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Autism Matters- Make a Difference!

Autism Matters- Make a Difference!

Autism Matters, Stampin' Up!

Autism Matters, Stampin' Up!, Autism Awareness


Happy Saturday! Today I’m sharing something near and dear to my heart, and I would love for you to help me make a difference. I’ve teamed up with other Stampin’ Up! Demonstrators to Stamp Out Autism.  Today we have a blog hop dedicated to Autism Awareness.  Our hope is two-fold- educate our viewers on autism, and raise funds to help support programs for families impacted by Autism.  You will find all of the links for this blog hop at the end of my post. The bonus for crafters will be the beautiful artwork shared by demonstrators.


I’ve started my post over a dozen times trying to speak from my heart.  The truth is, Autism had never impacted my life until a year and a half ago.  I had no idea of the effects that Autism has on families. So why would I start this post over a dozen times? I believe in my heart; I still lack the knowledge about Autism.

Meet Sarah & Grace

A year and a half ago my family was blessed when we met Sarah and her family.  They had been a part of our church and eventually joined our Missional Community.  As time went on and Sarah and I became closer friends I was able to learn more about their daughter Grace who has Autism and the impacts it had on her family.  Because of my lack of knowledge and understanding, it was eye opening.  I’m grateful Sarah shared her story with me, the friendship we have formed as well as the opportunity to learn more about Autism and the many ways in which we can help other families with Autistic children.


Make a Difference

Believe it or not, in this crazy busy world we can assist in the smallest of ways.  For instance, our faith family came together and created a special needs room for kids to attend during worship.  Our special needs class allows parents to sit together in church and enjoy worship, knowing their children are in good hands. Not only did we develop a nice special needs class on Sunday mornings, but another missional community developed a program for special needs parents to have a day/night out. Being a caregiver to anyone can be exhausting, and this night out gives parents a time to be together and relax.  It gives our faith family a time to love and enjoy these amazing kids.  These families need our love and support.



Faith & Love

Autism Matters, Stampin' Up!, Autism Awareness


Sarah has enormous faith, and today my card is dedicated to her and Grace.  Although she faces days of uncertainty, her faith is strong.  Even on the hardest days with Grace, when Autism has so many unknowns, she still has faith and hope.  I’m in awe of her steadfast faith, hope, and love.  My days do not hold that many unknowns, and uncertainties. She consistently teaches me not just about autism, but how to continue to have faith, hope, and love.


What Makes My Heart Happy

One more thing,  I can’t help but tell you one of my favorite things about Grace. She loves her iPad, and she’s wicked smart using it.  She loves to FaceTime, and we are grateful to be on her contact list.   I love when she FaceTimes me out of the blue.  As soon as I answer her call,  I see her bright smiling face.  When she hears my voice, she smiles. “Hi, Mrs. Kimberly!”  <insert 1000 hearts>

We love this family so much, and I love that Sarah has given my family the opportunity to learn more about Autism by letting us become part of their family.  I’m so grateful our lives crossed paths.


Autism Matters, Stampin' Up!, Autism Awareness

How can YOU help? 

Maybe you are like me and had no idea how Autism impacts families? If it weren’t for Sarah, I wouldn’t have known.   Your donation to the Autism Speaks Organization can help fund programs and support families like Sarah’s.  It’s a BIG deal.  Need more information on this organization? Click HERE to read.

I’ve set up a donation link below for the Autism Speaks Organization.  Just click the button to donate. For every person that donates $25, I will be sending this handmade card as a thank you. Seriously, I can’t thank you enough!!!

Autism Matters, Stampin' Up!, Autism Awareness


Before You Go- Did You Know?

  • Autism is the fastest growing disability among children in the US
  • There is no blood test, no scan, and no image that can detect autism. Diagnosis relies on behavioral observation and screening.
  • Approximately 67 million people worldwide are affected by autism


Learn More and Be Inspired!

Learn more about Autism from the rest of the crew on this blog hop.  You will also enjoy beautiful hand stamped artwork.  Just click through the list below to learn and be inspired.


                                1- Kimberly Van Diepen – YOU ARE HERE!

