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Winding Down Valentines!

I say I'm winding down with my Valentines projects but the reality is I've still got a lot of Valentines to make. How could that possibly be? I have everything cut and ready to go for the kids classrooms.  I have Valentines baskets ready for the teachers and projects that need a few final touches before they can go in their baskets.  Then Mr. Prince gets one daily.  What have I created? Madness!

Here is my Valentine Card tonight:

Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator Kimberly Van Diepen, Woodbridge, VA Valentines



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



I'm determined to really use my cute Love Impressions Rub On's to the fullest.  I think I've just about accomplished that.  I love how these rub ons have images that can run the entire length across a card.  Makes designing a card very simple, really.  Have you noticed how trendy the color Gray is? You see it everywhere in the Fashion Industry and I love it because it's neutral and you can throw any color with it.  I used the Always Elegant stamp set with Basic Black ink across the top half of the card.  This is a very elegant stamp set. Almost delicate looking.  I really like it.  While this stamp set has WEDDING written all over, I think it works for Valentines too. I used the Extra Large Decorative Label punch and cut it in half. Then I used the XOXO rub on onto Sahara Sand cardstock and punched it out with the Oval Punch.  It's a simple tag, but it did the trick. 

I cannot believe it's the end of the week.  My body feels it and my mind is on hyper drive!  I'm whipped.  I've poured myself into a few projects this week and one project I would like to work on this weekend is sleep.  Have you ever been so tired that you put face cream on your tooth brush instead of tooth paste?  If you notice my pearly whites have no "wrinkles" on them you'll understand.   I think I'll get some rest this weekend. 

Tomorrow is another great day of stamping and meeting new friends.  I'll be sharing a fun make n take project with another 40 women at a MOPS event. I can't wait.

I hope your weekend plans are getting into shape.  I have one other thing besides sleep I would like to accomplish.  I told my Prince we are going to an antique store this weekend.  YIPPIE!!!  Vintage Treasures here I come. 

Tell me, are you up for another Burning Questions round? These are always fun! May be a good time since there are no bugs around. <wink> 

What are your BURNING questions you have for me? Business, Creative? Questions will be taken and compiled until Tuesday, February 15.  Then I will put another video together once I have them compiled.

Have a FANTASTIC Friday!

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!!!

Simple Little Snowflakes

I guess in reality snowflakes are not very simple.  They are these complicated little pieces of beauty that I like to see come and go… FAST!  I'm just praying this side of the East Coast doesn't see snow like they did last year. Tonight was a simple night for me.  I made it that way.  I had quite a few complicated issues that needed to be tended to and I pushed them all to the side so I could make a complicated card.  Ahhhh… it's the simple things! Right?  Of course one card ended up taking a few right turns but the other one I'm sharing is simple as can be!

If you are a Big Shot fan you will dig this.  In the Mini catalog there is a beautiful Decorative Strip for the Big Shot called Northern Frost (#120901).  BEAUTIFUL snowflakes that are so delicate. The Decorative Strips are great for card makers and scrapbookers.  Check this out:

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



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


See how delicate they are?  I placed the Antique Brads into the center of each of them and then sprayed it with Shimmer Mist (that's a little Frost Shimmer Paint and Alcohol mixed together).  Love this antique look/feel that comes from this card. 

Then the night took a few turns and the sewing machine came to life.  Here is what happened then:

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



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



I layered those delicate snowflakes onto each other and they just made me melt.  I sprayed the entire Vanilla cardstock piece with Shimmer Mist which the camera does NOT like to photo.  It really makes it look over done and from my eyeball view it's not.  Pffft!  Then I added the ribbon with the sewing machine and I fell in love with this vintage winter card.  <sigh> Overall, very glad I have the Northern Frost Decorative Strip because I see many more cards in my future. 

