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Circle of Spring- Magical Moment!

Circle of Spring- Magical Moment!

I just had a magical moment with my Circle of Spring stamp set and I’m super excited that I can share it with all of you.

It’s also an Artisan Blog Hop day which makes this a double bonus.  We should all break out in dancing and cheer now. Really!


I was going through my Artisan box of love that came in the mail and trying to figure out what I would use to create for this hop and when you aren’t feeling the creativity it can be a little overwhelming to know what to pull and create with.


Down deep in my box was the stamp set Circle of Spring.  This one sweet stamp set flooded my brain with ideas and literally the magic began.

Circle of Spring, Stampin' Up!



Before I even had the paper out, I had the idea floating in my head.  I wanted all the things I love.

  • Typeset Designer Series Paper
  • Watercoloring
  • Tiny trinkets like pearls, tiny flowers, and very thin Washi Tape from a Project Life kit
  • Doilies… it’s always on my favorites list

With everything set in front of me, I jumped in.

Circle of Spring, Stampin' Up!


Create it!

Follow along with these steps and you can create with me…

  1. Daffodil Delight cardstock 8-1/2 x 11, Whisper White cardstock 4 x 5-1/2 and 3 x 4-1/2.  Shimmery White Cardstock 3-1/2 x 3-1/2.  Typeset DSP 1/4 x 2-3/4.
  2. Fold the Daffodil Delight cardstock in half.  Corner round the bottom right edge.  Corner round the Whisper White cardstock on the right bottom edge. Adhere the Whisper White cardstock to the Daffodil Delight cardstock all the way to the right edge with dimensionals.  Adhere the Washi Tape along the left edge of the Whisper White cardstock.
  3. Create a Label using the Lots of Labels Framelits and Whisper White cardstock.  Using Aqua Painter and Pear Pizzaz ink, watercolor down the entire front of the Label.  Let dry.  Add splatter using Tangerine Tango ink over label.
  4. Adhere the Typeset DSP along the right edge of the Label using Snail Adhesive.  Stamp Hello Spring using Archival Basic Black ink.  Attach a small piece of White Tea Lace Doily and Gold small doily on the back left side of the label.  Adhere to the front of the card using dimensionals.
  5. Stamp the wreath using Archival Basic Black ink onto Shimmery White cardstock.  Die cut the wreath using the Wonderful Wreath Framelits Die.  Watercolor using Aqua Painter and the following inks: Daffodil Delight, Tangerine Tango, Old Olive, Mossy Meadow.  Splatter over the wreath using Tangerine Tango, and Daffodil Delight ink.  Attach Gold Thread to the backside of the wreath, attach wreath to the label using dimensionals.
  6. Tie a bow using the Daffodil Seam Binding ribbon.  Attach bow to wreath using Mini Glue Dots.
  7. Using a scrap piece of Whisper White cardstock, punch the flower using the Tree Builder punch.  Attach flowers to the label framelit using Mini Glue Dots.
  8. Enjoy!

Circle of Spring, Stampin' Up!


The Daffodil Delight Seam Binding is a Clearance Rack item on sale for only 2.78! That’s a BARGAIN!

Circle of Spring, Stampin' Up!

Creating Joy!

As I said earlier when I first started this project I had to dig deep into my Artisan box to find this little gem of a stamp set, Circle of Spring.  I also had to dig deep to find my creativity. When that moment finally kicked in and the magic began to happen- I felt GREAT about the project I was creating… it brings joy. SO MUCH JOY!!

I hope it brings joy to you.  Circle of Spring is a beautiful stamp set, perfect for this season.  The wreath can be created in numerous ways and one that I will be using many more times.

It’s time to see what my friend Krista has designed for our Artisan Blog Hop.  She always has something magical up her sleeve.

Just click the button below and enjoy the hop filled with creative inspiration from the Artisans.

Circle of Spring, Stampin' Up!, Artisan Blog Hop

You can see all the supplies used for this project below.

Have you seen the Artisans Pinterest Board? It’s amazing.

Click HERE to be inspired ALL the TIME.

-Be inspired by color-

Circle of Spring, Stampin' Up!

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Cheer All Year

Sounds like I’m over here doing a cheerleading skit.  Oh how fun that would be… or maybe not.

Did you know I was a cheerleader back in the day?  Can you see me with ginormous hair and blue eye shadow? I’m pretty sure that was the look at that time.  I was the “Mall Bunny” hair girl and I thought I was HOT.  Looking back… not so much.  Oh the memories.



So cheerleading has nothing to do with my post and you are probably thinking, Thank You!  HA HA HA HA

Instead I’m talking about the Cheer All Year stamp set.

