He’s home! I’m Happy!

Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator Kimberly Van Diepen


That's right!  I am so happy my sweetheart is home.  Can you tell from the picture above?  He was away for awhile overseas. While we have been apart much longer, it seemed like forever this time for both myself and the kids.  This explains the lack of blogging on my part.  I've been trying to play Super Woman for the past month and figured out on day 2 of Russ being gone that it wasn't happening.  It's okay.  I get the reality check of not being Super Woman every other week.  ๐Ÿ™‚ 

Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator Kimberly Van Diepen


This is my sweetheart!  He really is a great guy and deserves a medal putting up with me!  ๐Ÿ™‚  He gets to see all my creations in action!  I just love this guy!



Now that he is home I was really able to get some FABULOUS creating time in today.  Whoo Hooo!!!!  I have boat loads in the works and so much to share it really is pretty sick.  You would be here for a day if I uploaded all of it.  But I am going to try over the next few days.  In a few short hours I am headed to Denver for a Stamposium that my friend and fellow Advisory Board member is holding.  I am presenting Big Shot projects and I am giddy about it.  I love my Big Shot.  You just have to have one.  It's the best tool ever.  Below is one fun project I am showing.  I used the Charming stamp set from the Holiday Mini and I love this set.  I used the Itty Bitty Box and Envelope die cut and put these two cute 2 x 2 cards inside the box.  If you look carefully the top of the box has the Lattice die cut on top of it.  Isn't that Lattice Die just the best?   

Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator Kimberly Van Diepen



Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator Kimberly Van Diepen


 You can see here I used Soft Suede and Kraft cardstock.  I also used the Great Friend stamp set.  Love that set too.  Yippie!!!!

Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator Kimberly Van Diepen




 Another minor detail I left out the other day…. Tuesday was my birthday.  I'm not going to lie.  I held  my own pity party until my friends sprung me out of it.  While my kids are out of this world wonderful, I was a bit sad not spending the day with Russ.  However, my friends and fellow demonstrators were not going to let me have that pity party.  They made my day more than fabulous.  They called me, came by and just made me smile.

 My friend Dawn made me this beautiful box below and took me to lunch.  Check out the detail of this box.  She painted it and stamped it.  I was just amazed at the beauty of my special box.  Guess what?  It has the best truffles inside.  They are so yummy!!!!

Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator Kimberly Van Diepen


 Check out the detail on this box.  See the curly cues that she made with the ribbon?  Oh so pretty!!!  Thank you Dawn for making my day so special. 



 Then my friend Bonnie made this beautiful matchbox with my BUSINESS CARD!  Holy Cow I almost wet my pants.  Is that not just the coolest thing?  She also made me a strap for my camera that is unreal.  She is going to be making them and selling them.  She is super UBER talented and the beautiful buttons she put on my camera strap just blew me away.  Thank you Bonnie for making my day so very special. 

Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator Kimberly Van Diepen



The end of my birthday was a TRUE surprise.  My friends Wendy and Angie brought me a cake with beautiful balloons.  They knew Russ wasn't here and knew the kids were not bringing mommy a cake.  When I opened the door I wanted to cry because it meant so much to me.  The fact they knew it was my birthday blew me away.  I had so many friends that really made my day special.  They are the BEST.  I have beautiful cards I will share over the weekend.  You must see these gorgeous cards.  Spectacular. 


I'm off to bed.  Early morning for me and a snow storm coming.  UGH!  Pray my awesome downline and I make it to Denver okay. We are super excited about the event.  Have a great weekend. 

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4 thoughts on “He’s home! I’m Happy!”

  1. This is such a wonderful story ๐Ÿ™‚ I am happy to hear your sweetie is home. I used to be a military wife, and now my sweetie is gone at least 2 months at a time sometimes. I have 2 little ones (ages 2 and 3) so I completely understand about everything you said above.
    Your projects are WONDERFUL! thank you so much for sharing your fantastic talent!
    I hope you have the best time on your trip. a little girl time is always fun after a time of it being just you and the kids. Helps to refresh ๐Ÿ™‚
    Inky Hugs,

  2. Welcome Home Russ!  I am so happy for you Kimberly.  The little bit of time I spent with you all during convention this year was enough for me to see what a great relationship you all have.  Your projects are awesome as usual.  Thanks for sharing your gift of creativity with us once again!

  3. I am so cracking up right now at the picture of you jumping up in the air. You are so funny. I am glad Russ is home though….I know you missed him bunches. I wish I could go watch the stamping thing in Denver. Miss you lots….Lisa (aka Gayle)

  4. Hi Kim:  I have to tell you that I love your website and also your videos!!!!  I too am a SU Demonstrator up in New York State.  When I saw you were from Virginia I smiled because our daughter lived there with her husband and our 3 grandchildren for almost 5 years.  It was so nice because we could drive to visit them-10 hours-but it was so worth it all those years.  I am guessing that possibly your hubby is or was NAVY also????  Jen's husband was an F-18 Pilot in the Navy and they lived in Virginia Beach.  Seeing that picture of you when he was coming home brought back a lot of memories of watching our daughter when Jeff came home.  If your a military wife, God Bless You and thank you for putting up with all the times they have to be away and please thank your hubby for serving.  Norm and I are sooooo proud of our military!!!!!!!  If your not a military wife, the same applies anyway, God Bless You!  You have a  wonderful spirit that exudes from your videos.      Barb

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