I didn't get a chance to write or create much this weekend as my little family kept me busy.  We had a great weekend.  I am completely drawn to the fall colors here in Virginia.  It's so stunning!  I wanted to get a few pics of the kids with the leaves in the distance and here are the little ham bones 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


The first picture of them running holding hands makes me smile.  The best part was they were not "coached" to hold hands.  They just did it!  This brings a big smile to my face.  Now the biggest boy of all didn't get his picture taken because he was a little sad faced.  Russ has a new hobby playing with RC planes.  It was kinda the reason for going to the big field.  I of course had a different agenda!  He was so excited to fly one of his planes.  We watched it go up…. and immediately right DOWN…in pieces!  That's when his face turned pretty sad.  Luckily these are not the expensive planes and made just for new RC guys like himself.  Needless to say we picked up the pieces and came home.  I think Russ is going to practice a little more on the simulator.  *smile*

Well thanks so much for stopping by!  I hope your week is simply amazing! 




Thankful for Stampin’ Up!

There is NO doubt I am so THANKFUL everyday for this great company and it's great products.  If it wasn't for Stampin' Up! so much in my life would be changed.  Have you ever thought about that? I know there are lots of great products out on the market, but SERIOUSLY… Stampin' Up! just keeps bringing the best products out. 

Tonight I didn't have a lot of time to make a card but I had an idea and just decided to roll with it.  I made this card for a special Stampin' Up! staff member as she has rode on my emotional roller coaster during this move.  She always knows how to make me laugh and really keeps me grounded on what's important.  While I've had great success with Stampin' Up!- I've also had my down moments too.  We all have them.  We are HUMAN. Besides my family, the one thing that always makes me just giddy with excitement is getting in my stamp room to just STAMP.  This week make it a point to send someone special a card.

Here is my card tonight.  I think this one breaks the weight barrier again.  It's filled with layer after layer.  <oops!>

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


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


Besides cutting out the leaf I think this project came out nice. 

I used the Paisley Prints(#121121), Thankful For (#120795) and Style Beautiful (#120483) stamp sets.  Believe it or not, that yellow ink is the Daffidol Delight ink. Super pretty and perfect for Fall colors. 

Once again this week will be super busy. Remember, make someone a pretty card today. 


Decorating for Halloween

I was so excited yesterday to pull all my Fall decorations out and put them around the house.  My stamp room has looked like Fall for about a month, but it felt great to decorate the rest of the house.  I fought off putting Halloween decorations up.  I love decorating for Halloween because you can find some of the coolest decorations.  You can also find them right in your stamp room.  Isn't it great to use Stampin' Up! products to decorate your home?  This next piece I'm going to show you is something I made for Shelli.  Every year at Founders I love watching her stamp and it's always a Halloween theme.  I'm also impressed that she is so ahead of the game.  Me… NOT so much.  Anyways, I know how much she likes this holiday so I wanted to make her something that she could use in her home or in the office.  It's over the top with products so I will give you a product list tomorrow.  Truth be known I am too lazy to go get my catalog with exact names.  <ahhhh>


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

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

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



Using the dimensions I gave you yesterday I made the banner with Naturals Ivory cardstock.  This is a great cardstock to use for these types of projects because the cardstock is heavy.  <I SO LOVE OUR CARDSTOCK!> I used lots of DSP, Stamps, our Serif Alphabet Die Cuts with my Big Shot.  I wanted to keep the project fairly small so I just made a "Boo Banner".  The entire thing from start to finish probably took me an hour.  My favorite product on this banner was the use of our new baubles.  They are so vintage FUN!  I love them.  I just hung them from the safety pins from our Vintage Trinkets.  Easy enough.  I think I will have to make my own Boo Banner now. 

Today I spent all day with my prince!  The past two weeks we haven't seen much of each other since one of us has been out of town.  It was so nice to spend the entire day with him.  We were able to get lots accomplished around the house and I am starting to feel like this house is coming together. We still have lots to do but it's coming together. 

I'm hoping tomorrow brings me a moment to shoot the ribbon video.  I know you are patiently waiting…. It's that other job I have that's been keeping me busy…MOTHERHOOD! Jeesh!

I hope your weekend is filled with Fall Fun!  There is so much to do here this weekend and not enough time for me to get it all in.