  It wasn’t so much about what Stampin’ Up! had provided (although totally amazeballs) but what the experience provided and the relationships I have built over the last 8 years of being on that trip with the most successful demonstrators in the company.

Friends, Stampin' Up!

Here is the amazing part.  You don’t necessarily look so much at their “success” but WHO they are as a human being.  I was able to get to know them and their families.  I was able to see an entire different side of these beautiful people.  I got to know their hearts and not just how to create a beautiful card.  I’ve laughed hard with these beautiful people and cried many tears.  These are  people that uplifted and loved on me during a major crisis in my life.  These beautiful people are forever friends.

We are all saddened to see this event go away.  I could tell you story after story of the amazing times I’ve had at Founders.  While Founders might be going away, the friendships are forever.  The memories are FOREVER.  That does not CHANGE.

Friends, Stampin' Up!

Our adventure continues together.  It’s going to look different but that’s  exciting.  We don’t know what’s coming but I’ve had a motto with Stampin’ Up! since my first year as a demonstrator 13 years ago- “Something good is around the corner.” Stampin’ Up! has always done just that!

I know one thing for SURE.  I will continue to build new friendships through Stampin’ Up!.  I’m always asked WHY I love Stampin’ Up!, and the bottom line always comes back to the friendships I have built.  Yes, I make money.  Yes, I LOVE LOVE to create.  Yes, I love a challenging myself to work harder and build my business….. but at the end of the day I’m blessed because of the beautiful people I met along the way.  I look at my team of amazing women, many who have been by my side since the start and I don’t see them as “business people” but as my family.  These people are my Stampin’ family.  I love them dearly whether they are on my team or their season with Stampin’ Up! passed.  Stampin’ Up! has been the vehicle to building lasting friendships.

Like I said, I could write a book on my experiences.  It would make you laugh, cry and possibly pee your pants from the funnies.  But this book doesn’t end.  I could never publish it.  It keeps on going because the friendships keep on going.  Does that make sense?

So probably not the post you might have been looking for today, but it’s on my heart.

Of course I want to share a few pictures too.  I can’t tell you enough what a fantastic time I had.  I only had one incident while I was there.  I spilled my entire Starbucks coffee into my purse.  OH MY WORD.  I had the entire contents of my purse dripping with mocha at the Starbucks as I was trying to clean it.  Needless to say it was a perfect excuse to buy a new purse.  <giggle>

Here are a few of my favorites.  I will be sharing LOTS of creative samples SOON as well.

Stampin' Up! Founders Circle

I will have amazing samples to share with you.  The samples above were made from our concept artists at the home office.  Look closely as you spot a new stamp set….

 

Stampin' Up! Founders Circle

I’ll consider myself the baby in this picture.  Bwhahahaha.  Honestly, not by age.  These two have been with Stampin’ Up! forever and both are dear dear friends.  I like to say that Jackie raised me in Stampin’ Up!  This women has been the most amazing business mentor to me but the best best best part of her is the friendship that we have created along the way.  I’ve watched her daughters grow up, her son serve in the military and we’ve held each others hands during some really tough times.  All because Stampin’ Up! brought us together.

 

 

A car full of beautiful people.  I love each of these ladies.  On the far right side is Kim.  Gotta love her first for her fab name, right? She probably doesn’t know how much I adore her and her ginormous heart.  When Russ had his stroke she collaborated with demonstrators and placed orders so I would not go inactive during my time away.  Is that the most amazing thing?

I’m telling you… these are BEAUTIFUL people.

Stampin' Up! Founders Circle

Stampin' Up! Founders Circle

Being silly with Dawn and Joyce is the BEST. My dearest friend Joyce… you are NEVER boring.

 

Stampin' Up! Founders Circle

Sometimes you have to be silly.  Lisa and I definitely had no trouble with this.  You get a completely different perspective of stamps when you visit the manufacturing facility.

