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Epic Week- Have to Share!

Epic Week- Have to Share!

It’s been an epic week here at home and I have to share.  I hope you don’t mind.

Russ and I couldn’t have fit in another crazy thing this week even if we wanted to. I shouldn’t say that… the week isn’t over yet.

 

This Picture Says it All!

Epic Week, stampinbythesea, Kimberly Van Diepen

 

This picture is a glimpse of what happened.  So many other pics could of been added….

If you are new to my blog, I’ll warn you I am about to ramble.  I don’t do this often but I needed to chat.  Hopefully you were able to see the card I posted earlier today.

 

A Day in My Life!

Why such an epic week? There was great, good, bad and ugly throughout.  Tonight I stand in awe of what can be accomplished when we keep God in the center of everything.

  • Monday started off with emergency vehicles 5 houses down from me.  At first glance I couldn’t see much but then a few neighbors started coming out (we’re nosy like that) and we found out what was going on.  It was only 10:45 am.  A drunk driver missed the turn and hit our neighbors home.  My first thought- deep sadness when I looked at my watch and saw the time of day and knowing this man was impaired at such an early hour. My next thought? Just 1 hour and 30 minutes prior my daughter was standing there waiting for the bus.  I reflected on this all day long.  God is good.  No one was hurt.  The man was taken to jail. I prayed for all involved.
  • Monday I also had to make an appointment to the dentist.  If you’ve been a reader for any length of time you know how I feel about Mr. Dentist.  My sinuses have still been bothering me and my thought was I better make sure this wasn’t a dental issue with the trip coming up.  Praise God- not the problem.  I then made another appointment to the Dr. to fix me before our trip. This time he gave me a steroid and another antibiotic.  I am thankful I was able to be seen quickly and time to spare.  I’m already feeling better and the steroids have me zoomin’ around the house.
  • Tuesday we meet with our small group from church and it’s one of my favorite days to see my favorite people.  Our pastor is hysterical.  He’s our age and we love him and his family.  He talked with our kids about behaving themselves on the trip, prayed with us and then we all gave him a hug.  He decided to pull Russ out of the car window to give him a big hug and then he promptly put him back via the car window.  I tell you, he’s crazy.  Again, God is so good to put these people in our path.  I came home that night and worked late.  I needed something on my Stampin’ Up! website and low and behold I found out I had earned our next incentive trip with Stampin’ Up!  It was 12:45am.  No one was awake.  I had a little dance party by myself.  I wasn’t expecting to see that I had earned it.   Not yet anyways.  I am blessed with a supportive family, a phenomenal team, incredible customers and a GREAT God.
  • Wednesday was a big day for Brandon as he finally had the springs on his braces removed.  I’m not kidding when I tell you this kid let a few tears go when they were out.  They have been in for a long time and it was a relief to get them removed before the trip.  Then I took both the kids shopping for last minute items.  Last minute for us means EVERYTHING we needed.  Procrastination at it’s finest- as usual.  BUT wait… as if we didn’t have enough on our plate Russ had a grand idea that we could have a giant shed built in our backyard before we left.  The workers showed up at 7am and it should take 3 days to finish. Not a huge deal unless their equipment kept knocking out power to the power source. Which meant I was running to fix the breaker as needed.   Seriously Russ!
  • Today was emotionally draining.  The kids are finishing up their last few days of school.  They’ve had tests, projects due in the midst of all the chaos.  Russ’ boss, a man I have great respect for retired today.  As I sat during the ceremony listening to his speech of the past 30 years of his military career, it resembles Russ’ career so much.  They both flew S-3’s, both had tours in Iraq, many many many deployments…  Tears flowed from my eyes as I reflected on Russ’ career .  A military retirement is a beautiful ceremony with many traditions packed into it.  It was beautiful and we were so grateful this man was in charge during Russ’ stroke. He was compassionate and played a big part in letting Russ finish out his career. He let Russ take the time to recover and ALWAYS respected my opinion before letting Russ jump into anything crazy.  He knew Russ wanted to get back to work fast… he knew I thought differently.  He is a great man and we know God put him in our path for a reason.  I am so thankful we could celebrate with him today.
  • I left the ceremony to grab Brandon after school to get his hair cut.  He looked like a rag a muffin and we couldn’t have that if he wanted to hang in the teen lounge on the ship.  We needed to be quick as I needed to get home and pick up Alexis for her band concert.  Unfortunately the traffic was snarled due to an accident and we were going to be late no matter what.  I could feel the anxiety coming knowing we would be late to the concert.  Somehow traffic seemed to move along and we made it in the nick of time.  The concert was 2-1/2 hours and and pretty darn amazing for middle school kids. Wasn’t expecting it to be that long, but I was so glad Russ and I could attend and be in the moment.
  • As I type the laundry is going.  A few things are packed and there is a list that is growing of things NOT to forget.  Brandon summed it up for me tonight right before he went to bed.  “Mom, let’s not sweat the small stuff- as long as we are together the rest is trivial.”  How true that statement is.