2- Kylie Bertucci

3- Lee Conrey

4- Rachel Bronson Yukanin

5- Heather Wright-Porto

6- Susan Best

7- Louise Sharp

8- Candy Rattray

9- Maureen Rauchfuss

10- Tammy Fite

11- Billie Moan

12- Monika Davis

Ribbon of Courage

You might be wondering where this fun new stamp set came from.

Ribbon of Courage is in the new 2017-2018 Annual Catalog from Stampin’ Up!  This set of 9 rubber images arrives in both wood and clear mount.  The beautiful fonts, greetings, and beautiful ribbons will be the perfect addition to any cause.  The best part about this stamp set is the matching Support Ribbon Framelits that will also be available.

Imagine the possibilities with this beautiful stamp set!!


Crafting Encouraging Words

Crafting Encouraging Words 

Have you ever thought about being the light by crafting encouraging words?

This past week, after too much time spent on social media I’ve had to reel myself back into the reality that we still can love each other and encourage each other.

I’ve found myself in the trenches of different emotions after reading too many posts that pertain to politics.

Don’t worry; this is NOT a political post! I wouldn’t touch that with a 10-foot pole.  However, it’s one that I hope to encourage you to support others with kindness, love and crafting something encouraging.


Never Enough Kindness

I’ve always thought social media as a blessing more than a curse.  It was the very thing I used to keep many friends updated after Russ had his stroke.  It was the very thing that kept my spirits high when reading the prayer chains, encouraging words and most of all the love and support we received during that time.

Over the last few months, however, I have found myself feeling discouraged and sad.  I’ve heeded the advice of others by skipping over posts, hiding posts, and have even done the very thing I said I would never do- remove a person from my feed…. that ugly word, unfriend!  I’m the girl that loves friends but can take on someone’s emotions in a Mississippi minute.



I don’t have all the answers, but my heart keeps telling me to SEND the encouragement.  If there was EVER a time to send a card and uplift others, it’s now.

You as a crafter and myself, have that ability to send the sunshine through the mail.  One simple card in the mail can send a powerful message with lasting effects.  Social media only provides the sun for a split second.

Can we be the light? 

I believe we can.  Just like the fantastic #imbringingbirthdaysback campaign, we need a new campaign- #bethelight

Let’s encourage each other and uplift each other more.

I shared a card last week using the High Tide stamp set, which is perfect for shining the light on others.

The good news- Stampin’ Up! has plenty of stamp sets with encouraging words.  Here are a few of my favorites in the Occasions Catalog.  Be sure to check them out!

  • High Tide #143006 Photopolymer
  • Beautiful You #143004 Wood, #143637 Clear
  • Sending Thoughts #142962 Wood, #142965 Clear
  • Special Reason #142899 Wood, #142902 Clear



High Tide- Encourage Others

Crafting Encouraging, Stampin' Up!, High Tide


By far my favorite stamp set to use right now is High Tide.  Shoot, just stamping with it helps encourage me!

Crafting Encouraging, Stampin' Up!, High Tide


Incorporating my love of watercolor with this set makes it even more fun.

To recreate this card you can download my free tutorial HERE.


Crafting Encouraging, Stampin' Up!, High Tide


Instead of flooding social media with words, let’s flood the postal service by crafting encouraging words.  Let’s get busy stamping and sharing the sunshine with each other.

Can I count on you? Can we do this together?

Do you need encouragement? Can I send you some sunshine? I realize this could be an overwhelming task, but I’m ready to send encouraging words through my crafting!


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

Price: $110.00

Hot News-Don’t Forget!

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Plus receive a hand stamped card from me with a gift.

Looking to learn new stamping ideas and techniques? 

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Looking for more ideas using this year Sale-a-Bration products?

See another great idea using the High Tide stamp set HERE.

Personal Update: 

I wanted to say a quick thank you to each of you for your comments based on my joy in parenting post last week.  You know how to encourage a mama, and I appreciate your words of encouragement and hearing your struggles.  Parenting can be so hard, yet rewarding at the same time.

Currently, Brandon is still pretty angry with Russ and me over the actions we’ve taken.  We are hoping that during his gaming sabbatical his eyes will be open to new and exciting things as well as prioritizing important issues.

In other news, Alexis had a good gymnastics meet in Birmingham, Alabama.  Overall, she placed a tiny bit higher than the last event.  That means improvement, but there is always room for more improvement.  I cherish these times I get to spend with her.


