24 Years!

Today I have something exciting to share and I hope you don't mind.  As most of you know I'm a military wife, but did you know I was a military brat too? Yes, I moved all across the United States growing up with my Army family.  My dad's last duty station was in St. Louis, MO.  That's where I completed High School and my dad retired at the same time of my graduation.  Two weeks after I graduated my family moved to Pensacola, Florida. I was SUPER mad when we moved and thought my parents ruined my life.  LOL.  I survived that move! I was only 17 when we moved.  Pensacola is where I call home or when people ask, "Where are you from?" I tell them Pensacola.  24 years ago the only way to "stay in touch" with my friends was to call or actually use pen and paper to send a note.  I know, GASP! I was a bad friend and didn't really stay in touch with any of my high school buddies.  It makes me kinda sad.  However, with Facebook and many more social media outlets I've been able to connect with a few.  Which brings me to my happy post… Today I was able to spend time with a high school friend that I had not seen in 24 years.  My cheeks hurt from smiling. We chatted for over 2 hours and I loved catching up on the last 24 years.  Not much has changed except we are both proud military wives, each have two kids and we both LOVE to go antique shopping.  I am so excited she is just a few miles down the road from me and now we can pick up where we left off 24 years ago.  I've always said never say good-bye when you are a military dependent or spouse because somehow or someway you always see someone again.  It's a good thing.

Today I have two quick shares.  The card I have for you today was "sprouted" by my friend Cathy.  We did a late night chat last night and she shared a beautiful card she made that was inspired by the Mini Occasions catalog on page 15.  I loved it so much I wanted to use some of the elements from it.  Here it is:

Kimberly Van Diepen



Kimberly Van Diepen Stampin' Up! Demonstrator



The main element I was excited about was the Window Sheet and the pearls.  It just looked elegant.  Super easy card and even easier when I used my Heart Framelit Dies.  I love the Framelit Dies and how they nest.  I used the Take it to Heart stamp set #12522 and then added a few ribbon pieces and the sentiment comes from Fabulous Phrases. 

Lastly, I have a Digital page to share.  I am using a download that was new yesterday.  The frames are SUPER SUPER cool. 

Kimberly Van Diepen Stampin' Up! Demonstrator

Here are the downloads I used for this layout.  I encourage you to use the Candid Frames. They are AWESOME. You can visit my Digi Store HERE


Candid Frames
Vintage Overlays
Circle punch
Daffodil Brad
Honey Script Font
Dotted Scallop Ribbon Punch
Curly Label punch
Designer Kits/Number One/Number One – glass rings
Number One DSP
Hip and Handsome Overlays


Okay, for those of you using My Digital Studio, what is your FAVORITE download so far? I would love to know. 
I hope you have a GREAT Wednesday.  I'm off to run the kids all over town. Oh BOY!


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12 thoughts on “24 Years!”

  1. I LOVE LOVE LOVE these!!! I really need to figure out MDS – I feel like I am really missing out! Maybe I will make that my goal while I am recuperating from knee surgery and have to lie around – I can scrap!!  I am so happy for you to have found your HS buddy – I too was a military brat so I know the feeling of leaving people behind!!! How nice that she lives right there!!


  2. I look forward to your blog post in our evening here.  Enjoy renewing your friendship after 24 years.  I especially love your MDS layouts.  Your style is fun and fresh.
    A Demo in NM

  3. Carol Carriveau

    Congrats finding your old friend!   Beautiful card…love the idea of clear heart!  Again a great page for the kids.

  4. I grew up in St. Louis so I'm curious where you lived and went to high school!  I lived in north county.  You're lots younger than me so you probably lived farther west. I always enjoy your blog!

  5. Thank you for all the MDS inspriation!  I especially love that you are listing what you're using.   You had a post about skyping with Your Prince not too long ago.  What font did you use for that – I love the cute handwriting!

  6. Linda, That handwriting is called CK Aly Hand. You can google and find it. I believe I got it from the CK site. It’s been years ago but I’m sure it’s still available and it’s free. 🙂

  7. When you are hiked up with that leg of yours I will help you get MDS down pat. You may want to wait until you are drug free. LOL!!!

  8. Thanks for answering about St. Louis…..amazing……Oakville is where my parents finally moved about 1985, off of Telegraph Rd.  It was the opposite side of the world! My mom only got three years to enjoy her new little house there before she died, but we loved exploring a new area.  LOVED Giannino's Restaurant….did you eat there? I've been known to bring salads back on the plane from Giannino's to Houston! Not stamping related, but really fun to hear you lived in St. Louis awhile! We don't get back as much as we used to but it's still home.

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