I’m not sure what today will bring but from the looks of this past week, I think it will be epic.  I’ve laughed, I’ve cried, I’ve been anxious.  Tons of emotions wrapped into one week all the while God has been in the midst of every single moment.

Lastly, thanks for being in the midst of my path and thank you for listening.

 

XOXOXO

 

 

 

 

Happy Home – Stampin’ Up!

Happy Home – Stampin’ Up!

The Happy Home stamp set has been sitting in my stamp stash since November.  I believe this was a stamp set that I had received for free at one of our OnStage events.  The key phrase here- sitting on my shelf! What the What?

 

It’s was only discovered to be untouched as I went through pulling my retired stamp sets.  I took a peek at it and could only shake my head.

 

You see, I have a problem.

It’s a true stamp addiction.

I have to have all of the cuteness.  Then I get the said cuteness and like a true hoarder I put it in a safe place only to be found months later.

Happy Home, Stampin' Up!

 

Happy Home, Stampin' Up!

 

You can click on the image above and see the wood mount bundle for this product.  

This set comes in a bundle that is pretty stinkin’ awesome.  Now the Happy Home stamp set will retire on May 31st.  The Hearth & Home Thinlits Die will be in the NEW catalog.  This little thinlit is a FUN and also versatile.

Happy Home, Stampin' Up!

I kept the card simple and only added a few layers (well maybe more than a few-I got carried away!) of cardstock and ribbon.  Both of the ribbons that I used are also retiring.  AHHHH.  These were my MOST used ribbons- Venetian Lace and the Chevron Natural ribbon.

I wanted to add a little texture to the card so I used the Stylish Stripes Textured Impressions Folder.

Happy Home, Stampin' Up!

If you look closely you will also notice that the piece that I textured embossed is also one of the new In Colors.  That Flirty Flamingo coordinates perfectly with the other pink tones I have- Blushing Bride and Watermelon Wonder.  Oh so PRETTY!

Happy Home, Stampin' Up!

One of my new crafting habits is cutting small greetings like you see above and placing next to a focal image on my projects.  Well, it seems like I’ve been doing this a lot.  I see a trend anyways… I kinda like it.

The coloring for this card was easily done with a Sponge Dauber for the tree.  I used a Blender Pen for the grass and flowers.

You can see all products used in the clickable links below.

Supply List

Can you think of a stamp set that needs attention today? Open up your stash and look for the one screaming your name.  If the Happy Home stamp set is on your wish list, remember it’s going bye bye on May 31st.  Don’t let this cute stamp set slip away.

Important News!

  • New month- New Hostess Code!
  • The retired list for this year has been RELEASED!!  Click HERE to view! 
  • Remember, all accessories are while supplies LAST.  Get your order in quickly if there is something you want.
  • Place an order in my Online Store and receive an EXCLUSIVE Online Class and a FREE gift for choosing me as your demonstrator.  The May gift is GORGEOUS!
  •  Click HERE to shop!

