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Spooky Stuff!

Another quick post today. One of my favorite times of year to stamp is Halloween.  I don't know why but I love all the halloween fun stuff.  You can be so creative with this silly holiday and make so many fun treats.  I know there are many that do not prefer creating Halloween goodies and that is totally okay. BUT,  this girl *LOVES* it. 

Tomorrow is a big day! The Holiday Mini will go live and unleash all the new goodies that you can purchase.  There are FABULOUS Halloween ideas and products in this mini.  You will squeal. Here is a card I made with one of the new stamps!

Kimberly Van Diepen, stampin up demonstrator

 

 

Kimberly Van Diepen, stampin up demonstrator

 

 

This card used the Piece of Poison stamp set and the Pick Your Poison Quick Accents.  Love these accents.  They are fantastic.  The other great product is the Pick Your Poison DSP. WOWSER! It's all fabulous.  It's spooky but cute. 

Check my Online Store tomorrow as it opens up for you to purchase all these fun fabulous cool things. 

Don't forget to check out Stamps in the Mail.  Registration opened yesterday and will continue until Sept. 10th.  It's going to be a great round!

XOXOXOXO

Hurricanes? Earthquakes? Next Please!

I don't think it's very often one can say they've been through a hurricane and an earthquake in the same week.  Pure craziness but this is exactly what my kids are talking about to their friends. It's two NEW things they experienced and happy to tell you all about it.  In fact they LOVE telling anyone how we slept in the basement bathroom through the hurricane.  I am sure you laughing so let me explain. You could have a party in my basement bathroom it's so big.  I have huge tree's in my backyard and the only thing I was concerned about with the hurricane was the tree's falling.  To play it safe we took our air mattress and set up shop in the potty.  Very convienent I might add.  We had everything we needed.  We woke up the next day and our clean up consisted of a few leaves on the ground.  VERY thankful.  Many of my East Coast friends have not been so lucky. Some are still without power. Some have tree's in their pools or on their homes. Hurricanes are not something to mess with and while this area may not have taken a beating I was quite surprised how lax they were in the preps.  To me, safety is the key.  If you read the reports on the news concerning the deaths that have occured, most were from tree's falling.  Very sad.  Let's hope our East Coast friends get their lives back to normal soon and I'm ready to take on the next thing please! Preferably DRAMA free!  

Meanwhile on the ranch I've been busy getting back to what I love the most.  Stamping! Since the kids are getting ready to go back to school it's time for me to go back to business. Believe it or not my Alexis is the driving force of me going back to work. She wants to know when her stamping friends are coming back? WOW! This could be her gentle way of telling me to get our of her face. *smile* I've put classes on the books and excited to see my customers again.  It seems like forever that I held a class.  

During the hurricane (or leaf blowing event) I was able to get a little stamping in.  The new Holiday Mini goes live in just a few days.  I can't wait.  This mini catalog is super fun with lots of great stamping toys to entertain you for months.  One of the projects I finished was actually a Make n Take project from convention this Summer.  Yes, I'm a slacker.  Not only that I screwed the whole thing up. This is what I get for not READING the directions.  This project was supposed to be made using the beautiful Timeless Portrait Fabric.  Not so much for me.  Since I cut my fabric completely wrong I had to do a switch a roo and use the Spice Cake Fabric that is coming out in the Holiday Mini. Oh how you will love this fabric!!!  Take a peek of my finished project.  I really like these boxes which are also available on September 1st. 

Kimberly Van Diepen, Stampin' Up! Demonstrator

 

 

Then I made this card using the Spice Cake Designer Series paper and the Gently Falling stamp set.  Love this two step stamp! This was made for a swap I did with my team.  They are fantastic stampers. 

Kimberly Van Diepen, Stampin' Up! Demonstrator

 

 

Kimberly Van Diepen, Stampin Up! Demonstrator

 

Time to get back to work.  I have a busy day ahead. 

Make sure you check out my new Stamps in the Mail that will be starting! We are using the Christmas Lodge stamp set from the Holiday Mini.  Details can be found HERE! You can also go to the top of my website and click on Classes to Go.  Just an FYI: The projects you make in this program are not simple projects.  They are projects that make you go WOWSER! Hope you can join me.  It's going to be another GREAT round!! 

Monday Mania

Monday, Monday! Oh how I love Monday's.  It's a new week and how I start a Monday tends to shape the rest of the week.  This morning I was up early and ready to start.  Typically it takes me a few hours to get motivated and get my day started.  This morning I brewed the coffee and had a card completed by 9am.  WHOA! 

I have two cards to share this morning. The first card uses a stamp set from the Summer Mini Catalog and is dear to my heart. There are only a few weeks left to purchase this stamp set, Strength & Hope.  Stampin' Up! is donating $2 from every purchase of this set to The Breast Cancer Research Foundation. You can find more information about BCRF by visiting www.bcrfcure.org.  Let me share my card:

Kimberly Van Diepen, Stampin' Up! Demonstrator

 

 

Kimberly Van Diepen, Stampin' Up! Demonstrator

 

 

I started with Pink Pirouette cardstock for this card and stamped the flourish at the bottom of the cardfront.  I added the First Edition Specialty DSP across the top and then again over it but adding a break in the DSP using the Scallop Border punch.  I added Crumb Cake cardstock and stamped the sentiment in Early Espresso ink.   I added Pear Pizzazz Seam Binding Ribbon across the card and I love the way this silly bow turned out.

The card above was inspired by the IB&C completely.  The catalog is a great way to jump start your creativity when you have creative block.  Let me share a complete CASE from the catalog with VERY few changes made. 

