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So Very Grateful

SO Very Grateful to all of my customers!!  

Thank you, Thank you for being so loyal, so kind, so patient and so YOU!


Every day my goal with my business is to inspire YOU. I create because I want to show that you can too.  I’m so very grateful that you put up with my ramblings, my absence and most of all let me be me.  

Over the last 4 months you have given me strength, inspired me to not give up and prayed hard.  How can I ever thank you enough? 

Today my card is just for you.  I can’t thank you enough for “sticking” with me.  

So Very Grateful, Stampin' Up!

Okay, here is the deal-io.  This stamp set always scares me at first because of the delicate nature of the image.  It’s so pretty and has so many delicate looking flowers.  My time to stamp doesn’t lend to intricate designs typically but I REALLY wanted to use this stamp.  


I opted to do a fun technique called Spotlighting.  Spotlighting is when you just highlight a portion of the image.  It’s best done by stamping the entire image on your cardstock and then stamping again and punching a portion of the image and coloring.  I find spotlighting looks best on line images, although I’ve seen it done very nicely on solid images too.  

So Very Grateful, Stampin' Up!

To recreate this card follow the steps below: 

  1. Fold Crumb Cake cardstock in half.  
  2. Ink the So Very Grateful flower image using Whisper White ink onto the bottom right corner of the Crumb Cake base.  
  3. Cover image with White Embossing powder and heat.  
  4. Stamp the image again using the same steps but onto a scrap piece of Crumb Cake cardstock.  
  5. Using your Bubble Framelits die cut a portion of the image.  
  6. Watercolor the Die Cut stamped image using either a Blender Pen or Aqua Painter.  
  7. Sponge around all the edges lightly using Baked Brown Sugar ink. 
  8. Using dimensionals adhere the Bubble die cut over the stamped image on your card base matching up the images.  
  9. Using Black Ink, stamp the Thank You greeting onto 1/2″ strip of Naturals Ivory card stock.  Use your hexagon punch to create a banner on the left side.  
  10. Tuck the banner under the bubble frame die cut and adhere using a dimensional.  
  11. Using the Itty Bitty Punch Pack, use the flower punch with Crushed Curry cardstock and punch 6 flowers.  Layer two flowers and attach each of them onto your card base as seen in photo. 
  12. Place Rhinestones on the center of each flower.  
  13. Attach an Antique Brad to the card base and edge of the Bubble Frame.  


What other stamp sets do you think would be great to try this technique with? Please share in the comments.  I really liked this technique and would like to play around with more stamps showcasing it.  


Again, thank you for sticking with me.  I hope you are being inspired to create.  While I absolutely LOVE you being my customer, my #1 thing I love is when I hear YOU are creating.  Inspiration is everywhere.  We just need to put those inspiring ideas to work.  


Please continue to pray for my Prince.  He has struggled this week.  He has been really tired, and progress has been slow. He knows this is natural but it’s been an emotional week.  He started to work three days a week for half days but his care taker (that’s me!) put her foot down and said NO.  He was home with me today and did his therapy.  I know it didn’t make him happy.  As much as I’m grateful to the Navy for all they have provided for us, I also know I need my Mr. around for another 43 more years.  His health takes priority.  


The emotional roller coaster is very normal where his injury in the brain is.  He can laugh one minute, cry the next.  As women, we are an emotional roller coaster.  For men, different story.  This has been a really big struggle.  

We are faithful.  We know God has his healing hands on Russ and for our family for that matter. Time heals. I won’t lie though, I  hate seeing him like this. Time.  Time. Time.  Our time is precious and YOU are precious to me. 



So Very Grateful, Stampin' Up!


Happy Life- For Realsie

Considering all things, I have a Happy life, for realisie!!  


Today was a tough therapy day for Russ and he fired me.  Yep.  You will never guess why! Too much laughing!!!  We couldn’t get serious for nothing.  This makes for a HAPPY life considering he is working pretty darn hard to get stronger.  I can’t help it and I don’t want to be a bore during therapy.  We had to quit at one point today because we were laughing so hard.  I felt that was the best therapy hands down.  


I have a really fun card to share today and of course it has a story behind it too.  Last week I asked my FB fans which stamp set they had not inked or had struggles with using from the Occasions Mini catalog.  It really boiled down to I wanted a challenge.  The number one struggle was the Ampersand Embossing Folder.  I have to admit that when I received this from Founders Circle I was super excited.  The problem was it just sat on my desk.  The other winner was the Perfect Couple stamp set.  Hmmm… no ink had seen my set either.  The challenge was a GO.  

Happy Life, Perfect Couple, Ampersand, Stampin' Up!

Putting it all together:  

I started with Sahara Sand cardstock and used the Ampersand Embossing folder on a 4 x 5 1/4″.  This was placed on top of my card base- 4 1/4 x 11.  