Masculine, Stampin' Up!, Going Global, May Hostess Code

Please be advised- If you hit the no contact button I have no way of sending your free gift or the tutorial.  

This makes me incredibly sad as I appreciate your business and have no way of thanking you.

Happy Home, Stampin' Up!

Be a Ray of Sunshine

Ray of Sunshine

I couldn’t help it.  I pulled out the Ray of Sunshine stamp set again and needed another round of playtime.

Ray of Sunshine, Stampin' Up!

 

While I love the sun, especially this big ole sun… I love that little banner at the top of the card.

It’s just a few layers but these are the little things that make me happy as can be.

Ray of Sunshine, Stampin' Up!

 

They are all held together with a simple staple.

Ray of Sunshine, Stampin' Up!

 

I’m pretty sure this greeting could be one of my all time favorites.  I used a Sponge Dauber around the circle punch to brighten it just a bit more.

Do you own Stampin’ Up!’s new Archival Basic Black ink? It’s one of my favorites.  The ink is excellent, no smudging and it’s a crisp image all the time.  Especially on our Whisper White cardstock.

 

Ray of Sunshine, Stampin' Up!

 

One of the retiring In Colors that I will miss greatly is the Tangelo Twist ink.  It’s a cross between our Pumpkin Pie and Tangerine Twist.  Sigh… I really love this color.

You can see all products used in the clickable links below.

I hope your Monday is going fantabulous.  We are counting the days before the trip.  Brandon is walking on the clouds.  He has truly been our trip guide giving us extensive tips that he’s read on every cruise critic site he can read.  Alexis is only worried about the packing process.  How many shoes can she possibly fit into her suitcase??

As for me, I’m in typically mama mode.

  • Where do I begin?
  • How can my list be this long?
  • I’m 100% sure I will not get it all done.
  • Why do we have SO much scheduled this week?
  • I need a vacation!

This week I am going to try and squeeze in everything possible that needs to be done without hitting the exhaustion stage.  This includes the 27 swaps that I have procrastinated until NOW.  Why do I do this?  The pressure is ON!

Wish me luck!

 

 

 

Supply List

Important News!

  • New month- New Hostess Code!
  • The retired list for this year has been RELEASED!!  Click HERE to view! 
  • Remember, all accessories are while supplies LAST.  Get your order in quickly if there is something you want.
  • Place an order in my Online Store and receive an EXCLUSIVE Online Class and a FREE gift for choosing me as your demonstrator.  The May gift is GORGEOUS!
  •  Click HERE to shop!

Masculine, Stampin' Up!, Going Global, May Hostess Code

Please be advised- If you hit the no contact button I have no way of sending your free gift or the tutorial.  

This makes me incredibly sad as I appreciate your business and have no way of thanking you.

Ray of Sunshine, Stampin' Up!

Are You Ready for This?

Are You Ready for This?

Ready to be amazed at some new products that are coming our way? I hope so because I’m getting ready to share some amazing things.

 

First things First!

First things first, just realize that most of the photos I took below are from my phone.  They are not great, but will give you a great idea of what is to come.

The retired list for this year has been RELEASED!!  Click HERE to view! 

Remember, all accessories are while supplies LAST.  Get your order in quickly if there is something you want.

Place an order in my Online Store and receive a FREE gift from me as well as a FREE class tutorial in the month of April.

I’m not foolin’ ya! Click HERE to shop!

Please be advised- If you hit the no contact button I have no way of sending your free gift or the tutorial.  

This makes me incredibly sad as I appreciate your business and have no way of thanking you. 

April Hostess Code, Stampin' Up!

 

Moving along..

 

The new catalog is amazing.  There is SO many GREAT sets and fresh fonts that I was seriously giddy.

