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Card Fail and Re-Do!

Card Fail and Re-Do!

It happens more than people think inside this stamp room of mine.


It’s the final moments of creating the card.  All is going beautifully well.  I’m just adding some finishing touches and BAM… RUINED. I mean RUINED.


There are many many cards that have almost hit the trash but somehow I have saved… until this card.  It was a complete disaster and for a challenge card no less.

Let me share….

First, today is Friday so that means it’s time for a TGIF challenge.  It’s a super fun sketch I think you will love.

Card Fail, TGIF Challenge, Stampin' Up!


I started this card using the Beautiful Ride stamp set.  I love this bug car and the other images that go with this set are amazing fun.


Beautiful Ride, TGIF Challenge, Stampin' Up!


Once I had everything watercolored and the entire card set in place and adhered down I thought it needed one more thing… a little splatter.  It’s like an obsession I have.  Kinda like my obsession with doily’s.  I also love me some splatter.  Until it’s out of control like this…

Beautiful Ride, TGIF Challenge, Stampin' Up!

Now my couple looks like they are part of a murder scene.  Who knew Watermelon Wonder ink could look like a bloody mess? I tried to save the card by re-doing the couple.  Nope.  The windows on the bug car were to far gone.  It didn’t look pretty at all.  Most of the time when this happens I have to walk away and gather my thoughts because I’m so mad at myself.  Not this card.  I laughed so hard I almost wet my pants.  This was FUNNY!!


So, I started from scratch.  A complete re-do!


Beautiful Ride, TGIF Challenge, Stampin' Up!

Much cleaner.  No more murder scene.  Just a lovely couple probably enjoying a cozy moment alone.


Beautiful Ride, TGIF Challenge, Stampin' Up!

Tips & Tricks

I used Watercolor Paper and Basic Black Archival Ink to watercolor the Bug and couple images.  One tip before you start watercoloring, heat set the images.   I stamp the images and then I take my heat tool over them to make sure they are good and dry.

The images are watercolored using an Aqua Painter and Inks.  I used Watermelon Wonder for the Bug Car.  You can see all the inks used in the supply list below.

When I first stamped the stars they were really bright using Daffodil Delight. When I was re-creating this card I changed the ink to So Saffron (had to bust out a duster on that ink pad!) Using that color was much softer. Then I added a Vellum overlay to create an even more softer look.


What do you think? Notice the re-created card has NO splatter.  I thought I would not risk it a second time.

Would love to hear from you!  Plus, don’t forget to play along in the challenge.  You can see what the other designers created HERE and play along.

Family News

I’m traveling to Atlanta as you are reading this.  Alexis has her first gym meet of the season.  It’s just the two of us traveling and I cherish these moments with her.  It’s a big weekend for her as she becomes an official teenager on Sunday.  My little peach is 13.  So many of you have watched this girl grow up.  Wanna see a blast from the past? Click on a few of these links below if you have the time.  It makes my heart skip a beat. Okay, actually I have cried looking back at these. Some are funny stories, some are tender moments. Thank you for letting me share my real world with  you along with my stamping.


Seattle Trip

Valentines Blitz

Simple Little Snowflakes

The Beauty of Iowa

A Few Techniques

A Day at the Beach

A True Stamper



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It was HER day!

Yesterday my sweet princess turned 9! WOW does time fly.  The biggest hit of the day was having her dad home for her birthday.  I remember when we sat the kids down to tell them Russ was going overseas and the FIRST thing Alexis said to him was, "You're going to miss my birthday!" 

We celebrated her day ALL day yesterday.  She really was treated with royalty.  Brandon wanted to start her day off right by serving her breakfast in bed.  I couldn't believe this was his idea.  The kids are going through the "stop looking at me" stage.  I was relieved to still hear kindness from there mouths. 

Here is the start of her day!

Kimberly Van Diepen Stampin Up! Demonstrator



Brandon was wearing the Justin Bieber hat when he woke Alexis up.  He told her it was cold and maybe she should wear it.  Again, I wanted to faint from all the *LOVE* I was seeing. 

Russ and I had lunch with the Princess at school.  She really wanted to go to the American Girl Doll store in DC but the only thing I could think about was the traffic getting there.  I compromised with her and said we will go this weekend. Instead I took her to have a Pedicure.  Of course I enjoyed one too. <smile>

Kimberly Van Diepen Stampin Up! Demonstrator


Extremely relaxing!  We both enjoyed.  We came home to pick up the boys and then we were off to her "spot" for dinner.  After dinner we topped the evening off with a fun birthday cake and 9 spankings and a pinch to grow an inch!

Kimberly Van Diepen Stampin Up! Demonstrator



It was a GREAT day!!

Here is the card I made for my princess. 