Stampin' Up! Founders Circle

One of the best parts of the trip is going to Kanab to see the manufacturing facility.  Then afterwards we go to the park where it’s filled with red rubber from the extra pieces they have cut off from the stamps.  It’s really amazing to see.  We act silly and get lots of pictures here every year.

Stampin' Up! Founders Circle

Cori Hancock… the movie star.  She is on the Stampin’ Up! corporate team.  She is the funniest thing ever and 100% real to the core.  She will literally stop in her tracks to talk to you about ANYTHING.

Founders Circle Stampin' Up!

These dynamic trio spent HOURS talking to all of us over the 4 days.  I am sure they are exhausted but you could never tell during the event.  They sat and listened to all of our stories.  They cried with us and laughed with us.  I’m pretty sure we made Cori tinkle her britches a few times.  She wouldn’t admit to that….  They are beautiful people.

Stampin' Up! Founders Circle

 

Dreams do come true.  This pic above of Dawn is priceless.  She is one of the beautiful people on my team that believed in herself and worked her business without ever looking back.  She had lots of obstacles but she leaped every single one of them.  I am so proud of this lady.  I think you can tell in the picture we were pretty happy to be there together.

Stampin' Up! Founders Circle

The beauty smack dab in the center is Sara, Shelli’s daughter.  I love her for many reasons but the best reason is her amazing heart.  She has stepped into her mother’s shoes while Shelli and Sterling are on a mission.  I can only imagine that Shelli is beaming with pride because her daughter has done an amazing job.  But you want to know the best part of her…. She is just like you and I.  She laughs, she cries, she’s a forever friend.  She is the real enchilada.

Stampin' Up! Founders Circle

I couldn’t help but put this photo last.  Kinda makes me cry all over again… dang it.  Joyce… oh Joyce.  This was a photo I “found” on my phone.  I didn’t take it.  The beautiful people at my table captured their own moments.  When I opened this I cried because this just means a big kiss until I see you next time….

Friends are forever.  Today, work on the friendships.

 

The Great Adventure-Camping!

Kimberly van diepen stampin up demo

 

Kimberly van diepen stampin up demo

 

Oh my goodness.  I survived!  I'm still alive after a GREAT camping adventure.  Although I felt like a frozen popsicle, I survived!  It was the BEST ever!  I'm not going to lie, I was completely stressed out about the entire thing. I know, you may be thinking… "SERIOUSLY, stressed over a little camping trip?"  Honestly, having that many girls (20) under my responsibility was stressful but in the end it was one of the best things I've ever done.  I wouldn't call it relaxing but it was fun, rewarding and so much fun watching 20 little girls have the time of their lives.  I am grateful to have an amazing co-leader who helped me and another mom who I learned so much from this weekend.  I learned quite a few valuable lessons this weekend!  The fact that I can really go a weekend without electronic devices was HARD but I did it.  I wore not a stitch of make-up and it felt fantastic.  I didn't look pretty but no one cared. I learned from 10 year olds that sitting around a campfire and being carefree is worth a thousand memories I will keep forever.  The best yet was something I learned from another mother that attended our camp out.  I had the best time getting to know her and I learned to stop and listen and put work and other issues to the side while I was away. I've known this great mom for two years but our lives are always so busy we've never really gotten to know each other.  It was great to not worry about outside distractions and really get to know her.  Sadly, I don't do this enough. Today I feel…  Grateful.  Really, sounds pretty mushy I know. It's how I feel. My daughter had the time of her life as well.  I didn't see her much because she was so busy.  I learned a ton of new Girl Scout songs that I would love to sing for you but YouTube would never be the same.  There was only one complaint… they call it the "Biffy!"  I call it disgusting… Non flushing outdoor potty.  N-A-S-T-Y!! Here's a pic of the "Biffy!"

 

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This was our "Glen Shelter"  or what I call the "Hut!" Screened in to keep the bugs out but didn't keep the HEAT in!  It was 29 degrees on Friday and Kimberly was FREEZING.  The girls were fine, snoring. Not one complaint.  

