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Finally Friday!

My kids have looked forward to this day for quite some time.  The countdown leading up to see their Nene & PawPaw feels like an eternity to them.  When you only get to see family who live far away a few times a year it's a BIG deal.  I feel their excitement and energy today and I'm trying to keep the stress of "did I pack everything" on the low.  I can't wait to hug my family.  

I have a few things to share today.  I've worked until the final hour on new Spring Mini ideas to share while I'm on the road.  I'm hoping to get some stamping time in with my mom as well.  I *LOVE* getting time to stamp with her.  

Kimberly Van Diepen Stampin' Up! Demonstrator Spring Mini Sneak Peek Kimberly Van Diepen stampin' up demonstrator Spring Mini, Oh Hello


As I've said in previous posts, this Spring Mini Catalog is by far one of my favorites.  Everything is so delicate and beautiful in this catalog.  I love the Designer Paper and the do-dads.  

This card uses the Oh Hello Stamp set and the Tea for Two Designer Series Paper.  *LoVe It*

You can see all the supplies I used for this card below.  

Supplies Used:

Stamp set: Oh Hello

Cardstock: Basic Gray, So Saffron

Ink: Basic Gray

Accessories: Tea for Two DSP, Paper Doilies, Chevron Textured Embossing Folder, Hearts a Flutter Framelits, Cute Clips, Basic Designer Buttons, Pool Party Bakers Twine


By now you should be receiving your Mini Catalog (it's NOT so Mini!)  The cover is absolutely BEAUTIFUL!!  

I have another fun thing to share. 

Heather and I are SO excited about our Simply My Digital Studio Challenges each week.  The Facebook page is humming with amazing ideas being shared from the challenges that we are putting out.  Each Monday we have a new challenge and technique being shared.  I hope you can join us.  This week we have an extra challenge using Overlays!  

Make sure to check out Heather's Page HERE and a video that she made.  

Kimberly Van Diepen, My Digital Studio Digital Scrapbook


My layout uses a few different Overlays to create this layout.  When creating my digital pages I always start with my cardstock or patterned paper first and then I use an Overlay.  It just adds great texture to a layout.  

Download the Page Supplies HERE.  

You can find all of these great products in my Online Store.  Here are a few of my FAVORITES!

Kimberly Van Diepen stampin up demonstrator Kimberly Van Diepen, stampin' up demonstrator Kimberly Van Diepen, Stampin' Up! Demonstrator



I hope this inspires you to create something pretty this weekend.  

Start creating with My Digital Studio today!  I can help you get started!!

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Sympathy & Get Well Cards

Kimberly Van diepen stampin up demo






Kimberly van diepen stampin up demo



Good morning!  Sharing a sympathy card this morning.  This stamp set is an oldie but a goodie and always my go to set when I want to send a sympathy or Get Well card.  I love the sentiments in this set.  You can see the full stamp set HERE.  You can get this set in both clear and wood.  

For this card I used a few pieces I had laying on my desk from a card I made back in July.  Have you ever stamped something or made a little embellishment for a card and then decided it wasn't going to work for the card you were designing? I have a drawer dedicated for pieces like this.  Funny thing is Alexis typically rummages through this drawer more than I do.   *sigh*  

My favorite piece on this card is the textured embossed vellum.  I love how this looks especially over DSP.  

Below you will find all the supplies I used.  I am off to get busy in my stamp room.  It's a gloomy loomy day and stamping is perfect in this type of weather.  

Supplies Used:

Stamp Set: Thoughts & Prayers (127805)

Cardstock: Crumb Cake, Pool Party, Vellum

Ink: Early Espresso

Accessories: Comfort Cafe DSP, Pearls, Corner Rounder, Fan Fair Texture Embossing Folder, Pool Party Seam Binding, Victoria Lace, Linen Thread, Brushed Bronze Buttons.  Sponge

I hope you have a fantastic Thursday.  

Kimberly Van Diepen stampin up demo

Might be GLOOMY but I have HOPE!

The weather outside is quite fitting for the day.  It's dark and dreary with oodles of rain coming down.  Perfect day for a stamper in all honesty!  Unfortunately the gloomy weather goes along with the gloomy feeling I have today.  We received word yesterday that my kids Principle at the school passed away.  She had been very sick and lost her battle with cancer.  I sat with the kids as we talked about what happened and how we know she's in a beautiful place now and pain free.  Since my kids haven't been at this school for very long they didn't know her as well as many of the other children did. This Principle was very active in the school and engaged in many activities with the kids and was well loved by so many.  Our school is SO sad!  