Kimberly Van Diepen Stampin Up! Demonstrator



Kimberly Van Diepen Stampin Up! Demonstrator



Kimberly Van Diepen Stampin Up! Demonstrator



I used all kinds of new products on this card.  The stamp set is called Sweet Cake.  Super cute and the BEST thing I love about this card is something you cannot really SEE or SMELL! I added the Vanilla Scented Stampin' Emboss Powder to the swirls on the cupcake.  LOVE that we have these embossing powders. We also carry Melon and Cherry.  How fun is that? I used a VersaMarker so that I could emboss in that tiny area.  She could smell the Vanilla as soon as she opened it. 

Other fun products on this card that I used would be the Sweet Shop DSP.  I love that this DSP can be used for so many occasions.  From Birthday, Valentines or just a Candy kind of card.  Very fun.  I used the new pleated ribbon along with some new Lucky Limeade Bakers Twine.  I even used some Seam Binding ribbon.  Lots of fun things. 

As always, you can find all these fun products in my Online Store

This weekend Alexis has her birthday party with friends.  I'll share her birthday invitation soon.  She is having a Doll & Me Tea with her friends at a special tea shop.  I'm not sure who is more excited, her or myself. 

Have a fabulous week!

Getting Back to Work!

I think I'm ready to say I'm going to jump in with both feet and start back to work.  Over the last month we've taken a lot of time for our family to readjust back to the normal family routine.  Like I said before transition is not always easy especially if you have a 10 year old son like mine who still believes he is the MAN of the house.  We asked Brandon a few weeks back while sitting down for dinner who the "man of the house" is now that Daddy is home.  Without hesitation he blurted out, "umm, of course I AM!"  I looked at Russ and he looked back at me and we knew we had a few things to work on.  All is well and Brandon is realizing (not always on a good note) that Dad is back! It's a process and it takes time but all will be good soon.

Our Christmas was extra special with Russ home and being in Florida with all my family.  The kids had a blast and seemed pretty happy with everything Santa and family had given them.  They played non stop with their cousins and I'm always grateful for how well they get along. Here are a few photos of the kids and my mom while we were in Florida. 

Kimberly Van Diepen Stampin' UP! Demonstrator



Kimberly Van Diepen Stampin' Up! Demonstrator



Kimberly Van Diepen Stampin' Up! Demonstrator

We are unpacked and all the Christmas decorations are put away until next year.  Sometimes I think Christmas is just a blur.  I hate that.  I want the spirit and season of Christmas to last forever.  The only thing I could do without is the sweets that come with it.

With all the craziness that has been going on in our little world the one thing that has been lacking is the stamping.  Today is the first day in three weeks that I came down into my stamp room and was ready to put a few stamps and ink together.  I felt the creative block coming on pretty strong but I finally pushed forward and just started grabbing new products from the Occasions Mini to play with.  This new mini is one of the best in my book.  Lots of great products.  The excitement of playing with the new stuff brought back all my warm fuzzies I have for Stampin' Up! products and the company.  I'm working on a plan to get back to my normal business schedule and start putting classes/workshops together again.  It's been a long time but I wouldn't change a thing. It's just time to get busy again!

I'm excited to show you what happened in my stamp room today.  Let me share!

Kimberly Van Diepen Stampin' Up! Demonstrator



Kimberly Van Diepen Stampin' Up! Demonstrator



Kimberly Van Diepen Stampin' Up! Demonstrator



As I was playing with all the new products in my room the one thing I kept saying over and over was WOW, I love this paper.  Stampin' Up! really tickled me pink with all the new DSP they have in the Occasions Mini.  It's just girlie and pretty. The base of the card is where the FUN begins.  I folded a piece of pool party cardstock in half and used my new Edgelits Die called Adorning Accents and the new Adorning Accents Embossing Folders. WOW WEE what a difference these little things can make to a card.  This card became elegant in a matter of seconds!  I think you have to have one!!  I used the new stamp set Apothecary Art.  Lucky for you I don't have to pronounce this set.  My tongue does not like to say Apothecary!  The beauty of this stamp set is how it coordinates with the Framelits Labels Collection on page 6 of your mini.  WOW. Love this label and love these dies.  I stamped the image with VersaMark onto Naturals White cardstock and then embossed the image with Pewter powder.  I colored in the small flowers with a blender pen and made this very simple. I used the Attic Boutique DSP which is stunning and pared it with the Pleated Satin Ribbon that makes me smile every time I touch it.  Gone are the days of pleating my own ribbon while I have this beautiful ribbon on hand.  I used the Pear Pizzazz ribbon. If you look closely enough you will notice that I used the scallop edge from Adorning Accents Edgelits  under my pretty Designer Series Paper too.  I dazzled the card with a few tiny pearls and a few of the new biggie ones too.  Last thing I added was a little shimmer and my Spritzer tool with Early Espresso and Pool Party markers.  Viola! Kimberly STAMPED!!

