Creative Explosion!

Yes, I'm calling it a CREATIVE Explosion because I've been so busy the last three days and I'm about to give you a CREATIVE explosion of projects.  I feel the need to catch you up to speed!  Grab a drink and sit awhile.  It's a big ONE!


Kimberly Van Diepen stampin up demo

Kimberly Van Diepen stampin up demo



This weekend I had a run on creativity.  It's not often I get that moment where all the stars align correctly and the creative mojo overflows.  When it happens I take FULL advantage of it and keep the creativity running until it just runs out.  The good news… it's not running out.  I don't know what it is lately but I am so excited about the products Stampin' Up! has available it keeps my mind on OVERDRIVE!

The colors on this card just make me HAPPY!  You know I'm a huge fan of the Summer Starfruit, but adding Basic Gray, Pool Party and Crumb Cake was icing on the cake.  I was also excited to try something new with the Window Frames.  I love these Framelits and all the great sizes that are available with it.  I used the smallest window frame and die cut 5 of them.  I started this card by die cutting one of the larger frames on a 4 x 5 1/4" sheet of cardstock. I then took the "stencil" of the Window Frame and placed it over the Summer Starfruit cardstock and sprayed the Gold Glow Smooch Spritz over it.  It created a nice spray of the Gold Spritz on the Summer Starfruit.  Once that was created and dried I stamped the smaller frames and adhered them onto the cardstock.  Overall, that Gold Smooch Spritz made such a difference.  

Supplies Used:

Stamps: Border Banter, Fabulous Phrases

Ink: Basic Gray, Pool Party, Summer Starfruit

Cardstock: Basic Gray, Summer Starfruit, Crumb Cake, Pool Party, Very Vanilla

Accessories: First Edition DSP, Travel Journal Wheel, Chevron Textured Embossing Folder, Gold Smooch Spritz, Neutral Buttons, Neutral Brads, 2 1/2" Circle punch, Linen Thread, Little Label punch pack, Window Frame Framelit

Kimberly Van Diepen stampin up



I'm still working on my December Daily album.  I'm loving this and love that we will be able to look back on the daily memories of December 2012.  To make this album even more fun, once it's created and printed I plan to have the kids share their stories using our Talking Tags and placing them into the album.  HOW COOL IS THAT? 

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Kimberly Van Diepen stampin up demonstrator



Kimberly Van Diepen stampin up demo



Are you looking for Creative gift packaging ideas? This small little "gift bag" was created using the Fancy Favor Bigz XL Die Cut.  This die cut has been a favorite of mine for a long time.  I decided to make a little gift bag to place a jewelry piece inside for a friends birthday.  It was a perfect fit.  

To create the gift box, die cut your DSP using the Fancy Favor Bigz Die Cut. Make crisp folds on all the scored edges.  

Put the box together except DO NOT adhere the bottom together.  Die Cut one of the Window Frames that can fit folded over the top of the box and fold over making a crisp fold.  

At this point the decorating can be up to you.  I decided to take my nifty Sewing Machine and sewed across the Window Frame.

 I then layered ribbon across and sewed that as well.  The buttons were hand sewn using Linen Thread.

 I then attached a simple tag using my Vintage Trinkets and Viola', the gift bag was created.  

Now, once you place your "giftie" inside simply close the bottom using adhesive.  I didn't use Sticky Strip like I normally would because I wanted my friend to open it from the bottom.  

Clever packaging and she can re-use just like we re-use store bought gift bags.  You can find more great ideas for quick Gift Packaging HERE.  

Supplies Used:

Stamps: Lovely Little Labels

Ink: Early Espresso

Cardstock: Very Vanilla

Accessories: Fancy Favor Bigz XL, Vintage Trinkets, Linen Thread, Bright Buttons, Faceted Glass Buttons, Jewelry Tag punch, Victoria Crochet Trim, Crumb Cake Seam Binding ribbon, Window Framelits, Fan Fair DSP


By now you probably have finished your drink.  That was a lot to take in.  Like I said, it was a Creative Explosion.  Thank you for sitting through it and hopefully it inspires you to create something pretty today.  

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P.S. The elves didn't move last night.  <Insert face with BIG EYES> Alexis was quick to say they are enjoying that one spot. I love that girl!!

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2 thoughts on “Creative Explosion!”

  1. You were certainly 'on fire' this last weekend… favorite of your projects is the last one – the sweet pink container…love that die!    Also lovin the pics of your son on the scrapbook page….

  2. lucky us … a layout, package & card share!!  your creativity is catching … i want to run in my stamp room and get playing after reading this! 🙂

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