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Be the Light of Hope- High Tide Stamp Set

Be the Light of Hope

The High Tide stamp set was another stamp set I couldn’t live without.

Probably the number one reason I love the High Tide stamp set so much is due to the greetings.  In our culture today, encouraging words are needed and we have the ability to send them.

Light of Hope, High Tide stamp set, Stampin' Up!

Create Hope

The High Tide stamp set not only has encouraging greetings, the scenes that you can create are endless.


Light of Hope, High Tide stamp set, Stampin' Up!



This set has fantastic images.   Can you see why I love these encouraging words?

Instantly when thinking about a lighthouse, I think about being a light to others.  Just like the light from the lighthouse, it helps steer you in the right direction.  I believe these encouraging words can steer someone towards hope.


Light of Hope, High Tide stamp set, Stampin' Up!


Tips & Tricks

The high tide stamp set is a two-step stamp set. There are two lighthouse images. While each could be used alone, the detail of the lighthouse really comes through when using the two-step technique.

  • To help line up the images perfectly, it helped to stamp the more detailed lighthouse image first.  When stamping the bold lighthouse image, I stamped off the ink first and then over the detailed lighthouse.
  • Stamp the images onto Whisper White cardstock (4″ x 4-3/4″). Stamp the scene first which includes the seagrass, birds, and beach sand, then stamp the lighthouse onto a Whisper White scrap piece.  Once you have stamped the lighthouse, fussy cut using your Paper Snips.
  • The greeting was stamped onto a Whisper White cardstock scrap, then die cut using the Stitched Shapes Framelits.  These framelits will be back in my Online Store on January 16th.  Mark your calendar.

Light of Hope, High Tide stamp set, Stampin' Up!


Light of Hope, High Tide stamp set, Stampin' Up!


Stamp it, Send it!

We can create all the beautiful cards in the world, however, if the cards are piling up in your stamp room they are not being utilized to their ability.

I’m encouraging you to send a few cards of hope to those around you that need to see the light.  Let them know you care.

Regardless of being a fan of lighthouses or not, the High Tide stamp set is a ray of sunshine to any stamping collection because of the greetings alone.


Big News!

Also, I have big news.  Are you ready for Valentines Day? I shared a really fun project using the Sealed with Love bundle on the Stampin’ Up! blog and I hope you will check it out.  It’s kinda a secret and hopefully, the Prince doesn’t get wind of it.  Be Inspired, Click HERE.

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Don’t Forget!

Lastly, here are a few important tidbits I don’t want you to forget.

Over the last 6 months, I’ve offered a fun tutorial bundle each month which included 12 tutorials from designers all over the world.  This tutorial has been a huge hit.  The projects are ALWAYS  using Stampin’ Up! current products and different projects such as cards and 3D items.

I’m starting a new 6-month subscription of this tutorial with NEW designers.  They are AMAZING artists.


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  • Purchase the tutorial individually each month for $15.


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As a result of being a subscriber, you will receive the tutorial automatically on the first of each month.

The Tutorial will automatically download once purchased.   You can see past monthly tutorials HERE.

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A New Journey- Babies

A New Journey- Babies!

Before you get too excited let me say this is NOT a new journey for me.

Oh no!

Having a baby is definitely a new journey, isn’t it? I know all the mom’s out there are shaking their head YES!

Crafting is a Journey!

I’m chuckling as I write this tonight because this card was such a JOURNEY!

I was cooking  up another card with a completely different stamp set and all of a sudden I had an idea.

I pushed all of the other supplies aside and jumped on the idea while it was fresh in my mind.  I honestly didn’t need a baby card but when you have an idea you just RUN with it.

A Journey Begins, Baby, Stampin' Up!

The idea started with the Designer Paper- Sweet Li’l Things.  My girlfriend Debbie was using it and I was so embarrassed I didn’t recognize the pattern she was using.  In fact, I thought she was using paper from another company.  When she told me that it was Sweet Li’l Things I looked on my paper shelf and there it SAT.  All alone.  Dust bunnies growing on it.


The clouds, animals, stars… oh my the cuteness is overload.

A Journey Begins, Baby, Stampin' Up!

As I was building the card and adding the clouds I wanted something other than the typical “baby” greeting.  I went on the great search in my stamp collection and immediately the stamp set Beautiful Ride stood out.

A Beautiful Ride, Stampin' Up!


My eye was instantly drawn to the greeting “The Journey Begins!”


Tips & Tricks 

A Journey Begins, Baby, Stampin' Up!

There are a few helpful tips when creating this card.

