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Take a Nature Walk

Walking may be the only form of exercise I would consider.  I know, pretty pathetic but completely the truth.  The thought of a workout almost exhausts me and lately that says a lot since I seem to be in that exhaustive state EVERY day.  Pure exhaustion, really!  I'm not exactly sure what is going on.  I normally do not feel like this.  The nurse in me says "see what happens in a few days" and if I don't "feel" better I will get it checked out. Considering the stress, I think it's normal. So… back to the exercise and walking.  I'm thinking about putting a walking routine into my daily schedule.  I think most of my girlfriends reading this probably just fell on the floor.  Go ahead and pick yourselves up.  You did read that correctly. I'm going to start WALKING! <woot> A good nature walk would be great for my mind. 

Speaking of Nature Walk, the stamp set Nature Walk is really one of my favorite stamp sets in the Spring Mini.  Okay, so all of the sets are my favorite!  You know how much I love birds and the bird in this stamp set is just beautiful.  This set has lots of great possibilities.  Here is my card:

Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator Kimberly Van Diepen



The cool technique with this card is I used one of my CLEAR blocks as a STAMP! Yes, isn't that cool? Who knew? One of my demonstrators on my team used this technique on a card and I just loved it. 

I learned a few tips along the way of making this card.  Let me share. 

TIPS: First, I used my Clear Block D and stamped it onto the Very Vanilla cardstock using Crumb Cake ink.  The tip is to make sure when stamping with the Clear Block you are stamping on a hard surface.  For instance, if you are using a plastic craft table, this technique does not really work.  The table gives when you push down to stamp and then your image is not clear.  It's very spotty.  Actually, it's FLAT UGLY! To avoid this happening, stamp the Clear Block on a hard surface.  Works like a champ.

This happens to be the card I was going to video and show you the technique in action…we'll blame it on the kids for the reason it's not done.  <smile>

This was a super fast card to make with very few layers but the images produce that WOW factor. I really like it.  Below you will find the materials I used for the card and you can find all the supplies to make this in my Online Store


Materials Used:

Stamp Sets: Nature Walk, Hello You

Cardstock: Very Vanilla, Not Quite Navy

Ink: Marina Mist, Not Quite Navy, Early Espresso, Crumb Cake, Old Olive

Accessories: Spritzer Tool, Stamp-a-ma-jig


I hope your Monday is shaping up to be super fantastic.  I have a few stories to share with you later tonight.  Stories that could potentially make you laugh right along with ME!


Blissful Dreams

Isn't it the kind of dreams we all want, Blissful ones?  Tonight I am going to share the last Stamp a Stack card we created last week.  Once again I will share two different cards with just a small change.  Both of these are very simple cards with many layers. 

Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator Kimberly Van Diepen Northern Virginia



Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator Kimberly Van Diepen Northern Virginia



The stamp set Bliss from the Sale-a-Bration catalog has seen a lot of mileage in my stamp room already.  This is what I call a classic stamp set where the main image (flourish) can be used with so many other stamp sets. I stamped the flourish randomly over the Very Vanilla cardstock and then very lightly stamped the Sanded Background stamp over using Crumb Cake ink.  Sanded is one of the best texture backgrounds in my book.  In fact many times it's not far from reach on my stamp table.  ;) 

As you can see the Bliss sentiment fits perfectly inside the Curly Label punch.  Once the sentiment was punched I gently roughened up the edges using my Cutter Kit.  Do you own this fabulous tool yet? This tool should definitely be added to your basic TOOL supplies.  Just like sugar in the kitchen, it's that important. I added two last embellishments to finish this card.  Ribbon is always a great embellishment but then I added a little more WOWSER to the card with just one beautiful Vanilla Rosette. These are so pretty.  Just so pretty. Here is another version of the card below:

Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator Kimberly Van Diepen, Northern Virginia



There are only a few changes.  I omitted the Sanded Background and changed the bottom sentiment.  The sentiment can be found in the stamp set Word Play.  These two cards again are simple and easy to duplicate.  What's the best part about the Bliss stamp set? It's FREE with every $50 order during Sale-a-Bration! Now that is EXCITING!!!!  To get all these great supplies you can simply place your order through my Online Store.  It's there you will find the most exciting products!

With all the excitement that Sale-a-Bration brings I still have time for a few Blissful Dreams.  They may be short Blissful Dreams, but I get them.  ;)What are you dreaming about lately?


