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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.

Here’s a Quick Way to Use the Balloon Adventures

Balloon Adventures Stamp Set

The Balloon Adventures stamp set is one of the many amazing birthday stamp sets in the new occasions catalog.

Today I have a quick way to use this stamp set and create a fun birthday card.

 Balloon Adventures stamp set, Stampin' Up!

Never Enough Birthday Cards

Let’s face it, we will never have enough birthday cards on hand.  It’s not possible, at least for me anyway.

At first I asked myself did I really need another balloon stamp set? Quickly I thought no, but there are a few things about the Balloon Adventure stamp set that caught my eye.

  1. The fonts in the greetings of this stamp set are amazing. It is definitely something that caught my eye which makes designing SO much easier for me.
  2. Not one, but two coordinating ways to cut images in this set.  The balloons coordinate with the Balloon Bouquet punch and the Balloon Pop-Up Thinlits Dies.
  3. Party Animal Suite coordinates with this stamp set perfectly.

 

Masking with Balloon Adventures

One of the ways you can quickly create fun birthday cards with this set is by masking the balloons.

The masking technique creates the illusion that one image is behind the other and creates depth.  The first image you stamp is the image that will be in the front.

To mask using the Balloon Adventures stamp set you will need a simple Post-It Note.  Stamp the image onto the Post-It Note and cut the image out just inside the lines.  This is now your mask.

Stamp the image again onto your cardstock. Place your mask covering the image completely to protect it as you stamp the second time.  I love using Post-It Notes because the adhesive sticks to the image and makes it easy to stamp over.

Stamp the image again, positioning the image partially onto the mask. This second image will appear to be behind the first. Continue to move your mask around to create more depth.

You can see how I created many balloons in a bunch using one mask in this picture below.

Balloon Adventures stamp set, Stampin' Up!

 

You can also see how I masked in the original card below. I love how they all look bunched together.

Balloon Adventures stamp set, Stampin' Up!

 

Balloon Pop-Up Thinlits Dies

The new Balloon Pop-Up Thinlits Dies are perfect to create an interactive card.  Plus, another great thing I found  is the banner attached with this thinlits.

Balloon Adventures stamp set, Stampin' Up!

 

The banner I created for this card is part of the pop-up.  I simply trimmed in a couple of places on the cardstock to make the banner stand alone.  Once it was die cut, I stamped the banner images from the Balloon Adventures stamp set.

 

Put Balloon Adventures On Your Wish List!

Balloon Adventures stamp set, Stampin' Up!

As I said before this is one of the great birthday sets coming in the Occasions catalog available on January 4th.  This entire suite of products will be a popular one.

Click HERE to download the instructions to create this card.

See the Balloon Pop-Up Thinlits Dies in action in this video below.

 

Here are a few more fun samples using this stamp set.

Balloon Adventures stamp set, Stampin' Up!

 

Balloon Adventures stamp set, Stampin' Up!

 

Balloon Adventures stamp set, Stampin' Up!

 

 

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.

It’s AMAZING!!

Stampin' Up! Year End Close Out Sale

 

Have a spectacular weekend!!

 

Creating Your Own Tropical Paradise

Tropical Paradise

I have to admit that I do live in a tropical paradise already.

 

For years however, I had to create my own tropical paradise.

 

For instance… a cold winter day I’ve been known to lotion up with a little suntan lotion to smell that paradise.

 

Not kidding…. sometimes we have to be really creative, right?

 

Totally Trees

This year Stampin’ Up! is helping me out in creating a tropical paradise with my stamps.

The new Totally Trees stamp set caught my eye with the palm tree image.

Tropical Paradise, Stampin' Up!, Totally Trees

 

 

When I started to create this card the Moroccan Designer Series Paper was sitting on my desk from a previous project and the colors in this pattern I chose reminded me of outdoor patio furniture.  It was right then the idea was born…

 

Tropical Paradise, Stampin' Up!, Totally Trees

 

I couldn’t help but fall in love with palm tree.  Being from Florida, palm trees are a dime a dozen… and of course pine trees.