Kimberly van diepen stampin up demo

 

It was great to get home yesterday.  A shower never felt so wonderful.  I wore that silly stupid hat of mine the entire time I was there.  It was great to feel human again and it was great sleeping in my bed.  I was exhausted.  

Now that I'm connected once again it's time to hit the road running and catch up on the last few days of emails and stuff.  

Thank you for listening and all the amazing stories you have shared with me the last few days.  I cherish them.  

XOXOXOXO

Stay tuned… My Toxic Treat winner is going to be announced in just a few!!!  

Super Hero Powers and a Card!

Super hero powers? How does this and stamping go together you ask? Sometimes I have to pull the dreaded Super Woman cape out to make everything fall into place just like I want.  That pretty much sums up my week.  You know exactly what I mean and right now I bet you're bobbing your head up and down going, "Yep, I get it!"  This weekend I'm doing something I've NEVER in my LIFE done before.  CAMPING!  Yes, camping.  For some of you I'm guessing this would be a cake walk.  For me, not so much.  Much less with 20 adorable Girl Scouts.  I am literally pulling out my Super Woman cape for this one and 20 adorable girls.  Camping has never appealed to me at all.  I don't do bugs (you know that!), I don't do NON Flushing toilets, and most of all I love my bed.  All that being said, I once again pulled my big girl panties up and said, "We're going camping!"  The plans were made back in June and back then it all sounded fine and dandy.  Now it's T minus 1 day and I'm freaking out.  I'm not letting Alexis know I'm freaking out.  In fact I'm skipping like bird around her.  <smile>  The prep for this little camping trip has been CRAZY.  Making cards is a cinch compared to pulling off a camping trip for 20 girly girls.  None the less, I can't wait to share how it all goes and I'm sure there will be GREAT pictures to boot.  I've been preparing myself the last few days by not wearing make up and no cute hair do.  My children seem a little scared.  I can't imagine what my scouts will think.  This could be ridiculously funny.  

Now that my super powers have prepared Alexis and I for our big Camping trip, I've been doing a little stamping so I could share with you while I'm sitting by the camp fire singing "Make New Friends!"  :) 

 

Today's card was a swap I was in with my dear friend Robin Merriman.  It was a Christmas swap and the cards were amazing.  I'll be sharing with you because they are just so beautiful.  

Kimberly Van Diepen stampin up demo

 

 

Kimberly van diepen stampin up demo

 

This card is a Hybrid card.  I took my Bingo download and shrunk it down to a 3 x 4 and printed in Crumb Cake on Very Vanilla cardstock.  I love being able to change an image to the size I want using MDS.  SO easy, SO fun.  

You can see all the products I used below.  

Products Used: 

Stamps: Snowflake Soiree, Winter Memories

Ink: Soft Suede

Cardstock: Very Vanilla, Crumb Cake

Accessories: Antique Brads, Music Notes wheel, First Edition DSP, Candlelight Christmas Specialty Paper, Champagne Glimmer Paper

Must Have Products: 

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Make sure to check out these great products and more in my Online Store.  

I also have a chance for you to win the Toxic Treats stamp set.  Check THIS post for the details.  

One last thing, your comments have been amazing. I love each of you and I love your dedication and support of this little ole blog of mine.  

XOXOXOXOOX

Happy Sunday from Florida!

Happy Sunday to you.  I thought I would give you a little update on our family vacation in sunny Florida.  I wish I could say it's been full of SUNNY but instead the rain has been a factor almost every day. A little rain is not going to put a damper on our fun.  We've had a blast so far and keeping busy every day as we spend time with our family.

We decided to take off to the beach on Thursday.  Just as we were headed to the car we heard a clap of thunder.  I thought the kids were going to cry but we decided to give it a chance and pray that the storm was moving away from the coast.  Well, that didn't happen. We arrived at the beach only to sit under a pavilion for a good 40 minutes waiting for the storm to pass.  Once it did pass it was BEAUTIFUL skies.  I'm glad we waited.  

Kimberly van diepen stampin up demo

 

 

Kimberly van diepen stampin up demo

 

 

Kimberly van diepen stampin up demo

 

 

Once the storm finally passed the kids were so excited to play. 