New Video and Chubby Bird

I have a video for you tonight! Yea!  I wanted to show you how I did some of the elements on this CARD from yesterday.  It was so much easier than writing it all out.  ;)  I hope it's easier for you, too!  Here is the video, Enjoy!

In other news…

Today was one of those days that just didn't go as planned.  Russ and I had planned to go shopping for a new ride for me.  All of a sudden he didn't feel well and ended up sleeping most of the day.  He even ran a high temp.  It was really crazy.  He took some medicine and started feeling better.  At least well enough to join us down in the stamp room to work on Valentines for the kids.  It was a family affair.  Here is the family in action:

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



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



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



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



Whatever it takes to get 60+ Valentines done, we can do it. 


Lastly, I wanted to share my chubby bird card. 

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



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

I love the Bontanical Gazette DSP and I just love the bird on this DSP.  So beautiful.  I wanted this image to be seen on this card so I cut the paper just right so the chubby bird could be seen.  The sentiment came from the Engraved Greetings stamp set.  This is a set that you can get for FREE when you spend $50.  It's in the back of the Sale-a-Bration catalog.  I love this set.  Love how it fits inside the Decorative Label punch.  I added some of the Crumb Cake Seam Binding and the Victoria Lace.  So pretty.  It's really a simple card with just a few sweet elements. 

I hope your weekend is amazing.  Looks like this weekend will be more laid back than planned.  It's okay. 


Bliss~It’s so Pretty!

You probably heard me squealing loudly a little while ago!  Ever do that when you make something and you are just silly excited about it? It's one of those delightful nights in my stamp room last night when I turn on my music {LOUD} and just stamp.  Nothing pressing- just a recharge. Oh WOW- what a recharge it was!  So, the new SAB set Bliss is at the top of my list of         B-E-A-U-T-I-F-U-L  stamp sets! I could kiss the designer of this one.  Every image just makes me GRIN! 

Check out this one…


Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator Kimberly Van Diepen



Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator Kimberly Van Diepen



The ribbon is the new Seam Binding. I used Baja Breeze.  Simply the best ribbon, really! The colors for the card was River Rock and Baha Breeze with a touch of Basic Black.  Guess what color I fell in love with again? River Rock.  I had to dust it off.  What was I thinking?

I'm off this morning to run a few errands and then I have a workshop.  Super excited about it. 

It’s all New & Fresh

Oh boy! It's all NEW and FRESH thanks to a few masterminds! I'm so excited to show you the new design of my blog.  Michelle Laycock and Heather Wright-Porto have done an amazing job on getting this "project" up and running!  It was not an easy task on their parts but that is what Masterminds do… they figure it out! They spent quite a few hours working on this and I'm just giddy with the result.  I believe that was the word Michelle used too.  This all comes at a GREAT time for me.  I've had this little ole' blog of mine for 4 years this month!  WOW!  It really is a story. A story filled with 4 years of growth of my business and the growth of my little ones.  I was thumbing through old posts the other day. I will admit to a few laughs and tears as I looked back over the last 4 years.  When I started this blog it was all for my customers.  I just wanted to keep them inspired, keep them stamping, keep them in love with what I am in love with… Stampin' Up!  I think I have kept that end of the bargain but I've added a few other fun things over the years. I have to thank you for sticking around and enjoying the ride along with me.  I thank you for putting up with my family photos as well.  This keeps me out of trouble with my family that lives so far away.  My mom and dad can keep up with my crazy family life all in one area.  <smile> I'm working on new videos and tutorials —-> FREE for YOU! Again, I am GRATEFUL for you! Good things are coming! WOOT!
Today I have a card with one of my favorite stamp sets.  (How many times have you heard that phrase?)

Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator Kimberly Van Diepen





Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator Kimberly Van Diepen


I love this set.  I cut the Designer Paper into strips 3/4" wide for the base.  I love all the paper in this Designer Paper pack so this card gave me the ability to use many patterns.  They are just yummy! This happens to be one of my favorite color combinations too! Basic Black, Cherry Cobbler, Crumb Cake, and Very Vanilla just = YUMMO. Ewww Weee it's pretty!

I'm working on birthday invitations for Alexis now.  Can't wait to share.  They are coming out pretty cute.  They were "approved" by her. Yippie!! Only 7 more to make.

Enjoy your weekend and hopefully you are warmer than I am.