Using a sponge dauber and Whisper White ink I sponged gently around the Ampersand.  I loved how this made the Ampersand stand out.  



When I was putting my Perfect Couple stamp set together I decided to separate the couple and the sentiment so I could use my little people for many different projects and not just for anniversary’s.  The little people fit perfectly on one of my Starburst Framelits Die.  YIPPIE!!! The challenge was coming together now.  

Happy Life, Perfect Couple, Ampersand, Stampin' Up!

 Layer, Layer, Layer:

I decided to add a few layers of a doily, (I’m in another doily phase… please forgive me!) Ruffled Ribbon in Coastal Cabana and my Sale-a-Bration Designer Series Paper.  OH BOY.  Lastly, the sentiment is from Perfect Couple and stamped on a banner with a few more bends than normal.  I love how it all turned out and it was a GREAT challenge.   


My next challenge is to ink every Occasions Mini stamp I own.  I’m getting there.  Not many left to see ink.  Isn’t that exciting? 


What would YOU choose? 

Is there a stamp set that you are struggling with? Let me know in the comments.  I love a GOOD challenge. I really do have a HAPPY life- for realsie!


Stamps: Happy Couple #133197  Ink: Coastal Cabana, Summer Starfruit, Whisper White Cardstock: Sahara Sand, Naturals Ivory  Accessories:  Paper Doily #129399, Starburst Framelits #132967, Ampersand Textured Embossing Folder #132970, Coastal Cabana Ruffled Ribbon #130024, Crochet Trim #118481, Sweet Sorbet Designer Series Paper #133521 FREE with $50 purchase, Corner Rounder, dimensionals, sponge, Sponge Daubers, #102892, Rhinestones #119246, Summer Starfruit Stitched Ribbon #126846, Gold Pearlized Smooch 

You can find all of these great products in my super cool Online Store!

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Have a FANTASTIC Thursday!! XOXOXO

Backyard Basics- Bundle This Up!

Backyard Basics, Perfectly Penned, Stampin' Up!



Do you have a stamp set that you just love but the one thing keeping you from stamping it all the time is you have to cut the images out? With Backyard Basics, there is NO cutting.  This gorgeous stamp set coordinates beautifully with the Backyard Basics Framelits!  Even better, you can get this in a bundle and save money!  

I've been excited to ink my Backyard Basics stamp set for awhile.  It has so many great elements I love such as a beautiful bird, a speckled EGG… oh my.  I fell in true love when I took the Backyard Basics stamped images and placed them on my Magnetic Platform with the coordinating framelits.  Best invention yet… Magnetic Platform.  If you love to die cut, this will make your creative die cut life fantabulous. 


Backyard Basics, Perfectly Penned, Stampin' Up!


You can see on this card I added the die cut image direct to the card base with snail adhesive.  I also layered the speckled egg next to it.  If you look closely I added a script image from the Background Builders stamp set.  I love that script and it's a perfect layering image for your projects.  

Lastly, I added my greeting.  I used the Perfectly Penned stamp set with the Get Well image.  I noticed that I hardly have any Get Well Cards.  Not that I want anyone sick, but if someone does get sick, I am ready. 

Backyard Basics, Perfectly Penned, Stampin' Up!

I can't help but tell you how much I love this silly bird.  Knowing that I didn't have to cut it… SCORE!

Products in Orange below are from the new Holiday mini available on August 1st. 

Stamp set: Backyard Basics Bundle #132728, Pefectly Penned #122892, Background Builders #129150  Cardstock: Naturals Ivory,  Ink:  Coastal Cabana, Summer Starfruit, Gumball Green

Accessories:  Eastern Elegance DSP #130131, Linen Thread #104199, Backyard Basics Bundle Framelits #129380,  1 1/4" Burlap #132140, 


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Special Memory Box

Over the weekend I posted on my Facebook page a few products that I had sitting on my desk.  I've been wanting to make this project FOREVER!  I'm excited to show it to you today!  

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I wanted to make my kids something special.  A little trinket box with fun memories of Mom.  I used a tin that I purchased from HERE years ago.  It's perfect for this project.  On the front I used one of our bottle caps (aka Soda Pop Tops #129388) and placed a photo inside.  You will want to watch the video below because it's a fun technique using pattern paper along with your photo.  If you look closely you can see the words "winner" coming through our faces.  I love how this turned out.  

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On the inside of the tin I created these tiny little envelopes that fit a 2 x 3 piece of cardstock or in my case a small photo inside.  These tiny envelopes are all made using our Scallop Envelope Die Cut.  *OH MY WORD*  They are the cutest things ever and worked PERFECT for this project.  You can see how I made these on the video as well.  *I will note on the video I tell you to cut the small scallop edge off. While it's not necessarily a MUST… if you cut the scallop like I show in the video you can reuse the scallop as I've done above on the first envelope.  Again, watch the video and this will make more sense.  