This is the set I chose to create my swap card for Founders circle.  You might remember my picture I posted with the 110 bats I needed to cut out.  I’m notorious for choosing a stamp set that has NO matching framelit because I think it’s cute.  The thing was, it was seriously cute and I loved the bat in the set.  Then around bat #50 I was re-thinking my swap.  I was cutting bats everywhere- in the car, Starbucks, meetings… if I was sitting I was cutting.


The great thing was I had most of the card designed. I only needed more bats.

Cheer All Year, Stampin' Up!


You can see that the bat is pretty clean to cut around so really it wasn’t too fussy to cut. Isn’t it the cutest thing?

It All Coordinates!

As I was designing this card I loved how everything coordinated.  I used the Happy Haunting Designer Series Paper, the Happy Haunting Washi Tape (which goes a long way!) and then the Black Glimmer Paper.  How fun is the bat paper to match the bat stamp?? I loved it.

Overall this is a clean and simple card. I attached a small banner using the Washi Label punch at the top. It’s kept in place using a staple.


Cheer All Year, Stampin' Up!


I know Halloween is not for everyone but this girl is in LOVE with the Halloween stuff this year.

Check out this gorgeous Witches hat…

DIY Witches Hat, Stampin' Up!

Buy Now Before it’s GONE!

If you want a Witches Hat kit you better act NOW.  The inventory is LOW and Stampin’ Up! will not be replenishing the inventory once it’s gone.  This is possibly my most favorite kit ever.  I’m excited I will be having a local class to put this together the first weeks of October.  I’ll be announcing the date soon and seats are VERY limited.  We will be making a killer banner to go with this too.



Fringe Scissors are on sale.  Check out the Weekly Deals this week.  They are AWESOME.

Paper Pumpkin October Promotion

Paper Pumpkin has a FUN new promotion going on until October 10th.  Don’t miss this -OR- your PINK box in the mail in October.  Read more about the BCRF Foundation HERE.  My subscribers get approx 12 Tutorials every month using the stamp set they receive for Paper Pumpkin.  Become a subscriber today and see why we love it so much.  Click HERE to subscribe.

NEW Online Class! 

Handmade Christmas Class

I’m excited about a new Online Christmas Card class I have available.  Click HERE to see all the info and purchase.

I have kits available to go with this class but keep in mind the amount is very limited.


Are You Over Thinking Crafting?

Are You Over Thinking Crafting?

When you are crafting do you analyze, over think, change or even throw the project out on occasion?

On a normal day I don’t.  Last night I did all of the above and then… walked away.

No clue why this card gave what I call “fits” but I ended up just going to bed and not finishing it.  After at least 4 cups of coffee this morning I was ready to tackle it again.

I want to share the process of this card because it reminded me of this below…

What We see

Let’s call it exactly what it is.  Kimberly was looking for perfection.  I wasn’t seeing “it” therefore my frustration was building.  and it was time to let it go…

This is a life lesson in the making as well.  Sometimes we have to remember not everything is going to be perfect and learn to let go more often.

The first card…

Jingle All The Way, Sleigh Ride Edgelits Die, Stampin' Up!

What went wrong?

  • the diagonal piece of cardstock stuck out like a sore thumb to me.
  • PLUS I changed the color of that small strip which was blech.  It also stuck out like a sore thumb.

The second card….

Jingle All The Way, Sleigh Ride Edgelits Die, Stampin' Up!

This time I added the Pool Party cardstock for the bottom piece of the card.  I also added a small piece of Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer paper to break up the top and bottom layer.

I was okay with this until I stamped the greeting.  It looks like it’s floating in the air.  Maybe it’s the way the greeting is slightly rounded? Who knows but it was NOT turning me on.

It was after this one I decided to walk away.  I was only growing more frustrated.


The keeper…

and I’m still not sold 100% on this one.

Jingle All The Way, Sleigh Ride Edgelits Die, Stampin' Up!

I took the greeting and made it straight on my clear block and then decided to make a banner.  When all else fails, make a banner.

Get this… I had to change the bottom piece (Pool Party cardstock)  AGAIN because I had an itch on my face and when I touched the cardstock I had a big make up smudge.  FOR REAL???

Jingle All The Way, Sleigh Ride Edgelits Die, Stampin' Up!

Since we are here looking closely at the globe portion of the card.  If you look really close… the horse is about to run away too.  This die is pretty intricate and I jerked the paper right out and never noticed the horse was about to trot off.  <sigh> When you have  your die, be mindful of that.  They are very delicate.  Me, not so much.

The globe portion of this card was the easiest but the longest.  I did 5 layers total.