 

Yes, I’m always giddy with a new catalog.  This catalog has TONS of new stamps.  New stamps that will appeal to everyone.  Even my daughter (13 years old) was over the moon.  LOVE THAT.

 

Ready, OnStage, Stampin' Up!

 

Now, let’s see what fun stuff I found….

Ready, OnStage, Stampin' Up!

 

Ready, OnStage, Stampin' Up!

 

Can you see all of the new images???

 

Do you love these sweet samples?

Ready, OnStage, Stampin' Up! Ready, OnStage, Stampin' Up! Ready, OnStage, Stampin' Up! Ready, OnStage, Stampin' Up! Ready, OnStage, Stampin' Up! Ready, OnStage, Stampin' Up! Ready, OnStage, Stampin' Up! Ready, OnStage, Stampin' Up! Ready, OnStage, Stampin' Up! Ready, OnStage, Stampin' Up! Ready, OnStage, Stampin' Up! Ready, OnStage, Stampin' Up!

 

I promise, there is sooooo much goodness coming that I can barely stand it.  So many beautiful fonts and amazing images. So many fun embellishments.  It’s truly the best catalog for me in a long time.  I think because of the fresh images, coordinating framelits and the fresh new colors… it’s a total WINNER!

Ya know…. the pre-order for demonstrators starts in May.  Would you love to be a part of the fun and get the catalog EARLY? and get new FRESH products?? Join my TEAM and join us as we go crazy with the new catalog!!  Click HERE for more information.  Click HERE to learn more about me and the community of stampers that I work with.

I’ll be sharing MORE tomorrow.  Wink Wink!

I had a blast in Salt Lake City.  Truly it’s not just about the convention itself but the time spent with my friends.  Many of which are best friends since joining this community almost 13 years ago.  I come back refreshed after spending time with them.  They make me laugh until I almost wet my drawers and I feel like I’ve exercised my cheeks for an entire year from laughing.  It’s SO SO good.

 

Ready, OnStage, Stampin' Up!

Days spent with this girl was amazing.  We ate, shopped, laughed, and acted like teenagers during the day… old ladies at night.  Isn’t that the best?

 

Ready, OnStage, Stampin' Up!

Here are a few of my team sitting together during the event.  I love them!!

 

 

 

Ready, OnStage, Stampin' Up!

 

Macy’s was our friend during our stay in Salt Lake City.  We enjoyed the shopping.  I hope Russ is still my friend.  Ha Ha Ha!

Ready, OnStage, Stampin' Up!

 

It’s tradition that we get together after the event for dinner.  Oh gosh.  I can’t tell you how much my cup is overflowing.  The picture says it all.  The laughing.  I love love love being with these women.  They crack me up and they are so so so talented.  Everyone has a story.  We listen. Everyone has a different style and we love it.  This is what it’s ALL about.  Just being together and enjoying the love of this company- Stampin’ Up!

Seriously, I’m not kidding.  I would love for YOU to be a part of it too.

 

XOXO

This Crafter is DOWN!

This Crafter is DOWN!

This crafter is down…. with the flu. Thought I’d post a quick update and let you know I am alive, but I’m down with the flu flu flu.

Crafter down

I’ll be back soon… I’m feeling a little better.  Tried to do a few things around the house today and landed right back on my couch.

I took Brandon and I to the Dr today to make sure we were going to live.  He also has not felt well for the last few days.  Honestly, I haven’t felt this bad in a long time.  I was sick a about a week ago but that was NOTHING compared to this.

 

The good news- my dogs think life is grand.  They are happy as clams sitting on my lap as I watch non stop TV until my eyes feel like they are bleeding.  I haven’t watched this much TV is years.  I’m completely caught up on my old soap General Hospital. Ellen has made me laugh.  Steve Harvey is my new favorite person and I might have to continue to watch The Voice. I’m hooked.

 

Hoping to be fully mobile in a few days.  Truly, my butt hurts from sitting on it the last three days.

 

XOXOXOXO