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.

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



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.


You can get this tutorial a few different ways, let me explain. 

  • Spend $50 in my Online Store- receive it FREE
  • Subscribe for 6 months (Feb-July) and you will pay for 5 months, getting your 6th month FREE. Subscription is $75.
  • Purchase the tutorial individually each month for $15.


Exclusive Tutorial Bundle

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.

Become a Subscriber and BE Inspired!!


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Try This Technique Using Framelits!

Try This Technique Using Framelits!

I have a fun technique that I played with over the weekend that I want to share.


I’ve used this technique before on a few cards but this weekend it really POPPED on the card I’m sharing today.


Weekend Catch Up!

This weekend Russ and Alexis left for a mission trip to Harlan, Kentucky. Brandon was paddling his way down a river with the Boy Scouts which left me …. ALONE.

This hasn’t happened in a long time.  I took full advantage of my time and did a mix of work and relaxing.  I was able to get a tremendous amount of stamping done which always makes me feel accomplished.


I had new stamp sets piled by my desk and each one of them was getting some inky love. That’s when this technique came into play.


May Flowers Framelits


I started my card using the new Big Shot Platform.

At first glance I didn’t think I needed this NEW platform but after using it I can understand WHY everyone was so excited about it.

This platform die cuts your intricate dies with EASE.

The truth is, I don’t use these dies often because I am busy.  As much as I love them, I find I don’t have the time to punch out each little piece of cardstock when they don’t cut passing through the Big Shot.  The problem has been SOLVED.

The new Platform has an area in the middle section that is slightly raised making for an even distribution of pressure when the cardstock & die passes through.

As you can see in the short video below, I then took my Die Brush and gently (it doesn’t sound gentle but it is) went over the die and WHAM- all of the small “chads” fell out.



This was brilliant and I used this platform ALL weekend long cutting intricate dies.  I even went back into my older intricate dies to play with them.  WOW.


Putting the Pieces Together

Technique, May Flowers Framelits, Stampin' Up!


If you look closely you can see the layered die cuts on the large flower to the left.  

Technique, May Flowers Framelits, Stampin' Up!


Layering Die Cuts

Now let me tell you about the fun technique.

If you love to see more pop from your framelits, try layering your die cuts on top of each other to give a more thickness to the actual die cut.

How To:

  • die cut 3-4 of your favorite framelit that you will use on your card.  I used 3 layered die cuts to get the look I wanted for this card.
  • Layer your die cuts on top of each other using the Fine-Tip Glue Pen to adhere each die cut together.  Let dry.

Yes, it’s that simple.  The results however are beautiful and easy to achieve.

Technique, May Flowers Framelits, Stampin' Up!


Will You Try It? 

The technique is simple, now I hope you will try it and see what results you can achieve from this simple technique.  It’s a great way to create a simple card into a WOW card.


Tips & Tricks

Here are a few tips and tricks to help you create this card.

  • The Fine-Tip Glue pen is essential when layering intricate die cuts.  It makes layering easy and not messy.  The fine tip on the glue pen keeps your glue on the tiny pieces you need to adhere.
  • To create this card I die cut 8 flowers.  I adhered flowers onto a piece of the same color cardstock for the base of the card.  This gave the card a beautiful texture finish.  Don’t worry if each little piece is not stuck down to the base of the card. It gives the card character.  Once you have all of the flowers adhered to the card base (Daffodil Delight cardstock) you can trim around the edges creating a clean edge.
  • I added two more stamps and coordinating die cuts to this card from the May Flowers Framelits and Falling Flowers stamp set using Watermelon Wonder and Old Olive inks.
  • The greeting was stamped using the Flourishing Phrases stamp set.

Ready to have your OWN new Big Shot Platform? Click HERE to order yours today!

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

Technique, May Flowers Framelits, Stampin' Up!

Did you know this stamp set and framelit is a bundle?

Save money when you purchase the Falling Flowers bundle and you will be on your way to creating this fun technique using this bundle.

Click HERE to view and purchase.  See below how you can earn rewards when you purchase from me.

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Have an AWESOME Monday and thank  you for taking time to visit.  Tell me what you think of today’s card.  Will you be trying this technique? I’d love to hear from  you.