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Santa is Coming!

Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator Kimberly Van DIepen

 

 

Independent Stampin up demonstrator Kimberly Van Diepen

 

I don't know about you but I'm getting pretty excited that Santa is coming.  The prep work getting him to come is pretty spectacular.  I am sure you have the same prep work- Bake sugar cookies, decorate them, pick out the BEST one for Santa and prepare to have plenty of milk on hand.  These are all complete! The kids and I are jumping off the walls.  Maybe too many sugar cookies? Poor Mr. Prince. Oh no! I just remembered I need Carrots… for Rudolf. 

Tomorrow my plan is to check out the Christmas lights around us (*LOVE* this) and go to the grocery story for a carrot.  I don't have much else planned.  I'm Chilling Out!  You?

Stampin’ BINGO!

I don't know about you but I love to play Bingo!  I rarely get to go but I love sitting in those filled VFW halls trying to fill my bingo cards before anyone else.  I love the looks of the HOT pink daubers and even though I only play maybe twice a year I have at least 8 color daubers to choose from.  I am the lady that buys lots of cards and then I sit there sweating bullets as the call guy calls the numbers and I'm trying to keep up! I get so involved that you cannot even carry on a conversation with me.  Kinda silly, but oh so TRUE! Sadly, I never win at the Bingo halls.  But I sure do get lots of laughs in. 

I was really excited when Stampin' Up! brought out the Bingo Card Stamp.  It was one of the first stamps I purchased from the Holiday Mini.  Once I got it I wasn't sure how to use it.  Ha.  I know you understand.  I love the vintage look of the BINGO stamp!  Here is a card I made for workshops this month.  I used the Jolly Bingo Bits in the bottom row of my Bingo Card. 

 

Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator Kimberly Van Diepen

 

 

Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator Kimberly Van Diepen

 

 

Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator Kimberly Van Diepen

 

 

I only used three ink colors on this card: Soft Suede, Crumb Cake and Early Espresso.  Such YUMMO colors.  While the card is pretty darn simple, I could change out some of my Bingo Bits so NO card would be the same.  Kinda fun.

Today I am duel tasking.  Christmas Decorations need to go up and stamping HAS to take place.  To the stamp room I go…

Have a fabulous Sunday!!!

Blessed and Chaos

The last couple of weeks have been filled with nothing but blessings and utter FUN chaos.  Seems silly that these two words can go together however if I described my life in the last two weeks it might exhaust you.  <smile> 

Let me start with the biggest blessing and that was my trip to Paris.  My trip was the most amazing time I have ever had with my prince.  The weather wasn't great but who cares, we were in Paris!  Despite the drizzle cold rain we walked miles throughout the city and enjoyed the french cuisine and culture.  I was amazed at the sites and swear this has to be the most romantic place I've ever been.  Seeing the Eiffel Tower was always a dream.  He made it a reality.  I am grateful for him. 

I came home and enjoyed one full day with my mom before she left to go back home.  I'm grateful for her too.  She looked after those two beauties for 5 days and I never worry when they are in her hands. While the kids get to enjoy her I feel like I don't get enough time with her.  ๐Ÿ™ 

Before I left we had a little birthday fun.  She handed me the most precious gift EVER!  She scrapbooked 40 years of milestones of my life.  I cried, laughed and then cried more.  I cried because this gift is something I will ALWAYS have.  I will pass it on to my children so they can laugh at all my crazy hairstyles.  I laughed at my own "Story!"  Boy, do I have a story.  40 years worth.  As the kids, Russ and I looked at the book it brought back so many great memories. Russ and I almost wet ourselves looking back at pictures when we first met.  We looked so young….just babies!  LOL!  Anyhoo, it was an amazing gift.  The work involved is so appreciated.  I'm telling you, a scrapbook is one of the BEST gifts you can give someone.  It's worth a million dollars to ME!!

After my mom left I was actually on the road again.  This is the reason you really haven't heard from me.  I had one day to seriously work and then off to Colorado I went for a GREAT Demonstrator event.  Another trip down memory lane for me as I miss that place terribly.  I was able to see my great demonstrators and a few of my customers that I gush over.  I had a great time Saturday morning having breakfast with a friend and catching up with her. 

Now I am back home with my sweet family and really haven't done much today.  I'm trying to get back in the groove but I think my body is telling me to just RELAX for one day!  I'm not sure my body knows which time zone its in either.  Looking forward I am going to count my blessings this week.  I have many!  This week I plan to enjoy every minute with my family. 