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Here you can see the little photos I've tucked into the envelopes.  Do you notice a little sneak peek of a product? Look closely! *wink*  

For most of this project I used our amazing Sale-a-Bration products that are quickly coming to an end.  You will see all the supplies listed below.  

Do you have all the Sale-a-Bration items you wanted? Sale-a-Bration ends on March 22nd.  For every $50 you receive a FREE Sale-a-Bration product.  Click HERE to place your order!  

Supplies Used:

Stamps: Vintage Verses #129636, Pretty Petites #129642, Collage Curios #129102

Ink: Summer Starfruit, Island Indigo, Basic Gray

Cardstock: Crumb Cake, Very Vanilla



Soda Pop Tops (#129388)

Natural Cotton Ribbon (#127844)

Petite Curly Label (#129405 Sale-a-Bration) 

Scallop Envelope Die Cut (#113462) 

Natural Composition DSP (#126917)

Sycamore Street DSP (#127540 Sale-a-Bration)

First Edition DSP (#121878)

Bakers Twine

Naturals Designer Buttons (#127554)

Aritsan Embellishment Kit (#129328)

1" Circle Punch

1 3/4" Circle Punch 

Hearts a Flutter Framelits (#130159)


Things you need to KNOW:

Sale-a-Bration ends on March 22!  Don't delay! 

New Digital Downloads Available! Click HERE!  They are SUPER cute! 

My favorite digital download this week:

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It's pretty SA-WEET!

Whats even more SA-WEET? You can now purchase the MDS Software for 19.95!!  

Thanks to Stampin' Up! they have lowered the price on this amazing program.  Incredible DEAL for you!  

Are you ready? 

Kimberly Van Diepen, Stampin' Up!



Shop and enjoy the rewards of Sale-a-Bration and with ME! 

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Pinterest– inspiration pinter-load. I pin on my down time and get totally inspired.

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What’s all the Commotion?

Excitement! Jubilent! Giddiness! 

My description of all the commotion going on with promotions &  Stampin 'Up!  

There is a lot of GREAT things going on and I want you to keep them straight and NOT miss out!

1. Photopolymer Stamps by Stampin' Up!

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Watch this video about this exciting announcement!


Ready to OWN it? 

Click HERE to get your stamp set today!

No worries, I'll be sharing lots of great ways to use it soon!



2. Celebrate 25 Years with Stampin' Up!

This year is filled with exciting new things with this great company!  I am GRATEFUL to be a part of it.  

Are you collecting our Blast from the Past stamps? 

Each month a set is released with stamp images from the past and ONE exclusive image that is NEW!


Here are the sets released so far! Just click to image to purchase!

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Do you love a FREE stamp set? 

Purchase and collect 6 of these stamp sets and you can get a FREE stamp set from Stampin' Up!

Download this Collector's Card to keep it all straight! 

*IMPORTANT* Make sure to save the little "25 Year" sticker that comes with the stamp set and place it on your collectors card. 

*yes, Kimberly threw hers in the trash can!  YIKES!



3. Sent with Love Kit

"Love" projects are not just for Valentines Day! Oh no! We *LoVe* everyday so why not create with LoVe everyday? 

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Just click on the picture to purchase your bundle and see more details. 

This kit is fantastic with trendy images (swooning over the arrows!) and awesome Designer Paper! 




4. Sale-a-Bration

March 22nd is coming FAST. That is the LAST day to take advantage of the great products that Stampin' Up! has to offer this year. 

When you spend $50 on your favorite Stampin' Up! products (ANY PRODUCTS- Digital, Clearance, Specials) you get to choose a FREE product from our Sale-a-Bration catalog.  

Order today and get FREE products!




5. Discounts! I'll save the BEST for last!

Do you love a discount? 

Do you want a permanent one? 

Join Stampin' Up! to receive a discount on your products! 

20% discount EVERYDAY when you are a demonstrator!

Personalize YOUR kit to fit YOUR need!

Sign up today and see if the Stampin' Up! adventure is right for you. 

Nothing to lose, everything to gain. 

Try it OUT!  Yes, no obligation if you decide it's not for you. 

Why join my TEAM? 

It's not about ME, it's about YOU!

I'm here to help YOU enjoy the BEST of Stampin' Up! both creatively or as a business. 

Are you ready to give it a try? 

Click HERE to learn more about getting your discount and personalized kit and becoming a part of my stampin' community!

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I shared this little card on my Facebook Page this weekend. A bit different for me but I love this Animal Talk stamp set.  Great images. 

Make it a GREAT Monday!  

Shop and enjoy the rewards of Sale-a-Bration and with ME! 

Follow my crafting adventures…

Facebook– share, inspire, create… all FUN!

Instagram– Getting crazy with a camera in my hand! 

Pinterest– inspiration pinter-load. I pin on my down time and get totally inspired.

Twitter–   You never know what I'm going to say!