Hopefully by seeing all of these exciting new products you are ready for a few yourself.  You can find them all HERE! I like to call this my little Vintage Shop.  Boy is it filled with lots of things I love.  

I'm getting ready to turn the lights out for a few hours and then I'm coming back tonight to play a little more.  That's HOW excited I am!! 


I Messed Up Big Time!

As our story goes there is always something interesting going on here at our home.  On Saturday I was enjoying piece and quiet on my deck and thought about posting on my Facebook status that it was such a INCREDIBLE day!  I never posted this  and probably with good reason. I was on such a great roll with cleaning house, and catching up on laundry.  I had made a fantastic dinner for the kids even.  The kids were having a great day too.  We went to the fish store and they each bought their own Beta Fish.  Brandon named his Dr. Awesome. Alexis named hers Princess, I think.? They are happy in each of their rooms.  Everything was quiet until I went to go get my laundry!

As I was reaching into the washing machine I pulled out Brandon's iPod touch.  I screamed.  Not lying. I screamed loud. So loud Alexis ran down the stairs. I had my hands over my eyes and kept saying, "How could I be SO stupid?" Alexis started crying because she thought it was hers.  Brandon came around to see what the commotion was and I looked at him and said, "Buddy, you left your iPod in your shorts pocket!" He started crying.  I felt TERRIBLE. I immediately put it in a bowl of rice and covered it and I am praying every day that it will absorb the water.  I mean it was the FULL washing cycle.  Not even the rapid one.  UGH!! I never even heard the noise from the washer! ??? It really ruined the entire day.  I sat with Brandon and the poor guy was doing the "catch your breath" crying.  Oh my, now I feel REALLY bad.  Of course I talked to him about this being a lesson for both of us!  We both need to check pockets. About an hour later Brandon was looking for things to sell in a garage sale to pay for the repairs or a new one.  Needless to say I went to bed hanging my head lower than it has been in awhile.  I messed up big time!  The fun part of this is going to be telling the Prince.  I wonder if loosing his iPhone a couple weeks back makes this look any less? Say a prayer for me. It could be ugly!

The next day- Dr. Awesome is now Dr. Dead.  We have a new Dr. Awesome. 

Hope you have a FANTASTIC week!!!!


Sunshine in Our House!

A couple of weeks ago I received an amazing phone call from a fellow demonstrator Sue Martin.  Sue called to tell me she was sending my kids a Sunshine Box and had I ever heard of this before.  I had not and was so surprised at what this meant.  It's the most gracious thing I've ever seen before!!!! Let me explain.  It's the coolest thing EVER!

The day before Irene came to visit the postman delivered this huge box. When my kids opened it they could barely contain themselves.  They couldn't believe Mama's stampin' friend would do this for THEM.  Inside this box are two separate boxes for Brandon and Alexis.  In each box there are 16 wrapped gifts for each kiddo!!!! Each day they can open a gift!!! Not only that but there are little treats all over each of the boxes.  Lollipops and other treats.  The kids were literally jumping up and down.  The best part is each morning at approximately 730am they are by my bedside in my face asking to open a gift.  LOL!  Sue, it doesn't bother me.  Their excited faces are worth it. Each time they open a gift they are occupied for quite awhile. 

Here is a picture of them reading the letter from Sue.  It was the sweetest letter.  *made me cry*

Kimberly Van Diepen stampin up demonstrator



You can see their excited little faces.  You can also tell they are pretty heavy by the way Brandon is holding his.  Just the coolest thing!


Kimberly Van Diepen stampin up demonstrator

Here they are opening their first gift.  Again, excited doesn't begin to explain how they were feeling. 


kimberly van Diepen stampin up demonstrator



I've said for years (8 to be exact) that the reason I'm a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator is for one MAIN reason.  The friendships and the relationships that we build in this community is priceless.  Every year Stampin' Up! gives a Heart of Stampin' Up! award.  This selfless act of kindness towards my kids is truly what the Heart of Stampin' Up! is all about.  Sue, you have brought true sunshine in our house and you are exactly why Stampin' Up! gives an award like this.  You are exactly what are Statement of the Heart states: To LOVE what we do and SHARE what we love, as we help others enjoy CREATIVITY and worthwhile accomplishments… in this we make a DIFFERENCE. Sue made a difference in our lives.


Ironically it came at such a great time.  With the Prince leaving again and Stormy Irene on her way, this was a great distraction for the kids.  I cannot say thank you enough for your amazing kindness. 


I also had another surprise from when we arrived home from vacation! Another new friend, Cheryl Meynig sent me the book Chicken Soup for the Military Wives Soul. Fantastic book with fantastic stories that make you laugh at times you didn't think you could.  All these acts of kindness sure have warmed my heart and soul.  Life is GOOD. 

These are just a few of the great things going on over here.  Truly, we are grateful!

Another good thing… two of my bestie girlie friends are coming to visit this fall. WOOT!

What are you grateful for today?