On a business note… There is a some serious Stampin' Up! specials going on.  Stampin' Up! has gone crazy- in a GREAT way- just for YOU!  The starter kit is HALF price!!!  You can see the special to the right on my side bar.  You should really check it out.  Not a customer of mine?  Call your local demonstrator.  Really, this is a special you do not want to miss.  It's craziness.  Great Christmas Gift for yourself too.  Join and see why demonstrators are so CRAZY about Stampin' Up!

There is also an online sale that you do not want to miss!  You can check out my website for more information.  SUPER deals this week only!

Before I left I had the chance to stamp, believe it or not.  Here is a card I made:

Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator Kimberly Van Diepen

 

 

Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator Kimberly Van Diepen

 

 

Somehow this week I am going to make time to scrapbook my Paris trip.  I want to keep those memories fresh.  <sigh>

Here are some pics of our trip.  I took over 600 pics.  It's going to be one big scrapbook. 

 

This was a spectacular site.  This was the Military School in front.  That Eiffel Tower is so pretty at night. 

Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator Kimberly Van Diepen

 

We were on top of a building (forgot the name-will have to ask Russ!) and this is what we could see.  Love these buildings. 

Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator Kimberly Van Diepen

 

…It's also stunning during the day on a dreary day!

Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator Kimberly Van Diepen

 

Yes, I found a Starbucks.  Seriously, I think I grew a chest hair from the STRONG coffee there. WOW!  It was fun to see Starbucks in a different language.  It's the little things that amuse me. 

Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator Kimberly Van Diepen

 

This was one of the highlights of our trip.  The best show EVER! Two FULL hours of entertainment.  My eyes never left the show.

Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator Kimberly Van Diepen

I just love the look of these buildings.  So much inspiration and art.  They are beautiful.

 

Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator Kimberly Van Diepen

 

Ahhh… this guy just makes my heart pound!

Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator Kimberly Van Diepen

Last… NO class!  <sigh> Why he married me?  I'm sure it's for PURE entertainment purposes! LOL!

 

Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator Kimberly Van Diepen

 

 

Have a GREAT week and a wonderful Thanksgiving.  I'm grateful you take the time out of your day to read my little story!

Moving away from that worm!

Hello friends!  WOW! It's been a long month since I have blogged and I am so so sorry! I was leading you on an adventure that threw many curve balls and still laughing when all of a sudden the laughter stopped and the adventure got a little crazy!  I could seriously write a novel on this move and the mishaps and some funnies, but I am sure you are like me and just have no time to read that mess.  Instead, I will get you a few insights and we will try to continue on the path of why you probably really read this crazy blog of mine… stamping inspiration.  Bare with me a few paragraphs though and I will give you a little hint of what is going on in my world. 

First, we did finally move into the house 5 days after the date expected.  This 5 days sent me over the edge because I was really on a timeline and had things to get done before leaving for convention.  Of course someone else had another timeline for me and that is when I got sick, sick, sick!  In fact, I have never been that SICK.  I was basically a piece of furniture in my living room succumbed to watching TV shows I had never heard of.  I did catch up on my soap operas that I had not watched in two years.  The good news is it only took a few days to catch up on those.  ๐Ÿ™‚  Honestly, I was out for about 9 days.  This really through me for a loop as I had so much I wanted to accomplish prior to leaving for convention.  It didn't happen!  In fact, I didn't start feeling "good" until almost the end of convention.  SERIOUSLY! 

The house is a CRAZY mess and I am still unpacking.  It will be a while until we are fully set up.  I've come to terms with it.  My stamp room is a beautiful mess.  I mean with stamps all over the floor and embellishments needing a "place", they are pretty to look at they just need to be organized.  ๐Ÿ™‚  This too will take time but there is an end in sight.  If I wasn't such an organization freak I wouldn't care as much. 

Let's chat about convention.  I almost do not know where to begin!  Convention is always such a high for me because I'm reunited with my friends and I love spending time with them.  It's a time to share!  The experience and fun that you have at convention is just CRAZY!  The flower power night was awesome and the crazy get-ups that people wore were hilarious.  I LOVED that party.  As you will see below, I had fun dressing up too.  I am truly thankful to my downline for putting this outfit together because I had not one ounce of energy to help.  They did it for me.  I love you guys. 