To create the perfect green for my palm leaves I dabbed my solid palm image into the Bermuda Bay ink first and then did a light tap into Emerald Envy ink.  Once I stamped it over the palm tree I let out a big “WOW!”  It was the perfect color.

 

Tropical Paradise, Stampin' Up!, Totally Trees

 

To create this card click HERE to download the instructions.  

 

Creating Your Paradise

The truth is, whether it’s a palm tree or a Santa image we are stamping, we create our own paradise when we craft.

 

Stamping is paradise for crafters.

  • provides peace
  • takes us to a calm, happy place
  • stress reliever
  • brings joy

I look at all of the characteristics above and instantly I think that is paradise.  It’s my personal paradise.  A place that I can enjoy peace.

Now don’t get me wrong… there are times I can feel frustrated in my personal paradise as well.  The times when nothing goes my way when I’m trying to create.  However, it’s still paradise.  It still brings me joy.

Tropical Paradise, Stampin' Up!, Totally Trees

 See products used for today’s projects below in the clickable links and shop Online 24/7!

What Does Your Paradise Look Like? 

Is stamping your paradise? Or do you have something else that creates a paradise for you?

I’d love to hear.  I’m sure others would too.  What do you find JOY in?

Believe it or not friends, others can learn from you as well.  Leave a comment.  Tell others what brings you joy.

Is it your oasis you live in?

Is it a stamp set? Stamping time? Crafting time?

Exercise? (I wish this did bring me joy… it tends to WEAR me SLAP out!)

 

Before I Go Back to Paradise…. 

A couple of things-

First… have you joined my mailing list? I hope so.  My mailing list is where I share all my FREE tutorials.  YES! Free tutorials with amazing cards that are never seen here on my website.  Typically 4-6 cards at once.  WOWSA!

If you love to have a written tutorial of creativity at your fingertips, make sure to sign up for my mailing list HERE.

I don’t send junk and I typically send out an email twice a month.  Sometimes more if I’m REALLY excited about something and I can’t wait to tell you.

Second… you can order 24/7 in my Online Store.  Receive a FREE gift from me and a FREE Class tutorial when you place an Online order.  If you spend $50 in my Online Store you will receive THIS tutorial FREE.  It’s AMAZING.  Not to be missed. OR, you can purchase the tutorial HERE.

 

One Last Thing

With the new Holiday catalog fresh on the streets- your wish list might be long.  I know mine was.  Did you know you can get all of the products you want at a discount? YEP!  You can join Stampin’ Up! and receive 20% discount on your purchases.  For $99 you can receive $125 in products.  BIG NEWS FLASH… There is NO OBLIGATION to do another thing.  BUT…

  • You would be a part of a fun, growing crafty community of amazing demonstrators
  • You would enjoy a 20% discount

If this sounds like something you are interested in click HERE to learn more information or simply ask me.

If you want to know a little more about me, click HERE

I just completed a comprehensive training for New Demonstrators that is sure to kick start anyones hobby or business.  I’d love to share it with YOU!!

 

Tropical Paradise, Stampin' Up!, Totally Trees

 

 

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Try This Color Combination

 

AMAZING-Tutorial Bundle Subscription!

Exclusive Tutorial Bundle Subscription!

I’m SUPER excited to tell you about a fun new project I’ve been working on.

 

Something BIG.

 

This has been in the works for some time now.

 

It’s a beautiful thing when creative people can gather together and collaborate on something BIG.

When you see the line up of amazing demonstrators taking part in this EXCLUSIVE Tutorial Bundle, you will understand WHY I have been so excited.

 

Now, if you would take just a minute to see what I’m talking about I would be so appreciative.

CLICK the BUTTON below to learn more information about this exciting news.  It’s going to be an AMAZING collaboration with AMAZING designers from Stampin’ Up! I can’t wait for you to SEE.