  • Large Circle die cut (you will use this size for all of the layers)
  • Vellum Circle Die cut
  • Pool Party Circle die cut then cut houses using the Sleigh Ride Edgelits.
  • Whisper White circle die cut then cut trees using Sleigh Ride Edgelits.
  • Whisper White circle die cut then cut sleigh and horse using Sleigh Ride Edgelits.

The bottom two layers were embossed with Iridescent Ice Embossing powder to make it look snowy.

What I learned…

Stop overthinking and trying to be a perfectionist.  In the end, would the first card bring a smile to someones face? Absolutely.  Sometimes we just need to roll with it.


Learn to walk away, take a deep breath and come at it again when you are in a better state of mind.

Baby steps…. For those of you in a creative slump, remember to take those baby steps but don’t put off going into your crafting room much longer.  Create something EASY and be easy on yourself. Click HERE to see what I’m talking about.  I am LOVING your cards.  LOVE LOVE LOVE.

Sweet Weekly Deals-

Just a reminder, the weekly deals are pretty sweet this week.  For those of you that create handmade Christmas cards, there are some things that would be great to stock up on for holiday crafting.  Gold Glimmer paper is the BOMB!!  Add the Very Vanilla Satin ribbon… GORGEOUS.

Punches… if they are on sale get them.  This is always a great deal. Just click on the picture below and shop till you drop!

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Love to each!


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Handmade Holidays- Yes or No?

Handmade Holidays- Yes or No?

It’s usually around this time of year that we start to see ideas for the holidays overflowing on Pinterest and over the web.  I don’t know about you but I’m one pinning machine with the ambitions of a super crafter to make all that I’ve pinned and see.

But let me introduce you to the real Kimberly.  She is not the super crafter she would hope to be.



No!  I could only wish that to be true.  Let’s face it, there are only so many hours in the day and only so much can be done.  BUT remember when I said this past week in this POST I want to be more intentional? Ahhh.. yes.  This applies here too.



Like many of you I’m smitten for anything paper craft related.  There are amazing things out there I want to create.  This week alone I found that if I cut out the many distractions around me I could get so much more done.  Like right now I typically have this screen up and of course Facebook.  My computer ding dings all the time as people are messaging or chatting it up.  (I have to learn how to turn that ding ding OFF!) It’s a HUGE distraction because I’m chatty.  I want to chat with everyone.  However that little chat turns into an hour or two and then the next thing I know I am knee deep in procrastination and nothing was made or accomplished.  Something else I notice that distracts me from being on there—> my MOOD.  Do you notice this? Maybe something I saw I didn’t agree with or something I saw made me sad… My glass is empty by the time I’m ready to create the next big thing.  SIGH….

SO….Facebook is OFF right now.

I’m being intentional.  I’m not going to be super crafter but I’m going to get a lot more done and my mood is going to be a lot happier.  Doesn’t mean I’m off Facebook.  Just means I’m going to be more intentional when posting and reading so I can aspire to be that super crafter.  <girn>



Let me share with you what I created during that very intentional time.  It’s by far one of my favorite cards I’ve made in a long time.

Embellished Ornaments, Home for Christmas DSP, Christmas, Stampin' up!

Is this little Bambi the cutest ever? 


Believe it or not friends, this card was not difficult at all.  Just lots of fun layers.

Most of the products here are sneak peeks from the Holiday Catalog that you can start ordering from on September 1st.  That’s going to be an exciting day.  I can’t wait.

Tips to create this card: 

  1. Bambi was cut out from the Home for Christmas DSP.  This designer paper is GORGE and vintage.  Can you see the music note paper behind the vellum? That’s in this pack and it’s the tune Silent Night.  WOWSA.  <insert 100 hearts>
  2. Jolly is also a new thinlit die cut.  Other words that are included are Merry and Peace.  Another lovey!
  3. The new ribbon in the Holiday Catalog is spot on fantastic.  Glitter ribbon.  OH BOY.  and that little stripe red and white ribbon is soft and pliable to make fun bows.
  4. Make sure to look for the fun new embellishments like the accent pearls you see on this card.  They add just a simple pop to your project.

Embellished Ornaments, Home for Christmas DSP, Christmas, Stampin' up!


I’ll have all the supplies listed below for you.

Now, before I worked on this card I created 6 cards for a class I’m teaching in my home next month.  YES… It’s been 3 years since I taught a class in my home.  That’s WAY too long but given the circumstances it is what it is.  I’m so so excited about this.

SO… if you are in the Pensacola, FL area I hope you can attend.  It’s possible I might have to open another date for this class.  Beginner or advanced can attend.  It’s going to be a fun night of stamping, laughing, and eating.