Kimberly van diepen stampin up demo

 

 

One of the great things about taking kids to the beach is they are exhausted afterwards… and so was I. 

The next big news was the purchase of BB guns for the kids.  They have begged for these for quite awhile.  Russ decided to take them shopping and the grin has not left their faces.  I didn't think Alexis would want to shoot but man was I wrong.  She loves it. 

Kimberly van diepen stampin up demo

 

 

Kimberly van diepen stampin up demo

 

 

Kimberly van diepen stampin up demo

 

 

Kimberly van diepen stampin up demo

 

 

The kids are just shooting in the back yard at my parents and they have their targets all made.  They were given strict orders not to shoot the squirrels. So, if they are not in the pool this is typically what they are doing now.  They are occupied and I'm happy that an electronic device is not consuming them. 

There is a little crafty stuff going on in the house. My mom decided to make the girls tu-tu's.  Only problem was my dad decided to test it out.

Kimberly van diepen stampin up demo

 

 

He is CRAZY!!

You may remember last year when my family and I went to a place called the Farmers Opry.  They recognized Russ being in Iraq and sang "Proud to be an American" with me and the kids on stage.  I wanted to take Russ to this awesome place so we headed there last night.  The fun part was the band remembered our family from last year and it was great for them to meet Russ.  I love this place and we heard the sad news they are closing down in October.  They have bands every Friday and Saturday and cook good ole Southern food before each of the shows.  If you like OLD country music and good southern food, this is a fantastic place to visit.  You can check out the website HERE. We've had great memories there.

Kimberly van diepen stampin up demo

 

 

Kimberly van diepen stampin up demo

 

 

So far, this is just a little taste of our vacation.  We've enjoyed spending great time with family and many laughs.  I'm looking forward to this week of soaking in more sun and hearing my kids giggle.

Have a FANTASTIC Sunday!

XOXOXO

Family Update

It's been awhile since I posted about what's going on at the home front and there is SO much excitement today with the NEW Catalog going live.  I feel like I'm running on hyper drive as I try to get everything updated, posted and of course run this little family of mine.  I've had to wear my favorite Super Woman cape for the last few weeks so that I could complete all the tasks at hand lately.  With Summer just around the corner and the kids almost finished with school I find this season of the year busier than Christmas.  Do you ever feel like that?  Stand by for lots of pictures and updates. 

Our family has been doing great.  So many fun things have been going on in our lives and everyday I feel blessed.  The kids are outstanding.  I've kept them so busy lately it's hard for them to get in trouble.  ;) However when they do get in trouble they get to do something like this:

Kimberly Van Diepen stampin up demo

 

 

Here is what's going on in our world:

*Brandon is very active in his new Boy Scout troop and loves it.  He has been seeking Leadership positions in his troop so he can add a few more responsibilities in his troop and have more of an active role. The only trouble is that he's so new he needs to complete a few more requirements to be in one of these Leadership roles.  Regardless, I love that he is seeking it and I love that he's enjoying it. 

*Brandon recently watched "THE MOVIE" (birds and the bee's) at school.  He got off the bus that day and looked at me and all he said was "GROSS!"  I still can't stop laughing.  I hope he continues to think it's gross for 10 more years.  We sat down with him on the couch and asked him if he had any questions.  He was 5 shades of red and quickly wanted the conversation to end. There were no questions, and he reiterated that it was GROSS.  *snicker*

*Alexis has been one busy lady.  She bridged from a Brownie to a Junior Girl Scout a couple of weeks ago. Very proud moment for me.  She continues to work hard in Girl Scouts and loves the friendships that have formed in her troop. As a Leader for her troop I've enjoyed it more than I ever thought I would.  All 21 of the girls in my troop are just amazing.

Kimberly Van Diepen Stampin up demo

*Alexis has been doing gymnastics twice a week and the gym has become my new home.  The gym is a little smelly at times but I enjoy watching her tumble and I'm so impressed with how much she has progressed in such a short time.  This is where I do my Digital pages too.  I bring my laptop with me all the time so I can sit and design while she tumbles away. 

