Affectionately Yours Card Box

Affectionately Yours Card Box 

I’m finally back in my office and excited to share a very fun project with you today for the Artisan Blog Hop.  I feel like I’ve been gone forever – 4 weeks to be exact!  I hope I was able to keep you inspired with the few things I posted during my absence. Before I get to my post on the Artisan Blog Hop… I hope you don’t mind that I share something special.



If you are new to my blog I extend a huge welcome.  I’ve been away on a 14 day Europe trip and then the big news that happened was my Prince retired from US Navy.  He served 22 years and we had his ceremony this past Friday.  What an emotional day. What a beautiful day celebrating his service.  He prepared a beautiful speech that was filled with memories over the last 22 years along with a few emotional moments.  I tried not to ugly cry but he did get me a few times.

Russ' Retirement, USN, US Navy


The flag ceremony was beautiful.  Russ had this flag flown over NAS Pensacola Schools Command on May 9th, which is Brandon’s birthday.  When the ceremony was complete, he handed the flag to Brandon.  I cried.

Russ' Retirement, USN, US Navy

This was a moment I believe I ugly cried.  Seeing him piped through knowing this was it.  No more military.  WOW.

We have loved our journey with the Navy.  We know God has great plans ahead for Russ in the future.

Russ' Retirement, USN, US Navy

We were all dressed up.  Brandon was wearing his first suit.  He was so proud of this suit you would think he wanted to sleep in it.

I sure do love this clan.  My heart is full.

Russ' Retirement, USN, US Navy

One of the greatest things about the retirement was not having my camera in my hand.  Our friend Tami is a fantastic photographer and she took care of the photos that day.

I wanted to be in the moment, she allowed me to do that and caught a few fun photos as well.

I have much more to share about our trip and his retirement that I’ll save for a few more posts.  Things that will make you CRACK up although we were not at the time.  It’s how the Van Diepen’s roll and we like to create fun memories.  At least that is what I’m telling myself.

Affectionately Yours Card Box 

I’m super excited to share this card box with you.  It’s a fun box that can hold 4-6 cards.  I will be creating a video in the next few days on creating the box.  I will make sure to update you once that is complete.

Affectionately Yours Card Box, Stampin' Up!, Stampin' Up! Demo

I started the box using the Affectionately Yours Specialty Designer Series Paper.  OH MY WORD the paper is gorgeous.

I feel like this paper and other products in the new catalog have revived Night of Navy color.  I don’t think I’ve ever used Crumb Cake and Night of Navy together and the WOW factor makes me grin.

Add the copper and vellum and now I’m definitely hooked.

Affectionately Yours Card Box, Stampin' Up!, Stampin' Up! Demo

The front of the box was embellished mostly on the belly band using the Love & Affection stamp set.  This photopolymer stamp set has 16 stamps included.  The greeting fonts are perfection with a simple cursive style.

Affectionately Yours Card Box, Stampin' Up!, Stampin' Up! Demo

Below you can see the base of the box with the belly band.  The base of the box is two pieces and then I added a long flap to cover the top of the box.

Again, I will create a video that will help you re-create this easy box.  It’s perfect for gift giving.

Affectionately Yours Card Box, Stampin' Up!, Stampin' Up! Demo

Simple Love & Affection Cards

Inside the box I created 4 cards total with stamped envelopes. The Affectionately Yours Suite has products together that truly make card making simple yet beautiful.

Affectionately Yours Card Box, Stampin' Up!, Stampin' Up! Demo

The Floral Affection Textured Impressions Embossing Folders (yes- there are TWO of them in the package) was the focal point for my cards.

I added a flower die cut using the Botanical Builder Framelits from Cucumber Crush cardstock.  I love how that green POPS on the cards.

Affectionately Yours Card Box, Stampin' Up!, Stampin' Up! Demo

Notice the only thing different on these two cards is the Washi Tape.

Once again, this coordinates with the entire Affectionately Yours Suite.

I fell instantly in love with the gold speckled Washi Tape.  It’s a must have.

Affectionately Yours Card Box, Stampin' Up!, Stampin' Up! Demo

Affectionately Yours Card Box, Stampin' Up!, Stampin' Up! Demo

I’m in love with the greeting on this card.  Ridiculously in love.