Kimberly Van Diepen, Stampin' Up! Demonstrator

 

 

Kimberly Van Diepen, Stampin' Up! Demonstrator

 

 

If you look on page 69 of the IB&C you will see this exact card made in Pink Pirouette cardstock.  I loved the look of all the pennants but I didn't need a baby card.  I changed the color to Pool Party and added a few more colors such as Island Indigo and Lucky Limeade.  This card uses the Petite Pennants Builder Punch. Fantastic punch if you love Pennants.  I created the the pennants on the base of the card by using a Big Shot Die.  YES! A must have Big Shot Die Cut that I LOVE is the Petal Cone Die Cut (121810).  I die cut 8 banners from the Petal Cone Die and cut them in half.  The base of my card uses Textured Pool Party cardstock.  The stamped pennants use the First Edition Specialty paper and Vanilla cardstock.  I added a few accessories such as buttons and bling to the pennants and Toothpicks attached to the pennants. 

 

I hope your Monday flows smoothly all day! Tonight we will say a quick goodbye to Russ once again. It's always something in our world.  Something new everyday.

Yooo Hoooo! Kimberly, where are you?

Hi friends! Wow, two weeks went by pretty quickly.  I've been knee deep with children.  Yes, I've been busy being a mother.  Some days good, some days bad great.  Every day brings new challenges and memories. Memories like:

-The new scratch on my car from my beautiful son putting his bike away.  "It was really an accident, mommy!"

-The lawn mower not starting and me looking like a complete fool trying to start it! I'm sure you can imagine.  

-Watching the kids find 300 eggs that I hand stuffed only hours prior for Easter.  They had a blast.

-Over hearing the kids plan a Mother's Day surprise for me.  I know I'm not supposed to listen, but hearing them collaborate was really the gift. 

-Going on a field trip to a park with Alexis, she had a blast.  I was exhausted.

-Wiping tears at night because we miss him.

-Laying in bed with the kids hearing how their day went and falling asleep next to them.

-Getting a phone call from the Den Mother who has Brandon on a camping trip, "Kimberly, he's been in the same clothes for two days.  Does he have a change of clothes?" Me: Ummm, he has an entire duffel bag of every camping essential needed that I spent 4 hours packing!" 

-The smile on Brandon's face coming home from his camping trip all because he earned his pocket knife badge.  He was filthy, but happy!

-Trying to make Brandon understand that a shower means turning on the water in the shower. Seriously?

These are just a few of the things we have been doing, together.  My days go by lightening fast and by the time evening rolls around I am pretty exhausted.  Okay, that's a lie.  I'm FLAT exhausted!  The kids are still adjusting and if I told you it was peachy keen I would be lying.  There has been an enormous amount of feelings, emotions that the kids have shown.  All to be dealt with in a different manner.  This obviously makes it pretty difficult to work.  I took the entire month of April off. While that kinda stinks and I miss my office, how exciting that because of my job I was able to take that month off and put my priorities in order- my kids.  I couldn't do that in Corporate America. 

I'm back in the office.  I've started my favorite program again.  You can read all about it HERE.  This is about the extent of what I will be doing for the next couple of months.  Of course I will be posting here, but if you want to stamp with me, click that link and see how you can. 

I do have a few pieces of inspiration for you.  First, my photo classes are still in progress.  Here are my latest of the Gem's. 

Kimberly Van Diepen, Stampin' Up! Demonstrator

 

 

Kimberly Van Diepen, Stampin' Up! Demonstrator

One of the greatest joys of being a Stampin' Up! demonstrators is making so many new friends.  It gets even better when those friends are from overseas.  I have a new pen pal and I am so excited to share this with you. Beatrice and I have Stampin' Up! to thank for our long distance friendship.  Ironically, we are in the same boat but she is from France.  My dream place.  We both have military spouses on vacation and she is also a demonstrator.  I received this beautiful card a few weeks ago and my cheeks hurt from smiling. Actually I was ahh struck.  I don't think I've ever received mail from overseas. 

Check this out-

Kimberly Van Diepen, Stampin' Up! Demonstrator

 

 

Kimberly Van Diepen, Stampin' Up! Demonstrator

 

 

I even had to save the packaging.  I love these postage stamps from France!!

Kimberly Van Diepen, Stampin' Up! Demonstrator

 

 

Here is something I have created using the Open Sea stamp set.  I love this set.  

Kimberly Van Diepen, Stampin' Up! Demonstrator

 

 

Kimberly Van Diepen, Stampin' Up! Demonstrator

 

There you have it.  This is what I've been up to! A little busy from my normal stuff.  Hopefully you have received your Summer Mini Catalog and you are enjoying the beautiful eye candy in it.  If there is something you need or maybe need a creative jolt, don't hesitate to ask.  You can find all the fun products from the Summer Mini in my Online Store

Have a FABULOUS weekend. 

Getting Digital!

Super quick post this morning as I have a lunch date today.  WOOT! One of my goals for Russ during his vacation is to keep a record of memories to share when he gets back.  My goal is to make a digital page using My Digital Studio everyday.  I'm on a great start and 5 days behind.

Here is the first layout I have completed. 

Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator Kimberly Van Diepen

 

 

I love how easy My Digital Studio is to use.  Seriously, if I can use it with the many computer challenges I have, so can you.  You can find all the cool digital fun stuff in my Online Store.  I will come back later today and share new digital downloads that are available. 

I hope you are having a wonderful day.  It's kinda gloomy here.  I'm excited to have lunch with my friend today.  She always knows how to make me smile. 

XOXOXO

Edited to add a few things:

The font I used is called Blackchancery.  I added the new Flag Punch at the bottom right of my layout.  This Flag Punch is a great addition and will be great to make banners which is very trendy in the scrapbooking/cardmaking world. 

Here are the latest My Digital Studio downloads available:

April Digital Downloads

March 29th Digital Downloads

Check out the My Digital Studio blog for the latest updates and fun new things you can print.