Here is the class information if you are interested HERE. I have more classes coming AND a new Stamps in the Mail.  Stamps in the Mail is going to get a little makeover which is why I haven’t offered it yet.  Keep your eyes peeled…. It’s coming.



Have a GREAT weekend. Be Intentional.  XOXOXO

PS- If you are a Project Life fan I’ve been updating my Instagram and Facebook Page daily with new layouts during the Heidi Swapp Capture Life challenge.  Make sure to follow there if you want up to the day inspiration.  Otherwise I will be posting more layouts here on my blog this coming week.



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New Inspiration & Color Challenge!

Kimberly Van Diepen stampin up demo



Kimberly Van Diepen stampin up

Product Supplies

Stamps: A Fitting Occasion, Fancy Friends Kit

Ink: Early Espresso, Pale Plum, Raspberry Ripple

Cardstock: Raspberry Ripple, Pale Plum, Crumb Cake, 

Accessories: Storytime DSP, Linen Thread, 3/4" Circle Punch, 1" Circle Punch, Curly Label Punch, Modern Label Punc, Rhinestones, Fancy Friends Kit, Sprtizer Tool, Pale Plum Marker, Subtles Buttons, Chevron Embossing Folder, Dotted Scallop Ribbon Punch, hung up cute clips, Gold Smooch Spray

WHOA! You know a week has flashed before your eyeballs when you just posted your color challenge from last week yesterday and now your posting the next one.  The good news, I'm on top of it this week.  That's a GREAT feeling.  

Kimberly van diepen stampin up demo


I wish I could take a picture of my face when I put this color challenge together.  Perfect Plum?

Okay, a little confession time!  I've used my Perfect Plum ink pad about 2 times in the last 5 years.

 Don't throw rocks at me, it's just not my "thang!"  

This is when challenges come in handy.  They PUSH you to try new things or in my case a very neglected color and find something GREAT about it.  While Perfect Plum may not be my favorite color choice I'm quite excited about the end result of this card.  Not to mention I used less of my favorite colors (Early Espresso & Crumb Cake) and a huge chunk of the Perfect Plum.  When you look at the Raspberry Ripple next to the Perfect Plum it's really pretty.  I *cough cough* LIKE it!  Ah… the beauty of a challenge.  

I'm calling all my paper crafter friends out there to play along.  YES, YOU.  Join me in the color challenge and push yourself a little.  Leave a link in the comments or on my Facebook Page and share your project.  I would **LOVE** to see it.  

If you couldn't already tell, this card has a sneak peek again.  See that CUTE Arrow Clip? It's darling and it's NEW.  I won't be holding back too much longer and I'll be sharing some new products with you.  


Let me tell you about the stamp set I used on this card.  It's cute and needed the dust bunnie cloth.  Not sure why I didn't pull this great set out sooner.  Meet the stamp set, A Fitting Occasion!  I love how the majority of the stamp images fit within a coordinating punch.  That just makes stamping life EASY. Thank you, Stampin' Up!

Kimberly Van Diepen


Another product I used on this card is SUPER fun and the PERFECT Stocking Stuffer gift for a teenager, teacher or new stamping friend.  This is the Fancy Friends Kit.  You will notice on my card above I used the "friends" stamp image.   All of the products below are included in the kit for only 15.95.  INSANE. TWO stamp images, little spots… WOW!!  

I think I know what you are thinking.  

Stocking Stuffer? What about ME?

I understand, that's why I have one. <smile>

Kimberly Van Diepen stampin up demo

I highly encourage this little kit if you are looking for a gift or you want to make FAST little notecards to friends and family.  Did you know that our notecards can be mailed? Absolutely!! 

Kimberly Van Diepen stampin up demo

Here is a little peek at a card I made but I added the Ticket Punch.  

Get it now while supplies last! Visit my Online Store to order yours today!


I have MORE!!!  I have to share these cards I just received in the mail yesterday.  SO awesome. 

This card below came from Stampin' Up! 

When I get a card from Stampin' Up! it's a one of those moments when your feet are planted to the floor you are SO excited.  This is the Advisory Board Reunion Luncheon invitation.  Just beautiful.  I love it!  

Kimberly VAn Diepen stampin up demo



This next card is from my way on up there Upline Jill Olsen:

Kimberly Van Diepen stampin up demo


Isn't the BOW just gorgeous? I love both of these cards and it did bring a smile to my face when I opened each of them. 

I think that wraps up Wacky Wednesday!

You can find all these great supplies in my Online Store.  

Make sure you check out my Online Shopping Rewards Card that you receive when you order through my Online Store.  

Have a GREAT day! XOXOXO