Awards night….speechless.  Seriously??? Being awarded #1 goes down with some of the greatest moments in my life.  Up there with marrying the greatest man ever, Russ and having two beauties I call Brandon and Alexis.  However being awarded #1 doesn't mean it's all about me.  What that "number" means is that my team is #1.  That would have NEVER happened without these great ladies.  The #1 is a reflection of the great team I call Stampers by the Sea.  My heart was beating so fast when two of my downline were awarded with Rising Star this year.  When I watched three of my ladies walk across that stage earning the Incentive Trip.  Then I have ladies that did not make it to convention but I've watched their business soar this year in ways they never thought it could.  My team is a group of women that loves each other to the core.  They help each other, share with each other and love each other.  THEY are #1!

The hardest part right now is being so far away from all these great ladies.  They are all over the United States because I have LIVED all over the U.S. This will be the 5th move since starting my business 7 years ago.  I am so lucky that I have my Denise here near me.  She always can bring a smile to my face when I am feeling on the edge of insanity.  Oh, I have shed a few tears already.  Moving sucks.  It's not easy.  You have to start ALL over.  What keeps me going and rebuilding?  I just want to share the greatest company in the whole world and teach as many people as I can how to use these great products.  They are the BEST.  It's the way that I make new friends.  Stampin' Up! is all about building relationships and providing an experience like no other direct selling company I have seen.  So, it's time to make new friends and continue to build the friendships I have.  This is why I love this company! 

I want to say a HUGE thank you to so many of you for the warmest emails of encouragement during our move.  Believe me, Russ thanks you.  Thank you for being so kind.  I also want to say a HUGE thank you to the demonstrators I met that live close to me.  They have been SO kind and welcoming.  All I can say is WOW! To my team…. there are not enough words for me to say about you.  You are the BEST and will always be the BEST in my book. 

Now, how about a few pics from the "room", Convention and even a little stamping inspiration. 

Here are a few pics of the new "room!"  We will call it a room until I feel like it's my paradise again. 

This is eventually where I will hold classes.  I can't wait for the finished result. I am sure things will look much different.

Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator Kimberly Van Diepen

 

 

This is going into my office.  Love that I can shut doors if I am a messy stamper that day!  I've opened them for you and it's an utter disaster right now.  YIKES!

Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator Kimberly Van Diepen

 

 

 

This is my desk.  Nothing like Dorito's and a coke for lunch.  The cat is outta the bag!

Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator Kimberly Van Diepen

 

 

This area  is what I like to call the command center.  ๐Ÿ™‚  It's where lots of GREAT things are created. 

Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator Kimberly Van Diepen

 

 

Again, it will look much different in the upcoming weeks and I will share with you once I get the room updated. 

Here are some pics from Convention!

I love this photo.  We felt so silly and had so much fun!!!! That is me on the right.  <smile>

Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator Kimberly Van Diepen

 

 

I can't believe I am actually going to show this picture but it makes me giggle loudly.  My hair dresser is in my downline.  GREAT, GREAT lady! I love her to pieces.  She is simply the BEST.  Before I left Colorado I begged her to bring supplies so she could cut and color my hair.  She did! So, we played hotel beauty shop after the Flower Power party.  Whit, you are the best and thank you!!

Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator Kimberly Van Diepen

 

 

We can dress up nicely.  What a night!

Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator Kimberly Van Diepen

 

Here is Jenny! Rising Star #4!  Holle couldn't make it to convention this year.  She was #8.  I can't wait to give her the biggest hug in St. George for Founders Circle. 

Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator Kimberly Van Diepen

 

 

Ahhhhh……. I love this picture!

Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator Kimberly Van Diepen

 

Shelli, Me and Tami White!  Love this picture too!

Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator Kimberly Van Diepen

 

You can see that I am pointing to my TEAM and I think I was blowing them kisses?  Who knows, you never know what I'm up to! Just being SILLY!

Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator Kimberly Van Diepen

 

This was Jenny and I after getting our bags.  Ahh…… it makes me smile! :)

Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator Kimberly Van Diepen

 

Lastly… something creative.  Now don't shoot me.  This card has a few retired buttons on it.  I know!  Remember, it's been a month since I stamped.  I made this card a while back.  Stamping is on the agenda!  Keep me accountable.  ๐Ÿ™‚

This card uses the new stamping hostess set Apple Blossoms!  I love it!!!  Who wouldn't want to host a workshop and earn this set for FREE?  You would just be silly not too!

Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator Kimberly Van Diepen

 

 

Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator Kimberly Van Diepen

 

 

Well, I guess I made this into a novel!  It felt good to write about the happenings.  Thank you again for taking time and coming to this little place of mine.  It's time to unpack a little, work a little and stamp a lot.  Not exactly in that order. 

Stampin' Hugs!