*New Family Additions! A couple of weeks ago the kids sat us down for a family meeting. Typically the roles are reversed and WE the parents are calling a Family Meeting.  Russ and I sat down and the conversation started out something like this from the kids … "Now that we are older and more mature  () we would like to make a proposal.  Next Brandon started talking in his "mature" voice.  Honestly didn't know he had that voice.  They proceeded to talk to us about adding a hamster to our family.  They listed the pro's and con's of owning a rodent.  They listed the financial aspect of getting one and taking care of it and they also listed the responsibilities of taking care of it.  At this point Russ and I were speechless they had done the research, typed it out on the computer and printed it.  They also had a questionaire for Russ and I to fill out.  The last question obviously was YES or NO.  We were only given ONE minute to make our decision and they left the room.  They literally gave us no time to even ask questions while the proposal was taking place.  They are not stupid.  We said yes and then the real research started.  Russ took them both the next day to research which hamster was best for them.  Once at the store they decided they wanted a Guinea Pig instead. The only problem with this is that the Guinea Pig likes to have a friend.  Now we have gone from one hamster to TWO guinea pigs.  The kids ended up looking for their special pigs for 4 days.  Patience is not a God given talent either of my kids have but they did it. Since they were paying for all of it, they were trying to watch their costs. Russ called me on Day 4 of the big search and said he found two guinea pigs and cage that was perfect… but there was a catch.  They were both females and BOTH pregnant.  I said PERFECT.  The kids will really see the responsibility that goes with these guinea pigs.  So, off they went and we are proud to introduce you to Snowball and Coco.

Kimberly Van Diepen Stampin up demo

 

 

Kimberly Van Diepen Stampin up demo

 

 

The kids are in love.  So far they are doing great with the care taking and every day tell us thank you.  I still can't believe the whole thing, but boy are they happy campers. As of Wednesday night we are now the proud owners of SIX guinea pigs.  Both mama's had their babies.  Each of them had two babies each.  They are so adorable and cute I can barely contain myself.  The kids are beside themselves.  Seriously, this is exciting stuff.  We will be finding homes for our new sweet baby additions in about three weeks.  I'll update you on how that goes.  Alexis has named ALL of them and has already said something about why we should keep them.  Oh good grief.  Here is a pic of a few of them.  These were taken with my phone so they are not the best quality. I plan to take some in a few days once they are a little more active. 

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Kimberly Van Diepen Stampin up demo

 

 

They really are precious. 

*Memorial Day weekend was the best weekend ever.  We spent it at the pool, with friends and really relaxed. It was the first weekend we've had that we didn't have to be somewhere.  It was AWESOME!!

Kimberly Van Diepen Stampin up demo

 

 

Kimberly Van Diepen Stampin up demo

 

 

Kimberly Van Diepen Stampin up demo

 

We even had a food fight at my neighbors house.  I wonder if she still loves me? 

Now the kids have joined Swim Team and that schedule is CRAZY.  6:30 AM Saturday meets.  SERIOUSLY??? What have I done??? 

Overall, May was a great month.  Super busy, but super great.  Now it's time to get busy with June.  Lots of great things are going to happen in June. I strive everyday to update my blog with something creative for you to see.  I realize my paper creations are lacking these days.  My business has changed drastically over the last year with the kids activities, but I wouldn't change a thing and it's exactly why I have my business.  I'm thankful everyday that I can be my own boss and I have the ability to be there for the kids.  It's crazy busy, but I'm grateful.  I cannot recommend Direct Sales enough to women.  It's the best of both worlds. If you are thinking about becoming a demonstrator with Stampin' Up! now is the time.  $99 and YOU pick the $125 in products of your choice for your kit.   WOW. Plus there is a special this month for joining.   I'll update later today with the new catalog and all the great specials that are starting today. 

Thank you for taking the time to read my long message.  You are the best ever. 

Have a FANTASTIC weekend. 

XOXOXO