Affectionately Yours Card Box, Stampin' Up!, Stampin' Up! Demo

I love to hear from you.  What do you think of the Affectionately Yours Suite? Try embossing that gorgeous flower using the new Copper Stampin’ Emboss powder.

It provides the perfect hit of elegance to your handmade craftiness.

Now it’s time to HOP. Your next visit is to Krista Frattin.  Let’s see the beautiful work that she has posted by click the button below.

Affectionately Yours Card Box, Stampin' Up!, Stampin' Up! Demo

You can see all of the products I used for this project in the clickable links below.

Affectionately Yours Card Box, Stampin' Up!, Stampin' Up! Demo

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Have an AWESOME day and thank you for taking the time today to read.

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17 thoughts on “Affectionately Yours Card Box”

  1. Mallory walters

    Please express my gratitude to your husband for his service to our country. And to you, thanks for the sacrifices the family endures while a loved one serves……

  2. Congratulations to your husband and your entire family on his retirement. I’m sure it’s an “all onboard” profession. Thank you for your service to our Country.

    Your cards and gift box are just delightful. Your talent spillith over??

  3. What a beautiful project and stunning ceremony! THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU to Russ and your whole family to your service to our country.

  4. I had tears in my eyes just reading your reading your post. What a beautiful and emotional ceremony. Thank you to Russ and you and your family for your service to our country. Can’t wait to read about your new adventures and what God has planned for you and your family.

  5. Thank your Husband and family for your Service to our Country
    ! What a beautiful card set, this is really gorgeous.

  6. Stunning. My favorite project from this Artisan team post. I love the box and the cards. Thanks for the inspiration.

  7. Gorgeous cards! We have a daughter who is a Canadian Naval Officer so I really appreciated all the photos. Congratulations to your husband!!

  8. Thank you for your service Commander Russ! And congratulations on your retirement.

    Awesome Artisan project- I really liked the pop of the green leaves. I will be CASE’ing this for sure!

  9. Cheryl McAskill

    So Pretty! Great combo…never would have thought of that pop of copper…love it! Yes, awaiting the box tutorial! great little hostess gift! What a wonderful day of memories for your family…yes, the good the bad and of course the Ugly!!! Russ looks so handsome! Glad to hear he is doing so good! My memory of him was how helpful he was to me on the phone when I was having my first Stampin’Up! class…it was your birthday and he was the one who guided me through what to do and it was also then, he told me then you were going to Paris for your birthday…your whole family was there for that surprise! I thought that it was so cool that he was that helpful to you in your business and took the time to talk to me while you were enjoying your family get together…when we spoke a day later, you told me that he knew as much about Stampin’Up! as you did! I thought then, that man is the BOMB! Now if I could train the Hubster….Hmmm! Thank you for sharing these cards and box to hold them…BTW Night of Navy is one of my fav colors…I made monogram stationary with Night of Navy Classic Stampin’ Ink pads on the thick whisper White card stock and tied Night of Navy Linen ribbon and gave it to my Nephew and his Bride as a wedding gift…they now think Auntie Cheryl is the greatest!!!! Oh, and I made the 2boxes that held the 50 cards and they were also stamped on the lid and tied with the Navy Ribbon!

  10. Oh Kimberly, Thank you for sharing your wonderful day with all of us. I know that you are very proud of your husband and beautiful family. I know that God has amazing plans for all of you. I love your beautiful cards too, BTW! They are absolutely amazing. Hugs!

  11. Awwww My Dear Kimberly please tell your handsome prince thank you for serving our country and congratulations on his retirement what a beautiful family you have and you have me crying also I love happy endings and that sure was one and thank you so much for Let us be part of it and sharing the beautiful pictures with us thanks again and I am so so happy fo you Kimberly .
    with love always your SU,
    Maria Moore.????????????????

  12. Awhh…..awesome photos of such a touching time. Love them all & I actually can hear your voice saying the words being said here. I’m so happy for Russ & your family!!! Remember you can send him here sometime to visit us when he is bored! You are all welcome any time. We’d love it!! We think the world of you guys! Wishing you all the best & many happy years together!! Tell Russ we said hi!! Love you both- Susie & Deke

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