 

Tutorial Bundle Subscription

 

 

Don’t miss out on the Thoughtful Branches promotion.  Click HERE to view gorgeous projects created with this set.  OH, and HERE to see even more.  It’s a beautiful stamp set with matching framelits that you don’t want to miss out on.  It’s more than just tree’s friends.  This bundle has great versatility.

 

Camping, Stampin' Up!

 

Happy Monday.  Make today AMAZING.

XOXOXOXO

Project Life by Stampin’ Up!

Project Life by Stampin’ Up!

 Project Life blog hop april Header
Thank you for joining us today for our International Project Life by Stampin’ Up! Blog hop. You may be just starting here or have come from Julie’s blog. Either way you can make your way around by using the list below so that you don’t miss a blog. We have and incredible group of talented Stampin’ Up! Demonstrators who wanted to highlight Project life by Stampin’ Up!® Memory keeping. At the moment you are currently in the United States and you are about to go around the world to different locations.

It’s Your Story

 

If you have followed me for some time you know I’m big into memory keeping.  It goes down as my first love in the papercrafting world.  Currently my family could entertain themselves for hours looking through books and books of their cute little faces and me telling our story.
That’s exactly what it is- your story.
While there are many different ways you can keep those memories alive, Project Life makes it fast and easy.  It’s NOT time consuming and a thrill to look at the completed projects.
Being a fan of Stampin’ Up! products I’ve been thrilled to use the Project Life by Stampin’ Up! for the simple coordination.  While Project Life is incredibly simple, Stampin’ Up! makes it even easier with coordinating products outside of the kits.

Where Do I Start? 

Project Life, Stampin' Up!, Kimberly Van Diepen

The big question I’m always asked, where do I start Kimberly?
Here’s the thing- there is no hard fast rule on where you need to start.  Open your camera, pull a few pictures off of it and begin RIGHT THERE.  Sometimes we can over analyze something to the point it keeps us from starting.  Just grab a few pics and start.
Here is a quick guide to help when you get started.  Click HERE to download it.

Let’s Create!

Last night I pulled out my Happy Times Project Life kit and completed three layouts in 20 minutes.  Below you will see a few of the close shots of the layout, keep in mind all of the products came from the Happy Times Project Life Kit and Accessory Pack except for a couple of pieces of ribbon, staples and star punches.
Project Life, Stampin' Up!, Kimberly Van Diepen
Project Life, Stampin' Up!, Kimberly Van Diepen
I love to capture the out of the ordinary moments.  Yes, I scrapbook events of things that happen in our family but I also love capturing moments like the ones above.
The Happy Times kit was perfection when it came time to scrapbook these moments.  The cards and accessories are fun and make memory keeping quick and easy.
Project Life, Stampin' Up!, Kimberly Van Diepen
A few layered elements using stars, twine, and a 2 x 2 Project Life Card.
Project Life, Stampin' Up!, Kimberly Van Diepen
I layered the 2 x 2 cards onto the 4 x 6 Project Life card  and secured it all with a staple.
Project Life, Stampin' Up!, Kimberly Van Diepen
Project Life, Stampin' Up!, Kimberly Van Diepen
Project Life, Stampin' Up!, Kimberly Van Diepen

Printing Your Photos

This past Christmas I started a December Daily album.  The nature of the album is about daily life.  I love this album!  To make my daily story telling easier, I purchased a Canon Selphy so I could print my photos quickly and create a layout every single day.  it was awesome.
I created a quick video on how to print photos from your iPhone using the Project Life App from Becky Higgins.  This would also work for Android users.

 

Take a Tour- Be Inspired

I hope you’re ready to be inspired by a fantastic crew of designers using Project Life.  Grab a drink and take a stroll around the world.  Next up is my fellow Artisan friend Krista Frattin.  LOVIE her and her work.

Blog Hop Guest List

Patty Bennett
Allison Okamitsu
Bruno Bertucci
Constanze Wirtz

You can see all the supplies I used by clicking the clickable links below.

Place an order in my Online Store and receive a FREE gift from me as well as a FREE class tutorial in the month of April. 

I’m not foolin’ ya! Click HERE to shop!