  • The baby onsie, was die cut using the Baby’s First Framelits Dies using Shimmery Paper.  I gently watercolored the die cut using Tangerine Tango ink and an Aqua Painter.
  • The Greeting was heat embossed using Basic Black ink and Clear Embossing powder.  Then I watercolored over the greeting using Hello Honey Ink and trimmed closely to each of the words using my snips.
  • There are strips of Designer Paper under the Vellum square.
  • The clouds were punched using the Tree Builder punch.  I punched the clouds and then layered two clouds together and sponged over them using Pool Party ink to darken the color.  Layering punches is my new favorite thing to do.

A Journey Begins, Baby, Stampin' Up!


The stamp set Beautiful Ride can be used for so many occasions besides weddings and couples.  Think about graduation, new job, babies… These are just a few ideas.


You can see all of the supplies I used for this card in the clickable links below.

Price: $110.00

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Running FAST!

Yes! I am the one who is roller skating every where I go lately!  WOW it's been busy! A few quick updates on family- STREP is in the house… AGAIN!  My kids are famous for weekend illness and they also love to do it after 5pm when Urgent Care is closed.  Do you understand or take pity on me? Alexis couldn't keep her germs at bay and kindly shared them with Brandon.  Poor Brandon was really sick.  It's been awhile since my kids put me in the "FREAK" out zone but Brandon did it this weekend.  Brandon not only had strep but an ear infection.  Poor guy was one big GERM!  He was put on a powerful Antibiotic that just didn't work for him.  Let's just say it didn't stay in his tummy long. :/ Finally I was able to get him seen by his regular Doctor and he is now on a different antibiotic and we have a new kid again.  For 2.5 weeks I've had sick kids. I hope that we are on the mend! 

In between thermometer checks I get a little stamping done.  Tonight I have another Sneak Peek card for you.  New products always get me really excited.  This card is small but mighty! This is a 3 x 3 card using the new Framed Four stamp set and Paisley Prints Designer Series Paper! WOW! 

Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator Kimberly Van Diepen



Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator Kimberly Van Diepen Northern Virginia



Here are a few tips when making this card:

*I used Stampin' Up! Watercolor Paper when I stamped the label.  I used Early Espresso craft ink and embossed with Clear embossing powder. BEFORE you stamp the label- stamp your background of choice very lightly.  Then stamp your label image.  You can see the En Francais background image inside the label.  It was stamped lightly with Peach Parfait ink. 

* I stamped the sentiment "friend" from Fabulous Phrases onto Crumb Cake cardstock and punched the image out using the Jewelry Tag Punch.  It fits perfectly! I placed a Vintage Trinket Brad into the top of the Jewelry Tag Punch.  Another perfect fit.

*The two pieces of ribbon are set in place with the one Antique Brad at the top of the label image. 

*The bird image was colored using a Blender Pen and Peach Parfait ink.  I let the Peach Parfait ink dry and then went back over the birds belly with Pumpkin Pie ink to brighten the image just a little bit. 

If you are excited to learn more about these products and how you will be able to purchase them—->read the information in THIS post!

More exciting news!  There are new My Digital Studio downloads today!  Click HERE to view the latest downloads and you can purchase these in my Online Store!


I hope you are just as excited as I am with all this new inspiration!  I'm working on a new tutorial for you this week.  I'll give you a product list in just a few days so you can stamp with ME next week!  Oh boy! Are you excited?

Tuesday Afternoon Inspiration!

Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator Kimberly Van Diepen Northern Virginia



Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator Kimberly Van Diepen, Northern Virginia



I love to put these little 3 x 3 cards in my customer bags with a little note.  3 x 3 cards are so fast and easy and simply can put a quick smile on anyone's face.    Most of these products are found in the Oh Sew Suite Line in the Mini Occasions Catalog.  You can find all these products in my Online Store

Some of the products I used include:  Sew Suite, Sweet Stitches Designer Series Paper, Dotted Scallop Ribbon Border, Brights and Neutral Button Collection.

Quick Tip: I sprayed the bottom Crumb Cake card with Shimmer Mist.  Shimmer Mist is easy to make by using Frost White Shimmer Paint and 70% Isopropyl Rubbing Alcohol.  Drop about 4-5 drops of your Shimmer Paint into a small spray bottle.  Fill the bottle with your Alcohol about 3/4 to the top.  Shake the bottle well.  Spray your card making sure you use Stampin' Up!'s Color Catcher and ensuring you don't turn your lovely carpet a pretty shimmer.  <Ask a girl who knows!> If you notice your shimmer is not as "shimmery" as you want, continue to add a little more Shimmer Paint.  This makes any card look beautiful!  What pretty projects are you going to shimmer today?


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