This morning I brought some cards to a few of the teachers and friends that I knew were having a really hard time with the news.  I am ALWAYS at a loss for words when it comes to death or grieving.  Simply because I shake in my boots that I may say the wrong thing.  It's been known to happen ya know!  I went ahead and kept my mouth shut and quietly handed them a hand stamped card.  I know it brightens my day whether its a good or bad day so why not brighten theirs?  

There was one card I made last night for one of the staff members I think is really special.  She has no clue I think she is SO special but this woman always puts a smile on my face when I see her and she ALWAYS gives me hope.  Stampin' Up! is releasing this new stamp set below called Strength & Hope.   This stamp set and a new Digital Kit will be available in the Summer Mini for purchase on May 1st.  For every set sold, Stampin' Up! will give $2 to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.  Isn't this amazing? 

Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator Kimberly Van Diepen



Independent Stampin Up! Demonstrator Kimberly Van Diepen


I thought this was a perfect card for my special person.  While CANCER is such an awful awful disease, I do have hope that we will one day find a cure.  I have HIGH hopes that you will want this stamp set and TOGETHER we will make a difference! Don't worry, I will remind you when it's available! :)

There are a few other things besides the Strength & Hope stamp set that I used.  You will notice the Paisley Prints Designer Series Paper and the label image from the Four Frames stamp set that will be available April 1st.  Here is a list of supplies:

Blushing Bride, Early Espresso, Naturals Ivory


Blushing Bride, Early Espresso


Victoria Lace, Crumb Cake Seam Binding, Antique Brads, Decorative Label punch, Paper Piercer & Mat Pack,

You can find these supplies in my Online Store.  Make sure you check out the Clearance Rack too!  Great sales and great products!

I'm going to finish working on the supply list you will need to stamp with ME next week.  {SO exciting!} In the meantime, what is the ONE thing you love to do for a special friend?  


Simple Sympathy Card

I wanted to share another card from my Stamp a Stack the other day.  You've heard me say before that Sympathy cards are ones that I just don't keep on hand.  While it may be one of my least favorite cards to make, the stamp set Thanks for Caring is simply beautiful.

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



Independent Stampin' up! Demonstrator Kimberly Van Diepen, Northern VA


I used Sahara Sand and Basic Black for the cardstock and ink.  I love how this card was easy to make with the help of punches.   I used the Decorative Label, 2 1/2" Circle and the Modern Label punch for the focal point of this card. Of course, we missed you at my Stamp a Stack, but you can get all the supplies to make this card in my Online Store. 

Time for  Weekend Update!  The kids are still fighting their cooties.  In fact, I took Alexis to the Urgent Care tonight because she just wasn't herself.  She took a nap today and that was WAY off base for her. She complained of a new symptom today which was the straw that broke the camels back.  While the rapid strep test came back negative we'll see what happens from the culture.  She is now on an antibiotic and I hope this helps. Poor girl has been sick too long.
While the kids may not feel 100%, they are still playing around the house and acting like monkeys.  This is how we all felt tonight!

Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator Kimberly Van Diepen Northern VA



I just keep telling myself, it will get better. 

Enjoy your weekend. 


Box of Wisdom

Having a loss of stamping mojo? Let me introduce you to the Box of Wisdom & Box of Awesomeness!

Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator Kimberly Van Diepen



I love when my kids use their imagination and this is one of their cool creations.  The Box of Wisdom has been around for months and was built by my little gems.  We took it down during the holidays to make room for our Christmas Tree but promised it would come back!  It's back and they added another room!  We now have the Box of Awesomeness!  Alexis says when I lose my Stampin' Mojo the box of Wisdom can help and who wouldn't want to step into the Box of Awesomeness? While this huge box is an unsightly scene in my "dining room" it has brought out the creative imaginations of my kids and myself.  I've been "allowed" inside a few times and have to say they are brilliant.  The fun ways they use it makes me laugh and I love when they add something new to the creation because it's a BIG deal!  We've even had sleepovers inside this crazy place! It is quite awesome.

Okay- onward to some Stampin' Awesomeness!  Is that even a word?

I had to make a card tonight that I really didn't want to make.  A sympathy card.  My sweet SIL lost her father this past weekend while I was in Nashville.  I hate not being closer to my family.  I hated not being there for her this week.  Just stinks.  This is for her-

Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator Kimberly Van Diepen



Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator Kimberly Van Diepen



Here is another card I shared at Leadership:

Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator Kimberly Van Diepen

And here is a layout I shared at Leadership:

Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator Kimberly Van Diepen



Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator Kimberly Van Diepen



Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator Kimberly Van Diepen



Love those trinkets!

Time to stamp a few more things before I rest my eyeballs.