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WOW! I'm super excited today.  I was asked to start participating in the MDS Blog Hop on Friday's with a fine group of ladies that are just smart as whips when it comes to MDS. This is a really great treat and I'm excited to bring this to you. 

The challenge for today's hop was to use downloads from the Holiday Mini.  I think I accomplished that in this layout. 

Kimberly van Diepen stampin up demo



Hopefully you have stopped laughing at my picture.  There is nothing quite like being able to be silly with my kids. It makes my heart happy and on days when I'm struggling to find that happy spot I can look back on pictures like these and belly laugh.  I know your still laughing.  <smile> 

This is exactly WHY I love scrapbooking.  The memories that we can capture and put on paper will be treasured FOREVER.

You can download a PDF of all the supplies used HERE.

Make sure to check out the 31 Days of Savings with MDS HERE


Now it's time to get hoppin' and check out these other fine digital artists: 



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!! 


Pin Cushion Frame

I think it's fair to say I have Pin Cushion Mania going on.  Holy cow. These little things are just addicting.  It keeps getting better and better when you can find more and more ways to make them.  I love them. 

I put together a video to make the one with the Antique Frame I showed you yesterday.  You can find these frames at any of your craft stores near you. 

I mentioned yesterday I had a light bulb moment.  I think my light bulb died during that moment because my cool idea did not work.  I was hoping to make the backside look a little cleaner and you will see in the video it's not bad, but I am sure there is a way to make it better.  I get frustrated when something doesn't go the way I had planned, but I am sure we all feel this way, right? LOL!  

Here is another pin cushion using the Beau Chateau fabric.  I love this one because you can see the chicken.  Super pretty and vintage looking.  

Kimberly Van Diepen Stampin up



Below is the video I promised. I hope this helps you in your quest of making lots of pretty pin cushions. I would love to see your cushions!






Have a FANTASTIC Thursday!


Gently Falling

Kimberly update first…  This week is the BIG Founder's Circle event in St. George Utah.  It's a trip for the Top 100 demonstrators to attend and to me one of the best trips ever.  You are spoiled the entire time you are there and Stampin' Up! goes way out to make the experience the VERY best.  I'll miss it this year as I decided to be with my little Gem's.  No regrets because I am sure there will be more Founders Trips. Gives me incentive to continue to work hard. <smile>

It's hard with Russ away and leaving the kids with family.  While my family would take them in a minute flat I have no worries when they take them I just feel like I am the one that needs to be home with them right now. I love my girlfriends but there is something about when these two cuties put their arms around your neck and hug you tight.  It feels so good.  Right now things are going SO great with the kids I want it to stay that way. I'm excited to hear all about the trip from my girlfriends attending and I know they are going to have the BEST time ever!

Other happenings:

Remember Sue who made the cool sunshine boxes for the kids? She sent the most amazing "Grand" Finale for the kids.  I'll be sharing as soon as I can get them still to take a picture. Again Sue, you are amazing. We love Sue!!

The little Gem's pulled a prank on me this past Sunday.  I'll share the full report tomorrow. It was hysterical.



 Now onward…


I'm gently falling into a trap of using this stamp set for everything.  Though isn't it the BEST ever when you can keep getting a ton of "mileage" on a good stamp set.  It makes me giggly happy when I can see my stamp set black from over use.  If it's clean rubber that means I wasted my money. This set is becoming a nice dark shade of rubbah! WHOO HOO!  

Here is a card I made with the intentions of making LOTS of them…

Kimberly Van DIepen Stampin Up! Demonstrator



Kimberly Van DIepen Stampin Up! Demonstrator



I loved the entire layout of the card because it was fairly easy. To finish this card off I decided to stamp the leaf onto Very Vanilla cardstock using Soft Suede Craft ink and embossed it with Clear Embossing Powder.  Then I took a dauber and used Pool Party, Cajun Craze and More Mustard ink to color inside the leaf.  Then using my snips I cut the pretty leaf out.  I plopped it onto my card using dimensionals and then admired my card. 

There was a BIG problem.  I needed to make a TON of this card.  While I loved the added leaf I knew this card would not be my friend after making them in bulk.  The leaf had to go.  I think it's fun that you can add just one element to a card and give it a little more dimension and WOW factor.  

I decided to go with this version:

Kimberly Van DIepen Stampin Up! Demonstrator



This version was a little easier to make in bulk and I love those big buttons.  You can find these beautiful buttons HERE.  Again, I love the pool party added to these fall colors. 

If you are looking for more Fall Stamping supplies, take a look in my fancy Online Store filled with tons of fun products. Don't forget to check the samples there too.  Very pretty. 


Make it a great week.



Weekend Crazies!

I love holiday weekends.  It's usually filled with fun times with friends or relaxing on the couch doing much of nothing.  I managed to succeed in both of these things this weekend.  I lounged a bit, cleaned a bit, stamped a bit and enjoyed friends a bit.  Everything was just a bit of fun. 

We were lucky enough to be invited to a BBQ yesterday.  This family is amazing and it's funny how much our families are alike.  The wife is from Pensacola, and our husbands work together.  The kids play great together and it was just a fun time.  A few weeks back when I had my dentist debacle I needed someone to watch my kids and this couple jumped hoops to help me.  I was so thankful.  Since we were going to their home for a BBQ I wanted to make them something fun as a Thank You for helping me out. Here is what I came up with!


I started off by selecting a yummy wine. This is my FAVORITE! (THIS IS HUGE because I typically do NOT drink wine. This is a new favorite-Voulet Casorzo!)  I wanted to dress it up with a Fall theme so I used our new Spice Cake Fabric.  Seriously, I just tore a strip from one of the Fat Quarters and tied a pretty bow around the bottle and trimmed up my edges.  I found these adorable Sandal Wine Coasters and thought they would be perfect for my Florida friend.  I tied these from the bow using Linen Thread.


Kimberly Van Diepen, Stampin' Up! Demonstrator




Here you can see a closer view of the fun fabric bow.  Super simple, Super QUICK!


Kimberly Van Diepen, Stampin' Up! Demonstrator




No gift can be without a card and I really wanted her to know how much I appreciated her help that crazy day.  I used the Gently Falling stamp set and the Spice Cake DSP to glam up this card.  I also brought in another stamp that was my favorite from last year called French Foliage.  This is a super FALL set that you must have.  It will complement all of your other Fall sets.  I added one more stamp on here called Just Thank You (122911) and this is one of our A la Carte stamps. They are inexpensive and perfect for a fast card. 


Kimberly Van Diepen, Stampin' Up! Demonstrator

Here is a closer look.  I love these colors together: Soft Suede, Pool Party, More Mustard.  WOW, just a fun color palette. 


Kimberly Van Diepen, Stampin' Up! Demonstrator



You can find all of these fun products in my Online Store.  Make sure you check the clearance rack.  Stock up on your fall items now and start creating your fall cards.  Make a friends day by sending the card. Happy Tuesday!


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